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‘I recorded Bollywood Girls for my Indian fans’

Brought down to India by Bacardi and P3P for a tour across Hard Rock Café outlets, Kingston says he recorded the number to “make my Indian fans happy.”

music Updated: Oct 21, 2010 19:11 IST
Nikhil Taneja
Nikhil Taneja
Hindustan Times

It was the chartbuster single Beautiful girls that catapulted 17-year-old R ‘n’ B and reggae singer Sean Kingston to international fame in 2007. But Kingston really became a fan favourite in India when he released a version of his song dedicated solely to his Indian fans called Bollywood girls.

The track named everyone from Aishwarya Rai to Bipasha Basu, and how their beauty makes people ‘suicidal’. Brought down to India by Bacardi and P3P for a tour across Hard Rock Café outlets, Kingston says he recorded the number to “make my Indian fans happy.”

“I have a lot of Indian friends, Bollywood’s is a big deal, and people love girls from B-Town,” he says. “I’ve seen some Bollywood girls and they are beautiful, with good personalities. So I thought of recording something for them.”

No favourites
Kingston’s diplomatic when asked who’s his favourite Bollywood girl from all the names he’s mentioned in the lyrics. “I haven’t met any so far, and I’d love to meet all of them,” he chuckles.

The Jamaican-American singer, who’s recorded singles with Soulja Boy, Flo Rida and Sean Paul in the past, is also hoping to meet Indian musicians on this trip. “My producers play a lot of Bollywood songs back in the US,” he reveals. “I love the music – it makes me happy and makes me want to dance. If I sample a Bollywood song or collaborate with someone from here for a track, I think it will be huge!”

Kingston’s untitled third studio album is ready for release in November and like his earlier albums, this one’s going to have up-tempo club music as well. He says, “For me, it’s all about getting people to dance and have a really good time.”

Though the singer’s turning 21 next year, he has no plans in changing his musical direction because he doesn’t want to lose his ‘young’ fanbase. That’s why he’s collaborated with teenage pop sensation Justin Bieber on the track Eenie meenie. Some critics have been vocal against Bieber’s music, Kingston says he doesn’t care: “Justin’s talented and collaborating felt right. We’ve been touring together and he’s a great guy.”

Letting it go
After Eenie meenie and another single, Dumb love’, the singer’s got a new single from his third album on the air. Letting it go features Nicki Minaj, and is about being free and not holding back when you’re in a club. Ask him how he goes about his songwriting, and Kingston says, “I leave it in God’s hands. The beat of a song inspires me to write, and from there, it’s God’s work.”

Lyrics of Bollywood girl
You are my Bollywood girl
That’s why it’ll never work
You got me suicidal, suicidal,
When the movie’s over
It was back in ’99,
watchin movies all the time
Bipasha from the bay
She took my heart away
And I never thought
That there would be another
Then more beauties came out
Ash and Shilpa from the South
Preity hit me with a twirl
I thought was my world
It came out to be
That she wasn’t the girl for me

First Published: Oct 30, 2010 13:16 IST