Mariah Carey has pushed back the release of her new album in order to perfect the project.

The Art of Letting Go was due to hit shelves on 23 July (13), but the Hero hitmaker took to her page on Monday night (24Jun13) to tell fans she is delaying the release.

In a series of posts, she writes, "While making this album, I got so immersed in the creative process that I just don't feel I would be doing it justice to release it on 7/23.

"I'd rather not exclude meaningful songs. I want to give you this album as it's meant to be heard. When I'm ready, you'll be the first 2 (to) know!"