Omi (singer)

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Omar Samuel Pasley (born 3 September 1986), better known by his stage name Omi (/ˈm/ OH-mee),[1] is a Jamaican singer. He is best known for "Cheerleader", a worldwide hit for him in a remixed version by German DJ Felix Jaehn. He is currently signed to Ultra Music, a part of Sony Music,[2] and released his debut album Me 4 U on 16 October 2015.

Background information
Birth nameOmar Samuel Pasley
Born (1986-09-03) 3 September 1986 (age 33)
Clarendon, Jamaica
Years active2011–present
Associated actsFelix Jaehn , Imohimi Unuigbe



Omar Samuel Pasley was born in the parish of Clarendon. Omi established in Kingston, after being discovered by the dancehall impresario Clifton Dillon (known as Specialist) and signed to Oufah, an independent Jamaican label.[3] His first recorded single was "Standing On All Threes" released with a music video. Omi had composed his future hit song "Cheerleader" in 2008. He eventually recorded it and performed and released in 2012. It was released in Jamaica along with a low-budget, high-concept video shot in Oregon during OMI's first trip to the United States, becoming a modest hit in Jamaica and also popular in Hawaii and in Dubai. Never releasing an album, Omi had various local hits in Jamaica like "Take It Easy", "Fireworks" (accompanied by a music video) and "Color of My Lips", the latter featuring Busy Signal, a well-known Jamaican dancehall, ska, and reggae artist.

2014–present: Me 4 UEdit

In 2014, "Cheerleader" got a second life when Patrick Moxey, the president of Ultra Music, a dance label partly owned by Sony Music heard the song and liked it offering to remix the song and relaunch it as a dance track. In early 2014, Ultra Music commissioned two remixes for the song, one by Ricky Blaze and the other by Felix Jaehn, a 20-year-old German producer. Eventually Ultra Music opted for the airy tropical house version of "Cheerleader" as remixed by Jaehn. The remix initially became a huge hit in Sweden, eventually certified 5 times platinum. Soon the song spread through other European charts, notably France, Italy and Germany. It topped the charts in several European countries and in Australia. In the United Kingdom, Omi made history on May 24, 2015, when "Cheerleader" topped the UK Singles Chart for a fourth week in a row, marking the longest consecutive period any Jamaican artist has held that position on the chart.[4] In the United States, the song entered the Billboard Hot 100 in May 2015;[5] it later made the top spot of the Hot 100 after 12 weeks in the chart. Claiming the top spot, OMI has achieved recognition worldwide.[6] On August 27, 2015 he released the single "Hula Hoop". He released his debut studio album Me 4 U on 16 October 2015. The album includes the singles "Cheerleader", "Hula Hoop", "Stir It", and "Drop In the Ocean".


Studio albumEdit

Title Details Peak chart positions Certifications
Me 4 U 37 18 25 62 9 89 51

Remix albumEdit

Title Details
Me 4 U: The Remixes
  • Release date: 4 March 2016
  • Format: CD, digital download
  • Label: Ultra, Columbia, Sony


As lead artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
(Felix Jaehn remix)
2014 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 Me 4 U
"Hula Hoop" 2015 8 19 8 67 12 20 3 37 75 [A]
"Drop in the Ocean"
(featuring AronChupa)
(with Felix Jaehn)[24]
2018 TBA
"As Long As I'm With You"
(featuring CMC$)
"Better for Ya"[25] 2019
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.


  1. ^ "Hula Hoop" did not enter the Billboard Hot 100, but peaked at number 16 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.[20]

As featured artistEdit

Title Year Peak chart positions Certifications Album
"I Found a Girl"
(The Vamps featuring Omi)
2016 30 98 11 Wake Up
(Shaggy featuring Omi)
2017 Non-album single
(Marcus & Martinus featuring Omi)
(Takagi & Ketra featuring Giusy Ferreri and Omi)
2019 FIMI: Platinum (2) Non-album single
"—" denotes releases that did not chart or were not released in that territory.

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Association Category Work Result
2015 Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer Song "Cheerleader" Nominated
MOBO Awards Best Reggae Act Himself Nominated
MTV Video Music Awards Song of Summer "Cheerleader" Nominated
NRJ Music Award International Song of the Year Nominated
International Breakthrough of the Year Himself Nominated
2016 Billboard Latin Music Awards Crossover Artist of the Year Himself Nominated
2016 Radio Disney Music Awards Song of the Year "Cheerleader" Nominated
Best Song That Makes You Smile "Cheerleader" Nominated
2016 Billboard Music Awards Top New Artist Himself Nominated
Top Selling Song "Cheerleader" Nominated

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "How Do You Pronounce OMI?". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 23 June 2015. Retrieved 12 September 2015.
  2. ^ "Omi's remix hits platinum". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 29 April 2015.
  3. ^ Joe Coscarelli (July 17, 2015). "MI Soars With 'Cheerleader' Remix and Aims to Keep Riding High". The New York Times. Retrieved July 22, 2015.
  4. ^ "OMI Makes UK History". Jamaica Observer. Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 – May 9, 2015". Retrieved 21 May 2015.
  6. ^ "Billboard Hot 100 – June 6, 2015". Retrieved 30 May 2015.
  7. ^ a b "Discography Omi". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  8. ^ "Omi – Chart history: Billboard Canadian Albums". Billboard. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  9. ^ a b "Discography Omi". Danish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  10. ^ a b "Discographie Omi". French Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  11. ^ a b "Discography Omi". Swedish Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  12. ^ a b "Discographie Omi". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  13. ^ "Omi – Chart history: Billboard 200". Billboard. Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  14. ^ a b Omi - RIAA: Gold & Platinum
  15. ^ "Omi – Chart history: Billboard Canadian Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 21 June 2015.
  16. ^ "Discographie Omi". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ "Discografie Omi". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien.
  18. ^ a b "OMI > UK Charts". Official Charts Company.
  19. ^ "Omi Chart History: The Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  20. ^ "Omi Chart History: Bubbling Under Hot 100". Billboard. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  21. ^ Ryan, Gavin (9 January 2016). "ARIA Singles: Justin Bieber 'Love Yourself' Stays at No 1". Noise11. Retrieved 9 January 2016.
  22. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. 19 January 2016. Retrieved 26 January 2016.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "Masterpiece – Single by Omi & Felix Jaehn on iTunes". iTunes Store (AU). Retrieved 17 August 2018.
  25. ^
  26. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Vamps". Irish Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).

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