March 5, 2002 - The Worldwide release of Brandy's highly anticipated 3rd album, FULL MOON.|
February 11, 2002|
Brandy scores her 7th Top 10 Pop hit (#10, Billboard Hot 100) and her 9th Top 10 R&B single as "WHAT ABOUT US?" hits #3 on Billboards Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart.|
"WHAT ABOUT US?" moves to the #10 position after only 5 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. With a US audience of over 65 million, and hundreds of radio adds, "WHAT ABOUT US?" is solidified as one of the fastest rising singles in recent chart history.
|January 26, 2002|
"WHAT ABOUT US?" debuts at #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 - the highest Hot 100 debut in 5 months - a week before radio impact date.|
|January 2, 2002|
"WHAT ABOUT US?" Brandy's first single scores an outstanding response from online music fans through AOL: 'First Listen'. The exclusive global premiere of her groundbreaking new single was streamed a staggering 750,000 times in one day. The song was ultimately heard 1.15 million times in only a week, setting a record breaking new precedent in online music.|
In March, "ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE", a duet with her brother, Ray J became an international smash hit. The cover-tribute to Phil Collins debuted at #1 in Germany, and #5 in the UK, taking the World Charts by storm and hitting top 10 in Belgium, Australia, Japan, Ireland, France, Austria, UK, the Netherlands, Canada, Germany and the Eurochart.|
"HAVE YOU EVER?," the third single from her internationally acclaimed sophomore album NEVER S-A-Y NEVER was the first #1 single of 1999, spending 3 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. The RIAA certified Gold single spent 9 consecutive weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart and a total of 12 weeks at #1 on that chart. In addition to this, "HAVE YOU EVER?" reached the #2 spot on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks.|
"THE BOY IS MINE" - The first single from NEVER S-A-Y NEVER, instantly catapulted to #1 on the World Charts, becoming an international hit of blockbuster proportions. "THE BOY IS MINE" hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained in that position for an unprecedented 13 week run, eclipsing a record once held by Roberta Flack as the longest running and biggest selling #1 hit single in Atlantic Records history. "THE BOY IS MINE" also topped the Hot 100 Singles Sales chart for 9 weeks, the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Tracks chart for 8 weeks, the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales chart for 7 weeks, the R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Airplay chart for 5 weeks, and the Maxi-Singles Sales chart for 21 astounding weeks. Brandy and her duet partner Monica, hold the distinction of having the all time #1 female duet ever as "THE BOY IS MINE" is RIAA certified 2x platinum in the US, IFPI certified platinum in Europe, and has sold in excess of 3 million copies elsewhere in the world.|
"TOP OF THE WORLD" featuring Ma$e, was another transatlantic hit, debuting at #2 on UK charts in October 1998. The remix version of "TOP OF THE WORLD" which features the late Big Pun & Fat Joe has become a club classic.
NEVER S-A-Y NEVER, released June 9, 1998, eclipsed the success of her self-titled debut album and was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA for U.S. Sales over 5 million copies. As of 1998, NEVER S-A-Y NEVER was certified 4x platinum in Canada; 2x platinum in Japan; platinum in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa; and gold in the U.K., Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Denmark, Holland, the Philippines, Indonesia, Korea, and Malaysia. According to Warner Music, the album has sold over 9 million copies worldwide.
"SITTIN' UP IN MY ROOM," Brandy's contribution to the all-star Waiting To Exhale Original Soundtrack album is RIAA certified platinum in the U.S. for sales over 1 million copies. The Babyface penned & produced track hit #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Sales chart, and #2 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. Brandy conquered monster-hits by Whitney Houston, U2, and Seal to win the MTV Movie Award for "Best Song" in 1996 and garnered 2 Grammy nominations.|
After the success of her auspicious self-titled debut disc, Brandy occupied herself with a series of high-profile compilations and lauded soundtrack appearances beginning with the Q's Jook Joint LP and an illustrious inclusion in Atlantic Records: 50 Years - Golden Anniversary Collection disc.|
At the request of renowned music maestro Quincy Jones, Brandy certified her involvement in the 40-year retrospective renewal of his blues material. A cover of the Michael Jackson classic - "ROCK WITH YOU", and an ensemble performance of 1979's "STUFF LIKE THAT," where Brandy duets with Soul queen Chaka Kahn in the company of such greats as Charlie Wilson, Ray Charles, Ashford & Simpson, and Kirk Whalum, featured the then 16-year old songstress jamming with legendary soul pioneers. The Grammy winning Q's Jook Joint compilation is RIAA certified platinum for U. S. sales over 1 million copies.
