First, there was “The Girl Is Mine”, the 1982 smash by Paul McCartney & Michael Jackson. 16 years later, Brandy and her production team came up with the reply, and brought Monica in for the duet.
It seemed like a good idea at the time, but producers must’ve had concerns when it turned out that the two young women mixed like oil and water. In an interview in 2012, Monica said that it wasn’t that they didn’t like each other – they were just so different at the time, they couldn’t relate enough to figure out if they liked or hated each other. Keep in mind, Brandy was 19 and Monica 18 when this song was produced.
After “The Boy Is Mine”, both singers’ follow-up singles also went to #1… and then both singers started to quickly fade off the pop charts. For Brandy, her focus has been on acting as well as music, while Monica is primarily a singer/songwriter. Both are parents now.
I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise that they came back together to try to catch the magic again… it just took 14 years to do so. They’ve released a new single this year (“It All Belongs To Me”) – but it wasn’t nearly as successful, hitting the middle of the R&B charts and not (yet) scoring at all on the pop charts.
Tomorrow, we hear again from a country boy.
Other songs that reached #1 on June 6:
1964 – “Chapel of Love” by the Dixie Cups (their first, 3 weeks)
1987 – “You Keep Me Hangin’ On” by Kim Wilde (her first, 1 week)