Brandy says it took more than wrapping up an album after a three-year hiatus
to gain a sense of fulfillment. She had to make sure she was getting the
most out of her personal life, so she moved out on her own, spent some time
soul searching and possibly got engaged (she doesn't floss a ring, but she
says "maybe" when asked if she's reached that relationship milestone).
"That's why I entitled [my album] Full Moon," she told MTV
News on Wednesday, "because I have done a complete circle and I feel
whole. All of that's reflected in the music. It's a concept album, it's
autobiographical. Everything that I've gone through in the last three years
Although she says she's madly in love now, Brandy croons about heartache on
the album's first single, the Rodney Jerkins-produced "What About Us?"
"Rodney was working on it when we were in L.A.," she said. "It was this
offbeat track, this high-tech track. I was like 'Oh my God, Rodney, this is
it. This is exactly what the industry needs. We can maybe change the game
with this.' He said, 'Yeah, this is what I'm going for.'
"I got with some of the writers on the project and told them what I wanted
to talk about. 'This is an aggressive record it's edgy, it's sexy. I
wanna sing about something that's sexy and edgy.' I revisited my past in my
mind and kind of told them what I wanna talk about."
On Full Moon, due March 5, Brandy mostly focuses on relationships.
She cuts off a zero and gains independence on "I Thought," she refuses to
break up with her baby boo on "It's Not Worth It," and she testifies about
getting caught up in the rapture of love on "He Is" and "Full Moon."
The title track was written by Mike City (Babyface, Ruff Ryders). "He really
challenged himself," she said. "If you listen to it, it's different from what
he's already done in the past. It's ghetto, but it's pop and R&B at the same
time. That record has a lot of elements to it. Anything can happen on a full
moon. On that particular [song], I'm actually falling in love with somebody
I'm just meeting. I hope that's the second single, because it's different.
I've never heard anything like it."
You won't hear too many guests alongside the singer, who'll be celebrating
her 23rd birthday three days shy of Valentine's Day. Brandy has a duet with
Ray J, her brother, on "I'd Die Without You," a remake of PM Dawn's 1993
hit, and Michael Jackson's vocals are used on "It's Not Worth It."
"It's a sample that Rodney used," she said of M.J.'s appearance. "It's a
sample that no one's ever heard before."
The singer said that although listeners could hardly hear the background
vocals she lent to Jackson's "Unbreakable," on last year's
Invincible, she was happy to get down with Mike.
"You couldn't even hear me on the track," she said, laughing. "If I could
just breathe on his project [that would have been OK.] I cried, I was so
overwhelmed to meet Michael Jackson."