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Sean Paul, Island Records a natural fit

Kingston, Jamaica: Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winning, superstar Sean Paul has signed with Island Records.

Falling under the internationally acclaimed umbrella brand, Universal Music Group, Island Records has a history of propelling reggae to world success, most notably with the career of music legend Bob Marley.

“What Sean has done for Jamaica and helping reggae music crossover makes him nothing short of a cultural icon,” president of Island Records U.K. Darcus Beese, told billboard.com. “I don’t think there’s anything more potent or authentic than Island Records sitting down with a reggae artiste of his calibre and having a conversation about signing them. It’s absolutely a natural fit.”

For Sean Paul, the signing with Island Records offers the same space and creative freedom that he developed with his own Dutty Rock label.

“Dancehall has now become mainstream international music, rather than underground where it was for years. Island [Records] is an iconic label. It makes me feel new all over again,” said the 20-year music veteran.

“Now I have got a deal with Island where they recognise that ‘he knows what his fanbase needs and knows exactly what he wants to put out’,” Sean Paul explained. “We don’t need to help him in that direction. We need to facilitate people knowing about his work. That’s just a great thing for me.”

The two-time Grammy Award winner officially signed with Island Records in August.

Making the Hits

Sean Paul achieved his fourth Billboard Hot 100 number one song for his collaboration with Sia on Cheap Thrills this year.

Also, Sean Paul’s single with Sak Noel and Salvi Trumpets has received viral success as fans worldwide post their original choreography videos online.

Sean Paul fans can look forward collaborations with Jamaican dancehall artiste Chi Ching Ching with whom he did Crick Neck; the official release of his latest LUV with hip-hop sensation Tory Lanez; as well as a new album in 2017.

Hinting to even more productions with the likes of famous producer David Guetta and Shakira, the Jamaica-based artiste told billboard.com that he is “loving the resurgence of dancehall”.

Sean Paul looks to take the stage at Bestival 2016, to be staged at the Robin Hill Country Park where Sean Paul can be seen on the final night September 11 as well as the already sold out Electric Ballroom in Camden, London on September 13.

For all show and tour updates, visit http://allseanpaul.com/

See Billboard article: http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7487784/sean-paul-signs-to-island-records-talks-shakira-and-david-guetta


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