Because of You (Ne-Yo album)

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Because of You
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 25, 2007
Recorded2006–2007
Genre
Length49:57
Label
Producer
Ne-Yo chronology
In My Own Words
(2006)
Because of You
(2007)
Year of the Gentleman
(2008)
Singles from Because of You
  1. "Because of You"
    Released: March 27, 2007
  2. "Do You"
    Released: September 22, 2007
  3. "Can We Chill"
    Released: September 29, 2007
  4. "Go On Girl"
    Released: December 4, 2007

Because of You is the second studio album by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It was released by Compound Entertainment and Def Jam Recordings on April 25, 2007 in the United States. Ne-Yo reteamed with many previous collaborators to work on the follow-up to his debut album In My Own Words (2006), involving Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, StarGate, and Shea Taylor, as well as new and upcoming musicians such as The Heavyweights, Eric Hudson, Timothy Bloom, Knobody, and Syience. Next to them, Because of You features guest vocal contributions from rapper Jay-Z on "Crazy" and fellow R&B singer Jennifer Hudson on "Leaving Tonight".

Because of You debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, selling over 250,000 copies in its first week, and was later certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). It also reached the top ten in Canada and the United Kingdom but was commercially less successful than In My Own Words elsewhere. Released to generally positive reviews from most music critics, who complimented the album for the advancement over its predecessor,[1] it won the Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 50th Annual Grammy Awards in February 2008.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic74/100[1]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
The A.V. ClubB[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[5]
PopMatters9/10 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(dud)[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine2/5 stars[9]
Stylus MagazineC+[10]
Yahoo! Music UK6/10 stars[11]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 74, which indicates "generally favorable" reviews, based on 14 critics.[1] PopMatters's Colin McGuire found that with Because of You Ne-Yo "relishes in his disgust for a sophomore slump by fighting back with an album that leaves his first solo effort so far in the dust". He felt that the album "might end up being the best R&B album of the year."[6] Similarly, AllMusic editor Andy Kellman noted that "the key to the album's potency and freshness is its differences from In My Own Words [...] 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."[2]

In his review for The A.V. Club, Nathan Rabin wrote that the album "is a real sleeper that reveals considerable strengths upon repeat listens [...] Best of all, with a running time of just over 59 minutes, Because of You is largely devoid of filler, and it never threatens to wear out its welcome."[3] Simon Vozick-Levinson from Entertainment Weekly noted that "indeed, the album is an unmistakable attempt to channel Michael Jackson's early work such as Off the Wall [...] and the effort often pays off beautifully [...] Ne-Yo's lithe falsetto puts the many others who've been labeled Jackson-esque to shame."[4] Slant Magazine also compared the album's sensual ballads to Janet Jackson.[9] Kelefa Sanneh, writer for The New York Times, found that Ne-Yo "got a silky voice and a clear knack for chronicling obsessive love and lust; maybe one day he’ll create a half-crazed R&B masterpiece. But in the meantime, Because of You is a likable little album: 12 girl-crazy songs from a boy who can stop anytime he wants. Honest."[12]

Commercial performance[edit]

Because of You debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, selling 251,000 copies on its first week of release.[13] Because of You is Ne-Yo's second number-one album. The album has shipped one million units in the US. It has sold over 1,630,000 copies in the United States alone. It spawned four singles: "Because Of You", "Do You", "Can We Chill", and "Go On Girl". "Leaving Tonight" was released as a radio single.

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Because of You"4:26
2."Crazy" (featuring Jay-Z)Feemster4:21
3."Can We Chill"
4:24
4."Do You"
  • Smith
  • Marcus Allen
  • Melvin Sparkman
  • The Heavyweights
  • Ne-Yo[a]
3:48
5."Addicted"
3:46
6."Leaving Tonight" (featuring Jennifer Hudson)
5:15
7."Ain't Thinking About You"
  • Smith
  • Hudson
3:41
8."Sex With My Ex"
  • Smith
  • Taylor
3:39
9."Angel"3:28
10."Make It Work"
  • Smith
  • Taylor
4:09
11."Say It"
4:41
12."Go On Girl"
  • Stargate
  • Ne-Yo[a]
4:21
Notes

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from album’s liner notes.[14]

  • Marcus Allen – producer (track 4)
  • David Barnett – viola (tracks 4, 11)
  • Timothy "Keys" Bloom – producer (track 11)
  • Jeff Chestek – engineer (track 4)
  • Tom Coyne – mastering
  • Joe Davi – guitar and bass (track 6)
  • Kevin "KD" Davis – mixing (tracks 2–11)
  • Andrew Dawson – engineer (track 9)
  • Mikkel S. Eriksen – producer, engineer, and all instruments (tracks 1, 12)
  • Ron "Neff-U” Feemstar – producer (track 2)
  • Larry Gold – string arrangement and production (tracks 4, 11)
  • Jaymz Hardy-Martin III – engineer (tracks 4, 11)
  • Tor Erik Hermansen – producer and all instruments (tracks 1, 12)
  • Ricardo "Slick" Hinkson – assistant engineer (tracks 4, 7, 10, 11)
  • Bob Horn – engineer (track 2)
  • Josh Houghkirk – assistant mixing engineer (tracks 1, 12)
  • Eric Hudson – producer and all instruments (tracks 3, 7)
  • Jennifer Hudson – vocals (track 6)
  • Jay-Z – rap (track 2)
  • Gloria Justen – violin (tracks 4, 11)
  • Knobody – producer (track 6)
  • Olga Konopelsky – violin (tracks 4, 11)
  • Emma Kummrow – violin (tracks 4, 11)
  • Danielle Laport – additional recording (track 10)
  • Espen Lind – guitar (track 12)
  • Jennie Lorenzo – cello (tracks 4, 11)
  • Ne-Yo – vocals (all tracks), co–producer (tracks 1, 3–12)
  • Deepu Panjwani – assistant engineer (tracks 4, 7, 10, 11)
  • Syience – producer (track 9)
  • Melvin Sparkman – producer (track 4)
  • Brian Springer – engineer (track 9)
  • Brian Sumner – engineer (track 3)
  • Igor Szwec – violin (tracks 4, 11)
  • Phil Tan – mixing (tracks 1, 12)
  • Shea Taylor – producer and guitar (tracks 5, 8, 10), saxophone and horns (track 5)
  • Michael Tocci – engineer (all tracks)
  • Shane "Bermuda" Woodley – assistant mixing engineer (tracks 2–11), engineer (tracks 3, 7)

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[31] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[32] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Table of release dates, formats, editions and record labels
Region Date Format Editions Label
Japan April 25, 2007 CD, digital download Standard Def Jam, Compound
Australia April 27, 2007
Europe
United Kingdom April 30, 2007
United States April 25, 2007
Canada May 26, 2007
Sweden

References[edit]

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  31. ^ "British album certifications – Ne-Yo – Because of You". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Because of You in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  32. ^ "American album certifications – Ne-Yo – Because of You". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 

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