Friday, November 27, 2009

Keith Sweat


Keith Sweat (born Keith Crier in Harlem, New York on July 22, 1961) is an R&B singer\songwriter\record producer who started his career in the late 80's and is also known as a major contributor to the New Jack Swing music movement.

In his early years, Keith's father Charles passed away in 1973, leaving his mother, Juanita to raise him and his siblings alone.

He began singing when he was 4 years old. After graduating from high school, Keith attended City College of New York to study communications. During that time, he sang in a band called Jamilah.

After graduating from City College, he worked at the New York Stock Exchange as a brokerage assistant, but had aspirations of becoming a musician. After his tenure on Wall Street, Keith began recording demos, but to no avail at first.

In 1985, Keith released a single, "My Mind is Made Up" on Stadium Records. It's unknown how or if the single was successful.

Once Keith started performing his own music, he attracted the attention of Vincent Davis (who owned his own record label Vintertainment and recently signed a distribution deal with Elektra Records). Soon after, he was signed to the label.
In 1987, Keith released his debut album, "Make it Last Forever" which peaked at #15 on the Billboard 200 chart, topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart and #41 on the U.K. Albums chart. As soon as his album hit number-one, Keith quit his Wall Street job.

The first single from the album "I Want Her" became a hit, peaking at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100, #38 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for three weeks.

The song also peaked at #26 on the U.K. Singles chart and was moderately successful in Canada & New Zealand.
The second single "Something Just Ain't Right" peaked at #79 on the Billboard Hot 100, #49 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #55 on the U.K. Singles chart and #3 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The third single "Make it Last Forever" (featuring R&B singer Jacci McGhee) peaked at #59 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
The last single from the album "Don't Stop Your Love" peaked at #9 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
In 1990, Keith released his sophomore album, "I'll Give All My Love To You" which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and once again topped Billboard's R&B Albums chart. In the U.K., the album peaked at #47 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The lead single "Make You Sweat" peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, #2 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and topped Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart for a week in July of 1990, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The second single "Merry Go Round" peaked at #2 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks.
The title song peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for a week in Februay of 1991, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
The last single from the album "Your Love-Part Two" peaked at #71 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #4 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 15 weeks.
In 1991, Keith released his third album "Keep it Comin" which peaked at #19 on the Billboard 200 and topped the Billboard R&B albums chart.
The title song peaked at #17 on the Billboard Hot 100, #25 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The second single "Why Me Baby" (featuring LL Cool J) peaked at #44 on the Billboard Hot 100, #40 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, #4 on Billboard's Hot Rap Singles chart and #2 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 23 weeks.

The last single "I Want to Love You Down" peaked at #117 on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart and #20 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

Keith is also responsible for producing R&B group Silk who scored a number-one hit with their song, "Freak Me."

He was featured on the "Made in America" movie soundtrack with the song "Does He Do It Good" featuring Silk. The song managed to peak at #68 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for a week.
In 1994, Keith released his fourth album, "Get Up On It" which peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B albums chart again. The album also peaked at #20 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single "How Do You Like It?" (featuring late TLC member, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes) peaked at #48 on the Billboard Hot 100, #27 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, and #9 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks. The song also peaked at #71 on the U.K. Singles chart.

The second single "When I Give My Love" peaked at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #21 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 12 weeks.
The third and last single from the album, "Get Up On It" featuring R&B girl group, Kut Klose, peaked at #62 on the Billboard Hot 100, #33 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart, and #12 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

In 1996, he started his own record label, Keia Records (named after his second daughter) and a recording studio called The Sweat Shop. He also opened up a nightclub called Industry in Atlanta, Georgia.
In the same year, Keith released his fifth self-titled album which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B albums chart yet again. The album also peaked at #36 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single, "Twisted" peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #7 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 3 weeks, staying on the chart for 33 weeks. The song also peaked at #16 on Billboard's Canadian Singles chart.
The second single "Nobody" (featuring Kut Klose member, Athena Cage) peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #12 on Billboard's Top 40 Mainstream chart, #11 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles chart and topped Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart for 3 weeks, staying on the chart for 31 weeks.

The song also peaked at #16 on Billboard's Canadian Singles chart and #30 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The third single "Just a Touch" peaked at #23 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart and #38 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 16 weeks. The song also peaked at #35 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The fourth and last single from the album "Come and Get With Me" featuring Ronald Isley of the Isley Brothers, peaked at #68 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #27 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

In 1997, Keith discovered R&B group, Ol' Skool and produced their debut album. He has also produced music for the Isley Brothers, Men at Large, Dru Hill, Immature and the O'Jays. During that same year, a remixed version of "I Want Her" peaked at #44 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In the same year, Keith formed R&B group LSG with Gerald Levert and New Edition member Johnny Gill.
The group released their debut album, "Levert, Sweat, Gill" which featured their hit single, "My Body" that peaked at #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 and topped the R&B charts. Their album was certified 2x Platinum and managed to peak at #4 on the Billboard 200.
In 1998, Keith released his sixth album "Still in the Game" which peaked at #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on the R&B albums chart, making it Keith's first album not to top the charts. The album also peaked at #62 on the U.K. Albums chart.
The first single, "Come and Get with Me" featuring rapper Snoop Dogg, peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100, #16 on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, #6 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 20 weeks and #58 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second and last single from the album, "I'm Not Ready" peaked at #16 on the Billboard Hot 100, #12 on Billboard's Hot R&B Singles chart, staying on the chart for 19 weeks and #53 on the U.K. Singles chart.
In 2000, Keith released his seventh album, "Didn't See Me Coming" which peaked at #16 on the Billboard 200 and #5 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)" featuring rapper Lil' Mo peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

