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IMPORTANT EVENTS

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

Spring 2007
Exclusive perfume release

Fall 2007
New album release


TV APPEARANCES

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


MAGAZINE STAND

March 2007
Playboy Magazine (cover).


POLLING BOOTH

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

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


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NEWS ARCHIVES


  Saturday, April 30 , 2005

Mariah on CNN's 'People In The News' // 12:22 PM EST Updated by Lynn



"Four years ago, Mariah Carey endured a painful public meltdown that threatened her career even her mental health. It came not long after she had ended a very troubled marriage but she has fought her way back and this month released a comeback CD called "The Emancipation of Mimi" and it is a huge hit. Tonight with an exclusive interview, the spotlight's on Mariah Carey in People In The News," Host Paula Zahn opened the show with this introduction and the exclusive interview with Mariah ensued. Aired Friday, April 29th at 8:00pm on CNN.

Click on the links below to download the video (RAR archives) of this exclusive interview. Big thanks to Vinny of The-Ladies.com for making the file for us.

  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three
  • Part Four
  • Part Five

    Download Instructions:
    --Make sure you have WinRar installed on your computer.
    --Download all the RAR files into one folder.
    --Right click on one of the downloaded RAR files and click on "Extract Here".


  • Source: Mariah Daily | Vinny of The-Ladies.com

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

    --From Culpeper Star: When did Mariah Carey get so hot? It seems like she has been around forever and she just keeps getting hotter! The songbird, who burst onto the pop scene in the early ’90s, is back - but this time she is full of attitude and oozing with confidence.

    --From Baller Status: Speaking of "It's Like That," in a previous Fire, I got on Mariah Carey saying that I thought the single could have been better. Well, it looks like 400,000 plus people strongly disagree as the single helped MC knock 50 off his throne en route to capturing the number one spot. One thing about Mariah is she an outright true artist. Anyone that writes her own songs, and can maintain a voice like that will always be alright, even during hard times. Mariah is doing great.

    --From Trident Online: Mariah Carey, "We Belong Together"- After I was getting on Will for being soft, I will top him in the "lamest thing ever done category" by saying this, Mariah is on fire. This song is killing it. I'm fine with the criticism, say what you must, but I love the new Mariah.

    --From Rochester Democrat & Chronicle: Say what you will about her alleged emotional breakdown and box-office bomb (Glitter), Mariah Carey's pipes are still a powerful force. The themes running through this CD are common: Girl meets boy, girl wants to meet boy, boy couldn't care less about girl. But the beats are memorable.

    --From Laramie: Laramie High School’s prom will be “a black tie affair” this year. That’s the prom’s theme, and volunteers are converting the gymnasium into the big city, replete with bright lights and skyscrapers for the Saturday event...A DJ from Denver will provide music and play student requests. The night’s theme song will be Mariah Carey’s “When I Saw You.”

    --Below are scans of the Mariah pages in this week's issues (ending May 9, 2005) of InTouch Weekly, Us Weekly, Star and Life & Style Weekly magazines.



    Source: Mariah Daily



      Friday, April 29 , 2005

    Mariah Performs "We Belong Together" on The View // 5:23 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click here to download an audio file (4 minutes, 1.6 MB, MP3 format) of "We Belong Together" performed by Mariah earlier today on "The View".

    Click on the thumbnails below to view pictures of Mariah arriving to the show.



    Stay tuned for more pictures and video files from Mariah's appearance on "The View".


    Source: Mariah Daily | Glitterchico

    Billboard Updates // 5:18 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date May 7, 2005.

    The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #2 (Last week #1)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #2 (Last week #1)
    Billboard Top Internet Albums: #6 (Last Week #3)

    It's Like That
    Billboard Hot 100: #33 (Last week #27)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #73 (Last week #69)
    Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales: #25 (Last Week #30)
    Billboard Pop 100: #23 (Last Week #21)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #41 (Last Week #42)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #49 (Last week #46)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #53 (Last week #53)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales: #14 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #10 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #12 (Last week #10)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #5 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Sales: #3 (Debut)

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100: #12 (Last Week #30)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #14 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #42 (Last week #50)
    Billboard Pop 100: #33 (Last week #39)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #15 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #15 (Last Week #26)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #13 (Last week #21)
    Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #17 (Last week #27)


    Source: Billboard Magazine

    Download Mariah's Interview at "Rove Live" // 3:58 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click here to download a video file (7 minutes, 19 MB, WMV format) of Mariah's interview on the Australian TV show "Rove Live". The interview was aired on Tuesday, April 26th, 2005.

    Big thanks to Foxy at Nicole Kidman United for making the file for us.



    Source: Mariah Daily

    New Voice Message from Mariah! // 3:53 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Head over to Mariah's Official Site to listen to Mariah's new voice message.

    Transcript
    "Yeah, just wanted to say hiii and let you know that I can't even know what to say, I'm just so excited and thankful for all your support and last week was just so incredible with the countdowns at MTV and BET. And I just have to really really thank you from my heart and say keep doing your thing darlings, it's fabulous!(*laughs*)

    No seriously, you guys are really really really the best in the world but you already know that. Anyway I'm up late, I gotta get some sleep and go on "The View" later on today so hopefully some of you will be tuning in to see that. And I will be calling you soon but I just wanted to give a quick thank you and send you lots and lots and lots of love and let you know that I love you, appreciate you and enjoy you! Okie dokie smokie, bye bye."


    Source: MariahCarey.com | Mariah Daily | Vivian

    Mimi: Around The World // 3:45 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" - Worldwide Positions

    Greece - TW: #1 (LW: #2) (Peak: #1)
    Phillipines - #2 (LW: #2) (Peak: #2)
    USA - #2 (LW: #1) (Peak: #1)
    Thailand - #3 (LW: #2) (Peak: #2)
    Hong Kong - #4 (LW: #3) (Peak: #3)
    Canada - #6 (LW: #2) (Peak: #2)
    Singapore - #6 (LW: #2) (Peak: #2)
    France - #14 (LW: #9) (Peak: #4)
    Switzerland - #15 (LW: #13) (Peak: #9)
    UK - #23 (LW: #16) (Peak: #7)
    Portugal - #25 (LW: #26) (Peak: #25)
    Australia - #27 (LW: #20) (Peak: #13)
    Austria - #28 (LW: #24) (Peak: #19)
    Italy - #28 (LW: #23) (Peak: #15)
    Germany - #30 (LW: #26) (Peak: #14)
    Netherlands - #34 (LW: #25) (Peak: #15)
    Spain - #50 (LW: #15) (Peak: #15)
    Denmark - #55 (LW: #56) (Peak: #44)
    Norway - #88 (LW: #68) (Peak: #41)

    Note: These positions are for week #16 (Week ending April 23) of 2005.

    Euro Charts (5/7/2005 Update)
    European Top 100 Albums
    The Emancipation of Mimi drops from #10 to #13 (3 weeks on the chart)

    European Hot 100 Singles
    "It's Like That" drops from #13 to #16 (5 weeks on the chart)

    Australia
    Congratulations to Mariah on her win on Hot30's Ipod Shuffle. "We Belong Together" went up against "MudVayne", But nothing was in the way of Mariah has she won with 14% ahead of "MudVayne".

    This now means it's time to vote for "We Belong Together" over at the Hot30, but also support Its Like That, but please pay more attention to "We Belong Together" as it takes a lot more effort to get the song on the actual chart. The general public have taken a liking to "It's Like That", so attention to "It's Like That" isn't as need as much.

    On the beginning of Monday, please vote for "We Belong Together" at the Hot30 chart.

    El Salvador
    On El Salvador's largest radio station La Femenina 102.5, "It's Like That" has risen again, having the biggest jump of the week up from #8 to #4 (peak) on its 4th week on the chart. The DJ commented yesterday on the show that Mariah is getting incredible phone requests.
    Request Line: 224-2411

    Hungary
    "It's Like That" climbs to #3 on the official Hungarian "Single Selling Chart" - Mahasz.

    New Zeland
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" enters the official New Zealand album sales charts as number 1 on the heatseeker chart, which means that it is just outside
    the top 40 and has not entered the top 40 yet.

    Taiwan
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" has jumped 1 place to #2 on the international charts and still remains #10 on the combined charts in Taiwan.
    The album has sold over 25,000 copies and has received a platinum certification (30,000 copies sold).

    Indonesia
    --Mariah is featured on the cover of the May 2005 issue of the Indonesian FHM magazine.

    --Attention Indonesian fans! Indra's Collection is giving away ten "The Emancipation of Mimi" posters. Answer his 'quiz' and get the chance to win an original poster courtesy of Universal Music Indonesia. Visit his site for further contest details.

    --Click here to request "We Belong Together" on Indonesian radio.

    USA
    "We Belong Together" was #3 on TRL yesterday and #2 on 106 & Park. Keep voting!

    The song also reaches an incredible airplay peak of 75.344 million audience impressions with 8528 spins (Mediabase). Keep requesting the song on your local radio stations!

    Be sure to vote for Mariah on the Vibe magazine polls for sexiest female artist and favorite female R&B artist.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Mariah Carey Portuguese Fanclub | JRKing | MariahOz | Eric | Balázs | Patrick | MCTW | Jasmine | Indra



      Thursday, April 28 , 2005

    News Tidbits & Fan Projects // 11:00 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Be sure to tune in to ABC's The View tomorrow, April 29 at 11:00am EST to catch Mariah performing her hit single, "We Belong Together." To find out when and where The View airs in your area, click here.

    --Open House Party's DJ Kane interviews Mariah Carey on Sunday, May 1st. The show is on from 7pm to midnight ET. You can watch Open House Party Live by clicking here. In the meantime, please request "We Belong Together" for Open House Party's Top 10 as many times as you can by calling 1-800-669-1010.

    --TV Tome lists Mariah Carey as a musical guest on Nickelodeon's All That in late May. The show stars Chelsea Brummet and Jamie Lynn Spears and airs Saturdays at 9:00pm. This appearance has yet to be confirmed or announced by Mariah's camp.

    --From MTV News: Mariah Carey hopes to translate having a hit album into having a hit Broadway musical. The singer is writing a story around the songs on her 1994 album, Merry Christmas, plus two new songs she's planning to write. "I'm such a festive person, and I love Christmas. I'm so over the top with it that this is a bit much, but it's perfect for me," Carey said. "I get a chance to live out my Christmastime fantasies vicariously through the show. I think it's going to be fun and something families can go to see."

    --Tennis star Serena Williams was on BET's 106 & Park earlier tonight and gave a shout-out to Mariah. Answering questions regarding her "firsts," Serena said the "first" song she fell in love with was a Mariah song. She went on to praise Mariah and said she's loved her ever since she was a kid. Free asked if she enjoyed the new album and she said yes! Meanwhile, "We Belong Together" moved two spots up to #2 on today's 106 & Park video countdown!

    --New York Newsday's Review Crew rates Mariah's new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." Crew member Brian Frank gives the album an A+. He says, "She sounds awesome on all her tracks and really tears it apart in "Fly Like a Bird." This songstress is back and better than ever!" Read the other reviews here.

    --From EurWeb: The writing was on the wall when “Good Morning America” snagged Mariah Carey earlier this month to perform in a closed-down Times Square. Usually, this kind of big-name talent would go directly to “The Today Show” without passing Go – but now that “GMA” is nipping at “Today’s heels in the ratings, music acts are more willing to grace ABC with their presence. NBC’s “Today” answered Mariah Carey with the recent airing of a Bruce Springsteen concert taped last week in New Jersey.

    --From Reuters: Universal Music Group reported a 14% first-quarter revenue gain. The company cited "growing sales in North America, Europe and Australia." UMG's U.S. album sales rose 10 percent year-over-year, compared with an 8 percent decline for the broader music market, the firm said. Quarterly best-sellers included albums by 50 Cent, 3 Doors Down and Mariah Carey.

    --Filipino singing sensation Rachel Ann Go is set to prove her worth when she takes center stage Friday night for her first major concert. Go, grand winner of last year's "Search for a Star" contest with her rendition of Mariah's song "Through The Rain" said her audience will be treated to a Mariah Carey medley. More on her concert here.

    --Singer/Actor Eric West spoke nice words about Mariah on his website. He said, "I saw Mariah Carey recently, she's really nice and hilarious! She makes the best out of every situation. Hopefully, I'll be her opening act for her tour! We'll get on the phone and makes a few calls. Her new album is really good, so make sure you check it out. Who said she would never have another hit?"

    --Below is a message from the "Lambs Incorporated Group" about their new project:

    "We all know Mariah Loves the fan books, we also know how much she loves meeting her fans. So lets combine the 2 into a VIDEO FAN BOOK. All you have to do is get a video camera, set it up or have someone record for you.

    You can put anything you want on this video. Tape your collection, read a letter or poem, tell Mariah how she has influenced you. Anything you would like to do. The only limitation is, it cant be longer than 10 min. Then send it to me so I can dub it, and add some music to it. Then it will be sent to Mariah.

    You can send a VHS, DVD, or if you would like you can upload it onto the computer and email it to me. I will need all videos no later than June 15th.

    If you would like anymore info or where to send it, Fell free to email me at SwtestHangOverMC@aol.com."

    --From Banding Together Project: Win autographed Mariah items! If you purchase the most bracelets, you will receive your choice of a Signed Blender Poster or a Signed Charmbracelet Vinyl! On top of that, you will get the first page in our Project Book that is being given to MC! Good Luck! Thanks to George Flint for donating these items to our project! Contest will start as of Tuesday, April 26th. We will announce the winner May 3rd, 2005.


    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Leo | Jake | SK.Eight | XRoCciAxX

    Mariah's Playlist on iTunes // 5:39 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah's playlist is the new addition to iTunes 'Celebrity Playlist'. Here's what Mariah had to say about the songs she picked for her playlist:

    “This is a pretty eclectic group of songs that I wanted to showcase. Basically I have a lot of different playlists on my iPod depending on the mood/moment I’m in. Whether it’s trying to relax or getting ready to go out for the night, somehow these songs find their way back onto my ‘recently played’ list. Anyways, these songs are a little taste of the music and artists that inspire me. .. each in their own special way.”

    “It’s Like That” – Mariah Carey (Track 1): “A fun, party record, just a glimpse from The Emancipation of Mimi.”

    “Outstanding” – The Gap Band (Track 2): “Complete & total classic!”

    “Ain’t No Way” – Aretha Franklin (Track 3): “The Queen of Soul doing what she does best, nothing more needs to be said!”

    “I Wanna Be Your Lover” – Prince (Track 4): “Prince in just one of his many stellar moments”

    “Eric B. Is President” – Eric B. & Rakim (Track 5): “Takes me down memory lane. A turning point in hip-hop.”

    “Perfect” – Snoop Dogg & Charlie Wilson (Track 6): “They wrote this song about me. That’s just what I heard though…Ha, Ha”

    “At Your Best (You Are Love)” – Aaliyah (Track 7): “An angelic vocal performance by Aaliyah. Truly did the original record justice, God bless her soul.”

    “Da Mystery of Chessboxin’” – Wu-Tang Clan (Track 8): “Cause, ‘Rap styles vary and…’”

    “Fantasy (Remix) – Mariah Carey & Old Dirty Bastard (Track 9): “In memory of my friend, may he R.I.P.”

    “Jesus Children of America” – Stevie Wonder (Track 10): “It’s hard to choose from a body of work of a true genius, but in my opinion this is one of his best songs. I love this record.”

    “I Need You To Survive” – Hezekiah Walker & The Love Fellowship Choir (Track 11): “Powerful & moving. An extremely uplifting song.”

    “Shook Ones, Pt. 2” – Mobb Deep (Track 12): “A stone winner, a must have, a timeless New York classic.”

    “This Can’t Be Life” – Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z & Scarface (Track 13): “This track was never a single but I always loved it off the album. Hov has always been my favorite.”

    “Glorious (Make The Praise)” – Karen Clark-Sheard (Track 14): “An inspirational song with an incredible vocal performance by one of the world’s greatest singers. (Listen to the background vocals and the modulations, they’re amazing).”

    “La Di Da Di (Live)” – Slick Rick & Doug. E. Fresh (Track 15): “An all time favorite that will always make me happy and a reminder of carefree moments growing up.”

    “We Belong Together” – Mariah Carey (Track 16): “This is one of my favorite songs I’ve ever recorded…It’s brand new from The Emancipation of Mimi.”


    "We Belong Together," "It's Like That" and the other songs on Mariah's playlist are available for download at iTunes. Log on here and start downloading now!


    Source: iTunes | Mariah Daily | Andre

    Reminder: Vote for Mariah on BET, TRL, VH1 // 4:43 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Yesterday's video countdown results had "We Belong Together" moving up two spots from #6 to #4 on 106 & Park while slipping a notch to #2 on TRL. Let's keep on voting and make it #1!

    MTV's Total Request Live
    Vote online here or call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) during the following hours:
    4:25pm - 5:00pm Eastern Time
    3:25pm - 4:00pm Central Time
    2:25pm - 3:00pm Mountain Time
    1:25pm - 2:00pm Pacific Time
    TRL airs Monday-Friday at 5:00pm ET/PT.

    BET's 106 & Park
    Click here to vote online or call 1-800-617-LIVE (5483) between 5:30 and 6:00pm ET. BET's 106 & Park airs Monday-Friday, 6:00pm-7:30pm ET/PT; Saturday, 3:00pm-4:00pm ET/PT.

    VH1's Top 20 Video Countdown
    Post your vote online in the Top 20 Video Countdown Message Board. You can also request Mariah's video at VH1 by sending an e-mail to videorequest@vh1mail.com. Don't forget to watch the Top 20 Countdown on VH1 every week! Check out your local listings by clicking here.


    Source: Mariah Daily



      Wednesday, April 27 , 2005

    "We Belong Together" Climbs to No. 12 on Hot 100! // 8:34 PM EST Updated by Liron

    On merely its fourth week on the chart, "We Belong Together" takes a huge jump of 18 places from No. 30 to No. 12 on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart.

    The song also jumps from No. 28 to No. 15 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks.

    The video to "We Belong Together" continues doing great and was #2 today on MTV's TRL and #4 on BET's 106 & Park. Keep voting for the video by clicking the buttons to your right.

    "It's Like That" drops 6 places from No. 27 to No. 33 on the Billboard Hot 100.


    Source: Billboard Magazine | Josh

    "We Belong Together" Shows No Signs of Slowing Down // 6:04 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    A week after debuting #1 with her new CD The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah Carey’s second single, "We Belong Together" lands in the top 10 at Rhythm and is showing no signs of slowing down with over 3,330 spins (+748). Another strong week at retail (over 200,000 scanned) combined with the fact that the record is performing well in research is an indication that MC could be headed to the top of the charts, but she still must pass by Ciara and The Game which both post spin increases. MC’s media blitz has paid off as the press has hailed this CD as one of MC’s best to date. There’s no doubt that MC and Island Def Jam head LA Reid are pleased with not only the sales, but the overwhelmingly positive response MC’s latest effort has received, and there’s more Mariah hits yet to come.

    Related News:
    FMQB CHR: The exclusive MSN online premiere of MC's "We Belong Together" video was the biggest video premiere MSN has had to date. Over 1.1 Million video streams in 10 days! For the second week MC remains at the Top of the AOL Music Top 11 Song Chart with 2,974,234 Million plays! New CD scans another 200,000 units. New reports include KISS 108, KHKS, KRQQ & WKSC.

    All Access: MARIAH CAREY/We Belong Together (Island) - "Did you see those sales?!? This is pulling Top 5 phones and is a definite smash!" - WWYL PD KJ Bryant


    Source: FMQB

    Houston Press Reviews "Mimi" // 5:33 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey
    The Emancipation of Mimi

    By Dan Leroy

    Full (and damning) disclosure: This correspondent and Mariah's publicist were the only two people to publicly claim the universally reviled Glitter soundtrack was the best thing Ms. Carey had ever done. I was the only one who meant it and still insist that collection of '80s-inspired froth and naked confessionals marked Mimi's real emancipation. But as a follow-up (discounting 2002's play-it-safe Charmbracelet, which tried to control Glitter's damage and only made things worse), her eighth release is fine indeed, offering the ideal balance of cutting-edge hip-pop and organic R&B that has so often eluded Carey.

    Of course, part of Emancipation's appeal is contextual; true Mariah peers such as Whitney Houston have disappeared, replaced by a manufactured rivalry with J.Lo and lip-synching teens. Yet these songs seldom try too hard to make her case (the grating bling of "Get Your Number" is an exception) and are sometimes lovely, new Philly soul gems -- "I Wish You Knew" and "Stay the Night" being the best of a solid lot. Forget the alleged revelations: What will you learn about Mariah from brokenhearted tunes like "One and Only"? Less than what the music itself will tell you: Mimi is free of the unfortunate, partly unfair stigma of Glitter, at last.


    Source: Houston Press

    Mimi Can't Hold Off Matchbox Man Rob Thomas // 4:34 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    According to the latest SoundScan figures, Something To Be, Thomas' first batch of fresh-baked tracks as a solo artist, netted opening-week sales of nearly 252,000, and will bring Mariah Carey's tenure as Billboard's pack leader to an early end. But Thomas' first-week conquest was not a blowout.

    Carey's new one, The Emancipation of Mimi, closed out its second week in the retail realm with sales of little more than 226,000, bringing the album's two-week total to 631,000 plus. So while Thomas manages to bump Mariah from the chart's top spot, it wasn't exactly an overwhelming defeat. A 44 percent slip in Mimi scans undoubtedly helped his cause.

    Related News Links:
  • Rob Thomas Bumps Mariah (Rolling Stone)
  • Don't Cry For Mariah (Entertainment Weekly)
  • No Doubting Thomas at #1 (Hits Daily Double)


  • Source: MTV

    Mimi: Around The World // 2:26 PM EST Updated by Liron

    USA
    --Be sure to catch Mariah on the cover of the April 22, 2005 issue of HITS magazine. Stay tuned for larger scans from the magazine.

    --According to SoundScan, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has sold 226,169 copies on its second week for a total of 631,374 copies sold.

    The album took a 44% drop from last week's figures and slipped one spot to #2 on the Billboard 200. The album also dropped one spot to #2, behind Mike Jones's new album on the Top R&B / Hip-Hop Albums.

    --On the Hot Digital Songs chart, "We Belong Together" jumps from No. 27 to No. 17 with a 37% gain, selling 16,377 copies this week (for a total of 29,533).

    With a current figure of 69.078 million audience impressions and 7861 spins (Mediabase), "We Belong Together" is expected to take another leap on the Billboard Hot 100 this week.

    "It's Like That" drops two spots this week to No. 12 after being downloaded 21,100 times (for a total of 154,132).

    --Peter Rauhofer lists the remix he did for "We Belong Together" (Rauhofer Re-Construction Mix) as #10 on his current favorite remixes list.

    --Be sure to check out the official website of Kiss 95.7fm in CT to listen to the interview they conducted with Mariah recently.

    --Please vote for Mariah on the polls at Star Magazines and Vibe.com.

    --From Hits Daily Double: One Day Sales: The most likely Top 5 holdover is resurgent Island/IDJ diva Mariah Carey, who continues to show surprising strength entering her third week at retail.

    --"We Belong Together" was #1 yesterday on TRL and #6 on 106 & Park. Please continue voting for the video!

    France
    On the official French charts:
    "The Emancipation of Mimi": #14 (Last week #9)
    "It's Like That": #90 (New Entry)

    Germany
    --"We Belong Together" will be released in Germany on June 13th.

    --A tour to support "The Emancipation of Mimi" is scheduled for the autumn although no exact dates have been given out yet.

    --Mariah can be seen on the June issue of the German FHM magazine (comes out at the beginning of May).

    --"It's Like That" is #18 this week on the German charts (issue date April 29th) after dropping 3 places from #15.

    Greece
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" has debuted on the Greek IFPI Charts at #2.

    --"It's Like That" jumps three places from #19 to #16 on Kiss FM and one place from #7 to #6 on Athens Radio Deejay.

    --On Saturday, April 30th at 6:00pm, MAD TV's show "Mad X-Rays" will be dedicated to Mariah. Her short interview will be reaired along with information about her career highlights, personal life, videos and more.

    Hungary
    "It's Like That" enters the official Hungarian "Single Selling Chart", Mahasz at #5.

    Italy
    --On the official Italian charts:
    "The Emancipation of Mimi": #28 (Last week #23)
    "It's Like That": #27 (Last week #15)

    --"We Belong Together" will be officially released to Italian Radio stations on May 6th and the video will premiere on MTV during this week.

    Japan
    On the official Japanese charts (Oricon):
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #6 (Last Week #4) and #1 on the international albums chart for a fourth week in a row with 23,744 copies sold (for a total of 135,887).

    Portugal
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" jumps one spot up to #25 on its second week on the chart.

    Singapore
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" is #1 on Tower Records and HMV's best sellers lists but falls to #6 on its 3rd week at the RIAS official charts.

    --"It's Like That" continues to do well in radio and is up three places to #11 on Perfect10 and up one spot to #8 on Power98.

    MTV Asia
    "It's Like That" climbs two spots to #3 this week on the MTV Asia Hitlist.

    Switzerland
    On the official Swiss charts:
    "The Emancipation of Mimi": #15 (Last week #13)
    "It's Like That": #16 (Last week #10)

    UK
    Click here to see a scan of The Guardian's review for "The Emancipation of Mimi".


    Source: Mariah Daily | marbelous | BKS | Carol | PTGMC | Ricardo | Nick | Foni | MCILA | bluesky | Adi | Balázs | Mariah Lounge | Orestes | André | Ryan | Anthony | Gio | SRFRGUY101

    Kim Yoon-jin to Quiz Mariah Carey // 10:40 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Korean actress Kim Yoon-jin will interview pop singer Mariah Carey when she hosts the popular ABC talk show “The View” to be aired on Thursday. [Mariah Daily: "The View" with Mariah as guest is on Friday, April 29th. Check our Important Dates for Mariah's updated TV appearances.]

    The show, a 2003 Emmy Award winner, is broadcast across the U.S. every morning. It has five regular emcees in different age brackets, but celebrities are often invited as emcee of the day, with Kim taking the microphone on April 28.

    Kim will interview Mariah Carey, who recently released her new album “The Emancipation of Mimi.” Kim says she wants to use the opportunity to make herself known to American viewers.

    After signing an exclusive contract with a U.S. agency, Kim made her debut in the country by playing the role of Sun in the popular ABC miniseries "Lost.”

    She was recently interviewed by fashion magazine Vogue and says she is being flooded with offers for work. Her next project is the female lead opposite Billy Bob Thornton in the movie “Georgia Heat” to start shooting in August.


    Source: The Chosun I1bo

    Mariah's Star Turn Bedevils Miss Jones // 10:38 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey ignited a minidrama at hip-hop radio yesterday morning when she apparently stood up Hot-97 for a long chat with Star over at rival Power-105.

    Miss Jones and the WQHT (97.1 FM) team, unsurprisingly, were furious, calling Carey and her people unprofessional along with a number of less complimentary names.

    The drama started a little after 6 a.m., when Miss Jones and her team said Carey would be coming on the show live.

    Over on WWPR (105.1 FM), meanwhile, Star was saying that he and his team don't need guests, that they have enough to say without them.

    Around 8 a.m., though, Carey came on with Star, kicking off an extended, cordial chat during which Carey seemed to enjoy sparring as Star periodically tried to coax her into saying indiscreet things.

    She declined, for instance, to flat-out say whether she would sing a duet with Jennifer Lopez.

    She said she had been "counted out" enough times that she feels she needs to be "more generous" toward others.

    There was no official explanation why Carey went to Power. The team at Hot first said she had been delayed, then finally acknowledged she wasn't showing.


    Source: New York Daily News



      Tuesday, April 26 , 2005

    "Hits" Final Album Sales Tally: "Mimi" At #2 // 9:07 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Hits Daily Double's final album sales figures for week ending April 29, 2005 show Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" at #2 delivering respectable sales of 219,215 copies, a 46% drop from its smashing opening week sales of 406,330. Rob Thomas's debut solo album "Something To Be" takes the top spot with 244,955 copies sold, and "Who Is Mike Jones?" by Mike Jones comes in at #3 with 186,221 copies.

    'Hits' also reports the album's positions on the following retailers' top sellers lists:

    Virgin Megastore: #1
    Tower Records: #1
    Dimple Records: #2
    Independent Records: #2
    Hasting: #4
    Borders: #5
    Newbury Comics: #5

    Although the official sales for the album will be determined by SoundScan, "Hits Daily Double" is regarded to as a good and almost accurate measurement. The SoundScan figures apply to the Billboard charts and will be released later this week.


    Source: Hits Daily Double | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Makes History At MSN // 6:34 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The exclusive MSN online premiere of Mariah's We Belong Together video, the second single from her new album The Emancipation of Mimi was the BIGGEST video premiere MSN has ever had to date. Over 1.1 Million video streams in 10 days!

    Mariah Tops the AOL Music Chart
    For the second week Mariah remains at the Top of the AOL Music Top 11 Song Chart with 2,974,234 Million Plays!


    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Rove Live Australian Interview // 10:31 AM EST Updated by Shayne

    You can download the audio of Mariah's April 26th satellite interview with Rove McManus on the 'Rove Live' show.

    Among other things, Mariah mentioned how she would love to return to Australia but, it all depends on the success of the new album, 'The Emancipation Of Mimi'.

    If successful enough, the record company would feel compelled to bring her Down Under for a tour - which should kick off towards the end of the year.

    Download MP3


    Source: MariahDaily

    News Tidbits // 10:29 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --From New York Post: Next, it was over to Cipriani's 23rd Street for a party celebrating Mariah Carey and her new record. Mimi digs both Capri and Aspen. "I worked on my record [in Capri] last summer," she said. "It's festive, fabulous and the water is gorgeous."

    --NBC 4 on "The Emancipation of Mimi": The Diva is back, and from the opening seconds, it's clear that Carey's been listening to the radio. But more important, what she's done is applied modern R&B touches to what she does best, rather than the other way around. The first song is killer and then the ballads begin. Fans will not be disappointed.

    --New British talent Lucie Silvas cites Mariah as an influence in an interview with Guardian Unlimited: "I was obsessed. I remember the moment I first heard Vision of Love," says Silvas. "Then I saw this white girl with a black voice on television, and everything about her bowled me over. You could relate to her and yet she was a magical icon, and throughout my school days all I dreamed of was being like Mariah Carey. She sang with a gospel choir around her, which was always my dream. I just wanted to be her."

    --Check out Robert's redesigned and improved website, Eternally Mariah.

    --Last Saturday April 23rd, Mimi On The Move, MariahCareyUK's first fan event of 2005, took place in central London. A group of 30 UK fans travelled outside record stores to distribute promotional postcards. Below are photos from the event.


    --The Banding Together Project 2005 is still offering bracelets for sale. Visit their site, devoted.to/bandingtogether for more information.


    Source: Raymond | Robert | Matte

    Turn The Radio Up! // 4:31 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Be sure to tune in this morning to catch Mariah LIVE on New York's:

    Power 105 @ 7:30am with Star & Buc Wild

    Hot 97 @ 9:00am with Ms Jones & Ebro

    Times are subject to change.


    Source: MariahCarey.com



      Monday, April 25 , 2005

    This Week's Sales Chart Preview: "Mimi" at #2 // 6:16 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    With the sales week tally in full swing, early indications for this week’s album chart are that Matchbox 20 leader-gone-solo Rob Thomas will come out on top with a first-week total of around 230k-240k for Something to Be (Atlantic).

    At this point, that looks like it’ll be plenty to outpace Mariah Carey’s The Emancipation of Mimi (Island), which appears to be seeing the typical 50% second-week drop-off following her spectacular 400k-plus debut. Those doing the number crunching say Mimi should come in at around 205k or so this time around.

    Following Mariah should be the second Warner Music Group act to debut in the Top Five this week: Houston rapper Mike Jones, whose Who Is Mike Jones is on track to come in at #3 on sales of around 180k or better. Along with Thomas, Jones will give WMG one of its best weeks in recent memory.


    Source: Hits Daily Double

    "It's Like That" and "U Make Me Wanna" Singles Out in France // 3:56 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The following CD singles were released today in France:

    "It's Like That"
    Standard Edition
    Catalogue #: 0602498810583
    01. It's Like That
    02. It's Like That - David Morales Radio Remix (3:24)
    Order here.

    Limited Edition
    Catalogue #: 0602498817599
    01. It's Like That
    02. Sprung
    03. It's Like That - Video
    Order here.

    U Make Me Wanna
    Order here.


    Source: Mariahfanclub

    "We Belong Together" European Promo // 3:31 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Below are scans from the 5" European promo CD single of "We Belong Together".

    Catalogue #: MARIAHCDP6
    Tracklist
    1. We Belong Together (Main Version)
    2. Mariah Radio ID



    Source: Mariah Carey Portuguese Fanclub

    Mimi: Around The World // 2:42 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" - Worldwide Positions

    Thailand: #1 (New Entry)
    United States: #1 (NE)
    Canada: #2 (NE)
    Greece: #2 (NE)
    Phillipines: #2 (NE)
    Taiwan: #2 (Last Week: #2)
    Hong Kong: #3 (LW: #3)
    Japan: #4 (LW: #3)
    Mexico: #8 (NE)
    France: #9 (LW: #4)
    Switzerland: #13 (LW: #9)
    Spain: #15 (NE)
    United Kingdom: #16 (LW: #7)
    Australia: #20 (LW: #13)
    Italy: #23 (LW: #15)
    Austria: #24 (LW: #19)
    Netherlands: #25 (LW: #15)
    Germany: #26 (LW: #14)
    Portugal: #26 (LW: #49)
    Sweden: #32 (NE)
    Denmark: #56 (LW: #44)
    Norway: #68 (LW: #41)

    Note: These positions are for week #15 (Week ending April 16) of 2005. Although some countries' charts have already been updated (as listed below), the new positions will be counted into week #16.

    Australia
    --Below are the ARIA Chart Updates for "It's Like That" and "The Emancipation of Mimi":

    Top 40 singles chart:
    "It's Like That" moves up one spot to number 9, this was the song's debut and is currently still the peak position of it.

    Top 40 Albums chart:
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops 7 places to number 27. A rise is expected next week due to the Rove [Live] interview which will air on Tuesday at 9.30 on the ten network.

    Urban Charts:
    "It's Like That" remains at number 4 whereas "The Emancipation Of Mimi" drops 2 places to number 6.

    Club Chart:
    In its 8th week, "It's Like That" drops 4 places to number 24 on the Club chart.

    --MariahOz.com Competition:
    Can you come up with something creative to promote 'The Emancipation of Mimi'? MariahOZ.com wants you and your creative talent for our new competition.

    The Rules:
    - Option 1:
    Come up with a flyer or street poster to promote the album and single.
    - Option 2:
    Come up with a promotional plan for a promo tour for Mariah in your capital city for one day. It must include promotional ideas on the album and single (i.e. it may include radio interviews, television spots etc.)

    Just choose one option and send in your entrees before Saturday, 30th of April. The most creative ideas will win!Enter a maximum of 2 times. Send your entries here.

    The prizes include:
    - 1 x 'The Emancipation of Mimi' Australian Street Poster!
    - 1 x 'The Return of The Voice' United States promo Street poster!
    - 1 x "It's Like That" Australian single
    - 1 x "The Emancipation of Mimi" A3 sized laminated poster!

    ANYONE CAN ENTER - EVEN INTERNATIONAL FANS!

    Denmark
    "It’s Like That" is currently #23 on the Official Danish Singles Chart; this week it jumped two places from #25 and the week before it jumped 24 places from #49!
    The track also peaked at #8 on the Official Danish Dance chart and is currently sitting at #12.

    "The Emancipation Of Mimi" debuted on the Official Danish Album Chart at #44 (a vast improvement from "Charmbracelet's" #76 entry) and is now at #56. The album is expected to go higher this week, since ads have started running on national TV.
    The reviews have been mixed, but the majority are above average, and all leading Danish newspapers and magazines are happily welcoming Mariah Carey back onto the pop scene.

    El Salvador
    "It's Like That" has risen on El Salvador's largest radio station, La Femenina 102.5, moving up from #10 to #8 (peak) on the station's chart (las 11 del 11).
    Request Line: 224-2411

    Germany
    On the official German charts:
    "It's Like That": #15 (LW: #14)
    "The Emancipation of Mimi": #26 (LW: #14)
    Be sure to check out scans from the German Amica magazine (April issue) on Butterfly-MC.

    Hong Kong
    In its second week, "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #2 on the HK HMV International Pop Album Chart and English Album Chart. The accumulated sales figure is about 400 copies.

    Indonesia
    According to Universal Music Indonesia, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has sold approximately 17,000 copies in Indonesia.

    Italy
    "It's Like That" is up 24 places to #12 on "Top of the Pops" Italy. The TOTP chart in Italy is compiled from the song's sales and airplay.

    Mexico
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" has debuted at #8 on Mexico's top 10 album chart.

    South Africa
    Metro FM: For the second consecutive week, "It's Like That" is on Top of the Metro FM International Top 40.

    East Coast Radio: On East Coast Radio's Global Hot Hits, "It's Like That" is a non mover and
    remains steady at Number 6.
    "It's Like That" jumps 2 places and moves into the No. 6 on East Coast Radio's Top 20.

    Good Hope FM: "It's Like That" drops 8 spots to the Number 11 position on the chart.

    5Fm: "It's Like That" holds onto the Top Spot for the second week on the High 5 @ 5.
    In it's fourth week on the chart, "It's Like That" climbs 4 places to the No. 17 position on 5Fm's Top 40.

    Spain
    Like each Saturday, Mariah Carey continues climbing on Cadena 100's top songs. This week, "It's Like That" gains 4 positions and is #5. It's the 7th week of the song in this chart. Keep voting with your mobile phone by sending "100 TUNOMBRE TUPROVINCIA MARIAH CAREY" to 5211.

    UK
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops to #23 (Last week #16) and "It's Like That" drops only 3 places to #11 (Last week #8).

    USA
    --The official SoundScan figures for "The Emancipation of Mimi" are 403,755 copies sold in its first week of release (total of 405,205 copies due to street violations).

    --Please continue to request for Mariah on TRL and 106 & Park. Vote online by using the links provided on the right hand side of this page or phone in, 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688) for TRL and 1-800-617-LIVE (5483), 106 & Park.

    --A huge "The Emancipation of Mimi" banner dominates the facade of ABC Studios in New York! Click here to view.

    --LetsSingIt.com ranks "We Belong Together" as the #1 Most Requested Song, "The Emancipation of Mimi" - the #1 Most Requested Album, and Mariah - the #2 Most Requested Artist.

    Euro Charts (04/30/2005 Update)
    European Top 100 Albums
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops from #4 to #10 on its second week.

    European Hot 100 Singles
    "It's Like That" drops from #8 to #13 on its fourth week (charting in 11 territories).

    Global Charts
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #1 on the Worldwide Albums Chart and "It's Like That" is #8 on the Worldwide Singles Chart.
    The positions on these charts are determined according to 21 countries around the world.

    United World Chart / Mediatraffic
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #1 on the Worldwide Albums Chart and "It's Like That" is #6 on the Worldwide Tracks Chart. The positions on these charts are determined according to 24 countries around the world.

    Top Hits Online
    "It's Like That" is #1 on the Top Hits Online weekly top 100.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Mariah Carey Portuguese Fanclub | Aiden | Eric | Mariah Lounge | MariahCarey.dk | Mundo Mariah | Fede | Pieter | Zane | JRKing | Joe | Rob | Aladerri | Sebastian



      Sunday, April 24 , 2005

    News From April 22nd & April 23rd // 5:58 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah in Magazines
    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of the April/May issue of the Latin magazine, Para Todos; and the May 2nd issues of Star and InTouch Weekly magazines.


    Mariah's Debt to Society
    Mariah Carey totally hearts you - yes, you - for taking her back to No. 1. She told me so herself.

    "I'm just excited, and you know what? I owe it all to the fans," she said at a party for her blockbuster comeback, "The Emancipation of Mimi," on Thursday night. "Because they stuck with me and they are feeling this album, so it's an exciting thing.

    "I just want to say thank you and they always know how much I appreciate them, but it's so nice to have such incredible fans that never let me down, and they encourage me and inspire me."

    Awww.

    Mariah was accompanied on the beige rug (that was weird: the Tribeca Film Festival must have booked all the red carpet) by venti-sized Vogue editor at large, Andre Leon Talley.

    I asked him if they were dating, but his response was drowned out by the photographers. (God bless Andre. He's always head-to-toe in a designer suit, but you know in his heart he's wearing a pink Speedo and a tiara.)

    Source: New York Daily News

    Photo Update: Mariah's Album Release Parties
  • Mariah Carey celebrates the release of her album "The Emancipation of Mimi" and its debut at #1 at Cipriani, New York City, New York on April 21, 2005. Click each thumbnail below for a larger, full-scale view of these MariahDaily.com exclusives!


  • Trendslife & S.C.L.A.S.S hosted the Official Mariah Carey Album Release Party last Saturday, April 16th at The City, New York. Mariah Carey was in the place and was joined by Jay-Z & Jamal Crawford from the NY Knicks, among other guests. Below are photos from the party.



    Did #1 Take Mariah by Surprise?
    Head over to MTV to see a short clip of an interview with Mariah where she talks about her album sales.

    Transcript
    "Even if this album, you know, were to have however many number one hits, right? It could never be as big as "Music Box" which is my biggest worldwide album ("Daydream" is my biggest album in America) because records don't sell like that anymore, you know what I mean? So I'm kind of lucky that I started so young and I did make all those records and I did get to have like those 30 million albums sold, but people just... you really can't do that anymore."

    Billboard Updates
    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date April 30, 2005.

    The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #1 (Debut)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1 (Debut)
    Billboard Top Internet Albums: #3 (Last Week #18)

    It's Like That
    Billboard Hot 100: #27 (Last week #36)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #69 (Last week #61)
    Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales: #30 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Pop 100: #21 (Last Week #29)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #42 (Last Week #39)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #46 (Last week #42)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #53 (Last week #36)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales: #17 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #7 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #13 (Last Week #20)

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100: #30 (Last Week #61)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #28 (Last Week #36)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #50 (Debut)
    Billboard Pop 100: #39 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #28 (Last Week #33)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #26 (Last Week #32)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #21 (Debut)

    "It's Like That" Remixes on Vinyl

    Exclusive "It's Like That" remixes by David Morales and Scott Storch are being made available to purchase on Vinyl so be sure to pick up your copy on April 26!

    Commercial Dance 12" of It's Like That
    Tracklisting:
    A1. David Morales Club Mix 8:27
    B1. Stereo Experience 10:45

    Commercial Urban 12" of It's Like That - Remix By Scott Storch
    Tracklisting:
    A1. Album Version
    A2. Instrumental
    B1. Remix featuring Fat Joe
    B2. Remix Instrumental

    Mariah Carey - On Her Past, Present & Future In Music

    Jet Magazine, April 25, 2005
    By: Melody K. Hoffman


    Mariah Carey’s past has taught her how to live in the present and what to hope for in the future. With the release of her 10th studio album in her 15-year career, The Emancipation of Mimi, the R&B songstress now shares this liberation and her inner self with fans.

    "Mimi is just one of those nicknames that I have that mainly my friends and family use for me, people really close to me," Carey explains to Jet. "When I was naming the album, I was going back and forth with concepts with (Island Def Jam chairman) L.A. Reid and he had heard somebody call me Mimi and he felt that was really a cute name and that kind of represented the spirit that he was hearing on this record. I felt ‘emancipation of Mimi’ was cool because it is like a free-spirit type thing."

    The multimillion-selling, two-time Grammy winner is confident and upbeat about this latest project. Carey worked with superstar producer Jermaine Dupri for many of the album's tracks, including It's Like That and We belong Together. She also worked with the Neptunes, Kanye West and hip-hop stars Snoop, Nelly, and Twista. "There are a lot of ballads, but the main vibe is very up-tempo, fun songs."

    It’s been 15 years since the start of Carey’s rise to the top-selling female artist of all time. Her debut album in 1990 tore up the charts with the string of hit singles Vision of Love, Love Takes Time, I Don’t Wanna Cry, and Someday. Her 15 no. 1 singles rank more than any female artist, a feat that has rendered a No.1 hit in every year for 11 consecutive years (1990-2000).

    However, everything that glitters isn't gold. As her star was rising, Carey says she was struggling with issues in her life that caused her to make some self-destructive decisions, namely her 1993 marriage to then Sony Music president Tommy Mottola, who was 20 years her senior. The power couple divorced four years later. Carey says if it was not for her faith in God, there would not have been a present or future in music for her. "My faith has really carried me through the entirety of my career. God puts you through really intense struggles to test your faith, to make you a stronger person and bring you closer to God," the 35-year-old singer says. "From early childhood I have had to deal with the fact that my parents got divorced when I was 3 and that I grew up in a biracial household-the whole situation was just very difficult for me. I had an inside ear to two different worlds and now realize how much racism is still a big part of the world today.

    "It’s a constant learning experience, and the more I grow the more I understand how it’s shaped me. It made me insecure in a lot of ways-which made me make certain decisions to get into certain relationships because they felt safe. It felt safe to be with an older man because I really didn’t have that type of situation when I was growing up. I made a lot of decisions to try to feel secure. I think that was part one of my lesson. Then I had the struggle of trying to get out of a really difficult relationship I got into when I was very, very young. That taught me a big lesson in control-when you’re in a relationship that’s not healthy, it’s difficult to maintain who you are."

    Carey says, "Once I got out of that, I had a whole bunch of other struggles to go through, business-wise-pitfalls and things that I encountered-I feel like I encountered them because I lost touch with those private moments of prayer. I was dealing more with the issues of this world as opposed to really doing the best thing for me-just turn to God to say 'I need you to handle this for me.' That's the point I’m at now. There’s always drama-I’ve just learned to be centered enough to deal with it."

    From pressure of filming her first movie, Glitter, and recording the soundtrack album by the same name, Carey checked herself into a treatment facility for exhaustion in 2001. Though the incident was chronicled as an emotional breakdown, Carey feels it was blown out of proportion and it was just a case of her needing some rest. She was known for working days at a time without taking a break. " I think I’ve learned how to treat myself with more respect as opposed to letting people run my life. I don’t think those people really understood I needed my space, my time, my rest, my moments of going to church and just having moment to have down time. Before I was treated like someone who isn’t human, who doesn’t require sleep. They forget those things because they see you smile for the camera and they think you’re OK."

    Carey, a talented songwriter who has written or co-written virtually every one of her songs, takes pride in the control she has over her music and her career now. Her stardom began with a wholesome image and soaring ballads that highlighted her multioctave voice. Now she has a sexier image in her videos and concerts and switched musically by collaborating with more hip-hop artists.

    Asked if she felt that she’s ever slipped away from the Black Community Carey says, "I feel like early on, the record company marketed me. I signed record deals at 18 years old; I didn’t know about marketing strategy," Carey explains. " I feel like they intentionally didn’t want people to understand the full picture of who I am. I didn’t even know the White side of my family. My mother’s side disowned her when she married my father because he was Black. They didn’t acknowledge the kids or the marriage."

    The famed New Yorker is currently working on various projects, including a Broadway play. She says it’s still in the making, but producers are going to be writing around her Christmas album, Merry Christmas.

    Deep down inside, Carey genuinely values her fans. A stronger person who feels she has come full circle, she says fans can look forward to a future filled with music from Mariah Carey. " I know I’ll always be an optimistic, eternal 12-year-old at heart, very much all about having fun. Nothing has ever broken that side of my spirit. Things may have gotten me down for a minute, but I’ve never really fully lost that side of myself. After everything I’ve been through, I’m in a really great place with my career right now, and really happy as a person."


