Mariah Carey's much delayed 14th album finally has an official release date and title.
The 43-year-old singer announced on Thursday, May 1, that her new album will be called "Me. I Am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse," and will be available for digital download and physical retail on May 27. Fans can pre-order a standard or deluxe edition version of the album on iTunes on Thursday.
Carey explained the album's title and also the artwork featured on the back cover, which is a portrait the singer drew of herself when she was just a child, in a YouTube video that can be seen below.
"On the back of this album is a personal treasure," she says in the video, which displays the childhood drawing. "This is my first and only self-portrait. I drew it when I was three and a half and entitled it 'Me. I am Mariah.' Please don't judge me for such a simplistic title, c'mon, I was only three and a half."
"The Elusive Chanteuse" part of the album's title comes from a recent nickname, according to the singer.
Carey hinted at the title in a recent interview when she told the Billboard magazine the album was named after a "personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life."
Billboard magazine initially reported that Carey might have had a Beyonce-style surprise / digital exclusive release strategy for the album. However, on April 28, an executive at Carey's record label, Def Jam, confirmed to the outlet that the album will have a more traditional strategy for its release.
Check out Mariah Carey explaining her album title below.