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Biggest non #1 hit after 33 years (102,395) by BFF from United States
(Friday 24 March 2023; 23:27)
I prefer "Ken Lee" to "Without You". It's more soulful.
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This is a reply to message 102,391 by MC85 from Canada
(Friday 24 March 2023; 19:37)
Pick 5 favorites re-imagined by the same producer (102,242) by BFF from United States
(Sunday 19 February 2023; 15:28)
I would love for Mariah to work with Blood Orange/Devonte Hynes again. I loved his first album as Blood Orange and love the "True" EP that he produced with Solange. I always wished that Solange had cut an entire album with him rather than just six or so songs.
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This is a reply to message 102,237 by Robert-Anthony from United States
(Saturday 18 February 2023; 14:08)
New picture (102,174) by BFF from United States
(Friday 3 February 2023; 15:50)
I think Mariah crash diets when she is preparing for a promotional blitz and then puts the weight back on once she's done with promoting her latest project and goes back to unhealthy patterns. I think it's as simple as that. Maintaining a healthy weight and fitness requires more than just temporary dieting and quick fixes - it involves adjustment of one's lifestyle. This means a lifestyle that includes regular exercise, healthy eating, abstaining from alcohol and other unhealthy substances, good sleep habits, et cetera. I think Mariah can do the exercise and healthy eating bit, but her Achilles heels always seem to be her poor sleep habits and her consumption of alcohol.
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This is a reply to message 102,164 by Randy from USA
(Wednesday 1 February 2023; 02:11)
Beyonce lipping (102,117) by BFF from United States
(Monday 23 January 2023; 14:59)
Yeah, I'm not a fan of the "everybody else is doing it, so why can't we" approach to lip-syncing. The fact that a number of artists lip-synch a good portion of their shows does not make it any less dishonest.

Bottom line: People are forking over hard-earned money for often exorbitantly priced tickets to see a show and to support the artists they love. If an artist advertises themselves as a "singer-songwriter", vocalist", et cetera, they need to be singing most or all of the songs live. And if they're not confident they can handle the songs live, they need to work harder at training their voices and getting fit for the tour, adjust the songs to fit their voice as it is, or they need to not go on tour.

The fact of the matter is that these artists have the privilege of earning a living from something that most people do as a hobby.
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This is a reply to message 102,112 by Tyler from USA
(Monday 23 January 2023; 00:06)
Memoirs is underrated (102,113) by BFF from United States
(Monday 23 January 2023; 00:33)
I agree. I think the "Memoirs" album is underrated and better than E=MC2, but it's too long. I really don't like "Obsessed" amongst the singles in her catalogue - the auto-tune use was a major turnoff. I probably would have picked a different song to remake other than "I Want to Know What Love Is" - it just didn't work and felt a little random since she hadn't covered anything in a while. I went to the Atlanta tour date of the "Angels Advocate" tour and remember being bummed when the remix album "Angels Advocate" was cancelled. She leaned pretty heavily into her role in "Precious" during this period, which was a little surprising considering how small her role is in the movie. Everyone was like "Oh, this is proof she can act." but I found her much more compelling in "Wisegirls" and "Tennessee". Her role in "Tennessee" was much larger and she recorded two songs for it, but she hardly did any promotion for the film or "Right to Dream", which is a great song.
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This is a reply to message 102,111 by Randy from USA
(Sunday 22 January 2023; 22:40)
Caution (102,097) by BFF from United States
(Thursday 19 January 2023; 20:47)
I agree. I think Mariah needs to really train her voice up and go back to writing lyrics on her own rather than with collaborators. I think collaborating on the music makes sense, but her songs lose her unique touch when she brings in lyricists to collaborate with.

