CeeLo Green Talks Las Vegas Residency, 'Girl Power' Solo Album
CeeLo Green is currently in the thick of his inaugural Las Vegas residency after "CeeLo Green is Loberace" kicked off earlier this month at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, but the pop/R&B star is still finding time to work on upcoming musical projects, including a new solo album and the long-awaited return of Goodie Mob.
"I have three off-days [per week] since I perform Wednesday through Saturday," Green, who began his "Loberace" residency on Mar. 2 and will finish up on Apr. 13, tells Billboard. "I take a writing day to just write different music and think and meditate. Then I also have a recording day… It's very encouraging to only have a limited amount of space and time to get things done and all these things depend on me and my undivided attention. I'm really multitasking and becoming a master in the process."
When Green hits a groove in between shows, the 38-year-old says he can write three songs in a day -- potentially for the three different projects that have been dominating his focus. "I can finish a song for my own album that I'm working on, tentatively titled 'Girl Power,'" says Green. "I'm also finishing up the Goodie Mob album, tentatively titled 'Age Against the Machine.' And then also V. -- I have a new artist signed under me named V., and we're working on her as well."
Goodie Mob, the Atlanta hip-hop act that gave Green his start in the mid-90s, has been working on a new album since 2011 and unveiled a new single, "Fight To Win," last spring. In January, Green released a new song, "Only You" featuring Atlantic Records newcomer Lauriana Mae, from the follow-up to 2010's "The Lady Killer" (last year he issued a Christmas album, "Cee Lo's Magic Moment"), and has been working with R&B upstart V. since early 2012.
As far as the timing of his future projects, Green says, "I believe that Goodie Mob should definitely come first. There's been talk of possibly doing a double-album, where the Goodie Mob and my solo album are packaged together, so we're entertaining that possibility as well."
In the meantime, Green is having a blast performing "Loberace," which mixes outlandish costumes with acrobatic dancing and features his entire catalogue of hits. When he's not working on new music, the singer has spent his downtime from the show exploring the various exhibits nestled within the confines of Sin City, including the Liberace museum, Le Reve and the Beatles LOVE Cirque du Soleil show, the latter of which he's already seen five times.
Although his "Loberace" residency is only running for only two months, Green says that the process of taking the same stage night after night has already been helpful. "It's been fun and fundamental," he says. "The production itself is quite a feat, quite an accomplishment… I like to feel and share with others, and industrially, giving others the opportunity -- opening up an avenue for others to come and be themselves and express their art -- is gratifying."