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Ne-Yo lands executive job at Motown

Ne-Yo has begun his search to discover the next music superstar as a new top executive at Motown Records.

The singer/songwriter will sign up-and-coming talent and mentor new acts as part of his role as senior VP of the artists and repertoire (A+R) division at the label.

The So Sick hitmaker has also been signed to the firm's roster following his departure from Def Jam, and will make his Motown debut this summer (12) when he releases his fifth studio album.

Ne-Yo says, "I'm honoured 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 career role models, Mr. Smokey Robinson - these are big shoes to fill. But trust, I can handle it."

Senior VP of Motown Ethiopia Habtemariam adds, "In Ne-Yo we have both a global superstar and arguably one of the best songwriters in music. His presence on the executive team only strengthens our commitment to be the very best in R&B."