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Mary J. Blige - 'My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act I)' (11/21)

Seventeen years after her breakthrough LP, My Life, which she recorded while battling drugs and domestic violence, the older, wiser R&B queen is back with a sequel. "The first My Life, I didn't understand why I was in so much pain," says Blige. "This one adds another level of understanding." The album ranges from signature self-empowerment tunes like "Masterpiece" to sexier cuts like "Midnight Drive," featuring a rap verse from Blige's alter ego Brooklyn. And she's already thinking about a sequel to the sequel: "We're going to do Act II, because it's just too much good music."

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