That album title was confirmed by the former “American Idol” judge’s longtime producer Jermaine Dupri on Twitter late Monday night. The Art of Letting Go is MC’s 11th studio album and her first since 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. In addition to teaming up with Dupri, she’s also worked with Bryan-Michael Cox (who produced 2012’s “Triumphant (Get ’Em)”), Hit-Boy and The-Dream on the studio release.
Mariah Carey, July 23: The Art of Letting Go. The new album will be available for all the lambs on July 23 http://t.co/ofQ4kyMpuU
— Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri) June 18, 2013
When MTV News spoke to Miguel last month, he revealed why the twosome decided to include the social media-friendly hashtag in the song’s title . “The hashtag in the title of this song is particularly fitting because the word that comes before ’beautiful’ when I sing the chorus is an expletive that I can’t say on air,” he said, referring to the F-word he sings on song’s hook. “But the hashtag is particularly fitting for that expletive, if you just kind of pay a little bit of attention.”
…Melancholic moment letting go of something this personal to me yet I couldn't be more excited to give three years of my soul to the fans.
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 17, 2013
Weeks after she released the song, Carey announced she would be leaving “American Idol” after one season to put the focus back on her music. In addition to the Miguel collaboration, Carey has also teased potential appearances from “Idol” contestants Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller, as well as her daughter, Monroe, on the release.
“It’s about making sure I have tons of good music, because at the end of the day, that’s the most important thing,” the singer explained in an interview with Billboard back in March. “Wherever we go with this project, I’ve tried to keep the soul and heart in it, with me obviously as the through-line.”