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June 17, 2014

Mariah Carey Mengenakan Gaun Seksi Naik Subway

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Mariah Carey untuk pertamakalinya mencoba naik transportasi umum yaitu subway atau kereta bawah tanah. Dalam aksi perdananya, penjual lebih dari 200 album, single dan video ini tampil bak diva mengenakan gaun glamour nan seksi. Foto-foto diri Carey naik subway itu diunggah ke account Twitter-nya.

Foto memperlihatkan sang diva, duduk di kursi yang berada di dekat pintu. Tampak seorang pria berjas yang diduga adalah pengawalnya, berdiri di dekat pelantun Butterfly itu. “Glimpses of our joyride on the 1 train #subwayincouture,” kicaunya pada caption foto yang memperlihatkan dirinya duduk manis dan tersenyum sumringah ke kamera. Carey memang mengenakan gaun glamour yang menurutnya adalah karya couture. Dia memakai gaun biru panjang rancangan Atelier Versace.

Gaun tersebut tampak seksi di tubuhnya karena memiliki belahan cukup tinggi di paha dan dada. Dia juga mengenakan kacamata hitam, sarung tangan dan anting-anting berlian yang membuat penampilannya tampak semakin glamour. Sebuah foto lain memperlihatkan dia menikmati perjalanannya dengan kereta. Dalam foto tersebut Mariah tampak sedang tertawa-tawa bersama produsernya Jermaine Dupri dan pimpinan BET Music Programming Stephen Hill. Melalui situs jejaring sosial Vine, Carey juga mengunggah aksinya saat naik transportasi umum lainnya.

Video yang diunggahnya memperlihatkan dia turun dari taksi, berjalan kaki ke stasiun, menyeberang jalan dan memandang tumpukan sampah. Selain Carey, beberapa seleb juga sudah menjajal subway dengan dandanan mentereng. Misalnya Jay Z. Produser dan suami Beyonce ini pernah naik subway di London bersama krunya. Padahal saat itu ia akan menuju tempat konsernya sendiri. Zoe Saldana juga cuek tanpa make-up mengenakan atasan tanpa lengan dan maxi skirt. Malah si Spiderman Andrew Garfield santai naik subway dengan headphone yang tergantung di leher.

June 16, 2014

Rekor Penjualan Terburuk, Mariah Carey dan Produsernya Dikritik

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Setelah tanggal perilisan sempat ditunda beberapa kali, album teranyar Mariah Carey, Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse akhirnya dilepas secara resmi akhir bulan lalu. Namun hal itu ternyata berdampak buruk ke jumlah penjualannya di pasaran.

Minggu lalu, album Mariah yang ke-14 tersebut sempat masuk ke urutan tiga di chart album Billboard Hot 200 dengan total penjualan kurang dari 60 ribu. Angka yang cukup besar, namun tetap saja dibandingkan dengan album-album pendahulunya, jumlah itu masih lebih kecil, seperti yang dilansir situs AceShowbiz.

Belum cukup dengan itu, fans beranggapan jika lagu-lagu di dalam Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse kurang memuaskan. Walhasil, para pendengar setia musik Mariah melemparkan kritik-kritiknya, terutama pada produser album, Jermaine Dupri yang dianggap kurang melakukan promosi.

Menanggapi serangan-serangan dari para fans yang tak puas itu, Jermaine sendiri tak tinggal diam. Melalui sebuah pernyataan ia menjawab kritik fans dengan nada yang cukup keras.

“Ok, cukup! Aku tak bisa membiarkan kalian berpikir semaunya sendiri tanpa mengetahui apa yang sebenarnya aku lakukan. Di industri musik itu tak semua hal akan berjalan selancar yang kau perkirakan. Kalau kalian tahu sejarahku, aku ini selalu mengincar untuk jadi produser terbaik sepanjang masa. Aku ingin disejajarkan dengan orang-orang macam Berry Gordy dan Clive Davis,” tulis Jermaine.

