New York, NY -- Grammy-nominated Def Jam recording artist and chart topping songwriter Ne-Yo has scored his second #1 career debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart with his second album, BECAUSE OF YOU, which arrived in stores on May 1st. The album sold over 200,000 copies in its first week of release and has debuted at the #3 spot on the digital chart.
BECAUSE OF YOU is the follow-up to Ne-Yo’s RIAA platinum-selling debut album In My Own Words, which hit #1 on the Billboard 200 and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, and was nominated for a Grammy as Best Contemporary R&B Album. Ne-Yo capped 2006 when he was named Male R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year at the Billboard Music Awards.
BECAUSE OF YOU was propelled to #1 position by the hit single “Because Of You,” which is Top 10 on both the R&R (Radio & Records) BDS Urban and M.Base/Urban charts. The second single pick from the album, “Do You,” will hit radio later this month.
After making TV appearances on ABC’s Live with Regis & Kelly, NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, PBS’s The Tavis Smiley Show, and CBS’s The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Ne-Yo is now preparing for an 18-city nationwide tour in support of his #1 album. Dates begin on May 31st at The Norva in Norfolk, Virginia, extended through July 5th at Six Flags in San Antonio, Texas. Opening for Ne-Yo will be R&B crooner, Trey Songz.
Most recently, Ne-Yo was credited as co-writer of Beyoncé’s hit single, “Irreplaceable.” As noted in the January 20th issue of Billboard, “Irreplaceable” had just made its best audience week, which was the #2 highest total audience impressions in Nielsen- BDS history (i.e. since 1992). The song with the #3 all-time highest audience total was also co-written by Ne-Yo – namely Mario’s “Let Me Love You.”
Ne-Yo has founded The Compound Foundation which is committed to service at risk and disadvantaged youth. In addition to building two new group homes in the Atlanta area, The Compound Foundation will sponsor performances, motivational speakers and mentorship opportunities with leaders and business people within the community.
Critical raves for BECAUSE OF YOU:
“The first single and title track is a jaunty ode to addictive love, that could easily be an Off The Wall-era leftover. Then on the breezy tune, ‘Crazy,’ label boss Jay-Z states plainly: ‘Ne-Yo's like young Michael/ I'm Quincy Hov.’ Ne-Yo's Prince moments - the rousing ‘Addicted’ and the piano-driven ‘Sex With My Ex’ - both sizzle with loads of bedroom boasting but without seeming crass.” (Associated Press)
“Ne-Yo’s sunny, fluid tenor and the wistfully romantic, infectious tunes he co-writes will bring fans of a certain age back to a time in pop music and pop culture that seems, in retrospect, endearingly guileless.” (USA TODAY)
NE-YO U.S. TOUR DATES
Date City Venue
May 31 Norfolk, VA The Norva
June 1 Washington, DC Love Nightclub
2 Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center
5 Atlanta, GA Center Stage
7 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre at
8 Kansas City, MO Voodoo Lounge
9 Sacramento, CA Raley Field
11 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
12 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
13 San Diego, CA House of Blues
14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
15 San Francisco, CA Fillmore
17 Seattle, WA Show Box
21 St. Louis, MO Six Flags
22 Detroit, MI Chene Park
24 Bridgeview, IL Toyota Park
28 Agawam, MA Six Flags
29 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
30 New York, NY Copacabana
July 2 Milwaukee, WI Summerfest
5 San Antonio, TX Six Flags