Mary J. Blige: “The UK is a better place to make music than the States”

In an exclusive interview with The Guardian, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul reveals some exciting details about her new album, The London Sessions.

She opens up about the month she’s spent in London working on new music with Naughty Boy, Disclosure, Rudimental, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé and Sam Romans. And she also reveals her encounter with the late Amy Winehouse’s father, Mitch Winehouse.

The interview also reveals a couple of titles: “Pick Me Up” (Naughty Boy/Emeli Sandé) and “Therapy” (Sam Smith/Napes)

Of her UK experience, Mary says:

“The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to the radio you can hear the freedom. The music is living and breathing – you can hear that from Adele’s last album. It was massive – a big deal. But she did what she loved.”

“Working with these guys, it’s like they’re my family. We all seem to have a good chemistry together. And when I sign on, I sign on – I can’t go hang out! Because I have to make sure that my music is right. And I love to work. I love creating, and once I’m in it, I’m just in it. I just love being all in the midst of the creativity.”

The London Sessions will be released in November through Capitol Records and it’s surely an album we’re anticipating.

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