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Trey Songz dodges R&B trends on his new album

Music’s male R&B stars have taken a curious turn the last few years in not consistently living up to the name R&B.

On their last couple of albums, artists such as Chris Brown, Usher and Ne-Yo have been doing less R&B. Instead, they’re finding hits with more up tempo dance-pop, such as “Turn Up the Music,” “Scream” and “Let Me Love You,” respectively.

But Trey Songz, riding the success of his latest album “Chapter V,” is staying true to himself and what his fans expect.

“Some of your favorite R&B artists are making pop records, which is very easy to do and has proven successful for those artists,” says Songz. “For the most part, making an entirely R&B album is something that’s not very popular right now.”

Songz says he’s taking a stand for creative integrity.

“The greatest artists didn’t have to cross over,” he says. “People crossed over to them.”

Songz admits he thought about changing up his music, but there are certain things he just won’t conform to because of who he is.

“If the shoe don’t fit, I won’t wear it,” he says. “I’m that kind of guy. I’ve always been one to take the difficult route.”

Songz says that goes back to his 2005 debut “I Gotta Make It,” which featured an endorsement from Aretha Franklin. He says he was singing soulful songs right out the gate instead of taking the easier route of making a club record.

On “Chapter V,” he says he’s pulling bits of inspiration from past releases, including “Trey Day” (2007), “Ready” (2009) and “Passion, Pain & Pleasure” (2010), mixing soul with hip-hop, sexy bedroom jams and rock-tinged tunes.

“This is where I am now,” he says. “And with every record, I want to speak to the ladies and want to make sure I’m speaking for the men.”

On his “Chapter V” tour, coming to the Fox Theatre on Sunday night, Songz is awaiting the January release of “Texas Chainsaw 3D.” He has a lead role in the update of the long-running horror franchise, which picks up where the 1974 classic left off. Songz portrays Ryan, the boyfriend of the lead female character Heather.

When Songz was first approached about doing “Texas Chainsaw 3D,” his first reaction was “I’m not doing no horror movie.”

He envisioned himself doing a movie like “Menace II Society” or “Love & Basketball” or any other urban classic. He was also busy working on “Chapter V,” so he brushed it off. But director John Luessenhop came to the recording studio to convince Songz.

“We talked about life, and he was open about himself, not just the film,” Songz says. “He had a good spirit. I told him the thing about the film was there had to be some changes,” says Songz, who wouldn’t say what changes he suggested.

He considers the collaboration a new partnership between himself and Lionsgate, and he shows the film trailer at his concerts.

“The impact of my fan base will do wonders for this film,” he says.


What “Chapter V” world tour with Trey Songz, Miguel, Elle Varner • When 7:30 p.m. Sunday • Where Fox Theatre, 527 North Grand Boulevard • How much $48-$98 • More info MetroTix.com

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