Friday, April 25, 2014

Mariah Will Tour Behind New Album, According To JD

Mariah Carey's closest collaborator, producer and now co-manager Jermaine Dupri, understandably thinks
that Mimi is the last of the great singers still regularly releasing albums.

We chatted with Dupri at the ASCAP Pop Awards Wednesday night. The video opens as we're asking why she may be having a bit of a tough time taking off at radio, but he deflected us and explained that "The Art of Letting Go" was never an official single— it was meant to remind the fans what a great voice she has—when we were actually asking about "you’re Mine (Eternal)," which was released as an official single around Valentine’s Day. However, we both agree that Carey is one of the most successful artists ever.

"When I came in to help on the management side, I heard a lot of people saying they weren't getting the Mariah Carey records they were used to. they weren't getting the ballads. To this day, Celine Dion isn't dropping records the way she used to and we lost Whitney Houston. There's not really a person or people out there that's putting this type of music out there. I feel like Mariah is that person."

He reveals that Carey will be touring behind this album, which isn't always a given with her. He says "yes" when I asked if she was going on a full tour. Carey's oft-delayed new album comes out May 6, although we don't see it listed as a pre-order on Amazon, so we're checking with the label and will keep you posted.


Mariah Carey Is Planning a 'Beyoncé'-Style Album Drop (Plus More Revelations from Her Billboard Cover Story)

It's been a long road to Mariah Carey's 14th album -- a project she first began working on in 2010, before
the birth of her nearly three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe -- that has been stalled over the years after stiff-performing singles and numerous tweaks to the track listing.

But, as Billboard exclusively reveals in its latest cover story, 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.) "I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title," Carey says, noting that the album takes its name from a "personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life."

Though Carey doesn't mention other artists in describing her strategy, it's clear she's taking a page out of the "Beyoncé" playbook. It's a particularly direct parallel when you consider that Beyoncé herself was coming off an underperforming album (2011's "4") before opting to go the surprise route -- much in the way that Carey's last album, 2009's "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel," produced just one top 10 hit ("Obsessed") and sold a disappointing 549,000 copies, low enough to cancel a planned remix album. Though last summer's Miguel duet "#Beautiful" was a bonafide hit, peaking at No. 15 on the Hot 100 and selling 1.2 million downloads, a string of other singles ("Triumphant," "Almost Home," "Eternal [You're Mine]") have failed to catch fire along the way.

In the Billboard cover story, out Monday, Carey and her new manager Jermaine Dupri talk candidly about the rocky road to the album's launch – from the failed singles to her drama-plagued stint on "American Idol" in 2013 to the shoulder injury that nearly derailed her plans altogether ("I really downplayed that incident.")

Here's five more things we learned:

SHE'S ASSEMBLED A DREAM-TEAM OF COLLABORATORS. Frequent collaborators Rodney Jerkins and Dupri are back for Album No. 14, but so is a surprisingly diverse roster that ranges from of-the-moment producers like Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It, guest features from Wale, Nas and Trey Songz and even contributions from veteran arranger Larry Gold and the Love Unlimited Orchestra. There's also "a special guest star that I'm not allowed to reveal," Carey teases.

SHE'S AWARE OF THE FAILED SINGLES. Carey will cop to a few of the pre-release singles not doing as well as past hits, pausing to note that 2013's Stargate-produced "Almost Home" was intended for the "Oz, Great and Powerful" soundtrack. "You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work," she says. "This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here's the album."

THE NEW ALBUM WON'T BE HER LAST. Despite recent comments to Bravo's Andy Cohen on "Watch What Happens Live" ("If this were to be my last album, people would hear everything they needed to hear"), Carey is not calling it quits anytime soon. "I will always make music. When I said it could be my last, that's because tomorrow's not promised to anyone."

EXPECT BIG BALLADS AND UPTEMPO BANGERS. After immersing herself in her own catalog ("a friend of mine made me a playlist with 1,000 of my songs on it called 'The Ultimate MC Audio Collection,'" she says), Carey explored her feel-good, hip-hop/R&B side as well as her more introspective moments that could give her fans the best of all worlds.

SHE MAY SOON RETURN TO TELEVISION. Her rocky stint with Nicki Minaj on "American Idol" last year notwithstanding, Carey says she'd like her next reality-competition venture to be something where she was executive producer. "I have another project that I'm so very excited about that's finally coming to fruition."


