Ahead of her forthcoming memoir, Mariah Carey pulled out another surprise for her loyal fans earlier this week.
The legendary songstress shocked her fans on Wednesday (Aug. 19) when she unveiled that she is gearing up to release a new, two-disc album, titled Rarities.
“This one is for you, my fans. It's to celebrate us and to thank you for years of pure love and support. I am so grateful to you,” she announced via Twitter.
The announcement included a link where fans can pre-order the album before its release on Oct. 2.
Carey later appeared on Good Morning America, where she shared more details. The record is made up of unreleased, never-before-heard deep cuts that she recorded from1990 to 2020. Totaling 15 tracks, the special album will also feature an unreleased collaboration with Lauryn Hill, “Save The Day,” which drops this Friday (Aug. 21).
“I found stuff in my vault that I had either started to work on a long time ago and never released or that I wanted to kind of finish mixing,” she said. "There are songs that have previously not been released, so it's exciting. It's a monumental occasion for my career. Being in this business for two years is really tough, but somehow we've lasted.”
Rarities follows Mimi’s recent release of four remix EPs as part of her ongoing #MC30 celebrations for her self-titled debut album. The pop icon first hinted at the collection of songs back in June.
“I had planned to share some surprises [and] rarities with you but prefer to postpone them to a later date,” she wrote on Twitter amid a recatalyzed Black Lives Matter movement over the police killing of George Floyd.
The abum will arrive just days after the upcoming release of her memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, on Sept. 29. When GMA host Michael Strahan asked Carey what was the hardest part of writing the book was, she shared that the whole experience has been a “labor of love.”
“There are a lot of very personal stories about my childhood that I think were very difficult but cathartic as well,” she said. The 50-year-old hinted that the memoir will delve into the stories behind some of her biggest records.
“I haven't really ever been able to do an entire book where I felt comfortable to really talk about issues that I went through growing up as a kid and just starting out so young in the industry,” she said. “It's been an interesting journey, and I hope that people will get a better understanding and actually enjoy reading the book and listening to the Rarities.”
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