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Monica dishes on her #1 record, new label imprint and split from Shannon Brown


MonDeenise Records

Monica‘s storied career is a testament to how she’s stayed true to her roots.

This week, the vocal powerhouse’s latest effort, “Commitment,” continues to reign atop Billboard‘s Adult R&B Songs chart, marking her first number-one entry on the chart in nearly a decade. And if you ask Monica, the impressive feat holds just as much meaning to her now as did her 1995 debut on the tally, when she was a 14-year-old newcomer.

“When you accomplish certain things you start realizing that there’s a power that lies within you, that sometimes we don’t always tap fully into,” the veteran singer tells ABC Radio. “And, after you’ve tapped into it, it’s just a level of gratefulness that I can’t fully describe.” 

“Commitment” is also Monica’s first hit to be released independently via her newly-established label, MonDeenise Records, a venture she says was wholly inspired by wanting to “lead by example” for her children. 

In the midst of her career highs, however, Monica’s also had to deal with a private matter rather publicly: ending her nearly decade-long marriage to Shannon Brown. While the singer’s remained relatively mum on her divorce, she says it’s all about perspective when it comes to the “difficult” situation. 

“I look at it like new beginnings, and my goal is to always respect him and uplift him so that my children can do the same,” she candidly explained. “You know, nine years is not something that you walk away from just being nasty.”

“What you see may not always be what you want to be experiencing but how you view it can change how you handle it,” she added.

This fall, Monica is expected to release her highly-anticipated album, Chapter 38.

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