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Famous as :

R&B singer

Birth Name :

Shaffer Chimere Smith

Birth Date :

October 18, 1982

Birth Place :

Camden, Arkansas, USA

Claim to fame :

Single "So Sick" (2006)


Raised solely by his mother, Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Chimere Smith on October 18, 1982 in Arkansas and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada where he began to develop his skills in writing songs. Ne-Yo entered the music scene as one part of an R 'n' B group called Envy but the band sadly parted ways in 2000. He was then signed by Columbia Records, only to find his album project being disappointingly shelved for more than a year, prompting him to leave the company empty-handed. However, a song which was supposed to appear on the album led to his future in music.

R 'n' B artist Marques Houston heard the song "That Girl" and decided to record it for his own album. Since then, Ne-Yo earned the title of being one of the most-sought songwriters, writing for such artists as Christina Milian, Faith Evans, and B2K. He also helped launching Mario's career through his work on the younger guy's single, "Let Me Love You", in 2004. In his effort to find another label, Ne-Yo managed to impress Tina Davis of Def Jam Records who immediately brought him to the Island Def Jam Music Group chairman, Antonio "L.A." Reid. Within a short time, a recording contract was offered.

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Ariana Grande, Gwen Stefani, Ne-Yo and More Cover Disney Hits for New Album

August 19, 2015 04:55:08 GMT

A bunch of big names in music have been tapped to sing some Disney classics for a new album. During the D23 Expo in Anaheim, California last weekend, Disney announced the star-studded compilation called "We Love Disney".

Ne-Yo, Elijah Kelley, Common Added to NBC's 'The Wiz'

August 13, 2015 19:14:41 GMT

NBC announces three more additions to the upcoming live musical "". R&B singer is cast as Tin Man, "" actor Elijah Kelley is tapped to play Scarecrow, and rapper joins the cast in a non-singing comedic role of the Bouncer.

Meek Mill and Ne-Yo Lined Up to Perform at BET Awards

June 17, 2015 06:49:29 GMT

and are the latest additions to the line-up of performers for the 2015 BET Awards. Joining , and , the two are set to hit the stage at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles later this month.

Ne-Yo Unveils New Track 'Make It Easy'

January 08, 2015 07:20:04 GMT

has previewed his upcoming album "" with another new track. The R&B crooner debuted on Wednesday, January 7 "Make It Easy" on which he's trying to find a girl who can love him unconditionally.

Pitbull and Ne-Yo Celebrate the New Year in 'Time of Our Lives' Music Video

December 27, 2014 02:52:57 GMT

and take fans back to the late 1999 in the music video for their collaboration, "Time of Our Lives". Debuted just a few days before 2015 comes, the clip opens with a dad talking about his plan to do something on New Year's Eve, but his daughter tells him it's not the right time for partying since they haven't paid the rent for two months.

Ne-Yo Reveals New Release Date for 'Non Fiction' Album

November 29, 2014 06:03:45 GMT

has set a new release date for his new album, "Non Fiction". After pushing it back several times, the R&B superstar announced during a show in Los Angeles earlier this week that his sixth studio effort would now arrive on January 27, 2015.

Pitbull Reunites With Ne-Yo for New Track 'Time of Our Lives'

November 13, 2014 09:01:36 GMT

keeps building the anticipation of "" by dropping a new song from the album. Titled "Time of Our Lives", the party anthem debuted on Wednesday, November 12 finds the rapper reuniting with .

Woman Has Part of Brain Removed Because of Ne-Yo's Music

November 13, 2014 08:24:05 GMT

's music can actually harm someone. U.K.'s Daily Mail reports that a British woman named Zoe Fennessy recently underwent a brain surgery in hopes to stop the crippling seizures triggered by the R&B star's music.

Ne-Yo on Rihanna's New Album: It's 'Absolutely Incredible'

November 12, 2014 08:15:59 GMT

is already a huge fan of 's new album. The R&B singer, who said he'd worked with the Bajan beauty on the LP, revealed he had listened to her new material and shared new info about what will be the follow-up to 2012's "" during a recent visit to U.K.'s Capital XTRA.

Ne-Yo Sees Strippers Everywhere He Goes in 'She Knows' Video Ft. Juicy J

October 09, 2014 03:43:15 GMT

has debuted the official music video for "She Knows", his collaboration with . Hitting the web on Wednesday, October 8, the clip stars the R&B singer, his rapper collaborator and a number of pole dancers including Nicole "The Pole" Williams who also appears on the video for 's stripper anthem "Pour It Up".

Ne-Yo Premieres New Track 'She Knows' Ft. Juicy J

September 10, 2014 06:25:14 GMT

has debuted a new single from his forthcoming album "Non Fiction". Premiered during the star's visit to Power 106 on Tuesday, September 9, the mid-tempo R&B jam titled "She Knows" features a verse from rapper .

Celine Dion and Ne-Yo Premiere 'Incredible' Music Video

June 05, 2014 06:25:09 GMT

There's no word on what caused the delay, but the official music video for 's duet with "Incredible" is finally here. Arriving on Wednesday, June 4, the simple-yet-beautiful clip was actually shot by the two stars nearly six months ago.

Ne-Yo Premieres New Single 'Money Can't Buy' Ft. Jeezy, Talks New Album

May 28, 2014 04:22:18 GMT

has officially premiered his new single, "Money Can't Buy". Featuring guest vocals from labelmate , the track finds the 31-year-old singer returning to his R&B roots. In it, he talks about his special lady who has no interest in his money.

Ne-Yo Teams Up With Jeezy for New Single 'Money Can't Buy'

May 24, 2014 03:41:04 GMT

is gearing up to return to the music scene with a new single titled "Money Can't Buy". On Friday, May 23, the singer announced his upcoming project by sharing the track's artwork on Instagram.

Video: Ne-Yo, Lady Antebellum and More Celebrate ASCAP's 100th Birthday With 'More Than the Stars'

December 18, 2013 08:59:04 GMT

More than a dozen of Grammy Awards-winning musicians team up to celebrate the 100th anniversary of ASCAP, the professional membership of those who write, compose and publish music. They released a birthday song called "More Than the Stars" and its accompanying video on Tuesday, December 17.

Shaggy and Ne-Yo Release Music Video for 'You Girl'

October 17, 2013 06:26:01 GMT

has debuted the music video for his collaboration with , "You Girl". The four-minute clip follows a lovey dovey couple on their romantic date. They are seen riding a motorcycle together and heading to various places around Jamaica.

Video: Ne-Yo Performs Hits When Rocking 'Good Morning America'

August 03, 2013 03:56:11 GMT

made an energetic appearance on "" Summer Concert Series on Friday morning, August 2. Clad in a black hat and a leather jacket, the R&B crooner began his set with a live performance of his 2008 single, "Closer".

Video Premiere: Jessica Sanchez's 'Tonight' Ft. Ne-Yo

March 22, 2013 09:05:29 GMT

"" viewers knew season eleven runner-up could really sing when she competed in the hit TV reality series last year. However, fans will be surprised to see that the 17-year-old has some pretty decent dancing skills too when they get to watch her music video with R 'n' B prince as they team up for her new single entitled "Tonight".

Ne-Yo Sued by Ex-Girlfriend for Defamation

March 13, 2013 09:34:49 GMT

is facing legal action from his ex-girlfriend, Jesseca White, for blasting her on television. Jesseca White claims the singer defamed her when he said she tried to trick him into believing he was the father of her child so she could get money out of him.

Ne-Yo's Ex Threatens to Sue Him After He Talked About Their Baby Drama

December 24, 2012 07:38:21 GMT

is threatened to get sued by his former girlfriend. A woman named Jessica White has hired top-notch attorney Gloria Allred to represent her against the "So Sick" hitmaker. She accuses him of breaking their agreement after he talked about their baby drama during an interview on VH1.

Ne-Yo Working on Material for Beyonce Knowles' New Album

December 11, 2012 02:32:25 GMT

On top of his very busy week of live performances, R'n'B star has another huge project on his hand. The singer/songwriter has confirmed to MTV that he's currently working on material for ' upcoming album slated to come out in 2013. He added that the collaboration might turn up another "Irreplaceable" hit track. The two artists co-wrote the 2006 hit single and it went on to become a fan favorite.

Videos: Ne-Yo Performs on 'Saturday Night Live' for the First Time

December 10, 2012 03:08:33 GMT

R&B crooner fulfilled one of his longtime dreams over the weekend when he performed two hits from his latest album " (Realizing Every Dream)" on the highly popular TV show "". That was the rapper/singer's first time to take the stage of the famous variety show. He also supported actor/singer who was taking on the hosting role for the second time.

Video Premiere: Ne-Yo's 'Forever Now'

November 30, 2012 18:58:05 GMT

officially picked "Forever Now" as the second single from his fifth studio album "" and released a music video for it. The R 'n' B star, who has become an actor as well, inserted a mini scene before the song starts to play.

Artist of the Week: Ne-Yo

November 26, 2012 07:05:30 GMT

Redeeming the so-so reception to 2010's "", presents a fifth album, "", which has him returning to his core of melodic R&B. In a refreshing side, he embraces other music genres with a touch of pop, dance-pop as well as country.

Keira Knightley: People Are Not Interested in My Small Breasts

November 14, 2012 08:25:20 GMT

has no problem exposing her breasts because they're small. To Allure, the actress admits, "I don't mind expossing my tits because they're so small... People really aren't that interested!"

Fun. and Ne-Yo Join Other Top Performers at the Grammy Nominations Concert

November 14, 2012 08:14:10 GMT

Indie pop band and R'n'B singer have been added to the list of performers for "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! - Countdown to Music's Biggest Night" to take place on December 5 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. Country and pop sensation will be hosting the event together with rapper and veteran host, .

Rihanna's New Album to Feature Collaboration With Ne-Yo

September 22, 2012 02:45:38 GMT

remains tight-lipped about details of her new album, but at least a guest star for the upcoming record has been uncovered. It has been revealed that the Bajan singer will reunite with for her latest studio set, which is reportedly set to be released this coming November.

Video Premiere: Ne-Yo's 'Let Me Love You'

July 19, 2012 08:46:00 GMT

dropped his latest single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)" earlier this month. The R&B crooner has now followed it up with a video to go along with the track.

Ne-Yo's New Single 'Let Me Love You' Makes Its Way Out

July 10, 2012 02:44:51 GMT

R&B singer has released a new dance track coming from his upcoming album "" due to drop in the United States later this year. Following the disappointing performance of his previous track "Lazy Love" on the charts, the 32-year-old singer puts out a track that bears a stark contrast in terms of tempo.

Timbaland Premieres 'Hands in the Air' Music Video Ft. Ne-Yo

July 07, 2012 03:37:13 GMT

Hip-hop rapper and producer collaborates with R&B singer for song "Hands in the Air" which was released last month. The pair has premiered a music video for the single which is featured on soundtrack of new dance movie, "".

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