Beautiful Girls (Sean Kingston song)

"Beautiful Girls"
Single by Sean Kingston
from the album Sean Kingston
Released May 26, 2007 (2007-05-26)
Format CD single, ringle
Recorded 2007
Genre Doo-wop, R&B
Length 4:02 (Album Version)
3:43 (Radio Edit)
Label Epic
Writer(s) Sly "Pyper" Jordan, J.R. Rotem, Kisean Anderson, Ben E. King, Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller, Peter Harrison
Producer(s) J.R. Rotem, Peter Harrison
Sean Kingston singles chronology
"Beautiful Girls"
"Me Love"

"Beautiful Girls" is the debut single by reggae-influenced musician Sean Kingston from his eponymous debut; it was first released in 2007. The song samples Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me" and uses digital pitch correction technology on the vocals. The song is about a boy who is suicidal (or rather "in denial" in the edited version) over the failure of his relationship with a "beautiful girl". It is Kingston's signature song.

Rapper Lil Mama and actors Kenny Vibert and Lil' JJ are featured in the music video directed by Marcus Raboy.

Lyrics controversy

Certain radio stations (mostly AC or hot AC stations, including Radio Disney), play the censored version of the song, which replaces "you had me suicidal, suicidal" with "you got me in denial, in denial." On MTV the word "suicidal" is completely removed with no replacement. On BET, Fuse and MuchMusic, as well as several top 40, urban and rhythmic top 40 and AC stations, "suicidal" was left intact.

Due to the lyrics containing references to suicide, the track has been removed from many radio playlists including FM104 in Dublin, where complaints were phoned in on a late night chat show, The Adrian Kennedy Phoneshow, and Wild 102 in Roseau, Minnesota. It was allegedly pulled from two FM although a spokesperson said the song is currently not on its playlist but could not confirm if it had been in the past.[1] FM104 replaced "suicidal" with "in denial", a change Sean Kingston made for the radio station.

Track listing

US Promo CD

  1. "Beautiful Girls" (main version) - 3:45
  2. "Beautiful Girls" (instrumental) - 3:45
  3. "Beautiful Girls" (a cappella) - 3:45

UK CD single

  1. "Beautiful Girls" (album version) - 4:02
  2. "Beautiful Girls" (a Cappella) - 3:41
  3. "Beautiful Girls" (instrumental) - 3:40
  4. "Beautiful Girls" (remix) (Featuring Fabolous & Lil' Boosie) - 3:27
  5. "Beautiful Girls" (video)

Official remixes

  1. Official Remix Featuring Fabolous & Lil' Boosie (3:28)
  2. Official Remix Featuring AC (4:12)
  3. Official Remix Featuring Lil' Mama (3:50)

Official versions

Chart performance

The song benefited from extensive airplay before its digital release, reaching as high as #17 on the Hot 100. On July 24, "Beautiful Girls" was accidentally leaked onto the U.S. iTunes Store, two days before the planned release date. The week after the song's digital release it hit number one on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs, debuting with 260,000 downloads in its first week (the second highest digital sales for a new song of 2007, only behind Rihanna's "Umbrella").[2] Kingston became the first artist born within the 1990s to top the Hot 100, beating rapper Soulja Boy Tell 'Em to it by six weeks.[3] It has also gone on to occupy the top spot on the U.S. Hot 100 Airplay and the Canadian Hot 100. It remained on top of the UK Singles Chart for four weeks before being knocked off by the Sugababes' first single from their 5th studio album Change, "About You Now". The song ended 2007 as the year's 15th biggest-selling single in the UK.[4] On the official ARIA charts in Australia it debuted at #1, fell to #2 when Delta Goodrem's comeback single took the top spot. "Beautiful Girls" returned the next week and remained for a month before being replaced by Timbaland's "The Way I Are".

Charts and certifications

Weekly charts

Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[5] 1
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[6] 4
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[7] 10
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia)[8] 7
Canada (Canadian Hot 100)[9] 1
Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100)[10] 9
Denmark (Tracklisten)[11] 2
Europe (European Hot 100 Singles)[12] 1
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[13] 19
France (SNEP)[14] 2
Germany (Official German Charts)[15] 10
Hungary (Rádiós Top 40)[16] 1
Hungary (Dance Top 40)[17] 6
Hungary (Single Top 40)[18] 7
Ireland (IRMA)[19] 1
Italy (FIMI)[20] 7
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[21] 11
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[22] 1
Norway (VG-lista)[23] 6
Slovakia (Rádio Top 100)[24] 14
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[25] 1
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)[26] 3
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[27] 11
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[28] 1
US Billboard Hot 100[29] 1
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[30] 12
US Mainstream Top 40 (Billboard)[31] 2

Year-end charts

Chart (2007) Position
Australian Singles Chart[32] 10
German Singles Chart[33] 64
UK Singles Chart[34] 15
US Billboard Hot 100[35] 31
Chart (2008) Position
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[36] 35


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Digital download
Australia (ARIA)[37] Platinum 70,000^
Brazil (ABPD)[38] Gold 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[39] 2× Platinum 80,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[40] Platinum 15,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[41] Platinum 0*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[42] Platinum 20,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[43] Gold 400,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] Platinum 1,000,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[39] 3× Platinum 120,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[45] Platinum 20,000^
United States (RIAA)[44] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


A few months after "Beautiful Girls" was released in 2007, a new online video service called Votigo began a cover contest in which fans could submit covers of the song for a chance to get a call from Sean Kingston. After an online vote user Mallory Robbins won with an a cappella version of the song. Top honors also went to a rock cover of the song performed by the Ailan Christopher Project. Shortly afterward, recording artist JoJo released a cover response version of the track which was released on MySpace, however will not be featured on her upcoming album. Chris Moyles also released a parody cover, however it was about the song describing how bad it was in his opinion.

The Lead Singer of Sublime, Rome, sang the Acoustic version of "Beautiful Girls" on RAWsession on October 20, 2008.

The Plain White T's, whose song was knocked out of the charts by this one, did a cover version for Yahoo Music. Lead vocalist Tom Higgenson says that the group "started covering it as a joke almost. We started learning it because we were number one for a few weeks and then we got knocked out of the number one spot by Sean Kingston, by this song. It's kind of like an ode to Sean."[46] To close out the song guitarist Mike Retondo breaks into the chorus of "Stand by Me", which is also done in the cover version by Boyce Avenue, a nod to the fact that that song's bassline is used in "Beautiful Girls". Maverick Sabre did the same at BBC Radio 1's Live Lounge.[47]

Teddy Geiger covered the song on his 2007 tour, due to popularity a recorded version of the song will be featured as a bonus track on the iTunes version of his upcoming CD The March.

Lil' Brianna remixed the song and featured Kingston's vocals on her second mixtape, Princess of Miami.

Jesse McCartney covered "Beautiful Girls" during his Right Where You Want Me tour.

David Archuleta briefly sang the chorus of the song at the end of his May 6, 2008 performance on the U.S. TV show American Idol. He was singing Ben E. King's original "Stand By Me" song.

Deer Tick recorded a cover of "Beautiful Girls", which can be found on

Casey Crescenzo of The Dear Hunter recorded a cover of this song and has occasionally performed it live.

Boyband JLS performed a mashup of "Beautiful Girls" and "Stand by Me" as their bottom two performance on the fifth series of the UK TV show The X Factor. A year later on Series 6 of the show, Lloyd Daniels sang the chorus and last verse of the song in his November 30, 2008 performance, also singing King's original "Stand By Me".

Bayside covers the song on Punk Goes Pop 2.

BAMF! recorded a version entitled "Bootyfull Girl".

Russell Crowe, Kevin Durand, Scott Grimes, and Alan Doyle performed a cover version during the press tour for Robin Hood and at several benefit shows afterwards.

Beautiful Girls Reply

"Beautiful Girls Reply"
Song by JoJo
Released July 20, 2007 (2007-07-20)
Recorded 2007
Genre R&B
Length 3:32
Writer(s) Joanna "JoJo" Levesque
Producer(s) J.R. Rotem

"Beautiful Girls" (also known as "Beautiful Girls Reply") is a song by American pop and R&B singer JoJo. It was released digitally on July 20, 2007 as a cover response to "Beautiful Girls" by Sean Kingston.[49] The song samples Ben E. King's classic "Stand by Me" and uses digital pitch correction technology on the vocals. Whereas Kingston's version is about a boy who is suicidal over the failure of his relationship with a "beautiful girl", JoJo speaks from a girl's perspective.

