R&B singer Ne-Yo hosts album release party in New York City January 27
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Ne-Yo, the singer and songwriter best known for penning Mario's "Let Me Love You" as well as his own singles like "So Sick" and "Closer," will be releasing his sixth studio album on Jan. 27. In celebration of that achievement, Stage 48 in Manhattan will be the scene of his album release party, where the singer will take the stage to perform his biggest hits as well as material from his latest project. Entitled Non-Fiction, the album includes the two singles "Money Can't Buy" and "She Knows" and features guest appearances from Juicy J, Schoolboy Q, David Guetta, Pitbull, and Jeezy (the deluxe version also features a song with T.I.). Released on Motown, the album follows his 2012 release, R.E.D., which reached the number-four position on the Billboard 200 charts.

Ne-Yo was born Shaffer Smith in Arkansas, but relocated to Las Vegas as a child. During high school, Smith began to explore his interests in R&B music, joining a group who went on to perform on Showtime at the Apollo. In 2000, after the group disbanded, 18-year-old Smith was signed to Columbia, only to be dropped before his album was released. However, Smith managed to achieve success due to fellow singer Marques Houston re-recording a song from Smith's album; "That Girl" went on to be a successful single for Houston, and Smith earned recognition as a formidable songwriter. He went on to work as a songwriter for artists like Mary J. Blige, Musiq Soulchild, Faith Evans, and B2K. However, it was "Let Me Love You," which ruled the charts for nine weeks, that led to Smith's being signed as a solo artist. Repackaged as Ne-Yo, he was signed to Def Jam Recordings and set off on what has become an immensely successful career as a solo artist.

His debut album, 2006's In My Own Words, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, thanks to the success of "So Sick," "When You're Mad," and "Sexy Love." His follow-up performed just as well, also debuting at the top of the 200 charts; 2007's Because of You won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album in 2008. His third effort, 2008's platinum-selling Year of the Gentleman, peaked at number-two on the 200 charts and fared even better across the pond, going double-platinum in the United Kingdom and even earned a nomination back home for Album of the Year at the 2009 Grammys. Despite his fourth and fifth efforts not performing as well as their predecessors, Ne-Yo continues to perform internationally and was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award through the Songwriters Hall of Fame; the award serves to recognize songwriters who have reached a high-point in their careers and the contributions they have made to music through the impact of their original songs.

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