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Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber - 'Eenie Meenie'

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Fraser McAlpine | 10:55 UK time, Friday, 28 May 2010

Justin Bieber

In the '50s and '60s, they used to talk about a generation gap; a breakdown of communication between parents and their children, over issues of political belief, social change, and most of all, musical taste. It got so severe the two sides simply did not know how to talk to each other, each believing that the other had no idea about how the world really worked.

Dad would have his big band jazz, mum would have her crooners, and the kids would be rocking out to Elvis or the Beatles, and it was as if a giant glass wall existed between the generations who'd been involved/aware during World War II, and the ones who had not.

I'm not saying it's the same nowadays, but there are a LOT of people over a certain age who have spend their days on the internet opening wondering who the hell this Justin Bieber person is, and another LOT of people who are UNDER that same age, and they spend their time shouting at the first lot for revelling in their own ignorance.

(Here's the video. There is going to be HELL to pay when the 'rents get home.)


SO, let us let this tiny corner of the internet be the place where people can come together, and put their differences aside under the banner of web peace. We should not be calling Justin or his fans names. Nor should we be picking fights with people who find themselves immune to his charms.

Not when we can all gather as one...and chase after Sean Kingston with big sticks.

(I'm kidding, of course).

So the thing with this song is, it is not for everyone. It's not for good girls, for example, as Sean and Justin seem to want to catch bad ones, and even then by their toes. Oh they'll let you go, bad girls, don't panic, but only if you holler.

It's probably not for anyone over that certain age we talked about, and you're just going to have to deal with this like the grown-up you are. It's also not for people who have a problem with the word "shawty", as it gets used a lot. And if you didn't like Sean's 'Fire Burning', you possibly might not get much out of this because the chorus exists within a broadly similar area of musical endeavour.

It might be for you, if your idea of heaven is Justin begging you not to leave him dancing alone. And if you're also partial to a boy that is worried that you won't respect him in the morning, well, this could be your lucky day.

Me, I can tell when a boat has left me on the island, but I know it'll be a great trip for everyone on board. So, if it's OK with you all, I might just stay here on the shore, waving. 'K? No hard feelings? Righto. Buh-bye!

Three starsDownload: Out now

(Fraser McAlpine)

Harry's Review Site says: "Justin Bieber just makes it terrible, and it is almost as if he is giving the work to Sean Kingston, but collecting the money for himself."

Pop Boi says: "Who would have thought of taking nursery rhyme lyrics and crafting a contemporary pop song out of them."

Common Sense Media says: "Parents, we won't tell if you blast it in the minivan."


  • Comment number 1.

    If Sean Kingston had've released this on his own I actually wouldn't mind it! It's Justin Boober's whiny voice that kills it. Best part of the song is definitely the chorus the rest is barely listenable.....

  • Comment number 2.

    by the looks of the picture Justin's doing his famous Marylin Manson impression

  • Comment number 3.

    Must be honest and admit that I am obviously not the target audience for this song , and it's highly , shallow disposable pop but having an objective view , I can see why thousands of other people are gonna love it tremendously.

    Infact quoting 50 Cent , some people are going to love this song like a fat kid loves cake !

    There is one high note in the slow part of the bridge that is truly magical , and when the big drumbeat kicks in on that annoyingly catchy chorus , the whole thing catches fire and shows it's dance edge .

    Yes , the uptempo part of the bridge borrows heavily from Frankmusik's Done Done Done , but the clever/evil (delete as appropriate) puppeteer who put these two giants of pop music together , sure had his eye on the dollar signs .

    Sean and Justin haters may want to stock up on supplies and go into hiding , if they wish to avoid this Summer , commercial smash hit , that will be cling to radio and T.V playlists , just like that white bikini clung to Myleene Klass as she showered in the jungle !

    This , for all the world , sounds like a top 10 hit !

  • Comment number 4.

    I will eat that fat person's cake the day I believe Sean Kingston is a pop giant. He's not! I actually find Justin Bieber the only redeeming part of this song...which really says a lot from me!

  • Comment number 5.

    Look what I discovered!

    What I meant to say was I loathe Justin Bieber!

  • Comment number 6.

  • Comment number 7.

    Apparently the ability to strike out words only works in HTML.

  • Comment number 8.

    *only works out in previewing the comment*

  • Comment number 9.

    Well I love Delays like a fat kid loves cake , and tonight when I see them , I am going to stuff myself with the chocalate taste and creamy goodness of one of my favourite bands !

    Let the feast begin !

  • Comment number 10.

    DELAYS were fantastic !

    Highlights were "Hideaway" , "Long Time Coming" and new single "Unsung "

  • Comment number 11.

    Not really feeling this song, it's badly crafted around a nursery rhyme and Justin Boobface is trying to pretend he's from 'da hood'.

    This does not work.

    Expect it to go Top 10, maybe Top 5 because of Justin Boobface.

    2 stars.

  • Comment number 12.

    Spirit, I (not really) hate you. Not only have you just gone to see the delays, you didn't tell me. I bet you didn't even get an autograph for me. Bring me the delays back to Scunthorpe immediately!

  • Comment number 13.

    justin bieber AND sean kingston... my child pukes more interesting material... spirit has borne witness.

  • Comment number 14.

    -face cradled by both hands-

  • Comment number 15.

    Righto, who wants a final update od the UK downloads? I only ask because whilst the bulk of the chart haven't changed, there are some development which may or may not be of interest to some of you.

    Lady GaGa's 'Alejandro' has risen since yesterday, to #27. That's a climb of 12 places, without some much as a promo video to go with the increasing amount of radio airplay it's getting. Incidentally, the video can be expected to be released tomorrow. I figure it will peak at #5-#7 by the physical release.

    Only four Eurovision entries have made it into the Top 100. Which ever country entered a song called 'Opa' is at exactly #100, and which ever country entered 'Je ne sais quoi' is at #89. Ireland's entry 'All I Ever Want Is You' is at #81.

    Hold on to your hats - Alexander Rybak resides at #60. Hmmm.... No sign of this year's winner nor Josh Dubovie with 'That Sounds Good To Me'.

    Katie Melua's 'The Flood' has been plodding up and down the #40-#50 margin all week... This is NOT FAIR.

    Only one 'Glee' song remains in the Top 40... just - 'I Dreamed A Dream', at #40. Which mean that their covers of 'Bad Romance', 'Jessie's Girl', and 'Total Eclipse Of The Heart', all fell (rather spectacularly) to the region of the #95-#100 margin.

    'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart' has fallen 15 places since last week.

    Train's 'Hey, Soul Sister', is sitting awkwardly just outside the Top 20... still.

    K'naan's 'Waving Flag' and David Guetta's 'Gettin' Over You' have both made steep climbs of 20 places or so.

    And probably the most important development - 'Dirtee Disco' no longer claims the Top spot on the downloads chart. 'Nothin' On You' has returned to the top, pushing 'Dirtee Disco' down to #2.

    The Top 10:

    1. B.o.B. ft. Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You
    2. Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco
    3. Jason DeRulo - Ridin' Solo
    4. Eminem - Not Afraid
    5. Iyaz - Solo
    6. N-Dubz ft. Bodyrox - We Dance On
    7. Aggro Santos ft. Kimberly Wyatt - Candy
    8. Sean Kingston ft. Justin Boobface - Eenie Meenie
    9. Roll Deep - Good Times
    10. Edward Maya ft. Vika Jigulina - Stereo Love

    ^ It's impossibly annoying having to remember how to spell the names of the singers of 'Stereo Love'... all the more reason to hate, hate, hate!

  • Comment number 16.

    Correction, OddOne. The Irish Eurovision entry is called It's For You not All I Ever Want Is You. Yeah, Ireland, UK and Iceland were at the bottom of the table for so long last night. Just 'cause we're not "mainland Europe". And why were Israel there? Israel is in Asia.

  • Comment number 17.

    Isn't All I Ever Want Is You the Justin Lee Collins song?

  • Comment number 18.

    Yeah, I thought he was entered for Ireland, no doubt I should know being Irish but to be honest I have better things to do with my time than know who sang what for which country in Eurovision.

    Anyhoo, whatever country he's singing for, Justin Lee Collins' 'All I Ever Want Is You' is at #89.

    END NOTE: No offense meant to anyone who does know who sang what for which country.

  • Comment number 19.

    So Oddie , Dizzee is number 1 , for the fourth time !

    Can't believe you still doubt our good friend Spirit .

    Unbelievable !

    Doubting Spirit on chart predictions is as crazy as having faith in the Japenese defence , not to fire own goals past their luckless goalkeeper !


  • Comment number 20.

    Sorry meant to post that on the Dizzee thread , got carried away with my own success !


  • Comment number 21.

    In all seriousness , Oddone , I enjoy reading your comments , and you are really growing as a skilled writer , and your presence here is a real plus .
    Keep up the passion for music .

  • Comment number 22.

