Get ready for more life from Mary J. Blige on her upcoming album Strength of a Woman.
The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul shared a post on Instagram (March 27) unveiling the effort’s release date and cover art, which features MJB sitting atop a golden throne in a strappy black number. The album, which marks Blige’s 13th LP, will be available April 28.
Last November, Blige’s soulful heartbreak anthem “Thick of It” — the first single from her LP — earned the R&B songstress her fifth No. 1 on the Adult R&B Songs airplay chart. She also confirmed that a Kanye West collaboration would make the final cut.
“I don’t want to give up the name of the song yet, but the album is mostly complete,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “But I absolutely got a chance to work with the great Kanye West. And the song is crazy — I can’t wait for people to hear it.”
Beyond “Thick of It,” Blige has also released “U+Me (Love Lesson)” and a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “(American Skin) 41 Shots” — featuring Kendrick Lamar — for her Apple Music show The 411 With Mary J. Blige, where she interviewed Hillary Clinton.