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IMPORTANT EVENTS

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

Spring 2007
Exclusive perfume release

Fall 2007
New album release


TV APPEARANCES

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


MAGAZINE STAND

March 2007
Playboy Magazine (cover).


POLLING BOOTH

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
3. Hearing her southern accent!
4. Mariah playing guitar in the film


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NEWS ARCHIVES


Saturday, December 31 , 2005

For Fans Outside the US: Watch Mariah's Performance at Times Square! // 7:53 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Get a live view of Mariah's performance at The Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 in New York's Times Square by logging on to Earthcam.com! The show will start promptly at 11:35pm ET. Don't miss it!

Also, a local TV station in New York City, NY1, is broadcasting what's going on at Times Square starting at 11pm EST, and their website has real-time audio stream of whatever they are airing on TV. Listen live by logging on to NY1.com and clicking on "NY1 Live Audio Stream!"

Happy New Year everyone!!!
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Source: Mariah Daily

Download: EXTRA Declares 2005 'The Year of Mariah' // 10:45 AM EST Updated by Lynn


Click here to download a special segment on last night's EXTRA in which Mariah's very successful 2005 was recapped. In this segment, Extra featured a pretaped interview they had with Mariah from the "Grammy SoundChecks" event back in November 2005.

Transcript:
Extra: Nobody is sadder to say goodbye to 2005 than Mariah Carey. The pop icon took her career to a whole new level this past year and 2006 isn't looking too bad either.

... And just like that, 2005 was the year of Mariah. Her chart-topping album "The Emancipation of Mimi" has so far sold more than 4 million copies and picked up 8 Grammy nominations.

Mariah: You know what, I'm just so thankful for what this album has done and really because I feel like it is kind of the first time that my voice, almost meaning my inner voice, has been able to be fully heard.

Extra: And Extra was there as Mariah gave back, making holiday dreams come true for a group of lucky music students, treating them to a private rehearsal and a special Q&A session.

Footage of Mariah from the rehearsal is shown and answering a question in the Q&A session, saying "whispering is actually worse for your voice."

All part of the recording academy's Grammy Soundchecks program for kids.

Mariah: Being here with the kids today was a great experience.

Extra: Mariah's young fans were also clued in on her recipe for success on 05. First up, power house manager Benny Medina, the same guy who helped launch the careers of Jennifer Lopez and Will Smith.

Benny Medina: I have learned, after so many years in this business, always bet on talent.

Extra: Then, there's Mariah's 2005 collection of red hot music videos.

Mariah: It's been my most fun video making, with the exception of "Heartbreaker." That was fun.

Extra: You see, Mariah got a little help from Jerry O'Connell in the video for her 1999 hit "Heartbreaker."

This year, she attracted the likes of Chris Tucker, Eric Roberts and Prison Break's overnight sensation Wentworth Miller.

Mariah: I feel grateful that they're in my video, you know what I mean? To me, I was honored that Eric Roberts was in my video. He's an incredible actor.

Extra: Then of course, there's the music. Songs Mariah describes as her most personal to date.

Mariah: This particular record ("Don't Forget About Us"), there's something different because I think that there's something raw and emotional that people connected to.

Extra: So the question is, what does 2006 have in store for Mariah? Maybe a movie! Rumor has it one is already in the works but Mariah's keeping it tight-lipped.

Mariah: One of the things I learned from past experiences is to button your lip till it's all ready and everything's right.

Extra: Spoken like a true diva.
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Source: Mariah Daily

Grammy's "Record of the Year" Race A Close Call // 5:49 AM EST Updated by Lynn

This year's Grammy Award nominees for record of the year collectively have logged 28 weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. Of the five contenders, Mariah Carey had the biggest success - her smash ballad "We Belong Together" spent 14 weeks ruling the chart, more than any other single in 2005.

To take home an award, she will have to beat out four acts with top 20 hits. Kanye West, Green Day and Gwen Stefani have all won at least one Grammy in the past, and Gorillaz will try for its first award.

Here is a closer look at the nominees.

  • "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey: The first single from Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" became her 16th song to hit No. 1 on the Hot 100. It was her first No. 1 since 2000, when "Thank God I Found You" featuring Joe and 98 reached the summit.

    Carey told Billboard she had an early sense this song would stand out: "I had the chills. I had a great feeling about it when we finished writing the song, and I was flying back from Atlanta at some crazy hour of the morning ... But we were listening on the plane ride on the way home, and even from the demo, I really felt something special."

  • "Gold Digger," Kanye West: As the second single from West's "Late Registration," "Gold Digger" quelled any fears of West hitting a sophomore slump. The song was the closest challenger to "We Belong Together" for pure chart dominance, as it spent 10 weeks atop the Hot 100. The single gave West his second No. 1 on that chart, and, like his 2004 hit with Twista, "Slow Jamz," it features a cameo from Jamie Foxx.

  • "Boulevard of Broken Dreams," Green Day: This is the second single from Green Day's "American Idiot" to earn a record of the year nomination. "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 in March, giving the act its first top 10 hit on the chart. Additionally, it spent 16 weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Modern Rock chart.

  • "Hollaback Girl," Gwen Stefani: A song that was inescapable all summer, "Hollaback Girl" arrived on the Hot 100 at No. 82 in April and hit No. 1 six weeks later. The cut then spent four weeks at the top.

  • "Feel Good Inc.," Gorillaz: The first Gorillaz cut to make the Hot 100 is the act's second to be nominated for a Grammy. The song peaked at No. 14 on the singles tally, and was No. 1 for eight weeks on the Modern Rock chart.
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    Source: Reuters

    Mariah Scans // 2:19 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of this week's (January 9, 2006) issues of People, In Touch, Us, and Star magazines.

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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Friday, December 30 , 2005

    Photos: Mariah's Times Square Stage // 8:44 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Workmen assemble a stage for singer Mariah Carey, December 30, 2005 near the MTV studios in New York's Times Square as preparations are underway for the annual New Year's Eve celebration.



    In related news...
    Battle of the Celebrity NYE Parties (TMZ)
    While millions of people watch New Year's Eve celebrations on TV, an intriguing competition will be going on behind the scenes, as many celebrities battle it out to have the hottest New Year's Eve party of the year.

    Mariah Carey vs. Maroon 5's Adam Levine - New York City has the world famous Times Square ball drop, and now the Big Apple hosts a showdown between two music stars with competing par-tays. Carey will throw a bash at Cipriani in midtown Manhattan, with ticket prices starting at $200. The party will be hosted by the ubiquitous Ryan Seacrest; he and Carey will presumably head to the event after they appear on ABC's New Year's Eve telecast. (Cipriani says that Carey and Seacrest will show up at the blowout around 3 AM) Meanwhile, Maroon 5 lead singer Adam Levine, who will be on MTV's New Year's Eve show, will host his own party at the luxurious Skylight Studios in the Village, complete with outdoor swimming pool, with a minimum $150 admission price.

    TMZ's winner pick: No contest. Carey's party will be the biggest celebrity magnet in the Big Apple.
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    Source: Getty Images | Brian

    News Tidbits // 2:57 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --EXTRA Declares '05 the Year of Mariah! Tune in to Extra tonight at 7:00pm on NBC to catch their special segment on Mimi!

    --From Entertainment Weekly's 10 best music videos of 2005:

    #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.

    --From The Chicago Tribune's "Runners-up" list of Best of 2005:

    #3: Mariah's the comeback story of '05
    Mariah Carey's career seemed beyond salvage after "Glitter" and "Charmbracelet" bombed and she reportedly had a breakdown. That all changed with the April release of "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    With some help from hot producers like Kanye West and Jermaine Dupri, it's almost like we're back in Mariah's "Vision of Love" glory days. Her hit single "We Belong Together" ruled the charts in the summer, holding the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks.

    "Emancipation" was the best selling album of the year, with 4.8 million units sold, according to Soundscan. It scored eight Grammy nods, and her latest single from the album, "Don't Forget About Us," marked her 17th No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

    --Contact Music reports:

    Carey Wants To Snowboard In 2006
    Mariah Carey is determined to learn to snowboard, and has decided to make it her new year's resolution.

    The superstar singer admits she's always been too lazy and has wasted winter holidays in ski resorts because she can't get out of bed on time.

    Carey confesses, "This year, I'm going to try snowboarding. For the past six years, I've been trying to learn, but it just isn't happening. I like to sleep until 3pm when I'm on my holidays, and the ski lift closes at 4pm. So I usually get dressed up in a festive ensemble - either a Chanel, Dior or Lagerfeld outfit - and then I go shopping."

    --AllHipHop.com mentions Mariah twice:

    1995: A Hip-Hop Retrospective
    One phenomenon in 1995 that spurred rap sales was that rappers and R&B artists combined forces with rap verses on nearly all successful R&B singles. Two big collaborations were Method Man and Mary J. Blige's "You're All I Need to Get By," and Ol' Dirty Bastard and Mariah Carey's "Fantasy" remix. Today, Meth and Mary are seasoned vets with families and newfound perspectives on life. O.D.B. is now deceased, and post-nervous breakdown Mariah was the comeback queen of 2005.

    Good Fast Gifts For Christmas
    #10. "The Emancipation of Mimi - Ultra Platinum Edition," Mariah Carey ($19.95): The pop singer hit her high notes on this disc, which marked her comeback and earned eight Grammy nominations. This deluxe CD-DVD edition includes four tracks not heard on the original release and four videos. At record stores.
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    Source: Casey | Jorge | MariahCarey.com

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: January 7, 2006) // 2:42 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date January 7, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi5
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #6 (Last Week #5)
    Sales this week: 290,048 (+52%)
    Total Sales: 4,866,189

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Pop 100: #3 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #25 (Last Week #31)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #3 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #4 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #1 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales: #21 (Last Week #26)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Radio Edit): #2 (Last Week #2)
    Sales this week: 49,673 (+27%)
    Total sales: 95,101

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #42 (Last Week #41)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #29 (Last Week #30)
    Billboard Pop 100: #33 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #28 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #23 (Last Week #29)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #22 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #14 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #87 (Last Week #101)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #29 (Last Week #27)
    Sales this week: 8,251 (+46%)
    Total sales: 340,274

    We Belong Together3
    Billboard Hot 100: #44 (Last Week #50)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #38 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #41 (Last Week #39)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #41 (Last Week #39)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #11 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #22 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #70 (Last Week #93)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #14 (Last Week #20)
    Sales this week: 9,675 (+64%)
    Total sales: 669,065

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100: #89 (Last Week #89)
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #14 (Last Week #16)
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #4 (Last Week #7)

    Merry Christmas5
    Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #13 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Top Digital Albums: #14 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums: #16 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #143 (Last Week #96)

    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #12 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #9 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrent: #10 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents: #7 (Re-Entry)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #11 (Last Week #7)
    Sales this week: 34,240 (-8%)
    Total Sales: 280,355

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


    Thursday, December 29 , 2005

    News Tidbits // 4:03 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --Mariah is currently ranked at #1 on MSN's Top Searches!

    --Yahoo! Music countdowns the biggest premieres of 2005. "Shake It Off" came at #2:

    As Mariah or Mimi this is one super diva with the vocal abilities to back it up. “Shake It Off” is the number 2 top video premiere in Y! Music’s year end countdown.

    --The 'Chopped and Screwed' version of Twista's album "The Day After" was remixed by Paul Wall and re-released last month. Click here to listen to a 30-clip preview (from Amazon) of the remixed version of "So Lonely."

    --Alex uploaded three videos that he personally filmed of Mariah's visit in France two weeks ago. Click on the links below to download the files:
  • Mariah Leaving The George V Hotel (December 16, 2005)
  • Mariah Leaving Star Academy Studios (December 16, 2005)
  • Mariah Leaving The George V Hotel (December 17, 2005)

    --Read more press coverage on "The Emancipation of Mimi" becoming the year's best selling CD:
  • Mariah outguns Fitty in '05 sales (NY Daily News)
  • Carey's CD takes over lead in sales (Los Angeles Times)
  • Mariah Carey Outguns 50 Cent On Year-End LP Sales Chart (MTV News)

    Fred Bronson of Billboard magazine adds:

    "Mariah Carey pushed ahead of 50 Cent in this final week of 2005 to have the best-selling album of the calendar year."
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Greg | SrfrGuy | Jorge | Alex` | Casey | Jerold

    International Fans: Help Us Summarize Mariah's Year! // 3:28 PM EST Updated by Liron

    International fans - help us compile the last "Mimi: Around The World" update of the year!

    How did "The Emancipation of Mimi" and its singles perform in your country? Please e-mail us any information you can gather and would like to share with our site's visitors regarding Mariah's success in your country this year.

    Thank you!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Carey's 'Forget' No. 1 Again // 3:22 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us" sits atop the Billboard Hot 100 for a second week in a row. The single keeps former No. 1 Chris Brown's "Run It" at No. 2, while its parent album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," sits at No. 6 on The Billboard 200. As reported yesterday, the Island Def Jam disc saw a 52% sales increase in the week leading up to Christmas.

    Stay tuned for more Billboard updates.
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    Source: Billboard News


    Wednesday, December 28 , 2005

    Mariah Carey Overtakes 50 Cent // 9:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Capping one of pop music's biggest comebacks, Mariah Carey has overtaken rap star 50 Cent in a year-end battle to claim the hottest-selling album of 2005.

    Carey's Grammy-nominated "The Emancipation of Mimi" climbed to the No. 1 spot for the year on U.S. sales of 290,000 copies during the week ending December 25, raising her 37-week total to 4.87 million units, retail tracker Nielsen SoundScan reported on Wednesday.

    Assuming "Mimi" stays the course through the post-Christmas sales rush, Carey would become the first female solo artist to boast the year's top album since Alanis Morissette in 1996 with "Jagged Little Pill."

    50 Cent slipped to No. 2 for 2005 as his sophomore set "The Massacre" posted sales of 30,000 copies last week, taking his 43-week tally to 4.83 million units, Nielsen SoundScan said.

    The rapper stands little chance of regaining the lead from Carey so long as the final week of the year -- traditionally the busiest in music sales -- brings another six-figure tally for "Mimi," as expected.

    On the latest sales chart, "Mimi" stood at No. 6 for the week, while "Massacre" languished at No. 125. Both albums had opened at No. 1.

    Carey's triumph came as new releases from R&B star Mary J. Blige and Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx led a surge in music retail activity that snapped a pre-Christmas slump.

    Blige sold 727,000 copies of "The Breakthrough" to claim the third chart-topper and the best sales week of her career, while Foxx marked his return to music by landing at No. 2 with "Unpredictable," which sold 598,000 copies its first week.

    The success of "Mimi" marks a dramatic turnaround for Carey, 35, whose career hit the skids four years ago.

    Music giant EMI Group Plc paid Carey nearly $30 million to buy out her $80 million contract in January 2002 after the commercial flop of "Glitter," the soundtrack to her film debut and her first release from EMI's Virgin Records.

    Overall album sales for the week ended Christmas Day were up 2 percent from the same period a year ago, following three straight weeks of double-digit declines, according to SoundScan.
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    Source: Reuters

    Mariah Daily Idol: And The Top Three Are... ! // 4:32 PM EST Updated by Liron


    After three days of voting, our judging panel has made a decision! Without further ado, here are your top three finalists for The 2nd Annual "Mariah Daily Idol" Christmas Contest (in alphabetical order):

    02 - Adrian - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (USA)
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    03 - Chris - "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (USA)
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    12 - Neenah - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Holland)
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    Honorable mentions go out to both Hana (contestant #4) and Maria (contestant #11) who were tied for the fourth place!

    Our judges have voted and now it's your turn to vote! Who do you think is the best singer? Who performed the best rendition of a Mariah Christmas song? Who should be the Mariah Daily Idol? Cast your vote in our poll (right sidebar, below important dates) as soon as possible! The winner will be announced on January 1st, 2006 at 8:00 PM EST.

    We would like to congratulate all of our participating judges on a job well done and a great spirit at making the votes. We could not have done this without you! As a reward, one of you will be winning a great prize. The winner will be announced along with the "Idol" winner!

    Below are some of our favorite comments that were made by the judges:

    02 - Adrian - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (USA)

  • Cecil S.J.: This rendition was amazing from start to finish on every aspect (production, quality, sound, etc.). Adrian, I've always thought a person has a better chance of winning the lottery and getting struck by lighting on the same day than succesfully doing a Mariah Carey cover but you proved me wrong. Good Job!!!
  • Alfredo F.: The way he presents his song and the way he controlled his vocals are great. The arrangement of the song is very appealing. He pulls you into his song which is a great thing.
  • LEOlamb: A-freakin-mazing! Very great attention to detail! How can I get a full copy? lol.
  • Sumreyez: Compared to Mariah's song, I love the way you used the background vocals to make it sound like you really have an actual choir with you. I love the way you kept the real track in your head and sung the notes the best way you possibly can and you pulled this off great!
  • Mazen: He has an incredible voice , I loved his voice from the first word he started to sing, I wished his recording never stops. He's like a male version of Mariah Carey and totally deserves to be the winner! Excellent!
  • Cori R.: Adrian had very well put together background vocals, he got very creative and that is what made his entry stand out...not to mention he has an awesome voice! He hit all kinds of notes, high and low. Very impresive.

    03 - Chris - "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (USA)

  • Javier: Chris, If you are not yet a professional singer, you have got to find your way in. You have THE voice of an angel and! Great use of voice. Awesome dynamics and vocal range. Boy you can SING!
  • Armand S.: Definitely, I feel he is the best singer in this year's competition... I think the equipment and backgrounds really helped in his favor making the song his own little masterpiece; where as a few others really had the backgrounds take over thier actual voices. Chris has a very soothing, strong voice and it's definitely a version of the song I can listen to over and over again. I hope to see you on American Idol after Mariah Daily's Christmas Idol Contest! =) Awesome job Chris! I hope you win this year and Good Luck!
  • Jeramiah: OMG, I love his voice! So fresh & soothing, he should definitely pursue a career in the music industry!
  • Armen B.: I really liked Chris's version, best male singer from this list. Great voice, nice tone and pitch, great background vocals and good arrangement, plus it was accapela which was a plus. The track was good quality, sounded like done in a studio which is a plus, just did not like the ending too much, but overall it was great.
  • Taz K.: He is definitely a Mariah Daily Christmas Idol! I have two words for Chris, “Hot Tamale.” I also have a question for Chris, are you a professional singer?
  • Dalzzy: Just a wonderful, soulful voice you have there. I can easily see you recroding some great R'n'B ballads while showcasing your amazing voice.

    12 - Neenah - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Holland)

  • Keita G.H.: Neenah has a beautiful voice. Apparently, she also possess the whistle tone like Mariah. I have heard many people attempt this and nobody has accomplished it like she has!! her front ground vocals are impeccable, her harmony is divine and her background is excellent!! I love her inflection throughout and she sang the song with emotion. Well done.
  • Chris: My #1 choice is no other than Neenah. The fourth offering of the song “God Rest Ye Merry Gentleman” from the list of contestants went straight to the top spot the moment I heard the number. The harmony and blending of her voice is superb and how she perfectly recorded it gives me a thought that maybe she’s a recording artist in Holland. Maybe she is. Overall, it’s like hearing a 13 year old Mariah Carey sing. Isn’t that great!
  • Taylor: I have always stated that this song is by far Mariah's most powerful recording. This shows off her ability to harmonise like no other singer, especially when having to harmonise with herself. Neenah has pulled off what I thought no other singer other than Mariah could do! Well done on a great vocal performance! I will continue to listen to this version for a long time!
  • Edgardo V.: Girl, if I had to resume your performance in one word i have to say Overwhelming. Definitively, you catch the soul and the meaning of every note and word that you sing. Like a delicate butterfly, your voice floats in the air flooding with peace every soul that heard you.
  • Sara R.: Good voice, very clear, with a beautiful timbre and colouring. In tune and well placed. Still, the song is not very technically demanding, making a good rendition easier. I’d like to hear Neenah go further and explore other songs – I’m sure she has a lot to give and look forward to hearing some more!
  • Tristram Lee T.: I won't be surprised if Neenah becomes one of Mariah Carey's background vocals after this.

    Good Luck Adrian, Chris and Neenah!

    Note to Voters: Please listen to all contestants before casting your vote! Thanks!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Poll Results: Favorite Mariah and Jermaine Dupri Collaboration // 4:30 PM EST Updated by Liron

    In the most recent Mariah Daily poll, you were asked to answer: "What is your favorite Mariah and Jermaine Dupri collaboration?"

    Here are the results:
  • 1. We Belong Together - 28.04% (2,566 votes)
  • 2. Always Be My Baby - 16.96% (1,552 votes)
  • 3. Don't Forget About Us - 15.48% (1,417 votes)
  • 4. Makin' It Last All Night - 7.51% (687 votes)
  • 5. My All / Stay Awhile - 6.30% (577 votes)
  • 6. Get Your Number - 4.36% (399 votes)
  • 7. Sweetheart - 4.29% (393 votes)
  • 8. Long Ago - 3.15% (288 votes)
  • 9. Always Be My Baby (So So Def Remix) - 2.45% (224 votes)
  • 10. Shake It Off - 2.41% (221 votes)
  • 11. The One - 2.36% (216 votes)
  • 12. Honey (So So Def Remix) - 2.13% (195 votes)
  • 13. It's Like That - 2.01% (184 votes)
  • 14. All I Want For Christmas Is You (So So Def Remix) - 1.81% (166 votes)
  • 15. How Much - 0.73% (67 votes)
    Total Votes: 9,152
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Soundscan Update: The Emancipation of Mimi Becomes 2005's Best Seller! // 3:08 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #7)
    Sales this week: 290,048 (+52%)
    Total sales: 4,866,189

    With the biggest percentage gain in the top 10, "The Emancipation of Mimi" sells 290,048 copies this week (the album's second best week after the debut week) and surpasses 50 Cent's album as the best selling album of 2005! The current tally is:

    1. Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi: 4,866,189
    2. 50 Cent - The Massacre: 4,834,837

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Album Version
    Hot Digital Tracks: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Sales this week: 41,885 (+37%)
    Total sales: 87,313

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Hot Digital Tracks: #9 (Last Week #1)
    Sales this week: 34,240 (-8%)
    Total sales: 280,355
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    Source: Andere


    Tuesday, December 27 , 2005

    Mariah Carey closing on 50 Cent in year-end chart // 10:56 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Pop songbird Mariah Carey, enjoying one of the music industry's biggest comebacks, is giving rap star 50 Cent a run for his money in a year-end, down-to-the-wire race for best-selling U.S. album of 2005.

    As of December 18, 50 Cent stood at No. 1 in the United States with 4.8 million copies of sophomore album "The Massacre" sold since March, according to the latest figures from retail sales tracker Nielsen SoundScan.

    Carey was closing in rapidly on the rapper with her latest Grammy-nominated collection, "The Emancipation of Mimi," which has tallied sales of 4.6 million since its release in April, Nielsen SoundScan reported.

    At current sales rates, Carey would overtake 50 Cent by year's end. On the latest sales chart, "Mimi" ranked at No. 7 with weekly sales of 191,000 copies, compared with just 21,000 for "Massacre."

    Both albums topped the charts in their opening weeks but neither has set a sales benchmark for the artists.

    The 2003 major-label debut from 50 Cent, "Get Rich or Die Tryin'," has sold 7.4 million copies to date. Carey's all-time hottest seller was 1995's "Daydream," which notched 7.5 million U.S. copies.

    Still, the success of "Mimi" marks a dramatic turnaround for Carey, 35, whose career hit the skids four years ago.

    Music giant EMI Group Plc paid Carey nearly $30 million to buy out her $80 million contract in January 2002 after the commercial flop of "Glitter," the soundtrack to her film debut and her first release from EMI's Virgin Records.

    "Charmbracelet," the maiden release under her new record deal with Universal Music's Island Def Jam label, proved a lackluster follow-up.

    This year has seen a startling reversal of Carey's fortunes. In addition to robust album sales, "Mimi" garnered Carey eight Grammy Award nominations earlier this month, including nods for album of the year and record of the year for the CD's first single, "We Belong Together."

    That ballad ruled the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for 14 weeks, longer than any other song this year.

    Last week, "Don't Forget About Us," the first single from a recent "Mimi" reissue, climbed to the top rung of the singles chart to move Carey a step closer to the Beatles' all-time record of 20 No. 1 hits.

    She is now tied with Elvis Presley at No. 2 on the all-time Hot 100 list with 17 chart-topping singles.
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    Source: Reuters

    Download: Mariah's Interview With NRJ // 5:23 PM EST Updated by Lynn


    Click on the link below to download Mariah's interview with NRJ during her recent visit to Paris, France. In this interview, she talked about working with Jermaine Dupri on "The Emancipation of Mimi" and the nominations for the upcoming NRJ Music Awards. Thanks to SkipperBarbie for the video file!

    [ Download Mariah's Interview With NRJ Here! ]


    As previously reported, Mariah is up for two NRJ awards namely, International Artist of the Year and International Album of the Year for "The Emancipation of Mimi." Please take a moment to vote for Mariah by clicking here.

    The NRJ Music Awards will take place on January 21, 2006 at Midem, Cannes, France.
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    Source: NRJ | Mariah Daily | SkipperBarbie

    News Tidbits // 5:20 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mary J. Blige praises Mariah in an interview with Barnes & Noble.

    B&N: Earlier this month, you gave a shout out to Mariah Carey when you received your Vibe Legend award at the Vibe Awards. Are you a big fan?

    MJB: I love Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey's music saved little ghetto children's lives. Songs like "Visions of Love" gave us hope and we would sing those songs and try to hit every note like Mariah -- which we can't. I don't think she knows what a big part she plays in Mary J. Blige's life. And then to meet her... she's such a beautiful person that you can't do anything but defend her when [the media] starts acting stupid on her. She doesn't deserve that.


    --Askmen.com names Mariah as its Singer of the Year.

    --The Mirror's 3am declares Mariah as the winner of its 2005 3amEMMIES award for Fab Female.

    "Mariah Carey WHAT a comeback year 2005 has been for diamond diva Mariah Carey!

    A string of hits - including We Belong Together and Don't Forget About Us - has seen her equal Elvis Presley's record of 17 US number ones, and she's been a favourite on the party circuit, too. A girl who enjoys champers and partying as much as she does is a girl after our own heart.

    Mariah said receiving her gong was "truly fabulous". Like the girl herself."


    --Mariah occupies three spots in the Top 20 on Yahoo! Launch this week: "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" debuts at #18, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" at #11 (+4), and "Don't Forget About Us" #12 (-4).

    --On MSN's 2005 Year In Review, image #12 shows Mariah donning her orange dress she wore for her "It's Like That" performance at Save The Music in April. Click here to view the picture and to read what MSN has to say about her ensemble.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Nick Daniele | Jason | Troy | Jeremy | Ryan

    Download: Mariah's Christmas Show on KISS100 & Carson Daly Interview // 12:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Mariah hosted a Christmas show on London's radio station KISS 100, 11am-1pm on Christmas day! Click on the link below to download this two-hour Mariah special! Thanks to RandomHajile2 for the audio file.

    [ Download Mariah's Christmas Show on KISS100 Here! ]


  • In addition, right after the Radio Music Awards that took place on December 19th, Mariah was interviewed by Carson Daly on his radio show "Most Requested" on 106.7 KISS FM. Click on the link below to download an audio file of the interview. Many thanks to Kelly from Mariah Central for the file!

    [ Download Mariah's Radio Interview with Carson Daly Here! ]
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    Source: RandomHajile2 | Kelly

    Mimi: Around The World // 10:48 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Australia
    This week on the official ARIA charts, "Don't Forget About Us" drops two spots to #18 in its 3rd week on the Top 50 Singles and remains at #4 on the Top 40 Urban Singles. "Shake It Off" reenters the Top 50 at #49 and stays at #15 on Urban. "The Emancipation of Mimi" in its 38th week keeps its spot of #43 on the Top 50 Albums and also stays at #6 on the Top 40 Urban Albums.

    Belgium
    Mariah is featured in the December 22nd issue of Ciné Tele Revue. Below are the scans of the cover and the accompanying cover story.


    Mariah's songs at their 2005 'bests' in Belgium:
    --"It's Like That" - #4 in R&B (sales); #3 on Radio Contact FR (airplay)
    --"We Belong Together" - #5 in R&B (sales); #1 on Radio Contact FR, #2 on Radio Donna (airplay)
    --"Get Your Number" - #6 in R&B (sales); #1 on Antwerp area radio; #3 on provincial radios; #4 on Radio Contact FR (airplay)

    Brazil
    On the Hot100Br@sil singles chart, "Shake It Off" jumps five places to 23 while "We Belong Together" drops thirteen to #65. On the albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops one to #23 in its 35th week. "We Belong Together" places at #14 on Top 100 Songs of 2005!

    France
    On the official IFOP charts, "We Belong Together" gains one place to #92 on the singles chart while the album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" rises two to #54.

    Greece
    "Get Your Number" drops three to #31 in its 5th week on the official Greek IFPI singles chart. "The Emancipation of Mimi" falls out of the Top 50 Albums chart.

