The musical and award-winning talents of R&B singer MARY J. BLIGE, MAROON 5, and internationally acclaimed Latin pop stars RBD, will be showcased in the NFL PEPSI SMASH SUPER BOWL CONCERT SERIES on Thursday, Jan. 31, and Friday, Feb. 1, in Glendale, Arizona. The series, which includes two concerts, will take place at the Jobing.com Arena, which is located next to University of Phoenix Stadium, home of Super Bowl XLII. Both nights of the series will feature celebrity hosts, guest appearances by a few of the NFL's biggest names and some of the finest musical talents. Mary J. Blige joined by Maroon 5 will kick off the series on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. (MT). The Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Bash show will be taped to air as a one-hour special on VH1 Saturday, Feb. 2, at 9 p.m. (ET). The series continues on Friday, Feb. 1, at 7:30 p.m. (MT) with the Pepsi Musica Super Bowl Fiesta featuring RBD and two additional performers to be announced. The concert will be taped to air on TELEMUNDO Saturday, Feb. 2. Doors open each night at 6:30 p.m. (MT). Tickets for the NFL Pepsi Smash Super Bowl Concert Series will go on sale Tuesday, Dec. 4, at http://www.Ticketmaster.com. Individual concert tickets are available for $40. From Dec. 1 through Dec. 24, fans have the opportunity to purchase promotional two-for-one tickets for only $40 per night.
For her new single ?Enough Crying,? Mary J. Blige has enlisted director Hype Williams to help recreate one of the lowest moments in her life. Williams and the singer were recently in Long Beach, California filming a scene that involved her ex-boyfriend K-Ci Hailey ? represented in the video by your boy, Curtis ?50 Cent? Jackson. "The video is [about] something that happened a long time ago, and it was a very embarrassing moment when I thought I was getting married," she explained to MTV.com in between shooting. "I was engaged to [K-Ci], and I actually went on a talk show overseas and that person had just done that talk show about a week before me. I was telling the interviewer that I was getting married, and the week before he was saying that it was a rumor. He wasn't marrying me. It was a disaster that really embarrassed me." Blige said she decided to include the humiliating moment in the video to prove that folks can push through the pain of heartbreak and keep stepping. In the video, after she leaves the interview, she goes directly to a photo shoot. "I'm saying, 'I'm getting on with my life. I'm gonna go ahead and do my work,'" she explained. "I leave the interview and I'm kind of upset, but I'm still kind of going through my photo shoot. It ends up being one of the most amazing photo shoots because of all of the anger and depression and the fact that I choose to just move on with my life and be a superstar." In the clip, 50 Cent plays C.J. - ?you know, short for Curtis Jackson," he said. "He's an R&B singer, and he's aggressive. When he's questioned by the guy interviewing them, he kind of loses his cool." "I don't want to give it away," Blige said. "It's real comical, what he does to the interviewer. I'm just glad he's here. I love 50. I'm so happy. He's so supportive of Mary J. Blige, and I'm very supportive of 50. He's just gonna make the video that much better than what it already is." Blige and her husband Kendu are tight with 50, and regularly call on the rapper for advice about the industry. "Me and my husband took him as a friend," Blige said. "He's someone we know we could talk to and call on if we have a question about something we can't answer because, quite frankly, 50 is very intelligent and we really appreciate his expertise, and we really appreciate his opinions and the advice he's given us." "Enough Crying" will premiere on music video channels this week.
