Mariah Carey Signs With Epic Records, Reunites With L.A. Reid
It’s finally official: Mariah Carey has signed a new recording contract with Epic Records, a deal that will reunite her with producer L.A. Reid. for a multi-album deal.
The deal is expected to begin with a greatest hits album that would release at around the same time as the start of her upcoming Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. The residency, titled “#1’s,” will feature all 18 of her Billboard-topping hits. The residency begins May 6, although an official release date for the accompanying greatest hits album has yet to be confirmed. However, it’s expected that the album will not only feature updates of her classic songs, but also duets of her hits with other famous musicians. No names have been announced, but I can’t possibly be the only one who’s interested in seeing which singers she gets for this, right? I keep imagining John Legend and/or Alicia Keys getting in on this. I think it could result in a real career renaissance for Mariah, at least when it comes to combating rumors that she’s losing her voice.
This deal with Epic represents a reunion 15 years in the making, as Mariah left the label in 2000 on bad terms. This latest collaboration with L.A. Reid could give Mariah’s career a real shot in the arm, since he was the man who overlooked her major comeback at Island Def Jam in 2005: The Emancipation of Mimi was an album certified six-times platinum, with a string of hit singles to its credit. Although details on a new album of original material have yet to be revealed, a source states Carey is already recording new music in Los Angeles. So this could be the comeback Mariah fans have been waiting for, provided Reid can work his magic again. It’s a partnership that worked before, and it has all the potential in the world to work again. Say what you will, but Mariah is still a legend with a strong fanbase. If I were Epic Records, I could easily see the value in having her on my label.
But what do you think? Will this be good for Mariah? Is it the wrong move? Or does it even matter which label she signs with in the first place? Sound off in the comments!