Sunday, September 13, 2009

New Pics of Mariah in Toronto

Looking beautiful with the classic curls, the 1st pic down could be straight out of 1993.

New Memoirs Album Snippets!

This is the album of the year already, just from these clips. check 'em out! Only 15 days and counting...

Official Tracklist for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel

This stuff is starting now!

1. Betcha Gon' Know (the prologue) 4:00
2. Obsessed (Album Version) 4:02
3. H.A.T.E.U. 4:27
4. Candy Bling 4:03
5. Ribbon 4:21
6. Inseparable 3:33
7. Standing O 4:00
8. It's A Wrap 3:58
9. Up Out My Face 3:41
10. Up Out My Face (the reprise) 0:51
11. More Than Just Friends 3:37
12. The Impossible 4:00
13. The Impossible (the reprise) 2:25
14. Angel (the prelude) 1:04
15. Angels Cry 4:01
16. Languishing (the interlude) 2:33
17. I Want To Know What Love Is 3:26
18. Obsessed (Cahill Radio Mix) 3:20
19. Obsessed (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Radio Edit) 3:12
20. Obsessed (Jump Smokers Radio Edit) 3:19
21. Obsessed (Friscia and Lamboy Radio Mix) 4:11

Catching Up

These next several posts will be news and pictures that have come about over the last few weeks that I didn't get to. Just letting you know, I'm gonna stay on the grind this time, we're getting too close to album time. This album is gonna be the ALBUM OF THE YEAR, I can tell just from the clips.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Live Audio from the Concert in Las Vegas

Here are videos of audio posted on youtube from Mimi's concert in Las Vegas last night. The other concert happening tonight is going on as we speak. I'm still floored by Mariah's vocals from last night, she sounds incredible (especially on Always Be My Baby). Check them out below and enjoy:

My All:

Close My Eyes:


Shake It Off & Touch My Body:

Always Be My Baby:

It's Like That:



Subtle Invitation:

Up Out My Face:

Angels Cry:

Thursday, August 27, 2009

World Premiere of I Wanna Know What Love Is on German Radio TONIGHT

Well technically it's tomorrow but due to time zone differences, US citizens will be able to hear the (radio rip)song tonight. Eastern Time Zone at Midnight, Pacific at 9pm. Stay Tuned can't wait to hear it in full. Go to to hear a 10 second clip of the song RIGHT NOW!

Amazon Review of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel

Imperfections are in the eye of the beholder. You can see them as flaws, or as the very qualities that make us human -- and that make us strive to be better people in search of a perfection that we know we can never fully achieve. In the thirteen songs on her spellbinding new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Mariah Carey explores those aspects of our shared humanity with a rare depth, honesty and open-heartedness. It's one of the strongest statements in her long, distinguished career.

The subject of Memoirs is love at all its stages in our lives. Experiencing it for the first time. Losing it. Remembering its most painful moments, and also its times of greatest innocence and joy. Yearning for it. Learning from it. Growing as a result of its profound power. Finding it again and being grateful for so great a gift. And, finally, being humbled, filled with wonder and elevated by love's mysterious ways. In that sense and more, Memoirs is a full, immensely satisfying journey.

"Each song is like an intimate conversation or entry in a private diary," Carey says about the album. "A lot of the songs reflect specific, different times in my life. Others were inspired by movies, actual events that happened to me, or the stories of friends who told me about experiences that they've gone through." With just one exception, Carey wrote and produced the entire album in collaboration with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart. The trio clearly shared an inspired sense of what Memoirs should be. Sinuous grooves and instantly memorable melodies flow from track to track, while the wit and intimacy of the lyrics create the feel of one friend talking to another. As well-defined as each song is, Memoirs plays with the beauty and consistency of a classic, start-to-finish album.

"My main goal was to work with people I could collaborate with without it seeming redundant or stale," Carey says. "In my opinion Tricky is one of the most underrated major producers out there right now. I really enjoyed collaborating with him. And I especially liked writing with The-Dream, basically because we both love having fun with lyrics and melodies, and we're also capable of getting more serious on deeper songs. There is a particular sense of freedom I feel when we write together -- even though I make him stay in the studio all night until he is ready to kill me! LOL!"

Memoirs' first single is the hard-hitting "Obsessed," which is accompanied by a video directed by Brett Ratner (the Rush Hour trilogy) in which Carey plays both the glamorous star and her stalker fan. Like the video, the song's lyrics combine devastating putdowns ("Last man on the Earth still couldn't get this") with humor ("See right through you like you're bathin' in Windex"). The no-nonsense "Up Out My Face" captures a similar caustic mood, dismissing a former lover with the send-off, "When I break, I break, boy." "It's a Wrap" delivers a similar message about the end of an affair: "When it's gone, it's gone." "Standing O," with its irresistible chorus, sardonically applauds a faithless ex for his signature achievement: "You played the one that loved you the most." "Betcha Gon' Know" foresees karmic revenge for a wayward lover, but, once again, the clever lyrics ("Oprah Winfrey whole segment for real, for real / 20/20 Barbara Walters for real, for real") encourage a smile amid the pain.

The ballad "H.A.T.E.U.," meanwhile, finds the singer seeing life in the wake of a breakup and longing for the moment when loss and regret transform into a cleansing anger. But the title of the song doesn't necessarily stand for what you think it might. "H.A.T.E.U. is the first song I wrote for the album," Carey says, "and it stands for Having A Typical Emotional Upset."

Always a brilliant technical singer with an extraordinary vocal range, Carey rises to new heights on that track. "I sing a recurring melody in the upper register of my voice; it's not an ad-lib, but an integral part of the song's hook," she says. "That's not something I've done before, and when listening back to it, it reminded me of how Minnie Riperton used her upper register on her hit song `Lovin' You.' I thought how ironic that her song was called `Lovin' You' and my song is called, 'H.A.T.E.U.' - and both use that upper `whistle register' as a major part of the melody. So it's sort of an homage to Minnie Riperton, a tribute to her since she has been so influential in my singing style."

On a tender note, the wistful "Candy Bling" beautifully evokes the blissful realm of young love ("Anklets, name plates that you gave to me/Sweet tarts, ring pops had that candy bling/And you were my world"), while "Inseparable" aches for a love that went wrong for reasons that seem impossible to comprehend. "More Than Just Friends" floats off into a fantasy of what a casual relationship might become ("Permanently paint me in your picture like Picasso/Love me down till I hit the top of my soprano!"). "Ribbon" and "The Impossible" swoon with happiness and thankfulness over redemptive love that has returned to make life rich again. "You did the impossible," Carey sings. "You rescued my love."

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel ends with a spectacularly powerful gospel rendition of Foreigner's gorgeous ballad, "I Want to Know What Love Is." Carey's voice soars into the heavens as a soul-stirring choir makes it clear that the search for love is the closest that any human being ever gets to the divine.

Which brings us back to the angel of the album's title. "I had written a song called 'Imperfect,'" Carey says, "but it didn't make it onto the album. The lyrics of that song address the fact that the world puts so much pressure on us -- especially on women -- to be perfect and look a certain way, and that is impossible because nobody is perfect. Only God is perfect. I know I've tried to be a good person, but I am definitely no angel!"

"But after I put this album together and decided to name it Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," she concludes, "I remembered that the Minnie Riperton album that contained 'Lovin' You' was called Perfect Angel. So I felt in so many ways that it was meant to be."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Hilarious and Creative Obsessed Cover and Video

LOL! This is awesome.

Confirmed: Mariah's 'First' Single Is... (LOADS of NEWS)

Confirmed: Mariah's 'First' Single Is...

Showbiz 411 colunmist Roger Friedman, an extended member of Mariah Carey's PR team, continues to serve up information about to expect from the diva's forthcoming 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel' album - today confirming that Foreingers cover 'I Want To Know What Love Is' will be the record's 'first official single' (rolls eyes). Check out the report below:

Foreigner's Mick Jones can start ordering caviar and Champagne again: Mariah Carey is releasing her own gospel-tinged version of his masterwork song, "I Want to Know What Love Is."

