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Ne-Yo in January 2013
Shaffer Chimere Smith

(1979-10-18) October 18, 1979 (age 39) [1]
Years active1998–present
Crystal Renay Williams(m. 2016)
Partner(s)Monyetta Shaw (2009–2013)
Awards List of awards and nominations
Musical career
Origin Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Genres R&B [2]
Associated acts

Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), known professionally as Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and dancer. He gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head and the signing of a recording contract.

Stage name pseudonym used by performing artist

A stage name is a pseudonym used by performers and entertainers, such as actors, comedians, singers and musicians. Such titles are adopted for a wide variety of reasons and may be similar or nearly identical to an individual's birth name. In some situations, a performer will eventually adopt his or her title as a legal name, although this is often not the case. Personal names or nicknames that make up the professional name should not necessarily be considered as a "fake name" like Lady Gaga : for example: Miley Cyrus: born Destiny Hope Cyrus, uses her personal nickname "Miley" and her maiden name "Cyrus" as her professional name, in 2018 she legally changed to Miley Ray Hemsworth.

Let Me Love You (Mario song) 2004 single by Mario

"Let Me Love You" is a song by American singer Mario. It was released on 2004 from his second studio album, Turning Point (2004). It was written by Ne-Yo, and produced by Scott Storch. The remix of the song, also produced by Storch, contains rapped verses from Jadakiss and T.I.. The song was an instant hit, garnering Mario a Grammy Award nomination for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance in 2006.

Mario (American singer) American singer from Maryland

Mario Dewar Barrett, known mononymously as Mario, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, and model. He is known for his singles "Just a Friend" (2002) and "Let Me Love You" (2004), which won him two Billboard Music Awards. He has released four studio albums: Mario (2002), Turning Point (2004), Go (2007), and D.N.A. (2009). At the end of the 2000s decade, Mario was ranked #98 by Billboard on their "Artist of the Decade" list.


Ne-Yo's debut solo single, "Stay", was released in 2005 to moderate success. His debut studio album, In My Own Words (2006), was critically and commercially successful, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. It is certified platinum in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia and saw the success of the single "So Sick", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Stay (Ne-Yo song) 2005 single by Ne-Yo ft. Peedi Peedi

"Stay" is the debut single by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, from his debut studio album In My Own Words (2006). It was written by Ne-Yo, Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, Ray Blaylock, Solomon Ridge Jr., and rapper Peedi Peedi, who is also featured on the song. Production on "Stay" was overseen Feemster. The song incorporates an interpolation of American musical group DeBarge's "Stay with Me" (1983). Due to the inclusion of the sample, writers Mark DeBarge, and Etterlene Jordan are also credited as songwriters.

<i>In My Own Words</i> 2006 studio album by Ne-Yo

In My Own Words is the debut album of American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. It was released by Def Jam Recordings on February 28, 2006. Conceived following his songwriting breakthrough with "Let Me Love You" for fellow R&B singer Mario in 2004, Ne-Yo worked with musicians Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, Brandon Howard, Shea Taylor, and Curtis "Sauce" Wilson, as well as Norwegian production duo Stargate on most of the album, some of which would become regular contributors on subsequent projects. The singer co-wrote the lyrics for each song on In My Own Words which features guest appearances by rappers Peedi Peedi and Ghostface Killah.

The Billboard 200 is a record chart ranking the 200 most popular music albums and EPs in the United States. It is published weekly by Billboard magazine. It is frequently used to convey the popularity of an artist or groups of artists. Often, a recording act will be remembered by its "number ones", those of their albums that outperformed all others during at least one week. The chart grew from a weekly top 10 list in 1956 to become a top 200 in May 1967, and acquired its present title in March 1992. Its previous names include the Billboard Top LPs (1961–72), Billboard Top LPs & Tape (1972–84), Billboard Top 200 Albums (1984–85) and Billboard Top Pop Albums.

Because of You (2007), Ne-Yo's second studio album, was the second number one platinum-selling album debuted on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and received the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Grammy Awards. His third studio album, Year of the Gentleman (2008), saw continued success and further Grammy Award nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album as well as Album of the Year. Its singles "Closer" and "Miss Independent" were also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song.Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum twice in the US, selling two million copies, also platinum three times in the UK and once in Japan.

