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Name: Joachim Agerup Løkkevik
Country: Norway
Been a fan since 1998, but love most of her music since her debut. Favorite album: "Butterfly" Favorite song: "Always Be My Baby"
Everybody likes Mariah, but nobody wants to admit (98,971) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Saturday 20 November 2021; 00:04)
Ok, hear me out, this is a fan biased theory, and my posts are usually really long, but this one I will keep short.

Since Mariah became a house hold name after "Without You", when she really captured the whole world for the first time, but then became a house hold punching bag pretty much since 1997, and at least since "Glitter", many people have her deap encaptured in their memories. I think most people in the ages 24-65 years, who experienced Mariah when she was heard all day on the radio for a decade straight, actually have an inate feeling of wanting her more.

People who grew up with Mariah on the radio, or had kids listening to her on the radio, will never forget her.

But it has become unpopular, bad taste, even tacky, to just like Mariah and her music. Most people listen to Mariah without nobody knowing, whilst others not only listen to her, but actually love her and even discuss Mariah on a Mariah-platform, you know, like us.

I have a theory that says that the reason AIWFCIY have become so popular, is because if it had been tasteful or cool to listen to Mariah year long, people would have done it, but it's not. So the only time the general public can really put on a song, sing on the top of their lungs, and just love Mariah, is during Christmas. Then they can, without a doubt and without shame, absolute love Mariah and her voice and love one of the greatest songs ever written. People can shamelessly love Mariah, it makes people happy (and no difference #1).

I have listened to "Merry Christmas" on LP this evening, have a lovely Mariah season everyone.
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Mariah McDonald's (98,907) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Wednesday 10 November 2021; 17:31)
I honestly thought it was a joke. Mariah's net worth has decreased with 200 million dollars the last few years, and she isn't exactly selling loads of concert tickets while on tour, only pushing a few thousands a show, so I can understand she needs to be creative when it comes to her income. But, why couldn't Mariah promote a bit more healthy life style or a bit more classy endorsments? She has promoted coockies, sweat and creamy alcohol beverage, and now fast food.

We all know that Mariah is living on the unhealthy side of the spectrum, beeing a bit overweight and drinking sparkling wine whenever she can, but is this really a life style she should push on other people?

I just feel promoting a deal for McDonald's is a tad tacky, and not a brand I want to associate with Mariah Carey.

Anyways, Christmas is always a special time, and Mariah has been a huge part of Christmas for me the last couple of decades. I just wished Mariah would keep it classy. All I want for Christmas is a McDonald's free Mariah season.
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Latin inspired Christmas song? (98,845) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Friday 5 November 2021; 15:10)
I don't feel this song at all, doesn't have a Christmas feel to it, actually it's one of the few Mariah tunes I really dislike.
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Re: Where was everybody? (98,806) (98,809) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Sunday 31 October 2021; 19:34)
Yeah, I wondered myself, thought maybe the webmaster had been hospitalized or something, but good it was just us Mariah fans taking a really big breath before the supernova happening tomorrow, november 1st.
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Vocal coach reactions (98,808) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Sunday 31 October 2021; 19:16)
I don't know if this guy has been referenced to before, but he is the absolute best vocal coach on YouTube, especially when it comes to Mariah. He is the "Mariah" of YouTube vocal coaching.

He is extremely articulate and detailed, he explains everything, every second of many live performances by Mariah, and all the performances he's watching are the definitive fan favourite performances. Some of the performances he is watching are dubbed, but he doesn't know that. Those reactions are still fun to watch, because the explanations he's giving us, can easily be translated to Mariah singing in the studio, because his vocal coaching seems to be very technical.

Here is one of the reaction videos. Enjoy.
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Adele taking over Mariah (98,783) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Wednesday 20 October 2021; 22:10)
I know many people here are writing about Adele, and I have to admit I was one one of us starting it. One on this board even said that Adele will encapsulate Mariah's Christmas season. I will assure you, with very few words, why we have nothing to worry about. The very few words I'll be using will be are: All I Want for Christmas is You.

The only words you want to be afraid of are these. There will never be, at least in the next six hundred years to come, a greater icon of Christmas than Mariah. She's the queen, she's the voice, she's the drama, she's the queen of Christmas, she has become the equivalent of Santa Claus, she is Mariah Carey.

Believe it or not, more people believe in Mariah during Christmas than Santa Claus, that is her legacy. I absolutely love my Mariah.
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Easy on me (98,744) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Friday 15 October 2021; 17:37)
My all time favourite artist of all time is, obviously, Mariah, but I love Celine, Whitney, Anita Baker, Nina Simone, Chaka Kahn, all the "big voiced"-ladies. The only one who can be compared to these ladies the last decade, looking at you Ariana, is Adele. She doesen't have the register, but her voice is sublime and so soulful. I was really looking forward to "Easy on me".

