Even though the "Obsessed" single is still flirting with the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 (it currently sits at number 14), [artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist] is already prepping the next single in the lead-up to the September 29 release of her 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The song is a cover of Foreigner's signature ballad "I Want to Know What Love Is," which originally appeared on their 1984 album Agent Provocateur. A rep for the singer said "I Want to Know What Love Is" will hit radio soon but did not specify a date.
and her Twitter account — refers to "I Want to Know What Love Is" as the first "real" single from the album. However, Carey's rep clarified that "Obsessed" is indeed the album's first single.
Despite the buzz surrounding the single's release, the high-profile video,
the controversy surrounding her and husband Nick Cannon's feud with Eminem and a performance on Cannon's show "America's Got Talent," "Obsessed" has peaked at #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 thus far. According to Nielsen SoundScan, which tracks sales of albums and singles, "Obsessed" has sold 383,000 downloads in five weeks, a respectable number but not quite up to Carey's past success (comparatively speaking, last year's "Touch My Body" moved nearly 300,000 downloads in its first seven days).
Still, "Obsessed" is Carey's 40th charting single — tying her with Diana Ross for the eighth most of all time among female artists — and anticipation remains high for Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which is now slated for a September 29 release and features production by The-Dream, Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri.