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July 26, 2013
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Sean paul's, Beyonce's 'baby boy' eighth best duet of all time
CURTIS CAMPBELL, Weekend STAR Writer


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Billboard has ranked 'Baby Boy', which is a duet with dancehall artiste Sean Paul and pop artiste Beyoncé, as the eight best duet of all time.

A list ranking 100 duets, was released online recently in celebration of Billboard's 55th anniversary. Sean Paul and Beyonce's Baby Boy rose above several classic songs to snatch the position.

Baby Boy was released in 2003 and peaked at number one on the Billboard chart. Sean Paul also achieved Billboard successes with singles like Get Busy which spent three weeks on the chart in 2003, and Temperature which spent a week on the chart in 2006.

When contacted, Sean Paul told THE WEEKEND STAR that it's good that the work he did in the past is still making a positive impact on the music industry today.

"It shows the power that dancehall had at the time and we are happy that the fans still support the music ... the placing of the song in the top ten waves a flag for dancehall music," he said.

The dancehall/reggae artiste says it takes a particular set of skills and chemistry to produce an effective collaborative record.

"You have to learn to connect with what you are doing and learn how to work with different genres and topics. Collaborations are good because you are able to bride gaps as well as expose your music to new markets and basically one should just go with an open mind when doing collaborations," the Grammy Award winning deejay said.

The Gimme Di Light deejay is currently featured on another international collaboration called Entertainment. This song features rappers, Juicy J, Nicki Minaj and 2Chainz. An official music video for Entertainment will be filmed and released in coming weeks.

Sean Paul is also looking to release a new album by the end of this year. The artiste disclosed that his upcoming album will feature some works from local producers like Don Corleon, Big Ship records and Chimney Records.

Some popular songs which Sean Paul and Beyoncé edged out for the number eight spot includes Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and kiki Dee, Islands In The Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, Friends And Lovers by Gloria Loring and Carl Anderson and Up Where We Belong by Joe Cocker and Jennifer Warnes among others.

However, standing firmly at number one as Billboard's pick for the biggest duet of all time is Endless Love by Diana Ross and Lionel Richie.

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