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Tommy Mottola Insists Mariah Carey Should Be Grateful For Him

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Anyone who has followed Mariah Carey‘s illustrious career will be well-versed in the stormy nature of her relationship with  Tommy Mottola.

The powerful music exec signed the songbird in her late teens, flexed his corporate and financial muscles to ensure she became a global megastar, and went on to marry her in 1993. At the time of their grand nuptials, the budding diva was 23 while Mottola was 20 years her senior.

Unfortunately for the duo, their marriage would crumble in 1997 amidst claims from Carey that Mottola was too controlling and that he abused her “mentally and emotionally”.

Despite this, Carey’s run-in with her ex and his new wife in 2005 suggested any issues were water under the bridge; an observation  which makes the existence and timing of Mottola’s new book ‘Hitmaker’ particularly suspect.

Set to hit stores on January 15th – a day before MiMi makes her televised debut on American Idol, the memoir sees the industry supremo relay his “side” of the story.

And while freshly released excerpts suggest he won’t be throwing his former bride under the bus, he does make a number of interesting remarks.

Read on for check them out…

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According to the New York Post, Mottola accepts that he may indeed have been strict, however he insists that it’s his firm

approach that would serve as the prime catalyst for Carey’s blockbuster success.

Relaying a time when the singer was keen to take a break between projects and he denied her, instead sending her back into the studio, he writes:

“My feeling was that there’d be plenty of time for Mariah to celebrate just a little ways down the road. I’m not talking 10 years, just a few.”

Mottola adds that he shut down his former wife’s dreams of following hip-trends at the time and collaborating with the artists setting them. Perhaps most interestingly though, he cites the still-selling ‘Merry Christmas’ project as an instance where his iron-hand was proven right. For, according to the thrice married Motolla, his now re-married did not want to record the classic album – arguing that he was trying to turn her into 50’s singer Connie Francis. He writes that he nearly laughed in her face, asking “does she even know who Connie Francis is”.

Other chapters of the book relay how Motolla had “great chemistry” with Mariah and how, despite being married upon their first meet, he was “flirtatious from the moment I set eyes on her”.

Summing up his heavy handed approach and MiMi’s comments on it since their split, the 63 year old writes: “If it seemed like I was controlling, I apologize. Was I obsessive? Yes. But that was also part of the reason for her success.”

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As easy as it may be to demonize Mottola, examining the matter beyond the allure of Mariah’s “celebrity” raises interesting debate. For much like Joe Jackson in the life of Michael Jackson, Mr Mottola clearly played an integral role in the legendary status Mariah enjoys today. How much of a role, though, is open to interpretation. Hence, as ever…

Your thoughts? 

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    HERE TOMMY>>>>>_/

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    Monsters Army Replied:

    Mariah was a fat gold digger who had no morals just like Beyonce and Rihanna’s fans :(

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    Ray Replied:

    u can say all that, but she wrote her own music, sang it, co-produced it. and handled all packaging, she didnt just sit back like rihanna and beyonce and slap there name on something because it made them look better *cough* beyonce

    BEY FAKE...BEY A FLOP...BEY A LIAR...BEY A PLAGERIST...BEY A HOOD HIVE!!! Replied:

    Really? coming from a stan who wear rotten meat for fashion!!! stfu!!

    Likica Replied:

    LMAO @BEY FAKE…BEY A FLOP…BEY A LIAR…BEY A PLAGERIST…BEY A HOOD HIVE!!!
    I fell off my chair. :D

    Mariah Carey mothered you Hoes... Replied:

    tMariah is not a gold digger and maybe u need to look up what the definiton of what a gold digger is because clearly Tommy Matolla states that HE pursued her. She didnt go after him. Plus he was abusive which is why she divorced him. Her talent is what made her famous not Matollas money. Im gonna need for you to research Mariah’s story boo.

    Fierce p**** Replied:

    Good for Mariah writing her songs. I think that’s a great skill but beyonce’s strength lies in her performance and interpretation of a song and sometimes co-writing. U don’t need to be able to write music to make it as a singer. Nice try. What are rihanna’s strengths, btw?? >>>_/

    Sia Replied:

    Mariah became what she is thanks to her talent! All young artists get helped by someone in the beginning of their careers, the rest is up to you..Celine had Renee, Whitney Clive and so on…Sony wasnt the only one offering her a contract those days

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  • January 6, 2013 at 2:49 pm
    CBE says:
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    Though I dont like Mariah much coz of a diva ways I wont deny she was beautiful damn! especially that pic with Massimo moroni there… if @LAX reads this you should know Mariah is whats called Gorgeous! not Rihanna and like I said earlier Rihanna is ok but Mimi is beautiful although her attitude and her “darlings” turn me off, she also didnt do herself any favors by marrying drumline.

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    Beygodney Replied:

    Mariah was a $lut like Rihanna except she is uglier than th Goat

    :D

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Proof is needed, until then :roll:

    BEY FAKE...BEY A FLOP...BEY A LIAR...BEY A PLAGERIST...BEY A HOOD HIVE!!! Replied:

    Shut the f*** up troll!! bey and shitney spears were w**** ask kobe and justin!!

    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    Since when did Mariah become a s*** or be know as one , stop reaching beacuse as I can recall she has only been with Tommy and Nick

    Common Sense Replied:

    I’m sorry but Mariah was infinitely more gorgeous than Rihanna at her age. Mariah had beautiful flowing hair, something Rihanna will never have.

    That B*tch Replied:

    Ooh, dead @ Common Sense.
    MC also has a small forehead, something money can’t buy.

