I was browsing a used media store today and found a Japan edition copy of Mary J Blige's Love & Life which had two bonus tracks I never knew existed. Bought it for $1 and while "Happy Ending" was just another filler track, her cover of "If I Don't Love You This Way" is pretty great:
Nine-time Grammy winner Mary J. Blige has signed with ICM Partners, Billboard has exclusively learned.
Blige has already made music history in her career with more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles sold worldwide. Billboard named Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years and named her 2006 hit "Be Without You" as the top R&B track of the 2000s. In 2014, Mary J. Blige released her 12th studio album The London Sessions, which debuted at No. 1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, marking her 10th leader on the tally. It has sold 226,000 in the U.S., according to Nielsen Music.
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Currently, Mary J. Blige is the host of Real Talk on Beats 1 Radio. The show premiered in November and has featured Jada Pinkett Smith, Tyrese Gibson, Demi Lovato and other guests.
Blinge continues to be managed by husband Kendu Isaacs and remains with CAA for film and television.
Watch the throne. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, is reportedly readying a new album for release later this summer.
During an interview with the Arbiters of A&R podcast, Blige’s A&R Eddie Fourcell revealed that the project is done and is currently in the mixing phase. It is expected to drop around August/September.
This time around, Blige has been in the studio with hitmakers including Hit-Boy, DJ Camper, and B.A.M. The follow-up to 2014’s The London Sessions may also feature her first collaboration with Kanye West. “I think this is gonna be the first time that the world sees a Mary J. Blige and Kanye West [collaboration],” teased Fourcell.
Upon its release in November 2014, The London Sessions debuted at No. 9 on the Billboard 200, featuring contributions from Sam Smith, Disclosure, and Rodney Jerkins.
Aside from music, Blige continues to pursue an acting career. The R&B icon recently joined the cast of Dee Rees’ indie drama Mudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedlund, and Carey Mulligan.
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The singer-and-actress describes West's work on the track like this: "He kills it."
It's true: Mary J. Blige and Kanye West collaborated on a track for her upcoming new album.
The performer, who is currently in New Orleans filming a role in the indie drama Mudbound opposite Carey Mulligan and Garrett Hedlund for director Dee Rees, confirmed in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she did, in fact, do a song with West. But she won't say what it's called.
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"I don't want to give up the name of the song yet, but the album is mostly complete," Blige teases to THR. "But I absolutely got a chance to work with the great Kanye West. And the song is crazy — I can't wait for people to hear it."
News first slipped out about their collaboration after Blige's A&R rep, Eddie Fourcell, said that her new album could feature a West song. No announcement has been made yet about Blige's new album, her first since 2014's London Sessions. But other artists who are expected on the disc are: Hit-Boy, DJ Camper, B.A.M. and Jazmine Sullivan, who told Billboard in May that she recorded a song with Blige.
And while she didn't give away the title, Blige, who turned heads earlier this year playing Evillene in NBC's The Wiz Live!, did give a few details about what it sounds like.
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"The flavor of the track starts off with piano keys. It’s very dramatic in the beginning and it goes into a loud horn. That is, like an old sample horn," she said. "And then this gigantic beat kicks in and I sing. He rhymes after my two verses. It's incredible. He kills it. I wish I could give you the title, you’d flip but I just can’t do it yet."
Fair enough. But be prepared to flip sometime in the coming months.
This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.
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