Mariah Carey Set To Be Dropped By Label?

Published: Tuesday 28th Feb 2017 by Sam

Mariah Carey fans rejoiced in 2015 when it was announced that the elusive chanteuse had signed with Epic Records; a move which not only reunited her with Sony Music, but also saw her re-team with L.A Reid

The latter was greeted with particular glee as it was Reid who served as the force who engineered Carey’s career-reviving ‘Emancipation’ in 2005.

Fast forward to today and, after a slew of image denting moves, the climate looks markedly grim.

So much so that a new report suggests Reid may be gearing up to let Mariah go.

Details below…

Roger Friedman of Showbiz 411 writes:

Yesterday — Monday– I caught word that Epic Records is very unhappy with Mariah. That recent single, called “I Don’t,” was a total failure. It was also a total surprise to Epic. They were sent the track all completed, with no forewarning from Carey’s camp that it was coming, I am told. They hadn’t heard it. “We were just told to put it out,” says a source. So they did. And it flopped.

Now my sources say Epic chief L.A. Reid is considering dropping Mariah from the label. In the time since she signed with him, Carey has had two singles– “I Don’t” and “Infinity.” They were not sellers, and didn’t get played on radio. There is no work being done toward an album, and no conversations are taking place between Epic and Carey’s team.


We’ll be the first to keep it 100 when it comes to Mimi. And contrary to belief, that isn’t always a bad thing.

Sure her career mismanagement has been off the Richter of late, but we’d be surprised if she were indeed let go.

It’s hard to believe she’s costing the label “much” by releasing momentary singles and otherwise sitting dormant on the roster pending the arrival of an album.

What’s more, if she’s on a 360 deal (which is anyone’s guess), it’s plausible Epic are taking a cut of her TV deals and Vegas income.

Even if – like many older acts – she’s shunned the 360 route, it’s difficult to digest that she’s that much of a liability to warrant severing ties so early in the (re)union.

Saying that (and unfortunate for Mariah), it’s plausible the dismal performance of her singles since signing highlights to the label that there’s little commercial value attached to making a full fledged album with her.

Viewed this way, a “drop” from the roster in the manner the report outlines suddenly doesn’t sound as far fetched.

Time will tell, but we certainly hope it’s not the case.

For, we can’t see other labels queueing up to sign her and independent Mimi sounds like the birth of more problems rather than a problem-solver.

At this junction, she needs to be shepherded in the right direction – sonically and aesthetically. Hopefully L.A Reid manages to do so.

Enough of our ranting, though. What are…

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  1. Fancy BISH February 28, 2017

    Mariah, FIRE your manager and hire Walter Afanasieff!

    • cory February 28, 2017

      Did anyone expect “I Don’t” to hit? It’s a terrible song. The 49 Cent Singles Queen of Pop has only had 2 top 10 hits in the last ten years and only 11 in the last 20. Let’s stop acting like everything she does will be a hit.

      • Say No To Mammaries Carey February 28, 2017

        RIP …fat cow. You are a done -deal. You screwed your chance big time at NYE show. Nobody would pay to see your stupidity. Thank god….p*** on her.

      • The Navy March 1, 2017

        What is wrong with all these talented women, this such a disgrace.

        Why is so important to lower yourself with s**. I would not buy her albums or any of the other divas nor would my children or grandchildren. My sweet LORD what has become of our music. She made herself look like a fool on Idol, then topped it off by lip synching on the show……then lying about it! Yes, let her go…

    • The Wig Snatcher February 28, 2017

      Jermaine Dupri and Randy Jackson were far better managers. She needs Walter for production.

      • BeyHiveFactChecker February 28, 2017

        Bey, Rih and Ariana ended her..