June 3, 2014

Gaya Mariah Carey Naik Kereta: Pakai Gaun Glamour Nan Seksi

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Penyanyi Mariah Carey untuk pertamakalinya mencoba naik transportasi umum yaitu subway atau kereta bawah tanah. Dalam aksi uji cobanya naik kereta, Mariah pun tak lupa tampil bak diva seperti julukannya selama ini. Dia mengenakan gaun glamour nan seksi.

Foto-foto dirinya naik subwah itu diunggah Mariah ke situs jejaring sosial Twitter pada akhir pekan lalu. Foto memperlihatkan sang diva, duduk di kursi yang berada di dekat pintu. Tampak seorang pria berjas yang diduga adalah pengawalnya, berdiri di dekat pelantun ‘Butterfly’ itu.

“Glimpses of our joyride on the 1 train #subwayincouture,” tulis Mariah pada caption foto yang memperlihatkan dirinya duduk manis dan tersenyum sumringah ke kamera.

Saat naik kereta itu, Mariah memang mengenakan gaun glamour yang menurutnya adalah karya couture. Dia memakai gaun biru panjang rancangan Atelier Versace. Gaun tersebut tampak seksi di tubuhnya karena memiliki belahan cukup tinggi di paha dan dada. Dia juga mengenakan kacamata hitam, sarung tangan dan anting-anting berlian yang membuat penampilannya tampak semakin glamour.

Sebuah foto lain yang diunggahnya ke Twitter memperlihatkan dia menikmati perjalanannya dengan kereta. Dalam foto tersebut Mariah tampak sedang tertawa-tawa bersama produsernya Jermaine Dupri dan pimpinan BET Music Programming Stephen Hill.

Melalui situs jejaring sosial Vine, Mariah juga mengunggah aksinya saat naik transportasi umum. Video yang diunggahnya memperlihatkan dia turun dari taksi, berjalan kaki ke stasiun, menyeberang jalan dan memandang tumpukan sampah.

Seperti dikutip dari The Marqueeblog CNN, Mariah mencoba naik transportasi umum saat dia selesai tampil di acara Fresh Air Fund Gala di Chelsea Piers pada 29 Mei 2014.

May 11, 2014

Mariah Carey Fast Facts

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Here’s a look at the life of Grammy Award-winning singer Mariah Carey.

Personal:
Birth date: March 27, 1969 (some sources say 1970)

Birth place: Long Island, New York

Birth name: Mariah Carey

Father: Alfred Roy Carey, aeronautics engineer

Mother: Patricia (Hickey) Carey, opera singer and voice coach

Marriages: Nick Cannon (April 30, 2008-present); Tommy Mottola (June 5, 1993- March 5,1998, divorced)

Children: with Nick Cannon: Moroccan Scott (son) and Monroe (daughter), (twins) April 30, 2011

Other Facts:
According to her website, Carey has sold more than 200 million albums, singles and videos worldwide, making her the best-selling female artist of all time.

Her voice has a five-octave vocal range.

Has had 18 No. 1 hits, the most of any solo artist on Billboard’s Hot 100 charts.

According to Carey, her mother is Irish-American and her father was African American and Venezuelan.

Supported herself as a waitress and back-up singer before being signed to Columbia Records.

Has won five Grammy Awards.

Timeline:
1988 – Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola listens to Carey’s demo tape and signs her to the label.

1990 – Her debut album, “Mariah Carey,” is released. It goes on to sell more than six million copies and spawn four number one singles.

1991 – Carey wins two Grammy Awards: Best Pop Vocal Performance, Female, for “Vision of Love” and Best New Artist.

1994 – Joins the board of directors of the Fresh Air Fund. She is a supporter of the fund’s Career Awareness Program, which is named Camp Mariah, in honor of her.

April 2001 – Carey leaves Sony/Columbia Records and signs a reported $80 million contract with EMI’s Virgin Records.

Summer 2001 – She suffers an “emotional and physical breakdown” and is hospitalized.

September 2001 – Carey stars in a semi-autobiographical movie, “Glitter,” and releases an album of the same name. Both the album and movie are unsuccessful.

2002 – Virgin pays Carey a reported $28 million to end her contract. Later in the year, Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam records signs Carey to a reported $20 million deal.

