Born on October 18, 1982, Shaffer Chimere Smith would later become famous as Ne-Yo, an R&B singer who was born in Arkansas and raised in Las Vegas. He began to sing in a group called Envy, which unfortunately split up in 2000. After signing with Columbia Records shortly after, Ne-Yo’s debut album release was postponed for unforeseen reasons, but a song he had recorded for the album entitled “That Girl” was picked up by Marques Houston, an R&B singer and actor. Houston recorded the song for his own album, and Ne-Yo was suddenly cast as one of the most coveted songwriters, working with the likes of Christina Milian and Mario. Ne-Yo was signed to Def Jam Records in 2004, and in 2006, he released his single “So Sick”, which made the top of three of the biggest charts: Hot 100, Pop 100, and Hot Digital Song. Due to the major success he incurred with this song, he released his debut album In My Own Words, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 200 List and sold more than 300,000 in its first week. Ne-Yo went on to release Because of You in 2007, which also debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200, followed by Year of the Gentleman in 2008, which sold 250,000 copies in the U.S. its first week. His most popular singles from this album were “Closer” and “Miss Independent”, both of which did extremely well on the Billboard Hot 100. Though the 2010 release of Libra Scale was not as successful as he had hoped, he continued on and released R.E.D in 2012. Ne-Yo also got the opportunity to record a song with Celine Dion for her album Loved Me Back to Life in 2013.