Some fans sensed a palpable “TENSION” between the women, while others picked up on an awkwardness emanating from Brandy and chalked it up to her excitement about the battle. Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston weren’t exempt. Since her 1994 debut album, singer, songwriter, and producer Brandy Norwood has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide with over 8.62 million albums sold in the United States alone. “You can dance, she can sing but need to move it to the left,” Hilson sings along with the line “go sit down and have babies.” She was, unfortunately, never able to live the incident down because the Hive never lets anything slide. Brandy and Kanye West offered their take on a classic Motown duet with "Talk About Our Love," in which they play quarreling partners trying to get back on track. It may be all fun and games for onlookers, but these women were simply trying to entertain us and were saddled with unbelievable pressure. Brandy & Monica performs their hit #1 single, “The Boy Is Mine,” at the MTV Video Music Awards. Brandy has one brother, and he is the singer, songwriter, TV personality, and actor Ray J. Brandy and Monica, who were 18 and 17 at the time, hadn’t actually met before they recorded “The Boy Is Mine” in 1997. Can we do a Verzuz part two?” while Monica let the singer have the floor for a moment to talk about her newfound freedom as an independent artist and the release of her latest studio album, B7. !” For some time, the rivalry has felt one-sided. “It’s a working relationship,” Monica flatly told an interviewer for VIVA, the German music channel, right after being questioned about why she named her sophomore album The Boy Is Mine (which, c’mon, feels just a little petty considering it’s technically Brandy’s song), but apparently she just wanted to “make a bold statement.” Monica, who excelled in her own right — though she never matched Brandy in star power — also made songs for the soundtracks for The Preacher’s Wife and Space Jam and scored hits like “The First Night” and “Angel of Mine.”, Monica, who was firmly slotted into the R&B category, would suffer a slump after the commercial success of The Boy Is Mine. Though adept at singing, the two were not at all prepared to endure the manufactured rivalry that seemingly became a real thing. Body Measurements. “We’re gonna have a very in-depth conversation that may possibly be shared even with the audience because there’s a lot that happens, the fans have no idea what really took place, what really caused the initial friction.”. lol yet brandy is the one who was still bringing monica up decades later while monica was actually legally married wit her family n her active career unlike brandy who drops albums every full … Monica and Brandy, who have, respectively, sold a staggering 30 million and 40 million albums worldwide, have had a real on-again, off-again professional relationship, and the reason behind the static surrounding them has never been made plain. As part of the battle, Verzuz sold limited edition Brandy v. Monica merchandise with all proceeds going to When We All Vote. Later in the night, Brandy said, “I’m having so much fun. 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The album was certified five times platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, becoming Norwood's best-selling album to date. “When I wanted to be sad or happy at 11, I could,” the singer told Cheo Hodari Coker for the July 2004 issue of Vibe. As of 2020, Brandy has sold over 40 million records worldwide. Is this too much? Brandy feat. In 2016, Brandy was dismissive when asked if she would participate in the #SoGoneChallenge, where fans remixed Monica and Missy Elliott’s 2003 song of the same name with their own original freestyle. The idea to come together was originally Brandy’s, who was hoping to quell the persistent rumors that the two teenagers loathed each other. According to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), Brandy has … Contact Michael Blackmon at michael.blackmon@buzzfeed.com. Utilizamos cookies, próprios e de terceiros, que o reconhecem e identificam como um usuário único, para garantir a melhor experiência de navegação, personalizar conteúdo e anúncios, e melhorar o desempenho do nosso site e serviços. Born into a musical family, Norwood was raised in Carson, California, beginning her career as a backing vocalist for teen groups. About Brandy Since emerging with her 3x-platinum self-titled debut album in 1994 (released when Brandy was only 15-years-old), this trail-blazing pioneer has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide It’s an unresolved pop culture mystery, and the singers have played into its longevity just as much as fans. 