I would prefer a second "Rarities" collection this year over a half-baked "Caution"-like album of new material.
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This is a reply to message 102,096 by Edward from USA
(Thursday 19 January 2023; 13:26)
Improvements to Glitter (102,087) by BFF from United States
(Monday 16 January 2023; 18:48)
I think Mariah could have improved the outcome of the "Glitter" era by only committing to six songs on the soundtrack rather than twelve. I remember her mentioning this during the Fox Family channel documentary about the making of the movie and soundtrack, and I think this makes total sense. She could have structured it in a similar fashion to "The Bodyguard" soundtrack where Whitney only contributed about six songs. I think this would have taken some of the pressure off and might have made her less exhausted. It might have even prevented the sabotage of "Loverboy" because she could have gotten the movie and soundtrack out before Tommy and J. Lo did her dirty. I'm pretty sure the release was initially late 2000 or early 2001. I would have limited Mariah's soundtrack contributions to the following:

1. Loverboy ("Firecracker" original)
2. Never Too Far
3. Want You (with Eric Benet)
4. All My Life
5. Lead the Way
6. Reflections
7. Twister

The rest of the songs just don't work as well. She probably could have gotten permission to use songs like "Never Too Much" by Luther Vandross, "The Message" by Grandmaster Flash, and the originals of the songs she covered. I even think that song "We Could Have Been" by Eric Benet could've worked on the soundtrack.

Just some thoughts I had. I think the film might have turned out better if Mariah had relinquished a bit of control over the soundtrack and allowed contributions from other artists. She would've had more time and energy to devote to the acting, writing and production on the film.
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Butterfly (102,084) by BFF from United States
(Monday 16 January 2023; 15:57)
"Butterfly" is one of the best ballads she ever wrote. I wish Sony had commercially released it. I think it could have gone to #1 easily on the strength of the ballad version as well as "Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)".
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This is a reply to message 102,071 by MusicfanJ from Germany
(Saturday 14 January 2023; 17:20)
The vocal performance award (102,083) by BFF from United States
(Monday 16 January 2023; 15:46)
I think her lack of touring during that period contributed. She neglected to do a concert tour until 1993. And even when she did tour in the 1990s, the tours were very short. Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, though they did not write or produce their own records, both toured extensively. If you do not tour, how can anyone know that you have the chops to pull off a "vocal performance"? Mariah definitely did have the chops, but she and her management should have pushed for more extensive touring during the 1990-1997 period. Her decision to end the "Butterfly" tour early to pursue that silly movie role with Chris Tucker was a very frustrating choice.
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This is a reply to message 102,066 by Robert-Anthony from United States
(Friday 13 January 2023; 01:04)
Primary custody (102,082) by BFF from United States
(Monday 16 January 2023; 15:38)
I agree that it's great that she got Roc N Roe out of the marriage. I'm just not sure Nick Cannon was the best choice for co-parent and life partner.
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This is a reply to message 102,067 by Stacey from USA
(Friday 13 January 2023; 06:35)
Primary custody (102,057) by BFF from United States
(Thursday 12 January 2023; 15:51)
Why do all of these people opt into this situation knowing that Nick has children with multiple women? Have any of them heard of birth control, contraceptives, or any type of pregnancy prevention mechanism? Nick Cannon's reputation definitely precedes him, and clearly he has no interest in condoms, vasectomy, et cetera. It's not exactly news that he likes to sleep around. My guess is that many of them want to be taken care of financially.

I love Mariah, but marrying Nick was definitely a very poor decision on her part. I get that she wanted children, but someone with her financial resources could have easily done it another way. Not sure what her chances are for primary custody, but it does seem like she is the more competent parent.
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This is a reply to message 102,056 by MusicfanJ from Germany
(Thursday 12 January 2023; 14:06)
Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Singers (102,025) by BFF from United States
(Wednesday 4 January 2023; 15:34)
These are the singers that come to mind for me.

