Jamaica’s OMI tops charts with ‘Cheerleader’

Global News

LOS ANGELES — Jamaican singer OMI may seem like an overnight success, but his chart-topping summer hit, “Cheerleader,” has been years in the making.

He started working on the reggae-pop song seven years ago. He released the track in 2012 under the Jamaican label, Oufah, but a 2014 remix of the song by German DJ Felix Jaehn helped give the tune new flavour – and new life.

The upbeat ode to a supportive girlfriend is spending its second week at No. 1 on Billboard‘s Hot 100 chart.

“It wasn’t supposed to be a song,” OMI said in an interview Tuesday. “It was supposed to be like an interlude on the album.”

“Cheerleader” has sold 1.4 million tracks and has 108.9 million on-demand streams, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

“Monumental is the word I can think of right now,” he said. “For an artist who is from a little island in…

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