Grammy-winning dancehall superstar, Sean Paul has reportedly inked a deal with Island Records, the legendary label founded by Bob Marley’s former manager, Chris Blackwell.
It is understood that the acclaimed singjay and producer has signed up with the label. His handlers, however, declined to confirm whether the deal has been agreed.
This is Sean Paul’s second major deal with an American label – Island Records is based in New York City – having starred as a member of Atlantic Records, who he signed with in 2002. His first project as a part of the label, Dutty Rock put the artiste on the international map, going multi-platinum and winning Sean the award for Best Reggae Album at the 2004 Grammy Awards. He also released the commercially successful follow-up studio album, The Trinity in 2005, while also dropping compilations such as Imperial Blaze (2009), Tomahawk Technique (2012) and Full Frequency (2014).
Sean Paul parted ways with Atlantic in 2014 after a highly successful run which saw him sell over 15 million album copies worldwide, win an American Music Award, MTV Video Music Award and two Soul Train awards.
The Island Records label has been known for its boosting of premiere Jamaican acts such as Buju Banton, Beenie Man, Black Uhuru, Burning Spear, Toots & The Maytals and Bob Marley.
Notable names currently on the Island Records roster include Nick Jonas, Enrique Iglesias, Keke Palmer, Childish Gambino, Nicki Minaj and Drake.