It’s been more than four years since Mariah Carey released an album, but that doesn’t mean she hasn’t been keeping busy.
The powerhouse diva has had her hands full with twins Roc and Roe, a.k.a. Dem Babies, and a season judging “American Idol.” But now she’s back and ready to give her Lambily the music they’ve been waiting for.
Carey stopped by MTV News last week to premiere the video for her new single, “You’re Mine (Eternal),” and while she was here she told MTV correspondent Sway all about her still-untitled 14th studio album, due out May 6.
“The album itself was always most important because I wanted to make sure that it was a journey that was representative of who I am and what I’ve been through over the past three years,” Carey explained.
The R&B songstress has been teasing this album, the follow-up to 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, for quite some time: There have been four different release dates ranging from late 2012 to July 2013.
“It was just something where I felt like, ‘I’m not ready,’ ” Carey said of the album delays. “I don’t want to throw this [out there] because I have 14 or 15 songs or however many songs. I can say, ‘Here’s your album,’ and there are very personal songs on there, but I wanted it to be a complete journey.”
For this LP, Carey teamed up with longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins and producer Hit-Boy. The journey kicked off last year when she released the single “#Beautiful” (featuring Miguel), and the follow-up, ““The Art of Letting Go,” which was previously also set to be the album title.
The superstar diva is currently working on coming up with a new album title. “I really need to sit here and think about the journey the album takes you through,” she said. “Because it is truly a journey, and there’s a lot of different emotions that are very, very real.”