You can’t call Trey Songz just a singer. He’s also and actor and an entrepreneur who really knows how to sell his product.
He released “Na Na,” the debut single from his forthcoming album Trigga, on Christmas morning 2013 and he hasn’t stopped hustling since.
Months later, the track, which Carson dubbed the “Christmas gift that keeps on giving,” is racing up the charts just in time for Trigga’s release on July 1.
Mr. Steal Your Girl visited the AMP Radio studio this morning to tell us all about his latest work:
On how things are different than when he put out his first album…
I remember watching TRL for what was happening. Whatever MTV and Carson Daly said was it. If Carson said you were a super star, then you were a super star. And the music reflected that. Now there’s like so many different outlets for music. You can download 50 videos from your favorite artist in one day. And the attention span is really slim. But what I’ve found is that I’ve super served my fan base, my core fans that love me to death. I’ve always given them the music they love me for, no matter how the times change. There was a time when everyone was doing EDM, that would get you a hit. There were times when everyone did auto tune and that would get you a hit. As the times change, I’ve kind of just stayed true to what it is that I do, and hope that everyone gravitates towards it.
On working with Justin Bieber…
Biebs actually came in and did a great job man. Bieber did an amazing job. I actually talked to him this morning. He killed the remix. Like you said, he came in a new form. And I’m happy he unleashed that for my record.
On his latest single, Na Na…
It’s a record that I love to perform. I actually put this record out on my app Christmas Day and it’s still growing right now. That shows that you have to work . If you believe in the product and keep pushing it, pushing it pushing it… This is the first time I haven’t put out multiple singles immediately. ‘When Bottoms Up’ came out, which was a big pop record for me, I had ‘Can’t Help But Wait’ which was the #1 R&B and Hip Hop record for like 13 weeks on radio. I’ve done that for three albums straight. This album, I only went with ‘Na Na’ for about four months.
On working with Nicki Minaj…
With the Nicki record, once I finished the song it was an obvious choice with me for her…It feels like the same energy we had around us when we did ‘Bottoms Up.’ With this record being an up tempo, feel good club record, I wanted a ladies perspective on the song and she gave that perfectly.
Carson: How did you thank her?
I sent her like a couple thousand roses. The last song we did together, she asked me to buy her a bottle of rosé. And I never bought her any rosé out of all the success we had with that record. So I flooded her studio with about a couple thousand roses.
On whether or not he’s planning to do more acting…
I definitely am. Last year I was fortunate enough to have two movies come out with Baggage Claim and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. I really liked that experience. After that, I was actually making the album. I’m really focused on the album right now, so I haven’t gone out for any roles. If there’s anything impactful I think I can do, because the acting experience is all about learning more! I want to keep going and take the smaller roles, until I get my will smith on.
Trigga comes out July 1st.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles