Mariah Carey was the talk of the town following the release of her brand new single “Triumphant (Get ‘Em).” The song generated plenty of buzz, with mixed feelings being heard from fans and critics. Most fans have been quite excited for the divas return to music, which was expected to be filled by her new album later this year. With everyone scrambling for news and updates, Mimi’s manager Randy Jackson recently spoke with Billboard about why they released three back-to-back versions of the song, and announced the NEW expected release date, being next year…
Previewing the multiple versions of the single — co-written and co-produced by Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox — reveals the diversity of musical genres expected on her untitled 14th album, tentatively due in March 2013. According to Carey manager Randy Jackson, releasing the three different versions of “Triumphant” speaks to her ability to cater to multiple audiences and radio formats.
“The vintage throwback mix will remind fans of remixes she did years ago, and she’s had a lot of Billboard No. 1 dance hits as well,” Jackson says. “She went in and re-sang the vocals, knowing that the two verses on this first version of this single with Meek and Ross were going to be hip-hop verses where people were rapping. We wanted to have something for all of her fans.”
Releasing three versions has played to Carey’s benefit. Some fans criticized the fact that Ross and Mill overshadow the singer on her own song and gravitated toward the club-geared mixes.
“Most people probably don’t understand this, but you always play to what’s best for the song,” Jackson says. “You don’t go in and say, ‘Wait a minute. I know they’re rapping on these verses, but I need to be singing on these verses. Me, me, me.’ It just turns out that way. The album is going to be one of the great Mariah Carey albums,” he says, “with a lot of stuff that you’ve come to love about her over the years.”
But, fans have plenty more to look forward to before her next album, Randy Jackson also tells Billboard that she has a “big performance planned soon for television.” He reveals that “Triumphant” was inspired by Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon and his fight with kidney failure, and that the recently shot music video will be directed by him as well. The clip is set to debut in the coming weeks.
With Mariah’s new upcoming role as a judge on “American Idol,” which will premiere in January of 2013, it does seem fitting now, that they will use such a mega platform to help launch her album as well.
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