Ginuwine is set to return in first-quarter 2009 with a new single and album. The as-yet-untitled project will be released on Notifi Records, with distribution through Warner Bros. Notifi is overseen by CEO Ira Dewitt.

In addition to singer/songwriter/producer Tank, who is executive producing the album, Ginuwine is collaborating with Next founding member RL and Harold Lilly Jr., among others.

"Everything is still in the works," Ginuwine tells "I don't want to rush anything. I'm just working on various songs and definitely hoping to work with others like Polow da Don and Timbaland. However, at this point I can say the music will reflect a maturing Ginuwine. I'm not the same young man I was when I first got into music."

Ginuwine was 21-years-old when he hit big in 1996 with "Pony," his first crossover hit (No. 1 R&B, No. 6 pop). The single garnered the Washington, D.C., native a contract with 550 Music/Epic and propelled his Timbaland-produced debut album, "Ginuwine ... The Bachelor," into multi-platinum status.

The singer's sensuous vocals graced several more hits: "Differences," "In Those Jeans," "So Anxious" and "I Need a Girl (Part Two)" with P. Diddy. Ginuwine also added more platinum-selling albums to his catalog, including 1999's Timbaland-produced "100% Ginuwine" and 2001's "The Life."

His last Epic studio album was 2005's "Back II da Basics," followed in 2006 by a greatest hits package. In 2007, Ginuwine also released an independent project, "I Apologize."