The singer is currently working on her eleventh studio record between recording the new series of American Idol and hopes to unveil the collection in early 2013.
"I want to go sooner, but I guess it wouldn't be ready until around January, somewhere around there," Carey told On Air with Ryan Seacrest.
"I wanted to put another single out, a ballad. I love it, but I'm still writing, I'm still working. So, you never know what it's going to end up being."
Carey released her latest single 'Triumphant (Get 'Em)' back in August. The track reached 144 on the UK chart and has so far failed to enter the US Hot 100.
Watch the music video for Mariah Carey's 'Triumphant (Get 'Em)' below: