Redeeming the so-so reception to 2010's "Libra Scale", Ne-Yo presents a fifth album, "R.E.D.", 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.
After it was released on November 6 Stateside, the album landed on No. 4 of the Billboard 200 chart with 66,000 copies sold in its first week, exceeding the sales expectation by ten thousand. The sales number even put the latest effort by the 33-year-old artist atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
"This is a thank you to everybody that has taken their hard earned money and purchased my album thus far," he humbly said of the album's performance. "Well aware of the current state of things, it means even more to me. My love for you is endless. Long live music."
The album's success was preceded by the warm welcome of its single, "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)". Released as the second song from the studio installment, it peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 and has sold more than 1 million copies.
"This is a plaque representing one million sales of the single 'Let Me Love You'," he commented after getting a Platinum certificate for the single. "Words cannot express my gratitude! At a time where stealing music is the norm, the fact that a million people got it the right way means the world to me. From the bottom of my heart... thank you."
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. » more