Ne-Yo recently sat down with my homegirls, The CW Detroit Gossip Girls, and discussed everything from his newborn daughter to artists having to change to evolve in their careers. He also revealed that he was disappointed with his first week album sales. Check out a few excerpts and video below:
Fatherhood is scary as hell but it’s the most enjoyable fear that I’ve ever experienced. Its love like I’ve never felt before. I’ve been in love with a woman before, I know what that is. I’ve been in love with music before I know what that is. I’ve never experienced love like this, its instant from the second I laid eyes on her. I would do anything to make sure she never hurts or needs for anything in life and I’ve never felt that before. It’s special at the same time it’s scary. You know I don’t got to tell y’all that the world we live in today is not the most positive place all the time so just thinking about the different things that I’m going to have to teach her, hoping that I teach her well that’s the scary part…but its gonna be fun I’m gonna enjoy myself.
On the change in his music
Change is scary, to do something over and over and over again and you fall into the habit of doing that thing, its comfort… I can’t excuse it I can’t let that be ok, because then nobody grows, nobody changes, nobody evolves, nobody expands, and everything stays the same and the world becomes boring. I can’t do that to myself, I can’t do that to my music, I can’t do that to my fans, so whether some of them like it or some of them don’t, that’s what I was tweeting about earlier is that the mistake I tend to make all the time is trying to please all of the people all of the time. Very difficult lesson learned! You cannot do that, its impossible. All I can do is be me and as an artist what it is to be an artist is to evolve, is to grow is and try new things. To tell an artist to do the same thing over and over and over again is torture if that person is a real artist. So with that being said, whether it cost me album sales or whatever the case may be I’m gonna always try something new and always listen to my artistic spirit because that’s what made y’all love it in the first place.
On first week album numbers…
I was a little disturbed by my first week numbers, but a lot of things went into that first week number… the album getting leaked a month in advance definitely had something to do with it. That was another situation where I jumped on my soapbox (twitter)and let the world know how I felt about that. You know it’s the world we live in today, it’s the game. You either play the game or you get out. I’m not gonna let the ignorance of some stop me from doing what I feel like I was put on this earth to do.I was a little disturbed by my first week numbers, but a lot of things went into that first week number… the album getting leaked a month in advance definitely had something to do with it. That was another situation where I jumped on my soapbox (twitter)and let the world know how I felt about that. You know it’s the world we live in today, it’s the game. You either play the game or you get out. I’m not gonna let the ignorance of some stop me from doing what I feel like I was put on this earth to do.
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