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Mariah Carey Axes Creative Director After Dire Dick Clark Performance

Published: Wednesday 4th Jan 2017 by Sam
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Viewers of Mariah Carey‘s E! show have been questioning the authenticity of the drama on the supposed “docu-series.” But it appears the drama off-camera is undeniable.

As widely reported, Mimi was left red-faced after an audio malfunction wreaked havoc on her performance on Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. A performance many are alleging she attempted to lip-sync.

In the wake of the chaos, the 46-year-old’s manager and producers for the special have been trading blows in the ring of public opinion.

And while talk on both sides has turned to legal litigation, Carey is reportedly making colossal changes on her team.

See what we mean below…


According to Entertainment Tonight, the ‘Emotions’ singer has severed ties with her creative director Anthony Burrell.

Per the report:

“He’s not being brought back [in 2017] for a number of reasons.” The source claims that part of the reason for Burrell’s departure is due to a placement decision he allegedly made without the approval of Carey or her management team.

According to the source, Anthony moved Carey’s backup singers off the stage for the live performance in Times Square, putting them at the base of the risers in order to make more room for the dancers.

The source further explained to ET that Burrell’s decision to move the backup dancers offstage “left Mariah without any support,” as backup singers can be a source of support and help an artist pick up cues if their inner earpieces don’t work and they can’t hear the music.

The news has come as a shock to many Carey observers. Especially given how prominent Burrell is in ‘Mariah’s World,’ as well as within her current creative team (which has been working better than prior incarnations).

It’s even more of a surprise in light of how supportive the former Beyonce dancer was of the diva in the aftermath of “that” performance:

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If indeed true, this would be unfortunate.

Rather than firing folk in a bid to find a scapegoat, Team Mimi would be well-advised to add to their mix of professionals. A vocal coach, for example, would be useful to re-instil some of the power and confidence that once made her such a formidable voice.

Because, for yours truly, there’s still something oh so irksome about the reality that she froze because she could not deliver live the vocals she was waiting to kick-in in her “faulty earpiece.”

Put simply, screw the excuses and correct the issue.

Your thoughts?

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  1. Beyoncé Jackson January 4, 2017

    Poor little tink tink.

    • LISA LEVINE January 4, 2017

      Mariah Carey is an Iconic vocalist. Her version of My All and Vision of Love. Her belting voice was beautiful and her lower register on Thank God I Found You was breathtaking. This website always claims one mintue she can’t sing and THEN CLAIMS SHE slays. Make up your mind Ms. Sam. 47 year s old Mariah stays booked and front and center.

      • SMH January 4, 2017

        Mariah and all her fans need to STOP with the excuses, and STOP trying to use her past accomplishments as a crutch and a means for a pass.

    • Elsie January 4, 2017

      SO WAIT IS THIS KIM BURRELLS HUSBAND, BECAUSE HE DID WORK FOR MARIAH FOR QUITE SOME TIME

      • The Wig Snatcher January 4, 2017

        How dumb can you be? Two people in the entertainment industry having the same last name do not have to be married or related. Plus, Anthony is gay and taken.

  2. bianca January 4, 2017

    Can we get a positive post. This kinda stale for most. Kiss it better is platinum.

  3. Credits January 4, 2017

    Nobody else is to blame but her. Just say you f**ked up and done.

  4. Tea January 4, 2017

    Well if the dancers could dance to the beat, why couldn’t she sing to the beat?

  5. The One January 4, 2017

    It crazy absurd how the author keeps putting so much emphasis on Mariah’s voice and she didn’t sing. She didn’t lip sync either. Why because she couldn’t here the music?

    You can’t give a good live vocal performance in the cold, and I don’t care who you are, it’s not happening so I’m glad Mariah chose not to go that route.

    • LmfaoHoe January 4, 2017

      and people wonder why Whitney chose to sing in the heat. A cold sanctioned event dosent do well with singers to belt from being cold.

  6. The A Team January 4, 2017

    jesus sam, can you lay off Mariah
    those vocal comments arent cute

  7. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) January 4, 2017

    Noooo, Stella should’ve been fired. She’s the one really sabotaging Mariah!

