When we look back over the last few months and remember our summer of fun, what song is playing over those memories? If you thought it would be a Taylor Swift song, you'd be wrong! This year, Billboard's Song of Summer was the reggae fusion inspired “Cheerleader” by OMI. OMI, born Omar Samuel Palsey, is a Jamaican singer who first released the single in 2012. Three years later, after getting remixed by Felix Jaehan, “Cheerleader” became the hit of the summer.
According to Forbes, from Memorial Day to Labor Day, “Cheerleader” had close to 60 million YouTube views, 70 million plays on Pandora, and more than double that on Spotify. On the success of “Cheerleader”, OMI says, “There are so many great songs that deserve the recognition that ‘Cheerleader’ has had. I'm just grateful.”
The song has become so popular that other artists have been covering it during their own live shows. In August, Nick Jonas performed “Cheerleader” in the Dominican Republic, putting his signature pop style on the track. Acapella group Pentatonix also performed their stripped down version of the song while opening for Kelly Clarkson in July.
OMI’s debut album, Me 4 U , will be released on October, 16, 2015.
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