Posts tagged "Mariah Carey"

Mariah Carey Arrives (More Than) Fashionably Late To The World Music Awards

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 »

Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’: Review Revue

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 ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’: Album Review

Forget about the ridiculous title, botched rollout and highly questionable cover art. Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse is an incredibly solid LP that makes much more sense as a complete body of work than the long trail of mystifying buzz singles would have you believe. 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. The emphasis is on real instruments (as opposed to samples and synths), which gives Mariah Carey‘s precious pipes room to shine.Sounds pretty good, right? Well, it mostly is but The Elusive Chanteuse is also one of the great diva’s least accessible albums. With the exception of current single “Thirsty” and Wale-assisted bop “You Don’t Know What To Do”, there are no bright, sparkly pop moments for radio to latch on to and the album’s backwards-glancing production occasionally comes across as more dated than nostalgic. It doesn’t help that most of the songs are sprawling mid-tempo grooves or ballads, which will, no doubt, resonate with fans of the golden age of R&B but cause others to tune out.

So where does that leave you? With an album that takes time to seep under your skin. There’s little instant gratification but, if you’re patient, the songs become richer and deeper with each listen. Take “The Art Of Letting Go”. The LP’s former title track (it’s now relegated to the deluxe edition) sounded like a wordy, tune-less mess when it came and went in late 2013. In context, however, the rambling Darkchild-produced mantra really comes into its own and, now, I can’t imagine a Mimi playlist without it. More »

Stream Mariah Carey’s ‘Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’

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,”#Beautiful” 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 »

Mariah Carey’s “You Don’t Know What To Do” Makes Its Radio Debut: Listen

Mariah Carey‘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 »

Whatcha Say: Solange, Beyonce and Mariah Carey Got Our Readers Talking

It’s Friday, Idolator readers! And what an unexpected week in pop it was, right Solange‘s shocking assault of Jay Z in an elevator with Bey made the Internet explode on Monday, followed by the memes and Twitter detective work by the BeyHive. (And then the family made a statement and now everything is back to normal. Right?!)

But it wasn’t all about elevators and high kicks: King of Pop himself Michael Jackson returned with his all-around great posthumous record Xscape, Glee wrapped up for the season and Danity Kane made a thirst-quenching return with their new single, “Lemonade.” Plus, Sheezus herself Lily Allen dropped by the Idolator studio and made her first TV performance in America in ages. (Also, have you entered to win a copy of Sheezus yet?)

As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »

Mariah Carey & Wale Debut “You Don’t Know What To Do” On ‘TODAY’: Watch

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Mariah Carey debuted a new song, “You Don’t Know What to Do” featuring Wale, on May 16 at TODAY. She appeared as she did at this year’s BET Honors – in a slinky black dress, while draped over a baby grand piano. But the song isn’t the same sort of throwback to nightclub jazz. Instead, it delivers a sleek, contemporary update to late ’70s disco. It’s what Daft Punk (and Pharrell) did in last year’s song of the summer, “Get Lucky.”

Pay close attention to the lone roller-skater on the stage – he got the right idea. More »

From “Vision Of Love” To “Thirsty”, Mariah Carey’s 16 Best Single Covers

Mariah Carey breathed new life into her Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse album campaign by dropping “Thirsty” earlier this week. The super catchy club banger not only hit the spot musically, it also delivered yet another piece of visual art in the form of a sexy, sassy and possibly CGI-generated single cover. It’s outrageous and completely over-the-top. In other words, vintage Mimi.

That got me thinking about all the amazing single covers that went before it. Who can forget the microphone stand-grabbing drama of “Vision Of Love” or the quirky wet seal styling of “Obsessed”? Mariah’s more-is-more approach to artwork deserves its own coffee table book but until that happens, find my 16 favorite Mimi covers up top. (Note: this gallery is best viewed while listening to Rainbow). More »

Mariah Carey’s “Thirsty” Hook Was Lifted From Purple Crush? The Pop Duo Certainly Thinks So

Mariah Carey‘s Elusive Chanteuse campaign finally hit its stride when endlessly quotable club-banger “Thirsty” dropped earlier this week. It’s just what the world wants from Mimi — a flawless vocal, slick production (courtesy of Hit-Boy) and an insanely catchy hook. Only, Los Angeles-based duo Purple Crush claim the diva stole the latter from their similarly-titled 2013 single.

The synth-poppers, who memorably sued Lady Gaga’s former manager/producer Rob Fusari for allegedly using their work on Born This Way, spotted the similarities between their “Thirsty” and Mariah’s, and posted a side-by-side comparison on their Instagram. The hook is the same but, then again, it’s only two words — so it could just be a coincidence? See Purple Crush’s Insta-update after the jump and decide for yourself. More »

Mariah Carey Drops A Solo Version Of New ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Single “Thirsty”: Listen

Well that didn’t take long. Mariah Carey only premiered Rich Homie Quan-assisted single “Thirsty” this morning (May 13) but a solo version of has already found its way online. And it’s an improvement on the original. Not that there’s anything wrong with the slick Hit-Boy production — I just don’t like being distracted from Mimi’s mesmerizing vocals, not even for a verse.

The other great thing about the solo version of “Thirsty” is the fact that it begins with the sound of a champagne glass being filled. Which is probably the noise that heralds Mimi’s arrival every time she enters a room. Apart from that little touch, it’s pretty much the same as the radio version. Mariah puts her man in his place over staccato beats before pulling the trigger in the ’90s R&B-referencing chorus. Listen after the new Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse single after the jump. More »