"Easy on me" has, at least what I have read, got universal acclaim from music critics. And I have to admit, it is a solid song, quality, easy to listen to, true Adele, not at all what music sounds like generally today. But let us be real, I can't say if this was released from her debut album, 19, her sophomore album, 21, her third album, 25, or her latest album, 30. "Easy on me" is like all Adele songs blended together.

In reviews of Mariah's "Don't Forget About Us", critics talked about Mariah hitting a creative wall, the song was too similar to WBT, too similar to everything she has done. I just can't understand why most critics are not making the same point about Adele's latest effort. Adele has clearly hit a creative wall, the song is boring, nothing new, no excitement, no bravoure, it's just Adele. I'm really disappointed. I have listened to "Easy on me" two times, and I think it will be the only two times I will ever listen to the song.

I wonder, why are music critics, and the general public alike, so crazy about this song? Is it because music these days is just manufactured mainstream bubble gum pop/rnb from Ariana, Justin Bieber and Taylor Swift, that an old school jam from Adele is all the world needs to just praise her as a genius?

How come a generic piano ballade, quintessential Adele song, with nothing new to offer, get so much praise?
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Why concert in NYC 1993 was the best (98,579) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 6 September 2021; 20:28)
There is nothing much to say. Has there really been a moment in Mariah's career that a concert has been released without it being dubbed?

Mariah's Music Box Tour concert at MSG in 1993 is the only example we've got of a whole concert of Mariah not being dubbed, it's just Mariah and her voice, and personally, I have never heard her better, or seen a human being belting out that many difficult songs back to back with perfect pitch for one and a half hour.

That concert is what I'm going to refer to if anybody else in my future life ever questions Mariah's talent.
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The Rolling Stone Charts (98,464) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Friday 30 July 2021; 18:28)
I every now and then check the Rolling Stone Charts to see which artists are the most streamed in the US, and obviously looking for where Mariah is at any given time. I know the charts don't represent the world streaming patterns, and if anyone here can give me a site to go to where I can check worldwide streaming numbers, please tell me.

Mariah has since the Rolling Stone Charts launched been somewhere around the 200's, but during Christmas, she has peaked at #4. While I'm looking for Mariah, I also look for Brittney, Whitney, Celine, Madonna, Beyonce and Adele, the women artists I have the most respect towards. Interesting is that Beyonce and Adele's streaming numbers are decreasing, but Brittney and Whitney charts where they're usually charting, Brittney often a bit higher than Mariah, and Whitney quite a bit lower than Mariah. Celine and Madonna have always charted, although very low, but when I checked today, they didn't chart at all.

My question is; I have a concern that Mariah is being forgotten by young people, more than Celine, Whitney and Madonna, and I also have friends who tell me this, that Mariah will be a forgotten artist by the next generation, if we are not talking about AIWFCIY. But why are Celine and Madonna cashing in on tours, getting huge crowds willing to pay good money to see them in concert, but not streaming them while they are at home?

Has Mariah become an artist that people stream at home, maybe without people wanting to admit it, but nobody wants to see her live in concert? Why aren't Celine and Madonna amongst the top 500 streaming artists in the US, but people flock to their concerts?
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Re: Fave live performances (97,919) (97,923) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 3 May 2021; 18:16)
Nice topic. You had quite alot of performances in the top 5, but I think I will list only five live performances, if that's ok.

1. Make it Happen - Live at Madison Square Garden
2. We Belong Together - Live 8
3. Anytime You Need a Friend - Tokyo Dome 1996
4. Honey - Butterfly World Tour Hawaii
5. I'll be Lovin' U Long Time - MTV Video vanguard award Japan
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Mariah "Care One Child" (97,666) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 22 March 2021; 16:01)
I know it's not Christmas for a long time, but I find myself listening to this song every season of the year. But I wanted to consult you fellow lambs, since we have talked about a lot Mariah's tendency to lip synch.

