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Mary J Blige Performed One on American Idol

Thursday, May 25, 2006

AMERICA’S FAVORITE ARTIST PERFORMS AMERICA’S FAVORITE SONG



Santa Monica, California, May 25, 2006 – Mary J. Blige and her version of the U2 classic "One" were all over the airwaves last night. On the Fox network Mary J. Blige took the stage with American Idol finalist Elliot Yamin for a spectacular version of the song “One” which appears as a duet with Bono on Mary’s double platinum album The Breakthrough. Meanwhile, on ABC, the current promotional spot for the top rated network's slate of programming is cued to Blige's performance of “One” and even includes footage from her music video.

“One” is everywhere, permeating through the American culture. “One” was originally written by U2 and appeared on their 1991 album Achtung Baby. In February 2003 Mary chose to sing “One” at a MusiCares Person of the Year tribute to Bono during the week leading up to the 45th Grammy Awards telecast. The first time Bono and Mary performed “One” together was in September 2005 at the Katrina benefit “Shelter From the Storm: A Concert For the Gulf Coast” which aired on broadcast and cable networks. “One” can also be heard on ABC as part of their May sweeps station ID campaign which aired during the season finale of such hit shows as Desperate Housewives, Lost and Grey’s Anatomy and will continue to air throughout the summer. Mary's video for “One” is now available on iTunes and is currently the number one downloaded music video on the service!

Released on December 20th, “The Breakthrough” rocketed up the Billboard chart to debut at #1. Massive first week sales of 727,163 earned it the honor of being the best opening week for a solo R&B female artist in SoundScan history. The CD also has the distinction of being the fourth-best debut of all of 2005. “The Breakthrough” has currently sold over 2.2 million copies.

Beyond commercial success, the press is unanimous in their praise of the artistry of “The Breakthrough.” Vanity Fair raves, “…she’s still the Queen…” USA Today claims, “Another Blige ‘Breakthrough’ …Blige still touches souls...” People Magazine calls the CD “...one of her most impassioned performances, proving a little drama can go a long way.” NY Daily News says Mary, “…wins by finely delivering songs that show how complicated simple joy can be.” The Boston Globe hails the CD as “…a start-to-finish triumph.”

Mary’s six prior platinum and multi-platinum hit albums include such classics, “No More Drama,” “What’s the 411,” “My Life,” “Share My World,” “Mary” and “Love & Life.”

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