In Billboard's May 3 cover story, the five-time Grammy winner says she plans to simultaneously reveal her new album's title, track listing, artwork and music via to-be-announced digital partners. "I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title," Carey explains, noting that the album takes its name from a "personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life."
Beyoncé secretly dropped her self-titled visual album via iTunes in December; the disc debuted at No. 1 after selling 617,213 digital copies in just three days. Just like the "Drunk in Love" singer, Carey said she is also planning to release physical copies of her album one week after it's available for download.
Carey never explicitly states that she is copying Beyoncé, but it's clear she's following the same model.
In the feature, the former American Idol judge also acknowledges that three of her recent singles—including "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," "The Art of Letting Go" and "You're Mine (Eternal)"—failed to meet industry expectations. "You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work," Carey tells the magazine. "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album."
Carey has been working on her 14th album since 2010. "I will always make music," the R&B diva promises. "When I said it could be my last, that's because tomorrow's not promised to anyone."