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Ne-yo Biography

Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Chimere Smith 18.10.1979)

Ne-Yo is an American R&B performer, of Afro-Asian descent.

Ne-Yo: Music Career

In 2006, Ne-Yo released his debut album on Def Jam Recordings. Entitled In My Own Words, the album went straight to Number One in the Billboard 200 album charts. It has been certified platinum and has sold over four million copies across the world.

The Stargate-produced second single, 'So Sick' also reached the top of the singles chart, the same week that the album hit the top spot.

Ne-Yo's second studio album, Because of You, was released in May 2007. Since releasing the album, Ne-Yo has been approached to work on material for Michael Jackson's new album, alongside of the Black Eyed Peas.

Ne-Yo has written songs for a large number of successful American artists such as 'Unfaithful' and 'Take A Bow', for Rihanna, 'Gallery' for Mario Vasquez and Beyonce Knowles' 'Irreplaceable.' Ne-Yo has also penned songs for Britney Spears, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion. It has also been reported that he has written songs for Lindsay Lohan's debut musical venture. Additionally, it has been suggested that Ne-Yo will work with Marilyn Manson.

Ne-Yo was chosen to perform the national anthem of the USA, 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the Special NFL match held at Wembley Stadium, between San Diego Chargers and New Orleans Saints.

The artist's third album is entitled Year of the Gentleman and is said to be a backlash against what he perceives to the 'sloppiness' of current R&B music. The album is influenced by songwriters such as John Lennon and Sir Paul McCartney as well as Marvin Gaye and Michael Jackson. In terms of style, Ne-Yo has drawn influence from the Rat Pack members such as Sammy Davis Jr. and Frank Sinatra.

Ne-Yo: Personal Life

In February 2008, Ne-Yo was arrested for reckless driving in Georgia. When caught, he had been driving without a license, at over 100 miles per hour, at least 50 miles per hour over the speed limit. In June of the same year, he was sentenced to 24 hours community service. As part of the sentence, Ne-Yo must also perform for the Boys and Girls Club, as well as attending a defensive driving class, and paying a fine of $1000.

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premiere of open road films a haunted house 2 - arr 160414
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roc nation pre-grammy brunch celebration 250114

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The Latest Ne-yo News

Ne-yo: 'i Don't Condone Chris Brown's Behaviour'

12th April 2014

R&B star Ne-Yo has spoken out to clarify his comments which suggested Chris Brown had been treated unfairly by U.S....

Ne-yo: Chris Brown Is Unfairly Used As Example

11th April 2014

Ne-Yo thinks Chris Brown is unfairly being held up as an example.The 'Closer' hitmaker is angered by his fellow R&B...

Ne-yo: 'chris Brown Has Been Treated Unfairly By Authorities'

11th April 2014

Singer Ne-Yo believes embattled R&B star Chris Brown has been unfairly treated by the American justice system because he is...

Pharrell Williams & Duchess Of Cambridge Tipped To Be 2014's Most Influential Trendsetters

24th December 2013

Pharrell Williams, Ne-Yo, Victoria Beckham and British royal Catherine, Duchess Of Cambridge have been tipped to become the most influential...

Ne-yo Shrugs Off Unpaid Bill Allegations

29th November 2013

Singer Ne-Yo has taken a bite out of reports he walked away from an $800 (£533) meal without settling his...

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Ne-yo Reviews

Ne-Yo - R.E.D Album Review Album Review

2nd October 2013

Ne-Yo's latest album 'R.E.D' is released on Motown Records. There's no doubt Ne-Yo is an...

Ne-Yo - Champagne Life Single Review

2nd August 2010

After waxing lyrical over 'Libra Scales', the stunning fourth album from Ne-yo on these hallowed...

Ne-Yo - Libra Scale Album Review

9th July 2010

September 21st! Engrave the date on your brain, for the release of Ne-Yo's fourth album....

ne yo - Because of you Album Review

22nd May 2007

Ne-YoBecause of youAlbum reviewNe-Yo returns with his sophomore project entitled "Because of You" (The title...

Ne-Yo - Because Of You Single Review

5th March 2007

Ne-Yo Because Of YouDef JamUk Release Date April 16th - Download Release Date TbcSingle ReviewNe-yo...

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Ne-yo Festivals

iHeartRadio Music Festival

20th September 2013

T4 on the Beach

1st July 2012

Radio 1 Big Weekend

24th May 2014

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Ne-yo Footage Film / Movie Reviews

Red Tails 2012, Review by Rich Cline

An inspiring true story from American military history provides plenty of drama and adventure, even...

Battle Los Angeles 2011, Review by Rich Cline

So po-faced that it almost feels like a spoof, this energetic action epic is watchable...

Stomp the Yard 2007, Review by Chris Cabin

On the television series Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Columbus Short plays a brooding,...

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Ne-yo Interviews

Ne-Yo, Interview

15th August 2008

Read our Ne-Yo Interview or have a listen to the audio stream Jas: First of all...

Ne-Yo, Video Interview

16th March 2007

Ne-Yo Video InterviewBeginning with the release of Ne-Yo's platinum debut In My Own Words in...

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The Latest Ne-yo Press Releases

Ne-yo Announces 2013 Tour!

13th December 2012

Global superstar Ne-Yo will touch down in the UK next March for a monster tour...

Ne-yo Returns With His Brand-new Album 'R.e.d' Out Sept 17th 2012

25th June 2012

Single - 'Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)' - Premieres July 9th Multi...

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