Mary J. Blige has once again pushed back her 14th studio album. It is now slated to arrive in early 2022, ahead of her co-headlining Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime Show performance in February 2022.
The R&B legend confirmed the update on the follow-up to 2017â€™s Strength of a Woman in a recent interview with Chicago WGN-TVâ€™s Dean Richards. Blige, who recently had studio sessions with London On Da Track, Jeremih, and Bongo ByTheWay, also hinted at a bundle of new music debuting in the interim.
â€œYes, I have new music coming this month,â€ Blige told Richards. â€œThree new singles coming and an album in January following. So, keep your ears to the street for November.â€
The new album was originally planned for a November release, while its lead single was supposed to premiere last month. She initially changed its 2021 date from a late 2020 release, explaining to the Los Angeles Times, â€œItâ€™s about life, love, struggle, but mostly triumph. Because Iâ€™m learning how to rejoice in the valleys and the droughts.â€
As previously mentioned, Blige is taking the SoFi Stadium stage in Inglewood, California, to perform at the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show. It will be a family affair for Blige, performing alongside previous collaborators Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Snoop Dogg, and Eminem.
In other news, Blige is signed on for season two of Power Book II: Ghost. The series returns to Starz on November 21.
Watch Bligeâ€™s interview with Dean Richards below.