To date, Cheerleader has sold over 641,098 copies in the US and has been certified gold.
Fans of OMI wondered if he would have had the steam to overtake Trap Queen on the chart, following Fetty Wap’s impressive performance of the hit at the BET Awards.
However, that question has been answered as Cheerleader now seeks the number one spot. Meanwhile, Wiz Khalifa still holds the number one spot with See You Again for 11 weeks, while Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood remains at number two.
But, Billboard Magazine also believes OMI has the potential to capture the number one spot in coming weeks.
“Looking ahead, Cheerleader has the markings of a challenger for number one on the Hot 100. With Bad Blood still gaining in airplay, it has a chance to reclaim the top spot from See You Again. But the momentum of Cheerleader, which gains in all three Hot 100 metrics (sales, airplay and streaming), and is up by 13 per cent in overall chart points, makes it perhaps a stronger contender for a potential coronation,” Billboard.com posted.
Billboard’s statistics for Cheerleader now reads number two on Digital Songs (175,000, up 10 per cent), darts 6-4 on Streaming Songs (10.6 million, up 11 per cent) and reaches the Radio Songs top 10 (12-8; 83 million, up 22 per cent).
Omi (real name Omar Passley) joins an elite list of Jamaicans who have made the Billboard 100.
Millie Small (in 1964 with My Boy Lollipop, which reached number two); Desmond Dekker and the Aces (in 1969 with Israelites which reached number nine); Carl Douglas (with Kung Fu Fighting which hit number one in 1974); Inner Circle, number eight in 1993 with Bad Boys; Shaggy, with Angel (number one in 2001, It Wasn’t Me (number one in 2000), Boombastic number three in 1995); and Sean Paul (three number one hits: Baby Boy, featuring Beyoncé in 2003, Get Busy in 2003, and Temperature in 2006). He also hit the top 10 with Gimme the Light (number seven in 2002), When You Gonna (Give it Up to Me) featuring Keyshia Cole (number three in 2006), Break It Off (featuring Rihanna, number nine in 2007) and We Be Burnin (number six in 2005).
Cheerleader has enjoyed global success, topping charts in several other countries, including Australia, the United Kingdom and Germany.
It spent four weeks at number one in the UK, making Omi the Jamaican with the longest streak at number one in that country.