Singer 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.
Singer 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.