Baby by Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber, a successful Canadian musician, song-writer, singer, and actor, wrote the pop song “Baby” with Christina Milian, Ludacris, Tricky Stewart, and The-Dream for his album, “My World 2.0.” The style of “Baby” was a mix of R&B, pop, dance, and hip-hop genres. Ludacris told MTV that he was confident, “Baby” would become the hit song of 2010. 15-year-old Justin Bieber recorded the song with rapper, Ludacris and on January 18, The pop star’s song could be downloaded digitally. After digital availability, “Baby” was playing on the mainstream radio stations across the United States. The music video was performed by Justin Bieber with rapper Ludacris in January of 2010. RayKay, director of videos for Lady Gaga, Cheryl Crow, Alexandra Burke, and Beyonce, directed the “Baby” music video at Universal Citywalk in Los Angeles.
Bieber’s song is about the effort to save a relationship that didn’t work out. He wanted his video to reflect the song’s meaning. His idea was to have shots of himself chasing around a girl that persistently resisted him. Bieber wanted the girl to play “hard to get” throughout the music video. The video was set mostly in a bowling alley scene. Justin Bieber’s love interest was played by singer/actress Jasmine Villegas. His friends were portrayed by other musicians including Drake, Lil Twist, and Tinashe Kachingwe. The video included dance moves inspired by Micheal Jackson, shots of Bieber with Ludacris, shots of him casually posing for the camera, and of him playing with his hair. The conclusion of the video is positive, ending in the reunion of Justin Bieber walking hand in hand with Jasmine Villegas.
The “Baby” music video received many views. In fact, it was the most viewed video on YouTube as of July 2010 and by August the video had more than 770,000,000 views! Billboard reviewed the song and said that it would melt tweens’ hearts. “Baby” was Justin Bieber’s highest charting song in the United States. The song was number five on Billboard’s Hot 100. It was rated even higher on the Canadian charts at number three! Ludacris’s prediction was correct; “Baby” did become the hit song of 2010.