It's the first "real" single from her new album following the summer release of the witty "Obsessed," which is also included on "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel." The album and the single hit the world on Sept. 29th.

I heard the Foreigner song yesterday along with all of "Memoirs" and let me tell you: Mariah's got a hit on her hands along the lines of "Emancipation of Mimi "The hour-long CD is ballad-centric. Written and produced with The Dream and Tricky (I know, but these are their stage names), "Memoirs" boasts a lot of singles. Starting with the Foreigner song is a canny move in these uncertain times. By the time its run is over, a new generation will think "I Want to Know What Love Is" is a Mariah Carey song.

Mick Jones, who wrote it, should start picking out some nice new cars thanks to Carey. The money should come rolling in quickly.

The other songs on the album - these are the titles, although the running order is still being finalized: "Betcha," "Obsessed," "H.A.T.E.U.," "Candy Bling," "Ribbon," "Standing O's.," "Impossible," "It's a Wrap," "Inseparable," "Up Out My Face," "More than Just Friends," and "Angels Cry."

Several of these are radio ready. "Angels Cry" is an honest-to-god ballad a la "Vision of Love," and should be a gigantic success. "Standing O's" also has potential, as do "H.A.T.E.U." - which stands for "having a typical emotional upset" - and "Inseparable."

Def Jam's L.A. Reid - who previewed the CD for the first time yesterday with a clutch of staffers - is playing with the order, to get it right. But he really can't go wrong. Carey's album, is, as they used to say, "what the kids want." Plus, it's got stuff for the slightly older crowd. I loved the doo-woppy "It's a Wrap." And the Foreigner track is so powerful, it's going to be everywhere.

Good news, too: no more songs about Eminem. One was plenty.

So, by the end of September we'll have new CDs from Whitney and from Mariah. They're each top notch and different from each other enough that their fans should want them both. Maybe we'll see a return to record stores (we have but a few in Manhattan now) and diva duels on radio if programmers are smart.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel Pushed Back...AGAIN!

Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel Update

Mariah is putting the finishing touches on her newest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, and we have shifted all of our TV and promo appearances to coincide with the new release date of September 29th. We can't wait for the fans to hear the new album !!


Thursday, August 6, 2009

New Review from UK Listening Party

Spine-tingling, heart-stirring, and just generally awesome are the best three adjectives to describe the six songs I heard from Mariah Carey’s next album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel - out 14 September.

Putting all conflict with Eminem (the bitter, twisted loser) aside, Mariah showed that talent speaks for itself and she has that in sack-loads. Although I suspect in Mariah’s case it is Hermes Birkin-loads. Limited edition and expensive, dahlings.

Here is what I heard:

(1) Candy Bling - a very slow number that showcases Mariah’s unique vocal range. One to put on the iPod and play when someone is pissing you off on the tube / bus as it totally chills you out.

(2) Obsessed - the first single and my favourite as it’s more of a dancey number. I am OBSESSED with this song and sing along when it’s on the radio

(3) H.A.T.E U - another slow number - very e=mc2- but then if you have a winning formula, why change it.

(4) Standing 0 - what a cool title for a song! By visualisng a standing ovation, Mariah is totally gonna get one.

(5) Impossible - slow but SEXY in homage to Nick Cannon, I think. She sings ‘U did the impossible…’ and ‘I love you Like…’

(6) I want to Know What Love is - cover of The Foreigner’s classic. Mariah makes it sound so beauitful, it makes you dwell on the lyrics differently. And it shows she wants to properly entertain people - nobody would have expected her to do this. I actually cheered in congratulations when this song ended and I wasn’t the only one.

Can't wait to hear the album myself.

Obsessed Performance on America's Got Talent

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The UK Listening Party is OVER!

