FAQ: Madonna, Mariah, And Music

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS: MADONNA, MARIAH, AND MUSIC.

Disclaimer: The following questions were all taken from a fan. Very slight alterations were made in order to make everything more coherent. Here it goes:

WHY IS IT THAT US RADIO ONLY PLAYS HIP HOP AND FAKE PUNK, OR FAKE ALTERNATIVE MUSIC?

If you check the list of radio formats in any country, USA is the only country that has supported various other genres including hiphop, r&b, pop, dance, gospel, etc.

Like any commercial outlet, American radio plays what’s currently in: hiphop, r&b, pop, and rock for that matter. USA is the only market in the world that actually fosters other genres other than pop.

WHAT HAS HAPPENED TO MUSIC? WHEN YOU HEAR MARIAH CAREY ONCE EVERY HOUR YOU BEGIN TO WONDER WHERE IS THE LIFE IN TODAY’S RADIO,THERE IS NO LIFE IN IT.. THE DJ’S ARE NOT REAL DJ’S THEY PLAY FROM A COMPUTER PLAY LIST WHICH ALREADY HAS THE TRACKS IN ORDER

Why Mariah? When she released Charmbracelet, she received far worse airplay than Madonna.

It’s still all about the music. Mariah released a top quality album that is both mass-appealing and critically one of the best albums of 2005, having won album of the year in many award shows, including a win for best contemporary r&b album (like usher’s confessions and Beyonce’s dangerously in love), and a nod for album of the year.

AS AMERICANS I THINK WE SHOULD BE SHAMED OF HOW NARROW MINDED OUR COUNTRY IS..

Actually, America is the only country that fosters multiple genres. America has supported fusion of different genres: hiphop/r&b, pop-r&b/hiphop, rock-hiphop, dance-hiphop etc. No country has produced musicians that are as creative lyrically and musically as the musicians of USA today. Music in America is dynamic, pliable, and without bounds. Unlike in other countries where music is stuck at pop. People here are now conscious of “talent”. If you’ve noticed, almost all new “entertainers” are skillful singers. America has progressed from a country that once allowed regular people to become stars, to a place where you have to be many things at the same time.
This country is where real r&b and soul music thrive. No other country has supported this genre as religiously as USA.

BEYONCE’S CHECK ON IT SONG IS SO BAD,YEAH LETS SEND A POSITIVE MESSAGE TO YOUNG FEMALES,BY TELLING THEM IT’S OK TO BE A WH0RE

Let me remind you of the 80s and early 90s Madonna who practically is solely responsible for spreading that it’s ok to be sexual, kiss girls, and other forms of deviant sex.

Let me remind you of the Madonna who wore the pointed bras… And now the leotards and panties, and spice girls-like costumes. Madonna is solely responsible for giving other artists the idea that music isn’t all about just music, that somehow “the thrill” in anyone’s image can send anyone to superstardom.

If you think about it… Madonna is the only superstar i know who became famous for unconventional ways. Be that as it may… Pop music was never the same after Madonna became famous.

MADONNA IS MORE TALENTED THAN MARIAH…

Again, it depends on what you see is talent. But we can put it this way: Mariah rose to superstardom the way any gifted musician would: sing her way to the top. Madonna, on the other hand, shook the very foundations of music by becoming the 1st superstar to emerge on the strength of video-making, politicking, gimmicks, and controversies.

The Grammys seem to also see through Mariah’s flaws as sexy artist by giving her slots in the shortlists of major categories since her debut. She has raked the most recognitions, although not wins, after Aretha, and is one of the very few talented people in the world to win Grammys as a songwriter (Best r&b song), singer (Best pop and r&b vocals), producer (Best contemporary r&b album), and overall artistry (best new artist).
Madonna’s Grammy awards are also well-deserved, albeit her scanty nominations. Her greatest work, Ray of light, has given her two Grammy awards. Her video-making and “thrill factor” made her win her other 3 Grammys, which were basically for her videos and remixes.

