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"Turnin Me On"
Single by Keri Hilson featuring Lil Wayne
from the album In a Perfect World…
Released November 25, 2008 (U.S.)[1]
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:08 (Album Version)
4:13 (Radio Version)
Label Zone 4/Mosley/Interscope
Writer(s) K. Hilson, J. Jones, Zachary Wallace, R. Xzavier, D. Carter
Producer Polow da Don
Danja (additional production)
Keri Hilson chronology
"Numba 1 (Tide Is High)"
(2008)
"Turnin' Me On"
(2008)
"Knock You Down"
(2009)
Lil Wayne chronology
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008)
"Turnin Me On"
(2008)
"Unstoppable"
(2009)

"Turnin Me On" is a song by American singer and songwriter Keri Hilson, taken from her debut album, In a Perfect World… (2009). It was produced by Polow da Don and was released as the album's official third single on December 9, 2008[2] (see 2008 in music) in the United States as a follow up to the lackluster performance of "Return the Favor". The song features Lil Wayne. There are two different versions of the song, one of which is a demo version, known as "Turn Off." In the finalized version, Lil Wayne uses the Auto-Tune in his verse. On an interesting note, the version of the song found on all editions of the album, In a Perfect World…, is the censored version. The Radio Edit has Keri shouting "Let me hear ya say..." at the beginning of the song while the Album Version features an instrumental intro. It was set to be the next single in the UK following "Energy", but its release was scrapped due to Keri working on her next album.

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Music video

The music video for "Turnin Me On" was directed by Erik White. It uses the Album Version of the song as opposed to the Radio Edit. Set primarily in a white background, Hilson in the video is a woman that is surrounded by attractive men that are either turning her on or off. Hilson explains the situation can be a matter of two seconds. Throughout the video, there are cutaways in which Hilson appears sitting on big speakers, dancing with two backup dancers doing the Whoop Rico made famous by Showtime ENT, and the Bird Walk, drinking and having fun with her friends in a bar while men are trying to impress her, singing with Lil Wayne in a black background and later on a red sofa, and finally Hilson after getting rid of an annoying man is having a drink and smiling. Rich Boy, Polow da Don, Leah LaBelle, Pleasure P. and Hilson's sister make cameo appearances in the video which premiered on November 20, 2008. The video peaked #1 on BET's 106 & Park and was later ranked as one of BET's Notarized: Top 100 Videos of 2009 at #2, second only to Jamie Foxx's "Blame It".

Reception

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Critical

"Turnin Me On" received positive reviews from critics. The song was on Vibe's "The 80 Best Songs of '08", at #67. On a review, the magazine praised Hilson's voice and called her "ridiculous hot".[3] The song was also a choice on the Allmusic track pics.[4] Vibe said "Hilson shines best when she lets her feminine swagger strut. “Turnin’ Me On”, featuring a particularly animated Lil Wayne, swings with attitude."[5]

Commericial

The song officially entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on the issue date of January 3, 2009, at #90. In its sixth week, it jumped to #35, making it her second top 40 hit, and the first as being the lead artist. It has since reached #15, peaking there for two weeks, and making it also her first top 15 hit. Unlike her previous two singles, this song has made major impact on its home charts. The song has also started gaining airplay in Canada, where it has debuted and so far peaked at #80 on the Canadian Hot 100, becoming her first song to chart in Canada. It also debuted and peaked at #29 on New Zealand Top 40.

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Turnin' Me On":

US 6-Track Promo CD
  1. "Turnin Me On" (Original Clean) – 4:12
  2. "Turnin Me On" (Original Dirty) – 4:12
  3. "Turnin Me On" (Club Edit Clean) – 4:14
  4. "Turnin Me On" (Club Edit Dirty) – 4:14
  5. "Turnin Me On" (Original Instrumental) – 4:09
  6. "Turnin Me On" (Original A Capella) – 4:05

There is a fan remix with only Keri's first verse and Wayne's verse. That makes the song more "rap music".

Versions and Remixes

  • "Turnin Me On (Album/Video Version)"
  • "Turnin Me On (Radio Version)"
  • "Turnin Me On (Official Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring T-Pain and Lil Wayne)
  • "Turnin' Me On (MSTRKRFT Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Lil Wayne)[6]
  • "Turnin' Me On (Remix) (Keri Hilson featuring Lil Wayne, T-Pain, Twista, T.I., Chingy & Busta Rhymes)

Remix controversy

Controversy spread about the "Turnin' Me On (Official Remix)" featuring T-Pain and Lil Wayne that claimed that there were disses that were made across the track. In the song, it is rumored that she takes shots at fellow singers Beyoncé Knowles and Ciara, however Hilson denies both. "I just want to tell Ciara it’s not about you," Hilson said about the rumors involving Ciara. She also includes that she is a fan of Beyoncé.[7]

