|Studio album by Sean Paul|
|Released||August 18, 2009 (Standard/Deluxe)
August 31, 2009 (UK)
|Genre||Dancehall, ragga, reggae, electrohop|
|Producer||Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Don Corleon, Supacoop, Leftside, Jigzag, Delano Thomas|
|Sean Paul chronology|
The album's title means "Kings Fire". Sean Paul commented on the title saying,
"I'm not the king. I'm the fire, I'm the flame, I'm the energy."
In an interview with DJ Swerve, Sean Paul confirmed that he did 60 tracks for the album, with 19 tracks making the final cut.
The album was put on pre-order on July 17, 2009. Those who pre-ordered will receive two digital track downloads to songs titled "She Wanna Be Down" and "Get With It Girl". On the German iTunes Store "Imperial Blaze" was released on August 14, 2009.
Sean Paul expressed delight regarding the progress of the album on the international stage. "It's a good feeling and I'm happy - very happy that people like the music, and that they've been going out and getting the album," he said.
"Number 1 in Japan is a big achievement for me. I'm especially proud of that, because outside of Jamaica, Japanese people are really the biggest consumers of dancehall music," he said.
Imperial Blaze is also leaving a fiery path on European charts and turning up the heat on radio stations and in clubs. Apart from being certified gold in France Imperial Blaze debuted at #8 in that country, #7 in the United Arab Emirates, #5 in Canada, #4 in Switzerland, #15 in Belgium, #17 in Austria, and #17 in Germany.
It was also the first ever Jamaican album to debut atop the Billboard Rap Charts. The wholly Jamaican produced project debuted atop the Billboard Reggae Charts, #3 on the Hip Hop/R&B Album charts, #12 on the Billboard 200, #9 on the Digital Albums, and #20 on the European Albums chart.
Initial critical response to Imperial Blaze was average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 51, based on five reviews. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album .
|1.||"Intro: Chi Chi Ching"||0:50|
|2.||"Lace It"||Stephen McGregor||Di Genius||2:51|
|3.||"So Fine"||S. McGregor, Nigel Staff||Di Genius||3:30|
|4.||"Now That I've Got Your Love"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:33|
|5.||"Birthday Suit"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:25|
|6.||"Press It Up"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:43|
|7.||"Evening Ride"||Jeremy Harding, S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:56|
|8.||"Hold My Hand" (iTunes version features Keri Hilson)||Arif Cooper, Clayton Morrison||Supacoop||3:26|
|9.||"She Want Me"||J. Harding, S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:05|
|10.||"Daddy's Home"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:30|
|11.||"Bruk Out"||Craig Parks||Leftside||3:24|
|12.||"Pepperpot"||S. Anderson, A. McIntyre, Jason Henriques||Jigzag||3:50|
|13.||"Wine Baby Wine"||J. Harding||Mister Harding||3:04|
|14.||"Running Out of Time"||Donovan Bennett, J. Henriques||Don Corleon||3:21|
|15.||"Don't Tease Me"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:19|
|16.||"Lately"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:06|
|17.||"She Wanna Be Down"||S. McGregor||Di Genius||3:37|
|18.||"Straight From My Heart"||A. Thompson, Delano Thomas, Dwayne Chin-Quee, M. Chin, Cezar Cunningham||Delano Thomas||4:26|
|19.||"Private Party"||Donovan Bennett, J. Henriques||Don Corleon||3:34|
|20.||"I Know U Like It"||J. Henriques||3:07|
iTunes Bonus track
|21.||"Agarra Mi Mano (Hold My Hand Spanish Version)"||Arif Cooper, Clayton Morrison||Supacoop||3:29|
|22.||"So Fine (Music Video)"||S. McGregor, N. Staff||Di Genius||3:32|
|Australian ARIA Albums Chart||17|
|French Albums Chart||8|
|Netherlands Albums Chart||36|
|Swiss Albums Chart||4|
|Belgian Albums Chart  (Wallonia)||11|
|Belgian Albums Chart(Flanders)||31|
|U.S. Billboard 200||12|
|U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums||3|
|U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums||1|
|Canadian Albums Chart||5|
|U.S. Billboard Top Reggae Albums ||1|
|UK Albums Chart||4|
|European Top 100 Albums||20|
|Germany Albums Top 50||17|
|Dutch Albums Top 100||36|