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’ll jet back to one of the biggest duets in music history: Brandy & Monica‘s ‘The Boy is Mine.’
Brandy and Monica‘s ‘The Boy is Mine’ was pre-destined to be the megahit it later became.
The brainchild of the extraordinary production/songwriting team of Rodney Jerkins, Lashawn Daniels, Dallas Austin, and Brandy herself, the song was reportedly influenced by King of Pop Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney‘s 1982 hit, ‘The Girl is Mine,’ but converted to demonstrate the female perspective.
As its inspiration would obviously call for it to be a duet, who better to summon than the day’s serial R&B chart-topper Monica? Having spent much of her career compared to Brandy and Aaliyah anyway, fans and the industry alike had already concocted a rivalry that would play right into the narrative purported by ‘Boy.’
Premiering May 19, 1998, the tune leapt to #1 less than a month later (where it was found this week that year). Making history as the second all-female duet in history to top the Billboard Hot 100, ‘Boy’ would go on to lead the tally for a whopping 13 weeks – making it one of the longest running #1s in history.
Eventually certified double Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, ‘Boy’ became 1998’s best-selling single and stands as both of its performers biggest hit and only claim to GRAMMY fame (as it nabbed the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals trophy at the 1999 ceremony).
Look below to see who joined B-Rocka and Mo in the top 25 this week 22 years ago.
Hot 100 This Week in 1998
Hot 100 This Week
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