Fourteen years after battling over a boy -- in song, at least -- Brandy and Monica are channeling their best “Thelma & Louise” in the video for their latest duet, “It All Belongs to Me,” which the R&B divas premiered late Monday.
In the sassy Chris Robinson-directed clip, the ladies are each dumping less-than-worthy suitors, yet not before instructing them to leave the relationship with what they brought to it. Apparently, the clothes, cars, rings and MacBook all belong to the girls (they are nice enough to let their lads log off of Facebook). Despite things getting a little messy, the ladies pull off the dirty work in stunning evening wear.
Clive Davis' annual Pre-Grammy Gala remains the hottest ticket outside of the big show on Sunday. The celebrated music mogul manages to solicit an elite who's who of musical talent, not to mention a surprise or two when it comes to the evening's performance.
Sanctioned by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences and labeled a "Salute to Industry Icons," this year Davis will honor Virgin Group founder Richard Branson. Last year, Davis tapped R. Kelly, Janelle Monae, Mumford & Sons, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Whitney Houston to hit the stage.
Pop & Hiss dropped by the Beverly Hilton Hotel to take a peek at rehearsals for Saturday's gala, which features Brandy and Monica as headliners (we also spotted a run-through for the tribute set to the Kinks led by the band's former frontman, Ray Davies). The two R&B divas recently reunited nearly 14 years after the success of their chart-topping duet "The Boy Is Mine" for a new single, "It All Belongs To Me," that will appear on their upcoming albums.
After a run-through of the massive hit that brought them together, a loose and lively Houston dropped by to give the girls vocal tips for the performance.
We sat down with Brandy, Monica and Davis to talk about the reunion their fans had been waiting for, further collaborations and why Davis wanted them to debut the live performance on his stage.
Brandy and Monica team for new duet "It All Belongs to Me” nearly 14 years after their Grammy Award-winning chart-topper “The Boy Is Mine.”
Nearly 14 years after the success of their chart-topping duet “The Boy Is Mine,” R&B divas Brandy and Monica have reunited for another duet that is set to appear on their upcoming albums.
Fans of the two have been calling for a follow-up for years and speculation of an impending reunion was fueled when Brandy inked a new deal with RCA Records, making the two longtime friends label-mates. But a series of tweets featuring photos of them in the studio alongside hit songwriter-producer Rico Love (Kelly Rowland, Mary J. Blige, Usher, Beyonce, Chris Brown) set their fans abuzz last week.
The new single, "It All Belongs to Me,” will debut Feb. 6, their label announced Tuesday. The track, written and produced by Love, will appear on Monica's upcoming disc, “New Life,” set for release March 6, and Brandy's yet-to-be titled RCA debut album, which the singer said will hit stores in the spring.
Love told R&B/hip-hop blog Rap-Up that fans can expect a “a very soulful R&B song with pop sensibilities.”
Grammy-winning R&B singer Brandy has signed a record deal with RCA Records, Pop & Hiss confirmed Monday.
The deal, a joint venture between RCA and producer Breyon Prescott’s Chameleon Records, returns the singer to the Sony Music Entertainment fold. She previously called Epic Records home, but severed ties with the label in 2009 after the commercial disappointment of her only album for the label, 2008’s “Human.”
"Throughout her career, Brandy has consistently won the vote as everyone's favorite female vocalist,” Peter Edge, chief executive of RCA Music Group, said in a statement. “I am sure that in her next chapter at RCA and in partnership with Breyon Prescott, we will record her most exciting music to date."
Brandy documented her attempts to revive her music career -- including a stint on ABC's “Dancing With the Stars" -- during two seasons of her hit VH1 reality show, “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business.”
Brandy joins a newly restructured RCA Records, where she'll be on a roster that includes Kings of Leon, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Britney Spears, R. Kelly, Ke$ha, Daughtry, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Brown and Justin Timberlake.
"This is truly a blessing,” Brandy said in a statement. “Breyon Prescott, Peter Edge and Tom Corson [RCA Music Group’s president and chief operating officer] believe in me and have introduced me to a home that also believes and knows exactly what to do with the type of music I’m doing. Breyon and the team at RCA/Chameleon are creative and forward-thinking and I am thrilled to be working with them."
She is currently in the studio working on her RCA debut, tentatively slated for an early 2012 release.
-- Gerrick D. Kennedy
Photo: Brandy. Credit: Derek Blanks
It’s only after performing a small set of hits in front of a packed house at West Hollywood’s Key Club does Brandy appear nervous. Standing in front of the crowd, R&B singer Tank, who played host for the headlining gig, proclaims Brandy as the “best female R&B singer in the game.”A bold proclamation given her last album was in 2008. Although “Human” -- her debut on Epic after leaving longtime home Atlantic -- garnered mostly positive reviews (excluding our one-and-a-half stars rating), it debuted at number 15 on the U.S. Billboard 200, but logged fewer than 100,000 copies, becoming the singer's lowest-charting opening since her debut nearly 16 years ago.
It doesn’t help that the current crop of female R&B singers, including Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and Alicia Keys, doesn' t seem likely to step aside anytime soon. So, it’s no surprise that at a time when even seasoned veterans such as Mariah Carey and Toni Braxton struggle to push album sales, Brandy just “wants to win.”
And she might be on the path to victory. The 31-year-old singer recently reintroduced herself to fans with a new VH1 reality show, “Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business,” where along with reality star brother Ray J and their parents, the family offers viewers a first-hand glimpse into their home life as the siblings try to jumpstart their singing careers.