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Retro Rewind: 10 Albums That “Turn 10” In 2017 #FBF

Alicia Keys, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Kanye West, & More Make Our “Faves” List

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Following a year that gifted pop music lovers game and/or career-changing albums like Justin Timberlake‘s ‘FutureSex/LoveSounds,’ Christina Aguilera‘s ‘Back To Basics,’ Beyonce‘s ‘BDay,’ Amy Winehouse‘s ‘Back To  Black,’ Ciara‘s ‘The Evolution,’ and Fergie‘s ‘The Dutchess,’ 2007 had some big shoes to fill.

For many of the artists who stood to the challenge (see:  Britney Spears, Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Kanye West, Jay Z, etc.) the results may not have matched the commercial response of their previous efforts (or collectively those of the big named releases the year prior), but critically the class of 2007 wielded what many consider some of their (if not their) best work(s) to date.

As we kick off 2017, let’s flashback to 2007 to ode 10 game and/or career-changing albums that turned 10 this year.  Your gateway to feeling “old” awaits below:

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Mary J. Blige Seeks To Seize Grammy Award From Estranged Husband

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Mary J. Blige has put plans in place to retrieve a Grammy award from her estranged husband Martin Isaacs after he is said to have refused to hand it over to her.

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week In 1992 #TBT

Mary J. Blige’s ‘Real Love’ Reaches Hot 100 Peak

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’  allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’re showing some love to Mary J. Blige‘s inaugural top 10 ‘Real Love,’ lifted from her debut album, ‘What’s the 411?’  Written by L.A. Reid, the tune – released in August 1992 – had a tough act to follow in the album’s first single, ‘You Remind Me.’  Peaking at #29, ‘Remind’ gave listeners their official introduction to the raspy voiced New Yorker.  But, as time would prove, it was only a foretaste of many great things to come.

This week its follow-up, ‘Real Love,’ was hoisted to the top 10 on the back of strong airplay and sales.  Finding its peak at #7 on the tally, the feat is all the more impressive given the unrelenting domination of Whitney Houston‘s ‘I Will Always Love You’ during the time.

Tuck in to see who joined Mary and Whitney in the top 25 this week 24 years ago:

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Hot Shots: Mary J. Blige & Maxwell Amaze In Atlanta

Duo Continue To Deliver On ‘King & Queen Of Hearts Tour’

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Mary J. Blige is singing through her pain.

The songstress, who is in the ‘Thick Of It’ with ex Kendu Issacs, isn’t diving away from the spotlight during their divorce. She’s embracing it.

MJB has teamed with Maxwell for the aptly titled ‘King & Queen of Hearts Tour.’

Currently on its US leg, the trek pulled into Atlanta’s Philips Arena last night and impressed in earnest.

Having already played to huge audiences in Europe, Stateside fans will be able to catch the pair right into next month. [Click here for dates]

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Mary J. Blige Belts ‘Thick Of It’ On ‘GMA’ / Details Reason For Divorce

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As the age old adage goes, a problem shared is a problem halved. And for over 20 years, that’s exactly what Mary J. Blige‘s relationship with her fans has been rooted in.

It’s little wonder, then, why the singer is drawing strength from her legion of loyal supporters during her on-going divorce with ex Kendu Issacs.

Today saw the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul visit Good Morning America to promote new single ‘Thick Of It’ and her ‘King & Queen Of Hearts Tour’ with Maxwell.

During her appearance, Mary not only performed, she opened up about the break-up.

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New Video: Mary J. Blige – ‘Thick Of It’

R&B Queen Releases First Video From ‘Strength Of A Woman’ Album

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It’s here!

Mary J. Blige showcases the ‘Strength of A Woman’ in the video for the album’s lead single ‘Thick Of It.’

Timely lyrically, the release arrives during the singer’s widely publisized split from husband/manager Kendu Issacs.

Already resonating with listeners, the track has already hit #1 on Urban Adult Contemporary radio.

Is ‘Thick’ set to become her MJB’s next big hit?

