While Ne-Yo is enjoying the success of his new “Year Of The Gentleman” album, the singer/songwriter questions the fact that being different and changing things up a bit is not celebrated in today’s music industry. “If you step even slightly outside the box, it’s like, wait, wait, wait!” Ne-Yo told the New York Times recently. “What happened to the music industry where change and being different was celebrated ?” he asked, noting that artists like Lil Wayne are hugely successful based on doing just one thing (in the “A Milli” stars case that would be Hip Hop). While he’s been successful as both a songwriter and as a recording star, Ne-Yo says he’s been asked to stick to one thing before. “Now it’s like if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Stay right where you are.” Music aside, one thing Ne-Yo seems to be 100% sure of is that his soul will not be sold just to make the cover of a magazine. “I’m not dysfunctional enough,” he says referring to the popularity of dating a celebrity or being arrested every three days as criteria for making the cover. “I’m not going to sell my soul.”
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