She’s back! As one of the industry’s longest reigning divas, it’s only fitting that Mariah Carey‘s return to the charts is worked like an “event”.
Hence, so as to celebrate the debut of her new single ‘Triumphant’ today, the singer’s label Island Def Jam assembled premium press for an exclusive Q&A with the songbird herself.
That Grape Juice were fortunate enough to be on the call, which saw the 42 year old dish on her forthcoming new album. Find out what she had to say below…
On R&B she explained:
It would be incredible if we could bring that days when R&B records didn’t have to crossover and just be hits on their own.I remember back when those records were the soundtracks of people’s lives.
I remember when I was pregnant with dem babies they only responded to the songs with the classic R&B feel.
However, in an attempt not to offend her Pop counterparts, she added:
It just makes me sad that there are so many great R&B artists out there that don’t get the chances that they should.
Additionally, the icon also welcomed the possibility of collaborating with both Drake and Frank Ocean, revealing how excited she was to work with ‘industry shapers’ such as Meek Mill who lends a verse to ‘Triumphant‘.
Although the hotly anticipated set has yet to be christened with a title, she did reveal that she has over 100 songs recorded to cherry-pick from and that Epic mastermind LA Reid will assume a poignant role in its creative direction.
With many trying but failing to breathe life into the genre, if anyone has the power (on paper) to do so it is Mariah.
Here’s hoping the project sees her make her biggest mark to date and kick the door wide open for future generations of R&B crooners.