Trey Songz, the 27 year-old R&B heart-throb is currently working on his fifth album entitled Chapter V which is estimated to be released later this year in August. This is a follow-up to his 2010 smash hit album Passion, Pain & Pleasure. Recently he rented out a room at Jungle City Studios in New York to host a listening party. He says he’s about 30 tracks into his forthcoming fifth album, but he only allowed a few members of the press to take an early listen to six of the tracks that will tentatively make it on the album. For Chapter V Trey is working with some heavy hitters, including, T.I., Lil Wayne, Big Sean, J. Cole, and Kelly Rowland.
Here is a closer look at the six tracks played at the listening party:
1. “Heart Attack” – Now Playing!
2. “Two Reasons” – “This one’s a little ignorant,” Trey said before playing this T.I.-featuring banger. “When I walk into the club, I got to hear my shit.” The thumping cut is sure to accomplish just that as Trey clearly states his motivation for hitting nightclubs. “I only came here for two reasons,” he sings on the track. “The bitches and the drinks…” Tip joins the fun, Southern charm intact, saying that he and Trey have been wild boys “since we were minors.”
3. “Dive In” – This freaky cut—which Trey wrote and produced with frequent collaborator Troy Taylor—is layered with smooth guitars riffs and lyrics about pleasuring a woman. The first two verses fittingly begin with the words “Splash” and “Drip.” While throughout the song Trey croons about how he loves “swimming in your body,” that he “ain’t coming up for air,” and “there ain’t no running around this pool!” Yeah, this one’s nasty. And it closes with him audibly swimming. Perfect.
4. “Without A Woman” – Before starting this big ballad, Trey talked about how the R&B genre isn’t what it used to be when legends like Luther Vandross could sell out major venues like Madison Square Garden without a crossover pop record. In short, when R&B or soul was pop. He didn’t quite go on to claim that he’s going to rescue the genre, but he did say that “if somebody doesn’t keep it alive, it’s gon’ die. This is the essence of a soulful record.”
“A man can’t be a man without a woman,” Trey sings, his passionate lyrics reinforced by a live horn section. “Nobody’s doing that right now,” Trey’s manager Kevin Liles said after the song ended, citing that Trey was raised by his mother alone and always gives strong women all his love.
5. “Ladies Go Wild” – This song represents an adventurous turn for Trey, who usually doesn’t venture into Euro-pop sounds. “It’s a little different for me,” he conceded of the track, which he put together with Troy Taylor and Teetimus Da Producer. It’s probably the closest he’ll ever get to Jersey Shore fist-pumping music. Situation and Snooki types will eat it up, though.
6. “Simply Amazing” – This mid-tempo cut shows Trey’s growth and radio platform reach. V has songs for his core twenty-something R&B audience, as well as ones that surely will do damage on pop charts, and “Amazing,” which likely should score big on adult contemporary stations.
What do you think so far of the six tracks for Chapter V? “Ready” has been Trey’s best album to date. Do you believe Chapter V will have what it takes to exceed the sells of Ready?