MARIAH CAREY GETS REVEALING

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Mariah Carey is famous for loving "moments." It could be a "butterfly moment." Or a "hot tub moment." But right now, it's a "Las Vegas moment." The sexy superstar just wrapped up Mariah: #1 to Infinity, her first-ever Vegas residency, where she performed all 18 of her #1 hits at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Fans who didn't catch Mimi's Vegas show will get another chance in December when she returns to the Colosseum for All I Want for Christmas Is You, a holiday concert series that, yes, will be sure to feature that iconic, titular hit. (For those unable to head out West for the holidays, you can also catch Mariah's Christmas shows at New York's Beacon Theatre.) On top of these performances, the pop star has her hands in two film projects: the first, All I Want For Christmas Is You, is an animated movie based on her holiday hit and out this November and the second, The Star, is another animated feature out the same month in which she wrote the film's titular song. 

At our cover shoot, Carey's outfits channel the glittery, over-the-top extravagance of her new city. "I think this is kind of a fairy princess moment," she says of one sparkly gold tulle gown. "And I took off my shoes to be very Cinderella," she adds. "Although I don't know that Cinderella went as plunging in the neckline." So, an adult, glamorous Cinderella? "Adult, glamorous...yeah, I guess so," she says. "If I have to be an adult, sure."

 

PRESS RELEASE: Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You

From Universal 1440 Entertainment: Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You

MARIAH CAREY EXECUTIVE PRODUCES AND NARRATES

AN ALL-NEW ANIMATED FEATURE FILM BASED ON HER BELOVED CLASSIC HOLIDAY SONG AND BESTSELLING BOOK

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif., March 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Production is now underway on Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You, a fun, and heartwarming holiday story brought to life in beautifully realized CGI animation. Based on one of the best-selling and most beloved Christmas songs of all time and the children's book it inspired, the film which features Mariah Carey's iconic song All I Want for Christmas is You, will be released on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and On Demand this holiday season from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. One of the top-selling female musical artists in history, Mariah Carey also narrates and produces the film, which shares one of her most treasured holiday wishes. "I am thrilled to be able to bring the story of the song to new generations of families," said the global superstar. 

Originally released in 1994, the single "All I Want for Christmas is You" has sold more than 14 million copies. In 2016, more than two decades later, it was the year's most streamed holiday single. Carey's critically acclaimed picture book of the same name, published in 2015, has already sold over 750,000 copies. 

"Like the song itself, Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You is destined to become an enduring family holiday classic," said Glenn Ross, general manager and executive vice president, Universal 1440 Entertainment. "It is packed with family fun, holiday spirit, poignant moments – and of course, Mariah Carey!" 

Carey has sold over 200 million records and scored 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles, more than any solo artist in history. She is the recipient of multiple Grammy Awards, 20 American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Bestselling Female Artist of the Millennium and BMI's Icon Award. 

The film features the voices of Mariah Carey ("Mariah Carey: Around the World," Precious), Breanna Yde ("School of Rock", "The Haunted Hathaways"), Henry Winkler ("Happy Days," "Royal Pains"), Lacey Chabert (Mean Girls, "Party of Five"), Phil Morris ("Smallville," "Seinfeld"), Laya Hayes ("Doc McStuffins," Sister Code) and Keiko Agena ("Gilmore Girls," Transformers: Dark of the Moon).

Mariah Carey's All I Want for Christmas is You is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Stella Bulochnikov for Magic Carpet Productions (A Christmas Melody, "Mariah's World") in partnership with producer Mike Young and Splash Entertainment ("Kulipari," "Norm of the North"). It is directed by Guy Vasilovich (Lego Star WarsThe Fox and The Hound) from a script by Temple Mathews (Return To NeverlandThe Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea). 

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SYNOPSIS

When young Mariah (voiced by Breanna Yde) sees a darling little puppy named Princess at the pet store, she suddenly knows exactly what she wants for Christmas. But before her Christmas wish can come true, she must prove that she can pet-sit Jack, a scraggly rascal of a dog; in fact, the worst dog in the county! Naughty Jack turns Mariah and her family's Christmas preparations upside down in hilarious ways. Will Jack dash Mariah's hopes for her dream puppy? Or will Christmas reveal how love works in surprising and mysterious ways? 

About Universal 1440 Entertainment, LLC:

The Universal 1440 Entertainment banner develops and produces live-action and animated non-theatrical productions directly for distribution in all media worldwide. Since its formation in 2005, the group has assembled an exceptional roster of animated family fare, including the Daytime Emmy®-winning Curious George television series for PBS Kids and Hulu; as well as the latest installment of the beloved The Land Before Time film series, The Land Before Time: Journey of the Brave. The group also has successfully built upon some of Universal's highly celebrated live-action, comedy and drama franchises, Scorpion King, Death Race, Jarhead, American Pie,Honey and Bring It On.  Projects currently readying for release include the latest in the terrifying suspense saga Cult of Chucky and the newest installment of epic sci-fi adventure hit Tremors.  

