“My first single to hit the United States is called ‘Down,’ and it features Lil Wayne,” Sean told MTV News.
Although he’s been active in the British-Asian and Global South Asian markets for six years, Sean put out his second album, My Own Way, independently in Europe and India last year. It quickly brought him to the top of the European R&B charts, sandwiched between names like Ne-Yo and Mariah Carey. His video for the album’s first single “Ride It” has more than 10 million views on YouTube, and he plays for crowds of over 50,000 while on tour outside of the U.S. Eventually, that success caught the attention of Ronald “Slim” Williams, the CEO of Cash Money Records.
“He looked at that and went, ‘Ten million views and this kid is not in America?’ ” Sean said. “For him I think he felt, ‘I want to help this kid, and he needs our engine, that is Cash Money Records, to take him to the next level.’ “