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Mary J. Blige's new album to feature Sam Smith, Disclosure

Mary J. Blige's new album to feature Sam Smith, Disclosure

NEW YORK, Sept. 10 (UPI) --Mary J. Blige's new album, "The London Sessions," features British artists such as Sam Smith, Disclosure and Emeli Sandé.
Annie Martin
Scam artist who claimed he could book Justin Bieber gets prison

Scam artist who claimed he could book Justin Bieber gets prison

NEW YORK, July 30 (UPI) --A scam artist who made false claims of booking Justin Bieber and other international stars has been sentenced to 5 to 10 years in a New York prison.
Frances Burns
Mariah Carey unveils new album: 'Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse'

Mariah Carey unveils new album: 'Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse'

LOS ANGELES, May 1 (UPI) -- Mariah Carey has revealed the title, track list and cover art of her new album, "Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse."
Annie Martin
Hollande, Obama toast at White House state dinner after long day

Hollande, Obama toast at White House state dinner after long day

WASHINGTON, Feb. 11 (UPI) -- French President Francois Hollande was the guest of honor at a state dinner Tuesday after meeting with President Obama and other U.S. leaders.
Psychiatric exam ordered for woman accused of stabbing Blige's dad

Psychiatric exam ordered for woman accused of stabbing Blige's dad

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Feb. 6 (UPI) -- The woman charged with stabbing singer Mary J. Blige's father is to undergo a mental examination at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry in Ann Arbor, Mich.
Mary J. Blige's father allegedly stabbed by ex-girlfriend

Mary J. Blige's father allegedly stabbed by ex-girlfriend

Jan. 26 (UPI) -- Police responded to several instances of domestic abuse between Thomas Blige and ex-girlfriend Cheryl Ann White before alleged stabbing incident.
By DANIELLE HAYNES, UPI.com

Woman charged with stabbing Mary J. Blige's father

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- A woman who lives in the same Battle Creek, Mich., apartment complex was charged Friday with stabbing the father of R&B star Mary J. Blige.
Mary J. Blige's father stabbed by ex-girlfriend

Mary J. Blige's father stabbed by ex-girlfriend

Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Thomas Blige, the father of R&B singer Mary J. Blige, was stabbed Thursday by his ex-girlfriend and is in critical condition, police say.
Gabrielle Levy
Mary J. Blige's estranged 63-year-old father stabbed in Michigan

Mary J. Blige's estranged 63-year-old father stabbed in Michigan

BATTLE CREEK, Mich., Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Mary J. Blige's estranged father was stabbed in the neck during a domestic dispute with his former girlfriend in Michigan, the Battle Creek Enquirer reported.

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UPI Almanac for Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014.
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'Blame It All on My Roots' tops the U.S. album chart

'Blame It All on My Roots' tops the U.S. album chart

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Garth Brooks' "Blame It All on My Roots: Five Decades of Influences" is No. 1 on the U.S. album chart, Billboard.com reported Wednesday.
Blige, Carey and Braxton to sing at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

Blige, Carey and Braxton to sing at Rockefeller Center tree lighting

NEW YORK, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey and Kelly Clarkson are to perform at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting in New York, NBC said Tuesday.
Mary J. Blige, Cricket donate $10K for fight against breast cancer

Mary J. Blige, Cricket donate $10K for fight against breast cancer

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 16 (UPI) -- Cricket Wireless and Mary J. Blige have announced plans to donate $10,000 to Susan G. Komen for the Cure in San Diego County, Calif.
Mary J. Blige's foundation reaches settlement with bank

Mary J. Blige's foundation reaches settlement with bank

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- TD Bank has written off more than half of $322,000 owed by U.S. singer Mary J. Blige and record executive Steve Stoute's charitable group, TMZ reported.
Mary J. Blige to release Christmas album

Mary J. Blige to release Christmas album

SANTA MONICA, Calif., July 25 (UPI) -- U.S. singer, songwriter, actress and philanthropist Mary J. Blige is to release her first holiday album in October, Interscope Records announced Thursday.
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American R&B/hip-hop artist Mary J. Blige performs at Wembley Arena in London on June 17,2006. (UPI Photo/Rune Hellestad)
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Mary Jane Blige ( /ˈblaɪʒ/; born January 11, 1971) is an American singer-songwriter, record producer and actress. A recipient of nine Grammy Awards and four American Music Awards, Blige has recorded eight multi-platinum albums. She is the only artist with Grammy Award wins in Pop, Rap, Gospel, and R&B. Blige has received the World Music Legends Award for combining hip hop and soul in the early 1990s. She was ranked number 100 in the list of 100 greatest singers of all time by Rolling Stone magazine.

Blige started her musical career in 1992, releasing her multi-platinum US selling debut album, What's the 411? on MCA Records and Uptown. What's the 411? gave Blige her first Billboard 200 top ten album, which has continued since the release of her debut album until her latest album, Stronger with Each Tear (2009), which became Blige's seventh consecutive album to debut at number one or number two on the Billboard 200. As of 2010, Blige has sold over 50 million albums and 15 million singles worldwide.

Blige was born in the Bronx, New York. She is the second of four children born to parents Cora, a nurse, and Thomas Blige, a jazz musician. Blige's mother was an avid fan of R&B/Soul music and constantly spun Aretha Franklin, Gladys Knight, Patti Labelle, Chaka Khan, and Jean Carne records when Blige was a child. These artists had a profound impact on Mary J. Blige at a very young age. Blige was taught to sing by her father. When Blige was four, her father abandoned the family. At the age of five, Blige was molested by a family friend.

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