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Mariah Carey Releases Alternative Rock Album Filled With Rage

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Powerhouse singer Mariah Carey has been busy promoting the 25th anniversary re-release of her bestselling album Butterfly, but she dropped a big surprise during a new podcast interview. The former American Idol judge revealed she also has plans to release an alternative rock album, which she recorded around the same time her record label went into hiding, fearing it would ruin her image.

In a nearly two-hour interview for the Rolling Stone Music Now podcast, released September 16, 2022, Carey revealed that she had tracked down the original recordings of a banned rock album she made in 1995 with a band called Eel Tree, which later split changed its name to Chic, and she plans to release it for fans.

At the time, Carey was officially working on her fifth album, Daydream, and was feeling trapped in her marriage to her manager, Tommy Mottola. Speaking on Meghan Markle’s Archetypes podcast, which aired Aug. 30, Carey said she feels “locked in” after getting married in 1993 at the age of 23.

“I was given the rules and had to abide by them,” she said of the marriage, which lasted four years.

The five-time Grammy winner wrote about the rock album in her 2020 memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. Although she worked on “Daydream” during the day, late at night she held secret recording sessions for an alternative rock album filled with emotionally charged songs she co-wrote.

“I explored my musical range, but I was also filled with anger,” she wrote. “It has always been a challenge for me to acknowledge and express anger. My personal life was suffocating during ‘Daydream’ and I was in dire need of release.”

She shared in the book that she was inspired by “airy grunge, punk light-white female singers that were popular at the time”. In 1995, the terrified female performers on the alternative charts included Alanis Morrisette, Hole’s Courtney Love, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani and PJ Harvey.

“They could be angry, scared and messy, with old shoes, wrinkled panties and unruly eyebrows while every move I made was so calculated and manicured,” Carey wrote. “I wanted to free myself, let go and express my misery – but I also wanted to laugh.”

When the music executives at Sony Music, including her husband, found out about Carey’s secret rock project, they weren’t happy, according to Louder Sound. The company refused to release the album, insisting songs would tarnish her image as a soulful pop star.

But Carey still wanted to get the songs out into the world, so she convinced her friend Clarissa Dane – lead singer of Chick – to re-record her vocals on each track, burying Carey’s vocals so they were barely detectable. The record was called Someone’s Ugly Daughter and was released with no mention of Carey’s involvement. In 2020, the superstar tweeted about the long-lost album, saying she made it “just for a laugh.”

But in her most recent interview with Rolling Stone, Carey said that now that she has the original mix, she intends to release it. She said she also plans to do something related to the rock album with “another artist,” but declined to name the person.

When Carey revealed in 2020 that she was searching for the original recordings, her former producer hoped she would find them.

“I think it’s a great record,” Dana Jon Chapelle told Rolling Stone. “I’m excited that she’s finally revealing it and letting people see another dimension of Mariah.”

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