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

Spring 2007
Exclusive perfume release

Fall 2007
New album release


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 2007
Playboy Magazine (cover).


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

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

View Results


Monday, July 31 , 2006

Mariah Receives 2006 MTV Video Music Awards Nomination // 2:59 PM EST Updated by Casey

Nominees for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards were revealed today. Mariah's "Shake It Off" earned a nomination in the following category:

Best R&B Video
Beyoncé f/ Slim Thug: "Check on It"
Chris Brown: "Yo (Excuse Me Miss)"
Jamie Foxx f/ Ludacris: "Unpredictable"
Mariah Carey: "Shake It Off"
Mary J. Blige: "Be Without You"

For the first time in VMA history, viewers will be able to vote for their favorites in all categories (not just Viewer's Choice). Could this be the year that Mariah finally wins a moon man trophy? Click here to start voting!

Catch all the star-packed VMA action direct from New York on August 31. MTV News' preshow kicks things off at 6:30 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the big show at 8 p.m.

Source: MTV News

Download: Los Angeles' KIIS FM Interview with Mariah // 1:58 PM EST Updated by Lynn

This morning at about 7:45am, Mariah called in to KIIS FM to chat with Ryan Seacrest and Ellen K. about her Los Angeles shows in October. During the interview, Mariah also talked about the following topics:

  • Purple Food and Dieting. She denied the "Purple Food" rumor. "Does that sound realistic to you?" she asked Ryan.

  • Pepsi Smash Concert. That it was the first time they (with Randy Jackson) had rung the show from top to bottom and that it wasn't the actual show and had to make the set list shorter. That fans were great and thought the Pepsi Smash concert was a cute, little beginner/preparation for her tour.

  • Fearlessness. Ryan asked, "You can't just go out and do a normal show, how does Mariah rise in this performance?" She replied by saying Randy loves her "fearlessness." Mariah said that in "Vision of Love" she decided to do whatever she felt, like doing it in the upper register, and started doing ad-libs, that she doesn't care where she lands, "It'll be fine, we'll get to the end. When I get to the long a capella rift, it's having the freedom."

  • Janet Jackson and the Duet. She loves Janet. That they don't know each other well. That it wasn't the first time they met at Oprah's, they met a couple of times at clubs/parties. About the duet, Mariah said, "To me, it's a rumor because Jermaine [Dupri] hasn't called me." Mariah's waiting for Jermaine to call her so they could write the song, she said, "Ain't no song, ain't no duet."

  • Boyfriend. She told Ryan, "MYOB." (Mind Your Own Business) It's her way of "trying to be polite and don't want to answer the question."

  • The Vignettes. They fixed the audio so the audience could hear what's being said. She wants people to scream but she wants them to hear the dialogues.

    [ DOWNLOAD: Mariah Calls In To KIIS FM ]
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Sunday, July 30 , 2006

    Mariah in Tunisia Update // 10:36 PM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Click on each of the thumbnails below to view full-sized photos of the original concert set list, backstage room specially decorated for Mariah, Mariah performing onstage, audience and stage set-up. Thanks to Wiwi for the photos!

  • Here are video files (in WMV format) from Mariah's July 24th concert, click on the links below to download. Thanks to Joel for making the video files for us!

    --Without You
    --We Belong Together
    --It's Like That
    --I'll Be There

  • Download a video clip, recorded by Ricardo, of Mariah signing autographs for the fans after her July 24th show at the El Menzah Stadium. Ricardo, et al, also recounted their trip to Tunisia and meeting Mariah for the first time! You can read their story/review in our Tour section.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Wiwi | Joel | Ricardo

    Update: The Mariah Daily Fan Project // 3:15 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    Now that Mariah's tour is about to kick off in just a few days, Mariah Daily would like to remind visitors about a special gift we are putting together for Mariah: The Mariah Daily Fan Project. If you have not yet submitted something, we are still collecting submissions (and will be through August).

    So far, our leaders for Part I: Coast to Coast Fan Books have received lots of submissions, but keep on sending your letters!

    Send your entries via email to:

  • West Coast/Midwest: Kelly at WestCoastFanBook@gmail.com
  • East Coast/South: Aladerri at EastCoastMCFans@aol.com
  • Canada: Felipe at CanadaFanBook@gmail.com

    For more information about this project, and how to submit entries for Part II: The Fan Basket and Part III: The Ultimate Fan Video, check out The Mariah Daily Fan Project page. Thank you to everyone who has submitted entries for this project already! Mariah is going to love it!

    Many thanks to Jimmy, Kelly, Joey and all the fans who took part in our "Fan Video" filming at last night's Pepsi Smash concert at the Kodak Theatre.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Download: Pepsi Smash Live Presents Mariah Carey // 10:55 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video and audio files of Mariah's performances at her Pepsi Smash Live concert held last night, July 29th, at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles. Mariah opened the show with "It's Like That" at exactly 10:30pm and ended with "We Belong Together" at 12:00am. Chris Brown was Mariah's special guest at the concert. The songs are listed below in order of performance. [The video clips were recorded using a digital camera MPEG so quality may not be great.]

  • It's Like That - MPG (27.1MB) | MP3 (3.4MB)
  • Heartbreaker - MPG (35.1MB) | MP3 (3.9MB)
  • Dreamlover - MPG (34.0MB) | MP3 (3.8MB)
  • My All - MPG (24.4MB) | MP3 (3.9MB)
  • Honey - MP3 (5.7MB)
  • Shake It Off - MPG (12.6MB) | MP3 (3.9MB)
  • Fantasy - MPG (10.9MB) | MP3 (4.7MB)
  • Don't Forget About Us - MPG (23.3MB) | MP3 (3.9MB)
  • I'll Be There - MPG (19.7MB) | MP3 (3.6MB)
  • Fly Like A Bird - MPG (10.0MB) | MP3 (3.3MB)
  • Hero - MP3 (4.4MB)
  • Make It Happen - MP3 (4.5MB)
  • Vision of Love - MP3 (4.1MB)
  • We Belong Together - MPG (33.2MB) | MP3 (4.7MB)
        (Butterfly Outro)

    Below are photos from last night's show. Many thanks to Aztlanstar! You can view more of Aztlanstar's Pepsi Smash photos here.

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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Please Say Something About Mariah // 9:47 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Hi Fred,
    I wrote some weeks ago, but didn't get an answer. As my question is not-so-spectacular, I can understand why you skipped it, but I would really appreciate a quick answer. I asked about Mariah Carey's recent chart success: What were the highest Hot 100 positions of "Say Somethin'" and "Fly Like a Bird"? They both seem to be quite successful on certain R&B charts, but I didn't see either song enter the top 50 portion of the Hot 100.

    What does this mean? Was Mariah's 2005 comeback just an "accident" and has the public turned away again?
    --Holger R. Heinrich, Berlin

    Fred Bronson of Billboard's Chart Beat Chat answers:
    The volume of mail received by Chart Beat Chat is so great that it's not possible to answer every question in the column. Sometimes even worthy missives are passed over; I do my best to select e-mails that are of the most general interest to post here.

    It's also not possible to reply to every e-mail. If I did, writing Chart Beat Chat would become a full-time job. So, sometimes readers who send in worthy questions don't receive answers. I wish it were possible to reply to everyone, but it isn't. Please be assured I do read every e-mail, except for the obvious Spam.

    One of the types of questions I usually resist answering is to simply provide chart positions, for a couple of reasons. First, if I did that in this column, I would receive hundreds of such requests. And second, if that's what Chart Beat Chat becomes -- simply a place to find out how high a single or album went -- this would become a rather dull column.

    Having made you wade through this long reply, I think you deserve an answer, so I'll make an exception this time -- but this is not an invitation for other requests for chart positions. Our research department can handle those requests for a nominal fee.

    On the Hot 100, "Say Somethin'" peaked at No. 79 in May. Mariah Carey's three previous singles all charted in the top two positions. "We Belong Together" spent 14 weeks at No. 1, "Shake It Off" peaked at No. 2 and "Don't Forget About Us" had a two-week reign.

    "Fly Like a Bird" didn't chart on the Hot 100, but it did top the Adult R&B chart for two weeks, where it became Carey's second biggest hit, runner-up to "We Belong Together" (which ruled for eight weeks).

    I don't think it means the Mariah comeback is over. I do think it means "The Emancipation of Mimi" is exhausted when it comes to releasing singles and we'll have to wait for something new to bring Carey back to the top of the charts.

    Source: Billboard | Richard

    Saturday, July 29 , 2006

    Photos: Mariah's July 24th Tunis Concert // 1:14 PM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Photos
    The photos below are from Mariah's second show at the El Menzah Stadium, Tunis, July 24, 2006. You can view more pictures taken by Zaghouan Zagwane, by clicking here.

  • Video
    Click here to download a video file (MPG, 19.3MB) from the French magazine, Public's report on Mariah's July 22nd show. Thanks to Alex' for making the file!

    Be sure to check us back for exclusive photos and videos from Mariah's two Tunis shows later today!
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    Source: Zaghouan Zagwane | Tom | MCfan | Alex' | #Schnookiez

    Friday, July 28 , 2006

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 8:43 AM EST Updated by Casey

    News Tidbits
    --Honey B. Fly has now confirmed the ticket presales for Mariah's concerts in Anaheim and Los Angeles, California, both taking place this morning. If you're not a member, click here and join today!

    --Special limited edition iTunes Gift Cards featuring popular bands and artists are now being sold at participating Target stores. Collectible cards featuring Jewel, Kanye West, James Blunt, Mariah Carey (right), Hoobastank, Dixie Chicks, and Panic at the Disco have custom artwork and provide access to exclusive bonus material on the iTunes Music Store. Six other cards featuring Sheryl Crow, Mary J. Blige, 50 cent, All American Rejects, Black-Eyed Peas, and Weezer offer only custom artwork. Each card is redeemable for $15 worth of iTunes merchandise. "Collect all thirteen cards or give them to your favorite fan," says Apple.

    --A billboard promoting Mariah's July 29 Pepsi Smash concert in Los Angeles, California can be seen at the Hollywood & Highland retail/entertainment complex. Click on each thumbnail below for an enlarged view.

    --Raymond Abasta of Moreno Valley, California, spruced up a 1966 Chevrolet Caprice. A mural of Mariah was created for the trunk by "Sal" of Orange County. The car is dedicated to Abasta's daughter, Gabriella. Click on the thumbnail below for a larger, full-scale view.

    --Reminder: Please continue to vote for Mariah as your "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist" for Teen Choice 2006. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, California August 20th at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

    Mariah Mentions
    --From IndyStar.com: Tourdesign Creative Services creates TV, radio and print advertising for the concert industry. We have about 150 tours, everything from Mariah Carey to Ozzfest. We just designed the billboard for Mariah Carey's show at Staples Center in Los Angeles. Doing that tour has been a challenge, but it's been really good. In fact, it's one of those experiences that at 1 in the morning, my audio mixer and I were still here working on an ad. Mariah called and wanted to talk about it.

    --"Tennessee" producer Lee Daniels spoke candidly of Mariah in a recent interview with HX. Below is an excerpt from the interview.

    "I have two strikes against me in this world, I'm black and gay. I don't give a fuck. I'm gonna do my thing. And Mimi loves me! Mariah's in my next movie, and she came to the Casa del Mar in Santa Monica in her bikini in the middle of the lobby with her stilettos, saying, "You like?" And I'm like, "No, I love. You're gonna make me question my motherfuckin' sexuality!"

    Fans' Corner
    --Leo must sell some of his Mariah items. Click here to view his current eBay auctions.

    Source: Mariah Daily | iLounge | Lowrider Magazine | Chris | Leo

    Thursday, July 27 , 2006

    The Second Mariah Carey Concert in Tunis // 4:37 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    A true sanctuary for live shows, the stadium of El Menzah accomodated its second Mariah Carey concert on Monday the 24th, which launched "MC's" international tour after an absence that lasted three years. For this second show, Mariah Carey unleashed a series of vocal acrobatics, where the diva performed a "Best Of" compilation, for the most part choosing singles and remixes of her biggest hits from her fifteen albums.

    An hour and a half of pure enjoyment, where one could appreciate this rare vocal talent, a soprano coloratura and her perfect mastery of the "whistle" register.

    Can Mariah Carey attract a crowd despite the heat that enveloped the El Menzah Stadium? Oh yes, judging by this crowd that braved the heatwave and long hours of waiting to attend this last concert. Can you hear the clamor of the crowd? The show hasn't even begun! While waiting for the show to start, those in attendance let their imaginations run and walk in the footsteps of their idols, still taken by the memories from the unforgettable concerts by Michael Jackson or Sting. It's also a good time to stroll, reliving the stadium's best moments. Showtime creeps closer, as a voice announces that the show will start in five minutes. This announcement is perceived like a command by the crowd sprawled across the lawn, as they scramble one on top of each other for the best view, waving signs that read "I love you Mimi." The lights go out, so the musicians can take their places onstage discreetly, but the exciting shouting of the fans can be still be heard. The screens are lit and the stadium is transformed into a constellation of stars. The night begins with the giant screens showing the view from the top of a rollercoaster. It is immediately understood that the voyage that the audience embarks on will be one of dizzying heights and electrifying. Mariah makes her appearance in the midsts of a thundering ovation. She opens with "It's Like That," the first single from her album "The Emancipation of Mimi," her fourteenth album which saw worldwide success, selling over nine million copies. Like a ritual, the lyrics, the scenes from the videos, and the music cascade one behind another like in a dream. Next is "Heartbreaker," the remix version where the diva lets her voice roam freely over multiple octaves in front of a captivated crowd.

    She follows with "Dreamlover" and "My All" before ceding the stage to her dancers who perform a series of dance routines. The artist returns to the stage with a warm welcome from the fans to perform "Honey," "Breakdown," and "Shake It Off." Mariah performed a variety of songs from her musical repertoire for this audience. The crowd is treated next to "Fly Like a Bird," "Fantasy," "Don't Forget About Us," and "I Know What You Want." The setlist for the second concert is practically the same as the first night. The loud cries continue to bounce off the walls of El Menzah while Mariah takes the time to change into a black dress. She finishes the last part of the show with "Thank God I Found You," a remix that get the excitement and adrenaline pumping again. "One Sweet Day," "Hero," "Vision of Love," and "Make It Happen" make up the last part of the show. "I am happy to be with you, I love Tunisia, I love this great crowd" said the diva who has sold more than 160 million albums worldwide before leaving the stage. The crowd slowly leaves the arena, in a trance. The success of this night is a result of the high hopes of the people that were satisfied.

    Source: La Presse | Translation: Mariah Daily | Angie

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: August 5, 2006) // 8:31 AM EST Updated by Casey

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date August 5, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #170 (Last Week #163)
    Billboard 200: #152 (Last Week #147)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #41 (Last Week #49)
    Sales this week: 5,569 (-4%)
    Total sales: 5,671,521

    Greatest Hits ▲
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #16 (Re-entry)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #11 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #30 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #30 (Last Week #25)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #2 (Last Week #1)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #17 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #17 (Last Week #14)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #12 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #11 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #11 (Last Week #7)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Wednesday, July 26 , 2006

    Ticket Presales for Mariah's Los Angeles "Adventure" // 9:50 PM EST Updated by Casey

    In addition to Mariah's October 8 concert in Anaheim, California, Ticketmaster now lists the October 6 concert in Los Angeles (also with special guest Busta Rhymes) with presales beginning this Friday.

