Because Of You CD (2007)

Artist: Ne-Yo

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Citing Prince, Marvin Gaye, The Rat Pack, and Stevie Wonder in his list of favorite entertainers, Ne-Yo's album invokes a nostalgic feeling, a renaissance if you will. Whether it's the bedroom or the dance floor, Ne-Yo's songs are filled with passion and intense energy that pulls (you into the music) and puts you into a zone.

Ne-Yo is taking the music industry by storm, as he graces and challenges popular music with his writing & vocal talents. Much more than today's male singer, Ne-Yo is a rare artist; expressing creativity thru drawings, paintings, martial arts and song. He is distinguished by youthful energy with in-depth lyrics that touch the soul. Ne-Yo is honored and ecstatic to be apart of the Def Jam brand, which produces some of the best R&B and hip-hop artists in the world.


Label Universal Music Group
SKU 204347964
UPC 602517256484
UPC 14 00602517256484
Format CD
Release Date 5/1/2007
Author Ne-Yo
Compilation Appearance Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Associated Artist/Work Cent, 50
Associated Artist/Work New Kids On The Block
Associated Artist/Work Pitbull
Associated Artist/Work Smith, Shaffer
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Artist Influence Michael Jackson
Artist Influence R. Kelly
Artist Influence Teddy Riley
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Artist Contemporary John Legend
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Artist Contemporary Kuk Harrell
Artist Contemporary Lloyd (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Luke James
Artist Contemporary Maejor Ali
Artist Contemporary Mario
Artist Contemporary Miguel (R&B)
Artist Contemporary Musiq (Soulchild)
Artist Contemporary Noel Gourdin
Artist Contemporary Omarion
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Artist Contemporary Robin Thicke
Artist Contemporary Ryan Leslie (R&B)
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Artist Contemporary Teedra Moses
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Artist Contemporary Usher
Artist Follower Avery Wilson
Artist Follower Eric Bellinger
Artist Follower Kevin Ross
Artist Follower Marcus Canty
Artist Follower Sebastian Mikael
Technical Info
Engineer Mike Tocci; Mikkel S. Eriksen; Jaymz Hardy Martin III; Andrew Dawson; Brian Sumner; Jeff Chestek; Bob Horn; Brian Springer
Producer Eric Hudson; Theron Feemster "Neff U"; Larry Gold; Ne-Yo; The Carter Administration; Compound Entertainment (Compilation)
CatalogID 8697
Lable Name Def Jam (USA)
Released 05/01/2007
Original Release 2007
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 49m : 57s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00602517256484
Musical Guests
Jennifer Hudson
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel: Robert Taylor "R.T.", Espen Lind, Joe Davi (guitar); Gloria Justen, Igor Szwec, Emma Kummrow, Olga Konopelsky (violin); David Barnett (viola); Jennie Lorenzo (cello).
Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Phil Tan.
Recording information: Battery Studios, New York, NY; Chalice Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Compound Studios; D.M.L. Studios, East Orange, NJ; L. Gold Studios, Philadelphia, PA; Lethal Studios, Bridgetown, Barbados; Roc The Mic Sounds, New York, NY; sony Music Studios; Westlake Studios, Beverly Hills, CA.
Photographers: Tai Linzie; Ellen Von Unwerth.
Arranger: Larry Gold.
In My Own Words, released in early 2006, was a major success for Ne-Yo. It was a number one album supported by two Top Ten singles and a third that peaked in the Top 20. As it kept gathering steam, the singer/songwriter/producer shrewdly continued to write for others: Rihanna's Top Ten "Unfaithful" and Beyonc?'s number one "Irreplaceable" kept his profile on the rise through the end of the year. Indicating that he still has quality material to spare, Because of You comes just a little after a year after his debut, and it is just as solid. Though some of the accomplices remain, such as the Norwegian StarGate team (his partners on "So Sick," "Sexy Love," "Unfaithful," and "Irreplaceable") and Ron Feemster, the key to the album's potency and freshness is its differences from In My Own Words. None of the debut's singles were as upbeat as this album's lead single, "Because of You," a sophisticated yet youthful song for the dancefloor, one of many instances where it's evident that Ne-Yo has thoroughly absorbed Michael Jackson and Rod Temperton's rich vocal arrangements on Off the Wall. The album's closing quarter fulfills the contemporary ballad quota, but the preceding quarter provides imaginative and