5 Things We Hope Go Right With Mariah Carey's New 'Surprise' Album Rollout

Mariah Carey is getting ready to drop her long delayed and highly anticipated 14th studio album. She
announced her latest project Friday in a preview of a Billboard cover story that's running next week.

And it seems that she's taking a cue from Beyonce's playbook in the album's method of delivery.

Mariah says she'll "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."

For Mariah, the question will be how much of an impact the "surprise" will have, now that she just announced it to the entire world. Queen Bey's album hit when no one was expecting. Big difference.

The former "American Idol" judge also opens up to Billboard about everything in her career ranging from music (the new album, her recent "failed" singles, and working with new manager Jermaine Dupri since leaving Randy Jackson) to her television projects (the "Idol" fiasco and an upcoming new secret series).

There's pretty much a 50-50 possibility of either success or failure with Mariah's latest endeavor. The singer is mostly well-liked, but she's never recaptured her '90s level of success. She came close in 2005 with the magnificent "The Emancipation of Mimi," which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers "It's Like That," "We Belong Together," and "Don't Forget About Us," as well as "Shake It Off," which reached #2 (while "We Belong" was at #1, it should be added).

Still, that was almost a decade ago.

1) She heads more pop and mainstream with the lead singles

Mariah says in the Billboard interview that she's well aware that some of her singles of the past year or so (including "Almost Home" from the "Oz, Great and Powerful" soundtrack, "Eternal (You're Mine)," "The Art of Letting Go," and "Triumphant"... "#Beautiful" was a bit more of a success) underperformed. The songs weren't bad, but they weren't big, catchy hits. Rather, they were all downtempo or ballads, and didn't really play well on radio.

Under Dupri's guidance, Mimi says that she's working with a "Dream-Team" now that includes Dupri as well as hitmaker Rodney Jerkins, and also Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It. Her album also will feature guest appearances from Wale, Nas, and Trey Songz. This is a very promising start.

2) She doesn't try to jump on the latest trend

The last thing we'd want is a Mariah Carey EDM track. Let's hope she sticks to what she does best — again, making great mainstream pop and R&B music that works for Top 40 radio. Mariah shouldn't all of a sudden start working with Calvin Harris or Zedd. (And apparently, she's not!)

3) She markets herself to the right audience

Mariah's fanbase has grown up along with her. Those who love her the most nowadays aren't in their '20s. They're in their '30s and '40s.

There's certainly nothing wrong in hoping that her music appeals to new twentysomething fans, but playing to the Generation X & Y demographic — rather than millennials — is where she's most likely to find success.

Mariah is now a 45-year-old mother of two. She's still got a lot of career ahead of her. But she's not going to command a huge fanbase from kids that are now pining for Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop.

4) She makes up for "Idol" with a new successful TV project

If at first you don't succeed...

OK, so "Idol" really wasn't Mariah's fault. As we all know by now, the Nicki Minaj drama was orchestrated by producers in a last-minute bait-and-switch once she had already signed on.

Mariah tells Billboard, "I have another [reality-competition television] project that I'm so very excited about that's finally coming to fruition."

This is definitely a step in the right direction. It's worked for everyone on "The Voice" and it could work for Mimi. She needs to make herself highly visible (and therefore relevant) again, and a successful reality TV show could do just that.

5) She keeps sharing more of her amazing personality

One of the reasons Mariah's fans love her so much (beyond that voice) is that underneath the diva exterior, she's quirky, fun-loving, and doesn't give a you-know-what what anyone else thinks.

Mariah is best when she's being herself and letting that personality shine through. She's funny in interviews, and knows how to properly throw a little shade when it matters most. Being married to a comedian certainly has its perks in continuing to shape a person's core identity.

We want more of nutty Mariah. The Mariah that went bonkers on HSN for two hours in 2011 while hawking products.

This was Mariah at her best. In fact, let's just get her booked on HSN again right now.

That being said, we're rooting for you, Mimi! Here's hoping that album #14 is a smashing comeback for you. There's no doubt that 2014 could be your year.

