Mariah Carey has been teasing new music for a while now, and guess what: it’s finally here! Mariah’s released ‘The Art of Letting Go’, the second cut after ‘#Beautiful’ a couple months back. I really wanted to like this; I think I keep hoping for another ‘We Belong Together’ or something, especially with Jermaine Dupri being back on the scene.
Unfortunately, ‘The Art of Letting Go’ comes off as dated, lacks a lot of melody (I know, purposely, but… meh) and just isn’t very good. Not a fan. Mariah released it exclusively on her Facebook page, which is a bit of a first. Take a listen and let us know what you think in the comments below.
November 12, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Mariah Carey has been slowly recovering from a pretty serious shoulder injury she sustained during a music video shoot earlier this year, and it hasn’t been easy. In fact, Mariah’s pretty sure it’s the most difficult thing she’s ever been through in her life, which is… maybe not actually the case and seems slightly exaggerative, but what do I know?
Here’s Mariah’s letter to her “lambs” (fans) that she posted on Facebook this weekend, giving them all the updates:
I’m so happy to be able to catch up with everybody here on Facebook. The last three months of my life have not been easy. Getting through this injury has been the toughest experience of my life. It took me three months to get to this point but thank God I was able to recover and get my arm back. It’s a huge deal, it should have taken eight months and even my doctors can’t believe it. It’s been a long journey, the physical therapists have been incredible and I am very grateful to all of them for helping me.
When people expected me to go “Here I am, I’m back and everything’s great!”, it didn’t happen because my hand was still in tremendous pain and it took this long for it to heal. I’ve been working day and night, and it took a lot of rest (though I did sneak in to the studio a couple o’ times!) but I can finally say that I am on my way to a full recovery.
There’s a lot of excitement that I’m going to reveal to you very soon, and sooner than you know it, you’re going to understand why but more than that, you’re going to feel what I’ve been feeling for the past- not three months- but three years.
This is, to me, one of the most important albums I’ve ever made in my life. If you’re a lamb, a fan, or just a human being that needs to feel good, happy, sad, miserable, joyous… “I gotcha” (said like Roc- you haven’t heard how he says it yet but you will soon, it’s a complete+total classic!)
To be honest, I don’t know much about Mariah stans. They pretty much seem to stick to themselves and don’t take to sending death threats to other pop stars’ fans and some of the other fuckery that goes down on Twitter. They are, however, pretty hilariously passionate, judging by the comments beneath the open letter. Here are a few choice ones:
I really like what Javier did there, using her song titles in his comment. That shows a lot of creativity. Carlos’ use of the heart emoticon really gets his point across. Letty is a woman of few words, but her message is clear… what’s not to love?
In all seriousness, will be interesting to hear Mariah’s new material – especially with her new manager in tow. ‘We Belong Together’ and ‘Shake It Off’ were the shit. Also, I admit I used to stan for Mariah when I was 8. I literally wore my Music Box tape out from playing it so much.
October 14, 2013 at 2:30 pm by Jennifer
Mariah Carey may be having a ’90s moment, in that she’s trying to feel like her youngest sexiest self. First she hired Jermaine Dupri as her producer — does it get more old school than that? Now she’s sending a sexy pic to husband Nick Cannon all over the damn internet (above). With the sexy pic, Mariah tweeted,
Happy Birthday to my Hubby @NickCannon…”my baby I’m waiting on youuuu”hahaha! KKLB! GHL!!!! Mwah !!!!!
Mwah, Nick! Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to ALL of us.
What do you think: was it tacky and desperate of Mariah to tweet a sexy bday pic to her husband for all to see?
October 9, 2013 at 9:30 am by Catherine St. Ives
Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri have a long history and have worked together already on two songs – the classic ‘Always Be My Baby’ and ‘We Belong Together’ (which I love) – but I’ve got a serious blast from the past for you: she’s now hired him to be her manager. I seriously feel like I’ve just entered a time machine back to the mid-’90s for this one, but hey, she must know what she’s doing.
Here’s Mariah’s statement:
“We have a bond that surpasses music. I am super excited about our merger because we have so many innovative ideas that I know will come to fruition.”
And here’s Jeremaine’s:
“A multi-talented artist of Mariah’s caliber should be doing everything imaginable. I’m sure others have said this but not the way I intend to do it. For me, it’s about the execution.”
Well, aren’t we excited? I don’t think I realised until I read it in the LA Times that Mariah was being managed by Randy Jackson before this. I haven’t followed Mariah’s career closely like that since the Tommy Mottola days, so that’s that. It’ll be interesting to see what kind of material these two come up with together.
October 8, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
There’s been a lot of talk about Ariana Grande as of late, and admittedly I don’t really “get it” because I don’t know who she is. But, in the spirit of journalistic integrity, I’ve just Googled her and discovered that she’s a 20-year-old Nickelodeon star that now has an album out with a hit single. I’ve just put said “hit single” – called ‘The Way’ on on YouTube and it’s… not awful. Mac Miller is in the video, though, and that IS awful. Drop him, Ariana.
Anyway, this is all to say that Ariana has been drawing so many comparisons to Mariah Carey, it’s not even funny. Of course, ‘The Way’ is VERY reminiscent of Mariah’s singles, what with the breathy vocals and the runs she does in the background and whatnot. But is she going to be the new Mariah or is she just impersonating her, and does speculation that she just might be bother her? Nah!
From Rolling Stone:
Your vocal style draws parallels often to Mariah Carey. Do you worry that such comparisons will overshadow you?
It’s a blessing to get the comparison. When you look at “The Way” it’s obvious, but I’m not worried about it. It’s a massive compliment; she’s the greatest singer in the world, like literally, the Guinness Book of World Records. It’s an incredible compliment but it doesn’t worry me, because when you listen to my album as a whole, you get to know me.
Well, fair enough. I won’t be listening to the album, but let’s hope the rest of her tracks aren’t blatant impersonations. What do you make of her? If you are out of touch like me (I’m not, really, but I only listen to Radio 1 and she’s never played), here’s the song:
September 18, 2013 at 12:30 pm by Jennifer
Though summer’s technically not over, I think it’s time to take a look back at everything that happened these summer months. There was a LOT. What do you think was the most shocking? The most WTF? The best fashion moment? Let’s vote!
In case you need a refresher, here are some links to these stories: (more…)