Monkey Business is the second studio album by the Arabic-mexican singer Ayalah, released on June 18, 2004.
The first single off the record is Paper Love, released on February 13, 2004. It became a big hit of that year, managing to hit number #1 on the USA Billboard Hot 100 chart and selling over 5 million copies.
After hitting number #1, Ayalah went to the United States to promote Paper Love, and in an interview for Billboard she said: "I am putting out an album this year, just don't know when. I am really surprised with the feedback my new single is receiving, and this gave me so much inspiration to keep the project going. I'm so excited and hope to put it out as soon as it's ready and perfect!".
Meanwhile, Wonderland was released, a promotional single for the album on April 16, 2004, which is a featuring with the American singer Avril Lavigne. Despite not having a video, the song did well on the charts, reaching the top 10 on Billboard Hot 100 and was described as a "pop rock anthem" by critics and the public.
The third song to be released from the record on May 9, 2004 is Yalla, an arabic inspired song which shows a lot of Ayalah's musical roots. It became another huge success of her career, reaching number #1 on Billboard Hot 100. Ayalah continued her trip on the USA and revealed the album's title and tracklist on the morning of May 10, 2004 live on television at Good Morning America, also making a performance of the recently released song, Yalla.
After having three hit songs in a row, Monkey Business was finally released on June 18, 2004. The album shows a more mature and dark sound than Ayalah's debut album. It sold over 500k copies on its first week, becoming the fourth biggest debut of 2004 overall. Ayalah broke Mariah Carey's 1995 record of hitting number #1 simultaneously with a song and an album on Billboard Hot 100 and Hot 200, when Yalla reached #1 on June 27, 2004 on Hot 100 and so did Monkey Business on Hot 200, in the same day.
He Never Was was released as the fourth single from the record on July 28, 2004. The song was outshined by the success of the past singles, but still managed to peak at #15 on Billboard Hot 100 and had several performances on TV and festivals.
Ayalah performed a medley of the album at the 2004 Video Music Awards, where she sang Paper Love, Cry, Liar, He Never Was, All I Ever Wanted, Yalla and Curious with Gwen Stefani. The performance was the most watched of the ceremony that year, where she also won 2 awards, "Best Directing of Art" and "Song of the Summer", both for Paper Love.
Ayalah's awaited first world tour was announced on September 6, 2004. The Greedy Monkeys World Tour launched on January 30, 2005 and ended on November 27, 2005, making over 90 million dollars.
While rehearsings for the tour were going on, the fifth single off Monkey Business was released. Curious (feat. Gwen Stefani) made its debut on November 5, 2004 with a fun and dancy music video. Ayalah and Gwen performed the song and a medley of Hollaback Girl together at the 2004 American Music Awards. One week after the performance, the song reached its peak of #12 on Billboard Hot 100.
The sixth and final single was released on February 11, 2005. Dancing Along to a Sad Song reached number #50 on Billboard Hot 100, being the less successful single off the album.
Ayalah won 3 out of 6 nominations at the 2005 Grammy Awards, including "Song of the Year" with Paper Love, and "Best Pop Vocal Album" for Monkey Business.
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