By EW Staff
November 21, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

R&B singer Ne-Yo has been dropped from the Double Up tour with R. Kelly, Keyshia Cole, and J. Holiday. Ne-Yo told, ”Let [Jive] tell it, I was removed from the R. Kelly tour because of contractual agreements not being met, but that’s absolutely false. I believe it was because the first few reviews of the show, people were talking more about my set than his, and I don’t think he liked that too much.” Kelly’s reps said it was, in fact, merely contractual. ”Ne-Yo is a terrific talent and R. Kelly is certainly confident enough in his own abilities to be happy to share the stage with enormously talented people,” a spokesperson said. ”The more talented, the better. We’re sorry it had to end this way.” Ne-Yo’s exit comes just one week into the tour. (Billboard)