  • Source: Mariah Daily | All The Parties



      Thursday, April 21 , 2005

    Billboard's "Chart Beat" Facts For "Mimi" // 1:34 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Emancipated
    For the first time in seven-and-a-half years, Mariah Carey is sitting in pole position on The Billboard 200. "The Emancipation of Mimi" is her first album to reach No. 1 since "Butterfly" debuted at the summit the week of Oct. 4, 1997.

    "Mimi" marks the first time a solo female has had a No. 1 album on the Island imprint. Actually, this is the first No. 1 album on Island for any solo act, or any woman. The only other act on the Island roster to top the Billboard album chart until now is U2. The Irish rockers had five consecutive No. 1 albums on Island, beginning with "The Joshua Tree," which went to the top eight years ago this week.

    "Mimi" is Carey's fifth No. 1 album on The Billboard 200. Her self-titled debut spent 11 weeks on top in 1991. Two years later, her "Music Box" CD had an eight-week reign. In 1995, "Daydream" ruled for six weeks. Adding in the one week "Butterfly" spent at No. 1, and this is Carey's 27th week on top of the album chart.

    "Mimi" also debuts at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, where it is Carey's first chart-topper in almost 10 years. "Daydream" spent one lone week on top in October 1995. Carey's only other No. 1 R&B album was "Music Box," with two weeks at the head of the list in 1993.

    It's also a good chart week for Carey on the Billboard Hot 100, where the first hit from "Mimi," "It's Like That," rebounds 36-27 and the follow-up, "We Belong Together," rockets 61-30.


    Source: Chart Beat

    Mariah to Celebrate The Release of "Mimi" // 11:34 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey to Celebrate the Release of The Emancipation of Mimi and Her All-Time Career-High First Week Sales

    Music Industry Elite and Tastemakers Commemorate the Return of "The Voice" and Celebrate Her Musical Achievements .

    Island Def Jam recording artist and songwriter Mariah Carey will host an exclusive celebration honoring the release of her explosive 10th studio album The Emancipation of Mimi and its phenomenal debut at #1 on the Billboard chart. This marks Mariah's first time debuting at #1 with first week sales reaching above 403K. New York City's sexiest elite will be in attendance as well as arrivals from the hottest names in entertainment, including Sean Combs, Andre Leon Talley, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, Lindsey Lohan, Stephon Marbury, Donald Trump, Terrell Owens, Vince Carter, Russell Simmons, Kimora Lee Simmons, Jay-Z, Kanye West, among others.

    What: A Private Celebration of the Release of Mariah Carey's The Emancipation of Mimi and Its Debut at #1.

    When: Thursday, April 21, 2005, 9pm
    Press set-up, 8pm

    Where: Cipriani, 200 Fifth Avenue, bet. 23rd and 24th (press entrance on 23rd Street).


    Source: Business Wire

    Never mind 50, Mariah's No. 1 // 11:08 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Wound-weary 50 Cent took a beating when Mariah Carey pummeled him with a hefty weapon - her pipes.
    After six weeks at No. 1, 50 Cent's "Massacre" was knocked out of the sweet spot this week by "The Emancipation of Mimi," a CD titled after the vocal gymnast's nickname.

    Despite a film flop, a panned album and a 2001 breakdown, Carey claims to have freed herself from emotional and professional shackles.

    With 403,755 copies sold in the first week of its release, "Mimi" is the biggest debut of the singer's career.

    "This album takes me back to where I was when I made my first demo," Carey, who co-wrote the songs on "Mimi," told the Daily News.

    "That was a time and place when it was just me sitting in a little room making music. People have so many opinions, on everything from the curl of your hair to the trill of your last note. This time around I just did exactly what I wanted."

    Read the rest of the article here.

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  • Source: NY Daily News

    Mariah Carey: Make It Happen (All Hip Hop Interview) // 10:55 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Ever since Mariah Careys first album dropped 15 years ago, her status in the public eye evolved from R&B Cinderella to Pop Princess as her career progressed. By 1999 she was the first artist to have a hit song in every single year of the 90s. She sold millions of records and won two Grammys, eight American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade" Award and the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium". Mariah entered into the new millennium with an $80 million dollar deal with Virgin Records the biggest deal ever signed by an artist.

    Where does an artist go from there? For Mariah, it seemed as though it was all downhill. Within a year of landing her Virgin contract, her film Glitter was released and received some of the worst reviews in the history of film. She suffered some serious personal setbacks, and talks of her depression and suicidal feelings became fodder for the media and public.

    By 2002 she left Virgin and moved on to Island/Def Jam with her own label imprint to release her ninth album, Charmbracelet, picking up steam once again with multi-platinum sales. Even still, the publics scornful eye seemed to continue to disregard her phenomenal successes and charity work, focusing instead on her short-term failures.

    After a hiatus, Mariah is back with a vengeance in 2005 with The Emancipation of Mimi, her tenth album, and most personal work to date. Recently, AllHipHop.com Alternatives had the opportunity to get friendly with Mimi, and find out more about her new direction in life.

    AllHipHop.com Alternatives: How would you describe the sound of your new album?

    Mariah: Its more fun, party records. There are still those songs that can make you cry. I was on tour for a long time, and Ive been to places like Russia. Ive seen all these types of fans and I really experienced life on the road. I never really did a long tour before. It also got my voice in a place that really good in general. I would do a show, and then I would take like two days off. So I got a really good schedule, which was good for vocal rest this may be hard for people to understand who arent singers. I really need to take care of my voice. So being on that tour really got my voice into a place where it was before I did my first album. It's a great place to be.

    AHHA: Can you explain the meaning behind the name Mimi?

    Mariah: It was a nickname that nobody called me Mariah. Only my mother or people who dont know me call me that. Mariah has become a foreign name, and theres a negative perception that comes with that. Basically The Emancipation of Mimi was the freeing of my mind and spirit. I told LA Reid the concept for the title, and he loved it. He was like, I totally feel you as a person when I hear this album, as opposed to an over produced studio moment.

    AHHA: You mentioned [in the past] that you were depressed. Are you happier now?

    Mariah: Yeah. Nobody really asked me about that, because it is so played out and so misconstrued - honestly it is just like any other person having a bad day - but with me it was blown out of proportion. That is with everything we go through - it is apart of our journey of being human beings. I am grateful for every moment that I have been through; I am not mad or bitter about anything that I went through. I had to go through difficult times to get to this point in my life and career. The excitement around this record is genuine. Even on the record it was not anything that was forced on me - that is the cool thing about the record. This is the first glimpse into the album, and it is getting a really good response. I am at a better place because it is something I had to go through to find a better moment.

    AHHA: How do you feel about Def Jam? Have you discussed your plans with Jay-Z?

    Mariah: LA and I have been working together on this project from the beginning, so it has really been our thing, but now that Jay is there I will be able to bounce ideas off of him, because that would be something I would do even if he wasnt president of the label. It is great that he is there; I believe that he and LA make a great team.

    AHHA: Why was your project pushed back?

    Mariah: I wrote four more records; I went to Atlanta to work with [Jermaine Dupri] because LA was like, Why havent you worked with Jermaine already? Jermaine and I have been working together since My Baby, but now you can watch peoples careers grow and flourish. I am really happy to see people that love music in a powerful position, because even LA Reid was a producer.

    AHHA: What was the writing process with this album?

    Mariah: It was a good experience because I really got to stretch; I have been wanting to work with Kanye for a long time. We tried a couple of things previously and it never happened, but this time around it did. We did a record call Stay The Night, I got a beat from Traxter and did a song called One And Only. I saw Twista backstage at a show and I was telling him about the track, and he said that beat was supposed to be for him and he had written something for it, so we did a collaboration.

    I finally worked with Pharrell. I feel like he had me in a different arena from what I am used to chord-wise - he is very creative yet has a young sensibility. It was really different experience for me - I was in one room, Snoop in the next, Nelly in one room working on his album, I ended up doing records with both of them. It was more like a party experience. Instead of making an album and trying to make it a contrived moment, this was like lets have a good time, and lets make music that makes me happy or inspired.

    AHHA: What makes you happy?

    Mariah: At this moment in my life it is music. Making this record has put me in a creative zone, which is good for me as a person. So that is the center for me as a human being, and that is the way it has always been - being creative has always saved me, even as a young person. During difficult times I had an outlet.

    AHHA: There was a whole lot of talk about your movie Glitter. Do you have any plans on acting?

    Mariah: I dont know what can be said about Glitter. That talk about it is so tired. We all know it didnt do what we would have hoped for. But truthfully there are so many films that were not that successful either. I did an independent movie right after that with Mira Sorvino, who is an Academy Award winner, called Wise Girl, and I played a girl in the mafia who is a drug dealer and waitress. It did really well and got good reviews at the Sundance Film Festival, but it was overshadowed by the other mess. I am really focused on music right now, but there are more [plans] for the future with independent films with me playing character roles.

    -- By Houston Williams


    Source: All Hip Hop | MakeItLast



      Wednesday, April 20 , 2005

    We Belong Together Leaps Into Top 30 // 7:57 PM EST Updated by Shayne

    More great chart news today for Mariah as her latest single, 'We Belong Together' leaps into the top 30 on the US Billboard Hot 100 Singles chart.

    This represents a massive 31 spot leap up the chart from last week's position.

    'It's Like That' also makes a move back up the chart to 27 this week. Last week, the single looked to be dropping off the chart when it fell to 36.

    This gives Mariah two top 30 hits in the same week from 'The Emancipation of Mimi' album.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Pulse Music Forums

    Download "Mimi I Wanna Sing" Contest on 106 & Park // 5:40 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the links below to download Mariah's appearance on BET's 106 & Park on Tuesday, April 19th, 2005.

    In this show, recorded on April 18th, Mariah picks the winner from the "Mimi I Wanna Sing" contest and they perform "It's Like That" together.

    "It's Like That" Performance & 3rd Single Discussion
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    Download Instructions:
  • Make sure you have WinRar installed on your computer.
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  • Right click on one of the downloaded RAR files and click on "Extract Here".


  • Source: Mariah Daily | Vinny

    Mimi: Around The World // 2:56 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Canada
    --From Jam! Music: [50 Cent's] album, selling 11,700, held off a strong challenge from Mariah Carey's comeback disc "The Emancipation of Mimi," which premiered at No. 2 on sales of 11,000.

    --Vote for "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" on the popular Canadian videos countdown MMM Top10.

    France
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops 5 spots to #9 on the official French charts.

    Germany
    It's Like That:
    Musicload.de: #21
    iTunes Singles: #8
    iTunes Single (RnB):#3
    iTunes Singles (Pop): #40
    Universal Download Charts: #2
    AOL Single Downloads: #11
    Jamba Ringtone Charts: #1

    We Belong Together:
    iTunes Singles (Pop): #94

    The Emancipation Of Mimi:
    iTunes Albums: #13
    iTunes Albums (Pop): #5

    Radio Charts:
    98.8 Kiss FM - Top 40 Countdown: #3 (Last week #4) . Keep voting here.
    Big FM - bigFM Hotrotation: #22 (#41) (Request Line: 01804 603000)
    Jam FM -Charts: #11 (#6) (Request Line: 01378 88 66 33)
    Radio Energy - Euro Hot 30: #13 (#17)
    Radio Galaxy - Galaxy Favorites: #11 (#19). Keep voting here.
    SWR3: Request here.

    Keep voting on TRL Germany online or by calling 030 700100700.

    Greece
    --"It's Like That" remains at #7 on Athens' Radio Deejay 95.2 FM and moves up another five places from #24 to #19 on Kiss FM 92.9.

    --In a short interview with Themis Georgantas for MAD TV, Mariah talked about being in the island of Crete about five years ago but didn't stay long because one of her co-travellers died. Mariah said she would love to visit Greece again in the summer for vacations or a concert and that she loves Greece for its beauty and huge history. She said that she has about 4 closest friends, she didn't name them but she did say that one of them she knows from school and another she knows even prior to her 1st album release.

    Mariah said she likes going to NY clubs in her free time because smoking is not allowed there and that she also enjoys staying at home with friends and watching DVDs. When asked about being in love, she answered that she is in love with life and she wants to keep her private life private. She said that she is not really watching the Michael Jackson trial but she hopes justice will prevail in the end and that he is innocent until found guilty. Watch a clip from the interview at MariahGreece.tk and be sure to visit the greek Mariah club.

    Holland
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops from #15 to #25 in the albums top 100 chart. "It's Like That" climbs from #32 to #24 on the official Dutch singles chart.

    Hong Kong
    --"It's Like That" jumped to #1 on its fourth week at Radio 997's international chart and climbed to #6 (from #9) on the Radio 903 international chart on its second week.

    --Universal Hong Kong has created a website for "The Emancipation of Mimi". Click here to visit it.

    Italy
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops 8 places to #23 and "It's Like That" drops 8 places to #15 on the official Italian charts.

    Japan
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" has been #1 on the Oricon International Album weekly chart for three consecutive weeks. Below are the chart positions for the album on the Oricon Combined Album weekly chart:

    1st week: #2 (49,456 units sold)
    2nd week: #3 (32,969)
    3rd week: #4 (29,718)

    Total sales:112,143 albums sold.

    Be sure to download Mariah's appearances on the Japanese shows "Can You Speak English?" and "LoveCHR" from Ayako's site, Pip and Pow.

    Portugal
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is up to #26 (last week #49) and becomes the first top 30 album for Mariah since "Greatest Hits".

    Singapore
    "It's Like That" moves to #9 on Power98. "The Emancipation of Mimi" was ranked at #1 on HMV Stores on its first week of release.

    South Africa
    Metro FM: "It's Like That" hits the TOP SPOT on Metro FM's International Top 40.
    East Coast Radio: "It's Like That" climbs a massive 7 places to No. 6 in it's 6th week on the chart.
    The song also jumps 5 places and moves into the No. 8 on East Coast Radio's Top 20.
    Good Hope FM: It's Like That remains at No. 3 on the Top 40 chart.
    5FM: Mariah hits Number 1 on 5Fm's High 5 @ 5. This is the first time that Mariah has hit the Top of this chart. On its third week on the chart, It's Like That climbs 4 places to the No. 21 position on 5Fm's Top 40.
    Continue voting for "It's Like That" on MTV Base Africa.

    Spain
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #15 on the official Spanish albums chart.

    "It's Like That" stays at #9 on the Cadena 100.

    Continue voting for the video on MTV Spain!

    Sweden
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #22 on the official Swedish album charts.

    Switzerland
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops from #9 to #13 while "It's Like That" jumps to #10 from #12 on the official swiss charts.

    Taiwan
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" is #2 on three main foreign album selling charts in Taiwan: Asia Music, 5 Music and G-Music. "It's Like That" reached #2 on three main local radio charts (HitFM, ICRT, UFO Radio) and "We Belong Together" was #2 on Kiss radio chart.

    --MCTW is holding a contest with Universal Music Taiwan. Taiwanese fans can join the contest and find out more details on the site.

    --There was a Mariah feature with details taken from the "Blender" interview in Taiwan's biggest newspaper "Apple Daily".

    MTV Asia
    After making an eight-spot move from #17 to #9 last week, "It's Like That" rises 4 more spots to hit #5 on its 3rd week in the MTV Asia Hitlist.

    UK & Ireland
    "We Belong Together" will be released in Ireland on June 3rd whereas it will be released on June 6th in the U.K. There will be 2 formats of the single: one being a CD single with remixes and the other being a DVD single.

    USA
    --Mariah is on the cover of Jet magazine, issue date: April 25th, 2005.

    --On Tuesday April 12th, a group of Mariah's fans in Tucson, Arizona celebrated the release of "The Emancipation of Mimi." This fan gathering was prepared by Larry Hernandez months before the release of Mariah's new album. Back in November, the gathering was announced on Mariah's official fan club website. The goal was to promote the new album, and all of the guests agreed to help spreading the word about "Emancipation." Read the rest of the story on Mariah Hero.

    --Mirabar, in Providence, Rhode Island will be holding a release party for "The Emancipation of Mimi" on Friday, April 22nd. Free posters and copies of Mariah's critically acclaimed new CD "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be given. One lucky person will get an autographed copy of the new CD.

    --"It's Like That" slips one spot to #19 on Ryan Seacrest's 'AT 40' countdown. The song is #17 on the voters picks list [Weeks: 8 / Peak: #17]. Please vote online here.

    --"It's Like That" slips nine spots to #25 on Rick Dees Weekly Top 40 countdown [Peak: #15]. On the same countdown, "We Belong Together" moves up fives spots to #33 [Weeks: 2 / Peak: #33].


    Source: Mariah Daily | Fede | Pip and Pow | bluesky | Adi | Sergei | Enrico | Nick | Gert | Mariah Lounge | Ra-Fael | Tommy | Mariah Hero | Mike | MCILA | Michaja | Chris | Foni | Ryan | The Real Dirt | MariahSpanish | Ricardo | Mathos | Zane

    Mariah Thanks Fans For All The Support! // 1:07 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Head over to Mariah's Official Site to listen to Mariah's new voice message.

    Transcript:

    Hi! *Wooooooo* *Claps* Yes we're here celebrating and it would not be complete without calling you guys on the phone!!! (background: "exactly!").

    I just want to say how much I love and appreciate you, everybody who's never left me, always been here, just everybody who supported this record and you know, the true complete and total... I'm gonna go old school and say "lambs"!

    Because seriously, I can't even know what to say, I'm so happy and I'm so grateful. I went a little overboard, but you know it's been a really amazing week and an incredible day and I just want you to know how much I love you! And I don't even know, like, what else was, I was gonna say? There were so many things I wanted to say... Obviously thank you for my biggest first week ever in the history of my life! *laughs*

    No, but seriously, I'm sitting here, I'm just like calling people, calling my friends and I'm like "I have to call the fans", 'cause it wouldn't be complete, it wouldn't even remotely be close to being complete if I didn't call you and say "I love you much!" bye bye! *Mwah* (background: "Thank you!!")


    Source: MariahCarey.com | Transcript: Mariah Daily

    2nd Week Sales Projection for "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 12:47 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Now that 50 Cents six-week reign is over, its once again open season on the top chart position. Shooting for the throne on next weeks Top 50 Albums chart is Rob Thomas, whose first solo album is chugging toward a debut in the 200k-220k range, so at this point it looks like the Matchbox Twenty frontman will get his #1, and Atlantic will have its first hit in a long, long time.

    Behind the Robster is Houston rapper Mike Jones, whose first album (Warner Bros.) is on course to finish at just shy of 200k. That total could put Jones in a battle for #2 with this weeks chart queen, Mariah Carey. Scoring the #1 and #2 albums would provide a much-needed psychological boost for the Warner Music Group, whose long-running cold streak isnt exactly what the doctor ordered as IPO judgment day approaches.


    Source: Hits Daily Double

    Ask Billboard: Unfair Practice? // 12:44 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Hi Keith,

    I've always wondered about the practice of including bonus tracks on international releases. The issue most recently comes to mind because the Japanese version of Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" contains two extra songs. A scenario I can understand is when an artist re-records a popular song in another language and uses that version to promote the CD in other countries.

    But in this case, the songs are in English and would have no greater appeal to the Japanese. Isn't it unfair that hardcore American fans have to pay 20-30 dollars more for imports at stores such as Virgin Megastore just for two extra songs? And assuming people do spend the extra money, doesn't that take away from the U.S. sales that would otherwise count towards the Billboard charts? Am I missing something? Is there really some logic to this?

    Thanks,

    Jay Urban

    Keith Caulfield answers:

    Hello Jay,

    The goal isn't to force Americans to buy the Japanese import. The goal is to keep the domestic Japanese customers from buying the American import.

    Because U.S. albums are also exported to other countries, and because our dollar is weak compared to the Japanese yen, it ultimately doesn't cost very much to import an American album into Japan. Therefore, if you are a customer in Japan, and you go to your local Virgin Megastore and you see two different Mariah albums -- one being the domestic Japanese version that costs a lot, and another being the cheap U.S. import -- you'd tend to buy the cheaper American version.

    Japanese record labels started adding bonus tracks to their domestic versions in order to curb this trend, and to encourage the purchase of Japanese-produced albums. Now, if you are a customer in Japan presented with the slightly more-expensive Japanese edition of an album with bonus tracks, versus the cheaper American version, you might opt to buy the Japanese version.


    Source: Billboard | Heady

    Downloads Increase For Mariah's Singles // 10:36 AM EST Updated by Liron

    "It's Like That" jumps from #12 to #7 this week on the Billboard Digital Tracks chart.

    The song also jumps from #16 to #10 on the Hot Digital Songs chart after being downloaded 23,379 times this week for a total of 133,032.

    "We Belong Together" debuts at #27 on the Hot Digital Songs chart with 11,978 downloads (total downloads: 13156.)

    Both songs are expected to rise on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


    Source: Mariah Daily | marbelous | Carol

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" - A Chart Topper : Official Press Release // 7:47 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #1 - All-time career-high first week sales of 403,000!

    -- Also Big Debuts around the World Including #1 in Japan, #7 in U.K., #4 in France and #2 in Canada

    -- "We Belong Together" in Big 10 Rotation on MTV and Heavy Rotation on BET

    -- "We Belong Together" and "It's Like That" videos both in XXL rotation on VH1

    -- New York Times: "A 21st century pop contender," and "A fun-loving R&B/hip-hop album"

    Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey explodes back onto the U.S. charts as her brand new Island Def Jam album, THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, featuring the singles It's Like That and We Belong Together, nets the greatest first week sales of her career - at 403,000 units - and earns a #1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

    "Working with Mariah has been a dream for me since day one," said Antonio "L.A." Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. "Mariah is a labor of love, and to witness this album's overwhelming acceptance in its first week out is truly inspirational. Congratulations to the entire IDJ team for their tremendous support on this campaign thus far. I couldn't be more thrilled for Mariah's success and for the future of what we believe is one of her greatest albums ever."

    The videos for We Belong Together and It's Like That are both in XXL rotation on VH1. We Belong Together - currently in Big 10 Rotation on MTV and Heavy Rotation on BET - provides the stunning conclusion to It's Like That - both videos were shot contiguously by famed Hollywood director Brett Ratner (Rush Hour, Red Dragon, After the Sunset; Ratner last worked with Mariah in 1999 on the video for her #1 Pop/#1 R&B smash, "Heartbreaker").

    Around the world, Mariah continues to be the focus of attention - beginning with the supreme honor of a #1 debut with THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI on Japan's International Albums chart. The It's Like That video premiered to more than 81 million viewers in a single day, pushing the single to the #1 most played song on Japanese radio for three straight weeks. On her recent promotion tour of Japan, Mariah's two television appearances had a total audience of 50 million viewers and her performance of "We Belong Together" on Utaban netted an additional 20 million viewers.

    At the same time THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI was the highest debut on the European Top 100 Albums Chart at # 4, including a # 4 debut in France and a # 7 debut in the U.K.

    Wall-to-wall television exposure of Mariah in her hometown of New York City accompanied the release week of the album. On April 12th (the in-store date), Good Morning America launched its live outdoor concert season by closing West 44th Street outside their studios, as Mariah took the stage for a live performance of 5 songs with Times Square as her backdrop. She continued her sweep of the city with an MTV TRL appearance and a Best Buy in-store signing where over 3000 fans crowded the streets to get a glimpse of the superstar. Five nights later, VH1 premiered the 8th annual "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation," taped at the Beacon Theatre in New York earlier that week, starring Mariah, Alicia Keys, Rob Thomas, John Legend, and others.

    Mariah finished the week in New York with appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, Live with Regis & Kelly and a BET 106 & Park performance on April 19. Stay tuned for The View on April 29, then Mariah heads to Los Angeles for appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (May 11th) and The Ellen DeGeneres Show (May 13th). Mariah will also perform on The Oprah Winfrey Show (her "Wildest Dreams" season finale) and will be the subject of a one-hour E! Entertainment special. In addition to an hour-long profile on CNN's People In the News series, hosted by Paula Zahn, Mariah's activities are covered on Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Access Hollywood, Extra, E!, CNN, Inside Edition, AP TV, Reuters TV, plus continuous news coverage at the local and regional level.

    Online this month, MSN premiered the We Belong Together video, and exclusively sold the digital single for two weeks prior to album release. MSN will also feature an exclusive interview and behind-the-scenes footage from the star-studded album release party in New York on April 21. Mariah and Island Def Jam Music Group Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid will welcome the hottest names in music, film and sports, including Jay-Z, Kanye West, Sean Combs, Denzel Washington, Samuel L. Jackson, Stephon Marbury, Vince Carter, and others. In addition, AOL Music launched a listening party for the album with commentary on each track from Mariah and We Belong Together went on to be the number one song on AOL Music last week with 1.5 million streams.

    THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, Mariah's 10th studio album, is the long-awaited follow-up to 2002's RIAA platinum Charmbracelet, her IDJ debut, which hit #2 R&B and #3 Pop, and contained the #1 Dance Music hit, Through the Rain. Heralding the new album's release, the New York Times ran unprecedented features two days in a row. In his Critic's Choice selection, Jon Pareles devoted a lengthy review to the album, summing up "Mariah... makes herself a 21st-century pop contender." The next day, Lola Ogunnaike's interview with Mariah provided the background for an equally lengthy retrospective feature, "A Superstar Returns With Another New Self."

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  • Source: MariahCarey.com



      Tuesday, April 19 , 2005

    Mariah Attends "The Interpreter" Premiere In NYC // 8:07 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Singer Mariah Carey is photographed as she arrives at the premiere of the film 'The Interpreter' at the Zigfield Theatre in New York, April 19, 2005.

    "The Interpreter," starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn is the opening-night film of the Tribeca Film Festival.

    Click each thumbnail below for a larger, full-scale view of these MariahDaily.com exclusives!



    Source: Mariah Daily

    Various News From A Wonderful Mariah Day! // 7:06 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --In this photo released by the Make A Wish Foundation, Mariah Carey prepares to sign the 25th anniversary card for Make-A-Wish Foundation at their party celebrating the event at Madame Tussauds Wax Museum Tuesday, April 19th, 2005 in New York.

    Below are high-quality photos from the event. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view of these MariahDaily.com exclusives!


    While on the party, Mariah was interviewed by Access Hollywood and was asked about the success of the album. She said that she was surprised by how big the numbers were and didn't expect it but was very happy that people like the album.

    Click here to download the MPEG file of this interview. Below are screen captures.


    --Mariah was interviewed today on the radio station KMEL in California. Cheuy Gomez interviewed her for about 15 minutes. They were talking about the new album and the new single "We Belong Together". Cheuy said that his favorite song was "JoyRide", and Mariah said that the song almost didn't make it onto the album. Mariah's publicist insisted that she put the song on the album. Mariah said she had 19 songs for "Mimi", and the guy who produced "JoyRide" was a 16 year old named Young Genuis. She said she has never met him but she is happy that the song did in fact make it onto the record for his sake.

    Mariah said that she doesn't have one favorite song in particular from the album because since she is a writer and producer, these are all her projects that she started from scratch and that it was amazing for these songs to come out the way they did.

    Lastly, Mariah thanked KMEL for being the first radio station ever to play her first single "Vision Of Love". She thanked them for it and said that KMEL holds a special place in her heart.

    --During Mariah's visit to BET's 106 & Park, she's discussed the choice of the 3rd single from the album. Mariah said it is currently "Say Somethin'" but it could possibly be "Shake It Off" because it's a fan-favorite.

    --Important Numbers (04/19/2005)

    We Belong Together
    TRL: #1
    AOL: #1
    iTunes: #17 (Top 100), #3 (Top R&B)
    Mediabase: 47.897 million audience impressions, 5770 spins.

    It's Like That
    106 & Park: #6
    iTunes: #13 (Top 100), #1 (Top R&B)

    The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard 200: #1
    iTunes: #2 (Top 100)
    1st Week Sales: 406,000 copies (Hits Daily Double estimate)

    Mariah is the #1 searched artist on AOL.

    --WildWritings.com has selected Mariah as the Artist of the Month for April! Not only do they have a feature on the 'Emancipated' star, but her Good Morning America "It's Like That" performance is available for download on the site.

    --Vote for Mariah:
    Vibe Poll: Favorite R&B Female Artist.
    MSN: Artist of the Month.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Jimmy | Keitha | Gino

    Mariah Mania, The Sequel // 5:44 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Puffs of white smoke came wafting out of retail this week, signaling a change at the very top of the chart hierarchy. And look who pulled off the coup.
    Mariah Carey has made a boffo career comeback following a pair of major disappointments, with the expert A&R help of IDJ honcho L.A. Reid. Careys new album, The Emancipation of Mimi (Def Jam/IDJ), racked up a zaftig #1 debut on first-week sales of 406kthe divas biggest first week everand in a down year, yetoutpacing 1999s Rainbow, which logged first-week sales of around 320k.

    Just as significantly, Carey knockeredum, knocked 50 Cents off his throne following a six-week, nearly 3 million unit run at #1 with The Massacre (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope)...

    Mariah is a perennial, says Virgin Entertainment Groups Jerry Suarez, pulling on the hem of his hot pants. Shes once again proven her ability to give her fans what they want, and theyve come out in droves. It was going to take a lot to dethrone 50 Cent, but Mariah obviously had the star power to do it. We also saw some strong debut numbers from Mudvayne and Garbage.

    Next week, look for debuts from Asylum/WB rapper Mike Jones, Atlantics Rob Thomas and Columbias Anna Nalick.


    Source: Hits Daily Double

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" sells 406,330 copies, charts at #1! // 3:25 PM EST Updated by Liron

    According to Hits Daily Double, Mariah's comeback is complete! "The Emancipation of Mimi" sells 406,330 copies on its first week of release in the United States and easily lands at #1.

    'Hits' also reports the album's positions on the following retailers' top sellers lists:

    Virgin Megastore: #1
    Tower Records: #1
    Dimple Records: #2
    Olssons.com: #2
    Independent Records: #2
    Hasting: #3
    Newbury Comics: #3
    Ear-X-Tacy Records: #9

    Although the official sales for the album will be determined by SoundScan, "Hits Daily Double" is regarded to as a good and almost accurate measurement. The SoundScan figures apply to the Billboard charts and will be released later this week.

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" sets the following records for Mariah:
  • 5th Album to top the Billboard 200 (Album Charts)
  • 3rd Album to debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 (Album Charts)
  • Biggest opening week sales for a Mariah album ever!


  • Source: Hits Daily Double | Mariah Daily

    Carey: Meeting Ex-Hubby Mottola Was Weird // 2:18 PM EST Updated by Liron

    She was all smiles when she met ex-hubby Tommy Mottola at the recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame festivities, but Mariah Carey says the moment wasn't exactly comfortable.

    Carey planned to make a brief appearance at last month's event at the request of Antonio "L.A." Reid, who is chairman of her label, Island Def Jam. But to her surprise, she was seated at the same table as Mottola and his new wife, singing star Thalia.

    Mottola and Carey had a bitter breakup, and she has described her marriage to her former mentor as controlling. When the pair saw each other, they exchanged kisses and pleasantries, but Carey said the meeting was "just weird."

    "He was a gentleman," Carey told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "He was nice, but I wasn't about the photo op, and I was kind of like bamboozled."

    Carey said the last time she was at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremonies, she was a young superstar, Stevie Wonder had invited her to sing onstage with her "and I wasn't allowed to go up there, and that was the last time I went to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame."

    She says tries not to reconnect with her past with Mottola for a reason.

    "That period of my life was so damaging, that it's like, if I even connect with who I was during that period of my life, it's a very physically ... I can feel it," she said.

    Carey is in a happier place these days especially since her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," is expected to debut at No. 1 this week.

    After Carey left him, Mottola was ousted from the top job at Sony Music and now runs his own label.


    Source: Associated Press

    New Voice Message from Mariah! // 12:36 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Head over to Mariah's Official Site to listen to Mariah's new voice message. Below is a rough transcript:

    Mariah: Hiii, hello darlings! I know I just called you the other night but I felt like I was a little bit unfestive 'cause I was tired. But you know the message is there the message is I LOVE YOU! I really can't tell you how excited I am about everything, I am sitting here on my way to BET right now and hopefully I'll see some of you guys there you'll come home and hear this nice message. Oh, My phone is beeping and I am not going to answer it. Darling I'm with my fabulous stylist, she wants to say hello!
    Stylist: So excited, can't wait for those numbers big numbers the first day.
    Let me know what you think of the fabulous denim dress Mariah's wearing, it's PIP, that are hook featuring fetch darling.
    Mariah: Anyway, I'm getting out of the car now I love you, I love you, I can't thank you enough for all of you guys who have been here forever, you know how much I love you and appreciate you but anyway I'm getting out of the car, I thank you, thank you, thank you so much and I will be chatting will you soon okie dokie buh bye.


    Source: MariahCarey.com | Vivian

    Mariah's Back On Top // 11:09 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    FMQB
    Mariah Carey's new CD, The Emancipation of Mimi will debut at #1 with an estimated 375,000 copies scanned knocking 50 Cent out of the top spot. This would be MC's biggest first week to date! Her last #1, Butterfly, debuted with more than 235,000 copies in 1997. Looks like things are moving in the right direction for one of Pop music's top divas. MC opened Sunday night's VH1's Save The Music concert with three sizzling performances including the show opener, "It's Like That" with Jermaine Dupri and Fat Man Scoop, "With You I'm Born Again" with John Legend, and then closing the show with her #1 remake of the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There" featuring Trey Lorenz.

    Fox News
    Roger Friedman writes: As I predicted, Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" has turned into a big hit. It will enter the charts at No. 1 this week with over 300,000 copies sold. This tops the debut two years ago of her "Charmbracelet" album by between 60,000 and 75,000 copies. Not bad.

    So comebacks are still possible. That's nice to know.


    Source: FMQB | MariahCarey.com | Fox News



      Monday, April 18 , 2005

    Mariah Carey's London // 4:49 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Where do you live and why?
    New York. I was born and bred there and I love my city.

    What was the last play you saw in London?
    Whenever I'm in London I'm always so busy working on promo, but I'm planning to come for a holiday to go to art galleries and to see some theatre shows.

    What is your earliest London memory?
    When I was first here years ago, I wasn't really allowed to do my own thing so I only ever saw my hotel room.

    What have been your most memorable London meals?
    Mr Chow in Knightsbridge is a favourite. I like to go there to relax with friends. I've been to a bagel shop on Brick Lane, too, which was fun.

    And I always see my friend Jasmine Dotiwala who works for MTV and whom I first met on The Word in the Nineties. I go round to her house and we cook together.

    What do you miss most when you're out of London?
    My close friends who live in London, my British fans who have always been very loyal to me and, of course, the English accent that I adore and can do a pretty good impression of, occasionally.

    What are your favourite home comforts?
    My Jack Russell, Jack. Whenever I see him I know I'm truly home.

    What are your extravagances?
    Shopping for family and friends and having my personal masseuse on the road with me.

    What is your life philosophy?
    Live and let live, and pack as much fun as possible into each day.

    What was the last CD you bought?
    I usually listen to mixed tapes that my DJ friends make for me and the radio. I love Kierra Sheard (daughter of gospel singer Karen Clark).

    Which fragrance do you wear?
    I only wear essential body oils, such as lemon bud, orange essence and camomile, that I custom-blend to mix with my natural body chemistry.

    What are your current projects?
    Auctioning my haute-couture dresses on eBay for charity. Promoting my latest album The Emancipation of Mimi.

    Tourist Tips
    What advice would you give to a tourist?
    Don't try to talk to the guards at Buckingham Palace.

    On Parade
    What would you do if you were Mayor for the day?
    Take the Notting Hill Carnival to the Mall and Buckingham Palace.

    Holiday hotspots
    Where were the last three places you went on holiday?
    Last summer I was in Capri, but I spent half the time in the studio. I took my friends skiing in Aspen for Christmas. We had cosy nights in listening to music in front of a fire - sheer bliss. Last summer myself and a few friends went to Richard Branson's Necker Island. It was paradise on earth.

    Bookworm
    What were the last books you bought?
    The Autobiography of Malcolm X and The Bombshell Manual of Style by Laren Stover. Books are usually gifts from friends.

    Watering hole
    Do you have a favourite pub? What's so special about it?
    I prefer restaurants to pubs because there is always too much smoke in pubs which is very bad for my voice. But if it wasn't for that I know I would love pubs as I would get to taste some Guinness - my mum's Irish.

    Wheels
    How do you get around town?
    In my Maybach (a luxury German car made by Mercedes' sister company), available only through Mayfair Cars in London.

    Little black book
    Who is in your secret address book?
    Harrods, Harvey Nichols and Selfridges, because I can always rely on them. HMV stores for DVDs, Chanel on Bond Street and Cutler and Gross for sunglasses. I go to Joan Boyce in New York for gold jewellery and Oliver Peoples for sunglasses.

    Good buys
    What items are in your spring wardrobe?
    Louis Vuitton knits with pencil skirts, a Gucci trench coat, Donna Karan jersey-knit skirts, shoes by Gianfranco Ferr (left) and a Christian Dior peasant dress.

    -- By Sophie Goodwin, Evening Standard


    Source: This Is London

    News Tidbits // 4:45 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --On the recent MTV Cribs episode, Babyface was showing a picture of himself with Mariah and Whitney Houston in his apartment. He'd commented: "Mariah and Whitney - the two greatest singers, ever!"

    --Click here to rate Mariah's latest fashion efforts in the new People/AOL poll. You will be shown 12 pictures of Mariah from recent events and you can grade her outfits between 'A' to 'F'.

    --From Daily Democrat Online: For 487 weeks, viewers have made NBC's "Today" show team of Katie Couric and Matt Lauer their favorites in the morning. The steady rise of ABC's "Good Morning America" is threatening that dominance...

    There have even been a few days - the Monday after Pope John Paul II died and last Tuesday's Mariah Carey concert - when the ABC team of Charles Gibson and Diane Sawyer came in first.

    --From Fox 411: Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation of Mimi" was No. 12 on Amazon.com's album charts over the weekend; Jennifer Lopez's "Rebirth" was No. 450. Manager Benny Medina must feel like he backed the right horse, er, diva, in that race. On Monday, we'll see if Carey's numbers this time were as high as predicted.

    --Below are scans from recent issues of New York Times, USA Today, Rolling Stone Magazine, New York Daily News, Newsweek and Star Magazine; and the Save the Music ad.



    Source: Mariah Daily | BoyMF | Mia | Janel Spiegel

    Could 'Mimi' Sell 400,000? // 2:00 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Chart Preview: Mariah's Emancipation to Topple 50's Massacre

    Should We Call It a Comeback? Divas Latest Hitting a Really High Note!

    As the counting continues this Monday morning, it looks like Mariah Careys new album, The Emancipation of Mimi (Island) is headed for a huge #1 debut on first-week sales that could reach as high as 400k by the time the chart is final.
    That would give Carey her biggest first week ever, outpacing 1999s Rainbow, which logged first-week sales of around 320k.

    But perhaps more importantly, The Carey triumph will end 50 Cents six-week, nearly three-million unit run at #1 with The Massacre (Shady/Aftermath/Interscope). As it looks now, 50 is locked in a battle for #2 with Epics Mudvayne, whose Lost and Found is on track to sell in the neighborhood of 150k.


    Source: Hits Daily Double

    Mariah Takes over BET on Saturday // 9:29 AM EST Updated by Liron

    BET is airing commercials where Mariah announces she will be "taking over the network" on Saturday, April 23rd, 2005. Mariah will be playing her favorite videos throughout the day.

    Queen Latifah did a similar thing to promote her film "Beauty Shop," as did Ludacris prior to the release of "Red Light District."


    Source: Mariah Daily | Vladimir

    Download Mariah's VH1 Save The Music Performances // 5:37 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download the MP3/MPEG files of Mariah's VH1 Save The Music performances aired on VH1 Sunday, April 17, 2005.

    It's Like That (with Jermaine Dupri and Fatman Scoop)
  • MP3
  • Part One
  • Part Two

    With You I'm Born Again (duet with John Legend)
  • MP3
  • Part One
  • Part Two

    I'll Be There (duet with Trey Lorenz)
  • MP3
  • Part One
  • Part Two

    Click on the thumbnails below to view High-Quality photos of Mariah performing on the show.





  • Source: Mariah Daily | IndianaTom



      Sunday, April 17 , 2005

    Special Contest Prize Announced! // 5:14 PM EST Updated by Liron

    We are now able to reveal that the prize that will be given away for our "Buy 'Mimi'" Contest is a huge, 72" x 50" (185cm x 125 cm) banner autographed by Mariah! Not only does this item have Mariah's signature on it but it is also a rare promotional item out of very few that were made.

    If you want to be the lucky person who will win this prize, you have until Tuesday to send us your receipt for buying "The Emancipation of Mimi" via e-mail at contest@mariahdaily.com. The winner will be announced later this week!



    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mimi: Around The World // 4:36 PM EST Updated by Liron

    USA
    -- In addition to the previously reported Billboard positions, is also # 10 on the Dance Radio Airplay chart on Billboard for the second week in a row.

    -- On the RealRhapsody downloads, Mariah is currently the Top Artist (#1 Downloaded Artist), "The Emancipation of Mimi" is the Top Album, "We Belong Together" is #6 and "It's Like That' is #12 on the top downloaded songs!

    -- "Spin" club in Chicago is holding a release party for "The Emancipation of Mimi" this Friday. Click here to see their flyer for the party.

    UK
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" drops from #7 to #16 on the UK albums chart.

    "It's Like That" continues to stay strong on the UK singles chart and drops only 2 spots to #8. This is the song's third week in the top 10.

    Australia
    "The Emancipation Of Mimi" drops to #20 from its #12 debut last week on the Australian Album charts. "Its Like That" moves back into the Top 10 (from #11 to #10) in its third week on the chart after debuting strongly 2 weeks ago at #9.

    Below are scans from the Australian "Who" magazine, issue of April 25th:



    Canada
    Please request "We Belong Together" on the Quebec radio stations below. Make sure to request once a day and only if you live in the area!

    AC: Rythme FM, Rock D鴥nte, M103,5 FM.

    CHR/Pop: CKOI, Radio ɮergie.

    El Salvador
    "It's Like That" remains at No. 10 on its second week on the countdown of El Salvador's largest radio station "Femenina, 102.5 fm." Continue requesting by calling 224-2411.

    Hong Kong
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #1 on the HK HMV
    international chart and sells more than 200 copies at HMV on its first week of release. On the English album chart, it is #2 because of the strong sales of Michael Buble's new album.

    Israel
    Below are the positions for "It's Like That" on the following radio stations in Israel:

    Jerusalem Radio - #3 (Last week #4)
    Galgalatz - #10 (Last week #15)
    Radius 100fm - #15

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" enters #12 on Musica Neto's weekly best sellers. In celebration of the new album release, Musica Neto also offers Mariah's entire catalogue on discount. Check it out here.

    Philippines
    In the chart show MTV Diyes on MTV Philippines, "It's Like That" is the number 2 bubbling under video. The video has debuted only two weeks ago on the music channel and is beginning to make a heavy impact to viewers as proven by its heavy rotation.

    "It's Like That" is also No. 5 in the MYX daily top ten videos. Keep voting!

    Spain
    Mariah continues climbing on Cadena 100's top songs. This week, "It's Like That" gains 6 positions and is number 9. It's the 6th week of the song in this chart.
    Keep voting with your mobile phone, by sending "100 100 TUNOMBRE TUPROVINCIA MARIAH CAREY" to 5211

    Taiwan
    Last week, "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuted at #9 on the Taiwanese Album Charts and at #2 on the International Album Charts. This week, the album jumps one position to #8 on the combined charts and stays at #2 on the international album charts.

    MTV Asia
    "It's Like That" is the biggest jumper this week on MTV Asia Hitlist. It moved eight spots from number 17 to number 9.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Daniel | Tzachi | MundoMariah | Jun | OdyMay | Aiden | Carlo | Eric | Rob | studiokat69 | Ross | Andre | Roland | Aladerri | Pascal

    Hear Mariah Interviewed on Hit40 UK // 3:45 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click here to hear Mariah being interviewed on Hit 40 UK by Katy Hill. Katy and Mariah discuss "Airbrushing and boobs, " according to the station's site which also describes the interview as "Katy and Mariah become best buds!"

    Be sure to vote for Mariah on the "DIVA WARS!" poll on Hit 40 UK where she is up against Jennifer Lopez and currently leads 54% to 46%. Click here to vote.


    Source: Mariah Daily | David Poynter

    Fans Meet Mariah And Tell Their Stories // 3:24 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Kevin's story - VH1's Save The Music Taping
    Thanks to industry insider and string puller Ra-Fael Blanco and celebrity stylist Alexander Allen,(exclusively responsible for Eve's explosive fashion metamorphosis) I got up close and personal at Mariah Carey's performance taping for VH1's Save the Music. And the experience was surreal. It's no secret that I am a fan, however I have always tried to be objective about her music.

    Aside from an opportunity to see Mariah perform live for the very first time, I wanted this show to serve as a litmus test. My own personal test. Finally, I could affirm or discredit all the aspects I'd read in years past. I had every intent on walking out of the doors of the Beacon Theater with answers to: Is she tall or does she really have her legs stretched out in photos? beautiful olive-complected, long legs capped off with 4 inch heels. Is that now legendary high note strained, faint or can she calling it up on demand? she can hit any note in any octave at the drop of a dime, EFFORTLESSLY! Does she still have the vocal power she did more than a decade ago? performed "I'll Be There" with Tre Lorenz flawlessly, thunderous standing ovation NOT sold separately!

    Continue reading Kevin's story at his online blog.


    Nick's story - VH1's Save The Music Taping
    Hey Fans, my name is Nick and I was at the Save The Music Taping. It was an early morning for me arriving around 5am, but by 11am there were 100s maybe
    even thousands lining 3 blocks waiting to see Mimi. We were scheduled to be in at 12 but NO ONE got let in until 2:30. We all packed the theatre and around 3:30ish, John Legend came out and sat at his piano playing random notes to get warmed up. Minutes later he comes beautiful Naomi Campbell out to introduce Mariah And John.

    John started playing born again when Mimi entered the stage in a long brownish gown and they sang. The first take of the song was beautiful and LIVE but thankful for us they had them do it again. After that another 30 or so minutes went by while they were setting up for "It's Like That" to be performed. When it started, Jermaine Dupri came out in a white suit and began to do his little part and then on the right mariah was behind a door where men dressed like the "It's Like That" video let her in and she descended through fans onto the stage and BELTED "It's Like That" COMPLETELY LIVE... Fatman Scoop was also there.

    "It's Like That" was more funky and seemed different but it was amazing. Lucky for us she did it AGAIN even better and Live. 35 minutes later Randy Jackson introduced Mariah and Trey [Lorenz] singing "I'll Be There" which was also done LIVE and sounded great. And yet again Lucky for us she sang it twice. It was simply the more amazing concert for the fact it was very intimate and LIVE... I'd also like to shout out to Amy and Kristen and The kid who was freezing but I didnt get his name, hi guys it was nice meeting you, - the bodyguard:)


    Michele's story - Best Buy Signing
    Hi Fans!

    My name is Michele Goodson, and a couple friends of mine and I drove to New York City to catch up with the signing at the new Best Buy in NoHo. All I have to say is I've waited 15 years to meet Mariah..and we waited in the cold, forever, it seemed, but it was really worth it because I made a lot of new friends who are also die hard Mariah fans, and it made the time go really fast! I will have pictures soon once I get the film developed.

    All I want to say is don't believe the hype about how "divafied" she is. She is just as sweet as she seems. When she arrived, she got out and actually walked over to the other side of the street to greet some fans and then over to us, waving and letting everyone take pictures. We weren't going to be allowed to take any pictures inside, so that was nice. My favorite part (besides meeting her of course) was when we'd been waiting a long time and cars full of boxes of Krispy Kremes arrived. It seemed Mariah had ordered donuts for everyone waiting to get signed!!! How awesome is that! I held my breath when I saw her and then when I approached her, she was so charming, so perfectly beautiful, and downright amazing. I couldn't get over how easy it was to speak to her, she looks in your eyes and you just feel how genuine and sincere she is. This artist LOVES her fans. There's no question!

