Mariah Carey has promised to drop a new album in 2017 after committing to a new deal with Epic Records.
Mariah’s Butterfly MC Records first inked a deal with the Sony Music Entertainment label run by L.A. Reid in 2015, but rumors began to swirl earlier this year that the partnership was in trouble.
The superstar has now put gossip she was on the verge of being dropped to bed, by forging ahead with a fresh contract with Epic, which includes a new album due out before the year end.
“I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music. I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love,” Mariah said in a statement, reports Variety.
Reid also shared his joy at the renewed partnership. The music mogul had previously worked with the singer on her 2005 hit album The Emancipation of Mimi, when they were both at Universal.
“To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career.” he stated. “Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”
Mariah’s most recent album, 2014’s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, only managed to hit the top spot in the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart, but failed to repeat her previous chart success elsewhere.
She’s also had a string of well-publicized difficulties in recent months, including a failed engagement to billionaire businessman James Packer, a widely-ridiculed reality TV series and a disastrous performance when her appearance at Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve was hit with technical troubles.
On Monday it was reported by several news outlets that she’d split with her toy boy lover Bryan Tanaka.