No Mariah Carey for amfAR in Cannes
Mariah Carey will not be performing at the annual amfAR Cannes benefit at the end of this
month. The group wanted her, but Carey is finishing up her new record, taking care of twins,
and helping husband Nick Cannon recuperate from his unexpected illness this winter. Plus,
she and Nick and the kids were just in France celebrating their anniversary and the babies'
birthdays, so she's not going back. No word yet on who amfAR will round up for the event.
The entertainment end of things has been getting thinner and thinner, as acts need a lot
of prep time, and it costs a fortune to import whole bands and computer systems to reproduce
an act's sound. Many of the kinds of stars the amfAR audience likes don't actually perform
live anyway. The amfAR tent is a lot smaller than an arena, and lipsynching would be noticeable.|
Meantime, the amfAR ticket buyers - the price gets higher every year - will watch and wait
to see if Sharon Stone is back. The hard working Stone hosted the amfAR Cannes auction for
years. But two years ago the group dumped her. Last month, Stone did go down to Brazil to
host an amfAR dinner. But a reappearance at the Cannes event is not likely. For one thing,
the auction - which seems to go on and on before, during, and after dinner - is now conducted
by Jamie Niven of Sotheby's. And he's made it clear that he doesn't want Stone involved in
that end of things. But that was her forte. She raised millions by cajoling, cooing, being
In 2010, the event had gross receipts of just over $6 million, less $2.26 in charitable
contributions, with gross income of $3.7 million. More to come on how amfAR spends its money...
||To Mimi L. and Shelly (46,549)
by May from Denmark|
Oh, I understood "out of comfort zone" something like Mariah doing things she hasn't previously done or trying out something new with some pop. I think she did great in her latest album including a song like Meteorite with the house vibe, it goes nicely with her voice. I would like Mariah to do a bit more of jazz or even blues. I see her singing a ... read more
(Monday 1 September 2014; 10:52)
by this_is_qhm from the Philippines|
You're so right about MTV. I mean whatever happened to what was once considered the (all caps) avenue for any musical artist's exposure? There was a time you'd be able to tell who's hot based on how often their videos were played in a day. I remember being able to watch it all day as a kid (instead of cartoon channels). And yes, once 2000 hit, it g... read more
(Monday 1 September 2014; 9:16)
||Mariah winging it (46,547)
by nikki from usa|
Sometimes, the best moments are the ones you'd never see unless you were there.
(Monday 1 September 2014; 9:14)
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