Next, a resilient Lenny Kravitz collaboration on "WHERE ARE YOU NOW?" for Batman Forever, the multi-platinum motion picture soundtrack proved to be a most noteworthy artistic pairing. In the same year, another Chaka Kahn teaming (this time including Gladys Knight and Tamia) spawned the Grammy nominated Top 10 R&B staple "MISSIN' YOU" from the multi-platinum soundtrack to the film Set It Off. "MISSIN' YOU" received a Grammy nomination in the Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals category.
In 1994, former A&R executive Darryl Williams signed Brandy to Atlantic Records, and her debut album, BRANDY, released on September 27, 1994 spawned the runaway success of such singles as "I WANNA BE DOWN", "BABY", "BEST FRIEND", and "BROKENHEARTED." The album presented Brandy in a versatile setting of rhythmic hip-hop grooves, soulful ballads, gospel-tinged dedications, and up-tempo dance tracks. By 1995, BRANDY was RIAA certified 4x platinum.|
The first in a string of six consecutive Top 10 singles was "I Wanna Be Down." This song quickly became an anthem and pioneered one of the first all female all-star remixes with Queen Latifah, YoYo, & MC Lyte. "BABY" soon followed - jumping #118 to #1 with SoundScan singles, #17 to #1 on Billboard Hot R&B Singles, and #60 to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100. The success of these two singles made Brandy the youngest artist in history ever to have two consecutive #1's.
"BEST FRIEND," originally intended as a duet with her brother, Ray J was later dedicated to him, and the soul-stirring "BROKENHEARTED" was reborn through a duet with Wanya Morris of Boyz II Men.
Brandy & Diana Ross portrayed mother and daughter in ABC'S DOUBLE PLATINUM featuring the duet, "LOVE IS ALL THAT MATTERS." The May sweeps television event placed 3rd in the Nielsen ratings.|
Brandy put on the glass slipper in 1997, to play CINDERELLA in ABC Disney's landmark re-telling of the classic fairytale, "RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN'S CINDERELLA" featuring Whitney Houston as The Fairy Godmother, Jason Alexander, Bernadette Peters as The Wicked Stepmother, and Whoopi Goldberg as The Queen. "The Wonderful World of Disney" production (budgeted at more than $12 million) of the musical, which originally aired on November 2, 1997, attracted a U.S. audience of more than 66 million viewers. CINDERELLA became the highest-rated TV musical in a generation, and a hit with critics and audiences alike that went on to score nine Emmy nominations. An encore broadcast on Valentine's Night 1998 drew another 15,000,000 viewers and the Disney Home Video version, also released that year, shattered previous records to become the best-selling video of a TV movie ever released, amassing initial sales of over 2 million units. CINDERELLA remained on the Billboard Video Sales Charts for seven consecutive weeks, and was one of VideoScan's top 3 selling titles in its first month of sale. CINDERELLA was nominated in 9 categories for the 50th Annual Emmy Awards in 1998.|
For 6 seasons, Brandy starred as MOESHA in the acclaimed UPN television sitcom. MOESHA quickly became the number-one program with multiple demographics with Brandy in the title role.|
The show was twice, honored by the "SHINE" (Sexual Health In Entertainment) Awards as Best Comedy and Great Episode for Young Adults for the 'Birth Control Episode' and also won the 1996 Parents' Choice Silver Honor Award. Finally, the series was saluted by the Museum of Television & Radio during the 16th Annual William S. Paley Television Festival.
