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January-March 2007
Mariah is on the set filming for her upcoming film Tennessee

Spring 2007
Exclusive perfume release

Fall 2007
New album release


February 25, 2007
State Property 2
TMC 10:00pm ET

February 26, 2007
20 Greatest Women in Music
VH1 6:00pm ET

February 26, 2007
State Property 2
SHON 10:00pm ET

March 1, 2007
Forbes' 20 Richest Women in Entertainment
ETV 11:00am ET

March 1, 2007
101 Most Shocking Moments in Entertainment
ETV 2:00pm ET

March 1, 2007
Outrageous Celebrity Feuds
ETV 8:00pm ET

March 2, 2007
Outrageous Celebrity Feuds
ETV 9:00am ET

March 4, 2007
Outrageous Celebrity Feuds
ETV 1:00pm ET

March 5, 2007
State Property 2
SHO 3:15am ET

March 5, 2007
40 More Awesomely Bad Fashion Moments
VH1 4:00pm ET

March 17, 2007
State Property 2
SHO 4:25am ET

March 18, 2007
Death of a Dynasty
SBLK 11:40pm ET


March 2007
Playboy Magazine (cover).


Mariah Daily Poll
What are you excited about most for Mariah's upcoming film Tennessee?

1. Her acting as the country girl Krystal Evans
2. Her upcoming duet with Willie Nelson
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4. Mariah playing guitar in the film

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Tuesday, January 31 , 2006

"Don't Forget About Us" #1 again on TRL! // 4:57 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Congratulations everyone! "Don't Forget About Us" was #1 again on today's TRL video countdown! 3 more days until retirement! Let's continue to vote each countdown day and send Mariah off at the top!

Call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) during the following hours:
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Insider Tip: Phone calls count the most so make sure you call a lot!

Tune in to MTV's TRL for the countdown results Monday-Friday at 3:30pm ET/PT.

Source: Mariah Daily | FaboNick

Album of the Year: Who Will Win? // 10:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

All Grammys are not created equal. While 1,100 nominees are vying for 108 trophies, one contest trumps the rest for prestige, pizzazz and PR power.

Album of the year.

Music's most coveted prize, an anointing of artistic merit that can also reignite sales, brings five diverse candidates into a tight race decided by a notoriously illogical voting body.

The results will be revealed during the Grammy Awards, airing Feb. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The five albums in play are U2's How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, Kanye West's Late Registration, Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi, Paul McCartney's Chaos and Creation in the Backyard and Gwen Stefani's Love Angel Music Baby.

They're listed in the order that Paul Grein, music writer and veteran Grammy prognosticator, believes the voters will rank them. The criteria? Popularity, artistry, sales, lovability, history and mysterious ephemera.

"I think U2 will win," says Grein, countering a consensus leaning West. "Three albums have a shot. Kanye is second, Mariah is third. I've got to believe U2 will take it. They're so respected, and they stand for the traditional pop-rock craft that has always done well in the Grammys going back 35 years."

"The Emancipation of Mimi" - Mariah Carey
Sales and Airplay: Mimi, the top-selling album of 2005, has sold 5.1 million copies since its release April 12. We Belong Together was the top national airplay song of 2005; Shake It Off was No. 6 and Don't Forget About Us was No. 38.

Critical Standing: Considered by most critics as more of a marketing success than an artistic triumph. Metacritic: 61. Rolling Stone: 2 1/2 stars. EW: B. USA TODAY: 3 1/2 stars. "The singer hasn't forsaken her passion for hip-hop. But it's the ballads and midtempo numbers that truly reflect the renewed confidence of a songbird who has taken her shots and kept on flying." - Elysa Gardner

Touring Boost: Carey managed to keep a high profile in 2005 without hitting the road.

Grammy Clout: Carey's up for seven other Grammys, including best record and song. She won best new artist and pop female vocal in 1991.

Grammy Tilt: "Mariah is strong, because she had the year's No. 1 album and nobody thought she could come back anywhere near this level," Grein says. "This is an unforgiving business, and once your name's a punchline, it's almost impossible to come back. But (modern) R&B isn't a favorite kind of music for a lot of Grammy voters. Traditional R&B is more respected. So a win would be a surprise."

Read the comments for the other nominated albums here.

Source: USA Today | Casey

Download: Mariah on TV Guide's "Guide to the Grammys" // 9:55 AM EST Updated by Lynn

Leading nominee Mariah Carey was featured in a Grammy preview on the "Joan & Melissa's Guide To The Grammys" that aired yesterday on the TV Guide Channel. Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of the Mariah segment.

[ Download: Mariah on TV Guide's "Road To The Grammys" ]

Queen of the charts Mariah Carey and R&B superstars John Legend and Kanye West share top billing. Each has a whopping 8 nominations.
Mariah: "I appreciate everything. I think life is a journey and I've been through it all, not at all yet, but I've been you know from a very young age so it's been like interesting, it's been an interesting ride but I'm very grateful for right now."

Now someone who's been working her tuckus off is Mariah Carey. Her career had been in a standstill in recent years and people wondered if the music diva can climb back to the top of the charts again after a much publicized emotional breakdown. Mariah's latest album has sold more than 4 million copies and with eight Grammy noms, it looks like Mimi is finally emancipated.

Mariah Carey's five octave voice made her the high note of the 90s music scene. But early in 2000, her sizzling love scenes and signature sound were not enough to save her from a cinematic flop and getting the boot from her record company.

After walking away from the music biz for a few years, Mariah re-emerged with the release of "The Emancipation of Mimi" - the record that would solidify her spot in music history.
Mariah: It's always good to have music that you can sort of live by and carries you through and this record has been phenomenal.

The album opened at #1. It was 2005's best-seller with just under 5 million copies sold. "The Emancipation of Mimi" portrays Mariah's journey filled with struggles and successes.
Mariah: "It's about ups and downs. It's about living through, you know, whatever happens and just having the strength to overcome and to always be thankful and stay humble."

The curvaceous crooner wrote most of her songs on her new album, using her words as an emotional outlet.
Mariah: "I love writing. It's almost like, I won't say it's more important to me than singing, but it's equal for me. So it's something that just brings me a lot of joy, it's an incredible gift. I'm really blessed and thankful that I'm able to release all that energy into songs."

Songs produced by the music master, Jermaine Dupri.
Mariah: "Jermaine Dupri is my favorite and we have done a lot of collaborations. "We Belong Together" is our most successful song ever, my own successul song ever so it's amazing to have that on this album."

And while some have labeled her the comeback kid, Mariah says she never left. The sultry singer credits her devoted fans for her continued success.
Mariah: "My fans are the world's greatest. I have the best fans in the world."

Source: Mariah Daily

News Tidbits // 9:55 AM EST Updated by Lynn

--"Don't Forget About Us" is back at #1 on TRL's video countdown! Good job everyone! With only 4 countdowns to go until its retirement, let's continue to vote and send Mariah out at the top!

--Mariah was mentioned in Big Momma 2! Towards the end of the movie, Big Momma takes the family to a bingo hall so she could talk to the father. During their conversation, Big Momma asked him where he was from. He said, "Long Island" to which Big Momma blurted out, "Oh, that's where Mariah was born."

--Vote for Mariah in Yahoo! Music's poll "Dig It or Dis It: who should win the coveted Grammy for Record of the Year?" Current results show Mariah tied for 1st place with Kanye West. Cast your ballot now!

--In the Canadian movie magazine available in theatres called 'Famous,' on the final page, '10 Stars Explain Their Scars,' Mariah is quoted as saying: "I have a scar on my back that I hate. I cover it with a butterfly or a heart, whatever, a temporary tattoo. When I was 18, I had a mole on my back and someone said I should get it removed, so I did. But it was not done correctly and I have this stupid scar."

--Dave Grohl's Foo Fighters are playing bigger shows than ever and are up for five Grammys for their two-disc opus, "In Your Honor." The album could make Grammy night an eventful evening for the band, but Grohl says whether they walk out with a trophy or not, 'it's mainly for the fam.' "You get the fam all dressed up, put 'em in the same room as Mariah Carey and all of a sudden your career is validated." From MSNBC.

--Coshocton Tribune describes the new Al Gore "a cross between Theodore Roosevelt, the environmentalist president, and Mariah Carey, the sultry songstress whose music career recently recovered from a big tumble."

Source: Mariah Daily | Jimmy | SRFRGUY101 | Ben | Casey

Download: MTV's "My Own Mariah Carey" // 1:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

Mariah was the subject of last night's episode of MTV's new reality show, "My Own." David, an avid Mariah fan, wants his own Mariah Carey! With the help of his two friends, he inspects 6 wannabes and searches for the one who looks, sounds, and acts like Mariah.

Click on the links below to download a video file (mpg, 210MB) of My Own's episode about Mariah.

  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Monday, January 30 , 2006

    A Duet Between Mariah and Janet Jackson? // 4:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Jermaine Dupri, in his interview with MTV News, said he's considering a collaboration between Mariah and Janet, which would mirror Whitney Houston and Mariah's 1998 hit "When You Believe."

    "That's been on my mind for a couple weeks now," Dupri admitted. "The hardest part is figuring out a song that fits both of them, because you have two different styles of artists, and the thing when you're dealing with divas is you don't want to overshadow either one, so if you were to do a song for them, it would have to work where both of them would feel they were on the same pedestal, or else someone's gonna have a problem."

    Source: MTV News

    Catch Mariah on BET's 'Setting The Record Straight' // 6:21 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Setting The Record Straight - Thursday, February 2 at 9:00pm EST on BET

    Don’t miss this Grammy Awards special featuring intimate one-on-one interviews with Grammy top contenders Mariah Carey, Kanye West, and John Legend. Each artist is nominated for a record 8 Grammys! BET's' Big Tigger, along with guest co-host Ananda Lewis, sit with the stars to chronicle their path to this potentially record breaking night.

    Source: Brian

    Road To The Grammys: The Story Behind Mariah Carey's 'We Belong Together' // 6:14 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Sessions that produced 'We Belong Together' — Mariah's 16th #1 single — almost didn't happen.

    Mariah needed a miracle.

    In November 2004 she was still mired in a deep slump that was on the verge of killing her career ("Glitter," anyone?). But she had a full album's worth of hot new material in the can that she was sure would rocket her

    However, Mariah's label boss, L.A. Reid, thought she needed a little insurance, and suggested she try just one more session to sprinkle some final fairy dust on her emancipation proclamation, The Emancipation of Mimi. "L.A. was like, 'You and Jermaine Dupri make magic together, why aren't you in the studio with him?' " Carey recalled. "I said, 'I love Jermaine, is he free? I know he's doing a million things, Usher and this and that.' But Jermaine said, 'Come on down.' "

    Dupri, of course, is one of the biggest hitmakers of the past 20 years, having crafted hits for Usher, TLC, Alicia Keys, Jay-Z, Nelly, Aaliyah, Kris Kross and many others in addition to Mariah. When she arrived at Dupri's studio in Atlanta the next day, the two of them worked nonstop, popping off two songs in two days: "Get Your Number" and "Shake It Off."

    Up to that point, Carey and Reid had planned to make "Say Somethin'," a collaboration with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams, her new album's first single. But once Reid heard the Dupri-helmed songs, Carey recalled, "He was like, 'Oh no! Now we've got to change the single, make these singles one and two.' "

    Carey agreed. "Nobody could tell me that 'Shake It Off' wasn't going to be my first single. It was my favorite song, just from the demo."

    Dupri had quickly sized up what he felt the album needed. "The records that I made are very melodic records, regardless of their hip-hop influence," Dupri said. "I think that's what she was missing."

    And since he and Mariah had come up with those two songs in two days, why stop? "Then it was like, 'You want to go back down to Atlanta again?' " she said. So the pair teamed up again, coming up with "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" — the first two songs in the album's final sequence — in two days. "We said, OK, we love 'Shake It Off,' " Carey recalled. "We don't know how we're going to top that, but let's just try.' It turned out that 'It's Like That' was the right fire-starter, and 'We Belong Together' was the bigger record." "We Belong Together" — which is nominated for Grammys in both the Record of the Year and Song of the Year categories — became Carey's sweet 16: her 16th #1 hit, the most ever by a female artist. (Mariah has since broken her own record with "Don't Forget About Us.")

    Dupri may deserve as much credit for what he got Mariah not to do. For someone so associated with multi-octave vocal gymnastics (look up "melisma" in the dictionary and you'll see a picture of Mariah), Carey is a model of restraint on "We Belong Together": She doesn't even raise her voice until the song is near its end. She sings the chorus as if she actually were resigned to not having what she wants, and that understated approach makes the song far more powerful than it would have been if she'd belted it.

    "People have to learn the art of subtlety," she said. "We realized that once we did it, it was an inspiration in terms of how I was singing it. It was obvious that if it was touching us, it was going reach other people too."

    Carey also reversed her usual technique of singing as many notes per syllable as she possibly can, and her comparatively spare, hip-hop-inspired delivery is what pushes the song forward (the instrumental backing is primarily a beat and just a few simple piano chords).

    "We just went back and forth with concepts for the beat and melodic ideas, which I didn't expect from Jermaine, because usually I'm the one that dictates the entire melody," Carey said. "But he had some really great ideas."

    The rest of the song is classic heartbreak. For the second verse, Mariah said she and Jermaine "had a pow-wow," trying to figure out what it makes certain songs so special, how they "just hit you, and you're like, 'Oh, man!' You know?"

    They came up with Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now" and Babyface's "Two Occasions," which Carey quotes in "We Belong Together" as she flips across a radio dial: "I gotta change the station/ So I turn the dial, tryin' to catch a break/ And then I hear Babyface/ I only think of you and it's breaking my heart/ I'm trying to keep it together but I'm falling apart."

    Carey reverses the melancholy at the end with vocal lifts that imply she's bound to get her heart's desire anyway, through sheer determination.

    Kind of like the way she's revived her career.

    "It's like, damn, two years ago she was the craziest person in the funny farm, and that [image] don't even exist no more," Dupri said. "And she never got nominated this many times when she was the Mariah of old. It felt like the rebirth of the person you know as Mariah Carey." "I am so grateful I went to Atlanta," Carey said. "And I have to say, we wrote some of my favorite songs on the album. I'm so proud of Jermaine — he's so focused, and he knew what had to be done.

    "You can never write off talent," she added. Especially not her own.

    Source: MTV | Maria | Casey

    Mariah Carey: 'The Queen of Pop' // 6:10 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    2005 was the year of Mariah Carey. On December 31, 2004, if anyone had written the previous statement, they would have been ridiculed. Mariah had been placed in the "career over" section of the music industry alongside the likes of Whitney, Bobby and Lauryn Hill. How she got there and how she overcame that stigma is the real story.

    The music world is one of young, hot and upcoming artists. It's hard to get on top and it's even harder to stay there. Every year there is a new artist that rises out of the woodwork. Back in 1990, that artist was Mariah Carey.

    Through her work as a background vocalist, Mariah's music came in contact with Sony head Tommy Motolla (remember him?), who promptly signed her to Columbia Records. Her very first single, "Vision of Love," shot to the top of the charts and multiple number one songs would follow. Mariah owned the 1990s.

    During this time, Motolla married his protege. Is it even ethical for a record head to have a romantic relationship with one of his artists? (Berry Gordy and Diana Ross' relationship ultimately broke up the biggest female group ever, The Supremes). The eventual end of Mariah's marriage to Motolla (which was displayed in her "We Belong Together video) was the beginning of a strange and peculiar downward spiral for Mariah.

    Once Mariah left Motolla and Sony for Virgin Records for a record $80 million contract, the attack was on. It's been reported that Motolla took songs intended for Carey's first release on Virgin and gave them to Jennifer "I'm Real" Lopez. Whether it's true or not is the subject of much debate; however, record companies have been known to do whatever it takes to artists they know are leaving their label.

    Leading up to the release of her first movie, Mariah began to act irratically. Combined business and personal matters began to take their toll and Mariah took a "break" in the middle of the massive promotion for the debut of her movie and new Virgin CD. With no Mariah to promote them, both projects failed and the doubters began to write Mariah as a lost cause.

    Virgin even got in on the act, quickly buying her contract out by giving Mariah $28 million just to leave their label. Although she made out in the deal, it's considered a public relations disaster to be paid to leave your record company to "cut their losses." Critics had a field day with the downfall of Mariah Carey. Was it because she could no longer sing or that she was close to breaking records of the highly acclaimed Elvis and the Beatles?

    Now a free agent, Mariah was signed to Def Jam by new head LA Reid (the mastermind behind the chart success of Usher and OutKast). Even though her first release on Def Jam, "Charmbracelet" eventually went platinum, it was widely considered that Mariah's days as a top selling artist were long gone.

    To prepare for her second release on Def Jam, Mariah took her time and went to the islands to regroup. After clearing her head of all the pressures of life, she hooked up with her old producer/friend Jermaine Dupri and created "The Emancipation of Mimi." (Mimi is the name Mariah is called by her close friends).

    A ultra smash, "Mimi" walked down 50 Cent's "The Massacre" to become the number one selling cd of 2005 by selling over 5 million copies and counting. (At press time, "Mimi" is still firmly lodged in the top ten.) Even more impressively, she scored 2 more number one songs from the CD, giving her a total of 17. Now she is tied with Elvis Presley for the most number one songs of all time behind only the Beatles with 20. Does anyone think Virgin jumped the gun?

    In other words, Mariah Carey is walking ground no other woman has ever achieved. She's had more number ones than Whitney, Janet Jackson and Madonna. She has earned the official title of "The Queen of Pop." More importantly, she's approaching the holy grail of the Beatles. Does anyone doubt she won't get there?

    Source: EurWeb

    Sunday, January 29 , 2006

    Mariah Scans // 2:14 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans from the February 6, 2006 issues of Celebrity Living, Star, OK! and Us Weekly magazines, and from today's edition of the New York Daily News.

    Also, in the February 2006 issue of the German In Style magazine, Mariah is featured on Beauty Talk where she shares her beauty secrets, reveals her make-up tricks, talks about dieting and macaroni with cheese, among other things! When asked what kind of make up she wears when dating rumored boyfriend Mark Sudack, she replied with a smile, "Much gloss and glitter."

    Below are the scans from the German In Style magazine PLUS a new photo of Mariah in her blue winter overalls that was featured in the January 20th issue of the German Süddeutsche Zeitung Magazin's "100 Questions For Mariah Carey" (transcript here)!


    Source: Mariah Daily | Iman | Adi | ButterflyWorldMC | KenyaGruv | Jeremy

    Billboard's Grammy Preview: Mariah Carey // 12:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    8 Nominations
  • Record Of The Year: "We Belong Together"
  • Album Of The Year: "The Emancipation Of Mimi"
  • Song Of The Year: "We Belong Together"
  • Best Pop Female Vocal Performance: "It's Like That"
  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance: "We Belong Together"
  • Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance: "Mine Again"
  • Best R&B Song: "We Belong Together"
  • Best Contemporary R&B Album: "The Emancipation Of Mimi"

    Billboard Album Review - "The Emancipation Of Mimi" - April 16, 2005:

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is Mariah Carey's most satisfying album since her 1997 collection, "Butterfly." The latter disc spawned multiple hits and has sold 3.7 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Mimi" has already notched a hit with "It's Like That," and a second single -- the midtempo ballad "We Belong Together" -- is ascending the charts. Carey's emancipation is drenched in hip-hop and old-school R&B ballads, and it smartly focuses on her strengths. While her voice has lost some of its power through the years, "Mimi" deftly showcases her still-considerable pipes with strong lyrics and slick production. In addition to the aforementioned singles, highlights include the Snoop Dogg-spiced thump of "Say Somethin'," the gorgeous ballads "Mine Again" and "Circles," the bouncy silliness of "Get Your Number" and gospel closer "Fly Like a Bird."

    One of music's most dominant forces, Mariah Carey continues to sell (and break) records. In December 2005, the singer tied Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most Billboard Hot 100 topping singles in the rock era when "Don't Forget About Us" became her 17th No. 1.

    In addition to selling 46 million albums in the United States throughout her career, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Carey scored a Hot 100 No. 1 in every year in the '90s and has won a bevy of awards.

    The artist started out her dream in a gutsy way, relocating from Long Island to Manhattan a mere day after graduating from high school. Fortunately, Carey signed with Columbia shortly thereafter went from an overnight success with her self-titled 1990 debut to a consistent hitmaker for the label.

    But more than a decade into her career, Carey suffered a couple of missteps, including a very public breakdown and the critically maligned film "Glitter" in 2001 and its Virgin soundtrack. A break from Virgin led her to Island Def Jam, and her second set for the label, 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi," became a comeback story of considerable note.

    Considered as a testament to her fortitude and undeniable talent, the Island Def Jam set has sold 3.6 (sic) million copies, debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 and led to an impressive eight Grammy nominations.
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    Source: Billboard | Sean

    Download: Mariah On the Dutch Show "Idols!" // 10:17 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Martijn Krabbé from the Dutch show "Idols!" met Mariah in England on December 4, 2005 (the day of the 'Mimi' CD signing at HMV) for an interview. The interview was aired as part of the "Idols!" show on December 31, 2005. Click on the links below to view screen captures and download the video file of the interview.

    [ Download: Mariah Interviewed on "Idols!" ]

    Interview Transcript:
    Idols: Welcome to "Idols," Mariah.
    Mariah: Thank you.

    Idols: Isn't it sometimes a little bit scary when you come to these places and there are so many people?
    Mariah: You know, I'm one of those people where I've been in massive crowds and people trying to like... I don't think they're trying to crush you but that's just what it feels like at the moment, and my thing is - you have to remain calm, literally. Like everybody else can be screaming around you but if you're just calm, you just walk through it.

    Idols: When do you draw the line and where between private and public?
    Mariah: If I'm out and if people come up to me and they're nice and they say, you know, 'can I have your autograph?' - of course I'm gonna give them my autograph. If you can make somebody happy, you should do it. You know, but if people come up to you and they're rude and nasty, you know, then you let the security ask them politely to leave.

    Idols: Would you give some advice to our contestants?
    Mariah: Well, I love writing songs because it's an outlet for me, so definitely sit down and try to hone their craft and learn a little bit more about song structure and you know, just be in the studio as much as you can. Any opportunity someone gives you to hang out at the studio - just be there.

    Idols: What's the most fun experience of being a public figure?
    Mariah: Well, overall it would be meeting fans, like, I really have some great fans, like, they sort of give me this unconditional love and that's something that I haven't really had very much of in my life so I would say the fans are the best part of it. My fans, they're very special.

    Idols: One last thing, I have a picture here, it's a very young girl, she's only 20 years old, I'd like you to look at the picture and maybe give a few comments. [Interviewer shows Mariah a picture of them together in Holland in 1990]
    Mariah: (laughs) Oh my goodness.

    Idols: This is 1990, "Vision of Love."
    Mariah: I know... it's my bad side.

    Idols: You were in Holland, I think we do look better now.
    Mariah: I'm giving you my bad side (laughs). I will say my hair wasn't in very good condition at that point, and I did my own hair in this picture because we couldn't afford 'hair and make up' back then!

    Idols: If you could give this girl advice, what would it be?
    Mariah: It was too late at that point to give a real advice I needed to be given, but if I could give that girl advice, it would be "stand up for yourself."

    Mariah: Hi I'm Mariah Carey and I wish all the viewers of idol a very happy Christmas and a merry new year. Or Merry Christmas and a happy new year. Cheers! Is that good? You threw me off with the "Hi, my name is Mariah Carey." I'm not used to saying that.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Sabrina | Mark

    E! Online's Grammy Awards Predictions // 8:18 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mimi and You: We Break Down the Grammys and Reveal Our Picks for the Top Awards

    What is the Bermuda Triangle? How was Stonehenge built? Who will win the Grammy for Record of the Year? These are the enduring mysteries of our times, and since we still haven't figured out the answers to the first two (though we're fairly sure unicorns are involved), we're ready to take a crack at who we think the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) will be awarding statuettes. And to make things interesting, we polled our columnists to let you see how their great minds work.