IS MADONNA THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST?

Madonna fans do have a point: she was after all, Guinness’ Most successful female artist of all time. While I agree with Guinness, it must be put into proper context. If you dissect sales record of every year since both their debuts, you’ll see that Madonna has NEVER topped a year-end chart, nor has she ever become the top-performing artist in any year, more so in any decade. Whereas has been Artist of the Year thrice, for , Daydream, and TEOM. She has also received the Best selling Album of the year twice, for and TEOM. She is also the only female artist to have the #1 song of the year. All these achievements made her Artist of the Decade, and female artist of the millennium. Mariah has been cited as the most successful female artist of all time by Billboard, AMA, WMA, Capital FM (London), MTV Asia, Bambi (Germany), Lady of Soul, and a lot more. Madonna’s only citation for her lifetime work is from Guinness, MTV (as icon), WMA (Michael Jackson award), and TRL.

The only point that favors Madonna is her longer years in the music industry.


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14 thoughts on “FAQ: Madonna, Mariah, And Music

  1. Markus says:

    1. IS MADONNA MORE TALENTED THAN MARIAH?

    YES. MORE WAYS THAN ONE. AS A DANCER, AS AN ACTRESS (GOLDEN GLOBE WINNER) AS A BOOK WRITER, AS A DIRECTOR, AS A MODEL.

    MARIAH CAN’T DANCE, MARIAH CAN’T ACT, SHE CAN’T EVEN DIRECT. MADONNA’S MUSIC HAS EVEN MORE POETIC CONTENT AND VARIES ALL ASPECTS OF LIFE UNLIKE MARIAH WHO ONLY TACKLES BROKENHEARTED LAME ASS SONGS. SHE HASN’T EVEN DONE ANY SONG THAT TELLS OF HER MOM OR DAD.

    WE CAN COUNT NUMEROUS MADONNA SONGS THAT THE WORLD CAN RELATE:
    VOGUE
    LIVE TO TELL
    LIKE A PRAYER
    PAPA DON’T PREACH
    4 MINUTES
    HEY YOU
    I’LL REMEMBER
    JUSTIFY MY LOVE
    RAY OF LIGHT
    FROZEN
    POWER OF GOODBYE
    WHAT IT FEELS LIKE FOR A GIRL
    BEDTIME STORY
    LIKE A VIRGIN
    LA ISLA BONITA

    WHEREAS FOR MARIAH, THE ONLY SONGS THAT REALLY DIFFERS FROM MOST OF HER LAME-ALL-THE-SAME-SONGS
    ARE “MAKE IT HAPPEN” AND “VISION OF LOVE”

    MOST OF HER SONGS ARE LIKE REPETITION
    ONE SWEET DAY – BYE BYE –
    LOVE TAKES TIME – I DON’T WANNA CRY – CAN’T LET GO –

    WELL I’M TOO TIRED FOR THIS.

    POINT IS HER SONGS ARE ALL THE SAME IN MEANING AND CONTENT.

    MADONNA CAN TACKLE EVERYTHING ABOUT LIFE CAUSE THAT MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT, IT’S ABOUT LIFE. NOT JUST HIGH SCHOOL STUFF

    2. IS MADONNA THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST?
    AS YOU HAVE ALREADY SAID, “YES!”. AND YOU SHOULD NOT QUESTION THE GUINNESS BOOK OF WORLD RECORDS CAUSE YOU CAN’T GET ANY CREDIBLE THAN THAT. AND MAY I SAY THAT HAVING “SONG OF THE YEAR” OR NUMEROUS NUMBER 1 SONGS IN THE US CHARTS DOES NOT GUARANTEE YOU THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST OF ALL TIME (EXCEPT FOR THE BEATLES AND ELVIS), THAT IS FOR THE CASE OF MARIAH ON MADONNA.

