After having a great start of her career (and a terrible fall out) with the label about 15 years ago, Mariah Carey is back with EPIC Records. She has signed a multi-album deal with the label, and her first release will be a greatest hits album to go inline with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. There’s no word when her first new studio album will drop, but expect it sooner rather than later. Below is a statement from Billboard on why this signing makes so much sense:
Although Carey left Sony some 15 years ago on tumultuous terms, there are plenty of reasons why rejoining makes sense now. Doug Morris, current chairman/CEO of Sony Music, brought Carey to Island Def Jam in 2003 when he was running Universal Music Group. It was there that Reid, then head of IDJ, oversaw her 2005 comeback, The Emancipation of Mimi. Finally, Joey Arbagey, a collaborator of Carey’s during the making of the six-times platinum Mimi, is now executive vp A&R at Epic.