Jermaine Dupri‘s ‘Living The Life’ is officially back, and to make his grand return the platinum producer has shared footage from his session on Monday with Monica.
The R&B songstress, while pregnant, is back in the studio working on music for her next album. Mo jokes with Bryan-Michael Cox about him being in ‘her’ booth laying down reference notes, talks about motherhood, and issues with some men not taking care of their children.
In addition to JD and B.Cox, Monica has worked with Miguel on tracks for her next LP. Watch here… Continue reading
Now that Monica’s New Life is available in stores and Brandy’s TwoEleven is scheduled for release in June, the R&B divas are promoting “It All Belongs to Me” full throttle and preparing a joint tour in support of both albums. I feel this is their best performance of the song thus far! I was so happy to see both of the ladies shine on the verses, yet come together with the beautiful harmonies. They killed this clip! Watch here… Also, be sure to tune in for a live performance from Brandy & Monica on Live! With Kelly today on ABC @ 9am.
Album: New Life
Released on: April 10, 2012
Grammy Award-winning artist Monica brings forth her seventh studio album New Life. Due to the merging of RCA Records from J Records, the album’s release was delayed by a few months and her leading promo singles “Anything (To Find You)” and “Until It’s Gone” somewhat suffered. Beyond the setbacks, Monica enlisted top producers and writers to bring her vision to life. The album’s contributors are Polow Da Don, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael-Cox, Rico Love, Jazmine Sullivan, Salaam Remi, D. Smith and Missy Elliot.
New Life opens with an intro featuring Monica’s longtime mentor Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul, Mary J. Blige. Blige gives Monica insight on turning her past issues into lessons learned, moving forward and being thankful for her blessings. The first official single “It All Belongs to Me,” duet with R&B songstress Brandy peaked at #23 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop charts. For me, I really love the skill both artists brought vocally with their melismatic inflections and technique. The song definitely had to grow on me because the production could have been stronger, however the ladies gave all they had vocally. On the infectious track, “Daddy’s Good Girl,” Monica rides the beat effortlessly, which is really reminiscent of Mary J. Blige’s “Mr. Wrong.” She sings about wanting more than materialistic things and states that as long as she feels loved & cared for, she will remain loyal. “Man Who Has Everything” sounds like an experimental track for Monica. Produced by Rico Love and Earl & E, the song has a different sound with reggae undertones and is unlike anything that Monica has ever tried. On “Big Mistake,” Monica sings her regrets of staying in a relationship with little to no growth and hoping the man would change his ways. The instrumental is classic R&B and I liked the adlibs Monica gave in the end, it made the song somewhat better because the lyrics and hook were too simplistic. Continue reading
With her new album days away, R&B singer Monica gave a mini-concert for AOL Sessions in support of her forthcoming LP New Life, available everywhere April 10th. Watch her kill the set as she debuts new songs and revisits the past hits here…
It All Belongs To Me
Angel of Mine / So Gone Medley
Anything (To Find You)
Man Who Has Everything
R&B singers Brandy and Monica have released the new video for their duet “It All Belongs To Me”, which will feature on Monica’s upcoming album “New Life” and Brandy’s upcoming album “Two-Eleven”. Brandy recently explained the significance of her album title, stating “Two-Eleven” is an important date to her because it’s the day of her birth, as well as, the day her mentor & inspiration Whitney Houston passed away. Check out the video here…
R&B singers Brandy and Monica have finally performed their duet for the first time together! On Jay Leno, the divas debuted “It All Belongs to Me”. Both of them did an awesome job…watch here!
As previously posted, Brandy & Monica have been working hard on their upcoming albums. Their new duet “It All Belongs To Me” was scheduled to debut with a performance at the Pre-Grammy party hosted by Clive Davis, however both singers were overcome with emotion, following the news of Icon Whitney Houston’s passing and the fact that Houston had just spoken with the both of them. In this short clip, both explain the drive behind collaborating once again following their Grammy Award winning hit single “The Boy is Mine”, which took the R&B world by storm over fourteen years ago. The ladies just wrapped day one to the visuals, so I’m excited to see how the video will turn out and whether it will be conceptual or a performance video. Watch here…
Following their Grammy Award-winning hit “The Boy Is Mine”, 14 years later, R&B divas Brandy and Monica reunite with their new single entitled, “It All Belongs To Me”. Producer Rico Love previously described the single as a “very soulful R&B song with pop sensibilities” and that’s what it is. The ladies’ voices are flawless and although, I love Pop, I was hoping for more of a R&B sound from the pair because both have the chops to make a great soul record that I feel the industry needs right now. I may need to play the song again. An alternate version of the song will also be released and is said to appear on Monica’s album New Life, due April 10 and Brandy’s RCA/Chameleon debut, due this spring. The productions for the upcoming video will shoot Feb. 13th, directed by Chris Robinson.
Brandy gave her cover of “His Eye Is on the Sparrow” during Sing-a-Rama II, which is an annual gospel event led by her dad Willie Norwood. For those who do not know, Brandy started out singing in the church choir like many of us and here she just revisited her past with a brief rendition. Next on the agenda for Brandy is the highly anticipated duet with Monica. The track “It All Belongs to Me” was written and produced by Rico Love. He has penned hits for Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Beyoncé, and Chris Brown. “I wanted to make sure I made it a classic R&B record, but I definitely wanted to make sure that it had enough appeal to cross over and become a top 40 record. I wanted to include Beatles-sounding guitars. I made sure the melody was big enough for all genres and just a strong, powerful vocal performance and strong content,” said Love. We should be able to hear the new song on its scheduled release date February 6th and it will feature on both Brandy and Monica’s new albums in Spring 2012. Brandy is insisting that people refrain from comparisons to their Grammy Award winning duet “The Boy is Mine”, due to both singers being women and mothers now, so the song will naturally reflect more maturity than in their teen years.
Brandy and Monica have gone back into the studio together for the first time in 14 years to record a follow-up to their smash hit “The Boy Is Mine.” Monica broke the news in a tweet on Friday, posting a photo of herself with Brandy in a Miami studio. Brandy commented on the session on Sunday, tweeting “Wonderful night in the studio! I wasn’t 100%, but I gave it my all it turned out great! Just a little more raspy than normal:)” It is unclear exactly what the two singers are recording with producer Rico Love, and how the product of their session together will be released. Stay tuned!
Most fans know that Monica’s forthcoming album “New Life” has been pushed back for a second time and with a new due date released, February 21st, Monica went back to the drawing board and now has been trying to capture two more classic collaborations! Mo stated in a previous interview, “I have a couple of different people that I really like to work with, I’ve always wanted to work with R. Kelly and I’ve always wanted to work with Mary J. Blige. I wanted to save that for last because I think it’s always good when you sit down with artists that you admire and love and play them songs and see if anything touches them.” So far, we are uncertain if Lil’ Kim will make the final cut, after the issue with her rap being rejected by Ms. Wallace (B.I.G.’s mom), but it has been said that Rick Ross, Jermaine Dupri and Missy Elliott will appear. I really LOVE what she had to say in the videos. Watch Parts 1 & 2 here…
I can’t wait for this album…watch Monica’s second video from upcoming album “New Life”.