Valentino Goes Back To The Drawing Board For New CD

Having your album leak days before it is set to hit stores might be a major setback for any artist, but not for Bobby Valentino. After his intended sophomore release leaked last year, the R&B sing

Having your album leak days before it is set to hit stores might be a major setback for any artist, but not for Bobby Valentino. After his intended sophomore release leaked last year, the R&B singer decided to go back to the studio and record an entirely new album. Now, with "Special Occasion," (DTP/Island Def Jam) due May 8, Valentino says the delay provided extra time for him to give fans more "hot records."

"I'm not somebody that just does a couple good songs," the 25-year-old Atlanta native tells Billboard.com. "I wanted people to know I have a lot of hot records. So, I went back in and gave them a whole new album, and for those people who wanted to hear those Internet songs, they got that too."

Like his 2005 self-titled debut, Valentino kept guest appearances to a minimum on "Occasion," collaborating with only Fabolous and Timbaland. The latter produced first single "Anonymous" and a track titled "Rear View" ("And I ain't talking about a booty," Valentino asserts), which is slated to be the next single. Other producers on the album include Tim & Bob, Dre & Vidal, Sean Garrett, Rodney Jerkins and the Insomniacs.

Along with promoting "Special Occasion," Valentino is working on branding his Bobby V jeans line, inspired by the second single from his first album, "Tell Me," in which he croons, "How did you get that in those jeans?" "I love women," says Valentino about his decision to launch the collection. "I just want to see all the beautiful women walking in the Bobby V jeans, and I want them to have a good fit no matter what size they are."

Valentino also recently recorded a song with French R&B singer Leslie, titled "Accorde Moi," which is featured on her "L'Amour En Vol" album. "She said I was one of her favorite artists, so [they] reached out to me," says Valentino. "I liked the song so I made it happen." But don't expect to hear the singer belt out in the language of love. "She's singing in French and I'm singing in English," Valentino clarifies.

The R&B singer hopes to hit Hollywood next, but not for a re-audition for "American Idol," from which he was booted off during season one. Though he claims his stint with AI was a "good experience," Valentino wants to head west to follow in his mentor Ludacris' footsteps, and audition for movie roles. "I just want to get my acting up; I'm ready to do it," he says. "And I know when I get focused, it's going to happen for me."

Finally, As for the rap album by his alter-ego, BV, which he originally planned on launching as a bonus disc alongside "Occasion," Valentino says it will materialize sometime next year.