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

Spring 2007
Exclusive perfume release

Fall 2007
New album release


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 2007
Playboy Magazine (cover).


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

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

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Thursday, August 31 , 2006

Mariah to Attend the VMAs? // 4:41 PM EST Updated by Lynn

According to E! News Live, Mariah will be attending and walking the red carpet at New York City's Radio City Music Hall for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards tonight. The E! correspondent interviewed a jeweler who custom-made a butterfly broach for Mariah to wear to the event.

"I actually have a custom-made piece I made specifically for Miss Mariah Carey. It's a studded gold Butterfly broach that she will be wearing at the awards show. It's priced at over $40,000." [Then they featured the real price of it at $44,000] He then said, "But, obviously money is no object to her."

The awards show will air live from Radio City Music Hall tonight, August 31st at 8pm (ET/PT) on MTV.

Source: Eddie | Jake

Entertainment Tonight's One on One with Mariah // 4:28 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Entertainment Tonight's Ryan Devlin is behind the scenes with Mimi herself, Mariah Carey, in New York talking romance, music, touring and taking home six prestigious BMI Awards!

Mariah's album The Emancipation of Mimi, which has sold 9 million copies, has been honored with six BMI Awards including Song of the Year and Songwriter of the Year.

"I've been writing my own songs my whole life so it's a weird thing if you're not strumming a guitar or behind a piano people don't think of you as a songwriter because all they see is the diva thing," she says. "I feel like songwriting is more my thing than singing is. I know that sounds bizarre to people who didn't even know I write my own songs!"

The star can put those awards right next to her three Grammys®, two Soul Train Music Awards, four VIBE Awards, an American Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards and four Radio Music Awards for the best-selling album.

Mariah is in the midst of her North American tour, which isn't always fun she says.

"It's like two days before it's complete silence and boredom for me -- everyone else is living it up and I'm there with a humidifier and writing notes," she says of preparing for each show. "You're kind of in jail but then you go on stage and that's your fun."

And when she's not on stage, she's hard at work.

The award-winning singer reveals to Ryan that she is indeed working on her follow-up to The Emancipation of Mimi.

"I'm definitely trying to start working on my new album," she says. "I'll wake up with new concepts and ideas. I have to have my tape recorder right next to me!"

But she does admit that when she's not in the recording studio, she does enjoy a little down time and doesn't even mind getting recognized.

"You have to accept it," she says. "You asked for it and you got it and you have to deal with it."

Log on to ETOnline.com to watch a video stream of Ryan's backstage interview with Mariah or download a video file here.

Source: ET Online | Natalia | Moony

Mariah Congratulates Best Legs Counterpart // 2:20 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Venus [PG], a recognized authority on women's legs, along with superstar Mariah Carey, today named Lauren Jaramillo, 21, of Belleville, N.J. the national winner of the fourth annual Venus "Legs of a Goddess" contest.

Ms. Jaramillo received the coveted title after defeating thousands of other women across the country. Contestants vied for the honor and a $25,000 grand prize at select locations this summer in conjunction with Ms. Carey's sold-out concert tour, The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour.

Contestants were asked to strut their stuff on a catwalk and "strike a pose" for judges who were looking for a woman with toned, shapely legs who exuded a confident, vibrant personality. "General Hospital" leading lady and "Dancing with the Stars" season one winner, Kelly Monaco, served as celebrity guest judge for the contest.

When notified that she had won, Ms. Jaramillo said, "I can't believe Venus chose me as the national 'Legs of a Goddess' winner. This is so exciting!"

Mariah Carey, who captured three GRAMMY® Awards for her celebrated album The Emancipation of Mimi, which has sold over 10 million copies worldwide, kicked off the nationwide Venus "Legs of a Goddess" contest on May 30 when she was immortalized with a 16-foot high likeness of her perfect legs. Ms. Carey received the title of first ever "Venus Celebrity Legs of a Goddess" and unveiled the replica during a ceremony at New York's legendary Radio City Music Hall, home to some of the most famous legs in the world.

Source: PR Newswire

HQ Photos: Mariah at BMI Urban Awards // 5:14 AM EST Updated by Lynn

Below are high-quality photos from tonight's 6th Annual BMI Urban Awards held at the Roseland Ballroom in New York City where Mariah was honored with the awards for Song of the Year for We Belong Together and Songwriter of the Year for Don't Forget About Us, Shake It Off and We Belong Together. Click on each thumbnail below to view a larger, full-scale image.


Source: Mariah Daily | BMI

Mariah Receives Top BMI Urban Awards! // 12:17 AM EST Updated by Lynn

U.S. performing right organization BMI saluted the premier r&b, rap and hip-hop songwriters, producers and publishers at its 6th Annual Urban Awards held Aug. 30 in New York City. Hosted by BMI President & CEO Del Bryant and Atlanta Writer/Publisher VP Catherine Brewton, the red carpet was hopping at the star-studded ceremony, which took place at the famed Roseland Ballroom.

Mariah Carey took home two of the night's top honors, including Song of the Year for her smash "We Belong Together" and Songwriter of the Year, which she shared with Miami-based producers Bigg D and Jim Jonsin.

Song of the Year "We Belong Together," which Carey co-wrote, ruled the top of multiple charts for months after its release in 2005, relaunching the five-octave singer's career back into superstardom. Carey also picked up her third BMI Songwriter of the Year award at the ceremony for placing three songs on the most-performed list ("Don't Forget About Us," "Shake It Off," "We Belong Together").

As the best-selling female performer of the 1990s, Carey stood apart by composing all her own material, and was twice before named Songwriter of the Year (1993 and 1999). She takes the top songwriter prize for the third time this year by placing three of her own hits on the most-performed list – "Don't Forget About Us," "Shake It Off" and "We Belong Together" – all from last year's comeback release, The Emancipation of Mimi. Carey, who also wrote 1992's Pop Song of the Year, "Love Takes Time," has a total of 23 BMI Awards and 15 "Million-Air" songs that have had one million or more broadcast performances.

BMI is an American performing right organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music, with a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world.

For a complete list of 2006 BMI Urban Awards winners, please visit bmi.com/urban.

Note: Mariah garnered a total of six (6) prestigious awards at tonight's BMI Urban Awards, namely,
--Songwriter of the Year
--Song of the Year, "We Belong Together"
--#1 Billboard Song, "We Belong Together"
--and the 3 most performed songs: "We Belong Together,"
   "Shake It Off" and "Don't Forget About Us."

Source: BMI

Wednesday, August 30 , 2006

Don't Forget About Jack // 8:45 PM EST Updated by Lynn

As we all know, Jack is nominated for a "Relly" award in the Best Non-Human Guest category. Voting for a winner in this category starts tomorrow, Thursday, August 31! So please "Don't Forget About Jack" and vote all day tomorrow using this voting link.

Source: MariahCarey.com

Update: "The Adventures of Mimi" Box Scores // 4:29 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Billboard has just published the boxscore for Mariah's concert in Philadelphia.

Date: Friday, August 11, 2006
Venue: Wachovia Center - Philadelphia, PA (Live Nation)
Gross: $979,702
Attendance/Capacity of Building: 15,160 / 15,160
Sellout %: 100%
Ticket Price Range: $129.50, $19.50, $9.99

Previously published:
Date: Saturday, August 5, 2006
Venue: American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL (Live Nation)
Gross: $1,074,620
Attendance/Capacity of Building: 13,156 / 13,156
Sellout %: 100%
Ticket Price Range: $129.50 - $19.50

Date: Monday, August 7, 2006
Venue: St. Pete's Times Forum - Tampa, FL (Live Nation)
Gross: $714,455
Attendance/Capacity of Building: 13,354 / 13,542
Sellout %: 98.6%
Ticket Price Range: $125.00 - $19.50

Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006
Venue: Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA (Live Nation)
Gross: $660,595
Attendance/Capacity of Building: 11,226 / 13,288
Sellout %: 84.5%
Ticket Price Range: $129.00 - $19.50

Total Gross: $3,429,372

Source: Billboard | Vag

Weekly Soundscan Numbers // 3:58 PM EST Updated by Lynn

The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
Billboard 200: #178 (Last Week #164)
Sales this week: 4,431 (-11%)
Total sales: 5,695,781

Source: SoundScan | Marc

Toronto Concert: Setlist/Tidbits // 3:51 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Last night, Mariah Carey performed a second concert in Toronto, Ontario, Canada at the Air Canada Centre. Fans who were in attendance claimed last night's was more impressive than her August 13th show.


01. It's Like That
02. Heartbreaker
03. Dreamlover
04. My All
05. Shake It Off
06. Vision of Love
07. Fly Like a Bird
08. I'll Be There
---"B" Stage:
09. Fantasy
10. Don't Forget About Us
11. Always Be My Baby
---End "B" Stage
12. Honey
13. I Wish You Knew
14. Hero
15. We Belong Together
16. Butterfly Reprise

--Mariah did not do any snippets. She sang every song full out and to the maximum.

--She cut out "Make It Happen" but sang "I Wish You Knew" in full. She mentioned that she wrote "I Wish You Knew" to be "a song to make an entrance on."

--When Mariah was going to the B-stage, she did not go from the side of the stage, she entered from the side of the venue's 100 level. All lights were on her instead of the usual just popping up on the B-stage.

--Mariah saw fan Alexander's sign: "Mariah, please sing Can't Take That Away" while singing Hero and said to him, "This is sort of like Can't Take That Away."

--The show was significantly shorter than the August 13th show because of the cuts and there were no Spike Lee videos.

--Mariah and Trey were fooling around a lot during "I'll Be There." Apparently, Trey made his entrance down the ramp and tripped; and started singing something about tripping instead of the lyrics and she responded back. They, however, got serious and finished the song the right way.

Source: Alexander | Matt

Mariah Rocks! // 5:36 AM EST Updated by Lynn

She's used to receiving lavish gifts from besotted admirers, but even Mariah Carey didn't expect £3million of diamonds to arrive before her sell-out concert in New York.

The chart beauty was preparing to greet 20,000 fans in Madison Square Garden last Wednesday when a special envoy arrived, dispatched by Prince Azim, the son of the Sultan of Brunei, who's worth £25billion.

"We were sent by private jet to deliver this gift," a representative of the 24-year-old, who's third in line to the Sultanate, announced - as he presented an eight-carat flawless diamond and platinum necklace and matching ring.

It sure beats a bunch of wilting roses from a garage forecourt!

Overjoyed by the gift, the singer, who has sold more than 100 million records, channelled her pleasure into a fabulous show.

Her amazing set featured 18 hits and guest appearances from rap moguls Diddy and Jay-Z, who was so impressed by the diva's glassshattering vocals that he bowed down to Mariah on stage.

Highlights included Fly Like A Bird, featuring a full gospel choir, and Dream Lover [sic], which was dedicated to rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard who died following a drugs overdose in 2004.

Fan Jake Wheelan from New Jersey, told us: "I came to see Madonna a few weeks ago and paid $360 (£190) for my ticket. Here, I've got the best seats for less than half the price - and the show's 100 times more fun."

The generous superstar was so thrilled to be back in her home city she splashed out £30,000 on Cristal champagne for her family and friends - including 3am - at an exclusive aftershow bash. More than 150 revellers, including her brother Morgan and former opera singer mum Patricia, helped Mariah celebrate her triumph.

Sipping a glass of Pinot Grigio wine - "Champagne's bad for my voice so I can't have any on tour. Make sure you have some, though!"

Mariah told us she's sleeping for 15 hours a day in a humidification chamber. It is to ensure her eight-octave voice can survive the rigours of her Adventures Of Mimi tour.

Breaking doctor's orders to speak exclusively to us as we partied till 4am at New York's 77 bar, she said: "I sleep in a room full of humidifiers and am on total voice rest between shows - I'm not even supposed to speak. It's very hard but this tour means a lot to me and I want everyone who comes to have an amazing time."

Reflecting on her astonishing comeback - her Emancipation Of Mimi album was the biggest-selling record of 2005, just three years after she was paid £15million to quit Virgin Records - she said: "Before I go on stage I try not to think about the dark times or it can all get too much. I know I'm blessed and I'm grateful to every person that stuck by me."

She went on: "I wish I could take this tour to the UK - I love that place, but the timing just didn't work. I've got to start filming a movie called Tennessee later this year, then I start work on a new album. The UK fans are some of my favourites, though, and I want to get back there as soon as I can." You and us both, Mimi!

Source: 3am - Mirror UK | Scan: Chris

Tuesday, August 29 , 2006

News Tidbits // 8:34 PM EST Updated by Lynn

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--Vote for Mariah Daily! Please take a moment and vote for the site on Digital Music Awards 2006's People's Choice for Best Music Site. Click on the image to the right or this link to vote for us! Last year, due to your votes, Mariah Daily made DMA 2005's Top 200 Sites at #24! Thanks again to all who voted!

--VH1 Europe is dedicating this entire weekend (Saturday, September 2nd and Sunday, September 3rd) to Mariah! During the weekend, fans will be able to enjoy many Mariah shows including her "MTV Unplugged" performance, MTV Cribs episode and Making the Video specials for "It's Like That," "Get Your Number," "Say Something" and "Boy (I Need You)." Click here to view the complete airing schedule.

--Attention Malaysian fans: Mix FM is giving away a pair of concert tickets to Mariah Carey's Adventures of Mimi Concert in Hong Kong. Be the nominated caller through on 03-9543 3322 when you hear the cue to call, identify as many song titles as possible within 30 seconds after the Mix FM announcer reads out one line from Mariah's songs.

--From New York Daily News: Mariah Carey, Pink, Diddy and Busta Rhymes will raise a glass - and maybe their voices - tomorrow (Aug. 30th) at Roseland when Babyface and L.A. Reid are honored at BMI's Icon Awards.

--"The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Site has been updated to include the newly-added show in Tokyo, Japan at Nippon Budokan. This new page includes useful information such as seating chart, map/directions to Nippon Budokan; where to purchase tickets and even a message forum where you can chat with fellow fans going to the concert!

--View all 76 high-quality photos of Mariah from her Madison Square Garden concert in New York!

--To the right are photos of the two posters being sold for $10 each at the "Adventures" concerts.

--In the latest issue of UK's Star magazine, there's a 3-page interview with Christina Aguilera. They talk briefly about Mariah and being a diva. They ask: We heard that you have a long-running fued with Mariah Carey. Is that true? CA: "No, there is nothing to that. I've already released a quote saying I have nothing but all the respect in the world for her. That's what it is." She has a real diva reputation. Do you ever wake up in the morning and feel like being one? CA: "No, I feel tired - that's how I feel! And I wouldn't necessarily use that word. I think diva represents a woman who knows what she wants - I definitely know that!"

--The 3rd issue of All Mariah, an unofficial magazine entirely dedicated to Mariah Carey, is now out. Get a sneak preview of the magazine by clicking here. The presskit includes pictures of the cover and all the individual pages, and table of contents. For further details, contact Eric at info@mcarchives.com.

Source: Mariah Daily | MariahCarey.com | Eric | Frank | Chris

Download: Mariah Concert in East Rutherford, NJ // 12:05 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Click on the links below to download MP3 files of Mariah's performances at the Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, New Jersey on Sunday, August 27, 2006.

01. It's Like That
02. Heartbreaker
03. Dreamlover
04. My All
05. Shake It Off
06. Vision of Love
07. Fly Like a Bird
08. I'll Be There
09. Fantasy
10. Don't Forget About Us
11. Always Be My Baby
12. Honey
13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
14. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
16. One Sweet Day (Snippet) with Mario
17. Hero
18. Make It Happen
19. We Belong Together
20. Butterfly Reprise

Fan Photos

Click here to download video clips from the show.

Source: Mariah Daily | Frank | Danny

Monday, August 28 , 2006

Connecticut Post Review: Mariah Carey Concert Disappointing // 10:31 PM EST Updated by Lynn

"Ever get the feeling that you've been cheated?"

Johnny Rotten asked that of the audience at a particularly disastrous Sex Pistols concert in 1978 shortly before that group imploded.

Had the same question been posed to the fans as they filed out of the Mohegan Sun Arena Friday night after Mariah Carey's concert, the answer would have been a resounding, "Yes."

The pop diva gave a show that lasted just 75 minutes and, more unbelievably, she was off stage for about 15 of those minutes. And this for an event with a top ticket price of $150 and "cheap" seats going for $90.

It's a shame, too, because it was quite the spectacle while it lasted. Although I can't claim to be a big fan of the singer, I was interested in checking out a big-time pop concert where I wouldn't leave wondering whether the singer was actually singing.

When she was on stage, Carey delivered a nice run-through of songs from her latest multi-platinum album, The Emancipation of Mimi, and a few of her older hits.

Obviously, a lot of money was spent on the stage, which, dare I say it, glittered. There also was a full band and a handful of dancers with her and a large screen so she could sing along to the videos of the hip-hop stars (Jermaine Dupri, Jay-Z, Missy Elliott, etc.) that appeared on her songs. The concert itself was great fun and Carey almost had me forgetting the traffic nightmares on the way to the casino and the fact that the show started a half-hour late. I even thought her giving the spotlight to singer Trey Lorenz for three songs was just a minor annoyance. But the major annoyance was yet to come.

After she performed "We Belong Together," she said her goodbyes to the crowd and left the stage to get ready for an encore that would send everybody home feeling thoroughly entertained.

It was an encore that would not happen.

There was a feeling of confusion throughout the arena when the house lights went up. Could that really have been the end of the concert? Did I really pay $150 for that?

Again, the answers were "Yes" and "Yes."

It's just too bad that Carey decided to shortchange her audience in this way. It took what was shaping up to be a perfectly fine evening and left her fans feeling a bit cheated.

What a rotten thing to do.

The set list:
It's Like That/Heartbreaker/Dreamlover/Shake It Off/Stay the Night/I'll Be There/Fantasy/Don't Forget About Us/Always Be My Baby/Honey/I Wish You Knew/Hero/We Belong Together

Source: Connecticut Post

The Day Review: Mariah Carey Way More 'Heartbreaker' Than 'Hero' // 6:26 PM EST Updated by Lynn

The people at Mohegan Sun got robbed Friday night.

It wasn't the people at the gaming tables or those in front of the blinking slot machines, but everyone sitting in the arena for Mariah Carey's concert.

Oh, where does one begin? How about she was a half hour late coming to the stage? Or that she did three costume changes in a matter of minutes? Or maybe that her deejay played more songs than she performed.

No, I think you really want to know that many of Ms. Carey's fans shelled out $150, that's ONE HUNDRED FIFTY smackers, for a show that lasted barely an hour. Don't believe it? Here's how it went down:

8:34 p.m., the curtain comes up and the audience is treated to a two-minute video about how Ms. Carey's life is similar to a roller coaster. She performs "It's Like That," "Heartbreaker," and "Dream Lover," the last with a hot Biggie Smalls remix to "Juicy" before she leaves the stage. While she's gone, no music is played and the audience just sits and waits.

Ms. Carey returns wearing the same outfit, but has added a pair of dark shades to the ensemble. What was the point in leaving? One more song, and then she leaves again.

Her deejay plays nine or 10 old school cuts, then she returns and performs two more songs, including a duet with Trey Lorenz.

Then, by this time I could barely contain myself, Ms. Carey had the audacity to leave the stage. Again.

Lorenz takes over and performs three songs. Ms. Carey returns to perform four more songs, then there's another deejay interlude. The Diva reemerges to sing the last verse and chorus of "How I Love You, Baby" along with "Hero" and "We Belong Together." At 9:45 p.m., the chorus of "Butterfly" comes on, Ms. Carey tells the crowd how much she loves us and exits. She should have just rolled her eyes, snapped her fingers and said, "Don't even think about asking me to sing another song!" Then, we really couldn't have been mad at her because she warned us.

But she didn't. Not only did her backup singers and band walk off the stage, but the house lights came on.

No chance for an encore or for the fans to chant or shout her name. All you saw were mouths hanging open and heads shaking in disbelief. A sampling of the exit polls:

"I spent $300," said the couple sitting behind us. "I could have lost that on the table, brother."

"We came for Mary J. Blige. She did two hours and barely left the stage," said another lady.

Ms. Carey, you did a disservice to your fans. The next time you think about coming back to the Constitution State, think about the sour taste you left in our mouths. Everyone in that audience deserves a refund. And you owe Connecticut an apology.

Source: The Day | Brad

CT Now Review: Mariah's Show: Short & Sweet // 5:35 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Before singing a single note at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night, Mariah Carey addressed fans with a prerecorded message, explaining that life is like a roller coaster, full of thrilling climbs and terrifying dips.

However true that sentiment, Carey's prologue felt like a warning, or at least an advance justification for whatever bizarre antics the singer - known in recent years for her erratic behavior - might unleash.

As it happened, though, it was a relatively poised and with-it Carey who turned up for the show. Her brief greatest-hits set, which centered on her more hip-hop-oriented material, was lacking in the kind of meltdown moments and diva freakouts that train-wreck spotters might have been hoping for.

Even so, Carey was off in her own world - a pink, glittery place where black underwear and stilettos constitute an outfit. Throughout the show, she held fast to a desire to be sexy in an over-the-top way, prancing around in costumes that didn't always flatter her sturdy figure.

Exhibitionism notwithstanding, Carey was on her game. She could make her voice go low, then high, then really high, occasionally reaching up into the canine-whistle register that, before near nudity, was her trademark.

On tunes such as "Dreamlover" and "Always Be My Baby," she conjured images of sweet summers gone by, paying more attention to the songs' melodies than any vocal feats of strength.

It was these airy pop songs from early in her career that translated best, even if the harder-edged, rap-collaboration stuff - Ol' Dirty Bastard spitting garbled rhymes on "Fantasy," Mase mumbling on "Honey" - is closer to who Carey has really been all along.

Since none of the rappers she's worked with were at the show, their verses were piped in via video, robbing the show of spontaneity. More problematic, though, was Carey's insistence on ducking offstage after almost every song, typically to change clothes.

Her DJ did his best to keep the party going in her absence, but there's only so long an audience will go along with hearing Bell Biv Devoe hits and being told to "make some noise for MC."

Plus, for all its noisemaking, the crowd couldn't get Carey to come back for an encore. She did 11 songs total, and when she got to the end of "Hero," she disappeared behind the curtains, the houselights flicking on almost immediately.

Only a roller coaster ride could have ended more abruptly.

Source: CT Now | Brad

Oops on Mariah // 6:48 AM EST Updated by Lynn

Last week's 10 Things column about celebrity dum-dums drew kind words from some readers (thank you; money's in the mail), but one group of negative responses in particular put our grey matter into a tailspin.

No one likes to be wrong, but apparently our reprinting of an infamous Mariah Carey quote (about wanting to stay thin like kids in Africa, but without "all those flies and death and stuff") was indeed that. Wrong.

We, like Ms. magazine, the San Francisco Chronicle, British publications VOX and The Independent, and BBC Radio One before us, believed the quote to be true. Unbeknownst to us, it was part of an Internet hoax instigated by now-defunct online magazine Cupcake, which printed a malicious fake interview with Carey in 1996. Our bad fortune.

Source: Victoria Times Colonist

The Republican Review: Mariah Carey Performance Brief // 6:32 AM EST Updated by Lynn

Uncasville, Conn. - Let's be brief.

After all, that is the word that best describes Mariah Carey's performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena on Friday night.

The entire show lasted from roughly 8:30 p.m. until 9:30 p.m. and with costume changes, deejay performances, and a three song medley from one of her backup singers, Carey spent less than 45 minutes on the stage.

For contrast purposes, 45 minutes is usually the minimum amount of time granted to an opening act. It's only half as long as the ride from Springfield to Uncasville. On some weekend nights the line at the buffet can be longer than Carey's show.

While some could argue that 45 minutes is quite long enough for a lot of performers passing themselves off as concert draws these days, Carey actually seemed to be getting at least a passing grade when she thanked everyone and waved goodbye.

She had the crowd on her side (they quickly turned), a major production (dancers, singers, live band, and a half dozen video screens) and the goodwill that comes with successfully executing a viable "comeback."

Things looked bleak for Carey at the turn of the century when she split with music executive Tommy Mottola, flamed out in an attempted movie career with the laughable "Glitter," and was dumped by Virgin Records. Her recent "The Emancipation of Mimi" release has put her back on the charts. The corresponding "Adventures of Mimi" tour could return her to punch line land.

What's longer than a Mariah Carey concert? Just about anything.

The show started with Carey narrating a video about her "rollercoaster" life before the curtains opened to reveal Carey in revealing short shorts and bikini top singing "It's Like That."

Rapper Jay-Z joined in via video screen during "Heartbreaker" and Carey carefully walked down a grand staircase to the bottom half of the multi-tiered stage to sing "Dreamlover."

There were a couple of diva-like moments, particularly when Carey admonished a crew member between songs.

"Get that light off me you dummy," she said, before remembering her microphone was operable. "Oops, just kidding."

After a strong cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," sung as a duet with backup singer Trey Lorenz, Carey left the stage to let Lorenz solo for three songs.

While the performances, two covers of Luther Vandross and a reprisal of the current Gnarls Barkley hit "Crazy," were entertaining, giving a backup singer eight minutes in the middle of a show is just a bad idea.

Carey returned in one of the five costumes she donned for the event, and worked through hits like "Hero," "Fantasy," and "Honey." She closed the show with "We Belong Together" and did not return for an encore.

Source: The Republican

Sunday, August 27 , 2006

Tidbits: Mariah East Rutherford, NJ Concert // 11:59 PM EST Updated by Lynn

Mariah performed at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey tonight. Below are some tidbits from the concert:

  • Mario made a special guest appearance because it was his birthday. He came out singing "Let Me Love You," then went on to sing "One Sweet Day" with Mariah.

  • The "Mimi" lights for "Shake It Off" were broken and the sign did not come down. Mariah said, "Normally I have the Mimi sign, but it broke so we just have to wing it tonight."

  • Mariah's pastor and the choir from her church were there for "Fly Like a Bird."

  • Someone tried to give Mariah flowers down by the B-stage and the guard snatched them right out of the fan's hand! Then at the beginning of "Always Be My Baby," Mariah said, "I'm gonna try to get all those flowers, but we have some guards in the way."

  • Fans Amy and Jakki held up a sign that said, "We have your 8th grade yearbook." Mariah, sounding not too happy about it, said to them, "If you hold that sign up at me again, I'm going to have to go down there and be angry with you!" Apparently, it's a project they did for Mariah, except she thought they had her ACTUAL 8th grade yearbook!

  • Mariah sang "Hero" to an 8-year old handicapped girl in the front row who they had to help sit up. The young girl cried as Mariah sang a verse to her.

  • Some girls in the front row had a sign that said, "Vote for Jack or Die" and Mariah told the camera man to get a shot of it. And she reminded everyone to vote for Jack for the Relly awards.

  • She sang her whole setlist and it included the B stage. The only thing they did not do were the Spike Lee skits.

  • Mariah put on another great show. It was apparently a little bit longer than the New York show, with the addition of Mario's song and a longer version of "One Sweet Day."

    Here are pictures taken by Danny at Mariah's Continental Airlines Arena concert.

    Be sure to visit the E. Rutherford, NJ page in our "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Site to read fan reviews from Alfredo, Danny, Nicole, Josh, iDoggy, TyTy and homeboy2002gh.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Nicole | Josh | Danny | iDoggy | Amy

    Download: Mohegan Sun, Connecticut Audio // 12:00 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Although last night's concert was short, Mariah gave her all, and she sounded great! Download MP3 files of Mariah's complete concert performances at the Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut by clicking on the links below!

    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. Shake It Off
    05. Stay The Night
    06. I'll Be There
    07. Fantasy
    08. Don't Forget About Us
    09. Always Be My Baby
    10. Honey
    11. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    12. Hero
    13. We Belong Together
    14. Butterfly Reprise

    Many thanks to Jonny for sharing his audio files with us!

    Source: Jonny | Mariah Daily

    Saturday, August 26 , 2006

    Kiss 108 Contest Winner Meets Mariah // 12:46 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Melanie Anderson got a phone call from KISS 108 telling her she had won a new Mazda Miata convertible.

    Several weeks earlier, she had been listening to the radio and had been the 25th caller, winning tickets to see Mariah Carey in concert. That made her eligible to win the car.

    Anderson and her fiance, 32-year-old Tony Neve of Nashua, were treated to Carey’s concert at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on Monday night. Right after Carey finished performing, Carey herself handed the keys to the new wheels to Anderson.

    Meeting Mariah Carey was a bonus. "I'm not a super-huge fan, I don't have any of her CDs or anything... but it was pretty surreal," Anderson said.

    Carey gave both Anderson and Neve hugs before posing for photos. "She was bigger and taller than I thought she would be," Anderson said.

    During the picture-taking, Anderson said Carey kept running over to look at the digital camera to see how the snapshots came out. "She didn't like a couple of the pictures, so she had us erase stuff," Anderson said. "She straightened out my hair and fixed Tony’s collar and made sure we looked OK."

    Anderson had a ball meeting the diva, as did her fiance. "He asked her for a second hug on the way out," she said.

    Source: Nashua Telegraph

    Friday, August 25 , 2006

    Live Updates: Mariah Concert in Uncasville, CT // 10:30 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah is performing tonight at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut as part of her "The Adventures of Mimi" tour. Mariah Daily will bring you live updates as they happen so stick around!


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. Shake It Off
    05. Stay The Night
    06. I'll Be There
    07. Fantasy
    08. Don't Forget About Us
    09. Always Be My Baby
    10. Honey
    11. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    12. Hero
    13. We Belong Together
    14. Butterfly Reprise

  • 8:35pm: Mariah arrives on stage to perform. No opening act.

  • 8:57pm: Mariah skipped "My All" but sang "Stay The Night"!

  • 9:01pm: She also cut out "Vision of Love" and "Fly Like a Bird."

  • 9:04pm: Trey Lorenz is on. So far Mariah has only done 6 songs!

  • 9:10pm: Mariah performs "Fantasy." There is no "B" stage in this venue.

  • 9:16pm: "Don't Forget About Us" is now on.

  • 9:32pm: Jonny has a sign that says, "Thanks for singing Happy Birthday to me, Love, Mr. Boston." Mariah saw it during "Always Be My Baby" and said Happy Birthday while she was singing.

  • 9:36pm: Mariah only did "I Wish You Knew" for snippets. She's in the Gold dress she usually does "We Belong Together" in. She's singing "Hero" now.

  • During the show, fans Christine and Kelly held up a sign that made Mariah laugh and look at them with a confused face. After she came back out again, she spoke to the crowd before singing "Hero" and she said, "Kelly and Christine, you guys up there with the signs TRYIN' TO MAKE ME LAUGH! I see you!"

  • 9:45pm: Mariah skipped "Make It Happen" too! She went straight to "We Belong Together" and "Butterfly Reprise." Show is over at 9:45pm - only an hour and ten minutes long.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jonny

    New York Post Review: High-Octave Fuel // 11:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Go to your darkest fear, the cold-sweat stuff you awake to in the night, like being thrust onto the stage of Madison Square Garden in front of 20,000 people wearing only your underwear and 6-inch stiletto heels, to sing impossibly high notes.

    Welcome to a night in the life of Mariah Carey.

    The voluptuous singer - who, despite being a hometown girl, rarely plays the city - spun a greatest-hits set for fans at the Garden Wednesday night that featured soaring vocals, questionable fashion decisions and a little help from her rap mogul friends - Jay-Z and Sean Combs.

    Besides her abilities to overcome personal adversity and hit glass-breaking notes so high only bats and dogs can hear her, Carey has the skill to make people smile.

    No, really.

    One just had to look at the fans sitting nearby. All had this non-New York goofy grin that made them appear as if they just got to go to Camp Mariah for vacation.

    It wasn't just the women in the house, many of whom have actually benefited from Carey's long-established summer camp program for girls, or the guys who ogled the singer's boudoir booty display. Stone-faced Jay-Z, a guy who only shows his teeth to clench a Cuban, was grinning the biggest, dopiest schoolboy smile as he worked an early-show duet of "Heartbreaker" with Carey.

    At the close of the tune, the rapper, who bows to no one, kowtowed to Carey with outstretched arms and a crooked smile - their chemistry was terrific.

    Minus the terrific chemistry, much the same could be said of Combs, who ran out of the wings to join Carey in the final throes of her hit "Honey." Combs popped a few "yo yos," gave a shout-out to the greater metropolitan area, folded his arms and eyeballed Carey over the tops of his shades.

    Carey was thrilled that he joined her, but he added little to the performance beyond the puffiness of his ego.

    Part of the charm of Carey's show was the general looseness of the concert. The two-level stage looked used, as if it had been picked up cheap in the Czech Republic. The between-song DJ-ing lent the affair the air of a bad bridge and tunnel club. Carey even had to stop the show at one point because a clergyman she invited to do the spoken-word part of "Fly Like a Bird" missed his cue and had to be found backstage and ushered into the spotlight.

    But M.C.'s deal isn't about cheesy sets, weird fashion or even celebrity guest stars. It's about the voice. And for the first five songs, including her duet with Jay-Z, Carey didn't blow anyone away.

    Where she finally found her groove was when she reprised her first No. 1 single, "Vision of Love." She warbled through the lows and used all of her five octaves to reach the song's summit.

    Who knew the word "love" could be stretched and contorted into an opus unto itself? She managed to repeat that performance passion during her late show rendition of "Hero."

    At 36, Carey seems to be very comfortable in her own skin. She was relaxed throughout her 20-song set, which featured a good but not great cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." Other fan favorites included "Fantasy," "Don't Forget About Me" and "Always Be My Baby," which Carey performed from a secondary stage set up on the floor at the center of the Garden.

    Carey did make a mistake by giving up a chunk of the middle of her set to backup singer Trey Lorenz. Despite his ability to carry a tune, Lorenz was unable to command the audience, and his mid-show mini-set just put sand in the concert's gears.

    Still, this was a very successful, fan-pleasing concert that made you wonder why Carey doesn't play her hometown more often.

    Source: New York Post

    Mariah Reveals A Lot // 10:29 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    'I am not a diva!"

    If Mariah Carey said it once, she said it a dozen times during her Madison Square Garden gig the other night. Mariah, honey, we believe you. But guess what, your fanatically devoted fans don't care. They love you as a diva. They love you breaking down. They love you coming back. They love you hitting those stratospheric notes. Mariah, whose hair is pretty stratospheric too, wore her usual selection of bodacious body-revealing get-ups, which can lead one to miss some of those big notes. Questions? Will that bodice burst? Will we see all the junk in the trunk?

    Mariah is very laid-back, and talks to her audience as if they are sitting next to her at a table in a restaurant. Some people think that's too casual an approach. But... yes, the fans love her intimate chatting. She is a sweet girl, who had a rough childhood, adolescence and young adulthood, including a tempestuous marriage to Tommy Mottola. Her stardom and those fans mean everything to her, and it's obvious in every breath she takes.

    Source: Liz Smith - New York Post

    Download: Mariah's Entire Concert at Madison Square Garden // 7:44 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download good quality video/audio of Mariah's full concert performances at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on Wednesday, August 23, 2006.

    00. "Life Is Like A Roller Coaster" - MPG | MP3
    01. It's Like That - MPG | MP3
    02. Heartbreaker - MPG | MP3
    03. Dreamlover - MPG | MP3
    04. My All - MPG | MP3
    05. Shake It Off - MPG | MP3
    06. Vision of Love - MPG | MP3
    07. Fly Like a Bird - MPG | MP3
    08. I'll Be There - MPG | MP3
    09. Fantasy - MPG | MP3
    10. Don't Forget About Us - MPG | MP3
    11. Always Be My Baby - MPG | MP3
    12. Honey - MPG | MP3
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet) - MPG | MP3
    14. Can't Let Go (Snippet) - MPG | MP3
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet) - MPG | MP3
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet) - MPG | MP3
    17. Hero - MPG | MP3
    18. Make It Happen - MPG | MP3
    19. We Belong Together - MPG | MP3
    20. Butterfly Reprise - MPG | MP3

    Many thanks to Moony (video) and Jonny (audio) for the files!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Jonny | Moony

    Jones Beach, NY Concert Preview: A Force To Be Reckoned With // 7:22 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    To some music lovers, Mariah Carey's voice sounds like that of a whining dog, whimpering and squealing through four-minute ballads and three-minute peppy dance tunes. But to others, her voice is a stunning instrument.

    To say that Mariah Carey has gone through some hard times is an understatement: She spent the late 1990s and the first half of this decade dodging rumors of suicide attempts and mental breakdowns. On top of that, she suffered from mediocre record sales and the seeming lack of a good fashion stylist. She giggled and rambled during live public appearances, and in an episode of MTV's "Cribs," she spent an hour touring her New York penthouse, changing outfits for every scene, dunking herself in a tub of bubbles, and hopping on a fitness machine in plastic high-heels. In short, she didn't seem together. At all. But the public's memory is fickle, and those tough times made it easy to forget that in the 1990s Ms. Carey had broken nearly every important musical record for a solo female artist.

    It was easy to think, early in this decade, that Ms. Carey wouldn't bounce back - in fact, it was probably easier to think that the singer and her ballads were dead and gone, relegated to the video cycle on VH1 Classic, than to imagine her gathering the energy to make another comeback. But this is a singer-songwriter who was the first female artist to debut at no. 1 on the singles charts. Not even Whitney Houston did that. And she did it her own way. On the song "Fantasy" she used a Tom Tom Club sample. Now, she could have gone mainstream and used a Talking Heads sample, but instead she went obscure - and she hit gold. Why couldn't she bounce back with pay dirt?

    With last year's "The Emancipation of Mimi," she did just that. The songwriting skills of the hip-hop extraordinaire Jermaine Dupri helped Ms. Carey hold her own for the first time in her hip-hop career. Like other vocalists, such as Mary J. Blige, Ms. Carey used Mr. Dupri's uncomplicated lyrics to her vocal advantage, carrying songs like "We Belong Together" to emotional arcs without going overboard. Remixes of "Shake It Off" and "It's Like That" appeared on multiple mix tapes, further legitimizing her return.

    Unsurprisingly, this comeback was accompanied by doubts about whether or not she would succeed, as well as by even more than usual criticisms of her appearance. Sure, her dresses are a little too short sometimes, but "Mimi" proved that despite such slip ups, her musical abilities are still as strong as ever.

    As she swings through the East Coast on her current tour (appearing at Jones Beach during Labor Day weekend), fans can step back and appreciate the struggles that Ms. Carey went through to get to where she is now. Wearing a black bandeau on stage is probably not the best idea for an outdoor concert, but as long as she can belt out "Vision of Love" and "We Belong Together" in the same set, she is still a musical force to be reckoned with.

    September 3 at the Nikon Jones Beach Theater.

    Source: The New York Sun

    New York Times Review: The Missing Pastor, and Other Onstage Ordeals // 2:10 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    The lights at Madison Square Garden were dim on Wednesday night. Mariah Carey wasn't onstage yet. But her recorded voice was booming through the speakers, dispensing clichés to the cheering crowd.

    For instance: "Sometimes life can be kind of like a roller coaster." And, from time to time we all get "a moment of peace." Also, our lives are "part of God's bigger plan." And finally, inevitably, "Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

    At the time it seemed as if Ms. Carey was talking about the ups and downs or her life and career. Her recent years in the music-industry wilderness are by now a big part of the Myth of Mariah, even though in retrospect they don’t seem all that dire. "Glitter," the movie and the album, were absolute bombs, but the semi-successful follow-up album, "Charmbracelet," was pretty good, and it demonstrated that there would probably always be a million or so people willing to buy a pretty-good Mariah Carey album. Still, it was last year's "Emancipation of Mimi" (Island Def Jam) that really put her back on top, and she's clearly relieved. During Wednesday's concert two of the most effusive dedications went to L. A. Reid and Doug Morris, the executives who helped make "Mimi" last year's best-selling CD.

    How could we have known, at the beginning of a totally entertaining and slightly weird night, that Ms. Carey's clichés would come true, right there onstage? The show included a few guest appearances (Jay-Z and Da Brat during "Heartbreaker"; Diddy during "Honey"), lots of ovations and all the costume changes you'd expect. But it also gave Ms. Carey a chance to demonstrate her singular talent for embellishment, vocal and otherwise. Give her a molehill, she'll make you a mountain. Give her a chance for a concert that should be a victory lap, she'll make it feel more like - yes - a roller coaster. There were plenty of not-quite-life-threatening ordeals that must have made Ms. Carey stronger.