2006 – Wins three Grammy Awards: Best Contemporary R&B Album, with Brian Garten and Dana John Chappelle for “The Emancipation of Mimi,” Best R&B Song, with Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin, and Manuel Seal, Jr., for “We Belong Together,” and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for “We Belong Together.”

2009 – Portrays a social worker in the film “Precious,” directed by Lee Daniels.

March 3, 2011 – Carey tells People Magazine that she will return the reported $1 million fee she received in 2009 performing for the family of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi, “I was naïve and unaware of who I was booked to perform for.”

2013 – Appears as a judge for the 12th season of “American Idol.”

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May 10, 2014

Where Do I Start With Mariah Carey?

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Musically, Mariah Carey’s had a tough run of late. Her long-delayed upcoming album, now titled Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, was slated to come out last spring before being pushed back several times. With one exception, its would-be lead singles failed to make a significant dent on the charts. Just a few weeks ago it sounded like Carey might pull a “Beyonce”, and spring the album on us unawares, judging from a confusing interview she gave to Billboard.

Then last week, the album’s release date, May 27, was finally confirmed by a teaser that is as strange and rambling as the album’s title. The announcement has been called “weird”, “insane”, “bizarre”, and “ridiculous”, descriptors that are rarely far away when Carey comes up these days. If you’re not a long-time fan, or are only familiar with Carey’s current public persona, it’s easy to see how such an awkward promotional move would elicit little more than an eye roll.

And we should chuckle at her weirdness, to be sure. But Carey deserves to be taken seriously as an artist as well, and, unfortunately, she hasn’t always gotten her due in that regard. Carey’s popular accomplishments – she has the second-most No. 1 songs of any pop artist, for instance, behind only the Beatles (and possibly tied with Elvis, depending whom you ask)- are often downplayed by critics who don’t take her influence on the music world seriously, as Jody Rosen pointed out in Slate several years ago. She’s long been credited – or blamed – for spawning a breed of “over singers”. (Rosen called her “the most influential vocal stylist of the last two decades”.) Her vocal acrobatics are frequently dismissed as “passionless”, her songs scorned as fluff.

But don’t blame Mimi for the diminishing returns represented by her impersonators. She’s better than all of them. Not only has she co-written the overwhelming majority of her hits since her career began almost 25 years ago, she’s also proven capable of switching up musical styles effortlessly. After taking creative control of her career, she went from a pop singer with a big voice to sultry diva who sang with Ol’ Dirty Bastard (on the excellent, Puff Daddy-produced “Fantasy (Remix)”), Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony (the slow-jam deep cut “Breakdown”), and Jermaine Dupri (her smash hit “We Belong Together”, among several others). Her label assumed this would be career suicide. But she was a pioneer for the hip hop-pop hybrid that is now inescapable, paving the way for Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry and others to embrace a more hip-hop sound.

But back, for a minute, to her weirdness. One of the things that makes Carey so endearing to fans is that she wholeheartedly embraces her idiosyncracies. She’s not afraid to get goofy with her lyrics (“If we were two Lego blocks even the Harvard University graduating class of 2010 couldn’t put us back together again“) or her music videos, signaling to everyone that while she may take her work seriously, she’s not afraid to poke fun of herself.

There’s much more to Carey than her feuds with rap stars and her heavily Instagrammed marriage to Nick Cannon. In fact, a remarkable number of her songs hold up beautifully.

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May 2, 2014

Mariah Carey Announces 14th Album, ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’

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Mariah Carey has unveiled the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” which arrives at digital and physical retail on May 27.

Carey, who appears on the cover of this week’s magazine, told Billboard that the album took its title from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”

And as she explains in a YouTube clip announcing the project, it’s based on her “first and only self-portrait,” which is featured on the album’s back cover and drawn when she was a child. “Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title. Come on, I was only three and a half,” Carey says with a chuckle in the clip.

As for the second half of the album’s title, “The Elusive Chanteuse,” Carey says that’s a nickname she’s adopted recently, following other personas and nicknames like “Mimi” and “MC.”

