Mary J. Blige Glows Up Her 13th Essence Cover

Mary J. Blige extends her Essence magazine cover record, landing her 13th cover story for the publication’s November 2017 issue.

On her record-breaking cover, Blige wears an all white ensemble with a blonde side braid.

In her cover story, the 46-year-old singer dishes on her performance in Dee Rees’ Mudbound, a film set in the Mississippi Delta during the Jim Crow South.

Blige reveals how leaving behind her glamorous superstar exterior to portray her character, Florence Jackson, helped her self-esteem.

“Shedding Mary J. Blige for Florence gave Mary J. Blige some confidence… like a lot of it,” Blige told Essence. “[On set] I could hear people whispering, ‘She’s so beautiful.’ And I was like, ‘Who the hell are they talking about?’”

While it was difficult to do without nails and weaves, Blige didn’t let it interfere with doing her job. “If I didn’t let go and give into the character, the movie probably wouldn’t be what it is right now. It was the one thing that needed to be done, and I couldn’t let Dee down.”

Recently, the “Set Me Free” soulstress collected three 2017 Soul Train Awards nominations including Best Collaboration for “Love Yourself” with Kanye West.

Mudbound is set to make its official debut on Netflix on November 17.

Pick up a copy of Mary’s 13th Essence cover story on October 20.

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Roy Woods Announces Debut Album ‘Say Less’ and Shares Title Track

OVO Sound artist Roy Woods has released his new single “Say Less.” Produced by Luca and S.L.M.N, the track finds Woods telling a woman she doesn’t have to say much in order for them to get intimate in the bedroom.

“Heard you got a lot to say / Maybe you should say less / You ain’t gotta tell no lie / Baby you can confess 100 fahrenheit in my room / Maybe you should undress / Don’t talk say less,” he sings.

“Say Less” is the lead single and title track to Woods’ upcoming debut album that drops on December 1. The album will consist of 16 tracks with features from PARTYNEXTDOOR, dvsn, 24Hrs and PnB Rock.

Fans who pre-order Say Less will also get an instant download of “What Are You On?”

Listen to “Say Less” below.

Say Less Track List
1. Medusa
2. Little Bit of Lovin
3. Say Less
4. Take Time (Ft. 24hrs)
5. Something New
6. TOP Left
7. Bb
8. Back It Up (Ft. PARTYNEXTDOOR)
9. Glass
10. The Way You Sex
11. Monday To Monday
12. What Are You On?
13. Balance (Ft. ​dvsn & PnB Rock)
14. In The Club
15. B-Town
16. Undivided

Keyshia Cole Announces ‘Ride’ as Next Single

Without an official radio impact date, Keyshia Cole teases Kamiayah-assisted track as her new single from 11:11 Reset.

In a series of Instagram posts, the “I Ain’t Thru” songstress shared snippets of the Drumma Boy produced track, captioning “Coming next 🔥🔥.”

The wavy track, sampling Tupac Shakur’s “Hail Mary,” finds the Oakland pair sittin’ on ready and ready to pull up on anyone who gets out of line. “One hundred, nothing fake about me / She better watch what she say about me, ” claps Keysh.

Lyricist Kamiyah is mean with her delivery, too. “I got some bitches outside that’ll ride for me / No lie, two times, they’ll die for me,” spits the rising rapper.

11:11 Reset is available digitally and in stores now.

Crank up “Ride,” and remind haters they don’t want no problems.

Janet Jackson, Keith Sweat, Patti LaBelle and More Nominated For Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018

Some of the biggest names in music have been nominated for the Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Motown Records, Patti LaBelle, Janet Jackson, Mary J. Blige, Nat King Cole, Berry Gordy, Keith Sweat and Stephanie Mills are among the impressive list of nominees.

Ten artists with the most votes will be selected to join the Class of 2018. Winners will be announced in February, Black History Month. The first-ever televised ceremony will take place in June, Black Music Month.

In 2016, inductees included Gladys Knight & The Pips, The Manhattans, Freda Payne, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Carl Carlton and The Impressions.

See the full list of Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame nominees below.

Apollo Theater, and New Editions
Barry White
Berry Gordy
Billy Paul
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Gamble & Huff
George Clinton
Janet Jackson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Keith Sweat
Mary J. Blige
Motown Records
Nat King Cole
Patti LaBelle
Peabo Bryson
Stephanie Mills
The Dells
The Drifters

(Source: Click On Detroit)