Release Date: Apr 29, 2008
Record label: Atlantic
Genre(s): Rap, R&B
West London-born vocalist Estelle’s 2004 debut record, The 18th Day, barely cracked the UK top 40 despite massive hype, but lucky for her, she got a second chance. This time around, John Legend scooped her up for his new label and hooked her up with all the big American names. And sure enough, the Kanye-assisted American Boy is at the top of the UK charts and will soon be huge on these shores as well.
The debut album from London native Estelle, 2004's The 18th Day, stalled at number 40 on the U.K. chart. Uneven and tentative but not without a handful of major standouts -- like the wistful and animated "1980," where she displayed her MC'ing chops, and the Mary J. Blige-worthy slow groove "Dance with Me" -- it wasn't enough to further her label's support.