• Shaggy Reflects on His 2001 Takeover: ‘When You Mention Dancehall, You Have to Mention My Name'

    15 days ago - By Billboard

    This week, Billboard is publishing a series of lists and articles celebrating the music of 20 years ago. Our 2001 Week continues with an interview with dancehall legend Shaggy, as he looks back on the biggest year of his career, and the legacy established by his Hot 100-topping hits “It Wasn't Me” and “Angel.”
    Dancehall has blossomed as one of the millennial generation's most influential genres, from Ed Sheeran's “Shape of You” riding a dancehall-lite beat into streaming history to Drake's admiration culminating in signing Popcaan to OVO Records. But at the turn of the 21st century, it was...
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  • The Shins' James Mercer on ‘New Slang' at 20: ‘I Was Able to Pull the Rabbit Out of the Hat'

    15 days ago - By Billboard

    This week, Billboard is publishing a series of lists and articles celebrating the music of 20 years ago. Our 2001 Week continues with an interview with Shins singer/songwriter James Mercer, as he looks back on the song that took him from a struggling Southwestern musician with an uncertain future to frontman for one of the biggest indie bands of the 21st century: “New Slang.”
    In the late-'90s, James Mercer was a twenty-something guitarist/vocalist, building tracks on a computer in a New Mexico studio apartment. Then he began The Shins , just as a side project to his band Flake, and...
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