As Billboard confirmed this week, the album features production from Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It as well as guest appearances from Nas, Wale and Miguel. Additional features, confirmed by the album’s official tracklisting, include Fabolous, Carey’s twins Moroccan and Monroe (who turned 3 on April 30, the night of the album’s announcement). The deluxe edition also features a pair of duets, with R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige, on what appear to be outtakes from a planned 2010 remix album for her last album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” as both songs (“Betcha Gon’ Know” with Kelly, “It’s A Wrap” with Blige) originally appeared on “Memoirs.”

The album will finally arrive after several shifts in strategy and missed release dates, most recently May 6. Her current single, “You’re Mine (Eternal),” spent one week on the Hot 100 in February and has sold 56,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It also becomes her 17th No. 1 on Billboard’s Dance Club chart this week.

“Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse” Tracklisting:

1. Cry.
2. Faded
3. Dedicated (feat. Nas)
4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
5. Thirsty
6. Make It Look Good
7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
8. You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale)
9. Supernatural (With Special Guest Stars “Dembabies” a.k.a. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan Scott Cannon a.k.a. Roc ‘N Roe)
10. Meteorite
11. Camouflage
12. Money ($ * / …) (feat. Fabolous)
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
15. It’s a Wrap (feat. Mary J. Blige) [Deluxe edition]
16. Betcha Gon’ Know (feat. R. Kelly) [Deluxe edition]
17. The Art of Letting Go [Deluxe edition]
18. Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse

May 2, 2014

‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’, Album Terbaru Mariah Carey

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Setelah merilis sebuah album Natal ‘Merry Christmas II You’ pada 2010 lalu, Mariah Carey seperti menghilang dari panggung musik. Tapi, tahun ini sang diva telah kembali.

Pelantun ‘Hero’ itu merilis album terbarunya. Judul album baru tersebut unik, ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’.

Album tersebut akan resmi dirilis pada 26 Mei (di Indonesia) mendatang. Sebuah video singkat yang diunggah di YouTube memberikan sedikit gambaran mengenai album itu.

Dalam video tersebut, penyanyi kelahiran 27 Maret 1969 itu menuturkan, cover albumnya terinspirasi dari goresannya semasa ia kecil. Sedangkan untuk judul, ia meminta agar orang tak berkomentar negatif terlebih dahulu.

Album tersebut berisi 14 lagu. Diproduseri oleh Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy dan Mike Will, album ini juga dimeriahkan dengan penampilan penyanyi Miguel yang berduet dengan Mariah di lagu ‘#Beautiful’.

April 30, 2014

Mariah Carey’s Journey to a New Album: The Billboard Cover Story

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After waiting five years between albums, Mariah explains the struggle behind her next release: “This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album”

Mariah Carey is having a Case of the Mondays.

It’s the day after Easter, and she’s nursing a kick to the face from her nearly 3-year-old son Moroccan after a long day of egg hunting. “We were sort of winding down the day, removing his shoes, and he was having his own moment of not wanting the night to end and he ended up getting me square in the nose while the shoe was still on,” says Carey, 44, on the phone from her apart- ment in New York. Though her nose has a “tiny bump” that Carey has been treating with ice and milk, the incident has still apparently swollen her face enough that she has had to cancel a planned photo shoot and in-person sitdown with Billboard. “I think it’s OK. It’s still really red. I could’ve covered it up and tried to look decent, but shouldn’t my “Billboard” cover be a little less about that and more about the music?” (The cover photo is an outtake from her album shoot.)

If you’ve followed the headlines around Carey in the years since 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” you would know it hasn’t always been about the music. Since the birth of her twins Moroccan and Monroe in April 2011, she has weathered a rocky stint as a judge on American Idol in 2013, for which she was paid $18 million, according to People, as well as an accident on a music video set that led to a dislocated shoulder and cracked ribs. The injury preceded the latest in a series of delays for her planned 14th album, which at one point was earmarked for early 2013. Though her Miguel duet “#Beautiful” was a decent-sized hit last summer, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 with sales of 1.2 million (according to Nielsen SoundScan), a trio of other singles failed to catch fire, most recently February’s “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which spent a week on the Hot 100 at No. 88 and has sold only 56,000 copies.

