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Imperial Blaze
Studio album by Sean Paul
Released August 18, 2009 (Standard/Deluxe)
August 31, 2009 (UK)
Recorded 2006–2009
Genre Dancehall, ragga, reggae, electrohop
Length 66:49
Label VP, Atlantic
Producer Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, Don Corleon, Supacoop, Leftside, Jigzag, Delano Thomas
Professional reviews
Sean Paul chronology
The Trinity
(2005)
Imperial Blaze
(2009)
Singles from Imperial Blaze
  1. "So Fine"
    Released: June 2, 2009
  2. "Press It Up"
    Released: August 4, 2009[1]
  3. "Hold My Hand"
    Released: September 29, 2009[2]

Imperial Blaze is the fourth studio album by Jamaican dancehall artist Sean Paul.[3] The album was released on August 18, 2009.[4]

Contents

Background

The album was originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2007 under the name The Next Thing,[5][6] but was then pushed back to November 2008.[7]

Sean Paul told MTV that he wants to be less focused on party songs such as Get Busy, We Be Burnin', and Temperature. He said he wants his songs to focus on youth violence in Jamaica[6]

The album's title means "Kings Fire". Sean Paul commented on the title saying,[8]

"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.

On July 10, a song from the album, "Press It Up", was premiered on Sean Paul's official website.[9] A video was filmed for "Press It Up," which was directed by Jessy Terrero [10]

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".[11] On the German iTunes Store "Imperial Blaze" was released on August 14, 2009.[12]

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.

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Singles

  • The first official single is "So Fine", peaking at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The second official single is "Press It Up". It was released on August 4, 2009. The music video was released on September 9, 2009.[13]

Reception

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.[16] The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album .

Track listing

  • Sean Paul Henriques co-wrote all of the songs on the album; additional writers are listed below.
# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
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
66:49

Deluxe Version

iTunes Bonus track

# Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
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

Charts

Charts (2009)[17] Peak
position
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 17
French Albums Chart 8
Netherlands Albums Chart 36
Swiss Albums Chart 4
Belgian Albums Chart [18] (Wallonia) 11
Belgian Albums Chart(Flanders) 31
U.S. Billboard 200[19] 12
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[20] 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums[21] 1
Canadian Albums Chart[22] 5
U.S. Billboard Top Reggae Albums [23] 1
UK Albums Chart 4
European Top 100 Albums 20
Germany Albums Top 50 17
Dutch Albums Top 100 36

References

  1. ^ http://www.amazon.com/Press-It-Up-Album-Version/dp/B002K0SQWW/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&s=dmusic&qid=1259685135&sr=8-6
  2. ^ http://gfa.radioandrecords.com/publishGFA/GFANextPage.asp?sDate=09/29/2009&Format=9
  3. ^ New Music: Sean Paul - ‘So Fine’ Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  4. ^ "So Fine" - Audio Detail All Sean Paul.'.' Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  5. ^ 19 januari 2008. "Sean Paul talks to paparazzi about new album". Youtube.com. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7_7_W4EibU. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  6. ^ a b Sean Paul Hopes To Curb Youth Violence In Jamaica With Next LP. MTV.com'.' Retrieved June 29, 2008.
  7. ^ Sean Paul interviewed before concert. Youtube.com'.' Retrieved June 29, 2008.
  8. ^ TraceTV: Sean Paul Talks About His New Album "Imperial Blaze". All Sean Paul.
  9. ^ WORLD PREMIERE: Sean Paul - "Press It Up". All Sean Paul.
  10. ^ "Press It Up Songfacts". Songfacts.com. 2007-04-27. http://www.songfacts.com/detail.php?id=16301. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  11. ^ Exclusive "Imperial Blaze" Pre-Order Bundles! All Sean Paul.
  12. ^ "iTunes Store - Sean Paul - Imperial Blaze (Deluxe Version)". Itunes.apple.com. http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=327047071&s=143443. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  13. ^ "Video: Sean Paul – ‘Press It Up’". Rap-Up.com. http://www.rap-up.com/2009/09/09/video-sean-paul-press-it-up/. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  14. ^ http://gfa.radioandrecords.com/publishGFA/GFANextPage.asp?sDate=09/29/2009&Format=9
  15. ^ "Radio1 - UK Forthcoming Singles". Radio1.gr. http://www.radio1.gr/music/forthcoming_uk_singles.htm. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  16. ^ "Imperial Blaze reviews at Metacritic.com". Metacritic. CNET Networks, Inc. http://www.metacritic.com/music/artists/paulsean/imperialblaze. Retrieved September 17, 2009. 
  17. ^ Steffen Hung. "Sean Paul - Imperial Blaze". swisscharts.com. http://swisscharts.com/showitem.asp?interpret=Sean+Paul&titel=Imperial+Blaze&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  18. ^ "Ultratop Belgian Charts". ultratop.be. http://www.ultratop.be/fr/weekchart.asp?year=2009&date=20090905&cat=a. Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  19. ^ "Week Ending Aug. 23, 2009: Over 50 And Still On Top - Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. http://new.music.yahoo.com/blogs/chart_watch/41066/week-ending-aug-23-2009-over-50-and-still-on-top/. Retrieved 2009-10-01. 
  20. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/sean-paul/chart-history/322007?f=333&g=Albums
  21. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/sean-paul/chart-history/322007?f=335&g=Albums
  22. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/sean-paul/chart-history/322007?f=309&g=Albums
  23. ^ http://www.billboard.com/#/artist/sean-paul/chart-history/322007?f=336&g=Albums

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