Surprise Release for New Mariah Carey Album? Maybe Not, Label Says

By Annie Reuter

Mariah Carey fans may not be pleasantly surprised by the singer’s forthcoming yet-to-be-titled release, after all.

While last week various outlets claimed the singer would be pulling a “Beyoncé” with a surprise release of her 14th album, further interviews from the singer’s camp denounce this rumor.

The current Billboard cover girl, Carey admits that a Beyoncé approach to her album was discussed as she wanted her fans to hear the album “as a body of work” and experience it “as if they were listening to it with me for the first time,” she told Billboard.

Related: 5 Directions Mariah Carey Could Go with Her Next Album

Several interviews from Jermaine Dupri confirmed this discussion, but Carey’s record label Def Jam said that the album won’t be a complete surprise.

“Mariah will announce the date and title in advance of the on-sale date,” Laura Swanson, the label’s exec VP-media said.

Swanson added that the album is currently involved in a traditional release strategy with a cover and track list to be announced preceding the label’s supposed late May release.

Carey’s 14th studio album was originally planned for a May 2013 release, nearly a year ago. It was then pushed back to July 23 before being shelved after she dealt with a shoulder injury.

This weekend, Carey was in the studio putting the final touches on the album, according to a tweet from the singer.

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