Mariah Carey has pushed back the release date of her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi, to April 12th. Originally set for March 22nd, the new three-week delay will apparently allow more time for Carey to put the finishing touches on the record and finalize its cover-art and packaging.
It will also create an apt moment to fully promote the record’s lead single “It’s Like That”, which, as of tomorrow, will officially be sent to radio stations nationwide. Carey is currently gearing up to film a music video for the single. Although she had initially met with director Paul Hunter to discuss possible treatments, the singer has chosen Brett Ratner, who helmed her $2.5 million “Heartbreaker” clip back in 1999, to direct her new music video.
The video is scheduled to be shot next week. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the Bellagio Casino in Las Vegas will be the video’s central filming location. The resort was famously featured in Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven, and infamously in Rick Salomon’s One Night In Paris.
The Emancipation of Mimi, which was entirely written and co-produced by Carey herself, will feature collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Twista.