Mary J. Blige to livestream L.A. show
With the kick-off of her short major market tour just hours away, Mary J. Blige will expand the reach of her Los Angeles performance, which be broadcast live as part of the "American Express Unstaged" livestream music series.
The Grammy-winning songstress begins her four-date tour tonight (11/11) in Oakland, CA, followed by the Nov. 17 show at Los Angeles' Club Nokia. The concert will be streaming live at www.youtube.com/MaryJBligeVEVO, and will be available on mobile devices via VEVO and YouTube apps, according to a press release.
"I can't wait to share in this amazing experience with fans around the world as they join me on a timeless journey of celebration and reflection," said Blige. "I'm really looking forward to immersing myself in [filmmaker] Adam Shankman's creative vision for an unforgettable 'American Express Unstaged' performance."
Blige's performance will be the seventh installment of the American Express-sponsored series and its first solo-artist performance. In October, Coldplay performed for the series in Madrid, generating more than 19 million streams on YouTube, according to a press release.
Blige will release her 10th studio effort, "My Life II ... The Journey Continues (Act 1)," Nov. 21 via Matriarch/Geffen Records. The 14-track album marks the sequel to her sophomore set, 1994's "My Life," which peaked at No. 7 on The Billboard 200. That effort received a 1996 Grammy nomination for Best R&B Album and took home a trophy for Best R&B Album at that year's Billboard Music Awards.
Blige worked with an array of special guests on the forthcoming set, including Swizz Beatz, Kanye West, Jay-Z, Timbaland, Maxwell, Alicia Keys and Raphael Saadiq, among others. The album's lead single, "25/8," was released digitally in September, peaking at No. 39 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.