Mariah Carey is gearing up to have an epic year! The music icon has teamed with Epic Records to launch a new record label, Butterfly MC Records. With the new partnership, Carey is expected to release her 15th studio album later this year.
“To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career,” said LA Reid, chairman and CEO of Epic Records. “Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”
Carey added, “I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music. I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”
In addition to her new album, Carey is preparing to return to her Las Vegas residency in July and will join Lionel Richie on a North American tour this summer.
Butterfly MC Records is not Carey’s first label that she created. In 1997, she launched Crave Records. She signed a few acts but the label was ultimately shut down in 1998.
In 2002, she formed MonarC Entertainment under Island Records. However, the label didn’t live for too long. After releasing Charmbracelet (2002) and The Remixes (2003), Carey reportedly closed the company in 2004.
Over twenty years after its release, Set It Off will be adapted as a stage play. R&B stars LeToya Luckett and Demetria have been cast in the live rendition of the film, along with rapper Da Brat and actress Kyla Pratt.
Luckett will play Francesca “Frankie” Sutton (originally played by Vivica A. Fox). The former Destiny’s Child member went on Instagram to express her excitement about her new role. “Anybody knows me knows that set it off is one of my movies of all time,” Luckett said.
McKinney, who has been cast as Tisean “T.T.” Williams, wrote on Instagram “Y’all know the movie was a ride and this will be no different!”
The stage play is written, directed and produced by Je’Caryous Johnson. “Without a doubt, this will be one of the greatest stage plays ever seen in the urban theatre market,” said Johnson. “From the type of action and to the movement on stage, it will be nothing short of jaw-dropping. This will be the first piece of my career that will stretch me to the limits of what can be done and seen by our urban audience. I will be recreating the same intensity, same passion and same shock and awe, breathtaking moments that made this movie resonate with millions of people.”
Set It Off will hit several cities across the U.S. including Atlanta, D.C., Houston, Chicago, St. Louis, Detroit and Los Angeles. For more details on the tour dates, visit jecaryous.com.
Both Luckett and McKinney released projects last year. Luckett ended her six-year hiatus with her album, Back 2 Love. McKinney finally dropped her debut album, Officially Yours.
So much for McAfee virus protection. Janelle Monáe plans to corrupt hard drives everywhere with the release of her highly-awaited fourth studio album, Dirty Computer, this year. In anticipation of this moment, Monáe has released an online trailer for the project.
In typical Monáe fashion, she uses the 30-second album announcement to push the artistic envelope with striking images. From the police arming a women to the “PrimeTime” singer kissing her rumored love interest (Tessa Thompson), the ultramodern visual has fans wanting more.
Monáe’s captivating voice plays in the clip’s background. “They drained us of our dirt and all the things that made us special. And then you were lost, sleeping, and you didn’t remember anything at all.”
Dirty Computer will be Monáe’s first studio album as a solo artist since 2013’s The Electric Lady, which generated rave reviews.
After an eight-year hiatus, we will finally hear new music from the legendary Sade. The “Smooth Operator” has been enlisted for the A Wrinkle in Time movie soundtrack on a song titled “Flower of the Universe.” Ava DuVernay, who directed the film and produced the soundtrack, broke the news on Twitter on Tuesday.
“I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway,’ DuVerynay tweeted. “She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled ‘Flower of the Universe.’ And it’s a dream come true.”
I never thought she’d say yes, but asked anyway. She was kind + giving. A goddess. We began a journey together that I’ll never forget. Proud to announce that Sade has created an original song for WRINKLE IN TIME. It’s entitled “Flower of the Universe.” And it’s a dream come true. pic.twitter.com/FdXrZ1MFMO
The soundtrack includes two versions of “Flower of the Universe” performed by Sade, one of which is a remix by No I.D. She co-wrote and co-produced the track with Ben Travers and Andrew Hale. This is Sade’s second original song contribution to a soundtrack following 1986’s Absolute Beginners.
Singer-songwriter Kehlani was also booked for the soundtrack on a song called “Let Me Live.” Also included is “Warrior,” written and performed by sisters Chloe x Halle. The duo is signed to Beyoncé’s label Parkwood Entertainment.
Speaking about the artists and composer, DuVernay said: “Each song on the Wrinkle in Time soundtrack was crafted with great care in close collaboration with the artists. My creative partnership with Sade on ‘Flower of the Universe’ was so connected that I reverse engineered the usual process and used her lyrics as actual dialogue within the film.
She added, “I truly loved working with DJ Khaled who jumped into this project with open arms and an open heart, along with the great Demi Lovato. Sia, Kehlani and Chloe x Halle beautifully embraced the visuals of the film to create distinct songs that expand and elevate Meg’s heroic journey. And working with Ramin Djawadi was a dream come true as I have been a long-time admirer of his stellar work. His musical compositions for the film are perfectly otherworldly.”
The soundtrack will release digitally on March 9, which is also the same day the film premieres in theaters.
Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time is an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.
A Wrinkle in Time Track List 1. “Flower of the Universe (No I.D. Remix)” Performed by Sade 2. “I Believe” Performed by DJ Khaled Featuring Demi Lovato 3. “Magic” Performed by Sia 4. “Let Me Live” Performed by Kehlani 5. “Warrior” Performed by Chloe x Halle 6. “Park Bench People” Performed by Freestyle Fellowship 7. “Flower of the Universe” Performed by Sade Score by Ramin Djawadi 8. “A Wrinkle in Time” 9. “Mrs. Whatsit, Mrs. Who and Mrs. Which” 10. “Darkness Across the Universe” 11. “Touch the Stars” 12. “Happy Medium” 13. “Camazotz” 14. “Home” 15. “Uriel” 16. “Is This a Dream?” 17. “Forgive Me” 18. “Be a Warrior” 19. “Tap Into Your Mind” 20. “Tesseract” 21. “Sorry I’m Late” 22. “The Universe Is Within All of Us”