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And that’s pretty much it. And while Brandy was facing the pressure of being more of a commodity than a person, Monica was given permission to be what she described as “sassy and more attitude-oriented.” Speaking about her mentor and producer Dallas Austin, who signed her to Rowdy Records at the age of 12 last year on The Breakfast Club, Monica said, “It couldn't have been anybody better to have signed me at that age because he treated me as his daughter. Monica’s last two albums did better than this one and Brandy’s last one. It's never been an easy situation, but the reason that I would do it is because we are from a special elite group,” Monica said on The Real in 2016. The Boy is Mine was on Brandy’s Never Say Never, which sold 17 million copies worldwide. The differences arise when you look at their journeys with fame. Michael Blackmon is a culture reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York. And an iconic acting career. — more than 20 years since their duet “The Boy Is Mine” topped the Billboard Hot 100 for an impressive 13 weeks, Brandy, 41, and Monica, 39, decided it was time to bury the hatchet that has shadowed their legendary careers and appear together on the Instagram Live show Verzuz last night. ', Eminem’s 'Music To Be Murdered By: Side B' Album Makes Billboard 200 Debut, Meek Mill To Capitol Building Terrorists: 'Y’all People Are Really On Some KKK SHIT! That’s all I can do, you know?” She came off very guarded in interviews, offering matter-of-fact statements when asked about her relationship with Brandy. If I’m not present to say it for you, you say it yourself.’”. Brandy and Monica are R&B frenemies who've been reportedly feuding on-and-off for the past two decades. Chris Brown ... View more View less . “Turnin Me Off” featured lines which some assumed were directed at her peers Beyoncé and Ciara. Sh… Para saber mais sobre nossa política de cookies, acesse link. Though there were perceived jabs and playfully shady moments, the one thing that’s been made crystal clear from their Verzuz appearance is that there has always been, and always will be, room for the both of them to thrive.●. Brandy came out in 93/94 and Moesha came out in 1996. “It was her, Aaliyah, and myself. But to answer the askers question I am a bigger fan of Brandy but I really like Monica too. Tory Lanez Pushes Court To Let Him Speak On Megan Thee Stallion Case — But What Was That 'DAYSTAR' Album? The next album might make her crack the 40 million Brandy 1 Monica 4 Xscape 7 Aaliyah 9 I distinctly remember loving each of these songs immeasurably at different points in time. “It just soiled my whole dream,” she said. Brandy was clearly the bigger star -- movies, dolls, endorsements, mainstream magazine covers and tv shows. ET. Monica, while promoting her second studio album, The Boy Is Mine, on Live with Regis and Kathie Lee in ‘98, also seemed to suggest they were on the same page. “Monica needs to really check her evil ass fans," Brandy said in an Instagram caption at the time. And that squeaky-clean image catapulted her to mainstream success: She was a pop star, called “The Vocal Bible” by fans who know her deep cuts, and held her own while singing alongside music royalty on hit soundtracks (Waiting to Exhale, Set It Off, Cinderella). The main event kicks off at 5 p.m. PST and will be simulcast on Apple Music, Apple TV and the official Verzuz Instagram account. Brandy Rayana Norwood was born in McComb City, Mississippi, United States, on February 11, 1979. Monica started out doing talent shows and … "It's so much stuff I can post about the hateful things they say to me... but I will never have time for that. 2 Chainz, who was in his early 20s when the song came out, has already decided on a winner. Brandy has sold more than 30 million records Albums Brandy - 6m NSN - 14m FM - 4m AFRO - 1m H - 0.5m TBOB - 0.5m VH1D - 1m Singles TBIM - 5m ADIP - 2m WAU - 2m IWBD - 1m BABY - 1m SUIMR - 1m HYE - 1m TOTW - 1m BH - 1m RHD - 1m Way more than 30 million over all. She began singing in public at local youth groups and eventually to high profile gigs. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The highly anticipated Verzuz battle between the legendary 90s Black “it girls” Brandy and Monica gave a clear view of who wins this alleged ongoing 25-year-old beef between the two singers. Now that the new Brandy album 'Human' has flopped, it soon will be Monica's turn to make a comeback. Monica had a little more sass than Brandy. It’s harder to be cordial with each other when there’s a constant narrative being spun that There Can Only Be One. Monica, who hails from Atlanta, has eight studio albums under her belt, the latest being 2015’s Code Red. It was Brandy and Monica’s second studio album. As with everything online during the COVID-19 pandemic — and because the women haven’t been in close proximity in nearly a decade — the show got off to a bit of a clumsy start. I mean, if we really wanna go deep, we can throw it back to Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Looks like your browser doesn't support JavaScript. And the Grammy line is a bit backhanded. The record blends West's then-cutting edge production with Brandy's more traditional R&B … But according to an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Monica says there’s more to the story and the Verzuz battle will help put an end to the speculative chatter. American R&B singer Monica has released 8 studio albums, one extended play, and 35 singles (including six as a featured