Turn Me On
by David Guetta (featuring Nicki Minaj)

Album: Nothing But The Beat (2011)
Charted: 8 4
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  • This track features New York MC Nicki Minaj singing the chorus with her own (maybe slightly auto-tuned) pipes. Guetta told UK newspaper The Sun: "People don't really know her as a singer and she's killing it on that track. People know her for her crazy rapping but that shows what she can do as a singer. Sometimes I meet people by accident or they call me up but with Nicki it was me chasing her. For a year I wanted to work with her and she was hard to reach. But the moment we got into the studio and had the music it was great."
  • Guetta also worked with Minaj on the album's lead single "Where Them Girls At," but on that instance she rapped rather than sung, albeit with a London accent.
  • The song's music video was filmed in November 2011 by director Sanji. Set in a steampunk world, Guetta plays a mad scientist creating his very own Nicki Minaj from mechanical parts. "It's totally different," said Guetta to MTV News. "Until now, my message was very much like, 'OK, we're all the same; we're all together. Let's share a beautiful moment.' And that's what I do as a DJ and also as a producer. But I think people got that message, you know, in my videos, and I wanted to come with a new story, with a new concept and something maybe a little more artsy in terms of creation and a little more crazy too.

    It's a little more risqué," he added. "I don't know if everybody's going to love it. I don't know if it's going to make me sell records, and to be honest, I don't really care. I wanted to have a video that is a piece of art by itself. That was not necessarily trying to sell the record but that was just something that exists by itself."
  • The song was also included as a bonus track on the deluxe version of Minaj's second album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded.
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