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OTRC: Mariah Carey to release new album online first - like Beyonce

Mariah Carey lights the Empire State Building red and pink in honor of the 20th Annual Valentine's Day Wedding Event 'LOVE ABOVE ALL' on Feb. 13, 2014. / Mariah Carey appears on the May 3, 2014 cover of Billboard magazine. (Kristina Bumphrey/Startraksphoto.com / Billboard)

Mariah Carey recently revealed that she will release her new album exclusively online first, which is similar to what Beyonce did with her recent album.

The 44-year-old singer said in a new interview with Billboard for the magazine's upcoming May 3 issue, that she is planning a surprise release for her long-delayed 14th album.

"I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title," Carey told the outlet. She also appears on the cover of the issue. The singer will reveal the title, music and more all at once through a digital partner that will be named at a later date. A physical release will hit stores the following week.

Beyonce did a similar move with her album "Beyonce," which was released exclusively on iTunes in December. The album, which also had a music video for each song featured on it, had not been formally announced by the singer and had no promotional single prior to its release.

Although Carey didn't say too much about the album, she did tease a clue about the title which she said is named after a "personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life."

It was reported back in February, when she released a single called "You're Mine (Eternal)," that her album was set for release on May 6. The album, which was previously titled "The Art of Letting Go," has been pushed back multiple times over the past few years. The album was previously set for release on July 23, but the singer announced in June 2013 that she needed more time to finish it.

"While making this album, I got so immersed in the creative process that I just don't feel I would be doing it justice to release it on 7/23," she Tweeted on June 24.

"I'd rather not exclude meaningful songs," she later added in another Tweet. "I want to give you this album as it's meant to be heard. When I'm ready, you'll be the first 2 know!"

Carey's last album "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel" was released in 2009.

In her interview with Billboard the singer also revealed that on top of working with familiar producers like her manager, Jermaine Dupri, she has also worked with hit makers like Mike Will Made It, who was behind Miley Cyrus' hit "We Can't Stop."

"You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work," she told Billboard. "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album."

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