Carey Reunites with Epic Records, Releasing New Album “Later This Year”

It’s a new deal for Mariah Carey… with the promise of new music in the near future.

The 47-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning singer’s Butterfly MC Records is partenring with Epic Records. While terms of the partnership haven’t been revealed, the deal is said to include a new album to come “later this year.”

Mariah Carey

“To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career,” Epic Records chairman-CEO L.A. Reid said in a statement. “Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”

Following rather tumultuous exit from Sony Music Entertainment (where she started her career in 1990) in 2000, Carey returned to Sony Music in 2015 when Reid personally signed her to Epic. The two had previously worked together on her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi, which was recorded/released while Reid was at Universal Music label Island Def Jam.

No further details regarding Carey’s forthcoming album were given, but with a summer tour lined up (with Lionel Richie) and the return of her Las Vegas residency set for July, it could be sooner than later.

“I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music,” Carey said in a press release. “I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”

Sheila E. Releases Music Video for New Single “Lovely Day”

It’s a lovely day for Sheila E. fans…

The 56-year-old part-Mexican Grammy-nominated drummer, percussionist, singer and songwriter has released the music video for her new R&B track “Lovely Day.”

Sheila E.

Sheila E. shared the sun-drenched video exclusively with Billboard.

“The video was shot at my friend’s house, actor Jack Coleman, and on location in Los Angeles. The scene in which my dog Emma pulled me on the beach was not planned,” Shelia E. tells Billboard.

Last year Sheila E. released Sheila E. Icon, an album that celebrated her 40th anniversary in the music business.

Sheila E. was nominated for an American Music Award and two Grammy awards for Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal Performance Femalefor her iconic song “The Glamorous Life,” which was written by Prince.

During her noted career, Sheila E. has also collaborated with Lionel Richie, George Duke, Ringo Starr, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Beyoncé, Hans Zimmer and Kanye West.

Aside from her new album, which was released last November, Sheila E. is preparing to release her first memoir The Beat of My Own Drum on September 2.

Duron Advances to Next Round on “The Voice”

Christina Aguilera is stuck on having Dez Duron remain on Team Xtina on The Voice

During Tuesday night’s episode of NBC’s hit singing competition, Aguilera pitted the adorably handsome 22-year-old Latino singer against teen pop singer Alessandra Guercio in the Knockout Round.

Dez Duron

Guercio picked Rihanna’s “Take a Bow” as her performance song, while Duron opted to change things up from the earlier rounds by singing Lionel Richie’s “Stuck on You.”

“This is like a different look than what I’ve given Christina in the other two songs,” said the Louisiana native. “It just more about connecting with the song and making people feel something.”

Following their “battle of the heartthrobs,” as Voice coach Blake Shelton called it, coach Adam Levine said the pair are both “super talented.”

Ultimately, the decision would be up to Aguilera, who complimented Duron on his runs. A “really torn” Xtina ultimately picked Duron, saying she felt “more confident with Dez.”

“When you get knocked down, you just gotta get back up and keep working hard,” said Duron, who after failing to get any of the coaches to push their “I Want You” buttons during his Season 2 blind audition worked on his vocals and learned the guitar in his quest to get picked in season three.”If it’s what you love, it’s worth a second shot, it’s worth a third shot, it’s worth as many shots as it takes.”

Duron now advances to The Voice’s live shows as one of Aguilera’s final five.

Aguilera Selects Green Day’s Armstrong as a “Voice” Mentor

Christina Aguilera is going green (day) on The Voice this season…

The 31-year-old half-Ecuadorian American singer—currently at work on a new album—will be joined by Green Day frontman Billie Jo Armstrong on the upcoming season of NBC’s hit singing competition series as a mentor on Aguilera’s team, according to the network.

“We are ready to rock out in Season 3!” read a post to the show’s Twitter feed.

Armstrong joins previously announced mentors Rob Thomas, Mary J. Blige and Michael Buble, who will be guiding singers in the early rounds of the competition alongside coaches Cee Lo Green, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton, respectively.

Previously, Aguilera worked with Sia Furler in The Voice’s first season and Jewel and Lionel Richie in the second season.

The Voice premieres on September 10 at 8:00 pm ET on NBC.

Anthony Going Country?

He may be one of the best selling tropical salsa artists of all time… But Marc Anthony is about to go country.

The 43-year-old Puerto Rican singer/songwriter will join some of today’s biggest country music stars for a special concert to honor Lionel Richie.

Marc Anthony

Dubbed ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert, the concert will feature artists like Darius Rucker and Big & Rich singing Richie’s greatest hits. Anthony will join voices with Sara Evans to perform “Endless Love.” Big & Rich will deliver “Brick House“, while Rucker is expected to do a duet with Richie on “Stuck on You“, a song he re-recorded for his recently released album Tuskegee.

Other scheduled performers include Jason Aldean singing “Say You Say Me,” The Band Perry performing “Penny Lover” and Lady Antebellum delivering their rendition of “Truly.”

Taped earlier this week at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, ACM Presents: Lionel Richie and Friends – In Concert will air on Friday, April 13 on CBS.