News Archive » August 2003
AUGUST 31, 2003 11:56AM
We don't Carey...she'll have to book

As the world’s biggest-selling female singer and an international sex symbol, Mariah Carey has grown used to getting her own way.

But the pop superstar is set to face some unfamiliar difficulties when she makes a flying visit to golf courses in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

The enthusiastic golfer is planning to take advantage of a forthcoming concert in Scotland to stop off in Edinburgh and play on some of the region’s famous courses.

However, rules regarding "lady players" mean she will be banned from the bar at one club house and forced to take a male partner before she is allowed on some courses.

Nor will she be able to squeeze in a game at any time to suit her busy schedule - due to restrictions on "women’s tee-off times".

One of the region’s most prestigious clubs was so unimpressed by her fame and fortune that they warned she would have to book soon if she wanted to get a game during October.

The 33-year-old New Yorker plans to visit Edinburgh for a few days’ golfing before she performs at the SECC in Glasgow on October 25. She also intends to meet the producers of a play to discuss appearing at the Fringe in a new drama next year.

But, at Muirfield Golf Club, in Gullane, East Lothian, the venue of last year’s British Open Championship, club secretary John Prideaux was distinctly unimpressed.

Mr Prideaux, who admitted he had never heard of the singer, said the club refused to bend its no-female-members rule for anyone. At £100-a-round, the singer would be able to play the famous course, but only under strict conditions.

"If the lady wants to play, and has a gentleman to accompany her, then there is no problem. We do have ladies’ changing rooms," said Mr Prideaux. "She will be able to play provided there are visitors’ tee-off times available, so I would suggest she gets booked up well in advance to make sure."

It was a similar story at the prestigious Royal Burgess Golf Club, near Barnton, which also has a no-female-members rule.

Club secretary Graeme Seeley said Carey would be welcome and could even make use of the club’s new changing facilities for female golfers - but there were conditions. He said: "Mariah Carey could certainly come here if she were to phone the professional and book a time. She would also have to be accompanied by a male."

Bruntsfield Links Golf Club offered Carey a warmer welcome, insisting she could play without a male partner and was free to drink in the bar. But she would have to avoid the men-only playing times from 4pm-6.30pm during the week and before 3.30pm on a Saturday.

Bruntsfield club secretary Ian Armstrong said: "She can just pitch up, we’d be delighted to see her. As long as she checks that there are no competitions on."

Strict dress codes at all the courses mean the four-inch heels, tight T-shirt and hot pants she wore for a recent lesson in Los Angeles would be off limits. She was unfazed by raised eyebrows at the time, saying: "I went on to the course in high heels and barely anything on and they didn’t mind."

Asked about the potential problem of turning up without a male partner, one of her representatives told the Evening News that the rule was unlikely to trouble the superstar. "She has bodyguards so there will be plenty of people with her," said the singer’s spokeswoman.

She added: "She just wants to go to Edinburgh and relax and play golf because she has heard that there are so many fantastic courses in the area."

Source: Edinburgh Evening News

Mariah a no-show at birthday party

With DJ Funkmaster Flex spinning in the background, BET's AJ Calloway celebrated his "20-something-and-another" birthday at Resort in East Hampton on Friday night.

While a few of Calloway's musical pals couldn't attend, they still picked up some gifts. R. Kelly took Calloway shopping at the Nike shop, Missy Elliott picked up a diamond bracelet for him and Mariah Carey said she'll hand over a gift at a Manhattan after-party for her Sept. 18 show.

Source: New York Post

Mariah Gets Through The Rain

Mariah Carey may have been looking for good luck when she titled her most recent album "Charmbracelet.'' The album, released late last year, was her first musical offering after her public fall from grace. Carey went from one of … if not the … hottest properties in pop music to the subject of speculation that her career was over.

Carey began 2001 by signing a Virgin Records contract worth a reported $80 million. By the end of the year, her erratic public behavior resulted in her hospitalization for "exhaustion,'' according to published reports. Her film "Glitter'' and its soundtrack album both bombed, with the movie becoming the most talked about bad picture since "Showgirls.''

Virgin Records washed its hands of her, buying out her contract for $28 million.

But Carey wasn't out of the running by any means. Island Def Jam signed her for $20 million in 2002 and she presented them with "Charmbracelet'' by year's end.

Perhaps even more heartening, after the "Glitter'' debacle, were the good notices Carey got for a co-starring role in the independent film "Wisegirls.''

"I was happy to be part of it,'' Carey says of "Wisegirls,'' on the telephone from Tokyo just after a concert there. She says it was great to do "something for the art and freedom of it instead of what you think are the right reasons.''

That would seem to be a reference to "Glitter,'' as overblown a star vehicle as anyone could imagine.

Carey seems to be happy scaling back a bit these days. Her current tour, for example, originally was planned for arenas. Instead, the arenas were swapped for theaters and a tour billed as "An Intimate Evening.''

"It's like someone doing a show in your living room,'' Carey says. "It's kind of like cabaret meets an "Unplugged' vibe. It's a fairly big production but very intimate.''

Also, after years of increasing hip-hop influence in her music, "Charmbracelet'' focuses on the ballads with which Carey established herself as a hit-maker in the early 1990s.

"It takes you back to the first album,'' Carey says of similarities between "Charmbracelet'' and her eponymous 1990 debut. "'My Saving Grace' [from "Charmbracelet"] has a vibe like 'Vision of Love,''' her first hit single, Carey says.

"There are still songs with a strong hip-hop influence,'' she insists, citing rapper Jay-Z's appearance on "You Got Me.'' "There are different things, but the focus is the ballads.''

Of course, the ballads ring a little more true to her now. "I've been through a lot since then,'' she understates.

Carey blames 2001's meltdown on "overload,'' making a movie and album at the same time, as well as micromanaging her career.

Nowadays, Carey says, "I have to take care of myself, be selfish even. I'm a caretaker and I can neglect myself,'' she says. "I'm a caretaker for my career and I think I have to work five times as hard as everybody else. That's when you get yourself in trouble and make bad decisions.

"But I learned from it,'' Carey concludes, "and I'm grateful for what I've gone through and the lessons I've learned.''

Source: Tampa Bay Online

Stars Will "Fill In" For Celine Dion In Las Vegas

Elton John is expected to "fill in" for Celine Dion in Las Vegas, while other performers such as Mariah Carey, Gloria Estefan and Jerry Seinfeld will also guest star. Michael Jackson hopes to star in a show in Vegas. If you were visiting Sin City, who would you most like to see perform? Please vote for Mariah at thewpbfchannel.com

Source: WPBF-TV

Carey can't find a man

Mariah Carey says she doesn't know why she can't find a man. She has also admitted there have only ever been three men in her entire life.

The 33-year-old singer told German newspaper Bild: "There have only been three men in my life. I was married to Tommy Mottola, then I was together with US footballer Derek Jeter and after that I went out with singer Luis Miguel."

Her relationship with the Mexican singer ended in the summer of 2001 and Carey said since then she hasn't had sex.

She said she didn't know why no-one was interested in her and the only explanation she could come up with was because of her fame.

"I think that must be it. My stylist, for example, is always meeting people and goes on loads of dates. I'm always asking myself why I never meet anyone. But that's how it is. Most men believe that I'm not interested in them."

Source: Ananova


AUGUST 29, 2003 9:35PM
Mariah To Be On "The Wayne Brady Show"

Monday, September 8th
Wayne goes "One on One" with Multi-Platinum Mega-Star Mariah Carey backstage at her new concert.

Check the show's local airing times here.

Source: Janel | The Wayne Brady Show

Mariah To Appear On "The Proud Family"

According to this week's 'TV Guide', Mariah's going to appear in the next season of the Disney channel cartoon show, "The Proud Family".

Source: Lindsay | TV Guide

Mariah carries newfound confidence

Pop diva says her breakdown is behind her, returns to stage.
Mariah Carey makes no secret that she's tired of talking about her much-discussed emotional collapse of 2001.

"Well, I feel like I've gone over this on 'Oprah,' on 'Dateline,' on this one and that, so I'd rather not talk about it yet again, because it was two years ago," Carey said.

Still, there's no getting around the topic, because it relates strongly to where Carey is in her life today. As even she points out, some songs (most notably "Through The Rain") on her current CD, "Charmbracelet," reflect on the changes that have occurred in her life since that time.

"That's why 'Charmbracelet' is so important to me, because it marks a place in my life where I learned to take the initiative, to take care of myself more as a human being, not just as a product," Carey, 33, said.

Throughout the 1990s, Carey's career had seemed charmed, to say the least. Signed at age 18 to Columbia Records, the Long Island native blasted onto the scene with a 1990 self-titled CD that sold more than 9 million copies in the United States alone.

Overall, she scored four chart-topping albums, had 15 No. 1 singles and worldwide record sales of 150 million, enough to make her pop's diva of the decade.

Plus, she married her boss, Columbia Records president Tommy Motolla, in 1993.

But by the late 1990s, Carey was heading into choppier career waters. First came her breakup with Mottola in 1997. Her relationship with Columbia eroded from there.

"It felt really hard and really impossible to stay there and still thrive," Carey said.

So Carey moved on, signing with great fanfare an $80 million deal with Virgin Records in 2001. For that label, she recorded "Glitter," a soundtrack album to the movie of the same title. The film flopped, and the soundtrack suffered as well, selling just 557,000 copies in the United States (Carey said worldwide sales were 2 million). Some started questioning Carey's future in music.

Then things went from bad to ugly.

In 2001, as she was promoting "Glitter" and dealing with its much-publicized failure, Carey began to show signs of emotional overload. She exhibited odd behavior during appearances on MTV's "Total Request Live" and at a record store signing in Garden City, N.Y.

Then, July 25, came the real meltdown. That day, Carey trashed her room at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in Manhattan.

She was taken from the hotel to her mother's home in Westchester County, where she collapsed. Her mother called for an ambulance for her daughter, who then checked herself in to Silver Hill Hospital in New Canaan, Conn.

Several news outlets reported that Carey had attempted suicide, something Carey has vigorously denied.

In Carey's view, her breakdown was simply a product of overwork as she sought to establish herself apart from Columbia and Mottola. She said the relentless pace of public appearances and travel left her getting only three hours of sleep a night. The exhaustion and frustration, she said, finally caused her to break.

"At that point in my life, I was really spiraling trying to keep everything together," she said. "I didn't have the right team around me. I was just neglecting myself. It was just like not treating myself as a human being with the proper respect that one would treat another human being."

Carey emerged from her very public crash determined to put her life and her career back on track.

And in many respects, she has come out smelling like a rose. Virgin Records, stung by the disappointing performance of "Glitter," bought out Carey's contract, reportedly paying her $28 million.

Then Carey signed with Island Def Jam, netting what's been reported as a $20 million deal for three albums.

"Charmbracelet," her first release under the Island/Def Jam deal, however, has delivered mixed results.

Released in December, its first two singles, "Through The Rain" and "Boy (I Need You)," fizzled. Sales of the CD, however, have topped 1 million.

And now "Charmbracelet" is getting a second life.

Carey released a new version of the CD on July 29, adding four tracks, including her recent Top 5 hit duet with Busta Rhymes, "I Know What You Want." The song initially appeared only on Rhymes' CD, "It Ain't Safe No More."

Still, Carey's level of popularity remains under question, especially in light of her decision this spring to downsize a U.S. tour of arenas and instead play theaters.

The singer, though, said her decision to play smaller venues was not based on slow ticket sales. Instead, it's a sign of her independence as an artist, as she chose to play venues where she could interact with her audience.

"I feel like at this point in my life, I'm in control," Carey said. "I'm in the driver's seat, and I can dictate what I want to do.

"So if I want to do something that showcases my talent as a singer and songwriter, yet also lets me have my personality, fun moments and the more theatrical stuff and the audience interaction, it's just the perfect thing for me to do."

Source: Florida Today

After Several Setbacks, Mariah Carey Returns With Emphasis on Fans

She's one of the most successful singers in the world. She's had 15 No. 1 hits -- more than any other female singer.

And with sales of 150 million albums in the 1990s, Mariah Carey's reign was solidified when Billboard magazine named her "Artist of the Decade" for the 1990s.

That was before her brand of dance pop gave way to harder-edged sounds from such newcomers as Christina Aguilera, however.

And it was before "Glitter," the failed 2001 album and film that preceded her public dumping by EMI Records -- which paid her a reported $28 million simply to leave.

And it was before an emotional breakdown in 2001, which followed a public meltdown on MTV's "Total Request Live" and climaxed with her checking into a hospital.

But now Carey, whose current tour brings her to Orlando on Saturday and Tampa on Wednesday, is literally on the comeback trail and taking her case straight to fans.

Her new record label, Island/Def Jam, released Carey's most recent album "Charmbracelet" last December.

While it didn't return her to the days of "Daydream," the 1995 smash that sold more than 9 million copies, "Charmbracelet" did enter Billboard's Hot 200 albums chart at No. 3 and has since sold more than 1 million copies.

And though it didn't win unanimously glowing reviews, "Charmbracelet" didn't receive the near-universal bashing that "Glitter" did.

Carey recorded the album as the next step in her evolution as a singer, she told The New York Times, rather than as a spiteful response to her exit from EMI.

"I didn't do it to answer people, or to justify my validity as an artist," Carey said. "It really was just about an emotional outlet for me."

While Carey's current tour has her playing mostly theaters as opposed to arenas, it returns her to a medium long considered among her best, and in venues where the pressure is less than it would be in cavernous coliseums.

"This particular tour, being in the more intimate venues, does something different to me as an artist and as a performer, rather than being in a vacuous arena," Carey told The Hollywood Reporter.

"I can see people in row 15 singing the lyrics to an obscure album cut and see people with fan-club shirts 20 rows back," she said. "That makes me feel good."

Though just 33 years old, Carey's career has already become one of the more storied in pop/rock.

She moved to New York City at age 17 to pursue a music career, and sang backup for such singers as Brenda K. Starr.

In a story repeated so often it has become part of modern-pop lore, Starr passed Carey's demo tape on to Sony Music executive Tommy Mottola at a party -- who was so impressed upon hearing it on the way home that he ordered his limo driver to return to the party so he could meet Carey.

Mottola later signed Carey to two contracts: the first to record albums for Columbia Records, the second to be his wife.

Years later, after Carey had surpassed Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston and Madonna in her number of songs to hit No. 1, both unions were over.

Now in the middle of what may be her most soul-satisfying comeback, Carey has learned to balance such amazing highs with inevitable lows.

"The way I look at it is, you take the good with the bad," she told Maxim magazine, in a September cover story.

"We're all human and we all go through good times and difficult times.

"But in the end it's all about getting up the right way. My song `Through the Rain' is about going through all of these things."

Source: The Ledger

Mariah can sing — just ignore the showgirl crap

With her reputation as a true diva at stake, Mariah Carey scored major points when her tour stopped at NextStage on Tuesday night. The 33-year-old pop queen has a lot to prove: Two years have passed and Glitter still remains a box-office punch line, and the failure of that blockbuster eventually led to her much-publicized “emotional and physical breakdown.” And who can forget that Virgin Records gave this powerhouse vocalist a $28 million settlement to not sing for them anymore?

Perhaps her troubles are behind her, because the new Mariah still sounds fantastic, and she’s never looked prettier or happier. You just wish she’d realize that she doesn’t need a bunch of onstage junk to distract from her best assets — that crystalline and silvery voice combined with a woman who can evoke the supernatural by nailing amazingly written power ballads with Olympian key changes and progressions.

Her onstage set was like funky living room decorated in what could best be described as “all over the place.” The entire concept was like a watered-down Las Vegas revue. Flashes of Moulin Rouge, marionettes, circus clutter, espionage spoofs and a back-up dance crew that looked like The Wiz gone horribly wrong only distracted from the good stuff: Mariah. However, the costume changes were fun. Girlfriend went from ghetto princess to hooker-chic to red-carpet Soprano Barbie who dropped to her knees wearing a floor-length gown.

She can still hit those notes that only dogs can hear, but all the onstage craziness reeks of an insecure star. The girl has still got it — it’s all just so pointlessly flashy and excessive.

Source: Dallas Voice

Prince Pursues Mariah

Reclusive popstar Prince is a huge fan of singer Mariah Carey - and has been bombarding her with flowers.

The Purple Rain legend has gone to several of the Honey star's Charmbracelet tour dates and reportedly hopes to woo her.

According to British tabloid TThe Daily Star, a source says, "He's got a soft spot for Mariah.

"He's asked about coming to see her when she performs in the UK in October. He seems smitten with her."

Source: Teen Music

Fans meet Mariah at Orlando airport

Ramon was one of 9 fans who went to the Orlando airport last night to greet Mariah as she came in. She landed at 'Signature' airport at around 4am and came near the fans with her limo down speeding in front of them and waving to them. Then, at around 4:30am, the limo came back and Mariah came out, gave autographs to the fans and chatted with them for a short time.

Fanbooks & Updates

-- Jonny is the leader of the Boston fan-bracelet. The show takes place very soon so please e-mail him your letters as soon as possible for him to be able to complete the fanbook. Jonny's e-mail is closemyeyes823@aol.com.

-- International fans: Please don't forget to submit your entries to the international fan-bracelet through this site!

-- Small updates in the Charmbracelet tour section with two meet & greet reviews from the Dallas and Phoenix concerts by Saul and Lydia.


AUGUST 28, 2003 5:00PM
Mariah Carey

Years and years ago, I wrote a double review of Mariah Carey's Butterfly and Janet Jackson's The Velvet Rope. My point then was that Carey and Jackson weren't all that different from each other, but after the review came out, a few people wanted to burn me in effigy. They were livid, enraged that I would even speak of that light-skinned corporate shill's name in the same breath as Ms. Janet. Jackson is an artist, they said, and Mariah couldn't hold a candle to her. Janet was taking chances; Mariah was nothing but a mulatto Celine Dion!

But be honest. As the years rolled on and the music of both ladies has evolved with time, hasn't it been a bitch telling them apart? Jackson's last album, the unfortunately formulaic (and aptly titled) All for You, found the once liberated and independent superstar breathily begging for a man, her music little more than an excuse to melodiously document her middle-aged hot flashes.

As for Mariah, say what you will. She's nuts, she needs to put on clothes before she gets a chest cold, she couldn't act her way out of a paper bag. But from a musical standpoint, she never fell off as pitifully as Janet.

We always knew what we were getting with a gal like Mariah, whose name, as Michael Stipe once noted, rhymes with "pariah." She jumped into this thing striving to be the best gosh-darn pop star she could possibly be. And admit it, when she busted out with "Vision of Love" 13 or so years ago, you were feeling it when she hit that high note.

True, she did go overboard with the rap star cameos. Ever since some smart son of a bitch had the idea to pair Carey up with Ol' Dirty Bastard on the 1995 song "Fantasy," she's found it to be a necessary tool, a way to stay in touch with that "urban" (read: Freddy vs. Jason-watching) audience. Since then, she's peppered her songs with the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, P. Diddy and Missy Elliott. She continues in that tradition on her latest, Charmbracelet, with guest shots from Cam'ron, Freeway and the Jigga Man once again.

At this show, we most likely won't be getting the pink hot pants-wearing Mariah, the one who rolls with rap royals. This will probably bring us pop princess Mariah, the Mariah with the high vocal range, the gold lamé dresses and the overweening desire for your adoration.

Source: Houston Press

Mariah Carey gets her act together with help from fans

The key to "divadom" is the ability to reinvent oneself. Prissy, trampy, down-to-earth and unapproachable are just some of the personas Mariah Carey used to become the most successful female artist of the ’90s. Carey had 15 No. 1 singles and pushed past the Beatles with the most cumulative weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart with dance hits like Emotion and Heartbreaker.

Two years ago, the entertainer took on a role most people would avoid: woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Weeks before the release of her movie Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack, Carey suffered a meltdown that many thought would be a career-killer.

These days Carey is working on a new persona: survivor. In December she released Charmbracelet, her first record for Island / Def Jam Records; it’s sold more than 500,000 copies.

Currently on her first tour in three years, which includes a stop tonight at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in The Woodlands, Carey took a few minutes to talk about performing and upcoming projects, as well as to answer questions about "the episode."

Q: What tidbits can you give away to tease fans about what to expect from your tour?

A: One of the cool things was being able to have fans actually vote for their favorite songs on my Web site (www.mariahcarey.com). That is the interactive portion of my show. Also, in each city there will be a list of the top four songs that aren’t making it onto the list. The fans in that city (at the show) will get to vote, and then I’ll do that song specifically that night.

Q: Have you been surprised at what’s been requested?

