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Don’t Think You’re Irreplaceable! 10 Up-&-Coming Celebs Giving Established Stars A Run For Their Money
“Replacing you is so easy!” It’s a line from Beyonce’s hit song Irreplaceable that applies to even the most established stars. There will always be someone to take your crown, fill your shoes, and have you exiting “to the left, to the left.”
Take The View for example: It’s the fourth-longest day time talk show in history. Though it was once the best of its kind, backstage politics are causing the top-rated talk show to slip right down the totem pole. Unfortunately for The View, there’s another all-female talk show that’s right on its heels…
Let’s take a look at the up-and-coming celebrities that are giving established stars a good run for their money, shall we?
Welcoming a child into the world can be one of the world’s most rewarding experiences. However, these celebrities experienced heartache and pain after having a miscarriage.
Soon after Beyonce tied the knot to Jay Z, folks were wondering when music’s biggest couple would produce an heir. During her performance at the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards, the former Destiny’s Child member revealed to the world that she was with child. After the birth of Blue Ivy, her hubby Jay Z devoted a song to the newborn and in it he revealed that the couple felt the loss of losing their unborn child when Beyonce had a miscarriage the previous year. She has called it one of the saddest periods in her life.
Sometimes even stars can take themselves a little too seriously and request the oddest things in exchange for making an appearance or scheduled performance at an event. Check out some of these celebrities with insanely ridiculous demands.
Mariah Carey made her musical debut almost two and a half decades ago. Since then she’s sold over 200 million albums worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. That’s why the “Butterfly” singer had no qualms about her over-the-top demands. Before appearing on a talk show, Carey demanded a “staircase assistant” to help her navigate the steps and a $1,700 bottle of champagne. A recent concert rider revealed a request for a three-seat couch that should be a plain color, no busy patterns; eight tall, leafy plants; two vases of white roses; and a private bathroom.
Two of the biggest pop music divas around have released new albums: Mariah Carey with her latest “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” which came out three weeks ago, and Jennifer Lopez, whose latest record “A.K.A.” debuted on Tuesday. Neither album is selling well. Carey’s sold 58,000 copies its first week and JLo’s is only expected to sell between 25,000 and 30,000, according to TheWrap.
The Huffington Post‘s Matthew Jacobs tosses out a few reasons why there’s such a huge sales deficit.
It used to be a top-selling album had no trouble moving 100,000 copies or more. But let’s start with the reality that the industry has changed dramatically thanks to digital music. More people are buying singles rather than whole albums. And more people aren’t buying at all when they have the option of listening on Spotify, Pandora, and tons of other services that allow music lovers to pick and choose their personal top 40 without committing a dime.
Still, a big selling album isn’t unheard of. Says HuffPo:
In 2013, Lorde’s debut album ended its inaugural week with 129,000 copies sold, while Miley Cyrus’ “Bangerz” moved 270,000. In 2012, Adele’s “21″ spent 10 consecutive weeks at No. 1, Taylor Swift’s “Red” premiered to a whopping 1.21 million, and Rihanna’s “Unapologetic” held its own with 253,000 sold.
And this doesn’t even mention the big opening for Beyonce’s album in December, which had people downloading “Drunk in Love” at 2am when it was released. Or Katy Perry, who sells massively.
Then there’s Jacobs’ ridiculous assertion that it could have something to do with them being women and, moreover, being divas. Lamenting “the diva decline,” he also notes that they’re both over 40. After making these sexist comments, he then points out that Madonna had one of her biggest album releases ever after headlining the Super Bowl halftime show. And Lady Gaga’s sales dipped dramatically for her album “ArtPop” and she’s no where near 40.
There’s no working around the fact that pop musicians (and hip-hop artists and musicians from a number of other genres as well) are making their money outside of album sales. From alcohol (Nicki Minaj’s Myx, for instance) to music that appears in ads, to concerts and special partnerships (like Beyonce and Pepsi), top-selling musical acts are selling things other than recordd. (Except maybe Adele, who managed to get people to buy multiple copies of “21″ because, c’mon, Adele.)
Both Mariah and Lopez have taken their brands to the perfume aisle, the stage of American Idol and beyond, so low album sales aren’t necessarily the end all and be all for them financially.
Maybe the issue is just that – GASP! – people aren’t moved to buy their music. Turns out that song with Miguel, “#Beautiful,” which was released eons ago, is on Carey’s album now. That didn’t catch on, if I remember correctly and I haven’t heard much about any other song since. And “I Luh Ya Papi” is basically that one sentence on a loop, no?
The problem could simply be that both women haven’t made a song that’s caught on enough to drive people to listen and buy. And now that we’re ready to talk about the “song of the summer” — Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” is getting a lot of early talk — the time to release something catchy is now.
