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OMI's second

Friday, May 19, 2017

REGGAE singer OMI is currently working on his sophomore album in London, England.

Splash caught up with him during a recording session earlier this week.

“I'm really loving not only the direction of this album but also the vibe because I get to be more instrumental in the creation of this one. I also get to work with a lot of different producers and writers,” OMI explained.

Producers and songwriters including Sky Adams, Teemu, Danny Shah, Moon Willis, Jenson Vaughn (who worked on Hula Hoop), Mark Ralph, Neil Ormandy and Phil Plested are among those who are collaborating with the singer on his upcoming album.

Pressed to reveal the name of the album, OMI said: “For right now, we are only toying with a few ideas but at the end of it all I think it will come down to being called one word.”

The album is expected to be released this summer. OMI recently collaborated with Shaggy on the single Seasons.

Me 4 U, the debut album from singer OMI, has been certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for sales of over 500,000 units. The certification was announced earlier this year.

Released in October 2015 by Ultra Music, Me 4 U debuted at number 51 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with first week sales of over 9,000 copies. It peaked at number 18 in Canada, 37 in Australia, 62 in France, 21 in Norway, 9 in Sweden and 25 in Denmark.

The album's lead single Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix) spent six non-consecutive weeks at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and was named Billboard Magazine's Song of the Summer for 2015.

Cheerleader which also topped the UK pop chart, was number one in 21 countries. It was certified double platinum for sales of over 810,000 copies in the UK and double platinum in the United States for sales of over 2 million. Its worldwide sales stand at 5.9 million copies.

Hula Hoop, the second single released from the album, was a hit in Europe peaking at number 75 in the UK; number 8 in Austria; number 19 in Canada; number 8 in Denmark; number 67 in France; number 12 in Germany; number 20 in New Zealand and number 3 in Sweden.