Not only is he moving from Def Jam to Motown Records, but the Grammy Award-winning artist is taking his Compound Entertainment imprint to the label AND will take on a creative role at Motown as senior VP of A&R!
Vice President Ne-Yo… yeah. I guess it has a nice ring to it.
Details below…According to Billboard, in his new role as VP, Ne-Yo will serve as a producer and mentor to the label’s artists and also discover and sign new talent.
Ne-Yo, who also co-stars in the current George Lucas-produced film “Red Tails” about the Tuskegee Airmen fighter pilots, will appear on the upcoming season of NBC-TV’s ” The Voice” as a mentor for Cee Lo Green‘s team. Ne-Yo will mark his debut as a Motown artist with his fifth studio album, slated for this summer.
“His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark,” says Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss in a statement announcing the news.
“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.”
Ne-Yo says that he exited and terrified about the move because he knows that it’s a huge responsibility, but he’s down for the task at hand:
“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.”
Congrats to Ne-Yo on making major moves in the industry! Can’t wait to see what big things he has in store…