(Yahoo Music)

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Mariah graces the cover of Billboard magazine

Billboard Back Issue Volume 126, Issue 14
Issue Date: 5/03/2014
$6.99 USD

Mariah Carey

This Is My Life Since I Last Left Off
After waiting five years between albums, Mariah Carey finally explains the personal struggle behind her all-at-once digital release, from that Idol debacle ('bamboozled') to a need for 'uplifting' music: 'It's all been a blur'  Available online HERE!


I am going to Hawaii!!!

I know that with the hopeful upcoming release of the still untitled album on May 6th all the Lambs will want there news. I will do my best to update anything major on here or at the very least our Facebook page. But Saturday I leave for Hawaii and will not be returning until May 5th. I will think of you as I have some Honey moments on the beach dahhhlings!

Much Love,

"I Think" the new album will be out May 6th!

Producer Big Jim Wright was asked about the new albums release on Twitter "is it still coming the day she

said? That's all we want to know!”
His reply: "I think it is."


Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Is Mariah Carey Planning a ‘Surprise’ Release For Her New Album?

We thought that Mariah Carey’s latest album had been pushed back
again after it disappeared from release schedules, but there’s a chance that Mimi might just be planning a Beyonce-esque surprise release for the project instead.

The diva’s producer and current manager Jermaine Dupri was arguing with disgruntled lambs earlier this week when he snapped back at one by saying, “I’m trying to tell you dumb ass, I would give y’all the information but it’s her plan for y’all to get it from her.”

On top of that, a journalist from Digital Spy said that according to an official press release, Mimi is indeed planning to “surprise” fans with her next album at some point next month.

If Mariah does in fact go ahead with a Beyonce-style release for her 14th studio album, it wouldn’t be a terrible idea. Her last couple of singles bombed on the charts, so there’s really nothing to lose at this stage. This not-so-secret surprise release would still probably garner the album more publicity than a regular release would, so why not do it?

Anyway, I really don’t care how it comes out, as long as it does!


Mariah Carey’s Lambs Beef With Producer/Manager Jermaine Dupri Over Album Delays

Mariah Carey‘s Lambs are usually one of the most placid and peaceful fan armies to roam the internet, which
makes April 20's 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.


Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Is Mariah's "Art Of Letting Go" pushed back... again?

It's obvious that Mariah Carey's album The Art Of Letting Go is having a difficult time seeing the light of day.
May 6 is quietly dwindling as being the official release date for Letting Go... where's the promotion? Let's take a look at the order of events, shall we?
Major setbacks and changes have occurred since it was announced that the megastar vocalist was working on a new project back in 2012. Back then, she dropped the single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)", which was (at first) billed as the project's first single, but failed to chart on the Top 100 and was then retitled as a buzz single. The summer of 2013 saw the Miguel-assisted official single "Beautiful" hit No. 15, but Mariah injured her shoulder while filming the remix video, which delayed the album's progress. Originally supposed to drop on July 23, 2013, the LP was pushed back further, allegedly due to Mariah putting the "finishing touches" on the project.

During the recovery period for her injury, Mimi hired longtime friend and producer Jermaine Dupri to manage the "new era" and album. They released the single "The Art of Letting Go" in November 2013 on Facebook, which also failed to chart in a way that a Mariah single is used to charting. Then, to coincide with Valentine's Day, her and her team release "You're Mine (Eternal)" (the remix ft. Trey Songz), which got the double video treatment, but the song only reached No. 88 so far; very low when it comes to Mariah single standards. Some fans are frustrated, blaming the lackluster singles and slow-trickling promotion on the new management under Dupri.

Also try to remember: her last album, 2009's Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, dropped prior to the birth of her twins Moroccan and Monroe, and any parent know the challenges of balancing childrearing with a career. Has being a mother slowed Mariah's career a bit? And now, as May 6 is only a few weeks away, there's no promotion around the album that's supposedly set to drop on that day. Even her label Island Def Jam has taken the date down from the official website.

No word on a new tentative date, just more silence and more questions. So what gives? Roomies, what do you guys think are reasons for the multiple delays?


Related Articles:
Mariah Carey’s Album Gets Pushed Back… Again - Popdust 
Mariah Carey’s new album delayed again? - Attitude

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nick Cannon was on The Queen Latifah Show on April 18th and mentioned Mariah.

Nick Cannon talks about his wife's (Mariah Carey) concern that he shares too much of their personal life.

Nick Cannon talks about what he is doing this year with wife Mariah Carey and his two kids.

