Did you feel that festive feeling this week? The Christmas season is truly upon us — and now that Mariah Carey
, Ariana Grande
, Kelly Clarkson
and Leona Lewis
serenaded us at the Rockefeller Center Tree Lighting Ceremony
, it’s really official.
But the pop releases haven’t stopped just yet! Our beloved ringleader Britney Spears released her eighth studio album Britney Jean, her Most Personal Album Ever, while we saw new releases from the likes of Justin Bieber. Lana Del Rey dropped her long-awaited, gorgeously shot mini-film Tropico. And, we at Idolator started taking a look back at 2013 with our favorite albums list. Did your favorites make the cut too? If not — don’t worry, we’ve got a readers poll going too! And, we even got some of our faves to weigh in on their faves, starting with Tegan & Sara.
And finally, Idol alum Carrie Underwood pulled off the (near) impossible with a live staging of The Sound Of Music on NBC. It was a ratings smash — but did you like it? As always, you guys had plenty to say about this week’s pop happenings. More »
and two of her biggest fans — Leona Lewis
and Ariana Grande
— kicked off the festive season last night (December 4) with stellar performances on NBC’s Christmas In Rockefeller Center
. Given Mimi’s obvious influence on the careers of her co-stars, the sparkly Xmas special turned out to be something of a diva duel. And they all brought their A-games.
When it comes to Christmas, nobody does it better than Mariah. Period. The queen of the holidays looked ravishing in her plunging gowns and showed off her full range with spectacular renditions of “Joy To The World” and her own Yuletide classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You”.
Wearing a shiny gold dress, Leona more than held her own with perky holiday hit “One More Sleep” and a glorious interpretation of “White Christmas”. Her backing vocalists could do with dance lessons though. Also on the bill was Yours Truly songbird Ariana Grande, who expertly performed new single “Love Is Everything”. Watch the divas in action after the jump. More »
Christmas without Mariah Carey
would be like Thanksgiving without turkey. Thankfully, Saint Nick’s spirit animal takes her duties seriously and officially kicked off the festive season last night (December 3) with a performance at Rockefeller Center’s 81st annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony.
Mimi belted out a holiday medley in two suitably glamorous ensembles. There was a body-hugging red dress, which she teamed with long black gloves, and a gem-studded, sparkly white gown. It goes without saying that Mariah looked absolutely divine. Her performance will be aired on NBC tonight. More »
Week! Yes, this week was full o’ Miss Lady Gaga
: From her crazy #ARTRAVE release party
in New York, to the official release of ARTPOP
(check out our review!
), to her candid interview with Howard Stern
, it was all about Mother Monster’s Reverse Warholian Expedition.
But that’s not all — there was tons happening in pop: Almighty diva Mariah Carey dropped her long-awaited “The Art Of Letting Go,” RiRi gave us something to get scared about with the creepy “What Now” video and we started looking back at the best albums of 2013. (Have you voted yet?) Plus, we celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Jay-Z‘s The Black Album and the 5 year B’Day of Beyonce‘s I Am…Sasha Fierce with a Stan & Deliver.
We also had a bunch of premieres ourselves, including Never Shout Never‘s Christmas collabo with Dia Frampton on “Meet Me Under The Mistletoe” and Sabi‘s cover of Fleetwood Mac‘s “Dreams” And of course, you guys had a ton of things to say about all the releases this week. Check it out! More »
Someone just lost their job! Mariah Carey
is fuming because the wrong version of her new single “The Art Of Letting Go”
was premiered earlier this week and she wants everyone to know about it. “A mistake was made by a brand new sound engineer whose only task was to press the space bar and upload the song to Facebook,” Mimi explained to Lambs. It turns out he uploaded an unfinished mix instead.
“While my team, and an incredible group of people from Facebook, partied while listening to the properly mixed and mastered version of ‘The Art of Letting Go’ on repeat from my iPod on my home speakers… there was no reason for me to wonder if the final mix we were listening to in that room together was different than what you were listening to!”
Mariah the explained that the incorrect version is only slightly different to the finished version. But that’s not the point. “There’s no doubt in my mind that this sounds like a self absorbed diva on a ‘woe-is-me’ tangent about a couple of ad libs or some other triviality, but the reality is this is me, focusing solely on the record, wanting you to hear it and experience it the right way,” she concluded.
