NE-YO’S NON-FICTION DEBUTS AT NO. 1
ON BILLBOARD’S R&B ALBUMS CHART
“CBS Sunday Morning” Feature Can Be Seen HERE
NE-YO Will Guest On “Fashion Police,” Airing February 9 On E!
NE-YO’s Non-Fiction (Motown Records/Compound Entertainment) is No. 1 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart in its first week of release and bows in the Top 5 of the Billboard 200. The superstar hitmaker – hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the most gifted male R&B singers working today – launched Non-Fiction with a series of U.S. television appearances that included this “CBS Sunday Morning” feature. NE-YO will pay a post-GRAMMY visit to “Fashion Police,” airing on E! on Monday, February 9, and will perform on The BET Honors on February 23.
“She Knows” feat. Juicy J, the first single from Non-Fiction, is currently No. 2 at Rhythm radio, in the Top 10 at the Urban format and approaching Top 20 at Pop radio. In this feature, Ebony notes, “don’t think NE-YO is swapping romance for rainmakers. ‘She Knows’ is simply a solitary chapter of…Non-Fiction, a narrative album comprised of his own love stories plus those of his fans slyly woven in. Yet every one of the 14 tracks is supposedly steeped in reality. ‘My thing is to keep it as relatable as possible,’ NE-YO says of his sixth studio album, which lives up to his sterling penmanship bar. ‘I gotta be honest about stuff that it’s painful to be honest about, the little things… This is the rebirth of storytelling.’”
T.I., Jeezy, Schoolboy Q, Charisse Mills and Candice are among the other artists featured on Non-Fiction. “Time of Our Lives,” NE-YO’s new collaboration with Pitbull, appears on both Non-Fiction and Pitbull’s new album. Non-Fiction will be released in international markets on February 16.
“NE-YO goes back to his roots,” observed TIME while USA Today noted, “No contemporary songwriter, male or female, has contributed more forcefully to placing strong-woman numbers on the pop and R&B charts than NE-YO.” “Sonically, the 19-track Non-Fiction brims with the smooth, enveloping R&B sound that NE-YO’s been known for—but there are some curveballs, too. Following their last collaboration, the insanely successful ‘Give Me Everything,’ he reunites with ubiquitous global-pop phenom Pitbull for the effortless-sounding filter-disco cut ‘Time of My Life,’ while big-room EDM and dusty UK Garage flips surface on ‘Who’s Taking You Home’ and ‘Coming With You,’ respectively,” said FADER.
The new songs are the kind of ultra-relevant narratives blended with powerful hooks that NE-YO became renowned for – both on his own hits like “So Sick,” “Closer” and “Miss Independent” and tracks he’s helped craft for Rihanna, Beyoncé, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Whitney Houston, Pitbull, Ciara and many others. NE-YO is a three-time GRAMMY® winner and a two-time winner at the BET, MOBO and Soul Train Music awards.