Mary J Blige Praises ‘Return of R&B,’ Whitney and Maxwell

In the Key of Life. From the point when we were kids to when we were grown-ups, there are so many songs that we can say, ‘Oh, it saved my life. It helped me here, it helped me there.’ People need lyrics and the warmth in live instruments and music to help them through their day. You can’t just electronic everything. I understand people being frustrated a little bit with so much Auto-Tune, so much this. I get that.” While she believes her album is relatable and above all truthful, Blige credits fellow R&B veterans Whitney Houston and Maxwell for making “insane” and “needed” music. “Every time you think of a song, automatically you can remember where you were and what you were doing. Maxwell’s album is insane. We need Whitney’s album. Whitney’s album is insane,” says Blige. “We need that energy from Whitney. We need Whitney to tell us her story. How did you get out of that? That’s what happened in R&B forever: People have told a story that helped you out of something.” As previously reported, Blige released her ninth studio album “Stronger With Each Tear” in December. Debuting atop the R&B/Hip Hop Albums Chart, “Stronger With Each Tear” features the hit single “I Am” and collaborations with Trey Songz, Drake and Jazmine Sullivan.

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