    Internet Presale Info
  • Fan Club Presale:
    Start: Fri, 07/28/06 10:00 AM PDT
    End: Sun, 07/30/06 10:00 PM PDT

  • Mariah Carey Presale:

  • Start: Mon, 07/31/06 07:00 AM PDT
    End: Sat, 08/05/06 10:00 PM PDT

    Internet Onsale Info
  • Onsale to General Public:
    Start: Sun, 08/06/06 10:00 AM PDT

    Honey B. Fly has yet to confirm this information on its website.
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    Source: Ticketmaster

    Janet Defends Mariah's "Glitter" Performance // 3:11 PM EST Updated by Casey

    On July 14, Janet Jackson called Boston's JAM'N 94.5 for a phone interview with Bobby Blaze. Janet and Bobby chatted about the possible collaboration with Mariah as well as the "Tennessee" role that was originally intended for Jackson. When Blaze began to ridicule "Glitter," Janet defended Mariah's performance, expressing "I thought she was wonderful in 'Glitter'." Below are transcribed excerpts from the interview.

    Bobby Blaze: Now, who'd you work with besides Nelly? 'Cause we all hear of these rumors about you and Mariah Carey. What's up with that joint?
    Janet Jackson: Well, we're trying to make it happen. So, you'll have to stay tuned. I mean, trying to get everyone together, and schedules are crazy. So, it's something that we wanna do, and we're just trying to make it work.

    BB: Is the film ("Tennessee") actually still coming out?
    JJ: Mariah's doing it!

    BB: Oh! She stole your film role girl! Damn!
    JJ: (laughs) Mariah's doing it.

    BB: No!
    JJ: It's all good. I mean, they needed to go forward with it and they couldn't wait around for when I was gonna finish the project. We didn't know when we were gonna finish.

    BB: Hey, maybe it's a blessing in disguise. It could be "Glitter" part two, girl. It could be a blessing in disguise!
    JJ: That's wrong!

    BB: No, I'm just sayin'! It could, things happen for a reason, Ms. Jackson.
    JJ: You know what, I think people don't give Mariah enough credit. I thought she was wonderful in "Glitter," and I thought she just got a really bad rap. And that wasn't what I think they tried to make it out to be.

  • You can download the audio file by clicking here!
  • A stream of the interview is available by clicking here!
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    Source: JAM'N 94.5 | Mariah Daily

    Ticket Presales for Mariah's Anaheim "Adventure" // 11:22 AM EST Updated by Casey

    According to Ticketmaster, presales for Mariah's October 8 concert in Anaheim, California with special guest Busta Rhymes begin this Friday.

    Internet Presale Info
  • Fan Club Presale:
    Start: Fri, 07/28/06 10:00 AM PDT
    End: Sun, 07/30/06 10:00 PM PDT

  • New Member Presale:
    Start: Fri, 07/28/06 12:00 PM PDT
    End: Sun, 07/30/06 10:00 PM PDT

  • General Presales:
    Start: Mon, 07/31/06 07:00 AM PDT
    End: Sat, 08/05/06 10:00 PM PDT

    Internet Onsale Info
  • Onsale to General Public:
    Start: Sun, 08/06/06 10:00 AM PDT

    Honey B. Fly has yet to confirm this information on its website.
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    Source: Ticketmaster | blueprincess

    Tuesday, July 25 , 2006

    "Come back" succeeded for Mariah Carey in Tunis // 5:27 PM EST Updated by Casey

    A golden voice and a toned body: American singer Mariah Carey performed for two concerts in Tunisia, marking her return to the international music scene after an absence of three years.

    Under the slogan "Mimi in Tunisia," the New York native with 160 million albums sold worldwide gave two shows on July 22 and 24, attended by some 60,000 spectators at the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah in Tunis, lit up by thousands of lights.

    Showing off her legs lasciviously, reminiscent sometimes of a cabaret, very much at ease despite the heat, Mimi gave a great show of songs from her biggest hits "Butterfly" and "The Emancipation of Mimi," her last album which sold over nine million copies.

    "It's Like That," "My All," "Honey," followed by "Don't Forget About Us." "Dreamlover," "We Belong Together," and treated fans to "Shake It Off," "Breakdown," and "Fly Like a Bird."

    With her strong and silken voice, alternating between romantic ballads and club bangers, the diva tooks breaks between songs to say "I love this crowd," or "How do you feel," "I love you Tunisia."

    "She's fantastic!" was the opinion among concert-goers, some of whom attended both shows.

    "Mini shorts and in great shape!" Said Francesco, 21, who came from Italy especially to see Mariah, referring to her "too sexy" outfit of micro shorts and a tiny top on Saturday. Monday night the diva performed in shorts and a bikini top, much to the enjoyment of the young Tunisians and fans from France, Italy, and Canada.

    "It's fantastic! I never thought I would see her in flesh and blood," repeated Fatma, 17, from her perch in the stands.

    Mariah "accomplished her return to the stage with success," said one radio personality, remembering that the diva had a rough patch in earlier years before renewing her success and racking up three Grammy Awards last February.

    The star launched her tour for the first time in Africa, before heading to the US and Canada, and later Japan, under the slogan "The Adventures of Mimi."

    Source: Yahoo! France | Translation: Mariah Daily | Angie

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 3:24 PM EST Updated by Casey

    News Tidbits
    --Skreem Entertainment Corporation announced its plans to release the new album from Trey Lorenz, Mariah's longtime friend and backup singer. In a statement issued via press release, company president Charles Camorata commented, "Releasing Trey Lorenz's new CD with Mariah Carey singing back-up will be a real coup -- who can forget his duet with Mariah Carey on MTV's "Unplugged" of the Jackson 5 hit song, 'I'll Be There.'"

    --Using the top 10 singles from the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the week of July 25, 1998, Whitney Pastorek of Entertainment Weekly reviews 8-year-old songs and how they hold up today. Mariah's "My All" is among those evaluated in the new commentary feature.

    9. "My All," Mariah Carey
    Confession time: I've never been the biggest Mariah Carey fan... but if I had to choose, this is the Mariah I'd want to hang with. She kept the vocal histrionics to a minimum on this ballad — the one that broke Diana Ross' record for most No. 1 hits by a female artist, FYI — just grazing the surface of the accompanying Spanish-tinged guitar as she quietly, desperately begs her lover to come back. Even when she lets it out ("'Cause I can't go oh-OH-oh-aw-ohn / Living in the memory of your song"), she reins it right back in. For a woman whose strong suit has rarely been self-control, this is a major accomplishment. B+

    --According to DenverPost.com, Mariah "painted two doggies" for Aspen Filmfest's Best in Show charity auction. Click here more information on this benefit.

    Mariah Mentions
    --Karl Lagerfeld, the world-renowned fashion designer, mentioned Mariah in a recent interview with The Sunday Times. Lagerfeld said Mariah "is appéttisante, an absolutely divine person."

    --Pop singer/songwriter Nelly Furtado mentioned Mariah in a recent interview with The Vancouver Sun.

    "You know what it is? This is my favourite type of music to perform when I'm washing dishes at home. I sing R & B songs, I sing Brandy songs, I sing Mariah Carey songs. For the first time, I actually put that type of material on my own album, so it's really liberating. You know, it kinda made my life a bit easier."

    Fans' Corner
    --Roger wants to organize a trip for UK fans to one of Mariah's concerts in the US. Send an e-mail to rjr16uk@hotmail.com if you're interested.

    --Andrew is selling a collection of his Mariah memorabilia on eBay. Click here to view the auction.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Business Wire | EW.com | Roger | Andrew

    Nelly Says His Family 'Flipped Out' Over New Duet With Janet // 11:04 AM EST Updated by Casey

    As you might guess, enjoying the distinction of working with both Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson in less than a year has been "a dream come true" for Nelly.

    "Amazing," Nelly said of the collaborations while sitting in Mack's, the new sports bar he owns with the St. Lunatics, on Thursday. He recently filmed the video for his "Call on Me" duet with Jackson, and he worked with M.C. on her The Emancipation of Mimi album.

    "I'm big fans of both of them. Mariah Carey, she's possibly the best singer I've heard," he said. "And you watch someone such as Mariah, who went from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low, and come back like she never missed a beat, and stand up and smack everybody in the face like, 'I'm still here; matter of fact I'm better' — that gives you inspiration. That keeps me going.

    "Then Janet Jackson — come on, man, that's Penny! That's Charlene," he continued, referring to Jackson's sitcom roles on "Good Times" and "Diff'rent Strokes." "Where do you go from there? It's a beautiful thing."

    Nelly said his family was especially excited when it heard about the Jackson song, which will appear on her forthcoming LP, 20 Years Old. "My family flipped out," he smiled, showing off a diamond grill covering the bottom row of his teeth. "They're definitely fans of the Jacksons. I grew up singing Jackson Five songs. My uncle put a little band together with all the kids, and I used to have to be Mike. This was a long time ago."

    The King of St. Louis said he made it a point to do true collaborations with Mariah and Janet, rather than make the track the way artists typically do — where the singer records 90 percent of the record and sends the Pro Tools file to another studio for the MC to lay his verse and ad libs.

    "I wanted to do something different," he explained. "I just don't want to be, 'You do the song and I put the 16 [bars] on the end, or eight bars on the front.' With Mariah, I went in, me and Mariah sat down and wrote the song out. With Janet, we went in, wrote the song out. It's not like they had the song done and said, 'Nelly, put your thing on it.' I'm happy it went that way because I feel more of a part of it. You can't take me off and still have a song."

    Although Nelly loved recording with Janet, he deemed the Mariah sessions the most fun he's ever had in two days in a studio. "When me and Mariah did the joint, we had the studio locked down," he recalled. "I was working on Sweatsuit, Snoop was working on his album and Mariah was working on her album. We had all the studio's doors open because we're all family.

    "Snoop's room was little more smoky than everybody else's," he joked. "Matter of fact, I was in with Christina Aguilera in my studio and was going back and forth with Mariah. We had the basketball goal in there, we was hooping — me, Ali and one of our partners [against] Snoop, Nate Dogg and somebody else. Everybody was chilling. We in the studio, hooping like we outdoors."

    So is Nelly going to call on Janet or Mariah, or maybe both superstars to return the favor and sing on his next LP? Maybe — he isn't sure about any collaborations just yet. His next record won't drop until next year, he said. He wants to concentrate on releasing albums by the artists on his Derrty Entertainment imprint.

    Big Gipp and Ali have their duo LP, Kinfolk, coming in the next couple of months and Murphy Lee might drop his second album, The Package, before this year's out as well. If not, the youngest 'Tic will come next year, followed by Nelly and new singer Avery Storm.

    Source: MTV News

    Mariah Carey in Tunis: A True Comeback Show // 1:07 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    The international diva, Mariah Carey, performed at the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah in Tunis in a gradiose concert, marking the launch of the star's summer tour.

    Although it was an audience composed mostly of young people from Tunis, those from different regions of the country as well as foreign countries came in masses -- a total of 40,000 spectators -- to attend this major musical event in the summer of 2006 and to see one of showbiz's biggest stars.

    Mariah Carey live in Tunis was equally the major media event in other countries as well, particularly in Europe, since Tunisia is the only country in this part of the world the star is scheduled to perform. No other concert is expected by the diva in Europe nor Africa. Ten years after Michael Jackson, Mariah Carey's performance in Tunisia, in front of an enraptured audience happy to see her sing for them, is the year's biggest musical event.

    The star lived up to her reputation with her silken voice, both soft and strong (and estimated between five and seven octaves) and gave her all during this magical evening. The diva started the concert with one of her more recent hits "It's Like That" which" set fire to the stands and got the crowd to its feet, particularly the young people who knew the lyrics by heart.

    She followed with both well known and lesser known songs from her rich and varied musical repertoire to convince us of her enormous vocal capabilities, her rare talent and her soft and upbeat melodies. The audience particularly enjoyed the hits "My All," "Hero," "We Belong Together," I Know What You Want," and above all the song that caused her international career to explode, "Without You."

    The evening, peppered with R&B, soul, and club music, lasted nearly two hours. It was a true show of sound, lights, and dance, for the enjoyment of the diva's fans who have bought over 160 million of her albums worldwide.

    It made a true "comeback" well received by the star who hasn't toured since 2003 and who is returning to the stage after the success of her album "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    This night is the first of two concerts by Mariah at the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah in Tunis. It marks the start of her summer tour titled "The Adventures of Mimi" that the star launches in Tunisia and follows next in a number of cities in the US and Canada. A portion of the profits from these concerts will be donated to charity. Six times platinum "The Emancipation of Mimi" has sold over nine million copies worldwide, and the star was rewarded at the 2006 Grammy Awards in Los Angeles that gives awards to the musical artists.

    Source: La Presse | Translation: Mariah Daily | Angie

    Monday, July 24 , 2006

    Download: Mariah's Tunis Performances // 4:25 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video/audio files of Mariah's performances at her July 22nd concert in Tunis, Tunisia. Many thanks to Diego from France for making and sharing the video files to all of us!

  • "My All" - MPG (23MB) | MP3 (514 KB)

  • "Honey" - MPG (29MB) | MP3 (641 KB)

  • "Breakdown" - MPG (56MB) | MP3 (1.2MB)

  • "Shake It Off" - MPG (20MB) | MP3 (441 KB)

  • "Fly Like a Bird" - MPG (62MB) | MP3 (2.7MB)

  • "Don't Forget About Us" - MPG (30MB) | MP3 (669 KB)

  • "Thank God I Found You" - MPG (11MB) | MP3 (236 KB)

  • "One Sweet Day" - MPG (27MB) | MP3 (596 KB)

  • "We Belong Together" - MPG (23MB) | MP3 (1.2MB)
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    Source: Diego | Mariah-hh.com | Daniel

    Sunday, July 23 , 2006

    HQ Photos: Mariah Performs at Tunis Concert // 9:30 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah as she performs during the International Carthage Festival, July 22, 2006 at the El-Manzeh Olympic Stadium in Tunis. Click on each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    American Singer Mariah Carey Returns to the Stage // 8:59 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    For her return to the stage after being gone for three years, the American singer Mariah Carey gave a concert that caught the attention of the press Saturday night in Tunis, at the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah.

    Facing the heat wave, the young people traveled towards the stadium in the afternoon, directed by the 3000 security officials. Other than the Tunisian fans, the admirers of the singer came mostly from European countries, notably France, Itale, the UK, and Germany.

    The American diva, with 160 million albums sold worldwide, gave herself to please her fans. For an hour and a half, Mariah Carey performed her biggest hits "It's Like That," "My All," and "Fantasy" though skipping "Always Be My Baby" and sang a number of titles from her last album The Emancipation of Mimi.

    Impressed by the ambiance, the singer rested between songs and told the audience: "I'm very happy in Tunisia. I love you," thanking the Tunisian people warmly and the first lady of Tunisia Leila Ben Ali, who presides over an assocation for employment of the disabled, with a portion of the proceeds of the concerts in Tunis benefiting her assocations.

    The night ended a little after midnight on a more romantic note with "Don't Forget About Us," "Vision of Love," "Without You," and "We Belong Together."

    "It was fantastic," gushed Caroline Cosgroune, a British woman who lengthened her trip in Tunisia with her husband and two daugthers to see their "favorite singer."

    Mariah Carey will give her second concert Monday in the same stadium, as a prelude to a tour that will hit 30 cities in the US and Canada.

    Source: Yahoo! France | Translation: Mariah Daily | Angie

    Download: Mariah's Tunis First Show Report // 6:43 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the link below to download a video file (AVI, 60MB) of TV7's report on Mariah's first Tunis show which includes footage from the concert, showing short video clips of Mariah performing "Fly Like a Bird," "Fantasy," "My All," "Honey" and "Shake It Off;" and some interviews with the fans. Many thanks to Sam for making the video file for us!

    [ Download: TV7 Report on Mariah's Tunis Concert ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Review: Mariah's Night in Tunis // 2:47 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    La Presse – Yes, Tunisia had high hopes when they tried to bring the biggest star of showbiz in the world to their modest country in a stadium meant for the steps of giants. Mariah Carey, the American superstar, announced her comeback last night at the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah.

    What did the Olympic Stadium of El Menzah become 100 tons of material, a week of work to put a 70m stage up, 200 projectors, and six giant screens later? Quite simply, a place ready for the biggest show of this world with sound so loud it will shake the body and can reach up to 85 decibels. The music offers plenty for the ears, plenty for the eyes, and plenty for the heart. And it doesn't matter which decibels, mind you! It's the sensual voice of a diva with five octaves.

    One surpasses everything to live in the magical moments like the lives of the Tunisians! One of the greatest stars of the world sings for them! The audience is in for a fabulous trip! And the trip, the whole country came to attend this megashow organized by Interval Events. In the beginning of the afternoon, the opening of the doors (at 5:00 pm to be exact), the audience was there. At 9:00 pm, the steps and ground in front of the stage were filled with plenty of people and noise outside! There was a balcony with security officials as well. The audience was in good spirits, ready to start the party. The audience was composed mostly of young people, young couples, but also of families. One even saw a few seniors on the steps. The audience was composed equally of international journalists to cover this show.

    10:40 pm: the lights go out. The Olympic Stadium of El Menzah is bathed in a night of celebration, there is nothing but the flashes the light up the portable screens. The huge show started with the voice of the superstar, resonating and alerting the audience of her arrival. "Hello Tunisia!" she cries and the audience crashed together into a single wave of people. Mariah Carey was there, in flesh and blood. No more people who had taken over the steps in the entrance interrupted the singer of 5 octaves as she generously served the Tunisians.

    Sensually, extraordinarily at ease on stage, Mariah Carey seemed to have found herself at the Olympic Stadium. An artist who has intrigue, of the voice and of presence, for an audience that watched the most beautiful videos of the star. An historic moment for the audience! An audience who will be sure to also applaud loudly for a show of "Tarab." Because it’s that what it was last night at the Olympic Stadium: a Tunisian audience who brought with them their 3,000 years of heritage. "I love you," Mariah Carey said to them.

    From Mosaique FM, below are new pictures from Mariah's show last night. Click on each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.

    Be sure to check out the Mariah Daily Tunis tour page for more information, reviews, and photos from last night's concert!

    Source: La Presse | Mariah Daily

    Saturday, July 22 , 2006

    Mariah Scans // 4:33 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are scans of Mariah gracing the pages of this week's issues of People, Star, OK! and In Touch magazines. Click on each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Rehearses For Tonight's Show in Tunis // 2:48 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Watch a streaming video of Mariah rehearsing "It's Like That" at Mosaique FM site or download MPG and MP3 files here. Thanks to Alex' from #Schnookiez for making the files for us!

    Below are exclusive photos from Mariah's rehearsal session at the El Menzah Stadium earlier today. Click on each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.


    Source: Mosaique FM | justozzy | Joel | Alex'

    Friday, July 21 , 2006

    More Arrival Photos: Mariah in Tunisia // 10:28 PM EST Updated by Lynn


    Source: Tunisia Online | Le Quotidien | La Presse

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 12:00 PM EST Updated by Casey

    News Tidbits
    --After peaking at #8 on iTunes' R&B/Soul Top 100 Songs, the "Say Somethin' (So So Def Remix)" featuring Dem Franchize Boyz now sits at #48. Download the song here!

    --Mariah was featured on two recent editions of E!'s "Daily 10" pop culture countdowns. Her anticipated "The Adventures of Mimi" tour and the short vignettes directed by Spike Lee were ranked #2 for the "10 Most Explosive Stories." MC was ranked #8 for the "Top 10 Summer Bachelorettes."

    --Reminder: Please continue to vote for Mariah as your "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist" for Teen Choice 2006. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, California August 20th at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

    --Keep voting for Mariah as the "sexiest female singer" on iBaller.com's celebrity poll. Currently, MC has the second highest number of votes with 474 (behind Shakira with 536). A similar poll is being conducted by ESPECIALES, a Spanish television station in Chile. Click here and vote for Mariah as the singer "most beautiful of all." Currently, MC has 5% of the total votes and is behind Alanis Morissette, Madonna, Avril Lavigne, and Jennifer Lopez.

    Mariah Mentions
    --From Metro.co.uk: Mariah Carey has declined an invitation to duet with Marilyn Manson. She said 'I like the look, admire how he keeps it original and get the sound in parts but, really, he is way too out there for me.'

    --From MTV News: With "X-Men: The Last Stand" director Brett Ratner behind the camera, [Jessica] Simpson couldn't resist including a catfight, something Ratner mastered in Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker" video, in which Carey wrecked a movie-theater bathroom as her alter ego, Bianca. This time, the fight is between Simpson and Maria Menounos, who gets upset when she sees her boyfriend making eyes at the blonde bombshell. This leads to two fantasy sequences: one where the boyfriend imagines what it would be like to be with Jessica, and one where Maria imagines what it would be like to tear Simpson's hair out. "I ended up pulling her extensions out, and she pulls my extensions out," Simpson laughed.

    --This week, Jonathan Gangi of FOX Sports suggests some alternatives to the phrase "hit a home run." Below is one of his suggestions for new home run slang which uses Mariah's name.

  • "That one should land him a date with Mariah Carey."

    --From New York Daily News: In the two months since it's been released, p.i.n.k. has already found its way into the hands of celebrities like Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Mariah Carey and even rapper DMX, who pulled a bottle on camera with him on BET's "106 and Park," and who later insisted that p.i.n.k be provided backstage at B.B. King Blues Club & Grill, where he is performing tomorrow.

    Fans' Corner
    --Taryn needs to sell some of her Mariah items. US fans click here to view photos. Send an e-mail to missglitz2000@hotmail.com with any questions/inquiries.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Christina | Cristian | Taryn

    Thursday, July 20 , 2006

    Mariah's Tunis Concert Setlist? // 8:25 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    According to Tunisian radio, Mosaique FM, Mariah's concert at the El Menzah Olympic Stadium will be for a duration of 90 minutes and will include the following setlist of songs:


  • It's Like That
  • Heartbreaker
  • Dreamlover
  • My All
    (MARIAH 1:30 water and pat down, during dancebreak)
  • Honey
  • Breakdown
  • Shake It Off

    Pause (2min) - Mariah's first change

  • I'll Be There
  • Fly Like a Bird
  • Fantasy
  • Don't Forget About Us
  • Always Be My Baby
  • I Know What U Want / Trey moment / Friend Of Mine

    Pause (2min) - Mariah's second change

  • Thank God I Found You (RMX)
  • One Sweet Day
  • Hero
  • Vision Of Love
  • Make It Happen

    Pause (2min) - Mariah's third change

  • Without You
  • We Belong Together
  • Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)
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    Source: Mosaique FM | Mohamed

    In Touch Weekly: Think Pink // 1:43 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Guess Mariah's Favorite Color

    For Mariah Carey, Pink is the new black! She loves the shade so much that she wore a custom-made gown in the girly shade on July 12 for the ESPY awards in L.A. Three days later, she stepped out in pink again in a Hérve Léger micromini when she arrived with her dog, Jack, to film vignettes that will play during her Adventures of Mimi tour that begins in August.

    Check out this Up Close piece in the July 31st issue of In Touch Weekly that hits newsstands tomorrow! The cover and the featured page are pictured above.

    Source: Tom - Bauer Publishing | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Arrives in Tunis! // 7:23 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Below are pictures of Mariah upon her arrival at the Tunis-Carthage airport at around 10:30pm (local time) on a private jet. The plane made two stops: one in Frankfurt, Germany and one in Saint-Tropez, France before proceeding to Tunis, Tunisia.

    Video Download: [ Mariah Arrives in Tunis ]

  • Mariah Carey is in Tunisia
    American diva Mariah Carey arrived in Tunis Wednesday night. She will be celebrating two concerts in Tunis, this coming Saturday and Monday.

    After two stopovers respectively in Frankfurt and in Saint Tropez, Mariah Carey arrived at Tunis carthage international airport.

    To the delight of her many fans the star's private jet landed at the airport at 22:30 pm, last night. After being greeted by a traditional music and dance parade, the star cheerfully told journalists that she loved Tunisia and the children who came to wish her a happy stay in Tunisia.

    Before her two performances at the El Menzah Olympic Stadium on July 22 and 24, the American star is expected to rest at the Hammamet sea side resort, situated about 60 kilometers from the capital.

    Mariah Carey is accompanied by a crew of 50 people including her hairdresser, personal masseur, bodyguards, the members of her orchestra and technicians. It will be the first time she performs in Tunisia and in Africa. Her "Adventures of Mimi" comeback tour which sets off in Tunisia, will then continue with Mariah Carey's American tour. It is also the first time in three years that the star will perform live on stage.

    The El Menzah Olympic Stadium which has undergone a substantial facelift, is now set to welcome such a momentous event. A stage of 70 meters long, forty meters high and 28 meters deep has been set up for the two concerts. Five jumbo screens have also been set up next to the stage and one mobile screen will be placed in the middle, moreover 200 spotlights and a number of sound boosters have also been installed.

    With the stage being set, Carey's fans are impatiently awaiting the moment their star will appear on the scene, fulfilling their dreams and filling the magic Tunis summer nights with her melodies.

  • Six Tunisian charities to benefit from Mariah's concerts
    Revenues from the Mariah Carey's two concerts at El Menzah Olympic Stadium will benefit six Tunisian charities, said the organizers of the performances.

    The six associations, which will benefit from this initiative are: "The local association for the protection of the handicapped at Essenad" (in the governorate of Gafsa), "the Tunisian association for the promotion of children and young handicapped" (at El Mellassine, in Tunis), "the Tunisian association for the promotion of employment among the handicapped,," and "the Rahma association for the handicapped" (at Sejnane , Bizerta), "the local association for the protection of the handicapped" (at El Oueslatia in Kairouan) and the "the El Baraka local association for the promotion of the handicapped" (at Majel Bel Abbes in Kasserine).

  • Many thanks to Ricardo for sharing photos of his ticket (front & back) to Mariah's July 24th Tunis concert and to Anja, seen below posing next to a Mariah concert poster in Tunisia-Hammamet Yasmin.

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    Source: LaPresse | Heroes of Mariah | #Schnookiez | Alex' | Angie | Ricardo | Anja | TunisiaOnline

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: July 29, 2006) // 3:53 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date July 29, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #163 (Last Week #147)
    Billboard 200: #147 (Last Week #133)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #49 (Last Week #42)
    Sales this week: 5,813 (-11%)
    Total sales: 5,665,952

    Say Somethin' featuring Snoop Dogg
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #17 (Last Week #21)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #70 (Last Week #66)
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #8 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #25 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #25 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #14(Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #14 (Last Week #14)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #27 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #9 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #7 (Last Week #5)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #7 (Last Week #5)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Wednesday, July 19 , 2006

    Update: The Mariah Daily Fan Project // 10:52 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    As Part I: Coast to Coast Fan Books of the Mariah Daily fan project, we are collecting letters for three regional fan books to be given to Mariah on tour. To help put these books together for Mariah, three leaders will be accepting letters for their respective areas; simply email your letter to Mariah to your local leader, listed below, to be included in one of the Mariah Daily fan books.

    Send your entries via email to:

  • West Coast/Midwest: Kelly at WestCoastFanBook@gmail.com
  • East Coast/South: Aladerri at EastCoastMCFans@aol.com
  • Canada: Felipe at CanadaFanBook@gmail.com

    Entries submitted to the above addresses are for the regional fanbooks (Part I) only. Please make sure you submit your letters to the correct leader, and that only letters for the fan books are sent to those addresses.

    All letters/items for the Fan Basket (Part II) should be sent to:

    Mariah Daily Fan Basket
    c/o Maggie Walsh
    420 Huddleston Road PMB 1
    Peachtree City, GA 30269

    All entries for the Fan Video (Part III) should be sent to tour@mariahdaily.com.

    We look forward to receiving entries from fans across the world. Thank you to everyone who has already submitted items!
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    "Tennessee" Producer Lee Daniels Makes Directorial Debut // 9:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Lee Daniels' directorial debut, "Shadowboxer" which opens Friday, is no less twisted and controversial than his previous work. It tells the story of two contract killers, Rose and Mikey (Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr.), a stepmother and stepson, who happen to be lovers. And, if that weren't enough, Rose is dying of cancer.

    Lee Daniels, 47, has made a name for himself tackling the type of dramas that few are willing to touch. So far it has paid off. "Monster's Ball" won critical acclaim and a best actress Oscar for Halle Berry. "The Woodsman" earned its star, Kevin Bacon, some of the best reviews of his career.

    He returns to producing with his next film, "Tennessee," about two brothers who escape an abusive father, only to find out that one is dying of cancer. Mariah Carey stars as an aspiring country singer who loves Dolly Parton. "It's messy," Mr. Daniels said, "and I'll leave it at that."

    Read the full article here.

    From Richmond:
    For his next project, Daniels is working with another big star, albeit one who is known more for her voice and diva antics than for her work on the big screen. The movie, called "Tennessee," will star Mariah Carey as a "country western singer who can't sing," Daniels said. "She's a great kid. She's very, very cool," he added.

    Source: New York Times

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 2:00 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200
    : #147 (Last Week #133)
    Sales this week: 5,813 (-11%)
    Total sales: 5,665,952

    Source: SoundScan | Ritcher

    Download: Sneak Peek at Mariah's Rehearsals // 2:50 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Last night, Access Hollywood gave viewers an exclusive sneak peek inside Mariah's rehearsal session for her "The Adventures of Mimi" tour.

    Correspondent Nancy O'Dell joined in to rehearse with the back-up singers and did a not-so-bad job. "You sing wonderfully," Mariah told Nancy. "You can take over and become the star of the show. And we have to prevent that 'cause there's only one star here," she continued, laughing.

    Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of this exclusive peek at Mariah's tour rehearsals.

    [ Download: AH Goes Inside Mariah's Rehearsals ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Tuesday, July 18 , 2006

    Download: Mariah Shoots Vignettes For Tour // 6:35 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    EXTRA and Access Hollywood were behind the scenes with Mariah as she filmed her tongue-in-cheek vignettes that will air during "The Adventures of Mimi" tour.

    Director Spike Lee helped out Mariah crack a few jokes on herself. The vignettes are about Mariah's tight dresses, her breasts, her nervous breakdown, etc. Nothing was off-limits. Mariah said, "I want all that stuff in. Basically, it's NOT taking yourself too seriously."

    Click on the links below to view screen captures and download video files of last night's EXTRA and Access Hollywood's segments on Mariah.

    [ Download: Mariah Segment on EXTRA ]
    [ Download: Mariah Segment on Access Hollywood ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Monday, July 17 , 2006

    The Mariah Daily Fan Project // 7:05 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    As Mariah embarks on her first American tour in three years, Mariah Daily invites its visitors to take part in one of the biggest fan projects…ever! We want to make this tour a memorable one for Mariah and are planning a three-part gift for her to enjoy while touring the US and Canada, and then something to bring back home to New York. Read below for a taste of what we’re planning, and we encourage all fans to help take part to make this the biggest gift ever! Let’s make Mariah smile!

    Part I: The Coast to Coast Fan Books
    A classic Mariah gift with a unique twist. Mariah Daily is putting together a set of three fan books for Mariah’s tour. To represent Mariah’s variety of fans and emphasize the regional traits of her tour stops, a fan book will be given to her at three of her concerts: one for the East Coast/South, one for the West Coast/Midwest, and one for Canada.

    Each book will focus on the characteristics of its local areas. Keep in mind your local lore and culture when sending in things for the fan book. Make it unique and fun to read!

    The three regional leaders who will be collecting your letters and putting them together into the three fanbooks will be announced in our next update.

    Part II: The Fan Basket
    Since Mariah’s tour for "The Emancipation of Mimi" will last over three months, and she’ll be trekking across the US in a tour bus, Mariah Daily is putting together a special gift for Mariah that will make the trip a little more fun - a gift we want all her fans to be a part of!

    As part of "The Adventures of Mimi" tour, we are putting together a huge basket of trinkets for Mariah to bring on tour. We’ll put DVDs, stuffed animals, books, snacks, etc. (all with a Mariah theme of course) and present it to her on tour.

    How can you help? We need fans to send in gifts for Mariah! If you see something you think Mariah would like on tour - something unique - please send it to the address below. We encourage fans to get together with other fans from their area to make a creative gift for Mariah, something rich in your local culture. Make sure you include a letter to Mariah as well!

    If you can’t ship something for Mariah, Mariah Daily would love help covering the costs of buying the items for the basket by accepting donations. All donations will be used to cover the cost of Mariah’s gift (Mariah Daily will make no profit). If at the end there are unused funds, the money will be donated to the Fresh Air Fund on behalf of Mariah’s fans worldwide.

    We look forward to receiving your items and letters for Mariah, and we encourage all fans to take part, those from North America and internationally as well. Let’s make this a global fan project!

    Please send all donations via PayPal to:

    Make sure you also include your letter to Mariah!

    Please send all items for the basket to:

    Mariah Daily Fan Basket
    c/o Maggie Walsh
    420 Huddleston Road PMB 1
    Peachtree City, GA 30269

    Part III: The Ultimate Fan Video
    To keep the magic of "The Adventures of Mimi" tour alive, once Mariah has wrapped up her final concert in Phoenix, Arizona, Mariah Daily is once again bringing fans together in order to give Mariah a special gift for when she gets back home! We want to recapture the best moments of the tour by inviting fans to send us photos and videos to be a part of a fan video for Mariah. Do you have a classic photo of you dressed up as Mariah for a costume party? Or that prized picture of you and Mimi? Or how about you and your friends on your way to see Mariah in concert? We want your photos! Get together as a group of Mariah fans and take a roll of Mimi-inspired photos. If you have a fun, Mariah-themed picture for the video, send it in to tour@mariahdaily.com.

    Make sure to keep checking back for updates on this project and addresses of where to send your letters for the regional fan books.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah & Jack Tidbits // 5:21 PM EST Updated by Casey

    --Doggie Day Afternoon
    Mariah Carey and her beloved pooch Jack have it made in the shade while filming a Spike Lee-directed music video in Los Angeles on Saturday.

    --Pet Puts Diva In The Shade
    Pop diva Mariah Carey has famously pampered her pet pooch in the past - but has it now got his its minder?

    The singer, 36, is seen walking the terrier - Jackson P Mutley - on the set of her new Spike Lee-directed music video shoot in Los Angeles.

    An insider said: "Jack is a star in his own right, appearing in some of her videos and even having his own website set up by Japanese fans."

    Source: People.com | Mirror.co.uk

    Janet Chats With Ryan Seacrest About Mariah // 4:30 PM EST Updated by Casey

    Earlier today, Janet Jackson stopped by "On-Air with Ryan Seacrest" for an interview on L.A.'s 102.7 KIIS-FM. Janet chatted with Ryan about the "magic" Jermaine Dupri has made with Mariah, the first time the two "divas" met, and the possibility of a duet. Below are transcribed excerpts from the interview.

    Ryan Seacrest: What is it that this guy (Jermaine Dupri) has? 'Cause he can be in a room, Mariah Carey, for example. I mean, he has made magic with Mariah Carey.
    Janet Jackson: And, you know, a lot of people think it's just new magic. They've been together for a long, like way back in the day when she was having those hits. Some of those hits were Jermaine's, that he created for her. Umm... he's just, Jermaine's genius. A lot of people look at him as the modern-day Quincy Jones. There's nothing he cannot do. And he's fast! He is so quick in the studio. And that I really love 'cause I'm very impatient.

    RS: Mmhmm... so you balance each other out to a degree. Oh no, I guess you're the same. You're really the same. He's quick, you're impatient. It all works.
    JJ: Yeah. (laughs)

    RS: How 'bout the Mariah duet?
    JJ: We're workin' on it. We're really workin' on it. A lot of people have been asking for it. And it's, we're trying to get it together, so we'll see. Hopefully it'll happen.

    RS: The two of you obviously are friendly? You and Mariah.
    JJ: Yes, you know the first time we met was at the Oprah legend's weekend.

    RS: Recently. Relatively recently.
    JJ: Yeah, we had never ever, our paths had never crossed before, until then.

    RS: See, we think you all live in the same neighborhood. You, Mariah, superstars, Shakira, I mean, whoever it is. We think that everybody lives on one street.
    JJ: Right, everybody. They all know each other. There are a lot of people I have yet to meet.

    RS: So, when you first met Mariah, what was that moment like?
    JJ: It was hot as hell outside. So, she had her umbrella, 'mother diva' is what I call her. She's, I love her.

    RS: Who's the bigger diva? Janet or Mariah?
    JJ: (laughs) No! I think, I think Mariah wins the cake.

    RS: And she'd be proud of that.
    JJ: She takes it. She is. And, you know, a lot of people look at that as something being very negative, but I don't look at that as negative at all. She's very grand. She's like my sister. My sister La Toya's grand. Like, if they were to meet, they'd hit it off immediately.

  • You can download the audio file by clicking here!
  • A stream of the interview is available by clicking here!
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    Source: 102.7 KIIS-FM | Mariah Daily

    Download: Mariah At The ESPY Awards // 9:02 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of Mariah presenting the "Best Male Athlete" trophy at The 2006 ESPY Awards. The awards presentation was taped July 12th at the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, CA and aired last night, July 16th on ESPN.

    [ Download: Mariah Presenting "Best Male Athlete" Award ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Sunday, July 16 , 2006

    News Tidbits // 10:04 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Workmen assemble a stage for Mariah at El Menzah Stadium as preparations are underway for her July 22nd and 24th concerts in Tunis, Tunisia. Click on each thumbnail below to view enlarged screen captures from the Top Star show on TV7 Tunis. Thanks Alex'!

    --A large "The Adventures of Mimi" billboard for Mariah's October 4th concert in San Diego, California can be seen off Highway 163 by Fashion Valley Shopping Mall. Thanks to Alexsander (HBF) for the pictures!

    --WENN has exclusive photos of Mariah which are reportedly from the set of her new music video in Los Angeles, California. Last month, it was announced on BET's 106 and Park (see MD News-June 18) that Mariah was slated to shoot a music video for the "Say Somethin' So So Def Remix." Could this be it? Click here to view the photos. The caption reads: Mariah Carey on location filming her new music video which is directed by Spike Lee. Los Angeles, California - 15.07.06.

    --Thanks to all our friends who voted for our site in the recent Mariah Spanish Awards 2006! Mariah Daily won in the following categories: Best Mariah Site, Best Site In English, Best News Site, Best Pictures Site, Best Extra Content Site, and Best Design.

    --The new music site, TastiTunes is holding a competition exclusive to Mariah Daily readers. Everyone who signs up to TastiTunes.com and makes at least one post is automatically entered in the draw to win the Australian edition of the "Say Somethin'" CD single. Competition ends July 31st, 9am AEST. Members must answer yes to the question: "Did you hear about us through Mariah Daily?" to be entered.

    --Vote for Mariah in iBaller.com's new celebrity poll: "Who is the sexiest female singer?" Mariah is currently in 6th place with 137 votes.

    Source: Alexsander | Jeremy | Brian | Alex' | Omar | TastiTunes | Olivia

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 2:53 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    News Tidbits
    --The "Say Somethin' (So So Def Remix)" featuring Dem Franchize Boyz is currently at #12 on iTunes' Top R&B songs, down 4 spots from its peak at #8. Download the song now!

    --Mariah was featured on MTV's spoof cartoon show, "Where My Dogs At?" as a cartoon version of herself. The show centered around the amusing quirks of various celebrities, including Tara Reid, Janet Jackson and Ben Affleck, at a group therapy session. Below are screen captures and a link to a video clip from the show.

    [ Download: Mariah on MTV's "Where My Dogs At?" ]

    Mariah Mentions
    --From The New York Times: After the Gap commercial shoot, the Talauega brothers, Rich and Tone move onto their next project: the choreography for Mariah Carey's North American tour, which kicks off in Miami on Aug. 5.

    --The Observer reports on celebrity merchandising. "Take celebrity perfume. The desire to smell like a superstar makes sense if you're a teenager and the star in question is someone fragrant looking - Victoria Beckham and Mariah Carey, say, who are both launching perfumes this year - but where will the market for Marilyn Manson's signature scent come from? He says it will be in the 'spirit of Salvador Dali' (but surely with a slight whiff of grease paint)."

    --Mariah was the subject of two questions on VH1's "World Series Pop Culture" on July 13th. The first contestant answered correctly to "What Mariah Carey movie was a semi-autobiographical account of her rise to stardom?" by naming Glitter, and added that it was a good movie. Later in the show, the question was "On a classic episode of MTV's Cribs, what pop diva exercised on a stepping machine in high heels while giving a tour of her New York City penthouse?" and the competing contestant also answered correctly.

    --Michael Jackson's trial concerning a money dispute ended in a split jury, but featured his "What More Can I Give?" video as evidence in the trial. MercuryNews.com reports that "Several jurors asked after the verdict to see a video of "What More Can I Give,'' which wasn't played during the trial. Plaintiff Michael Schaffel's attorney obliged, showing a multi-artist production with Jackson leading the singing, and stars such as Mariah Carey, Usher and Beyonce taking turns singing."

    Fans’ Corner
    --Ricardo spotted Mariah's "Glamorized" line in Lisbon, Portugal as the main attraction in the city's new store. Check out the photos he took of the display below:

    --Curtis has opened up a new forum called Celebrity Cravings. He invites Mariah fans to come chat about Mariah and other celebrities on his message board.

    --Mike has created a new Mariah web site with a unique twist. His site Moonlit Soup focuses on Karaoke versions of Mariah's songs. Be sure to download and hear his renditions of Mariah's songs!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Jeremy | Ricardo | Curtis | Mike | Jason

    Saturday, July 15 , 2006

    Boyz II Men Waiting for Their Mariah Moment // 7:55 AM EST Updated by Casey

    Boyz II Men tenor Shawn Stockman commented on Mariah during a recent telephone interview with IndyStar.com. Below is an excerpt from the article.

    Mariah Carey posted a strong comeback with her last album. Do you look at that and say, "We could do it as big again"?

    "Of course. Mariah is talented, and you can't denounce her talent. Yeah, she's gone through a couple of personal things, but that didn't change the quality and the texture of her voice. It was only a matter of time before she would rise again and be on top. We feel the same way about ourselves. We're just waiting for our moment."


    Source: IndyStar.com

    Friday, July 14 , 2006

    Basketball Star LeBron James Ogles at Sexy Mariah // 7:20 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    ESPN's The Sports Guy, Bill Simmons recounts his personal highlights of Wednesday night's ESPY Awards. Below are the ones that mention Mariah.

  • "I happened to be sitting a couple of rows behind LeBron [James], which was funny because every time a female celebrity walked on stage (Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey, Ashley Judd, etc.), he looked more intense than he did during Game 4 of the Pistons series. If they ever do an ESPN Full Circle for the ESPYS, there needs to be a channel devoted just to LeBron's reactions to everyone who walks out."

  • "A well-known executive (not from ESPN) fell sound asleep during the middle of the show. That was my single favorite moment of the night other than LeBron staring Mariah Carey down like she was an Aston Martin. Hopefully there's videotape."
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    Source: ESPN

    Mariah Looking To Tour For Musical Inspiration // 6:27 PM EST Updated by Liron

    When not onstage during her fast-approaching Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour, Mariah Carey says she'll be laying down the groundwork for her next album. "I'm doing something I've never done before," the singer tells Billboard. "I'm doing the tour bus this time around. There will be much time for writing songs."

    Carey says she's looking forward to the cross-country drive. "It's an experience I've never had," she says. "It will reconnect me, in a deeper way, to what's going on in the world -- to what people are doing and thinking."

    The artist says she is looking to the road trip for lyrical and creative inspiration. "I fall back in love with the recording process and the studio when I've been away from it," she offers.

    As previously reported, Carey's outing begins Aug. 5 in Miami. Three U.S. shows on the itinerary were pulled and substituted with dates in Canada, a move attributed by tour promoter Live Nation more to heat north of the border than softness in the United States.

    "She sold out Toronto, she sold out Vancouver, she did over 10,000 tickets in Montreal, and she did well in Edmonton," Live Nation VP Brad Wavra says. "Why not gog into Winnipeg and Calgary and add another show in Toronto? The Canadian market is very hot now, and the exchange rate makes it very affordable to go up there and not feel like we're playing for short money."

    Source: Billboard Magazine

    Download: Mariah and Janet Interviews on Possible Duet // 6:19 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    EXTRA, Access Hollywood and Entertainment Tonight were all backstage Wednesday night at the annual ESPY awards to get the scoop on a possible duet between divas Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.

