USA Today music writer Ken Barnes took part in an online chat on Tuesday (August 2) with readers, and was asked about a message making the rounds alleging that Mariah Carey fans ganging up to help make Madonna’s new album a flop by calling radio stations and saying the new single is bad (Though many suspect that the stunt was started by enemies of Carey, purposely making the singer and her fans look bad by spreading the phony message). “Interesting concept. Is Madonna supposed to be such a threat to Mariah that her album must be discredited in order to keep Mariah on the airwaves,” Barnes asked. “Loony tunes. Hardly the same audience, anyway, not much in common outside of their gender. Can’t imagine anything like this, even if it gets going, will have any discernible effect.”
The entire chat transcript at usatoday.com has since been removed.