Thursday, September 17, 2009

Sean Paul sends condolences for ‘Steely’

Platinum selling dancehall star Sean Paul, who recently released his fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze, would like to send condolences to the family, friends and fans of dancehall heavyweight and kingpinWyclef 'Steely' Johnson of Steely and Clevie fame.

Steely died on Monday as he lost the battle for his life in critical condition at a New York hospital, suffering from pneumonia after having recovered from kidney complications in December.

“He taught Jamaica, the world and me in particular a lot about music, and helped to nurture dancehall music into a genre that kids still enjoy today. May his soul rest in peace, a great soldier of Reggae Music,” said Sean Paul.

Steely and Clevie worked closely with Sean Paul producing the hit track Coxsone Dodd remastered 'I'm Still in love with You’ which features Sasha. Steely started his career as the original keyboard player with the Roots Radix Band which backed Gregory Isaacs, Bunny Wailer and numerous other artistes both on tour and in the recording studio, and is noted as one of the pioneers of dancehall. Certainly not limited to this genre, Steely and Clevie have worked together for 30 years with domestic and international artistes of many styles with great success.

Sean Paul is back on the road, continuing to promote his recently released album Imperial Blaze. The dancehall artiste’s first album since the massively successful The Trinity, it has debuted atop the Billboard Top Ten Reggae Albums chart, as well as the Billboard Top Ten Rap Albums Charts.

He is the first Jamaican and the first dancehall artiste to top the Billboard Top Ten Rap Album charts. Imperial Blaze is also heading for international success, debuting it debuted at #1 when it was released in the dancehall-hungry Asian nation of Japan last week, selling upwards of 50,000 copies in its first week. He topped the Oricon Weekly International Album Sales chart, the first time he has done so, and is holding his own on the Billboard Canadian Albums, France Albums, and European Albums with positions #5, #8, and #20 respectively.

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