Posts Tagged ‘Ne-Yo’

Listen: K. Michelle, Ne-Yo, Trey Songz, Leon Bridges & More Fight Back on ‘Birth of a Nation’ Album


Next Friday, Nate Parker’s highly-anticipated The Birth of A Nation film will hit theaters nationwide. This week, however, some of today’s biggest artists have teamed up to give listeners and fans theme music for the rebellion to come.

Friday morning saw the release of a surprise album of sorts, The Birth of A Nation: The Inspired By Album. As its title implies, the album isn’t so much a soundtrack to the movie, as it is a compilation album of tracks inspired by the film’s message and subject matter. The Inspired By Album features rappers and even a gospel choir, as well, but R&B artists make their mark on the 16-track LP as well. For many of the R&B singers on the project, it’s a departure from their usual sound, and it pays off nicely.

On “Stand,” for example, Trey Songz sidesteps his usual lothario fare by calling for listeners to “stand for the future.” Leon Bridges, meanwhile, pairs up with Lecrae on the anthemic, encouraging “On My Own.” Ne-Yo beholds the regal figure and beauty of a Black woman on “Queen.” And K. Michelle aims to inspire and channels gospel on “Forward,” over which her lovely voice soars.

Hear these tracks, and the full album below.

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Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo & More To Perform At Opening Celebration for National Museum of African American History and Culture


The exciting grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is only weeks away, and the celebration is going to be epic.

Outside of events at the actual museum in Washington, D.C., it has now been announced that ABC will produce a two-hour TV special called “Taking the Stage – Changing America,” which will include an all-star performance from the likes of Usher, Mary J. Blige, Ne-Yo and more.

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PressPlay: Motown x ThisisRnB: ‘The New Definition of Soul’ (Playlist)

Motown x ThisisRnB Cover

Good morn or evening friends / Here’s your friendly announcer / I have serious news to pass on to everybody / What I’m about to say, could mean the world’s disaster / Could change your joy and laughter to tears and pain / It’s that, love’s in need of love today / Don’t delay, send yours in right away / Hate’s goin’ round, breaking many hearts / Stop it please, before it’s gone too far.”

The opening lyrics from Stevie Wonder’s “Love’s In Need of Love Today,” off his classic album, Songs In The Key of Life, are just as poignant today as they were in 1976. The iconic singer/songwriter/musician has given us enough timeless music to last his life, and many more to come. That album is only one classic from the vast catalog created by Motown Records, since it’s inception in 1959 (originally as Tamla Records). The famed and legendary label, launched by Berry Gordy, has more than left its mark on music forever. Whether you grew up listening to the many hits and legendary artists who came out of Motown, or to any of the younger generations who have been inspired by those artists, the label has been in all of our lives.

Still thriving today as a hub for great R&B and Soul music, the label continues to discover, nurture, and bring to the world outstanding musical talent. With the intention to continue its legacy in today’s era, the label has been building a new roster of artists that they feel embody the authenticity, creativity, and raw artistry that helped create and sustain the Motown name. A roster that already includes such names as Erykah Badu, Ne-Yo, and Kem, to breakout singer/songwriter BJ The Chicago Kid, and exciting newcomers like Jadagrace, Sebastian Kole, JMSDVS, Malachiae, Mila J, Kevin Ross and more!

We recently teamed up with Motown on this idea, and we are honored to continue working with the iconic label to help spread the word about their newest roster of artists. For your listening pleasure, we have curated a brand new playlist, of some of the latest singles and standout releases, by the new Motown – The New Definition of Soul.

Stream the playlist below via Spotify or YouTube.

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New Music: Ne-Yo – Two


Look at Ne-Yo getting sneaky!

The R&B star has returned with a brand new song, and “secret” Soundcloud account, well not so secret because he shared it on Instagram, but still under an alias–Crown Alpha Hill.

Titled, “Two,” the romantic piano ballad was penned for his wife, Crystal Renay, and he intended to perform it for her at their recent wedding, but the moment didn’t quite go as planned.

“This is the song I attempted to sing to my wife on our wedding day. If you saw the vid you know it didn’t go well. LOL. Emotions n’ all that. This is a song that expresses a love that makes the opinion of others mean even LESS than they actually do. Fore in TRUE love the only opinions that matter….are “TWO.” Enjoy,” wrote Ne-Yo.

Check it out below.

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ThisisRnB Nights: “GRAMMY Park” Live with Ne-Yo & Jazmine Sullivan at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn


On Thursday night (May 5) The GRAMMYs launched their first ever “GRAMMY Park” live event at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, New York. The opening night concert at the famed, recently re-opened theater featured R&B stars Ne-Yo and Jazmine Sullivan.

The renovated grand-old building is a spectacular venue for any show, but when R&B vocals bounce off the golden walls it’s something innately special. The drinks and free candy were flowing, as thousands of guests found the way to their seats, and the incomparable @JSullivanMusic took the stage. Jaz’s anointed voice is exceptional on it’s own, but when backed by her full band, additional backup singers, and high definition screens to enhance the visual performance, there are few that can compete with the songstresses ability to captivate an audience. Since her return in 2015 with the critically acclaimed album Reality Show, the Philly girl has been consistently touring with her new material, and she put plenty on display this night. Performing cuts off the album like “Mascara,” “Forever Don’t Last,” “Let It Burn,” and “Masterpiece” the singer left all her emotions on the stage. However, one of the most touching and memorable moments was her tribute to Prince as she let her fluttering falsetto shine with a cover of the late legend’s song “Adore.” To close her exceptional performance Jazmine turned up the tempo as everyone rocked and bounced to her breakout single “Need U Bad.”

