Angel (Shaggy song)

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"Angel"
Shaggy-angel.jpg
Single by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
from the album Hot Shot
B-side"Chica Bonita"
Released9 January 2001 (2001-01-09)
Recorded2000
Length
  • 3:55 (album version)
  • 3:31 (radio edit)
LabelMCA
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)Shaun "Sting" Pizzonia
Shaggy singles chronology
"It Wasn't Me"
(2000)
"Angel"
(2001)
"Luv Me, Luv Me"
(2001)
Rayvon singles chronology
"In the Summertime"
(1995)
"Angel"
(2000)
"2-Way"
(2002)

"Angel" is a song by Jamaican reggae artist Shaggy featuring additional vocals from Barbadian singer Rayvon. Containing samples from Steve Miller Band's "The Joker" and the Chip Taylor-written "Angel of the Morning", it was released to radio on 9 January 2001 as the follow-up to Shaggy's international number-one hit, "It Wasn't Me". "Angel" also proved to be successful, reaching number one in 12 countries, including Australia, Germany, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

Content[edit]

"Angel" uses the bassline from "The Joker" by Steve Miller Band (1973). The chorus melody is from "Angel of the Morning", originally written and composed by Chip Taylor, that has been recorded numerous times and has been a hit single for various artists including Merrilee Rush, Juice Newton, Nina Simone, P. P. Arnold, Olivia Newton-John, The Pretenders/Chrissie Hynde, Dusty Springfield, Mary Mason, Melba Montgomery, Vagiant, Billie Davis, Bonnie Tyler, Rita Wilson, and Skeeter Davis.[1]

Commercial reception[edit]

The song debuted at number 81 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on the week ending 30 December 2000.[2] The song first entered the top 40 at number 39 on the week ending 20 January 2001.[3] It peaked at number one on the chart week of 31 March 2001, for one week.[4] According to Billboard writer Silvio Pietroluongo, "Angel" beat Crazy Town's "Butterfly" to number one by a margin of two points, which was the smallest gap between two singles since the magazine began having its charts stored digitally in 1985.[5] It was also the second song to reach number one without a retail release, after Aaliyah's "Try Again" (2000), although physical formats would later be issued in the United States on 24 April 2001.[5][6] "Angel" was the 17th-most-successful song of 2001 in the US and has sold 1,494,000 digital copies in the US as of April 2016.[7][8]

Internationally, the song reached number one in Australia, Austria, Flanders, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom, topping the Eurochart Hot 100 as well.[9][10][11][12][13] In Australia, it peaked atop the ARIA Singles Chart for eight weeks, finishing fourth on the Australian year-end chart for 2001.[9][14] It was also an enduring hit in Ireland, where it is the 20th-highest-selling single of all time.[15]

Music video[edit]

The music video was directed by Cameron Casey. It features Shaggy and Rayvon relaxing in a private plane and driving around in luxury cars.

Track listings[edit]

Charts[edit]

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[63] 3× Platinum 210,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[64] Platinum 40,000*
Belgium (BEA)[65] Platinum 50,000*
France (SNEP)[66] Gold 250,000*
Germany (BVMI)[67] Gold 250,000double-dagger
Netherlands (NVPI)[68] Platinum 60,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[69] Platinum  
Sweden (GLF)[70] 2× Platinum 60,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[71] Platinum 40,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[73] Gold 620,000[72]
United States 1,494,000[8]

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format(s) Label(s) Ref.
United States 9 January 2001 (2001-01-09) Rhythmic contemporary radio MCA [74]
30 January 2001 (2001-01-30) Contemporary hit radio [75]
24 April 2001 (2001-04-24) Maxi-CD [6]
Australia 28 May 2001 (2001-05-28) CD [76]
United Kingdom
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[77]

Later versions[edit]

  • German singer Max Raabe and Palast Orchester covered the song in a big band style, for his 2001 album, Super Hits 2.
  • In 2001, the parody song "You Ripped Off Angel (of the Morning)" was released by Adam Posegate and received airplay on the Dr. Demento Show.
  • R&B artist Bei Maejor did a version of this song sampling the chorus and the beat. It appeared on his mixtape Upsideown2.
  • For the 20th anniversary re-recording of Hot Shot, Rayvon's part is performed by Sting instead.[78][79]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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