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April 30, 2014

Mariah Carey’s Journey to a New Album: The Billboard Cover Story

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After waiting five years between albums, Mariah explains the struggle behind her next release: “This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album”

Mariah Carey is having a Case of the Mondays.

It’s the day after Easter, and she’s nursing a kick to the face from her nearly 3-year-old son Moroccan after a long day of egg hunting. “We were sort of winding down the day, removing his shoes, and he was having his own moment of not wanting the night to end and he ended up getting me square in the nose while the shoe was still on,” says Carey, 44, on the phone from her apart- ment in New York. Though her nose has a “tiny bump” that Carey has been treating with ice and milk, the incident has still apparently swollen her face enough that she has had to cancel a planned photo shoot and in-person sitdown with Billboard. “I think it’s OK. It’s still really red. I could’ve covered it up and tried to look decent, but shouldn’t my “Billboard” cover be a little less about that and more about the music?” (The cover photo is an outtake from her album shoot.)

If you’ve followed the headlines around Carey in the years since 2009’s “Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,” you would know it hasn’t always been about the music. Since the birth of her twins Moroccan and Monroe in April 2011, she has weathered a rocky stint as a judge on American Idol in 2013, for which she was paid $18 million, according to People, as well as an accident on a music video set that led to a dislocated shoulder and cracked ribs. The injury preceded the latest in a series of delays for her planned 14th album, which at one point was earmarked for early 2013. Though her Miguel duet “#Beautiful” was a decent-sized hit last summer, peaking at No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 with sales of 1.2 million (according to Nielsen SoundScan), a trio of other singles failed to catch fire, most recently February’s “You’re Mine (Eternal),” which spent a week on the Hot 100 at No. 88 and has sold only 56,000 copies.

But in late May, Carey hopes she can silence her naysayers and super-serve her patient fans with the much-anticipated release of her 14th album, which at one point was intended as a digital-first, all-at-once release a la “Beyoncé.” Though her label Def Jam now says an official pre-order is expected for later this week, announcing the album’s title, cover and tracklist, it’s clear from talking to Carey that she misses the good old days of the ’90s. The time when you could deliver an album the old-fashioned way, when you had to go to the store to see the song names and the cover art. “I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” says Carey, noting the album takes its name from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”

The “Beyoncé” parallels would have made even more sense when you consider that Beyonce was coming off an underperforming album (2011’s “4”) before going the surprise route, much like Carey’s “Memoirs” produced just one top 10 hit (“Obsessed”) and sold a disappointing 549,000 copies, low enough to cancel a planned remix album.

Carey will cop to a few of the prerelease singles not doing particularly well, pausing to note that 2013’s Stargate-produced “Almost Home” was intended for the “Oz, Great and Powerful” soundtrack. “It was never about, ‘This is my album,’ but I wasn’t fully connected to that song. I was in the middle of that other situation in my life, which we will erase and pretend it never happened.” (That “situation” being Idol, which we’ll get to later.) “You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work,” she says. “This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album.”

“Life happens, and that added to the making of this album,” songwriter-producer Bryan-Michael Cox told “Billboard” in February. “Over the past couple years we’ve added songs, scratched songs, slow-baking this record like a honey-baked ham. And when you take a bite of that ham — people will be extremely and pleasantly surprised.”

Carey’s label group Island Def Jam is probably best described as cautiously optimistic about the album, declining to respond to multiple fact-checking and interview requests for this story.

In terms of fans, anticipation for a new Carey album hasn’t been this high since her mid-2000s comeback, which saw 2005’s “The Emancipation of Mimi” go quadruple-platinum and turn “We Belong Together” into the biggest radio hit of her career, spending 14 weeks atop the Hot 100 and becoming Billboard’s top song of the 2000s. But in addition to the reteaming with Jermaine Dupri (“We Belong Together,” “Always Be My Baby”) on two tracks for the new album, she has assembled a team of collaborators that shows she has paid attention to the hip-hop and R&B charts in recent years. There’s tracks from of-the-moment producers like Hit-Boy (Kanye West and Jay Z’s “N***** In Paris”) and Mike Will Made It (Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”); guest features from Wale, Nas and Trey Songz; and even c ontributions from veeran arranger Larry Gold and the Love Unlimited Orchestra and a “special guest that I’m not allowed to reveal.”

Talk to Carey about the album, and you’ll get lengthy if cryptically worded explanations about the material, making liberal use of favorite words like “journey” (“If I use that word one more time I’ll have to start an ’80s rock band”), “festive” (her time on Idol, she says, “was not festive”) and “moment” (“I just need a moment to finish this track listing”). She’ll call you “dahhhling,” with a Zsa Zsa Gabor affectation, and grill you on your “lambily” status (that’s Mariah speak for hardcore fans, or “lambs”). “There’s no way I’ll be able to quite relive the splendor of certain moments — name that tune, lambily!” she says at one point, asking if you’ve spotted her lyrical reference to “The Roof ” from 1997’s “Butterfly.”

As Carey began work in earnest on the project in 2012, a friend compiled an exhaustive, 1,000- track playlist of all of Carey’s catalog and remixes, dubbed “The Ultimate MC Audio Collection.” Through revisiting her own 24-year career, Carey reminisced about forgotten remixes from the ’90s with producers like the late David Cole and her early experiments with genre-fusing. “I will always lean toward R&B in general, but I do think that merging hip-hop and R&B was one of the best things that happened for me as a fan of music. There’s this whole pop and hip-hop mixing together thing now — first of all, it’s not new, and second of all, why are we acting like it is?”

The album will also showcase Carey’s intro-spective, “morose” side, which certain lambily have treasured through the years from deeply personal cuts like “Looking In” (from 1995’s “Daydream”), “Close My Eyes” (from “Butterfly”) and “Petals” (from 1999’s “Rainbow”) — songs that offer an intimate glimpse into the person behind all the diva behavior. “It’s so good to hear people say they grew up with me as the soundtrack to their life, even though I was making it, so that was the soundtrack to my life as well,” she says.

It was Carey’s reconnection with “Looking In” that shaped the final phase of the current album. She performed the song live for the first time with the New York Philharmonic in Central Park last July, just one week after her shoulder injury, clad in a faux-fur sling that matched her white ballgown. The song’s lyrics were inspired by her unhappy marriage from 1993 to 1998 to Tommy Mottola, and found her singing in the third person about a girl who “dreams of all/ That she can never be/She wades in insecu- rity, yeah/And she hides herself inside of me.” Carey broke down in tears at one point during the song, cautioning the audience beforehand that it “requires a bit more stability than I have right now. I kind of got in trouble for writing this song so I’m going to try.”

After the show, Carey revisited the songs she had already earmarked for the ballad-heavy album and decided she needed a change of pace. That’s where two of the three Hit-Boy tracks came in, as well as a fresh collab with Dupri, who became her latest manager thereafter. (Carey’s management underwent several changes in 2012 and 2013, including parting ways with former Idol co-star Randy Jackson after many years together and a brief stint with Coran Capshaw’s Red Light Management.) “There were certain parts of the album where I needed to be lifted up again. I needed something uplifting.” (That’s a “Dreamlover” reference, lambily.)

That Carey is taking even more of a hands-on approach to her music these days is no surprise from a woman who co-wrote all her No. 1 singles, and has also taken more aspects of her career in her own hands amid her various management shifts and other endeavors. After being “bamboozled” by the Idol experience when footage of her feud with fellow judge Nicki Minaj leaked, for example, Carey says she would like to executive-produce her next reality-competition venture. “I have another project that I’m so very excited about that’s finally coming to fruition. I would want to do something that was authentic. And I did feel that there were some truly talented singers on there this year, last year, whenever that was. It’s a blur, it has all been a blur, all of it, dahhhling.”

But she’s also in a rarefied class of superstars in their third decade of fame who can still compete in the big leagues. Madonna, Cher and Celine Dion continue to rank among Billboard’s top-earning artists more for their exhaustive touring work, not because they’re still getting the massive radio play and album sales of their respective heydays. Carey, meanwhile, has never been much of a roadhorse (she didn’t even tour until 1993, when she played 10 theaters in support of her third album, “Music Box”) and still considers herself more of “a studio rat” at heart.

