: When Mary pushed the release date for her new album Growing Pains from November 20th to November 27th, she expected to be the only R&B artist debuting a new album that week. But a few days after Mary's decision, Beyonce announced she'd be releasing a live album and a dvd on that same very same date.
And the threat of going up against Beyonce was too much for Mary and her label. As of this morning, Mary J Blige has officially pushed back her album release two weeks - from November 27th to December 11th.
According to an insider over at Mary's label, everyone there is furious. MediaTakeOut.com exclusively learned that pushing forward Mary's release date is costing Geffen Records million of dollars. A Geffen exec told us, "[Beyonce's management] put her release against Mary's just so they could get the added publicity - but we're not playing into their game ... Best of luck to [Beyonce]."