September 21, 2008 |
THERE ARE plenty of excellent songs on Ne-Yo's new release, "Year of the Gentleman." But one stands out for me -- and apparently for the 25-year-old smooth lover too. When I met with Ne-Yo in the studio last month to sample from his new selections, he was predictably enthusiastic about everything. But the song "Fade Into the Background," a mini-epic about watching your lost love walk down the aisle with some lucky cleanup fella, got him seriously jazzed. " 'Fade Into the Background' is the story of a guy who's dating a young lady; they end up breaking up," Ne-Yo says.
October 19, 2008 |
Gliding across the stage, crooning "come closer" over a driving beat, he manhandles the microphone stand like a modern-day James Brown. Only without the polyester jumpsuit. Ne-Yo, the R&B triple-threat singer, performer and songwriter, is rocking a steel gray Tom Ford sharkskin suit, a silver tie cinched with a tie bar -- and his trademark fedora. His retro style -- or "swag" as he calls it -- informs every element of the performance. Flanked by four female dancers, he sings in front of an old-school band with a full horn section.
May 8, 2006 |
Radio station-sponsored concerts are a lot like an evening at the movies where all you see are trailers. That's not a bad thing as long as you remember going in not to expect anything with a beginning, middle and end, or anything remotely resembling a coherent plot. That was certainly the case at Wango Tango on Saturday in Irvine, but it was suspended long enough in the right places to put this year's edition a cut above the typical radio concert plugfest.
December 18, 2013 |
Celine Dion was on a Studio City soundstage last week, rehearsing for her performance on a holiday TV special. Ne-Yo had joined the French Canadian singer to run through "Incredible," a duet from Dion's new album, but almost as soon as she'd tilted her head back to unleash a flurry of octave-scaling notes, an abashed expression flashed across her face. "I was too early," she told Ne-Yo. Then she laughed, aware perhaps that no one else in the room had noticed. "Hey, even when we're bad, we're good," she said.
November 26, 2010
Cory Monteith , Chord Overstreet , Kevin McHale and Mark Salling have a "Glee"-filled evening at GQ's Men of the Year party at Chateau Marmont, alongside James Franco , Jimmy Kimmel , Taylor Lautner and Kellan Lutz ? Chris Brown , David Arquette , Nelly and Katie Cassidy at Colony for the Us Weekly Hot Hollywood bash ? Jenny McCarthy , Diddy , Jamie Foxx and Kelly Rowland at the Avalon for Ne-Yo's post-American Music Awards bash ?
December 3, 2012 |
The surviving members of the English rock group Led Zeppelin climbed an exalted stairway on Sunday. No, not that one . But the group did arrive in person to receive the Kennedy Center Honors in a ceremony hosted by President Obama in Washington D.C.. The mega-selling act, known for its punishing blues riffs and wails from Robert Plant that became classic-rock staples, was lauded along with guitarist Buddy Guy, ballerina Natalia Makarova, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman.