People.com reported yesterday that (le gasp!) Jennifer Lopez’s much-buzzed-about deal with the show might’ve fallen through. Kara DioGuardi’s dad told Capitol Tonight (file this news using the oh-no-they-did-NOT tab!) that his daughter heard her neck was on the chopping block via media reports only. And Nick Cannon got a little loose-lipped with the Hollywood Reporter and declared that his wife Mariah Carey “would love to” be the next Simon Cowell. (Reps for Fox and FremantleMedia declined to comment on these stories; reps for Lopez, DioGuardi, and Carey did not respond to EW’s interview requests.) But an Idol insider tells me the only thing certain is that Fox is loving the 24/7 cycle of media speculation about a show that’ll enter its tenth season in January 2011. “It’s the perfect position to be in,” says my source, who wouldn’t be surprised if Fox waits till the end of the month to make an announcement about which celebs will play the roles of Randy-Paula-Simon for a new generation of Idoloonies. READ FULL STORY »Another week, another round of American Idol judges’ table rumors.
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By the time Mariah Carey put out her debut album, she already had a reputation among music-biz insiders as a megastar in the making. “They were saying, ‘This girl has really got it. She’s the next Aretha Franklin,’” recalls producer Rhett Lawrence (Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas). When Lawrence eventually heard Carey’s demo, he jumped at the chance to work on her first album. “Man, I was knocked out,” he says. “She was even better than the hype.”
Sony Music’s then CEO Tommy Mottola had personally signed the 20-year-old Long Island native (they would later wed and divorce), and it’s easy to see why he was so excited. Carey’s debut introduced the world to a new kind of pop diva. A gifted vocalist, she decorated slow jams like “Vision of Love” (co-produced by Lawrence) with dizzying high notes and operatic trills. Even so, her novel mix of styles didn’t immediately connect. “She went against the norm,” says producer Walter Afanasieff, who would go on to work closely with Carey throughout the ’90s. “That’s not what was on the radio in 1990.” The album debuted at a lowly No. 80.
But the world soon caught on: Mariah Carey eventually hit No. 1 and stayed there for 11 weeks. It has since been certified nine times platinum. The album also netted Carey two Grammys, including Best New Artist. And while the singer, now 41, has seen her ups and downs, her debut remains a high point. “I will always thank Mariah for my experience on that album,” says Afanasieff. “It was like a school that we all graduated from, and everybody went on to achieve massive success — Mariah especially.”
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To help celebrate EW’s 20th birthday, I threw a party in my office. But nobody came; Ausiello was having a special sale on decorative stickers next door. (Ugh, if you’re bored enough, go vote for that freak to become PETA’s Sexiest Vegetarian of 2010.) So instead I sat at my desk in a New Kids on the Block knotted tee and Kelly Kapowski-esque print leggings and wrote this crazy photo gallery about the year 1990. Electric Slide your way down the rabbit hole and click through it Step By Step. Then page your friends to talk about it! Of course, there’s a bunch of nostalgia we missed (like Mariah Carey’s debut), so tell us what lingers with you the most. What was your VISION OF LOVE from 1990?
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EW Exclusive: Nick Cannon on his busy career, his goals for the future, and his life with wife Mariah Carey
Nick Cannon firmly believes in the power of positive thinking. Ask the 29-year-old how his various achievements came about—successful stand-up comic at 15 years old, staff writer for Nickelodeon’s All That and Kenan & Kel at 17, CEO of his own production company Ncredible, chairman of the TeenNick cable network, host of NBC’s hit America’s Got Talent and a daily radio show, and loving husband to Mariah Carey—and he’ll tell you that he willed them to happen by telling the universe what he wanted. “I truly believe in speaking things into existence,” says Cannon. “Not to get all Tony Robbins, but you speak it, and it can definitely happen to you.” Cannon sat down with EW for an exclusive interview on his growing career and his high-profile marriage to superstar Mariah Carey.
On his film career: “They started throwing every movie [at me] and I chose bad. I didn’t understand that you had to be strategic. I was like, ‘A couple million dollars?! I get to shoot a gun?! Let’s go!’”
On his marriage to Mariah: “There were people who were for it and there were more people who were against. You have to ask the question: Is your heart more important than your career? Absolutely. I was like, If I don’t do anything else ever again in the entertainment industry, I’m in love with this woman.” READ FULL STORY »
A nation can let out its collective breath: After weeks of hand-wringing, pearl-clutching, and taking out our frustration on loved ones by asking them, “Am. I. A. Page. In. Your. Hiss. Tor. Ee. Book?” we now know for certain when and in which capacity Paula Abdul will once again appear on TV. She’ll be hosting the ‘Vh1 2009 Divas’ concert, featuring Adele, Kelly Clarkson, Miley Cyrus, Leona Lewis, and Jordin Sparks, plus “additional performers” to be announced by Vh1 in the near future. You’ve already voiced your displeasure with the 2009 lineup (AHEM Miley) when PopWatch asked who’d be better to headline Vh1′s much-touted franchise revival. So does the addition of Paula to the scene help make Divas Live a can’t-miss event? Sure, Paula’s more of a Diva than any of the guests, but it still seems that even more than American Idol‘s former “nice judge,” Vh1′s showcase event could use some A-list vocal firepower, no? Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, and Madonna all have albums dropping this fall and could add some heft to the performances. This was supposed to be a big deal, right? Where are all the divas?
