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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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