Language Matters

Kathleen Stein Smith, Ph.D

German DJ Felix Jaehn tops US music charts (“Cheerleader”)

“German DJ Felix Jaehn has become the first German artist in 26 years to top the Billboard music charts in the United States.

It’s one of the most-listened-to songs of the year: Felix Jaehn’s remix of Jamaican singer Omi’s “Cheerleader” has squarely landed at the top of the Billboard music charts in the US. The Hamburg-born DJ’s single has been climbing the charts for weeks, and finally hit the pinnacle, overtaking Wiz Khalifa’s “See You Again.” While “Cheerleader” was written by Omi in 2012, a popular 28-year-old Jamaican who’s been signed by a sub-label of Sony Music, it was Jaehn’s remix that launched not only the tune but also the artist to global fame.

In the video to the remixed song, which has already reached well over 60 million views, Omi spreads summer feeling with sunny beach landscapes, sexy party dancers, and soothing vocals that will put anyone in a good mood.”

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