Her last few projects may have been chart catastrophes, but there’s clearly is no stopping Mariah Carey.
For according to husband Nick Cannon, the new mother of twins is gearing up to release her 14th studio album later this year.
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Check out an except of Cannon’s interview with Billboard this week:
“She’s planning on having a record out this year,” says Cannon of Carey, who gave birth to Moroccan Scott Cannon and Monroe Cannon on April 30.
According to Cannon, Carey completed a good amount of recording a few months ago during her pregnancy. “She’s been working away, and we have a studio in the crib, and [the pregnancy] has totally inspired her on so many different levels.
You’re definitely gonna see some new phenomenal music from Mariah.”
Granted dates can and often do change, especially given Mariah’s new ‘mom’ status; news of a new release certainly begs a number of questions.
With her righthand man, LA Reid, now out of the frame at Def Jam, where does that leave MiMi? Is she, as speculated by some, set to join him over at Sony Music? Who has she been working with? What sound is she going for? Does she even have an audience anymore?
What is certain, though, is that the 41 year old diva has to deliver and then some.
Beyond the fact Pop punchlines such as Rihanna are actually becoming serious threats to her #1 singles record, Mariah has indadvertedly stacked the cards up against herself. Especially leading up to this pivotal point of her career.
Perhaps too pre-occupied with adding to those catalogue of chart-toppers, her more recent efforts have seen her churn out nursery rhymes such as ‘Obsessed’ and ‘Touch My Body’. Tracks, which despite charting well, compromise her musical credibility and alienate her core audience. Over concerned with remaining culturally relevant, Carey has instead made it a point of duty to engage the casual listener – both musically and with the incessant flaunting of her expired sex appeal. A practice which may see her singles smash on iTunes (an increasing rarity), yet her albums continue to reach embarrassing lows. Indeed, 2009’s ‘Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel’ actually sold less than the infamous ‘Glitter’. Noteworthy as it serves as her most recent traditional release.
Still, an icon by most counts, Carey has all to play for. And she is -as they say – merely a hit away from reclaiming some of her heyday glory. Whether she can actually turn the tide remains to be seen.