08/09/2012 04:13 pm ET

Mariah Carey's Comeback Has Been Less Than 'Triumphant'

It’s ironic that Mariah Carey‘s comeback single is called "Triumphant,” as the pop diva's new track doesn't quite live up to its name, bombing on the radio and dropping to No. 50 in iTunes. In fact, Mariah's big comeback is looking rocky.

“I think it’s really hard to get on Top 40 radio when you are over 40,” one top radio host tells me. “She’s trying to get street cred by having rappers on the song but it isn’t working. What’s really concerning her team is that most superstars' singles get in the top 10 on iTunes within the first days, just out of curiosity. It’s not like people are listening to the song and deciding they don’t like it; [with Mariah] they are not even listening.”

This bad news comes after a winning year for the music icon. Her adorable twins celebrated their first birthday, she remarried her husband, Nick Cannon, in Parisian style, and she became the highest-paid reality show judge in history, joining the "American Idol" team.

“I think it was a mistake releasing the song before she got on 'Idol',” says Carolina Bermudez, who just left radio station Z100 to join CBS' "The Couch." “If radio isn’t playing it, then that’s a problem.”


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