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Be Honest: Famous Singers Whose Voices Have Only Gotten Better…And Worse

January 22nd, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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The age of the great singer has pretty much come and gone, but there are some very talented musicians who have managed to get better with time. On the flipside, there are also singers who started out with great voices, only to have them wane over time (blame it on age, hard living, etc.). Here are 10 examples on both sides of singers whose voices have improved greatly over the years, and a few who have lost their mojo for a variety of reasons.

Worse: Alicia Keys

A. Keys was never out here singing like Anita Baker, but as she got older and started writing and arranging more and more songs that pushed her voice past a limit she is really capable of (Yes, I’m talking about “Girl on Fire”), the change in her voice became more noticeable. These days, the talented writer and pianist does a lot more screaming than singing:

Inside The Prenup: Mariah Carey To Pay $500K If She Discusses Their Marriage

January 17th, 2015 - By Courtney Whitaker
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Yesterday, we reported Nick Cannon officially filed for divorce from Mariah Carey.

Now, new details surrounding their prenup are surfacing. According to TMZ, if either one of them disclose the details of their marriage, they will have to pay a hefty bill. If Mariah shares the details of their marriage, she will have to pay Nick $500,000! As for Nick, he will have to pay $200,000.

Why the big price difference? Well according to the mean streets of TMZ, Mariah came into the marriage worth more than $150 million (Can we borrow a Dollar MiMi?) and Nick came in with only $500,000.

The reports are also claiming Nick took out a $470K loan to pay off Mimi’s ring. It was not worth the $2.5 Million we thought.

The two have already figured out a property settlement.


Viva Las Vegas! Mariah Carey Set To Perform First Las Vegas Residency

January 16th, 2015 - By Lauren R.D. Fox
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Mariah Carey is on her way to Vegas and wants you to join her!

While on The Ellen Degeneres Show, Carey announced she will be taking residency at Vegas’ Caesar’s Palace to perform all of her 18 Number One hits. Carey shared with the hilarious talk show host:

“I’m going to do my first ever residency in Vegas at Caesars. This is a special event for me, it was kind of inspired by my album Number 1’s, and this is now the updated version with 18 of them. Hopefully other people will enjoy this. I’ve never done this before.”

In true Mariah fashion, she surprised some of her number one fans with tickets to the residency in a special way. While they taped a video based on who should have a Las Vegas residency, Carey came into the room pretending to be a maid. The surprise was uber sweet and reminded us why we love Mariah in the first place.

Rolling Stone reports tickets are now on sale and Carey’s residency begins on May 6th. Carey will perform every Saturday, Sunday and Wednesday throughout the month of May. Carey will return in July to complete her residency, from July 8th to July 26th.

See how Carey surprises her fans on Ellen below.

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Nick Cannon Quietly Files For Divorce

January 16th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Over the summer, many of us were shocked to hear whispers about the separation between Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon. But what started out as a rumor was soon proven to be factual when the actor had his infamous “Mariah” tattoo covered. After months of wondering whether or not the estranged couple would find a way to work through their differences, we’re sad to report that Nick Cannon has formally filed for divorce.

According to TMZ, the papers were filed on December 12. It’s unclear whether or not Mariah has responded to his filing yet, but according to some who claim to have knowledge of the split; the two have been hammering out the details of the divorce with their lawyers for quite some time now.

It’s also interesting to note that just a few weeks ago, Nick lashed out over reports that he’s in the process of recording an entire diss album dedicated to his ex-wife.

“I will never say anything negative about Mariah Carey,’ he tweeted. ‘We are forever a family rooted in love.”

And while Nick has been doing most of the talking, Mariah hasn’t publicly uttered a word about the split. We were hoping that they would be able to find a way to work things out, but hopefully this divorce will mean a fresh start for the both of them.

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Mariah Carey’s Sister Claims She’s Broke–And Mimi Won’t Help Her: “We Don’t Have Enough Food”

January 12th, 2015 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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Mariah Carey can’t seem to catch a break these days. Not even with family.