    AND WHY ARE YOU JUST FOCUSING ON THE US BILLBOARD CHARTS? WELL YOU HAVE MACARENA FOR SONG OF THE YEAR BUT WHERE DOES THAT PUT LOS DEL RIO ON THE BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST LIST? HOW ABOUT WILSON PHILLIPS’ “HOLD ON” WHERE ARE THEY NOW? WHERE’S CHER NOW ON THE RIAA LIST WHEN SHE HAD “BELIEVE” AS SONG OF THE YEAR?, IT MUST BE A BAD DAY FOR THE ONE HIT WONDER DANIEL POWTER AS WELL?

    POINT IS YOU DON’T NEED TO HAVE NUMBER 1 SINGLES ON THE US CHARTS JUST TO BE CALLED BIGGEST SELLING ARTIST.

    TAKE NOTE
    MILLENNIUM – BACKSTREET BOYS, THEY NEVER HAD A NUMBER 1 SINGLE BUT THEY ARE THE BIGGEST SELLING BOY BAND

    COME ON OVER – SHANIA TWAIN, NEVER HAD A NUMBER 1 US HOT 100 SONG BUT HER ALBUM IS THE BIGGEST SELLING ALBUM BY A FEMALE.

    JAGGED LITTLE PILL – ALANIS
    LET GO – AVRIL LAVIGNE
    ETC ETC ETC.

    AND I DON’T EVEN SEE MICHAEL JACKSON HAVING THE SONG OF THE YEAR ON ANY DECADE CHARTS BUT HELL HE’S WAY TOO FAMOUS THAN ALL OTHER ARTISTS THAT HAD SONG OF THE YEAR ON BILLBOARD.

    YOU CAN’T ACCEPT THAT EVEN IN THE RIAA MADONNA TOPS MARIAH ON SALES, IN ALL PARTS OF THE WORLD MADONNA IS MORE DOMINANT THAN MARIAH, YOU CAN’T DENY AS YOU CAN SEE FROM THEIR CONCERT SALES AND ALBUM SALES.

    I THINK IT’S ABOUT TIME WE SHOULD NOT FOCUS OUR BIGGEST SELLING ISSUE ON THE US CHARTS DORK.

    MADOONA RULES, MARIAH IS JUST HER MAJESTY’S BITCH. ACCEPT IT.

    AND PLEASE WE SHOULD NOT MAKE MADONNA’S LONGER STAY ON MUSIC INDUSTRY AS AN EXCUSE VERSUS MARIAH JUST TO CLAIM MADONNA SELLS MORE. HELL ARETHA FRANKLIN HAS BEEN HERE LIKE FOREVER BUT MADONNA HAS EXCEEDED HER SALES. I WOULD BE MORE IMPRESSED IF MARIAH WOULD’VE ‘PRESUMABLY” EXCEEDED MADONNA’S SALES RECORD DESPITE THE GAPS IN YEARS IN THE MUSIC SCENE.

    BUT UNFORTUNATELY, FOR MARIAH FANS, MADONNA IS STILL BIGGER THAN MARIAH. BOO HOO.

    AND PLEASE WHOEVER SAID THAT MARIAH IS US BILLBOARDS MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE ARTIST. SHAME ON YOU! THE LAST TIME I HEARD MADONNA HAS MORE TOP 10 SINGLES THAN ANY SOLO ARTIST ON BILLBOARDS 50TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY SPECIAL.

    ACTUALLY MADONNA HAS NOW 37 TOP TENS IN THE US CHARTS. IN THE UK CHARTS HOW DOES MARIAH FARE? PALE IN COMPARISON

    THIS IS CLEAR SOME CITATIONS
    – CELINE DION IS WMA MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME AS OF 2009, NOT MARIAH

    – MADONNA IS US BILLBOARDS MOST SUCCESSFUL FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME WITH A RECORD BREAKING 37 TOP TEN SINGLES BIGGER THAN ELVIS AND THE BEATLES, WITH A MASSIVE 7 NUMBER 1 ALBUMS, NOT MARIAH

    – MADONNA MORE OF AN ICON ON MTV BUT WAS ALSO NAMED “ARTIST OF THE MILLENNIUM”. MARIAH NEVER HAD ANY MTV ASIA CITATIONS AS MOST SUCCESSFUL, NEVER HAD BEEN AND NEVER WILL BE.