    I had to tell you all, if you ever get the opportunity to go to a signing, DO IT! There's no one like her! It's inspiring just to meet her. She's such a gift to the world of music! (You all knew this..after all, you are Mariah fans too!!!)

    Michele Goodson
    North Canton, Ohio


    Becky's story - Best Buy Signing
    My Dream come True

    April 12, 2005 is a day I will NEVER forget, because it was the day my dream came true & I finaly got the chance to meet Mariah Carey!!! Since I was 10 it's been my dream to meet her. I'm 21 now so 11 years I've waited for that magical day.

    It all started with my family & i flying to NYC April 11th. My heart doctor didn't want me to be flying, but I just had to get the chance to meet her. It might be my last chance. So we got to NYC & my parents went down to the Best Buy to check it out & 6 people were camped out in front of the store so my mom called me & told me that they were going to spend the night out there. I
    was in shock!! I didn't want them to but they insisted. We are from FL & they slept out there - 19 degree weather just so I could meet her!!! I owe them BIG TIME!!! I'm so grateful to them!! The next day I went down there at 7:30am & stayed there in line to get the bracelet. Mariah got there at almost 8:00pm.

    The press was lined up out there they were taking pitures of us fans & they kept telling me to put my poster up & wanted pictures of me with it, I felt like a celeb. Video cameras were everywhere. Then Fox news interviewed us, and we were on the NYC news. CNN was getting ready to interview us, but the Best Buy people started letting us inside.

    Inside Best Buy we waited for what seemed like an eternity. The Best Buy people kept saying to us I just got the call she is on her way. Then we heard loud screams from out side & I saw her makeup & hair guy come in so I knew she had to be there. She came walking in she looked sooo amazing, her hair was
    curly & she had a tan dress on and her sun glasses. She went to the back where the set up table was.

    And we got to see what was going on back there by watching the sicurity monitor. She was taking pictures with the best buy people, & talking to people. Then someone whispered somthing to her & she had this sad look on her face & she raised one eye brow & whispered back. I don't know what was wrong, but I've never seen her look so sad. It almost made me cry.

    The Best Buy people gave us a list of "don'ts:" we couldn't take pictures of her, we could only get one thing signed, no personalized autographs, etc., etc. The list was long.

    So after waiting a really long time again, the line moved. And all her people were there; I saw Benny Medina, he was standing in the entrece area to where you go see her. Then all of a sudden we were moving, they cut off my bracelet (the one you had to get to meet her) & the a body gaurd stoped me then asked me to move forward, this other guy then asked me what I wanted
    signed & I brought a hand made Mariah purse that I got on ebay, to have signed so I gave it to him. And he gave it to Mariah & when I got up to her she was showing the purse to her people & saying how cute it was. And then she said hi to me & she asked me if the purse was for her, & I felt sooo bad because i wanted to give it to her, but I wouldn't have had anything for her to sign, so I told her I wanted her to sign it for me, & then I said: "but I do have gifts for you." I had a little gift bag full of goodies for her. And she said thank you & she grabbed my hand so gently & held it, she had the softest hand that I have ever felt, she wasn't shaking anyone else's hand so I was suprised, so I told her how it's been my dream to meet her since I was 10 & she smiled & said aww thanks. And then she said "I like your necklace," as she was signing the purse, I said thank you. I had on a pink rinestone butterfly necklace. Then she handed me the purse & I said thanks & "I love you soooo much "& I blew her a kiss goodbye and she blew one back as they were moving me along. It was sooo fast but sooo cool & I cried after. I was in shock!!! She is a MILLION times more gorgous in person than she is on TN!!! And she's tiny. Smaller than she appears on TV. She is just soooo amazingly sweet!! And when you meet her it feels like she really sees who you are, & she makes you feel so good. She looks into your eyes, & has this big beautiful smile. She is just amazing!!!

    It was one of the BEST nights of my life!!! A dream come ture! THANK U MARIAH FOR MAKING MY DREAM COME TURE!!!! WE LOVE U!!!!

    Becky's autographs and articles about Mariah in NY papers




    Frankie also had a chance to see Mariah perform live on "Good Morning America" and sent us the pictures that he took:




    Be sure to download 93 high-quality pictures (in zip file) of Mariah at "Good Morning America," by clicking here. The set combines pictures taken from the front row by Aladerri and Lani and extra pictures provided by us.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Kevin | Keita | Nick | Michele | Becky | Frankie

    "State Property II" // 2:32 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "State Property II", the Damon Dash produced movie that features a short cameo appearance by Mariah has been released to 202 selected theatres in the US on April 13, 2005.

    The movie is estimated to chart at #15 on the weekend box office table with profits of approximately $750,000.

    TV Guide's review for the movie mentioned the following about Mariah:

    "It's a welcome relief from the otherwise standard-issue gang-banging punctuated by a who's who in hip-hop series of cameos; the famous faces range from Kanye West to the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, and include a one-scene performance by Mariah Carey that's more entertaining than the whole of GLITTER (2001)." Maitland McDonagh


    Source: Mariah Daily | Box Office Mojo | Rich



      Saturday, April 16 , 2005

    Mariah on 'Extra' // 6:54 PM EST Updated by Lynn


    Tonight's Extra had a short segment and interview with Mariah and showed clips from the "Good Morning America" outdoor concert. Download the video in MPEG format by clicking here.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Flies With Renewed Confidence // 4:23 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    With her imitators all over radio and American Idol, it's sometimes hard to recall what pop-soul music sounded like before Carey came along. The diva herself remembers, though, as evidenced by the wistful, old-school vibe on Mine Again, Circles and other endearing new tunes.

    Breezy, playful tracks such as Say Somethin' (featuring Snoop Dogg) and Get Your Number (with Jermaine Dupri) prove the singer hasn't forsaken her passion for hip-hop. But it's the ballads and midtempo numbers that truly reflect the renewed confidence of a songbird who has taken her shots and kept on flying.


    Source: The London Free Press | Sergei

    New Voice Message from Mariah! // 1:56 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Head over to Mariah's Official Site to hear a new voice message from Mariah. Here is the transcript:

    "Hi! Yeah, just calling to let you guys know, this has been an incredible week and I just want to say thank you so much to everybody that came out to Good Morning America. That was like incredible. It was so great to see all you guys out there, to see everybody at TRL, and at the in-store. I know it was bleak waiting on the line and I appreciate everybody that sat out there in the freezing cold and I was trying to get you hot chocolate and stuff all day, but I was doing a million interviews and I was just like trying to make things happen and trying to get it done. So I hope some of you got some of the doughnuts and stuff at least. But anyway, I just wanted to say how excited I am about "We Belong Together" jumping to #4 on TRL after one day. Seriously, you guys are so amazing and you keep just really like making me more and more happy and just seriously, you never cease to amaze me. I've been getting like all the really hip books and just like, the letters and everything and the gifts and things that people have been sending me and I just wanted to let you know that none of it goes unappreciated and it's beyond what anybody else could understand. So just to let you know, once again as always, I don't want to sound cliche darlings but it's true, I love you, appreciate you, and I enjoy you so much. So I will chat with you soon. I have nobody to be festive on this message but me, so sorry if I'm being a little bleak, but everything I'm saying is from the heart and I love you so much. Ok? Talk to you soon. Thank you so much. Buh-bye!


    Source: MariahCarey.com | Josh

    The Buffalo News Review: "Mariah Breaks Out" // 10:25 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi [Island/Def Jam]
    (Out of four)
    By Jeff Miers

    Fifteen years ago, Mariah Carey arrived like the wail of a siren in the dead of night, paving the way for the success of R&B-laced pop marked by virtuosic, melisma-heavy vocals.

    A decade later, the sound Carey spearheaded came to be the stock-in-trade of "American Idol," and spawned a healthy portion of Mariah-imitators. This week, Carey released her latest album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," in hopes that she'll still mean something in the post-Idol, Beyonce-run pop world.

    And why not?

    Carey is a groundbreaking starlet. Following her arrival in 1990, few female artists in her pop-R&B field were allowed to get by merely singing with conviction or style. After Mariah, you had to be a virtuoso, and if you weren't one, well, that's what then-new recording studio devices like Pro Tools and "pitch correction" were for. But Mariah could wail, and rarely let a tune go by without making sure you knew it, sometimes three or four times per song.

    The best moments on "Emancipation" find Carey sounding relaxed and confident in her startling voice. The production is clever, too, as when West manages to weave the '70s hit "Betcha By Golly Wow" rather seamlessly into "Stay the Night," and Dupri assimilates Bobby Womack's masterful "If You Think You're Lonely Now" into "We Belong Together." The ballads - "Mine Again" being the worst offender - are sappy and dripping with melodrama, but will probably appeal to fans of Carey's top-notch vocal aerobics.

    Click here to read the rest of the review.


    Source: The Buffalo News

    Carey On, My Wayward Sun // 10:11 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    It was one sweet day yesterday for sun-loving songbird Mariah Carey and the rest of the city.

    And it's going to be even sweeter tomorrow, as temperatures soar past 70.

    That's the gospel according to the National Weather Service.

    Carey, who was cavorting through Central Park yesterday in her best spring clothes, will be able to soak up some rays along with the rest of us in the park, at the beach, on the golf course, or just walking on down the street.


    Source: New York Post

    Mariah Guests on 'Regis & Kelly' // 9:52 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Click on the links below to download the mpeg file of Mariah's appearance on Regis & Kelly Friday, April 15, 2005.

  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three
  • Part Four

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  • Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah in This Week's Magazines // 9:49 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are the scans of Mariah gracing the pages of this week's (ending April 25, 2005) People, Us Weekly, InTouch Weekly, Star, and Life & Style magazines.





    Source: Mariah Daily

    Photo Updates // 9:35 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Mariah takes the stage on the street outside of the "Good Morning America" studio April 12, 2005 and performs "It's Like That", "We Belong Together", "Make It Happen", "Shake It Off" & "Fly Like A Bird." Special thanks go to Lani & Aladerri for sharing the pictures with us.


    Click here to download 93 high-quality pictures (in zip file) of Mariah at "Good Morning America," brought to you exclusively by MariahDaily.com!

  • Mariah poses backstage at MTV's Total Request Live, April 12, 2005


  • Mariah at Best Buy Album Signing, Best Buy, NoHo, NY April 12, 2005



  • Source: Mariah Daily | Lani | Aladerri



      Friday, April 15 , 2005

    Mariah Carey's 'Mimi' to debut over 'Rainbow' // 8:16 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Go ahead and call it a comeback. Mariah Carey is on course to land her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 since 1997 -- and with her biggest opening week ever.

    First-day sales of Carey's new "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island/IDJMG) suggest that her eighth studio album could surpass 350,000 units, easily placing it at No. 1 on the big chart.

    With a busy promotional schedule during release week -- including visits to "Good Morning America," "TRL," "Live With Regis and Kelly" and "Late Show With David Letterman" -- chart prognosticators suggest Carey's number may rise even higher.

    Her last No. 1, "Butterfly" (Columbia/Sony Music), bowed with 235,000 in 1997. Her 1999 set "Rainbow" (Columbia/Sony Music) holds the record for the singer's biggest opening week, having bowed at No. 2 with 323,000 units.

    Also heading for a record-high sales week and chart bow is Mudvayne, as its "Lost and Found" (Epic/Sony Music) could do upwards of 150,000 units, ensuring the band its highest debut yet. The act's last album, "The End of All Things to Come," started at No. 17 with 79,000 units in 2002.

    Garbage's fourth effort, "Bleed Like Me" (Almo Sounds/Geffen), may sell as much as 75,000 units in its first week. If that number holds, the group will earn its first top 10 album. The set's lead single, "Why Do You Love Me," has already entered the top 10 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.


    Source: Reuters/Billboard

    More MC TV! // 6:10 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    REMINDER! Be sure to catch these special performances from the lovely Miss M:

  • Saturday, April 16 - Mariah performs Shake It Off on Good Morning America's Weekend Edition on ABC @ 8:40am (EST) and 7:40am (PST)

  • Sunday, April 17 - Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation on VH1 @ 9:00pm

  • Monday, April 19 - BET's 106 & Park @ 6:00pm on BET Mariah performs live with the winner from the Mimi I Wanna Sing contest.

    Be sure to check MariahCarey.com's Appearances page for all the latest scheduled Mariah appearances and check your local listings for show times in your area.


  • Source: The Official Mariah Carey Website

    MSN Live Presents Mariah // 5:40 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    On April 22, MSN Live will be in New York with Mariah Carey as she answers your questions about her latest music and future plans. Is there another movie coming up soon? What was the atmosphere in the studio when Mariah recorded her new album The Emancipation of Mimi? Submit your questions now! Well be asking Mariah your questions and later youll be able to see the exclusive video interview.

    What do you want to ask this superstar songbird?


    Source: MSN Live

    New Photos: Mariah & Jack Stroll in Central Park // 5:28 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are high-quality pictures of Mariah walking her dog Jack in Central Park, New York on Friday morning, April 15, 2005. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view of these MariahDaily.com exclusives!



    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Carey All Cued Up // 1:34 PM EST Updated by Liron

    New York, April 14 We met up with Mariah Carey when she appeared on 'The Late Show with David Letterman', and learned that she doesnt speak for two days prior to a performance. She communicates using pinkish-colored cue cards that say things like, Yes, No or I need some water.

    We got a look at the invitation to the release party for Mariahs new CD, 'The Emancipation of Mimi'. The invitation comes rolled up in a scroll, and is white with a gold backing when unfurled. Here is what it says:

    Mariah Carey commanded the worlds attention when she made her musical debut.

    On April 12th we will all bear witness to her triumphant return with The Emancipation of Mimi.

    In celebration of the best selling female artist of all time please join us as we celebrate The Return of the Voice

    April 21, 2005. 9 P.M. Festive Attire
    [Location & RSVP number intentionally omitted]

    Bennett Marcus/Open All Night

    For More Celebrity Gossip and Images from this article visit: Open All Night at www.OANMedia.com

    Reprinted with permission.


    Source: Elites TV

    Billboard Updates // 11:18 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date April 23, 2005.

    It's Like That
    Billboard Hot 100: #36 (Last week #30)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #61 (Last week #40)
    Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales: #17 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Pop 100: #29 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #39 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #42 (Last week #30)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #36 (Last week #35)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales: #10 (Last Week #6)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #12 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #20 (Last Week #36)

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100: #61 (Last Week #81)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #36 (Last Week #54)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #33 (Last Week #46)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #32 (Last Week #44)

    The Emancipation of Mimi
    Billboard Top Internet Albums: #18 (Debut)


    Source: Billboard Magazine

    Mariah on 'Late Show With David Letterman' // 4:47 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Click on the links below to download Mariah's performance of "We Belong Together" on the Late Show With David Letterman Thursday, April 14, 2005.

  • Part One
  • Part Two

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah as she arrives at the Ed Sullivan Theater for the David Letterman show. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view of these MariahDaily.com exclusives!



  • Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah on 'Entertainment Tonight' // 3:57 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey lets Ryan Devlin of Entertainment Tonight backstage to talk about her participation at this year's VH1 Save The Music Benefit Concert. "I've been involved with 'Save the Music' for a while," Mariah says of the concert, which airs on Sunday, April 17 at 9pm. "It is important because they do tend, when they're cutting costs, to take away some of the programs that help kids develop their creativity."


    Click here to download the video clip of the interview.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    High Quality Photos at VH1 Save The Music Taping // 1:27 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are exclusive high quality photos of Mariah posing outside of the Beacon Theater while on break from the VH1 Save The Music Foundation Benefit Concert taping on April 9, 2005 in New York City. Click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.



    Source: Mariah Daily



      Thursday, April 14 , 2005

    No Mimitation // 5:32 PM EST Updated by Will

    Having recently released her 10th album The Emancipation of Mimi, US songstress Mariah Carey has probably seen and heard it all. From the rumours about that breakdown, the hype surrounding her divorce from her former husband/manager Tommy Mottola and the never-ending stories about her supposed diva-like demands, Ms Carey has been through plenty throughout her career.

    However, most recently, Mariah or Mimi, as close family call her has been more vocal about the issue of identity. Seemingly easy to talk to, vocal powerhouse Mariah Carey talked race, rumours and record sales

    I think the main problem weve got now is this music downloading situation. A lot of people will ask me if I expect this album to sell like Music Box and Im like, Er no. The record industry is a little different now! People dont sell 35 million records on one record anymore.

    Deciding to incorporate the name Mimi one of her many nicknames into the album title, was Careys way of showing a more human side.

    The people who call me that mainly are my little brother and my nephews, so its a very personal name. I have a lot of nicknames because nobody who really knows me calls me Mariah. I thought it would be cool to incorporate that nickname into the title. This album is really showing a different side of my spirit. Thats why its the emancipation.

    Of course, the side we have seen of Ms Carey is that demanding side or have we? The media often paints her as a difficult diva who arrives to events late and makes ridiculous demands of the hotels or venues in which she attends. Carey claims that the way in which shes portrayed is one big exaggeration and thinks that the term diva is...

    ...so over-used! But honestly, at this point, I totally dont care. Most recently, the media made this thing about this red carpet moment. Do you really think I knew if I was walking across carpet, concrete or whatever at four o clock in the morning after a flight from Germany? I have no idea what people do before I get to the hotel. I just wanna get upstairs, put on my boxer shorts and watch a DVD! Ive been on TV shows and heard artists talking about how they love vacuuming and Im like, shut up! Stop trying to pretend!

    That shrug-it-off mentality is certainly necessary when dealing with the level of scrutiny that Carey faces. The product of an Irish-American mother and a half-black, half-Venezuelan father, Carey explains that her mixed race made it difficult for her to be categorised as an artist. White people seemed to love her while in her power-ballad mode, but couldnt understand why she opted to work with black artists. And black people accused her of teaming up with the likes of late rapper Ol Dirty Bastard Im so happy that I had the moments I had with him, she says and jumping on the black bandwagon to gain credibility. What does Carey make of it all?

    I think those kind of remarks have come from people who dont listen to RnB and hip-hop stations and who dont realise that Vision of Love (Careys first single) was a No.1 RnB record before it was a No.1 pop record. A lot of black people thought I was a black girl passing for a white and to most white people it was like, why is she making music with black artists? Im just being myself. Im not a one-dimensional artist.

    Interestingly, Carey is using her experiences as a bi-racial woman to write a childrens book that will be mainly geared for bi-racial kids.

    A girl came to me with the concept and she was going to call the book Little Mariah. Shes also bi-racial and she went through some of the same stuff that I went through growing up. I loved the concept but I said, Lets not call it Little Mariah because I thought it should be made accessible to everybody. So thats one of the things Im working on now.

    The Emancipation of Mimi is out now on Mercury/Def Jam


    Source: The Voice

    "We Belong Together" climbs to #4 on TRL! // 4:09 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Keep Voting!


    Vote for We Belong Together on 106 & Park! Vote for We Belong Together on TRL!


    It's MC TV!


    Catch Mariah TONIGHT on...

    The Insider @ 7:00pm on CBS to catch a snippet of her hot new video, We Belong Together

    Entertainment Tonight @ 7:30pm on CBS

    Access Hollywood @ 7:30pm on NBC

    And be sure to stay up late to catch Mimi on

    The Late Show with David Letterman @ 11:30pm on CBS.


    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Adi

    Mimi: Around The World // 2:37 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    USA
    --"We Belong Together" debuts at #6 on the top 11 most popular songs on AOL music. It has received 233,964 plays in the week of April 1st to April 7th and its total plays are 607,842.

    --"We Belong Together" debuted at #8 on the TRL video countdown yesterday. Please continue voting for Mariah on TRL, 106 & Park, VH1 - quick links are provided on the right side of this page.

    --Mariah is all over Yahoo! Buzz! She's #2 on Top 20 Music Searches, #4 on Overall Top Searches. On Top Movers, "We Belong Together" and "The Emancipation of Mimi" are #6 and #10, respectively.

    --Mariah is ranked #4 on LetsSingIt's Top Artists (was #2 yesterday) while "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #4 on Top Albums. The website also lists "We Belong Together" as #6 Most Searched Lyrics and "It's Like That," #8.

    --Urban entertainment website Eurweb.com has a front page banner promoting Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi". Check it out!

    --Mariah's "The Emancipation of Mimi" gets a 9.5 Rating from The Celebrity Cafe. Click here to read the review.

    --According to Mediabase All Access on their Taking Off chart, KVEG FM in Las Vegas (Hot 97.5) has played Shake It Off 18 times this week.

    --"We Belong Together" and "It's Like That" are #2 and #4, respectively on iTunes' Top 100 R&B Songs.

    --From RuPaul's weblog: EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION
    i bought the JAPANESE edition (with two extra songs) last week, but i wanted MARIAH to benefit from the SOUNDSCAN reading on the first day of the U.S. release, so i picked up another EMANCIPATION/MIMI today. the album is truly amazing. it gets even better with time.

    Europe
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts on the Eurocharts at #4. "It's Like That" holds at #8 in its 3rd week on European Hot 100 Singles.

    Argentina
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" will be released on Thursday, April 21st in Argentina, Mariah's 2nd biggest selling country in Latin America after Brazil.

    Australia
    --It's Like That continues its assault on the daily Hot 30 countdown, reaching #1 twice this week. In 12 weeks, it has only spent 3 days outside of the top 5 (#7 on all 3 occasions). Vote for it at www.hot30.com.au. Also on the Hot30, To The Floor was recently sampled up against another song where listeners voted for the song they preferred. Mariah won with 93% of votes!

    Germany
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" is #14 in Germany, and "It's Like That" jumps from #24 to #14 [her best peak - not counting "I Know What You Want" since Heartbreaker (#9)].

    --Check out Mariah Lounge - a new German fansite by Helen containing multimedia downloads and information about Mariah's possible visit to Germany in the summer!

    --German Chart News:
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is at #14 on the official German charts (issue date April 15th). "It's like that" is at #14 (last week: #24).

    --Today's Daily Online-Charts:
    "It's like that"
    Musicload.de: #19
    iTunes.de: #8 (allgemein)
    iTunes.de: #2 (RnB)
    Amazon.de: #18

    "The Emancipation of Mimi"
    iTunes: #14 (allgemein)
    iTunes: #6 (Pop)
    Amazon.de: #71

    Holland
    --Mariah jumped 10 positions from #36 to #26 on this week's Top 40.

    Japan
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" has dropped to #3 on the Japanese album charts this week with 32,969 copies sold (total sales so far: 82,425 copies.) Mariah remains at #1 on the international album charts.

    --Love Love Jack offers a download of Mariah performing "We Belong Together" on 'Utaban TV'.

    --Pip and Pow offers to download this clip from 'Mezamashi TV' where clips from Mariah's "Good Morning America" performances of "It's Like That", "We Belong Together", "Make It Happen", "Fly Like a Bird" and "Shake It Off" were shown.

    Norway
    --"It's Like That" debuts at #20 on Norway's official Top 20 singles chart.

    Spain
    --"It's Like That" is No. 1 on MTV Spain! Click here to vote for the video.

    -- "It's Like That" is #15 in "Cadena 100," the most popular radio station in Spain.

    Sweden
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #32 in Sweden.

    --"It's Like That" is currently at #8 on ZTV Top 10. Please continue to vote by clicking on the link.

    Switzerland
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #9 on the Swiss albums chart and "It's Like That" moves up 7 places from #19 to #12!


    Source: Mariah Daily | Michaja | Can | Stanley | Mirage | melt away | Mike | marbelous | Nacho | JRKing | SJinc | Geoff | mcflyingfree | ADani1224 | Cathrine | MariahSpanish | Ayako | Adi | Helen

    "We Belong Together" Climbs to No. 61 on Hot 100 // 2:31 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "We Belong Together" climbs 20 spots from No. 81 to No. 61 this week on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. The song also jumps from No. 54 to No. 36 on the Hot 100 Airplay chart. "We Belong Together" is likely to see another big jump next week due to great increases of digital downloads and airplay.

    "It's Like That" drops 6 places to No. 36 on the Billboard Hot 100 and drops from No. 40 to No. 61 on the airplay chart. However, the song jumps on the Hot Digital Songs chart from No. 22 to No. 16 despite a 5% sales decrease. With 14,503 downloads this week, "It's Like That" reaches a gold status with a total of 109,653 downloads.


    Source: Billboard Magazine | Emanc1pate

    Mariah Packs Times Square // 1:57 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    MARIAH CAREY attracted the largest crowd to Times Square since 31 December (04) last Tuesday (12APR05), when she performed a live concert at the New York City landmark.

    The sexy singer launched her new album THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI with a special party for thousands of fans at the bustling "crossroads of the world".

    She was joined by rap mogul JERMAINE DUPRI as they performed their runaway hit IT'S LIKE THAT, before showcasing her new track WE BELONG TOGETHER and then dancing with a full choir as she sang her 1991 track MAKE IT HAPPEN.

    But the big treat came for Carey's teen pal CALEB BOULTER, who was able to watch the singer perform live for the fourth time.

    Boulter, who is battling tuberous sclerosis, says, "I met Mariah through the MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION. She has been a very big inspiration for me and her music has been my life preserver."

    The meteorology student joined Carey onstage at the end of her performance, which was broadcast live on breakfast show GOOD MORNING AMERICA.


    Source: ContactMusic | SJinc

    Introducing "Mimi" // 1:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    MARIAH CAREY
    By: Chauncy Jackson

    Her highs and lows have been well-chronicled. From her No. 1 singles, to her failed marriage, from her chart-topping albums to her emotional breakdown, the peaks and valleys in the life of Mariah Carey have been tabloid fodder for as long as she has been in the public eye. "You try to take those moments and channel them into something, because if not you just become bitter!," says Carey.

    It often seems that Carey does not receive the respect that she deserves. Her multi-octave singing voice puts those of her contemporaries to shame. She is a proven hitmaker whose longevity in the business cannot be questioned.

    Still, despite all the problems she has encountered, Mariah Carey has managed the most difficult trick of all: survival. When others would have quit, overcome by the negativity, she soldiered on. Her failed marriage, the dismissal from her record label, her nervous breakdown all of these have conspired to tarnish the personal image of Mariah Carey. And yet, she keeps on coming back; a phoenix rising from the ashes. If nothing else, the singer proves that she is capable of taking a punch and hitting back.

    Click here to read the rest of the article.


    Source: Groovevolt

    Download "Good Morning America" & "BET: Blueprint" // 7:20 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video/audio files of Mariah's appearances on Good Morning America (April 12) and BET (April 13). More multimedia files will be provided later so keep on checking back.

    Good Morning America
    It's Like That (RAR file)
  • Part One
  • Part Two

    We Belong Together (RAR file)
  • Part One
  • Part Two

    Make It Happen (RAR file)
  • Part One
  • Part Two

    Fly Like A Bird - MP3

    BET: Blueprint
  • It's Like That - MP3 | Mpg (Part One) & Mpg (Part Two)
  • We Belong Together (MP3)
  • Vision of Love (MP3)
  • Interview Part One (Mpg)
  • Interview Part Two (Mpg)


  • Source: Vinny (The Ladies) | Sudden Rush | dwXny



      Wednesday, April 13 , 2005

    Mariah's Interview #2 on CNN Headline's Showbiz Tonight // 10:22 PM EST Updated by Lynn


    Mariah Carey opened up to "Showbiz Tonight," revealing her personal side in a one-on-one interview with A.J. Hammer. Part Two of the "Showbiz Tonight" interview was aired Wednesday, April 13th at 7 p.m. ET. Click on the links below to download the interview.

  • Part One
  • Part Two


  • Source: Mariah Daily

    Celebrating with Mariah // 7:42 PM EST Updated by Will

    Sleep isnt abundant in my life when my pal Mariah hits London. Firstly, at West Londons Baglioni Hotel one of my favourite London haunts we had girly nights in trying on dresses, dinners out on the town, and a surprise pyjama party where we flew in three of her closest pals from NYC.

    We never had a bleak moment it was all opulent, decadent and stellar! Then, the coolest white man to sing, George Michael, invited me and Mariah out to join him and his boyfriend Kenny Goss for dinner at the world famous and ridiculously expensive Cipriani restaurant on Friday night after Mariah had filmed Top of the Pops. George Im from Watford Michael was the most entertaining, fabulous host and had us mesmerised with his stories and charm. He and Mariah shared tales of fellow peers in music, former record labels and their ethnic backgrounds and their scarred childhoods because of race hate but it was the nicest dinner party ever and George was nothing like the quiet, strange recluse Elton John has made him out to be. He was lovely!

    Saturday night in London was the launch of Mariahs new album The Emancipation of Mimi. The venue Tantra was not our favourite but it was what it was, so we played along with it. When I arrived with MC, there was a media frenzy outside but once you squeezed inside, the crowd was jamming to every hot new track. DJs Manny Norte, Dodge and Shortee Blitz threw down. It was a heaving, sweaty shakedown! In the house were Mariahs uber-fabulous new manager Benny Medina (when he wants to speak to me and were in the same building, he gets one of his assistants in LA to call me from across the Atlantic to hook us up!.....Fabulous!).

    When we arrived at the party, Mariah had intended to speak to her guests on the microphone but it didnt work in the VIP so we nixed that idea. Then, as it was her born day, the club surprised her with a cake which wouldve been a nice thought if it were not for the attempt to put a life-size Mariah on top which looked nothing like her but more like Medusa: theyd attempted to emulate her hair flying in the wind... and theyd paid 3000 for the cake from Harrods.

    Id be straight up in Mr Al-Fayeds face demanding a refund! Then we had giant champagne bottles spitting with fireworks before we hit the hotel for a more intimate party which continued till 10.30am the following day!

    Also livin it up in the party were the very merry designer Wale Adyemi (who sent me a huge bag of clothes I wore in a shoot with Mariah for The Independent the day before!), rapper Estelle, Alesha formally of Mis-teeq (who came with her future mum-in-law, Harvey from So Solids mum Jennifer who told me she loved reading Jasmines Juice every week!), singer Mario, Adidas PR queen Paola Lucktang, Elle magazines Donna Wallace (who sent me a beautiful dress to wear on the night), Wayne Williams, BMGs Jennifer Mills, Choice FMs George Kay, actresses Caroline Chikezee (who signed her contract with Benny Medina on the night!) and Naomie Harris. Also in the place were Blues Simon Webbe and Lee Ryan (Lee had joined me and Mariah at the hotel the night before, sung to her and asked her for vocal advice cringe!), Ruff Ryders rapper Jin, African couture designer Beth Tesh-O-Me, The Honeyz and many more The next few days the tabloids ran the usual diva stories about Mariah which had us rolling in laughter! Where do they get their crap from? Red carpets, rose petals strewn in her path? Tell that to the fans that she invited into her hotel to hang out with her!


    Source: The Voice

    Mariah Ups Good Morning America's Ratings! // 7:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The recent Good Morning America episode featuring Mariah Carey's Times Square performance (4/12) beat out The Today Show in ratings, making it the first time GMA has beat TTS this year. The show got a 4.3 rating, which translates to over 7 million viewers.

    Over 10,000 folks attended Mariah Carey's "Good Morning America" performance at Times Square yesterday morning. She did 5 songs total, and they will air "Fly Like A Bird" on Wednesday (4/13), with the fifth song airing over the weekend on "Good Morning America."

    And, she did TRL and then did an in-store at Best Buy. You sure Mayor Bloomberg didn't make it MARIAH CAREY DAY in NYC?


    Source: All Access

    Mariah Delivers Most Powerful CD To Date // 7:02 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The critics have spoken: Mariah delivers her most powerful CD to date!

    Now its up to the public to decide. Weve been telling you for months that Mariah Careys new CD, The Emancipation Of Mimi, was filled with many potential multi-format hits. Now that the finished product is in stores itll be interesting to see what two hit singles, "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together," and a mega-multi-media blitz can do in terms of CD sales for MC. You can't help but notice a different confidence within one of Pop music's most successful divas. Her signature vocal is held in check as Mariah sings in her best tone to date minus the vocal aerobics that put her on the map in 1990. Her emotion and passion is heartfelt and should connect with old and new Mariah fans from coast to coast. The CD is loaded from top to bottom. The list of singles seems endless including the much anticipated "Say Somethin'" featuring Snoop Dogg, to "Shake It Off" and "Get Your Number" with Jermaine Dupri. But the one track that features MC's best performance just might be "Mine Again." This CD has something for everyone, but its still focused under IDJMG head L.A. Reid. It also doesnt hurt to have manager Benny Medina in your corner. No one would have believed that Mariah Carey could come full circle except Mariah!


    Source: Friday Morning Quarterback

    They Call the Winner Mariah // 3:11 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Hits Daily Double:
    Carey Poised to Take Over Fittys Throne, While Mudvayne Runs Interference.

    Mariah Carey is about to end the six-week reign of 50 Cent. The Island Def Jam diva is on her way to a first-week total north of 300k, with a shot at 350kand yes, thats more than we initially projected.

    An upward adjustment is also in order for scary Epic band Mudvayne, which is looking like it could hit 150k, with 30-40% of that coming from the DualDisc version of the release. Is it in line for the #2 slot nationally, passing a declining Fitty? Could be.

    E! Online:
    Despite finishing behind Fiddy, the former Mrs. Biggie still scored some of the best sales figures of her career. The First Lady's number two debut was her highest and its 157,000 copies sold represent her best ever first-week sales.

    The First Lady also came the closest of any release of the last month and a half to dethroning Fiddy. But his streak will likely to come to an end next week: Mariah Carey is on track to top next week's chart with her comeback album, The Emancipation of Mimi.

    Rolling Stone:
    Next week, expect the return of pop diva Mariah Carey to storm the Top Ten, as The Emancipation of Mimi is unleashed with all its high notes. And watch out for Garbage, as the pop rockers release Bleed Like Me, their first album in four years.


    Source: Daniel | Andrew

    News Tidbits & International Updates // 9:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Following Tuesday's release of "The Emancipation of Mimi" and her live performance in Times Square on ABC's Good Morning America, Mariah Carey is bringing 'Mimi' to BET and David Letterman.

    The "It's Like That" singer will be featured today, April 13, on BET's "Blueprint." Carey will perform new music from "Mimi" and chat with "106 & Park" host, AJ. The half-hour special airs at 7:30 pm ET/PT on BET.

    Mariah Carey opens up to "Showbiz Tonight," revealing her personal side in a one-on-one interview tonight, April 13. "Showbiz Tonight" airs live on CNN Headline News at 7 p.m. and replays at 10 p.m. and midnight. (All times Eastern.)

    Tomorrow, April 14, Carey is scheduled to perform on "The Late Show with David Letterman." She'll join guests Anthony LaPaglia and Ana Gasteyer on the program.

    --Who's your favorite: Disco Mariah, Hip-Hop Mariah, or Ballad Mariah? It's debatable which version of the diva reigns supreme, but one thing is without question: In the 14 years since she released her self-titled debut, Mariah Carey has been one of pop music's most prolific hitmakers. As her latest, The Emancipation of Mimi, hits stores, EW.com attempts to whittle down her huge catalog to a few choice gems. Click here for EW.com's picks for Mariah's all-time essential tracks, then post your own list.

    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" album review from IGN Entertainment: "Oh how the mighty pop stars have fallen. Justin publicly groped Janet, Ashlee was caught with her lips out of sync, Britney is chain smoking and scarfing Cheezy Poofs, Michael is stuck in court, and lord only knows where Ricky Martin is. In fact, the tabloidal headlines are so consumed these days with Brad Pitt's romantic life that it seems like eons ago when the world was fascinated by Mariah Carey's ping-pong Oprah weight gain/loss and her questionable mental stability..." To continue reading this review and for other recent reviews, click here.

    MIMI: AROUND THE WORLD

    USA
    --The Oasis Club in Los Angeles, CA is holding a CD Release Party for "The Emancipation of Mimi" this Saturday, April 16th with live stage performance of Mariah Illusionist. Click on the thumbnail to view a larger image of the flyer.

    --Attention all Michigan Mariah Fans! On Friday April 15, the highly-popular Nectorine (better known as the Necto) located in Ann Arbor is havinga CD release party in honor of Mariah in which songs from "Mimi" and other MC songs will be played throughout the course of the night. There will also be "Mimi" CD and poster giveaways. Let's all go out and show our support. This is a very large place usually filled to capacity and will be great publicity since many gay magazines will be there taking pictures! Click here for more information.

    --The Pittsburgh Eagle is having a CD release party on Friday the 15th. They will be giving away albums and singles around 1am. The Eagle is a a gay club here in Pittsburgh (21+ only) but everyone is welcome! For more information, visit the site at www.pitteagle.com.

    UK
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" debuted at #4 on the HMV UK chart, #7 Top Selling Album at Amazon and #2 Top Seller at Take 2.

    --"It's Like That" falls down 2 spots to #6 at HVM.

    Canada
    --VH1's Save The Music Concert will air on Much More Music on April 17th 9:00pm ET and repeats April 18th 12:30am and 2:00pm ET.

    El Salvador
    --"It's Like That" entered La Femenina 102.5's Las 11 del 11 at #10, the biggest debut of the week, even beating Juanes (which is a very strong artist in Latin America). Vote online or call 224-2411. Mariah hasn't been in El Salvador's Hit List since 1999, when "When you believe" peaked at #5 so this is definitely Mariah's comeback in the Latin America chart.

    Singapore
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" is the highest new entry at #4 last week on the Recording Industry Association Singapore's International Albums chart.

    France
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #4 on the French charts. On the International Artists chart she is #2 behind Moby while the single, "It's Like That" is #17 (from #20) on the French official airplay chart.

    --Mariah is on the cover of Virgin Megastore's free magazine in France.

    Italy
    --"It's Like That" is up 22 places to #7 in its 2nd week on the Italian Singles chart; "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at #15 - this is great considering there is little promotion in Italy.

    Japan
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" is #3 in Japan this week with sales of 33,000 copies. The total sales for the album is 83,000 copies.

    MTV Asia
    "It's Like That" is up 8 spots to #9 from last week's 17th position on MTV Asia's Hitlist Chart.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Net Music Countdown | CS Koh | Eric | Viento | Jose | James | Daniel | Mariahfanclub | Greg | Michael | Anasosan | Solz | Fede | HS | Eric



      Tuesday, April 12 , 2005

    New Poll: What is your favorite song on "The Emancipation of Mimi"? // 5:03 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Please take a minute to cast your vote in our new poll which asks, "What is your favorite song on 'The Emancipation of Mimi' ? "

    Our last poll asked, "Have you purchased Mariah's new digital single yet?" Here are the results:

  • 37.86% (2132 votes) - No. I will not be supporting Mariah on this single.
  • 25.92% (1460 votes) - No. I live outside the United States and am waiting for the commercial single.
    No. I live outside the United States and am waiting for the commercial single.
  • 22.21% (1251 votes) - Yes. I have purchased the Its Like That digital single at least once.
  • 14.01% (789 votes) - No. But I will soon be purchasing the digital single.

    Total votes: 5632


  • Source: Mariah Daily

    First Mid-Day Sales Raise Expectations to 300,000 // 4:35 PM EST Updated by Liron

    SALE AWAY: Mid-day retail snapshots have Mariah Careys Emancipation of Mimi (Island), released today, on track to do over 300k in its first week. Meanwhile, Mudvaynes Lost and Found (Epic) now looks like it will pass the 100k first-week mark with ease.

    DOWNLOAD THE ALBUM

  • iTunes - "The Emancipation of Mimi" is ranked as the #1 most downloaded album!
    Note: Downloading includes free bonus remixes of "It's Like That" by Scott Strotch and David Morales!
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    Order "The Emancipation of Mimi" Online

    USA
    Amazon: Standard ($11.99) | Limited ($14.99)
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    FYE: Standard ($11.99) | Limited ($12.99) | Vinyl ($15.98)
    Note: "The Emancipation of Mimi" is the #1 seller on FYE!

    Canada
    Amazon: Standard (CDN$ 14.99) | Limited (CDN$ 16.99)

    Don't forget to keep your receipts and e-mail them to us via contest@mariahdaily.com. More details here!


  • Source: Mariah Daily | Hits Daily Double | MariahCarey.com | Dino

    The Return of the Voice on 'GMA' // 9:56 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Performs We Belong Together
    Mariah Carey Rocks Times Square in Live Concert Event

    Pop star Mariah Carey is back with a new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," and she and her band took over Times Square this morning in a live concert sponsored by "Good Morning America."

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" hits stores today. Critics are calling it Carey's most powerful album in years, and Carey (who is known to family and close friends as "Mimi") is calling it her most personal.

    Carey performed three new songs for a throng of excited fans, some of whom began camping out in Times Square the night before in order to get close to the stage.

    Wearing a glittery, body-hugging gown and joined by a posse of back-up singers and dancers, Carey performed the Top 10 dance hit "It's Like That," followed by the ballad "We Belong Together" and then pulled out the gospel-inflected classic "Make It Happen."

    A New Era for Female Performers

    Mariah Carey emerged in the early 1990s with her astounding vocal range and became known as "the voice." She went on to become the most prolific-selling female artist of the '90s.

    Her self-titled debut album earned her two Grammys. She then went on to sell over 150 million albums, topping the charts with 15 No. 1 songs. Her singles spent more weeks at No. 1 than any other female artist in history.

    Joe Levy, an editor at Rolling Stone magazine, said Carey ushered in a new era for female performers.

    "Frankly, Mariah is someone who brought a lot of street, hip-hop energy into the pop charts and into this pop-R&B world," Levy said. "That was a Mariah innovation in the '90s. You had this squeaky clean girl diva who was having the Ol' Dirty Bastard rhyme on her records. And you were just kinda like, 'Huh? Really? Wow!' And then, you know, it just became de rigueur."

    Back on a High

    Over the 15-year span of Carey's career, she has experienced her share of emotional and professional highs and lows, from her difficult marriage to Sony Records head Tommy Mottola to dizzying fame to a very public emotional and physcial breakdown.

    Now at 35 years old, Carey says she's in a much better place ? spiritual, confident and optimistic and says the new album reflects that.

    "It's just being closer to myself, just closer to my spirit," Carey said on "Good Morning America."

    "Getting a chance to get it together in terms of being on tour, being with the fans, you know what I mean, and then taking the time to make an album that I really feel proud of."

    While much has changed in Carey's life, both critics and fans say at least one thing has remained the same.

    "This woman can sing," Levy said. "And frankly, that's what Mariah is known for. Really being able to sing."




    Click on the links below to download sound files (MP3 format) of Mariah's performances on the show.

  • It's Like That
  • We Belong Together
  • Make It Happen

    In addition to the songs above, Mariah's recorded performances of "Fly Like a Bird" and "Shake it Off" which will be aired on "Good Morning America" later this week.





  • Source: Mariah Daily | ABC News | Christopher | Brian | Regine

    USA Today Reviews "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 12:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi
    By: Elysa Gardner
    out of 4

    With her imitators all over radio and American Idol, it's sometimes hard to recall what pop-soul music sounded like before Carey came along. The diva herself remembers, though, as evidenced by the wistful, old-school vibe on Mine Again, Circles and other endearing new tunes. Breezy, playful tracks such as Say Somethin' (featuring Snoop Dogg) and Get Your Number (with Jermaine Dupri) prove the singer hasn't forsaken her passion for hip-hop. But it's the ballads and midtempo numbers that truly reflect the renewed confidence of a songbird who has taken her shots and kept on flying.


    READ THE OTHER REVIEWS BY CLICKING HERE.


    Source: USA Today



      Monday, April 11 , 2005

    A Superstar Returns With Another New Self // 11:58 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Nearly 3,000 people from as close as Midtown Manhattan and as far as Toronto flocked to the Beacon Theater on the Upper West Side Saturday afternoon with one thing in mind - getting a glimpse of the veteran pop star Mariah Carey. She was at the theater to tape a handful of songs for VH1's annual "Save the Music" special, to be broadcast this Sunday, and those in attendance could not have been more fervent.

    "Mariah, I love you," screamed one breathless young woman in braces and boot-cut jeans. When asked why he opted to spend a sunny New York day indoors another fan said, in all earnestness, "I think I've listened to 'Vision of Love' like 30,000 times." He was referring to the 1990 hit that put Ms. Carey on the map. "Every day, I listen to that song in my car and press rewind over and over."

    So, it was only natural that when Ms. Carey, smiling like a veteran pageant queen, took the stage to perform a duet with the R&B singer John Legend, the crowd went wild. And anyone could have seen that Ms. Carey, sporting a tangerine Roberto Cavalli gown, baring a bit of midriff and a whole lot of leg, was going to bring down the house with "It's Like That," the first single from her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," which hits stores today. But just in case, the D.J., Fatman Scoop, who played hype-man for the day, took no chances. "I don't care if you're a grandmother," he blared. "I don't care if you have a bad knee or a bad back. Get up. We're about to turn this place into Club Mariah."

    Click here to read the rest of the article.


    Source: The New York Times

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is out TOMORROW in America / MariahDaily's Competition Announced! // 5:27 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" comes out tomorrow in the US and Canada. Pick up your copy of the album - standard and limited editions are both available in stores. Make sure to keep your receipts and e-mail them to us via contest@mariahdaily.com over the week. Every copy will be counted as an entry so if you've bought both standard and limited editions - you will be entered twice! The special prize will be announced later this week.

    Note: The competition is open for any fan across the world who had bought a copy of "The Emancipation of Mimi" as long as proof of purchase can be supplied. Online receipts will be accepted as well.

    Below are promotional tools that we would love for you to use. You may print the flyers and hang them in your area, you may use our buddy icons to remind your friends the album is coming out and you may use the signatures in online forums where you participate. Let's help promote Mariah's new album!

    Last but not least, let's request "It's Like That" on TRL & 106 & Park to remind everyone that Mariah is back! Please click on the links below and vote for the video.



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    Source: Mariah Daily

    'Mimi' Creates More Buzz with Leading American Press // 4:09 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • Published by New York Newsday
    Written by Glenn Gamboa

    Mariah Carey: 'Emancipated' but not free

    Mariah Carey has named her new album "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island Def Jam), though she has never seemed more restrained and most of her songs sound like they were systematically drained of her personality, like they were recorded by Stepford Mariah.

    Pop psychologists would call it projection. Delusion would work too.

    It's a stunning turn of events that everyone would work so hard to make one of the top-selling female singers in pop music history - whose string of personality-driven hits runs from classic ballads ("Vision of Love" and "One Sweet Day") to contemporary dance numbers ("Dreamlover" and "Honey") - sound like someone other than herself. It's even more stunning that Carey - not known for being shy about expressing her opinion - would go along with it.

    Nevertheless, it's hard to argue with the results. "The Emancipation of Mimi" is packed with one potential single after another, a crazy quilt of radio-friendly R&B-tinged dance pop and big ballads that are nothing if not eager to please. Since her public breakup with EMI Records in 2002, after the tumultuous release of her movie "Glitter" and its soundtrack, Carey has been searching for her hit-making skills with the desperation of someone hunting for a lost contact lens on the floor of Grand Central during the evening rush. As her "Charmbracelet" album showed, that quest hasn't been pretty.

    Click here to read the rest of the article.



  • Published by The Associated Press
    Written by Nekesa Mumbi Moody

    Carey Feels Free With 'Emancipation

    Old habits die hard, and so it is that Mariah Carey finds herself at a downtown recording studio well past midnight, rehearsing with her band for shows promoting the release of her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    Carey's well-known workaholism hasn't changed. But what has, she says, is her approach to her work: It's no longer all-consuming, the most important thing in her life and it no longer defines who she is.

