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Ne-Yo Net Worth, Biography & Wiki 2017
Shaffer Chimere Smith, to the audience known by a stage name of Ne-Yo, is a famous American record producer, songwriter, singer, rap artist, as well as an actor. Ne-Yo’s rise to fame started in 2004, when he wrote a song for an R&B singer Mario under the name of “Let Me Love You”. Considered to be among the best singles of the decade, “Let Me Love You” not only received positive reviews from critics, but also managed to gather several nominations for BET Awards, MOBO Awards and Billboard Music Awards. An instant hit and commercial success, the song became Ne-Yo’s ticket to fame and recognition in the music industry.
Ne-Yo Net Worth $16 Million
Soon after the release of the song, Ne-Yo met up with L.A. Reid, who was the head of the “Def Jam Recordings” label at the time, and eventually got signed to their label. This resulted in the release of Ne-Yo’s debut album in 2006, entitled “In My Own Words”. During its first week of debut, the album peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 chart and sold more than 300 000 copies. Eventually, “In My Own Words” sold over 2 million copies worldwide and received a Platinum certification from the RIAA. Ne-Yo’s successful debut in the music industry resulted in many collaborations with Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West, Pitbull, Chris Brown and Jennifer Hudson among others. In addition to singing, Ne-Yo managed to launch his acting career, as he made appearances in such television projects as “CSI: NY”, “The Fresh Beat Band”, “Red Tails” with Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., and “The X Factor”. A famous singer, how rich is Ne-Yo? The sources state that Ne-Yo’s net worth is estimated to be $16 million. Ne-Yo gathered most of his net worth and wealth due to his involvement in the entertainment industry.
Ne-Yo was born in 1982, in Arkansas, US, yet his family eventually moved out to Las Vegas. While in Vegas, Ne-Yo enrolled in the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. It was in this high school where Ne-Yo joined a group called “Envy”, with whom he later appeared in such television projects as “The Cut”, hosted by Lisa Lopes, and “Showtime at the Apollo”. However, the group disbanded and Ne-Yo went on to work on his solo album, as he had a record deal with Columbia Records. Ne-Yo’s solo project did not come to light, since he was released from his contract before he could even release his album. Consequently, Ne-Yo decided to work as a songwriter instead and for two years wrote songs for various artists until his “Let Me Love You” song became an instant hit. When he gained public exposure for writing a commercially successful song for Mario, Ne-Yo went on to release his debut album, which was followed by “Because of You”, “Year of the Gentleman”, and an upcoming sixth studio album called “Non Fiction”. At the same time, Ne-Yo has been working on singles with such artists as David Guetta, Cher Lloyd and Celine Dion.