Ne-Yo's 'Gentleman' held up

Project getting additional songs

NEW YORK -- Originally due June 24, Ne-Yo's third Def Jam album, "Year of the Gentleman," has been pushed back to Aug. 5 while the artist completes additional songs for the project.

As previously reported, the album features production by longtime Ne-Yo colleagues Stargate, Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, J.R. Rotem and members of Ne-Yo's Atlanta-based Compound Entertainment crew.

The set's lead single, the Stargate-produced club track "Closer," is currently No. 54 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 41 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.

"I wanted the third album to be something a little different from the first and second as far as the essence and the sound of what I was doing," Ne-Yo said last month, emphasizing that he'd become a bit bored by the R&B-heavy sound of his earlier work.

Ne-Yo remains on Alicia Keys' tour as a support act; the trek pulls into Memphis on Thursday.