New Song: Mariah Carey – ‘The Art Of Letting Go’

Published: Monday 11th Nov 2013 by Sam

It’s finally here!

After ample teasing and titillation, Mariah Carey unwrapped her new single ‘The Art Of Letting Go’ moments ago.

Preceded by a whirlwind of hype, the Rodney ‘Darkchild’ Jerkins track is being launched as a “first of its kind’ – after being premiered instantly to all 15 million of Carey’s fans on Facebook.

Speaking about the track, the 43-year-old gushed:

“This is such a personal record to me. I wrote the lyrics so that anyone and everyone could relate to them and hopefully release anything that they need to let go of that’s holding them back or bringing them down. Thank you for sharing this experience with me!”

So does the song, which is the title track from Mimi’s 14th studio album, deliver? Find ou after the jump…

Vocally, the song boasts a performance that potently reminds why Mariah is one of the best to ever rock a mic. While, from a production standpoint, the cut’s sparse, throwback aura, is certainly the most rewarding road for Mimi to be treading down at this point of her career. It boasts an air of… qualitative.

Sadly, that’s where the “good” starts and stops. Both lyrically and melodically, the song is a muddled mess. Yes, it’s inspirational and yes, it’s uplifting. However, surely there’s a means to tie these concepts together in such a way to identify a clear hook. Something, anything, to render the song -at the very least- memorable.

It’s all a bit worrying, isn’t it. It’s as if Mariah is making music solely for her own enjoyment. That may sound like an endearing concept (especially for an artist that has achieved all there is to achieve commercially), yet from a business standpoint…it’s a no-no.

For, which ever way it’s diced or sliced, Mimi is in desperate need of a radio hit — something ‘Letting Go’ simply is not.

In an odd way, it’s as if Mariah has done a 180° and gone from releasing cringe-worthy fast-food hits such ‘Touch My Body’ to rolling out material like this that sounds like it should be played at a wake. Strange, as predecessor ‘#Beautiful’ was a great meeting in the middle of where she wants to be and what her career needs. This, unfortunately, is not.

And to think it’s the album’s title track. Sigh.

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  1. boy November 11, 2013


    • Lily Gaga November 11, 2013

      This will flop so hard like Unconditionally 😀

      • RIRI 4 LIFE November 11, 2013

        FLOP OF THE YEAR….ARE YOU READY ??????? !!!!!!!!

      • Ms Venus Volantis Slays Your Fav November 11, 2013

        Time to retire, Mariah. Your time is up. Sit down and count your ol’ money.

      • issssMARIIAHHH November 11, 2013

        #50 on the iTunes chart and it hasn’t even been up for a couple of hours,

        i love how everyone TRIESS to downgrade the queen but it backfires on them lol

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    • BeyHive Wont Buy This Garbage November 11, 2013

      Floppppppppppppp !!!!!!! 🙁

      • Miley GaGa November 11, 2013

        Must be sad to get old huh, Grandmariah ???

    • The Monster November 11, 2013

      Disgusting song from a disgusting and yet overrated singer ever

      • issssMARIIAHHH November 11, 2013

        lol YOUR DISGUSTING. she deff did that!!!!!! thats why she’s #30 on itunessss. can you say slayyagee? no promotion, no events, no live performances but still slaying.

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  2. Hur November 11, 2013


    • Venus November 11, 2013

      The art of making Lambs sleep deep…. 🙁

    • BeyHive Wont Buy This Garbage November 11, 2013

      The art of getting old and irrelevant


    • Miley GaGa November 11, 2013

      Bye bye Grandmariah….

  3. Love Life November 11, 2013

    The song is nice but all Mariahs music sounds the got damn same.

    • boy November 11, 2013


      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        Or what b****?

      • WhatInThe?! November 11, 2013

        @LoveLife, or else you’re gonna get your ghetto ass dragged up and down the forum.

      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        Try. I spoke my opinion and will continue now f****** deal.

      • WhatInThe?! November 11, 2013

        @LoveLife, deal with what? And you ain’t scaring anybody on here so I’m gonna need you to take it down a notch! You f****** troll, you better watch your step big mama!

      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        Honey how old are you… 12? My intention was not to scare, unlike your petty flop ass. But you cant drag me simply because you are pressed by my opinion dear. You wrote all that, but original comment remains the same. Sorry you’re salty about it.

      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        And to answer your question, deal with my opinion. Because clearly you cant since you invited yourself into my reply section wanting to ‘drag’.

      • OH OH November 11, 2013

        Shut up, both of you are cheap repulsive whores. DEAL #

      • WHATINTHE?! November 11, 2013

        @LOVELIFE, are you still talking s*** little girl? Did I strike a nerve, lol! Lets get something sorted. When @boy told you to shut up you should have just shut it on up. Its that simple, learn to stay in a child’s place and have some respect for grown ups. Who the hell do you think you’re talking to with that tone. If I was near you i would slap the p*** out of you. Leave the damn post now, before s*** gets ugly. I wont tell you again! The conversation is over little girl!

      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        LOL why are you still replying to me? Pressed much? I repeat.

        The song is nice but all Mariahs music sounds the got damn same.

        Now whats the problem? You sound immature trying to talk down me yet you thought you drag someone stating their opinion (that has nothing to do with you) and cant. Lol have a seat.

      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        ‘Leave the post before this gets ugly’ ‘shut up’. Lol what kind of nonsense?

    • Gaga’s Venus Stuck In Her @nus November 11, 2013

      Gaga’s fans hate Mimi for her 18 Number One hits. How typical…


    • issssMARIIAHHH November 11, 2013

      how about instead of throwing vague shade, you give us examples? which songs sound all the same? please tell, because all you sound is bitter for coming at mc like that.

      • Love Life November 11, 2013

        If I wanted to listen to songs like that, I would just pull out the whole Daydream and Butterfly albums. S*** it even sounds like something from Emancipation of Mimi, and most recently, almost home. Happy?

    • JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

      The same??????? How the hell is this song similar to #Beautiful or to Almost Home??????? Just to give three examples with the songs she has released in the last year. Mariah is versatile as hell.

      • Titi November 11, 2013

        SO many haters !! TGJ is one of them. If this was K Michelle, or some other ratchet trash b****, yall would promote the hell out of it saying it gave you life.

  4. tits mcgee November 11, 2013

    I love it! Great job Mimi.

    • Adrian November 11, 2013

      SLAY!! The Art of Snatching Wigs.

  5. Shaytan November 11, 2013

    The Art of Falling Asleep! This was boring ass f*ck! She needs a new team. She needs to push herself. Step outside of her comfort zone.

    • IKNOWTHETRUTH November 11, 2013

      Chile yes. I kept waiting for the “Darkchild” sound to come in.

      • J November 11, 2013

        That was darkchild???????????

  6. HOTSTUFF November 11, 2013

    I like it but this is for the Lambs not the charts though…

    • SLAY ME GODNIKA (ASBEENISH) November 11, 2013

      Tea was spilt this ratchet day. But artist should make music for fans.

