Mariah Carey

Jul
9
Jermaine Dupri Addresses Mariah Carey’s Album Sales

Mariah Carey’s album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse debuted at No. 3 last month, selling 58,000 copies. While the first-week sales were the lowest of her career (for a non-holiday album), Jermaine Dupri is not sweating it. The So So Def mogul, who manages the pop diva and executive produced Chanteuse, is confident that it will build over time.

“I actually feel like it’s probably one of her best albums she’s ever made,” he told Rap-Up TV at the ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards. “I’m excited to see where the album ends up. I tell a lot of people, this era of music and this genre, they don’t understand records that come out small and sell a lot of records.”

He compared the situation to Kris Kross and Bow Wow, who both put up low first-week sales, but went on to sell millions. “So it’s like the first-week sales sometimes don’t really matter,” he said. “I think people gotta start understanding. If you have a plan and you can put the plan in play, you just gotta keep livin’ it out.”

Mariah is moving forward with plans to shoot a video for her next single, the J.D.-produced “You Don’t Know What to Do” featuring Wale.

J.D. has also reunited with Jagged Edge and will executive produce the R&B group’s upcoming album J.E. Heartbreak Too. “If you like J.E. Heartbreak, you’re gonna love this new album,” he said. “We don’t really feel like we have no competition in the R&B world. When I say that I’m talking about real ballads, music that people actually have sex to. I just don’t believe that nobody cares about that area no more and we’re getting ready to really, really kill it.”

Jul
7
A$AP Ferg on Ariana Grande: ‘She’s the Next Mariah Carey’

A$AP Ferg and Ariana Grande

Is Ariana Grande the heir to Mariah Carey’s pop diva throne? According to A$AP Ferg, the “Break Free” singer is following in Mimi’s famous stilettos.

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Jun
9
Mariah Carey Launches Butterfly Beverage

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey is getting in the beverage business. Following the No. 3 debut of her album, the Elusive Chanteuse held a press conference at the St. Regis in New York on Monday to announce the launch of her Go N’Syde bottle Butterfly. With the company’s founder Kevin Liles by her side, Mariah sipped from a champagne glass.

The drink, which comes in a pretty pink bottle, is described as “a melodic beverage inspired by the magic of Mariah Carey.”

By holding a smartphone up to the bottle, fans will be able to access an entertainment network curated by Mariah.

Butterfly will be available in Walgreens nationwide and at all Manhattan Duane Reade locations.

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Jun
4
Mariah Carey’s ‘Elusive Chanteuse’ Debuts at No. 3

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey returns to the charts with her first album in five years, but the sales were less than stellar.

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May
30
Mariah Carey Rides the Subway in Glittery Gown

Mariah Carey

Even the Elusive Chanteuse rides the subway. Mariah Carey traded her chauffeured-driven vehicle for a more modest form of transportation.

The biggest diva of them all took the subway home from the Fresh Air Fund gala in New York City, where she was honored earlier in the evening. Donning a sparkly blue ball gown and sunglasses, Mimi headed onto the D train with her entourage in tow including Jermaine Dupri, BET executive Stephen Hill, and her bodyguards.

“I figured since I’m underdressed, we might as well take the subway,” said Mariah, who documented her travels on Vine.

The “#Beautiful” singer is not the first megastar to commute with the common folk. Rihanna and Jay Z have both taken the train to their concerts.

Mariah will perform a special concert from her home in Bel-Air and sit down with Matt Lauer for a one-on-one interview during the NBC special “Mariah Carey: At Home in Concert with Matt Lauer,” airing Saturday at 8 p.m.

According to HITS, her album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse is expected to sell 55-60,000 copies in its first week.

See Mimi’s glamorous subway adventures below.

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May
27
Review Roundup: Mariah Carey – ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’

Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse

There’s only one Mariah, and she’s not going anywhere. While she’s inspired a new generation of divas, the iconic singer proves she hasn’t lost her luster with her first album in nearly five years, Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse, in stores today.

On the follow-up to 2009′s Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mimi caters to her diverse fanbase with hip-hop bangers (“Thirsty”), gospel power ballads (“Heavenly”), and disco-soul grooves (“Meteorite”).

She enlists Nas, Fabolous, Miguel, Wale, Stevie Wonder, and even Dem Babies, with production from hitmakers including Jermaine Dupri, Hit-Boy, Rodney Jerkins, and Q-Tip.

Did MC hit all the right notes with critics? The reviews are in.

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May
19
Stream Mariah Carey’s New Album ‘Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse’

Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse

On May 27, Mariah Carey will release her 14th album Me. I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse. A week before it goes on sale, the pop diva is giving her Lambs a first listen via iTunes Radio First Play.

The 15-track standard edition features appearances from Nas, Wale, Fabolous, Miguel, and even Dem Babies, with production from Hit-Boy, Jermaine Dupri, Rodney Jerkins, Mike Will Made It, and more.

The deluxe contains three additional tracks including last year’s ballad “The Art of Letting Go” and her previously leaked collaborations with R. Kelly and Mary J. Blige off her scrapped Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel remix album.

Stream Mimi’s latest work below and share your thoughts in the comments.

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