The evening’s headliner was none other than R&B hitmaker Ne-Yo, and when the first horns of his recent hit “She Knows” hit the speakers everyone knew it was time for a party. The singer/songwriter’s catalog is one of the deepest in the game these days, and he can literally keep a crowd on their feet for a full hour, however Ne-Yo made sure to take us through various emotions as he ran through hits like “Miss Independent,” “All Because Of You,” “So Sick,” “Champagne Life” and more, plus showed BK some love with his classic Fabolous-collaboration “Make Me Better.”

He made sure to bring us all the way back to where he got his big break, penning Mario’s massive hit “Let Me Love You,” and brought us back up to date with favorites off his latest album, Non-Fiction, like “Congratulations,” “Story Time” and the sexy slow jam “Religious.”

Similar to Jazmine, Ne-Yo had to pay his respects to one of his greatest inspirations and an artist whom he respected greatly–Prince. As the lights dimmed all the way down, a clip of Prince’s interview with Oprah played on the large screen, and the crowd let out a gasp of anticipation for the forthcoming special moment. Ne-Yo was clearly nervous to even attempt to cover The Purple One, as he told the crowd, “Man, I just pray that I can do this song justice. I love you, Prince. We miss you.” He clearly did his best covering one of Prince’s less mainstream songs, “The Beautiful Ones,” off Purple Rain.

The “Sexy Love” singer was certainly in top form with a mission to make one of his musical fathers proud, like he was right there in the audience with the rest of us. The party continued as Ne-Yo led us into the night with his mega dance hits like “Give Me Everything,” and he absolutely gave Brooklyn everything.

Check out our exclusive photos and footage below!

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Ticket Giveaway: GRAMMY Park Live with Ne-Yo & Jazmine Sullivan May 5 in Brooklyn, NY

Grammy Park Ne-Yo Jazmine

The GRAMMY’s always bring stellar events surrounding music’s biggest night, but now, The Recording Academy® is bringing more great live music events to fans throughout the year. Kicking off this week in Brooklyn, NY, the Academy has partnered with Upsilon Ventures, producer and developer of iconic destinations and visitor experiences and the New York City Mayor’s Office to present “GRAMMY Park,” the first GRAMMY-branded, multiday live music experience!

Over the course of four days and 10 live concert performances, more than 30 artists, collectively honored with 40-plus GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY Awards®, will converge in Brooklyn to celebrate the rich musical diversity of various genres, including R&B, hip-hop, gospel, pop, Latin, and jazz.

Live music performances and signature Artist Spotlights featuring seven-time GRAMMY winner Toni Braxton with Andra Day, and three-time GRAMMY winner NE-YO with Jazmine Sullivan, will take place in two of Brooklyn’s most iconic locations, the Prospect Park Bandshell and the historic Kings Theatre. Additional special events and programs will be held at LeFrak Center at Lakeside, Prospect Park.

Now for the really exciting news! We have teamed up with the Academy for a special ticket giveaway for the opening night concert at Kings Theatre featuring NE-YO and Jazmine Sullivan!!

We have 5 pairs of tickets available! See below for the rules and regulations for your chance to win!

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21 R&B Videos from the 2000s To Get You Ready for Spring Love!


Ah, spring! The season where the weather is nice, the flowers start to bloom, and R&B songs reign supreme!

As the weather finally went from drab to fab in the blink of an eye, I couldn’t help but play one of my favorite songs dedicated to the spring: Stevie B’s 1988 hit-single “Spring Love”.  Now, in the midst of me bobbin’ my head while the wind blew through and hit my bad hair day chia pet hair, I realized that this is the season that is the precursor to the official choose up season (word to Eric B.). It is in the spring that you engage in the drafting to the choose up season…if you will. It is with spring that you start laying down the good talk game to secure your spot for the playoff season if you’re in the market to be traded or do the trading.

Of course though, we all know that R&B is literally the genre of love (and heartache, but we’ll save that for another list), so it was only right that we delivered a list of R&B songs/videos from the 2000s to get you ready for spring love! What better way to let the one you’re checkin’ for know that they’ve caught your eye then to play them a track from one of the best eras (I’m not here to let you debate me, so don’t try) of music ever made?

Jump into our list of “21 R&B Videos from The 2000’s to Get You Ready for Spring Love” below!

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Congrats! Ne-Yo and Wife Welcome Baby Boy

Ne-Yo Crystal Renay Baby

Congratulations are in order for Ne-Yo and his wife Crystal Renay. The couple welcomed a baby boy named Prince Shaffer Chimere Smith, Jr. on Tuesday (March 15).

The baby, nicknamed SJ, was born at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, and 19 inches.

The new mom was forced to undergo an emergency C-section. “It was the scariest delivery ever and I ended up getting a emergency C-section cause of complications but with the help of my amazing doctor @drsherryr and my super calming husband @neyo I was able to get through it all and come out with best reward in the world,” said Renay. “#BestDayOfMyLife.”

The couple married last month in a Rancho Palos Verdes ceremony. Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, has a 5-year old daughter, Madilyn Grace, and a 4-year-old son, Mason Evan, from a previous relationship with Monyetta Shaw.

But that’s not the only reason for Ne-Yo fans to celebrate. Last week, the crooner promised fans new music after his son’s birth.

“Got new music coming VERY SOON,” he tweeted. “Just gotta get my lil’ man into the world properly. 👶🏾👶🏾👶🏾!! Thanx 4 your love n’ patience❤️”

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