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Shaggy (2006)

Shaggy (* 22. October 1968 as Orville Richard Burrell in Kingston ) is a Jamaican reggae - pop - musicians .


He received the nickname Shaggy as a small child because of his hair (English shaggy "shaggy"). Growing up in rather poor circumstances, he emigrated with 18 to New York City in the district of Flatbush in Brooklyn from. He took singing lessons in 1987 and was discovered the following year singing in the streets of Brooklyn. Shortly afterwards he released his first two singles Mampie and Big Up there .

At the age of 20 he joined the US Marine Corps and was transferred to Kuwait in 1991 , where he was stationed during the Second Gulf War . After returning from the Persian Gulf , he decided to pursue his musical career. In 1993 his debut album Pure Pleasure was released , which became a chart hit, mainly due to the cover version of the title Oh Carolina - originally by the Folkes Brothers . In 1995 the single Boombastic followed . The album of the same name received the Grammy Award for " Best Reggae Album 1996 ". By advertising a jeans manufacturer with the song Boombastic , he became known to a wider audience in Europe. In 1996 he founded the Big Yard label together with his then manager Robert Livingston and his producer Shaun Pizzonia .

In 2001 he made a comeback with the number 1 singles It Wasn't Me and Angel . The latter is based on Chip Taylor and Evie Sands ' song Angel of the Morning (1967), which was successfully recorded in 1968 by Merrilee Rush and again in 1981 by Juice Newton . The album Hot Shot , from which these two titles were taken, went number one on the US Billboard 200 . In 2002 a remix version of the album Hot Shot was released . This was followed by the albums Lucky Day , released in 2002, and Clothes Drop (2005), on which two collaborations with Nicole Scherzinger can be heard.

In October 2007 his album Intoxication was released . A cooperation with the rapper and R'n'B singer Akon ( Lonely ) led to the joint song What's Love (a cover version of the Tina Turner classic What's Love Got To Do With It from 1984). Shaggy was supported on this album by the production team Sting International, Robert Livingston, Tony Kelly and Christopher Birch. In January 2008 Shaggy released the official Mascots song for the 2008 European Football Championship Feel the Rush . For him, the title was the first top 10 success in seven years. The melody was taken from Samim's 2007 title Heater . In June 2008 this reached number one in the German single charts.

At the end of 2010, he separated from his long-time manager Robert Livinston and left the Big Yard label. Thus the way was clear for the establishment of the new label Ranch Entertainment, together with Rayvon , Red Fox and Shaun Pizzonia. In January 2011 his ninth studio album Shaggy & Friends was released . This album is the first and so far the only album that is only available as an online version for download. In July 2011 his tenth studio album was released with the title Summer in Kingston , of which a bonus version has been available since February 2012 under the title Lava Edition . Shaggy was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Reggae Album International 2012 with this album.

In August 2012, he published the title Girls Just Want to Have Fun , which contains the sample of the classic from Cyndi Lauper 's hit of the same name and was placed 29th in the charts in Germany. After a European tour (including Chiemsee Reggae Summer ), he released the album Rise in Germany in September 2012 . This also contains the single of the same name as well as some extracts from the album Summer in Kingston .

In autumn 2013 the album Out of Many One Music, recorded together with Sly & Robbie , was released . A first release of it appeared in April 2013 with the title Fight This Feeling - a collaboration with Beres Hammond . In 2015, together with Mohombi , Faydee and Costi, with the hit Habibi (I Need Your Love) , he reached international chart lists in addition to the German and US American ones. In 2018 he released the album 44/876 together with Sting . It reached number 1 on the German album charts.

Film music

Shaggy is also involved as a composer of film music on a regular basis. He had his first engagement in 1995 for the film Money Train , a Columbia Pictures production. Shaggy sang the title track The Train Is Coming with Ken Boothe . In 2002 he sang the theme song of a movie again, this time for the Warner Brothers production Showtime .

