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

Spring 2007
Exclusive perfume release

Fall 2007
New album release


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 2007
Playboy Magazine (cover).


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

1. Her acting as the country girl Krystal Evans
2. Her upcoming duet with Willie Nelson
3. Hearing her southern accent!
4. Mariah playing guitar in the film

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Tuesday, February 28 , 2006

"Say Somethin' " - Official Radio Impact Dates // 1:58 PM EST Updated by Liron

Will "Say Somethin'" be Mariah's 5th single from "The Emancipation of Mimi"? Only time will tell.

Earlier this month, it was believed "Fly Like A Bird" would become the fifth single from 'Mimi'. After a stellar performance at the Grammy Awards, accompanied with a single review from Billboard Magazine and early 'adds' to several radio stations, it seemed that "Fly Like A Bird" was poised to storm the airwaves. The All Access Music Group still lists March 14 (Rhythmic / Crossover) and April 4 (Mainstream) as the song's radio impact dates.

However, radio industry magazine FMQB states today that "Say Somethin'" will be the 'Mimi' song going for radio adds in April:

Mariah Carey f/Snoop Dogg "Say Something"
April 10-11: Rhythmic / Crossover

In addition, the song was played on Carson Daly's radio show, presented as "the new single by Mariah Carey."

MTV News in France reported that Mariah is getting ready to shoot her next music video (for "Say Somethin'") with Snoop Dogg and Pharrell in Paris.

Source: FMQB | Loucif | Richard

Mariah Rarities Auctioned on e-Bay // 1:43 PM EST Updated by Liron

Will who has been a long time contributor to 'Mariah Daily' is selling his rare Mariah items on e-Bay. Take a look at his current auctions here. Keep checking the page for more listings of other items.

Source: Will

Monday, February 27 , 2006

Astrology: Mariah The Fiery Butterfly // 4:25 PM EST Updated by Liron

Sassy yet sensitive, Mariah Carey’s up-and-down life is no surprise given her complex birth chart. Like many Aries, she’s lived -- and accomplished -- a ton in a very short time. Find out what other aspects of her astrological profile have made this diva rise and fall … and rise again.

Mariah’s a one-of-a-kind singer with a five-octave vocal range who made a beeline from high school to the Big Apple to become the best-selling female artist of all time. She had help along the way, starting with a doting mother who shared her love for music. Then there was her ex-husband, Sony head-honcho Tommy Mottola, who intercepted a Mariah demo tape at a party and engineered her rise to the top. She survived a highly-publicized personal breakdown -- and the boot from her record company -- to return to the spotlight with 2005’s The Emancipation of Mimi, a perfect title for an independent Aries like her.

Born March 27, 1970, on Long Island, New York, Mariah has always expressed the fiery passion and self-motivation of her sign. She began writing her own songs while still in middle school -- forget the words or melodies of others. This single-mindedness is typical of Aries’ ability to block out the rest of the world while blazing a solo trail to success. Aries is a sign of originality, where the core motivation is not about impressing others but about channeling creative impulses in a totally fresh and vibrant way.

Mariah’s drive toward uniqueness is underscored by an opposition in her birth chart between her Sun in Aries and the revolutionary planet Uranus. This is a combination of genius, inventiveness and an instinct to see trends long before others can. The powerful connection between the Sun and Uranus can also signal a hot temper and an unwillingness to compromise -- an explosive combination that has gained Mariah some bad press on more than one public occasion.

But it’s more than a willful personality that sets the pop star apart. It’s a deep sensitivity that can leave her feeling vulnerable no matter how much fame she achieves. The astrological key to such openness is a close conjunction between her Moon and Neptune. Otherworldly Neptune inspires her emotional and intuitive Moon to create moving lyrics and music. The downside of such receptivity is that even a wall of bodyguards cannot make her feel safe. Regardless of the defenses thrown up to protect her, she still feels totally open and exposed.

Like the butterflies she loves so much, Mariah is both flashy and fragile. The inventiveness of her Aries Sun opposite Uranus will continue to engage her fans, allowing her to tap into the sound of the moment. Although the sensitivity and caretaking driven by her Moon-Neptune conjunction can make her unstable sometimes, her Aries Sun relentlessly starts over again, refusing to let anyone or anything get in her way.

Source: AOL Horoscopes | Greg

Mariah Carey to Star in "Tennessee"? // 6:03 AM EST Updated by Liron

Mariah Carey will star in Tennessee, an independent drama to be directed by Aaron Woodley (Rhinoceros Eyes) from a script by Russell Schaumberg, reports Variety. The film will be produced by Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball) and shoots in New Mexico and Tennessee this spring.

Carey plays a waitress who sets off with two brothers to find their estranged father. Their goal: Get dad involved in saving their younger brother, who has leukemia.

While Carey's movie resume is overshadowed by the disappointing 2001 film Glitter, Daniels got the idea to cast her after watching her Grammy-winning album "The Emancipation of Mimi" become the biggest selling disc of 2005 and viewing her work in 2002's WiseGirls.

"I never saw 'Glitter,' but I liked her work in the other film. Because this character is interracial and struggles with all sorts of issues because of that, I thought she was perfect," said Daniels, who also produced "The Woodsman" and made his directing debut on the Helen Mirren-Cuba Gooding Jr. starrer "Shadowboxer."

Additional Information:
Russell Schaumburg has written numerous feature-length film screenplays, including “Tennessee” and “The Man in the Woods”. Both placed among the top 50 finalists in the prestigious Chesterfield Writer’s Film Project. He was also a semifinalist in The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences’ Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting program.

Lee Daniels, producer of “Monster’s Ball” and “The Woodsman,” optioned Schaumburg’s “Tennessee” this past May, and its upcoming production was recently announced in Daily Variety.

“Tennessee” is a story about two brothers who must return to their boyhood home in East Tennessee from New Mexico to find their abusive father when one of the brothers falls ill and needs a life-saving bone marrow transplant from the very man they ran from many years ago.

Source: Variety | Comingsoon.net | Rod

Sunday, February 26 , 2006

Los Angeles Fans Celebrate Mariah's Anniversary // 7:35 PM EST Updated by Liron

The Mariah Anniversary Party 2006 is just around the corner. Calling all L.A area MC fans to come celebrate Mimi's Anniversary in the heart of Hollywood. If you attended last year, stop by this year! Come if you want to have a good time, meet other MC fans, and celebrate MC’s Anniversary in a festive environment. This event will take place Saturday, March 25th 2006 at 3:30 pm at:

Hamburger Hamlet
323 467 6106
6914 Hollywood Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028

Dress up, dress down, rock your favorite Mimi attire! There will be giveaways, and much more! For more information contact Kelly by e-mail and RSVP by March 13th, 2006. Thanks!

Source: Kelly

Mariah to Appear at Soul Train Awards // 5:07 PM EST Updated by Liron

TMZ has exclusively learned the lineup of performers and presenters at the 20th annual Soul Train Music Awards, set to take place Mar. 4 at California's Pasadena Civic Auditorium. The nationally syndicated show will air Mar. 11 to Mar. 19 at different times and dates.

The artists scheduled to perform at the show include Black Eyed Peas, John Legend, Charlie Wilson, Keyshia Cole, Flipsyde, Chris Brown and the Pussycat Dolls featuring Avant.

TMZ has learned that Mariah Carey and Lyfe Jennings are confirmed to attend. Carey is nominated for best R&B/soul album, female ('The Emancipation of Mimi') and R&B/soul single, female ('We Belong Together'). Jennings is up for best R&B/soul or rap new artist.

Source: TMZ | Brian

Mariah Carey Album Wins NAACP Image Award! // 1:24 AM EST Updated by Lynn

Congratulations, Mariah!

Mariah Carey, nominated for four awards, kept her comeback streak going when her "The Emancipation of Mimi" won Best Album at tonight's 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards in Los Angeles, California. Mariah's win came just weeks after she took home three Grammy Awards.

Alicia Keys, who tied Mariah for Image Award nominations, took home three awards: top female musical artist, top song and video awards for "Unbreakable."

Source: Yahoo! News

Saturday, February 25 , 2006

Download: Mariah at the 4th Annual TRL Awards // 8:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file (in SVCD format) of Mariah at the 4th Annual TRL Awards where she won the award for "TRL's 1st Lady" and was honored with a special TRL retirement plaque for her three #1 music videos.

[ Download: Mariah at TRL Awards here ]

This is so nice. I've never received an MTV award of any sort and this means the most to me because it's from the voters, the fans, and that's what really matters. And I just have to thank God for all my blessings and thank everybody who helped me with this album and really mainly thank the fans because without you guys, I wouldn't be standing here right now. And thank you MTV for showing me the love always. It's great to be here. Lots of love. Godbless. Buh-bye!

Presentation of the TRL Retirement plaque
Damien: Well, Kelly Clarkson just said she is a huge fan of this lady. I gotta think anybody who sings for a living is a big fan of Miss Mariah Carey. The woman y'all is TRL's 1st Lady.
Mariah: Thank you. Very nice of you to say.

Damien: And I gotta say, this is the little rumor I heard backstage talking to some of your people, you actually cut your vacation short to be here.
Mariah: I was. Yes, I was on a really beautiful island yesterday in the Bahamas and it was great. No, I was fortunate to have a vacation, it was cool but I wanted to be here because you know, it wouldn't be the same. We could have taped something and been you know, from the Bahamas live with water dripping down the body and all that stuff but I wanted to be with the real people 'cause these are the people that make it happen and this is the place to be. You know what I mean?

Damien: You see, that is exactly why you are TRL's 1st Lady because you show up and we really do appreciate it.
Mariah: No, I appreciate being here so thank you.

Damien: No problem. Absolutely. You know there's no question you earned your trophy. That big comeback that you had. What an amazing year in 2005.
Mariah: Don't call it a comeback. Didn't you just see LL Cool J? I've been here for years.

Damien: Yeah. I did see it. You're right. 3 Grammys, best-selling album of 05. What did this past year mean to you personally?
Mariah: You know what, for me personally, and I know we're not trying to get too deep 'cause it's TRL and we all wanna have fun.

Damien: If you wanna go for it, I'll sit down.
Mariah: No, haha you'll sit down? Well, I'll just get real deep haha. No, for real, honestly, what it meant to me was just making music that I love, and it meant just enjoying the fact that the fans appreciated you know, the record and just being grateful to God because without Him, none of this is possible. And so, here I am.

Damien: Your videos, this is a huge feat, your videos spent a combined 23 days at the #1 position over the past year. Three videos that made the countdown, retired after 50 days and since those retired, we built a special plaque to honor such an amazing achievement. You ready for this? This is your new TRL retirement plaque. How's that? Ain't that nice? Touch it, touch it!
Mariah: Wow! It is so nice! Ohh. That's hot tamale. That is so nice!

Damien: You wanna say anything to the fans maybe out there who voted for you day in and day out?
Mariah: Day in and day out, I have to say to the best fans in the world, I love you. And you know that's true from the bottom of my heart. I'm here today, I will be here for you every day of my life. Thank you for voting for me. Not a vote goes unappreciated. I love you, love you, love you. God bless you!

Damien: Very nice! Mariah, thank you very much for stopping by. We do appreciate it.
Mariah: Thank you, darling.

Meanwhile, TRL's "Countdown Killer" winner Kelly Clarkson, via a live video feed from London, was on hand to answer some questions for TRL's "Sound Off" segment. In reply to the question, "Everyone has posters on their bedroom walls growing up, who was on your bedroom wall?" Kelly said, "Oh, I had Mariah Carey, Reba McEntire, Aerosmith, Guns N' Roses, had a bunch. I had a lot of Mariah Carey though." Download a video clip here.

Source: Mariah Daily

"Mariah Carey: Definition of a Diva" - DVD // 7:29 PM EST Updated by Liron

Title: Mariah Carey: Definition of a Diva - DVD
Genere: Documentary
Format: NTSC
Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only.)
Studio: Music Video Dist.
DVD Release Date: April 25, 2006

Description: By definition, diva means “goddess.” Goddess being a term that is more than applicable when referencing a superstar whose career appears to have been subject to divine intervention. For almost two decades, Mariah Carey has stood the tests of time. Through highly publicized failed relationships, rumors of emotional breakdowns, and speculation of a finished career due to declining album sales and unfavorable reviews concerning her acting endeavors, Mariah has proven to possess the most important attribute of any person who carries the label of DIVA: durability.

“Definition of a Diva” takes an in depth look into Mariah’s adversity-filled journey to superstardom; from her tormented childhood, all the way up through her re-emergence as one of the most powerful and influential voices the world has ever known.

  • Amazon US ($9.99)
  • Amazon Canada (CDN$ 12.06)
  • Best Buy ($12.99)
  • HMV Japan (1756 Yen)
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    Source: Roya | Ayako

    Reminder: NAACP Image Awards Tonight // 2:37 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey was poised to keep her comeback going Saturday as a leading contender for the 37th Annual NAACP Image Awards, including best song and album.

    Carey, Kanye West and Alicia Keys had four nominations each going into the awards honoring achievement by blacks in movies, television, music and literature, while Terrence Howard had two acting nominations for the films "Crash" and "Hustle & Flow."

    Carey's bid for four Image Awards came just weeks after she took home three Grammy Awards, out of eight nominations. Many were surprised she didn't win more, given that her "Emancipation of Mimi" was one of the best-selling albums of the year.

    Still, Carey's return to pop grace in 2005 astounded the music industry. Her platinum form of the 1990s had appeared lost for good after a series of debacles that included an emotional breakdown, a movie flop and the buy-out of her Virgin Records contract.

    Best-album nominees at Saturday night's Image Awards include Carey ("The Emancipation of Mimi"), Keys ("Alicia Keys Unplugged") and West ("Late Registration"). All three also had best-song nominations Keys for "Unbreakable," Carey for "We Belong Together" and West for "Diamonds From Sierra Leone."

    The 37th NAACP Image Awards tapes February 25 at the Shrine Auditorium, Los Angeles, CA and airs Friday, March 3 at 8 p.m. on the Fox television network.

    Source: NAACP Image Awards | Associated Press

    Mariah opens up apartment to Barbara Walters // 5:09 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey will open up her 12,000-square foot Manhattan apartment--and more importantly, her shoe collection--to Walters.

    Catch the newest Barbara Walters Special Wednesday, March 1, at 10pm, on ABC.

    Source: TV.com | Sergei | Jake

    Friday, February 24 , 2006

    Mariah: TRL's First Lady // 6:03 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Although she has never received a Moon Man -- the coveted MTV Video Music Awards trophy -- Mariah Carey is officially the First Lady of TRL. The singer received the honor at MTV's 4th Annual TRL Awards, which air tomorrow, Feb. 25 at 12 p.m. ET.

    "This is from the voters, the viewers, the actual people who watch the channel so MTV should take note of that next time they're voting on the other award," Mariah told TEEN PEOPLE backstage at the MTV Studios where she accepted the prize. The singer then quickly added a very intentional "Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha," to indicate that she was only half serious about her suggestion.

    Unlike other red carpet awards shows, the TRL Awards have a more casual atmosphere, which most of the artists seem to enjoy. "This one's different because it's a really kind of specific audience and you kind of feel like you're comfortable here. It's more fun. It's more relaxed. I don't want to say it's less serious, but it is less serious in its own way," Mariah said. "It's fun to be able to come here in jeans and receive these awards and MTV obviously took a lot of time in making the show feel special and the awards be so beautifully done and stuff, so it was really cool."

    Source: Teen People

    Billboard Single Review: "Fly Like A Bird" // 5:04 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Fly Like a Bird

    Producer(s): Mariah Carey, James Wright
    Genre: R & B
    Label: Island (digital download)

    Now that Mariah Carey's comeback year is officially in the history books—complete with three Grammy Awards, two No. 1 singles and the best-selling album of 2005—it is time to get down to business. "The Emancipation of Mimi" spawns yet another career-redefining hit in the sweet, soulful "Fly Like a Bird," an honest-to-God religious mantra about redemption. Set against a low-key, organ-spiced groove that recalls mid-'70s R&B, Carey opens with a pretty, wispy vocal and buoyant harmonies throughout the first chorus before she waves her arms, parts the clouds and wails to the heavens as a mile-high wall of gospel background vocals joins in for the crescendo. The flight of "Bird" from humble call for deliverance into a frenzied ecclesiastic hymn is utterly spine-tingling. A joyful noise.

    Source: Billboard

    The Power of Lyrics // 3:11 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Artists as different as Mariah Carey and Gretchen Wilson know words have never been more important to a song's success.

    Musical trends come and go -- think disco in the 1970s and grunge in the '90s. Revolutions like jazz and swing, the Motown era and even the hard rock of Led Zeppelin have had lasting impressions. But as the people who watch the charts week in and week out, as we have for decades, we can tell you: Not since the dawn of rock 'n' roll has there been as huge a phenomenon in popular music as hip-hop.

    Today, we see hip-hop and rap forging a new revolution, bringing the harsh realities of poverty and racism into cleverly spun verses. And by creating a genre dominated by words that now tops the charts, hip-hop lyricists have raised the bar for storytelling across all styles.

    "Lyrics these days are more a reflection of what is really going on," says songwriter/producer Sean Garrett, who has worked with recent Billboard chart-toppers Mary J. Blige and Jamie Foxx. "The blend of hip-hop and pop has done that for mainstream music."

    Hip-hop and rap also have made personal revelations standard radio fare. "In the last five years, lyrics have resembled diaries of those who write them," says songwriter/producer Jermaine Dupri, who has generated hit singles for such artists as Mariah Carey and Bow Wow. "I think the fans like the records that seem closer to life."

    Carey's "We Belong Together" stayed at No. 1 for weeks with a gut-wrenching, stream-of-consciousness ramble about lost love: "I can't sleep at night/When you are on my mind/Bobby Womack's on the radio/Singing to me: 'If you think you're lonely now'/Wait a minute, this is too deep/I gotta change the station."

    Who would have thought a style with such a silly-sounding name would come to be taken so seriously.

    Source: USA Weekend

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: March 4, 2006) // 1:47 PM EST Updated by Liron

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

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200: #15 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #8 (Last Week #5)
    Sales this week: 55,681 (-38%)
    Total Sales: 5,370,801

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #37 (Last Week #29)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #17 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Pop 100: #36 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #26 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #18 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #18 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #15 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #23 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #17 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #35 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #20 (Last Week #16)

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent: #29 (Last Week #18)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #5 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #40 (Last Week #34)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #39 (Last Week #34)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #3 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #2 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #50 (Last Week #44)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #49 (Last Week #41)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #35 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #3 (Last Week #5)

    So Lonely
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #75 (Last Week #78)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #74 (Debut)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: #23 (Last Week #21)

  • Congratulations Mariah! "The Emancipation of Mimi" receives a 6xp (6 times platinum) certification from the RIAA for 6 million album units shipped in the USA!

    With this certification, Mariah's total US album certifications stands at: 63 Multi Platinum. Here is the breakdown for all of Mariah's albums:

    10xp: Music Box, Daydream
    9xp: Mariah Carey
    6xp: The Emancipation of Mimi
    5xp: Merry Christmas, Butterfly, #1's
    4xp: Emotions
    3xp: MTV Unplugged EP, Rainbow
    1xp: Glitter, Greatest Hits, Charmbracelet
    Total: 63xp
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Another Billboard Record For Mariah // 1:35 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Hey Fred,
    I'm a new fan of your column and this is my first time asking you a question. I counted the number of weeks Mariah Carey has spent at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart and I counted 81 weeks. Is there anyone regardless of gender who has spent more weeks at No. 1 than her ot the airplay chart? If not, then should this be counted as a record for her?

    Thank you for providing a lot of helpful information!

    Clarence Cabanero
    Bronx, New York

    Fred Bronson of Billboard Chart Beat Chat answers:

    Dear Clarence,
    You have indeed uncovered another chart record set by Mariah Carey and before I forget, I'm glad to welcome a new "Chart Beat" fan to "Chart Beat Chat."

    Only two artists have spent 50 weeks or more at No. 1 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. The other act is Boyz II Men, with 50 weeks in pole position.

    The Hot 100 Airplay chart was first published in the Dec. 8, 1990 issue of Billboard. That means that Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love" never appeared on this tally, because it was a hit before the chart existed. The chart's first No. 1 was "Love Takes Time," which would have had two more weeks at No. 1 had the chart been published earlier. Despite this, Mariah has racked up 89 weeks in the lead position. Here's how it all adds up:

    "Love Takes Time," 1990 (two weeks)
    "Someday," 1991 (10 weeks)
    "Emotions," 1991 (four weeks)
    "I'll Be There," 1992 (eight weeks)
    "Dreamlover," 1993 (11 weeks)
    "Hero," 1993 (10 weeks)
    "Fantasy," 1995 (seven weeks)
    "One Sweet Day," 1995 (13 weeks) [Mariah Carey and Boyz II Men]
    "We Belong Together," 2005 (16 weeks)
    "Shake It Off," 2005 (three weeks)
    "Don't Forget About Us," 2005 (five weeks)

    Source: Billboard | Jason

    Mariah & Jack Polls // 10:44 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • MSNBC poll: Vote for your favorite celebrity photo of the week by noon Friday, and check out the winner on the Newsmakers page in next week's Newsweek magazine. Shown is a photo of Mariah and Jack as they walk into MTV's TRL Studios in Times Square, New York City on Feb. 21. Mariah nabbed the award for 'TRL's First Lady' at the show's Fourth Annual TRL Awards which will air on February 25th. Vote now!

  • Glamour UK poll: Mariah Carey brought her pooch, Jack, along to the MTV TRL Awards in New York, wearing his very own mini parka. Is Jack better dressed than his owner? Vote here!
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    Source: MSNBC | Glamour UK | Matt | Eran

    Thursday, February 23 , 2006

    New Voice Message from Mariah! // 12:22 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Head over to Mariah's Official Site to listen to a festive voice message left by Mariah as she dined with "Shake It Off Remix Contest" winner Melissa and her mom Wanda.

    Hi! Okay yeah, we're sitting down at the table. First of all, I wanna say 'Hey!' to everyone out there. But you know that I've missed you and I haven't even left a message since the Grammys and all that stuff 'cause I've been working really hard and you know, totally focused on that stuff.

    But now, I took a little vacation. I went to a beautiful island, I came back and I'm sitting here at the table with the contest winner from the "Shake It Off Remix Contest" and I just wanted you guys to know that... and also Rachel ("I miss you guys!") is here. Yes, one of the festive troop. Even Gina's here. Why don't you say "Hi" to the people ("Hi!") Oh that was festive!

    Now listen, Melissa's gonna say how she won the contest just so you guys know that it's real, it's not a scam. No, this is the reality and you too could win the contest 'cause we really had a good dinner like we sat here literally talking nonsense for like hours. Rachel told us about her days with Shaba Ranks, yes sir! We just learned all different things about Melissa's family life and what-not, hold on. ("It's Melissa. It's real and Mariah's hot.") Thank you, we don't even know what to say.

    No, but we just had a really good day. The TRL Awards are gonna be on Saturday so make sure you guys tune in and hold on one second, and just even to verify what we have, one more person we're gonna put on the phone, the real deal - Melissa's mama. Hold on. ("Hello, this is Melissa's mom, Wanda, having a great time, sitting here with Mariah, just talking girl stuff. Having a ball, typical Aries. Talk to you soon.")

    Anyway, we love you guys. We appreciate you and enjoy you.

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Transcript: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 12:14 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --iTunes combs through some of the most intriguing and exciting new releases and picks 25 of the best new tracks available today. "So Lonely" is one of the songs featured on iTunes 25 Hot Tracks playlist.

    --From NY Daily News: Mariah Carey can deny it, but it sure looks like something's up between her and bad-boy rapper Cam'ron. The duo hosted a party together at the Roxy in L.A. last weekend and were spotted snuggling at Bungalow 8 a couple of weeks ago. Mimi has also been seen riding around in his blue Lamborghini and wearing a chain of Cam's crew, the Diplomats. Sure to be displeased by the developments: Mark Sudack, the record producer who's been seeing Carey, though she's loath to call him her boyfriend.

    --Mariah endorses "Glamorized" in an ad at Claire's webstore: "Hey Girls, I am so excited to share with you my new jewelry & accessory line. It's available exclusively at select Claire's stores. It's called Glamorized. Wear it & you'll be Hot Tamale." Meanwhile, check out Eric's collection of "Glamorized" items by clicking here.

    --From SOHH.com, Mariah will be one of the featured artists on Freeway's sophomore album, "Free At Last." Jay-Z and 50 Cent will be appearing on and executive producing the album which will be released via Def Jam this spring.

    --A report from The Monitor also reveals that Bone Thugs-n-Harmony are putting out a yet to be titled album this year and will include guest appearances from Mariah, Dr. Dre, Kanye West, Petey Pablo, just to name a few.

    --Take the Access Hollywood poll and vote for Mariah! They want to know, "What was your favorite Grammy performance?" Madonna currently leads with 33% of total votes, followed closely by Mariah at 29%.

    --Large illuminated letters spelled out "Happy Christmas" to Mariah Carey's seasonal "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on the soundtrack as Dolce and Gabbana's "Winter Wonderland" line was unveiled at the opening of the Milan Fashion Week. Yahoo! News reports.

    --The ninth installment of the Kidz Bop series includes Mariah's "We Belong Together." You can listen to an audio clip at Amazon.com.

    International News
    --Mariah is featured on the March issue cover of the Japanese music magazine, InRock. Click on the thumbnail to the right for a larger picture.

    --The Japanese online music stores HMV, CD Japan and Tower Records all list a re-release of Charmbracelet on April 19, 2006. It has the same tracklisting as the original (released November 20, 2002) but is offered at a much lower price. Click on the links for further details.

    --Wise Girls will be released on DVD in South Africa on April 28th. The DVD is distributed by Nu Metro Home Entertainment and will be available at Musica, Look and Listen, CD Warehouse and other music and DVD leading retailers.

    --"Don't Forget About Us" gains seven spots to #12 in its second week on the official New Zealand singles chart this week!

    Fans Corner
    --Visit the newly-redesigned message board, Mariah Hero which boasts over 1,200 members!

    --Kotaro's Japanese fansite Golden Petals is back with a new layout and some new stuff! Check it out!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Robert | Strat | Bruce | Jay | Eric | Heroes of Mariah | Webby28 | Ardis | Sergei | Jay | Neo | Jasmine | Kamini | AHD | Kotaro

    Wednesday, February 22 , 2006

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 1:55 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #15 (Last Week #7, 45 weeks)
    Sales this week: 55,681 (-38%)
    Total sales: 5,370,801
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    Source: bks

    Tuesday, February 21 , 2006

    HQ Photos: Mariah at MTV's TRL Awards // 8:51 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah from the taping of MTV's "Total Request Live Awards" show at the MTV Times Square Studios, Tuesday, February 21, 2006 in New York City. Click on each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.

    Mariah accepts the award for "TRL 1st Lady"

    Mariah & Jack outside MTV's TRL Studios

    Be sure to check our Photo Gallery for additional pictures.

    The 4th Annual TRL Awards show will air on Saturday, February 25, 2006, 12:00pm ET on MTV.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Gospel Singer Karen Clark Sheard Talks About Mariah // 5:21 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In an interview with Christianity Today, gospel singer Karen Clark talks about her new album, "It's Not Over," her growth as a writer, her interaction with mainstream artists particularly Mariah Carey.

    A lot of mainstream artists mention you as an influence. And you've had the opportunity to collaborate, to sing onstage or to minister. Would you share about that?

    Sheard: It's really an honor to be recognized by such mega-artists. I was asked to sing one of Mariah Carey's inspirational songs on a tribute album for her, and I thought that was so awesome. I felt like it was so major just to have been asked. I was told that when she heard that I'd be part of the project, she was jumpin' up like I was a mega-star!

    When I finally got a chance to talk with her, she began to cry and told me that she'd admired me from afar. That was really encouraging, because I've been criticized for locking arms with secular artists. But I know that I'm ministering to those artists as well as having a good time together. When I hear that someone was blessed by my music, or helped out of a difficult situation, that lets me know that I'm doing what God called me to do. So if I have to be talked about and criticized, so be it, as long as God gets the glory.


    Source: Christianity Today

    Monday, February 20 , 2006

    Download: Mariah on The Tyra Banks Show // 10:30 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Tyra Banks Show correspondent Rachel Gold caught up with Mariah as she welcomed guests to her post-Grammy party on February 8, 2006. Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of Mariah's short interview that was aired earlier today.

    [ Download the Interview here ]

    Rachel: Isn't it amazing that you're having this party and this kind of people are here?
    Mariah: It's incredible. You know, it's such an honor when somebody of that stature...
    Rachel: That they're all here to support you.
    Mariah: Exactly. Oh my goodness! Look at the Grammy legends! This is Quincy Jones! How do we get any bigger of an honor than this!
    Quincy Did you have a good night? You good?
    Mariah: Yes, I did. There's three.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Interview on MTV Overdrive // 7:36 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah sat down with VJ Sway and talked about "The Emancipation of Mimi" album and her collaborations with Jermaine Dupri for a pre-Grammy interview on MTV Overdrive. Mariah also talked about the "Butterfly" album and described it as "ahead of its time;" her songs "Breakdown," "The Beautiful Ones" and "Babydoll" as some of her "favorite little gems" and "Underneath The Stars" as one of her best writings both lyrically and melodically.

    To watch the interview,
    1. Go to MTV Overdrive
    2. Click on the News tab
    3. Click on Browse Shows
    4. Select All Up In The Grammys
    5. Select Mariah RAW: GRAMMY Exclusive (fifth from the top)

    Sway: First and foremost, congratulations on your Grammy nominations, including album of the year.
    Mariah: Thank you.

    Sway: I know "The Emancipation of Mimi" - this has to be very gratifying for you.
    Mariah: It's incredibly gratify and I think we've spoken a couple times throughout this project and it's just been one incredible blessing after another. So it's amazing.

    Sway: You and Jermaine Dupri - this is like an award winning tandem, the two of you. Every time you guys come together, you always produce hits. At what point did you decide to work with Jermaine on this album?
    Mariah: I always want to work with Jermaine. I've worked with Jermaine on every actual album that I've done, but this time around he was really busy with Usher in the beginning of the recording process of the word. It wasn't that I called and he was like, "Oh I'm busy with Usher." No, he was just out winning awards with Usher and I was just like, "Let me do other things" and whatever. Then I saw him in Mexico, played him some of what I had. He had certain favorites, one of which didn't even make it onto the album. We were planning on working together, and finally I was fifteen songs deep into the record and both L.A. Reid and Benny Medina were like, "Why haven't you and JD gotten together yet?" I was just like, "I don't know. Maybe he's busy". I called him and he's like, "Come down tomorrow." So I came down there, my usual two or three in the morning arrival. They were like, "Thanks," because typically they're going out to the club at that time. So we worked until six or seven in the morning and I think the first one we did - we did "It's Like That" and "Shake It Off".

    Jermaine: I wasn't even part of her record at first. It was just something that L.A. was determined to do. He's like, "Yo, you just gotta go." He tells me one of his favorite records is one of the records that I did which was "Always Be My Baby" a long time ago. That's one of his favorites and he was like, "One of the biggest records you ever made was with Jermaine and he's not on this record." So he sent her to Atlanta and we got in the studio. The first record we made was "Shake It Off". I think that was the first record we made. Then the second record we made was "Get Your Number". That was the second record. Then she went back home and played those songs and L.A. was like, "Y'all seem like y'all got something."
    Mariah: Nobody could tell me that "Shake It Off" wasn't going to be my first single and my favorite song. All my friends were like, "You've got to put that song out first," just from the demo. I was like, "I know. I love it. I don't know what to do." So then L.A. was like, "You guys should go back down there. Go back to Atlanta and do one more just to see what happens because you make magic together."
    Jermaine: When I went in the studio that was my whole thing just like, "Mariah let's make records that remind me of the records that I used to hear before I even worked with you." I had to give her a piece of me and at the same time she gave me a piece of her and we collaborated together. It became something that's unbreakable at this point. We belong together.

    Sway: Okay, let's talk about "It's Like That." I want to understand where you come up with some of these lyrics because they're some of the catchiest lyrics and when you listen to them you go, "Wait a minute. What made her think of 'them girls are ash and I'm lotion'"?
    Mariah: It actually says, "them chickens is ash and I'm lotion." We were sitting around basically having jokes. I put so much time and effort into my lyrics usually and usually I'm alone on a beach just writing and scribbling things out and going over and over, but when I do get with people that I like to work with and collaborate lyrically with it's cool particularly when it's from the school of people that do rap music as well because obviously I'm a big hip-hop fan. Also it's a different perspective and a different take on things. So I was sitting there and we're just joking around and Johnta Austin who also worked on the song with us-- I think everybody else had passed out at that point-- and we were sitting there on the beanbag chairs because Jermaine has these beanbag chairs in the studio. We're like making up stupid stuff just to entertain ourselves at this point. Then Jermaine came back in the room and we're all sitting there going something about ash and lotion. I don't even know how it happened, but it was like, okay here's the rational. We're not calling somebody ashy. We're actually saying, "You are ash and we're lotion." So basically, you are the antithesis of us. Basically I'm talking to the guy like, "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion. You need to get rid of them and I'm the antidote." It's just to make the girls going out to the club that night feel good. I look at it as a feel good lyric, like you're getting ready to go out, you're in the mirror. You don't know about this because you're not a girl. Guys just get dressed and go. Girls, we take time. We put on the music we want to listen to. We get the make-up together. We're in the mirror like, "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion" getting ready to go out. I was like, "We need to inspire the girls." You know what? Never did I think after all these years of writing songs and being like, "No, I can't say that. No. No," that "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion" is going to be the Grammy nominated song.

    Sway: That's great though. However you can get it.
    Mariah: You know what? It's fun though because it's like the real me having a good time and that's what's really cool about it.

    Sway: The Calgon lyric. What is it?
    Mariah: JD. It's, "just like the Calgon commercial." He was saying, "I gotta get away" and I was like, "I like that, but I think maybe we could come up with something a little more specific. So we went back and forth and came up with "I gotta shake it off" and so many people are telling me that's their favorite song because they can apply it to a girlfriend, a boyfriend, a life situation, a job, whatever. You've got to just shake everything off. So when was saying, "I gotta get away," I guess that probably inspired the Calgon "take me away" thought to come into his mind. Bow Wow was in the other room. I was like, "JD, people don't know Calgon 'take me away'. That's from like 1901. Don't nobody know that anymore." He was like, "Yes they do. We gon' bring it back and I was like, "Alright, we'll see." So I went in the other room and I'm like, "Bow Wow, do you know something called Calgon 'take me away'?" He was like, "I know it from Snoop" because Snoop used it in a song. So I was like, "Alright, Bow Wow knows it. Okay."

    Sway: He knew what it was? Bow Wow knew what it was?
    Mariah: He didn't know what it actually was. He just knew that Snoop used it.
    Jermaine: "Shake It Off" was called something else. I can't remember what the song was when we first started making the record, but it wasn't "Shake It Off." It was something else and it had something to do with, "I gotta get away from this situation." Even though that's what "Shake It Off" means, "I gotta let it go. Get away from me." It was something closer to meaning "get away". The only thing I could think of with the "get away" type of thing at that point was Calgon "take me away". I thought it explained best "to get away", but I think when I said it I was showing my age too because the Calgon commercial ain't been on in the last ten years or something. So she was like, "Calgon? Nah!" She wasn't with the Calgon line. Then she was like, "It's too old. Don't nobody say Calgon no more." Maybe it was vintage, but I think it was a vintage line that became something where people were like, "What is Calgon?" Bow Wow didn't know what Calgon was. She asked him. He said he thought Snoop said something about it before, but I think he was thinking about Calvin. The younger generation, they ain't understand what Calgon was.

    Sway: So finally, in your opinion, in comparison to your previous albums, what separates The Emancipation of Mimi from those and why do you feel like it resonated so well with radio and the audience and now the Grammy's?
    Mariah: I feel like timing is really everything in a lot of ways. I do feel like I had to go through some struggles and learn some lessons and be publicly stepped on to be embraced in a lot of ways because that's just human nature. If I had to rate my own stuff, I definitely still love Butterfly as an album. I think not to be like, "Whoa! I'm so ahead of my time" but perhaps it was a little ahead of it's time because songs like "Breakdown" and songs even like, I did a duet with Dru Hill on that record of a remake "The Beautiful Ones," and "Babydoll is still one of my favorites. I was playing it the other day when I was getting ready and Tasha who was doing my hair said, "Oh is this something new? Are you putting this out?" I'm like, "No. This is from Butterfly, but they never released it." A lot of those songs that are my favorite little gems never got put out. Even on an album as big as Daydream, I was still under the control of a huge conglomerate that didn't want me to go to urban. So even after three huge hits, "Fantasy" which the pop people were only allowed to know it was a pop song. They didn't know the O.D.B. version. Now everybody knows that because--

    Sway: That was the version!
    Mariah: Right, but to the suits that wasn't the version. Then "One Sweet Day" and "Always Be My Baby"-- still they made me put out a real straightforward ballad and I wrote it. I know how to do that, but I wanted a song called "Underneath The Stars" which to me is some of my best writing lyrically, melodically, and in every way, and it was never released. So I think that this time around, the great thing is the songs that I love were allowed to be released. The people that I'm dealing with-- everybody at the label-- is so supportive of me being me and I think the fact that L.A. Reid came was really a godsend because he didn't try to put me in a box that I don't belong in. He didn't try to say, "Let's try to capitalize on what-- people think this or people think that." He was just like, "You make great records and I love what you do" and I was like, "Hi. I love what you do and you've inspired me to be the writer and artist that I am." It was such a blessing to have someone there who understands and gets it. So for the first time it was like, "Let's just do you."

    Sway: All the ducks were lined up and here we are.
    Mariah: Here we are and it's a blessing. Truthfully I believe that it's about faith. Above and beyond everything, it's about never losing sight of the fact that God put you through everything you go through for a reason and if you don't lose faith through all that, you make it through and all your blessings will be even more abundant than ever before.

    Sway: Thank you very much.
    Mariah: Thank you.

    Sway: Alright. Good luck at the Grammy's. See you there.
    Mariah: Thank you. Okay. Alright dahhhling.

    Sway: Very well. Glad we did this.
    Mariah: Yes I am. I'm sorry it was such a drama with the clothes.

    Source: Casey | Transcript: Josh

    Sunday, February 19 , 2006

    Mariah On The Tyra Banks Show // 10:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    "All Access Pass" takes us to a sneak peek into Mariah's post-Grammy party on The Tyra Banks Show Monday, February 20th. Be sure to catch Mariah's interview from the party!

    Click here to watch a preview of Monday's show and to check your local listings for specific airing time!

    Source: The Tyra Banks Show | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Set for Barbara Walters Special // 9:27 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah recently sat down for a taped interview with Barbara Walters for the 25th Annual Oscar Edition of the "Barbara Walters Special," set to air March 1st at 10 p.m. on ABC.

    Mariah talks to Barbara about her meteoric rise back to the top of the music charts with her multi-platinum and Grammy award winning album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." Others scheduled to appear on the special include George Clooney, Patrick Dempsey and Matthew McConaughey.

    To the right is a scan of an ad for the Barbara Walters Special from the February 27th issue of People magazine. Click for a larger, full-scale view.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Scans // 9:02 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of the February 27th issues of In Touch, Celebrity Living, Star, Us, OK!, Life & Style and People magazines. Click each thumbnail for larger, full-scale view.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Opens Up About Men and Marriage // 3:58 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey may be the comeback queen when it comes to pop music. But she reveals that she's still spinning her wheels in the romance department because she doesn't trust men - especially celebrities!

    "The thing is, I have trust issues," confesses the 35-year-old singer, whose album The Emancipation of Mimi earned her eight Grammy nominations and three statuettes. "If I'm with another famous person, he's likely to have groupies and cheat on me. This is why I can still count the number of men I've slept with on one hand. It's out of insecurity and a fear of being used."

    The buxom diva was wed to music mogul Tommy Mottola, but she divorced him in 1998 "to save my sanity" after the bitter five-year marriage. She's also believed to have slept with Latin crooner Luis Miguel, rapper Eminem and Yankees baseball hunk Derek Jeter. Mariah has angrily denied Eminem's claims that he bedded her.

    Despite her romantic failures, the sexy superstar has done well professionally, selling 150 million albums worldwide and piling up more No. 1 hits than any other female artist in history.

    But while her career has soared, her love life has tanked. Most recently, she's been linked to dashing record exec Mark Sudack, 29, who helped her produce her comeback album. But Mariah dashes rumors that they are on the verge of walking down the aisle. "I feel an unconditional love with my fans that I don't feel in any other part of my life, which I guess is a sad thing to say," she admits. "But, in a way, it's also a nice thing to say."

    Source: Globe | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Carey: "I Learned The Word Diva Very Early On" // 1:06 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Fresh from her Grammy success, the singer reveals a few secrets

    Mariah Carey sits down and laughs, "I could use a couple of days off." We're not surprised. The huge workload with a multi-platinum album like The Emancipation of Mimi has meant a frighteningly hectic schedule for this 35-year-old in the last six months. No wonder she's exhausted. "I love what I do, but it's like being an athlete: If you sprain your ankle, you're out for the season so I have to be careful. I have to sleep a lot of hours and look after my voice." She adds with a giggle: "I'm happy."

    It had seemed that after the hard times following the termination of her record-breaking music contract with EMI in 2002, Mariah's career might have trouble recovering. But her talent and professionalism have taken her right to the top, resulting in three Grammy awards on February 8. "I feel that every day I'm here on this earth, I'm going to learn something," she gives as the reason for her renaissance. "You can't let the hurt turn to hate and bitterness."

    Mariah has found a fresh confidence, largely due to the undying loyalty of her fans, who are some of the most passionate in music. "My fans are devoted," says Mariah. "People probably think I'm exaggerating, but I mean it. I guess that's why I wanted to become famous: a desire to make music and to get out of what was a difficult childhood. I think it also came from not feeling pretty."

    There was a time when she didn't feel pretty? "It's difficult when you're ethnically mixed as a person," she explains. "My father is black and part Spanish, and my mother is white. Not everybody can relate to that. When I was a little kid, moving around 13 times with my mother, we didn't have much money."

    Mariah says her mom, Patricia, a one-time opera singer, has been crucial in her success and in her understanding of the word that is often used to describe Mariah: diva. "That's how I learned the word diva when most people probably didn't know what it meant. I know the real word 'diva.' The true diva. My mom worked very hard to support us after she got divorced. She could have gone further in her career as an opera singer, but she encountered a lot of racism because of her marriage."

    Mariah was married to former Sony Music chairman Tommy Mottola for five years, ending in divorce in 1998. Speaking of her own love life, Mariah's answers are not free-flowing. What does she find romantic? "Music Is very romantic. Also roses. I like to give flowers too. But some men don't get it when you give them flowers." What quality would her perfect man have? "A sense of humor is really important to me." Why doesn't she talk about the men in her life? "I feel like if there are things that can remain private - keep 'em." Are rumors that she no love life true? "Well, people can think that."

    She then opens up about her failed marriage. " I feel like I got married before I was ready because I was pressured," she says. "I felt if I did that then, he would stop thinking that I was trying to go or have an affair - that is so not me. Some of my friends just want to shock me with their stories of sexcapades. They laugh at me because they know I'm a prude." When we've seen her perform so sexily on stage in eye-popping costumes, it's hard to think of Mariah Carey as a prude, but she insists that she is. "Yeah, because of childhood traumatic stuff. Like seeing things and not wanting to have a baby. I never wanted to feel violated, and I know that's kind of a weird thing to say, but that's how I am." But what about those naughty stage outfits? "It's a dichotomy. That's like dressing up and playing Barbie: It's all for show. In reality, I'm very protective of myself. I feel that I should have known better but I was young and naive. I'm healed now, but there will always be defensiveness in me when I think someone is trying to be too controlling."

    Talk turns to vacations, and Mariah bursts into smiles and admits she spends most of her money on secluded getaways to foreign locales. "When you're out in public and you're a celebrity, you're working," she says. "You're at dinner, and there's a little kid who comes up to you and asks for an autograph. Are you going to say no? You'd think their parents would tell them: 'Not now. She's eating.' But they don't. It's part of the gig. If you don't want to deal with people, then don't go out that night. On vacation, I go to an island that no one will be on and get a yacht. I really, really love going for a vacation in the warm weather with beautiful, blue water."

    Mariah's essential travel items are her Jack Russell dog, Jack, and comfy cushions. "I take my comforter and my pillow because they remind me of home," she giggles. "Even if it's a private plane, the pillows they have are so big, and mine are so cushy and soft."

    She's also pretty picky about her microphone, a trait she describes as "bizarrely healthy." She adds, "I have to be overly aware of people holding the microphones. We singers know that if someone touches your microphone, you have to sterilize it. Some opera singers won't even leave their house unless they cover their face because it's their instrument."

    If Mariah couldn't sing, you get the feeling she wouldn't know what to do with herself. Even if she retired tomorrow (don't worry, it's not going to happen), she admits, "I'd still sing for fun. That's what I love."

    OK! Magazine, February 27, 2006 issue


    Source: OK! | Scans & Text: Mariah Daily

    Co-op Rejects Mimi for 'Mini' // 12:44 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    A prominent New York realtor says working for celebrities can sometimes be a trying affair. Dolly Lenz, a vice chairman of Prudential Douglas Elliman in New York, told Saturday's New Times about her experience with pop superstar Mariah Carey.

    She said she advised the flamboyant Carey to be "dressed for a funeral" for her interview with a Manhattan building's co-op board. However, Lenz said, the diva showed up "in a halter top and mini-mini-miniskirt."

    "I said, 'I told you to come dressed for a funeral,'" Lenz told the Times. "She said, 'This is the way I dress for a funeral.'" She was not approved.

    Source: UPI

    Friday, February 17 , 2006

    Who is the sports equivalent of Mariah Carey? // 7:21 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Question: Who is the sports equivalent of Mariah Carey? Don't forget the fact that she's only 36 and could crank out a couple more platinum albums before completely fading out. Is there anyone from the sports world that even comes close?

    I would hesitate to call anyone "The Michael Jordan of" their respective profession, but Mariah creates some interesting parallels. From Jordan's game-winner for UNC in '82 to the six titles with the Bulls to his "I'm going to play minor league baseball" phase to the most recent comeback, you could make a case for Jordan. Except for two things: One, he doesn't have much chance of impacting sports now that he's retired for good (we think); and two, Mariah's early success far [exceeded] what she did later in her career, which is inverse to Jordan's career arc. The 1985-1990 "Great Dunker, Great Scorer, No Titles" Jordan would compare a lot more favorably to the 1995-2000 "Fantasy"/"Butterfly" Mariah. I think I've spent enough time on this, it's your turn now. - Gavin, Waverly, Iowa

    Sports Guy: I wouldn't compare Mariah to MJ because there was never a time when everyone agreed, "Wow, we're watching the greatest singer of all time, I'm going to be telling my grandkids about this." Roger Clemens is a much better comparison. Think about it.

    1. They both exploded onto the scene: Mariah with the "Vision of Love" single on her self-titled album in 1990, Clemens with the 20K game and the 24-4 season in 1986. But in those early years, Mariah was always overshadowed by Whitney Houston, and Clemens was always overshadowed by Doc Gooden ... both of whom ended up destroying their careers because of drugs.

    2. Mariah has won five Grammys, Roger has won seven Cy Young Awards, but there was never a time in either of their primes when you thought you were watching the most successful pitcher/female singer of the past 50 years ... it just kind of happened.

    3. They both looked completely different at the start of their careers than they do now, to the point where it almost feels like they were two different people -- like how "1970s Al Pacino" was replaced by "'Sea of Love'/'Scent of a Woman' Al Pacino" in 1989.

    4. Both of them fluctuated in weight over the years, to the point that my Dad has made the "They look like you when you came back from San Francisco" joke about both of them (obscure reference for anyone who has read my book).

    5. Both have dodged rumors for the past 10 years that they've had some, um, enhancements.

    6. If you call Mariah "hot," any self-respecting female within earshot goes crazy. If you call Clemens "clutch," just about every self-respecting baseball fan goes crazy.

