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REAL NAME: Monica Arnold
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BIRTHDAY: October 24, 1980
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "The Boy Is Mine" (1998)
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BIGGEST LP: The Boy Is Mine (1998)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 1

 
TIMELINE

Monicabutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica (Arnold) was born October 24, 1980, in Georgia. In the mid-90s, Monica gave R&B a new young face with a mature songstress attitude. But Monica's roots began in the church, where she started singing at the age of 4. At the age of 10, Monica brought the house down with her rendition of "Greatest Love Of All."

1992...

button.gif (123 bytes) At the age of 12, Monica was discovered by Dallas Austin at a talent show in Atlanta, Georgia. The discovery led to a record deal with Arista Records and Queen Latifah as her manager.

1995... # 21 Singles Artist of the Year

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 10 with "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)."
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard Singles Sales chart for a week, the R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks, and the R&B Singles Sales chart for a week with "
Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)."

June
Monica - Miss Thangbutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica released her debut LP, Miss Thang and hit the Top 10 with the single "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)."
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L.L. Cool J's Mr. Smith and went on her first concert tour.
button.gif (123 bytes) Vibe described Monica as, "...a precociously soulful voice with a bluesy resonance that suggests experiences and authority beyond her years..."
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)" is certified platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Miss Thang was certified gold.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "Before You Walk Out Of My Life."

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 10 with "Before You Walk Out Of My Life."

1996... # 52 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Soul/R&B New Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "
Before You Walk Out Of My Life" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) When the follow-up single from Miss Thang, "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" was released, Monica became the youngest artist to have 2 consecutive #1 hits on Billboard's R&B chart.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard Hot R&B Singles chart for 2 weeks with "
Before You Walk Out Of My Life / Like This And Like That."

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Miss Thang was certified platinum.

June
The Nutty Professor soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "Why I Love You So Much."
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica could be heard on
The Nutty Professor soundtrack with "Ain't Nobody."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Why I Love You So Much" was certified gold.

1997... # 39 Singles Artist of the Year

February
Space Jam soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with a track from the Space Jam soundtrack - "For You I Will."

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 10 with "For You I Will."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica graduated from high school in Atlanta with a 4.0.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica also appeared on the Soul Food soundtrack and Usher's LP, My Way.

June
Soul Food soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) The single "For You I Will" was certified platinum.

1998... # 15 Singles Artist of the Year

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "The Boy Is Mine" (with Brandy).

June
Brandy & Monica - "The Boy Is Mine" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Miss Thang was certified 2x platinum and the single "The Boy Is Mine" was certified platinum and hit the Top 10.
button.gif (123 bytes) "The Boy Is Mine" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 13 weeks, the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 9 weeks, the R&B Singles chart for 8 weeks, the R&B Singles Sales chart for 7 weeks, the R&B Singles Airplay chart for 5 weeks, and the Maxi-Singles Sales chart for 21 weeks.

June
Monica - The Boy Is Minebutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit #1 with the duet "The Boy Is Mine" with Brandy (which was certified 2x platinum).
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica released her sophomore LP, The Boy Is Mine.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) The second single off the LP, "The First Night," hit the Top 40.
button.gif (123 bytes) The Boy Is Mine was certified gold and the single "The First Night" was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) "The First Night" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 6 weeks and the R&B Singles Sales chart for 4 weeks.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica was nominated for 2
MTV Video Music Awards for Best R&B Video and Video of the Year ("The Boy Is Mine" (with Brandy)).
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the
Top 10 with "The First Night."
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The Boy Is Mine was certified platinum and the single "The First Night" was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) "
The First Night" topped the Billboard R&B chart for 6 weeks.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) "The First Night" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart for 5 weeks.

December
Monica - "Angel Of Mine" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) Monica won 3 Billboard Music Awards with Brandy for "The Boy Is Mine"
button.gif (123 bytes) "The First Night" topped the Billboard Dance Music Club Play chart for a week.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "
Angel Of Mine."
button.gif (123 bytes) "
The Boy Is Mine" was the top-selling single of the year with sales of 2.6 million.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard Year-End Charts with the Top Hot 100 Single Sales, Top Hot R&B Single Sales, and Top Hot Dance Maxi-Singles Sales ("The Boy Is Mine"), and as the Top Hot R&B Singles Artist - Female.

