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Lopez brought on Mariah meltdown

Thursday 6 September 2001

Mariah Carey's recent meltdown was triggered by rival singer Jennifer Lopez's use of a sample in her own song, according to an upcoming article in Talk magazine. The New York Post reports that Carey lost it after she found out that Lopez's song "Be Real" used a sample from the Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Firecracker", even though Carey had used the same track as the basis for her song "Loverboy".
Before Carey's cut could be released, Lopez's track was unleashed on the charts. Lopez records for Sony, which is operated by Carey's ex, Tommy Mottola. "Loverboy" was Carey's first release since exiting the Sony stable. All that led Carey to suspect that Mottola had a hand in getting Lopez to use the sample, and to get the record on the street before Carey could come out with her version of the song, the report said.
"It literally drove her crazy," a source told Talk. Carey's bile spilled over into a June issue of Allure, where the interviewer's mention of Lopez was met with catty remarks suggesting that her rival was stupid and untalented. The Post reported that when the Allure interviewer mentioned that Lopez claims to get eight hours of sleep every night, Carey reportedly snapped: "If I had the luxury of not actually having to sing my own songs, I'd do that, too."

(Jam! Music)

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