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Tuesday, March 18, 2008
7:51 PM


Dancing For Attention

 

While it’s great that Mario is finally getting some much needed national media attention, shouldn’t this season of Dancing with the Stars token R&B contestant be Omarion?

Mario is arguably one of the better male R&B vocalists to come out in years, but judging from the promotional efforts of his record label, he may likely end up being more known for his stint on a reality show than the good work he’s produced in the studio.

Isn’t that a bit…depressing? While “Crying Out For Me” continues to slowly struggle up the upper echelon of the Hot 100, Mario’s skillfully executed album, Go!, is a distant memory from the album charts.

Part of that is rooted in the poor setup for the album. Constant back-and-forth switches in first single choices; poor promotional launch of the album; even after the much forgotten first single picks up the steam, the label has done little to capitalize off its increasing airplay. Then there’s the idea to place him on a tour bill with Kelly Rowland – a tour that died before it even began.

You would think Marques Houston was his manager.

I saw his album on sale at Target for $7.87. Please tell me J Records purchased commercial time after Mario’s performance?

In an era of R&B where the majority of the male vocalists sound like victims of Newports, sore throat, or late puberty, wouldn’t it be awful if this becomes his biggest claim to fame?


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