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Mariah Carey sets release date for new album, 'Me. I am Mariah'
Mariah Carey has apparently mastered “the art of letting go.”
She’s let go of the album title. She’s let go of the much-delayed album’s release date of May 6. She’s let go of the song “The Art of Letting Go,” as well as the singles “Almost Home” and “Triumphant,” because they didn’t make the cut for the new album. And she even let go of the idea of a Beyonce-styled surprise release.
Thursday, Carey announced that her album will now be called “Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse” (Def Jam) and be released on May 27. The current single “You’re Mine (Eternal)” – which hasn’t gone higher than No. 88, but will likely get a renewed push in the coming weeks – has made the album, as has last year’s hit “#Beautiful” with Miguel. Also, on tap are collaborations with Wale (“You Don’t Know What to Do”) and Fabolous (“Money.”)
In a video statement released Thursday, Carey says the title comes from a drawing of herself she made when she was a young girl living on Long Island. "Please don't judge me for such a simplistic title," she jokes. "Come on, I was only three-and-a-half."
She said the drawing, which appears on the album's back cover, "was a creative visualization of how I saw myself with the purity of a child's heart before it was ever broken." She wanted to share it to reflect "some of the peaks and valleys that have made me who I am today."