Mary J. Blige and Tamar Braxton to Tour Together

mary j. blige and tamar braxton going on tour togetherSinger Mary J. Blige is hitting the road this fall and taking fellow R n’ B diva Tamar Braxton along for the ride.

Mary announced her upcoming MJBLive Tour via Twitter late last night. The 12-city extravaganza will kick off on October 30 in Augusta, Georgia and wrap up two weeks later in Mashantucket, Connecticut on November 15.

Tamar, who is listed as a “special guest,” will join Mary for four tour dates in total. Two in Florida, and another two in Georgia.
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Mary J. Blige Covers Healthy Living Magazine

MARY J BLIGE COVERS HEALTHY LIVING MAGAZINE-5Singer Mary J. Blige is covering the latest edition of Healthy Living magazine.

With a new album (The London Sessions) and tour dates to fulfill, Mary says she’s more determined than ever to keep her mind, body and spirit in optimal condition. “My life today is about being focused and disciplined,” she told the magazine. “It’s not easy but it’s worth it once you start seeing the results.”

The 44-year old Queen of Hip-Hop Soul then dishes on changing up her lifestyle as she gets older, why she moved to be closer to her trainer, and why she refuses to ever again step on a scale.
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Mary J. Blige Gets ‘Confidential’

Singer Mary J. Blige kicks off 2013 gracing the latest digital issue of Los Angeles Confidential Magazine.

Along with a killer pictorial, Mary also sat down with journalist Kevin Sessums, where the two discussed everything from Mary’s upcoming role in the Lifetime movie ‘Betty and Coretta’ to the death of singer Whitney Houston, which Mary says prompted her to 100% give up drinking altogether.

Exceprts below…

Mary on what drew her to the ‘Betty and Coretta’ film, which she not only stars in but co-produces as well: “You have to move forward. If Betty had not moved forward, Malcolm X would have died and that would have been it. I didn’t even realize that she and Coretta had been friends. Women never get a chance to have their stories told when there are important men involved. That’s what drew me to the part.”

Mary on how Whitney Houston’s death affected her personally: “What I did was I chose to learn how to drink socially and it didn’t work. The test comes when you have to decide whether you’re drinking to be social or drinking to cover up something again. To cover up depression. To cover up guilt. Shame. Abandonment. All of that, man. Once I realized, “There you go again,” I had to stop. Whitney Houston’s death really affected me. Her death is another reason I stopped. I really do think I’m done. I looked at how that woman could not perform anymore.”

Red the entire interview here.

Video: Don’t Mind by Mary J. Blige

Singer Mary J. Blige has returned with the visuals for her latest single “Don’t Mind,” the fourth track to be released from her gold certified My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) album.

If the song already sounds familiar to you, it’s because the melody was used in the singer’s now infamous Burger King commercial.

Despite that slight faux pas, “Don’t Mind” is a classic Mary J. joint and more than worthy of your time.

Mary J. Unveils Alternate Video

Though Mary J. Blige’s “Mr. Wrong” single features rapper Drake, when the video was released back in December the Canadian MC was conspicuously absent.

That oversight has been rectified however with the release of a second version of the video that does indeed feature the emotional heir to the Young Money throne.

Drake told AOL Music a scheduling conflict kept him from being able to appear in the original video, as he was overseas doing promotion for his “Take Care” CD.

Mary J. Debuts “Mr. Wrong” Video

Singer Mary J. Blige has just unveiled the video for “Mr. Wrong,” the second single to be released from her tenth solo album “My Life: The Journey Continues (Act 1).

The single was released to radio last month and will definitely get a boost from the video, Mary’s best in a long time.

Check it out below…

FYI: Though Drake appears on the album version of the song, he is not featured in the video- a good decision if you ask me.

Mary J. Blige’s Live Concert Stream

If you didn’t tune in live over the weekend to watch Mary J. Blige’s intimate webcast at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, no fears, we have the entire hour and half plus performance for you below.

The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul was joined on stage by rapper Nas, who helped her perform her new single ‘Feel Inside, which he is featured on.

Mary also dedicated her show to late rapper Heavy D.

The night’s performance was sold out and reportedly featured a slew of celebs in the audience- including Busta Rhymes, Jennifer Lopes and Magic Johnson.

Mary J. Blige Set to Perform Live Webcast

Mary J. Blige Celebrates Her ‘Life’

Singer Mary J. Blige is about to give the performance of her life… literally. The 40-year old Queen of Hip-Hop Soul will celebrate the release of her upcoming ‘My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1),’ album by performing a live webcast on November 17th at Club Nokia in Los Angeles, California.

The internet broadcast will be directed by choreographer Adam Shankman and will air exclusively via Mary’s VEVO page at 11pm. EST.

According to the singer, the night’s performance will feature mostly songs from her new album, but will also pay homage to its predecessor, the chart topping 1994 classic ‘My Life.’

In an interview with the NY Times blog, Mary said fans will have to tune in to see if any of the album’s guest stars make an appearance.

‘My Life II’ features cameos from Nas, Busta Rhymes, Drake, Beyonce and even Mary’s rap persona Brook Lynn.

And speaking of Beyonce, a 30 second clip of her and Mary’s duet ‘Love a Woman,’ has leaked. Give it a listen below and let us know what you think.

Mary J. Blige Starts Shooting “Nina” Biopic

Singer Mary J. Blige has reportedly been taking acting classes in preparation for her starring role in the Nina Simone biopic “Nina.” According to Mary, the film is set to start shooting later this month and will co-star Canadian actor David Oyelowo (The Last King of Scotland).

