Mariah to Release Ballad as New Single?

Mariah Carey

After a rocky start with her single “Obsessed” and a couple album pushbacks, Mariah Carey is resorting to plan B.

SHOWBIZ 411′s Roger Friedman reports that Mariah will release a “powerhouse ballad along the lines of ‘Vision of Love’” as the follow-up to “Obsessed,” which currently holds the No. 14 spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

She is also back with her old publicist Cindi Berger of famed public relations group PMK/HBH. The two parted ways after Mariah’s Charmbracelet project.

The pop diva’s 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, has been rescheduled for the second time. The set will now arrive on September 29.

Berger explained the reason for the delay. “Record release dates change all the time,” she told PEOPLE. “It’s nothing unusual and it doesn’t signal anything. There are a lot of moving parts to Mariah’s professional life … She’s making sure the record is how she wants it to be and it’s no big deal.”

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33 Comments

  1. gee man

    Let”s stop making this a big deal this happens with all artists when something doesnot work they move onto the next thing. Mariah is no different. Do what you have to do to find success if a ballad will do the track to give this album the success it needs I say go for it.

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  2. hellyehss

    sad obsessed didnt give her another no.1
    i really love itt

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  3. Jay

    “After a rocky start” wtf? What is so rocky about having a single that is currently #14 on the Billboard Top 100. Besides, the radio airplay for Obsessed has been slowly rising every day and the physical CD single has been selling out at Walmart’s across the country. Not to mention, the song is holding steady at #13 on itunes. I hate how everyone places the incredibly high standard on her just because she has 18 #1 hits. Just because “Obsessed” has not gone straight to #1 does not mean that it is a failure. And by the way, Releasing a power ballad as the next single is not resorting to Plan B, she was planning to do that all along.

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  4. Whaaa

    Obsessed diddnt go in to the top 10 or #1 beacuse Eminem Killed the buzz, movment and momentum for that track

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  5. Whaaa

    Im saying that its a failure track I thinck its still pretty good at #14

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  6. essejae

    Yeah, 14 ain’t bad at all. Not every MC song can be #1. Relax folks.

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  7. Nick

    I agree with Jay! “It’s like that” didn’t quite make the top ten but we all know how successful the follow up single was and of course The Emancipation Of Mimi. Don’t label her a flop yet people, we haven’t even heard this new album!!

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  8. louis!

    well its not a failure but also usually a lead single is supposed to be a big hit and get eveeryone aware of the new cd but im not sure obsessed did that

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  9. Tim

    When will this woman disappear into space? I’m tired of hearing about her soon to be breakdown. Nobody cares about her anymore. She can’t sing anymore why is she releasing a ballad (which isn’t that good to begin with anyway).

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  10. james

    @louis!How is a top 20 single not a hit?

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  11. tim bo

    Tim your a loser with no talent I hope you blow up in space

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  12. gee man

    Tim your comment is so uncalled for if you are so tired of her why would you waste your time to comment on a story about her. She could leave today and still have more money and fame than many in today”s industry. For that I say a job well done. She still represents a hit maker and a star hate it or love it.

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  13. Drizzy

    easy there tim you need to relax your hatoration towards a living legend. nobody cares about her? if nobody cared about her she wouldn’t have 18 #1 songs, she wouldn’t have her name in the press every other day, don’t get it twisted there are enough people anticipating the release of ‘Memoirs…’ she the only one running some serious game in the business right now. i wouldn’t be surprised if she ties the beatles and has another #1 record after this era. keep breaking them records MC! obsessed is gonna shoot up the charts watch!

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  14. Mya

    Have to keep it real. Mariah can’t sing live anymore and she is too busy trying to prostitute herself out like she is a 20 year old hottie. She STARTED out classy then went to the street corner. That is why no one respects her. Not to mention this hip hop crap she has been doing. This album is going to flop and she knows it. She should have come harder as a WOMAN.

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  15. Tim

    I’m talking about NOW! Nobody cares about her NOW! The only people supporting her are her stans. Don’t give a list of her PAST accomplishments I know them like the back of my hand. Obsessed is probably the most terrible lyrical content I’ve ever heard. TMB is a close second. I agree with everything Mya said. I just don’t respect her or her music anymore. She’s fake 100%.

