The band are back together. But can they drum up another hit for Mariah Carey?
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Today on Instagram, Jermaine Dupri shared a snap of himself in the studio with Mimi, songwriter Johnta Austin, and fellow producer/writer Bryan Michael Cox.
JD left little to the imagination when captioning the pic: “never not working”
The quad are the dream-team behind the diva’s dynamite smash ‘We Belong Together’ – which broke chart and radio records in 2005. It also went on to become one of the songbird’s signature tunes; no small feat given the catalogue of classics Carey had in her arsenal by that point in her career.
Can the collective cook up another commercial win for the 46-year-old?
They’re certainly capable, as doubly proved by follow-up #1 ‘Don’t Forget About Us.’
The superstar is at an interesting stage of her career; on the one hand she’s embracing the “legacy” stage of her story as evidenced by her Las Vegas residency. She’s also defining her success differently, no longer resting solely on the charts (which have, in recent years, shunned her). Instead, she’s making it rain with TV and endorsement deals.
Yet, for her fans, critics, and seemingly Carey herself, there remains a thirst for mainstream triumph. A ‘What’s Love Got To Do With It’ style victory lap. Or, more fittingly, another ‘Emancipation.’
Given today’s oh so uncertain climate, we feel it better to manage expectations. As such, for us, we’re just hopeful for a quality album that sees Mariah in fine form vocally, lyrically, and sonically.
If that yields a hit, then so be it.