Chart performance

The song debuted at number thirty-nine on the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 chart one month after its release.

Chart (2007) Peak
US Rhythmic Top 40 (Billboard)[50] 39


Use in media

This song is also featured in the 2008 monster film Cloverfield, and on The CW's Gossip Girl. The "suicidal" version of the song, which ends differently from the single mix is also featured in the video game SingStar Hottest Hits.

See also


  1. - Station bans hit song about suicide (September 21, 2007)
  2. - Kingston Has 'Beautiful' View Atop Revamped Hot 100 (August 2, 2007)
  3. Breaking Music News - Music Business Information - Music Industry Sales
  4. BBC Music. "Top 40 Singles of the Year 2007 ". Retrieved 2007-12-30
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  6. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  7. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50.
  8. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls" (in French). Ultratop 50.
  9. "Sean Kingston – Chart history" Canadian Hot 100 for Sean Kingston.
  10. "ČNS IFPI" (in Czech). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiální. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200739 into search.
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  13. "Sean Kingston: Beautiful Girls" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  14. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls" (in French). Les classement single.
  15. " – Sean Kingston Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  16. "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Rádiós Top 40 játszási lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  17. "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Dance Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  18. "Archívum – Slágerlisták – MAHASZ" (in Hungarian). Single (track) Top 40 lista. Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége.
  19. "Chart Track: Week 37, 2007". Irish Singles Chart.
  20. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Top Digital Download.
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  22. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Top 40 Singles.
  23. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". VG-lista.
  24. "SNS IFPI" (in Slovak). Hitparáda – Radio Top 100 Oficiálna. IFPI Czech Republic. Note: insert 200738 into search.
  25. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls" Canciones Top 50.
  26. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Singles Top 100.
  27. " – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Swiss Singles Chart.
  28. "Sean Kingston: Artist Chart History" Official Charts Company.
  29. "Sean Kingston – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Sean Kingston.
  30. "Sean Kingston – Chart history" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Sean Kingston.
  31. "Sean Kingston – Chart history" Billboard Pop Songs for Sean Kingston.
  32. "ARIA Charts - End Of Year Charts - Top 100 Singles 2007". Archived from the original on 2010-12-05. Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  33. Archived January 24, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
  34. "Official UK Singles Chart of 2007" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-04-15.
  35. "Promusicae 2008" (PDF) (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved September 15, 2012.
  36. "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2007 Singles". Australian Recording Industry Association.
  37. "Brazilian single certifications – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos.
  38. 1 2 "Canadian single certifications – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Music Canada.
  39. "Guld og platin i November" (in Danish). IFPI Denmark. Archived from the original on January 23, 2015.
  40. "New Zealand single certifications – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Recorded Music NZ.
  41. "Top 20 Canciones - Semana 33: del 11 al 17 de agosto de 2008" (PDF) (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  42. "British single certifications – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". British Phonographic Industry. Enter Beautiful Girls in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select single in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  43. 1 2 "American single certifications – Sean Kingston – Beautiful Girls". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH
  44. "Top 20 Tonos Originales - Semana 31: del 28 de julio al 3 de agosto de 2008" (PDF) (in Spanish). PROMUSICAE. Retrieved January 5, 2012.
  45. "Yahoo Music - Beautiful Girls: Pepsi Smash Exclusive Cover Art by Plain White T's". Retrieved 28 February 2008.
  46. "Maverick Sabre - Beautiful Girl/Stand By Me in the Live Lounge". YouTube. 2012-06-21. Retrieved 2014-08-20.
  47. "JoJo (3) – Beautiful Girls (Unreleased) (Vinyl) at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  48. Brian (July 20, 2007). "WHO SANG IT BETTER? JOJO VS. SEAN KINGSTON". Concrete Loop. Archived from the original on September 12, 2007. Retrieved 29 August 2016.
  49. "JoJo - Chart history". Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 for JoJo. Retrieved 28 August 2016.
  50. Download of Sean Krapston - A Suicidal song

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