    She chided DJ Clue, who had his own podium next to her band, when she mentioned his name and he didn't respond with an appreciative scratch or shout-out. She saw an expression she didn't like on the ever-smiling face of Trey Lorenz, her duet partner (for the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There"), and wondered aloud whether he was in a bad mood. And before nearly every song, she fretted about the dire threat of throat-parchedness; luckily, her water bottle was usually in exactly the right place.

    Her concert, like the great "Mimi" album, emphasized club jams over ballads. Early on, a show-stopping rendition of "My All" came back to life as a thumping house track. And she often emphasized the extremes of her vocal range: the smoky low notes and the smoke-alarmy high ones.

    Throughout, she betrayed a charming anxiety about pleasing the crowd. After "Vision of Love," the song that made her a star, she said, "At first I wasn't doing my first single, 'cause I was like, I don't know if people want to hear it, or whatever." And before "Don't Forget About Us," she said, "Thank you for making this my 17th No. 1 single." But who's counting?

    In recognition of the importance of following God's plan, perhaps, she sang "Make It Happen," a bombastic disco-gospel inspirational that compresses many of her tendencies into a four-minute song. And she tried her best to stick to the plan during "Fly Like a Bird," which was supposed to begin with a few words from a pastor. Ahem. Pastor? For a few tense, strange minutes he was nowhere to be found.

    "I'm not trying to be a diva," Ms. Carey said, adding, ominously, "We went over this." Eventually he showed up: another crisis averted.

    Near the end, Ms. Carey sang "Hero," and she dedicated it to a friend whose father had recently died. She seemed to tear up, so she made a request: "If you want, sing along with me."

    In true Mariah Carey style, she sang that request instead of saying it. And in even truer Mariah Carey style, she added some further instructions: "Just for the first part. So I can get it together."

    And the crowd followed her instructions to the letter. Surely that qualifies as a moment of peace.

    Source: The New York Times

    "Mine Again" Goes for Urban Adult Adds // 1:45 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    According to All Access, "Mine Again" will go for adds at Urban Adult Contemporary (UAC) radio format on Tuesday, August 29, 2006.

    Source: Josh

    Thursday, August 24 , 2006

    Fan Reviews: Mariah Concert in NYC // 8:19 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are excerpts from fan reviews of Mariah's concert at the Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY last night.

    "Mariah's last surprise for the audience was during "Honey." P. Diddy came out for a bit. Everybody was loving it! The concert was awesome and definitely worth every penny!" -- Frank

    "I was at the Radio City concert in 2003 and WOW!! MSG blew that concert away, they did not even compare. THE ENERGY! It was awesome!" -- Kaboyz

    "I stood the whole time and there was one point when she got on the center stage down by the crowd and I swear she turned and looked right at me. I grabbed my daughter, hoisted her up on my arms and we waved liked crazy and I swear she waved back." -- Mary

    "The people were out of their seats dancing and jumping around, screaming and all that good stuff!! That was my favorite MC concert!" -- CCallisto1

    "She blew everyone away. All I could hear while walking out was people talking about what an awesome show it was." -- iDoggy

    "She was the Mariah I always knew and loved and she rocked my world and I know no matter what happens I cannot be Heather without loving her. Not because she is what makes me, but because I have gotten to where I am because of her. So Yay Mariah and The Adventures of Mimi tour!" -- Heather

    "The concert blows away any concert thus far and any concert yet to come." -- Rachel

    "I was so overwhelmed when she came out. How long have we been waiting for her real moment of triumph in her hometown? It was a spectacle, and just plain moving. To think that almost everyone in those seats a couple years ago thought she was done - it's really something to think about." -- Rudy

    "Mariah is absolutely beautiful and there is nothing like hearing her sing live." -- Joseph G.

    "So they started the song [Fly Like a Bird] again, this time WITH the pastor, and she gave an amazing performance, sending chills down my spine and tears down my face! It was absolutely amazing. My favorite performance of the night!!" -- Vinny

    Read the full reviews at our The Adventures of Mimi Tour Site. Thanks to all the fans for their contributions!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Star-Ledger Review: Something's missing in Mariah's show // 3:54 PM EST Updated by Casey

    NEW YORK -- Mariah Carey is no longer a punchline.

    A few years ago, she looked like a diva on the decline, with increasingly dissapointing record sales and a growing reputation for strange behavior. But her early 2005 album "The Emancipation of Mimi" became a hit, and she returned from career limbo. Now, at the age of 36, she is once again an A-lister.

    At the start of last night's concert at Madison Square Garden, she showed a video of a rollercoaster, and discussed the "ups and downs" and "twists and turns" of her life, concluding: "It's all part of God's bigger plan for me" and that "whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger."

    The show had all the ingredients for a triumphant homecoming. Carey's voice was as strong as ever, and she hit her famous high notes with ease. The house was full, and - reflecting the turn toward hip-hop Carey took with "The Emancipation of Mimi" -- rappers Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Da Brat and Jadakiss made surprise guest appearances. (Other rappers, including the late Ol' Dirty Bastard, "collaborated" with Carey via video.)

    Still, it felt like something was missing.

    Carey doesn't present an overwhelming visual spectacle like Madonna or Janet Jackson. And while there were some exciting musical moments -- usually at a song's climax, where her voice explored a sonic stratosphere her contemporaries simply can't reach -- she often seemed to be going through the motions between them. And the show had too many breaks in the action (dance interludes, DJ mini-sets) to gather much momentum.

    The evening peaked with "Fly Like a Bird," where the presence of a 40-member gospel choir seemed to pump Carey up. This number also had an awkward moment, though, when a pastor who was supposed to deliver a spoken intro didn't show up, and Carey, clearly annoyed, had to stop the song and wait until he could be found.

    "This is not staged," said Carey, who also mused, "Maybe he didn't like a first outfit." She had worn a black bikini, under a sheer cape, with stiletto heels, at the start of the show, though at this point, she had changed into a more modest gown.

    Another highlight was the pop confection "Fantasy," performed on a small stage in the middle of the arena. The moody, understated "My All" was a nice break from Carey's usual bombast, though she repeatedly returned to surging power ballads, including "Hero" and "We Belong Together."

    Jay-Z made his appearance early on, rapping on "Heartbreaker," but the crowd cheered so heartily it was almost impossible to hear him. As Carey sang, he graciously bowed and waved his arms, as if to say, "We are not worthy."

    P. Diddy showed up later in the show, taking the stage for part of "Honey," but didn't do any actual rapping.

    Trey Lorenz, who sang with Mariah on her 1992 cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" and is in Carey's current band as a backing vocalist, stepped out front to help her with this song. He also accompanied her later in the show, on a medley of hits, and performed his own medley during one of her costume changes.

    Lorenz, who announced that his next album will be called "Mimi Presents Trey Lorenz," pointed out that Carey's '95 hit "One Sweet Day" still holds the record for most weeks at No. 1, while Carey herself, earlier in the show, had identified "Don't Forget About Us" as her 17th No. 1 hit. This was something that divas really shouldn't do: remind people how mind-bogglingly popular they are.

    It seemed as if Carey, despite her success, is still experiencing some nagging insecurity. That's the thing about rollercoasters: there are moments of calms, but you always have to brace for the jolts to come.

    Source: Star-Ledger

    More HQ Photos: Mariah at Madison Square Garden // 2:05 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are additional photos of Mariah from her sold-out concert last night at Madison Square Garden in New York. Click on each thumbnail below to view a larger, full-scale image.

    Be sure to visit the New York page in our Tour Site for even more photos!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Connecticut Preview: Mariah in full voice for state visit // 7:25 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Many may try to sing like Mariah Carey, but area vocal coaches and instructors recommend against it.

    Those emulating their favorite star can injure their voices if they force hitting those shrill notes, or even low ones below what comes comfortably, experts advise. Aspiring artists should develop their own, individual sound and skills, they say. People aren't just born with powerful voices and the ability to sing regularly and comfortably in whistle range, the highest register of the human voice, as Carey can.

    Carey boldly promotes her instrument in the title of her current, 40-city world sojourn, "The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour," which makes its only Connecticut stop Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena.

    Some credit genetics, even destiny, in Carey's fairy tale-like rise to fame. Born to an opera singer mother who named her for Lerner and Loewe's 1951 Broadway song, "They Call the Wind Mariah," Carey later wed, and divorced, Sony Music President Tommy Motolla.

    True singing stars like Carey, vocal coaches say, get their chops from a blend of training and their innately pleasing and distinct voices.

    Carey's deep, sultry, low notes and seemingly superhuman high-end wailing may seem effortless, but her voice has been cultivated over years -- beginning with coaching from her mother growing up.

    "It's just like an athlete. Were you born able to run the 500-meter dash?" said Marianna Vagnini, a Naugatuck voice instructor who has traveled as a professional soprano and will begin teaching students at Waterbury Arts Magnet School this year. "When Mariah Carey came out, she didn't sound like anyone else, which is what made her."

    Echoed Richard Gard, a composer, musician, teacher, producer and conductor who oversees the music department at Naugatuck Valley Community College in Waterbury: "It helps what you're born with. I'd say more than a good voice, you might be born with a distinctive voice."

    Both Gard and Vagnini tutor students to find their own voices, rather than emulating Mariah's, Sinatra's -- or anyone else's for that matter.

    Once a singer has found his or her own sound, proper training can expand performers' abilities to span the scale. But not quite to the seven-octave range Carey's publicity handlers have said she can achieve. Several vocal coaches have expressed doubt over the supposed seven-octave voice.

    "You'd have to be about 10 feet tall to have that range," said Gard, explaining the capacity for seven octaves as close to a grand piano's capability, from bottom of the keyboard to top. He called a three-octave range both huge and rare.

    A Web site that aims to debunk urban legends even has addressed this topic, with the snopes.com entry granting Carey perhaps six octaves. Others are not as generous, estimating Carey's range at anywhere between three and five octaves.

    Other artists who have been said to possess extraordinary range in excess of three octaves include Peruvian singer Yma Sumac, whose Web site claims her as at least once capable of five octaves, and Julie Andrews, whose voice has been categorized by sources as in the four- to five-octave range.

    "The human voice is a miraculous instrument," said Vagnini, adding that whatever Carey's range, she ranks undeniably among those with voices that impress. "She definitely raised the bar in what people expect to hear in a pop singer. She's certainly a bright light in pop history."

    Mariah Carey, 8pm Friday, August 25, $95-$150, Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT (888) 332-5600.

    Source: Republican American

    New York Daily News Review: Mimi is so-so // 6:21 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Voice soars but no sizzle.

    She has the most athletic voice of her generation, able to leap octaves in a single bound.

    But at Mariah Carey's rare Madison Square Garden concert last night, she proved yet again that force and flexibility in no way guarantee emotional depth or connection.

    In her usual style, Carey approached each song as a rigorous exercise, bending and stretching notes extravagantly, elaborating each melody with as many ornate phrases and fancy filigrees as she could conceive.

    Essentially, Carey was doing with her voice what Madonna does with her body.

    Carey meant such moves to make up for the fact that, unlike most modern divas, she doesn't dance. She doesn't even move with much grace. But at least she poses with a certain campy charm.

    Long attuned to modern trends, Carey made sure that last night's show wasn't just about music. She had a passel of backup dancers to shimmy and shake, a deejay to fiddle around between numbers, and enough costume changes to fill a segment on "Project Runway."

    Unfortunately, such distractions often wound up harming the show's pace. Seldom did Carey perform more than two or three numbers before vanishing backstage, while DJ Clue, or some video backdrop, carried the day.

    The deejay motif carried over into the songs. Perhaps nervous about her age (36), Carey put even more youthful hip-hop inflections into her music at this show than on her CDs.

    Both Jay-Z and Sean (Diddy) Combs showed up as guests. But the style wasn't always flattering, often slowing the beat and flattening Carey's already narrow melodies. Songs like the opener, "It's Like That," made such severe concessions to the beat, there wasn't much room left for the tune.

    By contrast, Carey's vocals certainly showed range. The woman can hit most any note on the scale. The deeper question is, should she.

    On hit after hit (from "Dreamlover" to "Honey"), Carey threw her voice around with the giddy abandon of a crazed seal leaping through hoops.

    It's a supremely influential approach. "American Idol" would be unimaginable without it. But for all her physical dynamism, Carey in concert generated no heat.

    Source: New York Daily News

    New Japanese Date Added! // 4:50 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    According to H.I.P Japan, a new "The Adventures of Mimi" tour date in Japan is scheduled for

    October 16, 2006 - Tokyo, Japan at Nippon Budokan
    Public Tickets On Sale:
    September 16th

    This is in addition to the previously-scheduled Japanese dates, namely:

  • October 18 - Nagoya at Nagoya Rainbow Hall
       (seating: 10,000 - sold-out)

  • October 20 - Saitama at Saitama Super Arena
       (seating: 37,000 - section "C" sold-out)

  • October 21 - Saitama at Saitama Super Arena
       (seating: 37,000 - sold-out)

  • October 24 - Osaka at Osaka Jo Hall
       (seating: 16,000 - sold-out)

  • October 25 - Osaka at Osaka Jo Hall
       (seating: 16,000 - sold-out)

  • Nippon Budokan has a seating capacity of about 15,000. Click here to view the seating chart. No pre-sale details are currently available.

    Source: Maple

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: September 2, 2006) // 4:34 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date September 2, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #194 (Last Week #196)
    Billboard 200: #164 (Last Week #168)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #41 (Last Week #45)
    Sales this week: 4,965 (+3%)
    Total sales: 5,691,350

    Greatest Hits ▲
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #15 (Last Week #16)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #36 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #35 (Last Week #24)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)

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

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #16 (Last Week #14)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #19 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #18 (Last Week #14)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    HQ Photos: Mariah Performs at Madison Square Garden // 2:47 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey performs with special guest Jay-Z at Madison Square Garden on her "The Adventures of Mimi: the Voice, the Hits, the Tour" concert in New York, Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2006. Click on each thumbnail below to view a larger, full-scale image.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Newsday Review: Mariah hits the Garden, just like that // 1:50 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Appearing on a highly stylized, Art Deco stage set, Mariah Carey kicked off her sold-out concert Wednesday night with "It's Like That," from her blockbuster new album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." Clearly, one thing Carey has been emancipated from is her clothes.

    Even by Carey's standards, her outfit was revealing: black, bikini-style lingerie wrapped in a sheer, billowing cape and high heels to match. Carey has been promising spectacle on this tour, and she obviously meant to deliver.

    The concert marked the first of three area dates for Carey (she's scheduled to play Continental Airlines Arena Sunday and Jones Beach Sept. 3). It also helped mark a new phase in her career. Once a soft pop singer, Carey has become a full-fledged hip-hop artist.

    Carey has long dabbled in R&B and soul, and on past albums she's enlisted the help of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Ludacris and others from the hip-hop world. But "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island), featuring production by Jermaine Dupri, The Neptunes and others, is a whole new ball game. Carey sings in rap-inflected cadences, serves as her own breathy chorus crooner and proves she knows how to ride a bass-heavy dance track.

    It's no accident that Carey chose another crossover hip-hop artist, the Jamaican dance hall singer Sean Paul, for her opening act. Paul showed up with a live band and ran through a 40-minute set that touched on pretty much all of his hits, from the lilting "I'm Still in Love" to the hard-hitting "Temperature," from his new album "The Trinity." He's not much of a performer, but the strength of his material was all that seemed to matter to the crowd.

    Like a true hip-hopper, Carey called in more than a few favors for this show, bringing out Da Brat, Trey Lorenz and Diddy to assist her on songs. Power 105's DJ Clue manned the decks. The biggest surprise of the night was Jay-Z, who showed up to sashay his way through "Heartbreaker." As Carey hit her famous high notes, Jay-Z stretched out his arms and bowed repeatedly.

    The second-biggest surprise was who almost didn't show up. After changing into a floor-length gown, Carey brought out a choir from the True Worship Church of East New York to perform on "Fly Like a Bird," but stopped the song short when the Rev. Clarence Keaton failed to walk on stage and deliver a mini-sermon. "I'm not trying to be a diva, but we went over this," Carey called out to her crew. "He's not here? Maybe he didn't like my first outfit."

    Carey may not be emancipated from temper tantrums, but with "Mimi" she's found an appealing new way to express herself.

    Source: Newsday

    Wednesday, August 23 , 2006

    Live Updates: Mariah at Madison Square Garden // 11:30 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As you know, Mariah is performing tonight at the Madison Square Garden in New York City as part of her "The Adventures of Mimi" tour. Mariah Daily will bring you live updates as they happen so please stay with us.


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    ---"B" Stage:
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    ---End "B" Stage
    12. Honey
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    14. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    17. Hero
    18. Make It Happen
    19. We Belong Together
    20. Butterfly Reprise

  • 9:25: Mariah arrives on stage to perform. She wore the standard black ensemble to open the show.

  • Da Brat and Jay-Z joined Mariah in Heartbreaker. The crowd went wild beyond crazy for Jay-Z. It was incredible, you could barely hear them singing. Everyone was so loud!

  • 10:04pm: She stopped singing Fly Like a Bird because the pastor was not there. The show is at standstill right now.

  • 10:08pm: All better now. I'll Be There is on.

  • 10:14pm: Trey is on.

  • There is a 4th back-up singer. Teka from the Charmbracelet tour is back.

  • 10:33pm: Honey is now on. Same setlist so far.

  • Apparently, Teka was only there for Trey's set.

  • 10:38pm: P. Diddy just came out for Honey!

  • 11:10pm: Show ends.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | Jonny

    Sun Chronicle Review: Carey puts talent, and more, on display // 10:21 PM EST Updated by Casey

    BOSTON - It kind of made sense that Mariah Carey opened Monday night’s show at the TD Banknorth Garden with, of all things, a rollercoaster.

    In a voiceover accompanying the onscreen rollercoaster ride, Carey described the ups and downs that have defined her 15-year career-record-breaking hits and massive popularity, massively huge missteps (think "Glitter") and hideaways from the public at large.

    But Carey didn’t become the best-selling female artist of all time by accident. And if her latest album, the multi-platinum monster "Emancipation of Mimi," wasn’t proof enough that she’s back at the top of her game, then Monday night’s two-hour set was.

    The newly svelte songstress appeared onstage clad in a fuschia bikini and sheer black pseudo-cape to the tune of "It’s Like That," a hip hop-flavored number that signaled her rise from the ashes in 2005.

    Video appearances by hip hop icons throughout the performance hinted at Carey’s crossover appeal, with Jay-Z mugging onscreen during "Heartbreaker," the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard rap-growling on "Fantasy" and Mase getting face time on the heavy funk of "Honey."

    As good as those songs were, Carey was at her best during slow to midtempo ballads like "Don’t Forget About Us," the gospel-tinged "Fly Like a Bird" and "Always Be My Baby," her first song with hitmaker Jermaine Dupri.

    Fans who had recently jumped on the Mimi bandwagon-and judging by the age of the audience, there were many-were unfamiliar with the inspirational "Make It Happen," not to mention her first single, "Vision of Love."

    Thankfully everyone knew the words to the Jackson 5 classic, "I'll Be There" featuring Carey’s protégé Trey Lorenz, who hung around to perform a tribute to the late Luther Vandross during one of Carey’s four wardrobe changes.

    Those wardrobe changes, along with backup dancers, a live backing band, and a winding staircase onstage, certainly didn’t hurt the ambiance Monday night.

    But it was The Voice, five octaves of glass-shattering power, that carried the show, never better than on Carey’s final song, "We Belong Together."

    Tearing up the ballad in a skin-tight gold gown and stiletto heels, Carey proved she remains one of few female performers with sex appeal and a set of pipes to match.

    Sean Paul was a surprisingly impressive opening act.

    Hits like "We Be Burnin,’" "Give It Up To Me" and "Temperature" bumped as Paul interspersed his borderline corny one-legged hops with hip thrusts that drew manic screams from female audience members.

    It’s hard to say what was more enthralling - his Jamaican accent and suggestive dance moves, or the music itself.

    Whatever it was, it worked.

