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Watch Mary J. Blige Perform Medley of Hits on ‘TODAY’

Before heading out on her “Strength of a Woman Live” tour, Mary J. Blige gave fans a dose of what they can expect with a medley on NBC’s “Today.”

As part of the Citi Concert Series, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul performed two new tracks from her recently-released 13th studio album Strength of a Woman, “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson).”

“It’s a special emotion when my fans hear the new songs and they can relate and they understand,” said Blige. “That means we can relate to each other so the energy that’s given back and forth is just amazing. You can’t even understand what it feels like to have people relate to you.”

Specifically, these songs deal with the ongoing legal woes surrounding her divorce from Martin “Kendu” Isaacs. Addressing this, Mary said it’s always important to use music as a release.

“It’s a blessing that I can take all my trials and tribulations,” she said. “Everybody knows what’s going on. It’s awful. It’s a bad thing. I don’t want to keep talking so much but it is what it is. I wouldn’t be Mary J. Blige if I couldn’t use my own music as therapy to get me through these things. Right now, I’m healing as well.”

But Mary didn’t only perform her new songs. She also broke fans off with “Family Affair,” starting a dancery in the middle of Rockefeller Plaza. The song’s upbeat tempo is indicative of what fans can expect from her upcoming tour, which kicks off July 1 at the Essence Festival in New Orleans.

“Expect [us] to do what we do,” she said. “We celebrate life because we come through so many trials, and life is hard as it is, but life is good and we are coming to celebrate the good of life. We’re gonna have a good time.”

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Mary J. Blige Announces “Strength of a Woman Tour”

Mary J. Blige is bringing her ‘Strength’ to a city near you this summer!

Hot on the heels of releasing her acclaimed new album, Strength of a Woman, the 9x Grammy Award-winner has announced her upcoming “Strength of a Woman Tour,” which kicks off July 30 in Chicago.

The North American trek is scheduled to travel to 21 cities, including New York, Atlanta, Miami, Nashville, Dallas, Los Angeles, and more before culminating Sept. 9 in Oakland, CA at The Paramount Theatre.

Blige has invited fellow R&B songstress Lalah Hathaway to join the tour as her supporting act. The tour will continue to support the release of Mary’s 13th studio album, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard R&B Album Chart.

See the full tour itinerary and ticket info below.

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Maxwell Releases “King & Queen Tour” Film on TIDAL

Maxwell will get back on the road this month, kicking off his Summers 17 arena tour on May 23 with support from Common, Ledisi and Leela James.

However, before he brings his lush vocals to audiences once again, the crooner is giving fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look at his international tour last year with Mary J. Blige, in the documentary “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour.” The 20-minute black and white film debuted exclusively on Tidal today (May 5).

In the film, shot backstage and onstage in Europe, Maxwell talks about the “family” chemistry between him and the musicians in his band, his two-decade journey from waiter to Grammy Award-winning singer and the excitement of touring with Queen Mary.

“Sometimes I deliver; sometimes I don’t,” says a candid Maxwell. “But my greatest intention is to make sure that people get their money’s worth and walk away with something they can remember for the rest of their lives hopefully.”

View a clip from “The King & Queen of Hearts World Tour” film below.

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Mary J. Blige Performs “Love Yourself” on ‘Tonight Show’

After her appearance on ‘Ellen,’ Mary J. Blige brought her talents to late night with a performance Monday (May 1) on “The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon.”

Hot off the release of her stellar new album Strength of a Woman, the R&B icon lit up the 40 Rock stage with her first televised performance of her Kanye West-assisted single “Love Yourself.”

Assisted by The Roots, Mary belted out the dramatic record with a poised conviction, hitting each emotional note in her signature tone.

“You gotta love yourself / If you really want to be with someone else / You gotta feed yourself before you feed somebody else,” she sings.

VH1 is set to air Mary’s new behind-the-scenes documentary, “The Making of: Strength of a Woman” tonight (May 2) at 11 p.m.

Watch Mary’s “Tonight Show” performance below.

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New Video: Mary J. Blige – Strength Of A Woman

To accompany the release of her brand new album, Strength of a Woman, Mary J. Blige unveils a sleek visual for the project’s title track.

Standing on a skyscraper above Los Angeles on a starry night, the Queen belts out the empowering anthem about woman’s natural ability to handle any situation. “How can life go on without me here / It’s impossible / All the pain endured to give life / And we keep givin’ and givin’ / And that’s the strength of a woman,” she sings.

Below her, various women–including a police officer and a cancer patient–look to the sky, as if they are hearing Mary’s voice and being fueled with the confidence and conviction to remain strong.

Check out the video below, and pick up her Strength of a Woman album now.

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Listen: Mary J. Blige Returns with New Album ‘Strength of a Woman’

Bow to the Queen!

Today (Apr. 28), Mary J. Blige returns with her hotly-anticipated new album Strength of a Woman.  The R&B icon’s thirteenth studio album has been a longtime coming and lands in the midst of the singer dealing with a nasty divorce from her former manager Kendu Issacs.

The 14-track project includes guest appearances from Kanye West, Quavo (of Migos), DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot, Prince Charlez, KAYTRANADA, and BadBadNotGood.

Led by the singles, “Thick of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson),” Mary is at her best when dealing with personal relationship woes. Channeling those emotions and putting them to song, the album includes such poignant tracks as “Set Me Free,” “Indestructible,” “Survivor,” and “Telling the Truth.”

“This is one of my most powerful albums, featuring some powerful collaborators. I’m excited to share it with you,” she wrote on Instagram.

Previously speaking about the album title, Blige explained that it’s meant to symbolize power in the face of tribulations. “We find that strength in us to not just survive these trials, but to thrive, to live, to get something out of it to not make the same mistakes again,” she said.

Along with the album, MJB is chronicling the emotional process of making the project in the upcoming documentary, The Making Of: Strength of a Woman, which is set to premiere May 2 at 11 p.m. on VH1.

Stream Strength of a Woman below!

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Watch: Mary J. Blige & Jennifer Hudson Perform on ‘Ellen’

Ellen Degeneres invited two R&B powerhouses to her show this week.  On Tuesday (Apr. 25), Mary J. Blige hit the daytime talk show stage for a commanding performance of her single “Thick Of It,” in promotion of her upcoming album Strength of a Woman.

Wearing a black bodysuit and accompanied by a live band and background singers, Blige belted out the emotional record inspired by her divorce from Kendu Issacs.

On Wednesday (Apr. 26), Ellen welcomes Grammy & Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson back to the show for her first time in 5 years. Also wearing all black, the songstress delivered her first American TV performance of her comeback single “Remember Me.”

If anyone had forgotten, J-Hud showed off her incredible grace, power, and control with an outstanding display of her vocals.

Check out both Mary and Jenn’s performances below!

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Watch The Trailer for Mary J. Blige’s ‘Strength of a Woman’ Documentary

Mary J. Blige is back with that pure raw emotion, and we love it!  Although it comes at the cost of real trouble in her personal life, the way she transfers the passion into her music is profound.

As the R&B songstress gears up for the release of her anticipated new album Strength of a Woman, due out April 28, MJB is chronicling the emotional process in her documentary, The Making Of: Strength of a Woman.

The VH1 special about Mary’s heartwrenching LP documents her journey with the album and her divorce from longtime husband, Kendu Isaacs.

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