[artist id="854"]Mary J. Blige[/artist] has switched it up in recent years, collaborating with hot young voices like Drake and [article id="1638621"]Trey Songz[/article] and even [article id="1524675"]trying her hand at rapping[/article]. The nine-time Grammy winner has pretty much conquered the R&B game, so it's fitting that her next effort will take listeners back to some of the classic Mary sounds that started it all.
"Swizz [Beatz] and I, [we're] in the studio cooking up something real nice," Blige told MTV News backstage at the VMAs. The songbird, [article id="1647671"]who hit the stage on Sunday with Swizzy and Drizzy for "Fancy,"[/article] revealed that she and the super-producer are crafting sonic heat similar to her first two studio albums but plan to update the vintage Blige sound. "[It will be] more like [What's the 411?], My Life 2011, '12. It's headed [in] that direction but in a new [way]. Not what it used to be."
Blige dished that the follow-up to 2009's Stronger With Each Tear may come with some club joints but didn't promise any of the house-music-inspired rhythms that have popped up in hits like "OMG" and "Closer" from fellow R&B vets Usher and Ne-Yo.
"Right now, it's going in the Mary direction, which is R&B and hip-hop and soul," Blige said. "If it goes into the club direction, it will probably be more soulful than futuristic."
Blige has time to decide whether some speaker-rattling joints will make her next album as she's set to kick off another major undertaking before her upcoming LP drops. The songstress will rock a headlining tour this fall and has recruited budding soul stars [article id="1646877"]Jazmine Sullivan and Miguel[/article] for the trek, which kicks off October 2 in Mobile, Alabama. R&B vet El DeBarge is slated to appear on certain dates.
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