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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1999 #TBT

Monica’s Last Run at #1

Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week in 1999 Monica soared to the top of the Hot 100 with her hit ‘Angel of Mine.’  Lifted from ‘The Boy Is Mine‘ LP (read our ode to the album by clicking here), the angelic remake of British girl group Eternal‘s song of the same name dethroned pop princess Britney Spears’ Baby One More Time’ from the tally’s perch.

Becoming Mo’s third consecutive chart-topper (as the follow-up to ‘The Boy is Mine‘ the song and ‘The First Night’), the trio of chart triumphs came as the last time Mo saw her name atop the Hot 100.  Join us below as we salute the impressive run and see who else joined her in the top 25 this week 18 years ago:


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Soulquarius! Brandy, Monica, R. Kelly & More To Perform At Huge R&B Jam

Erykah Badu, Jhene Aiko, Ashanti, Willow Smith Also Part Of Mega Event


As R&B spectacles go, few can rival the list of names lined up for  SOULQUARIUS 2017.

Set to take place on February 18th at The Observatory in Orange County CA, the event will boast performances from the likes of Brandy, Monica, R. Kelly, and a whole lot more.

Peep the full roster of talent who’ll be assembling next Feb. It’s looking like a movie…


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Brandy Claps Back At Monica Fans For Slamming Her Mom


Monica may have been cordial with her response to the recently reignited beef between she and ‘Boy Is Mine’ co-star Brandy, but her fans, on the other hand, haven’t exactly been following suit.

As the praise continues to ring in for the ‘Full Moon’ maestra after her show-stopping performance at this year’s ‘Soul Train Awards,’ some fans felt some comments made by the singer on her official Instagram page were indirectly aimed at Mo.  The result has been a reignition of a nearly 2 decade duel between the R&B songstresses and their fans.

But, if that wasn’t enough to stir the pot, Brandy’s mom & manager – Sonja Norwood – inserted her opinion on the matter.  See what happened when a fan came for Miss Sonja:


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Monica On Reignited Brandy Beef: ‘We’re Both Great In Our Own Rights’


Over 18 years after the release of their history-making hit, ‘The Boy Is Mine,’ fans of R&B divas Brandy and Monica are still pitting the two against each other in online forums and more.

After B-rocka absolutely rocked the Soul Train Awards stage with a medley of her biggest hits(see that here if you missed it), some viewers found Mo’s absence alarming when the melody to the 1998 hit was played.  Afterward, as support rang through social media for the 37-year-old songstress, some thought to direct their attention to Mo for alleged “shade” detected during the Soul Train showing (from Bran).

Find out how Mo responded to the hoopla below:


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The Fairy Godmother Is Mine: Brandy Disses Monica Over Whitney Houston?


For many, the heights reached made by R&B icons Brandy and Monica in Pop culture makes them two of the world’s more endearing stars.

What isn’t so endearing however is the reheating of their two decade long beef.

Why fans of ‘Miss Thang’ have good reason to believe Brandy has a bone to pick with her?

Find out below…


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Monica Announces Departure From RCA Records

Singer Parts Ways With Sony Imprint After 21 Years


As the New Year looms, so too do new horizons for R&B singer Monica.

Because, in a surprise announcement, the Grammy winner revealed today that she is leaving RCA Records – her label since the start of her career.

Full story below…


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Tamar Braxton Confirms New Album / Addresses Alleged Beef With Monica & Toya Wright


After a rocky mid-2016, the latter half of the year sees Grammy-nominated R&B beauty Tamar Braxton with much to smile about.

For, not only is she preparing for the fall 2017 kickoff of her very own talk show (read more on that here), but she also confirms a new album – the follow-up to 2015’s critically acclaimed ‘Calling All Lovers’ – is due “soon.”   But, before fans get a taste of anything new from the ‘Love & War’ singer, she is waging war against “the blogs” for producing less-than-flattering stories about her personal life – including news on an alleged domestic violence dispute with husband Vincent Herbert, alleged ongoing beef with former talk show home ‘The Real,’ and more.