    7. They both hit rock bottom in a sense. For Roger, it happened when he mailed it in with the Red Sox from 1993 to 1996, made a contract push at the tail end of the '96 season, then signed with a team in Canada and never thanked the Boston fans on his way out. For Mariah, it happened after the "Rainbow" album in 1999, leading to the legendary "Cribs" episode (a Hall of Famer on the Unintentional Comedy Scale), two dreadful movies and everyone writing her off as fat and crazy.

    8. They both slept with Derek Jeter. (All right, I made that last one up.)

    Source: ESPN

    "Fly Like A Bird" - Official Radio Impact Dates // 4:41 PM EST Updated by Liron

    It appears that "Fly Like A Bird" will be Mariah's fifth single from "The Emancipation of Mimi".

    According to All Access, the official radio impact for "Fly Like A Bird" is set for different dates in the different radio formats, as follows:

    March 14, 2006 - Top 40 Rhythmic-Crossover
    April 4, 2006 - Top 40 Mainstream

    In addition, we are able to reveal that the song will primarily be sent to Urban and Gospel radio stations.

    At the moment, no information is available about a music video for the song.

    Mariah performed a rousing rendition of "Fly Like A Bird" and earned a standing ovation at the recently-held Grammy Awards. In the February 25th issue of Billboard magazine, the song debuts at #21 on the Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles.

    Source: Mariah Daily | All Access | LambzRus

    News Tidbits // 12:06 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • A reminder to vote for Mariah!

    --4th Annual TRL Awards for "TRL's First Lady"
    --MTV Australia Video Music Awards for "Best Female Artist" and "Best RnB Video" for "Shake It Off"
    Much More Music & Hot Hits countdowns. Vote for "Don't Forget About Us"

  • Liz Smith of NY Post reports, "In Marie Claire magazine for March, there is the refreshingly voluptuous Mariah Carey on the cover. (She frankly admits her weight fluctuates, but says, "I don't want to be a skinny twig!" Good for Mariah.)" Click here to read the full Marie Claire interview.

  • Mariah's performance at the Grammy Awards gets an honorable mention from ZWire, "People rip on Mariah Carey, but she had the best voice (and body) of anyone that performed."

  • In the February 20th issue of Businessweek, on the cover story for MTV CEO Judy McGrath, Mariah's name was listed as one of the people in Judy's "Phone log on a typical day" on page 60 along with all other executives at MTV and Viacom.

  • Asia1 reports that Voices, the official album of the World Cup will feature "contributions from Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Whitney Houston and Shakira, among others." The compilation CD is set for release in May 2006.

  • Mariah will be featured in an upcoming episode of VH1's "Fabulous Life" in which Mariah's great comeback year will be focused on, and how she's celebrated her success in style.

  • Mariah lost her bid for International Female Solo Artist award at the recently-concluded Brit Awards. Not suprisingly, Madonna took home the trophy.

  • The message board for Mariah Carey takes the #1 spot on VH1's Top Artist Board chart. Madonna's board comes in 2nd, followed by Green Day's at #3.

  • Click on the links for pictures of "Glamorized by Mariah Carey" earrings that are $9.50 a pair at Claire's: Photo 1 | Photo 2

  • Actor Max Beesley talked about Mariah in a recent interview with Davina McCall on BBC1. We all know Max as Mariah's love interest in the movie, "Glitter." When asked what was Mariah like, he replied:

    "She was lovely. I actually kidnapped her one night! I wanted to take her out for a meal to thank her for taking such good care of us all for four months. So I took her out into New York, and told her that the night was on me, and we just going to relax. But she said, 'Well I'll get the wine then.' So I just picked out any bottle, and she ordered three of it. I was downing them like a proper Manc - like it was a pint of beer - when the bill arrived and she started laughing. 900 dollars each! I was really embarrassed!"

    Download and watch the video clip by clicking here. Many thanks to Chris for making the file.

  • At the New York Fashion Week, Fall 2006 Collections, fashion designer Peter Som played Mariah's music in the background as he presented his My Fair Lady-inspired collection of classic looks. Columbia Spectator reports.

  • Candy maker Just Born, Inc. may be sweet but its HOT TAMALES® brand has just issued the first "HOT TAMALES® Report on What is Hot in America." Mariah was voted the hottest HOT TAMALES® musical artist with 9.3% of the votes followed in hot pursuit by Kanye West and 50 Cent, both with 8.6%. Many celebrities enjoy the HOT TAMALES® candy brand such as Madonna, Lindsay Lohan, Marcia Cross, Lara Flynn Boyle, and Mariah Carey, who even calls her fans "Hot Tamales."

  • For Australian fans: Gather three days worth of passwords from the "Hot 30 Countdown" and get a chance to win fab prizes from Mariah Connection Australia! Visit the site for more details.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Chris | mccc9 | Tsia of VH1 | Allan | Leo | Claire | Tam | Raymond | Mike | Kat | Ash

    Thursday, February 16 , 2006

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: February 25, 2006) // 3:38 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date February 25, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲5
    Billboard 200: #7 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #5 (Last Week #6)
    Sales this week: 90,447 (+70%)
    Total Sales: 5,315,120

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #29 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #15 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Pop 100: #33 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #24 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #14 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #13 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #14 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #20 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #17 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #25 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #16 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #83 (Last Week #75)
    Sales this week: 9,723 (-7%)
    Total sales: 271,482

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent: #18 (Last Week #21)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #3 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #34 (Last Week #46)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #34 (Last Week #45)
    Billboard Hot 100 Ringtones: #34 (Re-entry)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #2 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #44 (Last Week #49)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #41 (Last Week #49)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #23 (Last Week #41)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #5 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #7 (Last Week #7)
    Hot Digital Songs: #87 (Last Week #143)
    Sales this week: 9,372 (+65%)
    Total sales: 758,710

    So Lonely
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #21 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #78 (Last Week #81)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Bubbling Under R&B/Hip-hop Singles: #21 (Debut)

  • "Shake It Off" received a 3 certification this week from Nielsen BDS for over 300,000 detections on all monitored radio stations, bringing the overall detections for the four singles from "The Emancipation of Mimi" to 1.1 million.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Wednesday, February 15 , 2006

    Mariah: Better in HDTV // 1:17 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The music industry convened in Los Angeles last week to hand out the 2006 Grammy Awards for the best musical performances of the year.

    But, of course, at TVPredictions.com, we don't evaluate celebrities on how they sound, but rather how they look in ultra-real High-Definition TV. The HD picture, which is up to six times clearer than regular TV, allows viewers to see the stars as they look in real life.

    So, here are Swanni's HDTV Grammy Awards -- the Best & Worst Looking Musicians of 2006, when seen through the unforgiving lens of high-def:

    Better in HDTV: Mariah Carey
    She's a little chunky, but she looks downright luscious in high-def. Her skin is clear and smooth and seems to glisten in HDTV. At last week's Grammy Awards, Mariah wore a dress cut so low that it would make a baby cry. However, despite the excess pounds, she pulled it off. Well, she didn't really pull it off or the FCC would have smacked CBS with another 'wardrobe malfunction' fine.

  • Bonus Downloads:

    Click on the links below to download Mariah's Grammy Awards performance of "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like a Bird" from a HDTV source. The wide-screen video is in SVCD / MPEG2 format and its size is 124MB. Please download both RAR files to the same folder in order to extract the video.
    Video Part 1 | Video Part 2 | HQ MP3
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    Source: TV Predictions | Brian | #Schnookiez | SkipperBarbie

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 11:31 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #7 (Last Week #14, 44 Weeks)
    Sales this week: 90,447 (+70%)
    Total sales: 5,315,120

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #83 (Last Week #75)
    Sales this week: 9,723 (-6%)
    Total sales: 271,482

  • We Belong Together
    Hot Digital Songs: #87 (Last Week #143)
    Sales this week: 9,372 (+65%)
    Total sales: 758,710
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    Source: bks

    Tuesday, February 14 , 2006

    This Week's Ask Billboard // 8:47 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Emancipation for 'Mimi'

    I have a question regarding Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi", which was a Grammy nominee for album of the year. It was released on April 12, 2005, and was therefore eligible for the recent Grammy Awards' since an album must be released between October 1, 2004, and September 30, 2005.

    However, the album was re-issued in November 2005 with four bonus tracks, including the Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Don't Forget About Us." Would this song, as well as the other three additional tracks on the re-release, help in determining whether this album would have won album of the year? - Thomas Kitson, Erie, PA

    Keith Caulfield of Ask Billboard answers:

    No, they would not. Since the revamped edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" came out after the cut off date of the eligibility period, the version of "Mimi" that was up for album of the year was the original edition.

    I posed this question to the Recording Academy, which said that if both versions had come out during the eligibility period, then it would have been the label's choice which version they ultimately submitted, but noted it could not submit both for consideration.

    The Academy also went on to say that the re-issued album would not eligible for next year's awards -- although the new tracks would eligible in the single/track categories along with other album tracks that were not previously submitted for consideration.

    But, since "The Emancipation of Mimi" won for best contemporary R&B album, all of its singles and tracks are no longer eligible for any of the single/track categories in the genre categories in the future. However, a single or track from the album could still be considered for the record and song of the year categories.

    This is what happened with Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" this year. The song was up for record of the year, but not eligible in any of the genre categories. Why? The song's parent album, "American Idiot," won the best rock album award a year ago. That's also why "Holiday," another hit album track from "Idiot," wasn't nominated in any of the rock categories this year.

    OK, so, what does all of that mean for a song like "Don't Forget About Us?" Because it was on the "Platinum Edition" of "Mimi" (which is not the version of the album that was nominated and won this year), "Don't Forget About Us" can be submitted into all of the appropriate single/track categories for next year's awards.

    Whew! Hopefully I've explained this well enough - it can be somewhat confusing.
    Mariah's Purr?

    I have a quick question. Is it just me, or do I hear Mariah Carey's voice in the Pussycat Dolls' song "Stickwitu?" - Michael de Vries, Johannesburg, South Africa

    Keith Caulfield of Ask Billboard answers:

    While we're talking about Mariah Carey ... No, she is definitely not singing background vocals on the Pussycat Dolls' "Stickwitu."

    All of the lead and backing vocals on the Dolls' album "PCD" were performed by the six members of the group: Nicole Scherzinger, Carmit Bachar, Melody Thornton, Jessica Sutta, Ashley Roberts and Kimberly Wyatt.

    Truth be told, the first time I heard "Stickwitu," I didn't know it was the Dolls and the chorus immediately brought to mind Carey.

    Source: Billboard | Marc

    No Grammy Bounce for CD Sales? // 6:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    With all those incredible performances at last Wednesday's Grammy Awards, you'd think there would have been a subsequent sales bonanza in record stores (or do we call them CD stores?). But the way things looked yesterday on the hitsdailydouble Web site, fans did not run to pick up CDs by the artists who appeared on the show.

    But what to do if CD sales from the Grammy’s really turn out to be lifeless? Personally, I thought when Mariah Carey did her “Fly Like a Bird” number, a million CDs would be sold. It looks like the real total will be about a tenth of that. Of course, maybe that's because nearly everyone in the US of A has Mariah’s album by now, in two different configurations.

    Note: Hits Daily Double's final figures put "The Emancipation of Mimi" at #7 moving another 89k copies this week (up 90% from last week). SoundScan figures will be out tomorrow.

    Source: Fox News

    Be "Glamorized by Mariah Carey" // 3:49 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As previously reported, Claire's Stores through its specialty outlets, "Afterthoughts" and "Icing By Claire's" carry a wide assortment of fashion accessories ranging from earrings to rings, necklaces to bracelets, body jewelry to purses that bear the logo "Glamorized by Mariah Carey." Below are photos of some of the items.

    To find out if the Claire's nearest you carries the "Glamorized by Mariah Carey" line, click here.

    Source: Jimmy

    Monday, February 13 , 2006

    Upcoming Mariah Appearances // 8:53 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --An interview with Mariah is scheduled to be aired on The Tyra Banks Show soon. It is currently listed under "Upcoming Appearances".

    Upcoming - All Access Pass
    Don't miss sexy singer LL Cool J, as he steams up the show...and makes Tyra nervous! An interview with Britney Spears and Mariah Carey.

    The picture on the site suggests the interview took place at Mariah and JD's LG post Grammy party.

    --Mariah will be hosting rapper Cam'Ron's birthday party on February 19th. The party will be held at the downtown New York City club "The Roxy." NYC station Hot 97 is currently giving away passes to the party on the Miss Jones morning show.

    --As previously reported, Mariah is supposed to be one of the special guests on the Barbara Walters Academy Awards Special scheduled to air on March 1st. However, on her morning show "The View", Walters said that the interview (which was supposed to be taped in New York) was cancelled because some of Mariah's people couldn't get into the city due to the snow storm. She didn't say if they are gonna do it on a later date. Stay tuned for more details!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Aaron | Jeremy | spongebob03

    Grammys Lose Ratings War // 6:42 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    With the Grammys losing to Idol in the ratings war, many people are speculating as to why America, particularly the younger demographic, prefers to watch the singing competition. Some feel that the Grammys are an adult show, catering to the crowd who wants to see performances by Bruce Springsteen, Paul McCartney and the Sly Stone tribute.

    This year it could be argued that the Grammys did not televise enough awards, since the show was dominated by live performances. For instance, Mariah Carey had a monster year on the charts, but not one of her Grammy wins was shown on TV. Perhaps the younger crowd would rather see their favorite artists win a trophy and make a speech than perform live. The problem also could be the glut of awards shows that are shown on television, and the fact that people would rather watch awards that the public actually votes on - like the American Music Awards and the People's Choice Awards - rather than ones the Academy chooses.

    Source: FMQB

    Mariah Nominated For TRL's First Lady Award // 5:52 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The 4th Annual TRL Awards, Celebrating the Show's Most Exciting Artists and Moments, Set to Air on February 25th at 12:00PM (ET/PT)

    MTV: Music Television today announced the nominees "The 4th Annual TRL Awards" set to air on Saturday, February 25th at 12PM ET/PT. MTV's "TRL Awards" will recognize and honor the people that make TRL one of the most diverse and dynamic live shows today.

    Hosted by MTV VJs Damien Fahey, Vanessa Minnillo and Susie Castillo the "TRL Awards" will celebrate some of the most exciting artists and moments. The awards special will include appearances by Mariah Carey, Bono, Madonna, Kanye West, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Ashlee Simpson, Amanda Bynes, Jessica Alba, Stephen Colletti, Chris Brown, Christina Aguilera.

    Mariah received a nomination for TRL's First Lady Award. Other nominees in the category include Kelly Clarkson, Gwen Stefani, and Shakira.

    Click here to vote for Mariah now! Voting ends February 21, 2006.

    Source: MTV | Ricardo | Jeremy

    News Tidbits // 5:54 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mariah's appearance at the Grammy Awards has helped boost her digital sales. On iTunes, "We Belong Together" re-entered the Top 100 Songs at #92 yesterday and is currently at #74! "Don't Forget About Us" also inched up the chart, it was at #91 and is currently at #87. Meanwhile, "The Emancipation of Mimi" is at #35 on the Top 100 Albums.

    --With A-list performers like Mariah Carey, Madonna, U2, Paul McCartney and Kanye West, the 2006 Grammys garnered a total of 17.6 million viewers for CBS. The show received one of its highest viewership during the quarter hour of 9:15-9:30pm when Mariah performed a medley of "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like A Bird."

    --At the Montgomery Mall in Maryland, retail store Claire's has an accessories display called "Glamorized" with Mariah's photo plastered everywhere. The 'display' includes earrings, rings, necklaces, among other things. The saleswoman at Claire's mentioned that Mariah will soon be adding perfume to her "Glamorized" line.

    --The Insider correspondent Lara Spencer caught up with Jessica Simpson on the set of her W magazine photo shoot, where she was excited about attending the post Grammy party for Mariah Carey. "I have to go to Mariah Carey's party tonight!" Jessica gushed. "I think she deserves every Grammy she gets."

    --Bow Wow & Ciara list Mariah's "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us" as their #6 and #14 songs, respectively on their iTunes playlist. They note that "these are great songs to listen to on Valentine's Day!"

    --As previously reported, Mariah's Grammy performance was mysteriously missing from the show that aired February 9th on ITV2 in the UK, prompting several fans to email the station for an answer. The station replied saying, "The Grammy Awards 2006 is an 'acquired' programme therefore we here at ITV buy the rights from the Production Company in question and obviously we broadcast what they allow us to - the programme is cut and edited by themselves and not ITV."

    --The "Get Your Number" music video premiered on Latin America's MTV North's "10 Most Requested" countdown. Mariah has never had a video on the countdown since Heartbreaker so vote and get it on the countdown! Choose "Venezuela" if you are visiting the site for the first time.

    More Grammy Videos
    --In a pre-Grammy interview on The Insider, when asked what her thoughts were on Madonna being the opening performer at the Grammys, Mariah said, "She's a legend. She's been around a long time and I'm happy for her." Download the video clip c/o Madonna-TV.

    --Jennifer Love-Hewitt looked forward to Mariah's Grammy performance and meeting her! "Mariah Carey. Yes, I love her record so I really hope to run into her." Download here.

    --EXTRA caught up with Britney Spears at Mariah's post-Grammy party. She said she rooted for Kelly Clarkson and also for Mariah, "Mariah's always you know, she's a diva, you know and Kelly, I think it was her time." Download here.

    Bonus Video
    Last week, Mariah Daily posted a file of Mariah's post-Grammy interview with The Insider's Pat O'Brien where he surprised her with footage from her first TV performance at Auburn Hills during the 1990 NBA Finals singing "America the Beautiful." Due to numerous email requests, we have uploaded Mariah's performance at the 1990 NBA Finals. Download here! Enjoy!

    Video Update: Here's a better MPG version of Mariah at the 1990 NBA Finals. Many thanks to Tom for making the video file for us!


    Source: Mariah Daily | Sergei | Richard | Bekki | TMZ | marbelous | Jason | Juan Carlos | MariahHispanoHablantes | SkipperBarbie | Tom

    Sunday, February 12 , 2006

    Photo Update: Mariah at the 2006 Grammy Awards // 8:58 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Photo Gallery has been updated to include over 100 photos of Mariah onstage, backstage & audience at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards! Check them out!

    Below are some of the pictures. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Saturday, February 11 , 2006

    Rolling Stone Q&A with Mariah Carey // 1:40 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As previously mentioned, Mariah appears on the cover of the February 23, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone Magazine. Download an exclusive audio clip from the interview in which Mariah explains the creative process behind "Shake It Off" and the Grammy award-winning "We Belong Together," as well as what it is like to work with Jermaine Dupri. Below is an excerpt taken from the clip:

    Rolling Stone: Particularly, from "We Belong Together" and then to "Shake It Off" it's like a drastic change in mood, from like, this whole like, "I can't be without you, to like, I just gotta be without you." But, there definitely seems to be a mix, especially in the love songs, of a sense of empowerment and then a sense of like, mournfulness. Where does that stuff usually come from for you?

    Mariah: You know, I think it depends on the song. Like, the two songs you mentioned...when I went down to JD's for the first time for this record to Atlanta, I was like, 'I wanna do a thugged-out ballad, let's do that.'

    And, that's when "Shake It Off" was born. So, it started with a beat and the "oooo, oooo's." And then, Jermaine was singing, 'I gotta get away...' And I was like, 'Ooookay.' Then he started saying something about the Calgon commercial, and I was like, 'I don't think I gotta get away is as strong as we could get.' So, we ended up with "Shake It Off" and it became my freakin' anthem... It's like I look at the past. A lot of times it's stuff from the past. Sometimes it's like fairytale moments and sometimes it's complete 'truth' like when we're talking about "Close My Eyes" or "Petals." Usually the songs that don't get released are more the complete 'truth' moments.

    I never used to collaborate on lyrics but I love collaborating with Jermaine, we work together really well because he has an approach... I was like, 'Who's gonna know what Calgon is, Jermaine?' That's really from 1901 and he said, 'No, we're going to bring it back.' Bow Wow was out in the studio, I was like, 'Bow Wow, do you know what Calgon is?' and he's like, 'No, but wait a minute, Snoop said it in a rhyme one time.' And it's true. It's fun to be able to mix elements that would normally be on a rap song into a song that I'm singing. I feel I've earned the right to do that at this point. It's like 'no I don't wanna spend 36 hours figuring out whether to say like 'I'd be labored dadada...' not that my big "biggest hits" from the past and so we had that, but the songs that I really took my time with, I tried to not repeat myself over and over and over again. Certain things obviously come back a lot but the question was, where are these songs based from. The answer is, maybe it's 80% real experience, 20% let's-figure-out-how-to-say-this-in-a clever-way.

    Source: Rolling Stone | Mariah Daily

    Friday, February 10 , 2006

    Download: Post Grammy Awards Videos! // 10:31 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the highlighted links below to download video files from the TV coverage of Mariah's performance and wins at the 48th Grammy Awards.

    Extra TV - Mariah's Magic
    Brian McKnight: Hey baby!
    Mariah Carey: Hey darling, how are you?
    BM: I'm great!
    [Voice over: Like Kanye, my old friend, the one and only Mariah Carey carried home 3 gold statuettes]
    MC: To win three which is more than I've ever won, you know, is a cool thing, it's very very nice. To win these Grammys for this album has been just incredible.
    BM: What's next?
    MC: Lots of fun things! I'll be calling you first!

    The Insider - Mariah's Moments
    Pat O'Brien: So how do these feel? (points at Mariah's Grammy awards)
    Mariah Carey: These feel great! These feel really great.
    PO: Miss Mariah Carey, she snagged three Grammys and the performance of the night!
    [Clip of Mariah performing "Fly Like a Bird"]
    PO: That was some performance.
    MC: Thank you.
    [Voice over: and "The Insider" caught Mariah backstage with Sir Paul McCartney.]

    [O'brien Shows Mariah a clip of her first TV performance: "America The Beautiful" at the NBA Finals (Detroit vs. Portland) on June 4, 1990.]
    PO: This is your first...
    MC: TV performance I ever did.
    [Voice over: When I surprised her with a trip down memory lane. The year? 1990.]
    PO: And when you finished I said, the palace of Auburn Hills...
    MC: You said "The palace now has a queen." I memorized it, trust me. It was one of the best... it's really one of the highlights of my career, that moment. And I thank you for giving me that.

    Access Hollywood - Mariah's Big Comeback
    Tim Vincent: (hands Mariah a bouquet of roses)
    Mariah Carey: Aww, these are my favorites, thank you!
    TV: I knew that!
    MC: That's so nice, look at that!
    [Voice over: And roses for much deserving Mariah who celebrated the end of her 16-year Grammy draught. Mariah was three of eight for the night and her inspiring performance of "We Belong Together" brought the audience to its feet.]
    TV: What meant more for you tonight: winning some Grammys or having a standing ovation by your peers?
    MC: You know what? I can't... words really can't express it. To feel the love from the audience was a really special moment for me. I'm really grateful.
    Fashion Fix
    TV: Could you tell us what you're wearing 'cause it is beautiful.
    MC: I'm wearing Azzedine Alaia, I flew to Paris with Naomi Campbell, and she is the most wonderful person in the world because she took time out of her life to get my dress together for me.

    Entertainment Tonight - Triple Grammy Winner
    ET: Mariah Carey who took home 3 statuetts was among the night's big winners. But the real showstopper was Mimi. Her soulful performance captivated even stars watching backstage.
    [ Mary J Blige shown backstage applauding for Mariah ]
    Paula Abdul: Another exciting night, congratulations!
    Mariah Carey: Thank you, it was fun, to win three Grammys tonight was just a magnificent thing. And... you know, I enjoyed myself!

    Grammys.com - Backstage Interview
    Mariah Carey: I feel great. It was definitely a great way to spend a Wednesday night, and having these three Grammys. And it was, kind of almost a relief that I won the Grammys before I got here 'cause that way you don't really have to do a speech on stage (laughs). I know that sounds bizarre but in its own way, a speech is almost more intimidating than a performance, believe it or not. So it was cool because by the time I got here I already knew that I had gotten these and it really meant a lot to me, particularly because this album is so personal to me. In all the RnB categories that I was nominated for I won, except Traditional which the Queen of Soul, Mrs. Aretha Franklin won and that's who deserves to win in every category (laughs).

