By Kevin Rutherford
Mariah Carey may not have pulled a Beyoncé with her new album, opting to toss a collection of new songs onto the Internet at not even a moment’s notice. That doesn’t, however, mean the record didn’t sneak up on gracious listeners.
Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse is now set for a May 27 release and, in advance, is streaming in full on iTunes, MissInfo reports.
The album clocks in at 15 tracks on its standard edition, featuring collaborations with Nas, Wale, Mary J. Blige and more, including her “#Beautiful” single with Miguel that was released last year.
The deluxe version adds three songs to the tally, including a tune with R. Kelly.
In an interview with Billboard, Carey said that she wanted the record to be viewed as a cohesive “body of work,” rather than a mere collection of potential singles and deep cuts.
The album was originally scheduled for release a year ago, but the oft-delayed record has struggled to find footing with its singles, save for “#Beautiful” last summer.
The Elusive Chanteuse marks Carey’s 14th studio album and first since 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
Click here to stream the album on iTunes Radio.