Can We Talk

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"Can We Talk"
Tevin Campbell - Can We Talk song.jpg
Single by Tevin Campbell
from the album I'm Ready
Released1993
Recorded1992
GenreR&B
Length4:45
LabelWarner Bros.
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Babyface
Tevin Campbell singles chronology
"One Song"
(1993)
"Can We Talk"
(1993)
"I'm Ready"
(1994)

"Can We Talk" is a song recorded by American R&B singer Tevin Campbell and composed and produced by Babyface. It was the first single to be released from his double platinum second release I'm Ready. The song hit top ten on the pop charts peaking at number nine on the Billboard Hot 100[1] and spent a total of three weeks at number one on the US R&B chart.[2] It sold 500,000 copies and earned a gold certification from the Recording Industry Association of America.[3][4] The song was also Nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance - Male. It was also nominated and later won the Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Soul Single - Male ("Can We Talk").

Notable cover versions[edit]

The song was covered by many other artists, most successfully by British boyband Code Red in 1996,[5] for their debut album Scarlet and was released as the album's lead single becoming a modest hit and reaching number 1 in Asia.

Track listings[edit]

US single

  1. Can We Talk
  2. Look What We'd Have (If You Were Mine)

US promo CD

  1. Can We Talk (Remix Radio Version) 3:53
  2. Can We Talk (Full Remix) 4:55
  3. Can We Talk (Let's Talkstramental Mix) 4:26
  4. Can We Talk (Backward Beats Mix) 4:21
  5. Can We Talk (Album Radio Edit) 4:21

Europe CD

  1. Can We Talk (Edit) 4:21
  2. Strawberry Letter (Club Mix) 6:28
  3. Strawberry Letter (LP Version) 4:07
  4. Strawberry Letter (QD III Mix With Rap) 4:12

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.[6]

  • Tevin Campbell : lead and background vocals
  • Babyface : writer, composer, producer, all music and background vocals
  • Daryl Simmons : writer, composer and producer
  • Randy Walker : MIDI technician
  • Jim Zumpano, Donnell Sullivan : recording engineers
  • Rail Rogut, Steve Warner, Ulrich Wild : assistant engineers
  • Dave Way : mixing engineer
  • Ivy Skoff : production coordinator

Charts[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[18] Gold 35,000^
United States (RIAA)[19] Gold 500,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ www.billboard.com Chart History (website has changed layout, link needs updating)
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 99.
  3. ^ "Best-Selling Records of 1993". Billboard. BPI Communications. 106 (3): 73. January 15, 1994. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved May 4, 2015.
  4. ^ "American certifications – Campbell, Tevin – Can We Talk". Recording Industry Association of America.
  5. ^ "Music Video". Youtube.com. 2006-02-02. Retrieved 2011-12-26.
  6. ^ Tevin Campbell - I'm Ready (CD liner notes) - Qwest/Warner Bros 9362-45388-2
  7. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk". Top 40 Singles.
  9. ^ "Tevin Campbell Chart History (Hot 100)". Billboard.
  10. ^ "Tevin Campbell Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard.
  11. ^ "Tevin Campbell Chart History (Pop Songs)". Billboard.
  12. ^ "Tevin Campbell Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay)". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Tevin Campbell Chart History (Rhythmic)". Billboard.
  14. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 1993". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  15. ^ "ARIA Top 100 Singles for 1994". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  16. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1994". Archived from the original on 2009-03-01. Retrieved 2010-08-27.
  17. ^ "Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved November 8, 2020.
  18. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia’s Music Charts 1988–2010 (PDF ed.). Mt Martha, Victoria, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. p. 48.
  19. ^ "American single certifications – Tevin Campbell – Can We Talk". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH.