“Beautiful People” is a song by American recording artist Chris Brown featuring Italian DJ Benny Benassi. It was written by Brown, with Jean Baptiste, Marco Benassi and Allessandro Benassi, with the latter two also handling its production. The song was released as the third single from Brown’s fourth studio album F.A.M.E. on March 11, 2011.
It was later included on Benassi’s fifth studio album Electroman (2011). Musically, “Beautiful People” is an uptempo song which draws from the genres of electro house, dancehall and Europop, and contains influences of R&B. The song’s lyrics revolve around Brown encouraging “everyone on the dance floor to keep their heads up and discover the beauty inside.”
The song was well received by most music critics who praised its production and lyrics. In the United Kingdom, “Beautiful People” peaked at number four on the UK Singles Chart, and became Brown’s fifth top-ten UK hit as a lead artist. In the United States, the song peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs chart, and became the first number-one single for both Brown and Benassi. It also attained top-ten positions on the Australian, Irish, and New Zealand charts.
The music video for “Beautiful People” premiered on MTV‘s The Seven on March 22, 2011,and features personal footage of Brown’s everyday life. The video features cameo appearances from Brandy, Tyga, Game, Big Sean, Ryan Leslie, Bow Wow, Pharrell Williams, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Estelle, Teyana Taylor, Omarion, Diddy, Kevin McCall, Nelly, and Timbaland.
The video opens showing Brown and his dance crew, The Rejectz, riding scooters during the night in the streets,before switching to various scenes of Brown singing and dancing in the backseat of a car and hanging out in a recording studio with several famous friends listening to “Beautiful People”. The video is also intercut with scenes of Brown and Benassi performing at separate concerts, and Brown in the studio dancing with T-Pain. More scenes feature Brown at the club with Teyana Taylor, Brandy, and Omarion. The video ends by showing Brown standing in front of a wall that has the words ‘Beautiful People’ graffitied on it.
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