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Adelaide: Four minutes with...Mary J. Blige

January 23, 2011
"When I was growing up songs helped me want to live another day," Blige says. 

1. NO MORE DRAMAS
After cancelling a tour a few years back, Mary J Blige is "definitely" coming to Australia, headlining next year's Raggamuffin festival. Those wanting to hear the hits will not be disappointed. "I believe our fans over there will be very happy. They've been waiting for this setlist for a long time," Blige says.


2. BE OPTIMISTIC
Her tour is called Music Saved My Life. "When I was growing up songs helped me want to live another day. Like Keep on Movin' by Soul II Soul, Caught Up in the Rapture by Anita Baker. Songs help you fight another day, to get out of a bad relationship, to marry, to divorce, to do better. Songs do that for you. They can save your life."

3. IT'S WHAT MARY WANTS
Third-person fan Blige has moved into merchandise. "I wanted things that were an extension of what people love about Mary," she says. "Sunglasses and a fragrance. They see me in glasses, they want Mary's shades. When I meet women they say I smell good."


4. WHAT'S THE 411?
A new album is due soon ("I've kept the integrity to Mary and her music") and she's even made a 30 Rock cameo. "I'm a strong woman, period, but I'm a fun person too."

SEE
Sydney - Raggamuffin, Parramatta Park, January 28, $121.50, Ticketmaster
Melbourne - Raggamuffin, Melbourne Showgrounds, January 29, $121.50, Ticketmaster
Brisbane - Raggamuffin, Pine Rivers Park, January 30, $101.50 to $131.75, Ticketmaster

A great read from the Australian press. 

I am really anticipating this album. Can't wait!

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