    "We Belong Together" & "Fly Like a Bird" - 2006 Grammy Awards Performance
    High Quality video file in VOB format, 357MB. Download all four RAR files and extract the video file: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4

    Many thanks to Juan Carlos, SkipperBarbie and Ralf from Mariah's World for the video files!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Juan Carlos | SkipperBarbie | Ralf

    Rolling Stone Interview: "Mariah After Midnight" // 8:24 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    "People ask me, "Isn't this really the vindication of Mariah Carey?" Not really. My whole life has been about obstacles."

    "Let's drink from festive glasses," announces Mariah Carey, a bejeweled champagne flute in each hand as she tiptoes barefoot into "the Moroccan Lounge" - a sitting room on the top floor of her three-story New York apartment that is decorated like a Marrakesh hash parlor, minus the hash. She sets the flutes down on a table alongside the less festive glasses from which we'd already been drinking and then reassumes her position curled up in the corner of the couch. Her personal assistant brings in a tray that carries a large bottle of water for Mariah and a can of Diet Coke for me, and she hands each of us a small linen napkin. It's past midnight, and Mariah doesn't usually allow herself caffeine at this hour, because she's an insomniac and has a very low tolerance for "things that make you speedy." Still, she asks if I mind sharing a splash of my Diet Coke, reasoning that she's in an "awake moment" anyway.

    Among her assorted Mariah-isms, the concept of "moments" looms large. In the course of the evening, she refers to precisely forty-nine different kinds: analytical moments, schmaltz moments, fairy-tale moments, complete-truth moments, celebratory moments, Biblical moments and, yes, diva moments. In 2001, following an embarrassing "TRL moment," Mariah says she had her share of "bleak moments" and even a couple of "woe-is-me moments." Her favorite canary-colored bathing suit from when she was nine, she says, was a "clingy-to-the-body moment." As is her current ensemble: painted-on jeans and itty-bitty white tank top with the number seventeen ironed on the front in bold black digits. Seventeen, no doubt, as in how many Number One singles Mariah has amassed in the past decade and a half. In December, when "Don't Forget About Us," the latest cut from her five-times-platinum The Emancipation of Mimi, reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Mariah tied Elvis Presley's record for Number Ones; four more top singles and she'll outpace the Beatles.

    The thirty-five-year-old singer has had a momentous year and one that is all the sweeter because it came on the heels of a momentary - though devastating - slump. Released last spring, The Emancipation of Mimi, surpassed the low expectations with which it was greeted to become the best-selling album of 2005. Mariah says that Mimi, her tenth studio album, is a product of her newfound creative freedom. "In the past, I knew people wanted certain formulaic things from me," she says. "By 'people,' I mean executives."

    But Mimi incorporates Mariah's cherished hip-hop influences in greater proportion than ever. She brought the Neptunes and her old friend Snoop Dogg in for Say Somethin'," traded verses with Twista on "So Lonely," duetted with long-time producer Jermaine Dupri on "Get Your Number" and teamed with Nelly on "To The Floor." Though there are still the belt-it-out ballads, they're R&B slow jams with a bangin' bottom end that often rivals Mariah's own bangin' bottom end. "The funny thing is, I"ve always known that what I really loved would be commercially successful," she says. Her instincts proved correct: The record has already spawned three hits - "Don't Forget About Us," "Shake It Off" and "We Belong Together" - and has earned her eight Grammy nominations, including Album of the Year. When we met just a few weeks before the awards, it was clear that - no matter how many Grammys she would or would not collect - Mariah had safely reassumed her pop-diva throne.

    "People ask me, 'Isn't this really the vindication of Mariah Carey?' she says. "Not really. My whole life has been a series of overcoming obstacles. Since I've always had to struggle, I've always expected that I will have to struggle."

    "She's on the third chapter of her career," says Island Def Jam chairman Antonio 'LA" Reid. "The first chapter had major successes. The second chapter had some major disappointments. Now, she's at the point where she has the wherewithal to stay in the game for as long as it takes, to withstand the ups and downs. It's like Muhammad Ali or Frank Sinatra. And I think her fans have a real love for her because she has had those ups and downs and she's still here.

    Mariah arrived characteristically late for dinner at a Brazilian restaurant around the corner from her apartment, but she is also characteristically apologetic about it. Affecting exaggerated fabulosity, she purrs, " Sorry darling. The pedicurist fell on her orange stick. Stitches were required." And then, without missing a beat: "What are we drinking? Wine? Vodka has fewer calories. All right, you twisted my arm. I'll have a glass of wine."

    Tonight is the singer's last night of indulgence before her personal trainer Patricia comes back on duty to whip her into shape for the Grammys. She's especially concerned about looking her best because of the jabs she took about the low-cut black number she wore a week earlier at the Golden Globes, custom-designed for her by Karl Lagerfeld. "The winner for the too-tight dress... goes to Mariah Carey," wrote one critic. "She takes the cake, and eats it too." Said another, "Carey, according to my seven-year-old, "blew up like a truck tire." "Satin is a very unforgiving fabric," Mariah notes. "And what was I gonna do? Call frickin' Karl Lagerfeld and say, 'Can you please make it out of matte jersey instead?' " Of course, Mariah is used to having her outfits panned: She made Mr. Blackwell's worst-dressed list last year ("The world applauds your musical emancipation... but please - leave that body to our imagination") and she often - let's face it - wears clothes tighter, tinier and generally more hooched-out than most thirty-five-old women. Still, though not a Zellwegerian stick figure by any stretch of the matte jersey, the five-foot-eight Mariah is considerably leaner than you might expect: not so much full-figured as sturdy. She says she has always tended to be muscular and notes that, in seventh grade, she beat every boy in her class at arm wrestling.

    "I can't try to compete with people that weigh eighty pounds soaking wet when, look, I'm ethnic," she says. "I've got a butt, and I want to keep it because I like it. That's what it goes! I'm gonna pull it together and be as thin as I can be for the Grammys, but there's only a certain amount of weight that I wanna lose. The weight-obsessed workout monger is not my role model as a singer. They might be pop stars and icons, but they're not necessarily what I like to call a saaaanger. They ain't saaangin'."

    Mariah's big voice may be her greatest source of pride - it is, in her words, her "instrument" - but she is equally keen to be known as one of the few pop stars who has had a hand in the writing and/or production of nearly every song she's ever recorded. "Even from the beginning, I said, "'If you want to put me with people to write with and collaborate, that's fine, but don't try to force me to record someone else's song.' I'm not saying I'm friggin' William Shakespeare. But even writing a melody, it's a release. And I really have a need to express myself."

    Of course, there was a time when expressing herself was an uphill battle for Mariah. "They laughed at me at the label when I played them my 'Fantasy' remix with Ol' Dirty Bastard," she says. "They - one person - was like, 'What the hell is this? I could do that." But you can't explain to someone who didn't grow up on hip-hop and who's wanting to listen to the Good-Fellas soundtrack exclusively that this is hot and it will be a classic."

    It's not Mariah's style to name names, whether she's dishing about a certain female artist who got skinny with the help of illegal pharmaceuticals or whether she's referring less than obliquely to her ex-husband, former Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola. It was Mottola who discovered Mariah and signed her to Columbia Records after a friend of Mariah's passed him a demo tape at a party in 1988. Mottola and Mariah became romantically involved shortly thereafter, and - once he had divorced his wife - the pair married in 1993. But, as is well-known by now, Mariah was miserable in the relationship, which she calls "abusive" and one that "purposely preyed on every insecurity I have." The couple divorced five years later, when Mariah still had a couple of albums remaining in her contract with Sony.

    "It was real struggle being there while still having a certain person in power and being divorced from him," she says. "Things get a little awkward when you're dealing with someone who's obsessed, and angry, and powerful. Leaving him was one of the toughest things I've ever done. It's very easy to manipulate someone when you're twenty-plus years older than them. Whatever. I'm not placing blame. Nobody held a gun to my head." She pauses and smiles. "At least I don't think anybody held a gun to my head."

    When Patricia Carey gave birth to a seven-pound baby girl at 7:27 A.M. on March 27th, 1970, the nurse turned to her and said, "That's gonna be one lucky baby." Patricia, an opera singer, even gave her daughter a moniker that she knew would work as a stage name: Mariah Carey. From the time Mariah was old enough to remember, Patricia told her, "You’re gonna be a star."

    "My mother was never like, 'Get out there and sing,' " Mariah says. "But her attitude was very much 'Don't say if I make it, say when I make it.' I don't know if that was pressure, but whatever it was, it sold me. I believed it and also had a need to make music, and I had a need to elevate myself from where I was, and I knew I didn't want to grow up and be in that - dare I say? tax bracket. I was like, 'I wanna grow up and have this glamorous life.' "

    Her father, Alfred Roy Carey, was the pragmatic one. "He was always saying, 'I think you should do your math homework,' " she says. "He was an aeronautical engineer, whereas I'm not a left-brain queen at all. He had been in the military, and he was very rigid and strict."

    Mariah's parents met in the late Fifties in New York, Patricia, a bohemian Irish girl from Springfield, Illinois, had come to Manhattan, according to Mariah, in hopes of meeting Broadway star Yul Brynner. Alfred, who was part Venezuelan and part African-American, was living in Brooklyn, where he was "the lone black man driving around in a Porsche with his shaven head." says Mariah. "He was the hot tamale of the moment, and I guess he kind of resembled Yul Brynner. My mom saw him and said, 'There he is!' And her friend was like, 'That ain't nobody but Roy Carey,' My mom said, "Well, I want to meet him."

    After they married, the Careys moved to the North Shore of Long Island to raise their three children: Mariah, her brother, Morgan, and her sister, Alison, both of whom are close to a decade older than her. The community did not respond well to the interracial family, and they endured not only sneers and nasty comments but also having their car set on fire and their pets poisoned. By the time Mariah was three, her parents had split up. In the ensuing years, Patricia and the children moved at least thirteen times, and getting settled in at a new school was always a challenge for Mariah, who says she never quite fit in with either the white kids or the black kids. Additionally, Alison reportedly was involved with drugs and prostitution, and at fifteen she had given birth to a son, Shawn, with whom Mariah is still extremely close.

    Though Mariah says she is legally constrained from providing specifics (she and her sister are rumored to have signed a non-disclosure agreement preventing each from talking about the other), she makes it clear that her home life was fraught with peril and that she was often in very scary situations. Her mother spent a lot of time away from home, working two or three jobs to keep the family afloat, and Mariah often had to fend for herself. "I was six years old," she remembers, "and something happened in my house where I had to call some friends of my mother's to come and get things together. There was no adult, there was no teenager, the person left in charge had run out of the house, and I was there alone. My mom's friends came over, and you know people tend to talk over children and think that their kids don't hear? Well, I was very sensitive then, and I still am. I had very good hearing then, and I still do. I heard these words, and I'll never forget it. They said, 'If this kid makes it, it'll be a miracle.' It was a defining moment for me. Because, you know what? I believe in miracles. I think I must have been having spiritual arnica injections to get through all the mess I've been through and not be a completely bitter, angry human being."

    Another frequent Mariah-ism: She's always saying how she's "eternally twelve." Which could explain why she sometimes dresses like a preteen who happened upon a Frederick's of Hollywood catalog. There is even something vaguely adolescent about her diva-ish-ness: When she requests that the waiter not place her meat on the same plate as her hearts of palm, it's almost like something she imagines a pretty, pretty princess would have done. With the exception of the dark and masculine Moroccan Lounge - inspired by a trip Mariah took to Morocco with her ex-boyfriend, Latin singer Luis Miguel - her apartment, too, looks like it was decorated by a teenager run amok at Laura Ashley, with flowery prints and crystal sconces. Her Jack Russell terrier, Jack, even has his own miniature velvet sofa to sleep on. She loves Hello Kitty just as much t thirty-five as she did at twelve. Only difference is, now she's got one of four bathrooms in her luxe home decked out with an overwhelming array of Hello Kitty merchandise. (There's also the Marilyn Monroe bathroom, the butterfly room and her own personal bathroom, where she soaks in a giant tub as part of her pre-bedtime "wind-down" routine.) Occasionally, on her rare nights off, she'll hit the clubs with Shawn or Dupri or DJ Clue or her girlfriends Rachel and Jasmine. But since the smoke bothers her, she's more likely to invite friends over to watch her favorite DVDs - Mean Girls, Zoolander, 13 Going On 30 - in her mermaid-theme living room.

    "I love sleigh rides and Christmas and the Tower of Terror at Disney and silly movies, she says. Twelve is significant for another reason. "I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that I'm not sixteen," she continues, lowering her voice the way she tends to do whenever the subject of sex comes up. "Because sixteen-year-olds are sexually active and promiscuous. I guess because I have a family member who had a baby at fifteen, like, I definitely see myself as younger than that. In my mind, I thought fifteen was old. When I was that age, most of my friends were having sex. But even if I had boyfriends, it was like, 'I'm going on to bigger and better things, and I'm not going to potentially screw my life up.' At twelve, I was also like a grown-up too, because I've been a caretaker since a very early age."

    Taking care of others, Mariah's friends will tell you, ranks first in her mind ahead of taking care of herself. And that, ultimately, is what she says led to her infamous breakdown in 2001. The story is notorious: As part of a torrent of promotion for her movie Glitter, and the album of the same name, Mariah made an impromptu appearance on MTV's Total Request Live, where her behavior seemed erratic and she performed some kind of ill-conceived striptease. She insists the reaction was, and continues to be, overblown. "I had three freakin' layers of clothes on!" she says.

    Shortly thereafter, she posted two recorded messages on her Web site that seemed to point at some kind of emotional collapse. "I just can't trust anybody anymore right now because I don't understand what's going on," Mariah said, according to transcripts that have since been purged from that site. "Because I'm desperately trying to get out of this room. And I don't know if that makes sense to anybody, but the truth is that I'm calling to say that I love you to my fans... and I'm gonna be taking some time off." On August 1st, Mariah's publicist at the time confirmed media inquiries that the singer had checked herself into a psychiatric facility and attributed the hospitalization to an "emotional and physical breakdown."

    Mariah refutes the idea that she was ever that bad off: "Honestly, even my therapist - who's a genius and knows when he's talking about - was like, 'You did not have a breakdown. You had a diva moment of exhaustion and a physical moment when your body couldn't take it and it got you pissed off.' "

    The Glitter soundtrack was Mariah's first album for Virgin Records, the company she joined after she finally extricated herself from Columbia. It was also her last. Following the momentous failure of Glitter, the label paid Mariah $28 million just to get rid of her.

    A few years ago, before her father succumbed to cancer, Mariah says she tried to explain to him just how difficult that time had been for her. "I was blessed to be able to have moments with him prior to him getting sick where I got a better understanding of him as a person and didn't feel like, 'Oh, he abandoned me.' I realized we have a lot more in common than I knew. We were having this telephone conversation and I was like, 'I feel like I've gone through the worst thing I could've ever gone through, with the exception of dying.' And I said, 'So I'm not scared of dying.' I don't think he really knew how bad it was for me then, because he's not the kind of guy to read the tabloids. I only wish he had lived to see this, because I think this would have given him another kind of faith. And this business requires faith. I don't care what anyone says."

    Though we have our festive glasses in hand, Mariah disappears and her chin starts to quiver. "I have so much gratitude about where I'm at personally and professionally that I don't think I've even expressed it to anybody fully, because it's teardrop moment," she says shakily. "It's not even a teardrop moment, it's a well-of-tears moment. You think I don't get down on my knees and thank God for every single thing I have? I could have been somewhere in a gutter the way my life was going, at twelve. I could have been dead; I could have had a disease. I was in some very dangerous situations, and it's only by the grace of God that I survived. People can say whatever they want, but ultimately I'm the same person I was before I became famous. I'm still the girl in the pictures on the wall downstairs in the yellow bikini. I wasn't anybody in the world back then. I was a little interracial child with a dysfunctional family, and I still am. Except I have money now," She lets out a low, husky giggle. "And that helps."


    Source: Rolling Stone | Scans & Text: Mariah Daily

    Post Grammy Awards Reports: Mariah Was The Queen of the Night! // 7:30 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Reviews & Comments:
  • Grammy.com: Lifted up by a brass section, the 30-member strong Hezekiah Walker & Love Fellowship Choir and Pastor Clarence Keaton, Mariah Carey provided one of the evening's most powerful performances. Her flowing blond tresses draping her white-cloaked frame, Carey sang "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like A Bird" like they were the most important moments of her life. Bringing that old-time religion to a 21st century venue, Carey raised the roof with her amazing vocal skills.

  • MTV News: Mariah Carey ended her decade-and-a-half Grammy drought by winning three awards during the night, for Best R&B Song, Contemporary Album and Female Vocal Performance. (...)

    Of course, this being the Grammys, there were also some completely expected moments that delivered big time. Carey's soulful medley of her hits "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like a Bird" packed a powerful vocal wallop, increased 30-fold by the addition of a full-blown gospel choir.

  • BET: Stevie Wonder and Alicia Keys presented the first televised award, which was the Best Female Vocal Performance, and though Mariah Carey lost to Kelly Clarkson in this category, she already had picked up three in the Best Female R&B Vocal, Best Contemporary R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song categories earlier in the night. But that didn't stop her from stealing the show later on, as her performance was met by a standing ovation.

  • Entertainment Weekly: The Adulation of Mimi. In a taped intro, Mariah Carey spoke of the importance of faith in her life, underscored by the word Faith emblazoned across her chest in sparkles. Appearing on stage in a low-cut gown (Carey must have had faith in double-sided sticky tape), 2005's comeback queen paid homage to her spiritual side by performing with Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir on a medley of her hits ''We Belong Together'' and ''Fly Like a Bird.'' Which is what her voice did, soaring into the rafters like only Carey's can.

    Also, the music critics of Entertainment Weekly did a chat during the Grammys, and here is what they said during Mariah's performance:

    --Michele Romero: Mariah has faith.
    --Michael Endelman: It's the return of the voice. But what
       about the leg? We're waiting for it to flash it.

    --Raymond Fiore: Mariah does Rapunzel.
    --Michele Romero: Mariah does have a good voice. I
       just wish I liked the songs more...

    --Michael Endelman: I'm liking the Mariah gospel show. Also,
       her bedazzled microphone is bling-tastic!

    --Jason Adams: Mariah makes for good TV.
    --Anonymous: MC having an MJB moment. Standing O!
    --Whitney Pastorek: Mariah best so far by far.
    --David Browne: I'm sorry. Mariah degrades great pop.

  • Barbara Walters praised Mariah on The View saying she "sang divinely," mentioned that she won 3 awards before the show so you didn't see her accept them, and ended with, "but wow could she sing!"

  • On Los Angeles' Gospel Radio 102.3 KJLH morning show, "The Home Team" hosts commented on how great Mariah's performance of "Fly Like A Bird" was at the Grammys. They were amazed at how high she could sing and how distinct and clear she sang "Jesus" in such a high note.

  • Talk show titan Tyra Banks couldn't stop gushing about Mariah's big year. "I love her album. I mean, hello! It was crazy-- front to back." (Extra TV)

  • Calling U2 "my boys," Kanye West said he figured the group would win album of the year because of vote splitting between his and Mariah Carey's albums. (Billboard)

  • "I think winning three is a huge achievement," said British soul singer Joss Stone. "I think winning eight is a ridiculous thing. I can't imagine winning half a Grammy let alone three. She went through a lot, and everybody knew it. She's come back on top." (The Associated Press)

  • After winning the night's big award, album of the year, Bono told Carey, "You sing like an angel."

  • Mary J. Blige gave Mariah a shout out again! In a pre-Grammy interview, TRL VJ Vanessa Minnilo asked her if she wanted to see anyone in particular win, and she said she wanted Mariah to clean up. She said Mariah is "my heart, my baby" and that when she was growing up, she and her girlfriends would sing Mariah songs. Mary said she knows Mariah and that she is a beautiful person. Mary also said she loved seeing Mariah come through and "be that good woman they can't hold down."

    Mariah's Reactions:
  • "We have to go through certain things in order to appreciate life and learn lessons." - Mariah Carey, winner of three Grammys, in conversation with R&B singer Brian McKnight. (The Associated Press)

  • Songstress Mariah Carey also took home three golden statues. "I felt a lot of love from the audience," she gushed. "And to win three, which is more than I've ever won, was a cool thing and very, very nice." (Extra TV)

  • "We have to go through certain things in order to appreciate life and learn lessons," Carey told the TV show "Extra." Asked how she was doing, Carey replied, "I'm just in a really good, comfortable, happy place." (The Associated Press)

  • After her amazing year and three wins at Wednesday's unaired Grammy Awards pre-telecast, what could be next for Mariah Carey? Motherhood, perhaps? "Darling, I gave birth to triplets tonight - my Grammy's! What more could I possibly need?" Carey exclaimed as she arrived at 12:20am Thursday to the party she was hosting at the sprawling estate of Ralph's grocery stores owner Ron Burkle. She had spent he previous hours at Universal's post-Grammy party before arriving at the mansion she selected for her celebration. (USA Today)

    After Party Reports:
  • NY Daily News: Over at billionaire Ron Burkel's house, Kevin Federline left before wife Britney Spears did. A fragrant cloud hung above Cisco Adler, there with Mischa Barton. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Jamie Foxx, Kirsten Dunst, Joaquin Phoenix and Courtney Love also stopped by the bash Unik and Jeff Goldstein engineered. Mariah Carey and boyfriend Mark Sudak didn't get there till 1 a.m., by which time the cops had ordered the music cut.

    But at least she didn't run into Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who told a friend, "She's gotta quit that [bleeping] fake-tan s-. It's really freaking me out!"

  • NY Post: Carey, meanwhile, who won a few awards but blew the biggest ones, refused to come out of her dressing room post-show, sulking over losing the Album of the Year Grammy to U2. "She ended up back at her hotel with a small group of friends," a spy told PAGE SIX, making only a drive-by to her own after-party hosted by supermarket billionaire Ron Burkle.

  • Roger Friedman of Fox News claims the NY Post 'inside source' is wrong:
    The otherwise unerring Page Six was led astray on stories about Sly Stone, Mariah Carey and director Brett Ratner. Carey, contrary to the report, went straight to her party at Ron Burkle's estate following her Grammy loss and remained there until 2 a.m. I know this only because I saw her. Four hours is hardly a "drive-by."

  • An A-list crowd including Beyonce and Jay-Z tried and failed to get in to Mariah Carey's lavish post-Grammys bash - but the 3am girls are made of stronger stuff. Caroline and Kiki of The Mirror's 3am reporting from Los Angeles. Read more about what went on at Mariah's post-Grammy party here.

  • The Grammy effect... maybe? Hits Daily Double predicts Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi," which sold just over 50k last week, could rise up to 70k-100k this week.

  • Photos of Mariah at the Grammys were featured on the front pages of Canada's daily newspapers, Metro, and Globe and Mail yesterday.

  • A famous internet blog, "SOHH Soulful", claims that The Grammys Did Mariah Carey Wrong! - Now I want to know, how is it that you have one of the most successful albums of the year. You get nominated for eight Grammys, you perform two of the most difficult songs in your catalog live and you win three awards, but they don't even bother to give you any of your awards on air?

  • Mariah makes MSN's Grammy's Best Dressed list."Carey, Carey Quite Contrary: Yes, we realize that Mariah Carey landing on a Best Dressed list is a little like Paris Hilton getting recruited by Mensa, but in this toned-down gown, she more than earns a spot. The diva-licious chart-topper makes a terrific turnaround from the skintight black-and-white Chanel fright and librarian-like bun she sported at the Golden Globes -- and even garners extra points for leaving the girlish butterfly accessories at home. While Mariah stays true to body-baring form by exposing her stems in a sheer and fluttery slit skirt, she comes off as both sweet and oh-so-pretty in this immaculate pink-hued number, which not only flatters her comely curves without cutting off her circulation but also keeps her copious cleavage in check."

  • MSN asks, "Who should have gotten Album of the Year?" Take the poll and vote for Mariah by clicking here. Current results show Mariah in 2nd place with 30% of total votes behind leader U2's 40%.