Also taking a minute to address rumors that she is feuding with fellow R&B singer Monica and longtime friend Toya Wright for their appearances on ‘The Real,’ tuck in to read her lengthy statement:


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Monica Speaks On Alleged Beef With Brandy: ‘I’m Not Bothered’

Singer Weighs In On Perceived Shade From ‘Full Moon’ Maestra


Monica has continued reason to smile (all the way to the bank) after the net was swept by the #SoGoneChallenge – a viral challenge ignited by Chance the Rapper that saw hundreds of social media users spitting their best rhymes over the singer’s 2003 R&B hit ‘So Gone.’

The feat not only reignited interest in the tune, helping its recent sales increase over 400 percent, but also saw some of that interest spill over into increased sales of the tune’s parent album, ‘After the Storm.’  But, as many celebrated renewed interest in the Missy Elliott-produced, one – namely Mo’s longtime reported “frienemy”/‘Boy is Mine’ co-star Brandy – was allegedly not aboard the celebratory train.

Bran did little to cool the rumors when she quickly dismissed a fan’s invitation to record her own freestyle over the ‘So Gone’ beat.  When quizzed on her thought’s about Brandy’s seemingly salty response, Monica took to ‘The Real’ to say:


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Monica & Missy Elliott’s #SoGoneChallenge Storms The Net


On April 8th 2003, Monica released ‘So Gone’ to aid the effort that was her LP ‘After the Storm.’

Penned by Missy Elliott and Spike & Jamahl, the jam saw the ‘Angel of Mine’ chanteuse find fresh chart glory following the chart-scorching single that was ‘The Boy is Mine’ when ‘Gone’ peaked at #10 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Today, over thirteen years later, a new generation of music lovers have taken to the net to express their admiration for the R&B effort by creating the ‘So Gone Challenge.’

In it, said fans take on the number’s rap section with their own lyrics inspired by life, love and ‘Miss Thang’ herself.

Their submissions are pretty awesome.

Check a few out below…


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Monica Defends Nicki Minaj After Rapper Hit With Lawsuit By Ex-Boyfriend

Singer Weighs In On Ongoing Beef Between the Rappers

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Never one to mince words, Grammy-winning R&B diva Monica was spotted on CBS’s ‘The Talk’ recently weighing in on a number of hot topics – including the ongoing beef of ex-hip hop lovers Nicki Minaj and Safaree Samuels.

Keeping it all the way real, the songstress spoke favorably of her relationship with Minaj and shared some insight regarding the Grammy-nominated rapstress’s thoughts after recent news she’s being sued by Samuels for ’emotional distress.’

Hear her words below:


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Performances: BET’s ‘Black Girls Rock’ 2016 *Updated*


Tonight marked the return of BET’s highly anticipated ode to women of color ‘Black Girls Rock.’

Much like its ‘BET Honors’ counterpart, the event enlists some of music’s best and brightest performers to serenade and shine light on women of color who have made impacts on and in their respective personal and professional communities.

Airing moments ago, the Tracee Ellis Ross hosted showing honored R&B legend Gladys Knight, Grammy-winning hitmaker Rihanna, and so many more.

Tuck in below to see the highlights from one of entertainment’s biggest nights:


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Hot Shots: Rihanna, Kelly Rowland, Monica & More Slay ‘BET Black Girls Rock’ Red Carpet

Annual Show Airs April 5th On BET


Last night saw the stars align for the 2016 BET Black Girls Rock special.

The annual event celebrates the achievements of women of color in the entertainment, literary, and philanthropical fields.

One of the most notable honorees was Rihanna, who was presented with the Rockstar Award.

Kelly Rowland was also in the house at the event, which took place at the New Jersey Performance Center. Beyond introducing Gladys Knight, Ms. Kelly engaged in smart synchronisation. For, her new talent search ‘Chasing Destiny’ kicks off immediately following the show’s April 5th broadcast on BET.


Flip the hood to see more pics of Rih, Kelly, Monica, and more…


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