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Mary J. Blige provides soundtrack to "Think Like a Man Too"
Mary J. Blige has a new album out … but has anyone noticed?
OK, so Blige's album is actually the soundtrack to the Kevin Hart comedy "Think Like a Man Too." So while it may not be a proper studio album (in terms of being a proper follow-up to "My Life II…," it is a stopgap of sorts to Blige putting out her first completely new album since 2011. (She did release a holiday set, "A Mary Christmas," in 2013).
What does make the soundtrack to "Think Like a Man" different than a typical movie soundtrack is that the new disc is composed entirely of new tracks from Blige. There are 14 songs, actually, including a cover of Shalamar's "A Night to Remember," "Suitcase," (in which Blige details a plan to leave a no-good man), and a collaboration with Pharrell Williams.
Speaking of different projects, Blige was also slated to appear alongside neo soul musician D'Angelo and The Roots' drummer Questlove on Michael Jackson's posthumous album, "Xscape," which was released on May 13, 2014 by Epic Records. However, the track failed to be included in the final project.
Blige was recently part of The Liberation Tour Show (also featuring Brandy), and recently played a number of high profile gigs, including the final day of the 20th annual Essence Music Festival. She also closed out the BET Experience at L.A. Live's concert series at Los Angeles' Staples Center at the end of June, playing a 90-minute set.
No More Drama for Mary J. Blige (Updated March 6, 2013)
Let's play, for a minute, the Mary J. Blige numbers game. Over 50 million albums and 15 million singles sold worldwide. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, with eight albums reaching multi-platinum status, and ranked on many "Top 100" lists from Rolling Stone, Billboard and VH1. A recipient of two Golden Globe nominations. Is there anything she can't do?
Though it was fitting, perhaps, that Blige released the album "No More Drama" in 2001, it was drama that found the star in later years. But first came her most popular and acclaimed album to date, "The Breakthrough," in 2005. Nominated for eight Grammys, she followed it up with "Growing Pains" in 2007 and "Stronger Each Tear" in 2009. The latter came after a period where Blige canceled a portion of her tour due to "weariness from an overwhelming schedule," then later had to face a federal lawsuit over rights to a song.
Blige came back strong from the bumps in the road, and in 2011 released the album, "My Life" Part II...The Journey Continues." The next year she celebrated the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough debut, and later sang in the 2012 musical film "Rock of Ages" with Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand.
Blige recently starred in the Lifetime movie "Betty and Corretta" alongside Angela Bassett, Malik Yoba and Lindsay Owen Piere. She portrayed Dr. Betty Shabazz, the window of Malcolm X, in the film. Her next album, "My Life: Act 2" is scheduled to be released sometime in 2013.
Mary J. Blige Tickets** - One of the Major R&B Queens
The fact is everyone loved a good R&B; diva -- you had your Whitney Houstons, Aretha Franklins, En Vogues, Supremes, and of course some Destiny's Child and Beyonce. But there was one singer that stood out in the '90s pretty heavily, and her name was Mary J. Blige. She was born in the Bronx on January 11, 1971, and after spending a few years in Savannah, Georgia, she made her way back to New York where her singing took hold of not only her, but her father -- who passed on a tape to an Uptown Records CEO. It was a tape of Blige singing Anita Baker's 'Caught Up in the Rapture' on karaoke. That struck a chord with the CEO by the name of Andre Harrell, but it wasn't until one person by the name of Sean 'Puffy' Combs made her debut album a veritable success.
Mary J. Blige Tickets - The Music of Blige
Her first album was entitled What's the 411?, and it was an instant classic in the R&B; block. Many were beginning to label Blige as the new Chaka Khan or Aretha Franklin, although the truth was Blige had little in common stylistically with the two legendary artists. With a totally warranted second effort on the studio front, 1995 saw the release of My Life, and clearly she was still on the top of the R&B; list, but everyone could arguably say that Blige peaked in terms of classic reinvention and creativity with 2001's No More Drama. The title track, specifically, headlined her as a groundbreaking artist that could very well be compared to the likes of Madonna.
Mary J. Blige Tickets - The Sound and Style of Blige
Right from the ghetto fabulous style of R&B; music to the rich blonde hair, right off the get-go, Mary had a style that was infectious in the music industry. Her voice had a hardy tone to it that could only be described as a grittier version of Aretha Franklin, but nothing could compare to her lyrical quality and grace that minced no words and didn't mess around with serious song topics. She was a true artist -- not just an entertainer.