1999... # 46 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica was nominated for 2 American Music Awards for Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 10 with "Angel Of Mine" (which went to #1 on Billboard's pop chart).

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica won a Grammy Award for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group ("The Boy Is Mine" (with Brandy)) and was also nominated for Record of the Year ("The Boy Is Mine").
button.gif (123 bytes) The single "Angel Of Mine" was certified platinum and topped the Billboard Hot 100 for 4 weeks and the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 4 weeks.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) "Angel Of Mine" topped the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Airplay chart for 2 weeks.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) The Boy Is Mine was certified 2x platinum.

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica performed at some of the Lilith Fair dates.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica was nominated for 3 Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards for Best R&B/Soul Single ("Angel Of Mine"), Best R&B/Soul Album (The Boy Is Mine), and Best R&B/Soul Single, Group, Band or Duo ("The Boy Is Mine" with Brandy).

2000...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Miss Thang was certified 3x platinum and The Boy Is Mine was certified 3x platinum.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Rolling Stone & MTV: 100 Greatest Pop Songs includes "The Boy Is Mine" at # 90.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica could be seen starring in the made-for-TV movie Love Song on MTV.

2002... # 119 Singles Artist of the Year

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "All Eyez On Me."

December
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Monica was heard on the Drumline soundtrack with "Uh Oh."

2003... # 99 Singles Artist of the Year

June
Monica - After The Stormbutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart for 5 weeks and R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart for 3 weeks with "So Gone."
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica released her long delayed LP,
After The Storm, in June. The delay of the LP resulted in a major reworking of original material set for release last year. Guests on the LP include Missy Elliott, DMX, Faith Evans, and Tyrese. People said of the LP: "...this album is truly near perfect."
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "
So Gone."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard 200 LP Chart for a week with After The Storm.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week with "So Gone."
button.gif (123 bytes) After The Storm was certified gold.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica performed as Mary Wells on the NBC TV series American Dreams.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica could heard on Missy Elliott's LP This Is Not A Test on the track "Don't Be Cruel."

2004... # 161 Singles Artist of the Year

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica hit the Top 40 with "U Should've Known Better."

button.gif (123 bytes) # 83 on the Top Pop Artists of the Past 25 Years chart.

2005...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica could be heard on the soundtrack for
Diary Of A Mad Black Woman with the track "Sick And Tired."

June
Monica - The Makings Of Mebutton.gif (123 bytes) Monica gave birth to a baby boy.

2006...

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica released The Makings Of Me.
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with The Makings Of Me.

2009...

button.gif (123 bytes) Monica could be seen with her BET reality show Still Standing.

2010...

March
Monica - 'Still Standing'button.gif (123 bytes) Monica could be heard on the Ludacris LP Battle Of The Sexes on the track "Can't Live With You."
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica released
Still Standing.

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with "Everything To Me."
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica topped the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart with
Still Standing.
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Still Standing was certified gold.

2011...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Monica was nominated for 2
Grammy Awards for Best R&B Vocal Performance - Female ("Everything To Me") and Best R&B Album (Still Standing).

2012.....

April
Monica - 'New Life'button.gif (123 bytes) Monica released New Life.

2015...



