Tasty (Kelis album)

Tasty is the third studio album by American R&B singer Kelis, released in December 2003 (see 2003 in music). Considered the breakthrough of Kelis' career, she was able to expand her success across Europe reaching new markets in Australia, New Zealand, and Asia. Kelis was also finally able to do well in the American market. Unlike her previous albums, Tasty opted for a more pop/alternative-oriented tune which led to a greater success outside Europe with "Milkshake" being the first single from Kelis to receive critical acclaim in the U.S. and a peak position of number three on the Billboard Hot 100. It was known for being Kelis' breakout album and being a spinoff in Europe.

Album information

The singles and the album immediately found success in Europe. The album's second single, "Trick Me", once again proved successful on radio and music video channels in Europe, and went to the top ten in many European countries during mid-2004. However, the song did not enjoy success in America, where its music video was not released. This was due to the fact that her American label Arista Records folded at the same time that Tasty was released. Kelis was then transferred to Jive Records, who were not interested in continuing with the album.

The success of Tasty was most obvious in the United Kingdom. The four singles from the album were released. After "Milkshake" and "Trick Me" came "Millionaire" and "In Public". Her European label, Virgin Records, who she had been with since the start of her career there, decided to persist with the album. Due to her various splits with U.S. labels, promotion for both of her previous projects Kaleidoscope and Wanderland were ended prematurely, just as she was finally breaking through in the UK. Virgin UK did not want her to lose the fan base that she was building up yet again by ending promotion early, because of the U.S. and other territories deciding not to continue with the album. This paid off and Kelis finally cemented her UK status, with four top twenty hits from the album (including three top three hits) and Tasty going platinum there.

In the week of September 24, 2006, three years later after its release, Tasty re-entered the albums chart in the UK at number sixty-four—surprisingly, it even got to number three on the UK R&B Albums Chart the week of October 1—while her latest album, Kelis Was Here, had fallen off the chart the same week.

Track listing

  1. "Intro" – 1:30
  2. "Trick Me" (Dallas Austin) – 3:26
  3. "Milkshake" (Pharrell Williams, Chad Hugo) – 3:02
  4. "Keep It Down" (Austin, Lonnie Lynn, Dion Wilson) – 3:26
  5. "In Public" (featuring Nas) (Dana Stinson, Kelis Rogers) – 4:25
  6. "Flashback" (Williams, Hugo, Rogers) – 3:25
  7. "Protect My Heart" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:24
  8. "Millionaire" (featuring André 3000) (André Benjamin, Rogers, Douglas Davis, Ricky Walters) – 3:44
    • Contains excerpts and samples of Doug E. Fresh and Slick Rick's "La Di Da Di" (Douglas Davis, Ricky Walters).
  9. "Glow" (featuring Raphael Saadiq) (Raphael Saadiq, Glenn Standridge, Bobby Ozuna, Kelvin Wooten, Taura "Aura" Jackson) – 4:00
  10. "Sugar Honey Iced Tea" (Williams, Hugo) – 3:23
  11. "Attention" (featuring Raphael Saadiq) (Saadiq, Standridge, Ozuna, Wooten, Rogers) – 3:24
  12. "Rolling Through the Hood" (Williams, Hugo) – 4:45
  13. "Stick Up" (Damon "Grease" Blackmon, Rogers) – 3:51
  14. "Marathon" (Saadiq, Standridge, Ozuna, Wooten, Rogers) – 4:35

Japanese edition

  1. "Milkshake" (X-Press 2 Triple Thick Vocal Mix) – 9:30
  2. "Milkshake" (DJ Zinc Remix) – 5:59




  • Kelis – executive producer
  • Vincent Alexander – engineer
  • André 3000 – producer, programming
  • Chris Athens – mastering
  • Dallas Austin – producer
  • Daniel Betancourt – assistant
  • Warren Bletcher – assistant
  • Gerry "The Gov" Brown – engineer
  • Andrew Coleman – engineer
  • Regina Davenport – production coordination
  • Kevin "KD" Davis – mixing
  • Andrew Dawson – assistant
  • Serban Ghenea – mixing
  • Dame Grease – producer
  • Cesar Guevara – assistant
  • Doug Harms – assistant
  • Jake and the Phatman – producer, drum programming
  • Markus Klinko and Indrani – photography
  • Mike Koch – engineer
  • Carlton Lynn – engineer

  • James Majors – engineer
  • Glen Marchese – engineer, mixing
  • The Neptunes – producers
  • Joe-Mama Nitzberg – creative director
  • Tim Olmstead – assistant
  • Dave Pensado – mixing
  • Geoffrey Rice – assistant
  • Rockwilder – producer
  • Daniel Romero – mixing
  • Raphael Saadiq – producer
  • Jeffrey Schulz – artwork, layout design
  • Anette Sharvit – production coordination
  • Rick Sheppard – engineer
  • Dexter Simmons – mixing
  • Phil Tan – mixing
  • John Tanksley – engineer, assistant
  • Patrick Viala – engineer
  • Barbara Wesotski – A&R
  • Kelvin Wooten – producer


Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 27
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 7
U.S. Billboard Comprehensive Albums 27
Chart (2004) Peak
Australian Albums Chart 41
Austrian Albums Chart 20
Belgian Ultratop 50 Albums (Flanders) 35
Danish Albums Chart 15
Dutch Albums Chart 16
Chart (2004) Peak
French SNEP Albums Chart 60
German Albums Chart 51
Irish Albums Chart 15
Italian FIMI Albums Chart 43
New Zealand RIANZ Albums Chart 48
Norwegian Albums Chart 19
Swedish Albums Chart 48
Swiss Albums Chart 14
UK Albums Chart 11

Release history

Country Date Label
Germany December 5, 2003 EMI
United Kingdom December 8, 2003 Virgin
Switzerland EMI
United States December 9, 2003 Star Trak/Arista
Canada Virgin
Japan January 16, 2004 EMI
Australia February 2, 2004 Virgin


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