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The Breakthrough, Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

December 20th, 2005

Birth Name:
Mary Jane Blige

Mary J. Blige


Years Active:
'90s, '00s, '10s


Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige
Hip-Hop Soul Collaborations
Hip-Hop Soul Co..
R&B Divas
R&B Divas

Mary J. Blige


When her debut album, What's the 411?, hit the street in 1992, critics and fans alike were floored by its powerful combination of modern R&B with an edgy rap sound that glanced off of the pain and grit of Mary J. Blige's Yonkers, New York childhood. Called alternately the new Chaka Khan or new Aretha Franklin, Blige had little in common stylistically with either of those artists, but like them, she helped adorn soul music with new textures and flavors that inspired a whole generation of musicians. With her blonde hair, self-preserving slouch, and combat boots, Blige was street-tough and beautiful all at once, and the record company execs who profited off of her early releases did little to dispel the bad-girl image that she earned as she stumbled through the dizzying first days of her career. As she exorcised her personal demons and softened her style to include sleek designer clothes, she remained a hero to thousands of girls growing up in the same kinds of rough places she came from. Blige reinvented her career again and again by shedding the bad habits and bad influences that kept her down; by the time her fourth album, Mary, was released in 1999, she had matured into an expressive singer able to put the full power of her voice behind her music, while still reflecting a strong urban style. With her fifth album, No More Drama, it wasn't just Blige's style that shone through the structures set up for her by songwriters and producers, it was her own vision — spiritual, emotional, personal, and full of wisdom, it reflected an artist who was comfortable with who she was and how far she had come.

Top Albums

The Breakthrough, Mary J. Blige
1. The Breakthr..
My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1) [Deluxe Version], Mary J. Blige
2. My Life II....
Stronger withEach Tear, Mary J. Blige
3. Stronger wit..
My Life, Mary J. Blige
4. My Life
What's the 411?, Mary J. Blige
5. What's the 4..
Reflections - A Retrospective, Mary J. Blige
6. Reflections ..
Share My World, Mary J. Blige
7. Share My Wor..
Growing Pains, Mary J. Blige
8. Growing Pain..
No More Drama (Bonus Tracks), Mary J. Blige
9. No More Dram..
Mary, Mary J. Blige
10. Mary
Love & Life, Mary J. Blige
11. Love & L..
My Life II...The Journey Continues (Act 1), Mary J. Blige
12. My Life II....
iTunes Originals - Mary J. Blige, Mary J. Blige
13. iTunes Origi..
The Tour, Mary J. Blige
14. The Tour
What's the 411?, Mary J. Blige
15. What's the 4..
No More Drama, Mary J. Blige
16. No More Dram..
Dance for Me, Mary J. Blige
17. Dance for Me
I'll Be There for You (feat. Mary J. Blige) - EP, Method Man
18. I'll Be Ther..
Best of My Love (Gap Holiday Version) - Single, Mary J. Blige
19. Best of My L..
I Am (Remixes) - EP, Mary J. Blige
20. I Am (Remixe..

Top Songs

Mr. Wrong (feat. Drake)My Life II...The Journey Co..4:01$1.29
Family AffairNo More Drama (Bonus Tracks..4:25$1.29
I'm Going DownMy Life3:42$0.69
Be Without You (Kendu Mix)Breakthrough4:05$1.29
Real LoveWhat's the 411?4:29$0.99
No More DramaNo More Drama (Bonus Tracks..5:26$1.29
Love a Woman (feat. Beyoncé)My Life II...The Journey Co..4:31$1.29
Why (feat. Rick Ross)My Life II...The Journey Co..4:21$1.29
25/8My Life II...The Journey Co..3:55$1.29
Feel Inside (feat. Nas)My Life II...The Journey Co..5:07$1.29
Not Goin' CryShare My World4:54$1.29
Just Fine (Radio Edit)Serena Williams' Sponta..3:28$1.29
I AmStronger withEach Tear3:23$1.29
Enough CryinBreakthrough4:20$1.29
Sweet ThingWhat's the 411?3:45$1.29
My LifeMy Life4:17$1.29
I Can Love YouShare My World4:46$1.29
EverythingShare My World4:59$1.29
These WorriesMan On the Moon, Vol. II: T..4:15$1.29
You Remind MeWhat's the 411?4:18$1.29
Touch It (Remix) [Featuring Mary J. ..Touch It Remixes - Single3:56$1.29
Take Me As I AmBreakthrough3:57$1.29
Love No LimitWhat's the 411?4:59$1.29
Living ProofHelp (Music from the Motion..5:57$1.29

Top Music Videos

Just Stand Up! (Just Stand Up Live: A Benefit for Stand Up to Cancer), Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna, Fergie, Natasha Bedingfield, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, Carrie Underwood, Keyshia Cole, Ashanti, Ciara & Nicole Scherzinger
1. Just Stand Up!..
Be Without You (Edited Version), Mary J. Blige
2. Be Without You..
Just Fine, Mary J. Blige
3. Just Fine
Mr. Wrong, Mary J. Blige
4. Mr. Wrong
No More Drama, Mary J. Blige
5. No More Drama
Enough Cryin (Featuring Brook Lynn), Mary J. Blige featuring Brook Lynn
6. Enough Cryin (..
I Am, Mary J. Blige
7. I Am
We Ride (I See the Future), Mary J. Blige
8. We Ride (I See..
We Got Hood Love, Mary J. Blige & Trey Songz
9. We Got Hood Lo..
Someone to Love Me (Naked), Mary J. Blige
10. Someone to Lov..
Take Me As I Am, Mary J. Blige
11. Take Me As I A..
Stay Down, Mary J. Blige
12. Stay Down
Mr. Wrong, Mary J. Blige
13. Mr. Wrong
The One, Mary J. Blige & Drake
14. The One
Be Happy (Matt X Version), Mary J. Blige
15. Be Happy (Matt..
Seven Days, Mary J. Blige
16. Seven Days
All That I Can Say, Lauryn Hill & Mary J. Blige
17. All That I Can..
Your Child, Mary J. Blige
18. Your Child
25/8, Mary J. Blige
19. 25/8
(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman, Mary J. Blige
20. (You Make Me F..


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