artist). Become a BuzzFeed News member. First time since ‘98. When you talk about the best-selling artists, their total single sales outpace their album sales mainly because they have many more singles than albums. On Monday night’s Verzuz faceoff, the two iconic ‘90s singers left the past behind. She also let Brandy kick off the event, which was held in Atlanta at Tyler Perry Studios. Monica was never as big as Brandy. It's not!!! When she was around four years old, Brandy moved with her family to Los Angeles, California. I was a human being.”, Monica, meanwhile, was presented to the public as a beautiful and talented singer who was very sure of herself — “wise beyond her years,” as Daily Press put it in 1995, when the singer was just 14 years old. I was really sad, I was really hurt, I was really blazing. 10 . “Once I speak with her and see how much of what she wants to share can be shared, then we'll share some things with you guys.”. If Brandy (age 15 when Brandy was released) sounds perpetually anxious in most of her adolescent work, Monica is overflowing with swagger. He never made me feel like, ‘If she's not selling records, she's not important.’ It was always about, ‘Look, are you okay? Monica dropped her album, The Boy is Mine and it went double platinum. Brandy (Norwood) was born on February 11, 1979, in Mississippi, and raised in California. Posted on September 1, 2020, at 3:01 p.m. When Brandy and Monica’s Verzuz was announced on Aug. 22, fans of the singers almost immediately launched into the ladies’ discographies, drawing battle lines and making their case for which star would ultimately prevail in the end. Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), better known by her mononym Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and businesswoman. Check out the track listings for their album below and … Finally — finally! Photo courtesy www.nickiswift.com. Don’t let them tell you different. Brandy spoke first, saying she was “so happy and elated that we are together.” Monica responded in kind, taking a moment to acknowledge the news of Chadwick Boseman’s death and the tumultuous year that has been 2020. Beginning of dialog window. Monica & Brandy . Los Angeles native Brandy, on the other hand, has pumped out seven studio albums … 1 on the Billboard 200. Los Angeles native Brandy, on the other hand, has pumped out seven studio albums during the course of her musical career, including B7 which just arrived at the end of last month. She was a TV star (Moesha) and a beauty icon (a Cover Girl with her own Barbie Doll) all before she could even legally drink. Something’s Wrong. @Brandy vs @MonicaDenise. Though adept at singing, the two were not at all prepared to endure the manufactured rivalry that seemingly became a real thing. !” Fans of Monica purportedly began teasing Brandy for making a self-indulgent post about Houston that, inevitably, perpetuated the idea of their rift. “Chile bye” was Brandy’s response. Better album sales, more iconic singles and also international recognition. Put It Down music_note. Keri Hilson, who began her career as a songwriter before becoming a singer, recently opened up to former Real Housewives of Atlanta star Claudia Jordan on her talk show, Out Loud, about how she was essentially pressured by industry executives to start a rivalry with Beyoncé. And let’s be real: There was a tiny bit of petty behavior, but the women made it clear at the outset that they were all about unity and friendship. Brandy clearly eclipses Monica with her peaks. This particular Verzuz battle is unique in the sense that the two veteran singers have been pitted against each other for decades. And fans — more than 1 million, to be exact, including everyone from former first lady Michelle Obama to Lil’ Kim to, yes, even vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris — tuned in to see these women reconnect. Her father, Willie Norwood, used to sing gospel music, and her mother, Sonja Norwood, worked as a district manager for a tax preparation company called H&R Block. “We’ve long removed ourselves from the dramatics of it,” Monica told ET. Now-defunct magazines YM, Fresh!, and Right On! You don't have to do this. There’s real damage that’s done too. R&B queens Monica and Brandy will face off in a Verzuz battle on Monday night (August 31), over 20 years since “The Boy Is Mine” shot to No. Make sure you typed in your email correctly. According to the executive producer of Monica’s first two albums, Dallas Austin, the Miss Thang singer allegedly punched Brandy in the stomach. “I would work with her again. It’s harder to be cordial with each other when there’s a constant narrative being spun that There Can Only Be One. Everything about who you are is great. Her third studio album Full Moon was released in 2002 and was certified platinum by the RIAA. Brandy, as recently as 2018, performed “The Boy Is Mine” solo at Essence Fest, slightly changing the ending by singing “the song is mine,” an apparent dig at Monica. Monica and Brandy, who have, respectively, sold a staggering 30 million and 40 million albums worldwide, have had a real on-again, off-again professional relationship, and the reason behind the static surrounding them has never been made plain. But I think Mons is aware. She is one of the best selling female artists of all time. #Roommates, who ya’ll got? playlist_add. From there, she released a slew of successful albums, ... Dallas Austin, and more. 