<i>Because of You</i> (Ne-Yo album) 2007 studio album by Ne-Yo

Because of You is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It was released by Compound Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings on April 25, 2007 in the United States. Ne-Yo reteamed with many previous collaborators to work on the follow-up to his debut album In My Own Words (2006), involving Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, StarGate, and Shea Taylor, as well as new and upcoming musicians such as The Heavyweights, Eric Hudson, Timothy Bloom, Knobody, and Syience. Next to them, Because of You features guest vocal contributions from rapper Jay-Z on "Crazy" and fellow R&B singer Jennifer Hudson on "Leaving Tonight".

Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums is a chart published by Billboard magazine that ranks R&B and hip hop albums based on sales in the United States and is compiled by Nielsen SoundScan. The name of the chart was changed from Top R&B Albums in 1999. The chart debuted in the magazine as Hot R&B LPs in 1965, and were also called Top Black Albums; from 1969-1978 they were identified as Soul charts. The US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums tracks the albums of quiet storm, urban contemporary, soul music, R&B, new jack swing, hip hop, and sometimes house music artists.

The Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album was an honor presented at the Grammy Awards, a ceremony that was established in 1958 and originally called the Gramophone Awards, to recording artists for quality works on albums in the contemporary R&B music genre. Honors in several categories are presented at the ceremony annually by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences of the United States to "honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence in the recording industry, without regard to album sales or chart position".

Libra Scale (2010), Ne-Yo's fourth studio album, reached number one in the UK R&B Singles and Albums Charts and number 9 on the US Billboard 200, seeing a decline in overall sales. His fifth studio album, R.E.D. (2012), saw the international success of its lead single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", which certified platinum in the United States and sold over two million copies. Ne-Yo's sixth studio album, Non-Fiction , followed in 2015. His seventh studio album, Good Man , was released on June 8, 2018. [3] [4] In addition to music, Ne-Yo currently serves as judge for the reality competition series World of Dance alongside Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough.

<i>Libra Scale</i> 2010 studio album by Ne-Yo

Libra Scale is the fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. It was released on October 27, 2010 in Japan, followed by a release in the United Kingdom on October 29, as well as a release in the United States on November 22, 2010 by Def Jam Recordings and Compound Entertainment. The album is preceded by three singles: its lead Europop-oriented single, and the UK number-one hit "Beautiful Monster", as well the R&B singles "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million".

The UK R&B Singles Chart and the UK R&B Albums Chart are 40-position R&B and hip hop music charts compiled by the Official Charts Company (OCC) on behalf of the music industry in the United Kingdom. Although the charts do not receive any airplay, their compilation is viewed on the websites of the OCC and BBC Radio 1, as well as publications such as UKChartsPlus and Music Week. The UK R&B chart is also shown regularly on music channels including Kiss, Viva UK, MTV Base and MTV Hits. Additionally, the channels regularly use The Official UK R&B Download Chart, which is shown on 4Music.

<i>R.E.D.</i> (Ne-Yo album) 2012 studio album by Ne-Yo

R.E.D., is the fifth studio album by American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, first released on October 31, 2012, in Japan. The album follows the disappointing commercial performance to 2010's Libra Scale and is Ne-Yo's first album with new label Motown Records after being appointed as the label's senior vice president for A&R. The album contains songs that crossover different genres of music, combining elements of R&B, pop and dance-pop.

Early life

Smith was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father is of African American and Chinese descent [5] [notes 1] and his mother is African American. Both his parents were musicians. As a young child, he was raised by his mother after she separated from his father. [6] In hopes of better opportunity, his mother relocated the family to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Camden, Arkansas City in Arkansas, United States

Camden is a city in and the county seat of Ouachita County in the south-central part of the U.S. state of Arkansas.

Las Vegas City in Nevada

Las Vegas, officially the City of Las Vegas and often known simply as Vegas, is the 28th-most populated city in the United States, the most populated city in the state of Nevada, and the county seat of Clark County. The city anchors the Las Vegas Valley metropolitan area and is the largest city within the greater Mojave Desert. Las Vegas is an internationally renowned major resort city, known primarily for its gambling, shopping, fine dining, entertainment, and nightlife. The Las Vegas Valley as a whole serves as the leading financial, commercial, and cultural center for Nevada.

