R.E.D.

R.E.D.

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by Ne-Yo
     
 

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Libra Scale was the first Ne-Yo release that failed to go platinum. The quasi-concept album didn't come close to making it halfway there. The singer and songwriter, however, wasn't on the brink of recording covers for Shanachie. The album's "Champagne Life" was long lasting on commercial radio, and featured

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Libra Scale was the first Ne-Yo release that failed to go platinum. The quasi-concept album didn't come close to making it halfway there. The singer and songwriter, however, wasn't on the brink of recording covers for Shanachie. The album's "Champagne Life" was long lasting on commercial radio, and featured spots on Pitbull's "Give Me Everything" (number one Hot 100), Young Jeezy's "Leave You Alone" (number three Hot R&B/Hip-Hop), and Calvin Harris' "Let's Go" (number 17, Hot 100) propped him up through the release of this, his first album for Motown -- the label employing him as Senior Vice President of A&R. Given Ne-Yo's success with Euro-flavored dance-pop and the continued marginalization of R&B, chances were slim that he would be inspired by his new label to stick to the latter genre. In terms of its place in the Motown legacy, R.E.D. is much closer to a modern-day Dancing on the Ceiling -- with several variations on the title track -- than In a Special Way. This is actually back-loaded with dance-pop; while the serviceable but indistinct "Let Me Love You" comes along early and the dance-pop/R&B hybrid "Be the One" leads the second half, the three-track closing stretch reveals dance-pop as the dominant style. Ne-Yo does not go through the motions, but the songs carry an air of "going about my job in a compliant, professional manner." There's a contemporary country duet co-written by Luke Laird (Carrie Underwood, Little Big Town, Eric Church) and co-sung by Tim McGraw, as well as an adult contemporary ballad. The highlights are all casual, subtle, finely detailed midtempo numbers and slow jams.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/06/2012
Label:
Motown
UPC:
0602537124237
catalogNumber:
001731202
Rank:
53849

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Performance Credits

Ne-Yo   Primary Artist
Andrew Goldstein   Guitar,Keyboards
Emanuel Kiriakou   Guitar,Keyboards
Mike DiScala   Musician
Mark Hadfield   Musician
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Musician
Luke Laird   Guitar
Tor Erik Hermansen   Musician
Shea Taylor   Guitar,Musician

Technical Credits

Byron Gallimore   Vocal Producer
Andrew Goldstein   Composer,Programming,Producer
Pat Thrall   Engineer
Emanuel Kiriakou   Composer,Programming,Producer
Stargate   Producer
Curtis "Sauce" Wilson   Engineer
Danny D.   Executive Producer,Management
Mike DiScala   Composer
Tishawn Gayle   Management
Jaymz Hardy-Martin   Engineer
Mark Hadfield   Composer
Tai Linzie   Photo Production
Ne-Yo   Executive Producer
Miles Walker   Engineer
Carol Corless   Package Production
Mikkel Storleer Eriksen   Composer,Engineer
Reynell "Tango" Hay   Management
Ethiopia Habtemariam   Executive Producer
Tim Blacksmith   Executive Producer,Management
Courtney Walker   Art Direction
Luke Laird   Composer,drum programming
Ryan Gore   Engineer
Mike Anderson   Engineer
Moses Gallart   Engineer
Ramon Rivas   Recording Assistant
Tor Erik Hermansen   Composer
Phillana Williams   Marketing
Shea Taylor   Composer,Producer
Harmony Samuels   Composer,Producer
Jesse Wilson   Producer
Daniela Rivera   Engineer
Carlos King   Engineer
Reginald Smith   Producer
Phatboiz   Producer
Stephen Albritten   Engineer
Afrika A. Lander   Marketing

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