    "I'm kind of at the point where as long as I can make music, I'm not absorbed by it," says Carey, kicking off her stiletto heels and stretching out on a black leather couch before her late-night session begins.

    "There's a way bigger world, and a way bigger picture than just living for that, and getting knots in your stomach every time you're worried about what's your chart position," she adds. "It's not that deep. I know who I am as a person, I know who I am as an artist, and I know who my fans are."

    Click here to read the rest of the article.


  • Source: Newsday | Associated Press

    New Weekly Interviews Mariah // 2:54 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey is back and she seems to have followed doctors orders and taken a healthy dose of chill pills. NW sat down with the surprisingly laidback diva to chat about her new album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.

    Your new album is called The Emancipation Of Mimi. What does freedom mean to you?
    Theres a lot of different definitions of freedom, but I think what I meant when I named this album The Emancipation Of Mimi is that I now have the freedom to make the kind of record I wanted to make. And as a result people will get to hear my spirit coming through on this record.

    Where did the Mimi nickname come from?
    It was just one of those things that evolved. People just started calling me Mimi and it was very much behind-the-scenes, and now a lot of other people will get to know about it so Ill have to start using one of my other nicknames.

    Is it true that another nickname of yours was Mirage given to you because you never turned up to school on time?
    Yes darling, I had a problem on getting to school on time Im still trying to outgrow that!

    What did Mimi/Mirage want to be when she grew up?
    I wanted to be a singer or a genie! How fabulous is it to be genie? Remember that show I Dream Of Jeanie where she could get anything she wanted? To be able to change your outfit just like that thats hot tamale!

    Do you have any particular memories of your last trip to Australia?
    Yes, I have wonderful memories of Australia my favourite memory is of Perth when I swam with the dolphins for the first time. I have pictures on my wall of that, and when you look at my face in those pictures, its just so obvious that Im so happy. It was something I always dreamed of doing and being there in the ocean I mean, they had a shark net and everything was such a free and amazing feeling. It really sticks out in my mind as one of my favourite experiences.

    The album cover is quite striking you have an amazing set of pins but people have said that you're trying to look a little too much like Beyonce in the picture. What are your thoughts on that?
    Honestly, I did a couple of different shoots for the cover. The inspiration came from a photo that the photographer had in his book of a girl with a similar outfit in a silhouette. A lot of people think it looks like this person or that person, but I dont really know what they mean because its just me. Its a defiant moment and really represents the feeling of The Emancipation of Mimi.

    How do you go about keeping your voice in shape?
    The main thing to keep my voice in shape, is to drink a lot of water, get a lot of sleep, and dont talk a lot. I dont do all those things when Im doing promotion, especially because I talk too much, but when Im on tour, I really try to take care of my voice.

    Over the years theres been some crazy reports of infamous Mariah meltdown moments. Do you care what peoples perception of you is?
    I cant care, because I can only care about the people who are actually in my life or the people who are my fans and appreciate my music and in turn understand me as a songwriter.

    We hear youre planning a childrens book. True?
    Yes, theres a plan to do a book; its really for bi-racial kids. A woman approached me who is bi-racial as well and were kinda similar-looking and she and I went through a lot of similar things when we were growing up. Shes my complexion, and her husband is a lot more dark-skinned, and they have kids now so theyre just learning about how to deal with that.

    Is that still an issue for kids today?
    Its still an issue today, so we just thought doing this kind of series like this for children more like a handbook but fun to read would be good for them to work through the different kind of problems that can arise. I f parents dont know how to explain the situation to their kids properly it can be difficult, so hopefully this will help out.

    With the album and the book have you got time for much else in your schedule?
    Sure, there are plenty of things ahead. There are movie projects, theres a Broadway show for Christmas which is based around the songs I wrote for my Merry Christmas album. Theres a potential play in London called The Sleeping Prince. So theres a lot of stuff were talking about, but right now, darling, Im in the moment.


    Source: New Weekly (Australia) | Emanc1pate

    Mariah Expected to Sell 250,000 and Debut at #1 in the US // 2:42 PM EST Updated by Liron

    April 7
    As a dismal first quarter for most shows no signs of improvement despite a slight Easter bump, watchers watching the 8% year-over-year sales decline to date are asking, where have all the big stars gone? True, weve had a million-plus debut week from 50 Cent this year, but porers poring over release schedules see little in the way of excitement on the horizon. Indeed, with the Rob Thomas single peaking in the teens on airplay charts, retailers have turned very pessimistic about the album, due 4/19, and are said to be worried its going to tank. Eyes are likewise on the upcoming Mariah Carey album, due 4/12, but retailers seem to be more optimistic about the divas latest. Stay tuned to see whos right about what.

    April 11
    Albums hitting the street this week include Mariah Careys The Emancipation of Mimi (Island), which retailers are anticipating will sell around 250k in its first week, meaning it will be the one to dethrone 50 Cent; Mudvaynes Lost and Found (Epic), which is expected to hit 100k or so; and Story of the Years Page Avenue (Maverick), expected to do around 80k.


    Source: Hits Daily Double | Dan | Reinaldo

    "TV Weekeinde" Interviews Mariah // 2:38 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Last Saturday, an interview with Mariah was featured in a Dutch magazine called ?TV Weekeinde? which is attached to the Dutch newspaper ?de Telegraaf?. Tom translated some interesting bits from the article:

    Mariah about working on this album:
    ?I approached this album differently than all my other albums. This time I didn?t want to get into all the rumors about my private life, it was just about having a good time. I?ve collaborated with a few rappers, and especially the songwriting sessions with those guys were very interesting. They approach lyrics very differently than I do. Meanwhile, I?ve created my own language with words I regularly use. ?Volcanic? for example, I say that all the time. Someone like Pharrell was inspired by those things. He was like: ?Hey, when you came in the studio you said something like ?that?s volcanic?. We should do something with that, because it?s cool?. Eventually it ended up in ?Say Somethin??, the song with Snoop. I think it?s funny that words like that eventually became an inspiration for some lyrics on this album. In the past, I usually wrote the lyrics all by myself, so this was a whole new and fresh experience for me, almost like a party.?

    Mariah about working with Hip-Hop artists:
    ?I?ve always been a fan of Hip-Hop. I?ve worked with Snoop during the Rainbow period, like six years ago. The track was called ?Crybaby? but Sony didn?t want to release it. I?ve also worked with Usher during that time, but Sony didn?t like that either. They wanted to keep me Pop, but they totally underestimated the power of Hip-Hop and R&B. It was Usher?s first big duet, but nobody ever heard it. It contained the 2Pac sample that was later used by Toni Braxton and Beyonc頡nd Jay-Z. When my producer Jermaine Dupri heard their versions, he called me and said: ?Hey, didn?t we do the same thing four years ago?? But what can you do about it? If the record company won?t release the song??

    Mariah about the cover looking too much like Beyonce
    ?Oh really? I have this look for a very long time now, at least longer than her. Don?t get me wrong, I love Beyonc鬠but if you look at my video for ?Heartbreaker?, the artwork style of ?Butterfly? and all those other moments in my career, you can?t say I suddenly look like her. The only reason why people say that, is because the picture was taken from the front, while I was usually photographed from the side. Beyonc頩s usually photographed from the front. Aside from that, she has been very popular the last two years, while I was more in my own world. But darling, I?ve had this hair since the beginning of my career." (?) "Some say I look like Beyonc鬠others say I look like Jessica Simpson or whatever. I never know what people think of me, because I?ve always been somewhere in between. It can go either way.?

    Mariah about not only being a singer, but also a writer and producer:
    ?I have a very close relationship with my fans. They know I write my own songs. That?s why I always put the lyrics in the booklet of my albums, because I know my fans like to study my lyrics and interpret them their own way. But the big public is guided by my diva-image. And of course, for a diva it?s impossible to sing, write and produce all together! Those people only think you can do more than just sing if you?re somebody like Alicia Keys, sitting behind a piano during concerts, photoshoots, whatever. If she hadn?t done that, the public wouldn?t even know she?s a great pianist. But hey, that?s the way it works with some people. That?s why I keep doing those high notes: Hear me, I can really sing, haha!?


    Source: TV Weekeinde | Tom

    News Tidbits & International Updates // 2:31 PM EST Updated by Liron

    --Mariah is on the cover of the current issue (April 13-26, 2005) of B&S Magazine, a UK magazine published fortnightly which covers all the latest UK and US urban music info. "Talk about fluctuating fortunes. There she was, one minute the biggest selling female act in the world with a blossoming movie career and the next? Well, we all know about Mariah Carey?s spectacular fall from grace. Anyway, the lady?s got balls and confidently addresses some of those negative issues in our cover story. Her new album, the cathartic ?The Emancipation Of Mimi? begins a whole new chapter for Mariah."

    --From CNN: 9-11PM, SAVE THE MUSIC: A CONCERT TO BENEFIT THE VH1 SAVE THE MUSIC FOUNDATION. Stars ranging from Mariah Carey to John Legend perform to raise money to purchase instruments for music education programs. For those of you not into Mariah's comeback, non-pop star Josh Groban is slated to perform. I'm hoping for a Groban-Carey duet. It's got to be better than J-Lo and Mark Anthony's appearance at the Grammys.

    --People's Fashion Faceoff: Mariah Carey (left) and Serena Williams both slipped into a slinky Roberto Cavalli gown for a big night out. Who looks better ? the Emancipation of Mimi singer or the tennis pro? Click here and vote for Mariah!

    MIMI: AROUND THE WORLD

    USA
    --The Dock Complex, a popular nightclub in Cincinnati, OH, is having a CD release party for The Emancipation of Mimi. The party is this Friday, April 15th 2005. They will be giving away the cd as well as posters. The Dock is located at 603 W. Pete Rose Way. They are open until 4 am, but the party will get underway around 11:30. Come out and support Mimi's Emancipation!

    --This weekend 102.7/106.9 The Blaze in Tyler, Texas hosted "The Emancipation of Mimi" weekend. This weekend you had to be the tenth caller and you would win Mariah's new cd before it hit stores on Tuesday. This event went on all weekend long. They gave away "The Emancipation of Mimi" almost every hour for 3 days straight.

    --Right in the middle of Times Square is a billboard of Mariah Carey. It's a huge picture of the standard cover of 'The Emancipation of Mimi' lit up!

    --"We Belong Together" was #4 on the nightly countdown for Atlanta's most popular radio station, V103.

    --Mariah night in Los Angeles, CA! There will be a CD Release Party for "The Emancipation of Mimi" this Thursday, April 14th at Club Tigerheat 9:30pm-2:00am. See flyer below.


    Australia
    --This coming Friday, April 15th, it's the Best of Mariah Carey Night at Z Bar in Sydney! Below are scans of the front and back of the event's flyer.


    --How creative are you? Can you come up with something creative to promote 'The Emancipation of Mimi'? Head over to MariahOZ to find out more about this contest. Prizes include new CDs and posters. Open to international fans as well.

    Greece
    --On Wednesday - April 13th, MAD TV (Greece's biggest music TV station) will broadcast a two-hour long special on Mariah and the new album. Themis Georgantas, the station's most popular VJ, met Mariah in London on the 22nd of March and taped an interview with her where she talks about Greece, Michael Jackson, being in love and "The Emancipation of Mimi".

    --"It's Like That" climbs two spots to No. 7 on Athens Radio Deejay and three spots to No. 24 on Kiss Fm.

    Holland
    "It's Like That" jumps 2 spots on the Mega Top 100, from #34 to #32.

    "The Emancipation Of Mimi" enters the Album Top 100 as the 2nd highest new entry at #15 (Mario's album is the highest new entry at #9).

    Latvia
    "It's Like That" is No.1 on the daily Top10 on European Hit Radio, broadcasting throughout the Baltic countries. To vote, send the name of the artist and song to hits@inbox.lv. The song is also standing steadily at #1 on Capital FM for the second week. Click on the link to vote.

    Portugal
    Attention Portugal fans, purchase your "The Emancipation of Mimi" CD at Worten Stores and get a chance to win a trip for two to New York! Click here to download the TV commercial about the contest.

    Singapore
    Slow and steady "It's Like That" climbs another 2 notches to #13 this week at Power 98.

    South Africa
    Below are the positions for "It's Like That" on the following South African stations:

    MetroFM: Climbs 3 place and moves to No. 2 on Metro Fm's International Top 40 countdown.
    East Coast Radio: Climbs a massive 14 places to No. 13 in it's 5th week on the Chart. In addition, it jumps 6 places and moves into No. 13 on East Coast Radio's Top 20.
    Good Hope FM: Remains at No. 3 on the Top 40 chart.
    5Fm: Climbs to a new peak on the High 5 @ 5 and now sits at No. 2. The song also bullets 12 places to the No. 25 position on 5Fm's Top 40 on its second chart week.
    Please continue voting for the video on MTV Base Africa.

    Taiwan
    Mariah's new album is selling really well in Taiwan. The first week selling shows "The Emancipation of Mimi" at #2 on 3 main selling charts: G-Music, 5-Music and Asia Music. Mariah's new album was released in Taiwan on April 1, 2005.

    France
    Click on the links below to download the video files of Mariah's interview on French TV MCM's Journal De la Musique aired Sunday, April 10th. Thanks to MariahMimi for the files.

    Part One     Part Two     Part Three     Part Four     Part Five

    Below are some screen captures.


    UK
    The final sales tally for "The Emancipation of Mimi" in the UK is 20,876 copies sold on the first week of release.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Sandra | TCarey2002903 | bluesky | Alex | Pete | Ryan of MCTW.com | AEKiD82 | TopMariah | MariahOZ | Johny | Foni | Tom | Zane | marbelous | JCamp06067 | Randy | MariahMimi

    Mariah Carey, Free At Last? // 10:55 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    - by Jennifer Vineyard, with additional reporting by John Norris and Jasmine Dotiwala

    Mariah Carey is used to being asked lots of questions - about her striptease on "TRL," her 2001 hospitalization for "exhaustion," her less-is-more approach to clothing, not to mention her divorce from one of music's biggest moguls.

    But the woman with pop music's biggest voice is raising questions on her forthcoming album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which comes out April 12. Like: Who exactly is this Mimi character? Why does she need to be emancipated, and from what? And - most significantly - can this album help her stage a post-breakdown, post-Glitter, comeback? The way her last album, Charmbracelet, was supposed to, but didn't?

    Actually, Carey is wondering about a lot of these things herself. She stops this interview to get a status check, to see if someone will tell her, considering everything, if she's doing OK. "After all these years of interviewing different celebrities, and seeing people at different stages of their careers, do you see the ones that, really, fame kind of screws with them?" she asks. "Am I one of the better people?"

    After being assured that she is, Mariah goes on to say that she's more comfortable now about her opinions and her talent. Because, of course, she is Mimi: It was a childhood nickname that she now employs to put some distance between Mariah the person and Mariah the celebrity. And she says she does feel emancipated, finally shaking free the shackles that made her the songbird in ex-husband Tommy Mottola's gilded cage for so long. "I wasn't allowed to say much 10 years ago," she says. "I was like, 'Yes, new album, singing, thank you.' "

    A lot has happened since she walked down the aisle with Mottola in 1993 - after dating him while he was still married to his wife of 20 years - and signing to his record label when he was the CEO of Sony Entertainment. Her years with Mottola made her career - transforming her from an obscure backup singer into a superstar, starting with her "Vision of Love" single in 1990 - but she says his controlling "guidance" became damaging to her psyche. She even jokingly referred to their mansion in Bedford, New York, as "Sing Sing" - not only in reference to the prison, but because that was all she was supposed to do...

    Click here to read the rest of this exclusive MTV interview.


    Source: MTV

    Mariah Careys On // 10:18 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Tomorrow, Mariah Carey performs live in Times Square for a morning news show. The occasion is the release of her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    Remember, I told you several weeks ago that this album would be a hit, and Mariah would be back if not on top, then close to it.

    The truth is that Mariah's going to have more than a couple of hit singles from this album, including "It's Like That," "We Belong Together" and "Say Something," which features Snoop Dogg.

    So while we'll be on top of all the fun gossipy stuff, the truth is: Mariah's going to outdo Jennifer Lopez this time around. That's sweet vindication.


    Source: Roger Friedman-Fox News

    Reaching for Stratosphere in a Diminished World // 6:54 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    CRITIC'S CHOICE : "The Emancipation of Mimi"
    By Jon Pareles

    Mariah Carey plays it safe on her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island), but she also makes a commitment: to the terse, streamlined rhythm-and-blues that blindsided her midway through a blockbuster career. All of a sudden, it seemed, the lavishly acrobatic ballads and gleaming pop that showed off her five-octave range and sold millions of albums in the 1990's were pushed aside by the sound of hip-hop: sparse and percussive, with sing-song melodies and severe limits on sentimentality.

    Ms. Carey floundered when she tried looking back with the disco nostalgia of "Glitter," which got her dropped in 2002 by EMI (with a $28 million buyout). Then she tried a variety pack of styles - R&B, rock, ballad - on the cautious "Charmbracelet" in late 2002. With "The Emancipation of Mimi," she finds her balance by narrowing her ambition.

    Now, Ms. Carey is fully in the realm of rhythm-and-blues as hip-hop has redefined it. Yet current R&B values its closeness to the street, and Ms. Carey has been riding limos for quite a while. So she tries her best to get down by doing some bling-bling brand-name dropping, by booking rappers and by setting songs in clubs, starting with the album's first single, "It's Like That," a come-on set to bare-bones electro from the producer Jermaine Dupri. Trying to stay contemporary, she also does some mimicry, picking up the double-time articulation of Destiny's Child in "One and Only" and sometimes reducing her voice to the processed nasality of Britney Spears.

    As Ms. Carey has done from the beginning, she writes her own lyrics, and until the album's near-gospel finale, she sings about breaking up and hooking up. Despite the promise of the album title (Mimi is Mariah's nickname), there's hardly a hint of autobiography, unless it's hidden behind lines like "I ain't gonna let/Nobody's drama bother me." She promises earthy delights in "Say Somethin' " and "Your Girl," breaks up via answering machine in "Shake It Off," grows jealous of an ex's new girlfriend in "Circles" and longs for a second chance in "Mine Again" and "I Wish You Knew," always keeping things as general as possible.

    Like other current R&B singers, Ms. Carey shops for beats from various producers, and on "The Emancipation of Mimi" she goes for the usual suspects among proven hitmakers. Along with some lean, springy tracks from Mr. Dupri (who has worked with her before, and was also among the producers on Usher's "Confessions"), there's a song from Kanye West, "Stay the Night," with his trademark, a sped-up sample of a 1970's soul tune. For a neo-soul ballad, "Mine Again," Ms. Carey turns to James Poyser, the keyboardist who has collaborated with Erykah Badu and D'Angelo. Two crisp tracks from the Neptunes, "Say Somethin' " and "To the Floor," summon a club ambience and, as a bonus, coax their guest rappers (Snoop Dogg and Nelly) to sing.

    R&B producers generally work with singers more limited than Ms. Carey, and her collaborators meet her only partway. On this album, the verses stay in a narrow range, the choruses glide higher, and at the ends of some songs (like "Shake It Off"), Ms. Carey gives herself a few of her old sky-high notes as a background flourish.

    She has always been a singer of multiple voices: not only those stratospheric siren wails but also a girlishly conversational tone, big belters' sobs, elaborate melismas and breathy little curlicues. Most of those mannerisms have been imitated by the "American Idol" generation of singers, who tend to apply them virtually at random, as Ms. Carey often has. Yet on "The Emancipation of Mimi," she disciplines herself into coherence, using fewer tricks and sounding more believable. She also finds what lesser singers can take for granted: a certain lightness that eases her constant sense of control.

    Pop singers adapt or find themselves on the nostalgia circuit, and at 35, Ms. Carey would rather play a club-hopping vamp than look back. By reining herself in and shrinking to fit the strictures of R&B, she makes herself a 21st-century pop contender.


    Watch the video of The New York Times's Jon Pareles discussing Mariah Carey's new release, "The Emancipation of Mimi."


    Source: New York Times | Rima



      Sunday, April 10 , 2005

    Carey 'really happy, for the first time' // 9:33 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The title of Mariah Carey's new CD, The Emancipation of Mimi, raises several compelling questions: 1) What? 2) Why? and 3) Who?

    Let's tackle the third one first. Winding down in her hotel suite, Carey explains that Mimi is a nickname "that just sort of developed, mainly used by a few people who are really close to me."

    "I guess it evolved out of a need for, when we were in a private place, not to have people going 'Mariah!' Someone called me Mimi and it stuck. (Related story: Carey frees her spirit, names it Mimi)

    "This is a really personal moment for me," she says, "but I didn't want to call it The Emancipation of Mariah Carey. That would have had connotations of the whole celebrity thing, and all the misconceptions and baggage that come along with that."

    Carey's choice was affirmed by her label chief at Island/Def Jam, L.A. Reid, also her co-executive producer on the album.

    "When L.A. was listening to it and helping sequence it, he was like, 'I really feel your spirit here,' whereas with a few of the old records, he heard my voice but didn't necessarily feel me."

    Though his name doesn't come up, the singer is clearly alluding to some of the material she recorded under her previous boss, and ex-husband, former Sony Records chief Tommy Mottola. Referring to her self-titled 1990 debut, Carey, 35, says she is still "frustrated that we had to schlock it up, to add all those bells and whistles."

    With Emancipation, in contrast, "the idea was that it's better to keep it more raw. Most of the ballads were done completely live, with me singing at the same time the musicians were in the room."

    Sessions for Emancipation, which includes guest appearances by Carey's longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri and other hip-hop buddies such as Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Twista, also were more relaxed for Carey, who in the past has preferred not to have anyone in the studio when she's laying down vocals.

    "It ended up being this party, where Nelly was in one room and Snoop in the other, and we made a couple of records together."

    Having always cherished her own autonomy in creative matters, insisting on writing or co-writing her songs and struggling to define her own image, Carey says she is feeling more in control of her private life these days. Less than four years after the widely publicized collapse that accompanied critical and commercial record/film failure Glitter, she is "really happy, for the first time, both personally and professionally."

    Carey won't say if or whom she is dating, but admits she doesn't know whether she would marry again.

    "My first experience wasn't necessarily representative of what marriage is supposed to be like. And my own parents divorced when I was 3. So other than my grandfather and his second wife, who I wasn't around that much, I never had a template for a healthy relationship."

    Asked if motherhood might be an option, she says, "I think about it. I'm not at the freakout point yet, so it's about making sure I'm with someone who would be a great father, and that the situation would be right for my child. Because being the child of someone who's in the public eye would probably be difficult."

    For now, Carey dotes on her Jack Russell terrier, Jack. Like any good showbiz mom, she fudges the dog's age "He's eternally 2" - and boasts that he has two Web sites devoted to him.

    "I think he knows he's a star, because he's very dramatic. And whenever a camera is pointed at him, he always shows his good side. He has a good side, too," she says, alluding to her supposed past preference for having just one profile photographed.

    Carey's canine-diva routine may be a goof, but the sunny disposition behind it isn't. "Nothing that's ever happened has taken away the optimist in me," she says. "It's always, 'Whatever - let's go to Disneyland.' Yes, I have my bleak, tortured-artist moments, but you have to hold on to what's positive."

    By: Elysa Gardner


    Source: USA Today

    Carey frees her spirit, and it's named 'Mimi' // 9:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey has seen only a couple of American Idol episodes and couldn't name a single contender. Still, the hit-making diva has a close and personal connection to the diva-making TV hit: Randy Jackson.

    The more civil of Idol's two male judges not only worked with Carey as a producer, but also "has been in my life since before my first record, when I was an aspiring singer with a demo," she says. "When they were putting the first couple of (Idol) shows together, in fact, he told me, 'All these kids are coming out and trying to do your songs you've got to see it.' "

    If imitation is the highest form of flattery, it also can make for stiff competition. As she prepares to release her latest CD, The Emancipation of Mimi, on Tuesday, Carey, 35, is re-entering a market full of Idols and other younger stars from Beyonc to Alicia Keys who have enjoyed greater commercial success in recent years. (Related story: Mariah Carey, finally feeling free)

    But Carey maintains that she is pleased with radio's response to It's Like That, an early track from Emancipation that peaked at No. 14 on Nielsen BDS' national radio airplay audience chart. That made it her biggest radio hit since 1999. Before her disastrously received 2001 film, Glitter, took the gleam off a platinum-laden career, she had netted 16 No. 1 pop hits in the '90s.

    Her 2002 album Charmbracelet failed to generate any significant hits or much positive momentum, but if new single We Belong Together matches It's Like That's airplay achievements and Emancipation sells well, Carey could be back among the elite.

    She gives kudos to some of her successors, notably Keys, whom she praises as "talented and very much involved in everything she does musically."

    And Carey doesn't pretend to be unaware of the influence that her ornate, technically dazzling vocal style has had on many of Idol's female contestants or a lot of their peers on the pop and R&B charts, for that matter.

    "There are definitely moments when I hear things that I've done, very specifically, repeated on record," she says. "And I'm like, 'Hmmm, that's interesting did I get publishing (credit) on that?'"

    But Carey quickly adds, "We've all been influenced by other people. None of us would sound the same if Aretha Franklin hadn't ever put out a record, or Whitney Houston hadn't.

    "If Minnie Riperton never existed, would I have even thought of singing in that (upper) register? I doubt it."

    If all goes well with Emancipation, Carey might take it on the road.

    "A lot of these songs are tailor-made to be sung live, so it would be great."

    By: Elysa Gardner


    Source: USA Today

    Diva in tune with Kiwi harmonies // 8:39 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Kiwi R&B duo Adeaze have an influential new fan - American pop diva Mariah Carey.

    A sample from their New Zealand number one single A Life With You features in Your Girl on her new album, The Emancipation of Mimi. The chorus is based on a few bars of Adeaze's vocal harmonies, only their singing has been accelerated.

    Adeaze's South Auckland record label, Dawn Raid, says it's the first time an artist of Carey's calibre has sampled New Zealand hip-hop or R&B.

    "It's a great big deal for us," says Dawn Raid's Danny Leaosavaii, aka Brotha D. "Just seeing Adeaze's name on the album cover is amazing in itself. Mariah would have had to sit down and listen to the whole song."

    The label agreed to license the track to Carey a year ago after meeting Scram Jones, one of her producers. Jones performed at their Christmas Party in 2003 and a deal was struck.

    Leaosavaii won't be drawn into discussing the nature of the deal except to say that it will generate "a little bit of money for the boys".


    Source: The New Zealand Herald | Bobby Corbett

    The Return of the Voice on 'GMA' // 5:30 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Don't Miss Mariah Carey Performing in Times Square on Tuesday, April 12


    Pop star Mariah Carey is back with a new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    The album hits stores Tuesday, April 12, and to coincide with its release, Carey will be performing live in Times Square on "Good Morning America."

    She'll be singing songs from the new album, including "It's Like That" and "Fly Like a Bird," as well as digging into her catalogue to perform a classic or two.

    Carey emerged in the early 1990s and has won two Grammy Awards and eight American Music Awards and Billboard Magazine's "Artist of the Decade" Award. She has had 15 number one hits over her career.

    Carey's vocal abilities and songwriting are again on display on "The Emancipation of Mimi." She has co-written every song she's released, and she is calling this album her first since 2002 her most revealing and personal yet.

    Don't miss Mariah Carey on Tuesday, April 12 at 8 a.m., only on "Good Morning America."

    For more information on Carey and her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," visit www.mariahcarey.com.


    Source: ABC News

    News Tidbits & International Updates // 3:01 PM EST Updated by Liron

    -- The New York Times has conducted an interview with Mariah after the taping of "Save The Music" which will be featured in Monday's Arts Section front page.

    -- From Damon Dash Music Group: Tune into BET Monday April 11th at 4:00 pm ET for a special State Property 2 edition of Rap City featuring clips from the film and interviews with Damon Dash, Oschino, Sparks, M.O.P., Juelz Santana, Jim Jones, and N.O.R.E. Then at 7:30 pm ET on BET catch a special program on the making of State Property 2. Go behind the scenes on the set of the movie with Beanie Sigel, N.O.R.E., Damon Dash, Cam'ron, ODB, Kanye, M.O.P., Freeway, Young Gunz, Mariah Carey, Jim Jones and more!

    -- From Sunday Herald: As the most succesful female recording artist everand Major Superstar, Mariah Carey is all billowing hair, high heels and big, bouyant bosoms. But, as she tells Sylvia Patterson, showbusiness is just a facade and, despite her reputation as one of the industry's stroppiest - and loopiest - madams, she's just a fun-loving girl at heart...

    Click here to read the rest of the article, based on Sylvia Patterson's interview with Mariah.

    "MIMI" AROUND THE WORLD


    UK
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at No. 7 on the official British album charts. This is a great improvement after "Charmbracelet" only managed to debut at No. 52.

    "It's Like That" drops only two spots to No. 6 on the UK singles chart.

    UK Fans - please remember that when buying multiple singles or albums, only separate transactions will count for more than one record sale.

    Australia
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at No. 13 on the ARIA Album Charts and number 3 on the ARIA Urban Album Charts. This is Mariahs highest position on the Album charts since "Glitter", back in 2001.

    Also on other chart news, "Its Like That" only falls two places to number 11, falls one spot on the Urban Chart to number 4, and 2 places on the Club chart to number 22.

    With a top ten hit single, and a top 15 hit album, this surely indicates Mariah's return to the Australian Music scene. Again, well done Mariah and welcome back!

    Philippines
    "We Belong Together" is currently No. 4 in Wave 89.1's soul review, being the highest jumper from last week's position of #10. The video to "It's Like That" is No. 15 on MYX.

    Japan
    "It's Like That" is No. 1 on Tokyo's #1 radio chart, the Tokio Hot 100. The song moved up 4 places from last week's position of #5. Continue voting for "It's Like That" by clicking here - click on the blue "vote" button for "It's Like That" on the left side of the page. Then click the "vote" button at the bottom of the page.

    In addition, "It's Like That" is No. 1 on the following charts: Zip hot 100, Sapporo hot 100 and Kyushu hot 100.

    Scans from various Japanese magazines can be found on Ayako's fansite - Pip and Pow. Below is a message Mariah's left for the Japanese show "Music Station" after her appearance there:



    Source: Mariah Daily | Tom | Jake | MariahOZ.com | James | Pip and Pow | Carlo

    Scandinavia Loves 'Mimi' // 2:10 PM EST Updated by Liron

  • Sweden

    Published in "Svenska dagbladet"
    Written by Dan Backman
    Grade: 4/6

    Great Soul!

    Heartfelt music even if you don't want it to be...

    Mariah Carey's artistic career has been in a downward spiral during the last few years. Personal crises combined with a giant ego and ridiculous demands have given her the headlines but have also resulted in bad sales, at least compared to earlier years. What's interesting though is that she has musically been on par with the development of the black music scene. Out of all of her albums, it's only Rainbow from 1999 that feels a little bit uninspired. Glitter, as well as Charmbracelet can measure up to Music Box, Daydream or Butterfly but they were unfairly overlooked. It would be a shame if Emancipation of Mimi would see the same fate since also this album shows the same appealing mixture of tough Hip Hop and classic soul added with sugarcute choruses and heavenly vocals over five octaves.

    It's easy to forget but the fact remains that Mariah has and always will be one of the great soulsingers. She may not have the same force as say, Aretha Franklin or Chaka Khan, but she is vocally more confident and passionate in a way that makes you think of Minnie Ripperton. She has since long left her formal rival, the tragic Whitney Houston, behind.

    The new album contains, as usual, collaborations with carefully selected producers, songwriters and producers. Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis aren't on it but are represented by Big Jim Wright on the oldschool soul ballads Circles, I wish you knew and the finishing track Fly Like a Bird. The Neptunes have produced the futuristic Say Something that's also is influenced by the 80's with guest-rapper Snoop Dogg. Kanye West is behind one of the best tracks that actually samples Betcha By Golly Wow (this is the kind of wonderful doo-woopy soul ballads that Mariah always does). To build Get Your Number on a sample from Just An Illusion doesn't feel fresh but at least it isn't as strange as her cover of Bringin' On The Heartbreak by Def Leppard.

    As usual, we have to take the good with the bad. We have to accept her photoshopped image and those pretentious cheesy explanations about Emancipation. I'm reluctant to like someone who speaks about herself in the third sense-Mimi is her nickname-but I still can't resist to be touched by her voice. One can be rich and successful and still feel pain...


  • Norway

    Published in "VG"
    Written by Stein Ostbo
    Grade: 4/6

    On this album Mariah rehabilitates partly.

    Rarely has a career been lower than Mariah Carey's during "Glitter" in 2001, but now it's time to emancipate Mimi. A desperate try with "Charmbracelet" didn't help much, but now Carey is taking a U-turn and she's practically worshipping the R&B side of herself. She's doing it to an extent that she's looking like a visual copy of Beyonce on the cover! Her collaborations with Jermaine Dupri are the best ones. "It's Like That" has that theme in the chorus that you easily get hooked on. Neptunes-produced "To The Floor" is another club-hit. Carey uses her voice more carefully that she has previously, and makes a few examples of smooth 70's soul ("Mine Again") like no one else can follow vocally. She's also getting a plus for using Imagination's "Just An Illusion" on "Get Ur Number". This is a step forward for an artist who apparently is hard to break down.


    Published in "Daglabet"
    Written by Sven Ove Bakke
    Grade: 4/6

    Yes Mariah!

    "Daydream" is her latest decent album, she debuted in 1990 and her peak was in 1993 with "Music Box".

    Ever since we've gotten a stream of albums that are obviously professional but also of no consequence, with weak melodies and her voice hasn't really shined.

    But now we've gotten "The Emancipation of Mimi", and besides the hilarious title and hideous cover - THIS is finally the comeback - the album we've been promised for years.

    Mariah is back with a modern R&B album that includes club songs, ballads, hip-hop and more traditional soul. She's showing more suppleness than we ever dared to hope for.

    Most importantly is that her melodies have finally rose to a higher level. Only 50 minutes long, this is actually possible to listen to. You can also listen to it several times without risking your life.

    This album looks like a world championship when it comes to guest artists, but it also sounds more natural and less calculated than what we're used to from Mariah.

    In other words; Mariah is back with an album that's possible to listen to. Truthfully it's nice, but also a surprise!


    Published in Stavanger Aftenblad
    Written by Kjetil Wold
    Grade: 4/6

    She still has the 5 octaves

    Mariah has stopped making huge hits. But she has also stopped making complete flop albums like "Glitter" and "Charmbracelet".

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" continues in the same tempo as "Charmbracelet", which means vocal based mid tempo music. Carey in 2005 makes soft R&B and pop-soul, where the star's voice, which is technically impressive, is the center of attention.

    Carey is a star who's known for not sharing the spotlight with someone else. She's known for thinking of herself before anyone else and for her diva behaviour. She's also known for the quote "I don't do stairs."

    But she can sing.

    And after the creative and commercial flop "Glitter," she has slowly but surely built herself up. But she's far away from the huge creative and commercial success she had in the 90's. She doesn't have any new "Dreamlover" or "Hero". But songs like "Stay The Night", "Mine Again", "Circles" and "One And Only" (the latter features the rapper Twista), are good pop songs. Well she's still not exciting. But with a voice like hers she will make her younger pop sisters, like Christina Aguilera, embarrassed because Carey sure can sing!

    Sometimes I even feared the windows were going to shatter. Carey goes high - higher than the sky, her voice still has 5 octaves. But I fear this album won't sell. It looks like the audience has abandoned Carey. She still delivers soul as soft as silk, and R&B tunes that are a lot better than Destiny's Child's.

    Most poorly done are the club songs. It's so obvious to see that Mariah is 35, and that she doesn't go out to town anymore.

    Below is a scan of the above review. Thanks to Cathrine for the scan and for the articles' translation from Norwegian.



  • Source: Groovenet | Andrea | Mirage | Cathrine

    New York Post Reviews "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 3:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi/Mariah Carey/Island
    By: Dan Aquilante


    While Mariah Carey's last disc, "Charmbracelet," helped ease the welt that the "Glittter" soundtrack left on her reputation, it failed to resuscitate her recording career.

    With "The Emancipation of Mimi," the multi-octave crooner has turned her world around, ditched the sticky kid stuff of pop purveyors and crafted a bold, classy R&B album that will appeal to both adults and kids.

    The disc is fat with smooth- groove ballads that are surprisingly subtle when you consider Carey once squeezed the word "All" for seven seconds in her now classic "Vision of Love." Theses new ballads are stripped down and easy on the ear.

    (She can still hit the notes that only dogs can hear, though, as on the closer, "Fly Like a Bird.")

    Since Carey has always written her own material, you can't help but look for clues to her personal life in the lyrics. If this record says anything, it's that she's optimistic, upbeat and uncharacteristically happy. You hear it in the words to "We Belong Together," "Stay the Night" and "One and Only," which features Twista.

    In her R&B duets, Carey has chemistry with Jermaine Dupri on the sexy "Get Your Number." They click so well together, you want them to cover an old Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terell hit.

    Carey stays connected to the street with a couple of harder tracks, like the hip-pop collaborations with tokin', smokin' Snoop Dogg on "Say Something," and on"To the Floor," where she and Nelly mix it up to a Neptunes beat.

    This is the best album Carey has made in years.

    Download this: "To the Floor" and "Fly Like a Bird"


    Source: New York Post

    Mariah Wins Her Wings // 2:54 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The singer returns with a new sense of freedom - and a record that reflects it.

    For every high note she has hit and every record chart she's topped, Mariah Carey has had a basin full of heartbreak.

    She struggled through a hard-knock childhood, a stifling marriage and turbulent divorce, a movie flop, a record-label dismissal and an emotional breakdown that landed her in hospitals in Connecticut and California in 2001.

    However, with the release of her CD "The Emancipation of Mimi" on Tuesday, the 35-year-old singer sets out to prove she has freed herself of her dramas and taken life by the reins.

    "This album is about being emancipated from feeling compelled to second-guess everything that I do, to edit myself too much, to just feel insecure about my gut instincts," she says. "There was nobody looking over my shoulder telling me I had to write 'Hero' part seven" - a nod to her self-affirming No. 1 single from 1993.

    "This is the record I have always wanted to make."

    "Emancipation" is the first collection of original songs Carey has delivered since 2002's tepidly received "Charmbracelet." Typically, it's packed with power ballads and club-banging collaborations with hip-hop heavyweights Nelly, Snoop Dogg, the Neptunes, Kanye West, Twista and Jermaine Dupri.

    Carey has always written her own songs, including those on her first demo, which she famously slipped to future Sony Entertainment CEO Tommy Mottola at a party when she was 18. Mottola, of course, became her mentor and husband, and her career soared.

    This time around, she spent a year and a half composing "Emancipation" during late nights at her Tribeca penthouse, on holidays by the ocean and during those rare moments she had alone talking walks or in the bath.

    While Carey takes pride in being acclaimed as a performer, it frustrates her when people don't recognize her other talents.

    "So many people, after all of this time, are like, 'Oh, you write your songs?' It is so irritating, I'm just like..." She finishes the sentence with a growl.

    "I mean, I do play into the diva thing because it is fun to dress up, put on a gown, and sing a song," she continues. "But if Elton John wanted to dress up" - a not unusual event - "he would still be recognized as the artist he is.

    "When it comes to females," she explains, "it's different. Unless you're sitting behind a guitar or a piano, people don't look at you as a producer, an artist, a writer."

    Carey's lyrics often provide insight into her state of mind. Uptempo party jams, like her current single "It's Like That," tell the world where Carey's happiest these days - in the clubs, hanging with friends, having fun. Laments about no-good players - such as "Shake It Off," "Stay the Night" and "One and Only" - reveal her wariness about romantic relationships.

    "There are a lot of trust issues that I have with men," she says. She greets a question about her current relationship status with a small laugh. Supposedly single, she recently claimed she has slept with fewer men than she has fingers on one hand.

    "A lot of people want to hang around with you, whether it's to be with a celebrity, eat and drink for free, or go to a club and get a good table," she comments.

    "I am very sensitive to that, and cautious about men. But trust has always been an issue for me, and not [only] since I have been in the public eye. I think it's because of the way my life was as a child."

    TROUBLED MARRIAGE
    She was raised in Long Island by her mother, a singer who was rarely able to make ends meet.

    "I had divorced parents from the time I was 3, I moved around 13 times, I was feeling unsafe in a lot of ways," Carey says. "If I go too deep into it, my mom gets mad at me and writes me a [long E-mail]. I will say that, also, the relationship I had right out of adolescence would not promote trust for other people."

    With two Grammys under her belt but little experience with love, Carey married Mottola when she was 23 and he was 43. They bought an opulent mansion in Bedford, NY. Carey paid half the $10 million cost to maintain her independence, but she still felt confined there. Meanwhile, Mottola steered her career with controlling zeal. She has said she was unable to dress and behave as she liked.

    "It's hard for me to talk about my life without talking about the eight-year period I was in a relationship with someone we all know," she says. "I was doing well with my career but living vicariously through the [happy] girl in the videos. In my private time, I was really miserable. I was, like, you have this career, your dream, so if you are unhappy and not fulfilled at home, whatever. Deal with it."

    Instead, she broke free. After the couple divorced in 1998, Carey had relationships with Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, then Mexican crooner Luis Miguel, with whom she spent 3? years.

    In 2000, Carey signed a record-breaking five-year contract with Virgin Records that made her $117 million. She seemed on top of the world and embarked on her first lead actress role in the semi-autobiographical rags-to-riches movie "Glitter." But the movie tanked.

    "Maybe she bit off more than she could chew in doing 'Glitter,'" says actor Terrence Howard, who appeared with her in the film. "But I think that had more to do with the direction. She did her job, and I believed her in that role."

    He also admired her energy. "When she talks to you, it's like five people talking to you at once - that is the magnitude of her presence," Howard says. "She's probably made one of the biggest impressions on me above anybody else I've ever met."

    In July 2001, Carey was hospitalized for exhaustion. She was clearly out of sorts. Two months before, she had reportedly tussled with co-star Mira Sorvino on the set of "Wise Girls." Then she performed a questionable striptease, revealing a skimpy tank top and shorts, on MTV's "Total Request Live." Just before entering the hospital, an anguished Carey wrote on her Web site that she was in "a bad place." Reps denied rumors that she had tried to commit suicide.

    The failures of the film and its soundtrack album led to a second hospital spell that September. In January 2002, Virgin terminated her record deal with a $28 million payoff.

    "All of a sudden, she's tired and doesn't have a hit and the world called her crazy," says Michaela angela Davis, an executive editor at Essence magazine. "People wanted to dismiss her. Nobody said, 'Hey, you work hard. Take a rest.'"

    While some stars lose their shine once they're pegged as unstable, some musicindustry insiders feel that Carey's honest response to her trials has positioned her for a strong comeback.

    "Mariah has acknowledged the things she has done in the past, and Americans love that confrontation," says Michael Paoletta, senior writer and reviews editor at Billboard. "They can say, 'I have been there, too,' and it makes her more human, it makes kinship. This album puts her in a good spot; it showcases what she's about."

    BATTLING THROUGH
    As Carey declares on "Fly Like a Bird," the CD's closing track, she's determined to overcome the odds - and trusts she'll get some divine help.

    As she says: "If I didn't have the ability to say, 'Okay, God, get me through this,' I wouldn't have gotten through it - the rumors, the speculation, the criticism and ups and downs, whether I am battling a record company, an ex-husband, this, that and the third! I'm not trying to get on a soap box and preach. It's just important for people to know where I am coming from."


    Source: New York Daily News

    Screamin' Mimi // 2:38 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Everyone knows Mariah Carey is crazy. She's the kind of diva who shows up late for her own birthday party - because she broke a nail; who expects the red-carpet treatment, even at 2 a.m.; who has filled Page Six for years with tales of love gone wrong, outlandish business contracts and her short-lived career as a Popsicle vendor.

    Yet Carey is also one of the most technically talented singers in music, with a range that can scrape baritone or hit notes that break glass.

    She's beautiful, sexy and a shrewd negotiator whose dream of stardom rescued her from poverty and propelled her to an estimated net worth of $300 million.

    So it's fitting that her new album is titled "The Emancipation of Mimi," which Carey says signifies freedom from her past and the shackles of other people's expectations. Mimi is the name that only Carey's closest friends and family call her.

    The singer says L.A. Reid, chairman of her record label, Island/Def Jam, understood that the album, out Tuesday, was about shedding baggage.

    "L.A. said he thought he heard the real me on this record, the person my family knows. He heard uninhibited Mimi," Carey told The Post in an exclusive interview.

    "So that's what we ended up with when we sat down and worked on the title. It was easy after suggestions like 'Daydream,' 'Butterfly' and 'Rainbow' came up. I thought, what's next, 'Unicorn?' That would piss the critics off," she adds wryly.

    THE BREAKDOWN
    Carey, who just turned 35, doesn't say it, but she also hopes to be emancipated from the twisted wreckage of her disastrous "Glitter" era.

    Artists make mistakes, and the public and industry forgets and forgives - usually.

    In the case of Carey, though, forgetting has been hard.

    She was the best-selling female artist of the '90s, moving a whopping 140 million CDs for Columbia. Then, in 2000, she signed the biggest record contract in history - an $80 million deal with Virgin Records.

    But the stakes were too high. At the height of her popularity, she began to implode. Her troubles culminated in suicide messages on her Web site and an unsettling appearance on MTV's "TRL" - where, dressed in just a T-shirt, she babbled and distributed Popsicles to the audience.

    Things went from bad to worse when the movie "Glitter," released in 2001, tanked and became a critical whipping horse. Thanks to weak sales of less than 500,000, the album was her first - and last - disc for Virgin, which released her from her contract and gave her $28 million just to go away.

    After recuperating at her home on the Mediterranean island of Capri with her pooch, Jack, Carey, richer and wiser about the music business, faced the world again with "Charmbracelet" for Island, her new label. The 2003 disc did well and bolstered her shaken confidence.

    The new record, "Mimi," is stripped of glitter, allowing the singer to get back to her R&B roots. It's also a slap in the face to the Virgin boys who didn't have the guts to stick with the singer when times got tough.

    When "Giltter" crashed and burned, it wasn't as much the singer's fault as Virgin's, which didn't understand her, Carey says. The label wanted another pop tart to compete with Christina and Britney, and Carey had moved on.

    With the passion of a wrongfully accused woman, Carey insists, "I never saw myself as a pop singer."

    It's a strange statement, considering Carey owned Top 40 radio all through the '90s.

    But the truth is, her breakthrough single was the power ballad "Vision of Love" - which first hit on the R&B charts.

    "I was really surprised it went anywhere in pop, because 'Vision' was very raw, very R&B," Carey says. "A lot of rap artists I've worked with mention 'Vision of Love' as a song that really meant something to them. It was a ballad, but I think it showed how rooted I am in urban music."

    HIP-HOP HOORAH
    Carey isn't kidding about her urban roots. Her interracial parents broke up when she was 3, and Carey was raised with her older brother and sister by her mom, who struggled to make ends meet. Carey often has said hip-hop music was her refuge from a tough childhood.

    "I grew up listening to it. I loved it. Some people came to hip-hip when it developed mass appeal. I started with the Sugar Hill Gang. I know and respect what hip-hop artists do, and they know that," she says.

    The admiration is mutual. The artists who've clamored to work with Carey form a Who's Who of hip-hop's royalty, including Jay-Z, Ludacris and Busta Rhymes.

    One of Carey's earliest direct connections to rap was in '96. "I was dying to work with O.D.B. [of the Wu Tang Clan] on a remix of 'Fantasy,' may he rest in peace.

    "I pulled the wool over my record company's eyes, because they had no idea what or who I was talking about when I mentioned O.D.B.," she says. "That record was also the first time I worked with Puffy. It was a turning point for me because it was an official street record. I'd be walking around New York and hear it blasting out of Jeeps."