    Source: Sun Chronicle

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers // 9:59 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200: #163 (Last Week #168)
    Sales this week: 4,965 (+3%)
    Total sales: 5,691,350

    Source: SoundScan | Marc

    Prepping Madison Square Garden // 9:22 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are pictures from Madison Square Garden (MSG) earlier today as preparations were underway for Mariah's concert tonight!

    Photos shown include: the front of MSG when they were playing the video ad for Mariah, the signs for Jay-Z's dressing room and "MC Accounting," pictures from the upper level of the arena when workmen were setting up the stage and a picture of the big screen with the bathroom skit paused on it. There was also a sign that said, "DJ Clue and Da Brat Dressing Rooms Lower Level" so it looks like DJ Clue, Da Brat and Jay-Z will be on hand at tonight's show.

    Many thanks to Jonny for sending us the photos!

    Source: Jonny

    News Tidbits // 6:51 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mariah Carey took a few moments before her concert at the TD Banknorth Garden on Monday night to meet with Lan Do, a 24-year-old medical student from Boston, who won the Venus "Legs of a Goddess" contest. She also handed over the keys to a new Miata to Melanie Anderson from Nashua, NH, as part of a promotion with FM radio station Kiss 108.

    --Mariah called in to New York's Z100 last night at around 6:20 to chat with DJ Romeo about her ongoing "Adventures" tour. In the 12-minute interview, they discussed her shows at Madison Square Garden and Jones Beach, "Legs of a Goddess" contest, Camp Mariah, Fresh Air Fund (FAF). She mentioned that kids from FAF would be at the Jones Beach concert on Sept. 3 for Mimi's Beach Party. They also talked about Spike Lee, her pink RAZR, her dog Jack and the "Relly Awards" and her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    --According to Swedish site, CDON.com, DVDs to "MTV Unplugged +3" and "Mariah Carey" will be released in Europe on October 2, 2006.

    Meanwhile, said DVDs are due out in the U.S. and Japan on September 12th. Find more details here.

    --Click on the image to the right for an enlarged view of Mariah on the cover of the current issue of CC, a Finnish magazine of fashion, houses and trends. Caption on cover reads: "I own more than 1,000 shoes!"

    --Canada's MuchMusic is re-airing "Backstage With Mariah" this Saturday, August 26th at 6pm. Much Music's Matte Bable travels to Miami, Florida for an exclusive backstage look at Mariah Carey's "The Adventures of Mimi" tour. He hooks up with all of the major players that make the magic happen on stage - the dancers, the singers, the choreographers, as well as special interviews from DJ Clue and musical director Randy Jackson, and of course, the diva herself, Mariah Carey!

    Still on MuchMusic, immediately following "Backstage With Mariah" is another Mariah feature called, "Born To Be." Be sure to catch these shows! TV listings here.

    --The Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) and KOKUN Events bring you the biggest and most exciting Mariah party in the country. "SUPERMIMI: The Adventures Party" is a celebration of PMCF's four flantastic years of bringing together Filipino lambs all over the country in honor of Mariah. The party will be held on September 9, 10pm at Club Government, Makati City. Visit PMCF for more details.

    --From Atlanta's CreativeLoafing.com: "What are the best and worst concerts you've seen this summer?" Lovell: Best show was Mariah Carey. She came out and performed immaculately. Didn't miss a note. She went beyond my expectations. She looked fabulous. I'd take her home with me any day. I like her body, I like the way she sings. The worst show was at Lakewood (Hi-Fi Buys), the Flashback Festival.

    --X-Factor judge, Simon Cowell labelled auditionee, Juliana Charlton "Mariah Scary" after her performance of Mariah Carey's Hero on Saturday's show.

    --Bianca Ryan, an 11-year-old belter from Mayfair, PA with a set of pipes from the heavens, won $1 million on the NBC talent-slash-freak show, America's Got Talent. Ryan cites Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and Patti LaBelle as inspirations.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Boston Globe | David | miragemm | Chris | Michael | Ken | Danny | Markus | February Sky

    Lowell Sun Review: Mariah Carey Connects in Diva-licious Concert // 2:06 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey's "The Adventures of Mimi Tour" made a stop at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston Monday night and brought with it hits, hotties, and of course, lots of glitter.

    The crowd of mostly teen girls was warmed up by the sexy voice and suggestive moves of Sean Paul, who performed a string of his hits, beginning with "Like Glue." Along with his four backup dancers, he brought enough energy to the stage to have everyone out of their seats during his entire 45-minute set.

    After a long 75-minute intermission, the curtains - adorned with the initials "MC" in pink glitter - opened to reveal a stage fit for a queen: Mariah had arrived.

    Beginning with her hit "It's Like That," Carey announced her mission for the night - "I came to have a party" - and the crowd's deafening screams showed they were ready for just that. Decked out in skimpy purple-glitter booty shorts and crop top, Carey hit those infamous high notes and delighted the crowd with their favorite songs, old and new.

    The elegant two-level stage came complete with four video screens, a star-filled backdrop with a disco beaded curtain and was topped off with "MC" right in the center. It was a perfect fit for the diva who has poise and confidence, as Carey clearly did.

    There was a sweet moment when Carey slowed it down and sang the ballad "My All" as she stood on the stairs in a single spotlight. Shadows of a couple dancing behind a screen set the mood for this older hit, as fans sang along with the song about wishing for one more moment with the one you love.

    With a quick change back to the upbeat "Shake It Off," lights spelling "Mimi" came down onto the stage. Carey danced in front of them, teasing the audience with a moment of pole-dancing.

    She took it way back with her first single from 1990, "Vision of Love" and told the audience that second show of her career was in Boston and was the best of her life. She chatted with fans as if they were all good friends and even took a moment to sing "Happy Birthday" to a male fan in the audience.

    Carey made a number of diva-style wardrobe changes into sexy-yet-elegant dresses that still didn't stint on glitter. Midway through the show, she moved to a smaller stage in the middle of floor and the audience went wild with the chance to get a better view of their idol.

    As the show drew to a close, Carey dedicated "Hero" to anyone who has been through any tough situation and had the audience singing along and waving their hands in the air. For an upbeat ending, a full gospel choir in white robes joined Mariah and her dancers on stage for "Make It Happen."

    Carey then graced the stage in a skin-colored, full-length dress for the encore song, "We Belong Together." As she said good night to Boston and walked off the stage to "Butterfly," glitter cannons exploded sending pink and purple butterfly shaped glitter over the audience - a graceful ending for a diva-licious evening.

    Source: Lowell Sun

    Download: Boston Concert Audio Files/Photos // 6:20 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download audio files of Mariah's performances and view photos from her concert at the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, Massachusetts on Monday, August 21, 2006.

    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    ---- Mariah Sings Happy Birthday to fan Jonny
    08. I'll Be There
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    12. Honey
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    14. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    17. Hero
    18. Make It Happen - Incomplete
    19. We Belong Together - N/A
    20. Butterfly Reprise - N/A

    Visit the Boston page in our "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Site to view more photos from the show! Many thanks to Frank for the audio files and pictures!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Frank

    Tuesday, August 22 , 2006

    Boston Globe Review: Carey is Glittery and Golden at Garden // 9:45 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    For all her diva posturing, Mariah Carey is just another giddy fan inside that curvaceous body she likes to display at all times.

    And the best moments during last night's 95-minute installment of Carey's current tour -- "The Adventures of Mimi: the Voice, the Hits, the Tour" -- at the TD Banknorth Garden were when she let that exuberant music lover out to play alongside the bombshell with the glass-shattering voice.

    Whether it was the offhand, almost unconscious, rapping along with video of duet partners like Jay-Z and the late ODB, the teasing of her band and dancers, or the singing of a sincere "Happy Birthday" to a devoted sign-waving fan, Carey was at her most likable when she seemed to be enjoying herself as opposed to counting in her head how many hip shimmies she had to do during "Shake it Off."

    Of course those hip shimmies (Carey's and those of her considerably more rhythmically gifted sextet of dancers), the peek-a-boo costumes, the mammoth silver-and-white stage dotted with a quintet of video screens, and the big hair were all part of the spectacle one expects. And the singer worked the stage with as much grace as a scantily clad woman in towering heels can.

    The pageantry was a bit silly at times, including the requisite intro video of Carey comparing her life to a roller coaster and then falling through the clouds. Trey Lorenz made an "entrance" to huge cheers for Carey's lovely cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," but he had been on stage all night as part of her trio of backing vocalists. (A medley by the genial Lorenz meant to promote his forthcoming album somewhat defeated the purpose by consisting solely of covers of Luther Vandross and Gnarls Barkley, but presented an excellent restroom break for many in the crowd.)

    The generous set list drew on her collection of 17 number one hits, with emphasis on her more recent rhythm and blues successes. Mariah and the crowd, 12,232 strong, followed every impressive trill, belt, and canine whistle with rapt devotion and vigorous sing-alongs.

    She hit her breakthrough anthem "Vision of Love" early and strong, summoning up a gospel grit that felt earned and would recur on songs like "Fly Like a Bird," the raucous, choir-assisted set-closer "Make it Happen," and, during a medley, an earthy duet of "Thank God I Found You" with Lorenz. That one particular felt like a glimpse at what takes place on the tour bus, two friends harmonizing with easy joy.

    The more calculated balladry of "Hero" and up-tempo, breezy numbers like "Heartbreaker," "Fantasy" -- sung on a B-stage near the back of the arena -- and "Honey" lacked that same grit, but the former drew a fervent ovation and the latter trio got the hips moving and the crowd jumping. "We Belong Together " ended the show in a spurt of hitching dance grooves and glittery purple confetti.

    Source: Boston Globe

    New York City News // 6:28 AM EST Updated by Lynn

  • NY Times' Pop Concert Listing
    Mariah Carey (Wednesday, August 23) - Before there was "Idol" there was Mariah, who made octave-hopping melisma a sport and never met a song she couldn't ride to No. 1. Young singers afraid of being a flash in the pan could learn a lot from her recent comeback, which relied on fresh and up-to-date hip-hop producers and songwriters. With Sean Paul. At 8 p.m., Madison Square Garden, (212) 465-6741, thegarden.com; $19.50 to $154.50

  • Traffic Forecast for Wednesday, August 23rd
    Whether you're catching the Mets' opening pitch or seeing if Mariah Carey stays on pitch, leave enough travel time because the sites of these attractions will be crowded.

    Madison Square Garden will be busy Wednesday night with Carey performing at 8. Expect delays in the vicinity of 33rd St. and Sixth to Eighth Aves.

  • Around The Dial
    Mariah Carey chats with Romeo on WHTZ / Z100 tonight, 6-10 p.m. You can listen to Z100's live stream broadcast by clicking here.
  • ______________________________________________________________

    Source: New York Times | New York Daily News

    Boston Herald Review: Carey on: Mariah proves comeback's complete // 5:22 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Not too many pop singers can finesse massive crowds in their underwear. But Mariah Carey isn't your everyday pop singer.

    When Carey's 2001 release, "Glitter," bombed commercially, she probably couldn't have sold out your local Best Buy. Even in her intimates. But with the muscle of her recent Billboard blockbuster, "The Emancipation of Mimi," behind her, Carey had the TD Banknorth Garden packed with her usual fan base: kids, moms, dads, thugs, chicks, players and everyone else in between.

    But a spectacle on par with Carey can't be unveiled without a proper intro. Her mere presence calls for a worthy opening act, which last night came from Jamaican dancehall dynamo Sean Paul, who is for many to reggae what Carey is to r & b. He racks up hit singles the way UPS drivers collect parking tickets. Jamming through dancehall hits such as "We Be Burnin'" and "Get It On," Paul energized people who came to hear him as well as Carey die-hards waiting patiently for their hero.

    Carey's intro was hysterically dramatic. She emerged to a recording of her waxing poetic about how life is like a roller coaster. When her fans finished wiping their tears, they braced for the show.

    In a salute to rappers who have laid verses on her most popular tracks, Carey paid homage to MCs she's collaborated with.During "Heartbreaker," Jay-Z cameos filled the video monitors, and for "Fantasy," deceased rap star Ol' Dirty Bastard's verse was given a full salute.

    But Carey's catalog is even more impressive than her vocals and the MCs who have complemented her choruses. For every dance track she flung in the beginning of her set, she unfurled a "Vision of Love" or "Hero." Her fame might have briefly faded from 2000 to 2003, but Carey's vocal chords never left the building.

    No track triggered more tears and screams than "Always Be My Baby," a song Carey let her fans sing most of. Halfway ballads such as "Honey" inspired tears, but it took her hit "Hero" to trigger the night's most significant emotions.

    There are rumors about how Carey resents her fans and how she disrespects the backroom talents who engineer her career. But at a venue as mammoth as the Garden, none of that seemed relevant so long as she reigned over the crowd as expected.

    Below are pictures of Mariah donning a new Purple outfit for "It's Like That" at last night's concert in Boston.


    Source: Boston Herald

    Providence Journal Review: Mariah is The Voice, but not much else // 3:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    BOSTON -- When you're talking about Mariah Carey, it all starts with the voice. Or, as she billed it herself on the tour that rolled into the TD Banknorth Garden last night, The Voice.

    It was in good shape last night, but it's one thing to have such a force of nature; it's another to know what to do with it. And I'm not talking about the oversinging she's so often accused of; that's her deal, and if you can't get used to that, well, this deep into her career you've given it a fair shot. (It only grated on the encore, "We Belong Together.") She's still head-and-shoulders above the generation of American Idol doofuses trying to follow in her footsteps.

    But on the hip-hop-influenced material that's come to dominate her recorded output, such as the set opener "It's Like That," "Heartbreaker" (with video rap cameo from Jay-Z) and "Fantasy" (with video rap cameo from Ol' Dirty Bastard), she fell victim to the Van Halen syndrome -- imitating one's imitators and undermining one's own strengths -- sounding like any one of a number of thin-voiced contemporary R&B divas, with a couple of the trademark Carey helium notes thrown in so you know whom you're dealing with, but to not much other discernible effect.

    The Voice was used to better effect on opulent R&B such as the old hit "Dreamlover" and "Fly Like a Bird" and "I Wish You Knew" (from last year's The Emancipation of Mimi album), when she wasn't singing like she had something to prove, which unfortunately isn't nearly as often as you'd think it would be at this stage of her career. This is the stuff very few singers Carey's age or younger are doing, because very few can handle it. But there wasn't enough last night, and too many forgettable recent hits.

    The pacing of the show was a bit of a mess. The middle of the set was loaded with filler, including a DJ spotlight and a three-song set from "I'll Be There" vocal partner Trey Lorenz. The end of the show was bogged down with another DJ spotlight, snippets of songs such as "I Wish You Knew" and forced banter from Carey before finishing up with "Hero" and "Make It Happen."

    When The Emancipation of Mimi came out last year, more than a few people wondered exactly what it was she claimed to be emancipated from. Similarly, the introductory video to last night's concert featured footage of a roller coaster with a voiceover from Carey about how life was like, well, a roller coaster. Ups and downs, hold on, that sort of thing.

    That was pretty much it for the philosophizing, and while that may have been just as well, most of the material seemed to come from a mindset most commonly expressed in the margins of a notebook during third-period algebra: Look inside you and be strong. I'm gonna shake you off. Baby, don't forget about us. Make it happen.

    Which is a shame. At this point, with her raw talent, Carey should be leading, not following. Sure, Emancipation was last year's top seller. But last night's show didn't leave the impression of a young singer baring her soul or an older singer baring her scars. Or much of anything. Except The Voice.

    Opener Sean Paul was a rousing force, using a DJ, a backing band and synthesized beats to re-create some of his biggest hits, particularly from his latest album, The Trinity. The live band gave new life to such dancehall hits as "We Be Burnin'" and "Get It On."

    Source: The Providence Journal

    TD Banknorth Garden Gam Fest // 3:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Some of the Boston area's leggiest gals were hoping their long legs could carry them to victory at Gillette’s Venus "Legs of a Goddess" competition in front of the TD Banknorth Garden yesterday, right before the Mariah Carey concert.

    Lan Do, 24, of Boston, a medical student, won the competition, beating out 52 other contestants, according to organizers.

    The contest, which included General Hospital's Kelly Monaco as a celebrity judge, featured the lovely ladies walking down the runway and "striking a pose" for the judges, who were looking for Beantown's most shapely and toned set of legs.

    The women, who displayed confidence and vibrance while on the runway, had a leg up on the competition in the minds of the judges. The winner received VIP tickets for last night's Mariah Carey contest, with a chance to meet the leggy siren backstage. She also advances to the national competition with a chance to win $25,000.

    Mariah Carey was recently named Venus "Celebrity Legs of Goddess."

    Source: Boston Herald

    Boston Concert: Setlist and Tidbits // 2:21 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    Mariah performed tonight in Boston, MA at the TD Banknorth Garden. She jazzed up her show with a new ensemble and seemed to have great energy onstage.


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    ---"B" Stage:
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    ---End "B" Stage
    12. Honey
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    14. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    17. Hero
    18. Make It Happen
    19. We Belong Together
    20. Butterfly Reprise

  • Mariah wore a new purple ensemble for "It's Like That."

  • Mariah enjoyed all the fan signs and read many of them aloud from the "B" stage.

  • Trey Lorenz performed two new songs, including Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" and had a lot of interaction on stage with Mariah; they even joked that they would be moving to Boston.

  • Merchandise sold out quickly.

  • Whereas some of the three Spike Lee-directed vignettes have been cut from recent shows, none were played at last night's show.

  • Mariah sang "Happy Birthday" to fan Jonny during the show, referring to him as "Mr. Boston" because she didn't know his name.

  • Mariah hit some beautiful high notes during "Can't Let Go" to make up for, as she put it, her record label pulling the high notes from the radio edit because they were "too high for radio." She seemed surprised that the audience knew the lyrics to the song and let them sing along.

  • One of the overhead screens went black during "Honey" and remained off for the remainder of the show.

    Be sure to visit the Boston page in our "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Site to read fan reviews by Byron, Greg, Rory, Jonny, and DefaultUser.
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    Source: Greg | Jonny | STiMeY62483 | Byron

    Monday, August 21 , 2006

    Mariah Carey’s Anti-Aging Diet // 4:31 PM EST Updated by Casey

    Mariah Carey is known for her unusual diets. Case in point: just this past winter she shed a surprising number of pounds by consisting on a diet of plain fish and soup. Certainly that was odd enough. But with word now coming out about the most recent change in her eating habits, one has to wonder, has she finally stumbled upon her most oddball diet yet?

    Along with her nutritionist, Carey has reportedly created a diet plan that includes eating purple foods three times a week. That’s right. And before you start scratching your head and wondering how on earth eating purple foods can help you lose weight, you should know, that weight loss is not the goal of this particular diet. Instead, Carey is munching on the likes of grapes and plums in the hopes that they will help to prevent signs of aging. But don’t roll your eyes just yet. According to research, this purple food diet may just be the smartest one Mariah Carey has ever tried.

    In fact, according to Dr. James Joseph, Chief of the Neuroscience Laboratory at the USDA Human Nutrition Research Center for Aging, purple and blue hued foods actually do contain anti-aging properties, though he prefers the use of a different term. “We call it healthy aging,” he explained. This same line of thinking extends far beyond blue and purple foods and includes any fruit or vegetable that is bright in color. So what is behind this anti-wrinkle cure?

    “As you age,” Dr. Joseph explained, “you are less able to deal with free radicals, which destroy cells. When you’re young, you have defenses against these. As you get older, you are less able to repair these cells.” Based on the free radical theory, proposed by Denham Harman in the 1950s, this concept holds that antioxidants are able to prevent the formation of these free radicals responsible for aging. Dr. Joseph warned that if you are not getting enough antioxidants, meaning fruits and veggies, than the evidence will speak for itself. “If you are not defending yourself, the wrinkles are evident.”

    These same types of antioxidants may also be protecting you against something much more serious than a recent laugh line, they could be protecting you against disease. Free radical damage within cells has been linked to a range of diseases that include cancer, arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes.

    Dr. Joseph has even written a book on the subject. Entitled The Color Code, this how-to book is designed to help everyone mix their colors and get the maximum amount of benefits from fruits and veggies. And while you can get these antioxidants from different supplement tablets, Dr. Joseph advises that nothing compares to the benefits you will receive from eating the fruits and vegetables themselves. “Antioxidants are better if obtained in the food matrix. There are a lot more there,” he explained.

