<ul><li>Tremaine "Trey" Aldon Neverson (born November 28, 1984), better known by his stage name Trey Songz, is an American singer-songwriter, rapper, record producer and actor. His debut album, I Gotta Make It , was released in 2005, while his second album, Trey Day , was released in 2007. His third album, Ready , was released in 2009 while his fourth studio album, Passion, Pain & Pleasure , was released on September 14, 2010. Songz was born Tremaine Aldon Neverson on November 28, 1984, in Petersburg, Virginia. Raised as a military brat, Songz did not have aspirations to have 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.“ He recognized his vocal abilities at the age of 14. Reluctant to sing, he began performing with encouragement by friends and family in high school. Record producer Troy Taylor discovered Songz during a talent show in 2000, which led him to signing a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 2002. After graduating from high school in 2002, Songz moved to New Jersey to begin recording his debut album, though recording didn't actually begin until 2003. </li></ul>
2005 <ul><li>I Gotta Make It is the debut album by American R&B singer-songwriter Trey Songz. Released in the United States on July 26, 2005, the album debuted at #20 on the Billboard 200. The album was released on Atlantic Records and features guest appearances by Twista, Aretha Franklin, Juvenile and T.I.. </li></ul><ul><li>Trey Songz's I GOTTA MAKE IT opens with "A Message from Aretha," an uplifting bit of advice from the soul legend, the record isn't an old-school outing; this is hip-hop-inflected contemporary R&B in the R. Kelly vein. </li></ul><ul><li>The smooth, catchy single "Gotta Make It" appears twice here, first as a collaboration between the gently crooning Songz and the lightning-fast rapper Twista, and later as a remix featuring more words of wisdom from Franklin and the steady flow of Juvenile. Other highlights include the charming slow jam "Gotta Go" and the infectiously percussive "Just Wanna Cut." Though Songz is just one of many up-and-comers in early-2000s R&B, he downplays swaggering bravado in favour of a more amiable confidence, and this quality makes him a clear standout in the crowd. </li></ul>
2007 <ul><li>Trey Day is the second studio album by American R&B singer-songwriter Trey Songz. Released by Atlantic Records on October 2, 2007 in the United States. The album's release was originally scheduled for a May 2007 release, but was rescheduled for a fall 2007 release entirely. The album debuted at #11 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart with 73,000 copies sold in its first week. This was an improvement over the #20 debut of his previous album. The album's second single, "Can't Help But Wait", had given Trey Songz his highest charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 peaking at #14, until "Say Aah" peaked at #9 in 2010. It also earned him a 2009 Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. </li></ul>
2009 <ul><li>Ready is the third studio album by American R&B singer Trey Songz. The album, his first studio release since 2007's Trey Day , was released by Songbook and Atlantic Records on August 31, 2009, in the United States. Production for the album began in 2008 and continued until 2009, featuring contributions from Songz's mentor Troy Taylor, Bryan-Michael Cox, StarGate, and Los Da Mystro, among others. </li></ul><ul><li>The album received generally positive reviews from critics. Reviews positively compared Ready to the work of R. Kelly, but criticized the album's inconsistency. It debuted at number three on the U.S. Billboard 200 and peaked at number two on the U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 131,000 copies in its first week. The album was later certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America, becoming Songz's first certified album. </li></ul>
2011 <ul><li>Passion, Pain & Pleasure is the fourth studio album by American R&B recording artist Trey Songz, released on September 14, 2010. It is the follow-up to his commercial breakthrough Ready (2009). Production for the album took place during March to July 2010 and was handled by several record producers, including his mentor Troy Taylor, Bryan-Michael Cox, Stargate, and Mario Winans, among others. The album debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 240,000 copies in its first week. It has produced two singles, including "Can't Be Friends" and Billboard hit "Bottoms Up". It later became certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for shipments exceeding 500,000 copies in the US. Upon its release, Passion, Pain & Pleasure received positive reviews from most music critics. Songz promoted the album via his Summer 2010 tour with R&B singer Monica. </li></ul>
Image As you can see from Trey Songz album cover and music video, he is a sex image. He makes a lot of music to do with sex which syncs in perfectly with his image because he attracts a humongous amount of female attention and to go with his songs, talent he also is in shape (in terms of his body). Trey’s image is very unique star persona, because he stands out from other artist vibrantly. Evidence of this would be on his video ‘I invented Sex’ and also ‘Neighbors Know my Name’. In these two video he is almost having intercourse on the set of the video, and there are directors there. He also recently made a song called ‘Massage’ and every time he performs that song live he picks a beautiful lady from the crowd and gives them a massage. This all conforms to being a very strong sex image.
