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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.

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Label Universal Music Group
SKU 204347964
UPC 602517256484
UPC 14 00602517256484
Format CD
Release Date 5/1/2007
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Author Ne-Yo
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Featuring Ne-Yo
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."
Reviews
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.''
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Reviewer Sarah Rodman
ReviewRating 7
Product Attributes
Artist Ne-Yo
Label Universal Music Group
Music Format Compact Disc
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Entertainment Weekly ...an 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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