L.A. Reid Gets Brutally Honest About Mariah Carey’s New Single Infinity

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It could be a record company exec expecting the best from his artist, a boss trying to be realistic about his employees, or a family member just tellin’ it like it is.

But whatever the angle, L.A. Reid is being brutally honest about Mariah Carey‘s latest single, Infinity.

After the 45-year-old singer performed at the Billboard Music Awards for the first time in over 15 years last weekend, label boss Reid spoke to Billboard Magazine on Monday and shared his ├óΓé¼ΓÇ╣very realistic expectations for the legendary singer’s future.

The Epic Records CEO told the mag:

“To even be on the radio at this point in her career is a huge accomplishment, because radio doesn’t cater to veteran artists or legends. Radio caters to in-the-moment stars. Nobody that put out records 25 years ago is going to have a No. 1. Not Paul [McCartney], Stevie [Wonder], Bruce [Springsteen], Mick [Jagger] or Keith [Richards]. Not Prince, not anyone.

So if she can get on the radio, we’ve done damn good. Would we like to have a No. 1? F*** yeah, I’m greedy. But it’s not realistic.”

Carey had been at Def Jam Records after splitting with Reid, with whom she’d worked for years.

But in March, she re-signed with Epic Records, promptly released a greatest hits album and scoring a residency in Vegas.

[ Related: Mariah Carey Recovers From Her Bronchitis-Hindered Billboard Music Awards Performance! ]

And Reid wasn’t the only one who spoke out about their partnership at Epic. Carey got her say speaking to the Los Angeles Times last week about her decision to return to Reid:

“I felt really abandoned by him. I was lost. I really didn’t like being at a place without a family. You’ve gotta have people that actually care about you as an artist, that’s first and foremost, and as a person as well. That’s what you get with him.”

Is L.A. Reid throwing shade at Mariah by having low expectations about Infinity? Or does the “family” history these two have allow Reid to be brutally honest about his legendary singer?

Let us know what you think about Reid’s assessment of Carey’s career in the comments (below)!!!

[Image via Judy Eddy/Nikki Nelson/WENN.]

May 19, 2015 9:00pm PDT

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