Mary J. Blige Debuts Her Gritty, Black-And-White “Whole Damn Year” Video: Idolator Premiere

Mike Wass | December 2, 2014 8:00 am
Stream Mary J. Blige's 'The London Sessions'
You can now stream Mary J. Blige's new LP 'The London Sessions' in full. Take a listen.

Ever the innovator, Mary J. Blige packed a suitcase and flew to London to record her new LP, the appropriately-titled London Sessions, in just 20 days. While there, she worked with some of the hottest producers and songwriters in the UK including former collaborators Disclosure, the unstoppable Sam Smith (he penned lead single “Therapy”) and “Next To Me” hitmaker Emeli Sande.

Written by the above-mentioned Scottish diva and produced by Naughty Boy, “Whole Damn Year” is one of the rawest cuts on The London Sessions with hard-hitting lyrics about overcoming abuse — both physical and emotional. The gritty, black-and-white video reflects that subject matter. We see footage of Mary J. singing the song intercut with unsettling scenes of domestic violence. Watch up top.

The London Sessions drops tomorrow. You can download your copy here.

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