    Hong Kong
    Hong Kong's entertainment and tourist guide, "HK Entertainment" reports "On Monday December 19th the SCMP announched that Mariah Carey is set to perform in Hong Kong next year. No date has been confirmed but we will let you know when we have more information."

    Israel
    "We Belong Together" and "It's Like That" rank at #3 and #22, respectively on Jerusalem Radio's Top 40 Songs of the Year! The station also names Mariah as their #2 Female Artist of the Year (Kelly Clarkson takes #1).

    Malaysia
    Vote for Mariah on Channel V's The Most Popular Artist of 2005 poll. She is currently at #2. Voting ends January 4, 2006. Mariah also makes the music channel's year-end lists for Sexy Female Artist of 2005 at #2, and Best Moment in Music Video 2005 at #1!

    Philippines
    Mariah's "We Belong Together" ranked at #4 on MYX Hit Chart's 2005 Year-end Countdown. The song was the highest ranking foreign song on the Top 20 list and also the highest ranking song from any female artist. MYX is the #1 music channel in the Philippines. The MYX Hit Chart counts down the top local and foreign songs in the land.

    Russia
    "We Belong Together" drops to #13 (#8 peak) on Europe Plus Top 40; "Get Your Number" places at #4 on MTV Europe Top 20; and "I Know What You Want" is #2 on the Ringstone Chat Muz - TV (#1 peak for 12 weeks) in its 112th week on the chart!

    Spain
    --Cadena 100: "Get Your Number" falls 23 spots to #85 in its 3rd week on the chart. 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".

    --Launch Spain: The "O Holy Night" video which became available for the first time on Launch Spain earlier this week has debuted at #97 on the Top 100 list. This is Mariah's first video in 3 years to chart in the top 100 on Spain's Launch. Spanish fans are encouraged to visit the Launch Spain to view the video and help it rise.

    --Los 40 Principales: Spain's largest radio station is offering the "All I Want for Christmas is You" realtone to any Spanish cell phone users for this week only (ending Friday). Send 40REAL, space, 30642 to 7740 and visit its www.los40.com for prices.

    --Select MTV: A Spanish fan called to request the "Get Your Number" video on TRL Spain on Thursday and also congratulated Mariah on her 17th #1 single. Watch the streaming video of the fan's call and the "Get Your Number" video. Make sure to email MTV Select to request the video and call +915352079.

    Turkey
    It was a Mariah Weekend on DreamTV. They aired a Mariah video every 15 minutes and a special programme at 11am and 7pm!

    UK
    "Don't Forget About Us," in its 2nd week on the singles chart drops eight places to #19. "Greatest Hits" rises one to #25 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" up seven to #54 on the albums chart.

    USA
    Mariah's songs made Z100's Top 100 of 2005 list as follows: "We Belong Together" at #3, "Shake It Off" #23, "Don't Forget About Us" #50, and "It's Like That" at #69.

    World Charts
    On the official global track chart, "Don't Forget About Us" takes a 7-point jump to #9 in its 5th week! On the global albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" rises three to #11 in its 37th week.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Kostas | Can | Geert | Heroes of Mariah | Shahiran | Jun Robles | KYLmi | MariahHispanoHablantes | Chiwi | Natalia | Daniel


    Monday, December 26 , 2005

    Mariah Scans // 12:48 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans from the January 2, 2006 issues of Life&Style, OK!, In Touch and Celebrity Living magazines.

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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Sunday, December 25 , 2005

    Special Treat: Mariah Sings Christmas Songs // 2:11 PM EST Updated by Liron

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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Saturday, December 24 , 2005

    Mariah Daily Idol: Finalists Announced! // 6:39 PM EST Updated by Liron



    Welcome to the 2nd annual "Mariah Daily Idol" Christmas contest!

    The first voting stage of the contest begins today. Out of over 600 applicants, 150 judges have been selected and e-mailed with the voting guidelines.

    Due to an overwhelming amount of submissions (close to 100!), we've decided to have 15 finalists this year!

    Below you can download mp3 audio files of all our wonderful finalists. Our judging panel will be voting three of these contestants into the final round where you will be picking the winner!

    Contest Finalists
    01 - Adis - "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (Germany)
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    02 - Adrian - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
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    03 - Chris - "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (USA)
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    04 - Hana - "Joy To The World" (UK)
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    05 - Juan - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"
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    06 - Julius - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (FL, USA)
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    07 - Justen - "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)"
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    08 - Katerina - "Hark The Herald Angels Sing" (Czech Republic)
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    09 - Lionel - "Jesus Oh What A Wonderful Child" (France)
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    10 - Marcelo - "Silent_Night" (Argentina)
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    11 - Maria - "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" (Argentina)
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    12 - Neenah - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (Holland)
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    13 - Nino - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
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    14 - Thaiane - "O Holy Night" (Brasil)
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    15 - YT Huang - "Jesus Born On This Day" (Taiwan)
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    Contest Timeline
    Dec. 24 - Dec. 27: Judges Deciding Three Finalists
    Dec. 28: Top Three Finalists Announced!
    Dec. 28 - Dec. 31: Site Visitors Voting on Winner!
    January 1st, 2006: Mariah Daily's Idol Winner Announced!

    THANK YOU to everyone who entered the contest and applied to be a judge! If you didn't get picked this year, hopefully you can try again next year!

    Merry Christmas, Happy Hannukah, Thrilling Kwanza and Happy Holidays to all of you!
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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Friday, December 23 , 2005

    'Hits' Forecast: "Mimi" to Sell 250-275k This Week! // 8:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    While there’s no telling how last-minute shoppers will impact the final tally (CDs are so easy to wrap), next week’s Top 10 may look something like this:

    1. Mary J Blige, 600k plus (debut)
    2. Jamie Foxx, 525k (debut)
    3. Carrie Underwood, 400k-425k
    4. Eminem, 375k-400k
    5. Notorious B.I.G., 300k-325k (debut)
    6. Kenny Chesney, 275k-300k
    7. Now 20, 275k-300k
    8. Kelly Clarkson, 260k-290k
    9. Mariah Carey, 250k-275k
    10. Nickelback, 250k-275k

    Then again, it may not. Can you stand the suspense?
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    Source: Hits Daily Double | Marc

    'Happy 17th' Voice Message from Mariah! // 6:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

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

    Transcript
    Woooo! Happy 17th! Yay! You guys! Thanks!

    This is the best ever, ever, ever, ever, ever gift. I am so happy! (Wooo!) I am just so excited I had to call you and say, no for real I can't even express it and we're just being totally celebratory ... Jasmine's here (Jasmine: I'm here in front of a roaring fire in the festive Christmas tree.), Rachel is over here (Rachel: Hi, lambs!), and Jack is here, he's a little excited, but I don't want him to ruin the message. I've been trying to leave a message three times and everytime we tried to blow the little festive horn, the new year's thing, he freaked out and like started attacking us (laugh) but anyway, I just wanted to say that you are the best in the world, you know that and you've made this year if not the best year of my life one of the most incredible years ever and I just, all I can say is I love you, appreciate you and enjoy you and I wish I could get Jack to bark without him attacking us but he loves you too and seriously this is such an amazing day for me. Thank you guys for making it possible and it's just an incredible blessing and I just thank God for you and I thank God for this day and for everything and everybody, Happy Holidays! I'm gonna call you back and leave you some more festive messages but it was a really fun happy 17th party tonight so, you guys were with us in spirit and, I love you (we took pictures too and we're gonna show you). Yes, you're gonna see the pictures soon so anyway, happy 17th and I love you much! Buh-bye!

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    Source: MariahCarey.com | Mariah Daily | Claudia | Casey

    New Photoshoot: Mariah in Paris Match Magazine // 2:00 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In the suite 201 that she occupies in the George V hotel, Mariah, inspired by the sketches that his friend Karl Lagerfeld gave her the day before, takes our (Paris Match) photographer as model.



    Appealed by her George V suite's kitchen, Mariah can't resist to cook. But it's hard to toss a pancake and be on the phone at the same time without letting some eggs fall.



    With her millions of discs, she won her weight in gold but, in her kitchen, she's still trying to lose some. The day after her stop at the "Star Academy," this Paris lover poses on the Alexandre III bridge, in front of the glittering Eiffel Tower. In less than half an hour, she will leave Paris to come back to the USA.



    Her stay in France ends, Mariah goes to the Bourget airport in the back of a Maserati Quattroporte. According to the rumor, the ring she's wearing on her right hand is an engagement present from Mark Sudack.



    A private jet of the firm "Signature" is waiting for the star on the tarmac. In some minutes, as soon as she will be in, the plane will fly to New York.

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    Source: Paris Match | Translation: Greg

    News Tidbits // 1:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --"Don't Forget About Us" is back at #1 on BET's 106 & Park video countdown! Good job everyone! Keep voting!

    --Issue 39 of V Magazine will have Mariah on its cover and will be available on January 20, 2006 at all Barnes & Noble, Borders, and Tower Records locations. Be sure to pick up a copy!

    --"Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" is #1 on MTV.com's Hot 5 Videos!

    --UK's KISS100 reports that Mariah will be on air Christmas day at 10am to host a special Christmas show and talk about her big tunes of the year! Tune in!

    --"All I Want For Christmas Is You" topped Yahoo! Music's Dig It or Diss It poll for the Best New-School Holiday video with 47% of the total votes! Destiny's Child's "8 Days of Christmas" came in second with 33%, followed by "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)" by Street Drum Corps with 11%.

    --Mariah is favored to win Album and Record of the Year according to oddsmakers at Sportsbook.com. The online betting site has Mariah with "We Belong Together" on top of the early Record of the Year award odds at 8-5. Kanye West follows closely behind at 9-5. For Album of the Year, "The Emancipation of Mimi" leads with odds at 13-10 while Kanye's "Late Registration" registers at 8-5.

    --Yesterday on 96.1 The Beat in Colorado Springs, Colorado, they played "All I Want For Christmas Is You" over and over and over until the listeners brought 96 unwrapped presents for children in the hospital to the station. People were calling in saying "there's no way I'm listening to Mariah Carey all day, I'll be there soon," etc. The DJ said, "We're actually being nice, we could've played a really bad song - so here again, for the millionth time, one of my favorite songs..."

    --Mariah's comeback with "The Emancipation of Mimi" was named one of the highlights in Voice of America's review of year 2005. Watch a video of VA's entertainment report here.

    --Canada's Pop Journal names Mariah's We Belong Together" as its Best Single of 2005:

    1. Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"
    Upon first listen, "Together" sounds like a traditional Mariah Carey hit, complete with a saccharine intro, piano-based balladeering and booming vocals that build into a soaring finish. Yet, at the eight-second mark, all preconceptions get thrown out the window when that hip-hop beat kicks in. Better still, more surprises are found later in the mix, when sly musical references to Bobby Womack and Babyface are thrown in, and spiced with dashes of rapid, reggae-style vocal arrangements. "Together" mashes all the best parts of Carey's often incompatible music styles — hip-hop and adult contemporary pop — and combines them to make an instantly familiar, yet wholly unique summer anthem.


    --Todd Inoue of Metroactive Music picks Mariah's "Shake It Off" as one of the 'good' singles in his "2005: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" report. He says, "I'm a sucker for beats and hooks, and 2005 was a strong year for both."

    --From New York Daily News: "The sound on the street" - If the transit strike has a soundtrack, it's by Mariah Carey. As New Yorkers were shlepping themselves across bridges or waiting on line for car services and the LIRR, the five-octave superdiva might have been what they were listening to on their iPods, judging from iTunes' download list. The two-time Grammy winner snagged the top two spots on the list of 10 most-downloaded songs with 1. Don't Forget About Us (radio version) and 2. All I Want for Christmas Is You.

    --Below are scans from recent issues of New York Post, New York Daily News, Time, USA Today and Jet Magazine.


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    Source: Mariah Daily | SJinc | Taz Kwok | thatlikeboi | Dobson | Matt | Fabio | Caleb | Dunha | Janel


    Thursday, December 22 , 2005

    Mariah Is #1 on TRL's Year-End Countdown! // 6:21 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Congratulations Mariah!

    MTV's TRL aired the year-end countdown today. Mariah came in at #1 after having been on the countdown for an amazing total of 152 days in 2005!

    It's Like That - 21 days (2 days at #1)
    We Belong Together - 50 days (11 days at #1, Retired)
    Shake It Off - 50 days (4 days at #1, Retired)
    Don't Forget About Us - 31 days and counting!

    Each of Mariah's videos peaked at #1 on the countdown!

    "We Belong Together" was shown when Mariah was announced as the #1 artist on the countdown.

    Keep Voting for Mariah!
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    Source: Mariah Daily | DeVante' | Frank

    Why You'll Remember 'Forget' // 12:23 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    It was already Mariah Carey's most successful year on the charts, but she manages to pull off one final stunning achievement in the very last week of 2005 by moving into pole position on the Billboard Hot 100 with her 17th No. 1 song.

    "Don't Forget About Us" becomes the No. 1 song that ties Presley's 17 chart-toppers, putting Carey and Presley into a tie for second place among artists with the most No. 1 hits in the rock era, behind the Beatles' 20.

    Presley secured his 17th No. 1 the week of Nov. 1, 1969, when "Suspicious Minds" marched into first place. The Beatles collected their 20th No. 1 the week of June 13, 1970, when "The Long and Winding Road" / "For You Blue" reached the summit. The standings of the top two artists with the most No. 1 songs has not changed since then, so by tying Presley, Carey has altered a record that has stood for 35 years, six months and three weeks.

    Presley first topped the Billboard pop singles tally the week of April 21, 1956, with his debut chart entry, "Heartbreak Hotel." It took him 13 years, six months and two weeks to rack up his 17 No. 1s. Carey first led the Hot 100 the week of Aug. 4, 1990, with her initial chart entry, "Vision of Love." It has taken her 15 years, four months and four weeks to amass her 17 No. 1 songs.

    "Don't Forget About Us" is Carey's 16th No. 1 as a songwriter. She already held the title of the female songwriter with the most No. 1 hits in the rock era. With her 16th song to achieve pole position, she ties Barry Gibb for third place on the list of the songwriters with the most No. 1 hits. Only Paul McCartney with 32 and John Lennon with 26 have more.

    "Don't Forget About Us" is the eighth No. 1 of 2005 on the Hot 100. That's the fewest amount of chart-topping titles in a calendar year since 2002, when seven songs moved to the head of the class. There were 11 No. 1 songs in 2003, and the same number in 2004.

    "Don't Forget About Us" is the fourth No. 1 song this year by a solo female artist, following Gwen Stefani's "Hollaback Girl," Carey's "We Belong Together" and Carrie Underwood's "Inside Your Heaven." Three of this year's chart-toppers were by male artists: "Let Me Love You" by Mario, "Gold Digger" by Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx and "Run It!" by Chris Brown. There was one co-ed No. 1, "Candy Shop," by 50 Cent featuring Olivia. Carey is the only artist to have two No. 1 songs on the Hot 100 in 2005.
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    Source: Billboard - Chart Beat | Bruce

    Billboard Updates // 8:48 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date December 31, 2005.

    The Emancipation of Mimi5
    Billboard 200: #7 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #5 (Last Week #3)
    Sales this week: 190,957 (+26%)
    Total Sales: 4,576,141

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #1 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Pop 100: #2 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #4 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales: #40 (Debut)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #31 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #4 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #6 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales: #21 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #1 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Radio Edit): #2 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Remix): #48 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Sales this week: 39,088
    Total sales: 45,428

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #41 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #30 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Pop 100: #33 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #23 (Last Week #21)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #29 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #25 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #15 (Last Week #12)

    We Belong Together3
    Billboard Hot 100: #50 (Last Week #49)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #42 (Last Week #46)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #39 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #39 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #14 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #33 (Last Week #34)

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100: #89 (Last Week #98)
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #16 (Last Week #25)
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #7 (Last Week #4)

    Merry Christmas5
    Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #13 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Top Digital Albums: #10 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums: #11 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #96 (Last Week #77)

    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #2 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrent: #10 (Last Week #14)
    Sales this week: 37,386 (-10%)
    Total Sales: 246,115

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

  • 50 Cent and Carey are going to the wire (LA Times)

    The CD sales story of the week belongs to "American Idol," but the sales story of the year is the tight race between 50 Cent and Mariah Carey.

    With just 10 days left in 2005, it looks as if Carey's dramatic year-end surge will allow her to overtake the New York rapper and capture album-of-the-year sales honors.

    50 Cent's "The Massacre" has sold just over 4.8 million copies since early March, Nielsen SoundScan reported Wednesday. Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" has sold nearly 4.6 million since it hit stores in April.

    But her album is a far hotter item going into the last days of the year. "Mimi" sold 191,000 more copies to rank No. 7 for the week, while "Massacre" sold only 21,000 copies last week to rank No. 127. If 50 Cent's album continues selling at the same pace, Carey would edge past "Massacre" if "Mimi" sells about 260,000 more copies by Dec. 31.

    Carey's showing is one of the most dramatic comebacks in pop history. The onetime bestseller was considered so over commercially that EMI paid $30 million to buy out her $80-million contract in 2002. She was then signed by Island Def Jam, which released "Mimi."

    Note: With two weeks left for 2005, the current figures for the best selling albums are:

    1. 50 Cent - The Massacre - 4,805,210
    2. Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi - 4,576,141
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    Gap - 229,069
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | Mariah Daily | Ritcher | Andere

    Official Press Release: Mariah Gets 17th #1! // 3:55 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    MARIAH CAREY’s "DON’T FORGET ABOUT US" HITS #1!!! HER 17th #1 ON HOT 100 – TIES ELVIS PRESLEY’s RECORD!

    IT’S OFFICIAL - RIAA NAMES THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI BIGGEST-SELLING ALBUM OF 2005, AT 5x-PLATINUM AND OVER 8 MILLION WORLDWIDE

    FOLLOWS 4 RADIO MUSIC AWARDS THIS WEEK, 5 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS, 4 VIBE AWARDS, AND AMERICAN MUSIC AWARD

    Adds to triumphant 8 Grammy nominations including Record Of The Year, Album Of The Year, and Song Of The Year, as Mimi generates most nominations of any album

    Mariah to perform on Dick Clark’s return to "New Year's Rockin' Eve" – first live performance at Times Square in ABC-TV show’s 34-year history


    (Dec. 21, 2005 – New York, NY) Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey, whose 5x-platinum Island Records album The Emancipation Of Mimi generated 8 Grammy nominations, earns her 17th #1 career single this week for "Don’t Forget About Us" – to tie one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's, it was announced today by Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.

    The news arrives in the wake of another historic announcement – that Mariah will be the first live performer on Times Square in the 34-year history of ABC Television's "New Year's Rockin' Eve" spectacular, when she takes the stage next Saturday night, December 31st. The broadcast marks the welcome return of host Dick Clark to the show he pioneered.

    Both announcements follow up Monday night's Radio Music Awards, at which Mariah was honored with the Legend Award and was named Artist of the Year/Urban and Rhythmic Radio, in addition to "We Belong Together" winning both Song of the Year/Main Stream Hit Radio and Song of the Year/Urban and Rhythmic Radio.

    Meanwhile, with "Don't Forget About Us" in its first week at the top, Mariah now logs 76 total career weeks at #1, which ranks second only to Presley's 79 weeks. And she is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 47 years of the Hot 100 with the potential to match or surpass the Beatles' all-time high 20 #1 hits.

    With a total weekly radio audience over 145 million, "Don't Forget About Us” – written and produced by Mariah and Jermaine Dupri – is Mariah's third consecutive #1 with total audience airplay, following "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off." "Don't Forget About Us," her 10th overall #1 R&B hit since 1990, hits #1 on the R&R (Radio & Records) Mediabase Rhythmic chart and #1 on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Monitor – which now ties Mariah with an all-time high of 5 #1's for a female on the Monitor. At the same time, the song debuts at #1 on the Digital chart, after last week's Internet retail roll-out made it available as a digital download for the first time. Five different remixes of the tune, each one exclusive to a separate digital retailer – iTunes, MSN Music, Napster, Real/Rhapsody, and Yahoo! Music Engine – contributed to the single's surge to #1.

    The Emancipation Of Mimi has sold more than 8 million copies world wide, bringing Mariah's career sales over 160 million units worldwide. Mimi generated Grammy Award nominations across the board in several areas, including the General Field (Record Of the Year and Song of the Year for "We Belong Together," and Album Of the Year), and the Pop Field (Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "It's Like That"). In the R&B Field, "We Belong Together" was nominated for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song, "Mine Again" was nominated for Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance, and Mimi was nominated for Best Contemporary R&B Album. Grammy winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, broadcast on the CBS television network (and around the world), 8:00-11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).

    Mariah's Grammy Awards nominations follow her string of wins over the past month, starting at the 33rd annual American Music Awards (where she was voted Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist by the 20,000 record-buyers whose votes determine the winners); followed by the 3rd annual VIBE Awards, where Mariah won for Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, R&B Voice Of The Year, and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together," the most awards won by any individual artist this year. At the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, Mariah was named Top R&B Singles Artist-Female, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist-Female, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Artist-Female, and Top Overall Albums Artist-Female, with "We Belong Together" named the #1 Hot 100 Single Of the Year.

    ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION (which arrived in stores November 15th), the expanded new configuration, stays inside the top 10 on the pop and R&B charts in its 36th week out. ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION recaps all 14 tracks on THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI and adds four new tracks: "Don't Forget About Us," "So Lonely (One and Only Part 2)," Mariah's collaboration with Twista (with a new extra verse written by Mariah); the remix of "We Belong Together" featuring Jadakiss and Styles P. (previously only available digitally online); and "Making It Last All Night (What It Do)," featuring Jermaine Dupri.

    ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION is also available as a special deluxe limited edition two-disc (CD + DVD) package. The exclusive DVD contains full-length video clips for "It's Like That," "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off," and "Get Your Number" (featuring Jermaine Dupri, making its U.S. debut here); a never-before-seen interview - "Mariah: In Her Own Words," plus a link to access the brand new video for "Don't Forget About Us."
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    Source: MariahCarey.com


    Wednesday, December 21 , 2005

    It's Official: "Don't Forget About Us" Tops The Hot 100! // 7:13 PM EST Updated by Liron



    The official Billboard announcement is now published and as expected, it crowns "Don't Forget About Us" as the #1 song on the Hot 100 for the last Billboard magazine issue of 2005, dated December 31.

    Did You Know?
  • "Don't Forget About Us" is Mariah's 17th song to reach the #1 position on the Billboard Hot 100. Mariah has more #1's than any other female artist and is only behind The Beatles (who have 20 #1's) in the overall tally.

  • This week will mark 76 cumulative weeks for Mariah at the #1 spot on the Hot 100. She is only 4 weeks behind Elvis Presley who holds the all-time record!

  • "Don't Forget About Us" debuted on the Hot 100 in the Billboard Issue of October 22nd. This is its 11th week on the Hot 100 chart and here is the chart run for the song so far:
    81-56-36-26-20-17-11-12-07-02-01

  • Only two other songs ("Gold Digger" and "Run It") topped the Hot 100 Singles after "We Belong Together" ended its reign at #1. "Don't Forget About Us" is the third.

  • This week, "Don't Forget About Us" also becomes Mariah's 13th #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. It is Mariah's 3rd consecutive single (after "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off") to reach the #1 spot on the Hot 100 Airplay. This is only the second Mariah album from which 3 songs hit #1 on the Hot 100 Airplay. The previous one was Mariah's debut album!

    CONGRATULATIONS MARIAH and thank you to all the fans who supported the song!

    We'd like to take the opportunity and thank every fan who entered the 'Don't Forget About Us - Download Contest'. Here are the 10 winners of the contest:

    1 Grand Prize Winner:
    Chi Meng, WA wins a Personalized Autographed CD by Mariah!

    3 Winners:
    Josie Juarez, AZ
    Dome Nammali, WI
    Nick Koukis, IL

    Each wins a stand-up cardboard of "The Emancipation of Mimi"

    3 Extra Winners:
    Liz Barbato, NY
    Joshua Parshall, FL
    Freddy Marquez, CA

    Each wins a poster of "Don't Forget About Us" and a 2 sided mini poster of "The Emancipation of Mimi"

    3 Final Winners:
    Michael Satterwhite, MA
    Thomas Kitson, PA
    Tonya Johnson, OH

    Each wins a poster of "Shake It Off" and a 2 sided mini poster of "The Emancipation of Mimi"

    Congratulations to all the Winners! Please contact us via e-mail at contest@mariahdaily.com with your mailing address.

    We would also like to thank Universal/IDJ for their generosity and help with organizing this contest!

  • In related news, "Shake It Off" drops 9 spots to #41 on the Hot 100. "We Belong Together" drops one place to #50.
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 6:08 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --From IFPI: Mariah Carey's comeback album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" passes the million mark in Europe for the first time since its April release. Mariah has been releasing albums since 1990, but this critically acclaimed offering is her first since 2003's The Remixes. The American songstress has just received eight Grammy nominations Stateside, where her single "We Belong Together" is the most played song on the airwaves this year.

    --Roger Friedman, Fox News entertainment writer, names Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" as his 6th Top Album of 2005. Here's what he has to say.

    "6. "The Emancipation of Mimi" - Mariah Carey
    Just the fact that Mariah was able to come back from her "Glitter" disaster is news enough. "We Belong Together" was the song of the summer, and now an extended version of the album has yielded "Don't Forget About Us." Benny Medina has to get credit, too. And Randy Jackson, who most people now think of as being from "American Idol," is Mariah's secret weapon."


    --For her albums of the year, Jasmine Dotiwala of The Voice picks Kanye West's and not surprisingly, "... the other album of the year came from vocalist extraordinaire Mariah Carey who also deserves 'biggest comeback of the year' alongside her homeboy big Snoop Dogg. Every other artist that's been through the fire has rarely risen phoenix-like to break records, with an album so on top of this year's female game, it's nearly a miracle. From a few heavy years of hateration set up by her former contemporaries, to a mass media campaign to kill her career and spirit, her faith in herself and God came through for her and she’s living proof that you can 'make it through the rain' to conquer all."

    --Mariah's "Get Your Number" was recently featured on "Best of Making of 2005," a special presentation by MTV Asia where viewers were given an inside look at the best moments from "Making of The Video" this year. The show was hosted by two members of the Black Eyed Peas.

    --"All I Want For Christmas Is You" is used in the official Road Traffic Christmas security campaign in Spain. It is a new safety advertisement sponsored by the government that is being played on Spanish TV urging citizens to buckle up and drive safely this holiday season. Listen to the song here.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jevi | Nando | Marbelous

    Early Billboard Updates: Get Ready To Celebrate 17th #1! // 7:40 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #7 (Last Week #8)
    Sales this week: 190,957 (+26%)
    Total sales: 4,576,141

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot 100 Airplay: #1 (Last Weke #1)
    R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Total audience impressions: 143.3 million (gain of 5.46 million and 778 spins from last week.)

    Billboard Radio Monitor - Airplay
    Mainstream Top 40: #4 (Last Week #5)
    Rhythmic Top 40: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Adult R&B: #31 (Last Week #24)
    Dance Radio Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)

    Downloads
    Hot Digital Songs: #1 (Debut)
    Hot Digital Tracks: #2 (Debut)
    Sales this week (Radio edit only ): 30,484
    Sales this week (Including remixes): 39,088
    Total sales: 45,428

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Hot Digital Songs: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Hot Digital Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Sales this week: 37,386 (-10%)
    Total sales: 246,115

  • "Don't Forget About Us" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" each holds the #1 spot on the Hot Digital Songs and Hot Digital Tracks charts respectively. They both hold the #2 spots on the same charts in a reverse order.

    This makes Mariah hold another record: for the first time ever, an artist holds both the #1 and the #2 spots on the Hot Digital Songs chart (and the Hot Digital Tracks chart.)

  • "Don't Forget About Us" received a BDS certification for having reached over 100,000 radio spins.

  • "Don't Forget About Us" holds the #1 spot on both the download and airplay charts which comprise the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart. This means that what we were all hoping for is now inevitable!

    On the upcoming issue of Billboard Magazine (Issue Date: December 31, 2005) - "Don't Forget About Us" will become Mariah's 17th #1 on the Billboard Hot 100!

    The official announcement will be made tonight, when Billboard officially publishes its Hot 100 chart.
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    Source: Ritcher | Andere | bks

    Download: Mariah Backstage at the Radio Music Awards // 6:05 AM EST Updated by Liron



    Download:
  • ET Interviews Mariah Backstage at the RMAs (TV Version)
  • Extra Footage from the ET Interview (Online Version)
  • Short clip - Mariah arrives to the RMAs (AOL Video)

    Transcript:
    Kevin: She wins everything no, doesn't she?
    Mariah: No. I'm just grateful to be here.
    Kevin:Y'all need a trophy? Mariah got them all. They're right here.

