Olaf’s collab hits Billboard
Jamaican singer Olaf Blackwood is celebrating mainstream success. His collaboration titled I Need You , with European EDM DJ Armin van Buuren and Lady Gaga’s songwriter Fernando Garibay recently peaked at number nine on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay Charts.
The singer, who up to a few months ago was virtually unknown until the release of I Need You, said he’s grateful for the success of the song.
“Shaggy introduced me to Fernando Garibay; that’s how the initial link was made. I kept on sending him my songs for a while until he invited me to his studio. I ended up writing several songs with him and Armin van Buuren. After recording some of the songs we wrote they decided to release I Need You, and as they say the rest is history,” Blackwood said.
According to Blackwood, the song is about heartbreak.
“It chronicles the life of a young lady who has lost the will to get out of bed in the morning. The outside world is too much to bear. She’s trying so hard to be accepted whilst selling away bits and pieces of her soul and now she’s at a breaking point and crying for help. The overall message: is we all need love. Some will go to greater lengths than others, but ultimately we all seek the same thing and that is love,” he said.
Blackwood was born in Lacovia, St Elizabeth. He migrated to New York at age 22. Among the songs he has released are Burden, Where You Been featuring KC Collins and Can’t Lie, a collaboration with Safaree.