Mariah Carey

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Less than 24 hours after dropping the studio version of the Wale-assisted “You Don’t Know What To Do,” Mariah Carey’s long-awaited album ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’ is streaming in full on iTunes leading up to it’s May 27 release.

The album has been a long time coming for the singer, who has been working on releasing an album for a few years now.

The interestingly titled album features the previously released singles “Beautiful,” “Thirsy” and “You’re Mine (Eternal).”

Listen to the album in full here.

Today

Today

Debuting new songs live can be a great way to introduce already excited fans to new material. Other times it can be a fail.

Mariah Carey debuted a new song from her forthcoming album Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse this morning on The Today Show and the performance definitely felt more like the latter.

The singer was joined by collaborator Wale on the stage during the busy performance, which featured a dancer on roller skates and Wale rapping over a backing track. At one point during the performance, the rapper deviated from the backing track and began speaking. The result was pretty hectic.

The good news is Carey uploaded a teaser of the studio version to her Instagram and it actually sounds pretty good!

Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse will be released on May 27. Continue reading

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Mariah Carey and Rich Homie Quan aren’t necessarily a collaboration I would’ve thought of, but I probably should’ve. Carey has a habit of teaming up with rapper for her songs and it seems Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse won’t be much different.

Rich Homie Quan isn’t listed on the album’s tracklist, so it’s unclear if the version of “Thirsty” released this morning is just a remix or the album version. The catchy, repetitive song (both lyrically and sonically) debuted on The Breakfast Club.

Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse will be released May 27.

Listen to the new song here and share your thoughts.

Update: The solo version of the song has been released. Hear it below: Continue reading

Island

Island

Mariah Carey’s album is officially a traditional release. There are absolutely no secrets. The singer unveiled the album title, artwork and tracklisting for her forthcoming album last night. ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’ will be released on May 27 and is available for pre-order now.

The “Me. I Am Mariah” portion of the title comes from a self-portrait the singer drew of herself when she was a kid.

The album will feature 14 tracks, including “#Beautiful” and “You’re Mine (Eternal).” “The Art of Letting Go” will be featured on the deluxe edition. “Triumphant” didn’t make the cut at all. Continue reading

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Mariah Carey in “You’re Mine (Eternal)” video

Mariah Carey’s album will have a traditional release, according to her label. Def Jam released a statement to Billboard following the magazine’s cover story on Carey, which included news that the singer was planning to release her album all-at-once via digital retailers without traditional promo at an undisclosed date. The plan immediately drew comparisons to Beyonce’s surprise digital release in 2013.

“Mariah will announce the date and title in advance of the on-sale date,” Laura Swanson, exec VP-media for Def Jam said.

The album’s artwork and tracklisting will also be revealed prior to the “late May” release date.

Let’s just hope we actually get an album in May. At this point it doesn’t even matter how it’s released as long a there are no more setbacks.

Billboard

Billboard

After a series of delays and failed singled, Mariah Carey is taking a new approach with her album. The singer now plans to drop the new album title, tracklisitng, artwork and music for her 14th album simultaneously via digital retailers. In a fashion similar to Beyonce’s secret album drop, the album will be released to physical retailers the next week.

The album was previously titled The Art of Letting Go and scheduled for a May 6 release date.

No word yet on if previous singles like the amazing Miguel-assisted single “Beautiful” or the less successful singles “Triumphant” and “Almost Home” will appear on the album. It seems as though Carey’s latest single “You’re Mine (Eternal)” will make the cut, however, since Trey Songz is listed alongside Wale and Nas as album collaborators in Carey’s new Billboard cover story.

Jennifer Hudson performs on BET Honors

Jennifer Hudson performs on BET Honors

Last night’s BET Honors honored Nelson Mandela, Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy and other African-American trailblazers.

Tamar Braxton was on hand to honor Berry Gordy by singing a few Diana Ross songs, while Janelle Monae performed a cover of the Jackson 5’s “I Want You Back” (the cover is also featured on the Target edition of Monae’s The Electric Lady). The highlight of the night, however, was when Jennifer Hudson took the stage to honor Aretha Franklin by singing popular songs like “Respect” and “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You).” I would advise against watching this performance at work. Shouting may ensue.

Mariah Carey also performed last night, wearing a sexy black gown and showing up Braxton’s revealing dress as she sang her latest single “You’re Mine (Eternal)” while sitting on top of a piano.

Watch the performances from this year’s show below and share your thoughts! Continue reading

Trey Songz in Mariah Carey's "You're Mine (Eternal)" video

Trey Songz in Mariah Carey’s “You’re Mine (Eternal)” video

I have good news and bad news. The good news is Mariah Carey dropped a new single, a remix and two music videos in a matter of days, which means the Lambs have tons of new material from their favorite singer. The bad news is the second video is just like the first one. In fact, the only difference is Trey Songz actually sings in this version. Carey is still lounging topless by the water and Songz is still posing shirtless during a photo shoot.

Major bummer. Still, it gives fans another excuse to listen to the new single. Continue reading

Monica and Shannon Brown in "Love All Over Me" video

Monica and Shannon Brown in “Love All Over Me” video

Happy Valentine’s Day! Over the past few days I’ve released love-themed playlists in anticipation for this holiday and it’s finally here! Today’s playlist is simple: it’s all about soulful slow-grooves from artists like Janelle Monae, Sam Smith and Tamia.

Yesterday’s playlist was for those people that have done crazy things for love and Wednesday’s was for the sappy hip-hop enthusiast!

I’m a sucker for a good love song, so I had a blast making these playlists! I hope you enjoy listening to them alone, with your family, friends or significant other! Continue reading

Mariah Carey in "You're Mine (Eternal)" video

Mariah Carey in “You’re Mine (Eternal)” video

Mariah Carey sits topless in a magical forest daydreaming about a shirtless Trey Songz in the video for “You’re Mine (Eternal).

Promo for this single has moved pretty rapidly. At the top of the week, Carey announced plans to release the single today (Feb. 12) and in less than 24 hours she has dropped the single, the remix and the music video.

The whimsical song will be featured on The Art of Letting Go when it’s released on May 6. Continue reading

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