Mariah Carey reps deny “surprise” album release...

Beyoncé-style release not happening.

Plans for an “all-at-once” digital roll-out for Mariah Carey's 14th studio album are being denied by her reps. According to Laura Swanson, the label’s exec VP-media, the album will, in fact, be preceded by a traditional strategy leading up to a “late May” simultaneous digital/physical street date. Her publicity team indicates that the album’s initial release date of May 6th, was inaccurate (although she announced this date her damn self in that self-flattery promo clip) and Def Jam Recordings CEO Steve Bartels refuses to entertain questions about the release.
“Mariah will announce the date and title in advance of the on-sale date,” says Laura Swanson, noting that the cover and confirmed tracklist will all be included.
Tutt, tutt. Sacking Jermaine Dupri would be a start but then, it might be too late to salvage any mess made during this epic fail of an era. What a way to turn your iconic legacy into one big fat joke.

I'm not even pressed about the album anymore. If we see it, we see it. And the chances are, it most likely won't be late May. We shall see. Sigh.