Mary J. Blige made Santa’s nice list.
The queen of hip-hop soul easily held off strong challenges from
Jamie Foxx and Notorious B.I.G. to lead the Christmas album chart.
Blige’s The Breakthrough stuffed 727,000 stockings for the week ended
Sunday, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Her third chart-topper features
such hot producers as Dr. Dre and the Black Eyed Peas’ Will.i.am and
guest vocals by the likes of Bono, Jay-Z and Raphael Saadiq. The Breakthrough also features a reworking of 50 Cent’s
“Hate It or Love It” called “MJB Da MVP” as well as the lead single “Be