Mary J. Blige was one of the performers at Friday’s Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, where the topic quickly turned to Beyoncé’s highly anticipated Super Bowl performance this Sunday.
Mary, who herself performed at the Super Bowl in 2001 alongside ‘N Sync, Britney Spears and Nelly for one of the most memorable halftime shows ever, has nothing but high hopes for Beyoncé’s big performance.
"I don’t need to give Beyoncé any advice, she’s going to do her thing," she tells The Trend on Zappos Couture. "Beyoncé’s amazing and she’s gonna do what she does."
However, Mary does admit that there’s nothing quite like performing at the Super Bowl.
"[It’s different] because there’s millions and millions of people watching you on television, and in the arena. I mean it’s crazy. The energy’s crazy," she remembers about the experience.
Beyoncé was also on the mind of her fellow performer Michael Bolton, who defended her vigorously in light of the lip-sync controversy surrounding her inauguration performance.
"The Beyoncé thing … Nobody should judge this because you don’t know any of the conditions that took place and what transpired leading up to it," he says. "And at these kinds of events, people don’t know what hearing is on stage, let alone singing in front of tens of millions of people around the world. What I heard is, there was no time for rehearsal and I thought she was phenomenal. And I know that was her voice. And I couldn’t tell you right now — and I still couldn’t tell you — whether she was live or not. If that was lip-syncing, that would be the best lip-syncing I’ve ever seen."
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Mary J. Blige has shown love to those who have followed in her footsteps.
Appearing on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live! Tuesday night, Blige saluted a number of R&B/soul artists including Beyoncé and Miguel.
"I have to say I respect all the females," Blige said in response to a fan questioning who her favorite artist is right now. "The Alicia Keys’, Beyoncé, who can sing and entertain."
Mary J. Blige wishes she had Beyoncé’s stable upbringing, insisting her life and career would have been less rocky if her parents had stayed together.
Not sure how to keep your woman happy? Just ask Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé. The two divas lay out a tutorial on how to court the fairer sex with “Love a Woman,” from MJB’s upcoming My Life II … The Journey Continues, Act I. But fans may be surprised to learn that the long-overdue collaboration was nearly a one-woman affair.
B initially recorded the song for her 4 LP, but thought it would be a better fit as a duet with Mary.
"It was a song she recorded for her album that didn’t fit her album and she sent it through her A&R people to give to me," Mary revealed to MTV News. "When the song came, her voice was on it completely and it was just amazing and I wasn’t sure that they wanted to give me this record because it was so amazing."
The soothing track starts off with Mary sweetly singing, “So you think you know how to love a woman/ But I think it’s still some things you need to know.” As the flowery instrumental builds with a serene piano melody and accentuating horns, MJB goes on to warn that a woman needs more than material things. B turns up the heat demanding that she needs “more than sex,” she needs to be made love to. From there, the song plays as a lyrical how-to. Communication is a must, as is respect, but coming home late and being a one-minute man is a no-no.
While both the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and an expecting Queen B display good chemistry on the song, a video for the track may be hard to pull off. “I’m sure ‘Love a Woman’ would be a single but I can’t really trouble Beyoncé right now; she’s pregnant and I’m sure she’s doing her stuff,” Mary said. “So whenever she’s ready, if she’s ever ready, I’m ready and it’ll be great.”
The highly anticipated duet of Mary J. Blige & Beyoncé is finally surfacing in the interweb. The track was written by Sean Garrett and also by Mary J. Blige & Beyoncé herself. It will be featured on Mary J. Blige’s upcoming album ‘My Life II: The Journey Continues (Act 1)‘ which hits stores November 21st.
Get your first listen to the amazing duet below:
Two of the biggest voices in music, Mary J. Blige and Beyoncé, join forces on their new duet “Love a Woman.” The producer-songwriter behind the superstar collaboration, Sean Garrett, spoke with Rap-Up.com about how the “iconic” track came together.
Garrett, who has penned hits for both women in the past, revealed that the song was originally written for Beyoncé. “I initially did the record for Beyoncé and then we just felt it would be an even bigger record with Beyoncé and Mary J. Blige,” he explained. “Both these women are two iconic female figures in the world, and what would be better than putting those two on a record? We felt it would be a really iconic move.”
“Woman,” which appears on Blige’s 10th album My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act I), will take listeners back. “We did a throwback ’90s type of feel with the track,” said Garrett. “We wanted to give people who grew up with Mary and Beyoncé that real feel that they could reminisce on.”
The R&B divas showcase their powerful pipes on the R&B-drenched record. “The vocals on it are impeccable,” added the hitmaker. “Both Mary and Beyoncé did an incredible job vocally. It just epitomizes the soulfulness, the integrity of real women, and it couldn’t come at a more climactic time.”
While it’s unknown if an accompanying video will be shot, Garrett has high hopes. “I wouldn’t bet against it.