UPDATE (5:37 p.m.): Follow along for not one but two videos of Janell’s exclusive chat with Ne-Yo earlier today.
In the wake of the disaster that struck Japan some twelve days ago, some musicians made the difficult decision to postpone previously planned tours to the island nation until the situation over there became more stable. Not Ne-Yo, though! He’s been over in Japan for well over a week now, performing in front of thousands of thrilled fans and helping to restore a sense of normalcy to the tragedy-ridden country. Well, our own VH1 News correspondent Janell Snowden was able to speak with Ne-Yo exclusively earlier today via Skype. We’ll be bringing you select clips from that interview very soon, but for now, here’s a quick summary of what they discussed:
- While the fact that Ne-Yo has a four month-old daughter initially gave him pause about going to Japan during such a tumultuous time, he ultimately felt like he had her blessing. As he explained to us, if she could talk, she would’ve told him to solider on.
- When he first arrived on Japanese soil, he and his team had to be coached on safety-related precautions just in case another aftershock struck.
- He encourage other artists to follow his lead and play for the people of Japan.
- He mentioned the recent rumors that he was on “suicide watch” and dismissed them as a total fabrication, noting that he very much wants to be there for his baby daughter as she grows up.
Most importantly, though, Ne-Yo has graciously decided to donate $100,000 in merchandise sales to the relief efforts, plus a percentage of the proceeds from the ticket sales during this leg of his world tour. Remember, if you want to contribute to the relief efforts, you can always construct “Paper Cranes for Japan” or donate to the Red Cross.
As promised, here are two excerpts from our exclusive interview with Ne-Yo earlier today.
In the first clip, Janell asks Ne-Yo what kinds of special precautions he needed to take in order to perform in front of his fans in Japan:
And in this one, Ne-Yo talks about why he made the decision to donate over $100,000 to relief efforts. As he explains, “With everything that’s going on [in Japan], these people needed a reason to smile, a reason to stand up and cheer, if only for a few hours.”