    Kevin: Somebody told me, you were in Paris and you made the trip all the way from Paris.
    Mariah: I sure did. I was in Paris like less than I dont know how many hours ago so that's why tonight it was like I was trying to get here and I was rushing and you know, I am infamous for having a little wardrobe malfunction and we got it together.

    Kevin: The Grammys, have you decided what you're going to wear? Are you all set for that?
    Mariah: My stylist is getting it together. We have to start now.

    [ Sending regards to Ashley Simpson who recently collapsed ]
    Mariah: Take care of yourself and pray, that's how you get through everything. You know, it's good to learn a lesson young. I wish I had learned earlier on when I first started that you know, nothing is more important than just taking care of yourself.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 5:57 AM EST Updated by Liron

    --On the countdowns for Tuesday, December 20th, "Don't Forget About Us" was #3 on MTV's TRL and #2 on BET's 106 & Park. Keep voting!

    --From The NY Post: Superhot again Mariah Carey's concert contracts specify she be provided with Cristal champagne and flutes, Simple Peche sparkling wine, complete Celestial Seasonings tea setup, Wet & Dry handywipes, Dove liquid soap, Famous Amos Fatfree bars, S&W stuffed olives, Newman's Own popcorn, Tostitos mild salsa, lemon Ricola drops, Borden's evaporated milk, Drake's coffee cake, Dijon mustard (with the evaporated milk and coffee cake???), Coca-Cola Classic, lite low lean whole wheat bread. So what's she want under her tree? Tums?

    --From The New York Daily News: FROM RUSSIA WITH FUR: An unidentified Russian oligarch has just given two $9,000 furs to Mariah Carey - a Saga mink and another coat - but the songstress happens to be an animal-rights fan. So she immediately sent them to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals' New York office. "Christmas came early," said PETA's Dawn Carr, noting that the group will use the coats in grisly presentations to high school students around the country on how animals are cruelly trapped in the wild or strangled and electrocuted on fur farms just for a frivolous fashion item.

    --During the introduction to her special "Heaven: Where Is It ? How Do We Get There?", Barbara Walters mentions how Heaven is often mentioned in American popular music. She says Mariah Carey wrote a song after the passing of her friend, and they played a clip of "One Sweet Day". Click here to download a video clip of the segment.

    --While showing his guest room-turned-gym to MTV Cribs, actor Michael Rosenbaum played a clip from Mariah Carey's episode.

    "I was watching MTV Cribs, I was watching Mariah Carey, and I got all excited, 'cause I saw her... check this out." Rosenbaum then played a clip from Carey's episode in which she exercises in four inch heels.

    "Now watch what she does, look at what she's gonna do... look at Mariah. See this right here? In her stilettos. And I got an idea man. If Mariah can do it..." said Michael as he walked over to his exercise equipment.

    "Why the heck can't I, man?" he completed while slipping on some ridiculous looking heels. "I like to look as hot as possible when I'm working out."
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    Source: Mariah Daily | DeVante | Sergei | Casey


    Tuesday, December 20 , 2005

    Groovevolt Polls Now Open, Vote For Mariah! // 6:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Many have written that Mariah Carey’s return to glory is the comeback story of the year in the music world. Now, the readers of Groovevolt.com will get the opportunity to determine whether Carey’s comeback has had as big an influence with her fans as it has with the music media. The polls are now open.

    Mariah received nods for:
    General Nominations
  • Album of the Year ("The Emancipation of Mimi")
  • Song of the Year ("We Belong Together")

    Pop Nominations
  • Best Album - Female ("The Emancipation of Mimi")
  • Best Song Performance - Female ("We Belong Together")
  • Best Deep Cut - Pop (“Circles”)

    R&B/Soul Nomination
  • Best Song Performance - Female ("We Belong Together")

    "Few would argue that Mariah Carey is one of the best stories of the year. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Mariah ignored the so-called haters while her career rose to a new level." Groovevolt.com Editor-in-Chief Chauncy Jackson said, adding "With L.A. Reid’s guidance, Carey released a superb album which benefited from an even more successful marketing plan."

    Click here to vote for Mariah now! Voting ends Jan. 27, 2006.
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    Source: Groovevolt.com

    Fan Story: Mariah Posing With Vicky the Dog! // 3:43 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Rody, a Mariah fan from France shared an adorable fan story with us:

    "During Mariah's recent stay in Paris, Myself and two of my friends were waiting in the cold in front of her hotel. Late at night, Mariah's stylist came over to us and stared at the dog called Vicky. She said: "He's so cute, Mariah will love it!" and asked if she could bring the dog to Mariah's room. She took my camera and the dog and went to Mariah's room. 20 minutes later, she came back with two pictures of Mariah playing with the dog. Isn't she lovely...? "

    Click on the thumbnail below to see a larger picture of Mariah with the dog Vicky:

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    Source: Rody

    News Tidbits // 3:23 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • Mariah on year-end lists
    Nekesa Mumbi Moody of the Associated Press
    Here are the albums that helped wear out the iPod battery of AP Music Writer Nekesa Mumbi Moody in 2005.

    1. "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah Carey
    It's time for all the critics who declared Carey's career all but dead to eat some humble pie — so give me the first helping. Carey — who's biggest successes in her post-"Glitter" career had been crooning out breathy hooks on rap records — produced perhaps the best album of her 16-year career with "Mimi," an uncompromising, classic R&B album. Though it had several high-profile cameos from the likes of Snoop Dogg and Nelly, the most riveting components of "Mimi" were its stellar songwriting and Carey's luscious voice.

    Rolling Stone's Top Albums of 2005
    #43. Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi
    After wallowing in diva overkill on her last two albums, the Nineties' biggest female star sought to remove herself from her luxuriant quagmire with a surefire remedy: hot beats. On Mimi, quick-stepping pop songs like the Neptunes-produced "Say Somethin' " sport rubbery grooves that take Carey's belt-'em-out choruses to the club and then home for some good lovin'. Elsewhere, Jermaine Dupri helps out with slinky hooks on "Get Your Number" and Kanye West creates a low-rumbling bed for Carey's agitated swoops and moans on "Stay the Night," which is the rare Carey heartbreaker that's more moving than maudlin.

    Vibe Magazine
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is one of the top albums on Vibe Magazine's top ten albums of 2005. The list is not ranked.

  • Vote for Mariah!
    Rolling Stone
    Rolling Stone is conducting their annual Readers Poll and Mariah is listed under several categories. Click here to vote for Mariah. Results will be announced in Rolling Stone #992, which will hit news stands on January 13, 2006.

    AOL Battle of the Bands
    Click here to vote for Mariah on AOL's battle of the bands - artist of the year edition. Mariah is currently losing to Kelly Clarkson who has 55% of the votes.

  • Click here to download a video file (real player required) of Mariah's interview on "The Early Show" after the Grammy nominations announcement.

  • From Yahoo! Buzz: As the holidays come to a consumer crescendo, we also wanted to check the top 10 lyrics searches overall. What's hot on the pop charts? Sing along with us...
    #5 - Don't Forget About Us Lyrics (Mariah Carey)

  • International Report
    Canada
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" has been certified 2x Platinum (200,000 copies shipped) in Canada in November.

    Japan
    Oricon (responsible for the official Japanese albums/singles charts) has now published their year-end chart in Japan. "The Emancipation Of Mimi" came at #51.

    Orion has also ranked Mariah's back catalogue in order of the best selling titles:

    #1 - #1's
    #2 - Daydeam
    #3 - Merry Christams
    #4 - Butterfly
    #5 - Rainbow
    #6 - Emotions
    #7 - Mariah Carey
    #8 - Glitter
    #9 - Charmbracelet
    #10 - Greatest Hits
    #11 - MTV Unplugged EP
    #12 - The Emancipation Of Mimi
    #13 - The Remixes
    #14 - Charmbracelet Tour Edition
    #15 - Merry Christmas
    #16 - Merry Christams (DVD)

    Channel V (Asia)
    Mariah was featured on Channel V's 'The 10 Best Moments in Music Video 2005' and "We Belong Together" came at #1!

    MTV Asia
    Mariah was featured on MTV Asia's 'Hot in 2005: Album year end special' hosted by John Legend. Mariah talked about the wedding concept of the "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" videos and the issue of not being recognized as a songwriter.

    South Africa
    Mariah Carey has been voted one of the top 100 celebrity in South Africa by the readers of "Drum Magazine". She came in at #23, ahead of most South African celebrities.

    UK
    Below are sales figures for Mariah in the past week in the UK:
    --"Don't Forget About Us" - 11,547 copies (debuted at #11 where as "Get Your Number" which sold less copies debuted at #9).
    --"All I Want For Christmas Is You" - 7,100 downloads and 2 physical singles. Total sales to date: 333,230 copies.
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" - 17,835 copies (up 2% from last week.) Total sales to date: 489,662 copies.
    --"Greatest Hits" - 50,442 copies (down 3% from last week.) Total sales to date: 507,340 copies.

    --Mariah’s album sales in the UK have been huge. Just this year Mariah has managed to shift over 915,000 units over the counter of her current album and back catalogue.

    --Note: All music outlets that sell 12" singles should now have "Don’t Forget About Us" available to purchase on Vinyl. Don't forget to pick up your copy!

  • Scans from the January 2006 issue of VIBE magazine:



  • Below are pictures of Mariah as she was leaving her hotel in London to go to "Home House" on December 2nd, 2005:

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jevi | Jason | Martell | Heady | Dion | Mariah Connection UK | Love Love Jack | Neo | Vag | Danielle | Adi

    New Voice Message from Mariah! // 11:21 AM EST Updated by Lynn

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

    Transcript:
    Hello. Yeah, just had to call you 'cause I just had quite an amazing night at the RMAs and I wanted to thank you guys so much for everything, every single person out there who's been here for me from the beginning, everybody who's you know just made this the most incredible year of my life and you know what? for every single time that we thought 'yeah it was bleak and whatever', it's all worth it 'cause this has been amazing and I really can never ever ever thank you enough and i may sound boring and dramatic or whatever but I don't have my cheerleading squad with me. So it's a little bleak but basically, I'm just laying in bed, getting ready to go to sleep and the night wouldn't have been complete if I didn't call in and just say thanks. Happy Holidays! I'll be calling you soon with a much more festive message but I just want to say that I thank you and love you so much. Buh-bye!
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    Source: MariahCarey.com | Mariah Daily | Jay

    Photos: Mariah at the Radio Music Awards // 9:20 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah (with DJ Clue) accepts her award for Song of the Year, Urban and Rhythmic Radio for "We Belong Together"


    Mariah poses with her four awards backstage


    Visit our Photo Gallery for more photos!
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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Monday, December 19 , 2005

    Mariah Wins At Radio Music Awards! // 10:56 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Congratulations to Mariah for winning all of the three awards she was nominated for at the 2005 Radio Music Awards!

    Mariah racked up the awards for:

  • Artist of the Year/Urban and Rhythmic Radio
  • Song of the Year - Mainstream Hit Radio for
          "We Belong Together"
  • Song of the Year - Urban and Rhythmic Radio for
          "We Belong Together"

    plus, the Radio Legend Award!

  • The awards ceremony was televised live on NBC from the Aladdin Resort & Casino in Las Vegas earlier tonight.



    Mariah Accepts the Award for
    Song of the Year, Mainstream Hit Radio - "We Belong Together"

    [ Download Here ]

    Speech
    Oh my goodness! Whoo! Thank you God for everything always. It's by the grace of God that I'm here. All the glory to God. And I just want to thank everyone at radio, really, thank you so much! I will never ever be able to express the importance of radio and how great it's impacted upon my life. I love all the PDs, all the MDs, everybody that's ever played any one of my records particularly this record. Thank you L.A. Reid. Thank you Jermaine Dupri, I love you so much. Thank you all Island Def Jam team. God bless you!



    Mariah Accepts the Award for
    Song of the Year, Urban/Rhythmic Radio "We Belong Together"

    [ Download Here ]


    Speech (with DJ Clue)
    DJ Clue: Yeah, yeah, yeah. She ain't think we were gonna win so I wrote the list of ....
    Mariah: This is the infamous DJ Clue.
    Clue: No doubt. First of all, we want to thank everyone at Def Jam.
    MC: The whole IDJ family (names) ...and we also still want to thank JD. We wish you were here with us tonight Jermaine 'cause we love you.
    Clue: All the mix show DJs, all the radio programmers who played the record man, thank y'all.
    MC: I just wanna thank you Clue for hearing the song as a ballad and going, 'we need to do this for a remix' 'cause you did the best.
    Clue: No doubt.
    MC: And thank you to all the fans out there. Thank you so much. God bless you. Thank you so much.



    Mariah Accepts the Radio Legend Award
    [ Download Here ]

    Introductions by Mary J. Blige & Mark McGrath
    Mary: Mariah is too young to be a legend, but what can you do? She's won a hundred awards including Grammys, the Academy Award, the RMA for Most Requested Artist on Radio. She's up for eight more Grammys in February. And don't be surprised when she wins them all. Two years ago, the recording industry saluted her for more than one hundred gold, platinum and multi-platinum discs - now that's incredible.
    Mark: Yes, it is. Mariah gives everything to her music and fans, things she finds more to give to those less fortunate. She's incredibly generous with her charitable contributions and time. She works tirelessly on behalf of children in need. If she weren't a legend for her music, she would be one for humanitarian efforts.

    Mary: Wow! With all her accomplishments, is she slowing down? Give me a break! This year, her sixteenth #1 hit, "We Belong Together" was #1, the #1 song played on radio and held the top of the charts for an astonishing fourteen weeks!
    Mark: Her latest single, "Don't Forget About Us" is on the verge of being her seventeenth #1. Unbelievable. That puts her just behind Elvis Presley and The Beatles and no one else is even close. Oh, and the top album of the 2005? The 5X platinum, "The Emancipation of Mimi." She is a master!

    Mary: Just another day in a life of a legend. What a privelege to present this award to my sister, my friend, your 2005 Radio Awards Legend tonight. Ladies and gentlemen, get to your feet right now for Miss Mariah Carey!

    Speech
    Thank you so much to Mark and Mary for such an amazing introduction. By the way, Mary's album is in store tomorrow - "The Breakthrough" it's incredible, please go purchase it. Oh my goodness, this is such an incredible honor and I'm really humbled by this honor and I just don't even know what to say so I wrote a few little words down backstage but my writing is a little sloppy so if I forget anyone please forgive me. Now because this award is specifically about radio, I have just have to say one thing first. I grew up addicted to radio and all I ever thought about was I just wanna hear my own records on the radio. I just, you know, that's what I wanna do - I wanna write songs, I wanna make music. I'm just so thankful to God for giving me the opportunity to do this and to be standing here today. I have to thank Doug Morris for believing in me. Thank you L.A. Reid once more never enough, never enough to thank you, you know, everyone who worked with me on this album, and all the albums in my career. Basically what did I write down here? All the radio formats, very, very important to say this who have supported me throughout my career. Literally like all the radio programmers and the staff, everybody from the general managers to the part-time jocks and to definitely like the people who are answering the phones, the interns, everybody at radio, in radio who's there doing what they do because they love it. Okay, I don't want to forget anybody - everybody in my management, Benny, Michael, Mark, Louise, Gina, you're beautiful darling. All my fans, you're the best in the world and everybody who helped me get here tonight, thank you, I love you. God bless you!

    Thanks to Vinny of TheLadies.com for his help with the video files!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    The 2nd Annual Mariah Daily Idol Christmas Contest! // 12:40 PM EST Updated by Liron


    It's time to get into the holiday spirit, take out your "Merry Christmas" CD and start singing along!

    After the successful "Mariah Idol" contest last year, we decided to make it a trend!

    To celebrate Christmas this year, in an all festive, Mariah fashion, we will be holding a contest and giving out prizes to those of you who can sing Mariah!

    Contest Rules
    1. Record your own version of one of Mariah's Christmas songs (any of the ones on "Merry Christmas")
    2. Upload it via Rapid Share and send us the link at idol@mariahdaily.com.
    3. Deadline for entries: Friday, December 23rd at midnight!

    Apply To be a Judge
    This year, a judging panel will decide on the two finalists. If you want to be one of the judges, please e-mail us at idol@mariahdaily.com. One of the judges will also be rewarded with a prize!

    The rules to be a judge are simple:
    1. You cannot be a contestant.
    2. You must listen to all the entries prior to voting.

    We are looking for as many judges as possible!

    Contest Timeline
    Dec. 19 - Dec. 23: Entries Submissions
    Dec. 24: Finalists Announced
    Dec. 24 - Dec. 28: Judges Deciding Two Finalists
    Dec. 28 - Dec. 31: Site Visitors Voting on Winner!
    January 1st, 2006: Mariah Daily's Idol Winner Announced!

    Prizes
    The winner will receive an autographed Mariah Carey CD and a copy of the limited 7-11 "Merry Christmas" EP!

    One of the judges will also receive a copy of the limited 7-11 "Merry Christmas" EP and a "Don't Forget About Us" poster!

    Note: Both the singing contest and the judging panel are open for all fans - all ages and all countries. The only rule is to be a Mariah fan!

    Good Luck!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Catch Mariah at Tonight's 2005 Radio Music Awards! // 11:05 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Don't forget to tune in tonight to NBC at 9:00 pm EST for the live airing of the 2005 Radio Music Awards.

    Mariah is scheduled to perform on the show as well as vie for three awards she's nominated for:
  • Artist of the Year/Urban and Rhythmic Radio
  • Song of the Year/Mainstream Hit Radio
  • Song of the Year/Urban and Rhythmic Radio

    Good luck Mariah!

    Mariah at the 2001 Radio Music Awards
    Mariah performed "Never Too Far / Hero Medley" for the first time ever on the 2001 Radio Music Awards which was followed by a lengthy standing ovation.

    She also won the award for "Most Requested Artist on Radio."

    Click on the links below to download the video files of Mariah's appearance on the 2001 Radio Music Awards.


    Mariah Interviewed by Extra TV Prior to the 2001 RMAs
    [ Download Here ]



    Mariah Performs Never Too Far/Hero Medley at the 2001 RMAs
    [ Download Here ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Scans // 10:56 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans from the December 26th issues of In Touch, Life & Style, OK!, People, and Celebrity Living magazines.

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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mimi: Around The World // 7:12 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Australia
    This week on the official ARIA charts, "Don't Forget About Us" drops four spots to #16 in its 2nd week on the Top 50 Singles and remains at #4 on the Top 40 Urban Singles. "Shake It Off" is down two to #15 on Urban. "The Emancipation of Mimi" in its 37th week, drops three spots to #43 on the Top 50 Albums and one spot down to #6 on the Top 40 Urban Albums.

    Brazil
    On the Hot100Br@sil singles chart, "Shake It Off" remains at #28 while "We Belong Together" drops eight to #52. On the albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" maintains its hold over #22 in its 34rd week.

    Canada
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" has just been certified double-platinum (200,000 units) by the Canadian Recording Industry Association (CRIA)!

    --MuchMusic was taking votes for the 20 Sexiest Girls, which premiered last night. Mariah came in at #18. Additional showtimes can be found here.

    Czech Republic
    "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" are #54 and #57, respectively on the official singles chart.

    France
    --On the official IFOP charts, "We Belong Together" gains one place to #91 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" rises two to #52. In airplay, "Get Your Number" drops one spot to #5 this week.

    --Download the commercial for "The Emancipation of Mimi" Platinum Edition on French TV.

    Greece
    For the week ending Dec. 17, 2005, in its 24th week on the official IFPI Greek album charts, "The Emancipation of Mimi" jumps five spots to #33. "Get Your Number" drops six to #28 in its 4th week on the singles chart.

    Holland
    The December 9th edition of the Dutch newspaper, Metro featured a photo of Mariah at the Recording Academy Honors. Click here to view.

    Ireland
    "Don't Forget About Us" debuts on the official Irish singles chart at #26.

    Malaysia
    "Shake It Off" is down a spot to #7 on Mix FM’s Mixed Up 20. Keep voting!

    Russia
    "We Belong Together" is up a spot to #11 on the Europe Plus Top 40 while "Get Your Number" places at #4 on MTV Europe Top 20.

    South Africa
    "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off" are on the list for East Coast Radio's Top 100 songs of 2005. Vote for the songs by clicking here!

    Spain
    --MTV's Top Interactivo - After your votes from last week, the "Get Your Number" video moved up from #3 to #2, where it has stayed ever since. Keep voting to put it back to #1 where it belongs!

    --Cadena 100 - After debuting last week on Spain's second largest radio station at #69, "Get Your Number" jumps 7 places to #62 this week thanks to your votes! Make sure to continue voting by sending emails to 100x100@cadena100.es and by texting 5211 with "100 YourName YourProvince MARIAH CAREY".

    UK
    --"Don't Forget About Us" debuts on the singles chart at #11. "Greatest Hits" drops three spots to #24 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" down three to #61 on the albums chart.

    USA
    --"Don't Forget About Us" Mediabase update through Dec. 18, 2005: 171.804 million impressions with 18,668 spins.

    --"Don't Forget About Us" is the #1 most watched video at MSN Music.

    --Las Vegas radio station, KLUC has just added an old interview they had with Mariah back when she was promoting "We Belong Together." Listen by clicking here.

    World Charts
    On the official global track chart, "Don't Forget About Us" jumps five places to #16 in its 4th week. On the global albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" rises two to #14 in its 36th week.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Scotty | Kostas | KYLmi | Honour Mariah | MariahHispanoHablantes | Mariahfanclub | SJinc | Zane | Adriano | April | Sam | Matt | Michael


    Sunday, December 18 , 2005

    Vote, Vote, VOTE! // 8:07 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah is on a roll! Help Mariah cap off an incredible year by making her #1 on the following polls/countdowns:

  • BET's 106 & Park Video Countdown

    Let's keep on voting for the "Don't Forget About Us" video! Click on the link to vote online or call 1-800-617-LIVE (5483) between 5:30 & 6:00pm ET.


  • MTV's Total Request Live

    Vote online or call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (3425-688) 24/7!


  • VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown

    "Don't Forget About Us" was #4 on this week's VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown. Post your vote online!


  • AOL Battle of the Bands: Mariah Carey vs. Kelly Clarkson

    These divas rule the charts this year, but only one can earn the title of 2005's reigning queen. Mariah is currently losing with 44% of the votes to Kelly's 56%! Let's show them who should be queen! Vote!


  • Radio Music Awards: What is Your Pick for Song of the Year?

    NBC.com wants to know. Mariah's "We Belong Together" (16%) is currently in 3rd place behind Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" (44%) and Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone" (26%). That can't be right. Vote now!


  • CNN: What should win the Grammy for album of the year?

    Mariah is currently leading the poll with 30%, close behind is U2 with 28%. Keep voting!


  • Grammys '06: Who Do You Want To Win Best Album?

    AOL Music asks. Mariah currently leads with 63% of the total votes, Kanye West in distant 2nd with 16%. Keep on voting!


  • USA Today: What were the highlights in 2005?

    Vote for Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" as album of '05!


  • Mariah vs. J. Lo: Whose Team Are You On?

    It's a musical match-up from Entertainment Weekly's record-biz winners and losers. Tell them what you think!


  • MSN Favorites For 2005

    Vote for Mariah for Artist and Album of the Year! Mariah is currently leading in both polls with 41% and 39%, respectively. Let's keep up the voting!


  • Chicago Tribune: Who is the Pop Person of the Year?

    Oh no! Mariah is in the bottom 3 with 5.9%. Vote now!

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jeremy | Jerold | Ken | Brian | Louise | Dan | Pat | Stanley

    Photos: Mariah Leaves Hotel For "Star Academy" // 10:36 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah poses for fans outside her George V hotel before heading to "Star Academy" Friday, Dec. 16, 2005.

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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Saturday, December 17 , 2005

    Reminder: Download "Don't Forget About Us" Digital Single And Win Exclusive Prizes! // 3:59 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Don't Forget About Mariah!
    Only two days left, let's make "Don't Forget About Us" Mariah's 17th #1 song. All you have to do is download the song!

    ORIGINAL VERSION:

  • iTunes
  • MSN Music
  • Napster
  • Real
  • Rhapsody
  • Yahoo! Music Engine
  • Passalong
  • Sony Connect
  • Wal-Mart
  • MusicMatch

  • EXCLUSIVE REMIXES:
  • iTunes:

    "Don’t Forget About Us Remix featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony"


  • Napster:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Dance Floor Anthem) (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg)"


  • Real/Rhapsody:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Ralphi Rosario and Craig Martini Vocal)"


  • Yahoo! Music Engine:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Quentin Shelter Anthem Mix)"



    10 Winners Will Receive
    1 Grand Prize - A Personalized autographed CD by Mariah!
    3 "The Emancipation of Mimi" cardboard stand-ups
    6 "Shake It Off" Posters and 2 sided mini "The Emancipation of Mimi" posters.


    Contest Rules
    1. Download one version of "Don't Forget About Us" from any legal digital downloads service.
    OR
    Download all the available remixes to be eligible to receive the grand prize!
    2. Send your receipt, order number or any other proof of purchase to contest@mariahdaily.com.
    3. Multiple versions will count for multiple contest entries!
    4. Deadline for contest entries is Monday, December 19th.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Confirmed as a "Radio Music Awards" Performer // 12:23 PM EST Updated by Liron

    With host Mark McGrath and Jamie Pressly, performances by Mariah Carey, Michael Buble, Snoop Dogg, Lifehouse and presentations by Bo Bice, Lauren Holly, Kelly Monaco and Sean Paul, the 2005 Radio Music Awards will be broadcast live from the Aladdin Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV, on December 19.
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    Source: PRWeb | Casey

    Billboard 2005 Year In Music: It's Mariah's Year! // 10:28 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Year In Charts
    By Fred Bronson

    You don't need to read an analysis of the 2005 charts to know that Mariah Carey made an impressive comeback, but a closer look at the annual recaps suggests this may be her most successful chart year to date. The evidence: for the first time in her 16-year career, Carey has the No. 1 spot on Billboard's Hot 100 Songs year-end chart.

    "We Belong Together" (Island) sealed up bragging rights by remaining in pole position for 14 weeks, longer than any other 2005 entry. It was the first single to have a 14-week reign in eight years, since Elton John's "Candle in the Wind 1997" / "Something About the Way You Look Tonight."

    "We Belong Together" is the seventh song by Carey to appear in a year-end top 10. Her highest ranking on an annual Hot 100 recap until now was the No. 2 spot held by "One Sweet Day" in 1996. True, timing was a factor, as that collaboration with Boyz II Men had its chart life split into two different chart years, or it would have been the top song of the year.

    Carey's current triumph marks the first year-end No. 1 by a female artist in five years, since Faith Hill had the top tune of 2000 with "Breathe." In the ensuing years, the No. 1 year-end Hot 100 songs have been recorded by Lifehouse, Nickelback, 50 Cent and Usher.

    Last year, the year-end recaps were dominated by men. Now the pendulum has swung the other way; the 2004 Hot 100 Songs recap featured male artists on nine out of the top 10 songs. This year that number shrinks to five, including one song where Busta Rhymes is a featured guest.

    With Gwen Stefani lodged at No. 2 with "Hollaback Girl" (Interscope), this is the first year that women have sewn up the top two spots since Cher ruled with "Believe" in 1999 and TLC was second with "No Scrubs."

    Demonstrating how fortunes can change from year to year, only one artist repeats in 2005 from the 2004 Hot 100 summary. Ciara, No. 5 this year with "1, 2 Step" (Sho'nuff/MusicLine/LaFace), was No. 9 last year with "Goodies."

    The majority of artists in the year-end recap of Hot 100 Songs are there for the first time. Aside from Carey and Ciara, only Stefani and 50 Cent have previously registered in the top 10 of a Hot 100 annual recap.

  • 2005 Critics' & Artist' Choice
    The Year's Top Releases According To The Billboard Staff & A Host Of Artists

    The Billboard Information Group staff and the freelance writers who contribute to the magazine and the Web site reflect a wide range of musical tastes. The proof is in is our annual Critics' Choice roundup, where all parties are invited to submit a list of their top 10 favorite albums, singles or musical events of the past year.

    While Billboard's various charts reflect the retail sales of albums and the sales and airplay of singles, these lists are based only the personal favorites of the staffers.

    In tallying the top-10 lists, only albums were counted for our overall critics' choice list (singles and live shows appear in some lists, but weren't used to tabulate the final results). An inverse point system -- where 10 points were given to a title listed at No. 1, and one point given to a No. 10 entry -- was used to determine the rankings.

    Below are the people whose lists include Mariah's album "The Emancipation of Mimi."

  • Overall top 10 albums of 2005 as chosen by Billboard's panel of critics: #9 (26 points)
  • Keith Caulfield (Billboard chart manager, Billboard.com contributor, BillboardChartAlert.com Editor) - #9
  • Clover Hope (Billboard.com associate editor) - #5 (Incredible comeback album.)
  • Gail Mitchell (Billboard R&B editor) - #2
  • Michael Paoletta (Billboard brand marketing editor) - #2

  • Year-End No. 1
    Below are most of Mariah's positions in Billboard's Year-End Music charts (December 2004 - November 2005)

    The full breadth of charts appear in the pages of Billboard's special double issue dated Dec. 24, 2005, and on Billboard.biz.

