Mariah Carey mentioned a lot of things in her new book, The Meaning of Mariah Carey. From experiences in her music career to her marriages to Tommy Mottola and Nick Cannon, she covered a variety of topics relevant to the three decades she’s spent in the spotlight. But one thing that didn’t make it into the book is the R&B group Allure, which was signed to Carey’s short-lived label, Crave.
The omission led to the group blasting Carey in a recent social media post. However, that only backfired, as fans began to criticize Allure for trying to dictate the content of Carey’s memoir.
Allure called out Mariah Carey for leaving it out of her book
Allure was an R&B group that found fame in the late ’90s. Comprised of New York natives Alia Davis, Lalisha McLean, Akissa Mendez, and Linnie Belcher, it is best known for songs such as “All Cried Out” and “Head Over Heels.” The group signed with Crave in 1997, becoming the first music act to land a deal with the label.
Though Mariah did discuss those years in her life in the memoir, she did not mention Allure. Instead, she focused on the label itself, explaining it was something Mottola created for her during their marriage and that its first signing was a hip hop group called The Negro League. But “later when it became clear to Tommy that the marriage was not going to make it, Crave became defunct,” she said in the book. (Variety reports it shuttered in 1998.)
Going on, Carey said there just one benefit to the experience: one of the members of The Negro League got to appear in the video for her and Jermaine Dupri’s “Sweetheart” video. She went on to talk about a brief fling with that person before switching to a new subject entirely.
This apparently irritated Allure, as it blasted Carey in a message shared on Instagram. The group acknowledged that it had tried to take the high road “for years,” even when “hearing rumors that one of us assaulted her” and “people saying they were bitter.” But it did not like “being treated as if [Allure] never existed.”
“How does anyone blatantly lie and totally disregard people who were a huge part of your life and your career..between us and 7 Mile…,” the group said in part, referencing another act signed to Crave, before calling the omission a “slap in the face.”
Carey has yet to publicly acknowledge the post. However, viewers were quick to let Allure know their thoughts.
Allure’s post about Mariah Carey received mixed reactions from social media users
Many people seemed annoyed and confused by Allure’s comments, given that The Meaning of Mariah Carey is the singer’s personal story. One person wrote under The Jasmine Brand’s post: “It’s HER memoir!! She can include and leave out whatever she wants 🙄.”
Others encouraged Allure to create a project of their own or to appear on a series like Unsung where they can share their own story. “Write your own memoir if it’s that big of a deal. If she mentioned y’all and you didn’t like what she said that would be a problem to. Kick rocks!!” read another comment.
But at the same time, some fans offered supportive words to Allure in the comment section of its post.
“Speak your truth!!!!! Let these ppl know you helped move her label PERIOD!! If ppl spoke the TRUTH their lives wld run smoother…” said one fan.
“No matter what happened, I’m a fan for life. Love you ladies,” another person wrote, earning a string of kissy emojis from Allure.
Allure isn’t the only music act that was surprised by the book
Us Weekly previously reported that Eminem also allegedly expected Carey to write about their rumored relationship. He and the Caution singer were briefly linked in the early 2000s. However, both of them have had two totally different stories in regard to the nature of their relationship. While Carey has insisted that they simply hung out, Eminem has claimed it was more serious.
Amid reports that he was “nervous” about what she miight reveal, Carey told Vulture that she did not mention the “Superman” rapper in the book. “If somebody or something didn’t pertain to the actual meaning of Mariah Carey, as is the title, then they aren’t in the book,” she explained.
When you think about it, perhaps that sentiment is why Allure isn’t in the memoir, either. Fans can find the Meaning of Mariah Carey online or in stores now.
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