On January 29, 2002, the album re-released and featured three new songs, one being Rainy Dayz, which was released as a single and became another Top 20 hit for Blige. It marked a departure from her more familiar hip hop-oriented sound; this set featured a more earthy, whimsical, and adult contemporary-tinged collection of songs. Think Like A Man Too, which serves as Blige's 12th studio album, was released on June 17, 2014. It has sold more than 1. In 2017, Blige starred in the period drama film Mudbound directed by Dee Rees. In Summer 1998, Blige embarked on the Share My World Tour, which resulted in a Gold-certified live album released later that year, simply titled The Tour.
In 1992, Blige released her debut album What's The 411?. Geffen Records released Blige's seventh studio album, The Breakthrough on December 20, 2005. Following her concert date at the Essence Festival, on July 9, 2014 it was announced Blige would move to London to experiment with a new sound for her new album. Dre became her first number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for six consecutive weeks. The song features Blige's , Brook Lynn, whom Mary created to give her lyrical freedom without the fear of damaging her own persona. Blige reunited with producer Sean Combs for the album.
For the album, Blige collaborated with J. It has since been included in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. In 1994, Blige released her sophomore album My Life. The song was written by Blige alongside , and , with the latter two also handing the production. The song was released as the album's third single on March 2, 2006, peaking at 32 on the and 2 on the charts.
Though not as successful as prior releases, the album still sold 2. The album spawned one single, Misty Blue. Once the renegade street queen of hip-hop soul, Mary J. Blige has become music-biz überroyalty without significantly changing her rough-and-ready vocal style. It became Blige's highest-charting album since 2009's Stronger with Each Tear, and her tenth top five entry on the chart. The album peaked at number nine in the U. The album received acclaim and was included on many Best Albums of 2014 lists.
The album's first single, Family Affair produced by Dr. Keeping it real as a new generation's equivalent of Aretha Franklin, her will and strength are projected through that singular voice. She also received nominations for Best Original Song for Mighty River, becoming the first person nominated for an Academy Award for acting and original song in the same year. No More Drama has since sold 3. Blige wrote or co-wrote fourteen of the seventeen album tracks.
In December 2006, a compilation called Reflections A Retrospective was released. Supported by singles Love Is All We Need, I Can Love You, Everything, Missing You, and Seven Days. It spawned the Top 40 Hit Just Fine. Blige makes art with her emotions right at the surface. For her performance in Mudbound, Blige was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress and Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress. A Mary Christmas, Blige's first holiday album, was released on October 15, 2013 through Matriarch and Verve Records. Following a heavily publicized divorce from her husband and manager Kendu Isaacs, Blige released her thirteenth studio album Strength of a Woman on April 28, 2017.
The Journey Continues Act 1 , was released in November 2011. Playing Florence Jackson, the matriarch of her family. Not Gon' Cry, a 1996 single written and produced by Babyface for Waiting To Exhale soundtrack 1995 , peaked at 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Blige's highest charting single of the 1990s. The album debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart, selling 239,000 copies in its first week. It spent 57 weeks on the chart and produced four charting singles: All That I Can Say, Deep Inside, Give Me You, and Your Child.
Two other singles, Dance For Me and No More Drama were released, with the latter becoming a Top 20 hit. It contained many of Blige's greatest hits and four new songs, including the worldwide lead single We Ride I See the Future. On August 17, 1999, Blige's fourth album, titled Mary was released. . On July 12, 2018, Blige released a new single, titled Only Love.
Twelve new songs, co-written and recorded by the singer, were released on November 24, 2014 on an album entitled The London Sessions. . . . . .