Small details have come out so far, but from my understanding the Listening Party has taken place is already over. More details as they become available, until then here's what we have so far (Notes from Twitter):

zoegriffin - Mariah's songs are amazing and cupcakes were served at the playback. Pink cupcakes! Happy days

zoegriffin - I made lots of notes at the playback - in my new pink notebook!!! Gonna blog about the tunes soon. Relive the mariah fabulousness! Out sept

DJBigger - Watch out for Mariah Careys amazing cover of You Know What Loves is

@ArchnaSawjani - loved the pink cupcakes+drinks at mariah playback. Wasn't as sold on the music but not final product only heard 5 new tracks&one was a cover

thisisjamesy - just got back from Mariah playback. Diggin the cakes and what a brilliant Foreigner cover!

sofiaz - Just left mariah careys album launch at the langham.Shes covered i wana kno wot love is.Its quite gud

Today a listening party for Mariah's new album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, was held in the UK and this is what DJ Bigger has to say about it:

"Just heard 6 cuts from Mariah Carey's new album the killers are Candy Bling, Impossible and a breathtaking soulful cover version of the Foreigner soft rock classic I Want To Know What Love Is which really has to be heard to be believed it really is jaw dropping. The album's title is "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel". It is out on September 14th."

Today Show Performances still on for August 28

According to this promo video from the Today Show, Mariah's appearance on the Today Show Concert Series on August 28th is still on.

I gather from that, that the second single will be released by or a little before that performance.

Source: WiseGuyC on FOMM

For the Nostalgia - We Belong Together (2005 MTV Movie Awards)

First Nostalgia back, this is one of my favorite Mariah performances ever. The whole timeless old-timey feel with everything being in black and white and Mariah alone being in color. Stone Win. Vocals were on point, she sounded confident and there was a lot of clarity in her voice. She looked great, the red dress hit the spot, great hair. The whole thing was CLASS. Hard to believe it's been 4 years since then, but we're bringing it close so we can Relive the Splendor.

Touch My Body is OFFICIALLY a Mariah Carey Classic

As of late I've been playin' the heck out of Touch My Body and as much as I loved it when it dropped last year, it's never sounded better than right now. The bounciness, the playful lyrics, the vocals, I'm head over heels in love with a song that's been out for over a year. I didn't realize it til recently but Touch My Body is a Mariah Carey Classic. I hope she knows that and performs it on Tour. It's up there with Honey, We Belong Together, and Always Be My Baby for me.

VH1 Storytellers Taping, Tribeca Show Postponed

VH1 Storytellers Taping, Tribeca Show Postponed

According to the official Mariah Carey site, the VH1 Storytellers taping, previously scheduled for August 6th, has been postponed to a later date. No new date has been announced. Winners will remain on the list for the re-scheduled taping date.

The Tribeca Power 105.1 concert, originally slated for August 10th, has also been postponed to a later unknown date. Notified winners will be contacted when they have a new date for the show.

Source: | MariahDailyJournal

Memoirs Listening Party Today in the UK

According to Jasmine Dotiwala on Twitter, there will a new listening party tonight in the UK.

@jasminedotiwala - This afternoon the UK media/ViPs/industry get to hear some of -the biggest selling female musician- Mariahs MOAIA! Let the heat begin!!

I'll post reviews and song details as they become available. Hopefully more songs are played than the ones played at the Hong Kong Listening Party on Monday.

Revitalizing the Blog Again

As we grow closer to the release of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, I will be doing my best to keep the blog updated and giving it the much needed refreshing that I have neglected to do as of late.

IF ANYONE WOULD LIKE TO MAKE A NEW *FOR THE RECORD MARIAH CAREY NEWS BLOG BANNER* E-MAIL ME AT FORTHERECORDNEWS@YAHOO.COM and we'll do a poll to see which one is most liked and it will be the new banner.

The one I have now is pretty plain. So check back frequently, I'll be updating the blog at least 3 or 4 times daily: In the morning, early afternoon, and Late evening definitely.

Mariah performs tonight on America's Got Talent

Mariah will take the stage singing Obsessed on tonight's America's Got Talent on NBC. Tune in at 9PM Eastern. Although the performance has already been taped, we will see it in HQ tonight.