Source: The Queen Latifah Show

Mariah Carey Supports Peace In Afghanistan

Mariah Carey will attend Peace in Afghanistan’s House of Hope Launch Party in San Diego, CA on May 10. Click here for more information.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

DJ Camper talks working with Mariah Carey

DJ Camper has been making a huge impact on R&B for the last few years. Aside from the massive Tamar
Braxton single "Love & War" which ended up being nominated at the Grammy's, his music can be found on most of the bigger R&B albums that have come out recently for artists like Keyshia Cole, John Legend and Chrisette Michele. His tag "Hey DJ" is now one of the most recognized and ironically enough, he is the one saying "Hey" and making listeners pay attention to his music. YouKnowIGotSoul had a chance to speak with the super producer about his journey in the music industry, his Grammy nominations, his creative process and his upcoming work with Ne-Yo and Mariah Carey.

I also read that you did a song on Mariah Carey's upcoming album?
Yep, me and Mariah definitely did something really special. I did that song with Hit-Boy too and Nas is featured on it. It's going to be crazy. The song is called "Dedication". I definitely had an overwhelming excitement putting piece together for her. I didn't know it was going to be for her, but I got the call that said "Yeah, Mariah Carey picked it. She wants it." I was like "Okay, she's a legend and I love her. Let's do it!" I'm very excited for everyone to hear that. That album is coming soon, so stay tuned for that.


Mariah Carey talks Justin Bieber, kids and her new album

Rick Campanelli sat down with Mariah Carey in New York City this week and the diva really lived up to her
name! Although she might have kept Rick in suspense for a while, the mom of two opened up about how motherhood's changed her life, Justin Bieber and of course, her highly anticipated upcoming album.

Opening up about her one-time duet partner, The Biebs, Mariah says "I think that [Never Say Never] gave people greater insight," before joking that she loves Justin, "but not that I need to sit here and promote him."

With less than a month before the release date, Mariah, known for her perfectionism, tells Rick she's still putting some finishing touches on her new album. "All I'm trying to do it get this album to completion and there's just little things that are so important to me, but they are minute details that other people probably wouldn't even notice," she says. Adding that other people tend to not get it, saying, "they don't care as much obviously!"

In regards to the pressure that comes with releasing a new album, Mariah says that it's tough to tell when it's on. "Here's the thing," she tells Rick, "sometimes you know when you have that and sometimes you don't. I still want to be able to do things that make me happy. If a mid-tempo record makes me happy and it's a bit of an old school, hip hop beat, then cool."

And from her new baby to her 3-year-old twins, Morocco and Monroe, Mariah opens up about how she went from not wanting to have kids to loving motherhood! "I never thought I was going to have kids," Mariah tells Rick. "I remember being a little girl and going 'I don't think I'm going to have babies when I grow up' for a while I was probably convinced of that and I just realized things change and that's what happens."

Adding that motherhood has brought around new inspiration for her work, Mariah says her kids "give me a reason to live" and that she's even written a song for them on her new album. "It's called 'Supernatural'," she adds. That's not all, it seems that talent may run in the family. "Them babies are on the song," Mariah says. "And they were singing this one when they were just 2-years-old."

"You'll hear, I can't give it away," she adds. "Mainly it's miss Monroe singing but Rocco is on there." Watch the first part of Rick's sitdown with Mariah Carey and be sure to tune-in to ET Canada tonight for part two!

(ET Canada)

Mariah Was 'Convinced' She Never Wanted Children

When Mariah Carey's new album comes out next month, we'll be able to hear the singing debut of her twins,
Monroe and Moroccan, or "Dem Babies," as she affectionately calls them.

Speaking to ET Canada, Carey reveals that her kids "give me a reason to live," and adds, "I wrote a song for them on this album, and it's called 'Supernatural,' and Dem Babies are on the song." She adds, "They were singing this when they were, like, just two. Mainly it's Ms. Monroe singing, and Roc is on there...You'll hear, I can't give it away. She is actually singing though."

Carey also reveals that she never saw herself as a mom.

"I remember being a little girl and going, 'I don't think I'm going to have babies when I grow up' ... for a while I was probably convinced of that, and I just realized things change and that's what happens," she reveals.

Of course, one of the things that changed was meeting future husband Nick Cannon and deciding she wanted to start a family after all.

