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Even Mariah Carey’s Label Boss L.A. Reid Doesn’t Think She’s A Hitmaker These Days

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Guys, does anyone else feel really bad for Mariah Carey? She’s been having a bit of a hard time of things lately. It’s like a woman gets to a certain age and isn’t what she used to be and suddenly showbiz doesn’t wanna know. Mariah is a LEGEND, and yet even L.A. Reid, who happens to be her label boss, doesn’t think she’s got what it takes to have another hit song. How messed up is that?

From Billboard:

You signed Carey to IDJ and now Epic. Six years since her last top 10 song, what do you expect from her new single, “Infinity”?

Mariah Carey made her first hit record in 1991. To even be on the radio at this point in her career is a huge accomplishment, because radio doesn’t cater to veteran artists or legends. Radio caters to in-the-moment stars. … Nobody that put out records 25 years ago is going to have a No. 1. Not Paul, Stevie, Bruce, Mick or Keith. Not Prince, not anyone. So if she can get on the radio, we’ve done damn good. Would we like to have a No. 1? F– yeah, I’m greedy. But it’s not realistic.

I mean, in a way, I guess we need to appreciate his honesty, because while it’s messed up, he’s pretty much telling the truth. Of course, to change that, the industry needs to change, and I just don’t think that’s going to happen. But Mariah is talented! Yeah, she’s “past her prime” in terms of being seen as sexy and therefore viable (which is dumb), and yeah, she may not have the range she once did, but she can still sing better than 90% of the people on the radio these days, so it’s messed up that she can’t catch a #1 break these days. Then again, they need to give her better damn songs. “Infinity” was a fucking disaster.

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Uh Oh – Mariah Carey Cancels Vegas Show Due To “Bronchitis”

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Mariah Carey only started her residency at Caesars Palace Las Vegas last week… to less than rave reviews. Because of this, you might find it a bit suspect that suddenly she’s canceled her show this week because of “bronchitis”.  Uh oh! That doesn’t sound like a promising start.

She shared her apologies on Instagram, as you do, and promised to reschedule the missed show:

A photo posted by Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) on

Maybe she legitimately does have bronchitis, which is no good, and I hope she gets better. It just seems strange that she’s contracted this a week into a residency that was being shit on by critics and on the heels of people calling her out for not being able to hit the notes she used to hit with ease.

It has to suck for her, to be honest. She was literally one of the most successful and prolific female vocalists of the ’90s and in general, so to be losing some of the abilities you once had can’t be easy. But you can’t possibly tell me that Mariah is short on money and NEEDS this shit to stay afloat. I just don’t believe it. Of course, with famous people, it’s sometimes about the addiction to the spotlight and the fame itself more than it is the money or the “craft” of singing. I dunno, but it’s a shame.

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Mariah Carey’s First Vegas Show Was A Bust

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Aw, man. I’m super bummed to even have to write this, because y’all know Mariah Carey was my #1 diva when I was a kid. There were lots of great singers out there – Whitney and Celine being the other legends – but NO ONE could hit the notes Mariah could. Sadly, not even she can hit her own notes anymore, it seems, as her first residency show at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas this week was less than stellar – at least if you go by The New York Times!

Here’s a few selections from the rather brutal review of her first show:

“You watch the crash because you want to see how it will end: near miss or carnage, relief or horror, laughter or tears. Part of the appeal is the feeling of helplessness — you are a viewer, but not an agent. Whatever happens, you’ll be affected, but you can’t chart the course. And looking away is never the right choice.”

“On Wednesday night, Ms. Carey performed for a largely difficult two hours at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace here, the first show in what’s to be a two-year residency totaling more than 50 concerts. That she’s embarking upon something like this is already a sign of defeat: The show consists of her 18 No. 1 Billboard hits, and the last of those came in 2008. (There’s a new song, too, called “Infinity” — it won’t be No. 19.)”

“When it came to the notes, though, the struggle was real. From the beginning of the night, she was tentative and inconsistent. She sang parts of several songs an octave lower than the recordings. Often she appeared to be holding back, as if to build up to a big moment, only to shy away from it. As she’s aged, her voice has gotten huskier, but sometimes the rasp felt like a glitch, not a goal.”

“On faster songs, like “Dreamlover,” “Honey” and “Fantasy,” Ms. Carey was practically tiptoeing. “Fantasy” featured Ol’ Dirty Bastard, who died in 2004, rapping via video, and he felt more alive than Ms. Carey, who was right there onstage.”

“Even Ms. Carey’s movements were kept to a minimum. Several times, she was wheeled out on stage — singing in a pink convertible, singing on a Jet Ski, singing on a round bed.