Universal 1440 Entertainment is a production entity of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (www.uphe.com). Universal Pictures Home Entertainment (UPHE) is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios. Universal Studios is part of NBCUniversal. NBCUniversal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production and marketing of entertainment, news and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group and world-renowned theme parks. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.

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Mariah Carey's 10 Most Underappreciated Songs of All Time

Hello and welcome to today’s Mariah Carey appreciation thread. I should start with a disclaimer: Casual fans may leave here obsessed or thirsty, and lambs quenched.

Let’s be honest with ourselves: Mariah has delivered countless gems over her illustrious 27-plus years in music, all recorded at the tender age of "eternally 12," but we're here to celebrate the songs less celebrated. Of course, no one wants the challenge of picking a finite number of songs to pay tribute to. It’s frivolous. Even more futile would be to list these songs in order.

So let’s do both.

But before we choose Mariah Carey's 10 most underappreciated songs, some guidelines:

"Mimi Math": Like Mariah, I’ve spent untold hours perfecting the sequencing of this track list. Also, like Queen Mimi, I understand greatly the musical consequence of these songs. The formula for this list is scientific: Take the actual perceived musical value of the song and subtract the overall popularity, equaling total level of "underappreciation." Overall popularity can also be substituted for “Lamb Appreciation,” where appropriate.

Editor’s note: I challenged myself to withhold the quintessential go-to deep cuts: "Looking In," "Prisoner," Mariah favorite "Underneath the Stars," "Vanishing" (her single-greatest recorded vocal performance *of* *all* *time*). I wanted to try to surprise even some hard-core fans, all the while paying tribute to the gloriously bountiful sonic deliverance of the woman with more Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s than any other solo artist in history.

Here are Mariah’s 10 Most Underappreciated Songs, in descending order:

10. " Do You Think of Me”
I do. I think of you all the time. Flawless '90s B-side of "Dreamlover." Fan favorite, but makes such an impression that it deserves further recognition.

9. "Thanx For Nothin’"
No, thank you, legend, for this easily overlooked track buried in the second half of the E=MC2 track list.

. "Make It Look Good"
Sock Hop Mimi reporting for duty. Stevie Wonder on harmonica. Done.

Sunday Conversation: Mariah Carey dishes on new music, tour — and that performance

Mariah Carey was unfazed by the chaos that surrounded her inside her secluded Beverly Hills estate. 

A warmly decorated sitting room was on a recent afternoon being turned into a set as the singer sat in a plush, oversized chair twirling a diamond butterfly ring while a production crew worked around her.

The 46-year-old singer-songwriter is used to this, having spent a chunk of the past year trailed by cameras for “Mariah’s World,” her over-the-top documentary series that recently concluded and proved the superstar — one of pop’s most successful artists with a career spanning nearly three decades — doesn’t take herself too seriously.

But all of the bustle isn’t for a show or a new music video. Instead, the star is doing a day of press for an upcoming tour, a trek she’s squeezing around her ongoing residency in Las Vegas as well as the release of “I Don’t,” her first single in two years.

It’s the first time she’s spoken to reporters since a disastrous technical mishap turned her performance on New Year's Eve into a viral moment that caused the singer to go on a break from media. After sending the crew and her handlers out of the room, Carey is ready to talk. 

There was much controversy with your New Year’s Eve performance. What happened?

The whole thing was messed up. If I can’t hear the music, I can’t sing to it. And when there’s no monitor in your ear or if they are not working properly and certainly if the mike is off, I can’t make it work. I’m not a technician. I can’t sit on the bus and figure out all the subtleties of how to make this thing work and also be on the stage. Someone should have walked me off stage and they should have cut to commercial. That would have been the appropriate thing to do. But no, they stood there and let that nonsense happen.

You need to be able to hear yourself. If that’s gone, then the only thing you can hear is the audience and they hear it with the delay. So they are hearing it to a different beat than what everyone onstage is hearing it. It’s a couple of seconds delay. From my perspective, I can’t do anything. There was absolutely nothing I could do at that moment. And no one is coming to save me. 

There’s always been a great deal of criticism toward you whenever you’ve had an onstage misstep while other performers are embraced for their mistakes. Why?

I don’t want to sound like — to quote my own song — a pity party of the year. But I would like to know.

I have a few theories. I’m just not sure that everybody would understand. I think to some people, I’m a nebulous person -- ambiguous, and they don't know how to categorize me and that scares some people. That’s what I feel. And it’s always something that’s followed me. Also, I may be perceived as somewhat over-the-top. Then again you look at other artists and they do whatever they want — and I would have added two more words to that sentence. But when it comes to me it’s, “Oh well, she’s not allowed.” Maybe it’s just too difficult to give me a break for some people. 

