Selwyn (singer)

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Background information
Origin Perth, Western Australia
Genres Pop, R&B
Years active 2001-present
Labels Sony BMG (2001–2004), Epic

Selwyn (born Selwyn Pretorius, 1982, in Durban, South Africa) is an R&B singer from Perth, Western Australia. He was a contestant on the Australian reality series Popstars 2, but did not make it through to the final group lineup.[1] He was re-discovered while working at a shopping centre as a trolley boy. Producer Audius Mtawarira overheard him singing and offered to produce him.[1][2]


In August 2004, Selwyn released "Boomin'". It was written by Paul Rein for Selwyn's second studio album, One Way.[3] [4] Australian singer Israel contributed to the production of the song, which according to Kathy McCabe of The Daily Telegraph is "beefed-up".[5] Selwyn described it as a "different track" with a "different feel".[6] It was promoted through the clothing store Jay Jays, where customers would receive a physical copy of the single after spending $40 at the store.[4] For the week of 19 August 2004, "Boomin'" was the third-most added track to the playlists of Australian radio stations.[7] It entered the Australian Singles Chart at No.28 and spent six weeks within the chart.[8]



Album information
Meant to Be
  • Released: 27 June 2002
  • Chart positions: #7 Australia
  • ARIA certification: Gold
One Way
  • Released: 25 July 2004
  • Chart positions: Did not chart in the top 50


Year Song ARIA Australian Singles Chart Album
2001 "Buggin' Me" 19 Meant to Be
2002 "Way Love's Supposed to Be" 9
"Rich Girl" 8
"Like This, Like That" 44
"Good Times" (with Disco Montego featuring Katie Underwood, Peta Morris and Jeremy Gregory) 52 single only
2004 "Boomin'" 28 One Way


  1. ^ a b "Snap crackle and Pop". Sydney Morning Herald. 22 November 2002. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  2. ^ "Songs sung blue". Melbourne: The Age. 2004-11-07. Retrieved 2 February 2010. 
  3. ^ So Fresh: The Hits of Summer 2005 (liner notes). Various. Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment. 2004. 
  4. ^ a b "Lay Down Some Tracks With Selwyn". The Hot Hits Live from LA. MCM Media. 2004-10-29. Retrieved 2012-06-17. 
  5. ^ McCabe, Kathy (2004-08-26). "Selwyn is Boomin' along". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Headed `One Way'". Geelong Advertiser. 13 November 2004. 
  7. ^ "Sound Bite". The Daily Telegraph. 2004-08-19. Retrieved 2012-06-19. 
  8. ^ " – Selwyn – Boomin'". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 

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