Ne-Yo Leaves Def Jam, Signs With Motown As Artist & Senior VP Of A&R

The smooth crooner moves his Compound Entertainment imprint to Motown.

Ne-Yo has announced that he is parting ways with Def Jam and moving to Motown Records, where he will also serve as senior VP of A&R.

According to Billboard.biz, the smooth crooner is bringing his Compound Entertainment imprint to the label. He will serve as a producer and mentor to Motown artists and discover and sign new talent.

"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,” said Ne-Yo.

"His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark," added Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss. "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."

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16 Comments

  • Anonymous

    Neyo is the best R&B singer in the game along with Miguel

  • Anonymous

    LOL........Universal Records owns Def Jam and Motown, so this is so funny. He still with the same label at the end of the day.

  • sb

    i hope thats a good move for him.. motown is suspect

  • Anonymous

    Nice. Dude is waaay too underrated.

  • dentaldamboy

    I am a dicksuck. Drake's taste like grape jelly. Holla at me.

  • dentaldamboy

    Ne-Yo doesn't have shit on Drake. Drake is on the rise. He is a great lyricist and has a great voice. Neo is just a 3rd rate version of usher. Def no room in the game for fags like Ne-Yo and Dream. They just simply lack the talent to compete with Drake. There is currently an 8 month waiting period to get Drakes vocals on a hook (except for YMCMB of course). So you have guys like Dre and Ross who know that they need Drake to make the album successful who can't put their CDs out till Drake gets in the studio with them. At this rate, there is no question that YMCMB is the future.

    • Anonymous

      Ne-Yo may be soft, but he does R&B, he doesn't try to act macho like Drake because he is in hip hop circles.

    • Marx1684

      You're an idiot. You said Drake is a better lyricist. Look up Ne-Yo's work as a writer. He was penning songs before he even got big on the mic. It's easy to jock the person who's hot at the moment. You're talking about what Ne-Yo sings about. At least what he sings about is all real life. Drake has contradicted himself plenty. There should be no comparison. He's an R&B artist you dummy. You probably don't get panties you lame. Check out the song Mirrors & tell me he only makes songs about women that won't let him hit. Tell me about an R&B artist when you're finished w/high school.

    • Anonymous

      Please bro, you are nothing but a Ne-Yo hater. Now sit your five dolla ass down.

    • dentaldamboy

      Please bro, you are nothing but a YMCMB hater. NeYo is 2x as soft as Drake and 1/2 as lyrical. NeYo literally only makes songs for women. He's effectively Celine Dione or Beyonce. It's cute and all that you are happy he has made paper for himself, but think about all he has taken away from the culture of hip-hop. Hip-Hop is about achieving success through determination and then living comfortably from your success. What does NeYo sing about?...how some girl won't fuck him.

    • Anonymous

      First off, Congrats to Ne-Yo, well deserved IMHO. Now, that was a very lame comment you made there. I am not a huge Ne-Yo fan but the man has talent and made tons of hit records during his career. Please refrain from the stupidity.

  • Anonymous

    Ne-Yo is the still the best RnB singer right now. And probably the most underrated. I wish him well.

  • Anonymous

    Ne-yo great artist great writer excellent addition to any music family but what the Fuck does this have to do wit hip hop.dx u people are news hores.

    • Anonymous

      R&B and hip-hop is closely related. and def jam is mostly a hip-hop label so it's logical that these news appear here.

  • Money First

    Congrats! Its definitely the best move because none of the same people over at DEF JAM are there from when you first started anyway!!

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