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
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.