    These days, even the dullest record executive recognizes the value of rap/pop smash-ups. On "Mimi," songs like "To the Floor," featuring Nelly, and "Say Something," with Snoop Dogg, aren't afterthoughts. They are songs that will be the mainstream releases.

    Carey is quick to point out that it was luck and timing that created both of those songs.

    "I'd never worked with Pharrell [Williams] before, although we've been friends for a while. This was the first chance we had to record together. We got into a studio in L.A. and Nelly was in the next room working on his record and Snoop was in another room working on his, and somehow we all ended up in the same studio together. It became a big party."

    That in itself is unusual for Carey, who in the past demanded secure solitude when recording. The L.A. "party" sessions stand as another indication of her emancipation.

    "It was a little weird because I'm used to doing my vocals alone, but it was fun to party with these guys."

    Longtime fans will discover a new looseness to this record, a first for Carey, a notorious perfectionist.

    On the midtempo ballad "We Belong Together," Carey fretted so long over the background vocals that she ran out of time for cutting the lead. "That forced me to treat that session as if it were a live performance."

    'GLITTER' MAKE UP
    When it comes to her romantic relationships, Carey remains tight-lipped. She's reluctant to speak about her marriage to and divorce from the former Sony Records honcho Tommy Mottola, or her romantic ties with Bronx Bomber Derek Jeter, Latin crooner Luis Miguel or Detroit rapper Eminem.

    Yet it's easy to see that she's her own woman now, and doesn't want to be tied to any man - Svengali or not.

    "Being female, I notice so many people want to guide me," she says. "I'm cool with being collaborative, but I don't want to be led.

    "This whole record is looser and I had more fun making this one than I've had in a long time. When you record an album, no matter who you are, people try to tell you what to do and what sounds best for you.

    "This record was about me experimenting with my voice. It came close to what it was like when I started out," she says.

    It's all about the music for Carey, but even after taking her licks for "Glitter," she plans a return to film.

    "The problem was 'Glitter' was about a diva moment. It was too close to my life," she says.

    "Another thing that people don't remember about 'Glitter' is that it came out the week of 9/11. The movie became a pressure release for everyone dealing the intensity of the attacks. 'Glitter' was the safe joke of the day."

    Carey's has had better luck in a less-than-diva role - playing a small-town waitress in the indie flick "Wisegirls."

    "That made me see how good an experience movies can be," she says. "When we showed it at Sundance, we got a standing ovation. Too bad nobody remembers the good movie, they just remember the great debacle.

    "Sean Penn came up to me at a party after Sundance and told me he saw and enjoyed 'Wisegirls,' and not to give up just because of one bad movie," Carey adds. "I was thrilled. You can't get better praise and advice in the movie business."

    She was also quick to define the difference between the two films.

    "In 'Wisegirls,' I was acting. That character couldn't be farther from my life. I got to go to work and not be Mariah Carey. It was like a vacation.

    "It was a great release."


    Source: New York Post | Geoff

    Emancipation Proclamation // 2:11 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey vocalizes with critic Lorraine Ali about the high (and low) notes on her new CD.

    Newsweek, April 18 issue - Mariah Carey has a nick-name, Mimi, and a new theme-freedom. The singer's eighth album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," is an attempt to leave behind all her baggage (i.e., an oppressive marriage and some commercial failures) and head for the nearest party. The 35-year-old now sings more club-savvy numbers and does it with rap heavyweights like Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Twista. Multitalented producers including Jermaine Dupri, the Neptunes and Kanye West keep spirits high.

    MARIAH CAREY: Is this one of those things where you attack me, and I have to defend why I made the album the way I did?

    LORRAINE ALI: It won't be that vicious. I'll talk about your new albumwhat I like and what I don't likeand you'll get a chance to talk back to a critic.
    This could get very abusive.

    Look at it this way: all we have to talk about is music. No tabloid stuff.
    Ohhh, we like that.

    Overall, this album is really vibrant and free. The emancipation theme works right from the first track, "It's Like That."
    That's great, because I've never felt so free making a record, though I was worried about even putting the lyric "This is Mimi's emancipation" in there. I worried that it was too corny. Now it's the album title.

    It works because this is such a fun, confident record. But there is one recurring theme that becomes a sort of buzz kill: cheating men. I'm never going to trust one again after listening to this CD. There are so many dogs here!
    But it's true. I don't want to sound sexistin print, at leastbut honestly, you know how it is when you talk to girlfriends. Everybody has a story that's really depressing. It's not like I set out to make it that way. I think there's a lot of optimism on the recordbut there's a lot of cheaters, too.

    My favorite song here is "Say Somethin'." Pharrell and Chad, of the Neptunes, make the most unique tracks out there. This song has an Asian-influenced melody and jazzy beats, but it will be a huge hit with hip-hop fans. This is so far from anything I've heard you do.
    You're right. It is a totally different approach for me musically. When I heard it at first I thought it was a cool and interesting track, but I didn't know if it was very me.

    But you're totally comfortable here, and even a little slap-happy with the lyrics.
    Thanks. I wrote that line "Something like volcanic/You and me seems organic/Just like stars and planets." It's nonsense, but I love it.

    Then Snoop comes in right after your celestial bit and drops the megaromantic line: "This track is from the Neptunes. Baby, follow me to the restroom."
    [Laughs] I know. It's so sentimental, isn't it?

    "We Belong Together" is a pretty ballad, and I like that retro, slow-jam feel, but it's so sad that it hurts.
    It does? Like in a bad way?

    Yeah, it's pretty depressing.
    But look at my past songs, like "Heartbreaker" or "Fantasy." You may think those songs were happy little ditties but, truthfully, they were steeped in misery. "We Belong" is sad, but some people really love it and make me play it over and overlike four times. In the beginning it wasn't my favorite, either.

    The ballad I love is "Fly Like a Bird." There's so much going on. It has some classic '90s-era Mariah, as well as your new, more urban soundplus a choir. It's such an uplifting song, and your voice sounds just amazing.
    Thank you. Usually, I'll have an introspective bleak-outlook-on-life song. In the past it's been "Petals" or "Close My Eyes." Those were the ones that the hard-core fans related to most. But this has a hopefulness to it. That's why it's one of my favorites, too.

    And, lyrically, it lives outside the...
    The love world?

    And the world of romance in restrooms.
    [Laughs] Don't forget the world of mistrusting men eternally.

    Twista plays the role of one of those bad men on "One and Only." The song sounds good, but here's my problem. Lyrically, he's the playa and you're the girl who'll be around no matter how badly he treats you. And I just don't believe it. You're too powerful to take that crap.
    Well, I look at it like he's a featured artist, not like we're having a true love affair. It's only a record.

    You mean you two are not really a couple?!
    Ha! When I wrote the song it was like you saidit was one of those you'll-never-trust-a-man-again. That was the initial vibe. I don't know. Maybe I gotta look at it again. I didn't mean to suggest I'm following Twista all around like a sick puppy.

    You mean you two are not really a couple?!
    Ha! When I wrote the song it was like you saidit was one of those you'll-never-trust-a-man-again. That was the initial vibe. I don't know. Maybe I gotta look at it again. I didn't mean to suggest I'm following Twista all around like a sick puppy.

    I can see the tabloids now: The Twisted Relationship of Mariah and Twista.
    Of course, darling, I'm in a relationship with everybody.

    The playa song here that does work is "Get Your Number," with Jermaine Dupri. It's so over the tophe brags about the "Cris on ice, the Benz." It's like a cartoon, and it's fun. In fact, the only other song I don't like is the ballad "I Wish You Knew." It's so melodramatic, and there's the fake audience in the background. It's cheesy.
    I know, but that was the pointto make it really retro and funny, and I even talk to the audience. We just got carried away.

    It doesn't work for me.
    Well, there are people who like this kind of thingsomething to sing at the karaoke bar on that one night a week they get out and wear that special dress.

    So is it safe to say this is your first karaoke-inspired track?
    If you must put it that way, OK, fine.

    So I think we've covered most of the album.
    At least I didn't have to explain the lyric "Them chickens is ash and I'm lotion."

    Aha! I forgot to ask you for a translation.
    And I almost escaped without explaining. Can we leave it up to the reader to see if they know what it is?

    C'mon.
    See, I did it as an empowering thing, so the girls could know they're hot, or pip, or whatever. See, they're not the chickens, they're the lotion. [Laughs] Never mind.

    You realize you're going to have to include a decoder ring with this album.
    I totally am. [Sighs] It's just one more thing I have to remember to do.


    Source:
    Newsweek



      Saturday, April 9 , 2005

    Download Mariah Performing "It's Like That" on French TV Show "Hit Machine" // 11:32 PM EST Updated by Lynn



    Click on the links below to download the video file (in AVI format) of Mariah performing "It's Like That" on the French TV Channel M6's Hit Machine which aired Saturday, April 9, 2005 at 10:30am. Thanks to The Butterfly Room Board for the video file.

  • Part One
  • Part Two
  • Part Three

    Note: First, download all three files in the same folder. Then, clicking on the 1st file will extract the video file.


  • Source: The Butterfly Room Board | Mariah Daily

    Details from VH1's "Save The Music" Taping // 4:12 PM EST Updated by Liron

    At this very moment, Mariah is in the midst of taping her part for VH1's "Save The Music" concert to be aired on April 17th. Naomi Campbell presented the performance.

    Mariah performed the following songs:
  • "With You I'm Born Again" - Duet with John Legend.
  • "It's Like That" - With Jermaine Dupri and Fatman Scoop.
  • "I'll Be There" - With Trey Lorenz.

    Click here for event pictures at Getty Images. Caption: Mariah Carey performs onstage during a taping for the VH1 Save The Music Foundation benefit concert at the Beacon Theater April 9, 2005 in New York City.


  • Source: Jonny | Dino | Getty Images

    High notes, high drama // 11:52 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Baglioni hotel, Kensington, is an Italian boutique affair where a cappuccino comes with eight, gigantic, Belgian chocolates perched in a glass tureen. For one week this is Mariah Carey's home, to the considerable glee of the tabloid press, thrilled to find, in rainy London town, the American woman who sings like a whale and behaves like Eva Peron. Every day, ever more bizarre stories flood out: she demanded, upon 2am arrival, a red carpet festooned with two-foot-tall white candles! She required 50 suitcases, a lorry to transport them and 15 "people" to aid her seven-day trip! And so it goes: uneaten 5,000 birthday cakes, broken-nail dramas, spectacular lateness.

    Tonight, Mariah is five hours late, her ever-shifting schedule piped to your ear by not one, but four PRs. On entering the hotel (50 fans mob the pavement, no carpet), both doorman and concierge quiz your intentions, as if George W Bush is within and your shoes have started to fizz. Ushered in, finally, to a bomb-site suite (clothes, tumblers, TV cables everywhere), the star is framed by one enormous vase of full-bloom, blood-red roses and three colossal, airbrushed billboards of her campaign's golden artwork - all billowing hair, heels and buoyant Bond-girl bosoms. And there she is, grinning away, the most successful female recording artiste in history (160m albums sold, third only to Elvis and those pesky Beatles), lying pole-axe horizontal on a six-foot oatmeal sofa. She's the world's most theatrical hair-swisher, wearing some silvery, Roman, halterneck toga, exposing approximately seven feet of bare thigh. "It's my reclining moment!" comes the high-camp shriek. "It's a moment, darling, a feeling..."

    Click here to read the rest of the article.


    Source: Guardian Unlimited UK | Jack

    "We Belong Together" Video Exclusive Online Premiere // 10:22 AM EST Updated by Liron

    MSN exclusively offers viewers a chance to stream Mariah's newest video to "We Belong Together" before its worldwide premiere on Monday.
    Watch "We Belong Together" on MSN


    You may also click on the link below and download the video in a WMV format (12.1 MB), courtesy of Top Mariah

    Download "We Belong Together" Video


    Below are screen captures from the music video, courtesy of Mariah Carey Live.





    Source: MSN | Sam | Danny | Jer | David | Anthony | Andre

    News Tidbits & International Updates // 10:22 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --From Mirror UK: Handsome and effortlessly charming, Jamie Theakston can take heart in the fact that he has no problem attracting the ladies. "I know Mariah Carey quite well and she's in town," he says. "I got a call from her people saying she's having a party and wants me to go. I was linked to her in the past. I used to do all her interviews and I'd been spotted going in and out of her hotel in the early hours. But it wasn't like that. I do like her, though. She lives in strange old Mariah world."

    --From CNN: Mariah Carey's new record, "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island), comes out Tuesday. If "Mimi" is Carey, one wonders who she's being emancipated from. I'm looking forward to a duet with Chris Gaines.

    --From Yahoo! Launch: Mariah Carey, whose new album is titled the Emancipation Of Mimi, says she didn't have much freedom during her marriage to record mogul Tommy Mottola. In an interview with Houston-based gay magazine OutSmart, Mariah says, "There was a time when all I was allowed to do was go to gay clubs, because my quote-unquote husband was so afraid of me being around straight people."

    --From The Miami Herald: ''I can sing,'' Ashley Simpson insists. "I was just having vocal problems. I wasn't singing properly. What happened to me and my voice is that I was singing from my throat and developing nodes and wasn't able to perform. A lot of artists use backing tracks. I was the one that got sick and got caught and I will never let myself get sick like that before performing. I would never try to be Mariah Carey or anything like that, but I am taking voice lessons."

    MIMI: AROUND THE WORLD

    USA
    --A confirmed release party for "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be held at the Virgin Megastore, Orlando, Florida on Monday, April 11th 9pm-12am. Buy your copy at midnight and be among the first fans to have the album! Trivia challenge and prizes including an entire Mariah CD catalog, and more. For more information, call (407) 828-0222.

    --Carson Daly has reportedly announced on his radio show, Carson Daly's Most Requested that Mariah will be a guest on his show on Tuesday, April 12th. Check here for the airing schedule in your area.

    --"It's Like That" fell to #6 on Hitz Radio's Top 7 at 7. Please vote on the left drop down menu.

    Portugal
    Mariah is featured on the main page of Universal Music Portugal.

    Germany
    Mariah's new single "It's Like That" drops three places on the official German single charts. After having entered the charts at #21, it's now ended up at #24.

    Latvia
    "It's Like That" has stayed at #1 for the second week in a row at Latvia's Capital FM's TOPS. This is one of her biggest hits since 1999 Heartbreaker. Capital FM is one of the hippest radios in Latvia targeted at Latvia's professionals, aged 20-40. Please keep on voting!

    Spain
    "It's Like That" tops this weeks Top Interactivo (Spanish TRL) and is assured of daily play from 16:00 to 17:00 European time. This is the third Mariah #1 video after Through The Rain and Boy (I Need You). Keep voting at MTV Spain.

    Malaysia
    Mariah's album promotion is up in full swing in Malaysia. Mariah is the cover girl on the local FHM magazine! Also, those who buy her latest CD or cassette will be given a big, glossy promotional poster free.

    Russia
    Help get "It's Like That" on MTV Russia Top20. Click on the link to request.

    Indonesia
    Attention Indonesian fans, Indra is giving away 10 "The Emancipation of Mimi" posters (c/o Universal Music Indonesia) to lucky winners of a trivia contest hes having in his site, Indras Collection. Details here. Good luck!

    Philippines
    The Emancipation of Mimi is selling really well in the Philippines with just word of mouth as promotion. Several retail outlets have already sold out their initial stock of the CD. This is a true testament of Mariah's enduring popularity in the Philippines! For those who haven't bought the CD yet hurry up and buy now! PMCF recommends lambs purchase from Tower Records because they have replenished their supply.

    Thailand
    The "It's Like That" CD single was released in Thailand on Friday, April 8th. The CD comes with an exclusive poster of Mariah, catalog ID: 0602498810576, and has 5 tracks: Main, No Rap, David Morales Club Mix, David Morales Classic Mix and Stereo Experience. At CD Warehouse, Mariah is named "Artist of the Month." The store offers a special price for her new album at all of its branches.

    France
    Mariah is all over French TV this weekend with a special Mariah day on M6 and FunTV:
    -Hit Machine, 10:30 am
    -Fan De, 11:50 am
    -Pus vite que la musique, 8:10 pm
    -FunTV Special MC, 5:15 pm
    Be sure to catch these shows!

    UK
    --From CD:UK Top 10 (midweeks through Friday), "It's Like That" falls 2 positions to #6 on UK singles chart.

    --BBC 1 will re-air Mariah's performance of "It's Like That" on Top of the Pops on Sunday, April 10th 14:00 to 14:30.

    --This weekend's edition of ITV1's Entertainment Now included a segment about Mariah's visit to Japan and some interview clips in London. Interesting footage, the show is repeated twice. The final airing of the show is scheduled for 3am on Tuesday, April 12th.

    Japan
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi" is #1 on the International chart, #5 on Oricon and #4 on Planet (soundscan Japan).

    --Download the full video of Mariah's Roppongi Hills Live mini concert & interview here (in asf format, 86.6MB). Thanks to LoveLoveJack.

    Canada
    Below is the e-mail being sent out by Universal Music Canada that details the album's promotions in Canada.

    Mariah Carey's "The Emancipation Of Mimi" Drops This Tuesday!! No excuses people, if you don't know Mariah Carey by now, get on your game! This beautiful award-winning megastar held the title of #1 Female Artist of the '90s - the only artist to have topped the charts in each year of that decade. With cumulative total sales of her albums, singles and long-form videos in excess of 75-times platinum in the U.S. and over 150 million in sales worldwide, she is simply the top-selling female artist in history hands down.

    Mariah Carey is back with the most anticipated release of her career to date. "The Emancipation of Mimi" is her first release since 2002. A great mix of styles-R&B, pop, hip hop, stunning ballads- this album finds Mariah's broad range of musical talents on full display! Every one of its 14 songs bears her signature as writer and co-producer! Mariah says of her new album: "I now feel I can honestly say, this is me, the real me, take it or leave it. For the first time in my life, I feel free and unashamed to be who I really am.". And that's what the music of this album and its title reflect.. "The Emancipation Of Mimi" includes the amazing radio single "It's Like That" featuring Jermaine Dupri and Fat Man Scoop. Album guests include Snoop Dogg, Nelly, Twista and top producers The Neptunes and Kanye West. Look out to win your copy of the cd and various prizes by MAC. Furthermore, all release parties are sponsored by MAC Cosmetics so make sure to check the shows and/ or events listed below for your chance to win prizing.

    --Radio
    91.7 The Bounce (Edmonton, AB)
    90.3 CKUT "The Weekend Groove" (Fridays 10-12am EST)" (Montreal, QC)
    K103.7 "Street Sounds" (Mon-Thurs 6-12am EST) (Montreal, QC)
    88.1 CKLN ("Droppin' Dimes" (Mon 11-12:30am EST), "Static" (Tues 5-7pm EST), "Loungin' In The Afterparty" (Sun 1-4pm EST))
    105.5 CHRY ("Rush Hour" (Tues 7-10am EST))
    89.5 CIUT ("Worldwide" Thurs 6-9am EST))Online (Starting April 12, 2005)

    --Online
    Contests running on Jean Machine and Sunrise Records websites.

    --T.V.
    CH TV "Soul Call" (Montreal, QC) Fri 8pm EST. *Check your local listings.

    --Release Parties
    Edmonton
    April 8th @ Standard
    Montreal
    April 9th @ Newtown w/ DJ Mark Grand
    Toronto
    Apr. 14 @ Humber College Caps Pub
    Apr. 16 @ Steam Nightclub live to air on Flow 93.5
    Apr. 16 @ Deluxe, The Guvernment
    Apr. 22 @ Club 26 (Live To Air on Z103)
    Apr. 15 @ Spotlight in London
    Apr. 27 @ Guess Store (Yorkdale Mall)
    Vancouver
    Apr. 14 @ Cheers Nightclub
    Calgary
    Apr. 11 @ Cherry Lounge
    Apr. 11 @ Wiskey (Live to Air On Vibe Radio)


    Source: Mariah Daily | Ra-Fael | RCardoso | Kyle | Johny | Sharae | Dennis | Nils Jakobsons | Mundomariah.com| maverick020 | Indra| PMCF| Adam | marbelous | Mariahfanclub | VNJ2005 | CS Koh | Luke | Ballsath | Martin

    Exclusive Cover Preview of Mariah on Para Todos // 8:59 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Pictured on the right is Mariah gracing the cover of the April/May issue of the Latin magazine, Para Todos out on stands April 11, 2005. Thanks to Francis for sending us this exclusive cover preview.

    As reported earlier, Mariah will be featured in an exclusive interview titled, "Mariah Carey - La "Hot Tamale" Del Pop Musica Universo" (Mariah Carey- The "Hot Tamale" of Music). Fans who turned in their photos to Mariah Daily early this year will now have the chance to see their pictures in print.

    For last minute people that want this issue and 3 years free, send Francis Bertrand an email at Francis@paratodos.com before 5pm today Pacific time.


    Source: Para Todos | Mariah Daily



      Friday, April 8 , 2005

    Mariah Visits Regis & Kelly on April 15th // 5:49 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Show: Live with Regis and Kelly
    Episode: 2005/04/15
    Network: (SYN) Syndicated
    Date: Friday - April 15, 2005
    Time: 9/8c AM

    Superstar Mariah Carey visits "Live" to introduce her latest album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." Kathleen Turner discusses taking on the classic role of Martha in Broadway's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?" And golf great Phil Mickelson shares highlights from his book about winning the 2004 Masters, "One Magical Sunday."


    Source: RockOnTV | MariahCarey.hu

    Full CD Listening Party for "The Emancipation of Mimi" on AOL // 4:33 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click here to hear the entire album of "The Emancipation of Mimi" streamed on AOL.

    Mariah Carey recorded exclusive commentary for each song on her brand-new CD "The Emancipation of Mimi" just for AOL Music. So sit back and let the world's most celebrated diva guide you through the thoughts and inspirations that went into possibly the most poignant and powerful album of her career.

    It's Like That
    Producer extraordinaire Jermaine Dupri works the boards on this bouncy club jam, which Mariah chose as the album's first single. "To me, it's all about having a good time," she says. "I just wanted a record that was really fun, for the clubs... one of those really let your hair down and have a good time (songs)."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "It's Like That"

    We Belong Together
    Singer-producer Jermaine Dupri surfaces again on this heartfelt ballad that transforms a very personal tale into a universal dialog about love and loss. "Even though it's a very specific story, I feel like people can probably apply it to their own lives," she says. adding that "We Belong Together" will serve as the album's second single.

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "We Belong Together"

    Shake it Off
    Just when you thought they could do no more, Mariah and Jermaine Dupri return with yet another funky, slow-burning cut. This time, the diva addresses dealing with her daily struggles. "When you're going through some drama and you want to get through it, you put that song on and it takes you out of whatever mood you're in," she says.

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Shake it Off"

    Mine Again
    For this slow and sexy number, Mariah collaborated with Roots producer James Poyser, who brought out the song's yearning quality with his classic keyboard arrangement. "I feel it's definitely the power ballad of the record, and I (think) it's going to be a lot of people's favorites. It's one of those break-your-heart songs to make you get back together with your ex..."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Mine Again"

    Say Somethin' (featuring Snoop Dogg)
    You know it's bound to be a hit with Pharrell and Snoop on the cut. Mariah says the Neptunes pushed her into new territory on the track. Snoop's inclusion was just a matter of good fortune. "Snoop was in the other room working on his record, and Pharrell was like, 'I think it would be hot if we put Snoop on this'," Mariah recalls. "And he came in and did his part and it just took the song to a new level."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Say Somethin'"

    Stay The Night
    Grammy-winning college dropout Kanye West is behind the boards on this cut that finds Mariah reaching the higher register of her five-octave vocal range. "I didn't realize that... it was in a really high key," she says. "But after I finished it, I was very happy. It's... a vocal performance, but it's organic to the song. It's kind of giving you an old-schoolish, Jackson 5-type vibe."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Stay The Night"

    Get Your Number (featuring Jermaine Dupri)
    While this track features Mariah's trademark cooing and slick R&B crooning, it also presents something unusual... producer Jermaine Dupri actually singing the chorus. "When I started to... sing the hook, it just didn't have the same quality as when Jermaine was singing it... so I just made it into a duet," she says. "A lot of people like it because it's giving you kind of a fantasy-type feeling."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Get Your Number"

    One and Only (featuring Twista)
    It's no mistake that quick-tongued rapper Twista appears on this smoldering R&B cut. The Trackmasters (who produced the cut) actually had him in mind when they crafted the rhythm. "I happened to run into to Twista backstage at a show in L.A and I was like, 'Oh I have this beat (and) it would be so great if you could be on it,'" Mariah says. "I'm a really big fan of his. I think his style is amazing.

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "One and Only"

    Circles
    Mariah hooked up with famed gospel and soul producer "Big Jim" Wright on this smoky slow jam, on which Carey plays the part of a '70s soul diva. "Basically, we were going for an old-school vibe," she says. "It's all live musicians, and I feel like it has an organic kind of feel. We were going for a somewhat retro, urban record that wasn't overly produced."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Circles"

    Your Girl
    A chance meeting with producer Scram Jones resulted in this song, which gives Mariah a chance to show off a different side of her vocal expertise. "Most of my friends who are singers really love that song... because of the style of the singing," she says. "It's one of those happy up-tempo records, but it's still giving you thugged out moments, 'cause that's the kind of Scram Jones' thing," she explains.

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Your Girl"

    I Wish You Knew
    For this emotional ballad, Mariah sat down with an entire band to compose the song's soulful melody, and added in a crowd noise and a sultry spoken section to punctuate its classic-sounding vibe. "It's giving you an old, Diana Ross moment of a live concert where she breaks down the song and just starts talking," she says. "I was kind of joking when I did it in the studio, but then my friends were like, you should leave that."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "I Wish You Knew"

    To The Floor (featuring Nelly)
    Mariah teams up with the Neptunes again on this bumping cut, which also features the distinctive vocals and melodic groove of Southern playa Nelly. "I basically wanted a club track, but I think it's a little bit more unique," she says.

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "To The Floor"

    Joy Ride
    With its addictive melodies and soaring vocals, it's hard to believe that this steamy slow jam (originally produced by 15-year-old Young Genius) almost didn't make it on the album. "They call it the baby-making song of the record," Mariah says with a smirk. "I don't use that terminology, but they can call it that if they want."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Joy Ride"

    Fly Like A Bird
    Mariah and "Big Jim" Wright bring back the retro vibe on the album's closer, which she says is her favorite from the album. "It's a very spiritual record, she says. "I (recorded) it in Capri, which was just so inspiring, to sit there and sing the song, looking out the window at the beautiful Mediterranean sea. It kind of sums up everything and leaves you on a spiritually high moment."

    Click here for Mariah's commentary on "Fly Like A Bird"


    Source: AOL | Text: Mariah Daily | Karris | NEuMiLo | Benish | Michael

    AOL BlackVoices' Q&A with Mariah // 3:56 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey is still working 'It's Like That,' the Jermaine Dupri-produced first single from her new album 'The Emancipation of Mimi,' to be released April 12 on her new Monarch label. It's all over the radio, and the streets ain't mad either. She took some time out to talk to BV about her move to more street-edged sound, her old friend, Trey Lorenz, and the life and loves of Mimi.

    How well does one have to know you to call you Mimi?

    Well, before this album, you had to know me pretty well. But lately, everybody is trying to call me Mimi. Most people just call me "M. C."

    That's cool. Listen, I know it was leaked to the Internet before you had a chance to even select it as a single.

    Exactly.

    50 Cent intentionally leaked his first single, 'Disco Inferno,' to start a buzz and get fan reaction. How do you feel about leaks like this and file sharing in general?

    Wow, I didn't even know that he did that. Well, first, I'm not used to the whole leak thing. When I heard it happened, I was like yeah, well . . . OK, because I liked it and I felt like it was a strong first single. Jermaine [Dupri] felt the same way. So when the diehard fans responded to the leaked track, we knew we had our first single. As far as file sharing, I'm so not in touch with the whole computer situation. I dunno, if I feel like [file sharing] is stealing, because it's music and it's in the air for everybody to enjoy. But then, we do work within the structure of a record industry system, so for the artist, file sharing can make things difficult.

    The single and the album have a real definitive street edge, with a lot of heavy-hitting, hip-hop producers. Any concern about alienating your mainstream fan base?

    If I didn't alienate them when I did 'Fantasy' with ODB, then whatever (laughs). When I did 'Fantasy,' I snuck it on people, and although that version [with ODB] wasn't on the album, it's that version of the song that you can still here in the clubs today. The album version is nowhere near as popular. I don't mind the pop sound, but I've grown. It's taken me a minute to get with a creative team that understands that -- look -- I'm not doing this because I think it's the hot thing of the moment, or whatever. This is part of who I am, and this is what I listen to.

    A lot of your songs have an intense, torch-song quality, and you write a lot of your own material. Themes like unrequited love keep coming back over and over, has true love eluded you?

    [snickers] I dunno, I think one of the reasons that people want to be famous is because they feel like they are lacking something maybe, like a sense of approval or whatever it may be. I knew that I wanted to sing from the time I started talking, because it was my creative outlet, my form of escapism. But when it became something that made me famous, I feel like that grew from a desire to be accepted.

    What's the vision behind your label Monarch?

    Well, right now, it is about pushing my album. But looking towards the future, it's about signing good artists with a real desire to express themselves.

    Will Trey Lorenz or any of your other old friends be signed to your label?

    You know what? Trey is on a lot of songs on the new album. He's like family to me at this point. He's really doing his own thing right now; a lot of writing, and an inspirational project he's working on. So I'm all about supporting him in whatever thing he's working on.

    Your good friend Randy Jackson is a judge on 'American Idol'. Any chance he could convince you to be a guest judge?

    It's something that's been proposed to me, and it's something I'm on the fence about. I mean, I would wanna give it to people straight, right? But I wouldn't want to hurt their feelings, you know? And then, if they came back at me the wrong way with some kind of snappy comment, I wouldn't want to have to set their souls free either [laughs].


    Source: AOL BlackVoices | Karris

    Billboard Updates // 2:56 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date April 16, 2005.

    It's Like That
    Billboard Hot 100: #30 (Last week #24)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #40 (Last week #29)
    Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales: #12 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Pop 100: #27 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #27 (Last Week #19)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #30 (Last week #28)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #35 (Last week #32)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales: #6 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #14 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: #36 (Debut)

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100: #81 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #54 (Debut)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #46 (Last Week #69)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #44 (Last Week #66)


    Source: Billboard Magazine

    Mariah in Magazines // 2:02 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are the scans of Mariah gracing the pages of this week?s InTouch Weekly, Life&Style Weekly and Star magazines. Click on the thumbnails to view full-sized images.




    Source: Mariah Daily

    Billboard Reviews "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 12:03 PM EST Updated by Liron

    MARIAH CAREY
    Album Title: The Emancipation of Mimi
    Producer(s): various
    Label/Catalog Number: Island B0003943
    Release Date: April 12
    Source: Billboard Magazine
    Originally Reviewed: April 16, 2005

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


    Source: Billboard Magazine | Ra-Fael

    Mariah talks to MTV UK about playing dress up // 7:59 AM EST Updated by Liron



    Click on one of the links below to download a short interview clip that aired on MTV News (UK) yesterday, April 6th, 2005. In the clip, Mariah talks about her famous "Cribs" episode and says she looks at it all as playing dress up. She added that she liked to show off her legs and feature what she refers to as "the girls."

    Download: AVI (3.33MB) | MPG (6.74MB)


    Source: Mariah Daily | DJ

    Entertainment Weekly: Mariah Finally Breaks Her Losing Streak // 12:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi/Mariah Carey/Island Def Jam
    By: Tom Sinclair
    Grade: B

    What?s in a name? Mariah Carey is calling her 10th studio cd The Emancipation of Mimi. It?s the sort of bold title that promises big changes, exciting sounds, a fresh outlook. Both the word emancipation and the sobriquet Mimi (a nickname used by friends and family) imply that Carey?s latest will be soaringly free and intensely personal. Could those words also signal that this is the disc on which Carey throws caution to the wind and explores alien genres? Is this where her previously unsuspected love for artists like, say, Jimi Hendrix, The Smiths, or Pere Ubu finally rears its head?

    Of course not. (Ah, but it's fun to dream, isn't it? Our girl is attempting to extricate herself from the prolonged career slump that began with the abysmal failure of Glitter soundtrack in 2001 and continued through 2002's Charmbracelet, and neither she nor her handlers are likely to take any crazy chances. (She's probably never heard of Pere Ubu anyway.) In fact, the superstar producers and guest artists on Emancipation (the Neptunes, Kanye West, Twista, Snoop Dogg, Nelly) are no less than the hottest - and most over-exposed names in urban music.

    If such a stacking of the deck seems predictable, it gets the job done: Every song on Emancipation showcases Carey's undeniable vocal strengths. Heavy on ballads and midtempo love songs, it always keeps at least one foot (more often both feet) planted firmly in comforting old-school diva soul. This is an R&B record for folks who think there hasn't been any good R&B since Minnie Ripperton died.

    Even the rappers are on their best behavior, with Snoop playing an amiable around-the-way lothario on "Say Somethin'" and Twista motormouthing his way through "One and Only" ("Twista and Mariah/Together like a grip on a tire," he raps, and it must be admitted that Carey does a fair job of trying to keep up with him).

    "It's Like That" isn't the old Run-DMC song, but it's almost as cool, with Carey fantasizing about easing into a nightclub buzzed on Bacardi. "No stress, no fights," she sings, making it sound like a trip to a vacation spa. "To The Floor" is another hooky dance-floor anthem that ought to get a party started (although it does sound like Nelly phoned his part in).

    But the crux of the album is to be found in its heart-on-my-sleeve numbers. Perhaps the best of these is "Fly Like A Bird," a veritable prayer that explicitly references God. "Sometimes this life can be so cold/I pray you'll come and carry me home," Carey sings melismatically. "Carry me higher, higher, higher." It's so moving that we'll resist the temptation to be crass and interpret the song as a plea for heightened record sales. Help from above is always welcome, but Emancipation sounds like it just might do fine on its own.


    Source: Entertainment Weekly | Scan & Text: Mariah Daily

    People Magazine: "Mimi" is best disc in years, a first-rate R&B-pop collection // 12:02 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi/Mariah Carey
    By: Chuck Arnold


    "It?s a special occasion/Mimi's emancipation/A cause for celebration." So sings Mariah Carey, referring to herself by the nickname Mimi, on the slinky party jam "It's Like That." And the octave-leaping diva's new album is indeed reason to pass the Cristal: It's her best disc in years, a first-rate R&B-pop collection that should restore her to pre-Glitter glory. Despite the introductions of her Mimi alias, this CD succeeds by letting Mariah be Mariah, mixing her trademark powerhouse ballads with hip-pop cuts collection that free her inner B-girl and feature the occasional guest emcee. Snoop Dogg slides by on the breezy bounce track "Say Somethin'," and Nelly takes the mike on the soul-disco thumper "To The Floor." Bringing the beats are such top-notch producers as the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri and Kanye West, who deftly samples the 1972 Stylistics gem "Betcha By Golly, Wow" on the inviting "Stay The Night." For her part, Carey rises to the occasion with vocals that find her stretching out in full command of her gifts. She?ll remind you of That Voice from "Vision of Love" on killer ballads like "Circles," one of several bolstered by live instrumentation, and the gospel-charged finale "Fly Like A Bird," which echoing the Earth, Wind & Fire classic "Keep Your Head To The Sky," really gives Carey a chance to soar.


    Source: People | Scan & Text: Mariah Daily



      Thursday, April 7 , 2005

    Singapore's The Strait Times: "Mimi" is Confident, Streetwise and Completely Likeable // 10:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Album of the Week
    The Emancipation of Mimi/Mariah Carey/Island
    By: Yeow Kai Chai


    Forget Revenge Of The Sith, the Star Wars closer. Mariah Carey is this summer's blockbuster, unfurling what is billed as "the comeback of the year."

    After being royally paid to leave by previous label EMI and a much-publicised breakdown, the diva is on the resurgence again with a gloriously funky The Emancipation Of Mimi.

    Never mind vainglorious attempts by other divas to adopt alternative monikers to project down-home humility and spiritual "with-it-ness" - J.Lo (for Jennifer Lopez) and Ester (for Madonna). This Mimi - a childhood name "only used by those closest to me" - sounds, yes, liberated from any preconceived notions.

    Gone are the pretty accoutrements like butterflies and rainbow accessories - at least from the CD sleeve.

    Call it the re-education of Mimi if you like. She's unlearning all the bad tricks in the company of some of the best people in the business, from Snoop Dogg to Twista to Pharrell Williams.

    The lead off single "It's Like That," featuring a Fatman Scoop rap is sassy urban romance that spells out her state of mind: "Cuz it's my night/No stress, no fights/I'm leavin? it all behind/No tears, no time to cry/Just makin? the most of life."

    Witness how totally chilled-out she is even when she executes her death-defying, octave-scaling acrobatics - never brazen, but always a subtle wash of comfort hovering above.

    Take "Get Your Number," for instance. Here's a catchy, dancey song which she is content to coo "la-la-la's" allowing guest Jermaine Dupri to grovel like a dog in heat.

    Gratifyingly, her trademark dog whistle, used sparingly, is brilliant.

    The best track? To The Floor - a stripped down, funkalicious piece of studio wizardry, courtesy of The Neptunes, shows how she comes close to heaven when she doesn't show off.

    The result is a more confident, street-wise and completely likeable Mariah - oops, sorry, Mimi.


    Source: The Strait Times | Andrew Lau

    VIBE Review: "Mariah Gets Back To Her Winning Formula" // 3:05 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi/Mariah Carey/Island
    By Dimitri Ehrlich


    Throughout her career, Mariah Carey has been a lot of things to a lot of people. But, from her early years as the ear-shattering, all-American princess to her most recent position as the queen of the rumor mill, Carey?s overwhelming vocal ability and knack for crossing boundaries to appeal to a diverse hip pop and R&B audience have not changed. She?s also unusually resilient, and her latest album - The Emancipation of Mimi - continues the public therapy that began not long after her hospitalization for "exhaustion" in 2001.

    Mimi pulls Carey in two opposite directions. Most of the tracks find her paired with the hottest hip hop producers of the day; there, she exercises restraint and settles into a groove. But on the rest, she does what comes most naturally to her ? belting to her heart's desire, perhaps to mollify those who don?t care much for her detours into raunchier rap territory.

    The first single, "It's Like That," is an aggressive, off-kilter joint with a harshly stiff beat, produced by Jermaine Dupri. Obviously, this is the kind of tune that's going to solidify her comeback to the MTV crowd. Carey's voice adds a thick layer of gloss to Dupri's heavy bass. Her phrasing is more staccato than ever, and her interplay with late-night New York radio personality Fatman Scoop on the outro gives this song a credible hip hop feel. A more typical R&B composition from Dupri is "We Belong Together," a broken-hearted lament for lost love. Here, Carey's vocals ride in and out of a kick-drum, finger-snap-driven track. The hip hop, slow-jam hybrid (a la Lil Jon's "Lovers & Friends"), combined with her bottle-breaking high notes, creates an appeal that will cut across generations.

    Joints like the funky break-up song "Shake It Off" and the Twista-assisted street jam "One and Only" prove Carey?s continuing hip hop affinity. But her vocal pyrotechnics push the boundaries of that genre while keeping more conservative heads in the loop. And nothing on this album says that more than the Neptunes-produced "Say Somethin'," a musical oddity marked by strange instrumentation, weird melodic shifts, hectic drum patterns, and Carey's upper-octave doodles. As she coyly sings, "If it's worth your while, say something good to me," Snoop Dogg mutters about getting buckwild.

    Meanwhile, "Mine Again" is sure to resonate with the old guard and give the new generation another Carey groove to emulate. The track starts out as a ballad ? just Carey, accompanied by an electric keyboard and a rhythmic vinyl sound ? then builds into a traditional gospel R&B song. It's a heartfelt performance that?s more emotionally honest than other songs here. The slightly jazzy "Fly Like A Bird" is another down-home production that's a cry for unconditional love. Its inspirational message allows Carey to fully exercise her vocal acrobatics, proving that she can still blow her army of imitators off a stage.

    Although she botched that crazy, sexy, cool approach with her two previous efforts (Charmbracelet and Glitter), Mariah gets back to her winning formula with Mimi. Her yin and yang method, with its schizophrenic mix of the '80s and 21st-century hip hop, works wonders for Emancipation. So if she wants to continue brandishing her gift for over-the-top expression and capitalizing on savvy collaborations with today's hottest stars, she should go right ahead. Her fans are still craving it.


    Source: Vibe | Scans: Johny | Text: Mariah Daily

    "We Belong Together" Music Video Premieres on Monday! // 2:15 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Every Monday during the month of April, VH1 will offer a prime time video world premiere at 8PM ET/PT from some of the hottest artists today. Tune in Monday, April 11 for the world premiere of Mariah Carey's video "We Belong Together."

    "It's Like That" is No. 8 on VH1's weekly top 20 videos countdown.


    Source: PR Newswire | HoneyButterfly

    News Tidbits & International Updates // 2:14 PM EST Updated by Liron

    -- Below are high quality pictures of Mariah arriving at the party that Allure Magazine Editor-In-Chief Linda Wells threw for photographer Michael Thompson's book "Images." The party took place on April 6, 2005 at the Bemelmans Bar, The Carlyle Hotel in New York City.


    -- The radio station Hot 97 in New York, was giving away $1,000 dollars from Mariah and a copy of "The Emancipation of Mimi" every hour in the morning show with Miss Jones.

    -- Don't forget to vote for your favorite of the top 10 finalists in BET's "I Wanna Sing With Mimi" contest. Click here to vote.

    -- Butterflies Are Free has added four new photos of Mariah from the April 2nd Echo Awards in Berlin, Germany to its fansite. Check them out.

    -- From New York Daily News: Friends are laughing off reports that Mariah Carey, 35, spent a romantic weekend with Formula One honcho Flavio Briatore, former flame of Heidi Klum and Naomi Campbell. We're told they don't even know each other.

    -- From Channel 4 UK: US diva Mariah Carey has reportedly taken a shine to Blue's Lee Ryan. Carey met the camera-shy star during her recent stay in the UK to celebrate her 35th birthday. She is now promising to introduce him to her producers back across the pond. Fans are already waiting in anticipation for possible a duet between the two.

    "MIMI" AROUND THE WORLD

    Australia
    --"The Emancipation of Mimi' enters the HMV Mid week charts at #1! where "It's Like That" falls 4 spots to #5.

    --"It's Like That" debuts are #2 on the JB Hi-Fi Top 40 Singles and #18 on the HMV NineMSN downloads chart.

    --"It's Like That" jumps 12 spots to #16 on Channel [V]'s Most Requested Videos. Please continue your support by sending your requests to Channel [V] at whatuwant@channelv.com.au.

    Costa Rica
    Vote for the "It's Like That" video on MTV Latin America's Los 10 Mas Pedidos. Also in Costa Rica in www.vmlatino.com

    Brazil
    The "It's Like That" video has finally aired on MTV Brazil today. The album will be released next week, according to Universal Brazil, but most online stores in Brazil say it will only be available on April 18th.

    Holland
    "It's Like That" enters the Dutch top 40 at No. 36 this week.

    Israel
    "It's Like That" enters the "Jerusalem radio" chart at #4. This is Mariah's highest debut on the chart since 1998. "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be released in Israel on April 13th.

    Mexico
    According to Mixup, the biggest music store in Latin America, "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be released in Mexico on April 10th.

    New Zealand
    Although "The Emancipation of Mimi" was released officially on April 4th, most major record stores have been very tardy in stocking the album. In the Auckland region, none of the central city music stores have stocked the album as of yet. New Zealand fans, please call as many of them as possible to put pressure on them to stock the album.

    Philippines
    The "It's Like That" video debuted at #10 on MYX, the number one music channel in the country. Vote for the song by SMS to 2366 with the message "MYX VOTE IT'S LIKE THAT" (open to Globe and Smart subscribers).

    The album has been released today in the Philippines.

    USA
    "We Belong Together" is currently at #7 at Florida's Power 96 Power 20 Countdown. Click here to request for the song.

    "We Belong Together" has won the Wednesday Kiss Kombat on KissFM in Milwaukee, WI. Click here to vote for it on the Thursday kombat where Mariah is up against Gwen Stefani.

    UK
    Click on the links below to download both interviews from BBC Radio 1 in the UK. Both interviews are in RM format and require Real Player to play.

  • Interview #1 (31/3/05) (32:13) (7.59MB)
  • Interview #2 (3/4/05) (7:29) (1.77MB)

    European Hot 100 Singles
    Thanks to the UK release and #4 debut, "It's Like That" leaps 78-8 on the European Hot 100 Singles. It is charting in 9 territories. This tops the #11 European peak of "Through The Rain.". And it's certain that "The Emancipation of Mimi" will top the #23 peak of "Charmbracelet" on European Top 100 Albums.

    iTunes Update
    Top 100 Albums / Top 10 R&B Albums
    UK - #10 / #1

    Top 100 Songs / Top 100 R&B Songs
    USA - #12 / #1
    Canada - #47 / #7
    UK - #16 / #3
    Austria - #11 / #2
    France - #10 / #1
    Holland - #17 / #1
    Ireland - #36 / #2
    Spain - #27 / #2
    Germany - #11 / #4
    Belgium - #43 / #3
    Portugal - #79 / #5
    Italy - #22 / #1
    Finland - #3 / -
    Luxembourg - #3 / #1


  • Source: Mariah Daily | Patrick | Erick | MariahOZ | Mocha40 | Francis | Sergei | JRKing | Johnny | Frankie | Mary Jean | Mariel | Michaja | HoneyButterfly | Eric | Tzachi | Rod | Pandem0nium

    RuPaul Gives 'Mariah Daily' a Shout Out & Says: "Buy Mimi!" // 2:06 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The following entries were written in the online diary of the American entertainer RuPaul:

    Wednesday, April 06, 2005
    Here's a list of the 4 cd's I bought tonight:

    1. THE FIRST LADY ................................. FAITH EVANS
    2. HUMAN AFTER ALL ............................. DAFT PUNK
    3. THE WONDER OF IT ALL (remixes) ... KRISTINE W.
    4. IT'S LIKE THAT (remixes)..................... MARIAH CAREY

    Tuesday, April 05, 2005
    MIMI THE CAT IS ALIVE!

    The confab was a complete success, aside from the fact that JAMES couldn't make it on account of his grandfather dying. I was like "get your priorities together, mister! your grandfather is dead, and there's nothing you can do about that, but MIMI the cat is alive!"

    In my opening remarks, I said that we are all here because we love MARIAH CAREY, and having said that, you are all free to speak openly and candidly because this is a safe space. We will not hold it against you if you say something we don't agree with. You can make jokes, rant or rave. Gentlemen start your engines!

    ARI GOLD was our keynote speaker with an address entitled "I am me(me)". He talked about how our pop stars are extensions of ourselves, and we should give them plenty of room to make mistakes, experiment and grow, thus allowing ourselves the same leeway.

    As a case in point, he noted his obsession with the CHARMBRACLET album and how he kept listening to it over and over, hoping it would somehow turn into the album he wanted her to make at that time. He said he never fully accepted the album on it's own terms, which he now says was his mistake. by accepting CHARMBRACLET for what it is, he is in fact accepting himself, on a core level, for who he is. Bravo, lambs!

    Then, we ate cheeseburgers while watching MARIAH: AROUND THE WORLD. Since it was a special occasion, I even ate the bread on my burger and had a few fries!