I want to believe that this whole performance is live, because she was pregnant, and her voice was on point at that time. But how much of this performance was live, did she actually sing the high notes live? I like to think so. Either way, I think it's one of her best live performances and the song always gives be goose bumps.
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Re: Bey gets her 28th Grammy (97,582) (97,584) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 15 March 2021; 15:56)
The mainstream music media hates Mariah, let's be real. Beyoncé with 30 Grammy awards, Mariah with 5? I do think Whitney Houston has about seven, Celine Dion 5 and Madonna 6. And Beyoncé 30. The Grammy's are as delusionized as the Rolling Stone magazine. I just watched a YouTube clip made by the Rolling Stone where they placed the 10 greatest Super Bowl performances, Mariah wasn't even on the list. Mariah has never earned the respect from critics and will never do. Mariah is a people person, and always will be.
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Tommy Mottola, a monster? (97,554) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 8 March 2021; 18:09)
I'm not a big user of instagram, but lately I have started to follow a few of the Mariah fanprofiles. Sometimes there is a picture of Mariah and Tommy together, and the comments are almost vicious consedring Tommy. It seems like most Mariah fans think of him as a monster, like a modern Beauty and the Beast tale.

I know Mariah might have suffered some psychological trauma because of that marriage, but I have also always thought of it as a bit of an exaggeration, you know, people have experienced real trauma without having the possibility to write music, express themselves, perform and earning a sh*t loads of money. I don't downplay Mariah's own experience, but face it, she was still privileged.

I wonder what had happened to Mariah's career if she wasn't supervised or controlled by Tommy. Would she have started wearing skimpy clothes from the beginning? Would she have partied and not taken care of her voice early on, and maybe her vocal decline would have started after her very first record? Would there have ever been the masterpiece that we all consider the Tokyo Dome concerts to be?

I'm conflicted when it comes to Tommy. I believe Mariah felt hostage, and that is not forgivable. But would Mariah have had the high points in her career without Tommy? In many ways I'm grateful that Tommy had such a firm hand on her career, because if he hadn't, I don't think there would have been any Music Box, Merry Christmas, Daydream or even Butterfly, all albums every Mariah fans think is her golden age of her career. I don't think Mariah would have been the superstar and legend she is today without him.

I can't remember if this has been a topic on this site many times or not, just wanted to share my thoughts while I'm watching old school Mariah performances from the early 90's.
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Re: Songs Mariah never lip synchs (97,401) (97,402) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Thursday 18 February 2021; 15:35)
Hmm... as a fan, I'm embarrased I have never seen that rendition. But give me this, Andrew, she rearly lips Hero. The parts that are lipped in that clip I belieive she has lowered in later renditions.

But what about when Mariah joins other superstars on Stevie Wonder's "Signed, Cealed, Delivered" the same night, Andrew, when she hits that high note that leaves Beyoncé baffled, is that also lipped? Please say no, Andrew, because that note has given me pleasure for over a decade.
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Songs Mariah never lip synchs (97,400) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Thursday 18 February 2021; 14:49)
There are two songs Mariah never lip synchs, Vision of Love and Hero. She can sing those songs without lip synching and they still sound nice, and the performances are usually pretty emotional and the audience usually respond very positivley. Why can't Mariah arrange her other songs in that way that she can actually sing them live? It's much more satisfactory to hear Mariah sing a song completly live. A partly lip synched song always seems a little fake.
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Re: WBT Valentine's mix (97,398) (97,399) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Thursday 18 February 2021; 14:31)
I completly agree with you, Andrew. But it's not just the case with WBT, she hasn't belted the high notes live since 1998. Has anybody here heard Heartbreaker hight notes live ever? What about TTR? All the high notes of the Charmbracelet songs where lipped during the Charmbracelet World Tour. I actually can't remember a live performance after 1999 where the hight notes aren't lip synched. Strangley, during the E=MC era, she actually sang the high notes on TMB and IBLYLT live on several occasions, and that was during a time her voice almost sounded damaged. How come Mariah is capable of reaching the high notes in the studio? Can somebody please explain this to me?
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Underneath the Stars video (96,615) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Friday 13 November 2020; 16:13)
That was a bit of an anticlimax.
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Is AIWFCIY the most successful song in history? (96,577) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 9 November 2020; 19:25)
I just had this crazy thought. I had to listen to AIWFCIY for the first time this season, and it came down to me, Mariah might have created the masterpiece of our century or millennium.

I have often felt sad that women like Celine, Whitney, Madonna, Aretha, Janet and even Ariana have hade grater success than Mariah on an international term. All have hade greater hits or greater sales. They all have discographies that are greater than Mariah.

But listen, in all charts comparing the greatest female artists, Mariah is always there, always making an impact, you can't talk about great female artists leaving out Mariah.

But here it comes, with AIWFCIY, Mariah has created a song that is for the decades to come, so great in music history, it doesn't even bury all other legacy's, but it almost bury Mariah's legacy, becoming the greatest song ever produced.
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My local coffee shop (96,419) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Saturday 24 October 2020; 20:29)
I thnik there might be a Mariah fan working at my local coffee shop. Mariah is not often played here in Norway, you can hear her on slow jam radio channels, where LTT, WYB, IBT and Hero being played. But at this coffee shop I have heard ABMB, Without You, and now lastly, A No No.

