The Boy Is Mine (song)
"The Boy Is Mine" is a 1998 duet by American singers Brandy and Monica written and composed by LaShawn Daniels, Japhe Tejeda, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, and Brandy with coproduction by Darkchild and Dallas Austin. It was released as the lead single from both singers' second albums from 1998, Never Say Never by Brandy and The Boy Is Mine by Monica. Inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney's 1982 duet "The Girl Is Mine", the lyrics of the mid-tempo R&B track revolve around two women fighting over a man.
|"The Boy Is Mine"|
|Single by Brandy and Monica|
|from the album Never Say Never and The Boy Is Mine|
|Released||May 19, 1998|
|Brandy singles chronology|
The song received generally positive reviews from music critics and was the first number-one pop hit for both artists, in the US and internationally. Exploiting the media's presumption of a rivalry between the two young singers, "The Boy Is Mine" became the best-selling song of the year in the US, selling 2.6 million copies, and spent 13 weeks at the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 during the summer of 1998. It became the second song in the history of the chart to ascend directly to number-one from a previous position beneath the Top 20, at number 23, following The Beatles and the 27–1 leap of their single "Can't Buy Me Love" in April 1964. Internationally, the single also achieved a strong charting, peaking at number one in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand, while reaching the top five on most of the other charts on which it appeared.
"The Boy Is Mine" was awarded the Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group and received nominations for both Record of the Year and Best R&B Song in 1999. At the Billboard Music Awards, the song won in three categories, including Hot 100 Sales Single of Year. In 2008, Billboard listed it 54th on its 50th Anniversary All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs chart, and 18th on the All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs countdown.
The music video for the single, directed by Joseph Kahn, starred the singers and Mekhi Phifer. It was nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards, including Video of the Year and Best R&B Video. In 2012, after 14 years, the singers reunited on the single "It All Belongs to Me".
Background and compositionEdit
"The Boy Is Mine" was a song Brandy wrote with Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, his brother Fred Jerkins III, Japhe Tejeda, and LaShawn Daniels. The singer came up with its concept while watching an episode of The Jerry Springer Show tabloid talk show, where love triangles among the guests was the theme. Created as a solo track, Brandy originally recorded the song alone. After listening to the result, however, she and Jerkins thought it would work better as a duet, an idea which was further inspired by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 1982 hit duet "The Girl Is Mine". At Brandy's request, her label Atlantic Records approached fellow R&B teen singer Monica to collaborate: The pair had seen each other in passing at award shows and other live events, and Brandy thought a duet would help combat ongoing rumors that the singers were rivals. With the permission of Clive Davis, who headed Monica's record company Arista Records, Monica eventually signed on to the project.
Originally, the two artists recorded their vocals for the song together with Jerkins and his production team at the Record One Studios in North Hollywood. However, the joint recording was felt to be a failure so Monica re-recorded her vocals separately at the DARP Studios in Atlanta, Georgia with longtime contributor Dallas Austin. (Thus, Austin would later share the main production credit alongside Jerkins.) Though both Brandy and Monica repeatedly denied the song reflected any actual rivalry between them, tabloids began writing the opposite. There were claims that Monica was upset when Brandy performed the song solo on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Brandy was reportedly miffed when Monica opted to take the name of the duet for the title of her second album. Following reports that the pair came to blows during a rehearsal for a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards in September 1998, talk of the rivalry became so loud that the singers' managers released a joint statement in which they called the press out for its "disturbing behavior" and called the "ongoing negativity [as] totally unfair." As with "The Boy Is Mine," Jerkins later claimed that both singers "didn’t get along" during production and that he and Dexter Simmons remixed the track seven times to keep everything even. In a 2012 interview with WZMX, Monica spoke about her past relationship with Brandy:
"We were young. We could barely stay in the room with each other. By no means was it jealousy or envy. She and I are polar opposites and instead of embracing that, we used our differences as reasons not to be amongst each other."
On June 6, 1998, "The Boy Is Mine" became both singers' first number-one hit and fifth top ten entry for each on the US Billboard Hot 100. Bouncing from number 23 to the top spot, it became the second song in the history of the chart to ascend directly to number-one from a previous position beneath the Top 20, following The Beatles and the 27–1 leap of their single "Can't Buy Me Love" in April 1964. In addition, it was the first number-one collaboration between solo women since 1979's two-weeks number-one run of "No More Tears (Enough Is Enough)," performed by Barbra Streisand and Donna Summer. The same week, "The Boy Is Mine" also moved to number-one on the Hot R&B Singles, Hot 100 Singles Sales and Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales charts. Within the first month of its purchasable release the song went on to sell 605,000 units. It spent thirteen consecutive weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 and has since been ranked among the longest running number-one songs in US chart history, sharing this record with Boyz II Men's "End of the Road" (1992). "The Boy Is Mine" was the best-selling single of 1998 in the US, with sales of 2,591,000, with the second best-selling single being Next's "Too Close". It was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) and was ranked eighth on Billboard's Decade-End Charts. The song spent 18 weeks in the top 10 and a total of 27 weeks in the Top 50.
Outside the US, "The Boy Is Mine" reached the top-ten in over 14 countries and topped the chart in Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand. In Canada, the song debuted on the RPM Singles Chart at number 74 on the RPM issue dated June 1, 1998, and reached the top spot of the chart on August 21, 1998. It was present on the chart for a total of 45 weeks. It reached the top two in Belgium, France (platinum), Ireland, Norway (gold), and the United Kingdom (platinum); the top-five in Australia, Germany (gold), Sweden, and Switzerland (gold) and the top-ten in Austria (gold) and Italy.