    With the newly-slimmed down Janet Jackson and music producer- boyfriend Jermaine Dupri breaking news to Extra about teaming up for a superstar duet with Mariah Carey.

    Janet: That's a big possibility. We're trying to get it together.
    Extra: You know that the music world wants that, don't they?
    Jermaine: Oh yeah. Definitely. The two giants of the game [are] definitely coming together.

    [ Download: EXTRA Interview ]

    Access Hollywood
    We've got new details of what could be a 'dream duet.'
    Access: A little birdie told me you might be doing a duet with Mariah Carey?
    Janet: Possibly. There may be truth to that.
    Access: Ah, Janet Jackson breaking news to us right here on the red carpet at The Espys.

    Yeah, Janet's man, mega-producer Jermaine Dupri told MTV, "It's gonna happen."
    Access: Jermaine told us that you're gonna be doing a duet with Janet.
    Mariah: Jermaine keeps saying this but Jermaine has got to call me and tell me about it.
    Janet: Possibly. You have to stay tuned and see.
    Mariah: I love Janet. Janet is wonderful. I'm a fan. I'll totally do it, but he's got to let me know 'cause we got to write the song."

    [ Download: Access Hollywood Interview ]

    Entertainment Tonight
    ET: I'm backstage with Janet and Jermaine. You guys are hanging out in the Crown Royale Lounge, what's going on back there?
    Jermaine: Getting drunk. (laughs)
    ET: Are you going to do a duet with Mariah or maybe? Maybe?
    Janet: Well, we're trying to get it together so we'll see. We'll see.
    ET: Maybe a duet with Janet?
    Mariah: I don't know what's going on. Jermaine keeps talking about it but he never tells me. I love Janet. I've always been a fan so you know, hopefully, you will see it.

    [ Download: Entertainment Tonight Interview ]

    Extra Download
    A video clip of Mariah arriving at the Kodak Theater for the Espy Awards and quickly saying hi to 2005 Heisman winner Reggie Bush.

    [ Download: Mariah Arriving at The Espys ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Singers Pink and Mark Freehily Talk About Mariah // 6:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Pink has continued to evolve as an artist, rocking harder on the "Try This" album, then showing a strong protest slant on "I'm Not Dead," her base of support has remained much stronger overseas. The pop rocker tells Philadelphia Daily News:

    "There's a lot of that going on with a bunch of artists. Americans seem more song-fixated, of-the-moment. Overseas, once they love you, they love you forever. Mariah Carey is another person who's had her ups and downs in the U.S. But she's always been huge in places like Japan."

  • In an interview with Sony/BMG Australia, Mark Freehily reveals that making the video for "Against All Odds" with Mariah is his favorite Westlife moment.

    What's your favourite Westlife moment?
    "As an experience, but not necessarily the final product, making the video for the Mariah Carey duet was really cool cos we got to hang out with her for 3 days and they filmed it all on an Capri where she has a big house and a studio. So we got to go on her big massive yacht and go to dinner with her, and it was just a really crazy experience to be hanging out with Mariah Carey in a big mansion in Italy, you know?! That's the great thing about what I've done in these past 8 years in Westflife is these little things we get to do which are so cool."

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    Source: Philadelphia Daily News | Sony/BMG Australia

    Thursday, July 13 , 2006

    Access Exclusive: A Mariah & Janet Duet? // 5:30 PM EST Updated by Casey

    Mariah Carey tells "Access Hollywood" in an exclusive interview that she's ready to warble with Janet Jackson.

    Mariah's exclusive Janet tip came during an "Access" interview that will air Thursday. (Check out "Where To Watch" for your local time and station.)

    Jermaine Dupri, record producer and incidentally, Janet's boyfriend, had earlier revealed that he was hoping to record a duet with Janet and Mariah.

    When asked about the possibility of a duet with Janet, Mariah told "Access Hollywood's" Nancy O'Dell, "Jermaine (Dupri) keeps saying this, but Jermaine has to call me and tell me about it. I love Janet. Janet is wonderful. I'm a fan. I'll totally do it, but he's got to let me know so we can write the song."

    When Janet was asked if there was truth to the two multi-Grammy winners teaming up, she played coy with "Access'" Shaun Robinson on the ESPY Awards red carpet Wednesday night saying, "There may be truth to that."

    Ladies, we look forward to it!

    Source: Access Hollywood

    HQ Photos: Mariah Presents at The ESPYs // 2:40 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are high-quality photos of Mariah presenting the "Best Male Athlete" trophy to Lance Armstrong at last night's 2006 ESPY Awards at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood, California. Click on each thumbnail below for a larger, full-scale view.

    Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery for additional pictures!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Download: Mariah Opens ESPY Awards Envelope // 11:53 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the link below to see footage from the 2006 ESPY awards (aired on RTL Germany) where Mariah struggles a bit to open the envelope as she presents the "Best Male Athlete" award.

    [ Download: Mariah Opens Envelope At the 2006 ESPY Awards ]

    Mariah Daily will have the video of Mariah's presentation after the show airs on ESPN on July 16 at 9:00pm EST.

    Source: Alex'

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: July 22, 2006) // 2:37 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date July 22, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #147 (Last Week #127)
    Billboard 200: #133 (Last Week #120)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #42 (Last Week #32)
    Sales this week: 6,528 (-20%)
    Total sales: 5,660,139

    Say Somethin' featuring Snoop Dogg
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #21 (Last Week #15)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #66 (Last Week #67
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #7 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #24 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #24 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #1 (Last Week #2)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #14(Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #14 (Last Week #13)

    Shake It Off ▲
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #23 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #22 (Re-entry)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrent: #30 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #10 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #5 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #5 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrents: #16 (Re-entry)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Wednesday, July 12 , 2006

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 9:35 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mariah will present the award for "Best Male Athlete" at tonight's 2006 ESPY Awards. Nominees in this category are Lance Armstrong, Vince Young, Shaun Alexander, LeBron James and Albert Pujols.

    --After debuting on the R&B iTunes chart at #47, the "Say Somethin'" So So Def Remix featuring the Dem Franchize Boyz has steadily climbed to #10! Let's get the song on iTunes' Top 100, download now!

    --Please continue to vote for Mariah as your "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist" at Teen Choice 2006. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, California August 20th at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

    --Honey B. Fly members get a chance to win front row tickets to a Mariah concert of their choice! Log on to the official site, MariahCarey.com for contest details!

    --MTV’s latest animated comedy, "Where My Dogs At?" follows two stray dogs, Buddy and Woof (voiced by Jeffery Ross and Tracy Morgan) as they navigate the mean streets of Hollywood. In the July 14th episode (10pm ET on MTV), the two dogs end up in rehab with Tara Reid. While there, they meet Mariah Carey, Russell Crowe and Janet Jackson.

    --From The Post and Courier: Mariah Carey loved her rendition of "Into the West," the Oscar-winning number from Howard Shore's soundtrack, at a Grammy ceremony in New York last December. The memory cracks 16-year-old soprano Kaitlyn Lusk up, the poise that makes her sound as if she has been in the business for years dissolving into giggles. "I was thinking, 'Oh my God, this is Mariah Carey. I used to listen to her albums in my room and sing to them. She's, like, complimenting me'."

    --From EurWeb: Newcomer Keyshia Cole was a nominee for BET's Best Female R&B Artist Award for her video "Love." She was among the likes of seasoned songbirds Mariah Carey, Mary J. Blige, Beyonce, and India.Arie (the award went to Mary J. Blige) and found it to be an extreme honor, but said she doesn't get really worked up over award shows. "At the end of the day, I feel blessed to be named with the names in my category, like Mariah, and just to be a part of the tribute to Chaka - that's legendary to me, but winning is not my goal."

    --From New York Post: The Tory Burch label was launched with a major push on the Oprah Winfrey show, when Oprah declared Tory was "the next big thing." Then, Mariah Carey strutted her stuff in one of Tory's rhinestone tunics - and nothing else - in a music video.

    Fans' Corner
    --Wiwi's tribute song "Hey Mariah! (Sing It With A High Note)" [Download MP3 and see lyrics here] got a special mention in Tunisian daily newspaper, Le Quotidien.

    --Chris is working on a Mariah fan project and needs your input. He's looking for fan photos, either of yourself or with Mariah. If you want to contribute, email your pictures with your name and your location to chriskelly@iol.ie.

    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Jeremy | Chris

    PCD Star Melody Wants To Be Mariah // 6:32 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Pussycat Dolls stunner Melody Thornton has hinted she'll be the first to quit the sexy group after confessing her first bandmates initially hated her and she was far from happy when she wasn't chosen to front the band.

    The "Don't Cha" singer insists the girls' happy family image isn't exactly what it seems, and she is only interested in using the group as a stepping stone to become the next Mariah Carey.

    Thornton tells Blender magazine, "When I first met all of the girls, some of them - not the girls who are in the group now - were not as welcoming. "I was like, 'What? I'm a kid. Leave me alone." The sexy singer admits she has big solo plans: "I'm biding my time... We all see this as a springboard for something else. "Some girls have said, 'It's my dream to be in a pop group,' and I'm like, 'OK, because I want to be Mariah Carey.'"

    Source: ContactMusic

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 9:47 AM EST Updated by Liron

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200
    : #133 (Last Week #120)
    Sales this week: 6,528 (-20%)
    Total sales: 5,660,139

    Source: SoundScan | Ritcher

    Tuesday, July 11 , 2006

    Photos: Mariah Seating Placard at The ESPYs // 7:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As previously reported, Mariah has been tapped to present at the 2006 ESPY Awards, joining other celebrity presenters including Janet Jackson, Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell, LeBron James, Ashley Judd, Reggie Bush, Venus Williams and Samuel L. Jackson.

    The Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly (ESPY) ceremony, which recognizes leading sports performances and athletes, will be taped July 12th at the Kodak Theater for a July 16th broadcast at 9:00pm ET on ESPN.

    Here is a sneak peek inside the Kodak Theater as employees place Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Janet Jackson seating placards for the 2006 ESPY Awards.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Angie

    Download the 'Say Somethin' So So Def Remix' Exclusively at iTunes // 4:30 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Mimi & Jermaine Dupri have teamed up again to deliver a HOT new So So Def Remix of "Say Somethin'" featuring Dem Franchize Boyz. The remix includes new vocals by Mariah and is currently only available on iTunes so CLICK HERE to purchase your download today!


    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Mariah Earns Another No. 1! // 2:02 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah takes flight to the top of Adult R&B with "Fly Like A Bird"! According to Billboard Radio Monitor, "Fly Like a Bird" officially becomes Mariah's 2nd #1 single on said chart this week! Mariah's previous #1 was "We Belong Together" while "One Sweet Day" spent nine weeks at #2 position.

    Source: Billboard Radio Monitor | Ritcher

    Monday, July 10 , 2006

    The Branding of Mimi // 1:25 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey is spending much time in Los Angeles these days. She is rehearsing for her upcoming trek, the Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour. To be sure, she is in a good place, wholly focused on the tour's presentation - as well as the brand that has become Mariah Carey.

    "I am in creative mode," Carey says during a break from rehearsals, "ready to embark on the next phase of my journey." Pausing for a few seconds, she adds, "Yes, life is pretty good right now."

    Indeed. Since the April 12, 2005, release of the multimillion-selling "The Emancipation of Mimi," Carey's career, which has had its share of ups and downs, has reached new peaks.

    This is not lost on Carey or her manager, Benny Medina of Handprint Entertainment, who are both actively leveraging Carey's brand, which is based around her artistry and music.

    In a career that spans 16 years, Carey has steered clear of brand marketing initiatives - until this year, that is. In the past six months alone, she has partnered with Intel (a TV spot), Elizabeth Arden (a fragrance line due next spring), Pepsi (a multiplatform campaign featuring exclusive content) and Claire's (where her jewelry and accessories line, Glamorized, is sold).

    On the near horizon is an inexpensive apparel line for dogs, to be sold exclusively at Claire's. Further off in the distance is a line of high-end, luxury women's watches. Consider it the two sides of Carey: one focused on her younger fans, the other focused on her own lifestyle.

    Early in her career, following such No. 1 hits as "Vision of Love" and "Someday," Carey says she was approached by a company to appear in one of its commercials. "But the creative for the campaign was too goofy," she says with a laugh. "It centered on my voice and a breaking glass. It just wasn't me. It wasn't how I wanted to portray myself.

    "Intel was my first brand partner," Carey says. "The fact that the company deals in high-level technology, which music is a part of, appealed to me." Carey also appreciated that the 30-second TV spot for the Intel Centrino mobile technology was not "hugely exploitive," but rather "creatively inspiring."

    Created by McCann-Erickson New York, the ad, which debuted in February, featured Carey and the sounds of "Mine Again," a classic-sounding R&B song featured on "Emancipation." Carey acknowledges that for this deal to work it was key that a nonsingle, album track be used. "It exposed the song as well as the album to more people."

    The ad was a preview to a larger, worldwide Centrino Duo campaign - encompassing print, Internet, TV and in-store platforms - that commenced in March and features Carey and other celebrities.

    For Medina, such a campaign was the ideal way for Carey to be introduced to brand marketers. "A package like this one made perfect sense," he says. "It's a multiplatform, multi-initiative concept that was strategically planned. It hits many eyeballs."

    The same is true of the Pepsi Cool Tones & Motorola Phones campaign. For this summer-long sweepstakes, Carey wrote and produced 20 original voice and music tones. During this promotion, which also spotlights Mary J. Blige, the All-American Rejects, producer Scott Storch and others, Pepsi could give away more than 260 million ringtones. (One in three codes found under the caps of approximately 800 million Pepsi products will be good for a ringtone at pepsismash.com.)

    Carey kicked off the promotion with a national TV ad in May. The spot, helmed by BBDO New York, features one of Carey's new ringtones, "Time of Your Life."

    According to Pepsi VP of colas Russell Weiner, by combining forces with Carey and the use of unique ringtones Pepsi was able to crack the teen market in an interesting way.

    Since the promotion's May 15 launch, unique site visits have doubled. "We've received several million entries," he notes.

    Thousands of consumers have downloaded Carey's ringtones, with the majority opting for "Time of Your Life." Pepsi executives believe this is clear evidence that the TV commercial has helped raise awareness for the promotion.

    The beverage company is hosting a one-off Pepsi Smash concert July 29 at the Kodak Theater in Los Angeles. Carey enthusiasts can win tickets to the show via radio (KIIS) and retail (7-11 stores) promotions.

    Medina, who has overseen Carey's career since 2004, views his client's current business dealings as an ongoing development of her talent and vision--coupled with the ability and willingness to take chances and execute things on her own.

    Consider this: After the flop that was "Glitter," Carey will star in "Tennessee," an indie film from producer Lee Daniels ("Monster's Ball").

    "With Mariah, it all trickles down from the top," he explains. "And she is at the top at this point in her career."

    The six-times platinum "The Emancipation of Mimi" garnered three Grammy Awards earlier this year and recently celebrated its one-year anniversary on The Billboard 200. In this issue, it sits at No. 120 on the tally.

