Which is your favorite Mariah Carey? Torch song titan? Pop ballad queen? Glass-shattering R&B sniper? Hip-hop-minded genre melder? All of them are crucial to how Carey has navigated three decades of pop stardom, with astonishing highs and some unfortunate lows.
On this week’s Popcast, a conversation about how the elusive chanteuse has been adjusting to 2020, the things she did and did not reveal in her memoir, and the range of her contributions to the intersections of pop, R&B and hip-hop. Also, a chat about Chick’s “Someone’s Ugly Daughter,” the 1995 post-grunge/alt-rock album that Carey worked on in secret during the “Daydream” sessions.
Allison P. Davis, features writer at New York magazine
Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times’s pop music reporter
Caryn Ganz, The New York Times’s pop music editor