Originally planned for February, Mary J. Blige’s next studio album, “The Breakthrough,” will now arrive in time for the holiday rush, Billboard has learned. Due Dec. 20 via Geffen, the set is led by the single “Be Without You,” a video for which will be shot this week in Los Angeles.
That song was previously tipped for inclusion on the retrospective “Reminisce,” which was expected Nov. 22 and then bumped to Dec. 6; that set will now not see the light of day until at least next spring.
“The Breakthrough” is the follow-up to 2003’s “Love and Life,” which has sold nearly 941,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
As previously reported, Blige will appear on several upcoming records as a guest artist. She joins Jamie Foxx on “Love Changes” from his Dec. 20 J release, “Duets: The Final Chapter” (Dec. 20, Bad Boy) and has dropped by for LL Cool J’s next set, due next spring via Def Jam.