When it comes to making dancehall reggae hits that rock the world and stand the test of time, nobody does it better than Shaggy.
Shaggy has provided the blueprint for global dancehall success and continues to innovate at the forefront of the island sounds that regularly hitS the worldwide pop charts.
From “Boombastic” which topped the UK charts and reached No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the U.S. to “It Wasn’t Me,” the biggest-selling collaboration in UK chart history, Shaggy has paved the way for the likes of Drake, Rihanna and Major Lazer.
Since then he’s continued to make history year after year, blazing an enviable trail of hits and garnering GRAMMY nominations for his progressive work. Last year 44/876, a collaborative project with British rock icon Sting, which clocked millions of streams, entered the Top 40 in 14 different countries, has remained atop the Billboard Reggae Album chart for over 4 months, and earned Shaggy his second GRAMMY Award win and the seventh nomination of his career to date.
Shaggy’s latest project is his forthcoming album Wah Gwaan?!– a collection that embodies the musician’sJamaican roots, global reach, contagious joy and introspective side.
The compelling 12 tracks on Wah Gwaan?! – a Jamaican patois greeting meaning ‘what’s goin’ on?’ – are a revelation of an accomplished, multi-talented musical star. “I didn’t want to delve into too much political stuff on this album,” he says. “I just wanted to keep it light and get back to that classic Shaggy.”
Throughout his successful career, Shaggy has been committed to bringing joy and musicality to his audience. Now, more than ever, the world seems to need his contagious optimism and joy.
Wah Gwaan?! is an emblematic display of Shaggy’s rich sound influenced by all styles of music. He attracts both new and established artists from all genres; including the emerging 19-year-old Canadian vocalist Alexander Stewart (1.1 million YouTube subscribers) who lends his vocals on the irresistible pop smash “You.”