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Beautiful Monster


Album Libra Scale

Story of Song

This upbeat song topped the charts in the UK. In an interview with Blues & Soul, Ne-Yo explained the story of the song: “The song itself is a small piece of a much larger puzzle. In that the album it comes from – Libra Scale – is based upon this short story that I wrote, which basically follows these three characters who are forced to choose between money-power-and-fame versus love, and the song ‘Beautiful Monster’ actually represents the mind-state of the man in the story whenever he comes into contact with his love interest-slash-nemesis, whose name is Diamond Eye, and who really is best described as ‘a beautiful monster’! You know, she’s forbidden fruit; she’s that girl who you know is gonna be nothing but trouble… But – because she’s so intriguing – even if it literally might cost you your life, you still cannot resist her aura. Which is where the hook ‘She’s a monster, a beautiful monster; But I don’t mind’ comes from!”

Release date

Released June 8, 2010


Shaffer Smith – Mikkel S. Eriksen – Tor Erik Hermansen – Sandy Wilhelm


Def Jam

Chart Rankings

In the UK, this song became Ne-Yo’s third chart topper. The British Phonographic Industry (BPI) certified it Gold for sales over 400.000 copies. In the US, ‘Beautiful Monster’ peaked at number 53 on the Billboard Hot 100, but topped the US Dance Club Songs. Around the world, the song reached the top 10 charts in Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, and South Korea. The song was certified Double Platinum in Italy by the Federation of Italian Music Industry (FIMI).


Artist’s age on release date

Shaffer Chimere Smith, aka Ne-Yo, was 31 years old when he released this song.

Cover Versions

Amateur artists such as Connor Maynard – Tal – Sam Masghati – Alyssa Siebken – Coolstrings and others covered this song on Youtube.

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