Happy birthday to Mary J. Blige's No More Drama album which turns 10

August 28, 2011

No More Drama is the fifth studio album by American recording artist Mary J. Blige. The album was released on August 28, 2001 by MCA Records in North America. The album was certified 3x Platinum. According to Billboard magazine, No More Drama has sold over 3,200,000 in the United States alone to date. Critically acclaimed, the album has received positive to favorable reviews from most music critics, debuting at number two on the U.S. Billboard 200, and opening at number one on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, selling 324,000 copies in its first week

It has spawned four singles that has attained Billboard chart success. Estimated worldwide sales for the album are at 6,500,000. "No More Drama" has sold 2,225,000 copies in Europe alone and sold over 3 million copies in U.S. alone.

Robert Marriott of Rolling Stone gave the album four and a half stars out of five, and called it "less volatile and less emotionally jagged than Blige's earlier work". He highlighted "Family Affair", "Steal Away" and the title track as the best songs on the album. At Allmusic, Liana Jonas gave it four stars out of five, saying Blige had "come a long way" since her breakthrough album What's the 411? from 1992, and that she had "blossomed into an all-out R&B diva". She praised Blige's versatile voice, and her ability to write lyrics that people could relate to.

The album debuted at #2 on the Billboard album chart, and stayed in the top hundred of that chart for several months. "Family Affair" peaked at #1 for six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the early autumn of 2001.

Though the album sold nearly two million copies in the U.S., MCA was underwhelmed by its sales, and subsequently repackaged and re-released the album on January 29, 2002. The No More Drama re-release featured a new album cover, deleted three of the songs from the original track listing, while adding two brand-new songs—one of which was the fourth single and top twenty Hot 100 hit "Rainy Dayz", (featuring Ja Rule), plus two remixes; one of the title track, serviced by Puff Daddy and the single version of "Dance for Me" featuring Common. The album sold another million-plus units (3.2 million in total) in the U.S. and seven million worldwide. Blige won a Grammy for 'Best Female R&B Vocal Performance' for the song "He Think I Don't Know."

Rhapsody ranked the album #4 on its "Best R&B Albums of the Decade" list.

In Germany, the album was her most successful one in her career in this country, reaching #13 and staying in the German Albums Chart for 35 weeks

Family Affair

No More Drama

Rainy Dayz (featuring Ja Rule)

Dance for Me (featuring Common)

Happy birthday to one of Mary J's highest praised albums to this date. This is the album that changed Mary and put her on a new path


Post a Comment


477 loyal readers
RSS feed | E-mail