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Ne-Yo

Ne-Yo was one of the most successful songwriters and artists of the 2000s. His breakthrough didn't come until 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. By the close of 2009, however, Ne-Yo had racked up a career's worth of accomplishments. 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," two of the many songs he wrote for other artists, were smash hits as well. His music added a high level of sophistication to pop-R&B while appealing to younger audiences. The following decade, he wasn't as busy as a recording artist and devoted time to artist development.

Born Shaffer Smith in Camden, Arkansas and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada, Ne-Yo broke into the music industry as a songwriter, though he had a false start with a short-lived group called Envy. Prior to exiting his teenage years, he penned material for Youngstown. Shortly thereafter, he co-wrote "That Girl" for Marques Houston and "I'm Sorry" for Christina Milian; the former composition had been intended for Smith's own debut album, which was recorded for Columbia but never released. In late 2004, he became known throughout the industry as the co-writer of Mario's "Let Me Love You," one of the most-played songs on urban radio stations across the U.S. Ne-Yo subsequently signed a solo deal with Def Jam. In My Own Words came out in February 2006 and reached the top of the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop album charts, supported by the number one hit "So Sick" -- one of his many collaborations with Norwegian production duo Stargate. During the same year, he appeared on Remy Ma's There's Something About Remy and Ghostface Killah's Fishscale, and he had a hand in writing a pair of Top Ten hits: Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna's "Unfaithful." Because of You, his second album, followed in May 2007. 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.

After another series of songwriting triumphs, including Rihanna's "Take a Bow" and Jennifer Hudson's "Spotlight," Ne-Yo released his third album, Year of the Gentleman, in September 2008. Propelled by the hits "Closer," the Grammy-winning "Miss Independent," and "Mad," the set eventually went platinum, which made Ne-Yo three for three in that regard. Ne-Yo then went relatively quiet for a brief period but returned in 2010 with Libra Scale, an album inspired by science fiction and comic books, as well as Stevie Wonder's and Michael Jackson's most ambitious recordings. It debuted in the Top 10 but didn't even come close to attaining gold status. 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.

In November 2012, after he signed to Motown and was named the label's Senior Vice President of A&R, he released R.E.D. ("Realizing Every Dream"). The album found him continuing to embrace dance-pop while maintaining his connection to R&B. While it debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, it was his slowest selling album to that point. The singer spent much of 2013 collaborating with other artists, including Akon, David Guetta, Cher Lloyd, and Celine Dion. The build-up to Non-Fiction, Ne-Yo's sixth studio album, started during the first half of 2014 with the release of "Money Can't Buy," a single featuring Jeezy that failed to crack the Top 40 of the R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Additional collaborative singles with Juicy J ("She Knows") and Pitbull ("Time of Our Lives") fared better commercially. The parent album arrived in January 2015. ~ Andy Kellman
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Selected Discography

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Track List: R.E.D.

1. Cracks In Mr. Perfect

2. Lazy Love

3. Let Me Love You (Until You Learn To Love Yourself)

4. Miss Right

5. Jealous

7. Be The One

8. Stress Reliever

10. Carry On (Her Letter To Him)

11. Forever Now

12. Shut Me Down

13. Unconditional

15. My Other Gun

16. Alone With You (Maddie's Song)

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Track List: Year Of The Gentleman

1. Closer

2. Nobody

3. Single

4. Mad

5. Miss Independent

6. Why Does She Stay

7. Fade Into The Background

8. So You Can Cry

9. Part Of The List

10. Back To What You Know

11. Lie To Me

12. Stop This World

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Track List: Because Of You

1. Because Of You

2. Crazy

3. Can We Chill

4. Do You

5. Addicted

6. Leaving Tonight

7. Ain't Thinking About You

8. Sex With My Ex

9. Angel

10. Make It Work

11. Say It

12. Go On Girl

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Track List: In My Own Words

1. Stay

2. Let Me Get This Right

3. So Sick

4. When You're Mad

5. It Just Ain't Right

6. Mirror

7. Sign Me Up

8. I Ain't Gotta Tell You

9. Get Down Like That

10. Sexy Love

11. Let Go

12. Time

13. Get Down Like That (Rap Version)

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Track List: Beautiful Monster (Single)

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Track List: Because Of You [CD Single]

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Track List: Champagne Life (Single)

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Track List: Libra Scale

1. Champagne Life

2. Makin' A Movie

3. Know Your Name

4. Telekinesis

5. Crazy Love

6. One In A Million

7. Genuine Only

8. Cause I Said So

9. Beautiful Monster

10. What Have I Done?

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Track List: Money Can't Buy (Single)

13. Money Can't Buy (Feat. Jeezy)

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Track List: Money Can't Buy (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Non-Fiction (Deluxe)

1. Non-Fiction

2. Everybody Loves/The Def Of You

3. Run/An Island (Feat. ScHoolboy Q)

4. Integrity (Feat. Charisse Mills)

5. One More (Feat. T.I.)

7. Who's Taking You Home

8. Coming With You

10. Take You There

11. Good Morning/Gon' Ride

12. Make It Easy

13. Money Can't Buy (Feat. Jeezy)

14. Religious/Ratchet Wit Yo Friends

15. She Knows (Feat. Juicy J)

16. She Said I'm Hood Tho (Feat. Candice)

17. Story Time

18. Why

19. Congratulations

20. Come Over

21. Ballerina

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Track List: One More (Single)

1. One More (Feat. T.I.)

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Track List: Religious/Ratchet Wit Yo Friends (Single)

14. Religious/Ratchet Wit Yo Friends

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Track List: She Knows (Single) (Explicit)

2. She Knows (Feat. Juicy J)

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Track List: The Way You Move (Single)

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Track List: Who's Taking You Home (Single)

7. Who's Taking You Home

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I love the song mad it made me think of my father Bryan that I never get to see
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Babedaddy I keep it real and true and Faithfully forever and every always Babedaddy and I love you so so so so much babe and I truth you boo honey and my sexy husband to be and husband and wife forever and every always and I keep it real and 100 100100 100 100 $$$$$$$10000 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Such a classy guy in song and style. I know you voice anywhere. Keep making love to my ears.♥️
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Miss Independent is one of my FAV songs EVER!!!!
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Say iPhone 5 times. Say a color. Repost this on 3 other songs, look under your pillow.
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Mad
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Sexy Love
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I can get with it jam on Neyo
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Cute pic
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I like your songs
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Post this on 2 other songs and a pink or blue iPhone will appear under your pillow
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I love your song so sick and you��
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I love you
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You are the results would have a great day and night in a row of my favorite thing
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I love ur songs
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This Is Such An Amazing Love Song Love You Neyo ����
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Oh I'm so loving this song.....
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I love your song do you
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Say iPhone 5 times. Say a color. Repost this on 3 other songs, look under your pillow.
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Make it work
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Very talented artist
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One of my favorite Ne-yo songs
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One of my favorite Ne-yo songs.
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Don't read this. It's freaky I the nearest Friday by the person who loves you. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Post this on 15 songs in 143 min. Ignore and you will have bad luck. When you're finished press the space button and your crushes name will show up. This is freaky cause it actually works.
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I'm so sick too Ne-Yo
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I love this song! Love you Ne-Yo you my bae for everrr, love your b**ch's shianne.:-)
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