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Rodney Jerkins Confirms Mariah Carey Still Has Her Voice



Mariah Carey used to belt out those high notes flawlessly, but can she still do it?

Carey has been catching a lot of flack about her five-octave range. For a few years now — and especially after her BET Awards performance this year — folks claim she may have lost her iconic voice and now resorts to only lip-syncing.

But, veteran record producer Rodney Jerkins claims that isn’t so. “Absolutely, Mariah has the voice. Blew me away in the studio”, Jerkins exclaimed. And although Mi Mi might still have it, Rodney condones the use of lip-syncing occasionally saying, “Even Michael Jackson lip-synced at times.”

Whether she’s lip-syncing or not, fans will be excited to learn that Mariah may be putting out new music soon. Uber-producer Jermaine Dupri posted a photo of himself, Mariah, Rodney, Mike WiLL Made-It and Hit Boy in the studio. Earlier this year, Mariah decided to delay the release of her 14th studio album, The Art Of Letting Go. As of right now the album doesn’t have a new release date, but the fact that she’s in the studio is a good sign.

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  1. tahoegeminii

    September 12, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    all she has to do is sing live-but she won’t cause she’s a studio fabricated fraud

  2. RaeGene

    September 12, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    Oh shut up tahoegeminii, she certainly isn’t a studio fabricated fraud. This women can SING! As she has proven in so many live performances. She’s a legend and been in the game along time, she does not need to prove herself. Be positive and give respect where it’s due instead of being spiteful!

  3. James Wames

    September 12, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    Too many rappers/hip hop people on every Mariah album now. Its old as hell. Mariah’s music was always better when she had variety on her albums, and the hip hop was best when it surprised us, like with Fantasy and Honey, but a lot of her stuff is way too predictable. No surprises with her music anymore.

  4. Rodrigo Moratto

    September 16, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Mariah is awesome! She is an incredible artist. I have always known she still has the voice. The difference is that now we know that she has good and bad days, thats she is human! When she rests she sings like she did in the mid 90’s. She’s given us some awesome performances over the yrs, huge hits! I miss Mariah doing all the way, feel good pop music! I think that the 2 last tracks she’s launched did justice to her. Her next album will be incredible I’m sure. Its good that Rodney Jerkins came out and sad that!

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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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