    • Max January 4, 2017

      I don’t think so I mean she had a pretty good year because she was constantly booked e.g. Vegas shows,tour,Tv appearances,lifetime movies,Mac line but I really think she could have kept the reality show or have it be documentary type thing like Beyonce’s life is but a dream

    • pat January 4, 2017

      Stella had it in for anthony….hmmmm….i wonder

  8. Truthtea January 4, 2017

    I’ve been watching her show and there’s more to this story than what’s being said. I can see Mariah’s manager Stella having a dirty hand in manipulating the situation. She’s been wanting to get rid of him for a while now.

  9. Ohhhh January 4, 2017

    Oh Sam you pathetic little long nosed mongoose I see you went and deleted my comment from the last Mariah post.
    You can dish it but you can’t take it? Bet you can’t even take a simple 5 inch phallus without running away like a little bîtch

  10. Fancy BISH January 4, 2017

    Justice for Emotions tho lol…she just stood there…she could have done her little whisper vocals or something! And those embarrassing pre-recorded high notes before the chorus smh…love me some Mariah, but there’s no excuses about standing there, working microphone in hand, while performing YOUR SONG LIVE in TIMES SQUARE on New Year’s Eve! Kelly Price would NEVER…Kelly Price would’ve SANG like Jesus was coming! Bey would’ve said, “Something ain’t right, but we about to do this…how ya’ll feeling Times Square?”, and SANG like everything was normal…Aretha would’ve sang like she was singing for the last 12 piece of fried chicken on EARTH lol…but Mariah Vanilli just stood there…on some Ashley Simpson ish

    • Max January 4, 2017

      Hey girl did you bookmark my comment from last year?👀

    • tROSE January 4, 2017

      “The last 12 piece of chicken ON earth” though?! I AM DYING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. Lucifer81 January 4, 2017

    Yet another post bashing Mariah. Yes – she isn’t completely faultless, by for gods sake give it a rest TGJ. Report on something positive!

  12. LmfaoHoe January 4, 2017

    Since you still posting on Mimi Sam why haven’t you reported We Belong Together sold an additional 3x million ?? or that Kiss it better is platinum. Keep seething Sam, each dzy you prove how bias and totally unprofessional you are. Bet if Bey sold an extra mill that post be up quickly asf.

    • Janelle January 4, 2017

      Bish why do u keep saying additional 3 million. Ya’ll lying ass lambs.

      • Janelle January 4, 2017

        Its certified 3 Million, cut the b*******.

  13. Credits January 4, 2017

    I remember seeing a performance of Monica where there was technical difficulties with the instrumental so she i don’t need it, and sang the song acapella. Had Mariah cut the music entirely and sang, she would be getting praises but I don’t think she was prepared to sing that night.

    • Credits January 4, 2017

      She said**

  14. Mark111 /.\ January 4, 2017

    She sucks and needs to sit down. Guess what cow, if you would have rehearsed, you would have noticed that the backup singers were gone.

  15. Sam Right January 4, 2017

    Im with Sam on this one. Scapegoat. Even if this is true, we should know nothing about it. Sounds like Mariah no good Manager to me. Now yall going to try to damage his career publicly. Mariah Career is not going no where It hasn’t been. Mariah Carey can bounce back because she Mariah. I bet Mariah boo Tanka going to take his place cause I remember him being Beyonce Dance Captain.

    • Sam Right January 4, 2017

      But wait he is the Creative Director, so that would be his job to do. Scape Goat it is

  16. Jason January 4, 2017

    She needs to fire that fame hungry manager! The show isn’t real, and Stella is just riding the Mariah train.

  17. LRPB08 January 4, 2017

    But…I don’t see how you guys don’t understand that a dancer doesn’t need to hear themselves to sing….but a SINGER DOES. The author of this article does a horrible attempt at shade, yet his blog is filled with grammar errors and system bugs. Maybe you should hire a new team as well…

  18. Sarah January 4, 2017

    smh this website used to be so much better. this might as well be the shade room with the types of articles you all have been posting. No announcements of new artists, songs, music videos, interviews, nothing. just redundant gossip. please do a soul search and find some integrity for this platform.

