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Mary J. Blige to sing at Kim Kardashian's wedding?

March 25th, 2014 12:20am EDT
Mary J. Blige
Kanye West wants Mary J. Blige to sing at his wedding to Kim Kardashian.
The couple will marry in France this spring in a huge and lavish ceremony, and the 'Stronger' rapper is hoping to convince the R&B singer to perform her 1997 hit to mark their special day.
A source told HollywoodLife.com: "One of his favorite songs by her is 'Everything'.
"That song sums up, in every verse, his love for Kim. He wants that song to be sang at his wedding so he's talking to Mary.
"Kim would drop dead if that happens. She too loves Mary and Kanye played that song for her when they first met over and over ...
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Mary J. Blige's Dad In Critical Condition After Being Stabbed By Ex-Girlfriend

January 24th, 2014 8:00pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige's father was hospitalized on Thursday after a former girlfriend stabbed him three times, including once in the neck.

Police were called to Thomas Blige's home at the Arbors of Battle Creek, an apartment complex in Michigan, at 6:58 a.m. Authorities found blood in the snow near the entrance before discovering Blige, 63, in his apartment with a knife by his side.

The singer's father was rushed to Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo where he underwent emergency surgery. Blige remains in critical condition.

Officers located Blige's former girlfriend at her home in the same ...
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Mary J. Blige's father stabbed by ex-lover

January 24th, 2014 2:20am EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige's father is in a critical condition after being stabbed.
Thomas Blige, 63, is fighting for his life after he was stabbed three times, including one blow to the neck, allegedly by a former girlfriend following a domestic dispute at his home at the Arbors of Battle Creek, an apartment complex, in Michigan on Thursday (01.23.14).
Police were called to the crime scene at 6.58am, and when they arrived they found blood in the snow near the entrance drive, before discovering the victim in his apartment and the knife they believed was used in the attack.
Thomas was rushed to Bronson...
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Mary J. Blige's dad hospitalised after knife attack

January 23rd, 2014 8:30pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige's father is fighting for his life after a stabbing incident in Michigan on Thursday (23Jan14).

Thomas Blige, 63, has been hospitalised in a critical condition after sustaining three stab wounds in an alleged altercation with an ex-girlfriend, according to the Battle Creek Enquirer newspaper.

The 50-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder. She is expected to be arraigned on Friday (24Jan14).

Blige underwent surgery at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
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Sir Paul McCartney parties with wife

January 19th, 2014 6:20pm EST
Nancy Shevell
Sir Paul McCartney only had eyes for his wife Nancy Shevell at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday party.
The couple, who tied the knot in 2011, were among the 500 guests at the US first lady's star-studded bash at the White House in Washington D.C. on Saturday night (01.18.14), where the 'Live and Let Die' hitmaker, 71, declined all other invitations to hit the dance-floor in favor of boogying the night away with his businesswoman spouse, 54.
A source told People.com: "Sir Paul didn't allow many people to come between him and his bride. He came to party! He pulled his jacket off, put it at Vale...
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Beyoncé sings at Michelle Obama's birthday

January 19th, 2014 3:20pm EST
Beyonce
Beyoncé was among the performers at Michelle Obama's 50th birthday bash.
The 'XO' hitmaker, who is a good friend of the US first lady, jetted to Washington D.C. to sing a few of her biggest hits at the White House on Saturday night (01.18.14).
The 32-year-old star posted a series of pictures from the party on her Tumblr blog on Sunday (01.19.14), which showed her posing in a gold mini-dress and nude heels while petting one of Michelle's dogs.
John Legend also performed at the event, according to EOnline.com.
Other VIP guests included model Chrissy Teigen, R&B star Mary J. Blige, fashion des...
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Mary J. Blige enjoys feasting during holiday season

December 27th, 2013 10:20am EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige gorges on "heavy food" during the Christmas holidays.
The 'Family Affair' star says she always hits the gym hard in January because she and her family don't hold back when it comes to indulging in the usual festive foods during December.
She said: "I just love having the family come together, putting up the lights, the reminiscing, the cooking. In my home it's all soul food like collard greens, macaroni and cheese, potato salad, potato pie. It's a lot of heavy food for a couple of weeks, so after the holidays I try to really get back in the gym."
The musician released her fir...
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Mary J. Blige: 'Festive album is dream come true'

December 26th, 2013 3:00am EST
Mary J. Blige
Soul star Mary J. Blige fulfilled a lifelong ambition this year (13) by recording her first album of Christmas songs.

  The Family Affair hitmaker released A Mary Christmas in October (13). The album contained R&B versions of traditional tunes such as Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas and Little Drummer Boy.

