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When Ne-Yo first debuted in 2006 with In My Own Words, he was an instant phenomenon in the R&B world. Boosted by massive singles like “So Sick” and “Sexy Love”, the album topped the charts with 301,000 copies sold.

But before he was working on his own music, the R&B artist was a songwriter, penning songs for artists like Mary J. Blige, B2K, Faith Evans, and Musiq. It wasn’t until Ne-Yo wrote Mario’s “Let Me Love You”, which spent nine weeks at number one, that then-CEO of Def Jam Jay-Z signed him to a record deal.

From there, Ne-Yo dropped three albums in quick succession, including In My Own Words, Because of You and Year of the Gentleman, with each one performing well commercially and achieving platinum or multi-platinum status.

From his debut album, In My Own Words, to his later releases like 2018’s Good Man, here are the rankings for Ne-Yo’s first week album sales.

Good Man

Released: June 8, 2018

Label: Compound, Motown

First week album sales: 13,000

Billboard 200 position: 33

Singles: “Good Man”, “Push Back”

Features: Bebe Rexha, Stefflon Don, Romeo Santos, PartyNextDoor, Eric Bellinger.

Non-Fiction

Released: January 27, 2015

Label: Compound, Motown

First week album sales: 59,000

Billboard 200 position: 5

Singles: “Money Can’t Buy”, “She Knows”, “Time of Our Lives”, “Coming with You”

Features: Schoolboy Q, Charisse Mills, T.I., Pitbull, Jeezy, Juicy J, Candice.

R.E.D.

Released: November 6, 2012

Label: Compound, Motown

First week album sales: 66,000

Billboard 200 position: 4

Singles: “Lazy Love”, “Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)”, “Don’t Make Em Like You”, “Forever Now”

Features: Wiz Khalifa, Tim McGraw.

Libra Scale

Released: November 22, 2010

Label: Compound, Def Jam

First week album sales: 112,000

Billboard 200 position: 9

Singles: “Beautiful Monster”, “Champagne Life”, “One in a Million”

Features: Fabolous.

Year of the Gentleman

Released: June 24, 2008

Label: Compound, Def Jam

First week album sales: 250,000

Billboard 200 position: 2

Singles: “Closer”, “Miss Independent”, “Mad”, “She Got Her Own”, “Part of the List”

Features: Jamie Foxx and Fabolous.

Because of You

Released: May 1, 2007

Label: Compound, Def Jam

First week album sales: 251,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Because of You”, “Do You”, “Can We Chill”, “Go On Girl”

Features: Jay-Z, Jennifer Hudson.

In My Own Words

Released: February 28, 2006

Label: Compound, Def Jam

First week album sales: 301,000

Billboard 200 position: 1

Singles: “Stay”, “So Sick”, “When You’re Mad”, “Sexy Love”

Features: Ghostface Killah, Peedi Peedi.

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