Trey Songz is quickly becoming a household name. But he wasn’t always a big player in the music game. In the new Billboard, the R&B artist talks about his new album Passion, Pain & Pleasure that’s filled with sex, sex and more sex.
"The public likes generic more than they like to admit, so that's what I gave them -- I gave them sexual singles and they ate it up,” he tells Billboard. “I gave them two whole albums before this one -- on one I talked about a mother's love for her son and a father not being there, and on the other I made a song about safe sex. They were well accepted but not as much as the records on [his last album] Ready. The singles were purposely very sexual to capture people's attention."
Trey says when he first came on the music scene it was really oversaturated. He says both Chris Brown and Usher’s personal problems actually helped him in his career.
"There was a lot of traffic in the highway when I first came in. There were a lot of cars on the road, and if I would've stepped in then, I might've caused an accident," Songz says about the competition. "Everyone has their time -- it just wasn't my time with the first few albums. It's just a testament to believing in yourself and never giving up, working hard and knowing what you want. The fact that I had the lane to myself for a while definitely plays a major part in where I am now."
Up next, he’ll be touring with singer Monica. "I want to keep performing and making my stage show better," Songz says. "These days, if you can pack a venue, then you're considered successful. So I want to keep a strong touring base by becoming a strong touring artist."
"I'm having a very special moment -- I'm at the best point of my career now and it's only going to get better," Songz says. "I have people's attention now. This is the fun part for me."