        Byeee R I P 😆

      • Jasmine March 2, 2017

        I agree with Wig Snatcher but I also think there is a mental illness going on. Mariah is rich, not mentally stable, immature, and looking to be around “YES” people instead of real business managers that can put her in check. She wants the limelight, more money, and more fame but wants to take shortcuts to get it. More than likely we are seeing a mentally unstable woman going through a mid-life crisis and hooked on booze, smokes, and controlled-substance diet pills trying to be “HOT” again instead of going about it the traditional way….PUTTING IN HARD WORK. As a sometimes fan I would like Mariah to chill, privately / discretely get therapy, stop whatever it is she is doing to make her voice so hoarse, enjoy the fortune she has via vacations and celebrity style rehab, and comeback as an older / mature artist / legend. Tina Turner (and maybe Madonna) are the only women that could pull off being near 50 and using sexual energy to sell records but Tina’s secret was that she was very hard-working, her voice was always in tack, she knew when to cover up, and she was not immature.

    • Onika February 28, 2017

      WHY is she always half naked? I don’t know any 40-something-year-olds that choose to dress like a desperate #$l%$t. Perhaps I run with the wrong crowd! But seriously, it’s her voice that is supposed to draw attention, NOT her boobs!

    • Cheta February 28, 2017

      She should quit trying to ike she is 20 years old. Her pose/style of performance is no longer selling her mediocre music. She got to make millions using her youthful sexuality, now she should except (like everyone else has to) that she has moved on from that stage in her life and either change her style of performance or sink away to irrelevance and ridicule. Mariah needs to give it up, she thinks that her body and the way she dresses is going to bring her sales of her songs up. What did it for me is the stupid 5 year redoing of their vows with her husband at Disney Land. Really? Princess and the King? you got to be kidding me. that only proves how pathetic she really is and how she flaunts herself. I think that her voice has gone downhill and she is so full of herself it makes me sick. You had your time and now let others have theirs, Time to move the hell on. 🙁

    • ArianatorStan March 1, 2017

      People tire of her photoshopped covers, her diva biatch attitude and her relentless same-old, same-old look at me. F*ck offffff, Mariah.

    • QueenCelineFan March 1, 2017

      She is a washed up!

    • JLOve March 1, 2017

      She was married to an executive at a record company early in her career. Maybe she needs to divorce Nick Cannon and find herself a nice 60 or 70 yr old record executive that will make sure her records get played? It worked for her once before!

      • Linear March 1, 2017

        A 60-70 year old record executive doesn’t want a wife pushing 50. He wants a woman still young enough to be a trophy and who can bare him another child.

    • Taqoyah March 1, 2017

      At least Madonna still could fill up stadiums worldwide. Mariah??? 😉

    • tata dahlinggggggggg March 1, 2017

      A night club singer who lost her voice…yasss…go and join your level…Britney.

    • Rosy March 1, 2017

      I love Mariah but she has tarnished her image she tries to play a Marilyn Monroe act baby like it’s not cute these narcissistic behavior by these celebritis are getting on my nerve she is ridiculous and I’m starting to wonder what kind of mother is she both her and jlo look as if they neglect their twins a lot for a man and attention it’s always a photo opt for these celebs nothing real no more Mariah get a therapist

    • LISA LEVINE March 1, 2017

      SHE STILL IS A BEAUTIFUL SONGWRITER. FADED, MAKE IT LOOK GOOD, CAMUFLOGE ARE all beautiful songs from the Elusive Chantuse CD.

  2. Never fail February 28, 2017

    Literally 4 stories to report on mariah and Sam you go with the most negative and give your same ol essays and two cents. You’re so sad

    • Samantha February 28, 2017

      She has not grown as an artist. Mariah is sounding the same and (trying) to look the same as she did twenty years ago. Yes, make her retire.

    • Kim February 28, 2017

      It is truly sad to see such a powerhouse voice go down the drain because because I think MC's team feel she has to keep up with the talent less, artist of today's generation, and as far Ariana Grande she needs to enunciate I cannot understand a word she is saying and her notes are nowhere near Mariah's?!? I also question how is JLO doing so well and she is older than Mariah by a year, dresses the same, has kids, but has no talent or singing acrobatics…well JLO does have Tommy and Benny, something that Mariah had when she was on top!! Since she dresses like she is 20, she should sing like she is 20, and the head cartoon voice needs to go its cute sometimes, and if I hear a record with the words enchanted, september, references her old song titles, or way back when she was a child; I will have a breakdown!! lol l love Mariah maybe she should do like Celine and Britney and go to Vegas!! I love celine and brit too, grew up on all 3 artists!! 🙂

