News: Sean Paul Projected To "Blaze" W/ 23K In First Week Sales

Thursday, Aug 20, 2009 4:00PM

Written by Cyrus Langhorne

Dancehall star Sean Paul will reportedly land on the charts with 23,000 sold next week as his new album Imperial Blaze, which features Keri Hilson, hits store shelves.

According to early reports, the singer will face competition from country music star Reba McEntire.

With one-day reports from those retailers who haven't turned their record stores into massage parlors, Valory Music Group's Reba McEntire will receive a #1 bow, with between 90-100k for her new album, Keep on Loving You. After this week's George Strait debut, that means country albums have had consecutive chart-topping bows. Third Eye Blind's latest, on indie Megacollider, should do a robust 40-50k. Finally, veteran VP/Atlantic Records dance hall/reggae artist Sean Paul will do between 20-23k for his new album, Imperial Blaze, and Warner Bros.' Mute Math should sell in the 15-20k range. (Hits Daily Double)

His new album will follow-up 2005's The Trinity.

In the fall of 2000, Paul released his first album on VP Records; the sprawling Stage One collected many of Paul's previous hit singles and compilation cuts, plus a few brand-new tracks. 2002's Dutty Rock and 2005's The Trinity were extremely successful. Both albums peaked in the Top Ten of the album chart and featured a handful of mainstream smashes. (All Music)

Paul has over a decade of music history under his belt.

Paul released his debut single, "Baby Girl," with producer Jeremy Harding in 1996; it proved a significant success, leading to further Jamaican hits like "Nah Get No Bly (One More Try)," "Deport Them," "Excite Me," "Infiltrate," and "Hackle Mi." In 1999, Sean Paul started to make inroads to American audiences; he was first commissioned to collaborate with fellow dancehall hitmaker Mr. Vegas on a production for rapper DMX; titled "Here Comes the Boom," the song was included in director Hype Williams' film Belly. (Billboard)

The Black Eyed Peas led all urban-based releases this week.

Pop group Black Eyed Peas' E.N.D. (Energy Never Dies) continues to make noise on the charts moving up one slot to No. 3 with 45,300 but missing out on the top slot as country singer George Straight's Twang debuts with 155,000 in first week sales. According to Nielsen Soundscan, Peas' latest offering has sold a combined total of 917,400 units after ten weeks on store shelves. (SOHH Sales Wrap)

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