The singer’s older sister, Alison, decided to speak out in an exclusive chat with Star magazine about her successful sibling. If we’ve learned anything about family members running to the media, they usually aren’t sharing any good news or information.

In her chat with Star, Alison Carey claims that her relationship with her sister is in the dumps. They haven’t spoken in nearly four years and things are so bad between them that she’s also claiming her sister, who is worth more than $500 million, won’t help her even though she’s supposedly flat broke with two teenagers to raise. Here’s what she had to say to the magazine about her relationship with her sister, where things went wrong between them, and why she hopes to work things out (not just for the money…allegedly).

The Last Time She Talked To Mariah

“Four years ago, on the phone. There were communications so she could see her niece and nephew. She took them to Serendipity 3 [in New York City] and gave them gift cards for Christmas. They were so happy — and then she just disappeared. They miss her and don’t understand why she cut them off.”

Why They Fell Out

“There’s been a lot of water under the bridge. I’ve done things that were wrong. She’s done things that were wrong. But I’ve reached out to her many, many times through the years in every way I could think of to try and ask for her forgiveness and see if we could start over. We are the only sisters each of us will ever have.”

How Bad Things Are For Her

“Decisions I’ve made in my life have hurt my children. They have no tree or presents for Christmas. We don’t have enough food. I haven’t been able to pay the rent this month. I can’t buy my daughter, who’s on her school’s honors list, the clothes she needs — not wants, needs.”

If It’s Hard Trying To Reach Out To Mariah For Help

“It’s harder when you have to go to the church outreach to ask for assistance with food or rent, and they can’t give it to you. And you don’t know if you’re going to end up on the street with your children. But I don’t want Mariah to think I only want her for her money, like everyone else does. I want her to love me again. I want her to be my sister again.”

I could feel for her if this was the first time that Alison spoke to the media about issues with her sister. But she did the same thing in 2012 in another exclusive conversation, but with The Sun. And it doesn’t help that in 2005, a spokesperson for Mariah said that after paying for Alison to go to rehab more than once, she finally needed some distance from her because her sister wasn’t serious about getting better. Alison has struggled with drug abuse and prostitution (she has been arrested multiple times). Alison is also HIV-positive, and has been since 1988. These issues have driven a wedge between the two:

“…she’s looking for Alison to want to help herself. Mariah can be there with love and support — but at what point do you not enable someone any longer?”

You can check out Alison’s full interview with Star by picking up their latest issue, which is on stands now. I hope it brings her the attention she was seeking, but I doubt that it will help improve her relationship with her sister, who is already going through a lot.

“#ChokeYourself:” Nick Cannon Slams Reports That He’s Working On A Mariah Diss Album

December 30th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Speaking of divorce, Nick Cannon is pretty upset about some wild rumors floating around pertaining to he and his estranged wife, Mariah Carey.

Apparently, rumors about Nick putting together a diss album (Yes, I know how foolish that sounds) about Mariah have been circulating. On Twitter last night, the actor/rapper angrily addressed the whispers.

The rumors first began circulating after “Love & Hip Hop Hollywood” star Mally Mall spoke to TMZ and said that he was working with Nick on the album.

“He’s talking about Mariah on the records,” said Mally. “There’s going to be a lot of controversy.”

Well then….

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Celebrity & Pop Culture Business Fails Of 2014

December 24th, 2014 - By Tanvier Peart
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This year we have seen some crazy things make headlines. One would have to assume many of the things that went down weren’t intentional, but my did they stir up emotions. Take a look at some of the celebrity and pop culture fails that happened this year.

What were your stand outs?

Mariah Carey Accused Of Cheating ‘Underpaid’ Ex-Employee Out Of Owed Wages

December 19th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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An impending divorce isn’t the only legal matter that needs Mariah Carey’s attention. The troubled singer is also being dragged to court by a former employee.

According to the Daily Mail, Ysler Oliver, 50, is alleging that she was frequently overworked and “underpaid” by the diva. In her lawsuit, Oliver is generous with the number of allegations she hurls at Carey.

She began working as the star’s assistant in March 2007 and eventually quit in June of 2014. Over the course of her 7-year employment stint, Oliver alleges that she frequently worked 16-hour days, completing tasks such as cleaning Mimi’s Tribeca apartment, packing her suitcases, tending to her “personal needs,” traveling with her, answering phones, taking care of the singer’s relatives and friends, arranging for repairs and services to be done on her home and more.

While nothing really stands out about the tasks mentioned, as they seem to fit the job description of a personal assistant, the reason that Oliver decided to call foul is because she claims that she is owed time and a half for the extended hours that she worked the singer, but she was never offered a dime extra.

“My client put her family’s life on hold while tending to Mariah Carey’s family, and Mariah repaid her by underpaying her,” said Oliver’s attorney Matthew Bilt. “My client is a very hardworking woman who treated Mariah and her family like her own, working all hours of the day and night. Even celebrities are required to abide by the law.”

Due to employment laws, Oliver should have been paid time and a half for the weeks that she worked more than 40 hours.

“[Carey] should have been aware that . . . the practices were unlawful,” the lawsuit argues.

The figure that she is requesting in her suit has not been disclosed, but Bilt has said that she’s asking for a “significant amount of money.”

Mimi’s spokesperson Cindi Berger insists that she has no knowledge of Oliver’s lawsuit.

“I can’t comment on anything that I’m not aware of and we haven’t heard anything about this lawsuit,” said Berger.

Nick Cannon Says That He’s Not Ready To Date

December 9th, 2014 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Nick Cannon dating rumors have been swirling ever since it was first confirmed that he and wife, Mariah Carey, would be ending their six-year marriage. The rumor mill has linked him to both Amber Rose, who is also currently going through a divorce, and “Wild N’ Out” model Brittany Dailey. However, the father of two insists that he’s nowhere near ready to begin dating again.

“I’m dating no one. I’m not even ready for that right now. I’m just trying to focus on my family and my children,” the actor told CNN.

Nick also admitted that he didn’t even really want to confirm their split to the public, but after a while, felt like he needed to.

“I never wanted to step out there and confirm or deny because it really wasn’t anyone else’s business,” he continued. “You have to speak on things because people are curious.”

And as he has done in previous interviews, Nick expressed that he, Mariah and the twins will always be a family and that they’re handling the divorce as a family would.

“We’re family and we’re human. We’re dealing with this as a family and we’ll forever be a family.”

They definitely appear to be handling things in a mature way. It’s even been reported that the foursome spent Thanksgiving together.

Mariah Carey’s Rep Defends “All I Want For Christmas Is You” Performance, Says Voice Heard On Shocking Isolated Track Isn’t Carey’s

December 8th, 2014 - By Victoria Uwumarogie
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We know that Mariah Carey has been having some issues with her voice lately. Specifically, she was widely criticized for her performance of “All I Want For Christmas Is You” for Christmas In Rockefeller Center, and the tree lighting ceremony that is part of it. She sounded a bit off during the performance that we saw, and she sounded way off when the isolated vocals from that performance leaked. Without the musical accompaniment, background singers and noise from the audience, she just couldn’t seem to hit those high notes we’re used to hearing, and simply sounded out of breath and out of it at times. The New York Daily News’ ‘Confidential’ section reported last week that Carey’s camp blamed NBC producers for that leak of the isolated vocals, and they claimed it was done because Carey kept everyone waiting (including cold fans) on Tuesday evening when they were supposed to record her singing for Wednesday night’s performance. She was reportedly three hours late, and when she did arrive, time was wasted, so producers had to send her home and hope that she could at least do a decent live performance for Wednesday.

But Carey’s rep says that the rumors that blame is being shifted to NBC producers for that leak is not true, and that the voice folks heard on that leaked isolated video isn’t really her at all. Seriously, that’s what they said:

“…because Mariah used a wireless mic, anyone in attendance could have recorded the isolated track. She added, ‘She preformed [sic] beautifully.’”

Considering that the isolated track matches up perfectly to the video of her singing, and sounds exactly like her, I’m having a hard time believing that wasn’t Mimi we were hearing. But what do you think? In case you missed the isolated version of the performance, you can check it out below: