After the international multi-platinum success of his 2000 MCA album “Hotshot,” one couldn’t blame Shaggy for feeling lucky. Fittingly, the artist has titled the follow-up “Lucky Day,” and is planning an Oct. 29 release for the set. First single “Hey Sexy Lady” arrived at U.S. radio outlets this week for airplay consideration; Shaggy will perform the track tonight (Sept. 6) on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.”
A video for “Hey Sexy Lady,” directed by Annti J. (Will Smith, Brian McKnight), was shot in Los Angeles. “This is a very uplifting, pro-woman album,” Shaggy said in a statement. “When I look back at the people who shaped me, that made a difference in my life, most of them were women. So why not pay homage?” The set was produced by Shaggy, Robert Livingston, Sting Intl., and Dave Kelly.
Guests include dancehall veteran Barrington Levy and Shaggy protege Ricardo “Rik Rok” Ducent, who was prominently featured on Shaggy’s long-running No. 1 hit “It Wasn’t Me.” The 14-track set also features such songs as “These Are The Lips,” “Another Day,” “Strength of a Woman,” Shake Shake,” “Walking in My Shoes,” “Lost,” and the title cut.
“Hotshot” spent 84 weeks on The Billboard 200, peaking at No. 1. The set has been certified six-times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for U.S. shipments of six million copies.
Shaggy has a handful of U.S. dates lined up through late October, as well as five shows in Australia in New Zealand. On Sunday (Sept. 8), he will join Rayvon, Bounty Killer, Elephant Man, Beenie Man, and Sean Paul at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom for Hot 97’s On Da Reggae Tip concert.
Here are Shaggy’s tour dates:
Sept. 7: Columbus, Ohio (Convention Center)
Sept. 8: New York (Hammerstein Ballroom)
Sept. 13: Mashantucket, Conn. (Foxwoods Casino)
Oct. 22: Sunrise, Fla. (NCR Center)
Oct. 23: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
Nov. 30: Auckland (Western Springs Stadium)
Dec. 3: Perth, Australia (Subiaco Oval)
Dec. 6: Adelaide, Australia (Adelaide Oval)
Dec. 8: Melbourne (Telestra Dome)
Dec. 11: Brisbane, Australia (ANZ Stadium)