Keith Sweat (album)

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Keith Sweat
Keith Sweat (album cover).jpg
Studio album by Keith Sweat
Released June 25, 1996
Recorded The Sweat Shop, Deep Sound Studios
Southern Tracks Recordings; Atlanta
Genre Urban soul,[1] new jack swing[1]
Length 48:28
Label Elektra
Producer Keith Sweat, Eric McCaine, William "Billy Bad" Ward, Fitzgerald Scott, H.O.P. Productions, C-Love, Doc, Tizone
Keith Sweat chronology
Get Up On It
(1994)Get Up On It1994
Keith Sweat
(1996)
Still in the Game
(1998)Still in the Game1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]n
Robert Christgau(neither)[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC−[3]
Hartford Courant(favorable)[4]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[5]
Vibe(favorable)[6]
USA Today2.5/4 stars[7]

Keith Sweat is the fifth studio album by the American R&B recording artist Keith Sweat. The album was released on June 25, 1996. The single, "Twisted", made it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, his biggest hit ever on that chart. "Nobody" peaked at #3 on the same chart. Both songs are his final two of six hits to reach number one on the R&B singles chart and gave Sweat two more Top 5 pop hits in eight years since his first single, "I Want Her".

The album is the most successful of Sweat's career. It went to the Billboard 200, debuting at number 5; it was the final of five consecutive albums from the artist to reach #1 on the Top R&B Albums chart. The album has occasionally re-entered the Billboard 200, with the most recent occurrence being the week of February 19, 2011.[8]

On July 7, 2004, Keith Sweat was certified quadruple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, for shipments of four million copies in the United States.[9] In 1996, the singles "Twisted" and "Nobody" were both certified platinum by the RIAA, for shipments of one million copies in the US.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Twisted" (featuring Pretty Russ)
  • Lavonn Battle
  • Athena Cage
  • Tabitha Duncan
  • Eric McCaine
  • Keith Sweat
4:30
2."Funky Dope Lovin'" (featuring Gerald Levert, Aaron Hall and Buddy Banks)William "Billy Bad" Ward4:51
3."Yumi"
  • Eric McCaine
  • Keith Sweat
4:21
4."Whatever You Want"
  • Fitzgerald Scott
  • Keith Sweat
4:18
5."Just a Touch"
  • Steve Arrington
  • Mark Hicks
  • Raye Turner
  • Danny Webster
  • Starleana Young
  • Carter Bradley
  • Floyd Miller
  • Orion Wilhiote
  • Stephen Washington
  • Tom Dozier
  • Thomas Lockett
5:03
6."Freak with Me"
  • John Howcott
  • Emanuel Officer
  • Donald Parks
  • Keith Sweat
4:44
7."Nature's Rising (Interlude)"
  • Craig Love
  • Keith Sweat
0:55
8."Come with Me" (featuring Ronald Isley)
  • Craig Love
  • Fitzgerald Scott
  • Keith Sweat
3:56
9."In the Mood"
  • Eric McCaine
  • Keith Sweat
3:45
10."Show Me the Way (Interlude)"
  • Allen "Grip" Smith
  • Keith Sweat
2:50
11."Nobody" (featuring Athena Cage)
  • Fitzgerald Scott
  • Keith Sweat
4:24
12."Chocolate Girl"
  • Keith Sweat
  • Alphonso "Doc" Walker
4:45
Total length:48:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Keith Sweat — vocals, producer, executive producer
  • Eric McCaine — producer, engineer, vocals, programmer, musician
  • Donald Parks — producer, musician, vocals
  • Emanuel Officer — producer
  • John Howcott — producer, musician
  • Darryl Adams — vocal backing
  • Michael Alvord, Karl Heilbron — engineer
  • Alex Nesmith, J. Bernanski Wall, Karl Heilbron, Neal H. Pogue - mixing
  • Fitzgerald Scott, William "Billy Bad" Ward, Allen "Grip" Smith - keyboards, drum programming
  • Buddy Banks — vocals
  • Athena Cage — vocals, performer
  • Doc — producer
  • Traci Hale — vocal backing
  • Charlie Singleton - guitar
  • Aaron Hall — vocals
  • Ronald Isley — vocals, performer
  • Kut Klose — vocals (background)
  • Gerald Levert — vocals
  • Lil' Bud — rap
  • Pretty Russ — rap
  • Tizone — producer, rap
  • Tamica Johnson - rap
  • Herb Powers - mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[10] 41
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[11] 4
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[12] 84
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[13] 39
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 36
US Billboard 200[15] 5
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums (Billboard)[16] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Nobody" Billboard Hot 100 3
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales 11
"Twisted" Billboard Hot 100 2
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 1
Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Single Sales 5
1997 "Come With Me" Billboard Hot 100 68
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 27
"Just a Touch" Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 38
"Nobody" Canadian Singles Chart 16
Twisted Canadian Singles Chart 16

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Stanley, Leo (August 1, 2003). Keith Sweat - Keith Sweat. AllMusic. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1996). Robert Christgau: CG: Keith Sweat. The Village Voice. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  3. ^ Eddy, Chuck (July 19, 1996). Keith Sweat | Music. Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  4. ^ Catlin, Robert (July 11, 1996). Album Review -- Keith Sweat -- Keith Sweat. Hartford Courant. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  5. ^ Johnson, Connie (December 8, 1996). Making a list? Checking it twice? Here are some h to keep befuddled spouses, parents of teenagers and others on the right track.. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  6. ^ Meyer, Rudi (August 1996). "Keith Sweat, 'Keith Sweat' (Elektra)". The Washington Post. Vibe Media Group. 4 (6): 135. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  7. ^ Jones, Steve (July 2, 1996). "Bryan Adams regresses; Dylan is redone -- with strings". USA Today. Gannett Company: 7.D. Retrieved April 18, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Music Albums, Top 200 Albums & Music Album Charts". Billboard.com (in Dutch). Retrieved February 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ a b RIAA - Gold & Platinum: Keith Sweat Archived September 24, 2015, at the Wayback Machine.. Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved on April 18, 2011.
  10. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Keith Sweat – Keith Sweat". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  11. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Keith Sweat – Keith Sweat" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  12. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  13. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Keith Sweat – Keith Sweat". Hung Medien. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  14. ^ "Keith Sweat | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  15. ^ "Keith Sweat Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  16. ^ "Keith Sweat Chart History (Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved November 4, 2013.

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