  And Blige was delighted to finally spread some seasonal cheer on record, saying, "Christmas is, like, my favourite holiday, my favourite time of year, and I've always wanted to record a Christmas album... but I never found the time.

"When (producer) David Foster suggested the...
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Mary J. Blige bans booze at Christmas

December 24th, 2013 6:20am EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is ditching alcohol for Christmas.
The 'Someone To Love Me' singer claims she has hasn't had a drop to drink since giving up booze over a year ago and won't be tempted to indulge in a sherry over the festive season.
She said: "I stopped drinking about a year and four months ago and I've been to parties... it's just a decision and something I'm not doing right now. I'm not saying I would never do it again but I am right now. "
The 42-year-old star admits she doesn't cook at Christmas but she is usually busy hosting the festivities for her friends and family.
She explained: "It...
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Kelly Clarkson & Mary J. Blige headline New York Christmas party

December 4th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Kelly Clarkson
Kelly Clarkson, Leona Lewis and Mary J. Blige officially kicked off the holidays in New York on Wednesday night (04Dec13) by performing at the 81st annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center celebration.

Brit Lewis got the show under the big tree in Manhattan started with her rendition of Wizzard's I Wish it Could Be Christmas Every Day, while other highlights included pregnant Clarkson's take on Billy Hayes and Jay W. Johnson's Blue Christmas, which has been recorded by Dean Martin, Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley, among others, Blige's jazzy cover of The Christmas Song and Mariah Carey's upb...
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Mary J. Blige gave up alcohol after Whitney's death

November 29th, 2013 6:20am EST
Mary J. Blige
Whitney Houston's death made Mary J. Blige quit alcohol.
The 'Be Without You' songstress says her close pal's death in February 2012 had such a profound effect on her she began contemplating her own mortality and gave up drinking in a bid to boost her health.
She said: "I was at her funeral [and] being that close to someone you loved so dearly, in a coffin, it freaked me out. It made me realize the importance of my own life.
"I didn't stop overnight, it was a process. I feel great right now. I have more clarity, more focus, more patience. And I lost weight. When you stop drinking it flies o...
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Mary J. Blige wanted to wed Michael Jackson

November 29th, 2013 1:20am EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige wanted to marry Michael Jackson.
The 'No More Drama' singer was a huge fan of the late King of Pop and had a huge crush on him when she was growing up.
She admitted: "As a kid, I was in love with Michael Jackson, and I just knew I was going to marry him someday."
Mary nearly didn't become a singer as she was so good at doing people's hair and thought she would end up doing that full time.
She added to Us Weekly magazine: "Growing up, I was the preferred hairstylist for all of my friends.
The star also talked about her backstage rituals and how she always has a soothing dri...
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Mary J. Blige: I wanted to be hairdresser

November 26th, 2013 1:20am EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige would have been a hairdresser if she wasn't famous.
The 42-year-old singer admits she would have pursued a career in a hair salon if she hadn't become successful within the music field because she was good at styling hair when she was a youngster.
She said: "If this hadn't happened to me, I liked doing hair a lot when I was young. I was the hairstylist for my friends and my neighbors and I was good at it."
The 'No More Drama' hitmaker is adamant money wasn't her motivation for fame, but she admits a steady flow of cash is vital while living in society today.
She explained to T...
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Mary J. Blige: 'I was out of control and have no memory of early gigs'

November 25th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige used drugs and alcohol to numb the pain of her personal life at the beginning of her career, revealing she was "spinning" out of control.

The Family Affair singer is now clean and sober and even gave up the occasional glass of champagne following her friend Whitney Houston's death - but there was a time she was "struggling to survive" as she tried to balance her professional career with her out-of-control personal life.

In a candid new interview with the BBC, she explains, "I was singing for my life. I was singing to get my family out of the projects. I can't really say I wa...
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Mary J. Blige & James Blunt to headline Nobel gig

November 6th, 2013 8:40pm EST
James Blunt
Mary J. Blige and James Blunt will make an unlikely double act at the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Norway on 11 December (13).

The two stars will join 15-year old Swedish singer Zara Larsson and Norwegian hip-hop duo Envy at the Oslo event, which will be hosted by actress Claire Danes.

The concert, which traditionally takes place the day after the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, was headlined by Kylie Minogue, Ne-Yo, Seal and Jennifer Hudson in 2012.

The 2013 recipients of the prize are the officials of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), which is overseeing...
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Kate Hudson, Kate Beckinsale & More Stars Sizzle At LACMA Art + Film Gala - See The Pics!

