R&B legend Mary J. Blige will follow up her career-revitalizing 2014 album The London Sessions with a new album called Strength Of A Woman later this year, and she’s just shared its first single. The young R&B auteur and Frank Ocean collaborator Jazmine Sullivan co-wrote “Thick Of It,” and it’s an emotional, pyrotechnic breakup anthem with relatively sparse and minimal production. In a statement, Blige calls the song “so personal it’s almost painful to let out.” Blige is going through a divorce right now, so we can probably expect the rest of the album to be similarly heavy. Check out “Thick Of It” via Spotify below.
Strength Of A Woman is coming later this year; no release date has been announced.