Shine (Estelle album)

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Shine
Studio album by Estelle
Released 31 March 2008
(see release history)
Recorded 2006–2008
Genre R&B, hip hop, soul, reggae
Length 47:29
Label Atlantic, Homeschool Records
Producer John Legend (exec.), will.i.am, Wyclef Jean, Jerry 'Wonda' Duplessis, Keezo Kane, Chris Webber, Mark Ronson, Supa Dups, Johnny Douglas, Steve McKie, Tom Craskey, Jack Splash, Swizz Beatz
Estelle chronology
The 18th Day
(2004)
Shine
(2008)
All of Me
(2012)
Singles from Shine
  1. "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)"
    Released: 19 November 2007
  2. "American Boy"
    Released: 24 March 2008
  3. "No Substitute Love"
    Released: 30 June 2008
  4. "Pretty Please (Love Me)"
    Released: 15 September 2008
  5. "Come Over"
    Released: 15 September 2008
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Billboard (positive)[2]
The Boston Globe (positive)[3]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[4]
The New York Times (positive)[5]
Pitchfork Media (6.8/10)[6]
PopMatters (7/10)[7]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[8]
RWD Mag 4/5 stars[9]
The Skinny 4/5 stars[10]
The Times 4/5 stars[11]
Slant Magazine 3/5 stars[12]

Shine is the second studio album by Grammy-Award winner singer/songwriter Estelle. Executive-produced by John Legend, Estelle's second album Shine brings together the best and brightest from Legend’s circle. Kanye West delivers “American Boy,” a slice of modern disco that is perfect backdrop for the song’s cross-continental romance, while Wyclef Jean and Mark Ronson, bring to the table a global sensibility well-suited to Estelle, a West Londoner with a mom from Senegal and a dad from Grenada. Jean’s tracks, “No Substitute Love” and “So Much Out of the Way,” are hypnotic and heavy, his best productions in years; Ronson, on the other hand, comes through with “Magnificent,” a raw funk beat infused with Jamaican flavor. Of course, these producers are only as good as their singer, and Estelle is completely self-possessed and stylish. In league with other contemporary British sirens like Amy Winehouse, Adele, Duffy and Nicole Willis, Estelle is soulful but not stereotypical, charming but not cutesy. She represents something fiercely current yet utterly timeless and her Shine is a true rarity: a mainstream female pop album that is as sophisticated as it is fresh. The album was released on 31 March 2008 with the lead single, "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)", released in November 2007. The second single, "American Boy" featuring Kanye West reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on downloads alone and was released physically on 24 March. The "American Boy" remixes, and the album "Shine" were taken from the US iTunes Store due to a decision by Atlantic to follow Kid Rock's successful decision to not sell his latest album on iTunes or any digital retailer. It was added back onto the store on 9 September[13] due to a large drop in sales and "American Boy"'s decline in Billboard rankings. Shine has been certified Gold in the UK, denoting 100,000 copies sold. The album has sold 233,000 copies in the United States as of January 2012.[14]

Shine was one of the twelve nominees for the 2008 Mercury Prize.

History[edit]

The album featured will.i.am, Kardinal Offishall, Mark Ronson, John Legend & Cee-Lo. Kanye West was also featured on the track "American Boy". A bonus track by Hi-Tek includes "Life to Me" featuring Estelle as a guest artist. Shine debuted at #38 on the Billboard 200 Chart selling 14,800 copies in its first week and #6 on the Top R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart.[15] "Magnificent" was featured in the movie 21, and the single "Pretty Please (Love Me)" was featured in the top-grossing romantic comedy Sex and the City: The Movie, and it is included on the second soundtrack of the film.

Track listing[edit]

