Monica is thankful for the success of “Still Standing,” which debuted atop the R&B/Hip Hop Albums chart this week. While she admires and respects her peers, she has found strength in her own lane — one she thinks fans respect. “One of the biggest keys for me, period, is my connection to the people, because I was never ashamed of who I was,” Monica shared with MTV this week. “I never wasted time on creating faÃ§ades. I think people connect to realness. People connect to the idea that, ‘OK, she makes mistakes like we do and she’s not afraid to talk about them. She loves who she wanna love, she does what she wants to do.’ I think that people connect to that because when you’re so unreachable, people don’t expect real things to happen.” Released March 23, Monica’s “Still Standing” album moved 184,000 copies and is expected to sell another 80k-90k in its second week.
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