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His second single, "So Sick" was first released in November 2005.In the US, it was a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Hot 100, and was also certified platinum four times in the US and twice in Japan.
The song was a success on the R&B charts, but failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.In 2009, Billboard ranked him as the 57th Artist of the 2000s decade.In January 2010, Ne-Yo was featured in a duet with singer Mariah Carey titled Angels Cry.Speaking to noted UK R&B writer Pete Lewis of the award-winning Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the thinking behind its title: "To me Year of the Gentleman is all about a persona, a swag and a charm. And, in my personal opinion, the essence of the gentleman is absent right now.Everybody kinda looks the same, everybody's kinda doing the same thing, everybody's kinda rude and full of themselves.The third single, "Mad," peaked at number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.
On August 12, 2008, the New Kids on the Block released "Single," the second single from their fifth studio album, The Block, which is a duet with Ne-Yo.
"When You're Mad" and "Sexy Love" were released afterwards from the album in 2006, reaching number 15 and number 7 on the Billboard Hot 100.
In April 2007, Ne-Yo released his second studio album, Because of You, and was the second number one platinum-selling album debuted on the US Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts.
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 album won a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary R&B Album at the 2008 Grammy Awards.