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Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American Grammy Award winning R&B singer-songwriter, record producer, dancer and actor. Beginning his career as a songwriter, Ne-Yo penned the hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario. The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract. In 2006, he released his debut album, In My Own Words, which contained the US number one hit "So Sick", as well as the top 10 hit "Sexy Love". In 2007, he released his second album, Because of You, which contained the US top 3 hit, "Because of You". In 2008, he released his third album, Year of the Gentleman, which contained the top 10 hits "Closer", "Mad" and "Miss Independent". His fourth studio album, Libra Scale, was released on November 22, 2010. In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade. In addition to a successful recording career, Ne-Yo has amassed a catalog of chart-topping songs that he has written for other artists. Ne-Yo was born in Camden, Arkansas His mother is of African American and Chinese descent, and his

Ne-Yo -- FBI Contacted Over Death Threats

Ne-Yo & Clive Davis

A man who allegedly threatened to shoot Ne-Yo in the head was detained for a psychiatric evaluation in L.A. ... and top ranking execs at Sony Music believe they are also on the hit list. Sony… READ MORE >

Pitbull SHOCKED By LiLo Suit -- I Was Trying to Keep Her Relevant

Pitbull Shocked By LiLo Lawsuit
I Was Trying to Keep Her Relevant

Rapper Pitbull thinks Lindsay Lohan should be thanking him -- not suing him -- for including her name in his hit song, "Give Me Everything" ... claiming he thought the shout-out would HELP her… READ MORE >

- 1864 days ago
Lindsay Attacks Pitbull ... Sues Over "Give Me Everything"

Lindsay Lohan Attacks Pitbull
Sues Over 'Give Me Everything'

Lindsay Lohan has just sued the rapper Pitbull for a line in his mega-hit, "Give Me Everything," for a disparaging lyric about her.The song -- written by Ne-Yo and Afrojack, also defendants -- has… READ MORE >

- 1870 days ago
Ne-Yo Backup Dancers -- We're Afraid to Go to Japan!

Ne-Yo Backup Dancers
We're Afraid to Go to Japan!

Ne-Yo is in the middle of a series of shows in Japan -- but he's doing the concerts minus a few of his backup dancers because, according to sources, they were too afraid to travel to Japan in the… READ MORE >

- 2021 days ago
Ne-Yo: MJ Album a Travesty

MJ Album a Travesty

Ne-Yo is staging a one-man boycott of the new Michael Jackson album -- telling us he doesn't want to listen to it because he doesn't think MJ would have EVER wanted it to be released. The… READ MORE >

- 2111 days ago
Ne-Yo -- Real Men Cry Like Babies

Real Men Cry Like Babies

Ne-Yo is desperately defending his manhood after video surfaced of him crying his eyes out at his Manchester concert on Wednesday -- telling all the nasty bloggers who made fun of him to "go to… READ MORE >

- 2632 days ago
Ne-Yo No-Show Suit

No-Show Suit

Happening hot spot Bellevue, Wa. was supposed to be the scene for a big New Year's Eve shindig hosted by Ne-Yo. And it probably would have been awesome ... if only he showed up. According to a… READ MORE >

- 2788 days ago
R. Kelly to Ne-Yo -- Don't Pee on My Parade!

R. Kelly to Ne-Yo
Don't Pee on My Parade!

Fast-rising R&B star Ne-Yo is just so sick that R. Kelly tossed him from his tour, he's suing Kelly's promoter, alleging that they kicked him off the tour because he was getting more love from… READ MORE >

- 3193 days ago
R. Kelly Says Ne-Yo Gotta Go

R. Kelly
Says Ne-Yo Gotta Go

"Trapped in the Closet" brainchild R. Kelly recently peed on Ne-Yo's parade -- tossing him off his tour after just two gigs. Not so irreplaceable after all! Now, Ne-Yo's finally breaking his… READ MORE >

- 3234 days ago
R. Kelly Boots Ne-Yo from Tour

R. Kelly
Boots Ne-Yo from Tour

More drama unfolds with R. Kelly as R&B singer Ne-Yo was suddenly removed from Kelly's latest tour. Kelly's camp cited the lack of a signed contract as the reason for Ne-Yo getting dumped.… READ MORE >

- 3237 days ago

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