Ne-Yo leaves ICM for APA (exclusive) – The Hollywood Reporter

Singer-songwriter Ne-Yo has signed with APA for representation in all territories worldwide.

The three-time Grammy winner was previously represented by ICM — which has just been acquired by CAA in a $750 million deal — and the move comes on the artist’s eighth studio album, Self-explanatorywill be released on July 15.

Ne-Yo, whose real name is Shaffer Chimere Smith, broke through the R&B scene in the mid-1900s with his 2005 single “So Sick,” which hit #1 on the charts. Billboard Hot 100 and was certified quadruple platinum. Since then, he has amassed a collection of hits, including “Sexy Love,” “Closer,” “Because of You,” “Miss Independent,” and “Push Back” featuring Bebe Rexha and Stefflon Don.

Ne-Yo has also proven to be a prolific songwriter, with hits for artists like Jennifer Hudson, Rihanna, Beyoncé, Usher, Carrie Underwood and Celine Dion, among many others.

In addition to his work as a recording artist, Ne-Yo has developed a strong presence in film and television, serving as a regular judge on the NBC competition series alongside Jennifer Lopez. world of danceand as an actor in films such as Battle: Los Angeles, Stomp the Yard, George Lucas-produced red tails and shows like Empire and Step up: high tide. The latter is entering its third season, airing on Starz.

Ne-Yo is APA’s latest high-profile multi-hyphenate signature, alongside artists like Mary J. Blige, 50 Cent, and 2 Chainz who desire a holistic approach that encompasses everything from branding to manufacturing. He is still managed by Compound Entertainment.

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