Early life[ edit ] Smith was born in Camden, Arkansas. His father is of African-American and Chinese descent,  [notes 1] and his mother is African-American. Both his parents were musicians. As a young child, he was raised by his mother after she separated from his father. Career beginnings[ edit ] Ne-Yo performing in July After Envy disbanded in , Columbia Records signed Ne-Yo, but the label dropped him before he could release his already-recorded first album.
Houston re-recorded the song and released it as a single for his album MH. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot , and later stayed at the top spot for nine weeks. Boosted by its popular second single " So Sick ", the album debuted at number one on Billboard , selling over , copies in its first week on sale. I made an assessment of the music business. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now.
Everybody kinda looks the same, everybody's kinda doing the same thing, everybody's kinda rude and full of themselves. Whereas a gentleman is calm, courteous, kind, charming So that title basically represents me trying to lead by example, and showing these cats what it is to be a gentleman in this business still.
Ne-Yo included a solo version of the song on his album Year of the Gentleman. In , Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the s decade. The Collection in Japan. It peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot chart. On October 8, , Ne-Yo performed some of his songs from the new album at P. Libra Scale was released on November 22, It received critical acclaim from music critics, but was a commercial disappointment, debuting at number nine on the US Billboard chart, selling less than all of his previous three studio albums.
Which in turn is why I've called it 'Libra Scale'. You know, its whole concept is based on that question of morality — that, if you weighed it all out on a libra scale, which one of those two options would you choose? American rapper Fabolous said in an interview that he is planning a collaboration album with Ne-Yo as well.
Ne-Yo has also written songs for Mary J. Ne-Yo starred in two motion pictures, the long-gestating George Lucas project Red Tails , released in early , and Battle: Los Angeles , which was released in the United States on March 11, Ne-Yo has already finished writing songs for American singer and Roc Nation artist Alexis Jordan and her self-titled debut album as well as Jennifer Hudson for her second studio album, I Remember Me , which had a North American release on March 22, Ne-Yo appeared in the children's preschool show The Fresh Beat Band and was one of the few artists not to cancel appearances in the wake of the Japan earthquake.
Ne-Yo also revealed in an interview that he would like to collaborate with Chris Brown , Lil Wayne and Drake on his upcoming album. Ne-Yo performing songs from R.
The single, along with the music video was released on March 21, That same day, he announced a new single, " Money Can't Buy ". On May 8, , Ne-Yo released a single " Earn Your Love " from his forthcoming seventh album, whilst announcing that the album is slated for a release in Kelly , Babyface , Blackstreet and Usher.
Eriksen of the Norwegian production team Stargate. He has also been working with Sugababes for their seventh album , with member Keisha Buchanan confirming that Ne-Yo had written a song called "No More You" for their album.
Ne-Yo announced that the show would be titled I Heart Tuesday and that he had created it for his sister. NY as a hit-man, under his birth name of Shaffer Smith. Philanthropy[ edit ] Ne-Yo is passionate about the arts and children, and has shown his support for Little Kids Rock by filming a PSA for the organization.
Announcing the birth, Ne-Yo said of his first child, "I've been in love before but this feels like nothing I've ever felt Shaw gave birth to a boy, Mason Evan Smith, on October 9, On June 2, , Ne-Yo pleaded guilty to the driving without a valid license charge and no contest to the reckless driving charge.
He was sentenced to 24 hours of community service. A judge ruled that Pitbull's use of her name was protected by the First Amendment and that Lohan was barely mentioned in the song.
Pitbull then won the lawsuit.