I thought it was pretty cool to change it up
- Mariah Carey
Written by Karim “French Montana” Kharbouch, Khalif “Swae Lee” Brown, Christopher “CP DUBB” Washington, Jake Aujla & McCulloch Reid Sutphin
Produced by Michael L. “Mike WiLL Made-It” Williams II, Christopher “CP DUBB” Washington, 1Mind & Jaegan
3:54 Mariah Carey Remix
4:04 Mariah Carey Acoustic Remix
ABOUT THE SONG
Carey and French hit it off immediately when the two met in passing years ago, and their camaraderie eventually led to that session that gave us their “Unforgettable” remix – and hanging out with Bieber. “[Our conversation] started because my son’s name is Moroccan, and French is Moroccan, and we were just talking,” she tells MTV News. “We did this little remix [ed. “Why You Mad” - the “Infinity” remix], and then Justin Bieber came in, and he got on it. The label never really released it, but then like, later on, we did this — so this is cool.”
The lead single off his sophomore album, Jungle Rules, is currently sitting pretty at No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in its nineteenth week on the chart, and Carey is one of the millions who’ve fallen head over heels for the steel drum-inflected banger. “I just love it. It’s the song of the summer, you know what I mean?” she says, one that’s perfect for a “laying on the beach and relaxing” moment. Carey’s remix joins a number of others that change up the sultry R&B-shaped single, with Major Lazer, Tiësto, and a Latin version featuring J. Balvin all leaving their own highly danceable imprints on it. Hers stands out for its romantic acoustic guitar and piano flourishes that pair beautifully with the original beat, though she was excited to lend her voice to a version of a song that’s simple and minimalistic when compared to her grand pop productions.
“I like the verses that are just kind of like the regular version, but I’m on it,” she says. “I thought it was pretty cool to change it up.” (She notes that if you were to make a Lambily-minded playlist inspired by “Unforgettable” that “Cruise Control” off 2008’s E=MC² and “Got A Thing 4 U,” her 2002 collaboration with Da Brat and Elephant Man, make for ideal sonic pairings.)
As for her summer and its soundtrack, Carey's also got Kendrick Lamar's "Humble" on repeat when she and the kids aren't grooving to "Unforgettable." Dem Babies officially approve of mom's latest, it turns out: "They definitely like it. They're very picky. I think they like to dance to it.”
Carey's very open to working "Unforgettable" into the set list of her current tour — "I think it's a great idea!" — so here's hoping Lambs will get a chance to hear those cloud-grazing high notes over one of the best beats of 2017 in person and ASAP.
August 26th, 2017 MTV News “MARIAH CAREY REVISISTS HER 'UNFORGETTABLE' STUDIO HANG WITH FRENCH MONTANA AND JUSTIN BIEBER”
Billboard spoke with Carey in between her tour stops about teaming up with French Montana for the "Unforgettable (Remix)," her upcoming Christmas movies, and touring with Lionel Richie.
How did you and French Montana hook up for the "Unforgettable (Remix)?” I believe it was awhile ago. French and the label really wanted to cut it and for it to happen. We were just doing it for laughs, just to have a good time. I love French. We were in the studio just playing around and not really doing much. Then, we started with the whole "Unforgettable" thing. I love doing stuff like that. I love remixes. Not too many people do enough remixes anymore.
Would you consider doing an entire new project based off remixes? I would love to. I actually have one from back in the day, where one side was kind of like with house music and EDM, and then the other side was more of the hip-hop remixes that I had.
If you can handpick two songs to remix right now, which ones would you choose and why? Oooh! Oh my God. I knew you were gonna hit me with something [like that]! Hmmm. I'm trying to think. You know, it's just the way this one happened that it was just... it was just in the beginning when everybody started knowing it, you know what I mean? So it just happened. When I do stuff, it either just happens that way, or it's, "OK. Let's get in the studio and do something.”
Like another time, I was working with French and I have this song called "Infinity." We weren't really even working. He was just in the studio and I was in there and then Justin Bieber came in. We just did this remix which was, 'Baby why you mad, go and tell me why you're mad? [Singing]' But we didn't get to release it because the label was like, 'We don't know,' you know what I mean? So, sometimes, it just happens.
We should talk to labels about expediting the process so they can release that record [Laughs]. Yes. I would love to do that. Let's talk to them. I have some things coming up for Christmas, shockingly, but I love Christmas [Laughs]. We're doing this song called "The Star." It's a movie called The Star with Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry.
We heard that you do have two Christmas films coming out. Can you talk about the other one? Yeah, there's two, because one is for Universal Pictures Animation. I did a book called All I Want for Christmas Is You, so it's an animated version of the book, you know? There's a new song that I wrote for that, and the other one is for The Star. I'm very excited about that because it's a big movie.
August 29th, 2017 Billboard “Mariah Carey talks ‘Unforgettable (Remix)’, Touring with Lionel Richie & Upcoming Christmas Movies“
2017 Released as a non-album single.