Forbes Magazine Features Sean Paul

Sean Paul featured in Forbes magazine

In an extensive article in Forbes Magazine, Sean Paul’s return to the music world is described as one of the most “surprising” music stories of 2016. According to the article, no one had foreseen the resurgence of the dancehall and hip-hop star. Sean Paul is featured on two smash hits in 2016, Sia’s “Cheap Thrills” and Clean Bandit’s “Rockabye”. Both tunes have made the hit charts around the world, all good news for him as he had previously disappeared from the mainstream music world for years. It was ten years ago when Paul had a Top Ten hit in the United States with “Temperature” and “(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me” made their way into the top three on the Hot 100. Over the years, he has had success as a featured guest on several singles, but he has had little presence in the U.S. His work has been chiefly in other parts of the world, like the Caribbean, where he is a major star. He also earned Grammy nominations, but most people who get their music from the radio tended to miss these efforts. Paul is back in the public eye now, however, and released two singles to date: “No Lie (ft. Dua Lipa),” and “Tek Weh Yuh Heart (ft, Tory Lanez).” He is choosing his guests carefully as well, selecting two of the most prominent up-and-coming artists in the music world. While he hasn’t announced a new album or tour as yet, it is thought that they will be coming in the near future. Paul has not made a record in two years, and now that his name is displayed in headlines and on the charts, his ability to draw concert crowds in the markets he hasn’t played in years is at a historic high.

Biography via Sean Paul Facebook Page

Currently, Sean Paul tops the charts with Cheap Thrills collaboration with pop star Sia; the song has also been nominated for Party Song of the year for the Teen Choice Award. The toaster is also topping the charts with a slew of dance-friendly tracks including Tornado from DJ Moh Green and featuring Nicky B and Clayton Hamilton, Trumpets from the production duo of Sak Noel & Salvi. His easy going collaboration with Magic on Lay You Down Easy and pop inspired collab with Jay Sean on Make My Love Go are also gaining traction internationally.

Sean Paul’s distinct voice, catchy rhythms, and first class productions have been the perfect blend for the success of this Grammy Award-winning Jamaican international superstar.Born Sean Paul Henriques in Jamaica on January 9, 1973, he rose to international fame in 2002 with the success of his second studio album Dutty Rock, which was fuelled by his Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers, Gimmie the Light and Get Busy.

Sean Paul attended the University of Technology with hopes of pursuing a profession in Hotel Management but his love for music was more powerful. His recording career began in the late nineties with the premiere of his single, Baby Girl. In 2000, Sean Paul released his debut album Stage One with VP Records. To date, he has released eight studio albums including; Dutty Rock, 2002; which he won the Grammy for Best Reggae Album, The Trinity, 2005; which was certified platinum in Europe and by the Recording Industry Association of America. He also went on to release Imperial Blaze, 2009; Tomahawk Technique, 2012, and most recently Full Frequency in 2014 which were all well received.

Sean Paul’s hard work and dedication over the years has earned him several Grammy and Billboard Music Award nominations. His accomplishments include an American Music Award, MOBO Awards, Soul Train Awards, MTV Music Awards, ASCAP Rhythm and Soul Music Awards, a Source Award and a BET Award. He is the only Jamaican artiste to have won an American Music Award (2006) for Favourite Pop/Rock Male artiste and also the first Jamaican to be featured on the cover of Vibe Magazine. Sean Paul enjoys such accolades but is keen on remaining humble and making his fans proud.

The success of his albums and his affinity for live performances have brought him much fame. In addition to being the first Jamaican artiste to perform in Kazakstan as well Madagascar, the multi-platinum artiste has ignited stages in well over 100 other countries, performing for huge audiences in some of the biggest venues around the world.

While cemented in reggae and dancehall from his home country, Sean maintains a multi-national presence with numerous collaborations in genres such as EDM, soca, pop, afrobeat and Latin. The cross-over icon also boasts a remarkable fan base in Latin America, Japan, Europe and USA. In 2014, his relationship with Spanish audiences spiked after an alignment with both Puerto Rican Reggaeton singer Farruko on the single Passion Whine, and global recording sensation Enrique Iglesias who contacted Sean Paul to partner on Bailando. The latter peaked at number one in 33 countries and its music video generated over 1.7 million views on YouTube.

Over the span of his career, Sean Paul has worked with quite a number of international and local hip-hop stars such as Busta Rhymes, Beyonce, Rihanna, Keyshia Cole, Kelly Rowland, Juicy J, 2Chainz, and Nicki Minaj. He has also partnered with reggae and dancehall acts such as Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley, Wayne Marshall, Ce’Cile, Tami Chynn, and long-time acquaintances Dutty Cup.

Aside from being a top-notch performer, Sean Paul is an excellent music producer and has created music with a number of top Jamaican artistes. Konshens, JCapri, Cham, Beenie Man, Bounty Killa, Elephant Man, Ding Dong, Vanessa Bling, Mr. Vegas and Denyque, are just a few of the multi-talented artistes featured on his Full Speed Riddim that was released in early 2015.

When not in the studio or on stage, Sean Paul likes to keep active with a round of tennis. He also enjoys intellectual conversations, drinking herbal tea and watching or participating in sports like basketball and swimming.

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Stephanie A. Cunningham