    So forget that long line at the beauty counter for the latest wrinkle banishing face lotion and rush to the grocery store, where you can stock up on a number of brightly colored fruits and vegetables, and for a lot less, too. It may just make the difference of a few wrinkles.

    Source: AOL Black Voices

    Jasmine's Juice // 12:55 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    "This is one singer who actually sounds just as amazing, if not better, live"

    The phrase: "We came, we saw, we conquered," can now place a photo of Mariah Carey next to it in the dictionary because on August 5, 2006, MC proved that she has not only whipped her critics and detractors into place with her numerous number ones, won award after award in the past year and sold more copies of her latest album than ever before in her career. Now she's blown away her fans with her current live gigs… and oh-how she's doing it!

    Her biggest, most doting fans queued up all night, so there were layers of fans 20 deep surrounding the Miami Arena hysterical with anticipation for the opening night of Mariah's Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour.

    It's been at least three years since most of the world saw MC perform live, so her fans came from far and wide - literally from all over the globe - and were on their feet all night.

    Since Miami she's been on a steady roll around the US killing the audiences at every venue. Even when MC was around an hour late the fans were jumping up and down not caring.

    The crowd was made up of every kind of person from every walk of life; kids, road boys, mums with toddlers, old folks, pregnant women, hip hop heads. You name it, everyone showed up.

    After Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul warmed up the crowd for her on different dates, the crowd was so hyped they did Mexican waves the size of which a European fan like me has never witnessed.

    When you go to an MC gig you're going as much for her sexy, provocative outfits as you are to hear her legendary vocals. On this show they both blow you away. There were enough clothes changes for a whole London Fashion Week.

    But that didn't matter because as she ran off to slip into another saucy outfit, the girls giggled with delight at each new one while some of the boys got very hot and flustered watching her naughty looks. Her more than able backing singers and dancers entertained us with their unsurpassed skills. MC's dancers led by the wonderful choreographer Rachel McIntosh flipped and shimmied for all they were worth and had us whining around in our seats trying to imitate them (unsuccessfully).

    MC's mate DJ Clue spun and mixed for all he was worth as MC stopped for mini breaks to change or catch her breath or take sips of water, which she felt she needed to apologise for. Why I don't know. Girl, we know you can't belt out those melodic tunes on pipes that are dry like the desert!

    Randy Jackson, Mariah's musical director (and always has been, but in US is famous for his judging role of American Idol) was on hand to ensure MC's music was on point all through the show.

    There were loads of musical high points during the show which showcased MC's vocal ability, and occasionally it seemed she would shatter with the hollering that was escaping her lithe body.

    MC had her friends/featured artists on her hits, such as Busta, Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard join her via the technology of video clips onstage but it was director Spike Lee who swung it on home with a series of video clips highlighting the crap from the media and haters that MC always has to contend with - while MC just smiles as it plays.

    A diva wouldn't be a diva without the long, 007-style gowns and MC's were put together by stylist June Ambrose who called in hot looks from every designer who wanted to dress MC. Ultimately, however, the clothes were made as one-offs. The outfits were untouchable and while the press may have just showed the public shots of MC in batty rider shorts, let me reassure you that the gowns and sexy dresses were much more dominant in this show than hot pants.

    She not only managed to run on and off stage in a variety of outfits but her singing was complete with all the vigorous stamina you'd expect from her. This is one singer who actually sounds just as amazing, if not better, live.

    MC recreated the Lady Marmalade vibe with her perfectly natural curves in a metallic red burlesque costume as she straddled and worked a chair so hard it practically melted under her, and rolled through hit after hit as the night sped past.

    If older fans were worried she would only bang out the old tracks they were pleasantly surprised as she worked in every hit including Dream Lover, Honey, My All, Shake It Off, Fly Like A Bird, Fantasy (during which she ventured into the crowd), Thank God I Found You, Hero and her cover of The Jackson 5's I'll Be There.

    We can only pray that after its US and Asian run it will finally make its way to Europe. You know if you want it you gotta demand it readers. Holla at MC on her site now.

    Source: The Voice

    Sunday, August 20 , 2006

    Download: Atlantic City Concert #1 Audio Files // 9:48 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download high quality MP3 files of Mariah's performances at the Trump Taj Mahal, Atlantic City, New Jersey on Thursday, August 17, 2006, her first of two shows at the casino.

    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    12. Honey
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    14. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    17. Hero
    18. Make It Happen
    19. We Belong Together
    20. Butterfly Reprise

    Many thanks to Jonny for sharing his audio files with us!

    Source: Jonny | Mariah Daily

    Update: The Mariah Daily Fan Project // 8:49 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    Mariah Daily would like to say thank you to everyone who has sent in letters, gifts, and videos for Mariah as part of the "Mariah Daily Fan Project." We know that Mariah is going to love all your kind words and trinkets on tour!

    If you have not already sent something in, there is still time! We would like to remind our visitors for the following upcoming deadlines for the project:

  • August 29th: Canada Fan Book
  • September 7th: East Coast/South Fan Book
  • October 2nd: West Coast/Midwest Fan Book
  • August 22nd: The Fan Basket (All items + letters must be
        RECEIVED by this date)

  • October 12th: The Ultimate Fan Video

    Don't forget to keep an eye out for the Mariah Daily cameras at concerts during "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour; we'll be filming fans' messages to Mariah as part of the Ultimate Fan Video!

    Mariah Daily would also like to thank Jacob Cote for his generous donation for the fan basket. Please get in touch with us so we can include your letter to Mariah as part of the gift!

    We are still accepting donations for the fan basket via PayPal for any fans who are unable to send in gifts for Mariah. This money will be used to cover the costs of the basket, additional gifts, the fan books, etc. and will be greatly appreciated. Any extra funds will be donated to the Fresh Air Fund. To donate, please send money via PayPal to fanbasket@mariahdaily.com.

    For more information on The Mariah Daily Fan Project, click here.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    Atlantic City Concert #2: Setlist, Photos and Tidbits // 4:50 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah performed in Atlantic City, New Jersey at the Trump Taj Mahal earlier tonight, her second show at the venue. Mariah was still feeling under the weather from the concert on Thursday, August 17th but inspite of this, she put on a great show.

    Setlist: [Click to download MP3]

    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    09. Don't Forget About Us
    10. Always Be My Baby
    11. Honey
    12. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    13. Hero
    14. We Belong Together
    15. Butterfly Reprise


  • The show started at 9:15pm. Mariah was only on for about 1 hour and 15 minutes.

  • The casino crowd was dead. Some mostly sat throughout the whole concert.

  • She cut out "Fantasy," "Make It Happen," "One Sweet Day," "Can't Let Go," "Thank God I Found You/Make It Last," the bathroom video skit and a whole wardrobe change.

  • Trey Lorenz sang 3 songs instead of his usual 1.

  • No encore. She sang "We Belong Together" as her last song and was still great!
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    Source: Frank

    FIU Student Has "Best Legs" // 4:42 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Audra Adeoye, 22, a senior at Florida International University studying biology, was named South Florida winner of the ''Legs of Goddess'' contest held August 5 as part of the events of a Mariah Carey concert at American Airlines Arena.

    ''It's a little hard to believe because I have always thought of my legs as a little too thin,'' Adeoye said. "In fact, I decided to enter the contest on a whim. I figured if it's legs they were looking for, then I'll give them every inch of my 41-inch legs.''

    Adeoye's prize was VIP tickets to Carey's Adventures of Mimi World Tour concert and a meeting with the superstar after the show.

    "Meeting Carey was an absolute honor and being photographed together for the 'Venus Legs of Goddess' contest was surreal,'' Adeoye said.

    She and winners in other cities will advance to the final round of Gillette Venus' ''Celebrity Legs of a Goddess'' on August 23 at Madison Square Garden in New York City for a try at $25,000.

    Source: Miami Herald

    Saturday, August 19 , 2006

    Press of Atlantic City Review: Carey struts her stuff at Trump Taj Mahal // 8:29 AM EST Updated by Casey

    ATLANTIC CITY - Love her or hate her, pop singer Mariah Carey's current live show, "The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour," gives people plenty to talk about.

    Carey performed the first of two shows on Thursday at the Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, her first appearance here in almost three years. She's back at the Taj tonight.

    The vocalist's attire drew immediate attention. Carey, 36, arrived on stage to sing her first song, "It's Like That," in what looked like a black bra, short shorts and a black, see-through cover-up.

    Carey's fans love to see her strutting and posing in clothes that cling to her body as if holding on for dear life, but as she closes in on middle age, some may wonder how much longer she'll have those curves to show off.

    Even though Carey employs three backup singers, two female and one male, and she can duplicate the vocals from her records in a live setting, not everybody appreciates the bird-like sound she makes when she takes her voice to the top of her range.

    For someone known for her vocals, Carey sings no songs in an acoustic setting. Synthesizers and backup singers join her even on ballads.

    Carey, the biggest-selling female performer of the 1990s, also wanted the audience to know that people talking behind her back comes as no surprise or shock to her.

    A video segment during the show features a handful of women in a ladies room. They say bad things about Carey, like how she thinks she owns the greatest legs in the world, and how they heard she allegedly underwent cosmetic surgery, etc. In the video, Carey emerges from a bathroom stall. She says hello to the women, and they say hello back. Each side pretends that Carey didn't hear what the women said. When Carey leaves the ladies' room, the women mock-sing one of her songs.

    Carey's fans can say this video segment shows the down-to-Earth qualities of Carey, how she knows women gossip about her.

    The singer's critics can argue that during a 95-minute show this just demonstrates Carey's insecurities. An attractive woman, a five-time Grammy winner, and a multi-millionaire, who transformed herself from someone unknown into one of the most famous vocalists in pop music, why should she care what people say about her?

    Carey modified her show to fit the 5,000-seat Mark G. Etess Arena. She usually performs in arenas with 10,000 seats or more. She typically leaves the stage, walks through the crowd, and sings songs from a second stage in the back of the room, but she didn't do that here.

    The vocalist's admirers should like this show. Carey sings her biggest hits from her comeback CD, "The Emancipation of Mimi," including "We Belong Together," "Shake It Off" and "Don't Forget About Us" and many of her No. 1 pop hits, including "Vision of Love," "Fantasy," "Always Be My Baby," "Honey" and "Hero." A DJ played old-school and new hip-hop hits to keep the crowd pumped during her several outfit changes. Five video screens provided a great view of the stage to everyone in the arena.

    For people thinking of seeing Carey for the first time out of curiosity, this tour may not show off her skills to best effect.

    At the end of the night, nonbelievers may feel like they ate at McDonald's for 90 minutes. It was enjoyable while you were doing it, but in retrospect, you could have spent your time better doing something else.

    Mariah Carey 9 tonight at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort, Atlantic City. Tickets are available for $175, $300 each. Tickets for $85 may be sold out. Call (800) 736-1420, visit Ticketmaster outlets, stop by the Taj Mahal box office, or order online at www.ticketmaster.com.

    Source: Press of Atlantic City

    What's Wrong With Mariah Carey? // 6:54 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    She's a multimillion-selling artist who's had trouble filling even modest concert halls. She has a rabid fan base, yet her biggest Hollywood movie became a box-office flop. And though she racked up eight Grammy nominations this year, she took home none of the major awards.

    For such a hugely popular artist, Mariah Carey sometimes seems awfully unpopular.

    The Greenlawn native boasts the bestselling album of 2005, "The Emancipation of Mimi" (Island), and she'll be playing to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden Wednesday. But ticket sales have been somewhat soft for other shows on Carey's current tour, one of her biggest yet with an initial 31-date schedule. Already, she has canceled an additional date at the Garden plus three arena dates in Denver, Seattle and Hershey, Pa. As of last week, fans could still get lower-level seats at New Jersey's Continental Airlines Arena for Carey's Aug. 27 show. (Carey has added dates in Canada and at Jones Beach, and at least six shows have sold out according to Live Nation, the Los Angeles-based company handling the tour.)

    Does this mean Carey's career is in trouble? Hardly. But it's a good example of how even the world's biggest pop stars must carefully navigate the choppy waters of the music industry. Since releasing her self-titled debut album in 1990, Carey, 36, has enjoyed envious success and embarrassing failures, at times almost simultaneously. Yet the singer with the glass-shattering voice and a prima donna reputation always manages to come out on top.

    "She's known for demanding what she wants," says S. Tia Brown, associate editor at the celebrity magazine In Touch Weekly. "No one can argue that she hasn't matured into a smart businesswoman."

    Carey's track record as a live act is only part of her overall picture. Generally, her tours have been infrequent - one every few years - and limited to a handful of dates in big cities. Carey played just five shows on her first tour, in 1993 (with "American Idol" host Randy Jackson on bass) and she didn't tour again until 1998, when she booked only four dates, according to the concert-industry publication Pollstar, based in Fresno, Calif.

    By the time Carey embarked on a more ambitious 28-date tour in 2003, she had long neglected many of the country's "fly-over" cities. Initial plans for an arena tour, including stops at Madison Square Garden and Nassau Coliseum, were scrapped in favor of smaller, theater-sized venues. Even then, only 10 dates sold out, according to Pollstar. One show, at the 15,800-seat Woodlands pavilion near Houston, ended up less than half-full. And in Portland, Ore., Carey sold just 1,437 tickets at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall - about 53 percent of capacity.

    "She doesn't have the established audience of people who have seen her before and are anxious to see her again," Pollstar editor Gary Bongiovanni says. "You can play New York and Chicago over and over again and have a great following there. But whether that'll translate to other markets is another question."

    There's also the question of what Carey brings to the stage. Though famous for her vocal acrobatics and sheer lung power, "she's not known for giving a particularly entertaining live show," says Brown of In Touch Weekly. "She's not a physical entertainer like Madonna or Janet Jackson. You're entertained by her voice."

    Let's elaborate some more
    Carey may be trying to change that. Her 2003 tour seemed geared toward the eyes as well as the ears, with plenty of costume changes, fanciful stage sets, faux paparazzi and a troupe of dancers. The current tour is being touted as the "most elaborate concert production of Mariah's career," according to a press release from Island. (The label declined to comment.)

    Carey is facing a tough concert season, says Alex Hodges, executive vice president for House of Blues Concerts in Los Angeles. The summer tour business is down about 10 percent over last year, he notes, and Carey's sales may be affected by some of the big-name, high-priced tours that have already come though. "Madonna has taken a lot of the money out of the marketplace," he says.

    She will survive
    Still, Carey has survived far worse than slow ticket sales. In July 2001 she was hospitalized for "extreme exhaustion" after behaving oddly during public appearances (including one at the Roosevelt Field Mall, where she reportedly railed incoherently against Howard Stern). That same year, her semi-autobiographical film, "Glitter," performed so poorly at the box office - it earned just more than $4 million - that it became a punch line for late-night television hosts. Carey's label at the time, Virgin, soon took the remarkable step of paying her to leave, shelling out $28 million.

    Carey's album sales began shrinking slightly. The 2002 disc "Charmbracelet" went platinum, but her earlier discs tended to go multiplatinum. That's likely because Carey was moving away from soft pop and toward a more R&B-inflected sound, says Geoff Mayfield, charts editor at Billboard magazine. It seemed like a misstep, but Carey might have been ahead of her time.

    "In today's climate, R&B and hip-hop is extremely popular, and it's one of the primary ingredients you hear when you listen to Top 40 stations," Mayfield says. "That wasn't the case in the late '90s or the early part of this decade."

    The success of "The Emancipation of Mimi" is partly because of its now-popular hip-hop flavor, with tracks featuring Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Jermaine Dupri. But Mayfield says the two-year gap between albums also helped.

    "She kind of needed to go away and let the audience breathe, let herself breathe creatively," Mayfield says. "The best advice for trying to make a turnaround would be difficult for someone who's accustomed to being in the limelight, and that's: 'Go away.'"

    Dampening Carey's comeback was her treatment at February's Grammys. She was nominated for eight and took home three, but they were lesser awards that weren't televised. The major prizes - such as album, record and song of the year - went to others. Carey lost best female pop vocal performance to Kelly Clarkson.

    Was this another defeat for Carey? The week after the awards ceremony, "Mimi" jumped seven spots up the Billboard chart, from No. 14 to No. 7, and went on to sell 5.7 million copies. For anyone following Carey's turbulent career, it was further proof that her clouds always have a silver lining.

    By The Numbers
    How does Mariah Carey's career add up? Let us count the ways:
    --1990: Year Carey's self- titled debut was released on Columbia Records
    --1993: Year of Carey's wedding to Sony Music president Tommy Mottola
    --23: Her age at the time of the wedding
    --43: His age at the time
    --$80 million: Estimated worth of Carey's contract with Virgin Records in 2001
    --$28 million: Amount Virgin Records reportedly paid Carey to leave in 2002
    --$22 million: Production budget for Carey's movie "Glitter"
    --$4.2 million: Domestic ticket sales for "Glitter"
    --28: Dates on Carey's 2003 tour
    --10: Sold-out dates on that tour
    --1,841: Tickets sold at the 4,278-seat "Fabulous" Fox Theatre in St. Louis, the lowest turnout on that tour
    --3: Grammys Carey won in February
    --5.7 million: Copies sold of Carey's latest disc, "The Emancipation of Mimi"
    --1: That album's rank on 2005's best-selling list

    Mariah Carey plays a sold-out show 8 p.m. Wednesday at Madison Square Garden; Sunday, Aug. 27, at Continental Arena in East Rutherford, N.J., tickets are $17.50-$150; and Sept. 3 at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, tickets are $29.50-$157.50. Call Ticketmaster at 631-888-9000 or visit ticketmaster.com. Sean Paul opens all shows.

    Source: Newsday

    Friday, August 18 , 2006

    Mariah Meets Her "#1 Fan" // 8:48 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Ruth and cousin, Nathan had the time of their lives meeting their idol Mariah Carey backstage at her Pepsi Smash Live concert at the Kodak Theater, Los Angeles, CA on July 29, 2006.

    Here's what Nathan had to say about the whole experience:

    "Yahoo! Music came and did an interview segment entitled, "#1 Fan" with me and Ruth at my house. They filmed us talking about the room and showing the collection and had us talk about Mariah.

    Then a limo came and picked us up and they filmed us in the limo from the inside and outside and basically it was the whole works, everything we did basically they filmed including making that entrance inside the Kodak Theatre and after they filmed us inside by the stage and then when we met Mariah too and then they got our reaction and what after!

    It was an awesome experience! So then after the whole thing the limo took us home!"

    The Pepsi Smash "#1 Fan" video is available for streaming at Yahoo! Music or you can click here to download. Thank you Kelly for making the file for us!

    Source: Yahoo! Music | Nathan | Kelly

    SOHH Soulful Review: Mariah Carey Is Incredible // 1:05 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    I was going to write this long elaborate love letter to Mariah Carey after seeing last night's concert in Atlantic City. I was going to get into how she has 17 number one hits or how "One Sweet Day" featuring Boys II Men is the longest running #1 single on Billboard EVER... EVER, but I won't.

    What I will do is talk about how with all the mediocracy in R&B over the past few years, it is refreshing to witness true talent genius first hand. Yes, Mariah loves short skirts and showing tons of cleavage. Yes, she is narcissistic. But witness that vocal ability live and you wouldn't have it any other way. Hands down, that bitch can sing! She can get breathy and inflate notes and in less than a second within the same syllable deflate them and deliver a clarity that's like water. Not only that, she understands the technical aspects of music. Her conversation is as much about rainbows and butterflies as it is about chord progression and singing in lower registers when she is hoarse.

    What I also always knew but found important to mention is Mariah is all about her fans. In a game where you become insanely wealthy and people worship the ground you walk on, it's great to not see it go to one's head. As much as Mariah loves herself that narcissism stands second to her love of her fans.

    Source: SOHH | Keita

    Jack Earns Second "Relly" Nomination // 12:14 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The full list of nominees has been announced for the Fourth Annual Relly Awards, "Live with Regis and Kelly's" gala awards show airing on September 22, 2006 and Mariah Carey's dog, Jack earns his second consecutive nomination!

    In the "Best Non-Human Guest" category, repeat nominees from last year include purple dinosaur Barney and Mariah Carey's dog, Jack. (Word is that Carey has been lobbying for a repeat nomination since her beloved Jack Russell terrier was passed over in 2005 by porcine princess Miss Piggy.)

