Multi-platinum, three-time Grammy Award-winning Def Jam recording artist Ne-Yo goes into interstellar overdrive today, Tuesday, May 25th, at 12 a.m. (PST) – for the MySpace world-premiere of “Beautiful Monster,” his brand new single and the first track from his upcoming fourth album, set for September 21st release (details to be announced in the weeks and months ahead).
MySpace Music together with iLike.com and MySpace Music UK will pull out all the stops for the “Beautiful Monster” launch, including billboards and banners across the site which will result in millions of fan impressions worldwide. Catch all the action today at http://www.myspace.com/neyo. On June 7th, “Beautiful Monster” will impact at Top 40, Rhythm, and Urban radio formats.
“Beautiful Monster” was co-written (with Ne-Yo) and co-produced by Stargate, whose career has been virtually synonymous with Ne-Yo since his start in 2006. Ne-Yo’s track record of smashes with Stargate includes “So Sick” (2006, #1 pop, #1 UK), “Because of You” (2007, #2 pop), “Closer” (2008, #1 Dance, #1 UK), “Miss Independent” (2008, #1 R&B), and “Mad.”
“Beautiful Monster,” Ne-Yo’s first major single release in more than a year-and-a-half, is also the first early warning shot from his upcoming new album. Untitled as of this writing, it will be his first long-player since the RIAA platinum Year Of The Gentleman debuted at #1 on the Soundscan and UK national charts in September 2008. That album spun off the triumvirate of consecutive RIAA platinum hits above: “Closer,” “Miss Independent,” and “Mad.”
Year Of The Gentleman went on to generate a league-leading total of five Grammy Award nominations in 2009 – with “Miss Independent” winning for Best R&B Song (songwriters award) and Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Year Of The Gentleman followed up Because Of You (released May 2007), which won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and In My Own Words (February 2006) – both of which debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
Ne-Yo, two-time BET Award-winning Best Male R&B Artist, founded The Compound Foundation which is committed to service at-risk and disadvantaged youth. In addition to building two new group homes in the Atlanta area, The Compound Foundation sponsors performances, motivational speakers and mentorship opportunities with leaders and business people within the community.