Sexy Love

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"Sexy Love"
Ne-Yo Sexy Love.jpg
Single by Ne-Yo
from the album In My Own Words
B-side"Sign Me Up"
ReleasedJune 26, 2006[1]
LabelDef Jam
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"When You're Mad"
"Sexy Love"
"Because of You"

"Sexy Love" is the fourth and final U.S. single and the second and final international single released from R&B artist Ne-Yo's debut album, In My Own Words. It has reached number seven on the Billboard Hot 100. In the United Kingdom, the single charted at number 21 on downloads alone. It rose 16 places and peaked at number five once the physical single was released.


Unlike his previous song "So Sick", "Sexy Love" describes a man's feelings towards his girlfriend and that he is deeply in love with her that he's somewhat addicted to her, and that there's nothing better he'd rather do than to be with his girlfriend. Ne-Yo performed the song on the July 6, 2006 episode of So You Think You Can Dance. On June 27, 2006 he also performed it at the 2006 BET Awards.[2] A remix of the song was made, featuring Candace Jones. Another remix was featuring Roc-A-Fella artist Tru Life. There is also a remix to the song that features rapper Joe Budden as well as a version that features rapper Juelz Santana.


"Sexy Love" is written in the key of E major with a tempo of 94 beats per minute.[3] The song follows a chord progression of A – B – Gm7, and Ne-Yo's vocals span from G4 to B5.[4]

Music video[edit]

A music video for "Sexy Love" was directed by Anthony Mandler.[5] The clip is mainly supposed to demonstrate that because he is completely in love with his girlfriend, he'd rather spend the whole day with her, thus disconnecting himself from the world around him (thus referring to the verse in the song, "And I just can't think of anything else I'd rather do; Than to hear you sing, sing my name the way you do"). Ne-Yo's character's disconnection with the world is demonstrated through his lack of concern or deliberately ignoring the eviction notices he receives throughout the music video (in which are slid under his door). It is not clearly explained why he is being evicted; since Ne-Yo doesn't seem to be working or going much of anyplace, failure to pay the bill is most likely the reason.

Track listings[edit]

UK CD single
1."Sexy Love" (album version)3:40
2."So Sick" (acoustic version as heard on Radio 1's Jo Whiley Show)3:02
Maxi single
1."Sexy Love" (album version)3:40
2."Sexy Love" (acoustic version)3:33
3."Sign Me Up"3:27
4."Sexy Love" (music video) 



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

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


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  25. ^ "British single certifications – Ne-Yo – Sexy love". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Sexy love in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  26. ^ "American single certifications – Ne-Yo – Sexy Love". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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