    The album includes the singer/songwriter's 16th and 17th No. 1 singles, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us," respectively. With "Don't Forget About Us," Carey tied Elvis Presley for the most No. 1s on The Billboard Hot 100. As an active recording artist, she now has the potential to pass the Beatles' record high of 20 Hot 100 chart-toppers.

    The biggest-selling album of 2005, "Mimi" has sold nearly 10 million albums worldwide, according to Island Records. This brings Carey's total career sales to 160 million units worldwide.

    Tour promoter Live Nation has the luxury of not only aligning with a huge album, but also two decades of hits to promote. But historically, Carey's touring numbers have not been in the league of her success at retail.

    Producers vow her North American tour, which commences Aug. 5, will be different. "Mariah Carey put out a career-defining album a year ago--we're about to embark on the defining tour for her," says Brad Wavra, VP at Live Nation and point person for the tour. "This will be the biggest tour she has ever undertaken and the largest audience she's ever played to."

    Faisel Durrani, president of marketing for Live Nation, has orchestrated a massive national marketing and public-relations platform that has kept Carey in the public eye. While national promotions aren't exactly unique, what is unique here is Carey's commitment to the campaign.

    "She's been involved in everything, from daily phone calls to working with us in creating the radio and television spots and being very hands-on with the print campaigns," Durrani says. "She's very focused about her brand and the message she wants to get out there."

    A huge promotional blitz has led to Carey hyping the tour in USA Today and on several TV shows, including "Today," "Live With Regis and Kelly," MTV's "TRL," BET's "106 & Park" and "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."

    "Mariah has gone out and really done the work," Wavra says. "She has put in a tremendous amount of personal time. This is the difference between a successful tour and a tour that's mediocre."

    Wavra says the level of cooperation between label and promoter has been high. "Benny Medina has orchestrated a great cooperative effort between the promoter and the record company on this project," he says. "Mariah delivered them a great record, IDJ marketed and branded that record and helped bring it into the public's homes."

    Label and promoter are sharing data on radio buys and promotions, "and we're working with the label's sales department to create retail promotions with their retail partners," Wavra says.

    Carey's broad appeal presents a challenge and an opportunity. "She's a unique artist in that she means as much at the top 40 format as she does at the urban, rhythmic and hot AC formats," Durrani explains. "Normally, when we take a tour out we're hitting primarily one format and there's usually a secondary format that we're trying to hit. In Mariah's case, there are really five formats we hit simultaneously."

    An unpredictable U.S. tour market and a red-hot Canadian market led to some shuffling of the route, with three U.S. shows pulled and four more dates added, including three in Canada. Live Nation calls this action more a reaction to the heat north of the border than softness in the United States.

    "She sold out Toronto, she sold out Vancouver, she did over 10,000 tickets in Montreal, and she did well in Edmonton. We thought, 'Why not go into Winnipeg and Calgary and add another show in Toronto?' " Wavra says. "The Canadian market is very hot now, and the exchange rate makes it very affordable to go up there and not feel like we're playing for short money."

    Wavra is confident that the tour will wind up as one of the year's most successful. "I'm going to say that we'll be doing 80%-100% business across 32 major arena dates on this tour," he says.

    "The results are going to be there at the box office and onstage," Wavra continues. "It's the work ethic of the artist in realizing that to make a tour successful in this day and age you can't sit back and wait for it to happen. You've got to engage, and she has engaged with enthusiasm and vigor."

    Carey's new taste for branding also plays a role with the tour - Gillette Venus is a trek sponsor. Named the official 2006 Celebrity Legs of a Goddess in May, Carey will lead the nationwide search for the woman with the most beautiful legs in the United States.

    Legs of a Goddess contests will be held at five stops along the route: Miami (American Airlines Arena, Aug. 5), Atlanta (Philips Arena, Aug. 9), Philadelphia (Wachovia Center, Aug. 11), Boston (TD Bank North Garden, Aug. 21) and New York (Madison Square Garden, Aug. 23).

    Whereas Carey once shunned branding opportunities, today the challenge is careful management of ongoing campaigns. "You don't want a clutter of unmanageable campaigns going on at the same time," Medina says.

    Carey's exclusive licensing agreement with beauty products company Elizabeth Arden includes development, marketing and distribution of her own prestige line of fragrances. Carey's first fragrance is due next spring; its name will be announced early next year. Price points will be in the - range.

    It was Carey's overall brand that resonated with execs at Elizabeth Arden, which also has fragrance lines from Elizabeth Taylor and Britney Spears. "Mariah is a remarkably dynamic and successful artist around the world," Elizabeth Arden executive VP of global marketing Ron Rolleston says. "She's a genuine star, larger than life and incredibly passionate. We like that passion."

    And it doesn't hurt that she has a significant fan base worldwide that reaches across all age and ethnic groups, Rolleston adds.

    When working with a celebrity, Rolleston says it's important to make the fragrance autobiographical. "Mariah has genuine opinions about what she likes. She provides leadership when it comes to what she wants."

    Carey, who has taken an active role in the creation of her first fragrance, likens the process to writing and producing songs. Fragrances have top, bottom and middle notes, she says. "For me, this is where music and fragrance come together. I guess you could say we belong together."

    Source: Billboard | MariahCarey.com

    Mariah Daily Photo Gallery and Poll Update // 6:47 AM EST Updated by Liron

    Please take a minute to vote in our new poll (to your left side) asking "Which of the following songs would you want to hear on The Adventures of Mimi tour?" - you may check up to three songs.

    Below are the results of our previous poll:
    What's Your Favorite 'Mimi' Music Video?
    1) We Belong Together - 18,395 votes - 29.10%
    2) Shake It Off - 13,769 votes - 21.78%
    3) Don't Forget About Us - 12,769 votes - 20.20%
    4) It's Like That - 12,469 votes - 19.72%
    5) Get Your Number - 5,816 votes - 9.20%
    Total votes: 63,218

    Also, be sure to check out our Photo Gallery for additional 350+ high-quality photos of Mariah from various events. Below are some of the photos for preview.

  • June 1, 2006 - Fresh Air Fund Gala (44 photos)

  • July 17, 2005 - Amsterdam, Holland (40 photos)

  • April 12, 2005 - Good Morning America Mini-Concert (97 photos)

  • October 12, 2003 - World Music Awards (18 photos)

  • June 18, 2003 - Music Visionary Of The Year Awards (18 photos)

  • June 1, 2003 - Z100's Zootopia Concert (27 photos)

  • March 21, 2003 - UK Promotional Tour (22 photos)

  • March 1, 2003 - Soul Train Music Awards (17 photos)

  • January 13, 2003 - American Music Awards (32 photos)

  • December 4, 2001 - Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo (12 photos)

  • April 14, 2001 - Marbella, Spain Visit (31 photos)

  • November 2, 1999 - Coconuts "Rainbow" Album Signing
        (9 photos)

  • March 21, 1999 - Oscars Afterparty (8 photos)

  • September 4, 1997 - MTV Video Music Awards (5 photos)

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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Scans & Posters // 5:57 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • Scans. Below are scans of Mariah from this week's (July 17) issues of Star, Us, In Touch; and UK's Empire (August) and Heat (July 8) magazines. Click on each thumbnail below for an enlarged view.

  • Posters. From Getty Images: Tunisians check posters, promoting the July 22-24, 2006 concerts of US singer Mariah Carey, in the center of Tunis. The concerts in Tunis will be the New York star's first performance in Africa.

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    Source: Mariah Daily | Chris

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 12:37 AM EST Updated by Casey

    News Tidbits
    --Below are more photos of the "star dog" Mariah painted for Aspen Filmfest's Best in Show charity auction. Mariah's canine was a main attraction in Aspen this Independence Day as six of the 23 fiberglass dogs currently on display around town were featured in the annual 4th of July Parade.

    --Reminder: Please continue to vote for Mariah as your "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist" for Teen Choice 2006. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, California August 20th at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

    Mariah Mentions
    --From SanLuisObispo.com: The decline [in album sales] reflects in part a dearth of big hits compared to the same period in 2005, which saw Mariah Carey and rapper 50 Cent each release multi-platinum sellers.

    --From Inside Bay Area: [Christina] Aguilera claims women such as Etta James as her inspiration but she's clearly made Mariah Carey her actual singing template. Carey is a gifted vocalist too, with a range and clarity of timbre that anyone short of Aretha or Ella would kill for. Pity that both Carey and Aguiliera insist on singing every note with an orgy of vocal runs and unnecessary embellishments.

    The technical term is "melisma" but "vocal diarrhea" is equally descriptive in capturing how melodic arrangements with poise and simplicity get crammed through an esophageal shredder. Jazz and soul singers were the first to popularize melisma, using it judiciously as both displays of vocal virtuosity as well as for emotive effect. The problem has come in more contemporary times, following first Whitney Houston, then Carey's insinuation of the technique into modern pop songs. Since then, melisma has become less an enhancement and more of a vanity vehicle. See "American Idol's" warbling, sonic abominations for proof of how the malaise has spread.

    --From The Times of India: They're called purple dinners or mauve meals, depending on what you are having. The latest fad diet devised by singer Mariah Carey in consultation with her nutritionist involves eating a diet that is primarily purple in colour based on the anti-ageing and slimming properties of these foods.

    --Emilie Le Strange, who studies music at the Victoria University of Wellington, mentioned Mariah's "We Belong Together" in a recent feature titled Life's Soundtrack. Below are excerpts from the article.

    I was walking to the bakery the other day listening to Mariah Carey’s “We Belong Together” and I actually got choked up. For no particular reason. But I had listened to that song a lot during my last break-up, and there is a hugely personal, emotional attachment to it. I wanted to sing along with it at the top of my lungs: “Who’s going to talk to me on the phone til the sun comes up?!!” But instead I bought two almond croissants and had downed them both before I got home again.

    Not everybody likes asparagus, but everybody likes music. And every person’s life soundtrack is going to be different. I’ve got first dibs on “We Belong Together.”

    --Shawn Parker, who claims to possess an ability to instantly tell whether someone is African-American with what he calls his "Blackdar," mentioned Mariah in a recent Opinion column he wrote for The Onion. Below is an excerpt from the column.

    Okay, so my blackdar is not 100 percent infallible. Sometimes, on very rare occasions, it fails me. Like with Mariah Carey. At first, I was positive she was black, but now I'm not so sure. And that guy on the Yankees, Derek Jeter. I'm pretty on the fence about him, too. But, like I said, that's the rare exception. Almost always, I'll look at a person and immediately know for sure whether they're black, like, say, Jesse Jackson, or not, like Peter Jennings.

    --From Redlands Daily Facts: [Lori] Larson was recently told by her voice teacher that she has a three-octave range, which she sees as an exciting musical tool. The average person has a one-and-a-half-octave voice range, while Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston have a four-octave range.

    --From Orange County Weekly: Mariah Carey has earned the Gillette Venus Award, not for her latest album, which has gone platinum six times, but for her shapely legs.

    Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Aspen Filmfest

    Sunday, July 9 , 2006

    Pub singalong is flop of the pops // 11:39 PM EST Updated by Casey

    Some might say playing Mariah Carey songs is a crime in itself...

    But for Lisa Worrall, the proprietor of The Vine Tavern in School Street, Mosborough, the offence was so serious she ended up being taken to the High Court.

    The reason? She was caught playing hits including 'Someday', 'Emotions' and 'Endless Love' without a licence.

    The court heard Worrall has now brought her licence up to date, but a top judge ordered her to pay £1,428 in legal costs to music royalties collectors Phonographic Performance Ltd or PPL.

    Worrall, who was not present in court and was not represented, must pay the bill within 14 days.

    Lindsay Lane, counsel for PPL, said one of their inspectors called at the premises in October last year and heard tracks from Mariah Carey's Greatest Hits album including 'Make It Happen' and 'Dream Lover' being played, even though no licence was in force.

    A PPL spokesman said: "Whenever you play a sound recording in public, there are two separate licence fees to be paid.

    "PPL distributes its licence fees to record companies, recording artists and musicians, and the Performing Rights Society collects a separate licence fee which they distribute to composers and music publishers.

    "A licence is required for any event except a family or domestic gathering, such as a wedding reception or birthday party.

    "PPL sometimes waives fees for charity events."

    Source: Sheffield Today

    Saturday, July 8 , 2006

    Download: Mariah's Video Message To Tunisian Fans // 6:48 PM EST Updated by Liron

    Click on the link below to download the Tunisian TV ad for Mariah's concerts on July 22nd and 24th. The ad includes a short message from Mariah:

    Hi! I'm so excited to be coming to Tunisia - July 22nd and 24th to perform my first show of "The Adventures of Mimi" tour. See you there!

    [ Download Mariah's Video Message Here ]

    Source: Alex

    Ebony Magazine: Mariah Carey's Big Comeback // 3:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    After Award-Winning Year, Superstar Diva Takes Show on the Road

    It could have been called "The Vindication of Mariah," and people would have understood. Yet, Mariah Carey titled her most recent recording The Emancipation of Mimi, and the tremendously successful six-times platinum CD became the best-selling disc of 2005 with more than 9 million units sold. It also earned her three Grammy Awards and anchored what some say is the best year ever for this multitalented songbird.

    For Carey, success is perhaps the best revenge and response to the media critics and naysayers in the music industry and beyond who had written her off and sounded the death knell for what started out as a brilliant career. The resilient artist has demonstrated what it takes - enormous talent, guts and perseverance - to overcome adversity and endure personal and career setbacks.

    The second phase of the comeback celebration is Carey's two-month tour that will kick off in early August and continue into October. The buzz escalates as the kick-off date nears. "I'm really excited about it," she says of the tour, adding that she also is especially excited about working with Randy Jackson, who will resume his role as her musical director. She says she knew Jackson long before he became famous for his role on American Idol. "There will be more than a few wardrobe changes," she says, adding that she will be mindful not to bore her fans by being off stage too often.

    That's because concertgoers will want to hear her sing her endearing hits, from her debut "Vision of Love" on through to her recent No. 1 singles, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us." She has now tied Elvis Presley's 17 Billboard Hot 100 hits, but Carey has a good chance of surpassing the Beatles' all-time high of 20 No. 1 hits.

    She named the tour The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour (rather than The Emancipation of Mimi) to reflect her life. "It's been like a roller-coaster ride," she says in an interview while relaxing in her home in Tribeca in New York City. "I don't take myself too seriously. I always try to turn things into the positive - the glass is half-full, not half-empty. I just turn it around and don't let anything keep me down. I've come a long way in terms of just getting through each obstacle that was put in my way. This tour is going to reflect that, but in a subtle way. I'm not trying to ram a message down anybody's throat. The true message is in my songs overall. This is a moment in my life that is really exciting, and it really has been a ride to get here. If you don't take a risk, you never have the experience. I've definitely taken some risks! But that's what life is. It's like God doesn't put anything in front of us that is too much for us to handle. I really believe that.

    "I just want to go on the road and enjoy myself with my fans. It's our moment to celebrate, to have an adventure. First, you get emancipated, then you have an adventure."

