Singer/songwriter/producer The-Dream may be known as the secret weapon behind Billboard Hot 100-topping hits like Beyonce’s "Single Ladies (Put A Ring on It)" and Rihanna’s "Umbrella," but he also has carved a lane for himself as a lauded solo act, rewiring the soundscape of R&B as early as 2007 with hits like "Shawty Is A 10" and "I Luv Your Girl."
Two years after leaving Def Jam Records (where he was signed as an artist, and also held the title of executive vice president) and releasing one half of his Crown Jewel album as an EP titled Crown, Billboard caught up with the crooner at the BET Hip Hop Awards red carpet on Saturday (Sept. 17) to check in on his upcoming project.
In May, The-Dream (real name Terius Nash) uploaded an Instagram video, sharing that he would continue his "The Love" series with a new project called Love Affair. "I’m finished with a new album," he revealed. "There’s an incredible song that me and Rick Ross did on the album. I think people are going to love it." He continued, "I may put out a new EP before that but the new album will be slated at the top of [next] year."