Mariah Carey Says Comparing New LP To 'Butterfly' Is A 'Big Deal'

Fans have been telling Carey that 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel' is their favorite since the 1997 classic.

[artist id="976"]Mariah Carey[/artist]'s [article id="1616931"]Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,[/article] which has already spawned the [article id="1614088"]much-debated hit "Obsessed,"[/article] is Carey's latest mix of R&B, hip-hop and pop. And the singing superstar has been hearing that it's her best album since Butterfly.

"I love it. I really love it," she told MTV News while promoting [article id="1605555"]her flick "Precious."[/article] "People were saying, I mean, just the songs they heard, it's like their favorite since Butterfly, which is a big deal."

She can't help but be excited about the comparison, since she holds the 1997 album close to her heart. "Butterfly is kind of like my signature album and, to me, my best work," she said. "It's not necessarily the biggest album, which would be Music Box, but it's a very important record in an artistic kind of [way]."

Carey knows a thing or two about taking a classic song and putting her spin on it -- in the past she's covered everything from the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" and Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" to Journey's "Open Arms" and Badfinger's "Without You" -- so it shouldn't come as a surprise that this time around, she tackled [article id="1619032"]Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is."[/article]

"You know, every now and then, I pull out a rock cover, and it does what it does," Carey said.

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel hit stores Tuesday (September 29).

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