Mariah Carey recently opened up to Billboard
about her revised album plans, scrapping The Art Of Letting Go
and instead resorting to a somewhat condensed marketing strategy which would involve the announcement of the album’s title, tracklist and artwork all at once. Well, the big day is upon us. Last night (April 30), Mariah announced Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse
, which is out May 27. That is the actual title of her new album, and it is completely insane.
However! In that Billboard interview she said the title comes from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life,” and in the new YouTube clip announcing the news, she explains it’s from a a self-portrait she drew when she was three-and-a-half, and that the drawing serves as the LP’s back cover. So, OK, that sort of takes the edge off. But still, her label’s marketing team couldn’t have been too happy about the choice.
And then there’s the matter of the tracklist. There are guest spots from Wale, Nas, Mary J. Blige and, ugh, R. Kelly. And if you thought a song title with a hashtag in it was annoying, well then your head may explode when you see one contains a period and another is called “Money ($ * / …).”
Check out Mariah’s video with the announcement below, as well as the full tracklist and back cover. More »
‘s “Almost Home”
was the most underrated pop ballad of 2013. From the soaring vocal runs to the wind machine abuse in the David LaChapelle
‘s stylish video, everything about the Oz The Great And Powerful
soundtrack cut was vintage Mimi. As such, I had little interest in an alternate version that recently surfaced online but it actually turned out to be well worth a listen.
Originally produced by Stargate, Mariah’s best power ballad since “Through The Rain” was overhauled by Dapo Torimiro for movie marketing purposes that remain unclear. He tones down “Almost Home” substantially — making it more of a melodic slow jam and less of a fist-clutching exercise in fabulousness. I prefer over-the-top Mimi, so I’ll stick with the original but this is cool too. Have a listen after the jump. More »
Each month, we take a look at our favorite pop stars gracing the glossy covers of fashion, health, music and lifestyle magazines across the world and ask you to choose the best cover!
Summer is just around the corner, and our favorite pop princesses are doing a fine job of making sure we’re all were aware. How so? By stripping down and sizzlin’ up the covers of today’s hottest fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines. In fact, this just might be the hottest, most skin-baring Magazine Melee set to date.
Check out the upcoming covers below, and then place your vote for your favorite of the month! More »
Nobody really knows what’s going on with Mariah Carey
‘s much-delayed 14th studio album. One minute, the opus formerly known as The Art Of Letting Go
is getting a surprise release
a la Beyonce
— the next, Def Jam is pulling the plug
and going with something more traditional. It’s a mess unbefitting a legend of Mimi’s standing but she will, no doubt, rise above and remain triumphant.
The “#Beautiful” diva clearly believes in the project and she’s doing her all to plug it despite the embarrassing setbacks. Hell, Mariah even stripped for Terry Richardson in the name of promotion! The stunning 45-year-old posed for the sleazy snapper on the cover of Wonderland. magazine in sexy Agent Provocateur lingerie and her own glamorous accessories (of course, Mimi owns long leather gloves and multiple pearl necklaces).
I don’t know how I feel about Mariah adding her name to the already long list of pop stars to disrobe for Terry Richardson but she manages to keep it relatively classy by covering up (to a certain extent) with a silk jacket. I also love that she’s holding a glass of champagne. There just needs to be a rainbow in the background for this to be the most Mimi image ever! See the full cover after the jump. More »
In her Billboard cover story
, Mariah Carey
revealed that she has all but scrapped The Art Of Letting Go
, deciding instead to announce a completely new album title and release the updated project “as a body of work” so fans could hear it “as if they were listening to it with me for the first time.” The magazine spoke with Jermaine Dupri
and others involved to confirm that the LP would be released in a Beyonce
-lite manner, meaning all-at-once digitally a week before physical copies hit shelves.
Welp, now Billboard reports that Carey’s label, Def Jam, has totally nixed that plan. Def Jam Executive VP for Media Laura Swanson said the album will see a traditional promo strategy leading up to a “late May” simultaneous digital/physical release. More »
Phew! Well, we somehow made it, Idolator readers: It’s Friday! And today alone was action packed in pop world, from Mariah‘s semi-surprise record drop announcement to Billboard
, to J.Lo
dishing us the dirt on her upcoming LP over breakfast to RiRi
‘s drop dead gorgeous spread for Vogue Brazil
. This week saw the pranky-heavy premiere of Katy Perry
‘s “Birthday” video
, the surprisingly controversial, undeniably WTF-heavy clip for Avril Lavigne
‘s “Hello Kitty,”
plus the release of two major records by two pop divas: Kelis
and Iggy Azalea
‘s The New Classic
, which is already set to make a mighty debut
next week on the charts.
