Mariah’s Lasting Impact: Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga

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

Cheek to Cheek with Lady Gaga

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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.

LADY GAGA – NEW YORK BROADS!

It’s difficult to compare purely sensational artist Lady Gaga to Mariah or anyone. They are both very unique artists and truly one and only talents. Meanwhile
they both enjoy the mega stardom that comes with it!

Like Mariah, Lady Gaga enjoys the super devoted fan bases, hit singles and multi-personas. Mariah has paved a pathway into the music pop world for such nuances for Mariah’s many different album eras have painted lasting impressions on the music pop culture world. Before there were Monsters, there were Lambs. Before Twitter, Mariah was leaving personalized messages on her website MariahCarey.com (until the meltdown incident). Basically, before Gaga, there was the one and only Mimi.

It is striking Gaga’s current fashions, image choices, and  juxtapositions that look a bit familiar.

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Gaga’s as of late has been positioned alongside Donatella Versace – one of Mariah’s long time friends, designers and supporters. Gaga has been known to emulate/copy/reference other pop stars – but she’s definitely in hot pursuit now. Gaga’s hair extensions in her G.U.Y. video and some of the compositions definitely take from of Mariah’s huge comeback video It’s Like That – in which Mariah was channelling Donatella. A few Obsessed moments are borrowed as well (in similar diva fashion like Taylor Swift’s Blank Space references to We Belong Together and Touch My Body). Gaga’s recently attempts to possess the coveted diva-goddess image Mariah has defined so well for so long.

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Classic Diva Songbirds

Mariah’s versatility gave her mass appeal on the Billboard Hot 100 and the Billboard Adult Contemporary. Lady Gaga proves she can also not only please her younger audience, but that she has a sensibility for real music.

Gaga released a duet album with Tony Bennett. Coincidentally, her image choice is very reminiscent of young Mariah’s photo with Bennett years earlier.While Mariah herself may not have had the idea of this duet album, Mariah is the queen of duets. She has sung alongside some of the very best singers including Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Brian McKnight, and Tony Bennett himself on Duets II (When Do the Bells Ring For Me?)

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Mariah and Lady Gaga love pianos! Mariah actually owns Marilyn Monroe’s white baby grand piano. And Lady Gaga is known for her untouchable piano acts. They both sexualize this ivory-keyed instrument quite well!

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Very recently, Lady Gaga stopped by for Mariah’s AIWFCIS Christmas show to support her original New York diva herself!

Taking a selfie with the beautiful @ladygaga! Merry Christmas!!

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Mariah’s Lasting Impact on Pop Stars: Alongside Beyonce

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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Next Up: Mariah Vs. Beyonce 

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