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Ne-Yo included a solo version of the song on his album Year of the Gentleman.
In December 2008, Ne-Yo performed at the Kennedy Center Honors as part of the tribute to Barbra Streisand; he sang and danced to the song "Lover Come Back to Me", which Streisand recorded on her second album in 1963.
Ne-Yo's third album, Year of the Gentleman, was released internationally on August 5, 2008.
Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the thinking behind its title: "To me Year of the Gentleman is all about a persona, a swag and a charm. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now.
The third single, "Mad", peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On August 12, 2008, the New Kids on the Block released "Single", the second single from their fifth studio album, The Block, which is a duet with Ne-Yo.
On October 8, 2010, Ne-Yo performed some of his songs from the new album at P. Richard & Son Theater in New York City, an event hosted by i Heart Radio.
American rapper Fabolous said in an interview that he is planning a collaboration album with Ne-Yo as well. Blige, JB, Beyoncé, Monica, Alexandra Burke, Cheryl Cole and Willow Smith's upcoming albums.
While in the Las Vegas Academy, Smith adopted the stage name Go Go and joined an R&B group called Envy, who appeared during amateur night on Showtime at the Apollo The group disbanded in 2000, and Smith continued to write songs for other artists before starting his solo career.
The stage name Ne-Yo was coined by Big D Evans, a producer with whom Ne-Yo once worked, American singer Marques Houston happened to hear "That Girl", which Ne-Yo had planned to release as his debut single from his then-unreleased album.
Libra Scale (2010), Ne-Yo's fourth studio album, reached number one in the UK R&B Singles and Albums Charts and number nine on the US Billboard 200, seeing a decline in overall sales. His seventh studio album, Good Man, was released on June 8, 2018.
In hopes of better opportunity, his mother relocated the family to Las Vegas, Nevada.