Brandy received a nomination for the coveted Youth In Film Award in 1993, for her role as Danesha in the short-lived ABC television sitcom, THEA.|
Brandy made her feature film debut alongside Jennifer Love Hewwitt, Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Mekhi Phifer in I STILL KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER. The slasher sequel amassed a worldwide box office gross total of $82.1 million.|
In the summer of 1999, Brandy headlined the NEVER S-A-Y NEVER WORLD TOUR, her first global concert expedition in support of one album. Headlining shows in France, Germany, Holland, the UK, and Japan, Brandy performed to packed houses in some of the most fabled arena's, theatre's, and amphitheatres including The Zenith, The Ahoy, The Sony/Blockbuster E-Centre, and Royal Albert Hall.|
Brandy embarked on the 2nd top-grossing tour of 1995, The BOYZ II MEN NORTH AMERICAN TOUR. The shows earned $43.2 million, knocking out 134 shows throughout the U.S. and Canada.|
Represented by New York's prestigious WILHELMINA MODELING AGENCY, Brandy is one of the most commercially successful Black women ever, having secured major endorsement deals, graced countless magazine covers, and appearing in global fashion & beauty campaigns. Brandy is one of the first and few Black female's to possess a major cosmetics contract that crosses several multi-million dollar campaigns with a leading company in the field. One might even call her a Supermodel.|
2002 marks her 4th year as one of the "easy - breezy - beautiful" faces behind the COVERGIRL cosmetics empire.|
Brandy inked an exclusive DKNY JEANS print campaign with Donna Karan Companies for the launch their all-new DKNY JEANS JUNIORS spring 2000 collection.|
1,300 members of the Fashion & Beauty Industry came together in June 2001 to give Brandy the NEW FACE OF BEAUTY Award.|
"Beauty is from the inside. There are a lot of 'beautiful' people who are not so beautiful because they're not nice. And there are a lot of really beautiful people who go unrecognized," she said.
Cosmetic-industry executives, fashion designers, photographers, editors and modeling agency heads came together with The Cosmetic Executive Women group to hold the ceremony in New York City in June 2001.
The MATTEL-BRANDY DOLL COLLECTION from Mattel(c) continues to produce new fashion dolls for sale, while limited edition and charity models are quickly becoming collector's items.|
Brandy earned $5 million dollars to endorse a new line of footwear for the 1998 CANDIE'S CAMPAIGN photographed by David LaChapelle.
Brandy is an avid supporter of her own organization, The Norwood Kids foundation as well as an International UNICEF Spokesperson. However, these aren't the only institutions aided through her time & resources. The following is a list of causes that have benefited from Brandy's humanitarian spirit over the years.|
The NKF, founded in 1996, is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of youth through its program communities: The Performing Arts Community, The NK Digital Community, The NK Academic Community and The NK Explore Community. Each program community is designed to provide safe and transformational havens for participants by offering them structured, supervised and productive alternatives during the hours that they are most vulnerable to juvenile delinquency, crime and teen pregnancy. As the organization strives to promote professional, civic, creative and social development amongst participants, it continues to serve as a catalyst for ongoing exposure to various aspects of the arts as well as a source of inspiration for our youngest and most valuable generation.
July 28, 1999 Brandy is named the first INTERNATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR YOUTH by the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. As the INTERNATIONAL SPOKESPERSON FOR YOUTH, Brandy speaks out to help improve the lives of future generations of children living in the developing world. Her leadership role has influenced future generations of adults to commit themselves to volunteerism and improve conditions for children across the globe. Her first function, to help increase awareness for the Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF campaign, raised over $3million dollars.|
As Brandy's role grows with the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, she will follow in the tradition of UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, Audrey Hepburn, and visit UNICEF projects abroad to see and experience firsthand the children who are being served by UNICEF.
In 2000, Brandy donated $100,000 to 2000 WATTS, an entertainment community center founded by singer Tyrese Gibson in the underprivileged community of Watts, California.|
The RAPE & ABUSE INCEST NATIONAL NETWORK has been in existence since 1994. The non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., operates America's only national hotline for victims of sexual assault. Brandy is an active supporter of this network.
Brandy appeared in a national newspaper and television campaign to promote literacy through reading.|
Brandy is a financial contributor to this national nonprofit youth organization dedicated to inspiring young women to be strong, smart, and bold. For over 55 years, Girls, Inc. has provided vital educational programs to millions of American girls, particularly those in high-risk, underserved areas. Today, innovative programs help girls confront subtle societal messages about their value and potential, and prepare them to lead successful, independent, and fulfilling lives.
