Growing Pains[ edit ] Blige performing in July It sold , copies in its first week, marking the third time since Nielsen Sound Scan began collecting data in that two albums sold more than , copies in a week in the United States.
With combined sales of more than 5 million albums and singles from her debut album, Blige was the best selling female artist on the Uptown label.
In , My Life was ranked number 57 on Blender 's list of the greatest American albums of all time.
Share My World debuted at number one on the Billboard and spawned five hit singles: The album became Blige's most commercially successful, selling three million copies in the U.
That summer, she embarked on the Share My World Tour, which resulted in a Gold-certified live album released later that year, simply titled The Tour. On August 17, , Blige's fourth album, titled Mary was released.
The lead single, " The One ", which features Canadian rapper Drake ,  was released for airplay in June , and was officially and digitally released in July , peaking at number 63 on the Hot Blige recorded " Stronger ", as the lead single from the soundtrack to the basketball documentary " More than a Game " in August The third international single from the album, " Each Tear ", was remixed with different featured artists from different countries, then being released in February The single failed to chart anywhere except in the UK where it reached number one-hundred-eighty-three and in Italy where it reached number one. Blige appeared as a guest judge on the ninth season of American Idol on January 13, Mary came in at number 2 overall.
Blige's tenth studio album, My Life II The Journey Continues Act 1 , was released in November Our journey together continues in this life," the singer explained.The album, titled, A Mary Christmas was released on October 15, through Matriarch and Verve Records, her first release with the latter.In early December, A Mary Christmas became Blige's 12th top ten album after it rose to 10 in its eight week. In the United States, Think Like a Man Too debuted at number 30 on the Billboard , with 8, copies sold in its first week, becoming the lowest sales debut of any of her studio albums.Blige appeared as guest mentor on American Idol on March 7, , and performed "Why" on the results show the following night.D City, released on October 22, In early , reports surfaced that Blige was recording a Christmas album.Blige was featured on 50 Cent 's album, Curtis , in the song "All of Me". Blige is featured on singles by Big Boi , and Musiq Soulchild.