    Below is the category Jack has been nominated in, and his competition:

    Best Non-Human Guest
    Morgan - the Biggest Dog
    Molly - the Stranded Cat
    Avenue Q puppets
    Pee Wee - the Funniest Looking Dog
    The Snakes of Peter Gros
    The Bad Dogs of "Live" Staffers
    Mariah Carey's Dog - Jack

    Online voting for the "Best Non-Human Guest" award will be on Thursday, August 31st. Cast your vote for Jack here! Winners will be announced on "Live with Regis and Kelly" Friday, September 22, 2006 on ABC.

    Source: PR Newswire | The Relly Awards

    Download: Mariah's Pepsi Smash Live Concert // 4:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video/audio files of Mariah's live performances of "Don't Forget About Us," "Heartbreaker," "Hero," "I'll Be There," and "Vision Of Love" at her Pepsi Smash Live concert at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, California on July 29, 2006. Many thanks to Moony for making the files for us!

  • Don't Forget About Us - MPG | MP3
  • Heartbreaker - MPG | MP3
  • Hero - MPG | MP3
  • I'll Be There - MPG | MP3
  • Vision of Love - MPG | MP3

  • These performances are available for streaming at the Pepsi Smash site.

    Source: Pepsi Smash | Mariah Daily | Moony

    Atlantic City Concert: Setlist, Photos and Tidbits // 2:33 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    Mariah performed in Atlantic City, NJ at the Trump Taj Mahal earlier tonight, the first concert of her two-part set of shows at the casino; her second show is Saturday evening. The Trump Taj Mahal, seating only 5,000, makes these two shows some of the most intimate on the tour.


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    12. Honey
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    14. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    17. Hero
    18. Make It Happen
    19. We Belong Together
    20. Butterfly Reprise


  • There was no B-stage at the venue. Mariah sang on the main stage the whole time.

  • There were some audio issues during the show, and the sound system experienced feedback during some songs.

  • A little girl gave Mariah a beautiful red rose while she was singing "Hero."

  • There were no cameras allowed at the show and security was extremely strict in enforcing the "no cameras" policy.

  • Mariah mentioned seeing a sign requesting a song in the audience and she would have some surprise guests show up to do something "special" for this particular concert. However, nothing ever came of this.

    Visit the Atlantic City page in our Tour section to read fan reviews by Jonny, Nicole, Frank, Kaboyz and Derval.
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    Source: Jonny | Frank

    Thursday, August 17 , 2006

    HBF Tickets Presale for Hong Kong // 10:05 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Honey B. Fly Members, be sure to log in to the official site, MariahCarey.com to get your presale tickets for "The Adventures of Mimi" concert in:

    Hong Kong, China at Tamar Site (outdoors)
    Saturday, October 28, 2006

    HBF Legacy Presale will begin:
    Monday, Aug. 21st at 9am local time
    (Sunday, Aug. 20th at 9pm EST)

    HBF Fan Club Presale will begin:
    Monday, Aug. 21st at 11am local time
    (Sunday, Aug. 20th at 11pm EST)

    Get your tickets here! Not a member yet? Join now!

    In the meantime, be sure to visit the Hong Kong page in our "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour site for some useful information, such as seating chart, map/directions, etc. We even have a message forum where you can chat with fellow fans going to the concert!

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    News Tidbits // 5:45 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --The Japanese Mariah fansite, Love Love Jack is reporting that Mariah's four out of five shows in Japan are sold out! These dates are Nagoya (Oct. 18), Tokyo (Oct. 20), Osaka (Oct. 24 & 25). However, tickets to Mariah's second show in Tokyo (Oct. 21) are still available but are expected to sell out soon!

    --Each month, Vibe lists the songs its staff members are playing. In the latest issue, "Fly Like A Bird" makes the playlist. The quote with it says, "Her Grammy performance shook the earth."

    --Mariah is in a poll for Ultimate Sexiest Video for "Shake It Off" on Logo Online. Cast your vote here!

    --Mariah's jewelry line, "Glamorized by Mariah Carey" is now available at Claire's stores in Athens, Greece.

    --As previously reported, Mariah is one of the many contributors to soul legend Sam Moore's upcoming album, "Overnight Sensational." She lends her whistle-high notes to the song, "It's Only Make Believe" which also features country singer, Vince Gill. Listen to the full album. "It's Only Make Believe" is track #7.

    --In the new issue of Serbia's bestselling weekly magazine, Gloria, Mariah is featured alongside Madonna in an article entitled, "Duel With Men." Translation: "Do Mariah Carey and Madonna have the same stylist and choreographer? That was the question many people asked after seeing them performing live on their recent concerts. During her world tour Confessions promoting her latest CD Confessions on a dance floor, Madonna (47) visited Rome where she performed dressed in combination of horse-riding-SM equipment with a group of good-looking dancers. Eleven years younger Mariah performed in Miami where she started her US tour, The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour performing songs from her latest CD, The Emancipation of Mimi. She was in black top dancing with a group of sexy men..."

    --Clear Channel Radio will offer Luther Vandross fans a sneak peak of the new CD, The Ultimate Luther Vandross before it is released on August 22. The CD, which includes a duet with Mariah Carey will be available for streaming on 30 Clear Channel Radio station Web sites from August 15 to 18.

    --Alison, the first evicted member of the Big Brother All Star cast lists Mariah Carey as one of her favorite "bands." You can check her profile here.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Jason | SrfrGuy101 | Love Love Jack | Angie | mariah i love you | Aaron | FMQB | Aleksandar | Rhino

    Now Toronto Review: Hairy Carey // 5:39 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey with Sean Paul at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto, August 13. Tickets: $18-$109.50. Attendance: sold out.

    It feels unkind and gratuitous to say anything mean about Mariah Carey - the woman's been through enough after her very public fall from grace in 2001, which featured an album that flopped, a feature film that flopped and a very strange appearance on MTV's Total Request Live.

    I will say this, however: you'd think after all these years of dressing like a drag queen the woman would have learned to walk in heels. Her hour-and-a-half show was nerve-racking as she minced precariously across the stage.

    It was obviously a practical rather than diva-like move to stop two lines into Vision Of Love so as to draw attention to a stiletto heel-sized hole in the stage. She was glad to have an excuse to start the song again, admitting she missed the first line anyway.

    Despite the massive production of her Adventures Of Mimi tour – lights, dancers, singers, band, video screens and constant wind blowing across the stage and through Carey's hair – the whole business was a bit awkward and strange. Yeah, Carey is the queen of the vocals. She's got a fantastic, amazing voice as she showcased again and again running through her, what – 17, 18 – number one hits, pulling out the high-pitched vocal gymnastics wherever required and sending the gay guy next to me into squealing fits.

    But Carey herself is awkward and strange, which is actually part of her charm. She's cute and quirky, keeping up chatter with the audience, insisting she doesn't want us to think she "didn't want to put on a good show."

    She often seemed dwarfed by the trappings of her stage show and her band. The show lost momentum whenever she disappeared for one of many costume changes while a DJ played medleys of party tunes.

    Her duet with Trey Lorenz, I'll Be There, was lovely but then we lost momentum again when she left for another costume change and Lorenz sang a tune off his upcoming album (Mimi Presents Trey Lorenz). He has a fine voice but it wasn't big enough for the venue and he should have taken off the sunglasses.

    Finally, launching into Hero, Mariah suggested anyone who didn't like the song could take a bathroom break (I don't know if she was being facetious or seriously insecure). When the end came it came with a burst of purple confetti.

    Find more reviews of Mariah's shows in our "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Site.

    Source: Now Toronto | Grace

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: August 26, 2006) // 5:32 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date August 26, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #196 (Last Week #183)
    Billboard 200: #168 (Last Week #159)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #45 (Last Week #43)
    Sales this week: 4,825 (-4%)
    Total sales: 5,686,385

    Greatest Hits ▲
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #15 (Last Week #16)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #12 (Last Week #9)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #24 (Last Week #19)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #24 (Last Week #19)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #1 (Last Week #1)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #23 (Last Week #22)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #23 (Last Week #22)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #14 (Last Week #15)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #15 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #14 (Last Week #11)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Exclusive Pepsi Smash Live Performances Now Online // 2:50 AM EST Updated by Casey

    The performances of "Don't Forget About Us," "Heartbreaker," "Hero," "I'll Be There," and "Vision Of Love" from Mariah's July 29th Pepsi Smash Live concert at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles, California, are now available for streaming via the Pepsi Smash website. Click here to check out these exclusive performances!

    Note: If you have a Yahoo! identity, please sign in and rate each performance.

    Source: Pepsi Smash via Yahoo! Music

    Cyberpresse Review: Mariah in Great Shape // 12:55 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    A divorce, a breakdown, a dissolved contract, a musical flop coupled with a film flop could kill anyone. Not Mariah Carey. She proved herself onstage at the Bell Centre, where the "Mimi" tour made a stop last night.

    Her life is a roller coaster. This mantra was shown in videos before her appearance onstage, one hour behind schedule. Her successes were massive (160 million albums sold in her 15 year career), her failures deep (only 5 million sold for Glitter) and her resurrection...inspiring.

    And there she was, at the top of a deliciously rococo staircase. In the flesh and blood. In black shorts and a bra, a transparent silk cape, golden locks blowing in the wind, a flirtatious smile and battingr her eyes: Mariah didn't skimp on the effects to woo the 13,150 spectators (parents and children, couples more or less young, groups of friends).

    She started with her last hit, "It's Like That," from The Emancipation of Mimi, which provided the theme of the show. It worked, the song evoked the image of a resurrection. "No stress / No fights / I'm leavin' it all behind," she sang, accompanied by three back up singers and a group of dancers.

    Mariah's older fans weren't forgotten. After the performance of her first single, "Vision of Love," the diva alternated between new and old hits ("I'll Be There" "Honey" "Buttefly"). And of course, she didn't skip over the slow songs: "My All" and "Hero".

    The album of the resurrection, still in the top 200 albums on Billboard, was featured in hits one after the other "Shake It Off," "I Wish You Knew," "Fly Like a Bird," and the incomparable "We Belong Together" which were peppered between the 20 titles scheduled for the evening.

    So... Mariah, a romantic or not? Not surprisingly, Mariah Carey's stage is decorated in the styles of love: dramatic curtains, butterflies, etc.

    An in judging after we have seen the stage and the body of the beautiful American Cinderella, spontaneity did not highlight the show; it was more like a video clip than a concert.

    After the first song, Mariah Carey's voice was warmed up. She would hit one octave here, there. She showed the audience that she still has it, not only in her bra but her lungs as well.

    The voice of Mariah can always cover eight octaves, passing the supersonic to much lower notes. It's official -- not really for sensitive ears -- Mimi is back.

    We were already well acquainted with the kitsch after being graced by the hip hop stylings of Sean Paul, who opened the first part of the show. He performed a small but convincing repertoire of his titles from his albums Dutty Rock and The Trinity, including "Hey Sexy Lady" with a slew of scantily-clad dancers.

    An hour later Mariah appeared, in her undergarments and with her butterflies. To the great relief of certain parents, shocked by the audacity of the "sexy ladies" of Sean Paul. And to the pleasure of the fans from Montreal, who never forgot her during her darker years.

    Below are pictures from Mariah's concert at Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec last night, August 15th.

    Video Download:
    Here are two video files sent in by Sebastien from Quebec City. Click on the links to download.

  • Video One - Mariah runs from the main stage to stage B, right after her wardrobe malfunction.

  • Video Two - After the show at around 2:30am, in the garage where her bus was at Bell Centre, Mariah signs autographs for the fans before boarding her bus.
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    Source: Cyberpresse | Translation by: Mariah Daily | Jean-Phillipe

    Wednesday, August 16 , 2006

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers // 3:57 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200: #168 (Last Week #160)
    Sales this week: 4,825 (-4%)
    Total sales: 5,686,385

    Source: SoundScan | Colson

    Mariah on LOGO's Advocate Newsmagazine // 10:52 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah's exclusive interview with Advocate Newsmagazine's John Norris premiered last night on LOGO. Click here to watch exclusive clips of Mariah's interview in which she discussed the following topics:

  • Her upcoming tour and her outlook on what the show means to her.

  • The importance of her gay fan base and how much she can relate to being an outsider at times. She loves creating her dance remixes that are so popular with the gay crowd.

  • The influence of growing up with her mother who was an opera singer, and being exposed to all different types of people made her see people from the inside and be accepting of people in general.

  • What it is about her that appeals to the gay audience and how she can relate to a struggle of being outside 'the norm'.

  • The new film she's going to do with acclaimed producer Lee Daniels who produced Monster's Ball and The Woodsman.

  • Getting ready for her new tour and what she hopes people will get out of it.

  • Be sure to check our "TV Appearances" for rebroadcast schedule.

    Source: LOGO

    Montreal Gazette Review: Mariah's Miracle // 8:40 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Any diva worth her salt will make you wait. While she didn't overdo it, Mariah Carey proved she's still got a little royalty complex, taking the stage at 9:30 last night, 45 minutes after her scheduled start time of 8:45.

    It was nothing, really - a minor delay. But with her history of melodrama, and given that, 16 years into her career, she was playing her first Montreal show, there was anticipation in the air.

    "Life is like a roller coaster," she said, in a pre-concert video, after the lights went down. "Everyone has to face their fears. Like a roller coaster, there are ups and downs, ins and outs. And when the scariest part is over. Suddenly everything stops, and there is a moment of peace."

    She was relatively at peace last night, before an excited crowd of 13,000 - no small feat for a superstar who, just a few years ago, was suffering a credibility crisis of epic proportions.

    Last year's The Emancipation of Mimi was Carey's comeback album. And this was her comeback tour. From the beginning, there was a mild cringe factor.

    She came out to the club-bumping sounds of It's Like That, wasting no time in baring her notoriously full figure. Clad in black lingerie, kinda covered by a sheer black gown, she slinked about the stage with a calculated step to match her tentative coo.

    She broke the spell mid-song with a warm, "What's up, Montreal?," then belted out an ad lib. It was the first of several (but not too-too many) displays of her trademark power and range.

    Whether Carey is no longer able or no longer willing to unleash the full force of her five-octave range is open to debate. Regardless, it was a mature Mariah who held court last night.

    Playing songs from throughout her career - while noticeably omitting her 2001 collapse, Glitter, and its quick-release, apologetic 2002 followup Charmbracelet - she emerged with her dignity intact.

    This, despite a near "wardrobe malfunction" midway through the night. She had made her way through the crowd to sing her Ol' Dirty Bastard-assisted hit Fantasy, from a dancefloor-size stage at the back of the room.

    After no more than two minutes, she walked right back off, and backstage, apologizing over the P.A.

    "This is called winging it," she said when she re-emerged. "The twins didn't want to stay where they were supposed to."

    Though it interrupted one of her biggest songs, it was a welcome bit of spontaneity. As fun and efficient as the show was until that point, it did feel a bit like Carey was walking on eggs.

    But she was doing fine. On the strategically balanced set list were 1999's Heartbreaker, with video cameos by Missy Elliott and Jay-Z; the big ballad My All, from 1997's Butterfly; the smoothed out groove Shake It Off (in front of a huge, lit up MIMI backdrop); and her early career hit Vision of Love.

    Throughout, she kept herself in check, unleashing a rebel wail now and then, but for the most part, playing it cool, and coy. Her fans loved every minute, and she loved them back.

    "This is the best audience I've ever had," she said, with passable conviction.

    Dancehall reggae posterboy Sean Paul opened up with a rousing set of party anthems. Flanked by energetic, scantily clad dancers of his own, he got the crowd more excited than most opening acts can dream of.

    Source: Montreal Gazette

    Montreal Concert: Tidbits // 3:24 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    Mariah performed for the first time tonight in Montreal. The show was nearly sold-out, and according to early fan reviews, Mariah's voice was perfect.

    Some tidbits from the show:

  • Mariah had a slight "wardrobe malfunction" during "Fantasy" on the B stage and sang her way back to the main stage. She asked the DJ to play some music while she fixed her ensemble and joked that "the twins didn't want to stay in place." She returned back to the B stage to perform "Don't Forget About Us."
  • Mariah called the audience "the best crowd yet."
  • Mariah performed "Vision of Love" as well as the now-regular snippets of "Make It Last" and "One Sweet Day."


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    ---"B" Stage:
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    ---End "B" Stage
    12. Honey
    13. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    14. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    15. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    16. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    17. Hero
    18. Make It Happen
    19. We Belong Together
    20. Butterfly Reprise

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    Source: Nadine | Jean-François

    Tuesday, August 15 , 2006

    News from Hong Kong // 10:59 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The local media in Hong Kong has begun reporting about Mariah's concert! Here is a piece from today's edition of Oriental Daily News.

    Sexy Mariah Carey to Perform at Tamar in October
    Mariah Carey is going to have her first-ever concert in Hong Kong on October 28. The highest ticket price is HK$1,288 (US$165), similar to that of her concerts in the US. The songbird kicked off her tour earlier this month in the US and wowed the audience with her sexy outfits.

    And find below the official seating plan of Mariah's concert in Hong Kong. Click the thumbnail photos to enlarge.

    According to the official site, MariahCarey.com, HBF Members tickets presale is on August 20, 2006 at 21:00.

    Source: Ken | Bernard

    Download: Mariah in Toronto // 4:07 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download video and audio files of some of Mariah's performances at Air Canada Centre, Toronto Sunday, August 13, 2006. Many thanks to Arlo for sharing his files with us!

  • Can't Let Go/Close My Eyes - AVI | MPG | MP3
  • Make It Happen - AVI | MPG | MP3
  • Shake It Off - AVI | MPG | MP3
  • We Belong Together/Butterfly Reprise - AVI | MPG | MP3
  • Always Be My Baby - AVI | MPG | MP3 NEW!
  • Don't Forget About Us - AVI | MPG | MP3 NEW!
  • Honey - AVI | MPG | MP3 NEW!
  • Fantasy - AVI | MPG | MP3 NEW!
  • It's Like That/Heartbreaker - AVI | MPG | MP3 NEW!

  • Be sure to visit the Toronto page in our Tour section for a complete recap of the show.

    Source: Arlo | Mariah Daily

    Monday, August 14 , 2006

    Chart Magazine Review: Mariah Carey Amazes And Befuddles // 7:51 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    August 13, 2006
    Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON

    Mariah Carey has always come across as a plucky survivor with questionable style and an amazing voice, and during a nearly two-hour performance at Toronto's Air Canada Centre last night, the diva delivered equal amounts of pluck, questionability and amazement.

    Despite overhyped media reports of $10 million U.S. brooches, nine time-consuming costume changes and unfashionable lateness, The Adventures Of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour was a pretty modest experience. The production was no more elaborate than your average figure skating TV special and the self-deprecating 36-year-old seemed intent on creating a relaxed atmosphere as she belted out 16 of her career hits, including "Dream Lover," "Always Be My Baby," "Fantasy" and "Honey," plus a few numbers from last year's comeback album, The Emancipation Of Mimi.

    The show opened with a confessional video of sorts. Over the image of a rollercoaster, Carey told the sold-out crowd, "Obviously it's no secret my life has been like a rollercoaster ride" æ a reductive reference to her tumultuous career in the public spotlight, which has included a high-profile divorce from Tommy Mottola and a bizarre nervous breakdown and subsequent hospitalization in 2001. "It's all part of God's bigger plan for me," she concluded, before suddenly appearing in a gust of wind from beneath the stage, clad in a sequined black bikini top, matching booty shorts and sheer cape.

    Launching into "It's Like That," she remained easy to spot among the tangle of back-up dancers, thanks in part to an omnipresent wind machine that violently tossed her gigantic, curly hair wherever she went. Carey doesn't really dance so much as swoop, flow and float around the stage. But a Mariah Carey show isn't about slick dance moves, it's all about her voice. All five of her octaves were in top form, dazzling the crowd with several ad-libbed arias.

    Peril was nearly averted during mid-set track "Vision Of Love." "Stop the show," she commanded, apologizing profusely. "There's a hole in the stage just about the size of a stiletto heel." As a roadie scrambled onstage to plug the hazardous hole, Carey coyly confessed she'd flubbed the first line of the song anyway and continued on.