Tabloids have long been obsessed with your personal life, but you rarely say anything. Your new single “I Don’t” is a nod to your now-canceled wedding. What made you take a more personal approach?

Well technically I still said nothing.

The thing is, people don’t know who I wrote what songs about. We can retrace the steps for a long time. Some are imagination and some are about real-life situations. It depends on the album. A lot of the more sad songs or some of the love songs and even the festive ones -- the “Honey” type songs in my little world — that approach happens subliminally. I was writing with [songwriter] Crystal Nicole. We worked on “Touch My Body” together and I like working with her because it’s cool to write with a female sometimes. I like collaborating. We were sitting there writing and I was subconsciously saying stuff. I don’t think that when we wrote that everything was over. So it was definitely inspired by my life, but most of them are. 

Is that really your actual wedding dress being torched in the music video?

It was a dress from a bridal store. But it wasn’t that dress. 

Have you begun work on a new album? 

For me, I’m taking it song by song. And I have another song with somebody that I’m very excited about, but can’t talk about. I can’t pinpoint exactly who it is, but we have collaborated before. I really, really love this song. I feel like people are really focusing on singles these days and I’ve never had that — it’s always been album, album, album.

But I can’t be out of the studio anymore. I grew up in the studio. I love it. I did my first demo when I was 12 years old in the studio as a backup singer for someone else, a friend of my mother’s son. I just love it. I had been on the road, away from it. But it was so refreshing to get back in. What I like to do is go somewhere tropical or whatever and make an album. I don’t mind jumping around right now and doing songs with different people because I feel like it’s inspiring. 

You’re going out on the road with Lionel Richie this summer. That’s quite a left-field pairing. 

It’s a bit of a surprise, I know. Here’s the thing. He’s a legend. He’s been doing this since before I was born and I really respect him. We had a conversation about it. It’s interesting because I’m going to be on my own set in the middle of his show. I’m going to do like an hour. And I know you’ve gotta do the hits, but I want to do some fan favorites. The obscure songs that the real fans will know.

This fall your “Butterfly” album is turning 20. You’ve called it your magnum opus, any plans on marking the occasion? 

I’m going to treat it as my anniversary, so I’m also turning 20 this fall. That album was the real “Emancipation” — that’s when I was able to be free. It was the first time I was able to do a video that I like, the “Honey” video. It really was a freeing experience. It was the first time I ever had a good time making a video. And the album itself, I just put everything into it. I really love the album, still. I’m definitely going to try to do something special for the fans for the anniversary.

Let’s end with this. What’s your favorite guilty pleasure?

Netflix. Right now I’m obsessed with “Revenge,” but I’ll never let go of “Scandal” — I’m still a Gladiator. I’m not going to get into a critique of the show, but I like that I can binge-watch it. I can’t get into another show until I get done with these two. Even though it’s driving some people crazy around here.

NEW MUSIC: MARIAH CAREY FEAT. YG – ‘I DON’T’

MC is back. Fresh off the season finale of her E! docu-series “Mariah’s World,” Mariah Carey teams with YG on her new single “I Don’t.”

The ’90s-inspired jam, produced by Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, is a breakup anthem in the wake of the singer’s nixed engagement to billionaire James Packer. 

“When you love someone,” she sings, repurposing Donell Jones’ “Where I Wanna Be.” “You just don’t treat them bad / You messed up all we had / Now, you think I’m comin’ back / But I don’t.” 

The heartache continues as she opens up about their failed romance. “I tried to make it work / No matter how much it hurt / You had to make it all about you / Tell me why you go and do me like you do.”

Meanwhile, YG adds some West Coast flavor. “I know you love me,” he raps. “You just don’t trust me / You don’t understand me / But you love it when I call you Miss Carey.”

A music video for “I Don’t” has also been shot. Filmed at an opulent mansion with lavish chandeliers and a grand staircase, the teaser shows a shirtless YG in a black blazer and shades. 

He later joins Mimi in a white Rolls-Royce Phantom. Clad in white lingerie and also a black S&M-inspired look, Mariah drapes herself over the hood of the rain-soaked car, with YG riding shotgun. 

Check out the 30-second preview below.

Listen to Mariah Carey's New Breakup Song ''I Don't'' Inspired By James Packer Split

Mariah Carey has a new song!

On Sunday's Mariah's World season finale, Mariah returned to the studio amid her split from James Packer and recorded the song, "I Don't."

In the breakup ballad Mariah sings, "'Cause when you love someone, you just don't treat them bad, you messed up all we had. Probably think I'm coming back, but I don't, I don't."

Talking about her split with James on the episode, Mariah said, "Ever since the tour wrapped I took some time just to process my feelings and I started writing a song to express what I've been going through. And if you're not getting the love that you need from someone that you're supposed to be in a real relationship with, then why remain in that situation?"

At the end of the episode, Mariah took a trip to Maui and shared a very intimate moment with Bryan Tanaka.

