|Single by Ne-Yo|
|from the album In My Own Words|
|Ne-Yo singles chronology|
"So Sick" is a song by American singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. The track was produced by Norwegian production team Stargate for Ne-Yo's debut studio album In My Own Words (2006). The song was released as the second single from the album.
"So Sick" was successful on charts worldwide, reaching number one in the United States and the United Kingdom. It's also Ne-Yo's biggest hit so far although the single also battled through controversy. It won the race to the UK number-one spot, scoring Ne-Yo his first UK number one and beating "Nature's Law" by Embrace which only reached number two due to a large count of legal download sales of "Nature's Law" which didn't register in the official charts. The song was featured in the video games Saints Row 2 and SingStar.
Ne-Yo met Norwegian production team, Stargate, consisting of Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen, in a hallway at Sony Music Studios on West 54th Street, New York City after the duo had settled there in the spring of 2005. After finding out they produced R&B-oriented tracks, among others, they started on writing songs for his debut studio album In My Own Words (2006). They produced six songs, including "So Sick".
Mikkel S. Eriksen and Tor Erik Hermansen of Stargate composed the music for the song, while Ne-Yo wrote the song's lyrics. "So Sick" centers on a character, who is tired of hearing love songs playing on the radio, as they remind him of his last relationship and breakup.
Ne-Yo has said he got the idea for the song from a former girlfriend. Ne-Yo told Billboard, "It's about the first time I fell in love with a girl in a way that I completely screwed it up. So it was a story that I didn't have to think really hard about putting it together. A lot of heartbreak went into that song, so that's why I think a lot of people dug it the way they did – because you can feel it."
"So Sick" received generally positive responses from contemporary critics. Bill Lamb of About stated that the smooth instrumental of the song makes it stand out and appropriate to listen during mid-winter season. He was pleased with Ne-Yo's vocals, but noted that "more emotional involvement would have made his performance more memorable", while calling "restrained". A review from Contactmusic.com echoed the latter's comment, saying that his vocal rendition is "stunning", while complimenting the production a "melodic masterpiece".
The video for "So Sick", directed by Hype Williams, saw heavy rotation on BET and MTV. Two versions of the song's video were shot. The original version of the music video ended up being scrapped for various reasons. The newer version appealed to the current weather conditions of the winter season with the video being filmed in the snowy mountains.
Covers and remixes
There are five "So Sick" remixes. The official remix was produced by Trackmasters and featured rap vocals performed by LL Cool J and sampled Michael Jackson's song, "Human Nature". This remix first appeared on LL Cool J's eleventh album, Todd Smith. One features Jin. Another remix features labelmate Jay Z. Another remix which is sung by Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy has also been known to cover the song. In 2007, saxophonist Kim Waters covers the song on track one on You Are My Lady. There is also one with Tupac Shakur. There is also a version that uses the "Seasons" riddim.
Niall Horan sang this song on his first audition on the X-Factor in 2010.
Formats and track listings
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- "So Sick, Single Review". Contactmusic. Contactmusic.com Ltd. Retrieved 2008-03-14.
- "Australian-charts.com – Ne-Yo – So Sick". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
- "Austriancharts.at – Ne-Yo – So Sick" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
- "Ultratop.be – Ne-Yo – So Sick" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
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- "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: Change the chart to CZ – RADIO – TOP 100 and insert 200618 into search.
- "Danishcharts.com – Ne-Yo – So Sick". Tracklisten.
- "Ne-Yo – Chart history" European Hot 100 for Ne-Yo.
- "Lescharts.com – Ne-Yo – So Sick" (in French). Les classement single.
- "Offiziellecharts.de – Ne-Yo – So Sick". GfK Entertainment Charts.
- "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
- "Chart Track: Week 13, 2006". Irish Singles Chart.
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- "Charts.nz – Ne-Yo – So Sick". Top 40 Singles.
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- "ČNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200637 into search.
- "Swisscharts.com – Ne-Yo – So Sick". Swiss Singles Chart.
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- "2006 UK Singles Chart" (PDF). ChartsPlus. Retrieved 13 February 2015.
- "Hot 100 Songs : May 31, 2016 - Billboard Chart Archive".
- "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2006 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- "Danish single certifications – Ne-Yo – So Sick". IFPI Denmark. Scroll through the page-list below until year 2014 to obtain certification.
- "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Ne-Yo; 'So Sick')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
- "Japanese single certifications – Ne-Yo – So Sick" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
- "British single certifications – Ne-Yo – So Sick". British Phonographic Industry. Select singles in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type So Sick in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
- "American single certifications – Ne-Yo – So Sick". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.