Friday 1 April 2005
Poor Mariah Carey seems to be shedding fans as regularly as she spills out of her
tight little tops. The struggling diva, who once sold records by the bucketload,
will be devastated that her new single It's Like That reached only No 4 in the
midweek charts, selling a paltry 11,500 copies.
She splashed out £200,000 on what was supposed to be the relaunch of the year, but
already her comeback is looking like a massive flop. Clearly her sexed-up,
boob-flaunting image is doing nothing to turn on music-buyers.
The 35-year-old singer - now with Def Jam - has tried to model herself on younger,
more popular acts such as Beyonce, by working with hip producers Kanye West and
The Neptunes. But according to our record industry source she's ignoring wise advice
from her entourage.
We're told: "Mariah seems intent on wearing these really skimpy tops and tiny skirts
but, let's face it, she's no spring chicken. She's convinced that's a good image for
her, but it's not working. Her stylist has been begging her to cover up and go for a
more sophisticated look, but even this week during promotional duties the tiny tops
were out again."
The latest sales figures are a huge disappointment. "It's disastrous news," says our
source. "This was supposed to be the year Mariah was back at the top of the charts
again. Less than 15,000 sales at this point is seen as a huge failure, and eyebrows
have definitely been raised at her record company. She's tried everything to get
publicity. She had a big birthday party with a ridiculous cake where she celebrated
with 400 of her 'closest' pals, including Lee Ryan and Alesha Dixon, in a bid to drum
up publicity. She's been giving interviews to anyone who'll listen, appearing on shows
like Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and cd:uk, but none of it's made much of a
At the Capital Radio Awards flunkies, desperate to see a snap of Mariah in the papers,
begged photographers to wait for the singer, who was running more than an hour and a
half late. Many in the industry now see her new album Emancipation Of Mimi as the last
roll of the dice for Carey, who in her heyday scooped Grammy awards and sold millions
"Her career nose-dived after her dire movie Glitter and its terrible soundtrack," says
our insider. "She was released from her contract by EMI, and her follow-up album
Charmbracelet failed to set the world alight either."
Carey shot to fame in the early 90s after marrying Sony boss Tommy Mottola, whom she
met at an industry party. But they drifted apart, with the singer saying their
relationship was more like "brother and sister". Mottola disagreed with her raunchy
"street" image and tried to stop her working with rappers such as Puff Daddy. Should
have listened to your ex-hubby, luv.
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