Charts

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[8] 80
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 2
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[12] 28

References


"Turnin Me On"
Single by Keri Hilson featuring Lil Wayne
from the album In a Perfect World...
Released November 25, 2008 (U.S.)[1]
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2008
Genre Hip hop
Length 4:08 [Album & Video Version]
4:17 [Single Mix]
Label Zone 4/Mosley/Interscope
Writer(s) K. Hilson, J. Jones, Zachary Wallace, R. Xzavier, D. Carter
Producer Polow da Don
Danja (additional production)
Keri Hilson singles chronology
"Numba 1 (Tide Is High)"
(2008)
"Turnin' Me On"
(2008)
"Knock You Down"
(2009)
Lil Wayne singles chronology
"All My Life (In the Ghetto)"
(2008)
"Turnin Me On"
(2008)
"Unstoppable"
(2009)
 

"Turnin Me On" is a song by American singer and songwriter Keri Hilson, taken from her debut album, In a Perfect World... (2009). It was produced by Polow da Don and was released as the album's official third single on December 9, 2008[2] (see 2008 in music) in the United States as a follow up to the lackluster performance of "Return the Favor". The song features Lil Wayne. There are two different versions of the song, one of which is a demo version, known as "Turn Off." In the finalized version, Lil Wayne uses the Auto-Tune in his verse. On an interesting note, the version of the song found on all editions of the album, In a Perfect World..., is the censored version.

Contents

Music video

The music video for "Turnin Me On" was directed by Erik White. Set primarily in a white background, Hilson in the video is a woman that is surrounded by attractive men that are either turning her on and off. Hilson explains the situation can be a matter of two seconds. Throughout the video, there are cutaways in which Hilson appears sitting on big speakers, dancing with two backup dancers doing the Whoop Rico made famous by Showtime ENT, and the Bird Walk, drinking and having fun with her friends in a bar while men are trying to impress her, singing with Lil Wayne in a black background and later on a red sofa, and finally Hilson after getting rid of an annoying man is having a drink and smiling. Rich Boy, Polow da Don, Leah LaBelle, Pleasure P. and Hilson's sister make cameo appearances in the video which premiered on November 20, 2008. The video peaked #1 on BET's 106 & Park.

Reception

"Turnin Me On" received positive reviews from critics. The song was on Vibe Magazine's "The 80 Best Songs of '08", at #67. On a review, the magazine praised Hilson's voice and called Keri "ridiculous hot".[3] The song was also a choice on the Allmusic track pics.[4] Vibe said "Hilson shines best when she lets her feminine swagger strut. “Turnin’ Me On”, featuring a particularly animated Lil Wayne, swings with attitude."[5]

Remix

  • "Turnin Me On (Official Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring T-Pain and Lil Wayne)
  • "Turnin' Me On (MSTRKRFT Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Lil Wayne)[6]
  • "Turnin Me On (Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Busta Rhymes)
  • "Turnin Me On (So So Def Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Jermaine Dupri and Lil Wayne)
  • "Turnin Me On (Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring T.I.)
  • "Turnin Me On (Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Twista, T-Pain and Lil Wayne)
  • "Turnin Me On (Mega Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring T.I., Jermaine Dupri, Busta Rhymes and Lil Wayne)
  • "Turnin Me On (Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Rosco and Lil Wayne)
  • "Turnin Me On (Remix)" (Keri Hilson featuring Shonie and Lil Wayne)

Remix controversy

Controversy spread about the "Turnin' Me On (Official Remix)" featuring T-Pain and Lil Wayne that claimed that there were disses that were made across the track. In the song, it is rumored that she takes shots at fellow singers Beyoncé Knowles and Ciara, however Hilson denies both. "I just want to tell Ciara it’s not about you," says Keri about the rumors involving Ciara. She also includes that she is a fan of Beyoncé. It was confirmed in an interview that she was not talking about anyone, she was just stating what has been said about her.[7]

Formats and track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Turnin' Me On":

US Promo CD
  1. "Turnin Me On" (Clean Radio Edit) – 4:17
  2. "Turnin Me On" (Main - Explicit) – 4:17
  3. "Turnin Me On" (Instrumental) – 4:17

Chart performance

The song officially entered the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart on the issue date of January 3, 2009, at #90. In its sixth week, it jumped to #35, making it her second top 40 hit, and the first as being the lead artist. It has since reached #15, peaking there for two weeks, and making it also her first top 15 hit. Unlike her previous two singles, this song has made major impact on its home charts. The song has also started gaining airplay in Canada, where it has debuted and so far peaked at #80 on the Canadian Hot 100, becoming her first song to chart in Canada. It also debuted and peaked at #29 on New Zealand Top 40.

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Canadian Hot 100[8] 80
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 29
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[10] 15
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs[11] 2
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[12] 28

Notes

References



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