R&B singer Mary J. Blige, also know as the "Queen of Hip Hop Soul," Releases her new CD “Growing Pains” this month. Blige, whose 7th studio album “The Breakthrough” debuted at number one on both the Billboard 200 Albums and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts, selling 727,000 copies in its first week, became the biggest first-week sales for an R&B solo female artist in SoundScan history. Since its release, The Breakthrough has sold over three million copies in the U.S and over seven million copies worldwide. The success of The Breakthrough won Blige nine Billboard Music Awards, two American Music Awards, two BET Awards, two NAACP Image Awards, and a Soul Train Award. When ask if she is intimidated in going back to the studio after the success of "The Breakthrough, Blige says "we were coming out of a valley, so to speak, with 'The Breakthrough.' Everyone had run away and turned their backs on us. And that was cool. We love them still, and we forgive them. But it's been easier doing 'Growing Pains' because now you don't have anything to try to conquer. It's like you've accomplished everything you set out to do. You've done the hard work to be where you are. Now, though, you've got to work harder to deliver based on that confidence. Not that I was lax on anything or taking anything for granted because "The Breakthrough" did so well. I worked just as hard, maybe even harder, on this album." Even with the years of success Blige has garnered, the R&B singer says she would change some things from her past if she could do it all again. "I would probably behave. I can't change what I was because I didn't know any better. But if I'd have known then what I do now, I wouldn't have done any of that stupid stuff." "Showing up 10 hours late for an interview or not showing up at all? That doesn't have anything to do with anything. That's just stupidity. I wish I'd done that differently instead of, 'I'm not going. I'm hung over. I'm staying home.' Meanwhile, you've got interviewers and all these people at photo shoots waiting for you who don't care about any of that. They're just there to do their jobs and you don't show up. And now you're difficult." Blige, who has been tagged "the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul," appreciates the moniker. "There's nothing I can do about it because it's something I've earned,” she says. “I would never disrespect it. Hip-hop is not something that you ultimately hear. It's a culture we grew up in, and it became us. This is the way we think, walk and talk. There's a lot of intelligence in hip-hop.”
R&B singer Mary J. Blige won big at last nights (Dec. 4) Billboard Music Awards as her chart-topping comeback album "The Breakthrough" landed her nine trophies. Among the awards the 35-year-old singer claimed Monday night were R&B/Hip-Hop artist of the year, female R&B artist of the year and R&B/Hip-Hop album of the year. "The Breakthrough" shot to No. 1 after it debuted on the Billboard charts in December 2005 and has sold 2.6 million copies since. Blige, in white go-go boots and a sparkly mini-dress, rocked the full house by belting out a medley of her "Enough Crying" and "Take me as I am" during the two-hour show aired live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Blige said she's already reached the pinnacle of her career by enduring personal struggles that once led her to sing hopefully about having "no more drama" in her life. "I've realized if I don't (love) myself, nobody will. Nobody is going to love me more than I do," Blige told reporters after the show. 17 year old singer Chris Brown won new artist of the year, male artist of the year and artist of the year awards. "I'm 17. That's crazy, it's mind-boggling," said Brown. "My mom, she still keeps me humble. She tells me to take out the trash, ya know, clean my room." Newcomers Rihanna also walked away with high honors. The 18-year-old Barbados singer beat out Blige and Beyonce for the top songstress honor. "I really can't feel my legs, this is phenomenal," said Rihanna as she accepted the award for best female artist of the year award. "That was a really tough category." Janet Jackson opened the show with a nod to the old and the new. Sporting a short bob haircut and a belly-baring white turtleneck sweater that offered no chance of wardrobe malfunction, Jackson performed her 1980s classic, "The Pleasure Principle," mixed into "So Excited," a single from her 2006 comeback album, "20 Y.O." Gwen Stefani and Black Eyed Peas lead singer Fergie, both with solo efforts this year, also performed. The Billboard Awards are given to the year's chart-topping artists. Winners are determined by the magazine's year-end chart listings, which are based on record sales and airplay. Source: Billboard.com
Mary J. Blige, Dave Matthews, Tony Bennett and Aerosmith are joining forces for an exclusive concert series called Traveling Through Life, only open to Citi/AAdvantage card members. Each is performing a private concert: Matthews at Los Angeles' Wiltern LG (October 30); Blige at the Chicago Theatre (November 9); Bennett at the Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth, Texas (November 12); and Aerosmith at the Beacon Theatre in New York (December 3). Tickets will be available via PrivatePass.Citi.com starting Monday. R&B Singer Ciara will drop a new album before the end of the year, and plans to fill in the time leading up to its release with a six-week run on the US theater circuit. The Grammy-winning singer will launch the outing Oct. 26 in Washington, DC, and has about two-dozen dates lined up, including arena performances at a couple of radio-station festivals. A previously unreleased version of India.Arie's "I Am Not My Hair" will be heard in a new Lifetime Television movie, "Why I Wore Lipstick to My Mastectomy." Arie tells Billboard this version - a duet between the R&B/soul singer and pop-rocker Pink - is actually the original version of the song. "We both had something to say with this song, and we wanted to work together," Arie explains. "This duet should have been the original version on my album ['Testimony: Vol. I, Life & Relationship'], but it fell through the cracks." The Lifetime movie, premiering Oct. 23, stars Sarah Chalke ("Scrubs") and, in a cameo role, Patti LaBelle. The single will be available on iTunes beginning Oct. 23.