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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Bruno Mars, Mary J. Blige and others Win at 49th NAACP Image Awards

The winners of the 49th NAACP Image Awards were announced on Monday night during the live broadcast from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, which aired on TV One.

The two-hour live special was hosted by Anthony Anderson and opened with a powerful moment in support of #TIMESUP featuring Angela Robinson, Kerry Washington, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Laverne Cox, Lena Waithe and Tracee Ellis Ross. There was a live pre-show from the red carpet hosted by Terrence J with special correspondent, Tanika Ray.

Among the winners were R&B acts SZA (Outstanding New Artist), Bruno Mars (Outstanding Male Artist, Outstanding Music Video/Visual Album, Outstanding Song) and Mary J. Blige (Outstanding Female Artist). R&B legend Charlie Wilson was honored with the Music Makes a Difference Award.

Mary J. Blige Releases New Uplifting Track ‘Bounce Back’

In celebration of her 47th birthday (Jan. 11), Mary J. Blige released a brand new track titled “Bounce Back.” On the uplifting track, Blige sings about how she pulls through during the difficult times in her life.

“What I been through (yeah) / All I the suffering and the fighting but I still pull through (yeah) / Still we rise and we fall every time,” Blige sings. “You I know I always bounce back / Never turn back / Love is like that,” she continues.

“Bounce Back” appears to be a treat to Blige’s fans. The song is currently only available to stream on Soundcloud.

This is been an eventful week for Blige. On her birthday, she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “I’m so grateful for this star right now because I’ve earned it probably three times,” she said. “I say that with confidence and not arrogance. I say it because I know that now, and I know my worth, and what this means.”

Mary J. Blige and Kehlani Hit Studio with Kaytranda

After the breakout success of her debut album, SweetSexySavage, Kehlani is hard at work in the studio with the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige.

The Oakland-bred singer and songwriter posted a photo her and Blige in the studio on Instagram, captioning, “of the same cloth. finally. 🙏🏼”

of the same cloth. finally. 🙏🏼

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Eddie Fourcell, A&R for Mary J. Blige, confirmed the collaboration by posting his own photo of the two artists in the studio. He also mentioned Kaytranda as the possible beat maker.

That KAYTRA x MJB x KEHLANI Vibe??

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10 Years Later: A Retrospective of Mary J. Blige’s ‘Growing Pains’ Album

This duet would be first release from Blige since April’s Strength of a Woman. In late November, she told Billboard, “Normally it takes me two years after I make an album to go on to the next, but the title [which Blige hasn’t revealed yet] just came to me so clear, and when that happens I know I have to move on. I guess because there was so much darkness, the next thing had to be light. I need it to have some party songs.”

Maybe Kehlani and Blige’s pairing with Kaytranda will yield one of those records. We’ll just have to see.

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