Rodney Jerkins Claims Mariah Carey Still Has Her Voice

Mariah Carey used to belt out those high notes flawlessly, but can she still do it?

Carey has been catching a lot of flack about her five-octave range. For a few years now — and especially after her BET Awards performance this year — folks claim she may have lost her iconic voice and now resorts to only lip-syncing.

But, veteran record producer Rodney Jerkins claims that isn’t so. “Absolutely, Mariah has the voice. Blew me away in the studio”, Jerkins exclaimed. And although Mi Mi might still have it, Rodney condones the use of lip-syncing occasionally saying, “Even Michael Jackson lip-synced at times.”

Whether she’s lip-syncing or not, fans will be excited to learn that Mariah may be putting out new music soon. Uber-producer Jermaine Dupri posted a photo of himself, Mariah, Rodney, Mike WiLL Made-It and Hit Boy in the studio. Earlier this year, Mariah decided to delay the release of her 14th studio album, The Art Of Letting Go. As of right now the album doesn’t have a new release date, but the fact that she’s in the studio is a good sign.

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Mariah Carey’s Son Is Already A True Rock Star

Look who already has some serious talent!

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon’s son, Moroccan Scott Cannon (nicknamed “Roc” for short), decided to do some exploring around the house when he uncovered a special guitar.

While daddy was off hosting America’s Got Talent, the adorable 2-year-old played around with the musical instrument as mom captured the moment nearby. Based on their conversation, it appears Roc was more than interested in what the guitar could bring to his future.

“Roc: ‘Mommy, what does it take to be Roc Starr?’ Mommy: ‘Rocky, just treat it as reality!’” Carey captioned on her Instagram picture.  Do we have another singer on our hands?
It wouldn’t come as a shock if Moroccan and his twin sister, Monroe, wanted to follow in their parent’s footsteps.

With mom’s five Grammy Awards and dad’s comedy, music and hosting skills, the twins are surrounded by impressive talent.

But while they are still young, both parents are focused less on their kid’s showbiz careers and more on the little things.
“The things that make me smile when it comes to my children are…just hearing them talk,” Cannon recently told E! News. “They’re little people now, they’re opinionated and they sit around and just come up and say, ‘Dad, I’m so happy.’”

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Mariah Carey on fractured arm: “I’ve never experienced pain like this”

Mariah Carey has spoken out about the pain she has experienced since dislocating her shoulder in July.

Still recovering two months on, Mariah, 43, thanked her fans for their patience as she collected an award to mark the success of her single ‘#Beautiful’.

Posting a photo on Instagram today (5 September), Mariah looked stunning in a cute pink mini dress with a plunging neckline.

The ‘Heartbreaker’ singer was also sporting a rather plain black sling as she stood next to Steve Bartels, president of Island Def Jam records.

Captioning the photo, the mum-of-two said: “As I heal from my recent injuries, it was nice for Steve Bartels, president of IDJ, to come by and celebrate the Platinum success of ‘#Beautiful’.

“Thank you [fans] for having patience with me as I recover, I’ve never experienced any pain like this and I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy, lol yet true.”

The superstar received the injury while shooting the remix video for ‘#Beautiful’, which was being directed by husband Nick Cannon.

Proving that she show must go on, Mariah still performed on stage and made several appearances in customised arm slings.


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Mariah Carey’s “Music Box” Album: 20 Years Later

“I need a lover to give me/ The kind of love that will last always…”

I was only 11 years old when Mariah Carey’s ”Music Box” came across my path. I knew nothing about love. I didn’t know where this so-called dreamlover would take me, but I knew he would rescue me and it would be amazing. Actually, I still thought boys were pretty gross at the time. But I would sing Mariah Carey’s “Dreamlover” into my hairbrush, with the conviction of a grown woman who knew a thing or two about love. At that stage in my life, I got my love advice from Mariah and a shelf of Disney movies. If you know me, this explains a heck of a lot.

I’ve been a lifelong Auntie Mimi fan, from the moment I discovered her MTV Unplugged album in my mom’s stash of cassettes. On the 20th anniversary of her third studio album Music Box, I took one of my fave LPs for a spin. It was the soundtrack of the talent show era of my life. The point when every girl was either breaking down Janet Jackson video choreography Stephanie Tanner style, or belting “Hero” in my Queens elementary school auditorium. I was somewhere in between. I remember reading the words line for line in my CD booklet, and would belt out Mariah’s octaves (in my head) alone in my room. Mariah, though in her early twenties, had the same wide-eyed innocence of a young girl, something I could relate to as a tweeny bopper. She literally frolicked in parks on tire swings, wearing cut off shorts and flannel shirts. The fact that she wrote all of her music had me completely sold. It was as if she let us into her diary for a picture of love that was digestible and accessible for me to understand.

“Dreamlover” and “Hero” are undoubtedly the smash hits of the album, but “Music Box” outshines its 1993 shelf life with a collection of ballads strong enough for Mariah’s vocals to soar. She’s only accompanied by a choir on “Anytime You Need A Friend,” that adds a tinge of soul to a score of pop songs. Mariah made unrequited, “too shy to say” love a lane all her own. She took the power rock ballad l “Without You” for a masterful spin, and wrestled it from the song’s originators, Badfinger. The title track, “Music Box,” is one of my top three M.C. songs, from the simple notes of a freshly opened jewelry box opening, had me hook line and sinker. It reminds me of exactly how I felt about love at 11 years old, is still how I feel as a woman, 20 years later.

The better left in the ’90s dance tracks “Now That I Know” and “I’ve Been Thinking About You,” seems misplaced among the ballads. But the Babyface-tinged “Never Forget You” is a sweet consolation. Even when she transitioned into a honey hued sexpot, Mariah always closes her album with an introspective ballad, and “All I’ve Ever Wanted” follows suit. No studio tricks. Just a woman with an eight octave range, piano keys and strings.

Like “Purple Rain” and “Janet,” “Music Box” is etched in my memory. It also reminds me exactly why Mariah Carey will always be one of the most lauded vocalists of our time. And it will always be an archive to revisit and remember: the boys who pulled my pigtails grew up to be not so bad after all. Whether they break your heart or take you anywhere you want to (baby now), M.C.’s got a love song for that.

Mariah Carey’s “Music Box” was originally released on August 31, 1993.

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Mariah Carey Shuts Nick Cannon Down On “Wild ‘N Out”

Nick Cannon thought he was pulling a fast one in the latest episode of Wild ‘N Out, flirting with a female co-star on stage, but it quickly turned sour when his wife Mariah Carey slithered out from backstage and caught him red handed.

Just as fast as Nick realized what was going on, Mimi let him know what the deal was when she told him, “I will shut all this shit down!” then quickly walked back out next to her two bodyguards. At least we know who runs things at the Carey household.

Watch Mariah put her hubby in check here.


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Nick Cannon: Mariah Carey is healing

Nick Cannon is pleased his wife Mariah Carey is on the mend from her shoulder injury.

Nick Cannon is proud wife Mariah Carey’s injuries are healing.

The singer suffered a cracked rib, a fractured shoulder and several bruises last month after slipping on the set of her #Beautiful music video.

But Mariah has continued performing and attending premieres despite the injuries. Nick told ET Online: “My wife is doing a lot, lot better. The physical therapy is definitely working.

“At [the recent premiere of Lee Daniels' The Butler], she still couldn’t really move her right hand, but now she’s got a little bit of the functionality of her hand back. She’s still got the blinged-out slings, but hopefully she won’t need those pretty soon!”

While Mariah recuperates Nick is committing a lot of his time to charity.

Read the full story here.

