I Invented Sex

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This article is about the song. For the author of the book The Day I Invented Sex, see Larry Solway.
"I Invented Sex"
Single by Trey Songz featuring Drake
from the album Ready
Released October 13, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 11th Street Studios
(Atlanta, Georgia)
Genre R&B, hip hop
Length 4:08
Label Atlantic, Songbook
Writer(s) Tremaine Neverson, Aubrey Graham, Carlos McKinney, Tony "Chef Tone" Scales
Producer(s) Los Da Mystro
Trey Songz chronology
"LOL :-)"
(2009)
"I Invented Sex"
(2009)
"Say Aah"
(2009)
Drake chronology
"Forever"
(2009)
"I Invented Sex"
(2009)
"Say Something"
(2009)

"I Invented Sex" is a song by American R&B singer Trey Songz, and features Canadian recording artist Drake. Together, they wrote the song alongside Tony Scales and its producer, Los Da Mystro. It was released to urban airplay as the third single from Songz's third studio album Ready on October 13, 2009. The song features a sensual message, accompanied by heavy percussion. "I Invented Sex" received positive reviews, and reached number forty-two on the Billboard Hot 100, and became Songz's first song to top the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Its official remix features fellow R&B singers Keri Hilson and Usher. The accompanying music video, containing a parental advisory warning, is the follow-up to the "Say Aah" video.

Background[edit]

When speaking about the record with MTV News, Songz said, "It's a groove record. It's got that knock at the same time. It's sexy at the same time. Conceptually, it's mind-blowing to tell a woman, 'You gonna think we invented sex when we're done.' That's where I am."[1] The song was recorded at 11th Street Studios in Atlanta, Georgia.[2] The official remix of the song features fellow American R&B singers Usher and Keri Hilson.[3] Another remix features Willie Taylor of R&B group Day26.[4] R&B singer Chris Brown freestyled the song in his first mixtape, In My Zone, with the title "Invented Head."[5]

Composition and critical reception[edit]

A sample of "I Invented Sex" featuring vocals by Songz.

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Ajitpaul Mangat of Tiny Mix Tapes said the song, along with the intro, "Panty Droppa", were "swagga-oozing" and "expertly build the mood with chopped and screwed vocals and exploding percussion, respectively."[6] Drake's closing rap has been described as "Best I Ever Had"-esque.[7] David Jeffries of Allmusic noted the song as a standout track from Ready.[8] Complimenting the wide appeal of song's title, DJBooth said that, "With a high-caliber guest feature and a radio-ready sound, this single should be just the thing to boost the already-substantial sales of Songz' third album."[7]

In the song's remix, Songz makes references to Tiger Woods, as he also refers to "going in like a Lil Wayne-Drake song."[3] DJBooth said that Songz sings alongside, "Usher, who basically invented the modern sexual r&b blueprint that Songz is following, and Hilson, who more than holds her own alongside the boys with some scintillating vocals and hilarious 'soldier at attention' sexual entendres." The review goes on to state, "These three may not have invented sex, but they sure make listening to music while having sex more enjoyable."[3]

Chart performance[edit]

On the week ending November 7, 2009, "I Invented Sex" debuted at number ninety on the Billboard Hot 100.[9] The following week, it moved up to eighty, and eventually peaked at forty-two.[9] It spent twenty weeks on the chart over 2009–10 eventually falling off the chart on the week ending March 10, 2010.[9] The song also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, making it Songz's first number one on the chart.[10]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Yolande Geralds, who also helmed the clip for "Say Aah", while Drake does not appear in the it.[11] The video carries a parental advisory warning.[11] A combination video was released for the clips of "I Invented Sex" and "Say Aah", as they were later released separately. Songz confirmed to MTV News that the previous would be a continuation of the latter. On the "I Invented Sex" clip, Songz said, "It's very sensual. The idea I had, it came from a banned Calvin Klein ad. It was a dude and two girls and they was touching and kissing. I was like, 'Man, I wanna do that.' We didn't go all the way there. I didn't have two girls — we simulated best we could, and it's more sensual than raunchy.".[1] It ranked at number twenty-two on BET: Notarized Top 100 Videos of 2009 countdown.[12]

