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

Published: Monday 9th Dec 2013 by Sam

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. Diamond Princess December 9, 2013

    Oh he really shouldn’t….

  2. Molly December 9, 2013

    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. Onika Slays A Bxtch (ASBEENISH) December 9, 2013

    Tbh…. No

  4. Lovebird December 9, 2013

    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. Mark111 December 9, 2013

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

  6. Lily December 9, 2013

    Good to hear Mr Smith.

  7. Yaz December 9, 2013

    He became a sell out

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  9. eric December 9, 2013

    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. 2bad2bme December 9, 2013

    didn’t she say that last time?

  11. Biting Truth December 9, 2013

    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. Caramelboi December 9, 2013

    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. NAVY COMMANDER December 9, 2013

    To busy power bottoming to make a RnB album?

  15. Diamond December 9, 2013

    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. MelyB December 10, 2013


  17. IknowTruth December 10, 2013

    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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