Mariah Carey makes it a dozen

'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel' due in August

NEW YORK -- Mariah Carey will release her 12th studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," on Aug. 25 on Island Def Jam, the singer announced Tuesday. The debut single, "Obsessed," is co-written and produced by Carey, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart and has shipped to radio, while a music video directed by Brett Ratner is forthcoming.

Carey announced the title of her new album in May via Twitter, writing, "Bcuz I Love U, I want u to be the first to know the title of my new album "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" Its very personal & dedicated to u."

The singer followed up on June 9 with an excited tweet about the first single: "Seriously, this is one of my favorite songs ever," she wrote. "I love the whole album. I'm completely immersed in it. I can't wait for you to hear it." Since entering the studio earlier this year, Carey has been giving updates about the album with regularity to her 600,000-plus followers on the microblogging site.

Island Def Jam mogul Anotnio "L.A." Reid is credited as executive producer on "Memoirs," while Stewart and The-Dream produced the majority of the tracks. The album follows 2008's "E=MC2," which sold 1,300,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan and spawned Carey's 18th No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 ("Touch My Body"), as she surpassed Elvis Presley as the artist with the second-highest tally of No. 1 hits in the rock era.
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