Mario Teams With Akon, Timbaland On New Set
Almost three years after the release of his sophomore project, 2004's "Turning Point," which spawned hit singles like the Ne-Yo penned "Let Me Love You," R&B singer Mario will return July 31 withAlmost three years after the release of his sophomore project, 2004's "Turning Point," which spawned hit singles like the Ne-Yo penned "Let Me Love You," R&B singer Mario will return July 31 with his next J album, "Go."
"You got different types of artists -- timeless artists, artists that look good right now, some that look good later and others that only look good on video but don't sell no records," the 20-year-old singer tells Billboard.com. "I'm one of the artists that fortunately sell records. So, you make your pick."
"Go" features A-list production from the likes of Akon, Pharrell, Timbaland, Polow Da Don, Big Reese and Jasper and Stargate. The latter is responsible for the first single, "How Do I Breathe." The Polow Da Don-produced "Crying Out for Me," written by Jasper, is anticipated to be the second single. "It's a song about me wanting to come and save a girl because I don't want to be stuck in the middle, seeing her get hurt while I know she still loves [him]," says Mario. "The track really feels like a late-'80s, early-'90s record."
Mario's production team, Nightriders, produced three songs on the album as well, and has recently worked with Jennifer Lopez, Chris Brown, Usher and Raven-Symone. "I'd say I wrote and produced about 20% of this album, though I don't want to call myself a producer," Mario says. "I'm definitely more of a writer."
"Go" also includes the title cut ("It's different from a lot of records that people would expect me to do," Mario says) and "Kryptonite." The artist is planning to tour later this summer, with dates to be announced.