Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Exclusive: Mariah Carey Goes Home to Sony-Epic Officially, Plans Album of Number 1s


It’s official. I can tell you exclusively that Mariah Carey has signed her deal with Sony Music and Epic Records. She’s back with L.A. Reid and Doug Morris, her ardent supporters during her triumphant run at Universal Music Group.

“She’s back where she belongs,” a source told me. And just in the nick of time. Knowing her UMG release last year was her last, DefJam let “Me I Am Mariah, The Elusive Chanteuse” album die a quick death despite very good reviews. Sales were abysmal.

Now Carey rejoins her catalog that stretches back to 1989 and “Vision of Love.” I’m told Epic’s first move will be a big release come May or June of Mariah’s 18 number 1 hits, plus some surprises. The release will coincide with her May 6th debut in Las Vegas at the Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace.

So brace yourselves for a big Mariah year– and a hopeful return to the charts.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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