“I love being in the studio, making Wall of Sound background vocals. That’s when I’m most at home, other than being with ‘dem babies’ now. I love being onstage and connecting with the lambily most importantly, but it’s just that now nothing’s just an experience with your fans and your fans alone. It’s on YouTube immediately, not ‘Oh, that was an amazing moment I just experienced.'” So until she’s willing to do a global arena tour or a Las Vegas residency, Carey will need to keep churning out hits to extend her living legacy.

Dupri seems weary of the expectations that come with official “comeback singles,” which is why one of his first items of business as Carey’s manager last fall was releasing the ballad “The Art of Letting Go” as a teaser track on Carey’s Facebook page to set the tone for the album, rather than the typical event strategy. Though “Letting Go” will appear on the album along with “#Beautiful” and “You’re Mine,” the hope is that the fans’ response will democratize the typical album process from here.

“The challenge with Mariah has always been if I like one record and she likes another, you can never pick a single that satisfies everybody,” says Dupri. “If you just did what Beyonce did, she just gave you 17 singles and you picked which record you like.”

Even though Carey’s latest album marks the longest gap between albums, it certainly won’t be her last, despite a recent interview with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” where she indicated she might be treating it as such. Still, it signifies something of a make- or-break moment at this phase in her storied career as Billboard’s second-most-decorated Hot 100 chart-topper, next to The Beatles.

“I will always make music. When I said [this album] could be my last, that’s because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone. When I release anything, it’s difficult — it could be a performance that you don’t love and it’s like, ‘Great, everybody’s going to pick this apart,’ and that’s it. What I’m trying to say is I wanted this to be something I could be proud of, whether it’s like, ‘Yay, No. 1 song!,’ and this and that. However things end up happening, we’ve all worked so hard. The true lambily have all worked so hard to break all these Billboard records and to have this incredible experience with me that I want them to have this almost as a gift.”

April 26, 2014

5 Things We Hope Go Right With Mariah Carey’s New ‘Surprise’ Album Rollout


Mariah Carey is getting ready to drop her long delayed and highly anticipated 14th studio album. She announced her latest project Friday in a preview of a Billboard cover story that’s running next week.

And it seems that she’s taking a cue from Beyoncé’s playbook in the album’s method of delivery.

Mariah says she’ll “be taking a surprise approach to the project by revealing her new album’s title, track listing, artwork and music all at once via to-be-announced digital partners.”

For Mariah, the question will be how much of an impact the “surprise” will have, now that she just announced it to the entire world. Queen Bey’s album hit when no one was expecting. Big difference.

The former “American Idol” judge also opens up to Billboard about everything in her career ranging from music (the new album, her recent “failed” singles, and working with new manager Jermaine Dupri since leaving Randy Jackson) to her television projects (the “Idol” fiasco and an upcoming new secret series).

There’s pretty much a 50-50 possibility of either success or failure with Mariah’s latest endeavor. The singer is mostly well-liked, but she’s never recaptured her ’90s level of success. She came close in 2005 with the magnificent “The Emancipation of Mimi,” which spawned the Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers “It’s Like That,” “We Belong Together,” and “Don’t Forget About Us,” as well as “Shake It Off,” which reached #2 (while “We Belong” was at #1, it should be added).

Still, that was almost a decade ago.

There’s not much that Mariah fans would welcome more than a hugely successful album that places her back on top of the pop-culture zeitgeist. So, here are five things that we hope she does right this time around:

1) She heads more pop and mainstream with the lead singles

Mariah says in the Billboard interview that she’s well aware that some of her singles of the past year or so (including “Almost Home” from the “Oz, Great and Powerful” soundtrack, “Eternal (You’re Mine),” “The Art of Letting Go,” and “Triumphant”… “#Beautiful” was a bit more of a success) underperformed. The songs weren’t bad, but they weren’t big, catchy hits. Rather, they were all downtempo or ballads, and didn’t really play well on radio.

Under Dupri’s guidance, Mimi says that she’s working with a “Dream-Team” now that includes Dupri as well as hitmaker Rodney Jerkins, and also Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It. Her album also will feature guest appearances from Wale, Nas, and Trey Songz. This is a very promising start.

