Trey Songz is an American singer, songwriter and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It, was released in 2005 through Atlantic Records. His follow-up album, Trey Day, spawned his first top 20 single, “Can’t Help but Wait”. Songz released his third album Ready in 2009 and a single from the album, “Say Aah”, peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Hot 100 making it Songz’s first top 10 hit.
Ready was nominated for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance at the 2008 Grammy Awards. The following year saw Songz’s highest charting song to date, “Bottoms Up” featuring rapper Nicki Minaj from his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure.
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1. Tremaine Aldon Neverson was born on November 28, 1984, in Petersburg, Virginia.
2. He is the son of April (Gholson) Tucker, who was seventeen when he was born, and Claude Neverson Jr.
3. Raised as a military brat by his mother and stepfather, Songz did not have aspirations for a musical career as a child due to his shyness, saying “Singing wasn’t a reality for me, until other people started noticing I sounded good.”
4. He recognized his vocal abilities at the age of 14.
5. Reluctant to sing, he began performing with encouragement by friends and family in high school.
6. Record producer Troy Taylor discovered Songz during a talent show, which led him to sign a recording contract with Atlantic Records in November 2000.
7. After graduating from Petersburg High School in 2003, Songz moved to New Jersey to begin recording his debut album, though recording did not actually begin until 2002.
8. While recording his debut album in 2004, Songz released multiple mixtapes under the alias Prince of Virginia. One of the mixtapes featured an “answer track” to R. Kelly’s “Trapped in the Closet”, entitled “Open the Closet”.
9. His debut album, I Gotta Make It was released on July 26, 2005. It debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200, selling 40,000 copies in its first week of sales.
10. The album’s second and final single, Gotta Go, was released in July 2005 and reached #67 on the Hot 100 and #11 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, becoming even more successful than his debut single in the R&B/urban community and in the mainstream community.
11. His second studio album, Trey Day, was released on October 2, 2007. The album reached #11 on the Billboard 200, selling 73,000 copies in its first week.
12. His second album was preceded by the lead single, “Wonder Woman”, which was released in February 2007. It reached #54 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, but failed to impact the Hot 100. Because of the single’s failure, his second album was delayed from May 2007 to October 2007.
13. In 2008, Trey began work on his third studio album with Bryan-Michael Cox, Sean Garrett, Stargate and Troy Taylor and aimed for the record to be more mature than his first two.
14. Trey released his third studio album, Ready, on August 31, 2009. The album reached #3 on the Billboard 200, selling 131,000 copies in its first week. These are his best first week sales to date and the album was his first to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200.
15. The album has since sold over 1,000,000 records in the US, earning a Platinum certification from the RIAA in June 2014, becoming his first Platinum album.
16. The lead single from the album, “I Need a Girl”, was released in April 2009 and reached #5 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart and #59 on the Hot 100, becoming an R&B/urban hit but not a mainstream hit.
17. Songz’s fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure, was released on September 14, 2010.
18. On August 18, 2011, it was announced Songz will be working on his fifth studio album titled Chapter V.
19. On November 28, 2011, on his birthday, Songz released his Inevitable EP to prepare for the release of his album. The EP opened with first week sales of 27,000 landing it at No. 23 on the Billboard 200 and No. 4 on Billboard’s Top Hip-Hop R&B Albums chart.
20. Chapter V was released on August 21, 2012, by Atlantic Records, and on August 17 as a digital download. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 chart, with first week sales of 135,000 copies.
21. On June 20, 2013, in a radio interview with KS 107.5, Songz confirmed that he had already recorded about eight songs for his sixth studio album. On Christmas Day, Songz released the song titled “Na Na” on The Angel Network.
22. Trey has a tattoo dedicated to two special ladies. Trey is as famous for his toned physique as he is for his steamy R&B ballads and hip-hop club records, and his many shirtless photos have prompted inquiries about the passage tattooed on the left side of his chest that reads: “To God I pray may April’s shower’s rain on her Forrest and grow the strength that started with one Rose.” In a 2008 interview, Trey revealed the ink’s sentimental meaning: April is the name of his mother, Forrest is his brother, and Rose is his grandmother.
23. Trey’s 2009 Soul Train Music Awards performance with Toni sparked rumors of a true romance: While singing their collaboration “Yesterday,” they engaged in what appeared to be an actual passionate kiss. Both stars dismissed the speculation, however. Toni said the gesture was choreographed.
24. Trey was spotted kissing Khloé Kardashian at a Las Vegas Club in July, 2016.