Year of the Gentleman has been certified platinum twice in the US, selling two million copies, also platinum thrice in the UK and once in Japan.
The third single, "Mad," peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. His mainstream lead single "Let Me Love You (Until You Learn to Love Yourself)", released in July 2012, was certified platinum in US, sold over two million copies.
His second album, Because of You, was released on May 1, 2007, and, fueled by its lead single, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 251,000 copies in the United States; the feat gave Ne-Yo his second number-one album.
Ne-Yo's third album, Year of the Gentleman, was released internationally on August 5, 2008.
The single's successful release in the United States prompted an informal meeting between Ne-Yo and Def Jam's label head, and the signing of a recording contract.