Mariah Carey Spills Details on Her Upcoming Album and Says She's 'Having a New Moment' in Life. Mariah Carey has a new hit residency in Las Vegas and is gearing up for the release of her upcoming album. "I've been working on my new album for a while. This is a labor of love and I'm really excited," the superstar -- who is extending her "The Butterfly Returns" residency at Caesars Palace into 2019 with new dates in February -- tells PEOPLE exclusively. "This is me at this moment in my life being able to express myself as a writer and a singer. I'm just really in a good place." While her album will feel "current," the singer insists she's not trying to follow "anybody else's trends." "My fans just want to hear me express myself and speak from the heart and sing from the heart," says Carey. "Some of the record is lighthearted and fun, and some [songs] I really went deep in terms of the lyrical content. There's a nice cross-section of things." And when she returns to the Vegas stage in February, Carey is also looking forward to changing up her set list again. "I've been loving it so much," she says about her show. "A lot of the fans who have come out to see it were really happy having a little more diversity. I want to make it really impromptu and surprise the people who have come out again and again to see the show." The Grammy winner is also keeping busy this summer with her 7-year-old twins Morrocan and Monroe. "Every time I get a minute off, we go somewhere and try to do something fun," she says. "We're New Yorkers, but I've been living out in L.A. with the kids for a while, so they can go outside and play in the yard and go in the pool." Her kids -- with ex-husband Nick Cannon -- are also growing up quickly and developing unique personalities. "They love each other and are best friends, but [now] they'll do things without each other," she says. "For the most part they're with each other all the time. I just hope they maintain that for the rest of their lives. There's nothing like the bond that they share." Adds the star: "They light up my life and are amazing." (People)

Ariana Grande Earns Third No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart With 'Sweetener'. Plus: Cole Swindell's "All of It" and the "Young Stoner Life: Slime Language" compilation debut in the top 10. Ariana Grande earns her third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, as her fourth full-length studio effort, Sweetener, enters atop the tally. The set, which was released on Aug. 17 via Republic Records, starts with 231,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Aug. 23, according to Nielsen Music. Of that sum, 127,000 are from traditional album sales. The Billboard 200 chart ranks the most popular albums of the week in the U.S. based on multi-metric consumption as measured in equivalent album units. Units are comprised of traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA). The new Sept. 1-dated chart (where Sweetener launches at No. 1) will be posted in full on Billboard's websites on Tuesday, Aug. 28. Grande's Third No. 1: Sweetener is Grande's third leader on the Billboard 200, following the chart-topping debuts of her second album, My Everything (Sept. 13, 2014), and her debut effort, Yours Truly (Sept. 21, 2013).


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