Naughty (album)

Studio album by Chaka Khan
Released March 26, 1980
Recorded 1979-1980
Genre Funk, soul, rhythm and blues
Length 40:03
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Arif Mardin
Chaka Khan chronology
What Cha' Gonna Do for Me
Rufus & Chaka Khan chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (B+) [2]

Naughty is the second solo album by American R&B/funk singer Chaka Khan, released on Warner Bros. Records in 1980.



By the early '80s Chaka Khan and producer Arif Mardin had a great working relationship that was responsible for her hit solo debut, 1979's Chaka... Naughty presents the two in a more centered working relationship... most of Naughty represents Khan in a holding pattern, without much material to accommodate her widening range. That being said, Naughty is only a few songs away from being a bona fide classic.

—Jason Elias, Allmusic[3]

Three singles were released from Naughty: the club hit "Clouds" (penned by Ashford & Simpson who also wrote Chaka's "I'm Every Woman") (US R&B #10), "Get Ready, Get Set" (#48) and the big hit "Papillon (a.k.a. Hot Butterfly)" (#22). "Papillon" featured prominent background vocals from Luther Vandross, Cissy Houston, and her daughter Whitney. On Billboard's charts, the album reached #6 on Black Albums, #43 on Pop Albums.

Following the release of Naughty Khan reunited with Rufus for the recording of 1981's Camouflage. Her third solo album What Cha' Gonna Do For Me followed later that same year.

Naughty finally saw a United States CD re-release in 1998 as part of the Warner Bros. Black Music Ol' Skool series.

Track listing

  1. "Clouds" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 4:28
  2. "Get Ready, Get Set" (Kathy Anderson, Ellison Chase, Bill Haberman, Art Jacobson) - 3:42
  3. "Move Me No Mountain" (Jerry Ragovoy, Aaron Schroeder) - 4:14
  4. "Nothing's Gonna Take You Away" (Deborah Ash, Bill King) - 3:42
  5. "So Naughty" (Charles Fleischer, Michael Mugrage) - 3:56
  6. "Too Much Love" (Dan Greer, Andrew Kastner, Jeff Wilson) - 3:53
  7. "All Night's All Right" (Weldon Dean Parks) - 4:26
  8. "What You Did" (Chaka Khan, Mark Stevens) - 3:58
  9. "Papillon (a.k.a. Hot Butterfly)" (Gregg Diamond) - 4:08
  10. "Our Love's in Danger" (Nickolas Ashford, Valerie Simpson) - 3:36



  • Arif Mardin - record producer, musical arranger (horns, strings)
  • Lew Hawn - recording, mix
  • Michael O'Reilly - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Photography: Glen Wexler


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