September 28, 2022

Mariah Carey, all the time the enigma, revealed in her 2020 memoir that she as soon as made and launched a complete grunge album beneath the band title Chick. Although Carey solely supplied backing vocals on the unique model, the long-elusive undertaking is getting a reissue with the Queen of Christmas on lead duties.

The album in query, titled Somebody’s Ugly Daughter, was recorded through the classes for Carey’s 1995 smash Daydream. Sony/BMG launched it, although it disappeared and not using a hint shortly thereafter. And since Carey was initially uncredited, there wasn’t an enormous demand for it — that’s, till the singer dropped the bomb in her memoir: “It’s all the time been a problem for me to acknowledge and specific anger,” Carey wrote. “My private life was suffocating throughout Daydream, and I used to be in determined want of launch.”

The official launch of Somebody’s Ugly Daughter featured Carey’s pal Clarissa Dane on lead vocals, although the band did file a model with Carey on lead vocals as a substitute: “I’m on a quest to unearth the model of this album with my lead vocals and won’t cease till we discover it!” she tweeted in 2020. That very same 12 months, her longtime producer Dana Jon Chappelle recalled to Rolling Stone that the “impromptu” undertaking was largely impressed by ’90s alt-rock staples like Sleater-Kinney, L7, and Inexperienced Day — the latter’s Dookie was, consider it or not, a favourite of Carey’s on the time.

Final week, Carey shared some excellent news on the Music Now podcast: She’d discovered the misplaced recordings with herself on lead vocals, and he or she’s planning on releasing them along with her vocals restored (she additionally teased a brand new mysterious undertaking involving Chick and “one other artist”). That reissue doesn’t but have a launch date, however we’ll completely be maintaining our ears peeled. Hear to some Chick tracks with Dane on lead vocals beneath.

Within the meantime, now that temperatures are dropping a bit, we’re wanting ahead to Christmas — aka Carey’s true time to shine. Final 12 months, the singer tried to trademark the title “Queen of Christmas,” although one other vacation singer not too long ago filed a proper declaration of opposition in courtroom. Again in 2019, “All I Need for Christmas Is You” lastly landed the No. 1 spot on Billboard’s Sizzling 100 chart after 25 years, turning into the primary vacation music to hit No. 1 since 1959.

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