After the stellar tunes that were the “F For You” remix and The London Sessions’ “Right Now,” Mary J. Blige and Disclosure are back again with another collaboration — “Follow.” The cut off the singer’s forthcoming LP is co-written by Jimmy Napes, and is another smooth ’90s UK house-inspired uptempo that will surely get your feet shuffling.
Blige plans to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 23, and will sing at the first annual A Very Grammy Christmas. The London Sessions (out on December 2), features songs like “Therapy,” “Not Loving You,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” Take a listen to “Follow” after the jump! More »
Mary J. Blige shows her more vulnerable side on the latest The London Sessions cut, “Not Loving You.” Co-written alongside Sam Smith and Jason Napier, the singer pours her heart out on the minimal yet emotive piano-led ballad. The subtle production allows for the R&B diva’s strong vocals to be at the forefront.
Blige is gearing up to perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 23, and will sing at the first annual A Very Grammy Christmas. The London Sessions (out on December 2), features songs like “Therapy,” “When You’re Gone,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” Take a listen after the jump! More »
Mary J. Blige has always been an R&B innovator, so it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise that the legendary diva packed her bags and headed to London to record her 13th studio LP with some of the hottest names in British music. The resulting album — appropriately titled The London Sessions — drops December 2 and signifies a complete creative rebirth for the evergreen soul siren.
Now the “No More Drama” hitmaker wants to show you how the ambitious project came together. Over the next 20 days (the same amount of time it took to record the album), Mary J. will reveal daily insights into her English journey. We’re excited to kick off the countdown with a video about the creative process behind bluesy lead single “Therapy” featuring Sam Smith (he wrote the song) and Emeli Sande (she also contributed to the album).
“When I initially heard that she was going sing that song I was like ‘but that song is so about me, I can’t imagine it!’ and then you hear her singing and it’s her song… it was made for Mary J. Blige,” declares Sam. It’s hard to argue with that assessment when you hear the finished version and see her obvious passion for the material. Watch the intriguing black-and-white video after the jump. More »
Mary J. Blige brought her soulful prowess to the Ellen Degeneres stage yesterday, November 13. Donning a classic pastel-blue suit, the legendary diva performed her latest single “Right Now” — off her forthcoming LP The London Sessions. She kept her vocals calm and collected, as the Disclosure-produced house synths pumped in the background.
The singer will perform at this year’s American Music Awards on November 23, and sing at the first annual A Very Grammy Christmas. Blige’s The London Sessions (out on December 2), features songs like“Therapy,” “When You’re Gone,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” More »
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:: Mary J. Blige will add her soulful flair when she performs for A Very Grammy Christmas. The “Right Now” singer joins Ariana Grande, Pharrell, Maroon 5 and Tim McGraw on the performance roster. The Recording Academy’s holiday special will air on December 5 on CBS, with the 2015 Grammy nominations set to be announced that day. [via press release]
:: In weirder news, Usher will gift fans his new “Clueless” song inside a…cereal box? The singer has partnered up with Honey Nut Cheerios to include an exclusive download of the song in specially-marked packages of the yummy brand. The promotion began yesterday (November 11), so run to your nearest Walmart to find a copy! [Billboard]
:: Taylor Swift has unveiled a free mobile app that corresponds with her latest “Blank Space” video! The virtual app allows users to have a 360-degree experience of the visuals, including taking a tour of the mansion. Pretty cool! [Huffington Post]
:: Congratulations are in order for Geri Halliwell! The former Spice Girl is now engaged to Formula 1 race car driver Christian Horner. [Just Jared]
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Mary J. Blige shifts gears from UK house to stripped-down production with her latest song, “When You’re Gone.” The tune, from her upcoming album The London Sessions, is a simple yet emotive acoustic ballad that finds the diva singing about longing for a lost love. The delicate guitar melody is the base of the song, with soaring strings rushing in towards the end.
The London Sessions (out on December 2), is the singer’s forthcoming thirteenth studio LP — with songs like “Therapy,” “Right Now,” “Nobody But You” and “Whole Damn Year.” It features collaborations from artists like Disclosure, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Naughty Boy.
Listen to “When You’re Gone” below. More »
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 »