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Born: Shaffer Smith in Camden, AR, USA - Attended Las Vegas Academy of Int'l Studies, Performing & Visual Arts.

His stage name comes from a friend who describes him as seeing music the way Neo saw The Matrix

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Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1982), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American 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 of the same name. 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. It received critical acclaim from music critics, but was a commercial disappointment, debuting at number nine on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling less than all of his previous three studio albums. In November 2012, Ne-Yo released his fifth studio album R.E.D. to favorable reviews and mild chart success. The album's debut single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", became his first solo song to reach the top 10. In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade. In 2012, Ne-Yo was awarded the Hal David Starlight Award of the Songwriter's Hall of Fame which honors gifted songwriters who are at an apex in their careers and are making a significant impact in the music industry via their original songs.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 In My Own Words Ne‐Yo 4
2007 Because of You Ne‐Yo 4
2008 Year of the Gentleman Ne‐Yo 5 6
2008 Miss Independent Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Libra Scale Ne‐Yo 4
2012 R.E.D. Ne‐Yo 3 6

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 The Collection Compilation Ne‐Yo 2


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2005 Stay Ne‐Yo 1
2006 Sexy Love Ne‐Yo 2
2006 So Sick Ne‐Yo 1
2007 Because of You (Radio Edit) Ne‐Yo 1
2007 Because of You Ne‐Yo 3
2007 Can We Chill Ne‐Yo 1
2007 Hate That I Love You Rihanna feat. Ne‐Yo 1
2008 Can We Chill / Spotlight Ne‐Yo 1
2008 Closer Ne‐Yo 4
2008 She Got Her Own Ne‐Yo 1
2009 Never Knew I Needed (From "The Princess and the Frog") Ne‐Yo 1
2009 Never Knew I Needed Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Angels Cry Mariah Carey feat. Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Beautiful Monster Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Amazing You Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Amazing You (feat. Ahmed Soultan) Ne‐Yo 1
2010 One In a Million Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Angel - Stranger Ne‐Yo 1
2011 Give Me Everything Pitbull feat. Ne‐Yo, Afrojack & Nayer 3
2011 The Way You Move Ne‐Yo feat. Trey Songz & T-Pain 1
2012 Think Like a Man Jennifer Hudson & Ne‐Yo feat. Rick Ross 1
2012 Let’s Go Calvin Harris feat. Ne‐Yo 1
2012 Lazy Love Ne‐Yo 1
2012 Betta Love Me (Right) Ne‐Yo 1
2012 Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself) Ne‐Yo 1
2013 Tonight Jessica Sanchez feat. Ne‐Yo 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2007 Because of You: Hit Pack Ne‐Yo 1
2008 Discotech (feat. Sound Farm) Ne‐Yo 1
2008 Closer (Remix EP) Ne‐Yo 1
2014 3 Simple Rules Ne‐Yo 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2013 The Apprenticeship of Mr. Smith (The Birth of Ne-Yo) Ne‐Yo 1

Other + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2009 Gentlemanlike 2 Mixtape/Street Ne‐Yo 1
2009 Gentlemanlike Three Mixtape/Street Ne‐Yo 1
2010 Gentlemanlike 4 Mixtape/Street Ne‐Yo 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Triple Pack: In My Own Words / Because Of You / Year Of The Gentleman Compilation Ne‐Yo 1

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