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Name: Andrew
Country: the UK
Christmas collabs (104,484) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 9 December 2023; 14:54)
Seeing as Mariah doesn't even pretend to lipsync now, she might as well just let Jennifer Hudson and Ariana Grande to a duet on stage while she watches, claps, and says "I love you" a few times.
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This is a reply to message 104,480 by jaker20 from US
(Saturday 9 December 2023; 04:32)
Appreciation (104,476) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 9 December 2023; 00:43)
"He says things I don't like. But I don't read his posts." Or to translate: "It's all true. Except for the lies."
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This is a reply to message 104,474 by Edward from USA
(Friday 8 December 2023; 23:43)
O Holy Shite (104,475) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 9 December 2023; 00:38)
My pronouns are he/him. You have misgendered me. This is hate.
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This is a reply to message 104,471 by Libra Lamb from USA
(Friday 8 December 2023; 22:04)
O Holy Shite (104,462) by Andrew from the UK
(Friday 8 December 2023; 01:39)
So in looking for a clip of Roc rapping I found this clip. Mariah looks drugged, she is not even pretending to lipstick, she looks somewhat dazed and confused, slow, heavy and bored. Perhaps in the back row you can see less of how much of a shit show this is compared to fifth?

Come on, people, be honest here: this is awful for a supposed world-class legend doing an arena tour, notably of a show she just repeats every year. Have the courage to state it, to tell Mariah this is not good enough.

I will give it to Rocky, though: he was the best thing in the stage.
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Article: Mariah Carey rocks Pittsburgh (104,461) by Andrew from the UK
(Friday 8 December 2023; 01:29)
Well, perhaps the reviewer was at the back and mistakenly thought they heard “O Holy Night”. You being in the fifth row would have made you more able to discern what songs were playing. Anyone rows 1 to 4? They’ll have even better information.
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This is a reply to message 104,451 by Scott from USA
(Thursday 7 December 2023; 21:03)
Mimi send Brenda flowers (104,460) by Andrew from the UK
(Friday 8 December 2023; 01:26)
Why does Mariah send flowers to all people who chart higher than her? For the love of God, this season is more than that one bloody song. Is nobody else finding Mariah’s Queen of Christmas persona a bit too self-congratulatory? I'm so over it.
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This is a reply to message 104,456 by Edward from USA
(Thursday 7 December 2023; 21:58)
Spotify (104,459) by Andrew from the UK
(Friday 8 December 2023; 01:21)
Of the 1192 songs I have listened to on Spotify this year, it tells me that the most frequent song was "I'll Be There" which I played 80 times. I'm interested in what everyone else's most played song was.
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Vocals getting better (104,437) by Andrew from the UK
(Wednesday 6 December 2023; 17:46)
So: "Mariah doesn't sing before she's supposed to sing on stage because she can't be bothered so people who book early shows will just have to suck up shite vocals"? How absurd.

Imagine going to see a West End musical and the talent missing notes because they didn't rehearse. Imagine going to watch a football match and your team losing badly because they didn't go to training. Imagine... well, I think the point is made.

Mariah's vocal deterioration is of her own making and people like Jamie-Luke get grief for not wanting to hand their hard-earned cash over to her for sub-par performances. Bleak, indeed.

Perhaps Mariah not getting to No.1 might give her the shock that she needs: that she has to up her game and not stand motionless, without uttering sound, expecting adulation and praise.
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This is a reply to message 104,434 by Chicago Lamb from USA
(Wednesday 6 December 2023; 13:12)
Rockin' Around #1 (104,427) by Andrew from the UK
(Tuesday 5 December 2023; 20:29)
I literally live in the same country. You're dead to me. Luke.
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This is a reply to message 104,420 by Jamie from UK
(Tuesday 5 December 2023; 10:37)
Number one (104,426) by Andrew from the UK
(Tuesday 5 December 2023; 20:28)
Honestly, who cares? It's a good thing, in my opinion. There is now less pressure to keep maintaining that same level of success with it and frankly I'm bored of the Crimbo song already. And the talk of charts and that Brenda Lee who, sorry sister, should not have been slapped in that bloody awful blonde wig. It's a awful wig, a awful song and a awful nauseating thought that I might accidentally happen to listen to it ever again. It will undoubtedly be playing at the gates of hell upon my entry.

Next year is Merry Christmas 30 and the Crimbo Song's 30th. That's a huge, huge deal. I say Mariah do two concerts in Hyde Park, London. Winter in London, Mariah on stage with 65,000 people singing Crimbo songs into the night air, followed by a festive fireworks display. And stream it live on AppleTV.

