Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Singersroom: Mary Mary Interview

Next Mary J. Blige Album: A Sequel to 1994’s ‘My Life’

Seventeen years after issuing sophomore album “My Life,” Mary J. Blige will release a sequel to the breakthrough disc this fall.

“My Life II, The Journey Continues,” the R&B star’s tenth studio album, is scheduled to drop on Sept. 20 and feature production from Kanye West, Danja, Swizz Beatz and Stargate, the singer announced Monday.

“From me to you, “My Life II” … our journey together continues in this life. It’s a gift to be able to relate and identify with my fans at all times,” says Blige, who recorded the album in New York and Los Angeles, according to Billboard. “This album is a reflection of the times and lives of people all around me.”

The album’s first single, “Someone to Love Me (Naked)” featuring Diddy and Lil Wayne, is currently at No. 66 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. The music video for the track will officially premiere tonight on VEVO, but the clip already leaked online today.
Released in 1994, “My Life” featured hit singles like “Be Happy” and “Mary Jane (All Night Long)” and was nominated for Best R&B Album at the Grammys. The album has sold 2.8 million copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

R. Kelly Writing a Book About His ‘Misunderstood’ Life

R&B legend and icon R. Kelly is ready to expose himself, his life, his innermost thoughts and secrets in an upcoming memoir, “Soulacoaster.”

“I’m writing this book as Robert, not R. Kelly,” he said.

Kels has endured so much throughout his career to scandals, cases, divorce, and even beef. But he has continued to live life and make music the best he knows how.

“I’m tired of being misunderstood. I will show you the tears, fears, and sweat. I will open my heart and reveal the good in my life as well as all the drama. I want to tell it like it is.”

Co-written with David Ritz, “Soulacoaster” has been described as “part memoir, part keepsake, promising his fans an intimate and unforgettable ride.”