Mariah Carey’s lasting impact on the new generation of female pop stars:
Side by Side with Katy Perry
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:
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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