Brandy (US R&B singer)

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Legal name: Brandy Rayonda Norwood

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Brandy Rayana Norwood (born February 11, 1979), known professionally by her mononym 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 wildly 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 30 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, an American Music Award, and seven Billboard Music Awards. She has become known for her distinctive sound, characterized by her peculiar timbre, voice-layering, and intricate riffs, which has earned her the nickname 'The Vocal Bible' from industry peers and critics.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2004 DJ Only DJO 64 Various Artists 1
2004 Las Cien de la 100 (2004) Various Artists 1
2004 Hip Hop Love Various Artists 1
2004 The Best of R&B: Summer Selection Various Artists 1
2004 Pure Bling Various Artists 1
2004 Back to School Various Artists 1
2004 Hits 59 Various Artists 1
2004 Kuschelrock 18 Various Artists 1
2004 Totally Hits 2004, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2004 R&B Love 2 Various Artists 1
2004 Rnb Superclub: Late Night Edition Various Artists 1
2004 The Best of Timbaland & Magoo Timbaland & Magoo 1
2004 The Ultimate All Time Classic Tearjerkers Various Artists 1
2004 Absolute Music 47 Various Artists 3 1
2004 The Ultimate Hit Collection: The Hits Vol. 12 Various Artists 1
2004 Golden Years: The Remixes 1993-2000 DJ Premier 2
2004 Knuffelrock 16 Various Artists 1
2004 Now 07: Powered by Hot 30 Countdown Various Artists 1
2005 R&B Anthems 2005 Various Artists 2
2005 World's Best Mum Various Artists 2
2005 Slow Motion Various Artists 1
2005 Body & Soul: Midnight Seduction Various Artists 1
2006 R&B Clubmix Various Artists 1
2006 Defected DJ° Producer Series, Volume 2: Connected 10 Years of Full Intention Various Artists 1
2006 R&B Divas Various Artists 1
2007 Absolute alla hjärtans dag Various Artists 1
2007 R&B Love Songs 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 R&B Clubmix: The Biggest Tracks and Club Remixes: 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 90’s Groove: From New Jack to HipHop Various Artists 1
2007 R&B Love Collection 2007 Various Artists 1
2007 Magic Decades Various Artists 1
2007 Ultimate Grammy Collection: Contemporary R&B Various Artists 1
2007 Midnight Soul: 'Round Midnight Various Artists 1
2007 R&B Anthems Various Artists 1
2007 R&B Love Classics Various Artists 1
2008 Slow Jamz & Hot Songs Various Artists 1
2008 Black Summer Party: Best Of, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
2008 100 R&B Classics: The Anthems Various Artists 1
2008 Chilled R&B Various Artists 1
2008 Promo Only: Mainstream Radio, September 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Promo Only: Urban Club, October 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Promo Only: Urban Radio, October 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 100 Hits: R&B Various Artists 5 1
2008 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Black Music Hits aller Zeiten Various Artists 1
2008 Promo Only: Mainstream Club, December 2008 Various Artists 1
2008 Promo Only: Urban Radio, January 2009 Various Artists 1
2008 NRJ Music Awards 2009 Various Artists 1
2008 Twice as Nice: The Club Album of the Year Various Artists 1
2008 Midnight Soul: After Midnight Various Artists 1
2008 Midnight Soul: Midnight Seduction Various Artists 1
2009 Promo Only: Mainstream Radio, February 2009 Various Artists 1
2009 NRJ Hit Music Only! 2009 Various Artists 5 2
2009 Absolute Music 60 Various Artists 3 1
2009 Bravo Hits 65 Various Artists 2
2009 Club Sounds: The Ultimate Club Dance Collection, Vol. 49 Various Artists 1
2009 RTL Sommer Hits 2009 Various Artists 1
2009 Absolute Summer Hits 2009 Various Artists 1
2009 Booom 2009 - Summer Hit-Explosion Various Artists 1
2009 100 R&B Classics: Original Anthems Various Artists 1
2009 Bravo Black Hits, Volume 21 Various Artists 1
2009 Atlantic Records: The Time Capsule Various Artists 1
2009 100 Movie Hits Various Artists 1
2009 DJ Triple Exe: The Passion of R&B 3 Various Artists 1
2009 Elokuvien 100 suosituinta Various Artists 2
2009 NRJ 200% Hits Various Artists 1
2009 One Shot 1998 Various Artists 1
2009 R&B Junkies, Volume 12: DJ L-Gee Various Artists 1
2009 With You 90's Romance Various Artists 1
2010 Pure Urban Essentials 2010 Various Artists 1
2010 1960-2010 : 50 ans de hits Various Artists 1
2010 Die ultimative Chart Show: Die erfolgreichsten Pop-Duette aller Zeiten Various Artists 1
2010 100 Chillout Classics: The Ultimate Chillout Collection Various Artists 1
2010 R&B Clubland Various Artists 1
2010 Anthems: R&B Various Artists 4
2010 Chilled R&B: Summer Classics Various Artists 1
2010 Pure Swing Various Artists 1
2010 Essential R&B: 90s Anthems Various Artists 2
2010 David Foster Presents Love, Again David Foster 1
2010 The Very Best of 100 R&B Classics Various Artists 1
2011 100 Tubes 2011 Volume 2 Various Artists 1
2011 Pure… Divas Various Artists 1
2011 Pure… R&B Various Artists 1
2011 Chilled R&B Summer 2011 Various Artists 1
2011 Anthems: R&B II Various Artists 2
2011 100% Hits Nineties & Noughties Party Mix Various Artists 1
2011 100x Women Various Artists 1
2011 Slow Grind Various Artists 1
2012 Promo Only: Hot Video, June 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Absolute Summer Hits 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 Chilled R&B: Smooth Classics Various Artists 1
2012 The Dome: Summer 2012 Various Artists 1
2012 R&B SummerJamz Various Artists 1
2012 Skyrock 2013 : Premier sur le rap Various Artists 1
2012 R&B: The Collection Various Artists 1
2013 The Trevor Nelson Collection Various Artists 1
2013 Pure… Urban Various Artists 1
2013 90s Groove, Volume II Various Artists 1
2013 R&B: 100 Hits Various Artists 1
2013 Chilled R&B: The Platinum Edition Various Artists 2
2013 90 Hits of the… 90s Various Artists 1

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