Song Title: Impossible
Date of release: 9 February 2010
Description: ” Impossible ” is by Shontelle, the R&B singer-songwriter from Barbados. The song was written by Arnthor Birgisson and Ina Wroldsen.
The production for the song was done by Arnthor Birgisson, who has also worked with artists like Britney Spears and Leona Lewis.
” Impossible ” was released in 2010 by record labels SRC and Motown, the song was taken as the fist single from Shontelle’s second Album ” No Gravity “.
Originally the song was offered to Leona Lewis, but she turned down the opportunity to record ” Impossible ” and so it was then offered to Shontelle.
In an interview with Flavour Magazine Shontelle commented on Leona Lewis turning down the song ” I have been hearing that rumour for a long time, but I didn’t believe it until it was actually confirmed while I was in Norway. I was like, ‘Wow! I’m glad you turned it down, because I got to sing it ”
Music critics generally gave the song the thumbs up, Billboard’s Michael Menachem said ” “Shontelle shines on ‘Impossible’, giving one of the year’s standout female vocal performances and recalling the poignancy and technical precision of Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable”.
Bill Lamb of about.com commented about the amount of uptempo pop playing on the radio and praised Shontelle’s delivery, he wrote ” Shontelle delivers a strong, emotional R&B ballad. This smooth soul sound provides a valuable counterpart to the dominant uptempo dance music on current pop radio “.
The song was to be commercial success for Shontelle, in the United States ” Impossible ” has become her most successful single to date there.
The single entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 88, from there it climbed steadily to reach a peak of number 13 and spent a total of 20 weeks on the chart.
” Impossible ” sold 1 million copies in the US and was certified Platinum in 2010 by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Outside of the United States, Shontelle enjoyed more success with the song. In Europe she took the song into the top 20 in Norway, Belgium, Slovakia and Scotland.
In the United kingdom, ” Impossible ” reached number 9 and spent 2 weeks in the top ten, the song spent a total of 14 weeks on the UK chart.
The British Phonographic Industry ( BPI ) awarded the single a Silver status with sales of 200,000 copies sold in the United Kingdom.
BillBoard Highest Chart Position: 13
UK Highest Chart Position: 9
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Austria Top 40) 66, Belgium (Ultratip Flanders) 20, Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia) 42, Brazil Hot 100 Airplay (Billboard) 23, Canada (Canadian Hot 100) 33, Czech Republic (Rádio Top 100) 46, Denmark (Tracklisten) 5, Europe (European Hot 100 Singles) 28, Hungary (Rádiós Top 40) 27, Ireland (IRMA) 28, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 24, Norway (VG-lista) 16, Scotland (Official Charts Company) 11, Slovakia (Rádio Top 100) 15
Official Website: Shontellemusic.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/shontellemusic
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/Shontelle