Just before he kicked off a star-studded roster of performers at the Justin Timberlake & Friends Concert in Las Vegas last weekend, MTV News caught up with [artist id=”1797999″]Jay Sean[/artist], who was beaming with pride. After all, not only is Sean basking in the success of his “Down” single, on Saturday night, he would share the stage with some of the biggest names in music: [artist id=”2389485″]Taylor Swift[/artist], [artist id=”503203″]Alicia Keys[/artist], [artist id=”1133″]Snoop Dogg[/artist], [artist id=”503162″]Timbaland[/artist], [artist id=”1801883″]Ciara[/artist] and [artist id=”1231683″]Justin Timberlake[/artist].
“I was like, ’What are you talking about? Me? I’m brand new to America,’ ” Sean said when asked about the lineup. “You could choose anybody and I’m from England, so this is incredible. To be up there with such amazing, Grammy Award-winning artists is an honor.”
Indeed, for Sean, his success story continues to play out in fairy-tale fashion. In a matter of months he has accomplished what many in music seldom do: his single and video for “Down,” featuring labelmate Lil Wayne, topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart recently and its popularity continues to spread.
Sean also divulged that his official second single will be a song called “Do You Remember” and features bars from Jamaican rapper [artist id=”710346″]Sean Paul[/artist] and crunk king [artist id=”961130″]Lil Jon[/artist]. The feature of Sean Paul on the track is largely due to their meeting last month on the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards red carpet.
“On the red carpet, doing an interview,” he recalled. “Sean Paul is over there and he goes, ’Yo! Yeah man, Jay Sean!’ And I said, ’Hi Sean … Paul.’ This was the first time I’d ever met him. And he just said, ’Me and you need to work together.’ Two days later I called him and sent him the track, and sent it back to me the same day — and he was in Jamaica.”
Sean plans to shoot the video for “Do You Remember” in two weeks, and he revealed a bit of the theme to come.
“Again, this is a fun track. It’s an uplifting song and I want the video to match that, so expect a universal theme.”
Jay Sean’s U.S. debut album, All or Nothing, is set to drop on November 24.