loading...

31 August 2020 22:50

Friends Rachel Friends Joey C-Murder

Monica says she and Brandy may discuss their former feud during Verzuz battle

Brandy and Monica are set to headline the next edition of VERZUZ and the pair may address their past feud. In 1998, Brandy and Monica collaborated on the summer hit 'The Boy Is Mine'. After the song was released, the industry and media perpetuated a real-life feud between the singers. "It was not something that I would say was anyone's fault," Monica told Entertainment Tonight. "We all added to it and after a while it became real… It gets a little bit frustrating for both she and I when it becomes, 'No, I like her better.

"We've long removed ourselves from the dramatics of it but 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," she revealed. Asked whether they will perform 'The Boy Is Mine' during their VERZUZ, Monica said it's still being decided. "I'll see what [Brandy] wants to do when she finally gets to Atlanta," Monica explained. Brandy and Monica's VERZUZ takes place on September 1 at 1am BST on Instagram and Apple Music. HIP-HOP Brandy Vs. Monica: Before The Verzuz Battle, Check Their Chart Battle Even by Verzuz standards, the program's battle tonight (Aug. 31) between Brandy and Monica is a headline occasion.

As the two pop and R&B singers go head-to-head and put their classic catalogs on the line, the event marks a key chapter in a 25-year saga that has linked the pair in the history books forever, both through a record-setting collaboration and a wavering sense of warmth and ice in their relationship that has fascinated fans and observers for decades. Notably, too, the dual popularity of Brandy and Monica, who both began their chart careers before age 16, forged a template for labels hungry for success in R&B through the 1990s and 2000s: teenage singers with just enough visual appeal and innocence to appeal to their own age groups, but with real talent and range that made them promising to older audiences who couldn't write them off as teenyboppers. She arrived on the scene in late 1994 with debut single "I Wanna Be Down" at just 15, which reached its No. 6 peak on the Billboard Hot 100 on New Year's Eve. The single introduced her self-titled debut album, which spawned additional top 10s with second single "Baby" (No. 4) and fourth single "Brokenhearted" (No. 9). Monica, meanwhile, was already on deck by the time Brandy hit the scene. Monica's debut release, "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)" debuted on the Hot 100 in April 1995 at No. 82, and two months later checked into its ultimate peak position of No. 2.

Despite the near miss, Monica's debut set, Miss Thang, continued rolling out hits, with two more top 10s immediately following: "Before You Walk Out of My Life/Like This and Like That" (No. 7) and "Why I Love You So Much/Ain't Nobody" (No. 9). Both Brandy and Monica took a page from a common '90s strategy to sustain public interest between albums with appearances on soundtracks. Brandy took the Babyface-penned "Sittin' Up In My Room" from Waiting to Exhale to No. 2, while Monica's Space Jam single "For You I Will," written by Diane Warren, climbed to No. 4. "The Boy Is Mine," which played off an already-building media feud, exploded in the summer of 1998, leading the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and becoming the chart's top-performing duet by two women in its entire history. With "Boy" finally unlocking access to the summit, both Brandy and Monica returned to the Hot 100's No. 1 rank again within the next year.

Brandy led with "Have You Ever" in January 1999, while Monica reigned with both "The First Night" in October 1998 and "Angel of Mine" the next February. Brandy has posted three top 5 hits on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart since 2000: "What About Us? Monica, meanwhile, has added four top five hits to her Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs count since the turn of the century. To sum it up, here's a rundown of both Brandy and Monica's biggest Hot 100 hits, with more than a few of these likely to show up during the showdown. And while "Boy" is the pinnacle of both artists' careers, don't count out a possible appearance from their overlooked second collaboration, 2012's "It All Belongs to Me," which reached No. 23 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs that April.

Rank, Song Title, Artist (if other than Brandy), Peak Position, Peak Date 1. "The Boy Is Mine," with Monica, No. 1 (13 weeks), June 6, 1998 Rank, Song Title, Artist (if other than Monica), Peak Position, Peak Date 1. "The Boy Is Mine," with Brandy, No. 1 (13 weeks), June 6, 1998 Despite Monica initially shutting down the idea of a Verzuz battle with Brandy, the two R&B singers will come together for a celebration of both music catalogs. While their real-life feud has been well-documented, Monica says both women have moved past their issues and will use their Verzuz battle to bring closure to their previous issues. "We've long removed ourselves from the dramatics of it," Monica said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. "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." While their feud began after the success of their 1998 hit, "The Boy is Mine," the two songstresses actually came together for 2012's "It All Belongs to Me." According to Monica, her Verzuz battle with Brandy will hopefully be a teaching moment for the younger generation of music artists. "Hopefully, we can help some of the younger artists avoid doing the same thing because we did a whole lot more together than we did apart," Monica said. Monica and Brandy's Verzuz battle takes place on Monday, August 31st. Aug. 31 (UPI)--Brandy and Monica will be facing off in a Verzuz battle on Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on Apple Music on Instagram. Verzuz features two artists taking turns playing their biggest hits in a competitive and friendly manner. "It's almost time......," Monica said on Instagram next to a hoodie fans can purchase from the Verzuz store. Brandy and Monica have a history together after appearing in 1998's "The Boy Is Mine," a track where the singers argue over a shared lover. The song led to speculation that Monica and Brandy were feuding which then led to friction between the pair. "It was not something that I would say was anyone's fault," Monica said in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. Fans around the world are anticipating Monday's (Aug. 31) Verzuz battle between R&B legends Brandy and Monica. "It was not something that I would say was anyone's fault," Monica said. "It gets a little bit frustrating for both she and I when it becomes, 'No, I like her better. The two singers first collaborated on the 1998 hit single, "The Boy Is Mine." The single went on to lead the Hot 100 for 13 weeks, according to Billboard. The two women reconnected on the 2012 single "It All Belongs to Me," which reached No. 23 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Monica says she and Brandy may discuss their former feud during the Verzuz battle. "We've long removed ourselves from the dramatics of it, but 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," she said.