Not only does he croon the hits – “So Sick,” “Make Me Better” – from his No. 1 debut, In My Own Words, and Platinum-selling sophomore CD, Because of You, but he has penned some of today’s most memorable R&B smashes: Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable,” Mario’s “Let Me Love You” and Rihanna’s “Unfaithful,” to name just a few.

While the smooth operator may hang his hat in ATL, he loves performing ’round the world, especially as the opening act for Alicia Keys. Here’s the 411 on the half Chinese-American soul man, including some of his favorite L.A. spots.

Restaurant: P.F. Chang’s (121 N. La Cienega Blvd., Los Angeles)

Places to shop: Gucci (347 N. Rodeo Dr., Beverly Hills) and Beverly Center (8500 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles)

Neighborhood: No favorite neighborhood. I’m a rolling stone. Any place can be made to feel like home.

Music venue: Gimme a stage and a few willing listeners, and I’m good!

Hotel: The W (930 Hilgard Ave., Los Angeles)

Favorite thing about Los Angeles: The women and the weather!

What can fans expect from a Ne-Yo show? Expect a taste of every emotion: happiness, sadness, sensuality ... from laughter to tears, it’s all here. Not to mention just GOOD MUSIC!

Year of the Gentleman will be available June 24. Ne-Yo will perform May 5 at Staples Center with Alicia Keys. For more information, visit