Ne-Yo Moves to Motown; Appointed SVP/A&R
January 25, 2012 at 6:18 AM (PT)
DEF JAM artist NE-YO will move to MOTOWN, along with his label imprint COMPOUND ENTERTAINMENT, and will also take on a creative role at MOTOWN as the new SVP/A&R.
"NE-YO is an enormously talented artist, songwriter and producer," said UNIVERSAL REPUBLIC and ISLAND DEF JAM MOTOWN Chairman/CEO BARRY WEISS, "In fact, he's one of the greatest songwriters of our times. 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."
"We are honored and humbled to have NE-YO as a part of the MOTOWN family, as both a recording artist and in an A&R role," said MOTOWN SVP ETHIOPIA HABTEMARIAM. "We are committed to discovering, developing and nurturing R&B/Soul superstars here at MOTOWN and 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 the very best in R&B."
"I'm a combination of excited, honored and terrified all at once!" said NE-YO. "Excited about a new beginning here at MOTOWN, honored that I've 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 idols and career role models Mr. SMOKEY ROBINSON, these are big shoes to fill ... but trust, I can handle it."