Maybe this explains why Mariah Carey has always has a cold shoulder towars Jennifer Lopez. She details in her new memoir how J.Lo and a song figured into her divorce from Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola.
Now this all makes sense! Several times over the past two decades, Mariah Carey has thrown shade at Jennifer Lopez, claiming she “doesn’t know her.” In her new memoir The Meaning of Mariah Carey, the 50-year-old singing icon manages to lay out how her ex-husband, then Sony Music boss Tommy Mottola was trying to allegedly derail her career, and tried to use a sample Mimi had on her 2001 hit “Loverboy” to give to “another female entertainer on their label (whom I don’t know).” WHO SHE DOESN’T KNOW!! Yes, Mariah actually wrote that instead of having to outright name J.Lo, whose music career was being guided by Tommy after his split from the elusive chanteuse.
For a little background, after getting slipped a demo tape of Mariah when she was just an 18-year-old Long Island waitress, Tommy signed her to Sony and helped her self-titled 1990 album debut become one of the biggest hits ever, being certified 9 times platinum. Mariah married Tommy in 1993 when she was just 24 and he was 44 and one of the most powerful men in the music industry. Eventually the couple split up in 1997 and divorced a year later, as she later claimed he was way too controlling.
Sony Music CEO Tommy Mottola and then-wife Mariah Carey 1996, a year before the power couple split. Photo credit: MEGA.
The problems with J.Lo began around the time of Mariah’s ill-fated semi-autobiographical film Glitter. “Much of what went wrong with Glitter led back to Tommy. He was angry about the divorce and my departure from Sony, and he used all his power and connections to punish me,” she writes. The soundtrack to Glitter was released by competing Virgin Records, with the unfortunate release date of Sept. 11, 2001. She claims that Tommy “and his cronies” messed with her promotional products in record stores for the album and “interfered with the Glitter soundtrack.”
“Tommy was furious when I cut the strings he used to manipulate me,” Mimi writes. “There was no way he would allow me to have a huge success after leaving him and Sony. He was not going to let me or Glitter shine.” She claims that Tommy “forbade” her from trying her talents in the movie industry during their relationship, and that seeing her mega-success “made him feel like he was shrinking.”
Mariah Carey arrives at Empire State Building in New York on Dec. 17, 2019. Photo credit: MEGA.
Here’s where Jennifer, 51, enters the story. The popular actress had found musical success with her 1999 debut On the 6 and was following it up with a 2001 album J.Lo at Sony with Tommy. Mariah claims that her ex-husband tried to “sabotage” the Glitter soundtrack when he got wind of her choosing to sample Yellow Magic Orchestra’s 1978 song “Firecracker”on Glitter‘s lead single, “Loverboy.”
“That did not go unnoticed by Sony executives (and spies),” she writes. “After hearing my new song, using the same sample I used, Sony rushed to make a single for another female entertainer on their label (whom I don’t know).” Sure enough, a sample of “Firecracker” showed up on Jennifer’s single “I’m Real” off of her second album.
Jennifer Lopez arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on Feb 24, 2019. Photo credit: MEGA.
Mariah then goes on to claim that she and Ja Rule had been working on a remix before Tommy found out and interfered with that collaboration. She claims her ex phoned “his manager Irv Gotti, asking him and Ja to collaborate on a duet for the same female entertainer’s record — leaving me to scurry and remake the song.” That same female’s record would be J.Lo, which featured a remix of “I’m Real” featuring you guessed it, Ja Rule!
Mariah didn’t end up working with Ja Rule, instead using a sample Cameo‘s 1986 smash “Candy” in a “Loverboy” remix and and Da Brat came aboard for a “blistering and very real rap on the remix,” Mimi writes. “And after all that sh*t, “Loverboy” ended up being the best-selling single of 2001 in the United States,” the songbird ended her chapter, while declaring “I’m real,” leaving a parting shot at Jennifer.