Mary J. Blige

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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Sep
22
New Music: Mary J. Blige – ‘Whole Damn Year’ + ‘Therapy’

Whole Damn Year

Love hurts. Mary J. Blige bares her heart and soul on “Whole Damn Year,” the new single from her upcoming album The London Sessions. On the minimalistic piano-driven track, a fragile Mary shares her pain as she reflects on a bad breakup that left her emotionally scarred.

“It took a whole damn year to repair my body / It’s been a bad five years / Gone take a long, long year for me to trust somebody,” sings MJB.

The R&B veteran spent the summer in the studio with U.K. hitmakers including Sam Smith, Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, and SAM ROMANS.

The album, her first since 2011’s My Life II…The Journey Continues (Act I), will be released December 2 on Capitol Records.

Listen to the emotional song and watch her interview with “The Breakfast Club” below.

UPDATE: You can also listen to another new Mary single, “Therapy,” below. The doo-wop song was co-written by Sam Smith and inspired by Amy Winehouse.

“It’s different, but it still has Mary J. Blige’s DNA in it,” Mary told Elvis Duran.

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Sep
18
K. Michelle Meets Mary J. Blige

K. Michelle and Mary J. Blige

K. Michelle has called Mary J. Blige one of her inspirations, and she finally got to meet her idol this week. During her visit to Power 105.1, the “Love ‘Em All” singer professed her love to the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, who happened to also be in the studio.

“Hi Mary,” said a nervous K. “I’m K. Michelle and I really love you. I really, really, really love you, and I thank you.”

“You made me want to be a singer. I thank you for everything. You are absolutely amazing,” she said with tears in her eyes.

The ladies gave each other a big hug and Mary told her, “You have an amazing voice.”

K continued praising her. “I one day hope to have half the career that you have,” she said. “You have touched so many people and to stand here with you today, that is unreal, and I just want to say thank you…and I’ma keep stalking you.”

Watch the emotional moment below.

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