What happened on the trip?

Take a look at the recap to find out and listen to Mariah's new song in the video above!

Mariah Carey and New Year’s Eve: Is the Fantasy Over?

Mariah Carey during her performance on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” in Times Square. CreditTheo Wargo/Getty Images

Mariah Carey during her performance on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest” in Times Square. CreditTheo Wargo/Getty Images

Popcast By  THE NEW YORK TIMES JAN. 6, 2017

When Mariah Carey suffered a performance meltdown on live television on New Year’s Eve, it was, depending how you viewed it, either a colossal letdown by one of the great vocalists in modern pop, or one more chink in the armor of a performer who’s been publicly struggling for the past few years.

Whether the fault was her own or that of the show’s producers will never be known for sure — each side has thrown accusations at the other in the days since. But either way, the long-term damage will be to Ms. Carey’s reputation. That’s a point she herself made (speaking about a different incident) in a recent episode of “Mariah’s World,” her reality show — errr, “docu-series” — on the E! network. The mood on the show is, like the New Year’s Eve performance, slightly unpredictable, capturing a singer who long ago moved beyond being best known for the purity of her singing, and instead lets her attitude speak loudest.

To address all things Mariah on this week’s Popcast, the pop music critic Jon Caramanica was joined by Rich Juzwiak, senior writer for Jezebel.com, and Michael Arceneaux, who writes for the Root, The Guardian and others.

Mr. Juzwiak argued that Ms. Carey likely made the decision to lip sync on New Year’s Eve to avoid the kind of debacle she experienced at the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree lighting ceremony in 2014, when an unflattering isolated vocal track went viral. “I think her voice is so temperamental, that if the environment is not perfect it throws another kink into this unpredictable instrument she has in 2016, going into 2017,” he said, hypothesizing that she would rather “be castigated for not singing than for singing” poorly.

In the last 15 years, however, it’s hard to talk about Ms. Carey only as a singer, as her artistic output has been overshadowed by her public missteps and dramas. Is “Mariah’s World” another such mistake?

Mr. Arceneaux said yes, that there are major problems with “Mariah’s World,” starting with the fact that the show is boring “because it’s not like the overly situated, dramatic things that make a reality show work, and it’s not the realistic depiction that would actually make a docu-series work.”

Mr. Caramanica explained that the show is “unsuccessful in telling you very much about Mariah; however, it is successful in repeating a bunch of publicly visible tropes about Mariah that we have all come to understand” — Mariah is almost always holding a wine glass; she is almost always prone; she is almost never simultaneously vertical and moving.

It is this “aesthetic of relaxation,” as Mr. Caramanica put it, that has defined late-period Mariah Carey. But when she challenged herself in the midpoint of her career, things were far more interesting. Mr. Juzwiak said that Ms. Carey entered her most significant artistic moment when Ms. Carey’s voice began to change and she could no longer simply open her mouth and create magic: “It was from ‘Butterfly’ and on, when she started doing different things with her voice, partially because she had to, that she became an artist.”

Mariah Carey announces break from social media

One week after her headline-making New Year's Eve performance, Mariah Carey is finally speaking out in her own words about the events that unfolded. The pop diva released an audio recording on Twitter, explaining her side of the story for the first time after suffering technical difficulties on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve.

"I haven't really addressed the situation that happened on New Year's Eve, and in time I will. But for now, I want everyone to know that I came to New Year's Eve in New York in great spirits and was looking forward to a celebratory moment with the world," the Grammy winner said in the recording. "It's a shame that we were put into the hands of a production team with technical issues who chose to capitalize on circumstances beyond our control."

Carey, who has admitted to singing along with a pre-recorded track during the festive performance, added, "It's not practical for a singer to sing live and be able to hear themselves properly in the middle of Times Square with all the noise, the freezing cold, the smoke from the smoke machines, and thousands of people celebrating, especially when their ear monitors are not working properly."

The "Emotions" singer went on to accuse the production company of purposefully sabotaging her, saying, "Listen guys, they foiled me, thus it turned into an opportunity to humiliate me and all those who were excited to ring in the New Year with me. Eventually, I will explain this in greater detail than I can give here."

Carey ended by thanking her fans and announcing that she will be taking a brief hiatus from life in the spotlight. "I'm going to take a break from media moments, social media moments," she said, adding, "Although I'm going to fulfill my professional obligations, this is an important time for me to finally take a moment for myself and to be with my loved ones and prepare for my upcoming tour in March. I just want to thank everyone for their support, thank you to all my industry friends and thank you to my Lambs, you're always there for me. I can't imagine life without you and you'll always be a part of me. I can't wait to sing for you again."

Since the incident occurred last Saturday, Ryan Seacrest, who was hosting the show, spoke out on his radio show this week, saying, "It is difficult to perform in Times Square. Carey knows what Times Square is about. It's complicated. Imagine every single TV outlet in the world was there. So, there's all kinds of technical things going on."

Carey's manager, Stella Bulochnikov, did not accept that explanation, telling ET, "They could have cut to a commercial, they could have edited the West Coast feed to make her look good.So when we say words like sabotage, I'm not saying you intentionally decided, 'Hey! We're gonna sabotage Mariah Carey tonight.'"

MARIAH CAREY’S “WE BELONG TOGETHER” REACHES TRIPLE PLATINUM IN US

Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" earns a triple platinum digital single certification in the US.

BY BRIAN CANTOR

BY BRIAN CANTOR

In the wake of her issue-ridden performance at “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve,” Mariah Carey has not been receiving the most glowing of press.

Here is some news that is of the positive variety: her smash hit “We Belong Together” is officially multi-platinum in the US.

The single, which was platinum going into December, was upgraded to triple platinum on December 8. The award confirms 3 million in US units, with each unit being equal to 1 paid download or 150 streams.

Mariah Carey breaks silence on New Year's mishap: 'Mortified'

One day after Mariah Carey’s management team blasted Dick Clark Productions for its response to her now-infamous performance during Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, the singer is breaking her silence on the matter as well. Previously, Carey had tweeted “sh– happens” in the hours after the performance, which seemingly featured embarrassing technical failures and quickly went viral (the production company has strongly denied the performance issues were their fault).

Looking ahead, the Grammy-winning singer tackles the on-air mishap, the future of her unscripted E! series Mariah’s World, (which airs Sunday nights) and her upcoming “All the Hits” tour, which partners Carey with Lionel Richie for 35 dates starting in March — her first North American tour in seven years (we hear at least one duet is likely).

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Now that you’ve had a few days distance on the New Year’s Eve show, what are your feelings about it? 
MARIAH CAREY: All I can say is Dick Clark was an incredible person and I was lucky enough to work with him when I first started in the music business. I’m of the opinion that Dick Clark would not have let an artist go through that and he would have been as mortified as I was in real time.

Do you think this will make you wary of signing onto a future live TV event?
It’s not going to stop me from doing a live event in the future. But it will make me less trusting of using anyone outside of my own team.

What’s the reaction been like on your end? 
My true fans have been so supportive and I am so appreciative of them and everybody in the media that came out to support me after the fact because it really was an incredible holiday season that turned into a horrible New Year’s Eve.

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With the TV series shot and airing, what are your thoughts about how it turned out? 
I love the show.

Do you think there’s any way in which it has impacted the way fans perceive you?
I hope that fans love it as much as I do and are having a good time watching it. And that they can see that we really went there and gave them a candid look into Mariah’s World. We held nothing back.

Can you tease to some aspect of your upcoming tour that you think fans will be excited about?
I’m excited about my upcoming tour with Lionel Richie, who everybody loves, and I am doing so many of my hits for the fans and a few surprises too. It will be a great night to come see us with great music; beautiful ballads and so much love and fun.

 

Glitter now available on Blu-Ray!

For the first time ever, Glitter is now available on blu-ray! Glitter is a 2001 American romantic musical drama film produced by 20th Century Fox and Columbia Pictures, starring American R&B singer-songwriter Mariah Carey and featuring rapper Da Brat. The film was written by Kate Lanier and directed by Vondie Curtis Hall. Set in 1982, Carey plays Billie Frank, who wants to be a famous singer, and along with her friends Louise and Roxanne (Tia Texada) is a club dancer. Timothy Walker (Terrence Howard) offers them a contract as backup singers/dancers to a singer. In the premiere of the song they recorded, Frank meets Julian "Dice" Black (Max Beesley), who is a DJ in a night club, and helps her in her solo career. In the process, Frank and Dice fall in love with each other.

Amazon.com writes: 

Billie Frank is a talented young singer struggling to make it big in New York City. With plenty of will and determination, a voice like an angel, and the help of a handsome nightclub DJ, she will quickly learn that the roller coaster ride to success is as treacherous as it is glamorous. 

Grammy Award winner Mariah Carey stars in this powerful and unforgettable story about an incredibly gifted young singer who finds that the road to her dreams leads straight to her heart. Also starring Max Beesley and Ann Magnuson, and featuring sensational performances from music superstars Eric Benet and Da Brat.

Mariah Carey team: Here’s what really happened

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by: JAMES HIBBERD @JAMESHIBBERD

Mariah Carey’s team is fed up with feeling attacked and is ready to candidly elaborate on what exactly happened during the singer’s infamous performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Below Carey’s manager Stella Bulochnikov, who was by the singer’s side at the event, runs through what went down Saturday in detail to try and clear up the conflicting accounts about the ABC performance — which was marred by the singer’s audio issues. Over the past couple days, the singer has been accused of lip-syncing and even skipping the show’s rehearsal. Producer Dick Clark Productions has slammed any insinuation that they’re to blame for the fiasco as “absurd” (see their statement here), but here’s Bulochnikov with her recollection of the events.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: So first, let’s talk about the rehearsal. There are anonymous production sources quoted as saying Carey skipped it? 
Stella Bulochnikov: Not true. Not only did she not ditch rehearsal, we got to Times Square at 2:30. They weren’t ready for her until 3:20. We waited around for their stage manager. We had the stage from 3:20 to 3:50. She had a dance stand-in for the musical number. She sat on the side of the stage with her ear-pack and her in-ears and her microphone to make sure she could do the sound check. The most important thing to her was the sound. The sound was coming in choppy. She was assured it would work by the evening.

