Jay Sean ft. Lil Wayne: 'Down'
Published Oct 17 2009, 08:04 BST
By David Balls
's UK track record to date isn't great. He's notched up two top ten singles in the past five years and reached number six with last year's My Own Way
album, but never really made a significant dent in the public consciousness. Yet in a Natasha Bedingfield-style twist of fortune, the 28-year-old is proving more of a hit in America, where his latest single 'Down' has topped the charts and shifted over a million copies. Now he's hoping to be welcomed back to his homeland with open arms.
It isn't tricky to see why Sean's latest offering has done so well Stateside. With its Eurodance-meets-R&B beats and heavily-produced vocals, 'Down' is near-indistinguishable from much of the music that dominates the US airwaves. Giving it some extra bite, he's landed the help of top dog Lil Wayne - himself responsible for a US No.1 single and album - who delivers the undeniably trashy killer line: "Honestly, I'm down like the economy." The result is a perfectly serviceable slice of radio pop, but Sean still seems to lack the star quality that's always restricted his success over here.> Click here to watch the 'Down' video