Song Title: Milkshake
Date of release: August the 25th 2003
Description: ” Milkshake ” is by Kelis ( Kelis Rogers ), the American singer-songwriter and a fully certified chef. The song was written Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo.
Pharrell Williams ( Pharrell Lanscilo Williams ) has bagged ten Grammy Awards including two with production duo The Neptunes.
Chad Hugo ( Charles Edward “Chad” Hugo ) is a multi instrumentalist playing saxophone, piano and guitar. He is also part of the American band N.e.r.d ( No-one Ever Really Dies ), which he formed with Pharrell Williams in 1999.
Production for the single was by The Neptunes, who are actually Pharrell Williams and Chad Hugo. The production duo are estimated to be worth somewhere in the region of $160 Million and are one of the most successful music producers ever.
” Milkshake ” was released on the 25th of August 2003 by record labels Star Trak and Arista. The song was taken as the lead single from Kelis’s third Album ” Tasty “.
The song is about a woman’s sex appeal. According to urbandictionary.com the meaning of ” ‘Milkshake’ stands for the woman’s sex appeal. When she says, ‘My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,’ it means she attracts all the guys in the area just by appearing there “.
Kelis told British sunday newspaper The Observer that ” It means whatever people want it to; it was just a word we came up with on a whim, but then the song took on a life of its own “.
However when interviewed by The Associated Press, an American multinational nonprofit news agency based in New York, she said of the song ” A milkshake is the thing that makes women special. It’s what gives us our confidence and what makes us exciting “.
” Milkshake ” received positive reviews from music critics. Entertainment Weekly’s Neil Drumming called the song a ” lusty party anthem “, while Ernest Hardy writing for Rolling Stone called the song ” the superfreakiest song on the charts “.
The accompanying music video was directed by Jake Nava. Jake’s video for ” Single ladies ” by Beyoncé was placed 3rd in British newspaper The Times list of 25 most influential music videos of all time.
Other artists that Jake has directed for include the Bee Gees, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears, Shakira, P!nk, Destiny’s Child and Mariah Carey.
The video was shot on location at Relish diner in Wythe Avenue and North 1st Street, Brooklyn. The signs were changed to Tasty’s Yard for the video. The diner was later closed and demolished to make way for Condos ( apartments or flats for those outside of the US ).
Featured in the video is American hip hop recording artist Nas, he can be seen as a cook who delivers milkshakes as Kelis dances.
” Milkshake ” was a commercial success for Kelis. In the United States the song made its debut at number 95 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and peaked at number 3, it spent a total of 22 weeks on the chart there.
The song made it to the top ten on many charts around the World. In Ireland it debuted at number 15 and went on to reach Number One on the Irish Singles Chart where it held the top slot for five consecutive weeks.
In the United Kingdom ” Milkshake ” entered the UK chart on the 17th of January 2004 and reached a peak of number 2. The song spent 7 weeks in the top ten and a total of 15 weeks on the chart there.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 3
UK Highest Chart Position: 2
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 2, Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 38, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 10, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 33, Denmark (Tracklisten) 4, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 12, France (SNEP) 52, Germany (Official German Charts) 22, Ireland (IRMA) 1, Italy (FIMI) 20, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 6, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 3, Norway (VG-lista) 5, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 5, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 22
Official Website: Iamkelis.com
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Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Kelis