Shaggy – American reggae artist
Shaggy’s real name is Orville Richard Burrell. He was born on 22 October 1968 in Kingston, Jamaica. The boy showed passion for Jamaican music since childhood. He also followed the new music trends. In 1988, the aspiring musician decided to enlist in the army. He served in the USA Marine Corps. He was sent to the Persian Gulf during the operation Desert Storm. While serving in the military, Orville worked on his music skills. He sang in the choir.
After leaving the army, the musician started looking for ways to earn money. While serving, Orville came up with lyrics for many songs. In 1993, he released his first single “Oh Caroline”. The song was a big hit. It reached high spots on many charts and topped UK Singles Chart. The single was featured in the artist’s debut LP Pure Pleasure, which came out in August 1993.
Shaggy became very successful. Many hip-hop artists started asking him to participate in their projects. One of the big results of such collaborations was Kenny Dope’s album, The Unreleased Project. At the same time, many fans wanted to book Shaggy for private events. However, he was mostly busy recording new music.
In 1994, the artist released his second studio album, Original Doberman. It featured such popular songs as "Kibbles and Bits", "Jump and Rock", "Get Down to It", and "We Never Danced to the Rub-a-Dub Sound"
In 1995 and 1996, Shaggy released new hits "Boombastic" and "That Girl". “Bombastic” climbed to high spots on the charts and earned platinum and gold certifications. The album with the same name came out in 1995. It reached the 34th spot on Billboard 200. The lead single “In The Summer Time” came in third on Billboard Hot 100.
In 1997, the artist presented another LP, Midnite Lover, which included such popular songs as "Piece of My Heart" and "My Dream". The album didn’t chart and sold only 50,000 copies.
In 2000, Shaggy presented Hot Shot. The album turned out to be very popular in the UK with more than 300,000 copies sold. In the USA, the LP collected six platinum certifications and topped Billboard 200. Two years later, the artist released a new LP, Lucky Day. It earned a gold status but couldn’t repeat the success of Hot Shot.
The next LP, Clothes Drop, came out in 2005. It was less popular than the artist’s previous work and barely made it into Billboard 200, settling on the 144th position.
In 2007, Shaggy presented Intoxication. It featured such popular songs as "Can't Hold Me", "Bonafide Girl", "Woman Scorn", and "Wear di Crown". The album didn’t make it into the USA, UK, and Australian charts.
In 2011, the musician presented two studio albums, Shaggy & Friends and Summer in Kingston. The former was recorded together with Rayvon and RikRok. The latter featured hip-hop tracks.
In 2012, Shaggy recorded Rise. Such songs as "Girls Just Want to Have Fun", "World Citizen", "End of the World (Drink Up)", "Fired Up (Fuck the Rece$$ion!)", and "Get Back My Baby" made it popular. The LP came out in Europe only.
After a pause, in 2018, Shaggy released a new album, 44/876. The single "Don't Make Me Wait" he recorded together with Sting.
Shaggy continues recording new songs and performs live.