In Case You Missed It: Estelle UB Interview!
“ALL OF ME” is highlighted by the recent hits “Break My Heart (Feat. Rick Ross),” as well as the heartwarming new single, “Thank You,” which is available now at iTunes and all leading digital retailers. The latter track – written by Akon and produced by Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis (U2, The Black Eyed Peas, T.I.), Arden “Keyz’” Altino, and Akene “The Champ” Dunkley. A companion video clip is currently in pre-production.
Estelle has slated a number of high profile TV appearances to herald “ALL OF ME,” including a hosting gig for VH1 Presents: VH1 Soul on VH1 Video Special airing every Monday from November 28th through December 12th. Her recent performance on BET’s Black Girls Rock! awards show, will also be rebroadcasted on Wednesday, November 16th (check local listings). Estelle’s performance of “Thank You” was hailed by Billboard as one of the event’s top 5 moments, noting “there wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”
The next evening, Estelle will join Gym Class Heroes on NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for a rendition of their #1 hit single, “Stereo Hearts,” slated Thursday, November 17th. That same night will see her among the guests on TV One’s new spoken word program, Lexus Presents Verses & Flow, set to air at 8PM PST/11PM EST.
Sunday, November 20th will see Estelle co-hosting the annual American Music Awards digital red carpet festivities, airing live on ABC.com. In addition, Estelle will join Joan Rivers and the panel on E! Entertainment Television’s Fashion Police for their post-AMAs special, airing November 22nd. As if all that weren’t enough, Estelle will team up with Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy and The Roots for a remarkable performance of the Teddy Pendergrass classic, “Wake Up Everybody,” on the eagerly awaited VH1 Divas Celebrates Soul special, slated to air Monday, December 19th.
“SHINE” – which marked the premiere release from Grammy Award-winner John Legend’s Homeschool Records label, in partnership with Atlantic Records – was without question one of 2008’s most compelling releases. Executive Produced by Legend and Atlantic Records Chairman/CEO Craig Kallman, the album proved Estelle’s global breakthrough, fuelled in part by the phenomenal hit single, “American Boy (Feat. Kanye West).”
Here in the US, “American Boy” has been certified 2x-platinum by the RIAA for digital sales exceeding 2 million. In 2009, the track earned Estelle her first-ever Grammy Award, just one of many prestigious honors that also includes a BETJ Virtual Award for “Song of the Year,” a World Music Award for “World’s Best New R&B Act,” an Urban Music Award for “Best Collaboration,” an O2 Silver Clef Award” for “Download of the Year,” and a pair of MOBO Awards for “Best UK Female” and “Best Song.”