Monday, October 24, 2016

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Monica

Song:Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days)
Album:Miss Thang

R&B singer Monica Arnold was 15 years old when her debut single Don't Take it Personal was a top five pop hit. She became one of the best selling recording artists of the late 90s. She's still around but things ain't what they used to be. She was born Oct. 24, 1980 in College Park, GA. Her mom sang in church so of course Monica picked up that habit. She also entered a lot of talent contests. She sang with the gospel choir Charles Thompson and the Majestics. Monica was 11 when producer Dallas Austin saw her and signed her to his new label Rowdy Records. Austin was known for his success with TLC and Rowdy was distributed by Arista. He also asked Queen Latifah to be Monica's manager. Most of Monica's 1995 debut album Miss Thang was produced by Austin and the team of Tim & Bob. They took their time with it. Monica insisted on songs that were appropriate for teenagers. Don't Take It Personal was the debut single and it reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100. Austin wrote and produced it. There are samples from LL Cool J's Back Seat of my Jeep and Public Enemy's Bring The Noise. Miss Thang was certified 3XPlatinum. But creative differences between Austin and Arista owner Clive Davis forced Davis to pull the plug on Rowdy. Monica moved to Arista. Austin still produced a lot of Monica's second CD This Boy Is Mine but Davis was running the show. Of course that album had Monica's biggest hit to date This Boy Is Mine, a duet with Brandy. That was a worldwide chart topper. Sony has released two Monica comps But neither one is any good. Miss Thang is available as a budget CD. Subsequent albums weren't as successful. Monica also dabbled in acting and reality TV. She still records for Sony. Her 2015 CD Code Red was on RCA. I just don't see her returning to her success of the 90s. She has had some success recording with gospel artists like James Fortune & FIYA. Monica is married to former NBA player Shannon Brown and they have three kids. Here's the video for Don't Take It Personal (Just One Of Dem Days) by Monica.

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