Ne-Yo has made his first big move of 2012, reportedly signing a deal with Motown Records for his own Compound Entertainment imprint … as well as a new job role.
According to Billboard.biz, the singer/songwriter has also been named Senior VP of A&R over at the label.
After releasing four albums on Def Jam, Ne-Yo has made the label transition and as A&R will produce and mentor Motown’s artists, as well as sign and develop new talent.
“I’m honored that I’ve been given such a prestigious title and trusted with such responsibility; terrified because I know that playing this role in the fashion of one of my career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson — these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it,” said Ne-Yo in a statement.
“His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark,” added Barry Weiss, Island Def Jam Motown Chairman and CEO. “But this move to Motown will provide new and inspiring challenges for Ne-Yo as both an artist and a key member of the new senior management team that is taking form at the label in 2012.”
Via the new deal, Ne-Yo will be releasing his fifth album and first for Motown, titled The Cracks in Mr. Perfect, sometime this summer.