Mariah Carey has officially signed a new deal with Epic Records, home of Meghan Trainor, Ciara, and Avril Lavigne. Billboard reported the exciting (for Mariah fans, at least) news this morning.
“As first reported by Billboard on Jan. 30, the singer is reteaming with Antonio L.A. Reid for a multi-album deal that would begin with a greatest-hits set to coincide with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. The concert series booked by Creative Artists Agency begins May 6 and will include all 18 of Carey’s Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, from 1990’s ‘Vision of Love’ to 2008’s ‘Touch My Body.’ Likewise, her forthcoming album for Epic is expected to feature updates and possibly duets of her classic songs.”
Epic Records could be making a big mistake. Mariah’s last two albums, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and Me I Am Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse, were huge mega-flops. Mariah has also been lampooned for her poor recent live performances. ET recently reported on Mariah Carey’s lip-sync disaster in Jamaica.
“It’s safe to say Mariah Carey didn’t have one of her best performances at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival Friday night. The 44-year-old diva had more than a little trouble lip-syncing to a few of her biggest hits like ‘Fantasy’ and ‘Always Be My Baby,’ and it was all caught on tape. As the audio plays, Mariah clearly misses her cues, making the fact that she isn’t singing live that much more obvious.”
It’s important to note that Mariah Carey is going through a lot of personal problems right now, which could be causing her poor performances. Her divorce from Nick Cannon has been painful for her and it has been played out in public. The latest drama involves Nick Cannon claiming he was cheated over the sale of their Bel-Air home.
According to TMZ, Nick Cannon was cheated because their business manager let her take the lead on the sale of their mansion. In a newly filed lawsuit, Canon claims he never authorized the $9 million sale of the Bel-Air home and believes that their business manager, Michael Kane, was dealing exclusively with Mariah Carey’s team on the deal. Worse is that Cannon claims he didn’t find out about the deal until after the fact.
However, Mariah Carey has comeback power, and she proved this with 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi. After being kicked down, spit at (metaphorically), and having a very public breakdown, Mariah returned to the top of the charts and scored possibly the biggest hit of her career, “We Belong Together.” One should never count Mariah Carey out.
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