Mary J. Blige Welcomes ‘My Life II’ with Teaser Tour

With a music career that’s less than a year shy of the two-decade mark, Mary J. Blige has been consistently prolific throughout that time, averaging an album every two years. So it’s no surprise that her 10th album is due out at the end of next month. To mark the release, the Queen of Hip-Hop Soul has announced a few dates as a teaser tour to give everyone a preview of the album that will be released November 22.

After appearing on “Dancing with the Stars” and “Good Morning America” recently, Blige’s first concert will be November 11 at the Fox Theatre in Oakland, Calif. and then she will play three more dates, concluding at the Tabernacle in Atlanta on November 25 to celebrate the release of the record.

The new record, My Life II…The Journey Continues, is the follow-up to Blige’s 1994 breakthrough album My Life, released almost 17 years to the day before her newest release. Though Blige received critical and commercial acclaim for her 1992 debt, What’s the 411?, it was My Life that really put her on the map and spawned the hits “Be Happy,” “I Love You,” and “Mary Jane (All Night Long),” and was eventually certified triple platinum.

Of the nine albums released so far by Blige, eight have been certified at least platinum. Throughout that time she has won nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards. Most recently she received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Female Artist.

The first single for My Life II was “25/8,” was released on September 1 and a second single, “Mr. Wrong,” also has been released and features Drake. Other collaborators on the record include Beyonce, Nas, Rick Ross and Busta Rhymes. Blige has said the lyrics for the album will touch on the same themes as those on the original My Life, which was listed by Rolling Stone as number 279 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time.”