  7. dark horse November 11, 2013


  8. IKNOWTHETRUTH November 11, 2013

    I kept waiting for the beat to drop and for there to be some bass or some heavy R&B/Pop/Urban beat that Rodney Jerkins is known for. I should have known a song titled “The Art Of Letting Go” was going to be boring. This is dated and reminds me of “It’s A Wrap” from ‘Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel”. I’m disappointed and this is underwhelming and she could have kept this. Mariah, at this rate, stop trying to make statements and start making HITS. Your career retirement needs to be your next “statement” if your next single is not the hit we’re waiting for. I was waiting for ‘The Emancipation Of Mimi’ realness. Got my hopes up for ZIP, ZERO, NADA. No tea, no shade, but SHADE hunty. Girl, bye. And the lambs know this is CRAP too.

    • TheLourson November 11, 2013

      When will people learn? Mariah is no longer making music for the charts, she has been in the business since 1990, she is MUSIC HISTORY, she made history, she broke records, she proved her talent in so many ways, she doesn’t have anything to prove anymore.
      All the music she’s making now is just extra, for herself, for her lambs and for people who likes good music.
      She could have done something different, tied her hair in blue/pink/green, could have put her ass on the cover of the single, instagramed her p****, inflated her ass with botox, made a sextape, could have done all that cause it sounds like that’s what get people to the top of the charts today.
      But instead she made M.U.S.I.C.

      • Adrian November 11, 2013

        Let the church say AMEN. People get confused bc their favs are getting b*** ass naked to attempt to acquire HALF of Mariah’s accolades…meanwhile the Queen is chillin. She is done putting in over time. She is making music to ADD to her legacy.

  9. Gag November 11, 2013

    *Yawn* If you’ve heard 1 stale ass mooriah song you’ve heard them all. Retire already and stop ruining your legacy with theses generic ass songs that you’re going to lip synch.

    • Common Sense November 11, 2013

      Clean those ears of yours or get some taste. There’s nothing generic about orchestral music. Not to mention it sounds nothing like all the generic garbage on the radio now.

      • Onika My Queen Other B****** Take A Seat> November 12, 2013

        This b**** is done! when will her tired ass realize that? most importantly when will you b******?

    • Adrian November 11, 2013

      Who s*** in your cereal?

  10. Common Sense November 11, 2013

    The song is most definitely not radio friendly, so I don’t expect a hit. That being said the song is amazing! The lyrics are incredibly mature and the orchestra is exquisite. Then there’s that flawless vocal climax at the end… #Slayriah

    • #Beyindependent November 11, 2013

      Girl this is one of her weakest songs.

      • IKNOWTHETRUTH November 11, 2013

        Sure is chile

    • Adrian November 11, 2013

      If you like this s*** request it. Stop hindering her singles before they even start. Lambs have got to be the most insecure fan base there is. We stan for the b**** that created the game! Act like it. Request this at radio and don’t stop streaming it until the her next single comes out.

      *end rant

  11. Mewwww November 11, 2013

    It’s a cute/pretty song but it’s not a hit.

  12. HOTSTUFF November 11, 2013

    i have to admit that i’m a little disappointed , the lyrics are wonderful…but this is not single material, it’s like nowadays she likes to flop…i don’t get it…

    • Reality Check November 11, 2013

      “I no longer live in your dominion.”

      She is a true artist who releases material for her fans. She doesn’t “like” to flop she LIKES to touch her fans.

      Obviously you are not one of us.

      • HOTSTUFF November 11, 2013

        b**** i said that the lyrics are wonderful so obviously i’m touched by the song! learn to read !
        But let’s keep it real : it will flop and if she doesn’t care about flopping why keep on pushing back the album ? have a nice day or a nice hot seat. Bye.

    • Reality Check November 11, 2013

      I said you are not one of us. And you just proved my point even more. Good day boo boo. Happy 11.11!!

    • Adrian November 11, 2013

      I’m not sure what you were expecting but this s*** is fabulous. Mariah has delivered hit after hit and finally she releases something not only sounds like her classic sound, but is sooo spiritual and therapeutic. To each their own, but I just gotta say I LOVE this. It will definitely get heavy R&B rotation, HOT AC airplay, and a grammy nomination for 2015 hopefully. As for her delaying the album, please don’t confuse her focus on quality with an obsession for success. She’s solidified in her legendary status so that’s going nowhere. She’s ADDING to her legacy. She’s making music for the lambs to enjoy, and for critics to applaud.

      • HOTSTUFF November 11, 2013

        my response to you & @ REALITY CHECK & @ JOHNVIDAL

        BELOW .

    • JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

      Real artists make music, it´s not always about getting the most radio friendly songs from your team of producers so you can be on singles charts – aka your fave Rihanna´s whole career.

    • HOTSTUFF November 11, 2013




    • J November 11, 2013

      You know????? It’s like she thinks hmmm what will flop… Ahh this… Then she spends her time making ridiculous remixes if a song that never even hit the top 5 (hermosa)

  13. Ju don’t even know November 11, 2013

    Kind of boring. But I’m sure the lambs will love it.

  14. #Beyindependent November 11, 2013

    Mariah no sis if this is the best you have then you need to retire after this album this song is beyond boring and basic.

    • Queen perry November 11, 2013

      B**** stfu when’s the last time beyhoodce had a goddamn it? Huh? Answer that Hun.

      • #Beyindependent November 11, 2013

        B**** why cant Katy keep a man or sell more than 300k in the first week?

    • Miss E November 11, 2013


    • Adrian November 11, 2013

      LMAO! Okay you must have forgotten how Columbia told Beyonce to go sit her ass back down and construct a whole new album after they heard her generic attempt. It’s not a coincidence that Pepsi signed her and a world tour ensued…there was supposed to be an album out this summer. It’s getting to a point that even SHE can’t pay enough writers for songwriting credits. She’s running out of schemes.

      • ABC November 11, 2013

        Receipts for Columbia telling her that? Because the only reveipts I can find is columbia execs saying they are waiting on HER

      • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013


  15. illuminati witch puppet (or beyonce for short) November 11, 2013

    Think i’ll wait for the next single, this one sucks.

  16. Revolution November 11, 2013

    Havnt I heard this song from her already?

  17. HEY November 11, 2013

    She’s being the same thing for all these years…she plays it safe in my opinion. Her acting like a total diva and lipsynching to her songs on stage in a dress are really odd…

  18. WE FOUND RIHANNA. November 11, 2013


    • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

      Still better than we found A***

  19. Cherry November 11, 2013

    No thanks sis she can keep it.

    • dark horse November 11, 2013


  20. dark horse November 11, 2013

    So disappointed Mariah this is some f****** weak ass s***.

  21. IKNOWTHETRUTH November 11, 2013

    All this hype for NO reason and you know she won’t be able to deliver this live. No shade chile.

    • credits November 12, 2013

      actually, i’m looking forward to seeing her do this. she’s in mid-range to low until the climax. which means she can at least pull off the the first two verses, which occupies most of the song. 🙂 let’s see if she can do those low notes live lol.

  22. Rosie November 11, 2013

    Another flop from Mooriah. Generic, bland, and stale just like the rest of her songs from the past few years. She needs to shelve this album.

