Ne-Yo prepares ‘R.E.D.’ for Nov. 6 release
Published: Thursday, September 27, 2012
Updated: Thursday, September 27, 2012 17:09
The R&B singer, song-writer and producer Ne-Yo has officially announced the release date of his fifth studio album, “R.E.D,” (Realizing Every Dream). The smooth sounding, laid-back artist has turned up the heat with this particular album, which will be released on Nov. 6. The original release date was set for Sept. 18, but was pushed back. This album will be the artist’s first record release on Motown Records since the move from Island Def Records in January of this year.
Ne-Yo, birth name Shaffer Chimere Smith, has definitely come a long way, from the stomping grounds of Camden, Ark. to being raised in Las Vegas, Nev. where he began to enhance his skills for song writing. In nearly five years, from the start of his singing career, he went from just a song writer to a three-time Grammy recipient.
The song “Let Me Love You,” by Mario is one of Ne-Yo’s most successful written songs. He has written top recorded songs such as Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable,” Jennifer Hudson’s “Spotlight,” and “Rihanna’s “Unfaithful.” Ne-Yo has also written songs for big time artists like Mary J. Blige and Janet Jackson.
In early 2006, Ne-Yo’s freshman album, “In His Own Words,” reached the No.1 slot on Billboard 200 and sold more than 301,000 copies in the first week alone. His 2007 album, “Because Of You,” won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Ne-Yo hit a trio of RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) platinum hit singles on his album “Year of the Gentleman,” which include “Closer,” “Miss Independent” and “Mad.” Ne-Yo’s album “Libra Scale” was his last recording for Def Jam Records. Since the big move to Motown, Ne-Yo has taken the No.1 spot on the UK national chart with his latest single “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself).” The album features other artists such as Sia, Fabolous and Diddy. This album is more personal compared to the past ones. Capturing the No. 1 spot definitely shows improvement from his 2010 album, “Libra Scale,” which sold only 117,000 copies.
The track list consists of songs like “Cracks,” which is the first song on the album, “Lazy Love,” “She Is” and “Should Be You,” which features Fabolous and Diddy. The CD also has a deluxe edition with an addition of four extra tracks featuring Ne-Yo’s typical slow jam style in the song “Don’t Make Em’ Love You.”
The R&B flavor is mixed with a hint of county and pop provides a new style of music to the music industry. The single “She Is” was co-written with Luke Liard, collaborator with Carrie Underwood. “Lazy Love,” has a soft tempo beat which emphasizes on the side effects of love. His recent single, “Let Me Love You,” introduces a new sound to pop culture.
Ne-Yo is currently producing and mentoring upcoming artists for the Motown Records label. He can also be seen appearing on “The Voice,” mentoring for Cee-Lo Green’s team. With his latest release, Ne-Yo has definitely become a highlight of the music industry.