Tomahawk Technique

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Tomahawk Technique
Studio album by Sean Paul
Released24 January 2012 (2012-01-24)
GenreDancehall, dance-pop, hip house, R&B
ProducerStargate, Shellback, Benny Blanco
Sean Paul chronology
Imperial Blaze
Tomahawk Technique
Full Frequency
Singles from Tomahawk Technique
  1. "Got 2 Luv U"
    Released: 19 July 2011
  2. "She Doesn't Mind"
    Released: 31 October 2011
  3. "Hold On"
    Released: 7 February 2012
  4. "Dream Girl (Remix)"
    Released: 28 March 2012
  5. "How Deep Is Your Love"
    Released: 24 July 2012
  6. "Touch The Sky"
    Released: 3 August 2012
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
The Guardian3/5 stars[3]
Now1/5 stars[5]

Tomahawk Technique is the fifth studio album by Jamaican dancehall recording artist Sean Paul, released in several countries by Atlantic Records (Warner Music Group) on 24 January 2012.[6] The album was released eight months later in the United States.


Sean said to music blog Rap-Up that Akon, Stargate, DJ Ammo, Benny Blanco, and Kelly Rowland, would appear on the album.[7] "There's a broadening of my artistry, I’m working with other producers and artists I’ve never worked with," the Jamaican DJ told Reuters at the recent KIIS FM Jingle Bell Ball in Los Angeles. "Tomahawk Technique" follows the success of the singer’s 2009′s record "Imperial Blaze," which earned Paul a Grammy nomination for Best Reggae album. For the new CD, he has teamed up with producers Rico Love, Benny Blanco and Stargate, who have been behind artists such as Katy Perry, Rihanna and Natasha Bedingfield, to work on his new album. "What’s going to surprise fans is that there’s a lot more singing, more high notes that I never used to do before," said Paul, adding "it’s a mixture of pop music into dance music."[8]

"I’m trying to bridge the gap, broaden my artistry," Sean told Rap-Up TV. "I’m asking [the producers] to try and make dancehall from their perspective. So it’s sounding more international than dancehall."[9] The album's Japanese version features an upcoming Jamaican singer/songwriter, Zia Benjamin.,[10] as well as a remix of the song "Dream Girl" featuring Japanese artiste, Lecca.


The first single "Got 2 Luv U" features vocals from American singer Alexis Jordan. It was released on 19 July 2011 by Atlantic Records. The song was written by Sean Paul, Ryan Tedder and Stargate, and it was produced by Stargate.[11][12] It reached number 1 in Switzerland and the Top 10 in several countries worldwide.

"She Doesn't Mind" was released as the second single taken from Tomahawk Technique. It was written by Sean Paul, Shellback and Benny Blanco and was produced by Shellback and Benny Blanco. It was released on 29 September 2011 on NRJ & Skyrock (French radios), and to iTunes on 31 October.[13] Like its predecessor, "She Doesn't Mind" topped the Swiss Singles Chart as well as the Austrian Singles chart and reached top-ten in many other European territories. "Hold On" was released as the third single in February 2012. It reached number 1 in Belgium and number 35 in France. "Dream Girl (remix)" featuring Lecca was released as a single in Japan on 28 March 2012 while in the United States, "How Deep Is Your Love" featuring Kelly Rowland was released as the fifth single on 24 July 2012. The single has so far reached number seventy-two in Switzerland.[14]

Track listing[edit]

1."Got 2 Luv U" (featuring Alexis Jordan)Sean Henriques, Ryan Tedder, Mikkel Eriksen, Tor HermansenStarGate3:16
2."She Doesn't Mind"Henriques, J. Henriques, Karl Schuster, Benjamin LevinShellback, Benny Blanco3:47
3."Body"Henriques, Richard Butler, Jr., Earl Hood, Eric Goudy IIRico Love, Earl & E4:10
4."What I Want"Henriques, Butler, Earl Hood, Eric Goudy IIRico Love, Earl & E3:57
5."Won't Stop (Turn Me Out)"Henriques, Butler, Pierre MedorRico Love, Pierre Medor4:14
6."Dream Girl"Henriques, Butler, Dwayne NesmithRico Love, Dwayne "D-Town" Nesmith3:54
7."Hold On"Henriques, Butler, MedorRico Love, Pierre Medor4:08
8."How Deep Is Your Love" (featuring Kelly Rowland)Henriques, J. Henriques, Ester Dean, Eriksen, HermansenStarGate3:20
9."Put It on You"Henriques, Daniel Omelio, Ammar Malik, Eriksen, HermansenStarGate3:35
10."Roll wid di Don"Henriques, J. Henriques, Shaun Anderson, Nigel StaffSean Paul, Jigzagula, Coppershaun3:42
11."Touch The Sky" (featuring DJ Ammo)Henriques, Damien LeroyDJ Ammo3:52
12."Wedding Crashers" (featuring Future Fambo)Henriques, Wayne Mitchell, Ryan Chin, Jathneil Randal, Warren Gladstone Williams, Conroy ForteConroy Forte3:01
13."Waya Waya" (Tal Feat. Sean Paul)L'Aura Marciano, Sean PaulEau de Gammes2:29


Charts (2012)[15] Peak
Australian Urban Albums Chart[16] 11
Austrian Albums Chart 5
Finnish Albums Chart 9
Russian Albums Chart Albums Chart 9
Dutch Albums Chart 6
European Top 100 Albums 8
World Top 40 Albums 13
New Zealand Albums Chart 2
Hungarian Albums Chart 1
Japanese Albums Chart 1
Swiss Albums Chart 3
UK Albums Chart 30
US Billboard Top Reggae Albums 2


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[17] Gold 50,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[18] Gold 15,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition (Format) Label
Japan 24 January 2012 Digital Download Atlantic Records
New Zealand[25]
Belgium 27 January 2012[6] Standard edition (Digital download)
Austria 17 February 2012[6] (CD/Digital download)
Japan 22 February 2012 CD
Ireland 2 April 2012[6] (CD/Digital download)
United Kingdom
Australia 6 April 2012
United States 18 September 2012


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