A: I knew a lot of the songs would get picked, like Heartbreaker, Fantasy and Hero, but I didn't realize that Hero would win by such a landslide. It's unbelievable.

Q: What about the first couple of albums, 1990's self-titled debut and 1991's Emotions? Do those songs get as many votes as something from Charmbracelet?

A: It's funny. Charmbracelet gets a lot of votes for different album cuts. Like I Know What You Want with Busta Rhymes gets a lot of votes, as well as the really big hits. But I can't do every song that's getting voted for, so we're getting pretty specific.

Q: Were you concerned that you were going to lose momentum because there was such a lull between when Charmbracelet was released and when you went out on tour?

A: Not really. I don't even really think about stuff like that, to be honest with you. I just sort of go about my business and do what I want (laughs).

Q: Are you enjoying being out live like this? You've done a lot of studio work and behind-the-camera stuff. How does moving around this much compare to that?

A: I think it's about the same amount of work, but it's almost more enjoyable in some ways because you get to be right there with the fans. That's something that's irreplaceable. This tour is so different because it is very intimate. By the end of the show you know all the singers and the dancers and the band members. We just have a good time. I kind of take one day at a time. I'm that kind of person.

Q: Do you feel that whatever happened a few years ago and whatever troubles you were having, are they gone from your life now?

A: You know what? It's gone for me, but people still want to ask about it. It's like being asked the question, "When did you first know you wanted to be a singer?" It's that kind of tedious stuff, but what are you going to do? That's the way it is.

Q: In your own mind, is it gone? You have a new record label, new movie opportunities, a big tour and the success of Charmbracelet. Does it feel like a new beginning?

A: I would say Charmbracelet was definitely a new beginning for me, especially because it's such a personal album. It's sort of like a new beginning, but getting back to basics as well.

Q: What about your new movie, The Sweet Science?

A: It's about women boxing. I play a boxer. I'm not supposed to tell that much about it, but it's being cast right now. It's still in the beginning stages.

Q: It sounds like a lot of time in the gym following the tour.

A: Yes. Exactly. You got that right. (laughs).

Source: Houston Chronicle

'I Know What You Want' Nominated for an MTV VMA

Congratulations to Mariah Carey and Busta Rhymes for their 2003 MTV Video Music Awards nomination. "I Know What You Want" is up for an award in the Best Hip-Hop Video category. Be sure to tune in tonight to catch the VMA's live on MTV, at 8:00 pm EST.

Source: MariahCarey.com

More Details About Mariah's Arrival to Orlando

Mariah will be arriving at the Signature Hangar, which is located on Lindy Circle outside of the actual Orlando International Airport. This hangar is where a lot of private jets are docked during their stay here. This is their website where you can find all the information about the location.

Source: Lyn | Signature

Germany Meet & Greet Auction

eBay Germany is currently auctioning a Meet & Greet with Mariah at one of her concerts in Germany. The money will be donated to the Nordoff Robbins Foundation, a German charity helping autistic children with music therapy. The auction will end on September 3rd. Click here to view the auction page on eBay. The translation from the page is:

Bid for something very special and unique
The Stars & Charity Auction on eBay will sell very special prizes in favor of the support of the Nordoff/Robbins music therapy. Many artists and companies donating something very personal for a good case could be found. We wanna say thank you for that.

Meeting with Mariah Carey for Nordoff / Robbins
Meeting Mariah Carey face to face! Here you have the one of a kind opportunity to meet Mariah Carey during her Charmbracelet Germany Tour in October 2003. Possible places for the Meet&Greet are Hamburg (10.10.), Berlin (13.10.) and Munich (16.10.). The prize is sponsored by Universal Music. The winner of the auction is paying possible costs for the travel and overnight stays. Please contact us before your bid.

Founded in Germany in 1992 by Klaus Meine and Rudolf Schenker of the band Scorpions, concert manager Ossy Hoppe and Peter Maffay, the Nordoff/Robbins foundation especially supports the training and work of music therapists which help disabled and autistic children with different kinds of music therapy. For more information about the foundation check www.nordoff-robbins.de.

Source: eBay Germany | Butterflies Are Free

Dutch Fanbook

Dieneke is making the dutch fan-bracelet. Please send your stories, reviews on Charmbracelet, letters, pictures, drawings, etc., to the following address by the end of September:

D. Oonk
d'Orvillestraat 6
3602 PN MAARSSEN

News Bits & Updates

-- "I Know What You Want Want" moves up 2 places to #5 on the world chart. It's been on this chart for 10 weeks.

-- "I Know What You Want" is currently at #1 on the Top 15 songs of "Europa +", the biggest radio station in Russia.

-- Visit our temporary photogallery for two new magazine scans, a picture of Mariah with a fan and a high quality picture from 'Maxim'.

Source: IslandYacht | Yulia | mcfanatic | Janel | Kavita | Business Wire


AUGUST 27, 2003 10:00PM
Tour Section Updates

The following pages have been updated in the Charmbracelet Tour Section:
Pictures: Chicago, Concord & Los Angeles (21st).
Reviews: Concord, Phoenix & Dallas.

Source: Jimmy | MariahHero.com | Ardis | Eric | Alexander

Mariah's Arrival to Florida

Mariah will arrive in Orlando at the International Airport between 2:30 and 3:30 AM Thursday night / Friday morning. She will leave Houston tomorrow after the show and meet and greet. She should arrive into the Signature Terminal.

Source: MonarC | Mariah Daily

News Tidbits

-- Earlier this week, Jessica Simpson appeared on Z100's 'Reality Radio' and chose songs for her playlist. Mariah was the only artist to make her list twice with "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" at #8 and "I Know What You Want" at #5.

-- News and Entertainment show Inside Edition counted down their picks for the top 10 hottest videos of the summer of 2003. Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey's music video for their smash hit 'I Know What You Want' came in at #8.

-- Friday, August 29th on "The View": "Chart Toppers" featuring the sensational singing voices of Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Beyoncé Knowles, Bryan Adams, Annie Lennox, Vanessa Carlton and Josh Grobin.

-- As previously reported, "I Know What You Want" fell off Billboard's Hot 100 after spending 25 weeks on the chart (spending its last week at #48). As it turns out, the song didn't neccessarily fall 52 spots, but was left out of the Hot 100 according to Billboard's rules where a song that spent more than 25 weeks on the chart (not in the top 50), is taken off the Hot 100.

-- Mariah performed her 2nd Los Angeles concert on August 21st at the Universal Amphitheater. In attendance were; Randy Jackson, Jim Verraros (American Idol 1), and Holly Robinson Pete ("Hangin with Mr. Cooper").

-- Robert, the leader for the Houston fan-bracelet has sent us this message:
"My name is Robert. Im making the Fanbook for Mariah on Thursday at her concert at the Woodlands Pavillion in Houston. I was wondering if some other fans would like to meet up with me before the show and perhaps sign the book and take pictures abd what not. If you would like to do so, please e-mail me or respond on here. My e-mail is BOB121984@sbcglobal.net Put "Houston Meet-up" in the heading. Oh and yes...she will be recieving the book from me personally. I recieved my e-mail from MonarC, and will be picking up my Backstage/Meet & Greet passes Thursday at the concert. Let me know what's up! Love ya much!"

Source: papicaramelo | Z100 | Mariah Inc. | Jason | Angel

Information from Russia

-- Busta Rhymes is scheduled to appear with Mariah at her Russian concerts of the Charmbracelet tour. 'SAV Entertainment' reports that Busta has ordered 390 pale-rosy roses for Mariah. Roses should be delivered from Holland on September 27th at 19:00.

-- Mariah and Busta are climbing up in all the Russian charts. They are currently at #2 (up from #5 last week) at MTV Russia's countdown. If they reach the #1 slot, that will be Mariah's first number one ever at MTV Russia.

Source: Sav Entertainment | MTV Russia | Mariah.RU


AUGUST 27, 2003 3:27PM
Mariah propositioned by Hell's Angel

Mariah Carey was propositioned by a Hell's Angel baring his chest. An insider said: "This biker took off his shirt in front of her and asked her to sign his chest so he could get her autograph tattooed."

Source: Daily Record

Carey reclaims title at NextStage

When you rack up as many hits as Mariah Carey did in the '90s, you don't need to tour. So, for the most part, the siren-voiced diva simply stayed home.

But in the wake of her 2001 cinematic bomb Glitter, Ms. Carey has decided to hit the road for a rare extended tour that brought her to NextStage in Grand Prairie on Tuesday night. And as awkward and corny as the show was at times, it also reaffirmed her status as one of pop's most powerful vocalists.

Ms. Carey's show recalled a low-budget version of the theatrical dance spectacles Janet Jackson has been putting on for the past 15 years. Her nine- person dance troupe spun and skipped around sets that looked like a circus or a giant living room, but instead of taking part in dance routines a la Janet (or Britney or Madonna), Ms. Carey stood still in her high heels and sang – far removed from the action. The effect was like watching an organist playing along to a silent movie.

When she did venture into the fray, the results weren't always pretty: Before one song, she slowly descended from the rafters seated in what looked like a large dishrag.

Even stranger were the moments when Ms. Carey sang along to MTV short video clips of herself, or, in the case of her post-Glitter ballad "My Saving Grace," to a garish video montage of favorable press clippings. During other songs, she simply left the stage and let the videos or her backup singers do the work, buying her time for yet another costume change. (For those keeping track, there were eight costumes in all, each one a tad more sparkly and skin-centric than the last.)

Yet amid all the T&A theatrics, the saccharine love songs and the REO Speedwagon-like clichés about perseverance, the operatic beauty in her voice still shone through. True, Ms. Carey catapulted a dozen notes into the stratosphere when one or two would have done just fine. And her version of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" was pure bombast.

But she also turned in a simple, soulful version of the Jackson Five's "I'll Be There" and turned what could have been a chore – introducing her band – into a sublime jazz ballad. Ms. Carey might never own the stage the way Ms. Jackson or Madonna do, but then again, they'll never have a voice half as potent as hers.

Source: Dallas Morning News

Carey's star power may be fading, if show is any clue

Last night at NextStage in Grand Prairie, pop singer Mariah Carey saw something she'd probably never dreamed of: empty seats.

Over the past three years, Carey, who throughout the '90s was one of the most popular singers on the planet, has seen her sales slide and her career take a major dip. In an effort to change that, Carey decided to tour to support her latest disc, Charmbracelet. It should be noted that Carey's sales used to be so strong, she simply did not tour often.

Her lack of touring experience was painfully evident last night. Her concert, which only drew 2,900 fans, was simply a mess, a capricious fusion of theater, music, missed notes and, most importantly, missed opportunities. The stage is the last place where struggling artists can regain popularity and integrity. If last night's show is indicative of her entire tour, she will fail at both.

The show was much like that of those of her younger pop-music contemporaries, such as Britney Spears and 'N Sync. There was a lot of visual candy -- costume and set, a video screen on which Carey's image blazed, singers and dancers, and a backup band that may or may have not been playing. There were times when it was obvious that the music was prerecorded.

That's really nothing new. What was so surprising was the spottiness of Carey's vocals. The woman with a five-octave range only seemed to be using two or three octaves. She especially struggled early on, during the ballads My All and Through the Rain. Her voice was so scratchy, some of the people in the audience looked at each other in befuddlement.

Carey also had an awkwardness about her that proved she has not spent much time on the road. Often looking down or lost or confused, she resembled a small child performing in his or her first school play. Other times, such as during the upbeat Honey, she looked fatigued and could not keep up with her dancers. It was times like these that you simply felt bad for her.

There were some nice moments, including Can't Take That Away, a new ballad. Under beautiful purple lights, she belted out the song precisely and compellingly. And for those few minutes, you caught a glimpse of Mariah Carey's talents. And then they were gone.

Source: Star Telegram

Fears for ears

Many artists and fans are unknowingly going deaf by playing and listening to the music they love.

"If you've been playing gigs for more than a few years, you'll have a little bit of hearing loss," says Grammy winner Beck. The L.A. singer has been playing with ringing in his ears every night for the past 10 years without protection. "But, my ears are good, they're strong. You know, it's not like I'm playing def metal."

Pop star Mariah Carey concurs. "I'm bad. I don't use anything for hearing protection, but it's not too, too loud, and I'm OK with that."

Source: Mercury News


AUGUST 26, 2003 6:19PM
Mariah invited to birthday party

BET's A.J. Calloway throws his birthday party at Resort in East Hampton Friday. On his invite list: Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, Serena Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Missy Elliott.

Source: New York Post

Starmaker may sprinkle magic dust on Mariah

Stars aren't born, they're made, and one of the best in the star-building biz is Benny Medina. Lately, the uber-manager has snared headlines after one of his creations--Jennifer Lopez--dumped him and the two engaged in countersuits over endorsement deals and the like.

Proof that Medina's still got it: He's snagged Brandy and Mya, and word has it he's about to ink a big fat deal with none other than Mariah Carey. The pop diva has made it clear that she wants a J. Lo-sized career to take her beyond her super-successes in the music world and find luck with films, TV and other media experiences.

(Carey understands how quickly the public will forgive her ''Glitter'' goof once she scores big with the right picture, or two.)

The singer has had several meetings with Medina and sources say she is very close to signing the power broker to mastermind the future of her career.

Carey also could be part of a big multishow production deal Medina already has in the works.

Source: Chicago Sun-Times

Mariah and J. Roman

J. Roman, the former frontman for Vi3 was the opening act for Mariah in Chicago and Phoenix. Click here to check out a picture of Mariah and J. Roman backstage at The United Center in Chicago.

Source: The Official J. Roman Website


AUGUST 25, 2003 10:40PM
Tour Section Updates

The following sub-sections have been updated in the Charmbracelet Tour section:
Pictures: Denver, Concord, Los Angeles (both shows) & Phoenix.
Reviews: Denver, Concord, San Diego, Los Angeles (both shows) & Phoenix.

Source: Devin | Renee | Jimmy | Newton | Geno | Tim | Joe | Andrew | Jeramiah | Jae | Robert | Cherie

Concerning The MTV VMA Rumor

Earlier this week, the NY Post reported that Mariah might be attending the MTV Video Music Awards. The award show will be held in New York on August 28th and on the same night Mariah happens to have a tour stop in Houston, TX. An on screen performance is possible but highly unlikely to be happening.


AUGUST 25, 2003 5:43PM
Medina trades one diva for another

Jennifer Lopez, who? Having been fired and sued by the diva, her ex-manager Benny Medina has landed on his feet by signing up Brandy and Mya, and possibly Mariah Carey, who met with him on Thursday night. "Mariah needs to reinvent herself and she was convinced Benny was the only man to help make her over," a spy in Carey's camp said. But Medina's real source of income is the four television shows he has in production and a new product he has licensed: Cellboost, an auxiliary battery for dying cell phones. "When you are done, you throw it away," a source said. Cellboost, found now in bodegas, drugstores, supermarkets and airports, came in expecially handy during the blackout, when Hugh Jackman, Macy Gray amd Jennifer Love Hewitt were seen using them after their cellphones had prematurely died. Medina declined to comment.

Source: New York Post

Mariah's belt butterfly an official trend?

Question: Mariah Carey one created a fad by cutting off the waist of her jeans and baring her tummy. Now I've seen her on TV with a butterfly charm hanging from her belt loop. Is she starting another trend? -W. Jones, Denton, Tex.

Answer: Actually, the trend was started by Deigner Wendy Thorlakson, a producing partner of *NSync's Lance Bass. Thorlakson's company, Jean Jewels, makes the hottest accessories of the moment - including butterflies, flowers, and peace signs. They're being worn by celebrities such as Janet Jackson and Jennifer Aniston as well as Mariah Carey.

Source: Parade | The Mariah Carey Organization

Site Updates and News Tidbits

-- We hope you are enjoying our newly re-formatted layout. Each section (News, Information, Photos, Multimedia, Fan Center, and Internet) will eventually have its own unique color scheme, which will apt for brighter, more exciting site that will be much easier to navigate. We realize that many of our sections have yet to be uploaded to the site but the process is lengthy in collecting information and making sure it’s perfect for all of our visitors. We appreciate your cooperation and please keep checking back for many new exciting features and specials coming your way soon!

-- Mariah's official website has put up a new poll, asking which television show you would like Mariah to appear on. "Alias" or "Bernie Mac"? "Friends" or "Will & Grace"? Maybe "Law & Order" or "The Sopranos"? The choice is yours. Vote now.

-- MariahCareyUK.com has opened it’s own store, apply titled "Chop Shop"! Using galleries that include designs and images provided, fans can design and buy their own items including t-shirts, mobile phone covers, hats, bags, printed blank CDs and much more! Many fans have already expressed interest in using Chop Shop to make their own unique t-shirts to wear when Mariah tours the UK later this year!

-- Lenny is still collecting entries for Mariah's Orlando Fan Bracelet. He has backstage passes so Mariah will definetely be receiving this book. The concert is on August 30th, so if you want to have your letter to Mariah included, be sure to do submit it soon! All entries are due by August 28th. Pictures, poems, and letters can be included in the book. Send them to mariahgafan@hotmail.com

-- Gilles wants to warn Mariah fans that Esprit International Limited is selling a Mariah t-shirt, which they claim to be officially licensed. However, it is not official, so beware!

-- Stephanie wants to let everyone that she has re-opened mariahsweb.com with Felipe, the new co-webmaster!

Source: Matte | Lenny | Gilles | Stephanie


AUGUST 25, 2003 12:01AM
Mariah Carries On

Mariah Carey was riding high last week after she completed two shows at the Universal Amphitheater near Hollywood.

"It was a very feisty crowd tonight," Carey said Thursday, perched on a velvet couch in her dressing room after the second night. "Monday night was a fun crowd as well, so I was expecting more of an industry crowd tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised. Even though there were some industry people here, there were still so many real fans that it was a great show -- it didn't feel so corporate."

The songbird was in the midst of her first U.S. tour in three years (with 11 dates left to go), and thanks to the scaled-back settings, she couldn't be happier.

"I am having so much more fun onstage this time around because of the combination of being able to do the old songs, showcasing the new material and the energy of the audience," said Carey, who had just been belting out everything from "Hero" to "Honey" for ticket-holders including Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson and Prince, who also caught a piece of Monday's show.

"This particular tour, being in the more intimate venues, does something different to me as an artist and as a performer, rather than being in a vacuous arena," said Carey, who scrapped initial plans for a more elaborate tour partly because of weak demand. "I can see people in row 15 singing the lyrics to an obscure album cut and see people with fan club shirts 20 rows back -- that makes me feel good."

So what does Carey think of all the star-making television vehicles such as "Idol" or "American Juniors?"

"Randy keeps me abreast of all those things," she said. "You know, whatever works. For this moment, those things are popular, so that's cool. I'm fine with that."

Carey was also upbeat about the upcoming release of "Mariah Carey -- The Remixes," a dance and workout double CD from her former label Sony.

"You get all the hip-hop versions, like 'Heartbreaker" with Missy Elliott and Da Brat and 'Thank God I Found You' with Nas and Joe, 'Honey' the So So Def remix, but then there all the house versions with people like Junior Vasquez," she said. "All those records bring back memories, but they are still good today and I've always wanted to do a remix album."

Source: Yahoo! News

New Poll

We’ve added a new poll asking which song from the “Charmbracelet” album you would most like to see performed live on the Charmbracelet Tour. Please cast your vote now! Last week’s poll asked which song from the “Glitter” album you would most like to see performed live on tour. Here are the results:

  • 41% (767 votes) “Lead The Way”
  • 17% (325 votes) “Never Too Far”
  • 9% (166 votes) “Reflections”
  • 9% (165 votes) “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”
  • 8% (141 votes) “Loverboy”
  • 6% (112 votes) “All My Life”
  • 4% (82 votes) “If We”
  • 3% (48 votes) “Want You”
  • 2% (46 votes) “Don’t Stop”
  • 1% (24 votes) “Twister”
    Total Votes: 1,876

  • AUGUST 25, 2003 10:40PM
    Tour Section Updates

    The following sub-sections have been updated in the Charmbracelet Tour Section:
    Pictures: Denver, Concord, Los Angeles (both shows) & Phoenix.
    Reviews: Denver, Concord, San Diego, Los Angeles (both shows) & Phoenix.

    Source: Devin | Renee | Jimmy | Newton | Geno | Tim | Joe | Andrew | Jeramiah | Jae | Robert | Cherie

    Concerning The MTV VMA Rumor

    Earlier this week, the NY Post reported that Mariah might be attending the MTV Video Music Awards. The award show will be held in New York on August 28th and on the same night Mariah happens to have a tour stop in Houston, TX. An on screen performance is possible but highly unlikely to be happening.


