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Ne-Yo Recalls Being Dropped From Columbia Records —'This Left A Very Bad Taste In My Mouth About Record Deals'

It is no easy feat to pursue artistry in Hollywood, and reaching the top is not for the faint of heart. Ne-Yo joins a lists of artists who have stood out as they pave their own legacy.

Samantha Dorisca

May 30, 2023

Akon, Lil Yachty, And More To Pay $400K To Settle SEC Charges Over Alleged Crypto Scheme

Another round of today’s public figures has been hit with a cryptocurrency lawsuit.

Ngozi Nwanji

Mar 23, 2023

Although Ne-Yo Sits On A Net Worth Of $9M, He Claims He's Lost Out On Nearly $400K In Wages

There’s sometimes a price tag that comes with the phases of life. R&B crooner Ne-Yo Smith has requested a gag order against his estranged wife Crystal Renay Smith, claiming that her recent decisions to discuss their relationship on social media have cost him nearly $400,000 in partnerships.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by NE-YO (@neyo)

Shanique Yates

Sep 15, 2022

TrillerVerz: Swizz Beatz And Timbaland Announce The 'Biggest Creative IPO Of All Time'

Verzuz has held it down for the culture since its debut in 2020. Created by legendary record producers Swizz Beatz and Timbaland , Verzuz has continued to soar in popularity, and at one point, it even amassed over 136.5 million views for the music showdown battle between Brandy and Monica. Now Verzuz is leveling up on the financial side. Verzuz via Triller has plans to become a publicly-traded company on the stock market. Deadline reports, the deal will be made possible due to a reverse merger with SeaChange. Once the deal is finalized, “TrillerVerz” will become the new face and will be valued at an impressive $5 billion. TrillerVerz will trade under the ticker symbol ILLR on the Nasdaq. The merge will accomplish a shared goal to become “a leading AI-powered social media platform for content, creators & commerce,” and to “create a leading voice on the Web3.0 movement and embrace the power of decentralized systems to enable greater participation in the multi-hundred billion dollar...

Samantha Dorisca

Jan 10, 2022

How Ne-Yo Diversified His Entertainment Industry Portfolio To Earn A $9M Net Worth

While Ne-Yo has a strong solo career on his own, he’s perhaps best known for the work he does for other artists as a backup singer and songwriter. Born in Camden, NJ, Ne-Yo (real name: Shaffer Smith) was exposed to the music industry from an early age. Both of his parents — a Black father and a Chinese mother — were singers, though neither experienced the level of success that their son would ultimately achieve. Before he entered high school, his mother moved him to Las Vegas, NV, for better work opportunities, and the aspiring singer would ultimately enroll in the Las Vegas Academy of the Arts. There, according to Celebrity Net Worth, he would lay the foundation for what would become a successful singing and songwriting career. Originally going by the name GoGo, and being a part of a group called Envy, Ne-Yo would ultimately break through into the mainstream when several R&B artists began recording his songs. That success quickly earned him a stellar reputation as the go-to...

Stage11 Raises $5.7M To Help Artists Like Snoop Dogg And Akon Monetize Their Work Through NFTs

Set to make a huge splash in the music metaverse, Stage11 is creating an innovative platform to mold a unique experience for artists and fans. The company was founded by Jonathan Belolo — co-owner of Scorpio Music — to develop a new landscape for artists to have a creative outlet to engage with their fans through interactive performances and music worlds. Now the Paris-based startup is one step closer to bringing the metaverse experience to fans due to an impressive seed round led by European venture capital fund, Otium Capital totaling $5.77 million, according to PR Newswire. “As a gamer and sci-fi nerd, It feels like I’ve been dreaming about the metaverse my entire life,” said Belolo in a press release. “Now that as a society we’re on the cusp of making it real, I find myself blessed to be part of an incredible team setting out to explore the new frontier. Building immersive music events and experiences is just the first step. We are on a journey together to reimagine the way...

Samantha Dorisca

Oct 13, 2021

Ne-Yo Is Investing in Tech Diversity With The Holberton School

Grammy-winning recording artist Ne-Yo wants to diversify the tech industry and is putting his money where his mouth is. In 2017, he invested in the Holberton School’s $2.3 million funding round and is now watching the school’s progress. Students in Silicon Valley’s Holberton School, a two-year coding academy targeting underrepresented groups, are not required to pay tuition — they pay 17 percent of their salary to the school for three years once they find a job after graduation. Holberton grads have gone on to work for Apple, NASA, LinkedIn and Facebook. The school does not use formal teaching methods — the students teach each other and complete projects throughout the program. Ne-Yo said the Holberton School’s commitment to diversity is what attracted him to the organization. “Little black kids growing up don’t say things like ‘I want to be a coder when I grow up,’ because it’s not real to them, they don’t see people that look like me doing it,” Ne-Yo said to TechCrunch . “But tech...

Arriana McLymore

Oct 1, 2018