Sweet Talker (Jessie J album)

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Sweet Talker
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Studio album by
Released13 October 2014 (2014-10-13)
Genre Pop [1] [2]
Jessie J chronology
Sweet Talker
Singles from Sweet Talker
  1. "Bang Bang"
    Released: 28 July 2014
  2. "Burnin' Up"
    Released: 23 September 2014
  3. "Masterpiece"
    Released: 13 January 2015

Sweet Talker is the third studio album by English singer Jessie J. It was released on 13 October 2014, by Lava Records and Island Records. Contributing on the album; including rappers 2 Chainz, and Nicki Minaj, singer Ariana Grande, making guest appearances, and the addition to the album was the hip hop group De La Soul and the violinist Lindsey Stirling. Jessie co-wrote the album and worked with several producers such as The-Dream, Diplo, Tricky Stewart, Max Martin, Ammo and amongst the hosts of collaborators from both the new and the old.

Jessie J English singer and songwriter

Jessica Ellen Cornish, known professionally as Jessie J, is an English singer and songwriter. Born and raised in London, she began her career on stage, aged 11, with a role in the West End musical Whistle Down the Wind. She studied at the BRIT School before signing with Gut Records and striking a songwriting deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing.

Lava Records is an American-based record label owned by Universal Music Group and distributed through Republic Records.

Island Records British international record label of Jamaican origin; imprint of Island Records Ltd.

Island Records is a record label owned by Universal Music Group. It was founded in 1959 by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall, and Leslie Kong in Jamaica, and was eventually sold to PolyGram in 1989. Island and A&M Records, another label recently acquired by PolyGram, were both at the time the largest independent record labels in history, with Island in particular having exerted a major influence on the progressive music scene in the United Kingdom in the early 1970s.


The album was preceded by the lead single, "Bang Bang" (with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj), met with critical acclaim from music critics. It also became a worldwide hit, topping the charts in the United Kingdom, reaching the top 10 in Australia, Canada, Denmark, New Zealand, and reaching the top 3 in the United States, becoming Jessie's most successful single. The third single, Masterpiece was also successful by reaching the top-ten; including Germany, Switzerland and Austria as well as the top-twenty in Australia and New Zealand. Moreover, the song scored Jessie J her fifth US Billboard Hot 100 hit, following the aforementioned "Bang Bang".

Bang Bang (Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj song) song by Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj

"Bang Bang" is a song recorded by English singer Jessie J, American singer Ariana Grande and American rapper Nicki Minaj. It was written by Max Martin, Savan Kotecha, Rickard Göransson and Minaj, and produced by Martin, Göransson and Ilya, with Kuk Harrell serving as a vocal producer. The song was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on July 28, 2014 through Republic Records and released as a digital download the next day by Lava and Republic Records as the lead single from Jessie J's third studio album Sweet Talker (2014). It is also included on the deluxe version of Ariana Grande's second studio album My Everything (2014), serving as the third single from that album.

Ariana Grande American singer, songwriter and actress

Ariana Grande-Butera is an American singer, songwriter and actress. Born in Florida to a family of New York-Italian origin, she began her career in 2008 in the Broadway musical 13, before playing the role of Cat Valentine in the Nickelodeon television series Victorious (2010–13) and in its spinoff Sam & Cat (2013–14). Grande made her first musical appearance on the soundtrack for Victorious and was signed to Republic Records in 2011 after music executive Monte Lipman came across one of her YouTube videos covering songs.

Nicki Minaj Trinidadian-born American singer, rapper and actress

Onika Tanya Maraj, known professionally as Nicki Minaj, is a Trinidadian-born rapper, singer, songwriter, actress, and model. Born in Saint James, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago and raised in Queens, New York City, she gained public recognition after releasing the mixtapes Playtime Is Over (2007), Sucka Free (2008), and Beam Me Up Scotty (2009).

Upon its release, the album received generally mixed reviews from music critics, some of whom commended Jessie's vocal performance, confidence and the production.


After releasing her second studio album, Alive , in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2013, Jessie J announced that the American version of the album would be pushed back because her American label "didn't feel the album would work on their territory". [3] She was then rumored to be recording new material for an American re-release of the album with Pharrell Williams. [4] In an interview, the singer discussed the possibility of moving to the United States in an effort to break back into the country's market. [5] Jessie later said the American version of the album was expected to be released in 2014. [6] [7] However, the re-release idea was eventually scrapped. The project became her third studio album, featuring the material recorded with Williams, as well as contributions from producers such as Max Martin and Ammo. [8]

<i>Alive</i> (Jessie J album) 2013 studio album by Jessie J

Alive is the second studio album by English singer-songwriter Jessie J. It was released on 23 September 2013 through Lava Music and Universal Republic. American rap artist Becky G, singer Brandy Norwood, American hip-hop artist Big Sean and British Grime artist Dizzee Rascal all make guest appearances on the album. Jessie co-wrote the album with Claude Kelly, amongst a host of collaborators from both new and old. Upon release, the album was met with a mixed reception of music critics. While there was praise for Jessie's vocals, some felt that the album was too generic. Musically, Alive is a pop and R&B album that features influences from dance-pop, pop rock, soul and hip hop in its production.