LPs
Monica - Miss Thang Miss Thang
Released: July, 1995
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 36
Tracks: "Miss Thang" - "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)" - "Like This And Like That" - "Get Down" - "With You" - "Skate" - "Angel" - "Woman In Me" - "Tell Me If You Still Care" - "Let's Straighten It Out" - "Before You Walk Out Of My Life" - "Now I'm Gone" - "Why I Love You So Much" - "Never Can Say Goodbye" - "Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)" (remix) - "Forever Always"
Monica - The Boy Is Mine The Boy Is Mine
Released: July, 1998
US: 3x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 8
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Street Symphony" - "The Boy Is Mine" (with Brandy) - "Ring Da Bell" - "The First Night" - "Misty Blue" - "Angel Of Mine" - "Gonna Be Fine" (with Outkast) - "Inside" - "Take Him Back" - "Right Here Waiting" (with 112) - "'Cross The Room" - "I Keep It To Myself" - "For You I Will"
Monica - After The Storm After The Storm
Released: June, 2003
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Tracks: "After The Storm (Intro)" - "Get It Off" - "So Gone" - "U Should've Known Better" - "Don't Gotta Go Home" (with DMX) - "Knock, Knock" - "U Deserve" - "Breaks My Heart" - "I Wrote This Song" - "Ain't Gonna Cry No More" - "Go To Be Mad" (with Tyrese) - "Hurts The Most" - "That's My Man"
Monica - The Makings Of Me The Makings Of Me
Released: October, 2006
Billboard peak: # 8
Entertainment Weekly: B
Tracks: "Everytime Tha Beat Drop" - "A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)" - "Sideline Ho" - "Why Her?" - "Hell No (Leave Home)" - "Doin' Me Right" - "Raw" - "My Everything" - "Gotta Move On" - "Getaway"
Monica - 'Still Standing'
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Still Standing
Released: March, 2010
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 2
Tracks: "Still Standing" (featuring Ludacris) - "One In A Lifetime" - "Stay Or Go" - "Everything To Me" - "If You Were My Man (Betcha)" - "Mirror" - "Here I Am" - "Superman" - "Love All Over Me" - "Believing In Me"
Monica - 'New Life'
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New Life
Released: April, 2012
Tracks: "New Life (Intro)" - "It All Belongs To Me" (with Brandy) - "Daddy's Good Girl" - "Man Who Has Everything" - "Big Mistake" - "Take A Chance" (featuring Wale) - "Without You" - "Until It's Gone" - "Amazing" - "Cry" - "Time To Move On" - "New Life (Outro)"
Monica - 'Code Red'
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Code Red
Released: December 18, 2015
Tracks: "Code Red" (featuring Missy Elliott & Laiyah) - "Just Right For Me" (featuring Lil Wayne) - "Love Just Ain't Enough" (featuring Timbaland) - "Call My Name" - "I Know" - "All Men Lie" (featuring Timbaland) - "Deep" - "Huster's Ambition" (featuring Akon) - "Alone In Your Heart" - "Suga" - "Ocean Of Tears" - "Saints & Sinners" - "I Miss Music" - "Anchor"
POP SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY [based on The ARC Weekly Top 40 (listing explanation)
1 The Boy Is Mine
[Brandy & Monica]


from the Brandy LP
Never S-A-Y Never
and Monica LP
The Boy Is Mine
ARC chart run: 30 - 19 - 13 - 5 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 1 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 6 - 6 - 8 - 10 - 19 - 23 - 29 - 37 - off
1(5) 21 1998 Brandy & Monica - "The Boy Is Mine" (Single)
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2 For You I Will
Space Jam soundtrack and The Boy Is Mine
2 18 1997 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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3 Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)
Miss Thang
3 17 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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4 Angel Of Mine
The Boy Is Mine
2 18 1999 Monica - "Angel Of Mine" (Single)
5 The First Night
The Boy Is Mine
2 16 1998 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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6 Before You Walk Out Of My Life
Miss Thang
8 17 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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7 Why I Love You So Much
Miss Thang
15 8 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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8 All Eyez On Me
cd single
26 6 2002 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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9 So Gone
After The Storm
24 4 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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10 U Should've Known Better
After The Storm
36 2 2004 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Like This And Like That
Miss Thang
** ** 1995 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Ain't Nobody
The Nutty Professor soundtrack
** ** 1996 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Knock Knock
After The Storm
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Get It Off
After The Storm
** ** 2003 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Everytime Tha Beat Drop
The Makings Of Me
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  A Dozen Roses (You Remind Me)
The Makings Of Me
** ** 2006 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Sideline Ho
The Makings Of Me
** ** 2007 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
[
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  Still Standing
[Monica featuring Ludacris]
Still Standing
** ** 2008 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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  Everything To Me
Still Standing
** ** 2010 [ LISTEN / BUY ]
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