The moral of the story is — don’t mess with Mimi’s sonic perfection while she’s partying with big wigs! I hope this guy at least got a reference before being walked out of the building and banished from the industry forever. Listen to the correct version of “The Art Of Letting Go” after the jump. More »
All Lambs know that Mariah Carey
has a wicked sense of humor — a fact underlined by a prank she recently orchestrated with Jimmy Fallon
. The talk show host invited a bunch of fans along to a recording studio to listen to Mimi’s new single “The Art Of Letting Go”
. Little did they know that they would be serenaded by the great diva herself instead of hearing a recording.
This is so much fun. Mariah looks amazing wandering from room to room with her long black gloves and bejeweled microphone and the fan reactions are hilarious. I actually think these Lambs did a great job of staying composed. If this happened to me I would be levitating like the mom in The Conjuring. Watch up top. More »
was on Hot 97
this week and chatted with host Angie Martinez
. The pals were rocking a mini fan and drinking sparkling cider out of champagne flutes, so it was like a bizarro version of the fourth hour of TODAY
and no topic was off limits — including dem babies (they’re featured on a song from The Art Of Letting Go
) and Carey’s marriage to Nick Cannon
(she wishes he would “silencio just a little bit” when it comes to flaunting their relationship in public). After ten minutes of drinking and gabbing, Mariah’s guard was fully down, and that’s when she started dishing on her American Idol
judging stint, and sort of jokingly referred to Nicki Minaj
Carey starting off bluntly when asked if she enjoyed her time on the reality singing competition: “Honestly, I hated it.” Much of her distress, apparently, was due to the fact that she was under the impression it would be a three-person panel with Randy Jackson and not-Nicki. The result? “It was like Hell. It was like going to work everyday in Hell with Satan,” she laughed. “Nah I’m just playing. It didn’t affect me that much.” That sort of joking-but-not-really shade is straight out of Diva Power Moves 101.
Watch the full interview below (the Idol chatter begins at 10:00), and steel yourselves for a Minaj response. More »
Okay! Mariah Carey
is back with her new single, the long-teased title track from her upcoming LP The Art Of Letting Go
, and it’s — well, it’s a ballad! It’s a ballad, and it has lots of words in it — SAT words like “dominion” and “audacity” and then silly words like “trifling” and the hilarious call-to-action “Go to Mimi on your contacts” — and it’s not entirely clear what Mariah is up to here, given that the Darkchild
-produced track is slow and snoozy and borderline chorus-free. (The refrain announces itself so gently, you’d almost miss it.) Certainly it’s hook-bereft — there’s nothing to sing along to.
Mariah’s much-discussed fondness for polysyllabism aside, “Letting Go” is still heavy-handed and dreary. There’s a reason the best songs are often the simplest, and it’s because lyrics like, “Letting go is just exceedingly hurtful” don’t pack much of an emotional punch. Her vocals, as ever, sound great, but this type of slow-burning torch ballad feels old-fashioned and, frankly, irrelevant — a disappointing departure from the spare, lovely vibe of “#Beautiful.” More »
Well, Mariah Carey
‘s upcoming hundredth studio album The Art Of Letting Go
has been plagued by delays
and underperforming singles (sorry, “Triumphant”), but there’s no arguing that “#Beautiful”
was great — and she looks quite #beautiful indeed on the cover artwork for the upcoming title track
, which she’s releasing as the next single from the LP. Wearing a swimsuit thing on a beach against a golden sunset, sporting tousled waves, her body is emancipated — just like her spirit. (!!!)
It’s also an upgrade from the dismally sloppy “#Beautiful” artwork — and a good sign of things to come. Seriously, it’s nothing short of remarkable that the immaculately preserved songstress manages to look this good. Even if this album fails to launch, we’ll always have the loveliness of her promotional photos. More »
dropped by CNN to discuss her much-anticipated new single “The Art Of Letting Go”, which premieres on Facebook on November 11. The pop legend first tackled the title, saying: “There is an art learning how to let go of things in your life, people in your life, things that are not good for you — whatever the case may be.”
As for the future smash’s innovative social media launch? “I realize the importance of being able to have my international fans experience the song as well as my domestic fans,” Mimi acknowledges wisely. She then talks about the song, revealing: “There’s an emotion to it. As you listen to the song from start to finish, you can tell that it’s me.” Watch up top. More »