Mariah Carey started her career with relatively simple album titles: Emotions, Daydream, Butterfly, and Mariah Carey all spring to mind. But in the past ten years, Mimi’s titles have gotten a lot more, shall we say, dramatic? There was The Emancipation of Mimi, the scientific E=MC2, and who can forget the Lifetime movie of the week, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. The diva continues the trend with the title of her upcoming fourteenth studio album, The Art of Letting Go, which was prematurely revealed earlier today by Walmart.
What exactly is Mariah letting go of, though? Musical trend hopping and dressing like an AVN award winner? Judging by the crotchtastic music video for her latest single, hashtag “Beautiful,” that would be a no. Mimi has yet to explain the meaning behind the title, but she did reference it on instagram with the caption on that very Mariah-esque pool picture you see above.
“A much needed splash after hours pon de mic singing for my #beautiful #lambily!” she wrote. “Melancholic moment letting go of something this personal to me yet I couldn’t be more excited to give three years of my soul to the fans.”
The Art of Letting Go got off to a slow start with its non-charting lead single, “Triumphant,” but things are looking a lot better for the album now thanks to the success of “#Beautiful.” The song just reached a new peak of No. 15 on the Hot 100, and is just a few thousand copies shy of being certified gold. With a strong follow-up single (a “We Belong Together” for “#Beautiful’s” “It’s Like That”), this could end up being a big era for Mimi.