Ne-Yo unleashes 'Beautiful Monster': Stream the first single from upcoming album here

Ne-YoImage Credit: Chris StanfordIt’s been two years since Ne-Yo released his last album, Year of the Gentleman, but we’ll be hearing a full-length LP from him soon. This morning he debuted “Beautiful Monster,” the first single from his forthcoming Libra Scale album, on his Myspace page, and EW has a stream of the song here.

Similar to the first single from his last set, “Closer,” Ne-Yo puts traditional R&B to the side and goes for more of a European club sound. “Monster” was produced by duo Stargate, who are responsible for Ne-Yo’s biggest hits “So Sick,” “Because of You,” and the aforementioned “Closer.” Over jabbing synths and a whipping bass, the singer-songwriter croons about how the cuts and hits he takes from a vixen hurt so good.

“I don’t mind,” he sings. “In fact I like it. Though I’m terrified. I’m turned on, but scared of you.” It’s a solid cut, one I expect to make a steady climb up the charts. Ne-Yo’s brand of progressive R&B has a been a winner so far. “Monster” should be a beast, too.

What do you think of Ne-Yo’s first single? Check it after the jump and let us know.

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  • Vivi

    I haven’t listened to it but I know it’ll be great. I love me some Ne-Yo and I am so happy that he’s back in the limelight where he belongs.

  • couchgrouch

    I hope the 15 year old they got to write the lyric and create the “music” on his pc was compensated accordingly.

  • Terry

    I hope he doesn’t till he is irrelevant and a has-been to come out of the closet (like Ricky martin did). Hip-hop loving Young black kids who know they are gay need solid role models and a celebrity like Ne-Yo is someone they could look up to and say “If he can make it, I can too” and “See? Being gay isn’t horrible or a sin”

  • Phil

    Wow. This is a very nice surprise, as alot of the tracks I heard leaked the last couple months from him have all been sappy downer ballads. This will be huge this summer!

    Complete, sidenote: To Terry, inquiring about Ne-Yo coming forth as a proud homo…From what I gather, he is completely in the closet, and touts his daughter as ‘proof he likes women’. Sad, but true. I’ve heard so much chatter bout artists like Ray J, Trey Songz and rapper YoungBuck all liking men, but because its so frowned upon in the hip-hop community, they all scared to ever speak the truth.

  • KL

    i really like it. i just hope his new album has great love songs again. year of the gentlemen was his best album so far. he has come out with a bunch of great songs.

  • Chaz

    Ne-Yo is the only R&B singer I like because he keeps it real about females. He know what’s up…”Beautiful Monster.” Can’t wait to bump the album.

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