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Mariah Carey 'charmbracelet' CD News : (Remakes Cam'ron Song, Dumps Timberlake)
Hopefully she's got one of those global cell phones
like her friend Jay-Z, because there's no telling what
part of the world Mariah Carey's gonna end up in next.
"Bonjour," a relaxed Mariah said last week from Paris,
a jet ride away from Italy.
Mariah's bounced around to Paris, Miami, the Bahamas,
Jamaica and most recently St. Tropez — all favorite
getaway spots for recording artists. Some go not just
to escape the concrete-and-steel metropolises where
they normally live and do business, but to find
inspiration. Ask Mariah, and she'll tell you none of
those spots have a thing on Italy. It's where she
lived during the summer while recording parts of her
upcoming Charmbracelet (December 10).
"This album is probably the most personal album I've
ever made," she said. "I basically moved into the
studio in Italy. I was writing songs in my little
apartment upstairs, then I would go downstairs and
record them at night. I had so much to say, [and] this
was the perfect outlet for me to do that. I feel so
proud of this record. It was something that was
healing for me."
Charmbracelet's likely next single, "The One," was
co-written with Jermaine Dupri.
"It's a personal song," Mariah said. "I've been
collaborating with Jermaine since we did 'Always Be My
Baby' in 1996. So every time we do something together
it's a special moment for me. The song is kinda about
when you feel hurt in relationships in the past, and
maybe you meet somebody and you want to get involved
but you're unsure whether you should or not."
Calling herself a distant relative in Dupri's So So
Def family, Mariah explained that the track came
together easily even though it was born in Atlanta and
finished in Italy. "We know each other's way of
working. ... Some producers are shocked when they work
with me because they don't expect me to be so
involved. But Jermaine and I have this understanding."
The singer may be doing some more traveling when it
comes time to shoot the video.
"It's probably going to be directed by Joseph Kahn,
and we're going to do it in Japan," she said as other
phones in her room momentarily interrupted her. "He
has this whole elaborate concept. We're still putting
those plans together."
For another track, "Oh Boy," all Mariah had to do was
look back to Cam'ron's Come Home With Me LP.
"I redid Cam'ron's 'Oh Boy' for the record, and
Cam'ron came out to Capri and did his rhyme out there.
It's definitely one of my favorites, 'cause I love the
original. It was cool to have him out there doing his
thing in such a random environment."
Cam'ron wasn't the only member of Roc-A-Fella to
record on the album. Jay-Z and Freeway appear on "You
" 'You Got Me' is a song produced by Just Blaze,"
Carey explained. "We went in the studio after I heard
the 'Oh Boy' track he did for Cam'ron 'cause I just
loved it. This is kind of a signature Just Blaze
track. We had Freeway on the song, and Jay-Z was in
Capri this year taking a little vacation and he came
and heard the song. He said he wanted to get on it."
One person who didn't make the album was Justin
Timberlake. The two did work together, but Carey said
their collaboration will appear in the future via a
"Justin and I did a song together called 'Yours,'
which is probably going to be on the remix of that
song," she said. "He did an amazing job on the vocals
and I was happy with what he did. It's sort of a
romantic, mid tempo R&B record that Jimmy Jam, Terry
Lewis and I wrote together."
Besides working on her own disc, Carey has also gotten
on the new Busta Rhymes album, It Ain't Safe No More,
which drops November 26.