Ne-Yo is a Grammy Award winning American R&B recording artist, record producer, dancer, songwriter, and actor. He’s one of the most successful songwriters and artists of the 2000s. His breakthrough started on late 2004, as the co-songwriter of Mario’s “Let Me Love You,” a number one Hot 100 hit that Billboard later determined to be the eighth most successful single of the decade. He released his debut album, In My Own Words in 2006, which includes the US number one hit “So Sick”, as well as the top 10 hit “Sexy Love” which reached the top of the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop album charts. During the same year, he appeared on Remy Ma’s “There’s something about Remy” and Ghostface Killah’s “Fishscale”. He released three albums, all of which went platinum in the United States. Seven of his singles, as well as five on which he appeared as a featured artist, peaked within the Top Ten of the country’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable” and Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” with smash hits are just two of the many songs he wrote for other artists. His music added a high level of sophistication to pop-R&B while appealing to younger audiences. Moreover, Ne-Yo released his second album Because of You in 2007 and it went to number one on the Billboard 200 and Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts as well with its upbeat title track topping out at number two on the Hot 100. He released his third album, Year of the Gentleman in 2008, which contained the top 10 hits “Closer”, the
Grammy-winning “Miss Independent”, and “Mad” after another series of songwriting triumphs, including Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” and Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight”. Furthermore, the Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade in 2009. His fourth studio album, Libra Scale, an album inspired by science fiction and comic books, as well as Stevie Wonder’s and Michael Jackson’s most ambitious recordings, was released on November 22, 2010. It received critical acclaim from music critics, but was a commercial dissatisfaction, debuting at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart which was selling less than all of his previous three studio albums. However, he maintained his mainstream presence as a featured artist on Pitbull’s “Give Me Everything” and Young Jeezy’s “Leave You Alone,” among a handful of minor hits. Ne-Yo was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award of the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame in 2012 which honors gifted songwriters who are at the peak in their careers and are building a significant impact in the music industry through their original songs. In November 2012, after signing to Motown and being named the label’s Senior Vice President of A&R, he released R.E.D. (“Realizing Every Dream”). His fifth album found him remaining to embrace dance-pop while maintaining his connection to R&B.
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