Mary J. Blige

Oct
23
Video: Mary J. Blige – ‘Right Now’

Mary J. Blige

When the queen comes to town, everything shuts down. Mary J. Blige lands in London in the Mike Ho-directed video for “Right Now,” the Disclosure-produced single off her upcoming album The London Sessions. The R&B matriarch rides through the streets in a black Bentley before pulling up to an underground dance club and hitting the stage as fans go wild.

The London Sessions (see tracklisting) is due December 2 featuring production from Rodney Jerkins, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, and Naughty Boy.

On November 23, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will grace the stage at the American Music Awards in L.A. Her collaborator Sam Smith is also among the performers.

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Oct
17
Missy Elliott Performs at Alexander Wang x H&M Collection Launch

Missy Elliott

Alexander Wang celebrated the launch of his H&M collection with a star-studded event at the Fort Washington Avenue Armory in New York City last night. With Diplo on the turntables, the black-clad crowd including Solange and Mary J. Blige grabbed front row seats as the designer unveiled his sportswear-themed collection, which hits stores on November 6.

The runway show capped off with a thrilling performance from Missy Elliott, who brought the crowd to its feet with classics including “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control,” which prompted Wang to dance onstage. She was also joined by her protégée Sharaya J.

Missy met up with Solange backstage. “Me and my sis @solongeknowles had a blast 2 night great seeing ya sis always!” tweeted Missy.

Watch music and fashion collide at the stylish soirée.

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Oct
7
Video: Mary J. Blige – ‘Right Now’

Mary J. Blige

The queen comes to town. Mary J. Blige gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the recording sessions for her album The London Sessions in the black-and-white video for “Right Now.” She hits a London studio to record with British duo Disclosure, who produced the track with Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.

“Our idea was to become part of London, to really embrace the culture, to really live in it,” Mary told The Guardian. “The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing—you can hear that from Adele’s last album.”

The London Sessions is set for a December 2 release.

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Oct
3
Mary J. Blige and Disclosure Perform on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige linked up with her pals from across the pond, Disclosure, for an electrifying performance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Thursday. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul graced the outdoor stage alongside the electro duo while belting out the remix to “F for You” off Disclosure’s album Settle.

“Make some noise for my boys Disclosure tonight,” MJB told the crowd.

She worked with the brothers on her upcoming album The London Sessions, which also features Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, and Naughty Boy.

Watch Mary light up the stage.

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Oct
1
New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Nobody But You’

Mary J. Blige

Hail Mary. After debuting the singles “Therapy” and “Whole Damn Year,” the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul blesses us with another song off her upcoming album The London Sessions. Over a pulsing electro beat, Mary yearns to be in the arms of her lover.

“You’re the only one I’m there for / The only one I care for / Nobody but you,” she sings.

Earlier today, she called into Ryan Seacrest to praise Sam Smith, who wrote on her album. “There hasn’t been a voice to come along in a very long time that has so much emotion, so much depth, so much truth, so much finesse, so much soul, so much style,” she said of the British crooner. “There hasn’t been anything like this since the Mary J. Blige movement.”

MJB has assembled some of the U.K.’s finest including Disclosure, Emile Sandé, and Naughty Boy for Sessions, which will be released on December 2.

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Sep
24
Mary J. Blige Performs ‘Therapy’ on ‘Jools Holland’

Mary J. Blige

Fresh off announcing her new album The London Sessions, Mary J. Blige returned to the U.K. to debut her new sound on BBC Two’s “Later…with Jools Holland.”

The R&B icon brought down the house with two new songs, the Sam Smith-penned “Therapy” and “Right Now,” written and produced by Disclosure, Smith, and Jimmy Napes.

On December 2, MJB will release The London Sessions featuring contributions from U.K. hitmakers Emile Sandé, Naughty Boy, and SAM ROMANS.

Watch the Queen touch down in London town.

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Sep
23
Mary J. Blige Reveals ‘The London Sessions’ Cover, Tracklisting

The London Sessions

The Queen comes to London on her new album The London Sessions. The R&B diva spent the summer in the studio with the U.K.’s biggest hitmakers including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, and SAM ROMANS.

The result is 12 tracks including the vulnerable “Whole Damn Year” and Amy Winehouse-inspired “Therapy,” co-written by Smith.

“It’s all about the London music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album,” Blige said of the follow-up to 2011’s My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I). “The songs are fun, therapeutic, and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”

The album arrives December 2 via Capitol Records and is now available for pre-order on iTunes. See the tracklisting below.

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