The last single from the album, "Real Man" peaked at #73 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 6 weeks.
In 2002, Keith released his eighth album, "Rebirth" which peaked at #14 on the Billboard 200 and #7 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The only single to chart, "One On One" featuring Lola Troy & Lade Bac, peaked at #44 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.
Keith released 2 live albums, "Keith Sweat Live" in 2003 and "Sweat Hotel Live" in 2007 which were moderately successful.
In 2007, Keith released his first Christmas album, "A Christmas Of Love" which peaked at #85 on Billboard's R&B albums chart.
In 2008, Keith released his ninth album, "Just Me" which peaked at #10 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart.

The first single, "Suga Suga Suga" peaked at #36 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart in February of 2008, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.

The follow-up single, "Butterscotch" featuring Athena Cage, peaked at #92 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart in August of 2008, staying on the chart for 4 weeks.

In 2010, Keith released his tenth album, "Ridin' Solo" which peaked at #13 on the Billboard 200, #4 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and topped Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

The first single from the album, "Test Drive" featuring R&B singer, Joe, peaked at #58 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Singles chart in May of 2010, staying on the chart for 20 weeks.
In 2011, Keith released his eleventh album, "Til the Morning" which peaked at #38 on the Billboard 200, #8 on Billboard's R&B Albums chart, and #6 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart.

The first single, "Make You Say Ooh" peaked at #46 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart in November of 2011.

The second single, "Knew It All Along" featuring Johnny Gill & Gerald Levert, peaked at #87 on Billboard's Hot R&B\Hip-Hop Songs chart.

Since 2007, Keith has been the host of a nationally syndicated radio program based upon the Quiet Storm music format called "The Keith Sweat Hotel" which is syndicated through Premiere Radio Networks.

These days, he continues to tour throughout the United States and run his radio show. He was formerly married to Lisa Wu Hartnell and has four children: Keisha, Keia, Jordan, and Justin.

Keith has made the Billboard 200 Albums of the Year chart eight times: in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 2001. His song made the Billboard Hot 100 Song of the Year chart six times: in 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1996, and 1997.

He was nominated for 3 American Music Awards; in 1988, he was nominated for "Favorite Album: Soul\R&B" for the "Make it Last Forever" album; in 1990, he was nominated for "Favorite Single: Soul\R&B" for "Merry Go Round" and for "Favorite Male Artist: Soul\R&B."

In 1996, Keith was nominated for "Favorite Album: Soul\R&B" and won the award for "Favorite Male Artist: Soul\R&B." A year later, he was nominated again for "Favorite Male Artist: Soul\R&B."

Keith has also dabbled in acting; he had a brief role in the film, "New Jack City" as a wedding singer. He appeared on the FOX television drama, "New York Undercover" as himself. He also appeared on the television shows, "Wayans Bros." and "Martin."

To see Keith Sweat's website, go to:
http://www.thesweathotel.com/main.html

To see a video of Keith performing "I Want Her" on "Showtime at the Apollo," go to:
http://www.80svideos.tv/play.php?vid=856

To see the music video for "Something Just Ain't Right," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmA31aQURJ4

To see a fan-made video for "Make it Last Forever," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKgCLVl-bGY

To see the music video for "Don't Stop Your Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqx1YN2wEW0

To see the music video for "Make You Sweat," go to:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/wm-A10302B0000062389R/keith_sweat_make_you_sweat_official_music_video/

To see the music video for "Merry Go Round," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgmGkLR4rzQ

To see the music video for "I'll Give All My Love to You," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MC6YLqio-bI

To see the music video for "Keep it Comin," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QR7MEwkIPD4

To see the music video for "Why Me Baby," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4F17ly1aeY

To see the music video for "I Want to Love You Down," go to:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/wm-A10302B0000062394X/keith_sweat_i_want_to_love_you_down_official_music_video/

To see the music video for "How Do You Like It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jy0ZsAT2ESE

To see the music video for "When I Give My Love," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXYEhicGufo

To see the music video for "Get Up on It," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ebz8WNcVmI

To see the music video for "Twisted," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cP4yAnbtDZE

To see the music video for "Nobody," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FMar1ifzdmk

To see the music video for "Just a Touch," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyGD1n9kBis

To see the music video for "Come with Me," go to:
http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x97n1_keith-sweat-come-and-get-with-me_music

To see the music video for "I'm Not Ready," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JjB6xbiZvFA

To see the music video for "I'll Trade (A Million Bucks)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vOAuu3mpyPM

To see the music video for "Real Man," go to:
http://www.metacafe.com/watch/wm-A10302B0000062398P/keith_sweat_real_man_official_music_video/

To see the music video for "One On One," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2M_KLSuLUrg

To see the music video for "Test Drive," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-PuKzLyq2KU

To see the music video for "Make You Say Ooh," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmONd_6VMAI


[updated on 05\07\12]

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