By Dan Heching
April 10, 2017 at 12:28 PM EDT
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Mariah Carey and Epic Records really do belong together: On Monday, it was announced that Carey will be releasing a new studio album later this year as part of a renewed deal between the singer and her label since 2015, Epic Records.

Carey will be continuing her successful partnership with Epic chairman and CEO LA Reid to create Butterfly MC Records, and the first order of business is to head back to the studio to create new music.

“To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career,” Reid said in a statement. “Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. ”

“I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music,” Carey said in a statement. “I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”

The singer enjoyed a busy year in 2016, complete with a sold-out international tour, a docu-series, and a Vegas residency, Mariah Carey #1’s at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace — plus a New Year’s Eve performance that made headlines for being marred by audio issues.

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