It may only be September, but Mariah Carey is getting in the holiday spirit. The pop diva has revealed the festive artwork and select song titles from the sequel to her holiday album.
The new collection of seasonal tunes is titled Merry Christmas II You and arrives Nov. 2, as Rap-Up.com first reported. The II represents the follow-up to 1994’s multi-platinum Merry Christmas album, which spawned the now-classic “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”
Mariah’s official website has unveiled the official cover artwork shot earlier this year by famed photographer David LaChapelle. The Grammy-winning songstress dons her Santa outfit from her 1994 album, and is pictured kneeling on a snowy city rooftop while a snowman and Christmas lights twinkle in the background.
The project will include a brand new recording of “All I Want for Christmas Is You,” plus traditional yuletide fare such as “The First Noel,” “Little Drummer Boy,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” In addition, there are four original songs composed by Mariah, including the new single “Oh Santa.”
Randy Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, James Poyser (The Roots, Lauryn Hill), and award-winning composer Marc Shaiman are among the producers.