2) She doesn’t try to jump on the latest trend

The last thing we’d want is a Mariah Carey EDM track. Let’s hope she sticks to what she does best — again, making great mainstream pop and R&B music that works for Top 40 radio. Mariah shouldn’t all of a sudden start working with Calvin Harris or Zedd. (And apparently, she’s not!)

3) She markets herself to the right audience

Mariah’s fanbase has grown up along with her. Those who love her the most nowadays aren’t in their ’20s. They’re in their ’30s and ’40s.

There’s certainly nothing wrong in hoping that her music appeals to new twentysomething fans, but playing to the Generation X & Y demographic — rather than millennials — is where she’s most likely to find success.

Mariah is now a 45-year-old mother of two. She’s still got a lot of career ahead of her. But she’s not going to command a huge fanbase from kids that are now pining for Iggy Azalea and Icona Pop.

4) She makes up for “Idol” with a new successful TV project

If at first you don’t succeed …

OK, so “Idol” really wasn’t Mariah’s fault. As we all know by now, the Nicki Minaj drama was orchestrated by producers in a last-minute bait-and-switch once she had already signed on.

Mariah tells Billboard, “I have another [reality-competition television] project that I’m so very excited about that’s finally coming to fruition.”

This is definitely a step in the right direction. It’s worked for everyone on “The Voice” and it could work for Mimi. She needs to make herself highly visible (and therefore relevant) again, and a successful reality TV show could do just that.

5) She keeps sharing more of her amazing personality

One of the reasons Mariah’s fans love her so much (beyond that voice) is that underneath the diva exterior, she’s quirky, fun-loving, and doesn’t give a you-know-what what anyone else thinks.

Mariah is best when she’s being herself and letting that personality shine through. She’s funny in interviews, and knows how to properly throw a little shade when it matters most. Being married to a comedian certainly has its perks in continuing to shape a person’s core identity.

We want more of nutty Mariah. The Mariah that went bonkers on HSN for two hours in 2011 while hawking products.

This was Mariah at her best. In fact, let’s just get her booked on HSN again right now.

That being said, we’re rooting for you, Mimi! Here’s hoping that album #14 is a smashing comeback for you. There’s no doubt that 2014 could be your year.

April 26, 2014

Mariah Carey Is Planning a ‘Beyoncé’-Style Album Drop

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It’s been a long road to Mariah Carey’s 14th album — a project she first began working on in 2010, before the birth of her nearly three-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe — that has been stalled over the years after stiff-performing singles and numerous tweaks to the track listing.

But, as Billboard exclusively reveals in its latest cover story, Carey will be taking a surprise approach to the project by revealing her new album’s title, track listing, artwork and music all at once via to-be-announced digital partners (a physical release at retail is expected the following week.) “I have to be the one that announces this, especially the title,” Carey says, noting that the album takes its name from a “personal possession of mine that’s part of an entity that I’ve had almost all my life.”

Though Carey doesn’t mention other artists in describing her strategy, it’s clear she’s taking a page out of the “Beyoncé” playbook. It’s a particularly direct parallel when you consider that Beyoncé herself was coming off an underperforming album (2011’s “4”) before opting to go the surprise route — much in the way that Carey’s last album, 2009’s “Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel,” produced just one top 10 hit (“Obsessed”) and sold a disappointing 549,000 copies, low enough to cancel a planned remix album. Though last summer’s Miguel duet “#Beautiful” was a bonafide hit, peaking at No. 15 on the Hot 100 and selling 1.2 million downloads, a string of other singles (“Triumphant,” “Almost Home,” “Eternal [You’re Mine]”) have failed to catch fire along the way.

In the Billboard cover story, out Monday, Carey and her new manager Jermaine Dupri talk candidly about the rocky road to the album’s launch – from the failed singles to her drama-plagued stint on “American Idol” in 2013 to the shoulder injury that nearly derailed her plans altogether (“I really downplayed that incident.”)

Here’s five more things we learned:

SHE’S ASSEMBLED A DREAM-TEAM OF COLLABORATORS. Frequent collaborators Rodney Jerkins and Dupri are back for Album No. 14, but so is a surprisingly diverse roster that ranges from of-the-moment producers like Hit-Boy and Mike Will Made It, guest features from Wale, Nas and Trey Songz and even contributions from veteran arranger Larry Gold and the Love Unlimited Orchestra. There’s also “a special guest star that I’m not allowed to reveal,” Carey teases.

