Mariah Carey's first album as a member of Def Jam's predominantly hip-hop roster has been slated for a December 10 release. The as-yet-untitled collection is the result of intense recording sessions Carey recently held in such exotic island locales as Capri, Italy, and Nassau, Bahamas.
To shake some of the stigma associated with last year's "Glitter" flops as well as a highly publicized emotional breakdown and split with Virgin Records (see "Mariah Carey And Virgin Part Ways"), Carey has regrouped with some of her favorite producers, such as Jermaine Dupri and Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. She has also collaborated with new talent, namely producer 7 Aurelius, who, as part of the ubiquitous Murder Inc. camp, had a hand in recent hits by Ja Rule, Ashanti and Jennifer Lopez.
According to sources close to Carey, despite the diverse contributors, the new album will still be very personal and touch on many of the singer's recent tribulations, since Mariah wrote and co-produced many of the tracks herself. Fans can look forward to a first single off the album in September.