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@MaryJBlige My Life concert will air on VEVO, Nov 17

November 10, 2011

Fans of Mary J. Blige will get the performance of her “Life” and then some in an online concert she will play Nov. 17 at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. The Internet broadcast will be directed by Adam Shankman and promote the Nov. 21 release of Ms. Blige’s new album, “My Life II… The Journey Continues (Act 1),” but also pay a substantial tribute to its best-selling 1994 predecessor, “My Life.”


“We’re going to do the first ‘My Life’ in its entirety — really make it something special,” Ms. Blige said in a telephone interview. “And once we’re done with that, we’re going to do some of ‘My Life II.’ ”


“Not all of it,” she added with a laugh, “because I would’ve sang like 20 songs by then.”


The concert, which will be shown at 11 p.m. Eastern time at www.youtube.com/MaryJBligeVEVO, is the seventh entry in the American Express Unstaged series, an online concert program presented in partnership with the video Web sites YouTube and VEVO.


The series has previously paired the rock band Arcade Fire with the director Terry Gilliam, and Duran Duran with David Lynch, generating more than 60 million total streams, its news media representatives said. (More than 19 million of those came from an Oct. 26 concert performed by Coldplay and directed by Anton Corbijn.)


For Ms. Blige the concert is a furthering of her collaboration with Mr. Shankman, the choreographer and director of the movie musical “Hairspray,” and her director in the coming film version of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages.”


“I met Adam a while ago,” Ms. Blige said, “at Jennifer Lopez’s birthday party. He was this nice guy. He kept saying that he knew Barry White and Barry White is his godfather, which is true.”


For emphasis, Ms. Blige repeated: “Barry White, the singer, is his godfather.”


Soon after this encounter Mr. Shankman offered her the “Rock of Ages” role of a strip-club proprietor named Justice, whose songs are not Ms. Blige’s trademark style of R&B, hip-hop and pop, but rather 1980s-era power ballads like “Love Is a Battlefield,” “Shadows of the Night” and “Here I Go Again.”


None of which gave Ms. Blige the slightest pause. “The early classic rock, I grew up on it,” she said. “That’s the MTV we were cutting school to see.”


Mr. Shankman, who is a judge on “So You Think You Can Dance” and who produced the 2010 telecast of the Academy Awards, said that what he liked about the online concert is that “certain parameters are already set.”


“This is not putting together her world tour,” Mr. Shankman said, “so it’s not like, let’s start from scratch. This is looking at an album, looking at her life, looking at her evolution and putting an evening together about it.”


“I think I work best within a framework,” he added. “I’m not so great with a blank page.”


Ms. Blige said she would like the Webcast to feel intimate even in its sizable club setting, in the style of Prince’s recent concert performances. Beyond that, she said there was only one demand she was placing on herself.


“You’ve just got to be focused,” she said, pausing to contemplate her answer. “I think I said the right word. Focused. Because there’s no other words popping up in my head. And that’s really it.”


Similarly, Mr. Shankman said his overall responsibilities for the concert were very simple: “I feel like I know where the focus is supposed to be. That would be Mary J. Blige.”

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Mary J. Blige UNSTAGED directed by Adam Shankaman by Dtwmjb12

1 comments:

MarysJoint at: November 10, 2011 at 10:57 AM said...

Love It !! I Can Feel A DVD Comin on

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