Estelle Hits Out At U.k.'S White Soul Stars
Singer ESTELLE has launched a scathing attack on the British music industry - for promoting white stars as soul singers. The R+B diva shot to the top of the U.K. charts last week (beg17Mar08) with her hit American Boy, but is bitter she had to work in the U.S. before she was able to succeed in her native country - unlike fellow British artists Duffy and Adele. She says, "I'm not mad at them, but I'm wondering - how the hell is there not a single black person in the press singing soul?" "Adele ain't soul. She sounds like she heard some Aretha records once, and she's got a deeper voice - that don't mean she's soul. "That don't mean nothing to me in the grand scheme of my life as a black person. As a songwriter, I get what they do. As a black person, I'm like: you're telling me this is my music?"