Def Jam’s crown prince of R&B unveiled the title for his eagerly-awaited sophomore LP, due out May 1st. Ne-Yo has decided to name his second disc Because of You after the album’s first single. However, there’s another angle to Ne-Yo’s choice.
“It makes the most sense,” says Ne-Yo of his album title. “It’s because of the people that inspire me to make music. Because of the love of the music. Because of the fans. Because of you that I do what I do.”
“Because of You,” the single, has grown increasingly popular, jumping to No.23 on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart.
After several years of penning hits for the likes of Destiny’s Child and Mary J Blige, Ne-Yo emerged from behind the desk and dropped In My Own Words. The album earned him a Grammy nod and a platinum plaque.
Ne-Yo recently founded The Compound Foundation which is committed to service at risk and disadvantaged youth.