The R&B singer Ne-Yo has departed from Def Jam Records and is taking on a new role in music at Motown Records. Billboard says he is becoming the senior VP of A&R. With his new gig, Ne-Yo will produce and mentor artists on the label and also help discover and sign new talent.
Ne-Yo says he’s “honored” to have such a “prestigious title,” adding that he plans to follow in the footsteps of his idol Smokey Robinson.
Fans can look forward to watching Ne-Yo on the upcoming season of NBC’s “The Voice,” where he will help mentor Cee Lo Green’s team. Ne-Yo is also working on his fifth studio release, which is eyeing a summer release.
The His fifth studio album is about to drop Neyo breaks down the title of the project, “Mr. Perfect,” claiming the album is all about connecting with listeners.
“This album for me is my way of showing people, Yes, I am a celebrity. But at the end of the day, I’m a human being, I’m a man first. I’m not perfect,”
“There are things about me you might not like.”
According to the “Give Me Everything” and “Let Go” singer, the troubles with being an artist today, effectively trying to please everyone, is another reason why “Mr. Perfect’ fits.
“Any artist who you speak to that will speak truthfully about the music business and will tell you that in a lot of ways you feel like a mannequin: You can’t really have too much of an opinion, you can’t really do what you wanna do or say what you wanna say because you don’t wanna piss your fans off,” said Ne-Yo. “You have to be perfect.”
With a tentative March release, “Mr. Perfect” falls right in line with Ne-Yo’s return to theaters and upcoming role on ‘The Voice’ (NBC). There, he joins Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds as an advisor on Team Cee-Lo (Green). The Voice premieres February 5 on NBC.