      • buh byeee March 1, 2017

        Yikes…time to rap with Remy Ma. 🙁

      • Jason March 1, 2017

        Mariah has been performing in Vegas. Hence the #1 to Infinity collection. ☺

      • Josh March 1, 2017

        She did went to Vegas for a short time. Mariah needs to take a page out of Tina Turner’s book and retire already. She have already proved herself and solidified her place in music. She’s an legend. Why can’t she just take Monroe and Moroccan and live on an island somewhere and just enjoy her life as a mother? She is trying to hard to remain relevant among the younger generation. She needs to understand that she is from a different time and era.

  3. 4everbrandystan February 28, 2017


    • Music & Blunts February 28, 2017

      Brandy’s label literally called her a hasbeen lol stay in your lane

      • Queen Barb February 28, 2017


      • BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 February 28, 2017


    • You know what February 28, 2017

      Wasn’t Train singing Brandy dropped by 4 or 5 labels? So girl please don’t do it ?

    • Truth tea February 28, 2017

      Who’s Brandy?

    • Ray February 28, 2017

      N.O.R.E and Mariah did a song back in 05′ that never got released and one of his first lyrics in the song say’s he “will never let his album sales drop like Brandy”, and that was back in 05′ babe.

    • BeyArmy March 1, 2017

      She is a self obsessed, superficial stupid slore who has lost her voice and desire to perform.

      GET off the stage!

    • Linear March 1, 2017

      That was transparent. Stop pretending to be a Brandy fan in order to get people to drag her. 😆

    • SMH March 1, 2017

      Lmao Brandy who?

  4. iSpeakTruthNoFallacy February 28, 2017

    Mariah is a LEGGGEEENNDDDD! It’s a damn shame. Mariah wants to be relevant again like when her p*ssy was fresh and poppin, but its NOT happening. She’s so thirsty and desperate for attention that it’s destroying the legacy that she set….One thing is for damn sure is that I hope to never see Rihanna nor Beyonce acting like the old lady in the club like Mariah who refuse to give it a rest. Know when your time is done and just tour gracefully like a true icon.

    • The Wig Snatcher February 28, 2017

      Mariah needs to grow up and act like a grown woman than this “eternally 12.” People, including this fan, is turned off by her immaturity and desperation to be affiliated with rappers of the moment.

      • Josh March 1, 2017

        And she refers to her birthday as anniversaries.

    • QueenJanetFan March 1, 2017

      Well, her talent is all between her waist and her neck anyway, and is also mostly artificial.

  5. Queen Barb February 28, 2017

    Is anyone surprised? Shes an embarrassment that needs to retire

    • The Wig Snatcher February 28, 2017

      Much like Nicki who is in the game 19 years less than Mariah???

  6. Black power February 28, 2017

    Seriously?? This site is just posting random ass information.. what the hell is showbizz411 and when have they ever been credible??? Why y’all hate Mimi so much???

    • Tori February 28, 2017

      Sounds like an Instagram account, you know same gets most of his news for post from the shade room!

    • SMH March 1, 2017

      Agreed. I have my issues with Mariah, but I knew this was bullsh*t as soon as I saw Roger Friedman’s name. He NEVER get his gossip right.

  7. MusicFan103 February 28, 2017


    Mariah Carey is too much of a veteran in music to need a label. She could easily support herself and reap more of her profits.

    • The Wig Snatcher February 28, 2017

      Mariah should do album-bundling tickets for Vegas or a new global tour.

    • Josh March 1, 2017

      I was thinking the same thing. Mariah is an legend. She has been around long enough to keep going without a label. I mean look at Prince. He didn’t like labels and handled his own stuff personally. Mariah could do the same and she needs to drop that groupie ass manager of hers Stella.

  8. Stephy February 28, 2017

    Y’all posting fake news. smh… But Mariah needs to act like a legend and stop grow the hell up. And let this hip hop ghetto image gooooo

    • buh byeee March 1, 2017

      People are sick of her, her lip-syncing and her boobs.

