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In hopes of better opportunity, his mother relocated the family to Las Vegas, Nevada.
The song was a success on the R&B charts, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.Shaffer Chimere Smith (born October 18, 1979), known professionally as Ne-Yo, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, dancer, and actor.Ne-Yo gained fame for his songwriting abilities when he penned his 2004 hit "Let Me Love You" for singer Mario.Whereas a gentleman is calm, courteous, kind, charming...So that title basically represents me trying to lead by example, and showing these cats what it is to be a gentleman in this business still." The first two singles, "Closer" and "Miss Independent," peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100.His second album, Because of You, was released on May 1, 2007, and, fueled by its lead single, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 251,000 copies in the United States; the feat gave Ne-Yo his second number-one album.
Ne-Yo's third album, Year of the Gentleman, was released internationally on August 5, 2008.
The third single, "Mad," peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. His mainstream lead single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", released in July 2012, was certified platinum in US, sold over two million copies.
Ne-Yo's fourth studio album, Libra Scale was released in November 2010. Ne-Yo released his sixth album Non-Fiction in January 2015.
The stage name "Ne-Yo" was coined by Big D Evans, a producer with whom Ne-Yo once worked, American singer Marques Houston happened to hear "That Girl", which Ne-Yo had planned to release as his debut single off his then-unreleased album.
Houston re-recorded the song and released it as a single for his 2003 album MH.
Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the thinking behind its title: "To me Year of the Gentleman is all about a persona, a swag and a charm. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now.