Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

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Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is the twelfth studio album by American singer Mariah Carey. It was released on September 25, 2009 by Island Records. After promotion for her previous album, E=MC² (2008) ended, Carey began to work on a new album, producing songs with Terius “The-Dream” Nash and Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, and revealed the album’s title through Twitter. Carey said that Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel would have “big ballads”, and that “each song is its own snapshot of a moment in a story”.

Five singles were released to promote the album. The lead single, “Obsessed”, became the album’s most successful song, peaking at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100, and reaching the top twenty in Japan, Canada and Australia and the top ten in Italy and France. The second single, “I Want to Know What Love Is”, reached number 60 on Billboard Hot 100, and topped the Brasil Hot 100 Airplay chart for twenty-seven non-consecutive weeks. Other singles released were “H.A.T.E.U.”, “Up Out My Face”, and “Angels Cry”, with the last two being originally intended for the subsequently-cancelled remix album, Angels Advocate.

Upon its release, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel garnered positive reviews from music critics. They felt that “their team-up with Carey is canny; Stewart and Nash loosen up the diva’s sometimes overblown on-record persona”, and also “one of her most sonically consistent”. Commercially, the album debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with 168,000 copies sold in its first week, and peaked within the top ten in other five countries. It has sold an estimated two million copies worldwide. To promote the album, Carey made a pre-show in Madison Square Garden in 2009, embarked on the Angels Advocate Tour (2010), and performed on several television programs, including America’s Got Talent, The Oprah Winfrey Show and Today.

The album debuted in the US at number three on the Billboard 200. It opened with first week sales of 168,000 units. The album was certified Gold on December 14, 2009, denoting shipments of 500,000 units. The album topped the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. It is the only album of Carey’s multi-decade career not to reach platinum status. As of April 2014, the album has sold 549,000 copies in the US. In Canada the album debuted at number 5 on the Canadian Albums Chart. The album reached #101 in the 2009 year-end Billboard 200 albums chart. In Japan the album reached #9. In the UK the album undersold expectations, peaking at number 23, in the Christmas season despite a performance on The X Factor and visiting various morning shows. Despite this, it received a Silver certification for shipments of 60,000. It peaked at number eight on the UK R&B Albums Chart.

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length

1. “Betcha Gon’ Know (The Prologue)” Mariah Carey, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, C. “Tricky” Stewart, James “Big Jim” Wright Carey, Stewart, Nash, Wright 4:00

2. “Obsessed” Carey, Nash, Stewart Carey, Stewart, Nash 4:02

3. “H.A.T.E.U.” Carey, Nash, Stewart Carey, Stewart, Nash 4:28
4. “Candy Bling” Carey, Nash, Carlos McKinney, Ahmad Lewis, Stefan Gordy, John Klemmer Carey, Nash, Los da Mystro 4:03

5. “Ribbon” Carey, Nash, Stewart Carey, Stewart, Nash 4:21

6. “Inseparable” Carey, Nash, Stewart, Robert Hyman, Cyndi Lauper Carey, Stewart, Nash 3:34

7. “Standing O” Carey, Nash, Stewart Carey, Stewart, Nash 4:00

8. “It’s a Wrap” Carey, Barry White Carey, Heatmyzer, Stewart, Wright 3:59

9. “Up Out My Face” Carey, Nash, Stewart Carey, Stewart, Nash 3:41

10. “Up Out My Face (The Reprise)” Carey, Nash, Stewart Carey, Stewart, Nash 0:51

11. “More Than Just Friends” Carey, Nash, Stewart, Sean Combs, Chris Wallace, Rashad Smith, Mark DeBarge, Etterlene Jordan Carey, Stewart, Nash 3:37

12. “The Impossible” Carey, Nash, Stewart, Albert Brown, Donald DeGrate Carey, Stewart, Nash 4:00

13. “The Impossible (The Reprise)” Carey, Nash, Stewart, Brown, DeGrate Carey, Stewart, Nash 2:26

14. “Angel (The Prelude)” Carey, Stewart, Wright Carey, Stewart, Wright 1:04

15. “Angels Cry” Carey, Stewart, Crystal Johnson, Wright Carey, Stewart, Wright 4:02

16. “Languishing (The Interlude)” Carey, Wright Carey, Wright 2:34

17. “I Want to Know What Love Is” Mick Jones Carey, Stewart, Wright, Randy Jackson (add.) 3:27