    Artist - Mariah Carey
    Top Billboard 200 Artists: #5
    Top Billboard 200 Artists - Female: #1
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists: #2
    Top Comprehensive Albums Artists: #4
    Hot 100 Artists – Female: #2
    Hot 100 Singles Airplay Artists: #1
    Hot 100 Producers: #14
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artists: #2
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists - Female: #1
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artists: #2
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Producers: #17
    Top Adult R&B Artists: #3
    Pop Top Artists: #3
    Pop Top Artists - Female: #2
    Pop 100 Artists: #5
    Pop 100 Producers: #22
    Rhythmic Top 40 Artists: #2
    Top 40 Mainstream Artists: #2
    Top Adult Contemporary Artists: #15
    Hot Dance Club-Play Artists: #3
    Hot Dance Radio Airplay Artists: #3
    Hot Dance Airplay Artists: #3
    Hot Digital Songs Artists: #7
    Hot Digital Tracks Artists: #7
    Hot 100 Songwriters: #23

    Album - The Emancipation of Mimi
    The Billboard 200: #4
    Top Comprehensive Albums: #4
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #2

    Song - We Belong Together
    The Billboard 100: #1
    Hot 100 Airplay: #1
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Titles: #2
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Titles: #3
    Top Adult R&B Titles: #5
    Pop 100 Songs: #3
    Pop 100 Airplay: #3
    Rhythmic Top 40 Titles: #1
    Top 40 Mainstream Titles: #3
    Hot Adult Contemporary Songs: #16
    Adult Top 40 Titles: #47
    Hot Dance Club Play Singles: #3 (P. Rauhofer/Atlantic Soul Mixes)
    Hot Dance Airplay: #9
    Hot Digital Songs: #13
    Hot Digital Tracks: #14
    Hot Ringtones: #10

    Song - Shake It Off
    The Billboard 100: #15
    Hot 100 Airplay: #10
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #25
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Titles: #24
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Titles: #25
    Top Adult R&B Titles: #43
    Pop 100 Songs: #29
    Pop 100 Airplay: #21
    Rhythmic Top 40 Titles: #14
    Top 40 Mainstream Titles: #22
    Hot Digital Songs: #54
    Hot Ringtones: #35

    Song - It's Like That
    The Billboard 100: #69
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay Titles: #87
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #78
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Titles: #93
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Sales: #24
    Pop 100 Songs: #65
    Rhythmic Top 40 Titles: #46
    Top 40 Mainstream Titles: #84
    Hot Singles Sales: #55
    Hot Dance Singles Sales Titles: #11 (D. Morales Remixes)
    Hot Digital Songs: #66

    Song - Don't Forget About Us
    Rhythmic Top 40 Titles: #96

    Song - U Make ME Wanna (with Jadakiss)
    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #68
    Top R&B/Hip-Hop Titles: #67
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | Ritcher

    Mariah Carey Savors A Charmed Year // 12:12 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    To put it mildly, 2005 has been a good year for Mariah Carey.

    Her April release, "The Emancipation of Mimi," is her best-selling album since 1995's "Daydream," which has sold 7.5 million copies in the United States. "Mimi" has sold 4.2 million copies in the States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Island Def Jam says total worldwide sales exceed 7 million.

    The three previous years were a roller coaster ride for Carey, marked by the disappointing sales of the soundtrack to "Glitter" (which was released September 11, 2001), EMI's buyout of her contract and the subpar performance of "Charmbracelet," her first album under her new deal with Island Def Jam.

    But this year, her success has come swiftly and surely. "We Belong Together," the first single from "The Emancipation of Mimi," spent 14 weeks atop The Billboard Hot 100, more than any other song in 2005. "Don't Forget About Us" -- the first single from an 'ultra platinum' "Mimi" reissue released November 15 -- is currently No. 2 on the Hot 100. The reissue contains four new songs, while a limited-edition version boasts a DVD featuring the five videos from "Mimi" and other treats.

    A bevy of honors have come Carey's way this year as well, including four Vibe Awards, one American Music Award and five Billboard Music Awards. Two days after snaring her BMAs, she received eight Grammy Award nominations, including coveted album, record and song of the year nods.

    Q: DO YOU CONSIDER "MIMI" A COMEBACK?
    A: It's a comeback to the top of the charts if you're looking at a solo record. It was not even two years ago I was on "I Know What You Want" with Busta (Rhymes), which was a really big record. And me and Jadakiss had a big urban record as well, so I've always been around doing little things. But, yes, this is a comeback if you want to be technical about it, 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."

    Q: YOU HAVE ALWAYS TAKEN AN ACTIVE ROLE IN SONGWRITING AND PRODUCTION, BUT IT DOES NOT SEEM LIKE YOU GET CREDIT FOR THAT. DOES THAT BOTHER YOU?
    A: I've always been very involved, but there used to be limitations as to where I could go musically in terms of what was acceptable to the record company. I understand (that) when you have somebody just starting out. That mentality lasted for a long time. And then I had the period that they'll call "the slump" or whatever words they want to use. Everybody and their mother had their opinion: "You need to start singing ballads again. Why aren't you singing ballads?" I never stopped singing ballads. "Oh, she's got to stop working with all these rappers. It's terrible." Next thing you know, the remix of "We Belong Together" is No. 1 for however many weeks on the hip-hop charts.

    It's kind of difficult for people to see me as this diva and then to also realize that I do write my songs and produce the records. Quite frankly, it's much easier for men to get credit than women, particularly (since I am) not sitting behind a piano or a guitar. My voice is my instrument; it always has been.

    Q: YOU HAD A RECORD LABEL, CRAVE, WHILE YOU WERE ON COLUMBIA. ANY PLANS TO START ANOTHER IMPRINT?
    A: Well, that was a bleak experience, because it wasn't even my idea to do it. And then I got blamed for it not working out. And it conveniently didn't work out when I left my husband (then-Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola), which I still can't believe I was married (to), but we won't go into that. So that was a lot to put on somebody's shoulders who really didn't want to do it.

    Q: WITH THE ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION OF "MIMI," WERE YOU CONCERNED THAT YOUR FANS MIGHT HAVE TO BUY THE SAME MATERIAL TWICE?
    A: I think that my real fans would want the new stuff because it's also the new packaging. These are die-hard fans I'm talking about. And I plan on continuing to add on to this DVD link. It's not like they would have access to this any other way, so I think it's a cool thing.

    Q: FOR THE NOV. 15 RELEASE OF THE ULTRA PLATINUM VERSION, FANS CAMPED OUT OVERNIGHT FOR YOUR APPEARANCE AT THE VIRGIN MEGASTORE IN LOS ANGELES. DOES THEIR DEVOTION SURPRISE YOU?
    A: When I heard they were camping out, I was like, "Oh no!" I just want them to come in the morning and don't get cold. I try to send them cocoa and doughnuts, but only half the people get them. And (then) I have another guilt fest. I really tried to stay that day and sign every last person's autograph.

    My real fans have always been with me through great times and not-so-great times, and that's why I think we have a really close, special connection.

    Q: WHY DOES THE RELATIONSHIP WITH ISLAND DEF JAM CHAIRMAN ANTONIO "L.A." REID, WHO WAS EXECUTIVE PRODUCER ON "MIMI," WORK SO WELL?
    A: He's a music man. I respect his opinion. When he has something to contribute, it's not like he's giving me some weird kind of direction from out of the blue that makes no sense. He is definitely much more in tune with urban music than any other executive I've ever dealt with and understands the fact that I feel urban music, but I have the ability to make songs that can crossover. So I think rather than try to squash something within me, he embraces it.

    Q: YOU HAVE 16 NO. 1S ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100. THE BEATLES HOLD THE RECORD AT 20. HOW IMPORTANT IS BREAKING THAT RECORD TO YOU?
    A: I'm so not about that, because I don't even think people want anybody to beat the Beatles' record. How can I even put myself in a category with these people? I so don't. Hearing (my records) on the radio so much and feeling the love from the fans, that seems real to me and that's what I look toward.

    Q: WHEN DO YOU PLAN TO TOUR AGAIN?
    A: I don't know. I know I have to do it, but I really want to do it right. I want to be able to do as much of the new material as possible while still giving the fans some of the older stuff because I, as a concertgoer, hate it when people don't do their older songs.

    I enjoy (touring), but it's really rough on me because I have to take two days off between each show. It's just the nature of my songs.

    Q: HOW DO YOU FOLLOW UP "MIMI?"
    A: Just live life and keep growing creatively. The more you survive, the more you're able to not let the hurt turn into hate. I mean, there'll always be some element of sadness at the core of who I am, because I've had a lot of difficulties and things to overcome. I think people tend to think I floated out of my mother's womb in a sequin gown. The great thing is it's not about topping this, it's about living in the moment.

    I prayed to get through everything I got through, and I prayed for this record to be really good and really strong and for me to be proud of it, and God always answers my prayers, and I'm just thankful.
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    Source: Reuters


    Friday, December 16 , 2005

    Download: Mariah on "Star Academy" // 8:05 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video files of Mariah's appearance on the French show, "Star Academy" which aired live earlier today on TF1. Many thanks to Sam for the video files!


    Mariah Sings "It's Like That" With Finalist Magalie
    [ Download here! ]



    Mariah Performs "Get Your Number"
    [ Download here! ]



    Mariah Presents Trophy To Contest Winner Magalie
    [ Download here! ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Sam

    The Eager Diva // 4:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Two sips into my glass of pink Cristal and I am beginning to worry that this may not work. I have come to Mariah Carey’s suite in Claridge’s to talk business. So far I have mostly got diva.

    Carey has sold over 150m albums – more than anyone but Elvis and the Beatles. The idea was to find out what commercial lessons someone who has made an estimated $300m fortune from her five-octave voice could offer readers of the FT.

    In a business that measures market share by the weekly charts, Mariah Carey counts as a blockbuster global product. In 1990, her eponymous debut album made her a household name from New Jersey to Japan. Bought and sold by three of the world’s four largest music companies since then, she is a brand into which millions of dollars have been invested, and which – sometimes – has returned millions more. She is also among a celebrity elite upon which the newspaper, magazine and television industries lean ever more heavily.

    Yet four years ago, brand Mariah was looking seriously tarnished. Her first foray into acting, a film called Glitter, had been panned by the critics and ignored by the public. The accompanying soundtrack albums had sold just 2m copies – a tenth of what she had sold at her peak. With the tabloid press turning on her after a couple of eccentric public appearances, she collapsed exhausted on the floor of her mother’s kitchen. And then, in January 2002, EMI paid an unheard-of $28m to get out of the contract it had signed with her only a year before.

    I have come to her London hotel to find out how an asset that had been so expensively written off could become so valuable again. This year, she has staged one of the most remarkable brand comebacks in marketing history. Her last album, The Emancipation of Mimi, has already sold 7.2m copies, spawning a series of chart-topping singles and earning her armfuls of industry awards, culminating in eight Grammy nominations this month.

    I am kept waiting for 45 minutes, hovering in a low-lit bedroom scattered with Jimmy Choo shopping bags and abandoned room service trolleys. There are occasional bursts of laughter from next door and an aide darts in and out, ferrying an unexplained pack of Wet Ones Family Wipes.

    Finally, I am admitted and find Carey curled in a corner of the couch, playing with her hair, lit only by a lamp on the other side of the room. An iPod is playing through speakers on the mantelpiece.

    Carey is wearing brown suede boots over designer jeans, a gauzy blouse over a boob tube and a string of beads. I am the man from the FT and am wearing a grey suit, white shirt and a tie.

    “I must warn you I failed math in 8th grade,” she jokes as the champagne is poured, “So if we’re going to deal with long division you’re in the wrong place.”

    “You’re not a regular reader of the FT, then?” I ask. “No, no, no darling, of course I read it. Is it bimonthly or...?”

    It’s daily, I tell her.

    “Right. I read it bimonthly.”

    That settled, I start by asking what makes one record sell and another not.

    “Well. It’s been a really interesting journey for me,” she begins, setting off on a 1,500 word spiel about her mixed-race origins; her discovery by, marriage to and divorce from Tommy Mottola, the former head of Sony’s Columbia Records label; “the Glitter debacle”; her hounding by the press; and everything else that a thousand other interviewers have already picked over a thousand times. But just as I am beginning to despair, she answers the questions. What makes a record sell, she says, is that it appeals to both white and black audiences.

    Carey’s frequent reference to the fact that her mother is white and her late father was black is one of many tropes to which she returns throughout the interview – others being the fact that she writes all her own music, still feels like a kid of 12, and has always listened to hip-hop even when she was performing her signature ballads.

    An accomplished interviewee, she seems to have a carefully-polished life story, raising all the difficult questions before you can ask them and then convincingly dismissing them.

    But her mixed race background has become what marketing men would call her brand key, the core of her market identity and appeal. This year, she has pulled off the remarkable feat of remaining number one on both the pop and hip-hop charts for 15 weeks with the same single, “We Belong Together”.

    In a business where “pop” and “hip-hop” have become euphemisms to describe white and black audiences, this is a rare phenomenon. “I can’t even name a singer right now who crosses both genres because there really is a barrier,” Carey says.

    This mixed-race appeal is as much a matter of brand positioning as genes, she says. The demo tape that was famously passed to Tommy Mottola when Carey was a teenage backing singer had plenty of urban influences, she says, but her former husband (“I can’t even believe I was ever married, but, whatever”) pushed the safe, mainstream pop songs.

    “He said to me, we need more pop songs, we can’t release your favourite song off the [1995] Daydream album, which of course was always the most R&B song, it’s not acceptable to pop audiences, we’re going to go with ‘Forever’.” This, she says dismissively, was “a pop record where I’m singing long notes and just belting out the whole time and I’m sure a lot of people enjoyed it but it’s not my favourite song that I’ve ever written, you know what I mean?”

    Her colleagues say Carey chafed at her early marketing as a white, ballad-singing diva, and was one of the first mainstream artists to record hip-hop versions of her singles for the club scene. Carey does not blame Mottola alone for her early pop positioning but argues that most music company executives are out of touch. “When I first got my record deal I was so surprised. I was, like, why are all these older people trying to tell me what’s going to sell to people my age?”

    Her own generation always wanted to hear “that fusion” of her voice and her urban influences, she argues: “They want to hear someone singing a ballad over a beat.”

    She made her move into the hip-hop market after her 1997 divorce from Mottola (her divorce from his company came four years later). But her duets with the likes of Sean “P. Diddy” Combs and Missy Elliott seemed to coincide with the start of her commercial troubles.

    By the time of her breakdown in 2001, there were plenty of critics urging her to return to safer territory. “They said, what Mariah Carey needs to do is go back to wearing long gowns, be covered up and have some great writers write some songs for her and produce some records for her and do ballads.”

    But Carey argues that she is simply moving with her market and adds that there are demographic trends supporting her brand’s new positioning. “When I was growing up there were no biracial role models,” she says. “I think what I represent is a new generation. Eventually, everybody’s going to be mixed.”

    It is a point that is too often lost on companies beyond the music industry, she adds. “I should be there as a person when they’re looking at an ad campaign with a blonde, blue-eyed girl and a dark-skinned, beautiful black woman and an Asian woman. [Mixed-race consumers] should also be able to see a multi-racial person and know that it’s OK to look that way because most of my life I felt ugly.”

    Now that the core Mariah Carey brand has stabilised and is growing once again, she believes the time is ripe for some brand extensions. “I’m becoming more open to entrepreneurial concepts and ideas,” she says. “I’ve been approached by a lot of people who have said ‘why have you never done a hair campaign, why have you never done a skin campaign, why have you never done a soda campaign?’”

    What stopped her from taking on more commercial ventures earlier in her career, she says, was that she could not understand why some other stars seemed to need “this excess of money”. But she has since realised: “The more famous you become the more money you actually need.”

    The need for time off and privacy from prying photographers means “you start to look for places that are very, very, very high end, that are very private, that are very, you know, expensive.” She would be a singer “if I never made a dime from it,” she insists. But her music was, from the start, also “a way out, and a way to not be struggling and not to be in fear of the rug being pulled out from under me”.

    For many high performers, in music or in finance, money is also a way of keeping score. If this is her motivation, then Carey hides it well but she is acutely aware of her competition. She knows Gwen Stefani’s position on the charts and her rumoured rivalry with Jennifer Lopez has long been staple fodder for the gossip columns. “Technically they’re competition, in terms of charts,” she says, before elaborating how none of them has been through the experiences that she has.

    When she mentions Glitter’s poor showing at the box office, she casually points out that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson’s film, Get Rich or Die Trying, “debuted lower than Glitter and made less money, I believe”. Jackson is the only artist ahead of her in the race for bestselling album of the year in the US.

    Benny Medina, Carey’s manager, says: “I know Mariah doesn’t look at other female releases in a competitive way but I do. There is only so much space on music video channels, and radio stations are so test-driven and researched. There is only so much room for a particular style of music or a particular gender.”

    Medina, who has also represented Lopez, says Carey has an unparalleled knowledge of music business issues, tracking airplay and the weekly Soundscan sales figures and understanding the importance of international marketing. “It’s innate to her upbringing as someone who started in the business as a 19- or 20-year-old. That’s spilled over into an attention to detail in everything else she does.”

    Other colleagues say that being married to Mottola gave Carey a unique perspective on the industry at a very early age. “She’s almost like a manager herself,” adds Jason Iley, UK managing director of Universal Music’s Mercury Records label.

    Just as Carey likes to keep on top of the competition, she also keeps a close eye on the people who are positioning and selling her brand. “Even with the big companies you have to watch them and micromanage and it’s difficult,” she says. Carey’s unceremonious exit from EMI’s Virgin Records in 2002 may have forced the group to make an announcement to the London Stock Exchange but it is skipped over in her official biography. “Always at the top of her game, the ever thriving Carey sparked the interest of the Universal Music Group’s Island Def Jam records,” the press pack says.

    In person, she is less coy. “The contract that I got [from EMI] was out of this world ridiculous, which is why I went with them.” Both sides are constrained by confidentiality agreements from discussing the deal, which was rumoured to be worth between $75m and $100m. Many executives believe EMI did the right thing in writing off the deal as the terms were so generous it would have struggled to make the money back even with a hit such as The Emancipation of Mimi.

    Carey disagrees, saying she would be “kicking myself right now” if she were an EMI executive “but that’s their loss”. So where did EMI go wrong? The answer, she says, is that they over-worked her by rushing to produce albums to recoup their vast outlay. Furthermore, “they underestimated my talent, and I say that in the most humble way because my talent is a gift from God.”

    If she felt unappreciated at EMI, and squashed at Sony before that, she has nothing but praise for Universal Music.

    The story of Carey’s move to Universal is a case study in how to rescue what Unilever or Procter & Gamble would call an orphan brand.

    Once she had been dropped by EMI, Universal launched a charm offensive worthy of its Gallic ownership. Doug Morris, Universal’s chairman and chief executive, flew Carey to Deauville in Normandy for a meeting of Vivendi Universal executives, led by the parent company’s megalomaniac former chief executive Jean-Marie Messier. She was introduced to executive after executive and told how Universal would – as a press release later put it – “handle the comprehensive coordination of Ms Carey across a variety of Vivendi Universal’s print, television, film and online marketing brands”.

    While other executives were still trying to coax her away, Morris sealed the deal with a house call. “He came to my apartment and he brought me some champagne and said ‘here’s what we’re going to celebrate with when you win all the awards.’”

    “I just thought this woman has not even started her career,” Morris says. “She’s determined to be the absolute number one singer in the world and she is. But here’s the thing – she doesn’t take it for granted.”

    The wooing worked. But Carey, who has seen plenty of chief executives in her career, says the clincher was the management team Morris had to offer: “Doug Morris is the best executive in the business and he knows how to hire the best executives.”

    If Morris is credited with spotting Carey’s potential at a low point and signing a deal that her manager admits was “less than what the market would have suggested”, he gets more credit for having made Antonio “LA” Reid chairman of Island Def Jam, the Universal label to which Carey had signed.

    Reid, who was also at a low ebb having been forced out by BMG, Bertelsmann’s music division, joined Universal early last year. “A true musician like LA Reid is a gold mine for a company and a godsend for me,” she says.

    On Charmbracelet, Carey’s 2002 album, she admits she listened to the critics who wanted her to return to the pop mainstream.“I did it for a second and it kind of didn’t really work,” she says.

    A change of producer made all the difference. John Kennedy, chairman of the IFPI, the music industry’s lobby group, says: “I’ve been in the business for 25 years and if somebody had said that Mariah Carey would sell a million albums this year I’d have said ‘you’re mad’. But it’s all about who makes the record. Sometimes it takes a setback for artists to do something and get help.”

    Reid endorsed Carey’s hip-hop leanings and paired her with urban singers and co-producers such as Nelly, Snoop Dogg, and Jermaine Dupri. She and Reid “clicked immediately because he wasn’t trying to make me into something I wasn’t,” Carey says, and they ended the year side by side on the cover of Billboard magazine, the music industry bible in the US, celebrating their joint comeback.

    But if the sleeve notes for The Emancipation of Mimi lead off on a dictionary definition of the long word in the title, why does a woman who claims to be embracing her independence still need to be part of a huge corporation?

    The answer is globalisation. “There’s a certain thing about being a global artist that requires you to be aware of your sales in every country on the planet,” she says.

    “A lot of my friends who never used to think about that are starting to realise, hey it’s not just America, and I was like that too. I was like – New York, that’s the end of the world! And then I started realising how much of my sales were coming from outside America.”

    She adds: “Right now I don’t feel like I’m in a place where I would want to be just distributing my own stuff on the internet. I know the percentages are way better, but I feel like the support system that I have is priceless.” Carey has little time for the big music companies’ complaints about what the internet has done to their business models. File sharing and illegal downloads may have cut CD sales by nearly a quarter in the past five years but Carey says sternly: “If the labels would have been less greedy at the beginning, they would not be dealing with this now. So I blame them, I’m sorry.”

    Instead, and with the backing of Universal, she has provided a lesson in what new technologies will allow. Carey may have attracted unwelcome press for the rambling messages she left on her website in 2001 but she has used the internet cannily to engage her fans.

    “I think you have to work with the technology in order to create new ways to actually want to buy the actual DVD, the actual CD,” she says. In November, just six months after her album came out, she re-issued it in an “ultra platinum edition” with four extra tracks, a DVD and web links.

    Such lavish marketing, and the hordes of artists crammed on the videos, have earned urban music a reputation for terrible economics. The tales of Carey flying her dog around the world, her vast entourage and the pictures of aides holding up glasses with straws so she need not even pick up her own drink raise further questions about the economics of her fame.

    How, I ask, does this all stack up? She pauses and answers seriously: “To me, if we’re going to use the word diva – I’m using it in terms of a female vocalist who requires certain things – to be a diva at the high end of divas requires a certain element of you’ve got to spend money to make money.”

    After the success of her latest album, I venture that Carey will be in a pretty strong negotiating position when her contract comes up for negotiation, which is thought to be after one more record. ”You know what? Maybe you’re right!” she laughs.

    So what advice does the bestselling woman in music have to offer FT readers about her investment strategy?

    “You know, I’ve always had a poor girl’s mentality, which is keep it in the bank. That kind of comes from when you don’t grow up with money you want to feel safe, although we all know that it’s not safe.”

    She calls her accountant, she says, but not as much as she should. “So if there’s anybody out there reading this and they’re a fabulous financial adviser, please call me!”

    By Andrew Edgecliffe-Johnson
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    Source: Financial Times | Chris

    News Tidbits // 8:33 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mariah maintains her hold over both the #1 and #2 spots on iTunes Top 100 Songs, but this time it's "Don't Forget About Us" at numero uno!

    --Download a segment from yesterday's Inside Edition in which Mariah announced she will take part in Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006 by performing live from New York's Times Square.

    --In honor of Mariah's eight Grammy nominations, Entertainment Weekly revisits its picks for Mariah's 13 most essential album tracks in a special online feature. Click here to view the list, and to add your comments!

    --Comeback diva Mariah Carey hits a high note at #4 on Yahoo!'s 2005 Top Searches on the Internet! Her name also appears on the most-searched lists for Videos (#8), Female Celebrity (#2), and Music (#3)!

    --Mariah is on Yahoo! Music's "Dig It Or Dis It" poll for her video "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Don't let her get dissed, vote!

    --Yet another poll from Yahoo! Music, "What do you think was THE video of 2005?" Vote for Mariah's "We Belong Together" here!

    --In an interview with Rolling Stone, Jamie Foxx reveals that he's serenaded girls before. Some of them worked out and some didn't. He continues, "I still do it now if I get the urge to. If I catch Halle Berry or Mariah Carey, I'll put my bid in." He later adds, "You know what makes [Mariah] hot? She's hot! Selling records and doin' her thing -- she's got her swagger back."

    --VH1 UK has revealed the winner of its poll to find the public's favourite Christmas song. The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl's "Fairytale of New York" came top, with Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and Wham's "Last Christmas" 2nd and 3rd, respectively.

    --Janel of ButterflyWorldMC invites everyone to take part in her annual "Happy Birthday/Anniversary Mariah 2006" book. Send letters, greeting cards, photos, poetry or whatever your creative hearts desire via email to JanelSpiegel@aol.com. For more details, visit Janel's website.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jevi | Steven | Jeremy | SRFRGUY101 | Markus | J.Rock | Janel

    Download: Mariah Performs "Don't Forget About Us" on Des & Mel // 1:23 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Click on the link below to download a high-quality video (101.6MB, MPG) of Mariah performing "Don't Forget About Us" on the Des & Mel Show. This was pretaped December 5, 2005 and aired on the show December 14th.

    Many thanks to SkipperBarbie for the video file!

    [ Mariah Performs "Don't Forget About Us" on Des & Mel Show ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily | SkipperBarbie


    Thursday, December 15 , 2005

    HQ Photos: Mariah Arrives In Paris // 7:13 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah is greeted by fans as she arrives at Four Seasons George V Hotel, Paris, France December 16, 2005.

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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Billboard Updates // 2:04 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date December 24, 2005.

    The Emancipation of Mimi5
    Billboard 200: #8 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #3 (Last Week #3)
    Sales this week: 150,974 (+38%)
    Total Sales: 4,385,184

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #2 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Pop 100: #8 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #4 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #1 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #1 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #24 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #5 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #2 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #6 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #32 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #27 (Last Week #19)
    Billboard Pop 100: #28 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #21 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #25 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #25 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #12 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #19 (Last Week #15)

    We Belong Together3
    Billboard Hot 100: #49 (Last Week #49)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #46 (Last Week #37)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #42 (Last Week #39)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #42 (Last Week #38)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #13 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #34 (Last Week #40)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #88 (Last Week #104)
    Sales this week: 5,780 (+22%)
    Total sales: 653,490

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100: #98 (Last Week #94)
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #25 (Debut)
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #4 (Last Week #11)

    Merry Christmas5
    Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #13 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Top Digital Albums: #10 (Last Week #19)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums: #11 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #77 (Last Week #61)
    Sales this week: 30,272 (+2%)
    Total sales: 4,595,279

    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #1 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #1 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #3 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrent: #14 (Re-entry)
    Sales this week: 41,316 (+20%)
    Total Sales: 208,729

    Mariah Carey, Greatest Hits
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #14 (Last Week #21)
    Sales this week: 7,024 (+33%)
    Total sales: 749,159

  • From Hits Daily Double:
    IDJ’s L.A. Reid once again demonstrated his particular skill set by overseeing one of the biggest turnarounds in recent history, performing a Lazarus-like miracle with Mariah Carey by restoring her to superstardom in a year that was capped by eight Grammy nominations. And when all is said and done, her comeback LP will be the year’s biggest seller, Reid’s third in a row, following OutKast in 2003 and Usher in ’04.

  • From Billboard's Chart Beat:
    GIFT-WRAPPED: For the first time in the short history of Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart, a track that is not a current hit ranks No. 1. The 11-year-old song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Columbia), recorded for Mariah Carey's 1994 CD "Merry Christmas," advances 4-1 this week.

    The digital songs survey was first published the week of Feb. 12. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the 15th song to top this tally, and the first by Carey.

    While Carey's Christmas tune is the only holiday-themed song in the top 20 of the Hot Digital Songs list, there are 21 seasonal songs on the 75-position chart. After "All I Want for Christmas Is You,' the next highest ranked is Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree," at No. 23.

    MORE MARIAH: Mariah Carey also makes news on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, where "Don't Forget About Us" (Island) takes a 3-1 hike, giving Carey her 10th No. 1 hit on this survey.

    "Don't Forget About Us" achieves pole position six months and three weeks after "We Belong Together" assumed the lead. This is only the second time in Carey's career that she has had two songs advance to No. 1 on the R&B chart in the same calendar year. It first happened in 1990 with Carey's first two singles, "Vision of Love" and "Love Takes Time."

