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

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


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’


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]

Peep pics above and below…


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


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.

All awaits after the jump…


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

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


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?

Peep the video below and let us know…


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

Visual Set To Premiere Monday Nov. 7th


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


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.

More below…


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


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.

Full story below…


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