Sweat (Nelly album)

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Sweat
Studio album by Nelly
Released September 13, 2004 (2004-09-13)
Genre
Length 57:53
Label
Producer
Nelly chronology
Nellyville
(2002)
Sweat
(2004)
Suit
(2004)
Singles from Sweat
  1. "Flap Your Wings"
    Released: July 27, 2004
  2. "Tilt Ya Head Back"
    Released: September 15, 2004
  3. "Na-NaNa-Na"
    Released: January 25, 2005

Sweat is the third studio album by American rapper Nelly. It was originally intended to be released on August 17, 2004, before being delayed and released on September 13, 2004 through Universal Records. Production was handled by several producers, including Jason Epperson, Midi Mafia, The Neptunes, Trife, Jazze Pha, Doe, and The Alchemist. Released in conjunction with Suit, Nelly originally intended to release a single album before conceptualizing and releasing two albums simultaneously, both which would contrast each other's themes. Nelly characterized Sweat as "more up-tempo" and "energetic" while describing Suit as more of "a grown-up and sexy vibe [...] it's more melodic".

Background and release[edit]

While recording material for his third studio album, Nelly originally had the intention of producing one album. Songs were being recorded at a steady pace, with Nelly composing more ideas, to which he established the idea of two albums released simultaneously to house all the tracks.[1] On April 27, 2004, Nelly's representative initially described the upcoming albums as thematically dissimilar, "one is more melodic and party-oriented in the vein of records like "E.I." and "Tip Drill", while the other was described as having a "harder edge".[2] Nelly would release singles accompanied by music videos from both albums.[2] Talking to MTV News, Nelly went on to describe the differences between both albums; their titles of Sweat and Suit were announced on May 27, 2004.[3] He noted Sweat as "more up-tempo" and "energetic", while characterizing Suit as more of "a grown-up and sexy vibe [...] it's more melodic".[1] Sweat and Suit were originally intended to be released on August 17, 2004, but were push back and released on September 14 in the United States, Canada and Japan.[3][4][5][6] Sweat was released on September 13, 2004 in the United Kingdom and Germany.[7][8]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly B−[10]
RapReviews.com 9/10 stars[11]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[12]
Vibe 2.5/5 stars[13]

In its opening week, Sweat debuted at number two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies.[14] On the same week of Sweat's release, Nelly's Suit, released in conjunction with the former album, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, selling 396,000 copies, becoming his third consecutive US number-one album following Country Grammar (2000) and Nellyville (2002).[14] The combination of both album's opening figures of 737,000 surpasses that of Nellyville's, which debuted with 714,000 copies sold.[14] With the debuts, Nelly became the first act to achieve the feat of obtaining album's number one and two on the US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart simultaneously. He is the second artist, following American hard rock band Guns N' Roses, to achieve the same feat but on the Billboard 200 chart.[14] Guns N' Roses attained the accomplishment in 1991 with Use Your Illusion II and Use Your Illusion I, with the former debuting at number one and the latter at number two, selling 770,000 and 685,000 copies, respectively.[14]

The following week of Sweat's release, it fell to number four on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 127,500 copies.[15] In its third week, Sweat sold 80,000 copies, dropping to number eight.[16] In the album's fourth week of release, its sales further decreased to 64,000 copies, falling to number twelve.[17] In its fifth week, Sweat's again decreased, to 62,000 units, sustaining its position at number twelve.[18] The album's sales continued to decrease in its sixth week of release, selling 50,000 copies, moving to number sixteen on the chart.[19] By November 1, 2004, Sweat went on to be certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of 1,000,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Nelly, additional writers listed below.

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Heart of a Champion" (featuring Lincoln University Vocal Ensemble) Phillip Duckett, John Tesh Phil Duckett 4:29
2. "Na-NaNa-Na" (featuring Jazze Pha) Phalon Alexander, Jasper Cameron Jazze Pha 3:59
3. "Flap Your Wings"   Chad Hugo, Pharrell Williams The Neptunes 4:03
4. "American Dream" (featuring St. Lunatics) Robert Cleveland, Torhi Harper, Ali Jones, F. Alexander, B.H. Edwards, N. Rogers, W. Rogers T-Mix 4:56
5. "River Don't Runnn" (featuring Murphy Lee & Stephen Marley) Harper, Stephen Marley, Dorian Moore Doe 4:59
6. "Tilt Ya Head Back" (featuring Christina Aguilera) Moore, Tegemold Newton, Curtis Mayfield Doe 4:13
7. "Grand Hang Out" (featuring Fat Joe, Jung Tru & Remy Ma) Jason Epperson, Joseph Cartagena, Reminisce Smith, Jung Tru Jason "Jay E" Epperson 4:49
8. "Getcha Getcha" (featuring St. Lunatics) Harper, Jones, Cleveland, Wayne Nugent, Kevin Risto Midi Mafia 4:37
9. "Another One"   Jayson Bridges Jayson "Koko" Bridges 4:39
10. "Spida Man"   Bridges Jayson "Koko" Bridges 4:51
11. "Playa" (featuring Mobb Deep & Missy Elliott) Alan Maman, Melissa Elliott, Albert Johnson, Kejuan Muchita, Cleveland, L. Ryda The Alchemist 3:57
12. "Down In da Water" (featuring Ali & Gube Thug) Jones Trife 4:20
13. "Boy" (featuring Lil' Flip & Big Gipp) C. Butler, Jason Epperson, Cameron Gipp Jason "Jay E" Epperson 3:59
Total length:
57:53
Sample credits
  • "Heart of a Champion" Contains a sample of "Roundball Rock" by John Tesh
  • "Na Nana Na" Contains a sample of "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted" by 2Pac
  • "American Dream" Contains a sample of "Tired of Ballin'" by Tela
  • "Tilt Ya Head Back" Contains a sample of "Superfly" by Curtis Mayfield
  • "Playa" Contains a sample of "Magnetic Dance 2" by Lee Ryda

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from Allmusic.[21]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2004) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[22] 10
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[23] 35
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[24] 62
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[25] 2
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 28
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 200
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 17
New Zealand Albums (Recorded Music NZ)[29] 7
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[30] 36
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[31] 41
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[32] 16
UK Albums (OCC)[33] 11
US Billboard 200[34] 2
US Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums (Billboard)[35] 2
US Top Rap Albums (Billboard)[36] 2

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[37] Gold 35,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[38] Gold 7,500^
United Kingdom (BPI)[39] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[40] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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