November 4th, 2013 2:00pm EST
Kate Hudson
Tons of celebrities stepped out to honor Martin Scorsese at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) Art + Film Gala on Saturday.

The filmmaker was recognized for helping the museum during the financial crisis of 2007 and 2008 and for his work on film restoration.

Several stars feted the guest of honor. Kate Hudson looked incredible in a cream colored Gucci gown with a silver sparkling plunging neckline. Kate Beckinsale also looked fab in a light blue, sequined strapless dress.

Leonardo DiCaprio posed with Scorsese, looking dapper in a navy blue suit.

Fergie showed off her post-baby...
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Mary J. Blige hits a home run at World Series opener

October 24th, 2013 3:10am EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige got baseball's World Series underway by performing America's National Anthem at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts on Wednesday evening (23Oct13).

Blige was an odd choice for the honour as she's a die-hard fan of the Boston Red Sox's rivals the New York Yankees. James Taylor will sing the Star-Spangled Banner before Thursday night's (24Oct13) game between the Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals.

He says, "It's hard to believe for a Red Sox fan that we're actually going back to the World Series... I guess the message is that Sox fans can never give up hope despite the rolle...
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Review: Mary J. Blige, A Mary Christmas

October 19th, 2013 5:20pm EDT
Mary J. Blige, A Mary Christmas
Blige’s first holiday album is both pleasant and safe: Something about holiday/Christmas albums is truly irresistible.  Maybe it is because the music is so special and so familiar or maybe it’s just because there is only one season of the year we are bestowed the gift of music that never stops giving.  I’m not sure, but I won’t lie to you, I love Christmas albums. That said, to call most Christmas albums truly innovative or bold would be a massive overstatement and pretty laughable.  One would have to think that the queen of hip-hop soul’s first Christmas album would be something truly spec...
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Mary J. Blige countersues over scrapped gig

September 30th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Soul superstar Mary J. Blige is countersuing concert promoters over a scrapped gig last year (12), accusing the organisers of breach of contract.

Bosses at promotions company Vision Entertainment Worldwide sued Blige in June (13) for allegedly reneging on a deal to perform in Dallas, Texas on 9 December (12).

In the suit, the plaintiffs claimed the No More Drama hitmaker was paid a $145,000 (£93,500) deposit to secure the gig, but she never handed back the money when the show was axed.

Now Blige is fighting back in court, filing her own papers alleging promoters failed to book first clas...
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Mary J. Blige's Foundation Reaches Settlement

September 29th, 2013 1:37pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige's foundation has had almost $200,000 slashed from its bank loan.

TD Bank has reached a new settlement with the 'No More Drama' singer's charity, The Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now Inc., which defaulted on a $250,000 loan last year, and has agreed to reduce the amount owed plus interest from $322,000 to $125,000.

The new agreement will see the foundation pay back $15,000 immediately, followed by 12 installments of $9,166, according to gossip website TMZ.com.

The charity group, which aims to inspire women from all walks of life and ...
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Mary J. Blige sued over scrapped Dallas concert

June 18th, 2013 8:40pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Soul icon Mary J. Blige has been hit with a lawsuit over a cancelled 2012 concert.

The No More Drama hitmaker is accused of reneging on a deal to perform in Dallas, Texas on 9 December (13) just days before she was set to hit the stage.

Bosses at promotions company Vision Entertainment Worldwide claim Blige was paid a $145,000 (£93,500) deposit to secure the gig, but she never handed back the money when the show was axed.

The lawsuit also claims that the singer scrapped the gig to perform with the Rolling Stones at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on 8 December - the concert which kicked ...
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Mary J. Blige Owes Nearly $1 Million In Back Taxes

February 18th, 2013 9:09am EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige is the latest celeb to get busted for not paying her bills. The R&B singer has been hit with a tax lien for more than $900,000.
 
Specifically, New Jersey officials allege the singer owes $901,769 in back taxes.
 
Blige has been dealing with a string of money issues. Earlier this month she was sued for allegedly defaulting on a  $500,000 bank loan. Last summer, lawyers for America's Signature Bank filed a lawsuit against her over claims she failed to make good on a $2.2 million payout.

Meanwhile, Snoop Dogg was recently busted for failing to pay more than $540,000 in taxes ov...
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Mary J. Blige Opens Up About Child Molestation

February 12th, 2013 3:12pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige often struggles to come to terms with a child molestation drama in her past because sounds and smells take her back to the moment when she lost her innocence as a five year old.

The "No More Drama" singer has never gone into great detail about her tormented youth, but she has confessed to being one of many stars who were raped or sexually abused as a child.

And she admits it's hard to let go of the past sometimes.

