(Photo Credits: Screengrab from Mariah Carey’s Official YouTube Account)
Mariah Carey has a new song, guys! It’s titled Save the Day featuring Lauryn Hill and it’s the first track from her upcoming album called The Rarities which is due for release this October 2, 2020.
The Songbird Supreme made the announcement herself through her official Instagram account. Moreover, Carey’s new album will come in double disc as it contains 32 songs and is said to be a celebration of the 30th anniversary of her career. According to this news report, The Rarities will contain 17 of Carey’s live tracks such as Emotions, Open Arms, Forever, and Fantasy all of which were performed at the Tokyo Dome in 1996 during her Daydream World Tour.
This one is for you, my fans. It’s to celebrate us, and to thank you for 🤫 years of pure love and support. I am so grateful to you 🐑❤️ THE RARITIES album is out October 2 🦋 Pre-order now: https://t.co/vZ4SBXQ8hg pic.twitter.com/4JRW51QxVq— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) August 19, 2020
Save the Day has been well-received by critics so far. Entertainment Weekly, for one, described it as “empowering” while Rated R&B said the song is a “breath of fresh air, as Carey beautifully sings lyrics that carry an encouraging message about resilience.”
According to Billboard, Save the Day was an unfinished 2011 song supposedly “set to be released to raise money for human rights issues” that year but somehow, the release of the song was postponed. Carey told fans on Twitter that Save the Day was “in a holding pattern for a very special reason.. to be revealed at a later date.”
@artdumoi @MariahAlerts SAVE THE DAY is in a holding pattern for a very special reason.. to be revealed at a later date!— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) February 11, 2012
“It happened organically that the lyrics are so apropos to this exact moment,” Carey said during Save the Day’s special Zoom listening party with fans, journalists, and friends that was held just hours before the song was released. On the other hand, Jermaine Dupri—the co-producer of the song—said of Save the Day, “To me this is a Mariah Carey record from her heart.”
And we couldn’t agree more to both statements—Save the Day could not have come at a better time! The lines below in particular, aptly describe what 2020 is like for the whole world right now, what with the natural disasters, coronavirus pandemic, as well as the racial and political divisiveness that we are currently experiencing:
We’re all in this together/You’re my only hope/And it’s too divided, too deep to understand/But if we don’t do it, tell me, who will?
You got a right to your own opinion/But when it comes to the world we live in/Isn’t it the time that we start rebuilding/All of the things that makes me crumble
We also love Lauryn Hill’s vocals from the Fugees’ 1996 hit Killing Me Softly. For readers who don’t know the song, Save the Day samples Hill’s bridge, it’s the part where she sings:
La-la-la, la, la, la/Woah, la/Woah, la (Ha, ha, ha, ha)/Laaaa
Take a look at some of the Lambily’s reactions on Twitter regarding Save the Day:
Me listening to @MariahCarey‘s new single “Save The Day” before the entire world hears it! It’s a bop, guys! 🙌 PS – I love @MsLaurynHill & the Fugees! The world ain’t ready! 🥰 #Lambily #SaveTheDay drops Midnight EST! We need this song! ❤❤❤ pic.twitter.com/omIVGRLQT6— Mikey Bustos (@MikeyBustos) August 21, 2020
On a Zoom call promoting #SaveTheDay yesterday, @MariahCarey said “Ecstasy” (a lost song) “had a very specific sample” that another artist recently used. She comically refrained to say who, noting, “it’s not my job” to promote it.https://t.co/ozXjoNX529 pic.twitter.com/Vxcamwmx6f— Mariah Trends (Fan Page) (@MariahTrends) August 21, 2020
You can stream Save the Day here.
Carey will also be releasing her memoir next month, on September 29, 2020 to be exact. It was co-written with Michaela Angela Davis and is titled The Meaning of Mariah Carey. You can pre-order it here.