Mariah Carey announces she’ll ‘pull a Beyonce,’ defeating the purpose of said act

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At the end of the day, I do think it was smart for Beyonce to drop her album with no forewarning, no build-up and no promotion. Bey reaped the benefits of being the first major singer to pull that kind of stunt, and she got a huge amount of (free) international press with the album release. So, Mariah Carey being Mariah, I can understand why Mariah watched what Beyonce did and thought, “Oh, I should do that too.” The problem is that Mariah is Mariah, and she has to talk about everything, so she basically just told Billboard that she’s going to “pull a Beyonce.” But telling people you’re going to pull a Beyonce defeats the purpose of pulling a Beyonce. This is a Catch-Twentbeyonce. Some highlights from Mariah’s Billboard interview:

Mariah wants to surprise everyone: Carey will be taking a surprise approach to the project by revealing her new album’s title, track listing, artwork and music all at once via to-be-announced digital partners (a physical release at retail is expected the following week.) “I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” Carey says, noting that the album takes its name from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”

Her shoulder injury: “I really downplayed that incident.”

Mariah’s new album will include tons of collaborations: Frequent collaborators Rodney Jerkins and Dupri are back for Album No. 14, but so is a surprisingly diverse roster that ranges from of-the-moment producers like Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It, guest features from Wale, Nas and Trey Songz and even contributions from veteran arranger Larry Gold and the Love Unlimited Orchestra. There’s also “a special guest star that I’m not allowed to reveal,” Carey teases.

She knows that her singles haven’t been selling well: “You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work. This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album.”

This will not be her last album: “I will always make music. When I said it could be my last, that’s because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone.”

She might go back to TV: Her rocky stint with Nicki Minaj on “American Idol” last year notwithstanding, Carey says she’d like her next reality-competition venture to be something where she was executive producer. “I have another project that I’m so very excited about that’s finally coming to fruition.”

[From Billboard]

Oh, it’s like a blind item with the album name! The album name is a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.” Marilyn Monroe’s piano? She does own Monroe’s piano, you know. That’s my guess. Anyway, I sort of feel sorry for Mariah. By teasing the new album she defeats the whole purpose of Pulling A Beyonce. Beyonce didn’t DO press to tease the album. In fact, there were months of stories about how chaotic it was behind-the-scenes for Beyonce to complete the damn thing. So, poor Mariah. She’s trying to dethrone Queen B and I just feel like it’s not going to happen.

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Photos courtesy of Billboard, Mariah’s IG, WENN.

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  1. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    Box of rocks?

  2. Freebunny says:

    Well, Mimi isn’t known for her intelligence.

  3. GeeMoney says:

    SNOOZE

  4. Talie says:

    Kind of a bad idea because if her album doesn’t sell as well, then she invites those comparisons.

    • j.eyre says:

      This is an excellent point.

      Something nice for a Sunday – I really like the album’s name.

    • Tapioca says:

      I don’t think she has too much to worry about as she’s better at shrugging off failed albums than almost anyone. Plus The Emancipation of Mimi sold roughly the same as Beyonce’s last three albums COMBINED so it’s not like she’s hurting for cash!

  5. Lucy2 says:

    I wouldn’t call posing in bedazzled arm slings “playing down the incident”, but she’s never really been a subtle person!

    • spanky says:

      I spat coffee out when I read that!!!! She had arm sling costume changes! BAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH

    • ctkat1 says:

      Nobody has made more of an injury than she did with her shoulder- it was front and center for months!!!
      My goodness, if that’s what she thinks downplaying something is, I can’t even imagine… I mean, I know she wears the title of Ultimate Diva like a badge of honor, but seriously!

  6. Tiffany says:

    Dem Babies.

  7. paola says:

    She’ll pull a Beyoncè?
    Is she having lipo on her thighs?

    • homegrrrl says:

      And in every candid shot every other family member looks palsy-ish, while she has picture perfect “real estate face”!!!

    • Texased says:

      Geez! Get over it! The pic was a stupid idea. We get it! Why keep brining it up? There’s enough Beyonce-bashing on this site that there’s no reason to do it on a Mariah article.

      • paola says:

        I’m sorry but the post itself includes Beyonce’s name!
        And she had Lipo for sure. If you deny that you’re blind. I suggest you to watch her performance at the vmas and tell me she always had that thin thighs, tight bum and thigh gap.

      • Petee says:

        Well in all honesty she has had it done.It is pretty obvious.We call it out on the Kardashians we can call it out on Beyonce.

      • Ashley says:

        @paola. Beyonce lost weight doing her vegan diet before the grammys. That’s why she looked slim.

  8. Kiddo says:

    There was a blind about the delay of an album, because the singer didn’t want to make appearances until she lost more weight. Everyone guessed Mariah, FWIW. Saying she’s pulling a Beyonce makes her sound loopy, but if the blind is true, it removes attention from the reason.

    • Rose says:

      I read that blind thinking it was her too. She doesn’t look like she needs to lose weight. I used to love her music. I would like to see her produce good music again.

    • Petee says:

      I read that too!!Totally Mariah.Ever since she did Honey it has been about how she looks.Her selfies are pictures of her in bikinis or something sexy.The ones with the kids are nice but most likely photoshopped.To tell you the truth I don’t think people care about Mariah anymore.Yes she has a great voice but she is just over the top.So much she has lost touch with her audience.

      • paola says:

        Amen sister. I think she has lost her credibility.. the voice she had is gone and she sometimes sounds ridiculous. She should retire and be remembered for the great voice she had.

  9. lisa2 says:

    I have never been a Mariah stan. I liked some of her music once upon a time. But seeing her on American Idol just put the period to it for me. There is nothing there but posing. Posing for the audience. She seems like a lost soul to me. Like she lives in some fairy tale land of bunnies and Hello Kitty.

    On some level I find her very sad. Especially considering she is 40+ and a parent. She is like some times passed starlet that never grew up.

    • Hautie says:

      I know its not really brought up now, but Mariah did have the very public nervous breakdown.

      Sometime around that “Glitter” movie. Where she got shipped off to the quite room for a few months. This also is around the same time Mariah decided to never be fully cloth again, in flattering clothes, in her size.

      And like Britney Spears…. Mariah has never seemed all together since the breakdown. Both still seem to enjoy performing. But its like the lights have dimmed permanently, in their eyes.

      • lisa2 says:

        You said everything I was going to say. Even the Britney connection.

        I don’t think she has been the same since her breakdown either. It’s like she has stunted in her growth; that she went to a safe place and that is where she operates from.

        I don’t remember her being like this. Maybe her longtime fans know different.

    • kimber says:

      She always seems so insecure and constantly trying to prove herself. It has to be exhausting. She has issues from childhood?

  10. snowflake says:

    omg, i can’t stand mariah. look at her, playing dress-up with her kid, she still has to have her tatas practically popping out. it’s so sad to me, to see grown women doing anything they can to get sexual attention. i mean, there is more to life than having to having to have everyone think you’re sexy all the time.

    • Petee says:

      Agree with all of the above.She lives in a dream world.Please ditch the Hello Kitty thing.You are a grown woman with a family not some little girl.Your time has come and gone.This album won’t do well either.

  11. pru says:

    Her shoulder injury: “I really downplayed that incident.”
    Umm, no, you played that incident for all it was worth. You bedazzled the crap out of it.

  12. Jacqueline says:

    I’m surprised she didn’t just do the exact same thing and then cop a, “Who is this “Beyoncé” person you speak of? I’ve never heard of him.”

  13. prissa says:

    I love Mariah. I always will. I enjoy the pics of her family that she shares and I wish her all the best on her new album.

  14. JenniferJustice says:

    There is currently a blind item stating a female singer’s album has been delayed numerous times not because the record isn’t ready, but because the artist is unhappy with her weight and refuses to debut her album until she loses the 5-10 lbs necessary to make her as thin as the photoshopped pictures she’s been putting out to the public. I think it’s Mariah! Most think it’s Mariah! She’s not trying to pull a Beyonce. She’s simply stalling until she’s happy enough with her looks to market it.

  15. Jenny25 says:

    I agree, she is so afraid one hair was out of place while watching her on Idol. Just so awkward. Seems to be a really lost middle aged woman. Probably tough to be around. Her music went right down hill after the late 90s. And I always was a fan, but with how bizarre she has become all around, over time its kinda hard to like her at all. Watching her promo on youtube with the idol judges gwtting interviewed by Seacrest was painful yet really funny. Recommended !

  16. Kosmos says:

    I have followed Mariah through much of her career, she’s an amazingly talented woman and she has earned her crown through hard work and talent. She’s still got a voice that in some ways cannot be rivaled….however, I’m not a fan of her constant “posing.” Even her hair is just kind of Old School and she needs to modernize. Also, her body isn’t the same as it once was in the earlier days, so she could wear more appropriate clothing, not always clingy and tight clothing just to look sexy…..lots of clothing can be sexy. I DO hope she keeps making music… I feel that she still has the talent and the ability to make another hot album.