    Thranjax , I was in the company of Aaron from Delays , for a considerable amount of time the other night , talking about the world , the music scene , Trevor Horn , the universe and everything .

    Not only is he a very passionate , articulate man , but he almost talks as much as me , which as you know , may seem hard to believe .

    I am sure Delays would come to Scunthorpe if they can be guaranteed , a night with the gorgeous Andy Barley , and not to be vomited on by young children , or attacked by a gang of wild cats !

  • Comment number 23.

    Well, thank you spirit, I do enjoy writing about things I have a passion for.

    And I'm sorry if you feel I don't respect your predictions because I really do. I'll give my own prediction another bash and try to guess the peak position.

    *Selects iPod playlist 'New Songs' on shuffle and selects the first song*

    Lady GaGa - Alejandro

    I reckon between the #5-#8 marks, for it's peak position.

    Your go. ;)

  • Comment number 24.

    @22 Spirit, I can hardly guarantee two of those things, but I think the Delays are hard enough to withstand a little bit of vomit. Or cats. Or both! Andy Barley I can guarantee!

  • Comment number 25.

    Oddone .

    Cannot estimate Alejandro at present , until I see the video and judge it's commercial impact on the pop world .There is no doubt that the video to Telephone was a real contributing factor to it's number 1 position.

    Also , there is the matter of radio and T.V airplay , which will effect the peak position of a song . A lot of radio stations are still holding onto Telephone , and are yet to give their shift in impetus and energy to Alejandro just yet , so I must assess this transition .

    I have also not yet seen Gaga's schedule for promoting the track , on various tv shows in Britain, and the strategy of core promotion , for the theme of the song. Could be interesting.

    It's a science you know :D

  • Comment number 26.

    And I thought I was clued up... -scowls

    Okay, so the video is out tomorrow, and a still has already been leaked, showing GaGa looking very un-GaGa amidst a crowd of muscle-bound men wearing nothing but underwear, molesting her and each other.

    A very odd concept for the song, it turns out, 'Alejandro' is a gay man GaGa wants to be with, but 'Alejandro' doesn't want her in the same way so she'd rather not risk their friendship by asking him out.

    ... GaGa seems a bit odd don't you think?

  • Comment number 27.

    "... GaGa seems a bit odd don't you think?"

    OddOne only realises this now! :D Yes, the concepts for her videos are just becoming more and more out there! I look forward to seeing what she does next though. I'm no predictive genius but I don't see Alejandro becoming GaGa's 5th UK #1. I do think it will reach Top 5 though.

  • Comment number 28.

    "OddOne only realises this now! :D" - 'Twas a joke m'dear Randy. :L:L

    And ask spirit, I'm CERTAINLY not a predictive genius, but I don't believe 'Alejandro' will be GaGa's fifth UK #1 either. Here's why:

    The album ['The Fame'] (not called 'The Fame Monster' in the UK, it was sold as a double disc along with the first album under the title 'The Fame') recently went Diamond, meaning it's shifted over 10 million copies. So a lot of people will have the song by now, granted many had 'Telephone', but the video hype helped that.

    'Alejandro' is, without doubt, one of the weaker songs on the album, whilst it continues to show-case GaGa's ability to pen a great chorus with numerous hooks. But after the first chorus, the song get's very repetative, no doubt which part of the song will be edited out for radio... "Ale-Alejandro, Ale-Alejan-DER-o...".

    'Dance In The Dark' would've been a much better single choice; not only does it have better musicality and an absolutely monumental chorus, it has a middle eight akin to Madonna's 'Vogue', but this isn't what makes it great: what makes it great is that it's something we haven't heard in the song before, whereas listen to 'Alejandro's 'middle 8', it's actually - essentially - a breakdown, so we've heard it before which makes it more repetative compared to 'Dance In The Dark's 80's-style sprechgesang (German phrase, probably coined by Kraftwerk or something like that, 'speak-sing') middle 8.

    But then again, 'Alejandro's chorus is very much a sing-a-long affair and far more summary than any other song on the album, due to it's Spanish sound. It's more radio-friendly and is already receiving decent airplay on Radio 1 despite it only being placed on the C List at the moment.

    But as I've said before, what 'Alejandro' does do well, it does well properly. It sounds lkie Ace of Base, you have been absent from the airwaves for about 15 years now: the sound will be welcomed back with open arms, especially those.. shall we say... slightly older than GaGa's target audience?

    Hmmm... speculation... I withdraw my previous chart prediction because, like spirit said - she may have promotion planned, some radios might not accept the song etc, etc.

