Stronger (Mary J. Blige song)

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"Stronger"
Single by Mary J. Blige
from the album Music Inspired by More Than a Game and Stronger with Each Tear
Released August 18, 2009
Format Digital download
Recorded 2009
Genre
Length 4:08
Label Geffen
Writer(s) C. Brown, C. Hollis, D. Dalton, E. Dean, Jamal Jones
Producer(s) Polow da Don, Hit-Boy
Mary J. Blige singles chronology
"The One"
(2009)
"Stronger"
(2009)
"What Child Is This"
(2009)

"Stronger" is a song performed by American R&B singer—songwriter Mary J. Blige, with writing from Ester Dean, Dwayne Dalton, Jamal Jones, Chauncey Hollis and Chris Brown, who provides backing vocals. Recorded by Blige, it was featured on the soundtrack for the LeBron James documentary film More Than a Game, and included on the international version of her ninth studio album, Stronger with Each Tear (2010). It was released as the first single from the soundtrack to iTunes and Amazon on August 18, 2009.[1][2] Additionally it was sent to US radio on September 8, 2009.[3]

Blige performed the song on Good Morning America on September 11, 2009.[4] She also performed it on the Late Show with David Letterman on September 23, 2009.[5]

Background and release[edit]

The song deals with issues surrounding people standing by one another through the difficult times. Blige sings "Now we're stronger... stronger... stronger..." referencing that relationships have more strength once they have been tested and people stand by each other. The song was produced by Polow da Don and Hit-Boy especially for the Music Inspired by More Than a Game which is the official soundtrack album to the film More Than a Game. Stronger was confused as the second single from Stronger with Each Tear in August 2009, but this proved false as the song was not included on the U.S. version of Blige's ninth album because her label chose not to include it. However, the single was included on the international version of the album, first released on March 15, 2010.

Music video[edit]

The music video, which premiered on August 21, 2009,[6] features Blige singing in a quarry and amidst clouds. Footage from More Than a Game is interspersed throughout, and the video begins and ends with quotations by LeBron James. The video was directed by Anthony Mandler.

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard)[7] 84

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mary J. Blige : News : "Stronger" available now!". Interscope.com. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Connecting to the iTunes Store". Itunes.apple.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  3. ^ "Radio Industry News, Music Industry Updates, Arbitron Ratings, Music News and more!". FMQB. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Mary J. Blige : TV : Good Morning America". Mjblige.com. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  5. ^ "Mary J. Blige : Events". Mjblige.com. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Video: Mary J. Blige – ‘Stronger’". Rap-Up.com. 2009-08-21. Retrieved 2011-12-07. 
  7. ^ "Mary J. Blige Album & Song Chart History" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for Mary J. Blige.