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Talk Dirty is a re-issue of Jason Derulo's third studio album that was released in the United States on April 15, 2014 by Beluga Heights and Warner Bros. Records.

TracklistingEdit

  1. Talk Dirty (featuring 2 Chainz) 2:57
  2. Wiggle (featuring Snoop Dogg) 3:13
  3. Trumpets 3:37
  4. Bubblegum (featuring Tyga) 3:25
  5. Vertigo (featuring Jordin Sparks) 3:53
  6. Kama Sutra (featuring Kid Ink) 3:36
  7. Zipper 2:57
  8. The Other Side 3:46
  9. With The Lights On 3:11
  10. Stupid Love 3:34
  11. Marry Me 3:45

Album BackgroundEdit

In September 2013, Derulo released his third studio album "Tattoos." While recording the album in 2012 and 2013, he collaborated with producers including Ricky Reed and The Cataracs.

Following its release, "Tattoos" became a commercial success; it debuted in the top five on the UK Albums Chart and the Australian ARIA top 40 albums chart and charted in the top twenty in several international territories.

The project was met with generally mixed reviews from music critics, receiving an average score of 49, based on 4 reviews on Metacritic, indicating "generally mixed or average reviews".

The album's singles: "The Other Side", "Talk Dirty", "Marry Me" and "Trumpets" each had reached the top ten on the Australian ARIA top 40 singles chart and have each been certified multi-platinum in that country.

The new songs on the album include new collaboration with rappers Kid Ink, Snoop Dogg and Tyga while the album's production was handled by Timbaland, The Cataracs, Ammo, Jon Bellion, DJ Mustard, Martin Johnson, RedOne, and Wallpaper. Derulo released the album's official track list on March 22, 2014.

When speaking on the reworked US version of the album, Derulo states: "A lot of the album is fun, a lot of it is upbeat, feel-good music, but there is an emotional portion to the album too; it morphs in a lot of different ways," he explained. "You heard the first portion of the album on songs like 'The Other Side' and 'Marry Me,' but then it switches to the other side with 'Talk Dirty.' It represents everything I've got, everything I was feeling in the moment. I love going into the studio and just letting it rip."

CompositionEdit

Derulo commented on On Air with Ryan Seacrest that "This album has a lot of dimensions, 'The Other Side' and 'Marry Me' was one side. But when I was making this album, I wasn’t thinking about making hit songs... it was just about getting myself out of the darkness. It came from an honest place, I feel like it’s me."

Much of the new material incorporates hip hop and R&B styles unlike previously seen in Derulo's earlier albums. Four new songs were recorded for Talk Dirty: "Wiggle" (with Snoop Dogg), "Zipper", "Bubblegum" (with Tyga) and "Kama Sutra" (with Kid Ink). The newly recorded material for the reissue follow the "provocative nature and upbeat sound of the aforementioned" title track, "Talk Dirty."

"Wiggle" is an "upbeat club-ready" hip-hop infused R&B song that's all about a woman's "big fat butt." Compared to the "matching the slinky nature" of the album's title track, the song features guest vocals from Snoop Dogg.

Ricky Reed from Wallpaper produced "Wiggle", while also handling the song's music and programming with assistance from Axident, Joe London and John Ryan. The song was recorded by Alex Granelli at Serenity West Recording in Los Angeles, Tha Compound in Los Angeles and at Start From Infinity "Joshua Tree Sessions".

It was mixed by Manny Marroquin with additional engineering provided by Ricky Reed, Axident, John Ryan, Joe Spargur and Alex Granelli. It was mastered by Chris Gehringer at Sterling Sound in New York City.

Speaking to NewNowNext, Derulo described it as "a song that you can’t help but move to. If the person next to you is not moving, don’t trust that person—that is not a good person."

"Bubblegum" is an uptempo R&B song that features guest vocals from Tyga is an "ode to the ghetto booties."

Once again reminiscent of "Talk Dirty", the "contagious and energetic" song sees the inclusion of "sexed-up" lyrical content. It was written by Derulo, Michael Stevenson, Tim Mosley and James Washington, while the song's production was handled by Jim Beanz and Timbaland.

The song was recorded and mixed by Demacio “Demo” Castellon & Mike Turco at The Hit Factory Criteria in Miami, while Tyga's vocals were recorded and mixed by Jess Jackson at Ameraycan Studios. Additional engineering was provided by Vadim Chislov and Perry Jimenez.

