September 2, 2014


Mary J. Blige Taps Sam Smith, Disclosure For Upcoming Album

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Sam Smith's "Stay With Me" was gorgeous enough to begin with, but when Mary J. Blige lent her vocal prowess to the track in an epic re-work of the single in the weeks following its release, that soaring song tapped into something heavenly. It was an angelic duet, one that combined an exciting new talent with a tried-and-true R&B icon. 

Apparently, we're not alone in thinking so, as Ms. MJB has brought Smith and electropop duo Disclosure into the studio for her next record.

If it ain't broke, don't fix it, and that seems to be the idea here: Blige has worked with Disclosure before (on "F For You") and kept up with Smith, who brought her onstage for a performance of "Stay With Me" at Harlem's famed Apollo Theater for his record release show. Blige has been across the pond working on the aptly titled The London Sessions, her first full-length record since 2011's My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1), and her collaborations with Smith and Disclosure will be included in the record's ten tracks.

Sounds like MJB's got a roaring case of Anglophilia, and we can't blame her!