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Mary J. Blige Speaks Out on "Growing Pains," Her Big "Breakthrough" Year

December 28, 2007 4:59 PM ET

Mary J. Blige stopped by the Rolling Stone offices just before her eighth studio album, Growing Pains, made its splashy debut on the charts this past week to chat about one of the big topics she tackles on the LP: the pleasure and pain of personal growth. The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul also gushed about her "oh my goodness" moment at last year's Oscars, discussed the inspiration behind relationship-gone-wrong track "Nowhere Fast" ("It's not a Mary J. Blige story") and mused on how her Apple ad will impact her career. Click above to watch the interview.

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