Billboard Names OMI’s ‘Cheerleader’ the No. 1 Song of the Summer

(PCM) Labor Day is behind us and September is well underway, marking the tragic and too-soon end of summer, which means it’s time to crown the most played song of the summer of 2015.

Today, Billboard bestowed that honor onto OMI’s “Cheerleader,” naming the infectious poppy tropical song by the Jamaican artist as the No. 1 song of the summer of 2015. Billboard based this distinction on the song that performed best on the weekly Billboard Hot 100 chart starting in Memorial Day up until Labor Day.

The first male soloist to earn the top spot with a debut hit single in Billboard‘s 30-year archive of top summer tracks, OMI has expressed his gratitude for the honor, telling Billboard, “Every artist from Jamaica wants to thrive in the U.S. There are so many great songs that deserve the recognition that ‘Cheerleader’ has had. I’m just grateful.”

First developed in 2008 and originally released in 2011, “Cheerleader” took several years and a remix by German producer Felix Jaehn to gain traction in Europe before becoming a smash hit in the U.S.

To date, “Cheerleader” has over 300 million streams on Spotify, over 152 million plays on Youtube, and peaked at number one on the iTunes Store in over 55 markets.

Right now, OMI is preparing for the October 16th release of his debut Louder Than Life/Ultra/Columbia album, Me 4 U, featuring his newest single, “Hula Hoop.”

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