Mariah Carey pulling a Beyoncé with surprise album

Apr 25, 2014 at 4:16 p.m. ET

Mariah Carey has revealed that she's set to drop her new album in an all-at-once digital-only fashion.

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Looks like the cat is out of the bag. After weeks of speculation about the identity of the next iTunes exclusive artist, it has been revealed that Mariah Carey will follow in similar footsteps to Beyoncé and unleash her brand-new studio album at the drop a dime.

In the cover story for the latest issue of Billboard, the pop icon confesses that she will drop her long-awaited album in an all-at-once digital-only fashion. Carey previously released three singles from the album: "Triumphant (Get Em)," "You're Mine (Eternal)" and "The Art of Letting Go." While the tracks didn't exactly catch fire, the singer remains pretty self-aware, acknowledging their lack of success.

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"You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work," Carey told the magazine about the project, which still doesn't have a confirmed album title, release date or track list. "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album."

Even though Beyoncé's surprise album was a success, some are concerned that Carey won't be able to duplicate such a tactic. Beyoncé dropped her album at a time when there was a huge demand for her music. Carey, on the other hand, has released multiple singles, but hasn't scored a hit. Regardless of whether or not Carey lives up to the tactic's predecessor, digital-only releases create a direct path from studio to consumer, which combats today's pirating and illegal downloading.

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News of Carey's surprise drop album should settle the minds of her Lambs. In recent weeks, the fan base blamed her manager and longtime friend Jermaine Dupri for his lack of movement when it comes to the album. Now we know why.