Brandy Norwood was one of the biggest 90s teenage sensations. Her work throughout her career as an artist has paid off. She becomes the first 90s artist to score 1.5 Billion streams. In 1995, the Grammy Award Winning singer released her self-titled, debut album, at 15 years-old. The album’s lead single, “I Wanna Be Down” peaked at number 6 on the Hot 100 charts. Although sales got off to a slow start, the album became a massive success, reaching quadruple platinum status. Brandy’s hit sitcom, Moesha, played a major role in the success of her music career as well.
In the 90s, physical CD’s, walk-mans and portable radios were extremely prevalent. It was the only option for listening to new music. Very few 90s artists have been able to release music during the streaming age. Some barely make music anymore, or lack relevancy for the general public to have any concern. Their audience has grown with them. Therefore, they have difficulty accumulating streams. Going from one generation to the next, makes many feel uncomfortable with the change.
Norwood’s last release came in 2012. The album’s sole feature tagged Chris Brown, who wrote some tracks on it as well. Breezy knows a thing or two about streaming his work. Heartbreak on a Full Moon accumulated well over one billion streams.
The “Boy is Mine” artist has an attractive catalog and resume that resembles why she was able to accomplish this feat. She has sold over forty million records sold worldwide and ten and half million in album sales. In addition, she has earned one Grammy Award, an American Music Awards and seven Billboard Awards. There are not many artists from her era, whose names pop up. Brandy was the young artists to be nominated for Best New Artist, so her longevity stemmed from young stardom. Hopefully, we get to see more 90s artists accomplish this feat as well. Congrats Brandy.