Red tape holds up Sean Paul’s ‘Scorcha’

July 23, 2021
Sean Paul
Sean Paul

The anticipation has been building for Sean Paul's album Scorcha. The internationally acclaimed crossover dancehall artiste had announced a May release target but due to red tape, he told THE WEEKEND STAR, "fans will have to wait a little longer."

"With the release of the single Scorcha, produced by Chimney Records, and then the music video which was received very well, I had wanted to have the album out. Sometimes I speak because I want it to get there but I had to wait so I must apologise to everyone who was looking out for it," Sean Paul continued.

The red tape the We Be Burnin' artiste speaks about is the collaboration between the record labels of other artistes featured on the album, in particular Ty Dollar $ign, who had several tracks scheduled for release between April and August.

"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 Dollar $ign titled Only Fans comes out," Sean Paul said. "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."

He released Live N Livin in March and was really looking forward to getting a compilation of new music out soon after. The Scorcha album features songs from the likes of UK-based dancehall star Stylo G, Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo, American rapper Nicky Jam and Jamaican hitmakers Jada Kingdom and Junior Gong. It also features a collaboration with Shenseea and Gwen Stefani called Light My Fire which has a classic roots-rock-reggae energy, he said.

Sean Paul said "This is hard work; not just persons coming to me and doing these songs, then they come out. It's about carefully selecting material that I do represent. For instance with Clean Bandit (with whom he and singer Anne-Marie did the hit Rockabye), I was like 'Why sing about a baby mom?' even though it was a positive track. At the time my mentality was to talk about sexiness not the struggles. I have learnt that it's not always about 'shake that thing' and by accepting a new approach, it became a hit."

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