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Mariah Carey is quietly coming for 2018. The elusive chanteuse has been steadily releasing one impressive jam after another in anticipation of her upcoming 15th studio album Caution, which is scheduled to be released on November 16. To celebrate the start of the album’s pre-order cycle today, Carey has dropped the third single from Caution, teaming up with Skrillex and Ty Dolla $ign on the impressive R&B infused “The Distance.”
Carey is continuing to feel the love with “The Distance,” which features a cheerleader chant intro before diving into a deep and rich beat care of producer Skrillex. Carey ventures back and forth between her trademark runs and a sped-up delivery, showing off her rap-style singing cadence that helped make her 2005 single “We Belong Together” one of the biggest songs of her career.
Ty Dolla $ign’s inclusion on “The Distance” is the biggest indicator that the song was released in 2018. With its moody hook and bravado boasting bass, Carey’s latest single could have easily been a lost track from her chart-topping album from 2005, The Emancipation of Mimi.
“The Distance” follows in the same vein of Carey’s previous Caution release “GTFO,” with the singer sending the haters to the left, whether it’s ex loves or people questioning her romantic life. Channelling the pain of past breakups, Carey is a woman freed in “GTFO,” giving fans her own version of Beyoncé’s “Irreplaceable.”
Moving onto a new love, Carey’s “With You, ” which she performed at this month’s American Music Awards, has the singer delivering the latest classic-in-the-making love song from her prolific romantic-themed discography.
Carey’s three-decade career has never featured an extended break from the powerhouse vocalists, but as with any artist, not all projects have been as successful as their predecessors. While Carey’s most recent albums have all boasted solid hit singles, including “#Beautiful” (Me. I am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse), “Obsessed” (Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel), and “Touch My Body” (E=MC2), with “GTFO,” “With You,” and now “The Distance,” Carey’s latest album is shaping up to be her biggest record since The Emancipation of Mimi.