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Ne-Yo changes label, moves to Motown Records

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Ne-Yo attends the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Swim 2012 in Floria

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Ne-Yo has confirmed that he has left the Def Jam recording label.

The singer-songwriter has moved to Motown Records to release his fifth studio album, which is expected later this year.

As well as releasing an album through the label, Ne-Yo has also been appointed a senior VP of A&R and will oversee projects that are currently in development, reports Music Week.

Ne-Yo said: "I'm honoured that I¹ve 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."

Talking about Ne-Yo's move, Universal Republic CEO Barry Weiss added: "His track record of success at Def Jam will always be a benchmark.

"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."

Ne-Yo has previously indicated that his new album will be titled The Cracks in Mr. Perfect.

Watch the music video for Ne-Yo's hit 'Closer' below:

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