10 Songs You Didn’t Know NE-YO Wrote

He’s not just a singer, you know. He’s written and produced a whole bunch of music you’ll recognize, with the help of other writers and producers.

 

NE-YO helped bring this 2008 ballad up to number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart - Rihanna’s third hit to do so.

 

In 2008, Jennifer was fresh off of Dreamgirls, and trying to make a name for herself in music. Luckily for her, she had NE-YO on her side.

 

Oh, Bey. Unforgettable, irreplaceable Bey. Fun fact - the song was originally penned for country, not R&B.

 

Remember this diddy from back in 2006? Sure you do.

 

And who could forget this Jay-Z/Beyonce collaboration? Two years after NE-YO produced this gem, the two got married. Coincidence? Well, yeah. Sort of.

 

NE-YO and Hilson go way back. He’s said, “For one, I think Keri Hilson’s too freakin’ pretty to be in the background.” So into the spotlight she goes.

 

When writing this certified platinum song, NE-YO said that he focused mostly on the storytelling aspect, and less on the poetics.

 

This song was so successful that it made it to #53 on Billboard’s All-Time Top 100 Singles - we’re talking all-time, here. This chart is 55 years old. Bananas.

 

Yeah, another Rihanna song. What can we say? They seem to have figured something out.

 

And here’s a song he wrote for a Japanese boy band called W-inds. Curve ball!

21. Surprising, right? Find out who he will coach next. Check out NE-YO and Fridays℠ Red Hot Summer of Music Contest.

NE-YO and TGI Fridays℠ have come together for the Red Hot Summer of Music Contest where an aspiring artist will win a studio session coached by NE-YO. Check out the top three finalists and check back on August 29th to find out who the winner is.

Award-winning artist NE-YO is the creative director for Malibu® Red. Used with permission.

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