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Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is finally releasing the second single from her latest album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Yes, her “Obsessed” diss to Eminem has finally began to run its course. She is getting back to doing what she does best, singing classic Pop ballads in a way that only she can! For her new song she turns to something we all already know. She took a crack at covering the famous Pop song, “I Want To Know What Love Is” originally by Foreigner! This marks aproximatley the 8th time that the 1984 Pop song was covered and  the third or forth to also be released as a single to appear on the charts. (sorry because of how many times it was covered that stat is very difficult to keep track of)

The original Foreigner version was released as a single from the band’s concept album, Agent Provocateur. The sales for that album were relativley lower than other albums considering “I Want To Know What Love Is” is the band’s biggest single of all time. It still lists as one of the top 5 most played recurrents on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks Chart and is the band’s only US #1 hit.

Another notable cover single version of the song is a more stripped down version by Tina Arena who released it as a single in 1997 as part of her 1998 album, In Deep. This version is the most comparable to Mariah’s because of the female sound first being heard for the song. One cool fact is that this version was produced by Mick Jones, the song’s writer from Foreigner.

Now we get to Mariah’s current version of the song! Her version is a very intimate piano style ballad with just the amount of reverb on her breathy vocals to give the song warmth. It also has a very nice Gospel background vocal to it.  This is version is without a doubt the most R&B influenced version of all. It was produced by Christopher “Trickey” Stewart, James “Big Jim” Wright, American Idol’s, Randy Jackson and Mariah herself. After all the buzz off of such a Hip Hop influenced song like “Obsessed” It is refreshing to hear that Mariah can still sing her heart out, keep up the good work!
Some Versions of “I Want To Know What Love Is”
Written By Mick Jones
From Agent Provocateur (1984)
Atlantic Records
Produced By Mick Jones & Alex Sadkin

John Farnham & Laura Branigan
From Logie Awards (1986)

Tina Arena

From In Deep (1998) (Single released in 1997)

Produced By Mick Jones

Columbia Records

Wynnona Judd

From What The Wold Needs Now Is Love (2003-2004)

Produced By Wynnona Judd, Dan Huff, Gordon Kennedy, Wayne Kirkpatrick, Narda Michael Walden

Curb/Asylum Records

Mariah Carey

From Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009)

Produced By Mariah Carey, Christopher “Trickey” Stewart, James “Big Jim” Wright, & Randy Jackson

Island Records/Island Def Jam Music Group