In 2002, Cee Lo decided to take his music career solo after being offered a deal with Arista Records by former label head L.A. Reid, and released his first album, Cee Lo Green & His Perfect Imperfections. The project never went commercial and had low record sales, but is remembered for its unforgettable single, â€œCloset Freak.â€ Two years later, the Atlanta MC released his second project, Cee Lo Greenâ€¦Is The Soul Machine, but after both albumsâ€™ low sales Cee Lo soon after separated from his deal with Arista.
Although the Soprano rapper didnâ€™t put out another album for six yearsâ€”The Lady Killer (2010)â€”he made a come back as only a true star could. Partnering with Elektra, Cee Lo took over airwaves nationwide with the release of the albumâ€™s first single, â€œF*ck You (Forget You),â€ while simultaneously topping nine of Billboardâ€™s charts including Pop Songs, Radio Songs, Hot 100, Billboard Canadian Hot 100 and Digital Songs. The song went five-times platinum; was used on television shows and movies such as The Muppets, Glee, The 3D Concert Movie, The X Factor and more; and featured on the interactive dance game, Just Dance 3. Six months after the singleâ€™s release, the vibrant MC was performing his international hit during the 2011 NBA All-Star game. As of December 2011, the album featuring his successful hit has sold more than 450,000 copies.
More recently, Cee Lo released his first holiday album, Cee Loâ€™s Magic Moment (October 2012), which features timeless holiday classics such as â€œWhite Christmas,â€ â€œYouâ€™re A Mean One, Mr. Grinchâ€ and â€œSilent Night.â€ The LP peaked at No. 4 on Billboardâ€™s R&B Albums chart, and No. 6 on the Top Holiday Albums chart.