    • King ci November 11, 2013

      Wait but this song is just as boring as lanas discography sis

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        Kii @ you popping out of nowhere just to reply to me. Why weren’t you as quick buying your fave’s flop album? #57K

      • Queen perry November 11, 2013

        H0 you really need to stfu thAt flop ass manly looking b**** trannyara is irelivent as hell.

    • Queen perry November 11, 2013

      Who e hell is lama del flop? You have no right throwing shade at someone’s fave when ur fave is human S***.

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        Not a Titty Perry stan calling anyone else’s fave s*** when it makes the most generic, basic music available. Not to mention it’s Metacritic scores.

      • Queen perry November 11, 2013

        At least my fave can sing lama del flop does????? What? Lol oh yeah sucks off producers d****. Lol and where lama on the charts ?

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        Sis Born To Die is still slaying the Billboard 200 with only one hit/no US promo since release and after almost two years unlike your prostitute fave who has to suck Dr Luke’s d*** for a few bland local hits and can’t sell albums without all of Capital’s payola and 72033837 performances per single?
        Dead at Teenage Dream only selling less than a million more copies worldwide with 5 #1’s and over a year head start.

    • #Beyindependent November 11, 2013

      Tbh i would think you would like the song because its dull like majority of Lanas songs.

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        I don’t even want to drag right now but Beyoncé makes the same basic songs and routines every era. Let’s not.

    • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

      @rosie I can’t with you disrespecting legends,yet you stan for basic del ray

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        Less embarrassing than being a Minaj fan though.

    • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

      Umm,you always get dragged on here just for being a Lana stan. Can you f****** not

      • Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

        Lmao girl no one cares for Lana on here she trash just like Rosie. Nicki is superior

      • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

        @Barb_4_Lyf like really girl,are we supposed to believe she ain’t the only Lana del Ray fan on TGJ? They all sound the same and just as repetitive as her. Lmao it ain’t hard to drag her

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        If I had different screennames they would’ve banned me by now, like they did with half of the Barbz already.
        Lana has more awards and critical acclaim than Icki worldwide and Born To Die has outsold both of Icki’s albums combined worldwide with no effort. But of course the Barbz only listen to basic ghetto urban b****** who are unknown outside of the US, so of course I expect their taste in music to be low on this site.
        And kii at a Beyoncé stan talking about flops after 4closure.

    • Adrian November 11, 2013

      and Lana needs to take some notes from Lorde and sit down permanentely.

      • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

        4 was a platinum number 1 album. Where’s born to flop?

    • Onika My Queen Other B****** Take A Seat> November 12, 2013

      I hear your fave is struggling with her upcoming album.. #poordat i wouldn’t be surprised if that killed herself. in the process of writing the songs

  23. Revolution November 11, 2013

    The lambs love to drag other peoples music because they think Mariahs such a cut above the rest when really her discography is safe, predictable, repetitive and boring. Its one of the discographies you have to be in a certain mood to listen to it.

  24. KangBey November 11, 2013

    MEDIOCRE ALBUM FILLER….nothing more, nothing less….

  25. Todd November 11, 2013

    Love it!

  26. King ci November 11, 2013

    Basic like Rihannas stay and Beyonce whole 4 album.

  27. Revolution November 11, 2013

    S*** Britney Beyonce and Rihanna have more versatility and variety in their music than Mariah. Shes no better than Gaga with the EDM s***.

  28. IKNOWTHETRUTH November 11, 2013

    True tea, the lambs are delusional. You know she’s a flop too. That’s why nobody bought the last album. She gave me comeback teas for NO reason.

  29. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) November 11, 2013

    I like it but I need a little more umph; something I don’t get until finally the climax of the song. I think the Adult Contemporary audience will appreciate it more. I will still buy it though. Love you Mariah!

  30. smasher November 11, 2013

    Mariah doll, just no…

  31. Stephy Tha Lambily November 11, 2013

    I dont like it. Her vocals towards the end slays everyones favs tho. But this song sounds like “Almost Home”… Also, im gonna have to get use to Mariah’s new tone. Her voice has changed ALOT! The magic she once possed is gone but she can still blow. No one in the industry can hit those notes she hit during the end of the song its just her tone is no longer the same. Kinda like Whitney Houston… The only thing is Mariah still has her power Whitney lose that too… This album will be about raw vocals & personal experinces NOT COMMERCIAL SUCCESS of getting number 1 hits. IM SO READY!! LOVE YOU MIMI

  32. MC!!! November 11, 2013

    i f*****’ love it!!! you people dont know what you want from mariah to be honest she didnt sing with rappers and singing on the WHOLE track which is what yall asked for!

    • #Beyindependent November 11, 2013

      of course you love your a mc fan you live for basicness since 2008

      • MC!!! November 11, 2013

        yep something beyonce is already for her whole damn career!

      • Vee November 11, 2013

        And yet more people would pay big money to see her live.

      • Touché November 11, 2013

        I know damn well a Theifoynce stan isn’t talking about being basic. What the hell do you call her whole album 4closure, Flop down, Grown t*****, Standing on the flop and all of her previous weak and forgettable discography? Oh that’s right, it’s simple-minded and basic just like your comment.

  33. Boss November 11, 2013

    1990riah. Going for that adult contemporary/Adele lane. The ending >

  34. Rosie November 11, 2013

    I’m laughing so hard at all that hype her team built up for this struggle ass song. This s*** will flop harder than Perfume.

    • #Beyindependent November 11, 2013

      You need to not diss anyone seeing as tho Lana is still struggling to get a US number 1.

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        At least Lana can release a single at the moment?

      • FutureCIARA November 11, 2013

        Read ha @Bey

  35. Noooooo November 11, 2013

    She will push the album back again after this flops/underperforms. Boring…

  36. OH OH November 11, 2013

    It sucks like the rest of her cringe-worthy, desperate music. Her album will flop hard.

  37. Queen Mother November 11, 2013

    Love me some Mariah but her vocals are struggling a tad bit in this song.

  38. IKNOWTHETRUTH November 11, 2013

    This will debut on the Hot 100 and fall fast. After that, it’ll be billed a promo single and then, we’ll have a new “real” single by the top of the year just in time for Spring.

  39. ok November 11, 2013

    I liked it, its Mariah’s style/genre of music. She stays true to herself and her music and I respect that!

  40. FAF November 11, 2013

    Theres nothing GENERIC about this song. I think its nice, however its not gonna generate buzz for this generation of listeners

  41. royalkev November 11, 2013

    It’s not what I expected after all the build up. First off, I’m surprised this is a Darkchild production, he usually delivers something a lot catchier than this. I found myself waiting for the song to pick up a few times while listening to it.

    Now I will say this much, the song is much better than Almost Home & Triumphant. Mimi sounds seems very passionate in this song, you can feel it in her singing! This may take me a few spins to fully get into it because it seems like a very personal record.

  42. Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

    Wow this is f****** boring Mariah career is truly ending.

  43. menny November 11, 2013

    i HATE the first line
    ‘i’m making a statement, of my opinion….’
    WHAAAT?! It’s like she’s just sat with a thesaurus throughout the whole song. And you can hear her vocals are so thin… it’s boring

  44. Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

    @Rosie shouldn’t this be right up your alley? why you dissing it i thought you loved boring emo suicidal music? im confused

    • Rosie November 11, 2013

      F** why the f*** are you replying to me? How much has the Re-Tard sold? Can Icki even get a hit anymore as a lead artist? Does anyone even care about her unless she’s posting nudes for attention on Instagram?