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Mariah Carey reveals a soft spot for cute puppies in photo: ‘Fending for myself’

Mariah Carey is still hurt after her video shoot as the star is still sporting a cast. While some might find the lack of arm use a bit annoying, it appears that Mariah Carey is taking it with stride. On Wednesday the entertainer showed her fans how she was enjoying life by sharing a moment with three puppies on the floor. With her hand still in a cast, it appears the star was playing with the little cute dogs as they moved around her.

“Fending for myself against a pack of wild Jack Russell puppies. Aaaaaahhhhh Help!!!! #fendforyourself,” tweeted Mariah Carey from her official Twitter account on Wednesday. The entertainer included a picture of her playing with the dogs and it looked like she was enjoying every second. The three dogs were amusing themselves by playing with the famous celebrity.

Fans have anxiously been waiting to hear what new music the talented entertainer might put out next. Of course with her injury and still working on the album, it might be a bit before devotees hear anything, but that’s just fine. As everyone knows Mariah’s music is worth the wait.


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Mariah Carey reveals her dislocated shoulder was her own fault

The ‘#Beautiful’ singer was rushed to hospital after taking a tumble while filming a video for a remix to her hit single – which was directed by her husband Nick Cannon – and the songbird insists the accident was down to her feeling fatigued during the long shoot.

She explained on TV show ‘Entertainment Tonight’: “It wasn’t Nick’s fault, it was my fault. Honestly, I had been working for a really long time, and you know how when you’re posing? I was posing, and my arm was like [shaking]. It was shaking at that point, so it was very fatigued. And about the ninth take, the tenth take, I was on a roll, darling, a roll! And the next thing I knew, I was on the floor, baby … on cement.”

Despite her injuries, the 43-year-old star returned to the set to complete the video after being discharged from hospital and was hailed as a “trooper” by Nick, 32, with whom she has two-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe.

He previously said: “She’s such a trooper. I was going to rush to the hospital with her, but she said, ‘You get back in there and finish that video!’ Then, after they put her shoulder back in place, bandaged her all up, she came back to the video early in the morning and finished out everything.”

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Mariah Carey was spat on in racist attack

Mariah Carey claims she was spat on in a racist attack by a classmate when she was a child because she is biracial.

The ‘#Beautiful’ singer, whose mother, Patricia, is Irish and late father, Alfred, was of African-American and Venezuelan decent, experienced abuse for her biracial background when she was growing up in Long Island, New York, but believes it helped her prepare for her role in the new movie ‘The Butler’. Speaking about a scene in the movie where a white woman spits on a black college student, she told Yahoo! Movies during a press conference for the film: ”That actually happened to me.”

She added: ”I know people would be in shock and not really want to believe or accept that, but it did. That right there that was almost the deepest thing to me in the movie because I know what she went through – and it happened to be a bus as well. It was a school bus, in the face and in the same way.” Mariah, who has two-year-old twins, Moroccan and Monroe, with her husband Nick Cannon previously revealed during an interview with her co-star Oprah Winfrey that she was once told by a school teacher that she had given her father the ”wrong colour” in a picture she drew of her family.

She said: ”I said, ‘No that’s the colour that he is.’ They made me feel like something was wrong with me, that it was a bizarre freakish thing.”

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Mariah Carey Promotes ‘The Butler’ at Press Conference

Before she releases her next album, Mariah Carey is set to return to the big screen in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. On Monday, the pop diva appeared at a press conference for the film in New York alongside her co-stars Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard, and Lenny Kravitz.

She plays Hattie Pearl, a field slave, in the historical drama, which opens in theaters on August 16. Mariah previously starred in Daniels’ Oscar-nominated film Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire.

The singer, who injured herself on set of the “#Beautiful (Remix)” video with Young Jeezy, wore a little black dress with a fashionable sling over her arm.

“#Beautiful,” her duet with Miguel, has been certified platinum in the U.S. after selling 1 million digital downloads. The song becomes Mariah’s 13th platinum or multi-platinum single.

She was recently in the studio with Wale and Jermaine Dupri working on a new track. “Mariah x Wale x JD = coming soon,” tweeted Wale.

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