Ask Billboard: Olympics, Monica, Smokey Robinson
Monica Tony Duran


Hi Gary,

I enjoy reading your section of I've got a couple of questions.

Monica rises 19-15 this week on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart with her new song, "Everything to Me." How many top 10s has she scored on the chart? And, if the song reaches No. 1, will she be the first artist to enjoy No. 1 songs on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in the '90s, '00s, and '10s?


Gabriel Lorenzo
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks. Monica has earned 10 top 10s to date on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs:

Peak, Title, Year
No. 1 (two weeks), "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)," 1995
No. 1 (two weeks), "Before You Walk Out of My Life/Like This and Like That," 1996
No. 3, "Why I Love You So Much/Ain't Nobody," 1996
No. 2, "For You I Will," 1997
No. 1 (eight weeks), "The Boy Is Mine" (Brandy & Monica), 1998
No. 1 (six weeks), "The First Night," 1998
No. 2, "Angel of Mine," 1999
No. 1 (five weeks), "So Gone," 2003
No. 6, "U Should've Known Better," 2004
No. 5, "Trust" (Keyshia Cole Duet with Monica), 2009

Since the '10s are only two months old, just two titles have led R&B/Hip-Hop Songs since January: Trey Songz's "I Invented Sex," featuring Drake, and Melanie Fiona's "It Kills Me." So, should "Everything to Me" reach No. 1, Monica would top the chart in a third decade.

The singer born Monica Arnold, now 29, releases "Standing Still" March 23. Her first four entries on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums all reached the top 10: "Miss Thang" (No. 7, 1996), "The Boy Is Mine" (No. 2, 1998), "After the Storm" (No. 2, 2003) and "The Makings of Me" (No. 1, 2006).

Read Billboard's recent exclusive interview with Monica here.


Hi Gary,

Here is a trivia note for you. It would seem highly unlikely to find two members of a group (other than twins, of course) to be born on the same day in the same year.

However, today (Feb. 19), two members of the Miracles, former lead singer Smokey Robinson and fellow band mate Bobby Rogers, each turn 70.

(Two members of the Monkees share a birthday, but three years apart. Mike Nesmith (1942) and Davy Jones (1945) were both born Dec. 30).

Best always,

Larry Cohen
Trumbull, Connecticut

Hi Larry,

Thanks for acknowledging the birthdays of artists responsible for some of the biggest hits of the '60s, including the legendary Robinson.

Happy birthday wishes today, as well, to another venerable pop artist who continues to grace Billboard charts.

Chynna Phillips turns 42 today. The singer scored three No. 1s on the Hot 100 in 1990-91 with Wilson Phillips and has recently charted on Christian Songs as half of the duo Chynna & Vaughan.