10 Female singers:

1. Aretha Franklin
2. Linda Ronstadt
3. Donna Summer
4. Whitney Houston
5. Mariah Carey
6. Celine Dion
7. Wynonna Judd
8. Etta James
9. Bonnie Raitt
10. Carrie Underwood

10 Male singers:

1. Marvin Gaye
2. Seal
3. Bruce Springsteen
4. Luther Vandross
5. Prince
6. Bill Withers
7. Stevie Wonder
8. Otis Redding
9. Steve Winwood
10. Teddy Pendergrass
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This is a reply to message 102,007 by Norman from USA
(Tuesday 3 January 2023; 03:32)
RS (102,024) by BFF from United States
(Wednesday 4 January 2023; 15:25)
Donna Summer is not comparable to Beyonce and Rihanna? Beyonce lifted the hook for "Naughty Girl" from "Love to Love You Baby". She and Rihanna would not have careers without the existence of Donna Summer, and they are both mediocre singers in comparison.
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This is a reply to message 102,015 by Mariahsbaby from usa
(Tuesday 3 January 2023; 19:28)
Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Singers (102,012) by BFF from United States
(Tuesday 3 January 2023; 16:22)
100 percent agree. Celine Dion has been singing her face off for decades, and Rolling Stone snubbing someone with such technical prowess is a travesty.
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This is a reply to message 102,008 by Stacey from USA
(Tuesday 3 January 2023; 04:36)
Rolling Stone's 200 Greatest Singers (102,003) by BFF from United States
(Monday 2 January 2023; 16:04)
I can't take this list seriously with Beyonce at #8 but Linda Ronstadt at #47 and Donna Summer at #122. Are you kidding me?
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This is a reply to message 101,999 by Bill from the UK
(Monday 2 January 2023; 14:46)
LadBaby? (101,919) by BFF from United States
(Tuesday 20 December 2022; 15:30)
Is your main objection to this person that they are white or simply that they are not talented? There are plenty of successful acts from all different backgrounds who are lacking in the talent department and plenty from all different backgrounds who are overlooked despite being talented.

I find Lil' Nas X to be pretty mediocre, but he continues to score hit singles and albums. On the flip side, I could never understand why Nona Hendryx never got more attention. She wrote many of the songs for Labelle, but her solo albums never sold well despite showcasing a really unique talent.

It's all very subjective.
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This is a reply to message 101,915 by Steven Berning from USA
(Tuesday 20 December 2022; 07:25)
Whoopi Goldberg mocks Mariah (101,895) by BFF from United States
(Sunday 18 December 2022; 22:39)
Darlene can call us back when she has a #1 Christmas single that she herself wrote and two best-selling Christmas albums full of great, self-penned originals and reinterpretations of classics. I love Darlene's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)", but no one can deny the staying power of Mariah's "All I Want". Love should have left it alone after they interacted with one another on social media; this segment on "The View" was really petty and unnecessary.
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This is a reply to message 101,894 by Terna from Nigeria
(Sunday 18 December 2022; 21:58)
So what (101,883) by BFF from United States
(Saturday 17 December 2022; 22:34)
I agree. Mariah needs a dose of reality.

Tommy wasn't good for her personal life, but his influence was really good for her professionally. She was much more disciplined and focused, and she kept herself in better shape physically and vocally. Sometimes I wonder what would have happened if they had never gotten married but kept their relationship strictly professional.
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This is a reply to message 101,875 by Terna from Nigeria
(Saturday 17 December 2022; 16:54)
Hero live MSG 2022 (101,853) by BFF from United States
(Friday 16 December 2022; 15:15)
In the late 1990s, she used to talk about how she liked singing "Hero" live because it was easy for her to sing and because she could mix things up. Watching that clip makes it clear that something is really wrong.

Has she rehearsed or prepared her voice at all? Part of me wishes she had not ended her Vegas residency, those shows were not perfect but having that obligation in place ensured that she had to put at least some effort into preparing. I get that the pandemic contributed some to this, but plenty of other artists started doing shows again much sooner than Mariah.
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This is a reply to message 101,849 by Bill from the UK
(Friday 16 December 2022; 11:51)
Toronto shows (101,812) by BFF from United States
(Tuesday 13 December 2022; 13:04)
I agree with Terna, Bill and others who are putting forth honest assessments and critiques of Mariah's performances. It is not hateful or demeaning to point out what is objectively true: Mariah is not training/exercising her voice. She is not taking care of her physical health. She is relying heavily on pre-recorded tracks and altering those tracks from time to time to disguise the lip syncing.

