Earlier this week, Mariah Carey pulled back the curtain on her latest single, the title track from her forthcoming album The Art of Letting Go. It sounded good enough, though felt a little incomplete. And that’s because it kinda sorta was.
According to Carey, who wrote a long letter to her fans on Facebook late last night, the version of “The Art of Letting Go” that premiered was an older mix that wasn’t supposed to see the light of day. “A mistake was made by a brand new sound engineer whose only task was to press the space bar and upload the song to Facebook, while my team, and an incredible group of people from Facebook, partied while listening to the properly mixed & mastered version of ‘The Art of Letting Go’ on repeat from my iPod on my home speakers,” Carey wrote. “Clearly, I was focused on answering your questions during the Q&A. There was no reason for me to wonder if the final mix we were listening to in that room together was different than what you were listening to!”
She admitted that the difference between the old mix and the real version (which did get correctly uploaded to iTunes) isn’t major, but those small shifts matter to her. “Like I always say, I am involved with every record I make, from the inception to the completion of the song,” she wrote. “Every nuance of the beat or vocal matters to me. Even if the differences may seem slight to you, I had put time, effort and emotions into ‘The Art of Letting Go’ and the real mix is how I intended for you to hear the song.”
Give the new version a listen below and see if you can notice the differences.
The Art of Letting Go still doesn’t have a release date, but that hasn’t stopped Carey from making the rounds, burying her experience on American Idol and pranking her fans on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.