I have to find this person and befriend him/her.
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The future is not looking good (96,302) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Friday 16 October 2020; 19:35)
I was a bit devastated to se how low The Rarities charted, and it seems like Mariah is not capable of selling new music anymore, or make an impact at all. There are other legendary artists who can just put an album out and it goes to #1 just because of their reputation. I think Mariah's reputation is to blame. She is now just looked at as the Queen of Christmas, and it seems like her catalogue is getting forgotten. And the only reason people listen to AIWFCIY and her other Christmas songs is because they love the songs, not the artist behind them. After Christmas most people don't care about Mariah anymore, and they get back to thinking of her as an overly sexualized demanding difficult diva.

I think the biggest sign of her fading legacy is Mariah not being able to sell tickets to her tours and live shows. Her tour has an attendance of 2-3000 per show, that is almost ridiculous compared to other greats like Celina Dion, Madonna, Britney Spears, Bruce Springsteen, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Pink etc.

I read somewhere that Katy Perry is today's Mariah Carey, having plenty of hits and millions of albums sold, but haven't managed the cultural impact of other big artist, and have lost respect in the general public, thus fading away slowly until one day there is no more.

It's a terrifying thought that Mariah's music, besides AIWFCIY, is going to be forgotten, just because of Mariah's image and persona. I don't mind Mariah being a diva, but I do believe what made people lose respect is her image from Rainbow and onwards. Mariah became all about them boobs, she wanted to flash them as often as possible, and when people get the notion that you care more about looking sexy, cheesy sexy that is, they lose interest.

I sometimes think about what if Mariah died today, God forbid she did, would that make a cultural inpact as when Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson, David Bowie, Prince? Would her albums and singles sell so much that they recharted?

I know, you shouldn't think about this stuff, but I do. I'm worried Mariah's legacy is slowly slipping away, because you never sse her albums on iTunes 200 albums charts like so many of other legendary artist, and you won't find her on iTunes top 100 rnb songs like many of Whitney Houston's songs or Tina Turner or Alicia Keys.

Mariah has given me so much pleasure during my lifetime, I absolutely love her back catalogue, I listen to her every day, she has so many great songs and her talent is, or was, out of this world. I worry about her future, because I want young people to discover her music, experience the feelings I have had. My worst fear is she is fading away, everything fades away.

Have to listen to Always Be My Baby now.
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Billboard 200 (96,106) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Sunday 11 October 2020; 17:46)
Is it true? The Rarities didn't chart on the Billboard 200?
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Re: Swan song (96,026) (96,063) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Friday 9 October 2020; 20:19)
This is very dramatic, Randy, but I hope you will still be a part of this community. I have many times wondered if my love for Mariah borders to obsession, I think of her and her career more often than I would like. I find myself thinking of Mariah before I go to sleep, and sometimes I wake up to think about Mariah. I think I'm the only person I know that spend this much time thinking about the music star I adore.

My point is, maybe you have had a bit of an unhealthy relationship with Mariah, it seems like you have invested so much, and now you feel let down. But remember, Mariah is almost a fictional person, a woman most of us in this board have adored throughout our lives, but how many of us actually know her? Nobody.

I think you have to let go of the notion Mariah Carey, and more think of her as a person you never knew. Keep on adoring her 90's persona, I sure do the same, and I also wish for some brief moments that she will yet again turn into Daydream-Mariah. But she will never do.

I beg you Randy, rethink what you have decided, because I think it is rooted in too much investment in a person that never have known you, but you have always thought you have known them. It's hurtful, but it is the truth.

I sure will keep on routing for Mariah, even though I also miss the 90's unflawless Mariah. Hey, don't we all mussing being young?
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The Rarities (95,985) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 5 October 2020; 20:13)
The Rarities is actually the best album Mariah has released in years. I was a bit doubtful before this project with her memoires and an album, but Mariah proved me wrong. Haven't read the book yet, waiting for it to arrive, but I have listened to The Rarities non stop, and I absolutely love the album. When Mariah join forces with every Mariah there is, it's just overwhelming, it's so good you just couldn't imagine.

Oh, how lovely it is to be a lamb these days, it just don't ever end.
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The Guardian interview (95,983) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Monday 5 October 2020; 19:07)
I absolutely loved the interview, laughed all through it, so fun.
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iTunes chart (95,967) by Joachim Agerup Løkkevik from Norway
(Sunday 4 October 2020; 19:42)
The Rarities is currently #3 on the world iTunes top album chart. Does anybody remember how well Caution performed on this list?
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