Jay Sean

Pop/R&B singer Jay Sean may be fresh to the scene in the U.S., but the 28-year-old singer has been making young girls abroad scream for years. “All or Nothing,” his first album to be released in the States, will actually be his third album release. His recent addition to the Cash Money Records roster simply means that he has a second label to call home (in 2008 Jay Sean created his own label, Jayded Records, and released his second album). To think, if the music thing didn’t work out Jay would have had to settle for his alternative plan: finishing his stint in Med School and becoming a doctor.

Born Kamaljit Singh Jhooti in London, one thing that made Jay Sean initially stand out from the pack as an artist is his Indian/Punjabi background. Embraced by Southeast Asia for his unique combination of contemporary sounds with traditional Punjabi elements, his debut album not only reached number six on the U.K. album charts, but also went five times platinum in India.

Five years later, the British singer released his first single in America, “Down,” which features rapper Lil’ Wayne. The song (which kind of sounds like an updated version of many of the classic tunes churned out by influential late 90’s bands like N’sync and the Backstreet Boys) is currently number three on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart.

Written by Shaira B.

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