Ne-Yo leaves Def Jam, joins Motown as an artist and new Senior VP of A&R | Music News

In an exciting move, it was announced yesterday that Singer, songwriter and actor Ne-Yo was leaving Def Jam records which he had been signed to since 2005 by then president Jay-Z to move over to Motown Records, not only as an artist, he will be bringing his whole Compound Entertainment imprint to the label and take on the role as senior VP of A&R at the legendary label.

In a statement to Billboard, Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown chairman/CEO Barry Weiss said” “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.”

This move further cements the regeneration of the Universal Music Group subsidiary who recently appointed Ethiopia Habtemariam as senior VP of Motown “We are committed to discovering, developing and nurturing R&B/soul superstars here at Motown, In Ne-Yo we have both a global superstar and arguably one of the best songwriters in music. His presence on the executive team only strengthens our commitment to be the very best in R&B.”

Ne-Yo spoke on the new appointment saying, “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.”

Looking forward to seeing and hearing what Ne-Yo brings to Motown, as I personally feel he personifies what I’ve wanted to see Motown bring to a new generation. Congrats to Ne-Yo. Stay locked for further details.

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