    Album of the Year
    Nominees: The Emancipation of Mimi (Mariah Carey), Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Paul McCartney), Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (Gwen Stefani), How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (U2), Late Registration (Kanye West)

    We Say: Mariah Carey: Hands down, this is Mimi's award. Nobody sold more albums, and nobody in the category overcame as many career obstacles--Glitter, anyone?--as she did.
    Ted Casablanca Says: Mariah Carey: Kanye, your year was so 2005. And while I like shakin' my très existent rump to "Gold Digger" as much as the next dawg, I'm gonna have to bet my ill-fitting spandex ski suit on Mimi. Hey, all this success, and the diva still can't find solid love. At least give the gal a damn Grammy, right?

    Song of the Year
    Nominees: "Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts), "Devils & Dust" (Bruce Springsteen), "Ordinary People" (John Legend), "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" (U2), "We Belong Together" (Mariah Carey)

    We Say: Mariah Carey: Seriously, did you read what we said before? Nothing in this category had the commercial or emotional impact of "We Belong Together"--this is Mariah's year.
    Tab Fab Says: Mariah Carey: Hey, any song about Mariah Carey's breastesses all smooshed up is a sure winner for Song of the Year, which is why we love "We Belong Together."

    E! Online also predicts Mariah will lose the "Record of the Year" category to Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl."

    Source: E! Online

    News Tidbits // 8:09 AM EST Updated by Liron

    --A segment on the E! channel called "Divas Gone Bad" was aired in France on January 25th, 2006. It features Mariah clips from several red carpet events. Click here to download the video file.

    --According to DirecTV's TiVo guide, the Mariah Carey episode of "My Own" will air tomorrow, Monday - January 30th, at 6:00 PM EST on MTV.

    --Mariah's episode of 'Cribs' was at number 3 on the list of top 40 Cribs on the UK music channel TMF which aired from 6pm to midnight GMT on 27/1/06.

    Worldwide Releases
    --Due to the success of "Get Your Number" in Belgium (the single is still in high demand in stores and has a very good airplay), the "Don't Forget About Us" single has been pushed back to February the 21st.

    --Universal Music Spain has announced that the Platinum Edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be finally released in Spain on February 6th, 2006. The tracklisting has not been announced yet.

    Fans Corner
    --Mariah Daily and Ritcher (a.k.a itslikethat) would like to wish a very happy new year to the Chinese Mariah fans at MariahCN who are celebrating the Chinese traditional new year today!

    --Mason, a dedicated Mariah fan is releasing his debut CD in less than two weeks. Snippets from his album can be heard here.

    --Click here to download three Mariah wallpapers (in a zip file) made by Celitano.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Heroes of Mariah | TEOM Spain | Martin | Casey | Alex'

    Saturday, January 28 , 2006

    Grammy Advertisements // 4:06 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    A scan of an ad for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards from the February 3rd issue of Entertainment Weekly. Mariah is pictured at top left among the other Grammy nominees.

    Click here to download the Grammy Awards show commercial and here for the "2006 Grammy Nominees" CD commercial.

    The awards ceremony will air at 8pm on CBS live from the Staples Center, Los Angeles, CA. Be sure to tune in!

    Source: TorrentsRock | ShakiraMedia | Mariah Daily | Sergei

    Entertainment Weekly's Grammy 2006 Predictions // 8:49 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Who'll score when the Recording Academy hands out music's top honors on Feb. 8? See who Entertainment Weekly thinks is likely to win - and who deserves to win below.

    Album of the Year
    Nominees: The Emancipation of Mimi (Mariah Carey), Chaos and Creation in the Backyard (Paul McCartney), Love.Angel.Music.Baby. (Gwen Stefani), How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb (U2), Late Registration (Kanye West)

    Will Win: Mariah, Gwen and Kanye will split the R&B/rap votes, leaving U2 with their 17th Grammy.
    Should Win: Kanye - the most musically and lyrically audacious of the bunch - gets our nod.

    Record of the Year
    Nominees: "We Belong Together" (Mariah Carey), "Feel Good Inc." (Gorillaz), Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (Green Day), "Hollaback Girl" (Gwen Stefani), "Gold Digger" (Kanye West)

    Will Win: Seemingly on the radio every 15 minutes, Carey's single brought millions back to the cult of ''the voice.''
    Should Win: For turning a demeaning dis into a hilarious song, West deserves it.

    Song of the Year
    Nominees: "Bless the Broken Road" (Rascal Flatts), "Devils & Dust" (Bruce Springsteen), "Ordinary People" (John Legend), "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" (U2), "We Belong Together" (Mariah Carey)

    Will Win & Should Win: A tough one, but Legend's ballad will eke out a victory, if only for its old-school soul virtues. Though lesser tracks from Mariah, U2, or even the Boss could steal it.

    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
    Nominees: "It's Like That" (Mariah Carey), "Sicne U Been Gone" (Kelly Clarkson), "Good Is Good" (Sheryl Crow), "I Will Not Be Broken" (Bonnie Raitt), "Hollaback Girl" (Gwen Stefani)

    Will Win & Should Win: With an undeniable Max Martin-penned hook, Clarkson's anthem is a perfect meeting of slick production and raw emotion featuring a killer vocal from the Idol vet.

    Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
    Nominees: "1 Thing" (Amerie), "Wishing on a Star" (Beyonce), "We Belong Together" (Mariah Carey), "Free Yourself" (Fantasia), "Unbreakable" (Alicia Keys)

    Will Win: The silk-and-satin embrace of Carey's single was the spark for her incredible comeback year.

    Should Win: For its mind-boggling beat alone, Amerie's Meters- sampling track shouldn't be ignored.

    Source: Entertainment Weekly

    Friday, January 27 , 2006

    Grammy Preview: And the Winner Is... // 5:42 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Rolling Stone has assembled an A-list panel of experts - rock stars, hitmaking producers, top execs -- to give you the inside line on the major races.

    The panel of experts: Dave Navarro (rock guitarist), John Norris (MTV host/VJ), John Shanks (songwriter/producer), Rick Krim (VH1 EVP), Pat Wilson (Weezer drummer), Pete Wentz (Fall Out Boy bassist/songwriter), Polly Anthony (Geffen Records president), Ahmir "QuestLove" Thompson (The Roots drummer/songwriter), Jed The Fish (KROQ DJ), Rick Ocasek (producer)

    Below you will find the experts' predictions of who will take the trophies in the major categories.

    Album of the Year
    Nominees: The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey; Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Paul McCartney; Love, Angel, Music, Baby, Gwen Stefani; How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb, U2; Late Registration, Kanye West

    Will Win: The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey
    Should Win: Late Registration, Kanye West

    Polly Anthony: "Mariah. The album is beautifully written and incredibly produced - it feels like Grammy-Grammy-Grammy to me."

    Record of the Year
    Nominees: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey; "Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul; "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day; "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani; "Gold Digger," Kanye West

    Will Win: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
    Should Win: "Gold Digger," Kanye West

    Pete Wentz: "I personally got down with Green Day a little more, but I think Mariah came up with a record that was awesome."

    Ahmir Thompson: "It'd be interesting to see how the Gorillaz would go up and accept that award - they're not human. But it's going to go to Mariah."

    Polly Anthony: "I'm going to be boring here -- Mariah. The girl is going to have the night of her life. She should get a lot of rest the few days before, because she isn't going to sleep much that night."

    Best R&B Song
    Nominees: "Cater 2 U," Destiny's Child; "Free Yourself," Fantasia; "Ordinary People," John Legend; "Unbreakable," Alicia Keys; "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey

    Will Win: "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey
    Should Win: "Ordinary People," John Legend

    John Norris: "This is gonna come down to Mariah vs. John Legend. 'We Belong Together' was so inescapable for so much of the year, I'll go with that one."

    Also, Kanye West and Ciara mention Mariah in their respective Grammy Preview Q&As with Rolling Stone.

    Kanye: "Mariah is gonna be tough to beat this year. I think a lot of people are gonna get behind Mariah because of the comeback story. Not to discredit her at all, but I think I deserve it over her, because "Gold Digger" sounds like nothing you've heard before. "Diamonds [From Sierra Leone]" doesn't sound like something you've heard before. And I stand by that statement, and I'm gonna say that to the end. And statements like that could be the very reason why she possibly could win over me. The thing that we tried to do with this album -- we weren't trying to just make good records, we were really trying to push the envelope and change music.

    Ciara: Q: Who, besides you, do you think deserves to win this year? A: "It will be big for Mariah this time around. She's such an amazing talent. It's great for her to be able to reinvent herself." Q: Who would you most like to perform with at the Grammys? A: Mariah and Missy. And I want to do something with U2. I met Bono, and he's such a cool guy.

    Source: Rolling Stone

    Mariah Sweeps 3rd Annual Groovevolt Music Awards! // 4:37 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Groovevolt.com, one of the Internet's leading music sites, announced the winners Friday for its Third Annual GV Music & Fashion Awards. Voting for the awards took place at Groovevolt.com beginning December 20.

    Not surprisingly, this year’s voting was dominated by Mariah Carey, who swept the categories in which she was nominated, and took home a record six GV Music Awards:

  • Album of the Year: The Emancipation of Mimi
  • Song of the Year: "We Belong Together"

  • Best Female Album: The Emancipation of Mimi
  • Best Female Song Performance: "We Belong Together"
  • Best Unreleased Album Track: "Circles"

  • Best Female Song Performance: "We Belong Together"

    "Mariah Carey has been honored with a number of awards already this year and her six GV Awards are a testament to her successful comeback," Groovevolt.com Editor-in-Chief Chauncy Jackson said. "Carey’s fans are extremely loyal to her and she repays them for their devotion."

    While the voting for the Groovevolt Music and Fashion Awards has ended, Mariah fans still have the chance to register to win 125 full albums from the nominated artists. The sweepstakes, which began January 17 and wraps February 15, will award 125 audio CDs from the 125 artists who were nominated for GV Awards this year, as well as a video iPod and a Mariah Daily t-shirt! In addition, the grand prize winner will receive Mariah Carey's entire music & movie catalog including her latest platinum edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi," "Wisegirls" and "Glitter" DVDs! Click on the banner above or this link to join now!
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    Source: PR Web | Groovevolt

    News Tidbits // 1:20 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --"Don't Forget About Us" drops a spot to #3 on this week's VH1 Top 20 video countdown. Let's keep on voting and put Mariah back on top! Request for Mariah by posting a message here!

    --"Don't Forget About Us" is only 5 countdowns away from retirement on MTV's TRL. Let's vote like crazy each countdown day to retire it at #1! Vote online by clicking on the banner on top or this link or call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688)!

    --"My Own" was not shown as scheduled on MTV Wednesday, January 25th. Instead, the station aired a repeat of an episode about Ashanti. Mariah's episode is currently not listed in future airings of the show.

    --Wednesday's episode of Cribs on MTV featured Vanessa Carlton who praised Mariah's own episode especially when she got into her bathtub, saying that it was one of the greatest moments in the history of TV. Vanessa then showed the cameras her closet and inside she revealed the exact (same color, cut and beadwork) Tory Burch tunic Mariah wore in her video for "We Belong Together." She passively commented on Mariah's taste and was even inspired to make a costume change and put on the Burch creation to finish the tour of her home.

    --Vote for Mariah in The Boston Globe's poll that asks, "Who do you think should win a Grammy Award for record of the year?" Mariah is currently in 2nd place with 18.9% of the total votes behind Green Day's 37.4%.

    --The tenors of Il Divo are making the rounds of TV shows promoting their new album, "Ancora". They were last seen on Regis & Kelly singing Mariah's "Hero" in Spanish.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Jason | empeel | M.J. | Chris | Markus

    Thursday, January 26 , 2006

    Mariah Carey Whistles 'Happy Birthday' To Ellen DeGeneres // 6:24 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    It was Ellen's 48th birthday celebration on her show today and one of the well-wishers was Mariah! In a taped video message, Mariah whistled "Happy Birthday" to Ellen and said, "Not singing today. I'm on my vocal rest."

    Click here to download Mariah's video greeting to Ellen!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    More Details On Mariah's Grammy Awards Performance // 11:27 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    An official press release made by The Recording Academy states the following:

    Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir will sing to the rafters with previously announced performer – and current eight-time GRAMMY nominee - Mariah Carey.

    Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Choir are gospel singers who are also nominated for this year's Grammy Awards in the Gospel catagories. It is speculated that they will join Mariah to perform "Fly Like A Bird."

    The music industry's premier event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at Staples Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).

    Source: Official Grammy Awards Site

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: February 4, 2006) // 5:27 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date February 4, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲5
    Billboard 200: #10 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #8 (Last Week #7)
    Sales this week: 39,896 (-20%)
    Total Sales: 5,132,693

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #7 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #5 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Pop 100: #11 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #6 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #6 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #6 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #16 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #5 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #4 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #4 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #39 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Radio Edit): #36 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #5 (Last Week #1)
    Sales this week: 17,655 (-5%)
    Total sales: 239,506

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent: #13 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #2 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Pop 100: #55 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #39 (Last Week #34)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #33 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #31 (Last Week #32)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100: #48 (Last Week #44)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #36 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #47 (Last Week #48)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #45 (Last Week #47)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #39 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #3 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #12 (Last Week #12)

    So Lonely
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #18 (Last Week #17)
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #3 (Last Week #3)
    Rhythmic Top 40: #40 (Debut)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Wednesday, January 25 , 2006

    Mariah To Grace The Cover of Marie Claire // 2:10 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Ashley Parrish, web editor of Marie Claire, informed us that Mariah will grace the cover of the March 2006 issue of Marie Claire that hits newsstands on February 7th! In the accompanying interview, Mariah talks about growing up poor, her so-called "breakdown," the truth about "sleeping around" and what could be the record-breaking year of her life.

    Be sure to grab a copy!

    Note: A picture of the cover and excerpts from the interview will be posted soon.

    Source: Marie Claire

    VH1 Poll Results Show Mariah Cleaning Up At Grammys // 11:06 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey needs to make room in her trophy case for more awards from her comeback of the millennium, according to the results from VH1's 4th annual GRAMMY Awards poll.

    Adult respondents in VH1's fourth annual poll single out the songbird's CD "The Emancipation of Mimi" as most likely to win Album of the Year and her international hit "We Belong Together" most likely to win Song of the Year. The single also tied in the poll for Record of the Year with Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams."

    To top off Mariah's near-sweep in the VH1 poll, a majority of the respondents crowned her as the Best Female Pop Vocal Performance nominee they would personally like to take singing lessons from.

    VH1 commissioned a telephone poll of a random national sample of 529 men and women between the ages of 18-49 who were asked who they, personally, thought would win Record, Album, Song, and Best New Artist of the Year.

    "Without a doubt Mariah Carey's huge comeback was the big music story of 2005 and continues into this year. With more than five million album copies sold to date and numerous awards already won, the results of our GRAMMY poll reflect the public's love for Mariah," said Rick Krim, EVP, Talent and Music Programming, VH1. "We'll have to wait and see if the music industry will give her the credit that her fans already have."

    Album of the Year
    1. "The Emancipation Of Mimi" Mariah Carey - 26%
    2. "Late Registration" Kanye West - 20%
    3. "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" U2 - 17%
    4. "Love. Angel. Music. Baby." Gwen Stefani - 12%
    5. "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard" Paul McCartney - 10%

    Record of the Year
    1. "We Belong Together" Mariah Carey - 26%
    1. "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" Green Day - 26%
    2. "Gold Digger" Kanye West - 20%
    3. "Hollaback Girl" Gwen Stefani - 13%
    4. "Feel Good Inc." Gorillaz Featuring De La Soul - 3%

    Song of the Year
    1. "We Belong Together" Mariah Carey - 33%
    2. "Bless The Broken Road" Rascal Flatts - 21%
    3. "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" U2 - 19%
    4. "Devils & Dust" Bruce Springsteen - 9%
    5. "Ordinary People" John Legend - 5%

    Singing Lessons from Best Female Pop Vocal
    Performance Nominees

    1. Mariah Carey - 32%
    2. Sheryl Crow - 23%
    3. Kelly Clarkson - 16%
    4. Gwen Stefani - 11%
    5. Bonnie Raitt - 10%

    Source: PR Newswire

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 10:42 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #10 (Last Week #6, 41 Weeks)
    Sales this week: 39,896 (-20%)
    Total sales: 5,132,693

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #39 (Last Week #28)
    Sales this week: 17,655 (-5%)
    Total sales: 239,506

  • "Don't Forget About Us" received a 2 certification this week from Nielsen BDS for over 200,000 detections on all monitored radio stations. It joins the following certifications for the 'Mimi' singles:

  • It's Like That (100,000 Spins)
  • We Belong Together 5 (500,000 Spins)
  • Shake It Off 2 (200,000 Spins)

    Summed together, Mariah's achieved an incredible achievement of having four singles from one album played over one million times on the BDS monitored radio stations.

  • "Don't Forget About Us" drops from #1 to #5 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart, losing 23.5 million audience impressions from last week. Its total audience this week is: 104.49 million.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher | bks

    Mariah To Sing "Fly Like a Bird" at the Grammy Awards? // 8:37 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Larah, a Mariah fan, recently e-mailed the True Worship Church which Mariah frequents while in New York. Below is an excerpt from the e-mail that was sent back to her:

    "Mariah is expected to sing one of the singles from the album titled "Fly Like A Bird" at the upcoming Grammy's and the gentleman that you hear on that cut is the Rev. Dr. Clarence Keaton, Pastor and overseer of the True Worship Church. He is scheduled to be at the Grammys also."

    Please note this information has not been confirmed by Mariah's management yet.

    Source: Larah

    News Tidbits // 1:33 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mariah was spotted entering "Darque Tan," a luxury tanning facility in Las Vegas at around 2 a.m. about two weeks ago. She left hours later sporting the Salon's famous "Mystic Tan."

    --Mariah failed to secure the awards for International Artist of the Year and International Album of the Year at the NRJ Music Awards last January 21, 2006 in Midem, Cannes, France. Madonna and Black Eyed Peas took home the awards for International Artist and International Album, respectively.

    --Lindsay Lohan's Rhapsody playlist includes Mariah's "It's Like That" as her #2 song.

    --KDAY 93.5 FM has a poll asking, "Who do you think will take home the MOST Grammys?" Mariah is currently in the lead with 55% of the total votes, Kanye West with 38% and John Legend 5%. Let's vote!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Francis | thatlikeboi | JC | SRFRGUY101 | Jonas

    HQ Photos: Mariah Out & About in Midtown NYC // 1:17 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos of Mariah out and about in Midtown New York City January 23, 2006.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Tuesday, January 24 , 2006

    Mariah's Gown of Choice For Golden Globes // 2:55 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Finally, the secret is out.

    Mariah Carey wore a skintight B&W satin Chanel gown to the Golden Globe Awards that had been designed and fitted on the sexy songbird in Paris by the house's esteemed head, Karl Lagerfeld.

    But it turns out that the Chanel frock became Carey's much-needed backup, not the award-winning songbird’s first GOC (gown of choice).

    Curvy Carey had really wanted to wear an Escada gown also specially made for her. But the gorgeous gown didn't arrive in time for her to wriggle into it and then wiggle to the Globes.

    Seems the Escada gown was stuck in DHL hell, according to Brian Rennie, Escada’s design director, who let the news slip to a West Coast fashion editor last week. Rennie, Escada's Munich-based head design dude, was in Los Angeles last week to show stars his Oscar-worthy gowns, including a $50,000 one-of-a-kind creation inspired by Monet's famous water lily painting.

    So now we know the real reason why Chanel's Globes press release (naming actresses in Chanel) didn't include Carey. They were as surprised as Escada was disappointed.

    No word on what the late arrival Escada looks like. No inside news on color or print. But rest assured, the Escada gown will be worn, say my inside sources. By Mariah? Duh. Otherwise, the alterations would be a nightmare. Maybe at the Grammys? It's possible.

    This late dress dilemma happens more often than we know. Earlier this season, Scarlett Johansson's gown for her London "Match Point" premiere reportedly arrived late. So she ended up in a less-than-stellar plaid Dolce & Gabbana shift.

    We asked an L.A. PR agency insider why designer gowns are delayed. Is customs scanning the designs for smart bombs, checking for anthrax in the crinoline?

    Not quite. It's basically a crapshoot.

    "It all depends on how you ship it," says the insider. "And on who fills out the mailing and customs forms, the weekend, the timing, maybe the weather. It should only take two days but sometimes it's longer. And it's a nightmare when a dress, shoes or jewelry is late."

    Just ask Carey.

    Source: Los Angeles Times

    Jasmine's Juice // 7:56 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    When the paparazzi saw Jack the dog, they knew Mariah was near. by Jasmine Dotiwala

    Readers. I’m feeling-knackered and pugnacious. All the frivolities and travelling has whacked me out! I feel as if I could sleep for a month! Hopefully next week I will be reborn. It's not as if it's a surprise I'm tired. My birthday was 48 hours long!

    Let me explain. It began at the end of my Anguillan vacation when we took off to fly back to New York. Then we arrived at Mariah's NYC apartment at 3am on the morning of my birthday.

    I told you last week about us flashing MC's doormen in our fake fur coats and bikinis – but what I didn't know was what was awaiting me upstairs in MC's crib.

    As we entered, I threw myself onto my bed with exhaustion-in her guest room (the butterfly room) and was just about to don my PJ's when MC announced she needed to borrow my camera for a "business meeting" in her kitchen.

    What?!? I know I look young readers but I wasn't born yesterday! Like good ole Jackson P Mutley (MC's doggy) I can sniff a tall story when I hear one. I knew those Careys were up to something but like a good little English girl I played along.

    As expected, two minutes later someone beckoned me 'into the kitchen immediately!' I felt like I should stall but no - it was now 4am and I knew they must really LOVE me to be this exhausted and without sleep for 2 days and still be making my moment festive. As I walked "innocently" into the kitchen, MC and a few of our nearest and dearest showered me with champagne.

    I exclaimed "stop wasting the grape - it’s expensive!" MC et al sung for me and danced around me as I blew out my silver-studded twinkle candles and cut into my Oreo cake. I was given a beautiful and thoughtful gift then we chatted about our blessed year and laughed about the "Jack incident." Let me explain.

    Our last moment in Anguilla was hilarious. MC had a photo session scheduled with a famous British photographer on our private beach. Alas, a multitude of other paparazzi had somehow heard and were camped out and wouldn't budge.

    Apparently, when they spotted me running along the beach earlier in the day with Jack they knew MC was nearby as they recognised the dog! How crazy is that?! We concocted a cunning plan!

    MC, her security and the photographer would escape-into a jeep and sneak off to a nearby beach whilst I (the DECOY) would wander casually down to our beach with Jack and some of the staff fully laden down with "Diva Accessories" like a bottle of Cristal and glasses, a pillow and silk sheet, iPod, sun lotions, silver trays full of seafood, Jimmy Choo shoes, etc, pretending MC was about to appear.

    As I gestured wildly at the "position of the sun" and announced at the top of my voice "her favourite position," I saw the paps looking excited and readying their lenses.

    All the while I am practically wetting myself as I continue my Oscar-winning, Meryl Streep performance and slyly peek MC being smuggled out the back door! MC's photo shoot just up the road took 10 minutes and she was back in 20 hollering at me that "it was safe" to come back.

    The stupid photographers watched the sun set and continued to wait eagerly till 9pm when it was pitch black, then-they wandered over to "MC's sun lounger" to find a lovely little note I'd left them with the champers which said "enjoy the drink suckers!!!" Oh, how we laughed.

    Source: The Voice

    Mariah To Attend Tonight's "Something New" Film Premiere? // 6:39 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    A who's who of black Hollywood (minus Denzel) is expected to attend tonight's premiere of "Something New," Sanaa Lathan's upcoming film due in theaters on Feb. 3. Lathan and her co-stars, among them Wendy Raquel Robinson, Golden Brooks, Taraji P. Henson and Donald Faison, are due to work the red carpet at the Cinerama Dome on Sunset Blvd. Other celebs on the guest list include Prince, Mariah Carey, Layla Ali, Gabrielle Union, James Lesure and India Arie.

