Mariah Carey is ready for a new era. After cleaning house and signing with Roc Nation, the legendary songstress has started working on a new album with a little help from her new boss, JAY-Z.
In her cover story for V Magazine’s newest issue, M.C. opened up about a “meeting of the minds” with Hov and his R-O-C team, while crafting a non-Christmas album.
“I’m in the studio starting a new album of regular music…Meaning it’s not a Christmas album,” she said. “I’m kind of restarting, and I’m working with Roc Nation now, so that’s great.”
The project is in the early stages. “I had a really incredible meeting—just a musical, good meeting of the minds—with Jay Brown, JAY-Z, and Ty Ty [Tyran Smith], who’s an incredible person,” she added. “We all just kind of threw some ideas around, so we’re starting from the musical place rather than, like, what’s the hook? It’s gotta be done that way.”
This isn’t entirely new for Carey, who’s collaborated with Jigga on songs like “Heartbreaker,” “You Got Me,” and “Things That U Do.” “We just have a history as friends and as collaborators, so it’s kind of a thing that’s already been established,” she said. “Now, I’ve been getting to know Jay Brown a lot better: I’ve always known who he was and really respected and admired him so much. The way he does business is just awe-inspiring, you know what I mean? Like, they’ve really done an incredible job together, he and Jay. And they’re both named Jay [laughs]. So we’ve been going back and forth with different writers, different ideas. When I say writers, I mean cowriters, because I am a writer.”
This will be Carey’s first album since 2014’s Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. Last year, she released the Jermaine Dupri-produced single “I Don’t” featuring YG and appeared on a remix to French Montana’s “Unforgettable.”