In a new interview with writer Kevin Sessums, another molestation victim, for Los Angeles Confidential magazine, the R&B star says, "I was five... It's something ...
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Mary J. Blige: 'Whitney Houston's Death Really Affected Me'

February 11th, 2013 4:25pm EST
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige turned to God to help her battle her drinking problem in the wake of Whitney Houston's death a year ago.
 
The self-confessed born-again Christian admits the 2012 tragedy hit her hard and made her realize once and for all it was time to seek spiritual help in an effort to cut out her binge drinking.
 
She tells Los Angeles Confidential magazine, "I didn't want to go to rehab. I believe that anything man himself can do for me, God can do in a greater way. I decided to pray and to seek God on my own. I just stayed in the Word. And it worked."
 
Blige admits she struggled with...
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Eva Longoria, Cher, & More Celebs Celebrate Obama's Victory

November 7th, 2012 8:13am EST
Eva Longoria
Celebrities including Cher, Billy Ray Cyrus and Mary J. Blige expressed their delight after Barack Obama was re-elected President of the United States on Tuesday night.

During a lengthy campaign, Obama garnered a ton of celebrity support and endorsements, with rapper The Game, Pamela Anderson, and Beyonce among those who urged people to vote for Obama in recent days, while Bruce Springsteen and Jay-Z performed at election eve rallies on Monday.

Meanwhile, George Clooney, Sarah Jessica Parker, Will Smith and Gwen Stefani hosted fundraisers for the President's re-election campaign.

After t...
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Celebrity Telethon Helps Raise $23 Million For Hurricane Sandy Victims

November 4th, 2012 10:54am EST
Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera, Bruce Springsteen and Sting were among those who performed at a concert on Friday to raise money for those suffering after Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast.

Aguilera kicked off the telethon saying, "I was born in Staten Island. Four days ago Hurricane Sandy came through and devastated it, as it did most of the eastern seaboard. We've come together tonight to tell every single person who's suffering that we are here for you. We will do whatever we can to help. We will not leave anyone behind because every single one of you matters."

Billy Joel, Mary J. Bli...
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Melanie Martinez Talks Working With Adam Levine on 'The Voice'

October 15th, 2012 9:00am EDT
The Voice
Team Adam's Melanie Martinez impressed the panel with her battle round performance on last week's ​The Voice​ - and recently, she spoke about working with her Grammy-winning coach, Adam Levine.

“I think that I’ve really grown as an artist, being on his team. He’s given me some great advice and I gained a lot of confidence, even though we haven’t had as much time because the show works fast,” Melanie (pictured above front left, with - from left - teammate Caitlin Michele, Voice bandleader Paul Mirkovich, Levine and advisor Mary J. Blige during rehearsal) said. "Everybody talks about ho...
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Mary J. Blige To Team Up With Adam Levine On 'The Voice'

July 16th, 2012 9:27pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige has signed on to mentor Maroon 5 star Adam Levine's wannabes on The Voice.

Blige will serve as his team's adviser on the hit show's upcoming third season, which will debut in September.

Thrilled Levine, who counted Robin Thicke and Alanis Morissette among his co-mentors last season, says, "I've always been a huge fan of Mary J. Blige."

The odd couple has already started filming together, with Blige adding, "I love Adam, he's amazing. I'm so happy to be working with him and his team."

The announcement comes just days after Michael Buble revealed he would be helping Levine's...
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Mary J. Blige Foundation Pays College Student's Overdue Bills

June 11th, 2012 3:28pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
R&B singer Mary J. Blige is making good on her vow to fix any "outstanding issues" with her troubled charity foundation and has settled an overdue college bill for a student who was granted a scholarship by organization bosses.

The finances of the Mary J. Blige and Steve Stoute Foundation for the Achievement of Women Now (FFAWN) came under scrutiny last month following reported discrepancies in the firm's accounts.

A group of students from the Women's Academy of Excellence in the Bronx, New York also spoke out and revealed they faced having to drop out of college because FFAWN executive...
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Mary J. Blige To Play Malcolm X's Wife In TV Drama

June 5th, 2012 9:39pm EDT
Mary J. Blige
Mary J. Blige has signed on to play civil rights hero Malcolm X's wife in a new TV drama.

The R&B star, who makes her debut as a leading lady on the screen in the upcoming Rock Of Ages, will play Betty Shabazz in Parallel Lives.

She tells WENN, "It's about the lives of Coretta Scott King and Betty Shabazz, the women in Malcolm X's and Martin Luther King's life (sic). I'm playing Betty and prepping for that now. I've been studying her online and watching her interviews."

Filming will start in September.
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