  19. Danny Bey January 4, 2017

    I never liked him anyway. Plus, I heard some not so nice things he said about Mimi from someone who was around the team during this performance.

  20. Honey-B-Fly January 4, 2017

    If Pigtina can survive bochting the national anthem at the superbowel then this will be a cake walk for a Godariah

    • gina January 4, 2017

      XTina has never been busted lip syncing on live TV unlike Oinkriah.

  21. Jasmine January 4, 2017

    She does not need a vocal coach. She is a seasoned artist and knows how to sing. It is her decision to fire him and we should respect that. I think he got beside himself if he is pulling stunts like that without her approval. The problem falls with Mariah letting other’s manage too much of her career and stage presence. For example, she could make more money from records if she went independent but after her last contract ended she signed with Epic just because she wanted to be on a label. The same goes for her concerts. She relies too heavily on dancers to carry her around the stage instead of just singing more. Mariah herself cannot dance but she does not have to involve herself so much with the dancers. Let them do their job in the background and just harmonize with the background singers to give better live vocals. Having a “creative director” (ie a lead dance routine man) direct your stage is dumb. Mariah should take notes from Beyonce and learn how to “run” the show. Beyonce has creative input but at the end of the day she makes everything run her for approval. Both are divas in their own right but Beyonce is a true boss. Mariah has to learn how to be more of a boss because she is the star of Mariah’s shows and it is her brand on the line.

    • Jasmine January 4, 2017

      Correction: She does need a vocal coach. She is a seasoned artist and knows how to sing but a good vocal coach revises your songs so that they fit the current state of your voice. Patti Labelle did this as she got older and it worked wonderfully. It is her decision to fire him and we should respect that. I think he got beside himself if he is pulling stunts like that without her approval. The problem falls with Mariah letting other’s manage too much of her career and stage presence. For example, she could make more money from records if she went independent but after her last contract ended she signed with Epic just because she wanted to be on a label. The same goes for her concerts. She relies too heavily on dancers to carry her around the stage instead of just singing more. Mariah herself cannot dance but she does not have to involve herself so much with the dancers. Let them do their job in the background and just harmonize with the background singers to give better live vocals. Having a “creative director” (ie a lead dance routine man) direct your stage is dumb. Mariah should take notes from Beyonce and learn how to “run” the show. Beyonce has creative input but at the end of the day she makes everything run by her for approval. Both are divas in their own right but Beyonce is a true boss. Mariah has to learn how to be more of a boss because she is the star of Mariah’s shows and it is her brand on the line.

  22. Latifah January 4, 2017

    In other news Avril lavigne and lil mama’ girlfriend was certified 3xplatinum in Guam ya’ll!

  23. Kenya January 4, 2017

    Wait wasn’t this guy dating Rihanna during the early stages of her career?

    • Chileplease (first and only bih) January 4, 2017

      Chile…he gay

      • Credits January 4, 2017

        He has a daughter…..

    • Jasmine January 4, 2017

      He dated her briefly but he also kept his true sexuality from Rihanna. I guess she found out because their dating was very very brief (less than a month).

      • Chileplease January 4, 2017

        So what if he has a daughter? The man is gay gay gay. I’m not just saying that based on rumors, I’m saying because I know. He’s gay! I know so many of his friends. He’s gayyyyyy.

  24. SMH January 4, 2017

    Mariah’s excuse train is getting more and more pathetic with each passing day.

  25. oxcarlima January 4, 2017

    so sad she is blaming her creative director… its so obvious she wasnt able to deliver live vocals without the voice playback… sad sad

  26. new January 4, 2017

    Well she sang live at the O2 arena in London and she was amazing. I guess Sam wasn’t invited to see her

  27. Mo January 4, 2017

    Didn’t like his ass anyways he thought he was the s*** and tried to live vicariously through Mariah in a sick annoying way trying to be the star. BYE! You are not the star

  28. Jan January 5, 2017

    I always hate all her dancer are blacks.. we need more colors.. why all black ? I’m happy with this.

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