On this day 24 years ago, Monica released her SOPHMORE album, ‘The Boy Is Mine’!
The album deviated from the formula of her debut Miss Thang (1995) as she had more creative control over the material she recorded; a step that she considered a “natural progression”. On the record, Monica worked with a variety of producers and writers from different genres such as gospel, R&B, and hip hop, including frequent collaborators Dallas Austin, Colin Wolfe, and Daryl Simmons. Additional producers included David Foster, Diane Warren, Jermaine Dupri, and Rodney Jerkins and his Darkchild crew, some of which would become household names on subsequent albums.
Upon release, The Boy Is Mine received generally positive reviews from contemporary music critics, who appreciated the album’s production quality and praised Monica’s overall vocal performance. The album debuted at number eight on the Billboard 200 and at number two on the Top R&B Albums in August 1998. It was eventually certified triple-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), denoting shipments of over three million copies throughout the country, with estimated sales of 2 million copies in the United States as of November 2014. Her biggest international seller to date, it became a moderate success outside the United States, peaking within the top twenty in France, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and Switzerland.
Five commercial singles were released from the album. Lead single “The Boy Is Mine“, a duet with singer Brandy, became the best-selling song of the year in the United States, spending 13 weeks on top of the US Billboard Hot 100, while peaking at number one in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand. “The First Night” and “Angel of Mine“, released as the album’s second and third single respectively, also became chart toppers on Billboard Hot 100. The Boy Is Mine also spawned “Street Symphony” and the international singles “Inside” and “Right Here Waiting“, while also containing the hit single, “For You I Will“, from the Space Jam soundtrack.
‘The First Night’ was one of my FAVES…