By Akshay Bhansali
Jay Sean held a listening party last night at Greenhouse in New York City, which brought together his label (Universal Republic) and a smattering of industry folks under one roof to salute the artist's rise to stardom here in the States. For several weeks, "Down" has been virtually at or near the top of popular music charts. Both Slim and Birdman (Cash Money Records' Co-CEOs) were on hand to support Sean, who helped deliver the label's first #1 Billboard Hot 100 song.
"I feel like a 4-year-old boy," Sean said to the packed crowd. "I have so much love for everyone in this room!" With that, he launched into "Ride It," the international hit song that helped grab Slim's attention and eventually led to his signing.
Sean then beatboxed into an acoustic intro for "Down" before the sound system kicked in announcing, "Number one!" after which came the original version of the song.
Finally, as he said goodnight, he dropped his latest single on the crowd. "I hope you like it," Sean said. "This is called, 'Do You Remember,' and it features Sean Paul. Enjoy!" And with that he handed off the mic and embraced Slim with a big hug — the night's best "Awwwww" moment.