Mary J. Blige “Doubt”

With MJB fresh off her cameo in Empire, she delivers the new music video “Doubt” — one of the inspiring standouts from her new album in late 2014, The London Sessions. “Doubt” is apart from the more upbeat material on the album (which is also really good) as the video helps me gravitate again toward the song.

The Queen of Hip Hop Soul performs above in an empty theatre and the way she’s captured and panned at a distance is really well-done. There’s a cool effect at the end that I won’t spoil, so watch above and feel some soul inside on this Monday to start the week. The Empire season finale is on Wednesday as well, oh btw.

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Mary J. Blige “Whole Damn Year” (BTS)

Mary J. Blige’s The London Sessions is almost upon us December 2nd and in advance of the date, we get a cool, black and white behind the scenes look at a breakup anthem on the album “Whole Damn Year”.

Via VIBE, the song was co-written by Knox Brown and Emile Sandé. “I wrote this song and I love this song, but I didn’t think that it was a song for me for some reason,” Sandé says. “And as soon as Mary heard it and connected to it, it really felt like the song had found it’s natural and true home.”

I feel like a lot of people, male or female, may end up relating to the song wherein MJB sings,

It took a whole damn year to repair my body.

Looking forward to the final product in a few weeks.

Mary J. Blige “Right Now” on Ellen

This is lowkey my single of the moment. Disclosure really killed the beat in contrast to MJB who mixes her vintage style with the modern upbeat sound wonderfully. The song comes alive on Ellen, ICYMI above.

The London Sessions drops December 2nd.

Mary J. Blige “When You’re Gone”

The London Sessions is less than a month away and the stellar previews keep comin’. The latest official drop is “When You’re Gone”, which perhaps comforts longtime MJB fans that they can expect some vintage slow jams from the singer. This, of course, in contrast to the uptempo “Right Now” produced by Disclosure. I actually had a chance to stream the full London Sessions over the weekend and it really is a sharp mix of styles embodied by the two tracks mentioned above. Listen to the former: “When You’re Gone”, for anyone out there missing a significant other.

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