    Source: EurWeb | Casey

    Blue Over BlackBerry Gals // 6:36 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Vogue editor-at-large Andre Leon Talley is putting his enormous foot down when it comes to the "CrackBerry" addictions of his friends Mariah Carey and Naomi Campbell. Talley complains in February's Vogue that his glamorous gal pals are constantly tapping away on their BlackBerrys, even while dining at fancy restaurants.

    Detailing a trip to Russia with Campbell and Marc Jacobs in his column, Talley writes, "On this trip, the only out-of-control Naomi Campbell behavior I witnessed was compulsive BlackBerrying. Personally, I find this new BlackBerry culture annoying to the point of exasperation. On several occasions, I have observed other iconic personalities, such as Mariah Carey, forget that while at a formal dinner it is not exactly good manners to drop the BlackBerry into your lap and start e-mailing."

    Informed of Talley's tsk-tsk-ing, Carey's manager, Benny Medina, told PageSix, "The utilization of this technology is commonplace and it's unusual that he would actually feel the need to single her out. They were just speaking over the phone last week about outfits for the Grammys and stuff . . . I'm sure Andre didn't mean any harm."

    Source: New York Post - Page Six | Pruddy

    Mariah Among 2005 Top Money Makers // 6:27 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    According to Billboard, Mariah grossed an estimated $46,388,545.80 last year to land at No. 16 on their Money Makers chart. The chart combines Nielsen Music data (album and digitial sales) and Billboard's Boxscore numbers (box-office receipts) to create a master Top 20 list of acts that generated the most income in 2005. Others on the list include U2 ($255M), The Rolling Stones ($152M), Kenny Chesney ($88M), Paul McCartney ($84M) and Elton John ($77M), each respectively occupying the No. 1-5 spots on the list.

    Below is what was said about Mariah's record-breaking comeback and musical dominance.

    16. Mariah Carey: $46,388,646.80
    Mariah Carey came back in 2005 with a vengeance. With nearly 5 million copies sold in the United States, 'The Emancipation of Mimi' was the top-selling album of the year. (It sold 8 million worldwide.) 'Don't Forget About Us' became her 17th song to top The Billboard Hot 100, tying Carey with Elvis Presley for the most No. 1s on the chart. At the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, she took home five trophies, including Hot 100 song of the year for 'We Belong Together.' Her eight Grammy nominations have made her a contender in the album and record of the year categories.


    Source: Monsters and Critics

    Monday, January 23 , 2006

    News Tidbits // 10:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --The new issue of XXL Magazine with Cam'ron on the cover has a feature on the top ten hottest, most anticipated rap albums coming in the new year. Number one is The Game's upcoming sophomore album, "The Doctor's Advocate" and under guest stars, Mariah's name is listed. No further details are available.

    --Mariah’s name is mentioned in "I'm Heat" by Sharissa Featuring The Game. She sings: "I'm still hot like fire, still down like four flat tires, even hit a high note like Mariah…" The song can be found on Sharissa’s latest CD, "Every Beat of My Heart."

    --In her New York Post - Page Six column, Liz Smith writes, "Timing is everything, and the "Lunch With Liz" profile in Good Housekeeping this month nails down our much admired and much in the news Mariah Carey at the moment of her being on the tippy-top."

    --From People: Jessica Simpson, having drinks with Eva Mendes at The Blvd. bar at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. The glam gals were joined by Mariah Carey and friends.

    --Top music artists gave more than 1,000 shout-outs to some of the world's largest and most recognizable brand names in 2005, according to the Brandstand study by San Francisco-based pop-culture strategy firm Agenda Inc. One was Mariah Carey's dance tune "It's Like That" where she proclaimed, "I came to have a party open off the Bacardi."

    --Below are scans from the January 30, 2006 issues of Us and In Touch magazines.

    --More pictures from the 2006 Golden Globe Awards have been added to our Photo Gallery. Be sure to check them out!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Rory | Martell

    Mimi: Around The World // 9:52 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    On the official ARIA charts, "Don't Forget About Us" drops three spots to #17 in its 6th week on the Top 50 Singles and two to #7 on the Top 40 Urban Singles. "Shake It Off" slips one to #20 on Urban in its 16th week. "The Emancipation of Mimi" in week 42 climbs one to #38 on the Top 50 Albums and remains at #5 on the Top 40 Urban Albums.

    On the Hot100Br@sil singles chart, "Don't Forget About Us" rises seven spots to #42 in its 4th week, "Shake It Off" drops six to #76 in its 16th week.

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" has been certified Platinum in Greece with sales of over 25,000 units. The album peaked at #1 for 2 weeks on the official Greek Albums chart.

    In its 6th week on the official Irish singles chart, "Don’t Forget About Us" slips five places to #33. "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops two to #63 on the albums chart.

    "Don't Forget About Us" drops two spots to #4 on Hitz.fm Hot 20 countdown. Request for Mariah by sending an e-mail here!

    "We Belong Together" drops seven spots to #24 on Europe Top 40 chart.

    --Universal Music Spain has announced today that the Platinum Edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be finally released in Spain on February 6, 2006.

    --To the right is a scan from the January 6th issue of the Spanish magazine, Todo 40 that talks about last year's lackluster CD sales in the U.S. and despite such, Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" was a top-seller with 5 million units sold.

    "Get Your Number" takes a 24-point plunge to #60 on the official Swiss singles chart.

    "Don't Forget About Us" dips ten places to #55 while "We Belong Together" is up five to #59 on the official UK singles chart. "Don't Forget About Us" climbs ten to #36 on Airplay. On the official UK albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops seven to #58.

    --"Don't Forget About Us" Mediabase update through January 22, 2006: 132.681 million impressions with 16,717 spins.

    --iTunes update: Top 100 Songs - "Dont Forget About Us" is currently at #55. "The Emancipation of Mimi" is at #97 on Top 100 Albums.

    "Get Your Number" drops seven spots to #22 on Euro Hot 30.

    World Charts
    --Hits Daily Double reports that Coldplay's X&Y will be identified by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) as the worldwide top seller of 2005 at 8.3 million units. Mariah Carey comes in at #2, followed by Green Day and 50 Cent, with the Black Eyed Peas, Madonna and Kelly Clarkson duking it out for #5.

    --According to MediaTraffic, "Don't Forget About Us" stays at #14 in its 9th week on the global track chart while "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops three to #18 in its 41st week on the global albums chart.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Kostas | KYLmi | Marbelous | Mariah Connection UK | Alberto | Universal Music Spain | TEOM Spain | Mini

    Sunday, January 22 , 2006

    Mary J. Blige Credits Mariah As Her Musical Inspiration // 6:31 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In an interview with NPR's Debbie Elliott about her latest album, "The Breakthrough," Mary J. Blige cites Mariah as a source of inspiration in her early singing career.

    NPR: I read that you started singing as a kid in church and that you would also sing in talent shows. Was there some performance along the way where you started to think "Hey, I think I can do this, I like this"?

    MJB: Let me see, I had performed at a club when I was a teenager. I sang one of Mariah Carey's songs. I think it was "Love Takes Time" 'cause I'm a fan of Mariah Carey's. I love her. So it was that performance at the club that night. The club was called Arthur's. [sings a verse of "Love Takes Time"] That one. Her songs gave us a lot of hope and I finally got a chance to tell her, "You played a part in saving our lives, little project kids - we had nothing. You know, sometimes the lift for it felt like and it was your music that saved our lives and made us want to sing 'cause you were an angel and still are to us."

    You can listen to the full interview at NPR or download an MP3 here of the part where Mary mentions Mariah.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Fumero

    New Remix to "Don't Forget About Us" // 11:48 AM EST Updated by Liron

    A new remix to "Don't Forget About Us" will be featured on DJ Clue's new mixtape, titled 'The Professional 3'.

    The remix, produced by the "Desert Storm" team, features rappers Styles P. and Fabolous.

    Similarly to the "We Belong Together" remix, this brand new remix also features new vocals from Mariah.

    Source: Jake

    SZ Magazine Asks Mariah 100 Questions // 11:43 AM EST Updated by Liron

    The following article was published by the German SZ Magazine and translated to English by Butterflies Are Free.

    100 QUESTIONS FOR MARIAH CAREY - Süddeutsche Zeitung

    ... as quick as possible though, we don't have forever, you know.
    An interview by Moritz von Uslar

    Hotel Bayerischer Hof, Munich, December. She, the most successful female singer of all time with 17 number 1 songs, is here to receive another award – forgot which one. She had to be talked into giving this interview. (Background: Jokester Oliver Pocher called her "fatty" on national television. That hurt her. She does not want to experience anything similar ever again, understandably.) So we promise the record label that it is not cool to hate Mariah Carey. On the contrary, one thinks of her as being sad. One wants to stroke her, support her, encourage her. The lady, as stories have it, constantly breaks her heels, in the most stupid situations, too. One hundred nice, blank, oh-so-sweet questions for Mariah Carey (and still the journalist is going to ask her about her alleged addiction to pills and suicide, we'll see.) Thirty minutes: good time. An assistant hands us the catalogue of questions revised by the management, there's a "No" written behind almost half of the questions. She walks in with her entourage; lays down on the couch; exit entourage. The lying Mariah: a whole lot of Mariah at once. She is about 6'1" tall. She is lying down in a way that makes you look at her heels from below, a lot of skin, a lot of flesh. Her impressive bust. It, the bust, has the size of two big bellies. A light blue stocking like dress is stretching around her luxurious body (This dress alone could provide for a highly interesting, three-page essay: What it says about Mariah's background, her fairy tale rise to stardom, pop and pomp and her desire to be punished for all of this by someone – the whole story, the whole tragedy). She is rummaging for her asthma-spray, sprays some of it into her mouth. Smiling. It is incredibly awesome to be able to watch this – this show! – for thirty minutes now. One hundred questions? Yes, one hundred questions; and short answers, please. And don’t be scared, why would you, too? We’re warming up.

    Selected Questions:

    6. SZ: A rule you should follow when performing in front of a screaming herd of fans on Times Square at 8am?
    MC: Have someone next to you holding a glass of hot water. Air at this time of the day can be really hard on your voice.

    7. SZ: Your formula for a number-one-hit?
    MC: Write a song people of every age and race can relate to.

    23. SZ: In 2001 Mariah gives an interview on MTV. She's sweating, rambling, talking nonsense. The interview gets broken off.
    MC: It is hard for people who don't have any experience with TV appearances to understand this. There was a problem with my ear monitors. I had this chaos of voices in my ears but was expected to answer a question at the same time, which is hardly possible. Everyone was terribly excited. It was a joke. Things were exaggerated afterwards because I fainted two days later, and I needed medical help.

    24. SZ: A suicide attempt at the climax of your exhaustion and sadness fails.
    MC: That is not true. I am a far too spiritual person to even think of suicide.

    47. SZ: Your record for sleeping long?
    MC: I wake up in between. Get up, eat, go back to sleep. I can make it for 15 hours like this. I can stay in bed for five, six days and longer even

    55. SZ: Are you still addicted to "Old El Paso cheese flavored tortilla chips"?
    MC: Never have been. I love New York Pizza.

    69. SZ: The sexiest object in your living room?
    MC: Oh, I wanna mention a new decorative piece in my bathroom here: a purple colored chandelier decorated with baroque flower patterns.

    70. SZ: Your most romantic experience in a stretch limousine?
    MC: Overrated stretch limousines! All these hip hop videos create a contorted, unrealistic image of stretch limousines. There's no room, no intimacy. The driver hears everything.

    98. SZ: And your message to all the ladies walking down the big, red carpet and - crack - there goes the heel.
    MC: Enjoy it. Make a moment of it. Take the heel and the shoe and give it to a fan.

    99. SZ: Are you seriously claiming to still believe in Santa Claus?
    MC: Don't we all?

    100. SZ: Your question to Marilyn Monroe?
    MC: How are you, daahling?

    Click here to read the full interview (all 100 questions!)

    Source: Butterflies Are Free

    Saturday, January 21 , 2006

    Help Retire "Don't Forget About Us" at #1 on TRL! // 7:52 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In its 41st day on MTV's Total Request Live video countdown, "Don't Forget About Us" dropped a spot to #3 yesterday. Starting on Monday, January 23rd, the video has only 9 more days until retirement. Calling all fans to make it happen and vote each countdown day to retire "Don't Forget About Us" and send Mariah off at the top!

    Call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) during the following hours:

    2:55pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time
    1:55pm - 2:30pm Central Time
    12:55pm - 1:30pm Mountain Time
    11:55am - 12:30pm Pacific Time

    or Vote online at MTV.com.

    Insider Tip: Phone calls count the most so make sure you call a lot!

    Tune in to MTV's TRL for the countdown results Monday-Friday at 3:30pm ET/PT.

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Mariah Daily

    Groovevolt Awards: Vote For Mariah and Win! // 7:10 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As previously reported, Mariah is vying for five Groovevolt awards namely, Album of the Year and Best Pop Album – Female ("The Emancipation of Mimi"), Song of the Year and Best Song Performance – Female R&B/Soul and Female Pop ("We Belong Together"), and Best Deep Cut – Pop ("Circles"). Head over to Groovevolt.com and cast your vote for Mariah now! Polls are open through January 27, 2006.

    In honor of the 2006 Groovevolt.com Music and Fashion Awards which is voted by the fans, Groovevolt.com is offering a sweeps to win 125 Audio CDs from the 125 artists who were nominated for a 2006 GV Award! In addition, the grand prize winner will receive Mariah Carey's entire music & movie catalog including her latest platinum edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi," "Wisegirls" and "Glitter" DVDs! Click on the banner above or this link to join now! Contest ends March 1, 2006.

    Source: Groovevolt | Mariah Daily

    Countdown To The Grammys: Who Will Win "Album of the Year"? // 6:22 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Four prominent music critics: Sasha Frere-Jones of The New Yorker, Jon Pareles of The New York Times, Mimi Valdes of Vibe, and Sia Michael of Spin were on hand to talk about the 2006 Grammy Awards nominees for "Album of the Year" in a special segment entitled, "The Year In Music" aired December 30, 2005 on Charlie Rose.

    Two of these music critics favored Mariah to win the award. Here's what they had to say.

    Mimi Valdes: I've always been a fan of Mariah. I mean she, you know the last two albums were kind of a disaster and if she was gonna have a comeback, after hearing this album, I really believed it was gonna happen. It happened with this one. I just think it's a great album for me from beginning to end, and just a lot of great songs on there. Her voice is just really powerful and strong so that's my favorite.

    Jon Pareles: Mariah Carey is a great story. They love the idea of someone making that huge comeback. She cut herself back in a way too because what she did on that album was that craft songs that will be on the radio. Charmbracelet, she was all over the place, she's got different styles. This ["The Emancipation of Mimi"] is like, 'I'm getting this song on the radio, I'm gonna be mid-tempo, smooth, good production, nice melody' - it's a very streamlined album. So she's being a good music business person.

    Sia Michael chose "Late Registration" by Kanye West while Sasha Frere-Jones picked "Love.Angel.Music.Baby." by Gwen Stefani.

    Watch the Charlie Rose segment, "The Year In Music" here.

    Source: Charlie Rose | Mariah Daily

    MTV's "My Own" To Feature Mariah // 5:54 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah will be the subject of an upcoming episode of MTV's new reality show, "My Own" which will air Wednesday, January 25, at 6:00pm EST on MTV.

    MTV is hooking up a fan with the next best thing on "My Own." With the help of two friends, one lucky fan will have the opportunity to question, inspect and audition an assorted selection of wannabe pop-stars hand-picked by MTV. The uber-fan will inspect the 6 pop star wannabes, searching for the one who looks, sounds, and acts most like their celebrity obsession.

    After a series of challenges and eliminations, three finalists square off, performing one of the superstar's hit songs. In the end, the wannabe that best embodies the look and feel of the dream celeb will be the one the super-fan calls "My Own."

    Source: MTV | Casey

    Mariah Makes Australia's Pop Republic "IT" List // 5:45 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Australian internet showbiz magazine, Pop Republic has released its "IT" list for 2005. Over 220,000 votes were cast and here are the results.

    Album of 2005
    1. "Breakaway" - Kelly Clarkson
    2. "The Emancipation Of Mimi" - Mariah Carey
    3. Thirsty Merc [self-titled]

    International Female Artist
    1. Mariah Carey
    2. Kelly Clarkson
    3. Madonna

    Congratulations, Mariah!

    Source: Pop Republic | Mariah Down Under

    "The Emancipation Of Mimi" Platinum Edition with DVD, Japanese Release // 5:33 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    1. It's Like That
    2. We Belong Together
    3. Shake It Off
    4. Mine Again
    5. Say Somethin'
    6. Stay The Night
    7. Get Your Number
    8. One And Only
    9. Circles
    10. Your Girl
    11. I Wish You Knew
    12. To The Floor
    13. Joy Ride
    14. Fly Like A Bird
    15. Sprung
    16. Secret Love
    17. Don't Forget About Us
    18. Makin' It Last All Night (What It Do)
    19. So Lonely (One & Only Part II)
    20. We Belong Together Remix
    Exclusive DVD includes:
    - Video - "It's Like That"
    - Video - "We Belong Together"
    - Video - Shake It Off"
    - Video - "Don't Forget About Us"
    - Special Interview

    Released on January 18, 2006, the CD/DVD is priced at 3143yen (US$ 27.41) and can be purchased at CD Japan.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    The Mariah Carey Catalogue - Review // 1:23 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The Mariah Carey Catalogue, published by MC Archives, is a comprehensive list of all releases (promotional and commercial) by Mariah from the very beginning of her career.

    Technical Details:
    Format: For easy access and use, the book (all 333 pages of it) comes in a file (PDF format) on a CD. Therefore, printing it is only one click away.
    Packaging: The CD comes in a DVD plastic case with high-quality cover art. The CD itself is an image CD and automatically runs when inserted into the CD-Drive.
    Chapters: The book is divided into four different chapters: Singles, Albums, Videos & DVDs and Miscellaneous (including Box Sets, Books and Song Books.) Every chapter and every title start in a new page.
    Titles: Every title includes full tracklisting, front and back covers, catalogue number, country of origin and other details if available.

    For the first time, a professionally made catalogue of Mariah's releases has been published. This book is so thorough and extensive that you wouldn't believe it's merely a fan venture.

    Unless you own over 2,000 Mariah CDs, you are sure to find new and exciting information in the book. This one-of-a-kind catalogue covers more than 2,500 different titles from 53 countries! Covers you've never seen, remixes you've never heard of, releases you never even knew existed - all can be found in this catalogue.

    Bottom Line:
    This must-have item for any collector is an accomplished achievement by Eric de Ridder which he can be very proud of!


    Source: MC Archives

    Friday, January 20 , 2006

    V Magazine Interview: "Carey On" // 6:21 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah: 5 Octaves, 14 Albums, 64 Singles (10 Platinum 2 Multi-Platinum), 14 Platinum Albums (10 Multi- Platinum), 2 Diamond Awards, 39 Grammy Nominations (2 Wins), 180 Million Albums Sold Worldwide, 16 Number 1 Singles (Billboard Record For Female and Active Artist), Artist With The Most Number 1 Debuts, Artist With The Most Top 2 Singles, Female Writer With The Most Number 1 Singles, Only Female Artist To Be At Number 1 And Number 2 Simultaneously ("We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off"), Billboard Record For Single With Most Weeks At Number 1 ("One Sweet Day"), Biggest Selling Christmas Album Of All Time ("Merry Christmas"), World Music Awards Best-Selling Female Pop Artist Of All Time


    My back was turned when I heard her open the door: "Okay, do you want me dressed?"

    I had a vision of love, and it was all about Mariah emerging from her hair and makeup station in a plush white robe, letting everyone know that, basically, she's ready for her close-up.

    Fans are likely to cling to the belief that even if the singer hadn't been in the right place (industry party with singer Brenda K. Starr) at the right time (before record kingpin-and future husband-Tommy Mottola made a chauffeured getaway back to Long Island with her demo tape), Mariah still would have floated her way to music heaven, her destiny entwined with that golden, winged voice.

    But things could have turned out very differently for a girl growing up in Hungtington, Long Island. She might have let any number of things wear her down, not unlike the one pair of shoes, toes poking out, that remained in her wardrobe "when I was broke": schoolyard taunts about her racially ambiguous looks; a broken home of divorced parents, frequent moves, and irresponsible siblings; the tedious cycle of part-time jobs: waitress, beauty school student, and session singer. The spectacular breakup of her marriage to Mottola is a chapter to itself.

    Standing on the patio of Karl Lagerfeld's suite at the Beverly Hills Hotel, watching the singer pose for the designer/photographer's camera on a bed trundled out for the occasion, it was easy to see how people might overlook her past and judge her solely on the basis of her glossy surface: a Marilynesque enthusiasm for the camera and a cheerful embrace of girliest-common-denominator icons like butterflies and rainbows. What's more, the rumors of on-call masseuses, first-class tickets for Jack (her dog), and custom-built high-humidity sleeping chambers - all-true - certainly make it difficult to give the impression she would abdicate the "diva" throne any time soon.

    She may be wearing a crocheted Galliano gown and enough Bulgari rocks to build a small house, but as she tiptoes, barefoot and bathrobed, down the hallway of the hotel, chatting with a string of callers (her friend Rachel, her friend Andre Leon Talley, her boss L.A. Reid), she is less VH1 diva than high school prom queen (a title she doesn't deny campaigning for, tirelessly, when the chance came up).

    This is really why I've come to Beverly Hills: to find out who the real Mariah is (not to mention this Mimi chick I keep hearing about). My chance comes after the shoot wraps and the singer is back in her suite, chilling on a king-size canopy bed, alternately talking on the phone and chatting with an assistant about her diet as ads for molten caramel cake mix flash on the TV. Noticing me hesitate at the door, she smiles and pats the comforter next to her: "Don't be shy, come sit over here."

    And without even taking off my shoes, I find myself jumping into bed with the best-selling female artist of the millennium.

    Mitchell Healey: I don't know if I've ever done an interview in bed before.
    Mariah Carey: When I'm not working, I'm so about the bed. I just lay in the bed and put a towel over me. I'm literally like a 2 year old, I just eat and watch TV - not that that's something to be proud of. [Watching a Betty Crocker Warm Delights commercial] That is hot! That's a stone winner!
    MH: Don't they feed you?
    MC: I'm on a soup diet with Rachel, my trainer who lives in St. Barths. When I'm working out with her it's really easy to eat what I want and stay in the shape that I want. I was always really thin and muscular as a kid; then came the butt. But I can make my legs really good when I work at it.

    MH: Plus working out is a good stress reliever.
    MC: Yeah. For me stress manifests itself in my back. No interviewer has ever done this. [Placing my hand on her back] Feel that? It's full of knots. I used to think it was because I was sitting at a desk, and I was like, this is not for me, sitting at a desk. But that's just where I feel stress.
    MH: Honestly, when I first heard the title of that album, The Emancipation of Mimi, I really wasn't sure what to think. Does it have any relation to the Mimi in La Bohème?
    MC: That's actually pretty great, but I never thought of that. It's just my nickname. There was a time when a lot of people used that for me, and then it turned into just two or three people who are close to me. I felt it was appropriate because this album was like a new beginning for me. It was like losing the baggage.

    MH: You needed your own valet for all that baggage.
    MC: I've been through the ringer. On my own label. Emotionally, not physically - I haven't been around the block; I've protected myself from that. I don't want to say that I'm judging anybody. I'm just saying I know people who are 16 that have been around the block too many times and you see it in their eyes.
    MH: It seems like those who are the types of people who would relate to your ballads.
    MC: I have a song called "Petals" that's completely about me growing up and my family. And so many people relate to it. And it'll be people from other countries, like a girl from Germany who'll talk to me. Songs like that usually are not vocal performance moments. It's really weird to me because I feel like that's the expression of who I am, that's the true me. And people don't know me for that. They don't see that side, and I don't really care because the people that need to see it see it.

