Sean Paul Tops Reggae Charts
SEAN PAUL'S newest album, The Trinity (VP/Atlantic), has topped the Reggae charts, selling over 107,000 in its first week.
This makes it the highest ever reggae debut and single week sales for a reggae artist in SoundScan history.
Sean Paul, who brought massive mainstream attention to Jamaica's dancehall in 2002, returns to the fore in a big way, with this week's number seven on the Billboard 200, number four on R&B chart, and, of course, number one on the Reggae chart. The record-breaking sales gives Sean Paul his highest chart position to date.
The success of Sean Paul's latest release has ended Junior Gong's reign in the number one spot, as just a week ago, Damian Marley's Welcome To Jamrock sold 86,000 copies in its first week. It was, at that time, the biggest debut for a reggae release since Nielsen SoundScan starting collating data in 1991.
The Trinity is the follow-up to Sean Paul's breakthrough debut album, 2002's Dutty Rock, which sold 65,000 in its first week and went on to become an international phenomenon, selling over six million worldwide. That album spawned four mega hit singles as well as collaborations with artists such as Beyonce, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes, and even Sting at the 2004 Grammy Awards.
On The Trinity, Sean returns to his signature blend of reggae, dancehall, and hip-hop, to great success and acclaim.
The first single on the album, We Be Burnin' is this week's greatest gainer on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop charts, entering the Top 20 this week, and steadily rising up the Pop charts as well, with the video currently in rotation on MTV and BET.
The album was named The Trinity because it is Sean Paul's third album (second with Atlantic), three years in the making, and made entirely in the Third World. The new album is already on pace to better Dutty Rock, which transformed the music scene and brought authentic Jamaican dancehall reggae from an underground phenomenon to the mainstream of popular music around the globe and earned Sean Paul a Grammy, MTV Europe's Best New Artiste Award, Source, MOBO, Juno, Much Music, and International Reggae and World Music awards.