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Triumphant (Get 'Em)

Triumphant (Get 'Em)

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I wrote [this] when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it.

Written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox, William L. Roberts II & Robert R. Williams
Produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri & Bryan-Michael Cox

OFFICIAL MIXES

4:10     Single Version ft Rick Ross & Meek Mill
7:21     Danny Verde Dub
3:46     Danny Verde Radio
8:14     Danny Verde Remix
5:00     Mariah Carey vs. Laidback Luke Dub
2:55     Mariah Carey vs. Laidback Luke Radio
5:15     Mariah Carey vs. Laidback Luke Vocal Club
7:03     The New Iberican League Club Mix 
7:03     The New Iberican League Instrumental
3:13     The New Iberican League Radio
5:28     Pulse Club Mix
5:24     Pulse Instrumental
4:12     Pulse Radio
5:27     Pulse Club Mix Extended
5:22     Vintage Throwback Extended
4:53     Vintage Throwback Mix
3:54     Vintage Throwback Radio

ABOUT THE SONG

  • Carey said she wrote the song when husband Nick Cannon was in the hospital. "There's a lot of things you can take from there that can keep you going in a tough situation," she said.

  • Three years after the release of her last non-holiday full-length opus, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," Mariah Carey returns with her first single, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill.

    "Working with Ross and Meek on the same record was incredible," Mariah Carey told media on a conference call today (August 2). "Obviously Ross is a star and everybody loves him. I'm a fan of his music. I really, really wanted to work with him. I love the tone of his voice. I think the contrast of his voice and mine would be something special. I always like to do collaborations that people might think are different.”

    "Meek adds an excitement, a newness to the record that is pretty rare right now," Mariah continued.

    "Triumphant," which Randy Jackson chimed in to say is "inspirational," is the first single off Mariah's 14th studio album. The singer touched on the untitled album while on the call. "I'm collaborating with a lot of my favorite people but the main thing is [that] I'm not trying to follow any particular trend," she said. "I want it to be well received. I want to stay true to myself and the music that I love and make the fans happy.”

    Mariah also spoke on how she felt of the current state of R&B and its mainstream cross-over, saying "It would be incredible if we can bring back the days where R&B songs didn't have to cross over. It makes me sad that there are so many talented R&B artists that don't get the chance that they should.”

  • Mariah Carey’s new single “Triumphant” featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill hits radio Thursday (August 2), and fans are counting down the seconds until they get their first taste of what the legendary diva has in store for her 14th studio album.

    MTV News talked to the song’s co-writer and co-producer, Grammy winner Bryan-Michael Cox, about what to expect from the hotly anticipated track and why Ross and Mill were the perfect fit for the inspiring single.

    “This song is kind of inspirational. It’s close to her heart, and I think her fans are going to really, really be emotionally attached to this song,” Cox tells MTV News. “I expect that this record’s going to be a huge record. I expect that this is going to be one of her bigger albums.”

    Cox is a longtime Carey collaborator who first worked with the superstar on her 1999 Rainbow album and has produced such hits as “Shake It Off” and “Don’t Forget About Us.” His long-lasting relationships with the hottest artists in R&B have resulted in some of the genre’s biggest albums of the last decade, including Usher’s Confessions and Raymond v. Raymond, Mary J. Blige’s The Breakthrough and Chris Brown’s self-titled debut.

    He says the diva has been working on the album since before she became pregnant with 1-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe and that things “picked up right where we left off” when she resumed work after the birth of her babies.

    “She was committed to making it before she got pregnant. Then she got pregnant and she took the time off,” he says. “Then after she came back, we started really vibing again and we picked up right where we left off. I just feel like between Jermaine [Dupri], myself and her, we came up with a few things that [are] really, really a solid body of work.”

    Rick Ross and Meek Mill appear on the track, and Cox says the two were perfect additions to “Triumphant” because of both their enormous talent and their personal closeness to the themes of the song.

    “I think that Rick Ross is resilient, and Meek Mill [is] a new hot rapper, who’s really hot, one of my favorite new hip hop artists,” Cox explained. “Rick Ross, who’s always been one of my favorites, he’s resilient. I think that, through the years, people try to count him out, and he always comes back, comes back harder, comes back with bigger and better records. So I think that the theme of ‘Triumphant,’ I think that he fits the theme of that whole concept the best, really, because through it all, Rick Ross always comes out on top.”

  • With latest single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," Mariah Carey is offering something for everyone.

    During a Def Jam conference call with media on Aug. 2, the singer debuted a hip-hop version of the track featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill, while simultaneously releasing a "vintage throwback remix" and "pulse club mix" on her website, MariahCarey.com.

    Previewing the multiple versions of the single -- co-written and co-produced by Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox -- reveals the diversity of musical genres expected on her untitled 14th album, tentatively due in March 2013. According to Carey manager Randy Jackson, releasing the three different versions of "Triumphant" speaks to her ability to cater to multiple audiences and radio formats.

    "The vintage throwback mix will remind fans of remixes she did years ago, and she's had a lot of Billboard No. 1 dance hits as well," Jackson says. "She went in and re-sang the vocals, knowing that the two verses on this first version of this single with Meek and Ross were going to be hip-hop verses where people were rapping. We wanted to have something for all of her fans."

    The radio attack plan is multipronged as well. The single has already been released on YouTube in streaming format, having racked up almost 500,000 views since it was uploaded earlier this month. Island Def Jam plans to service the hip-hop version to R&B/hip-hop radio on Aug. 13, and is mapping out strategies to deliver other versions across dance formats.

    Releasing three versions has played to Carey's benefit. Some fans criticized the fact that Ross and Mill overshadow the singer on her own song and gravitated toward the club-geared mixes.

    "Most people probably don't understand this, but you always play to what's best for the song," Jackson says. "You don't go in and say, 'Wait a minute. I know they're rapping on these verses, but I need to be singing on these verses. Me, me, me.' It just turns out that way."

    For Carey, enlisting rappers for a single is nothing new. Since the onset of her career, she's collaborated with Jay-Z, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Busta Rhymes, adding hip-hop flavor to pop-leaning tracks. The choice to release three versions of "Triumphant" mirrors a similar strategy used for 2009 single "Obsessed," for which she shot two music videos: a solo edit and a remix featuring Gucci Mane. The original version of the cut peaked at No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the club remix later topped the Dance Club Songs chart, scoring a hit across formats.

    "Her idea with all her music is to get it out to her fans, and hopefully lift everyone's spirits a little bit," says Jackson, who notes that "Triumphant" was inspired by Carey's husband, Nick Cannon, and his struggle with kidney failure earlier this year. "It's really about having it succeed, and people are hearing it."

    In anticipation of the single's release, Carey has already shot a video directed by Cannon and set for release in the forthcoming weeks. She has a "big performance planned soon for television," and will appear in director Lee Daniels' upcoming film, "The Butler." Of course, she also recently cut a deal to serve as a judge on "American Idol" that's rumored to be worth $18 million. During the next few months, however, Jackson insists that completing the album is her main focus.

    "The album is going to be one of the great Mariah Carey albums," he says, "with a lot of stuff that you've come to love about her over the years.”

  • “I wanted to put this particular record out there because it was what I was feeling at the time when we wrote it,” she said. “It was during the time when Whitney had just passed and Nick was in the hospital. We were actually in the hospital together when we saw that on TV. Just a whole lot of stuff was going on and it was difficult.”

    “It was important for me to write something that would help people get through the moment,” she said. “Not that they were going to hear it at that moment, but help me get through the moment, me and my family. So basically that’s where ‘Stay triumphant, keep on living’ came from.”

MUSIC VIDEO

NOTABLE PERFORMANCES

AVAILABILITY

2012 Released as a single.

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