Mariah Carey‘s world tour The Elusive Chanteuse Show got off to a shaky start in Tokyo, Japan with reports of vocal troubles but the legendary diva appears to have found her groove. The 44-year-old recently created history in China by becoming the first western artist to play five stadiums (she was also the first western artist to perform in Tianjin province) and has been selling out shows across Asia.
Mimi rolled into Bangkok, Thailand last night/today — depending on where you live — and got her Halloween on by rocking a sexy Mrs. Claus ensemble that showed off her famous curves. It’s great to see Mariah having so much while being the most important US cultural ambassador to visit Asia, possibly ever. See more cute pics from her Thai Halloween celebration after the jump. More »
What a week in pop!
With 1989 just days away, it’s been all Taylor Swift all the time: From “Welcome To New York,” to Target commercials, to secret sessions and everything in between. So! Much! Taylor! But Tay’s not the only artist with new stuff out: Gwen Stefani made her grand comeback with “Baby Don’t Lie”! Plus, Sound Of A Woman siren Kiesza kept us dancing through the week, while Jessie Ware came in for a softer approach on the gorgeous Tough Love.
At the same time, Mariah Carey notched yet another achievement with her current China tour and Jennifer Lopez is all-but-confirmed for Vegas.
Around here, we premiered t.A.T.u. darling Lena Katina‘s “Who I Am” video, celebrated the 20th anniversary of Madonna‘s under-appreciated Bedtime Stories and spoke to Jasmine V and Kiesza. Phew!
As per usual, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
Much has been said about the legendary Mariah Carey‘s The Elusive Chanteuse Show which kicked off in Asia at the beginning of the month, from the good (hear her cover Billie Holiday‘s “Don’t Explain”!) to the bad, including those iffy opening night vocals — which have seemingly improved.
But while the Western world continues to chatter away, Mimi’s simply too busy breaking all sorts of international touring records while hitting her stops in China.
According to her official website, as of this week, Mariah Carey just became “the first ever western artist to play 5 stadiums in China and the first ever western artist to perform in Tianjin.” A major feat!
And to celebrate to achievement, she’s just uploaded a very special montage video featuring her performances of “Hero,” recorded live from all 5 stadiums in Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Check out the video after the jump. More »
Oh boy, was it a super jam-packed week for pop music! The 2014 American Music Awards nominations were announced, with Iggy Azalea leading the pack. Ariel Pink dissed Madonna‘s recent work, while Christina Aguilera announced her return to The Voice next year along with new music – SAY! We also interviewed Nicole Scherzinger about her upcoming LP, Big Fat Lie and launched an Ibrawlator where you can vote for which pop diva will have the best album by year’s end!
Our favorite insightful tweeters, Chris Brown and Azealia Banks gave their thoughts on the Ebola epidemic. Speaking of Banks, she decided to jump into the messy Snoop Dogg vs. Iggy Azalea social media feud. Snoop has since apologized for starting the drama. But the biggest and most shocking news of the week was Kesha revealing she’d allegedly been sexually and physically abused by producer Dr. Luke for 10 years. The singer has sued the producer, which escalated into a messy lawsuit.
As always, our readers had a lot to say. But they were definitely more opinionated than usual! Check out some of the week’s best comments after the jump. More »
The poor performance of Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse album is one of 2014′s greatest mysteries. It’s arguably her best album since The Emancipation Of Mimi — a view supported by an avalanche of excellent reviews. So why didn’t it sell? Def Jam’s new CEO Steve Bartels was asked just that in a recent interview with Billboard and his answer is pretty simple.
“Sometimes an artist — and in the case of Mariah, an artist I’ve worked with for 10 years — makes an amazing album that just doesn’t connect with the audience,” the respected music exec explained. “Of course that is very disappointing, but it would be impossible to pinpoint that down to just one thing.” He then sang the iconic diva’s praises, saying: “I’ve enjoyed incredible success with Mariah and many of those hit songs and albums have made Billboard history. But this latest effort just didn’t go all the way.”
