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Omi hits 10 top and makes Billboard reggae history

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Entertainer Omi has hit top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart which has landed him a place in Billboard’s reggae history.

The singer, who last week occupied the number 11 spot with Cheerleader, is now in the number 7 position after 8 weeks on the chart.

According to Billboard.com, Omi’s Cheerleader has sold 641,000 downloads to-date with more than half of its release total scanned in just the last three weeks.

“Cheerleader” joins the elite club of reggae hits that have crossed over to the Hot 100’s top 10 over the years which include Johnny Nash’s “I Can See Clearly Now” in 1972, Eric Clapton’s version of Bob Marley’s “I Shot the Sheriff” in 1974, UB40’s “Red Red Wine” in 1988 and “Can’t Help Falling in Love” in 1993, Inner Circle’s “Bad Boys” in 1993, Big Mountain’s “Baby, I Love Your Way” in 1994, Shaggy’s “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel” both in 2001, Sean Paul’s “Get Busy” in 2003 and MAGIC!’s “Rude” in 2014.

Omi has also created more waves with “Cheerleader” being added to great cheerleading moments on Billboard Hot 100 history, joining the likes of Toni Basil with his 1982 hit “Mickey” and Taylor Swift’s four-week No. 1 “Shake It Off” last year.

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