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Imperial Blaze is the fourth studio album by Jamaicanmarker dancehall artist Sean Paul. The album was released on August 18, 2009. It was originally to be entitled The Next Thing.


The album was originally scheduled to be released in the summer of 2007 under the name The Next Thing, but was then pushed back to November 2008.

Sean Paul told MTV that he wants to be less focused on party songs such as Get Busy, We Be Burnin', and Temperature. He said he wants his songs to focus on youth violence in Jamaica

The album's title means "Kings Fire". Sean Paul commented on the title saying,

In an interview with DJ Swerve, Sean Paul confirmed that he did 60 tracks for the album, with 19 tracks making the final cut.

On July 10, a song from the album, "Press It Up", was premiered on Sean Paul's official website. A video was filmed for "Press It Up," which was directed by Jessy Terrero

The album was put on pre-order on July 17, 2009. Those who pre-ordered will receive two digital track downloads to songs titled "She Wanna Be Down" and "Get With It Girl". On the German iTunes Store "Imperial Blaze" was released on August 14, 2009. Three weeks after the album was taken out, Imperial Blaze picks the first place in Billboard's Rap Albums. The new album also peals out in Japan (with 50 000 copies sold in one week), in Canada, in Turkey and in Europe. Besides, in France, the album is already certified gold disc with more than 50 000 sold copies.It's official. With almost a quarter-million records already sold outside of the United States, Sean Paul's fourth studio album, Imperial Blaze, is the dancehall superstar's biggest international debut to date.

Imperial Blaze has so far found it's way in 236,000 CD players, with record breaking sales in the reggae-dancehall hungry country of Japan, being RIAA certified gold in France, and top ten releases in Switzerland, Canada, and even as far as the United Arab Emirates.

Sean Paul expressed delight regarding the progress of the album on the international stage. "It's a good feeling and I'm happy - very happy that people like the music, and that they've been going out and getting the album," he said.

The Grammy-winning, platinum selling superstar has been on the road promoting his first album in four years. The work has been paying off, as Imperial Blaze has been setting charts on fire since its August release, and he's particularly proud of the success of the album in Japan.

"Number 1 in Japan is a big achievement for me. I'm especially proud of that, because outside of Jamaica, Japanese people are really the biggest consumers of dancehall music," he said.

Imperial Blaze is also leaving a fiery path on European charts and turning up the heat on radio stations and in clubs. Apart from being certified gold in France Imperial Blaze debuted at #8 in that country, #7 in the United Arab Emirates, #5 in Canada, #4 in Switzerland, #15 in Belgium, #17 in Austria, and #17 in Germany.

It was also the first ever Jamaican album to debut atop the Billboard Rap Charts. The wholly Jamaican produced project debuted atop the Billboard Reggae Charts, #3 on the Hip Hop/R&B Album charts, #12 on the Billboard 200, #9 on the Digital Albums, and #20 on the European Albums chart.


  • The first official single is "So Fine", peaking at #50 on the Billboard Hot 100.

  • The second official single is "Press It Up". The music video was released on September 9, 2009.

  • The third single is "Hold My Hand" which features Keri Hilson. It was sent to U.S. radio on September 29, 2009. It will be released in the UKmarker on December 14, 2009..


Initial critical response to Imperial Blaze was average. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has received an average score of 51, based on five reviews.

Track listing

  • Sean Paul Henriques co-wrote all of the songs on the album; additional writers are listed below.


Charts (2009) Peak

Australian ARIA Albums Chart 17
French Albums Chart 8
Netherlands Albums Chart 36
Swiss Albums Chart 4
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia) 11
Belgian Albums Chart(Flanders) 31
U.S. Billboard 200 12
U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums 3
U.S. Billboard Top Rap Albums 1
Canadian Albums Chart 5
U.S. Billboard Top Reggae Albums 1
UK Albums Chart 4
UK Albums Top 75 38
European Top 100 Albums 20
Germany Albums Top 50 17
Dutch Albums Top 100 36


  1. New Music: Sean Paul - ‘So Fine’ Rap-Up.'.' Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  2. "So Fine" - Audio Detail All Sean Paul.'.' Retrieved April 25, 2009.
  3. Sean Paul Hopes To Curb Youth Violence In Jamaica With Next LP.'.' Retrieved June 29, 2008.
  4. Sean Paul interviewed before concert.'.' Retrieved June 29, 2008.
  5. TraceTV: Sean Paul Talks About His New Album "Imperial Blaze". All Sean Paul.
  6. WORLD PREMIERE: Sean Paul - "Press It Up". All Sean Paul.
  7. Exclusive "Imperial Blaze" Pre-Order Bundles! All Sean Paul.

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