R+B star Mary J Blige started off the new year right with a surprise birthday bash at Beverly Hills hotspot Mr Chow last week (ends14JAN07). The star's husband, Kendu Isaacs, arranged all the details for the special surprise celebration to mark Blige's 37th birthday on 11 January (07). A source tells American publication Us Weekly, "She walked in and stopped dead in her tracks. She gave Kendu a huge hug and kiss, whispered in his ear, then started tearing up." Comedian Chris Rock and Queen Latifah were among the revelers drinking customised cocktails, including the No More Drama (Patron tequila on the rocks) and the Mary Jane (a lychee martini). Isaacs admitted he faced a dilemma when it came to selecting a present for the singer saying, "I couldn't make up my mind, so I bought her two sets of diamond earrings from Frances Klein of Beverly Hills."