Mariah Carey’s New Album Has A Completely Absurd Title & Tracklist

Mariah Carey recently opened up to Billboard about her revised album plans, scrapping The Art Of Letting Go and instead resorting to a somewhat condensed marketing strategy which would involve the announcement of the album’s title, tracklist and artwork all at once. Well, the big day is upon us. Last night (April 30), Mariah announced Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, which is out May 27. That is the actual title of her new album, and it is completely insane.

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:
1. Cry.
2. Faded
3. Dedicated [feat. Nas]
4. #Beautiful
5. Thirsty
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]
10. Meteorite
11. Camouflage
12. Money ($ * / …) [feat. Fabolous]
13. One More Try
14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can’t Give Up Now)
Deluxe edition:
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

me i am mariah drawing

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  • Lizzie

    It immediately brought to mind Ashlee Simpson’s second album “I Am Me,” only Mariah’s is more embarrassing even with the explanation.

    • A.j. Yabut

      embarrassing? More like cute and meaningful.

  • calin

    Wow, she really is insane.

    • A.j. Yabut

      Not really. At least her album title has personal significance. I think the “elusive chanteuse” is very clever and is her literal definition using complex vocabulary!

    • A.j. Yabut

      Not really. At least her album title has personal significance. I think the “elusive chanteuse” is very clever and is her literal definition using complex vocabulary!

  • pedropp

    “Mariah Carey’s New Album Title Is the Best Album Title of All Time” -TIME
    “She is Mariah Carey… the purveyor of weirdly wonderful album titles” – The Washington Post

    • Tim Blake

      Yesssssss exactly! The actually big publications are raving about it!!!

  • TrueTea

    Mariah is Alive? I haven’t listened to Mariah well since back when I was in the 3rd grade, when she USED to be Popular cause she was married to her Label’s CEO and thus her label did Payola, over shipment of albums and heavily discounted singles which is why mos tof her #1s are never remembered cause they were manipulated..