    She hit every high note during a rousing version of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," and brought out Trey Lorenz, the vocalist who originally performed the song with her back in 1992 on MTV Unplugged. The show then ground to a halt as she disappeared backstage to change outfits, leaving Lorenz to perform a filler song from his forthcoming album. He naturally gravitated towards an over-eager group of girls conveniently seated in the front row who had red and white pompoms and a placard that read, "I love Trey!"

    Carey reappeared on a smaller stage at the centre of the audience to energetically perform three numbers. It was definitely the high point of the evening, as the show began to lose some momentum shortly thereafter.

    Following another costume change, she returned in a turquoise evening gown and stopped the show once again, passive aggressively reprimanding the band for playing the wrong song in the wrong key. The crowd fell awkwardly silent. Clearly distracted, she pointed into the audience and said: "That ain't a video camera, is it? I've got slick eyes," and began rambling about a "Keith Sweat remix."

    To turn the silence back into raucous screaming, she performed an impromptu few bars of a song only hardcore fans would recognize and brought Lorenz back to join her for a few bars of "One Sweet Day" and a full version of "Thank God I Found You."

    With the 11 p.m. curfew fast approaching, Carey rounded out the set with "Hero," "Make It Happen" and an encore of "We Belong Together."

    It wasn't a perfect show, but then Mariah doesn't pretend to be perfect, that's part of her charm. She turned the awkward moments around, hit all the high notes and kept the wind machine cranked up to 11. Who could ask for more?

    Source: Chart Attack - Chart Magazine

    News Tidbits // 6:43 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mapping Mariah. Atlanta residents set a record last Wednesday, when the most searched address on the popular search Web site Ask.com (formerly AskJeeves.com) was 1 Phillips Drive - the address for Mariah Carey's concert. Guess Atlanta residents are pretty good about not wanting to get lost on their way to a big concert!

    --Reminder: Mariah is featured in a 2-part segment on the latest edition of "The Advocate Newsmagazine" that will premiere tonight, August 15th at 9pm on LOGO. Be sure to check our "TV Appearances" for repeats throughout this month. Below are screen captures from the Mariah segments.

    You can find more information about the show online. For international fans, and people that don't yet get LOGO, the entire show will soon be streamed online. Keep checking the site.

    --From Psychology Today's "The Mysteries of Perfect Pitch":

    When Mariah Carey belts out a glass-shattering high note, it's impossible for most listeners to identify the tone.

    Not for her. Carey possesses perfect or absolute pitch (AP), the ability to identify tones without any external reference. Just as most people recognize the colors green or sky blue, those with AP instantly recognize a C or E-sharp.

    --Congratulations to Devin on the re-opening of his new and improved Mariah fansite, Super HQ. The new version features high-definition videos, audio files, high-quality scans/screen captures, and more! Be sure to visit his site to get all these great features!

    Source: Karsha Chang-Ask.com | Mark Doctrow-MTV/Logo | Super HQ

    Toronto Star Review: Carey shows fans how to shake it off // 11:09 AM EST Updated by Casey

    You gotta love Mariah Carey. What other performer would stop their show to point out a hole on the floor of the stage "about the size of a stiletto heel," then admit to having missed the first line of the song anyway, further acknowledge various goofs — including almost falling down — in the first quarter of the 90-minute set, and shrug it all off with a sweetly confident "You know how I am?"

    It could be that Carey, 36, has learned the dangers of perfectionism, given the exhaustion to which she attributed her very public emotional breakdown a few years back.

    Or perhaps, she's been nudged about some of the unflattering reviews (citing late starts and uneven singing) of The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour, which kicked off in Miami last weekend.

    "I didn't want Toronto to think I didn't want to put on a good show," she said of her confessions, which came at the tour's fifth outing last night at the Air Canada Centre.

    It helped that the New York native made these admissions clad in a butter yellow, low cut, bare back, midriff baring gown and then delivered a standout version of 1990's "Vision of Love" — the first of her 17 No. 1 singles.

    And to the reassurance of those holding tickets for Carey's Aug. 29 return date, as last night's sold-out crowd can attest, the pop songstress remains in the fine five-octave form that made last year's The Emancipation of Mimi a three-Grammy winner that moved 10 million copies — besting rapper 50 Cent for the year's top seller.

    The concert began with video footage of a roller-coaster ride with a Carey voiceover that alluded to the ups and down that marred her personal and professional life for the first half of this decade: divorce from then-Sony boss Tommy Mottola, starring in the movie musical Glitter which tanked, being released from Virgin Records and erratic public behaviour that was widely documented and labelled a meltdown.

    With the taped announcement, "after all the hysteria everything is up," Carey stepped out in a glittery black bikini top, matching boy shorts and a transparent cape, singing "It's Like That." Backed by an elaborate stage, six dancers and a seven-piece band, she performed many of her hits, including "Heartbreaker," "Dream Lover" and "Fantasy."

    She was joined by erstwhile R&B crooner Trey Lorenz, with whom she'd recorded the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There" for a pleasing rendition of the song. Unfortunately, she then conceded the stage to him to showcase a song from his forthcoming album. Momentum lagged, since few know the South Carolina native outside of the 1992 collaboration with Carey and he didn't even try to make nice by removing the I'm-so-cool sunglasses.

    The other downside was a videotaped skit of a quartet of catty women dissing Carey in a washroom about her emotional problems and possibly fake boobs and legs. That was overkill for someone who's shaken off the naysayers to come within three songs of the Beatles No. 1 hits record. And let's face it — she didn't have such a substantial bosom in her 1990 debut.

    But overall, Carey is a delight.

    She is a bit quirky, and she can't really dance — her tendency is to preen and prance — but she sings her ass off and is a whole lot of fun to watch. And she really does try to connect with her fans, even performing two songs on a ministage in their midst.

    Costume changes were well down from the eight on her 2000 tour and the healthy looking, no skinny Mimi has toned down the skank. In fact, it was dancehall reggae opener Sean Paul and his sexy frenetic dancers who pushed the boundaries of decency last night.

    Source: Toronto Star

    Toronto Sun Review: A little too much // 6:48 AM EST Updated by Casey

    She brought The Voice but should have left the excesses at home

    Long before Jilly-come-lately starlets like Lindsay Lohan were keeping tabloids alive on the back of their foibles, failed relationships and trips to the hospital for exhaustion or "asthma", there was Mariah.

    Few have fallen as fast or from such a height as Mariah Carey, who went from the top-selling female artist of the '90s to fodder for Leno and Letterman in roughly a year. It's not without a certain amount of karmic coincidence that her album Glitter, drawn from the universally panned film of the same name, was released on Sept. 11, 2001. Ouch.

    That bad timing was only the beginning of the bad times for Carey, and the first few years of the new millennium were famously unkind to the 36-year-old girl with the glass-shattering pipes. But Mariah's now on the comeback trail, and given the roars and screams coming from the packed ACC concert bowl last night for the Toronto stop of the Adventures of Mimi tour, fans old and new are still here to welcome her.

    First the good news: Carey's still got THAT VOICE. After hearing hundreds of American Idol rejects emulate her show-offy high-register warbling, one would think the source material would now be poison to the ears. Not so. Carey can still show those wannabe punks how it's done. Bow down to your queen.

    Now, the bad news. It wouldn't be a Mariah Carey concert if it wasn't an exercise in excess, but too often Carey was overwhelmed by her band, her back-up singers and the two-tiered stage with its lighted staircases, wind and fog machines and the giant Mimi sign lowered from the rafters. Her voice may be huge, but her presence was at times disappointingly small.

    After an opening video which expressed the profoundly original sentiment that life can be like a roller-coaster, Carey emerged from a hole in the stage, dressed in a black bikini, flowing cape and stilettos, to the strains of It's Like That. Yes, it certainly is.

    That segued into Heartbreaker and then Dreamlover, giving Carey the first (but by no means last) opportunity to bust out her trademark ear-tickling squeal. But while the voice is still there, Carey could use a lesson or two in how to pace a live show. Yeah, we expect the costume changes, but is there no way to do it that doesn't involve killing the momentum? The DJ interludes were fine and certainly crowd-pleasing, but the video skit and other filler should be chucked.

    And stopping Vision Of Love a couple of lines in to tell the tech guys about a problem with the stage smacked of old school diva-tude. "There's a hole in the stage right here, just about the size of a stiletto heel!" said Carey, a smile on her face but not in her voice. How she noticed it with all the distracted fiddling she was doing with her earpiece is a wonder.

    But the woman who has sold more albums than the Beatles doesn't get where she is by disappointing her fans. Her very next song, Fly Like A Bird, was a testament to what her voice can do, and I'll Be There, a duet with Trey Lorenz (who then took the stage solo while Mariah went off to don her third costume in 45 minutes) was deliciously sweet.

    Sliding back and forth between the old (Hero, Honey) and the new (Don't Forget About Us, We Belong Together), Carey cherry-picked from her bulging catalogue of monster hits for the concert's 90-plus minutes.

    At one point she took to a mini-stage smack-dab in the centre of the bowl to do Fantasy and Always Be My Baby, much to the crowd's delight. And during Make It Happen, a full 32-person gospel choir backed her up. Hallelujah!

    But overall, the show had too many rough edges, too much of the band in the sound mix and too many non-Mariah distractions. It's nice to see you back, Your Royal Mimi-ness. But next time you visit, could you please travel a little lighter?

    Opening act Sean Paul, enthusiastically professing equal love for the T-dot and the ladies (and, presumably, the T-dot's ladies), got the crowd on its feet early with his sweaty, freaky dancehall reggae beats. Backed by a small army of musicians, DJs and athletic, bootylicious dancers, Paul thumped through the likes of I'm Still In Love With You, Temperature and Get Busy. And no costume changes required.

    Source: Toronto Sun

    The Philadelphia Inquirer Review: Carey Can't Dance, But Sure Can Sing // 5:52 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey is a singer, not a dancer, which puts the mega-selling pop diva at an immediate disadvantage when it comes to mounting an arena-size spectacle like "The Adventures of Mimi" tour, which played to a not-quite-sold-out Wachovia Center on Friday.

    Pop stars are expected to be buff, athletic entertainers leading phalanxes of gymnastic dancers as they tirelessly work oversize rooms, giving their all while simultaneously offering glimpses into their inner lives between song confessionals and videotaped interludes.

    "The Adventures of Mimi" - the sobriquet comes from Carey's nickname, which also supplied the title of The Emancipation of Mimi, the best-selling album of 2005 - altered that strategy slightly.

    Her stage presence is ungainly - she doesn't walk, much less dance, with grace - but Carey's famously frilly four-octave voice provided the athletic oh-wows, and she moved slowly about the stage in a series of hubba-hubba underwear and evening-gown ensembles, singing 16 years' worth of palliative pop and R&B and hip-hop-flavored hits.

    Carey's string of successes is impressive: from 1990's "Vision of Love" to this year's hortatory "Fly Like a Bird," described as "so inspirational to me."

    But hits are not enough to hold together a career-summarizing arena show. There must be a narrative arc. The thematic glue in this case, lamely proffered in a video voice-over intro, is how Carey's life is "like a rollercoaster," from her marriage and divorce to record exec Tommy Mottola to her emotional breakdown after the failure of 2001's Glitter to her triumphant return with Mimi.

    Later, another clip displayed the night's one flash of wit, showing a group of fans dishing on Carey in front of a ladies-room mirror, questioning whether her breasts or even her legs ("I hear she's had them stretched") were real.

    The 90-minute show was overly busy in its staging and choppily paced. But though Carey's singing is more noteworthy for its dexterity than its character, she connected with her intergenerational audience throughout, most engagingly in a series of duets with rappers (Missy Elliott, Jay-Z, the late, great Ol' Dirty Bastard) who joined her on video screens. She hit all the high notes, and did succeed in transforming the creamy ballad "We Belong Together" into a frighteningly intense declaration of obsessive love.

    DJ Clue kept the crowd moving during costume changes, proving to be as skilled a crowd-pleaser as his boss as he spun snippets of Snoop Dogg and Salt 'n Pepa and exhorted the crowd to make some noise by demanding that "all the ugly people be quiet."

    Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Mariah Makes Front Page of Toronto Sun // 5:44 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    To the right is a preview of today's edition of Toronto Sun where Mariah is featured on its front page! Earlier tonight, Mariah performed in front of a full-capacity crowd at Air Canada Centre, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

    The accompanying cover story, "Mariah carries on down the comeback trail at ACC" (page 58) will be posted as soon as it becomes available.

    Source: Toronto Sun | gbted1

    HQ Photos: Mariah Outside Miami's Mandarin Hotel // 4:57 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah outside her Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Miami, Florida August 4, 2006. Click on each thumbnail to view a larger, full-scale image.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    Toronto Concert Tidbits // 2:43 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    Mariah performed earlier tonight in Toronto at the Air Canada Centre. Fans who attended the show say the show was one of her best, and that despite a few problems with the stage, Mariah kept cracking jokes and hitting all the right notes.

    Tidbits from the concert:

  • During "Vision of Love," Mariah stopped the song when she noticed a hole in the stage. She got the crew to fix the hole and started from the top, and said she wanted to put on the "best show" she could.

  • Mariah performed a short a capella version of "Close My Eyes" in addition to snippets of "One Sweet Day," "Can't Let Go" and "Thank God I Found You/Make It Last."
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    Source: Just BlAzE MC

    Season Two of MTV's "My Own" To Feature Mariah // 2:16 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah will be the subject of an upcoming episode of the new "My Own" which will air Tuesday, September 5, at 6:00pm ET on MTV.

    For those unfamiliar with the show, My Own pairs obsessed fans with the celebrity of their dreams on a date. With the help of two friends, one fan will have the opportunity to question, examine, and audition an assorted selection of wannabe pop stars hand-picked by MTV. The fan will inspect the six star wannabes, in a search for the one who looks, sounds, and acts most like their favorite celebrity.

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

    Mariah fan Whitney Moaze will take part in MTV's My Own episode for Mariah Carey and will update us on how the show went and share some pictures from the set.

    Source: Groovevolt | Whitney

    Aguilera Still Needing Attention // 2:15 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    In the August 22nd issue of Allure Magazine, Christina Aguilera slams Mariah Carey again! When asked about the gorgeous singer Mariah Carey, Christina says, "She hasn't been nice to me, no, but, honestly, I don't want to give her any more attention by even talking about it. Like I said, sometimes honesty is my downfall."

    In GQ magazine's June 2006 issue, Christina claimed that Mariah "was never cool to me. To the point that one time we were at a party and I think she got really drunk and she had just really derogatory things to say to me… But it was at that time that she had that breakdown, so she might have been very medicated."

    In response to Aguilera's quote, the multiple Grammy winner Mariah, told Access Hollywood [see MD May 16, 2006 report], "I had hoped that Christina was in a better place now than the last time I saw her when she showed up uninvited at one of my parties and displayed questionable behavior. It is sad yet predictable that she would use my name at this time to reinvent past incidents for her promotional gain. It is in my heart to forgive and I will keep her in my prayers."

    Source: The Bosh | Kiss Kiss and All That! | Natalia

    Sunday, August 13 , 2006

    Photos: "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Book // 7:31 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are photos of all the pages of "The Adventures of Mimi" tour book. Priced at $20, the tour book can be purchased at concert venues and online at the Official Tour Store.

    Many thanks to Janel for taking the time to take the pictures and sharing them with us!

    Source: Janel - ButterflyWorldMC

    News Tidbits // 7:25 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Continue to vote for Mariah's "Shake It Off" in the "Best R&B Video" category for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from New York's Radio City Music Hall on August 31st at 8:00pm ET on MTV.

    --Below are two more pictures of Mariah at her Philadelphia show Friday, August 11th. Thanks to Hopie44 (HBF) for the photos.

    --The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, "... Mariah Carey, who sang Friday at the Wachovia Center, called down to the Rittenhouse Hotel's VIP desk for a director's chair to sit in while her hair was done. The Adolf Biecker spa sent one up, pronto..."

    --An article about Capri in the August 12th issue of the Italian newspaper, ''Corriere del Mezzogiorno'' mentioned Mariah as one of the international celebrities who regularly visit the island.

    --According to HBF member Sugar Rae who saw Mariah's exclusive backstage interview with Canada's Much Music at her Miami concert, [the interview aired on "Music On Demand" Saturday morning instead of this Sunday as reported to MD], Mariah said she wanted to be back in the studio right now, but would be going back into the studio in a couple of months! She wants to get another album out soon.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Sugar Rae | Mariah Carey Live | Hopie44

    Saturday, August 12 , 2006

    Fan Photos: Mariah in Philadelphia Concert // 9:40 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are photos of Mariah performing in concert at the Wachovia Center in Philadelphia, PA on August 11, 2006. Many thanks to Frank and Ruaqtim12 for sharing their photos with us! Click on each thumbnail below for a larger, full-scale image.


    Source: Frank | Ruaqtim12

    News Tidbits // 5:36 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --The Miami Herald reports Mariah Carey arrived fashionably late to her concert afterparty last weekend at Nocturnal - 2:30 a.m., specifically. Carey was escorted through the club's main entrance where she was greeted by throngs of admirers. She arrived on the arm of her manager/producer Benny Medina and partied with multiplatinum performing artists/collaborators/friends Busta Rhymes, Timbaland and Pharrell Williams. After posing and smiling for the camera, Carey got down to serious partying with The World Famous DJ Clue spinning hits from her two decades of classics.

    --Trey Lorenz is finally coming out with a new album after 14 years! Trey's new joint, "Mimi Presents Trey Lorenz - Mr. Mista" will hit store shelves on September 19th. The CD is now available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $17.49.

    --All 15 winners to Mariah Daily's "Say Somethin'" campaign should now have received their special packages from IDJ in the mail. The package includes two long, double-sided "The Emancipation of Mimi" album flats signed by Mariah! One side, it is the full length album cover while the other side promotes the album by saying "Mariah Carey - The Emancipation of Mimi: New Album featuring "It's Like That and We Belong Together." See photos below. Many thanks to IDJ for the prizes!

    --The Canadian TV channel, "Much Music" caught up with Mariah backstage at her Miami concert for an interview about her ongoing "Adventures" tour. This interview will be aired Sunday, August 13th, 11am ET on "Much On Demand." Canadian fans, make sure you tune in!

    --From Billboard's Chart Beat: WHAT'S SHAKIN': With Fergie's "London Bridge" leapfrogging 5-1, Gnarls Barkley remains stuck at No. 2 for the fifth week with "Crazy" (Downtown/Lava). That's the longest-running runner-up that didn't climb to No. 1 since Mariah Carey had a six-week run in second place in September-October 2005 with "Shake It Off."

    Source: Mariah Daily | Dean | Sabine | Markus | Marc | Curtis | Richard

    Mariah in Philadelphia - Setlist/Tidbits // 2:17 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah performed in Philadelphia earlier tonight at the Wachovia Center. She updated her setlist, and despite a few glitches, put on a great performance.


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Honey
    06. Vision of Love
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    ---"B" Stage:
    09. Fantasy
    10. Don't Forget About Us
    11. Always Be My Baby
    ---End "B" Stage
    12. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    13. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    14. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last (Snippet)
    15. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    16. Hero
    17. Make It Happen
    18. We Belong Together
    19. Butterfly Reprise

  • Mariah gave a stellar performance of "Vision of Love."

  • She referred to a "wardrobe malfunction" backstage and had to wear the "mermaid" ensemble. She then asked the audience if they liked her shoes, and said, "Well they almost didn't fit but that's a whole other drama."

  • Mariah was losing her voice a lot but managed to recover and sing in a lower register and still sounded amazing!

  • L.A. Reid was in the audience.

    Fan Reviews:
    Below are excerpts from fan reviews of the Philly show.

    "Mariah is at her BEST! To everyone who hasn't gone to their shows yet, I'm sure you'll have a great time. It was hot tamale!" - musiklamb

    "Mariah was amazing! She sounded so rested! The crowd was really receptive to all of the songs, especially 'Can't Let Go'! L.A. Reid was in attendance tonight! I wonder if that made her work harder? The setlist worked a lot better with songs like 'Fly Like a Bird' going early, it just moved a lot better than some of the other shows... big improvement." - Kodi

    "She called it a night and performed a beautifully sung version of "We Belong Together." Mariah's voice was not what I've heard in Atlanta or Florida. If this tour is about voice, Mariah needs to come back to Philly to reclaim her throne. I overhead a lady say as we were leaving, 'Did she leave her voice back in Atlanta?'" - TyTy

    "Mariah was great! She sang 'Vision of Love,' and it was the best version I've heard! Her voice is amazing, and she played with it and improvised, and it was just so great, I can't even express it." - dreamergirl

    "I do believe this show was the top of the tops thus far." -Kristin

    Read full reviews in our Tour section.

