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Sean Kingston (born Kisean Anderson on February 3, 1990) is an Jamaican-American singer and rapper. Kingston was born in Miami in the United States and spent part of his childhood in Jamaica. He returned to the U.S. to pursue a music career and debuted in 2007 with Sean Kingston.

2007–2008: Sean Kingston
Anderson moved back to Miami to pursue a music career. Sean Kingston was discovered through MySpace by Tommy Rotem at Beluga Heights, and signed to the label in a partnership deal with Sony. Beluga is a label notable for its focus on discovering and developing artists. In an interview with HitQuarters label head and producer J.R. Rotem described this process with regards to Kingston:

"Sean Kingston was a rapper when we found him and it was a development process to get him more melodic. He is a tight dawg who rocks. At Beluga we essentially refine the talent so that it's more of a marketable product."

In a venture between Epic Records and Koch Records, Kingston recorded and released the single "Beautiful Girls" in May 2007. The single, based on the bass line and lyrical "association" of the 1961 hit "Stand By Me" by Ben E. King, reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks and topped the UK Singles Chart along with many other international charts. Similarly, the song "Me Love" samples the main hook out Led Zeppelin's "D'yer Mak'er", from their 1973 album Houses of the Holy. The song also debuted at number one in Australia, where it knocked off Fergie's "Big Girls Don't Cry", which had been at number one for nine weeks. The song stayed on the Canadian Hot 100 number one spot for over six weeks before getting knocked down to third place by the Plain White T's. "Beautiful Girls" remained at number one in Canada longer than any other song in 2007. In 2007, Kingston was the opening act for Gwen Stefani's The Sweet Escape Tour and for select dates on Beyoncé's The Beyoncé Experience Tour.

The album Tomorrow was released on September 22, 2009. Big-name producers involved in the album included former Fugee Wyclef Jean; RedOne (of recent Lady GaGa fame); plus Sean's original mentor, J.R. Rotem. So far, the singles "Fire Burning", and "Face Drop" have been released. Additionally, five promotional digital singles were released leading up to the album.

Kingston co-wrote Jason Derülo's "Whatcha Say". He also found the R&B-reggae singer Iyaz on MySpace and signed him to his record label.

He also recorded the track "Miss Everything" for the UK girl-group Sugababes studio album Sweet 7 which was released March 15, 2010 in the UK.

Kingston and DJ Khaled are being featured on Bow Wow's New Single "For My Hood" From the upcoming movie, The Lottery Ticket

According to Sean Kingston, he is already working on his next album. The lead single was confirmed to be "Dumb Love" featuring Lil Wayne by Kingston himself, but Lil Wayne is serving a prison sentence and a music video has not been filmed. It is still possibly a future single to be released with a music video shot after Lil Wayne is released from prison. The song is also featured in a episode of Suite Life on Deck which Kingston guest starred on. The album will also feature T-Pain , Nicki Minaj, Kanye West, Wyclef Jean, Akon and Dr. Dre.[10][11] The first single from the album is "Eenie Meenie" featuring Justin Bieber, released on March 23, 2010,[12] which is also included on Bieber's My World 2.0 album. This collaboration with the young star has been the source of much disapproval from the rap community. The second single from the album "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" (feat. Nicki Minaj). It was released on iTunes August 3, while the third is "Dumb Love" and was released on iTunes September 8, the song does not features Lil Wayne. Sean Kingston's new song "She Moves" samples Irena Cara's "What a Feeling" from the film Flashdance.

Kingston represented the continent of America to sing the Official Theme Song of the Singapore 2010 Youth Olympic Games, Everyone. He collaborated with four other international artists representing their continent, South African Jody Williams representing Africa, Singaporean Tabitha Nauser (Asia), British Steve Appleton (Europe), and Australian Jessica Mauboy representing (Oceania)[13] However, Kingston was unable to attend, the Singapore Youth Olympics 2010 opening ceremony, due to passport mix ups[14]

He also released a single called "Letting Go (Dutty Love)" with Young Money's Nicki Minaj. Plus, near the end of July 2010, he was invited and featured on Cash Money Records/former So So Def member Bow Wow on his single "For My Hood". He performed it with him along with DJ Khaled on BET's television program 106 & Park the day after release.

Sean Kingston will release a mixtape with pop star Justin Bieber, called Our World. It will feature about 12-14 songs and includes their versions of songs like Pretty Boy Swag and Billionaire. The mixtape is finished and Sean showed his fans a preview on ustream on August, 19, 2010.


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