Sad news, Janet Jackson lovers: The Discipline pop star has dropped out of performing on Saturday Night Live this weekend because she’s sick with the flu. In her place, Lorne Michaels and team have drafted Mariah Carey, who, considering her recent video with Jack McBrayer, probably has the better sense of humor. Not that humor is necessarily a factor in SNL‘s choice of musical guests (although Paul Simon dressed up like a turkey was particularly memorable, as was Queens of the Stone Age‘s performance with Will Ferrell), but Mariah’s sense of kitsch ought to compliment the inevitable jokes about Eliot Spitzer, rising oil prices, potential war with Iran, and penises. We predict a penis joke or two because Superbad and Knocked Up star Jonah Hill is the host. For those of you who haven’t seen Superbad, just know the following: Mr. Hill is a rather notable proponent of penis-funnies. Too bad for Janet. She would have enjoyed this one, we think. After the jump, please find a trailer for Superbad 2: Super Worse.
Let’s assume that Mariah Carey doesn’t answer the doorbell wearing nothing but thigh-highs, panties, and push-up bra. Let’s also assume that the mansion in the singer’s new “Touch My Body” video isn’t her own. Some things are simply concocted for entertainment purposes, right? So where does Mariah really live? What does Mimi’s crib actually look like? Architectural Digest got to the bottom of that question. Its latest issue features a photo spread of Carey’s NYC triplex. Here are some shots of the place. Let’s assume that Glitter is rarely shown in the screening room, and don’t cry when you realize there are no pics of the white piano once owned by Marilyn Monroe.
Yesterday we snuck you a look at 45 seconds of Mariah’s new video for “Touch My Body.” With the dorky guy from 30 Rock, frisbees and lingerie pillow fights, we didn’t think it could get any more awesomely bizarre. We were wrong.
Each time the diva releases a new album, we learn something new about her. Here’s a few things we picked up from the video:
1. It’s totally fine to open your door to delivery men, technicians and other guests wearing little more than a bra and panties.
2. Mariah’s a worthy opponent at Laser Tag.
3. She raided Britney Spears‘ costume trailer from “Baby One More Time.”
4. She’s a total tech nerd, quite fluent in the language of upload times.
Drumroll please…not only does Mariah Carey have a beautiful voice and an incredible new album coming out (and we should know, we just listened to it), she’s also got a great sense of humor. In this sneak preview of Mimi’s video for her first single off of E=MC?, “Touch My Body,” she invites the delightfully dorky Jack McBrayer (who you might know as Kenneth from 30 Rock) to, uh, touch her body, have a lingerie pillow-fight and play frisbee. And that’s just from the 45 seconds we’ve seen!
Come back on Tuesday at midnight when we’ll have the full premiere for “Touch My Body.”
Yesterday, Island/Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid hosted a few journalists in his office for a special preview of Mariah Carey’s upcoming E=MC? album, tentatively due April 15. While Reid looked on, Mariah’s A&R man and long-rumored beau Mark Sudack played 12 of the album’s cuts from his laptop, often passionately (and adorably!) singing along. On the album, there was drama, there was death, there was disco. What follows is a track-by-track breakdown of our impressions of the album. Note that this isn’t the final track sequence, that L.A. ticked off the producers list to us but it is by no means etched in stone and the tracks that we heard weren’t always mastered.
One final note: so much of this album is sung in Mariah’s chest voice. The vocal gymnastics and whistle notes, while there (’cause, duh, it’s Mariah!), take a backseat to clear, purposeful singing, and Mariah sounds better for it. Oh yeah, Mimi’s back.
Yesterday, Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid invited a group of journalists into his office to play tracks from Janet Jackson’s upcoming album Discipline (due out Feb. 26). Janet fans worried that the absence of Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis (her longtime producers who’ve been shaping her sound since 1986′s Control) should fear not: the combination of pillowy, multi-tracked harmonies and virtually non-stop dance tracks results in an album that out-Janets Janet. Easily her most dance-oriented album since Rhythm Nation 1814 (and possibly her most dance-oriented album ever), Discipline is the album so many fans have been waiting for. Below are our impressions of the nine tracks Reid played:
We rejoin American Idol at its first-ever San Diego auditions, where 12,000 hopefuls lined the sunny streets to warble their mostly off-key way to fame. The San Diego auditions highlighted the capriciousness of Idol–what works for some is poison for others. Let?s take a look:
Mariah Carey Magically Got Hot
Topless and toned – it’s Mimi at her best. Now if only she’d work that hard on getting her album out. [DListed]
Beyonc? & Tina: Diva Duet at Grammys
Finally someone’s gonna show B what it really means to be bootylicious. [People]
Amy?s Crack Video Piques Police Interest
Surprise surprise, British police aren’t so psyched about Winehouse’s choice of illegal substances to abuse. [People]
Brit?s Boyfriend?s Wife Ready to Divorce
Girl, what took you so long?! [People]
Denise Richards Casts Her Kids in Her Reality Show
We love seeing how far stars can take their tackiness, and going to court to fight – and win – for your toddler daughters to be in your reality tv show is pretty gross. Nice work, Denise! [TMZ]
Listen up, lambs! Mariah‘s back with a new album, wearing nothing but a hat. Mariah’s follow-up to The Emancipation of Mimi is slated to drop in April, and the album cover and title have allegedly leaked. Called That Chick, Mariah stated in early January that she hadn’t yet arrived at an album title and hinted that it might be “the exact opposite” of Mimi. British site Discopop alleges they got a listen, and revealed track titles like “Migrate,” “Lovin’ You Long Time,” “Touch My Body” and “Bye Bye.”
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