    Next up was the round table reading of MARIAH'S cover story in AMERICA magazine. me, ARI, TIM and LaHOMA each read a few paragraphs before passing the magazine to the next person. it was so much fun because we all knew how fucking sick and twisted the whole decadent evening was. 4 grown men having a MARIAH CAREY CONFERENCE... fucking outrageous!

    The last event was a round of the game LIST, in which each player gets to choose a category involving a facet of MARIAH'S career. I choose MARIAH collaborations: in 2 minutes each player writes down 5 people who have musically collaborated with MIMI. If another player writes down the same name as you, neither gets that point, so you have to be clever. We set the timer and I wrote 1. CAROLE KING 2. DRU HILL 3. BONE THUGS 4. MASE 5. LUTHER VANDROSS I scored 3 points because LaHOMA had LUTHER and ARI had CAROLE KING.

    At one point, we needed some accurate information about an MC DVD, so ARI went online to MARIAHDAILY.COM, the best MARIAH resource on the internet. We all busted up laughing when ARI pointed out that MARIAHDAILY.COM had copied an entry from my blog announcing our conference! It was so surreal. Here we were at the conference as we're reading about us on another site. very mindblowing!

    The verdict: We love THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI! Buy it on april 12.

    WE BELONG TOGETHER is currently my #1 favorite song.

    Mariah Daily's Note: RuPaul, every Mimi fan is a MariahDaily friend! Cheers!


    Source: RuPaul: Weblog | Andrea | Danny

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" Review by Melroze Magazine // 1:39 PM EST Updated by Liron

    It seems that the once stalled Carey comeback is finally stepping up a gear on the evidences of her new album.

    After multi-platinum albums, a transition from pop to hip-hop and a mental breakdown among other things, 34-year-old Mariah Carey is making another attempt to return to the music world.

    With the release of her new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah Carey attempts to satisfy her variety of fans developed over the years. For some tracks she has found her way back to the voice that made her America's sweetheart in the early 90's with tunes like "Fantasy" and "Always be my Baby". She even includes a massive power ballad on the album called "Mine Again," reminiscent of the early Mariah, highlighting her intensive range.

    She also incorporates the R&B music she fell into during the late 90s. Carey collaborated with rappers Kanye West and Nelly among others on the album. Her first single "It's Like That," sets the mood for this album, with the lines: "No stress, no fights, I'm leavin' it all behind. No tears, no time to cry, just making the most of life." The track has a catchy baseline, and highlights her husky voice, but overall the song is fairly generic in comparison to the latest R&B hits. There's one dance track on the album to check out, "Get Your Number," which she worked on with Jermaine Dupri.

    Although it seems like Carey has gotten her life together, it seems safe to say that she will never be the girl she once was, clad in denim shorts and plaid shirts. Instead, her promiscuous image seems to be overbearing, drowning out the true talent that lies within her voice. Dedicated Carey fans will purchase the album out of respect, but overall the new album will probably experience the same mixed reception her 2002 "Charmbracelet" did.

    Originally due out the end of March, "The Emancipation of Mimi" is now being released on April 12.

    Click here to read the rest of the article.


    Source: Melroze | Heroes of Mariah

    Mariah Carey Appearances Update // 1:09 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Hello Lambs,

    Make sure to mark your calendars, program your Tivo/VCRs or better yet, show up in person to be a part of these special appearances & performances from the lovely Miss M:

    Tuesday, April 12th
    The Emancipation of Mimi - Album Release Day!

    April 12th is the day we've all been waiting for and Mariah Carey will be with her fans throughout the day! Here's what's on tap for Tuesday, April 12th:

  • Mariah will shut down New York City's Times Square for the Good Morning America Concert LIVE on the ABC Network @ 8:00am.

  • Mariah drops by MTV during the TRL Countdown @ 5:00pm

  • A very special In-store signing for The Emancipation of Mimi at Best Buy located @ 622 Broadway, NY, NY 10012 at 7:00pm. A limited number of fans who purchase Mariah's new CD at this new Best Buy when doors open at 10:00AM on April 12th will get a special wristband that could allow them to go to the front of the autograph line!

    BET "The Emancipation of Mimi" Special
  • BET shows off Mimi in primetime on The Emancipation of Mimi special @ 7:30pm. Mariah will perform NEW music from The Emancipation of Mimi album and chat with BET's 106 & Park host AJ.

    Thursday, April 14th
    The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS-TV)
  • Stay up and watch The Late Show With David Letterman for a PIP performance by Mariah on Thursday, April 14th. The Late Show airs on CBS-TV at 11:30pm EST/PST.

    Sunday, April 17th
    VH1 "Save The Music" Concert Performance
  • Help support a good cause and watch Mariah perform on "Save The Music: A Concert To Benefit The VH1 Save The Music Foundation". This very important concert airs on VH1 @ 9:00pm on Sunday, April 17th.

    Monday, April 18th
    BET "106th & Park" Live Performance
  • Mariah will perform live with the winner from BET's "Mimi I Wanna Sing contest" on Monday, April 18. Make sure you check this performance out on BET's 106 & Park @ 6:00pm.

    Be sure to check the APPEARANCE PAGE for all the latest scheduled Mariah appearances.


  • Source: MariahCarey.com

    Mimi is Emancipated in Japan! // 12:53 PM EST Updated by Liron

    After premiering the "It's Like That" video to over 81 million viewers in one day...

    After pushing "It's Like That" to #1 on the airplay chart - the most played song on Japanese radio - for 2 straight weeks (and counting)...

    After a highly successful Japanese promo tour, which included TV performances to over 50 million people...

    And, of course, after Mariah delivers the album of her life!!!...

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" Debuted Today at #1 on Japan's International Album Chart.

    Still to come... the airing of a stellar performance of "We Belong Together" on April 14th, on Utaban, to over 20 million viewers!

    "Mimi's" debut at #2 on the Oricon Combined Album weekly chart (Local and International) marks Mariah's highest debut since November 8th, 1999 when "Rainbow" charted at #2 as well.


    Source: MariahCarey.com | Pip and Pow

    Billboard Hot 100: "We Belong Together" debuts at #81, "It's Like That" drops to #30 // 12:36 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "We Belong Together," Mariah's 2nd single from "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuts at No. 81 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and matches the peak position of "Through The Rain."

    On the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks, "We Belong Together" moves from No. 69 to No. 46.

    "It's Like That" slides down 6 places to No. 30 on the Hot 100 with approximately 15,000 digital downloads.

    Stay tuned for more Billboard updates.


    Source: Billboard Magazine



      Wednesday, April 6 , 2005

    Swedish Paper "Aftonbladet" Reviews "Mimi" // 6:56 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi (R&B)
    (Island/Universal)
    Rating:

    Rumour has it record executive Tommy Mottola heard Mariah Carey's voice on a tape with Brenda K. Starr. Mottola had received the tape at a party and was on his way home. Suddenly, he jumped out of his seat who is that singing in the background? He had his limousine go back. Tommy Mottola had to find out who that voice belonged to, that huge potential.

    About three years later, in 1993, the two decades older Mottola married Mariah Carey. Carey had by that time already made big headlines through the debut album "Mariah Carey," sophomore effort "Emotions" and the cover of Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" from the popular TV show "MTV Unplugged".

    Mariah Carey's incredible success in the 90s is still making it hard to reach all the way to the person and artist that is Mariah Carey. The music is always pushed aside by numbers and scandals. She sold more records by far than anyone else during the 90s. Not even the Beatles managed to stay at the top of the charts as long as Mariah Mariah had at least one #1 single every year during the 90s. The divorce from Tommy Mottola in 1997, the record-breaking deal with Virgin Records (worth 80 million dollar) in 2000, the breakdown that followed the year after, the increasingly speculative exposing of skin, the suicidal messages on her website, the flop movie Glitter and, finally, the failure that was "Charmbracelet".

    On "The Emancipation of Mimi," the soul diva is trying to re-create a more worthy and personal communication with the audience ("Mimi" is Mariahs nickname). On paper the album seems to be modelled like all other R&B releases of the past two years: obligatory production work and songs by Kanye West and The Neptunes respectively, a just as obligatory guest appearance by Snoop Dogg, and a few big ballads.

    In reality, the music is surprisingly subtle and warm and free of vocal acrobatics. At best the songs can be likened to a crossing between Janet Jackson and The Stylistics' sweet 70s ballads. Carey even samples Ramsey Lewis cover of The Stylistic's "Betcha By Golly Wow.

    But the most touching moment is when Mariah Carey is trying to gather the pieces of her broken heart in front of a radio playing Babyface or Bobby Womack ("We Belong Together").

    She deserves a second chance.

    Click here to submit your ranking for the album.


    Source: Aftonbladet | Translation: mcflyingfree

    "We Belong Together" is still buzzing! // 4:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    From FMQB-Rhythm Crossover:
    Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" (Island/IDJMG) is still buzzing! Its the second single from the forthcoming CD, The Emancipation Of Mimi, due in-stores April 12. WKTUs Jeff Z, B96s Erik Bradley, WPOWs Kid Curry, KLUCs JB King and WMBX DJ XCEL are all vibin BIGTIME! Mariah performs on Good Morning America on Tuesday (4/12) shutting down Times Square to perform five songs. Spin leaders include WRDW, WPOW, KDDB, KLUC, KWIN and B96.

    From FMQB-CHR:
    Mariah Carey "We Belong Together" (Island/IDJMG)
    Could it be that MC has two hits at Pop radio before her new CD, The Emancipation of Mimi, even hits stores on April 12? Only Mariah could get New York City to close down Times Square for a five-song concert on Good Morning Amercia (4/12). Already on 50 Pop stations.


    Source: FMQB

    Blender Magazine Reviews "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 4:02 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Blender Magazine - May 2005
    Mariah Carey, The Emancipation of Mimi
    Rating:

    For the past decade and a half, Mariah Carey's voice has been pop's most fearsome sound. It has gusted across octaves, climbed to crystalware-shattering heights and shamelessly embellished any melody it's encountered with two dozen notes where just a few would suffice.

    It has transformed R&B and soft rock, inspired a million delusional American Idol contestants, struck terror into the hearts of lesser divas and for all we know may even be the reason that a sickly-looking Whitney Houston was recently seen prostrating herself before the Wailing Wall in Jerusalem." Jehovah, please bless me with an extra octave, that I might vanquish Mariah!" But on Carey's tenth studio album, something strange occurs: The Voice goes AWOL. After a much-publicized meltdown, a stint in rehab and a feature film debut more embarrassing than Britney Spears's, Carey has reinvented her music. She's curbed her showboating instincts, reined in her signature melisma and for the first time treated songs as something other than dragons to be slain. The result invites adjectives that in the past were unthinkable with her - restrained, relaxed, subtle - and sets the gold standard for diva records in 2005.

    The mood is established right away, with the Jermaine Dupri-produced single "It's Like That." It's a spare club bumper - the verses feature little more than a thudding bass-drum and the odd old-school ping that opens up into a lilting chorus: "It's my night/No stress/No fights/I'm leaving it all behind." Here's the part where the old Carey would have unleashed a terrifying, ululating, highly stressful series of vocal variations on the theme of stress-free living. But she lays back, content to croon, and the song glides enchantingly past.

    The whole album is like that: You keep waiting for the 90s MOR queen to rear her big-haired head, but she rarely does. "We Belong Together," another Dupri track, begins with a little fake-out: some plaintive piano chords and a few bars of feathery warbling. But then a ticking beat kicks in, and Carey starts spilling out lyrics in the clipped, modern cadences of Beyonc and R. Kelly. Carey even proves she can do breakneck with the best of them; on "One and Only" she actually outpaces guest rapper Twista, who is hip-hop's land-speed king.

    Carey has recorded several memorable collaborations with rappers over the years, but here she succumbs definitively to the power of dope beats. She's hired production ringers (Kanye West, the Neptunes, underground comer Scram Jones) and hooked up with some of the world's s most dependable good-time MCs, including Snoop Dogg and Nelly, who trades singsong verses with her on the funky "To the Floor."

    And she's gotten in touch with her inner thug. The woman who once jostled with Celine Dion for lite-radio supremacy coos to Snoop about how she wants to "fuck," gripes about her "motherfucker" ex-boyfriend, and boasts about her "pimp penthouse with a sick-ass hot tub."

    But the real revelation is the ballads, which swerve surprisingly toward neo-soul. "Mine Again" and "I Wish You Knew" mix woodwinds, keyboards, wah-wah and breezy backing vocals into a sumptuous 70s-style blend. You can't help but suspect that Carey's newfound moderation is due at least in part to an immersion in the music of that more humble age. Nothing like a steady diet of Marvin Gaye to set a gal straight.

    Of course, Mimi is not utterly bombast-free. The album closes with "Fly Like A Bird," a huge gospel song spiked with spoken-word samples of the preacher at Carey's Brooklyn church. It's clearly a personal song, and it builds and builds, climaxing with whooping shout-outs to Jesus, while Carey lets fly a series of vocal runs as flamboyant and unhinged as anything she's ever put on record. She'd been saving it up all album long, and she's earned the right to let rip.


    Source: Blender Magazine | Johny

    Mariah Carey, The Golden Goddess of Music // 3:21 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are the scans of Mariah gracing the pages of the April 2005 issue of the Malaysian entertainment magazine, Faces. In an exclusive interview with Mark Law, Mariah talks about reuniting with Jermaine Dupri, being vocally free and how the album is a clear sign that she has finally taken control of her life.


    Mariah is also featured as one of Faces' April Face Forward Personalities on its website. Writer Yang Mei Ling takes a look at the milestones in the life of the real vocal goddess. She writes, "2005 marks the return of pop diva Mariah Carey as her hot new single It's Like That climbs up the radio charts and hits the dance floors around the world. After years of underwhelming singles that nearly jeopardized her diva status, Mariah proves to her fans that her long-awaited album The Emancipation of Mimi is worth waiting for."


    Source: Faces Magazine | Ian SYY | Mariah Daily

    Touch Magazine Interview: "Meeting Mimi" // 10:50 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Please no introductions. Mimi aka Mariah Carey has emerged from her breakdown both happy and "normal." Or so it seems...?

    Touch is on a flight to Los Angeles and we're coming over all Heat reader already. Minnie Driver is in First Class and Paul Blackhorne (24's handsome villain Stephen Saunders) paces the aisles throughout the 11-hour flight. Either he's trying to be star-spotted or has an over-active fear of thrombosis - but either way, with the Golden Globes taking place this weekend, the City of Angels is sure to be frothing with celebrities. That's not why we're making the trip, however; instead we've been invited to meet Mariah Carey, who's in town on business having recently completed her 10th studio album "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    After a night dodging A Listers at some Hollywood's hippest hotel bars (Clive Owens at The Standard, Denzel Washington at Chateaux Marmont - the list goes on. And on), we head to Def Jam's HQ for an album playback. And surprise - there isn't a sickly sweet ballad in sight. Instead we're treated to Mariah's hip hop side as she gets diggety with guest vocalists Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Twista. There's still a heavy smattering of love songs for sure, not to mention plenty displays of Mariah's signature octave-defying vocal range but most tracks are directed as much at the clubs as they are the hot tub.

    Next it's over the Peninsular and an hour or so's wait to meet her, during which time we try not to stare as Tim Robbins, Sharon Osbourne and LL Cool J all pass through reception. Two pots of tea and an encounter with Mariah's yapping dog Jack later, we're warmly welcomed into her suite. Or should we say Mimi's. "It's just a nickname my family uses," she explains. "Not even my friends knew about it so once everyone heard the album title, they thought I was changing my name because that's normal in today's entertainment world. It's fine though, it's endearing."

    Then there's 'The Emancipation' part, which refers to her newfound sense of freedom the album embraces. The previous LP 'Charmbracelet' came after her much-publicised breakdown and as such was awash with soul-searching emotions. Not this installment. "I was called Mimi as a kid so the feeling of the album embodies that part of my spirit. With 'Charmbracelet' everyone wanted to hear the stories of my trials and tribulations. It was a healing experience - expressing things that had gone on and my father had just passed away. Now I'm like, okay, we've done that, this record is about having some fun."

    It's true - today Mariah comes across as disappointingly normal, healthy and perky, her wise-cracking New York nature not tallying with all those endless rumours such as she has a food-taster or that she doesn't 'do' stairs. She's having too many laughs hanging out with tasty rappers to be blue, thank you very much, the first fruits of which, is the insanely catchy single 'It's Like That'. With Jermaine Dupri's bare beats coursing underneath a refrain by Fatman Scoop and Mariah's self-penned chorus ('It's my life, no stress, no fights, I'm leaving it all behind/No tears, no time to cry 'cos I'm making the most of life'), it's clear where Mariah's head is at right now.

    Her cuts with Pharrell and co. - 'To The Floor' featuring Nelly and 'Say Somethin'' with Snoop - are equally party hardy. "It was a great moment because the Neptunes were working on 'Drop It Like It's Hot' down the corridor and Nelly was next door and I walked in the room and we just started riffing. I don't usually do that with someone who's a contemporary so it was great. It's one of those songs that might require a lot of listens for everyone to get it, but I love it."

    Then there's the Jackson 5-inspired 'When I Feel It' with young producer Mahogany, 'Your Girl' with Scram Jones and the Denise Williams meets Patti LaBelle ballad 'Mine Again' made with James Poyser. But it's 'Get Your Number' that really gets pulses racing. There aren't many suitors who can boast to possess her digits, though. "I can't remember the last person who asked for my number," she sighs, lying back on the sofa and kicking her Louis Vuittons onto a cushion. "The people who do ask are the ones you don't know screaming 'GIVE ME YOUR NUMBER!' at you from behind a barricade. Or it's someone who's like, 'Let me be cool and not try to come on to her so she thinks I'm after her'. My thing with guys is I like to be friends first because then it won't be a weird sexual tension thing."

    Dodging the obvious question as to whether she has a boyfriend right now ("Kinda yes, kinda no.") we progress to discussing her worst date ever. It takes some beating. "This guy who has a lot of money and who should know better took me to TGI Friday's. That was not a piv moment. Yeah." No burger, fries and malt shake for this classy chick. A bigger budget is certainly required. "One boyfriend, who was also in the entertainment industry (hmm, Latin singer Luis Miguel, perhaps?) took me in a private place to Morocco once. He hired camels, fire-eaters, snake charmers, belly dancers, all this mad stuff. It was a fabulous moment in my dating life."

    Although Carey has a taste for fancy dress having previously worn cavewoman, mermaid, nurse, kitten and lamb outfits to her infamous annual Halloween parties, she has always strongly denied gossip of romances with bad boys Eminem and 50 Cent, claims to have been a virgin when she met her now ex-husband Tommy Mottola and has had only two lovers since her divorce in 1998. If true, this is verging on criminal neglect. "I'm a cornball in that I've never done random dating or had a one-night stand. I'm not passing judgement on anybody, it's just the way I grew up with people getting pregnant really young and other stuff, it was not me. I was like 'Let's just Mary Poppins it on out for a minute,' you know?"

    Looking a little like a schoolgirl today in her short grey skirt and long locks, we'll have to take her word for it because when it comes to fashion, Mariah is not so conservative. Right now she hasn't been home for a few weeks and is travelling with 40 cases of luggage. "Is that a lot?" she flutters mock diva surprise. "I have been going through different climates and have just come from Aspen where it's tradition to roll around in the snow then get in the jacuzzi. It's tingly and hot! So I've got to have my bathing suits, which is two big bags. I ended up having to unpack my own closets here in LA and it took me a long time doing it by colour and category but I did a good job."

    It's not just clothes she covets. Her biggest indulgences was buying Marilyn Monroe's piano, although Internet reports that Mariah said Marilyn's spirit was writing songs through the instrument are false. "You can't even play that piano. It's from 1937 and I don't want to get it tuned because the strings could break," she sniffs. "I just bought it because Marilyn had gone to such great lengths to find her mother's piano and there's a chapter in her biography called 'How I rescued a white piano'. It's in my will that the piano will go to a museum where it belongs one day."

    Indeed Mariah has no time to collaborate with dead people - she's got a bumper 2005 lined up with an up-coming tour, a Broadway show based on her Christmas album to plan, a jewellery line to design and a Children's book aimed at mixed-race kids to co-write. So much for the delicate flower who can't handle a little stress. In fact, she's only come to town with four people and is more bothered about the whereabouts of her dog than her bodyguard. "Jack has two websites devoted to him already - one in Japan, one in America," she beams.

    But when Mariah does have free time, her idea of a crazy time is as pedestrian as it gets - she stays in. Having felt trapped with Mottola for so many years in an upstate country mansion, she's just bought her first Manhattan apartment. "I'm so used to people coming in and taking what's mine that this place is all about me - my master suite, my huge bathroom. There's one guest room but you can't get too comfortable because it's full of stuff from the fans. Then the room I hang out with people is the Moroccan room and Jack has his space in the kitchen with a cushion that matches the chaise long. I do go out but it's smoky and it takes me a while to get the voice together afterwards so the new thing for 2005 is my apartment being the hang out spot. It's fun, I've never done that before." So what's cookin', good lookin'? "I make linguine with clams and I make a good red sauce. It's Tommy's recipe and one of the only good memories I've got of him!"


    Source: Touch Magazine | Scans: Johny | Text: Mariah Daily



      Tuesday, April 5 , 2005

    Slant Reviews "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 3:11 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi
    Island, 2005
    Grade:

    Though shes been emancipated before (first with Butterfly, then with Charmbracelet, her first album recorded free of Sonys watchful eye), Mariah Carey claims she titled her new album The Emancipation Of Mimi because she finally feels free to be who she really is, no apologies. And who is Mariah Carey exactly? Like her peers (you know, 7th graders), Mariah is someone who wants to be popular. In fact, all shes ever really wanted is to be liked. I discovered that my desire to make music came from the need to heal myself, she said recently. My desire to become famous came from the need to feel worthy and accepted. And so, like her last few albums, Mimi can be split into two distinct parts: half of it catering to her misguided yet genuine passion for hip-hop and the other half attempting to recapture her more soul-oriented beginnings. Its unclear which segment nurtures her desire to heal herself and which makes her feel worthy and accepted: Once determined to be embraced by the hip-hop community, Mariah now seems more interested in sating her dwindling pop contingent, though Im sure shes torn between botha position not unfamiliar to her.

    Ironically, Mimi is Mariahs least personal album since the milquetoast Music Box, for which Tommy Mottola allegedly ordered her to tone down the vocal acrobatics, as if she werent already as easy to swallow as vanilla ice cream. It wasnt until recently that the details of their marriage were revealed (Mariah kept her pocketbook by her side at all times, packed with everything she might need if and when the shit hit the fan). Of course, that day finally camealbeit with 40 giant suitcasesand while most were quick to point out that Mariahs conservative wardrobe was the first thing to go, she also curiously shifted from Marilyn Monroe-esque coyness, singing about being rescued by imaginary white knights (Dreamlover, Fantasy), to Mae West-style come-hitherness, cooing now you can finally have me, boys! (Honey, Loverboy). But despite her recent willingness to discuss her private life, Mimi is, for the most part, a party record, exemplified by its Jermaine Dupri-produced first single Its Like That, in which Mimi celebrates her emancipation by arriving at the party already shit-faced: I came to have a party/Open up the BacardiPurple taking me higher/Im lifted and I like it.

    In fact, Mariahs tenth studio album includes some of her raciest lyrics to date (sample: Im looking for a man thatll rub me slow/Make me sing real high/When he goes down low), which is unlikely to bring fans of the more demure Mariah back to the forewhoever and wherever they are. On the other hand, Mimi reprises and builds on the old school Motown sound that was hinted at on her last album (most notably, the Kanye West-helmed Stay The Night and, perhaps Mimis best track, Your Girl), while the second single, We Belong Togetherwhich finds the wobbly diva keeping cool until the final full-voiced climaxshould do much to revive faith in Mariah the balladeer. She takes it to the pulpit on the gospel-y closing number, Fly Like A Bird, an inspirational ballad thats equal parts Butterfly and Hero and features spoken bits by Mariahs family pastor Clarence Keaton. Songs like these certainly make Mariah likeable again.

    Tellingly, the songs that dont work are the ones in which Mariah too heavily bites on the styles of her successors: Usher by way of Dupri on Shake It Off, Twista via The Legendary Traxster on One And Only, and the Neptunes on To The Floor. (However, when she channels a predecessorPrinceon Mine Again and Joy Ride, the results are sublime.) Summer-anthem-in-the-make Get Your Number, which samples Imaginations 1980 hit Just An Illusion and finds JD doing his best impression of Nelly, and the refreshing Say Somethin, a track originally slated as the albums first single, are the closest we get to the old uptempo Mariah. The only other track that does so is Sprung, the kind of one-word boy, youve got me twisted up song weve come to expect as a lead single from a Mariah record, but the bizarrely futuristic track was wisely excised from the U.S. version of Mimi.

    Despite its 14 tracks, Mimi clocks in at a full 15 minutes less than Charmbracelet, a testament to the unfussiness of the songsfew even contain bridges of any kind. But whatever the songs lack, they make up for in restraintbrevity keeps you wanting more, which is really Mimis virtue. Just as you start to hear the scratchiness in her voice (no doubt due to all that purple), the padded hook kicks in or the song fades. Where once Mariahs trademark high notes used to serve some purpose (structurally or melodically, though superficially), they now seem random, existing just to convince us that The Voice is still thereand it iskind of. More convincing would be a low note (remember those first 60 outrageously versatile seconds of 91s Youre So Cold?), but mostly what we get here is midrange belting. As gratifying as that is on the surface, theres still the nagging feeling that Mariah has damaged her voice beyond repair. By any other standards, of course, over-sung ballads like Mine Again and I Wish You Knew would blow the 7th grade talent show competition away. And, if nothing else, that puts her in with the popular kids, which is probably all that matters to her anyway.

    Sal Cinquemani
    slant magazine, 2005.


    Source: Slant Magazine | Tzachi

    Mariah's Japan Press Conference & Roppongi Hills Interviews // 2:16 PM EST Updated by Lynn


    Click here to watch the video clip of Mariah's Press Conference and Roppongi Hills Arena interviews in Tokyo, Japan last Thursday, March 31, 2005 from the Excite Music site.

    Transcript
    Hi! Thank you for being here. It's wonderful to be back in Japan. I'm very excited.

    It was a coincidence, we weren't thinking about it but maybe in our hearts, we were thinking about it because we love Japan, you know.

    Well, the message of "Fly Like A Bird" is really it's a spiritual song and it's really on a lot of level talking about the world and that we do need to help each other and obviously people that have been through devastating times, all of our hearts go after them. I think that the reason for including a song like "Fly Like A Bird" on this album which is much more you know love song and also uptempo, party record... the reason I included "Fly Like A Bird" as the end song is because I wanted that message to be the strongest message and the message that you remember. You walk away from listening to the album remembering because there is so much in the world that we need to kind of come together and try to address and help each other and really look to God to kind of get through those difficult moments and just a message of prayer and spirituality was very important to me in my personal life and I try to also incorporate you know a little bit of touching upon the world kind of helping each other out and leaning on each other as well.

    I think everything that comes from inside you is what really makes people appealing or whatever. It's like the spirit that comes from you it's why you look so beautiful tonight and that's what I think it's about... it comes from within.

    Mimi is just a nickname like sometimes you take somebody's name and you make it into a friendly like more of a cute name that you just call your friends or your family or something like that, that was that for me, just a private name. Because this record like we said a different kind of chapter in my life, a different side of me as an artist, I felt it was more personal, I thought it would be kind of cool to incorporate the name Mimi into the album and when I called it "The Emancipation of Mimi" it's like the freedom of that side of me to make a fun record that really was all about the vocal performances and enjoying writing the songs and just experiencing the making of this album, it was the best time I've ever had in making an album. I was in a very happy place making this record, just emotionally very happy... very at peace and very like you know just in a very good frame of mind so you know, I thought it would be appropriate.

    Well, it was the first time I have worked with The Neptunes and I've been wanting to work with them for really a long time so finally we got together. They had just come off tour. I'd just come off tour too so you know it was perfect timing for us and this is a two-fold answer but you only have to ask about Nelly... but I'm gonna give you two for the price of one. So anyway, Nelly was in one room in a studio, Record Plant Studios in California, I was in another room and then Snoop was in another room working on his record and so we just all ended up getting together. Pharrell was in there working with all of us and we were coming up with concepts and ideas and it just really became just like a party. It really did. Usually I don't have people in the studio when I'm singing. I usually kick everybody out, they're not allowed in there but this particular time it was cool because it was more like a laidback approach to the recording process and I really feel like... the first time meeting Nelly and working with him and I thought he was really talented because he contributed a lot just in terms of melodies and rhythmic approach to things and I didn't realize that he used to write songs for other people before he started his own solo career. That was a great time, a great experience. It ended up being one record with Snoop, one record with Nelly so not so bad.

    You're asking the wrong person. Haha. No. I think (laughs) that it's interesting that you like "Joy Ride" because that was almost the name of the album. I almost called the album "Joy Ride" and then it almost didn't get on the album so it's like this whole thing, and then one of my friends was like, "You have to put that song on the album. That's the real love song on the album," so I think maybe people can listen to that song and they can take advice from there but I'm not a good person to give advice on things so just sort of you know listen to it in the music and live through those moments.

    Well, I've known Pharrell for a little while and I think he's very, very talented. He's very innovative and he has a very strong personality. When we first talked about working together, he was like... he knows I'm a writer, he knows that I produce and he thought I was gonna be really difficult in the studio like, "You gotta let me be in-charge, you gotta let me do this." and I'm like, "Look, we're gonna collaborate, it's gonna be fun, it's gonna be cool." And that's what happened and I think it was good for me to work with somebody like that as well and I think that he probably...I don't know I wouldn't be so you know presumptuous to say that he learned from me, but hopefully he did. (laughs)

    I feel like I've gone through a lot of different stages in my life and also as an artist, and I think that when everything you experience just as a human being somehow has an impact on you as an artist and so I feel like I kind of have to get to this point where I was like you know what I'm just gonna make a record for the fun of it. I felt like I was in a really good place vocally after being on tour for so long and I was excited and eager to get back in a studio, where it wasn't like anybody was saying, "get in the studio quick 'cause we wanna put an album out now," where it didn't have to be about any like controversy or drama, it was really just for the love of making music which is how I started out and I think that's why people are feeling like this is the new beginning for me because it is kind of more the approach that I had when I was starting out basically making demos, back and forth from high school, and you know like just doing it out of love and the desire to make music that I like so that's kind of what this album is, the return to that. Not that there haven't been any of those moments throughout my career but this is like a new approach to it in terms of like really doing what I wanted to do for me.

    Well, Kanye and I have been trying to work for a long time before he ever had a solo project and before he worked with really any other female artists. We tried to get together for the last album and it didn't work out so I guess it was meant to happen now. A lot of the fans that have been hearing the album have been saying that "Stay The Night" is one of their favorite songs so it was really cool. I've always loved his tracks ever since I first heard him working for Roc-A-Fella, with Jay-Z and mainly doing hip hop, rap records so I'm very happy for him with his success and I'm happy that we got a chance to work together 'cause it was a really fun collaborative moment for me.

    Is it about falling in love with a guy who has a girlfriend? Yeah, that is what it's about. (laughs) In a situation like that, really what the song is saying is that the guy keeps saying "stay the night" and that I'm saying "no" so basically that's what I would do (shrugs) until he gives the girlfriend the heave-ho so...

    Thank you everybody. I really enjoyed seeing and talking to you today and it's great to be back. Thank you.


    Source: Excite Music | LoveLoveJack | Text: Mariah Daily

    New Promotional Pictures // 12:28 PM EST Updated by Liron



    Source: Island Def Jam | Johny

    Worldwide Updates: 'Mimi' Charts at #2 in Japan, top 10 in the UK // 12:23 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Japan
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuted at #2 on the official Japanese albums chart. According to Oricon, the album has sold 49,000 copies on its first week of release.

    UK
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is ranked within the top 10 albums in the midweek charts (position unknown yet.) On its first day of release, the album was ranked at #3 at Woolworths, #2 at ASDA and is reported as the 2nd most stocked album in Woolies.

    India
    Channel V now lists Mariah as their artist of the month on their official site.

    Below are Channel V's airing times for "The Chosen One Special - Mariah Carey" (30 minutes)

    Original Airing- Thursday, Apr 14 - 7 pm
    Repeat Airing I - Friday, Apr 15 - 11 am
    Repeat Airing II - Sunday, Apr 17 - 3 pm
    Repeat Airing III - Thursday, Apr 28 - 7 pm
    Repeat Airing IV - Friday, Apr 29 - 11 am

    Singapore
    "It's Like That" moves up 3 spots to #15 on Power 98's countdown.

    Thailand
    The CD single for "It's Like That" will be released this week in Thailand. The limited edition (digipack with poster) of "The Emancipation of Mimi" was released in Thailand on April 4th but the standard edition hasn't been released yet.

    MTV Asia
    "It's Like That" entered the MTV Asia Hit-List chart at #17. Continue voting for Mariah on MTV Asia by clicking here.

    South Africa
    Below are the positions for "It's Like That" on the following South African stations:
    MetroFM: Climbs 1 place and moves to No. 5 on Metro Fm's International Top 40 countdown.
    East Coast Radio: Climbs 3 places to No. 27 in it's 4th week on the Chart. The song is a non-mover and remains at No. 19 on East Coast Radio's Top 20.
    Good Hope FM: Slips 1 to No. 3 on the Top 40 chart.
    5Fm: Rockets to a new peak on the High 5 @ 5 and now sits at No. 3. The song also enters the 5Fm top 40 chart at No. 37.

    Continue voting for the music video on MTV Base Africa.

    Germany
    Below are the positions for "It's Like That" on the following German radio stations:

    JamFM: Stays #1 for a 2nd week in a row. "The Emancipation of Mimi" is the station's pick for album of the week. Click here to see Mariah's page on the station's site.
    iTunes Germany: #12 on the top downloaded songs and #4 on the R&B chart. Click here to download the song on Itunes.
    Musicload: #17 on the top downloaded pop songs. Click here to download the song on Musicload.

    Italy
    "It's Like That" which was commercially released in Italy on March 25th, enters the official Italian charts (Nilsen) at No. 29.

    Norway
    "The Emancipation of Mimi" is #10 on the top 16 albums at a big record store in Norway. Two major newspaper have given the album 4 out of 6 stars and a favorable review that specifically praised "To The Floor" and "Mine Again".

    Sweden
    Please vote once a day for the "It's Like That" music video on ZTV (just click on Mariah's name).

    Switzerland
    "It's Like That" debuts at #19 on the official Swiss singles chart.

    Holland
    The TV show "Pulse" (on RTL Netherlands) will broadcast a special interview with Mariah on Friday, April 8th, at 21:30 (local time). Below are pictures from the interview.



    Source: Mariah Daily | Luke | marbelous | DJ | Varun | bluesky | Ila | Ben | Ballsath | Solz | Zane | Adi | Fly Away 2000 | Cathrine

    Mariah Carey gives coaching in kissing! // 11:41 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Pop singer Mariah Carey believes that a perfect kiss should be soft and communicative and wants her current partner to learn that technique.

    "I think the perfect kiss should initially be soft and communicative, not overbearing; it should be like an introduction. I feel like I always have to teach guys how I like to be kissed - I don't do it so they know I'm doing it; I'll just subtly coach them," Ratethemusic.com quoted her as saying.


    Source: NetIndia123

    "Mega Star" (UK) Praises 'Mimi' // 11:39 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey - The Emancipation Of Mimi
    Released: 12/04/2005
    Grade:

    She's the much maligned madam of MegaStar so we'll try dutifully to review her album without giggling once at the pretentious title.

    For all her candle-demanding and kitten-stroking there's a fine pair of lungs hiding behind that troubled exterior and though we guffaw openly at her hotpants we do admire her obvious talents.

    Aside from her chest furniture.

    And for fans of her high register, glass-shattering vocal abilities this release is actually a pleaser, showcasing the broad spectrum of stuff she can really wrap those tonsils round.

    Hoiked on board for the ride are Twista, Nelly and Snoop Dogg as Mariah continues her slow slide into Hiphop-ville.

    Listening to her hide behind a collaborator chirruping occasionally in the background isn't the most fulfilling experience, but when she lets rip elsewhere on the album you realise why people fetch her small, fluffy animals whenever she asks.


    Source: Mega Star

    Diva In Demand // 7:49 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    (Soul Queen still has the voice - if not all her marbles!)

    In A Nutshell:
    Mariah Carey was topping the charts when the likes of Beyonce and Christina were still singing into their hairbrushes in front of the bedroom mirror. She might be the ultimate Pop/R&B Diva, but with so many young and talented whippersnappers hogging the limelight, is anyone really going to care about her tenth album?

    What's It Like?:
    Enlisting the help of some of the most innovative producers and rappers in the business - The Neptunes, Nelly, Snoop Dogg, Kanye West - has ensured that the sound on this album is sexy and sophisticated. Committed fans will love it, and if you've been impressed by current single It's Like That, you could too!

    How Many Good Tracks:
    12 out of 15

    Best Track:
    The Kanye West-produced Stay The Night, with its jazzy feel and bouncy basslines, stands out.

    Worst Track:
    Fly Like A Bird is where we have to witness Mariah's infamous, high pitched warbling - she sounds like a hyperactive sparrow!

    Verdict:
    Mariah still has the voice and the song to stand up to the competition around today.

    Rating:


    Source: Heat Magazine | David



      Monday, April 4 , 2005

    The Rise, Fall and Redemption of a Superstar // 2:34 PM EST Updated by Liron


    Mariah, Full of Grace
    "Did you notice the carpet?" asks Mariah sternly. The carpet in question covers the lobby of the mid-market Leicester Square hotel, four floors below the bog-standard room where she is holding court. Said carpet is festooned with images of butterflies, a creature Carey so identifies with that she named her 1997 album after it. "I refused to come here until they did specially. They were working on it all night for me."

    Really? Heavens. The woman who won the World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium at the 2000 World Music Awards crumples in a fit of giggles.

    She is, of course, joking. She dives onto the bed that dominates her room, kicks off her high-heeled shows ("Ohh that's better; killing my feet, they were. You don't mind do you?"), lays on her side and grins.

    She seems quite nice, this Long Islander who turned 35 on Easter Sunday, whose fortune runs into nine figures and whose reputation not so much goes before her as proclaims her to be part Cruella De Vil, part Elizabeth Taylor and part your worst nightmare. Why, according to the British tabloids when she descended upon the five-star boutique hotel where she is actually staying for a 3am check-in, she had demanded to be greeted by three-foot candles and a red carpet. Except she hadn't.

    "Well, it happened," she admits. "But I didn't ask for it. Like I'm going to be on the phone to the head of the hotel going 'darling, listen, don't even think about inviting me to stay without the three-foot candles'. Who even knew three-foot candles existed? Did you? I wouldn't have noticed if it was a purple carpet with polka dots on it. I'd just got off a plane and it was three in the morning. Trust me; my only thought was, 'where's the bed?' Funnily enough, there was a rumour that I refuse to walk on carpet. Now, it seems, I can't get enough carpet. I love finding out my latest quirks."

    The lunchtime after her red-carpet arrival, Carey attended the Capital Radio Awards. Reports varied as to whether she was an hour or 90 minutes late. All, however, were agreed that she was delayed by the calamity that is a broken fingernail. So she was.

    "Look at it," she insists, proffering a regal left hand. With the aid of the Hubble Telescope it might be possible to see some imperfection in one of her beautifully manicured nails.

    "That's my point!" she smiles. "Hardly anyone knows this but when I was in 11th Grade, I went to beauty school - I could give you a manicure, a pedicure and a facial - so I can fix my own nails. We didn't have the right powder, so I said I'd do it the next day and I did. There's no way I was an hour late. Can you imagine what it's like that you break a nail and it gets in the papers? If I get mad about it, they're just going to write more. Then it'll be Mariah Has Tantrum on News At Ten."

    Although it must be stated for the record that she was 93 minutes late for our meeting and she speaks of being "in a moment" slightly too frequently, you'd like Mariah Carey. She is terrific and tactile company; she has a filthy laugh and she is keener to dispense compliments than receive them.

    Her tale would seem far-fetched in an American TV movie. The girl with the golden voice, head-turning beauty and fierce ambition had a peripatetic, financially deprived childhood, scarred by a sense of never quite fitting in.

    "I always felt ugly," she explains. "It was difficult being bi-racial. I didn't look like my white friends with their straight blonde hair and blue eyes but also I didn't look like my black friends with their beautiful, gorgeous skin. I was always the girl in the middle with weird hair."

    The awkwardness soon disappeared. Aged 19, Carey was discovered by Tommy Mottola, boss of the multi-national Columbia label. He signed her, he married her and he helped her into a superstar.

    After the rise came the inevitable fall: divorce, a (sort of) nervous breakdown, relative failure and ridicule. Finally, there is redemption via a musical renaissance culminating in her 10th album, The Emancipation of Mimi. The only constant in the morality tale that is her life has been the constant sneering: she's dull, she's dim, she's a diva.

    "I don't understand that," she admits. It's a sexist thing, honestly. If a man say, Mick Jagger, is regarded as a sex symbol - not that I'm calling myself a sex symbol, perish the thought - do people doubt that he writes and sings his songs as they do me? I bring the melody, I bring the concept and I bring the lyrics to my songs. I've always been fully involved in my music. Always."

    That may not be in doubt. Less clear is why she should be so staggeringly popular. After all, others have the looks and the songs and who wouldn't relish being greeted by a platoon of three-foot candles?

    "I don't know," she confesses. "I've worked very hard but because of my songwriting my fans relate to me on another level. They hear the personal songs such as Looking In from Daydream, Close My Eyes and Outside from Butterfly or Petals from Rainbow where I talk about things that have happened to me. A lot of young women relate to these introspective, really honest moments about childhood and overcoming difficulties. That's why I have such a connection with my fans.

    "When people say 'your song got me through a moment in my life', that is the validation, the real moment of glory, because you've actually touched somebody's life. I always said that if I become famous, it would validate my existence. It didn't. Instead, the fans compel me to keep going."

    Those fans were desperately needed in her darkest hour. After a lavish ceremony in 1993, her marriage to the domineering Mottola soon turned sour.

    "When you're married to someone who's also the head of your label; when his best friend is your lawyer and his lawyer; when your manager used to work for him and when everybody around you is on his payroll, it's a difficult situation. For a young woman to get out of it is a feat. What I'm really proud of is that I paid for half of everything in our mansion, down to the lighting bills and the water in the refrigerator. I know that I was never kept by anybody. Overall though, I really do look at what happened as a blessing because I had to go through everything so I could write about it and other people could find inspiration. I had to stop with all the worrying and rise above all the negativity that person had brought to my life and to the people around me."

    By the time they divorced five years later, Carey was emotionally spent and had what is routinely referred to as breakdown. "I was physically and emotionally depleted from having to fight constantly."

    She fled Columbia and signed to Virgin for $80 million, the biggest recording contract in history. Her Virgin album, Glitter, was released on September 11, 2001 and promptly disappeared. Having followed her wallet rather than her instinct, Carey was soon paid off and moved on. "Anybody would have taken that deal but now I realise that Virgin weren't equipped to deal with the type of music I make."

    When she surfaced with 2002's Charmbracelet, "that whole moment was about this supposed breakdown. People wanted me to talk about it and to cry on television with Oprah. People were whispering 'be vulnerable' in my ear. People cloud your perceptions sometimes especially when you don't want them to think you're a difficult diva. Ultimately, you have to trust your gut."

    The joyous experience that was recording The Emancipation of Mimi (Mimi is her pet name) has completed her recovery.

    "I'm in the best state I've ever been in. I'm in a great moment. I'm very excited and it's a really great time for me."

    Not bad going for a woman who, when she isn't demanding red carpets, three-foot candles and breaking fingernails, legendarily refuses to use stairs.

    "Yeah right," she giggles. "I'm the complete opposite. Actually, I've been stuck in elevators in Germany, in Japan and in my own apartment close to where the World Trade Center used to be, so I really, really hate elevators.

    "But I go in them when I have to. Here in Britain, the elevators seem to be much smaller than in America, so it gets me feeling even more uneasy. All the time I'm saying 'can't we just take the stairs?' I'm always about stairs unless it's 20 flights. I even use stairs when I'm in my heels. Sometimes, I just don't know what people are talking about."


    Source: The Big Issue Magazine | Scans: Scotty | Text: Mariah Daily

    Anastacia at Echo Awards: "Mariah Rocks!" // 2:25 PM EST Updated by Liron

    "It's been a dream year for me," said Anastacia, 31, a major star in Germany where she sold more than a million albums in 2004. The singer won her first Echo four years ago and has since had many ups and downs, including successful treatment for breast cancer.

    Anastacia and fellow pop diva Mariah Carey were among the 14 international and German acts performing during the nationally broadcasted ceremony.

    Her award and live appearance also gave Anastacia the opportunity to dismiss claims made by a German rival that she and Carey hated each other and wanted promises their paths wouldn't cross in Berlin. "Mariah rocks -- get over it, people," Anastacia told the crowd after picking up her gong.


    Source: DW-World

    Rolling Stone's Review of "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 2:17 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi

    Originally released: 2005
    MonarC/Island

    Grade:

    First off: Mariah Carey's ninth album, The Emancipation of Mimi, doesn't suck as comprehensively as 2001's Glitter or 2002's Charmbracelet. Those back-to-back flops suggested that her famous multioctave voice was shot, her judgment impaired and her decade-long pop dominance as over as the Nineties. On Mimi, the Neptunes, Kanye West and Jermaine Dupri deliver unimpeachable grooves, and there are no out-and-out disasters here. But contrary to its claims, The Emancipation of Mimi doesn't free the diva from what constricts her: There aren't any great songs among Mimi's club tunes and pop-chart-conscious tracks, and Carey is still suffering from a serious crisis of confidence. The Neptunes tracks -- "Say Somethin'," with Snoop Dogg, and "To the Floor," featuring Nelly -- have beats that make you move, but the songs' pop hooks don't stick. Here and elsewhere, the thirty-five-year-old songbird employs the thin and airy warble she's used since the turn of the millennium with breathy, anonymous results. On Kanye West's "Stay the Night," she rides the opposite extreme, blaring and straining with a vengeance. West's low-rumbling smooth rhythms lay a comfy foundation, but Carey seems uncomfortably forced. She's upstaged on Dupri's "Get Your Number," where the Atlanta producer does Nelly better than Nelly himself while sampling Imagination's Eighties club classic "Just an Illusion"; at least here, though, Carey's belabored voice finds a pleasurable medium. Still, on ballads like "Mine Again," she wails notes that don't need emphasizing, then whispers what would ordinarily be climactic phrases, and the outcome doesn't make emotional or musical sense. Carey seems to be past the worst in her career, but Mimi's A-list hitmakers don't bring her all the way back.


    Source: Rolling Stone



      Sunday, April 3 , 2005

    Mariah Carey call-in contest // 10:45 PM EST Updated by Will

    Mariah Careys latest album, entitled The Emancipation of Mimi, is due for release this month. The album was written entirely by Carey herself, and co-produced by her too.

    Fans of the diva living in the Philippines can get the chance to win the album through a simple call-in contest. All you have to do is call the Universal Music office at 03-76202206 today between 3pm and 3:30pm, and give the password, Its Like That (the first single).

    The first 20 callers will win themselves a CD copy of the album.


    Source: The Star Online

    Imitation of Life: The America Magazine Interview // 10:10 PM EST Updated by Will

    Between the rainbows and fantasies, Mariah Carey learned all that glittered might have been multi-platinum, but it surely wasn't always gold. On the eve of the most important album of her career, the biggest-selling female artist of all-time opens up to America magazine's Aliya S. King.


