Ne-Yo 's #1 collaboration with Pitbull , "Give Me Everything," and his hit track with Calvin Harris , "Let's Go," were definitely party records. But the singer hopes that people take his latest hit to their hearts, as well as to the club.
Ne-Yo's current single is "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)," and he says even though it's uptempo, the lyrics are thought-provoking.
"You know, it has that dance energy. It has that four-on-the-floor beat that everybody loves to dance to and fist pump and all of that," he tells ABC News Radio. "But I feel like this song is a little deeper than just something to fist pump to."
The message of the song, Ne-Yo says, is basically an updated version of the one Whitney Houston sang about in "The Greatest Love of All."
As he explains, "The stand-out lyric in the song is, 'Let me love you and I will love you until you learn to love yourself.' And it speaks on the importance on what it is to love yourself, you know: self-esteem...the fact that you cannot truly love another person until you learn to love yourself."
So if Ne-Yo's song is your jam, make him happy and pay attention to the words. As he tells ABC News Radio, "For all of those that will use this song to fist pump and drink in the club and all of that -- that's cool, fine and good. [I'm] not mad at you! But there's a serious meaning to this song. And if you take a moment to get into the lyrics, I feel like it can be more than just another party record for you."
By the way, the reason that "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" has such a long title is to avoid confusion with the song "Let Me Love You" by Mario . Oddly enough, Ne-Yo wrote that Mario song as well.
"Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" is from Ne-Yo's upcoming album R.E.D. , due November 6.
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