She stood the most still when she was aiming the highest: not for the run-of-the-mill big notes, but the stratospheric ones that made her untouchable 25 years ago. She has a routine. Before she sings them, she pauses for a bit, puts her hand to her eardrum, then points to the sky as the laserlike shrieks come out.”

Oh, man. That is BRUTAL. I’m so disappointed – I feel really bad for Mariah. She was amazing! What happened to her voice? Why doesn’t she just retire? She can’t possibly need more money!

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Mariah Carey Drops Nick Cannon Diss Track ‘Infinity’

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I don’t care if you like her or not – in the battle of Mariah Carey vs. Nick Cannon, Mariah is clearly the victor. Nick wants to trot around acting like a child, threatening to release a book of his soon-to-be ex-wife’s “secrets” in order to gain money that he can’t earn himself and she won’t give him for free. What’s Mariah doing? She’s putting out the ultimate diss track. It’s called ‘Infinity’ and it’s about to become your ultimate jam.

With lines like “Boy, you corny like Fritos / Wouldn’t have none of that without me, though” basically make my life. Then there’s this little gem:

Is it lack of ice got you so cold?
Have you ever felt this on your own?
Why you tryin’ to play like you’re so grown?
Everything you own boy you still owe 

Sing it, Mariah. I’m with you!

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Mariah Carey Shows Us How Photoshop Is Done On Her New Album Cover

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All these young stars botching their Instagram pics with shitty Photoshop jobs that leaved curtains and door frames warped in the background need to take note. Mariah Carey is here to show y’all how it’s done, and we all need to bow down in respect at the bang-up job they did on the cover of her new greatest hits album, #1 to Infinity.

The above photo is Queen Mimi during a recent concert. Below is the cover of her new album – and yes, the cover photo is meant to be a brand spankin’ new photo of our favorite chanteuse:

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I mean, that’s incredible, right? Like a completely different person. And, of course, people have been calling her out left and right on social media, but whatever. Do your thing, Mariah! You look great, Photoshopped and normal.

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Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon played nice for Easter

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Things haven’t been all that kosher between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon lately – in fact, it seems to be getting nasty, with Nick threatening to write a tell-all book about Mariah’s secret life unless she gets out the checkbook and writes him one to the tune of $30 million. But it seems they were able to put their differences aside long enough to be civil for the sake of their kids on Easter.

Monroe and Moroccan are still little and the Easter bunny is an important thing in their lives, as are Easter egg hunts and candy. I’m not sure where this event was being held or why Moroccan seems to have only one part of Buzz Lightyear’s costume, but let’s just go with it. Parenting!

Mariah even hit up the kitchen this weekend to make some gluten-free Easter lasagna, as you do, and some adorable cupcakes!

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Like only a diva could, obviously.

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Nick Cannon is writing a tell-all book about his marriage to Mariah Carey

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Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey split up last year, and it hasn’t necessarily been amicable. Nick’s been trying to siphon money out of Mariah any way he can, Mariah wants no part of his fuckery and the whole thing is a mess. But since Nick isn’t really banking it as the host of the ridiculous America’s Got Talent and Mariah’s not loosening her purse strings, he’s had to come up with another way to bring home the bacon, and that apparently means writing a tell-all about their marriage.

From The Daily Mail:

Mariah Carey rejected Nick Cannon’s numerous demands for a $30 million divorce settlement, so he is now writing a tell-all book about the secrets of their marriage. Daily Mail writes, “He plans to get his payday for being married to her one way or another.”

“Mariah was willing to give Nick $10 million but he said ‘hell no’ and demanded $30,” said a family friend. But Nick insists he deserves more, even though the two signed a prenuptial agreement.

Nick has already signed a deal with major publishing company Simon and Schuster.

“Nick says he is going to tell the world about Mariah’s drug use, her strange eating habits, psychosis, what she has said about other artists, her sexual proclivities and her parenting skills. It which will really be hurtful,” the insider continued. “And Nick is also going to explain why he thinks he should have full custody of the twins. Mariah has admitted she never wanted children and Nick is going to tell the world why she felt that way. (lies!) If Nick was not willing to spill all of their nasty and salacious secrets he would not have gotten a book deal. So obviously, Simon and Schuster feel this is going to be a blockbuster and they signed him up.”

Keep it classy, Nick Cannon. Nothing says dignity like trying to cash in while simultaneously trying to embarrass the person you once claimed to love. Not to mention he’s trying to make a case for why he should have custody of the twins when… he’s the one being publicly quite nasty about their split. A man like that should NOT be raising children, and I feel bad for those kids because they’ll have to grow up with a scumbag father who was intent on taking down their mother. What a piece of shit.

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