    – LADY OF SOUL? EXCUSE ME BUT LADY IS NOTHING FROM SOUL QUEEN, GO ASK ARETHA.

    – BAMBI? WHAT THE HELL IS THAT CITATION?

    PEACE. MADONNA RULES

  2. Robin21 says:

    How Lambs @ Mariah;s fans could claim she is more talented than Madonna while everyone knows she has managed to produce only 1 hit album worldwide for the last 10 years + 4 flopped albums (G)litter, Charmsh**celet, K=Fc2 and Memoirs of An Old Angel in ger entire career? Plus, she can’t even fill up a basketball arena?

    Mariah’s tickets sales reflect her music in global standard.

    Absurd if you ask me…!!!

  3. Pedr0s says:

    Mariah Carey relies so much on backup tracks and her secret it out recently. She’s just a studio recording singer..nothing more..nothing less.

  4. Drew says:

    Why do fans of one group have to resort to trashing the other just to make themselves feel better? The truth is that Mariah and Madonna are completely different artists, talented in different ways, and have both had incredible success and an incredible impact on the music world. Both are household names and both have made (and I suspect both will continue to make) timeless music.

  5. Nikky M says:

    MADONNA IS THE QUEEN OF POP, plain & simple, WHO THE FU** IS MARIAH CAREY, never heard of her.lol

  6. breakerheart says:

    Mariah the best !

  7. TRISH says:

    Mariah Carey is by far more talented than Madonna ! In what Madonna is talented ? Madonna only know how to sell her image ,by sexual attitude and scandals ,nothing else.
    Madonna have no voice,no talent,no singing skills/ability.
    Without her eccentricities and her extravagances,Madonna would be nothing on music.
    About talent,Madonna is not in Mariah’s league,she have no talent at all compared to Mariah Carey ! Mariah is the best and the most talented female artist among the most talented ones.Madonna is in another league ( Gwen Stefani,Lady Gaga,Cher,Pink,Keisha,Katy Perry,Fergie,Kylie Minogue,etc….
    Mariah Carey is in the league of the most skilful female singers that ever lived : Whitney Houston,Aretha Franklin,Barbra Streisand,Judy Garland,Patti Labelle, Celine Dion, etc…
    Can we only imagine Madonna giving an acceptable rendition of Christmas classics O Holy Night,O Come All Ye Faithful,or even American national anthem ” The Star Spangled Banner ” ? No,so she’s no talented.
    Madonna’s vocal range is 1,5 octaves and she’s classified by music critics as a soubrette.
    Mariah has the greatest voice of the musical industry,stated by many experts,producers and vocal critics.She have the largest vocal range ever :5,2 octaves.Mariah’s voice is not fake at all.She proved her voice and all her live performances and also in interviews ! There is no doubt about the veracity of Mariah’s voice.Only Tom tells Mariah voice and vocal techniques are fake .All experts know that Mariah’s voice is not fake. Music critics praise her vocal techniques that are really impressive,amazing and unique .Mariah Carey’s voice and vocal techniques has influenced more people and more artists than any other female in the world.She has influenced the entire American Idol people,alongside many artists.She’s also the main vocal influence of every female R&B artists that came out from the 1990?s till today,says music experts.Mariah Carey is the most influential female artist in America ,and the most influential western artist in Asia !Even in Europe,she influences more people than Celine Dion ,although Celine is the most successful female Pop vocalist there ! Mariah Carey is the greatest Pop vocal icon of the world.Her music touches even the Arab world ( where Western music has very little success, indeed, considered too modern)! Mariah Carey’s music touches a very large audience… so large that it has hearings even into the Arab world, considering that only opera singers topped sales in these countries

