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Shontelle: 'T-Shirt'

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Released on Monday, Feb 23 2009

Popstars generally hate being compared to their predecessors, but in this case it can't be avoided. Shontelle is beautiful, she hails from Barbados and she's a purveyor of radio-friendly R&B music. Furthermore, she was discovered by Sturken and Rogers, the production duo who groomed another Bajan pop hopeful, and she even tells a Rihanna anecdote in her official biography. Shontelle, so the story goes, once made poor Ri Ri do press-ups in cadet camp. The meanie.

'T-Shirt', her debut single, is a cute midtempo R&B tune with lyrics about popping on your boyfriend's top when you're missing him. It sounds like it was produced by Stargate, the Norwegian hitmakers behind Rihanna's 'Take A Bow' and Chris Brown's 'With You', even though it actually wasn't. Original? Nah, not in the slightest. Likable? Absolutely - though Shontelle's vocals lack the distinctive bit of rough that helps her countrywoman to stand out from the crowd.


> Click here to watch the 'T-Shirt' video

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