Mary J. Blige is booming on R&B radio. Following the release of Blige’s 15th album, Hello beauty, the lead single and title track peaked at No. 1 on R&B radio this week. It generated 11.8 million viewership impressions.
The D’Mile-produced track is Blige’s first rule on this chart since 2017’s “U + Me (Love Lesson)”.
In an interview with Rated R&B, Mary J. Blige’s A&R Eddie Fourcell recalled the studio session for “Good Morning Gorgeous.”
“It was probably, of my working career, the fastest written record of all time,” he explained.
“There was purpose and intent in that session, and everyone was professionally a great musician. It wasn’t playing. SHE on bass, Lucky [Daye] on melodies, and Tiara [Thomas] helping. It was so magical. It happened in literally two hours.
On urban radio, “Good Morning Gorgeous” earns a top 40 entry for Blige, making her the only artist of her generation right now to achieve the remarkable feat.
She last had a strong presence on this format in 2016 with “Thick of It,” which eventually, with the help of her heavy rotations, zoomed to No. 5 on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts. Billboard airplay.
“Good Morning Gorgeous” is currently Blige’s sixth most-played song on Spotify, surpassing two million streams.
As for the album itself, other tracks leave an impression, like the drill-influenced “On Top” with Fivio Foreign and “Here With Me” with Anderson .Paak.
Usher, DJ Khaled and Dave East also appear on the album. The latter artist is featured on “Rent Money”, which was the third track released before the album. Blige released an accompanying music video on the same day as the album’s release.
Those who can get their hands on a Target-exclusive release, expect to hear a Ne-Yo collab titled “Running.”
Details of this limited edition CD can be found here, along with information on where to find merchandise and tickets to upcoming shows associated with this album era.
This Sunday, Blige will take the stage at the Super Bowl LVI Pepsi Halftime Show in Inglewood, Calif., to perform alongside Dr. Dre, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Snoop Dogg.