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"Infinity"
Single by Mariah Carey
from the album #1 to Infinity
Released April 27, 2015
Format CD single, cassette single, 7" single, 12" single
Genre R&B, hip hop, dance-pop
Length 3:58
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Mariah Carey
Producer(s) Mariah Carey
Mariah Carey chronology
"You Don't Know What to Do"

(2014)

"Infinity"

(2015)

"Infinity" is a song by American singer-songwriter Mariah Carey. It premiered on April 27, 2015 by Columbia Records as the lead single from Carey's third compilation album, #1 to Infinity (1999). The song received mixed reviews from music critics. The music video is directed by Brett Ratner.


Background Edit

The only new recording to be included on the compilation, "Infinity" was released on April 27, 2015, to coincide with Carey's Las Vegas launch party. The accompanying music video was directed by Brett Ratner.[2] The song received positive reviews from music critics.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11] One of the lines in the song, talking about Fritos, also received generally positive feedback, with fans "freaking out" over the reference.[12]

Critical Reception Edit

The song was met with generally positive reception from music critics. Critics complimented the song's inspirational message, but many theorized that the lyrics addressed Carey's divorce from Nick Cannon, although Carey stated it was not necessarily about her personal life.[13] Alexa Camp from Slant gave the track a mixed review, saying the song "will likely be better remembered for its lyrical content". Musically she felt that "Infinity" had the "string-and-brass-laden production", and stated that "it's primary function seems to be to mask the singer's ailing voice".[14] E. Alex Jung of Vulture commented that "Infinity" showed "empowering lyrics, soaring vocals, and a chorus with multisyllabic words", and suggested that the lyrical content is related to her former husband Nick Cannon.[15] Jessica Goodman of Huffington Post praised Carey's performance and described it as "signature breathy vocals and super high notes".[16] Alyssa Bailey of Elle labeled the song "a wonderfully nostalgic breakup anthem".[17]

Andrew Unterberger for Spin was complimentary of Carey's vocals, and called song "a sweeping ballad". Underberger commented that "Infinity" is "a torch song that’s stadium-sized in both sound and emotion", but he felt that the song will not be her 19th Hot 100 number-one hit.[18]

Charts

Charts (2015) Peak

positions

US Top Twitter Tracks (Billboard) 3
Spain (PROMUSICAE) 18
Hungary (Single Top 40) 25
UK R&B (Official Charts Company) 27
US Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Billboard) 28
Sweden (DigiListan) 52
Japan (Japan Hot 100) 71
US Billboard Hot 100 82
France (SNEP) 85
UK Singles (Official Charts Company) 154

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