# Title Writer(s) Producers Length
1. "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)" (featuring will.i.am) Christa Pryor/D. Webster/Estelle Swaray/John Stephens/M. Adams/M. Hicks/R. Turner/S. Arrington/Will Adams/Yo will.i.am 3:40
2. "No Substitute Love" Estelle Swaray/John Stephens Wyclef Jean & Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis 3:33
3. "American Boy" (featuring Kanye West) Caleb Speir/Estelle Swaray/Josh Lopez/Kanye West/Keith Harris/William Adans will.i.am 4:45
4. "More Than Friends" Estelle Swaray/John Stephens/Keith Moore/P. Simon Keezo Kane 4:25
5. "Magnificent" (featuring Kardinal Offishall) Estelle Swaray/Jason Harrow/Mark Ronson/W. Riley Mark Ronson 3:57
6. "Come Over" Dwayne Chin-Quee/Estelle Swaray/Jason Farmer/John Stephens/Mitchum Chin Supa Dups 3:41
7. "So Much Out the Way" Estelle Swaray/J. Thomas/L. Parker/L. Scott/R. Marley/Washington, G. Jr./Wyclef Jean Wyclef Jean & Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis 4:05
8. "In the Rain" B. White/Estelle Swaray/Johnny Douglas Johnny Douglas 4:08
9. "Back In Love" Estelle Swaray/John Stephens/Steve McKie Steve McKie 4:01
10. "You Are" (featuring John Legend) Estelle Swaray/John Stephens/Tom Craskey Tom Craskey 3:29
11. "Pretty Please (Love Me)" (featuring Cee Lo Green) Drew Dixon/Estelle Swaray/John Stephens/Thomas Callaway Jack Splash 3:58
12. "Shine" Dean Dixon/Estelle Swaray/John Stephens/Kaseem Dean/Tiffany Green Swizz Beatz 3:49
13. "I Wanna Live" (iTunes/Japan bonus track) W. Robinson/John Stephens/Estelle Swaray Shawn Diggy 4:03
14. "Life to Me" (Hi-Tek featuring Estelle)(iTunes/Japan bonus track) Tony Cottrell/Estelle Swaray Hi-Tek 5:01

Bonus tracks on iTunes[edit]

A version of the album with additional bonus tracks and videos was made available through iTunes. The two bonus tracks are "Life to Me" (also on the UK CD single for "American Boy") and "I Wanna Live" Produced By Shawn Diggy(exclusive track) plus the videos for "American Boy" and "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)".

The bonus track "Life to Me" is also featured on Hi-Tek's album Hi-Teknology 3.

The bonus video version was released to UK iTunes 13 December 2008. It includes the "Come Over" remix with Sean Paul and the video.

Singles chronology[edit]

United Kingdom
Europe and Australia
North America

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United Kingdom 31 March 2008
United States 29 April 2008
Europe 9 May 2008
Australia 10 May 2008
Brazil 20 July 2008

Charts[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 61
Belgian Albums Chart (Flanders)[17] 32
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonia)[18] 81
Dutch Albums Chart[19] 53
European Top 100 Albums[20] 26
French Albums Chart[21] 18
German Albums Chart[22] 29
Irish Albums Chart[23] 46
Japanese Albums Chart[24] 106
Swiss Albums Chart[25] 29
UK Albums Chart[26] 6
US Billboard 200[27] 38
US Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums[27] 6

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Allmusic review". 
  2. ^ "Billboard review". 
  3. ^ "The Boston Globe review". 13 May 2008. 
  4. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (28 March 2008). "The Guardian review". London. 
  5. ^ "The New York Times review". 5 May 2008. 
  6. ^ "Pitchfork Media review". 
  7. ^ "PopMatters review". 
  8. ^ "Rolling Stone review". 
  9. ^ "RWD Mag review". 
  10. ^ "The Skinny review". 
  11. ^ Paphides, Pete (28 March 2008). "The Times review". London. 
  12. ^ "Slant Magazine review". 
  13. ^ [Estelle – Shine http://phobos.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewAlbum?id=275421056&s=143441]
  14. ^ http://www.hitsdailydouble.com/sales/sales_ur.cgi
  15. ^ "Estelle Returns!"
  16. ^ "Estelle – Shine" (in German). IFPI Austria. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  17. ^ "Estelle – Shine" (in Dutch). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  18. ^ "Estelle – Shine" (in French). Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  19. ^ "Estelle – Shine" (in Dutch). MegaCharts. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  20. ^ "European Albums – Week of April 10, 2008". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  21. ^ "Estelle – Shine" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  22. ^ "Estelle, Shine" (in German). Media Control. charts.de. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  23. ^ "Top 75 Artist Album, Week Ending 10 April 2008". Irish Recorded Music Association. Chart-Track. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  24. ^ "シャイン/エステル" [Shine / Estelle] (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  25. ^ "Estelle – Shine". Media Control. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  26. ^ "Estelle – Shine". The Official Charts Company. Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 
  27. ^ a b "Shine – Estelle". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 15 November 2011. 

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