Monica: New album shows maturity
Monica has said her new album is a reflection of her moving on from her past troubles.
On her new record, Still Standing, the RnB singer proclaims how, on the verge of 30, she's fully matured.
Monica said: "I experienced a lot of different hardships. The suicide of my first love, the death of my grandmother, the loss of a lot of different things that happened in the public eye that I didn't get a chance to step away and grieve and live like your average person would."
She went on: "When I say I'm not who I used to be, I mean that some of the things that's happened in my life, they were just consequences to my own actions, me not making great decisions, me not picking the right people to be around and keep in my company."
Still Standing, her fifth album, debuted at No 2 on the US Billboard Top 200 albums chart last month, selling 184,000 units its first week, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"I was surprised to see those numbers. I had no clue," she said.
Monica also admitted she regretted trying out a new sound on her last record, 2006's The Makings Of Me, which has sold only 325,000 units since its release. In its third week out, Still Standing has sold more than 303,000 albums.
"What's relevant to other people doesn't always work for me because (on the) last album I tried something a little different and I should not have," Monica said. "I have to stay in tune with my audience and with my genuine feelings as an artist," she added.