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”…

Katy Perry – This Is How We Do (Video on YouTube)

…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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Next Up: Mariah Carey vs. Lady Gaga

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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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