    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    Mariah is not gorgeous and rihanna cut her hair and mariah herself says she wears weaves a d mc looked like a monkey when she came out!! she got her features from her white side!! rihanna is flawless even mariah said RIHANNA is gorgeous!! but mc does look better than beyonce tho

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    “Mariah is not gorgeous and rihanna cut her hair and mariah herself says she wears weaves a d” That’s your opinion, it doesn’t make it true.

    “mc looked like a monkey when she came out!!” No she didn’t the only person that looked like a monkey was your fave who that otherworldly forehead.

    “rihanna is flawless even mariah said RIHANNA is gorgeous!!” Mariah has never said anything about Rihanna, proof is needed for this far-fetched claim.

    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    IM SORRY BUT MARIAH HAS NEVER BEEN PRETTY!! I HAPPEN TO THINK GREEN EYED EXOTIC RIHANNA IS MORE OF A BEAUTY THAN MARIAH JUST I THINK WHITNEY HAD MORE TALENT AND BEAUTY THAN MARIAH!! ITS MY OPINION AND IM STICKJNG TO IT.

    Lax Replied:

    @CBE I have no quarrels with people feeling a certain way about artist but what I do find alarming is how people are so quick to call others Ugly. It just seems to follow Black Folks though I notice. You see @CBE See the man who’s in the Blessing Business made Us all the way he wanted all of us to be, all of Us couldn’t be born light, bright and dam near white. And you can go back and read Me and very seldom do I base my comments on looks, and money but I talk about them both often because it seems that is the only thing many of you can understand. While I know that in Your Book you see Rihanna as Ugly but in my book I see Whoopie, Percious, Jayz and Rihanna as all very Beautiful I suppose that is the different Between a Real Person, you know Human being and a Flaky Jakie like many of Rihanna’s haters and Another thing None of us can HELP IT IF WE WASN’T BLESSED WITH BLONDE HAIR AND BLUE EYES., and light bright and dam near white, i suppose you know that Mariah’s mom is white, right!

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    Lax Replied:

    He might have made Her the artist she is but he also treated her like shyt!!

    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    Ive seen the movie precious and mariah is ugly and that was not makeup that made her look that way! but i still think her black versions songs are all fire and shits on any song played today! *listens to thank god i found you ft. nas and joe*

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    irene46 Replied:

    i agree that whitney was and rihanna is much prettier than mariah has ever been. blonde hair and blue eyes or light bright and damn white (as you called it) does not always translate to superior beauty imo.

    every feature of whitney’s (including her gorgeous color) combined to make her far more beautiful than mariah and somewhat moreso than rihanna to me.

  • January 6, 2013 at 2:51 pm
    Slick says:
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    I think he was the best thing that ever happened to her. Whats interesting to me is that she started losing her voice once they divorced.

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    Ray Replied:

    she did, so i dont know why u got tumbs downed

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    The Truth Replied:

    Deluded LAMBS

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    @The Truth

    There are only 3 lambs on this site but you tried :roll:

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    That’s because she overworked, like Tommy said so the tension on her voice was huge. ►

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    Common Sense Replied:

    Interesting you choose the divorce to blame it on and not the tour she had just finished.

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    Slick Replied:

    No, I’m not blaming the divorce. What I mean is while she was “under his control” she was in her prime. Who knows maybe she started smoking after…I dont know, but I know I prefer the music she mad while being married to him the post Tommy.

    EverGreen. Replied:

    There’s loads of vids and interviews out there of her bitching about how demanding on her voice Tommy was. She didn’t want to do so many live performances and back to back albums for almost 10 years ’cause she new it would damage her voice. And it did take its toll.

    Listen to her voice around ’97/’98 That seems like it’s most damaged era. She needed a long rest after Daydream probably.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 2:53 pm
    Touché says:
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    -_- b**** please, you would not have been as successful without talented people like Mariah Carey.

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    Fierce p**** Replied:

    True. And lots of talents go unknown without the right ppl making their career happen. It goes both ways.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 2:54 pm
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  • January 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    Ray says:
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    TOMMY DID PLAY A IMPORTANT PART IN HER LEGENDARY “VOCAL” CAREER.he made her use her whole voice, instead of damaging it with her whispering. as a LAMB, i personally thank mottola for making her the “vocal” queen she is known for.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    You are no lamb, if you were you wouldn’t have said ” thank mottola for making her the ‘vocal’ queen she is known for.” Did Tommy sing for her? Did he write her songs for he? Did he perform for her? Did he produce for her? Mariah did all that, the only thing Tommy did was guide her career and promote her and that was for his OWN gains.

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    Ray Replied:

    u dumb i dont need some deluded obsessed person to tell me my status to validate me being a “lamb” i made that clear he “played” a part in making her sing with her “whole” voice.

    KNUCK Replied:

    lol @ whispering “damaging” your voice.. SIT.

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    Ray Replied:

    look it up babe. u can take several seats after u read it! and not only that, but mariah used to force herself to sing in a high larynx form which also caused damaged, just so she can sound more “pop”

    EverGreen. Replied:

    ahahahah “damage it with all her whispering”
    You’re a fool.

    on another side to it, think about her debut – how much “whispering” is she doing … those songs her created before Tommy met her.

