In My Own Words

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In My Own Words
In my own words Ne-Yo.jpg
Studio album by Ne-Yo
Released February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)
Recorded 2005
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 49:35
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
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: January 24, 2006
  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.[citation needed] Ne-Yo went on tour in August 2006 with Chris Brown and Dem Franchize Boyz. The album was subsequently certified platinum[1] 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.[2]


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
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B−[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[5]
PopMatters (7/10)[6]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[7]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[8]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[9]
Stylus Magazine B[10]
USA Today 3/4 stars[11]
Vibe 3.5/5 stars[12]

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.

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 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
Total length:
UK bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
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
Total length:
Japan bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
13. "Lonely"   Smith, Sixx John 4:41
14. "Get Down Like That (Remix)" (featuring Ghostface Killah) Smith, Pope, Sigler 4:57

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (2006) Peak
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 Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[15] 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[16] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (ABPD)[17] Gold 30,000*
Japan (RIAJ)[18] Platinum 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[19] Gold 7,500^
United States (RIAA)[20] Platinum 1,000,000^

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

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


  1. ^ RIAA - Gold & Platinum search
  2. ^ "Critic Reviews for In My Own Words". Metacritic. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  3. ^ Kellman, Andy. "In My Own Words - Ne-Yo". AllMusic. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  4. ^ Fiore, Raymond (2006-03-03). "In My Own Words Review". Entertainment Weekly: 100. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  5. ^ Nichols, Natalie (2006-03-05). "Sonic gadgets at war with 'Words'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  6. ^ Nishimoto, Dan (2006-04-21). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". PopMatters. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  7. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Ne-Yo". Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  8. ^ 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. 
  9. ^ Cinquemani, Sal (2006-03-01). "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". Slant Magazine. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  10. ^ Inskeep, Thomas (2006-04-24). "Ne-Yo - In My Own Words - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved on 2009-11-18.
  11. ^ Jones, Steve (2006-02-27). "Ne-Yo's 'Words' rings true; Cascada's pop flows". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-11-26. 
  12. ^ Cummings, Jozen. "Ne-Yo: In My Own Words". Vibe: 129. February 2006.
  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.
  16. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  17. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Ne-Yo – Because of You" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  18. ^
  20. ^ "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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