Bills pay off for LunchMoney Lewis

BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer

Monday, May 18, 2015

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AMERICAN hip hop artiste LunchMoney Lewis, son of Inner Circle bassist Ian Lewis, debuts at number two in the UK pop chart this week.


His single Bills is right behind Jamaican singer OMI's Cheerleader (Felix Jaehn remix) which is spending its third week at number one. The OMI single has been certified platinum in the UK for sales of over 600,000 copies. Its most recent certification is gold in South Africa for sales of over 10,000 copies.


Bills also hit in the United States where LunchMoney Lewis has featured on top-rated programmes, such as The Late Show with Jimmy Fallon and The Today Show.


Lewis, who is in his mid-20s, was born in Miami, Florida. Two years ago, he began working with hot producer Dr Luke, but first gained recognition in the United States after appearing on the Nicki Minaj album The Pinkprint. He was featured on the song Trini Dem Girls.


He also co-wrote British pop singer Jessie J's song Burnin' Up and American group Fifth Harmony's single Bo$$.


Bills, released by Kemosabe/Columbia Records, peaked at 79 on the Billboard Hot 100. It spent two weeks at number one on the ARIA Charts in Australia, where it has been certified platinum for sales of 70,000 copies.


The song went to number six in neighbouring New Zealand and has been certified gold in that country for sales of 7,500 copies.


Bills also made number one in The Netherlands and number two in Belgium. It has also charted in Canada (number 71), Germany (number 66), Ireland (number 12), Slovakia (number 63) and Spain (number 37).


Lewis released an EP titled Bills on April 24. It contains his new single Real Thing.


He is working with No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani on her upcoming solo album.


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