While in the Las Vegas Academy, Smith adopted the stage name GoGo and joined an R&B group called Envy, who appeared during amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo [7] and on the MTV's The Cut [8] (hosted by Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes of TLC). [9] The group disbanded in 2000, and Smith continued to write songs for other artists before starting his solo career. The stage name Ne-Yo was coined by Big D Evans, a producer with whom Ne-Yo once worked, [10] because Evans claimed that Ne-Yo sees music as Neo sees the Matrix. [11]

Las Vegas Academy high school in Las Vegas, Nevada

The Las Vegas Academy of the Arts is a magnet high school located in Downtown Las Vegas, Nevada. Students are accepted through an audition process and claim a major pertaining to performing arts or visual arts.

<i>Showtime at the Apollo</i> television series

Showtime at the Apollo is a music television show, first broadcast on September 12, 1987 to May 24, 2008 with 1093 episodes, and is produced by the Apollo Theater. In 2018, the series returned on Fox with Steve Harvey hosting. The show features live performances from both professional and up-and-coming artists, and also features the Amateur Night competition made popular at the famous Apollo Theater in the Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan in New York City, where the show is recorded. The series was rebooted as Apollo Live and hosted by comedian Tony Rock. In many cities such as New York, it often aired after Saturday Night Live on early Sunday mornings, and was often paired with the similarly-syndicated Soul Train.

MTV American pay television channel

MTV is an American pay television channel owned by Viacom Media Networks and headquartered in New York City. The channel was launched on August 1, 1981, and originally aired music videos as guided by television personalities known as "video jockeys" (VJs). At first, MTV's main target demographic was young adults, but today it is primarily teenagers, particularly high school and college students.

Music career

1998–2005: Career beginnings

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Ne-Yo performing in July 2005

After Envy disbanded in 2000, Columbia Records signed Ne-Yo, but the label dropped him before he could release his already-recorded first album. [12] American singer Marques Houston happened to hear "That Girl", which Ne-Yo had planned to release as his debut single off his then-unreleased album. Houston re-recorded the song and released it as a single for his 2003 album MH . [13] The release of the song led to Ne-Yo being recognized as a top songwriter. [13]

For the next two years, Ne-Yo continued writing songs, some of which have not been officially released. [13] He contributed songs to American singer Teedra Moses's 2004 album Complex Simplicity , Christina Milian's It's About Time , and the American boy band Youngstown, [14] none of which, however, brought Ne-Yo much mainstream attention. [13] Ne-Yo has also contributed songs to singers Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq, among others. [15]

A breakthrough came when Ne-Yo wrote "Let Me Love You" for American singer Mario. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and later stayed at the top spot for nine weeks. [14] After the successful release, Tina Davis, former A&R representative for Def Jam Recordings, arranged an informal meeting with label head L.A. Reid. [13] Despite not seeking a new contract at the time, then-CEO of Def Jam Jay Z signed Ne-Yo to a new deal after he performed for the label's executives. [12] [15]

2006–2007: In My Own Words and Because of You

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Ne-Yo promoting Because of You in 2007

In early 2006, Ne-Yo released his debut album, In My Own Words , through Def Jam. Boosted by its popular second single "So Sick", the album debuted at number one on Billboard 200, selling over 301,000 copies in its first week on sale. [16] During the same week, the single had reached number one on the |Billboard Hot 100. [17] Later singles released were "When You're Mad" and "Sexy Love", which peaked at number 15 and number 7, respectively. [18] The album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for a shipment of over one million units. [19]

His second album, Because of You , was released on May 1, 2007, and, fueled by its lead single, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 251,000 copies in the United States; the feat gave Ne-Yo his second number-one album. [20] The first single from the platinum-selling album was the title track, which peaked at the number-two spot. [18] Despite the success of "Because of You," later singles released charted lower and were unable to reach the Top 20. [18] The album has been certified platinum by RIAA for a shipment of over one million units. [19] In December 2007, Ne-Yo and the Goo Goo Dolls performed at a fund-raising concert for the then–presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama. [21]

