Song of the Week: “Beautiful Soul” — Jesse McCartney


Varsha Kanneganti, Staff Photographer

Jesse McCartney recorded and released his debut single and the lead single from his debut album Beautiful Soul at the end of 2004. The record eventually became the artist’s highest-certified album to this date. By mid-2006, the album had sold more than 1.5 million copies and reached No. 16 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States. McCartney initially categorized the song as a “pop-record” with a twist of urban which deviates vastly from what pop music has become today. The song has a much more low-key beat compared to the music today but with the catchy rhythm, meaningful lines and the image of McCartney made him not only a teenage heartthrob but also one of the most recognized faces of pop music in the early 2000s.

-Varsha Kanneganti