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  16. Carl

    Ya’ll so dumb. I can’t wait for the album and I love Mariah. So critical.

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  17. louis!

    @james . i didnt say it wasnt a hit
    i said lead singles are supposed to be biggg hits like in the top 10 range or top 5 range . and i know she debuted at number 11 so its close to the top 10 but . not many people know shes coming out with an new album . like obsessed got peopel tlaking about mariah & eminem more than her new album

    i love mariah . cant wait for the new cd but i think they should release a top 5 hit songs before it comes out . just to be safe

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  18. @Louis

    Not True, Louis. Everyone I know is aware and waiting for Mariah’s new cd. And I STILL think Obsessed is a hot track.

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  19. dan

    ballads are mariahs success formula

    everyone knows that!

    still in love would have been way bigger if she had released it after touch my body…

    obsessed is just not that good and lets be honest, it is not a number 1!

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  20. Jay

    Mariah’s still #1!!! I knew Obsessed was just a buzz single. Now MC’s gonna drop the new song and I can’t wait to hear it!!!

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  21. CT

    Let’s be honest, she’s doing a ballad cause whitney is coming back with Classic RnB and that voice and people will she how much Mariah is changed, she too is now trying to get back to her roots. LA Reid know what’s up….he was at Whit’s listing party.

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  22. twitter.com/amarj1

    @CT Mariah was already planning to release a ballad after Obsessed. Actually she said she was planning to release a ballad first until she recorded Obsessed. Mariah ain’t scared of Whitney.

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  23. QUEEN BEYONCE

    ummmmm hOW IS mARIAH GOING TO PERFORM THIS LIVE???LOL SHE BETTER STICK TO AUTO-TUNE!! THE BITCH IS SO TIRED AND MAKES OTHER SINGERS APPEAR TO BE POWERHOUSES!KISSES *LLS

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  24. Justin

    Who respects this sell-out anymore? Her voice is gone & she expects to make a power ballad LMAO. Toni Braxton, Whitney Houston NOW we’re talking- two legends that can STILL saaang.

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  25. Deena

    Ugh….GO MISS WHITNEY HOUSTON….A REAL LEGEND!!!!!!

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  26. John

    Man she looks old.

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  27. Darrell H-Town

    Love Mariah but its a wrap she cant sang live shes a liar fake and people see straight thur her these days.

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  28. DAVIDF

    YOU HATERS SHOULD LISTEN TO HER MTV UNPLUGGED CD, IF YOU DOUBT SHE CAN SING. PERHAPS THE ”IF IT’S OVER” SONG ON HER EMOTIONS ALBUM. ONLY’ REAL´ FANS CAN TELL IF SHE CAN SING OR NOT, I HOPE SHE CAN CLOSE THE HATERS MOUTH ONCE AGAIN UNTIL THEY ACCEPT IT. SHE IS THE NO 1.FOR THE RECORD.

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  29. JameyT

    So sad you Mariah fans couldn’t collect enough money to get her song to number one. I guess enough people also heard her public performances of late enough to realize she’s lost her voice. Then Eminem put her in her place. WaWaWa

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  30. Sarah

    She should concentrate on covering up her flab and getting voice lessons so she doesn’t have to use AutoTune anymore. What happened to her? She had great look and the biggest voice once and now she’s just fat and flat.

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  31. QUEEN BEYONCE

    @David…Boy sit you ass down somewhere!! I swear the lambs be reaching! The bitch vocal chords are shot! Point blank. I would rather hear Ashanti or Rihanna sing a ballad than to hear Mariah!

    She need to stick to auto tune which she can’t even get that right live…smh maybe she can pose for playboy because she is over after she sings this live!

    What year did that unplugged album come out??? recently?? NO! Her recent vocals are shot! point blank get a clue you stan you!

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  32. star monroe

    Everyone needs to back off of her, Lord knows you all would not like to be judged like u are doing to her. So stop hating and judging based on jealousy and grow up. she is talented and she still has her voice, I am looking forward to her new album and seeing her in vegas. So no offense but if you donot like her, thats your choice hut respect others opinions! Stop fighting over stupid crap and leave the legend alone. She has had many try and bring her down before this and she came back strong. So Have a good day :)

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  33. Einav carey !

    it’s gonna be so cooooooooool ! XD
    i can’t wait !

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