2008–2010: Year of the Gentleman and Libra Scale

Ne-Yo's third album, Year of the Gentleman , was released internationally on August 5, 2008. Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the thinking behind its title: "To me Year of the Gentleman is all about a persona, a swag and a charm. I made an assessment of the music business. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now. Everybody kinda looks the same, everybody's kinda doing the same thing, everybody's kinda rude and full of themselves. Whereas a gentleman is calm, courteous, kind, charming... So that title basically represents me trying to lead by example, and showing these cats what it is to be a gentleman in this business still." [22]

The album sold 250,000 copies in its first week in the United States, debuting on the Billboard 200 at number two. [23] Reviews for the album were positive: in one, Caryn Ganz of Rolling Stone magazine wrote that Year of the Gentleman is "actually a superb concept album about what a great boyfriend he [Ne-Yo] can be". [24]

The first two singles, "Closer" and "Miss Independent," peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. The album was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album and Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammy Awards, "Closer" for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, and "Miss Independent" for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. [25] Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum by RIAA for a shipment of more than one million copies. [19] The third single, "Mad," peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

On August 12, 2008, the New Kids on the Block released "Single," the second single from their fifth studio album, The Block , which is a duet with Ne-Yo. Ne-Yo included a solo version of the song on his album Year of the Gentleman.

In December 2008, Ne-Yo performed at the Kennedy Center Honors as part of the tribute to Barbra Streisand; he sang and danced to the song "Lover Come Back to Me," which Streisand recorded on her second album in 1963.

In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade. [26]

On September 2, 2009, Ne-Yo released greatest hits album Ne-Yo: The Collection in Japan. [27] The album was also released with a limited edition CD+DVD edition complete with the music videos of singles. [28] It debuted at number four on Japan's Oricon weekly albums chart, selling 55,625 copies in the first week. [29]

In January 2010, Ne-Yo was featured in a duet with singer Mariah Carey titled Angels Cry.

In June 2010, Ne-Yo released the single "Beautiful Monster," which became Ne-Yo's first number-one single on the UK Singles Chart. It peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

On October 8, 2010, Ne-Yo performed some of his songs from the new album at P.C. Richard & Son Theater in New York City, an event hosted by iHeartRadio. [30] Ne-Yo made an appearance at New York ComicCon to announce that he was collaborating with Stan Lee for a Libra Scale comic. [31] Ne-Yo also met with fans for pictures and autographs in the Cultyard of the ComicCon. [32] The second and third singles released off of the album are "Champagne Life" and "One in a Million," respectively.

Libra Scale was released on November 22, 2010. It received critical acclaim from music critics, but was a commercial disappointment, debuting at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling less than all of his previous three studio albums. Ne-Yo stated: "The album is based upon this short story which basically follows these three characters who are forced to choose between money-power-and-fame versus love. Which in turn is why I've called it 'Libra Scale'. You know, its whole concept is based on that question of morality – that, if you weighed it all out on a libra scale, which one of those two options would you choose?". [33] Libra Scale sold 112,000 copies in its first week. In the United Kingdom, the album debuted at number 11 on the UK Albums Chart, while debuting at number one on the UK R&B Chart.

2011–2012: R.E.D.

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Ne-Yo in a recording studio in 2011

On February 25, 2011, while on his tour in the United Kingdom, he announced his new album would be called Love and Passion and would be released in September, but this was proven false as the title was tentative. American rapper Fabolous said in an interview that he is planning a collaboration album with Ne-Yo as well. Ne-Yo has also written songs for Mary J. Blige, JB, Beyoncé, Monica, Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole and Willow Smith's upcoming albums. Ne-Yo starred in two motion pictures, the long-gestating George Lucas project Red Tails , released in early 2012, and Battle: Los Angeles , which was released in the United States on March 11, 2011. Ne-Yo has already finished writing songs for American singer and Roc Nation artist Alexis Jordan and her self-titled debut album as well as Jennifer Hudson for her second studio album, I Remember Me , which had a North American release on March 22, 2011. Ne-Yo appeared in the children's preschool show The Fresh Beat Band and was one of the few artists not to cancel appearances in the wake of the 2011 Japan earthquake. [34]

In the spring of 2011, Ne-Yo collaborated with American rapper Pitbull and Nayer on his single "Give Me Everything", which peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Ne-Yo his second US number-one single, his first since 2006's "So Sick" and his first as a guest artist. Ne-Yo also revealed in an interview that he would like to collaborate with Chris Brown, Lil Wayne and Drake on his upcoming album.

