Rap-Up TV: Brandy and Monica Talk Reunion, Pre-Grammy Gala, & New Albums

Brandy and Monica are reuniting and it feels so good. The ladies linked up at Thursday’s rehearsals for Clive Davis’ Pre-Grammy Gala at the Beverly Hilton, where they performed their 1998 classic “The Boy Is Mine” and new collaboration “It All Belongs to Me.” Even Whitney Houston showed up to lend her support ahead of Saturday’s big event honoring Sir Richard Branson.

Afterwards, they sat down with legendary music executive Clive Davis to discuss reuniting after 14 years, their new Rico Love-produced song, and upcoming albums.

Brandy’s as-yet-untitled RCA/Chameleon Records debut is due in May, featuring production from Frank Ocean, Sean Garrett, and Love. “It’s just gonna be a different album, but of course expressing the love that I feel now and the struggles and the different situations that I’ve gone through in the past,” said the R&B singer, who also plans to record a song from Drake.

Monica shared details about her seventh album New Life, due April 10. “New Life is just a representation of me accepting that the things of my past just set me up to be able to embrace what’s for my future,” she told Rap-Up TV. “I’m happy with where I am and I have to embrace my new life to remain that way.”

One collaboration you can expect is with Wale. “Wale is a dear friend of mine, so we’re like brother and sister and he came in and did a record with myself and Rico Love,” revealed Mo. “So I was able to do something different and reach into a different place, singing my falsettos.”

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21 Comments

  1. IAmWhoIam

    The real RNB Divas are back!! Excited for their grand return.

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  2. KiKi

    BESIDE MYSELF!!!

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  3. juicybear

    this year will be amazing for them!!

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  4. tilis

    They look lovely & I love the relationship between Monica & Clive. Monica been back. Folks forget she had the best-selling R&B album in 2010 and was nominated for 3 Grammy’s. This is going to be their year.

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    Kyle Reply:

    @tilis, I loved John Legend’s album he did with the Roots, but I was really pulling for Monica to win that Grammy for “Still Standing.” But you never know, “New Life” can nab it next year. I’m so happy it got pushed back to be released this year because it’s already looking to be a good set up for her album to drop in April if you ask me.

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    Carl Reply:

    @tilis, Not too much, Monica album didn’t do all that good…. lol! but I agree

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    lilkunta Reply:

    @tilis, another reason Im PISSED at grammys consolidating the cateogories. No more ‘best male rb vocal’ best lady rb vocal, just best rb vocal. This is very very very bad. I see in future jon legend or kem (maybe even dangelo) doing a great RB album, and them being up against these ladies ” brandy, monica, jazmin sullivan, melanie fiona.

    Stupid grammys fvkd the cateogories up with all their consolidation.

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  5. Kyle

    Rap-Up, you guys are giving us some information overload today on your site. First was the news that Melanie Fiona is dropping on 3/27, then a new song from Cassie, and NOW more information regarding Monica and Brandy’s new albums? Thanks! I can’t wait to get my hands on both their new albums, and I am liking their new colloboration the more I listen to it. I can’t wait to see them perform it.

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  6. OOL Uh Uh

    This is going duo of amazing albums. Brandy’s album is about to change the game!!! MARK MY WORDS! The voice, the music, the look are all on point. I’m hype, if you can’t tell.

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  7. No Love

    Love you Brandy .. Love you Monica ..
    Hate you Clive Davis !! This Mutha*%1@ .. bribe the Accounting Firm that count the votes.. every year so his artist “Whorelicia Keys” can win a Grammy .. She didn’t deserve the first 5 she won back in 2002 !!!

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  8. Jay

    Man, I love seeing Brandy and Monica working together again! Their performance is gonna be amazing! I’m really looking forward to both albums. :)

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  9. BLAZE

    Love then both an there albums will #Slay Monica NewLife 4/10 Brandy May an just to through it in Missy in June Yes

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  10. Belafonte'

    when i read this i was like yessssssssssssssssssss(napoleon dynamites voice) #greatduo

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  11. nicegirl

    This performance will be amazing. Looking forward to both of their albums….am hoping for great comebacks from both ladies.

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  12. Diego

    songs sucks 2 90s hasbeens

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    Travis Reply:

    @Diego, They still sound better than what’s out here now!! i’d rather have them than have all these singers who are only so so

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  13. kur

    us queens !!!!!!!!

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  14. Songstress

    They have like THE best hair stylists ever ! Beautiful and talented !

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  15. lilkunta

    monica wale is your dear friend?
    really?
    you call on him when he is in ATL?
    you go & stay w him in DMV?
    come on Monica, youre heartfelt to throwing words like this make your words loose sentiment.

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