But even though the twins are singing on Carey's album, Canon said he has no interest in them going into showbiz.

Asked at recently if he'd let them audition for something like his show, "America's Got Talent," he said immediately, "Absolutely not!"

"I want 'em to strive for something more than what's in their wheelhouse," Cannon told reporters. "For them to be entertainers is gonna be pretty easy; I mean, mom and dad work in entertainment. So I want to encourage something [where] that they can have their own sense of accomplishment."

Nick also said that based on his own experiences, he knows that showbiz can be rough on young kids and would rather not have them go through that. Ultimately, he realizes that if it's their dream, he may have to deal with it.

"Sometimes you can't stop the kids," he says. "I mean, if my kids came to me and said, 'All I want to do is sing, dance or act,' as much as I wouldn't want them to do it, if this is their passion, I wanna support it. But I definitely don't wanna encourage it, like, I don't wanna be a stage parent. If this is what they want to do with their lives, I would encourage school plays, choirs at church, and then when they reach a certain age and they've gotten the education that they want, then I'll say, 'OK, let's pursue it as an adult.'"

Carey and Cannon still have a ways to go before they have to make that decision, though: The twins will turn three this month.

(ABC News)

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

5 Directions Mariah Carey could go with her next album

All the little Lambs are dying to know, what is Mariah Carey cooking up for her long delayed next album?
She was expected to release new music on the heels of last summer's successful hashtag collaboration with Miguel, but in July she took to Twitter to announce it would be pushed back due to a creative backlog.

Immediately following that, Carey landed herself in the hospital with a dislocated shoulder, further delaying production. But then in November, we got a little taste of what Mariah had been doing with herself when she dropped the rumored title track, "The Art of Letting Go".

She didn't release any more new music until "You're Mine (Eternal)" came in February. With the Valentine's launch of that single came another nugget of news: Carey's new album was now slated for a May 6 release date and it was as yet untitled - meaning The Art of Letting Go was finally let go.

When spoke to her on February 13 though, it was clear that Carey still wasn't quite sure what would be on this new album. But whatever it is, it will be led by old friend and production partner Jermaine Dupri. For the last month, Carey has been documenting herself in a "“make shift recording studio" on Instagram, once again teasing that this mystery project, due out within the month, is still in its early stages. So what has she got in store? We dreamt up a few scenarios.

The how Mariah got her hip-hop groove back direction
So look, in talking to her Carey let it drop that Q-Tip is going to be on the album. Maybe, if he approves his verse. The last time those two collabed was during the actual golden age of hip-hop, on her 1997 single "Honey". And, as previously mentioned, she's back with JD. But let's not play around too much: everybody knows Mariah Carey's most memorable features were the hardcore guys: Ol' Dirty Bastard on "Fantasy"; Puff Daddy, Mase and the Lox were the real people on "Honey"; and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony on "Breakdown". It worked because there was a real yin and yang with her sweetness and their rough enough stuff. But it's gonna look kind of weird if she's all up in the place with French Montana or Kendrick Lamar on a hook, you know? It smells like desperation.

So let's say Mariah hooked up with Mobb Deep and Ghostface Killah and Juicy J and maybe even some 2 Chainz masquerading as Tity Boi. It is way past time for a guest spot from Cam'ron. And while you're at it, drag Lil' Kim off whatever reality TV set she's on to spit a rhyme. Since there's an entire new generation reeling in their '90s nostalgia anyway, let's have Mariah get the originals, and show those kids why they need to respect their elders. It's going to be real hard to top the line, "Me and Mariah go back like babies and pacifiers", but it's worth a try.

The island fantasy direction
Carey has been recording at an unnamed beach location in hopes to find her happy place and wrap up this untitled album. Since her Twitter and Instagram are full of "pon" references and pictures of her swimming in a nice pool or looking out the window onto a nice beach, we're assuming she's in Jamaica.

When fully immersed in an atmosphere like that, it's nearly impossible not to get a little of the flavor into your work. So why doesn't Mariah get a little rocksteady or push it even further and go full dancehall. This being Mariah Carey, though, and seeing that she's got her two kids with her it's doubtful she's out at the club. More likely we'd get a seeping in of beachy, light hearted reggae. Look out for hints of calypso, the best beach music possible.

