Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Mariah Carey’s Ticket Sales Are Fine, So Are Her Finances, But Someone (Who Could it Be?) Is Maligning Her

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I’ve been reading stories about Mariah Carey in the press lately. She’s broke, she sold James Packer’s engagement ring because she needed the money, and so on. Today, the story is that her Caesar’s Palace dates aren’t selling.

Well, it’s all hogwash. And I haven’t seen Mariah since our weird encounter in January at the end of Clive Davis’s pre Grammy party. Otherwise, it’s been silence.

But I will tell you I got a laugh about the sale of the ring. She’s a clever girl, our Mariah. She made $10 million out of that crazy engagement. Good for her. You can’t take the Long Island out of the girl.

And ticket sales? I checked. They’re fine. She has 8 dates at Caesar’s in July. They’re 60% to 70% sold. She’ll do 90 percent by show time. That’s around 35,000 tickets. Without a new album or a radio hit. Tickets run up to $500 a pop. Caesar’s gets huge PR. It’s a win win.

Listen, I don’t know who is managing Mariah, or who her publicists are these days. I do know that she made $50 million when EMI Records prematurely released her from a contact after the failure of “Glitter.” Just an update: EMI Records no longer exists, but Mariah is an international superstar. Those are just the facts.

Is she kooky? Yes. Is someone out there planting negative stories about her? Indeed. Is there Russian collusion?

But look, everyone has grown up. Madonna’s ventures in Malawai have even improved. And hell has not frozen over yet.

Mariah’s next best bet? Make an album with a really great jazz producer, no hip hop, not pop, R&B standards that showcase her voice before it’s too late.

 

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedmanhttps://www.showbiz411.com
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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