Mariah Carey surprised fans today with an announcement on social media that she is releasing a new album on October 2nd titled ‘The Rarities’.
The 32-track collection will be available both digitally and physically as a double-disc set, and is already available for pre-order. It is the culmination of Mariah’s recent #MC30 celebrations to commemorate her thirty outstanding years in the music industry, and has been long sought-after by fans.
Mariah has dug deep in the vaults, and the first disc will include fifteen previously unreleased songs, demo recordings and B-sides. So far, the only confirmed track is titled ‘Save The Day’ featuring Ms. Lauryn Hill, which will be released as a single this Friday, August 21st.
Mariah dispelled rumours back in 1999 that she had recorded a song with Lauryn Hill after whispers of a duet called ‘Crystal Ball’ circulated on the Internet, but fans are now excited to hear their voices together on this new single. Lauryn’s original vocals from The Fugees hit ‘Killing Me Softly’ have been sampled on the track.
‘Save The Day’ is a track which fans have been aware of since 2011 after Jermaine Dupri posted the song title on Twitter, and revealed that Randy Jackson played bass on it. Following that, Mariah tweeted that the song’s sound was reminiscent of her ‘Butterfly’ album, although at the time it was only a rough demo.
The remainder of the first disc’s track listing remains under wraps, but the possibilities are endless. Common predictions include the B-sides ‘Slipping Away’ and ‘Do You Think Of Me’. International bonus tracks could finally be made available globally, including ‘Everything Fades Away’, ‘There Goes My Heart’, ‘Sprung’, ‘Runway’ and more.
There have been hints that there could be demo recordings of songs we’ve never heard like ‘Hypnotized’, ‘Here We Go Round Again’, ‘Can You Hear Me?’ and more. Over the years, Mariah has also written songs for a number of other artists, so demo recordings may also exist for those.
More unreleased tracks, like ‘Imperfect’, ‘When I Feel It’, ‘Skydiving’ and ‘Help Me Make It Through The Night’ and more, are all possibilities. There may even be rare live performances such as ‘We’re Not Makin’ Love Anymore’ with Michael Bolton, or ‘Lullaby of Birdland’.
We’re so excited, and there is so much unreleased material, but we’ll have to wait and see what made the final cut!
The second disc of ‘The Rarities’ has seventeen live tracks from Mariah’s March 7th, 1996 Tokyo Dome concert in Japan, including her cover of The S.O.S. Band’s ‘Just Be Good To Me’. Mariah still holds the record for the fastest-selling shows at Tokyo Dome in history, selling out three concerts there in less than three hours.
The production aired exclusively on Japanese television during the ‘Daydream’ era and is well-known among Mariah’s fan community, but has never previously seen an official release. It’s a timely addition to the collection, considering ‘The Rarities’ is being released a day before the ‘Daydream’ album’s milestone 25th anniversary.
The Japanese physical release of the album, which is also available for pre-order, will exclusively include a third Blu-Ray disc of the entire Tokyo Dome concert.
Mariah’s memoir ‘The Meaning of Mariah Carey‘ will be available just a few days before the album, on September 29th.