Don't miss tonight's episode of VH1 "Behind The Music: NE-YO". VH1 explores the R&B heartthrob's status from talented up-and-comer to one of the industry's most ubiquitous and successful singer-songwriters.
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This Sunday, VH1′s Behind The Music delves into sweet crooning singer-songwriter Ne-Yo‘s story. Before we get into that, though, we’d like to set the scene by first going Behind The Song with Ne-Yo’s “Irreplaceable,” the chart-topping smash he wrote for Beyoncé.
“There’s a multitude of points throughout my career that re-inspired,” says Ne-Yo, counting as one of them “Irreplaceable,” the country-tinged hip-hop hit he penned for none-less-than Beyoncé to perform. A shining performer in his own right, the song proved Ne-Yo a talented songwriter as well, able to worm his way into the hearts and souls of others with his writing. “Everybody will start telling you that this will never work, that will never work, probably don’t want to experiment, give people what they don’t know, don’t go too far outside of the box,” he says. “We experimented with something and it worked.” And as for that killer “to the left, to the left” line? He got that from his aunt.
Be sure to tune-in when Behind The Music: Ne-Yo premieres on Sunday, September 23 at 9/8c on VH1.
A new chapter in pop music history is being written this week, as multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award-winning Motown Records artist NE-YO captures the #1 spot on the UK national chart with “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself),” the latest single from his new album, R.E.D., arriving in-stores on November 6th. NE-YO is set to perform “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” on the season finale of NBC’s America’s Got Talent this Thursday, September 13th.
With 90,000 first week UK sales, “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself),” NE-YO’s overall 5th #1 UK single, marks his first #1 UK hit as a Motown artist, since his move from Def Jam to Motown in January. It also marks NE-YO’s biggest #1 UK sales week and is Motown’s first #1 UK hit in 20 years, since Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road” in 1992.
The success of “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)” is underscored by the fact that NE-YO is not only an artist on the newly revitalized Motown Records, but also serves as the label’s Senior Vice President of A&R. In that post, he works closely alongside Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, and Ethiopia Habtemariam, Senior Vice President of Motown Records.
R.E.D. is NE-YO’s first album for Motown after seven hugely successful years and four RIAA gold and platinum albums as a core member of IDJ since 2005. Ne-Yo has seen over 8 million albums and 23 million singles sold worldwide. In the U.S., his first three albums are all nearing RIAA double platinum for sales in excess of 2 million copies each; and he has amassed five platinum and one RIAA gold single.
NE-YO’s arrival at Motown in 2012 caps an incredible run at sister label Def Jam, where his first three studio albums all debuted at #1 Soundscan and were all certified RIAA platinum: In My Own Words (2006), Because Of You (Grammy Award®-winning Best Contemporary R&B Album for 2007), and Year Of The Gentleman (2008).
Year Of The Gentleman spun off a trio of RIAA platinum hits: “Closer” (#1 U.S. Dance, #1 UK), “Miss Independent” (#1 U.S. R&B, #1 UK R&B), and “Mad” (#5 U.S. R&B, #3 UK R&B). “Miss Independent” went on to win Grammy Awards® for Best R&B Song (songwriters award) and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
Year Of The Gentleman’s success around the globe in 2008 jump-started NE-YO’s career as an actor in 2009. He was cast in two big budget, major studio blockbusters: director Jonathan Liebesman’s Battle: Los Angeles (Columbia Pictures), which opened in 2011; and George Lucas’ World War II epic Red Tails (20th Century Fox), the chronicle of the Tuskegee Airmen, which opened in 2012.
Today, in addition to his successful careers as a recording artist, music executive, philanthropist, and actor, NE-YO heads the Compound Foundation, a 501 c-3 non-profit organization which is committed to increasing awareness about the status of children in the child welfare system, and supporting and partnering with residential care facilities and independent group homes through programs aimed at teaching entrepreneurship and life skills that will empower them to become productive, successful, independent adults.