Pharrell Williams American singer, rapper and record producer from Virginia

Pharrell Lanscilo Williams is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, record producer, entrepreneur, and fashion designer. Williams and Chad Hugo comprise the record production duo The Neptunes, producing hip hop and R&B music. He is the lead vocalist of the band N*E*R*D, that he formed with Hugo and childhood friend, Shay Haley. He released his first solo single, "Frontin'", in 2003 and followed up with his debut solo album, In My Mind, in 2006. His second album, Girl, was released in March 2014 and included the commercially successful single, "Happy". As part of the Neptunes, Williams has produced numerous singles for various recording artists.

Max Martin Swedish record producer and songwriter from Stockholm

Martin Sandberg, known professionally as Max Martin, is a Swedish songwriter, record producer and singer. He rose to prominence in the second half of the 1990s after making a string of major hits such as Britney Spears's "...Baby One More Time" (1998), The Backstreet Boys's "I Want It That Way" (1999) and NSYNC's "It's Gonna Be Me" (2000).


"Ain't Been Done", "Keep Us Together", "Sweet Talker" and "You Don't Really Know Me" were all performed live at Rock in Rio Lisbon on 1 June 2014. [9] "Bang Bang" was performed live on the Elvis Duran and the Morning Show on 31 July 2014. Moreover, the song was performed as part of the opening medley held by Jessie, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj during the MTV VMAs 2014. [10] In August, Jessie teased a snippet of 2 Chainz's verse on "Burnin' Up" in an interview with Idolator. [11] On 22 September 2014, Jessie performed at iTunes Festival in London. [12] She sang some songs from the new album, like "Sweet Talker", "Your Loss I'm Found", "Keep Us Together", "You Don't Really Know Me", "Ain't Been Done", "Burnin' Up", and "Bang Bang". On 30 September 2014, Jessie announced via Twitter that "Personal" was made available on iTunes for anyone who pre-ordered the entire album as a promotional single. [13] [14] "Ain't Been Done" and "Masterpiece" were made available as promotional singles in the same manner on 7 October 2014. [15]

<i>Elvis Duran and the Morning Show</i>

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2014 MTV Video Music Awards

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2 Chainz American rapper

Tauheed Epps, known professionally as 2 Chainz, is an American rapper, media personality and basketball player. Born and raised in College Park, Georgia, he initially gained recognition for being one-half of the Southern hip hop duo Playaz Circle, alongside his longtime friend and fellow rapper Earl "Dolla Boy" Conyers. The duo was signed to fellow Georgia-based rapper Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace label, and are best known for their debut single "Duffle Bag Boy".

Sweet Talker Tour

On 4 November 2014, Jessie J announced a six-date tour in the UK. An extra London date was added due to popular demand after tickets sold out for the first date. During 2015 Jessie J travelled around the world promoting her album on the Sweet Talker Tour.


The album's first single, "Bang Bang" featuring Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj, was first sent to hot adult contemporary radio on 28 July 2014 through Republic Records, [16] the label that houses all three artists, being released as a digital download the next day through Lava and Republic, and serves as a joint single. [17] [18] [19] Commercially, the song became a worldwide hit, debuting at number 6 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and eventually peaking at number 3, making it Jessie's highest peaking song on the chart. It also reached the top ten in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.[ citation needed ]

Republic Records record label, division of Universal Music Group

Republic Records is an American record label owned by Universal Music Group (UMG). It was founded by Avery Lipman and Monte Lipman as an independent label in 1995, and was acquired by UMG in 2000. Republic was initially an imprint of the Universal/Motown Records Group, and was renamed Universal Republic Records after a reorganization in 2006 before reverting to its original name in 2012.

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The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

On 19 September Jessie announced on Instagram that the official second single is "Burnin' Up" featuring 2 Chainz. The single was released on 23 September on iTunes. On 22 September the song leaked 24 hours earlier than expected. [20] Despite planned release in the United Kingdom, Jessie J's management failed to release it to mainstream radio and as a digital single.

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Burnin Up (Jessie J song) Jessie J song

Burnin' Up is a song from English singer Jessie J, featuring American rapper 2 Chainz. It was released on September 23, 2014, serving as the second single from her third studio album, Sweet Talker.

"Masterpiece" was released as the third single from the album. Originally released digitally 7 October 2014 as a promotional single, its music video premiered 10 December 2014 to promote it as the next official single. [21] The single was planned to be added to UK contemporary hit radio on 23 March 2015 but this failed to comprehend for the third time. Despite this, efforts from fans pushed the album song to enter the UK Singles chart at 159.

