Mariah Carey shared her “first and only” self-portrait for the reveal of her new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, which drops on May 27.
It’s been an extremely confusing time in Mariah Carey land. After several push backs, fan attacks on her manager Jermaine Dupri and a suggested Beyoncé-like marketing campaign, it has been confirmed that the pop diva’s brand-new album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse is finally set for release on May 27.
Late Wednesday night, April 30, Carey took to Twitter to drop all the necessary info you need to know about the project, including the title, album artwork, track list and a special video message explaining the meaning behind the sort of confusing name of the LP.
In the video, the diva tells fans that the back of the artwork will feature her first and only self-portrait, which she calls a “personal treasure” of hers. “I drew it when I was 3 1/2 and entitled it Me, I am Mariah. Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title,” she tells listeners. “C’mon, I was only 3 1/2. It was a creative visualization of how I saw myself with the purity of a child’s heart before it was ever broken.”
Carey tells fans that she’s kept this personal story private for so long but decided to share it because the project is “a reflection of some of the peaks and valleys” that made her who she is today. As for why the need for a new alter ego, Carey says there have been a string of nicknames throughout her career, but as of late she’s been referred to as “the elusive chanteuse.”
The standard version of Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse will feature 14 songs, including her 2013 duet with Miguel (“#Beautiful”) and new collaborations with Wale (“You Don’t Know What To Do”) and her twins Monroe and Moroccan (“Supernatural”). Lambs will also be able to pick up a deluxe version of the album, which will feature never-before-heard collaborations from Mary J. Blige and R. Kelly on songs off the singer’s 2009 studio effort Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.