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Monica & Brandy beam on the cover of EBONY

Monica and Brandy’s musical reunion comes full circle on the June cover of EBONY magazine. Inside the magazine, the 90s divas open up about life, love, and reuniting 14 years after “The Boy Is Mine” for their collaboration “It All Belongs To Me.”

Monica’s latest album, New Life, debuted on Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 4, becoming her fifth consecutive top five debut. In addition to the collaboration with Brandy, the album features guest spots from Mary J. Blige, Wale and Rick Ross. The wife of NBA player Shannon Brown and mother of two is prepping the release of the album’s second single, “Without You,” produced by her cousin Polow Da Don.

Brandy hit big last week, following her episode of Behind the Music, with the premiere of her new single, “Put It Down” featuring Chris Brown. Netting rave reviews from fans and critics alike, the lead single to her upcoming album, Two Eleven, arrives on iTunes on May 8.

Check out excerpts from Brandy’s interview below.

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Cover Art: Monica – ‘Without You’



Here’s the cover art for Monica’sWithout You,” the second single from her latest album, New Life. Produced by Polow Da Don, the ballad serves as the follow-up to the Brandy-assisted “It All Belongs To Me,” which peaked at number 23.

New Life debuted at number four on the Billboard 200, with 69,000 copies sold.

Listen to “Without You” below.

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Chart News: Jason Mraz, Lionel Richie Battle for No. 1

After making Adele’s 21 play runner-up last week, can Lionel Richie fend off Jason Mraz for No. 1 next week on the Billboard 200 albums chart?

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Chart News: Lionel Richie’s ‘Tuskegee’ Blocks Adele’s Return to No.1

In its third week on the chart, Lionel Richie’s Tuskegee climbs to No.1 on Billboard’s Top 200, keeping Adele’s 21 from claiming its 24th week at  the top.

Last week, industry insiders predicted Adele’s 21 to reclaim the Top 200, but Richie’s sales surged during the weekend, thanks to his CBS special “ACM Presents: Lionel Richie & Friends in Concert.”  The all-star special garnered 7.7 million viewers, and was the most-watched show of the night.  Selling 129,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Tuskegee becomes Richie’s third No. 1 album, and his first since 1986’s Dancing on the Ceiling spent two weeks atop the chart.

Elsewhere on the chart….

Adele’s 21 holds at No. 2 with 92,000 while last week’s No.1, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded, falls to No. 3 with 81,000 copies. Monica’s New Life starts at No. 4 with 69,000, becoming her fifth consecutive top five debut.  All her releases have reached the top ten of the Top 200, except her 1995 debut, Miss Thang, which opened at No. 36. She hit No. 1 once, with 2003’s After the Storm.

One Direction’s Up All Night stays at No. 5 with 66,000 while industry vet Bonnie Raitt makes a splash at No.6 with Slipstream, selling 64,000. The set is her highest-charting album and posts her best sales week in nearly two decades. Following his performance on Saturday Night LiveGotye’s Making Mirrors flies back to the top 10 (15-7) with 54,000.  This is the best sales week yet for the album, coming one week after it lodged its highest frame (26,000).

Check back for full chart updates tomorrow.

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Monica & Brandy Perform on ‘LIVE! with Kelly’

Continuing the release week promo push for New Life, Monica shared the stage with Brandy on LIVE! with Kelly.  The ladies performed an abridged version of their duet, “It All Belongs to Me,” which is featured on Mo’s new disc as well as Brandy’s forthcoming album Two Eleven, due this summer.  Watch their performance below.

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The Review: Monica – ‘New Life’

Monica celebrates New Life on seventh album.

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Video: Monica – AOL Sessions Behind the Scenes

Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at Monica’s upcoming AOL Sessions performance, which debuts on April 5.

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Monica Reveals ‘New Life’ Deluxe Album Cover, Tracklist

The deluxe edition album cover and tracklist for Monica’s New Life have been revealed.  Arriving April 10th, the deluxe edition features four new tracks, including “Anything (To Find You)” featuring Rick Ross.  New Life is the follow-up to 2010’s Grammy-nominated Still Standing, which was certified gold by the RIAA for shipments of 500,000 copies.  Check out the standard album cover and official tracklist below.

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