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Still Standing
Studio album by Monica
Released March 23, 2010[1]
(see release history)
Recorded 2008-2010
Atlanta, Georgia[2]
(Carrington House)
(Doppler Studios)
(Zone 4 Studios)[3]

Las Vegas, Nevada
(Studio At the Palms)
Genre R&B, pop, soul
Label J
Producer Monica (exec. producer)
Larry Jackson[4] (co-exec.),
Dallas Austin[3], Johnta Austin, Babyface, Drumma Boy, Bryan-Michael Cox Jermaine Dupri, Missy Elliott[4], J Ferrari, Sean Garrett[3], Los Da Mystro, Jazze Pha, Ne-Yo[4], Polow da Don,Ester Dean, Stargate, Soulshock & Karlin, WyldCard[5][6][7]
Monica chronology
The Makings of Me
Still Standing
Singles from Still Standing
  1. "Everything to Me"
    Released: January 26, 2010

Still Standing is the upcoming sixth studio album by American singer Monica. It will be the third album released under the singer's contract with J Records following the renewal of her joint venture with the label in October 2007.[8] In the run up to the release Monica debuted her reality series Monica: Still Standing on the BET network on October 27, 2009.[9][10]

It is currently scheduled for release on March 22, 2010 in the United Kingdom through Sony Music and March 23 in the U.S. through J Records. It will be preceded by its lead single, "Everything to Me" produced by Missy Elliott.



The singer worked on "hundreds of songs" with producers and songwriters such as Johnta Austin, Babyface, Bryan-Michael Cox, Drumma Boy, Jermaine Dupri, Los Da Mystro, Ne-Yo, Polow da Don,, Ester Dean,Stargate, Soulshock & Karlin, and WyldCard as well as artists Keyshia Cole and Ludacris.[5][7][8][11][12] Her team also was in negoations with R. Kelly to contribute to Still Standing.[11] In an interview with Versus Magazine, Lil Jon moreover stated that he was "about to do some work with Monica."[13] Productionwise, the album is expected to orient on earlier projects: "I am going back to where I started," Monica said in an interview with Concrete Loop in fall 2007.[14] "The next album I would like people to get more songs like "Why I Love You So Much," "Angel of Mine," or the things they really, really love from me [...]."

Originally titled Lessons Learned Monica decided to change the project recently as she felt that Still Standing was more appropriate for the body of work that she and Bryan-Michael Cox pulled off.[8][12] Although the debut episode of the reality television show Monica: The Single on Peachtree TV was filmed to promote the release of the album's leading single, no track has been picked yet, as the label and the singer were not in agreement with the album's title track "Still Standing" becoming the first single.[12][15] As a result, Monica set up additional sessions with longtime contributor Missy Elliott to find new singles.[16] Songs produced by Elliott "Betcha" and "Everything" where originally put forth by Monica to be the lead single from the album but Larry Jackson of J Records stated that the label's plan for the album would not work with those songs. Further studio sessions were set up with Polow da Don, Dallas Austin and Sean Garrett.[3] Whilst at Zone 4 Studios Timbaland had some creative input into the project including voicing his opinion about "Everything" being a good future single choice but did not make any musical contribution to the project.[3]

As part of her reality TV series, Monica revealed that she was planning to record all of her own backing vocals for the album.[17] Several tracks from the album's recording sessions have leaked which sparked a response from Monica on the episode eight of her reality TV show.[18]

i think it's unfair when a song like ["Let Me Know"] leaks. The fans don't get to hear it properly as its not finished. It might not be a true representation of the album if it is not included on the final tracklisting.

As a result of the leak a small internal investigation was launched at J Records to find the source of the leak. In the same episode it was confirmed that the label and artist were in disagreement over the choice for the first single which would either be a ballad or radio-friendly up-tempo number.[18] Monica stated that she wanted to appeal to her exisiting fans whilst the label seemed more concerned with making the project sound up to date.[18]


  • "Still Standing" was released as a buzz single from the album in August 2008. Despite being only an airplay release, it peaked at number 74 on the US R&B/Hip-Hop.

Track listing

The track list was confirmed by Amazon and Allmusic official website.[20]

Track Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Still Standing" (featuring Ludacris) Christopher Bridges, Bryan Michael Cox, Adonis Shropshire Bryan Michael Cox 4:18
2. "One In A Lifetime"     J-Ferrari 4:31
3. "Stay or Go"   Ne-Yo Ne-Yo 3:40
4. "Everything to Me"   Fritz Baskett, Missy Elliott, Cainon Lamb, Clarence McDonald, Jazmine Sullivan, June Williams Missy Elliott 3:17
5. "If You Were My Man"     Missy Elliott, Lamb 3:26
6. "Mirror"     Jim Jonsin 4:17
7. "Here I Am"   Jamal Jones, Faheem Najm Polow da Don 3:43
8. "Superman"       4:32
9. "Love All Over Me"     Jermaine Dupri 3:50
10. "Believing In Me"   Mikkel S. Eriksen, Tor Erik Hermansen, Phillip Taj Jackson and Andre Lindal StarGate, Andre Lindal 4:00

Release history

Country Date Format Label(s) Catalog
United Kingdom[21] March 22, 2010 CD, Digital download RCA 88697403982
United States[22] March 23, 2010 J Records 886974039822
Japan[23] April 7, 2010 Sony Music SICP2506


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  2. ^ Monica: Still Standing, episode 3. BET. november, 14, 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e [ BET. january 06, 2010.
  4. ^ a b c Monica: Still Standing, episode 7. BET. december 10, 2009.
  5. ^ a b "Living The Life: In the studio with Monica. Part 2". Bryan' Journey. Retrieved February 15, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Hit R&B/Pop Artist Monica Stars On Reality TV Special". SingerUniverse Magazine. Retrieved August 23, 2008. 
  7. ^ a b ATLien (February 23, 2009). "One on One with Monica: Album Update + New BET Reality Show". Straight From the A. Retrieved February 27, 2009. 
  8. ^ a b c "Behind the Scenes - Monica: The Single". SandraRose. Retrieved June 25, 2008. 
  9. ^ "Monica Shouts Out Fans & AT&T Appearance". MySpace. Retrieved April 19, 2009. 
  10. ^ Crosley, Hillary (December 15, 2008). "Monica Gets Busy On Sixth Album". Billboard. Retrieved December 17, 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "Monica Speaks On New Album". That Grape Juice. Retrieved April 13, 2008. 
  12. ^ a b c "To my Fans". SayNow. Retrieved August 4, 2008. 
  13. ^ "Q+A with Lil Jon". Versus Magazine. Retrieved April 13, 2008. 
  14. ^ "Mo Back to Ballads". Concrete Loop. Retrieved December 19, 2007. 
  15. ^ "JD signs Monica's fiancé Rocko to Island Urban". SandraRose. Retrieved November 23, 2007. 
  16. ^ "Monica Speaks on Life, Love and Reality shows". Nicole Bitchie. August 8, 2008. Retrieved August 8, 2008. 
  17. ^ Monica: Still Standing, episode 5. BET. november, 25, 2009.
  18. ^ a b c Monica: Still Standing, episode 8. BET. December 16, 2009.
  19. ^ "New Music: Monica – ‘Everything to Me’". 2010-01-08. Retrieved 2010-01-10. 
  20. ^ [1] Amazon.
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