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Sean Paul

Name: Sean Paul

Birthday: January 9,1973

Fav Dish: Cheesecake

Sean Paul Ryan Francis Henriques (born 9 January 1973), known simply as Sean Paul, is a Jamaican recording artist, musician, producer and actor.

He was born in Kingston, Jamaica to parents Garth and Frances, both of whom were talented athletes. His mother is a well-known painter. His paternal grandfather had Sephardi Jewish ancestry, from a family that had emigrated from Portugal, and his paternal grandmother was Afro-Caribbean; his mother is of English and Chinese descent. Sean Paul was raised as a Catholic, though aware that his grandfather came from an old respected Jamaican Jewish family. Many members of his family are swimmers. His grandfather was on the first Jamaican men’s national water polo team. His father also played water polo for the team in the 1960s, and competed in long-distance swimming, while Sean Paul’s mother was a backstroke swimmer. Sean Paul played for the national water polo team from the age of 13 to 21, when he gave up the sport in order to launch his musical career. He attended Wolmer’s Boys’ School and the College of Arts, Science, and Technology, now known as the University of Technology, where he was trained in commerce with an aim of pursuing an occupation in hotel management.

During 2013, Paul worked on his sixth studio album Full Frequency, which was eventually released on 18 February 2014. The first single off the album “Other Side of Love” was released to iTunes on 10 June 2013. The second single “Entertainment” which features 2 Chainz and Juicy J was released on 25 June 2013.  Sean released the official remix to “Entertainment” on 3 September 2013 with an additional feature from Nicki Minaj.”Turn It Up” was released as a single in the UK on 20 October 2013. It was to be released in Germany on 22 November 2013. “Want Dem All” was released as a single in the U.S. on 5 November 2013. The album features guest appearances from Damian Marley, Iggy Azalea, Brick & Lace, Konshens, Nicki Minaj, 2 Chainz & Juicy J.

Also in 2013, Sean Paul was featured on the single “What About Us” by British girl group The Saturdays. The single went straight into the Official UK Charts at number one with over 100,000 sales in its first week, becoming the fastest selling single of the year at the time of release.

In January 2014, Sean Paul was the main international artist at Fiestas Palmares 2014 in Costa Rica, where every year more than 15,000 people gather for the closing concert.

Also in 2014, Paul was featured on the official English speaking version of long running Latin American chart topper “Bailando” by Enrique Iglesias featuring Gente de Zona andDescemer Bueno. The video for the English version was shot concurrently with the video for the Spanish version in Santo Domingo. The English version would prove to be a worthy compliment to the historic Spanish version reaching top 10 status in the United States and topping the charts of several other countries.

Sean Paul appeared on the Apocalypse Soon EP by electronic group Major Lazer, on the track “Come On to Me” , which was released as the second single from the album, after “Aerosol Can”, a collaboration with Pharrell Williams.  

He also collaborated with Nigerian recording artist Timaya on a remix of his song “Bum Bum”. An accompanying video directed by Shutah Films was released online on 11 April.

The album was also nominated for Best Reggae Album at the Grammy’s in 2015. But, in September 2014, Sean Paul confirmed that he had left Atlantic Records label & will be moving forward as independent artist.

On July 6, 2015, Sean Paul released the music video for his song “Take It Low” on the album Full Frequency. On February 6, 2016, Sean Paul performed in the opening ceremony of Pakistan Super League.

On February 11, 2016, Australian singer Sia released a remix version of her song “Cheap Thrills” featuring Sean Paul. The song became an international hit, reaching the top 20 in nearly every country the single charted, including Australia, Canada, France, Germany, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

On April 11, 2016, it was confirmed that Sean Paul would be featuring on a track by Little Mix called “Hair”, from their third album Get Weird.

In June 2016 he signed with Island Records

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