Sean announced his signing to Cash Money at the U.K.'s prestigious MOBO (Music Of Black Origin) Awards, where he was nominated against Wiley, Dizzee Rascal, Taio Cruz, and Sway as the Best U.K. Male, and Usher, Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, and Estelle in the Best R&B/Soul category. While Sean went home without an award, his future looked bright. It was that night in October 2008 when Sean got word that his deal with Cash Money was finalized. The fact that Sean's video for "Ride It"--a single from his second album, My Own Way--has more than 10 million views on YouTube, was apparently enough to garner the attention of Cash Money CEO Ronald "Slim" Williams and make believe that Sean's appeal could translate to the U.S. Check out the video below.Akon, Birdman and fellow Brit stars Nadine Coyle of Girls Aloud and Keisha Buchanan of Sugababes are also reportedly in the works.
On one front, Sean has already enjoyed some success in the U.S. He received a BMI Award last October for his song, "Deal With It," which was recorded by High School Musical star Corbin Bleu. With more than 120,000 spins on the U.S. airwaves, it was one of the most-played songs on U.S. radio written by a European songwriter. Stay tuned to see if Sean can match that success with his own recordings in the U.S. In the meantime, check the video for "Maybe," another one of his U.K. hits from My Own Way.