Live performances[edit]

Songz performed "I Invented Sex" on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on December 1, 2009 and on 106 & Park on December 11, 2009.[13][14] The song was then performed again with "Say Aah" on It's On with Alexa Chung, and then on The Mo'Nique Show[15][16] In January, both Songz and Drake appeared at West Hollywood's House of Blues to perform the song.[17] As a part of a medley with one of his musical influences, Stevie Wonder, "I Invented Sex" was sung at the 2010 BET Honors on February 1, 2010.[18] He performed the song once again on 106 & Park on February 11, 2010 for "Love Week" with a medley of "Neighbors Know My Name", and "Say Aah".[19] He again performed it in March 2010 at MTV's Spring Break 2010, in Acapulco, Mexico.[20] Keri Hilson and Usher joined Songz to perform the official remix at WHTA's Jingle Ball in December 2009.[21]

Credits and personnel[edit]

Source[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100[9] 42
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[10] 1

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United States October 13, 2009[22] Urban airplay

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Reid, Shaheem (2009-10-06). "Trey Songz On 'Sensual' New Videos For 'Say Aah' And 'I Invented Sex'". MTV News. MTV Networks. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  2. ^ a b Trey Songz Ready (Digital booklet) Atlantic Records, Songbook. (2009).
  3. ^ a b c "Trey Songz – I Invented Sex (Remix)". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  4. ^ "Savvy One-on-One: Willie (Day 26) Discusses His SEX TAPE & The Future of Day 26!". SoundSavvy. 2010-02-13. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  5. ^ Sanders, Shamika (2010-03-10). "THE LEAK: Chris Brown "I Invented Head"". Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  6. ^ Mangat, Ajitpaul. "Trey Songz". Tiny Mix Tapes. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  7. ^ a b "Trey Songz – I Invented Sex". DJBooth.net. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  8. ^ Jeffries, David. "allmusic ((( Ready > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Trey Songz Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Trey Songz. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  10. ^ a b "Trey Songz Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Trey Songz. Retrieved 2010-07-06.
  11. ^ a b "Video: Trey Songz – ‘I Invented Sex’". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  12. ^ "Notarized: Top 100 Videos 2009". Black Entertainment Television. 2009-12-28. Retrieved 2010-07-06. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Video: Trey Songz Sexes Up ‘Kimmel’". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  14. ^ Winistorfer, Andrew (2009-12-14). ""I Invented Sex" (Live on 106 & Park) (Video)". Prefix Magazine. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  15. ^ "WATCH: Trey Performs "I Invented Sex" on the Mo'Nique Show!". TreySongz.com. Atlantic Records. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  16. ^ "WATCH: Trey Performs "I Invented Sex/Say Ahh" Live on 'It's On with Alexa Chung'". TreySongz.com. Atlantic Records. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  17. ^ "Video: Trey Songz x Drake x Fabolous Live!". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  18. ^ "Rap-Up TV: Trey Songz Reflects on Stevie Wonder Duet". Rap-Up. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  19. ^ "Trey to Perfom [sic] on BET's 106 & Park TONIGHT!". TreySongz.com. Atlantic Records. 2010-02-11. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  20. ^ "Video: Trey Songz Heats Up Spring Break". Rap-Up. 2010-03-22. Retrieved 2010-07-03. 
  21. ^ "VIDEO: Trey Songz, Keri Hilson & Usher Perform "Invented Sex" Remix In ATL". BET Sound Off Blog. 2009-12-28. Archived from the original on 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 
  22. ^ "R&R Going for Adds – Urban – Week Of: October 13, 2009". RadioandRecords. Retrieved 2010-07-06. 

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