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Shontelle’s album is a grower…

shon1As much as I love R&B, I feel like sometimes it gets all muddled up in the hype and plateaus for a bit (jackswing? crunk?). It is best when soul and sultry. Shontelle’s horribly named debut Shontelligence seems like a promising reformist record with a hint of reggae. Now let’s hope all of these are: Ciara’s Fantasy Ride (highly unlikely), Lady Love by LeToya (maybe), Pulse by Toni Braxton (she “doesn’t have a single hip hop bone” in her body), Love, Tweet by Tweet (if she dumps Missy), Monica’s Still Standing (again, if she dumps Missy Elliott) and Whitney’s tentatively titled Undefeated.

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Monica is back, still didn’t call Brandy…

still_standing_songThere’s no wonder why Monica called her latest album Still Standing. It’s because after a string of flops everyone is surprised that she still has a record deal. Not just that, she has an attitude problem: she still refuses to speak to Brandy more than a decade after their infamous fight, even when Brandy keeps calling her. She’s proud! This is not the cover to the album, it’s for the first single, which is yet to be heard. I bet Missy Elliott gave her all the left-over tracks from  Tweet’s album. If it s any good, it’ll be a surprise.