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The most attention Monica ever got was when The Boy Is Mine was released. Ao continuar com a navegação em nosso site, você aceita o uso de cookies. Find Monica discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. In 2009, Hilson remixed her hit “Turnin Me On,” changing not only some of the lyrics but also the title of the song. In an Instagram Stories video uploaded to his account on Sunday night (August 30), Chainz was very clear on who’s going to emerge victorious from tonight’s showdown. Esses Cookies nos permitem coletar alguns dados pessoais sobre você, como sua ID exclusiva atribuída ao seu dispositivo, endereço de IP, tipo de dispositivo e navegador, conteúdos visualizados ou outras ações realizadas usando nossos serviços, país e idioma selecionados, entre outros. You brought joy at a much needed time ✨. Neither were Tyra Banks and Naomi Campbell nor Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. The night ended with an embrace, after the two played “The Boy Is Mine,” and the former rivals exited stage right. Still, this act of resistance proved futile as the wildly popular pop stars’ budding relationship inevitably became frayed. Ironically, the duet won the pair a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group in 1999, a shared honor that remains the only Grammy each of them have to their name. What you talking ’bout?”, #PressPlay: #2Chainz has already picked who he’s riding with ahead of tonight’s #Verzuz battle!! “If Brandy plays one of the Cinderella tracks, it’s a wrap for Miss Monica on the spot!” one fan said, adding an oft-memed clip of Blac Chyna saying “Cut the cameras...deadass” for maximum effect. “So I’m trying to get to know myself, and to give myself a chance. Brandy quickly added that things were in the past while Monica, attempting to keep things light, simply said, “What had happened was, we had a disagreement” and left it at that. Thank you QUEENS for such an EPIC #VERZUZ! Monica merchandise with all proceeds going to When We All Vote. Monica bombed at acting and only had success in music. Then again, Monica’s material on her debut disc, Miss Thang, was more adult than Brandy’s love soaked debut. Though Monica hasn’t been completely innocent in the feud — Dallas Austin even went so far as to say Monica punched Brandy in the face prior to their 1998 VMA performance — she has since only praised Brandy in interviews. Why can’t we just accept that these two women are great in their own unique ways, like we do with the beloved Reginas — King and Hall — and praise them both without it being a competition?! “So many of us, especially women, don’t know ourselves; we let other people tell us what we need and want,” she told the Los Angeles Times in 1998. (: @gettyimages), A post shared by The Shade Room (@theshaderoom) on Aug 31, 2020 at 7:31am PDT. "You sure was," Brandy responded, who — in an attempt to make a joke — added that she was on the receiving end of Monica's wrath. Monica, who hails from Atlanta, has eight studio albums under her belt, the latest being 2015’s Code Red. As the two vied for attention from largely the same audience, they were presented with opposing images and pitted against each other. Brandy and Monica should be commended for how hard they tried to resist falling into the trap, but they were, unfortunately, just next up in a long line of legendary stars who were forced to endure the tired rivalry trope. Monica has more hits on the R&B charts. ‘Black In Blood’ Rapper Has The Likes Of Gucci Mane, Lil Durk, Charlamagne Tha God Hype. Brandy’s image was the epitome of the girl next door. But Hilson said she was essentially powerless because she was so young in her career and felt pressured to do as she was told. T.I. Elliott intervened, saying, in an emoji-laden message, “Come on y’all... Let’s CELEBRATE the fact that these two women are coming together again … Let’s Enjoy both of their catalogues because they both are Legends with a IMPACT & have made UNDENIABLE TIMELESS music.” She was quickly reassured that it was all in jest. Their reunion on the quarantine entertainment staple that has blessed music lovers with song battles between Jill Scott and Erykah Badu, Babyface and Teddy Riley, and Johntá Austin and Ne-Yo — just to name a few — was “for the culture” and a celebration of “the love of music.”. Monday night at 5PM PT/8PM ET, the culture WINS Live on @applemusic and Apple TV in HD, and on @verzuztv IG #Verzuz Drinks by @Ciroc, A post shared by Verzuz (@verzuztv) on Aug 26, 2020 at 1:17pm PDT, Cardi B Set To Spend At Least $200K On COVID-19 Testing In 2021: 'This Is Seriously A New Business', Kid Cudi Takes Credit For Starting The Skinny Jeans Trend As He Readies His Own Clothing Line, Who Is Pooh Shiesty? 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