The Boy Is Mine is the second studio album by American singer Monica, released by Arista Records on July 14, 1998 in the United States. The album featured production from Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, Rodney Jerkins, among others and featured guest appearances from Brandy, hip hop duo Outkast, and R&B quartet 112. The Boy Is Mine spawned five singles, including the number one-hits "The Boy Is Mine", "The First Night", and "Angel of Mine", the Dallas Austin-penned "Street Symphony" and the international single "Right Here Waiting". The album contains the hit single, "For You I Will", which originally released two years earlier on the Space Jam soundtrack.
The album debut at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart in August 1998. It earned Monica three Grammy Award nominations for Best R&B Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group, Best R&B Song and Record of the Year. The Boy Is Mine was certified triple platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America on June 21, 2000.
Production and title:
After the success of her first album, Miss Thang, Monica entered recording studios in 1997 to start work on her second album with producer Dallas Austin. Austin contributed most to the album and moreover served as its executive producer. Arnold also worked with producers Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, Daryl Simmons, among others.
Release and reception:
With professional reviewers liking the album's ballads and classic sound, the album was praised for Monica's soulful and clear voice. Monica's second album became a worldwide success: It debuted at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 and number two on the U.S. Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart, with sales of nearly 526,000 since the ninth week of its release. The album continued selling well, received platinum certifications on September 1998, and eventually received three platinum certifications for more than three million copies shipped to stores selling over 3 million copies in the U.S. While the album managed to enter the top ten in the U.S., France, Canada, and Switzerland, it was a top twenty success in the majority of the charts it appeared on.
In Asia, the album was a hit sensation, becoming one of the first R&B albums to achieve multiple chart hit singles. "The Boy Is Mine", "The First Night", and Angel of Mine" all topped the Austrian Singles Chart during the nineties.
The Boy Is Mine was nominated for the 41st Grammy Awards, including Record of the Year for "The Boy Is Mine", and Best R&B Song for "The Boy Is Mine", and won an award for Best R&B Performance By a Duo or Group with Vocals of "The Boy Is Mine". Besides the Grammys, The Boy Is Mine received multiple Billboard Music Awards and was nominated for several American Music Awards, MTV Awards and Soul Train Awards.
The Boy Is Mine topped the leaderboard, with the second biggest jump to number one, jumping 22 positions, surpassed only by "Can't Buy Me Love" by The Beatles. When Kelly Clarkson's song "A Moment Like This" broke the record of the biggest jump to number one in 2002 after jumping 51 positions, "Can't Buy Me Love" became in second, and The Boy Is Mine became in third.
"The Boy Is Mine" topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for 13 weeks and the Canadian Singles Chart for 15 weeks, which made it one of the biggest singles of the 1990s, selling over two million copies. In the U.S., reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It became one of the biggest jumps to number one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.
The second single, "The First Night", became Monica's second number-one hit on the Bilboard Hot 100, where it remained five non-consecutive weeks atop the chart. Outside the States, "The First Night" reached the top 10 in Canada and the United Kingdom. In February 1999, "Angel of Mine" was the third single that peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100. "Inside" was released as the album's fourth single the same year with not being released in North America. Follow-up single "Street Symphony" made it only half of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks at number 50. The Boy Is Mine's sixth and final single, "Right Here Waiting", received a late release in 1999. The single was only released as a limited vinyl format with no promotional video.
"The Boy Is Mine" (duet with Brandy)
Brandy Norwood, Rodney Jerkins, Japhe Tejeda, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels
Darkchild, D. Austin, B. Norwood
"Ring da Bell"
"The First Night"
Jermaine Dupri, Marilyn McLeod, Pam Sawyer, Tamara Savage
D. Austin, Colin Wolfe
"Angel of Mine"
Rhett Lawrence, Travon Potts
"Gone Be Fine" (featuring Outkast)
D. Austin, Andre Benjamin
"Take Him Back"
D. Austin, Sting
Dallas Austin, Leslie Brathwaite
"Right Here Waiting" (featuring 112)
D. Foster, Tony Maserati
"Cross the Room"
D. Austin, B. Curtis, Debra Killings
"I Keep It to Myself"
Danny Sembello, Marti Sharron
"For You I Will"
"The First Night" samples Diana Ross' 1976 "Love Hangover".,
"Take Him Back" samples Sting's 1993 "Shape of My Heart".,
"Cross the Room" samples The Fatback Band's 1980 "I Like Girls".,
"Angel of Mine" is a cover version of Eternal's 1997 original recording.,
"Misty Blue" is a cover version of Dorothy Moore's 1976 original recording.,
"Right Here Waiting" is a cover version of Richard Marx' 1989 original recording.,
Charts and certifications:
Credits and personnel:
Darkchild Orchestra - strings,
Dean Gant - piano,
Ronnie Garrett - bass,
Tom Knight - drums,
Sonny Lallerstedt - guitar,
Tomi Martin - guitar,
Scott Meeder - percussion,
Isaac Phillips - guitar,
Michael Thompson - guitar,
Colin Wolfe - bass,
Executive producers: Clive Davis,
Producers: Darkchild, Jermaine Dupri, Dallas Austin, Brandy Norwood, Tony Maserati, Daryl Simmons, Dexter Simmons, Colin Wolfe, David Foster, Leslie Brathwaite,
Vocal assistance: Darcy Aldridge, Sue Ann Carwell, Chelle Davis, Debra Killings, Pamela Major, Jeff Pescetto,
Engineers: A. Baars, G. Crawford, Ben Garrison, Humberto Gatica, Thom "TK" Kidd, Carlton Lynn, Ricco Lumpkins, Chris Tergesen,
Assistant engineers: John Horesco IV, Ty Hudson, Tim Lauber, Kevin Lively, Vernon Mungo, Claudine Pontier, Mike Wilson,
Mixing: Mick Guzauski,
Mixing assistance: Tom Berner, Marnie Riley,
Programming: Felipe Elgueta, John "J.R." Robinson, Glen Woodward,
July 14, 1998
The song was performed on an episode of Glee.