But in late May, Carey hopes she can silence her naysayers and super-serve her patient fans with the much-anticipated release of her 14th album, which at one point was intended as a digital-first, all-at-once release a la “Beyoncé.” Though her label Def Jam now says an official pre-order is expected for later this week, announcing the album’s title, cover and tracklist, it’s clear from talking to Carey that she misses the good old days of the ’90s. The time when you could deliver an album the old-fashioned way, when you had to go to the store to see the song names and the cover art. “I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” says Carey, noting 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.”

The “Beyoncé” parallels would have made even more sense when you consider that Beyonce was coming off an underperforming album (2011’s “4”) before going the surprise route, much like Carey’s “Memoirs” produced just one top 10 hit (“Obsessed”) and sold a disappointing 549,000 copies, low enough to cancel a planned remix album.

Carey will cop to a few of the prerelease singles not doing particularly well, pausing to note that 2013’s Stargate-produced “Almost Home” was intended for the “Oz, Great and Powerful” soundtrack. “It was never about, ‘This is my album,’ but I wasn’t fully connected to that song. I was in the middle of that other situation in my life, which we will erase and pretend it never happened.” (That “situation” being Idol, which we’ll get to later.) “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.”

“Life happens, and that added to the making of this album,” songwriter-producer Bryan-Michael Cox told “Billboard” in February. “Over the past couple years we’ve added songs, scratched songs, slow-baking this record like a honey-baked ham. And when you take a bite of that ham — people will be extremely and pleasantly surprised.”

Carey’s label group Island Def Jam is probably best described as cautiously optimistic about the album, declining to respond to multiple fact-checking and interview requests for this story.

In terms of fans, anticipation for a new Carey album hasn’t been this high since her mid-2000s comeback, which saw 2005’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” go quadruple-platinum and turn “We Belong Together” into the biggest radio hit of her career, spending 14 weeks atop the Hot 100 and becoming Billboard’s top song of the 2000s. But in addition to the reteaming with Jermaine Dupri (“We Belong Together,” “Always Be My Baby”) on two tracks for the new album, she has assembled a team of collaborators that shows she has paid attention to the hip-hop and R&B charts in recent years. There’s tracks from of-the-moment producers like Hit-Boy (Kanye West and Jay Z’s “N***** In Paris”) and Mike Will Made It (Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”); guest features from Wale, Nas and Trey Songz; and even c ontributions from veeran arranger Larry Gold and the Love Unlimited Orchestra and a “special guest that I’m not allowed to reveal.”

Talk to Carey about the album, and you’ll get lengthy if cryptically worded explanations about the material, making liberal use of favorite words like “journey” (“If I use that word one more time I’ll have to start an ’80s rock band”), “festive” (her time on Idol, she says, “was not festive”) and “moment” (“I just need a moment to finish this track listing”). She’ll call you “dahhhling,” with a Zsa Zsa Gabor affectation, and grill you on your “lambily” status (that’s Mariah speak for hardcore fans, or “lambs”). “There’s no way I’ll be able to quite relive the splendor of certain moments — name that tune, lambily!” she says at one point, asking if you’ve spotted her lyrical reference to “The Roof ” from 1997’s “Butterfly.”

As Carey began work in earnest on the project in 2012, a friend compiled an exhaustive, 1,000- track playlist of all of Carey’s catalog and remixes, dubbed “The Ultimate MC Audio Collection.” Through revisiting her own 24-year career, Carey reminisced about forgotten remixes from the ’90s with producers like the late David Cole and her early experiments with genre-fusing. “I will always lean toward R&B in general, but I do think that merging hip-hop and R&B was one of the best things that happened for me as a fan of music. There’s this whole pop and hip-hop mixing together thing now — first of all, it’s not new, and second of all, why are we acting like it is?”

The album will also showcase Carey’s intro-spective, “morose” side, which certain lambily have treasured through the years from deeply personal cuts like “Looking In” (from 1995’s “Daydream”), “Close My Eyes” (from “Butterfly”) and “Petals” (from 1999’s “Rainbow”) — songs that offer an intimate glimpse into the person behind all the diva behavior. “It’s so good to hear people say they grew up with me as the soundtrack to their life, even though I was making it, so that was the soundtrack to my life as well,” she says.

