10 May 2002

With the bout of exhaustion behind her, Mariah Carey, newly signed to Island Records, says her next album will be filled with "celebratory, fun songs". Carey has signed a new deal with Universal Music Group that includes her own record label via a partnership with Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG). While the terms of the agreement were not disclosed, sources say it's a $20 million deal for three albums with an option for a fourth. Carey is currently in the studio recording the first release. Island Def Jam Music Group president/CEO Lyor Cohen says the set is due by the year's end or early next year.
"There are a lot of songs I've done in the past that are very introspective and personal", Carey told a U.S. website. "This album has a lot of those type of songs. But it also has celebratory, fun songs. I'm not going to sit there and dwell. People are always asking, 'Is everything OK?' Look, I was not depressed, I was exhausted" she says, referring to her much publicised breakdown last year.
The new album is set to expose a different side to the singer and part time actress. Carey says she's "going to wherever the creative energy takes me. I'm not trying to sound New Age-y, but it's true. I'm doing a lot of stuff with live musicians, and I'm doing a lot of ballads".


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