Post-Partum Pop Stars: Now That She’s A Mom, Can Mariah Carey Retain Her Edge?
As soon as news hit the net that Mariah Careyâ€™s twins were born, admirers took to MCâ€™s numerous fan forums to sound off. Amidst the posts laced with congratulations for Moroccan Scott Cannon (her son) and Monroe Cannon (her daughter), a few warranted concerns arose regarding her next batch of tracks. After all,Â how is Carey â€” who has a careerâ€™s worth of hits dripping with sexuality (â€œShake It Offâ€ and â€œTouch My Body,â€ to name a few) â€” going to re-approach the mic as a mother of two?
As much as Iâ€™d love to think that she’ll continue lusting up her performances (nobody works a fan and airtight dress like Ms. Mariah), the safest bet is that Carey is headed for a much softer sound and image reinvention. In fact, Iâ€™d say her next album/look/tour is pretty much mapped out already. Expect a lot more ballads, down-tempo covers, candlelit stages and closets filled with looser-fitting clothes. The 90s â€œVision of Loveâ€ Carey fans will undoubtedly love her leap to the subtle side. However, Millennial Mariah fans â€” who grew up with her tantalizing choruses and skin-tight skankery â€” will loathe it.
Regardless of who loves what, this hypothetical move â€” which will steer Ms. Glitter away from the lusty stuff sheâ€™s known for representing (seriously, the lyrics to her #1 hit â€œHoneyâ€ sweat up your thighs) â€” places Carey closer to Patti Labelleâ€™s adult contempo oeuvre rather than Beyonceâ€™s butt-shaking body of work. Pop history has proven that when top female singers have children, they consciously choose to domesticate their career, as well. There are, however, a few exceptions to the rule.