  • UK ITV2 cut Mariah's performance and no mention of her whatsoever during its Grammy telecast Thursday, February 9th, 9:00pm. UK fans can petition for the performance to air on reruns by clicking here.
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    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: February 18, 2006) // 6:15 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date February 18, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲5
    Billboard 200: #14 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #6 (Last Week #8)
    Sales this week: 53,166 (+37%)
    Total Sales: 5,224,673

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #20 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #10 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Pop 100: #25 (Last Week #21)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #17 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #10 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #10 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #13 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #14 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #15 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #14 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #11 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #75 (Last Week #66)
    Sales this week: 10,320 (-14%)
    Total sales: 261,759

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent: #21 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #7 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #46 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #45 (Last Week #33)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #7 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #49 (Last Week #48)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #49 (Last Week #48)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #41 (Last Week #34)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #3 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #7 (Last Week #8)

    So Lonely
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #23 (Last Week #23)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #81 (Debut)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Mariah Talks About Her Grammy Night // 2:21 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah was backstage at the Grammy Awards talking about her Grammy experience, her wins and Aretha Franklin.

    "I feel great. It was definitely a great way to spend a Wednesday night, and having these three Grammys. And it was, kind of almost a relief that I won the Grammys before I got here 'cause that way you don't really have to do a speech on stage (laughs). I know that sounds bizarre but in its own way, a speech is almost more intimidating than a performance, believe it or not. So it was cool because by the time I got here I already knew I had gotten these and it really meant a lot to me, particularly because this album is so personal to me. In all the RnB categories I was nominated for I won, except Traditional which the Queen of Soul, Mrs. Aretha Franklin won and that is who deserves to win in every category (laughs)."

    Head over to Grammy.com's More Backstage to watch the video!

    Source: Grammy.com | Felipe

    Screaming Mimi // 2:02 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Everybody knows the Grammy telecast is about as spontaneous as Mariah Carey lying motionless on a four-post bed with her hair extensions placed strategically across her body in a softly-lit music video. Usually the producers of the show shrewdly cherry-pick categories to be presented so that every big artist has the opportunity to take to the podium and thank Jesus or their manager. So what was up with Mariah's three wins—Best Contemporary R&B Album, Best R&B Song, and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance—not being televised? Sure, they've switched things up in recent years, keeping us on our toes for three-and-a-half hours by no longer presenting trophies to artists immediately following their live performances, but not letting Mariah accept an award on stage is a blatant slap in the face to the female artist with the most nominations this year and whose last CD was the biggest selling album of 2005. Hell, even Kanye West—whose massive ego is clearly an obstacle in the way of a major win—got to go up there once. Is it confirmation that Mariah isn't respected in the industry? Did they think the meds dried up her tear ducts? Maybe that's just how the chips fell…but probably not.

    Mariah did eventually take to the stage for her performance of the Grammy-winning "We Belong Together" and the rousing "Fly Like A Bird." Her voice, though not what it once was, sounded better than it has in a long time, and the electric medley—complete with sermonizing pastor and gospel choir—would have stolen the show if performances by successors like Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera hadn't proven that Mimi isn't the only one who can blow.

    Mariah was also upstaged by a few surprise wins. For a while the singer seemed poised to snag at least one of the top prizes she was up for after winning three before the show even started, but emerging frontrunners Green Day won the trophy for Record Of The Year for their ballad "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams" (as we predicted last month), and U2, the biggest winners of the night with five awards, added Song and Album Of The Year—one of two times I gasped last night—to their tally, upsetting no one and Kanye West, respectively.

    All in all, our predictions were pretty lousy this year: We got less than half right, but we did predict Mariah would lose out on the night's biggest awards. In the end, it's probably for the best, though; if she gets one more #1 single or one more award for The Emancipation Of Mimi, I'm seriously concerned that her clothes might fall off completely.

    Source: Slant Magazine | Nick Bardo

    Thursday, February 9 , 2006

    Mariah: She Was Almost On Fire (Fi-ah) // 7:03 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey’s Grammy after party last night was one of several around Hollywood that was shut down by the Los Angeles Fire Marshal and the police department.

    Yes, this is a town quite unlike New York, and the marshal is always waiting to shut something down early. Call it retribution from the unions to the celebrities who run wild all over the place here. It’s as regular as the smog.

    Mariah’s party was a private one at the unbelievably magnificent Beverly Hills mansion/estate of grocery magnate Ron Burkle. High in the hills above the Beverly Hills Hotel, the Burkle castle once belonged to legendary comic actor Harold Lloyd.

    Last night, Mariah and Jermaine Dupri, her co-host, overbooked. The result was over 600 people trying to go up a long and winding driveway. Some went by foot, others by fancy golf cart. Shuttle buses brought people to the foot of the drive from a gathering place near the Beverly Hills Civic Center. One hundred or so private cars went directly to the house, even though only the permit was only for 50. And so on.

    Who got in? Well, Rob Thomas and his wife Marisol made it, and they got to meet Joaquin Phoenix. Quincy Jones was turned away initially, but eventually found a way past increasingly agitated cops who’d gotten irate calls from Burkle’s neighbors to shut off the loud music and untangle the traffic in front of their homes.

    When one of the party’s planners came down the drive to rescue Kelly Clarkson from the melee, he himself was barred from returning by the police.

    Mariah’s back-up singers waited an hour before they were rescued. You get the picture. Part of Stevie Wonder’s 30-member entourage got sidelined, but Tyra Banks was smart enough to arrive on the early side.

    Producer David Foster got in and out without any trouble, as did musicians Alex Orbison, Roy Orbison Jr., Cisco Adler and his girlfriend Mischa Barton.

    And yet Mariah looked lovely, and was excited about her three Grammy wins. Medina, her manager, was over the moon about her performance at the show, especially “Fly Like a Bird,” the number that sent the audience into a frenzy.

    “Three Grammys and that performance?” Benny said to me backstage. “We don’t have anything to complain about.”

    That and the fact that Mariah’s voice and fashion were as good as you can get. Believe me, she sold more copies of her “Mimi” album last night to put it back in next week’s top 5.

    Source: Fox News

    Mariah on the Cover of Rolling Stone // 3:13 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah graces the cover of the February 23, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone magazine that is available on newsstands now! Be sure to grab a copy!

    Meanwhile, it's that time of the year again when FHM magazine is compiling their yearly list of the world's sexiest women and they want your input! Vote for Mariah in their 100 Sexiest Women in the World poll.

    Source: Everett | Devin | David | SkipperBarbie

    Official Press Release: Mariah Carey Wins 3 Grammys! // 2:36 PM EST Updated by Lynn



    (February 9, 2006 - New York, NY) Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey returns to the arms of Grammy, winning awards last night for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together," and Best Contemporary R&B Album for The Emancipation Of Mimi.

    "This is a momentous and well-deserved confirmation of Mariah's artistry and devotion to her music," said Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. Mariah's appearance at the Grammy Awards worldwide broadcast was highlighted by a stirring live performance of "We Belong Together," with full gospel church choir.

    The Emancipation Of Mimi, named the biggest-selling album of 2005, generated an all-time career-high 8 Grammy nominations for Mariah. The album includes Mariah's 16th and 17th #1 career singles, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us," respectively - which tied one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard Hot 100 history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 47 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to match or surpass the Beatles' all-time high 20 #1 hits.

    The Grammy triumph caps an extraordinary season of awards for Mariah, which began in November with the 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. At the 3rd annual VIBE Awards (on UPN), Mariah led the pack for a single album with four wins generated by The Emancipation of Mimi: Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year, R&B Voice Of The Year, and Best R&B Song for "We Belong Together."

    Three weeks later at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards, Mariah 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. Later in December, at the annual Radio Music Awards broadcast live on NBC from Las Vegas, 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.

    In its 43rd week on the Billboard 200 Albums chart, The Emancipation Of Mimi has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, bringing Mariah's career sales over 160 million units worldwide. ULTRA PLATINUM EDITION (which arrived in stores November 15th), the expanded new configuration of the album, recaps all 14 tracks on Mimi and adds four new tracks: "Don't Forget About Us," #1 most-added at Pop, Rhythm and Urban radio formats as it moves to the top of the charts; "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 "Makin' 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."

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Wednesday, February 8 , 2006

    Download: Mariah at the 2006 Grammy Awards // 10:38 PM EST Updated by Liron

    After a record-breaking year and a 15-year Grammy drought, Mariah took home the awards for Best Contemporay R&B Album ("The Emancipation of Mimi"), Best R&B Song ("We Belong Together") and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("We Belong Together") during last night's Pre-telecast for the 48th Grammy Awards in Los Angeles.

    Mariah was also nominated for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "It's Like That," but lost to Kelly Clarkson's "Since U Been Gone." Sadly, her bid for the other three major awards was unsuccessful. The Song of the Year award was handed to U2 ("Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own)," Record of the Year to Green Day ("Boulevard of Broken Dreams"), and Album of the Year, U2 ("How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb").

    However, Mariah, wearing a custom-made, snug white top and semi-sheer skirt by Azzedine Alaia, received a well-deserved standing ovation after her rousing medley of "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like A Bird." The latter was backed by Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir.

    Screen Captures and Video Download

    Mariah's performance and shots of her sitting in the audience
    [ Download: MPG | MP3 ]

    Prior to performing on stage, Mariah was shown in a video clip in which she reflects on the spirituality of her music.

    "One of my earliest memories is of the time when my parents were going through a divorce and there was kind of a lot of turmoil in my house and my Nana Reese who was an evangelist was there and I just remember her sitting and talking to me and laying her hands on me and saying, 'Everything is gonna be alright. You're gonna get through this. Your dreams are gonna come true' and it's like who even knew what my dreams were back then but one thing I do know is that music has always been very closely linked to spirituality for me and I know that without it, I never would have gotten through any situation in my life and I'm just grateful to God for giving me this gift."

    Bonus: Pre-Grammy Videos
  • CBS Report: "Resurrection of Mariah
  • Mariah Talks To MTV
  • Kelly Clarkson Looks Forward to Mariah's Performance
    Thanks to Danny & SkipperBarbie for the wmv files.

    HQ Photos
    Below are high-quality pictures of Mariah from the Grammy Awards. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.

    Onstage performing "We Belong Together/"Fly Like A Bird"

    Backstage posing with her three Grammy awards; and
    with Paul McCartney, Kanye West, Jay-Z & L.A. Reid

    Arriving to her & Jermaine's post Grammy Party
    at Ron Burkle's residence

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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Wins Three Grammy Awards at Pre-Telecast Show! // 8:39 PM EST Updated by Liron


    Mariah won three out of four of the awards she was up for that were presented in the Pre-Telecast ceremony!

    Mariah won in the following categories:

  • Best Contemporary R&B Album
    WINNER: Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi
  • Best R&B Song
    WINNER: Mariah Carey - "We Belong Together"
    J. Austin, M. Carey, J. Dupri & M. Seal
  • Best Female R&B Vocal Performance
    WINNER: Mariah Carey - "We Belong Together"

    Mariah's "Mine Again" lost the following award:
    Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance
    WINNER: Aretha Franklin - "A House Is Not a Home"
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    Source: MTV News

    Download: Mariah's "Intel" Commercial! // 7:00 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey's First TV Ad
    Mariah's Advertisement for Intel Centrino Duo is now available to be seen online or to be downloaded below:

    [ Download: Mariah's Intel Commercial ]

    This ad will air on CBS during the Grammy's Awards. Featuring Mariah, the ad (part of the "laps" campaign), focuses on how music-lovers can enjoy her music anywhere, without wires.


    Source: Intel | micoroan | DailyTech | Skipperbarbie

    Pre-Telecast to Include Four of Mariah's Categories // 5:32 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The official Grammy Awards Website revealed the categories which will be announced live on the Grammy Awards Telecast. Four of Mariah's categories will be announced during the main show, leaving the other four to be presented during the pre-telecast show. Stay tuned for more details!

    Categories on the Pre-Telecast
    Contemporary R&B Album - The Emancipation of Mimi
    R&B Vocal Performance - "We Belong Together"
    R&B Song - "We Belong Together"
    Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - "Mine Again"

    Categories on the Main Show
    Album of the Year - The Emancipation of Mimi
    Record of the Year - "We Belong together"
    Song of the Year - "We Belong Together"
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "It's Like That"

    In related news, Access Hollywood claims Mariah will not be walking the red-carpet prior to the show. We suggest you keep an eye out for Mariah in case she decides to come!

    Source: Official Grammy Awards Website | Marbelous

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 7:57 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #14 (Last Week #16, 43 Weeks)
    Sales this week: 53,166 (+37%)
    Total sales: 5,224,673

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #75 (Last Week #66)
    Sales this week: 10,320 (-14%)
    Total sales: 261,759
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    Source: bks

    Worldwide Grammy Awards Telecast Times // 7:19 AM EST Updated by Liron

    The 48th Grammy Awards will broadcast live from The Staples Center in Los Angeles tonight at 8:00pm ET on CBS. Fans outside the U.S. can catch Mariah's appearance on their local networks. Below is a list of airing times and networks for countries around the world. Be sure to watch!

    Some of Mariah's categories will be presented in the Pre-Telecast Awards ceremony. Tune in to XM Radio for Live coverage from the 48th Annual GRAMMY "Pre-Tel" Awards ceremony at the LA Convention Center on February 8 from 4:00 to 7:30pm ET.

    Grammy Awards Ceremony - LIVE
    Argentina - February 8, Sony Entertainment, 10:00pm
    Austria - February 9, ProSieben, 2:00am
    Belgium - February 9, JimTV, 2:00am
    Brazil - February 8, SBT/Sony, 11:00pm
    Brunei - February 9, Star World/Astro, 9:00am
    Canada - February 8, Global TV, 8:00pm ET
    Chile - February 8, Sony Entertainment, 10:00pm
    Colombia - February 8, Sony Entertainment, 8:00pm
    France - February 9, W9, 2:00am
    Germany - February 9, ProSieben, 2:00am
    India - February 9, Star World, 6:30am
    Israel - February 9, Channel 10/Star World, 3:00am
    Italy - February 9, Jimmy Sky, 2:00am
    Malaysia - February 9, Star World/Astro, 9:00am
    Peru - February 8, Sony Entertainment, 8:00pm
    Philippines - February 9, Star World/Studio 23, 8:00am
    South Africa - February 9, Channel O (86), 3:00am
    Sweden - February 9, STAR!, 2:00am
    Switzerland - February 9, ProSieben, 2:00am
    Turkey - February 9, NTV/Dream TV, 3:00am
    Venezuela - February 8, Sony Entertainment

    Primetime Airing (Not Live)
    Australia - February 10, Channel 10, 8:30pm
    Croatia - February 9, HRT2, 11:40pm
    New Zealand - February 10, TV2, 10:30pm
    Serbia & Montenegro - February 9, HRT2, 11:40pm
    UK - February 9, ITV2, 9:00pm

    Source: Mariah Daily | Natalia | KCS | LeeVogue | Adi | wolfman | Varun | Chris | Virginie | Allan | Matthew | Becky | Hal | Neo | Can | Leo | Shayne | Brenton | Sly | Karlos | Gisvaldo | Johan | Patrick

    Mariah At The Grammy Awards: Complete History // 5:52 AM EST Updated by Liron

    As we anticipate Mariah's appearance on the 2006 Grammy Awards, the first one in ten years, let's take a look back at Mariah's previous appearances on the show. Click on the highlighted links below to download the appearances.

    Mariah's Grammy Awards History In Numbers:

    Attended the show: 5 times (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996)
    Nominations: 23
    Wins: 2
    Performances: 3

    Please note that the Grammy Awards for a certain calendar year are awarded on February of the following year (for example, the Grammy Awards for 2005 are awarded on February 8, 2006.)

  • 1991 (Awarded February 20, 1991)
    5 Nominations, 2 Wins:
    Album of the Year - Mariah Carey
    Record of the Year - "Vision of Love"
    Song of the Year - "Vision of Love" (Mariah Carey, Ben Margulies)
    New Artist - WIN
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "Vision of Love" - WIN

    1991 Grammys - Mariah Performs "Vision of Love"
    [ Download: HQ SVCD | MPG ]

    Best New Artist - Speech
    I'd like to thank God for the blessings that have brought me here, thank Tommy Mottola for believing in me from the beginning and helping me so incredibly much, my mom for encouraging me always, my whole family and Don Ienner and everyone at Columbia Records. And I'm just really thankful. And... that's it.

    1991 Grammys - Mariah Wins "Best New Artist"
    [ Download here ]

    Best Pop Vocal Female Speech
    This is so great. Thank you so much to the whole industry for recognizing me this way. Once again, to God for carrying me here, to my songwriting partner, Ben Margulies who wrote "Vision of Love" with me, we've come a long way, thanks. To my singers, everyone in the band, everyone at Columbia Records - you're so incredible. Thank you so much. Champion Entertainment, Randy Hoffman, Myrna Suarez, everyone that I'm forgetting. Thank you so much.

    1991 Grammys - Mariah Wins "Best Pop Vocal Female"
    [ Download here ]

  • 1992 (Awarded February 25, 1992)
    2 Nominations:
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - Emotions
    Producer of the Year (shared with Walter Afanasieff)

    1992 Grammys - Mariah Performs "If It's Over"
    [ Download here ]

  • 1993 (Awarded February 24, 1993)
    2 Nominations:
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - MTV Unplugged EP
    R&B Vocal Performance - Duo or Group - "I'll Be There"
    (with Trey Lorenz)

  • 1994 (Awarded March 1, 1994)
    1 Nomination:
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "Dreamlover"

  • 1995 (Awarded March 1, 1995)
    2 Nominations:
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "Hero"
    Pop Collaboration with Vocals - "Endless Love"
    (with Luther Vandross)

  • 1996 (Awarded February 28, 1996)
    6 Nominations:
    Album of the Year - Daydream
    Record of the Year - "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men)
    Pop Album - Daydream
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "Fantasy"
    Pop Collaboration with Vocals - "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men)
    R&B Vocal Performance - Female - "Always Be My Baby"

    1996 Pre-Grammy Interview With MTV's Bill Bellamy
    [ Download here ]

    1996 Mariah & Boyz II Men Perform "One Sweet Day"
    [ Download: HQ SVCD | MPG ]

    1996 Grammys - Presentations of Mariah's Nominations
    [ Download here ]

  • 1998 (Awarded February 25, 1998)
    3 Nominations:
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "Butterfly"
    R&B Vocal Performance - Female - "Honey"
    R&B Song - "Honey"

  • 2000 (Awarded February 23, 2000)
    1 Nomination:
    Pop Collaboration with Vocals - "When You Believe"
    (with Whitney Houston)

  • 2001 (Awarded February 21, 2001)
    1 Nomination:
    Pop Collaboration with Vocals - "Thank God I Found You"
    (with 98 Degrees & Joe)

  • 2006 (Awarded February 8, 2006)
    8 Nominations:
    Album of the Year - The Emancipation of Mimi
    Record of the Year - "We Belong together"
    Song of the Year - "We Belong Together"
    Pop Vocal Performance - Female - "It's Like That"
    Contemporary R&B Album - The Emancipation of Mimi
    R&B Vocal Performance - "We Belong Together"
    R&B Song - "We Belong Together"
    Traditional R&B Vocal Performance - "Mine Again"

    Tune in tonight for the 48th Annual Grammy Awards to see Mariah vying for 8 awards (most nominated artist of the night) and performing "Fly Like a Bird" with Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir. GOOD LUCK MARIAH!

    The show will be aired live on CBS at 8:00 PM ET.

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

    Many thanks to SkipperBarbie for all her help with uploading the video files!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah's "Intel" Ad to Air During the Grammy Awards Telecast // 3:53 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • Centrino gets a boost from Mariah

    Intel has managed to keep Mariah Carey on message for 30 seconds in order to produce the singer's first television ad, a new spot for Intel's Centrino Duo technology.

    Carey, nominated for eight Grammy awards, will show off her vocal range in an ad that will appear first during Wednesday's showing of the Grammys. The ad will show Mariah sitting on the lap of a lucky library patron as part of Intel's new campaign showing off the entertainment possibilities of laptop computers with the Centrino Duo package of chips.

    Carey's career appeared as dead as Intel's ill-fated Whitefield server chip just a few years ago, after a bizarre appearance on MTV and the traditional celebrity hospitalization for reasons of "exhaustion." But her 2005 album "The Emancipation of Mimi" is up for Album of the Year during the award show, where she will also perform.

  • Mariah Carey sings for Intel
    Intel convinced Mariah Carey to pose and sing for its latest Centrino advertising campaign.

    The singer, who has been nominated for eight Grammy awards, appears in print ads and TV commercial that highlight the wireless entertainment capability of today's notebook computers.

    The first commercial is scheduled to air during the Grammy awards. Before Carey, Intel contracted John Cleese, Lucy Liu, Tony Leung, Seal, Tony Hawk and Michael Owen to promote its Centrino devices.

    Intel reportedly poured more than $300 million into the original Centrino marketing campaign. Apparently, Intel will allocate a significant portion of the $2.5 billion rebranding budget into Centrino once again.
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    Source: CNet | TG Daily | Jeremy | Ajay

    Download: Unedited "Early Show" Interview // 3:42 AM EST Updated by Liron

    CBS News Online features the unedited video of Mariah's interview with Hattie Kauffman on "The Early Show". Below you can download both the unedited interview as well as the version that aired on TV (previously posted on February 6.) Other than the noticeable editing changes, extra footage from the interview shows Mariah confirming she will perform "Fly Like a Bird" at this year's Grammy Awards.

    [ Mariah's "Early Show" Interview (Unedited) ]

    [ Download: Mariah's "Early Show" Interview (TV Version) ]

    Extra Downloads:
  • Benny Medina was on last night's Extra talking about Mariah & Jermaine's post-Grammy party. "This is not just a party. This is a spectacular," he says. The guest list is a doozy. Confirmed to attend are Jay-Z, Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore, Lindsay Lohan, Mary J. Blige, Michael Jordan.

    Mariah's special invitation, recorded on an LG "V" video phone says, "It's a big night for both of us so we really want to make sure that all our friends are with us."
    [ Download: Mariah & JD's Post-Grammys Party Invitation ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Aaron

    Vote For Mariah! // 3:21 AM EST Updated by Liron


    Source: Danny | Chris | Roland | Alex

    Mariah Carey's HS classmates rooting for her at Grammy's // 2:58 AM EST Updated by Liron

    It was spring 1987. Mariah Carey and her Harborfields High School classmates were gathered for a graduation party at a friend's house. A student band, Squid, was playing in the background. And between sets, Carey nervously asked if she could sing a song.

    Mark Brummer, one of the band members, recalled how he had written out the lyrics to the U2 song "With or Without You" and held them beside her for reference. "She was very eager and energetic to be given a chance like that," Brummer wrote in an e-mail interview. "We struggled through it a bit, but she did quite well considering that none of us rehearsed it."

    That performance marked the first time many of her classmates would become aware that Carey had her eyes set on the stars. Now those former classmates say they will be rooting tonight for the eight Grammy nominee -- even if they haven't kept in touch.

    "I want her to win every single Grammy," said Jeanmarie Sarro, a high school friend who lives in East Rockaway. "I listen to her music. My kids listen to her music. My 7-year-old thinks she's the diva to end all divas."

    Sarro described Carey as a popular, pretty student who never boasted about her talents. "Did she ever break out in song? Never," she said. "She would go to a party and did not dance. It was the '80s. There was no way she was going to funk out to Duran Duran."

    Raised by a single mother, Carey reportedly moved 14 times before finishing high school, and was one of the school's few minority students.

    "Now that I'm an adult looking back, I don't think that she had all the financial advantages that we all had," Sarro said. "I think she had a nice high school experience because she had friends and we all loved each other. I wish her nothing but the best."

    Former teacher .Edward Hartling recalled when some faculty members first heard Carey on the radio. "We were shocked," he said. "No one in the high school even knew she had that interest."

    Neither Sarro nor Brummer have kept in touch with Carey. "We've been trying to get in touch with her for some professional pointers and suggestions in the realm of the music world," Brummer wrote. "We've even tried sending her some of our band's CDs, but as one might imagine, it's .extremely difficult .contacting her.

    "I can but only hope that someday she returns the favor and allows my current band a chance to perform at one of her shows," he added. "Tongue in cheek but a man can dream can't he?"

