Mariah Carey is reportedly planning her first world concert tour since 2004.
The American Idol judge recently released a new song, “#Beautiful,” as the lead single from her upcoming 13th studio album, which is expected to hit shelves this summer. The song, which features fellow R&B singer Miguel, has hit number one in 25 countries, and has made the top five in 45.
According to Billboard, “#Beautiful” is currently at No. 22 on the Mainstream Top 40 and Rhythmic charts, No. 23 on Adult Contemporary, No. 29 on Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, and No. 35 on Adult Top 40. The single marks Carey’s 30th Mainstream Top 40 entry, tying Britney Spears for the second-most appearances. Rihanna claims the number one spot with 35 entries. However, Carey tops the Bajan “Diamonds” singer on the Rhythmic charts, with 37 to Ms. Fenty’s 35.
“Due to the smash success of ‘#Beautiful,’ fans are clamoring as Mariah makes plans for a world tour,” a source told Us magazine.
Carey’s 2004 Charmbracelet World Tour: An Intimate Evening with Mariah Carey took the singer to over 20 countries, playing to small and large crowds (Manila held the most attendees with 30,000 concertgoers). The tour was Carey’s most extensive to date, spanning eight months and 69 shows. The tour was launched in response to the moderate sales of Charmbracelet, as well as the poor reception of Carey’s 2003 semi-autobiographical film Glitter.
Carey’s 2010 Angels Advocate tour took the 43-year-old to Brazil, Singapore, and Egypt, as well as the US and Canada. The tour received general positive reviews. The associated album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 in 2009, but was the lowest-selling album of Carey’s career with only 2 million copies sold worldwide. Her best-selling album was 1993’s Music Box, which sold over 30 million copies worldwide.
The announcement comes about a week after a report that Carey and her fellow judges on American Idol were all getting booted at the end of this season. Randy Jackson, the only remaining original judge, announced his departure last Thursday, but there is no word yet on whether Carey, Nicki Minaj, or Keith Urban will be returning.
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