Mary J. Blige, 2014

Billboard Cover: Mary J. Blige on Getting Sober, Her New Musical Direction and Why She Could've Helped Amy Winehouse

Every so often Mary J. Blige finds herself in a place so lofty that even after all she's accomplished, she can't quite believe her fortune. One of those times came earlier this month, when she performed in front of Barack Obama during a White House concert for America's troops. She's a favorite of the president and first lady, and it was her second trip to the White House -- the first was for the 2008 inauguration. "I must say," she admits with a cheerful laugh, "it never gets old."
Mary J. Blige, 2014

Billboard Cover Sneak Peek: Mary J. Blige Reveals 5 Important Life Lessons

With 20 years of experience and more than a few stone-cold classics under her belt, Blige spoke to Billboard about the essential life lessons she's learned from A-list friends like Elton John and Bono, and the advice she wished she'd given to Amy Winehouse before the U.K. singer's untimely death.
Big K.R.I.T.

Big K.R.I.T. Claims No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums

Big K.R.I.T. scores his second No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums with the entrance of Cadillactica, moving 44,000 in first week sales (his best week ever), according to Nielsen SoundScan. The 28-year old rapper last debuted atop the chart in 2012 with Live From The Underground (41,000 units).