Ne-Yo’s breakout song, “Let me love you,” came out in 2004 and reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. He went on to become one of the most successful recording artists and songwriters in the 2000’s.
When Ne-Yo entered the music industry, he started off as a songwriter who wrote songs such as “Irreplaceable” for Beyonce and “Take a Bow” for Rihanna. He also co-wrote “That Girl” for Marques Houston and “I’m Sorry” for Christina Millian. He eventually signed with Def Jam and in 2006, and his album My Own Words was released. It reached the Billboard Top 200 and also the R&B and Hip-Hop album charts.
By the end of 2009, Ne-Yo had already accomplished a lot throughout his career. At this point, his three released albums went Platinum and seven of his hit singles went to the Top 10 for the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. After several more hits, Ne-Yo seemed to go on hiatus, until he returned in 2010 with his album Libra Scale. In 2012, he signed with Motown and was given the position of Senior Vice President of A&R. From there, he released R.E.D., but it was considered to be his slowest selling album. In 2013, he spent a considerable amount of time collaborating with other recording artists including David Guetta, Cher Lloyd and Akon.
There are 5 things you probably didn’t know about Ne-Yo.
1. He got his nickname Ne-Yo from a friend who did a comparison of Neo's abilities in “The Matrix” movie and his musical talent.
2. In just under five years, he managed to produce three No. 1 albums.
3. His ethnic background is African-American and Chinese.
4. He was responsible for writing music for Disney’s "Princess and the Frog."