This sunday (July 24th), VH1′s ‘Behind the Music’ will shine the spotlight on RnB/Soul singer Mary J. Blige. In the TV special, Mary talks about her career and the challenges she has faced in her life including being molested as a young child, quitting drinking and her friendship with Diddy.
On being molested:
“When I was 5 years old I was molested and just, you know. I remember feeling, literally right before it happened, I just could not believe that this person was going to do this to me.…That thing followed me all my life. The shame of thinking my molestation was my fault. It led me to believe I wasn’t worth anything.”
On quitting drinking:
“The problem had snowballed into this thing that was bigger than me. It was bigger than me. And it was definitely going to kill me. So I was like this is it and let’s go.”
On her friendship with Diddy:
“I love Puffy. If it wasn’t for him I probably wouldn’t have made it this far in my career, because he pushed me, challenged me to challenge myself. And I love that.”
Behind the Music airs on Sunday at at 10pm Est on VH1.
Halle Berry and Trey Songz cosied up together at the 2011 FiFi Awards held at the Lincoln Centre in NYC. The awards, hosted annually by theFragrance Foundation, celebrates the best fragrances of the year.
Other attendees on the night included Fergie, who won the ‘New Fragrance Celebrity of the Year’ award for Outspoken and Mary J Blige who won the ‘Direct to Consumer’ and ‘Fragrance Sales Breakthrough’ categories.
Mary J later tweeted: “I’m so excited to tell my Fam That My Life Fragrance won 2 huge awards @ the fifi’s 2night!!!! Thank You so much!!!”
Click under the cut for more images from the night.
Mary J blige returns to the UK for a series of concerts not to be missed, starting on 2nd November in London and stopping in Birmingham and Manchester. Mary J. Blige will be performing records from her huge repertoire of Hip-Hop Soul anthems that include the hits; You Remind Me, Real Love, I’m Going Down, Not Gon’ Cry, As, Dance For Me, No More Drama, Just Fine and the most recent, Each Tear (feat Jay Sean).
Jamaican reggae star Gyptian has also been added to the line up to support Mary J Blige. The 2010 MOBO Award nominee, responsible for this year’s Carnival anthem Hold You will be joining Blige in London and Birmingham!
FULL TOUR DATES:
02 NOVEMBER LONDON THE O2 ARENA * with Gyptian & Lemar
03 NOVEMBER BIRMINGHAM LG ARENA * with Gyptian & Lemar
05 NOVEMBER MANCHESTER MEN ARENA *with Lemar
We are giving away TWO pairs of tickets for Mary’s Birmingham and Manchester dates!
Kid Cudi has revealed the tracklist for his upcoming sophomore album ‘Man on the Moon II: The Legend of Mr. Rager.’ The album is slated to hit stores Nov. 9 in the US and features guest appearances from Cee Lo, Mary J. Blige x 2, Kanye West, Cage, St. Vincent, GLC, Chip Tha Ripper and Nicole Wray.
Act 1: The World I Am Ruling
1. Scott Mescudi Vs. The World feat. Cee-Lo Prod: Emile
2. REVOFEV Prod: Plain Pat
Act 2: A Stronger Trip
3. Don’t Play This Song feat. Mary J. Blige Prod: Emile
4. We Aite (Wake Your Mind Up) Prod: Emile
5. Marijuana Prod: Dot Da Genius
6. Mojo So Dope Prod: Emile
Act 3: Party On
7. Ashin’ Kusher Prod: Chuck English
8. Erase Me feat. Kanye West Prod: Jim Jonsin
9. Wild’n Cuz Im Young Prod: Plain Pat
10. The Mood Prod: Emile
Act 4: The Transformation
11. MANIAC feat. Cage & St. Vincent Prod: Anthony Killhoffer
12. Mr. Rager Prod: Emile
13. These Worries feat. Mary J. Blige Prod: Emile
14. The End feat. GLC, Chip Tha Ripper & Nicole Wray Prod: Blended Babies
Act 5: You Live & You Learn
15. All Along Prod: Emile
16. GHOST! Prod: Emile
17. Trapped In My Mind Prod: Dot Da Genius
Mary J. Blige enjoys a day at the pool under the Miami sun.
Mary will be performing at the Essence Music festival next weekend along with the likes of Janet Jackson, Alicia Keys, Estelle, LL Cool J, Raphael Saadiq, Keri Hilson, Melanie Fiona, Charlie Wilson, Trey Songz and more.
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