Cee-Lo Green Is the Soul Machine declared his follow-up. And if there was still any doubt that Cee-Lo loved high concepts, next came his Danger Mouse collaboration, Gnarls Barkley, and all of its costumed glory.
Almost everyone agrees that Cee-Lo's hit single "Forget You" wink wink! Spin made it their 1 and Rolling Stone 2 in the year end polls--amazing for the mainstream edge of the music media to be proclaiming the virtues of a song with the F-bomb in the chorus! It's a highly deserved follow up to his '06 hit "Crazy," recorded with Danger Mouse as Gnarls Barkley, but for me this cements his reputation as a singles guy. A whole album of his riotous genre-hopping is a hard sell, literally leading to him being dropped by his old label Jive after his previous solo albums. Perhaps tempered by this experience, you can feel him trying to reign himself on his new one, The Lady Killer , attempting to wrap the album in a concept that will make it work. He would have done well to cut at least two tracks from the weaker second half, where the cliches overcome the soulful celebration.
It was released November 5, , by Elektra Records. The album debuted at number nine on the US Billboard chart, selling 41, copies in its first week. It achieved respectable chart success elsewhere and produced three singles, including the international hit " Fuck You ". The album has sold , copies in the United States as of October ,  and it has been certified double Platinum in the United Kingdom.
I f Cee Lo Green's new solo album sounds calculated to generate hits and appeal to the widest possible audience, at the expense of his usual freewheeling inventiveness, that's because, without any attempt to disguise the fact, it is. In a recent interview, the singer explained that he had reined in his more outre creative urges on The Lady Killer in order to achieve the megastardom he feels has been eluding him. His gambit, accordingly, has been to release a song about betrayal, bitterness and financial inadequacy entitled "Fuck You". This might seem gloriously misguided to anyone who doesn't remember "Crazy", the eerie Gnarls Barkley number about mental instability that Green, with his super-sized vocal talent, turned into a worldwide smash in Sure enough, "Fuck You" is one of this year's most uplifting releases, with a chorus that makes you want to punch the air and imprecate cheerfully at total strangers. It spent two weeks at number one in the UK last month and has already scored more than 17 million hits on YouTube. The success of Gnarls Barkley, Green's collaboration with uber-producer Danger Mouse , appears to have galvanised the one-time rapper, who made his name with Atlanta, Georgia, outfit Goodie Mob in the 90s. The only constrained thing about them was their commercial appeal. On this new album, the year-old has expunged all trace of hip-hop so he can focus almost entirely on radio-friendly soul.