Stream Mary J. Blige’s New Album ‘Strength of a Woman’

Mary J. Blige’s 13th studio album, Strength of a Woman, is finally here. Released on Capitol Records, the album features guest appearances from Kanye West, Missy Elliott, Quavo of Migos, DJ Khaled, Prince Charlez and Kaytranada.

“This is one of my most powerful albums,” Blige said in a statement last month.

In a recent interview with Rated R&B, Blige’s A&R Eddie Fourcell shared his thoughts on the album. “This album will prove that Mary J. Blige has made an album in 2017 — 25 years after her debut — and still made an amazing record that still stands the time,” he said. “We didn’t make it a dated album. It doesn’t feel like What the 411? but it feels like what she was on there . You’re going to be extremely pleased with the album.”

Strength of a Woman’s lead single “Thick of It,” co-written by Jazmine Sullivan, was released last fall and climbed to no. 1 on the urban AC radio chart. It makes radio history as the fastest song to top urban AC radio since Whitney Houston’s 1995 hit “Exhale (Shoop Shoop).”

Listen to Strength of a Woman below.

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PJ Morton Releases ‘Gumbo Unplugged (Live)’

Nearly a year after dropping his sophomore album, Gumbo, PJ Morton follows up with an incredible live version.

The Grammy-nominated singer — joined by a group of 22 musicians/artists including Anthony Hamilton, The Hamiltones, BJ The Chicago Kid, The Matt Jones Orchestra, rapper Lecrae and trumpeter Keyon Harrold — recorded the album at Power Station Studios in New York City back in January.

Morton scored two Grammy nominations from Gumbo at the 60th Grammy Awards, including Best R&B Album and Best R&B Song (“First Began”).

Stream Gumbo Unplugged (Live) below.

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Stream Jeremih’s New EP ‘The Chocolate Box’

Jeremih is back with a tasty new EP titled The Chocolate Box. The short and sweet project is packed features four tracks including “Forever I’m Ready,” which samples H-Town’s classic song “Knockin’ Da Boots.”

The Chocolate Box should hold over fans who a starving for a full-length project from Jeremih. He has been in the studio working on his next album, Later That Night, and his joint album with Ty Dolla $ign (MihTy). There isn’t a release date set for either project at this time.

Listen to The Chocolate Box below.

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Stream Arin Ray’s Debut Album ‘Platinum Fire’

Rising singer Arin Ray brings the heat with his debut album, Platinum Fire, via Interscope Records. The 14-track project includes guest appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, DRAM (“Communication”), SiR, YG (“We Ain’t Homies – Remix”), Childish Major and Terrace Martin.

“Bruh even I can’t believe I got these talented mfs on my album lol,” Ray tweeted. “Big thanks to all the homies that collaborated with the kid.”

The album is dedicated to Ray’s cousin LaRon Lovett who was fatally shot in Cincinnati in 2016.

Ray will make his festival debut at Sol Blume on April 28 in Sacramento, Calif. The lineup also includes Jhené Aiko, The Internet, Sabrina Claudio, Nao, Xavier Omar and more.

Listen to Platinum Fire below.

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