    Touché Replied:

    @Ray, “but mariah used to force herself to sing in a high larynx form which also caused damaged, just so she can sound more “pop””? b*******. Mariah’s voice is fragile due to the affect of vocal nodules she developed as a kid, that’s it. It had absolutely nothing to due with her technique especially since she never used bad techniques such as raising her larynx that you seem to claim. Now why don’t you take your own advice and look up information about Mariah and also learn something about the voice before you continue spreading your ignorance.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 2:56 pm
    Ray says:
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    TOMMY DID PLAY A IMPORTANT PART IN HER LEGENDARY “VOCAL” CAREER.he made her use her whole voice, instead of damaging it with her whispering. as a LAMB, i personally thank mottola for making her the “vocal” queen she is known for.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    The Truth says:
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    Tommy is the reason why Mariah f***** exists, that ungrateful c*** should be happy that he split with his wife of 20 years to get with her and make her a star

    The split second she split with him, her records SALES declined because she decided to be down the rappers and lost HALF HER AUDIENCE FACT

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    “Tommy is the reason why Mariah f***** exists” Her parents are the reason why she exists.

    ” that ungrateful c*** should be happy that he split with his wife of 20 years to get with her and make her a star” No one forced him to marry her. She was in negotiations with Warner Bros until Tommy fought to sign her to his label so she would’ve been fine.

    “The split second she split with him, her records SALES declined because she decided to be down the rappers and lost HALF HER AUDIENCE FACT” Actually it was because he wasn’t promoting her and wasn’t showing her the label support because of the divorce. How ignorant of you to say all that you did yet majority of it is a lie. NEXT.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:04 pm
    James says:
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    For me, the only time hip hop/R&B really worked all that well for Mariah Carey was on the Butterfly album. The records she did from 1998-99 onwards have pretty much been hit and miss.

    Tommy was good for her career. He was a guiding light. Mariah has unfortunately become a parody of herself in some ways. I still love her, but had she not had the music that Tommy helped her create in the 90s, things would probably be different.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    he Emancipation of Mimi also worked for her as an R&B album.

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    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    thank you , cause 2013 is the Emancipation of RichandBlack lol

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Go for it, girl! lmfao

    James Replied:

    It was just OK for me. When I compare Butterfly to TEOM, Butterfly far surpasses it. F

  • January 6, 2013 at 3:06 pm
    SHA (I have DESTROYED Rita WhOra now PAIGE THOMAS) says:
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    Wasn’t Tommy married when he met Mariah and left his wife and children for her speaks a lot about his character seducing a barely legal girl and manipulating her to fit his own agenda. He just wanted to compete with Clive Davis and when it actually worked he wanted to have her as some sort of prize DISGUSTING!!!

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    This basically! Mariah was a weapon for Tommy to fight Clive Davis and his success with Whitney and Toni Braxton was a weapon from A.L.Reid against Tommy and Clive.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    skintightjeans says:
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    She probably would’ve made it without his help. She’s talented and someone else would’ve groomed her. He’s just an old pervert still pining away for Mimi when she probably doesn’t devote two brain cells to his old, greasy ass.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:11 pm
    Monstarebel says:
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    Mariah woulda been a star regardless

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    James Replied:

    I think Tommy gave her the best record contract money could buy though.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:21 pm
    HOP-SCOTCH says:
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    Whereas I may understand where Tommy is coming from, judging by his logic:

    Whitney should be greatful for Clive Davis.
    Janet Jackson should be greatful for Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
    Michael Jackson should be greatful for Quincy Jones.
    Diana Ross should be greatful for Berry Gordy.
    Stevie Wonder should be greatful for Smokey Robinson.
    Donna Summer should be greatful for Giorgio Armoder.
    Prince should be greatful for Barry White. YES, BARRY WHITE.

    Every artist has that MANAGER that over exposes them.

    Mariah was the TALENT but you cared and nurturee that TALENT. How do we not know Mariah would have been successful without you – not too mentiom that had been offered two record deal s in 1989 but she wasnt reaey.

    Stop being irrational Tommy. YOU WERE A CONTROLLING, ABUSIVE MAN AND SHE LEFT YOU BECAUSE OF IT!!!

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    This basically, every artist has that one person that they’re magic with and their is no denying the amount of promo and exposure that Tommy did for Mariah in the beginning but it comes down to her talent in the end and her music.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:27 pm
    Jay Scorpio says:
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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:35 pm
    You Wanna Bey Me says:
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    What?! Tommy who?!…….I would say he’s reaching but he has to be old as dirt so those arms can’t be working properly, trying to shade MC, how dare he? Here’s you handicap bench Motorola>>>>> \——–/

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:36 pm
    You Wanna Bey Me says:
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    The forgotten always find a way to crawl from the ashes, smh

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:46 pm
    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ says:
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    Basically what @Sha and @Hop-Scotch said. There is no denying that Tommy did promote her and put in a lot of effort for her promo in the beginning of her career but he did it for his own gains. He wanted to compete with Clive Davis because Whitney was HUGE. In the end Mariah was the talent, artist, musician, and performer behind it. She was going to be signed regardless because Warner Bros and Columbia fought to sign her and Mariah said that she felt that Columbia would do the best for her so she signed with them. Some people on this site are so ignorant, Tommy is no more the reason for her success that Clive is for Whitney, Quincy is for Michael, etc……they were the foundation for them but Mariah, Whitney, Michael, etc did it themselves.

    Its funny you posted this, Sam, instead of her spectacular performances in Australia. It is what it is.

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    JOHNVIDAL Replied:

    Yaaassss! The moment I saw this post I thought “Damn Sam is so pressed at Mariah´s divine vocals in Australia that he needed to make a post about her out of nowhere about something relevant 20 years ago. And obviously not posting her amazing vocals in Australia at ther same time”
    Pressed

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    I know, its like he wouldn’t even post a bad picture of his faves let alone their abuse ex-husbands. He’s very pathetic.

    James Replied:

    Whitney stayed with Clive and still made wise decisions musically. Mariah has made many bad decisions musically since she left Tommy. Just saying.

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    Erickane Replied:

    actually Whitney made a bad decision when she released Just Whitney. Without Clive Davis’ input, it flopped. She made very bad decisions throughout her life when the drugs took a hold of her….

  • January 6, 2013 at 3:47 pm
    CHUDDS says:
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    Tommy was to Mariah what Matthew was to Beyonce. The difference is that Matthew isn’t arrogant/boastful about it. Bye Tommy!

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:52 pm
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    He helped her, he is a tycoon, one of the most powerful man in the music industry, he has a lot to do with her success, however i don’t think he was responsible for her artistry which she did not develop until “Butterfly” her most mature album alongside “The Emancipation of Mimi” and he’s very smart, i don’t think he was shading Mariah, what happened at their home is another thing, we can judge him as a husband but not as a business man, he helped lots of artists to become a star, she is Mariah Carey because of her hard work and he is Tommy Mottola because he worked hard, both have a beautiful family and successful careers, both have found stability in their lives, Tommy’s wife is beautiful and Mariah have beautiful children, so it’s all good, i’m sure Mariah respect Tommy the business man and he respect Mariah the artist.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    I agree with what you said actually, there is no denying him as a business man, but notice how he was never before or after Mariah had someone as successful as her. It goes both ways.

    I also don’t like how he’s trying to excuse his said abuse towards her by saying “I made her….” very abusive man teas.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 3:54 pm
    mc the place to be! says:
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    If y’all would clearly watch some of mariah documentaries she clearly stated that she had a bidding war between Warner brothers and Columbia at the time CBS records Warner brothers offered her more but she went with Tommy at 250k I do believe she would have been successful without Tommy but Tommy really wanted her to be huge!! And she said countless of times how grateful she is of Tommy you can watch acceptance speeches etc. So the pl calling mariah selfish can have several seats because if you were in that situation especially with someone that’s controlling and Tommy admitted that he was then you would leave too just like any other person she’s in her 20s and she can’t even go out and party over having a #1 album that’s crazy and another thing whispering didn’t mess up mariahs voice singing in full voice for years and years without no breaks and vocal nodules and plus age tired her voice she was unhappy!! And she kept putting out records to keep herself sane at the time but y’all wouldn’t know that because you aren’t lambs mariah is just one of those women who just wont crumble she’s the strongest female Singer I know she suffered racism in childhood and suffered abuse in adulthood. And now she’s happy she’s definitely on gods side!

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:01 pm
    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) says:
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    But she should absolutely be grateful to him, it is because of him that she is such a legend. Without Mottola or even LA Reid, there would be no Mariah Carey, she would have been a struggling s*** diva in the 90s but because of Mottola, she blew up and made history.

    She should get back with Mottola or even LA Reid who are not afraid to tell her the truth, part of which is for her to lose a lot of weight and get s*** again. That is part of the Mariah Carey formula, she has to be s*** to sell, she wore it like a badge in the 90s. Without Mariah being s***, she is a fat Diva no one is interested in.

    On her next project, I expect to see either Mottola, LA Reid or even Jummy Iovine as the executive producers, I expect her to lose at least 40 pounds and I expect a good album (not FLOPiumphant).

    To sum it all up, she owes Mottola big, she should worship the ground he walks on.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    “She should get back with Mottola or even LA Reid who are not afraid to tell her the truth,”

    Why would she go back to a man that abused her mentally and emotionally? She’s in a happy place in her life and she doesn’t need him.

    L.A. Reid is involved in her work, he was behind Memoirs and E=MC^2.

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    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) Replied:

    I’m talking about a business relationship. Just look at Toni Braxton, after renegotiating her deal with Arista, she released a successful album (The Heat), let emotions take the lead and left, now she’s a struggling diva.

    I’m sure you’re familiar with the phrase “it’s nothing personal, just business”, that is the type of relationship she should go back to, a business relationship. Only LA Reid, Tommy Mottola or some other savvy music business exec can bring Mariah back to her 90s glory, she cannot do it herself. The first step for her should be to enroll herself into weight watchers or something, or ask for weight loss tips from Jennifer Hudson. This plus size Mariah look just isn’t working,

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    MARIAH DOESN’T WANT TO BE IN THE SAME ROOM AS HIM LET ALONE WORK WITH HIM. Get that through your head, she doesn’t want or need him. NEXT.

    Pon_de Replied:

    LMFAO…when exactly is Jennifer Hudson’s ALBUM coming or next CONCERT…you know the things that singers are supposed to be doing?? She can cash her weight watchers checks all day while “fat” Mariah sings to 40,000 fans in Australia. Girl, bye.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:04 pm
    SLAYRIAH CAREY says:
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    I CANNOT STAND THIS GUY! this s*** is over a decade old. Mariah has moved on and she is HAPPY. He needs to do the same

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:05 pm
    JOHNVIDAL says:
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    So he basically is admiting he is a big d***** bag… not that we didn´t know but thanks for reminding us Tommy :)

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:07 pm
    RICHANDBLACK11 says:
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    Tommy like Mike stated you are the DEVIL. How dare he and don’t forget Ms. J-ho was sleeping with him too.

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    The Truth Replied:

    b**** you wish Jlo was sleeping with that devil, like I said delusional Lambs

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    Touché Replied:

    @ The Truth, I see someone has an obsession with Mariah.

    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    First off I can tell your a Kid , everyone and their mother knows J.Ho was sleeping with the DEVIL(tommy), why you think Mariah always shade her, Tricks are for Kidz.

    I’m Beyhive dumbf%ck

  • January 6, 2013 at 4:10 pm
    Cream says:
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    He not dead yet?

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:15 pm
    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) says:
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    Tommy Mottola has launched careers of Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and even Jennifer Lopez, turning them into stars. He knows the business, he has always been the brains of their careers and a major asset to SONY. Just look at how low Columbia is going without Tommy, Rita Ora??? Tommy would have dropped Rita Ora by now.

    In fact, LA Reid who had the guts to drop Lady Gaga would not have tolerated Rita Ora the same way Tommy would not have tolerated Rita Ora.

    Mariah owes her career to Tommy the same way Beyonce owes her career to Matthew Knowles (look at 4).

    If you’re going to part ways with a savvy businessman, you need to go with an equally or even better savvy businessman. Mariah made a good decision to join LA Reid but I don’t know who she is working with now. No music exec would let Mariah gain so many pounds and say nothing about it, they would tell her to eat a salad every now and then but it seems the people she’s working with now are dragging their feet.

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    Lydia Replied:

    And the same way Rihanna owes her career to Jay Z. You forgot to mention.

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    MeccaMaddness Replied:

    Don’t forget to credit Chris’s fists for Rihanna’s success too. If he hadn’t beat her up, she wouldn’t be able to continually use him to promote herself.

    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) Replied:

    Rihanna was successful before the Chris Brown altercation. In fact Good Girl Gone Bad (her most successful album) was before the incident. You tried though.

    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    You and Kelly always make the most stupid arguments..

    oh and don’t forget just like Rihanna owes everything she has to Jay-Z the King Husband

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    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    Um no RIHANNA owes LA REID TO HER CAREER AND TY TY AND JAY BROWN!! JAY WANTED TO FOCUS ON TIERRA MARIE AND LA REID WANTED RIHANNA!!! JAYZ DOESNT HAVE A EAR FOR TALENT LIKE LA REID HAS!!

    Rachel Replied:

    ^^^Jay Z was the president of DefJam when Rihanna was signed. Rihanna credits him more than LA Reid anyway! You tried it.

    Rachel Replied:

    And Rihanna still has Jay Z managing her soo….

    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    Um NO RIHANNA ALWAYS SAYS LA REID BEFORE JAY BUT YOU TRIED IT AS WELL BUT YOU FAILED!! OAN RIHANNA CAN FIRE AND HIRE SOMEONE ELSE TO MANAGE HER TOMORROW IF SHE WANTED TO BUT SINCE JAY LOVES RIHANNA SHE WONT.

  • January 6, 2013 at 4:26 pm
    MISHKA says:
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    “For much like Joe Jackson in the life of Michael Jackson…”

    _________________________

    Or:

    For much like Ike Turner in the life of Tina

    For much like Puff Daddy in the life of Jennifer Lopez

    For much like Lil’Wayne in the life of Drake

    For much like Matthew Knowles in the life of Queen Bey

    For much like James Cameron in the life of DiCaprio

    For much like Lou Pearlman in the life of Backstreet Boys and N’Sync

    The list goes on and on.

    In thiose cases, it’s just hard, maybe impossible, to throw the baby out with the bathwater.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:32 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    Tommy whatever the f*** your name is your a fowl bicth. Bye irrelevant piece of trash and that goes to Clive Davis who also manipulated WH and knew she was doing drugs and didn’t try to help her cause he got all his money already from her.Then LA used Toni and then turned around and stole all her money.This just shows the dark side of the industry.At the end of the day Clive, Tommy and LA did not care about WH,MC nor TB or bringing their talent to the globe they just wanted money. Remember kids the music industry is a business first.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Everything you just said.

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    King B>Rihanna Replied:

    i find it ironic that now MC did a amazing concert in Austrailia and is sounding as beautiful as ever and a new album coming out during this year that he decided to pop off his mouth with these fowlish statements.Now I really see why MJ called him the devil.

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Exactly! That’s why I say he is an obsessed abusive man because he never leaves her alone! What type of a non-abusive man would say “I made her a star” like very controlling, abusive, teas he’s spilling. He tried to ruin her career with those rumors in the early 00s and pitted her against J-Lo and many others, etc….so she’d fail and now that she’s here he wants to ruin her again, but she’ll be okay with her beautiful family.

    RoyalKev Replied:

    @KING B>RIHANNA

    Great comment!

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

    King B>Rihanna Replied:

    RoyalKev thanks I like your site.Yes I actually checked it out.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:34 pm
    Britbutnotproud says:
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    wasn’t he the one who introduced her as the “white” Whitney ?

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    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    Yes but whitney had the best voice and looks imo!!

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) says:
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    @King B>Rihanna

    Tommy, LA and Clive are businessmen, they are in the music business to make money. They do not owe an artist anything besides what is agreed up at the time of signing the contract. They expect an artist to deliver results and the artist better. They have no obligation owed to an artist, an artist has to make them money, that’s why the artist signed the contract is it not.

    In fact LA, Tommy and Clive are the nicer businessmen, Simon Cowell is a ruthless businessman who will drop you if you fail to deliver and not even think twice about it. Right now Simon Cowell wants to drop Leona Lewis, one of his most successful artists.

    Clive did not tell Whitney to do drugs, she had to fulfill her contractual obligations to Clive, it’s simply good business. Whitney had people around her who could have helped her, blame them and not Clive.

    Toni was lavishly spending the label’s advances to her on her sisters, splashing around those millions of dollars the label was giving her in advances on her sisters, the label signed Toni and not her sisters, what did she expect?

    It’s nothing personal, just business.

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    Lydia Replied:

    Its all very well saying its just business. Easy for you to sit here and say that, Mariah might not want to be associated with him again full stop after her experience, no matter what he might do for her.

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    janet1814 Replied:

    I agree with your point, except when it comes to Toni. She had a BAD deal which ended up with her getting a pittance for her first 2 albums and tours. Look up “Behind The Music”. Even L.A Ried comments on it but says it was out of his control…

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    Glicious Replied:

    Whatttttt? Toni had to sue Laface to get the $$ that was rightfully owed to her. How many advances did they give her…

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm
    SLAYRIAH CAREY says:
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    @DANCE AGAIN (BEYONCE’S WEAVE)

    What’s wrong with you hoes?
    Not everything is about album sales. Why should she go back to tommy? Just to sell freakin records. Is getting a number one single/album or going platinum more important than her damn Happiness.
    As a lamb, I’d much rather see mariah living a good/happy life than becoming a slave to the industry.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Like, I don’t understand what he’s trying to say! Her happiness and well-being. Tommy was a filthy man (the devil according to Michael Jackson) who wants to destroy her so no she should keep on flopping to stay happy and healthy.

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    Fierce p**** Replied:

    But apparently, you have to remember, that everything is about sales with the Rihanna stans. Isn’t that why you bash Beyonce??

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:49 pm
    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) says:
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    @SLAYRIAH CAREY

    I was talking about in a business relationship. She should go back to Tommy on a business relationship, not a personal one. And in this BUSINESS, it’s all about selling records, tours, endorsements…etc.

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    SLAYRIAH CAREY Replied:

    K but I doesn’t matter if its just a business relationship or personal relationship. Reassociating with tommy can bring back a lot of painful memories for her.
    Yes everyone knows that record sales, tours, and endorsements are important, but for someone like mariah who’s been there and done that its not really that important. IMO

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    Pon_de Replied:

    Why would she need a businessman when she is her own businesswoman now?? You think 20+ years in the industry happens by luck? Endorsements-check, Concerts when she feels like it-check, Paid $18milli to sit pretty on tv this year-check. Product lines-check. Royalties from having written/produced nearly ALL of her music-check. Clearly you aren’t aware of how deep Mariah’s business sense is.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 4:50 pm
    chyna white says:
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    Domo MARIAH – Time Official Music Video: http://youtu.be/A9VoGpIFwOc via @youtube

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  • January 6, 2013 at 5:25 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    And message to everyone else on this blog, I only interact with certain individuals(they know who they are) on this blog who keep it real and 100.So don’t reply to my opinion if you are not one of these indiviuals because it shall be paid to the uttermost s*** and dust.

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    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Wait, do I do make the cut? Or am I considered delusion……….?

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    King B>Rihanna Replied:

    you know me and you cool.No worries.

    ƸӜƷ MC ƸӜƷ Replied:

    Great, the Lord doesn’t need me fighting with any more Hive members.

    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    I know do I make the cut hun.

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    King B>Rihanna Replied:

    RICHANDBLACK11 of course you do, you one of the realist on here.

    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    Thanks hun

  • January 6, 2013 at 5:40 pm
    That B*tch says:
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    Tommy looking for another 15 mins with this statement.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) says:
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    @Lydia and @RICHANDBLACK11

    Rihanna does not owe her career to Jay-Z, Rihanna owes her career to three people, LA Reid, Rihanna and Evan Rodgers who’ve been there from the beginning. In fact, LA Reid has had a huge impact on Rihanna’s career, he is credited as Co-Exec on GGGB, RR and LOUD.

    Jay-Z is not a savvy businessman like LA Reid, in fact it is an insult to LA Reid to state that Jay-Z has had any impact on Rihanna’s career. LA Reid is educated and articulate, Jay-Z is a semi-iiliterate, high school drop-out who is only relevant because of Kanye West. Jay-Z cannot even spell his own name, he is dumb and stupid and not a savvy businessman like LA Reid.

    Rihanna has been the creative director and executive producer (which is like the Project manager) on her albums since GGGB, Jay-Z wasn’t responsible for GGGB blowing up, Rihanna and LA Reid were. Why hasn’t Jay-Z produced a star??? Why??

    Look at LA Reid’s resume, Mariah’s most successful comeback, Confessions (Diamond certified), Rihanna, Avril Lavigne, Justin Bieber, P!nk just to name a few. Do you honestly want me to believe Jay-Z had any impact in Rihanna’s career when he hasn’t got a resume as detailed and as spotless as LAs???

    No way…

    Anyway if Mariah wants nothing to do with Tommy who is a savvy businessman, then she should stick with LA Reid now that he’s back at Epic full-time.

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    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    you wrote all that and still WRONG

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    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    you know she speaks the truth! jayz does not make stars the whole rocnation label is a flop!! the highest they can go is gold albums!! thank GOD RIHANNA is on island def jam!!

    RICHANDBLACK11 Replied:

    ^^^^^^^^who are you again, I keep telling YOU people my trash is picked up on thursday

    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    So you pick your moms up on thursdays?

    Rachel Replied:

    So why does Rihanna credit Jay Z so much then? Its so obvious you WOULD go off. Lol. Face the fact, Jay Z is major factor in Rihannas career existance and still is. She says it herself.

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    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) Replied:

    Jay-Z hasn’t done anything for Rihanna, it was all the two producers who found her, Rihanna herself and LA Reid. It is a known fact that Jay-Z doesn’t support his artists, everyone has said this. Where is Melanie Fiona?? Why isn’t Rita Ora smashing despite the number ones and major publicity. The fact remains Jay-Z is clueless.

    Rachel Replied:

    We all know Jay Z was the president of DefJam when Ri was signed. Why isnt LA Reid managing her now then hes so much better? Jay Z is semi-illiterate, actually no, Jay Z is a very knowladgable, literate man. We all the truth here really, if Jay Z was not married to Beyonce you would not be so damn pressed and steamed with this issue lol.

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    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) Replied:

    And not until LA Reid stepped in with Good Girl Gone Bad did she blow up BIG. Rihanna and LA Reid worked closely and she blew up, Jay-Z is an illiterate, he knows nothing about business. Can Jay-Z even count??

    Jay-Z is not knowledgeable, RocNation has no roster of successful artists like LA Reid does. Tell me which artist from RocNation is doing major numbers….tell me.

    Like someone said, thank God Rihanna is with Island DefJam.

    Rachel Replied:

    Jay Z still had a major input to her career POINT. BLANK. PERIOD. Sorry this fact hurts you so much, because you are even contradicting your own favs word. Id rather believe her than a pressed stan like you. *Plays Umbrella ft Jay Z and walks away*.

    LMAO @ KING BEY!! Replied:

    You know nothing about the business and if you listen to RIHANNA then you would know la reid is behind RIHANNA and her reign not JAYZ.

    Rachel Replied:

    Dont tell me what I do and dont know about the businedd when you dont know me babe^^^ *Rolls eyes*. And Jay Z signed her, so therfore her is partly responsible for her career, especially since he still manages her. I never said LA Reid wasnt. Reading is essential

    Rachel Replied:

    he

  • January 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm
    King B>Rihanna says:
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    I’m begging Mariah with all her vocal diva might don’t even reply to that hag just enjoy your family,them babes and continue to write them songs and record them for the album.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 6:36 pm
    Pop Royalty says:
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    personally , i didn’t know he was even alive ………… :roll:

    keep it movin tommy baby girl , it is not that serious.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 7:49 pm
    Jer says:
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    Its true tho. He bent over backwards 100 times to give Mariah unprecedentedly top treatment. He pushed her and pushed her and eventually pushed her away. Without Tommy and his insistance that his girl be THE girl, Mariahs sales wouldnt be as higg and some of those #1s would just be Top 10’s.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 8:09 pm
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    Well, I will say that he’s partially right. Tommy Mottola discovered Mariah’s talent and made her his investment. He obviously pulled strings and made it all happen for Mariah, so I think he deserves some credit. That’s everyone’s story though… Anyone that lands a recording contract has at least one person eyeing their potential. I think his approach in having Mariah play catch up to Whitney, Janet & Madonna in the 90’s by releasing yearly was a smart strategy. It allowed for her to join their high rankings by the end of that decade (when her numbers were just as impressive as anyone else’s). She was not going to be ignored as a super diva. So, say what you will – that did a lot for her career. Also she was way more successful being the version of the “classy” Mariah he wanted. Her biggest albums were under his supervision.

    Now what we must NOT give Mottola credit for is Mariah’s talent. She’s one of the best singers in music history. If that wasn’t enough, she also wrote her own songs (she wrote all of her #1 hit’s except for 1). She did the work! … and MARIAH owns the God given talent. That means she’s the one that mainly was in control of her own destiny. It’s great that she had the backing that she did, but Mariah proven her worth time and time again…

    So it’s sort of 50/50…

    Also one last thing, the change in Mariah’s career (when she started collaborating with hip-hop artists) was probably the best thing that happen for her around that time. Mariah made the right call, she evolved and that allowed her to tap into her versatility as an artists. That’s why she’s able to sing music that sounds current today (without it seeming too forced and out of place). If she didn’t loosen up her image that transition would have been a lot harder for her to make. She would have been stuck singing power ballads forever (sort of like how Celine is). Now this Mariah may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it did give her options.

    http://www.thepagewithroyalkev.com

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    Glicious Replied:

    Finally someone who can state their opinion with actual facts and agree with both Tommy and Mariah, I can respect this!

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    JER Replied:

    great insight, you nailed it

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    Fierce p**** Replied:

    I think MC is a lot of people’s tastes that like r&b and pop music. Celine I know is not everyone’s taste just because her music is all ballads and very dramatic. I loved MC since I was a kid I just don’t like her self centered diva personality sometimes.

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    MuzikGuru Replied:

    Very well put. Mariah did her thing, like Madonna & Whitney wer doing at the time, putting out albums on a regular and predictable basis, following the same genre, she built up a fan base, and did not disappoint. Then she started doing her own thing once she divorced, but at that point she COULD do what she wanted. She had millions of fans behind her, because of her talent. She had already proven herself. Now, there’s no grey area. People either love her or hate her. But she did write all of her own stuff, and that voice of hers’ is legendary. Without a doubt.

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  • January 6, 2013 at 8:26 pm
    PRINCE MACHIAVEL says:
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    Why The f*** This Basic b**** @BEYONCE’S WEAVE Only Cares About Sells, Hits, Fashion And Weight?? Rihtard Please, Reals Artists Care Mostly About Their Music And Their Work, Not Being The Most Popular Dumb Basic w**** Needy Attention From Their Ex Woman Beatter. Sit The f*** All Down!

    Merci!!!!

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    Glicious Replied:

    Lawwwwwdddddd! Couldn’t have said it better.

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    Dance Again (Beyonce's Weave) Replied:

    Why The f*** This Basic b**** @BEYONCE’S WEAVE Only Cares About Sells, Hits, Fashion And Weight??

    Because the music industry is a BUSINESS. If artists cared about only their music, they shouldn’t have signed on the dotted line, they should have become indie artists.

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    Rachel Replied:

    Not necessarily, as people like Adele and Emeli Sande prove!

  • January 6, 2013 at 9:02 pm
    Glicious says:
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    I’m going to assume since all of the haters know so much , that they also knew that before Mariah met Tommy was was about to sigma deal with Warner Brothers? Tommy or not, Mariah would have made it. Her voice is undeniable as well as her song writing. Ppl think she’s dumb because she plays around and acts HUMAN but she’s a very smart business woman. Tommy did good things for her in the beginning of her career and she has ALWAYS mentioned that. You all need to get your life!!!!!!!

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  • January 6, 2013 at 9:10 pm
    Glicious says:
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    And why people tryna come at Toni!?! I’ve seen like 5 diff posts about Toni! Stop that haterizatiom!!

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  • January 7, 2013 at 1:15 am
    Glicious says:
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    Smh wow….people feel its necessary to go in on MC like that? Calling her ugly!?! Get your lives right now. Ppl are so hateful! Say what you want but Mariah has been a role model for many. Because she wore a little less (and has the body to do so) makes her a s***?? It’s funny that Rihanna puts pretty much nude pics on Instagram…can’t sing or write her own songs…but that’s okay? Mariah has always been real. That’s why she gets hated on because people can’t handle real. They want to see Rihanna with her stank attitude n say they respect her . Have a seat in every seat in Madison square garden!

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  • January 7, 2013 at 7:38 am
    chyna white says:
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    BEY & Tina Turner Midnight Special : http://youtu.be/A4GDHxjR34Y via @youtube

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  • January 7, 2013 at 8:08 am
    Luiz says:
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    SO WHY DIDN’T HE GET TO MAKE HIS NEW WIFE SUCCESSFUL? SHE’S A SINGER TOO. HER ENGLISH ALBUM NAMED THALIA IS A HUGE FLOP. HOW COULDN’T HE SAVE HER? hahahahahahahahahahahah

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  • January 7, 2013 at 8:10 am
    Luiz says:
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    SO WHY DIDN’T HE GET TO MAKE HIS NEW WIFE SUCCESSFUL? SHE’S A SINGER TOO. HER ENGLISH ALBUM NAMED THALIA IS A HUGE FLOP. HOW COULDN’T HE SAVE HER? hahahahahahahahahahahah

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  • January 7, 2013 at 8:41 am
    Gliciouslamby says:
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    Someone said Mariah made bad choices musically since she left tommy…lmao so the emancipation of Mimi wasn’t anything special I guess …just the album that put her back on top. I don’t recall tommy being apart of that? Hmmm. Smh. How do people expect someone to stay the same forever? Sometimes you need to evolve and do new things in order to keep your career going! If Mariah never sells anymore albums, it’s not because of her leaving tommy , thats how it is in the industry. She has had an amazing career and thanks to a lot of her own choices without tommy! You can give tommy credit for SOME of the FIRST 6 years of her career …after that he made her life difficult professionally and personally with her still being on Sony…she did the rest herself and even in he beginning of her career! She can sing her ass off and she writes her own music…she’s a true artist and she worked very hard to be where she is. If she couldn’t sing or couldn’t write, Tommy’s ass woulda walked right past her. Why do we not give these artist the credit they deserve? Like with Whitney, now everyone loves and respects her. But when she was alive people said she was a washed up drug addict. Am I the only young person who still respects true artist? The rest of y’all respect people like 2 chains and chief keef LMFAO

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  • January 7, 2013 at 10:29 am
    diob says:
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    Why is everyone so upset???? If you read the post he didn’t say anything shady vindictive or wrong. Everything he said was correct. Her having a concert last week has nothing to do with him promoting his book. I can see if he bashed her or spoke negatively about her then you could be upset but he said nice things well not nice but nothing he said was out of line or invalid. This isnt to sound rude or bash any fan group but Mariah fans are always so sensitive. We all love our divas but as soon as someone says anything about Mariah you all call “Shade” Im starting to think no one knows what that term actually means. She is a person and can be talked about. No one has to be bashed for making a simple comment about Mariah.

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  • January 7, 2013 at 11:28 am
    Gilberto says:
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    Should Mariah thank him for stealing her songs, samples and ideas and giving them to Jennifer Lopez? I don’t think so. SEATS!!!

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  • January 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm
    MuzikGuru says:
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    All I have to say about this article, is that if Mariah has forgiven her ex, who is anyone else to judge either of them?

    Also, Mariah canNOT be compared to any of those girls. Mariah has a 5 octave vocal range! Rihanna’s voice is capable of maybe 2. Beyonce can reach 3. Besides, Mariah inspired these girls. So, again, there is no comparison.

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    [...] reported earlier this month, Mottola has penned a book entitled ‘Hitmaker’ which spotlights his illustrious [...]

  • March 13, 2014 at 10:09 pm
    Sal says:
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    ahhh……the great Connie FRancis!

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  • March 22, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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    Mariah sucks even with Tommy M – she would be absolute s*** without him. TEOM sucks – Mariah sucks – she is an overrated fat cow with no voice – eat that you semi-retarded lambs (all 3 of you)

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  • March 23, 2014 at 4:02 am
    Sal says:
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    Connie Francis is magnificent and a little bit f Connie in Mariah’s talent would have been a great thing.

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