After making her last film major appearance in Tyler Perry’s 2009 drama “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” Mary said she wanted to delve more into movies and has done that by landing not only the lead role in “Nina,” but a supporting role in the upcoming big screen adaptation of the Broadway play “Rock of Ages.”

Speaking to NY Mag about her role as Justice, a tough talking bartender, Mary gushed about her relationship with the cast, including leading man Tom Cruise. “I love Tom,” she said. “He just really wants the best for everybody. He just wants you to win, and you’ve got to love a person like that. And they also just closed the deal with Russell Brand. It’s a fun movie!”

Both “Rock of Ages” and “Nina” are set for release in 2012.

Mary J. Blige Sets Release Date

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul, Mary J. Blige, is set to return to her musical throne and has officially set a release date for her upcoming 10th solo album. According to a recent tweet from the singer, “My Life ||: The Journey Continues” will officially be unleashed upon the public on September 3, 2011. Earlier this month Mary released the buzz single/video “Someone to Love Me (Naked),” which features Lil Wayne and Mary’s longtime collaborator Diddy. The single has been on the Billboard charts for four weeks and presently sits at #50 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs charts.

Mary J. Blige Goes Reggae

New York City’s Hot 97 radio station has debuted what they say is a recently recorded track from singer Mary J. Blige. Titled “Anything You Want,” the singles is a reggae flavored joint that features rapper Busta Rhymes and dance-hall titan Gyptian. The song was produced was Jerry Wonder, who is probably best known for his work with Shakira and The Black Eye Peas.

There is no word from Mary and her camp as to whether the song is new or not. However, the singer did recently take to Twitter to tell her fans that the slew of new music they had been hearing online as of late was nothing more than previously un-released tacks that would not be featured on her upcoming CD.

Mary J. Blige To Hit The Road This Fall

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul isn’t letting the lukewarm response to her last album keep her from giving her fans what they want. Rather than hiding out until her next record is completed, Mary J. Blige has instead decided to stage a world tour and take newcomer Jazmine Sullivan along for the ride. Mary announced her plans yesterday when she appeared live on 106 & Park to promote her FFAWN Organization. Blige even brought out Sullivan to join her, who just so happened to also release her “Holding You Down” video, which features a sample of Mary’s 1994 hit “Be Happy.” Mary will kick off her tour October 2nd and says she plans to release new music in early 2011. Mary has been tweeting about her marathon sessions with producer Swizz Beatz lately and says the music they are making together will be “epic.” Mary also let her fans know that the recent spate of new songs leaking to internet featuring her are nothing more than old “throw-away” songs and will not be featured on her new album.

Mary J. Blige Sells Big On HSN

According to the Home Shopping Network, singer Mary J. Blige sold just over 50,000 bottles of her “My Life” perfume when she appeared on the network Friday to promote it. “My Life” was being sold at the discounted price of $46.00 and came with a gorgeous gold double zipped clutch. If that wasn’t enough to entice viewers to buy- HSN threw in a shipping and handling price of only $1.99. If you still wanna get in on the deal, HSN still has the sale going on and is selling the entire collection (parfum, body lotion, shower gel) for $120.00.

Singer Mary J. Blige Throws Shade

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul isn’t set to launch her “Melodies” line of sunglasses until October; however promotion is already well underway. Besides giving out free pairs to celebrity pals like Kim Kardashian, and then having her tweet about, Mary is also releasing promo shots, and most recently, a price list.

Mary says her “Melodies” aim to give ladies a refuge to “hide behind” while still being “fashion forward and comfortable.” All that comfort however comes with a price and pretty hefty one if you ask me. “Melodies” will range in price from $165.000 all the way up to $225.00.

I’m all for Mary branching out and expanding her empire- however $166 for a pair of sunglasses is a little steep.

What say you guys? Would you buy a pair of shades for more than $100. Personally, I wouldn’t but a pair for more than $20.

Mary J. Blige Talks Upcoming Movie Role

Singer Mary J. Blige is featured in the latest issue of Allure Magazine. The undisputed Queen of Hip-Hop Soul looks back over her near 20 year career and reflects on lessons learned, why she isn’t impressed with the new breed of “microwave artists” and what she has planned for the future.

Excerpts below…

Mary on the true meaning of being a diva: A true diva is a woman who works really hard and doesn’t let anyone get in their way. Divas do what they need in order to be satisfied.

Mary on why she doesn’t envy today’s young stars who often have overnight success: They’re not seasoned. We [referring to herself and her peers] went through the trenches which is why we are still here. I call it rotisserie versus microwave chicken. The rotisserie, you season it, let it marinate in your fridge overnight and then you put it in the oven. The microwave chicken you buy it frozen, and nine minutes later, you have a meal. But do you really want to eat that? I’d rather be the rotisserie.

Mary on what she has been doing to prepare for her role as jazz legend Nina Simone: I have been doing what I call living in Nina-land. I have been doing a lot of reflecting on my own life and past growing up in Yonkers, New York. You know, watching women be abused and then eventually ending up in an abusive relationship myself.

Mary on the parallels of her life and Simone’s: We have almost the same life. For a long time, I felt about myself how she felt about herself- we go really, really dark. I never was diagnosed as a manic depressive but who knows, maybe I should been.

Mary on what the future holds for her: More movies definitely and just giving back to the community. After what I grew up on I vowed to not see a woman ever hurt again.

The August edition of Allure Magazine is available on newsstand now.