If she did something like this, it would be global news and a massive celebration of the anniversary of her creating something that is truly timeless - unlike these little Christmas shows that nobody really gives two shiny shits about.

Barclaycard x Apple presents...

Mariah Carey's
"Merry Christmas 30"
Live in Hyde Park, London
December 22 & 23, 2024

Stream it live on AppleTV.
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Good voice (104,425) by Andrew from the UK
(Tuesday 5 December 2023; 20:15)
It's *highly* likely Usher himself will be either lipsyncing or singing over pre-record. I say she should do it, if offered. And practice like buggery to not look like an awful drag tribute act. New shorter dark, old school hair, maybe rocking some bangs. Pants on, tits away, heels lowered, moving around the set piece. Get Gucci to design her outfit.

I'm talking a totally shocking new look Mariah, first-worldwide glimpse, so that, the very next morning, it's Mariah's hot new body, hot new style, hot new track that is the talk, not the unbelievably boring American "football" nor Usher. Who should be in hot pants.

Alas, she will stand frozen centre stage in an unimpressive sparkly ball gown with her fake boobs hanging out - boobs which, by then, should have formed their own gravitational pull. But we can dream.
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This is a reply to message 104,411 by Robert-Anthony from United States
(Tuesday 5 December 2023; 01:10)
A look back at 2023 (104,383) by Andrew from the UK
(Sunday 3 December 2023; 22:08)
No, dear. Age before beauty. You go right ahead
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This is a reply to message 104,382 by Robert-Anthony from United States
(Sunday 3 December 2023; 21:20)
Rockin' Around (104,381) by Andrew from the UK
(Sunday 3 December 2023; 20:45)
Yuh-huh. "Rockin Around the Christmes Tree" I might call a "cute little ditty". I know it from Home Alone and wasn't exactly enthralled by it then. It's no "I Love Sausage Rolls". Doesn't even come close to that masterpiece.

Thought it might be fun for non-Brits to watch the video for "Stay Another Day" by East 17: this is the song that, 29 years ago, kept Mariah from being the UK Christmas No.1 (I cried). Check out the masterpiece music video. Considering it's a song about suicide, again "I Love Sausage Rolls" it isn't. Which ought to feature a warning that it might make you want to commit suicide.

MusicFanJ is given a free pass for the (shocking) oversight of never having seen Mariah sing "If It's Over" at the Grammys, for, I believe, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" also reached Number 2 at Christmas in 1994 in der Bundesrepublik Deutschland. Y'know, back when charts were quite simple and meant something and not full of ridiculous calculations that you'd need a doctorate to understand win an entire album of tracks from one artist comprising an entire top 10.

I'd feel old saying that. But I still look young and beautiful.
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This is a reply to message 104,375 by Edward from USA
(Sunday 3 December 2023; 19:49)
A look back at 2023 (104,379) by Andrew from the UK
(Sunday 3 December 2023; 20:24)
What is "special guest star status" (I ask with a due sense of exhaustion and dread)? I've posted on this board hundreds, if not thousands, of times.

Chill out. You get a tad cringe, now and then. But mostly now. And always then.
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This is a reply to message 104,367 by Robert-Anthony from United States
(Sunday 3 December 2023; 16:07)
Emotions formula (104,346) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 22:17)
Let's remind ourselves what weak certainly does not look like.
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This is a reply to message 104,340 by Jamie from UK
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 20:49)
Emotions formula (104,345) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 22:08)
Sure, I'll sit down. Put a cushion under your head though so you're comfortable.
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This is a reply to message 104,334 by Terna from Nigeria
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 19:25)
Mariah vs Brenda (104,324) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 11:33)
Rockin Around The Christmas Tree is bloody awful. Why it is so popular in the United States is beyond comprehension. But, then, we are talking about a country that sprays cheese out of a can. I'll add it to the list of American Unforgivables.
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This is a reply to message 104,315 by Edward from USA
(Friday 1 December 2023; 18:28)
Emotions formula (104,323) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 11:29)
"The numbers never lie"? Do you mean sales equate quality? That's a dangerous path to walk when talking Mariah Carey albums. Is every album that sold more than Butterfly better than it? Many will agree, but a great many will disagree. I will say this, an as example: E=MC2 is definitely a better record than The Emancipation of Mimi, despite selling far less.

What, then, if you had to select three post-1997 ballads to be sung to Mariah in tribute at an awards show would you and others select? They need to be well-known and within the capability of the artists selected to sing them.
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This is a reply to message 104,316 by Terna from Nigeria
(Friday 1 December 2023; 21:00)
Mariah vs Brenda (104,321) by Andrew from the UK
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 02:34)
So who is the victim of who now?
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This is a reply to message 104,318 by Robert-Anthony from United States
(Saturday 2 December 2023; 00:13)
Emotions formula (104,314) by Andrew from the UK
(Friday 1 December 2023; 17:17)
""Emotions" was also a near sophomore slump that just wasn't as strong as the first record, neither were the tunes even as memorable like the debut."

