Mary J. Blige is showing what it means o have the “Strength of A Woman” with her latest studio project.
The 14-track effort features the Quavo, DJ Khaled, and Missy Elliott-assisted “Glow Up,” as well as the previously-released singles “Thick of It,” “U + Me (Love Lesson),” and “Love Yourself” featuring Kanye West.
The New York Times praised Blige’s first album since 2014’s The London Sessions, writing, “Strength of a Woman…moves like a forest fire: ruthless, wide-ranging, blunt. The heat emanating off it is palpable. Ms. Blige has been scorned, is aggrieved and is dead-set on payback. No sensible person would want to be on the receiving end of this record.”
Mary opened up about the album’s cathartic nature during an interview with NPR. “It was hard because of the pain, but it was good to get it out,” she said. “It made me cry, and then I had to go sing it and cry and get through it. But I believe that there’s a purpose for me here on this earth, and I think it’s so I can live and become these things so people can heal from them. I don’t mind the pain. I don’t mind it all, because it hurts so good. It hurts so good.”
After listening to the album, fans will be get an inside look at “The Making of: Strength of a Woman” in a VH1 documentary, airing May 2.
Wale returns wit his fifth studio album, “SHINE” with features including Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Major Lazer, WizKid, G-Eazy, J Balvin, and Travis Scott, who guests on the single “Fish n Grits.”
“You’re going to know how nice I am,” he told The FADER. “I’m going to get these songs off. Give me the same opportunity as these pop ni**as. I’m trying to create a feeling. Happy. Sad. Turned up with my friends, with my women. SHINE is trying to describe what sky blue is to a blind person.
“I want you guys to feel like, ‘I always want to play SHINE when I’m going or out or coming from the club or going through a breakup or when I’m talking ’bout who’s the nicest rapper.’ I might fall short,” he added. “But that’s the goal. That that’s feeling I want to give. It should impact how you think about love, your teen years, your late 20s, marriage, your babies. All that. I’m trying to make people feel fly. I’m trying to make people understand my story.”
Following the album’s release, Wale will hit the road on his “Shine Tour,” which is set to kick off May 5 in Atlanta.
Dj Khaled joined by Justin Bieber, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne, and Quavo, DJ Khaled is out to prove that he’s “The One” on his highly-anticipated single.
“I’m the one,” sings Bieber. “Hear you sick of all those other imitators / Don’t let the only real one intimidate ya / I’m the one, yeah, I’m the one.”
“I’m the One” follows Khaled’s Beyoncé and Jay Z-assisted single “Shining.” Both will appear on Grateful, the follow-up to last year’s Major Key, which is also set to feature Rihanna, Nas, Nicki Minaj, Travis Scott, and more.
“This title means so much to me,” said Khaled. “Especially coming off Major Key and seeing that love…The message here today is love. Love is the key and love is the answer.”
The video also released today, directed by Eif Rivera, finds Khaled and friends at a luxurious oceanfront estate. Guests appearances in the video include Khaled’s son Asahd, Takeoff, Offset, a horse, and a bevy of models also make appearances.
The OVO Sound duo, Majid Jordan is going through “Phases” fresh off their Coachella debut.
“I keep going through different phases / I stay going through different phases,” they sing over the electro house beat. “But life’s changing and I gotta face it / My heart’s taking me to different places.”
The Canadian duo is hard at work on their next album, the follow-up to last year’s self-titled debut.
Listen to “Phases” below.
Katy Perry is serving a fresh single entitled “Bon Appetit”.
Co-written by Max Martin, Shellback, Oscar Holter, and Ferras Alqaisi, the pop songstress uses food analogies to entice her lover’s sexual appetite. “Got me spread like a buffet / Bon appétit, baby,” she sings.
The platinum trio of Offset, Takeoff, and Quavo come through with some fresh rhymes about sweet potato pie, carrots, and donuts. “Got you running back for seconds every single night,” raps Quavo, while Offset adds, “Sweet tooth, no tooth fairy / Whip cream, no dairy.”
“Bon Appétit” is the second single off Perry’s upcoming album, following the Skip Marley-assisted “Chained to the Rhythm.” Katy (and possibly Migos) will perform on the season finale of “SNL” on May 20.