Feature Interview: Ne-Yo's Music Is the Catalyst for Romantic Communication
Tue, 11 Aug 2015 09:49:37
No, really! The R&B superstar spoke to us about how his songs are a tool for relationships and how he straddles the line between pop and R&B.
Ne-Yo's new album Non-Fiction —his sixth!— came out earlier this year and it is a clinic of the R&B and pop music for which the artist has become known. Ne-Yo not only makes unforgettable, earworm pop songs, but he also writes songs for other artists that go on to become massive hits. Like Beyoncé's "Irreplaceable." You may have heard of that one, right?
But for Non-Fiction, Ne-Yo worked to create songs that speak to both his R&B and his pop fans. Also, he told us that his songs serve as a communication tool between the sexes.
No, really! His take on how music can better relationship communication is brilliant and true.
Find out what Ne-Yo struggles with when writing songs, how he hopes to one day unite the urban music communities, and how he has become a relationship ambassador. Plus, the superstar reveals what's on his docket for 2016.
We've posted the behind-the-scenes footage from the "Coming With You" video. Let's talk about the song itself, which has been a hit for you.
The song itself... I wanted it to live in the R&B world and the pop world. It is one of those records. I constantly struggle with my diehard R&B audience and my pop and EDM audiences.
I know that the struggle is real, but is it getting any easier at this point?
It is getting easier, since the lines [between genres] are getting a bit more blurred. I recall a time when a DJ didn't do an hour of their sets.. Still, it's been a challenge and a struggle.
You can handle it, though. <br>
I liken you and your music to "Michael Jackson for millennials," since you have a universal R&B and pop appeal as well.
That is the goal. R&B is my foundation and it is where I come from. It's where I first fell in love. You will always hear elements of R&B in my music no matter what I do. But I am an artist. I dabble in the other genres here and there, but you will always hear that R&B essence. And Michael Jackson's influence is a huge part of it.
Watch the music video for "She Knows" from Ne-Yo featuring Juicy J: