The 81st annual lighting of the world’s most famous Christmas tree took place in Rockefeller Center last night. It was by far one of their most star-studded lineups yet. Mary J. Blige, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Kelly Clarkson, Kenny ‘Babyface’ Edmonds, Goo Goo Dolls, Ariana Grande, Leona Lewis and Jewel all performed. Undoubtedly, no one does Yuletide tracks better than Mimi. Naturally, all the female singers brought their “A” game for the diva duel. Who came out on top? Watch some of the performances below and you decide.
Just in case you were wondering, this year’s Norway spruce came from Shelton, CT. It stands 76-foot tall and 47 feet in diameter and weighs approximately 12 tons. The tree is estimated to be about 75 years old. Reportedly, more than 45,000 energy-efficient multi-colored LED lights adorn the tree and features a 9 ½ foot wide LED-lit Swarovski crystal star on top.
With “The Art of Letting Go” debuting just the other day, naturally Mariah Carey is on the promotion train pimping out her new single. I’m sure the last thing she wants to talk about is her badly-reviewed one season stint as American Idol judge. However, that’s not the case for Angie Martinez who interviewed Carey for Hot 97. I think it’s time for people to heed Mariah’s track and let it go.
When asked about the FOX singing competition, Carey tries to avoid it at first but then dishes some tea and throws a bit of shade. She reveals she hated going to work, how she felt duped by producers and calling someone Satan. Clearly, she’s talking about Keith Urban ;) Check out the interview snippet below.
Mariah Carey’s 14th studio album has been a long time coming. In 2012, the intended lead cut “Triumphant (Get ‘Em)” bombed big time, not even charting on the Billboard Hot 100. Earlier this year, Carey released “#Beautiful” and did respectably well peaking at No. 15 despite the annoying hashtag. She seemed primed to finally release a new album, but delayed it once again from a July release date to an unspecified one. With a brand new single, hopefully that day is sooner rather than later.
Mariah reunites with Rodney Jerkins for “The Art of Letting Go.” It’s not what you’d expect from Jerkins given his producing credits including Destiny’s Child’s “Say My Name,” Spice Girls’ “Holler,” Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” and Pussycat Dolls’ “When I Grow Up.” However, Rodney has churned out a hot ballad here and there and this is one of those instances. “The Art of Letting Go” is vintage Carey where her vocals soars to heights most of her compatriots could never achieve. Give the slow jam a listen below.
A few of our Spanish-speaking readers described Mariah Carey’s Spanglish version of “#Beautiful” as being #terrible. While I’m pretty sure the translations aren’t on point 100 percent, I do enjoy “#Hermosa” tremendously. I’m always down for a little bilingual action. You can imagine my #glee when Mimi released an accompanying music video for the alternate version of her hit collaboration with Miguel.
Instead of being caged up in a chandelier-filled barn, Carey and Miguel vacation on the beautiful Italian island of Capri. The two are shown in a rowboat, exploring the Blue Grotto, walking the cobblestone streets of the island and other sightseeing activities. All those scenes are intertwined with images of Mariah and Miguel laying down their Spanglish lyrics in the recording studio. Overall, I like the video. It’s tempting me to book another vacay in Italy. Check out the new clip below.
If you’re a longtime fan of Mariah Carey, the following two remixes shouldn’t come as a surprise. We all know the woman loves her rappers. Over the years she’s worked with Ol’ Dirty Bastard (“Fantasy”), The Lox and Mase (“Honey”), Jay-Z (“Heartbreaker”) and Jadakiss (“We Belong Together”) to name a few. This time around she picked Harlem rap sensation A$AP Rocky to add a rap interlude. As much as I love a little swagger, I’m not really feeling his appearance on the urban remix. However…
On the flip side, I’m loving the Spanglish version titled “#Hermosa.” I’m a sucker for a little bilingual action. If you’re one of her hardcore lambs, you know the 43-year-old diva has dabbled singing in Spanish previously with her hits “Hero” and “My All.” The Spanglish and urban remix are two of five planned “#Beautiful” remixes being dropped in the next few days. Expect a couple of hardcore dance ones within that bunch. Check out the first two below.
A couple of months ago, I wrote about Ariana Grande and how she’s being touted as the next Mariah Carey. A tall order indeed but she definitely has the chops to live up to those lofty expectations. Her debut single debuted in the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10. Ten weeks later, “My Way” featuring Mac Miller finds itself back in the Top 10 this week. It’s clear people are starting to fall in love with the track and hopefully her as well.
In honor of her return to the top tier of Billboard’s main chart, I thought I’d share this gem of hers. The 19-year-old singer covered one of my favorite Mariah Carey tracks last year. Personally, I’m glad she chose “Emotions” as it allows people to compare the two singers easily. No other female singer on radio right now could even remotely hit the high notes on this classic summer track like Carey. For Ariana it’s a breeze. Check out her rendition below. She does Mariah justice.
I’m not sure an explicit version of “#Beautiful” was necessary, but Mariah Carey did. The 43-year-old offers up an alternate audio and video version of her current Top 20 hit. Apparently Mimi felt a few expletives were missing. Normally, I’m not a fan of gratuitous usage of the F-bomb, but Miguel uttering “f**king beautiful” is sorta hot.
If you’re favorite parts of the video were the barn scenes, you’re in luck. Gone are shots of Carey riding bitch on a motorcycle. The alternate visual is fully set in the barn with more time focused on Mariah dancing in front of the “Adorn” singer who BTWs looks even cuter in this version. His mischievous smirk is supes sexy.
Even though I don’t mind the new #explicit cut, I would’ve much preferred an official remix. I’m not sure this cut will help propel the track much higher than its current Top 20 peak. Check out the new version below.
American Idol must be in serious suck up mode after that reported secret plan to oust Mariah Carey midseason was made public. How else can you explain the fact they let Carey’s brand new music video air in its entirety. Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think that’s ever been done for any of the judges before. Usually the video is aired up to the second verse before they cutaway, but not for the #diva that is #Mimi.
Out of protest for the silly hashtag in the song title, I”m going to overuse the ever so trendy symbol. “#Beautiful” is vintage Mariah at her best. If you love Mimi wearing #tootight and #revealing clothing and #flippingherhair in slow motion, then you’re going to love the Joseph Khan-directed visual. It’s #fun, #flirty and #fourtyplus. I’m not sure if it’s Khan’s masterful use of #softlighting or some other sort of other magical powers, but the 43-year-old is serving #Butterfly realness. She hasn’t aged a day since those #glorydays.
The clip begins with Carey #ridingbitch on Miguel’s motorcycle. It then segues to her #writhing on the bike solo and eventually executing some #privatedancing a la #TinaTurner in a #beautiful room with gorgeous #chandeliers as Miguel sits in a hot #vintagecar. It’s fairly simple in its concept, but a solid accompanying visual. Check it out below.