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For the album by Monica, see The Boy Is Mine (album).
"The Boy Is Mine"
Single by Brandy Duet With Monica
from the album Never Say Never
and The Boy Is Mine
Released May 12, 1998
Format Vinyl single, cassette single, CD single
Recorded October - December 1997 in Los Angeles, California and Atlanta, Georgia
Genre R&B
Length 4:54 (album version)
4:03 (radio version)
Label Atlantic, Arista
Writer(s) Brandy Norwood, LaShawn Daniels, Rodney Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III
Producer Rodney Jerkins, Dallas Austin, Brandy Norwood
Certification 2x platinum (RIAA)
(see certification history)
Brandy singles chronology
"Missing You"
"The Boy Is Mine"
"Top of the World"
Monica singles chronology
"For You I Will"
"The Boy Is Mine"
"The First Night"
Never Say Never track listing
"Angel in Disguise"
"The Boy Is Mine"
"Learn the Hard Way"
The Boy Is Mine track listing
"Street Symphony"
"The Boy Is Mine'"
"Ring da Bell"

"The Boy Is Mine" is a song recorded by American R&B singers Brandy and Monica. The song was written by LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Brandy with co-production by Darkchild and Dallas Austin. It was released as the lead single from both singers' second albums during the second quarter of 1998 (see 1998 in music). The song's lyrics tell a story about two women disputing the love of a man and were inspired by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 1982 duet "The Girl Is Mine."[1]

"The Boy Is Mine" was the first number-one pop record for both artists, both stateside and internationally. Exploiting the media's presumption of a rivalry between the two young singers,[2] the song became one of the most successful records of the year, spending a record-breaking thirteen weeks on top of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100, and it reached the top five on most of the other charts on which it appeared.[2]


Music video

The video, shot in April 1998 and directed by Joseph Kahn, begins with the girls in their apartments, watching television. Brandy watches the The Jerry Springer Show (whose episode title is that of the song) but then Monica accidentally turns Brandy's TV to a romantic movie, in which Monica is watching on her own TV set. Whenever Brandy or Monica turns the channel, the other's TV stays on that channel and they grow sick of it. They then give up and start to sing. The next scene shows Brandy and Monica discussing their problem with their separate groups of friends. The video premiered on Wednesday, April 29, 1998. The "boy" himself (played by Mekhi Phifer, who played Brandy's boyfriend in the movie I Still Know What You Did Last Summer) then appears outside the two girls apartment, where all their friends walk by him as they exit their respective friends place. The girls are in pajamas next, and then each one calls the man over to choose. After Brandy and Monica fight with words, the man comes to the apartment, frustrated over who to choose. The door opens, and only Brandy is shown. Then it swings a little wider and Monica comes. The man gets a startled expression, and the door is slammed in his face. The video was nominated for two 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, for Best R&B Video, and Video of the Year, which both lose for Wyclef Jean's Gone Till November for Best R&B Video and Madonna's Ray of Light for Video of The Year

Awards and recognitions

The song garnered the pair a number of industry awards, including a Grammy for "Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal" and three Billboard Music Awards. It was also nominated for Record of the Year. Billboard listed it 54th on the Billboard: All-Time Hot 100 Top Songs. It is listed as the 62nd on the most successful singles in France ever. [3][4 ] It is also listed among one of the most successful 200 singles in Australia, Netherlands and Belgium in music history. [5]

Chart performance

"The Boy Is Mine" topped the U.S. Hot 100 for thirteen weeks and the Canadian Singles Chart for fifteen weeks, which made it one of the biggest singles of the 1990s, selling over two million copies. The song became the first significant European success for Brandy and Monica and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart at number three on the Swedish Singles Chart. "The Boy Is Mine" also charted at number three on the Australian Singles Chart. In the U.S. it ascended twenty-two positions from number twenty-three to number one the week of June 6, 1998, and became one of the biggest jumps to number one in the history of the Billboard Hot 100.

Track listing

U.S. maxi CD
  1. "The Boy Is Mine" (album version)
  2. "The Boy Is Mine" (club mix)
  3. "The Boy Is Mine" (radio version; with intro)
  4. "The Boy Is Mine" (album instrumental)
  5. "The Boy Is Mine" (acappella)
2-Track CD
  1. "The Boy Is Mine" (album version)
  2. "The Boy Is Mine" (instrumental)
European maxi CD / Australian CD
  1. "The Boy Is Mine" (radio edit without intro) – 4:00
  2. "The Boy Is Mine" (radio edit with intro) – 4:00
  3. "The Boy Is Mine" (LP version) – 4:51
  4. "The Boy Is Mine" (club version) - 7:39


Chart (1998) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[6] 3
Austrian Singles Chart[6] 6
Belgian (Flanders) Singles Chart[6] 4
Belgian (Wallonia) Singles Chart[6] 2
Canadian Singles Chart 1
Dutch Top 40 Singles Chart[6] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 Singles 2
French Singles Chart[6] 2
Irish Singles Chart 2
Italian Singles Chart 10
Japanese Oricon Singles Chart 1
Chart (1998) Peak
German Singles Chart 5
New Zealand Singles Chart[6] 1
Swedish Singles Chart[6] 3
Swiss Singles Chart[6] 3
UK Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Mainstream Top 40 3
U.S. Billboard Rhythmic Top 40 1


Country Certification Date Sales
Austrian certifications[7] Platinum 1998 70,000
French certifications[8] Platinum 1998 200,000
Germany certifications [9] Gold 1998 250,000
Norwegian certifications[10] Gold 1998 5,000
Swiss certifications[11] Gold 1998 25,000
UK certifications[12] Gold 1998 400,000
U.S. certifications[13] 2 x Platinum 1998 2,000,000

Chart procession and succession

Preceded by
"Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls
Canadian Singles Chart number-one single
August 17, 1998
Succeeded by
"Iris" by Goo Goo Dolls
Preceded by
"Ghetto Supastar (That Is What You Are)" by Pras Michel feat. ODB & Mýa
Dutch Top 40 number one single
July 11 - July 18, 1998
Succeeded by
"De Bestemming" by Marco Borsato
Preceded by
"We Don't Know How Lucky We Are" by Fred Dagg
RIANZ number one single
July 12 - July 26, 1998
Succeeded by
"Kung Fu Fighting" by Bus Stop feat. Carl Douglas
Preceded by
"My All" by Mariah Carey
Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 6, 1998- August 29, 1998
Succeeded by
"I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" by Aerosmith
Preceded by
"I Get Lonely" by Janet
Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks number one single
June 6, 1998
Succeeded by
"Friend of Mine" by Kelly Price
Preceded by
"" by
UK R&B Chart number-one single
June 6, 1998
Succeeded by
"" by
Preceded by
"" by
Japanese number-one single
June 6, 1998
Succeeded by
"" by

Cover Version

  • English girl group, Loveshy redid The Boy Is Mine, giving it more of a techno mix to it in mid-2008 for their unfinished album.
  • (2009) Tynisha Keli and Beni Arashiro covered the song for a single and video.


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Simple English

The Boy Is Mine is an R&B song by singers Brandy and Monica. It was written by LaShawn Daniels, Fred Jerkins III, Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins and Brandy Norwood for Norwood's second studio album Never Say Never (1998) but eventually released as the lead single off of both singers' second albums during the second quarter of 1998 (see 1998 in music). Co-produced by Darkchild, Brandy and Dallas Austin, "The Boy Is Mine" has become one of the most successful R&B singles of all time. The song's lyrics tell a story about two women disputing the love of a man and were inspired by Paul McCartney and Michael Jackson's 1982 duet "The Girl Is Mine."


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