Mariah Carey Talks New Album and Single
The last Mariah Carey album listeners saw was Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel in 2009; a holiday release, Merry Christmas II You, followed in 2010. Carey unofficially announced she was back in the studio recording her 14th album in April, and recently discussed its concept and upcoming single.
During a conference call for new track “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” which features Rick Ross and Meek Mill, Carey discussed working with her two collaborators and indicated more guest stars would make an appearance on the release. She stated: "I really, really wanted to work with him [Ross]. I love the tone of his voice. I think the contrast of his voice and mine would be something special. I always like to do collaborations that people might think are different."
No other collaborations were named, but as to why she added a list of guest artists, she explained: “[B]ut the main thing is [that] I'm not trying to follow any particular trend. I want it to be well-received. I want to stay true to myself and the music that I love and make the fans happy."
If Carey is not directly following a trend, could her 14th studio album end up having no focus? Could she be trying out too many individuals and styles that the record is a potpourri of different sounds but without a cogent vision? Based on earlier news, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox are assuming producing and songwriting duties.
Aside from making music, Carey is now signed on to judge the next season of American Idol for $18 million.