Reggae superstar Shaggy drops new 'Summer' album

MISANI Special to the AmNews | 7/21/2011, 11:38 a.m.
Shaggy is one name that is recognized globally. It is a name that is associated...
Reggae superstar Shaggy drops new 'Summer' album

Shaggy, who continues to reach millions of his fans with his captivating, high-energy live performances, will be appearing at a number of festivals worldwide. On July 31, he will be the headliner at the One Love Peace Festival at Wembly Arena in London, alongside fellow Jamaican artists Busta Rhymes, Sean Paul and Gyptian.

Shaggy, who has been on the music scene for over 20 years, has sold over 20 million albums. Amongst them, six No. 1 albums: "Boombastic," "Midnite Lover," "Hotshot," "Lucky Day," "Clothes Drop," "Intoxication" and "Boombastic Collection." Add to the mix six No. 1 singles: "Boombastic," "In the Summertime," "Angel," "It Wasn't Me," "Church Heathen" and "Bonafide Girl."

"It Wasn't Me" and "Angel" still hold the No. 3 and 4 spots on the iTunes Reggae song chart. Those two hits, plus "Sugarcane" and "Luv Me, Luv Me," are currently on the Reggae Top 25 chart. "Boombastic" earned Shaggy a Grammy along with three additional nominations, as well as approval from AMA and Juno.

Renowned for his humanitarian efforts in his beloved Jamaica, Shaggy has been lending his support to Kingston's Bustamante Hospital for the past 10 years through donations, gifts for children and fundraising efforts for medical equipment. Since the inception of the Make A Difference Foundation in 2008, Shaggy has brought attention to sick children and their medical needs.

His annual Shaggy & Friends concerts has raised over $1 million for the hospital, featuring such artists as Sean Paul, Boys II Men, Macy Gray and other international celebrity artists. This year's event will take place during the holiday season on Dec. 29 in Kingston, Jamaica.

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