Watch: Ne-Yo Visits ‘Pull Up’ / Gets Candid About His Divorce, New Album, & More

Published: Wednesday 11th Mar 2020 by Rashad

When it comes to playing double duty in front of and behind the scenes, there is arguably no other singer-songwriter this century who can boast the critical and commercial acclaim Ne-Yo has.  In addition to penning top hits for some of the industry’s biggest stars, the early part of his career saw that penmanship lend himself a few chart-toppers as well.

However, as the latter half of his tenure has seen success wane, the Grammy winner (born Shaffer Smith) – as revealed in a recent sit-down with Joe Budden‘s Web series ‘Pull Up’ – opted to take time off to regroup.  Over the course of that hiatus, he dealt with a highly publicized split from wife Crystal Smith (as we reported here).

That incident not only inspired his latest single, ‘Pinky Ring’ featuring O.T. Genasis (click here to listen), but a wealth of the content found aboard his forthcoming album, the yet-titled follow-up to 2018’s ‘Good Man’ – his worst performing LP to date.

Look inside to hear him wax honest about his career status, relationship with Crystal since the divorce announcement, and so much more:


Interview highlights

6:06 – Beginning his journey into the music industry
11:00 – Beginnings at Def Jam
27:30 – The future of his career
33:00 – Comparisons to The Dream & other writers
34:40 – Discusses new single ‘Pinky Ring’
37:48 – Discusses divorce
47:40 – How “hiatus” impacted his career
50:50 – Collaborators on new album
1:02:02 – Writing for others vs. keeping songs for himself
1:07:00 – New album

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  1. S.U.P.E.R.S.T.A.R.!. March 11, 2020

    This was a nice interview.

  2. I love big black c** March 12, 2020

    I miss ne yo’s old R&B stuff and feel good vibe dancey songs, so sick, because of u, s-e-x-y love, miss independent, closer….

  3. PinotNoir March 12, 2020

    Nothing compares to So Sick – a musical UFO in ’05. Let’s be real, tho: Ne-Yo’s not hot enough to whet teen dreams into buying. And his attempt to rough up his edges comes across “forced”. With John Legend’s monopoly of “The Smarmy Crooner”, I feel Ne-Yo’s only solution is writing for others … if anybody still wants his pen.

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