Singer OMI took to the red carpet at the MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles Sunday night and loved the energy. The singer spoke to International Business Times reporter Monica Castillo on the red carpet about what’s up next for him, which includes the release of his brand new album “Me 4 U,” which comes out Oct. 16.
“We currently released a single two days ago called ‘Hula Hoop’ and the reviews have been great,” OMI dished. “I’m on tour right now, but it’s mostly promo so it’s like getting it all out there. People want to see the man behind the song, so I can appreciate that.”
The 28-year-old is known for his hit song “Cheerleader,” which was remixed by German DJ Felix Jaehn. The song was certified platinum in the United States, United Kingdom, Sweden, France, Italy, Germany and Australia. The music video for the song can be seen below.
"Cheerleader" spent five weeks at number one on Billboard's Hot 100. According to Billboard, with five weeks on top for "Cheerleader," OMI boasts the longest-leading reggae No. 1 on the Hot 100 by a solo male in more than 22 years. The last reggae song at No. 1 to spend more than four weeks on top was MAGIC!'s "Rude," which spent six weeks at No. 1 last summer.
OMI told Billboard he came up with the melody to the song when he was 21.
"It was like a little Jamaican nursery rhyme, like 'one, two, buckle my shoe,' that kind of thing. The rest of the song just fell into place like a jigsaw puzzle," OMI said.
Additional reporting by Monica Castillo.