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Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’ Tracklist Revealed: Listen To Lead Single “Therapy,” Co-Written By Sam Smith

As previously announced, Mary J. Blige recently found herself traveling to London for a month to work with such producers, songwriters and overall chart fixtures as Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sande, Naughty Boy and Jimmy Napes. The fruits of all this overseas labor is Blige’s upcoming, Rodney Jerkins-executive-produced 13th album The London Sessions (out December 2), which was made available for pre-order on iTunes today. Along with that comes the reveal of the tracklist and the availability of the LP’s lead single, “Therapy.” More »

Mary J. Blige’s “Whole Damn Year”: Listen To Her ‘London Sessions’ Ballad

We’re still waiting for the actual first single off Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming LP The London Sessions to arrive — it’s called “Therapy” — but in the meantime, we now have the second so-called buzz track to surface ahead of the album’s release. “Whole Damn Year” follows up the far more upbeat, Disclosure-produced “Right Now.” It’s a ballad that finds Blige lyrically detailing the aftermath of an extremely painful breakup.

“Tryin’ to find a way to explain this, why you can’t touch me tonight / I can feel you getting impatient, but I really can’t let you inside,” Mary sings mournfully in “Whole Damn Year.” Some outlets are reporting that the song is a co-write done with Emeli Sande, but there’s no official word on that just yet.

Hear “Whole Damn Year” below. More »

Mary J. Blige’s ‘The London Sessions’ Out In December: Watch A Behind-The-Scenes Video

There are many, many reasons to get overly excited about Mary J. Blige‘s upcoming album The London Sessions, including the roster of bright and shiny UK talent (Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sande, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans, Sam Smith) the soul queen spent time in the studio with this summer during the making of it. And here’s another item that’s getting us jazzed for the LP, which now has a December 2 release date: The three-minute behind-the-scenes clip on the making of the album, which premiered today on Pitchfork. (Watch it below.) More »

Mary J Blige And Disclosure Team Up For “Right Now”: Listen

Mary J x Disclosure
Mary J Blige gave us all a wonderful surprise earlier this year when she hopped on a remix of Disclosure‘s “F For You” out of nowhere. The legendary R&B diva evidently had fun working with the duo, because she went right back in the studio with them to craft some cuts for her upcoming record The London Sessions.

The forthcoming LP, which was recorded alongside Naughty Boy, Jimmy Napes, Rodney Jerkins and Sam Smith, is essentially Mary’s own love letter to the London music scene, which is currently swimming in early ’90′s-inspired House pulsations and soulful powerhouse vocals.

“Right Now” is the first taste of the songstress’ thirteenth studio album and, from the sound of it, she’s giving us the perfect fusion of R&B and House we were hoping for: The track plays like a seamless fusion between the two acts, as Mary melodically coos above Disclosure’s signature shuffling beats and dramatic strings.

“No, I won’t play this game!” she declares on the empowering throbber. Listen to “Right Now” after the jump. More »

Mary J. Blige Talks Doing ‘The London Sessions’ With Naughty Boy, Disclosure And Sam Smith

The Return Of The Queen
Last month, Mary J. Blige headed to London to record new music. Now, The Guardian reports that the resulting album, The London Sessions (out November on Capitol), finds her inspired by and working closely with some of the U.K.’s brightest stars: Naughty Boy, Emeli Sande, Disclosure, Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes.

The list of collaborations so far is staggering: Smith wrote four songs total. He teamed with songwriter Napes (Smith’s “Stay With Me,” Clean Bandit‘s “Rather Be”) for a doo-wop track called “Therapy.” Disclosure worked with Blige on a ’90s house song “Right Now,” to pick up where they left off in the inspired duet version of Settle‘s “F For You.” Naughty Boy, who’s overseeing The London Sessions, also wrote a song with Sande that evokes “early 00s U.K. garage” called “Pick Me Up.” More »

Whitney Houston Remembered By Beyonce, Missy Elliott, Brandy And More

Whitney Houston would have turned 51 on August 9. That day, stars ranging from Beyonce to Missy Elliott and her friend Brandy paid tribute to the late pop superstar by taking a brief moment on social media to remember how she influenced and inspired them, whether on a collaborative basis or simply through her voice.