Promotional singles

The title track, "Sweet Talker", was released as a promotional single in the UK and Ireland on December 1, 2014. [22] On July 10, 2015, "Ain’t Been Done" was released as the second promotional single only in Australia.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic 56/100 [23]
Review scores
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AllMusic Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg [25]
The A.V. Club C [26]
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Digital Spy Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svg [27]
Drowned in Sound (2/10) [28]
Entertainment Weekly B [29]
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MTV UK Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg
Slant Magazine Star full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svgStar empty.svgStar empty.svg

The album received mixed reviews from music critics, some of whom complimented Jessie J's confidence and vocals and the overall production, whilst others criticised the songs for being "generic". Joanne Dorken from MTV gave it 4 out 5 stars saying that Jessie was "back with a bang!" and said J's "fans were in for a treat", praising tracks like "Ain't Been Done", "Fire", "Masterpiece" and "Sweet Talker", adding that "Overall, Jessie's third offering sees her going back to basics, while also teaming up with a whole hoard of songwriters (52 in total) to craft her more grown-up, more honest sound." [30] The Guardian gave the album a positive review, stating that "[J] constructed Sweet Talker to fit a gap somewhere between Beyoncé and Pink", adding that "it's notable that the best moments come when she uncouples herself from it and just sings for the joy of it, as on the brilliant, fizzy pop banger 'Bang Bang', a deserved No 1 this summer". [31]

Slant Magazine was more critical towards the album, giving it a mixed review, praising the first four tracks on the album but stating that "If all Jessie's label wanted was a few bangers, they could have saved themselves some time and money by tacking them onto a repackaged version of Alive and calling it a day". [32] Katherine St. Aspah of Time Magazine was harsher still, claiming that the album "solved the problem of doing everything right [to only moderate success]", and comes across as "slapdash and retooled to an inch of its life". Aspah did reiterate that "the one distinguishing factor of the Jessie J Brand, as demonstrated on Sweet Talker, is that she can sing", but then went on to clarify that it seemed "a curious statement to make in 2014, as the year's biggest divas, our Beyoncés and Arianas, aren't short on chops". [1] Slant Magazine named it the eighth worst album of 2014. [33]

Commercial performance

In the United States, Sweet Talker debuted at number ten on the US Billboard 200, selling 25,000 copies in its first week. Despite selling 9,000 copies less than her previous US album, Who You Are , Sweet Talker became Jessie J's first top ten album and her highest charting album in the US to date. [34] In the United Kingdom, "Sweet Talker" debuted at number five selling 16,733 copies, and is certified Silver for sales over 60,000. The album spent a total of 4 weeks inside the Top 40 of the UK Albums Chart.

Track listing

Sweet Talker Standard edition [35]
1."Ain't Been Done"Gamson3:00
2."Burnin' Up" (featuring 2 Chainz)3:40
3."Sweet Talker"
  • Diplo
  • The Picard Brothers
4."Bang Bang" (with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj)
  • Martin
  • Göransson
  • Ilya
6."Personal"Will IDAP3:54
8."Seal Me with a Kiss" (featuring De La Soul)3:53
9."Said Too Much"Jeberg3:34
10."Loud" (featuring Lindsey Stirling)
11."Keep Us Together"
  • Biancaniello
  • Lifted
  • Vojtesak
12."Get Away"3:50
Total length:44:50
Sweet Talker Deluxe edition (bonus tracks) [36]
13."Your Loss I'm Found"
  • Cornish
  • Hidde Huijsman
  • Massimo Cacciapuoti
  • Harrell
  • Michel van der Zanden
  • The DFRNS
  • Harrell
14."Strip" Ammo 3:33
15."You Don't Really Know Me"
  • Cornish
  • Lewis Allen
Total length:55:55

Sample credit


Credits for Sweet Talker adapted from Barnes & Noble. [37]

Performance Credits

Technical Credits


Chart (2014)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [38] 14
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria) [39] 25
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders) [40] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia) [41] 42
Canadian Albums (Billboard) [42] 16
Croatian Albums (Toplista) [43] 7
Danish Albums (Hitlisten) [44] 26
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100) [45] 19
French Albums (SNEP) [46] 131
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100) [47] 25
Irish Albums (IRMA) [48] 11
Italian Albums (FIMI) [49] 33
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [50] 13
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista) [51] 15
Portuguese Albums (AFP) [52] 30
Scottish Albums (OCC) [53] 6
South Korean Albums (Gaon Chart) [54] 15
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE) [55] 20
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan) [56] 15
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade) [57] 12
UK Albums (OCC) [58] 5
US Billboard 200 [59] 10


RegionCertification Certified units/Sales
Brazil (Pro-Música Brasil) [60] Gold20,000*
United Kingdom (BPI) [61] Silver60,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

United Kingdom13 October 2014 Island Records Standard/Deluxe edition
Worldwide14 October 2014

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