He’s obviously very talented, but Mr. Martin is also very attractive. Just ask the folks drooling over his pictures on Instagram. We wanted to help you get more acquainted with the beauty of this man, so we decided to pick him as our evening eye candy of the week. Check him out in all his ab-a-licious glory and let us know if he’s your cup of tea. Clearly we’re already big fans of him…
While Stevie J is known for many things these days that aren’t the most positive (including slacking on paying child support, acting the fool on reality TV and being a habitual cheater), his work in music is something he can look back on with pride. He’s behind a slew of classic jams, as he was one of the key in-house producers and writers for Bad Boy Entertainment in the ’90s. What jams you say? Why, take a look…
“Friend Of Mine” by Kelly Price
Stevie J was co-writer and co-producer of this popular track about a downtrodden woman recounting the pain of a trifling friend who stole her man by hopping in the sack with him. The award-winning song went all the way to the top of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and is one of Price’s biggest hits (for songs she was the main performer on).
Powerhouse voices, big hair, smooth dance moves, glamorous dresses, beautiful songwriting, torch songs, female empowerment, fierceness, diva attitude and breaking down barriers in the music industry are what black women in the music industry represent.
Now many black female legends have touched the hearts of others and moved generations with their music and artistry — from the gospel of Mahalia Jackson; the lady blues of Billie Holiday; the soulful sounds that get you caught up in a rapture with Anita Baker; the bridging the gap of R&B, and Rock and Roll of Etta James; the soulful leadership of Gladys Knight; the powerful vocals of Patti Labelle; and the eclectic, political sounds of Nina Simone.
Many of today’s black female artists owe a debt of gratitude to their foremothers. Some of those foremothers made it on this lists and some of today’s artists made it on this list because of how these black women managed to overcome so many obstacles and reach the top.
In celebration of Black Music Month, MadameNoire compiled a list of 15 black women in music who managed to become some of the most popular solo acts in music ever! This list is based on record sells (albums and singles), longevity, legacy and overall popularity in both mainstream and urban-marketed music.
Mariah Carey and Kevin Liles have created a beverage called “Butterfly.” Joining the fleet of celebrities to go into the bottled liquid business (be it liquor or not), the singer’s special touch of marketing offers fans “unprecedented access into Mariah’s world.” Sorry, we thought her over-exposed cleavage did that.
Read more on Carey’s new business venture at StyleBlazer.com
Not even the playgrounds are safe from Mariah Carey’s revealing (and totally ridiculous) outfits!
The mother-of-two posted a sweet snap at the park with her kids on Monday, as she spent some quality time with Monroe and Moroccan on the swings. Carey captioned the candid photo, “Sinking into the rubber mats … lol.” But, this being Mariah Carey, she showed up to the playground wearing heels and a sexy, mermaid gown.
See Mariah’s outfit at StyleBlazer.com
Mariah Carey’s Latest Album Will Likely Debut At Number 3 On The Charts, Her Lowest Ever Non-Holiday Showing
Mariah Carey’s album “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse.” has had a number of news-making happenings on its way to being released. First, fans were told the album would be dropping a la Beyonce, with a surprise release. But issues and perhaps loose lips derailed that plan. Then, it was supposed to be released in March but suffered a series of delays. On a more positive fanboy note, a die hard could not wait for the May 27th album date release and purchased the album in Germany for $1,200. But her new single “Thirsty” has received mixed reviews. And a song that was released way back in August 2012, “Triumphant (Get ‘Em),” which could arguably be called the point at which the promotion for the new album began, isn’t on this record.
And now in the latest news, “The Elusive Chanteuse” may find that it’s the number one spot on the Billboard list that will actually elude her.
Billboard says “The Elusive Chanteuse” will be the lowest first week sales for a Carey non-holiday studio album. Carey will hold a spot on the top 10 list with 55,000 to 60,000 copies sold, but this will land the album in the number three spot on the charts. Mimi has six #1 albums between the years of 1991 and 2008. This is Carey’s first album in almost five years.
“The new album’s most recent charting single, ‘You’re Mine (Eternal),’ spent one week on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at No. 88 on the March 1-dated chart,” Billboard reports. “The set previously logged a No. 15 hit with ‘#Beautiful,’ featuring Miguel, in June 2013. Comparably, the ‘Memoirs’ album launched with the No. 7-peaking single ‘Obsessed.’ (Carey holds the mark for the most Hot 100 No. 1s, 18, among soloists. Among all acts, only the Beatles, with 20, have more.)”
Coldplay and their album, “Ghost Stories,” is slated to take the number one spot instead. The British foursome sold 383,000 copies in the week ending on May 25. Currently, Carey is holding the number 2 spot but may be bumped down a notch because of Brantley Gilbert’s “Just As I Am” album, which has sold 211,000 albums. Both Gilbert and Coldplay may sell 65,000 and 80,000 copies in their second week.
The Nielsen Soundscan Building Chart that tracks the performance of albums, operates on a Monday through Thursday schedule. It reflects the SoundScan tracking week that ends every Sunday. It reports the sales of six merchants: iTunes, Trans World Entertainment, Best Buy, Starbucks, Target and Anderson Merchandisers. Billboard says these merchants make up about 85 percent of all U.S. album sales.
Did you buy ‘”The Elusive Chanteuse?”