"Kama Sutra" is a mid tempo R&B song that features Kid Ink. It was written by Derulo, Brian Todd Collins, Yung Berg, Breyan Issac and DJ Mustard who also produced the song. The song was recorded by James Royo at Encore Recording Studios in Burbank with additional recording by Alex Granelli at Serenity Studios in Hollywood. It was mixed by James Royo with assistance from Victor Luevanos.

"Zipper" is a mid tempo R&B song and is the only new song that does not contain a featuring vocalist. It was written by Derulo, Henry Walter, Sam Sumser, Chloe Angelides, Lukasz Gottwald and Kasher.

The song was produced by Cirkut, Sam Sumser and Chloe Angelides and recorded at Luke’s in the Boo in Malibu, Red Jacket Studios in Fairfax and Jazzanova Recording Studio in Berlin. It was mixed by Serban Ghenea at Mixstar Studios in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Additional engineering was provided by Axel Reinemer, Clint Gibbs and Sean Small with assistance from Rachael Findlen.

Album ArtworkEdit

On March 17, 2014, just under a month away from its US release, Derulo revealed the US version of the album cover. The shoot took place with fashion photographer James Dimmock on February 7, 2014.

Photos from the shoot and a series of promotional/press photos were released on February 18, 2014.

The shoot included various shirtless scenes including Derulo sitting on a windowsill.

The cover art features Derulo shirtless on the "provocative cover" art, as a woman puts her hands all over his torso (much like the single cover used for "Talk Dirty").

Chart PerformanceEdit

"Talk Dirty" debuted at number four on the Billboard 200 albums chart with 44,000 copies sold in its first week (which was 10,000 more than predicted), becoming Derulo's first top five album and highest charting album in the US to date, beating his debut album by 1,000 copies.

In its second week the album dropped thirteen places to number seventeen selling an additional 12,000 copies. In its third week, it sold 8,000 more copies, bringing its total to 65,000.

During its fourth week, the album sold 8,000 more copies bringing its total to 73,000. In its fifth week, it sold 8,000 more copies bringing its total to 81,000.

As of July 23, 2014, the album has sold 154,000 copies.

On December 31, 2014, the album hit the 45th spot on the chart selling an additional 25,000 copies, including streams, bringing the total to 179,000 copies sold in the United States.

As of May 2015, "Talk Dirty" has sold 245,000 copies in the United States.

Critical ReceptionEdit

"Talk Dirty" received generally mixed reviews from music critics.

At USA Today, Martin Caballero rated the album two out of four stars, stating that Derulo is "wallow[ing] in familiar sexed-up tropes, both lyrically and musically, that aren't distinctive enough to ultimately prove memorable."

Caballero continued saying "Talk Dirty sounds like Macklemore's Thrift Shop on Red Bull and Viagra".

Brent Faulkner of StarPulse.com rated the album three out of five stars, stating that the album heavily relies on sex and swagger holds the album back at times. Faulkner went on to summarize the album as "average at best" stating: "[Talk Dirty] seems to put its eggs too much into one basket – specifically booty. Much like Derülo’s Future History, Talk Dirty seems to lack cohesion; it’s missing something".

Glenn Gamboa at Newsday graded the album a C, saying that Derulo "tries too hard at the wrong things... cornering the market on sex-themed pop songs." in closing Gambo called Talk Dirty a "sex-obsessed album that isn't very sexy".

On the other hand, Robert Christgau was more enthusiastic in his column for Billboard, impressed by Derulo's "command of contemporary hookcraft", even though the songs were about sex gratifying enough to prompt marriage, writing: "I value both sex and matrimony too much to recommend this life strategy. But compared to the predatory Chris Brown of 'Loyal' or the chauvinistic Trey Songz of 'Foreign', he's so exuberant and playful he helps me get why guys and dolls fall for it—even share their thrills some, vicariously."

David Jeffries of AllMusic said that the album appears to be "some post-traumatic stress therapy session mixed with a banging, ultra after-party."

Jeffries praised the album's repacking and total repurposing of "Tattoos," commending the new production on the album stating: "[Wiggle] gives the album a stripclub number in Ying Yang Twins style where everyone sounds like they're having the proper amount of fun".

Christgau named it the sixth best album of 2014 in his year-end list for The Barnes & Noble Review.

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