Toppa Top ’15: Fifteen Ways The Caribbean Impacted Pop Culture In 2015

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6. OMI’s โ€œCheerleaderโ€ Had the Whole World Shaking Their Pom-poms
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Clarendon, Jamaicaโ€™s OMI had a phenomenal year, with the Felix Jaehn remix of his single โ€œCheerleaderโ€ yielding double platinum, platinum and gold certifications all over the globe and charting at No. 1 in 20 countries. One of the summerโ€™s most summerโ€™s most ubiquitous party anthems, the track has led to performances all around the world, including an appearance on Taylor Swift’s 1989 tour. What not many people who have been listening to โ€œCheerleaderโ€ know is that it was actually penned circa 2008, and released in a reggae-inflected island pop version in 2012. Music heavyweights Clifton โ€œSpecialistโ€ Dillon, Sly and Robbie, Dean Fraser all played a huge part in piecing it together, and the track was subsequently released independently before Ultra Music snapped it up. It was the EDM remix by Felix Jaehn that really caught the worldโ€™s attention, though we knew this song was a hit back in 2013 when OMI appeared in LargeUp’s annual Artists to Watch list, right behind Chronixx.ย  โ€” Nadine White

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