R&B singer/songwriter Mariah Carey has set April 15th as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MCÂ². The 11th studio album of her career, E=MCÂ² is the follow-up to The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariahâs worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), 2 #1 singles and countless more industry honors during its 18-month stay on the charts. The first single from E=MCÂ² is âTouch My Body,â written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. âTrickyâ Stewart, and The-Dream. The video for âTouch My Bodyâ was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner – internet, cable and network premieres for the video will be announced in the weeks ahead. In addition to C. âTrickyâ Stewart and The-Dream, other guest producers joining Mariah on E=MCÂ² will include Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate “Danjahandz” Hills and James Poyser. E=MCÂ² is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio âLAâ Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. The Emancipation Of Mimi, released April 12, 2005, was an industry phenomenon for the mega-platinum award-winning superstar – Soundscanâs biggest-selling album of the year, bringing total sales of Mariahâs albums, singles and videos to more than 160 million worldwide, making her the most successful female recording artist in history. Mimi featured âWe Belong Togetherâ (winner of the Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song Grammys) and âDonât Forget About Us,â Mariahâs 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. They tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presleyâs 17 #1âs. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 48 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatlesâ all-time high of 20 #1 hits.
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