What does Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”, Rihanna’s “Russian Roulette”, “Unfaithful”, “Take A Bow”, Keri Hilson’s “Pretty Girl Rock”, Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight”, and Mariah Carey’s “Angels Cry” all have in common? Yes, they’re all mega-selling beautifully produced female R&B ballads that pack a deeply emotional punch (pun intended, Rihanna). But all of these songs were written by male R&B superstar, Ne-Yo.
You can argue that these songs are among their most personal, soul-searching, feminine lyrics by these Divas. Ironically, they all came from a male songwriter with an innate talent at expressing those universal emotions and connecting the lyrics to singer. “Russian Roulette” totally captured Rihanna’s state of mind when she released the song as does Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight”. You can hear an original version of “Irreplaceable” performed acoustically on the radio by Ne-Yo that sounds great but the lyrics fit Beyonce so much better. Here’s a look back at some of Ne-Yo’s best:
“SPOTLIGHT” JENNIFER HUDSON
“ANGELS CRY” MARIAH CAREY
“PRETTY GIRL ROCK” KERI HILSON
“DIVA MEDLEY” NE-YO