    EVEN MORE MARIAH: The Billboard Hot 100 is also a hot spot for Mariah Carey news. The fourth single from her album "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island), "Don't Forget About Us," makes a 7-2 move and earns Greatest Gainer/Airplay honors in the process.

    If "Don't Forget About Us" doesn't go any higher, it will be Carey's fifth song to peak at No. 2. However, even a one-position move upward will rewrite chart history, as "Forget" would become Carey's 17th No. 1 on the Hot 100. That would tie Elvis Presley's rock-era total. Presley and Carey would then be tied for second place among artists with the most No. 1 hits, behind the Beatles, with 20.
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | Mariah Daily | Ritcher | Jevi | Marc

    "Don't Forget About Us" Rockets To #2 On Hot 100 // 1:13 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Based on airplay alone, "Don't Forget About Us" jumps five spots up the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, from #7 last week to #2 this week. It is the greatest gainer/airplay of the chart!

    This is Mariah's 21st top 2 hit on the Hot 100, more than any other female artist, and only behind Elvis (24) and The Beatles (23).

    "Don't Forget About Us" also becomes Mariah's 10th #1 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks as it jumps two places from #3 to #1 this week!

    Here are some of Mariah's chart positions for the Billboard issue date of December 24, 2005.

    Hot 100
    2. Don't Forget About Us
    32. Shake It Off
    49. We Belong Together

    Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks
    1. Don't Forget About Us
    25. Shake It Off
    42. We Belong Together

    Stay tuned for more Billboard updates!

    CONTEST UPDATE
    Due to the unavailability of the "Don't Forget About Us" remix on MSN, receipts of purchase from iTunes, Napster, Real and Yahoo will be enough to enter the grand prize contest!
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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Wednesday, December 14 , 2005

    Contest Announced: Download "Don't Forget About Us" Digital Single And Win Exclusive Prizes! // 4:27 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The "Don't Forget About Us" digital single is now available for download at all digital retailers!

    Download & Win!
    This is your chance to help "Don't Forget About Us" become Mariah's 17th #1 song and at the same time win exclusive prizes!

    Contest Rules:
    1. Download any version of "Don't Forget About Us" from any legal digital downloads service.
    2. Send your receipt, order number or any other proof of purchase to contest@mariahdaily.com.
    3. Multiple versions will count for multiple contest entries!

    Grand Prize
    One personalized autographed CD by Mariah will be given to one of the fans who downloads all available remixes of "Don't Forget About Us."

    Good Luck!

  • iTunes
  • MSN Music
  • Napster
  • Real
  • Rhapsody
  • Yahoo! Music Engine
  • Passalong
  • Sony Connect
  • Wal-Mart
  • MusicMatch

  • PLUS additional exclusive remixes! Make sure you collect all of the versions!

  • iTunes:

    "Don’t Forget About Us Remix featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony"


  • MSN Music:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Ralphi and Jody DB Anthomic Dub)"


  • Napster:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Dance Floor Anthem) (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg)"


  • Real/Rhapsody:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Ralphi Rosario and Craig Martini Vocal)"


  • Yahoo! Music Engine:

    "Don’t Forget About Us (Quentin Shelter Anthem Mix)"

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    Source: MariahCarey.com | Mariah Daily

    Weekly SoundScan Numbers For Mariah - "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Hits #1 On Digital Download Charts! // 9:54 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #8 (Last Week #7)
    Sales this week: 150,974 (+38%)
    Total sales: 4,385,184

  • We Belong Together
    Hot Digital Songs: #88 (Last Week #104)
    Sales this week: 5,780 (+22%)
    Total sales: 653,490

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Audience impressions this week: 138,607,900 (+15,335,000).

    The song is the greatest gainer on the airplay chart! "Don't Forget About Us" is only 3 million impressions behind Chris Brown's "Run It" which has been decreasing steadily. As of now, "Don't Forget About Us" looks like a sure bet for next week's #1 spot on the Hot 100 Airplay and along with high downloads, it is likely to become Mariah's 17th #1 on the Hot 100!

  • Greatest Hits
    Pop Catalog: #104 (Last Week #108)
    Sales this week: 7,024 (+33%)
    Total sales: 749,159

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Hot Digital Songs: #1 (Last Week #4)
    Hot Digital Tracks: #1 (Last Week #3)
    Sales this week: 41,316 (+20%)
    Total sales: 208,729

    "All I Want For Christmas Is You" becomes Mariah's first song to ever reach #1 on any of the above digital download charts.

  • Merry Christmas
    Top Holiday Albums: #13 (Last Week #11)
    Sales this week: 30,272 (+2%)
    Total sales: 4,595,279

  • Ask Billboard: Merry Mariah
    Hi Keith!

    I read your column weekly and I know that Mariah Carey and her record sales are almost a weekly question -- and this week is no exception.

    I noticed that her "Merry Christmas" re-entered Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums chart this week at No. 136 and the total units moved for that collection is now at 4.5 million. Does this give Mariah one of the best selling (if not the best selling) Christmas albums in Nielsen SoundScan history?

    Robbie Nicholson
    Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Hi Robbie,

    In the time since you wrote this question, Mariah Carey's "Merry Christmas" has moved 136-75-61 on Billboard's Top Comprehensive Albums chart. That particular tally (which is different from The Billboard 200 albums chart) includes all albums, including those are that catalog or exclusive to one retailer.

    Her 1994 holiday set has now sold 4.56 million in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

    If we only look at those albums released during the SoundScan era (beginning in 1991 when the company began tracking data), Carey's "Christmas" set is the third best-selling of that time frame. Only Kenny G's "Miracles-The Holiday Albums" (7.2 million) and Celine Dion's "These Are Special Times" (4.63 million) are ahead of Carey.

    If we attempted to look at all Christmas albums, including those released before 1991, we have to consider those certified multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. They include Elvis Presley's "Elvis' Christmas Album" (9 million) and Mannheim Steamroller's "A Fresh Aire Christmas" and "Mannheim Steamroller Christmas" (both certified at 6 million).

    Considering that Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has become one of the very few holiday standards of the past 15 years, it's safe to say that "Merry Christmas" (which contains the tune) will continue to sell strongly in the future.

  • HitPredictor Chart Action: Billboard Radio Monitor's "Hit Prediction" For "So Lonely":
    Twista won’t be lonely much longer. His latest single “So Lonely”, a duet with MariahCarey, is a HitPredictor at Rhythmic Top 40 this week. The Dark Child produced track has a monster score of 92.3.

  • FMQB CHR Format News:
    Mariah Carey "Don't Forget About Us" (Island/IDJMG)
    MC is making another bid for #1 with over 7,100 spins and an impressive 500 spin increase as she lands in the Top 5. The Emancipation Of Mimi CD remains in the Top 10 posting strong sales this holiday season. MC will also make history as she rings in 2006 on Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve as she performs live in Times Square.
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    Source: bks | Andere | Jevi | Casey

    Jermaine Dupri Proves To Be Unforgettable With "Don't Forget About Us" // 2:49 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Another Dupri/Carey Collaboration Reaches Top of Charts

    After having just received four Grammy Award nominations, the prestigious music industry honors taking place on February 8th, super producer/songwriter and Virgin Records' Urban Music President, Jermaine "JD" Dupri, has claimed his 19th #1 R&B hit in 15 years, with songstress Mariah Carey's "Don't Forget About Us." The smash single reached #1 on Billboard's R&B/Hip-Hop chart this week and marks the fifth #1 of her career, tying Monica's record for the most chart toppers in this format.

    JD's work on Carey's monster success, The Emancipation of Mimi, has helped make it one of the biggest victories of Carey's career and one of the most talked about comebacks of all time. She and Dupri will vie for Grammys in the Record of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Best R&B Song at this year's 48th Annual awards. Carey also received nominations in four other categories for the classic album.

    Earlier this year, Dupri became one of only a few producers to garner four positions in the Top 10 on Billboard's Hot 100 chart at one time (a feat accomplished by only two other producers) and the top three spots on the R&B/Hip-Hop charts with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off" by Carey and "Like You (Bow Wow & Ciara)" and "Let Me Hold You (Bow Wow featuring Omarion)," songs he produced and co-penned. With "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off", he and Carey became the first artists since The Beatles to hold the top two spots at the same time.

    Widely known and respected for his hit making work with artists including Carey, Bow Wow, Usher, Alicia Keys, TLC, Da Brat, and Anthony Hamilton, Dupri got his start in the music business at the tender young age of 14. At 19, he founded So So Def and captured worldwide attention with the crossover success of Kris Kross. He has received numerous awards and accolades from his peers including several Grammy nominations and ASCAP's prestigious Golden Note and Songwriter of the Year awards.
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    Source: Virgin Records | Jevi

    News Tidbits // 2:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Congratulations to Mariah for winning "Best International Female Pop Act" at the recently-concluded MTV Indian Music Excellence Awards 2005 (IMMIES)!

    --Magalie is one lucky contestant! Mariah will be performing "It's Like That" with her at the French Star Academy Finals on December 16th.

    --EW.com is conducting its Best of 2005 Poll whose results will be published in Entertainment Weekly magazine's year-end issue. One of the questions asks: "What was the best new album of the year? " Vote for Mariah! She is currently leading with 24% of the total votes, barely winning over Fiona Apple's "Extraordinary Machines."

    --Watch a video compilation of some of Mariah's high notes at Entertainment Weekly's Popwatch blog and be sure to post your comments.

    --An excerpt from the CBC Canada article, "The Resilience of Mariah Carey" reads: "Whether you like Mariah or think she’s kitsch incarnate, you must concede that the 35-year-old songstress is astoundingly resilient. She’s had great misfortune but never relinquished her pop crown. Don’t be fooled by her burnished skin, vertiginous heels or boundless vanity: Mariah Carey is the ultimate street fighter when it comes to holding on to her position as pop diva numero uno." Read the full article here.

    --Popdirt.com has a new poll on its main page that asks, "Which is your favorite pop album of 2005?" Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" is one of the choices, please take a moment to vote! Madonna currently leads with 68%, Mariah is in distant 2nd with 13%.

    --"All I Want For Christmas Is You" was blasting through the speakers during halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles vs. the NY Giants football game on Sunday.

    --The brewing company Anheuser-Busch, best known for its Budweiser and Michelobb beers, released the results of its annual designated driver poll and declared Dec. 11-17 the National Designated Driver Awareness Week. The survey found that most Americans - 41% - would prefer to be driven home in a Hummer by their designated drivers of choice Katie Couric and George Clooney. Americans also chose Mariah Carey (18%), Tom Cruise (13%) and Orlando Bloom (8%) as their preferred designated drivers.

    --There's no reason for Twista to be lonely. His "So Lonely," which features Mariah Carey, is the sole new title earning HitPredictor approval this week. The track is testing well with Rhythmic Top 40 audiences and is set to hit the chart within weeks.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jevi | Bella | Jeremy | Charlie | Varun | Heroes of Mariah | Jason | Greg | Daniel | Frank


    Tuesday, December 13 , 2005

    Jasmine's Juice // 7:31 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    "I took Mariah to my house, cooked and watched Best of the Source Awards"

    Well, where do I begin? My girl Mariah Carey came, sang and conquered the planet again in 2005 (after a hiatus of a couple of years) with the comeback of the century! I can’t even think of another artist who was as colossally huge as Mariah for the first decade of her career, broke titanic records for female artists then had a return which saw her break her own record and rule supreme again. Can you deny her glory any longer, haters?

    In fact, I haven’t heard any haters at all recently. I mean, what are you gonna hate on? The girl looks great, sounds great and is great. Great!

    This past week, MC got her London party started with an event at London’s posh members club Home House, to which her record label Island Def Jam/ Universal invited around 30 musical VIPs from the industry. Universal music’s Robert Pascoe sent out stylish platinum invites the day before, so we were all amped with excitement at watching MC receive her awards with our pink champagne and posh nibbles. It was only when we arrived we realised it was us who were accepting awards!

    I was one of a group of folk that included writers, radio DJs and TV types who have supported MC this year. We were all handed a personalised platinum plaque thanking us for our support. Remember I made her number-one rating Making of the Video for Get Your Number on MTV this year! Among the winners were DJs Steve Sutherland from Galaxy, George Kaye from Choice FM, Trevor Nelson from Radio One, a couple of tabloid writers and me!

    Even though we were in the company of Universal music tycoons and music moguls like the infamous Benny Medina, me and my girls added some flavour to the moment by whooping and hollering our appreciation during the ceremony.

    Straight afterwards we retired to Claridges and MC’s suite to get ready for our night out. I was intending to take her to Kaberat as my boy DJ Jarren C was playing and I knew she’d love his throwdown. Alas, a minor debacle hit the fan and we ended up not getting there at all.

    No big deal you may think, but it is when I’ve personally requested that the club ensures that no-one smokes ‘cos MC doesn’t do smoky clubs (remember clubs in New York are all smoke free and MC has to protect her vocal chords). After much apologising I think Jarren forgave me.

    On Saturday, after MC finished all her press work, she popped over to mine as I had a pre-arranged dinner party for old friends that night. I had promised MC I’d ensure she returned to her hotel in good time but you know us once we start hanging out! We had a delicious three-course meal prepared by my delicate hands then we all caught up on life, love and fun, before watching my Best of The Source Awards DVD. We were all standing around rapping along to the Bad Boy family and Biggie Small’s amazing historical performance.

    On Monday night MC invited me to join her at George Michael’s documentary movie premiere but then ended up missing it as her plane was taking off an hour later! Me and my girls went instead.
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    Source: Jasmine Dotiwala - The Voice

    Mariah Included In More Year-End Lists! // 11:40 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • AOL Top Searches of 2005
    AOL Search today announced the year's top searches based on the topics that received the highest volume of online queries on AOLSearch.com Lottery, Paris Hilton, Mariah Carey Lead Favorite Search Categories on AOL Search.

    Top Music: Mimi Masters the Charts.
    Mariah Carey had a successful comeback and scored the most searched song with "We Belong Together."
    Top Songs: #1 - We Belong Together by Mariah Carey

  • E! Entertainment Television
    This year, E! Entertainment Television bestowed its 16th annual Entertainer of the Year award not to one person but to five fabulous women and their leading man. The staggering success of "Desperate Housewives," attributed to its highly talented cast of leading women, and the extraordinary vision of its creator, Marc Cherry, made it the prime candidate for this year's award.

    In addition to the six winners from "Desperate Housewives," other nominees of E!'s 2005 "Entertainer of the Year" award included (in random order): Chris Rock, Charlize Theron, Jamie Foxx, Jake Gyllenhaal, Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Owen Wilson, Rachel McAdams, Steve Carell, Terrence Howard and Vince Vaughn.

  • Slant Magazine
    Singles & Videos
    #2 - We Belong Together
    "It's Like That," the first single from Mimi's comeback album set the stage for what would become the singer's 16th #1 (and the second-longest chart-topper of her career). "We Belong Together" is at once understated and over the top, the wobbly diva keeping cool with breathy, rapid-fire verses until the final full-voiced climax that, though scratchy, proves that The Voice has indeed returned—at least on record. The song is as "innovative" as Mariah has been in years while at the same time making direct nods to Bobby Womack's "If You Think You're Lonely Now," Babyface's "Two Occasions," and, more subtly, Janet Jackson's "Come Back To Me." The DJ Clue-produced remix added life to a song that already had (airbrushed) legs and further exaggerated the song's fast-paced vocals. Smartly, Mariah's voice is again the star: verses by Jadakiss and Styles P. are plenty but negligible. Like Whitney and Celine, Mariah's finally got her own anthem.

    Albums
    #9 - The Emancipation of Mimi
    Though she's been "emancipated" before, Mariah Carey claims she titled her latest album The Emancipation Of Mimi because she finally feels free to be who she really is, no apologies. And who is Mariah Carey exactly? Like her peers (you know, 7th graders), Mariah is someone who wants to be popular and Mimi expertly delivered the goods by appealing to an urban music-dominated marketplace while simultaneously pleasing old fans. Despite its 14 tracks, the album clocks in at a full 15 minutes less than 2002's Charmbracelet, a testament to the unfussiness of the songs—few even contain bridges of any kind. But whatever the songs lack, they make up for in restraint; brevity keeps you wanting more (just as you start to hear the flaws in Mimi's voice, the padded hook kicks in or the song fades), which is really Mimi's virtue—at least until that glutinous reissue, complete with "We Belong Together" retread "Don't Forget About Us." The original release, however, reprises and builds on the old school Motown sound that was hinted at on her last album. Mimi is one of Mariah's most soulful endeavors and her most consistently listenable album since her last emancipation proclamation, Butterfly.
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    Source: PRNewswire | Casey | Slant Magazine | Jason | Stockhouse USA


    Monday, December 12 , 2005

    Special "Thank You" Message From Mariah To The Fans! // 3:52 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    "Yeah.... I can't even know what to say!!!! The past few weeks have been so amazing for me and I just needed to reach out and let you all know how much I truly appreciate your love and support!

    Thank you to all the nice folks that came out for the Platinum Edition LA & London in-stores. I hope everyone got the snacks I sent cause I know the long lines can get a lil' bleak but getting to spend some time and talk with you all is always something that makes me very happy!

    Thank you for all the support you guys have been showing Don't Forget About Us, #1 on 106 & Park & # 2 on TRL last week, very PIP, very PIP!

    For all the well wishes that have been coming in from you all for the Billboard Award wins and now for the 8 (no I still can't believe it's actually 8!) GRAMMY award nominations, thank you from the bottom of my heart. You guys have always been here for me and I know these awards & nominations would never had happened if it wasn't for you all being the greatest fans so thank ya much and I will be calling in to you all very soon...

    P.S. It's 9 days and counting until my Holiday Vacation when I can finally get some time to read through all the FLANTASTIC fan books I have been getting and I'm looking forward to getting all the festive Xmas tree ornaments from the HBF folks too!

    Love ya, appreciate & enjoy ya much!"
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    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Mariah Thanks British Press For "Mimi" Success // 1:33 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    "Mariah Carey Requests The Company of Sylvia Patterson To Celebrate The Amazing Success of The Emancipation Of Mimi And A Record Breaking 2005." So bulged last week's silver-embossed invitation, biked at sizeable expense by the PR company which "looks after" the biggest-selling female recording artist in phonographic history. Just in case you thought painting the tiles in the bathroom was a more satisfying option come the afternoon in question, a subsequent call arrived from her excitable PR.

    Darling!" she serenaded, being Mariah Carey's PR, "there will be a special surprise just for you. Mariah personally wants to thank you … so you must turn up!" The tiles could probably wait. Somewhere across London, personnel from radio and television were also polishing their party shoes, the lure of the "special surprise just for you" too much to resist, because no matter the years at the showbiz coalface, no matter the cynic within who will be astounded if the preposterous yodeller even turns up, she just might present us with a cheque for £10,000 each for reinstating, in our ways – through favourable interviews, relentless radio and MTV "exclusives" – her hitherto faltering position as the world’s No. 1 R&B lungsmith.

    And if the £10,000 isn't forthcoming, a free glass, surely, of the world's most expensively bubbly bubbly. As Mariah's PR fully understands, when it comes to shallow flattery, there's none more susceptible than the tarts of the fickle media. Loitering inside a small, chandeliered room in Home House, a swish Mayfair drinkerie also favoured by Madonna, there were 30 members of the media – some of whom, gratifyingly, were worse than me. The editor of Glamour magazine was sufficiently moved to leave her baby at home in the afternoon, for the first time since her birth five months previously.

    "I couldn’t resist it!" she chirped, while the man from Q magazine was considerably worse than her. "I turned up half an hour early," he frothed, "because I've been told myself and Mariah are going to have a drink. Together! Just me and her!" Several free glasses of bubbliest bubbly were duly quaffed as Mariah became 90 minutes late "on her way from Claridges."

    There was a man here who appeared to have a coat hanger still in his jumper. On closer inspection, he had a wooden arm, an exquisitely carved wooden hand dangling below his sleeve. He was, it turned out, a DJ called Semtex who DJs with his nose. Knowing such a man existed made the afternoon worth it already.

    Suddenly, with the flourish of a fluorescent pink diamante microphone, Mariah Carey arrived – teetering into the room, all buoyant bosoms and exploding cheeks – pulled the rip-cord on the wall behind her and unveiled our "special surprise just for you." Gold discs!? But no … they were double platinum discs! The kind you only ever see in shady Big Wig offices and Barry Manilow's shed. One each, featuring a wind-blown vision of the golden transvestite herself, with our individual names on, "to recognise sales in the United Kingdom in excess of 600,000 copies" which by Mariah's standards – 160 million albums sold in 15 years – is something of a toddler’s handful. Still, one by one, we were called. "Thank you so much…" she cooed, as our discs were presented, and you marvelled at how this sort of thing just does not happen when you talk to the blokes from the Kaiser Chiefs. And then we bolted for the bar, clutching our swag like kids on Christmas morning knowing this had never happened before and will surely never happen again, knowing – like showbiz itself – it means both absolutely nothing and everything which makes life hysterically, stupidly, worth living.

    She's going, of course, on to the bathroom wall, the only fitting place for the patron saint of yodelling in a tiled environment, a woman about whom, until this year, I have written some of the most disparaging remarks ever mustered in the public domain, seeing as she used to be – the most insufferably irksome warbler in the history of musical entertainment.

    This year, she was deemed by many an agreeable mentalist (and had made a good album), a high-camp, loony-tune cartoon who laughed louder than you did when discussing her chauffeur-driven dog. It’s testament to what Mariah calls "the illusion of showbiz," that you can tell the world she still "sings like a whale" and she’ll present you with a goddam gift.

    On our double platinum discs, there's a tiny Union Jack which means Mariah Carey, right now, is somewhere on Earth, in every country in Europe, all over Asia, Australia, Japan and the USA, personally thanking a bunch of strangers she met for a number of seconds (and even more she'd never met) until she has personally thanked someone for every one of this year's seven million albums sold. Bless. Like her life, and her voice, it’s an extravagant madness you can only applaud.

    Loitering round her Bel Air homestead this summer – less a house, more The Embassy of Mariah Carey, a glass-fronted, white-stoned, presidential mansion – I’d wondered if she could actually, truly yodel. Proper, Austrian, up-among-the-goatherds yodelling. “I don’t think so,” she decided, but tried for the first time ever.

    "Yodel-ay-hee!" she yodelled, beautifully, "yodel-ay-hee-hooo! Yodel-ay-hee-yodel-ay-heee! Is that it!? Yes!" Tragically, this seismic event in musical history happened with the tape-recorder switched off. "No I will not do it on tape," she guffawed, "it'll end up on the friggin' internet!" Curses, there goes the pension … Still, today, there's a glimmeringly gay, wonkily painted bathroom wall which will forever be, as Mariah herself would say, "fabulous, darling."
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    Source: Sunday Herald

    Mimi: Around The World // 12:30 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Australia
    --"Don't Forget About Us" debuts at #12 on the ARIA Singles chart! It's the highest new debut of the week. This marks the first time all the singles from one Mariah album have gone top 20 since Music Box in 1994. "Shake It Off" drops twelve to #41 on the same chart while "The Emancipation of Mimi" remains steady at #41 on the Albums chart.

    --"Don't Forget About Us" debuts at #2 on the HMV Chart and #7 on the Sanity/Virgin store charts!

    --This week on iTunes Australia, "Shake It Off" remains at #26, "Don't Forget About Us" debuts at #72, and "We Belong Together" drops one to #82 whereas the album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" jumps two places to #27.

    --Please continue to vote for "Don't Forget About Us" and get it back up to #1 on the Hot30 Countdown. The song hit the #1 spot for the first time on Tuesday night but fell thereafter. It is currently at #4 on the countdown.

    Brazil
    On the Hot100Br@sil singles chart, "Shake It Off," in its 10th week, climbs six to #28 while "We Belong Together," in its 26th week, drops eighteen to #44. On the albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops six places to #22 in its 33rd week.

    France
    On the official French charts, "We Belong Together" drops seven spots to #92 on the singles chart. "The Emancipation of Mimi" takes a massive climb to #54, up 59 spots from last week's #113!

    Greece
    On the official Greek IFPI charts, "The Emancipation of Mimi," in its 23rd week, reenters the albums chart at #38 while the single, "Get Your Number" in its 3rd week, drops one spot to #22.

    Malaysia
    "Shake It Off" is down a spot to #6, "We Belong Together" drops four to #20 on Mix FM’s Mixed Up 20. Keep voting!

    Philippines
    Attention Filipino Fans! One more week till the "PMCF Mimi Christmas 2005!" The party will be held on Saturday, Dec. 17th at Hot & Saucy Bar and Grill. For more inquiries, email Ken or visit the PMCF website.

    Spain
    --After nearly a month of your votes to help "Get Your Number" on Cadena 100, Spain's second largest radio station, the song has finally debuted at #69! Please keep on requesting by sending an email and a text to 5211 with "100 YourName YourProvince Mariah Carey."

    --Los 40 Principales, the largest radio station in Spain, has yet to play "Get Your Number." Please keep on sending your requests via email and text message to 7600 "Vote Mariah Carey Get Your Number."

    --At MTV Top Interactivo, the "Get Your Number" video has held its place at #3 all week. Now with the song contending to be released as a CD single, vote for it to be #1!

    --Send in your own original Mariah Christmas video and win Mariah's Merry Christmas Re-release! Visit the message forum of MariahHispanoHablantes for more contest details.

    UK
    --"Greatest Hits" drops two spots to #24 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" gains one to #58 on this week's official UK albums chart.

    USA
    --"Don't Forget About Us" Mediabase update through Dec. 10, 2005: 157.712 million impressions with 17,246 spins.

    --At iTunes, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" still holds the #1 position on the Top 100 Songs! "Merry Christmas" is at #5 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" at #61 on the Top 100 Albums.

    World Charts
    On the official global track chart, "Don't Forget About Us" takes a huge 17-point jump to #21! "Shake It Off" however, slips four to #31. On the global albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" falls nine spots to #16 in its 35th week.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Shayne | MariahOZ | Kostas | Omar | MundoMariah | MariahHispanoHablantes | Ken | Jevi


    Sunday, December 11 , 2005

    "Don't Forget About Us" Released Tomorrow In The UK! // 4:38 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah's fourth single from 'Mimi', "Don't Forget About Us" is being released tomorrow in the UK. Will it be Mariah's fourth consecutive top ten UK hit? You can help make it happen!

    12 December, 2005
    CD One:
    1. Don’t Forget About Us - Radio Edit
    2. Don’t Forget About Us - Ralphi & Craig Martini Vocal - Radio Edit
    Order Online - Amazon UK

    CD Two:
    1. Don’t Forget About Us - Radio Edit
    2. Don’t Forget About Us - Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Dance Floor Anthem
    3. Shake It Off - Remix featuring Jay-Z & Young Jeezy
    Order Online - Amazon UK

    19 December, 2005
    12" Vinyl
    1. Don’t Forget About Us - Radio Edit
    2. Don’t Forget About Us - Ralphi & Craig J. Anthemic Vocal
    3. Don’t Forget About Us - Quentin Shelter Anthem Mix

    *The 12" vinyl's release has been pushed back because the first batch of vinyls have sound defects.

    In addition, the following remixes will be available to download beginning tomorrow:
    1. Don’t Forget About Us - Radio Edit
    2. Don’t Forget About Us - Tony Moran & Warren Rigg Dance Floor Anthem
    3. Don’t Forget About Us - Ralphi & Craig J. Anthemic Vocal
    4. Don’t Forget About Us - Quentin Shelter Anthem Mix
    5. Don’t Forget About Us - Ralphi & Craig Martini Vocal - Radio Edit
    6. Don’t Forget About Us - Album Version
    7. Don’t Forget About Us - Bone, Thugs & Harmony Remix (online exclusive)

    Download outlets: iTunes, Napster, Woolworths, 7 Digital Media, MSN Music, HMV, Virgin, Tesco, eBay Music.

    UK & Irish fans - check out Mariah Connection UK for a chance to win some prizes upon purchasing the CDs!
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    Source: Mariah Connection UK

    Download: Mariah's Message To Star Academy // 10:57 AM EST Updated by Liron



    Click on the link below to download Mariah's video message to the "Star Academy" contestants and viewers. This is a commercial for the season finale where Mariah will be appearing. The show will air live on Friday, December 16th in France. Mariah's message is in French, it says: "Hello, I'm Mariah Carey, I'll be on Star Academy on Friday [...] Good luck!"

    [ Download: Mariah's Message To 'Star Academy' ]
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    Source: Alex'

    Mariah Scans // 10:23 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of this week's issues of Entertainment Weekly, Star, In Touch Weekly, and Celebrity Living magazines; and from the current edition of Australia's Sunday Mail.

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Antonis

    One Sweet Year // 8:37 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • Fred,

    I was not the least bit surprised when Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" was awarded Hot 100 Song of the Year at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards. However, I was surprised when a friend told me that it was Mariah's first Hot 100 Song of the Year.

    Is this true? If so, which song beat out Mariah in 1996 when she ruled the charts (Hot 100 - 16 weeks, Hot 100 Singles Sales - 11 weeks, and Hot 100 Airplay - 13 weeks) with "One Sweet Day"?

    I look forward to your column every week and have been a fan for over 10 years.

    Kajal Patel
    McKinney, Texas

    Dear Kajal,

    Thanks for letting me know that you enjoy "Chart Beat." I hope you will enjoy it for years to come.

    Details of Mariah Carey's first No. 1 song of the year on a Hot 100 recap will appear in my "Year in Charts" analysis that will appear in the Dec. 24 issue of Billboard, as well as being posted online.

    "One Sweet Day" by Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men had a chart run that was split between the 1995 and 1996 chart years. Since the annual recaps list the biggest hits from a specific 52-week period, "One Sweet Day" suffered as many year-end songs do by not having enough sales and airplay in either 52-week recap to rank No. 1.

    The No. 1 Hot 100 single of 1996 was "Macarena" (Bayside Boys Mix) by Los Del Rio. "One Sweet Day" was No. 2.

    For my book "Billboard's Hottest Hot 100 Hits," I compiled lists of the top 100 for every year from 1956 on. I wasn't hampered by annual publishing deadlines and so gave full credit for every song's run in the year that it peaked. As a result, my top 100 of 1995 has "One Sweet Day" as the No. 1 song of the year.

  • In related news, FMQB ranked their year-end lists and Mariah tops the following categories:

    FMQB 2005 Year End Rhythm Leaders
    Album of The Year - The Emancipation of Mimi
    Single of The Year - We Belong Together
    Best Female Artist - Mariah Carey

    FMQB 2005 Year End CHR Leaders
    Album of The Year - The Emancipation of Mimi
    Best Single of The Year - We Belong Together
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    Source: Billboard Chart Beat Chat | FMQB | Jevi

    Another Lambs Radio Exclusive Contest // 7:59 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Calling ALL Mariah fans out there who wanna add these exclusive promo items to their Mariah music collection....rare "Fly Like A Bird' promo CD single/ 'signed' Don't Forget About Us' Vinyl/ Shake It Off promo CD single/ Don't Forget About Us promo CD single, pink 'Mimi' button pins and Emancipation of Mimi postcards.

    Starting this Sunday the 11th, tune in to www.kclafm.com / cable station 99.3 KCLA FM Los Angeles at 6:30 PM U.S. PST / 9:30 PM U.S. EST and 'Guess the Mariah Polyphonic Ringtone' that will be played on the show. Email the correct answer to lambsradio@yahoo.com and you might be our lucky winner!

    If you happen to live outside the US or have missed the show-- you can still win these items. Log on to Lambs Radio then sign-up. Send us a message stating that you are interested in joining the Lambs Radio contest and we will assign you a Lamb Number. Before the show ends, we will pick out a number and you might be our lucky winner. It's that easy!

    Both contests will go on every week so if you don't win tomorrow... try again next Sunday.

    For more info or details on the contest and Lambs Radio showtime-- send inquiries to lambsradio@yahoo.com and check out Lambs Radio and send us a message.

    --Lambs Radio
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    Source: Lambs Radio


    Saturday, December 10 , 2005

    News Tidbits // 10:18 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Aside from Mariah being #1 with "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on iTunes Top 100 Songs, the entire album, "Merry Christmas" has now reached the Top 10 on iTunes Top Albums at #5!

    --From the December 19th issue of Newsweek: Grammy Loves Mariah - She might not like our calling it a comeback, but facts are facts. Most everyone considered Mariah Carey's career null and void after 2001's "Glitter" and 2002's "Charmbracelet" tanked. But the diva was vindicated last week with eight Grammy nominations, including album of the year. (She's up against Gwen Stefani, Kanye West, U2 and Paul McCartney.) Burning question: what will she wear on The Night? Our guess - not much.

    --From Entertainment Weekly: Mimi's Emancipation proclamation has certainly paid off; the multi-octave singer has finally forsaken all that Glittered for real gold in the form of eight nods, including Album, Record and Song of the year. Few could argue that this hasn't been her time; the singles ''We Belong Together'' and ''Don't Forget About Us'' owned radio and MTV for the latter half of 2005. The odds of her going home emptyhanded are about as likely as her hitting the red carpet in demure Amish dress and bonnet.

    --Also from Entertainment Weekly, Dec. 16th issue: It's been a grim year, with album sales down nearly 10% from 2004. But it's not all bad news. There were some notable winners. Winner: Mariah Carey - By shifting focus to The Voice and the sort of hooks that made her a '90s pop queen, she scored the comeback of the year. "Mariah has never been given enough credit for songwriting," says Universal Records prexy Monte Lipman. "She's sold over 100 million records and suddenly she's an underdog." Guess Glitter served her well after all.

    --Drink Champagne with Mariah Carey on New Year's Eve as her VIP guest at Cipriani's! It's one of the lots being auctioned by New York Cares. Proceeds help support the New York Cares Annual Coat Drive and enable it to engage thousands of caring New Yorkers in service to their city throughout the year. Bidding is open through Friday, December 16th.

    --Kanye West greeted his eight Grammy nominations with typical immodesty. MTV quotes him as saying, "No disrespect, but I feel that I should win. The hardest part is that me and Mariah are up there together because our votes could cancel each other out," he said. "I need to use the Jedi mind trick, you know, when you're eating a sandwich and someone says, 'Yo, I'm hungry,' and you say, 'Well, I would give you the other half, but then I would still be hungry, so why not just let me eat?' So Mariah, let me get some and we can celebrate together."

    --On 106 & Park last night, Pharrell called in to talk about his nominations. They pointed out he was nominated twice in "Album of the Year" - for Mariah's album and for Gwen's album. They asked him which project was more of a challenge. He didn't really answer the question, but he did say he loves Mariah and said they would laugh about people thinking she was done. He said he couldn't believe people would write-off someone like her and also said she's a cool person.

    --On the new episode of MTV's Made called "Central Idol," a girl named Nadia wants to be a contestant for her High School edition of American Idol. During a session, her made coach is having her yell out lines to boast her confidence and one of her lines she has to repeat is "I'm Nadia and I'm on fire! I will sing like Mariah!"

    --On the Martha Stewart Show, Martha talked about her two Holiday CDs debuting at #4 and #6 on the Billboard charts, and then she said, "Look out Mariah! Lookout Madonna!"

    --On VH1's "Celebrity Super Spenders 2005," Mariah's birthday party from earlier this year was discussed. They talked mainly about her cake and how much it cost, and they showed several nice clips of her from appearances throughout this year. Mariah's main segment comes during the first 10 minutes of the program, which airs many times during the month of December.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Randall | Jason | Jasmine | dice1984 | Raymond | Brian | Jevi | Doc Matters

    Vote For Mariah! // 10:07 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah is on a roll! Help Mariah cap off an incredible year by making her #1 on the following polls/countdowns:

  • BET's 106 & Park Video Countdown

    Mariah continues her #1 streak on BET as her video for "Don't Forget About Us" Careys off a 14th consecutive day at the top spot on the 106 & Park countdown!


  • MTV's Total Request Live

    The "Don't Forget About Us" video climbed two spots to the #2 position on Thursday's countdown.


  • VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown

    "Don't Forget About Us" is at #3 on this week's VH1 Top 20 Video Countdown! Post your vote online!


  • Battle of the Bands: Mariah Carey vs. Kelly Clarkson

    These divas rule the charts this year, but only one can earn the title of 2005's reigning queen.


  • What should win the Grammy for album of the year?

    CNN's new poll.


  • Grammys '06: Who Do You Want To Win Best Album?

    AOL Music asks.


  • Radio Music Awards: What is Your Pick for Song of the Year?

    NBC.com wants to know.


  • Mariah vs. J. Lo: Whose Team Are You On?

    It's a musical match-up from Entertainment Weekly's record-biz winners and losers. Tell them what you think!


  • MSN Favorites For 2005

    Vote for Mariah for Artist and Album of the Year!


  • HitzRadio Yearly Top 100 Countdown

    Voting ends on December 18, 2005 at midnight EST, so be quick!


  • What's Your Favourite Christmas Tune?

    VH1 UK wants to know! Winner will be announced on the show Friday, Dec. 16th.

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Casey | Daniel | Daryl | Rach | Jevi | empeel85 | DeVante | Jasmine | Taz | Mason


    Friday, December 9 , 2005

    Mariah To Perform In New York's Times Square On New Year's Eve // 7:42 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    3... 2... 1... MIMI!: The year 2005 won't be over until the phat lady sings.

    In a conference call promoting the forthcoming edition of Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve 2006, co-host Ryan Seacrest told TVGuide.com that Mariah Carey, she of the eight Grammy nods, will be on hand to usher in 2006.

    "We've added some great things [to the telecast], including a live performance by Mariah Carey in Times Square," Seacrest revealed. "This is the first time in the history of Dick's show that they've done a live performance there, leading up to the ball-drop. She will be right there in the middle of all the action." By action, he means "drunken tourists engaged in fistfights."

    Also on the same night, Mariah will be the guest of honor at Cipriani's 42 NYE 2006 Event, hosted by Ryan Seacrest, as they ring in the New Year. Tickets for the special occasion range from $150-$400 and can be purchased at Joonbug.com.
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    Source: TV Guide | justlegs6 | gbstud20004

    Billboard Updates // 2:14 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date December 17, 2005.

    The Emancipation of Mimi5
    Billboard 200: #7 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #3 (Last Week #4)
    Sales this week: 109,580 (-46%)
    Total Sales: 4,234,210

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #7 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Pop 100: #10 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #5 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #3 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #32 (Last Week #35)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #6 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #3 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #10 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #2 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #24 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #19 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Pop 100: #23 (Last Week #19)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #15 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #17 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #16 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #7 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #82 (Last Week #67)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #19 (Last Week #16)
    Sales this week: 5,744 (-22%)
    Total sales: 320,813

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100: #49 (Last Week #40)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #37 (Last Week #30)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #39 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #38 (Last Week #31)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #15 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #40 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #104 (Last Week #90)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #22 (Last Week #21)
    Sales this week: 4,730 (-15%)
    Total sales: 647,710

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100: #94 (Last Week #100)

    Merry Christmas5
    Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #11 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums: #8 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #61 (Last Week #75)
    Sales this week (approx.): 29,400 (+22%)
    Total sales (approx.) : 4,562,600

    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #4 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #3 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #8 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot Singles Recurrents: #1 (Last Week #2)
    Sales this week: 34,333 (+90%)
    Total Sales: 167,413

    Mariah Carey, Greatest Hits
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #21 (Last Week #14)

  • From Billboard's Char Beat: HAT TRICK: A 12-7 move on the Billboard Hot 100 for "Don't Forget About Us" (Island) gives Mariah Carey a third top 10 hit from her album "The Emancipation of Mimi" ("Forget" comes from a revised version of the CD), following "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."

    This is the first time that Carey has had three top 10 hits from one album in more than nine years. The "Daydream" CD yielded three top 10 hits in 1995-1996: "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day" (recorded with Boyz II Men) and "Always Be My Baby."
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | Mariah Daily

    Download: More Post-'Grammy Nominations' Interviews // 8:50 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    EXTRA
    Christmas came early for Mariah Carey. That's right, eight Grammy nominations!

    Extra: Here she comes! It was definitely Mariah's morning hearing her name eight times over.
    Mariah: I didn't even know what to do. I was like, "Do I stand here? Do I like try to find a little exit?" It was really a great moment.
    Extra: What one means the most to you?
    Mariah: Having people actually recognize me as a songwriter.
    Extra: But there's one thing you won't catch her doing between now and Grammy night.
    Mariah: I don't read the tabloids. The tabloids are not allowed in the vicinity of moi.


    [ Download Mariah's Interview With Extra Here! ]


    ACCESS HOLLYWOOD
    Mariah: You know when I got one, I was like, "Wow." It is really a great moment, you know. It was just amazing to be here for that. And then, when they told me, it was eight, I was like, "Are you serious?"
    Access: You seemed really emotional up there.
    Mariah: You know what, it's been an emotional ride and when I say that, I mean, my life.

    But nothing but good vibes today, even for her competition, label mate, Kanye West also earned eight nominations that's up against her for Record of the Year and Album of the Year. But you can't argue this day belongs to Miss M two months till the day, and counting to the big show which backs the question...

    Access: Who are you gonna bring?
    Mariah: Um, well dogs are not allowed so I can't bring Jack (laughs) so I'll have to figure it out.


    [ Download Access Hollywood Interview Here! ]


    ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT
    Vanessa Minnillo of Entertainment Tonight interviews Mariah after the announcements of the Grammy nominations.

    Vanessa: Eight nominations, which one would mean the most to you?
    Mariah: Honestly, whatever. It's like, if I win one, I'll be grateful and I'm not gonna be like, "I want them all."


    [ Download ET Interview Here! ]


    NBC NEWS
    The Grammy nominations are out and pop diva Mariah Carey is back in a big way. Four years ago, Mariah was coping with a breakdown, the end of a record deal, and a flop movie. But today, she's got the best-selling album, several hit singles, and after this morning, eight Grammy nominations including Album, Record and Song of the Year.

    Mariah: Yes we all go through tough times, but you have to keep being you, and keep doing what you do best. This album is particularly close to my heart and I'm just really thankful for just what a blessed year it's been for me.


    [ Download NBC News Interview Here! ]


    Extra Video: CNN SHOWBIZ TONIGHT
    CNN Showbiz Tonight had an exclusive coverage of "John Lennon Legacy" in conjunction with John's 25th death anniversary. Mariah was one of the celebrities who spoke about John.

    "It was interesting the other night I was watching the, I believe it was the making of "Imagine" and it was very, it was so interesting just to see so many different sides of this incredible man and so, you know, he's had an enormous impact on music that we can't even express with words so I'm happy that we'll all be celebrating his life."



    [ Download CNN Showbiz Tonight Interview Here! ]



    This was added late last night. In case you missed it, here is the FULL VIDEO of the live Grammy Nominations Announcement (from E!) where Mariah received 8 nods and read the "Best New Artist" nominees. The video also includes E!'s interview with Mariah after the announcement.


    Download: Live Grammy Nods Announcement & Interview:
    [ Part One | Part Two ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    New York Papers Report on Mariah's Grammy Nods // 8:26 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey and 2 Others Lead Grammy Nods
    Mariah Carey had good reasons for her big smile as she helped announce the nominations for the 48th annual Grammy Awards at a New York news conference today. Her latest album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island) and the single "We Belong Together" drew eight nominations, three of them in the top Grammy categories: Record, Song and Album of the Year.

    Grammys: Cash & Carey
    Mariah Carey crowned her comeback year by becoming the only artist nominated in all three top categories for the 48th annual Grammy Awards.

    The big-voiced singer bagged eight nominations in all yesterday, as did last year's breakout star, Kanye West, and newcomer John Legend.

    Other top contenders include 50 Cent and Stevie Wonder (with six nominations each), plus Gwen Stefani, U2 and Bruce Springsteen, who each got five. The awards will be handed out Feb. 8 in Los Angeles.

    The most telling triumph, though, is Carey's. It proves that, in this era of shrinking sales and paltry profits, the Grammy folks voted with their wallets. After all, Carey's "Emancipation of Mimi" CD has sold 4.2 million copies, making it the second-biggest release of the year after 50 Cent's "The Massacre." But she's liable to soon best him. The rapper's CD isn't moving much lately, while the siren's album has gotten its second wind. "Mimi" pushed over 200,000 platters the week before the Grammy announcements. Now, those figures will surely shoot north.

    Carey clinched the Grammy trifecta by conforming to the voters' fetish for comebacks, such as the recent resurrections of Steely Dan and Bonnie Raitt. Struggling back from a personal low (circa "Glitter"), Carey wound up enjoying 2005's most unavoidable song: "We Belong Together" (up for both Record and Song of the Year).

    If Carey's coronation was inevitable, it follows that it's also a stone-cold bore, as are most of the other top nominations.
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    Source: NY Times | NY Daily News


    Thursday, December 8 , 2005

    Official Press Release Reveals Remixes Downloads Galore // 7:01 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey made a personal appearance at Gotham Hall in Manhattan this morning, where she joined fellow artists to announce nominees for the upcoming 48th annual Grammy Awards – and then went on to collect 8 nominations herself (tied for the highest number of nominations this year), it was announced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.

    Mariah’s 5x-platinum Island Records album, The Emancipation Of Mimi, which has sold more than 7 million copies world­wide, generated Grammy Award nominations across the board in several areas. Grammy winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 8, 2006, at Staples Center in Los Angeles, broad­cast on the CBS television network (and around the world), 8:00-11:30 p.m. (EST/PST).

    Mariah’s Grammy Awards nominations follow her recent string of wins at the VIBE Awards, the American Music Awards – and earlier this week at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, where she was named Top R&B Singles Artist - Female, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist - Female, Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Artist - Female, and Top Overall Albums Artist - Female, with “We Belong Together” named the #1 Hot 100 Single Of the Year.

    Sights are now set on the historic December 13th Internet retail roll-out of the current #2 Hot 100 Airplay smash, “Don’t Forget About Us.” Written by Mariah Carey and produced by Jermaine Dupri and Mariah Carey, and mixed by Phil Tan and Jermaine Dupri, “Don’t Forget About Us” is currently available only as a physical single or one of the four new tracks on THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI: ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION. In an unprecedented release, “Don’t Forget About Us” will now be available as a digital download in five different remixes, each one exclusive to a separate digital retailer:

    iTunes: “Don’t Forget About Us Remix featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony” 3:32, the original album version)
    MSN Music: “Don’t Forget About Us (Ralphi and Jody DB Anthomic Dub)” (11:43), remix produced, programmed & engineered by Ralphi Rosario;
    Napster:“Don’t Forget About Us (Dance Floor Anthem) (Tony Moran & Warren Rigg)” (9:32), remixed by Tony Moran & Warren Rigg;
    Real/Rhapsody:“Don’t Forget About Us (Ralphi Rosario and Craig Martini Vocal)” (7:41), remix produced, programmed & engineered by Ralphi Rosario & Craig J. Snider;
    Yahoo! Music Engine: “Don’t Forget About Us (Quentin Shelter Anthem Mix)” (12:29), a Quentin Harris re-production.

    (Note: AOL Music will also have the exclusive stream of the iTunes remix.)

    The first-time digital roll-out of “Don’t Forget About Us” expands Mariah’s sales presence on the Internet, where cumulative ring-tone downloads of MIMI’s three singles – “We Belong Together,” “Shake It Off,” and “Don’t Forget About Us” – have surpassed the 2 million mark.

    Mariah’s sweep of the 2005 Billboard Music Awards follows her recent wins at last month’s 33rd annual American Music Awards (where was voted Favorite Soul/Rhythm & Blues Female Artist by the 20,000 record-buyers whose votes determine the winners); and 3rd annual VIBE Awards, where Mariah won for Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, R&B Voice Of The Year, and Best R&B Song for “We Belong Together,” the most awards won by any individual artist this year.

    Read the rest of the press release here.
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    Source: MariahCarey.com

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" Certified 5x Platinum! // 6:46 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The Emancipation of Mimi has been certified 5 Times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for sales (shipments) of five million records in the US.

    This brings Mariah's certifications total to 63x platinum records, ranked at #13 overall and #2 female (second only to Barbra Streisand with 72x platinum certifications.)

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is Mariah's eighth album to be certified 5x platinum or more.

    Here is the breakdown of Mariah's albums certifications:

    10xp: Daydream, Music Box
    9xp: Mariah Carey
    5xp: Merry Christmas, Butterfly, #1's, Emotions, The Emancipation of Mimi
    3xp: MTV Unplugged, Rainbow
    1xp: Glitter, Greatest Hits, Charmbracelet
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    Source: RIAA | Chris

    Mariah At Grammy Nominations Announcement: Full Coverage! // 1:24 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey attends the 48th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations, held at Gotham Hall, Thursday, December 8, 2005 in New York.
    Click on the links below to view screen captures and download the full video of the live Grammy Nominations Announcement (from E!) where Mariah received 8 nods and read the "Best New Artist" nominees. The video also includes E!'s interview with Mariah after the announcement.


    Download: Live Grammy Nods Announcement & Interview:
    [ Part One | Part Two ]

    High Quality Photos:





    The Associated Press:
    Carey, West, Legend top Grammy nods
    Mariah Carey's comeback came full circle Thursday as she was nominated for eight Grammys, including album of the year for "The Emancipation of Mimi" and song and record of the year for her torch ballad "We Belong Together."

    Carey's eight nominations tied John Legend and Kanye West.

    Carey's many nominations helped put an exclamation point on her amazing year. Her career had been languishing in recent years, and some insiders doubted whether the multi-octave singer could return to her multiplatinum ways after a series of debacles, including an emotional breakdown and being bought out of her Virgin Records contract.

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" proved the skeptics wrong. Not only has it sold more than 4 million copies, making it the No. 2 best-selling album of the year, but it included one of the year's most popular songs with "We Belong Together."

    Mariah's Nominations Recap:
  • Album of the Year - The Emancipation of Mimi
  • Record of the Year - We Belong Together
  • Song of the Year - We Belong Together
  • Best Female Pop 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

    Mariah's Reactions:
    E! Online:
    "I felt that I was doing a record that was really unique," a beaming Carey told E! Entertainment shortly after the nominations (which she helped announce) were unveiled in New York City. "[Mimi] was an entire piece of work that really came from my heart."

    CNN Interview:
    "I feel so blessed, it's been such an amazing year, and this album means so much to me that I'm just full of gratitude. It's been an incredible morning. ... The Grammys, just being able to be touted as a Grammy winner, is a big deal."
    [ Download: CNN Interview With Mariah ]


    Today Show Interview:
    "I write all my own material unless I'm doing a remake of something. You're right, those categories mean so much to me as a writer, because it's true, a lot of people still don't know I write my own songs and it's like "Hello? I've been doing it since high-school."

    In her answer to Katie Couric's "Will you be performing?" Mariah said: "I don't know, I haven't been asked yet!"
    [ Download: The Today Show Interview With Mariah ]


    Polls: (Click on the links to vote for Mariah!)
  • Who Do you Want To Win Best Album? (AOL)
  • What should win the Grammy for album of the year? (CNN)

    Related Articles:
  • Mariah Carey Leads Grammy Nominations (EW)
  • Mariah's Grammy Whammy (E! Online)
  • Mariah Is Grammys Queen (Sky Showbiz)
  • Carey rules over Grammy shortlist (BBC UK)
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Leads Grammy Nominees With 8 Nods! // 9:03 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Nominations for the 48th Annual GRAMMY® Awards were announced today by The Recording Academy® reflecting a year in which multiple genres were represented in top categories, collaborations were numerous and diverse, and newer up-and-comers were nominated alongside more established, legendary artists. The nominations were announced at Gotham Hall in New York City and the event was attended by national and international media, as well as key music industry executives. Artists reading nominations this morning included Natasha Bedingfield, Big & Rich, Mariah Carey, Chad Kroeger (Nickelback), John Legend, Patti LaBelle, Carly Simon, Sway, and CeCe Winans. The 48th Annual GRAMMY Awards will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2006, at STAPLES Center in Los Angeles and once again will be broadcast live in high-definition TV and 5.1 surround sound on CBS from 8 – 11:30 p.m. (ET/PT).

    Topping the nominations, Mariah Carey, John Legend and Kanye West each earned eight.

    Below are Mariah's eight nominations:

    GENERAL FIELD
    Record Of The Year
    (Award to the Artist and to the Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s) and/or Mixer(s), if other than the artist.)
  • 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

    Album Of The Year
    (Award to the Artist(s) and to the Album Producer(s), Recording Engineer(s)/Mixer(s) & Mastering Engineer(s), if other than the artist.)
  • 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

    Song Of The Year
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. A song is eligible if it was first released or if it first achieved prominence during the Eligibility Year. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)
  • We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
  • Bless The Broken Road - Rascal Flatts
  • Devils & Dust - Bruce Springsteen
  • Ordinary People - John Legend
  • Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own - U2

    FIELD 1 - POP
    Best Female Pop Vocal Performance
    (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
  • It's Like That - Mariah Carey
  • Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
  • Good Is Good - Sheryl Crow
  • Will Not Be Broken - Bonnie Raitt
  • Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

    FIELD 6 - R&B
    Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
    (For a solo vocal performance. Singles or Tracks only.)
  • We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
  • 1 Thing - Amerie
  • Wishing On A Star - Beyoncé
  • Free Yourself - Fantasia
  • Unbreakable - Alicia Keys

    Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
    (For solo, duo, group or collaborative performances, with vocals. Singles or Tracks only.)
  • Mine Again - Mariah Carey
  • Summertime - Fantasia
  • A House Is Not A Home - Aretha Franklin
  • If I Was Your Woman - Alicia Keys
  • Stay With You - John Legend

    Best R&B Song
    (A Songwriter(s) Award. For Song Eligibility Guidelines see Category #3. (Artist names appear in parenthesis.) Singles or Tracks only.)
  • We Belong Together - Mariah Carey
  • Cater 2 U - Destiny's Child
  • Free Yourself - Fantasia
  • Ordinary People - John Legend
  • Unbreakable - Alicia Keys

    Best Contemporary R&B Album
    (For albums containing 51% or more playing time of VOCAL tracks.)
  • The Emancipation Of Mimi - Mariah Carey
  • Touch - Amerie
  • Destiny Fulfilled - Destiny's Child
  • Turning Point - Mario
  • O - Omarion

    Full Nominations List Here

    Congratulations Mariah!
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    Source: Grammy.com

    Mariah To Announce Grammy Nominations // 6:33 AM EST Updated by Liron

    MARIAH CAREY just might be reading her own name this morning when the singer joins a diverse group of musicians to announce the nominees for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards.

    Mariah, who's had quite the year with her best-selling album The Emancipation of Mimi, will reveal the nominations along with Carly Simon, Patti LaBelle, John Legend, Big & Rich, Natasha Bedingfield, Nickelback's Chad Koreger and Cece Winans at 8:00 A.M ET from Gotham Hall in New York City.

    Meanwhile, at the same location Wednesday night, the star-studded "2005 Recording Academy Honors" was held to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Miss Mariah, Jay-Z, Yoko Ono John Lennon as well as movie composer Howard Shore.

    The annual event, formerly known as the Heroes Awards, supports the New York Chapter of the Recording Academy's efforts to assist area schools in need. This year's beneficiary is Thomas Jefferson High School, which will receive a $10,000 grant each year for the next three years to support after-school music classes and three annual scholarships for students who will pursue a career in the music industry.

    As for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards, music's biggest shindig will be held in Los Angeles February 8, 2006 and will air on CBS.
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    Source: ET Online

    Mariah Sparks A Flashbulb Frenzy // 5:05 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Access Hollywood:


    [ Download Mariah's interview with Access Hollywood here! ]

    Transcript:
    Mariah Carey hears it from unhappy paparazzis. Moments after winning an armful of Billboard awards, Mariah stopped backstage to celebrate with Shaun Robinson and that's where the party ended.

    Shaun: Wow! You know what? You always cause a flashbulb frenzy. What's wrong with you?

    Mariah: It's the drama. It's because I was trying to hold the awards ... (shows arm) it's an "award blemish."

    But despite Mariah Carey's posing, and posing, and posing, the photogs wanted more.

    Shaun: We're gonna get Mariah out of here. It's crazy!

    And it quickly turned ugly. (Photographers boo)

    Mariah: That's not nice. You know I'm always very nice. You can't please everybody all the time.

    But there were no boos inside as Mariah Carey took home five Billboard awards including R&B/Hiphop Artist of the Year.


    Entertainment Tonight:


    [ Download Mariah's interview with Entertainment Tonight here! ]

    Transcript:
    Ryan Delvin, ET: Mariah Carey, five awards! How are your arms, first of all?
    Mariah Carey: My arms... I think I'm getting a nice work out, so it's good!

    RD: Congratulations, this is awesome.
    MC: Thank you so much. This has been an amazing night. I really... I was on a European trip and I was really supposed to stay there and I said 'You know, this show really means so much to me because it represents the charts and the success of this record, you know, particularly "We Belong Together"' and it's just like, you know, I couldn't not be here, so I'm just grateful.

    RD: I have to say that I am noticing a really big ring on this finger over here...
    MC: Oh, this is a gift, that I got in a dinner party, as a trinket! Can you believe that? That's a nice dinner party trinket I think.
    RD: There are rumors flying around about an engagement... I thought we had something here, Mariah!
    MC: I know! That's 'cause you didn't leak the story to the press so they had to go with their own thing!

    RD: You're gonna have to get some more arms with all these awards, you have to hire people just to carry the awards behind you!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Back Atop the Charts, Her Way // 3:52 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey became the butt of jokes after she was dropped by her label in 2002. 'Mimi' is emancipated now, and a Grammy nod is possible.

    The photographers were screaming for Mariah Carey on Tuesday night the way they used to. They jostled to catch her eye backstage at the Billboard Music Awards, and she vamped and smiled while holding a metal bouquet — she had won five awards, more than any other artist, and she was clearly thrilled.

