That Grape Juice A&R: Mariah Carey’s 15th Studio Album

Published: Monday 6th Jul 2015 by David

Commercial woes and vocal no-nos have marred Mariah Carey‘s career in recent years, threatening to undermine her status as one of Pop’s leading ladies in a Beyonce, Taylor Swift & Rihanna world.

For some the problem is her personality and for others it’s her music.

Now, we’re keen to discover what you would do if tasked with breathing life back into the star’s brand!

How? By listing ten existing songs you would feel would lift the icon’s career to higher ground if she had record them or recorded numbers like them.

Is she in need of a bop akin to Clean Bandit‘s ‘Rather Be‘ or is Tamar Braxton’s ‘The One‘ the kind of jam she’d need to find fresh success on a commercial and critical front?

It’s up to you!

Get creative below!

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  1. SipTheTruth July 6, 2015

    Nothing will save her career at this point. She’s had her commercial run.

    • truth(nicki thew reason A.I. is cancelled and Meek playn ha!!) July 7, 2015

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  2. Queen Riah July 6, 2015

    She ain’t gotta compete with a single soul…. She’s just doing her at this moment. Her RESUME speaks Volumes!

  3. king July 6, 2015

    The only thing that can help her is making the same music she did in her first albums

  4. Lol July 6, 2015

    Her next album should have a similar concept to Taylor Swift’s speak now album
    Each song should be open letters that addresses certain aspects and people in her life from her debut to now, would love to hear a song where she addresses her vocal damage. no chasing after hits just give us something that can be deemed as a celebration of her wonderful life and career

  5. Let’s be real July 6, 2015

    Mariah needs to reevaluate where her vocals are NOW instead of singing like its 96 and stressing her self out.that whole whisper sing soft followed by loud screaming and a whistle register concocted with computers is played out.
    Give us a song all in your lower register.drop the diva attitude this generation doesn’t feel that. That’s why girls like Taylor Swift and Rih who have very little vocal talent are so popular they come off as girls next door.mariah can still sang she just cannot sing like she did 20 years ago and she needs to come to terms with that and reformat her voice.a song like Diamonds is what Mariah needs.not difficult to sing but still has a dramatic climax.low register and lo to mid tempo.your fans are grown mariah give grown folks music

  6. CL is coming | SNSD, 2NE1, Sistar, T-ara, 4Minute, Exo July 6, 2015

    I was gonna say take the Adel route and do power ballads but I forgot that Mariah udder can’t sing anymore

  7. Travon Austin July 6, 2015

    TGJ is always trolling Mariah Carey’s Name. They have posted 1 article about her in last 2-3 weeks despite Mariah Carey dominating all the press. She will continue to stay undeterred and do her own thing. Sold out Vegas shows, extended residency into next year, executive producing a chriatmas movie that she created, The origional Xmas album re-release(15 million already sold) Multi Million dollar contract with Game of Thrones, Annual Christmas residency at Beacon Theater on Broadway, and Music royalties from her legacy. She does less and still makes press. If she was that horrible of a singer and had career woes, then she wouldn’t have another record deal. So TGJ your idol would say(to the left, to the left)

  8. Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) July 6, 2015

    Hmmmmmm…if I had to pick 10 songs

    1. Nobody Love by Tori SLAY-ly.
    2. ANY Sia song, tbh. She’s a pop genius.
    3. Love Me Harder by Ariana Grande.
    4. MAYBE Cool for the Summer, by Demi but at this point in Mariah’s career doing a song like that would be considered a STUNT because Mariah would NEVER talk about or allude to kissing a girl or messing with cherries.
    5. Can’t Feel My Face would actually be a refreshing song for her.
    6. Thinking Out Loud by Ed Sheeran.
    7. Gabby by The Internet type of song for Mariah gives me ‘Dedicated’ teas from MIAMTEC, so I could see that being a hit.
    8. ROAR, by Katy Perry, as reductive as it is, would have an empowering lyrical background with minimal vocals.
    9. NWA by Miguel, that kinda song for Mariah with a few rappers would be dope! It reminds me of “Irresistible” from Charmbracelet.
    10. Hmmmmmm…City Dove by Tori would be dope for her.

    • Lake Erie July 6, 2015

      Yes! I would love for Mariah to sing something like “love me harder” and ROAR. I like your play list.

  9. Lake Erie July 6, 2015

    Yea, i somewhat agree with “@Lets be real”. I think Mariah should evaluate her “New Voice”. I agree that she can’t sing like she use to but I don’t think she should change her style though. But trying to hit the notes she use to back in the 90s will tarnish her voice more.

    • Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) July 6, 2015

      Yeah, she needs to be realistic and sing songs in keys that are suitable for her voice or she’s gonna lose her voice permanently. Even on her worst day she still sounds better than 70% of her contemporaries.

      • Lake Erie July 6, 2015

        Real talk.

  10. CL is coming | SNSD, 2NE1, Sistar, T-ara, 4Minute, Exo July 6, 2015

    B**** i’m Madonna

  11. Rob July 6, 2015

    i think these 10 songs should heavily influence Mariah’s next album, a blend of bold choruses and sass (in no particular order):
    1. My Kind of Love – Emeli Sande
    2. Stay With Me – Sam Smith
    3. Im Not The Only One – Sam Smith
    4. Best Mistake – Ariana Grande
    5. All The Way Home – Tamar Braxton
    6. Its Your World – Jennifer Hudson (feat. R. Kelly)
    7. One Step At a Time – Jordin Spark (i know its kinda old)
    8. Use Me – Miguel
    9. Nostalgic – Kelly Clarkson
    10. Problem – Ariana Grande (a more mature version)

    • Lake Erie July 6, 2015

      Nice play list. “All the way home” would be great but that note at the end is questionable to me.

      • ClassifiedDivaa July 6, 2015

        All The Way Home would have been perfect for Mariah. (in my mind) I believe that she cud slay that song (not taking anything away from Tamar…she did the damn thang) but ijs for an example. That last note is questionable tho for her lol. We kno she can do it but in live shows that note will be lip sunged (<<if thats even a word lol)

  12. Gee July 6, 2015

    If anything MC needs to go into urban pop sound but using all textures of her voice, also I would like for MC to trust her pen and her pen only again do less with co-writers MC can tell amazing stories on her own. I wouldn’t mind up to date producers but I want more MC’s style and sound.

  13. Ryan July 6, 2015

    The music is not the trouble with her career. It’s her image. Yes she’s the Queen. Yes she’s the DIVA that others aspire to be. However, Mimi needs to make herself accessible, approachable, and relatable. Her interviews need to be more fun. She needs to accept, acknowledge, and praise today’s budding artists. She needs to dress for the body she has not the one she thinks she has. Mariah is talent unparalleled. Mariah is beauty. Mariah has the power to be a force in today’s music world. She is the sole icon of her talent and era that has to create what an aging diva can do in her 40’s. Power to MC!

  14. CL is coming | SNSD, 2NE1, Sistar, T-ara, 4Minute, Exo July 6, 2015

    1)Zedd + selena gomez – I want you to know
    2) rihanna – mother Mary/love without tragedy
    3)fith harmony – worth it
    4)Girls Day – Something
    5)evenessence – nobody’s fool
    6)Ciara – I bet
    7)Adel – rolling in the deep
    8)Red Velvet – be natural
    9)Miss A – Hush
    10)lady Gaga – sexxx dreams

    • CL is coming | SNSD, 2NE1, Sistar, T-ara, 4Minute, Exo July 6, 2015

      Bonus tracks:
      11)Celine Dion – all coming back to me
      12)lana del Rey – born to die

  15. Stephon Maurice Jackson July 6, 2015


    At this point, Mariah can do what the F she want’s to do. Her voice ain’t NEVER returning to the GLORY years & she’s not young enough to SELL pusssssy anymore. So, just be like PRINCE, JANET, MADONNA etc… Release yo shitttt FLOP & keep it movin! It’s all good with me. More music to add towards her already LEGENDARY catalog. I’m still patiently waiting for the unreleased music that SONY got in that vault. Love you MC.

    • Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) July 6, 2015

      Screaming at “she’s not young enough to sell pussssssy anymore”. I legit hollered ????

  16. DEL BEY July 6, 2015

    This website has become lackluster. It goes Beyonce > Rihanna > Mariah and around again and again … They really need new idea’s

  17. CL is coming | SNSD, 2NE1, Sistar, T-ara, 4Minute, Exo July 6, 2015

    Saw you on an episode of sëxX hospital. How’s the chlamydia circus in your fragile walls doing?

    • Slayoncé Giselle-Knowles Carter (Formerly RihNavy) July 6, 2015

      LMFAOOO! I hate y’all! ????

    • CL is coming | SNSD, 2NE1, Sistar, T-ara, 4Minute, Exo July 6, 2015

      Death!!! This was for del bey’s post! They deleted it hahahah

      • Mark111 July 6, 2015

        What happened?

