Mariah Carey Lands Billboard Cover

There was a point in time where I didn’t believe Mariah Carey’s upcoming 14th album was coming out. I labeled this album a myth because all Carey was supplying fans with was false hope. With several delays and single mishaps, Carey had me worried she was competing for Ashanti’s record, which is the most postponed album of all time. But, as of today full hope has been restored, as Carey has exclusively revealed to Billboard she will be taking the surprise approach with the release of the album.

Mariah herself will reveal her album’s title, artwork, track listing, and music all at once via a soon-to-be-announced digital partner. Carey herself explains why she will be taking the ‘Beyoncé’ surprise route.

“I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” Carey says, noting that the album takes its name from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”

Mariah is also aware of the recent string of single releases that failed to compete with her previous hits.

“You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work,” she says. “This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album.”

So what can fans expect to hear? Billboard says big ballads and uptempo bangers. Mariah Carey’s full cover story with Billboard will be posted this coming Monday.

I don’t think the word excited correctly explains how I am feeling, because it’s beyond that. Knowing Carey and what she is capable of, this body of work for this project will be nothing short of amazing. The currently untitled album will be released May 6 (or before – who knows). Carey will have productions from Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, Hit – Boy, Big Jim Wright, and Mike Will Made It, plus features from Wale, Nas, and a surprise guest she will not reveal.