Sean Kingston's Beautiful Girls hits platinum in Germany
Sean Kingston performs at the Bellevue Music Festivial in Orlando, Florida, on May 14. (Photo: Jonathan Holgate)

Singer and rapper Sean Kingston earned another career milestone last month when his 2007 hit single Beautiful Girls was certified platinum in Germany.

In its April 2023 report which highlighted the certifications issued for gold, platinum and diamond certified singles and albums in Germany, Bundesverband Musikindustrie (BVMI) revealed that Beautiful Girls had sold more than 300,000 units in streaming and sales equivalent to be certified platinum.

Sean Kingston was in high spirits when the Jamaica Observer caught up with him more than a week ago in Orlando, Florida, at the staging of the Bellevue Music Festival.

"Wow, it feels good to know that after all these years, the song continues to do well. Give thanks," he said.

Beautiful Girls was produced by J R Rotem. It features a sample from Ben E King's 1961 Billboard chart-topping single Stand by Me. It has become Sean Kingston's signature hit.

The song was a global hit, topping the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 and several charts in Europe including the United Kingdom, Australia, Hungary, Ireland, Scotland, and New Zealand. It also topped the Canada Hot 100.

The single was previously certified 2x platinum in the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada. It racked up gold certifications in Brazil and Spain. It has also been certified platinum in Australia, Denmark and New Zealand.

Sean Kingston, whose other hit songs include Fire Burning, Me Love, Letting Go (Dutty Love) with Nicki Minaj, and Love Like This with Natasha Beddingfield, was born Kisean Paul Anderson in Miami, Florida, to Jamaican parents.

His family moved to Jamaica when he was six years old. He is the grandson of the late reggae producer Lawrence Lindo, better known in music circles as Jack Ruby.

Sean Kingston, credited for discovering acts such as Iyaz and Tory Lanez, is working with a new rapper named Ffawty.

"Ffawty is the next artiste who I am working with. He has a new mixtape coming out soon. Is a whole heap a producers we have on the project. We also have Chris Brown, Trippie Redd, Lil Tyler, and BIG30 on the project," Kingston told the Observer.

The singer said he is gearing up to hit the road with Shaggy this summer.

"I'm going on tour with Shaggy and I'm looking forward to just having a good energy and just having fun. I can't wait," he said.

His next single, titled Satisfaction, was produced by Jamaican Dwayne "Supa Dups" Chin-Quee.

"The new single is coming soon, so look out for it. I'm also working on a new album," said Sean Kingston.

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer writer

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