Last night (October 29), we at Idolator were invited to attend a private screening of Mary J. Blige‘s new documentary in New York City’s Soho House. The film (directed by Sam Wrench) captured all the moments it took to create the singer’s upcoming album — The London Sessions.
Recording began this summer, with the diva spending one month in London’s studios. Heavy hitters like Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, Capitol Records’ CEO Steve Barnett, songwriter Jimmy Napes, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy and Sam Romans all make appearances in the film. The London Sessions is such a different sound for Blige, with its core being rooted in ’90s-influenced UK house. The film reveals the inspiration sparked when she collaborated with Disclosure in January for their hit, “F For You.” The British brothers stated, “I hope [the album] causes a stir. She could go in the studio with Timbaland, but she chose two boys from Surrey!” More »
During The Fader magazine’s “Fader Fort” showcase on October 23, Mary J. Blige surprised fans by closing out the concert with a new song — “My Loving.” The tune, off the diva’s upcoming The London Sessions album, has a tinge of disco influence rather than straight-up ’90s house seen with songs like “Right Now.”
“My Loving” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy.
Watch the performance up top, and catch Blige singing her classic hit “Real Love” after the jump. More »
Mary J. Blige has released the lyric video for “Therapy,” the lead single off her upcoming album The London Sessions. The footage is very organic and weathered, featuring images of the singer and Rorschach tests. It has quite the therapeutic effect — pun intended. The bluesy song was co-written by Blige, Sam Smith and Eg White (Adele, Florence + The Machine, etc.).
“Therapy” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy. More »
Mary J. Blige‘s “Right Now” tune is so good, that the singer released not one — but two videos for it! The first came in a form of a black + white clip earlier this month, which highlighted the budding friendship between the R&B diva and Disclosure (the song’s producers).
The second premiered today (October 23), and it finds Blige strutting through the streets of London and performing at an underground club. “Right Now” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy. More »
With the 2014 American Music Awards just around the corner, more information is being released about the big night. It has been announced that Sam Smith, 5 Seconds Of Summer and Mary J. Blige will perform at the awards ceremony. The In The Lonely Hour crooner has been working closely with the R&B diva on her upcoming album The London Sessions, so hopefully they will grace the stage together!
These three artists join Pitbull as performers, and Mr. Worldwide is also set to host the AMAs for the second year in a row. Both Smith and 5SOS are up for New Artist of the Year, and Iggy Azalea leads the night with the most nominations (six, to be exact). Katy Perry and Pharrell are right behind her, with five nods each. The 2014 AMAs will air live from Los Angeles’ Nokia Theater, on November 23 at 8 p.m. EST on ABC. View the entire list here. More »
When Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne released their single, “Real Love,” we were secretly hoping it would be a cover of Mary J. Blige‘s 1992 R&B classic. Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. But have no fear, our wishes have been granted!
Glynne stopped by BBC Radio 1Xtra yesterday (October 14) to perform her own version of Blige’s single. The cover is completely stripped from its upbeat roots, as the “Rather Be” singer was solely backed by a piano and two backup singers. She uses the bare setting to her advantage, which highlights her impassioned vocals. Glynne plans to break out into the U.S. market with seen with the single, “Home.” More »
Mary J. Blige has released a video to accompany her latest single, “Right Now.” The black + white clip gives us a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the song, which is a flawless fusion of R&B and house.
The video shows Blige both writing and recording the track, as well as highlighting her budding friendship with producers’ (and frequent collaborators) Disclosure. The trio even share a super-adorable hug! It’s apparent they have created a strong musical bond.
“Right Now” is off the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth (!!) studio LP, The London Sessions (out on December 2). It features collaborations from artists like Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy. More »
Disclosure and Mary J. Blige teamed up once again for an electrifying performance of “F For You” on Jimmy Kimmel Live. As with their Coachella appearance back in April, Blige brought the gritty soul while the British brothers kept the audience alive with their clean DJ skills.
Aside from the flawless “F For You” remix, the trio (along with Naughty Boy and Sam Smith) have been working closely together for Blige’s forthcoming album The London Sessions (out on December 2). Disclosure helped bring the singer’s London house music vision to life on the record, with songs like “Right Now.”
Catch the Kimmel performance up top, and head below to see Disclosure perform “When A Fire Starts To Burn.” More »
Mary J. Blige channels her inner deep house diva on her new single, “Nobody But You.” It is the latest from the singer’s forthcoming 13th album, The London Sessions, which is set for a December 2 release.
Previous songs like “Therapy” and “Whole Damn Year” were deemed too mournful for a record that involves the likes of Disclosure and Naughty Boy. But “Nobody But You” definitely gives what we’ve been looking for – full-bodied vocals and a smooth, slinky house-inspired beat. Blige’s signature wails soar high on the track as she boldly confesses, “You’re the only one I’m there for, the only one I’m there for!”
The combination of emotive vocals and club-ready production harkens back to the early ’90s, where powerhouse voices dominated the house and techno dancefloors. The track is co-written by Sam Smith, who has previously worked with Blige on “Therapy” off The London Sessions and their “Stay With Me” duet.
Listen to “Nobody But You” below. More »
Mary J. Blige is making good on keeping things London-centric with her upcoming LP. The Queen Of Hip Hop Soul hit up longstanding UK program Later… With Jools Holland for a performance of two tracks from her upcoming LP, The London Sessions — single “Therapy,” which was co-written with Sam Smith and Jimmy Napes, and the Disclosure-produced cut “Right Now.” Catch the latter above, then head below for “Therapy.” More »