Twisted (Keith Sweat song)
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"Twisted" is a single by Keith Sweat released in 1996. It was the first song off his self-titled third album, Keith Sweat. R&B group Kut Klose and remix rapper Pretty Russ are also featured on the song. The radio version of "Twisted" omits Pretty Russ' rap before the final chorus, though some urban stations kept the rap verse. A second mix of the song, referred to as "Twisted (Flavahood Sexual Remix)", features a different backbeat sampled from Marvin Gaye's hit song, "Sexual Healing". "Flavahood" also saw significant airplay on radio but was never released on an album.
|Single by Keith Sweat|
|from the album Keith Sweat|
|Released||June 4, 1996|
|Format||CD single, Cassette single|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop soul|
|Songwriter(s)||Keith Sweat, Eric McCaine, Athena Cage, Lavonn Battle, Tabitha Duncan, Marvin Gaye, David Ritz, Elliott Brown|
|Keith Sweat singles chronology|
Commercially, "Twisted" spent three weeks at No. 1 on the US Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart and peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Los Del Rio's "Macarena", becoming Sweat's biggest pop hit. "Twisted" also peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40, staying there for 14 consecutive weeks, the most amongst any song except TLC's "No Scrubs", which spent 15 weeks at the top position. Outside the US, "Twisted" topped the New Zealand Singles Chart for six weeks and became a top-twenty hit in Australia and the Netherlands. In 2012 VH1 ranked the song at number 35 on their list of the "40 Greatest R&B Songs of the '90s".
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A music video released for the song features Sweat as a homicide detective pursuing a female suspect who assassinated a police commissioner. The video was directed by Paul Hunter.
Keith is a homicide detective first seen at a royal party but the party is interrupted when an unidentified killer shoots a man of Chinese royalty and steals diamonds from him. The killer escapes and is revealed to be a woman. Keith later arrests the woman but as he steps out of his car she manages to escape.
The woman is now on the run and had made her way to the roof of a building but on her way up the ladder she is stopped and Keith is called to the scene. (The music cuts out) Keith orders them not to shoot, but when he turns his back an unidentified cop shoots the woman. (The music is continued) She is left hanging from the ladder, dead. The music video premiered the week of April 16, 1996.
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||10,000*|
|United States (RIAA)||Platinum||1,600,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
- Filipino pop band Typecast covered their version from the Filipino various artist album, 90's Music Comes Alive.
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