Brandy has been a supporter of the council since 1995.|
In 1995, Brandy was involved in charitable outreach activities for terminally ill children and teenagers that had been hospitalized.|
Brandy performed a 6-song set as part of an all-star NYC benefit concert to raise funds for AIDS research in 1995. LIFEBEAT.|
|Brandy has garnered over 100 industry awards and accolades in her 7-year career. Here are a few....|
Brandy and Monica's historic duet, "THE BOY IS MINE" won the Grammy Award for "Best R&B Collaboration with Vocals" at the 40th Annual Grammy Awards telecast.
Brandy has been nominated for a Grammy 11 other times including nominations for "Best R&B Album" (41st Annual Grammy Awards), "Record Of The Year" (41st Annual Grammy Awards), "Best R&B Song" (41st Annual Grammy Awards), (39th Annual Grammy Awards), "Best Female R&B Vocal Performance" (42nd Annual Grammy Awards) (39th Annual Grammy Awards) (38th Annual Grammy Awards), "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals" (39th Annual Grammy Awards), and "Best New Artist" (38th Annual Grammy Awards)
American Music Awards
1996 - "Favorite New Artist Soul/R&B"
1996 - "Favorite Female Artist Soul/R&B"
1995 - "Best New Artist, R&B"
1995 - "Best R&B Female"
Billboard listed Brandy among "Top 20 Pop Artists of the 90's" & "Top 15 R&B/Hip Hop Artists of the 90's."
BMI Pop Awards
2000 - "ALMOST DOESN'T COUNT"
2000 - "THE BOY IS MINE" (2nd Award)
1999 - "THE BOY IS MINE"
MTV Video Music Awards
1998 - "THE BOY IS MINE" - 6 MTV Video Music Awards [Nominations]
1999 - "HAVE YOU EVER?" - Best R&B Video [Nomination]
1996 - "I WANNA BE DOWN" Human Rhythm Hip-Hop Remix - Best Rap Video
1996 - "BABY" - Best Dance Video
MTV Movie Awards
1997 - "SITTING UP IN MY ROOM" - Best Song
Soul Train Awards
1995 - "Best New Artist"
1995 -"Best R&B/Soul Artist, Female" - I WANNA BE DOWN
Soul Train 'Lady of Soul' Awards
1996 - "Best R&B/Single, Solo" - I WANNA BE DOWN
1996 - "Best R&B/Soul Song of The Year"- I WANNA BE DOWN
1996 - "Best R&B/Soul New Artist" - BRANDY
1996 - "Best R&B/Soul Album of The Year, Solo" - BRANDY
1996 - Best New Artist of the Year
1997 - The Aretha Franklin "Entertainer of the Year" Award
NAACP Image awards
1997 - "Outstanding New Artist"
1996 - "Outstanding Youth Actress in a Television Series"
BlockBuster Entertainment Awards
1996 - "Favorite Female Artist, R&B"
1996 - "Favorite Female-New Artist"
1999 - "Favorite Actress, Horror"
Billboard Music Video Awards
1995 - "Best New Clip, Rap"- for "I WANNA BE DOWN" Human Rhythm Hip-Hop Remix
1995 - "Best New Clip R&B/Urban" for BABY
Nickelodeon Kids Choice Awards
1995 - "Favorite Singer"
1996 - "Favorite Song" - BABY
|The Los Angeles Chapter of the Recording Arts & Sciences gave Brandy it's highest honor in 2000. THE GOVERNORS AWARD pays tribute to long-standing members of the oldest chapter in the Recording Academy whose creative accomplishments have crossed musical boundaries.|
C.O.R.E., (CONGRESS OF RACIAL EQUALITY)
Brandy was recognized with the Martin Luther King Jr. award for her outstanding achievements as a role model for youth. The 21st Century Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. National Holiday Reception from the Congress of Racial Equality took place in January of 2000.
SEVENTEEN MAGAZINE 'VOLUNTEERISM AWARD'
In 2001, Brandy was bestowed with the MOST NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENT AWARD from the Stellar Gospel Music Awards for her work with The Norwood Kids Foundation.
In 1993, Brandy received "The Darling Award" from THE BROTHERHOOD CRUSADE, a non-profit organization for supporting causes relating to the education and success of American Black Men. Brandy serenaded Arsenio Hall with a rendition of "The Greatest Love Of All," as THE BROTHERHOOD CRUSADE honored him in 1994.