Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Mariah Carey at Crossroads as Publicist Leaves Three Weeks Before Las Vegas Debut


Mariah Carey has some decisions to make this morning. Her Las Vegas debut at Caesar’s Palace is on May 6th. That’s in three weeks. Yesterday, according to Page Six, her publicist of 15 years, Cindi Berger, resigned. Mariah, meantime, is being photographed in all kinds of vacation locales, but not in Las Vegas. You do the math.

Mariah recently signed a new contract with Epic Records-Sony Music, her original home, after a long run with Island DefJam. But her last couple of albums have been non-starters, most especially a soap opera that dragged on with the last one, “Me I Am Mariah.”

No one knows who her manager is at the moment, after she went through Randy Jackson and Jermaine Dupri and a non event with ATO, the company partly owned by Dave Matthews. Mariah remains signed to CAA’s Rob Light, one of the smartest people anywhere, but it’s unclear if she listens to him.

Now comes a scramble. If she can’t get Berger to take her back, Mariah could try and line up with Fran Curtis and Rogers & Cowan. She represents Elton John and the Rolling Stones, among others. For Vegas, Carey needs a team in place. She also needs to get her well known tuchas to Caesar’s for some heavy duty rehearsal. May 6th is right around the corner.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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