It was originally offered to Britney Spears for her fourth studio album In the Zone, but was rejected for unknown reasons. The song was released in the United States on August 26, 2003, by Star Trak and Arista Records, and internationally on November 24. It was written and produced by The Neptunes, a duo that had made the majority of Kelis’ songs in the past. According to Kelis, “milkshake” in the song is used as a metaphor for “something that makes women special.” The song is noted for its euphemistic chorus and low beat R&B sound.
The song peaked at number three on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in December, 2003, becoming Kelis’ best charting single in the country to this day. Outside the United States, the song topped the charts in the Republic of Ireland, and peaked inside the top ten of the charts in Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. “Milkshake” was certified gold in the United States, where it has sold 883,000 paid downloads. The song was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Urban/Alternative Performance in 2004.
My milkshake brings all the boys to the yard,
And they’re like
It’s better than yours,
Damn right it’s better than yours,
I can teach you,
But I have to charge
La la-la la la,
Warm it up.
The boys are waiting.
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