Eenie Meenie

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"Eenie Meenie"
Two young men are looking forward. The man of the left is wearing a green jacket and has his hands on his pockets. Moreover, the man of the right is wearing a plaid blue shirt, and has his hands on his chest. The background is black and in front of them the words "Sean Kingston / Justin Bieber" are written in flesh capital letters, while "Eeenie Meenie" are in lower case letters.
Single by Sean Kingston and Justin Bieber
from the album My World 2.0
Released March 23, 2010 (2010-03-23)
Format Digital CD single, digital download
Recorded King of Kings Studio
(Miami, Florida)
Genre R&B, dance-pop, reggae fusion
Length 3:22
Label Beluga Heights, Epic
Writer(s) Kisean Anderson, Justin Bieber, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Benjamin Levin, Marcos Palacios, Ernest Clark
Producer(s) Benny Blanco
Sean Kingston singles chronology
"Feel It"
(2010)
"Eenie Meenie"
(2010)
"Letting Go (Dutty Love)"
(2010)
Justin Bieber singles chronology
"Baby"
(2010)
"Eenie Meenie"
(2010)
"Somebody to Love"
(2010)

"Eenie Meenie" is a song by Jamaican-American singer Sean Kingston and Canadian singer Justin Bieber. The song was written by Kingston, Bieber, Carlos Battey, Steven Battey, Benny Blanco, Marcos Palacios and Ernest Clark, and was produced by Blanco. It was originally released as the first single from Kingston's third studio album Back 2 Life on March 23, 2010, but was taken off for unknown reasons. However, it is included on Bieber's My World 2.0. The song, a dance-pop number with Kingston's reggae influences and Bieber's R&B vocals, is lyrically about an indecisive lover.

The song received generally positive reviews. It was a moderate international success, appearing on charts worldwide, including the top ten in the United Kingdom and New Zealand, and the top twenty in Australia, Canada, Ireland and the United States. The accompanying music video features Kingston and Bieber at a pool party at a condo, being pursued by the same girl.

Background and composition[edit]

A 22-second sample of "Eenie Meenie" featuring vocals from Kingston and Bieber.

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The song premiered on March 4, 2010, on Ryan Seacrest's website,[1] and it was released officially on March 23, 2010, in the United States.[2] It is a dance-pop song, with R&B, and reggae fusion influences,[3][4] written in B minor (recorded in B-flat minor), with a vocal range from the tone of F♯4 to the note of A5.[5] It moves at 120 beats per minute and is set in common time.[5] The song features a prominent synthesized back beat, followed by verses from both singers, then a rap interlude, while utilizing the children's rhyme "Eenie Meenie Miny Moe."[6]

Critical reception[edit]

The song has received mixed to positive reviews. Kyle Anderson of MTV said that "Eenie Meenie" melds Sean Kingston's island-inflected dance-pop with Bieber's sweet tween R&B."[4] Bill Lamb of About.com said "Both make the song sound effortless", and says that the song was "one of the first releases of the spring to point toward a more summery sound."[7] A reviewer of DJBooth said, "The record’s crown jewel, of course, is the chorus, which will worm its way into your head whether you like it or not."[8] Although he called the song catchy, Chris Richards of The Washington Post said Kingston "hogs the mike" on the song.[9] Rudy Klapper of Sputnikmusic wrote about the lyrics, on the album review, that those are "disturbing", but at the same time "unintentionally hilarious." She also criticized the production: "There's not much to say about the kind of producer who thinks the use of the term 'shorty' with an elementary school gimmick is a good idea."[10] Luke O'Neil from The Boston Globe noted "Sultry reggaeton is repackaged here for the tween set with Sean Kingston's 'Eenie Meenie.' 'Shorty' was never sung so literally."[11]

Chart performance[edit]

In the United States "Eeenie Meenie" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number thirty on April 7, 2010, where it was the highest debut of the week.[12] The next week it dropped three places,[13] and stayed there for another additional week.[14] On the Billboard issue dated May 15, 2010, the single reached its peaked, at number fifteen,[15] and it was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[16] As of February 2011, the single was sold 1,238,000 times.[17] In Australia, it debuted at number forty-nine within the ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart on April 4, 2010,[18] the next week, "Eenie Meenie" reached the number thirty, but it fell out the chart the following week.[18] It re-entered at number forty-five on April 25, 2010, and reached its peak at number eleven on May 30, 2010, where it stayed for three weeks.[18] Later it was certified as gold by the Australian Recording Industry Association.[19] The song appeared in the UK Singles Chart on May 22, 2010, at number fifty-eight. The next week "Eenie Meenie" rose to number seventeen and peaked at number nine in the next two weeks.[20]

In Ireland, it debuted at number forty-one in the Irish Singles Chart on April 15, 2010,[21] and rose the number twelve on May 17, 2010.[22] In the Canadian Hot 100 "Eenie Meenie" debuted and peaked at number fourteen, becoming the highest debut of the week.[23] But in the next issue, the single became the biggest drop, falling to the number thirty-one.[24] It was certified gold by the Canadian Recording Industry Association.[25] In New Zealand it debuted at number thirteen on March 29, 2010, and in its eighth week the song peaked at number five.[26] It also was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of New Zealand.[27]

Music video[edit]

Two young men are talking. The man on the left has their hands raised, pointing upwards with his index fingers, he is wearing a gray jacket and a white shirt. The man of the right has his left arm on his chest, he is wearing a red shit and a black T-shirt. Behind them a group of people have their hands up.
Kingston and Bieber at a party on the balcony of a condominium in the video.

The music video was filmed on March 30, 2010, in Beverly Hills, California,[28] and was directed by Ray Kay, director of Bieber's "Baby" video.[29] On the topic of choosing the lead girl, Kingston told MTV News, "I picked the main girl, basically, because Justin is 16 and I'm 20 years old, so it had to be a girl that fit the both of us, because in the video and song, she's trying to play the both of us. So there had to be a contrast. She fit it perfectly."[30] Additionally, Kingston explained the plot of the video to Rap-Up, commenting, "The video is basically about this girl trying to play both of us and at the end... we end up both at the same place at one time, and she's left with a stupid look on her face."[31] Appearances are made by Bieber's friend, Christian Beadles, as well as rapper Lil Romeo and singer/actress Jasmine Villegas, whose appearance further fuelled media speculation Villegas and Bieber were romantically involved after a previous appearance in his music video for 'Baby'.[30][32] Jocelyn Vena of MTV News reviewed the video, "Here's the play-by-play: While Kingston and the lady in question are flirting out on the deck, Bieber is chilling inside. But, wait — there she is flirting with Bieber while Kingston is hanging out, wondering where she went. The fickle girl eventually leaves Bieber to chill with Kingston, and then — boom — there she is with Bieber again. And, well, you get it. Of course, the 'eenie-meenie-miny-moe lover' eventually gets caught. While she's chatting up Kingston, along comes Bieber, and her game is blown. The dudes are cool with it. Well, they're not cool with her playing them, but they seem to remain friends despite both going for the same girl."[33]

Track listing[edit]

  • Digital Download Single[34]
  1. "Eenie Meenie" - 3:21
  • CD Single
  1. "Eenie Meenie" - 3:21
  2. "Eenie Meenie" (Video) - 3:30

Credits and personnel[edit]

Source:[35]

Charts and certifications[edit]

Charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format
United States March 15, 2010[53] Beluga Heights, Epic Airplay
March 23, 2010[2] CD single
France[54] March 28, 2010 Digital download
Germany[55]
United Kingdom[56]
United States[57]
Canada[58] June 29, 2010
Japan[59]
United Kingdom[60] July 5, 2010

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