- By Dennis Petrone
Mariah Carey was undoubtedly a chart-popping queen in the 1990s with a whopping five out of her seven studio albums having cumulatively gone platinum a total of 26 times! But then the 2000s hit. Her music fell flat and she took a hiatus until that famed, head-scratching New Years Eve performance in 2014 to promote her then newly released come-back album. When that album was largely considered to have also fallen flat, the best her critics and fans alike could muster was that at least her legacy was intact.
With Carey’s 15th studio album, Caution, released in November by Epic Records, she is back! Finally an album that plays to her strengths. A mature R&B album that sparks and shines. With addictive singles including “With You” and powerful preaches including “A No No,” she’s putting her naysayers to rest and living her most famous lyrics once more: “You a mom and pop, I’m a corporation; I’m the press conference, you’re a conversation.”
The quarterly print magazine, Paper, that allowed Kim Kardasian to “break the internet” a few years back with their cover of her bare backside recently ranked Carey’s new album as number one on their list of 2018 Best Albums. It also peaked at number one on Billboard’s list of U.S. Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums as well as on OCC’s list of U.K. R&B Albums. While we won’t know if Caution will be her 27th platinum for some time, we do know Carey’s legacy is more than just intact, it endures.
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