August 21, 2009
New Albums: Sean Paul and Reba McEntire
Sean Paul-Imperial Blaze
It seems like it’s been awhile since we have heard from Sean Paul. Ever since his album, The Trinity, came out in 2005 he has been around, but not in the total spotlight. The album produced a few major hit songs (“(When You Gonna) Give It up to Me (ft. Keyshia Cole),” “Ever Blazin’,” “Give It Up to Me,” “We Be Burnin’,” and “Never Gonna Be The Same,” but he fell off the map after that.
Now he’s back with a new album, Imperial Blaze, which shows his usual mix of reggae and hip-hop. However, he stated on his website (and on MTV) that he is trying to focus more on politics in his music instead of popular, trendy topics (like in “Get Busy” and “Temperature”). He would rather promote awareness about youth violence in Jamaica, his home country.
The album features a staggering 19 new songs (plus an introduction), but Sean Paul said that he had written and recorded 60 tracks, so only 33% made the final cut. He also collaborated with hit artists on several of the tracks, including the newly-popular Keri Hilson. Check out the album today!
Reba McEntire-Keep on Loving You
Keep on Loving You is Reba McEntire’s first studio album in six years. She is one of the biggest names in country music, but also in the music industry in general. She recently became the 7th best-selling female artist of all-time (#2 in country); she has sold over 50 million records worldwide. She is also one of the very few artists who made the transition from one industry (music) to another (television) really smoothly with her sitcom, Reba, which lasted six seasons.
Her newest album, Keep on Loving You, features 13 new songs from McEntire. The first single off the record, “Strange,” debuted at #39 on the Hot Country Songs chart, marking the highest a single has ever debuted from her albums. The song climbed the charts and peaked at #11. The second, and current, single is “Consider Me Gone.” It is less upbeat country and more ballad-like.
Most of the songs on the album are actually more low-key than most country albums. Maybe as you get older your songs get heavier with thought? Who knows? McEntire is 54 but she still has some fight left in her. “I Want a Cowboy,” for example, is a total cougar song. “Nothing To Lose” is, too. Those songs should be played together. Check out Keep on Loving You for some good old-fashioned country music!
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