surprisingly adventurous arrangements, as well as some of the nastiest hooks. "Sex with My Ex," the wildest of these three songs, is somewhere between a screwed-and-chopped mix of Prince's "Delirious" and Diddy's "Last Night," its hard beat and synthesizer rays twisted into knots. It's also one of several moments where a newfound swagger is just as convincing as that of prime Usher. Making it to number one on your own, writing a major hit for one of the planet's most popular entertainers, and qualifying as the heir to R. Kelly can have that effect. Executive producer Jay-Z seems to know exactly what he has on his hands: on "Crazy," he completes his verse within the first 30 seconds, allowing his R&B franchise star to take over with no interruptions. ~ Andy Kellman
Artist Overview
A maker of sophisticated pop-R&B, Ne-Yo was one of the most successful songwriters and artists of the 2000s. His breakthrough came in 2004, as the co-songwriter of Mario's "Let Me Love You," a number one Hot 100 hit. By 2010, Ne-Yo had racked up a career's worth of accomplishments. He released three albums, all of which went platinum in the U.S. Seven of his singles, as well as five on which he appeared as a featured artist, peaked within the Top Ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop chart. Beyonc?'s "Irreplaceable" and Rihanna's "Take a Bow," two of the many songs he wrote for other artists, were smashes as well. The following decade, he devoted more time to artist development. ~ Andy Kellman
Artist Bio
Ne-YoAt the tender age of twenty-two, the lyrical and musical talent that Ne-Yo posses are far beyond his years. Born into a family of musicians from Arkansas, Shaffer C. Smith a.k.a. Ne-Yo was raised in a single parent home by his mother. In hopes of a better opportunity, Ne-Yo's mother relocated the family to Las Vegas Nevada; where Ne-Yo would discover his passion.The singer/songwriter, penned on the biggest radio records of history (189.5 million listeners in one week) Billboard's #1 R&B chart for several weeks, the words on "Let Me Love You" touch your heart and makes you feel good in your soul. Written with Scott Storch and Kam Houf and performed by the R&B artist Mario, "Let Me Love You" is just a glimpse into the mind of a true writer. "It's a great song, and I'm really happy to have wrote it," he says."A master in the art of storytelling, Ne-Yo began writing at an early age. A vivid imagination and creative energy has allowed Ne-Yo to write songs for multi-platinum artists such as Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq. When asked about writing number one hits for other artists, simply put, Ne-Yo said, "I feel there is always room for good music. I want to reach people's soul with my lyrics thru whatever vessel God chooses."With the album in the chamber, ready to go, Ne-Yo now just has to prepare himself for the stardom that is sure to follow. "The toughest part has been getting used to being known," he confesses, "I've always been the writer, the guy in the background, but being the actual artist is a whole new experience for me."
Disc 1
1 Because Of You
2 Crazy
3 Can We Chill
4 Do You
5 Addicted
6 Leaving Tonight
7 Ain't Thinking About You
8 Sex With My Ex
9 Angel
10 Make It Work
11 Say It
12 Go On Girl
ReviewSource Boston Globe
Review The 24-year-old R&B wunderkind found time in his busy schedule as a songwriter for hire -- Beyonce's ''Irreplaceable,'' Rihanna's ''Unfaithful'' -- to craft a sexy and sweet sophomore release that's got more love flowing from it than an ''Oprah'' audience on ''My Favorite Things'' day...Although several different hands are employed, the album flows as if from one mind, with an emphasis on crafty vocal arrangements, crisp snap-and-clap percussion, and breezy keyboard work...The formula is openly descended from Michael Jackson tracks like ''Human Nature'' and ''Rock With You,'' but Ne-Yo is enough of an individual melody maker to avoid mere mimicry, and his penchant for inventively mixing up grooves adds a personal twist...''Go on Girl'' is the album's undeniable highlight. Just as Beyonce proved she could handle emotional shadings from vulnerable to steely on ''Irreplaceable,'' Ne-Yo nails both wounded and angry as he boasts, ''I'm too fly to be depressed.''
Reviewer Sarah Rodman
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Ne-Yo
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
Entertainment Weekly unmistakable attempt to channel [Michael] Jackson's early Quncy Jones-helmed LPs--and the effort often pays off beautifully.
Hartford Courant ...takes Ne-Yo's case where it belongs: to the dance floor.

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