Mary J Blige

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Mary J. Blige (born 11.1971)

Mary J. Blige is an American singer / rapper and songwriter. She has sold over 40 million records.

Mary J. Blige: Breakthrough

In 1988, Mary J. Blige recorded a cover of 'Caught Up In the Rapture' by Anita Baker, in a shopping mall booth. The tape made its way to the president of Uptown Records, Andre Harrell. In 1989, Mary was signed to the label and became its first female artist.

Initially, Blige acted as a backing singer for Uptown's more established artists. In 1991, she performed on Showtime at the Apollo, singing with Jeff Redd. In 1992, Blige featured in her first national appearance, performing with Grand Puba on Yo! MTV Raps.

Mary J. Blige's debut album was overseen by Sean 'Puffy' Combs, an A&R executive for Uptown Records at the time.

What's the 411? was released in 1992. Its debut single, 'You Remind Me' reached number 23 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Its follow-up 'Real Love' became Blige's first top 10 hit, making it to number seven. What's the 411? spawned What's the 411? Remix, which was released whilst Mary worked on her second album.

Mary J. Blige: In the Limelight

My Life was released in 1994, again under the watchful eye of Sean Combs, who had also taken on the role of Blige's manager.

'Be Happy' was the first single from My Life and reached number 29. Next was a cover of Rose Royce's 'I'm Going Down', which was Blige's first major UK hit, reaching number 12.

Suge Knight, signed Mary to Suge Management as a consultant and in 1995, she became involved in a number of outside projects, such as recording a cover of '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' for the FOX network TV series New York Undercover. She also worked with Method Man on the Grammy Award-winning 'I'll Be There For You / You're All I Need to Get By'. Early in 1996, she released 'Not Gon' Cry', written by Babyface, for the film Waiting to Exhale.

In 1997, Share My World, Blige's third album, was released. A number of producers had taken Sean Combs' place, including R. Kelly and Jimmy Jam. The album debuted at number one in the US and launched five hit singles, including 'Love Is All We Need' (featuring Nas), 'I Can Love You' (featuring Lil' Kim) and 'Everything'. The accompanying tour gave birth to the Gold-certified live album, The Tour.

Blige's fourth album, Mary, was released in 1999. The album featured a number of famous guests, including Elton John (on 'Deep Inside'), Lauryn Hill (on 'All That I Can Say') and Aretha Franklin (on 'Don't Waste Your Time').

In 2001, No More Drama was released, spawning her first number one single, the Dr. Dre produced 'Family Affair'. The album sold almost two million copies but her label, MCA, repackaged the album with a new cover and track-listing, including 'Rainy Dayz', featuring Ja Rule. The song 'He Think I Don't Know' won Blige a 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance' Grammy.

Love & Life, released in 2003, saw Mary working with Combs again. The album debuted at number one in the US but its lead single, 'Love @ 1st Sight' received a disappointing response, as did her duets with Sting and Eve.

The Breakthrough (2005) featured will.i.am, Dre & Vidal and Bryan Michael Cox and has sold over seven million copies across the globe. Her duet with U2 on their song 'One' became Blige's biggest hit in the UK.

In 2006, Blige released a compilation entitled Reflections - A Retrospective as well as a duet with Ludacris, 'Runaway Love', for his album Release Therapy. She also appeared with Aretha Franklin on the soundtrack to Bobby, singing 'Never Gonna Break My faith', which won a Grammy for 'Best Gospel Performance'.

Growing Pains (2007), was Blige's eighth studio album. The Grammy-nominated 'Just Fine' saw a return to the UK charts for Blige. 'Work That' was used to accompany an iTunes commercial.

In 2008, Mary J. Blige embarked on a tour with Jay-Z and they released a duet, 'You're Welcome'.

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KEISHA

WHAT'S UP MARY,I HAVE BEEN A FAN OF YOURS SINCE WHAT'S THE 411 I HAVE ALL OF YOUR ALBUMS YOU HAVE TRULY INSPIRED ME THROUGH YOUR MUSIC. YOUR LIFE STORY HAS INSPIRED ME TO BE A STRONGER WOMAN. THROUGH YOUR MUSIC I HAVE OVERCOME A LOT OF HARDSHIPS. KEEP DOING WHAT YOU DO YOUR FANS NEED THAT REALNESS YOU SHOW THROUGH YOUR SONGS. LOVE YOU GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!

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angel 7

Mary J Blige does not deserve any one of those grammy nominations ,she is an absolutley s**t singer(if you could call her that)and has not achieved anything of any importance to the musical world,that should be recognised ,she has no musical talents whatsoever!!which is probably why she needs to mime all of her songs instead of singing live which any decent kind of artist would do ,or the even more likely reason is that she herself knows that she is a s**t singer!!!!ALSO -she totally ruined that so called duet with bono of a U2 song which is of great music,lyrics and emotion i have no idea why they called it a duet when in the video and on record all that can be heard is the sound of her ridiculously whiney voice the thing that makes it even worse, is that U2 are made to look like her backing band in the video, which is a complete load of crap because U2 are a MILLION times better performers ,musicians and singers than the unbelieveably stupid,vein,self obsessed ,egotistical,slut Mary J who in the video for one looks like a complete stuck up t**t!!

7 years 7 months ago
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TLLOYD

MY DEAR MARY, I AM A OLDER FAN OF YOUR [68] AND I PRAY THAT YOU CONTINUE TO STAY STRONG AND MATURING INTO A WISER WOMAN. YOU HAVE MADE GREAT STRIDES IN THIS LIFE AND I FEEL SO PROUD OF YOU. I LIVE IN JAMAICA , NY, BUT I SAW YOU PERFORM FOR THE FIRST TIME ON FRIDAY MARCH 3, 2010 AT THE RODEO IN HOUSTON,TX. MY DAUGHTER MADE IT POSSIBLE FOR ME TO SEE YOU. I WAS SO EXCITED AND PROUD , I JUST SMILED AND CRIED. YOU WERE WONDERFUL .... THANK YOU, LOVE YA, TRINA LLOYD

4 years 4 months ago
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lyanah

I love your music Mary,and I can relate to it. You are a very beautiful person. And whenever you're ready I have a nice song that is a guaranteed number one hit that I know a lot of people can relate to. The song has already been recorded, but i want to sell it because it is a soul song, and I am going to record a gospel album. If you are interested e-mail me a.hyman2006@rcn.com. GUARANTEED #1 HIT!!!

6 years 5 months ago
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ginny

Mary I have been a fan of yours for years.I have all of your CDs and live concerts I stand behind you 100%no matter how good are bad you have a lot of fans Im one of them keep making the music an we will follow you all the way .Your a great artist an no matter how tough times get only God knows the future so Mary just be happy you deserve it. Peace on earth .

7 years 11 months ago
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phillyboy16

To angel 7First off let me start off by saying that you can't spell.If you think there is something wrong with Mary J. then you must not know much about music. She is one of the best and most down to earth females in the music industry. Why are you hating on her? Is it because she is not stuck up like Mariah Carey 4 Beyonce who i think could never be her. As far as the Grammy Awards go, she deserves every one of them. Get a life.

7 years 6 months ago
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twonastyone

burning bush woke up jingod

5 years 5 months ago
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mjb 4 life fan

Angel 7 get a life.... you don't have anything better to do than slam Mary... She's everything to me and so many others. You are just one example of a worthless hater who can't to stand to see a successful, strong, black women. Too sad you have to result too profanity to make a weak point.More power too my girl... I hope she win all 8 grammys!!!

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