The Queen of Hip-Hop is coming to England. Mary J. Blige is reportedly working with Britain’s top hitmakers on a new album.
According to HITS Daily Double, British producer/songwriter Naughty Boy will oversee the project, tentatively titled The London Sessions. It will feature a “who’s who” of the U.K.’s finest new writers, producers, and neo-soul singers.
Naughty Boy released his debut album Hotel Cabana last year and has produced for Rihanna (“Half of Me”), Emeli Sandé (“Clown”), and Fantasia (“Side Effects of You”).
The announcement shouldn’t come as a surprise. Earlier this year, Mary collaborated with English electro duo Disclosure on their “F for You” remix and dueted with Sam Smith on his hit “Stay With Me,” which they performed live at the Apollo Theater in Harlem.
Mary most recently contributed 14 songs to the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack. Last year, she debuted her first holiday album A Mary Christmas, which sold around 500,000 copies.