According to Allhiphop.com, R&B’s Ne-Yo will become Senior Vice President of A&R for Motown. Barry Weiss, Chairman & CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, and Ethiopia Habtemariam, Senior Vice President of Motown Records, made the announcement.
Ne-Yo is bringing his label imprint, Compound Entertainment, over to Motown as well. Ne-Yo will serve as a producer and mentor to label artists, along with being responsible for seeking out and signing new talent to the label.
“I’m a combination of excited, honored and terrified all at once!” said Ne-Yo in a statement. “Excited about a new beginning here at Motown, 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 idols and career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson. These are big shoes to fill…..but trust, I can handle it.”