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.

High Fashion-istas!

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!!

Une photo publiée par Mariah Carey (@mariahcarey) le Déc. 12, 2014 at 5:54 PST

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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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Mariah Carey’s “Rainbow” (1997)
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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.

Even after Katy casted a Mariah impersonator in her “This is How We Do” video in which the lyrics playfully jabs at Mariah saying “sucking real bad at Mariah Carey-Oke”…

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…Katy made it up to Mariah by personally visiting Mariah at her Caesar’s Palace Las Vegas residency show (smart move!)

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..And even took it one step further with  a dedication to Mariah at her own Prism show:

“This one is dedicated to you my lovely lady,” Perry said of Mariah Carey. “You paved the way for so many of us. Now you can just enjoy yourself.”

Perry then performed her first big hit “I Kissed a Girl.” (See Billboard.com Full Article)

(See at least Katy Perry understands showbiz unlike Miss Demi Lovato who came after Mariah on Instagram trying to defend J.Lo for no reason!)

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