    MH: You've got a song for pretty much every stage in the life cycle of a relationship. You didn't even date in high school. Where do you get your material?
    MC: I did date in high school, but I didn't go all the way - that sounds so corny but whatever - because I knew I wasn't going to marry those people, and because I had such a fear of intimacy, which I still have, and a fear of being taken advantage of. I had experienced things and witnessed things as a kid that I didn't want to happen to me.
    MH: Does your material come from that time, or is it recent relationships too?
    MC: I think it's a combination. There's a certain time period in my life, my adolescence, that definitely influenced how I write. That's when I really started writing about my feelings when it had to do with relationships, even though they were not physical relationships, even if it was like a crush. And I think that that's the strongest thing.

    MH: Unrequited love?
    MC: Yeah. And people can relate to that. Even if they've had the relationship and been through it, which I also write about. It's like you've been through it, you've romanticized it, and then it didn't work. And that's a devastating thing to a lot of people. Especially if you're, like, Wait a minute, I thought I was giving my all - not to use one of my songs - to this moment, and how can this not work? Everything else in my life I sort of predicted, and here I am in this thing that's not working out.
    MH: You once told Larry King, "I don't know that I've ever actually really been in love." Is it that longing for love that inspires you?
    MC: I hate to go into this because I think people are friggin' sick of it and yet some people have no idea: I come from a biracial union. I grew up with my white mother, who is a wonderful person and a civil rights activist, but, still, she's an Irish-American woman who could never understand what it feels like to be black. Because my father was black, whether kids knew it or not, I still looked different to them. They would call me any number of racial slurs. By the time I came to the point where people would do it to my face, I was already little miss tough girl and they were scared of me and thought I would fight them and whatever.

    MH: You think your drive comes from the little girl longing for affection underneath the tough exterior?
    MC: I guess it comes from a need to feel loved unconditionally, and a need to feel like there's somebody who can relate to me completely. I always had this dream that somebody would not judge me because of my race, or because of my ambiguity - being black but looking white, being white but not looking white. I mean, I'm not white no matter what. I never would be, like, "Okay I'm white," because I know I'm not. But people always ask me "What are you?" So I just say "I'm black," which is technically the answer, they'll be like, "...and what else?" Either that or they'll say "No, you're not," like somebody just said the other day. And I'm like, what do I do? Because then people of color will be say, "Well you can say 'black.'" But it doesn't work because you have to explain all the things that you are or they don't understand. Which all manifested itself in, well, I became the class clown; I became a performer.
    MH: It's funny - your speaking voice sounds so tough. But it must be a delicate instrument.
    MC: Yeah, I was just on vocal rest. Living out here in the desert is not good for my voice. And Luther Vandross, God rest his soul, taught me about a lot of things, like humidifying my throat. But my best thing is sleep. I need fifteen hours of sleep.

    MH: What happens if you don't get it? Do you turn into a mad, raving...
    MC: Nah, it's not like that. I'll do what I have to. I'll get a masseuse to come, to make it a relaxed atmosphere. Literally I'll have twenty humidifiers around the bed. In my apartment (which one day will be finished, and I'll be good to move in] I have a room that I didn't show on Cribs, because it wasn't done yet. But basically it's like sleeping in a steam room. The bed is all terry cloth, the ceiling is pitched so the water can't fall on my head, and it drips down to my side, and the TV is behind glass. You walk in there and it's like, "Whoa!"
    MH: Speaking of beds, in "Say Something" you talk about "how we'll kiss and **** You strike me more as the making love type.
    MC: Of course! That was Pharrell being a bad influence on me, darling! That was done for the moment of writing it, and kinda because Pharrell was challenging me if I would say that. And I was like, "Yeah whatever." No, I don't think I've ever - I've never - had a one-night stand, because of my own fears, really.

    MH: Well it kinda lets Mimi kick things up a notch.
    MC: It's the performer onstage giving you a moment. It's a [she sings, in her best pillow voice] "Do you think I'm a nasty girl?" moment. 12, 13 years old in the mirror singing lyrics to Vanity 6 that people shouldn't even be singing when they're grown...
    MH: While we're on the subject, how about the line: "Lookin' for a man that'll... make me sing real high when he goes down low..."
    MC: [Laughing, with mock outrage] You read the lyrics!

    MH: You can learn a lot about a woman from her lyrics... Does a man going down low make you sing?
    MC: It could make me sing if he knew what he was doing! [Husky laugh]
    MH: There's a fine line, for women especially, between being sexy and promoting promiscuity, no? Like that Destiny's Child song, [in a feeble voice] "Nasty put some clothes on I told ya..."
    MC: You mean [sounding like Beyonce Unplugged] "I'll be your naughty girl..."

    MH: Well, no, but you can go on singing. I mean the one where they chastise girls for dressing nasty.
    MC: You go to clubs and you see every girl dresses like they're in a video. And if not, there's no way they're gonna get attention, unless they're strikingly beautiful. I think that a lot of women are just trying to live up to the stereotypes and to the standard that's set on TV and in magazines, which is airbrushed women who weigh 3 pounds. And it's not fair. It's not easy. But everybody gets really protective of me. They're, like, "Be less sexy," and this and that.
    MH: I feel like you're someone who rarely crosses that line.
    MC: And if I do, it's not intentional - if you film my body a certain way, it's gonna look like a certain way. But honestly, I've been the same way since I was a little kid. Like, I'm just emulating whatever's on a magazine. Or I'll see a Marilyn Monroe film and I'll be emulating that. It's not, like, Oh here I am! and I'm serious about it.

    MH: That's easy for people to misinterpret.
    MC: And I don't blame them. But if they can't look further into it, and see that there's something else there, then whatever.
    MH: I thought the decision to use your own wedding dress in the We Belong Together video was heroic.
    MC: Thank you, but the wedding dress doesn't symbolize the marriage for me. It was representative of the day, which was one of the least stressful moments of my, um, relationship. I also could never have found one that fit me in two days, 'cause that was when we had the idea for the wedding thing. That's why I love Brett [Ratner, the director]. He's another Aries freak like me.

    MH: How about the ring?
    MC: The ring is no longer a ring. I, um, transformed it. That's the only thing I did. I left everything else up there. I left cars and all that. Most people don't know that I paid half of everything in that house. And that just pissed me off because some people looked at me like a kept woman.
    MH: I liked what you said in an interview for Blender: "I just want to have fun. Doesn't anybody else do stuff for fun?" I feel like that's exactly what people don't understand about you.
    MC: You know, somebody said in a recent article, "Everybody takes Mariah Carey seriously except Mariah Carey." And it was funny because it's really true. My thing is, I'm living my dream. Let's have a freakin' good time. That's why I'm not, like, "let me make 55,000 celebrity friends." If somebody's cool and wants to be friends, that's cool. But my thing is, I hang out with real people: singers, dancers - they may not necessarily be stars, but we connect on another level. I believe we need to make the most of it. That's why [singing from "It's Like That"] "It's my night, no stress, no fights, I'm leavin' it all behind..." 'Cause you know, that's the state of mind that I wanted people to know I was in. And it's tough to stay in that state of mind. But I call it a swirl. As opposed to a spiral. You know what I mean? You have to swirl it and have a good time. I am all about that. I'm very... [swirls a hand up with a Flamenco flourish]

    MH: Some people don't see that side of Mariah Carey.
    MC: Even if you hated me, we're only here for freakin' half an hour. And how do you get to know somebody in that time period? I'm one of those people if I get a good vibe from somebody when I meet them then I know that. But not everybody's like that. A lot of people take it seriously when I'm making a diva comment. But my mom's an opera diva. I grew up in the most dramatic place ever. Like, a lot of it's jokes to me. You gotta joke. This is show business - it's not that deep. It's only that deep when you're doing something like Live 8 and you're doing something that's gonna change the world. Other than that, just do it. And stop taking yourself so seriously.


    Source: V Magazine | Scans & Text: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 5:47 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --"Don't Forget About Us" remains at #2 on this week's VH1 Top 20 video countdown. Let's keep on voting and put Mariah back on top! Request for Mariah here! Meanwhile, in its 40th day on MTV's TRL video countdown, "Don't Forget About Us" climbed up a spot to #2 yesterday! Keep voting!

    --On his Grooveline column: Music Reviews – The Singles Life in Chicago Pride, DJ Plez writes: "The last of the big releases of 2005 is perhaps the best: “Don’t Forget About Us” by Mariah Carey (Island). There are very strong house remixes by the likes of Ralphi Rosario and Quentin Harris, but the stellar standout is the Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Dance Floor Anthem Mix. In my opinion it is the best work these two have ever done and is what a proper vocal peak hour remix should sound like."

    --On the Discovery Channel, when they were showing a Jack Russell Terrier on the AKC/Eukanuba National Championship, they mentioned how Mariah Carey had one and how its name was Jack. They sounded proud to mention this, and laughed about the cute nature of his name being "Jack".

    --Mariah is on the cover of the February issue of the Spanish Cosmopolitan magazine which is already available on newsstands in Spain. The magazine doesn’t include any article, just a few lines and a picture. The cover title is "Mariah Carey: I adore my Spanish fans, they are so funny."

    --Rembrandt has designed thousands of handcrafted charms over the years in sterling silver and karat gold, including a sterling silver bracelet with twelve racing-related charms that was presented to Mariah Carey at the 2003 Daytona 500.

    --After some technical issues over the past few days, the Lambs Lounge is now back up and running! Log on to the site by clicking here!

    --Attention Irish fans! "The Emancipation of Mimi" Platinum Edition is on sale at all HMV stores in Ireland for just €11.99.

    --And for Portuguese fans. There's a new Mariah Carey blog in Portuguese called, Mariah Diary. It's only one week old and its major aim is to make the news about Mariah accessible to the Portuguese-speaking communities. Check it out!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Casey | Gavin | Susana | Mini | Lulu | Sara | Groovenet

    Thursday, January 19 , 2006

    Post Golden Globes Report // 4:52 PM EST Updated by Lynn

  • The E! Fashion Police gave Mariah mixed reviews for her Chanel Couture gown by Karl Lagerfeld.

    Debbie Matenopoulos, host: Mariah Carey in Chanel Couture. What do you guys think of this? I was a little e-e-e, I don't know.
    J. Alexander: This is what happens when you get two great talents and they collide. She carried me to a place where I can't get out of.
    Jay Manuel: Karl Lagerfeld and Mariah Carey, yeah. I'd have to plead the 5th on this one. I'm gonna get in trouble.
    Vincent Boucher: I think Mariah looks like she owns the place. I like it. I do.
    Amanda: I don't like it. I don't think it's flattering on her. I think it's way too tight.
    Jay Manuel: I love Mariah. I just wanted her to be like old Mariah.

    [ Download E! Fashion Police Review of Mariah's Gown Here. ]

    Other reviews:
    --Netscape: "Mariah Carey may well have had the sexiest dress at Sunday night's 63rd annual Golden Globe Awards. Along with about 45 other stars, she presented an award. But unlike so many of those celebrities, her dress was daring, sexy and oh-so-revealing.

    --People: "Her album 'The Emancipation of Mimi' is a hit, but Carey's too-tight, too-revealing halter gown is a miss."

    --Entertainment Weekly: "Several actresses (Anderson, Sandra Oh, Drew Barrymore, Scarlett Johansson, Emma Thompson, Mariah Carey) seemed to be revealing more than they intended."

  • Below are high-quality photos of Mariah with Harvey Weinstein, L.A. Reid and Benny Medina at the Weinstein Co./Glamour Golden Globe after party held at Trader Vic's on January 16, 2006 in Beverly Hills, California.

  • Watch Mariah as she arrives to the Golden Globe after-party at Chaya Brasserie in Beverly Hills from Lulop.com and AOL.com.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Tommie | Brian

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: January 28, 2006) // 5:11 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date January 28, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ?5
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #7 (Last Week #4)
    Sales this week: 50,020 (-33%)
    Total Sales: 5,092,797

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Pop 100: #8 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #5 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #4 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #4 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #18 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #4 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #3 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales: #20 (Last Week #21)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #28 (Last Week #29)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Radio Edit): #25 (Last Week #26)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Sales this week: 18,652 (-28%)
    Total sales: 221,851

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent: #6 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #3 (Debut)
    Billboard Pop 100: #42 (Last Week #36)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #34 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #33 (Last Week #29)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #32 (Last Week #26)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #15 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #34 (Last Week #28)

    We Belong Together ?3
    Billboard Hot 100: #44 (Last Week #39)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #33 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #48 (Last Week #40)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #47 (Last Week #38)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #12 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #20 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #59 (Last Week #57)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #49 (Last Week #48)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #4 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #12 (Last Week #8)

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100: #91 (Re-Entry)
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #17 (Re-Entry)
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #4 (Last Week #1)

    Mariah Carey, Greatest Hits?
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #25 (Last Week #14)

  • "Don't Forget About Us" spends its 5th (and possibly last) week at the top of the Hot 100 Airplay chart:
    1. Mariah Carey - "Don't Forget About Us"
    Overall Audience Impressions: 127.99 million
    Change from last week: -20.39 million
    2. Nelly - "Grillz"
    Overall Audience Impressions: 126.00 million
    Change from last week: +15.14 million
    3. Beyonce - "Check On It"
    Overall Audience Impressions: 117.78 million
    Change from last week: +23.95 million

  • This week, "Shake It Off" leaves the Billboard Hot 100 Singles after spending an amazing amount of 26 weeks in it, 25 out of them in the top 50. Here's its complete chart run: 66 - 50 - 19 - 12 - 6 - 4 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 2 - 3 - 5 - 7 - 9 - 9 - 12 - 18 - 20 - 24 - 32 - 41 - 42 - 42 - 47
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher | bks

    pc munoz reviews "Dreamlover" // 5:10 AM EST Updated by Liron

    The artist/songwriter pc munoz recently launched a popular online column called VERSE-CHORUS-VERSE, a column dedicated to great songs, old and new, which focuses on songs that have influenced and inspired him. This week he wrote about "Dreamlover."

    "Dreamlover" - Mariah Carey
    Written by Mariah Carey
    From Music Box, Sony Records, 1993

    I'm just going to say it right out front: I love Mariah Carey. And it's not just because, as video director Joseph Kahn once put it, she looks "like Anime come to life", though her curvy good looks do happen to be right up my alley. I love Mariah for so many reasons: for starters, she's a technically amazing vocalist, a determined artist who wouldn't let consecutive project failures defeat her spirit, and a savvy songwriter who has written with the great Carole King (amongst many others). In addition, as a mixed-race person, I appreciate that Mariah has been a subtle-but-proud advocate for mixed-race folks and the mixed-race experience. After about 5 years as the butt of mean-spirited (read: envious) jokes and snide write-offs, I was one of the few people not surprised at all when Mariah re-emerged in 2005 with a wildly successful straight-out R&B album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which is filled with choice grooves, killer vocals, and a fun vibe that recalls the earlier hit I will discuss here, "Dreamlover."

    "Dreamlover" is pure, frothy pop. It flows along so sweetly and lightly, it's easy to dismiss the wide-eyed innocence which the lyric imparts. With her talk of rainbows, charm bracelets, music boxes, and butterflies, I've always thought that Mariah possesses a kind of little-girl spirit which most female songwriters don't dare conjure, for fear of being pigeon-holed, stereotyped, or mocked by "serious" songwriting peers and critics. One might conjecture that Carey's use of these images is simply a calculated manipulation of her targeted demographic (young females), or, worse, an indication of a kind of stunted emotional growth, but I happen to be of the opinion that she really likes that kinda stuff (her cover of Def Leppard's big-haired suburban classic "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" supports this theory, as far I'm concerned). Her penchant for this imagery of course completely precludes Mariah from ever earning the type of indie-cred heaped upon folks like PJ Harvey or the early incarnation of Liz Phair, but it certainly doesn't warrant automatic dismissal of her work as an artist. And since I mentioned Liz Phair, one need only look to Phair's recent grab for pop megastardom to discern who's really zooming who.

    Some of Mariah's older recordings are bathed in a kind of gauzy prettiness that isn't always to my taste, (even if her singing is outstanding throughout), but "Dreamlover", produced by Carey with Dave Hall and Sony uber-producer Walter Afanasieff, has a rhythmic flair that keeps things pumping. The lyrics also contain some memorable lines, once you dig deeper. I've always liked the first few lines of the second verse, which are an interesting mix of Mariah's childlike innocence, and her very grown-up cynicism and world-weariness:

    Don't want another pretender
    To disillusion me one more time
    Whispering words of forever,
    Playing with my mind...

    The rest of the lyric is a description of, and a call for, the mythic Dreamlover; someone to take her away, to "rescue" her. Fluffy-seeming stuff, sure, but very possibly also an expression of the simplest of romantic dreams: to find the right person and to be taken care of. Musically, a funky beat drives the thing, Afanasieff's Hammond B3 flourishes add an old-school vibe, and Mariah's layered vocals coo and caress your ears. I'm a fan of her ultra-high frequency vocal "whistle", and she puts it to good use here, as a harmony on the extremely catchy musical hook, which incorporates a sample of the Emotions' "Blind Alley", written by soul man David Porter. I know Mariah has been blamed for every over-singing female vocalist since 1990, but the truth is, when she does her thing, no one can touch her, and she actually seldom goes overboard in the same crass way her imitators do. On "Dreamlover", especially, she keeps a close, tasteful rein on the acrobatics.

    If you're a fan of, as my friend Adam would say, "appropriately-cool" female songwriters like India.Arie, Aimee Mann, PJ Harvey, Mia Doi Todd, Lucinda Williams, Vienna Teng, Karen Peris, etc., but have stayed away from Mariah out of disdain for the pop machine (or Maxim photo shoots), I encourage you to give her a chance, especially if you have a soft spot for R&B. Start with the latest record, The Emancipation of Mimi, which in my opinion is the R&B album of the year, and definitely her best collection to date. You can then navigate through her back catalog and find other nice things, including "Dreamlover" and the majorly-maligned (even by Mariah herself) Glitter project, which has some very cool sonic references to 80s R&B. You're bound to find something you can dig.

    And who knows...you may even develop a new respect for unicorns, rainbows, and charm bracelets, too.

    Source: Beevine Records

    Rumor Alert: Mariah to Launch Her Own Perfume // 4:58 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah's So Nifty
    Mariah Carey is following in the footsteps of J-Lo and Britney Spears by launching her own perfume.

    The singer, who's up for eight Grammy awards next month, will unveil the fragrance in December and wants designer Karl Lagerfeld to kit her out for the advertising campaign.

    A source says: "Mariah is so excited about the scent and it will be based on white flowers. She wants Karl to design a dress that fits in all the right places."

    That girl always comes up smelling of roses...

    Source: The Mirror UK - 3AM | Casey

    Wednesday, January 18 , 2006

    Mariah Officially Announced As Grammy Performer // 12:50 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Top Nominees Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West All to Perform on 48th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards

    Mariah Carey, John Legend, and Kanye West, all up for eight GRAMMY Awards, are the first performers announced for the 48th Annual GRAMMY® Awards telecast, it was announced today by The Recording Academy®. The music industry's premier event will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 8, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 Surround Sound on the CBS Television Network at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The show also will be supported on radio via Westwood One worldwide, and covered online at GRAMMY.yahoo.com. Additional performers, presenters and special segments will be announced soon.

    Source: Yahoo! Finance | Dino

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 12:27 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #6, 40 Weeks)
    Sales this week: 50,020 (-33%)
    Total sales: 5,092,797

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #28 (Last Week #29)
    Sales this week: 18,652 (-28%)
    Total sales: 221,851
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    Source: bks

    If Left to U.S. Teens, Mariah Carey Would Take Top Honors at 2006 GRAMMYs // 12:16 PM EST Updated by Liron

    If U.S. teens could decide, the 48th Annual GRAMMY(R) Awards would result in a return of former chart-toppers, according to a new Harris Interactive(R) survey. Teens gave the nod to the alternative group Green Day's comeback, picking the single "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" as Record of the Year. Also back on the rise, Mariah Carey was chosen by teens for the Song of the Year with "We Belong Together".

    The Harris Interactive YouthQuery(SM) omnibus of 1,092 U.S. teens, aged 13 to 18, was conducted online from December 14 to 20, 2005.

    The poll covered three of the most popular GRAMMY(R) categories and gave teens an opportunity to pick their favorites. Results include:

    -- Record of the Year:
    "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" by Green Day (27%);
    "Gold Digger" by Kanye West (17%);
    "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey (14%);
    "Feel Good Inc." by Gorillaz featuring De La Soul (10%);
    "Hollaback Girl" by Gwen Stefani (9%).

    -- Song of the Year:
    "We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey (27%);
    "Bless The Broken Road" by Rascal Flatts(14%);
    "Ordinary People" by John Legend (11%);
    "Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own" by U2 (10%);
    "Devils & Dust" by Bruce Springsteen (5%).

    Source: PR Newswire

    Tuesday, January 17 , 2006

    Jasmine's Juice // 9:57 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Anguilla is a vacation spot for the overly wealthy and the seriously beautiful! There was me, Mariah, a few of her nearest and dearest. A huge white mansion on the edge of a cliff overlooking the ocean, a private beach, 12 staff looking after 10 of us and much, sun, fun and bronzed bums.
    by Jasmine Dotiwala

    DAY ONE: Jermaine Dupri pops over to celebrate Mariah’s 17th No.1 (only beaten by the Beatles – this is history!) and to congratulate her on beating 50 Cent for the album of the year sales-wise. MC and JD drew the number "17" in the white sand on our private beach as we all sipped a couple of dozen rum punches and gazed at the starlit sky.

    DAY TWO: MC invited a reggae band to come over and play for us at our BBQ as we ate crayfish, sweetcorn, BBQ chicken, ribs and garlic bread. We then had a dance off. MC's choreographer and friend Rachel flipped upside down and did a handstand on a pole to 'wind her booty down' and showed the locals she may be a Yankee but her roots are strong. Then, to the locals' delight, MC and her two friends/singers Maryann and the Grammy-nominated Trey Lorenz and I took the mic to sing MC's songs in a "reggae style". (Pass the Duchie was my particular specialty!)

    DAY THREE: We wanted to learn how to surf, so three instructors sailed over in their boats but alas, when they turned up we found they were teaching us to windsurf! MC gave it a go but when we saw how violently the sail falls we convinced her to sit back, relax and watch us attempt it instead. I think I was pretty good considering it was my first attempt – and I would’ve been even better if MC's security man, Rob, didn't keep trying to foil me by yelling ‘SPLASH’. Did I tell you all I can do more leg throw-downs than him in the gym. Hee hee! After getting up on the board a few times and going way too fast for my liking and bailing ship, we returned to our house pool which is heated at all times for a military-style water work with MC's French trainer and nutrionist Patricia. Yep - she kills us but look at MC's abs - its worth the pain.

    DAY FOUR: We had mucho fun riding the waves on the banana boat and ring dinghies. I made MC sit at the back of the banana as that's where it's the scariest and most bumpy - well she is the bravest, so why not? That night we had another beach BBQ and bonfire and the moon was actually smiling at us, or was that the rum punch?

    DAY FIVE: We went bareback horseriding on sable-brown stallions in the sunset and were left free to run the horses around the island. My horse was freaking from the second I stepped onto his back and wanted to take his own journey regardless of my whoopin' and kicking - we think he was on some kinda herbal crack! I'm not gonna front, I was shook. MC wanted to "gallop faster" all the time and I was like: "I'll see you later ma!"

    DAY SIX: Snorkelled. It was a great day full of sunshine and pool frolicking. I couldn't have been more relaxed. Then my hair went green. Well, if we're gonna get technical, lime. I called my hair dresser Julian (even though it was 1am in London). He chuckled: "you've been oxidised by the chlorine." Luckily for me, MC (who once went to beauty school) had a batch of lotions and potions by Artec Sunflower - and soon my hair was neutralised into a slightly less crazy witch colour.

    DAY SEVEN: Thankfully my hair wasn't bad enough to freak out the dolphins which we had been waiting all week to play with. We kissed, clapped, danced, sang and did tricks with the five beautiful creatures including swimming with us on their bellies. One of the dolphins was called Bianca and as MC's fans will know, Bianca is not our favourite person so we were slightly freaked out. But, by the end, MC and Bianca were swimming off into the sunset, so all was peace and harmony as it should be at the start of the year.

    Then we were told it was time for "wheels up in an hour" (celeb speak for 'planes jetting'), so we threw long (fake) fur coats over our bikinis, jumped into a jeep which deposited us to a private Anguillan airfield to MC’s G5 jet and arrived back in MC's home town of NYC by sunrise the next day.

    Much shrieking ensued as we flashed MC's apartment doormen in our bikinis and cosied ourselves up at the end of our vacation in her fabulous crib. What a way to start 2006!

    Source: The Voice

    Monday, January 16 , 2006

    Download: Mariah At The Golden Globes // 9:57 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to view screen captures and download video files of Mariah as she poses on the red carpet, interviews with NBC and E!, and presents the award for "Best Original Song - Motion Picture" at the 63rd Golden Globe Awards held in The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles earlier tonight.

    [ Download NBC's Red Carpet Interview With Mariah Here! ]

    Nancy O'Dell of NBC: You have what, tied Elvis for the most number one singles?
    Mariah: It's been amazing. It's really been a blessing. It's been an incredible year so I'm happy to be here with you tonight. You look gorgeous.

    Nancy: Thank you very much. You look gorgeous. Now did you go in to making the CD knowing or did you just have the feeling after you did it that it was gonna be as big as it is?
    Mariah: You know what? I knew that I loved this CD and I knew that I was with a company where it was all about letting me be who I am and making the music that I wanted to make and that was what I needed. It was great.

    [ Download E!'s Red Carpet Interview With Mariah Here! ]

    Isaac Mizrahi of E!: Mariah Carey, look at you tonight! Wow! Turn around, let's see the back of this. It's really wonderful. Who made this?
    Mariah: Thank you. The back is my favorite. This is Chanel Couture. Mr. Karl Lagerfeld sketched it for me in... just on our way back from my TV show in Paris. We love him, he's the best.
    E!: Did he do fittings on that if it's couture? He actually sat in the room and said, "Mariah..."
    Mariah: He did. Yes, he actually did. Of course! He's my favorite person in the world.

    E!: And you know, the hair is kind of wonderful too. I love that it's blond. It looks better when it's blonder.
    Mariah: You do? I also have, I'm wearing real gold tonight in honor of the Golden Globes, my make-up artist Kristofer Buckle did this little addition to it, just FYI.
    E!: Gold. Looks like every gold record in the world...the largest selling records in history or something right?
    Mariah: It's been a nice thing.

    E!: Are you seeing somebody at the moment?
    Mariah: I'm seeing you infront of me.
    E!: Oh, that's a good way to answer that question. Come on, are you dating somebody?
    Mariah: Haha, well isn't tonight a date technically and you are on my arm and I'm on your arm. I just wanna squash the room as about us. We have to let it go now.
    E!: If you're looking for somebody, I'm a good yenta.
    Mariah: Are you a yenta? Do you know that I was huddle in "Fiddler In The Roof"?
    E!: You're kidding! Is that how it all started many, many years ago?
    Mariah: No, no. (laughs) it all started before that.

    E!: You're presenting tonight, aren't you? Are you nervous about that or what?
    Mariah: Not really. I think it should be fun. I get nervous when I have to perform.
    E!: How do you manage the jitters. How do you manage being nervous?
    Mariah: Just take a deep breath and go.
    E!: I love your make-up which I can't stop noticing. It's really, really good. Did you do it yourself?
    Mariah: Thank you. Of course, I did. It's just a little lip gloss. (laughs) No, Kristofer Buckle did my make-up.
    E!: How long did it take you?
    Mariah: About an hour maybe.
    E!: That's good. A little commitment. Thank you very much. We'll see you at the Grammys probably right, which is coming up in a month or something. Alright, thank you Mariah. You're a doll.
    Mariah: Coming up, very soon. Bye Isaac.

    [ Download Mariah Presenting "Best Original Song" Award Here! ]

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  • Poses on the Red Carpet

  • Presents "Best Original Song-Motion Picture" Award

  • Attends InStyle Magazine/Warner Bros. and The Weinstein Co./Glamour Golden Globe After Parties

    View more than 70 pictures from the Golden Globe Awards in our Photo Gallery!
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Vinny - The-Ladies.com

    Mariah Live At The Golden Globes! // 4:54 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As previously reported, Mariah will attend tonight's 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards as a presenter for "Best Original Song - Motion Picture." The show will broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles at 8:00pm ET on NBC. However, fans outside the U.S. can catch Mariah's appearance on their local network. Below is a list of airing times and networks for countries around the world. Be sure to watch!

    Argentina - January 16, Sony/Vivo, 10:00pm
    Australia - January 17, Channel 10, 8:30pm
    Brazil - January 16, SBT, 10:30pm
    Chile - January 16, Vivo, 10:00pm
    Colombia - January 16, Vivo, 8:00pm
    France - January 17, Paris Premiere, 2:00am
    Germany - January 17, Pro7, 2:00am
    India - January 17, Star World, 6:00am
    Israel - January 17, Channel 10, 3:00am
    Malaysia - January 17, Star World/NTV 7, 9:00am
    Mexico - January 16, Vivo, 7:00pm
    Paraguay - January 16, Sony, 10:00pm
    Peru - January 16, Vivo, 8:00pm
    Philippines - January 17, Star World, 9:00am
    Singapore - January 17, Channel 5, 8:00am
    South Africa - January 17, Channel 41, 1:00am
    Spain - January 17, Canal+, 2:46am
    Sweden - January 17, Star!, 2:00am
    Turkey - January 17, CNBC-e, 3:00am
    UK - January 17, Living TV2, 9:00pm
    Venezuela - January 16, Vivo, 9:00pm

    Click here to see the complete ceremony lineup.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Guido | Joshua | Julio | Cynthia | Zoey | Mariah's World | Jay | Jevi | Desmond | Richard | Ken | Lei | Mustakim | Jacques | Mundo Mariah | Anna | Can | Chris | Daniel | Ernesto

    Mimi: Around The World // 12:56 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    On the official ARIA charts, in its 6th week, "Don't Forget About Us" drops two spots to #14 on the Top 50 Singles and another two to #5 on the Top 40 Urban Singles. "Shake It Off" slips two to #19 on Urban. "The Emancipation of Mimi" in its 41st week climbs two to #39 on the Top 50 Albums and remains at #5 on the Top 40 Urban Albums.

    In its 10th week on the official Belgian sales charts, "Get Your Number" rises eight spots to #18 on Ultratop 40 singles (Wallonie) and gains four on Ultratop 50 singles (Vlaanderen). Meanwhile, the release of "Don't Forget About Us" in Belgium, originally set for January 21st, has been pushed back due to the massive airplay "Get Your Number" is getting. The new release date has not been determined.

    On the Hot100Br@sil singles chart, "Don't Forget About Us" rises eight spots to #49 in its 3rd week, "Shake It Off" plunges 21 spots to #70 in week 15. "We Belong Together" fell off the Hot 100 singles chart.

    --"Get Your Number" reaches a new peak position with a 5-3 jump on the official French airplay chart. Meanwhile, on the official albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops eleven spots to #59.

    --On Hit Skyrock, "Get Your Number" and "Don't Forget About Us" are at #5 and #19, respectively. Vote for Mariah by clicking here.

    --"Get Your Number" drops eight spots to #47 in its 8th week on the official Greek IFPI singles chart.

    --On page 27 of the January 15th issue of the Greek newspaper, "Traffic," a small photo of Mariah is featured with a caption that says she is happy with the success of the single "Don't Forget About Us" and that she is planning on a 'surprise' album.

    In week five, "Don’t Forget About Us" slips three places to #28 on the official Irish Singles chart. "The Emancipation of Mimi" rises two to #61 on the official Irish Albums chart.

    "Don't Forget About Us" drops to #2 this week after being on top for the last 2 weeks on Hitz.fm Hot 20 countdown. Request for Mariah by sending an e-mail here!

    "We Belong Together" drops four spots to #17 on the Europe plus chart.

    "Get Your Number" climbs thirteen spots to #36 in its 9th week on the official Swiss singles chart.

    "Don't Forget About Us" drops thirteen places to #45 on the official UK singles chart. "Greatest Hits" down twenty-four spots to #73 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops eight to #51 on the albums chart.

    --At Syracuse, NY Top-40 station, Hot 107.9, rap and rhythmic music ruled, including hits by Mariah Carey, Ciara and 50 Cent. Target audience: listeners ages 16 to 27. The most-played song on Hot last year was "We Belong Together" by Carey, who made a musical comeback in 2005. Carey was also the station's second most-played artist, with 5,359 spins, right behind 50 Cent with 5,447 spins. The Post-Standard reports.

    --"Don't Forget About Us" Mediabase update through January 15, 2006: 160.876 million impressions with 19,241 spins.

    --iTunes update: Top 100 Songs - "Dont Forget About Us" and "We Belong Together" are currently at #26 and #57, respectively. "The Emancipation of Mimi" is at #89 on Top 100 Albums.

    "Get Your Number" drops six spots on Euro Hot 30. Meanwhile, on MTV Euro Top 20, the song gains a spot to #7 (peaked at #4).

    World Charts
    According to MediaTraffic, "Don't Forget About Us" climbs five spots to #14 in its 8th week on the global track chart while "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops two to #15 in its 40th week on the global albums chart.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Kostas | KYLmi | Elias & Christinv | Heroes of Mariah | Carl | Chee | Mariah Connection UK | Sly | Mattia

    Sunday, January 15 , 2006

    Mariah to Present "Best Original Song" at the Golden Globes // 2:57 PM EST Updated by Liron

    As exclusively revealed by LA Times' GoldDerby today, the lineup to the "Golden Globe Awards" includes Mariah as the sole presenter in the category "Best Original Song - Motion Picture."

    Mariah's category will be presented in the second half of the show, right after the award for "Best Score" and right before the Cecil B. DeMille Award presentation.

    Mariah will present the award to one of the following nominees:

    Music by: Gustavo Santaolalla
    Lyrics by: Bernie Taupin

    Music by: Tony Renis
    Lyrics by: Marva Jan Marrow

    Music & Lyrics by: Mel Brooks

    Music & Lyrics by: Dolly Parton

    Music & Lyrics by: Alanis Morissette

    Click here to see the complete ceremony lineup. Please note it is subject to change.

    The 2006 Golden Globe Awards will air live around the world and in the US - on NBC at 8:00pm ET.

    Note: If you live outside of the US and you know when the Golden Globes will be airing in your country, please email us with your local airtime schedule so we can share it with the other fans.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Boomer | GoldDerby

    Vote For Mariah: USA Weekend's Favorite Lyrics // 2:49 PM EST Updated by Liron

    USA Weekend and Billboard.com's Favorite Lyrics Sweepstakes

    The Billboard editors think these are the Top 10 Favorite Lyrics of the top 13 years. Which is your favorite?

    Hey Ya! - Outcast
    No Scrubs - TLC
    Lose Yourself - Eminem
    Gangsta's Paradise - Coolio
    Fallin - Alicia Keys
    Missing - Everything But The Girl
    Smooth - Santana w / Rob Thomas
    Stay - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
    We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
    Family Affair - Mary J. Blige

    Please vote for Mariah by clicking here.

    Source: USA Weekend and Billboard.com | Jevi | Priorwg

    Hits: "Mariah and Grammy belong together" // 2:33 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah and Gwen Will Face Off, With John Legend, Kanye, U2, Springsteen

    Two losers, HITS' less-than-esteemed Lenny Beer and Roy Trakin, kibbitz this year's Grammys...

    Beer: Well, since you are here again, howzabout reviving our "Two Guys Talking About" feature?
    Trakin: Sounds good to me... So, is it going to be a Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani or Kanye West kind of night at the Grammys? All three are in the Record of the Year category
    Beer: it feels like Mariah to me
    Trakin: I don't disagree. "We Belong Together" was ubiquitous... Unbelievable comeback. Who woulda thunk it? Don't feel "Gold Digger" or "Hollaback Girl" has a shot here?
    Beer: “Hollaback” would be my second guess
    Trakin: The Mariah and Gwen stories would seem like catnip for Grammy voters. Are they the sentimental faves?
    Beer: No doubt... (hehe)
    Trakin: Let's move on to Album... Do veterans U2 or McCartney beat back best-sellers Mariah, Gwen and Kanye?
    Beer: Saint Bono will be hard to beat
    Trakin: The voters have been kind of democratic over the last few years, spreading around the love... But the U2 album was so last year. I like Kanye in this one...
    Beer: OK, whattabout Song of the Year?
    Trakin: Rascal Flatts, Springsteen, John Legend, U2 and "We Belong Together" again... I'm feeling Mariah here.
    Beer: i think “Ordinary People” is a sleeper here and will win lots of Grammys for Mr. Legend... i'm betting Legend for Best New Artist for sure
    Trakin: Best Female Pop Vocal: Mariah, this time for "It's Like That," with Gwen for "Hollaback Girl." Does Kelly Clarkson, who was jobbed in Song and Record of the Year, get it for "Since U Been Gone"? She deserves in this crowd. Although perennial faves Sheryl Crow and Bonnie Raitt are also in this category.
    Beer: i think “Since U Been Gone” is the best pop single of the year and should win, but “Hollaback Girl” has juggernaut potential
    Trakin: We'll see if Grammy voters respond more to a recovered Mariah or a preggers Gwen... That's a toss-up to me.
    Beer: And will probably be the big story of the night
    Trakin: Best Contemporary R&B... Amerie, Mariah, Destiny's Child, Mario, Omarion?
    Beer: Mariah
    Trakin: Gots to be...
    Trakin: Let's do Producer of the Year... Danger Mouse for Gorillaz, Nigel Godrich for Macca, Jimmy Jam/Terry Lewis for a variety, Steve Lillywhite for U2 and Jason Mraz, The Neptunes for Gwen Stefani and Mariah Carey, among others
    Beer: whoa tough
    Trakin: Neptunes look awfully strong... they produced not only Mariah and Gwen, but Snoop, Missy Elliott and Omarion... Huge records all.
    Beer: Ok, u convinced me
    Trakin: If you had to pick an MVP for the evening, who would it be? Mariah, John Legend, Gwen Stefani or Kanye West?
    Beer: Mariah... i expect another big night for mr. antonio l.a. reid
    Trakin: Wow... Tommy Mottola must be eating his heart out. Imagine, EMI paid her to go away, and now she's comeback player of the year.

    Source: Hits Daily Double

    Saturday, January 14 , 2006

    News Tidbits // 8:41 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --"Don't Forget About Us" fell to #2 on this week's VH1 Top 20 video countdown. Let's keep on voting and put Mariah back on top! Request for Mariah here!

    --"We Belong Together" was #5 on Marques Houston's Top 20 countdown on BET.

    --Click here to download a higher quality, full screen video of Mariah's performance of "It's Like That" on Top of the Pops on March 25, 2005 as shown on the German station, RTL. Thanks to TartyDoris.com for the video file.

    --Check out a compilation of critics' reviews on Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" album at MetaCritic.

    --People En Español's "Star of the Year" for 2005, singer Paulina Rubio was recently interviewed on Miami's radio station 98.3 "La Calle." Paulina talked about her upcoming English album and her plans for 2006. When asked who she thought was the Star of the Year in the English market for 2005, she didn't hesitate to say Mariah Carey. She praised Mariah's talent by saying, "I am a fan of Mariah Carey's music. She writes her own songs, and she came back strong after they were trying to manipulate her career. She is showing that nothing can stop her. Good for her!"

    --Attention Mariah fans in Spain: the Golden Globe Awards will telecast live via satellite on Canal+ January 17th at 2:46am and will re-air later that same day at 8:30pm (7:30pm CET). Be sure to tune in!

    --Mario Buatta, the New York designer, appears regularly in Architectural Digest and House Beautiful. He has a hot client list that includes celebs Mariah Carey and Billy Joel, journalist Barbara Walters and prominent families listed in the Social Register. From Sun Sentinel.

    --Below are scans from the January 23rd issues of In Touch and Life & Style magazines. Also, scans of the UK's Mirror interview with Mariah: "Mariah Reborn" (transcript here) and from the Hispanic newspaper, 20 Minutos, dated January 11, 2006.

    --Wallpapers made by Aziz, Zoe, Juan Paolo and Fawaz for everyone!


    Source: Mariah Daily | DeVante' | OMar | Mundo Mariah | Clarissa | Chris | Alberto | Popdirt | Jorge | Aziz | Zoe | Juan Paolo | Fawaz

    How 'Bullets' Work on Billboard Charts // 7:58 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Hi, Fred
    How exactly do bullets work on the Billboard Hot 100 and The Billboard 200 charts?

    The reason I ask is that Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" fell from No. 1 to No. 7 on last week's Hot 100 (for the week ending Jan. 14), and also 2-15 on Hot Digital Songs. With this drop it would be easy to think that the track's sales had dropped, however, it was widely reported on the internet that "Don't Forget About Us" had, in fact, increased in sales.

    As far as I know, the track's sales for that week stood at 82,000, up a huge 66%. Surely, this leap in sales demanded a bullet, if not on the Hot 100 (where the track lost airplay impressions from the previous week), then at least on the Hot Digital Songs chart.

    On the Hot Digital Songs chart in the past week all 15 tracks sold more than Kanye West's previous record for most downloads in a week, at 80,000. I know "Don't Forget About Us" sold about 40,000, thus all the tracks above it must have gained -- the digital chart seems to disagree with this.

    In the same vein, on last week's The Billboard 200, Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" moved up 2-1. The news article on Billboard.com concerning that album chart said the album's sales fell 67%, yet the album had a bullet on The Billboard 200.

    Simply, how is it possible that a song's sales can gain by more than half, yet not have a bullet; and an album can fall in sales and have a bullet? I thought the point of bullets was to distinguish between songs/albums gaining and falling, regardless of position gains/falls. Please explain - I'm not sure what's going on!
    - Frank Edwin, London

    Fred Bronson of Billboard's Chart Beat answers:

    Dear Frank,
    Since the titles on the Hot 100 and The Billboard 200 are ranked in relation to all of the other songs on the chart that week, it's possible to move up the chart and have a decrease in sales and/or airplay, if your decrease is smaller than other titles; it's also possible to move down the chart with a gain in sales and/or airplay, if your gain is less than other titles that pass you by.

    When bullets are awarded, we grade on the curve. That means the percentage of gain needed to win a bullet changes from week to week, to reflect market activity. In a week where most albums experience a gain, such as a week before Christmas when consumers purchase more product than usual, you would need a larger gain than usual to be awarded a bullet.

    As an example, on the Hot Digital Songs chart where Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" fell 2-15, the increases were so dramatic that only titles that gained more than 200% were awarded bullets. "Don't Forget About Us" had a 65% gain in sales, far below the 200% cut-off point for a bullet.

    In the week following Christmas, sales usually plunge and almost every title experiences a decline in sales. During this week, it is possible to earn a bullet even with a decrease in sales if you have one of the smallest decreases on the chart.

    The reason Jamie Foxx's "Unpredictable" had a bullet the week it climbed to No. 1 is that every album that reaches No. 1 for the first time is awarded a bullet automatically, whether there has been an increase or decrease in sales.

    Source: Billboard

    Friday, January 13 , 2006

    The Emancipation of Mimi's Bikini // 9:20 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • From Daily Record UK:
    POP diva Mariah Carey is riding the crest of a wave.

    The singer is enjoying a massive career comeback - and looking better than ever. Mariah, 35, has toned up on a morsel diet - eating only tiny pieces of the food she likes. And on holiday in the Caribbean this week, the tiny theme extended to her swimwear.

    But she'll have to cover up a bit for the Brit Awards in chilly London next month.

  • From Mirror UK:
    Excited Mariah Carey's clearly struggling to contain herself as she frolics in a teeny bikini.

    The diva, 35 - who had a big hit with CD The Emancipation of Mimi - was almost busting out of her outfit on Caribbean isle Anguilla. One onlooker said: "Everyone stared - and there was a lot to stare at."

    Meanwhile, in another UK news, Mariah is one of the celebrity stunners who made it to The Sun's 2005 Superbabes final round! Cast your vote now!
  • ______________________________________________________________

    Source: James

    News Tidbits // 9:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --About.com columnist Bill Lamb writes: "People's Choice Awards ignored the biggest selling music of the year. I suppose 'the people' didn't choose to have Mariah Carey and 50 Cent be the top-selling music artists of the year. Both were shut out of nominations by People's Choice Awards despite recording the two top selling albums of the year. This is despite the fact that the People's Choice Awards bills itself as the awards show that lets the people choose."

    --Reminder: Mariah is on the cover of V Magazine, issue 39 which will be available on January 20, 2006 at all Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Tower Records store locations. Be sure to pick up a copy!

    --50 Cent was featured on the German music channel Viva yesterday in a show called "Special Charts - 50 Cent" in which he requested music videos of other artists. One of his picks was "Get Your Number" by Mariah. The host asked him what he thinks about Mariah and the way she acts, like for example refusing to take the stairs. He said that he has never met Mariah, only knows her from Eminem's stories. "She's hot right now. If she doesn't feel like doing stairs, she doesn't have to!" he quipped. 50 kept smiling into the camera and stayed positive about Mariah. He really liked the song!

    --Entertainment Weekly takes a look back at last year's highlights in music and names Mariah's "It's Like That/We Belong Together" music videos as its 3rd best for 2005. Here's what EW has to say about Mariah:

    3. Mariah Carey, ''It's Like That/We Belong Together''
    In a year when Mariah finally got her groove back, she also showed a sharp eye for casting by filming back-to-back videos starring the guy who'd soon be one of fall TV's breakout stars, Prison Break's Wentworth Miller. Half smoldering masquerade ball, half alternate ending to her own failed marriage to Tommy Mottola, Mimi's one-two punch is 100% fierce.

    --Damizza mentions Mariah in his latest blog on his MySpace site. He says: "Got a nice card and some great gifts from Mariah (thanks Alvina Gore) for x-mas.. She also sent some stuff to my grannie.. she's so nice.. She's up for 8 grammies.. isnt that kool?"

    --What will Leonardo Dicaprio, Mariah Carey and other presenters at this Monday’s Golden Globe Awards find when they peek into their goodie bags? For starters, how about a certificate for a $22,000 expedition to see the wildlife of the arctic on a cozy 54-cabin ship? For two weeks, Leonardo, Mariah, Harrison Ford, Tobey Maguire, Gwyneth Paltrow and dozens of others - if and when they use this certificate - will take a cruise to New Zealand, Antarctica and Tasmania. The package includes arctic gear to wear while they ogle the polar landscape. The presenters will also get their own engraved Canadian diamond set in a pendant and many more! Total value of the goodies? A whopping $62,089!

    --Pro footballers, defensive ends Julius Peppers (Carolina) and Dwight Freeney (Indianapolis) mention Mariah in their respective Q&A sessions. Peppers says he listens to Mariah's music, while Freeney prides himself on meeting the famous Mariah in person. From Charlotte Observer and IndyStar.