    Source: Newsday

    Tuesday, February 7 , 2006

    Mariah Carries the Momentum Into Grammys // 5:17 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In less than a year's time, Mariah Carey managed to escape pop's most dreaded fate - faded superstar - to become its reigning queen, ruling the record charts with the year's most popular single and its best-selling album.

    Carey could also become queen of the Grammys if her momentum carries in to Wednesday night. The diva, who won her only two Grammys 16 years ago as a multiplatinum newcomer, has the opportunity to win a record-setting eight trophies, including in the coveted categories of record, song, and album of the year. No woman has won more than five Grammys in one evening.

    A big win would be especially sweet for Carey, one of the best-selling artists of all time, who fell into a slump a few years ago after dealing with an emotional breakdown, a flop movie with "Glitter" and its poorly received soundtrack. In 2005, she was redeemed - "The Emancipation of Mimi" sold more than 5 million copies and her torch ballad "We Belong Together" was the year's most popular song.

    "I think Mariah is going to have a great night," said Carey fan Alicia Keys, who shares the most-Grammys-in-one-haul record with Beyonce and Lauryn Hill. "It's very nice to see people not give up."

    "I'm just so happy for her," said Mary J. Blige. "I watched them count her out; I watched them not believe her; I watched them say she was done. And she's back! So I'm going there just to see that, clap for her, and just be happy for her, and yes - I want her to get all of them. I want her to clean up."

    Ten years ago, Carey was also in a position to sweep the Grammy awards, up for six of them, including record of the year for the tear-jerker ballad "One Sweet Day" with Boyz II Men. But she went home empty-handed as edgy newcomer Alanis Morissette became the belle of the ball, winning four for "Jagged Little Pill."

    This time, Carey again has tough competition in many of the categories in which she's nominated. With a diverse field of nominees that includes U2, Paul McCartney, Green Day and Gwen Stefani, he said, it's possible no artist - even Carey - will dominate the Grammys this year.

    Source: Associated Press

    Mariah Nabs 2 Nods For 2006 Kids' Choice Awards // 3:59 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey picked up a pair of nominations for Favorite Female Singer and Favorite Song ("We Belong Together") in this year's Kids' Choice Awards!

    Jack Black of 'School of Rock' fame will host Nickelodeon's 19th Annual Kids' Choice Awards, Saturday, April 1 (8pm ET/PT), when kids honor their favorites from the worlds of film, music, sports and television in a star-studded live telecast from UCLA's Pauley Pavilion.

    Source: Fox 23

    'Belong Together' drives Mariah, Madge apart // 9:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    There better be plenty of distance between the dressing rooms of Madonna and Mariah Carey at tomorrow's Grammys.

    We told you three weeks ago that Madonna would perform at the awards. We didn't know then how much she'd rankle Miss Carey.

    Mariah, who is nominated for eight Grammys, "really wanted to open the show with her choir-backed rendition of 'We Belong Together,'" an insider tells us. Unfortunately, Madonna also wanted to kick off the broadcast — or else she wasn't coming, she's said to have told Grammy producers.

    Even though Madonna's smash "Confessions on a Dancefloor" wasn't nominated for any Grammys, the producers gave in. They're said to be betting that her dance extravaganza, featuring the British group Gorillaz, will hook viewers early and hard.

    "The producers noted that Madge is a five-time winner," reported a source. But Carey, the comeback queen who has picked up only two Grammys to date, is reportedly vexed.

    "The war between Madonna and Mariah has been going on for years," says a source. "Mariah was also steaming last summer when Madonna stole the show at Live 8."

    Source: New York Daily News

    Monday, February 6 , 2006

    New Voice Message From Mariah // 6:47 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Head on to MariahCarey.com to hear a brand new voice message from Mariah!

    Darlings! Yeah, I'm just sitting back here, and I was looking through my pager, because honestly, I haven't even looked at it in a couple of days 'cause I've been resting and getting ready for the big night. But, as I was looking through, I was getting like a bunch of congratulations messages about the number one on TRL and stuff, and for any of you guys out there, and I know it's most of you who, you know, really really really, try to make things wonderful for me in that regard, I wanted to say thank you! And thank you everybody really, just for everything.

    This year's been amazing and you know that it's really like, my kind of moment with you. "Our moment", I should say, I keep saying it, I'm trying to think of a new way to say it, but the truth is it is our moment and it's a blessing, and it's incredible. I don't wanna be boring, I don't wanna be bleak, I don't have the cheerleading squad here... which makes it a real less festive, but it's coming from my heart.

    And I just want you to know how much I appreciate you guys and you know, there's really nothing else I can say except that there's no words to express my gratitude and I thank you so much, and I love you and appreciate you and enjoy you and I will be leaving more messages soon. Hopefully with a festive crowd behind me, because these messages by myself are a little bit "bleakocity" (laughs) Alright, anyway, you're very flantastic, and I love you. Bye bye!

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Transcript: Mariah Daily

    "Don't Forget About Us" Retires From TRL! // 6:47 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Congratulations Mariah!

    "Don't Forget About Us" becomes the third consecutive Mariah video to retire on TRL!

    The video first premiered on MTV's TRL on November 1st, 2005. The next day, it debuted at #4 on the countdown. By its second day on TRL, it was already voted as the #1 video!

    In its final (50th) day on the countdown, "Don't Forget About Us" came in at #2 (dropping one spot from Thursday's #1 position.) The video spent a total of six days at the #1 position on TRL.

    Mariah was crowned as the #1 TRL artist for 2005 after having spent 152 days on the countdown.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Carey has visions of love from the Grammys // 6:23 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The last time Mariah Carey received a batch of Grammy nominations, she endured one of the most humiliating experiences of her career as she was shut out all six times while a worldwide television audience watched her mood darken throughout the ceremony.

    Ten years on, and with eight Grammy nominations this year, the comeback queen of 2005 should have a more enjoyable time at the music industry's biggest night of the year on Wednesday, music industry experts say. She has collected only two Grammys to date, winning in 1991 for best new artist and her breakthrough single "Vision of Love."

    Carey, 35, shares the lead with rapper Kanye West and soul singer John Legend, and is the only person nominated in all three key categories of record, album and song of the year.

    Just Due For Mariah
    Carey fits many of the bills for Grammy success. Four years ago, the New Yorker was music industry poison. She suffered a breakdown, released a flop album and was dumped by her label with a $28 million payoff. It was a disastrous turn of events for a singer with more No. 1 hits than anyone but Elvis Presley and the Beatles.

    Fast-forward to 2005: Carey's eighth studio album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," was the biggest release of the year, with U.S. sales to date of 5.2 million copies. Grammy voters will be hard-pressed to ignore the resurgence.

    "In an age of music where there are just so few real singers, people who not only sing well but have this amazing passion and range and raw emotion, I feel they're going to give her her just due," said Mimi Valdes, editor in chief at hip-hop magazine Vibe.

    West's "Gold Digger" will offer stiff competition for record of the year -- which goes to the artist and producers -- but Carey should have the edge with "We Belong Together," which topped the U.S. singles chart for 14 weeks.

    "The production is very contemporary and feels right at home for a lot of people in the R&B world now," said Dave Tozer, a producer and songwriter who worked on both West's and Legend's albums. "And then you bring Mariah in. She really nailed that one." Valdes said pop star Gwen Stefani could be a dark-horse contender with "Hollaback Girl," which she termed "a nice beautiful blend of rock and hip-hop and it didn't sound like anything else on the radio."

    Album of the Year Up For Grabs
    Carey would appear to be the front-runner for album of the year, but Paul McCartney could score the biggest upset in this category since Steely Dan beat Eminem in 2001. Also nominated are Stefani, U2 and West.

    Carey's "We Belong Together" should win song of the year, a songwriter's award, unless best-new-artist favorite Legend sneaks up from behind with "Ordinary People," experts say.

    Where does that leave West, the outspoken rapper who won three Grammys last year but was very annoyed to lose best new artist? The experts say he will sweep the rap categories, to the detriment of 50 Cent.

    But Valdes said West's new album, "Late Registration" was not as good as his previous effort, "The College Dropout," while Levy said West had a "remarkable ability ... to turn people off with his attitude every bit as much as his music turns them on."

    Source: Reuters

    Karen Clark-Sheard Talks About Meeting Mariah // 4:58 PM EST Updated by Liron

    GOSPELflava.com: In two very recent interviews, both Beyoncé and Mariah Carey listed you as major vocal influences, and sang your praises. How important is it that Gospel artists be visible and recognizable forces in the secular music industry.

    Karen Clark-Sheard: Wow, you know, it is so encouraging and exciting to know that information. Especially from Beyoncé and Mariah, because those two ladies are some REAL singers. These are just reminders that my light is shining. About a month ago, I was asked to be a part of a tribute to Mariah Carey, and not just to sing but to have a one-on-one session with her. As we were backstage talking she just began to cry and she said to me, "Sis Karen, you changed my life". While we were talking I could literally feel the yearning inside of her to know Christ and we talked for a while. Yes they are mega-stars, but we have no clue what they have to go through on a personal level sometimes. I know I am often criticized for it, but God can trust me not to compromise, and he has really been using me to bring them in, so let the criticism keep coming. Leave my Judas alone, ok? Y'all ain't doin nothing but taking me to another level.

    Pictured: Mariah and Karen Clark-Sheard during the ceremony in which The Recording Academy honored Mariah (December 7, 2005). Karen performed "Fly Like A Bird" at the tribute for Mariah.

    Source: Gospel Flava | Vinny

    LG Presents the Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri Post Grammy Celebration // 4:43 PM EST Updated by Liron

    On Wednesday, February 8th, LG Mobile Phones Presents the Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri Post Grammy Celebration, hosted by two of the favorites to win multiple awards at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards. All of Hollywood's finest including Jessica Simpson, Alicia Keys, Kelly Clarkson, Ashton Kutcher, Hugh Hefner, Usher, Snoop Dogg, Paris Hilton, Queen Latifah, Pharell and many more will be on hand for a night of celebration and glamour with a star-studded guest list at a luxurious and exclusive location in Beverly Hills.

    "I'm very excited to be able to celebrate the things I hold dear -- life, art, music -- on the most important night in music," said Jermaine Dupri, "I'd like to thank LG Mobile Phones for the opportunity to show all my friends what's sure to be a great time!"

    Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri plan to share with their guests a celebration of life with an old-Hollywood setting reminiscent of the days of the Rat Pack. The fun begins with the totally unique invitation: a video message from the two hosts, displayed on the ultra-cool, incredibly functional 'V' by LG. This exclusive event will have the myriad of luxuries that have come to be associated will LG Mobile Phones events, everything from an incredibly unique setting to ultra swanky celebrity goodie bags. This chic gift bag will include a personal massage chair, stylish co-branded Red Engine
    Jeans and a scratch-to-win gift card with high end prizes not limited to 60" plasma screen televisions and portable DVD players!

    Pictures of the phone-invitation were posted yesterday in the news item titled "And The Grammy Goes To... "

    Source: PR Newswire | Casey

    Download: Mariah's Road To The Grammys On "The Early Show" // 3:43 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey has enjoyed an amazing comeback year with her album, The Emancipation of Mimi, nominated for eight Grammys. She sits down with "The Early Show" National Correspondent Hattie Kauffman to talk about her comeback and to preview this year's Grammys.

    [ Download: Mariah On "The Early Show" ]


    With eight Grammy nods, Mariah Carey's career comeback is undeniable. She's up for three of the most prestigious awards: best album, song and record of the year. Early Show National Correspondent Hattie Kauffman met up with Mariah yesterday at her Grammy rehearsal.

    Hattie Kauffman: [Shake It Off Clip. Talk about a shake up. Mariah Carey's album "The Emancipation of Mimi" was the biggest seller of 2005.]
    Mariah Carey: Naming it "The Emancipation of Mimi" had a lot to do with just me saying like, 'Okay, this is me the person as well as the artist "formerly known as Mariah Carey"' (laughs). No, I'll always be, you know, Mariah Carey - recording artist, whatever you wanna label me as. But the thing is this is very special to me 'cause it is like, a labor of love.

    HK: [It seems hard to believe that not so long ago, her career was in a nose dive. She was released from her record company. Now, with eight million copies sold, her new album marks an unprecedented revival.]
    MC: All I can really do is just thank God and thank my fans and really just, you know, try to enjoy this moment for them too, 'cause this is, you know, this is their moment too.

    HK: So many music writers are saying "This is the biggest comeback in pop music." Do you get irritated when you hear that?
    MC: You know what? There are so many things I can get irritated about (laughs), it's so not even worth it. It's like, I've never lost faith in myself, I've never, you know, not believed in who I am and my real fans never have either.

    HK: People have come up, young girls, and said "this changed me." Is that right?
    MC: Yeah, I always think, 'Oh this is so personal, nobody's gonna relate to this but me. This is like, so specific to my life.' And then those are the songs that mainly like a lot of young girls or whatever will say "This got me through the worst time of my life. Thank you so much for writing it." So, that's the reward. That's the truest reward.

    HK: [It's been sixteen years since Carey's debut on the music scene and in that time, she's sold an incredible 150 million albums.] People get to see the glamorous side of Mariah. The sexy videos, the red carpets, are you having the time of your life?
    MC: (laughs) The glamorous life, as you say, is fun sometimes. Sometimes it looks glamorous but it's not glamorous, like, our feet hurt and we get to take off our shoes when we're, you know, behind the scenes.
    HK: Those are great heels!
    MC: Thank you darling!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Author Joan Collins Mentions Mariah in New Book // 2:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Author Jackie Collins briefly mentions Mariah in her new book, "Love & Players" that is about power, money and sex in New York City and how the lives of the rich intertwine in the city that never sleeps. Below is the Mariah mention.

    "Once Mariah Carey had come into the coffee shop with full entourage in attendance and two massive black bodyguards who’d never left her side. People had freaked. Paparazzi had gathered outside, and within ten minutes a huge crowd had formed - almost breaking the plate-glass windows.

    The owner of the shop, Manny Goldberg, had begun to panic, until his wife, Golda, decided it would be prudent to escort Miss Carey and her group into the kitchen, where the star graciously sipped a cup of green tea, signed autographs, and chatted amicably with the two Hispanic chefs."


    Source: MSNBC

    News Tidbits // 1:24 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Reminder to vote! Today's the last day we get to vote for "Don't Forget About Us." Let's all vote like crazy and retire the video at #1 on TRL! Call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) or vote online!

    --Access Hollywood weekend edition featured Mariah in a special segment called "Excess Hollywood Rocks Out." Correspondent Tim Vincent reported on Mariah's wild ride to the top of the charts showing video footage from the past year. Download and watch the video by clicking here.

    --Mariah said she will upstage Madonna at the Grammys in an Entertainment Tonight preview for tonight. This was also reported on Los Angeles' 102.7 KIIS this morning. Be sure to watch!

    --From Reuters: How do you determine who is the best new artist? Is it the act that has put out the best release that year among the contenders or the one that shows the most promise for a long-term career? All we know for sure is that one only has to look at this year's top overall nominee, Mariah Carey, to know the voters certainly got it right in 1990, when she was named best new artist.

    --To the right is a lovely portrait of Mariah painted by Arthur which will be featured in an art show in Nashville, TN on February 9th.

    --News from Turkey. "Get Your Number" hits a new peak position of #5 on Capital Radio's weekly countdown and #6 on Dream TV's top ten videos. "Shake It Off" enters at #5 on RadioBilkent's Top 10. The Grammy Awards will broadcast live on both NTV and Dream TV on February 9th at 3am.

    --Tribute to Mariah Carey. Listen to Mariah's hit songs played on sax and piano. Check out "Smooth Sax Tribute to Mariah Carey's Greatest Hits" and "Butterfly Melodies: The Piano Tribute to Mariah Carey," both available at Target.com for $12.98 and $13.98, respectively.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Brian | Can | Floris | thatlikeboi

    Sunday, February 5 , 2006

    Mariah News From Spain // 9:16 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --The Ultra Platinum edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" containing the DVD will be available for the first time in Spanish stores on Monday, February 6th. The CD can be purchased online at FNAC for 16,95 € (US$20.39).

    --The "Get Your Number" video was released yesterday on channel Cuatro show, Pop 40. Each week two videos compete against each other and the public decides which video is better. Vote for Mariah by sending a text to 7244 with the message, "Vota Carey."

    --Below are scans from the February 2006 issues of the Spanish magazines, "Gala" and "Revista 40."


    Source: Carolina | Mariah Hispano Hablantes | Jeremy

    And The Grammy Goes To... // 2:49 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey: The Comeback

    Comeback Kid. "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," Carey, 35, has said of her 10th studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi.

    Second Chance. It's been a hard four years: Carey's debut film, 2001's Glitter, tanked, sending her into a public downard spiral. After a reported breakdown, she was hospitalized for exhaustion and dropped from her label. Her next CD, 2003's Charmbracelet, faltered. Now, with the best-selling CD of 2005 (4.97 million) and the year's No. 1 single, "Don't Forget About Us," her comeback is official. As L.A. Reid, the chairman of her label, Island Def Jam Music Group, tells Us, "Mariah's success is a real testament to her amazing talent. She never lost faith in herself, and her fans were with here every step of the way."

    Grammy Odds. Up for eight awards, she'll win Album of the Year, Song of the Year and Record of the Year, says Kyle Fratini of Pinnaclesports.com.

    Read more Grammy news and predictions.
  • Tuned To Carey (The Star-Ledger): "The year was 1996. Virtually all of us felt that Carey would be the big winner at that year's Grammy Awards show, and we said so in our preview articles. She had had a big hit with the kind of sentimental ballad that usually appeals to Grammy voters ("One Sweet Day"), and seemed overdue for a big Grammy night. She had been one of the music industry's leading commercial forces for years, after all, but had won only twice before (best new artist and female pop vocal, both in 1991). Then, disaster struck. She lost every award she was up for. She sat in her chair, looking shell-shocked, as other artists gave their speeches. We watched, feeling like idiots... But, having been burned once before, we're being cautious, and saying that while she'll be a winner, she won't dominate." The Star-Ledger has Mariah winning Record of the Year ("We Belong Together"), Female Pop Vocal ("It's Like That"), and Female R&B Vocal ("We Belong Together") this time around.

  • Carey Tale (Edmonton Sun): "Album of the Year: Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi adds practically nothing to the canon of R&B. It's a perfectly acceptable, perfectly generic record that offers only one thing that may give it the edge - that ridiculously amazing voice that's shaped the sound of America, or at least American Idol. In a dead heat between Kanye and Mariah, I'm hoping for Mariah only because it'll be fun to see what kind of a sore loser Kanye can be this time."

  • Grammy Night Predictions (IndyStar): "Will win Album of the Year: Quintuple-platinum "The Emancipation of Mimi" is a safe bet, and it's not an embarrassing choice. Heavyweight producers Jermaine Dupri, the Neptunes and West himself brought out the best in Carey. She delivers her multi-octave voice, she sounds like she's having a blast during "Get Your Number," and she holds her own against Snoop Dogg's charismatic flow on "Say Somethin'." Indystar also thinks Mariah's "We Belong Together" is the song to beat in the category Song of the Year.

  • Carey, on! (Boston Globe): "When Mariah Carey performs at the Grammy Awards on Wednesday, she'll be accompanied by Brooklyn's Love Fellowship Tabernacle Choir. Yes indeed, Carey will be singing praise to the Lord: for her eight nominations, for the 5 million albums she sold last year, for the stream of singles that made her the top-selling artist of 2005. The folks at Island Def Jam Records are giving thanks, too. In a year that Island president Steve Bartels described in Rolling Stone magazine as ''arguably the worst in the music business's history," Carey's ''The Emancipation of Mimi" gave the industry one of its few reasons to smile..."

  • Time For Grammy Guessing Games (Financial Express): "Mariah Carey is thinking long and hard about the dress she'll wear when it's time to pick up this Grammy (Record of the Year)." Mariah is also predicted to win Song of the Year.

  • Sing & Win (New York Post): "So who'll win big this year? It's a little harder to tell, since the Academy is attempting to cure it's play-'n'-win ills by booking as many of the top nominees as possible. But scratching the surface reveals that Mariah Carey - nominated in eight major categories, tied with West and R&B singer John Legend - has already been crowned the night's queen."

  • Predictions and Picks (Detroit Free Press): "Deserves to win Album of the Year: Mariah Carey's soulful and seductive "The Emancipation of Mimi" will snag the trophy in the Grammys' most vaunted category. She made an urban-pop masterpiece and - at least among this batch of records - merits the win." Detroit Free Press also predicts Mariah to win Record of the Year and Song of the Year.

  • Grammy Drama: Mariah vs. Kanye (Detroit Free Press): "She's the former girl-next-door who dominated sales tallies in the '90s - enough to threaten ancient chart records held by the Beatles - then smacked into a personal and professional wall that abruptly squashed her successful run. But that was before last year's "The Emancipation of Mimi," a critically acclaimed, best-selling album that launched one of popular music's most impressive career rallies."

    Photos: Mariah & JD's Grammy Party Invitations
    A sneak peek at the invitation to Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri's Grammy party on February 8th at the house of California billionaire Ron Burkle. It is a black pouch with a metal box with Mariah and Jermaine's name. In the box is a phone. You push a button and a message from Mariah and Jermaine appears. You text back a message if you are going to attend.

    Grammy Polls Vote, vote, VOTE!
  • MSN: "Who gets your vote for Album of the Year?"
  • Yahoo! Music: "Who should win the Record of the Year?"
  • KDAY93.5: "Who will take home the MOST Grammys?"
  • ET Online: "Who are you excited to see at the Grammys this Wednesday?"
  • Rhapsody: "Who do you think most deserves a Grammy win this year?"
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Us Weekly | Rex Features | Thomas | Casey | SRFRGUY101

    Honoring the Reinvention of Mariah // 2:48 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    If you'd told any pop-music maven three years ago that Mariah Carey, Gwen Stefani and Kelly Clarkson would be three of the biggest contenders at this year's Grammys, they would have laughed.

    Carey had all but been written off. But Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi," which sold nearly 5 million copies, edged out 50 Cent to became the 2005's top-selling album. She scored eight Grammy nominations, including Record of the Year, Album of the Year and Song of the Year (a writer's award, but Carey co-wrote every one of her songs). Only John Legend and Kanye West matched the diva's eight nods.

    Carey, 35, had the songs in abundance. Her latest single, "Don't Forget About Us," recently hit the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, tying her 17 hits with Elvis Presley for second place among artists with the most No. 1 singles. (Only The Beatles have more, with 20.)

    "Emancipation's" first single, "We Belong Together" spent 14 weeks on the top of Billboard's Hot 100 chart, longer than any other song last year.

    And Carey's comeback tale was simply irresistible. "God bless Mariah. She's been through some sh- -, " says Conniff. That's putting it mildly.

    In 2001, Carey recorded bizarre notes to fans on her Web site, which Howard Stern gleefully aired. Soon after, she fell to pieces emotionally and was hospitalized. She recovered enough to see "Glitter," the film and the soundtrack (released on 9/11/2001), tank.

    Carey's year hit rock bottom when EMI's Virgin Records fired her (and paid her a reported $28 million to break her contract).

    After signing with Island Records, she worked with label head L.A. Reid and a team that abetted her break from being strictly a multi-octave warbler. "She made a better, more confident record than she had in her career," says Rolling Stone deputy managing editor Joe Levy. "It's a commercial record but it doesn't beat you over the head."

    Her success surprised the industry and her fans, who were ready to embrace her. "I didn't know she could do it because she'd been on a cold streak," says Paul "Cubby" Bryant, Z100 DJ and music director. "It goes to show you it doesn't matter who you are if you have the right song."

    Source: New York Post

    Target Stores' Exclusive "Mimi" Contains "Sprung" // 2:46 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Offered exclusively at Target stores is a new edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" entitled, "Emancipation of Mimi Target Exclusive." Priced at $10, this new edition (Catalogue #B0006214-72) contains a bonus CD single of a previously unreleased song, "Sprung." Below are scans of "The Emancipation of Mimi" CD front and of the "Sprung" CD single.


    Source: Mariah Hispano Hablantes

    Lambs Radio Grammy Weekend Giveaway // 2:30 PM EST Updated by Liron

    To jump start Mariah's 8 Grammy Nominations and hopefully Big Wins on this Wednesday's Grammy Telecast -- Lambs Radio is giving away loads of Mariah promo stuff on today's show (Sunday, February 5).

