Jay Sean, the chart-topping UK pop/R&B singer, those singles, â€œDownâ€ and â€œDo You Rememberâ€ from his album, â€œAll or Nothingâ€ have become instant massive hits in the Philippines, is set to release a new album called Freeze Time in stores and on all digital platforms this November. The highly anticipated album is the strongest realization of the singer’s vision to date: a lethal combination of pop, R&B and dance music that bridges …the singer’s myriad musical interests.
The singer just released his energetic first single “2012 (It Ainâ€™t the End),” featuring hotly-tipped rapper and singer Nicki Minaj, where the moroseness of the Apocalypse is re-imagined as a celebration of life and love. â€œ2012 (It Ainâ€™t the End)â€ sees Jay Sean fuse R&B melodies over a dance-pop rhythm, a mix perfectly suited to both the club and the stereo.
Freeze Time continues the incredible career ascent the singer has been having since his first album, Me Against Myself, was released in 2004. Since then, the singer has received worldwide acclaim, racking up countless awards, including an UK BMI award for Best Songwriter and two MOBO nominations, and has seen multiple songs reach #1 in everywhere from Russia to Japan to Australia.
When “Down,” featuring Lil Wayne, was released in 2009, the song immediately became a worldwide hit, selling over one million digital singles in less than eight weeks and reaching #1 not only on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart but also in the Philippine music charts. Garnering over 70 million (and counting) views on YouTube, yet it was just the latest in a string of groundbreaking achievements for Jay Sean. â€œI guess that was one of the first real big pop/R&B records to hit the radio and came at a time where music was evolving and this type of sound was being strongly embraced,â€ says Jay Sean. “We knew it was a feel-good song with a strong pop anchor, but it still had that urban sensibility.â€
Born in India and raised in the UK, Jay Seanâ€™s success hits two birds with one stone, giving pride to both countries as being the first solo act of South Asian origin to top the Billboard Hot 100. After the breakthrough success of â€œDownâ€ came Jay Seanâ€™s second hit, the unforgettable â€œDo You Rememberâ€ which sold a million digital copies in the United States alone. Both hit songs can be found in Jay Seanâ€™s third album â€œAll Or Nothingâ€ released last November 2009. Jay Sean describes â€œAll Or Nothingâ€ as â€œdiverseâ€ â€œdrawing heavily from â€˜90s hip hop influencesâ€ and â€œcomposed of songs that resonate through the yearsâ€.
A consummate hip-hop and R&B obsessive growing up in London, Jay Sean was pursuing a degree in medicine at the London School of Medicine and Dentistry when he was offered his first record label deal. After dropping out to focus on a career in music, the rabid fanbase he had built up locally quickly became a global phenomenon, as fans flocked to his mix of hip-hop, pop, R&B and South Asian sounds.
As for Freeze Time, Jay Sean is finally in a comfortable place after years of sonic searching. â€œAs a songwriter, I was able to write great pop songs and great R&B songs but I never really had the ability to tie the two together until recently because I was experimenting so much with who I was as an artist,â€ admits the singer. â€œThere’s finally a platform for my style of music to be heard.â€
Now, Jay Sean fans are in for a fantastic booty shakinâ€™ time as the massive voice behind the hits â€œDownâ€ ,â€œDo You Rememberâ€ and â€œ2012â€ graces Manila shores for a one night only concert at the Araneta Coliseum on September 3, 2010 entitled â€œALL OR NOTHING: Jay Sean: Live in Manilaâ€. The show, produced by BlueDream Entertainment and MMI, will start at 8pm. Grab your â€œALL OR NOTHING: Jay Sean: Live in Manilaâ€.