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Album: Stronger With Each TearReleased: 2009
Stronger With Each Tear
was initially titled Stronger
after "the song
, which Blige recorded and released as the lead single from the soundtrack of the LeBron James' documentary More Than a Game
. The reason for the renaming of the album is suspected to be the failure of "Stronger" to make an impact on the charts, resulting in this song replacing "Stronger" on the LP.
Blige discussed the album title with MTV News: "You gotta come from an honest place of where you are. Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger in life. I don't care if you're doing great; you're gonna always have peaks and valleys. I hit a valley. And in that valley, I became stronger, because it didn't kill me. Now I'm here again, and I'm stronger. In that strength, I found that it's OK to be vulnerable. It's OK to need someone. It's OK to say, 'I don't need you.' That's what 'stronger' means. Do not box yourself in. Be free and uninhibited. That's what 'stronger' is about."
The song was originally sung by just Blige on the US version of her album though on the re-release and on international releases the song is a featured duet to reflect each of the international markets. Blige duets with Jay Sean for the UK release, with Tiziano Ferro for Italy; Vanessa Amorosi for Australia, Rea Garvey for Germany and K'naan for the Canadian/US re-release.
A video was filmed for the Blige/Jay Sean duet, which was directed by Marcus Raboy. Afterwards Sean took to his Twitter and said: "@maryjblige is so cool! For someone that has paved the way and inspired so many artists, shes so humble. Love that. Amazing2work with."