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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

Annotation last modified on 2006-02-28 12:59 UTC.

Legal name: Shaffer Chimere Smith, Shaffer Smith


Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), better known by his stage name Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actor, dancer, and television judge. He gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 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.

Ne-Yo's debut solo single, "Stay", was released in 2005 to moderate success. His debut studio album, In My Own Words (2006), was critically and commercially successful, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States. It is certified platinum in the United States, United Kingdom, Japan and Australia and saw the success of the single "So Sick", which topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States.

Because of You (2007), Ne-Yo's second studio album, was the second number one platinum-selling album debuted on the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and received the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Grammy Awards. His third studio album, Year of the Gentleman (2008), saw continued success and further Grammy Award nominations for Best Contemporary R&B Album as well as Album of the Year. Its singles "Closer" and "Miss Independent" were also nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance, Best Male R&B Vocal Performance, and Best R&B Song. Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum twice in the US, selling two million copies, also platinum three times in the UK and once in Japan.

Libra Scale (2010), Ne-Yo's fourth studio album, reached number one in the UK R&B Singles and Albums Charts and number nine on the US Billboard 200, seeing a decline in overall sales. His fifth studio album, R.E.D. (2012), saw the international success of its lead single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", which certified platinum in the United States, became Ne-Yo's fifth chart-topping song in the United Kingdom, and sold over two million copies. Ne-Yo's sixth studio album, Non-Fiction, followed in 2015. His seventh studio album, Good Man, was released on June 8, 2018. In addition to music, Ne-Yo served as judge for the reality competition series World of Dance from 2017 to 2020 alongside Jennifer Lopez and Derek Hough. In 2021, Ne-Yo competed as Badger on the second season of The Masked Singer UK, and finished in second place.

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2011Triple Pack: In My Own Words / Because Of You / Year Of The GentlemanNe‐Yo31


2005In My Own WordsNe‐Yo26
2007Because of YouNe‐Yo55
2008Year of the GentlemanNe‐Yo59
2010Libra ScaleNe‐Yo24
2017The Birth of Ne-Yo - The Building of A Supa StarNe‐Yo1
2018GOOD MANNe‐Yo43
2019Another Kind Of ChristmasNe‐Yo1

Album + Compilation

2009The CollectionNe‐Yo42

Album + Mixtape/Street

2009Ladies ManNe‐Yo1
2009The Ne-Yo DiariesNe‐Yo1


2006Sexy LoveNe‐Yo54
2006So SickNe‐Yo13
2007Because of YouNe‐Yo44
2007Sexual HealingSarah Connor Featuring Ne‐Yo1
2007Can We ChillNe‐Yo31
2007Hate That I Love YouRihanna feat. Ne‐Yo4.51
2008Finer ThingsDJ Felli Fel feat. Kanye West, Jermaine Dupri, Fabolous & Ne‐Yo1
2008Can We Chill / SpotlightNe‐Yo41
2008Miss IndependentNe‐Yo21
2008She Got Her OwnNe‐Yo41
2009Knock You DownKeri Hilson feat. Kanye West & Ne‐Yo3
2009Never Knew I Needed (From "The Princess and the Frog")Ne‐Yo32
2010Angels CryMariah Carey feat. Ne‐Yo3.51
2010Beautiful MonsterNe‐Yo41
2010Amazing YouNe‐Yo42
2010One In a MillionNe‐Yo11
2010Angel - StrangerNe‐Yo11
2010Beautiful Monster & Champagne LifeNe-Yo1
2011Give Me EverythingPitbull feat. Ne‐Yo, Afrojack & Nayer4.53
2011We Can't Stopjj feat. Ne-Yo1
2011The Way You MoveNe‐Yo feat. Trey Songz & T‐Pain21
2012Think Like a ManJennifer Hudson & Ne‐Yo feat. Rick Ross31
2012Let’s GoCalvin Harris feat. Ne‐Yo22
2012Lazy LoveNe‐Yo31
2012Betta Love Me (Right)Ne‐Yo21
2012Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)Ne‐Yo52
2012Play HardDavid Guetta feat. Ne‐Yo & Akon54
2013TonightJessica Sanchez feat. Ne‐Yo31
2013You GirlShaggy feat. Ne‐Yo1
2014UncredibleCeline Dion with Ne‐Yo1
2014A House Is Not a HomeDionne Warwick featuring Ne‐Yo1
2014Money Can’t BuyNe‐Yo feat. Jeezy31
2014She KnowsNe‐Yo32
2014Time of Our LivesPitbull & Ne-Yo1
2015Every Day With LoveNe‐Yo feat. Sonna Rele1
2016Please StayAlpha Dream Featuring Ne‐Yo & Snoop Dogg1
2016Sin miedoYunel, Ne‐Yo & J.Álvarez1
2017Another Love SongNe‐Yo1
2018GOOD MANNe‐Yo1
2018Push BackNe‐Yo, Bebe Rexha & Stefflon Don2
2020Me quedaré contigoPitbull & Ne‐Yo ft. Lenier & El Micha1
2020Pinky RingNe‐Yo & O.T. Genasis1
2020Over AgainCharly Black & Ne‐Yo1
2020U 2 LuvNe‐Yo & Jeremih1
2020Because Of You (Remix)Ne‐Yo1
2020U 2 Luv (Remix)Ne‐Yo1
Turn all The Lights OnT‐Pain feat. Ne‐Yo0

Single + Soundtrack

2012Hands in the AirTimbaland feat. Ne‐Yo1
2017Angels and Harmony张靓颖 feat. Ne‐Yo2

Single + Remix

2009Baby by Me (Digital Dog club remix)50 Cent feat. Ne‐Yo1
2009Baby by Me (Max Sanna & Steve Pitron extended remix)50 Cent feat. Ne‐Yo1
2014You Girl (remixes)Shaggy feat. Ne‐Yo1
2015Higher Place (Remixes)Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike feat. Ne‐Yo1


2007Because of You: Hit PackNe‐Yo11
2008DiscotechNe‐Yo feat. Sound Farm41
2008Closer (Remix EP)Ne‐Yo41
2012Turn AroundConor Maynard feat. Ne‐Yo1
20143 Simple RulesNe‐Yo31


2013The Apprenticeship of Mr. Smith (The Birth of Ne-Yo)Ne‐Yo51

Other + Mixtape/Street

2009Gentlemanlike ThreeNe‐Yo31
2009Gentlemanlike 2Ne‐Yo41
2010Gentlemanlike 4Ne‐Yo51

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