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Sean Paul Says If Justin Bieber Can Do Reggae, He Can Do Pop

He's been experimenting.....

By Asha Ladwa on Friday 14th September 2012 Photo by FayesVision/

Dancehall king Sean Paul is set to switch things up musically in his new album Tomahawk Technique, and says his fans can expect to hear some entirely new sounds.

The 'Temperature' hit-maker, who has taken reggae past the boarders of his native Jamaica, says that with his latest LP, he hopes to take things further musically, and has even compared his new material to Justin Bieber's pop sounds.

Although Sean's fans will have to wait until Sept. 18 to get their hands on Tomahawk Technique, the Kingston-native promises shake-ups in traditional dancehall, thanks to collaborations with artists such as Kelly Rowland, and production from Rico Love and Benny Blanco.

''What I did was ask these people to make dancehall from their perspective,'' Sean said, during his Wednesday appearance on RapFix Live. "I feel like the music in the genre has gotten so much bigger that it's time to expand in that form."

The 39-year-old also pointed to teen sensation Justin Bieber for a bit of unnusual inspiration, adding,

"Look at the biggest-Christmas-selling song last year; it was a reggae song; it was sung by Justin Bieber," he said referencing the 18-year-old's  reggae-tinged "Mistletoe" single.

"If Justin Bieber can sing that, then I can expand my own thing."

Explaining the album’s title, the Grammy-winning artist said,

"The reason I call the album Tomahwak Technique is because I feel like it's the cutting edge, it's what we should sound like," he explained. "It's kind of a mixture of me holding the roots of dancehall and moving to the future."

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