Awards and recognitionsEdit
The single won many awards throughout 1998 and 1999. It was nominated for three Grammy Awards at the 41st annual ceremony, winning both singers their first prize by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in the Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals category. It, however, lost in its nominations for Record of the Year and Best R&B Song to Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On" and Lauryn Hill's "Doo Wop (That Thing)" respectively. The song garnered three Billboard Music Awards. It is listed as the 62nd on the most successful singles in France ever. It is also listed among one of the most successful 200 singles in Australia, Netherlands and Belgium in music history.
It was listed as number 55 of the Hot 100 singles of all time by Billboard in 1998. This position was raised to number 54 in 2008. In addition, it was listed 18th on the All-Time Top R&B/Hip-Hop Songs countdown. In 2008, Billboard ranked the song third on a special The 40 Biggest Duets of All Time listing. The song is the best-selling song of 1998 in the United States with 2.6 million copies sold.
The official music video uses the radio edit version without the intro. The video begins with the girls in their respective apartments, watching television on their long couches. While Brandy watches an episode of The Jerry Springer Show Monica accidentally turns Brandy's TV, with her remote, to an old romantic movie which Monica watches on her own TV. Whenever one of them turns the channel, the other's TV stays on that channel and they soon tire of the back and forth. They then start to sing the song. The next scene shows the two discussing their problem among their separate groups of friends. The "boy" himself (played by Mekhi Phifer) then appears outside the two girls' apartments, which are next to each other; all their friends walk by him as they exit their respective friend's place. The girls are in their pajamas in the next scene, and then each phones the boy over to make him decide whom he wants to be with. After Brandy and Monica fight with the song's lyrics, the man comes to the left apartment, frustrated over whom to choose. The door opens, showing Brandy. Then it swings a little wider to reveal Monica as well. The boy is taken aback, and the door is slammed in his face.
The video, filmed in April 1998 and uses 90-degree tilts to depict the drama and the playfulness between the two, premiered on April 29, 1998, and was nominated for two 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, for Best R&B Video and Video of the Year, but lost to both Wyclef Jean's "Gone Till November" and Madonna's "Ray of Light" respectively.
Brandy first performed the song by herself on The Tonight Show. Following that, she and Monica first performed it together at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles at the Gibson Amphitheatre on September 10, 1998, an event which remains, to date, Brandy and Monica's only television broadcast performance of the song. The pair came together a second time on December 16, 2008 for a surprise performance at Atlanta’s V103 Soul Session, singing it a cappella.
Credits and personnelEdit
Charts and certificationsEdit
"Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls
|Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
August 17, 1998
"Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls
"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" by Pras Michel featuring ODB and Mýa
|Dutch Top 40 number one single
July 11–18, 1998
"De Bestemming" by Marco Borsato
"We Don't Know How Lucky We Are" by Fred Dagg
|RIANZ number one single
July 12–26, 1998
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Bus Stop featuring Carl Douglas
"Too Close" by Next
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 6, 1998 – August 29, 1998
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
"I Get Lonely" by Janet
|Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks number-one single
June 6, 1998 – July 25, 1998
"Friend of Mine" by Kelly Price
Certifications and salesEdit
|New Zealand (RMNZ)||Platinum||10,000*|
|Norway (IFPI Norway)||Gold||5,000*|
|Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)||Gold||25,000^|
|United Kingdom (BPI)||Platinum||625,000|
|United States (RIAA)||2× Platinum||2,591,000|
*sales figures based on certification alone
|Billboard||United States||1,001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die, and 10,001 You Must Download||2010||-|
|Bruce Pollock - The 7,500 Most Important Songs of 1944-2000||2005||-|
|Michaelangelo Matos - Top 100 Singles of the 1990s||2001|
|(*) designates lists that are unordered.|
|United States||May 5, 1998||Radio|
|United States||May 19, 1998||CD single|
Cover versions and remixesEdit
- In 1998, UK garage group Architechs remixed "The Boy Is Mine", and released it as a white label bootleg which eventually sold 20,000 copies. This remix became highly popular due to incessant airplay on pirate radio.
- In 2001, Brandy and Monica's vocals were merged with Modjo's 2000 dance hit single "Lady (Hear Me Tonight)" by British DJs Stuntmasterz. Starting as an underground hit, "The Ladyboy Is Mine" was later commercially released to become a moderate hit across Europe, reaching the top ten in the United Kingdom, Belgium and the top forty in France and Switzerland. The commercial release didn't include the vocal sample from Modjo's "Lady" as Warner Brothers label East West were unable to clear it. Instead the release used the same sample from Chic's "Soup for one" and created an alternate version that only featured Brandy and Monica.
- A remixed version of the song by pop singers Tynisha Keli, an American working in Japan, and Beni, a Japanese singer, was released in 2009.
- In 2015, the French girl band When We Were Young released a version in their language featuring the French rapper Dry.
- The same year, "The Boy Is Mine" was sampled on "The Girl Is Mine" by British music duo 99 Souls.
- In 2016, the song was covered by producer J2 and featured StarGzrLily and Anjolee The Free. It was used in the trailers for the 2016 US film When the Bough Breaks, starring Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall.
|US Billboard Hot 100||76|
|UK Singles Chart||62|
|Irish Singles Chart||46|
|Canadian Hot 100||60|
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