Song: “Beautiful Girls” by Sean Kingston
Reached #1: August 11, 2007 (his first, 4 weeks)
It’s a kind of sad commentary on the extreme legal sensitivity of our times that most of the versions you’ll find of “Beautiful Girls” are edited.
The repeated line “you had me suicidal, suicidal” has either been digitally blanked or replaced by “you had me in denial, in denial” at the request of radio and TV outlets around the world.
Why? Because… *gasp*… someone might happen to hear the song then try to kill themselves.
Seriously? I mean, you can tell from the vibe of Kingston’s song that it’s a tongue-in-cheek statement – he’s certainly not telling anyone to kill themselves over a girl!
He was 17 at the time of the video. He was exaggerating for comic effect. Really, we have to censor this?
Kingston was, of course, a myspace creation – he had posted on the no-longer-social network where a label executive from Beluga Heights Records found and signed him. “Beautiful Girls” was his first studio single, borrowing the bass line of Ben E. King’s “Stand By Me”, and it became an instant around-the-world smash (edited or not).
Of course, Kingston is supposed to be working on a mixtape with that other Internet sensation… some Canadian kid named Bieber… although the project was announced in 2010, it hasn’t seen the light of day yet.
After a 2011 jetski accident, Kingston’s pending new album is called Back 2 Life, as is the first single. Back 2 Life at age 21. We live faster these days, don’t we?
Tomorrow, a soul group from Alabama…
Other songs that reached #1 on August 11:
1962 – “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka (his first, 2 weeks)
1984 – “Ghostbusters” by Ray Parker Jr. (his first, 3 weeks)