While that explanation certainly rings true, there were other factors at play. The continually-changing release date, botched surprise rollout, unflattering cover, confusing title, lack of a radio hit and bizarre promotion that found Mariah riding the subway around New York City certainly didn’t help. It’s also disappointing that we never got videos for potential hits “Thirsty” or “You Don’t Know What To Do”. Let’s hope everything falls into place next time because I really miss hearing Mimi on the radio. More »
The Elusive Chanteuse Show might have only just kicked off in Tokyo on October 4, but already, Mariah Carey‘s been plagued with vocal problems.
While the glamorous Me. I Am Mariah diva has delighted the Lambily with the show’s promising set list — including a cover of Billie Holiday‘s “Don’t Explain” — the songstress hasn’t entirely been able to sustain some of those higher notes that sealed her legacy as a legend in years past.
From TMZ: “It’s clear she couldn’t hit the high notes she’s famous for. It seemed like Mariah forgot the lyrics…however it’s possible her microphone gave out since the stand broke during her performance of ‘We Belong Together.’”
And, unfortunately, fan footage from the event seems to confirm the report. More »
Mariah Carey launched her world tour, The Elusive Chanteuse Show, on October 4 in Tokyo. And as she promised, there were surprises. Halfway through her career-spanning set, Carey and trusted music director Jim Wright launched into a faithful cover of Billie Holiday‘s “Don’t Explain” – as she pointed out while performing, the same 1945 song that Diana Ross has covered many times before.
Holiday wrote “Don’t Explain” about her then-husband Jimmy Monroe. One night, Monroe came home with lipstick marks on his shirt collar. “I saw the lipstick,” Holiday wrote in her 1956 autobiography, Lady Sings the Blues. “I saw it and he started explaining and explaining. I could stand anything but that. Lying to me was worse than anything he could have done with any bitch.”
The original version of “Don’t Explain” is quite heartbreaking. Meanwhile, Carey sang the song as if she was remembering an old favorite. She tried her best to keep her voice as hushed as Holiday’s, though with her being an ultimate diva and the Elusive Chanteuse and all, she also couldn’t help doing some playful ad-libbing and improvisation in the process. Hear both versions below. More »
didn’t make a great impression on the Australian media yesterday (September 7) when she walked out of a press event after being snapped from the wrong angle. It seems the My Everything
diva issued a long list of strict instructions to attending journalists and photographers that included not asking questions about Mariah Carey
or taking photos from the left side of her face.
Everything went to plan until Ari attended a shoot with local publication mX. The 21-year-old allegedly thought her top was unflattering, so she went to change — and never came back. That sounds fairly unprofessional but, if reports are to be believed, things turned farcical when Grande’s team tried to prevent photographer Chris Pavlich from leaving with his camera equipment. More »
:: This is just gross. Charli XCX
was recording a drop (a fancy term for an introduction) for Dutch radio when the host asked if she was fingering herself. She was upset (for good reason) and took to Twitter to vent her frustrations. [Spin
:: Demi Lovato must love Halloween because she’s already modeling zombie make-up on Instagram. The Disney diva explained that she’s experimenting with scary looks for her new tour. [MTV]
:: Could this be the wake-up call he needs? Justin Bieber has found himself in more legal trouble. The superstar will face charges of assault and dangerous driving in a court in Ontario, Canada on September 29. [NME]
:: Nick Cannon appears to be dealing with his separation from wife Mariah Carey by throwing himself into work. The TV host/part-time artist is writing a book for children called Neon Aliens Ate My Homework and Other Poems. [Rickey.Org]
Find out what music you can catch on TV today after the jump. More »
Happy Friday, Idolator readers! Are you ready for your pop knowledge quiz? Let’s review what happened this week, shall we?
All eyes were on Taylor Swift as the country-pop diva held a Yahoo live-stream to reveal details about her fifth studio album 1989, which will be released in October. Tay also premiered her Max Martin/Shellback-produced single “Shake It Out” as well as the track’s dorky video. What’s more, Nicki Minaj dropped her jungle-themed, sweaty and ass-tastic visual for “Anaconda,” Scottish beatsmith Calvin Harris previewed a clip of “Blame” with British crooner John Newman, and Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett shared their tracklist for their jazz album, Cheek To Cheek.
Here on Idolator, we premiered Benny Benassi’s latest single “Shooting Helicopters” with System of a Down’s Serj Tankian and, in lieu of the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards, held our first-ever glamour-filled Idolator Floppy Awards.
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Read the week’s best comments below! More »