Cash Money/Universal Republic UK singer Jay Sean has turned his silky, sultry “Down” (featuring Cash Money Icon Lil Wayne. ) into incandescent platinum, with the #1 single minted this week at the coveted 1 million mark, certified by the RIAA. The breakthrough hit has scored the year’s most impressive array of milestones for a UK artist’s stateside debut, the fastest rising, best performing single of 2009. Jay Sean’s U.S. debut album, All Or Nothing, will hit stores and digital/mobile destinations on November 24th.
The platinum “Down” crossed the 1 million digital singles threshold in only 2 months of release, and is currently holding down the #1 position on the Rhythmic Crossover chart for two weeks running, “Down” is also the Greatest Gainer at Rhythmic Radio (for over a month) and the Top 40 format.
The alluring single has held a Top 5 Lockdown on the competitive iTunes chart for six weeks, soaring to # 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, and # 4 on the Top 40 Billboard Chart. “Down” is also lighting up the video and digital domains, hitting the # 1 spot on the top urban/Hip Hop Countdown at Fuse, and scoring as Top Ten video on VH’1’s popular Countdown show. The video has also become a youtube staple, snaring millions of views in multiple incarnations.
“I couldn’t be more humbled and honored by my U.S. fans who have welcomed me with such open arms,” stated Jay Sean. “I began my career six years ago during a great upheaval in the industry, where a changing digital audience and new benchmarks for success made reaching this kind of milestone more challenging. Crossing the magic million mark blows me away. This is the greatest achievement of my career. I’m grateful beyond words.”
Critics are also weighing in with high praise for the affable artist’s debut:
“’Down’ is a pulsating pop ditty bolstered by Wayne’s punchy rhymes.’ – USA Today
‘The song has a triumphant, synth-laden beat and mean hook…Jay Sean is poised to break stateside…’ – Billboard
The first UK artist to be signed by iconic hip hop imprint Cash Money, the savvy hit-maker, by way of London, UK already has two internationally acclaimed albums under his belt, a mantle-full of awards and several Top Ten hits plastered across the UK and other countries.
His solo debut Me Against Myself dropped in 2004, exploding online, sparking tours throughout Europe and other territories, casting the charismatic star as a newcomer to watch on the global pop horizon. Other songs on All Or Nothing include “Ride It,” and “War,” among others. Featured guests include Cash Money and Universal Republic labelmates Lil Wayne and Kevin Rudolf.
Jay Sean also appears on Cash Money co-founder/CEO Bryan ‘Birdman’ Williams’ new single (brother of co-founder/CEO Ronald ‘Slim’ Williams, who signed Jay Sean ) “Written On Her,” which entered the Top 20 of the radio charts this past week.
Jay Sean is also having tremendous success around the globe with “Down,” hitting # 2 in New Zealand, as well as climbing toward the top of the charts in Canada and Sweden, among other territories. A much anticipated promotional tour for Jay Sean is scheduled to kick off on the last week of October.