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Tool Must List time! I’m Mustin’ pretty hard this week (that sounds weird, you know what I mean, deal with it) on the weekly videos from The Real. The hip hop sketch comedy duo, comprised of two white boys from Westchester, N.Y., post commentary on contemporary hip hop disguised as funny Internet videos. Poking fun at everything from Puffy’s lack of b—-a–ness, the beef between Rick Ross and 50 Cent, and those Time Life music compilation commercials, The Real’s videos bring you clever writing and celebrity guests (like Pete Wentz, Cam’ron, and Travis McCoy) delivered via the sarcastic charm of the Rosenthal brothers (and no, I’m not just saying that because I worked on my college paper with one of them).
This week’s episode looks especially promising, with Mr. Mariah Carey himself, Nick Cannon, joining The Real to prove to the world that the recent rumors about his financial situation are false. (Sample assertion: ”I’m not broke, fellas. And to prove it, I wanna buy your show. I wanna buy it, rename it ‘Mariah,’ and give it to my wife as a present.”)
Check out Nick Cannon saying crazy things after the jump, then watch the first installment of Must List Live embedded below, then let us know what’s on your Must List this week. List up to three items from current TV/movies/music/books/games/online. Don’t forget your e-mail address, in case we decide to use your submission in the magazine. Deadline is Thursday, April 2 at noon ET.
Any "Best Whatever of All Time" list is certain to — perhaps is actually designed to — rile people up. Why is so-and-so ranked above such-and-such? How could you leave off [INSERT PERSONAL FAVORITE]? What idiots would pick so-and-so as the No. 1 of all-time? Rolling Stone’s greatest 100 singers is no different, of course, though given that initial caveat that these lists are all impossible to do without receiving criticism, really, they did a pretty solid job.
First off, the list was compiled based on votes from artists, journalists, and "industry insiders," so the Stone staff has sort of passed the buck on any gripes. But methodology aside, it’s hard to argue with Aretha Franklin at No. 1. (You really want to tussle with the Queen of Soul?) Also, merely defining the "Greatest Singers" is from the outset a subject of great debate (even here at EW.com). Do you mean vocal ability? If so, Mariah Carey (No. 79) should be up higher and Bob Dylan (No. 7) much lower. Are we talking about emotion and lyrical interpretation? If so, the Dylan-Carey ranking is pretty spot on. Performance? Then Prince (No. 30) and Michael Jackson (No. 25) need to be up higher. (Somewhere, John Lennon is smiling that he was placed above Paul McCartney.)
All that said, off the top of my head, I think leaving off Paul Simon is a mistake, and I would’ve liked to have seen Chris Cornell, Layne Staley, or Eddie Vedder join Kurt Cobain (No. 45) in representing the fine vocal work from Seattle’s early-1990s hard rock scene. Women also seem to be underrepresented. Yes, Aretha was No. 1, but Tina Turner is the only other female in the top 20. And where’s Sarah McLaughlin? P.J. Harvey? Ann Wilson? Joan Jett? Given that votes determined the outcome here, perhaps that is indicative of an unfortunate male-centric prevailing attitude in today’s music biz.
What do you think of the list, PopWatchers? Who was left off? And what are the criteria that make a "great singer?"
Three new videos from three popular divas. Ch-ch-check ‘em out, then click through past the jump to our poll questions about which clip (and which song) you like best.
Christina Aguilera, "Keeps Getting Better"
Concept: Blonde, hoodie-wearing Xtina directs her bewigged alter-egos as they strut through a series of low-budget green-screen landscapes.
Plusses: Dancing "plasma blobs" should be required in every video forever; floral minidress sequence reminiscent of Estée Lauder ad featuring Madonna’s "Love Profusion"; kinda digging the funky mini robot, too.
Minuses: Dime-store hairpieces hardly appropriate for A-list recording artist; catwoman ensemble looks like rejected uniform for underground wrestling competitor; how many more motorcycle/convertible video montages must a nation of music lovers endure before fresh concepts are embraced by major-label artists?
Accompanying song: Hellaciously hot dance track has been in constant rotation on my iPod for several weeks now.
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Mariah Carey, "I Stay in Love"
Concept: Vegas showgirl’s longing for and jealousy over her fit, fabulous ex-beau reaches boiling point, results in vehicular explosion.
Plusses: Gorgeous cinematography, hot boots, and let’s be honest, Mariah’s bod looks totally smokin’, even if her entire wardrobe should be donated to a charity benefiting teenage strumpets and/or truck-stop hookers. Also: That Wentworth Miller 2.0 ain’t hard on the eyes, either.
Minuses: Murky plotting and many burning questions: How come Mariah’s showgirl moves are so lethargic? Why does Mariah drive to the middle of the desert to explode the car, then leave herself stranded? How come the one-time happy couple’s bed is also located in the middle of the desert? Plus, there’s that played-out "diva driving with the top down" device again!
Accompanying song: A slower, less addictive variation on "We Belong Together"
Hilary Duff, "Reach Out"
Concept: One-time Disney star attempts to reinvent self as adult sex-symbol by cavorting in seedy mansion setting with scantily clad, disembodied man-meat.
Plusses: Can’t think of anything good to say about the video, but at least the track features an insanely catchy sample of "Personal Jesus."
Minuses: Sadly, that Depeche Mode sample is brutalized and left lifeless by the side of the road by the end of "Reach Out." As for the video clip, where to start? The gray, fetid-looking grapes and other assorted foodstuffs that serve as the backdrop to Duff’s bacchanal? The way the fingerprinty mirror makes my heart and soul cry out for a big bottle of Windex and a roll of paper towels? The attempts to pay fashion tributes to Madonna’s "Like a Virgin" wedding dress and any of ex-boyfriend Joel Madden’s unfortunate hats? Or, as my colleague Shirley Halperin disgustedly points out, the general American apparel-ness of the whole sordid video?
Accompanying song: Gah!
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