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A grave wrong has finally been made right. When Clean Bandit revealed their latest collaboration, “Real Love,” with Jess Glynne, many, including myself, hoped it would be a cover of the classic Mary J. Blige track. Alas, it was an original composition. Thankfully, Glynne heard her fans’ outcry.

The 24-year-old English singer-songwriter delivers an acoustic cover of “Real Love” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge. Her gravely voice really shines during the performance. She does the What’s The 411? single justice. Mary would be proud. Give it a listen below.

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Up until now, most of the tracks off The London Sessions have been on the mellower side. At long last, we finally get an uptempo gem with a sexy slinky beat.

“Nobody But You” is exactly what I was hoping for when I first learned Mary J. Blige was teaming up with Sam Smith. The “Stay With Me” singer co-wrote the 90s-inspired house jam. With a killer remix, this is a dance anthem in the making. Give it a listen below. The London Sessions hits stores on December 2.

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On December 2nd, Mary J. Blige releases her thirteenth studio album titled The London Session. The 43-year-old R&B singer traveled across the pond to collaborate with this decade’s most celebrated UK musical talent – including Disclosure, Eg White, Emile Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, SAM ROMANS and Sam Smith.

“It’s all about the London Music scene and I’m so excited to have been part of it, to record my album,” says 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.”

The lead single, “Therapy,” co-written by Smith has been officially released. The slow-tempo offering sees Blige go more the bluesier route. It borrows from Doo-wop with its simple beat, minimal instrumentation and backing harmonies, as it glides along Blige’s signature soulful voice.

Another track “Whole Damn Year” has also leaked. The powerful R&B ballad finds Mary serving a little Emeli Sandé realness. Not surprising given that Sandé co-wrote this song with Naughty Boy co-producing it with Rodney Jerkins. The latter produced the entire album. Give both tracks a listen below and watch a trailer for The London Sessions as well.

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Mary J. Blige previously lent her vocals on a remix of Disclosure’s “F For You.” That sassy collabo was just a taste of things to come. The two acts have joined forces once again. This time for Blige’s forthcoming 13th studio album titled The London Sessions. The LP will also feature work from Rodney Jerkins, Naughty Boy, Jimmy Napes and Sam Smith.

Right Now” is a perfect fusion of R&B and house. It’s exactly what I hoped for. With a killer remix this will certainly become a club anthem. I can’t wait for what else the 43-year-old singer has in store for us. The London Sessions will be out this Fall. Give “Right Now” a spin below.

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Mary J. Blige Joins Sam Smith For ‘Stay With Me’

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Being such a fan of both Sam Smith and Mary J. Blige, I can’t believe I missed this video which premiered a couple of days ago. If you’re obsessed with “Stay With Me,” this is a must-see.

As part of his promotional tour to pimp out In the Lonely Hour, out on June 17, Smith enlisted Blige for a duet of his hit song “Stay With Me.” With Mary’s powerful pipes, the gospel-tinged ballad is even more soulful. Check out the video below which premiered on Good Morning America on Monday.

“Working with Mary J. Blige is one of the biggest highlights of my career so far. I remember holding her album in my hands in the car when I was a young boy,” Smith shared in a statement. “To meet your idols is a magical thing, but to work with them is truly a dream come true.”

“I’m so honored to have had the chance to work with Sam Smith. Sam’s true soulful voice… is the first of this kind I have heard since Luther Vandross, Freddie Jackson and all the great soulful male voices from the ‘80s. I’m completely blown away by his talent, soul and the sincerity.” – Mary J. Blige

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Mary J. Blige spent most of November and December pushing her Christmas album. I’m pretty certain she’s grateful to Disclosure for enlisting her for a hot new collaboration instead of singing another holiday yuletide track.

The English EDM duo recruited the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul for a remix of “F For You” off their Grammy-nominated debut album, Settle. Blige’s sassy soulful vocals really lend themselves to the uptempo track. It’s a surprisingly comfortable fit for Mary. She should consider experimenting with this sound for a future album.

For the accompanying music video, Disclosure not only use their signature rotoscoping on themselves but also on Mary. Watch Ms. Blige get her groove on with the duo while animation surrounds her. The half-animated/half live-action trippy video is a worthy visual for the funky track. Check it out below.

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The X Factor Season 3 Winner Is…

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Is it me or did this season feel especially long? Even with lackluster ratings and questionable judging, I hope FOX renews the show for another season. My advice is to keep Kelly Rowland. She was my favorite judge this year. Even her “greatest hits” judging clip on the finale was the best. Perhaps, it’s because it featured all the cute guys she hit on during the audition process.

Speaking of the judges’ clip, departing judge Demi Lovato wasn’t impressed with her “annoying juice” segment. You can see her mouth “that’s f**ked up” to Kelly and Paulina Rubio in the bottom corner while it played out. Personally, I think she overreacted. No one believed for one second that she was actually drinking alcohol.

Since I have plans immediately after the finale, I’m going to make this recap short and sweet. Find out the winner below along with some of the performances. Sadly, there was no number as epic as Lady Gaga and Christina Aguilera’s surprise duet on The Voice, but still a few standouts.

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If the promise of Mary J. Blige wearing a platinum blond fro descending from the sky while wearing baby blue wings isn’t enough to entice people to the theaters, nothing will. That top right image is everything. Blige along with Jennifer Hudson star in a contemporary adaptation of Langston Hughes’ celebrated 1961 play, Black Nativity. The film is scheduled to hit theaters this holiday season in November.

I love me some J-Hud, but let’s face it. The 31-year-old Oscar winner shines brightest when her acting roles involve some singing. When left simply just to act, she’s a bit awkward, don’t you think? Thankfully, the Kasi Lemmons-directed musical features Hudson doing what she does best- getting down with her gospel bad self. She stars as a struggling mother living in Baltimore who sends her son to live with his grandparents played by Forest Whitaker and Angela Bassett in Harlem. The coming-of-age story also stars rapper Nas, Tyrese Gibson, Nasir Jones and Jacob Latimore. Check out the teaser trailer below.

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