Music: Pop Gets Its Groove Back

He outlasted the Beatles and pushed past J. Lo. Now reggae singer Shaggy reigns on the charts

Amid the unrelenting hype generated by such bubblegum-and-pimples-set acts as Destiny's Child and the Backstreet Boys, the record business has been slow to notice that the year's most dramatic run up the charts belongs not to a girl group or boy band but to a solitary reggae singer and Gulf War veteran named Shaggy.

Last summer Shaggy released Hotshot, a sleek confection of R.-and-B.-tinged reggae, to scant attention. But he has since pulled off a coup that few reggae artists have ever achieved. Steadily pushing his way up the pop chart, he has knocked off one blockbuster after another: Limp Bizkit,...

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