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Marisa Laudadio
May 28, 2008 04:10 PM

Ne-Yo admits he had his doubts about Lindsay Lohan‘s vocal talents when he was asked to write a song for her upcoming third album, due later this year.

“I gotta admit, we were like … ‘Lindsay Lohan?'” Ne-Yo tells Billboard magazine. “I mean, I’ve written for Beyonce Knowles, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Celine Dion and … Lindsay Lohan?”

But after hearing her sing on the track, called “Bossy,” Ne-Yo says he and producer Stargate were so impressed that he called Lohan to say how sorry he was for not believing in her. “She did a ridiculously fabulous job,” Ne-Yo tells the magazine. “I was so shocked I had to call her and apologize for what I was thinking because she did so good. I think the world is gonna be surprised.”

Earlier this month Ne-Yo told PEOPLE that he and Stargate approached the Lohan project “as a challenge. ‘Can we make a song for Lindsay Lohan that people were gonna take seriously?’ I think we did it,” he said.

Even though Ne-Yo will release his own third album, Year of the Gentleman, on Aug. 15, he’s also writing for other artists including Usher, Leona Lewis, and Academy Award-winner Jennifer Hudson – his song “Spotlight” will be the first single off her self-titled debut album, due in September. He has also submitted songs for Michael Jackson’s next album, which does not yet have a release date.

Ne-Yo is currently on tour with Alicia Keys.

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