Sean Paul occupies a momentous position within the progression of Jamaican music. His platinum selling third album The Trinity (2005, Atlantic Records) stands as the biggest opening week sales ever for a Jamaican dancehall artist, moving 107,000 copies. Sean’s RIAA certified sales have surpassed 26 million, a staggering amount by today’s standards as reggae, despite its widespread influence, struggles to attain significant sales numbers. Sean’s sales are even more impressive because his biggest hits -- including “Gimme The Light,” “Like Glue,” and the Billboard Hot 100 chart toppers “Temperature” and “Get Busy” -- are undiluted dancehall tracks that enjoyed widespread U.S. radio play without the remixes that are typically used to take dancehall reggae to a larger audience.
Despite Sean’s mainstream recognition -- he’s had 18 Hot 100 hits that include providing the Jamaican flavor on Beyonce’s “Baby Boy” and Sia’s No. 1 “Cheap Thrills,” and a 2004 best reggae album Grammy for Dutty Rock (his major label debut, RIAA certified 2x platinum) -- the Kingston, Jamaica born and raised artist has steadfastly clung to his dancehall roots. In late September Sean’s label Dutty Rock Productions released its first artist album Turning Tables by Chi Ching Ching, a popular Jamaican dancer turned deejay (Jamaican rapper). On Nov. 30 Dutty Rock dropped an 18-track various artist dancehall rhythm (or riddim) compilation, Gang Gang, featuring dancehall star Konshens, veteran deejay Spragga Benz and singer Wayne Marshall individually offering their vocals over the same beat.
“Ching’s Turning Tables is the first artist album project I’ve ever done as the production team, the record label and the artist behind the scenes. It’s the first step for Ching in this direction; he’s been amazing to watch because he gives his all and he’s willing to learn from the experience,” Sean told Billboard on a recent promotional visit to midtown Manhattan with Chi Ching Ching. Sean signed Ching to Dutty Rock Productions in 2017 (Ching was previously signed to dancehall artist Popcaan’s Unruly Entertainment) and since that time, Ching has been a part of Sean’s hectic touring itinerary, which this year has included shows throughout Europe, the UK, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean.