DJ Cassidy Taps Usher, Kelly Rowland, John Legend For Album

DJ Cassidy's vision is coming to fruition with a soon to be released album titled "Paradise Royale."

Slated for release via Columbia Records later this Spring, the album is not only set to feature R&B and dance, but major collaborations including Robin Thicke and Jessie J and Usher, Mary J. Blige, John Legend, Ne-Yo and Estelle.

Speaking with Billboard, DJ Cassidy says "Paradise Royale" was inspired by music from 1978-1982.

"It (that music) simply called everyone to the dance floor. It made everyone smile. It made everyone move. I always wished when I played this music that there would be something new that I could play, too, something fresh to incorporate. So four years ago I stopped wishing and I made it my mission to bring what I believe the greatest and most universal dance music of all-time back to nightlife, back to the airwaves, back to the dance floor," DJ Cassidy told Billboard.

"Paradise Royale" will kick off with Robin Thicke and Jessie J, who recorded the first single "Calling All Hearts."

Music fans can also look forward to hearing R. Kelly ("Make the World Go Round"), Cee-Lo Green ("Light Up the Night"), Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, John Legend and Estelle ("When the Stars Come Out"), Passion Pit, Kelly Rowland and Chromeo.

"The musician roster, meanwhile, features luminaries such as: Nile Rodgers of Chic (and now Daft Punk); Earth, Wind & Fire's Verdine White, Phillip Bailey and Larry Dunn; Kool & the Gang's Robert "Kool" Bell, Khalis Bayyan and George Brown; Wah Wah Watson; Ray Parker Jr.; Freddie Washington; Marcus Miller; Ndugu Chancler; John "JR" Robinson; Ollie Brown; Will Lee; Patrice Rushen and others, with horn and string arrangements by Jerry Hey," reports Billboard.

In related news, DJ Cassidy will be playing with Robin Thicke on his forthcoming tour, slated to kick off Feb. 21 in Atlanta.