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The-Dream Showcases His Songs, Not Others, On Stage

Of the Oakland Press

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The-Dream says he’s “coming pretty stocked-up this time” for his second fullscale concert tour.

The 30-year-old R&B artist and songwriter — real name Terius Youngdell Nash — played to pre-recorded tracks when he last toured with Jay-Z and Mary J. Blige. This year, however, he has four dancers and a five-piece band, all of which results in “a bigger dream” when he takes the stage to support Keyshia Cole.

“I’m like a kid in a toy store,” he says, “like, ‘Oh, this is gonna be fun!’ I’m coming DVD-ready.” And, in fact, he plans to film a DVD at some point during the tour.

The-Dream is also loaded with hits — not only from his two albums, but also those he’s written for other artists, including the Rihanna smash “Umbrella” and songs for Usher, Blige, Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx and others. But don’t expect to hear him sing their tunes during his show.

“There’ll be hints of them,” The-Dream notes. “But there’s a lot of records I’ve written for other people. My show would be so long if I put those records in. I don’t have enough time — let’s just say that.” He is, however, covering Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana,” which he says he’s been “trying to sing forever.”

Along with the shows, The-Dream is “seven songs in” on his next album, tentatively titled “Love King” and due out in December. He plans to headline his own tour in the fall and is also working on upcoming releases by Carey, Brandy, Christina Milian and Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, the latter with a song called “Change” that The-Dream calls “probably one of the best male records I’ve ever written ... the best record I’ve written besides ‘Umbrella.’ ”

The-Dream performs as part of the “A Different Me” tour, with Keyshia Cole, Keri Hilson and Bobby V, at 8 p.m. Saturday (May 16) at the Fox Theatre, 2211 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $38-88. Call (313) 471-6611 or visit www.olympiaentertainment.com.

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