    Would you like to be one of the 2 lucky winners of a signed Don't Forget About Us Vinyl plus 'Mimi button/shirt pins and 'Emancipation of Mimi' Postcards? Join our exclusive Lambs Radio Contest -- "Pick Your Number Contest!" It' so easy to pre-qualify.

    Also, during the Live Broadcast of the Lambs Radio show this Sunday -- there will be another lucky lamb who can get the chance to win 2 promo CD singles: the rare 'Fly Like A Bird' single and 'Shake It Off' single, that is if you can guess the Mariah Ringtone correctly on our 'Guess the Mariah Ringtone' contest!

    So head on to Lambs Radio for full contest details and how you can join!

    Source: Lambs Radio

    Mariah Nabs 2 MTV Australia Video Music Awards Nominations // 3:52 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The nominations for the 2nd Annual MTV Australia Video Music Awards were just announced and Mariah scored two nods in the following categories:

  • Best Female Artist
  • Best RnB Video for "Shake It Off"

    The 2006 MTV AVMAs will be staged at the Sydney SuperDome on April 12, 2006 and will be seen exclusively live on the FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS platforms. The live broadcast will be complimented by programming on MTV and sister channel VH1, including artists profiles, behind-the-scenes specials and red carpet highlights.

    Note: The voting polls are currently unavailable. Mariah Daily will let you know as soon as they are up.
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    Source: Official AVMA Site | Ed

    Saturday, February 4 , 2006

    Scans: Lyrics Booklet of "The Emancipation of Mimi" Platinum Edition, Japanese Release // 8:33 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the thumbnails below to find the lyrics to:

    1. Sprung, Secret Love, Don't Forget About Us; and
    2. Makin' It Last All Night (What It Do), and So Lonely (One & Only Part II).

    Sprung, Secret Love and Don't Forget About Us Lyrics Makin' It Last All Night, So Lonely Lyrics

    Source: Mariah Daily

    2006 Brit Awards Magazine: "Carey On Singing" // 7:18 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Nomination, 2006 Brit Awards:
    International Female Solo Artist

    2005 saw a return to form for one of the all-time great female performers, putting Mariah Carey right back where she belongs - at the top.

    Mariah has been thrilling audiences with her acrobatic, five-octave voice for more than 15 years. The Long Island native broke free of a troubled family life to burst onto the world music stage for the first time back in 1990. Her self-titled debut LP sold more than nine million copies and delivered a string of timeless pop hits - including the trademark Carey ballad, Vision of Love.

    A decade and a half later, 2005 saw the release of Mariah's tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi. Critically acclaimed - and another multi-million seller - the Def Jam release began yet another new chapter in Mariah's amazing career.

    The album's title is a play on the star's childhood nickname, the tracks inside designed, says Mariah, to give fans a candid look into, "the free side of who I am."

    In between those two releases, a succession of big ballads brought worldwide fame and fortune before circumstances threatened to derail Mariah's hitherto unstoppable rise. Perhaps her world record $80 million move from Sony to Virgin put too much pressure on the singer, perhaps the many years of global success had simply taken its toll. But a period of exhaustion, coupled with a lukewarm reception for the star's film debut Glitter and album Charmbracelet meant Mariah's future, for the first time, looked less than certain.

    Mimi, however, has changed all that, and the singer has bloomed once more. Already one of the biggest selling female artists of all time, Mariah's new, self-penned album's urban feel has won her a whole new generation of fans and produced four UK hit singles for the 35 year old star, It's Like That, We Belong Together, Get Your Number/Shake It Off and Don't Forget About Us.

    Mariah has - surprisingly - never won a BRIT award, but with a nomination in the International Female category, she's hoping to end that record this year. And there's another record she's got her eye on, too. Right now Mariah Carey is the runner-up for the most weeks spent at US number one.

    Elvis currently holds the record, but for how long? Mariah Carey is still going strong...

    Note: The Brit Awards ceremony will be held in Earls Court Arena on Wednesday, February 15, 2006 and will be aired in the UK the following night, February 16 at 8:00pm on ITV1.

    Source: Brit Awards | Scans: Cengiz | Text: Mariah Daily

    Does Grammy love Mariah? // 1:35 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey stands in the middle of Manhattan's Gotham Hall practically motionless.

    A whirlwind of makeup artists, stylists, publicists and assistants orbit her, touching up her eye shadow, hydrating her throat with a spray bottle and prepping her for her next interview.

    A horde of reporters, photographers and cameramen orbits her entourage, looking to get a piece of her, a sliver of reaction to her eight Grammy nominations.

    "When they told me it was eight, I was like, 'Are you serious?'" Carey said in December with a smile and a slight flip of her perfectly feathered hair.

    Of course they were serious. Grammy voters are very serious about comebacks -- from Tina Turner and Bonnie Raitt to Ray Charles and Tony Bennett. And few comebacks in pop-music history have been as spectacular as Carey's rise-fall-and-return in the past five years.

    There was no way the Grammys wouldn't want a piece of that story, especially when it is a true one built on extraordinary sales and fan support. Given the Huntington native's incredible 2005, it's no surprise that Carey, along with rapper Kanye West and his neo-soul protege John Legend, comes into Wednesday night's Grammy ceremonies in Los Angeles with a leading eight nominations, including all three major categories.

    Her long-running No. 1 hit "We Belong Together" is up for record of the year, song of the year, best female R&B vocal performance and best R&B song. Her album "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island) is nominated for album of the year and best R&B album. Her single "It's Like That" is nominated for best female pop vocal performance. And the album track "Mine Again" is up for best traditional R&B vocal performance.

    "I'm a big believer in sort of the perfect storm where you have to have everything aligned," says Rick Krim, VH1's executive vice president of music and talent relations. "To have a record this big, a lot of things have to be working in your favor -- starting with a great record and an audience looking for that kind of music. You can't make people buy a record. You can't manufacture a comeback."

    Breakdown before success
    Carey knows that firsthand. Island Records worked her previous album, "Charmbracelet," just as hard in 2002. It featured appearances from Jay-Z and Cam'ron and songs co-written and produced by Jermaine Dupri, who had a hand in all four of Carey's singles from "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    But "Charmbracelet" had disappointing sales and failed to yield any major hits. It began to appear that EMI -- which wanted her to leave the label so badly after the disastrous "Glitter" soundtrack in 2001 and her erratic behavior during the album's promotion that it paid her a reported $28 million to go away -- may have been right.

    It looked like Carey's support was wide, but not deep, something that her Grammy track record reflected. Her decisions to limit touring and interviews -- the way most musicians keep in touch with their fan base -- had hurt her, especially as her music moved more toward hip-hop and away from her pop audience.

    She became the punch line to any number of jokes, both on late-night talk shows and in the industry. But Carey wasn't ready to give up.

    When she began work on "Mimi," which is her family and friends' nickname for her, Carey hired Benny Medina, best known for guiding Jennifer Lopez to superstardom, as her manager and took a hands-on approach for completing the album.

    Fat Man Scoop, the Hot 97 DJ up for two Grammys himself for his work on Missy Elliott's "Lose Control," says Carey called to ask him to be on her album. But he didn't believe it was her.

    "I was doing overnights at the time and I get this call, 'Hi, it's Mariah and I want to talk to Scoop,'" says Scoop, who ended up on the first single, "It's Like That."

    "It's 2:30 in the morning so that's like saying, 'Hi, this is George Bush and I want to talk to Osama bin Laden.' I hung up on her. So she calls back and I say I don't have time to play ---- games over here and I hung up on her again. So then DJ Clue calls and says Mariah's been trying to call you for the last 15 minutes. Then, Jermaine Dupri calls and says, 'Will you accept this call from Mariah? Because she's thinking you're dissing her.'"

    Scoop says Carey was open to collaborating with him, letting him take the lead on his part of the song and following his rhymes with her vocals. "She did it her way," he says. "She went and did what she wanted to do."

    Returning to her roots
    Kid Kelly, senior director of pop programming for Sirius Satellite Radio, says the first time he heard "Mimi," he could tell something major had changed.

    "She had the right people around her this time," says Kelly, who calls Carey's comeback "the resurgence of the century." "She went back to her roots to that rhythmic ballad-y thing that she started. It's like she said, 'Here's what I can do really well' and went back to that. Before, she was exploring the fringes. She's not a rap artist. There's no credibility there. She is a mainstream mass-appeal artist. A lot of people wanted to get behind her if she went back to that."

    Kelly says Carey has now found some collaborators that she listens to. "She knows her limitations and she's getting good advice from people who are part of the effort," he says. "She was probably not getting that before."

    What surprised most people about the overwhelming success of "The Emancipation of Mimi" is how it brought Carey a new generation of fans, as well as energizing her older fans who have dropped off over the years.

    "If you're a teenager today, you haven't been around for a big Mariah Carey hit before," says VH1's Krim. "It's been awhile. For us; it's fantastic. She's a superstar and there aren't many of those around that we can show our audience. The label did a great job, they set it up great, marketed it great and ultimately people responded. But a label can only do so much. She had great songs that connected with the audience."

    Awards not always forthcoming
    It remains to be seen how much goodwill Carey has cultivated with Grammy voters. To win in the top categories Wednesday, she will have to surpass Grammy favorites such as U2 in the album and song of the year categories and Kanye West, who is seen as music's strongest artistic force.

    Even though the Recording Academy's love of comebacks is strong, it has not always embraced Carey in the past. Despite having more No. 1 hits than any artist except The Beatles and Elvis Presley and selling more than 150 million albums worldwide, Carey has only managed to convert two of her previous 38 nominations into Grammys -- both in 1991, one for best new artist and one for best female pop vocal performance for "Vision of Love."

    For Carey's part, the nominations and the recognition of her work are enough. "I'm really blessed to be making the music I love," she says. "My year has already been validated, but all these nominations really are incredible."

    Fat Man Scoop says that all those people who had slammed Carey over the past five years need to see her resurgence as a lesson.

    "Never count out somebody who has that much talent," Scoop says. "It's over when she says it is."

    Source: AM New York

    Mariah & Jermaine's Grammy Party Invitation // 1:12 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    A sneak peek at the invitation to Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri's Grammy party on February 8th at the house of California billionaire Ron Burkle. It is a black pouch with a metal box with Mariah and Jermaine's name. In the box is a phone. You push a button and a message from Mariah and Jermaine appears. You text back a message if you are going to attend.


    Source: Rex Features

    Friday, February 3 , 2006

    Randy Jackson Elated Over Mariah's Comeback // 8:20 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, record producer and Idol judge Randy Jackson, was asked his thoughts on the incredible comeback success of his close friend, Mariah Carey:

    "I'm so happy for her. I was fortunate enough to work on the Emancipation of Mimi record with her. I'm performing on the Grammys with her on Wednesday. She's still one of my best friends in the world - and one of the greatest talents the world has ever seen. As a writer, she's unbelievable - seventeen Number One hits that she's co-written - and as a singer, probably one of the five best singers in the known world. After selling 160 million albums, she's the bomb. I love her. She deserves all of it."


    Source: Rolling Stone | Casey

    Mariah Guests On Monday's "The Early Show" // 6:08 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Early Show - Monday, February 6th, 7am-9am EST on CBS.

    Mariah Carey has enjoyed an amazing comeback year with her album, The Emancipation of Mimi, nominated for eight Grammys. She sits down with "The Early Show" National Correspondent Hattie Kauffman to talk about her comeback and to preview this year's Grammys.

    Be sure to tune in!

    Source: CBS | Kristen

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: February 11, 2006) // 4:56 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date February 11, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲5
    Billboard 200: #16 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #8 (Last Week #8)
    Sales this week: 38,814 (-3%)
    Total Sales: 5,171,507

    Don't Forget About Us
    Billboard Hot 100: #17 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #7 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Pop 100: #21 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #9 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #9 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #9 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Adult R&B: #12 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard Mainstream Top 40: #8 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #9 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #7 (Last Week #4)
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #3 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #66 (Last Week #39)
    Sales this week: 11,933 (-32%)
    Total sales: 251,439

    Shake It Off
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent: #14 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay Recurrent: #4 (Last Week #2)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #33 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #33 (Last Week #31)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #4 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #1 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #48 (Last Week #47)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #48 (Last Week #45)
    Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #34 (Last Week #39)
    Billboard Adult Comtemporary Recurrents: #3 (Last Week #3)
    Billboard Hot Ringtones: #8 (Last Week #12)

    So Lonely
    Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #23 (Last Week #18)

  • "We Belong Together" drops out of the Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart after an amazing run of 43 weeks and is officially Mariah's longest running single on the chart.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Marie Claire Interview: "Mariah Carey's Emancipation" // 3:59 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey is tired of keeping secrets. Here, she talks about growing up poor, her so-called "breakdown," the only unconditional love she's ever known (his name is Jack), the truth about "sleeping around," and what could be the record-breaking year of her life.

    Mariah Carey may have to tattoo it on her forehead: "I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth." In fact, she recounts an early memory, sitting in the back of a "putrid green" car that her mother called "the Dodge Dent": "I was looking out the window at the supermarkets and people driving normal cars - forget Mercedes - I was like, when I grow up, I want to not have a Dodge Dent. I want to evolve from this," she says. "But more than that, I wanted to express myself through music, because that was what made me happiest."

    The 36-year-old Carey has evolved, to say the least: As a performer as well as writer or cowriter of her songs, she has amassed a wealth estimated in the hundreds of millions. She has "expressed herself through music" to the tune of 150 million albums sold worldwide since her debut in 1990, with more number-one hits than any other female artist (her 17 are tied with Elvis's and behind only the Beatles' 20). That 17th Number one was "Don't Forget About Us" from her most recent album, The Emancipation of Mimi, for which she has garnered eight Grammy nominations.

    And while the past year has been, by her count, one of the best years of her life, she hasn't always been this happy. Now sitting in a hotel room in New York City's Soho, wearing Hudson jeans and a white tank top in anticipation of a red-eye flight to Paris, Carey talks in a rich, dusky voice, alternately misting her tired throat with atomized Evian and a prescription medication. (She repeatedly refers to her throat doctor the way other celebrities might quote their agents or psychics.) She looks back on an unhappy marriage to music executive Tommy Mottola, her bitter divorce and extrication from both Sony and Virgin music labels, and a period five years ago of extreme physical exhaustion - and she can peacefully pronounce that everything she went through makes her current success that much sweeter.

    "There's this perception that I had a Cinderella story, but I extracted myself from a really negative relationship, one in which anyone who had any sense of self-worth would never have been able to exist," she says. "I think I allowed myself to live with that unhappiness because I didn't feel it would be fair for me to have everything. I have this career, I'm living my dream. Why should I be happy? I figured I was going to stay in that marriage until I died. I really did. And I really do feel guilty about being divorced, because as a child of divorce, that's the one thing that I always thought I wasn't going to do." But, as she sings in "Petals," she "fled to save her sanity" at the end of 1996.

    Her divorce was perhaps more traumatic than her 2001 bout with physical exhaustion, which she says was grossly misrepresented in the press (she spent seven-and-a-half hours one day reading every clip, "because I wanted to be prepared") and derided by talk-show hosts ("who have since apologized to me, which is cool"). She categorizes the frenetic, exhausting schedule of making and promoting back-to-back albums as "telling the Energizer Bunny to work three times harder. My friend Maryann calls me 'I, Robot.' And I think that's how everyone looked at me." So when she needed a rest - just a day or two or three to relax and sleep before the onslaught of making more videos and appearances - it was seen as a nervous breakdown. She regularly records voice messages and posts them for her fans on her website, and "it spiraled into me leaving the message that started all the breakdown rumors, which was something like, 'I don't even want to be doing music right now. I know you guys understand.' Because at that moment, I didn't. I was not a slave, I was a human being, and I needed to be treated like one."

    When she retreated to her mother's home for the rest she craved, the telephoto lenses followed her and snapped a picture of her in her blue-cloud pajamas ("because I am 12 at heart") feeding her mom's dog out in the backyard. "They all said I'd had a nervous breakdown, but people don't recover from nervous breakdowns three days later! To my knowledge, that's not physically possible," she says. "But anytime you say 'breakdown' people are going to scrutinize it and think, Whooo! This person went crazy! And it's like, hello? 'Physically exhausted' means I was physically depleted to the point of collapsing."

    What upset Carey more than anything in the entire ordeal was the erroneous reporting that she had tried to commit suicide by slitting her wrists - not only because, she says, "I am a God-fearing person and would never do that," and not only because her stylist and dear friend Tonjua Twist took her own life in the spring of 2000, but also because she would never want to set a bad example for her fans. Carey takes her position as role model to her young fans very seriously - she does lots of charity work for kids and supports a Fresh Air Fund career-awareness program for underprivileged children called Camp Mariah. "I would never want them to think that the person who's writing about 'don't let go, don't ever, ever let go' - whatever song you want to name, schmaltzy or not - would try to commit suicide."

    The responsibility Carey feels for her fans just may be her way of repaying them for their commitment to her: "I feel an unconditional love with my fans that I don't feel in any other part of my life," she says, then adds, "which I guess is a sad thing to say. But it's also a nice thing to say." (She notes that she does get unconditional love from Jack, her beloved Jack Russell terrier, but jokes that "he's sort of a celebrity himself, so that's different.")

    With albums and songs that span genres nearly as vast as her seven-octave vocal range - love songs, pop ballads, rap-singing mixes, a holiday-staple Christmas album ("Nothing against Casio, but I wrote 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' on my little Casio keyboard! I never knew it would turn into the hit it is!") - Carey is the rare artist who can count grandparents all the way down to first-graders among her fans. When it's suggested that the only other performer with a similar appeal would be Judy Garland as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, she widens her eyes at the coincidence: "Let's say we're editing a video, and there's a moment in the film where I happen to look up and start smiling - I can't even emulate it now, but it's what we always call a 'Dorothy moment.' We'll be like, Can we use it or is it too Dorothy?" she says. "I think what that look is, is just the optimistic person within me who hasn't shattered. Thank God."

    This very together woman actually stands to shatter several records in her lifetime. Turning 36 this March, with the momentum of The Emancipation behind her - as well as those 17 number-one hits under her snipped-off jeans's waistband - it is entirely likely that she could outdo the Beatles' record by the time she turns 40. Carey is understandably humbled in discussing it: "I don't even want to think about that," she says. "The Beatles are history. So is Elvis. Even if I did break those records, I'm a woman and they're men, so it would be apples and oranges. I really, truly am blessed and grateful at this moment that 'We Belong Together' is my biggest song of all time."

    At press time, "We Belong Together" was up for four Grammy awards, a statuette Carey hasn't taken home (despite 18 previous nominations) since she was named Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist in 1990, at age 20. In December she won five Billboard Music Awards, and she says she needs to get another antique jewelry case to hold all her awards. "We were putting some of the new awards in the case, and I was like, These look a shambles. So I need a new case, and I need to rearrange them. I will dust them and move them myself, because if somebody breaks them, I'll be mad!"

    To be sure, doing her own dusting doesn't exactly jibe with the diva reputation that comes with her vocal range, wealth and three-story New York City penthouse. But Carey has a sense of humor about herself: She joked recently that it took her five hours to get ready to go skiing - and people took her seriously. Following the early-morning Grammy-nomination announcements in December, a reporter from CNN asked her how she'd decided on her decidedly casual outfit of jeans and cozy gray sweater. Carey deadpanned, "Oh, not without drama." At the American Music Awards in November, when her dress seam ripped along the side and her microphone pack was flopping around her back during a performance, she announced it to the audience while accepting an award later. "I told them, 'OK, you have no idea what just happened to me,'" she says. "I just figured I'd talk to the audience like I was talking to friends."

    She says her favorite outfit is "anything skimpy - which people give me such a hard time about. But I see it as playing dress-up, like Barbies." When she met Aretha Franklin during a rehearsal for the VH1 Divas Live concert in 1998, they were waiting backstage together when, Carey recalls, "I made some flippant remark, as I often do. And Aretha was laughing, like" - she lifts her voice in sing-song - "'Sense of huuu-morrr. Typical Aa-ries!'" (The two women share the same birth week in late March, along with Diana Ross and Chaka Khan.)

    Carey also seems to be the unlikeliest of homebodies - so much so that her favorite junk food in the world is actually homemade: a batch of popcorn whipped up by one of her best friends, Rachel, "because she dumps a whole thing of butter on it." Carey, who can happily spend an entire day in the house wearing a tank top and boxers, has a bathroom completely decked out in Hello Kitty. Her "humidifier bedroom" - with mist-jets set into the ceiling, which is pitched to collect the condensation "because who can sleep with water drops falling on their face?" she asks, laughing - seems a bit over-the-top, but it's to soothe her vocal cords. And her least glamorous habit, she claims, is eating in bed: "I'll have, like, a bib on. I am just like, Whatever, nobody is looking at me for once!" she says. "That's why I don't really like to eat in public. When people say, 'Mariah never eats in public,' I'm like, You're right."

    On the cover of The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey says she is "a little thicker, curvier" than she's been on past album covers. "I'm bad with the weight thing. I go up and down really quickly, because I am a muscular person. People don't know I have this" - she flexes to display well defined biceps - "and these could easily become weird body-builder arms. But I also don't want to be a skinny twig."

    The Emancipation of Mimi is also notable because Carey is facing the camera dead-on, whereas she used to tend to appear in semiprofile, or partly obscured by a lock of hair. "People were like, 'What's going on? She looks like Beyonce!'" she says in mock outrage. "I'm just actually facing the camera, and people aren't used to that. I took a chance. It was a moment to exude strength, power, and freedom."

    Does she wish she had someone to share the moment with? Carey recently adopted a new motto - she doesn't confirm or deny anything about her love life. But then, because she's a self-described "girl's girl" and seems genetically incapable of giving an unfriendly, impersonal answer, she explains that unless a guy is totally immersed in her world of music and performance and travel, it would be difficult. "The thing is, I have trust issues. If I'm with another famous person, they're likely to have groupies, and they're likely to cheat on me," she says. "This is why I can still count the number of men I've slept with on one hand. It's out of insecurity and fear of being used. If they use me for other things, I'll get over it, but I won't get over being used physically."

    Single or not, Carey cannot deny that she's in a good place right now. "It's still a lot of work, but it's great. And I am so thankful for everything - win or lose at the Grammys." Going back to that childhood wish to not have a putrid-green Dodge Dent, Carey currently finds herself carless. "I went from the Dodge Dent to the New York City subway to a limo, which I have donated to my church." Of course, when she flies to Paris or L.A or wherever, she does take a private jet (throat doctor's orders). That's definitely better than a Dodge Dent, right?


    Source: Marie Claire Magazine | Scans: Casey | Text: Mariah Daily

    Download: BET's "Setting The Record Straight" with Mariah // 10:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Top contender Mariah Carey sat for a one-on-one interview with Big Tigger on BET's Grammy Awards special called, "Setting The Record Str8" that aired last night at 9:00pm EST. Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of this exclusive BET interview.

    Download "Setting The Record Straight"
    [ Part One | Part Two ]

    The Emancipation Proclamation: There's no fury like a woman's scorn especially when that woman is Mariah Carey. In the 1990s, Mariah was making records and breaking records. But after a recent rocky period, including a failed big screen debut with Glitter, and a real-life breakdown, last year Mariah began the emancipation of Mimi.

