HOLLYWOOD — Back on her feet and with a new record in stores, Mariah Carey is plotting her next move down rebound trail and it looks to be a national tour.
Carey said Monday at her American Music Awards after party that she'll hit the road when she returns from a promotional winter trip to Europe.
"I think it's going to be a combination [of performance styles]," Carey said just hours after her emotional performance at the AMAs (see "Missing Eminem Cleans Up At American Music Awards" or click for photos from the red carpet). "Some of the songs are very intimate and they require one-on-one with the audience. They need to feel you. And then some require productions."
Carey also said she's in negotiations for a couple of film roles.
"There's a lot of indie projects I'm really interested in, because 'Wisegirls' was so much fun for me," she said. "A lot of other things like that, unexpected things. A few things I don't want to talk about yet, but they're exciting."
In the meantime, Carey will release "Boy (I Need You)," the second single from last fall's Charmbracelet. The song is remake of Cam'ron's "Oh Boy" and features the rapper.
"We just shot the video. It was my first time working with [director] Joseph Kahn and I'm really excited about it," Carey said. "It's kind of like Japanese pop — Speed Racer meets Hello Kitty meets me and Cam'ron."
Late Monday, Carey played host to Christina Aguilera, Vanessa Carlton, Nickelback and others at the Les Deux Cafe. Carey wore blue diamond chandelier earrings to fit with the "Blue Diamond Affair" theme of the party, which was to celebrate 100 gold or platinum certifications throughout the singer's career.
"I didn't even know what a certification was when I started out," Carey said. "It's an amazing night for me. It's a great sense of accomplishment. And it also [shows] you can go through difficult times and come out of it if you really stay positive. I think it was a lesson for me in general just to stop and enjoy and not just work yourself into the ground, but really take it all in. That's why I'm ultra-happy tonight."