    Carey's emancipation came at a price, a very public price. After her debut album earned her two Grammy Awards, followed by a succession of hits each year during the '90s, her life and career hit a series of potholes. The rough period began with the breakup of her four-year marriage to record executive Tommy Mottola (20 years her senior), who had signed her to his label in the late '80s. She finally got out of her contract with Sony and signed with Virgin Records. Then there were reports that she has a "breakdown" in 2001 while dealing with the pressures of filming the movie and recording the soundtrack for Glitter. (Neither project did well.) She checked herself into a treatment facility for exhaustion. Soon after, Virgin bought out her contract. It was a difficult time for Carey, who was still in her 20s. She recalls how she spent hours on a particular flight reading negative and incorrect press clippings about herself.

    "I was just really surprised by how big a deal people made out of it," she says of the incident, adding that she simply was exhausted and needed some rest. "I was working within a system where my ex-husband was still in control, so those were some of the hardest days of my life. That was really why I was struggling, I was off Sony, finally, but at the new label I had two weeks to set up a record. It was just draining the life out of me because I still felt I had to fight against the system... The intensity of the label that I came off of was so huge that I still had to fight against it because I think certain people knew that if I succeeded, it made their efforts to make me look like a puppet in vain."

    "For me to fight on their level, their playing ground, didn't work. I was in an uphill battle and it was time for me to just stop. Sometimes you have to do that because you're literally, physically going to collapse, and that's what was happening to me. I never looked at it as breakdown. Even a therapist told me that people don't have breakdowns and then the next day you're talking to them and they're fine. 'This is what happened to you [the therapist said]: You were overworked and nobody was treating you like a person, and you allowed it because you've been pushing yourself that way forever and you are used to a dysfunctional life. That's how it is'."

    That was then. Today Carey says she is surrounded by a "really good support system," with entertainment veteran Benny Medina as her manager and L.A. Reid as chairman of Island Def Jam Music Group, now her record company. "L.A. is the first record executive who really understands me as an artist," Carey says. "He wasn't trying to put me in some box that everybody wanted to put me in."

    Carey has never fit neatly into anybody's box. As a child, she loved to sing and she credits her mother for the "genes." She started vocal lessons when she was 4. As a kid she spent a lot of time listening to radio and her sister's records, taking in the soulful sounds of Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Al Green. Gospel music also was a great influence, and on occasion she accompanied her late paternal grandmother, who was Black, to a Baptist church. By the time Carey was in high school, she was writing her own songs, several of which appeared on her debut recording.

    For most of her life, Carey says she was not in touch with her father and had limited contact with the African-American side of her family. But in recent years that changed, and she is grateful that she had a chance to spend time with her father before he died several years ago. "I was fortunate to be able to have a relationship with my father," she says. "My parents got divorced when I was young. When you grow up with one parent, you get one side of the story. I'm not saying there was a deliberate thing that happened, but that's just the way it is. So I was fortunate to find out things I never knew about my father. For one thing, I never knew he was in touch with my music and my career. He wrote me a letter [during those rough times]: 'It doesn't matter whatever is happening. You've always been a star to me, even before anybody knew who you were.' It meant so much to me."

    In her home in Tribeca, she has a special place for the cards, photographs and family mementoes that her father left her, including notes she had written when she was kid. "I never knew he was sentimental," she says. "I was grateful to be able to spend time with him before he got sick. It was unfortunate that I lost him soon after, but I was grateful for the time I was able to spend with him."

    Carey often jokes about having a "dysfunctional" family, marriage and life. But she has found stability and solace by establishing a strong relationship with God and her church. "I really give credit for everything to God. Everything I have is because He has given it to me. So if I've had to go through some times that were a little difficult, and where some people had some different opinions about me - they still do and always will - but as long as I have that unconditional love from God, and I realize that no matter what, He is the one who will always be here for me, regardless. For this particular moment in my life, I've been able to have a really good relationship with my pastor, [the Rev.] Clarence Keaton of True Worship Church [who performed on the Grammy telecast with Carey earlier this year]. He's just really a great person. That is something that has really helped me."

    When asked if there is a special man in her life, Mariah says she prefers not to divulge details. "I don't feel comfortable being in like 50,000 different relationships," she says. "I've never been that type of person. I was married and that didn't work out, and that is something that in a lot of ways shaped the way I approach relationships." The man she chooses to spend time with "would be on the same page with me spiritually, have a sense of humor and is not concerned about being overshadowed by the fame thing."

    After the tour, Mariah immediately will start production for the movie Tennessee. Acclaimed producer Lee Daniels saw her performance in Wise Girls and felt that she was perfect for the role of a waitress who takes a cross-country journey to tend to family business. "It's not a money-making moment for me," she says of the independent film. "It's another way to explore my creativity and to be able to work with someone of Lee's caliber."

    While some say that Mimi is the best record of Mariah's life and career, she disagrees. "I don't feel that this is the best album of my life. That is yet to come. I'm ready to get back into the studio. I have so many ideas." And so much more music to make.


    Source: Ebony | Text and Scan: Mariah Daily

    Friday, July 7 , 2006

    Superstar Artists Enrich Sam Moore's "Sensation" // 6:34 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Superstars such as Bruce Springsteen, Sting, Mariah Carey and Eric Clapton are among the contributors to soul legend Sam Moore's upcoming album, "Overnight Sensational." The Rhino set was originally expected this spring but was bumped to August 29th to accommodate Moore's performances at several recent festivals.

    The album was produced by "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson. It will be Moore's first contemporary solo project, following 2002's "Plenty Good Lovin'," which was originally intended for release in 1970 but was shelved for more than three decades.

    Springsteen joins Moore on "Better To Have and Not Need," while Bad Company/Free's Paul Rodgers guests on the Garth Brooks-penned "We Shall Be Free." Carey and Vince Gill both appear with Moore on "It's Only Make Believe," while Sting and Sheila E enliven "None of Us Are Free."

    Here is the track list for "Overnight Sensational":

    --"I Can't Stand the Rain" featuring Wynonna, Bekka Bramlett,
         Billy Preston and Bebe Winans
    --"Better To Have and Not Need" featuring Bruce Springsteen
    --"Blame It on the Rain" featuring Fantasia
    --"Lookin' for a Love" featuring Jon Bon Jovi
    --"Ain't No Love" featuring Steve Winwood
    --"None of Us Are Free" featuring Sting and Sheila E.
    --"It's Only Make Believe" featuring Mariah Carey and Vince Gill
    --"Don't Play That Song (You Lied)" featuring Bekka Bramlett
    --"If I Had No Loot" featuring Van Hunt, Nikka Costa and Billy
         F. Gibbons
    --"Riding Thumb" featuring Travis Tritt and Robert Randolph
    --"We Shall Be Free" featuring Paul Rodgers
    --"You Are So Beautiful" featuring Billy Preson, Zucchero, Eric
         Clapton and Robert Randolph

    Note: Sam Moore's "Overnight Sensational" CD is now available for pre-order at CD Universe for $13.29.

    Source: Billboard

    Best lyrics of this generation // 5:44 PM EST Updated by Casey

    What are the best song lyrics of the past 13 years? The answer came from more than 5,000 music fans who voted in a lyrics poll by Billboard and USA WEEKEND at Billboard.com. Although all the lyrics of the songs listed below translated into hits, it was no surprise that the most votes, 33%, went to Mariah Carey's We Belong Together.

    Carey knows how to create lyrical magic by writing incredible songs that really speak to the masses. The proof: "We Belong Together" was the "Hot 100 Song of the Year" at "Billboard's 2005 Music Awards," and it was far and away the biggest hit of last year.

    Here, your poll results:

    1. "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey (2005)
    2. "Smooth," Santana, featuring Rob Thomas (1999)
    3. "Fallin'," Alicia Keys (2001)
    4. "Lose Yourself," Eminem (2002)
    5. "Hey Ya!," Outkast (2003)
    6. "Stay," Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (1994)
    7. "Gangsta's Paradise," Coolio (1995)
    8. "Missing," Everything but the Girl (1994)
    9. "No Scrubs," TLC (1999)
    10. "Family Affair," Mary J. Blige (2001)

    Read the lyrics of Carey's winning song and the rest of the songs on "Billboard's" top 10 list.

    Source: USA WEEKEND

    Insider: Mariah Carey may be in ET for film shoot // 7:51 AM EST Updated by Casey

    Look cool, y'all. Sultry Top 40 siren Mariah Carey could be in the house -- and by "house," I mean the Knoxville area -- in a few months to film her new movie, titled, appropriately enough, "Tennessee."

    What? How can this be? Why is she doing this? Enough with your questions already. Am I not a mere mortal? OK, here's the scoopage.

    Former Knoxville resident Russell Schaumburg wrote the screenplay for "Tennessee," an independent film going into production in November. It's about two brothers who hit the road to Tennessee to reunite with their estranged father.

    Russell is a 1989 Webb High School graduate, and "Tennessee" is the first major screenplay he has sold. Part of the movie plays out in New Mexico, another part in Texas, and the last part in Nashville and the East Tennessee area, near the mountains.

    "I think there is a really good chance they will shoot something in East Tennessee," Russell told the Insider recently. "Mountains play a significant thematic role in the movie."

    If it happens, the filming probably would happen either at the end of the year or early 2007. And, of course, Mariah would be part of it along with co-stars James D'Arcy and Ethan Peck.

    Mariah, or "Mimi," as the peeps in the biz call her, will play Krystal (yes, named after the restaurant), an aspiring country music singer who gets caught up in a road trip to Tennessee.

    "She plays an important role in helping the boys go home," Schaumburg says.

    Schaumburg has not met Mariah yet, but he's already daydreamed about what he would show her of his hometown.

    "You know about the fireflies up in the mountains that do their dance? I would love to take her there to see it," Schaumburg says. "I think she'd dig that. And I'd probably take her to eat at the Tomato Head."

    Later he e-mailed the Insider to amend his dream: "I would take Mariah on a boat down the Tennessee River to a big UT football game. I mean, that's a no-brainer!

    "It's true East Tennessee at its best: A big boat, a big game, a big time at Neyland Stadium in the fall -- that's the ticket."

    After that? "Well, I'd like for her to do a private concert at the Tennessee Theatre for me and 1,000 of my closest friends," he says with a laugh.

    Ah, that boy dreams big.

    Source: KnoxNews | Heroes of Mariah

    Thursday, July 6 , 2006

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 5:33 PM EST Updated by Casey

    News Tidbits
    --Here are scans/details from the "Say Somethin'" French promotional CD single.

    Catalogue Number: LC 00268/11189
    Country Of Release: France (Not For Sale - For Promotional Use Only)
    1. Album Version (3.44)
    2. Morales Radio Edit (3.43)

    --Mariah was ranked as the #17 most influential artist in the Rémy Martin 1738 Accord Royal national online poll celebrating Black Music Month. Congratulations Mariah!

    --Although the "Say Somethin'" video has fallen completely off both the Yahoo! Music and MSN Music charts, it currently sits at #19 on the AOL Music Top 100 Music Videos chart. Please continue to support the video!

    --Please continue to vote for Mariah as your "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist" for Teen Choice 2006! The awards ceremony will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, California August 20th at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

    Mariah Mentions
    --Sam Brace, a 22-year-old UA student who currently plays bass guitar for Murder Victim, mentioned Mariah in a recent interview with Tucson Weekly.

    Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?

    I really don't believe in guilty pleasures, but there are definitely some bands and singers I listen to that I've been made fun of for. For example, my friends don't understand why I love the new Mariah Carey album, but I think it's one of the best albums in the past few years.

    --From Mississauga News Online: [Tiffany] Costa had been selected out of a group of 50 contestants to be one of the 10 semi-finalists battling it out on the main stage in front of Metalworks judges. Singing I will always love you by Whitney Houston, the first song she ever sang in public when she was seven-years-old, Costa was able to push it to the top three where she sang Hero by Mariah Carey.

    She said she chose those songs because she could express herself through soul and give a little piece of who she is.

    "When I was small I loved Whitney Houston, and to date, it's Lara Fabian, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, and those singers that put a lot of power and soul into their music. I love the richness, too," said Costa. "I was amazed with the soul and how much they could express themselves through singing, transferring words into music, singing poetry, lyrics and everything."

    --From FOXNews.com: Mariah Carey has been noted for her penchant for renting a yacht more than 170 feet long with massive staterooms and a Jacuzzi.

    --From ETonline.com: About six months ago, the svelte Janet [Jackson] was seen in published photos looking like she had packed on a few extra pounds, but the star explains that she gained weight specifically for a movie role.

    "I put on the pounds for a film I was to do with Lee Daniels, the producer of 'Monster's Ball,' which a lot of people didn't know," Janet tells Kevin. "They wanted a full-figured woman. She's from the South, a waitress."

    Janet says they had to push the project back, and she had to pass on the opportunity in order to work on her new album. She now thinks that Mariah Carey will take on the role. Of course, she had another assignment to take care of -- losing the weight!

    --From BostonHerald.com: Other music moneymakers who will be hitting the Hub in the next few months include Mariah Carey, Shakira, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Barbra Streisand and Roger Waters. None of those shows have sold out yet.

    --From EdmontonSun.com: In a way, despite its success, the sunny I'm Like a Bird is the anachronism in [Nelly] Furtado's discography. Her tastes have always run more towards the world of R&B. Her first exposure to music was through underground rappers and DJs and she's cited artists like Salt-N-Pepa, Mariah Carey and TLC as influences.

    --From USATODAY.com - Idol Chatter: [Lisa] Tucker just got an iPod for her birthday and has loaded it with Jimi Hendrix, Gavin DeGraw, Mariah Carey and lots of other artists for the tour. Once it's over, she'll be exploring ideas for a sitcom. (You may remember her guest stint on The OC earlier this year.)

    --From International Herald Tribune: Precisely because of its scarcity, with a price to match, Cristal has enjoyed its cachet with rappers. "Hip-hop has always been an aspirational lifestyle," said June Ambrose, a fashion stylist who has worked with Mariah Carey, Jay-Z and Blige. "In the beginning, the goal was just, 'Give me the most expensive watch, the most expensive car, the most expensive bottle of Champagne.'"

    --From Playbill News: [Michael] Balderrama has been a scene-stealer in Saturday Night Fever, where he and Natalie Willes turned "Salsation” into a sensation, and Urban Cowboy, where he and Michelle Kittrell did a drunken adagio duet that became a tipsy tour de force. Besides grooving out in Movin' Out, the six-foot-one Texan has danced beside Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan and Mariah Carey.

    --Katie Olsovsky, an opposite on the USA Women's National Volleyball Team, mentioned Mariah in a recent interview with USA Volleyball.

    What are the top songs in your iPod?

    Always changes, but my favorite albums are Usher, the Killers, Ne-Yo, Panic! At the Disco, Mariah Carey, Black-eyed Peas, and a bunch of techno.