  • Comment number 29.

    Sean Kingston makes me laugh when he moves...

  • Comment number 30.

    Ouch. Low blow but hilariously funny. I needed that. :L

  • Comment number 31.

    Both boob face and jabba make me cringe when the say 'shawty' I remember when that was a cool, hip-hop only term... How I miss those days.

    1 star...doesn't even deserve that really

  • Comment number 32.

    Forgive me but I'm getting a tad annoying with this profanity filter, I can't, no matter how many times I re-write my updates, I cannot comment.

    So now I'll post the comment in sections.

  • Comment number 33.

    Well, the mid-weeks are out now and considering my last attempt at updating you lot on the UK downloads was filtered by the Profanity Filter (don't get why), I'll try again. So here goes, and I can promise you this update might just be 24% more interestinger than the BBC's one because mine is in SECTIONS... now applaude.

    Some unusual things to note:

    Following her performance on 'BGT', Pixie Lott has inevitably moved into the Top 20 with 'Turn It Up', already out-peaking 'Gravity', as it now sits at #16.

    Kesha's 'Your Love Is My Drug' sits in what must be the most annoying place on the chart - #11.

    'Good Times' and 'Stereo Love' have taken huge falls to #27 from #11, and from #9 to #19, respectively, since last Sunday. Reasons unknown.

    Germany's winning Eurosvision entry is the only one inside the Top 40, at #21, with Spain's entry at #86.

    Lady GaGa's 'Alejandro' continues to rise up on downloads alone, now at #23 despite not getting a physical release until June 28. Slightly disappointed about this because I feel it's charting too early; even 'Telephone' didn't chart that high, that early. This and the video (released in four days) is going to stunt 'Alejandro's peak hugely.

  • Comment number 34.

    A bit on this week's new releases:

    The Official FIFA World Cup Song, Shakira's 'Waka Waka (This Time For Africa)', is looking to be a 'failure' - it's stalled at #82.

    Much to my utter bewilderment and dismay, David Guetta has moved into the #1 position with 'Gettin' Over You', pushing B.o.B. down to second.

    Jason DeRulo's 'Ridin' Solo' get's it's offical physical release this week, helping it hold it's own and keep it in the Top 3.

    Miley Cyrus' 'Can't Be Tamed' was wondering about the #30 mark for most of Monday and Teusday, but now it's at #14, no doubt this will shoot up into the Top 10 following HER performance on 'BGT' tonight.

  • Comment number 35.

    And a bit on the Top 10:

    Dizzee Rascal's 'Dirtee Disco', Eminem's 'Not Afraid', and Iyaz's 'Solo' all fall but manage to stay in the Top 10, at #6, #10 and #9 respectively.

    Again, 'BGT' does wonders for another artist. Following Alicia Keys' stunning performance of 'Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart', it has moved from #17, to #5.

    Aggro Santos and Kimberly Wyatt have moved back into the Top 5 downloads with 'Candy'.

    The Top 10:

    1. David Guetta ft. Fergie, Chris Willis & LM*AO - Gettin' Over You
    2. B.o.B. ft. Bruno Mars - Nothin' On You
    3. Jason DeRulo - Ridin' Solo
    4. Aggro Santos ft. Kimberly Wyatt - Candy
    5. Alicia Keys - Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart
    6. Dizzee Rascal - Dirtee Disco
    7. N-Dubz ft. Bodyrox - We Dance On
    8. Sean Kingston ft. Justin Bieber - Eenie Meenie
    9. Iyaz - Solo
    10. Eminem - Not Afraid

    I find it... mildly amusing, that the Top 3 downloaded singles all have a penchant for apostrophes...

  • Comment number 36.

    EDIT for Comment 32, "I'm getting a tad annoying", SHOULD read "I'm getting a tad annoyed"

    Plus, it turns out it's the artist featured on 'Gettin' Over You' that isn't David Guetta, Fergie or Chris Willis, which has now been filtered.


  • Comment number 37.

    HA! I LOVE the affectionate name for Kingston, 'Jabba'. I do wonder what he'd do if he were reading this...

  • Comment number 38.

    Buy Slim-Fast and join WeightWatchers all at once.

  • Comment number 39.

    It seems that, much like in the 90s when rave music became popular, people are coping with the recession by buying lots of high energy dance music and/or anything with 'good times' in the lyrics.

  • Comment number 40.

    I think if Sean Kingston is reading this , he may be thinking some of these things :

    1) Whatever doesn't kill me makes me stronger .