    AUGUST 25, 2003 5:43PM
    Medina trades one diva for another

    Jennifer Lopez, who? Having been fired and sued by the diva, her ex-manager Benny Medina has landed on his feet by signing up Brandy and Mya, and possibly Mariah Carey, who met with him on Thursday night. "Mariah needs to reinvent herself and she was convinced Benny was the only man to help make her over," a spy in Carey's camp said. But Medina's real source of income is the four television shows he has in production and a new product he has licensed: Cellboost, an auxiliary battery for dying cell phones. "When you are done, you throw it away," a source said. Cellboost, found now in bodegas, drugstores, supermarkets and airports, came in expecially handy during the blackout, when Hugh Jackman, Macy Gray amd Jennifer Love Hewitt were seen using them after their cellphones had prematurely died. Medina declined to comment.

    Source: New York Post

    Mariah's belt butterfly an official trend?

    Question: Mariah Carey one created a fad by cutting off the waist of her jeans and baring her tummy. Now I've seen her on TV with a butterfly charm hanging from her belt loop. Is she starting another trend? -W. Jones, Denton, Tex.

    Answer: Actually, the trend was started by Deigner Wendy Thorlakson, a producing partner of *NSync's Lance Bass. Thorlakson's company, Jean Jewels, makes the hottest accessories of the moment - including butterflies, flowers, and peace signs. They're being worn by celebrities such as Janet Jackson and Jennifer Aniston as well as Mariah Carey.

    Source: Parade | The Mariah Carey Organization

    Site Updates and News Tidbits

    -- We hope you are enjoying our newly re-formatted layout. Each section (News, Information, Photos, Multimedia, Fan Center, and Internet) will eventually have its own unique color scheme, which will apt for brighter, more exciting site that will be much easier to navigate. We realize that many of our sections have yet to be uploaded to the site but the process is lengthy in collecting information and making sure it’s perfect for all of our visitors. We appreciate your cooperation and please keep checking back for many new exciting features and specials coming your way soon!

    -- Mariah's official website has put up a new poll, asking which television show you would like Mariah to appear on. "Alias" or "Bernie Mac"? "Friends" or "Will & Grace"? Maybe "Law & Order" or "The Sopranos"? The choice is yours. Vote now.

    -- MariahCareyUK.com has opened it’s own store, apply titled "Chop Shop"! Using galleries that include designs and images provided, fans can design and buy their own items including t-shirts, mobile phone covers, hats, bags, printed blank CDs and much more! Many fans have already expressed interest in using Chop Shop to make their own unique t-shirts to wear when Mariah tours the UK later this year!

    -- Lenny is still collecting entries for Mariah's Orlando Fan Bracelet. He has backstage passes so Mariah will definetely be receiving this book. The concert is on August 30th, so if you want to have your letter to Mariah included, be sure to do submit it soon! All entries are due by August 28th. Pictures, poems, and letters can be included in the book. Send them to mariahgafan@hotmail.com

    -- Gilles wants to warn Mariah fans that Esprit International Limited is selling a Mariah t-shirt, which they claim to be officially licensed. However, it is not official, so beware!

    -- Stephanie wants to let everyone that she has re-opened mariahsweb.com with Felipe, the new co-webmaster!

    Source: Matte | Lenny | Gilles | Stephanie


    AUGUST 25, 2003 12:01AM
    Mariah Carries On

    Mariah Carey was riding high last week after she completed two shows at the Universal Amphitheater near Hollywood.

    "It was a very feisty crowd tonight," Carey said Thursday, perched on a velvet couch in her dressing room after the second night. "Monday night was a fun crowd as well, so I was expecting more of an industry crowd tonight, and I was pleasantly surprised. Even though there were some industry people here, there were still so many real fans that it was a great show -- it didn't feel so corporate."

    The songbird was in the midst of her first U.S. tour in three years (with 11 dates left to go), and thanks to the scaled-back settings, she couldn't be happier.

    "I am having so much more fun onstage this time around because of the combination of being able to do the old songs, showcasing the new material and the energy of the audience," said Carey, who had just been belting out everything from "Hero" to "Honey" for ticket-holders including Destiny's Child singer Kelly Rowland, "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson and Prince, who also caught a piece of Monday's show.

    "This particular tour, being in the more intimate venues, does something different to me as an artist and as a performer, rather than being in a vacuous arena," said Carey, who scrapped initial plans for a more elaborate tour partly because of weak demand. "I can see people in row 15 singing the lyrics to an obscure album cut and see people with fan club shirts 20 rows back -- that makes me feel good."

    So what does Carey think of all the star-making television vehicles such as "Idol" or "American Juniors?"

    "Randy keeps me abreast of all those things," she said. "You know, whatever works. For this moment, those things are popular, so that's cool. I'm fine with that."

    Carey was also upbeat about the upcoming release of "Mariah Carey -- The Remixes," a dance and workout double CD from her former label Sony.

    "You get all the hip-hop versions, like 'Heartbreaker" with Missy Elliott and Da Brat and 'Thank God I Found You' with Nas and Joe, 'Honey' the So So Def remix, but then there all the house versions with people like Junior Vasquez," she said. "All those records bring back memories, but they are still good today and I've always wanted to do a remix album."

    Source: Yahoo! News

    New Poll

    We’ve added a new poll asking which song from the “Charmbracelet” album you would most like to see performed live on the Charmbracelet Tour. Please cast your vote now! Last week’s poll asked which song from the “Glitter” album you would most like to see performed live on tour. Here are the results:

  • 41% (767 votes) “Lead The Way”
  • 17% (325 votes) “Never Too Far”
  • 9% (166 votes) “Reflections”
  • 9% (165 votes) “Last Night A DJ Saved My Life”
  • 8% (141 votes) “Loverboy”
  • 6% (112 votes) “All My Life”
  • 4% (82 votes) “If We”
  • 3% (48 votes) “Want You”
  • 2% (46 votes) “Don’t Stop”
  • 1% (24 votes) “Twister”
    Total Votes: 1,876

  • AUGUST 24, 2003 12:27PM
    Carey delivers top-notch performance

    The past two years may have been shaky ones for Mariah Carey but in front of a packed Dodge Theatre Saturday night, the sultry diva was nothing short of solid.

    Surrounded by dancers and a circle of beefy bodyguards, Carey hit a confident stride as she walked down one of the theater’s aisles to take the stage. The noise level from her adoring, supportive fans was deafening throughout the night.

    Despite a lavish stage production which included nine dancers, video snippets, oversized lounge chairs, eight costume changes, circus props and city street scene, the show never failed to showcase Carey’s famous five-octave voice first and foremost. The pop princess sounded like her hit making self of the ‘90s as she wrapped herself around one self-motivating ballad after the other.

    Carey’s voice was in top-notch form throughout the 100-minute plus performance. While the setlist included a healthy number of tracks from her new album, Charmbracelet, she didn’t disappoint fans who wanted to hear her hits. ‘Dreamlover,’ ‘My All,’ ‘Make It Happen’ and ‘Heartbreaker,’ were just some of the songs that had the crowd singing along to every word.

    One thing that was undeniable about the show was the dedication and love that Carey’s fans have for the artist. The audience ranged from toddlers to seniors, but Carey’s most passionate fan base seemed to be those in their early twenties to early thirties. Many in the crowd could hardly contain their excitement long before the show began and once it did, their level of enthusiasm was off the charts.

    While Carey had the crowd grooving to her dance friendly hits like “Honey” and the infectious “Fantasy,” it was on the ballads where she really seemed to connect with the crowd. She sang one self-empowering song after the other with the sincerity of someone who really lived and believed in the words she was singing.

    ‘Can’t Take That Away,’ moved Carey to fall to her knees as she sang the song’s personal lyrics. On ‘Subtle Invitation,’ she was lowered from the ceiling on a white silken swing and gently placed atop a grand piano.

    Carey’s banter seemed mostly staged, but she seemed genuinely sincere as she showered the crowd with ‘thank you’s’ and ‘I love you too’s.’ It was evident that she is aware of the fact that while she took a beating in the media during her trials and tribulations of the past two years, her fans never failed to support the beauty with the big voice.

    Carey seemed to relish in the intimacy of the smaller venue. She would get a shocked look on her face when the audience would roar in approval as she sang. Mariah flashed her million dollar smile and waved continually to her adoring following.

    Mariah’s four back up singers were phenomenal, especially the charismatic and uber-talented Trey Lorenz. Just as he did 11 years before on “MTV Unplugged,” Lorenz joined Carey during a stunning rendition of ‘I’ll Be There.'

    Carey tapped into the emotional soul of Def Leppard’s power ballad, ‘Bringing On The Heartbreak,’ and unleashed an achingly beautiful version of the song.

    Finishing out the night with ‘Hero,’ Carey stood confidently and belted out the song, which reinforces the ideas of loving and believing in yourself. While it may be a personal anthem to many of those who were in attendance Saturday night, it seemed as though the song’s theme has hit home for no one more so than its singer herself.

    Source: The Arizona Republic

    Abrupt end to Australian hit for Busta and Mariah

    A surprise debut at No.3. Two months in the Top 5. Gold certification. And then... deleted by record label? This is how things unfolded for the most successful single of Busta Rhyme's career, and Mariah Carey's biggest hit in years.

    "I Know What You Want" was released amidst little hype and little airplay. Up against music heavyweights Delta Goodrem and Christina Aguilera, the single shocked many by debuting at No.3 on the Australian Recording Industry Association singles chart. More surprising was the fact it stayed there for a month, and remained in the top 5 for another.

    However three weeks ago BMG Australia, Busta's regional label, decided to delete the single. No more copies were to be manufactured and copies already in stores would be the last available for sale. Initially surplus stock meant it managed to hang onto the top 10 for a ninth week. But last week it fell to No.19. And it now sits in its eleventh week at No.27.

    Racking up gold sales in a matter of weeks, there was no doubt that this single would've become Busta's first, and Mariah's eighth platinum selling single in Australia. That can now not happen. The label has sacrificed further singles sales in a bid to boost Busta's album. The sad fact for them though is that "Mariah Carey's Greatest Hits" is still selling more copies two years after its release than Busta's latest album, "It Ain't Safe No More".

    Unfortunately it was also another missed opportunity for Mariah, as Universal Music Australia didn't capitalise on the success of the hit single by re-releasing "Charmbracelet" as it has been in Asia. Just another mishap in a shambles of promotion and marketing strategies.

    Source: Mariah Downunder Forums

    Should Mariah have her own perfume line?

    E! News Live wants to know who should have a perfume line next? Should it be Paris Hilton or Demi Moore? Maybe Courtney Love or even Andy Dick? What about our very own Mariah? Vote for her at eonline.com

    Source: E! Online | mcfanatic

    Mariah to perform on MTV Video Music Awards?

    Jennifer Lopez buried the hatchet with Madonna and even showed up to the Material Mom's birthday party last week at her Los Angeles house - but Lopez isn't going near the MTV Video Music Awards, where Madge will be honored on Thursday. "Jennifer is working on her movie in Canada," a pal of hers explains. Britney Spears will be in the audience, but won't be performing for her friend Madonna. "She will be there, but as of right now, there are no plans for her to sing," another source said. However, rumors are flying that Courtney Love, Mariah Carey, Lil' Kim and Kelly Clarkson will perform. Madonna's Gap co-star, Missy "Misdemeanor" Elliott, will be a no-show. Elliott infuriated Madonna while making Gap commercials when she refused to get off the phone and turned down an invitation to Madonna's home. A rep for MTV declined comment.

    Source: New York Post


    AUGUST 23, 2003 7:40PM
    Love her or not, Mariah Carey's one tough act

    Trying to defend Mariah Carey's music is kinda like trying to defend a really nice drug dealer. They may be OK people, but they're both infecting the world with evil, vile stuff. This is the attitude I'm up against when I try to say anything nice about the pop singer. I can say that Carey has sold millions and millions of records. I can say that she is one of the most popular female singers of all time, with dozens of No. 1 hits and platinum-plus records. I can say that she has won Grammys, American Music Awards and just about every other music-industry trophy under the sun.

    And you will still turn your head, make throwing-up noises and dismiss her as vapid and insincere. You'll say that, yeah, she's got a nice body, but it starts and ends there. Curves, yep. Nice legs, definitely. But talent? No way, you'll say.

    I can say that she's got a five-octave voice, a knife in her throat that, like a Ginsu blade, can slice through bricks. You'll just call her voice annoying.

    I can say that she writes a lot of her own material, as she did on her new album, Charmbracelet. You'll call it dreck.

    I can say that she's a survivor, that she has overcome professional and personal setbacks, that she's a person who won't let anything stand in the way of her artistry and making music. Her nervous breakdown? A mere, momentary problem. Her record company woes that found her getting paid to leave a label? Well, she got paid, didn't she? And that awful Glitter movie? Hey, everyone makes mistakes.

    You'll boil it down to "rich, bad actress weirdo."

    I can say that, after years of refusing to tour, Carey is finally hitting the road, bringing herself and her show to intimate theaters around the globe. I can say that she wants to reach out to her fans in a way she hasn't reached out before. You'll say, "Girl needs the cash."

    I can say … oh, what's the use?

    Source: Star Telegram

    Mariah on Extra

    Mariah Carey is reclaiming the stage for her "Making It Happen" tour - her first in three years. Minutes after hitting the stage, a sexy Mariah invited "Extra" inside her dressing room, where she admitted she's thrilled to be back on tour and to be the current Maxim Magazine cover girl.

    She says, "Yeah it was fun. Anytime I get a chance to ride around in water it's always a good thing."

    Besides posing for some seriously sexy photos, the diva tells the men's magazine that she has no idea why rapper Eminem took a swipe at her in his song, "Superman." She says she knows the rapper, but the two never had any sexual encounter.

    Mariah says, "There's always going to be rumors about celebrities, no matter who they are. Some of them are real; some of them are going to be fake. I can't live my life worrying about that because I've been in the public eye too long and I'm used to that."

    Mariah also reveals that life with former husband Tommy Mattola taught her that record executives are brutal. But although she's learned from the past, she's not ready to get hitched anytime soon. She says, "I don't know, it depends on the person."

    For now, Mariah is happily single and sweating over a new album, "Mariah Carey the Re-Mixes." She says, "Right now I'm using it for my workout because it just doesn't stop."

    Kind of like Mariah herself.

    Click here to watch the video.

    Source: Extra

    Canadian Idol Contestant About Mariah

    -- The following excerpt is taken from an article about Mikey Bustos, a Canadian Idol contestant who was eliminated from the show;

    "In addition to industry exposure and lots of publicity, Bustos also had a special treat during the show: meeting his favourite singer, Mariah Carey, during a guest appearance Tuesday. When he recalls his experience, Bustos was clearly giddy.

    "I was so excited. I’ll never forget that time in my life. She is beautiful, I love her! I was acting like a little kid who was just given a lollipop. I acted like quite the geek but it was so much fun. I’ve been waiting years to meet her and it’s funny that I met her in these circumstances. It was definitely a night to remember," he said giggling."

    -- Another contestant, Audrey de Montigny, has performed Mariah's "Dreamlover" on the August 18th show;
    "De Montigny's performance of the Mariah Carey song Dream Lover drew pointed and glowing reviews from the show's judges and a roar of approval from the live audience at the John Bassett Theatre in Toronto while her fatigued father, Jean, watched from the front row."

    Source: Toronto Community News | The Gate | Montreal Gazette

    'I Know What You Want' Exits The Hot 100 Chart

    -- After spending an amazing 25 weeks on the chart, Busta Rhymes and Mariah Carey's smash single 'I Know What You Want' has suprisingly droped off Billboard's Hot 100 chart last week, falling a whopping 52 places.

    -- 'I Know What You Want' is #5 on MTV Russia's charts and still climbing up! That's an incredibly high position for Mariah, considering that most of her videos are completely banned at MTV Russia.

    Source: Billboard | Mariah Inc | Vasily

    Help 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak'

    -- 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak' peaked at #2 on Much More Music's top 10 countdown. Keep voting for it here.

    -- 'Bringin On the Heartbreak' is currently #1 on SoundMagnet, which is a station that is a part of the Internet Radio broadcasting community on Live365.com. SoundMagnet reports its spins to Radiowave, the Internet Radio Airplay Charts. Please vote for the song on RadioWave (Click on "Station Charts" to see a list of all the Internet Radio Stations that Radiowave monitors) to get it on the internet charts.

    -- 'Bringin On the Heartbreak' stumbles down the Launch.com top 100 videos falling to #21 after peaking at #9 last week.
    It also dips on the Launch.com pop chart falling to #7 after peaking at #4 last week. Help raise the video on the chart by watching it here.

    Source: mcfanatic | GK | Mariah Inc

    Disneylamb Paris Project

    As you may know, Mariah Carey will be in concert in Paris November 4th. To celebrate the event, Mariahfanclub.com has thought of an innovative idea of bringing Mariah and her fans to Disneyland Paris (by renting it). Read all about the project here.

    Source: Mariahfanclub

    NYC Fanbook

    Keith writes: "I have awesome seats at the NYC show on Sept 18th and I'm doing a Fanbook that I want other fans to be a part of. If you would like a page just send your letters, pictures, poems, artwork or anything you would like posted to Hyperkrazykid17@aol.com. Please send them ASAP or before September 10th."

    Thalia's Childish Comments

    Speaking of ages, Tommy Mottola's new wife, Thalia, acted all of her 13 years -- I mean her 31 years -- when describing Mottola's ex-wife (and Thalia's pop rival) Mariah Carey during a radio interview.

    "Tommy and I met in a different situation," Thalia said. "He was already famous in his own world. I was already famous in my own world. I didn't arrive with a tape in my hand saying, 'Like, could you make a career for me or could you sign me?' "

    Source: Seattle P-I

    Wisegirls VHS Release Date In Holland

    Short but happy note for Dutch fans: "Wisegirls" will be released in Holland on September 30th on VHS format.

    Source: Mariah Holland

    Pictures Update

    The photogallery has been updated with pictures from the Maxim magazine, the 2004 calendar and various scans from 'Star', 'Twist', 'Arizona Republic' and more.

    Source: Maxim Online | mcfanatic | Janel | Louise

    Tour Section Updates

    Check out our Tour Section for updates in the Credits, Merchandise, Setlist and Pictures sub-sections.
    The updated picture pages are: Chicago, St. Louis, Cleveland, Columbia, Toronto, Concord and San Diego.
    Honey B. Fly Winners - please send us the enhanced meet & greet pictures from these shows: Cleveland, Toronto, Denver, Concord & Los Angeles to complete the archive. Thank you!
    The reviews sub-section will be updated tomorrow.

    Source: Undray | Eric S | Shiloh | Sar | Will | Courtney | Renee | Cristian | Tommy


    AUGUST 22, 2003 3:46PM
    The Mariah Carey Show

    None of the music in Mariah Carey's 100-minute show is particularly enthralling or extraordinary, but the fact that she has assembled a well-designed and well-paced show that emphasizes the beauty of her voice is nothing short of remarkable. When she was on top of the world -- pre-"Glitter" -- Carey's L.A. perf was a train wreck; she was as unfocused as the overblown show. Current tour is the first indication in her 14-year career that she can succeed as a live act.

    By keeping it light and simple -- and wisely getting her bearings straight in theaters rather than arenas, where the Charmbracelet tour was originally routed -- Carey alternates between glamorous and playful, inspirational and reflective. It's a family show in many ways, with sets inspired by Paris' Moulin Rouge, the circus and the night sky. The dancers, nine of them, fill the stage with moves and fashions that are more "Rent" than risque.

    And as much as Carey's latest disc, "Charmbracelet," veers deeper into hip-hop than most of her previous work, current show stays grounded in her trademark pop. In her version of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," she uncharacteristically ventures into arena rock, a move that's about as far afield as she can go.

    Even with six costume changes -- all of her wardrobe shows off her well-toned body -- the emphasis remains on her voice. Portions of raps and instrumentation are obviously prerecorded, but when Carey lets it rip, it's all her: Strong and assured, she's able to climb octaves with grace and never slips into the vibrato that so many of her contemporaries overuse.

    Few artists have fallen from the mountaintop like Carey: a much publicized divorce after a high-profile marriage; public displays of instability; being dropped by two labels; and the release of a movie, "Glitter," that needed "Gigli" to exist to prove there could be worse.

    She wants the fans to know she's all right. Nearly all the songs Carey performs reflect on a positive state of mind and her will to persevere -- eventually one has to wonder if she gets her lyrics from self-empowerment books and Cosmopolitan articles. "Through the Rain," "My Own," "Can't Take That Away" -- those form half the Mariah story, leaving the other half to love songs -- "Dreamlover," "Subtle Invitation," "Always Be My Baby."