    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Jose | Leo | Yasan | Matt | Jevi | INQ7

    Thursday, January 12 , 2006

    Mariah's 2005 Catalog Sales In US & UK // 4:07 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • USA - SoundScan Figures
    Mariah Carey
    2004: 4,693
    2005: 5,968
    Total sales to date: 4,829,087 (post 1991)

    2004: 1,978
    2005: 1,799
    Total sales to date: 3,568,847

    MTV Unplugged EP
    2004: 3,193
    2005: 1,369
    Total sales to date: 2,727,307

    Music Box
    2004: 16,351
    2005: 11,555
    Total sales to date: 7,153,718

    Merry Christmas
    2004: 111,264
    2005: 174,180
    Total sales to date: 4,600,150

    2004: 7,801
    2005: 7,924
    Total sales to date: 7,534,712

    2004: 14,028
    2005: 16,072
    Total sales to date: 3,690,408

    2004: 54,032
    2005: 88,930
    Total sales to date: 3,522,094

    2004: 9,500
    2005: 9,706
    Total sales to date: 2,916,735

    2004: 10,945
    2005: 11,061
    Total sales to date: 611,259

    Greatest Hits
    2004: 104,310
    2005: 186,483
    Total sales to date: 779,069

    2004: 16,747
    2005: 17,363
    Total sales to date: 1,132,049

    2004: 62,596
    2005: 29,477
    Total sales to date: 227,824

    The Emancipation of Mimi
    2005: 4,968,606
    Total sales to date: 4,968,606

    Total Catalog Sales
    2004: 417,438
    2005: 561,887 (Excluding "The Emancipation of Mimi")
    2005: 5,530,493 (Including "The Emancipation of Mimi")

  • UK
    Greatest Hits
    2005: 442,305

    The Emancipation of Mimi
    2005: 526,965

    The Rest of the Catalog (Combined)
    2005: 60,730

    Total Catalog Sales
    2005: 1,030,000

    Mariah is the 2nd best selling female artist for 2005 in the UK (British singer Katie Melua with 1,070,000 is first) and is ranked 12th overall.

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" finished at #31 and "Greatest Hits" at #40 on the Top Selling Albums of 2005 in the UK.
  • ______________________________________________________________

    Source: Vag | Jason

    Jasmine's Juice // 12:50 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The funniest thing was that although MC had nine huge cases full of clothes, coats, sexy ski suits, etc, someone had forgotten to pack her any socks, hats or gloves! So we had to lend superstar diva Mariah Carey a pair of our socks! What a life eh?
    by Jasmine Dotiwala

    Happy New Year readers... it's a double celebration as today it's my birthday and as you read this I am also flying back from a sun-drenched tropical New Year on the Caribbean island of Anguilla with Mariah and her family.

    I'll tell you more about that next week, but first, listen to my Christmas shenanigans!

    More jollification than ever occurred this Xmas in Aspen with the Carey family. By now you all know that Mariah and I are voluptuaries – life can never be glamorous or fabulous enough!

    MC, a few of her family, a couple of friends, Jack the Wonderdog and myself spent a snowy festive week in the mountains where we had our usual fun with horse-sleigh rides in the moonlight, drinking hot cocoa or champagne (depending on age), skiing, snow boarding, rolling in the snow in our bikinis, jumping into the hot tub, and generally just being thankful that we have blessed lives.

    Other celebs I spotted in Aspen were Jack Nicholson, Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones , J-Lo, Mischa Barton, and Kate Moss who was... umm... let's just say... was having a party among the head-to-toe fur-clad folks!

    I would hit the local spa every morning with MC's security guy Rob, who had me boxing and I had him doing yoga – funny! Each morning without fail, Will Smith would be there pumping weights or running on the treadmill. Yes, the gym is extra fun when you've got a great view!

    One morning I tried a "hoopdance" class but midway spotted Will and his son watching, highly amused, which was unnerving. I told MC's brother about it at the end who informed me "that's not Will's son – that's his wife "Jada!" Oops!

    One afternoon, MC decided to visit a local children's charity to donate stuff to them and take them skating. Not being the best ice skater, I walked around the rink with Jack the Wonderdog instead.

    The next night, Xmas eve, we went on our usual annual open horse sleigh ride – and with the deer galloping around us in the twinkling moonlight, it was truly magical.

    The funniest thing was that although MC had nine huge cases full of clothes, coats, sexy ski suits, etc., someone had forgotten to pack her any socks, hats or gloves!

    So she had plenty of diamonds but no warm necessities. So we had to lend superstar diva Mariah Carey a pair of our socks! What a life eh? Bikinis and crystal bottles are packed by the dozen, but no socks for the cold!

    We had a slightly tense moment on Xmas day when the little person in the family asked how Santa had climbed down the chimney when the fireplace was burning all night? Oh… um.... yeah, we switched the subject up quick!

    On Xmas morning, MC had placed personalised T-shirts on all our pillows with our own slogans to wear for the day. Mine was 'Xmas diva'. You know something's up when the world's most renowned diva calls me one, right!

    The extravagance in Aspen never fails to stun me. Free champers as you shop, heated pavements so the snow doesn't settle, 4WDs everywhere and this year, Santa Claus overwhelmed me with his gifts too.

    I received (among other things) a Dior ring engraved with my nickname, matching sexy Dolce and Gabbana high mules and bag, real pearl jewellery, a cashmere sweater, gloves, hat and scarf, a leather passport holder, an iPod, a sheepskin hat, the usual lotions and potions, a very plush fake chinchilla jacket from Patrick Kevin (Mariah had a matching one which she loved), a gigantic goodie bag from Adidas which included lots of pink stuff that both MC and I rocked all over the slopes (and had all the posh rich Aspenites asking me about. 'Cos on Wednesdays we only wear pink – you gotta watch Mean Girls to know!)

    Then on December 28, we all flew back to Mariah's home in New York on her jet and had a couple of festive days in NYC where we opened more gifts, read from the Bible, watched films in her private cinema and ate fresh popcorn from her popcorn machine.

    One night I was lucky enough to accompany MC to the studio where she put down new vocals on a remix with Jadakiss and Styles P. Much fun was had 'til 6am before MC had to get ready for her New Year's Eve performance at midnight in Times Square.

    Readers, I got to tell you, being onstage with MC while she stunned the world at midnight in her show-stopping outfit and princess gown was a moment in history! After her show, MC hosted her own party at Ciprianis where we hung with DJ Clue and others before ending the night at Bungalow 8 with a huge slice of New York pizza. What a way to bring in 2006! On New Year's Day we flew to Anguilla – but that's all for next week.

    Source: The Voice | Becky

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: January 21, 2006) // 8:52 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date January 21, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ?5
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #4 (Last Week #7)
    Sales this week: 74,171 (-28%)
    Total Sales: 5,042,777

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #4 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Pop 100: #8 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales: #47 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #20 (Last Week #24) AIR POWER
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #3 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #1 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales: #21 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #29 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Radio Edit): #26 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #3)
    Sales this week: 25,780 (-69%)
    Total sales: 203,199

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #47 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #35 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Pop 100: #36 (Last Week #37)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #32 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #29 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #26 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #14 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #28 (Last Week #34)

    We Belong Together ?3
    Billboard Hot 100: #39 (Last Week #37)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #32 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #40 (Last Week #38)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #38 (Last Week #35)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #11 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #16 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #57 (Last Week #58)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #48 (Last Week #49)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #6 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #8 (Last Week #13)

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #50 (Debut)
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #1 (Last Week #3)

    Mariah Carey, Greatest Hits?
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #14 (Last Week #9)

    Source: Ritcher

    Mariah Carey Is Not Fat, She's Hot! // 8:34 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • Mariah Carey Is Not Fat
    Wow, We owe Mariah Carey an apology as recent photos taken of her show her to be far from fat. We recently wrote a piece about how Mimi needed to stay away from the twinkies.

    Well, we don't know what happened but were delighted by the result.

    Apparently, were not the only ones:

    "Here at thebosh.com we pride ourselves in correcting mistakes when pointed out, for the past 2 weeks we have slammed Mariah Carey for growing to Aretha Franklin Proportions .... Yes she is a little thick, but some men reportedly like this.... something to hold onto from what I hear... this is certainly not a Chanel outfit type body... but Mariah Looks amazing...."

    The Emancipation of Mimi sold 4.97 million copies for 2005, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    E! Online describes the way Mariah's CD performed as being "Energizer Bunny" like by going and going and going with moderate yet overall steady sales.

    Hey maybe she was chasing the bunny and that's how she toned up.

  • Fat Retraction: Mariah Carey is F'ing Hot
    Here at thebosh.com we pride ourselves in correcting mistakes when pointed out, for the past 2 weeks we have slammed Mariah Carey for growing to Aretha Franklin Proportions.

    The pop diva probably taken back by all the fat jokes, hit the beach while on holiday in a sexy, barely there two piece bikini. Mariah frolicked in the water while posing for the steamy shots.

    Yes she is a little thick, but some men reportedly like this.... something to hold onto from what I hear... this is certainly not a Chanel outfit type body... but Mariah Looks amazing...
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    Source: The Post Chronicle | The Bosh | Casey

    Wednesday, January 11 , 2006

    HQ Photos: Mariah in St. Barths // 3:44 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos of Mariah taking a dip in the Caribbean ocean, off the coast of St. Barthelemy, France January 9, 2006.

    Find more photos in our Photo Gallery!

    Source: Katie

    Lost by a Lamborghini // 10:35 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey got coy when pressed about those rumors she’s dating male model Christian Monzon, who starred in the video for “Don’t Forget About Us” with her who and has been spotted at her L.A. home.

    “Erm, how do we play this?” she told the London Mirror. “OK, he’s a very nice guy, he’s been in a fabulous Dolce & Gabbana advert - did you see it? And we’ve had some nice conversations and, um, a nice time. OK, I’ll say he definitely did a very good job in the video.”

    She was more forthcoming about her friendship – and above-the-speed-limit behavior — with rapper Cam’ron.

    “We’re always hanging out but we really are just friends,” she said. “Anyway, he turned up at my apartment one night in his blue Lamborghini. My security guys were really worried about me going with him, so they were just figuring out a way to follow us when Cam took off at 150 mph down the street. They must have been freaking but we just took off, went out and had fun. I was like, ‘You can’t keep up with a Lamborghini! Goodbye!’ I know they’re only looking after my best interests, but the truth is I’m a free spirit.”

    Note: Read the full "Mirror" interview, "Mariah Reborn", by clicking here.

    Source: MS NBC

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah: 'Mimi' Crosses 5 Million! // 9:55 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #8, 39 Weeks)
    Sales this week: 74,171 (-28%)
    Total sales: 5,042,777

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #29 (Last Week #15)
    Sales this week: 25,780 (-69%)
    Total sales: 203,199
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    Source: Andere | bks

    News Tidbits // 8:45 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Head over to the iTunes Music Store to purchase your copy of Mariah's 17 Number One Chart-Toppers collection including the smash hits "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us."

    --Mariah's "Butterfly" is included in the new book, "1,001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die."

    --Mariah fell short in making the Los Angeles Times's ninth annual "Ultimate Top 10 Albums of 2005" despite generating an estimated $65 million in cash register sales with the release of "The Emancipation of Mimi." The paper, which ranks the year's top money-making performers in their Top 10, combines concert grosses and album sales to assemble its list. Because Mariah did not tour, she landed just outside the Top 10.

    --Mariah Carey's big comeback year didn't go unnoticed by Blackwell on his Worst Dressed list for 2005. Mr. Blackwell ranks Mariah as his 5th worst and says, "The world applauds your musical emancipation, but please - leave that body to our imagination!"

    --Jack won the "Celebrity Pet of the Year" and Mariah, a special award for her amazing year, in a special year-end feature on the French TV show, "Fan De."

    --Hip-hop impresario Jermaine Dupri is shopping a book proposal to publishers this week. The Grammy-nominated producer and rapper's memoir - tentatively titled "Young, Rich and Dangerous" - will dish on working with everyone from Mariah Carey and Usher to Bow Wow and kiddie rap duo Kriss Kross.

    --From ModelLaunch.com: David Fumero (from Mariah's "Honey" music video) talks about how he got the chance to work with Mariah.

    How did you get chosen for the Mariah Carey video?
    "It was through a hairstylist on a shoot I was doing who also happened to work for Mariah Carey, and he mentioned me to her. I was in Milan when they called me about it. I was there to do a shoot for Armani Jeans the next day with my brother. I was having lunch in this little cafe and my agent called to tell me that Mariah Carey wanted me for her video, but they weren't offering much in the way of money. I told him he was crazy, that I'd make more doing the campaign. By the end of my lunch the agent called back and the video had turned into great pay and travel by Concorde, so I did it and had a blast."

    --Below are high-quality photos taken of Mariah while she was out and about in Aspen, Colorado during her annual Christmas vacation last year

    and recent photos as Mariah relaxes on the French West Indies island of Saint Barthelemy.

    Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures!

    --Congratulations to Honey & Kate on their six years online with Butterflies Are Free! To celebrate, they got the site a new look! Check it out!

    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Michael | JRKing | E! | New York Post | Butterflies Are Free | Katie | Wayne | Alex'

    Tuesday, January 10 , 2006

    Mariah Nominated For a Brit Award // 2:40 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah received one nomination on the prestigious Brit Awards (based in the UK).

    International Female Solo Artist
    • Björk One Little Indian / One Little Indian
    • Kelly Clarkson RCA / Sony BMG Music
    • Madonna Maverick / Warner Music
    • Mariah Carey Def Jam / Island / Universal Music
    • Missy Elliot Atlantic / Warner Music

    The awards show will be held in Earls Court Arena on Wednesday, February 15th, 2006 and will be aired in the UK the following night (February 16th) on ITV1 at 8:00 PM.

    Source: Brit Awards | bird

    Mariah Nominated For 4 NAACP Image Awards // 2:02 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah has been nominated for four awards on the 37th NAACP Image Awards. Here are the categories in which she was nominated:

    Outstanding Female Artist
    • Alicia Keys (J Records)
    • India.Arie (Universal Motown)
    • Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
    • Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
    • Toni Braxton (Universal Motown)

    Outstanding Music Video
    • Alicia Keys – “Unbreakable” (J Records)
    • Common – “Testify” (Geffen)
    • Destiny’s Child – “Stand Up For Love” (Sony Urban Music)
    • Kanye West – “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” (Island Def Jam)
    • Mariah Carey – “We Belong Together” (Island Def Jam)

    Outstanding Song
    • “Be Without You” – Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
    • “Diamonds From Sierra Leone” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam)
    • “I Can’t Stop Loving You” – Kem (Universal Motown)
    • “Unbreakable” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
    • “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)

    Outstanding Album
    • “Alicia Keys Unplugged” – Alicia Keys (J Records)
    • “The Breakthrough” - Mary J. Blige (Geffen)
    • “Emancipation of Mimi” – Mariah Carey (Island Def Jam)
    • “Late Registration” – Kanye West (Island Def Jam)
    • “So Amazing: An All-Star Tribute to Luther Vandross” – Luther Vandross and Various Artists (J Records)

    The awards show will be taped on Saturday, February 25th, 2006 and air on Friday, March 3rd, 2006 on FOX.

    Online voting is scheduled to begin later today. Please vote for Mariah once the voting begins! Click here for the voting site.

    Source: NAACP Image Awards | Jason

    So Lonely Radio Impact Date // 1:49 PM EST Updated by Liron

    According to the radio industry magazine Friday Morning Quarterback, "So Lonely" will be released to radio stations as the 3rd single off Twista's album "The Day After" (record label: Slip N Slide/Atlantic). The track's official radio impact date on the Rhythm/Crossover format is January 17th, 2006.

    Source: FMQB | Colson

    Mariah To Join "We Are Family" For Katrina? // 10:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Grammy-winning producer Rodney Jerkins declares his mission in 2006 is to make sure the victims of Hurricane Katrina are not forgotten - with a star-studded fundraising redux of the classic 1979 Sister Sledge hit "We Are Family."

    "It's not over," reminds Jerkins. "People still don't have homes, people still don't have clothes, and I feel it's our obligation as people to help, and I'm being one of the ones to initiate it by doing a song that's gonna raise a lot of money for these people." Jerkins says once word got out about the tribute song, his phone started ringing off the hook. "Brandy called and said, 'Why is my brother (Ray J) on it and I'm not on it?' We were only going to do about eight artists, but it's probably going to be about 15 artists by the time it's done. We've got the Sledge Sisters, Mary Mary, Ray J, Ciara, Bebe Winans."

    And, of course, Jerkins says he couldn't say no to two of his favorite superstars to work with, Mariah Carey and Mary J. Blige. "We were supposed to finish the song by the end of December, but Mariah's people called and said she couldn't do it till this month, so I said I'm waiting for Mariah - and I gotta wait for Mary. But this will be the last month, and we're going to get it out."

    Source: LA Daily News | Shayne

    Mariah 'Gun-Shy' About Marriage // 10:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey's "pretty gun-shy" about ever getting married again, but that's not just because of her failed marriage to music mogul Tommy Mottola. The singer tells Good Housekeeping for its February issue that her parents' divorce still affects her. "I always said when I was little that I was never going to get married," she told the mag, "but then I was always the girl who didn't understand why people would live together. 'If they're living together, then why don't they get married?' I'm actually sort of a prude like that, I guess."

    Carey, who fought rumors last month that she had gotten engaged to her boyfriend, tells the mag she would only consider getting married again if she knew she was starting a family, and she's not too sure that should be her goal. "I mean, to me, if you're getting married, it's about having kids," she said. "Still, I worry sometimes about having kids when you're really famous, because the kids aren't asking to be brought into this world as famous people." She reserves the right to change her mind, though. "I can't even predict the next 10 minutes, let alone the next 10 years!"

    Note: Read the full Good Housekeeping interview, "Mariah At Lunch With Liz Smith" by clicking here.

    Source: MTV News

    Monday, January 9 , 2006

    News Tidbits // 7:57 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --In its review of new CD reissues, Jam! Canoe gives Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" a rating of 4.5 out of 5. It says, "Yes, it just came out in April. But it was the grand slam of comeback CDs. So naturally, her label figured fans who shelled out for it once would be happy to repeat the experience for this new extended version. What? You think this CD became the highest-selling disc of 2005 by itself? Silly rabbit."

    --"It's Like That" is track #3 on a compilation CD of "2006 Grammy Nominees." The CD whose release date is January 24, 2006 is available for pre-order for $14.99 at Amazon.com.

    --13-year-old Frances Bean Cobain, daughter of Courtney Love and late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain tells i-D magazine that she's obsessed with "Laguna Beach" and "American Idol," and wants Mariah Carey to come sing at her sweet 16 party. MTV News reports.

    --Mariah is Miss September in the new FHM 2006 calendar.

    Voting Polls
    --The NRJ Music Awards night is fast approaching, be sure to cast your votes while the polls are still open. As previously reported, Mariah is up for two NRJs namely, International Artist of the Year and International Album of the Year for "The Emancipation of Mimi." Vote here!

    --Mariah is vying for five Groovevolt awards: Album of the Year and Best Pop Album – Female ("The Emancipation of Mimi"), Song of the Year and Best Song Performance – Female R&B/Soul and Female Pop ("We Belong Together"), and Best Deep Cut – Pop ("Circles"). Head over to Groovevolt.com and cast your vote for Mariah now! Polls are open through January 27, 2006.

    --WPGC-FM 95.5 (Washington, D.C) and streaming on AOL is holding voting for its Jammy awards on its website. Mariah is up for Best Female Vocalist, Best Slow Jam for "We Belong Together," and Best Album for "The Emancipation of Mimi." Vote here! Winners will be announced February 1st.

    --Mariah is one of the choices in the The Sun UK's poll, "Who is your favourite Superbabe?" Click here to vote now!

    Fans' Corner
    --Vivian is putting together a fan book for Mariah. If you want to contribute anything-Mariah from artwork to pictures, to letters and poems, e-mail Vivian at mc16_1@yahoo.com.

    --Be sure to check out these new Mariah fan sites:
  • Music Zone Forum (owner: Alberto)
  • The Marvellous Jack in Spanish - latest news on Mariah and Jack. (owner: Mini)
  • The Mariah Nexus - allows fans to watch Mariah video files directly on the site, offers source codes for each video so that fans can insert them into their MySpace or Friendster profiles to help promote Mariah! (owner: Vic)
  • La Diva Mariah Carey Yahoo! Group (owner: Cecily)
  • Forever My Angel (owner: Jessie)
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Dino | Becky | Jasmine | Oualid | Charlie | Alberto | Mini | VIc | Cecily | Jessie

    Sunday, January 8 , 2006

    Mariah Scans // 8:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of the January 16, 2006 issues of OK!, Us Weekly, In Touch Weekly, Life & Style, Star, and Celebrity Living magazines.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mimi: Around The World // 5:43 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --On the official ARIA charts, in its 5th week, "Don't Forget About Us" rises two spots to #12 on the Top 50 Singles and one spot to #3 on the Top 40 Urban Singles. "Shake It Off" gains one to #17 on Urban. "The Emancipation of Mimi" in its 40th week drops two to #41 on the Top 50 Albums but advances one to #5 on the Top 40 Urban Albums.

    --On the End of Year charts in Australia, Mariah is:
  • Top 100 Singles: #17 - "We Belong Together," #60 - "It's Like That," #84 - "Shake It Off"
  • Top 20 Urban Singles: #10 - "We Belong Together"
  • Top 100 Albums: #27 - "The Emanciption Of Mimi"
  • Top 20 Urban Albums: #4 - "The Emancipation Of Mimi"

    --Mariah's positions on Latin Billboard's
    Top Albums of 2005:
  • #4 - "The Emancipation of Mimi" - 231,000
  • #41 - #1's 38,000

    Top International Albums of 2005
  • #2 - "The Emancipation of Mimi" - 231,000
  • #18 - #1's - 38,000
  • #39 - "Greatest Hits" - 19,000
  • #54 - "Glitter" - 9,000

    --On the Hot100Br@sil singles chart, "Shake It Off" drops eighteen places to #49 (week 14), "Don't Forget About Us" climbs sixteen to #57 (week 2) and "We Belong Together" slips seven to #91 (week 40).

    "We Belong Together" was #1 on Toronto's Z103.5 year end countdown.

    Mariah made the Chinese newspaper, Information Times's Top 100 Artists of 2005 list at #57. Mariah was the only foreign singer to enter this chart. Here's what the most influential newspaper in China had to say about Mariah: "After being through the ups and downs in her life, this real diva proved once again that she is the only artist who has great influence to the world. Her successful comeback set a very high achievement ... Her latest record, "The Emancipation of Mimi" surely became the best selling international album in China... proof that she is still the hottest international artist in our country."

    On the official Finnish sale charts, "Don't Forget About Us" debuts at #1. It's Mariah's first number 1 in the country in 11 years - "Without You" and "Music Box" were both #1 back in 1994. The track is receiving high rotation on radio airplay. This is quite suprising seems as "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" both failed to chart. "Get Your Number" went top 3 however. Unfortunately, "The Emancipation of Mimi" failed to chart in the top 40.

    On the German year-end charts, "We Belong Together" is #92 on the Top 100 Singles chart and "The Emancipation of Mimi" at #79 on Top 100 Albums.

    "Get Your Number" drops seven spots to #38 in its 7th week on the official Greek IFPI singles chart.

    "We Belong Together" was the Most Played and Requested Song for 2005 on Guyana radio station 98.1.

    In week four, "Don’t Forget About Us" rockets six places to #25 on the official Irish singles chart. "The Emancipation of Mimi" slips three to #63 & "The Greatest Hits" down twelve places falls off the albums chart.

    New Zealand
    From The Recording Industry Association of New Zealand, here are Mariah's 2005 chart performances:
  • "It's Like That" charted for 11 weeks, peaked at #21
  • "We Belong Together" charted for 12 weeks, peaked at #2 and certified Gold
  • "Shake It Off" charted for 12 weeks and peaked at #5.
  • "The Emancipation of Mimi" charted for 23 weeks, peaked at #12 and certified Platinum.

    --Mariah Carey's live performance of "We Belong Together" at the MTV Movie Awards got the #1 spot for MTV Philippine's year-end countdown of the Top 20 Live Performances of 2005.

    --On MTV Diyes, "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off" places at #2 and #3 on MTV Diyes' Top 10 Most Popular Videos of 2005. "We Belong Together" entered the weekly countdown in early 2005 at #1 and stayed there for seven weeks. Mariah, meanwhile, ranked at #4 on MTV's Top Newsmakers of 2005. "We Belong Together" also got the #4 spot on MYX Hit Chart's year-end countdown. MYX is the rival music channel of MTV in the country.

