NEWS: Ragamuffin Festival Fails Sean Paul and Fans

Monday, February 14, 2011

Headline Entertainment: The promoters of the Raggamuffin Festival cancelled Sean Paul’s appearance but failed to remove him from the advertising. The result, Sean Paul was unable to travel to Australia to perform for his fans that anxiously expected his appearance. The artiste has issued a public apology via Twitter regarding his absence from the tour.

The Grammy award-winning performer was slated as one of the main acts for the festival, which had featured concerts in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne. According to booking agent Jerome Hamilton, Sean Paul had his eyes set on making the trip Australia. “Sean made it clear that he was more than looking forward to performing for his Australian fans however the situation is out of his hands and the promoters have made their decision not to have him on the show, so we just have to move on with that.”

Sean Paul is also issuing an apology to his fans in New Zealand as well, as he was scheduled to perform in that country following his Australian tour. This is new territory for the Jamaican born reggae star, having performed in over 100 countries around the world during his fifteen-year career.

At present, the Kingston based rhyme slinger is working on his upcoming album, after which a full slate of promotional tours will be on the cards starting from April of this year.

Currently Sean Paul’s latest hit single Tik Tok with Bob Sinclair was Top Dance track on iTunes in January. The single is also number No.5 in Italy, N°6 in Austria, N°7 in Germany and also N°1 on the Club Chart in the UK. The platinum selling star is in the process of completing his fifth album which will be released this year by VP/Atlantic Records, the follow-up to 2009’s Imperial Blaze. Australia is one of many countries with strong fan base evidence by record sales of his multi-platinum Dutty Rock and The Trinity albums. Small wonder that he cites Australia as “one of my favourite places in the world.”

Sean Paul was one of the standard-bearers for dancehall at the start of the 21st Century. His 2002 album, Duty Rock, was an international revelation, yielding several hit songs including Gimme The Light, Get Busy and a rocking remake of the Alton Ellis rocksteady classic, I’m Still In Love With You Girl alongside Sasha. Dutty Rock sold over six million copies and won the Best Reggae Album category at the 2003 Grammy Awards. Its remarkable success got the attention of big-name acts like Beyonce, on whose chart-topper Baby Boy he appeared.

Three years later, Sean Paul maintained his platinum run with The Trinity which spawned the hit songs, We Be Burnin, Ever Blazin, Give It Up To Me, Never Gonna Be The Same and Temperature. Temperature won an MTV Video Award in 2006 while Sean Paul was voted Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist at that year’s American Music Awards.


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