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Ne-Yo (born Shaffer Chimere Smith 18.10.1979)
Ne-Yo is an American R&B performer, of Afro-Asian descent.
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 will.i.am 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.
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.
Ne-Yo on the red carpet at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards held at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. This year's winners included Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Kendrick Lamar and Cardi B - Las Vegas, Nevada, United States - Sunday 20th May 2018
Ne-Yo at the 'World of Dance' FYC Event held at the Saban Center, TV Academy in North Hollywood. 'World of Dance' is a new reality television contest hosted by 'Step Up' star Jenna Dewan - North Hollywood, California, United States - Tuesday 1st May 2018
Ne-Yo at the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Awards held at The Forum in Los Angeles. Among this year's big winners were Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars and The Chainsmokers, with Bon Jovi winning the Icon Award - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 11th March 2018
Ne-Yo at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards held at Madison Square Garden. Bruno Mars was the most successful winner this year, taking home seven awards altogether including Record of the Year - New York, New York, United States - Sunday 28th January 2018
The musicians were among the honorees, while Mary J. Blige and Ne-Yo took to the stage to perform.
Some of the biggest names in music were among the esteemed guests of the 2015 BET Honors held at the Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C., with Kanye West and Usher Raymond among honorees and Mary J. Blige closing the ceremony with her performance.
Mary J. Blige closed the show with her performance
Unsurprisingly, it was Kanye West who landed the coveted Visionary Award at the event which he attended alongside his reality star wife Kim Kardashian. While the multi-Platinum rapper may be one of the best modern popstars, having released his sixth consecutive number one album 'Yeezus' two years ago, he's hardly going to win any prizes for modesty. Despite himself, he quipped to the audience upon receiving his award, 'I understand what it is to be humbled for the first time'.
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Ne-Yo and show designer Angela Simmons greet a particularly adorable fan and pose for a photo as they attend The Compound Foundation's Annual Holiday Giving Tour, during which they were visiting the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami.
Ne-Yo poses with the young members of Miami's Boys & Girls Clubs during his visit for the Annual Holiday Giving Tour hosted by The Compound Foundation.
Run D.M.C. star Joseph Simmons fashion designer daughter Angela Simmons appears to be having a lot of fun as she dances along to background music on her visit to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Miami.
A host of celebrities attending the 2014 Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game were photographed while posing on the red carpet.
The red carpet was graced by all manner of celebrities during the 2014 Summer Classic Charity Basketball Game. The Barclays Centre in New York City saw the arrival of such celebrities as MTV Host, Lenay Dunn, Angela Simmons (daughter of RUN DMC rapper, Joseph Simmons), former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens, R&B singer/songwriter Ne-Yo, singer/songwriter Adrienne Bailon and radio personality and former rapper, Angie Martinez.
Other celebrities included television personality Sammi "Sweetheart" Giancola, Skylar Diggins from the Women's National Basketball Association team 'Tulsa Shock', DJ Khaled and hip hop artist Fabolous amongst others.
OK, so the majority of the US public have just one race on their minds today and that’s the US Presidential race. But once that’s been decided in a few hours, all thoughts will surely be turning to the all-important albums chart race… surely? Can any of this week’s releases threaten Taylor Swift’s position at the top or will she get a second term at number one?
Aerosmith have returned, after an 11-year hiatus from writing any new material. Time appears to have stood still on Aerosmith-land in those eleven years and Music From Another Dimension is pretty much as you would expect an Aerosmith album to sound. Of course, Steven Tyler’s presence on American Idol has brought the attention of Aerosmith back to a new generation of fans, so much of this material may well even sound fresh to them.
During WWII, black pilots trained in Tuskegee, Alabama, were sidelined in the segregated US forces. But Colonel Ballard (Howard) gets them an assignment accompanying bombers on raids in Italy. Led by Major Stance (Gooding), the team includes hot-shot Lightning (Oyelowo), self-doubting Easy (Parker), eager Junior (Wilds) and the even less-defined Smoky (Ne-Yo) and Joker (Kelley). As they square off against their Luftwaffe nemesis (van Riesen), the Tuskegee airmen's distinctive red-tailed planes develop a first-rate reputation that begins to break down racial barriers.
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Wesley Deed's life is perfect. He is a fifth generation Ivy League graduate, trained by his father to be a businessman and trained by his mother to be a gentleman. He is engaged to a beautiful woman, Natalie and he has his entire life mapped out for him.
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In the height of World War II, the American Army have devised an experimental training programme, known as the Tuskegee Training Programme, that consists of African American soldiers. Despite their hard work training, they are beginning to lose hope that they will ever fight in the war. Discrimination in the army was so rife, the men were often seen as unable to fight for their country.
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September 21st! Engrave the date on your brain, for the release of Ne-Yo's fourth album.
Ok I need to explain this to you because this isn't your normal album or album review. Along with the album there are an accompanying six videos. So let's set the scene, the album is like a script to a mini film or theatre play. Set around three super heroes. The three super heroes start off life as garbage men and are given everything they have ever wanted, luxury apartments, flash cars, jewellery and as many women as they want as long as they are willing to be superheroes and guard their city from evil; but there are rules with the super powers, the key one being they can't fall in love with any of the women they meet or sleep with. With the plot so far?
So enters the track 'Champange Life' the story of these guys getting all they ever wanted. The track is quite simply one of Ne-Yo's most soulful R&B tracks to date and definitely the most soulful since the 'real heads' anthem 'Can We Chill'. This sublimely produced mid beat monster is one of THE tracks of 2010. Snares, baselines, keyboards all melt together behind the usual stunning vocal performance and song writing skills of Ne-Yo. This track from a purist's view is one of his best to date.
The lead character and leader of the three super heroes is obviously played by Ne-Yo. The character after some time realises that actually for all they have money, cars, jewellery and women his life feels empty. In a club one night they walk in and are mobbed by women, like normal, but there is one table that doesn't take much notice of them. So they beckon these girls to their VIP area, they all run over except one. To impress her, the lead character uses his superpowers to float a bottle of champagne and a glass over to her and pours her a drink. Unimpressed by this she gets a waiter to take it back over with the message, thanks but no thanks. He walks over, sits with her and asks her why she's not interested, to which she replies let me see the real you, not all this rubbish and you might just have a chance.
Next, enters the track 'One In A Million' this track is more edgy, yet still retains a smoothness and slickness to it, lyrically it explains how different she is from all the women he has ever met. The story telling in the song is nothing short of amazing. Inevitably he starts to fall in love despite all his friends efforts and their own unwritten rule of only ever being able to spend 48 hours with any woman. He goes way beyond that with her. Hence the song 'She Is', okay let me explain, this song will do for Ne-Yo what 'Irreplaceable' did for Beyonce and what 'Take A Bow' did for Rihanna oh yeah and of course he just happened to write both of those as well. Its' a stunning acoustic ballad that every woman will melt over and Ne-Yo will simply just add even more to his ever growing army of female fans because of the lyrics and Ne-Yo being so in tune with women lyrically.
He falls in love with her and this is where the main rule comes in, when they become intimate and he makes love to her, it sends her completely crazy her eyes become diamonds and she gains all his super powers plus she becomes a medusa type character because if you look into her eyes you lose your mind. Convinced he has done this on purpose she becomes his arch enemy and sets out destroy everything close to him and everything around him.
Now follows the song 'Beautiful Monster', the most dance based track on the album, right, I ain't gonna kid ya I have said it before and I will say again, I really don't like this track, but I do get it. Not just from the plot view, but musically I don't think Ne-Yo has to go down the road of 'because electro dace is popular I should be doing it too' it's similar to Michael Jackson's rock influenced tracks; Rock was big back then so he made a crossover and Ne-Yo is obviously doing it because dance is so big now and it unifies so many people - from the artists point of view.
Then the track 'What Have I Done' follows as he remorsefully looks back at what has happened, another classy down beat swayer. It is like a modern day Adam & Eve or Romeo & Juliet in some ways. So the finish to the story, the man that gave them powers comes back and gives the hero one of two choices 1) He kills the love of his life and it returns yo how it was before he had powers and all the people she had killed or taken over the minds of will be returned to normal or 2) He disappears, there is no existence for him everything returns to how it was before he got his superpowers and the love of his life is saved. So the 'Libra Scale' choice comes into play ...
This album shows that Ne-Yo is that word that gets bounded around far too often these days - GENIUS! The album, the six ten minute videos that come with it, musically and lyrically all have obvious Michael Jackson influence and Ne-Yo does not hide that fact. Because as he said after playing me the album, 'MJ might be gone but his spirit should still live on in our music', Ne-Yo added 'I want to entertain people and keep people on their toes musically as Michael did'. This album should be in everyone's collection please make sure you pick it up the minute it drops.
Date of birth
18th October, 1982
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