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Mariah Carey's new album gets a July release date

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If you’re a fan of that new-album smell, it’s going to be a good summer for you. Somewhere before Gaga and Beyoncé’s next efforts and after Kanye’s Yeezus, the world will be getting another major star’s latest on July 23: “The New Era Begins,” Mariah Carey wrote on her Twitter, along with the hashtag #MC723.

But the question is, what kind of era will this be? Can fans expect the-title-does-not-fit-the-content misfires like first salvo “Triumphant (Get Em)”? Or will she deliver more good stuff in the easy, breezy “#Beautiful” vein?

We have until July 23rd to speculate; all we know for sure if that this “new era” will not involve American Idol. Readers, what are you hoping to get out of Carey’s next album? For refresher purposes, here is the evidence we have so far:

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