The sexual chocolate direction
Carey's career thus far has, no doubt, been influenced by Janet Jackson. And if you know anything about Janet, you know she keeps it spicy and has never given up unabashed sexuality in her songs, no matter how many decades she keeps going. But Carey's contemporaries are more like Mary J. Blige and Toni Braxton who, well, don't like to kiss and tell. So at this moment, the R&B diva who is most like Mariah Carey right now is R. Kelly (we mean career-wise, not personal life-wise). And if Kellz can turn it up and release a sexed up album called Black Panties, why can't Mariah get her sexual swerve on too? It's not exactly what Sheryl Sandberg meant when she urged women to "lean in" but now that Beyoncé has made it her business plan to popularize the idea of women as sexual beings after motherhood, why doesn't Mariah get on her surfbort and swerve on some dudes.

The religious fervor direction
Or, perhaps Carey isn't feeling so sexual. Maybe she's found the spirit of the Lord, or a lord, or any number of lords. And it's entirely plausible that "You're Mine (Eternal)" was a song of religious devotion, go listen to it again if you don't believe us. It's not at all necessary to restrict the idea of a spiritual Mariah Carey making a Christian gospel album, à la Aretha Franklin. Look at it this way: the art of letting go could just be Zen Buddhism philosophy rephrased into marketable-speak.

The cronuts direction
If Kelis can have an album all about food, can Mariah Carey not have an album entirely about baked goods? We're using "cronuts" as a generic sort of place holder here, but in some circles, cake is slang for lady bits. What if Mariah Carey were to bring it back around so that it is simply cake again? We know she likes using sweets as metaphors for romance because, hello, have you heard "Honey"? Also, there are three important things in the world with holes in the middle of them: vinyl records, CDs and donuts. So let's stuff her with raspberry filling and dust some powdered sugar on top in preparation for Mariah Carey's baked goods focused LP. Perhaps she could even borrow Katy Perry's whipped cream bra since she's certainly done with it.


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Did L.A. Reid shade Jermaine for mismanaging Mariah?

It's no secret that Mariah Carey's current era hasn't been running smoothly. Her last single, "You're Mine
(Eternal)", peaked briefly at No. 88 on the Hot 100, while her single before that didn't even chart - pretty shocking for a woman with 18 No. 1s.

It's hard to isolate just one issue to blame for for Mimi's current decline - whether it be song choice, image, promotion, or a little bit of everything - but Epic Records kingpin L.A. Reid seems to have an idea of what the problem might be: Jermaine Dupri. Reid recently retweeted a disgruntled lamb who criticized Mariah's "messiest era" and said that she needed a manager, even though Dupri currently serves as her manager.

Dupri was officially announced as Mimi's manager last October, which is when all her major chart trouble started. Although her commercial success has been on the decline in recent years, the diva's last pre-Dupri single "#Beautiful" still managed to crack the top twenty, eventually reaching Platinum sales by the end of its run.

Dupri's management has also upset lambs, with one angry Mariah fan penning a scathing open letter to the former hitmaker that's been gaining traction on social media after being covered by a few urban entertainment sites like S2S Magazine and She Knows.

Unfortunately we still have no idea how Mariah herself actually feels about all this, but knowing her, she'll let something slip in an interview before too long. Considering the amount of champagne she's been drinking lately and her escalating diva behaviour, she should be calling people out in no time!


Fans voice concern over new album promo

Hell hath no fury like Mariah Carey fans. Over the weekend, one of the powerhouse singer's Lambs took to
Twitter to share her frustrations over the lack of movement and hype in regard to the singer's upcoming studio album, which is set to drop on May 6.

In a letter that was retweeted 250 times, a supporter questioned the lack of effort that is being put into the marketing campaign for the singer's currently untitled album, which hits stores in less than a month. "Throwing a 'radio a** kiss party' and telling lambs to change their screen names to #May6 is not really sufficient to breathe some life into, and kick start, the most drawn out album release in her career," the supporter Jess wrote, before suggesting that if he's going to stick around he "might as well get your s*** together".

Jess ended her rant on a harsh tone, telling Dupri that rather than exploiting the singer to pull himself out of bankruptcy, he should "advise her, as her friend, to hire professionals with proven experience". Ouch. With all bias aside, there is plenty of truth to the lack of movement involved in Carey's upcoming album campaign since she hired Dupri to assume the role of manager in October 2013.

