OMI’s “Cheerleader” crowns the Billboard Hot 100, rising 2-1.
The buoyant reggae/pop song replaces Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again,” featuring Charlie Puth, after 12 weeks, leaving the latter song tied for the longest run at No. 1 ever for a rap single.
OMI has taken over the number one spot on the United States’ Billboard Hot 100 Chart with Felix Jaehn’s remix of Cheerleader.
“Cheerleader” takes over atop the first Hot 100 compiled on a Monday, as the new Friday global release date for albums has led to a change in Nielsen Music and Billboard’s chart tracking cycle.
“Cheerleader” rules the Hot 100 with nearly half its chart points from sales, as it spends a second week at No. 1 on the Digital Songs chart with 276,000 downloads sold.
The breakout hit for the Jamaican artist (whose full name is Omar Samuel Pasley), and the 1,044th No. 1 in the Hot 100’s nearly 57-year history, has found global success thanks in large part to its remix by Felix Jaehn. Among its reigns, it led the Official UK Singles chart for four weeks. It also logs a 16th week atop the Reggae Digital Songs chart.
“I’m excited to be here holding the number one spot. It’s every artiste’s dream, I couldn’t ask for more. I have the best team, the best fans,” he told media reporters.
OMI is the fifth Jamaican to top the Billboard Hot 100.
Kingston-born Carl Douglas was the first in 1974 with Kung Fu Fighting. It was not until 1994 that another Jamaican, Ini Kamoze, repeated the feat with Here Comes the Hot Stepper.
Shaggy was next in 2000 with It Wasn’t Me which featured singer Ricardo ‘Rik Rok’ Ducent. In 2001, Shaggy followed-up with Angel alongside Barbadian singer Rayvon.
Sean Paul went to number one three times. In 2003, he took the Steven ‘Lenky’ Marsden-produced Get Busy to the top. Later that year, he was featured on Beyonce’s Baby Boy.
Sean Paul returned to the top spot as a solo act in 2006 with Temperature.