Exactly one year ago today, on April 15, 2008, Mariah released her 11th studio album, E=MC2
. As a follow up to the massive international hit The Emancipation of Mimi
, a lot was expected from E=MC2
and it did not disappoint. Mariah described it as â€œthe dessertâ€ to The Emancipationâ€™s
â€™s â€œdinnerâ€ and the reviews were not late to follow. The Associated Press
one of 2008â€™s top 10 albums and said: â€œLike its predecessor, "The Emancipation of Mimi," it has the right mix of party jams, torch songs and touching ballads.â€ Blender
called it â€œMariahâ€™s most-fun and best albumâ€. Stellar reviews from MTV
(â€œMimi Is At Her Best When She's Keeping It Realâ€) and VH1
(â€œOh yeah, Mimi's back.â€) were written after advanced listening parties, and the bottom line in The New York Post
â€™s review was: â€œOn a like it, love it or leave it scale, this is a definite "love it"
stands for â€œEmancipation equals Mariah Carey to the 2nd powerâ€ and it sure does. Billboard:
â€œShe's proclaimed emancipation before, but Mariah Carey's never sounded as free as she does on E=MCâ€â€. E=MC2
debuted at #1
on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart with first week sales of 463,000 copies, Mariahâ€™s best opening ever. The reviews by Rolling Stone
(â€œIt starts in a club and ends in a churchâ€) and Entertainment Weekly
(â€œWinning Formula. Mariah Carey's E=MCâ€ adds up to an aural success, offering a smart mix of dance and dramaâ€) described what the album quickly became known for: a unique mixture of hot club bangers, soulful urban tracks and Mariahâ€™s signature ballads.
The album has 14 tracks, all co-written and co-produced by Mariah along with A-list producers including Jermaine Dupri, Danja, Bryan Michael Cox, Scott Storch, Stargate, DJ Toomp and James Poyser. â€œTouch My Bodyâ€
, the first (and somewhat unconventional) single released from the album, exceeded all expectations and became an overnight success. Billboard
noted that over 65 radio stations played the song five hours after its digital release. When released digitally on iTunes, the song set the record for the best debut-week of digital sales by any artist with a total of 285,544 downloads. â€œTouch My Bodyâ€ became Mariahâ€™s 18th #1 single
on the Billboard Hot 100, helping Mariah break an amazing record, previously held by Elvis Presley, of being the solo artist with the most #1 singles (only The Beatles with 20 have more).
A great representation of the albumâ€™s fun nature, the â€œTouch My Bodyâ€ video is one of Mariahâ€™s most popular music videos with over 25 million views on YouTube. With great audience acceptance and critical acclaim, E=MC2
is not only Mariahâ€™s most-fun record but an immediate fan-favorite and an album that will always be remembered for yielding the most live performances of album-tracks! Music Videos Touch My Body Bye Bye Iâ€™ll Be Lovinâ€™ U Long Time I Stay In Love Mariah Talks about E=MC2 â€“ Track by Track!