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Mary J Blige Shakes Things Up With New Album, 'Mary J Blige: The London Sessions'

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Mary J Blige performs at the Essence Festival in New Orleans, Saturday, July 5, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) | ASSOCIATED PRESS

It appears Mary J Blige has taken her talents across the pond to record her forthcoming studio album.

After a string of collaborations in the last year with two of London’s hottest acts, Disclosure and Sam Smith, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has apparently embarked on a month long pilgrimage to London culminating in the release of “Mary J Blige: The London Sessions.”

During a recent interview with British newspaper The Guardian, Blige opened up about her creative process for the 10-track opus.

"Our idea was to become part of London," she revealed, "to really embrace the culture – to really live in it. Not that I haven't been here before, but I've never had the chance to really soak in it the way I have this time.

“To make records from the London-scene perspective…The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing – you can hear that from Adele's last album. It was massive – a big deal. But she did what she loved."

The November project will mark Blige’s second release of 2014. In June, the Grammy Award-winner released the soundtrack to “Think Like A Man Too”, which debuted at number six on Billboard’s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums boasting a whopping 9,000 copies. And despite the meager first week sales, the New York native managed to nail her 16th top 10 album.

Read more details behind “Mary J Blige: The London Sessions” over at The Guardian.


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