Mariah and Eminem Bring The 'Noise'
Welcome to The Daily Noise, the online home for a video news segment that Billboard is launching today with (and on) the Fuse network. On TV, the segments will air on Fuse beginning at 4 P.M. each day (except today, when it debuts at 8 P.M.) and then repeat at the top of video hours throughout the day. The segments will also be available here on Billboard.com every day.
The Daily Noise column will bring you even more insight into the stories we report on camera. There's only so much we can fit into two minutes, especially when we're chewing on topics as weighty as the MariahCarey / Eminem feud or the release of a new album from everyone's favorite High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale.
Meanwhile, I'm sure I'll be posting other musical observations and tidbits throughout the day. Like right now, I couldn't be more obsessed with the terminally cute video for the song "White Corolla" by Casiotone For The Painfully Alone. It was made by London-based animator and filmmaker Julia Pott, and I'd put the thirty seconds that run from :55 through 1:25 among the most adorable things I've ever seen in a music video.
As for today's show, I have to wonder if Mariah and her new management team were caught off guard by Eminem taking this little spat - over whether or not he and Mariah actually dated - completely nuclear. Either way, it seems like a little bit of a shame that a woman who has more Hot 100 No. 1 songs than anyone who isn't the Beatles is seeing her new album's publicity campaign revolve around the most prurient details of a past life that may or may not have existed with Eminem.
I'll keep my fingers crossed for Tisdale. Her last album sold more than 400,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan, and this one seems poised to crack the top 10 of the albums chart this week (check back Wednesday for those results). But being at the bottom of the top 10 these days generally means you're selling between 20,000 and 25,000 copies. And right now her single "It's Alright, It's OK" isn't setting our charts on fire. Still, I think it's a good track. It's the most current in a long line of "I Will Survive"-themed breakup pop songs.
Tisdale stopped by the Billboard offices a few weeks ago to play us "Guilty Pleasure," her new album - that's when the interview in the first Daily Noise segment was taped. She couldn't have been a sweeter person, and I think it's an aptly-named release; there is potential for a few strong singles on it.