On Wednesday morning, I received a phone call from my business partner and long time friend, Ryan Dillon, informing me that his artist, OMI, made it to the number one spot on the Billboards. Though, I knew that this moment was coming, I was overwhelmed with excitement for my partner and the entire Oufah Music family.
OMI’s song “Cheerleader” had been around since 2012, and FINALLY now, in the summer of 2015, it has become the #1 song in the world. So, how does a song hit the TOP of the charts 3 years after it’s release? I am here to tell you the story behind the HIT SONG “CHEERLEADER” and the movement that made OMI’s success possible.
Ryan and I went to Full Sail University together, where we quickly realized that we viewed success in the music industry very similarly. We kept in touch over the years and in early 2012, Ryan told me about his new artist, OMI. He sent me the original version of “Cheerleader” and I was blown away. I knew that OMI had something very special. The original version of Cheerleader, caught my attention right away. “Oh, I think that I found myself a Cheerleader…” Having been in and around the music industry for years, I knew what a song like that had the ability to do, if placed in the right hands.
However, 2 years went by and the original version of “Cheerleader” seemed to fade away. And then, in May of 2014, a European DJ, Felix Jaehn, created a remixed version to “Cheerleader”. Soon after, OMI was signed to Sony’s label, Ultra Music, and the undeniable hit gained momentum. A song that stood still for two years had been given a new life and a new shot at the top spot. Over the course of the past year, I have seen the charts around the world with OMI sitting at number one. I have witnessed the climb and spoken with OMI while he was getting closer to the top. Because of my relationship with his management team, Oufah Music, I have literally seen this artist blossom into the artist the world now knows. OMI’s journey has proven to me that being #1 is much more than a hit record; it is the MOVEMENT around the record that makes it a HIT!
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