Ne-Yo Leaves Def Jam For Motown
It has been announced that Ne-Yo has left Def Jam records, where he has been signed since 2005. He is moving on to Motown records with not only a recording contract, but he will also be taking on the role as Senior VP of A&R at the renowned company, as he takes his Compound Ent imprint with him...
As a VP, Ne-Yo will be a mentor and producer to the label’s artists whilst signing up the new talent. His first album with Motown, which will be his fifth album, will be released in the summer. Island Def Jam Motown's CEO, Barry Weiss, told Billboard: "His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark, but this move to Motown will provide new and inspiring challenges for Ne-Yo as both an artist and a key member of the new senior management team that is taking form at the label in 2012."
Ne-Yo also spoke about his new job: "I’m honoured that I¹ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it."
Words: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)
Online editing: Joseph 'JP' Patterson (@Jpizzledizzle)