Archive for the ‘You’re Too Good for This’ Category

The first single off of Mariah Carey’s next album, “Obsessed,” was released yesterday. “Obsessed” would be a perfectly fine song for a lesser singer. A Rihanna perhaps. A Keri Hilson. Or at last resort, a Cassie.

The song is on some Britney Spears level material. And while crazy Britney may be one of my guilty pleasures, Mariah Carey is wayyy too talented to be singing songs on a Britney level. Britney’s already done a song about people being obsessed about her. More than one, in fact. Entertainers like Britney and T-Pain need machines to make them sound better. Mariah, you can actually sing. You don’t need auto-tune.

I let Mariah pass on “E=MC2”. She’s just trying to stay current, I thought. She’ll come better the next album. But then I heard this. The reason I think Mariah’s too good to be near auto-tune and people like The Dream is because she is. The woman has natural talent and has sold more than 200 million albums during the span of her career. She’s not a newbie to the singing game who has to follow the trends to sell records. She came out with “The Emancipation of Mimi,” in 2005 and saanng. And it was a hit. Once you get to a certain status in the music world, you don’t have to stay with what’s current to stay in the game.  

But even though I think Mariah has the talent to do better, this song’s still gonna be a hit. I can already hear it on the radio in between “Best I Ever Had” and whatever single Beyonce has out.

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He’s made more than 155 guest appearances and more than 20 Billboard Hot 100 songs. He’s been nominated for four Grammy awards.

His name is Akon, and he’s a marginally talented “singer” who wails badly on songs and somehow keeps making hits.

Like Soulja Boy, Akon is another artist I’ve been waiting to go away for a while. But he just won’t go.

Akon – similar to T-Pain – is a “singer” that other artists keep asking to join them on songs because it will increase their chances of getting a hit.

What confuses me the most is that no matter how horrible his stuff sounds, Akon pretty much always makes the charts.

The infiltration of artists like Akon, T-Pain and Soulja Boy into mainstream music is the reason I can barely listen to the radio today.

But the most disturbing aspect of Akon’s fame is his ability to garner collaborations with people a gazillion times more talented than him. Acclaimed artists who are already famous but they end up working with Akon because they (or record executives) want another hit.

The List of Shame: (more…)

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When I first saw Phylicia Rashad doing Jenny Craig commercials, I thought, “You don’t have to do this Phylicia!” Why? You’ve aged well — what’s the problem?

She looked fine to me. Everybody gains a little weight from time to time. So what? But then I saw her new Jenny commercial after she lost 18 pounds. And she looked great! So I rescind my original You’re Too Good for This thoughts Phylicia. Go Jenny Craig! But I love Phylicia Rashad, so she looks beautiful to me before and after.


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