      • King ci November 11, 2013

        To bad lama can only get a hit by selling out to EDM shes pathetic like your s***** mother for having your d*** ass.

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        Lana already had a hit before SS dumbass. And it outpeaked every Icki flop since Starships. Speaking of sellouts, really ironic that an Icki stan is talking about sellouts when Icki is the definition of one. Worry about Lana outselling her discography with one album.

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        And not a Cierror stan, that’s even worse. B**** Overdose isn’t charting anywhere, and ¢iara still hasn’t sold 150K worldwide. Bye.

      • Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

        Sweetie your reads are so basic and tired like lanas vocal delivery.

      • WE FOUND RIHANNA. November 11, 2013

        How did that Lizzy Grant flop perform on the charts tho? Can Lana get a PLATINUM albm in the US? Where’s her follow up to Summer Sadness? I guess its in the same place as Beyonce’s single.. KIIII.. Plays #1 hit Umbrella by Rihanna.

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        Lana hasn’t released a single since SS though. Try again. Where is Flop Now on the charts sweetie? All this talk about flopping but your fave is doing so right now. Same with the Icki stan who can’t get a hit without being on 382848392 features.

    • Bey Fan November 11, 2013

      I like Rosie…. but this comment had me crying.. LMAOOO

  45. Filth November 11, 2013

    That can’t be Mariah… What’s happened to her flawless vocals?

    • King ci November 11, 2013

      Her vocals retired back in 05

    • credits November 11, 2013

      It’s about time she embraced that lower register of hers!

  46. Dreamlover November 11, 2013

    It’s a nice, meaningful song, and I like that she’s changing things up from her normal hip hop/r&b style she helped establish (but kind of overdid). That having been said, it’s not very catchy or memorable, and the verses don’t really “flow” well, I don’t know how to describe it. The ending is pretty impressive, though! But I don’t think this will be a commercial success, unfortunately 🙁 Maybe it’ll become a buzz single?? Regardless, love u Mimi <3

  47. Mama November 11, 2013

    I don’t like it. The song literally goes nowhere, and Mariah’s vocals aren’t the greatest. Idk it’s like she’s trying to force runs which sounds horrible tbh. The spark she one had in her voice is gone. She doesn’t even have vibrato anymore. I think the song would’ve been better if her vocals were a little more colorful. Try again Mimi because this ones a fail…

  48. Mariah’s Back November 11, 2013

    I think this is a personal album for her. She has nothing to prove; this music is pure magic, which is why she released it to the fans. It’s boring to most of yall because yall so use to the Rihanna b******* that’s released now. I love the song; I’m listening to the lyrics, something most of you don’t do.

    • Mama November 11, 2013

      I love how y’all assume that all of us are fans of pop or EDM. There are many things that contribute to a song being good. Vocals, melody, color, catchiness, spark… This song doesn’t possess any of those things.

      • WhatInThe?! November 11, 2013

        It’s obvious youngster now stay in your lane and get some rest, you have school in the morning!

      • Mama November 11, 2013

        Lol far from it. Stop making ASSumptions because people don’t like this weak song.

        Early 90’s Mariah > 2000’s crappy Mariah.

  49. Sookie November 11, 2013

    A mess.

    • Cassie lover November 11, 2013

      More like a snooze fest lol

  50. King ci November 11, 2013

    Perfume> Art of not charting

  51. BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

    I expected more…

    • Cassie lover November 11, 2013

      Said the same thing when I listened to 4

      • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

        What was wrong with 4? I think it slayed. It was complete R&B realness. But anyway,that’s your opinion…

      • Vee November 11, 2013

        @Beyhive Minaj 4 was a great album. @Cassie Lover. I said the same when I though of Cassies career. And that’s to put it lightly.

      • OH OH November 11, 2013

        lol cassie lover 🙂 4closure sucks, run the world is the worst song of all time 😀

      • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

        So you’re gonna judge the whole album with one song? Did you even bother to listen to it? SMH

      • OH OH November 11, 2013

        Yup and it’s basic R&B, nothing more. Beyonce doesn’t have 1 good album, they all sound like collection of singles that she has to release every single month. Btw you stan for Dicki Garbaj, the biggest embarrassment in music industry with zero artistry and s***** music. So miss me. Bye.

      • Vee November 11, 2013

        Too bad your opinion doesn’t mean much^^^^.

      • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

        B****,miss me with that s***. If she was a ‘joke’ lil Kim wouldn’t be scared to release that mess of a mixtape. Nobody is checking for looks like 0.50 but ghetto h*** like you. And no,you have not heard the rest of 4,because most of the songs there are really intimate. Anyone who has 4 will tell you that it slays. Save your lies h**

    • BEYHIVE_MINAJ November 11, 2013

      @Vee I know right! But these birds stan for basic,so they wouldn’t know what real music is.

  52. Grump November 11, 2013

    How do Barbs and Ciara’s people call this generic? I don’t understand. Does your fave even know what and orchestra is? Anyways it’s definitely not a radio friendly song. It’s also completely adult friendly. I mean teens of nowadays probably don’t know what instruments are playing in the background. This sounds like a very personal record and I love it. Like I always say Mariah Carey has nothing left to prove. Her albums and songs chart every single year without any new material. But I guess she wants to please her fans. This is definelty for the fans. Love you MC.

    • TheLourson November 11, 2013


      This blog is full of Katy Perry, Britney, Nicki, Ciara, GaGa, Rihanna fans, all that matters for them is obviously #1s since their faves are more interested in charts than Art.

      Mariah Carey, whose career started in 1990 no longer has to prove her talent, like I said in a previous comment she is not making music for charts anymore. She’s making music for her fans. That’s all I/we need!

      • Onika My Queen Other B****** Take A Seat> November 12, 2013

        way to justify a FLOP! Bye B**** take a f****** seat

  53. JT November 11, 2013

    Did you fast-food restaurant employees have to look up the word “qualitative” before you used it?

    • mark November 11, 2013

      the writing on this blog is atrocious most of the time.

  54. Badnastydingaz November 11, 2013

    I f****** Luv it……F*** the Haters

  55. credits November 11, 2013

    this song sounds very jazmine sullivan. I wonder if that’s who wrote it? anyone know?

    • Mama November 11, 2013

      Jazmine would’ve slayed that song OMG

    • Grump November 11, 2013

      But we all know Mariah writes all her songs so your joke is very bland.

      • Mama November 11, 2013

        I don’t think it was a joke or shade though lol

      • credits November 12, 2013

        no, it was a serious question i was asking….Anybody who listens to jazmine sullivan knows what i am talking about. The whole tone and mood of the song, the low notes and the runs…is that something that mariah does often? I mean, i know mariah is a beast, i grew up on her music but i stopped paying attention after the emancipation with the exception of a few singles…but i love this, simply because of the way she is singing it. i guess i lose a point for not knowing that she writes all of her own songs.

        jazmine would have killed this, i’m just saying, oh and brandy too.

  56. KD November 11, 2013

    I like…a lot.

