When an act ascends to the levels of success Mariah Carey has, anticipation greets every release. Regardless of the performance of previous projects.
Such is the case for the diva, who is currently cooking up the follow-up to 2014’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse.’
That project tanked terribly on the charts, yet hasn’t quelled excitement for new Mimi.
During an interview to promote new E! docu-series ‘Mariah’s World,’ the 46-year-old opened up about the as yet untitled LP.
Here’s what she had to say…
On Her New Album:
“I’m taking a different approach with this record because I’m not holding myself to the studio like, ‘I’m making this album top to bottom.’ People don’t really do that anymore. Right now I’m writing and recording and collaborating, and then we’ll see what the best of the best is.
On Why She’s Remaining Mum On Its Concept:
“It’s a secret because then everybody steals the concept. I’m serious, it just happened to me like two months ago. I don’t want to go into it because then I’m gonna be shady.”
Peg us pessimists, but we’re kinda doubtful of this “everyone steals from me” spiel. It sounds like a useful excuse to draw on to explain why recent projects haven’t caught on. Almost as if she’s saying she was either a) forced to scrap a “daring, edgy” concept because someone snatched it or b) proceeded with it but came across like a follower because someone beat her to it.
Not buying it.
Still, we’re amped to hear what she’s been baking in the lab. Her new approach to recording, which is undoubtedly a by-product of her Vegas and TV schedule, is interesting. She’s always taken pride in locking herself away in the studio and piecing together albums in their entirety. A practice which has successfully produced quality bodies of work – including some that were wrongfully snubbed by the charts.
That said, freshness is what she needs. Hence, perhaps the alternate angle taken to mould this album will work in her favor. For, sometimes, pausing and resuming can provide the type of perspective and reflection needed to determine what will work and what won’t.
Though a release window is unknown, Mariah’s new album will arrive via LA Reid’s Epic Records. Producers on-board include Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, and Johnta Austin.