Billboard reports that Mimiâ€™s next effort, which sheâ€™s been hyping up since late last year, wonâ€™t be due until spring, and even that date is still tentative. Some outlets are speculating that Careyâ€™s delay is due to wanting to wait for the â€˜American Idolâ€˜ live shows to begin so she can perform and promote her singles on the ratings giant, which would be an admittedly wise (if fan-frustrating) move.
Another factor in Careyâ€™s wait? Her first single, â€˜Triumphant (Get â€˜Em)â€˜ hasnâ€™t gained too much momentum just yet (it will be released to radio this Monday, Aug. 13), so she and her label suits, including manager Randy Jackson, may be waiting to see if it can pick up some plays.
Jackson, who helped convince Carey to accept her â€˜Idolâ€™ judging deal, explained to the chart mag why the singer released three different versions of â€˜Triumphantâ€™: to please all of her diverse and doting little lambs. â€œThe vintage throwback mix will remind fans of remixes she did years ago, and sheâ€™s had a lot of Billboard No. 1 dance hits as well,â€ Jackson said. â€œShe went in and re-sang the vocals, knowing that the two verses on this first version of this single with Meek and Ross were going to be hip-hop verses where people were rapping. We wanted to have something for all of her fans.â€
He also insists that the record will be well worth the wait. â€œThe album is going to be one of the great Mariah Carey albums with a lot of stuff that youâ€™ve come to love about her over the years.â€
One thing Carey provides regularly to her fans is inspiration, and Jackson said that â€˜Triumphantâ€™ was inspired by her husband Nick Cannonâ€˜s bout with kidney failure,Â blood clots and an autoimmune disease similar to lupus. â€œHer idea with all her music is to get it out to her fans, and hopefully lift everyoneâ€™s spirits a little bit. Itâ€™s really about having it succeed, and people are hearing it.â€
Jackson also addressed fan criticism at Mimiâ€™s not taking center stage on the hip-hop version of â€˜Triumphant.â€™ â€œMost people probably donâ€™t understand this, but you always play to whatâ€™s best for the song,â€ he said. â€œYou donâ€™t go in and say, â€˜Wait a minute. I know theyâ€™re rapping on these verses, but I need to be singing on these verses. Me, me, me.â€™ It just turns out that way.â€