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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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“Nightshift”

The Commodores | 1984

The year after soul legends Marvin Gaye and Jackie Wilson died, songwriter Dennis Lambert asked members of the Commodores to give him a tape of ideas. "And the one from Walter Orange has this wonderful bass line," said co-writer Franne Golde. "Plus the lyric, 'Marvin, he was a friend of mine' ... Within 10 minutes, we had decided it should be something like a modern R&B version of 'Rock 'n' Roll Heaven,' and I just said, 'Nightshift.'" This tribute to the recently deceased musicians was the band's only hit without Lionel Richie, who had left for a solo career.

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