Downtown is excited to announce our worldwide publishing agreement with GRAMMY-winning songwriter and recording artist Shaggy, whose album with Sting, 44/876, just received Best Reggae Album at the 2019 GRAMMY Awards. The deal covers his entire catalog of 12 studio albums as well as future releases — including his upcoming solo album Wah Gwaan?!, set to release May 10, 2019.
Known for transcending genres and borders, Shaggy’s new album will feature both emerging and established artists representing different regions and musical styles including Jason Derulo, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Stacy Barthe, dancehall sensation Shenseea, reggaeton artist Nikki Jam, and 19-year-old Canadian vocalist Alexander Stewart.
Born in Kingston, Jamaica, Shaggy moved to Brooklyn, New York as a teenager, where he cut his teeth DJ’ing clubs in the burgeoning New York dancehall scene. Soon after, he joined the United States Marine Corps — serving four years, including two tours of duty in the Middle East as a part of Desert Storm — honing his craft while enlisted.
Though he experienced previous success in European markets, Shaggy's stardom reached new heights in 1995 — when he released the certified Platinum single “Boombastic” from his album of the same name. Peaking at number three on Billboard’s Hot 100, and number one on the hip-hop and R&B charts, the song solidified his status as a global celebrity. The LP also achieved Platinum certification and topped the reggae charts.
1997’s Midnite Lover reached number one on the reggae charts as well, and was followed by Hot Shot in 2000. Hot Shot earned Shaggy his first and second number one singles on the Hot 100 with “It Wasn’t Me” and “Angel.” The album eventually went six times Platinum and spent six weeks on Billboard's Top Albums chart.
Shaggy followed Hot Shot with the Gold-certified Lucky Day in 2002, Clothes Drop in 2005, and the critically-acclaimed Intoxication in 2007. He released three more albums between 2011 and 2012: Shaggy & Friends, Summer in Kingston, and Rise. Shaggy’s next project was 2013’s Out of Many, One Music, a collaboration with legendary production duo Sly & Robbie.
The seven-time GRAMMY nominee’s past nods include six for Best Reggae Album: Boombastic, which won; Clothes Drop; Intoxication; Summer In Kingston; Out Of Many, One Music, in addition to his recent release with Sting. Shaggy’s 2000 hit single with longtime collaborator RikRok, “It Wasn’t Me,” was nominated for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2001 as well.
As a certified Diamond-selling artist, he is one of the top three streamed reggae artists on Spotify — having amassed 710 million plays. He has also collaborated with some of the most renowned reggae artists including Toots and the Maytals, Barrington Levy, and Maxi Priest, as well as pop icons such as Janet Jackson and Chaka Khan, among others.
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