Tuesday, February 20, 2018

A night of Superstars, Super music


READY FOR THE NIGHT: Shaggy, Sean Paul and Jay Sean

Mark Fraser

Tomorrow night all roads lead to the Jean Pierre Complex, Wrightson Road, Port of Spain as three top international superstars come together in the first major concert event of 2013 featuring Sean Paul, Jay Sean and Shaggy in an event promoted by International Concert Events Ltd (ICE). 

Sean Paul is back with a new look, a new sound and he’s about to take the heat up!!  

This is Sean Paul’s first concert performance in almost five years in Trinidad and with two recent albums under his belt, since his last visit he is coming to explode in style with his full band of musicians and dancers. 

The Jamaican dancehall superstar first sparked the world in 2002 with his breakout hit, “Gimme The Light”, and the fire has been burning brightly ever since. Hot on the heels of his multi-platinum, Grammy-winning classic album, Dutty Rock, he dropped the 2005 RIAA platinum smash The Trinity. That album led off with the Top 10 single “We Be Burnin”, followed by the No. 1 smash “Temperature”. Now Sean Paul is stoking the flames once more with his newly released fifth album, Tomahawk Technique. 

On this album, Sean Paul has added new dynamics to his music merging his signature sounds with techno and pop rhythms. The album exposes listeners to youthful and refreshing tracks, most of which are already topping charts all over Europe. For this album, he worked alongside Future Fambo, Ammo, Kelly Rowland and Alexis Jordan. “Got 2 Luv U” [featuring Alexis Jordan] has reached No. 1 in Switzerland and Austria and top 10 in other countries. “She Doesn’t Mind” has also reached No. 1 in Switzerland and Austria; top 10 in other countries while “Hold On” reached No. 1 in Belgium and No. 35 in France. Other singles released from this album include “How Deep is Your Love” with Destiny’s Child — Kelly Rowland.

Sean Paul will be performing all his  greatest hits including “Get Busy”, ‘Gimme The Light”, “Like Glue”, “We Be Burning”, “I’m Still in Love with you”, “Temperature”, “Give it up to me”, “Never Gonna Be The Same”, “So Fine”, “Press it Up”, “Pepperpot” and the new singles — “She Doesn’t Mind”, “Got 2 Luv you” and “How Deep is Your Love” with Destiny’s Child, Kelly Rowland. 

Shaggy (actual name, Orville Richard Burrell) was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on October 22, 1968. Shaggy left at age 18 for the Flatbush neighbourhood in Brooklyn, New York, where his mother was already living and working as a medical secretary. 

Shaggy released several singles on small independent labels that did well in New York’s numerous reggae clubs. The most successful of them, “Oh Carolina”, was a remake of a pre-reggae classic of Jamaican pop, by a group called the Folkes Brothers.

That led to the release of Shaggy’s debut album, Pure Pleasure, in 1993. Shaggy kept his momentum with his sophomore release, Boombastic, released in 1995. The title track of Boombastic became another international hit and also cracked open the doors of the US market for the artiste. The album received a gold record for sales of 500,000 copies, appeared on pop, rap, and R&B charts in the United States, and remained atop Billboard magazine’s US sales chart for a record 30 weeks. Boombastic earned Shaggy a 1996 Grammy award for Best Reggae Album.

Shaggy kept on composing new material and making new contacts, and before long he landed a spot on the soundtrack of the film How Stella Got Her Groove Back, with a soundtrack helmed by the durably successful urban pop producers, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. Quickly writing a song “Luv Me Luv Me” to their specifications, Shaggy ended up recording the tune with megastar Janet Jackson on chorus vocals.

That song reached upper chart levels, and as a result the MCA label, which had released the soundtrack, signed Shaggy to a new contract and released his album Hot Shot in 2000. On that album Shaggy discarded all pretensions to reggae authenticity. 

The album’s most successful composition was “It Wasn’t Me”, which dominated  the charts for several weeks both on the Billboard and International Charts. With “It Wasn’t Me”, Shaggy became the first reggae artiste to top the US pop singles charts since Shabba Ranks in 1991. Shaggy is one of the few artistes in the world to receive the prestigious Diamond Award for having sold over 20 million albums worldwide from one album.

Other popular hit singles which followed include “Angel”, “Hey Sexy Lady”, “Strength of A Woman”, “Wild 2 Night” and “Church Heathen”. Shaggy will also be performing with his full band of musicians.

The international Pop/R&B superstar best known for his back-to-back smashes, “Down” featuring Lil Wayne, and “Do You Remember” featuring Sean Paul. Combined, these two singles have sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.  “Down” peaked at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and garnered over 130 million views on YouTube and became a VEVO Certified video.  

This catapulted Jay Sean and his US debut album All Or Nothing, into a league reserved for few. “Down” also became Cash Money Records first track to snag the No. 1 spot on the Top 40 Radio Chart.  The album was followed by the now worldwide platinum single, “2012 (It Ain’t the End)”, featuring hotly-tipped rapper and singer, Nicki Minaj and “Hit the Lights” featuring world-renowned rapper Lil Wayne. In 2012 the single “I’m All Yours” featuring Pitbull was also released.

Set to release his Cash Money Records/Universal Republic follow-up in 2013, the highly anticipated fourth album, is the strongest realisation of the singer’s vision to date: a lethal combination of Pop, R&B and Dance music that bridges the singer’s myriad musical interests. Jay Sean is currently featured on DJ Pauly D’s first single, off of his debut album.  The song, “Back To Love”, is now available on iTunes. Jay Sean’s first single, “Where You Are”, from his just-released album.   

General admission tickets can be purchased at leading Francis Fashions and Pizza Boys outlets; Xtra Foods Supermarkets; Toppers Sports Bar and Grill; MS Food City, Debe; Foodmasters, Tunapuna and Crown Pharmacy, San Juan.

For more information call 477-6323 or 495-8200.