musical-notes

Fans, get ready. Singer Mary J. Blige has announced the release date of her 13th studio effort. “Strength Of A Woman” will arrive on April 28. In addition, the Queen Of Hip Hop Soul revealed the album’s art work, which fittingly captures her in royalty.  “Strength Of A Woman” follows Blige’s 2014 effort “The London Sessions.” “Strength Of A Woman” features the singles “Thick Of It” and “U + Me (Love Lesson).” By and large, the singles highlight Blige’s rollercoaster divorce from estranged husband Kendu Isaacs. Blige and Isaacs split up after 12 years of marriage. At any rate, the drama hasn’t negatively impacted her singing at all. She sounds better than ever. Grammy nominated R&B singer Tank made a guest appearance on the Bounce TV hit series “Saints & Sinners” over the weekend playing an artist on the rise. In addition, singer and Xscape member Kandi Burruss made an appearance on the show as well. On the March 26 episode, drama ensures when Rex Fisher, played by actor Clifton Powell, returns to Cyrpress a free man following his release from prison. Upon his arrival, he sets out  to destroy Jabri Morris’ plan to partner with one of the most profitable businesses in town. Meanwhile, County Prosecutor Rebecca Jourdan launches an investigation into the life of Lady Ella Johnson. “Saints & Sinners” stars Vanessa Bell Calloway, Clifton Powell, Christian Keyes, J.D. Williams, Jasmine Burke and Keith Robinson. Joining the cast are Tray Chaney (“The Wire”), Demetria McKinney (“House Of Payne”) and Karlie Redd (“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta”).  “Saints & Sinners” airs on Bounce TV Sundays at 9 p.m. EST/PT. Rising R&B singer/songwriter Sampha visited the BBC”s Live Lounge for an interview and performance. Live Lounge guests typically bring a cover to perform with them, and Sampha delivered a rendition of a song by long time collaborator Drake. Sampha opted to perform the single “Controlla”  from Drake’s album “Views.” He stripped the track’s dancehall inspired beat, and built a a haunting arrangement of piano and strings around the melody giving the lyrics a new weightiness. Needless to say. Sampha has a bright future ahead of him.