    Carey performs Sept. 18 at Radio City Music Hall.

    Source: Variety | Tomas

    Kelly Rowland praises Mariah Carey

    Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland praised fellow singer Mariah Carey as she appeared on FOX-TV’s Morning Show with Jillian Barberie. Rowland, who was there to promote her role in the horror movie Freddy vs. Jason, was asked which celebrities she looked up to. After pausing for a brief moment, the only name out of her mouth was Mariah Carey.

    “I saw Mariah last night and her voice was amazing and she looked amazing. I loved her show. It was incredible. Mariah will always come out on top.”

    After Barberie said, “Yeah, she’s incredible. Doesn’t she like like 8 octaves or something?” Rowland gushed, “Her range is amazing. Last night, I heard her hit an extremely low note and then the keyboard player played the highest note and she hit the exact note perfectly. Her voice is just bananas!”

    Source: Mariah Daily | SuperLoverboy

    Already Famous

    MEEE-ouch! Tommy Mottola's new wife, Thalia, took a swipe at his ex-wife - and her pop rival - Mariah Carey during an interview with Blink 102.7's Lizzie Grubman Monday. "Tommy and I met in a different situation," Thalia told Grubman. "He was already famous in his own world. I was already famous in my own world. I didn't arrive with a tape in my hand saying, 'Like, could you make a career for me or could you sign me?' " Thalia was referring to how Carey and Mottola met - when she was an aspiring singer and gave him a demo of her astounding voice.

    Source: New York Post

    Mariah Carey A Big Fan Of Scentarettes

    Star Magazine reports Mariah Carey loves using Stacked Style's Scentarettes, which are long-lasting, alcohol-free perfume oils that contain jojoba oil and Vitamin E and are packed in convenient travel vials that come in a small box that resemble a cigarette pack. Check them out online at StackedStyle.com.

    Source: Pop Dirt

    Which Flop Was The Bigger Flop?

    Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez's music gets compared - but has that happened to their movies "Glitter" and "Gigli"?

    As movie goers, we have our own way of speaking out and thats whether we pay $8.50 to watch these multi-million dollar production movies. Both "Glitter" and "Gigli" flopped with critics and movie goers but the biggest flop is the financial loss the production companies had to face.

    In the mean while, questions have arose about these two movies. Was "Glitter" really that boring? Maybe it just flopped because of its release date. Was "Gigli" really the worst movie ever? Or did it flop because of too much negative press? Below is a in-depth comparison between these two movies:

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    "Glitter" (Starring Mariah Carey and Max Beesley)
    Release date: September 21, 2001
    Production cost: $22,000,000
    Marketing cost: $8,000,000
    Theaters: 1,225

    "Glitter" Box Office:
    Week 1: $2,414,596
    Week 2: $945,287 (-61%)

    "Glitter" Overall Total:
    $4,274,407

    "Glitter" production company losses is just over $25 million

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    "Gigli" (Starring Jennifer Lopez and Ben Affleck)
    Release date: August 1, 2003
    Production cost: $54,000,000
    Marketing cost: $20,000,000
    Theaters: 2,215

    "Gigli" Box Office:
    Week 1: $3,753,518
    Week 2: $678,640 (-82%)

    "Gigli" Overall Total:
    $6,077,000

    The losses for "Gigli" and it's production company is $68 million

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    In the end, "Gigli" is the bigger flop and one of the biggest movie flops of all-time. "Glitter" is, well, just a flop.

    Source: Pop Dirt

    Technical virtuosity confused with quality

    Mariah Carey's voice is her not-at-all-secret weapon. Trilling through five octaves, from the gut to that fantastic whistle that's at the high end of her jaw-dropping range, she dominated video and radio in the '90s - the best-selling female singer of that decade, the only artist to top the charts in each year.

    And she reaped rewards of ubiquity, celebrity and ample financial security along the way.

    Unfortunately, all that exposure came at a cost. And not just a messy divorce from Sony chief Tommy Mottola, a notorious nervous breakdown, a stillborn career as a film actress and finally being unceremoniously bought out of her lucrative recording contract with Virgin Records.

    No, Carey's crime is against the art of American popular singing. She is a technical virtuoso, but her NutraSweet style of soul - sugary and artificial songs, crammed with hundreds of gratuitous notes - imparts nothing but self-interest.

    "You have to maintain some level of control to sing my songs," Carey insisted recently in her low and throaty speaking voice. She's touring behind her December 2002 release, "Charmbracelet."

    But to others, Carey's overblown vocals have the emotional resonance of asphalt.

    "I'm opinionated because I'm old," Denver blues and soul singer Hazel Miller said with a laugh. "Mariah Carey does not make you feel that she believes in what she's singing. . . . To sing that mindless 4/4-beat R&B simply to make money and never use that amazing voice God blessed her with for anything worthy of it - to me, I'm sorry, that's a sin."

    Yet Carey's influence is glaringly apparent on the Top 40 airwaves and on TV's "American Idol" and its spate of imitators. Young singers follow a tactic of violent Carey emulation - don't hold back from trilling eight notes where one would be enough.

    That particular vocal mannerism is called melisma.

    "In the popular music sense, it's a series or group of notes surrounding the original pitch, usually maintained by one syllable, that's used in a decorative fashion," said Celeste Delgado, professor of vocal jazz and commercial music at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

    "A lot of people think that melismatic singing, as in Mariah Carey's case, originated a few years ago. In actuality, it started back in Europe in the days of classical music. . . .

    "But it morphed into many different styles. There was the music of slaves, where it was entirely improvised. They say some of the different melismas they used in songs would be secret signals giving directions to the underground railroads."

    Such singers as Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin carried the gospel music tradition out of black churches and recast it as secular soul and R&B. But the expressive power of those singers has been undermined. Melisma has been largely reduced to an identifiable artifice.

    "Mariah Carey almost single-handedly brought that sheer overuse to the forefront," Delgado said. "She became a role model for pop singers of the current generation."

    Indeed, Carey is the godmother of every derivative diva with a multi-octave range. Christina Aguilera catapults across octaves with masterful control. R&B stars such as Destiny's Child stack trills and melismas on beats and backing vocals. And fans love this type of ornate, vocal-sandblast approach - it now defines quality for an entire generation.

    "There's definitely a talent to it that can be appreciated," Delgado said. "I have a huge respect for Beyoncé Knowles of Destiny's Child - the melismatic runs that she uses are incredibly precise, almost perfect in a classical sense. But at the same time, I think they've taken away from the original melodies."

    "All these little girls are trying very hard now to cram as many trills as possible in one note," Miller said. "Unfortunately, they think that's soulful, that it sounds black. And that makes me very sad.

    "It is not pleasant to the ear. It is simply a bad imitation of something that was once . . . unique, that you only heard in black gospel or down-home soul singers. But it has been subverted into something that is so commonplace and unnecessary - how many notes you can put into one word when one note sung gracefully will do."

    If "American Idol" is any barometer, few of today's young vocal artists are aware of such dissimilarities. The most frightening aspect of the show is that contestants don't sing songs so much as tackle them - the difference between a musical performance and an exhibition of vocal acrobatics.

    During the winning renditions by Kelly Clarkson and male divas in training Ruben Studdard and Clay Aiken, they didn't explore the nuances and emotions of a lyric - their intention was to buffet it into submission.

    "It used to be that the standard was how you interpreted the lyrics," Miller said with a sigh. "But that's not the standard anymore."

    Carey's take?

    "I don't watch 'American Idol' - I never get a chance to watch TV - but it's a great venue for someone with talent to make a name for themselves," she said. "Unfortunately, the show drives the industry. It assures that you're going to sell a million records.

    "But you know, after the show is over and you make a record, that's when the real crunch time starts. You have to make something with substance. Songwriting is what makes you an artist. Just being able to sing the notes doesn't mean anything."

    And Carey co-writes and co-produces nearly all her songs. Pat Monahan of the rock band Train, whose full-throated vocals (currently heard on the hit "Calling All Angels") may be a sign that a melisma backlash is rallying, is in her corner.

    "The 'American Idol' kids sound kind of same-y. . . . There's a lot of imitation," he said. "But Mariah Carey, in her defense, had quality songs at one point - 'Hero' is an incredibly good lyric. That's what I'm drawn to, what a person is about."

    Ironically, Carey's musical director and bassist is Randy Jackson, one of the judges on "American Idol."

    Jackson can look forward to another season of celebri-wannabes who rely not on melody and artful performing but trite, prefabricated trifles with zero melodic or emotional punch.

    "I'm teaching at a jazz camp this summer, 75 high school students," Delgado said. "Extremely melismatic singing doesn't have a place here. And the influence of shows like 'American Idol' and those singers on these kids is surprising.

    "The other day, we were trying out a small group for solos, and a girl had a totally pop, melismatic solo - and everyone went, 'Oh, wow, she's going to get it - she's great!' And I had to go, 'No, that's not really appropriate or tasteful.' But that's the mentality that kids of this generation have."

    For that evolution of pop vocalizing, we can blame Carey - she paved the way for over-singing.

    Source: Arizona Daily Star


    AUGUST 21, 2003 4:41PM
    2004 Calendar revealed

    Mariah’s official 2004 calendar has been released. It is currently being sold at merchandise booths during Mariah’s performances on the Charmbracelet World Tour. You can also pre-order it online through amazon.com for only $13.00, more than $10 cheaper than the tour price! Below are some of the pictures included in the calendar. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.



    Source: Mariah Daily | Jimmy | JClovesMC563

    Mariah Carey in Concert

    Mariah Carey, the '90s queen of pop who remains the best-selling female performer of all time, isn't quite ready to pass the crown.

    Relatively inactive as a live performer over the past three years, Carey, like all of us, has seen Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and Jessica Simpson blossom in her wake.

    Nevertheless, Carey proved vital as ever during a well-received, sold-out concert at Universal Amphitheatre on Monday, the first of a two-night engagement that concludes today.

    The 32-year-old New Yorker, touring in support of her newest release, "Charmbracelet," tore through a 100-minute set featuring many of her No. 1 hits such as "Vision of Love" and "Fantasy."

    And while there were lots of dancers, props and video displays, Carey provided a somber theme of perseverance and faith with such spiritual selections as "Through the Rain" and the touching '"My Saving Grace."

    Yes, Carey's much-publicized emotional breakdown in 2001 hasn't been forgotten. But the fact is, Carey has never looked or sounded better. Perfectly fit, tanned and sexy, Carey proved ready for action, and she certainly doesn't seem intimidated by her supposed competitors, who might have surpassed her on the sales charts -- but certainly not on stage.

    Carey hit her high notes beautifully, to the delight of the mostly young, female crowd. And her between-songs banter was warm, engaging and charismatic. Carey's growth as a concert performer is especially notable because in the past, her biggest weakness might have been a mild failure to connect with audiences.

    However, such shyness has disappeared. Carey was in control of the room Monday -- and Spears and company should have been there taking notes.

    While Carey's peaks were mighty impressive, there were a few valleys. The performance was bit ill-paced, partly because Carey allowed her backup musicians too much of the spotlight, as she occasionally disappeared off stage for five or 10 minutes at a time.

    But things remained interesting because Carey always returned in a new, wildly revealing outfit, and it was never too long before another sing-along hit such as "Hero" arrived.

    Among the best moments was a wonderful version of "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," a cover of British rock band Def Leppard's early hit -- proof positive Carey is certainly more than a balladeer.

    Mariah Carey is back, big-time. And her adoring, loyal fans, many of whom carried large cardboard signs welcoming her return, couldn't be happier.

    Source: Redlands Daily Facts

    Underdogs Ink with J Records

    Producing-songwriting duo Harvey Mason Jr. and Damon Thomas, aka the Underdogs, have signed a two-year joint-venture deal with Clive Davis' J Records, home of Alicia Keys and Luther Vandross.

    Under the terms of the deal, Mason and Thomas will sign and develop acts for their Underdog Entertainment. Additionally, they will continue to produce artists on J Records as well as other labels. J Records will handle all marketing, promotion, sales and distribution responsibilities for the new label.

    The Underdogs have collaborated with such acts as Justin Timberlake, Toni Braxton, Mariah Carey, Pink, B2K, Brandy, Jennifer Lopez, Luther Vandross and Brian McKnight. The duo is working with "American Idol" winner Ruben Studdard, Craig David, Heather Headley, Babyface, Dream and Joe.

    Source: Yahoo!


    AUGUST 20, 2003 3:47PM
    Concert Review: Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey herself best described Monday's first of two dates at the Universal when a hairdresser came onstage to tousle her mane of blonde hair. "Just a tad excessive," she said, joking with the crowd.

    Unfortunately, the entire concert was filled with overkill. It was a bloated mess: dancers cluttering the stage and writhing about, over-the-top and often shrill arrangements, plus so many outfit changes for Carey that one lost track. Carey's hardly a showgirl, and the production numbers with a pseudo-"Moulin Rouge" French motif for most of the evening's songs were more cover-up than enhancement. She made a star's entrance from the rear of the venue, escorted down the stairs by bodyguards, wearing the kind of glittering mini-dress she favors most of the time.

    Flashing the high-wattage smile of sparkling teeth and showing either legs or cleavage, Carey can certainly pull off the glamour, sex vixen and hot tramp looks, but isn't it really supposed to be all about her multi-octave voice?

    Sure enough, she cooed and belted, and every time she went for that high-pitched range that could prick up a dog's ears, the audience went wild. But that's just a gimmick. Where was the true phrasing and the skill to get inside a song rather than simply show off vocal acrobatics over vacant pop/hip-hop blends?

    Last year's "Charmbracelet" album was a comeback for Carey, after the disaster of her film "Glitter" and a very public breakdown. She introduced the ballad "Through the Rain" as a song about overcoming adversity, and while it's tough to feel sorry for a wealthy singer who simply can't cope with the pressures of fame and a busy schedule, it was clear that the song is a personal one. However, the arrangement was indicative of most of the night's numbers -- way overdone, especially her cover of Def Leppard's "Bringing on the Heartbreak," which was already wretched on its original go-round back in the '80s.

    Songs from "Charmbracelet" included "Clown," rumored to be an attack on Eminem, and "Subtle Invitation," which was anything but subtle. And what is it with all these acts who feel compelled to screen their videos during a show? Carey's ran several times to set off performances, including the dopey secret agent clip of "Honey."

    One of the few scaled-down moments came with a version of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," performed with backing singer Trey Lorenz. The song from the year Carey was born has a more memorable melody than many of her own hits. She saved her biggest -- and catchiest -- songs for the end of the show, including the bouncy "Fantasy," lifted from Tom Tom Club's 1981 track, "Genius of Love," as well as other fan-pleasers.

    Carey has spoken again and again -- often defensively -- about her songwriting and craft. Will she ever get away from the land of hacks and marketing, though? Now 33, she shouldn't have to compete on the same level as the Britneys and Christinas, but Carey doesn't seem to realize that artistry isn't about a gaggle of costumed dancers around you and silly production numbers. Try singing without 'em to really reveal what you're about.

    Carey also plays Thursday at Universal.

    Source: Hollywood Reporter

    Mariah's Success Pushes Men Away

    Mariah Carey's career success has wreaked havoc on her love life. The 33-year-old singer, ex-wife of Universal Records executive Tommy Mottola, admits dating has been a strain for much of her life.

    She says, "I'm in a weird position because I started doing this so young and was so secluded, and then I was in a relationship with a much older person. I've never really dated. I've experience people hitting on me, obviously."

    And while Mariah, who briefly dated rapper Eminem, wants a man with a sense of humour, she's very reluctant to go with a fellow celebrity again.

    She explains, "With another celebrity, there are egos. It's like, 'Which fan came up to me and asked for an autograph and didn't ask you?' Who wants to play that game?"

    "Everybody wants to be a big power couple in Hollywood, but who really cares? It's not about how many magazine covers I can get on with this person."

    Source: Soundbuzz

    Mariah Never Bonked Eminem

    Mariah Carey is about to tell all about her relationship with Eminem in next month's Maxim magazine.

    The thing that will be most embarrassing to the Rap Superstar is that Mariah is about to tell the world he never got to first base. "Did I have a sexual relationship with him? No, I didn't" she admits. "I knew him, I hung out with him a few times, but nothing sexual occurred. I'd admit it if it did, but it didn't. And that's why I was so upset about the whole thing, because I was like, `Look, if I had an intimate relationship with the person, that would be one thing, but...' Maybe he thought because nothing happened he'd look bad or something."

    Eminem took at swipe at Mariah in his song 'Superman' with the line "What you Mariah? fly through twice, / But I do know one thing though, / Bitches they come, they go".

    Mariah says her sexy image is a total contrast to reality. "I know I have this image that's sexy. But I'm basically like Mary Poppins" she says. "That's my nickname! I'm prudish. It's like playing dress up. When you go through difficult stuff as a kid sometimes your childhood stays with you. I've hung onto that. There was a period when I was in a relationship that was confining, where I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants and that wasn't me. I broke out of that - around the same time of the "Honey" video, where I jump out of the water like a secret agent - everybody was shocked. But that was the real me coming out."

    Mariah Poppins, um, I mean Carey, doesn't rule out another marriage even though her past relationship with former Sony chief Tommy Mottola ended in a bitter break-up. "I would marry again if it were about having kids but other than that I can't see myself doing it" she says.

    The full story will be in the September issue of Maxim.

    Source: Undercover Music News

    Mariah Says She Wasn't Intimate With Eminem

    Mariah Carey is the feature cover story of September's Maxim magazine. In the interview jammed with photos, the singer spoke candidly about what she learned from her nearly four-year marriage to former Sony Music chairman and chief executive Tommy Mottola. Her advice when it comes to marriage? "Stay away from it!" She added, "I would marry again if it were about having kids, but other than that, I can't see myself doing it."

    Carey also explained to Maxim about her rumored relationship with rapper Eminem, and her thoughts on why he took a lyrical swipe at her on his hit single "Superman." Eminem says in the song, "What you tryin' to be my wife?/ What you, Mariah?"

    "Yeah, it happened. Did I have a sexual relationship with him? No, I didn't," Carey said. "I knew him, I hung out with him a few times, but nothing sexual occurred. I'd admit it if it did, but it didn't. And that's why I was so upset about the whole thing, because I was like, 'Look, if I had an intimate relationship with the person that would be one thing, but...maybe he thought because nothing happened he'd look bad or something.'"

    Carey also spoke to Maxim about her sexy image. "I know I have this image that's sexy, but I'm basically like Mary Poppins," said Carey. "That's my nickname! I'm prudish. It's like playing dress up. When you go through difficult stuff as a kid sometimes your childhood stays with you. I've hung onto that. There was a period when I was in a relationship that was confining, where I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants and that wasn't me."

    Carey noted, "I broke out of that--around the same time of the 'Honey' video, where I jump out of the water like a secret agent--everybody was shocked. But that was the real me coming out."

    Source: Launch


    AUGUST 18, 2003 7:25PM
    Second wind for Mariah

    It's hard to doubt Mariah Carey when she says she can't walk away from music, movies and love - even after hospitalization for exhaustion, the loss of history's biggest record contract, critical disdain for her semi-autobiographical film, Glitter, and breakups with her husband and subsequent boyfriend.

    Buoyed by a new $20 million recording deal, a triple-platinum CD and a less-hectic schedule, Carey has embarked on her most extensive concert tour. The 52-date trek visits U.S. theaters through September (including Phoenix's Dodge Theatre on Saturday), then arenas and stadiums in Europe and Asia.

    Positive reviews for her film role in last year's WiseGirls have encouraged the New York-born Carey to consider more acting after 2001's ill-fated Glitter.

    As for romance, after the failure of her five-year marriage to recording mogul Tommy Mottola in 1998 and her breakup with boyfriend Luis Miguel, Carey, 33, says she's ready for a break.

    Emerging from last year's hospitalization for what she called "complete exhaustion," the singer views her return to the stage as just what the doctor ordered.

    "She has not been a heavily touring artist in the past," says Carey's manager, John Marx of the William Morris Agency. "She's enjoying it, and she's working more dates than she ever has."

    Marx disputed reports that slow ticket sales caused Carey to downsize her U.S. shows, saying, "She was getting a lot of information from the fans, that they wanted to see her in smaller venues."

    Carey recently discussed the ups and downs of her career and personal life, as well as what's on the horizon.

    How are you feeling these days? Are your batteries recharged?

    They have been for quite some time, thank you.

    What are you doing differently to avoid exhaustion?

    I kind of had to put everybody in check who was surrounding me. People had to realize that I'm a human being as well as someone who is in the public eye and a celebrity.

    It's not all about working me to death, literally. It's about giving me some space, some time to actually have a couple of vacations a year, just to take a breather, which I never ever did before. I would just work 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and that's not healthy for anybody.