  18. Stephon Maurice Jackson July 6, 2015

    This is coming from a STAN! Mariah’s COMMERCIAL days are OVER. Just release music for the FANS & keep it moving. She’s already been #1 MULTIPLE times OVER & OVER & OVER & OVER & OVER & OVER & OVER again. She’s done it ALL. Mariah needs to let go of that “trying to be #1” shittt. Those days are over. She’s already had her time & she SLAYED that ENTIRE decade. The industry caters to YOUNG people. And, that’s how it should be. People like Mariah already got theirs & some mo’. Youngers ain’t got a pot to p*** in or a stove to cook on. So, the industry is built to bring more attention to FRESH talent. Not old ones…
    Once again, her COMMERICAL years are over. 2005 was her comeback. They ain’t giving her another one… #TrueTea.
    I love MC tho. Same can be said for Janet, Madonna, Faith Evans, Mary J, Brandy, Whitney (if she was alive), Celine Dion etc… It doesn’t even matter if you can still sing or not. The industry don’t care.

    • Travon Austin July 6, 2015

      Are you a “Stan” or “I love MC tho?” It will help readers understand your positioning and perceive your point better. Are you a stalker fan or are you regular casual fan? Stans tend to not have outside perspectives because they worship someone or something too much(stalked). I don’t understand, so can you please clarify?

      • Travon Austin July 6, 2015

        Mariah has Many different fans from all ages and they are very diverse. Some don’t always buy her music. Some of the loyal fans tend to not buy her music as well. The stalker fans that are obsessed with Mariah always tend to buy her music. Their points of what Mariah should do are sometimes pointless because they are blinded and cannot see. Psychologically they are unable to make their own conclusions and will cling to a topic or a person/or both. Thats why i asked. #justsayin

  19. NayNay@aBuffet July 6, 2015

    First of all she needs a image overhaul, a new look such as a sassy shoulder length bob, new one coloured hair. She needs to lose a few pounds, she needs a better stylist. The image matters as it what you are selling to the fan. Songs wise, she needs to work with Danja, David Guetta, songs like Migrate, Obsessed, Always be my Baby. What will take her to the top will be a gut wrenching ballad such as We Belong Together with lyrics and melodies crafted to precision. Also I would love her to collaborate with a leading lady such as Christina Aguilera or Beyonce, Celine.

  20. RihYonce July 6, 2015

    I don’t think she should even do another album …..

  21. Sean July 6, 2015

    Pull a Janet. Go away from two, three years and come back with material that works. Come back inspired.

    She has never once taken a real, lengthy break in her career and it’s suffering from a severe case of over-saturation.

    If she were too come back in a few years with her signature “Fantasy” type mid tempo dance track, I think it would could be a hit.

    Otherwise, I don’t see her having a prayer of a hit.

    I’m a big fan. That’s just my two cents.

  22. Rated R July 6, 2015

    I think Mariah Is best at Being Mariah . All these singers you named have been influenced by Mariah in some sort of way . For her to try and make songs like them would seem redundant and out of place . How can Mariah be Mariah in Today’s Music climate be herself but in a Today’s world with that same innovative approach she did to spark all these other singers to be the best they can be vocally to keep up with . Simply a re-fresh

  23. Dossome July 6, 2015

    Wait,has Mariah said anything about recording her 15th studio album?What’s the point of this article?

    ok,so just one out of her first fourteen studio failed to get a RIAA certification and you feel her career needs saving?I don’t know what y’all expect from a 45yr old veteran doing RnB (an unpopular genre these days)…Like this site forgets they stan for Elijah Blake and Rita Ora when they get the nerve to ridicule legends for underperforming

  24. Delonjo July 6, 2015

    The overarching problem with Mariah is not her voice or her wacky antics. The problem is that Mariah is a micromanager when it comes to her product. She insists on writing and co-producing everything and not too many people are here for it. It’s not that her style of writing is bad; it’s just OK. We’ve heard everything that Mariah has had to say on her past 14 studio albums from 1990-2014. (A span of almost 25 years!) She has nothing new to say, which is why she dropped that super-dumb “Infinity.” There’s a lyric in there about Cheetos. Yeah, that’s so not hot. Mariah will never have anything new to say because she’s in a bubble of unicorns, rainbows, butterflies and lollipops. And her fans are all well into their 30s, 40s and 50s. We don’t want to hear that isht!

