Singers Mary J. Blige and Alicia Keys have both decided to push back their album release dates. Once scheduled for a December 1st release, Alicia’s “Element of Freedom” will now make its debut two weeks later on December 15th. Also scheduled for a December 15th release is Mary J. Blige’s “Stronger”, which was originally set to be released on November 24th.
No word yet as to why the albums were pushed back, but many speculate lukewarm responses to both of the singer’s first singles may have been the cause. Mary’s first single, The One, which features rapper Drake, has reportedly only reached #42 on the Hip-Hop and R & B chart and is no where to be seen on the Hot 100 chart. Alicia Key’s first single, Doesn’t Really Matter, has fared a bit better, sitting comfortably in the #61 position on the Hot 100 chart after 4 weeks of release.
Both singers will now reportedly release new singles before their albums arrive. Alicia will go with her much talked about single “Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart.” While Mary will go with the Ryan Leslie written and produced ballad, “Said & Done.”
For those keeping score, both Mary and Alicia are known for going Gold in the first week of release. Mary’s last album debuted at #1 with sales of 629,000, while Alicia did even better with first week sales of 742,000.