Zoe Fennessy, who suffers from a rare condition called musicogenic epilepsy, doesn't particularly dislike Ne-Yo's music, it's just that whenever she hears it, she freezes up and begins vomiting uncontrollably. In June, the 26-year-old had brain surgery in an attempt to ease her symptoms, but it didn't work.
Ne-Yo's fifth album, R.E.D., was released last Tuesday and sold about 66,000 copies its first week in stores. That's about 40 percent less than his last album, Libra Scale, did its first week out, and that album was considered a disappointment. While it breaks no new ground, it's a shame that R.E.D. will probably go forgotten, as it's a collection of well-sung and -written R&B that surveys and attempts to perfect the genre's current trends. One of the loveliest tracks is "Should Be You," a Salaam Remi-produced bit of hip-hop soul that knocks like it's '96 and reminds me the most of Mario Winans' excellent "I Don't Wanna Know." That is manages to be great despite a guest verse from Diddy is a feat in itself.
Nicky Hilton talking on her cell in Midtown ... Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen watching the US Open ... Matthew Broderick walking on East 61st Street ... Taylor Swift posing for photographers outside her hotel ... Mickey Rourke walking his dog in SoHo ... Keri Russell going to Starbucks with a friend ... Ne-Yo walking outside his hotel ... Kate Gosselin getting out of a limo ... Gwen Stefani and Gavin Rossdale watching the US Open ... Bar Refaeli walking in the meatpacking district ... Mary-Kate Olsen leaving her townhouse with a friend ... Blake Lively walking in Midtown ... Cynthia Nixon walking on the Sex and the City set ... LaToya Jackson arriving at the Trump International Hotel ... Ed Westwick leaving his trailer on the Gossip Girl set, and going to dinner at Avenue with Jessica Szohr ... Courtney Love leaving the Mercer Hotel ... Oliver Stone standing on the set of Wall Street 2 on Park Avenue ... and Amber Rose shopping at Barneys on Madison Avenue.
Jennifer Lopez heading into the Bowery Hotel for dinner with Benny Medina ... Bill Cosby walking down East 74th Street ... Drew Barrymore arriving at JFK ... Moby hanging out with friends at the Cooper Square Hotel ... Hugh Jackman taking his daughter for a walk in the West Village ... Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel on their way to the gym in Tribeca ... Tyra Banks standing around with her crew downtown ... Ne-Yo leaving his hotel in Midtown ... Sarah Jessica Parker walking in the West Village ... Nick Cannon leaving Barneys on Madison Avenue ... Jude Law partying at the Box ... and Jay-Z leaving the Waverly Inn.