  57. cake like lady gaga November 11, 2013

    Its always this troll or @TROLLbird that remain doing the most on every post, but they forget to go support their faves.

    @TROLLsie has taken up resident on TGJ, he is in every post. Must suck being an outcast in ur hood. Nobody wants to hang with your f*g ass b*** tbh, and that is why you come on to TGJ every hour.

    • Rosie November 11, 2013

      F** hush. You know the only reason my holy name stays in your mouth is because S**-ridden f*** like you get no love at home so you run to the public library to log on TGJ every day and act as resident “troll police” and still no one gives you any attention.
      Straight people like me don’t use you or your f** bait fave, hence why the GP doesn’t give a f*** about neither of you anymore.

  58. Mika November 11, 2013

    I like it well enough, but it’s not a radio-tailored cut.

  59. Rosanna November 11, 2013

    Just three online reviews so far:

    QUEEN! Mariah Carey has a voice unlike any other, and she’s putting it to damn good use on The Art of Letting Go!The divalicious darling released her new song and it’s simply beautiful. With her voice shining through the whole time, the buildup to the big moment is fab!

    How to describe Mariah’s new single? Let me see..oh, that’s right…it’s “everything!!”. The delicate, and sublime production, the melody, the lyrics (Mariah said fans should pay special attention to the last lines in Verse 2), and, obviously, her soaring vocals; these all make “The Art of Letting Go” a fantastic song. Winter is coming, and Mariah, the balladist, pulls out a bonafide hit slow jam out of the hat. Welcome back!

    Was it worth the wait? Yes it was. “The Art of Letting Go,” along with “#Beautiful,” suggests that Carey’s next effort may be a solid one yet. Her voice remains strong and the track, sung to an ex-lover (“Your audacity is too much to be believed/ So go to Mimi on your contacts, press delete”), harkens back to her best old ballads, with its ’60s-style pop instrumentation (à la “Forever”), assertive lyrics (as in “We Belong Together”), and powerful climax (like “Vision of Love”).

  60. HOTSTUFF November 11, 2013

    Sam your review is on point.

  61. Mar”I Can’t Sing No More But I can Point My Finger For Days” Carey November 11, 2013

    i love Mariah and have missed her “true” vocals during the past decade of “whispering” that she’s been dedicated to. I will say that although this is a huge breathe of fresh air from her; im afraid she will need to promote the f*** out of it in order for it to be the genuine “Adele-esque” hit that its potential is capable of. without good promo, it will eventually flop. good song though, beautifully written & takes advantage of her strengths.

    • Mama November 11, 2013

      LMAO @ your name!!!

    • Bey Fan November 11, 2013

      YOUR NAME……roftlmao

  62. cake like lady gaga November 11, 2013

    THE GAOTS CAN SAFELY CROSS THE BRIDGE BECAUSE ALL THE TROLLS (@TROLLsie, @kmart_TROLL, @TROLLbird, @Common_TROLL, @TROLLy aka molly, @hotTROLL) remain on TGJ.. Society outcasts!!!

    • OH OH November 11, 2013

      Add your name on that list and that’s it 😉

      • Rosie November 11, 2013

        IKR. When it’s the biggest troll on this site.

  63. soulmusiclover November 11, 2013

    GOD!! that voice is back!!! slay them mimi!! i got chills gosh!

  64. WhatInThe?! November 11, 2013

    The song is alright, but I’m starting to wonder if there will ever be another good era in music! There has not been one song in the last two years that will make me remember the time and place I was when I first heard it. It’s sad to say but pop culture is taking over guys 🙁

  65. GAGARULES November 11, 2013

    Sorry, I think Celine came harder.

  66. emma November 11, 2013

    really? what kind of nonsense is this post? maybe you should shut yourself away with Rihanna blearing from your speakers because you can’t appreciate a true masterpiece. She does not need to rely on a hook, the voice and powerful message makes other artist of this generation look like the amateurs they are.

  67. pat November 11, 2013

    her vocals sound great…she’d never be able to sing this live tho…..sigh..Mariah you had a great run…I know the pressure to keep those hits coming is probably immense…but everybody’s chart reign comes to an end….just work on your live show so you can continue to rake in millions touring like tina turner, bey, etc.

  68. cde November 11, 2013

    As you’ve said Sam #LetITGo MC has achieved all there is to achieve. Needs to prove nothing no more and if she wants to release songs for her own enjoyment she’s grown and can do what she wants. #Bask in the vocal glow of The Art of Letting Go and save your shade for new lessor acts that actually need something to prove. That is all

  69. ILoveJamesDean November 11, 2013

    This single isn’t radio material UNLESS Mariah will release a follow up house/disco remix of this ballad with a catchy sampled hook.

  70. Lovebird (Britney Jean – 03.12.13) November 11, 2013

    I absolutely LOVE IT. Thank you Mimi.

  71. cde November 11, 2013

    Did you listen. She says “I no longer live in your dominion” and that is a READ. MC is 20 levels above all of these lessors dominion and sits on a throne with the POP GODS. Your words are merely lies. Stop the hate. and if you can’t appreciate. DEAL If you dont like her go to Mimi on your contacts and press DELETE. LEt to hate and shade go.

  72. christinastherealtalent November 11, 2013

    YES….this is what i been waiting for. 100% vocals and none of that raspy voal mess. The production was simple but allowed her voice to come through and fill the gaps. Hit or not, i love seeing artists get back to the art of which made them who they are. Next up is Christina

  73. Todd November 11, 2013

    Its great,bite yo asses 😛

  74. Vee November 11, 2013

    Its was underwhelming for me.

    • OH OH November 11, 2013

      Not more than Bown Down, Grown Woman and other flop singles from your fav Hoeyonce.

      • Vee November 11, 2013

        Those songs are more exciting, having seen them performed live. And this song is still underwhelming for me.

  75. Miss E November 11, 2013

    It doesn’t have to flow lyrically and melodically. That’s the joy and variation of music. If you can’t understand that then maybe you just don’t appreciate music for what it is. As long as you understand the meaning.

  76. Chrissy November 11, 2013

    This song will go nowhere…kinda like her vocals….

    • Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013


  77. venus November 11, 2013

    Biggest flop of the year

    • OH OH November 11, 2013

      That title belongs to A*** by Daddy CaCa.

  78. eric November 11, 2013

    It’s decent, but not really the inviting sound that draws you in and captures you. I like the arrangement of “Almost Home” where Mariah gives you the highs and lows throughout; not something that puts you to sleep and tries to wake you up by dumping in some high notes that come to an abrupt end on the back of a song.

    • Dreamlover November 11, 2013

      Almost Home would’ve been a smash on the radio! Wish she would’ve given that the official single treatment :/

  79. just sayin’ November 11, 2013

    Sam, although you have clever word play in your write up’s. Anyone with a mind could see the simplicity that is truly you (when it comes You want to be moved without tapping into a deeper emotion. Hints at who you “stan” for. Beyonce, she sings her ass off and entertains, but lyrically she is as simple as they come.(I like bey I am not comparing the 2 just giving facts) Mariah came for the adults. Vocals and lyrics were on point. Not the basic music of today that needs a beat to drop. This is adult contemporary for the original fans from that era. People that appreciated songs like this. This song is good.

