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Ne-Yo Departs Def Jam; Signs Major Deal With New Label

neyo def jam Ne Yo Departs Def Jam; Signs Major Deal With New Label

In a somewhat surprising move, R&B star Ne-Yo has left Def Jam – the label he’s called home since bursting onto the scene in 2006.

Full story after the jump…

Most label departures are oft bitter and the bi-product of politics and poor record sales. However, neither have defined the 32 year old’s split from the industry juggernaut.

For, not only is he remaining under the same corporate umbrella (Universal Music), the singer has taken up a lucrative position which’ll ensure his presence both on the front and back-end of the industry. He has signed with Motown Records.

By no means a “by the numbers” deal, the blockbuster move will see him serve as Senior VP of A&R at the newly re-structured label; a role which will see him produce and mentor the label’s artists and also discover and sign new talent.

What’s more, he’ll be  bringing over his Compound Entertainment imprint – which will be now be distributed by Motown.

Speaking of the change, the hitmaker said:

“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.”

With Universal Music CEO Barry Weiss adding:

“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.”

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Ne-Yo’s first release under the new partnership will be his fifth studio album, which he EXCLUSIVELY revealed to That Grape Juice is called ‘The Cracks In Mr. Perfect’. The LP is due this summer.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 8:28 am
    shy b**** says:
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    SO HAPPY NEYO LEFT THE ILLUMINATI DEF JAM RECORDS ALONE ,AND WISH RIHANNA WILL DO THE SAME ALONG WITH JADAKISS , KANYE AND FAB .

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  • January 25, 2012 at 8:33 am
    deena says:
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    This is very good news ! Neyo is very talented from his songwriting to his love to keep mj’s style of music alive .I feel so happy for him and he has been working with keri hilson on her 3rd album great!

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  • January 25, 2012 at 8:34 am
    Stacy says:
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    Motown is still under Universal Records like Def Jam so he hasn’t really made a major split. I guess he and Dream are moving into the background now because they aren’t focusing on being artists anymore.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 8:34 am
    i says:
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    neyo is a libra and all libra men are just s*** and the nicest men you will ever meet.usher is also a libra yummy!

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  • January 25, 2012 at 9:37 am
    jill says:
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    @SHY b****
    No offense but if Rihanna leaves Def Jam Her career will be NO more. Def Jam is her magical label that helps her so much, without them there would be NO rihanna.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 10:27 am
    Beeyonced says:
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    Congratz Ne-Yo, Motown’s only ‘hit’ after the golden era was Boyz II Men thou.

    But with this move I asssume he wants to get out of the limelight and makes his money mostly behind the scenes. Too bad, he was a breath of fresh air in this horrendous state of music. He’s a hell of a s*** love for me Ms. Independent.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 10:53 am
    DMWN says:
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    It’s the same company. All he’s doing is changing logos.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 11:06 am
    i says:
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    @JILL WELL IT WOULD BE NICE TO SEE RIHANNA AND CHRISETTE MICHELLE LEAVE DEF JAM BECAUSE JAY Z IS ON SOME OTHER s***!

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  • January 25, 2012 at 11:38 am
    Steph says:
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    Love Ne-yo! Congrats!!

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  • January 25, 2012 at 11:41 am
    Angel d says:
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    Good for neyo! Btw..ive alwayz seen him as a talented song writer, producer etc, more than a performer! So this would be better for him and his career in general, @jill I agree with ya rihanna needs the island defjam behind her to push her fast food music! ( Sorry but true..)

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  • January 25, 2012 at 12:17 pm
    @antertain says:
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    That change was needed. I hope he actually bring through artist though because could easily be lead astray by focussing only on his on materials with the label

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  • January 25, 2012 at 12:48 pm
    Jboss says:
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    This also great news for r&b music.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 1:30 pm
    Jaiyah says:
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    Happy for Ne-yo, I hope he could re-sign Mya to Motown and produce a hit album for her!

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  • January 25, 2012 at 1:44 pm
    Aaron says:
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    He may have revealed the title to TGJ, but this website is deemed unreliable by Wikipedia.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 3:57 pm
    Licious says:
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    I thought Motown Records merged with Def Jam… So confused.

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  • January 25, 2012 at 5:32 pm
    Cheeki-Mann says:
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    Yep usually when they move to the backend it means they know they pretty much suck on the front end. Face it, ne-yo hasnt sold much or landed platinum albums. Thus it’s more a salary post as a A&R mentor, producer, songwriter. Like Dream, he will most likely flop!!

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  • January 25, 2012 at 6:33 pm
    Principality says:
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    Jaiyah I don’t think Mya would go back to Motown she’s pretty much pushing her own label and doing distribution deals with these labels because she is releasing her new album K.I.S.S world wide on the 14 February marking her 14th year in the industry and it did well since its release in the US/ Canada territories.

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