  8. TRISH says:

    International superstars that claim Mariah Carey as major influence :

    Destiny’s Child
    Beyonce Knowles
    Britney Spears
    Christina Aguilera
    Rihanna
    Jessica Simpson
    Patti Labelle
    Mary J Blige
    Pixie Lott
    Kat Deluna
    Lena Park
    Backstreet Boys
    Nelly Furtado
    Nivea Hamilton
    Leona Lewis
    Justin Timberlake
    Kelly Clarkson
    Lucie Silvas
    Shakira
    Alicia Keys
    Brandy
    Ashanti
    Anastacia
    Lynnsha,
    Utada Hikaru
    Haifa Whabi
    and lots more…
    Just in the Philippines, Mariah Carey has influenced these artists :
    Regine Velasquez
    Jonalyn Viray
    Kyla
    Charice
    Nina
    And lots more…I let you imagine how many artists Mariah Carey influenced in the huge China,and the other Asian countries !

  9. TRISH says:

    Daphne Brooks – Instructor, Princeton University: “She is our greatest singing act that we’ve seen in decades, for decades and decades.”

    “Our reality shows, they are contests so it’s about being able to triumph in a particular way that is spectacularly satisfying to the masses. And no artist has been more spectacularly satisfying at the level of singing in the past 20 years than Mariah Carey.”

    David Lee Brewer – Opera singer/vocal coach: “She’s alone. She’s in her own category.”

    “White America believed that they had found ‘The Great White Hope.’ White people everywhere believed that she was white singing like a black girl. And with such a voice! My God! All of my white friends, ‘Have you heard this new Mariah Carey?’ All of a sudden Mariah Carey was all over the scene like in a splash.”

    “Mariah Carey is a league of her own. No one can sing as high or as low. This means that you are a phenomenon. That’s what it means. The normal person has 2½ to 3 vocal range. Mariah is off the chart. She makes sounds. She has complete control of her vocal range. And why? Because she studied. She studied with a woman who happens to be her mother, who happens to be a colleague of mine, who’s an opera singer.”

    “Her white legion of fans who believed her still identified with her. And because of that she was able to bridge every gap there was. Mariah Carey is single-handedly responsible for bridging the gap between Pop and Hip-hop, and Soul and R&B. She is responsible for bridging all of those. No other singer. She is.”

    Diane Warren – Songwriter: “She wrote really accessible songs that have touched people. People connected with her.”

    David Morales – DJ/Remixer/Producer: “She’s allowed to be a diva in this business as a female artist, as a professional because she is the bitch.”

    Don Lawrence -Vocal coach : ” When Mariah first came up,I said ” this girl will be able to go higher vocally than any other artist ”

    Toure,Rolling Stones : ” She ( Mariah Carey )is one of top singers in the world ,the word “singer” took literally.”

  10. TRISH says:

    ” Mariah Carey is the discovery of the century,as singer ”
    Walter Afanasieff-producer,songwriter,composer

    “I love Mariah Carey. Her music has saved lives of children of the ghetto. Songs like “Vision of Love” gave us hope and the desire to sing her songs, trying to reproduce her notes, even if we could not. I do not think she knows she has played a large part of my life. And then when you meet her, you realize it is such a beautiful person, to defend when the media or other stars are attacking her. She does not deserve that.”
    Mary J Blige

    ” I used to sing “Vision of Love” all the time in my shower using my toothbrush as a microphone.I looked up to Mariah a lot and I still do. I admire her as an artist, and to compete with her was a moment I will never forget for the rest of my life “.”
    Rihanna

    “Vision of Love” when I heard this song, I knew my mind was made up, I wanted to become a singer.”
    Beyonce.