    Some people are calling your latest album release, Charmbracelet, a comeback CD. Do you think the reports of your recent ups and downs have been overblown?

    I do look at it like it's been overblown, but if people choose to call it a comeback album, then that's fine. This album, in a lot of ways, is coming back to my roots.

    You could have walked away from everything, relaxed and wealthy, before entering this new record deal. Why do it all again?

    Because music is what I love, and it's hard to walk away from what you love. I do care about my fans, and I know that they wanted me to make a new record, and I wanted - and needed - to make a new record.

    What approach did you take for creating the Charmbracelet album?

    The experience of making this record was so cathartic for me. Just being honest with the lyrics and singing from my heart on songs like My Saving Grace and Sunflowers for Alfred Roy - which I wrote for my father after he passed away last year - songs that I needed to write. I needed to sing those songs, and that's why I did it.

    You've said that pain sometimes produces great art. Are there songs on the new CD that reflect that?

    My Saving Grace is very autobiographical. It kind of tells my whole story and how, when going through problems, I always lean on my faith and how strong an element faith is in my life.

    Sunflowers for Alfred Roy is something that I wrote for my father, in honor of him. He was very sick. He was in the hospital for a while, and we were there together.

    We hadn't had that close of a relationship, but we got to know each other a lot better than we ever had, and I'm very grateful for that. So going through that experience helped me produce something that I feel is in honor of him.

    After your experience with Glitter, how do you view the film industry? Did you get soured by the negative reviews, or are you still optimistic about working in movies?

    I was just happy that I had done WiseGirls. It was an indie project that I did with Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. It got really good reviews in the Hollywood Reporter and Variety, and we went to the Sundance Film Festival with it.

    I did that against everybody's wishes, and it was just something that I did for the love of that role. I played a waitress who is a drug dealer from Staten Island, so it was completely different from the Mariah Carey image.

    I think that the lesson I learned from being involved with the first movie (Glitter) was that you don't do something just because it's what everybody says you should do. You don't have to just play a singer and be in some homogenized Hollywood situation because people tell you it's the right thing to do. I learned a lesson that it's all about art and all about doing what's going to be the best thing for you as an artist, creatively.

    There's been speculation that your decision to play smaller venues might be due to slow ticket sales. Could you clarify that?

    In all honesty, it's going to be so much more intimate and so much easier for me, because I tend to micromanage things, and that's what can contribute to my overextending myself. I don't want to do that this time around. I don't want to be worrying about the sound man, worrying about pyro stuff. I don't want to be doing things that are not about just performing and relaxing within my performance.

    My fans want to see me in this type of a setting, as opposed to an impersonal venue where they miss half of what's being said onstage and the sound is all boomy. So it's my decision to do that. I can play arenas if I want; that's not the question.

    You're in your 30s now, as many of your original fans are. Do you see your concert audiences getting older?

    I pretty much see all ages and all different demographics. It's cool, as a multiracial person, to be able to see all different races, creeds and colors out there.

    You write most of your own material. Is that one thing that sets you apart from other "divas"?

    It's something that's such a part of me that I wouldn't even feel like a whole person if I couldn't do it. It really is something that's always been a healing savior for me. When I go into the creative mode and I start writing, it takes me to another level and I feel like a totally different person. . . . So it does set me apart in that way.

    You've been through a divorce and a breakup in recent years. Are you still optimistic about finding love?

    Yeah, but I'm not obsessed with it, like the public is. Every magazine is like, "Who's so-and-so dating?" and, "What's going on with these two lovebirds?" That's not my focus. I know it's hard for people to believe that about a woman, because we're all supposed to be crying out and in need (laughs). It's more about being at peace with myself.

    Are you in a relationship now, or are you taking a break?

    Yeah, just taking a little break.

    Source: Arizona Republic

    Carey has the perfect voice, but empty eyes

    Look at how pretty she is! Look how she sparkles and shines!

    In Mariah Carey's world, everything is pink and lovely and glittery, from her windswept blond hair to her caramel voice. And how can anyone keep his eyes off her satin shorts and glossy, glossy lips?

    It's all just so pretty! She's sweeter than candy!

    The pop music diva brought a spoonful of her own kind of sugar to San Diego for the first time Friday night in a two-hour concert that showcased her five-octave vocal range and her love of fashion.

    And, yes, there was a little bit of that bizarre side we've all heard so much about.

    Her performance at SDSU's intimate Open Air Theatre attracted teen and 20-something Mariah-wannabes in silky Joie pants and rainbow tube tops, ready to cast their eyes and ears on the unstable Carey.

    So she had a nervous breakdown. So she was dropped by Virgin Records. So she made "Glitter." So what? None of that mattered to the 3,800 fans singing and swaying to songs including "Heartbreaker" and "Dreamlover."

    Just look at how pretty her audience is! These loyal fans bought the $40 rainbow tank tops and the $15 butterfly bandanas. These are the people who helped Carey through the bad times by sending her sunflowers and e-mails.

    "We're all humans and we all make mistakes. She sings a lot about trials and tribulations," says longtime fan, Claudia Sandoval, 20, who was seeing Carey for the first time. "I see a lot of myself in her because all of us at one point have had a dream."

    Of course, a performer of Carey's level would never disappoint. Her voice was perfect on the balmy Friday night. She crammed in half a dozen notes where most singers would just fit one. It's like nothing you've ever heard come out of such a tarty girl. Not even Christina Aguilera can sing like this.

    "I've seen Madonna, I've seen Cher, I've seen Tina Turner and I have to say, Mariah's got it," said Rich Velasquez, 37. "She can really sing live. I wasn't a fan before, but she was really good."

    Her voice may have been the real thing but, unfortunately, Carey looked like she popped a handful of Xanax and downed it with white wine as she crooned sentimental ballads such as "Through the Rain" and "Can't Take That Away From Me," the song she sang for her San Diego fan club.

    So she's prettier than a Barbie doll. And she looks great whether she's in a tight, gold dress that barely lets her move her legs or tiny denim shorts. But it was difficult to read any emotion through her Miss America perma-smile and eyes that never seemed to focus.

    Most of the night, the show felt more like a Disneyland spectacle as a collection of dancers in gypsy masks and tutus twirled around Carey as she posed for the crowd in her mega-high heels. Every so often, a masked man brought the diva some water, which she daintily sipped through a straw.

    And, yes, there were a few awkward moments when Carey referred to her recent tainted past.

    "It's not easy to live in the limelight," she said before singing one of her many songs of perseverance. "But it's the music and the fans that matter."

    Yet somehow, Carey's vacant, bigger-than-life persona combined with soulful backup singers and a competent band, came together for numbers such as "Honey" and "Make it Happen." She closed with a flawless rendition of "Vision of Love" and "Hero."

    Carey may be pretty. And yes, she's glamorous. But just like candy, there's not a lot of substance.

    Source: San Diego Union-Tribune

    Mariah makes Hooter's 20th Anniversary countdown

    VH1 has hooked up with the world famous Hooters restaurant chain to help celebrate it's 20th anniversary by counting down the 20 sexiest videos of the last 20 years.

    Mariah Carey's "Honey" came in at [#17]. You can watch Hooter's 20th Anniversary Countdown on VH1, August 21 at 1:00pm Eastern Time.

    Source: Wild Writings | Mariah, Inc.

    New Poll

    We’ve added a new poll asking which song from the “Glitter” album you would most like to see performed live on the Charmbracelet Tour. Please cast your vote now! Last week’s poll asked which song from the “Rainbow” album you would most like to see performed live on tour. Here are the results:

  • 24% (698 votes) “Can’t Take That Away”
  • 17% (509 votes) “After Tonight”
  • 14% (424 votes) “Against All Odds”
  • 12% (365 votes) “Petals”
  • 10% (296 votes) “Crybaby”
  • 9% (266 votes) “Heartbreaker”
  • 6% (175 votes) “Thank God I Found You”
  • 4% (124 votes) “X-Girlfriend”
  • 2% (52 votes) “Did I Do That?”
  • 2% (47 votes) “How Much”
    Total Votes: 2,956

    News Tidbits

    -- The television program Access Hollywood had a countdown of the 10 biggest albums of the past ten years. Mariah's "Music Box" came in at #7.

    -- Mariah is going to be on a new show on E! Television called "Celebrity Yearbook." The high-school days of celebrities are recalled via their high-school yearbook photos, interviews and insights from friends. Also Included in the special are Brad Pitt, Drew Barrymore, Jennifer Lopez, Lenny Kravitz, and many others. It airs on Friday, August 29th.

    -- When asked what cd she would bring with her if she had to stay on an island for one week, 5th American "Junior" winner, Danielle White answered, "I'd probably take a Mariah Carey cd because she's a very good singer. I love her."

    -- Reginie Velasquez's live rendition of Mariah's "Through The Rain" can be seen by visiting reginemultimedia.com

    Source: Taryn | Reality TV Showcase | Salvador | Ronie


  • AUGUST 17, 2003 7:07PM
    Fishy stories about Mariah hit a low note

    Mariah does not take you higher! The vaunted Planet Tab Investigative Team has put to rest not one, but two false reports about Mariah Carey.

    The first falsehood claims that Mariah holds the world record for hitting the highest note in history and that she’s been immortalized for her vocal feat by “The Guinness Book of World Records.”

    “It’s pure fiction. We don’t have a category for highest note by a human,” Kate Smith, spokeswoman for the record book, told Planet Tab.

    The second myth stems from an Internet story that claims Mariah was suddenly removed from the “Guinness” book after it was discovered she used electronic devices to soar to new musical heights.

    Supposedly, Mariah, with technological assistance, was able to hit a note previous reached only by dolphins. But it’s a pure fish tale.

    Source: The National Enquirer

    Mariah shines when her voice is in the spotlight

    The first one was too big. The second one was too small. Third time was the charm. Maybe there is something to this whole career comeback of Mariah Carey, who pumped up the Chronicle Pavilion at Concord Wednesday night by simply reminding people why she became one of the most successful female recording artists in pop history.

    It wasn't so easy. After over-reaching by booking arenas earlier in the summer, Carey announced she wanted to get intimate with her fans, re-booking at the much smaller Paramount Theatre in Oakland. That's showbiz language for "I can't sell enough tickets and need to save face."

    But just a few weeks later, Carey apparently decided she didn't want to get that intimate, re-booking at the larger Chronicle Pavilion, meaning that brisk ticket sales pointed the way to a more profitable venue. Changing locations twice could easily be seen as just another symptom of career sickness for Carey, who had a seemingly infallible chart presence until dropping the stink bomb that was 2001's "Glitter."

    In this case, the venue change worked out pretty well. The house was stuffed with rabid fans, and Carey provided a big production that somehow managed to avoid going overboard ... and she did nothing to embarrass herself in the process.

    That might have been an issue a couple years ago, when Carey unsuccessfully forayed into movies in the midst of displaying some career-harming and very bizarre behavior. But she seemed comfortably back in her diva skin Wednesday, belting out five octaves' worth of her trademark ballad-heavy R&B.

    Even the "poor me" syrup of "Through the Rain" came off about as well as could be expected. Better actually, thanks to screaming fans going nuts over whatever she did, especially those gratuitous high-pitched squeals that so many take as proof of her ability.

    The thing is, whether you like her or not, she could pop light bulbs in the parking lot with that voice. It's sometimes just enough to sit and listen, despite the occasional repetitiveness. Carey has been usurped on the charts by pseudo-singers such as Jennifer Lopez, but few can touch her talent. Instead of trying to compete with the Beyonces of the world by assuming a more urban feel, as she did pretty successfully to a degree in the late '90s, she's back to letting the singing -- and her looks -- lead the way.

    Of her multiple costume changes Wednesday -- and for a while it got as dizzy as a Cher concert -- hardly any outfit extended lower than upper thigh. It used to be irritating, but considering everything that's happened to her the past couple years, it's not so bad anymore. Who else can wear purple short-shorts and look that natural?

    And her show wasn't a straight ballad thing, though she did toe the Celine Dion line a few times, especially on "Can't Take That Away." She had the requisite number of dancers to keep things moving, stalling during faster songs so she could sneak away to change for the umpteenth time.

    Though heavy on new stuff, the show's peak came, not surprisingly, with "Honey," during which Carey ran a good three minutes of the action-movie video that once dropped so many male jaws to the floor. It was a reminder of the good ol' days, as was the next song, her hit cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There."

    But while reminders of the good times aptly connected the fans to the reasons they love Carey, the show finally and inevitably teetered over the edge into maddening self-indulgence, with video clip after video clip of newspaper headlines and the singer winning awards. It was an overt and desperate attempt for validation.

    It also was completely unnecessary. Carey was preaching to the choir: an amphitheater full of loving fans. She looked perfectly comfortable up to that late point in the show, a feeling that returned when she belted out big ballad "Hero."

    Finally booking the right venue and playing to her strengths was just enough to convince some that maybe Mariah Carey is really on her way back.

    Source: Contra Costa Times

    Wedded dis from Mariah

    Mariah Carey isn't afraid to talk about ex-husband Tommy Mottola anymore.

    Back when Mottola was chairman of Sony Music and she was one of his artists, the pop princess watched what she said about their relationship, which ended in May 1997. But now that she's free of him, Carey can't resist tweaking the starmaker.

    In the September issue of Maxim, she's asked what marriage has taught her. "To stay away from it!" she says with a laugh.

    The bikini-clad diva shows readers of the lad mag the body she says Mottola used to keep under wraps. "I was in a relationship that was confining, where I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants, and that wasn't me," says Carey, whose make-you-sweat workout CD "The Re-Mixes" is due out next month.

    She also says that life with Mottola showed her that music business execs are "Brutal! I would hear the way they talk behind the artists' backs because I had the unique position of being there behind closed doors. It wasn't pretty."

    Having dated Derek Jeter and Luis Miguel, she says she's also had her fill of famous boyfriends. "With another celebrity, there are egos," she says. "It's like, 'Which fan came up to me and asked for an autograph and didn't ask you? Everybody wants to be a big power couple in Hollywood, but who really cares?"

    Source: New York Daily News

    Mariah's wedding vow

    Pop diva Mariah Carey has vowed never to marry again - after claiming her last husband made her cover up her body.

    The sexy singer told a US magazine she was unhappily married to former Sony Records chairman Tommy Mottola because she was forced to dress in a frumpy style.

    Mariah, said: "I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants, and that wasn't me."

    Source: Daily Record


    AUGUST 16, 2003 1:58PM
    Charmed Life

    You've heard the songs, seen the videos, and lusted after her gams - but Mariah Carey says you ain't seen nothing yet.

    Interview by Eric Alt
    Photos by Antoine Verglas

    Mariah Carey steels herself for the inevitable questions about her life with a laugh almost sweet enough to make us play nice. “Can’t we talk about what kind of cream I’m rubbing on my legs or something?” Though she tries to draw our attention to her body of work, who can ignore a career with such high highs (15 number one singles, best-selling female artist ever) and weird lows (her infamous TRL striptease, her struggles with exhaustion)? But Mariah has gotten up, dusted herself off, and came out singing.

    First off, what question are you most sick of being asked?
    Oh, my! There are a few! I don’t have one in mind, but keep going and I’ll let you know.

    You’ve taken a trashing in the media these past few years. How do you keep it all in perspective?
    The way I look at it is, you take the good with the bad. We’re all human, and we all go through good times and difficult times. But in the end it’s all about getting up he right way. My song “Through the Rain” (from Charmbracelet) is about going through all these things. I feel triumphant singing it.

    Was there ever a particular piece of criticism that stung the most?

    There were so many things. Sometimes when you’re a celebrity, people are like “Heavens to Betsy!” if you sneeze the wrong way. In reality, celebrities lead lives that don’t necessarily go in tandem with our public images. People think they know everything about you because of the way you sang “Hero.”

    So are you a diva?
    Everybody’s a diva these days. You can be the diva of garbage women – it doesn’t matter. It’s a little bit tired. When I was growing up, my mother was an opera singer, so I connected divas to someone who can really sing and is a bit grandiose. So I guess that would be me. There are rumors about how I walked into a hotel and insisted on completely redecorating a room before I stayed there.

    So you don’t throw your weights around to get into restaurants?
    No, I usually have other people take care of that for me. [laughs]

    What was the most outrageous lie you head about yourself?
    That I refuse to walk on grass. Even funnier is that apparently I also refuse to walk on carpeting. So I guess I hover. [laughs] How do people think I get from Point A to Point B?

    But sometimes it’s another celebrity taking potshots at you. Any reason why Eminem would take a lyrical swipe at you in his song “Superman”?

    Yeah, it happened. Did I have a sexual relationship with him? No, I didn’t I knew him, I hung out with him a few times, but nothing sexual occurred. I’d admit it if it did, but it didn’t. And that’s what I was so upset about the whole thing, because I was like, “Look, if I had an intimate relationship with the person, that would be one thing, but…” Maybe he thought because nothing happened he’d look bad or something.

    Dare we even dig up Glitter?
    C’mon, don’t do that to me!

    I think we’ve found that question you hate most!
    I’m bored talking about it. It was two years ago. There are so many positive things to talk about! All I can say is that I couldn’t have had the cards more stacked against me – the soundtrack came out the week of September 11th, and I had just been hospitalized for exhaustion. What could I do? Kids come up all the time and tell me they loved the movie. What are you gonna say? It’s funny!

    What it tougher to take because the movie reflected your life story?
    It really didn’t. The only thing was that the girl was interracial and a singer. My life story would be a hell of a lot more interesting.

    Did that sour you on acting, or do you want to keep doing it?

    I did a movie called Wisegirls with Mira Sorvino that was a great experience. It epitomized why I want to pursue acting. It was this little indie film, and it got some good reviews. We went to Sundance and got a standing ovation. I got to play a character that was so far from who I am. She’s a drug-dealing waitress from Staten Island who’s like [in a goombah accent] a friggin’ broad, ya know? It allowed me not to be Mariah Carey for a minute. Next I’m going this movie called Sweet Science. My character’s a boxer…a really bad one. It’s a romantic comedy.

    Speaking of you and cameras, your videos do a breathtaking job of revealing you to the public.
    I know I have this image that’s sexy. But I’m basically like Mary Poppins. That’s my nick-name! I’m prudish. It’s like playing dress-up. When you go through difficult stuff as a kid sometimes your childhood stays with you. I’ve hung on to that. There was a period when I was in a relationship that was confining, where I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants, and that wasn’t me. So when I broke out of that – around the time of the “Honey” video, where I jump out of the water like a secret agent – everybody was shocked. But that was the real me coming out.

    Describe the lean yours for us.
    Even struggling, I always felt like I was going to get past it. I remember having one pair of shoes that I had to walk to work in. I worked at a sports bar, and my job was to sit there in a tight T-shirt and sell shirts to guys. But these shoes were my mom’s and a size too small. My toes would be poking through the front, and I’d be trudging through the snow.

    You were married at age 23 to Tommy Mottola, then chairman of Sony Music Entertainment. What do you learn about marriage?
    To say away from it! [laughs] I would marry again if it were about having kids, but other than that I can’t see myself doing it.

    And what did the experience teach you about record executives?
    That they’re brutal! I would hear the way they talk about the artist’ backs because I had the unique position of being there behind closed doors. It wasn’t pretty.

    Now that you’re a powerful singer, songwriter, and producers, do you have a dream collaborator?
    I’ve always been a fan of Stevie Wonder, and we’ve always talked about working together. I’ve worked with so many people it’s just unbelievable – everyone from Snoop Dogg and Jay-Z to Ol’ Dirty Bastard and Pavarotti.

    What’s your best ODB story?
    I love him. He’s the funniest because he just doesn’t care. He’s hilarious.

    Is he batshit crazy?
    It depends on his mood. But he’s a really cool guy. He’s talented and…very free.

    Are you keeping your eye on any up-and-coming divas?
    I like Beyonce. She’s cool. I like that she writes her own songs, as opposed to people who are clearly emulating others a bit too much.

    Like J.Lo? It’s been alleged that her producers stole ideas from you.
    I wouldn’t want to comment on that. Sorry, just trying to abide by the laws here.

    Is it true you let fans on your Web site pick the songs you sing in concert?
    Yes, it’s whatever comes in the top 15. I don’t live on the Internet. I give them things like tickets, but for me to read everybody’s opinion night and day would not be good.

    But you do actually post messages from time to time, right?
    Yeah, that would be me.

    Is it every a little weird being that accessible to your fans?
    I have a Jack Russell who’s so cute. There’s this one girl in Japan who dresses up like my dog and comes to concerts. This girl has a Web site devoted to him. So that’s pretty amusing.

