*Mariah Carey has revealed the title, cover, release date and tracklist for her 14th album, “Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse,” due at digital and physical retail on May 27.
Carey said the first part of the album title comes from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”
In her YouTube clip announcing the project (scroll down to watch), she says 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.
The second half of the album’s title, “The Elusive Chanteuse,” is a nickname she’s adopted recently, she says.
The album features producers Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It, and 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 (cover art above) 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.”
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:
3. Dedicated (feat. Nas)
4. #Beautiful (feat. Miguel)
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)
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
Watch Mariah’s announcement below.