Blige found herself in the U.K. and has since teamed up with writer Sam Smith and a host of other British writers and producers to bring us “Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions,” a 10-track CD set to be released sometime this November.
In a recent interview with The Guardian, Blige called London the mecca of musical freedom, saying: “The music is free here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are free to do what they love and you can hear it when you listen to the radio.”
Mary’s last musical venture was the ill-fated soundtrack to the romantic comedy “Think Like a Man Too.” Mary fronted the entire 14-track CD which has so far gone on to sell less than 300,000 copies.
Despite its low sales, Mary calls the album one of her favorites, but says she recognizes that American radio isn’t as open to her as it once was. “R&B radio in the States has become very closed off,” she told the newspaper. “Veteran artists especially are having a hard time.”
When asked how she expects ‘The London Sessions’ to fare in the U.S., Mary said she hopes her die-hard fans will embrace her new sound and that hopefully along the way she pick up new listeners as well.