Whatcha Say: Adam Lambert, Mariah Carey & Rihanna Got Our Readers Talking

Bianca Gracie | May 1, 2015 6:30 pm
A Closer Look At Rihanna's '#R8' Album Era
We analyze what exactly is going wrong with the singer's forthcoming LP.

We’ve finally reached the weekend, Idolator readers! The past few days were filled with major music moments, which kicked off with the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards. Acts like Nick Jonas, Natalie La Rose and Fifth Harmony performed. Zendaya and Jonas also dominated the ceremony’s red carpet.

Adam Lambert dropped his stellar “Ghost Town” visual, while Mariah Carey released her lyric video for polarizing new single “Infinity.” In weirder news, Demi Lovato caught herself in an ongoing argument with her tattoo artist.

On the Idolator ends, we gave our varying opinions on Mariah’s tune in our always-entertaining Pop Perspective. We also analyzed Rihanna’s confusing #R8 album era to see what exactly is going wrong with it.

And of course, our readers spoke their minds on the going-ons in the frantic musicworld. Read some of the best and shadiest comments below!

:: Jay doesn’t understand why Carly Rae Jepsen isn’t getting enough recognition on Carly Rae Jepsen Guest Stars On ABC Drama ‘Castle’: Watch Her Glamorous TV Moment: “I’m still baffled by this song’s underperformance, but I think in the end its going to have a decent run in the Top 100 and perhaps thats for the best for Carly. If she can have singles that have longevity that’s better than a song that is a smash hit instantly and then everyone gets sick of it because its played every hour.”

:: Jonathan isn’t feeling “Infinity” on Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” Is An Extremely Catchy Kiss-Off Anthem: Watch The Lyric Video: “Yeah, this is a mess. It has potential but the production is all over the place, her vocals are too quiet, and several layers of instruments need to be removed. That percolating beat needs to remain throughout. Who approved this?”

:: While Taj spilled the truth tea on MC on Pop Perspective: Mariah Carey’s “Infinity” Reviewed By Each Of Idolator’s Editors: It’s a ‘no’ from me, and I am a Mimi fan. Sorry, I’d love to see her back in top form but she’s become so predictably booooring with each passing release. Personally, I feel Mariah never got over the career high of Daydream/Butterfly when she was really cutting edge as mainstream pop artist/balladeer splicing urban hip-hop. Everything that’s followed feels like it’s trying to recapture old magic, especially the way she looks and a succession of ridiculously photoshopped album covers. Who’s she kidding? She needs to progress, try something new, evolve, work with different artists, stylists, directors and producers. Well done for achieving 18 number one singles; that’s no mean feat and she’s played the game very well, but it’s time to stop wallowing in former glories, move beyond her imperial phase and try something really bold and daring. Get rid of the butterflies (yawn) and change that font that’s been used for the last 2 decades. The latest Greatest Hits and Vegas residency won’t hit the refresh button, only remind casual fans that she was once a great artist. Move forward. Stop looking back.”

:: Mierzwiak was quite sassy on Britney Spears And Iggy Azalea To Deliver A “Super Surprise” At The Billboard Music Awards: “Super surprise? Performing LIVE, maybe? :P”

:: Anthony Gilbert Aragon shared his thoughts on A Closer Look At Rihanna’s ‘#R8’ Album Era — What Is Going Wrong?: “Yes the #R8 era is very messy at this point,which is sad because I’ve had such high hopes for it. The one song I don’t like of her new music is American Oxygen its really not what I thought it would be. I do think the reason she gave us 3 totally different sounding singles, and song snippets is because she wants us to see how diverse the album will be. Still promoting plays a big factor especially this day and age ( even Madonna is promoting Rebel Heart heavily) for album and single sales. And when you look in the past of how albums did when artists waited forever to put it out, you see the numbers are lower then what they should’ve been. I believe two months or less after the first single an album should drop, unless you do a surprise full album release. You are right about somone needing to step in and tell her how to promote properly I know artists nowadays want fulll creative control but sometimes there is a time you must ask for help. Maybe she will give us promotion once we get closer to an album release date, or god forbid she is waiting for November for an album release. Either way I am looking forward to it just wish she would hurry up and promote it properly.”

:: While B- said: “It reminds me of when Beyonce songs and snippets kept leaking randomly and people wondered about the album. Then boom, the album came out at the end of the year and was completely different than any of the released songs. She probably decided to scrap what was recorded to start from scratch with Kanye since I heard he is the EP on the album now. I am all for artists trying to flex their artistic muscle. But Rihanna’s main “receipts” for her stans were her #1 hits and her charismatic personality. Now her hits are fading and her amazing personality seems try-hard and half-assed at the same time. And her lack of movement and energy in the #BBHMM performance was frustrating. I don’t know what she’s doing, but even die hard members of the Navy have jokingly referred to her as an Instagram Model and an Indie Artist now because of this flop #R8 promo… Please give us a bop Rihanna. We’re still rooting for you.”

:: Willow Devone could barely contain his love for our editor, Mike Wass (though we think it may just be him under a different name) on Felix Jaehn And Jasmine Thompson Cover Rufus & Chaka Khan’s 1983 Hit “Ain’t Nobody”: Listen: “LOVING THIS. Thanks Mike Wass! You are my king.”

:: Hep. was a true #Glambert stan on Whatcha Say: Adam Lambert, Britney Spears & Carly Rae Jepsen Got Our Readers Talking: “Given time to be discovered, Adam Lambert’s “Ghost Town” should be a massive hit,maybe the biggest of the summer,just simply nothing out there quite like this song,besides being additive the lyrics stay in your mind long after the music stops and for me that is the measure that separates GT from most of the empty mindless pop drizzle that populates radio these days,a song about a broken soul has meaning and resonates.”

:: Glyn Ruck had this to say on Harry Styles Will Leave One Direction Next, Says Lance Bass: “This whole mess is as a result of shockingly poor management. Crap starts at the top. The more I listen to this nonsense, the more I realise how wise Zayn was to get out!”

:: Lastly, Jay had a shady quip on Jay Z Announces Rare ‘B-Sides’ NYC Concert For Tidal Users: “So there will be tens of people there?”