Mariah Carey is opening up about the current state of music and the pitfalls of social media.
Carey got candid about today’s popstars in a new interview with Business Insider, where she claimed that some of today’s most popular musicians, who remained nameless, are more about social media shock value than creating quality music.
“Here’s the thing, I think now it’s more about people selling themselves, like online. It’s more about, ‘Here’s what I did today. Let me do something and shock the world’ rather than so much about the music,” Mariah, who currently has more than 15 million Twitter followers, recently told Business Insider.
“I just look at it like, it’s different than when you had to start out and people had to either connect with your song or not,” Carey continued. “Whereas now you can become a big artist without even necessary having a number one record because of how many followers you have.”
But, while it sounds like Mariah Carey is taking serious aim at an unnamed crop of today’s most famous popstars, Mariah did confess that there are still a few artists out there who still rely on their talent to sell music. “There are some artists where it is about the music and that’s great,” Carey said in the interview.
While Carey didn’t confirm just who she has in mind when she made her recent remarks, according to TwitterCounter.com, more than half of the top 20 most followed accounts on Twitter all belong to popstars like Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift, Britney Spears, Selena Gomez and Ariana Grande.
While Carey is speaking out about pop’s newest stars, Mariah is getting back into the game herself and gearing up to head back out on the road for her first European tour in 13 years.
Mariah recently announced that she’ll be stopping at a number of European cities, including London, Milan, Paris and Stockholm, on her upcoming Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour. She admitted to Reuters that she’s “looking forward” to taking her show on the road.
“I’m looking forward to coming back to Europe… I think that this is going to be an interesting tour because it’s not going to be the Vegas shows which is just the number ones which are the American number ones,” Carey told Reuters of her big international show plans earlier this month.
“Some of the songs that were number one in Europe were not even on the charts in America or didn’t go to number one,” Mariah Carey continued. “So… I want to add some songs that are just for real die-hard fans and some songs that did really well in Europe and some of the songs that people have come to know me for.”
While Mariah will be on the road until her newly announced string of shows wrap in Holland this April, Carey will likely be keeping pretty busy on her travels as she plans her upcoming wedding to Australian businessman, James Packer.
Carey recently opened up about Packer’s proposal in an interview with E! News, where Mariah described the moment James popped the question as “very romantic.”
“He’s an exceptional person and really… it gets more romantic by the day, so it’s very sweet,” Mariah told the site of life with her fiancée, admitting that she’s “feeling fantastic, better than ever” following last month’s proposal.
Mariah also got candid about the stunning 35 carat engagement ring Packer presented her with, joking to E! News that the ring, estimated to be worth around $7.5 million, was “so heavy I can’t lift my arm up!”
What do you think about Mariah Carey’s recent remarks about pop music’s current superstars and their social media habits?
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