We do not need to be in the audience at these shows to know what's going on. Many of us have been following her for years and know all of the tricks she has used to disguise the lip syncing since the late 1990s... back when she did it more sparingly.

Mariah needs honest people in her circle to tell her the truth. Sometimes the kindest thing someone can do is to tell the truth rather than to go along with the charade.
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This is a reply to message 101,808 by Terna from Nigeria
(Tuesday 13 December 2022; 10:45)
Toronto shows (101,803) by BFF from United States
(Tuesday 13 December 2022; 03:00)
It really makes me sad that their duet was pre-recorded. "Away In a Manger" is not a difficult song to sing, and it feels so wrong to have Monroe in on the pre-recording grift.
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This is a reply to message 101,789 by Bill from the UK
(Monday 12 December 2022; 15:24)
Toronto shows (101,793) by BFF from United States
(Monday 12 December 2022; 17:38)
I think Mariah should take personal responsibility like Linda Ronstadt did and retire from live performing. Ronstadt stopped performing in the late 2000s because she was uncomfortable charging people money to see performances in which she was basically just shouting. Linda Ronstadt has a degenerative condition - progressive supranuclear palsy - that rendered her unable to sing.

As far as we know, Mariah has no such condition and just chooses not to train and exercise her voice and take care of her physical health the way she needs to. The constant lip syncing, the altering of prerecorded tracks to disguise lip syncing, the shout-singing, the mediocre vocal performances are impossible to ignore and are really disrespectful to the people who pay good money for the shows. This would be okay with Janet Jackson, Madonna, Britney Spears, et cetera who are mostly about choreography, but it's not okay for someone known for singing.
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This is a reply to message 101,782 by Terna from Nigeria
(Sunday 11 December 2022; 15:46)
Mariah on Colbert (101,765) by BFF from United States
(Friday 9 December 2022; 19:38)
I thought it was great. Her vocals were great, and I could tell she did not pre-record them. They sounded like Daydream era. And she sounded so witty and articulate talking about being mixed, dah-ling. She looked like a skinny legend. I love hearing her tell the same stories over and over, and how dare anyone on this board criticize her for it.

I cannot wait to hear the pre-recorded tracks she's using for her Christmas shows and cannot wait for the repeated breaks for tea, champagne, wardrobe changes, and hair and makeup.
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This is a reply to message 101,752 by Randy from USA
(Thursday 8 December 2022; 06:21)
Charmbracelet - 20 years (101,730) by BFF from United States
(Sunday 4 December 2022; 15:53)
I remember thinking that Mariah looked great, happy and healthy during 2003, especially during the tour. I found the album itself pretty underwhelming because I felt Mariah's singing on it was too restrained. The production and lyrics on most of the songs were really good, but I couldn't understand why Mariah did not let loose on every song the way she did on "Bringin' on the Heartbreak". I remember the Rolling Stone review of the album commenting that the Def Leppard cover was the best moment on the album and kind of agreeing with that.
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This is a reply to message 101,727 by Randy from USA
(Saturday 3 December 2022; 23:26)
QOC (101,713) by BFF from United States
(Wednesday 30 November 2022; 22:33)
Bill, I'd like to remind you that pointing out anything that is unflattering to Mariah is insulting and demeaning. All posts must be reviewed by Mariah's team of expert sycophants to determine if it's flattering to Mariah. If it's flattering, we will allow it to move forward as "facts". If it's not flattering, the information cannot be mentioned.
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This is a reply to message 101,709 by Bill from the UK
(Wednesday 30 November 2022; 14:28)
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