Hey Mariah, It’s Not A Surprise If You Tell People

'I have to be the one that announces this,' she says of her upcoming album.

We love Mariah Carey and we’re psyched for her new album. But if you’re planning a surprise party, you might not want to put her in charge of the invite list. While MC might bring the glamour and flash, she’s kind of hazy on how the whole surprise thing works.

Case in point: in a new Billboard cover story, Mariah admits that her long-delayed new album is still a work in progress that has been held up by three singles (“Triumphant (Get Em),” 
 “You’re Mine (Eternal)” and “The Art of Letting Go”). She said she realizes the songs didn’t exactly set the charts on fire.

So her solution appears to be borrowing a page from Beyoncé’s surprise-album drop 
 from December and sneak-attacking her Lambs with her 14th album’s title, track list and music through as-yet-unannounced digital partners.

Someone might have something to say about that idea.

“I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” Carey said, hinting that the album’s title is derived from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”

Mariah, you realize if you tell us you’re going to surprise us it’s not a surprise, right?

She never actually mentioned Bey (of course), but Billboard pointed out that, like Carey, Queen Bee was coming off a somewhat lackluster album (2011s 4) when she decided to storm back with a sneak-attack album that has been a smash. Can she catch lighting in a bottle like Bey did? We’ll just have to wait and see … and maybe be surprised.

Carey’s been working on the album on-and-off since 2010 and it seems like Mariah has put together a heavy-hitting crew to help, including producers Rodney Jerkins and manager Jermaine Dupri, as well as Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It. Guests include Nas, Wale and Trey Songz.

So, bring it on.

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