    --Philippine radio year-end countdowns:
  • Magic 89.9 FM: "It's Like That" was at #1, "We Belong Together" at #5 and "Shake It Off" came in at #17!
  • RX 93.1: "We Belong Together" was #1, "Shake It Off" at 8 and "It's Like That" #22. Mariah was also named Artist of the Year.
  • 97.1 LSFM: "We Belong Together" was #4

    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" was certified triple platinum for 90,000 shipped units.

    --Mariah continues her winning streak as she bagged four of her five nominations in Magic 89.9's Year-End Awards Special. Mariah won Best R&B Song (for "It's like that"), Comeback Artist of the Year, Best Female Artist, and Album of the Year (for "The Emancipation of Mimi.") Mariah lost the Romantic Song of the Year to Pussy Cat Doll's "Stikwitu." Magic 89.9 is the most listened to radio station in the country.

    "Get Your Number" drops four places to #8 on MTV Europa Top 20 and places at #11 on the Best Music video countdowns. "We Belong Together" ranked at #43 on the Europa Plus Top 100 of 2005.

    --Cadena 100: After just 3 weeks on the radio station, "Get Your Number" falls completely out of the top 100 from its last week's position of #85. Please continue to request for the song by sending an e-mail to 100x100@cadena100.es and text to 5211 with the message "100 YourName YourProvince MARIAH CAREY".

    South Africa
    Mariah Carey was #1 on Metro FM year end charts! "It's Like That" which had a six-week run on top of the charts was declared the Song of the Year by the station, it was #1 on the year-end charts. "We Belong Together" came in at #5, "Stay the Night" at #27. In total Mariah had 3 songs in the top 30 in the station top 100 songs of 2005. The DJ commented what an incredible year Mariah had and can not just be written off. "Get your Number" is on heavy rotation on the station and hopefully will soon chart on the top 40.

    --"Get Your Number" drops fifteeen spots to #49 (peaked at #14) in its 8th week on the official Swiss singles chart.

    --Mariah's year-end chart positions in Switzerland:
  • Top 100 Albums
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" - #78, peaked at #9, 25 weeks on chart
  • Top 100 Singles:
    "It's Like That" - #96, peaked at #10, 18 weeks on chart
    "We Belong Together" - #57, peaked at #4, 13 weeks on chart

    --"We Belong Together" was #1 on Channal V Thailand Top 100 Video Countdown 2005 - the only video from a US artist in the Top 10! The video was #1 on the countdown for 6 weeks and stayed in the top 10 over 2 months.

    --According to Universal Thailand, "The Emancipation of Mimi" passed 40,000 copies last year and it will be certified platinum soon. (Gold 20,000, Platinum 50,000)

    --"Don't Forget About Us" is now gaining impressions on many major radio stations which play international songs earlier last month following the release of her Ultra Platinum Edition in Thailand on December 20th. The commercial single is likely available next month.

    "Don't Forget About Us" drops two places to #32 on the official UK singles chart. "Greatest Hits" down twelve to #49 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" remains at #43 on the albums chart.

    --"Don't Forget About Us" was the #1 video on VH1 Top 20 Countdown! Continue to post your requests here! The video was #1 on BET's 106 & Park and #4 on MTV's TRL. Keep voting!

    MTV Europe
    "We Belong Together" was #5 on the MTV European Top 20 year-end countdown.

    MTV Asia
    "We Belong Together" was #10 on MTV Asia's Top 100 Videos of 2005.

    World Charts
    According to MediaTraffic, "Don't Forget About Us" plunges ten spots to #19 in its 7th week on the global track chart while "The Emancipation of Mimi" stays at #13 in its 39th week on the global albums chart.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahHispanoHablantes | Terrence | Louis | Joona | Kostas | Jun Robles | Luis | Adriana | Pedro | João | AiharA | KYLmi | George | Kirsty | Suraj | Woo | Edison | Malcolm | Ken-PMCF | Jevi | Carlo | John | Mariah Connection UK | Neo

    The Mirror UK: "Mariah Reborn" // 5:23 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    2001 - She is dropped by her record company, has a nervous breakdown and loses her lover. 2005 - She sells 7.5m albums, equals Elvis's 17 number 1s and gets a hot new boyfriend. by Caroline Hedley

    As comebacks go, it is nothing short of spectacular. The former queen of pop had hit rock bottom with a clang - humiliatingly dropped by her record label and hospitalised after a nervous breakdown. But in 2005, Mariah Carey emerged triumphant to reclaim her crown.

    Her current album, The Emancipation Of Mimi, sold 7.5 million copies, and with her latest single, Don't Forget About Us, she equalled Elvis Presley's record of 17 US No 1s - only The Beatles have had more.

    The pop diva, worth £173million, also made a memorable appearance at last summer's Live 8 extravaganza in London. And she capped off her remarkable year by welcoming in 2006 with an historic live performance in New York's Times Square.

    "It's been pretty incredible," says 35-year-old Mariah, pouring the first of several glasses of pink champagne, as she curls her legs underneath her on a worn blue sofa in her suite at London's posh Claridge's Hotel. "And the best thing about it is I've been successful by being me this time. Previously people have tried to control every aspect of my image and told me that I shouldn't sing this type of song and that I shouldn't dress too sexy. And you know what? I was right all along."

    It's a remarkable turnaround for Mariah, who got a £16million pay-off from EMI in 2002 because they wanted to release her from a contract signed just one year earlier. "I've learned now that I can't place too much importance on good reviews," she says. "Much as I'd like to read something nice and be like, 'OK, I've validated my existence', if someone writes something negative then I have to believe that. I have to stay oblivious, see some nice things and take in criticism when I think it's valid. That's the only way to keep a balance."

    Someone said to be helping Mariah achieve that balance in her personal life is male model Christian Monzon. They met during the filming of her Don't Forget About Us video, in which they writhe seminaked in a pool. Since then they have been spotted dining out near Mariah's home in Los Angeles.

    Yet romance is one area of her life that she is a little uncomfortable discussing. "Erm, how do we play this?" she says, averting her gaze and twirling a lock of hair around a French manicured finger. "OK, he's a very nice guy, he's been in a fabulous Dolce & Gabbana advert - did you see it? - and we've had some nice conversations and, um, a nice time. OK, I'll say he definitely did a very good job in the video."

    "Anyway men tend to go off me when they find out I'm a prude. They either turn into my big brother or else they stop talking to me. Luckily, I have a lot of male friends who have gone way, way past that whole sexual thing."

    She clearly feels on much safer territory recounting a night out with US rapper Cam'ron. "We're always hanging out but we really are just friends," she insists. "Anyway, he turned up at my apartment one night in his blue Lamborghini. My security guys were really worried about me going with him, so they were just figuring out a way to follow us when Cam took off at 150mph down the street. "They must have been freaking but we just took off, went out and had fun. I was like, 'You can't keep up with a Lamborghini! Goodbye!' I know they're only looking after my best interests, but the truth is I'm a free spirit."

    Her old classmates back at school in New York would agree with that. Mariah's nickname was Mirage because she hardly ever turned up to lessons. She left school at 16 and had a number of dead-end jobs before finally finding work as a backing singer.

    She met Tommy Mottola - then head of Sony Records - at a party in 1988 and handed him a demo tape. He was so impressed he signed her to Sony with an eight-album deal. He also left his wife and children for her. They got married in 1993 - when she was 23 and he was 44 - but got divorced five years later. These days Mariah won't even say his name.

    At the time, she was one of the biggest names in pop. Her 1990 debut album, Mariah Carey, sold five million copies and spawned four US No.1s. More albums followed, but after the breakdown of her marriage, cracks began to appear in her career.

    Sony seemed less interested in her and she signed an ill-advised record contract with EMI's Virgin Records. Meanwhile, in her personal life she got entangled in a series of messy relationships - including one with Eminem.

    Mariah hit rock bottom in July 2001. Bizarre, rambling messages on her website prompted speculation as to the state of her mental health. She wrote: "So basically, all I really wanna say is I don't know what's going on with life, and I hope all the fans are good, and I just want you to know I'm trying to understand things in life right now, and so I really don't feel that I should be doing music right now. What I'd like to do is take a little break, or at least get one night of sleep."

    DAYS later Mariah was in hospital, under psychiatric care, suffering an emotional and physical breakdown. The end of a romance with pop star Luis Miguel had, along with tough promotional rounds for her flop film Glitter and its accompanying album, proved the last straw for the fragile singer. Her spell in hospital was short, but her reputation suffered and her next album, 2002's Charmbracelet, fared poorly.

    Mariah's amazing comeback only began when she found a new manager and producer and signed with Island Records. Her incredibly successful The Emancipation Of Mimi album was the result.

    One thing she has learned from her past troubles is to take life easy. "I love my sleep," she says, "I'm so excited to get in bed, watch movies and eat. I joke that I require a bib 'cos I'm such a messy eater. At a restaurant people are looking at you so when I'm in private I eat like a two-yearold. I forget that I'm famous sometimes, so I'll be like, 'Why are those people staring at me?'"

    Her relaxation also includes days of complete "vocal rest", prescribed by her throat doctor to preserve her unique five-octave range. "For a few days before a performance I can't talk to anyone at all," she explains. "Friends will be like, 'Hey, we'll come over'. And I'll be like, 'No you don't understand. When I'm on vocal rest I don't do my hair, I'm in my pyjamas - I'm not ready to be seen!' And then they come over and I'm so tempted to talk. I end up writing notes to them and it's so tedious."

    IF one thing would make Mariah's life complete right now, it would be to finally move back into her lavish New York apartment, which was flooded last April. "It's been soooo many months," she groans. "I've been on radio stations saying, 'If you're a builder please hurry up and finish'. I plan to get a hot tub on my roof terrace. Hopefully next summer it'll be the place to hang out, although I'm worried that my dog, Jack, will miss the space he had to run about in in LA. I adore him, he's so much fun. I still take him for walks 'cos he won't go with a dog walker. Although last time he decided to relieve himself in front of all the paparazzi."

    As the Mirror revealed last year, Mariah is also planning a move to the UK. "I'm thinking of buying a hotel in London," she says. "It would have the best nail and hair place for the girls and a separate salon for the guys. And the lighting would be fantastic - everyone would look a billion dollars!" Suite dreams indeed.

    Source: The Mirror UK

    Friday, January 6 , 2006

    Mariah Announced As Golden Globes Presenter // 8:33 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah has been announced as a presenter at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards. She will join a list of celebrity presenters that includes Jessica Alba, Benjamin Bratt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Duhamel, Harrison Ford, Jamie Foxx, Evangeline Lilly, Tobey Maguire, Ian McShane, William Petersen, Natalie Portman, Hilary Swank, Emma Thompson, Maura Tierney, John Travolta, Denzel Washington.

    The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards will broadcast live from The Beverly Hilton Hotel Monday, January 16th, 8pm ET / 7pm CT on NBC.

    Source: NBC | Marc

    HQ Photos: More from Cipriani's NYE 2006 Party // 6:28 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Find our entire collection of pictures from this event in our Photos section!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah At Lunch With Liz Smith // 3:39 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey. The pop princess on her early success, the personal turmoil that almost brought her down, and her remarkable comeback. by Liz Smith

    Mariah Carey strides into the New York City restaurant Chin Chin, her honey-colored hair long and loose, her sun-kissed skin glowing. She has never looked better. Dangling earrings with multicolored stones hung from her ears, and dark blue jeans worn with a cream-colored blouse show off her curves. A huge grin lights up her face, and it rarely leaves throughout our meal.

    Certainly, she has plenty to smile about. Her latest album, The Emancipation of Mimi, has sold millions of copies; her hit single "We Belong Together" is her longest-running number one song. But success has been hard-won for Mariah. She was born to a black Venezuelan father and a white Irish-American mother, who divorced when Mariah was only three. Raised on Long Island, she grew up without much money but with a lot of determination: Inspired by her classically trained opera-singer mom, Mariah recorded her first demo when she was still a teen and, by 20, had a hit album. A string of chart-topping songs, from "Vision of Love" to "Emotions" to "I'll Be There," followed.

    Her personal life also got plenty of attention: At 23, she married the head of Sony Records, Tommy Mottola, 20 years her senior. But by the time Mariah was 30, her marriage had ended, and the split was made particularly messy by the fact that she was signed to Sony - and her new ex-husband was still her boss. Before long, Mariah switched record labels, but she was running out of steam. A well-publicized breakdown followed, with Mariah making headlines for her bizarre and erratic behavior. She ultimately was hospitalized for exhaustion. Emerging from the setback, a revitalized Mariah neither hang her head nor made excuses. Instead, she got back to work. Recently, she won four prestigious Vibe awards - including artist of the year and album of the year. Today, she's happy to talk about whatever crosses her mind - from marriage to dieting to her beloved dog, Jack.

    Liz Smith: First of all, I want to congratulate you on your new album. Did you feel vindicated when it became such a huge hit?
    Mariah Carey: I'm not sure I expected this much success. You know when it hits me? In my private moments, when there's not a million people asking me about how I feel about the album. Those are my jump-up-and-down moments, moments of prayer and thanks and gratitude. Because that's really how I feel: grateful, more than anything else.

    LS: After your last few albums didn't do as well as your previous ones, were you worried that maybe you'd lost your touch?
    MC: Well, I never gave up on myself. But I know that every now and then, everybody has to be a fall guy. I think maybe it's necessary to take that fall, because it's just not real to have a life with just peaks and no valleys.

    LS: You did have a lot of harsh criticism over the past few years. Did you ever say "I just can't win"?
    MC: Never. That attitude will get you nowhere. I have always had an abundance of faith, and if I were to allow myself to listen to the naysayers, I wouldn't have ever made a record. Since I was a little girl, you know, I've had teachers telling me my dreams were silly or other people telling me I'd never make it, and I never let them discourage me. I feel like my whole life has been a series of obstacles but that I've learned more about life each time I've overcome an obstacle.

    LS: Of course, you had a much-publicized breakdown a few years ago. Do you feel that came from pushing yourself too hard?
    MC: Yes. It was pressure. It was exhaustion. I had never learned how to say no, because I started out so young in this business. I grew up without any money, and I grew up feeling so different from everyone else because of interracial background. So then when I became famous, and everyone was wanting a piece of me, I didn't know how to say no - I just wanted to belong and make everyone happy, but it was too much to handle.

    LS: Do you consider yourself a workaholic?
    MC: Yeah, I definitely do. But, you know, I don't consider singing and being in the studio to be work because I could be doing something I hate for a living. So I feel like I'm really blessed. Believe me, I've had jobs where I didn't want to be there. I worked at a bar, and everyone hated me because I was 17 years old and I wasn't allowed to serve liquor, but I also was completely unable to figure out the register. That's how bad at math I am: I couldn't even work the register which is really pathetic because my father was an aeronautical engineer!

    LS: Well, luckily, you've found something that you're really great at. But, you know, I don't think many people realize that you're a songwriter as well as a singer.
    MC: Yeah, a lot of people downplay the fact that I'm a songwriter. I feel like if people don't see you with a piano infront of you or strumming a guitar or a banjo, they just look at you like you're a diva. But I'm singing songs that I wrote, and the lyrics mean a lot to me. I write about things that are really personal, reflections of whatever was going on at the time.

    LS: Although your first major film, Glitter, didn't do well, would you consider acting again?
    MC: Oh, definitely. I actually did one other film, called Wisegirls, after Glitter, which was well received. But it was eclipsed by the nightmare of the first experience. But I definitely am going to act again, and I have gotten offers.

    LS: Well, you're certainly a big enough celebrity to become a movie star. Every time I open a magazine, I see your picture.
    MC: There are probably some very ugly ones in there. Somehow, I can't get them to take my picture only when I look good!

    LS: You've always been voluptuous. But now there's this trend toward girls who look almost anorexic.
    MC: Right. I know.

    LS: Do you feel pressured to try to look like them? Do you feel you have to diet all the time?
    MC: No, not really. But I do diet. I just don't go crazy. Like, when I have time off, I'll just spend hours swimming in the ocean. And I like water aerobics because it doesn't feel quite as abusive as actually working out. I have a trainer who travels with me. She's fabulous, but she weighs two pounds soaking wet, so I guess that's inspiration. The thing is, I am muscular, and so if I put on weight, you see the gain, but if I take off weight, then you see the muscle tone. It's not like, if I lose weight, I suddenly look skinny. Genetically, I'm not a skinny person. I'm a big girl.

    LS: And you look great. Now, obviously, you had a very high-profile marriage, and the end of that marriage wasn't very pleasant. Did it scare you off getting married again?
    MC: I always said when I was little that I was never going to get married because my parents got divorced, and that made me pretty gun-shy. But them when I grew up, I was always the girl who didn't understand why people would live together. I'd always say "Well, if they're living together, why don't they just get married?" I'm actually sort of a prude like that, I guess. But I wouldn't marry anyone unless I was sure I could start a family with that person. I mean, to me, if you're going to get married, it's about having kids. Still, I worry sometimes about having kids when you're really famous, because the kids aren't asking to be brought into this world as famous people.

    LS: It's hard on them.
    MC: Exactly. There are a lot of things from my childhood that have made me think, "I wish my parents would have considered this a little bit more when they decided to have an interracial marriage" or "I wish this could have been done differently." I'm not complaining. I'm thankful I'm here. I'm just saying that if I can, I would want to give my kids the best chance at feeling like they belong in this world and they're accepted and not different or strange. But I think I'd be a good mom. Jack, my dog, thinks I'm a good mother! [Laughs]

    LS: Are you looking to find a new relationship now? And would you date someone in the business?
    MC: Well, I just feel a lot of these celebrity pairings are a little weird. And then people get obsessed with these couples, and there's no chance for anything to be normal.

    LS: What sort of qualities are you looking for in a man?
    MC: My favorite thing is a sense of humor. I really require that because you have to be able to laugh at this whole celebrity world. I can laugh about it now. I do. That's why I need somebody who can keep up with me.

    LS: Where do you see yourself ten years from now? Or do you just live day to day?
    MC: I go minute to minute. I can't predict the next ten minutes, let alone the next ten years! I just hope I have a good time.

    - Good Housekeeping, February 2006


    Source: Good Housekeeping | Scans & Text: Mariah Daily

    Thursday, January 5 , 2006

    Mariah's NYE Dress Designer Speaks Up // 8:26 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah's New Year's dress was the 'Beauty Statement' feature on last night's Access Hollywood.

    Mariah's dress, a sexy cleavage-baring mini had all eyes popping and some bracing for a fashion bust. Mark Bouwer, who designed Mariah's New Year's Eve dress assured, "The whole outfit was so constructed to her proportions that there's absolutely no chance for a wardrobe malfunction."

    Mariah's look was inspired by Marilyn Monroe and Bouwer used thousands of crystals to give it that movie superstar shimmer. Bouwer also designed Mariah's post-midnight dress. "There's a lot of draping and ruching which accentuate the female form."

    Click here to download this special segment of Access Hollywood.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Tops All Hip Hop's Review of 2005 // 8:06 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah received top honors in All Hip Hop's "2005: The Alternative Year In Review" in the following categories:

    Best R&B Artist
    Mariah Carey - Mariah showed us her fire in 2005, a whopping 15 years after her solo debut album dropped. Not only did she come with pure heat on her songs and videos, at 35-years-old she looks better than ever and still sounds like an angel. The beauty of Mariah’s success this time around is that she didn’t have to say much to prove her point – she just did the damn thing.

    Best R&B Album
    Mariah Carey The Emancipation of Mimi (Island) - It’s okay to admit you giggled when you heard the title. Who was Mimi, and what was the emancipation all about? Despite the initial raised eyebrows, Mariah came through with a collection of classic R&B songs that made even the harshest of critics swoon, and gave fans that raw soul that we loved her for from day one.

    R&B Single of the Year
    Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" (Island) – Once again, Mariah’s magic touch grabbed at the heartstrings of listeners around the world with her 16th Number One career single. Written and produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Manuel Seal, and Johnta Austin.

    The Number One Spot – Slow Jam
    Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" (Island)

    Don't Call It A Comeback
    Mariah Carey

    Mariah's "Shake It Off" music video was also one of All Hip Hop's top 5 choices for Alternative Video of the Year, however, R. Kelly's "Trapped In The Closet" took the #1 spot.

    Source: All Hip Hop

    New York Times' Review of 2005: "Pop Comfort Over Ambition" // 7:50 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Jon Pareles, music critic of The New York Times declares 2005 "a year for unheroic, unambitious pop with little more to say than 'Play me on the radio.'"

    "Voting with its dollars, the public ignored the esoteric favorites championed by critics and went for music that offered a little comfort and dance beats. Entertainment, not ambition, was the priority," he further states.

    Below are excerpts from his review that mention Mariah.

    "The best-selling album released last year was Mariah Carey's "Emancipation of Mimi," which shuns eccentricities to offer radio-ready R&B songs about hooking up, breaking up and making up. In the last weeks of December, its sales edged out the routine gangsta rap of 50 Cent's "Massacre," which substitutes belligerence for romance but is no less circumscribed.

    ...it's astonishing that Ms. Carey or 50 Cent could each garner nearly five million album buyers in the first place. Pop stardom has always been about more than the songs; it's also an alchemy of longing for the star, identification with what the songs say, and the knowledge that thousands or millions of people feel the same way. Ms. Carey and 50 Cent are more eager to please than to inspire; their respective fans can take home neatly circumscribed, high-concept fantasies of romance or machismo."

    Read the full review here.

    Meanwhile, here are the top-selling albums of 2005 as tabulated by Nielsen SoundScan:
      (in millions)
    1. Mariah Carey, "The Emancipation of Mimi" - 4.97
    2. 50 Cent, "The Massacre" - 4.85
    3. Kelly Clarkson, "Breakaway" - 3.5
    4. Green Day, "American Idiot" - 3.4
    5. Black Eyed Peas, "Monkey Business" - 3
    6. Coldplay, "X&Y" - 2.6
    7. Rascal Flatts, "Feels Like Today" - 2.5
    8. Gwen Stefani, "Love.Angel.Music.Baby." - 2.5
    9. Kanye West, "Late Registration" - 2.4
    10. The Game, "The Documentary" - 2.3
    The albums by Kelly Clarkson, Green Day, Rascal Flatts and Gwen Stefani were released in 2004.

    Source: The New York Times

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: January 14, 2006) // 7:52 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date January 14, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ?5
    Billboard 200: #8 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #7 (Last Week #6)
    Sales this week: 102,417 (-65%)
    Total Sales: 4,968,606

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #7 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Pop 100: #10 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #24 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #2 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #3 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #15 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Radio Edit): #13 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #3 (Last Week #1)
    Sales this week: 82,318 (+66%)
    Total sales: 177,419

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #42 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #27 (Last Week #29)
    Billboard Pop 100: #37 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #27 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #24 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #23 (Last Week #22)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #13 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #79 (Last Week #87)
    Sales this week: 24,264 (+194%)
    Total sales: 364,538

    We Belong Together ?3

    Billboard Hot 100: #37 (Last Week #44)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #28 (Last Week #38)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #38 (Last Week #41)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #35 (Last Week #41)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #12 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #18 (Last Week #22)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #58 (Last Week #70)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #49 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #4 (Debut)
    Sales this week: 29,201 (+202%)
    Total sales: 698,266

    So Lonely
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #3 (Last Week #4)

    Mariah Carey, Greatest Hits?
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #9 (Last Week #10)

    Merry Christmas?5
    Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #22 (Last Week #13)

    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #85 (Last Week #12)
    Sales this week: 22,508 (-34%)
    Total Sales:302,863

  • "We Belong Together" rockets back to #28 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and is this week's Greatest Gainer / Airplay on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Mariah has three top 30 hits in the Hot 100 Airplay chart:

    Position / Song / Impressions (Change from Last Week)
    1. Don't Forget About Us: 136.16 (-3.3)
    2. Chris Brown - Run It: 132.09 (-4.7)
    28. We Belong Together: 37.8 (+10.5)
    29. Shake It Off

    Total audience impression are in millions, as well as the change from last week.
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    Source: Ritcher | Andere | bks

    Wednesday, January 4 , 2006

    Mariah's Up, So Where's Tommy? // 11:12 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Is the infamous, legendary, reviled, beloved, scorned and sometimes scary Tommy Mottola officially retired from the music business? Maybe not yet, but consider all of this:

    His celebrated ex-wife, Mariah Carey, is in the middle of her biggest success. Her “Emancipation of Mimi” album has eight Grammy nominations and is just about to cross the 5 million copy mark. It’s also yielded two huge hits, “We Belong Together” and “Don’t Forget About Us,” and propelled Carey back to superstar status, from which she will not likely fall again.

