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Mary J. Blige has a new album out. Has anyone noticed?
Mary J. Blige has a new album out. Has anyone noticed?

Last week Mary J. Blige turned up unannounced at New York’s Apollo Theater to perform a duet with Sam Smith, the young British soul singer. The appearance, similar to one Blige made in January with the dance duo Disclosure, made major news online – so much, in fact, that it more or less overwhelmed the other development in Blige’s world: the release of her new album. OK, so that album – the soundtrack to the Kevin Hart comedy “Think Like a Man Too” – may not be considered Blige’s proper follow-up to “My Life II … The Journey Continues (Act 1),” her elaborately titled studio disc from 2011. (It follows another stopgap,...

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