SHE’S AWARE OF THE FAILED SINGLES. Carey will cop to a few of the pre-release singles not doing as well as past hits, pausing to note that 2013’s Stargate-produced “Almost Home” was intended for the “Oz, Great and Powerful” soundtrack. “You would think I would be all about the singles-driven situation, and I am in a way, but with this particular album I want my fans to hear it as a body of work,” she says. “This is my life since we last left off. Just picture a dot dot dot, and then here’s the album.”

THE NEW ALBUM WON’T BE HER LAST. Despite recent comments to Bravo’s Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens Live” (“If this were to be my last album, people would hear everything they needed to hear”), Carey is not calling it quits anytime soon. “I will always make music. When I said it could be my last, that’s because tomorrow’s not promised to anyone.”

EXPECT BIG BALLADS AND UPTEMPO BANGERS. After immersing herself in her own catalog (“a friend of mine made me a playlist with 1,000 of my songs on it called ‘The Ultimate MC Audio Collection,'” she says), Carey explored her feel-good, hip-hop/R&B side as well as her more introspective moments that could give her fans the best of all worlds.

SHE MAY SOON RETURN TO TELEVISION. Her rocky stint with Nicki Minaj on “American Idol” last year notwithstanding, Carey says she’d like her next reality-competition venture to be something where she was executive producer. “I have another project that I’m so very excited about that’s finally coming to fruition.”

April 25, 2014

Mariah Carey’s Still Untitled New Album NOT Coming On May 6th (?)

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I don’t know where Mariah Carey’s new album is, but it’s not coming out on May 6th. Postponed from last July 2013, the still untitled collection was scheduled in February for May 6th. A single, “You’re Mine,” was released to promote it. But now the album has been removed from all release schedules. Promo tie-ins for it have been upended.

One insider says it’s because DefJam is still clearing samples and guest stars. But who knows at this point? Mariah released two other singles and a fan club single in the last year, all of which were disappointments. Originally Randy Jackson was managing and producing, then the job skipped to Jermaine Dupri.

What’s going on? This is just a guess: continuing to patch together songs from various producers, as in the past, gets harder and harder. I’ve said this a million times: why, after 25 years, isn’t there an album of Mariah Carey singing standards, produced by a real producer (Tommy LiPuma, Richard Perry, etc). Carey is known for her Voice, yet the Voice never gets to sing real songs? It’s mystifying.

Will the album appear in the month of May? There’s no title, no marketing, nothing. This kind of surprise release worked for Beyonce last winter. It didn’t work quite the same way with Pharrell Williams, even though he has a hit hit hit single with “Happy.”

Here’s crossing our fingers for Mariah. The waiting is the hardest part!

February 9, 2013

[Tempo] Steven Tyler Kerjai Juri American Idol



Steven Tyler kembali ke American Idol, tapi bukan sebagai juri melainkan sebagai peserta audisi. Steven tampil dengan berbusana seperti wanita lengkap dengan wig pirang dan lipstik warna merah di acara audisi terakhir di Oklahoma. Minggu depan American Idol akan melanjutkan pertunjukkannya di Hollywood.

Steven tampill seperti wanita dengan harapan panel juri saat ini seperti Randy Jackson, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey dan Nicki Minaj tidak mengenalinya. Ia menciptakan nama yang aneh dan lagu yang tidak biasa. Steven juga menyampaikan pesan aneh untuk para juri. “Sebelum aku pergi, aku akan menilai cara kalian menjuri,” ujarnya.

Usai bernyanyi, Randy Jackson hanya memberikan komentar,”Steven Tyler sedang beraksi.” Setelah aksinya ini ketahuan, Steven lalu membuka wig nya di hadapan para juri dan disambut gelak tawa dan tepukan tangan para juri. Meski sudah berdandan yang terbaik, Steven gagal dalam audisi ini. “Aku sudah berusaha keras,” ujar vokalis kelompok musik Aerosmith.

Steven Tyler pernah menjadi juri American Idol selama dua musim. Tahun ini ia memutuskan tidak bergabung karena ingin berkonsentrasi dengan album terbaru yang baru dikeluarkan oleh Aerosmith. Beberapa waktu lalu Steven sempat mengeluarkan komentar tentang Nicki Minaj menjadi juri. Tapi ia lalu meminta maaf atas komentarnya yang membuat Nicki tersinggung dan menganggap Steven seorang rasis.

February 8, 2013

[AntaraNews] Mariah Carey Abaikan Nicki Minaj di American Idol



Beredar isu yang menyatakan bahwa perselisihan Mariah Carey dan Nicki Minaj dalam musim terbaru American Idol tidak akan mereda dalam waktu dekat, seiring dengan munculnya kabar terbaru yang menyatakan bahwa Mariah langsung memalingkan wajahnya saat Nicki berbicara.

Kedua bintang itu bertugas sebagai juri bersama Keith Urban dan Randy Jackson, namun tampaknya kedua pria tersebut juga gagal mempertahankan hubungan mereka agar tetap akur.

“Kapanpun Nicki mengatakan sesuatu, Mariah langsung mengabaikannya dan memandang ke atas,” kata seorang sumber kepada majalah Heat.

“Itu adalah kelakukan pasif sekaligus agresif dan hal itu membuat Nicki marah. Saat Nicki berbicara, Mariah langsung memalingkan wajahnya dan mengoceh sendiri.”

“Saat Mariah bersikap tenang, Nicki malah emosi dan menggebu-gebu, tidak ada yang tahu apa yang akan dikatakannya jika Mariah berbicara,” tambah sumber tersebut.

January 18, 2013

[TribunNews] American Idol Season 12 Tayang Perdana



American Idol kembali lagi! Setelah menelurkan Phillip Phillips sebagai idola Amerika setahun silam, kini American Idol mulai mencari idola terbaru lagi.

Ada yang baru di musim 12 ini. Setelah hengkangnya dua juri lama, Jennifer Lopez dan Steven Tyler, kini meja juri diisi oleh tiga juri baru yakni diva pop Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj, dan penyanyi country Keith Urban, plus juri lama, Randy Jackson.

New York City menjadi kota pertama audisi ajang talenta berbakat yang dipandu Ryan Seacrest ini. Adakah peserta asal kota berjulukkan Big Apple itu yang dapat mencuri hati keempat juri American Idol?

January 13, 2013

[JawaPos] Perdamaian Semu Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj



Hubungan dua di antara empat juri American Idol Mariah Carey-Nicki Minaj bagai minyak dan air. Meski Fox sebagai penayang AI menyatakan bahwa keduanya sudah mengubur permusuhan, konflik di antara mereka tampaknya belum usai.

Dalam jumpa pers promo AI Season 12 Selasa pagi waktu setempat (8/1), terlihat hubungan keduanya masih memanas. Mulanya mereka saling memuji.

“Berada satu panel dengannya adalah sesuatu yang menakjubkan. Semua penyanyi pasti ingin menjadi seperti Mariah, baik dari talenta maupun karir,” kata Minaj.

Mendengar pujian dadakan itu, Carey seperti tersentak sebelum kemudian menjawab, “Itu ucapan yang sangat manis. Saya merasa teberkahi dengan segala hal baik yang diucapkannya (Minaj) atau orang-orang lain,” balas Carey dikutip dari Daily Mail.

Namun, suasana memanas setelah Carey menyebut pertengkaran mereka dipicu satu pihak, yaitu Minaj. “Tentu saja tidak,” sahut Minaj.

“Lihat, kan? Mereka tidak sedang mencari bintang baru, mereka ingin sebuah drama,” tambah Minaj ketus. Situasi lalu berlanjut dengan saling sindir. Sementara itu, dua juri lainnya Randy Jackson dan Keith Urban tampak berusaha mendinginkan suasana promo tersebut.

Dalam tayangan Nightline Barbara Walters malamnya, Carey terang-terangan menyebut dirinya masih merasa terancam oleh Minaj. “Saya tetap merasa tak aman. Apa pun namanya, seseorang mengancam seseorang lainnya, itu sangat tak pantas. Saya tak mau ambil risiko dan menyewa lebih banyak pengawal,” kata penyanyi 42 tahun tersebut.