Brandy (US R&B singer)

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Legal name: Brandy Rayonda Norwood


Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), better known mononymously as Brandy, is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Born into a musical family in McComb, Mississippi and raised in Carson, California, she began her career as a child and performed as a backing vocalist for teen groups. In 1993, Norwood signed with Atlantic Records. The following year, she released her self-titled debut album, which was certified quadruple Platinum in the US, selling six million copies worldwide. Norwood starred in the UPN sitcom Moesha as the title character, which lasted six seasons and resulted in numerous other roles. She resumed her music career in 1998 with the widely successful duet with fellow R&B contemporary Monica, "The Boy Is Mine", which went on to become the best selling female duet of all time, and one of the longest running number one singles in history. Her second album, Never Say Never sold 16 million copies worldwide, featured two number one singles, and earned Norwood her first Grammy Award. This launched her into international stardom, with films, endorsements, sold out concert tours, and her own line of Barbie dolls.

Throughout the 2000s, Norwood held a precarious position in the pop industry. In 2002, she starred in the reality series Brandy: Special Delivery, documenting the birth of her daughter. Her third and fourth albums, Full Moon (2002) and Afrodisiac (2004), were released to critical and commercial success. She served as a judge on the first season of America's Got Talent before being involved in a widely publicized car accident in 2006. After several lawsuits stemming from the accident, Norwood's fifth album Human (2008) was released to commercial failure.

In the 2010s, Norwood received a critical and commercial resurgence. In 2010, she returned to television as a contestant on the eleventh season of Dancing with the Stars and starred in the reality series Brandy & Ray J: A Family Business. In 2012 she became a series regular in the BET series The Game, and released her sixth album Two Eleven to critical praise. In April 2015, Norwood made her Broadway debut in the musical Chicago. She starred in and executive produced a new sitcom Zoe Ever After on the BET network in January 2016.

Throughout her career, she has sold over 40 million records worldwide, making her one of the best selling female artists of all time. The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) lists Norwood as one of the top selling artists in the United States, with 10.5 million certified albums. Her work has earned her numerous awards and accolades, including a Grammy Award, one American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname 'The Vocal Bible' from industry peers and critics.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Brandy Brandy 5 3
1998 Never Say Never Brandy 4 1
2002 Full Moon Brandy 4 4
2004 Afrodisiac Brandy 5 4
2008 Human Brandy 5 3
2012 Two Eleven Brandy 5 2
2015 The Girl Is Mine 99 Souls feat. Destiny’s Child & Brandy 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2005 The Best of Brandy Brandy 2

Album + Remix

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 Who Is She 2 U Brandy 1


Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 I Wanna Be Down Brandy 5 1
1994 Baby Brandy 5 2
1995 Best Friend Brandy 5 1
1995 Sittin' Up in My Room Brandy 5 1
1995 Brokenhearted Brandy 5 2
1996 Missing You Brandy, Tamia, Gladys Knight & Chaka Khan 5 2
1998 The Boy Is Mine Brandy & Monica 5 6
1998 U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) Brandy 5 1
1998 Top of the World Brandy 5 2
1998 Have You Ever Brandy 5 1
1999 Almost Doesn't Count Brandy 5 2
2001 Another Day in Paradise Brandy & Ray J 5 2
2002 What About Us? Brandy 5 2
2002 Full Moon Brandy 5 6
2004 Talk About Our Love Brandy 5 2
2008 Right Here (Departed) Brandy 1
2012 Put It Down Brandy feat. Chris Brown 5 1
2012 Wildest Dreams Brandy 5 1

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