By now, you and all the Lambily members in your life should be well
aware that Mariah Carey
is back with a gorgeous new record, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse
, which was emancipated onto iTunes
early this week (May 27).
From last year’s hashtag-friendly summer anthem “#Beautiful” to Valentine’s Day treat “You’re Mine (Eternal)” to her disco revival jam “You Don’t Know What To Do (feat. Wale),” the ever-elusive diva is bringing on the heartbreak and the sweet, sweet sounds on her LP.
We’ve got some copies of Mimi’s latest body of work, which we’d absolutely love to give to a few lucky readers. You want to win a copy? It’s easy, dahhhhling. All you need to do…is have a moment. More »
‘s new LP Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
isn’t selling as well as expected
but Mimi remains completely unbothered. She’s too busy jetting around the globe to accept random awards
to notice. And when the pop icon isn’t being feted for her brilliant career, she’s blasting the album for her kids and they can’t get enough of it.
Need proof? Mariah just posted an adorable video of daughter Monroe Cannon singing along to Elusive Chanteuse ballad “Supernatural” in the car. And this cutie isn’t just humming, she’s belting the song out like a true professional. After all, she features on the studio version with brother Moroccan Cannon. Watch the adorable home movie after jump. More »
Each month, we’re taking a look back at the albums that piqued our pop interest, pitting them against each other and then asking you
to decide which album ultimately ruled.
It’s that oh-so-special time once again: The “Best Of” Ibrawlator for May! Last month, the ever-fancy I-G-G-Y Iggy Azalea took home the gold with her debut, The New Classic — and she’s surely not slowing down now.
But now, it’s time to take a look back and reflect on the best pop records of May.
The nominees for May? Mariah Carey‘s newly emancipated Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, Cher Lloyd‘s bratty Sorry I’m Late, Coldplay‘s chilling Ghost Stories, Lily Allen‘s social commentary-laden Sheezus and the King Of Pop Michael Jackson‘s posthumous Xscape.
Now we want to know: Which one takes the crown for May’s best album? It’s time for you to decide. More »
It’s unofficially Mariah Carey
Week here at the Idolator office (oh, okay — it’s pretty much official), and to celebrate the release of the diva’s brilliantly-titled 14th (!!) studio album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
, we’ve compiled her five best high notes from her singles over the past 24 years in one ear-splitting video (above).
We all first heard scrawny, 21-year-old Mariah hit that glorious, garage-door-opening whistle register with her very first single, “Vision Of Love,” back in 1990. It was just the first of a staggering 18 #1s she racked up on the Billboard Hot 100 over the decades, and in that time, Mimi’s high note has become one of her biggest trademarks. More »
‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
is one of the artistic high points of the superstar’s long and glittering career but that hasn’t translated into bumper sales. The album is predicted to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 in its opening week, which should snare a top five debut on the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, that number is unlikely to knock Coldplay
‘s Ghost Stories
from the summit.
While many Lambs are quick to point out that Mimi isn’t known for huge opening bows, 2009′s Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel still managed to sell 168,000 copies in its first seven days. So what went wrong? It’s impossible to pinpoint exactly but the endless rescheduling, lack of a massive radio hit to spearhead the release (“#Beautiful” is now a year old) and botched ‘surprise’ rollout certainly didn’t help. More »
Last night at the World Music Awards
in Monte-Carlo, Monaco, Mariah Carey
took home the Pop Icon Award for having the most number one singles in America, but not without reaffirming her true diva status first. Arriving four hours late, Mimi delayed the awards show as well as her own launch party for her latest album Me, I am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse
, causing artists such as Miley Cyrus
and Tinie Tempah
to wait patiently in the wings. Nonetheless, the reasons for her late arrival still remains unknown.
As if that wasn’t enough drama surrounding the WMA’s, NBC, who was supposed to air the awards ceremony, aired a re-run of the Last Comic Standing instead. While NBC has kept quiet about situation, Billboard suspects that it was live-stream technical difficulties that caused NBC to do the last minute switch.
Watch a clip of Mariah opening up the show down below. More »
Five years after the release of her last album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel,
pop queen Mariah Carey
has returned with new LP. And ever since the superstar revealed her album’s slightly oddball title, the emergence of Me. I am Mariah… the Elusive Chanteuse
has been accompanied by just a slight sense of… huh?
Straying away from her usual synthy, sparkly numbers, Mimi is trying out a more laidback R&B approach this time around, which fans are finding either pleasantly surprising or a bit baffling.
Our own Mike Wass helps weather some of the confusion, explaining, “It’s a concept album of sorts, a loving stroll through the history of R&B — from the Motown era to the ‘90s, with detours through disco and early hip-hop… There’s little instant gratification but, if you’re patient, the songs become richer and deeper with each listen.”
But, what does the rest of the Web have to say about it? Check it out below. More »
Mariah Carey’s grammatically suspect new album drops in just one week (on May 27), and ahead of the long-awaited release Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
is streaming at iTunes. Of course, we’ve already heard “Thirsty” (both with
and without Rich Homie Quan
), “You Don’t Know What To Do,”
” and “You’re Mine (Eternal)
,” but there’s plenty to unpack here.
The album opens with the old school ballad “Cry,” and that’s followed by the sultry Mike Will Made It-produced “Faded,” where that whistle register is in full effect by the end. Things stay low key for much of side one, only truly getting turnt on “Thirsty.” As a whole, the LP leans toward a more classic R&B core, but it’s still a varied listen that lives up to the “elusive” title.
Stream the new Mariah album on iTunes Radio. More »
‘s “You Don’t Know What to Do”
has made its radio debut. Early on May 19, featured rapper Wale called in
to The Russ Parr Morning Show to properly introduce the song to listeners.
When Carey debuted the song on TODAY, the resulting performance was kind of elaborate. She was draped on a baby grand, flanked by doting men and wearing a long, fingerless glove on just one hand. In comparison, “You Don’t Know What to Do” is as much of a no-brainer as “#Beautiful” (hashtag and all) was last year. It’s a breezy and effortless disco throwback with a hook that everyone can sing; Carey sounds less concerned with vocal acrobatics than actually having a good time.
Hear the radio debut of Mariah Carey’s “You Don’t Know What to Do,” off Me. I Am Mariah … The Elusive Chanteuse, after the jump. More »