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Ne-Yo performing songs from R.E.D. in 2012

In January 2012, it was reported that Ne-Yo, along with his label imprint Compound Entertainment, had moved from Def Jam Recordings to Motown Records. [35] [36] He was also appointed Senior Vice President of A&R of Motown, where he would serve " a producer and mentor to the label's artists, as well as seeking out and signing new talent to the label." [37] Ne-Yo was slated to release his fifth studio album, R.E.D. (as in "Realizing Every Dream"), on September 18, 2012. [38] [39] The album was initially titled The Cracks in Mr. Perfect. [40] The album's first official single, "Lazy Love", was released on June 12, 2012 and peaked at number forty-two on the US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", co-written by Australian singer-songwriter Sia, was released as the second single on July 31, 2012. [41] Because of Kevin McCall's new album and the song Ne-Yo will be in, "Love Time", was not yet released because he and his friend Chris Brown will make an appearance on Ne-Yo's R.E.D. album in the song called "What I Do", which they all will be involved in writing the beat says Ne-Yo, who was interviewed by TMZ in New York. "I expect this to be a banger in clubs for the slow songs and to get Ne-Yo his first top 10 song in years," said Chris Brown, after a celebrity basketball game with Ne-Yo, Kevin Hart, and other celebrities in the month of July.

On August 29, 2012, Ne-Yo was one of the headliners alongside R&B recording artist Melanie Fiona, in the Summer Beats Concert Series, otherwise known as the MJ Birthday Concert, which was on what would have been the 54th birthday of the late American pop icon Michael Jackson which was sponsored by and live-streamed by Pepsi and Billboard . He performed a medley of hits, as well as performing "The Way You Make Me Feel", "Smooth Criminal" and "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" from Jackson's best-selling 1987 album, Bad , in preparation for the reissue of Bad 25 on September 18, 2012. The concert took place at Gotham Hall in New York City. [42] R.E.D. was released in the United Kingdom on November 5, and in North America on November 6, 2012. [43]

In 2012, Ne-Yo was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame which honors gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs. [44]

2013–present: Non-Fiction and Good Man

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Ne-Yo performing at the National Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in December 2014

In March 2013, Ne-Yo collaborated with Akon on David Guetta's single "Play Hard", from his 2012 album Nothing but the Beat 2.0. He also collaborated with Jessica Sanchez on her single "Tonight" from her debut album Me, You & the Music . The single, along with the music video was released on March 21, 2013. In April, Ne-Yo and Cher Lloyd collaborated on their single "It's All Good", which eventually was featured on Fruttare commercials. [45] Around the same time, he and Celine Dion recorded "Incredible" for Dion's 2013 album Loved Me Back to Life . "Incredible" was released as a single in February 2014 and the music video premiered in June 2014. [46]

On May 29, 2014, Ne-Yo announced his upcoming sixth studio album would be called Non-Fiction . That same day, he announced a new single, "Money Can't Buy". [47] On September 16, 2014, the lead single from "Non Fiction" was sent to mainstream radio titled "She Knows" featuring Juicy J. [48] A few months later, Ne-Yo announced that the new release date for Non-Fiction was January 27, 2015. [49] The album included collaborations with Pitbull and Charisse Mills. [50] The album peaked at number five on the Billboard 200 chart.

In July 2015, Ne-Yo collaborated with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike on a new song for the Tomorrowland anthem titled "Higher Place". [51] In 2016, Ne-Yo collaborated with Yunel and J Alvarez for their single entitled "Sin Miedo", released on November 12, 2016 and with Diamond Platnumz for their single entitled "Marry You", released on February 2, 2017.

On May 8, 2017, Ne-Yo released a single "Earn Your Love" from his forthcoming seventh album, whilst announcing that the album is slated for a release in 2017. [52] [53] A new single, "Another Love Song" was released on May 30, 2017. [54] In July 2017, he made a cameo in the comedy film Girls Trip , starring Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall. [55]


Musical style and influences

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Ne-Yo has credited Michael Jackson as a big influence.

