After suggesting that she would release her new album Beyoncé-style (while perhaps missing the point of what Beyoncé-style actually means), Mariah Carey finally unveiled the title of her upcoming album on Wednesday. This is what it’s called:
Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.
And that title is quite something. It has unusual punctuation, Pre-SAT vocab words and a spin on the all-too-common, self-affirming Here I Am-esque album title that a diva seems required to put out at least once in her career.
In its defense, though, the name comes from her “first and only” self-portrait, a childhood drawing that would have actually made compelling album artwork if Carey wasn’t so interested in trying to win America’s Next Top Model with her album poses. “Please don’t judge me for such a simplistic title,” Carey says in a video announcing the project, “Come on, I was only three and a half.”
The title could certainly be more of a mouthful than it already is (looking at you, Neko Case and Fiona Apple), and it will no doubt help synonym-challenged music writers who are torn between calling her a chanteuse or a siren or a songstress or a diva — chanteuse it is, in her own words!
But lastly, and most importantly? When your new record is your fourteenth studio album, you’ve earned the right to call it whatever you want.