Eenie Meenie” is a song by Jamaican-American recording artist Sean Kingston and Canadian recording artist 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 | edit source]

When talking about how the collaboration first came about, Kingston told MTV News, “Me and Justin have been friends for the past two years. So one day he was like ‘yo’ and said he wanted to do a record with me. “I was like ‘let’s do it, I’m ready!’ and he came down over the Superbowl weekend and slept over at my house. We banged out a couple of records and Eenie Meenie was definitely the most special one.”[1]

The song was first premiered on March 4, 2010, on Ryan Seacrest's website, and it was released officially on March 23, 2010, in the United States. It is a dance-pop song, with R&B, and reggae fusion influences, written in B minor (recorded in B-flat minor), with a vocal range from the tone of F♯4 to the note of A5. It moves at 120 beats per minute and is set in common time. 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." "Eenie Meenie" has been described to be a mix of Kingston's "Fire Burning" and Chris Brown's "Forever."

Audio[edit | edit source]

Eenie Meenie

Music video[edit | edit source]

Eenie Meenie
General information
Shot March 29, 2010
Released April 29, 2010
Director(s) Ray Kay
Length 3:24
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The music video was filmed on March 30, 2010, in Beverly Hills, California, and was directed by Ray Kay, director of Bieber's "Baby" video. 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." 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." 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'. 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."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Justin started a food fight on the set of Eenie Meenie.
  • While filming "Eenie Meenie" a Bentley was damaged, and it cost $50,000 to fix.

Track listing[edit | edit source]

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

Lyrics[edit | edit source]

[Intro: Sean Kingston]
Eenie meenie miney mo
Catch a bad chick by her toe
If she holla let her go

[Verse 1: Sean Kingston]
She's indecisive, she can't decide
She keeps on looking from left to right
Girl, come a bit closer, look in my eyes
Searching is so wrong, I'm Mr. Right

[Pre-Chorus: Sean Kingston]
You seem like the type to love 'em and leave 'em
And disappear right after this song
So give me the night to show you, hold you
Don't leave me out here dancing alone

[Chorus: Sean Kingston]
You can't make up your mind, mind, mind, mind, mind
Please don't waste my time, time, time, time, time
I'm not tryna rewind, wind, wind, wind, wind
I wish our hearts could come together as one
Cause shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover, oh

[Verse 2: Justin Bieber]
Let me show you what you're missing, paradise
With me you're winning girl, you don't have to roll the dice
Tell me what you're really here for
Them other guys? I can see right through ya

[Pre-Chorus: Justin Bieber]
You seem like the type to love 'em and leave 'em
And disappear right after the song
So give me the night to show you, hold you
Don't leave me out here dancing alone

[Chorus: Justin Bieber]
Can't make up your mind, mind, mind, mind, mind
Please don't waste my time, time, time, time, time
Not tryna rewind, wind, wind, wind, wind
I wish our hearts could come together as one
Cause shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover, oh

[Bridge: Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber]
Eenie meenie miney moe, catch a bad chick by her toe
If she holla, if, if, if she holla let her go
Eenie meenie miney moe, catch a bad chick by her toe
If she holla, la, la, la she holla let her go
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover

[Chorus: Sean Kingston & Justin Bieber]
You can't make up your mind, mind, mind, mind, mind
Please don't waste my time, time, time, time, time
I'm not tryna rewind, wind, wind, wind, wind
I wish our hearts could come together as one
Cause shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover
Shorty is a eenie meenie miney mo lover


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