Music Shopping Spotlight: Gorillaz & Mary J. Blige Shine Above the Rest

Gorillaz, Humanz © ParlophoneThe Return of Gorillaz (‘Humanz’) and Mary J. Blige (‘Strength of a Woman’) highlights new music releases arriving Friday April 28, 2017.   

Ah, the final Friday of April 2017.  What does that mean? That means, friends, there’s one final new music release date in April!  Top heavy, there are two key releases arriving this week: Gorillaz (Humanz) and Mary J. Blige (Strength of a Woman).

Gorillaz, Humanz


Gorillaz returns with its first album in seven years, HumanzHumanz follows two albums released in 2010: Plastic Beach and exclusive iPad recorded effort, The Fall.  In its deluxe form, Humanz is comprised of 26 tracks, with five songs arriving prior to its release: “Ascension” featuring Vince Staples, “Saturnz Barz” featuring Popcaan, “Andromeda” featuring D.R.A.M., “Let Me Out” featuring Mavis Staples & Pusha T, and “We Got the Power” featuring Jehnny Beth.  Among many other featured guests are Anthony Hamilton, Danny Brown, and De La Soul.

Mary J. Blige, Strength of a Woman © CapitolMary J. Blige, Strength of a Woman


Typically, a new Mary J. Blige album is a big deal.  But with R&B cooling more and more, year by year, even MJB’s return with Strength of a Woman isn’t getting the buzz it deserves.  Nonetheless, Strength of a Woman marks Queen of Hip-hop soul’s first new album since December 2014, when she released The London Sessions.  Ahead of Strength of a Woman, a post-divorce album, Blige released three singles: “Love Yourself” featuring Kanye West, “Thick of It” back in Fall 2016, and “U + Me (Love Lesson).” In addition to Kanye West, other guests on Strength of a Woman are Quavo, DJ Khaled, Missy Elliot, Prince Charlez, and KAYTRANADA.

Other New Releases:

Lea Michele, Places; Willie Nelson, God’s Problem Child; Cashmere Cat, 9; All That Remains, Madness; New Found Glory, Makes Me Sick; Old Crow Medicine Show, 50 Years of Blonde on Blonde (Live); Damien Escobar, Boundless; Dalton Domino, Corners; Sylvan Esso, What Now; Les Amazones d’Afrique, République Amazone

To read the full write up on the new music releases arriving April 28, 2017 – including the bold titles under other new releases – check out the post on the Musical Hype, Music Shopping List: Gorillaz and Mary J. Blige Return.

Photo Credits: Parlophone, Capitol, Columbia, Sony, Mad Love, Interscope

One Comment Add yours

  1. dig old school Mary, back in the 90′,s some cuts since, however her biggest Problem is that she hardcore chasing things of now and hasn’t done anything that makes her cutting edge. still glad she is making music we are talking 25 plus years deep

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