In My Own Words

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In My Own Words
In my own words Ne-Yo.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
LabelDef Jam, Compound
ProducerBoola, Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, Brandon Howard, Jay-Z (exec.), Sixx John, Ervin "EP" Pope, Brian "B-Nasty" Reid, Stargate, Shea Taylor, Curtis "Sauce" Wilson
Ne-Yo chronology
In My Own Words
Because of You
Singles from In My Own Words
  1. "Stay"
    Released: September 20, 2005
  2. "So Sick"
    Released: November 22, 2005
  3. "When You're Mad"
    Released: March 7, 2006
  4. "Sexy Love"
    Released: June 26, 2006

In My Own Words is the debut album of 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. Ne-Yo went on tour in August 2006 with Chris Brown and Dem Franchize Boyz. The album was subsequently certified platinum[1] with 1,5 million copies sold in the U.S. [2], 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.[3]


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.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[4]
Entertainment WeeklyB−[5]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Slant Magazine2.5/5 stars[10]
Stylus MagazineB[11]
USA Today3/4 stars[12]
Vibe3.5/5 stars[13]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from critics, the album received an average score of 69, which indicates "generally favorable" reviews, based on 11 reviews.

Commercial performance[edit]

In his home country of United States, In My Own Words debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, with 301,000 copies sold in its first week.[14] In its second week, the album remained in the top ten at Billboard 200, fell to number five, selling 113,000 copies (down 62 percent).[15] In its third week, the album jump to number four on the chart, selling 77,000 copies (down 33 percent).[16] On March 29, 2006, the album has been certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for sales of over a million copies.[17] As of March 2007, In My Own Words has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.[18]

Track listing[edit]

1."Stay" (featuring Peedi Peedi)Shaffer Smith, Ray Blaylock, Solomon Ridge, Pedro ZayasRon "Neff-U" Feemster3:52
2."Let Me Get This Right"Smith, Ridge, BlaylockBrian "B-Nasty" Reid3:48
3."So Sick"SmithStargate3:29
4."When You're Mad"SmithShea Taylor3:42
5."It Just Ain't Right"SmithCurtis "Sauce" Wilson3:48
6."Mirror"SmithShea Taylor3:48
7."Sign Me Up"SmithRon "Neff-U" Feemster3:27
8."I Ain't Gotta Tell You"Smith, Alfred LewisBrandon Howard[a]3:17
9."Get Down Like That"Smith, Bunny SiglerErvin "EP" Pope4:06
10."Sexy Love"SmithStargate3:41
11."Let Go"SmithStargate3:49
13."Get Down Like That (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah)Smith, SiglerErvin "EP" Pope4:59
Total length:49:35
UK bonus tracks
13."Girlfriend"Smith, Kenneth Gamble, Leon HuffSixx John4:00
14."Get Down Like That (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah)Smith, SiglerErvin "EP" Pope4:59
Total length:53:35
Japan bonus tracks
13."Girlfriend"Smith, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff4:00
14."Lonely"Smith, John4:41
15."Get Down Like That (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah)Smith, Pope, Sigler4:57

Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum search
  2. ^ Wood, Mikael (21 April 2008). "R&B singer Ne-Yo "bored" by urban music". Reuters. Retrieved 12 June 2018.
  3. ^ "Critic Reviews for In My Own Words". Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  4. ^ Kellman, Andy. "In My Own Words - Ne-Yo". AllMusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  5. ^ Fiore, Raymond (2006-03-03). "In My Own Words Review". Entertainment Weekly: 100. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  6. ^ Nichols, Natalie (2006-03-05). "Sonic gadgets at war with 'Words'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  7. ^ Nishimoto, Dan (2006-04-21). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ne-Yo". Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2006-03-01). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  11. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (2006-04-24). "Ne-Yo - In My Own Words - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  12. ^ Jones, Steve (2006-02-27). "Ne-Yo's 'Words' rings true; Cascada's pop flows". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
  13. ^ Cummings, Jozen. "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". Vibe: 129. February 2006.
  14. ^ Hasty, Katie (2006-03-08). "Ne-Yo's 'Words' Speak Volumes At No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  15. ^ Hasty, Katie (2006-03-15). "Juvenile's 'Reality' Upends Ne-Yo At No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  16. ^ Hasty, Katie (2006-03-22). "'High School' Returns To The Top Of The Class". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  17. ^ a b "American album certifications – Ne-Yo – In My Own Words". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ Hasty, Katie (2007-05-09). "Ne-Yo Scores Second No. 1 In Debut-Heavy Week". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2009-02-01.
  19. ^ a b c d Ne-Yo - In My Own Words - Music Charts αCharts. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  20. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  21. ^ "Official R&B Albums Chart Top 40". Official Charts Company.
  22. ^ The Billboard 200 - In My Own Words - Ne-Yo Billboard. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  23. ^ Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums - In My Own Words - Ne-Yo Billboard. Accessed September 20, 2008.
  24. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  25. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Ne-Yo – In My Own Words" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
  26. ^ "Japanese album certifications – Ne-Yo – In My Own Words" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan. Select 2006年12月 on the drop-down menu
  27. ^ "British album certifications – Ne-Yo – In My Own Words". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type In My Own Words in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

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