As Mariah Carey recovers from the "physical and emotional breakdown" that left her hospitalized in a psychiatric clinic for two weeks, her record label said it will push back the release of her new album, Glitter, to next month.
The album is now due September 11, three weeks later than its original street date of August 21, a Virgin Records spokesperson said Thursday (August 9).
Nancy Berry, vice chairman of Virgin Music Group Worldwide, said in a statement released Thursday evening that the label delayed the album in the hope that Carey will recover in time to promote it.
"Mariah is looking forward to being able to participate in both her album and movie projects and we are hopeful that this new soundtrack release date will allow her to do so," Berry said.
"She has been making great recovery progress, and continues to grow stronger every day. Virgin Music Worldwide continues to give its absolute commitment and support to Mariah on every level.''
Carey's spokesperson, Cindi Berger, did not return a call for comment.
Carey's movie, also called "Glitter," saw its opening delayed this week as well 20th Century Fox moved it from August 31 to September 21, without saying why.
On Wednesday, after Carey checked herself out of the clinic where she had been staying, Berger declined to predict whether the singer would be able to promote her album and movie (see "Mariah 'Feeling Better' After Release From Clinic").
"Loverboy," the album's first single, has not been a radio hit, but fans have snatched up copies of it, sending it near the top of Billboard's Hot 100, which tracks both sales and airplay.
Glitter serves as both the soundtrack for its namesake movie which tells the story of a troubled singer in early-'80s New York and a full-fledged Mariah Carey release.
"There are songs that are definitely going to take people back ... When you see the movie, you're gonna see the uptempo songs and the songs that are remakes in there as they would have sounded in the '80s," Carey said in May. "But the album is the way that I would make the record now, and the ballads can stand on their own as songs from a Mariah Carey album."
For a full interview with Mariah Carey, check out "Mariah Carey: Under Pressure".