    --From PrideSource: Madonna's never been in the legion of vocalists like Cyndi Lauper, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion, but she's an easy sell when it comes to elaborate theatrical productions, which the DVD for "Secret" wisely, but intermittently, flaunts.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Alex' | PR Newswire

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: July 15, 2006) // 3:38 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date July 15, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #127 (Last Week #144)
    Billboard 200: #120 (Last Week #131)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #32 (Last Week #45)
    Sales this week: 8,172 (+17%)
    Total sales: 5,653,611

    Say Somethin' featuring Snoop Dogg
    Billboard Dance Radio Airplay: #15 (Last Week #5)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #67 (Last Week #73)
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #9 (Last Week #10)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #24 (Last Week #28)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #24 (Last Week #26)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #2 (Last Week #3)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #13(Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #13 (Last Week #12)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #9 (Last Week #8)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #11 (Last Week #7)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #9 (Last Week #7)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Special Packages to Mariah's Tunisian Concerts // 3:12 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    As we know, Mariah's two-night concerts in Tunis, Tunisia are slated for July 22nd and July 24th at the El Menzah Stadium. Ranalli Travel, in cooperation with Tunisair, is offering special concert packages including return air tickets, hotel accommodation, ground transportation, show tickets and more, to U.S. and European fans!

    Traveling fans can get the most information about these concert packages by logging on to Mariah Carey Live. Stadium zone chart, ticket prices, and other useful information can also be found on the site.

    Source: Mariah Carey Live

    Wednesday, July 5 , 2006

    Mariah Unveils Her Charity Painted Dog // 9:57 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey has finished her painted dog she designed for Aspen Filmfest's "Best in Show" charity auction. The dog has now been unleashed on the streets of Aspen along with dogs from Goldie Hawn, Nick Lachey, Anjelica Huston, Joaquin Phoenix, Johnny Depp, Salma Hayek, just to name a few.

    Each "star" dog will be auctioned off at a singular benefit event on August 1st at The Little Nell in Aspen.

    For those not able to attend the benefit auction, a select number of celebrity dogs will be auctioned online through Charity Folks September 4-20, 2006. All proceeds of the live and online auctions will support Aspen Filmfest's extensive year-round education programs.

    "Best in Show" is organized by Aspen Filmfest, the arts organization that brings big name talent, movie debuts, festivals and film series to Aspen, Colorado.

    Source: Aspen Filmfest | C4 Consulting

    Mariah Guests on DJ Clue's New Mixtape // 7:46 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    SOHH reports that DJ Clue is hard at work on his third LP for Roc-A-Fella Records, "The Professional Part III." The CD features guest appearances by Mariah Carey, The Game, Fabolous, Pharrell Williams, Snoop Dogg, Nas, M.O.P, Mobb Deep, Jagged Edge, Mario Winans, Beanie Sigel, Styles P and Jadakiss, among many others.

    DJ Clue's "The Professional Part III" is slated to hit stores in September.

    Source: SOHH

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 4:25 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200
    : #120 (Last Week #131)
    Sales this week: 8,172 (+17%)
    Total sales: 5,653,611

    "Fly Like A Bird" Mediabase Airplay Chart
    With a total of 18.033 million audience impressions and 1559 spins for the week of June 28 to July 4, 2006, Mariah enjoys the #1 spot in both audience and spins on Urban AC!

    Source: SoundScan | Colson | Marc

    Universal to Sell CDs in New Forms // 12:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Is the CD format dead? Universal Music, who is behind such artists as U2 and Mariah Carey, don't think so. They are planning a strategy to revamp the format, introducing new tiers of CD packaging in Europe. These will range from plush, deluxe versions of CDs to bare-bones cardboard sleeves, which will be intended to be sold at prices that equate to those charged for online sales of music.

    Despite these days of MP3 players and iTunes and so forth, the CD is still the main medium by which music is sold. So Universal Music Group International plans to reboot the consumer's experience of the format. Some ninety percent of their sales are still in physical, as opposed to electronic format, so the CD is still very important to them. And they want to ensure that the format endures for as long as possible.

    The middle tier of Universal's CDs will be sold in a new "super jewel box" designed to be stronger and more durable than the standard jewel box. Universal Music plans to absorb the extra manufacturing costs, estimated to be about 3 to 5 euro cents per unit.

    Although it does not set retail prices, Universal Music expects the deluxe CDs to sell for an average of 19.99 euros ($25.61), the standard for 14.99 euros and the basic for 9.99 euros. The formats are due to be introduced across the UK and Europe from September.

    Source: Reuters | TechSpot | Angie

    Tuesday, July 4 , 2006

    Download: Mariah's 4th of July 2005 Performances // 3:31 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Last year, the Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular aired in a special broadcast on NBC with Mariah Carey headlining the show. In celebration of America's 229th birthday, Mariah Daily has made its video files of her performances of "America The Beautiful," "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" available for download again!

    America The Beautiful

    [ Download: Mariah Performing "America the Beautiful" ]

    It's Like That

    [ Download: Mariah Performing "It's Like That" ]

    We Belong Together

    [ Download: Mariah Performing "We Belong Together" ]

    Bonus Download: On July 1, 2005, an E! News segment featured the Macy's 4th of July NBC special which included footage from Mariah's performance of "America The Beautiful" plus an interview. In the interview, Mariah mentioned that she usually never got to be in the U.S. on 4th of July and that her performance was also dedicated to her father who passed away on July 4th.

    [ Download: E! News 4th of July Segment ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Adding Up The Chart-Toppers // 1:11 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    "In last week's Chart Beat you said there have been 11 chart-toppers [in 2006], and then this week you say "Promiscuous" is the 12th song to assume [pole position] in 2006. That latter statement is correct, but weren't there 12 chart toppers as of last week (and now 13)? "Don't Forget About Us" was No. 1 in 2006, even if it didn't assume the position in 2006. To act like it wasn't No. 1 this year would basically mean there was no chart for the first week of 2006."

    Fred Bronson of Billboard Chart Beat answers:

    "In the 14 years that I've been writing Chart Beat, I've always counted the same way. The final No. 1 song of a calendar year belongs to the year in which it peaked.

    That's why I refer to songs that "assumed pole position" or "advanced to No. 1" in a calendar year. Once in a while I forget to qualify the statement, so I understand why you would question the count. I'll be more careful in the future to include the qualification so there is no doubt. "

    Source: Billboard | Marc

    Monday, July 3 , 2006

    Mariah Daily & Pepsi Contest: Enter to Win a Motorola Bluetooth Headset! // 6:19 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Watch Mariah's Official Pepsi "Cool Tones" Commercial and Enter to Win a Motorola Bluetooth Headset Only at Mariah Daily!

    Starring Mariah Carey in a fierce, exclusive commercial for Pepsi Cool Tones & Motorola Phones, the singer is set in a trendy restaurant after dramatically appearing to sing her new ringtone, Time of Your Life, when a man's phone rings. Carey's performance literally brings down the house. The commercial was directed by Paul Hunter, who has won several awards for directing music videos and commercials, and produced by BBDO, New York, Pepsi's longtime agency.

    [ Download: Mariah's "Time Of Your Life" Pepsi Ad here! ]

    Now, for a limited time, watch Mariah in this exclusive Pepsi commercial and enter to win a Bluetooth Headset from Motorola and Pepsi ONLY through Mariah Daily! Click on this link or the banner on top to enter now! The contest winner will be announced on August 5, 2006.

    Source: Mariah Daily | PepsiSmash

    News Tidbits // 6:14 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Please continue to vote for Mariah as your "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist" at Teen Choice Awards 2006. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from the Gibson Amphitheater, Universal City, California August 20th at 8:00pm ET on FOX.

    --On AceShowbiz.com's June 2006 edition of its Celebrity Buzz list, Mariah Carey's name still firmly circulates on the top 5 as she has taken seat on number 4 (up 1 from last month). Brandon Routh, Britney Spears and Jenna Jameson take the top 3 spots, respectively.

    --The tenth installment of the Kidz Bop series includes the Kidz's rendition of Mariah's "Don't Forget About Us" as track #18. Due out August 1, 2006, this 18-track CD is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $13.98.

    --For fans of Tucson's youth rock scene, Tora Woloshin is 16 years of power-packed vocals backed by the burgeoning rock band, Heartfelt Confessions. To local media outlets, she was the girl screwed over by the reality television talent search "American Idol." In an interview with Arizona Daily Star, Tora credits her musical influence growing up listening to Mariah.

    How did you first get interested in music?
    "I started singing when I was 2 years old. I grew up listening to Mariah Carey. I'd sing along to her stuff and went on from there. I am self-taught. I've had a few lessons, but I don't really like them because they tell me how to sing. I'm like, 'This is how I sing. You can help me with the form or structure of my mouth, but you don't tell me how to sing.'"

    --Donna Hewitt, a Sydney musician who will perform at Liquid Architecture, invented the eMic, which stands for extended micstand interface controller. It allows her to digitally manipulate her voice by using a joystick and sensors located on key parts of a microphone stand.

    "The design was based on research I did looking at how pop singers perform and interact with the stand. So I have looked at how they tilt the stand or grip it or run their hands up and down the sides of the mic," she says. Mariah Carey, Johnny Rotten and Peter Garrett were sources of inspiration.

    Source: Mariah Daily | ForRealItsLikeThat | Sydney Morning Herald

    Sunday, July 2 , 2006

    Mariah et al's "Essence Cares!" PSA Unveiled // 2:28 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    At the beginning of the three-day Essence Festival (July 1, 2 & 3) in Houston, Texas, Essence editorial director Susan Taylor unveiled a public service announcement (PSA) featuring several celebrities explaining the "Essence Cares!" initiative and partnership with social organizations.

    Mariah Carey, Oprah Winfrey, Terrence Howard, Danny Glover, Harry Belafonte, Sean Combs, Spike Lee and others listed sobering "these are the facts" statistics about the number of black children living in poverty and affected by crime. They also touted organizations such as the Children's Defense Fund and the Urban League and enlisted others to make a difference.

    "You can mentor one of the 2.4 million children who are parentless. You can get five friends to register to vote. You can demand that your church be open to children after school." The video ends with each vowing that "I'm in."

    Below are some photos of Mariah from the PSA video taping for "Essence Cares!" held June 10, 2006 at HBO Studios in New York City. (More can be found in our Photo Gallery.)


    Source: Mariah Daily | WFAA

    America's Top Model Talks About Mariah // 10:06 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Eva, winner of America's Top Model, talks about wanting to be like Mariah and meeting her for the first time in an exclusive interview with Essence.

    What's the best thing about celebrity?
    "...There are people such as Mariah Carey who are untouchable celebrities. I remember when she was wearing overalls, running through dandelion fields and I wanted to be her. I met her and it was like, aaaahhhhh. Mine is different. People know me from watching television, they saw my struggles. So when they meet me it's more, 'Hey girl.' It's like having a billion friends."


    Source: Essence

    Saturday, July 1 , 2006

    Mariah vs. Janet: Battle of the Comeback Queens // 8:37 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Now that Janet Jackson's beat her waistline into submission, she's ready to knock Mariah Carey off of her popstar throne.

    Sources say sexy Janet, 40, who just shed 60 pounds, is pressing her brilliant music producer boyfriend Jermaine Dupri to help her top the charts again - just like he did for Mariah, 36. It was Jermaine, 32, who co-produced Mariah's The Emancipation of Mimi CD, which has sold 10 million copies worldwide. Now he's finishing Janet's new CD, 20 Years Old, her first since 2004, when she had her infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction.

    "Janet is feeling trim, feisty and sexy and wants to do battle with Mariah," a source tells Star People. "Janet and Mariah have had a fairly cordial relationship over the years, but make no mistake, she wants to beat Mariah at her own game. She considers Mariah her only real competition to regaining her standing as the queen of R&B music." The impending battle puts Jermaine in a tough position, the source says, "because he's such good friends with Mariah - but he goes home to Janet at night!"

    As for Mariah, another source says, "Mariah thinks that if Janet can sell more records, 'God bless her.' But I think she'll believe it when it happens."

    Mariah also graces the pages of the July 10th issues of OK!, In Touch and Star magazines. Click on each thumbnail to view a large, full-scale image.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 8:28 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --In a recent AIM Interview, Lil' Jon briefly mentioned his collaboration with Mariah for his upcoming album, "Crunk Rock."

    JonGetCrunk (Lil' Jon): im only 3 weeks n an i got snoop, r.kelly, jd, sean paul of youngbloods, jd is doin some stuff fo me for mariah to jump on, a punk band called whole wheat bread an im jus gettin started
    DonyaInMusic (AOL): HOT!
    DonyaInMusic: Can't wait to hear the joint with you and Mariah
    DonyaInMusic: that just sounds like some fire
    JonGetCrunk: yep
    DonyaInMusic: you should get JD to get you, Mariah, AND Janet on one track
    DonyaInMusic: whoo-hooo, that would be banans!
    JonGetCrunk: wishfull thinking!!

    --One of the photos featured on FMQB's This Week In History is a classic Mariah Carey from the early '90s with then husband/Sony Music President Tommy Mottola and a hot up and coming producer Jermaine Dupri. (Note: Photo shown is from the 1996 Grammy Awards)

    --Keane premiered its infectious new single "Is It Any Wonder?" on "The Tonight Show" following headlining guest Mariah Carey - who, as Rice-Oxley recollects it, barely noticed her co-stars, who all are well over 6 feet tall. "Mariah is one of those people who doesn't mix with the hoi-polloi too much," he laughs. "She arrived in this enormous bus ... her entire bus is like an ad, covered in artwork with a huge picture of her on the side, with one of the door handles located on her nipple. It was ... errrr ... impressive." Inside Bay Area reports.

    --Mariah's performance of "Make It Happen" at Live 8 London, part of the 2005 concerts calling on the G8 leaders to do more to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty in Africa and the world's poorest countries, is one of the features on "Live 8 Concert Anniversary Video" that is available from One.org. Watch a preview of Mariah's performance. Also included in the video: Mandela, Bono on Live 8, G8 Promises; Brad Pitt, Matt Damon Visits to Africa, Live 8 concert footage, etc.

    Fans' Corner
    --Tunisian fan Wiwi has recorded a Mariah tribute song entitled, "Hey Mariah! (Sing It With A High Note)" to celebrate her visit to Tunisia on July 22 & 24. An original composition, Wiwi has incorporated some of Mariah's song titles, including her 17 number ones, in the lyrics. Download and listen.

    --The Third Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) Official Sign-up Day will be held on Saturday, July 15th, 6:30pm at Wendy's, Glorietta in Makati. All Filipino fans who wish to join the fanclub may do so for free! For further information, visit the PMCF site or contact Ken directly at 09278733546 or e-mail him.

    --From The Post Game: It's a somewhat unexpected turn of events, and one wonders how Atlanta Braves Manager Bobby Cox can even mentally prepare his team given that the last time he faced such turmoil Mariah Carey was picking up the Grammy for Best New Artist. (That's kind of shameful in itself - I think Carey's had more hits in 2006 than the bottom three in the Braves order).

    --From AllHipHop: Jacob the Jeweler's signature shoes have been featured in numerous magazines and such celebrities as David Beckham, Mary J Blige, Tyrese, Mariah Carey and Jamie Foxx have worn the shoes.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Wiwi | Ken | Webby28