    • just sayin’ November 11, 2013

      *When it comes to music*

  80. Touché November 11, 2013

    The obsession with the chart positions and sales on the site is just pathetic. People need to learn how to appreciate music. Lyrically this song is solid and her vocals have been sounding better each and every day. I hope the rest of her album shows she has been focusing more on her craft rather than sales.

    • OH OH November 11, 2013

      Says Floplliyah fan when her music is basic, generic R&B with no impact. Seethe!

      • Touché November 11, 2013

        I detect delusion. You clearly don’t know what basic or generic means but why would you, you probably stan for the basics like Katy perry, Miley, Nicki Minaj, and Theifoynce, (etc.).

      • Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

        Excuse me sweetie theres nothing wrong with stanning for Nicki or Beyonce so keep it cute b****.

      • Touché November 11, 2013

        Or what? Are you going to attempt to “drag” me like all the other basic b****** on this site?

    • JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

      Exactly!!! They are absolutely obsessed with nowadays ridiculous singles charts. Music doesn´t matter to them. What can you expect when they always choose to support the most basic artists instead of the most talented ones?? A mess.

      • Touché November 11, 2013

        I know right. You can clearly tell most of these people have either never studied music a day in their life or simply have no taste since they keep defending these garbage artists by putting them over the talented. This delusion has gotten so bad that other insightful users( who were fans of talented legends) left this website. It’s just sad now.

      • JOHNVIDAL November 12, 2013

        I know. There´s only 2 or 3 sane users left in this blog.

    • *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* November 11, 2013

      Her Albums Are Always Amazing, I fail To See one bad Song from her, Let alone an Entire Album, I love her Voice So Much!

      Love Sade Too , What’s your Favorite Album of Her? Mine is “Lovers Rock”.

      • Touché November 11, 2013

        Exactly. Lovers Rock is my favorite too! To me, that was her most unique and personal album which is why I absolutely fell in love with it the first time I listened to it (:

    • bitchpleasesssss November 11, 2013


      • Touché November 11, 2013

        It is really unfortunate. I believe their shallow and distasteful mentality has to do with the fact that our generation of music artists are so concerned with sales and popularity. Since people aren’t buying albums anymore, record companies are doing what ever they can to promote and make sells. It’s no wonder why our generation can’t appreciate good quality music; because to have a hit song and to sell the most out of everyone else these days ( even if your music is complete garbage, which most of the music charting is) is considered more important.

  81. Lawqueeta Jenkins November 11, 2013

    Listeners will have no emotional connection to the song. The vocals are flat and lifeless and the lyrics are ______???

  82. issssMARIIAHHH November 11, 2013

    she’s definitely back for all you hoezzzz
    what i don’t get is. how can you hate so much? for the past couple of months she’s been going thru a lot, she hasn’t ever been this injured in her life, and dealing with her twins and the b******* cheating allegations, this is a song for her fans, not billboard, not radio, but to US. seeing how she’s one of the only artist to actually care about her fans, and doesn’t leave them in the dark. ill certainly agree, i was waiting for some bass, but you can’t say mariah didn’t slayy at the end. she’s broken records, she’s apart of history, she doesn’t need to always do all of that. lets not forget, she composed, produced and wrote this and all of her other songs. so please stop comparing her to flopney, floponce, and i love lana del c***, but no. just nooooo. sam i think you either need to block or get some of these people together. just talking straight out there ass smh. anywyas i cant wait to see what else the queen has in store for us <3 :DDDD

    • Starships November 11, 2013

      The song is still basic and boring to many now deal.

      • issssMARIIAHHH November 11, 2013

        coming from a donkey stan that pays off other vocalist to give her vocals and have them not credited because she wants people to think its hers, i have plenty of examples but one is probably her biggest hit, super bass? ester dead wrote it and produced it and did all the vocals on it. then of course dicki minaj rummaged through it and made it hers. have all the seats please. this song is not basic. its her reality, just how reality tv b****** like to script and rehearse what there going thru and put it on camera, this is her way of giving real and full emotion and taking us down the ride and obstacles she’s been through these past couple of months. this song is actually about something.

      • issssMARIIAHHH November 11, 2013


  83. CARIBBEANTOTHEBONE November 11, 2013

    WTF, what the hell is going on with Mariah this song is dreadful, before the lambs start hating, I love Mariah I think she is the 2nd greatest diva ever (RIP Whitney#1), what separated the two was the chest voice, Whitney’s was pure milk and honey whilst I cud live without Mariah’s, Beautiful was just that “Beautiful”, this is just not her style, square peg round hole.

  84. Lily Gaga November 11, 2013

    A hit…on Billboard’s Bubbling Under chart… 😉

  85. QUEEN MARIAH > UR FAVE November 11, 2013

    #56 ON ITUNES




    • Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

      lol girl you acting like its in the top 10 calm down queen.

    • GAGARULES November 11, 2013


  86. GAGARULES November 11, 2013



    • Barb 4 lyfe November 11, 2013

      Tbh the girls aren’t checking for either.

  87. RIRI 4 LIFE November 11, 2013

    The art of a has-been diva.

    Good bye !!!! 🙁

  88. QUEEN MARIAH > UR FAVE November 11, 2013





  89. Monster Gaga November 11, 2013

    Mariah is so stuck in the Rainbow era ! RIP

  90. poo November 11, 2013


  91. poo November 11, 2013


  92. Venus November 11, 2013

    Can’t remember last MooMoo hit top 5


  93. Gaga’s Venus Stuck In Her @nus November 11, 2013

    19th Number One hits, …here she comes !!!!!!

  94. Mariah’s Venus Stuck In Her @nus November 11, 2013

    Flooooppppppp !!!!! 😆

  95. BeyHive Wont Buy This Garbage November 11, 2013



  96. Miley GaGa November 11, 2013

    Bye bye Grandmariah Carey …..

  97. Kelly Rowland November 11, 2013

    Too Dull & Boring. I don’t like it. She’s not even giving Vocals either

  98. PooMoo carey November 11, 2013

    She is so disgusting. Queen of Photoshop is trying hard but failing miserably ……

  99. Justin November 11, 2013

    Haterrss!! This aint a flop! Just watch wen the album releases she gonna dominate

  100. kiki November 11, 2013

    F*** Mooriah, she sucks. Everyone buy Bionic


  101. #JusticeForBionic November 11, 2013

    Just like Lady Gaga’s art, Mariah’s song is getting nowhere.

  102. King November 11, 2013

    Does this blog ever praise anyone besides Beyoncé and Ciara (who does not deserve any praise).

  103. fan4mc November 11, 2013

    haters will hate as usual on this damn site…but i personally love this song LOVE LOVE LOVE!

    i dont respond to haters i just press “delete” 🙂

  104. mar November 11, 2013

    This probably the most honest studio vocals we’ve heard from Mariah in years. I can respect the song for that.

  105. Fuxx November 11, 2013

    time to play ‘Merry Christmas II You’.

  106. GAGARULES November 11, 2013


  107. FreeBreezy November 11, 2013

    Obviously some people confuse “music” with performing spoken word poems. Music is vast in variety but do not deny the need for hooks, melodies, and chorus.

