Maybe the duet with Busta is a warm-up single ? Anyway, let's see how is she going to handle the whole era. She must be starting her diet now.
agreed. she has been consistently doing that over the last years.
there's one cycle that she has to break this time though: the frustration that her previous releases caused.
one of the things I've learned is to never underestimate her ability to come back to the top.
She already got the 1996 and 2005 decades songs, maybe she could have the 2017 too and 3 straight decades on Billboard
Her greatest opportunity at this moment is with a great magic happening on her single with Busta. Something catchy, r&b, hip-hop, pop merge. at least we know that their voices are already proven to intertwine well.
Then "The Star" can come afterwards, as a mid-tempo/uplifting/beat-driven Mariah classic's song. multi-layer backing vocals, perfect balance between whispering and chest voices, etc.