Sean Paul inks ‘Island’ dealTuesday, June 28, 2016
BY KEVIN JACKSON Observer Writer
Sean Paul has joined the roster at Island Records. The deejay signed recently with the iconic label, co-founded by Chris Blackwell, Graeme Goodall and Leslie Kong in 1959.
Sean Paul is currently in Germany on the second leg of his ‘Out of Control’ European tour.
Island Records is the second major label deal for Sean Paul. In 2002, he signed with Atlantic Records through a joint deal with VP Records. That union produced five studio albums: Dutty Rock (2002); The Trinity (2005); Imperial Blaze (2009); Tomahawk Technique (2012); and Full Frequency (2014).
After winning several awards including two Grammys, an American Music Award, a MOBO Award and MTV Awards and selling over 15 million albums, Sean Paul parted ways with Atlantic in 2014.
He is currently charting on several European and American Billboard charts with the remix of Sia’s Cheap Thrills. That song is number six on the Billboard Hot 100, Sean Paul's highest 'charter' in the US since 2006’s When You Gonna (Give it Up to Me) featuring Keyshia Cole, which reached number three.
A number of Jamaican acts have been associated with Island Records and its subsidiary labels over the years. They include Bob Marley and The Wailers, Millie Small, Dave and Ansell Collins, Desmond Dekker, Toots and The Maytals, Chaka Demus and Pliers, Third World, Beenie Man and Buju Banton.