  25. Janyoncé Turner July 6, 2015

    Mariah should modernize Ariane Grande’s debut album because that is her original sound (from the mid 1990s) in the first place. Also, Mariah MUST leave the ratchet lyrics alone to Beyonce, Rihanna and Tinashe. She also must leave the rappers alone and work with R&B flavored pop producers.

  26. Janyoncé Turner July 6, 2015

    And unless she plans to sing cover songs from the 1950’s, Mimi needs to ditch the ball gowns and wear stuff like designer jeans and leather jackets…age appropriate but still cool and modern.

  27. AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 6, 2015

    The great thing about Mariah is that she started off her career in her early twenties singing classic/quality songs, so she has an extensive catalogue to fall back on. She’s blossomed and expanded herself into contemporary R&B, but I would love for her to go full circle and go back to the classic songs with Walter. I would also love to see her natural brunette wavy hair come back ????????????????????????

  28. Kemar (@S_C_Jr on Twitter) July 6, 2015

    I think Mariah should do adult contemporary w/ pop mix (like her debut and current day Adele/Sia) utilizing her range today. I hate that people act like she cannot sing anymore because it’s simply not true. Her voice has aged (like most singers experience); just embrace it because it still sounds good. A duets album wouldn’t be a bad idea but it shouldn’t be with just anyone. It should include people who can really sing like Adele, John Legend, Luke James, etc.

    • AnnaliseKeatingsNewWig July 6, 2015

      I like the way you think! Duets would be a good idea.. (Maybe a bit like Faith Evan’s R&B Divas Album). I’d love to hear Aretha, Kelly Price, Patti Labelle…. Aww hell, they may aswell bring the whole cast of Got 2B Real on it LMAO.

  29. Theman July 6, 2015

    lol this site is pathetic. This isn’t a Beyonce nor Taylor Swift world. Sam says that as if Mariah ain’t more successful than all three of these chicks combined. They never do this for Brandy, Mary or Toni. Mariah has outsold all of these chicks over & over. She looks great without the gowns. She doesn’t have to praise anyone either. Why must they seek her validation? Stop being thirsty. She should do a duets/pop adult contemporary album. A new image would work wonders. She should also work with new producers, craft a fresh sound, and allow the music to flow organically. Uptempo tunes could work also. She doesn’t have to chase hits either. Her voice is beautiful. She just has to work It all out. Mariah is the most successful female artist. Sam your dusty A** better now down. You are so negative when it comes to Mariah. You act like a woman. Work on Rita’s flop album.

  30. Theman July 6, 2015

    Now Down* and this isn’t a Rihanna nor Beyonce world.

  31. Starxavi July 6, 2015

    I would LOVE for Mariah to work with Sia. Sia is such a great writer and artist and I think together they could make something special. Sia’s song she wrote for Kelly Clarkson called “Invincible” would be a nice song for MC. But at the end of the day MC has already proven all she needs to prove and done all she needs to do, however when you see artists like Patti and Aretha still dogging in their 70’s, I can only hope for the same for MC.

  32. Justin July 6, 2015

    I just think she needs to play to her strength.. Songwriting. If she’s not trying to pander for pop hits, she can get back to writing things that really mean something. I also think she should ditch all the diva stuff, and just give us gritty, moody, emotional vocals(Lower keys! Her lower register is awesome!) we just need something real from her.. Something like “One and only” by Adele, or “Lesson Learned” by Alicia keys. I think she still has the tools to do more amazing work, if she actually cares?!

  33. Grande the Way July 6, 2015

    You know it’s funny how Celine Dion released an album last year and no one talked about how she would be competing with younger talent but they do it for Mariah. Mariah is not competing with Taylor Swift or Beyonce. They’re not on her level in anyway. That being said, I think Mariah should take from Celine’s book and release more adult contemporary music. Beautiful was a step in the right direction. Even if she isnt topping the charts she can still sell albums. Celine Dion’s album last year sold over 1 million copies worldwide. Mariah can do that too. I think her attitude has to change too. This generation doesn’t connect with Divas or like shady artists. Mimi needs to humble herself like Celine and give praise where due

  34. Angel July 6, 2015

    While I agree, that Mariah doesn’t need to prove herself any longer, I also think it would be nice for the coming generations to know the legendary talent that is Mariah Carey. The Rerelease of her greatest hits album was a smart move. She should comeback in a little bit over a year with material that will not only fit her stature but also keep in touch with the current times. Let’s make one thing clear, Mariah has never and should never follow trends, but it would help if she experiment more with her usual throwback R&B sounds. Something alone the lines of Leona Lewis and Adele would be nice. I could see her pulling off Bleeding Love, or Rolling in the Deep. Songs that show vocal ability but also don’t sound dated. Maybe even a little bit of a dance influence like Coldplay did with Star in the sky.

