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Mariah Carey's album release postponed

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What’s up, Mimi? Mariah Carey’s 12th studio album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, originally slated for an August release, has been pushed back yet again — this time bumped to Sept. 29. And her scheduled appearances on NBC’s Today show, VH1’s Storytellers, and Hollywood’s Walk of Fame have been postponed accordingly. Carey’s personal rep downplays the move, telling EW that the singer is simply ”fine-tuning” the nearly complete album. ”It’s not really that dramatic,” adds a rep for Carey’s label, Island Def Jam. ”Albums move constantly.” One thing the singer might be looking for? A bigger hit. While lead single ”Obsessed” has performed okay, reaching No. 11 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, it’s not a ubiquitous smash like last year’s ”Touch My Body” or 2005’s ”We Belong Together.” Salvation could arrive in the coming weeks, when Carey’s triumphant return to power ballads — a soaring cover of Foreigner’s 1984 ”I Want to Know What Love Is” — hits the radio. ”You’re judged on your latest single,” says Grover Collins, assistant program director at Cincinnati’s Q102 pop radio station. ”All you need is one song.”

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