Mariah Returning With First Def Jam Release In December

Singer wrote, co-produced many tracks herself while recording in Italy, Bahamas.

Pop's butterfly is set to fly again, and this time around she's hoping her

new set of wings will prove stronger than the last.

Mariah Carey's first album as a member of Def Jam's predominantly hip-hop

roster has been slated for a December 10 release. The as-yet-untitled

collection is the result of intense recording sessions Carey recently held

in such exotic island locales as Capri, Italy, and Nassau, Bahamas (see

"Mariah Carey Records In Bahamas With Live

Band, Strips Down With 7").

To shake some of the stigma associated with last year's "Glitter" flops as

well as a highly publicized emotional breakdown and split with Virgin

Records (see "Mariah Carey And Virgin Part

Ways"), Carey has regrouped with some of her favorite producers, such

as Jermaine Dupri and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. She has also collaborated

with new talent, namely producer 7 Aurelius, who, as part of the ubiquitous

Murder Inc. camp, had a hand in recent hits by Ja Rule, Ashanti and Jennifer


According to sources close to Carey, despite the diverse contributors, the

new album will still be very personal and touch on many of the singer's

recent tribulations, since Mariah wrote and co-produced many of the tracks

herself. Fans can look forward to a first single off the album in September.