Jay Sean, who shot to international fame last year by becoming the only Indian-origin singer to have topped the Billboard charts in USA, hasn’t had much of an association with Bollywood since he sang Dil mera… in Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005). But the artiste, who seems to be the flavour of the season in the pop/R‘n’B world, plans to change that soon.
Sean, who calls Priyanka Chopra "one of (my) favourite friends from Bollywood", is in talks with the actor for a collaboration. "I know Priyanka has great love for music and can sing easily, so I’d love to do a lot more with her than just get her in a music video," he says in an exclusive interview over the phone from USA.
Push him to part with details, and he admits that he wants Chopra to sing with him for a track. "It would be so much fun! She sings really well. So definitely keep an eye for that… something good’s going to happen," he promises.
As for the music video, Sean says that the two have been discussing it forever. "I talk to Priyanka quite frequently and we talk about the video every time. I ask her, ‘When are you going to stop doing some films, so you have time to do my music video? And she’ll be like, ‘You have to work between my films, dude!’"
Just good friends
Although there were rumours of the two artistes dating last year, Sean says they are just "very good friends". "She’s a lovely girl and very, very talented. I love her films. In fact, I keep teasing her that if she’s going to be in my music videos, she’ll have to talk to one of her directors to make me the lead in one of her films," he laughs.
That may just happen in the future, but as of now, Sean’s only concentrating on promoting his debut single, 2012, from his sophomore American album, Freeze/Time.
“In terms of acceptance, pop music today can stand anything from rock to hip-hop to R‘n’B,” he says. “That’s allowed me to have fun in my new album. My music has always had an R‘n’B soul, but now the scene allows me to have fun with pop music as well,” he says.
“In Freeze/Time, I’ve showcased my diversity as an artiste. It’s got some great pop records, but also some slow, classy R‘n’B songs.” The reason Sean chose 2012 as his first single is that the song combines the best of both worlds. Featuring Trinidadian-American rapper Nicki Minaj, the song is a “put-your-hair-down party number”.
“Even though I don’t believe the world will end in 2012, in the song I’ve asked people to appreciate whatever they have and live every moment like it’s their last in the song,” says Sean.