News: Mary J. Blige's "Tear" En Route For 300K First-Week

Saturday, Dec 26, 2009 8:00AM

Written by Rosario Harper

R&B veteran Mary J. Blige's Stronger With Each Tear is reportedly en route to debut next week with roughly 320,000 sold copies.

According to weekend estimates, Blige will likely fall behind singer Susan Boyle's I Dreamed a Dream.

With one week remaining in the chart year, Susan Boyle and Taylor Swift are now less than 100k apart in their battle for the best-selling album of 2009. Susan Boyle (Columbia) 600-625. Mary J. Blige (Geffen) 300-320K. Alicia Keys (J/RMG 280-300K. Young Money (Cash Money/Universal Motown) 120-130K. (Hits Daily Double)

The album is her latest since 2007's Growing Pains.

Blige's just-released "Stronger With Each Tear," is on course to sell perhaps around 300,000 and possibly more. The queen of hip-hop/soul's last release, "Growing Pains," was released on Dec. 18, 2007 and bowed at No. 2 with 629,000. It moved to No. 1 the following week. "Stronger" is Blige's third studio set in a row to be released on the eve of Christmas. "The Breakthrough" started the trend back in 2005, when it launched at No. 1 with 727,000 following its release on Dec. 20. (Billboard)

While promoting her album last week, Blige was rumored to have had a domestic dispute with her husband, Kendu Isaacs.

On Tuesday, while Mary, 38, celebrated her 2009 album launch at Club M2 in NYC, she was spotted getting upset with Kendu after she thought he had been flirting with a waitress, and witnesses say that the singer hit her hubby's face. "They got in each other's face before someone tried to separate them, at which point she shoved the guy aside and popped [Isaacs] in the face," a witness reports to Radar Online, "Then she bit him on the hand." (OK Magazine)

Footage of the incident has also been found online.

On the video, created by the NY Post, at about the 1:05 mark you can notice an exchange between MJB and her husband that looks like an argument. Another man steps in between and seems to continue arguing. Word is they were all rushed off but Mary came back to the party. No word on the cause of the ruckus, but rumor has it that Kendu was flirting with some chick. (Singersroom)

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