In My Own Words

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In My Own Words
Studio album by Ne-Yo
Released February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Genre R&B, pop
Length 53:15
Label Def Jam, Compound
Producer Boola, Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, Brandon Howard, Sixx John, Ervin "EP" Pope, Brian "B-Nasty" Reid, Stargate, Shea Taylor, Curtis "Sauce" Wilson
Ne-Yo chronology
In My Own Words
(2006)
Because of You
(2007)
Singles from In My Own Words
  1. "Stay"
    Released: September 20, 2005
  2. "So Sick"
    Released: January 17, 2006
  3. "When You're Mad"
    Released: March 7, 2006
  4. "Sexy Love"
    Released: June 13, 2006
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[3]
PopMatters (7/10)[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[7]
Stylus Magazine B[8]
USA Today 3/4 stars[9]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[10]

In My Own Words is the debut album from American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo, released on February 28, 2006. Four singles were released from the album, "Stay", "So Sick", "When You're Mad", and "Sexy Love". The first single, "Stay", was not as successful is its successors, being Ne-Yo's only song so far to not chart on the Billboard Hot 100. The album debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 with 301,000 copies sold.[citation needed] Ne-Yo went on tour in August 2006 with Chris Brown and Dem Franchize Boyz. The album was subsequently certified platinum[11] with 1.6 million copies sold in the U.S., and 2 million copies sold worldwide.[citation needed] Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 69/100 from Metacritic.[12]

Background[edit]

Ne-Yo wrote the lyrics for each song on the album. Norwegian producers StarGate produced the hit single, "So Sick", and also contributed "Sexy Love", "Let Go", and "Time" for the debut LP. Other producers on the album include Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, Brian "B-Nasty" Reid, and Jai "King" Titus of Drama Family Entertainment, who produced the first single, "Stay", and the club-friendly "Sign Me Up" as well.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Stay" (featuring Peedi Peedi) Shaffer Smith, Ron Feemster, Ray Blaylock, Solomon Ridge, Pedro Zayas, Mark DeBarge, Etterlene Jordan Ron "Neff-U" Feemster 3:52
2. "Let Me Get This Right"   Smith, Brian Reid, Ridge, Blaylock Brian "B-Nasty" Reid 3:48
3. "So Sick"   Smith, Tor Erik Hermansen, Mikkel S. Eriksen Stargate 3:29
4. "When You're Mad"   Smith, Shea Taylor Shea Taylor 3:42
5. "It Just Ain't Right"   Smith, Curtis Wilson, Bobby DeBarge, Gregory Williams Curtis "Sauce" Wilson 3:48
6. "Mirror"   Smith, Taylor Shea Taylor 3:48
7. "Sign Me Up"   Smith, Feemster Ron "Neff-U" Feemster 3:27
8. "I Ain't Gotta Tell You"   Smith, Alfred Lewis, Brandon Howard Boola, Brandon Howard (add.) 3:17
9. "Get Down Like That"   Smith, Ervin Pope, Bunny Sigler Ervin "EP" Pope 4:06
10. "Sexy Love"   Smith, Hermansen, Eriksen Stargate 3:41
11. "Let Go"   Smith, Hermansen, Eriksen Stargate 3:49
12. "Time"   Smith, Hermansen, Eriksen Stargate 3:49
13. "Get Down Like That" (Remix) (featuring Ghostface Killah) Smith, Pope, Sigler Ervin "EP" Pope 4:59
Total length:
53:15
UK bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
14. "Girlfriend"   Smith, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff Sixx John 4:00
Japanese bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Lonely"   Smith, Sixx John 4:41
14. "Get Down Like That" (Remix) (featuring Ghostface Killah) Smith, Ervin Pope, Bunny Sigler 4:57
Notes

Charts[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
Australian ARIA Urban Albums Chart[13] 41
Austrian Albums Chart 63
Dutch Albums Chart[13] 50
French Albums Chart[13] 20
German Albums Chart 27
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 35
Swiss Music Charts[13] 11
UK Albums Chart[13] 14
US Billboard 200[14] 1
US Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[15] 1

Chart procession and succession[edit]

Preceded by
High School Musical Soundtrack
Billboard 200 number-one album
March 12, 2006 - March 18, 2006
Succeeded by
Reality Check by Juvenile

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "In My Own Words - Ne-Yo". AllMusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  2. ^ Fiore, Raymond (2006-03-03). "In My Own Words Review". Entertainment Weekly: 100. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  3. ^ Nichols, Natalie (2006-03-05). "Sonic gadgets at war with 'Words'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  4. ^ Nishimoto, Dan (2006-04-21). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ne-Yo". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  6. ^ Ringen, Jonathan (2006-03-27). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-10-14. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  7. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2006-03-01). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  8. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (2006-04-24). "Ne-Yo - In My Own Words - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  9. ^ Jones, Steve (2006-02-27). "Ne-Yo's 'Words' rings true; Cascada's pop flows". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  10. ^ Cummings, Jozen. "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". Vibe: 129. February 2006.
  11. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum search
  12. ^ "Critic Reviews for In My Own Words". Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  13. ^ a b c d e Ne-Yo - In My Own Words - Music Charts αCharts. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  14. ^ The Billboard 200 - In My Own Words - Ne-Yo Billboard. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  15. ^ Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - In My Own Words - Ne-Yo Billboard. Accessed September 20, 2008.

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