Ne-Yo’s on Some New Ish

- By Bossip Staff

Posted by Bossip Staff

Ne-Yo’s ready to break some new ground:

“R&B star Ne-Yo is promising fans new sounds on his upcoming album Year Of The Gentleman – because he has become “bored” of urban music. The “So Sick” singer – real name Shaffer Smith – is preparing to drop his third album in June.

But the star claims his new LP is different from his previous work – because he is no longer interested in urban music.

He says, ‘There’s some stuff on there that sounds like something the Beatles might’ve done. There’s some stuff on there that sounds like something Billy Joel might’ve done. I can’t do just straight urban music no more, because to be completely honest with you, I’m a little bored with it. I’m just moving with what music excites me now.’

Billy Joel? The Beatles? We’ve got to hear this new fruity endeavor. We’ll reserve judgement, but remain a little skeptical about this one.


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  • $m♥K.E.Y.

    too many folks rocking this iridescent clothing…i

    concur there must have been a buy one get on free

    red carpet special

  • as seen on t.v.

    it’s about time somebody said it…urban music is boring and all the same….im glad that ne-yo can think outside the box and venture into something else…this will open him up to a whole new audience…

  • Melissa

    Ne-Yo …u are a heck of a writer and singer ..and yes ur head looks a little strange…but damn it’s well into spring …take of the hat ..we still luv u! Accept all of ur self and so will we. Good Luck with ur image!

  • Bird

    He’s just trying to crossover. Not unlike John Legend. Nothing wrong with that. Good luck bruh.

  • guilty pleasure

    This may be interesting…….can’t wait to hear it!

  • Southern Belle 225

    I’m glad he’s doing something different. The Beatles and Billy Joel are the ish. Plus Ne-Yo is a great artist so this should be creative and good. I’m looking forward to it. Its okay to expand your mind from time to time so please don’t hate until you hear it.

  • huhsaywhat?

    good for Ne-Yo, for wanting to expand beyond the urban R&B genre. I look forward to his next project;-)

  • He's Presidential

    Yeah that’s right he should have just said he wanted to change his audience. I mean wassup with the RNB the real RNB Jodeci, Joe, Ideal, Playa, SWV, Total, Brandy, Monica, Mary J B. I mean back in the day RNB was off the chain.. now everbody wanna do that euro mess I guess black folks arent buying enough music for people not to make Soul music anymore~~~

  • Lola

    He looks gay as hell in this pic

  • Bob


  • Tacky Tina

    Gay definately. Is he wearing lipstick?

  • Black British Girl

    I hate the way artists become snobs once they reach a certain level of successs…”Urban” AKA = Black music has suffered of recent that is because of the constraints put on it by the coporate owneras of the labels….Beatles..KMT…..the only one still alive is Paul McCartney and his ass aint had a hit since the 70’s…

    Basicallly you’ve got a bunch of white artists copying the style of those succesful artists of the late 60’s and 70’s….note: see Amy Winehouse and Duffy….

    KMT…My friendd finds Ne-Yo boring…I agree…like osmeone says talented on other people’s projects but boring as hell on his own….

  • Darth Paul

    Give him a chance. He might turn up something good. ANd he’s right- “urban” music is pretty much a stereotype for black artists now. Creativity and innovation are what made black artists GREAT…*not* playing the same old sh!t all the time!!

  • ms meca

    he looks so suspect in this picture ..

  • Howbad

    He do look fruity then a mofo in this piclike he sliding twards a cock and I sure aint talking about long as he’s not doing that T-pain shi8 and the songs are deep and worth something I’d buy the album.I like all types of music maybe he can create a new sound that’s what it’s all about at the end of the day right.

    I’m listening to Evanescence right now my immortal this song is tough.

  • getyourhandouttamypocket

    Lol…this picture is a classic! I think it’s great that Neyo isn’t afraid to step out the box and try something new. It does seem like urban music is pretty much the same these days, so I’m excited to see what Neyo can come up with. But I must say…the first single sucks horribly.

  • Bird

    He’s Presidential

    now everbody wanna do that euro mess I guess black folks arent buying enough music for people not to make Soul music anymore~~~


    I think that’s what it is. Black folks are giving their money to the bootlegger. If the lables don’t make money there is nothing for them to kick down to the artist in terms of royalties. We haven’t supported our artists and our music so it is disappearing. Later for hustleman. Let that negro get a job.

  • $m♥K.E.Y.

    ~He do look fruity then a mofo in this piclike he sliding twards a cock and I sure aint talking about chicken


    but i commend him on stepping out the box, lets see where this goes…

  • WTF

    That pic is horrible!

  • pm

    thats great news someone needs to rescue the music industry..

  • *starlight*

    He is soooooo Gay!! HAHA

  • ATLBlogger

    “Fruity Endeavor?” LMAO…I can’t wait to get the album. I like Ne-Yo’s music, hell changes r good.

  • ATLBlogger

    O yeah, & what is up with that pic????

  • Brooklyn, Stand UP!

    I like Neyo’s music. I think he is very talented but WTF is up w/ this pic? He looks madd fruity, lol! Not a good look homie.

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