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Sean Kingston talks about clubbing, Twitter and Adam Lambert



Anyone who’s ever busted a few moves on the dance floor will have a hard time not lovin’ Sean Kingston’s latest record, Fire Burning.

In fact, the 19-year-old reggae rapper from Jamaica says he wrote the song with clubgoers in mind. He wanted a record that fans couldn’t resist dancing to.

It worked. Fire Burning debuted at No. 29 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and climbed to No. 5. Those who haven’t been a club lately might recognize it as the opening number of this year’s Miss Universe pageant at Nassau’s Atlantis hotel.

Plan on seeing even more of Kingston in the coming weeks. He performs Sunday at 93.3 FLZ’s Jingle Ball at the St. Pete Times Forum and during Billboard’s New Year’s Eve show on FOX.

Kingston, who lives in Miami, spoke with tbt* on Thursday while on the road in Boston.

So, how do you write club music when you’re only 19. You haven’t spent much time in clubs, right?

Not really. (Laughs.) From being around celebrities and what people tell me, it’s what I imagine.

Did you want something with more pizzazz when you changed your last name from Anderson to Kingston?

Yeah. Kingston is the capital of Jamaica where I’m from. I changed it when I was 16. I didn’t think Anderson was a good stage name.

Adam Lambert was a late add-on to host the Jingle Ball. What do you think of him?

He’s not bad. He’s got a great voice.

You’re also performing for Billboard’s New Year’s Eve show with some other American Idol singers. Are you a fan of the show?

I love American Idol. It’s kickin’ dope. I’m addicted to it.

I see you’ve got a huge Twitter following, some 148,000 strong. Who do you follow?

Ellen (DeGeneres), Oprah, Louis Vuitton, Alicia Keys.

When was your last tweet?

About an hour ago.

What did you say?

WHATA GWAAANN Good Morning 2 All My Tweethearts In Twitterville!!

-- Susan Thurston, tbt*. Photo: Getty Images.

[Last modified: Wednesday, July 28, 2010 3:15pm]


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