Ne-Yo has decided to scout and cultivate new talent for Motown as part of his brand new record deal!
Following the success of Red Tails, Ne-Yo has another reason to indulge in the celebratory champagne life. The 32-year-old crooner has not only signed with Motown, but he is also the historical company’s new senior vice president of A&R, Billboard.biz reports.
Under the title, Ne-Yo will be a producer and mentor to the label’s artist, and find and sign new talent. He sees the move as an exciting new development in his career.
“I’m honored that I’ve 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," Ne-Yo said. "But trust, I can handle it.”
In addition, Ne-Yo will bring his Compound Entertainment imprint to Motown.
“His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark,” Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown Chairman/CEO Barry Weiss said in a statement. “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.”
Ethiopia Habtemariam, who was appointed senior VP of Motown last September, added that Ne-Yo will only enhance their obligation of being the best in R&B.
“We are committed to discovering, developing, and nurturing R&B/soul superstars here at Motown,” Ethiopia assured. “In Ne-Yo we have both a global superstar and arguably one of the best songwriters in music. His presence on the executive team only strengthens our commitment to be the very best in R&B."
Ne-Yo’s got a proven track record to back up Motown’s confidence in him. He’s written hits such as Beyonce’s "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna’s "Take A Bow."
Ne-Yo released his debut album In My Own Words, with Def Jam in 2006, and dropped three other albums under the label since then. His fifth album, The Cracks in Mr. Perfect will be released by Motown later this year.