She did an interview with Ryan Seacrest at about 10:35 where her in-ear was very choppy. She could barely hear Ryan. She was struggling to hear him through the noise of Times Square.

We then went to [producer] Mark Shimmel’s assigned talent executive to Mariah. And I said, “Her in-ears do not work, it’s choppy, we need new ears for the performance.” She said, “Those are not the ears she’ll be working with for the performance. The ears she will be working with are in the trailer.” We went to the trailer at 10:45. She did touch-ups because she’s supposed to go on at 11:38. We put in the ears and did the mic pack. We walked to the holding tent about 11:20. We told both stage managers — remember this is not our production team, we’re out-sourcing our team which we never do — we told them the mic pack is not working. She can’t hear it, it’s faint. They brought her a new one, and that one didn’t work either, the mic pack was dead. They changed the battery pack. She said she still couldn’t hear. The second stage manager said, “It doesn’t work here in the tent, it will work on the stage.” She said, “Great, let’s go to the stage.”

It’s now four minutes to showtime. She says, “I hear nothing in my ears, my ears are dead.” The other stage manager says, “It will work right when we go live.” Then things start to get chaotic. They start counting her down — four minutes, three minutes. Mariah: “I can’t hear.” Them: “You’re gonna hear when it goes live — two minutes!”

So, right when it goes live, she can’t hear anything. The ears are dead. They’re dead. So she pulls them out of the ear because if the artist keeps them in their ears then all she hears is silence. Once she pulled them off her ear she was hoping to hear her music, but because of the circumstances — there’s noise from Times Square and the music is reverberating from the buildings — all she hears is chaos. She can’t hear her music. It’s a madhouse. At the point, there’s no way to recover.

On the third song when she could hear her track playing it was so bad she said, “F— it, I’ve had enough.”

Was there an attempt from her team to get her off the stage earlier? At one point one of her backup dancers seemed to motion her to get off the stage.
She should have walked off and thrown the mic at somebody’s head — thatwould have been a great moment. After the show, I called Mark Shimmel — who begged her to do the show and had her cut her vacation short from Aspen. This is a verbatim conversation. I asked, “What happened?” He said, “I just talked to my guys and I confirmed her in-ears didn’t work. Couldn’t she just wing it?” I’m like, “What are you talking about ‘winging it’? Are you on glue?” He’s like, “What do you want me to do?” I said, “I want you to cut the West Coast feed.” He calls me back and says, “We can’t do it.” So I’m like, “You would prefer to air a show with technical glitches so you can have a viral moment rather than protect the integrity of your show and Dick Clark Productions?” He said, “We just won’t do it. Do you want to do a joint statement?” And I said, “No, I want you to go f— yourself.” And that was it. I don’t think it was an unfair ask to ask them to cut [the segment from] the West Coast feed after they had this huge mechanical glitch.

What happened with Carey after she left the stage? 
She was gracious enough to walk over to Seacrest and do the ball-drop moment and then she left.

How’s she feeling today about all this?
She’s just ignoring it. She’s got so many more important things to do. And this goes under the heading of “no good deed” because she was doing them a favor. Shimmel’s direct request was, “I’m begging you to do this. America needs this moment after Donald Trump, etc.” What a bunch of nonsense.

I can understand the frustration there if they knew her audio wasn’t working and then sent her out live on stage anyway.
But even when it didn’t work [when live], when she pulled her ears out, they should have cut to commercial. That says to me they wanted a viral moment at any expense. And that’s not a company with integrity for 50-something years. That’s not who Dick Clark was. He loved artists.

Fans are also accusing her of lip-syncing. From watching the video, it looked like part of the performance was meant to be lip-synced and part of it wasn’t? 
No. It’s not lip-syncing. Lip-syncing is when people don’t sing at all. This is what people should understand. Every artist sings to a track, especially in circumstances like that when it’s really loud and impossible to have a great musical performance. You’re not singing at the Philharmonic. Every artist who goes out there sings to tracks. What Mariah was doing was singing to tracks. What you heard on the second song, “Emotions,” was her going to sing it live. That’s why you heard no vocals. It’s a song she sings every other day.

At least they are acknowledging there was a technical problem on their end, though, so they’re admitting there was a problem on their end.
But to not apologize to her formally? That’s disgusting. We live in this viral world where anybody will do anything for a viral moment.

