Jay Sean

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Legal name: Kamaljit Singh Jhooti


Kamaljit Singh Jhooti, better known by his stage name Jay Sean, is a British singer-songwriter, rapper, beatboxer and record producer. He debuted in the UK's Asian Underground scene as a member of the Rishi Rich Project with "Dance with You", which reached No. 12 on the UK Singles Chart in 2003. This led to him being signed to Virgin Records and having two UK top 10 hits as a solo artist in 2004: "Eyes On You" at No. 6 and "Stolen" at #4. They were included in his critically acclaimed debut album Me Against Myself which, though only moderately successful in the UK, sold more than two million copies across Asia and remains his most successful album to date. Alongside the Rishi Rich Project, Sean was a pioneer of Bhangra-R&B fusion, which his debut album helped popularize among the worldwide South Asian diaspora.

He eventually left Virgin in 2006 and founded his own independent label, Jayded Records. After a gap of nearly four years, he returned in 2008 with "Ride It", which reached No. 11 in the UK and topped the charts in several Eastern European countries, including Romania where it was one of the best-selling singles of the year. It was followed by hits such as "Maybe", which reached No. 7 on the Japan Hot 100, and "Tonight". They were included in his second album, My Own Way, which became his most successful album on the UK Albums Chart, reaching No. 6, and topped the UK R&B Chart. At around this time, he began increasingly incorporating electropop sounds into his R&B music.

Since the end of 2008, he has been signed to Cash Money Records. In 2009, his American debut single "Down" topped the Billboard Hot 100, making him the first solo artist of South Asian origin and first UK urban act to top the Hot 100. It was the seventh-best selling song of 2009, having sold more than three million copies in the United States that year, eventually reaching four million sales in the United States and six million sales worldwide, making him the most successful British/European male urban artist in US chart history. As of 2011, it is the fifth best selling song by a British artist in the digital era. It was soon followed by another hit, "Do You Remember", which has sold more than a million copies in the US, and entered the top ten on the Hot 100, making him the first male act since Chingy in 2003 to "simultaneously appear in the Hot 100 top 10 with his first two charting singles." They were included in his American-debut album All or Nothing, which debuted at No. 37 on the US Billboard 200 and reached No. 11 on the Japan Oricon Albums Chart. Sean has also been a featured artist in several hits; the 2011 ballad "What Happened to Us" by Indigenous Australian R&B and soul singer Jessica Mauboy features Sean and charted within the top 20 on the ARIA singles chart and certified platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Sean is sometimes referred to as a "one-man boy band" and was ranked No. 35 in Billboard's Hot 100 Artists of 2009.

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Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2004 Me Against Myself Jay Sean 2
2008 My Own Way Jay Sean 2
2009 All or Nothing Jay Sean 4 4
2013 Neon Jay Sean 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2012 Hit the Lights Compilation Jay Sean 1

Album + Mixtape/Street

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 The Mistress Mixtape/Street Jay Sean 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2003 Dance With You The Rishi Rich Project feat. Jay Sean & Juggy D 1
2004 Eyes on You Jay Sean feat. The Rishi Rich Project 2
2009 Do You Remember Jay Sean feat. Sean Paul & Lil Jon 1
2009 Down Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne 1
2010 I Made It (Cash Money Heroes) Kevin Rudolf feat. Birdman, Jay Sean & Lil Wayne 2
2010 2012 (It Ain't the End) Jay Sean feat. Nicki Minaj 1
2011 Every Little Part of Me Alesha Dixon feat. Jay Sean 1
2011 Hit the Lights Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne 1
2011 Like This Like That Jay Sean feat. Birdman 1
2012 I'm All Yours Jay Sean feat. Pitbull 1
2013 Where You Are Jay Sean 1


Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2008 Stay Jay Sean 1
2012 So High Jay Sean 1

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