  35. Mark111 July 6, 2015

    I would like a (full) greatest Hits album with about 5 new song, good song, songs an old hag would sing about. A song about Dem Babies, a song about her journey and long career. A song about being strong and whatever. A closing to a dead career, an ending to a career and the beginning of her Wal Mart exclusive Mariah Sings The Diva’s Classics. It’s OVER!!!!! You (bring Madonna into the room too) had a great run, longer than most. These new teens and tweens are not feeling you, they don’t, won’t and never will. You’re not 20 years old, no matter how hard you try. NOR are you fulling us, no matter how much CGI Pixar use on your album covers. Act you age, embrace it. Raise your children and maybe BET will give you an Icon award and you can have Toco Grande Salsa to sing for you.

    • Stephon Maurice Jackson July 7, 2015

      She already has 4 compilation albums! What are you doing?

  36. Travon Austin July 6, 2015

    There is a specific key factor that is crucial and it is not being discussed…..her dedication to her work and how dedicated she is to promoting her own work. Mariah is famous because of her vocal technique but she worked hard in the 90s to keep her name in the press. She was everywhere…TV, Record Clubs, Billboards, commercials, countless performances for every single all over the world for each song. She was dedicated to her work and promoted her projects like cockroaches that you cant get rid of. She was everywhere in the 90s, every year, every song and every album. She honestly was more popular than Taylor Swift is now Internationally and treated her work as such. She wasnt relying solely on a record label during that time and mid 2000s. In my opinion her focus is not solely on her music career as it once was when she was single with no kids.

  37. Antonio July 6, 2015

    It’s not so much the mush, it’s just her brand and image. Mariah needs to come to terms that she’s not some hip 27 yr old, so cute, catchy Urban/Pop bops won’t cut it for her. Ppl want Mariah to embrace her age and status as a true legend and try so desperately to compete with the younger artists. Memoirs and MIAM were both really good bodies of work and had songs that could’ve been huge crossover hits like Ribbon, HATEU, The Impossible, IWTKWLI, Inseparable, You’re Mine, YDKWTD, Faded, Dedicated and even Beautiful could’ve been a bigger hit. Mariah’s team has been trying too hard to appeal to the younger 16-24 year olds on social media who are more interested in Beyonce, Rihanna, Ciara, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry and Nicki Minaj. Mariah needs to focus first on a more adult contemporary audience who will actually flock to the stores and purchase her albums, whereas the younger audience will only stream her videos and buy her singles. Look at Beautiful, Top 15 on the Hot 100, Top 5 on R&B/HH, over 1.5 mil sold in the U.S. alone off just a few promotional performances, yet her album was pushed back by almost a year. Tbh, Mariah should’ve did the Vegas residency back in 2011/2012, build up hype for a new album and then drop it with a strong ballad as the lead… preferably a song similar to IWTKWLI or Beautiful and promote first to more adult contemporary demographics like Meredith Vieira, The Talk, Today Show, Letterman, Leno, Conan and The View, which all attract a slightly older audience who buys albums.

  38. Terrance July 6, 2015

    I’d love to hear a jazz album from her. I’d also love for her to collaborate with Sia, Diane Warren, David Foster, Walter A., Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, and Babyface. Do like Toni Braxton, go back to basics. It won her another Grammy.

  39. Shaquinisha-rose July 7, 2015

    Do a Blues, Jazz or Great American Songbook Album. Who cares about being commercial just make it so her voice can be captured singing classic songs, other than those she has written herself. Something Operatic would even be awesome to hear.

  40. JOHNVIDAL July 7, 2015

    TGJ writes a post about this same thing concerning Mariah Carey every month LOL True stans I guess.
    Seriously, why don´t you ask for some help for your favorite ultra flops like Eliyah Blake, Rita Ora and many others? Or how about thinking how Janet Jackson could save her comeback era? (obvious that the single was going to flop, but damn it, you had the nerve to call it a hit a week ago).

  41. BM July 7, 2015

    Rolling in the Deep – Adele
    All hands on deck – Tinashe
    Chandalier – Sia

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  43. Flydeez July 14, 2015

    Why do you guys hate Mariah Carey so much??

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