Reggae popster Shaggy (born Orville Richard Burrell) has been climbing the charts for six months with his aptly titled Hotshot album. And his unlikely comeback hit, "It Wasn't Me," recently unseated the singles chart's reigning independent women, Destiny's Child.
The 32-year-old, Jamaica-born singer Ñ who moved to the States as a teenager and served in the Marines during the Gulf War Ñ released the R&B-meets-dancehall Hotshot last August. Even though he'd already hit the U.S. charts with 1993's "Oh Carolina" and the title track from his Grammy-winning 1995 breakthrough, Boombastic, few could have predicted Hotshot's success.
In fact, the album didn't begin picking up steam until a radio DJ in Hawaii downloaded a copy of "It Wasn't Me" from Napster and began playing it in heavy rotation. The rest is history: The album has sold more than 2.3 million copies to date, according to SoundScan.
Now, as he gets ready to join this summer's Backstreet Boys tour, Shaggy talks to MTV News' Joe D'Angelo about why he might just be the Ricky Martin