Mariah Carey Pushes Back 'The Art Of Letting Go' Release Date

Tayla Holman

Mariah Carey has postponed the release of her 14th studio album, The Art of Letting Go.

Earlier this month, the former American Idol judge announced that the new album would be hitting stores July 23. But Carey announced on Twitter Sunday night that she didn't feel she would be doing the album justice by releasing it next month.

"I'd rather not exclude meaningful songs," the 42-year-old wrote. "I want to give you this album as it's meant to be heard.When I'm ready, you'll be the first 2 know!"

Carey did not give a new date for the The Art of Letting Go, and did not elaborate on whether postponing the album would also mean postponing her first world concert tour in nine years. Her last world tour, 2004's Charmbracelet World Tour, spanned 20 countries, eight months, and 69 shows. In 2010, Carey embarked on the Angels Advocate tour, which took her to Brazil, Egypt, Singapore, the US, and Canada. The associated album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, was the lowest-selling of her career, selling 2 million copies worldwide. Carey's best-selling album was 1993's Music Box, which sold over 30 million copies worldwide.  

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time, selling over 200 million albums during her 23-year career. Beginning her career with her self-titled debut album at 19, Carey has 224 #1 Billboard hits and 18 #1 Hot 100 singles, the most of any solo artist, male or female.

Carey was recently announced as a performer at the 2013 BET Awards, which will be held June 30 at 8 pm. "Lambs" -- as Carey calls her fans -- can also catch her performance during the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular next week.

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 25, 2013

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) June 25, 2013


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