    How much does being in the spotlight – to the extent where people dress up like your dog – make it hard for you to date?
    I’m in a weird position because I started doing this so young and was so secluded, and then I was in a relationship with a much older person. I’ve never really dated. I’ve experienced people hitting on me, obviously.

    How do they usually go about it?
    People come up to me and ask to marry me. But it’s not that hard. Just strike up a conversation! I can talk to just about anyone. It’s not about the who’s who of my address book. It’s about who’s fun, who’s cool.

    Then how about a date with us? Karaoke maybe?
    It’d be fun to walk in, do it, and see everyone’s reaction. It might be something I should do.

    So you don’t necessarily only want to date other celebrities?
    With another celebrity, there are egos. It’s like, “Which fan came up to me and asked for an autograph and didn’t ask you?” Who really cares? It’s not about how many magazine covers I can get on with this person.

    Do average guys ever hit on you?
    I don’t know. Do whistling and catcalls count?

    Vital Stats: Born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, New York. “I’ve been singing since I was four. My mother was an opera singer and a vocal coach, and we both pretty much knew I had a natural talent for music. Writing songs was my creative outlet. Whenever there was anything difficult going on, I turned to writing as escapism.”

    Her fairy tale story: “My shoe broke onstage twice on this tour. It was very Cinderella! One night I noticed that the heel had broken off. I was hopping on one leg, trying to finish the song and laughing. So I just threw it out to the audience and gave it to a fan, then I broke the other shoe and finished the song barefoot.”

    Driving herself crazy: “Being chauffeured around becomes mundane. I actually hate limos. I love to drive, even though I’m not a very good driver.”

    Good sport: “I’m a fast runner. But when it comes to organized sports, I’m not good. I’m like, ‘Why is this person running toward me and what do I do now? Which goalie am I protecting?’ My brain doesn’t work that way. I know guys want to play basketball with their girlfriends, so I should pretend that I’m good at it, but the truth is I suck. I’m looking for someone to teach me.”

    What she wants in a man: “Definitely a sense of humor. If somebody just sits there and talks about mundane subjects, they’re just boring as hell. Why bother?”

    Source: Maxim Magazine | Shannon

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    Note from Mariah Daily

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    AUGUST 10, 2003 3:33PM
    Mariah May Need to Slow Pace

    Industry insiders are beginning to wonder whether Mariah Carey may need to slow down her infamously grueling work pace.

    The 32-year-old multi-platinum selling songstress suffered a physical and emotional breakdown back in 2001 due to exhaustion from overworking herself while preparing the soundtrack and marketing campaign for her debut feature film, “Glitter.” And while we commend Mariah for stepping back into the feature film ring by starring as a female boxer in the romantic comedy “The Sweet Science,” we just hope and pray she’s pacing herself.

    After all, she is committed to providing a soundtrack for the film as well. And on top of that, since the role is so physically demanding, Mariah has been working out in the boxing ring while touring the country with her current "Charmbracelet" tour, according Anthony Esposito, one of the film’s producers.

    There are signs that Carey has learned from overworking herself. The tour she’s mounted is only taking places in intimate concert halls and club settings, cutting down on much of the exhaustive tour process. And the tour is to end at September’s end, giving Carey nearly a whole month before “The Sweet Science,” is to roll in November.

    Source: Netscape Network

    Mariah Carey isn't taking rabbits on tour with her

    It is truly inspiring to see Mariah Carey, 33, bounce back so brilliantly after all the hard times. Just a few months ago, she downsized her arena tour to give fans a chance to see her in a more intimate environment. And even though her latest album, "Charmbracelet," has already sold 1 million copies since its December release, she just rereleased it, making it even better than before with more songs and pictures and everything. And what about her amazing new single? A cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' On the Heartbreak." That's right. Mariah Carey is pretty much totally 100 percent back. She plays the Paramount in Oakland on Wednesday and Friday.

    Q: How was your vacation?
    A: My vacation was good, thank you. I was in St. Bart's working out, torturing myself with my trainer. The cool thing is we do water aerobics, and I love the water. I'm like a mermaid, basically, so it doesn't even feel like working out.

    Q: I wondered what you did to entertain yourself after you already jet- skied, scuba dived and dangled out of a helicopter.
    A: Exactly. Clearly, I love the water, and I'm no stranger to a water toy.

    Q: How does that work out on tour?
    A: It's not that easy. It's not like I can bring a baby pool and do my water aerobics in there.

    Q: Sure you can.
    A: You think? Don't tempt me because I have to do it.

    Q: You can put a pool right next to the rabbits.
    A: Oh yeah, the rabbits, of course. What is this about rabbits? I heard about that. Somebody said I had rabbits with me somewhere or something?

    Q: That's right.
    A: Yeah, that would be not true. That would be one of those lies like I don't walk on carpeting.

    Q: Everyone makes up the best lies about you.
    A: I know. I think it's the thing to do.

    Q: If there really was a person like what you're supposed to be that would be awesome.
    A: Wouldn't that person be incredible? But I'm just not her.

    Q: What's your favorite late-night television?
    A: I don't know because I barely have time to watch TV. I think it's the "Nick at Night" type things.

    Q: Like "Gilligan's Island"?
    A: Yeah.

    Q: On your Web site it said that if you ever had a daughter you would name her Ginger.
    A: My dog's name is Ginger, so I'm going to have to rethink that.

    Q: Because your daughter probably wouldn't really appreciate having the same name as your dog.
    A: Exactly. I can just picture her growing up being, "She named me after a dog!"

    Q: Do you ever watch the Home Shopping Network?
    A: Yeah, but I'll be buying everything. The other day they had this food processor on there, and I was like, that looks really amazing. But then I was, like, this is such nonsense. They're just trapping me with this infomercial. But I was telling my housekeeper, "Order this food processor!" Like I'm ever in the kitchen processing food myself.

    Q: When was the last time you made dinner?
    A: I have lived in this (New York) apartment for two years now, and I still haven't cooked myself. When I go away, like at Christmastime, then I cook. You know what's funny? I am a good cook, though. I got it from my father.

    Q: What's your specialty?
    A: Linguine with white clam sauce.

    Q: You're not afraid the clams will bite you?
    A: Well, usually I'm a little lazy, so I have somebody else shuck the clams for me because you can't use canned clams. That would not be stellar. But, yeah, we do that. And I also do a really good red sauce, a marinara sauce.

    Q: What do all the people that follow you around day to day do, anyway?
    A: It's not day to day. If I had that when I wasn't working, that would not be a cute moment.

    Q: I probably shouldn't believe all the crazy things I always read about you.
    A: Please don't. I mean, you can if it's entertaining to you. This one is entertaining to me.

    Q: This interview is going to set the record straight on everything, including the rabbits.
    A: OK, cool. I like that.

    Source: San Francisco Chronicle


    AUGUST 9, 2003 8:05PM
    Def Leppard Comments on "Bringin' On The Heartbreak"

    "...Considering his not-so-latent pop side, it's not surprising Collen is all for Mariah Carey's recent revival of Def Leppard's Bringin' on the Heartbreak (from 1981's High 'n' Dry) - a cover some fans have considered an act of high treason.

    "You get e-mails from fans, and they go, 'It's disgusting, it's terrible.' I said, 'No - you've got to realize that she's on our side. Someone's actually out there promoting one of our songs. You should give her all the help she can get.'

    "Ultimately, it's just a great honour for us (if) anyone does that - and does a real genuine version, not recording the song and making fun of the band, like the Michael Jackson thing by Alien Ant Farm (Smooth Criminal). With Mariah it was a genuine version of our song. I actually think that's a huge compliment."..."

    Source: Montreal Gazette

    Boa feather skirt aside, Mariah's really one of us

    Most divas want us to identify with them. But Mariah Carey, recovered from her meltdown, just wants us to sing along.

    Mariah Carey is not your typical diva.

    Granted, she lives up to the part in many ways. Blessed with a voice of unusual power and range, she's capable of jaw-dropping displays of technique, and is given to occasional fits of vocal excess. (And also, if the tabloids are to be believed, to fits of emotional excess.) She's fond of spectacle, of changing costumes every two or three songs, and of thanking her audience for being truly wonderful people.

    All of which would be more than enough to put her on par with Whitney, Celine or Barbra. (Divas, after all, are on a first-name basis with the world.) But after seeing her bring the Charmbracelet Tour 2003 to Toronto's Air Canada Centre, it struck me that there's one thing that sets Carey apart from the others: Her focus.

    An old joke about divas is that the reason they spend so much time warming up is because they're all about "mi, mi, mi." As such, their big moments tend to be tidal waves of emotion in which their sense of self crashes down on the audience and sweeps them away in a tsunami of sound. What they feel isn't simply love L-U-V; it's The Greatest Love of All, and we are meant to identify with them.

    Carey's big moments, by contrast, come when she identifies with us. She may have subtitled Can't Take That Away as Mariah's Theme, but watching her perform it -- or, more specifically, watching her fans sing along -- it was clear that what she was talking about wasn't her own life so much as everyone's need to believe in themselves.

    Likewise, during the show-closing rendition of Hero, she not only assured her fans that "the hero lies in you," but she drove the point home by repeating the last word and pointing around the audience.

    A populist diva, in other words.

    Just how much of this message gets out beyond her fan base is hard to say. Certainly, the widespread snickering that met both her 2001 emotional meltdown and the widescreen flop that was Glitter suggests that there are many who aren't uplifted by her message.

    Moreover, it's hard to say whether the Charmbracelet show would have changed their minds. Certainly, the highlights were impressive -- not just Hero and Can't Take That Away, but also the jaunty, Genius of Love-based Fantasy and her surprisingly powerful cover of Def Leppard's Bringin' on the Heartbreak. But as for the rest of the show, well, it's hard for me to say because I didn't see much of it.

    Granted, I was in my seat from the moment Mariah made her entrance, straight through the crowd and onto the stage, until the final chords of Hero died out and the house lights came up. But because I was seated on the side all the way to the front, most of what happened on-stage was out of my line of sight. (Anyone who tells you that reviewers get the best seats in the house clearly has never covered a concert.) I can report she performed for 1¾ hours, sang 18 songs and wore eight different outfits, ranging from a spangly, cream-coloured gown with a boa feather skirt to pink gym shorts with a white "Athletic Princess" tank top. There was also a lot of dancing, several videos, a fair number of props, and I'm pretty sure I saw people in stilts wearing Nixon masks. Of course, were Carey the standard sort of diva, such details would have mattered immensely. Fortunately for both of us, they didn't.

    Source: Ron | The Globe And Mail

    Tour Section Updates

    Be sure to check the new updates in the Charmbracelet tour section including many pictures and reviews from the Las Vegas, Cleveland, Columbia and Toronto shows.
    I won't be here until next week so I apologize in advance that I won't be responding to your e-mails but please do continue sending the reviews & pictures from the concerts and we'll add them as soon as possible.

    Source: Selena | Heather | Jeff | Rene | Moni | Tim | Aram | Evie | Joy | Roger


    AUGUST 8, 2003 5:25PM
    Mariah's new voice message

    Mariah: [Singing: “Love ya, appreciate ya, and enjoy ya!”] Hello! Yeah, I’m just calling to say that I wanna thank everybody who’s been coming out on the tour. We’ve been having so much fun. And thank you so much to everybody who’s been contributing to the Fan-Bracelet books. They’re really, really, really inspiring; really nice. I’ve really been enjoying reading them and all the stories and stuff. So I just wanna say thank you. And I’m just giving you lots of love; sending out lots of love. I’m with everybody right now. We got Sherry, Tatum Tots, Tek Tek – say “Hello!”

    Sherry, Mary Ann & Takeytha: Hello! [Laughs.]

    Mariah: Anyway, we will talk to you soon and we’ll be checking in soon. I just wanted to check in and let you know that you’re making me happy! Okay. Love you much! Bye, bye! [High Octave].

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Carey charms

    Mariah Carey has started to dust herself off from the tremendous fall of the last few years. After having her contract bought out, the ensuing breakdown and the horror that was Glitter, the diva is trying to reclaim her spot with new album Charmbracelet.

    But the tour, which touched down last night at the Air Canada Centre, showed she still has a way to go. And making loyal fans wait for 50 minutes doesn't help much.

    With no opening act and the upper tier fashionably curtained off to give a more intimate feel, Carey opened the more than 100-minute set with Heartbreaker from her 1999 Rainbow album.

    Walking from the back of the floor to the stage and flanked by several security guards, Carey and five dancers ran through the song as the crowd stood and cheered.

    She also managed to hit most of the five-octave range early on prior to Dream Lover, which featured a house-party atmosphere as she worked the stage in a glittery pink dress. Can't Take That Away was another highlight for her.

    "Thank you so much Toronto, I am so happy to be here tonight," Carey said, seated in an oversized chair before Through The Rain, one of two songs chosen from an Internet fan poll.

    The concert also had a theatrical, musical feeling to it, with nearly a dozen dancers amid four backing vocalists and band. Clown had Carey singing behind vaudeville-like scenery as stiltwalkers and clowns danced in the background.

    At other times, videos played between set changes, resulting in brief but tedious lulls in the show. And unlike Madonna or Janet Jackson, who can easily manage to wrap these productions around songs, the diva on this night had a harder time of it.

    I Know What You Want was such an example, as dancers performed while the song's video was played. Carey, wearing a sun visor, uttered a few lyrics as she walked across the stage, then left just as quickly.

    But Carey showed she can still deliver the goods with the one-two punch of Subtle Invitation and My Saving Grace. Both songs earned the loudest ovations as she dug deep to hit some notes. A duet with backup singer Trey Lorenz on I'll Be There was another shining moment with the crowd singing along.

    The homestretch of the show featured Carey, by now on her seventh or eighth outfit, dishing out favourites such as Hero and Vision Of Love, the latter from her 1991 self-titled album.

    When Carey's tour was initially announced, arena dates were relocated to smaller theatres due to slow ticket sales. The crowd and Carey would have been better served in a theatre setting. Although the floor and some side sections were nearly full, the back of the arena, sprinkled with people, told another story.

    Source: Jam! Showbiz

    Mariah has the moves and the voice

    The numbers tell a different story, perhaps, but Mariah Carey's career recovery seems to be coming along just fine.

    True, her records don't fly off the shelves at the pace they once did and there was enough vacancy in the undersold Air Canada Centre last night — 5,000 or 6,000 people in a venue that can hold upwards of 15,000 — that frantic scalpers were intercepting concertgoers with offers of below-cost tickets.

    Mariah's Toronto following is an exceedingly devoted one, though, and projected sufficient enthusiasm from the floor for twice its numbers. And if Ms. Carey herself was troubled by the large patches of empty seats facing her, it didn't show.

    Entering from the back to the rubbery funk intro from "Heartbreaker," Carey glided through the crowd looking every inch the diva in a wee pink dress and precipitously high heels, and effortlessly remained the centre of attention for the next two hours. This was in part because, among the 15 or more back-up singers, dancers and musicians sharing the stage, she was usually wearing the least amount of clothes. Mainly, though, she's a genuinely magnetic performer.

    Her weakness for wailing, syrupy material is a problem if melodrama's not your bag. Hearing Carey — a monstrously gifted vocalist who, unlike a great number of today's top-tier pop acts, devotes most of her time to singing rather than choreographed dance routines — force a bit more grit through her pipes on the disco-fied self-empowerment anthem "Make It Happen," the Tom Tom Club-checking "Fantasy," a surprisingly powerful cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" (complete with showy rock guitar solo) or the sultry soul grinder "Clown" only made you wonder what might have been if she'd devoted her career to something rougher than the interchangeable wedding-song ululations of "My Saving Grace," "My All" or "Always Be My Baby."

    Still, the lady inhabits her hokey "believe in yourself" ballads and giggly girly-girl persona far more believably than most of her contemporaries, and her much-publicized post-Glitter crack-up a couple of years ago has made Mariah far more outwardly human than, say, Madonna. The beaming singer spent much of the loosely circus-themed production tippy-toeing around the stage while her dancers fetched her tea and made like flash-popping paparazzi, then performed "Through The Rain" reclining in an armchair and was lowered from the ceiling in a tiny white cocktail dress for "Subtle Invitation." All the gratuitous preening and pampering suggested there's also a thin undercurrent of irony to her Charmbracelet tour. "We're just having a good time up here," she said at one point. "It's all jokes. It's all in fun."

    This had the supportive mob of girls, girls, girls — pre-teens, "tweens," teens, 20-somethings, 30-somethings, Moms and hard-looking divorcées — travelling in decked-out packs and jubilant gay men out in front on Carey's side, anyway.

    Even an endless succession of lengthy costume changes (eight outfits, all told, one a denim hot pants and cut-off Harley Davidson tee ensemble worn for one verse dropped over the video to Busta Rhymes' "I Know What You Want") papered over by dance numbers and performances by the various musicians and singers on stage with Carey did little to disrupt the momentum. Those who still love Mariah obviously love her a lot.

    Source: Toronto Star

    Mariah wants to connect with fans in many ways

    Mariah Carey wants to be close to you. How close? Let's just say closer than ever before.

    In her first world tour in three years, Carey is taking a decidedly more intimate approach than what fans have come to expect from the top-selling female recording artist. Instead of playing the gargantuan arenas that have defined her record-setting career, the 33-year-old New Yorker is focusing on theaters and other relatively small venues for the Charmbracelet 2003 Tour.

    This downsized tour, which will include her hits as well as new songs from the recently released CD "Charmbracelet," will hit the Bay Area on Wednesday for a date at the Chronicle Pavilion.

    The diva behind such No.1 smashes as "Fantasy," "Hero," "Dream Lover" and a dozen others says that the idea for mounting a smaller tour came after meeting a fan at an amusement park. The devotee had seen the singer in concert before -- and loved it -- but thought the experience lacked a sense of intimacy.

    "At those big venues they put all the corporate people in front and you don't really get to connect with the fans. And that's what I'm all about," Carey says during a phone interview from her apartment in the New York neighborhood of TriBeCa.

    The Chronicle Pavilion isn't usually considered "intimate," but organizers have made special arrangements to transform the amphitheater to better suit Carey's show. Only 8,000 tickets will be made available to the public -- thousands fewer than normal.

    While the tour is intimate compared to past performances, it's still not as intimate as the singer originally intended.

    "I actually wanted to do, like, a nightclub tour, which I thought would have been pretty cool," she explains.

    In all, the concert should be somewhat of a hybrid -- something between the arena-worthy spectaculars of Carey's past and the unfulfilled dream of a nightclub tour. That mix should perfectly suit Carey, a versatile performer equally adept at handling love ballads and dance numbers.

    "It's much less a (big) pop production than it is more of a theatrical kind of cabaret-meets-unplugged vibe," Carey says of the concert. "It's almost more about having a show with personality. Because it's a smaller venue, you will be able to catch the nuances of what is happening on the stage."

    Taking the fan-friendly approach a step further, Carey will let fans have a say on the songs she performs. The Mariah faithful have been casting votes for their all-time favorite tunes on the singer's Web site -- mariahcareyfanclub.com.

    "What are they sick of? What do they want to hear? What do they want to hear from the new album? The older stuff?" Carey says of the questions that the interactive set list has helped clear up. "It kind of surprised me. First, 'Through the Rain' was the No.1 song. And they can pick from any album, any year, whatever.

    "And then just recently, 'Hero' (took over) No.1. And I was, like, 'I was going to do 'Hero' anyway.' Sometimes I'm, like, 'Aren't they sick of that song by now?' But I guess they're not."

    Along with "Hero," expect to hear "Vision of Love" and "My All" as well as the "Charmbracelet" favorites "Through the Rain," "Boy (I Need You)" and "Bringing on the Heartbreak," Carey's surprising cover of Def Leppard's hard-rocking hit.

    "I appreciate a good song from any genre of music," Carey reasons. "I just feel like that song is such a good song that it really stands alone. Even if you did it a capella, it would still (work)."

    Besides singing "Hero" on stage, Carey has been acting like one off the stage as well. She has been a tireless supporter of the Save the Music Foundation, which funds musical education, training and awareness in schools.

    "If they are going to cut music out of the school programs," Carey says, "they may cut some kid's desire to even be in school."

    Even after 14 years in the business, Carey is still passionate about music and it's obvious she feels she still has something to prove. But she isn't doing it for music critics or record executives or industry insiders.

    "At this point in my life, it's more about proving something to myself, in terms of 'Did I do a good job with this? Am I expressing myself honestly as an artist?' That's where I am at this moment."

    Sounds like a good place to be.

