Felix Jaehn, a twenty-year-old DJ from Hamburg, has burst into the U.S. music scene with his hit remix of Omi’s “Cheerleader”, and has become the first German artist to take the number one position on the Billboard music charts in 26 years.
The original “Cheerleader” by Jamaican singer Omi was released in 2012 but didn’t catch on until Jaehn put his spin on the song late last year. It quickly topped charts in Australia, France, Canada, the UK and Germany, but took a few weeks to finally catch on in America.
Not even Nena’s 1983 crossover hit “99 Luftballons” saw the level of success that “Cheerleader” has seen in the States, as it topped out at number 2 on the charts. Even “Du hast” by Rammstein didn’t come close to Jaehn’s success as it only reached number 20 on the Billboard music chart.
The last time a German artist took the number one spot was Milli Vanilli with their 1989 hit “Don’t Blame It On the Rain”, which spent two weeks at the top of the chart.
The success of Jaehn’s “Cheerleader” remix has made him one of the most sought out DJ’s on the market, and is already gearing up for his next success. “Ain’t Nobody (Loves Me Better)”, a remix of Chaka Khan’s 1983 original, features the 14-year-old British singer Jasmine Thompson and is already climbing the music charts internationally including the U.S.