The First Night

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"The First Night"
Single by Monica
from the album The Boy Is Mine
B-side "Cross the Room"
Released July 7, 1998
Format CD single, 12", cassette single
Recorded 1998
Genre R&B, hip hop soul
Length 3:55
Label Arista
Writer(s) Jermaine Dupri, Pam Sawyer, Marilyn McLeod, Tamara Savage
Producer(s) Jermaine Dupri
Certification Platinum (RIAA)
Monica singles chronology
"The Boy Is Mine"
(1998)
"The First Night"
(1998)
"Angel of Mine"
(1999)

"The First Night" is a song recorded by American singer Monica for her second studio album, The Boy Is Mine (1998). It was written by Tamara Savage and Jermaine Dupri, featuring production and additional vocals from the latter. Built around a sample of Diana Ross's 1976 recording "Love Hangover," penned by Marilyn McLeod and Pam Sawyer, who share co-writing credits on the song.

Following the major commercial chart success of previous single "The Boy Is Mine," a duet with fellow R&B singer Brandy, "The First Night" song was released on July 7, 1998 as the album's second single by Arista Records. Upon its commercial release, it emerged as one of Monica's biggest successes in years, topping both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the component Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, becoming her first chart solo topper. A remix version with producer Dupri, and rapper Da Brat appeared as a bonus track on Monica's 1998 CD single, "Angel of Mine".

Background and development[edit]

"The First Night" was written by Tamara Savage and record producer Jermaine Dupri, while production was handled by the latter.[1] In the mid-1990s, Savage, a USC alumni and musical performer, signed a development deal with EMI while she was still in college.[2] In 1997, her mentor, Big Jon Platt, then Senior Vice President of Creative at EMI Music Publishing, started setting up collaborations between her and EMI writers such as Soulshock & Karlin and Jermaine Dupri.[2] EMI flew Savage to Atlanta to co-write a song with Dupri for the South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut soundtrack, which was expected to be recorded by singer Janet Jackson.[2] But when Savage began working with Dupri, they decided to focus first on writing a song for Monica, which resulted into "The First Night".[2]

Chart performance[edit]

"The First Night" was one of Monica's biggest worldwide hits, reaching number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks charts, spending six weeks at number-one on the chart. It, however, became Monica's sixth domestic top 10 hit of her career (following Top 10 singles "Don't Take It Personal (Just One of Dem Days)", "Before You Walk Out of My Life", "For You I Will") and her second number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 since "The Boy Is Mine" in early 1998. "The First Night" stayed in the top forty for twenty weeks and was ranked eighteen on the Hot 100 1998 year-end charts.

The song also spent six consecutive weeks at number one on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart. It was ranked on the top ten of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles 1998 year-end charts. The song also spent one week on top of the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The song also peaked within the top ten in Canada and United Kingdom, the top 20 in New Zealand, and the top 30 in Australia and Ireland.

Music video[edit]

In the music video, directed by Joseph Kahn, Monica is seen dancing in a tight, white top and long khaki pants with a crowd of dancers. Throughout the video, there are cuts of Monica standing up in a white dress & sitting down on a long couch holding opera glasses. Other cuts show boys on the couch then girls on the couch & Monica on the couch with her lover. The instrumental break features breakdancing then cuts back to the dance with the crowd. The video ends with Monica rejecting her lover's kiss while they are seated on the couch.

Formats and tracklistings[edit]

Charts[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Boy Is Mine (Media notes). Monica. Arista Records. 1998. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vendargon, Alain. "Tamara Savage Co-Writes Top Hits For Monica, Whitney Houston And Shanice". Songwriteruniverse.com. Retrieved May 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Monica – The First Night". ARIA Top 50 Singles. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  4. ^ "Monica Album & Song Chart History" Canadian Hot 100 for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  5. ^ "Lescharts.com – Monica – The First Night" (in French). Les classement single. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  6. ^ "Chartverfulgong > Monica > The First Night – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  7. ^ "Chart Track: Week 28, 1998". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  8. ^ "Nederlandse Top 40 – Monica search results" (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  9. ^ "Charts.org.nz – Monica – The First Night". Top 40 Singles. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  10. ^ "Monica: Artist Chart History" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  11. ^ "Monica Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot 100 for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  12. ^ "Monica Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  13. ^ "Monica Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Monica. Retrieved 2011-05-23.
  14. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1998". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  15. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally 1990s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the 1990s & Hot 100 Singles of the 1990s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 

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