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Justin Bieber
Features Nicki Minaj
Released June 15, 2012 (album)
November 12, 2012 (single)
Format Digital download
Genre Electronic dance, electropop
Length 3:47
Label Island, RBMG, Schoolboy
Writer Max Martin, Anton Zaslavski, Savan Kotecha, Onika Maraj
Producer Max Martin, Zedd
Single information
Single release November 12, 2012
Video release October 12, 2012
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"Beauty and a Beat" is a song by Justin Bieber from his third studio album Believe, which features guest vocals from Nicki Minaj. The song is the third single from the album. It was written by Max Martin, Anton Zaslavski, Savan Kotecha and Minaj, and produced by both Martin and Zaslavski. It was released in the UK on November 12, 2012, and officially impacted US Mainstream Radio on November 13, 2012. A music video was filmed on September 7 and 8, and premiered on October 12, 2012.

It debuted at #72 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart prior to its release. It re-entered at #71 after it's official release. It has been certified 3x Platinum in Australia and Canada, 2x Platinum in the US, Platinum in New Zealand and Norway, and Gold in Italy.


Bieber spoke upon the collaboration with Minaj, saying: "I wanted a female rapper and I think that she is the best choice. I felt she just fit on the song perfectly."[1] Kyle Anderson of Entertainment Weekly called the song "urban swagger".[2] With Beauty and a Beat entering the Top Ten on Billboard Hot 100, Nicki Minaj tied with Missy Elliott for having the most Top Ten entires, which is nine.

The song is also included on "Believe Acoustic", but with an acoustic version, and not featuring Minaj's verse.

Music video

Music Video Information
Justin_Bieber_-_Beauty_And_A_Beat_ft._Nicki_Minaj Premiere October 12, 2012
Filmed September 7-8, 2012
Director Justin Bieber & Jon M. Chu
Producer Garrett Grant, Andrew Lerios
Production co
Exec. producer
Choreographer Nick DeMoura
Length 4:53
Source Video Static


On September 7, Alfredo Flores, a director who works frequently with Bieber,[3] tweeted: "We about to shoot a video"[4]. The tweet was later retweeted by Bieber. Nick DeMoura, a backup dancer of Bieber,[5] said on his tweeter "Tonight is the night beauty and a beat video"[6] and was retweeted by Bieber. This confirmed that the video was filmed. The next day, September 8, Minaj tweeted: "Just wrapped a very VERY cool video."[7] and was retweeted by Bieber.

Minaj started teasing her fans, on October 11, by tweeting: "the barbz have a BIG surprise coming tomorrow."[8] Bieber retweet it in a few moments later. On October 12, Minaj tweet: "I'd be by a computer in 20 mins if i were u," and was retweeted by Bieber later.[9] Finally, Bieber tweet a link to the video at 10:07 am.[10]

The video was filmed in Los Angeles, California.[11] It was directed by Justin Bieber & Jon M. Chu, and released on October 12, 2012.

VEVO Record

The video had set the record for the most views in 24 hours on VEVO, with 10.6 millions views.[12] Since then it has been broken twice. Once by Miley Cyrus and then by One Direction (We Can't Stop with 10.7M and Best Song Ever with 12.3M). Both artists, Minaj and Bieber, have set records with their previous music videos ("Stupid Hoe" and "Boyfriend", respectively).


Live performance

"Beauty and a Beat" was performed at the Believe Tour by Justin Bieber. At the 2012 American Music Awards, Justin performed the song with Nicki Minaj.


Chart (2012) Peak
Australia (ARIA) 9
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 42
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 21
Belgium (Ultratip 40 Wallonia) 28
Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 4
Czech Republic (IFPI) 18
Denmark (Tracklisten) 30
France (SNEP) 28
Germany (Media Control AG) 53
Italy (FIMI) 57
Ireland (IRMA) 20
Israel (Media Forest) 9
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 11
Mexico (Billboard) 24
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100) 43
New Zealand (RIANZ) 6
Romania (Romanian Top 100) 45
Slovakia (IFPI) 19
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 25
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 46
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 16
US Billboard Hot 100 5
US Pop Songs (Billboard) 2
US Hot Dance Club Songs (Billboard) 1
US Adult Pop Songs (Billboard) 35


Remix album

Beauty and a Beat (Remixes)
Beauty and a Beat album cover.png
Remix album by Justin Bieber
Released December 11, 2012
Genre Pop, dance
Length 73:02
Label The Island Def Jam Music Group
Format Digital download

On  December 11, 2012, a remix album of "Beauty and a Beat" was released, featuring 12 remixes of the song.[13]

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Beauty and a Beat" (Wideboys Club Mix) 6:08
2. "Beauty and a Beat" (Wideboys Radio Mix) 3:53
3. "Beauty and a Beat" (Wideboys Dub) 6:08
4. "Beauty and a Beat" (Bisbetic Remix) 6:10
5. "Beauty and a Beat" (Bisbetic Radio Mix) 3:27
6. "Beauty and a Beat" (Bisbetic Instrumental) 6:10
7. "Beauty and a Beat" (Steven Redant Beauty and The Club Mix) 7:22
8. "Beauty and a Beat" (Steven Redant Beauty and The Dub Mix) 7:22
9. "Beauty and a Beat" (Steven Redant Beauty and The Vocal Dub Mix) 7:22
10. "Beauty and a Beat" (DJ Laszlo Body Rock Club Mix) 7:30
11. "Beauty and a Beat" (DJ Laszlo Body Rock Radio Mix) 3:59
12. "Beauty and a Beat" (DJ Laszlo Body Rock Instrumental) 7:31


  1. "Justin Bieber and Lil Wayne Collaborate on ‘Backpack’". Rap-Up. Devin Lazerine. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  2. Anderson, Kyle (2012-06-14). "Believe review – Justin Bieber Review". Entertainment Weekly. Time Inc..,,20603635,00.html. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  3. ALfredo Flores TV - Biography Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  4. Twitter: We about to shoot a videoooo!!!!!!! #BELIEVE Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  5. - Get To Know: Justin's Backup Dancers Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  6. Twitter: Tonight is the night beauty and a beat video!!! Let's go @justinbieber ! Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  7. Just wrapped a very VERY cool video :) Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  8. Twitter: uh oh...the barbz have a BIG surprise cmng tmrw Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  9. Twitter: I'd be by a computer in 20 mins if i were u Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  10. Twitter: so to all of you... enjoy. let's go for the 10 million mark! Me, @NickiMinaj - this is #BEAUTYandaBEAT - Retrieved October 12, 2012.
  11. Twitter: Justin filmed the Beauty And A Beat vid in LA, then he flew to Toronto, he just did AGT in Jersey, now he's off to EUROPE. Crazy schedule. Retrieved September 10, 2012.
  12. Nicki Minaj and Justin Bieber Break VEVO Record Retrieved October 15, 2012.
  13. Beauty And A Beat (Remixes): Justin Bieber: MP3 Downloads