The ‘Beautiful Girls’ music video by Sean Kingston crossed the 1 billion view threshold on YouTube.
As he swoons over women, Kingston can be seen flitting between the present and a nostalgic fantasy straight out of the 1950s in the video.
“You’re way too beautiful, girl/ That’s why it’ll never work,” He sings while being accompanied by barbershop-style doo-wop singers inside a soda shop.
The 2007 love-struck single was the Jamaican-American newcomer’s breakout track. It eventually peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and ruled the chart for four weeks straight that summer. It included a sample of the classic ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E. King.
At the time, the track was caught up in a bit of controversy due to the chorus’ references to suicide, which was occasionally altered on radio as ‘in denial.’
It also led to a cheeky response titled ‘Beautiful Girl Reply’ from fellow pop diva JoJo. That viral follow-up arrived at No. 39 on Billboard’s Rhythmic Airplay chart (then known as the Rhythmic Top 40) even though it wasn’t included in JoJo’s shelved follow-up to 2006’s ‘The High Road’.
The top 20 singles ‘Me Love’ and ‘Take Me There,’ which had a reggae influence, were also featured on Kingston’s self-titled debut album.
Later that fall, he also worked with Natasha Bedingfield on the lead song from ‘Pocketful of Sunshine’, ‘Love Like This’.
Check out the video for ‘Beautiful Girls’ by Kingston below.