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