They say it can take a whole year to fully get over a bad break-up, and Mary J. Blige can relate to the painful struggle on her brand new song “Whole Damn Year.” The Queen of R&B has fans patiently awaiting the release of her anticipated new album The London Sessions, and today we get the second taste of the project with the heartfelt piano ballad.
“I can feel you getting impatient, but I really can’t let you inside / Bad how deep the pain is / Oh you just couldn’t believe / Yea I seem good on the surface, but I’m a mess underneath,” sings Mary on the new single, which was written by Emeli Sande.
Earlier this month she released the progressive song “Right Now,” which is acting as a UK single from the project, which she recorded this past summer in London.
“It’s all about the London Music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album,” said Blige. “The songs are fun, therapeutic and soulful. This is a beautiful change for me and I’m proud of what we have done here.”
Scheduled to hit stores in the UK on November 24 and December 2 in the U.S., the album, which is executive produced by Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins, will be released via Capitol Records.
Take a listen to her brand new single below:
UPDATE: Mary had more than one new song up her sleeve to kick off the week. You can also listen to another new single, “Therapy,” below. The doo-wop song was co-written by Sam Smith and inspired by Amy Winehouse.