Mariah Carey Finds Freedom
March 23, 2005

The music world is about to get carried away with Mariah once again. She's already charting blockbuster success with her new single, "It's Like That," and now she's set to release her first video from her new CD, "The Emancipation of Mimi."

Only "Extra's" Jon Kelley was on the set with the superstar to get personal about her new album, her big return to music and her life in the spotlight.

Jon Kelley: How fulfilling is it for you personally to have your highest charting single in five years?

Mariah Carey: It's amazing. It's a really great feeling. I feel like it's just been a labor of love, and that's why it's a good thing. It's not about, "Okay, let me reveal, here are my dramas, let's have a pity party." No, this is fun. This is my art. This is what I love.

Joining Mariah in the fun are "Extra" correspondent Brian McKnight, superstar producer Jermaine Dupri and "American Idol's" Randy Jackson, who all helped with her album.

MC: This album, and the reason I called it, "The Emancipation of Mimi," is because Mimi is just a nickname my friends call me, from back in the day. Basically the vibe on this album is just like freedom and happiness.

JK: I read somewhere where you said, "For the first time in your life, you don't feel ashamed of who you are." What did you mean by that?

MC: I guess what it meant was, I've always felt I had to make excuses for a lot of things. People have always been like, "Are you black? Are you white?" "Are you R&B, are you pop?" It's always been some type of "let me explain myself and make apologies for who I am," and that's not what it's about. So it's a great feeling.

"The Emancipation of Mimi" hits stores in April.

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