    “The first singer that I’m really interested in was Mariah Carey when I was 12. Somehow, she learned me to sing, because you know I could not really pay me singing lessons. So I just listen to all her albums over and over again and learned her words.”
    Nelly Furtado

    “I watched “The Arsenio Hall Show” and Mariah sang “Vision of Love.” The way she used her voice, she had so much power. I knew then that I also wanted to make people feel what she had purchased. I bought all her albums and memorized her words. That’s all I wanted to make my day, singing songs by Mariah Carey.”
    Nivea Hamilton

    “I was obsessed! I remember when I heard “Vision of Love” and then I saw this young white woman with a black woman’s voice, and while it upset me. You can tell her she was an icon magic and everything I dreamed of being when I was in school, it is becoming Mariah Carey. She sang with a gospel choir around her and it was my dream. I just wanted to be her !”
    Lucie Silvas

    ” From her first album till today ,her music is absolutely beautiful to listen to. I am touched by every note and her voice is practically on all notes of the piano.”
    Anastacia

    ” I found out Mariah on the radio when I was in my room. And when “Vision of Love” is over, I ran down the stairs and I told my mother, “Mom, Mom, I just found the greatest singer in the world. I just heard the most beautiful voice in the world ”
    Christina Aguilera

    “I always told this story: when I was in prison and I heard for the first time “vision of love”, I said it was the hottest song in the world. I always used to say: “Dude! if only I could meet her ! ”
    Snoop Dogg

    ” Mariah Carey is a perfectionist,every tracks from her albums proves that ”
    Missy Elliott

    ” Vision Of Love Is an incredible song.Mariah Carey is an incredible artist”
    Wanya Morris-Lead singer of Boyz II Men

    ” Mariah’s voice is like a cloud of emotions that surrounds you, and take you in a dream world ”
    Fat Joe

    ” We have R&B thanks to Mariah Carey ”
    Lisa lopes -( TLC )

  11. TRISH says:

    Oh and Mariah Carey is the top selling female artist of all times.She sold 75 million albums in USA ( the most for any female artist ),50 million albums in Asia ( more than any western artist male or female,or group ) , 28 million albums in Europe.Mariah Carey is also more successful than Madonna in Oceania .
    Mariah Carey global album sales are around 180-200 million worldwide.That’s make her the best selling female artist of all times.Besides she sold over 90 million singles in the whole world !
    And she has released only 18 albums and compilations alongside only 20 years of career ! That’s an unmatchable feat for a female artist !

  12. TRISH says:

    Madonna has only 7 albums reaching at 10 million sales worldwide,Mariah Carey has 10 albums reaching at least 10 million worldwide !
    -Mariah Carey’s best-selling album sold more than Madonna’s
    -Mariah’s 3 best selling singles sold more than Madonna’s best selling single

    -Mariah Carey achieved way more things than Madonna on music
    -Mariah Carey has 15 platinum/ multi-platinum singles in USA,Madonna has only 6 ones.
    -Mariah Carey has won 17 World Music Awards ( the most ever for overall artists male or female ),Madonna has won ….only 1 !
    – Mariah Carey has influenced way more artists than Madonna everywhere worldwide,as the top Pop vocal icon of the world and as also the queen of R&B

  13. TRISH says:

    Mariah Carey is also ranked top female songwriter and third overall( Only behind Paul McCartney and John Lennon ).She’s also ranked top female producer and fourth overall ( the next female doesn’t make the top 20 list ! ).
    Mariah got got one live performance ( I Still Believe ) ranked SECOND best live performance of all times by Billboard !
    Mariah Carey also have one music video ( and she directed it ) cited as one of best music videos of all times !

  14. TRISH says:

    Mariah Carey also have more Awards than Madonna ! Mariah Carey has won over 250 Awards,Madonna has won about 200 awards .

    Conclusion : Mariah Carey is better than Madonna on Music

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