  9. Indie February 28, 2017

    To be honest what is being on Epic really doing for Mariah Carey? The only benefit for her so far is that she’s been able to sort out her back catalogue and some classic videos like all her Rare R&B songs, Breakdown, Pure Imagination etc videos are now on vevo, Elusive was a great album but we only got one single from it, and the video was obviously a small budget, Thirsty, Faded, You Make It Good were all worthy singles that should have had videos and official releases. Seems to me like she was signed just to push her old stuff and do Vegas, Since Stella has come on board where seeing cheeky fun Mariah again, we got the brilliant Sweet Sweet Fantasy tour and a tv show. I Don’t was a great single that had Mariah’s highest youtube plays in ages, there was no radio support at all though it was purely MC and her team and Mariah is more present now! Music is changing so much and despite that people think of Stella its the first time we’ve had Mariah completely be herself in years and she looks happy! I personally believe she doesn’t want to make albums right now until she knows that an album is going to get the right push and support it deserves because Elusive was fully praised by critics but wasn’t heard!

    • mojarean March 1, 2017

      Are you Mishka?

  10. Jeans February 28, 2017

    Poor Mimi. Smh. Embarrassed for her

  11. Truthtea February 28, 2017

    This is on Stella! She green lights everything for Mariah even if it’s a flop in the making! She doesn’t care — she’s the epitome of an opportunist. Stella needs to go!

  12. BEYSTAN_ SINCE 1997 February 28, 2017

    Mooooooooooooooooooo ????

  13. Tori February 28, 2017

    Uhh…Mr. Reid, who in their right mind is jumping up and to be apart of Epic Records?
    When your biggest release come from the likes of Megan Trainor and left over Michael Jackson tracks, what can you do for anybody? Mariah could leave and probably do better independently. While they are talking about dropping artist, his washed up cheap ass needs to be dropped. If you don’t put money behind singles for promo and radio time, yeah there is a huge possibility they’re going to flop! After all these years this label still doesn’t get it.

  14. Stephy February 28, 2017

    Except, Brandy would love for this to happen. Wasn’t she begging them to drop her from that horrible deal her dumb ass signed? Brandy haven’t been a successful artist since Bill Clinton was President.

    • Music & Blunts February 28, 2017

      Hasbeen teen star stans shouldnt talk shït lmaoo clock that alien vs predator stan

    • Neka February 28, 2017

      Smh. Y’all KNOW that’s a troll. Y’all just wanna talk s*** about Brandy. Say whatever you want about her, but you can NOT say the b**** can’t sing.

      • Music & Blunts February 28, 2017

        Brandy cannot sing and that is a fact her 5 fans are the only ones hyping up her “vocals”

      • Stephy February 28, 2017

        Millions of people can sing, who cares? She’s still a flop. And troll or not, it’s truth.

      • You know what February 28, 2017

        Sorry sis, but she can’t sing. Sounding like a chipmunk who smokes 10 packs a day, isn’t cute.

      • Neka February 28, 2017

        Lmao girl PLEASE! Most of these new urban girls try their HARDEST to imitate Brandys sick ass vocals. And stephy it just makes you look dumb as hell to respond to an obvious troll.

      • Neka February 28, 2017

        You know what aka music & blunts aka the other usernames you make up in every Brandy post, try harder boo and come up with a new line other than the “chipmunk who smokes” one. You’ve been using that for years boo. You’re probably “Brandy stan” anyway. Loser

      • Boss February 28, 2017

        LOL, Brandy’s vocals lol are so sick, yet I have >>never<< seen her on any top vocals list. Here singing is average, nothing special at all.

  15. Jay Jay February 28, 2017

    She’ll be ight. All I want for Xmas will keep her afloat for the rest of her life and children’s life. She said she doesn’t even want to release an album, just singles for now, so she might as well go independent.

    • XYZ March 1, 2017

      Which is a dumb move from her anyway. Though she has a lot number 1s, she is still more of an album artist these days. I would more likely buy an album from her than the s***** single she just released…with that being said, she somehow lost her ear for music. First this horrible triumphant song, then this infinity crap and now that horrible mumbling of YG. Actually”I don’t” would have been by far a better song if she would have let YG out of it.