    Then she looked down at her wrists.

    The weight of the trophies had left red lines up and down her inner forearms. Later, away from the crowd, in her suite atop the MGM Grand Hotel, she rubbed her arms at the memory.

    "I can't give them anything to use against me," she said. "Someone, somewhere might see marks on my arms and the next day the world hears that I tried to kill myself or that I'm getting tied up. That is how it is for me now."

    It is a wonderful and scary time to be Mariah Carey. While the Billboard awards are driven by sales, today, when the nominations are announced for the 48th annual Grammy Awards, the quality of her work will be on the line. If Carey, 35, picks up major nominations, it will be an acknowledgment of a career comeback that rivals any in pop music history.

    She calls her recent run a "beautiful dream," but she's also barely removed from a career nightmare.

    Almost four years ago, EMI's Virgin Records famously fired Carey and paid a reported $28 million to do it. And at the time, it seemed like a good deal. Carey had become famous for bizarre public behavior and sinking album sales, and for starring in one of the year's most ridiculed films, "Glitter."

    If there was any chance to escape the aura of disaster surrounding her, it ended when the "Glitter" soundtrack album hit stores on Sept. 11, 2001. Carey's personal collapse was such a matter of public jeering that the rapper Eminem, with whom she had a brief fling, chose to begin his arena concerts by piping in snippets of tearful phone messages she had left begging him to return her calls.

    Then there were whispers of a nervous breakdown and suicide attempt.

    "I never tried to kill myself; that is a lie," she said. "I'm too afraid of God to do that. I'm a spiritual person. The songs I write, the messages in them — how could I turn around and try to take my life? And by slashing my wrists? Please. I would never give up on life."

    She has the most played song of the year, "We Belong Together," and the second-bestselling CD, "The Emancipation of Mimi," a reference to her new sense of freedom and the nickname her friends still use for her. At midyear, she became the first act since the Beatles to have the No. 1 and No. 2 songs on American radio in the same week. In recent weeks, she circled the globe — London, Berlin, New York, Los Angeles, Las Vegas — to collect awards and a measure of satisfaction.

    "I'm not going to miss a moment of this," she said as she munched a late dinner that would make a starlet waif shudder: French fries and chicken strips, washed down with a flute of Cristal Champagne. "A celebratory splash," she said. "I have a lot to celebrate."

    Carey's comeback arc can be viewed as a tale of personal redemption or as another lesson in the mercurial nature of the music business. There have been many pop comebacks before, but Carey's is most comparable to Frank Sinatra's tumble to the career carpet in the late 1940s and his mid-1950s return to grace. Like Carey, Sinatra's fall was met with glee in many quarters, and he was written off despite his world-famous voice.

    "Like Sinatra, Mariah has a voice for the ages," said L.A. Reid, chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, which includes Island Records, where Carey's comeback has taken place. "I never doubted that she would have success again. With that instrument, it's just a matter of getting the right music and the right moment."

    Reid's longshot bet on Carey was shared by his corporate boss, Doug Morris, chairman of Universal Music Group. Her CD has been a commercial sensation for Universal Music, selling 4.2 million copies in the U.S. since its release in April, and tour plans are forming for next year.

    According to the Recording Industry Assn. of America, since her debut album in 1990, more than 150 million Carey albums have shipped.

    Her music career began with a demo album that caught the ear of Tommy Mottola, then chief of Sony Music Entertainment. He signed her to Sony's Columbia Records, where she became noticed immediately for her extraordinary vocal range. In 1990, at the 33rd annual Grammy Awards, Carey won two Grammys, including best new artist. With 16 No. 1 hits, she has a record that trails only Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

    She's had a writing hand in much of her music, including a co-writing credit on every song on "Emancipation." Still, she says, "Most people don't even know I write songs."

    Despite her commercial triumphs, she has found peer recognition hard to recapture — since that initial Grammy splash, she's not won another.

    One reason for the chilly shoulder may have been Carey's reputation as a kept canary. She found success under the wing of Mottola, who shaped her as a singer similar to Celine Dion, known for epic material and melodramatic sweep. (Carey and Mottola ended their five-year marriage in an acrimonious and public divorce in 1998 that she finds difficult to discuss.)

    Carey says that during the years with Mottola she longed to act on her creative impulses toward soul and hip-hop music. It wasn't an option those around her wanted to explore. Instead, she says, she was counseled to not only bury any hip-hop sound but to also avoid discussion of her African American roots.

    Even in the afterglow of this year and this night, those troubles seem to haunt her. Carey plopped down on the couch in her 61st-floor suite, pulled off her sparkly heels and grew reflective. Playing on her iPod in the corner was the Aretha Franklin music that she grew up loving.

    "When I was a kid I felt like a misfit and an outcast because of my [biracial] heritage and the way people made me feel about it," the native New Yorker said, referring to the days when she could walk on neither side of her family and feel completely comfortable. "In my music — in the days when I was being told what to do, if you know what I mean — I was told to push all of that even further down, and it tore me up."

    Now that sound is anything but hidden. The new album's dance-floor slink and urban inflections speak to her true music heart, she says. Unlike the days when she sang huge, soaring ballads, the new album finds its core in songs of resilience — the hit "Shake It Off," for one, has her shedding a bad-news lover.

    But Carey's return took more than her own voice. She also needed a new manager and found one in Benny Medina. He had worked with Jennifer Lopez and Brandy and found success with both, but he also saw each of those relationships end in legal squabbles. Medina was wary of Carey. He had been watching TV like everyone else.

    "I didn't know what to think. But she was smart: She invited me to a show to hear her sing — the concert was in Las Vegas — and I was amazed by watching her perform," he said. "I also had plenty of ideas about different ways to do things. If you have Billie Holiday, you don't need to put on a Cher show."

    She also found a producer in Jermaine Dupri, who wanted to bring her studio work closer to the street. Hers is a hybrid sound that melds R&B melody with hip-hop breakbeat and pairs smoky singers with rap stars. Now Carey's CD, in addition to being one of the year's biggest hits and her "declaration of independence," represents the dominant trend in R&B music today.

    "Mariah helped invent this sound and doesn't get enough credit for it," said Dupri, who produced "Shake It Off" and "We Belong Together," as well as other hits off the new Carey CD. "She doesn't sound like anyone else. Now when you hear a song, it's a Mariah song, and that's hard to do these days."

    Dupri has an interesting vantage point on Carey's return to form. As a producer and an urban music executive at Virgin, he has watched her story line from two very different sides.

    "I'm part of both worlds, and it's strange," Dupri said. "I'm a president at Virgin, where they spent this huge amount of money to get Mariah out of the building, and now to see what's happened … every time those songs come on, people at Virgin wince — and those songs come on a lot."

    The most interesting facet of Carey's comeback may have presented itself to Reid in April, when he visited a record store in New Jersey and casually asked a clerk how the newly arrived Carey album was selling. The answer grabbed his attention. The clerk told him that the register had been busy ringing up the middle-school set.

    "I never expected her to get new fans with this album; I didn't see that coming," he said. "The people buying this album are 11- and 12- and 13- and 14-year-old girls. I thought it would be like when Cher came back — the old fans would come back and embrace her. But here, Mariah's getting old fans and new ones too, and that has made this huge."

    With that in mind, Carey has added record-store autograph sessions to her busy schedule. One of those in Hollywood last month shut down traffic, as the once and future diva visited the Virgin Megastore to autograph copies of "Emancipation." Later, she recounted how many of the youngest fans, some of whom had waited in line for 27 hours, told her that her new songs had helped them deal with broken hearts and broken homes.

    "I've had people tell me that these songs make them not want to kill themselves. Can you imagine how happy that makes me?"

    She also had someone tell her the other day that she's the last true diva.

    "I took that as a huge compliment," said Carey, who went on to explain the fine art of ordering caviar in Monaco. ("You ask for caviar and then you pause [she pauses] and say 'be-luuu-ga.' ") She went on to say, "I have fun with the diva stuff because I don't take myself seriously."

    During the Billboard show, she was scampering around backstage from interview to interview, in a dress that was as short as possible. "I don't have to sit down — I cannot sit down in this dress," she said.

    Carey was surrounded by a ghetto-fabulous equivalent of a NASCAR pit crew: One person held a fan to cool her, a makeup artist dabbed at her cheeks, another stylist primped her amber-colored locks and another, without ceremony, tugged the back of her dress to keep it ready for prime time.

    Her style has gotten increasingly sexually provocative after the Mottola years, which served up a more elegant, polished Carey. At the American Music Awards last month, Carey opened the show — barely. Arriving late, she was hurried to the stage as her handlers finished sewing her skimpy dress on. Carey admits she was worried that she was showing the nation a bit more than she planned.

    Yet for all the talk of how scattered or strange or diva-like she had become, the Mariah Carey of this week was a model of serenity, whether on stage thanking the television audience or alone in her suite.

    If there's a dominating cultural current in the media of 2005, it's the nonstop delivery and dissection of celebrities. Few stars have felt that scalpel as cruelly as Carey.

    "I never really felt famous until my fame was used against me," she said. "I never felt I was different than anybody else until I couldn't get away from anybody."

    --By Geoff Boucher, Times Staff Writer

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    Source: The Los Angeles Times | Casey

    News Flash! // 2:37 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is now #1 on iTunes!

    The "Don't Forget About Us" music video was #1 again, its twelfth day in a row, on BET's 106 & Park countdown! On MTV's TRL, it climbed up a spot to the #4 position. Keep up the voting!
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    Source: Casey | Stanley | Keinan | Jeremy

    Photos: "The Recording Academy Honors" Lauds Mariah // 1:59 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are photos of Mariah at last night's "The Recording Academy Honors" where she, together with Jay-Z, Yoko Ono & John Lennon, and Howard Shore were lauded for their excellence and integrity in the music industry. The gala event was held at Gotham Hall, New York City.




    Find more pictures in our Photo Gallery!
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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Wednesday, December 7 , 2005

    Mariah, Kanye lead Grammy buzz // 7:05 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah had a comeback year, 50 Cent dropped another multiplatinum album, Coldplay was hot and Kanye West beat the sophomore jinx. Gwen Stefani made us holla, and Kelly Clarkson reveled in being free and the Black Eyed Peas celebrated those lovely lady lumps.

    But while a lot of artists combined for some memorable music this year, few dominated the music scene like in years’ past. So it’s unlikely that one name will dominate this year’s Grammy nominations, which are to be announced in New York on Thursday morning. Instead, expect a few top acts to get the lion’s share of the nominations.

    “I think Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and Kanye West are going to be going at it for who has the most awards,” says Steve Stoute, a former music industry executive who has remained tapped into the scene through his company Translations, which links top music superstars with commercial products. “They have songs that have song-of-the-year potential on their albums.”

    Carey, he feels, is likely to be chief among the group. Her career had been languishing in recent years, and some industry insiders doubted whether the multi-octave singer could return to her multiplatinum ways after a series of debacles, including a breakdown and being bought out of her record contract with Virgin Records.

    “The Emancipation of Mimi” proved the skeptics wrong, however. Not only did it sell more than 4 million copies, making it the No. 2 best-selling album of the year, it also spawned one of the year’s most popular songs, the torch ballad “We Belong Together.”

    “I think Mariah Carey has a really big chance of making a really big statement,” said Stoute. “I think Mariah Carey is the big winner.”

    Carey is expected to be nominated in the top categories, including album of the year and perhaps song and record of the year for “We Belong Together.”
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    Source: Associated Press via MSNBC

    "Don't Forget About Us" Leaps To #7 On Hot 100 // 6:57 PM EST Updated by Liron

    In its 9th week on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart, "Don't Forget About Us" moves five places from #12 to #7! and becomes Mariah's 25th top 10 single!

    Mariah's two other songs on the Hot 100 are "Shake It Off" at #24 (down from #20) and "We Belong Together" at #49 (down from #40).

    On the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks chart, "Don't Forget About Us" rises five places to #3! On the same chart, "Shake It Off" sits at #17 and "We Belong Together," at #39.

    Stay tuned for more Billboard updates.
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | bks

    Download: Mariah on UK TV & Radio Shows // 6:32 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of ITV's "London Tonight" report on Mariah's CD Signing in HMV Oxford.



    [ Download Video: ITV UK Reports Mariah's HMV Signing ]


    Here are pictures taken during the CD signing by Cinnamon:




  • Mariah chatted with DJ Schooly of Capital FM last Saturday, December 3rd, about the success of her album, collaborating with Kanye West, Snoop, Nelly & Pharell Williams and those random crazy press stories including having a bath with her dog and being engaged. Click on the link below to download the MP3 audio file of the interview.

    [ Download Audio: Mariah's Interview at Capital FM Radio, UK ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Cinnamon | Alex

    Mariah Makes Blender and Stylus Year-End Lists // 5:26 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • Mariah made several of the year-end lists in the January/February issue of "Blender Magazine" which hits the stands on December 20th.

    In the issue titled "Buhbye 2005", both the magazine editors and the readers rank their favorite musicians of the year. Here are Mariah's positions on the various lists:

    Blender's Top 100 Songs of 2005
    #15 - We Belong Together - For three minutes and 21 seconds, we are all the prom kings and queens, and it's slow-dance time.

    #38 - Shake It Off - Bad boyfriend? Just do what Mariah does here: Dump his ass in a voicemail, then steal his car.

    Blender's 50 Greatest CDs of 2005
    #12 - The Emancipation of Mimi - All that stuff about a butterfly coming out of its cocoon? Now it's finally true! A couple of years ago, this smash was basically unthinkable. Mariah was pop's Courtney Love, suffering post-Glitter meltdowns, writing to her lambs from a rehab bed, and- if you believe Eminem - begging for booty calls. But guided by R&B whiz Jermaine Dupri, she traded stemware-shattering histrionics for velvety diva cool and scored three ginormous singles and counting. Welcome back, Mimi.

    Hero of the Year Poll
    #3 - Mariah Carey (with 17% of the votes)

    Album of the Year Poll
    #2 - The Emancipation of Mimi (with 18.9% of the votes)

  • Stylus Magazine's Top 50 Singles of 2005
    #35 - We Belong Together - For a few months it couldn't be avoided, but who would want to? The biggest song of the year with no competitors for miles, Mariah's comeback was so perfect PR gurus couldn't have manufactured it; this was a performance so evocative that there wasn't a soul alive who didn't sing along with the radio when (in its most memorable moment) a distraught Ms. Carey sings along with the radio (how meta!) and we all know how she feels. Only difference was, none of us dared to change the station.
    [David Drake]
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    Source: Blender Magazine | Amy | Stylus Magazine

    HQ Photos: Mariah Reads 'Peter Pan' To Kids // 4:13 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah joins Cathy Rigby as 'Peter Pan' as they entertain children at Madison Square Garden in New York, Wednesday, December 7, 2005.

    Children from the Fresh Air Fund and winners selected by radio station WKTU were treated to a special holiday reading of 'Peter Pan' by Mariah. Rigby is starring in the 'Peter Pan' stage musical at the arena during the holiday season.


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    Source: Mariah Daily | AP

    Weekly SoundScan Numbers For Mariah // 1:03 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #7 (Last Week #6)
    Sales this week: 109,580 (-46%)
    Total sales: 4,234,210

  • All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Hot Digital Songs: #4 (Last Week #15)
    Hot Digital Tracks: #3 (Last Week #11)
    Sales this week: 34,333 (+90%)
    Total sales: 167,413

  • Shake It Off
    Hot Digital Songs: #82 (Last Week #67)
    Sales this week: 5,744 (-22%)
    Total sales: 320,813

  • We Belong Together
    Hot Digital Songs: #104 (Last Week #90)
    Sales this week: 4,730 (-15%)
    Total sales: 647,710

  • Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
    Hot Digital Songs: #141 (Debut)
    Sales this week: 3,597 (+110%)
    Total sales: 17,453

  • Don't Forget About Us
    The song remains at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay and is expected to rise into the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

    Official Billboard positions will be revealed tonight.
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    Source: bks

    News Tidbits // 12:39 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --Mariah is scheduled to be interviewed tomorrow on "The Today Show" after the Grammy Nominations are announced.

    The Grammy nominations will be announced tomorrow live from Los Angeles at 5:30 AM PST (8:30 AM EST) and will be aired on the E! channel. Good luck Mariah

    --The "Don't Forget About Us" music video took the #5 position on MTV's TRL yesterday, but held on to the #1 spot for the eleventh day in a row on BET's 106 & Park countdown. Keep voting!

    --Mariah is nominated for the "IT List" - the definitive year end round up from leading Australian magazine, POP Republic. Mariah is short listed in the following categories:

    Best Album Of 2005
    Best International Female Artist

    The winners will be determined by the fans themselves, via the voting form in the current issue of POP Republic, & ‘the IT list’ voting page. Fans can vote as many times as they like. The winners will be presented in January.

    --Below are pictures of Mariah leaving her hotel in London on December 5, 2005:

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    Source: Brian | Casey | Adi


    Tuesday, December 6 , 2005

    Mariah Scoops Five Billboard Awards! // 10:47 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey, who was a finalist in seven categories, won five awards at tonight's Billboard Music Awards!

    Mariah capped her 2005 comeback as she received the awards for:

    Female Billboard 200 Album Artist
    Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Hot 100 Song
    Hot 100 Airplay of the Year
    Rhythmic Top 40 Title of the Year


    The awards ceremony was broadcast live on Fox from Las Vegas' MGM Grand Garden Arena and hosted by artist/actor LL Cool J.

    Mariah walked on stage twice during the ceremony to accept her awards. Her first trip to the stage was to accept the awards for "Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year" and "Female Billboard 200 Album Artist". The second time, while accepting her three extra awards, Mariah read out her speech from her cellphone!

    This is the first time in Mariah's career that she tops the year-end Billboard category for "Hot 100 Song of the Year". Congratulations Mariah!



    Download Mariah's Acceptance Speech for
    Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year Award:
    [ via RapidShare | via RapidUpload ]

    Speech
    Hey! Thank you so much. As always, I have to thank God for waking me up this morning and every blessing in my life, all the glory goes to God. Thank you Doug Morris, I love you. Thank you LA Reid, you're fantastic. I have to thank everyone at Billboard for the support. Thank you so much Billboard! I really can't even know what to say. Everybody at radio. Everybody at retail. All my very special friends out there, thank you for the support and mainly thank you to my fans for being here with me always. Thank you so much to all my management, everybody, all my friends. I love you. God bless you.


    Download Mariah's Acceptance Speech for
    Hot 100 Song of the Year Award
    [ via RapidShare | via RapidUpload ]

    Speech
    Sorry, I'm just trying to like... it's really exciting to be able to hold these awards and just stand here and revel in the moment 'cause I have to thank God for this incredible year really. Everything in my life, the ups and downs whatever, everything is just part of the plan to get you to another level so anybody out there going through any type of struggle, just keep believing and don't let anybody discourage you from reaching your dreams.

    Okay, I had to write this down because I forget you know sometimes. (And I love you back) Jermaine Dupri, I love you with all of my heart and I thank you so much for being you, being the kind of person you are. Randy Jackson, thank you so much, I love you, I can never thank you enough. Mark Sudack, absolutely fantastic. Benny Medina, doing your thing. Mike Richardson, Gina Rainville, Lucy I have to thank... they're from the International...see I had to be here tonight, they were trying to keep me in Europe and I said, 'I gotta be with the fans when I'm receiving this award!' so I just had to be here (hey! LJ in the audience) and Jason as well.

    Thank you to everybody at my record company, Island Def Jam. (I love you back!) And LA Reid, the best record man in the business, Steve Bartels, Jay-Z aka Hovy Baby, Greg Thompson, Martha Reynolds, you're so sweet, we love you. Greg Thompson, I'm sorry it's a long list darlings, Laura Swanson, Eric Olesen, Thomas Lytle and everyone else who helped make this song, this record... how do I say it? This radio song... whoever typed this out for me, you're bleak! No seriously, I gotta let this go, who helped make this the biggest record of my career and the biggest radio song of all time so thank you so much. I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Thank you to all the fans out there. Thank you! It's because of you that I'm here today. Thank you so much.


    Check out our Photo Gallery for over 60 photos from the Billboard Music Awards!
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Vinny | Billboard

    Mariah Leads Groovevolt Award Nominations // 5:24 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey’s magical comeback year continues as the singer topped the list of nominees for the Third Annual GV Music & Fashion Awards, leading the way with six nods. Carey leads a slew of R&B and Hip-Hop stars who dominated the nomination list this year.

    One hundred twenty-five artists were nominated for at least one award, with Carey leading the way. She received nods for 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”).

    "Few would argue that Mariah Carey is one of the best stories of the year. Like a phoenix from the ashes, Mariah ignored the so-called haters while her career rose to a new level." Groovevolt.com Editor-in-Chief Chauncy Jackson said, adding "With L.A. Reid’s guidance, Carey released a superb album which benefited from an even more successful marketing plan."

    Music fans who log onto Groovevolt.com from December 20, 2005 to January 27, 2006, will be able to vote, in nearly 37 categories, for their favorite rock, hip-hop, and pop artists, as well as for their favorite movie soundtrack, deep cuts, and most fashionable artist.
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    Source: Groovevolt

    "Don't Forget About Us" Digital Release on Dec. 13 // 2:17 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The Five Days of Remixes
    "Don't Forget About Us", digital single available to download on December 13th for the first time at all digital retailers.

    Plus - additional exclusive remixes available on the 13th for download too! Be sure to collect all versions on December 13th.

    iTunes: "Don't Forget About Us" remix featuring Juelz Santana & Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, also available on the 13th.
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    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Download: Video Report From HMV Signing // 2:06 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • MTV Germany News aired a segment on Mariah's CD signing at HMV Oxford in London. Click on the links below to view screen captures and download the MPEG video file of the report.



    [ Download: Mariah at HMV CD Signing in London ]


    Many thanks to Sam for the video file!

  • In addition, the British tabloid "The Sun", provided 3 more pictures from the CD signing with unnecessary comments. Here are the pictures:

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Sam

    HQ Photos: Mariah Leaves London Hotel // 1:30 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah leaving her Claridges hotel Monday morning, December 5, 2005.

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Clarissa

    USA Today: "Same Old Song, But With A Different Package" // 1:29 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi was brand-new on April 12. It got newer on Nov. 15.

    Adopting the DVD formula of following an initial release with a coveted "director's cut," the music industry has taken to revamping hit CDs months after release to reboot sales. It's gravy for artists and labels and a bargain for consumers who didn't get the original.

    But fans who already have the album can feel resentful and shortchanged. They're either stuck with the minor version or forced to buy the same title again to get the extras.

    Carey's Mimi was closing in on 4 million copies when the enhanced "Ultra Platinum Edition," with four new tracks, replaced it 32 weeks later to pad sales by 185,000 copies and bump it 11 notches to No. 4 in Billboard.

    She's not the first to repackage a big seller. A special edition of Usher's Confessions, 2004's top seller, came 6½ months after the slimmer original. The Killers' Hot Fuss, released in mid-2004, returned Aug. 16 in limited-edition form with three added tracks. 50 Cent's The Massacre, already on course as this year's best seller, got a second wind in September as a reissue with videos for all 21 tracks.

    Artists cite various creative impulses as reasons for the follow-ups. But the consensus, particularly in a year of declining CD sales, points to a profit boost achieved by prolonging an album's life span.

    Carey fanatic Alex Kaplan of Chino Hills, Calif., wants to add the Mimi upgrade to her collection, though she believes the altered disc benefits latecomers and punishes devotees who shop early.

    "If I want the new songs, I have to buy an album I already have," says Kaplan, 30. "I'd rather see the new stuff sold separately, like a mini-album with a different cover. "I'll probably end up buying it again, but I'm not too happy about it."
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    Source: USA Today

    News Tidbits // 1:27 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --A new 2006 calendar is given away to all members of Mariah's official fanclub, Honey B. Fly! If you are not a member yet, sign up before December 12, 2005 and receive this exclusive 2006 Mariah calendar and also enjoy other great member benefits such as pre-sale concert tickets, cool contests and a community of other Mariah fans. Join now!

    --XM Satellite Radio has announced the winners of their first-ever XM Nation Music Awards. Congratulations to Mariah for winning the "Comeback Of The Year" award!

    --Mariah has been nominated as the "Guest of the Year" in Radio 1's Top 20 Moments of 2005 for her interview with Trevor Nelson. Radio 1's Scott Mills will be reviewing the Top 20 Radio 1 Moments of 2005 on his show throughout this week. The Top 20 countdown will take place Friday, December 9th. Vote for Mariah by
    clicking here!

    --Mariah lost the music category she was nominated for in the VH1 Big in 2005 Awards to Green Day.

    --In describing Jay-Z's Def Jam office in New York City, Rolling Stone reveals there is a picture of him with a smiling Mariah behind his desk.

    --Shelia M. Goss, BellaOnline's Women in Music Editor lists her Top 10 CDs of 2005 and Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" is her #1! In choosing her top 10, her criteria she says are: "... the CD had to have been released between 11/2004 to 11/2005 and I have to love (not just like) at least 4 songs or more on the CD."

    --Contact Music reports that Mariah was left devastated when a thief stole a gold record from her dressing room just moments after it was presented to her at the Bambi Awards on December 1.
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    Source: FMQB | Mariah Carey UK Forums | D@iz | Honey B. Fly


    Monday, December 5 , 2005

    Download: Mariah on the Des & Mel Show // 1:18 PM EST Updated by Liron



    Earlier today, Mariah appeared on the live show with Des & Mel in London. During the interview, Mariah cleared up a few rumors such as the alarm going off the other day in her hotel room and giving the cab driver who took her to the HMV signing a hefty £150 tip!

    Des challenged Mariah to arm wrestle but she declined claiming that her ensemble wasn't appropriate. As soon as the interview finished, Mariah needed to rush to the airport and get a plane to the US for the Billboard Awards.

    Click on the link below to download a video file (AVI-DIVX, 77MB) of Mariah's interview on the show including a performance of "We Belong Together":

    [ Download: Mariah on the Des & Mel Show ]


    Many thanks to Alex for the video file!
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Alex

    Mariah Reports From the UK // 10:45 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Mirror: "Mariah Loves Us!"

    As an internationally famous singing superstar she is more used to receiving awards. But now Mariah Carey has started doling them out, too.

    She surprised our Caroline by presenting her with a personalised engraved disc to mark 600,000 UK sales of her Emancipation Of Mimi album at a special ceremony at London's Home House on Friday.

    "This year has been so incredible for me and I couldn't have done it without your support," said Mariah.

    "The Mirror has really got behind me and I'm totally grateful. This is just a small gesture to say thanks."

    It's been our pleasure, love... And we're not the only ones who thinkyou are fab. Yesterday, 8,000 fans turned up to see the chart beauty - whose new single, Don't Forget About Us is out next Monday - at a a signing session at the HMV in London's Oxford Street.

    A security source admitted: "There hasn't been anything like this in years. It was pandemonium but Mariah loved it.

    "She was going to arrive in a helicopter but we couldn't get permission for it to land so she took a black cab.

    "She tipped the driver £150 and he told her she was now the official cabbies' pin-up."

    As we revealed a few months ago, Mariah is planning an extended stay in the UK next year. And it won't be in any run-of-the-mill digs.

    "I want to buy a hotel," she said. "Somewhere small and intimate. I could live there while I'm here and when I go back to the States other people could stay. There's a place in Chelsea with only 10 rooms that sounds fabulous. I could have a Mimi Suite which would be really girly.

    "There'd be a salon, too. I trained at beauty school so I know how important a good manicure is."

    If any-one can nail it, she can...

  • The Sun: Did Mariah Go AWOL?
    Mariah Carey went AWOL before a signing at HMV in Oxford Street. A driver sent to her hotel found her gone. But the diva got there in time - in a cab from a pal's all-night house party.

  • Scotty met Mariah during her In-store CD signing at HMV Oxford. Here are some of the pictures he took:




    More than 60 high-quality photos from the event can be found in our Photo Gallery.

  • Mariah just finished a live appearance on the "Des & Mel" show where she was interviewed and performed "We Belong Together". Stay tuned for further details and downloads of the appearance!
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Scotty | Under The Rainbow | Selina

    New Photoshoot: Mariah Prepares for Christmas! // 4:55 AM EST Updated by Liron



    Many thanks to Katie for the gorgeous pictures!

    From an older photoshoot of Mariah at home with her dog Jack:



    Be sure to check out more photos from the older photoshoot in our Photo Gallery.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Katie

    Mariah At The Billboard Music Awards: Complete History // 3:49 AM EST Updated by Liron

    As we anticipate the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, let's take a look back at Mariah's previous appearances on the show. Click on the highlighted links below to download the appearances.

    The BMAs have been held annually since 1990. The awards show honors winners based on Billboard Magazine's year-end music charts, with awards for top selling album/artist/single in a particular genre.