    2) Ah , name calling , normally means the other person has low self-esteem and needs to put someone else down , to make themselves feel better . They will see the light , and realise I have feelings and like to be valued .

    3) Ah Chartblog . Your regulars are so much better when they talk about the music , instead of focussing on people's physical appearance . Bring back the good times.

    4)Where is Randy , I miss him .

    5) I wonder if England can still win the World Cup , now that Rio has busted his knee .

  • Comment number 41.

    LOL spirit, maybe we were a bit harsh on him, but it doesn't change the fact that the song is a bit wet.

  • Comment number 42.

    I really like the melody in this song , but I feel the "eenie meenie" lyric , veers it uncomfortably into cheesy territory , and will alienate a lot of people from liking it .
    Melody wise , it's infectiously catchy , and it's no surprise it hit the top 10 .

  • Comment number 43.

    Well, you've already had an upate on the downloaded singles this week, not much has changed except after her performance on BGT, Miley Cyrus soars into the Top 5 with 'Can't Be Tamed'.

    So here are some interesting things going on in the world of music right now, took me a while to dig these goodies up, so I want love for this.

    Alexandra Burke's new single - yes, that's the one she's using to supposedly 'crack' the States, and maybe the lead single for her sophomore effort - has surfaced.


    Hmmm... Camp fest? Cheese fest? Down-right 'WHAT-THE-HELL-HAVE-THEY-DONE-TO-ALEXANDRA-SINCE-THE-X-FACTOR? fest? I. Think. So.

    If that's not enough shame to our country - Jedward have revealed their new single will be a cover of the Blink-182 hit 'All The Small Things'. Expect it to hit radio by the end of the month. I'm off to buy some ear-muffs.

    Simon Cowell is hounding Kieran Gaffney for a recording career. Dear Lord WHAT!? Three guesses what the first single will be a cover of... COUGH COUGH PHIL COLLINS.

    Katy Perry will perform her new song, 'California Gurls' completely starkers along with many other naked female dancers at the MTV Movie Awards.

    Lady GaGa has finished recording her third album but has put the release back to 2011. This is because she wishes to "give the fans what they want", and tour, tour, tour. I wonder if she'll shove the promised release of 'Speechless' in there too. I do hope so.

    Eminem's video for 'Not Afraid' has recently surfaced. No doubt the video release and the performance he's doing on Wossy as I write this will boost it back up the charts, but I doubt it will out-peak itself.

    Clicketh here for the, as always, very moving video:

    Christina and Nicki Minaj are quarelling about how they should shoot the video for 'Woo-Hoo'. Nicki claims she should appear in the video more than Christina wants her to. To be perfectly honest I couldn't give a flying pumpkin because I hate the song and have already written a review of it: I feel about it that strongly.

    Alphabeat don't like how 'Glee' songs chock up the charts.
    This must have absolutely nothing to do with the under-performance of their last two singles 'Hole In My Heart' (rather bad), and 'DJ (I Could Be Dancing)' (rather good).

    Mika's back in the studio recording new material. After working with RedOne and producing what's must've been the most infectious chorus of the year so far, it'll be interesting to see if he'll collaborate again. I'd rather him release 'Touches You' for the summer first, then 'I See You' for the autumn before new stuff comes out.

    Justin Bieber wants to been seen as a more mature artist. He wants his career to "span further into his manhood". Manhood!? Okay, if you say so...

    Interesting juice...

  • Comment number 44.

    i really don't like justin bieber, but i must edmit this song is really catchy!

  • Comment number 45.

    I've noticed a massive void where no pre-teen fan has criticized us bloggers for not giving this song 1000000000/5 stars so I'm going to fill the gap, just so the natural order is returned.

    *takes fan-girl poise*
    OMG! Lyk how cud u fink dis song is bad?! Justin bieber is soooooooo hawt n i luff him wiv all my hart dis shud totally b numba 1 coz its so nyc n stuff! How can u judge him hes only 16 ur so jelus off him OMG OMG OMG i luff yhoo Justin bbe always here 4 yhoo MWAHHH XXXXXXXXXXX

    I hope order has now been restored.

  • Comment number 46.

    One thing I 'Like' about this song is the first line saying -'she's indecisive, she can't decide' - because the majority of people who listen to this song don't know what indecisive so they have to have it explained to them by Jabba the Hut (:

  • Comment number 47.

    LOL, chavs are invading the BBC....

    Well done Adam, the natural order of the Universe has now been restored. We were messing with the way the world works then...


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