Mariah Carey Extends “The Butterfly Returns” Las Vegas Residency into 2019

Mariah Carey is staying in Las Vegas longer…

The 48-year-old half-Venezuelan American Grammy-winning songstress announced on Monday that her “The Butterfly Returns” Las Vegas residency will extend into 2019.

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The residency, initially set to wrap in early September, will receive five additional dates in February at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace.

Carey also told PEOPLE that she’s been back in the studio working on a new album.

“Some of the record is lighthearted and fun, and some [songs] I really went deep in terms of the lyrical content. There’s a nice cross-section of things,” Carey said about the future release. The upcoming album will be Carey’s long-awaited follow up to 2014’s Me. I Am Mariah….The Elusive Chanteuse.

Tickets to the extended dates of Carey’s “The Butterfly Returns” Vegas residency go on sale Friday, August 31 at 10:00 am local time, but fan club members will be granted early access.

Though Carey has announced five dates, only four are available through her website at the time of press.

Carey Releases New Single “I Don’t,” Featuring YG

Mariah Carey is singing through the pain…

The 47-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer has released the emotional ballad “I Don’t,” her new collaboration with rapper YG.

Mariah Carey I Don't Video

In the video, which is about her breakup from ex-fiancé James Packer, the Grammy-winning star dons bridal lingerie while seductively singing in the back of a car with YG. After changing into an equally sexy red cutout gown, Carey flings a wedding dress over a fire pit and watches it burn.

Carey briefly discussed the track during a recent Facebook Live session, noting that she and YG worked on it with Jermaine Dupri.

The song was teased on the January 29 season finale of Carey’s reality series Mariah’s World.

“But I’m tired of cryin, no more tears/Pity party of the year/Cold at night cause you’re not here/Leaving you was my worst fear,” Carey sings.

Carey said during her Facebook Live stream that she’s keen to do more single releases like “I Don’t”, rather than release a full album.

Her 14th and most recent LP was Me. I Am Mariah…the Elusive Chanteuse, which dropped in 2014 and peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.

Carey Hires New PR Representation & Management Team

Mariah Carey has new representation…

A day after the 45-year-old half Venezuelan singer and her longtime publicist Cindi Berger parted ways, Carey announced her new PR and management team.

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Chris Chambers of the Chambers Group, who’s worked with Lil Wayne, Drake and many other artists over his long career, will her as her PR agent. Her fifth set of managers since 2013: TV producers Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov.

Carey’s new managers have worked together on several projects, most recently E!’s Christian Milian Turned Up and VH1’s T.I.’s Family Hustle and Tiny & Shekinah’s Weave Trip. Sher, who has worked as T.I.’s agent since 2004 and his co-manager since 2009, has been credited with helping to rebrand the rapper’s image via the television shows.

Sher began his career as a production assistant before beginning his career in ICM’s mailroom. He rose to the role of agent in 2000 and left in 2008 to form Category 5 Entertainment, where he begin working with T.I., Michael Vick (executive producing The Michael Vick Project for BET) and partnered with Kelsey Grammer in Grammnet NH.

Bulochnikov is a producer and writer who’s worked with Sher on Boss, T.I. & Tiny and Larry the Cable Guy’s Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza.  She has a long history as a producer with Viacom shows dating back to 2001, including VH1 Divas, I Love the ‘80s and ‘90s, and several Paris Hilton Specials.

The moves come ahead of several big projects for the singer, who has stumbled in recent months with the poor sales of Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse, the lowest-selling non-holiday studio album of her career and several wobbly live performances. On May 6, she begins a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesar’s Palace, the same venue where Celine Dion will return on Aug. 27 after a year-long hiatus. Also expected later this year is a newly repackaged greatest-hits set called #1’s, the first release in her new deal with Epic Records, to accompany her Vegas show. She also has a Christmas movie on the horizon, according to Deadline.

Among other chart feats, Carey holds the record for total time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 79 weeks total, and also holds the record for longest-running Hot 100 No. 1 single (for 1995’s “One Sweet Day” with Boyz II Men, 16 weeks at No. 1), although she hasn’t had a Top 10 single since 2009’s “Obsessed.”

Carey had three management teams in 2013 alone, beginning with a Randy Jackson/Irving Azoff partnership, then Bruce Eskowitz of Red Light Management and then Jermaine Dupri, who produced some of her biggest hits including “We Belong Together.” Dupri gradually gave way to Kevin Liles, who semi-officially took the reins in August of 2014 but recently dropped out.

The news was first reported by Page Six and confirmed to Billboard by Chambers Group.

Carey to Visit Australia for a Rare Coast-to-Coast Tour

Mariah Carey is heading to the land Down Under…

The 45-year-old half-Venezuelan American singer is planning to visit Australia for a rare coast-to-coast tour.

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Carey’s Elusive Chanteuse Show this November is scheduled to make seven stops Down Under, where she’ll play arenas and exclusive winery dates.

Mariah’s Australian trek starts on November 2 at Sandalford Estate in Perth, then moves on to Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, Rochford Wines in the Yarra Valley and wraps-up Nov. 16 at Sirromet Wines on Mt Cotton, south east of Brisbane.

It’ll be Mariah’s first national Australian run since her Butterfly world tour stopped in the country in 1998, though she did play three shows on the east coast in January 2013.

General admission is priced at Australian $109.90 ($98.60) plus booking fee, and tickets at the top-end (platinum) cost Australian $259.90 ($233) plus booking fee. Tickets for all shows go on sale Sept. 26, and pre-sales open September 24 at the official websites for Live Nation and A Day On The Green.

Mariah’s latest album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, her 14th studio album, debuted at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart in May. It was her 13th top ten appearance on the Australian chart, and her first since Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel back in October 2009.

In the U.S., The Elusive Chanteuse opened at No. 3 with 58,000 sales. The album, which features production from Rodney Jerkins, Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It and guest appearances from Nas, Wale and Miguel, was tentatively earmarked for a release in March 2013. The set was then pushed to July 23, then to May 6, 2014 and finally May 27.