"The Sweet Escape" is a pop song written by Gwen Stefani and Akon and Giorgio Tuinfort for Stefani's second solo album The Sweet Escape (2006). The song was released as the album's second single in early 2007 (see 2007 in music) and it entered the top ten on several charts, including a number-one debut in New Zealand.
Stefani told MTV that the song "puts me on the yellow brick road to the No Doubt record I might do. I can smell it. 'Sweet Escape' and some other melodies remind me of the No Doubt feeling."
It is Stefani's first single to top the United World Chart. The points the song has so far acquired in the chart beat out other Stefani songs like Hollaback Girl and Rich Girl.
The song's music video was directed by Joseph Kahn and premiered on January 10, 2007 on LAUNCHcast. The video features Stefani in jail (an allusion to Akon's recent 'Konvict' image), and the Harajuku Girls are once again prominent in this video. Stefani and the dancers then escape with help from featured artist Akon. The video, filled with images of gold, contains allusions to the "Rapunzel" fairy tale as well as a prominent featuring 2 GM vehicles, a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe and a Buick Lucerne police car. In another version of the video, the Chevrolet symbol is replaced with Stefani's "G" symbol that is featured on many other objects through out the video, however there isn't a Ford Escape.
"The Sweet Escape" premiered on MTV's top-ten video chart program Total Request Live on January 16, 2007, on which it has since peaked at number two. After its January 20 debut on MuchMusic's Countdown, it reached number one for two weeks, from March 23.