Ne-Yo Readying A Return To R&B With Sixth Album / Due Next Year

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In an era which sees artists needing to evolve or evaporate, Ne-Yo has emerged as one of the prime acts embracing a multitude of sounds. Indeed, from R&B to EDM, the Motown hitmaker has quite the varied catalogue.

However, experimentation doesn’t come without it’s drawbacks. For, with each recent release, the singer-songwriter has received ample backlash from those claiming he’s “abandoned his soulful roots”. Despite being an ironic stance, as his latest LP ‘R.E.D’ was very much an Urban affair (lead single aside), it’s one that doesn’t seem to be going away for the masses.

Currently in the studio, Mr Smith told Good Day Atlanta that he’s readying the remedy.

Details after the jump…

In town to spotlight on a charitable cause, the chart-topper offered the following about his sixth studio effort:

“Sixth album is in the works as we speak. I’m in the studio putting that together right now. I’m very excited about it. (It’s) predominately (an) R&B album. I like to call it masses friendly R&B. It’s music that’s for everybody. Be looking out for that toward the middle of next year.”



When Ne-Yo’s “on”, he’s “on”, so we can’t wait to hear what he’s been cooking up.

While it’s important to stress that he never actually left R&B, one glance at the singles he’s chosen to release (and push hardest)  recently and it quickly becomes easy to see where the perception stems from.

So, here’s to the return of that Urban-Pop sound he oh-so-skillfully cultivated; a sound that was able to appease both his R&B and Pop bases.

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  1. December 9, 2013 at 2:21 pm
    Diamond Princess says:

    Oh he really shouldn’t….

  2. December 9, 2013 at 2:22 pm
    Molly says:

    To bad no one cares… you abandoned your core audience with EDM and now that thats dead you wanna come back to R&B Lmao bye ne-yo.

  3. December 9, 2013 at 2:25 pm
    Onika Slays A Bxtch (ASBEENISH) says:

    Tbh…. No

  4. December 9, 2013 at 2:29 pm
    Lovebird says:

    Sorry bud but EDM is dead and so is RnB, time for a new sound.

    I’m thinking if you can fuse hip hop with alternative, that might be Amazing.

    You would need an image to go with that because the typical Black RnB singer image has been overdone and is boring.

    Good luck to you anyway.

  5. December 9, 2013 at 2:31 pm
    Mark111 says:

    His 5th flop? And I agree with @Molly.

  6. December 9, 2013 at 2:32 pm
    Lily says:

    Good to hear Mr Smith.

  7. December 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Yaz says:

    He became a sell out

  8. December 9, 2013 at 2:46 pm
    Yuree says:


  9. December 9, 2013 at 3:02 pm
    eric says:

    That’s what he said the last time, that RED would be r&b. I think the album was 50/50 between EDM and r&b, which is pretty fair, all things considered. What changed the scope of the album and turned people away is that Ne-Yo promoted mainly the dance songs. It doesn’t matter how much r&b you put on an album if all you focus on is a handful of EDM. If it’s half this and half that, promote it that way.

  10. December 9, 2013 at 4:02 pm
    2bad2bme says:

    didn’t she say that last time?

  11. December 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm
    Biting Truth says:

    Good to hear, but shame on him for going pop to begin with. I’m gonna need an album with material as good as (or stronger) “So Sick” and “s*** Love.” He and Usher both have some redemption they need to work for.

  12. December 9, 2013 at 7:27 pm
    Caramelboi says:

    Sorry Ne yosha nobody cares about u and ur wack music anymore. He threw trey songz, frank ocean and etc under the bus for saying rnb was on the decline bcuz of the music they make. He also said his last album would be real rnnb and he still had that edm mess on there along with mediocore rnb and still sold way less then every rnb album that came out at that time. Lmao u done. Stay behind the scenes at Motown.

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  14. December 9, 2013 at 9:35 pm

    To busy power bottoming to make a RnB album?

  15. December 9, 2013 at 11:52 pm
    Diamond says:

    Neyo is needed!! I’m sick of Chris brown, Drake thinking he can sing and August whatever acting like he’s the s*** with his weak vocals.

  16. December 10, 2013 at 11:32 am
    MelyB says:


  17. December 10, 2013 at 4:14 pm
    IknowTruth says:

    When isn’t Ne-Yo “readying his return to R&B music”

    Really. We will hear this after the next album too/again!

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