  108. Newton November 11, 2013

    At this point in her career, Mariah should be making music like this and not chase commercial/radio hits. Yeah she still has it in her 23 years in the game but like Sam said, she’s achieved all she can achieve commercially so why not just make good, inspirational music for the fans? I love the song and connected with it emotionally which I think is more important then chart positions.

    • Jimothy November 11, 2013

      I totally agree.

    • DEM LESSORS November 12, 2013

      This is how I feel about BRITNEY!

  109. rih rox((U mad Bro?))(( stanning for H20’s previous rant)) November 11, 2013

    I love mariah but meh to this.

  110. Marcus November 11, 2013

    The Song Is OK. But “Almost Home” Is My Shxt !!!

  111. Jimothy November 11, 2013

    Best song from Mariah in a long time. Almost gave up on her because the last few singles ranged from really bad to mediocre. This is a really nice track. Glad she is listening to her hardcore fans again.

  112. Jimothy November 11, 2013

    And I don’t know what the blog owner is talking about here. #beautiful was crap. That track was not the right direction for Mariah to go in. She was a featured artist on someone else’s track pretty much. This song is for the real Mariah fans. Don’t be a hater. Good job Mariah. Keep on making music like this and not trash with sub par singers like Miguel.

  113. *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* November 11, 2013

    Total Perfection! Amazing Slow Song.


    Go Mariah! 😀

    Get Those 200+ Hits @Sam.

    • JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

      I like how we are agreeing a lot again lately! 🙂

      • *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* November 11, 2013

        Me too, But I left Something for you Downstairs. 😉

        And Please Control your Temper More Than That, Don’t let The hate Get To you, Enjoy The music and let The hateful Opinions of complete Strangers Rot!

      • JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

        Well it happens to you too sometimes hun 🙂

      • *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* November 11, 2013

        It happen To everyone, But I’m doing a good job 😀

        Thought I should Tell U.

  114. JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

    Love it!!!!!!!! Doesn´t sound like a hit knowing how nowadays singles charts work, but who cares? important thing is supporting the few massively talented artists we´ve got left. And Mariah is one.
    I just can´t at people who stan for Ciara, Katy Perry or Rihanna talking about vocals, musicanship and charts. When someone as big as Mariah buries them alive in every department. Let´s see what those girls will be releasing in 20 years, if they are still here to begin with.

    • *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* November 11, 2013

      I’m a navy, But I’m Not Religious about Charts, Many Great Songs Weren’t Hits, It’s OK, Won’t Make me Enjoy The Song Less.

      i Liked “Triumphant”,”Almost Home”,”#Beautiful” and “The Art of Letting Go”, Didn’t Care about Charts.

      And Leave Rihanna Alone, Why U always Her To prove a Point as if She’s some basic Girl ? You Might not like her or her music, but Millions Other Than U Do And Support Her Harder than U imagine, Grow Up @Johnvidal , you always Sound Sane Till U mess up and Mention her Badly, Even mariah Loves Her And We know Who’s Mariah, so Miss me with The “Buries Her” talk, No comparisons Between The two ,Because It will Be unfair, Rihanna Is just 8 years Deep, not 20+ years Like MC However i’m so Proud of Her and Her Accomplishments for a Girl From Barbados, too Much Greatness for an Untalented Artist, an icon In The making Without anyone’s approval and her Fans “Us” will be By her in her Ups and Lows, 8 years Already!!!!

      • JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

        If it brings you joy then fine. I´m all for hapiness 🙂

    • *ℙᏫℙ ℝᏫᎩAℒᎿᎩ* November 11, 2013


      Bring in the Happiness Dahhhling. 😉

  115. MC!!! November 11, 2013

    its not a hit but its #30 on itunes and #15 on the pop charts…don’t underestimate mariah and this is without a clear channel deal!!!

  116. JOHNVIDAL November 11, 2013

    Mariah and Celine bringing back the real class even after 20-30 years of career.

  117. JER November 11, 2013

    Mariah. Mimi. MC. Mother of R&B…. no! This is not a single. This is an album closer ala “Fly Like a Bird,” “I Wish You Well.” This is not lead single material on any planet, in any era. I’m extremely disappointed. I needed fire, not kindlin to build a fire. “Beautiful” was the perfect platform to drop a really hot single after the album got pushed back. I honestly don’t know what radio stations will play this, and I honestly can’t see anyone but stans rushing to iTunes to buy this. Everything needs to be meticulously calculated at this state in Mariah’s career. “The Art of Letting Go” needs to quickly be demoted to a countdown single and rush release a PROPER single. Otherwise don’t even release singles. I’ve had it with waiting for Mariah to make the right decisions for her singles and albums. After she f***** up the E=MC2 era she’s never gotten it together. SMH.

    • Touché November 11, 2013

      I’m predicting that her new album is going to channel EOM and Daydream era. Anyway, I don’t think she really cares to make another hit single since she could have easily made one by now. It seems as though she’s doing this because she doesn’t want to be creatively limited again.

  118. Carmen November 11, 2013

    This is all so mediocre, from the cover to the song itself.

  119. Lucia November 11, 2013

    Lol this song is terrible…

  120. bitchpleasesssss November 11, 2013


  121. FutureCIARA November 11, 2013

    This is cuntt for MC, I see it for her this era…..

    I hope Jermaine Dupri doesn’t drop the ball with her career as he did with JJ.

  122. Third Ward Trill (aka quetta) November 11, 2013

    For some reason I like it and don’t know why.

  123. JT November 11, 2013

    Yeah right, Sam.

    ROLLING STONE: The melancholy number finds Carey in fine form, exploring loss over a smooth, orchestral production. The song builds steadily over three and a half minutes, and just when you think that it might be one of Carey’s more controlled performances in years, she brings it home with classic Carey high notes.

    BILLBOARD: The heartfelt ballad, produced by Rodney Jerkins, finds Mariah showcasing her vocal prowess as she sings of life after heartbreak . “Letting go ain’t easy/ It’s just exceedingly hurtful/ Cause somebody you used to know is flinging your world around/ And they watch as you’re falling down,” she belts.

    THE DAILY BEAST: In the age of overwrought, overproduced, oversung “artpop,” Mariah Carey’s latest ballad is refreshingly straightforward and simple – even if there’s no real chorus. The timing of the release of Mariah Carey’s latest single, “The Art of Letting Go,” couldn’t be more refreshing. It arrives the same day as Lady Gaga’s new album, ARTPOP, a dizzying kaleidoscope of production tricks and vocal ticks. The simplest of ballads, “The Art of Letting Go,” is a much-needed lesson that great pop music is composed of the most basic group of ingredients – a stellar voice and straightforward orchestrations … There’s an undeniable throwback vibe to the Rodney Jerkins-produced song that recalls “Vision of Love,” a ballad stripped down to a piano, heartfelt lyrics, and the vocal pyrotechnics of Mariah.

    USA TODAY: Proof that Mariah Carey could, indeed, sound captivating singing the phone book. Released Monday on her Facebook page, The Art of Letting Go is a vent disguised as a gospel ballad and has lyrics that often sound rushed and awkward. And there’s not so much a chorus as a bolero-like crescendo with organ and strings. But, oh, does she sound fine.

    ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The song has a nice throwback vibe to it (think “Vision of Love”).

    MUSIC TIMES: Carey’s vocals are high up in the mix, allowing her one-of-a-kind voice to penetrate the listener’s ear. A small electronic drum keeps time as a piano riff plays alongside an orchestral string arrangement. As a whole, there are small influences of jazz in the instrumentation, as the piano shuffles along to the beat. It’s classic R&B in every sense of the word, as Carey sings about her relatable problems to some old school, beautiful instrumentation.

    BUSTLE: One listen to “The Art of Letting Go” will remind nostalgics of Carey’s Daydream or Butterfly – albums that saw the musician making use of her insane five-octave register. Just how low (and high) can she still go? “The Art of Letting Go” seems to indicate that she hasn’t quite let go of her range yet – shawty gets low, low, low, low.

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  125. Slick November 11, 2013

    In all fairness, No hook aside, the song is really good. No, it will not be a smash hit on the radio, but it is refreshing to listen to her sing without any gimmicks, or layers of masquerade; Her vocals are raw, real, and still very much there.
    If you are expecting bubble gum then look elsewhere, but if you what you crave is a real RnB heart wrenching song, then look no further.

  126. Rodney November 11, 2013

    Sorry Mariah is a done deal…Her time has passed.

  127. Iconic cici November 11, 2013

    terrible sis

  128. DEM LESSORS November 12, 2013

    Why is Sam such a pressed b****. He really needs a man to give him a good ass pounding.

  129. raden November 12, 2013

    Let’s all embrace the talent behind the music here. Mariah has been with us for a very long time and always gives 100% of what she feels is the best music for her career and at the moment. This may not be the style of music some people were hoping for but I appreciate her going back to her roots where it all began. We all know she will have a couple of uptempo songs on the album but until then, we need to be patient and accept what she has given us and embrace it. In my opinion, this is a beautifully well written ballad. I enjoy the old 45 record needle playing in the back round as well as the lovely melody behind it. Her voice is still flawless. We all had someone in our life that we “Let Go” and believe me it ain’t easy. The ending soars as she takes us through her journey.

    Keep doing what you are doing! From one true fan!

    • BITCHPLEASEEEEE November 12, 2013


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  131. GagaMonster November 12, 2013

    Another gold status album is coming. Yawn

  132. The Boy Toy November 12, 2013

    The video is private and I can’t find it on youtube

    • MUSICHEAD November 12, 2013

      I found it on

  133. MUSICHEAD November 12, 2013

    I’ve been there since “Vision Of Love” and I have to say this is disappointing.

    Hopefully this will be a double single with the accompanying radio single coming soon.

  134. Music Fan 69 November 12, 2013

    Flop! Let me just say that I have loved Mariah Carey for years and have been hoping for a comeback for her ever since she released E=MC2 which was weak followed by Memoirs which was weaker and now this ridiculous obsession with releasing singles only as opposed to just making an album and putting it out. I think this song was obviously written as rebuttal to Tommy Mottola’s book, Hitmaker, in which he does discuss his relationship with Mariah Carey. All I have to say is this….. Mariah we get it! Tommy Mottola was your boss and husband and was the dominant figure in the relationship. since your divorce in 1997 you have taken stabs at your ex here and there throughout your work. Do you ever consider while you are crying the blues about how he held you back that he was actually instrumental in your career? The awards you and your “lambs” tirelessly drone on and on about would not even exist without Tommy. You haven’t had an RIAA Diamond certified album since your divorce and your new “liberated” style. While you were married to Tommy you had not one but two diamond albums. So give it a rest already. The “emancipated” and “I don’t live under your dominion” routine is not only getting old but it’s insulting to people that actually do escape from truly bad relationships. Maybe you should make amends with your old team and make some actual hit music instead of over-hyping these snooze fest singles and drop the whole “diva” routine. Try acting like a bad ass instead of a wimpy little princess, get some good hooks and just lay down a track that we can all get into instead of this ridiculous string of songs that sound like the background music for perfume commercials at best.

    • Slick November 12, 2013

      You are a fan? lol wow
      I think she is referring to the music industry, Not Tommy. As for Tommy, I do agree she was at her best when they were together. As for her music, She doesn’t have the voice she once had and i have come to accept it, regardless she is still very gifted. I do enjoy this song because its completely stripped back and it raw and real. I do wish she would work with Walter A, but it looks like its never going to happen.
      I hope she continues to make Adult C music, it suits her voice and age. Still a fan, and always will be.

      • Music Fan 69 November 12, 2013

        Supposedly she is working with Walter Affanasieff on a duet with Stevie Wonder.

  135. Gus November 12, 2013

    I think give a oportunity to the song. Its all that we want on Mariah classic sound and powerful voice. It isn’t a comercial hit. TAOLG its diferent and is a hit. Every body buy that song asap!

  136. Belieto November 12, 2013

    First of mariah released this to her fans on fb not to you haters.. Is a proven fact people who waste Thur energy on hating are simply miserable in their own life This song is good great vocals lyrics and sounds like nothing else out sick to your over produced auto tune mess you like Chris brown Rihanna Britney all sound alike be your own person recognize real music and get a life … mariah is the greatest vocalist of our time.

  137. Newton November 13, 2013

    As of now, the song has reached #1 on iTunes in 8 countries and Top 10 in 25 other countries. The song isn’t like anything else out right now. It’s a stripped down, sparse song that highlights the vocals and wants you to actually pay attention to the lyrics. Kudos for Mariah to actually wanting to convey a message and touch people. I’m sure MC and her label tested this song and knew it wasn’t going to be a radio smash. 23 years into her career she doesn’t need to keep chasing a radio hit and making cookie cutter stuff like Touch My Body, Obsessed or try to sound like other people.

    I find it so funny people are so quick to call her a flop and hate and completely disregard all she’s achieved in her 23 year career and compare her to artists (some not even in her genre) who were toddlers when she came out and have been famous for a fraction of the time she has been out. If you don’t like her, you don’t like her. Don’t go and listen to everything she releases just to talk s***, it’s sad.

    • FM1016 November 17, 2013

      THANK YOU. I couldn’t have said it better. Mariah is CREATING music because she is an ARTIST and thats what asrtits do. “The Art of Letting Go” is not catchy , but it has its own kind of magic. Im sure that people who know what real music is will fall in love with this song. Mariah knows what she is doing.

  138. stevone November 13, 2013

    Mariah is the best Femal Singer the world has ever seen……she can sing anything that’s why fool’s that don’t know real music are MAD Mariah keep yo head up don’t let some fool’s reaction change your direction with this CD…………..WE THE FANS LamBs love u always

  139. _gerbet November 13, 2013

    Oh Mariah… i love u!

  140. raden November 14, 2013

    In Less Than A Week Mariah Carey New Single ‘The Art Of Letting Go’ has went to #1 In 11 Countries Without Any Promotion Nor Any Radio Airplay! And More #1 To Come Congrats Mariah! The True Living Legend

  141. Wendy Williams’ A***-yzed February 26, 2014

    Mariah sucks….!!!!

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