Album analyse <ul><li>I Gotta Make It is a unique blend of R&B soul and funk with a mix of Trey Songz' spicy creativity and originality; A combination of hot production, smooth flowing vocals, and strong lyrics makes this a tight album. In comparison with an R&B market that is already oversaturated with copy cats and imitations, I Gotta Make It , is a CD that eschews a breath of fresh air. This is the CD that the industry has been waiting for. It's time to continue the restoration of true R&B and Songz' is making a good start. Five songs into the album and not a single use of the skip button which is rare. There are not too many CDs where you can listen to every song more than once. Of course, on every album there are always favorites . I Gotta Make It is comprised of 17 tracks, one of which is an intro, a prelude, and a reprise. Every song offers something different and is a far cry from the predictable drum patterns and repetitious melodies that we've all come accustomed to. Every song expresses a true male's point of view from cheating to heart aches and downright getting it on. However, the lyrics are done in a manner that stays within the context of respectability. In a world where sex has gone wild Trey delivers intimacy to a 3rd power with genuine sincerity. Authentic lyrics and a powerful play on words put into perspective the sexual thoughts of a young man fresh out of teen hood. Everybody from mothers to grandmothers, baby daddies, pimps and hustlers can relate to at least one or more of the songs on the album. Trey's signature 'OOOO, WOO' is symbolic, ironically enough, of a young R. Kelly with just a hint of Ginuwine, but Trey Songz is not an imitation or a copy cat. His album boasts of pure originality. The song Kinda Lovin especially shows the similarities between R. Kelly and Trey Songz . </li></ul>
Just Gotta Make It (alright) Just Gotta Make It Just Gotta Make It (alright) Just Gotta Make It Just Gotta Make It (alright) Just Gotta Make It Shawty (shawty), all I got is a dollar and a dream Is ya gonna roll wit me? (roll wit me) You see I've tried a 9 to 5, and it just don't fit me (fit me) (no) I can get us out the hood and have us livin good Ya feel me? (oh do feel me) But I aint leavin here if you ain't wit me (If you ain't wit me) Cause girl a suit wit a smile that don't fit me Taking a bus for some miles is gon kill me (that's gon kill me) I'm tryin' to turn it around, start this thing from the ground and as long as you're down I know, Looking at you day after day, I know I Just Gotta Make It (alright) Just Gotta Make It (Just Gotta Make It) Just to see that smile upon your face I know I Just Gotta Make It (alright) I Just Gotta Make It Everything I do I do for you and we Just Gotta Make It (alright) Just Gotta Make It To the top of the world me and my girl we Just Gotta Make It (alright) Just Gotta Make It These lyrics suggest the struggles of life, and this was shown in the video however, the lyrics also direct to the audience that life can get better, and this is shown at the end of the video when, trey get the job of his dreams.
The shot then cut to a depth of field shot showing the text ‘gotta make it’ showing the name of the song, this shot also shows a bedroom setting with a picture of a couple in the background which at the moment is blurred however it then draws into a clear imagel
The shot then changed angles by using a fast cut to show what looks like a bedside dresser with an alarm clock and the picture of the couple in the background of this shot.
The angles then changed by another cut the shots shows the back of the alarm clock with Trey songz in the background in a depth of field shot, also in this shot there was a some text which says ‘staring Trey songz’ this states the name of the artist, this is shown while he happens to be in the background of the shot, at this point the music begins to play, suggesting that it is coming from the alarm.
This shot still a depth of field focusing on the alarm clock as Trey tries to turn it off as he has just woke up from the music playing.
There was then a quick cut to a long shot of trey songz with the words ‘staring Trey Songz’ still present on the shot. The setting around this shot shows an old house with old pieces of garbage around suggesting that the house is a little run down or the down side to the problem which might be featured in the video/or behind the lyrics,
The shot then cut to a mid shot of Trey singing this shows a slight side of his possible insecurities and also a closer shot the house in the background.
There was the a quick flash of scene all shot in a mid shot showing trey waking up, and a quick shot of his girlfriend next to him.
Mid shots and close shots are used to show the lip syncing of trey sing the song
This shot is a mid shot of Trey singing this shot shows a little aggression/ strong emphasise on the words ‘you ain’t with me’
The shots then quickly cut to the drop beat of the song. These shot also show the sadness of the family around Trey.
The shots the did another quick cut showing how Trey made the family happy by giving him the present this was shown as the lyric said ‘just gotta make it’ suggesting the family aspirations of having a good life.
Then there was split screen of trey walking some where, and looking at someone, the person happens to be him but rich, however after a few seconds we realize this was a dream and the person Trey was looking at wasn’t Trey.
At the end of the video there was a tilt on to a black screen showing a happy Trey suggesting that everything went good for him and his family.
In this video the outfits was based on the typical causal clothes an normal person would wear in there day to day life, for example, night clothes, work clothes and jumper and jeans, or tee-shirts and jeans.