With well over one billion spins on Pandora, multi-award-winning recording artiste, Sean Paul has been welcomed into the Internet radio and streaming service’s Billionaires’ Club.
Sean Paul joins the ranks of Pandora Billionaires such as John Legend, Fleetwood Mac, Johnny Cash, Kirk Franklin, Keith Urban, and others.
The Gimme The Light deejay was presented with a plaque honoring the achievement, making him the first Caribbean-based artiste to be accepted into the exclusive group last week.
Sean Paul, who was duped into thinking he was on location at the AC Hotel for an interview, stated, “This is a wonderful surprise.”
“As a teenager coming up, I thought dancehall was huge. I never saw any difference between Michael Jackson or Shabba – even though the numbers were different. I have always been proud of how innovative and fresh our sound is, that there are different styles we could put in our music. And being one of the persons championing the international image of it, and being in the same club as Janet Jackson, who was a pin-up on my wall back then, is very cool,” he stated
On Pandora, Sean Paul now has 1.9 million monthly listeners. I’m Still In Love With You is his most popular song on the platform, while Dutty Rock, his chart-topping suite from 2003, is his most popular album.
Pandora launched its Billionaires’ Club in 2018 and enlarged the artiste milestone program with the addition of additional stations such as Hip Hop and Pop Billionaires, which include Drake and Taylor Swift’s music.
Reggae has had its own category on Pandora for almost a decade, with the addition of reggae-rock, dancehall, and dub stations in late 2012 bringing the genre to the forefront. Sean Paul will now be included in many other stations that exclusively feature millionaire artists, according to Diego Herrera, Pandora’s head of Caribbean programming.
The Pandora plaque comes on the heels of Sean Paul’s recently released album Live N Livin, which is his first full-length album released on his own label Dutty Rock Productions.
His next album, Scorcher, is now expected to be released around mid-August 2021.
“The album is still coming out but it’s just that the album was held back until about August 13, which is when the track with Ty Dolla $ign titled Only Fans comes out,” Paul told the Jamaica Star recently. “It is about women who are independent and make money seamlessly. In the meantime, I am working on another list of fresh songs, even though I have had them for a while, for another album I am working on but haven’t decided on a name as yet.”
Stylo G, Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, American rapper Nicky Jam, and Jamaican hitmakers Jada Kingdom and Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley will also appear on the Scorcher album.