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Format: CD
Sku: 204347964
UPC: 602517256484
UPC 14: 00602517256484
Release Date: 5/1/2007
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Because Of You ~ Ne-Yo
2. Crazy ~ Ne-Yo
3. Can We Chill ~ Ne-Yo
4. Do You ~ Ne-Yo
5. Addicted ~ Ne-Yo
6. Leaving Tonight ~ Ne-Yo
7. Ain't Thinking About You ~ Ne-Yo
8. Sex With My Ex ~ Ne-Yo
9. Angel ~ Ne-Yo
10. Make It Work ~ Ne-Yo
11. Say It ~ Ne-Yo
12. Go On Girl ~ Ne-Yo
 
"Ne-Yo

At 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.""

Set to release his debut album on Def Jam Recordings, this dynamic entertainer is ready to deliver. Infusing pop melodies to rich, soulful production the album is sure to score with fans and critics alike. Relying on mostly his own in-house crew Compound, Ne-Yo creates both a unique sound and sentiment for his records. Songs like the first single ""Stay"" (featuring Peedi Crack) exemplify Ne-Yo's nuanced, layered vocals and sample free production. ""So Sick"", a beautiful track in which he laments hearing love songs on the radio due to the feelings they conjure, reveals his voice to be clean and almost elated, but rich and weathered at the same time. But true to his charismatic character, the album|"Ne-Yo

At 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."""

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.

"...an unmistakable attempt to channel [Michael] Jackson's early Quncy Jones-helmed LPs--and the effort often pays off beautifully.  Entertainment Weekly
"...takes Ne-Yo's case where it belongs: to the dance floor.  Hartford Courant

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Audio Mixers: Kevin "KD" Davis; Phil Tan.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Photographers: Tai Linzie; Ellen Von Unwerth.
Muze PNote Arranger: Larry Gold.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Eric Hudson; Theron Feemster "Neff U"; Larry Gold; Ne-Yo; The Carter Administration; Compound Entertainment (Compilation)

Engineer: Mike Tocci; Mikkel S. Eriksen; Jaymz Hardy Martin III; Andrew Dawson; Brian Sumner; Jeff Chestek; Bob Horn; Brian Springer

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Jay-Z
Muze Guest Artist Jennifer Hudson

Artist Overview

Pop/R&B sensation Ne-Yo is a music industry double-threat. In addition to releasing two hugely successful albums and scoring numerous Billboard hits (including a number 1 with 2006's "So Sick"), Ne-Yo has also written hits for some of the biggest names in pop and R&B, including Rihanna, Beyonce, Mario, Chris Brown, and Mary J. Blige. Ne-Yo is a multi-talented performer in the style of impresarios such as Jermaine Dupri, Teddy Riley, and Jay-Z. He even founded his own label, Compound Entertainment, in 2007.

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations In My Own Words
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith
Muze Music Compilations Todd Smith(vinyl) 0306
Muze Music Compilations Now That's What I Call Christmas Vol 3
Muze Music Compilations Kingdom Come(Explicit Version)(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations More Fish (Cln)
Muze Music Compilations More Fish(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations From Nothin To Somethin(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Total Dance 2008
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Sessions Vol 1(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Sessions Vol 1
Muze Music Compilations Definition Of Real(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Clean)
Muze Music Compilations Block
Muze Music Compilations The Block (Deluxe Edition)
Muze Music Compilations Good Girl Gone Bad:Reloaded(Bonus Tracks)
Muze Music Compilations LAX (Bonus Tracks)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations In A Perfect World
Muze Music Compilations Before I Self Destruct(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Last Kiss(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 10
Muze Music Compilations Total Club Hits 2
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Epiphany
Muze Music Compilations Roots (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Hits
Muze Music Compilations Deeper Than Rap(Limited Edition)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Epiphany
Muze Music Compilations Tha Connect(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Just Dance
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Loso's Way
Muze Music Compilations Def Jam Recordings: 25th Anniversary Box Set
Muze Music Compilations Before I Self Destruct(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations LAX(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103
Muze Music Compilations Planet Pit(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Planet Pit
Muze Music Compilations Planet Pit(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations We The Best Forever
Muze Music Compilations Tm 103 Hustlerz Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Ambition(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Amibition
Muze Music Compilations Revolver (Edit)
Muze Music Compilations Revolver(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Revolver - Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Revolver - Deluxe Edition (Edit)
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [edited]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Deluxe] [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives, I Don't [Explicit]
Muze Music Compilations God Forgives I Don't
Muze Music Compilations Ultra Dance 13
Muze Music Compilations Think Like A Man:music/film (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Step Up Revolution (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 18 Months
Muze Music Compilations Ncis:los Angeles (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations Me You The Music
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French: Deluxe Edition (Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French
Muze Music Compilations Excuse My French(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Gifted
Muze Music Compilations Gifted(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Loved Me Back To Life
Muze Music Compilations I AM(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations I Am
Muze Music Compilations MKTO(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations VH1 LOVE HIP HOP:MUSIC (OST)(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Vh1 Love & Hip Hop:music (ost)
Muze Music Compilations DEF JAM 30TH ANNIVERSARY:GREATEST HIT(Explicit Version)
Muze Music Compilations Motown Christmas

Associated Artists and Works

Cent, 50
New Kids On The Block
Smith, Shaffer

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 05/01/2007
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2007
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8697
Music Label Name Label : Def Jam (USA)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00602517256484

Professional Reviews

Boston Globe 7 of 10
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.'' - Sarah Rodman

Bio

Ne-Yo

At 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."

Product Attributes

Product attributeArtist:   Ne-Yo
Product attributeLabel:   Universal Music Group
Product attributeMusic Format:   Compact Disc
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