Mariah Carey Plans Surprise Album, Ruins Surprise
By Jessica Goodman
Mariah Carey is pulling a Beyoncé and announced plans to release a “surprise” album. In Billboard’s latest cover story the legendary singer revealed she has been working on her 14th album since 2010, and will debut the name, track listing, artwork and music at the same time online.
Carey released her last album, “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” in 2009 and the LP only had one song kill in the charts, “Obsessed.” But she saw success last summer with “#Beautiful,” a collaboration with Miguel that sold 1.2 million downloads, according to Billboard.
Rumors of the “secret” or “surprise” album circulated online before the issue was published. Reports from Digital Spy cited an official press release that mentioned a “surprise” for Mariah’s fans and one of her dancers tweeted about something special in the works. Though it hasn’t been announced which digital music service Carey will use to release the album, Digital Music News reported that iTunes was collaborating with another big-name artist to replicate the Beyoncé’s success.
Despite speculation, this untitled album won’t be Carey’s last. “I will always make music. When I said it could be my last, that’s because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone,” she told Billboard.