I must differ, also. But go with me here, you may be surprised how this ends. "Emotions", the album, is superior to "Mariah Carey", its predecessor. The former has 80's-hangover style production, far less sophisticated lyrics, and basic tunes on half the record. The latter has the title track, Can't Let Go, Make It Happen, So Blessed and the majestic Till The End of Time - it is, in every aspect, superior. "Mariah Carey" had to have a great ballad shoe-horned onto the end of it to make it better. It is thus far the only MC album I have never owned.

However, everything else in your post is *cough* spot on. The singing style, too-clever melodies and over-production is old hat. It makes it very difficult for songs to be sung in karaoke or in tribute.

It is slightly frustrating that in tribute to Mariah she - and we - had to listen to Vision of Love and Love Takes Time. She has written over one hundred songs since then. But what successful ones can be reproduced? I think we all need and want to move past the pre-No.1's catalogue, right?

Chest voice not head voice. Semi-tone keychange not octave keychange. Simple structure chord progression not complicated altered second verse with no middle eight chord progression. Meaningful Universal lyrics not Fritos kitchen window lyrics. On trend producers not, well, Jermaine Dupri.
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This is a reply to message 104,297 by Terna from Nigeria
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 11:11)
Would you rather (104,306) by Andrew from the UK
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 18:47)
That's very kind of you. She's doing well. It's not her time. I've told her she will know when her time comes because she will see me standing over her with a pillow. She's driving me bloody crazy.

Perhaps pm the subject matter and to loop back around to Mariah: Shane MacGowan of The Pogues has died. "Fairytale of New York" is a supermassive Christmas (especially Christmas Eve) song in the UK and Ireland. I think it's a given now that this will be the Christmas No.1 here with Mariah at No.2, hopefully.

Is "Fairytale of New York" a popular Christmas song in the United States? Does it pose a threat to Mariah there? It's truly brilliant (despite its use of the word "faggot" which should really be taken in context along with a chill pill or two).

I do hope The Pogues get the UK Christmas No.1. And that Shane MacGowan rests in peace.
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This is a reply to message 104,303 by Edward from USA
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 17:08)
Would you rather (104,305) by Andrew from the UK
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 17:25)
Crikey.

Justin Timberlake was arguably the biggest artist in the world, at the time. Not wanting to match him with an artist who was "past her prime", so to speak, was an obvious and wise business decision by whoever in his label made it (disappointing for us, though it was). But you win some and lose some. And she did win again. Big time. Turns out Mariah didn't need him, after all.

What is it the Americans say? "No harm - no foul"? I would be very surprised if she called him a "lowlife". Whilst well-thought-out your comments have always been, that was not one of them.
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This is a reply to message 104,294 by Mimi L. from Empower Your Highlighter
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 02:39)
Would you rather (104,302) by Andrew from the UK
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 16:42)
I agree with your sentiments: Immortality is a masterpiece and so dear to me. I left it on my mother's pillow when I left for University. She recently had a stroke and I played it on repeat between receiving the news and reaching her. The melody itself and the words "we don't say goodbye" are comforting in those terrifying moments when you think you might finally have to.

Unfortunately the album Immortality was on had a lot of filler and was way too heavy on the schmaltz. Without "My Heart Will Go On" I don't think it would have sold half as well as it did.
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This is a reply to message 104,288 by Edward from USA
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 00:35)
Would you rather (104,301) by Andrew from the UK
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 16:24)
So Mariah should not record a song with Justin Timberlake because of two actions two decades ago? The outcry over the breast exposure at the SuperBowl was an overreaction from a very conservative section of what was at the time (and possibly still is) a very conservative country. That Justin Timberlake didn't want his career to die on that particular hill is hardly surprising, nor unforgivable. Further, the lows of his consensual private relationships are not in the public interest. "Someone-in-their-twenties-twenty-years-ago-dumped-someone-for-someone-else Shocker" is hardly cause for cancellation. Or at least it ought not to be. But the lunatics appear to have taken over the asylum.
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This is a reply to message 104,289 by Edward from USA
(Thursday 30 November 2023; 00:40)
Would you rather (104,286) by Andrew from the UK
(Wednesday 29 November 2023; 22:54)
What's Justin Timberlake done that is "shady"? And only to women? To which women?
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This is a reply to message 104,282 by Libra Lamb from USA
(Wednesday 29 November 2023; 22:29)
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