Can you believe that it has been 20 years since the release of Brandy’s classic, ‘Never Say Never’!? This is one of my faves if not my FAVORITE Brandy album.
Never Say Never is Brandy’s sophomore album Released by Atlantic Records on June 9, 1998 in United States, Norwood’s label consulted David Foster and upcoming producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins and his team to work with her on the record, the latter of who went on to craft the majority of the album and would evolve as her mentor and head producer on succeeding projects in the 2000s.
Upon its release, Never Say Never facilitated Norwood in becoming a viable recording artist with media–crossing appeal. It debuted at number three on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 160,000 copies in its first week, and remained 28 weeks within top 20 of the chart. If this was released in the modern era, I am almost CERTAIN, it would’ve debuted at #1. If there was social media then and streams–this album would’ve been ASTRONOMICAL–it was just THAT GOOD. Seven of the fourteen songs (half of the album-that’s CRAZY!) were chosen as singles, with “The Boy Is Mine” and “Have You Ever?” both becoming number one hits, “Top of the World” becoming an international hit, “Almost Doesn’t Count” becoming a domestic Top 20 hit, and “Angel in Disguise” becoming a Top 20 R&B hit, Norwood’s 8th consecutive Top 20 hit. Worldwide, the album sold 16 million copies. CLEARLY there was no SOPHOMORE JINX here!
It became both her highest-selling album to date on most international markets, and won numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal for “The Boy Is Mine.” The album was supported by Brandy’s Never Say Never World Tour in 1999, which featured soldout performances in the United States, Europe, Asia, Africa and Canada.
I always wondered why this song never got a VISUAL??