In fact, things for the singer were actually looking pretty busy before the change in her team. Carey remains one of the most successful female singers of our time and it's a shame that the project appears to be sliding off the radar due to lack of promotion and underwhelming material.

Back in February, the former American Idol judge released the project's latest single "You're Mine (Eternal)", but it failed to make an impact on radio and social media avenues. Since then, the singer's team has tried to salvage the success of the song by releasing various dance remixes, including a Gregor Salto and Funkin Matt Main Mix, a Chus and Ceballos Main Mix and a Fedde Le Grand Main Mix.


Friday, April 4, 2014

The Complete Guide To Mariah Carey's New Album

Here's everything we know about the diva's 13th LP, formerly titled 'The Art of Letting Go'

The Buildup

Mariah Carey's 2009 album Memoirs of an Imprefect Angel boasted a Top 10 hit "Obsessed" and sold an impressive (but rather low for Mariah) 546,000 copies total. Five years later, she's on the verge of releasing a new album with the usual hype and excitement that follows a Mariah record, and the stakes are higher than ever.

With six years since the 2008 smash "Touch My Body" hit No. 1, this year will mark the longest amount of time Mimi has ever gone without a chart-topping single - the previous stretch was five years between 2000's "Thank God I Found You" and "We Belong Together" in 2005.

After canceling an R&B remix album of Memoirs in 2010 in favor of recording her 13th studio album, Mimi said she's gone through a "journey" and "been through a lot" over the last few years. That's no joke: She dropped her Merry Christmas II You album, gave birth to twins in a "really difficult" pregnancy with hubby Nick Cannon and joined the controversy-bogged American Idol judging panel with "Satan," presumed to be fellow judge Nicki Minaj.

In late summer 2012, Mariah started giving the first hints about the record. "I'm not trying to follow any particular trend," she told Billboard. "I want it to be well received. I want to stay true to myself and the music that I love and make the fans happy. I can't even express this properly but I feel like this is gonna be my favorite album." Lambs, are you ready?

The Music

Our first taste of new Mariah music came in August 2012 via the hip hop/R&B collabo "Triumphant (Get Em)" featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill. Curiously, the rappers handled the verses while Mimi only sang on the chorus and bridge. The result was lackluster and failed to chart on the Hot 100, demoting the track to a "buzz single" that will presumably not make the final album.

Nine months later, "#Beautiful" featuring Miguel was billed as the album's lead single. The silky-smooth R&B jam became a summer anthem and peaked at No. 15 on the Hot 100. It was the diva's biggest chart hit since 2009.

Mariah dropped the "The Art of Letting Go" on November 11, 2013. Despite a "genius" Facebook release model and her surprise serenades for fans, the track didn't connect and missed the Hot 100.

The single was originally set to be the title track off the record. But Mariah told MTV that when the album cover leaked and she started adding new songs, she decided the title was no longer representative of the album.

As a Valentine's Day present, Mariah announced she'd release her new love ballad "You're Mine (Eternal)." The track came as a solo version with the following steamy music video...

...along with a remix version featuring Trey Songz that came with its own sensual visual. The track garnered acclaim for its similarities to Mariah's megahit "We Belong Together" and peaked at No. 88 on the Hot 100 so far.

Mariah also told MTV the new album "is all for the nostalgia" of her past classic albums and doesn't dabble in today's EDM-obsessed culture. "While I was writing, there were conversations where I asked, 'So, I have to jump on the techno bandwagon? Because I'd rather stay off the bandwagon if that's the case.' Not everybody has to be on that type of beat to get on the radio."


The album boasts a long list of collaborators (both rumored and confirmed) that could hopefully see Mimi taking some risks:

-Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins: A previous Mariah collaborator ("So Lonely" featuring Twista) produced single "The Art of Letting Go."

-Q-Tip: The Tribe Called Quest frontman told us he was working on the album in August 2012.

-Jermaine Dupri: A producer working with Mariah since the '90s ("Always Be My Baby," "Sweetheart," "We Belong Together"). Watch their undeniably chemistry in this Fuse News interview.

-David Morales: The dancefloor maestro who's served remixes like the "My All (Morales 'My' Club Remix)," featured on Mimi's official The Remixes album.

