Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.
So, as our retrospective segments, ‘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 serves as a variation of our Retro Rewind assay to salute an entire era of music history.
This week, we will honor ‘For You I Will’ – Monica‘s hit single from the 1996 ‘Space Jam’ soundtrack.
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From the release of her 1995 debut album ‘Miss Thang,’ to the turn of the millennium, R&B songstress Monica personified the concept of hitting the ground running.
Launching five consecutive singles to the Hot 100’s top 10, the Atlanta-native was on a serious hot streak – one that was set to continue after she was recruited to contribute to the soundtrack of the half-animated Michael Jordan film ‘Space Jam’ (1996). Tapped to record the Diane Warren-penned ‘For You I Will,’ the David Foster-produced ballad was lifted as the fifth single from the star-studded project.
Having big shoes to follow given the success of the album’s mega-hits, Seal‘s ‘Fly Like an Eagle’ and R.Kelly‘s ‘I Believe I Can Fly,’ ‘For You I Will’ – thanks to assistance from its Francis Lawrence-directed music video – went on to meet expectations by becoming ‘Space Jam’s third Hot 100 top 10 hit. Peaking at #4 (where it was found this week that year), the song became Mo’s second career top 5 single and was also eventually certified Platinum.
When the dust settled, it helped hoist its parent project to the 6X Platinum status it enjoys today. As we reflect on this fan favorite from the GRAMMY winner’s prized discography, look below to see who joined her in the top 25 this week in 1997:
Hot 100 This Week in 1997
Hot 100 This Week
Click here to read the full ‘TGJ Chart Check: Hot 100.’