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- “The Boy Is Mine”
- “So Gone
- “Knock Knock”
- “I Wrote This Song”
- “That’s My Man”
In 1995 Atlanta, Georgia, native Monica became the youngest artist ever to achieve two No. 1 hits on the Billboard R&B singles chart in the same year. In an era when her teen cohorts in the industry, such as Brandy and Aaliyah, also enjoy massive chart success, the gospel–trained singer easily won praise for both her talent, self–possession, and her down–to–earth demeanor. “Monica stood apart from the crowd of one–name teenage divas with her rich, soulful voice and her unbridled confidence,” wrote Melissa Ewey in Ebony .
Born Monica Arnold on October 24, 1980, she was joined by a quick succession of three brothers before her parents split when she was just four. She would have little contact with her mechanic father, M.C. Arnold, Jr., until she became a celebrity. Monica and her brothers were raised by her mother, Marilyn, who worked full–time to support them, with help from her own mother. Monica’s mother eventually became a consumer affairs official at Delta Air Lines and was remarried to a minister, Dr. E.J. Best, in 1993.
Despite her rough work schedule, Marilyn was also devoted to her church and choir, and passed on that love of gospel music to her daughter. Growing up in College Park, Georgia—a suburb of Atlanta—Monica began singing in the church choir alongside her mother when she was just a toddler. As a child in the mid–1980s, Monica was a huge fan of Whitney Houston, who enjoyed a string of hits throughout the decade.
Monica had co–written the songs with Austin over a two–year period when she was between the ages of 12 and 14. Given the all–knowing, heartache–laden themes of her vocals, Austin and Arista were criticized for burdening such a young talent with decidedly adult topics. But as Monica told Elysa Gardner in the Los Angeles Times , the songs reflected her own peer–group experiences and were collaborative efforts based on incidents in her life.
Few teens, no matter how mature, could enjoy a single on the soundtrack of a Michael Jordan movie (“For You I Will,” featured in the animated film Space Jam ) at the same time she graduated from an exclusive private school a year ahead of schedule with a 4.0 grade–point average. Monica had accomplished this despite a heavy touring schedule since the 1995 release of Miss Thang.
Like Miss Thang, The Boy Is Mine would earn its own place in R&B chart history. It gave Monica another platinum record for the creative collaboration with Austin; Rodney Jerkins and Jermaine Dupri were among some other notable names involved as songwriters or producers. The first hit single, however, came before the LP was even released: the extremely successful duet with Brandy, “The Boy Is Mine.” The song, which spent two months at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B chart in the summer of 1998, was an antagonistic vocal duel between two young women fighting over the same two–timing heel. It was designed as a remake of sorts on the Paul McCartney–Michael Jackson hit “The Girl Is Mine.”
Monica and Brandy shared a Grammy Award for Best R&B Duo with Vocal for “The Boy is Mine.” The alleged rift between the two stars soon fell off the media radar as Monica had more serious problems to face.
After her hiatus from the music business, Monica has a fresh take on fame and success. Her time away helped her to realize the importance of her family and friends, and allowed her to emotionally prepare to return to the spotlight after a trying couple of years. “It’s easy for me [to return] just because I’ve been gone for so long. I’ve had the time to really get to know myself and do things that most women get a chance to do if they are not involved in the music industry,” she confessed to Jet writer Margena Christian. “I appreciate coming back in a different way.”
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