    All of this makes us wonder: What the heck ever happened to Mariah’s ex, her guru, the man who thinks he discovered her and made her a star?

    You do recall Mottola getting the heave-ho from Sony Music exactly two years ago this week, after 14 years of ruthless behavior re-creating and then running an empire. He got a major gig with Universal Music six months later, in July 2003.

    Mottola, according to friends, is spending most of his time now in Aspen with third wife, Thalia Sodi, long billed as a Mexican soap opera actress. Thalia remains mostly unknown in the United States except for a clothing line at K-Mart.

    “It must be driving him crazy that Mariah’s having so much success,” says a source. “After all, in the past he tried to kill her albums. But this one he couldn’t do anything about.”

    The album he had a hand in destroying was “Glitter,” which was released on EMI after Mottola allegedly pilfered music and ideas from it and gave them to Jennifer Lopez to release earlier.

    But Mariah is now with Universal, which means that no matter how much Mottola would like to see her fail, undermining the album would have meant undercutting himself at the same time. Doug Morris, it’s pointed out, wouldn’t have liked that. And right now, Morris is Mottola’s last link to his beloved record business.

    Read the article in its entirety here.

    Source: Fox News

    New Voice Message from Mariah! // 10:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Head over to Mariah's Official Site for a brand new voice message Mariah left for her fans.

    Happy New Year! Hi Lambs! We just wanted to call and say Happy New Year and thank you for an incredible 2005 and this year... what Jasmine? (We miss you, we love you. It's 2006 and we are in Anguilla!). Yes we are, dahling. We have a special guest here who just wants to say a few words real quickly. (Happy New Year to all the lambs in the land.) But also, where's our other guest that was here before? Where did he go? (Move over here and say something.) I love you guys. I'm looking forward to 2006 and having an amazing year. Thank you so much for everything. Alright, I hope you guys all had a wonderful Christmas and had a very festive New Year. We were ringing it in, hope you were watching it. It was so festive at Times Square. Everybody out there, we enjoyed you. It was really nice. Oh my goodness, now it's getting out of control dah... (line cuts off)

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Mariah Daily | Becky

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 8:38 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #8 (Last Week #6)
    Sales this week: 102,417 (-65%)
    Total sales: 4,968,606

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #15 (Last Week #2)
    Sales this week: 82,318 (+66%)
    Total sales: 177,419

  • We Belong Together
    Hot Digital Songs: #58 (Last Week #70)
    Sales this week: 29,201 (+202%)
    Total sales: 698,266

  • Shake It Off
    Hot Digital Songs: #79 (Last Week #87)
    Sales this week: 24,264 (+194%)
    Total sales: 364,538

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Hot Digital Songs: #85 (Last Week #12)
    Sales this week: 22,508 (-34%)
    Total sales: 302,863

    Note: Due to the huge growth in digital downloads in the week after Christmas, the Billboard Hot 100 chart which is affected by downloads is likely to see a big change this week. "Don't Forget About Us" will most likely lose its #1 spot to one of the songs that received more downloads. Official Billboard Hot 100 positions will be revealed tonight.
  • ______________________________________________________________

    Source: Andere | bks

    Download: Mariah's Interviews with ET and The Insider // 4:26 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Mariah Carey rang in the new year loaded down with a bundle of Grammy nominations and ET is counting down the music's biggest night with a Mimi exclusive. The Insider's Paula Froelich is in our Times Square studio with that and Paula, 2005 - what a year for Mariah!

    Paula: There's no denying it Mary and I got to sit down with the diva who was brutally honest about her success and her struggles. This is the interview of the year... so far at least.
    Mariah: It's all about timing. It's like when I did "The Emancipation of Mimi," now it'd have these Grammy nominations, it's such an honor because it validates my work.

    Paula: 2005 could have been called '365 days of Mariah.' And before singing away the year in Times Square, Miss Carey let loose, touching on the good times and the bad, such as when she checked in to a hospital for exhaustion four years ago.
    Mariah: Actually, timing played a huge part of that - putting out a record on September 11th - not a good thing, and working your fingers to the bone. You know, a lot of the most difficult times in my life happened before I was famous.

    Paula: Mariah not famous? It's true. She even told me that early on she struggled to make ends meet by working in a restaurant as a coatcheck girl.
    Mariah: Actually, the people who like snuck and let me waitress... disastrous. Couldn't work the register and I would tell them the wrong name because I knew they won't be able to pronounce Mariah so I'd just say like Jane or something and then they'd be calling me, 'Ah Jane' and I'd be totally oblivious.

    Paula: Now everyone knows the name 'Mariah' so expect to hear it a lot at next month's Grammys and ET can break the news that the songstress won't just be in the audience.
    Mariah: I think I am performing at this year's Grammys.

    Paula: What are you gonna perform?
    Mariah: I don't know. (laughs) The typical thing to do would be "We Belong Together" but you know, you'll never know.

    Paula: So who are you gonna be performing that with?
    Mariah: Me. (laughs)

    [ Download Mariah's Interview with ET here! ]


    The countdown to the Grammys is officially on. Music's biggest night will rock CBS on February 8th. Paula Froelich here now with one of the biggest nominees.

    Paula: Well, I got to tell you I'm so proud of my girl Mariah. She is the hottest singer out there right now. But you know, it wasn't that long ago, she was facing a career crisis. Mariah talked to me about her incredible comeback and living through her darkest days.
    Mariah: We all have dark days.

    Paula: Carey, candid, opening up to me about her troubled past.
    Mariah: During the period of time that people think was my like, "Oh wow, she must have been so happy," this must have been like, yey-amazing-time-period-in-my-life. Career-wise, personally, it was a really not a good time, not a good place to be.

    Paula: Mariah quickly rose to fame more than fifteen years ago when she was only twenty years old. The New Yorker was married to the president of her record label, Tommy Mottola and in the five years with him, Mariah turned out seven albums.
    Mariah: That was growing up in a fabulous career but in a not-so-fabulous personal life/relationship, but it was rough.

    Paula: The pair divorced and over the next three years, Mariah would release only one album. Then in 2001, at the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York, Mariah reportedly had a nervous breakdown. She was hospitalized for exhaustion and the media attention became unrelenting.
    Mariah: Honestly, that whole like moment of the "breakdown" was so overly dramatized to the point where I would walk outside to feed my dog and there was like somebody in the bushes like taking a picture in my pajamas so people were like, "why is she in pajamas?"

    Paula: With that low point now behind her, Mariah's become the comeback kid. She just performed on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve and grabbed eight Grammy nominations.
    Mariah: It's such an honor because it validates my work.

    Paula: She's now tied with Elvis for the most number one hits. A year ago, you had these record executives who paid you millions to get off the label. What do you have to say to them now?
    Mariah: I don't think I have to say anything. I think the year speaks for itself as does the album and God bless them. I hope they're enjoying themselves.

    [ Download Mariah's Interview with The Insider here! ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Radio Heads Up With Carey // 1:06 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey, 50 Cent, Kelly Clarkson, Ciara and R&B/hip-hop were the biggest winners on radio last year.

    The final airplay statistics for 2005, compiled by Nielsen BDS and measuring total listeners hearing songs played by the nation's radio stations, show Carey's We Belong Together as the runaway song of the year. The lead single from The Emancipation of Mimi was No. 1 for 16 weeks during the year and reached 56% more listeners than runner-up Let Me Love You, by Mario, an eight-week chart-topper.

    Carey also had the No. 6 song of the year, Shake It Off. 50 Cent notched four songs in the top 20 (including a guest spot on The Game's How We Do), led by Candy Shop. Clarkson and Ciara each had three appearances in the top 20.

    Mariah Holds Together


    Source: USA Today

    Tuesday, January 3 , 2006

    Jolly Mariah // 2:06 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Hillary Duff seemed to have no sense of rhythm or time or that she was even on stage. And someone, please feed her!

    Duff was the physical opposite of Mariah Carey, who filled the screen during her live performance and hit lots of long, high notes with no assistance.

    Carey brings new meaning to the word "jolly." She really looked like she was having fun.

    It was weird that while her singers and dancers all wore winter coats, mufflers and leg warmers in the freezing night air, Carey was nearly naked and didn't seem to mind. Good for her. She should make this an annual event.

    It's easy to make fun of Mariah, but you must realize she is completely earnest about these things. Speaking with chipmunk-cheeked Ryan Seacrest later, Mariah was buoyant and articulate about being in Times Square.

    After what she's been through, it's amazing that's she still so optimistic. Good for her. She's having a great time now, and we might as well be, too.

    - Roger Friedman

    Source: Fox News

    Mariah Arrives In Anguilla // 1:33 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Jasmine's Juice
    By Jasmine Dotiwala
    January 3rd, 2006

    Happy New Year readers! Bonne Noelle!! As you read this column I am arriving in Anguilla with my Xmas family, courtesy of Mariah (my festive fairy godmother) - and her private jet. We have just spent all of Xmas in snowy, magical Aspen as usual, then on New Year’s Eve we were in NYC and now I’m catching some sunshine on my yellow skin.

    I’ll tell you all the exciting details next week when I’ve recovered from it all.

    Source: Jasmine's Juice

    Download: Mariah's NYE Interviews with Extra and Access Hollywood // 4:28 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Extra: Mariah wowed the crowd as she celebrated in Times Square telling Extra, "It was a great way to end an amazing 2005."
    Mariah: It's like I can't even say, "Wow! I don't believe it!" You know what I mean? Like, yes I talk about it and yes, I'm like, "Wow, this is incredible."

    Extra: Talk about incredible, Mariah rings in 2006 with eight, eight Grammy nominations, and another milestone, her 17th number one hit. So how will she top all that in the new year?
    Mariah: I'm gonna do the best I can with what I've got. Happy New Year's, Extra!

    [ Download Mariah's Interview with Extra here! ]


    Access Hollywood: What a nice thing to see there. That's how you cap a comeback. Mariah Carey begins her 2006 the way she ended her 2005 - on top of the world.

    In true Mariah fashion, she rose from a hole in a makeshift stage to greet the sea of people in Times Square. But was ABC ready for her party dress? Of course! Flanked in what looked like a fluffy snowball wrap, the cameras cut away to the crowd when she revealed her cleavage-bearing micro mini.

    Mariah told us just before her history-making performance, she wasn't thinking of ABC's censors but the weather.

    Mariah: If it snows tonight, what does that mean to my shoes, my hair, and the whole thing? Dress I'm not worried about.

    Access Hollywood: A casualty of live TV, we missed that liplock between Ryan Seacrest and Mariah.
    Mariah: We could say 'the year of Mimi' if we like.

    Access Hollywood: Mariah sent out 2005 with a bang. She was nominated for eight Grammys, had the top-selling album of the year, and had another number one single - her 17th, tying only Elvis with that honor.
    Mariah: When the number one happened, the 17th number one was just last week, it was right when I was leaving for my Christmas vacation and my friends threw me a sexy 17 party.

    Access Hollywood: Then it was off to that vacation in Aspen.
    Mariah: I went on a sleigh ride. We couldn’t go tubing this year. I was very upset. I’m gonna have to buy some land or something where there’s a hill so I can go sledding down the hill 'cause I’m eternally eight years old."

    [ Download Mariah's Interview with Access Hollywood here! ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 2:53 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    News Tidbits
    --"We Belong Together" was #1 on BET's Top 100 video countdown of 2005! Mariah managed to enter four songs into the top 100:

    #62. Don't Forget About Us
    #53. It's Like That
    #26. Shake It Off
    #1. We Belong Together

    --Click here to read an article that discusses Mariah's relationship with her sister Alison. If you scroll down to the bottom, there is a short clip of Alison singing as well.

    --From the New York Times: At 1:35 a.m., Ms. Carey arrived (at Cipriani), or so our pal, Paula Froelich, who was doing television interviews for "Entertainment Tonight," had deduced. Ms. Carey's lighting person was there, Ms. Froelich said, in the manner of an astronomer trying to infer the presence of a planet by its influence on its moons. "She doesn't go anywhere without her lighting person," Ms. Froelich said.

    --Backstage at MTV's New Year's Eve show, Nelly gave props to a special guest who showed up later that night. "Mariah is one of the greatest voices of our time," Nelly told Teen People.

    --From the Los Angeles Daily News: Because the showbiz industry loves to first burn its own, then watch them rise like a phoenix out of the ashes, Mariah Carey will sweep the Grammys, winning all eight categories in which she's been nominated for her comeback CD, "The Emancipation of Mimi" - which is also the RIAA's biggest-selling album of 2005."

    --BallerStatus names Mariah its R&B Mover and Shaker of the Year: "After a few lackluster efforts to close out the decade, a highly-publicized emotional breakdown, and numerous disses from Eminem and his camp, Mariah Carey came back like Jordan wearing the 4-5 with her eighth LP, The Emancipation of Mimi. Equipped with Jermaine Dupri-laced club hits ("It's Like That," "Shake It Off"), high-class ballads ("We Belong Together"), and her trademark eight-octave range still intact, she showed listeners everywhere why she was the highest-selling female artist of the '90s."

    --Unconfirmed reports say that Mariah will be on the set of the French TV show, "Hit Machine" January 20, 2006 to tape an appearance for its upcoming episode.

    --In an interview with TMZ.com, Mary J. Blige was asked if she had any predictions for the upcoming Grammys. She said, "Mariah Carey is going clean up. She so deserves every wonderful thing that's happening to her."

    --Forty pictures from the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 have been added to our Photo Gallery. Be sure to check them out!

    Voting Polls
    --Billboard has a new poll which asks, "Of the 10 albums that sold the most and ranked at the top of The Billboard 200 for the 2005 chart year, which is your favorite?" Current results show Mariah in 3rd place with 14% of the total votes. Shania ("Greatest Hits") leads the pack with 34%, followed by Kelly Clarkson ("Breakaway") with 23%. Cast you vote now!

    --Here's another poll, Popdirt wants to know, "What was the biggest pop story of 2005?" Current standings show Madonna leading with 42% of the total votes, Mariah in 2nd place with 19%, and right behind is Britney Spears. Click here to vote for Mariah now!

    Fans' Corner
    --Here are more photos of Mariah at Cipriani's NYE 2006 party, personally taken by Gary.

    --The MariahHispanoHablantes message board is giving away two copies of the "The Emancipation of Mimi" Ultra Platinum Edition. Register with the forum and write a minimum of 5 messages that pertain to any given topic. The contest starts today and the winners will be announced at the end of the month.

    --Aziz from Kuwait and Danica from South Africa made these lovely wallpapers for everyone.

    Mariah Scans
    From recent issues of Jet, and New York Daily News; and from the December 2005 issue of Kuwait's Twist Magazine.


    Source: Mariah Daily | DeVante' | Jeremy | Heroes of Mariah | Gary | Terence | Priorwg1 | Aziz | Danica | Casey | Janel

    Monday, January 2 , 2006

    Bare Minimum // 6:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    It takes more than icy temperatures to keep Mariah Carey from wearing one of her beloved, barely there outfits. Before she returned to town for New Year's Eve, the songbird was in Aspen, where she took Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley on a sleigh ride. Talley, during a reading of his book, "ALT 365," at Aspen's Prada store on Thursday, recalled: "Mariah pulls up in a flimsy gold lamé gown that is as thin as tissue paper - and it's freezing out! All I could say was 'You do make an effort for your friends!' " Carey made sure to put on a full-length fur coat before she took off in the sleigh ride with Talley, however.

    Source: Page Six - New York Post | Rima

    Sunday, January 1 , 2006

    HQ Photos: Mariah Parties At Cipriani's NYE 2006 // 10:17 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah was the guest of honor at last night's NYE 2006 party at Cipriani's, New York City. Click on the thumbnails below to view high-quality pictures from the party.

    Thanks to Eline for sending us the above pictures. Also, here are additional ones taken personally by Aladerri. Thanks Aladerri!


    Source: Eline | Aladerri

    "Mariah Daily Idol" Christmas Contest // 8:01 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In mid-December 2005, Mariah Daily announced its 2nd Annual Mariah Daily Idol Christmas Contest in which Mariah fans were asked to take out their "Merry Christmas" CD and sing along to one of Mariah's tunes.

    With nearly 100 song entries received, the competition was narrowed down to fifteen semi-finalists. These fifteen contestants were screened by our select panel of judges and the best three among them were chosen. The three finalists were then presented on our site so our visitors could personally decide who the rightful winner would be.

    2,895 of those visitors voted and Neenah from Holland was officially proclaimed the Mariah Daily Idol for 2005! Neenah, with her heart-warming rendition of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" captured 1,381 votes, followed closely by Chris from the USA with 1,223, and Adrian, also from the USA, coming in at third with 291 votes. For her efforts, Neenah will receive an authographed Mariah CD and the limited 7-11 "Merry Christmas" CD! Congratulations Neenah!

    And for our Best Judge winner, we congratulate George Outten for a job well done! George will receive a copy of the limited 7-11 "Merry Christmas" EP and a "Don't Forget About Us" poster! Our sincerest thanks to all our judges for taking the time to screen the contestants.

    Congratulations again, singer Neenah and judge George, and for everyone else, be sure to keep checking back to MariahDaily.com for future contests!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    HQ Photos: Mariah on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 // 9:01 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Find more pictures in our Photo Gallery!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Download: Mariah Rings in the New Year at Times Square // 8:35 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Happy new year everybody! 2005 could not have ended in a better way than it did last night as Mariah took the stage at Times Square in New York City at 11:45 PM of December 31, 2005. Welcomed by Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest, Mariah performed a medley of her biggest 2005 hits:

    Intro (O.D.B in "Fantasy Remix")
    It's Like That
    Shake It Off
    We Belong Together (featuring Jadakiss and Styles P.)

    Click on the links below to see screen captures and download video files of Mariah's performance on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 on ABC and an interview, following the performance, with Vanessa Minnillo on MTV.

    [ Download Mariah's Times Square Performance Here! ]

    [ Download Mariah's Interview With MTV Here! ]

    Vanessa Minnillo, MTV: Everybody, we have a very special guest right now, I think if I may say so, you're the artist of 2005, going into 2006, Miss Mariah Carey!
    Mariah Carey: Oh, thank you darling, Happy new year!

    Vanessa: Unbelievable! You told me you lived in New York your whole life and you've never come to Times Square for new year's...
    Mariah: I'd never been to Times Square for new year's, this was the most festive, I mean, I'm very festive as you know, and this, just look at it - I mean, look at the sky, the confetti coming down...

    Vanessa: And you're like an angel here in white
    Mariah: And you're like an angel here as well

    Vanessa: Now listen, I wanna talk about you and your music. You have done amazing - your album has sold more than any other album in the year so you're technically the artist of 2005. How does that feel?
    Mariah: It's a blessing from God and I'm just thankful, I really am, that's all I can say. And I just really... also, my fans, are the world's greatest fans, I just have the most incredible fans, dedicated, and this year's been incredible and I'm looking forward to 2006!

    Vanessa: Well, let's talk about that, right now, I'm gonna brag a little bit more about Miss Carey over here, your song "Don't Forget About Us" ended 2005 as #1 on the Billboard charts, so technically, it was a great Christmas gift, and also technically it's a great new year's gift because you're going into the new year technically as the #1 artist on the Billboard charts, so what do you have planned in 2006?
    Mariah: Well, I have a lot of plans and schemes you see...

    Vanessa: Give us just a little bit
    Mariah: Well there's a lot of fun things coming up, we have the Grammys coming up which I'm sure you know is gonna be...
    Vanessa: 8 Nominations, congratulations!
    Mariah: Thank you so much, and I'm just trying to prepare like the performance, the whole thing but I must say that I'm living in the moment these days, and I just can't get past this moment, I'm just never gonna forget this and I wish like, the cameras could capture what this looks like (You can, look at the sky!) - you need to pan... look at that! Wooo!

    Vanessa: Unbelievable, and Mariah, we're in the middle of it all, I can't think of a better way. Thank you so much for stopping by, I'll see you later at the after party.
    Mariah: I'll see you come to my party!
    Vanessa: Happy new year! Right here I'd like to say, and I'll dawn you right now on MTV, artist of 05!
    Mariah: Happy 2006, we love you, happy new year!

    The rapper Nelly was interviewed on the MTV New Year's show. When he was asked what his favorite album of the year was, Nelly answered: "The Emancipation of Mimi".

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Diversity Marks Grammy-nominated Albums // 8:31 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    A comeback story, a living legend, an established frontwoman making her solo debut, the world's biggest rock band and an opinionated rapper recorded the projects that make up a diverse album-of-the-year slate for the 2006 Grammy Awards.

    The nominees are largely music industry veterans, though their styles could not be more different.

    Mariah Carey's blend of pop and R&B is competing with Paul McCartney's songwriting prowess, Gwen Stefani's dance-oriented solo foray and U2's rock anthems, while Kanye West offers up fresh, socially conscious rap.

    Here is a rundown of each nominated album and its success on the Billboard charts.

  • "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah Carey: Carey's eighth studio album is her best-selling since 1995's "Daydream," which has sold 7.5 million copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. "Mimi" has sold 4.4 million copies in the United States since its April release, and Island Def Jam reports total worldwide sales of more than 7 million units. The project debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 404,000 units. It stayed at No. 1 for two weeks.

    Carey co-wrote the project's 14 tracks -- including hit single "We Belong Together" -- co-produced most of the tunes and was executive producer of the album with Island Def Jam Music Group chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid. The album emphasizes her octave-defying vocal talents through collaborations with Jermaine Dupri, the Neptunes, Snoop Dogg and fellow nominee West.

    "This is a comeback if you want to be technical about it," Carey told Billboard in November, "because it's an album of songs that have come from my heart that I didn't have to battle the record company about. It was like, 'We support you as an artist.'"

  • "Chaos and Creation in the Backyard," Paul McCartney: McCartney's 20th post-Beatles album and his first studio set in four years in many ways marks a return to form. The Capitol Records project, which has scanned 377,000 units, features the artist playing multiple instruments -- the first time he has done so since 1980's "McCartney II." The album also includes some of his most critically acclaimed songs in years, such as "Fine Line." The artist won a Grammy in this category in 1967 as a member of the Beatles for "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." "Chaos" peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 when it was released in September.

  • "Love. Angel. Music. Baby.," Gwen Stefani: The '80s-inspired dance album from Stefani -- her first as a solo artist -- includes collaborations with Dr. Dre and Eve, the Neptunes, OutKast's Andre 3000, Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal. The Interscope project has scanned 3.3 million units since its November 2004 release and reached No. 5 on the Billboard 200 thanks to a slew of hits including "What You Waiting For?," "Rich Girl" and "Hollaback Girl."

    Click here for the rest of the nominated albums.
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    Source: Reuters

    A New Year, A New Design! // 4:57 AM EST Updated by Matt

    As you may have noticed, Mariah Daily has launched it's new design! We have chosen January 1, 2006 as the launch date of the new design in conjunction with the beginning of a new year. 2005 was arguably Mariah's most successful year to date and will always be valued by the fans. Here's to 2006 being equally fortunate!

    We'd like to thank Matt from Nuage9 for the new design, and we hope you all enjoy our new look! Feel free to email us with any bugs we may have missed, and we thank you for your patience as we work them out in the coming days.

    Source: Mariah Daily