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New Mariah Carey video, 'Up Out My Face': Finally! Mimi is emancipated by hot new video

Sometimes, Mariah gets it wrong (“H.A.T.E. U”? H.A.T.E.D. those freakin swimsuits. “I Want to Know What Love Is”? I want to know why you’re in a baseball stadium full of sad people).

And then—she gets it so right.  In the new video for “Up Out My Face” from her upcoming duets remix album Angels Advocate, due March 30, there are so very many things to love: the color scheme (Target ad? White Stripes tribute?); the nonsensical (but sexical!) nurses’ outfits and Barbie boxes; rising Lil Wayne protege Nicki Minaj getting red, white, and saucypants all over; Nick Cannon (he also directs the clip) reprising his Drumline stomp in the outro. They wear silly outfits, they make silly faces; they have fun:

Wasn’t that delicious? Do you not want to put Minaj in your pocket? Are you fonder of Nick Cannon than you were five and half minutes ago? (He also directed his wife in another new video, the less-than-scintillating Ne-Yo collaboration “Angels Cry,” but we are letting that one slide; it is a forgiveness kind of day). Tell us what you think in the comments section below.

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Mariah Carey's 'I Want to Know What Love Is' video: Play ball!

Generally, the only time I use the words “sports” and “Mariah Carey” in the same sentence is when I’m asking someone to turn down the former so I can listen to the latter. But Mimi’s new video for her cover of Foreigner’s I Want to Know What Love Is (the second vid off her new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel) brings the two together with interesting—if not exactly harmonious—results.

The CG-heavy clip takes place in an anonymous baseball diamond, where a particularly lanky-looking Mariah sings into an old-school mic atop a giant butterfly emblem in the field. (Did someone decide the pitcher’s mound would be too butch?) This is intercut with shots of couples—lovers, families, friends—admiring her with reverent, slo-mo gazes. Then more Mariah, then an out-of-nowhere gospel choir (Why ask why?), a couple high notes, and…. fade out.

Huh. I was kind of hoping MC would work the baseball angle a little more, but I guess fielding a fly ball might put her nails in danger. And those thigh-high boots aren’t made for walking, let alone running the bases. Oh well. Check out the video below and let us know what you think: Home run? Foul ball? Foot fault? No, wait. That’s tennis, right?

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Barbra Streisand tops the albums chart in a busy week; Paramore bests Mariah Carey

Barbra Streisand fans are certainly a devoted bunch. Today they’ve put Babs atop the Billboard 200 with a healthy 180,000 copies sold of her jazz standards album Love Is the Answer, according to Nielsen SoundScan, beating a host of new releases by buzzier artists. By way of comparison, that’s equivalent to every one of the die-hard fans who attended Barbra’s recent gig at NYC’s Village Vanguard club going out and buying 1,800 copies of her new record. Not bad at all.

This week’s list of distinguished also-rans begins with Paramore, whose pop-punk star will no doubt continue to rise now that they’ve taken No. 2 on the chart by selling 175,000 copies of their acclaimed brand new eyes. At No. 3, it’s Mariah Carey, with 168,000 copies sold of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. That result might be the most noteworthy thing on this chart, actually — 168K is a nice number, to be sure, but I wonder how Mariah must feel about coming in third place to Paramore and Barbra.


Guilty Pleasures, Round Two: Phish (16) vs. Mariah Carey (9)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With 16 seeded contestants remaining (see all the matchups), this tournament is continuing to change hearts, minds, and lives, as well as make some people remarkably agitated! Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used from here on out, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore. Also note: Yes, the bracket was rearranged to be in proper bracketing order. Thank you.

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Mariah Carey's 'I Want to Know What Love Is' debuts: Hear it here

Mariah Carey’s new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel may have been pushed back to Sept. 29, but at least we have her cover of Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” to see us through the delay. Take a listen, below, and tell us what you think.

“I Want to Know What Love Is” is the second single to be released in advance of Memoirs; the first one, “Obsessed,” has performed well, reaching as high as No. 11 on Billboard‘s Hot 100, but has yet to become a truly ubiquitous smash on the order of “We Belong Together” or “Touch My Body.” Can this one do better? I’m thinking it just might have a shot. Nostalgia for the cheesetastic ’80s is a powerful thing, as the success of the Glee kids’ “Don’t Stop Believin’” this spring should remind us. And an old-fashioned power ballad might be just the thing Mariah’s fans have been waiting for — at least, the fans who remember the days when she was best known for songs like this. If nothing else, I can’t imagine “I Want to Know What Love Is” not dominating adult-contemporary radio.

But I could be wrong. Let us know: How do you like Mariah’s Foreigner cover? Do you think it will meet with more success than “Obsessed”?

UPDATE: Streams of Mariah Carey’s “I Want to Know What Love Is” cover are being taken down left and right, but the song is out there. For now, a new stream is below.

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Guilty Pleasures, Round One: Ashlee Simpson (8) vs. Mariah Carey (9)

EW’s Music Mix is searching for the Greatest Guilty Pleasure Musical Act of All Time. With 32 seeded contestants (see all the matchups), this tournament is sure to change hearts, minds, and lives for weeks to come. Read/listen to the following, and then cast your vote in the poll after the jump; reader comments will be used in subsequent rounds, so we encourage you to also post a comment explaining why you chose the way you did. Note: In case of a tie, please select the artist you feel more ashamed to adore. Thank you.

ADDITIONAL NOTE: This is the final matchup of Round One. All polls will close at the end of business Friday, and an updated bracket will be posted once the results are tabulated. Round Two starts next week.

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Whitney, Mariah, Madonna, or Barbra: Who's your favorite fall diva?

