Mariah Carey has set an April 1 release date for the follow-up to her mega-selling album “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which was the biggest selling album of 2005. Dubbed “That Chick,” the set features production from Jermaine Dupri, will.i.am and Rodney Jerkins, plus collaborations with the likes of T-Pain and Damian Marley.
The album veers between breezy pop tunes like “Lovin’ You Long Time” and the title track, ballads like “Love Story” and urban club bangers like the standout “Migrate.”
The latter features T-Pain in a guest slot, providing the counterpoint to Carey’s anthemic “single girls on the town” lyrics with the killer line: “Don’t wait for me to buy drinks, or you’re going to dehydrate.”
Other highlights include the frisky R&B of “Touch My Body,” with Carey cooing, “If there’s a camera up in here then I best not catch this flick on YouTube,” and the catchy “OOC” — short for “out of control.” There’s also a new sound for Carey on “Cruise Control,” which features Marley and sees the artist try her hand at Jamaican patois.
“It’s kind of strange but I heard a lot of her records and it sound like the album is better than the last album,” Dupri recently told Billboard.
Additional reporting by Clover Hope
Here is the track list for “That Chick”:
“Lovin’ You Long Time”
“Touch My Body”
“Thanx for Nothin'”
“For the Record”