-Bryan-Michael Cox: A producer with two singles off her comeback album The Emancipation of Mimi ("Shake It Off" and "Don't Forget About Us").

-Hit-Boy: A new Mimi collaborator, rumored to have crafted a track titled "Thirsty." He's risen to A-list producer status with tracks like Kanye West & Jay Z's "N****s in Paris," Beyonce's "XO" and Lil Wayne's "Drop the World."

-The-Dream: A recent favorite of Mariah who worked on her last No. 1, "Touch My Body," and co-produced almost every track on her Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel LP.

-Mike WiLL Made It: R&B-pop's go-to guy, (Miley Cyrus' "We Can't Stop," Ciara's "Body Party") is a new collaborator for Mimi, confirmed in a Billboard interview.

-R. Kelly: While Mariah teased a studio snap with Kellz saying "working on a new song!" we're wondering if it's for the Chicago crooner's Trapped in the Closet series. No official word yet.

-Loris Holland: The singer tweeted she was in the studio with Holland, who worked on her past albums such as 1995's Daydream and 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi.

As Billboard noted in a February feature, it's unclear who will end up on the album.

Set Backs

Mariah's faced a few hurdles with this project. In early July, the diva was rushed to a hospital after dislocating her shoulder while shooting a video for the remix of "#Beautiful."

The album's original release date of July 23, 2013 was also pushed back indefinitely after Mariah "got so immersed in the creative process." She told fans on Twitter, "I just don't feel I would be doing it justice to release it on 7/23. I'd rather not exclude meaningful songs. I want to give you this album as it's meant to be heard."

Producer Bryan-Michael Cox cited Mariah's difficult pregnancy and Idol as other roadblocks, but he likens the record's evolution to cooking "a honey-baked ham." He told Billboard, "Over the past couple of years we've added songs, scratched songs, slow-baking this record like a honey-baked ham—when you take a bite of that ham, people will be extremely and pleasantly surprised."

This February, Mariah announced the album will drop May 6 via a two-minute video reminding the world of everything the singer has accomplished—including a scan of every Billboard Hot 100 chart for each of her 18 No. 1 songs.

There's still a lot more to come from the record—including its title, album art and tracklist—so keep checking Fuse for more details.


Thursday, April 3, 2014

May 6th Promos


Listening Party update!

A radio programmers Event was held in New York for Mariah's new album yesterday. The event was well-
attended, with DJs from around the country to hear details on Mariah's project. As tweeted by Jermaine Dupri. There was no new music from the album played, though it was confirmed that the album is still set for a May 6, 2014 release.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Mariah Carey's record label gets big overhaul

The record business keeps spinning: Island DefJam is no more as of today. This is not an April Fool's joke.
Universal Music has made some big changes to Mariah Carey and Kanye West's record label. Island and DefJam are splitting up, with Island going west. DefJam will be run by Steve Bartels, one of the hardest working guys in show biz. Barry Weiss, who had been president of Island DefJam after coming over from RCA a few years ago, is stepping down.

And there's more: not only is Island heading west, but so is the label still known as Motown. They will both be separate record labels. Motown isn't really Motown anyway, as we all know. Those days are over. But the woman who will be running it, Ethopia Habtemarian, is very popular. Karen Kwak, also a great player in the UMG family, will be overseeing everything. As she should!

If success is 99% about showing up, then Steve Bartels is really successful. A jolly easy going "big guy", Steve loves his artists and support them like crazy - even when Kanye West wanders into his office one day and announces he's dropping an album called "Yeezus" in five days! (Or as I call it "Meezus".) Kanye, Mariah and all of the DefJam are lucky to have him. And of course, Steve is a graduate of the Clive Davis School of Music Execs. He has good training.



Multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey gives her fans some hot unprecedented dance remixes of her lead single “You’re Mine (Eternal).” The 6 -song bundle which features remixes by Fedde, Gregor & Funkin Matt and Chus & Ceballos are available today on iTunes, Amazon, and a 3-song bundle is also available on Beatport! The Fedde extended remix has a progressive, hard festival style to complement Mariah’s soulful vocals. Gregor & Funkin Matt allow Mariah’s 5-octave vocals in their funky rendition of the song. Chus and Ceballos highlight their tech-house expertise to create a big room circuit flavor remix for “You’re Mine (Eternal).”