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Disclosure, Sam Smith working with Mary J. Blige on her new album

Singer-songwriter Mary J. Blige attends Kiehl's LifeRide Finale Event on August 12, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Kiehl's)
Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris

Soul singer Mary J. Blige is teaming up with duo Disclosure and British singer Sam Smith once again. This time they are working on Blige’s new album, The London Sessions. The British dance duo confirmed via Twitter on Monday that they have been writing and producing some songs with the queen of R&B.

Blige recently worked with Disclosure and Smith on a remix of their song “F For You.” She also collaborated with Smith on a new version of “Stay With Me”. With a small sample of the type of work they can all do together, Blige’s new album should be well worth the wait. Emeli Sande, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, Sam Romans and Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins are also involved with the album.

In an interview with The Guardian published on Saturday, Blige talked about the album and the style of music they will be producing. She said,

The sound in London at the moment is house music. That is what the majority of people are producing their songs like. But the ones that get truly successful are the ones using proper writing. And that is exactly what we’re trying to do, along with a few other people. But that applies to any genre, not just dance music.”

Blige’s creative freedom will also be on display with this new album and much of the music will embrace the culture of London. She continued:

The music is free over here the way it used to be in the States. Artists are just free to do what they love. Listening to radio you can hear the freedom.”

It is that freedom that has drawn her to artists like Disclosure and Sam Smith. Mary J. Blige: The London Sessions is set to be released in November.

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