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The Emancipation of Mimi

The Emancipation of Mimi
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NameThe Emancipation of Mimi
ArtistMariah Carey
ReleasedApril 12, 2005
GenreR&B, soul, pop
ProducerMariah Carey (executive), L. A. Reid (executive), Mark Sudack (executive), Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, Bryan-Michael Cox, Swizz Beatz, LRoc, James "Big Jim" Wright, The Neptunes, Kanye West, James Poyser, Rodney Jerkins
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'The Emancipation of Mimi' is the tenth studio album by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey, released in the United States on April 12, 2005, by Island Records. Hailed as a "comeback" album by a number of music critics following her personal and professional struggles towards the end of the 1990s and the relatively poor critical and commercial responses to her efforts Glitter (2001) and Charmbracelet (2002), The Emancipation of Mimi became Carey's most successful release in nearly a decade. In contrast to the pop and adult contemporary music styles that framed her previous releases, the album showcased a wider range of genres and explored a variety of R&B-related styles, including 1970s retro gospel and soul, as well as R&B and hip hop.

The album revealed a more personal and intimate side of the singer, as seen in its declarative theme of emancipation from her personal and professional setbacks. Although it shared similar vocal production to her previous works and an inclination towards her signature pop and R&B ballads, the album encompassed a variety of dance-oriented and uptempo styles that were in keeping with its celebratory aesthetics. Critics noted the album's pervading theme of independence and lack of restraint, and dubbed it a "party record". A number of artists had pivotal roles in the album's writing and production, including Jermaine Dupri, Snoop Dogg, Twista, Nelly, and Pharrell Williams. These artists also appear as featured guests on various tracks.

The Emancipation of Mimi received a generally positive reception, with some critics calling it Carey's return to vocal form. Several reviewers had questioned Carey's vocal abilities in Charmbracelet, in which they found her voice to be airy, thin, and damaged. The album debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200, with opening week sales of 404,000 copies, the highest first-week sales of Carey's career at the time. It opened inside the top five on the albums chart in Argentina, Canada, Denmark, France, and Japan, as well as on the European chart. The album finished as the best-selling album of 2005 in the United States, and the second-best seller around the world. To date, The Emancipation of Mimi has sold over 12 million copies worldwide.

Carey had international success with the first two singles commissioned from the album. "It's like That" became one of Carey's highest-charting songs in years, reaching the top twenty in several countries. "We Belong Together", the album's second single, topped the singles chart in the United States, where it accumulated 14 weeks in total at number one, Australia and New Zealand; it achieved top-five places in several European countries and was later named "song of the decade" by Billboard. To promote the album, Carey made high-profile appearances at the 48th annual Grammy Awards and the 33rd American Music Awards, and embarked on her sixth concert tour, the extensive The Adventures of Mimi (2006).

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