- Full Name: Shaffer Chimere Smith
- Born: 10/18/1979
- Place of Birth: Camden, Arkansas, United States
- Occupation: Singer-Songwriter, Actor, Rapper, Musician
- Marital Status: Single
Ne Yo Net Worth History
The famous American Award winning artist started his career in music at the Las Vegas Academy, where his stage name was Go Go. His first recognition as a top songwriter was in 2003 when an American singer, released his song ‘That Girl’. After that, Ne Yo wrote the song “Let Me Love You” which was top on the Billboard Hot 100 for nine weeks. This song also led him to meeting Def Jam Label, where he got his first recording contract. Ne Yo released his first album ‘In My Own Words’ in 2006, which had the singles ‘So Sick’ and ‘Sexy Love’, which both came top 10 in most American radio channels. The album became top on Billboard 200. The album made a sale of about 300,000 copies in one week.
In the following year, Ne Yo released his second album, ‘Because of You’ which also topped on the Billboard 200, making a sale of about 251,000 copies in the United States. In 2008, Ne-Yo released his third album, ‘Year of the Gentleman’ which had the singles ‘Mad’, ‘Closer’ and ‘Miss Independent’, all which were very successful. The album came second on the Billboard 200. In 2009, he made a release of Ne Yo’s greatest hits, which came fourth on Japan Oricon weekly albums chart, making a sale of about 55,000 copies in one first week. He released his fifth album, ‘Libra Scale’, in 2010. He made his first collabo with rapper Pitbull in 2011 in the single ‘Give Me Everything’, which came top on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2009, Ne Yo came number 57 in theBillboard’s Artists of the 2000 decade. Ne Yo has also featured in movies like ‘Save The Last Dance 2’ and ‘Stomp the Yard’ and TV shows like ‘The X-Factor’. He has also written winning songs for other artists like Leona Lewis, Alexandra Burke and others. He has had major collaborations with artists like Mariah Carey, Rihann, Jay Z and others.
About Ne Yo
Ne Yo was born in Arkansas to African American parents, who were both in music. His mother has Chinese origins too. His parents divorced when he was still a young boy and he moved with his mother to Las Vegas. It is in Las Vegas Academy that Ne Yo’s music career began, where he joined his first music band, ‘Envy’, but they parted when he was 18 years old. In 2005, Ne Yo had a child with his then girlfriend who was named Chimere. However, he later came to realize that he was not the child’s real father. In 2010, he had a daughter with his then girlfriend Monyetta and they named her Madilyn Grace Smith. In 2011, they got a second child and named him Mason Evan Smith.
In his time, Ne Yo has faced legal issues. In 2008, he was arrested for driving recklessly with an expired license in Georgia. He was sentenced to one day of community work.
Ne Yo has three children.