Monica is back on top after self-described drama, hurt and pain. The veteran R&B/soul singer’s anticipated album “Still Standing” debuted atop the Billboard R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart Wednesday, March 31. Selling 184,000 copies, the album fell short of landing the no.1 spot on this week’s Billboard 200 chart, which went to Justin Bieber (“My World 2.0”). As previously reported, “Still Standing” is Monica’s first release since “The Makings of Me”. It features the no.1 charting single “Everything To Me” and the buzz-worthy favorites “Mirror” and “Still Standing”.
Monica is having a major moment! The Grammy Award-winning singer has just achieved another milestone with her latest album, “Trenches,” debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart. This marks the first time in Monica’s career that one of her albums has debuted at the top spot on this particular chart, making it an impressive achievement for the singer.
The news comes shortly after Monica released the lead single from Trenches called “Commitment” which quickly rose to popularity among fans and critics alike. Produced by Scott Storch, the song was hailed as a standout track when it was released in October 2020 and helped propel interest in the full project.
So while other artists may have had their success hindered by pandemic-related lockdowns, Monica made sure she capitalized on hers – and now she stands atop R&B Albums Chart with her No.1 debut!
Monica has made history with the release of her latest album, “Trenches.” The singer-songwriter debuts at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart — making it her seventh leader and setting a new record for most No. 1s among female acts in the chart’s nearly 40 year history.
The accomplishment is yet another major benchmark for Monica, who first topped the list in 1998 with her debut studio set “Miss Thang.” Since then she has notched six more leaders on the tally, including two holiday albums (2010’s “Still Standing” and 2017’s “Christmas Spirit”). With this achievement, she surpasses Beyonce to become the woman with the most leaders on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Chart since its inception in 1965. It’s an impressive feat that speaks volumes about Monica’s continued relevance as a powerful voice within the music genre today.
This success comes off the back of a series of successful singles from “Trenches,” which features collaborations from Lil Baby, Rick Ross and Dem Franchise Boyz. As well as topping charts around the world, “Trenches” also marks Monica’s tenth top 10 effort overall on Billboard 200 albums chart – cementing her place as one of contemporary R&B’s fiercest talents.
Released on April 24, 2020, “Trenches” is Monica’s ninth studio album and her first since 2015’s Code Red. A deeply personal project which chronicles the highs and lows of life in the music industry, it features production from a host of collaborators including Infamous, Smitty Beatz and Syk Sense. The record also includes special guest appearances by artists such as Lil Baby, Rick Ross and Dem Franchise Boyz.
The lead single off “Trenches,” “Commitment”, was released in February 2020 to critical acclaim. It has been streamed over 10M times on Spotify alone and peaked at No. 18 on Billboard Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart — becoming Monica’s highest-charting solo hit since 2008’s “Still Standing.” Other standout cuts from the LP include the anthemic track “Ain’t Nobody” featuring Big Mike & Diddy; plus the emotive ballad “Love Just Ain’t Enough”.
Overall, “Trenches” paints an intimate portrait of resilience – showcasing all facets of Monica as she continues to make waves within R&B culture today. As well as topping charts around the world, this latest release solidifies her place amongst modern soul greats with its honest songwriting, powerful vocal performances and slick production values.
I’m so proud of Monica for her accomplishment! She has just made history by becoming the first R&B artist to have a number one debut album in 16 years. It’s really incredible that she was able to achieve this feat with her latest release, “Trenches”. The success of this album demonstrates how talented and hardworking she is as an artist.
The album consists of 13 tracks which feature several guest appearances from rap legends like Rick Ross, Lil Baby, and Musiq Soulchild. I think these collaborations definitely helped push the record even further up the charts. Every song on the project has something unique to offer and showcases Monica’s diversity as an artist. From heartfelt ballads to uptempo bangers, there’s something for everyone here.
Monica deserves all the recognition she is receiving right now because it wasn’t easy creating such a great body of work. Her dedication to her craft should be commended and celebrated by fans around the world. Congratulations again to Monica for achieving this amazing milestone!
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