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Ne-Yo hopes to 'spice up' Blunt

Ne-Yo talks to Newsbeat's Sarah Jane Griffiths about wanting to work with James Blunt

Hip hop star Ne-Yo has written some songs for James Blunt.

Ne-Yo said he'd like to add a little twist of his own style to the English singer's work.

"We haven't gone into the studio together yet. I've written some songs to submit to him," he revealed. "We're gonna see how that turns out."

However, he said he doesn't want to drastically change Blunt's style: "If feel that if it ain't broken then don't fix it. I love his sound."

He added: "I just want to maybe add a little bit of my spice to what's already good."

The 29-year-old also said he'd been busy "getting his Denzel on" in a film about the first African-American pilots to fight in World War II.

There's a a lot of energy in that crowd and they gave it all to me

He said: "I've been shooting a movie for the last two months, so I've been off the grid for a minute...

"The name of the movie is Red Tails - it's about the Tuskegee Airmen and I play a young fighter pilot in the 1940s."

Ne-Yo performed on Sunday at Radio 1's Big Weekend and was full of enthusiasm for the fans when he came off stage.

"There's a a lot of energy in that crowd and they gave it all to me. I appreciate everyone who came down... Lot of love - I'm happy I came."

The free festival saw 40,000 people hit Swindon's Lydiard Park over two days, with Snow Patrol and The Prodigy headlining the main stage.

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