  16. Neka February 28, 2017

    Smh. Y’all KNOW that’s a troll. Y’all just wanna talk s*** about Brandy. Say whatever you want about her, but you can NOT say the b**** can’t sing.

    • SMH March 1, 2017

      She can’t.

  17. Madonna stan February 28, 2017

    This box body, drunken delusional tone deaf bimbo needs to be dropped. She hasn’t been popping since So So Def!!!

    • Ray February 28, 2017

      Funny you say that…cause that’s exactly Madonna. You confused?

  18. @ASAPicon February 28, 2017

    I miss GospelRiah

  19. Shaquiiii February 28, 2017

    If she is dropped, hopefully it will be a massive wake-up call. Stella needs to go. Do an album of covers, or jazz, or just ballads.

    • Jasmine March 1, 2017

      How would being dropped equate to a “masasive wake-up call”. When she got dropped by Virgin she kept the money and kept on recording with another label. If she was dropped by Epic (which I highly doubt) she would keep their 3 million advance and keep on recording with another label.

      • SMH March 1, 2017

        That was over 15 years ago. Its 2017; now she’s pushing 50 and another label isn’t gonna want to sign her.

      • Jasmine March 1, 2017

        @SMH Plenty of record labels would take her. You are looking at it from a historical view. “15 years ago” record labels had to invest in their artists. These days record labels just sign you (minimum signing fee) and distribute your music. Record labels are not tying up millions of dollars in any artist so any artist with minimum name recognition and fans will get signed. Look at Keyshia Cole. She wanted a deal so she got one real easy. Look at Babyface. He wanted to put out music so he signed a quick 1 album deal. I think people on here are pretending like record labels are investing lots of minimum into artists when it is the exact opposite. Think distribution. Artists sign to a label, the label distributes their music, and the record label gets paid a hefty fee without having to invest in their artists.

  20. BeyHiveFactChecker February 28, 2017

    ET MARRIED, HAVE KIDS, her fans have all grown up and she and her music hasn’t !!!! plus she thinks dressing and looking like a #$%$ makes her attractive and desireable…TOO WHO ????
    she is forgettable in every sense of the word. Her 15 minutes are up but she had a nice run. Stay home, grandmariah.

  21. The Navy March 1, 2017

    her time has come and gone 😉

  22. BHM March 1, 2017

    She is old and self absorbed not really living in reality. At this stage in the game Vegas would be her best option ! I wish she would stay down so we could remember her in glory not what she has become (narcissistic) the album name says it all.

  23. Bravoooooo March 1, 2017


  24. lmfao March 1, 2017

    Good news..join Remy Ma and Azealia.

  25. tata dahling March 1, 2017

    yes..just fark off.

  26. Jasmine March 1, 2017

    No offense but I can’t help but feel that this article is just shade being thrown and the writer fully has the ability to know the story itself is BS. Epic records has deceased artists on their roster and artists that only put out music every 10 years like Sade. I heard Mariah took a 3 million dollar advance from Epic when she signed and yes they probably are upset that she is not recording an album but that does not mean she is being dropped.

    • Chileplease (the first and only bih) March 1, 2017

      Yeah but those artists sell records, unlike Mariah

      • Jasmine March 1, 2017

        It does not matter if an artist sells enough records to meet your expectations. Record labels now operate with minimum investment in the artist and get a hefty profit in return from the distribution fees. Jennifer Lopez is not selling and fake articles about her being dropped is not being published. For example with Mariah, Mariah paid for the track “I Don’t” to get recorded, paid YG, and paid for the video. The record label “released” the song mostly digitally and raked in mostly all of the profits. How exactly is a record label losing with Mariah?

  27. Mama March 1, 2017

    No great loss…just dump this h00ker.

  28. Justafan March 1, 2017

    I find it hard to believe that MC has been dropped. Surely EPIC be benefiting from her Vegas residency, world tours, MAC cosmetics line, endorsements, Xmas gigs, Sales of AIWFCIY. Plus, she sold a tonne of past albums last year!