    It?s 1978 and Mariah Carey has started fourth grade at Thomas J. Lahey Elementary School in Greenlawn, an aptly named suburb on Long Island. Mariah is a mid-year transfer because she?s just moved, for the umpteenth time. In addition to getting the typical new-kid stare, she?s getting a few extra double takes. First of all, she?s not quite as dark as The Black Kid. But she?s definitely not white. Then there?s her hair ? light brown, bushy and all over the place. It?s not an Afro, like The Black Kid?s. But it?s not shiny and straight either. There?s a laundry list of stuff Mariah can be teased about on her first day. Her classmates decide to stick with the dress.

    Rachel Wifall, Mariah?s classmate, remembers the day vividly. Today, Wifall is an English instructor at Jersey City State University. She hasn?t seen Mariah in nearly twenty years, but the memory of Mariah?s first day at Lahey Elementary is sharp in her mind.

    ?Fourth grade was that time when you?re fighting with your parents about wearing what you want to wear. So the girls were all wearing our Levis and corduroys and she comes in wearing this really frilly, feminine dress. She got teased for it.?

    It could have been worse. They could have focused on the fact that Mariah and her mother had just moved in with Ernie and Mort, a gay couple who?d given Mariah the most stable home she?d had since her parent?s divorce. They could have taken issue with Alfred Roy Carey, the Black man who walked the streets of Long Island with his daughter on the weekends or Patricia Hickey Carey, his free-spirited ex-wife, who could be spotted with her during the week. And then there were the houses she lived in, usually the caretaker?s place that her mom rented out from the owners of the ?big houses? in some of Suffolk County?s most exclusive areas.

    But if the kids in her fourth grade class really wanted to get under her skin, they could have asked her if she had any possessions besides the book bag on her back. ?I never could look at something and say, ?I own this.??

    Mariah sits perched on a sofa, blanket on her lap, ensconced in a tiny, candle-lit room at the top of the tower that is her downtown New York City home. She grabs the coffee table in front of her to illustrate her point. ?In this one house, I would sit in the porcelain bathtub and think someone actually owns this...nothing in this house belongs to me.?

    Mariah decided early on that she would have to make some changes to her life?s trajectory. ?I knew if I wanted anything, I would have to get it myself. And I wanted a lot. I knew I wanted to live in Manhattan ? in a penthouse. I wanted a bathroom that was all mine. I wanted to be famous ? not Michael Jackson famous ? but I wanted to be famous.?

    Twenty-five years later, things have changed for Mariah, on paper at least. But a deep reflection into the life, past and present of the best-selling female musician of all-time brings up a host of other questions. Yes, she owns things. But does Mariah Carey own the things in life that money can?t buy?

    i?den?ti?ty n
    1. who somebody is or what something is, especially the name somebody or something is known by. See also individuality


    In a room four floors below the tiny alcove, Mariah shows off her family tree. There is a silver-framed photo of a young, blonde Mariah with Nana Addie, her paternal grandmother. Addie, a dark-skinned African-American woman, was born and raised in the deep South, moved to New York and made a small fortune in real estate. She was not pleased when her son Roy married Patricia Hickey. Even after they divorced, she still disapproved.

    ?You know that ain?t your baby,? Nana Addie said to her son, nodding towards the room where her four-year-old granddaughter was eavesdropping. Unlike her older brother and sister, as a child, Mariah had blonde hair.

    As the years went by, Nana Addie?s criticism softened, and she schooled Mariah on all the things Black grandmothers pass down, from how to store your wigs properly, to the importance of covering all your furniture in plastic slipcovers. But those conversations, and more importantly, those sentiments, stayed with Mariah, and she began her lifelong struggle to come to terms with her identity. ?I really felt ugly. I did not feel like a pretty girl. I didn?t look like my white friends and I didn?t look like my Black friends.?

    Mariah?s identity crisis continues throughout her adolescence. At Harborfield?s High School, Rachel Wifall reconnections with a very different Mariah. By junior year, the outsider in the frilly dress became a tough-talking, cigarette-smoking wise-crack who was more likely to be the one doing the teasing than vice-versa. ?She hung with an older, rougher crowd,? says Wifall. ?There was definitely some stuff going on emotionally. My gut feeling is that she was troubled and she was acting out.?

    Indeed, by the time she got to high school, Mariah and her mother had moved an estimated thirteen times. During senior year, she was living in what Mariah calls ?a shack,? on the grounds of a tiny Huntington Bay estate. She was the proverbial tragic mulatto: not white enough to enjoy the privilege, not Black enough to protest the indignity.

    Today, racial ambiguity is de rigueur in the entertainment industry. ?White? people have Latino surnames (Cameron Diaz), ?Latino? people have little connection to their heritage besides their surnames (Christina Aguilera). Vin Diesel has steadfastly refused to address his ethnicity at all. But in 1990, when her debut album was released, Mariah?s ethnicity was immediately questioned. And she was raked over a bed of hot coals for daring to make things complicated.

    Long before Tiger Woods offended Black America by refusing to label himself as just a Black man, Mariah Carey was the original Cablinasian, insisting that the sums of her parts be acknowledged equally. (All together now, her mother: Irish, her father: Black and Venezuelan.)

    For white America, it was simple. She was Not White. She could have been half-Sicilian and a quarter-Martian, she was still thrown in the same pot: Not White. Black people, for the most part, sucked their teeth and rolled their eyes. Her father was Black and Venezuelan? How come he couldn?t just be Black? Mariah?s decision ? and ability ? to acknowledge more than just the two races became a distracting issue.

    ?It was a problem because of the way I look,? says Mariah, running a hand up her bare arm. Her skin is lighter than the average Italian. ?We?re such a visual society. As soon as we look at someone, we have to put them in a box.? (Indeed, the caramel complexions of famous biracial figures like Halle Berry, politician Barack Obarna, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix and Lenny Kravitz make them Black, period.)

    In his review of her debut album, noted Black music critic Nelson George alluded that Mariah was a white girl who sang like a Black girl. When Mariah read it, she was furious. But she was politely encouraged by her label to let it go. What would be so bad if people thought she was, say, Italian?

    ?It?s not like they overtly said it,? says Mariah. She stops herself and rolls her eyes. ?I mean, they did,? she tosses off under her breath. ?But I could not control my response to him because I felt very offended. I understand people being put off by me. But I?m only going to sake so many shots.?

    At a luncheon with Black music journalists, 20-year-old Carey confronted George. ?I told him I didn?t appreciate what he wrote. And that was at the very beginning of my career. There?s never been a time when I didn?t spell out exactly what I am. But for some people, I was still just a white girl. To others, I was a Black girl who was just passing.?

    Years later, Mariah went toe-to-toe with a stand-up comedienne who used the ?n-word? when referring to Mariah and mocking her friendship with rap artists. ?This is a woman that belongs to two groups that I do not belong to,? says Mariah, her voice rising. ?If I?d ever said anything about those two groups, people would be picketing in the streets. And you know what?? She spreads out her hands, ?If I was two shades darker, there?d have been people protesting for me.? Instead, Mariah called the NAACP herself to complain. She says that the comedienne?s one-woman-show was taken off the air as a result.

    ?It?s easy to take shots at me,? she says, shrugging her shoulders. ?No one feels like they need to protect me.? It?s a strange position to be in. All of her life, Mariah admits to being desperate to fit in. And yet, for better or for worse, she?s consistently rallied against anyone who attempted to create any kind of box for her ? literally and figuratively. Even if it was the head of her record label, or her husband ? or both.

    re?la?tion?ship n
    1. the connection between two or more people or groups and their involvement with each other, especially as regards how they behave and feel toward each other and communicate or cooperate
    2. an emotionally close friendship, especially one involving sexual relations


    For the four years that she lived in the sprawling $20 million dollar estate she bought with her husband Tommy Mottola, Mariah always kept her pocketbook nearby. Whether she was at the indoor pool, (one of two in the house), somewhere on the 56-acre-grounds, or just in the living room watching television with friends, she always had her pocketbook sitting right next to her. Mariah raises an eyebrow at a reporter?s disbelief. In a multimillion-dollar mansion that she insisted on paying half for, she never walked around without her pocketbook? Mariah shakes her head slowly.

    ?Even though I owned that house, the only thing I felt like I owned was my pocketbook. Tommy didn?t even know why I always had my bag with me. But in my mind I thought, ?If something jumps off...I?m ready.? I lived like that for a long time. I used to wish, hope and dream that someone would kidnap me.

    ?It?s funny, during that time, all my songs were like, 'sweet sweet fantasy baby' and 'dreamlover come rescue me' ? and then as soon as I was single, it was all about? ? Mariah does a little shoulder shimmy and starts singing, 'Honey you can have me when you want me...' She breaks out into laughter and then shakes her head. ?I didn?t even realize it when I was writing that.?

    Tommy and Mariah married in 1993, in a ceremony modeled after the nuptials of Princess Diana and Prince Charles. ?Yeah, everybody talks about that,? cracks Mariah. ?But no one saw me on the honeymoon, running down the beach, miserable, crying and alone.? Mariah catches herself and waves a hand in the air as if to say, ?I don?t need to go there.? But she wants to. And she does. ?It?s part of my story,? she said, placing a hand to her chest, ?If you?re talking to me about who I am, that relationship shaped who I am. It beyond shaped me. I still have nightmares about it.?

    Mariah maintains that initially, Tommy was charming. But before long, the relationship became stifling. There were the couple?s counseling sessions. ?They did nothing for me because I couldn?t talk about myself and my own issues from childhood. It was all just a tool to get into my head.?

    And then there were the servants who never made eye contact. ?It was like, every time I came around, somehow everyone was about their business. It wasn?t until I left, that I found out that they were told not to look me in the eye.?

    In addition to the occasional nightmare, it?s obvious that Mariah still carries bits and pieces of the marriage with her. Tommy Mottola was her first sexual partner. But their union was not fulfilling in that way. ?My relationship with my husband was not a physical relationship. It just wasn?t.?

    Today, seven years after the divorce, Mariah insists she can still count on one hand how many sexual partners she?s had. In some ways, she?s proud of it. ?I?ve never been driven by the need to be with a lot of people. I was always focused on other things.? And in other ways, she sees her lack of lovers as a liability. ?I would like to be more experienced,? she offers. ?I feel like in certain relationships, had I been more experienced, maybe things would have been different.?

    And then, of course, there?s the requisite one-that-got-away. On her way back upstairs from the photo-room, she passes through the kitchen. On the wall hangs a framed photo of Tupac Shakur immersed in a bubble bath. She fans herself dramatically as she points it out.

    ?Everybody always told me that he liked my music and I was always complimented by that.? When asked if they ever met, Mariah lets out a rush of breath. ?Mmm hmmm,? she says. ?But it was real brief. It was at the Grammys. He was driving by in this white Rolls Royce ? this was when I was still with Tommy ? and he just stops and I see him, and he?s like, ?Hey Mariah.??

    She does her best Tupac-in-a-white-Rolls Royce impersonation: one hand on the wheel, one arm hanging out the window. ?I just said hi and then had to go back in. He said, ?Bye Mariah,? and I ran back inside like this...? She runs up the stairs to the alcove, lifting and imaginary ball gown and looking wistfully over her shoulder. ?Ahhhh,? she groans, half-laughing. ?It could have been perfect.?

    fam?i?ly n
    1. a group of people living together and functioning as a single household, usually consisting of parents and their children
    2. a group of people who are closely related by birth, marriage, or adoption


    Remaining a virgin until marriage, and not having many sexual relationships since then, has as much to do with another relationship ? one that Mariah is legally forbidden to talk about ? as it does with her ex-husband. Mariah?s sister, Alison Carey, was pregnant and married by age 15. Mariah was five.

    ?What I saw as a kid...growing up, I saw what promiscuity could do to you. I saw some people use sex as a way to feel wanted and loved. And I saw the lifelong commitment that came with a child.?

    Alison?s son, Sean, Mariah?s nephew, is one of her closest relatives. ?He?s like my brother,? she explains. With an undergraduate degree from Cornell and a law degree from Harvard, Mariah predicts that her nephew will be ?the first Black president.? Her pride is palpable, even as she picks her words very carefully when discussing his troubled upbringing.

    As recently as four years ago, Sean?s mother Alison was peddling a book, Mariah and Me, which was purported to reveal Mariah owned her early career to her sister because she supposedly worked as a prostitute to cover Mariah?s recording expenses. Whether or not the story was actually true was overshadowed by the scandal of having a sibling go to the media with such a sordid tale. (In the room with all the silver-framed pictures, Mariah pointed out Sean graduating from Harvard, and her brother, Morgan, striking a martial arts pose. Her sister?s name was not mentioned, her likeness not pointed out among the hundreds of photos.)

    Mariah?s family, as such, seems to be the people she?s assembled: staff, close friends and employees who roost in her downtown apartment. Her father died two years ago; her mother lives in upstate New York. Her brother is a fitness instructor in Los Angeles. Nana Addie died years ago. She has various cousins and distant relatives sprinkled throughout the city, but she seems to be together with the hired hand than any blood relatives.

    First there?s Ruby, the Jamaican woman who may or may not be a maid. ?I don?t want to say she?s my housekeeper because she?s like a mother to me,? says Mariah. Then there?s Rachel, a soft-spoken African-American who pops in the tiny room from time to time to check on Mariah. ?Rachel is my friend. She?s helping me out because I don?t have a personal assistant right now. But she is my friend. Her daughter is like my godchild.? Her publicist, Marvet Britto, pops in and out of the house like she?s got her own set of keys. Mariah just shrugs her shoulders. ?The people that work with me end up being really close to me.?

    ca?reer n
    1. a job or occupation regarded as a long-term or lifelong activity
    2. somebody's progress in a chosen profession or duing that person's working life
    3. the general path or progress taken by somebody or something


    By definition, Mariah?s been a careerist since junior high. That?s when she went up against Rachel Wifall for the lead role in a school musical. ?I was pretty sure I got it,? says Rachel, sounding a bit bemused. ?And then I found out she got it instead. I didn?t even know she sang.?

    Depending on where you get your numbers, Mariah Carey is either the best-selling female recording artist of all-time ? or some other over-the-top superlative-laden-title that?s damn near close. The sheer output of her product is dizzying ? 11 albums in 12 years. Two albums, Music Box and Daydream, were certified by the RIAA at ten million albums sold. At the most conservative estimate, she?s sold over 150 million records worldwide. But she?s never had the amount of respect that a few Diamond Awards should afford a singer-songwriter-producer. In the beginning, the media had a field day ruminating on Tommy Mottola?s studio creation, overlooking the fact that five of the songs she wrote before she was signed become No. 1 singles.

    ?I still do interviews where people comment on the fact that I?ve written songs on the album. And I say, ?Yeah, like I did on every album.? Or they?ll mention that I?m working with a new hot producer and I?ll say, ?Well, actually, Jermaine Dupri and I wrote ?Always Be My Baby,? one of my biggest hits. And I?ve known him since the Kriss Kross days.??

    She also feels that she hasn?t been given the same room to grow ? and make mistakes ? as her contemporaries.

    ?In the beginning, I wanted to be taken seriously. I didn?t want to be taken as a teen act. But as I evolved...I think a lot of people don?t want the girl who can sing the long notes to be sensual. I know I?ve gone over the top with it sometimes, but because of my voice, and for what?s palatable in Middle America, I?m not supposed to be sexy.?

    Perhaps a serious vocalist should not let their writhing, moaning and all around sex appeal overpower their pipes? Mariah rolls her eyes.

    ?Patti Labelle doesn?t wear clothes up to her neck! Minnie Riperton came out with little shirts, licking ice-cream cones. Even Barbra Streisand!? Mariah jumps off the couch and sticks out her butt, mimicking the revealing pose from the cover of Streisand?s 1979 soundtrack album, The Main Event. ?She had her butt cheeks out just like this...she?s even done nude scenes in movies and it?s fine.?

    Mariah bemoans the fact that she can?t even be the main chick in a rap video. She sings a breathy chorus on Jadakiss? ?U Make Me Wanna? yet only has a brief cameo. ?I should have been the main girl in that video!? she says. ?I could have done it and would have done it,? but she says ?her people? didn?t agree with such a role in a rap video. ?I couldn?t fight it that much because I have to save my battles for my own projects.?

    But it?s not just her evolution from flannel shirts to skintight wet suits that have put critics off. Even while she?s shattered chart and sales records, Mariah Carey has consistently been knocked for being cheesy, schlock-y and over the top with her vocal histrionics and ear-piercing high notes. The first problem comes from attempting to define what it is she does exactly. Critics don?t take kindly to full-on pop music. (Old-fashioned journalists similarly dismissed Whitney Houston for much of her career, even more so, because Whitney didn?t write her own music.) Mariah?s voice, with its range, vibrato and melisma, is on par with Houston?s. But also, like Houston, she?s often used her voice as a weapon more than a vehicle of expression.

    Mariah discusses songwriting as her true passion and her outlet for creativity. Her voice is an instrument; her high notes a hat trick. With very few exceptions, Mariah?s delivery has seldom had the intensity to be classified as soul music. Case in point: Carey could easily have recorded Beyonce?s wrenching delivery on the melodramatic ?Dangerously in Love.? (And it is, in fact, similar in concept to Mariah?s 1990 debut single, ?Vision of Love.?) But Beyonce firmly plants a foot in both R&B and pop and has been allowed to co-exist.

    It?s as if Mariah?s music is bi-racial, too. Both sides accept her. Neither really holds her down. And when she has failed ? as she did spectacularly with the movie Glitter and its accompanying soundtrack ? both sides have exhibited levels of schandenfreude usually reserved for corrupt politicians ? and Martha Stewart.

    ?How many moves by insert star?s name here are not that good?? she asks rhetorically. ?I feel like had that movie been a priority, I would have had the same amount of support Marshall Mathers received from Interscope and Jimmy Iovine. They treated Eminem like someone who was making a lot of money for that company, and I made over a billion dollars for Sony. It should have been handled properly and it wasn?t. I was in over my head. Glitter was a mistake. Period. I would love for people to see Wisegirls with Mira Sorvino. That movie got a standing ovation at Sundance.?

    F. Scott Fitzgerald said there were no second acts in American lives. But in entertainment, there are third and fourth acts. Just ask Flavor Flav.

    Since 1995?s 10x-platinum Daydream, Mariah?s sales have declined somewhat significantly. Her last studio album, 2002?s Charmbracelet, sold one million copies. The Emancipation of Mimi is Mariah?s newest work. It is a return to form ? the high notes Tommy told her to tone down after the second album are back. She?s got the power ballads with backing choirs, the requisite rapper-on-hook track and a few full-on party songs, including the first single, ?It?s Like That,? produced by Jermaine Dupri. What?s most pleasantly surprising is that after fifteen years, her voice is as pristine as the summer that ?Vision of Love? took over the airwaves.

    The Emancipation of Mimi is undeniably a pop album, with all the elements of hip-hop and R&B that she has embraced in the recent past. How it will be received is hard to predict. Her diehard fans need no convincing. But how many of those are left? After fifteen years and hundreds of millions of records sold, Mariah doesn?t need any more money or fame. But her legacy ? as an artist, not a chart-breaker ? has yet to be cemented, one of those things money can?t buy.

    val?i?date vb
    1. to confirm or establish the truthfulness or soundness of something


    Diptyque candles light the tiny room at the top of Mariah?s tower. It?s a cozy place, stuffed with comfy sofas, throw blankets and framed photos of Mariah with friends. Over the few hours of conversation here, she?s talked at a rapid-fire pace, hardly waiting for the end of a question before leaping into a soliloquy. She talks with her hands and keeps intense eye contact. It?s hard to believe that someone whose been talking about themselves to the media for over a decade would still feel like they have something new to say. But she?s as eager to set the record straight as a newcomer.

    She lives in Manhattan now ? in a penthouse. She?s got more than one bathroom all to herself. And she?s famous ? not Michael Jackson famous ? but she is famous.

    ?Growing up, if someone would ask me if I wanted to be famous or rich, I would always say famous. I thought it would validate my existence.? Did it? Mariah opens her mouth to speak, but nothing comes out. She furrows her eyebrows and bites the inside of her lip...takes a swig of water, looks up at the ceiling. Silence. Finally: ?I don?t know.?

    The Emancipation of Mimi arrives in stores April 12th.


    Source: Text: Mariah Daily | Scans: Janel Spiegel

    Reminder: "The Emancipation of Mimi" is out TOMORROW - Worldwide! // 6:42 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Don't forget to pick up your copy of "The Emancipation of Mimi", out tomorrow, April 4th 2005 worldwide. American fans will have to wait another 8 days for the anticipated release day of April 12th, 2005.

    Standard Edition Tracklisting:
    1. It?s Like That
    2. We Belong Together
    3. Shake It Off
    4. Mine Again
    5. Say Somethin? (featuring Snoop Dogg)
    6. Stay The Night
    7. Get Your Number (featuring Jermaine Dupri)
    8. One And Only (featuring Twista)
    9. Circles
    10. Your Girl
    11. I Wish You Knew
    12. To The Floor (featuring Nelly)
    13. Joy Ride
    14. Fly Like A Bird
    ----------------------
    15. Sprung (UK & Japan Bonus Track)
    16. Secret Love (Japan Only Bonus Track)

    The limited edition comes in a digipack, with an alternative cover and a poster inside.


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    More Mariah in UK Downloads // 5:31 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Trevor Nelson, UK's respected Radio and TV personality gives Mariah's new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" a rating of 4 1/2 out of 5 stars in the music review segment of his TV Show, "The Lick" April 3, 2005 on MTV Base. Download the video clip.

    --JK & Joel of BBC Radio 1 did a chart rundown of the top UK singles earlier today and they had the opportunity to phone Mariah to tell her "It's Like That" was #4! Download the audio clip.


    Source: Mariah Daily | DJ

    "It's Like That" Worldwide Chart Positions // 5:05 PM EST Updated by Liron

    UK
    "It's Like That" sells 21,809 copies on its first week of release and debuts at No. 4 on the UK singles chart. This marks Mariah's 21st top 10 hit and 14th top 5 hit in the UK as well as the first solo-credited single to chart in the top 5 since "Heartbreaker" did in 2000.

    Australia
    "It's Like That" makes its Aria Single Chart debut at No. 9! Other official chart positions for "It's Like That" are:

    ARIA National Chart: #9 (Debut)
    ARIA Urban Chart: #3 (Debut)
    ARIA Club Chart: #20 (Last Week #15)

    "It's Like That" is currently the 'Video of the Week' over at the Take40 website. Please take the time to visit this and rate the video by clicking here.

    The Hot30.com countdown premiered Mariah's new song "To The Floor" on the Ipod Shuffle. It was up against 'Audio Slave' and won with 91% of the votes. MariahOZ.com still has no confirmation whether or not "To The Floor" is the next single for Mariah in Australia. "It's Like That" is #3 on the Hot30 countdown. Please continue voting for it by clicking here.

    After its debut at #10 on TRL Australia, "It's Like That" has not been on the countdown again. Please continue voting by clicking here.

    Vote for Mariah on Australia's version of FHM - Sexiest Woman of 2005 here.

    "Its Like That" was number 1 for the HMV mid week charts. Beating the very popular Australian Idol runner up Anthony Callea!

    The "It's Like That" video comes in at number 28 on the Channel [V] top 50 most requested songs. Please take the time to vote via e-mail.

    Germany
    "It's Like That" debuts at #21 on the German top 100 singles chart. This is Mariah's highest chart entry since "Against All Odds" in June 2000. In other German charts, "It's Like That" performs as follows:

    German Top 20 Downloaded songs: #15 (Debut)
    German Black charts: #4 (Last Week #3)
    VivaText Lesercharts: #1 (Last Week #5)
    TRL Weekend-Charts: #5 (Last Week #5)
    Radio JamFM: #1 (Last Week #3)
    98.8 KissFM Radio station: #4 (Last Week #10)
    Radio Energy Euro Hot 30: #20 (Debut)

    Below is the TV Schedule for Mariah in Germany:

    April 2nd: Planet VIVA - 9:30 am
    April 2n: Top of the Pops (RTL) - 5.45 pm
    April 2nd: Echo Awards (RTL) - 9:15 pm
    April 4th: NBC Giga Albumtipp - 4.00 pm
    April 6th: MTV Urban - 11.00 pm
    April 8th: NBC Giga Albumtipp - 4.00 pm
    April 11th: VIVA Featuring (Style Special) - 9:45pm
    April 30th: MTV AAA: Making The Video - 1:30 pm
    May 6th: MTV News Mag: Making The Video - 1:30 pm
    May 8th: ARD Kulturreport - time will follow
    (All times are German times.)

    Please continue voting for "It's Like That" on TRL Germany.

    Please visit Fly Away 2000 for Helen's report about Mariah's visit in Berlin as well as video downloads of Mariah's appearances on the Echo awards and the Viva TV Special. Fans can also visit The MariahForum to discuss Mariah with other fans.

    Holland
    "It's Like That" enters the "Mega Top 50" this week at No. 34. In the "Tip Parade," the song jumped from No. 21 to No. 4 in its third week. In addition, "Break Out" magazine, the most read youth magazine in the Netherlands features an article about Mariah whereas a poster of Mariah is available in the current issue of "Hitkrant" magazine.

    Ireland
    "It's Like That" debuts at #11 on the Irish singles chart.

    Canada
    Z103.5, a popular HITS radio station in Toronto has chosen "The Emancipation of Mimi" as their CD of the month.

    "It's Like That" is this week's 3rd most requested song (up from #4) on Flow 93.5, Canada's largest R&B/Hip-Hop Radio Station.

    USA
    Please continue voting for Mariah on TRL, 106 & Park, VH1 and Direct Effect.

    The lyrics to "It's Like That" are ranked at #2 on Song Lyrics, #7 on Lets Sing It and #19 on Top Lyrics.


    Source: Mariah Daily | marbelous | JRKing | MariahOz | Geoff Taylor | Michaja | G. Sneddon | Ron | Fly Away 2000 | Jay

    News Tidbits // 4:06 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    -- Honey & Kate have written a review about Mariah's visit to Berlin in their site Butterflies Are Free.

    -- The fan site Mariah Hero has been relaunched. Make sure to visit the new and improved site!

    -- The "Banding Together" project offers prizes for fans who refer other people to buy bracelets. Click here to visit the project's website.

    -- Love Mariah is happy to announce its first contest in celebration of The Emancipation of Mimi. This time, the site is calling out all the Mariah fans who think they've got the talent to design their own rendition of The Emancipation of Mimi cover.

    Do you think you can do a better job than the professional Mimi designers? Are you interested in sharing your talent with the online Mariah fan community? If so, Don't hesitate and run on over to Love Mariah to submit your Mariah art.

    On the US release date of Mariah's CD, Love Mariah will announce the top finalists out of all the submissions and allow the site's visitors to vote on their favorite. Please allow the Love Mariah staff time to carefully select the best submissions by having yours turned in by April 10th. The winner will receive the Limited Edition of The Emancipation of Mimi! Good luck!

    -- If you would like to get together with other fans in San Diego, CA for a first listen of "The Emancipation Of Mimi", email LambsIncProject@aol.com and RSVP. The current gathering details are:

    Where: Rancho Bernardo (Easy directions are available on our Lambs Inc Voice msg system.)
    Type of Location: Residential/House
    When: Saturday April 9th , 2005
    Time: 3-5pm

    You may bring a picture, poem, letter or anything you'd like to share with Mariah. A scrapbook which will be sent to Mariah will be at hand for everyone to sign and write about their experience at this gathering! Pictures will be taken so be festive if you'd like!

    --From New York Post: "It's an eternal song that when you're 50 years old, you can listen to it and remember it," says 103.5 KTU radio personality Vic Latino. "You know you have a good prom song when the lyrics hit you in a certain way, and they reflect on your life. A lot of people are graduating at the same time, and as you all come together, this is a story that explains you." "It's a song that tugs at your heartstrings," Latino adds. "You want it to give you that chill up your spine. It represents the end of something, and also the beginning." He predicts this year's sappy song will be "We Belong Together" from Mariah Carey's new album, which hits stores on April 12.

    --From All Access: IDJMG artist Mariah Carey will celebrate the release of her new album "The Emancipation of Mimi" with a live performance in Manhattan's Times Square on Tuesday, April 12th. The event will be televised live on ABC TV?s Good Morning America. Mariah will perform five songs, including her new single "We Belong Together.? Three of the songs will air live between 8-9a ET. Two other songs will be recorded and broadcast later in the week. 44th Street will be closed between 6th Avenue and Broadway for the event.

    --Below are scans from recent issues of Life & Style, Star, New York Daily News and New York Post.




    Source: Mariah Daily | Janel

    Mariah On Trevor Nelson's Radio Show // 3:41 PM EST Updated by Will

    During her British promotional trip, Mariah sat down with radio personality Trevor Nelson to chat about the release of her latest album "The Emancipation of Mimi". Although the interview aired regionally on March 26th, this is the first time it is being offered for download. You can listen to the interview at bbc.co.uk.




    Source: Radio One | varun

    Mariah's Japanese Promo Tour // 10:09 AM EST Updated by Will

    Mariah left Japan early yesterday morning in order to be in Germany for the Echo Awards, but she left behind a publicity blitz that included performances and interviews with the most popular Japanese television programs. You can download those appearances now by using the links below!

    Music Station Interview :: [ Download Here ]



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    Mezamashi-TV Interview :: [ Download Here ]



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    Mariah visits Fuji-TV :: [ Download Here ]



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    ZoomIn-TV News Report :: [ Download Here ]



    Source: Screen Captures: Mariah Daily | Videos: Love Love Jack

    Mariah moves right along // 10:09 AM EST Updated by Will

    Deep below the nightclubs and celebrity apartment buildings of New York's meat-packing district, in the basement of a hotel so trendy it has four bouncers, a group of journalists prepare to listen to Mariah Carey's new album. Most have flown in from Europe for the privilege. We sit around a boardroom table where a thick notepad, a pen, and a $7 bottle of water awaits us.

    There's no small talk. Three music-company flunkies adjust a CD player and amplifier, and finally, after 30 awkward minutes, a young man wearing a long-sleeved white polo top enters the room holding a CD without a label. "Thank you all for coming,'' he declares in a sonorous, important-person's voice. "I'm here to play you The Emancipation Of Mimi.''

    He fits the CD into the rack, presses play, and the room rumbles with the heavy rhymes of Mariah Carey's collaborator, Jermaine Dupri.

    Carey's unmistakeable voice joins in, singing of a party and Bacardi and tamale, and it sounds ... well ... not as bad as an unreconstructed Led Zeppelin fan might expect.

    The Mariah Carey I remembered -- the one whose voice haunted commercial radio and shopping malls throughout the 1990s -- had an eardrum-perforating trill and sang G-rated lyrics about Christmas and heroes and angels. This Mariah -- Mimi, as her friends have always called her -- sounds more restrained, cooler, as if she's spending less time in the mall and more of it hanging in nightclub VIP lounges with album-mates Snoop Dogg and Kelis.

    But there's something a bit strange about the mix -- a weird kind of whine, like an off-key backing track. Hang on ... its white-polo man, sitting by the CD player and singing every lyric under his breath. His deep voice has become an unfortunate squeak as he mimics Carey's impossibly versatile voice: "No tears, no time to cry/Baby I'm making the most of my life.''

    Emancipation is an unashamed party record -- upbeat, danceable, ripe for re-mix. It suits my mood, Carey explains the following night, at the unusual interview time of 1.30am.

    Carey likes to do things late. She's not in the room at first, so there's time to admire the $5000-a-night, split-level penthouse, with its Warhol prints, fireplace and view to the Hudson River.

    Eventually, there's movement upstairs and the roomful of flunkies fall silent. Then down comes Jack, a long-haired terrier. Carey follows her dog a few minutes later. She's in grey tracksuit pants and a sleek top, holding a glass of red wine and gripping the hand of a minder who helps her navigate the steps in high heels. She stretches out on a lounge and holds forth on her Emancipation.

    The positive album "is very much a snapshot of where I am in my life right now'', she says.

    Carey's bad days are behind her, she avows. It has been more than three years since her dramatic meltdown on MTV and the crash and burn of the movie Glitter, and almost eight years since the end of her marriage to Tommy Mottola, then president of Sony Music. "I'm in a very grounded place spiritually,'' she says. "This is kind of like the real side of me, because I've been through so much to get to this point where I feel really free.''

    That sense of freedom seems to have grown with distance from Mottola. Carey's PR has warned us against questions about her ex-husband and the infamous breakdown ("Mariah really wants to keep things positive to keep looking forward,'' I was told) but she seems happy enough to chat about both subjects, and they're certainly not avoided on the album.

    What seems a pretty obvious reference to the marriage comes just a few lines in, on the track It's Like That ("It's my night/No stress, no fights/I'm leaving it all behind'') and in the video for the song she dusts off her Vera Wang wedding dress from 1993.

    "When I started, and for the first five or six years of my career, I would do a day like this, then be whisked away by my husband/head of record company/manager and have to drive three hours up to the country and sit there with a bunch of cows and look at the foliage. Which is lovely if you're a retired couple, but I was 21 years old -- and who wants to do that?'' A weekend in the country sounds all right to me, I say.

    "Yeah, it's great for like one time, but I mean if you're just hearing your record on the radio you want to go out, you want to be out and have fun," Carey says. "I got through that time because it was what it was: it was an abusive relationship, and it wasn't healthy, but it was part of my journey, part of my struggle -- and I learned from it.''

    The struggle is over, this album seems to say, and Mimi wants to party.

    Emancipation, her 10th studio album, won't sell 25 million copies like 1993's Music Box. But with a fortune estimated at $295 million, Carey hardly needs a mega-seller. The edgier music and hip-hop collaborations ensure club and radio airplay, and even a degree of critical success.

    The track Say Something is a collaboration with Snoop Dogg, produced by The Neptunes. Snoop plays against type, Carey says. "He was really nice and respectful.''


    He joined hip hop's A-list on this album: "There's a Neptunes track next to a track by Big Jim Wright -- it's not like, 'What's going on?' It fits,'' Carey says. "You hear a James Poyser record next to someone like Jermaine Dupris, and it's not jarring.''

    I must have worn a blank expression, because Carey pauses mid-stream. "Do you know who these people are? Do you want me to tell you who these people are? I got the skinny on you.''

    Someone has grassed, telling Carey that I'm no fan, and had to ask whether she wrote her songs (she does). So she pulls me up when I say that her vocals sound relatively restrained on Emancipation. "I think you should listen again, because some are restrained but some are full-blown belting. That's what a lot of people say who have been listening to it -- who are actually fans that know my music well.'' I defer to them, I say.

    "No, I'm just saying like my hairdresser. He's someone who has all my albums, who has them in his i-Pod alphabetically, and he said to me: `I love it when you sing in that mid-range and really let go, really belting.'''

    Carey says her favourite track is the last cut, Fly Like a Bird. It's the most introspective song on the album, and it opens with a line from her family's preacher, Pastor Clarence Keaton. "It's basically a gospel song and he says, `Weeping man, dour in the night, but joy comes in the morning.' That's a phrase I really needed to hear at one point in my life, and nobody said it to me.''

    The Emancipation Of Mimi will be released on April 11. An Australian tour seems unlikely at this stage.


    Source: The Telegraph Newspaper | Mariah OZ

    Download "It's Like That" Live at the Echo Awards // 9:27 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the links below to download the video file (in AVI format) of Mariah performing "It's Like That" at the Echo Music Awards which aired live from Berlin, Germany yesterday, April 2nd, 2005.

  • Part One
  • Part Two

    Note: First - put both files in the same folder. Then, clicking on the 1st file will extract the video file.





  • Source: Mariah Daily | Mike | Mariah-Charts

    RuPaul Joins The List of 'Mimi' Fans // 8:04 AM EST Updated by Liron

    The following entries are from RuPaul's weblog:

    Thursday, March 31, 2005

    IT'S LIKE THAT, Y'ALL
    Monday night, in celebration of the release of THE EMANCIPATION OF MIMI, I'm having the first annual MARIAH CAREY CONFERENCE at my apartment. Basically, it'll be me, ARI GOLD, LaHOMA, TIM and JAMES, sitting around listening to MARIAH'S massive catalog and talking about what we think she should be doing with her career ("...and things of that nature"). I can't wait, lambs. I wish MICHELLE VISAGE could join us, but it'll be too late in the evening for her.

    Saturday, April 02, 2005

    MIMI, MYSELF & I
    I heard MARIAH'S new album today and it is fan-fucking-tastic! I love it. She's singing in her full voice again and I couldn't be happier. For the past week, the first single IT'S LIKE THAT has been number one on me charts in me own head, but after today WE BELONG TOGETHER might just replace it. The album is solid. I'll be buying several copies on april 12.


    Source: RuPaul: Weblog | Danny | Johnny



      Saturday, April 2 , 2005

    Mariah at the Echo Music Awards // 4:01 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah is shown below during her red carpet arrival at the Echo Music Awards in Berlin April 2, 2005 and her performance of "It's Like That" later on in the show. Click on each thumbnail to enlarge.


    Additional photos can be found at Getty Images and Wire Image.


    Source: Yahoo!-Reuters-AP

    Arc of a diva // 2:07 PM EST Updated by Will

    For the first time in years, there is a buzz about Mariah Carey. The discarded diva releases her tenth album on Monday and, so far, the signs suggest a credible comeback. Its Like That, the first single to be taken from The Emancipation of Mimi, is a slinky slice of hip-hop-pop that hit the Top 20 in the States. In Britain its forecast to go Top Five in its first week. In the US its hardly been a huge hit for the biggest-selling female singer of the Nineties but it is a marked improvement on Careys recent run of flops her last two singles didnt chart at all and thanks to heavy radio play, has turned the focus from her mental health back on to her music.

    More importantly, despite delays in delivery, The Emancipation of Mimi is shaping up to be Careys best album since her heyday. You could thank the pricey, if predictable, line-up of A-list collaborators producers the Neptunes, Jermaine Dupri and Kanye West and guest rappers Snoop Dogg and Nelly. Or you could just call it good timing with J-Los career in the doldrums, Whitney still on the missing list and Christina out of the limelight, the pop world could do with a decent diva.

    But the real reason Mimi is causing such a stir is that the songs make the most of Careys magnificent voice. Gone is the girly whispering that made Glitter such a stinker. Thankfully, it hasnt been replaced by the vocal acrobatics that were the trademark of her big, early ballads. Instead, Carey uses her five-octave range to playful effect, hitting plenty of high notes, but never holding them.

    Yet while, musically, Carey may be back on track, its hard to say how many fans the 35-year-old has left. Her last album, Charmbracelet in 2002, was the first fruit of a new record deal and supposedly a fresh start after her much publicised nervous breakdown and the double disaster that was the Glitter album and film. Charmbracelet wasnt a bad album, but it didnt revive Careys career.

    Where she has to work harder is on rebuilding a reputation she destroyed four years ago almost overnight with a plate-smashing incident in a New York hotel suite. She was taken to hospital amid rumours of a suicide attempt and spent two weeks in rehab. A revival is likely to be due less to the sound of her new songs than to the latest man in her life, her manager Benny Medina, best known as the brains behind the career of Careys arch-rival, Jennifer Lopez.

    When Carey claims, as she will do endlessly over the coming months, that The Emancipation of Mimi reflects the real me, dont believe a word of it. She may do much of the writing and be credited as co-producer, but Mimi has all the hallmarks of a Medina masterplan. For a start, theres the striking title. Previous Carey albums have had short, fluffy titles such as Daydream, Butterfly and Rainbow.

    Carey, who recently described herself as a 12-year-old who hasnt stopped believing in Santa Claus, has probably never used a word as long as emancipation in her life. As for Mimi, its a nickname she says she has decided to share with fans, yet it smacks of the snappy J-Lo, which helped to turn Lopez into a brand.

    You can bet it was Medina who told Carey to dust down her greatest asset, pack away her hooker gear and get back with the hip-hop boys. After seeing J-Los career collapse since firing Medina two years ago Lopez is now begging him to take her back Carey was clever to heed his advice. Yet to suggest her feet are back on firm ground may be wishful thinking.

    Like her idol Whitney Houston and many of the great pop divas of the past, Carey is a complex character who, on the one hand, is strong-willed and hard working, and on the other, cant keep away from the self-destruct button. The youngest of three children born to an Irish mother who had been an opera singer and a half-black, half-Hispanic father who worked as an aeronautical engineer, Carey has described growing up in a white neighbourhood on Long Island, New York, as a living hell. She has claimed their neighbours waged a war against the family, burning crosses into their lawn, poisoning their dog and even blowing up their car.

    Whether or not its all true, there is no doubt that Carey didnt have it easy. After her parents were divorced when she was three, she didnt see her father, her brother left home and her sister, Alison, had a baby at 15, became addicted to drugs, worked as a prostitute and was diagnosed as HIV positive. The family moved 13 times to increasingly shabby apartments and Carey rarely attended school, preferring to stay at home writing songs. Aware that she could sing she had perfect pitch aged four Carey used to pray at night to become famous to get her out of Long Island.

    By 16, she was working as a waitress and singing backing vocals. At 18, taken to a music industry party, she gave a demo tape to a Sony executive, Tommy Mottola, and, a few months later was in a studio recording syrupy pop. In 1990, her debut album became a multimillion seller, but fame didnt give Carey the freedom she had hoped for. Twenty years her senior, Mottola was a controlling mix of father figure, mentor and lover and, by the time they were married in 1993, in front of a VIP crowd that included Robert De Niro, Barbra Streisand and Ozzy Osbourne, he had allegedly banned Carey from leaving the house alone, wearing revealing clothes or talking to anyone who wasnt a business associate.

    When the couple split five years later, Carey, who had sold more than 100 million records, got her first taste of freedom and went overboard. She wore tacky outfits, had breast surgery and began drinking too much. At first her career continued to thrive, thanks partly to her sexy, new image and partly to the hip-hop elements she introduced to her music. But by the end of the Nineties, Carey was spinning out of control, making increasingly outrageous prima donna demands (she famously refused to do stairs, meaning that she couldnt walk on to her own stage set and had to appear through a hole in the floor) and turning up on TV shows the worse for wear (on one, she delivered an odd monologue about ice-cream, on another, she claimed she was invisible and that Marilyn Monroe spoke to her through her piano).

    The more control Carey took of her own career, the more mistakes she made. She signed to Virgin Records for $80 million and was dropped a year later, after the failure of the Glitter project she based on her early life to help her to break into film.

    Carey insists that the plate incident was simply down to exhaustion, but it spelt the end of her credibility. Had she been in a rocknroll band no one would have bothered, but divas are a different breed. When they no longer seem like a role model, their fame soon starts to fade.

    Right now, Carey appears to be back on track with another older man as her mentor. Whether she stays sane as Mimi remains to be seen. Still, it makes for a more interesting artist and, at a time when real divas are in short supply, wed be mad not to welcome her back.

    The single Its Like That and the album The Emancipation of Mimi are released by Island.


    Source: The Times Online

    Mariah to join G4? // 11:45 AM EST Updated by Will

    Mariah Carey is setting her sights on a collaboration with reality TV popera act G4.

    The demanding diva met the X Factor lads when they both appeared on Ant And Decs Saturday Night Takeaway. Mariah got on so well with the novelty barbershop quartet that now she wants to work with them.

    A source told the Daily Star: "She had a huge No.1 with Westlife and sees G4 as perfect follow-ups as they're well known in the UK and can hit the high notes unaided."

    Mariahs new single "Its Like That" is out this week with a new album The Emancipation Of Mimi set for release on 4 April.


    Source: Wannado News | Robiwilson

    News Tidbits & "Mimi" Around The World // 11:40 AM EST Updated by Will

    -- Check out the oh so fabulous new photo of Mariah on the cover of Telegraph Magazine! Mariah landed the cover of the British publication, and inside is a huge four-page interview. Click here to view another new photo featured in the spread.

    -- Rising R&B singer John Legend was interviewed this morning on VH1, where he stated that he may perform a duet with Mariah for the upcoming "Save The Music" concert that airs on April 17th. When Mariah was in England promoting her new single and album, she hinted to radio personality Trevor Nelson that a duet with John was possible.

    -- Who should be MSN Music's May Artist of the Month? Vote for Mariah at music.msn.com! She is up against pop star Rob Thomas, rock band Queens of the Stone Age, soul legend Al Green, and rapper The Game, who is currently winning the poll.

    -- RateTheMusic.com, a music advisory panel that industry sources use to see how listeners respond to songs, is currently surveying its members on a selection of songs from Mariah's forthcoming album "The Emancipation of Mimi". The songs included in this "Mimi Special Music Project" (as it is being called) are "Get Your Number" featuring Jermaine Dupri, "We Belong Together", and "Say Somethin'" featuring Snoop Dogg. If you are a member, please rate Mariah highly!

    -- Check out "Star" Magazine (issue of April 11th, 2005) for a 2 page layout titled "Mariah is Diva-licious" on pages 36 & 37.

    -- A Mariah-themed event titled "The Reign" is scheduled to take place this summer in New York. It will give a formal tribute to Mariah and a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fresh Air Fund. Fans are welcome to the event to celebrate the 15 year achievements Mariah has had and to all the future success she will have. Fans are encouraged to participate in the contest portion of the the event's website and to audition as talent for the show. Auditions for the event are taking place Saturday, April 16th in New York! For more information, visit mimisreign.com.

    "MIMI" AROUND THE WORLD

    United States
    -- "We Belong Together" is the third most added track at Pop and Rhythmic radio stations in America for the week ending 4/1/05. It is also the fourth most increased plays at Rhythmic stations.

    -- "It's Like That" has moved up three spots to #6 on VH1's Top 20 video countdown. Please continue to vote for the video on VH1, as well as MTV and BET. Click here to start requesting now.

    -- "It's Like That" is #8 on Lets Sing It's top searched lyrics. Check it out at letssingit.com!

    Canada
    -- Mariah is back into MuchMoreMusic's Top 10 countdown! Thank you everyone for the help and support on voting for "It's Like That" in one of Canada's biggest music stations countdowns. It's a nightly Top 10 video show, and after "It's Like That" reached #3, it fell off completely. But now, due to the power of voting, we got her back. This is especially important because it doesn't look like she will be doing any promotion in Canada before the album comes out. The video is all we have! Please continue voting here and here.

    India
    -- Mariah has been chosen as the artist of the month for April 2005 on Channel V, the best music channel in India, and that means the "It's Like That" and other Mariah videos will be played all month. They will also show an exclusive interview on April 14th and repeat it on the 24th.

    France
    -- Mariah's interview with Skyrock radio was aired yesterday evening in France. Download it here.

    Turkey
    -- Despite the closing of Universal Music in Turkey, "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be released in Turkey in the month of April by the Turkish record company DMC.

    Italy
    -- Here are scans of an article about Mariah that is featured on the Italian "Vanity Fair" (April 2005 issue) courtesy of Mariah Carey Live:



    Source: MCEyedol | Samuel Williams | Jasmine Hawkins | Varun | Stanley Brizz | Ramon | MarC | Can Cihan | Tobby Hilton | Heather | MonarC Videos | Raymond | Marco

    Mariah on CD:UK // 11:22 AM EST Updated by Lynn


    Click on the links below to download the video files (in AVI or MPEG format) of Mariah performing "It's Like That" at CD:UK. The show was recorded on March 26th and aired earlier today, April 2, 2005. Many thanks to DJ for making the files for us.

  • AVI (Winzip is required to open the file and XviD codec to play the video) or

  • MPEG: Part One | Part Two


  • Source: Mariah Daily | DJ

    The Emancipation of Mariah // 9:45 AM EST Updated by Will


    Back in 1999, I first approached B96/Chicago Program and Music Director Erik Bradley about interviewing Mariah Carey for our special Q Beat issue. It wasn?t just the fact that I had known Erik personally for over 15 years, and knew he had been a close friend of Mariah?s from day one. It was simply another way for FMQB to continue its commitment of interactivity with radio. Sure, I could have requested the interview and been part of a press line asking those never-ending questions that every artist just can?t wait to answer. But I thought it would be a whole lot cooler if Mariah could sit and chat with one of her longtime friends and one of radio?s most respected programmers.

