Mariah and Janet new albums

Thursday 17 January 2008

Last night in a central London hotel theatre, Def Jam head L.A Reid invited a very exclusive VIP audience to hear the new albums from both his two top divas Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. With stringent rules laid down at the top of the evening about not leaving the room for a bathroom visit, handing over all gadgets and returning song word sheets, we knew it was about to go down.
Beginning with Janet's new material which sees Janet reworking her old sounds from the days of "Velvet rope and "Control". Janet's material was quite sexually overt and a little gross ("real heavy like my first period"!) but it was really Mariah's new material that blew everyone away.
Ms Carey's new album, tentatively titled "That Chick", saw collaborations with T Pain, Young Jeezy and Damien Marley with production by her long time friend and producer Jermaine Dupri, Will I Am, Rodney Jerkins and The Dream. The new music with catchier hooks and melodies than ever, even sees Mariah taking on an exciting new musical adventure where she sings in Jamaican patois on her Damien Marley duet "Cruise Control" where she references "dramas" and "baby mamas" and like your favourite rap star Mariah throws down new MC slanguage ("you love yourself some me!") that will have the teens adopting as soon as the album gets into the public domain.
Urban music lovers in the house were really excited about that track as well as hip-hop banger "Heat" produced by Wll I Am, "For Real, For Real", and "Migrate" where 2007s hitman T Pain hooks up with Mariah. But it was the title track "That Chick" with its double entendres which includes a tip of the hat to Michael Jackson with references to his Off The Wall classics that had pop chart taste-makers excited claiming it was the number 1 track on the album, closely followed by likely international pop hit "Love You Long Time".
In typical Mariah fashion there were the legendary ballads "Love Story" and tear jerker "Bye Bye" (an ode to people who have passed away) that will have reality pop contestants singing away for decades to come. One track titled "O.O.C" summed up the night and the return of Mariah - once the albums out it's gonna be "Out Of Control".


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