Mary J. Blige is back!
With her divorce in rearview, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul returns with uplifting anthem ‘Only Love.’
In a heartfelt message to fans issued moments ago she explained the ethos of the record, saying:
I’ve been in the studio working on new music and was excited to share a little bit with you all. I had a year of so many ups and downs and have come out the other side with a renewed spirit and a fresh perspective. I’m entering my next chapter with an open mind and heart. ONLY LOVE is where I am right now and I couldn’t keep it to myself any longer!!! #sisterlove#onlylove
Take a listen to the track below…
MJB dabbles with Disco, with pleasing results.
Her voice has a smokier texture than before, but it works for the most part and compliments the song’s production.
Per her statement, it seems this isn’t a single. But we’re all for the direction. Beyond being an R&B anchor, she’s proven herself to be the definition of versatile, hence we’d readily welcome more material in this vein.
Tidbit: Mary’s upcoming album will serve as her first since last year’s ‘Strength Of A Woman’ – which was released via Capitol. Interestingly, this track has been rolled out via fellow UMG imprint Republic (home of Drake and Ariana Grande) – suggesting MJB made a label switch during her recording downtime.