“MARIAH + GOSPEL CHOIR + “I WANT TO KNOW WHAT LOVE IS” = ECSTASY,” RAVES NEW ISSUE OF ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
Follows-up “Obsessed” – both from new album, MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL, special two-CD package set for Sept. 29th release on Island Records
Friday, Sept. 18th – special interview/performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show – live from New York City!
(Sept. 10, 2009 – New York, NY) After setting a long list of new chart records with her most recent hit “Obsessed,” international superstar Mariah Carey, the top-selling female recording artist in history, now follows-up with her remake of Foreigner’s classic “I Want To Know What Love Is” as the second single pick from her forthcoming new album on Island Records, MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL. The special 2-CD package – disc one containing the full album, enhanced disc two containing four remixes plus two videos (full details below) – is scheduled to arrive in-stores on September 29th. On Friday, September 18th, Mariah will make a special interview/performance on The Oprah Winfrey Show (live from New York City!) in support of the new album release.
The majority of the tracks on MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL were written and produced by Mariah, Tricky Stewart and The-Dream; the album was executive produced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. The final track list and sequence is confirmed: Disc One – Album: 1. Betcha Gon’ Know (the prologue) * 2. Obsessed * 3. H.A.T.E.U. * 4. Candy Bling * 5. Ribbon * 6. Inseparable * 7. Standing O * 8. It’s A Wrap * 9. Up Out My Face * 10. Up Out My Face (the reprise) * 11. More Than Just Friends * 12. The Impossible * 13. The Impossible (the reprise) * 14. Angel (the prelude) * 15. Angels Cry * 16. Languishing (the interlude) * 17. I Want To Know What Love Is. Enhanced Disc Two – Obsessed Remixes: 1. Cahill Radio Mix * 2. Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit * 3. Jump Smokers Radio Edit * 4. Friscia and Lamboy Radio Mix * Obsessed Videos (directed by Brett Ratner): 1. Video (single version) * 2. Video-remix featuring Gucci Mane.
“I Want To Know What Love Is” will officially impact at all radio formats on September 14th (the song has already exploded in Europe). 2009 marks 25 years since Foreigner’s original single was released in December 1984; it hit #1 on the Hot 100 eight weeks later in February 1985. “Mariah + Gospel Choir + “I Want To Know What Love Is” = Ecstasy,” raves Entertainment Weekly’s new September 11th issue.
With virtually every new single she releases, Mariah Carey is setting new chart records, or extending the chart records she has already achieved. “Obsessed,” released July 7th, is the most recent:
* Her record-extending 29th appearance on the Mainstream Top 40 Radio Airplay chart, the most overall entries in the chart’s nearly 17-year history;
* Her record-extending 23rd appearance on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart;
* Mariah’s highest debut (at #11) on the Billboard Hot 100 since 1998 (“My All”);
* Her 40th appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, making her just the 8th woman in the chart’s history to make 40 or more appearances.
MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL, Mariah Carey’s 12th studio album, is the eagerly anticipated follow-up to her multi-platinum-selling album E=MC² (released April 15, 2008), and her worldwide 10 million selling The Emancipation Of Mimi (released April 12, 2005). Both were Soundscan #1 debut albums that made chart history for Mariah in the U.S. and numerous territories around the globe.
The Emancipation Of Mimi generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), two #1 singles, and countless more honors during its 18-month chart stay. The album debuted at #1 on first week sales of 404,000 copies, Mariah’s highest first week sales total (until E=MC²). Soundscan’s biggest-selling album of 2005, Mimi featured “We Belong Together” (Grammy winner for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song) and “Don’t Forget About Us,” Mariah’s 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley’s 17 #1’s.
Three years later, E=MC² debuted at #1 on first week sales of 463,000 copies, which now stands as the highest first week sales total of Mariah’s career. The album’s success brought total sales of Mariah’s albums, singles and videos to more than 175 million worldwide, distancing her even further from the pack as the top-selling female recording artist in history.
E=MC² spun off four singles: “Touch My Body,” “Bye Bye,” “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time,” and “I Stay In Love.” Of these, “Touch My Body” made history when it became Mariah’s 18th #1 Hot 100 hit, thus surpassing Elvis Presley. “Touch My Body”’s two weeks at the top also marked Mariah’s 78th and 79th cumulative career weeks at #1, which tied Elvis’ long-standing all-time high of 79 weeks at #1, as calculated in Billboard.com. At the same time, Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles’ all-time high of 20 #1 hits.