Dick Clark Productions didn’t have any immediate additional comment.

Instead of trashing Mariah Carey, start 2017 by celebrating the musicians still here to love

Geroge Michael, left, and Aretha Franklin perform during Michael’s “Faith” tour in Auburn Hills, Mich. on Aug. 30, 1988.

Geroge Michael, left, and Aretha Franklin perform during Michael’s “Faith” tour in Auburn Hills, Mich. on Aug. 30, 1988.

By Geoff Edgers

What if it had been Prince? And please, don’t pretend the Purple One wouldn’t have lowered himself to do “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest.” He did the Super Bowl. He made “The Rainbow Children.” I know what we think Prince would have done: either throw down his ax in disgust and exit left, or launch into a majestic, a cappella “Let It Be.” He certainly wouldn’t have pranced around in a leotard explaining himself.

But even if a technical malfunction revealed Prince relied exclusively on a Peabo Bryson backing track, there would have been barely a backlash. Mariah Carey’s trainwreck, in contrast, sparked a hundred variations of the “what-else-ended-Saturday-night… Mariah’s-career” joke across the tubes. Let’s start by cutting her some slack. Not everyone can turn a hamburger into steak tartare.

I’ve never been a Carey fan but I get why she’s important. She reinvented the diva, leading to the new generation that leapt from Christina Aguilera to Taylor Swift to Beyoncé. Most of those modern divas adapted that role and empowered themselves to become different kinds of artists, which is why I’m more likely to throw on their records than, say, the “Glitter” soundtrack. But let’s not forget Carey’s standing as a commercial powerhouse.

I am not enough of a Mariah Carey expert to tell you whether she can still pull off notes from 2006, let alone 1996. But Saturday’s performance was no Milli Vanilli incident. Backing tracks and lip syncs are standard for big, televised public events. It’s hard to do quality sound control for the audience that really matters: the folks at home. If you think it’s about sub-par talent, consider that when you see the Boston Pops performing the National Anthem at an NFL playoff game, they’re almost never playing live. And I don’t hear anybody accusing the French horn of faking it.

So after Carey’s mess and the weird, downer decision to play a clip of Wham!-era George Michael on the broadcast, it made me think of all the time spent lamenting the many artists we lost in 2016. With our Facebook feeds about as diverse as a Promise Keepers rally, it felt like cool, essential hipsters were dying at an unprecedented clip — which we all know they weren’t.

10 Mariah Carey Lyrics to Combat Shade

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mariah Carey Mariah Carey performs during the opening show of 'Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You' at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 5, 2016 in New York City.

Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey performs during the opening show of 'Mariah Carey: All I Want For Christmas Is You' at Beacon Theatre on Dec. 5, 2016 in New York City.

Beyond slinging high notes and penning chart-topping love notes, Mariah Carey is a master at throwing -- and blocking -- shade.

While her "I don't know her" comments have made for evergreen GIFs, the powerhouse diva has doled out lines on her own songs fit for checking drama at the door. Even #Lambily members who have taken in a few episodes of her E! docu-series Mariah's World know that Mimi would rather sip red wine on a private jet than get caught up in shady situations. 

With New Year's Day two sleeps away, keep these MC lines handy for a stress-free 2017. 

"Obsessed" 
Album: 
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009)

1. "All up in the blogs, sayin' we met at the bar/ When I don't even, know who you are"

2. "You a mom and pop, I'm a corporation/ I'm the, press conference, you're a conversation"

"Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)"
Album: 
Rainbow (1999)

3. "They can say /Anything they want to say/ Try to bring me down/ But I will not allow anyone to succeed hanging clouds over me"

"X-Girlfriend"
Album: Rainbow (1999)

4. "Hey x-girlfriend/ Whatever your name is/ I'm really not amused/ 'Cause the things you do/ Are very offensive/ And sometimes straight up rude"

"Did I Do That?" Feat. Mystikal
Album: Rainbow (1999)

5. "I really hope when you hear this song/ That you know it was meant for you/ Though your attention span's not that long/ Try to do the best you can do"

"It's Like That" Feat. Fatman Scoop & Jermaine Dupri
Album: 
The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)

6. "It's a special occasion/ Mimi's emancipation/ A cause for celebration/ I ain't gonna let nobody's drama bother me"

7. "'Cause it's my night/ No stress, no fights/ I'm leavin' it all behind/ No tears, no time to cry/ Just makin' the most of life"

"Shake It Off"
Album: 
The Emancipation of Mimi (2005)

7. "You wasn't worth my time/ So I'm leaving you behind/ 'Cause I need a real love in my life"

"Up Out My Face"
Album: 
Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009)

8. "If you see me walking by you/ Boy don't you even speak/ Pretend you on the sofa/ And I'm on the TV"

9. "If we were two Lego blocks/ Even the Harvard University graduating class of 2010/ Couldn't put us back together again"

"Infinity". 
Album: 
#1 To Infinity (2015)

10. "Why you mad? Talkin' 'bout you're mad/ Could it be that you just lost the best you've ever had?/ That’s your bad, yup, that’s too bad/ Show is over, you ain’t gotta act"

EST. 1997: Oh my god, Mariah Carey, what happened?!

