Shaggy: there are no classic songs in the charts
- Bang Showbiz
- 1 August 2012
Shaggy doesn't think modern artists make enough "classic" pop songs anymore
Shaggy doesn't think artists make "classic" pop songs anymore.
The 'Mr Boombastic' hitmaker's recent output has seen him return to his Jamaican roots, as he doesn't think the songs in the charts today have any longevity to them.
He exclusively told BANG Showbiz: "I make the music I want to make, it's a different game out there now. The type of music that's going out in the charts isn't the type of music I want to make.
"A lot of the stuff that many people are putting out, I really don't think will be classics. They're hot now, but I'm not sure it'll last.
"I like making really classic songs, I don't worry about chart positions and all of that, that's not where my head is. Everybody likes hit records, but there's no point worrying."
Shaggy - who released an album of collaborations, 'Shaggy & Friends', last year - also said he's not interested in working on songs with artists he doesn't know and respect.
He added: "Everything I do is about the relationship, some people just want to collaborate with people because they are hot. No disrespect, but doing the record is not just recording, it's promoting it, its dealing with their egos and their management."
Shaggy is performing as part of the Respect Jamaica 50 series of shows at London's indigO2 at The O2, which takes place every night from now until August 6th with performances from Jamaican legends including Jimmy Cliff, Toots and the Maytals, Horace Andy and Morgan Heritage. Shaggy will perform on August 5. For more information and tickets, visit www.respectjamaica50.co.uk/