Mariah’s Lasting Impact on Pop Stars: Katy Perry Copycats

Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars:

Side by Side with Katy Perry

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They call the music Mariah. TIME Magazine named Mariah Carey the Ultimate Pop Star of All Time. The feature fails to explain why. If you’ve ever played 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is sort of like that. If you really look at the major female pop stars of music today, who are known for bold femininity, big voices, and hit singles, you will see a little bit of Mariah in everyone. These comparisons are not made to disrespect any of the other artists, it is mainly to point out the indelible impact Mariah Carey’s stardom, scope and longetivity. Without her, we may not have the types of artists we have today, many of whom model themselves after Mariah in some way, shape or form. After much negative reviews lately and harsh criticism from the media, it’s time to really take a look at how much has influenced a generation of strong women. Whether they like to admit it or not, they grew up on Mariah’s music.

KATY PERRY – COMPLETE COPYCAT

In Katy Perry’s latest single, This Is How We Do, Katy Perry sings “suckin’ at Mariah Karaoke” and hires a drag queen to portray Mariah. In a recent interview she made deceiving, condescending comments that Mariah is “fabulous for a throwback”. Where Katy should be giving credit, she chooses to make fun.

Let’s begin with how Katy connects to young girls has been totally done by Mariah. Katy Perry plays up the whole inner child and artist concept, when Mariah has been doing the whole “eternally 12” thing forever. Let’s admit it, Katy Perry tries so hard to be an acceptable eccentric artist like Mariah. Katy’s obsession with cupcakes, cotton candy, lollipops and animals are a little reminiscent of Mariah Carey’s original album titles : “Music Box”, “Daydream”, ”Butterfly”, ”Rainbow”, ”Charmbracelet”.

Let’s not forget Mariah was the first female pop star to name her fan base! Mariah named her fans Lambs way before every other female pop star started doing this. Katy Perry followed suit with naming her fans Katycats.

Now let’s take a look at pop numbers. Mariah Carey’s debut album spawned 5 hit singles in 1990 (Vision Of Love, I Don’t Wanna Cry, Someday, Love Takes Time, There’s Got to Be a Way), 4 of which made #1 Singles . Perry’s second album Teenage Dream did something similar with five #1 singles off that album in a year. To add to their sex appeal, Katy Perry, like Mariah Carey, has no problem using her curves to play the sexy pinup – probably a great way to connect with the male audience.

To further prove a point of how Katy Perry copies:

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Also Katy Perry wrote Iggy Azalea’s “Black Widow” featuring Rita Ora, which sounds very close to Mariah’s recent song “Thirsty” from Me. I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse. Listen here:

Needless to say both of their recent albums failed to produce album sales. However with Prism being Katy Perry’s third album, she should remember Mariah is still selling like cupcakes, and that …”Honey” catches more flies than vinegar.

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Next Up: Mariah Carey vs. Lady Gaga

Mariah’s Lasting Impact on Pop Stars: Alongside Beyonce

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Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars…

Side-By-Side with Beyonce

Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars

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They call the music Mariah. TIME Magazine named Mariah Carey the Ultimate Pop Star of All Time. The feature fails to explain why. If you’ve ever played 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is sort of like that. If you really look at the major female pop stars of music today, who are known for bold femininity, big voices, and hit singles, you will see a little bit of Mariah in everyone. These comparisons are not made to disrespect any of the other artists, it is mainly to point out the indelible impact Mariah Carey’s stardom, scope and longetivity. Without her, we may not have the types of artists we have today, many of whom model themselves after Mariah in some way, shape or form. After much negative reviews lately and harsh criticism from the media, it’s time to really take a look at how much has influenced a generation of strong women. Whether they like to admit it or not, they grew up on Mariah’s music.

BEYONCE & MARIAH– QUEENS OF POP and R& B

Mariah is heralded as the Queen of Pop because she has more album sales and number ones than any other female artist. Beyonce, who has dubbed herself “Queen Bey” can strive for the title.

Let’s go back in time to get back to the roots of R&B Pop Culture.

Let’s start this out by establishing: Mariah was working with Jay-Z way before Beyonce became famous. Jay-Z joined Mariah for the #1 hit Heartbreaker, and Mariah was featured on Jay-Z’s song Things That U Do. He then went onto teaming up with Beyonce for Bonnie & Clyde and the #1 Crazy In Love. (Jay-Z would then go on to do something similar for Rihanna).

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Beyonce is an amazing performer with millions of fans, but her music has always failed to truly connect with a primary audience and she really doesn’t have a catalog of classics like Mariah.  However, Beyonce’s latest success is really incorporating hip-hop style R&B into her own soulful singing style. Mariah is mainly given hip-hop cred for her Fantasy remix in which she got Wu Tang’s ODB to join her, forever impacting rap music in the pop realm. Mariah and Beyonce are the most successful to incorporate true R&B into pop music.

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Mariah not only featured rappers on her songs, she would return the favor back by being featured on hooks and choruses for rapper friends (Busta Rhymes, Jay-Z, J.D.) For street cred, Mariah even jumped on popular underground mixtapes (DJ Clue, Damizza). I want to bring attention away from the fact that Mariah has sung with almost every rapper, and pay attention to style. Mariah fans know Mariah has been sing-rapping since her first album (Listen to “Someday”, “Prisoner” ”Make It Happen”). She really started to finetune and craft this unique element of her music with her Bone Thugs N Harmony collabos (“Breakdown” ”I Still Believe Pure Imagination Remix”). A really good listen is Emancipation of Mimi’s “One and Only”Part 1 and 2 with Twista. In fact, Mariah got dubbed“Hoodriah” for this aspect of her music. Beyonce’s new hood appeal may allow her to act as ratchet as she needs to be in “Drunk in Love” and “7/11”. However, I doubt Mariah will be twerking anytime soon.