Speaking of Iggy and Kelis, we’re hooking you guys up with two very special contests: A giveaway of The New Classic AND a giveaway Food on vinyl — plus a Sonos wireless HiFi system. Make sure you enter ‘em now! PLUS, we’re hosting a special Twitter takeover (#SirensChat) with the “Sirens” diva herself Cher Lloyd on Tuesday. Please join us!
As always, you guys had plenty to say. Check out the week’s best comments below! More »
‘s May 3 issue, and inside she reveals a new plan for her forthcoming 14th album, and it’s being described as a Beyonce
-style release. According to the magazine
, “Carey will be taking a surprise approach to the project by revealing her new album’s title, track listing, artwork and music all at once via to-be-announced digital partners (a physical release at retail is expected the following week.)” Um, if you announce that it’s going to be a Beyonce
-style release, then it’s not a Beyonce
Anyway, Carey’s thinking behind the strategy? After The Art Of Letting Go‘s perpetual delays and underperforming singles, it seems her fans aren’t the only ones frustrated, so she wants to take control and present it as a singular project. “I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” she said, adding, “With this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work.” More »
‘s Lambs are usually one of the most placid and peaceful fan armies to roam the internet, which makes last night’s (April 20) mini-war with Mimi’s long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri
all the more remarkable. Reports that the diva’s much-anticipated but oft-delayed The Art Of Letting Go
LP has been pulled from Island Records release schedule
sparked the Twitter revolt.
Things started in a civilized fashion with fans asking for information about the release date, which is actually fair enough. Three years have passed since Mariah’s last album hit shelves and even the most faithful fan is starting to lose patience with the project. They are also concerned that the title track and “You’re Mine (Eternal)” flopped in comparison to excellent comeback track “#Beautiful”.
After ignoring the avalanche of tweets, Dupri finally snapped and called a Lamb “a dumb ass”. That triggered jibes comparing the state of Mimi’s career to Janet Jackson‘s (who the producer dated for almost a decade) and an onslaught of increasingly harsh barbs. The heated Twitter exchange was ugly but the Lambily raised a valid point. You can’t keep postponing a project with no communication and still expect fans to shell out their hard-earned cash when it drops. See the tweets after the jump. More »
Did You Hear?
:: Has Mariah Carey delayed the release of The Art of Letting Go, again? While originally due out May 6 — and following her new single (and several remixes of) “You’re Mine (Eternal)”— the album has been quietly removed from her label Island’s release schedule. [Popdust]
:: Michelle Obama will appear alongside American Idol alum Kellie Pickler in the penultimate episode of Nashville, which airs May 6. As she has in talk shows and award shows, Obama will appear as herself. [ABC]
:: Canadian magazine Fashion denies touching up Lorde‘s nose for a cover story shoot, despite the Royals artist’s claims. “Sometimes lighting or camera angles can give the impression that things look smaller, larger or different than they really are,” editor-in-chief Bernadette Morra said. [E!]
:: Drake‘s sports commentary poked fun at Jay Z during an NBA playoff game between their hometown teams. “This is the people’s team out here tonight,” Drake said of the Toronto Raptors, adding, “Jay Z’s somewhere eating a fondue plate.” [Rolling Stone]
:: Miley Cyrus has decided to give away Moonie, the puppy that her mother Tish gifted her following the death of the Bangerz tour-featured Floyd. “It’s just to [sic] soon for me right now,” she says. [Us Weekly]
After the jump, find out what music you can catch on TV today. More »
has taken crossover appeal to a new level. Her new single off The Art of Letting Go
, “You’re Mine (Eternal),
” will receive three official dance remixes, the first by house DJ Fedde Le Grand
While the original is mostly hushed, leading gradually until Carey unleashes her whistle register, Le Grand (of 2006′s “Put Your Hands Up for Detroit”) wastes no time in building the song’s energy. The diva’s swooning vocals soar over a pulsing piano melody, helping the Dutch-born artist build a swift crescendo before the remix’s first breakdown.
Le Grand’s remix of “You’re Mine (Eternal)” follows an R&B remix featuring Trey Songz, which Carey dropped the same day as the original itself. Hear it after the jump. More »