Interview: Mary J. Blige on her New Album ‘The London Sessions’

Mary J Blige London SessionsLast we saw Mary J. Blige on AML, she was dealing with a few set backs, shortly after, we saw her head to and perform in Nigeria. It is good to see her getting back on her feet and to see her release her 13th studio album ‘London Sessions.’

Listen to her interview on NPR where she gets into her album with NPR music host Jason King and the changing nature of the music industry in the USA. Her album was recorded in London. She believes the UK embraces soul music way more than the U.S at this time.

I thought Mary had a collaboration with Nigeria’s 2Face. What happened? Nigeria and Africa is an important market if she is indeed looking for a fresh sound. Listen in and tell me what you think about some of the songs played on the show.


“Let me set this up a little bit. Mary is just about to release her 13th studio album, titled Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions. It’s an album that, in a lot of ways, represents a kind of departure for you, Mary, ’cause it finds you in the studio collaborating for the first time on new material with today’s top British songwriters and producers like Disclosure, Naughty BoySam Smith, Emeli Sande. And I should mention Mary is not just singing on the record, she’s also a songwriter on all of the album tracks. We’re going to talk about that today, and we’re really happy to have her in the studio. So welcome, Mary.” -NPR

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Credited for several firsts in the fashion and entertainment industry, Uduak Oduok (Ms. Uduak) is a fashion and entertainment lawyer, speaker, visionary, gamechanger, trailblazer, and recognized thought leader, for her work on Africa’s emerging global fashion and entertainment markets, and the niche practice of fashion law in the United States. She is also the founder of ‘Africa Music Law,’ an industry go-to music business and law blog and podcast show empowering African artists. Her work in the creative and legal industries has earned her numerous awards and recognitions, including an award from the American University Washington College of Law for her “legal impact in the field of intellectual property in Africa." She has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at several institutions in the United States. For more information, visit her at

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