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.
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.
Ne-Yo included a solo version of the song on his album Year of the Gentleman.
Ne-Yo's debut solo single, "Stay", was released in 2005 to moderate success.
His debut studio album, In My Own Words (2006), was critically and commercially successful, reaching number one on the Billboard 200 chart in the United States.
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