In My Own Words
|In My Own Words|
|Studio album by Ne-Yo|
|Released||February 28, 2006|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop soul|
|Label||Def Jam, Compound|
|Producer||Boola, Ron "Neff-U" Feemster, Brandon Howard, Jay-Z (exec.), Sixx John, Ervin "EP" Pope, Brian "B-Nasty" Reid, Stargate, Shea Taylor, Curtis "Sauce" Wilson|
|Singles from In My Own Words|
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 with 1.6 million copies sold in the U.S., and 2 million copies sold worldwide. Upon its release, the album received generally positive reviews from most music critics, based on an aggregate score of 69/100 from Metacritic.
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.
|Los Angeles Times|||
Upon its release, In My Own Words received generally positive reviews from most music critics. 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 21 reviews.
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. 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). In its third week, the album jump to number four on the chart, selling 77,000 copies (down 33 percent). On March 29, 2006, the album has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), for selling 1 million copies. As of March 2007, In My Own Words has sold 1.4 million copies in the United States.
|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 Storleer 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||Howard[a]||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|
|UK bonus tracks|
|13.||"Girlfriend"||Smith, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff||Sixx John||4:00|
|14.||"Get Down Like That (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah)||Smith, Pope, Sigler||Ervin "EP" Pope||4:59|
|Japan bonus tracks|
|13.||"Lonely"||Smith, Sixx John||4:41|
|14.||"Get Down Like That (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah)||Smith, Pope, Sigler||4:57|
- ^[a] signifies an additional producer
- "Stay" contains an interpolation of "Stay with Me", written by Mark DeBarge and Etterlene Jordan, and performed by DeBarge.
- "It Just Ain't Right" contains a sample of "I Call Your Name", written by Bobby DeBarge and Gregory Williams, and performed Switch.
- "Get Down Like That" contains a sample from The O'Jays' "I Swear, I Love No One But You", written by Bunny Sigler and performed by The O'Jays.
Charts and certifications
Chart procession and succession
High School Musical Soundtrack
|Billboard 200 number-one album
March 12, 2006 - March 18, 2006
Reality Check by Juvenile
- RIAA - Gold & Platinum search
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- Nichols, Natalie (2006-03-05). "Sonic gadgets at war with 'Words'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
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- Jones, Steve (2006-02-27). "Ne-Yo's 'Words' rings true; Cascada's pop flows". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-26.
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- Hasty, Katie (2006-03-15). "Juvenile's 'Reality' Upends Ne-Yo At No. 1". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
- Hasty, Katie (2006-03-22). "'High School' Returns To The Top Of The Class". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
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