Mary J. Blige is ready to show the Strength of a Woman with her 13th studio album.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has announced an April 28 release date for the project and revealed the cover art, which shows Blige seated on a golden throne.
Her first album in nearly three years, the follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions, is set to feature contributions from Hit-Boy, DJ Camper, Jazmine Sullivan, and Kanye West, who appears on “Love Yourself.”
Last year, Blige released the Sullivan-penned single “Thick of It,” inspired by her divorce from her husband of 12 years, Kendu Isaacs.
She followed it up with “U + Me (Love Lesson),” which also reflects on the end of her relationship.
The album is likely to carry some of those themes over, as well. Speaking of the title, Blige explained that it’s meant to symbolize power in the face of tribulations. “We find that strength in us to not just survive these trials, but to thrive, to live, to get something out of it to not make the same mistakes again,” she said.