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R&B singer and songwriter Neyo’s known for his great love songs like “So Sick,” “Because of You” “Part of the List” and his new new album, Non-Fiction, dropped on Tuesday and in it he details the relationship with ex-fiancee Monyetta Shaw, star of VH1’s Atlanta Exes. The first single “She Knows” with Juicy J is an uptempo, but don’t worry, there are plenty of the slow songs Ne-Yo is beloved for.

“I don’t play no instruments,” Ne-Yo told the Tom Joyner Morning Show. “Everything I do is by ear. Melodies and harmonies are all put together in the dome. I tried to learn how to play the piano, fingers started cramping, I was done with it. I tried to play the guitar, fingers started bleeding, I was done with it. I just don’t think music is supposed to be painful in that way.”

It obviously hasn’t hurt Ne-Yo, whose now on his sixth studio album in nine years. He’s also an in-demand singer/songwriter who wrote the Beyonce smash “Irreplaceable” and the #1 Rihanna hit “Take A Bow.” After Red Tails, Ne-Yo was also approached to do several biopics, including both the James Brown and Jackie Robinson movies, both of which ultimately went to Chadwick Boseman.

“With the movies that I’ve done so far it was me being able to create a character versus a lot of the biopics that are coming across the table now,” Ne-Yo says. “To create a character versus trying to create a character that already was that’s a whole other skill set that I can admit I don’t have.”

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