well here in the usa she is basically loved or hated.. many of her record reviews she gets pissed on and they always find something to criticise her on whether it be her clothing, how she sings the notes, or even the lyrics, (many of them are bad) although she has tons of fans she is often looked down upon by the press.. (ie her concert she got terrible reveiews by writers but all the fan reviews she recieved were all positive and everyone enjoyed it) .. she has several sites with press clippings i will find some of the better ones for u if its helpful..
Melissa, no wonder they don't like her! The only time she visited the studio she was as bitchy as possible! (remember the fire alarm? that was hilarious!)
But one show here tries to bring some positive news about her, but they just can't find any!
From "People" magazine. Published weekly bt Time-Life. Issue Date: 31 December 01 Annual 25 Most Intriguing People Issue! Mariah Carey, pg 64:
"The message Mariah Carey posted on her Web site was poignantly un-diva like: 'I'm in a very bad place', she announced on July 25. Within 24 hours, following weeks of erratic behavior, the bestselling female arttist of the 90's entered a Connecticut psychiatric hospital. During her 2 week stay she was treated for what her publicist called "an emotional and physical breakdown." Denying rumours of a suicide attempt, intimates pointed to exhaustion, and certainly Carey, 32, had more than chronic insomnia to keep her up nights: sluggish sales of her "Loverboy" single; a 117 million dollar recording contract to live up to; and a faded three-year romance with Latin singer Luis Miguel, 31. Weeks later, she would earn scathing reviews for her major film debut, "Glitter", which became the butt of comics jokes. ("Reports suggest that Osama bin Laden is most likely hiding out somewhere remote and barren; theaters showing the movie Glitter," quipped Saturday Night Lives Jimmy Fallon.) "She was devastated", says one close friend.
After an alleged setback in early September, Carey emerged from a reported thre week hospitalization at UCLA Medical Center to perform at the Sept. 21 "Amercia: A Tribute To Heroes" telethon. She has since appeared at awards shows, filmed an upcoming episode of "Ally McBeal" and made plans to sing the national anthem at the Super Bowl in February. "I tend to work myself to the ground," she told reporters. "And guess what? I'm human."
I'd focus on how her media image has completely transcended her music - the phenomenon of celebrity, not artist. To any non-fan, the first thing you think of is not one of her songs, but her reputation as a spoilt, publicity-hungry brat. Right now, she's almost got to the famous-for-being-famous stage, which is never a good thing if you consider yourself to be an artist.