    Source: Alameda Times-Star

    New Tour Date

    The pre-sale for Mariah's September 14th Cincinnati performance at the U.S. Bank Arena has been confirmed. This performance is being handled by Ticketmaster. To order tickets, please visit ticketmaster.com The pre-sale for this event will start on August 11th at 10am local time for that venue and end on August 13th at 5pm local time for that venue.

    Source: Honey B. Fly

    Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music

    On August 12, 2003, a 5-Disc DVD entitled "Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Music," which collects hours of classic musical performances and appearances, will be released. Mariah is included on the DVD, although it is not known which performance will be included. She has appeared on Saturday Night Live three times: 1990 ("Vision Of Love" and "Vanishing"), 1991 ("Can't Let Go" and "If It's Over") and 1997 ("Butterfly" and "My All").

    Source: Tower Records | Janel


    AUGUST 7, 2003 11:28AM
    The Diva's Second Act

    Mariah Carey, Back In Good Form
    Mariah Carey strutted to the stage of Merriweather Post Pavilion Tuesday night like a boxer on the way to a pay-per-view brawl. Surrounded by stern-looking bodyguards, she walked down an aisle and past a few hundred gaping fans, a spotlight following her every step. She looked tanned, fit and ready to throttle a few ballads until they begged for mercy.

    The source of this bravado? Hard to know, but by the zero-sum logic of divadom, Ms. Mariah is having a fabulous week. Her main competitor, J. Lo, is reeling from the cinematic stinker "Gigli," which has been befouling theaters since the weekend. The reviews and box office are bad enough to rival "Glitter," the cinematic star vehicle that Carey crashed two years ago, briefly trapping her career in a steaming wreck. Before she could wobble from the debris, Virgin, her label at the time, announced that it would rather pay her a $28 million kiss-off fee than release another of her albums. Around the same time, there was a semi-coherent cameo on MTV's "Total Request Live" and Carey was soon under what the tabloids tastefully called "psychiatric care."

    But this five-octave beauty wasn't the best-selling female artist of the '90s for nothing. Signed to a new label and back on tour, Carey on Tuesday night was once again a bombshell coquette with a supernaturally supple voice and a smile that says "All this, pour moi?" At moments she leaned too heavily on a large cast of backup singers and dancers, who occasionally made the performance seem like a summer stock musical. But whatever the cause -- steely professionalism, newfound confidence, "Gigli" -- Carey looked and sounded radiant.

    The crowd on hand was ardent but underwhelming. The lawn at Merriweather was virtually empty and there were dozens of empty seats in the amphitheater. Originally this tour was intended for arenas, but that plan was scrapped, if we are to believe Mariah's camp, after a fan posting on her Web site pleaded for something more intimate. Mediocre sales of her last album, "Charmbracelet," might have something to do with it, too. Just over 1 million copies have been sold, a fraction of her most popular work in the '90s -- and a fraction of what's being sold by the likes of Ashanti, Beyonce and others.

    The unbridled narcissism of this performance was part of its charm. Carey changed costumes eight times, showing up finally in pigtails, a white T-shirt and pink shorts -- Dorothy if she were raised in a mall instead of Kansas. Dancers swarmed around when she first climbed onstage, pretending to snap her photo like a pack of paparazzi. Another acted as though he were painting her portrait. When she needed a sip of tea, a glass was raised to her lips so she could sip from a straw.

    This would seem insufferable but for a vulnerability about Carey that is ultimately humanizing. It's as though her psyche could burst like a piñata at any moment. Nearly every song she sang pushed the same theme: Ignore the haters, believe in yourself, strive for your goals. Oh, another thing: Ignore the haters, believe in yourself, strive for your goals. It's the gospel of Oprah, repeated at length, set to majestic crescendos and drama-filled key changes. At times, it got out of hand.

    On "Can't Take That Away" Carey ended up on her knees, fluttering her hand next to her head, as if she were conducting an orchestra in her noggin -- a move that's been stolen by dozens of "American Idol" contestants. For "Subtle Invitation" she was lowered from the ceiling in the middle of a huge silken sash, and once on the ground she strode toward the crowd and waved her hands in a stricken, over-emotive frenzy. If that was acting -- and let's hope it was -- those "Glitter" reviews were generous.

    Carey's voice is so strong that it doesn't need histrionics. On "Hero," which was among her last numbers, she barely moved, which enhanced the song's power. And she did Def Leppard proud with a version of the English metal band's "Bringin' On the Heartbreak," turning down the emotional volume of the tune and discovering a dignity in the song that was buried by screaming guitars in the original. The Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love" was sampled for "Fantasy," the best of a handful of party tunes, and one that found Carey lap-dancing a backup dancer.

    She was gone for long stretches of the last half-hour of this 100-minute-plus show, yielding the stage to her quartet of vocalists for a while and keeping a low profile through various video snippets and production numbers. Maybe she needed a rest. Maybe she was having trouble getting out of a gown. But she finished strong, gushing thank yous in a Long Island accent and beaming like a bantamweight who'd shaken off an eight-count and finally landed some uppercuts.

    Source: Washington Post

    Upper range

    With live shows defining her career, Mariah Carey makes first visit to Red Rocks
    It's mystifying why Mariah Carey doesn't do more live appearances in the United States. The two most defining moments in her career were live ones.

    Though she'd already had a string of No. 1 hits, it was her MTV Unplugged version of I'll Be There that helped make her a household name in 1992.

    And it was her stunning return to form singing Hero on the post-Sept. 11 "A Tribute To Heroes" that erased much of the recent bad publicity. Forget breakdowns and contracts and bad movies; in four minutes on Sept. 18, 2001, Carey reminded fans of why they fell in love with her voice in the first place.

    They get another chance when Carey hits Red Rocks on Sunday for her first concert there, touring on her new album, charmbracelet.

    "Every time I do shows in Japan, I come to America as well," Carey says, calling from Nagoya, Japan, in the middle of the night. "I just haven't done that many dates. This is going to be the most dates I've ever done, actually."

    The obstacle, she says, is properly resting and taking care of her legendary five-octave voice. It makes it impossible for her to do long strings of back-to-back shows, which makes touring more expensive and logistically complicated.

    "I need one or two days off between shows," she says. Her first trip to high-altitude Red Rocks is a little daunting; though she's spent time in Aspen, "I haven't really done much singing there. It's all about just being in my hotel room and having humidifiers, I think."

    She agrees, though, that her live performances and simply doing what she does best is a good strategy: delivering a song with a stunning voice and overwhelming emotion. The Tribute to Heroes benefit found her on the same bill as Bruce Springsteen, U2, Tom Petty, Neil Young and more, all still shell-shocked by the terrorist attacks.

    "It was a very intense moment. I live right by Ground Zero. When I was called to do the show, I said of course I would," she says. "Hero was the song they wanted and it seemed like the most appropriate song to do. It was intense to be in that room with all those talented people for one cause"

    It was also the end of a dark era. A decade of hits - One Sweet Day, Butterfly, Someday, Love Takes Time - along with a marriage and a nasty divorce from record exec Tommy Mottola made her among the most famous people on the planet for reasons other than her voice.

    By 2001, Carey had run herself ragged and was on the brink of collapse. She made bizarre TV appearances and posted rambling notes on her Web site that had fans genuinely scared for her well-being. With a movie bomb in Glitter and a falling out with her record label, Carey was in the worst trouble of her career.

    That made it especially meaningful to her when she came out and shone.

    "Of course it would be" a vindicating moment, she says. "It's so difficult to live in the public eye. People just believe everything they read and what they see on TV. A lot of that is sensationalism. You know that because you work in this industry that what you're reading you have to take with a grain of salt.

    "I felt victimized by that a little bit. But getting back to the music is always the best thing for me," she adds.

    Fans also fear that she's lost her way. Carey is one of the few true singers out there these days with a voice that can't be touched. Yet it seems to some fans like she's letting others call the shots; rather than following her own instincts, at times she seems to be trying to mold herself to whatever's hot at the moment.

    Carey disagrees, saying it's just that fans aren't used to all her facets.

    "I don't feel that way with the charmbracelet album at all. I have a wide variety of influences," she says. "I love hip-hop music and always have. I've been doing collaborations with hip-hop artists since Old Dirty Bastard in 1996 with Fantasy. The label didn't put that on the pop charts; they only put that on the remix circuit. People who would listen to the hot stations would hear that, but . . . on the pop stations . . . you would hear Hero, know what I mean? I do both. I have the capacity to do a gospel-influenced ballad or a hip-hop influenced record. I don't feel I should be limited into doing one or the other. This album, charmbracelet, is the closest I've gotten to pleasing both sides of the spectrum, as well as myself."

    It has been a prolific time for Carey, who released charmbracelet and already is in the middle of her next album, along with an album of remixes due out later this year.

    "I'm writing right now. The remixes are coming out regardless. That's a contractual Sony thing. So those are coming out either way," she says. "I don't know about a (new) album this year."

    Right now she's just enjoying the moment. Fans can go to her Web site to vote on what songs they want to hear in each city. And she has learned, she says, from the mistakes she has made in the past.

    "Yeah, I learned. I'm very happy. I'm in a very good space in my life," she says. "This is so much fun touring. I've learned so much about just having to slow down and take rests and stuff like that.

    "It's about treating myself like a human being and not just an object."

    Source: Rocky Mountain News

    Mariah fashions new biz venture

    Call her Mariah the mogul. Mariah Carey is scripting plans for an entertainment and fashion business targeting the lucrative pre-teen girls market, show biz sources said.

    The diva and her business partner, ex-Columbia and Arista senior exec Jerry Blair, have dreamed up a brand called Automatic Princess that they're trying to turn into a cartoon series, book, and jewelry and accessories line.

    They're in talks with the creators of the hit Nickelodeon animated series, "As Told By Ginger."

    Automatic Princess is a favorite slogan of the superstar singer, who wore a 24-carat gold belt spelling out the words, plus a matching medallion, in her recent music video featuring Busta Rhymes.

    There will also be an Automatic Princess record, to be released in the fall by a 7-year-old artist named Sadie Dat Baby, who is signed to Carey's record label Monarc.

    Carey sees an opportunity to tap the tween crowd, who make up a big chunk of her fan base.

    Disney's made a fortune targeting mall-hoppers with its Disney Channel character Lizzie McGuire. But Lizzie's run could sputter now that its star Hilary Duff has walked away, though reruns will remain on the network.

    Carey, who had suffered a breakdown and is now crafting a comeback, is aiming to create a character "with a positive image," a source said. "It's going to be about how to act and what to wear," the source said.

    Source: NY Daily News

    Mariah Carey To Sing For Bond 21?

    After the oh-so-unlikely rumour of Pink being in talks with producers regarding the next Bond film two weeks ago, CBn can report that Mariah Carey is now supposedly meeting with MGM and Eon.

    Rumours circulating in the US suggest that Carey has already agreed to sing the lead track from the 21st Bond film, according to Dotmusic News.

    The film - which is scheduled to be Pierce Brosnan's last in the role - is (apparently) in the early stages of pre-production but Carey could come on board if she gets a cameo role herself.

    Dotmusic reports that Carey is interested in a part in the movie on a similar standing as Madonna's brief recent appearance in Die Another Day, which didn't go down to well with fans.

    "Mariah has had meetings with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson," an unnamed source is reported to have said.

    "She was asked if she'd consider singing the theme tune for Bond 21. Mariah said she wanted a part in the new film although the story hasn't been discussed yet."

    Just the sort of role she would need to kick-start her flagging career.

    If the film is tipped for a 2005 release then this all seems very premature. In fact, it's premature even for a 2004 release, so CBn sincerely suggests as with the Pink report, that you treat this as a highly unlikely rumour.

    Source: Commander Bond

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    Mariah to make appearance on "Canadian Idol"

    TORONTO, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Candida Clauseri, Richie Wilcox and Karen-Lee Batten are the first three finalists to be eliminated from Canadian Idol, it was revealed tonight live on CTV. The threesome received the least amount of votes following Monday's first-ever live performance episode, held before a sold-out audience at Toronto's John Bassett Theatre. In all, 1.6 million votes were tallied following the show, the most so far. With their elimination, each of the three competitors return to their respective hometowns Thursday, leaving behind eight finalists competing for the crown of Canadian Idol.

    It was announced on tonight's show that Mariah Carey would visit with the remaining eight Idols on next Tuesday's (Aug. 12) results show. In addition to Alexis, the remaining finalists are Gary Beals, 20, Dartmouth, NS; Mikey Bustos, 22, Weston, ON; Jenny Gear, 21, Carbonear, NF; Tyler Hamilton, 26, Edmonton, AB; Billy Klippert, 24, Calgary, AB; Ryan Malcolm, 23, Kingston, ON and Audrey de Montigny, 18, Ste. Julienne, QC.

    Tickets to Canadian Idol's live performance and results shows are available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.ticketmaster.ca or by telephone (check local listings). Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on the Tuesday two weeks prior to each show date and sell out quickly.

    Source: Newswire Canada

    "Sweet Science" Info Bits

  • Jordan Brady is set to begin production on his new film "The Sweet Science" on November 10. Mariah Carey is tipped for the lead role of Gloria Cordova, a boxing trainer left to run the family gym solo after the sudden death of her father. Like Jerry Maguire, Gloria finds herself abandoned by her father's fighters, leaving her to focus her attentions on Roxanne McCrary (to be played by real-life women’s boxing champion Laila Ali), an untried woman fighter who has shown signs of remarkable promise, decking her cheating husband with an astounding upper-cut.

  • Late last year Talk brought you news that Mariah Carey was to star as a boxing manager in the comedy movie Sweet Science. Now we learn that she is to swap roles and will play the featured boxer instead. Carey is preparing for the role by taking lessons with Laila Ali, boxing daughter of the great Muhammad Ali. And we hear rumours that entrepreneur and boxing fan Donald Trump is not only investing in the project but will make a cameo appearance on screen.

    Source: FilmJerk | ThisisLondon

    Weltwoche Interview

    Honey & Kate translated a recent interview with Mariah by 'Weltwoche' (swiss newspaper). They write;
    "The Swiss newspaper "Weltwoche" now features a report about Mariah. The report is pretty cool since the interviewer wanted to test Mariah's modesty and of course Mariah passed that test."

    At the kitchen table with the pop diva
    Mariah Carey likes private jets and diamonds, but nevertheless she passes the modesty test without problems.

    As I look through my mail, I feel like being upgraded to an "embedded" journalist. "1.30pm, meeting accredit press. 3pm, MC is lead into the restaurant. 3.55pm, MC stands on the balcony to say bye to her fans. 4.05pm Weltwoche interviews MC." I suppose that the abbreviation stands for "Master of Ceremony" and I'm thinking of General Tommy Franks. But that I notice that the e-mail hasn't been sent by the US Ministry of Defense but by the record label Universal Music. And the restaurant, where the "Master of Ceremony" will be led in is the "Kaufleuten" in Zurich. A little bit confused I call Donald Rumsfeld, who explains that MC stands for Mariah Carey.

    At 4.05pm I'm sitting at the bar waiting. At 6.05pm I'm sitting in the lounge, still waiting. Latest plannings: Weltwoche interviews MC at 6.30pm. Or at 7.30pm in the back of the limo which will bring her to the airport. At 6.29pm I get to know that plan C will now start: interview at 8pm in the studios of Tele-Züri. I ask if there's a seat left for me in any of the limos which is driving MC and her entourage around. The guy from the label starts counting: "Security, hair stylist, make up-artist, personal stylist, road manger, press manager U Music, sorry, everything's booked." Yet he is kind enough to tell me I can take Tram 2 to Albisriederplatz from where Bus 33…

    A date with Udo?

    For long Mariah Carey has been seen as the doll which had 15 number one hits because her vocal chords have a five octave range but most of all because she did what the high people told her to do. Then the "most expensive pop diva of the world" (Stern) got divorced from the highest person, former Sony boss Tommy Mottola and broke down (she always denied the suicide rumors). Her back then record label fired her, which costed them 28 million Dollar. The 32 year old signed with the competiton. Earnings: 20 million Dollars.

    At 8.15pm I'm sitting next to her in the three square meters small kitchen of Tele-Züri. 4 hours and 10 minutes late. Well that's almost on time, since recently the British Sunday Magazine had to wait for seven hours. "You look good," I say. "Because you sleep 12 hours each night?" She seems to be happy about my rather ungraceful compliment. "Twelve hours when I sing, if not I try to get eight hours." I show her a photo of Udo Jürgens [old German singer - H&K] "Do you know this man?" She says "I'm not sure, why?". I once visited Udo and saw a Mariah CD signed with "Thank you for a wonderful evening! Mariah". She giggles. The press manager enters the room, sees the phot and says "I guess Mariah got to know him at one of her Germany concerts."

    "Some years ago you had an image problem. You were too nice. Now you're supposed to be neurotic, ain't that funny?" I say provokingly. "No, I can't really alugh about that, I'm tired of those rumors," she says. She's wearing a denim jacket by Dolce & Gabbana and Manolo Blahnik boots. She also has some diamond jewelry by her favorite jeweller Joan Boyce. She tells me that the most beautiful hotel is the "Quisisana" on Capri and the best restaurant would be the "Villa Verde". When she's home in New York she likes to go to the "Chin Chin". Tonight she'd be flying to Cannes in her Gulfstream-GV-Jet… My cell phone rings and she becomes silent. "Please go on talking," I say. "No, you have a call. Answer the phone," she replies. "So I can say: Sorry, I'm busy, I'm just having an interview with Mariah Carey?" "Yeah, that would be fun." "And if it's my mom?" "Then I'd like to chat with her a little."

    I ordered the call. Just a little test to find out how she reacts. Because people who take themselves too seriously, go on talking unperturbed. Mariah Carey passed the test.

    Source: Weltwoche | Translated by Butterflies Are Free

    Vote for "Bringin' On The Heartbreak"

  • Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" beat Jennifer Lopez' video on MTV's "Video Clash". Continue voting for it on TRL!

    Check this site for an easy vote for the video on TRL & Much More Music. All you have to do is type your name and click "vote"!

  • On its third week on the countdown, "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" jumps one more spot to #18 on VH1's Top 20 Video countdown. Please continue voting for the song here.

    Source: V.J | VH1

    Tour Updates

  • The Connecticut concert in Foxwoods Theater (to be held on Sept 6, 2003) went on sale at 8am this morning, and was sold out in 10 minutes. Apparently tickets to the general public were very limited as most of the seats are reserved to high rollers of the Foxwoods Casino.

  • Updates in the Charmbracelet tour section include additions of pictures and reviews of the Chicago, Cleveland and Columbia shows as well as updates in the Merchandise section.

    Source: Douglas | Shom | Erika | Matt | Brianne | Dennys | Undray | Bob | Will

  • AUGUST 5, 2003 7:43PM
    Toronto Arrival Time

    Mariah will be leaving Maryland and fly straight after the concert to Toronto, Canada. Her arrival time depends on how long the meet & greet will be. The rough estimate is 2:30am, so if you plan on going to the airport - try to be patient!

    Source: MonarC | Mariah Daily

    Carey goes over the top, delights fans

    She came, she trilled, she conquered.

    The multi-octave queen of the sentimental pop ballad, Mariah Carey, marched up the aisle and ascended to the stage at the Scene Pavilion Sunday night to thrill an almost full house with an 18-song, nearly two-hour show. It featured five musicians, four backup singers, 10 dancers, eight costume changes, lots of stage props and video and, of course, enough high notes to attract every dog in Cuyahoga County. But what would a Mariah Carey show be without overkill?

    We're in no danger of finding out. Her opening tune, "Heartbreaker," set the pace, as the dancers swarmed around her, and a top-hatted "artist" painted her picture at stage right. The first few songs featured a late 19th-century bohemian Paris theme with Degas and Toulouse Lautrec paintings on the video screen and performers costumed as cancan dancers, ballerinas and urchins. Carey was poured into a tiny pink and silver sequined minidress, the first of many outfits that exposed much of her admirable figure.

    Carey's set list was drawn from both the lengthy list of hits she has had since she emerged in 1990 and her latest album, 2002's "Charmbracelet." It even included a song, "Can't Take That Away," from 1999's "Rainbow," selected by a vote of fans on the Internet.

    Her bag of hits yielded tunes such as "Vision of Love," "Dreamlover," "Hero," spirited set-closer "Make It Happen" and "Fantasy," originally recorded with rapper ODB. It was one of several tunes on which a recorded track supplied the original rap. Her duet with Busta Rhymes, "I Know What You Want," was handled similarly.

    Carey reached into "Charmbracelet" for the melodramatic ballad "Through the Rain" and an even more melodramatic take on Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" that started quietly, accompanied by rickety percussion, and ended in a crashing sonic tidal wave. Another new song, "Clown," ushered in a set change to a circus-style theme with dancers enacting a marionette show. And on "Subtle Invitation" she posed on a pink star-decorated grand piano in a skin-tight strapless white mini. Subtle? Maybe not.

