LONDON, England, Thursday March 28, 2013 – Jamaican dancehall star Sean Paul has snagged another number one song on the United Kingdom pop singles chart, marking his 22nd entry on the British charts, the most ever by a Jamaican act.
The 40-year-old hitmaker scored his latest top ranking with a guest spot on Anglo-Irish girl group The Saturdays’ What About Us.
What about Us is The Saturdays’ first number one after 14 UK pop singles chart-riders to their credit, 12 of which made the top 10, but the quintet has yet to make a significant impression in North America.
To date, What About Us has peaked at number 27 on Billboard’s Dance Club Play chart, number 50 on Billboard’s Pop Digital Songs chart in the US, and number 79 in Canada.
The Saturdays have released three studio albums since they burst onto the music scene in 2007. Their EP, Chasing the Saturdays, includes What About Us with Sean Paul.
Paul’s previous UK number one was as a featured performer on R&B singer Blu Cantrelle’s Breathe in 2003.
His highest place on the UK charts, prior to What About Us and Breathe, came with Baby Boy (with Beyonce) which secured the number two spot.
His first chart-rider came when Gimmie the Light peaked at number 32 in 2002. The following year, a remix of the track zoomed to number five.
The dancehall star began scoring hit singles in Jamaica in 1996 and steadily attracted international attention, eventually breaking into the pop mainstream with Dutty Rock in 2002.
Paul, born Sean Paul Henriques, released his first album on VP Records, Stage One, in 2000. He followed up with Dutty Rock (2002) and The Trinity (2005), both of which were extremely successful, peaking in the top ten of the album charts and featuring a handful of mainstream smashes.
Imperial Blaze (2009) featured the singles “So Fine” and “Hold My Hand,” the latter a duet with Keri Hilson. The Odyssey Mixtape dropped in 2011 and was followed last year by Tomahawk Technique, a more pop and dance-oriented album. Click here to receive free news bulletins via email from Caribbean360. (View sample)