"ME. I AM MARIAH... THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE"
ENTERS SOUNDSCAN AT #1 R&B
HER 15th TOP 5 ALBUM!
CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED NEW ALBUM RELEASED ON DEF JAM RECORDINGS FEATURES "YOU'RE MINE (ETERNAL)" (17th #1 DANCE HIT), AND RIAA PLATINUM-PLUS "#BEAUTIFUL" FEATURING MIGUEL, NUMBER 1 IN OVER 40 COUNTRIES - GLOBAL CHART-TOPPING HIT
"Carey remains an icon…Call her Mariah, the original chanteuse - a diva with staying power."
"What's most striking about Carey's new album is how relaxed and confident she sounds. The tender, aching ballads and joyful pop-soul numbers here both mark a return to form and reveal increased nuance, particularly in the singing."
"[One of] the great soul singers of the modern era." (THE NEW YORK TIMES)
"With it's soulful R'n'B Hues, inspiration from her old-school days and collaborations with the hottest producers and artists of today, she is still very much on top… a living legend…'Her voice is as incredible as ever."
"It is her dazzling, five-octave voice that steals the show." (DAILY MAIL)
(June 4, 2014 - New York, NY) - ME. I AM MARIAH... THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE, released May 27th on Def Jam Recordings, the brand new album by multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey, is greeted with critically overwhelming raves across the board, and soars to #1 on the iTunes pop chart in 33 countries including the U.S. The new album also debuted at #1 on the Soundscan R&B Albums chart, which marks her 15th Top 5 album.
In support of the album, Mariah sat down with NBC's Matt Lauer for a one-time only exclusive rare and personal prime time interview in her home last week which won the network and demographic timeslot. Mariah Carey: At Home In Concert With Matt Lauer aired release week (Saturday May 31st). As a compassionate philanthropist, Mariah was honored last week and received the Hero Award from The Fresh Air Fund for her work as founder of Camp Mariah, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development. The benefit raised over $1.5 million dollars for The Fresh Air Fund.
As executive producer of ME. I AM MARIAH... THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE, nearly every track on the album (with the exception of a cover of George Michael's #1 classic "One More Try" and the uplifting, inspirational, and emotionally charged album closer, her tribute to the late Reverend James Cleveland, "Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can't Give Up Now)") was written and produced by Mariah. Two different exclusive album configurations with distinctive artwork are available, the Standard Edition (15 tracks) and the Deluxe Edition (18 tracks). This marks Mariah's first new album release since her worldwide best-selling Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel in 2009.
Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, says "It is wonderful to see Mariah, the iconic artist, stay true to herself and deliver a carefully crafted body of work that will once again showcase her mass appeal across an enduring legion of worldwide fans."