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“Talk Dirty” was originally made for Missy Elliott. The idea behind the song is basically Jason Derulo telling a girl that even though she doesn’t speak his language, all that’s really important is he knows when she talks dirty to him.  Jason told 97.1 (Amp Radio) that he “wanted to experiment and do some different stuff. So we tried new things. We didn’t necessarily have any barriers. We weren’t trying to make something that sounded like it was on the radio. We wanted to make something fresh and different. So this is one of the experiments, with the saxophone.” Jason also told Billboard: “When I first heard the track, I loved it because it sounded exotic and Eastern. The chorus came to me immediately. I channeled my experience touring the world. You don’t need to speak the language to communicate — body language is universal.

Release date

Released August 2, 2013


Jason Desrouleaux – Tauheed Epps – Eric Frederic – Jason Evigan – Sean Douglas – Ori Kaplan – Tamir Muskat – Tomer Yosef


Beluga Heights – Atlantic

Chart Rankings

“Talk Dirty” debuted at number one in the UK after selling almost 160,000 singles in one week, becoming Jason’s third number one hit. The song was also Jason’s quickest selling single within the region. It debuted at number one in Australia on the ARIA Singles Chart, which was Jason’s second song to earn that spot in Australia. “Talk Dirty” peaked at the third spot in the US on the Billboard Top 100 Chart, bringing Jason back into the top ten for the first time since his last hit in 2010. Besides Australia and the UK, the song reached number one in Belgium, Euro Digital Songs, Germany, Scotland, UK R&B, US Mainstream Top 40, and US Rhythmic. “Talk Dirty” also reached the top ten in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and US Billboard Top 100.  The song was certified 6x Platinum in Norway, 5x Platinum in Australia, 4x Platinum in Canada and the United States, 2x Platinum in Italy and Sweden, and Platinum in Germany, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. It was also certified Gold in Austria, Belgium, and Mexico. The song also received certification for Streaming, reaching 3x Platinum in Denmark and Platinum in Spain.

Artist’s age on release date

Jason Derulo was 23 years old when “Talk Dirty” was released

Cover Versions

MattyBRaps & Chloe Channell, Ten Second Songs, Vintage Klezmer (with 2 Chainz) rap in Yiddish, Sam Tsui, Cody Carson, and Tyler Ward.


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