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


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

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?


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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Mary J. Blige Talks “Terrible” Divorce / Announces New Album ‘Strength Of A Woman’

Kanye West & Jazmine Sullivan Assist Icon With Comeback


Mary J. Blige has never side-stepped her problems, she’s battled and belted through them.

Currently going through a divorce, the diva isn’t locking herself away. Instead, she’s chronicling her pain on new single ‘Thick Of It’ – which debuted today.

While plugging the cut on Steve Harvey’s iHeartRadio show this morning, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul revealed that its housing album will arrive in December.

Its name?

Fittingly ‘Strength Of A Woman.’

Listen below as she spills on the LP, as well as her tumultuous break-up from husband/manager Kendu Issacs.


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


Mary J. Blige is back and is not holding back either!

The R&B royal has premiered the studio version new single ‘Thick Of It.’

Aptly titled, the Jazmine Sullivan penned track comes at a personal crossroads for the singer who filed for divorce from her husband/manager Kendu Issacs last month.

Hard-hitting, raw, and an arresting listen, the emotionally charged track can be heard below…


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Mary J. Blige Debuts New Song ‘Thick Of It’


New music is always a smart way of diverting from the drama.

And that’s exactly the strategy Mary B. Blige is employing.

Putting the jabs she endured after her Hillary Clinton interview behind her, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul has hit the road with Maxwell and isn’t just singing the hits; she’s premiering fresh material too.

Case in point ‘Thick Of It.’

The soon-to-be-divorced diva performed the song during her show in Newark, New Jersey last night. And it sounds like she’s venting about the events leading up to her much-publisized split from husband/manager Kendu Issacs.

Take a listen below…


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Watch: Mary J. Blige’s Interview With Hillary Clinton [Full] #ICYMI


Despite seeing its official teaser met with teasing from social media users earlier this week, Mary J. Blige‘s interview with Hillary Clinton is chock-full of hot button subject matter that’s by no means a laughing matter.

Discussing everything from women’s rights to police brutality against African Americans, the Queen of Hip Hop Soul – a very vocal supporter of Clinton – let the launch of her Beats 1 talk show, “The 411” (named in honor of her 1992 debut album), be a platform for the presidential hopeful to discuss her plan to tackle those controversial issues should she be elected to office.

Clocking in at approximately 30 minutes, watch the lengthy, but “must see,” interview below:


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