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Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige – ‘Thick Of It’ Video

Visual Set To Premiere Monday Nov. 7th

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Fans of Mary J. Blige ought to mark their calendars.

For, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul is gearing up to release the video for ‘Thick Of It’ on Monday November 7th.

The visual serves as the first to be serviced from Blige’s new album ‘Strength Of A Woman,’ which hits stores in December.

With the song already #1 on Urban Adult Contemporary radio, the video’s arrival comes right on time.

Wonder what it’ll look like? Take a sneak peek after the jump…

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Hot Shots: Mary J. Blige Steps Out In London Town

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Mary J. Blige is in the city of London.

Still riding high from the fruits of her relationship with ABC, the entertainer made her way to the United Kingdom before the release of her new album ‘Strength of a Woman.’

The album is set for release in the Fall and, should Mary’s wishes come true, will fare just as well as 2001’s ‘No More Drama’ which peaked at #4 and was certified Platinum in the market.

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Mary J. Blige Hits #1 With ‘Thick Of It’ On Urban A/C Radio

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It appears there are upsides to being in the ‘Thick Of It’ for Mary J. Blige.

The crumbling of  the R&B royal’s marriage to Kendu Issacs has been a fixture in the media – specifically their bitter divorce.

With MJB maintaining a dignified silence of sorts, she’s left her feelings on wax and it’s making waves at radio. Literally.

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Not ‘Gon Hide: Mary J. Blige Ties Divorce Drama Into Tour Opening

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Mary J. Blige is in the ‘Thick Of It’ with soon-to-be-ex-husband Kendu Issacs.

As reported, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul filed for divorce from her manager-bae in August citing irreconcilable differences.

In the time since, headlines have been rife about the demands Issacs is making on the singer’s fortune. Specifically his colossal claims for spousal support.

Never one to hide her pain, MJB kicked off the European leg of her King & Queen Tour with Maxwell this week and actually incorporated the drama into her set’s opening.

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Retro Rewind: Billboard Hot 100 This Week in 1997 #TBT

Mary J. Blige’s ‘Everything’ Enjoys Hot 100 Peak

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Readers of That Grape Juice know what avid music lovers we are – especially of hits past.

So, just as our retrospective features ‘From the Vault’ and ‘TGJ Replay’ allow us the chance to re-spin the gems and jams of yesterday of one artist, our newest feature Chart Rewind – a variation of our current Retro Rewind assay – accedes salutes to an entire era of music history.

This week we’re getting everything we need and more from ‘Everything’ – the third single from Mary J. Blige‘s 3x platinum third studio album ‘Share My World.’  The Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced cut, which famously samples ‘You Are Everything’ [The Stylistics], was accompanied by one of the Grammy winner’s most memorable visuals – a Hawaiian themed clip helmed by hit video director Hype Williams.  Helping it reach its Hot 100 peak of #24 this week 19 years ago, the song is an enduring fan favorite from Blige’s catalog and is undoubtedly a “must hear” on her ‘King & Queen’ tour with fellow R&B royal Maxwell [click here to read more] .

Check in below to see how joined the Queen of Hip Hop Soul in reigning over the Billboard Hot 100’s upper rankings this week in 1997:
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Battle of the New Singles: Lady Gaga, Mary J. Blige, Bruno Mars, & More

Whose New Release Packed the Most Potent Punch?

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Let us tell it, the last three days alone have seen Fall 2016 prove itself infinitely hotter than the summer was.  With drops from Jojo, Lady Gaga, John Legend, Mary J. Blige, and Bruno Mars, 3rd quarter is on its way to giving music fans more than they can handle.

And, as if these heavy hitters aren’t enough, the past few weeks have seen contributions from the likes of Solange and The Weeknd that are threatening some real shakeups on the charts – the latter already hoisted to the top 3 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Sales and statistics aside however, we’re coming to you – That Grape Juice faithful – to ask:  who brought the heat? Tuck in below and let us know:

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