    Mariah's Billboard Music Awards History In Numbers:
    (1990-2004)

    Attended the show: 4 times.
    Awards: 9
    Special Hot 100 Awards: 2
    Artist of the Decade Award: 1
    Performances: 1

  • 1991

    4 Awards
    Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year
    Intro
    The #1 Hot 100 Singles Artist spent a total of 9 weeks at the top of the charts this year and she has five #1 singles in the last 15 months.

    Speech
    Thank you. Thank you so much! Thank you. I'd just like to thank God so much for the most incredible year of my life and... (I love you too), and all the incredible blessings that have got me here. I'd like to thank Tommy Mottola for believing in me from the beginning and supporting me and always being here. Thank you so much, I can't thank you enough. Don Ienner, I love you guys, you're the best, Columbia Records, my management - Horizon Entertainment, Billboard magazine, everybody at sales and retail and radio - I love you, thank you so much. And thank you to everyone for supporting me, I love you, I can't thank you enough!



    [ Download: 1991 BMAs - Mariah Wins Hot 100 Singles Artist ]


    Top Pop Album (for "Mariah Carey")
    Top Pop Artist
    Top Adult Contemporary Artist

    Intro
    She started the year at the #1 spot in the Hot 100 chart with "Love Takes Time". Since then she has scored 3 more number one hits with "Someday", "I Don't Wanna Cry" and "Emotions"! This marks the first time ever that an artist has hit number one with their first five releases. She has also topped the R&B and the Adult Contemporary charts and in February she won 2 Grammy awards for 'Best New Artist' and 'Best Female Pop Vocal Performance'. Her debut album simply called "Mariah Carey", held the #1 spot on the Pop charts for 11 weeks. In all - has been on the charts for 77 weeks since its release in 1990 to date. It sold over 6 million copies. Her current album "Emotions" sold over 2 million copies so far. Earlier this evening she won the award for '#1 Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year' and now she adds three more!

    Speech
    Thank you so much, I love you. I just wanna thank all the fans for supporting me so much, everyone behind the counters in the record stores, everyone at retail selling my record, being there for me, I love you too - so much. I can't thank you enough. Everyone at Columbia Records - there's so many of you that I know I really owe everything to you, I can't make it without you. My family and to God - thank you once again. I love you.



    [ Download: 1991 BMAs - Mariah Wins 3 More Awards ]


  • 1992
    2 Awards
    Top Female Album Artist
    Top Female Single Artist


    -- Mariah did not attend the awards show in 1992.

  • 1994
    1 Award
    Top Female Artist
    Speech (on video screen)
    Thank you! Hi everybody, I'm so sorry I couldn't be there tonight to accept this award in person but I'm here in New York rehearsing for a very special holiday charity concert for the Fresh Air Fund to benefit under-privileged children but I'm so very grateful for this award and I just want to thank everybody so much who made this happen for me. Number one, thank you God for everything in my life. I'm so grateful for all the blessings that I have. Tommy Mottola for everything you do for me everyday. I love you, but you know that anyway. Donny Ienner, everybody at Columbia Records, you're the best. Thank you so much for everything. Sony Music Worldwide, I can't thank you enough. To my manager, Randy Hoffman and everyone at Horizon Entertainment, thanks. Walter Afanasieff, thanks for all your help throughout the year. Everyone at radio and retail, I couldn't do this without you. Billboard Magazine, thanks so much for your support. And above all, thank you to my fans, you made this happen for me and I love you so much. Thanks. Happy Holidays everybody!



    [ Download: 1994 BMAs - Mariah Wins Top Female Artist ]


  • 1996

    4 Awards
    Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year
    Speech
    I always hoped to get lucky in Las Vegas. First of all, I just wanna say thank you so much to all the artists and everybody who collaborated with me on this project. You know, this award is about the people and you all made this happen and I owe everything to you. Radio and retail, everybody out there - thank you so much for supporting me. I love you and... thanks!



    [ Download: 1996 BMAs - Mariah Wins Hot 100 Singles Artist ]


    Special Hot 100 Award (16 weeks at #1 for "One Sweet Day")
    Intro by Brandy
    "One Sweet Day" was the only fourth record ever to enter the Hot 100 at #1. It gives Mariah the distinction of being the only artist in history to have achieved the feat twice. For establishing the new Billboard record for the most weeks at #1, the Hot 100 16 Billboard is proud to present the Special Hot 100 Award to miss Mariah Carey.
    Speech
    Before I acknowledge this award, Chris Rock: I did not forget O.D.B! I would never forget the O.D.B, I said all the artists I worked with and he knows I love him. Anyway, this award belongs to Boyz II Men and myself. I love them, they made this possible and this really and truly belongs to you guys and hey, I'll let you borrow it sometimes alright, you know? But thank you so much to Columbia Records, radio and retail, everybody out there that made this happen and this song was very important to us and it still is and thank you so much everybody for your support. Thanks!



    [ Download: 1996 BMAs - Mariah Wins Special Hot 100 Award ]


    --In addition, Mariah picked up two more awards that were not shown on the telecast:
    Hot 100 Airplay (for "Always Be My Baby")
    Hot Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year


    Mariah was also a finalist in the "Artist Of The Year" and "Single Of The Year" categories.

  • 1998

    1 Award
    Special Hot 100 Award (Most no. 1s ever by a female artist)
    Intro by Queen Latifah and Stevie Wonder
    Just two years ago, a special Billboard Hot 100 Award was given to this artist on historic achievement: "One Sweet Day", her duet with Boyz II Men had just set a new world record for most weeks a single has ever spent at #1. 16 Weeks! I'm jealous. Now, that record still stands and she has set many more. For instance, so far in her career, she's had 13 #1s. More than any other female artist. And here they are. [Clips playing of Mariah's #1 singles]

    What we're talking about tonight is truly incredible - is the amount of success this artist has had in such a short span of time. In less than ten years, she's had more #1 records than any female artist in the history of Billboard. That's pretty incredible. It gives me great pride and pleasure and all that kind of good stuff, for us to give a great warm applause to miss Mariah Carey.

    [Mariah Performs I Still Believe]

    Once again ladies and gentlmen, the winner of Billboard's Special Hot 100 Award for having the most hits of any female in history - Miss Mariah Carey!

    Speech
    Thank you so much! I'm so grateful. Thank you God. First of all, can I acknowledge Mr. Stevie Wonder and just say I'm your biggest fan in life, I love you and you're a legend of all time. I appreciate you so much. Thank you Latifah. And first and foremost, thank you God for giving me the gift of music and allowing me to be here and all the blessings that I have. I'd like to thank my mother and my family. I'd like to thank Tommy Mottola, Donnie Ienner, everybody at Sony for all the hard work thoughout the years and I really know what you guys have done and I appreciate it. I'd like to thank radio for being here for me always. I'd like to thank retail, Billboard Magazine, Louise McNally, everyone at Maroon Entertainment, my friends who have been here for me, Theresa, Michael Richardson, Tracy, Rhonda, everybody out there who's been here supporting me for this project and most of all, I'd like to thank my fans because this record is about my fans. The only reason I put it out is because you made these records number one. I'm nothing without you. I love you and I'll always will and I'll forget that it's you who makes me who I am. I appreciate you, thank you so much. Goodnight!



    [ Download: 1998 BMAs - Mariah Performs "I Still Believe" and Wins Special Hot 100 Award ]


    [ Download: 1998 BMAs - Mariah Interviewed Backstage by E! News ]


  • 1999

    1 Award
    Artist of the Decade
    Intro by Patti Labelle
    To mark the 10th year of this show and the end of this decade, we take great pleasure in announcing the Artist of the Decade. Here are just some of the most successful artists of the 90s. [Clips playing of Aerosmith, Michael Bolton, Boyz II Men, Toni Braxton, Garth Brooks, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Madonna, Shania Twain ]

    Here's a clue: Billboard's artist of the decade holds the record for most weeks one single has ever held the number one spot. Here's another clue: except for Elvis and the Beatles, this artist has more #1 hits than any other artist in history. This truly international artist who transcends all categories wrote their first single at age 4, their first platinum album at age 18 and has gone platinum in 33 countries! And according to Hayes, has the best legs in the business!

    Here is the Billboard Artist of the Decade - my granddaughter, my Goddaughter, she's my everything, she just called me to say "Godmother, help me." I don't have to help you. Miss Mariah Carey, you're all fine! Come on!

    Speech
    Everyone needs a fairy Godmother to help them out and this is an angel right here. Thank you Patti Labelle, I love you. Thank you! Oh... Whooo! This is all very surreal to me because it seems honestly, it seems like not so long ago that I was a kid in high school with a demo tape and a lot of determination and just really the desire to hear my songs on the radio. I mean, I didn't know about platinum or gold records or like what you have to sell to get them. I didn't even know about the Billboard charts. Sorry, but I didn't know! And then it all happened so fast, and it's like, my life became public, I lived in the recording studio, writing and singing and that's how I made so many records in so little time. Pretty much having no life. But, I'd like to thank my mom for inspiring me and thank Don Ienner and all my Columbia Records family for so much support. And I'd like to thank all the amazingly dedicated Sony people around the world and obviously, obviously I have to thank Tommy Mottola for his support, specifically during the beginning of my career. And I have to thank everyone at Maroon Entertainment for their unparalleled dedication. I've been traveling around the world right, you know, promoting "Rainbow" - my new album, and it's kind of like my new message for the new millennium and it's been so moving to see so many devoted fans in continents where we don't even speak the same language where people are singing back the lyrics to me that I wrote. And that means so much to me because I put all of myself into my music so as a writer and as a producer - I thank you. And I'm so grateful to God to have overcome so many obstacles, as a multiracial person with a very dysfunctional history, until recently. I am not Cinderella, my life has not been a fairy tale. Forget the image, forget the ensembles, forget the rumors, forget the short skirts, big hair, whatever! I owe this to the fans, and I will never forget you. So I wanna accept this award on behalf of all of you, we've come a long way and I feel like I'm just getting started. Because as an artist, and most importantly as a person, I am genuinely happy, and finally, finally free, to be who I really am. Thank you!



    [ Download: 1999 BMAs - Mariah Wins Artist of the Decade ]


    [ Download: 1999 BMAs - Backstage Interview ]


    [ Download: 1999 BMAs - Backstage Interview/Skit with MadTV ]


  • 2005
    Tune in tomorrow night, Tuesday - December 6th, for the 2005 Billboard Music Awards to be aired live from Las Vegas on Fox at 8:00pm ET. Mariah is expected to attend the show and accept some awards for the incredible year she's had! Mariah is a finalist in 7 categories:

    Artist of the Year
    Album of the Year
    Hot 100 Song of the Year (for "We Belong Together")
    R&B/Hip-Hop Album of the Year
    R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    R&B/Hip-Hop Song of the Year (for "We Belong Together")
    Female R&B/Hip-Hop Artist of the Year

    Good luck Mariah!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Scans // 2:26 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of this week's issues of Star, In Touch Weekly, and Life & Style magazines.


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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mimi: Around The World // 2:02 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Australia
    --This week on the official ARIA charts, "Shake It Off" drops seven places to #29 on the singles chart and two spots to #10 on the Urban singles chart. "The Emancipation of Mimi" in its 35th week, slips six spots to #40 on the albums chart and rises one at #4 on the Urban albums chart.

    Canada
    --On the official Canadian charts, "The Emancipation of Mimi" slips eight places to #23 this week.

    France
    On the official French charts, "We Belong Together" drops fifteen spots to #85 on the singles chart and down ten on the Airplay chart. "Get Your Number" gains ten to #7 in airplay! Meanwhile, "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops four spots to #113 on the albums chart.

    Germany
    "Welt am Sonntag," the Sunday paper for "Die Welt" listed "The Emancipation of Mimi" among 10 of the best releases in 2005. They mentioned that it is the huge comeback of the most successful female singer of all time - over the top and magical.

    Malaysia
    Please continue to vote! "Shake It Off" is down two places to #5 on this week's Mix FM.

    Philippines
    Attention Filipino fans! The Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) is celebrating the holidays with a "PMCF Mimi Christmas 2005" party on Saturday, December 17th at "Hot & Saucy" Bar and Resto and you are invited! Visit the PMCF for more information!

    South Africa
    --Mariah's 3rd single in South Africa, "Stay the Night" hit the #1 spot on Metro FM's International Top 40. Metro FM is South Africa's biggest R&B soul and urban station with over 6 million listeners a week. All the singles released from "The Emancipation of Mimi" have reached #1 on the station.

    --"Get your Number" is on heavy rotation on 94,7 highveld stereo. The station is one of the biggest Adult contemporary radio stations in South Africa.

    Spain
    On last Monday's Top Interactivo, "Get Your Number" climbed from #5 to #3. It fell back to #5 where it stayed for the week, until Saturday, when it climbed back to #3. Let's vote for it to be #1 on Monday!

    UK
    --"Greatest Hits" drops five spots to #22 and "The Emancipation of Mimi" slips 14 spots to #59 on this week's official UK albums chart.

    --Mariah's latest single. Don't Forget About Us" has just been promoted to Playlist B on Radio 1!

    USA
    Mariah leads Yahoo! Top 20 Music Searches dated Dec. 3, 2005. She is also ranked at #12 in Movers and #19 for "All I Want For Christmas Is You" lyrics.

    World Charts
    On the official global track chart, "Shake It Off" drops three spots to #27 and "Don't Forget About Us" one place down to #38. On the global albums chart, "The Emancipation of Mimi" falls one place to #7 in its 34th week.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Neo | Nigel | Mariahfanclub | Jevi | Jeremy | Tlc79 | Ken


    Sunday, December 4 , 2005

    Rumor Alert: Mariah Evacuated From Hotel In Bathrobe // 3:34 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey had to be evacuated from a London hotel yesterday while she was wearing just a dressing gown.

    The singer, who is in the UK to promote a new album, was in the bath when the fire alarm went off. She was forced to pull on a bathrobe before hurrying down a fire escape.

    An onlooker told the Sunday Mirror, "It was incredible, seeing one of the world's most beautiful women just running around in a dressing gown."

    After 30 minutes, Mariah was allowed to return to her hotel room.
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    Source: Digital Spy UK

    Huge Crowd at Mariah's HMV UK In-Store // 12:03 PM EST Updated by Liron




    Hundreds of fans arrived to HMV in Oxford Street in London today to get Mariah's autograph on the Ultra Platinum Edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi".

    ITV (Channel 3 in the UK) will show footage from the in-store tonight at 6:15 PM on "The London Tonight Show."

    Visit our Photo Gallery for more pictures from the event!
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jelena

    Download: Mariah's Interview With UK's KISS 100 // 8:49 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah stopped by London's Kiss 100 yesterday to promote her latest single, "Don't Forget About Us" and sat down for a delightful interview with host, Jez Welham. Several topics were discussed including her plans to open a hotel in London, what she does to keep her voice in shape, how happy she is with the success of "The Emancipation of Mimi," among other things. During the interview, a remix to "Don't Forget About Us" featuring Bone Thugs N' Harmony and Juelz Santana was premiered.

    Click here to download an audio file (20MB, in MP3) of Mariah's KISS 100 interview!
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    Source: Kiss 100 | Mariah Daily

    New Poll: What's Your Favorite MC-JD Collaboration? // 7:09 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Please take a minute to vote in our new poll, asking "What is your favorite Mariah and Jermaine Dupri collaboration?"

    Thanks Can for the poll question!

    Here are the results of our previous poll:

    What Is Your Favorite Live Performance From This Era?
  • "We Belong Together" - MTV Movie Awards
          22.23% (3558 votes)

  • "Shake It Off/We Belong Together Remix" - MTV Video Music
         14.44% (2311 votes)
  • "With You I'm Born Again" - VH1's Save The Music Concert
         9.28% (1485 votes)
  • "Vision of Love" - BET Blueprint
         8.99% (1439 votes)
  • "Fly Like A Bird" - Good Morning America
         8.53% (1365 votes)
  • "Shake It Off" - World Music Awards
         7.95% (1273 votes)
  • "We Belong Together" - Live 8 Concert
         5.18% (830 votes)
  • "We Belong Together" - Oprah Winfrey
         4.85% (777 votes)
  • "Make It Happen" - Live 8 Concert
         4.35% (697 votes)
  • "We Belong Together" - BET Music Awards
         4.19% (672 votes)
  • "America The Beautiful" Macy's 4th of July Special
         3.71% (594 votes)
  • "We Belong Together" - The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
         2.42% (388 votes)
  • "Hero" - Live 8 Concert
         2.35% (377 votes)
  • "It's Like That" - Ellen Degeneres
         0.84% (135 votes)
  • "It's Like That" - BET Blueprint
         0.62% (100 votes)

    Total votes: 16,001
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    Source: Mariah Daily


    Saturday, December 3 , 2005

    HQ Photos: Mariah's Day One in UK // 4:53 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey is in the UK for four days to promote the Ultra Platinum Edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi". Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality pictures of Mariah on her first day, December 2, in the UK as she

    Arrives at BBC Studios for Interview with Radio 1


    Leaves Home House in Portman Square, London


    More pictures can be found in our Photo Gallery!


    "Mimi" Goes Double Platinum in the UK! (Mariah Connection UK)
    Mariah was awarded double platinum status (shipment of 600,000 albums in the UK) for "The Emancipation of Mimi" at a private record company presentation Friday, December 2nd.

    Mariah was also awarded a certification for 20,000 spins of "We Belong Together" on UK radio and one for sales of over 300,000 singles from the three releases of "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    Mariah took the opportunity to thank all the UK fans, UK radio stations & DJs and paper press for their continued support.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 4:01 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --As of yesterday, "Don't Forget About Us" spent nine straight days (out of 16) at #1 on BET's 106 & Park countdown. Its last position on MTV's TRL was #6. Keep voting!

    --Mariahs 'All I Want For Christmas' is up for the #1 Christmas song of all time at VH1 UK! Click here to vote!

    --Meanwhile, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is #2 on Hot 100 Songs Recurrent chart - a new peak! The chart is for songs no longer eligible for the Hot 100. The song is also placed at #2 on the top 100 downloaded songs at both iTunes UK and iTunes USA.

    --Earlier this week, Mariah was featured on the front page of MSN, linked to the "Celebrities Undressed" section. Click here to see MSN's review of Mariah's NFL haftime show outfit.

    --In the December issue of the gay UK magazine "Attitude", a year-end poll was featured with Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" ranked at #1 on the "Album of the Year" category. Click here to see the scan.

    --On the 'Montel Williams Radio Show' on Thursday, Montel and Sylvia Browne were talking about a feeling of having your soul pulled out. Montel said that he would like to be pulled out and flown right into Mariah Carey's bed.

    --Click on the following links to see pictures of Mariah in Amsterdam (July 2005) taken by Darryl: [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 ]

    --Check out a new Spanish forum for Mariah fans at MariahCareyWorld.tk

    --Watch fan-made video clips of Mariah arriving at her CD signing at Virgin Megastore in Hollywood November 15th by clicking on the following links: Clip 1, Clip 2 & Clip 3. Thanks to Dustin for the files.

    --Tune in to the Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday, December 5 at 4:00pm EST on ABC to catch the re-airing of Mariah Carey on Oprah's Wildest Dreams Season Finale which includes a performance of Mariah's hit song We Belong Together, and a lengthy interview with Oprah!

    --The Grammy nominations announcement is coming up on Thursday (Dec. 8) and Roger Friedman of Fox News predicts good results for Mariah:

    "Thursday: Grammy nominees are announced. Mariah Carey may show up for the ceremony, and to see the looks on people’s faces when she cleans up. Mariah, it’s 8 a.m., dear, wear something that you can zip up. We don’t want you to catch cold before Wednesday’s recording academy dinner."

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Casey | DeVante | Geert | Gabriel | Martell | Darryl | Alberto | Sean | Jason | Ben | Dustin | Brendan

    Mariah in Magazines // 9:09 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Photo 1 - Mariah with Karl Lagerfeld. The "Karl" Mariah thanked during her acceptance speech at the Bambi Awards was Karl Lagerfeld. Both later confirmed in a backstage interview that he photographed Mariah for an upcoming issue of V Magazine.

    Lagerfeld, a distinguished fashion designer and photographer, is currently the chief executive of design at the House of Chanel. One of his most recent works is dressing up Nicole Kidman with a billowing gown and ostrich feathers in the opening scenes of the Chanel No. 5 ad.

  • Photo 2 - Mariah and LA Reid on the cover of the December 10th issue of Billboard magazine. Now available on newsstands!

  • Photo 3 - Mariah is one of the featured artists in FMQB's 2005 Year End Issue (December 2). FMQB's highly-anticipated yearly opportunity to honor radio's best programmers, personalities and stations, the recording industry's top promo execs and labels, and the artists, albums and songs that dominated the airwaves this year. Pick it up on newsstands now!

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    Source: Yasan | Felipe | Jevi

    Entertainment Weekly Reviews 'Ultra Platinum' // 8:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Review by: Michael Endelman
    Grade: B+

    Decry it as a crass fourth-quarter repackaging stunt, but then go out and pick up Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi: Ultra Platinum Edition (with four additional songs), which actually improves on the original. For one, it's the only place to pick up the new chart-climbing ballad ''Don't Forget About Us,'' plus it's got the clubby silk-meets-sandpaper remix of ''We Belong Together.'' There's also a special edition available with a bonus DVD. With just four music videos, it's skimpy, but the two over-the-top clips featuring Eric Roberts as a sleazy sugar daddy make up for it.

    Note: Entertainment Weekly has increased the grade from a B. Read the review of the original "The Emancipation of Mimi" by clicking here.
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    Source: Entertainment Weekly | jrsoares


    Friday, December 2 , 2005

    Billboard Updates // 1:44 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date December 10, 2005.

    The Emancipation of Mimi4
    Billboard 200: #6 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #4 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Top Internet Albums: #20 (Re-Entry)
    Sales this week: 204,100 (+10%)
    Total Sales: 4,124,630

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #12 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Pop 100: #12 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #7 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #8 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #8 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #35 (Last Week #40)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #8 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #5 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #20 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #7 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1)

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100: #20 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #18 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Pop 100: #19 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #13 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #18 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #15 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #16 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #6 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #46 (Last Week #36)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #67 (Last Week #53)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #16 (Last Week #9)

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100: #40 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #30 (Last Week #26)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #33 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #31 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Adult Contemporary: #6 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #11 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #28 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #21 (Last Week #19)

    So Lonely
    Billboard Pop 100: #100 (Debut)

    Merry Christmas5
    Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #12 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #1 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Top Pop Catalog Albums: #9 (Last Week #16)
    Sales this week: 23,974 (+120%)
    Total sales (approx.) : 4,533,300

    All I Want For Christmas Is You
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #15 (Last Week #40)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #11 (Last Week #35)
    Sales this week: 18,071 (+104%)
    Total Sales: 133,080

    Mariah Carey, Greatest Hits
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #14 (Last Week #13)
    Sales this week: 6,281 (+66%)

  • Here are Mariah's top selling records this week:
    1. Merry Christmas: 23,974 (+120%)
    2. Greatest Hits: 6,281 (+66%)
    3. #1s: 1,348 (+27%)
    4. Remixes: 554 (+27%)
    5. Butterfly: 554 (+31%)
    6. Rainbow: 433 (+55%)
    7. #1s (Video): 395 (+35%)
    8. Charmbracelet: 382 (+29%)
    9. Glitter: 292 (+51%)
    10. Music Box: 178 (+10%)
    11. Daydream: 168 (+22%)
    12. Around the World (Video): 123 (+18%)
    13. Mariah Carey: 101 (+19%)
    14. Through the Rain: 63 (+15%)
    15. Emotions: 32 (+19%)
    16. MTV Unplugged: 23 (+77%)
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    Source: Billboard Magazine | Mariah Daily | JRKing | Vag

    Download: Mariah's Interview With UK's Radio 1 // 11:42 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah made an appearance at the BBC Radio 1 studio this afternoon at around 12:20pm and sat down for an interview with host Jo Whiley. Aside from promoting the Ultra Platinum Edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah's interview covered a lot of topics ranging from her winning a Bambi award for "Entertainer of the Year" to her recent V Magazine photoshoot; from tips on posing for photographs to singing live vs. lip synching. She even arm-wrestled and won easily over Jo!

    Click here to download an audio file (14MB, in MP3) of the interview!


    Jo Whiley hurt by Mariah Carey
    Jo Whiley was left injured after losing an arm wrestling contest with Mariah Carey.

    Carey appeared on the DJ's Radio One show to promote her new single, Don't Forget About Us, which is released on December 12.

    A source told The Mirror, "Jo lost and got a little injured in the trial of strength but Mariah was very apologetic afterwards, saying, 'Sorry darling, did I hurt you?'"
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Radio 1 | Digital Spy UK

    Download: Mariah at "Bambi" Awards 2005 // 4:09 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video and audio files of Mariah accepting the award for "Pop International" and performing "We Belong Together Remix" at last night's Bambi Awards 2005.

    Many thanks to dodge4cover for the video files.



    Download Mariah's Acceptance Speech:
    Video: (AVI)
      |   Audio: (MP3)

    Speech:
    Thank you so much! I'm so proud to receive this award especially in the presence of people who are doing such amazing work. Thank you Mr. Burda and board of publishing group. Thank you Universal Germany, Frank... Thank you to Germany for all of their love and support. And congratulations, Karl. Glückwünsche. Thank you.




    Download Mariah's Performance:
    Video: (AVI)
      |   Audio: (MP3)
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    Source: dodge4cover | Clarissa | Mariah Daily


    Thursday, December 1 , 2005

    HQ Photos: Mariah Receives 'Bambi' Award // 5:26 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are photos of Mariah at the "Bambi 2005" Media Awards held at the International Congress Centrum München, Germany Thursday, December 1, 2005. Click on each of the thumbnails to view high-quality pictures of Mariah as she

    Accepts the Bambi for "Pop International"



    Performs the "We Belong Together" Remix



    Mariah Carey, Bill Clinton share limelight at German awards
    Pop singer Mariah Carey and former U.S. President Bill Clinton shared the limelight Thursday at a gala prize ceremony hosted by millionaire German magazine publisher Hubert Burda.

    Clinton received a prize for his charity work, encouraging drug companies to provide cheap drugs to counter AIDS in the world's poorest nations, while Carey was honoured for services to music.

    All 15 prizewinners received "Bambis", gold-plated statuettes of a deer. The annual awards, offered for the 57th year, are funded by Burda. A team of editors from his publishing business, Hubert Burda Media, choose the winners.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Download: Mariah Mania on German TV // 2:46 PM EST Updated by Liron

    As previously reported, Mariah is currently in Munich, Germany and will receive a "Bambi Award" tonight.

    Yesterday (Wednesday - November 30) Mariah attended two events in Germany:
  • A Press conference in which Mariah was awarded with a certificate for global sales of 7 million copies of "The Emancipation of Mimi".
  • "A Tribute to Bambi" - a charity event which helps raise money for the chairty "Arche". Mariah performed a few songs last night at the tribute where more than 340,000 Euros were raised for children!

    Today, many German TV shows aired footage from both events. Click on the links below to download video files of the TV shows coverage. The reports include short footage of Mariah on stage, performing "Don't Forget About Us" at the tribute.




    Download:
  • Reports from Pro7 Sam, Taff, Brisant TV shows
  • Report from RTL Punkt 12
  • Report from RTL Punkt 9
  • Report from Leute Heute

    Many thanks to Reenah for the video files!
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    Source: Reenah | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Cancels Appearance On Parkinson // 12:30 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah's taping of the UK TV show with Michael Parkinson has been cancelled.

    The show was scheduled to be taped on December 6th, and seems to have been cancelled so that Mariah can attend the Billboard Awards that takes place on the same night in Las Vegas. Mariah's appearance on the awards show hasn't been confirmed by the label yet.

    On December 7th, Mariah will be back in New York for two events:
  • Reading "Peter Pan" to children, an event sponsored by the NY radio station KTU.
  • Being honored by the New York Chapter of the NARAS (Grammy Recording Academy.)
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    Source: Jack | Mariah Daily

    Download: Power 106's Backstage Breakfast With Mariah // 3:25 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Los Angeles' #1 hiphop radio station, Power 106 hosted a "Backstage Breakfast With Mariah" on Monday, November 28th. The breakfast took place at an undisclosed venue where a select few of very lucky Mariah fans had the opportunity to spend an hour and a half to chat, eat and take pictures with Mariah. During the event, Mariah discussed her audio and wardrobe malfunctions at the recent American Music Awards, apologized for forgetting to thank her fans; and participated in Power 106's "Hat of Forbidden Questions" trivia.

    Click on the links below to download parts 1 and 2 of "Backstage Breakfast With Mariah" and listen to her answer DJ Big Boy's "forbidden" questions like:

  • What is the creepiest thing a fan gave you?
  • What makes you so mad that you'd kill someone?
  • If you could be a man for one day, who would you be?
  • What is the most expensive piece of jewelry you bought?
  • What is that one song of yours that we love but you hate?
  • When was the last time you wore granny underwear?

  • Many thanks to Rima for the audio files!

    Download:
    [ PART ONE | PART TWO ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Rima