Brit pop artiste Jay Sean can’t wait to start his Indian tour next week. "I’ve been planning to visit India for a long time now. I’m glad the wait’s over," he says. High on his agenda is meeting old friends, eating good food, sipping chai on the streets and catching up with his fans. And his friend list in the city includes everyone from Priyanka Chopra and Abhishek Bachchan to Bipasha Basu. "We are all busy, travelling from one place to another, so it’ll be nice if I can meet them this time," he says.
Over 12 days, the Punjabi-R&B musician will perform in four-cities —Mumbai, Delhi, Pune and Bangalore — to promote his new album, Hit The Lights, released by Desi Hits records. "It was about time that I released it in India. The album has released as Freeze Time abroad, and has been received quite well. India’s always been a major market for me," he says.
Famous for hits like Ride it…, Eyes on you… and the Bipasha Basu-starrer Stolen..., the singer skyrocketed to fame when he topped the Billboard US Charts in 2009. His new album features collaborations with Lil’ Wayne, Nicki Minaj and Mary J Blige. "It’s amazing to work with artistes who have achieved so much. But in India, I’ll be singing a medley of songs from my four albums. They haven’t heard my new stuff and they are coming to hear what they best remember me for," he adds.
Ask if he plans on training pal Priyanka Chopra as she gears up for her music debut, and he replies, "She doesn’t need any. She has an amazing voice. I remember watching one of her interviews where she did some a capella and it just blew me away. I was like ‘whoa, this girl can sing!’"
The duo’s been planning to work together for years now. "It’s hard since we’ve just never been in the same place at the same time. But we somehow manage to catch up between travels," he says. And though Sean hasn’t associated much with Bollywood since he sang ‘Dil mera…’ in Kya Kool Hain Hum (2005), ask Southall’s one-man-boy-band if he plans to step into Priyanka’s territory and he says, "Bollywood? Why not! I would love to. Bollywood is how the world knows India, I would love to associate with it if the opportunity comes."