June 12, 1998 |
There's no doubt that "Never Say Never," Brandy's sophomore album, is a hit. The first single "The Boy Is Mine," a duet with fellow teen songstress Monica, is catchy, platinum and unavoidable if you have a radio. The CD's main producer, Rodney Jerkins (who's worked with Mary J. Blige and Aaliyah), has helped Brandy make the transition from bubblegum teen star to budding diva without aging her beyond her youthful fan base. And that's a good thing. "Top of the World," the next single, featuring Brandy pal Mase, looks to be the next hit. It's a funky take on fame that combines Brandy's sultry vocals with Mase's trademark flow.
June 21, 1999 |
After about 20 minutes of high-energy medley-like treatment of her early-career hits, Brandy finally got a chance to say hi to her E-Centre audience Friday night. You could hardly understand what she was saying, she was so giddy and giggly. It was amazing just how goofy this multimedia pop star is. And that's what is most endearing about 20-year-old Brandy. She's not particularly sexy. She's not nasty, profane or hard. She's Everygirl, at least the filthy rich, NBA-player-dating version.
May 23, 1996 |
Reach deep into your hearts and find, if you can, some sympathy for the senior class of Lower Merion High. OK, they're not homeless. And no, they're not hungry. And yes, they attend one of the area's most prestigious high schools, in a neighborhood of stately stone mansions and precision-clipped lawns. But these poor benighted souls went through high school with one Kobe Bryant, high school basketball star turned Adidas shill and NBA shoo-in. And Kobe, who is regarded by all as a decent, kind, personable, down-to-earth guy, has invited pop starlet Brandy, one-named singing sensation and star of the UPN sitcom Moesha, to the school's Saturday night prom.
April 1, 1996 |
Hey, what's with this good-natured, humble routine? Brandy appears to be sorely lacking in Hollywood attitude. The 17-year-old pop singer and star of the sitcom "Moesha" talks about herself in the April 6 issue of TV Guide, and seems sunnily unspoiled for someone who's sold 3 million albums. "I'm nice to everybody," she shrugs. "I'm like, 'Hi, my name is Brandy!' And I'll give people a hug. "I'll go up to people and say things like, 'I like your hair.' Stuff like that.
June 18, 1999 |
The whirlwind known as Brandy is on the phone from her home in L.A., talking about her just-completed Japanese tour and the U.S. one that begins tonight in Camden. It's a bit more ambitious than previous performances - not only is she singing, but she's one of eight dancers whose every move is carefully choreographed. Do the demands of such a technical production daunt the star of TV's Moesha, who has sideline careers as a singer and movie mogul? Nah. "I've always moved around a lot when I sing," says the 20-year-old singer and songwriter, whose latest album, Never Say Never (Atlantic)
November 15, 1999 |
QUOTE "If I gave it away, who would I be? I wouldn't be the person she called 'my rock,' would I?" - Paul Burrell, former butler to Princess Diana, on being pestered for the juicy details, in the New York Times You may have heard the buzz about "Moesha" star Brandy leaving the set of her show in a hurry last week. Here's the official explanation: She was feeling a little dry. The actress/pop star was being treated for "dehydration" over the weekend at a Southern California hospital, according to a statement from the series' spokesman.
September 18, 1998 |
Brandy and Monica enemies? It's not that way at all, managers for the teen divas say in a joint statement prompted by reports that the mononamed singers got into a backstage knock-down-drag-out at last week's MTV Video Awards show. They note that "over the last three years" the two have been depicted by some "as adversaries," and that there have been attempts to use the media to "pit these two talented young artists against each other. " Without ever addressing eyewitness accounts of fisticuffs, the statement says the women "spent substantial time together" at the MTV show.
November 19, 1999 |
QUOTE "I have all the same problems teen-agers do with skin, parents, career, dating - or not dating, as the case may be. " - Actress and author Carrie Fisher, 43, who'll take up an advice column for teen-agers next month at www.DEN.net We've consulted the experts for a diagnosis on "Moesha" star Brandy. And the National Enquirer says: It was diet pills, not just "dehydration," that landed the performer in a hospital last week. Flacks for the UPN series had said a bout with dehydration caused Brandy to abruptly leave the set of the sitcom, which is now on hiatus until the end of the month.
January 17, 1995 |
At a time when sex definitely sells, and every tenderoni in the business is singing about knockin' somebody's boots, Brandy ain't tryin' to be the Queen of Ghetto Love (as one magazine recently crowned Mary J Blige). In fact, she's probably more like president of the student council, or the girl who sits next to you in AP algebra. Granted, the almost-16-year-old - her birthday is Feb. 11 - has a lot of show biz under her belt. She's already co-starred in a network sitcom (daughter Denesha on ABC's now-defunct "Thea")
April 3, 1997 |
It's not so bad being the brother of a star. You get to go to concerts, hang out on TV show sets, travel first class and meet lots of cool people. If you're Ray J. Norwood, you get an added benefit - people in the industry find out you have talent, too. While sister Brandy, now 18, may have blown up first - with hit records and "Moesha," her own UPN TV show - Ray J. is poised to be the next Norwood to find success in both music and film. Already an actor, Ray J. has appeared with Jack Nicholson in "Mars Attacks," with Phylicia Rashad in "Once Upon a Time When We Were Colored" and with Shaquille O'Neal in the upcoming "Steel.