"I always wanted to have that 'Waiting to Exhale' moment," veteran R&B songstress Monica says. Specifically, she's referring to the giddy experience of blowing up a car on the set of the video for her current single, "It All Belongs to Me." The Rico Love-produced song -- a delicately sneering duet with longtime contemporary Brandy, which finds the pair uniting to kick out a philandering man -- would've been right at home playing during the credits of the 1995 romantic film.
The event track is a reunion for the former rivals, who earned record-breaking global acclaim in 1998 with their Grammy Award-winning No. 1 collaboration, "The Boy Is Mine." But despite the jilted-lover's revenge fantasy, Monica insists that her latest album, "New Life," is fueled by a less high-drama inspiration.
"Love happened," Monica says of "New Life's" optimistic theme, a reference to her recent marriage to NBA player Shannon Brown. "I was comfortable with spending time by myself and just enjoying my two sons. I assumed it would be that way for a long time. But I pretty much allowed God's will to be done and not try to control everything for a change. And that's when I met my husband. This album represents some of the best things that have happened to me in my life."