Mary J. Blige appears queenly regal on the HQ cover for her hotly anticipated ‘My Life II’ LP. Apt as the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul is set to do battle with the Queen of the Singles Chart – Rihanna come the album’s release on November 21st.
Indeed, ‘Life’ goes head-to-head with the nasal sensation’s latest effort ‘Talk That Talk’ – a move many industry analysts believe will deny RiRi the ever-elusive #1 debut for the 6th consecutive time.
Still, in being the fair and unbias site we are, it’s important to point out the relative success of Talk’s lead single ‘We Found Love’ – success which has, thus far, escaped all of Blige’s releases this go round. What’s more, the 23 year old’s effort is inevitably set to be backed by a mammoth marketing push; one which Blige – at this point in her career – can’t command.
Still, with the masses often needing to be force-fed Fenty’s material before buying into it, and Mary J. being able to scan at least 300,000 first week with ease, it’s Ms.J’s battle to lose.