    The fact is that both Erik and myself have been longtime fans of the Number One female singer in the world. Her signature vocal changed the musical landscape while inspiring many other artists along the way. There?s no doubt that Mariah?s had her share of ups and downs, but still she continues to record music even when the odds may not have been in her favor.

    Mariah Carey?s career is truly the stuff of legend. Beginning her recording career at the age of 20, Mariah has since become the best-selling female performer of all time, with an incredible 15 Number One singles and multiple Grammy awards. Along the way she became the only artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s, and with ?Heartbreaker?, she pushed ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop Billboard?s Hot 100 singles chart.

    Mariah?s new CD, ?The Emancipation of Mimi?, features Mariah writing and co-producing alongside some of the top names in the business, including the Neptunes, Kanye West, and R. Kelly among others. The album, which is lyrically very personal, showcases Mariah?s stunning voice, songwriting and incredible versatility.

    While her list of accomplishments is remarkable, Mariah continues to work on the road promoting her music the way many new artists now do. And isn?t it funny that some 15 years after her critically acclaimed debut was released, the same people who said that Mariah?s time at the turn of the century might have been over are the same ones who are now buzzing about her forthcoming CD? For the first time in a long time, Mariah is back in a happy place feeling very blessed. It?s Mariah on Music, Movies and Mimi! Take it away, Erik!

    Your song ?It?s Like That? from your new CD was an immediate favorite of radio programmers in multiple formats. What was your reaction to learning that it was off to the races as soon as it surfaced?
    Obviously, I was very excited and thankful for the fact that I didn?t have to be the one to make the decision about which single was gonna come out first (laughs). It was definitely a blessing!

    You?ve writing some of the biggest hits of all time as well as some of your most personal feelings ever on record. Which type of song is most difficult to write and which of both are your all-time favorites?
    Wow! Hrmmmm (sigh), actually, the personal songs like ?Petals? usually come to me quicker because I?m just being so truthful and talking about my innermost feelings, letting stuff out that otherwise would stay bottled up inside, so I feel that?s the reason the real fans relate to those songs. Then you have a song like ?It?s Like That? or ?Fantasy?, that the melody and the beat makes you feel a certain way, whether it?s a free type of feeling or that feeling of letting go and having a good time, like a party record so to speak. I love those records and right now, obviously I?m loving ?It?s Like That? and the positive reaction to it. But when I look at all of my up-tempo songs that have been singles, the two that would be my favorites are ?Fantasy?, the remix with ODB, and the ?Heartbreaker? remix.

    What makes The Emancipation of Mimi stand out from Charmbracelet or other previous releases? And what is the story behind the title?
    The story really isn?t as deep as everyone made it out to be. They were like, ?Oooh, is she changing her name?? or ?We all must call her Mimi now!? and I?m like, ?No, it?s not that big of a deal, it?s just a nickname!? Part of the reason I decided to title the album The Emancipation of Mimi is because Mimi (spelling Mimi, not Me-Me, which is what some were thinking) is just a nickname that the people who know me the best and really care about me, and love me, use for me. So this record was really to showcase the spirit of who I am at heart as opposed to the quote unquote ?Mariah Carey? image and what that would be looked at as. The difference between this album and Charmbracelet is, there were some really good songs on Charmbracelet, but as an album I don?t think it comes anywhere close to The Emancipation of Mimi because I completed it much quicker than I did the new record. Sometimes that can be good and sometimes not so good. The selection of singles were just not necessarily dead on because everyone felt so compelled to go with ?Through The Rain? since it was a story with an ?I Will Survive? type of message, which really helped a lot of people. For me, I?m all about putting out the fun party record first and let it be fine, and then let people go off of that. There was just so much drama that had to be addressed that it became annoying, so calling this album The Emancipation of Mimi was me not worrying about what other people think I need to write or sing about, or what type of records I need to put out so they can categorize me, and put me in their little box of where they think I belong. It?s all about having a good time and making music I enjoy!

    Did the initial buzz from of all people, the print media, come as a shock to you?
    I really wasn?t thinking about it, but when I saw it happening I though, ?Wow, this is a nice change of pace.? And of course when you put a lot of work into something and you feel that validation, it?s great! I feel really proud of this record and I?m so excited about the way it?s being received.

    Which producers do you mesh the best with? Your greatest work has been dome with some fairly diverse personalities. Who do you feel brings the best out of you?
    There are different types of producers and collaborators because I?m not your standard ?here?s the song, go in the studio and sing it? type of artist. I usually kick the producer/co-producer out of the room and/or leave the country and sing the vocals by myself. It?s a rare occasion that I?ll be in the room actually working with someone at the same time after we?ve already written the initial idea for the song. Overall, I?ve worked with so many great people and have been fortunate to work with so many legends, and many who became legends. Sometimes going back to basics, like working with Jermaine Dupri again, even though we?ve worked together over the years, this time around it seemed like a very fresh moment because he?s on such a great page creatively and that?s where I feel I am as well. So, us getting together and going our thing was a definite magical moment!

    When you were coming up (prior to signing with Columbia Records), would you have considered American Idol if it were an option?
    Would I have gone on American Idol? I don?t know, those types of things always freaked me out. I started out as a back-up singer, a studio session singer, someone behind the scenes, and a songwriter even as a young kid, so I don?t know if that would?ve been my bag. If somebody would?ve been that critical, I don?t know how I would have handled it. I?m just glad I didn?t have to do it! Even though it was probably harder to be broke, running around New York City as 17-year-old, it couldn?t be worse than having your first experience in the limelight on a ?make it or break it? type of show.

    Give us some good Randy Jackson dirt!
    Randy Jackson is the best. I love Randy and have nothing negative to say about him at all! He?s exactly like he seems on TV. He?s just a funny, regular guy who also happens to be a great musician. I don?t know if people realize what an incredible musician he actually is. They really lucked out when they found somebody like him to be on the show.

    On one of the new songs, ?Shake It Off?, you reference the ?Calgon, take me away? commercial. Did Calgon cut you a check?
    That?s funny! They need to be aware of that! When JD and I were writing that, Jermaine came up with that concept. Originally, it was ?I gotta get away.? I thought we could come up with something better than ?get away?, so we put our heads together to get ?Shake It Off.? When he said, ?it?s like the Calgon commercial,? I was like ?what did they say in the Calgon commercial?? I did not remember it. We were all debating back and forth, so we asked Bow Wow because he was in the studio and he knew about it, contrary to my belief that anyone young would know what that meant! Even though Bow Wow knew it from a Snoop rap and he thought Snoop was saying, ?Calvin got a gun!? So, it was pretty funny, but it?s cool because it?s like the Calgon commercial, ?I really get outta here, go somewhere? ? and the song turned out amazing! And yes, we do need a nice check from them so we can promote the Calgon bubbles in the next video!

    Which Mean Girls character is your favorite? If it were filmed in your high school, which role would you have portrayed?
    (Laughs!) I?m like the combination of all of them, but my absolute favorite Is Regina George. The way Rachel McAdams played that role was so genius, every little detail, every reaction, I just love that movie so much. I could watch it over and over (and I do!) There are elements of each character that I relate to, unfortunately and fortunately!

    What is the biggest press-generated misconception about you that you would like to dispel?
    Oh my goodness! There are so many press-generated misconceptions about me. The main thing that I would like people to know (I don?t know if they care or not ? laughs), and it?s the truth, I?m just like everybody else. I?m a human being, I have a good heart, I?m a loyal person and have a sense of humor. Many people will see stuff on TV and be like, ?Why did she run on that treadmill on Cribs and why did she do this and that?? My reaction is, ?Don?t you have a sense of humor?? It?s jokes! If I were to take Cribs that seriously (no offense to the show), but I mean, it?s Cribs! I?m not gonna be on there saying, ?Look at my fabulous place, aren?t I the best?? I had to make a joke out of it because it?s that way. What I have now is incredible compared to what I was born with, so in a way it was me making it a lighthearted moment. A lot of people didn?t see me on MTV interviewing myself (Bianca vs. Mariah ? from the ?Heartbreaker? video) or having a food fight on MTV or the other silly, crazy stuff I did on MTV before. It?s about having a good time ? we?re not on 20/20 people! Cribs was just a funny moment and a way to run around the house and change outfits. It?s not that deep!

    More people should remember that more often. Those of us who know you know that the words you used to describe yourself (good hearted, loyal, fun) are all very true characteristics of yours. Many of today?s newcomers name you as one of their major inspirations. Who were the artists that turned you out while you were growing up?
    We all looked up to Michael Jackson musically and artistically ? revolutionizing MTV and making the video into an ?event?, opening doors for other R&B artists. There are just so many people who were on radio and MTV then, like Prince?he?s so incredibly talented as a musician and a writer, I love his music. Some incredible vocalists inspired me. Chaka Kahn, Aretha Franklin and Minnie Ripperton. We all love Whitney Houston and with that voice she was a big influence. There are many great Gospel singers that I love too. Stevie Wonder is definitely an all-time favorite. There?s way too many more to mention!

    What is your dream collaboration?
    I?ve done so many collaborations that it?s kind of hard to say. From here, who would be my dream collabo? I don?t wanna tell anyone else the idea because sometimes people bite those ideas ? we don?t like that!

    Who are you favorite artists these days? Anyone just knockin? you out?
    My favorite new artist (even though she?s not really ?brand? new) is Karen Clarke?s daughter, Kiki. Karen Clarke is an amazing Gospel artist ? Kiki is her daughter and I?ve been following her since I first heard her sing when she was 12. I?m really excited for her now that she has her own album out (and I love it!)

    What song comes on the radio that you just can?t turn off no matter what?
    (Thinking out loud?) Hrmmmm, is there one? I?m such a radio fanatic that I guess I get fickle once a song gets played and I?m on to the next. There were a lot of really hot records out in ?04?all of the Kanye tracks, Usher, Snoop, Jay-Z ? any of their hits, chances are I loved it!

    The second single from your new album is called ?We Belong Together?. What is the story about inspiration behind that song? How did that come about?
    I was working with Jermaine Dupri in Atlanta, we already wrote ?Shake It Off? and ?Get Your Number?. L.A. Reid [Island Def Jam Records CEO] asked us to get back in the studio again because he was loving what we were doing?with the goal of trying to top what we had already done, which we didn?t think would ever happen. Once we started working again, going back and forth, coming up with concepts and melody lines ? it was mostly fine turning lyrically where we felt it should be and emotionally where we were coming from. Basically, it?s about someone you used to be with and you?re not with them anymore for whatever reason, but you know in your heart that is the right person for you.

    Is there a song from one of your previous albums that you most embrace?
    There are the songs that were the hits that I love and there were some songs that were never released that many people may not necessarily know like ?Underneath The Stars?, ?Crybaby? (with Snoop), ?The Roof? from the Butterfly album, ?Babydoll? was another favorite, ?Vanishing? from my first album is one that I still love. It?s hard to narrow it down because they all represent something different for me ? the more personal ones represent a certain era in my life and the fun songs represent, well, you know?fun!

    What songs did you want to include in previous tours that you weren?t able to work in and perhaps we?ll hear it on the forthcoming tour?
    I?m not sure what I?m gonna do about the tour because I feel compelled to do the this and sometimes I can?t always do all of the songs that I would love to do. With this album, I believe there are many songs that once the fans hear them, they?re gonna want to hear them live, so I may have to see if I can figure out a new way to do this touring thing this time around then do the ?Hits? tour like everyone else does! Everyone else with a brain does it like that ? I just don?t want people to be disappointed. I want to do what the fans want to hear. We as artists owe that to them ? but we do owe it to ourselves to be true to what we?re into at the moment and what we?re feeling and try to get that across to the fans. I just have to see how I can make it right and make it work.

    You are definitely one of the most radio friendly artists in the game. How important are your relationships and the input from your industry friends when it comes to making your music?
    The input from people whose opinions I respect is very important to me. Many of those people happen to be in the business. You can get a point of view from another artist, someone who is in radio, a journalist, everyone can give you a different perspective. Not that you want to have 50 million opinions, but it does help ? it?s been invaluable to me!

    Do you have any regrets?
    Oh yes, I have millions of regrets, but you can?t live in the regrets, you have to live in the solution. You have to live in the new ? not be a new-agey whatever ? but seriously, you have to live in the moment, darrrr-ling! And what?s what I?m doing. That, for me, is the best thing I can do for myself ? enjoy the moments as they are happening because I didn?t get to do that a lot in the beginning of my career.

    While many people and/or critics might point to Glitter as a sign that films might not be your bag, others point (and deservedly so) to Wisegirls, a movie in which your performance was critically acclaimed. How many fun was it to do that role?
    Wisegirls was so much fun. I wish it had come out before Glitter because no many people got a chance to see it, due to it being an independent film. Working with an Academy Award winner (Mira Sorvino) was incredible. I got to play a very well-written character Rachel (or ?freakin? Rachel?, as I like to call her) and having a chance to do something different and stretch artistically. With Glitter, it was the big machine and they wanted to do this homogenized effort, it was released on 9/11 and that whole experience was tough. As an actress, Wisegirls was a great experience from start to finish working with director David Anspaugh, Mira, Melora Walters, and the other actors from the movie. I hope people that didn?t see it will check it out. Yes, it was an independent movie, but it was also a wonderful vehicle for me to showcase that side of what I do. I definitely have planning to do more independent and grittier roles!

    Would you rather have a Grammy or an Oscar? Which is more important to you?
    I already have a Grammy and technically I did sing on an Oscar-winning song (?When You Believe? with Whitney Houston.) The awards that come from the people are most important to me because they really represent what the public is feeling. It?s great to have accolades from your peers, but you can?t base anything on that.

    So, a diamond album would be the next best award for you?
    Yes! Honestly though, I don?t wanna sound like, ?yeah, right, that?s the canned/corny answer? but it?s true. When someone comes up to me and says this song saved my life, that is the best award there is.

    Is there anything else you?d like to say to radio people who are reading this?
    Just, if you guys are hiring, I?m available for a shift!

    No, you?re only going to work for one station!
    I?m only going on one station and we know which one that is! For real, thank you much! And for everybody who?s been out there supporting ?It?s Like That? and supporting me for years, I really, really appreciate you and I know how important it is to have you in my corner and I thank you so much!


    Source: FMQB Magazine | Text: Mariah Daily | Scans: LoveMariah

    Free at Last // 8:09 AM EST Updated by Will

    What does it take for a hit album to cross over into pop, dance, R&B and hip-hop? A one-of-a-kind artist, phenomenal vocals, excellent production, talented guest contributors and that sparkly quality the hip-hop kids (and now the Oxford English Dictionary!) call bling-bling. There definitely is bling in the album, admits Mariah Carey, amused. Shes discussing her latest and possibly greatest album, The Emancipation of Mimi (Island Def Jam). Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes, Kanye West, Twista, Snoop Dogg and Nelly all contribute, and Careys unmistakable seven- octave voice is arranged and textured in fresh new ways for the 21st century. And yeah, its just bursting with jewelry-like bling-bling. I like bling, Carey laughs. Its got a certain quality that when you put it on, it lights up the moment.

    Carey, whose closest friends and family call her Mimi, has plenty of work to do today, yet the earthy and forthcoming diva happily made time for a gay interview. (There was a time when all I was allowed to do was go to gay clubs, she recalls, because my quote-unquote husband was so afraid of me being around straight people.) The albums catchy, Jermaine Dupri-produced first single, Its Like That is already burning up the charts and dance floors. David Morales has worked his club magic on the track and an upcoming nine-minute remix of Say Somethin. Other upbeat album standouts include Shake It Off, the playfully 80s-ish pickup ditty Get Your Number and smooth super-blingy To the Floor.

    This is very much like a party record, Carey says. Since the time I was in junior high, the process of putting on makeup and getting ready to go out those are the moments you want to put on a record and get excited [about] whatever it is youre gonna do. I wanted to make a record that was reflective of that.

    Yet Emancipation is balanced out by a handful of ballads and downtempo numbers. The songs flow together really well, Carey insists. Like youre going out, youre coming down from going out, and then another song picks you back up.

    As on all of her previous albums, Carey co-wrote every song on Emancipation. So where did all those breakup songs come from? Past experiences, darling, she laughs. You try to take those moments and channel them into something, because if not you just become bitter!

    Shake It Off takes a playful approach to bitterness - and, more specifically, a cheatin bad apple - with lyrics like I gotta shake you off/ just like a Calgon commercial. Thats probably one of my favorite songs on the album, she admits. Shake It Off can apply to anything. Whatever personal dramas we go through, put that song on and you lose the anxiety or intensity of the moment. Ill listen to that song when Ive just come out of an annoying meeting. I gotta shake this off.

    Emancipation isnt a concept album per se, but it definitely sees Carey shaking off what audiences have come to expect. Everyone expects [an album title] like Rainbow or Butterfly, she explains. So I thought The Emancipation of Mimi was cool - that Mimi side of me coming out as opposed to the Mariah Carey celebrity or stigma or whatever preconceived notions people have of me as that person. This time I really experimented and played with how [my vocals] sounded as a whole. That said, longtime fans will find plenty of her vocal/ lyrical signatures and drama on tracks like Mine Again, Joy Ride and I Wish You Knew.

    A Long Island native, Careys life in music started the moment she was born: Her mother named her after the song They Call the Wind Mariah. Mom also helped instill a sense of open-mindedness and acceptance in Carey. Ive always tried not to judge people, she explains. My mom being an opera diva, artsy, love-everybody kind of rebellious girl from the Midwest who married a black man and who had predominantly gay friends. Nothing ever seemed like it was wrong or strange to me. It was a loving type of vibe I got. I basically was raised by two gay men, Ernie and Mort, who were best friends. When we didnt have a place to stay we stayed with them. So I feel like God recognizes us all as human beings and loves us as we are.

    Carey began singing by age four, wrote songs by middle school and moved to New York City after high school to pursue a musical career. She admits that love - and sex - took a backseat during much of her youth. Im kind of a prude, especially with straight guys because they can be dogs, she admits. My sister had a baby when she was 15 - Im thankful she did because her son is an amazing person, but I looked at what was going on with that and I made a conscious effort to focus on my career. And people would make fun of me because I was this virginal girl who walked around in tight dresses. They were like, What is this dichotomy going on here? So [in terms of sexual experimentation] I havent really been the most exploratory gal in the land. I know thats boring for the readers!

    Her self-titled 1990 debut launched Carey into the pop (and drag queen lip-synch repertory) stratosphere where she remained until 2001s critically mauled film Glitter and a series of personal/public breakdowns (not to mention the death of her father and breakup with boyfriend Luis Miguel).

    Carey looks back at that quintessentially Behind the Music-worthy period as something that had to happen in my life. That time period was so blown out of proportion. That movie and that soundtrack - which had some really good songs that hopefully one day Ill get to redo - the fact it came out on September 11, people need to remember. How can we expect anything from that? I was a scapegoat in a lot of ways for talk show hosts who wanted to get away from the real stuff going on in the world. We all have to go through our tests to see how strong we are and come out on the other side.

    Shes definitely on that other side now, and Carey says she owes this fact to God and spirituality. The final song on Emancipation , Fly Like a Bird, boasts dashes of gospel and soul in addition to plenty of thanks to a higher power. Her pastor even makes an appearance on the track. To me the most important thing is the message he says in the beginning of the song, she notes. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. I felt like a lot of people may not hear that message and a lot of people need to. It wasnt to be preachy. A lot of times people will hear songs that I write that are not the typical Mariah Carey songs. Outside is about being biracial. A lot of people relate to it because they felt like outsiders their lives.

    Happily, Mariah does have quite an exciting series of projects ahead. Shes considering another foray into film acting (her performance in the underrated Wisegirls garnered attention from many movie producers), a possible remix EP, producing a track for 12-year-old vocalist Paul Robbins (they recently appeared on Oprah), and theres possibly a Broadway Christmas show happening, based around my Christmas songs. Bling it on, Mariah!

    The Emancipation of Mimi (Island Def Jam) drops Tue, Apr 12.


    Source: HX Magazine | MarQNY

    Single Review: It's Like That // 8:05 AM EST Updated by Will

    With the sad news this week of Whitney Houstons return to rehab, thank the Lord one of our favourite crazed divas can keep out of trouble long enough to finish an album.

    Thats right, the grand lady of demands, Miss Mariah Carey, is back to kick the likes of J-Lo from her throne. With a hot new look, and her past demons long behind her, Mariahs back, and this time she means business.

    Returning to long-term collaborators Jermaine Dupri (for the club-hoping R&B radio edit) and David Morales (for the classic house experience), Mariahs come home, and following extensive TV and radio coverage, this tracks shaping up to be her biggest UK hit in an age.


    Source: Boyz Online | Yusef21Alduaij

    Tiny tops can't boost Mariah's sagging sales // 8:01 AM EST Updated by Will

    Poor Mariah Carey seems to be shedding fans as regularly as she spills out of her tight little tops. The struggling diva, who once sold records by the bucketload, will be devastated that her new single It's Like That reached only No 4 in the midweek charts, selling a paltry 11,500 copies.

    She splashed out 200,000 on what was supposed to be the relaunch of the year, but already her comeback is looking like a massive flop. Clearly her sexed-up, boob-flaunting image is doing nothing to turn on music-buyers.

    The 35-year-old singer - now with Def Jam - has tried to model herself on younger, more popular acts such as Beyonce, by working with hip producers Kanye West and The Neptunes. But according to our record industry source she's ignoring wise advice from her entourage.

    We're told: "Mariah seems intent on wearing these really skimpy tops and tiny skirts but, let's face it, she's no spring chicken. She's convinced that's a good image for her, but it's not working. Her stylist has been begging her to cover up and go for a more sophisticated look, but even this week during promotional duties the tiny tops were out again."

    The latest sales figures are a huge disappointment. "It's disastrous news," says our source. "This was supposed to be the year Mariah was back at the top of the charts again. Less than 15,000 sales at this point is seen as a huge failure, and eyebrows have definitely been raised at her record company.

    "She's tried everything to get publicity. She had a big birthday party with a ridiculous cake where she celebrated with 400 of her 'closest' pals, including Lee Ryan and Alesha Dixon, in a bid to drum up publicity.

    "She's been giving interviews to anyone who'll listen, appearing on shows like Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway and cd:uk, but none of it's made much of a difference."

    At the Capital Radio Awards flunkies, desperate to see a snap of Mariah in the papers, begged photographers to wait for the singer, who was running more than an hour and a half late.

    Many in the industry now see her new album Emancipation Of Mimi as the last roll of the dice for Carey, who in her heyday scooped Grammy awards and sold millions of albums.

    "Her career nose-dived after her dire movie Glitter and its terrible soundtrack," says our insider. "She was released from her contract by EMI, and her follow-up album Charmbracelet failed to set the world alight either."

    Carey shot to fame in the early 90s after marrying Sony boss Tommy Mottola, whom she met at an industry party. But they drifted apart, with the singer saying their relationship was more like "brother and sister".

    Mottola disagreed with her raunchy "street" image and tried to stop her working with rappers such as Puff Daddy. Should have listened to your ex-hubby, luv.

    Editor's Note: If you disagree with what is written in the article above, please direct your comments to The Mirror's 3am Girls (Jessica, Eva or Caroline) by e-mailing 3am@mirror.co.uk or phoning 020 7293 3950 if you live in the United Kingdom.


    Source: The Mirror



      Friday, April 1 , 2005

    Mariah steams up the cover of Touch Magazine // 8:38 PM EST Updated by Will

    Mariah appears on the cover of the April 2005 edition (Volume 3, Issue 24) of the British magazine Touch.

    When asked why she thinks her new record "The Emancipation of Mimi" will fair better than her last album effort, Mariah tells the publication, "With 'Charmbracelet' it was a healing experience. I was expressing things that had gone on and my father had just passed away. Now I'm like, 'Okay, we've done that.' This record is about having some fun."

    Pick up your copy to view exclusive candid photos of Mariah and to read about more about her new album, her best and worst dating moments, upcoming projects and how much luggage a girl needs to jet around the globe!


    Source: The Official Mariah Carey Website | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Getting Serious on "The Emancipation of Mimi" // 8:06 PM EST Updated by Will

    This is the first album in three years from the superstar who seemed to have the world at her feet-then lost it. Once she was the sweet young girl from Long Island with the amazing five-octave voice. The she turned into the diva of all divas whose demands include employees who had to provide kittens for her to stroke.

    "The Emancipation of Mimi" - Mimi being her childhood nickname - is Mariah Carey doing things her way. She's written most of the tracks, dropped the over-demonstrative vocal scales (well a bit), gone all urban and hip-hop and teamed up with the best-well she is at Def Jam Records now. It's the Neptunes and Snoop Dogg on the slinky sounding Say Something, Jermaine Durpi provides vocals on Get Your Number and It's Like That features Fatman Scoop. On the highlight of the album, Stay The night, she hooks up with Kanye West. Nelly joins in on To The Floor, and Twista on One and Only.

    The change of tempo, image and style prove Mariah is still out there fighting, and has even looked towards current Queen Bee Beyonce as inspiration. The Emancipation Of Mimi is a record Mariah has taken seriously and you should too.


    Source: The Sun | Mariah Connection

    Oh, her again // 8:03 PM EST Updated by Will

    Is this 2005 or 1995? With a slew of acts from the mid-1990s returning to the spotlight, including Mariah Carey, gay listeners still have plenty to look forward to.

    April sees an attempted comeback from Carey. The defamed diva was humbled by the disappointing sales of Charmbracelet. But the new album, The Emancipation of Mimi, is billed as a return to her signature big vocals.

    Remixes of the single Its Like That are already showing up on some gay DJs top 10 lists, so Carey may well lure back the dance-floor fans who fled after the train wreck of Glitter. The album hits April 12.


    Source: Southern Voice

    Mimi Shuts Down Times Square On April 12! // 4:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Calling all Mariah fans: Mark your calendars and be sure to take part in this once-in-a-lifetime event!

    With Times Square as the stage's backdrop, Mariah will perform five songs on ABC Television's Good Morning America between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. (EST) on April 12. GMA will close down 44th Street to all vehicular traffic between 6th Avenue and Broadway, and only Mariah's hordes of fans will be able to access the performance area.

    Watch the new GMA commercial promoting Mariah's appearance!

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  • Source: The Official Mariah Carey Website

    Download "We Belong Together" Live in Japan // 2:35 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the link below to download the video file (in WMV format) of Mariah performing "We Belong Together" at Japan's popular TV show "Music Station" which aired earlier today, April 1st, 2005.

    "We Belong Together" Live Performance - Download Here




    Source: Mariah Daily | rytunyn

    'Mimi' Gets Another Four Stars Review // 2:04 PM EST Updated by Liron

    The "Evening Standard," one of London's biggest newspapers has put 'The Emancipation of MiMi' in its CD's of the week section today. It receives four stars. The review reads as follows;

    Mariah Carey - "The Emancipation of Mimi" - * * * *

    She was one of the Nineties' biggest stars, scoring a number one every year for a decade. Later, she was better known for her psychological problems and the fact Virgin Records paid tens of millions of dollars just to get rid of her. But now Mariah Carey is back on top form.

    Veering successfully between big, Whitney-esque ballads and more 'urban' material, she has drafted in studio heavyweights L.A. Reid and The Neptunes (whose work on 'Say Somethin'', her collaboration with Snoop Dogg, has a dreamy, Prince-like quality), but benefits most from Jermaine Dupri's sensitive production. Dupri gives tracks like 'Shake It Off' a cheeky bassline and punchy street edge that get heads nodding, while allowing Carey's voice to shine.

    'Mine Again' represents a return to classic, epic-ballad territory and shows off her powerful vocal skills. And there's plenty more where that came from.

    With her dark days behind her; this classy comeback is set to remind the world just what Mariah Carey is all about.


    Source: The Evening Standard (London) | Paul Joseph

    Download Radio Interviews with Mariah // 11:53 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the link below to download Mariah's interview with Steve Wright on BBC Radio 2 in the UK. The interview was recorded during Mariah's recent promotion tour in England. The interview was aired on March 30th.

    BBC Radio 2 Interview - Download Here

    Note: Real Player is required to play the file.

    In addition, you are now able to download Mariah's interview on Chicago's radio station B96 that aired on February 16th, 2005. Despite being a month old, this interview has not been previously available to download anywhere.

    B96 Interview - Download Here

    Note: Winzip is required to open the file.

    Thanks to Alex and Kathy who recorded the interview and sent it to us. Below are two pictures of Mariah during her visit of the station in Chicago. Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.



    Source: Mariah Daily | HoneyButterfly | Aladerri

    'Mimi' Listening Parties // 11:05 AM EST Updated by Liron

    -- KTU 103.5 fm in NYC is giving away passes to a listening party of "The Emancipation of Mimi" in New York on Wednesday - April 6th, 2005. In order to win, you have to listen to the station and be the 103rd listener to call once the DJ announces the competition.

    -- Roxy club in NYC will be celebrating the release of Mariah's new album on a party tomorrow night, Saturday, April 2nd, 2005.

    -- The Papiz night club in Toronto, Canada (459 Church Street) will also be holding a party in honor of Mariah's new album release. The event will also be held tomorrow night, Saturday, April 2nd, 2005. Entrance is $5 before midnight and $10 afterwards.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Heather | Sammy | brown supasta

    "It's Like That" Worldwide Chart Positions // 10:20 AM EST Updated by Liron

    UK
    According to The Mirror, "It's Like That" has reached No. 4 in the midweek charts, selling 11,500 copies.

    Should "It's Like That" debut in the top 10, it will become Mariah's 21st UK top ten hit!

    Australia
    "It's Like That" is No. 1 on the mid week charts of HMV Australia - the most popular music store down under.

    Germany
    "It's Like That" is predicted to chart at #21 on the German singles chart. It is #6 on the top 100 airplay chart in Germany (up from #9.)

    Latvia
    "It's Like That" is No. 1 on the weekly Capital FM chart.

    Norway
    "It's Like That" is No. 1 on Universal Norway's top 10 songs. Click here to vote for the song (click on the song's title).

    Portugal
    "It's Like That" is No. 1 on iTunes for several days in a row!
    Continue voting for the song on CidadeFM (Top 8 @ 8) and MTV Portugal by sending an SMS with the message "MTV_HLP 2" to 3883.

    South Africa
    "It's Like That" radio chart news:
    Metro FM: Moves 6 places up to No. 14 on Metro Fm's International Top 40 countdown.
    East Coast Radio: climbs 4 places to No. 30 in its third week on the Chart.
    Good Hope FM: remains at No. 4 on the Hot 30 countdown.
    5Fm: climbs one place on the High 5 @ 5 and sits at a new peak of No. 11.
    MTV Base Africa: continue voting on the request show here.

    Sweden
    Vote for the "It's Like That" video on ZTV. You can vote many times.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Daniel | Michael John Moran | RC | Nils | Zane | Mirage | Helen | Roger | Cathrine

    "It's Like That" is Scotland's Single of the Week // 9:34 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Single Of The Week
    Mariah Carey - It's Like That

    Grade: ****

    DIVA babe Mariah delivers some crunchy R&B with super smooth video for what is effectively her comeback single. Having thrown a party for the media luvvies in London at the weekend, she will no doubt have won herself some goodwill even if she has exceeded her baggage allowance at Heathrow.


    Source: The Daily Record (Scotland) | G. Sneddon

    David Letterman Welcomes Mariah on April 14 // 5:08 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Show: The Late Show With David Letterman
    Episode: 2005/04/14
    Network: (CBS) CBS Television
    Date: Thursday - April 14, 2005

    About: The Late Show With David Letterman: 2005/04/14
    Actor Anthony LaPaglia from the CBS drama series "Without a Trace"; actress/comedian Ana Gasteyer; musical guest Mariah Carey.


    Source: CBS | ForRealItsLikeThat

    News Tidbits // 4:10 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Be sure to always check our Important Dates for Mariah's updated promotion schedule/TV appearances.

    --MAD TV Greece reports that Mariah will perform live new songs from "The Emancipation of Mimi" at the Arion Awards this coming Tuesday, April 5th. Nikos Aliagas who used to host Fame Academy in France will be the emcee for the awards show. MAD also reports Mariah will probably sing a duet with Sakis Rouvas, Greece's number one superstar who represented the country with "Shake It" in last year's Eurovision contest. This hasn't been confirmed by Mariah's record company yet.

    --A special edition of "The Emancipation of Mimi" will be released in Japan on May 25, 2005. It will be a 2-CD set containing a DVD of music clips to "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together," & an exclusive interview; and the Limited Edition CD. Catalog ID: UICL-9024, Price: 3143 Yen/US$29.52. The CD set is available for preorder at CDJapan.

    --Top Hits Online's poll asks, "What do you think will happen with Mariah Carey's latest comeback?" Click here and let them know what you think. Hello Magazine is also conducting polls, one for "Most Attractive" another is, "Most Elegant". Click on the links to vote for Mariah.

    --From San Francisco Examiner: Hip-hop mogul Damon Dash reportedly had several cases of his Armadale Vodka shipped to London for buddy Mariah Carey's 35th birthday bash ? but the booze never arrived, and now Dash is seeing red. Dash's rep told the Daily Mirror that a few cases of the top-shelf vodka had to be flown in from Scotland at the last minute.

    --From Ireland Online: Mariah was overheard complaining to no-one in particular in MTV's New York studios about the "never-ending abuse" she has to take. When quizzed later by a reporter from Billboard magazine who overheard the rant, the 35-year-old singer confessed: "I'm a little dramatic at times. I know, I know, it's tough to believe - but it's true". Last week during a visit to London, she left organisers of Capital Radio Awards fuming after turning up 90 minutes late because she reportedly broke a fingernail. Meanwhile, somewhat ironically, the star also admits she doesn't like singers who "scream". Mariah's new album 'The Emancipation of Mimi' is released on April 4. The first single from it, 'It's Like That', came out this week.

    --From MSN: You think your job is thankless? Try being Mariah Carey's stylist. One minute you're getting raves for dressing her in a classy white suit. The next, she's wrestling you to the ground and hog-tying you with the tasteful Carolina Herrera gown you tried to convince her to wear. It seems the d飯lletage-addicted diva would rather heed the call of the wild than be elegantly styled. In this lacy tiered tragedy, with its ill-advised mix of leopard spots and tiger stripes, Mariah appears to have traded in her long-held dream of being swept off her feet by Prince Charming in favor of being swung from a vine by Tarzan. Also doing the high-maintenance chanteuse few favors is her dated honey-hued 'do. Long hair can be lovely on a thirtysomething woman, but not when it's stolen from the head of Jan "Marcia Marcia Marcia" Brady.


    Source: Mariah Daily | David | Vijay | tashka | mcrespect

    Billboard Updates // 3:30 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date April 9, 2005.

    It's Like That
    Billboard Hot 100: #24 (Last week #19)
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #29 (Last week #23)
    Billboard Hot 100 Single Sales: #15 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard Pop 100: #20 (Last Week #20)
    Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #19 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #28 (Last week #27)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #32 (Last week #29)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Single Sales: #7 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #14 (Last Week #21)

    We Belong Together
    Billboard Hot 100 (Bubbling Under): #107
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #69 (Last Week #79)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #66 (Last Week #75)


    Source: Billboard Magazine

    Birthday Bonanza // 2:18 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Make a note: Mariah Carey doesn't do birthdays. "Mariah calls them 'anniversaries' because to her every day is a form of celebration," explains a friend of Carey's. With that in mind, the singer was treated to a party on March 27 at London's Tantra club to ring in her 36th. After shimmying to some of her hits and slow-dancing with R&B singer Mario, she sipped champagne in the VIP area while a club staffer held an electric fan over her and her group to keep them cool.

    Not until 4 a.m. did Carey return to the Baglioni Hotel to open gifts: There were Vuitton bags, Jimmy Choo shoes and a diamond pendant from someone whom the singer's friend ID'd as "an admirer." Not that Carey was checking price tags, says the friend. "She appreciates everything. She's just not a greedy person."

    About the Cake: Carey's chocolate sponge cake masterpiece with butterscotch and praline filling from Harrods took three chefs one week to create. Price: $9,376. The decadent 2-ft. treat was inspired by the birthday girl's pose on the cover of her new CD, The Emancipation of Mimi.

    About the Ensemble: Carey wore a Roberto Cavalli dress, a $937,000 Chopard diamond bracelet and diamond earrings from a "royal" who refuses to be named, says her rep.


    Source: People | Mariah Daily

    Mariah's Q Magazine Interview // 12:30 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    In its May 2005 issue, Q, a UK music magazine features a 5-page interview with Mariah. Below are the scans, click each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.


    Little Miss Strange
    Stardom pushed Mariah Carey to the edge of sanity, but she's better now. Why? The uberdiva feels more like her dog...

    Suite 129 of the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills is accessed by stairs. Plush, curved and gilt-banistered, but nevertheless there they are: ascending notches of marble requiring one foot placed in front of another. Mariah Carey scotches Diva Myth No. 1 by climbing them to her $4000-a-night suite all by herself. In knee-length Louis Vuitton boots and a grey miniskirt playing fast and loose with crotch modesty, she looks stunning. "I do go up stairs," she says inside. "But you can put that I was carried in if you want."

    The suite's windows are blacked out for her stay. Insomnia remains a problem. But there are home comforts too: Jack, her Jack Russell, unexpectedly mangy and wayward for a diva pet, is racing around, cock-a-hoop at the luxury. The dog hasn't been removed from his leash and as he runs off I stand on the end, pinging him back into a lamp stand. A proper diva might have a journalist killed for this but Carey takes it in good heart. Carey sends the dog away and lies full-length on the sofa, as if undergoing therapy or recovering from flu.

    And recovery is what this is all about. Mariah Carey is one of the biggest female artists of all time, with 150 million albums and singles sold. But since parting with Sony boss - and ex-husband - Tommy Mottola she struggled to find her place in the world. In 2001, overwork and an ongoing feud with her ex triggered a breakdown and she was admitted to a Connecticut hospital. The same year, the disastrous film and soundtrack Glitter led to the termination of her contract with Virgin.

    She signed to Def Jam, but 2002's comeback album Charmbracelet sold badly, suggesting her time had passed. Now, new Island-Def Jam boss Antonio "LA" Reid is steering what must be her final roll of the dice.

    Like Whitney before her, Carey enters a post-diva era making overtures towards "the street." On new album The Emancipation of Mimi, production royals like Kanye West and Jermaine Dupri have closed down the wide open spaces previously reserved for Carey's five-octave clifftop yelps. Instead, street lingo, bling scenarios, sex and faith hold sway. Occasionally, the sound of Carey trilling at bat-squeak frequencies has been added to a salve to old fans.

    Today, there are tedious management warnings to keep the interview "positive" and "forward-looking." But in person, Carey seems prepared to talk. Her leg fidgets and she fingers a diamond pendant spelling "Mimi" when you get to "breakdown" or "Tommy" or "Glitter," but there's no attempt to stall or evade...

    Who's Mimi?
    My nephews and my brother call me Mimi. It started at Disneyland once when they were taking me on a ride. I have a lot of weird aliases I use for hotel rooms, like Martha Washington.

    How come she's emancipated?
    It's letting the other side of me out. Even growing up I never thought of myself as Mariah Carey. No one was called Mariah and I hated it. I wanted to be Sue or Heather or MC or Mimi. And then I put my first record out and I used both names for the first time. Only my mother called me Mariah. And now it's kind of a brand name and it carries a lot of baggage.

    Give me an example of baggage...
    Well, I heard today that I was writing the new songs on Marilyn Monroe's piano. I do own her old piano but I only bought it because I'm a fan. I felt really bad when they were auctioning her stuff cos she had no family and it felt really exploitative, so I said I'll buy it and give it to a museum eventually. The public and fans should be able to see it. But the rumour is I'm "channelling" Marilyn.

    There are some very "street" lyrics on the album. "Them chickens is ash/I'm all lotion." What does that mean?
    Chickens are girls. If you don't moisturise, your skin goes all dry, like ash. This girl is telling a guy in a club, "I'm hot. My skin is soft! I'm the one!" But please make it clear this is not me talking. It's a character in the song. I got to call Jermaine [Dupri] about this. He'll think it's hilarious...[Carey retrieves a Blackberry from her bag and calls Jermaine Dupri but he is on voicemail.]

    You seemed so prim and proper as the big ballad diva. You seem a lot less uptight now.
    For so long, I'd sit there like I was being interviewed by [US TV news programme] 20/20. Now I want to have fun cos that's my personality. When I started out I was trained to "just sit there and give a one-line answer and move on. Don't trust anyone." So I was taught to be uptight. As a new artist you are told: "Don't be seen carrying a bag from the store. Don't play with your hair as you answer." I was told to be marketable and non-threatening. But I rebelled against that and certain people were like, "Why is she showing so much skin?"

    Certain people. Like Tommy Mottola?
    People.

    You've said you feel like a 12-year-old. Why?
    As a child I was a grown-up. At six years old I was taking care of stuff and seeing stuff that no kid should have to see. And so - and this is a very trite statement - I still just want to have fun. Like I just went away with friends and we watched cartoon movies for three days in a row.

    That sounds a bit "Jacksons"...
    What do you mean?

    Tough childhood. Superstardom. Stuck in childhood.
    Hmmm... LA Reid is worried that I still believe in Santa Claus and I'm whimsical. I can be professional but really I'm much more like my dog. He's a kid and so am I.

    When he stuck his snout in my crotch you said Jack is eternally a puppy, but sometimes he gets moody and attacks people. Are you talking about you?
    No. He just gets frightened in crowds of people. He gets slightly delusional. He's obsessed with water so he'll jump in a bathtub. I may believe in Santa but I'm not delusional.

    You got yourself into a mess emotionally in 2001. You sound reasonably together today. Did you go into therapy?
    I went into therapy. I still am but not every day. People tend to think it was about being in a bi-racial family and that certainly was an issue. But there were more specific events at home that I had to deal with.

    Can you say what?
    I know I sound evasive, but this is about my family and being specific means other getting hurt. I don't need that headache.

    What did you learn from therapy?
    When a certain family member has been abusive or has treated you in certain way, sometimes you re-enact it in later life. You find a surrogate person who is the exact same way. Especially being a celebrity, people want you to need them. They want you to rely on them. I'm not saying I've never hurt people or done anything wrong. You can't be a victim and "poor me," you have to learn why you choose the people you do.

    What do you remember about the breakdown?
    It's been so tiring to go back to that. It's like I fell over and stubbed my toe playing in the sand box when I was six, and people are saying, "What was that like?" No offense, but it just wasn't that big a deal. It was totally over-dramatised. I'm a human being. If someone was having a tough week in the real world, no one would bat an eyelid. In my world you get 10 people getting hyper going, "Oh my god, she stubbed her toe! Medic!"

    So you didn't try to take your own life?
    No.

    There's always a lot of male influence in your life. In his book I Don't Mean To Be Rude, Simon Cowell says your problem is being surrounded by yes-men...
    Simon said that? [Mock hurt] Simon, how could you? Hmmm, definitely not now. Maybe once. There are definitely still people who want to have the big opinion, so they can say, "I was the one who influenced Mariah to do this or that." Maybe there are a few yes people, but I don't need that. I'd rather be on my own. I'd rather watch TV.

    Your dad dies just as you were getting to know him in 2002...
    Yes. The way he died was awful. He was misdiagnosed. They thought he had gall stones and that he'd get better soon. And then they realised it was a very rare form of cancer and he died very quickly. That was very tough. Only at the end did I discover he'd kept all my clippings and had my CDs. I had these moments with him that gave me a good sense of him and his side of the family. He had these scrapbooks that his mother had kept, with pictures of her and then my dad as a kid and then me. Now I have them and I have a room in my house with all those pictures in them. I've got my mum's side in there too so it's like, "This wall plus this wall equals me." More importantly, talking to him, I realised that stuff that happened when I was young wasn't my fault.

    Do you regret not having kids with Tommy so your dad could have met them?
    I got married really young and it wasn't an option then. Tommy already had kids and we related to each other like brother and sister, which was kind of different. I don't feel the need now because I'm still very involved in my career.

    How normal are you? What day does your garbage man come?
    I have no idea. Sorry.

    Can you work a DVD player?
    At my apartment it's programmed. I'm not good with it. I'm better with the satellite...

    If I took your cellphone and credit cards away and threw you out of a cab in Derby, how would you manage?
    Where's Derby?

    It's a town in the Midlands. OK, let's say Hoboken, New Jersey. I'll give you some cash for a night out but you're on your own. How would you do?
    I think I'll do alright.

    Well come on then. You're on the main street. Where are you going to go?
    Cool. I can do this. I go to the bar and I buy myself a drink and wait for someone to talk to me.

    What would you order?
    A white wine, probably.

    Would you enjoy it or be thinking, "I'm Mariah Carey and I'm only here because that prick from Q dumped me here and stole my phone"?
    You've really gone into this, haven't you? I'm not a diva. I like talking to people. I'm a pretty regular person.

    So you've never demanded your dressing room be re-painted or ginger-haired waiter be killed?
    Where do you get this stuff from?

    The last one was a joke.
    OK, good. I'd almost believe that of the British press. But no, I get almost as much a kick out of those stories as you do. As you know I walk up stairs. I don't order puppies for my dressing room.

    So you like being regular. Let's go to a bar now.
    No. I'm having a no-drinks day today anyway. I'm on a diet. I have to lose 3lb.

    That's very specific. Why 3lb?
    Ha! It's a line from the movie Mean Girls. It's so funny. This anorexic girl wanders throughout the movie going, "I really wanna lose 3lbs." But no I have to diet because I'm doing a video and you have to be at your thinnest, otherwise the world is like, "Oooh she gained weight!"

    Who says that?
    People. People who write articles, for example.

    Well you're buying into it, aren't you? There's not an ounce of fat on you. Let's have some wine...
    No.

    OK. You're writing a children's book on the side, I hear...
    I started writing one before certain other people started writing children's books [Madonna published The English Roses in 2003]. It was sort of a handbook for little kids in bi-racial families. There are so many situations when you have awkward moments like, "What colour crayon do I use to draw myself?" The character was called Little Mariah, but I think we'll change that.

    You've made some mistakes but you've survived a tough early life. Your older sister Allison really struggled. Drugs. Prostitution. Contracting HIV. Do you feel, "That could have been me"?
    She's nine years older, so her upbringing was at a time when things were worse. My parents were still married which was the cause of more problems. But I was just too scared to do anything that would take me off my path. "I will have a music career. I will succeed. I will survive this poverty." That's how I thought back then. I didn't want men to become such a focal point that they could get in the way of my career. Same with drugs. Anything I did I was too scared to take it further. And that's why people think I'm eternally 12 - it's because I am very prudish, believe it or not.

    How is your sister?
    We haven't spoken in a while. And it's tough to talk about now... for legal reasons. So... I wish her the best and I hope she's OK. But I can't control her life. I can't control my life so I can't control anyone else's.

    Mariah Carey says she's been as honest as she can be and you believe her. She says she doesn't recognise the huffy diva nightmare of tabloid lore but accepts that 40 suitcases is a lot to take on her stay in L.A.

    Outside her suite, three of Carey's entourage are facing a security situation. The evicted Jack is throwing a canine "Do you know who I am?" tantrum, bucking and twisting in a burly man's arms. It turns out this is not a yes man but a grizzled Londoner pleading, "I can't hold this bleeding dog wiv one 'and."

    This is Michael, Mariah Carey's tour manager. He's Hackney in East London. As he contains Jack, he says they have a good laugh at some of the crap that gets written about Carey.

    "Don't believe what you read," he says through an armful of dog. "She's good as gold, mate."


    Source: Q | Mariah Daily