Ne-Yo's music is generally R&B, while he also incorporates pop and hip hop occasionally. His musical influences include Michael Jackson, Luther Vandross, R. Kelly, Babyface, Blackstreet and Usher. [56] [57] Ne-Yo is noted for his tenor voice, including his application of falsetto in his works. [58] [59] [60] [61]

Songwriting and production

Ne-Yo frequently co-writes with Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel S. Eriksen of the Norwegian production team Stargate. Ne-Yo met them in a hallway at Sony Music Studios in New York, and knowing the team produced R&B records, decided to collaborate with them. The collective's early works were tracks from In My Own Words, including "So Sick". [62]

Aside from working on his own album, Ne-Yo also collaborates with several other artists. His works include: Rihanna's top-ten singles "Unfaithful", "Russian Roulette", and her number-one hit "Take a Bow", Mario Vazquez's "Gallery", Paula DeAnda's "Walk Away (Remember Me)", and Beyoncé Knowles' Billboard Hot 100 number-one single "Irreplaceable", which stayed at the top of the chart for ten consecutive weeks. [63] He wrote the song "I'm You" for Leona Lewis's debut album Spirit , and is currently writing songs for her next album and for the debut album of fellow X Factor winner Alexandra Burke. He has also been working with Sugababes for their seventh album, with member Keisha Buchanan confirming that Ne-Yo had written a song called "No More You" for their album. [64]

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Ne-Yo performing in 2012

In 2010, he dueted with Mariah Carey on "Angel's Cry", a song for her cancelled album, Angels Advocate. Ne-Yo has also written songs for Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Carrie Underwood, Anastacia, Ciara, Corbin Bleu, Enrique Iglesias, and Dima Bilan. [63] He collaborated with Lindsay Lohan on her new material, having already finished "Bossy", a pre-single for her new album Spirit in the Dark. [65] In 2007, Ne-Yo confirmed that he had been contacted by producer to work on what would have been Michael Jackson's new album. [66] However, at the time of Jackson's death, Ne-Yo's collaborations with him had yet to move past the writing stage. [67] In an interview in 2010, Ne-Yo said that, since Jackson's death, he had been confused as what to do with the songs, as he felt that selling them to another artist or even releasing the songs himself would be disrespectful to Jackson's legacy. [68] In 2009, he wrote "Truth (Saigo no Shinjitsu)" for w-inds., the Japanese pop group. [69]

Ne-Yo ventured out to open his own recording studio, called Carrington House, in Atlanta, Georgia. [70] He also had started his own production company, Compound Entertainment, in 2007, and has hired several producers and songwriters in hopes of turning it into a full-fledged record label. It successfully became a label, and artists such as RaVaughn, Paula Campbell, Sixx John, Adrienne Bailon and Shanell are now associated with Compound. [12] [70]

Other ventures


In 2011 Ne-Yo was approached by Cartoon Network to help create an animated series. Ne-Yo announced that the show would be titled I Heart Tuesday and that he had created it for his sister. [71] He also stated that he wanted to avoid having the show resemble the anime art style of The Boondocks due to the potential cost of the show's animation style. [71] [72]

Ne-Yo appeared in an episode of the seventh season of CSI: NY as a hit-man, under his birth name of Shaffer Smith.

In 2011, Ne-Yo appeared in an episode of The Fresh Beat Band as himself.

He starred as the Tin Man in NBC's musical telecast adaptation of The Wiz alongside David Alan Grier, Elijah Kelley, Queen Latifah, Common, Amber Riley, Uzo Aduba and Mary J. Blige. The musical telecast premiered December 3, 2015 as a three-hour event. For his performance, he received a Critics' Choice Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Movie made for Television or Limited Series. [73]

In December 2018, he was the entertainment at 67th Miss Universe pageant where he performed during the final catwalk.


