However! In that Billboard interview she said the title comes from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life,” and in the new YouTube clip announcing the news, she explains it’s from a a self-portrait she drew when she was three-and-a-half, and that the drawing serves as the LP’s back cover. So, OK, that sort of takes the edge off. But still, her label’s marketing team couldn’t have been too happy about the choice.
And then there’s the matter of the tracklist. There are guest spots from Wale, Nas, Mary J. Blige and, ugh, R. Kelly. And if you thought a song title with a hashtag in it was annoying, well then your head may explode when you see one contains a period and another is called “Money ($ * / …).”
Check out Mariah’s video with the announcement below, as well as the full tracklist and back cover.
Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse tracklist:
3. Dedicated [feat. Nas]
6. Make It Look Good
7. You’re Mine (Eternal)
8. You Don’t Know What to Do [feat. Wale]
9. Supernatural [With Special Guest Stars “Dembabies” a.k.a. Ms. Monroe & Mr. Moroccan Scott Cannon a.k.a. Roc 'N Roe]
12. Money ($ * / …) [feat. Fabolous]
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
15. It’s a Wrap [feat. Mary J. Blige]
16. Betcha Gon Know [feat. R. Kelly]
17. The Art of Letting Go
18. Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
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