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"Because of You"
Single by Ne-Yo
from the album Because of You
Released April 24, 2007
Format CD single, 12" single
Recorded 2007
Genre R&B, pop
Length 3:46
Label Def Jam
Writer(s) Eriksen, Hermansen, Smith
Producer Stargate
Certification Gold (RIANZ)
Ne-Yo singles chronology
"Sexy Love"
"Because of You"
"Do You"
Ne-Yo European singles chronology
"Sexy Love"
"Because of You"
"Do You"
Ne-Yo German/Austrian/Swiss singles chronology
"Sexy Love"
"Because of You"
"Sexual Healing"
Alternate cover
CD maxi-single
CD maxi-single

"Because of You" is a 2007 song by singer and songwriter Ne-Yo. It is the first single from his second album of the same name. The single started radio play the week of February 4, 2007.[1][2]


Song information

Five other versions of the song have surfaced, one with an extended ending, one featuring rapper AC, S-One, Michael Jackson as well as Joe Budden; a second one features Bone Thugs-N-Harmony. The official remix, however, features Kanye West. The song debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at number 84 in March;[3] it reached the top ten in May when it climbed from number 39 to number 5 in one week.[4] The song has become his second-most successful song in the U.S., after his 2006 #1 hit So Sick. It reached a peak at number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It also peaked at number 4 in the UK.

The beat used is somehow unique in the R&B style. The main melodic instruments include muted harpsichord and guitar, whilst the groove uses a bass/clap beat combined together. The groove is heavily influenced by the disco style guitar with delay. The bass/clap beat, mixed with harpsichord, gave listeners an initial impression of the song being a remix, with which the effect is typically associated. This type of beat would later appear in Ne-Yo's 2008 hit Closer, which uses guitar with a bass/clap beat mixed with keyboard and chorus matching the vocals.

The song's music video premiered on Access Granted on March 14, 2007, a sneak preview having previously been shown on BET. A small clip of the video has also been shown on TRL. The video has garnered over 26 million views on YouTube.

The song was featured in the 2007 film Are We Done Yet?. It also appears in Grand Theft Auto IV's fictional Soul/R&B radio station The Vibe 98.8.

Ne-Yo has stated that the song is a continuation from the 2007 single Sexy Love.

Saxophonist Eric Darius covered the track on his 2008 album, Goin' All Out. Japanese singer Ken Hirai covered the track on his 2009 album, "Ken's Bar II".

Music video

Ne-Yo throughout the video echoes dance moves popularized by Michael Jackson. The first scene features Ne-Yo turning up to a club with his girlfriend, played by Camila Alves (real life girlfriend of Matthew McConaughey).

At the club, as she invites him to dance, a girl (played by La'Shontae Heckerd) brushes past him and is shown to express a seductive look. He decides to follow her into the bathroom, and there the two share a passionate kiss. The scene ends with her leaving as he rinses his face with water in regret. In the next scene, Ne-Yo is shown in the bedroom with his girlfriend. As she falls asleep, he receives a call from the girl he met at the club, asking him to join her as a clip of her diving in a steamy pool is shown. He leaves with shoes but no socks on, intending on slipping his feet into the pool. After he arrives, she displays seductive moves in the pool as he takes photos of her. The two are again shown sharing a kiss after he lifts her out of the pool.

The following scene shows Ne-Yo in the bedroom with his girlfriend. As they embrace in bed, flashes of the girl he met replace that of his girlfriend, showing that he keeps seeing her in his mind and replays their rendezvous. Finally, Ne-Yo is shown dancing with only socks on, displaying moves that echo James Brown's classic leg shuffle slide.

The music video implies the need to be with more than one person, and the hardship in maintaining a relationship whilst also encountering sexual liaisons with another. Eventually the person becomes addicted to sex as if 'she is the sweetest drug'.

The name of the actress playing the 'seductress', Lashontae Heckard, also appears in the music video of Ne-Yo's 2007 single, Do You.

Ne-Yo has also worked with Trent Dickens for the choreography.

Track listing

Hit 3 Pack - EP:
  1. "Because of You" - 4:26
  2. "So Sick" - 3:27
  3. "Leaving Tonight" (Featuring Jennifer Hudson) - 5:14
Remixes - EP:
  1. "Because of You" (Sunfreakz Radio Edit) - 3:29
  2. "Because of You" (Josh Harris Radio Edit) - 3:54
  3. "Because of You" (Kriya vs. Erik Velez Radio Mix) - 3:54
  4. "Because of You" (Sunfreakz Remix) - 7:17
  5. "Because of You" (Josh Harris Vocal Club Mix) - 7:56
  6. "Because of You" (Kriya vs. Erik Velez Club Mix) - 5:52
Remix - EP:
  1. "Because of You" (Remix) [Featuring Kanye West] - 3:44


Chart (2007) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 2
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 11
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 7
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 3
Japan Hot 100 8
Australian Singles Chart[5] 23
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 64
Canadian Singles Chart 16
Czech Singles Chart 27
Dutch Top 40[7] 12
Irish Singles Chart 10
New Zealand Singles Chart 1
Swedish Singles Chart[8] 24
UK Singles Chart 4
Preceded by
"Don't Matter" by Akon
New Zealand number-one single
May 28, 2007 - June 4, 2007
Succeeded by
"Umbrella" by Rihanna featuring Jay-Z




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