Shaggy is featured on the soundtrack of two other film productions: In 1998 he covered Under the Sea , the theme song of Arielle, the mermaid of Disney . This track appeared on the album The Magic of Disney , on which 20 international stars sing famous Disney songs. He is also on the soundtrack for the 2002 movie Scooby-Doo with Shaggy, Where Are You? represented.

Advertising testimonial

Shaggy is also an advertising testimonial . In 2008, Pepsi signed Shaggy for a spot in which he did not sing himself. In 2009, when Ferrero booked Shaggy as a children's promotional character, his hit Fly High was played as background music.

Charity engagement

Shaggy repeatedly supports charitable projects, such as the World Citizen Project, which tries to promote dialogue between ethnic groups, people of different classes and religious communities. For this he recorded the song WorldCitizen with Jahcoustix in January 2012 . He also recorded a benefit song entitled Rise Again for the victims of the earthquake in Haiti in January 2010 .

His main project is the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Jamaica, for which he has already collected several hundred thousand US dollars in numerous charitable projects and with many benefit concerts. The English Prince Harry visited the hospital with Shaggy on his visit to Jamaica in March 2012. His own single entitled Save a Life completes his commitment to this project.


Studio albums

year title Top ranking, total weeks, awardChart placementsChart placementsTemplate: chart table / maintenance / without sources
(Year, title, rankings, weeks, awards, notes)
1993 Pure pleasure DE75 (6 weeks)
AT11 (3 weeks)
CH32 (2 weeks)
UK67 (1 week)
First published: August 24, 1993
1995 Boombastic DE24 (10 weeks)
AT25 (7 weeks)
CH35 (7 weeks)

(7 weeks)UK

(37 weeks)US
First published: July 11, 1995
2000 Hot shot DE1 (28 weeks)

(37 weeks)AT

(31 weeks)CH
Triple platinum
× 3
Triple platinum

(49 weeks)UK
Six-fold platinum
× 6
Six-fold platinum

(84 weeks)US
First published: August 8, 2000
2002 Lucky day DE35 (19 weeks)
AT20 (25 weeks)
CH38 (25 weeks)
UK54 (2 weeks)

(13 weeks)US
First published: October 29, 2002
2005 Clothes drop DE62 (1 week)
AT61 (2 weeks)
CH31 (4 weeks)
- US144 (1 week)
First published: September 2, 2005
2007 Intoxication - - CH95 (1 week)
- -
First published: October 22, 2007
2011 Summer in Kingston - - - - US141 (1 week)
First published: July 19, 2011
2018 44/876 DE1 (23 weeks)
AT6 (10 weeks)
CH5 (18 weeks)
UK9 (4 weeks)
US40 (3 weeks)
First published: April 20, 2018
with Sting


  • grammy
    • 1996: in the category "Best Reggae Album" (Boombastic)
    • Nominations in the category "Best Reggae Album" 2006 ( Clothes Drop ), 2009 ( Intoxication ) and 2012 ( Summer in Kingston )
    • a nomination in the category "Best Pop Colloquy" with RikRok for the title It Wasn´t Me 2002
  • RSH gold
    • 1996: in the category "Commercial song of the year" (Boombastic)
  • American Music Awards
    • 2002 nomination "Favorite Male Pop / Rock Artist"
    • 2002 nomination "Favorite Rap / Hip-Hop Artist"
    • 2002 nomination "Favorite Internet Artist of the year"

Individual evidence

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  2. - Cover versions and music quotes database
  3. "Shaggy and I + I go into the lead" ( Memento from May 17, 2009 in the Internet Archive ) Press release from June 17, 2008.
  5. media control
  6. First point in the table
  8. 1. audio sample artist
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  13. Harry bolts through first day , Jamaica Gleaner, March 7, 2012. Retrieved March 10, 2012.
  14. RSH Gold Award 1996

Web links

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