New Mariah Carey album to be renamed in Qatar
Los Angeles, CA — U.S. pop star Mariah Carey’s twelfth studio album, “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel,” will be marketed under a different title in the Arab emirate of Qatar.
Island Def Jam Music Group chairman L. A. Reid said they decided to take the proactive measure after reports have surfaced that the Supreme Moral Council of Qatar has denounced Carey’s new album because of the overt references to Western religion in its title.
“We just want Mariah’s album to reach as many fans as possible so we are willing to compromise,” said Reid. “We certainly don’t want to offend anyone.”
The record label launched an international contest for the pop singer’s fans to help them pick out a new album title, which has to match the cover they have already chosen. The cover features Carey, aided by state-of-the-art wind machines, in three seductive poses wearing a skimpy white cheesecloth. The contest is open to members of Carey’s online official fanclub, mariahcarey.com.
“It was Mariah’s idea, actually. She loves her fans and wants to involve them every which way she can,” Reid said.
The contest is still ongoing, but Reid said they are already partial to “These Are My Boobs,” “Three Times A Mimi, ” and “The Milking Of Mimi.”
“I love those three. They really represent where Ms. Carey is at this point in her career,” Reid said. “Of course, in the end, it will be up to Mariah.”
The new album is due to be released internationally on August 25, 2009.