Ne-Yo is passionate about the arts and children, and has shown his support for Little Kids Rock by filming a PSA for the organization. [74]

Personal life


In 2005, Jessica White, Ne-Yo's girlfriend at the time, gave birth to a boy, naming him Chimere after Ne-Yo's middle name. [63] Though Ne-Yo believed he was the father, he later discovered the child was not his. [75] [76]

In June 2010, Ne-Yo told Ebony that he and his girlfriend, Monyetta Shaw, were expecting their first child together – a girl due early in 2011. [77] Shaw gave birth early to daughter Madilyn Grace Smith on November 12, 2010, in Atlanta, Georgia. Announcing the birth, Ne-Yo said of his first child, "I've been in love before but this feels like nothing I've ever felt... like I'm in love for the first time." [78]

In September 2011, Ne-Yo revealed that he was expecting his second child with Monyetta Shaw. Shaw gave birth to a boy, Mason Evan Smith, on October 9, 2011. [79]

In September 2015, the singer announced that he and Crystal Renay Williams were engaged and expecting a child. [80] They were married on February 20, 2016. [81] Their son, Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr., was born on March 15, 2016. [82] Their second son, Roman Alexander-Raj Smith was born on June 14, 2018. [83]


In August 2017, Ne-Yo announced he had adopted a vegan diet after viewing the documentary What the Health . [86] In February 2019 he said in an interview that he had lost "like 30 pounds" and had also reversed his tendinitis since he became vegan, calling it "one of the best things he's ever done". [87]


Studio albums


2006 Save the Last Dance 2 MixxDirect to video
2007 Wild 'N Out Himself
2007 Stomp the Yard Rich BrownFilm [88]
2011 CSI: NY Hitman [89] Episode: "Smooth Criminal" [90]
2011 The Fresh Beat Band HimselfEpisode: "Band in a Jam" [91]
2011 Battle: Los Angeles SpecksFilm [92]
2012 Red Tails Andrew 'Smoky' SalemFilm [93]
2012 The X Factor Guest Mentor
2012 Never Mind the Buzzcocks Guest Host
2012 90210 Himself
2015 Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No! Secret Service Agent DeverouxTV movie
2015 Empire HimselfEpisode: "Be True"
2015 The Wiz Live! The Tin-Man / John The Farmhand Man #1TV movie
2016 The Mindy Project MarcusEpisode: "Baby Got Backslide"
Episode 4.20 "The Greatest Date in the World"
2016 America's Got Talent Guest judgeJudge Cuts Day 1
2017–present World of Dance Judge
2017 Hollywood Game Night HimselfEpisode: "Super Duper Store Night"
2017 Girls Trip
2017 Lip Sync Battle Episode "Taye Diggs vs. Ne-Yo"
2018–present Step Up: High Water Sage OdomSeries regular

Awards and nominations


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So Sick 2005 single by Ne-Yo

"So Sick" is a song by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It was written by Ne-Yo, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Tor Erik Hermansen for his debut studio album In My Own Words (2006), while production was hemled by Eriksen and Hermansen under their production moniker Stargate. The song was released as the second single from the album.

Sexy Love single

"Sexy Love" is the fourth and final U.S. single and the second and final international single released from R&B artist Ne-Yo's debut album, In My Own Words. It has reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the single charted at number 21 on downloads alone. It rose 16 places and peaked at number five once the physical single was released.

Irreplaceable single

"Irreplaceable" is a song recorded by American singer Beyoncé for her second studio album, B'Day (2006). The song was written by Shaffer "Ne-Yo" Smith, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel, S. Eriksen, Espen Lind, Amund Bjørklund, Beyoncé and produced by Stargate and Beyoncé. "Irreplaceable" was originally a country record; it was re-arranged as a mid-tempo ballad with pop and R&B influences by modifying the vocal arrangements and instrumentation. During the production and recording sessions, Beyoncé and Ne-Yo wanted to create a record which people of either gender could relate to. The song's lyrics are about the breakdown of a relationship with an unfaithful man and the song contains a message about female empowerment.

Because of You (Ne-Yo song) 2007 song by Ne-Yo

"Because of You" is a song by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It was written by Ne-Yo, Mikkel S. Eriksen, and Tor Erik Hermansen for his second studio album Because of You (2007), while production was helmed by Eriksen and Hermansen under their production moniker Stargate. The song served as the album's first single. It started radio play the week of March 27, 2007.

Ne-Yo discography discography

American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo has released six studio albums, fifteen singles and several other appearances with other artists.

Hate That I Love You 2007 single by Rihanna

"Hate That I Love You" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her third studio album, Good Girl Gone Bad (2007). It features vocals by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, who co-wrote the song with its producers StarGate. Def Jam Recordings released the song on August 21, 2007, as the third single from Good Girl Gone Bad. A Spanglish version featuring David Bisbal was made available on April 28, 2008. "Hate That I Love You" is a mid-tempo R&B song about the power of love, with influences of folk music. "Hate That I Love You" received generally positive reviews from critics, many of whom compared it to previous works by Ne-Yo.

