Known widely as the “Queen of Hip-Hop Soul”, Mary J. Blige has inspired an entire generation of musicians with her hits such as “Be Without You” and “Real Love”. The singer-songwriter, model and record producer has also made quite a name for herself in the acting business, with roles such as Betty Shabazz in the TV movie, Betty & Coretta. The iconic Grammy Award winner has been a true source of inspiration and empowerment and is considered to be one of the defining voices of the contemporary music scene.
And now, twenty-five years later, the hip-hop singer shows no signs of quitting. Fresh off her Strength of a Woman Tour that wrapped up in early September 2017, Mary J. Blige will be performing a series of shows in early 2018. Grab these Mary J Blige tickets at the earliest to enjoy the music of this fabulous singer at the peak of her career!
Early Life and Musical Beginnings
Born in January 1971, in Bronx, New York, Mary J. Blige grew up singing in a Pentecostal church. After dropping out from high school in her junior year, she decided to pursue a career in music. For a short period, the rising star was a part of a Yonkers band called Pride, alongside drummer Eddie D’Aprile. In 1988, one of her impromptu recordings got into the hands of Jeff Redd, a recording artist who was an A&R runner for Uptown Records. Seeing the potential in the young starlet, Mary J. Blige was signed on to the label as a backup vocalist.
Working with record producer Puff Daddy, Blige released her debut album, What’s the 411? in 1992 and received great reviews for it. The album peaked at number six on the Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. The album also landed at number 53 on the UK Albums Chart and was certified three times Platinum by the RIAA. The huge commercial success of this album made Blige a star overnight. She was noted for having the perfect “tough girl persona with streetwise lyrics” and being the “real deal”.
With multiple awards won for this album, Blige continued on her road to success by releasing another album, My Life, in 1994. The album served as a major breakthrough for the artist. The album debuted at No. 2 on the US Billboard 200 and topped the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling a staggering 481,000 copies within the first week of sales and remaining at the top position for eight weeks straight. The album spent a total of 46 weeks on the Billboard 200 chart and 84 weeks on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Rolling Stone added the album to its list of 500 Greatest Albums of All Time and in 2006; it was also added to the Time magazine’s list of 100 greatest albums of all time.
The Music of Mary
Blige is widely regarded as an important factor in the redefinition of R&B. After dealing with personal issues that involved drug use and an abusive relationship, Blige came out strong with her music. She released Share My World, which debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 and had five hit singles, including “Love Is All We Need”. This album was even more commercially successful than her previous works, selling 3 million copies in the US alone.
In 2008, Blige released another hit album, her eighth studio album, Growing Pains. It debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 and topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. Her ninth album, Stronger With Each Tear, experienced similar success with the lead single “The One” featuring Drake.
In between working on her albums and touring, Mary J. Blige also continued to collaborate with multiple artists, including Sam Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Kendrick Lamar, Drake, Barbara Streisand, Marc Anthony and The Clark Sisters, among many others.
With a total of 13 studio albums, 2 live albums, 5 compilation albums and 83 singles to date, Blige is truly a force to be reckoned with in the music industry. If you want to catch this legendary singer live in action, you ought to get your hands on these tickets at the earliest.
Awards and Accolades for Mary J. Blige
Without doubt one of the most accomplished artists of this day and age, Mary J. Blige has countless awards and honors to her name. As of 2013, the artist had sold more than 75 million records all over the world and was ranked as the most successful female R&B artist of the past 25 years by Billboard. In 2011, Blige was listed as the 80th greatest artist of all time by VH1.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has won a total of 101 awards during her career and has been nominated 216 times. Among her victories are 4 American Music Awards, 4 BET Awards, 10 Billboard Music Awards, 9 Grammy Awards, 1 MTV Video Music Award, 5 Soul Train Awards, 2 World Music Awards and 4 ASCAP Pop Music Awards, among many others.
She has been praised a lot by her fans and critics alike. Tom Horan from The Daily Telegraph described her as a major influence in popular music, saying that Blige “invented what is now called R&B by successfully combining female vocals with muscular hip hop rhythm tracks. All over the world, that recipe dominates today's charts."
Mary J Blige Tour Tickets
For fans of the R&B Queen, there is amazing news! Mary J Blige tour tickets are now available here. The singer will be performing in February 2018 at the Borgata Events Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. These performances promise to be the best of the best by this iconic artist, and certainly not ones to be missed by fans. So, get your tickets quick and head on over to the Atlantic City!