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"Sweetheart" is a song recorded by Rainy Davis from her eponymous debut album, Sweetheart (1987). It was written by Davis and Pete Warner and reached number 24 on the Billboard Hot R&B chart in 1986. It was later re-recorded in 1998 by Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey.

Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey version[edit]

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Deleted artwork
Single by Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey
from the album
ReleasedOctober 6, 1998
FormatCD single
RecordedEarly 1998
Jermaine Dupri singles chronology
"Money Ain't a Thang"
"The Party Continues"
Mariah Carey singles chronology
"My All"
"When You Believe"
Music video
"Sweetheart" at

Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey co-produced their cover of the song for Dupri's debut album Life in 1472, and Carey's compilation album #1's, later appearing on her 2001 greatest hits collection and 2003 remix compilation The Remixes. It was scheduled for release as the second single from Life in 1472 in 1998 and was meant to be given full single treatment, with the manufacturing of commercial CD singles and CD maxi-singles (among other single formats). Sony Music Entertainment retracted the commercial single at the last minute, and it was never commercially released in the United States. Some retail outlets received the commercial singles, and many of them were sold. Most stores gave them away free, or as free extras with the Life in 1472 or #1's albums. Many were still left, and Amazon controversially sold them for a while from January 2000.

"Sweetheart" was only given a commercial release in parts of Europe and Asia, where it garnered minor success and reached the top 40 in most markets. The commercial single was originally scheduled for release in the U.S. before the eligibility rules for the Billboard Hot 100 chart were changed to allow album cuts to chart. Following the change of rules for the Hot 100, the rules for the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart were changed as well, to allow airplay-only songs that were bubbling under, or had not yet entered the Hot 100, to chart there. "Sweetheart" began to receive radio and music video airplay in early September 1998, and in the first week of the rule change, when the song's run as a promotional single was ending, it entered the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart at 25 and remained on the chart for one week.

The single's video, directed by Hype Williams,[citation needed] shows Dupri and Carey in various locations ranging from the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain[1] to a secluded beach nearby in Sopelana and an exclusive nightclub. The song's theme of having a "sweetheart" runs throughout the video. Carey and Dupri re-recorded their vocals for a remix of the song, known as "Sweetheart" (The Story), which features more raps by Dupri and fewer vocals by Carey. Lil Jon, Mark Picchiotti, and Eddie Arroyo also created remixes of the song.

Critical reception[edit]

Allmusic editor Stephen Thomas Erlewine highlighted this track.[2] When the same critic reviewed the same song in Mariah's Number 1's he called it fine but not particularly memorable.[3] Jon Dolan of Citypage music wrote that Dupri is romancing pop queen Mariah Carey in the squeaky clean, radio-gimme "Sweetheart."[4] Entertainment Weekly's David Browne wrote: "Even Carey contributes, perhaps unwittingly (...) On the mild electro-funk of "Sweetheart," she turns herself into a subservient Barbie, cooing about her need for a "storybook romance."[5] Kris Ex of Vibe wrote that Mariah Carey-belted "Sweetheart" updates Rainy Davis's '86 hit of the same name but its "jams are swollen with riveting bass runs."[6]


External links[edit]

Lyrics to this song from Genius


  1. ^ MTV News Staff (August 12, 1998). "Mariah Carey And Jermaine Dupri Get Artistic For New Video". MTV. Archived from the original on October 22, 2002. Retrieved February 26, 2018.
  2. ^ "Life in 1472 - Jermaine Dupri | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  3. ^ "#1's - Mariah Carey | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  4. ^ Jon Dolan (April 3, 2007). "Just So So Stories | City Pages". Archived from the original on February 26, 2015. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  5. ^ Browne, David (July 31, 1998). "Jermaine Dupri Presents Life in 1472". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved February 19, 2018.
  6. ^ Vibe. Vibe Media Group. p. 283. ISSN 1070-4701. Retrieved February 26, 2015.
  7. ^ " – JD & Mariah – Sweetheart" (in Dutch). Ultratip. Retrieved May 3, 2015.
  8. ^ "The Eurochart Hot 100 Singles". Music & Media. December 12, 1998. Archived from the original on March 11, 2005. Retrieved May 26, 2015.CS1 maint: Unfit url (link)
  9. ^ "JD & Mariah - Sweetheart" (in German). GfK Entertainment. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  10. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – week 47, 1998" (in Dutch). Dutch Top 40 Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  11. ^ " – JD & Mariah – Sweetheart" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
  12. ^ " – JD & Mariah – Sweetheart". Singles Top 100. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  13. ^ " – JD & Mariah – Sweetheart". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  14. ^ "Mariah Carey Chart History (Bubbling Under Hot 100)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  15. ^ "Mariah Carey Chart History (Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved May 26, 2015.
  16. ^ "Jaarlijsten 1998" (in Dutch). Stichting Nederlandse Top 40. Retrieved May 26, 2015.


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