Caution is Mariah Carey's 15th studio album that was released on November 16, 2018 by Epic Records.


  1. GTFO
  2. With You
  3. Caution
  4. A No No
  5. The Distance (featuring Ty Dolla Sign)
  6. Giving Me Life (featuring Slick Rick and Blood Orange)
  7. One Mo' Gen
  8. 8th Grade
  9. Stay Long Love You (featuring Gunna)
  10. Portrait

Album Background[]

On May 23 2014, Carey's fourteenth studio album, "Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse" was released.

It debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 with sales of 58,000 copies, becoming her lowest opening for a non-holiday studio album since Nielsen SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991.

In January 2015, Carey announced that she had signed a residency deal to perform at The Colosseum at the Caesars Palace hotel in Las Vegas in May and July 2015 (later extended into 2016 and 2017), stating that she would perform all 18 of her number-one hits.

On May 18, 2015, she released "#1 to Infinity", her sixth compilation album, in support of this, revising her first #1's compilation with an updated list of subsequent chart toppers.

She later embarked on "The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour" in 2016, which was heavily featured in Carey's docu-series, "Mariah's World" as well as the "All the Hits Tour" alongside Lionel Richie in 2017.

On February 3, 2017, Carey released the single "I Don't" featuring YG. It peaked at number eighty-nine on the Billboard Hot 100.

In October 2017, she released a new soundtrack single, "The Star", for the movie of the same name which garnered her a nomination for Best Original Song at the 75th Golden Globe Awards and peaked at number twenty-eight on the US Adult Contemporary Chart.

Carey also developed an animated Christmas film, titled Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You, for which she recorded an original song called "Lil' Snowman."

The film was released direct-to-video on November 14, 2017. In January 2018, Carey confirmed that she had begun work on a new album.

Chart Performance[]

"Caution" debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 with 51,000 album-equivalent units, which included 43,000 pure album sales, becoming Carey's 18th top-ten album in the United States.

Critical Reception[]

"Caution" was met with critical acclaim.

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 82, based on nine reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".

Maura Johnston from Pitchfork felt that the record represented a "celebration of the ultimate-diva status" of Carey's brand of music.

Brittany Spanos from Rolling Stone summarised the record as being "pure hip-hop-leaning pop bliss", praising Carey's ability to deliver "an honest album, full of truths" through a "slow-burning R&B sound".

Reviewing the album for AllMusic, Andy Kellman wrote that Carey's [themes of] "flirtatious enticement, celebration, reminiscence, perseverance, rejection" were "highly energized".

MusicOMH gave it a score of all five stars and stated: "[Carey] is vulnerable and tentative, yet honest and hopeful about embarking on a new journey."

Spencer Kornhaber from The Atlantic stated that the album "shores up the idea of Carey the wit, the craftswoman, and the game player."