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Blige Readies Summer "Love"

R&B queen reunites with P. Diddy for sixth album

March 18, 2003 12:00 AM ET

Grammy-winner Mary J. Blige's sixth album, tentatively titled Love and Life, is due this summer. Produced by P. Diddy, the set is the pair's first album-length collaboration since Blige's landmark 1992 debut What's the 411?.

P. Diddy plugs the upcoming album on Blige's current single "Hooked," available on her official Web site. The track, which hasn't been confirmed for the album, features Diddy rapping and Blige singing over the beat Dr. Dre initially laid down for 50 Cent's "In Da Club." 50 is among the guests rumored to appear on Love and Life.

Blige won a female R&B vocal Grammy last month for "He Think I Don't Know," from the 2002 expanded edition of her multi-platinum 2001 set No More Drama.

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