Tweet Returns With New Single: 'Won't Hurt Me'

Charlene Keys
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Charlene Keys better known as Tweet performs at the 2015 Essence Music Festival on July 5, 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Singer's new studio album, "Charlene," will also feature an appearance from Missy Elliott

R&B chanteuse Tweet returns to radio with a new single, “Won’t Hurt Me.” The acoustic guitar-driven track is the lead single from her upcoming album, Charlene. Available now for pre-order on iTunes, “Won’t Hurt Me” will be digitally released via the service on Sept. 21. The single’s music video will also premiere that same week.

“All of the upcoming album’s songs are pages out of my diary,” says Tweet, born Charlene Keys. In the case of “Won’t Hurt Me,” the song is about a young man who was once a friend but wanted more. “You can be friends without catching feelings,” explains the singer/songwriter. “But he did and I didn’t feel the same way. Spending time together doesn’t mean it’s love.”

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Charlene, Tweet’s third studio album, is due in early 2016. “Tweet has always been an exciting artist to watch,” says Phil Thornton, eOne Music’s VP/GM of urban inspirational. “She’s an artist whose passion and soul you can hear in her voice in every note, whether on records or live onstage.”

Tweet reunited with longtime collaborators and producers Craig Brockman, Nisan Stewart, John “Jubu” Smith and Charlie Bereal to record the new album. “It’s me going back to the basics when I fell in love with music as a young Charlene,” says Tweet “There was church, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye … It’s food for the spirit and soul. It’s still Tweet but more secure in the woman and artist I am now.”

Also making an appearance on Charlene: friend and mentor Missy Elliott. “Some things just go together,” says Tweet of working with Elliott over the years. Before her own solo breakthrough in 2002 with hit single "Oops (Oh My)," Tweet contributed vocals to Elliott’s 2001 album Miss E … So Addictive. “We sound good together and both respect and inspire each other. She always pushed me to be an artist. It’s a sisterhood that will never be broken.”

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Tweet most recently charted with the Simply Tweet EP in 2013, debuting and peaking at No. 16 on R&B Albums and No. 26 on Independent Albums. Her last full-length album to chart was 2005's It's Me Again, her second studio effort. It debuted and peaked at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 17 on the Billboard 200.

Debut album Southern Hummingbird also bowed and peaked at No. 2 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums and No. 3 on the Billboard 200. The set spun off two top 10 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart: "Oops (Oh My)," which spent three weeks at No. 1, and "Call Me" (No. 9 peak). Southern Hummingbird has sold 897,000, according to Nielsen Music.