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OMI reclaims No.1 Spot on Billboard

Published:Thursday | August 20, 2015 | 12:00 AM
OMI in performance.
Joss Stone
The Weeknd

Jamaican artiste OMI has returned to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, pushing aside R&B singer The Weeknd, who received top honours last week with his effort Can't Feel My Face.

Signed to Ultra Music in 2013, OMI has been reaping success after success with the Felix Jaehn remix of his song, Cheerleader, selling platinum in the United States last month.

OMI also holds the No. 1 spot on the Canadian Hot 100 chart, closely followed by The Weeknd.

Cheerleader was released over three years ago as a ska record, a genre rarely practised by the youth in Jamaican music. OMI also released a follow-up single called Fireworks in 2013, and for this effort, he dabbled with mento, another genre rarely practised by the new generation of Jamaican artistes.

Meanwhile, on the Billboard reggae chart, UK-based reggae-pop artiste Joss Stone holds the No. 1 spot ahead of Jamaican reggae acts like Jah Cure, Bob Marley and The Wailers, Ziggy Marley, and Ky-mani Marley.

Another notable mention on the Billboard chart is Post To Be by Omarion, Chris Brown, and Jhene Aiko. The effort is currently at No. 21 on the Hot 100 chart and is worth mentioning since the trio borrowed lines from Chakka Demus and Pliers' massive hit record Murder She Wrote.

- C.C.