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Sean Paul Disses Justin Bieber and Drake over Dancehall “Exploitation”

September 29, 2016
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CALIFORNIA, United States, Friday September 9, 2016 – Sean Paul has called out megastars Drake and Justin Bieber, taking them to task for using Jamaican music without giving credit.

“It is a sore point when people like Drake or Bieber or other artists come and do dancehall-orientated music but don’t credit where dancehall came from and they don’t necessarily understand it,” the Jamaican dancehall legend told The Guardian.

“A lot of people get upset, they get sour. And I know artists back in Jamaica that don’t like Major Lazer because they think they do the same thing that Drake and Kanye did – they take and take and don’t credit.”

While Paul says that he still enjoys Drake’s music, he views the way the Canadian star infuses dancehall less as a tribute and more as exploitation.

Paul is equally dismissive of the term “Tropical House” being ascribed to a genre which draws from dancehall. Tracks such as Rihanna’s “Work” and Bieber’s “What Do You Mean?” have been placed in that category.

As Paul works on a new album, he nevertheless understands the importance of keeping up with trends in order to stay relevant. He’s worked with Wiz Khalifa and Blood, the producer who crafted Bieber’s “Sorry,” and believes he can serve as the much-needed link to dancehall’s origins.

“Dancehall is back but this time it’s also infused with Afrobeat, with hip-hop, with rap, and that’s fine with me,” he told The Guardian.

“Sure, I would like what we do in Jamaica, that authentic dancehall, to be on top, but it simply isn’t. So I want this album to bridge that gap.”

Other critics of the appropriation of dancehall include Azealia Banks, who dismissed Rihanna’s “Work” video, which features Drake. She said that it reminded her of a Sean Paul video, “except not as fly.”

Mr Vegas has also been a leading voice in the debate against the misappropriation of dancehall and spoke out against Drake for failing to credit deejay Popcaan on the hit song “Too Good.”

Sean Paul is credited with taking dancehall out of Jamaica and onto the world stage in the early 2000s.

His “Get Busy,” “Gimme The Light,” the Beyoncé-featuring “Baby Boy,” and “Breathe” with R&B singer Blu Cantrell all helped place him among the world’s pop elite.

His 2002 album Dutty Rock launched dancehall into the mainstream, but musical tastes changed and the genre fell out of favour and off the international charts.

Dancehall has nevertheless returned to the world stage over the past year, with Major Lazer’s “Lean On” becoming the most streamed single of all time, and Bieber’s hit “Sorry” mixing a subtle dancehall beat with pop and featuring dancehall moves in the video.

Next came Drake, who drew on dancehall throughout “Views From The Six,” while dancehall talent Assassin made his mark on Kanye West’s “Yeezus” and Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Paul recently regained centre stage with “Cheap Thrills,” his chart-topper with singer/songwriter phenomenon Sia, which landed Sia her first Billboard number one.

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Full Frequency new album from Sean Paul gets 5th #1 debut on Billboard Reggae Chart

March 8, 2014
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JO –  KINGSTON, Jamaica — International dancehall superstar Sean Paul is in the process of creating chart history, according to management company Headline Entertainment, as he received his fifth # 1 Reggae album debut on the Billboard Reggae charts for his sixth studio album, ‘Full Frequency’.

On Tuesday, February 18, Sean Paul released Full Frequency on Atlantic/VP Records, anchored by lead singles ‘Want Dem All’ featuring Konshens and ‘Riot’ featuring Damian Marley, which is currently the #1 song on the Jamaica Music Countdown chart. The project also debuted as the #1 album in Japan while charting high in multiple territories including top 5 in Mexico.

In anticipation of the release, Headline Entertainment said Sean Paul embarked on a US promotional tour including an appearance on the Arsenio Hall Show.

Headline Entertainment said that Sean Paul is the first Jamaican artiste to have an album cover with an interactive app which is free and allows fans to access music, videos, tour dates, and interact with the artiste through his social media sites.

Full Frequency, through the Layar app, allows fans to scan the album artwork with their android or IOS device and experience Sean Paul content popping up on their screens.

Other artistes that have added an interactive app to their projects include, Jay Z, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber, Headline Entertainment said.

Sean Paul’s Full Frequency album’s Augmented Reality feature was designed and developed by Jamaican-born Kai Williams and Khaliq King of Zipteq.

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