Multi-platinum, Grammy Award winner songstress MONICA’s latest cd, New Life (RCA), debuts this week at #2 on Billboard’s R&B Albums chart and #4 on Billboard’s Top 200 Albums chart, according to Nielsen SoundScan. New Life also lands at #10 on the Digital Albums chart.
Leading the way to the album’s chart-topping debut is the current single “It All Belongs To Me,” the female anthem which reunites Monica with Brandy after 14 years since their Grammy Award winning duet “The Boy Is Mine.” The duo recently delivered powerful performances of “It All Belongs To Me” on Good Morning America and Live with Kelly!, while Monica paid visits to BET’s 106 & Park and Bravo’s Watch What Happens: Live.
New Life has received praise from press including USA Today’s acknowledgement that while Monica collaborated with a-list producers and writers (Rico Love, Missy Elliott, Salaam Remi, Jazmine Sullivan), it’s “Monica’s passionate vocals that make this album breathe.” Yahoo declared the album “is a good listen from beginning to end, especially for anyone missing a solid R&B album in the midst of a hip-hop heavy marketplace.” Singersroom.com proclaimed “the songstress is back once again with beats that not only draw its strength from the old R&B era of the 90’s but also add a new modern twist influenced by today’s pop music.”
New Life rings in as the fifth consecutive top ten chart debut from the songstress, further solidifying her extraordinary and long-standing career. Monica’s previous top ten R&B Albums and Top 200 Albums chart-toppers include Still Standing (#1, #2 respectively), The Makings of Me (#1, #8), After The Storm (#2, #1) and The Boy Is Mine (#2, #8).