April 5th, 2011
05:21 PM ET
Mary J. Blige is going back to her beginnings – the R&B songstress is releasing a follow-up to her album “My Life,” according to Billboard.
Blige announced on Monday that “My Life II, The Journey Continues” will arrive on September 20, and will feature production from the likes of Kanye West, Swizz Beatz and Stargate.
“My Life,” which was released in 1994, included the single “Be Happy,” and went on to sell 2.8 million copies and nab a Grammy nod for best R&B album.
“It's a gift to be able to relate and identify with my fans at all times,” Blige said. “This album is a reflection of the times and lives of people all around me." The album’s first single, “Someone to Love Me,” also features Diddy and Lil Wayne.
Less concrete are the details surrounding Beyonce’s next project, with reports suggesting that her fourth solo album will arrive in late June.
According to the U.K.’s Guardian, head of Sony Music Australia Denis Handlin listened to six tracks from the record while handling business in NYC, and Handlin relayed to Australia’s The Daily Telegraph that Beyonce's taking her music to a new level.
"It was just amazing," Handlin reportedly said. "She came in and played us six tracks from the album. She wants to do a big tour off the back of this record, which will include Australia. These songs, the best description I can give is groundbreaking; she's gone to another level."
One thing’s for sure: Beyonce’s father, Matthew Knowles, won’t be managing her. The superstar parted ways with her dad on a business level last month.
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