Ne-Yo shot the video for the the first single off his next planned release, "Closer"
at Santa Clarita Studios. His new album, Year of the Gentleman
, is due June 24th.
According to Billboard.com
, Ne-Yo says he was inspired by Rat Packers like Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. as he conceptualized the new album. "Years ago, if you weren't wearing the right suit or have a correct crease in your pants, you couldn't even get in the door --let alone on stage to perform," he says. "For me, the sharpness of Sammy and Sinatra is the kind of style I strive for in clothes and music. 'Year of the Gentleman'
is named in honor of those guys."