What happened, Mariah?!

I’m certain that thought is going through the minds of many people who watched Mariah Carey’s New Years Eve performance just before the ball dropped. I’m also certain that the majority of the people who click this based on the headline, are probably hoping to read a scathing piece ridiculing Mariah for her performance. But that’s not what this is going to be; sorry to disappoint you if so, but I do hope you keep reading.

I’ll be honest, I was horrified as I watched it. Indeed, it was an embarrassment for Mariah; there’s no doubt about that. But, okay, it was a horrible mistake; can we move on? This is not Ashlee Simpson at Saturday Night Live. Mariah Carey is not a new artist; she has proven her talent for over 25 years. Yes, she’s had some bad performances, but the good outweigh the bad. No, she can’t sing like the 90s anymore, but she can still sing – quite well, in fact. Are you the same as you were when you were 20 years younger? Probably not.

The Response

What is most troubling about the public’s response to this event, as with other similar events experienced by other celebrities of Mariah’s stature, is that it is so overwhelmingly negative and hateful. I mean, I can’t say I am too surprised: the negativity and hate is coming from the same country that elected Donald Trump to be its President. However, in the wake of the death of so many icons this year, like Prince and George Michael, I would think that people would be a bit more forgiving of the fact that our aging legends like Mariah Carey are, well, only human.

Instead of ridiculing Mariah Carey for this, instead of saying “rest in peace” to her career and writing her off for good, how about showing her some love instead? Why not thank her for her pioneering innovations that changed and shaped the sound of R&B, Pop, Hip-Hop and Holiday music forever? I know it’s human nature for people to be so engulfed in negativity and controversy and take the good things for granted, but really, we need to be more cognizant of this.

When Mariah Carey gives a great performance, it won’t go viral unless it’s mind-blowingly out of this world. To be frank, the chances of that happening are slim to none for a multitude of reasons. However, undoubtedly, this performance will go viral because people live to laugh at the expense of others. Instead of spreading love to Mariah, who is probably horrified and ashamed by this, why do people choose to spread disdain for her?

Welcome to The Mariah Carey

Me and Mariah, May 16, 2015

Me and Mariah, May 16, 2015

Welcome to The Mariah Carey, the unofficial website of Mariah Carey made by a fan for fans and new fans alike. Here you will find Mariah Carey's full discography, information and facts about her and latest news!

This is going to be an evolving fansite. Each week we will feature Mariah's "Single of the Week" that will focus on her singles and remixes and other facts. And also soon we will have a Lamb section that will feature testimonies and insiprations that us Lambily have about Mariah Carey. More features to come soon!

Hope that you enjoy the site and feel free to reach to me, Miguel Roan for any suggestions, input or any comments about the site! LYM!

Mariah Carey Sings The Ball Down At ‘Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2017’

It’s only fitting that the 45th Anniversary of “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2017” is matched with global icon, Mariah Carey. Ms. Carey is to perform for 1 million people moments before the ball drops in New York City’s Time Square. Will she outshine the Waterford crystal ball? You know, she does like to sparkle. 

Ryan Seacrest is the consummate host for ABC’s annual “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve With Ryan Seacrest 2017,” which will air December 31, 8 p.m. ET/PT. Ryan will lead the traditional countdown in Time Square with actress/comedian Jenny McCarthy conducting live interviews. Is it really a new year without her kissing Donnie?

The show promises something for everyone and seems to cover all demographics. In New York, Mariah will be joined by superstars DNCE, Thomas Rhett and Gloria Estefan. Gloria will perform with the cast of the Broadway musical, “On Your Feet.”

The cool factor is brought by Black Eyed Peas vocalist Fergie, who will be hosting the Billboard Hollywood Party from the West Coast and performing live. The show stays ultra-hip by enlisting an array of young talent including, Niall Horan, Shawn Mendes, Emeli Sande, Lukas Graham, Fifth Harmony featuring Kid Ink and Ty Dolla $ign, Alessia Cara, John Legend, Mike Posner, Hailee Steinfeld and Flo Rida featuring Macy Kate. 

Talented singer/songwriter Bebe Rexha is sure to bring down the house with her songs, “Me, Myself and I” with G-Easy and “In The Name of Love” with the handsome Dutch DJ Martin Garrix. Bebe Rexha is one to watch in 2017. If Fergie and Gwen Steffani had a baby, it would be Bebe. 

So grab your party hat and champagne and toast to one hell of a global party that you don’t need to leave your house to attend. If 2016 wasn’t your thing, Mariah’s going to sing you out of it in style.