<i>Year of the Gentleman</i> 2008 studio album by Ne-Yo

Year of the Gentleman is the third studio album by American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. It was released by Compound Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings on September 16, 2008 in the United States. As with his previous albums In My Own Words (2006) and Because of You (2007), Ne-Yo worked with Stargate, Reggie "Syience" Perry, and Shea Taylor on much of the album, but also consulted new collaborators, including Chuck Harmony, Polow da Don, Butter Beats, and Shomari "Sho" Wilson.

Closer (Ne-Yo song) song by Ne-Yo

"Closer" is a song by American recording artist Ne-Yo. The song was written and produced by Ne-Yo and Stargate. It was released as the lead single from Ne-Yo's third studio album Year of the Gentleman (2008).

Miss Independent (Ne-Yo song) single

"Miss Independent" is a song by American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. It is the second single from his album Year of the Gentleman and was produced by Stargate. It samples the song "Forget About Me" by Lil Bit. The song was written by Ne-Yo and co-written by Stargate. It was released as a music download on August 26, 2008 and physical release on September 2, 2008.

<i>The Block</i> (album) 2008 studio album by New Kids on the Block

The Block is the sixth studio album by New Kids on the Block. The album was released on September 2, 2008, along with a deluxe edition that included four bonus tracks. It sold 95,000 copies in its first week of release and debuted at number one on the U.S. Top Pop Albums chart and at number two on the Billboard 200. Several artists collaborated on the album, such as Ne-Yo, Lady Gaga, The Pussycat Dolls, Akon, Teddy Riley and New Edition.

Mad (Ne-Yo song) 2008 Ne-Yo song

"Mad" is a song by American pop/R&B singer Ne-Yo. It is the third single from his album Year of the Gentleman and was produced by Stargate and himself. Mad would later reach as high as 3rd on the Billboard Rhythmic charts. The music video for Mad is noted for containing a The Sixth Sense movie theme in the video.

Stargate is a Norwegian record producing and songwriting team composed of Tor Erik Hermansen and Mikkel Storleer Eriksen, based in Los Angeles. The team's genres include R&B, pop and hip hop. Stargate was established in Trondheim, Norway. They have produced and written or only produced for Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Samantha Mumba, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Shakira, Jennifer Lopez, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo, Katy Perry, Coldplay, P!nk, Sia, Kylie Minogue, Carly Rae Jepsen, Wouter Janssen, Lionel Richie, Mustard, Justin Bieber, Rob Fusari, Khalid, and others.

Knock You Down single

"Knock You Down" is a song by American singer and songwriter Keri Hilson, recorded for her debut album, In a Perfect World.... The song features guest vocals from Ne-Yo and Kanye West. All three artists co-wrote the song with its producer Nate "Danja" Hills, as well as Kevin Cossom and Marcella Araica. The song was released first released to rhythmic and urban airplay in the United States as the album's fourth single in the US, and it would later serve as the third worldwide single.

One in a Million (Ne-Yo song) Ne-Yo song

"One in a Million" is third single from singer/songwriter Ne-Yo's fourth studio album Libra Scale. In the UK, the song was released as the second single from the album. The song was released on September 14, 2010. "One in a Million" was written by Ne-Yo and Chuck Harmony and produced by Harmony. It reached number 87 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Lazy Love 2012 single by Ne-Yo

"Lazy Love" is a song by American recording artist Ne-Yo, premiere online on May 14, 2012. It officially impacted Urban radio on May 29, 2012 and was released on June 12, 2012 by Motown Records for purchase as a digital download. It is the first single from his album R.E.D. The music video for the song premiered on June 11, 2012. The song peaked at #25 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. The music video was directed by Diane Martel.

Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) 2012 single by Ne-Yo

"Let Me Love You " is a song performed by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo, taken from his fifth studio album, R.E.D. (2012). Released on July 10, 2012 by Motown Records, the song serves as the mainstream lead single from the album following the release of an R&B-tinged lead single, "Lazy Love".


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