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Shaggy
The dancehall reggae master Shaggy returns with his sixth studio album, Clothes Drop in September 2005. Fans are already drooling over the sexy video, the first single Wild 2nite featuring Olivia from G-Unit (the G-Unit diva who recently shared the Number One Candy Shop with 50 Cent) being played on the music channels. We can expect some more masti on the album that promises to be the hot release.

Though he has lived his entire adult life in the US, Shaggy's roots are in Kingston, Jamaica, where he was born Orville Richard Burrell on October 22, 1968. As a kid, his friends nicknamed him Shaggy after the character from the cartoon Scooby Doo. Music was his passion, even as a boy growing up in the island nation. He once stated ‘Reggae isn't a radio format in Jamaica, they just play what they want, and so my influences range from ska, dancehall and rock steady to ska and R&B.’

Leaving Jamaica at the age of 18 to join his mother in Brooklyn, NY, Shaggy soon began pursuing a musical career. He got a major boost when Mampie and Big Up, both hard-core Shaggy dancehall tracks, hit #1 on the New York reggae charts. After a frustrating year of trying to find more work, Shaggy finally joined the US Marines in 1988. A few years later, he found himself in the Iraqi desert fighting in the Gulf War, where he acquitted himself with honor.

Shaggy's international success began with the 1993 release of Pure Pleasure, his debut album. It featured Oh Carolina which became one of the biggest hit singles in UK pop history, and went on to top the charts in nine other countries. Shaggy left all of Europe smiling with his debut world tour that year. With the 1995 release of Boombastic, Shaggy connected with US audiences in a big way. The platinum-certified album won the 1996 Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album, while the title track shattered boundaries at radio, topping Billboards Reggae, R&B and Rap charts. Shaggy's European success continued as Boombastic topped charts across the continent. Along with the smash hit Boombastic, the album also featured a lively Summertime and a sensational version of the Ken Boothe classic The Train Is Coming, featured in the film Money Train.

In September 1996, soon after finishing his globetrotting ‘95/96 world tour, Shaggy was back in the studio working on his third album, Midnite Lover, which was released in 1997. By then, Shaggy's diverse pop, reggae, R&B, and worldbeat audience had been solidly established. Since then, he has contributed songs to several notable soundtracks, including Speed II, Jungle To Jungle and of course, How Stella Got Her Groove Back. An MCA release, the soundtrack was the connection that brought Shaggy closer to MCA Records.

Shaggy created Hot Shot in 2001 and in its thirteen tracks, the album proves Shaggy remains a master of many styles - from reggae and dancehall to pop/R&B making it a happy hunting ground for every kind of music fan. Two years of recording later, he sounds not worn down, but absolutely energized. Shaggy's inevitably known as a comeback kid, having infamously been dropped by his first label, Virgin, and responding by releasing the massively successful #1 singles It Wasn't Me and Angel.

THE NEW ALBUM
Shaggy is known for his collaborations and there are some noteworthy guest appearances on Clothes Drop including Olivia from G-Unit on Wild 2nite, Nicole from the Pussycat Dolls appears on the steamy and pulsating Supa Hypnotic, Rayvon (who sang with Shaggy on the 2001 super hit Angel) appears on Back In The Dayz, both Ultimatum and Don't Ask Her That feature newcomer Natasha Watkins.







You can read the rest of our feature on Shaggy in the September 2005 issue of The Record Music Magazine available at your local newsagent.
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