Top of the World (Brandy song)

"Top of the World" is a song by American singer Brandy Norwood, from her second studio album, Never Say Never (1998). The song was written by Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, Fred Jerkins III, LaShawn Daniels, Isaac Phillips, Nycolia "Tye-V" Turman, and Mason Betha, with Darkchild and Norwood producing and Mase having featured vocals. Released as the album's second international single in 1998, the track peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and reached the top 20 in Iceland, Ireland, and New Zealand.

"Top of the World"
Brandy top of the world.jpg
Single by Brandy featuring Mase
from the album Never Say Never
ReleasedJuly 7, 1998 (1998-07-07)
Length4:41
LabelAtlantic
Songwriter(s)
Producer(s)
  • Rodney Jerkins
  • Brandy
Brandy singles chronology
"The Boy Is Mine"
(1998)
"Top of the World"
(1998)
"Have You Ever?"
(1998)
Mase singles chronology
"Lookin' at Me"
(1998)
"Top of the World"
(1998)
"Take Me There"
(1998)

The music video for "Top of the World" was directed by Paul Hunter in June 1998 and became a huge success on the music video channels, BET and MTV. In the video, Norwood floats in the air where she does somersaults and other gymnastic movements. She performed the song live at the MTV Movie Awards and the remix version with Big Pun and Fat Joe at the Soul Train Awards which aired in 1999. Norwood performed the song on her first world tour Never Say Never World Tour (1998-1999), the TV special Brandy in Concert: A Special for the Holidays (1999) and on her second world tour, Human World Tour (2009) where it was part of a "1990s medley".

Chart performanceEdit

"Top of the World" topped the UK R&B Singles Chart for six weeks and reached number two on the UK Singles Chart. The song became the second consecutive European success for Brandy and peaked at number 20 on the Eurochart Hot 100. "Top of the World" also charted at number 11 on the New Zealand Singles Chart and 21 on the Canadian RPM Top Singles chart. In the United States, it was a modest hit on the Billboard charts, peaking at number 44 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, number 19 on the Hot R&B Singles chart, and number 10 on the Rhythmic chart.

Music videoEdit

A music video for "Top of the World" was directed by Paul Hunter and filmed in June 1998.[1] A surrealistic clip built on digital effects, it features Norwood floating in the air, flipping and somersaulting above various objects such as telephone poles and vehicles—as passersby stopped to stare—and balancing vertically and horizontally alongside skyscrapers and other buildings.[2]

RemixEdit

A remix version with Latin rappers Fat Joe and Big Pun appeared on Pun's 2001 compilation album Endangered Species. The Darkchild-produced song was previously released on the remix EP U Don't Know Me (Like U Used To) - The Remix EP (1999). The remix samples Ahmad's single "Back in the Day."

Track listingsEdit

Australian CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Top of the World" (No Rap Edit)
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
3:32
2."Top of the World" (Edit featuring Mase)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
4:11
3."Top of the World" (LP Version)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
4:41
4."Top of the World" (Boogiesoul Remix Radio Edit)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
  • Boogiemann[a]
4:16
5."The Boy Is Mine" (Radio Edit With Intro; duet with Monica)
4:00
UK Part I CD single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Top of the World" (Edit featuring Mase)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
4:11
2."Top of the World" (No Rap Edit)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
3:32
3."Top of the World" (Instrumental)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
4:41
Remix single
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Top of the World" (Edit featuring Mase)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
4:11
2."Top of the World" (Boogiesoul Remix Radio Edit)
  • Daniels
  • F. Jerkins
  • R. Jerkins
  • Phillips
  • Turman
  • Betha
  • Darkchild
  • Brandy[a]
  • Boogiemann[a]
4:16
3."Top of the World" (Part II featuring Fat Joe & Big Pun)
  • Darkchild
4:07

Notes

  • ^a denotes additional producer

Sample credits

Credits and personnelEdit

Credits are adapted from the liner notes of Never Say Never.[3]

ChartsEdit

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[27] Silver 200,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

Release historyEdit

List of release dates, showing region, release format, and label
Region Date Format(s) Label Ref.
United States July 7, 1998 (1998-07-07) Rhythmic contemporary radio Atlantic [28]
United Kingdom September 28, 1998 (1998-09-28)
  • 12-inch vinyl
  • CD
  • cassette
[29]

ReferencesEdit

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  28. ^ "Going for Adds" (PDF). Radio & Records. No. 1255. July 3, 1998. p. 48. Retrieved July 6, 2021.
  29. ^ "New Releases: Singles" (PDF). Music Week. September 26, 1998. p. 33. Retrieved July 6, 2021.

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