Mariah Carey: Broadway Collaborator Working on New Record
By: Roger Friedman in Music // August 25th, 2010 at 2:43 AM EDT
Letâ€™s think about this: you donâ€™t make a huge, long trip from Los Angeles to Rio de Janiero and then do grueling concerts if youâ€™re in the middle of a tricky pregnancy. So enough already with Mariah Carey-is-preggers-rumors. Poor Mariah. It was cold in Brazil. She wore a t shirt over her dress. She wore a sweater. But really, photos from her Rio shows only indicate that sheâ€™s got a flat tummy.
Mariah has been trying to get pregnant. She doesnâ€™t need any stress from the tabloid press, believe me.
On the other hand, Mariah has been working hard in the studio with producer Randy Jackson. Sheâ€™s even brought in an unusual collaborator: Broadwayâ€™s Marc Shaiman, who wrote â€œHairsprayâ€ and dozens of hits. Shaiman is also a five time Oscar nominee. This is really interesting since Shaiman could be fashioning some colossal material for Mariah. Whoever came up with that idea was really thinking outside the box. Shaiman most recently worked with Bette Midler on a great song about late producer Arif Mardin which appears on an album called â€œThe Greatest Ears in the World.â€ I wish more people could hear it.
Mariah told me in an email last week that Shaiman was her favorite collaborator since her days with Walter Afanasieff. â€œHeâ€™s so talented and can hear the chords in my head.â€
If she is pregnant, Mariah is not saying. So letâ€™s leave her alone until sheâ€™s ready. And hope her album is the breakthrough sheâ€™s aiming for.
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