– Written by GoodFellaz TV Staff
It looks like Ne-Yo is making the transition from artist to executive. The ‘Grammy Award’-winning singer has been named the Senior Vice President of A&R for the legendary Motown Records imprint, making the move from his long-time home Island Def Jam Records.
According to a statement release on January 25th, Ne-Yo’s new home will be the iconic brand first created by Berry Gordy in 1959, both as an artist, and now as an executive. In his statement Ne-Yo had this to say,
“I’m honored 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,”
The singer/songwriter, who’s debut album “In My Own Words” dropped in 2006 on Def Jam, will now be releasing his fifth as-yet-untitled album through Motown, which, along with Def Jam, is also a part of the Universal Music Group umbrella. Ne-Yo will also be bringing his Compound Entertainment imprint over to Motown as well.
Island Def Jam & Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss had this to say about the move,
“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.”
So on behalf of the GoodFellaz, congratulations to Ne-Yo and his new position. You can also check him out in the New Movie “Red Tails”, which is in theaters now. Check out Ne-Yo as he shouts-out GoodFellaz TV, and watch classic performance footage below.