Mariah Carey Sets New Label Pact With Epic Records, Studio Album Coming This Year (EXCLUSIVE)

Mariah Carey

Epic Records has recommitted to Mariah Carey, announcing Monday a new joint partnership between the singer’s Butterfly MC Records and the Sony Music Entertainment label as well as a long-awaited studio album due out “later this year.” Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

The deal seemingly puts to rest rumors that Carey’s recording contract was in jeopardy. The five-time Grammy winner was signed by Epic Records chairman-CEO LA Reid in 2016, with whom she worked on 2005’s multi-platinum-selling album “The Emancipation of Mimi” (recorded and released while Reid was running Universal Music label Island Def Jam).

Carey launched her career at Sony’s Columbia Records in 1990, when she scored the first of her five consecutive Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 hits ( “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday,” “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” and “Emotions”).

Said Reid in a statement: “To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career. Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”

Added Carey: “I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music. I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”

The partnership comes on the heels of several headline-grabbing months for Carey. In December, the singer launched “Mariah’s World,” a docuseries on E!; famously endured technical complications live on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest”; broke off her engagement to Australian billionaire James Packer; and announced, then postponed, a tour with Lionel Richie. Carey is also headlining a Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, to which she’s set to return in July.

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    3. The Truth says:

      Is there any other female recording artist who’s more annoyingly full of herself than Carey? Especially because her success has little to do with her talent. Yes, she can hit whistle tones, but it’s common knowledge in the music industry that her early string of chart-topping hits were bought with over-the-top Payola bribes to radio stations by her then-husband, former Columbia label chief Tommy Mottola. Reid did essentially the same thing on Mimi at Def Jam. As a live performer, she’s absolutely wooden. And her conspicuous consumption diva schtick is nauseating.

      • DLOC says:

        Payola stories only make sense to haters.
        No body is force fed to buy anything, even if its music played on the radio. MC has fans all over the world because of the consistant quality of her music. Stop tryin’ to smear MC wit this nonsense, it makes u sound like an idiotic sociopath!

        • Tony says:

          umm… if you weren’t an idiot you’d have realized while reading my rebuttal to the original commenter that I am praising Mariah.

          And secondly, yes. Yes, we are most definitely force fed top40 music; NOW whether or not one chooses to listen to it is simply a matter of turning off the radio BUT when its turned back on how much control does the individual have over what is being played? None. You take what you are given or you turn it off.

          I am not a sociopath nor am I stupid, misinformed or uneducated. I’m simply aware, that is it…

      • Tony says:

        95 percent of all major “top40” style artists have gotten their music on the radio via payola. Its a successful way to build hype and exposure. Its called the music Business, usually all things pertaining to business of any sort involve the exchange of money on all sides. All top40 music is force fed to the general public, not just Carey.

        To boil her talent down to whistle notes is absolutely slanderish, whilst her music may be annoying at times, the woman is a vocal beast with a sound that is completely her own and recognizable to the majority of planet Earth. Payola or not, no artist is going to have a nearly 30 year run of top tier media exposure without the talent to back it up.

    4. Jay says:

      China Loves Mariah!

    5. Alistar says:

      Mariah!! Go back to singing the soaring ballads and ditch the R&B stuff and I might buy your albums again.

      • Coquiriah says:

        The soaring ballads that you speak are R&B. Just because they crossed over into other markets dies not take it away.

    6. Occultology says:

      Good Luck, Fake Singer.

    7. adam says:

      Who still buys her music? Wasn’t her last hit song pre-2000?

      • Pedro says:

        Her biggest hit song was in 2005. She scored her 18th #1, overtaking Elvis Presley, in 2006.

        • Kirk Bonin says:

          Actually, it fails to be reported that Diana Ross has 20/21 #1 hits. She initially refused to accept credit for Notorious B.I.G.’s use of “I’m Coming Out” on “Mo Money, Mo Problems” and her not insignificant part on “We Are the World”(hey, if Latoya Jackson can call it her #1 when you don’t even see her in the video, let alone hear her….you definitely hear and see Diana throughout).

      • Occultology says:

        Yeah…she proved her “talent” on New Year’s Eve.

      • Justin I. says:

        Her last album sold 122,000 copies LOL Bye Girl

      • Jai says:

        That was cute, don’t try to come for Mariah, you obviously don’t know what you’re talking about…..

      • kaisha says:

        no dummy it was in 2008 but 2013 beautiful was a hit to lol check your facts

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