7 Facts About OMI And His ‘Song Of The Summer,’ Cheerleader


OMI is still riding a huge wave of success for his debut single Cheerleader, which was just named the number one song of the summer by none other than Billboard. The song was originally released in 2013 and was not only a hit in Jamaica and Hawai’i, which is usually a good market for Jamaican music. The song received a new lease on life when it was remixed by 20-year-old German DJ and producer Felix Jaehn. The remix recently spent six weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

  1. OMI (pronounced ‘oh-me’) was born Omar Samuel Pasley in Clarendon. He moved to Rochester, New York with his aunt at 15 years old. He returned to Jamaica at 18 after his aunt passed away.
  2. He was discovered three years ago by Clifton ‘Specialist’ Dillon, the same man who successfully produced and marketed such luminaries as Shabba Ranks, Patra and Alborosie.
  3. The Felix Jaehn remix has racked up more than 300 million Spotify streams, some 11.3 million identifications on Shazam and topped iTunes in 55 markets, including France, Germany, Australia and Sweden, where it was certified five times platinum. The song also hit the top 10 in nearly 30 other markets worldwide.
  4. OMI and Jaehn have yet to meet.
  5. He is the first Jamaican artiste to top the Billboard Hot 100 chart since Sean Paul reached the pinnacle with Temperature in 2006.
  6. He made history in the United Kingdom on May 24, 2015, when Cheerleader topped the UK Singles Chart for a fourth week in a row. This marked the longest consecutive period any Jamaican artiste has held the top spot on the chart.
  7. His debut album Me 4 U will be released on October 16.

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