Fall-of-Diva_lPeruse the upcoming music release calendar and one theme crystallizes: This fall belongs to the diva.

Well, I suppose it remains to be seen if the fall will actually belong to bombastic songstresses — they’ve gotta make a splash with sales, appearances, airplay, and all that first. (And some diva-esque antics would probably help stir up some excitement, too. Just sayin’.) But the ladies pictured at the left here are surely making a play for dominance with four releases that have the potential to be huge.

First up, of course, is Whitney Houston’s comeback album, I Look to You, on Aug. 31. Then on Sept. 29, comes a trifecta of releases: Barbra Streisand’s Love is the Answer, Mariah Carey’s twice-delayed Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, and Madonna’s greatest-hits album Celebration. (Hilariously enough, The Hills‘ Heidi Montag drops her album the same day. But I’m not about to include her in the “diva” category.) The short of it is, it’s an exciting time to be a diva lover!

Still, I have mixed feelings about all the releases. I’ll give you a few words on my anticipation for each diva’s disc. Whitney: Excited, but nervous. Madonna: Sure, I’ll buy it all yet again. Duh. Barbra: Ehh, it’s Barbra, which is always so Barbra. Mariah: Love “Obsessed,” but the rest better be even better.

But let’s get real here — I’m going to buy them all. Again, duh! But what about all of you out there? Which of these four albums are you most excited about? If you only buy one, which will it be? Based on what you’ve heard so far, what are you loving most?

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Mariah Carey delays album, 'Today' show appearance: What's going on here?

If you marked down any Mariah Carey-related events on your calendar for this month, you’d better hope you used erasable ink. Not only has the release of her upcoming album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, been repeatedly pushed back — from Aug. 25 to Sept. 15, then again to Sept. 29 — but the diva recently postponed several promotional events, including planned appearances on NBC’s Today show, on VH1′s Storytellers, and at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. What gives?

“Mariah is working tirelessly on finishing up her album, doing promo for her film Precious and launching a new perfume with Elizabeth Arden,” a rep for Carey’s label told the Music Mix. “Release dates change all the time…It’s really nothing unusual.” The label rep also pointed to a post on the singer’s official site announcing that “we have shifted all of our TV and promo appearances to coincide with the new release date.” Fair enough, I suppose, though that strikes me as slightly circular reasoning. (The promo events were postponed because of the album release delay, which happened because…?) “It’s no big deal,” added another Carey publicist when contacted by the Music Mix, echoing comments made in a recent interview with People. “Everyone seems to think that it’s a big deal, but it’s not. She just wants to fine-tune some things [on the album].”

It’s certainly true that release dates often get changed without prior notice in the music industry. And maybe Carey’s label is just waiting for a single that’s bigger than the decent mid-level hit that “Obsessed” is shaping up to be so far. So what do you think? Why does Carey keep postponing things? And, if you’re a Mariah fan, are you content to keep waiting for Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, or will you start to get impatient at some point?

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Eminem's NSFW 'Warning' to Mariah Carey: Hear it here

You knew this was coming, right? Eminem has never been good at letting grudges go. So what did you think he’d do after hearing Mariah Carey’s “Obsessed,” itself a rumored response to his own “Bagpipes from Baghdad,” which dredged up the very stale controversy regarding their long-past relationship (or lack thereof)? Of course Em has struck back the only way he knows how: by spraying some foul, juvenile lyrics in Mariah’s direction via an unofficial diss track called “The Warning.”

“I’m ‘Obsessed’ now?/Oh, gee, that’s supposed to be me/In the video, with the goatee?” That’s one of the only printable portions of Em’s angry lyrics. Then he goes all “b—-, shut the f— up!” and starts talking in graphic detail about his own sexual mishaps, as well as making some vague blackmail attempts: “It’s a warning shot/Before I blow up your whole spot/Call my bluff and I’ll release every f—ing thing I’ve got/Including the voicemails right before you flipped your top.” Yeah, I’m assuming those are the same alleged voicemails he was talking such a big game about in 2003. Also, in addition to an assortment of not-nice slurs, Em refers to Mariah as “Mary Poppins” at one point, for some reason?

Pardon me for a moment while I yawn at all this. There is exactly one clever line in “The Warning,” and it’s aimed at Carey’s husband Nick Cannon: “You’re gonna ruin my career, you better get one.” (I love a good Nick Cannon joke.) Everything else is just so predictable coming from Em at this point. I really, truly couldn’t care less whether or not he and Carey slept together seven years ago. Didn’t care at the time, don’t care now. And sure, she bears some responsibility for keeping this dumb story going by blatantly taunting Em with her costume in the “Obsessed” video — but that doesn’t make Em’s retaliation any less lame.

Watch “The Warning” after the jump if you must (way NSFW, obviously). Then let us know in the comments: Do you care about this war of words anymore? Are you rooting for either side, or (like me) just hoping this whole thing dies down already?


New Mariah Carey video for 'Obsessed': See Mimi in drag!

You’ve heard the Eminem-dissing single, and seen the Mimi-as-a-man photos. And tonight, you’ll be able to see its official premiere on America’s Got Talent.

In the meantime, though, the new Mariah Carey video for “Obsessed” has made an early, unsanctioned bow — like everything else these days — on YouTube. The clips may be taken down nearly as soon as they’re up, but you’re guaranteed to find at least one version of the video if you look fast enough:

So what do you think, readers? I’m guessing she’s not supposed to actually look like the real Slim Shady here; I’m actually seeing shades of Freddie Rodriguez (Six Feet Under, Grindhouse). But you tell me — is this the Mimi you were hoping for? How does it hold up to her past material?

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