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originally published: 06/18/2022

(NEWARK, NJ) — One of Time magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2022’ icons and 2022 Billboard ICON Award recipient, undisputed Queen of Hip Hop Soul Mary J. Blige, the Good Morning Gorgeous tour ad presented by Hologic in partnership with The Black Promoters Collective (BPC). GRAMMY Award-winning and Oscar-nominated Blige will perform in 23 cities with special guests Ella Mai, GRAMMY-winning artist and platinum-selling queen Queen Naija. Locally, the tour arrives at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia on September 22; the Prudential Center in Newark on October 23 and the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City on October 29.

“Mary J. Blige is one of a handful of artists at the top of our list of desired partners since the initial construction of The BPC. His support in our mission so early in the process is a testament to the hard work we have done to bring superior cultural experiences fueled by black affairs to the masses. We firmly believe this is a heavenly wedding and we are honored to partner with the Queen,” says BPC Co-Founder and President Shelby Joyner.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with Mary J. Blige as presenting sponsor of her Good Morning Gorgeous Tour,” said Steve MacMillan, Chairman, President and CEO of Hologic. “As a global leader in women’s health, we are committed to emphasizing the vital importance of preventative screenings and the annual Well Woman exam, and Mary’s Voice is a powerful way to reach millions of women. “

In addition to the previously mentioned accolades, the tour follows Blige’s early 2022 album release of Hello beauty. The album was released leading up to his energetic Super Bowl halftime performance. The title track went to number one on R&B radio for 9 weeks and the song became a viral backdrop for many expressing their self-esteem, with over 40,000 users creating videos using the song on TikTok. . A deluxe version was released just ahead of her “Strength of a Woman” festival which took place last month in Atlanta.

Singer, songwriter, Oscar-nominated actress, producer and iconic philanthropist, Mary J. Blige is a figure of inspiration, transformation and empowerment, making her one of the defining voices of the contemporary music era. . With a track record of eight multi-platinum albums, nine Grammy Awards (plus a staggering 32 nominations), two Oscar nominations, two Golden Globe nominations and a SAG nomination, among many other accolades, Blige has established herself as a superstar. world. . Influenced from an early age by the music of Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan and Gladys Knight, Blige brought her own gritty, urban style – fusing hip-hop, soul and honest, straight lyrics – to the fore during her debut in 1992. What is 411? The multi-platinum set, produced by Sean “Diddy” Combs, quickly produced several hits, including two R&B #1s: You Remind Me and Real Love. Blige helped redefine R&B and began to carve out a unique niche for herself on the more personal second album, 1994’s My Life. Drama” and “Family Affair”, all of which made her a force in music. During her career, Blige has released 15 studio albums (most recently Hello beauty) and starred in films and television programs such as Mudbound, The Umbrella Academy, Power Book II: Ghost, Respect, and recently released his own documentary, My Life by Mary J. Blige. Last February, she performed at the Pepsi Super Bowl LVI Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, Calif., alongside Dr. Dre, Eminem, Snoop Dogg and Kendrick Lamar. Blige has her own production company, Blue Butterfly, and recently launched her own festival, “Strength of a Woman Festival and Summit,” with Pepsi and in partnership with Live Nation Urban.

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In 2018, Ella Mai’s debut single, “Boo’d Up,” broke the record for the most weeks at No. 1 for any song by a woman on the “R&B/Hip Hop” chart. Billboard Airplay”. Her single “Trip” reached No. 11 on the Billboard “Hot 100”, and her album, Ella Mai, has nearly 6 billion streams and is certified RIAA Platinum. Along with her dominance and chart-topping success, Ella Mai has won numerous awards including her first GRAMMY for Best R&B Song, 3 Billboard Music Awards including coveted Top R&B Artist, 3 iHeartRadio Awards including R&B Artist of the Year. , 3 Soul Train Awards and a BET Viewers Choice Award. After two years of touring the world, Ella has released her new single, “Not Another Love Song”, from her upcoming album. In his own words, the new single “is about falling in love but not wanting to admit it, so it’s quite vulnerable but it still has an edge”. If the adage is true and history always repeats itself, get ready for Ella Mai to once again dominate the musical and cultural zeitgeist.

Singer/songwriter Queen Naija has cemented her status as one of R&B’s most compelling young stars. Hailed as “the premier soul star of the social media generation” by The New York Times, the 25-year-old Detroit native has amassed more than three billion combined global streams to date. Queen struck out on her own with her breakthrough single “Medicine,” which debuted at No. 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 (an almost unprecedented achievement for an unsigned artist) and quickly landed her a deal with Capitol Records. His critically acclaimed 2018 self-titled EP debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artists chart and garnered major recognition during 2019 awards season, including nominations for Top R&B Artist at Billboard Music. Awards and Best New Artist at the BET Awards, plus three nods at the iHeartRadio Music Awards. In October 2020, she released missunderstood, a five-song project featuring three platinum-certified singles: “Butterflies”, “Karma” and “Medicine”. This project proved to be another smash hit for Queen, debuting at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top R&B Albums chart and breaking into the top 10 of the Billboard 200.

The Collective of Black Promoters (BPC) is a coalition of six of the nation’s largest independent concert promotion and event production companies. As a 100% black-owned company, its mission is to be the world’s leading producer and provider of culturally relevant live entertainment experiences.

Hologic, Inc. is a medical technology innovator primarily focused on improving the health and well-being of women through early detection and treatment. His advances include inventing the world’s first commercial 3D mammography system to fight breast cancer, leadership in testing for cervical cancer, sexually transmitted infections, respiratory diseases and virus that causes COVID-19; and minimally invasive surgical technologies for uterine fibroids and abnormal uterine bleeding. The company also advocates for women through the Hologic Global Women’s Health Index, which provides a roadmap of science-based data to improve women’s well-being, and Project Health Equality, which improves awareness, knowledge of research and access to quality care for underserved women.

Prudential Center is the world-class sports and entertainment venue located in downtown Newark, New Jersey. Opened in October 2007, the state-of-the-art arena is home to the three-time National Hockey League (NHL) Stanley Cup champion New Jersey Devils, Seton University’s NCAA Division I men’s basketball program Hall and more than 175 concerts. , family shows and special events each year. The arena is also home to the GRAMMY Museum Experience Prudential Center, which opened to the public in October 2017. The 8,200 square foot experience marks the GRAMMY Museum’s first outpost on the East Coast and features a dynamic combination of educational programs and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a spotlight on New Jersey’s legendary GRAMMY winners. Ranked in the Top 8 nationally by Pollstar, Billboard and Venues Today, the Prudential Center is recognized as one of the best venues in the United States and welcomes more than 2 million guests each year.

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