It was Carey’s reconnection with “Looking In” that shaped the final phase of the current album. She performed the song live for the first time with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park last July, just one week after her shoulder injury, clad in a faux-fur sling that matched her white ballgown. The song’s lyrics were inspired by her unhappy marriage from 1993 to 1998 to Tommy Mottola, and found her singing in the third person about a girl who “dreams of all/ That she can never be/She wades in insecu- rity, yeah/And she hides herself inside of me.” Carey broke down in tears at one point during the song, cautioning the audience beforehand that it “requires a bit more stability than I have right now. I kind of got in trouble for writing this song so I’m going to try.”

After the show, Carey revisited the songs she had already earmarked for the ballad-heavy album and decided she needed a change of pace. That’s where two of the three Hit-Boy tracks came in, as well as a fresh collab with Dupri, who became her latest manager thereafter. (Carey’s management underwent several changes in 2012 and 2013, including parting ways with former Idol co-star Randy Jackson after many years together and a brief stint with Coran Capshaw’s Red Light Management.) “There were certain parts of the album where I needed to be lifted up again. I needed something uplifting.” (That’s a “Dreamlover” reference, lambily.)

That Carey is taking even more of a hands-on approach to her music these days is no surprise from a woman who co-wrote all her No. 1 singles, and has also taken more aspects of her career in her own hands amid her various management shifts and other endeavors. After being “bamboozled” by the Idol experience when footage of her feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj leaked, for example, Carey says she would like to executive-produce her next reality-competition venture. “I have another project that I’m so very excited about that’s finally coming to fruition. I would want to do something that was authentic. And I did feel that there were some truly talented singers on there this year, last year, whenever that was. It’s a blur, it has all been a blur, all of it, dahhhling.”

But she’s also in a rarefied class of superstars in their third decade of fame who can still compete in the big leagues. Madonna, Cher and Celine Dion continue to rank among Billboard’s top-earning artists more for their exhaustive touring work, not because they’re still getting the massive radio play and album sales of their respective heydays. Carey, meanwhile, has never been much of a roadhorse (she didn’t even tour until 1993, when she played 10 theaters in support of her third album, “Music Box”) and still considers herself more of “a studio rat” at heart.

“I love being in the studio, making Wall of Sound background vocals. That’s when I’m most at home, other than being with ‘dem babies’ now. I love being onstage and connecting with the lambily most importantly, but it’s just that now nothing’s just an experience with your fans and your fans alone. It’s on YouTube immediately, not ‘Oh, that was an amazing moment I just experienced.'” So until she’s willing to do a global arena tour or a Las Vegas residency, Carey will need to keep churning out hits to extend her living legacy.

Dupri seems weary of the expectations that come with official “comeback singles,” which is why one of his first items of business as Carey’s manager last fall was releasing the ballad “The Art of Letting Go” as a teaser track on Carey’s Facebook page to set the tone for the album, rather than the typical event strategy. Though “Letting Go” will appear on the album along with “#Beautiful” and “You’re Mine,” the hope is that the fans’ response will democratize the typical album process from here.

“The challenge with Mariah has always been if I like one record and she likes another, you can never pick a single that satisfies everybody,” says Dupri. “If you just did what Beyonce did, she just gave you 17 singles and you picked which record you like.”

Even though Carey’s latest album marks the longest gap between albums, it certainly won’t be her last, despite a recent interview with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” where she indicated she might be treating it as such. Still, it signifies something of a make- or-break moment at this phase in her storied career as Billboard’s second-most-decorated Hot 100 chart-topper, next to The Beatles.

“I will always make music. When I said [this album] could be my last, that’s because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone. When I release anything, it’s difficult — it could be a performance that you don’t love and it’s like, ‘Great, everybody’s going to pick this apart,’ and that’s it. What I’m trying to say is I wanted this to be something I could be proud of, whether it’s like, ‘Yay, No. 1 song!,’ and this and that. However things end up happening, we’ve all worked so hard. The true lambily have all worked so hard to break all these Billboard records and to have this incredible experience with me that I want them to have this almost as a gift.”