R&B artist Ne-Yo, born Shaffer Chimere Smith, is, to say the least, disappointed in the sales of his latest album. He blames illegal downloading and an unfortunate early leak of the unfinished album, Libra Scale.
“ALL HACKERS DIE SLOW!! It’s stealing plain and simple! There’s places where they cut people’s hands off for less! Y’all SUCK!!!!! . . . My apologies y’all. Try to stay positive but these hackers really make me wanna stab somebody!!! (Not for real, but you get my point..) MAD! . . . I work my a** off when it comes to my music! Blood, sweat and tears, I pride myself on it! Only for somebody to hack in and steal it!?”
Later, he clarified:
I just feel like people don’t have patience anymore. Where’s the class and integrity that came with music back in the day? You listen to it before it’s supposed to be listened to and then you don’t like it but you didn’t even give it a chance to get done. That’s like eating a meal before its finished cooking; of course you’re not gonna like it!
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 and let the world know how I felt about that. You know it’s the world we live in today, it’s the game. 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.