    Occasionally, Carey went deliciously over the top. "My Saving Grace," which she called "the story of my life," built to a howling climax while the video screen showed Carey being mobbed by fans, culminating in fireworks and a rainbow.

    Source: The Plain Dealer

    DeWitt's personalized handbag was a show-stopper for diva

    MARIAH'S BAG: When Mariah Carey saw the trendy personalized handbag that designer Ira DeWitt held up during Carey's concert Friday at the Fox Theatre, the diva stopped the show. She asked DeWitt if she had made the personalized name bag for her, and DeWitt answered, "Yes, Miss Carey." Mariah then had DeWitt bring the bag up to her on stage, where she modeled it and exclaimed over how perfectly it went with her ensemble. "I just knew she'd love it," DeWitt said Monday, still excited about her brush with the diva. DeWitt and her pal, Missy Leggat, design a line of fashionable handbags and shoes. DeWitt, whose husband is Cardinals exec Bill DeWitt III, was at the concert with pals, including Channel 5's Leisa Zigman, Lisa Cohen, and Lisa Weiss. Both Zigman and Cohen have the bag; Weiss recently ordered one.

    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Tour Updates

    Columbus Ohio Date Cancelled:
    Due to issues beyond our control, the planned date in Columbus Ohio on September 15th at the Schottenstein Center has been cancelled. Should there be a new city and or venue announced we will post it within the news section and send an email to all members.
    Due to the date being cancelled there will NO longer be a pre-sale for this performance.

    Tour Section Updates:
    Cleveland reviews, St. Louis & Chicago meet and greet pictures and more Merchandise pictures have been added to the Charmbracelet tour section.

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Michele | Jacob | Barbara | Casey | Amanda | Kelley | Andrew | Vijay | Honey | Alisha

    Mariah's bid to be a Bond girl [Rumor Alert]

    Singer Mariah Carey is being tipped to sing the theme tune for Bond 21.

    Bond fanatic Mariah agreed on condition she was given a cameo part, like Madonna in Die Another Day.

    Bond 21, which will definitely star Pierce Brosnan as 007 for the last time, will be out in 2005.

    As yet no story has been decided as the team are concentrating on a spin- off film featuring Halle Berry's character Jinx. A source said: "Mariah has had meetings with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson.

    "She was asked if she'd consider singing the theme tune for Bond 21. Mariah said she wanted a part in the new film although the story hasn't been discussed yet."

    Hopefully, Mariah will help us forget Madonna's souless Die Another Day and bring back the big vocal style of former tunes like Goldfinger, Moonraker, Diamonds Are Forever by Shirley Bassey, or Tina Turner's Goldenye.

    Mariah plays Glasgow's SECC on October 25.

    Source: Daily Record | Mariah-Carey.org

    Mariah to don boxing gloves for next film

    Singer Mariah Carey is getting in training to portray a boxer in her next big-screen project, The Sweet Science.

    In it, Carey will step into the ring with real-life women’s boxing champion Laila Ali, daughter of Muhammad Ali, reports the syndicated columnist Marilyn Beck.

    “At first she was going to play the part of the boxing manager but then she insisted on playing the boxer,” said producer Anthony Esposito.

    “She’s been taking boxing lessons as part of her training.”

    Carey will also record the soundtrack for The Sweet Science, which will feature a cameo role by property tycoon Donald Trump, who is one of the investors in the film, said Esposito.

    Source: Ireland Online

    Mariah in Spotlight on FOX All Access Countdown!

    Sunday, August 10th
    "The O.C." is the hottest show out and we have one of the stars, Tate Donovan, making a stop at the countdown. In the Spotlight we have from NY, the sexy Mariah Carey. You`ll definitely want to tune into the show when Chris Leary gives you a chance to win an Apple Ipod. So make your plans to be the radio Sunday morning when we bring you the hottest stars and the coolest music – on the FOX All Access Countdown.
    To find out more visit FOX All Access

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Help "Bringin' On The Heartbreak"

  • Yesterday on TRL, an audience member was asked what video they would like to see on the countdown. She, the audience member, responded that she would love to see Mariah's new video "Bringin' On The Hearbreak" and said how much she loved Mariah! Keep voting for the video on TRL.

  • "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" is #9 on the Launch top videos, please vote for it here.

  • Z103.5 (Toronto radio station) is asking their listeners which song they like the most, Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" is one of the choices on the poll. Vote for it here.

  • Vote for "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" on MTV Video Clash.

    Source: Alfreda | Stanley | Teresa | Kristi | Chris R

    International Fanbook

    Please don't forget to participate in the International fanbook that will be given to Mariah as part of the "Fan Bracelet" project. Click here to submit your entries!


  • AUGUST 4, 2003 12:15PM
    Tour Section Updates & Magazine News

    Be sure to check the updated tour section for more reviews and pictures additions from the Vegas, Chicago, St. Louis and Cleveland shows as well as setlist changes.

    Mariah is in the new issues of People Weekly Espanol, In Touch Weekly, Star and The National Enquirer (August 12, 2003 issues). Scans of the latter two are up on the photogallery.

    On today's New York Post: "I knew him, I hung out with him a few times, but nothing sexual occured. I'd admit it if it did, but it didn't." - Mariah Carey in the September issue of Maxim on why Eminem attacks her in one of his raps.

    A new picture of Mariah from Capri, wearing a black dress, was in yesterday's New York Post. Please send us a scan if you happen to have it!

    Source: Scott | Shiloh | Sabine | Maggie | mcfanatic | Mary Jean | Michael | Robbie | Josie | Eddy | Janel | Kelly


    AUGUST 4, 2003 12:11PM
    Mariah Carey proves that she's still got it

    Trademark high notes and familiar ballads worked like a charm on loyal fans at Scene.

    Many things, good and bad have been said about R&B/pop diva Mariah Carey, but no one can say she's not driven.

    After a rough patch that included very public breakups, breakdowns, a $29 million severance check and a movie so bad that it's not even good kitsch, the 33-year-old singer is working hard to claw her way back to the top and hit the road for the first time in several years.

    Sunday night she brought her Charmbracelet tour to Scene Pavilion, where her rabid fan base welcomed her back with open arms and wallets. (Floor seats were $75 and there was a lengthy line to snap up $38 T-shirts and even $15 black thongs.)

    The tour, promoting her eighth full- length album, Charmbracelet, hasn't been without problems. When ticket sales proved initially sluggish Carey revamped the tour, moving it from arenas to smaller ``intimate'' venues, and appealing directly to fans by offering them the chance to pick the set list.

    The Jersey Girl and best-selling female singer of the '90s made a grand entrance by coming through the audience, bringin' fans to their feet, where they stayed for most of the night.

    Carey made sure fans had plenty to look at throughout an elaborately staged show that included as many as 11 dancers, numerous set changes and Carey's own constantly revolving wardrobe. Even her four backup singers got ample opportunity to show their talents. The crowd ate it up.

    She quieted any doubts about her voice early on during the opener Heartbreaker by hitting a string of those glass-breaking high notes for which she is famous.

    The set list leaned heavily on her trademark ballads, and the crowd cheered every scale-climbing vocal ad-lib in songs including Through the Rain, Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme) and a misguided take of Def Leppard's classic power ballad Bringin' On The Heartbreak.

    Though many of Carey's songs are bland, her voice is able to lift the material, and her fans probably wouldn't care if she sang nursery rhymes for two hours. On her hip-hop flavored tunes, including current hit I Know What You Want featuring video of rappers Busta Rhymes and Rah Digga, Carey seemed more like an afterthought. She strolled through to sing the hook and strolled off again to change outfits.

    Carey's career may have peaked in the last decade, but like Madonna -- another driven pop icon -- she won't be going away anytime soon, and her fans wouldn't have it any other way.

    Source: The Beacon Journal

    New Poll

    We’ve added a new poll asking which song from the “Rainbow” album you would most like to see performed live on the Charmbracelet Tour. Please cast your vote now! Last week’s poll asked which song from the “Butterfly” album you would most like to see performed live on tour. Here are the results:

  • 15% (336 votes) “Breakdown”
  • 15% (335 votes) “Outside”
  • 14% (311 votes) “Butterfly”
  • 12% (260 votes) “Whenever You Call”
  • 11% (239 votes) “Close My Eyes”
  • 10% (224 votes) “The Roof”
  • 8% (182 votes) “My All”
  • 6% (121 votes) “Honey”
  • 5% (117 votes) “The Beautiful Ones”
  • 3% (60 votes) “Fourth Of July”
    Total Votes: 2,185

  • AUGUST 2, 2003 4:15PM
    St. Louis Concert Review

    After Friday night's powerhouse performance at the Fox, you can forget everything you think you know about Mariah Carey. The diva-on-the-mend may have a lot to prove, but 10 minutes into her spectacular live show, all that talk of emotional breakdowns, movie flops and discarded record deals is forgiven if not forgotten.

    There was not a glimmer of the "stage fright" that hindered her touring early on, as she walked down the center aisle to the opening music of "Heartbreaker." Backed by a solid five-piece band, four background-singers and 11 dancers, Carey wasn't hiding from the crowd in her glittery pink mini-dress as she danced to the edge of the stage during the sprite poppy, "Dreamlover."

    While some have suggested that Carey's touted five-octave vocal range has not weathered the test of time, she was eager to prove otherwise, hitting those high atmospheric notes as her songs were ending. Inevitably, the crowd response, which at times mirrored idol worship, would leave Carey standing with her camera-ready "cat that ate the canary" grin.

    Stating that she was glad to finally play St. Louis, Carey introduced one of her many survival anthems and the first single from the "Charmbraclet" disc, "Through the Rain."

    I'm still here, Carey sang later at the conclusion of "Subtle Invitation," then quietly affirming, it's a subtle hint. For this song, Carey was lowered from the rafters sitting on a white cloth swing, wearing a strapless white mini-dress.

    The classy production included no less than eight costume changes during the 105-minute performance, using live and stock video, and featuring her dancers and musicians in a way that freed her to return to the dressing room.

    "One Sweet Day," a song that won the voting on Carey's website for this night, featured the singer interacting with video of Boyz II Men. The bouncy hip-hop of "Honey" was followed by a video of Busta Rhymes' duet with Carey, "I Know What You Want."

    Two back-to-back production numbers stole the show, even though Carey's version of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" sounds anemic by comparison. Still, dancing in her red gypsy dress, she made up for what was lacking early on, by turning her stellar band lose on one of the only rockin' jams of the evening.

    Her aerobic workout shorts were perfect for "Fantasy," which plays off of a Tom Tom Club's sample from the song "Genius of Love." The sexy hip-hop effort, was given added edge thanks to ODB's video presence.

    While Carey's sets, costumes and lighting rival that of a traveling Broadway show, it was the more intimate moments where her voice and music was allowed to shine. She introduced the gospel-leaning "My Saving Grace" as my life story put to music, and closed out the set on a similar note with "Make It Happen."

    Encores of "Vision of Love" and "Hero" wrapped up the evening with an almost saccharin sweet sing-along, but they were mercifully direct. While her St. Louis fans got to celebrate her music, Mariah Carey re-established her status as a pop vocalist who is not easily dismissed or denied.

    Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

    Updates..

  • Mariah was chosen to be the artist of the month (August 2003) by Channel [V] in India. In addition, "Bringin' On The Hearbreak" is on heavy rotation on Channel V.

  • New magazine scans and reviews were added to the photogallery and the tour section (Las Vegas & St. Louis).

    Source: Varun | Janel | Polykarp | Leo | oreogirl

  • AUGUST 1, 2003 9:25PM
    Rumoriah: The Mariah Carey Rumor Mill

    Check out Mariah Daily's second installment of “Rumoriah: The Mariah Carey Rumor Mill” for the month of August, located in the Fan Center section, for the answers to these questions:

  • Is there a version of “After Tonight” with Luis Miguel?
  • What's the deal between Mariah and Jennifer Lopez?
  • Is Mariah designing a line of women’s golf clothing?
  • Did Mariah diss Christina Aguilera?
  • Is Mariah releasing a new home video?

    …and several others! Check it out now by clicking here. While you’re there, don’t be hesitant to submit your question for consideration on next month’s Rumoriah! We’ll be selecting the most unique and most asked questions. Enjoy!

    More Site Updates & News Tidbits

    -- Congratulations to Sammy Colon for winning a limited edition “Boy (I Need You)” CD single and poster in Mariah Daily’s July 2003 monthly contest. Check out our new contest by clicking here. Maybe you could be the next winner!

    -- We have added seven new fan submitted drawings to our artwork section! Thanks to Fawaz and Robert for their incredible talents.

    -- Mariah’s performances in Saint Louis (Aug. 1, Fox Theatre) and Fort Lauderdale (Sept. 1, Broward Center) are sold out. This is in addition to her performances in Los Angeles (Aug. 18, Universal Amphitheatre) and New York City (Sept. 18, Radio City Music Hall).

    "Charmbracelet Tour Memories"

    Would you like your own 2003 Charmbracelet World Tour web page with information about you and the show you attended, to show to your family and friends? The Mariah Carey Organization is sponsoring a project that will give fans the opportunity to do just that. The best part is, this service is free and you can access it for life.

    Interested? All you have to do is send in any and all information you would like to appear on your customized page. After you've gathered your information and pictures, send all of it in an email to matt@mariah-carey.org. It's that easy. You can also send any questions to the same address.

    Source: The Mariah Carey Organization


  • AUGUST 1, 2003 12:11PM
    Mariah Carey giving fans what they want

    For her current concert tour, Mariah Carey wanted it both ways - a little bit of glitter, as well as a vision of love so her fans "can feel like they've really had the experience of being there with me and having an intimate evening." In other words, a big (and profitable) show with a touch of class.

    So Carey - who made a big deal out of "downsizing" her tour plans even though she's still playing mostly large-scale arenas and amphitheaters - describes her "Charmbracelet" tour as "sort of like [MTV] 'Unplugged' meets 'Cabaret,' 'cause we've got a big production in terms of the dancing and the whole kind of cabaret atmosphere, but also it doesn't take itself too seriously. And it's not like I take myself too seriously out there, either."

    Carey has the credentials to be as serious as she wants, of course. The Long Island-born daughter of opera singer Patricia Carey, she emerged from singing backup for Brenda K. Starr to win the Grammy Award for best new artist for her nine- times platinum, chart-topping, self-titled debut album in 1990.

    The rest of the decade was marked by a series of achievements as staggering as Carey's seven-octave voice. Carey has sold more than 140 million albums worldwide and logged 15 No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts - which spent more cumulative weeks there than any other artist in history's hits.

    Conscious of that body of work, Carey opened up her tour repertoire to her fans via an online poll. And while the top choices were established hits such as "Hero" and "Through the Rain," Carey says there have been some surprises from deep in her 11-album catalog.

    "There's obscure songs from my first album, like a song called 'Sent From Above'; I never thought that anybody would vote for stuff like that," she says. "Basically, I'm trying to incorporate as much as I can from the list into my concerts."

    When Carey has failed, it's been as spectacular as her successes. Her divorce from Columbia Records chief Tommy Mottola was prime tabloid fare in the mid-1990s. Then her 2001 film "Glitter" was a bomb with critics and moviegoers, and Carey exacerbated the damage with erratic public behavior - including lengthy suicidal messages on her Web site - that she chalked up to exhaustion.

    Looking back, Carey blames part of "Glitter's" failure on its release date - three days after the Sept. 11 attacks. But she acknowledges that it was not exactly a case of putting her best cinematic foot forward, either.

    Carey rebounded from "Glitter" by switching record companies and issuing a successful album - last year's "Charmbracelet." So far, the record has sold more than 3 million copies.

    Source: The Plain Dealer

    Carey way beyond her millennium crisis

    When you're a superstar artist with a five-octave vocal range that's scored number one singles in each year of the 1990s, a little time for rest and relaxation is always deserved.

    Given the national media's tendency to fall like jackals on a celebrity who stumbles, it would have been easy to join the bandwagon had Mariah Carey's recent United Center appearance not been up to par.

    However, thanks to her refreshed state of mind and a return to the R&B meets hip-hop sound of "Charmbracelet," what followed was almost entirely enjoyable and worth her fans' time.

    Mariah's entrance to the beats of the night club-friendly "Heartbreaker" was the first of many instances when the crowd was able to get its money's worth.

    Instead of just strolling on stage or popping out of some elaborate contraption, Carey began on an up-close and personal note, weaving her way through the aisles from the very back of the arena.

    She may have been grabbed at, photographed and high-fived along the way, but her voice soared as though she was standing still at center stage.

    Such a flurry of activity was buttressed by another hip-hopper, "Honey," and the dance-floor packer "Fantasy" (complete with a sample of the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love"). These numbers featured Carey, 10 dancers, and four background vocalists causing quite the commotion while trading moves and grooves.

    Other well-known selections included the gospel infused "Make It Happen," the soulful sing-along "Always Be My Baby" and a cover of The Jackson Five's "I'll Be There." These featured grand costume and setting changes. (Mariah's multiple personas ranged from a Harley Davidson motorcyclist to an angel to a sexy workout girl).

    Even material from the new album was greeted by the audience with familiarity, and given its string of singles thus far, it doesn't appear that Carey's hit-making streak will end soon. The lead track "Through the Rain" falls into the inspirational category with "Hero" and the Boyz II Men duet "One Sweet Day," and Carey belted it out like a true survivor.

    "The One" and "Boy (I Need You)" switched climates altogether taking on a street flavor accompanied by funky keyboard lines and swooping vocals in which Carey sounded more like Mary J. Blige or Ashanti than a more traditional R&B predecessor like Whitney Houston.

    But as Carey encored with "Vision of Love" and "Hero" -- oozing out each note with as much force and clarity as she did on "Heartbreaker" nearly two hours earlier -- her vocal gifts and show business pizazz remained clearly intact.

    Far from being a human soap-opera has-been, Mariah's sparkling "Charmbracelet" of a career will keep sparkling for quite a while to come.

    Source: Daily Journal Review | MariahCarey.com

    Mariah Soaks Up The Sun in Capri

    Mariah Carey was on the beautiful island of Capri this week, taking a relaxing break from her busy World Tour.

    Having wrapped up the first leg in Asia and Japan, the Loverboy singer took full advantage of her down time, her curves poured into a revealing bikini as she lounged on her luxury yacht. Mariah's barely-there tangerine and brown two-piece was accessorised with a splash of glam – Hollywood shades and a £20,000 diamond ring.

    The Mediterranean island is a favourite holiday spot for the American vocalist, who joins Demi Moore, Keanu Reeves, Tom Cruise and Julia Roberts – as well as legends Greta Garbo, Clark Gable and Sophia Loren – on the long roster of celebs who have enjoyed Capri's sunny shores.

    In fact Capri, located in the Bay of Naples off the coast of Italy, is where Mariah took refuge from the limelight after suffering a high profile breakdown in 2001. She spent five months on the scenic island, enjoying the tranquil surroundings and learning, she said, "how to be healthy and take care of myself".

    But now, it looks like it's back to work for the sexy singer – she's on her way Stateside to kick off her tour on August 1.

    Source: Hello! Magazine

    Carey takes a stage swipe at Eminem

    Singer Mariah Carey, dangerously near to Has-Been Land, isn't playing the Detroit area on her truncated summer tour. Good thing, it appears, what with her in-show swat at Detroit rap king Eminem.

    MTV News reports that during her Chicago stop at the less-than-filled United Center, Carey matched every costume change with a set change, as her art-deco set segued into something called "The Marionette Show."

    That was apparently a play on her name and "The Eminem Show." Of course, she and Em had a botched hook-up awhile back and exchanged churlish remarks about each other.

    First Eminem dissed her on his track "Superman" ("What you tryin' to be my new wife?/ What you, Mariah?") and later in an issue of Rolling Stone ("I just don't like her as a person.") Then Carey recorded the Eminem-inspired "Clown" for her "Charm- bracelet," album -- although she has always been coy when asked if the song was about Em. But MTV reports there was no denying Slim Shady was the target onstage in Chicago.

    While Carey sat with legs crossed and sang, "You should've never intimated we were lovers/ When you know very well we never even touched each other," two masked men wearing pin-striped suits and standing on stilts pulled a female dancer sporting a shaggy blonde wig and Detroit Pistons jersey to and fro with an array of large ribbons.

    When the song ended, a giant screen flashed "The Marionette Show" (with the same "Eminem Show"-style reversed lettering) again.

    Carey grinned and said: "It's all in fun. We're just having a good time with the show up here."

    Source: Detroit Free Press

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