Mary J. Blige Dishes on Role in New Film ‘Mudbound’

Mary J. Blige always keeps it real.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul took a break from her nationwide Strength of A Woman Live Tour to speak with Variety about how she used marriage woes for her role as Florence Jackson in Dee Rees’ film adaption of the novel Mudbound.

“I used a lot of my own heaviness from my own misery that I was living in that horrible marriage,” Blige told Variety. “I was just dying in it. I knew something was wrong. I just couldn’t prove it. I just had all the heaviness of not feeling right, not feeling good. I gave it to Florence.”

Although Blige’s marriage was unfolding during taping, she still found it difficult to perform intimate scenes with on-screen husband, Hap, played by actor Rob Morgan. “I was married. I never touched another man other than my husband. I was petrified: ‘Oh God. I don’t want to do it.'”

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After being pulled aside by Rees, she realized, “This is the job. This is acting. You’ve got to commit.”

Blige reflected on her previous roles like 2001’s Prison Song. “I hope people don’t go digging it up,” she said. “When I see it, I get a tear from embarrassment.”

Aside from her upcoming role, Blige is still promoting her April release Strength Of A Woman, which debuted No. 3 on the Billboard 200. She recently selected “Glow Up” featuring DJ Khaled, Quavo (from rap trio Migos) and Missy Elliott.

Mudbound will be released on Netflix and select theaters on November 17.

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Keyshia Cole Plans to Repackage ’11:11 Reset’ With Three New Songs

Keyshia Cole has been hush mouth since the release of her 11:11 Reset album last October. Her silence has its good reasons though, according to a recent Instagram post.

The “Better Me” singer has plans to revive her latest album and its era. “I will be announcing a tour soon,” she wrote. She will also rerelease her album with three new songs.

The 11-track project, which released on Oct. 20, 2017, highlights Cole’s personal triumphs and trials post-divorce. The album includes the Remy Ma and French Montana assisted single “You” and soulful ballad “Incapable.”

There is no word on when Cole will re-release the album.

Are you interested in new music from Keysh? Let us know in the comment section. 

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Tory Lanez Shares ‘Memories Don’t Lie’ Track List, Drops Three New Songs

As March 2 draws closer, Tory Lanez shares the official track list and artwork for his sophomore album, Memories Don’t Lie.

On his bright and festive album cover, Lanez is surrounded by colorful balloons and Polaroids images from his childhood, which dangles aimlessly behind him.

The album features 18 songs with guest appearances from 50 Cent, Future, Fabolous, NAV, and Wiz Khalifa.

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Along with his track list and cover artwork, Lanez gifts fans with a three-song EP titled The Bag, to tie over fans. It includes two songs with PARTYNEXTDOOR.

Listen below.

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Miguel’s ‘Sky Walker’ Reaches No. 1 on Urban Radio

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Miguel’s single “Sky Walker” featuring Travis Scott has secured the number one spot on urban radio.

Totaling 4,690 radio spins, the worry-free track floats from No. 2 to No.1 (Feb. 10), after N.E.R.D and Rihanna’s “Lemon” had a decline in radio spins. “Sky Walker,” which has over 106 million streams on Spotify, has spent nearly five months on the urban radio chart since debuting at No. 50 last September.

This is Miguel’s first time in five years of landing a number one single on urban radio as the lead artist. Before War & Leisure’s “Sky Walker,” Miguel commanded the chart with his 2012 hit “Adorn” from Kaleidoscope Dream. Before that, his other number one singles were “Quickie” and “Sure Thing” from his debut album, All I Want Is You.

Miguel will take the stage at the 2018 Broccoli City Festival along with Daniel Caesar and H.E.R.

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