Monica

Apr
20
Rap-Up TV: Monica Talks Album Sales, New Single ‘Without You’

Rap-Up TV caught up with Monica when she visited Los Angeles this week. Fresh off the release of her sixth album New Life, which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 with 69,000 copies, the R&B diva spoke about album sales and how important they are at this stage in her career.

“In this day and age, I’m very conscious of the fact that things have changed,” said the 31-year-old singer. “The days of selling a certain amount of records, especially for a certain genre of music, those days are gone, but I think it says a lot when you have a core group of people that really respect and love the music that you do.”

After reuniting with Brandy on “It All Belongs to Me,” she is readying her next single “Without You,” which was produced by her cousin Polow Da Don. “It was an important song to me on the album because it was the song that I did specifically for my husband,” explained Mo. “[Polow] was able to make a song that was a true testament to the love I have for my husband now.”

And will her hubby, whom she met on set of the video for “Love All Over Me,” appear in the video? “My husband’s a sweetheart, I know he’d do it if I asked him,” she said of the Phoenix Suns star. “I’m really right just now letting him focus on the sport.”

Look for more of our interview with Monica next week.

Apr
18
Monica’s ‘New Life’ Makes Top 5 Debut

Monica

Monica has a new lease on life and the Billboard charts. The R&B singer’s sixth album debuts in the top 5 this week.

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Apr
11
Brandy and Monica Perform on ‘LIVE! with Kelly’

Brandy and Monica

Brandy and Monica’s reunion tour touched down on Wednesday’s “LIVE! with Kelly.” Following their appearance on “GMA,” the soulful divas performed their Rico Love-produced duet off Monica’s new album New Life, later chatting with the hosts.

The proud mothers gushed about their children and Brandy shared her daughter Sy’rai’s musical aspirations. “It’s like lady, slow down. We’re gonna be normal for a little bit,” she joked.

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Apr
11
Review Roundup: Monica – ‘New Life’

New Life

Seventeen years after the release of her debut Miss Thang, Monica stands tall on her sixth album New Life. Now married with two kids, the R&B veteran stays true to her R&B roots while collaborating with today’s hitmakers including Rico Love, Salaam Remi, and Polow da Don. She reunites with Brandy on the powerful duet “It All Belongs to Me” and explores new territory with Wale on “Take a Chance.” Did she win over the critics? Find out below.

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Apr
10
Brandy and Monica Perform ‘It All Belongs to Me’ on ‘GMA’

Monica, Robin Roberts, and Brandy

Monica kicked off her release week by linking up with Brandy on “Good Morning America’s” Spring Concert Series. Matching in white, the R&B divas chatted briefly with host Robin Roberts and performed their Rico Love-produced duet “It All Belongs to Me” off Monica’s seventh album New Life, available today.

“It’s about us coming together as women and being there for each other, and a difficult relationship that we’re both in. Thank God it’s not true,” said Brandy, to which Monica responded, “Amen.”

Fourteen years after topping the charts with their hit collaboration “The Boy Is Mine,” Brandy and Monica are plotting a summer tour. Get a taste of what you can expect below.

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Apr
10
Monica Plays Plead the Fifth on ‘Watch What Happens Live’

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Monica appeared on Bravo’s talk show “Watch What Happens Live” on the eve of the release of her seventh album New Life. The Atlanta Peach, who host Andy Cohen called an “honorary housewife,” spoke about her bond with Brandy and her thoughts on a duet with Mariah Carey.

“I’ll give my yes now,” said the mother of two. “She is phenomenal and her range is unbelievable. I would come take over the alto section, she can keep the soprano.”

She also played the dangerous game of Plead the Fifth, where she was asked who has the biggest ego out of Kanye West, Missy Elliott, and Busta Rhymes. Find out her answer.

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Apr
5
Monica Performs Old and New Material for AOL Sessions

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Monica raised the roof with her powerful pipes during a performance for The BoomBox as part of AOL Sessions. The 31-year-old singer ran through new material off her seventh album New Life including a solo version of her Brandy duet “It All Belongs to Me,” the Missy Elliott-produced “Anything (To Find You),” and Rico Love-helmed “Man Who Has Everything.” She also took it back with her R&B classics “Angel of Mine” and “So Gone.”

“This album New Life is really a continuation of my 2008 LP Still Standing,” explained Monica. “I don’t live in yesterday anymore, so New Life is just my way of saying to every person that listens, embrace all that can come into your life.”

Monica is plotting a joint tour with Brandy this summer. “We’ve sat down and talked about the way that it would go and us co-headlining and being able to take walks through the past and go through both of our first albums,” she said. “Something very special so that the audience can feel like they’re having a full experience of both of us as individual artists, but also us in this newfound group we’ve become after reuniting after 14 years.”

The church-raised singer plans to return to her gospel roots in the future. “I realized that I’m kinda transitioning. It hasn’t happened quite yet because I still have a lot of self-work I should do before I cross over into that genre. But I definitely would do that. That will definitely be how my story probably ends.”

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