Throwback Thursday: Sean Kingston – “Beautiful Girls”

Throwback Thursday: Sean Kingston – “Beautiful Girls”

Today in 2007, the world was introduced to a recording artist named Kisean Paul Anderson, better known as Sean Kingston. The then-17-year-old released his debut single, “Beautiful Girls,” and the kids — myself included — ate it up. As it turns 15 years old today, the song also becomes TBT-eligible around these parts.

Co-written by the singer, J.R. Rotem and Peter Harrison, ”Beautiful Girls” is a doo-wop/reggae blend based on a sample of Ben E. King’s “Stand by Me.” Its music video plays on the doo-wop feel, flashing back and forth between the ‘50s and 2000s. The video also includes a prominent appearance by Lil Mama that I didn’t notice until today. In my defense, she was unknown at the time — her debut single, “Lip Gloss,” dropped a few weeks after “Beautiful Girls” and became a hit later that summer. She would end up being featured on one of the three ”Beautiful Girls” remixes.

With “Beautiful Girls,” Sean Kingston joined an elite club of artists who topped the Billboard Hot 100 with their debut single. He also became the first artist born in the ‘90s to top chart. The song would also reach No. 1 in the UK, Canada, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia.

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