Producer RedOne is spending a lot of time in Las Vegas these days, supposedly working on an album with Michael Jackson, which he can’t talk about. “Honestly, I’m not allowed to talk about Michael at all,” says RedOne, who was born Nadir Khayat in Morocco and now calls Los Angeles home. “I just love him. I’m a big fan of his. There’s something going on, but I can’t talk about it.”
What RedOne can say is he’s spending a lot of time in the recording studio at the Palms.
“The studio, it’s incredible. The sound is amazing,” he says. “And so is Las Vegas. I love Las Vegas. We get a lot of peace of mind in Las Vegas. It’s very nice. It feels good working in Vegas. It’s very convenient, so close to L.A. It’s like a dream world that helps you musically and creatively.”
RedOne also can say he’s working on an album with Toni Braxton, who has been canceling shows at the Flamingo lately because of an undisclosed illness. She’s booked in the showroom until September, when Donny & Marie take over.
The producer also says he is helping to navigate the return of the New Kids on the Block. (After an absence of 14 years, maybe the former boy band should be called New Old Guys on the Block.) And he is working on projects with Akon and Lady Ga Ga (“Big Boy/Big Girl”).