It’s been four years since Mariah Carey has released a studio album, but Wednesday the pop diva tweeted that on July 23, “the new era begins.”
Carey did not reveal the album title in her tweet, but MTV News has confirmed that July 23 will be the release date for the singer’s much anticipated 11th studio album, the first since 2009’s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Teaming up with longtime producers Jermaine Dupri, who created hits “Always Be My Baby” and “We Belong Together,” and Bryan-Michael Cox, Carey also brought on board Hit-Boy and The-Dream to lend their expertise to the tracks.
Carey hasn’t seemed to miss a step since taking a break from music after having her twins (a.k.a. Dem Babies) back in 2011. The lead single off her upcoming album, “#Beautiful,” featuring Miguel, has hit No. 1 in 30 countries and is currently holding the No. 20 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
Most recently, Carey, who will be heading out on a world tour in support of the album, surprised thousands by appearing alongside Miguel at Hot 97’s annual Summer Jam concert, to perform their single.
“Mariah Carey for Summer Jam joining me to do ‘#Beautiful’ was just definitely a huge moment — you could tell by the reaction from the crowd,” Miguel told MTV News earlier this week in New York. “It’s obviously, like, a hip-hop staple annual show — especially here in the states, it’s historic — so the fact that they even invited me, an R&B music maker, R&B artist, to have my own set and for me to be able to bring another staple R&B artist, just a staple in music, to the stage was a huge honor. I love Mariah for being super about it. She’s dope.”
No word yet on whether there will be any other major collaborations, but Carey, who parted ways with “American Idol” after one season, did reveal to host Ryan Seacrest last month that not only did she invite the top three “Idol” finalists, Candice Glover, Kree Harrison and Angie Miller, to sing background vocals on a track, she also saved room for a very special diva.
“My little girl is going to be appearing on the album, I will say that,” Carey said. “She can’t really put a complete sentence together … she was one year old when she started … but she did a good job.”