Mariah Interview On New Deal

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Postby Miss Moon » Thu May 09, 2002 1:36 pm

Mariah Interview On New Deal
Q&A with Mariah Carey
May 09, 2002

Mariah Carey discussed her new record deal with Universal Music Group, her departure from Virgin Records and her film career with The Hollywood Reporter's music editor, Tamara Conniff.

The Hollywood Reporter: There were a few record labels bidding for you. Why did you choose Universal?
Mariah Carey: My gut has always been to go with Universal, even before I did the (Virgin) deal. I learned a big lesson: You've got to go with the people that really know what they are doing.

The Hollywood Reporter: How is the new label going to be different from your ill-fated Sony label, Crave?
Mariah Carey: Well, Crave really -- without going into too much detail -- was not my company. This is about me at this moment feeling empowered and feeling supported.

The Hollywood Reporter: How is the new label going to be different from your ill-fated Sony label, Crave?
Mariah Carey: Well, Crave really -- without going into too much detail -- was not my company. This is about me at this moment feeling empowered and feeling supported.

The Hollywood Reporter: Why was the 'Glitter' soundtrack such a sales disappointment?
Mariah Carey: I feel like it was a domino effect, where the ignorance gets passed along. 'Glitter' was a soundtrack record that was a concept album. It was not a studio record. And even still, I feel there were a lot of good songs on there that no one ever heard because they didn't get a chance to. Many multiplatinum artists have been on soundtrack records that were not 'Titanic.' It happens, and it doesn't warrant the world having this huge (reaction). The last studio album I had, I felt it did very well; it did about 9 million worldwide. I just exhausted myself trying to work my record the way I knew my record was supposed to be worked. We only had seven weeks to set the album up. And it came out on Sept. 11. There couldn't have been worse odds.

The Hollywood Reporter: You're in the studio working on a new album. Are you going in a different direction musically?
Mariah Carey: I'm going to wherever the creative energy takes me. I'm not trying to sound New Age-y, but it's true. I'm doing a lot of stuff with live musicians, and I'm doing a lot of ballads.

The Hollywood Reporter: Are you writing new songs?
Mariah Carey: More than 50% of who I am as an artist is because of my songwriting, and a lot of people don't report about that because they don't know. They then put me in the same category of a lot of women out here who don't write and don't produce. I feel it's slightly sexist.

The Hollywood Reporter: Has your writing changed on this album?
Mariah Carey: There are a lot of songs I've done in the past that are very introspective and personal. ... This album has a lot of those type of songs. But it also has celebratory, fun songs; I'm not going to sit there and dwell. People are always asking, 'Is everything OK?' Look, I was not depressed; I was freaking exhausted.

The Hollywood Reporter: Your independent film 'Wisegirls' is going to air on Cinemax later this year. Are you looking at other film roles?
Mariah Carey: I'm so happy I did 'Wisegirls.' It's a character part, and it's so different from what people would expect from me. It's really in the direction that I want to go, and it has gotten me a lot of offers to do other character roles. You live and you learn. It's OK to wait to do something. You don't have to do the 'predictable' thing with the whole studio system. Doing something independent was really freeing and great for me.

The Hollywood Reporter:Are you glad your deal with Virgin ended?
Mariah Carey: That's the understatement of the day.


source: mariahdaily.com

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Postby Miss Moon » Wed May 15, 2002 6:05 pm

A FEW MORE COMMENTS ABOUT THE NEW DEAL

'I'm feeling great, honestly' Carey told Newsweek. 'The experience [of becoming worked out] just taught me to pace myself because nobody can go at that frenzied a pace, it doesn't work.' Carey is working on a new record that's slated to drop early next year. 'It's my most personal album since 'Butterfly,' which was also an intense turning point in my life' she says.
Def Jam spokesman Peter LoFrumento says: 'This is a major comeback for Mariah and its probably going to be the music comeback story of the entire year. What Mariah has done is she has gone from being where she was last year to being at the top of her game again and we are all very excited about it,' LoFrumento said.
'There is a risk attached to everything you do in this business but the fact is that an artist of her calibre, a gifted vocalist and an incredibly talented songwriter, is what you want when you sign an artist. You have all those things in Mariah Carey and everyone is really looking forward to getting into the studio, rolling up their sleeves and getting down to making a great record.' LoFrumento said.

(MariahCarey.com)


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