Monica’s Kind Words For Christina, Justin… Backhand At Britney

Stuff magazine interviewed Monica for their April issue and asked the singer if she thought Britney Spears was talented. “I look at Britney as an entertainer,” Monica responded. “I don’t look at her as a singer. She will captivate an audience. She will give you a good show. If you want to see a singer, you probably should go see Christina Aguilera. She has an incredible voice.” She also weighed in on *NSYNC star Justin Timberlake’s vocal talents saying, “He has an incredible voice, and the fact that he’ll always work with great producers will keep him a step ahead.”

Tamia Talks Jessica Simpson And Monica News In Jawn’s Juice

Jawn gets up close and personal with ‘Against The Ropes’ star Omar Epps. Plus, there’s news on Tamia, Donnie McClurkin, Monica, Elise Neal, Star Jones, Hope Flood, Paris Hilton and author Dr. Ro in this week’s Juice. Jawn also has his perspective on the third season of ‘American Idol,’ as well as his update on several new DVD releases. All of these stories and so much more in this week’s Juice. Read more.

Monica’s Most Embarrassing Moment

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In the February issue of Teen People, Monica revealed her most embarrassing moment. She says, “I was in Germany performing, and I tripped over the speaker monitor [onstage] and fell in front of a sold-out crowd!”

Monica Wasn’t Nervous About Rapping

Niki Turner of Sister2Sister magazine caught up with Monica for a Q&A and asked the singer about her rapping debut on ‘So Gone’ and whether she was nervous about it. “No, I wasn’t, and I keep telling people, don’t take that too serious,” she said. “I don’t have a rap album that’s coming behind that, but that’s just part of that edge to me. It’s also a part of the music that I like, too. I grew up singing gospel and we didn’t listen to a lot of secular music. But of course, as I got older it got to the point that I like a lot of rap and I like a lot of stuff that kind of stands out. I was not trying to do nothin’ too difficult, but I enjoyed it.” The full story at s2smagazine.com has since been removed.

Branch Vs. Monica Battle Postponed

MTV News reports that due to the California fires, Michelle Branch and Monica did not participate in this week’s Monday Night at the Mic, the “battle of the bands”-style competition on ABC’s ‘Monday Night Football.’ The game between the Chargers and Dolphins, set to take place in San Diego, was moved to Phoenix, and the segment was postponed until Monday, November 3rd. During the game between the Patriots and Broncos, Branch and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George will take on Monica and Atlanta Falcons cornerback Bryan Scott.

Monica To Perform On ‘Monday Night At The Mic’

MTV News reports Michelle Branch is teaming up with Atlanta Falcons defensive back Bryan Scott to take on Monica and Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George for Monday Night Football’s weekly segment ‘Monday Night at the Mic.’ Each pair performs for one minute, “battle of the bands” style, and the winners will move on to battle it out against another team next week.

Monica Idolizes Mom

Us Weekly asked Monica who her idol was growing up. She responded, “My mother. I was a private school student. I didn’t listen to a lot of secular music or get out very much, but I think her strength is something that’s carried over into my career and my life.”

Monica Performs ‘Never Gonna Leave Your Side’

Daniel Bedingfield, Monica and Smash Mouth will join Andy Roddick, Serena Williams, Andre Agassi, Anna Kournikova, and others at the annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, August 23, at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing, New York for the world’s largest tennis and music extravaganza. Interactive games and tennis clinics will start at 9 a.m., and the stadium show, hosted by Olympic Gold Medallist Summer Sanders and MTV’s Quddus, will start at noon. Tickets, from $10-$20, are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-Opentix), go to www.usopen.org or at the USTA National Tennis Center Box Office. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, which benefits youth-oriented charities including USA Tennis NJTL, is the official kick-off event of the US Open, which starts August 25.

Monica Questioned Over Boyfriend’s Suicide

WENN reports that the mother of Monica’s dead boyfriend, Jarvis Weems, says the singer’s story about his suicide doesn’t add up. Tyra Weems said, “I don’t believe my son killed himself. I feel Monica knows a lot more than she’s admitting.” As for the singer’s story that when she got to him he refused to unlock the doors of his car and then shot himself in front of her, Tyra says, “The bullet went in on the right side of his head, but he was left-handed. Why would he use the wrong hand to shoot himself?”

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