Bobbi Kristina Brown, Houston’s daughter with singer Bobby Brown, wished her mother a happy birthday by posting a picture of a cake with candles. Pop songwriter David Foster, who co-wrote The Bodyguard‘s Grammy-nominated “I Have Nothing,” chimed in to say that he misses her dearly. Elliott remembered a time when Houston actually tried on her Adidas.

Meanwhile, Beyonce simply posted a photo on her official site, after years of confessing how inspired she was by Houston’s 1991 Super Bowl XXV performance of “The Star Spangled Banner.”

“I, like every singer, always wanted to be just like her,” Beyonce said in 2012 to Essence, shortly after Houston died. “She is our queen and she opened doors and provided a blueprint for all of us.”

See the social media tributes to Whitney Houston after the jump. More »

Mary J. Blige’s Next Album To Be Recorded In The UK, Overseen By Naughty Boy

La La La
Alright, let’s do the math here. Sam Smith broke out last year by featuring on Naughty Boy‘s “La La La” and Disclosure‘s “Latch.” Smith then offered up a new version of his hit “Stay With Me” featuring Mary J. Blige this past spring, while Disclosure reworked their Settle track “F For You” with new vocals by Blige. And so the missing piece seems to be Mary J. and Naughty Boy hopping into the studio together, right?

That’s exactly what is set to happen, according to Hits Daily Double. The site reports that the Queen Of Hip Hop Soul is heading to the UK — no doubt inspired by the above-mentioned round of her recent British collaborators — to record an album with the working title of The London Sessions, which Naughty Boy will oversee. More »

Pharrell Joins Mary J. Blige For “See That Boy Again”: Listen

Mary J. Blige and Pharrell channel Stevie Wonder in their new duet “See That Boy Again.”

To mournful horns and dramatic strings, the queen of hip-hop soul traces through how she attempts (but ultimately fails) to forget how a man walked out on her. Pharrell pops in to belt out some comforting words, only to have Blige’s hook shoot through as if to shut him down. All the while, they sound as if inspired by Wonder’s early ’70s catalog, with their pleading voices set to sharp melodies.

“See That Boy Again” appears in the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack (out June 17) – what looks to be a serious treat for R&B fans. Instead of featuring 14 artists in 14 songs, Blige has actually cut 14 entirely new songs, essentially making for a brand-new Mary J. Blige album. Hear Mary J. Blige and Pharrell duet on “See That Boy Again” below, then get more details on the Think Like a Man Too soundtrack at Yahoo!. More »

Sam Smith & Mary J. Blige’s “Stay With Me”: Listen To The Duet Version Of The Hit Ballad

Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige have both separately collaborated with in-demand UK duo Disclosure — Smith on the hit single “Latch” and Blige on a remix of “F For You” — and now the soulful pair have closed the circle by coming together for a heartfelt duet version of Sam’s current hit “Stay With Me.”

“Working with Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest highlights of my career so far. I remember holding her album in my hands in the car when I was a young boy,” Smith says of the pairing in a statement. “To meet your idols is a magical thing, but to work with them is truly a dream come true.” More »

OutKast To Headline BET Experience 2014

OutKast has added yet another date to its 40-plus date festival tour: June 28, at this year’s three-day BET Experience in Los Angeles. The Atlanta hip hop duo will headline and perform alongside current chart heavyweights Rick Ross, A$AP Rocky and K. Michelle.

BET Experience, the network’s answer to radio festivals like Hot 97′s Summer Jam, kicks off June 27 with performances by Future and an R&B all-star roster: Maxwell, Jill Scott, Marsha Ambrosius and Candice Glover. The Roots will perform the following night with “special guests.” while Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson and Trey Songz will help close the festival. And, in a move that surprisingly hasn’t been done yet, DJ Khaled will host. More »