  29. unwritten March 1, 2017

    No one cares about her anymore. It’s not like her career is impressive (other than albums sales and that was because the 90s were the best period for them, even flops like Brandy/Monica were selling well) anyway. Her singles sales are horrible for 18 #1s (Madonna doubled her singles sales) and all of them are forgotten, she is a huge flop in touring, can’t crack Forbes to save her life. She brought nothing new to table other than singing cheesy, basic, disposable, cliche ballads that all sound the same. Retire you old granny!

  30. My Booty Popped Nicki March 1, 2017

    Good news…let her retire in peace!

  31. unwritten March 1, 2017

    What I call impressive is what Queen Madonna did!
    Over 200 million albums sold
    Over 120 million singles sold (90 million physical + 40 million digital)
    Over $1.5 billion in touring

    Even Celine!
    Over 180 million albums sold
    Over 60 million singles sold
    Over $1.1 billion in touring

    Over 140 million albums sold
    Over 60 million singles sold (after 18 #1s)
    Under $200 million in touring

    See? Her career is not impressive at all other than albums sales and both Madonna and Celine beat her there.

  32. ShAdele March 1, 2017

    Mariah is sooooo 1999 *throws glitter*

    • Linear March 1, 2017

      Eh. More like 1996.

  33. XoMoDe March 1, 2017

    The idea of Mariah going independent is comedy. Not only is she too narcissistic to not be backed by a machine, she’s also too dumb to survive without one. Even at a major label, when she finds herself without a cheer squad, she doesn’t know what to do with herself. It’s beyond obvious now that without a powerful man pulling strings for her, she’s basically lost.

  34. Ri March 1, 2017

    Mariah need not to write her music they sound alot alike.She need to higher up and coming writers to give her current hit music.i think she can have a comeback. PLEASE FIRE STELLA is does more harm than good dor mariah.Im a fan but try new things and new writers

  35. Truth March 1, 2017

    Trainwreck. This is what happens when you spend your whole career trying to cozy up to the most powerful men in the industry for self serving purposes…pricing your singles at 49¢ to manipulate people who normally wouldn’t call themselves “fans” into buying something because it’s that cheap in order to undercut the Billboard charts…using your mixed race to walk the fence between White and Black audiences…and trying to collaborate with every trending pop star to co-opt their fan base into buying your song to get it to chart higher. Eventually all of these STUNTS in MC’s bag of tricks stopped working and there’s nothing left to fall back on. She didn’t maintain her voice and she’s done nothing to try to better her skills as a live performer. Where does she even go from here? Falling back on that silly ass Christmas song. After 30 years, her career is reduced to surviving on THAT.

    • Fifi March 1, 2017

      And what exactly are you about or have you done, other than writing a damn dissertation on a blog?

  36. whut March 1, 2017

    I call bs. If they can allow JLo to keep releasing flop album after flop album, I can’t see them dropping Mariah after only one failed single.

  37. JOHNVIDAL March 1, 2017

    What the hell is this pbullshit? Always negative posts about Mariah. Her label said long ago that they cannot expect an artist at the point where she is to keep having hit singles. That very good if it happens but that they cannot ask her that. This is a pbullshit piece of news.

    The troll always posting the same things under different names in Mariah´s posts is very tiring btw.

  38. JD March 1, 2017

    She still songs better than your fave on her worst day. ?

  39. SayItRight March 1, 2017

    Well well… she had it coming. Plain and simple. Biggest waste of a talent in the industry. Everything is just wrong.

  40. eric March 1, 2017

    Mariah doesn’t take accountability for anything, and that’s no one’s fault but her own. She was a much better artist when she was more grounded in reality.

    • Jasmine March 2, 2017

      It is not all her fault. I think she has a mental illness and a lot of “YES” people around her that cannot put her in check, including her new likely-gay boyfriend.

  41. WNow at youfr best game way tuesidnz March 3, 2017

    Hahahaha her team fial her

  42. Ariel March 21, 2017

    I am a long-time Emotions 7th grade Stan…Single and maxi singles alike..And I must agree. With all said here. If she doesn’t want to take her opportunity and craft seriously..

    I will continue my 25 year telling for the beautiful Chante Moore.

    Not a chick in the game can touch her vocally…Never could.

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