Let’s not forget Beyonce’s song DIVA, which helped make the comparison’s clear.

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A little trivia: Mariah also has alter-egos Bianca and MiMi, similar to Beyonce’s Sasha Fierce and Queen Bey.

They are both butterflies, taking their careers as relevant artists to another level: Mariah and Beyonce are both friends, have extremely similar fashion choices, and proud mothers! They attend major fashion events with Donatella (before Lady Gaga!) and spend New Years Eve together.

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One step further for womankind: they both sing for Mr. President as well!

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Mariah often expresses how much she loves Beyonce during live interviews, praising her songwriting and musical abilities. Recently, Beyonce wished Mariah a personalized Happy Birthday via Facebook during her BEYONCE surprise album drop.

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Up Next: Mariah vs. Katy Perry

Mariah’s Lasting Impact: Side By Side with Taylor Swift

Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars…

Side-By-Side with Taylor Swift

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They call the music Mariah. TIME Magazine named Mariah Carey the Ultimate Pop Star of All Time. The feature fails to explain why. If you’ve ever played 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is sort of like that. If you really look at the major female pop stars of music today, who are known for bold femininity, big voices, and hit singles, you will see a little bit of Mariah in everyone. These career comparisons are being made solely to highlight the indelible impact of Mariah Carey’s stardom, scope and longevity. Without her, we may not have the types of artists we have today, many of whom model themselves after Mariah in some way, shape or form. Whether they like to admit it or not, they grew up on Mariah’s music. After much negative reviews and harsh criticism from the media lately, it’s time we really take a look at how much Mariah has influenced a generation of women. 

TAYLOR SWIFT – ON TOP OF POP

Taylor Swift is not an overnight success. She is a truly talented, hard-working singer/songwriter/musician who just continues to churn music out year after year. In fact, Taylor writes her own music and she is never shy about it – a lot like Mariah! Taylor has become the new definition of POP MUSIC, as was Mariah particularly in the Daydream to Butterfly album eras.

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Also, Taylor consistently writes about exes and naysayers, which makes her music relatable. Taylor most recently wrote about John Mayer on Dear John and  Katy Perry on Bad Blood.  Mariah is notorious for her songs about exes or firing back, especially rapper Eminem — listen to her songs  Clown and Obsessed  – which she even takes it one step further and dresses up as him. Mariah’s Side Effects is supposedly about her abusive relationship with Tommy Mottolla. No other artists right now can make their personal lives seem so relevant in the music world, which is why Taylor is on top of the charts right now. Perhaps she took a note from Mariah – to not be silent and instead be very vocal.

Taylor does have her little diva moments too, and she gets away with it quite well. She is well-spoken, very subtle and has a sense of humor – and she doesn’t mind singing about rainbows and butterflies. Swift’s “1989” is just as catchy and pop as Always Be My Baby, and Taylor Swift’s #1 song Shake It Off shares the same title as Mariah’s 2005 Billboard chart-topper!

Also Taylor’s “Blank Space” Video seems to have Mariah’s name written in it! Much of “Blank Space” art direction is a clever mash-up of Mariah’s “We Belong Together” and “Touch My Body” videos.

Blank Space vs. We Belong Together:

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Blank Space VS. Touch My Body

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Mariah’s Lasting Impact: Side-by-Side with Ariana Grande

Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars…

Especially Ariana Grande

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They call the music Mariah. TIME Magazine named Mariah Carey the Ultimate Pop Star of All Time. The feature fails to explain why. If you’ve ever played 7 degrees of Kevin Bacon, this is sort of like that. If you really look at the major female pop stars of music today, who are known for bold femininity, big voices, and hit singles, you will see a little bit of Mariah in everyone. These career comparisons are being made solely to highlight the indelible impact of Mariah Carey’s stardom, scope and longevity. Without her, we may not have the types of artists we have today, many of whom model themselves after Mariah in some way, shape or form. Whether they like to admit it or not, they grew up on Mariah’s music. After much negative reviews and harsh criticism from the media lately, it’s time we really take a look at how much Mariah has influenced a generation of women. 

Often Imitated, Never Duplicated

The music industry has been gung-ho about finding the next Mariah for obvious reasons: Mariah Carey is gold! No doubt Mariah Carey has paved “The Way” for pop starlet Ariana Grande. From the sound and style of her music, her appearance and stage mannerisms, she (or her PR team) channels Mariah constantly. The vocal range and musical arrangements are very reflective of Mariah – right down to the whispers, bells and whistles. The constant comparisons in the media and internet make it quite clear who she is being molded after.

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While it’s exciting to think “Another MARIAH!” – if you know music and understand that Mariah is very responsible for her mega-success because of her ambition, song-writing, and actual musical talent – not to mention the physical aspect of her image and persona. Mariah didn’t start out her career being modeled after someone else – Mariah Carey went from being discovered and then pioneered herself into a living legend; her abilities still remain untouched, which is why she is now an icon.  Ariana can belt ballads, but she does not have the skills or depth of the 19 year old Mariah nor today’s Mariah.

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Ariana recently addressed the comparisons:

“Mariah has been a huge influence on me since I was a little girl. I’ve even done a cover of one of her songs. I don’t think there are any negatives to being compared to one of the greatest vocalists of all time. It’s honestly a great honor.”

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Ariana’s hit single “Problem” pairing with Iggy Azalea stylistically reminds of Mariah’s singles with female-rapper Da Brat (Heartbreaker RemixLoverboy)

Up next: Mariah Carey vs. Taylor Swift