Monica Leaves RCA Records
It’s the end of an era for Monica, who has left RCA Records after two decades.
The R&B songstress announced her departure from her longtime label with a touching message of gratitude on Instagram.
“I want to say thank you to RCA and their ENTIRE STAFF,” she wrote. “For more than half my life we have been family. It’s been an honor to be on the same contract for two decades. I grew up with you all. So many moments that changed my life because of your belief in me…Peter, Keith, Tom Corson, Carolyn, Trevor, Theola, Russ, all of Radio all of the street teams soooooo many of you have been influential in the woman and artist I’ve become.
“Our contract may have ended but the love is FOREVER,” she continued. “There’s a level of respect and dignity that has come with the ALL the hits we’ve made to Clive Davis.. I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!! I know most your grey hairs were because of me in my teenage years LOL but you believed I could sing any genre & with you I did… Love Forever.”
Monica launched her career with 1995’s Miss Thang and went on to release a series of albums, including 2003’s After the Storm, her lone No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, and 2010’s Still Standing, which peaked at No. 2.
In that time, she also topped the charts with hits like “Angel of Mine,” “The Boy Is Mine” with Brandy, and “The First Night,” which all went No. 1.
This year, she saw a bit of a resurgence with the viral craze, “So Gone Challenge,” which had fans, including Chance the Rapper, freestyling over the “So Gone” instrumental. Even the muse herself went along with the challenge with a rap of her own.
Monica’s final album for RCA was Code Red, which debuted at No. 27 in December 2015.