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Libra Scale
File:Ne-Yo Libra
Studio album by Ne-Yo
Released October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27)
(see release history)
Recorded 2010
Genre R&B, pop
Label Def Jam
Producer Stargate, D. DoRogh Gough
Ne-Yo chronology

Year of the Gentleman
(2008)
Libra Scale
(2010)
Singles from Libra Scale
  1. "Beautiful Monster"
    Released: June 8, 2010
  2. "Champagne Life"
    Released: July 20, 2010
  3. "One in a Million"
    Released: September 14, 2010

Libra Scale is the upcoming fourth studio album by American singer-songwriter Ne-Yo. It is set to be released October 27, 2010.

Contents

Background

According to Ne-Yo, the idea for the album emerged from three influences: his desire to do something different instead of a standard compilation; his interest in science fiction, comic books and Japanese animation; and inspiration from the works of Michael Jackson, particularly Thriller, Moonwalker, and Bad.[1][2]

Originally a short movie was to accompany the album, but such proved not to be viable given time and monetary constraints, so Ne-Yo chose to develop a series of six extended music videos instead.[2][3] Nevertheless, the film concept continues to influence the work, as he has stated the songs on the album are inspired by the script of the film that he wrote.[4] The album features a number of songs which follow the story of Jerome and Pretti Sinclair.[3]

Concept

The album's concept explores a story questioning morality and both sides of the Libra Scale: the decision between money, fame, power and love. The story follows three garbage men – Jerome, Clyde and Leroy – who are offered everything they have wanted in return for protecting the city against a forthcoming threat. However, there's a catch: they can never fall in love. When Jerome (Ne-Yo) falls for Pretti Sinclair (Galen Hooks) disaster ensues, and he has to choose between his love for her and the fame, power and money that he had been given, as he must choose between her life and his own.[1][5]

Singles

The first official single released from the album is "Beautiful Monster", which was previewed online on May 25, 2010 [6] and released on iTunes on June 8. The song was produced by Stargate and blends musical influences of US pop/R&B and European dance with a darker lyrical edge.[7] "Champagne Life" meanwhile is the album's R&B lead single. The song is produced by D. DoRohn Gough, who also collaborated with Ne-Yo on Janet Jackson's single Can't B Good (which was written by Ne-Yo and produced by Gough).[8] The third single is "One in a Million", it was released as a Digital Download on September 14, 2010.[9]

Release history

Region Date Format Label
Japan October 27, 2010 Standard edition (CD, Digital download)[10] Universal Music Japan
Deluxe edition (CD + DVD)[11]
Germany[12] October 29, 2010 Standard edition (CD, Digital download) Universal Music
United Kingdom[13] November 1, 2010 Mercury Records
Australia November 5, 2010 Universal Music
United States[14] November 23, 2010 Def Jam Records

References

  1. ^ a b Wilbekin, Emil (July 20, 2010). "Ne-Yo Describes the Story Behind 'Libra Scale'". Essence.com. http://www.essence.com/entertainment/hot_topics/ne-yo_interview.php. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Fennessey, Sean (July 14, 2010). "Ne-Yo Records Concept Album About Superheroes". Rolling Stone. http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/17386/180872. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  3. ^ a b DJ Bigger. "Ne-Yo – Libra Scale Album Review". Contactmusic.com. http://www.contactmusic.com/new/home.nsf/albumreview/ne-yo-libra-scalex09x07x10. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Ne-Yo Has Written A Movie Script". OMG,Music!. http://www.omgmusic.com/news/ne-yo-has-written-a-movie-script. Retrieved 2010-06-09. 
  5. ^ "Ne-Yo bringing back the concept album". The Courier-Mail. July 22, 2010. http://www.couriermail.com.au/entertainment/music/ne-yo-bringing-back-the-concept-album/story-e6freqgx-1225895455243. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  6. ^ "Ne-Yo Single 'Beautiful Monster' Debuts". MTV news. May 25, 2010. http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1639963/20100525/ne_yo.jhtml. Retrieved 2010-06-06. 
  7. ^ Ne-Yo interview by Pete Lewis, 'Blues & Soul' August 2010
  8. ^ "Metro Detroit Producer Lands Ne-Yo’s Single For Urban Radio". i-News wire. June 22, 2010. http://www.i-newswire.com/metro-detroit-producer-lands-ne/44399. Retrieved July 31, 2010. 
  9. ^ http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/one-in-a-million-single/id390991509
  10. ^ http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/product/detail/3905380
  11. ^ http://www.hmv.co.jp/en/product/detail/3905376
  12. ^ Libra Scale, Amazon.de.
  13. ^ Libra Scale, Amazon.co.uk.
  14. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Libra-Scale-Ne-Yo/dp/B003WE9KNO/ref=pd_sim_m_2

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