Ne-Yo

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Where do I know him from?
Most likely, a song he didn’t sing: Ne-Yo wrote Beyonce’s inescapable hit “Irreplaceable,” which was No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for ten weeks while becoming the best-selling single of 2007.

So he’s a backroom songwriter?
Yes, but not only that. He entered a family of musicians as Shaffer Chimere Smith in 1979. When Ne-Yo was still young, his mother and father separated, and she relocated everyone else from Camden, Arkansas to Las Vegas. By the time he reached 21, his R&B group Envy had already formed and disbanded; Columbia Records then signed him to...