Mariah Carey has formed Butterfly MC Records and partnered the label to an exclusive deal with Epic Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment. A new studio album is expected later this year.

Epic Chairman/CEO LA Reid said, “To continue working with Mariah Carey at Epic has been another rewarding chapter of my career. Mariah’s incomparable talents as a singer, with her vocal range that is nothing short of legendary, are matched by her brilliance as a songwriter, producer, and performer par excellence. Mariah’s chart records have established her enduring place in music history, a position that is cherished and supported by her loyal fans worldwide. I look forward to building upon all of Mariah’s success for years to come.”

Carey added, “I am putting my heart and soul into making more new music. I am so thrilled for this next chapter and to continue working with, and for, everyone that I love.”

The new arrangement extends the long-term association between Epic and Carey. She was personally signed to the label by LA Reid in 2015. In July, Carey will return to her Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace and will also head out on a North American summer tour with Lionel Richie.