Blige explained the significance of the album title: "I had to grow up in front of everyone, you know? And go through everything I went through. This is the hardest business to sustain and even think about sustaining after you have been through so much. And through it all, I tried to remain positive, I tried to get through the peaks and the valleys. When I'm in the valley I try to remain in a stable, positive position, which is hard to do. That's something in itself. Anything that's hard to do, you've got to break into it. You're not going to get through a door without the key unless you break it down. Or, you're not going to get through some glass unless you break through it, or bust through it, you know. So my life has been like, really, just one trial after the next, and heavy, heavy situations, so I managed to make it to this point, to where I'm actually feeling good about myself. I like myself. I understand that there will be more trials and tribulations and negative situations to come, but there's also a choice I can make, and I'm going to choose to be happy, and do the right thing. And that's what The Breakthrough is about."