Mary J. Blige




Mary Jane Blige  (born 11 January 1971) is an American singer, songwriter, model, record producer and actress. Starting her career as a background singer on Uptown Records in 1989, Blige released her first album, What’s the 411?, in 1992, and has released 13 studio albums since and made over 150 guest appearances on other albums and soundtracks. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards, in addition to receiving a record of thirty Grammy nominations, and also known as the Queen of Hip Hop Soul.

Blige is one of few entertainers in history to have eight or more albums to reach multi-platinum status. My Life, in particular, is considered among the greatest albums ever recorded according to Rolling Stone, Time, and Vibe.

Mary J. Blige began her career as a backing vocalist for Father MC in the early 1990s. Her discography as a solo artist began in 1992 and consists of thirteen studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums and over eighty singles including more than 20 as a featured artist. Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide. In 2009, Billboard magazine ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years, while listing her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the top R&B song of the 2000s, as it spent an unparalleled 75 weeks on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, 15 of them at number one.

In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Moreover, she was ranked 100th on the list of “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige ninth among “The 100 Greatest Woman in Music” listing.

Blige started her own musical career in 1992, releasing her multi-platinum-selling debut album, What’s the 411? on MCA and Uptown Records. The album gave Blige her first Billboard 200 top ten album, and all of her subsequent studio albums have charted in the top ten on this chart, up to and including her most recent album, My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1) (2011). Among Blige’s most popular songs to date are “Family Affair”, “Real Love”, “Not Gon’ Cry” and “Be Without You”. Blige has had four Billboard Hot 100 top-ten singles as a lead artist in the United States, and has had a total of sixteen total top-forty charting singles in the United States. She has had thirty-three singles charting inside the top one hundred on the Billboard Hot 100, making Blige one of the best-performing R&B artists to date on the chart.



Discography

Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Doubt
Album: The London Sessions
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Suitcase
Album: Think Like a Man Too
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Mary, Did You Know
Album: A Mary Christmas
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Don’t Mind
Album: My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1)
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Whole Lotta Love
Album: Stronger with Each Tear
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Just Fine
Album: Growing Pains
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Be Without You
Album: The Breakthrough
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Love @ 1st Sight
Album: Soulife
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Family Affair
Album: No More Drama
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: All That I Can Say
Album: Mary
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Everything
Album: Share My World
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: My Life
Album: My Life
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Real Love
Album: What’s The 411?
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: No More Drama
Album: Reflections (A Retrospective)
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Can’t Hide from Luv
Album: Mary J. Blige & Friends
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Im Going Down
Album: My Collection of Love Songs (Live)
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Dance for Me
Album: Dance for Me
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Beautiful
Album: Ballads (CD)
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Not Gon’ Cry
Album: The Tour
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: Love No Limit
Album: What’s the 411? (Remix)
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: He Think I Don’t Know
Album: No More Drama (Revised UK version)
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Artist: Mary J Blige
Title: The One (ft Drake)
Album: Stronger With Each Tear
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Blige also received the Voice of Music Award from performance rights organization ASCAP, with its official Jeanie Weems stating that “[Blige’s] music has been the voice of inspiration to women worldwide in both struggle and triumph.” Blige made Time magazine’s “Time 100” list of influential individuals around the world in 2007. As of 2013, Blige has sold more than 50 million albums and 25 million singles worldwide. Billboard ranked Blige as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years.

The magazine also lists her 2006 song “Be Without You” as the top R&B song of the 2000s, as it spent an unparalleled 15 weeks atop the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. In 2011, VH1 ranked Blige as the 80th greatest artist of all time. Moreover, she is ranked number 100 on the list of “100 greatest singers of all time” by Rolling Stone magazine. In 2012, VH1 ranked Blige at number 9 in “The 100 Greatest Women in Music.”

Blige also earned high remarks for her work in film. She starred in the 2009 Tyler Perry box-office hit I Can Do Bad All By Myself and played a role in the film Rock of Ages (2012). She received a Golden Globe Award nomination for her musical contribution to the film The Help. In partnership with the Home Shopping Network (HSN) and Carol’s Daughter, Blige released her “My Life” perfume. The perfume broke HSN records by selling 65,000 bottles during its premiere. The scent went on to win two FiFi Awards, including the “Fragrance Sales Breakthrough” award.



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