    Tigger: How are you? You look fantastic.
    Mariah: I am doing fine. And you?
    Tigger: You look fantastic.
    Mariah: And you look fantastic as well.
    Tigger: Fantastic. This is the fantastic lounge. Alright, enough about me. This is about you and 8 Grammy nominations.
    Mariah: It's a blessing.
    Tigger: Hey, how do you react to, 'Mariah, you have 8 nominations.'
    Mariah: Honestly, the morning that I went, I was one of the people that announced the nominees right? so knowing that early is not really my thing. I was up early, I was there, I was like, 'Okay, I'm standing here, you know maybe I'll get a nomination." That would really be cool and I'll be excited. And then when they told me it was 8, it was like stone-shock.
    Tigger: Is anyone of those particular nominations more important, more special?
    Mariah: They all mean something special to me particularly because as a songwriter, it's like to be nominated for Song of the Year when it's something that you worked hard on and you know particularly because being that this is what Jermaine who, we've been working together since "Always Be My Baby" so this is like a really nice moment for him and for the both of us really. The Album of the Year obviously that's an incredible nomination but I don't think I've ever had before.
    Tigger: How does one 'cause I don't have one in particular. How does one celebrate winning a Grammy?
    Mariah: I don't know because when I first you know, my first album I won the two Grammys, it was just like so new. It was like six months into the business. It was like you know, basically me a kid being there, singing infront of all these people that I have seen my whole life on TV like I don't know that I really remember celebrating. I was in a different time of my life. I wasn't allowed to celebrate. Sorry. Slipped one in. Shh! Pretend you didn't hear that.
    Tigger: Uh-oh. That's your Grammy that you were talking about: Best New Artist and Best Pop Vocal for "Vision of Love" which everybody that had been saying all day, every day when it came out. I do me all day and everyday. Should you pick up new Grammys this year, will the new Grammys be more important than the older Grammys or vice-versa?
    Mariah: I don't want to say I'd be more appreciative. But I didn't even understand about award shows when I won those Grammys. I was just finding all these things out like to have "We Belong Together" be the biggest song of my career is pretty amazing so I think, I would be more appreciative and more able to understand the enormity of what it means.
    Tigger: After Glitter and Charmbracelet, a lot of people counted you out.
    Mariah: Well Charmbracelet... first of all, both of those records had good songs on them to me but a lot of people didn't even bother to listen because of all the backlash from the movie so it was like between that and everything else that was going on in the world at that time, it was September 11th, when that whole thing started and it was just a bleak moment but I'm the same person I was before any dramas and rumors and nonsense. Before that I was the same person I was as a little kid - broke with no money you know with a dream so if I had changed with fame that had made me into a different person, I think all this stuff would have probably broken me. You can't just be like, 'Oh somebody wrote me off, I'm sorry, I thought I had 15 number one songs before that and sold 150 million records,' thank you God, but I'm saying, you don't write somebody off who has already achieved stuff at that magnitude but the great thing is, if they did, then now they can say, 'Okay, well we wrote her off, maybe we were wrong, maybe the next person will get a chance and won't go through what I went through.'
    Tigger: Now you surprised the world with the success of "The Emancipation of Mimi." Were you at all personally surprised?
    Mariah: It's difficult. People don't understand. Because I still try. Some artists get in a certain position, no, I'm doing this, I'm doing that, I'm doing whatever. And I've always tried to be collaborative like 'Okay what do you guys think?' like 'how do you think we should go about it?
    Tigger: But even still selling 7 million albums and ...
    Mariah: Counting. (laughs) Just joking, joking.
    Tigger: 7 million albums and counting and having the best-selling album of 2005, it had to personally feel good like 'I thought I was out, I thought I was done.'
    Mariah: A lot of people said 'Don't you wanna call this album "The Vindication of Mariah Carey" you know, and I was like 'no,' "The Emancipation of Mimi" really means this is a personal record, this is like the freedom of the person, the artist inside of me you know, who loves making music and loves writing songs and singing so it's like you know, and has a personality by the way. And I'm allowed to have one so you know, for a lot of years, I wasn't and people got a little bit freaked out like 'Why does she have a personality all of a sudden, why would she be cracking jokes like... it's jokes, it's not that deep, this is the music business, it's entertainment, it's fun. So if people want to count you out and that makes them feel better about themselves then that's a thing. You know what, I'm just grateful for everything that I've been blessed with and that's all I can say.

    [Randy Jackson: When you look at it, I call them the 'Big Three' - the Celine-Whitney-Mariah's 'cause they've all sold in excess of 100 million albums each. She's the only one that writes but not just writes for like some vanity writing like you know, 'Yo, I wrote this song.' She writes and they turn into hits.]

    Tigger: Randy made a comment about you being one of the few people that not only has the voice but also brings the songwriting to it.
    Mariah: That's to me songwriting has been such a gift because you can release anything you're feeling like some of the saddest songs that I've ever written have been really healing for other people who written me notes, letters and said, 'thank you for writing this song like you helped me get through one of the worst times of my life.' And even if it's a song that was never a hit, never released or whatever, you know the fact that it touched that person to that degree means that there's a reason I wrote it, there's a reason that I went through what I went through to write that song in order to help another person get through something else.
    Tigger: Most of your songs that were released off of this album tend to be about heartbreak: "Don't Forget About Us," "We Belong Together."
    Mariah: "Shake It Off" wasn't really about heartbreak though.
    Tigger: Well, I mean even the song that you're nominated for, "Mine Again." Is that just something that happens or is that a popular topic? Why is that?
    Mariah: I think it's a popular topic and it's also a popular emotion within me. (laughs) Not that it's popular, it's dominant. No, I think that people can relate to those kinds of songs because everybody's been through it at least once and if you've been through it once, it's somewhere in the back of your mind always that's why when we're talking about people asked me who certain songs are about, they're not necessarily about anybody. They are a lot of times, one line is talking about somebody else's experience, another line is something could be from junior high school, you know what I mean? It's basically like anything that I've been through or whoever is collaborating in the song had been through, we decide this will connect with people 'cause it's connecting with us.
    Tigger: What was it like to wear your wedding dress again?
    Mariah: You know what? People asked me that and one person in particular (who's in this room right now... Benny Medina haha) was like 'I think you're really courageous for putting this back on again' and stuff, and I was like, 'You know what, it wasn't the wedding day that was the problem, it was everything else.'
    Tigger: What would you say is the highest point of your career so far?
    Mariah: It'd been on really, really high moments - high points. And there have been some moments that were not so wonderful to get through but you know that's life, that would be life whether you work in the supermarket, or whether you do this. It's just that when you do this, it's public and so I'll be home watching TV before as a kid, before all this stuff and be like 'what are they complaining about? They're famous, they're on TV, you know, you look at the bracelets, all the [jewelry] people have, bling and what not. They have nothing to worry about. You have problems like anybody else. You have to deal with family issues, situations that arise I'm sure. I know I do. I'm just a regular person so to go through those things in the public eye is difficult. But the most difficult is when the press makes it into something that is not. And that's tough. But you know what? All of that, like I said, it's in the past. And even if things were to go in a direction again where people decide to take shots at me for whatever reason, I've been through that storm. I've weathered that storm. I'm good. I know how to handle that.
    Tigger: How are you doing personally? How are you doing?
    Mariah: Everybody wants to always know something about the personal thing. And what I have learned is the more you talk about it, the quicker it eats to the bottle. That means it's gone.
    Tigger: How single are you, if you are at all?
    Mariah: What are the varying degrees of single? We discussed this...
    Tigger: I don't have any idea but are you single?
    Mariah: Well, I ain't married. See I don't believe in casual sex, that's my thing so that's a little bit of a bold statement coming out of my mouth right now (laughs) but it's true! That's why you don't see me running around with every Tom, Dick and Harry.
    Tigger: I'm not asking that. Oh she wants specifics.
    Mariah: What are you really trying to say?
    Tigger: Is there somebody special in your life that you would ...
    Mariah: Everybody is special in their own way.
    Tigger: Moving along! You recently told Good Housekeeping that you won't remarry unless you were gonna have children. When do you think or is there a best time or an ideal time to have children.
    Mariah: I think the ideal time is when you're gonna focus on the children and you make them your top priority. And right now I'm focusing on my career. And what I would never want was for my child to resent me for not focusing on them enough and it's bad enough to bring someone into the world who's already gonna be famous before they're born and whether or not they like that, who knows, you know what I mean? I feel like that whole celebrity child thing just requires probably a lot of adjustment for those kids.
    Tigger: They say success is the greatest revenge. Have you seen or bumped into anybody that might hated on you, that it's kind of like 'now what?'
    Mariah: You know what, I think the best thing for those people is to just wish them well.
    Tigger: Who is Mimi? Who is Mariah?
    Mariah: One and the same. It's just that Mariah Carey has turned into my professional name which I've never even thought of myself as Mariah Carey. My mom gave me that name as a stage name. We always assumed that I was just gonna call myself Mariah until I was a little girl and another singer whose name begins with an M came out and I said 'Oh, got to go with the two names now.' So basically Mimi is just a nickname and we thought it was cute to call the album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" since it was such a reflection of me.
    Tigger: And how important is it to you to have that title being placed on this record that is doing so well for you?
    Mariah: Well, you know what's interesting, somebody said that to me. It was an interview for... a foreign interview and the person said, 'This record was about you being you.' So I said, 'Yeah, exactly. I'm glad you got that.' She was like, 'But what would have you done if you being you didn't work?' (laughs) and I was like I didn't think of that. So that shows you that it's genuinely from me and I am grateful that people have enjoyed the record because it comes from the heart and I'm thankful to everyone who participated, who worked on it with me, and it's been a blessing.
    Tigger: Thank you. This is Mimi and Mariah. Congratulations again. Bring home some of them Grammys.
    Mariah: Thank you darling. I'm gonna do the best that I can.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 10:09 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Congratulations to Mariah for winning all four awards she was nominated for at WPGC's 2006 Jammy Awards. Mariah was on-air live to accept her awards for: Best Female Vocalist, Best Slow Jam (We Belong Together), Best Album (The Emancipation of Mimi), and Best Song (We Belong Together).

    --"Don't Forget About Us" drops a spot to #4 on this week's VH1 Top 20 Countdown. Let's keep on voting and put Mariah back on top! Request for Mariah by posting a message here!

    --Unconfirmed reports say that Mariah is recording a duet with Gospel singer Karen Clark-Sheard.

    --To the right is a new Grammy Awards ad. Click on the thumbnail to enlarge.

    --MariahConnectionAustralia reports Universal Music Australia confirmed that the fifth single from "The Emancipation of Mimi" is indeed "Get Your Number." The single is scheduled for release on Saturday, February 25th. Meanwhile, "Get Your Number" moves up five spots to #11 on Hot 30 Countdown. Click here to vote.

    --On Wednesday's TRL, VJs Vanessa Minnillo and SuChin Pak were talking about an award show where they give out awards for the worst of the worst movies. They were saying how some of those nominated movies aren't so bad and Suchin said how some movies are so bad that they're good again... like Glitter. Vanessa thought Glitter was good and admitted that she cried during the movie.

    --Mariah is on the cover of the maiden issue of "Universal Music Elite," a free promotional publication from Universal Music Group (Mainland China). Inside, it features an article about Mariah's successful comeback in 2005 and also her 8 Grammy nominations! For all the Chinese fans who are interested in getting this publication, rush to your nearby record store for a free copy!

    --For UK fans! The Grammy Awards will be shown on a delayed telecast Thursday, February 9th 9pm-11pm on ITV2. However, the Red Carpet show will be live Wednesday, February 8th 11pm-1am on E!

    --Visit the forum at Mariah Hispano Hablantes and find out how you can win a "The Emancipation of Mimi" CD!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Nicole | Jeremy | Albert | Brandon | Chris | Rory | SJinc | HonourMariah | MariahConnectionAustralia

    Thursday, February 2 , 2006

    Supporters Unsurprised by Carey's Successful Return // 9:34 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Don't call it a comeback - Mariah Carey's been here all along.

    Sure, it probably doesn't seem that way. After all, it's been nearly five years since Carey suffered a series of frustrating setbacks, both personally and professionally.

    It was a humiliating fall for the Long Island native who gained fame for a 1990 debut album that produced four Number One hits. Even her 1998 divorce from Sony Records president Tommy Mottola - a move that led Carey to leave that label and team with Virgin Records -did little to tarnish her image at the time.

    But in August 2001, Carey suffered a very public breakdown (including posts on her Web site in which she begged fans to shut down her production company) that resulted in the singer's hospitalization for "exhaustion."

    A month later, critics laughed Carey's film debut in "Glitter" right out of the megaplex. Its accompanying soundtrack didn't fare much better and led to Carey being dumped by Virgin. A follow-up album, 2002's "Charmbracelet," did little to dismiss the notion that Carey was all but a has-been.

    Today, however, the 35-year-old singer is once again enjoying the aura of a star. Carey's latest album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," scored eight Grammy nominations, including nods for record of the year and best female pop vocal and her latest Number One single, "Don't Forget About Us," tied her with Elvis Presley's record for the most chart-topping hits.

    But to some observers, Carey's latest success should come as no surprise. So says Vibe magazine editor-in-chief Mimi Valdes. The singer may have been down, Valdes explains, but she was never out.

    "You have to call it a comeback only because Carey's last two albums didn't do as well as her previous ones," says Valdes in a phone interview from her Manhattan office. "But she's always had this amazing voice and she just needed to get the right people to guide her on the songs."

    Those people were Def Jam label head Antonio "L.A." Reid and manager Benny Medina. The former is a hitmaking machine known for working with the likes of Pink, Usher and OutKast. Medina is credited for, among other accomplishments, infusing Jennifer Lopez's musical career with a healthy dose of street cred.

    "When I heard she was working with L.A. and Benny I was (thrilled)," Valdes says. "L.A. has an amazing track record and this deal gave Mariah a great support system." And that's all she really needed, Valdes says, because Carey was always all that - her true fans knew it. "They were always rooting for her, saying 'we know you'll be back with another great record,' " Valdes says.

    Perhaps, but for every faithful follower there was also a diehard hater ready to kick a girl when she was down.

    Michael "Blue" Williams has seen it before. "American society builds someone up to superstar status and then, when someone turns into a train wreck, we just (abandon) that person," says Williams, a Miami-based manager whose clients include OutKast and Trina.

    But the same public that dismissed Carey's "Glitter"-era transgressions has also been quick to forgive and forget, he adds. "She put out a couple of whack records and was written off," Williams says. "But Janet Jackson's also put out some (bad) albums and we could be talking about her 'comeback' next year."

    All it takes, he says, is a quality record. "Mariah got back to basics and made a great album - even Bobby Brown could make a great record and be relevant again," he says.

    Well, maybe - but "Mimi" is an undeniably catchy and modern record. Light on syrupy power ballads and heavy on rich grooves and Beyonce-styled dance tracks, it features cameos and collaborations from Snoop Dogg, Nelly and The Neptunes. Such touches, Williams says, were crucial in Carey's efforts to lure the much-coveted teen demographic.

    So was Carey's ability to use the Web as a major marketing tool. If MTV helped launch the singer's career in the early '90s, then the Internet remade the video star for the 21st century.

    Carey proved to be a huge draw for Yahoo! Music's younger users when the site premiered her "Shake It Off" video in July 2005.

    "More than two million people watched the video during its first 24 hours online," says Jay Frank, Yahoo's head of programming and label relations. According to Frank, Yahoo! Music boasts some 25 million users each month. "It shattered records (and) really signaled that Mariah was back," he says on the phone from Santa Monica, Calif.

    Then again, one could argue that she never even left at all. Although their sales pale next to previous efforts, "Charmbracelet" did go platinum (one million sold) and even the much-mocked "Glitter" went gold, selling just over 500,000 units. "Perception is everything," says Valdes, the Vibe editor. "Mariah was totally seen as the underdog (because) those albums were considered failures."

    Failure or no, she adds, Carey didn't need to stage a so-called comeback - after all, Virgin paid her a reported $28 million just to buy out her contract in 2002. That figure was in addition to the $21 million she'd received earlier from the label.

    "Anybody else would say, 'I'm done, I don't need to continue,'" Valdes says, adding that it took "guts" for Carey to subject herself to the possibility of further public scrutiny.

    Source: Sacramento Bee

    "Don't Forget About Us" 4 Straight Days at #1 on TRL! // 7:25 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    "Don't Forget About Us" was #1 yet again on today's TRL video countdown - that's 4 days in a row! Congratulations everyone! Now for one last day, our one last chance, let's keep up the voting and make sure "Don't Forget About Us" retires at #1!

    Call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) during the following hours:
    2:55pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time
    1:55pm - 2:30pm Central Time
    12:55pm - 1:30pm Mountain Time
    11:55am - 12:30pm Pacific Time

    or vote online at MTV.com.

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

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

    Source: Mariah Daily | Natalia

    Mariah To Be on "The Barbara Walters Special" // 6:50 PM EST Updated by Liron


    Special to Air on ABC on a New Date and Time, Wednesday, March 1, at 10:00 p.m.

    Four of the hottest stars in show business -- history making George Clooney, the newest TV super star Patrick Dempsey, "sexiest man alive" Matthew McConaughey and comeback queen Mariah Carey -- sit down with Barbara Walters for a fascinating hour on "The Barbara Walters Special." This year, for the first time, the special will air on the last night of sweeps and following an original episode of "Lost" on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1 at 10:00 p.m., ET.

    Eight-time Grammy nominee Mariah Carey has climbed to the top of the music charts after some difficult years and had an electrifying one this year with her No. 1 selling CD, "The Emancipation of Mimi." The biggest selling female recording artist in the world, Ms. Carey has surpassed Elvis Presley with 17 No. 1 hit singles.

    These superstars share their thoughts and perspective on their meteoric year with Barbara Walters.

    "The Barbara Walters Special" is a Barwall Production. The Special is produced and directed by Bill Geddie.

    Source: ABC News

    Mariah Earns Two Soul Train Music Award Nominations // 6:09 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Congratulations, Mariah! Nominations for the 20th Annual Soul Train Music Awards were announced earlier today and Mariah racked up two nods in the following categories:

    R&B-Soul Single, Female
    We Belong Together, Mariah Carey
    I Should Have Cheated, Keyshia Cole
    Unbreakable, Alicia Keys
    Hollaback Girl, Gwen Stefani.

    R&B-Soul Album, Female
    The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey
    The Way It Is, Keyshia Cole
    The First Lady, Faith Evans
    Free Yourself, Fantasia

    The Soul Train Music Awards, started by the syndicated music show Soul Train, celebrate artists in R&B, hip-hop, rap and gospel music. The 2006 honors will be presented at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

    Source: USA Today | Natalia

    Mariah on the Cover of Marie Claire // 2:05 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey is tired of keeping secrets. In the March issue of Marie Claire she talks about growing up poor, her so-called "breakdown," the only unconditional love she's ever known (his name is Jack), the truth about "sleeping around," and what could be the record-breaking year of her life.

    The responsibility Carey feels for her fans just may be her way of repaying them for their commitment to her: "I feel an unconditional love with my fans that I don't feel in any other part of my life," she says. The full interview appears in the March issue of Marie Claire, on newsstands now.

    Click on the thumbnail to see a larger version of the cover.

    Source: Marie Claire Magazine

    Oddsmakers Favor Mariah To Win Major Grammy Awards // 10:07 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Bowmans.com, the world's leading online gaming company for more than twenty years, have listed Mariah Carey the big favorite heading into the 48th Grammy Awards, to be broadcast February 8 from Los Angeles.

    Carey, an eight-time Grammy nominee and two-time winner in 1990, has been installed by Bowmans as the favorite in three major categories. Carey is the even money pick at 1/1 to win Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "It's Like That." Second choice at 5/2 is Kelly Clarkson for "Since U Been Gone"; with Bowmans listing Sheryl Crow at 12/1 for "Good Is Good"; and Bonnie Raitt at 18/1 for "I Will Not Be Broken".

    Bowmans has selected Carey the 3/2 favorite to win Album Of The Year for "The Emancipation of Mimi"; ahead of second choice Kanye West at 5/2 for "Late Registration"; and third choice Gwen Stefani at 5/1 for "Love, Angel, Music, Baby". Bowmans has made U2 the 10/1 pick for "How To Dismantle An Atomic Bomb" and Sir Paul McCartney the 12/1 selection to win his 14th Grammy, this time for "Chaos And Creation In The Backyard".

    Bowmans oddmakers also like Carey to win Record Of The Year for "We Belong Together", but feel it could be a toss-up against Green Day's "Boulevard Of Broken Dreams". Each are the 9/5 favorite, ahead of Kanye West at 3/1 for "Gold Digger"; Stefani at 7/1 for "Hollaback Girl"; and Gorillaz featuring De La Soul at 10/1 for "Feel Good Inc."

    Source: News Wire Canada

    Wednesday, February 1 , 2006

    "Don't Forget About Us" 3 Straight Days at #1 on TRL! // 7:55 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Good job everyone! "Don't Forget About Us" was #1 again on today's TRL video countdown! 2 countdowns left! Calling all fans to keep on voting and send Mariah off at the top!

    Call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) during the following hours:
    2:55pm - 3:30pm Eastern Time
    1:55pm - 2:30pm Central Time
    12:55pm - 1:30pm Mountain Time
    11:55am - 12:30pm Pacific Time

    or vote online at MTV.com.

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

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

    Source: Mariah Daily | Marc

    AP Writers Predict Grammy Winners // 6:54 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    By Nekesa Mumbi Moody and David Bauder, AP Music Writers

    Oh Grammy voters, why do you bewitch us so? Last year, we just knew you were above doling out sentimental Grammys to so-so projects. But then you gave a boatload of Grammys to Ray Charles' posthumous "Genius Loves Company."

    So it's tough to know which Grammy voters will hold sway this year -- the ones who will talk your ears off about the Arcade Fire, or the ones who don't know the difference between Paul Wall and Pink Floyd's "The Wall."

    But it's our job to guess, so here goes...

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

    Moody: You would think Ms. Mariah would have a lock on this -- she had the most popular song and the best-selling album of the year, capping her amazing comeback. And Grammy voters love comebacks. But I think voters will be divided between Carey's beautiful torch song and West's catchy "Gold Digger," leaving the door open for an upset. That won't be accomplished by Stefani -- how can you give an award to a song that's basically nonsensical rhymes strung together (though catchy). No, it will be between the Gorillaz and Green Day, and Green Day's poignant "Boulevard" will take it.

    Bauder: Gorillaz is the only interloper here -- it's a cartoon song by a cartoon band. And what's the matter with nonsensical rhymes stuck together? Doesn't that define half of popular music? Don't overthink this one, Nekesa. My bet is that Mariah will pull through.

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

    Bauder: I can think of a lot of reasons why many of these nominees WON'T win. Grammy voters may like a Carey or Stefani song or two, but think they're too slight as artists for an award like this. Kanye? That crown of thorns magazine cover wasn't a good career move. McCartney will certainly be a sentimental choice but, frankly, the album was overrated and had little impact in the market. That leaves your winner, U2.

    Moody: A slight artist? Mariah has a multi-octave voice, buddy! Still, that won't help Mimi here. Yes McCartney's album was overrated, and yes, Kanye is the hot wunderkind of them all. But this is probably the 63-year-old McCartney's last shot at a best album trophy, and with everything he's accomplished, he's never won this one. So I say Grammy voters get all reverential and give it to Sir Paul just for old times sake -- though Mimi, you know this should have been yours.

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

    Moody: When it takes the equivalent of a basketball starting lineup to write one song, the chances of said tune winning a song-of-the-year Grammy diminishes greatly -- so that scratches off Mariah once again. Rascal Flatt's "Bless the Broken Road" may be great, but outside of country audiences, where did it resonate? The same can be said for John Legend's "Ordinary People," a great song that most people are unaware of. Actually, that can also be said for Springsteen's "Devils & Dust," but we're talking Bruce here! And that's why he'll win, even over Grammy faves U2.

    Bauder: Let's take this slow-ow-ow-ow, Nekesa. When you think of Bruce Springsteen, "Devils & Dust" is hardly a song that comes to mind. "Ordinary People" is the kind of lush, romantic ballad that people will remember years from now. U2's beauty is its only real competition here, but it may suffer among voters for having been out too long. Legend wins.

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

    Moody: With the amazing performance Carey had with "We Belong Together," it's perplexing that the song is not nominated here; "It's Like That" was a strong, but not stellar performance, which is why she won't win. Clarkson, on the other hand, had the year's greatest groove and put the song over the top with her tour-de-force performance -- and she should have been up for record of the year for it. A win here would be a deserved consolation prize.

    Bauder: Hey, we agree! Clarkson got dissed this year; she deserved a nomination in one of the bigger categories for "Since U Been Gone."


    Source: The Herald Sun

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 11:11 AM EST Updated by Liron

  • The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #16 (Last Week #10, 42 Weeks)
    Sales this week: 38814 (-3%)
    Total sales: 5,171,507

  • Don't Forget About Us
    Hot Digital Songs: #66 (Last Week #39)
    Sales this week: 11,933 (-32%)
    Total sales: 251,439
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    Source: bks