Mary J. Blige Discography
|Album name||Release date|
|My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1)||2011|
|Stronger with Each Tear||2009|
|Soul Is Forever: The Remix Album||2008|
|Mary J. Blige & Friends||2006|
|MJB Da MVP||2006|
|Tapemasters Inc - Mary J. Blige: Reflections (The Remixes)||2006|
|Be Without You||2006|
|Reflections (A Retrospective)||2006|
|My Collection of Love Songs||2005|
|Whenever I Say Your Name||2003|
|Love & Life||2003|
|No More Drama||2002|
|Dance for Me||2002|
|Deep Inside, Part 2||2000|
|As: The Mixes||1999|
|Share My World||1997|
|Not Gon' Cry||1996|
|I'm Goin' Down||1995|
|(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman||1995|
|Mary Jane (All Night Long)||1995|
|What's the 411? Remix||1993|
|What's the 411?||1992|
Top 10 Mary J. Blige Songs
|Rank||Track Name||Play Count||Listener Count|
|4||No More Drama||30,858||15,954|
|5||Be Without You||26,066||11,249|
|6||Not Gon' Cry||16,633||9,999|
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R. Kelly & Mary J. Blige Announce "King & Queen" Tour
Calling all r&b royalty: R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige have just announced plans to hit the road together on the “King & Queen” tour. Not many details of the tour have been released (including venues and tour dates), but Kellz told New York City’s WBLS radio that this tour is a warm-up for his…Read more
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Mary J. Blige Tour Dates 2015
date city state venue 02/08/2015 Los Angeles CA Staples Center
Mary J. Blige Tour Dates 2014
date city state venue 11/23/2014 Los Angeles CA Nokia Theatre LA Live 11/15/2014 Birmingham Warwickshire NIA Academy 07/05/2014 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 07/04/2014 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome 07/03/2014 Tuscaloosa AL Tuscaloosa Amphitheater 06/29/2014 Los Angeles CA Staples Center
Mary J. Blige Tour Dates 2013
date city state venue 12/11/2013 Oslo 03 Oslo Spektrum 06/30/2013 Jacksonville FL Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena 06/29/2013 Birmingham AL BJCC Arena 06/28/2013 North Charleston SC North Charleston Coliseum 06/23/2013 Rochester NY Blue Cross Arena 06/21/2013 Indianapolis IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse 06/18/2013 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 06/16/2013 Kansas City MO Sprint Center 06/15/2013 St. Louis MO Chaifetz Arena 06/14/2013 Louisville KY KFC Yum! Center 06/12/2013 Bossier City LA CenturyLink Center 06/10/2013 New York NY Apollo Theater 06/08/2013 Columbia SC Colonial Life Arena 06/07/2013 Raleigh NC PNC Arena 06/06/2013 Richmond VA Richmond Coliseum 05/26/2013 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 05/25/2013 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 03/03/2013 Southaven MS Landers Center 03/02/2013 Thackerville OK WinStar World Casino 03/01/2013 Houston TX NRG Stadium 02/27/2013 Austin TX ACL Live At The Moody Theater
Mary J. Blige Tour Dates 2012
date city state venue 11/21/2012 Memphis TN FedExForum 11/18/2012 Dallas TX American Airlines Center 09/22/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 09/21/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Garden Arena 09/21/2012 Las Vegas NV MGM Grand Hotel 09/15/2012 Charlotte NC PNC Music Pavilion 09/14/2012 Clarkston MI DTE Energy Music Theatre 09/13/2012 Chicago IL United Center 09/09/2012 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 09/08/2012 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 09/07/2012 Las Vegas NV Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort 09/02/2012 Houston TX Toyota Center 08/30/2012 Miami FL American Airlines Arena 08/28/2012 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 08/26/2012 Washington DC Verizon Center 08/24/2012 Philadelphia PA Mann Center for the Performing Arts 08/23/2012 Holmdel NJ PNC Bank Arts Center 08/21/2012 Boston MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion 08/19/2012 Wantagh NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater 08/18/2012 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 07/04/2012 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 07/03/2012 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 06/30/2012 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 06/29/2012 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 03/19/2012 Tampa FL Carol Morsani Hall 03/16/2012 San Antonio TX Alamodome
Mary J. Blige Tour Dates 2011
date city state venue 12/30/2011 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 12/29/2011 Atlantic City NJ Caesars Atlantic City 11/25/2011 Atlanta GA The Tabernacle 11/23/2011 New York NY Terminal 5 11/11/2011 Oakland CA Fox Theater 09/15/2011 Silver Spring MD The Fillmore Silver Spring 07/03/2011 New Orleans LA Mercedes-Benz Superdome
Mary J. Blige Tour Dates 2010
date city state venue 11/02/2010 London The O2 10/23/2010 Concord CA Concord Pavilion 10/20/2010 Universal City CA Gibson Amphitheatre 10/17/2010 Chicago IL Chicago Theatre 10/16/2010 St. Louis MO Fabulous Fox Theatre 10/15/2010 Detroit MI Fox Theatre Detroit 10/12/2010 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 10/11/2010 New York NY Radio City Music Hall 10/10/2010 Mashantucket CT The Mgm Grand At Foxwoods 10/08/2010 Atlantic City NJ The Borgata Outdoor Entertainment Complex 10/07/2010 Bristow VA Jiffy Lube Live 10/03/2010 Virginia Beach VA Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach 10/02/2010 Atlanta GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre 07/27/2010 Cuyahoga Falls OH Blossom Music Center 07/24/2010 Toronto ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre 07/23/2010 Montreal PQ Parc Jean-Drapeau 07/21/2010 Detroit MI Chene Park 07/20/2010 Noblesville IN Klipsch Music Center 07/18/2010 Shakopee MN Canterbury Park 07/17/2010 Tinley Park IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre 06/06/2010 East Rutherford NJ MetLife Stadium