Mariah Carey practically reeks of the sweet smell of success, so she’s planning to bottle it — as soon as she has the time between her next video, movie and tour.
The singer’s just signed a licensing agreement with Elizabeth Arden, announced Thursday (April 6), to develop and market her own line of fragrance products to debut in department stores next spring. But she’s still trying to figure out her schedule for this spring.
While her video for “Say Somethin’ ” is expected to hit video channels soon, Carey’s got another clip to shoot for the gospel track “Fly Like a Bird,” since she sent both singles out simultaneously (see “Mariah, Pharrell Hit Paris For Romantic Getaway In New Clip” ). Carey’s still figuring out the concept, which she’s hoping to keep basic with the main guest stars being her pastor and church choir.
“We don’t have a lot of time to do it,” she said. “It’s not a big-budget thing. But it doesn’t need to be. It just needs to be about the song, capturing the song and the emotion of it.”
After that’s taken care of, Carey jets to the film set of the indie drama “Tennessee,” which starts shooting in New Mexico and Tennessee this month for five weeks. She’ll play a waitress who joins two brothers on a journey to find their estranged father. “It’s not about my character, but she has an important part of the story without the whole thing resting on my shoulders,” Carey said. “Plus, I’ll be able to get up and go to work and be somebody else for the day, and we like that, because sometimes you just need to get away.”
When “Tennessee” wraps, Carey will start to rehearse for her summer tour. She’s still mapping out the dates, but don’t worry — she’s planning to keep ticket prices pretty reasonable.
“People ask me, ’Why don’t you just go on tour and charge huge amounts of money? Do these small venues, but charge thousands and thousands of dollars to go in,’ ” Carey said. “Because I have fans of all different ages and different money ranges, and they can’t afford to go out and spend that kind of money. Not everybody has a budget to go out and go really high-end.”
Just because it won’t be high-end doesn’t mean it won’t be high-concept. Carey’s dream scenario would be to feature “every artist I’ve ever worked with.”
“I’ve worked with so many big names, it’d be so much fun, just for one show. That would be hot,” Carey said. “You never know.”