Mariah Carey, Wale new song: You Don’t Know What to Do (AUDIO.)

Mariah Carey Boards the Disco Revival Train With “You Don’t Know What to Do”

Mariah Carey Boards the Disco Revival Train With “You Don’t Know What to Do”

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May 19 2014 1:01 PM

Mariah Carey Boards the Disco Revival Train With “You Don’t Know What to Do”

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Mariah Carey performs on NBC's Today.

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On the Today Show late last week, Mariah Carey premiered “You Don’t Know What to Do,” a breezy duet with Wale. The studio version has hit the Web today, and it’s by far the best new song to come from her forthcoming album, Me … I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse, which has been plagued with delays for more than a year.

The single is a lush, appealing dance track that rides the wave of the disco revival that has lately been led by Daft Punk, Justin Timberlake, a posthumous MJ, and others. And while Wale’s rap verses don’t add much to the track (he does throw in a nod to one of the singer’s earlier, and and far more charismatic, collaborators, the late O.D.B.), Carey’s vocals, great production, and a catchy chorus make it perfect for the summer season. After a string of failed lead single releases, Carey may have finally found a track that could return her to the top of the Billboard charts.

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