Posts Tagged ‘Ne-Yo’

Ne-Yo Visits Hot 97 Morning Show Talks Return to R&B and Storytelling on New Album ‘Non Fiction’

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Ne-Yo is getting on the promo trail for his new album, which is titled ‘Non Fiction.’ The R&B hitmaker paid a visit to the Hot 97 Morning Show to talk with Ebro, Rosenberg and Laura.

Admitting to have slowed down on the thot activity while joking with his old friend Ebro, Ne-Yo revealed that he has a new girlfriend named Crystal Renee. He spoke about this role as VP of A&R at the new Motown Records, and his desire to really get back into artist development with all of the acts he brings to the label.

Giving fans a taste of his upcoming album, with the first single “Money Can’t Buy,” Ne-Yo continued to stress that his new album is 99% R&B and spoke about the strong influence of storytelling on the project.

Check out the full interview below:

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Chris Brown Hosts Celebrity Kickball Game in L.A.

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This past Saturday was a moment for the stars. Well, urban stars at least. Chris Brown and Diddy’s stepson Quincy Brown – who is the son to ’90s R&B star Al B. Sure! – hosted a day to remember with their Celebrity Kickball Game in L.A.

Featuring an all-star cast including Omarion, Jamie Foxx, Kevin McCall, Keke Palmer, Ne-Yo, The Game, Christina Millian and many more, the competition set friends and family members on opposing sides to see who would claim the victory. With proceeds benefitting Chris’ charity, Symphonic Love, the game was a hit with the Los Angeles community.

Igniting the competitive side in each player and raising temperatures, at the end of the game there could only be one victorious team and that was Breezy’s. Qunicy – whose team included Amber Rose, Keke Palmer, The Game, and Ne-Yo didn’t quite make the cut, but put up a good fight and provided great entertainment for fans.

Ending the game with a performance of his single “Loyal” and appreciation for Team Breezy, this event was surely one everyone enjoyed.

Check out pictures from the game below!

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Jermaine Dupri & Ne-Yo Honored at 2014 ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

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The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on Thursday evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. The invitation-only event honored music producer and mogul Jermaine Dupri, singer-songwriter and producer Ne-Yo, and hit music maker Mike WiLL along with honoring the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2013 R&B/hip-hop, rap and gospel charts.

During the ceremony, JD was presented with the prestigious ASCAP Founders Award, which is the most prestigious honor that ASCAP gives, and is awarded to songwriters and composers who have made pioneering contributions to music by inspiring and influencing their fellow music creators. Past recipients include Ashford & Simpson, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Dr. Dre, Berry Gordy Jr. & Motown Industries, Billy Joel, Quincy Jones, Paul McCartney, Smokey Robinson, Patti Smith, Rod Stewart and Stevie Wonder.

Prolific songwriter-producer Ne-Yo was awarded the ASCAP Golden Note Award, which is presented to songwriters, composers and artists who have achieved extraordinary career milestones. Previous honorees include Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jermaine Dupri, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, Jay Z, Quincy Jones, Alicia Keys, LL Cool J, Lionel Richie, Usher, Pharrell Williams and Stevie Wonder.

The Songwriter of the Year Award went to hit maker Mike WiLL, who has amassed great success through the numerous top 10 hits he’s written including “Bandz a Make Her Dance” for Juicy J, “Pour It Up” for Rihanna, “Bugatti” for Ace Hood and “Body Party” for Ciara, to name a few.

Other winners included Robin Thicke, Pharrell Williams and T.I., who received the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song award for the hit “Blurred Lines;” Justin Timberlake, JAY Z, The-Dream, Timbaland and No ID were awarded the Top Rap Song of the Year for “Holy Grail;” and Anthony Brown was honored with the Top Gospel Song Award for “Testimony.”

The evening featured performances by Jennifer Hudson, Mario, Lecrae and more including a surprise performances by Usher and Bow Wow during JD’s honor. Check out more photos below:

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Exclusive: Marsha Ambrosius, Kesington Kross, Antonique Smith & Candice Perform at BET ‘Road to Experience’ Show

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BET is getting fans ready for the 2014 BET Awards and BET Experience, which will be hitting Los Angeles June 27-29, with a series of free weekend concerts presented by Music Matters. This past Saturday, R&B songstress Marsha Ambrosius headlined the latest show held in the promenade of the Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Plaza Mall, and was supported by emerging singers Kesington Kross, Antonique Smith and Candice.

Kesington is a L.A. native who landed a joint deal with Epic and LaFace Records and released his debut EP Audio Justice last December. Antonique Smith is a singer/actress best known for her role as Faith Evans in the film Notorious and leading role in Broadway’s RENT. Also hailing from Southern California is 24-year-old singer/songwriter Candice, who is signed to Ne-Yo’s Compound Entertainment. The R&B hitmaker was on hand to introduce her to the outdoor crowd.

Marsha tore up the stage as always, interacting with fans and performing a 20 minute set including “I Hope She Cheats On You,” “Butterflies,” “Say Yes” and her new song “Run.”

The four-week series of live shows are free to the public and will be incorporated into specials airing on BET and Centric TV.

Check out our exclusive pics below!

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Video: Celine Dion feat. Ne-Yo – Incredible

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After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Celine Dion and Ne-Yo have finally unveiled the official visual to their duet single “Incredible“.

If you recall a few months back, the two history making artists revealed a behind the scenes look at the video compliments of ABC. The powerful duet – which can be found on Celine’s latest album, Loved Me Back to Life – was filmed on a rooftop overlooking downtown L.A.

A total feel good vibe, the collaboration of these two greats is one sure to go down in history. Get into the inspirational visual below:

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List: The Best of May – Top 15 Records

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With summer just around the corner, it’s only right that we bring you some real deal hits with this month’s roundup of tunes!

While we’re always prone to giving you that good good when it comes to R&B music, it’s just something about the month of May’s releases that set everything right in the world. Could it have been the re-arrival of superstar Usher with his hot new single “Good Kisser”? Or was it the posthumous release of Michael Jackson’s album Xscape? Although we really don’t have an answer for just exactly what it was about this month that shifted the world of R&B back on its correct axis, we do know that we like it!

From the seductive sounds of some of today’s hottest artists to the uptempo beats of the next wave of greatness, our “Best of May – Top 15 Records” will have you rushing through June to see what we come up with next.

Soak up the heat after the jump!

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Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo Special Honorees at ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Awards

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It’s that time of year again for the ASCAP award season.  The performing rights organization will hold their 27th annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards on June 26 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles.

This year Jermaine Dupri and Ne-Yo have been announced as early honorees for ASCAP’s Founders Award and Golden Note Award at the invitation-only event.

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Ne-Yo Talks Returning to R&B with New Album on ‘The Breakfast Club’

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Wasting no time on the promotion for his brand new single “Money Can’t Buy,” Ne-Yo paid a visit to Power 105.1 to talk with ‘The Breakfast Club’ on Tuesday morning.

Stating that his new album is 99.998% R&B based, the singer-songwriter spoke about his reasons for consciously keeping the album as much as R&B as possible to pay homage to his roots, but not completely abandoning all the fans he’s reached by making EDM tracks.

Throughout the convo Ne-Yo spoke about working with Celine Dion, his thoughts on the Michael Jackson hologram performance at the Billboard Music Awards, being a VP of A&R at Motown Records, starting to smoke marijuana recently, how being a father affects his music and when he will be ready to finally get married.

In addition, he confirmed that his album, which is supposedly titled Non Fiction, is currently due out Sept. 30.

Watch the full interview below:

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