    Tour Book
    Tour books made it to Philly! Below are photos of the front and back covers, and a peek inside the book. Thanks to Janel!

    Prices of some items sold at the venue: Tour book ($20), T-shirt ($38), 8x5 photo ($5), poster ($10), mug ($20), keychain ($5), wristband ($5).
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    Source: TyTy | Derek | Janel | Charles

    Friday, August 11 , 2006

    Atlanta Concert: Fan Reviews and Photos // 11:35 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    Following her show in Atlanta on August 9th, Mariah was gracious enough to meet and talk with fans before boarding her bus. Fans waited outside until 2:30 AM until she left the arena to begin her trip to Philly for her concert on August 11th. Members of the Atlanta Lambs fan club got pictures with Mariah, and showed her their specially-made t-shirts for the concerts. Mariah was wearing an orange dress and sunglasses, and took the time to take sign autographs and talk to all the fans waiting for her before giving out a last round of hugs and getting on her bus.

    Below are pictures of the Atlanta Lambs following the show. Many thanks to Alex for the photos.

    Below are pictures from Mariah's concert in Atlanta on August 9th. Many thanks to William for the photos.

    Be sure to visit the Atlanta page in our Tour site to read fan reviews by Mariah Illusions, Can't Let Go, Aladerri, justlegs6, rooney1905 and theflantastickim.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Alex | William

    "The Adventures of Mimi" Box Scores // 8:46 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Date: Saturday, August 5, 2006
    Venue: American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL (Live Nation)
    Gross: $1,074,620
    Attendance/Capacity of Building: 13,156 / 13,156
    Sellout %: 100%
    Ticket Price Range: $19.50 - $129.50

    Date: Monday, August 7, 2006
    Venue: St. Pete's Times Forum - Tampa, FL (Live Nation)
    Gross: $714,455
    Attendance/Capacity of Building: 13,354 / 13,542
    Sellout %: 98.6%
    Ticket Price Range: $19.50 - $125.00

    Date: Wednesday, August 9, 2006
    Venue: Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA (Live Nation)
    Gross: $660,595
    Attendance/Capacity of Building: 11,226 / 13,288
    Sellout %: 84.5%
    Ticket Price Range: $19.50 - $129.00

    Total Gross to date: $2,449,670

    Source: slave4supernewty

    Mariah in Philly Tonight! // 2:04 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Music Critics' Pick
    No need to check your eyes if you seem to be seeing diva Mariah Carey in triplicate. The pop/R&B icon will appear at three area venues in the next eight days.

    Carey is responsible for such timeless hits as "Hero," and she's racked up her share of Grammys, too, including nods in 1990 as best new artist, and best female pop performance in 1990 and 2005 for "Vision of Love" and "We Belong Together," respectively. She also won best contemporary R&B album for "The Emancipation of Mimi," her blockbuster 2005 comeback.

    There's a smidgen of hip-hop in Carey's game these days. She has appeared on albums by Krayzie Bone, Funk Master Flex, Jay-Z, Busta Rhymes and Freeway. Dancehall star Sean Paul will join Carey for the Philly show.

    Concert Preview
    Five years ago, Mariah Carey was making headlines for what was termed "an emotional and physical breakdown," around the same time her quasi-autobiographical film clunker, Glitter, seemed to kick her career into the gutter. But the saucy songbird morphed into the Comeback Queen of '05 with The Emancipation of Mimi, a CD that went platinum nine times over, becoming the year's top-selling disc and nabbing three Grammys in the process. Now, the mighty Mariah is positioned as the only active recording artist with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 No. 1 hits (she has 17 so far).

    For her first tour in three years, "The Adventures of Mimi" - Mimi being her nickname - Carey's going for well-earned celebratory drama: Lots of costume changes, dazzling sets, and the roof-raising vocal gymnastics that make her the flashy diva she is. Or as her fans like to say, "Whitney who?"

    Mariah Carey with Sean Paul, Wachovia Center, 3601 S. Broad St., 9 tonight, $19.50-$129.50, 215-336-3600, www.wachoviacenter.com.

    Source: Philadelphia Daily News

    Download: Tampa Audio Files // 6:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download good quality MP3 files of Mariah's performances at St. Pete Times Forum, Tampa, Florida on August 7, 2006. Special thanks to Reny for making the audio files for us!

  • Life Is Like A Rollercoaster (Intro) (1.9MB) NEW!
  • It's Like That (3.4MB)
  • Heartbreaker (4.0MB)
  • Dreamlover (3.7MB)
  • My All (4.1MB)
  • Honey (794KB)
  • Stay The Night (3.8MB)
  • Fly Like A Bird (3.5MB)
  • I'll Be There (3.9MB)
  • Mariah Presents Trey Lorenz (4.2MB) NEW!
  • Haters (Skit) (1.8MB) NEW!
  • Fantasy (4.6MB)
  • Don't Forget About Us (3.6MB)
  • Always Be My Baby (3.3MB)
  • What is Mariah? (Skit) (513 KB) NEW!
  • I Wish You Knew (1.2MB)
  • Can't Let Go/Thank God I Found You (3.9MB)
  • One Sweet Day/Joyride (2.0MB)
  • Hero (4.5MB)
  • Make It Happen (4.9MB)
  • We Belong Together (3.3MB)
  • Butterfly Outro (2.0MB)

  • In addition, here are high-quality photos from the Tampa show. Click each thumbnail below to view a larger, full-scale image.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Reny

    News Tidbits // 12:13 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Check out the August 21st issue of Life & Style where Mariah is featured as the winner in the magazine's Style Week section.

    "Who wears it best? 76% prefer Mariah. Love, Inc. star Holly wows in this slinky Escada gown, but there's no denying it hugs sexy songbird Mariah's curves in all the right places."

    --New York's Newsday is offering one lucky person the chance to win a pair of tickets to Mariah's show in Madison Square Garden as well as a dinner, a CD and a limo ride to the show! Click here to find out how to enter!

    --View photos of Mariah meeting fans backstage after her Pepsi Smash Live show at the Kodak Theatre in Los Angeles July 29, 2006.

    --A Mariah Carey After Party presented by Mister Jones & Unity is set for Tuesday, August 15th at Unity, 171 Ste-Catherine E, following Mariah's show at Bell Centre, Montreal, Quebec. At the after party, Mariah's songs will be played all night long, there will be drag shows, CDs and posters giveaways and a few more surprises.

    --All summer long, win FREE CASH and the chance at Mariah's 350Z with the Z Free Money Sticker! Don't have your sticker yet? Pick one up at Best Buy and Stick it on whatever you drive for your chance to get spotted by the Z100 Party Patrol, win a Z 0 bill and get qualified for Mariah's 350Z from Major World. Be sure you know the new Phrase That Pays - "Z100 is New York's #1 Hit Music Station... now give me my money and Mariah's 350Z!" More information here.

    --Mariah is featured on the cover of Malay Mail, a Malaysian daily. The news is about the dressing code set up by the authorities that foreign performers should adhere to when performing in the country. It also stated that Mariah will have a hard time if she would dress like she did in the recent Miami concert.

    --The Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) is celebrating its 4th Year Anniversary this month! The club started in 1998 as "Barangay Mariah" and a Yahoo! Group before officially becoming PMCF in August 2002. In line with this, the club will be having a party this September 9 at Club Government in Makati City. For more details and inquiries, please check out www.mcareyph.com or contact Ken at 09278733546 / mcareyph@gmail.com.

    --Mariah and her dog, Jack grace the cover of the August 10th issue of the Belgian magazine, Cine Tele Revue. Click on the thumbnail to your right for an enlarged view.

    --Miss Universe 2006 Zuleyka Rivera (Puerto Rico) has Mariah's "We Belong Together" included on her iTunes Celebrity Playlist. She says, "Anything Mariah sings is amazing. She just has the most incredible voice!"

    Source: Mariah Daily | Tom - Bauer Publishing | MariahCarey.com | Roland | Patrick | Derrick | Ken | mariah2g | curiouslillamb | Joty

    Thursday, August 10 , 2006

    Atlantic City Weekly: Mariah! // 9:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Rewarding her fans with that voice, those hits and her first tour in 3 years

    If the Grammy Awards ever includes a Best Comeback honor, they can give that golden statuette to the same singer they honored in 1990 as Best New Artist.

    Now, as then, it wouldn't be much of a contest: Mariah Carey would win the 2006 comeback award, just as she won the new artist award 16 years ago.

    Currently touring in support of her 2005 album The Emancipation of Mimi, and on the road for the first time in three years, Carey has rebounded in a major way from a series of personal and professional misadventures.

    Two tracks on the album, "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off," made Carey only the sixth artist ever to simultaneously occupy the top two positions on the Billboard "Hot 100" list. The album also generated her 16th and 17th No. 1 singles, putting her just behind Elvis Presley and the Beatles for the most chart-topping singles.

    Not too shabby, especially considering music experts had pretty much written Carey off after a well-publicized artistic and personal meltdown just four years ago. She struggled to find a direction for her music, was dropped by Virgin Records and saw the semi-autobiographical film and recording project Glitter receive a universal thumbs down from film and music critics.

    It probably didn't help that Glitter was released Sept. 11, 2001. Ultimately, life came crashing down around Carey, who suffered a physical and emotional breakdown.

    But The Emancipation of Mimi brought her back from the brink. Collaborating with producers including Kanye West and long-time collaborator Jermaine Dupri, Carey said the album was like "a party record."

    "It was the process of putting on makeup and getting ready to go out [to a party]," she said when the album was released. "I wanted to make a record that was reflective of that."

    Mimi became the year's best-selling album in the United States, won three Grammy Awards and earned her some of her best reviews since her big years in the early 1990s.

    Although the album is already a multi-platinum seller, her decision to finally tour was to reward her fans for hanging in there and refusing to give up on her. And so The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour was born.

    "I wanted to do the songs from the album for my fans, because it's kind of like our celebration," the 36-year-old singer and songwriter said in videotaped remarks released before she launched the tour in Miami on Aug. 5.

    "I mean, I have my 16th and 17th No. 1 records [on the album], and I think that's a victory for me and for my fans," she added.

    But Carey is savvy enough to know that her fans won't let her off the stage if she doesn't perform some of her earlier hits. So with the help of musical director Randy Jackson (American Idol), Carey has taken some of her earliest hits and updated the arrangements. Others, she said, have been left intact.

    "I'm just taking everybody on this fun journey," Carey said.

    The journey stops at the Trump Taj Mahal on Aug. 17 and 19. At 5,200 seats, the casino's Etess Arena is easily the smallest room she'll play on the tour by at least half, if not more.

    She's taking Friday night off because throughout her career, Carey has almost never worked two nights in a row. She credits her mother, a former opera singer and vocal coach, with teaching her how to protect and preserve her voice, which spans an astonishing seven octaves.

    "As a songwriter, for some strange reason I write all of my songs up in the [octave] stratosphere," she said. "It requires vocal rest. And I learned a lot from my mom about not hurting your voice, not over-singing, not singing when you have a cold, and to make sure on off days that you don't speak."

    On her non-speaking days, Carey said she usually gets blisters on her fingers from "writing like a million notes."

    Although her travel budget would probably allow for the use of a private jet on the tour, Carey is literally sticking to the road. Working practically every other night from now through early October, she's got a tricked-out tour bus in which she can crash and chill after a show and sleep as she and her troupe travel.

    "[The bus] is my home away from home," she said. Although it's as luxurious as a motor coach can get, Carey said it isn't her ultimate bus.

    "That'll come on the next tour," she said. "I didn't have time to do [the bus] the way I wanted to, which would really be "pimp my ride times 10."

    Mariah Carey performs at the Trump Taj Mahal Thursday, Aug. 17, at 8pm and Saturday, Aug. 19, at 9pm. Tickets are $85, $175 and $300 and are available through Ticketmaster at 1-800-736-1420 or ticketmaster.com.

    Source: Atlantic City Weekly | Felix

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution Review: A grateful Mariah Carey plays Philips Arena // 7:45 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey decorated her stage Wednesday night at Philips Arena with her initials. They were designed in an interlocking symbol, a cross between the Chanel logo and a hood ornament, and they represented her status as a pop music luxury brand.

    Carey has had her ups and downs, as an extended video metaphor involving a roller coaster reminded us. But she's back on top now, having had the best-selling album of 2005 - "The Emancipation of Mimi" - with the help of Atlanta songwriter/producer Jermaine Dupri.

    Dupri appeared onstage multiple times Wednesday night - he came out before Carey to get the crowd pumped up, joined her for a run through "Shake It Off" and shared the stage with Da Brat during a lull in the action. Dupri is a sparkplug of a man, an instant jolt of energy, and Carey thanked him profusely throughout the night.

    The show had some disjointed moments and questionable fashion decisions, but Carey was warm and gracious and generally in good voice - she cheesed it up with fans, hit her famous high notes and seemed pleased to be there.

    She began the show wearing a spangly black bra and matching boy-shorts, accessorizing with a cape. Later she wore a yellow dress with a deep slit. Her hair fell in waves down her back. Her midriff was well-ventilated.

    Carey sometimes seemed unsure whether she was supposed to be onstage or off. And there was a clumsy moment about halfway through the show in which she started "Always Be My Baby," stopped to sing a bit of "Your Girl," then went back into "Baby." But moments like these were kind of endearing - they revealed Carey to be human, as opposed to a robotic diva.

    Among other songs, she sang "Hero," "We Belong Together," "Dreamlover," "My All" and "I'll Be There." And if some of the show's most exciting moments came from a DJ spinning tracks by local rappers D4L, Young Jeezy and Young Joc, well, this is Atlanta - what do you expect?

    View photos from Mariah's Atlanta show by clicking here.

    Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution | Adi

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: August 19, 2006) // 5:03 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date August 19, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #183 (Last Week #187)
    Billboard 200: #159 (Last Week #164)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #43 (Last Week #45)
    Sales this week: 5,025 (+0.2%)
    Total sales: 5,681,560

    Greatest Hits ▲
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #16 (Last Week #25)

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #66 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #9 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #19 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #19 (Last Week #27)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #1 (Last Week #2)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #22 (Last Week #21)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #22 (Last Week #21)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #15 (Last Week #13)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #12 (Last Week #16)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #11 (Last Week #15)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Wednesday, August 9 , 2006

    Live Updates: Mariah in Atlanta // 10:44 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    As you know, Mariah is performing at Philips Arena in Atlanta, Georgia tonight as part of her "The Adventures of Mimi" tour. Mariah Daily is there and will bring you live updates as they happen.


    01. It's Like That (with Jermaine Dupri)
    02. Heartbreaker Remix (with Da Brat)
    03. Dreamlover
    04. My All
    05. Shake It Off (with Jermaine Dupri)
    06. Stay The Night (Full song)
    07. Fly Like a Bird
    08. I'll Be There
    ---"B" Stage:
    09. Fantasy
    10. Your Girl (Snippet)
    11. Always Be My Baby
    12. Don't Forget About Us
    ---End "B" Stage
    13. Honey Remix (with Jermaine Dupri & Da Brat)
    14. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    15. Thank God I Found You/Make It Last
    16. Can't Let Go (Snippet)
    17. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    18. Hero
    19. Make It Happen
    20. We Belong Together
    21. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)

  • 8:10pm-8:45pm - Sean Paul's show
  • 9:45pm: Mariah opens the show with It's Like That.
  • Mariah keeps running off to the side of the stage to check the setlist with a flashlight.
  • 5 outfit changes instead of the usual 9.
  • Guest performers: Jermaine Dupri, Da Brat and DJ Clue
  • 11:15pm: Show ends

    Fan Reviews
    Head over to the Atlanta page in our Tour site to read reviews by Mariah Illusions, Cant Let Go and Aladerri.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    New Tour Date Added! // 6:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah has added a new date to her "The Adventures of Mimi" tour!

    October 28, 2006
    Hong Kong, China at Tamar

    The Tamar Site Arena is located in central Hong Kong and has a seating capacity of 13,000.

    No pre-sale details are currently available.

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Vag

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 1:53 PM EST Updated by Lynn

  • The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
        Billboard 200: #160 (Last Week #164)
        Sales this week: 5,025 (+0.2%)
        Total sales: 5,681,560

  • "Fly Like a Bird" is #1 again on Urban AC airplay! According to Mediabase, for week ending August 8th, the song registered 20.144 million impressions with 1,896 spins, up 4% to take the top position.

    Meanwhile, from USA Today's Star Watch (a look at national radio airplay chart progress of famous names): Mariah Carey's "Fly Like a Bird" is more like crawling, but it is moving upward, 85-80 and a 4.1% gain.
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    Source: SoundScan | Ritcher | USA Today | Chris

    Gillette Legs of a Goddess Competitions // 2:33 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    Do you want a chance to win $25,000, VIP tickets to a Mariah show and meet Mariah backstage before her show? Then show off your "legs of a goddess" at the Gillette "Legs of Goddess" competition at select shows on Mariah's tour! Entrants will be asked to walk a catwalk before a panel of judges before the show.

    The competion will be held at the following shows:
  • Atlanta, GA: August 9
  • Philadelphia, PA: August 11
  • Boston, MA: August 21
  • New York, NY: August 23

    To enter, visit GilletteVenus.com. You will need to register before the show to be a part of the competition.
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    Source: GilletteVenus.com

    Tuesday, August 8 , 2006

    Mariah Radio Interview in Atlanta // 9:21 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Be sure to catch Mariah when she interviews with DJ Dylan tomorrow morning, August 9th on Q100.5 FM radio. You can listen live to Q100.5 by clicking here.

    Source: MariahCarey.com | Angie

    "Adventures" Tour Book Available For Pre-order // 7:18 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The tour book for "The Adventures of Mimi" is now available for pre-order online for $20.00 at the official Tour Store. The book is packed with pages of high quality, stunning photographs of Mariah.

    Pre-order here! Orders placed today will be shipped by the end of August.

    Source: Fanfire | Daniel

    St. Petersburg Times Review: Despite glitches, diva delivers the treats // 5:05 PM EST Updated by Casey

    TAMPA - She has been a prodigy and a punchline, a pinup girl and a poster child for the pitfalls of celebrity excess. But throughout a 16-year career that has been just as curvy as that ample figure she likes to flaunt, Mariah Carey has always been able to rely on one true constant:

    Her all-world pipes, a vocal gift that's downright superheroic in these prefab days of pseudo pop stars a la Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.

    That's a nice talent to have, and Carey sure knows it. Her show at the St. Pete Times Forum on Monday - just the second night on her current U.S. tour - suffered an array of bumps and clunks unbe-fitting a polished diva. The show started way late, the seven-piece backing band was far too loud and obtrusive, and her dance troupe often scuffed around like a gang of misfit mimes.

    But thanks to an array of high-wire vocal derring-do, the 36-year-old Long Island native never lost an adoring crowd of 16,493 fans for too long.

    After being the biggest-selling female artist of the '90s, Carey had rough start in the '00s. That is, until 2005, when her comeback album, The Emancipation of Mimi, sold 10-million copies on the way to besting rapper 50 Cent for the biggest-selling disc of last year.

    Carey's glammed-out spectacle reflected that regained confidence and rebooted ego. On an epically scaled stage framed by a giant "M," Carey first appeared in black bikini and matching cape to sing 2005 hit It's Like That. For her next numbers, Heartbreaker and Dreamlover, she was criminally drowned out by her band including three background singers far too high in the mix - that is, until she battled back by uncorking some of those patented glass-shattering vocal acrobatics. Why, it was like Superman using his heat vision - um, in a bikini.

    Rehearsal vibe or not, the show had a lot of sun spots. Carey, still in that black bikini, wiggled and posed in front of a giant flashing "MIMI" sign as she cooed out current smash Shake It Off. After she shed her bathing suit, she appeared in a perilously low-cut, leg-flashing yellow dress for smoldering come-ons Stay the Night and Fly Like a Bird. And in a likably self-effacing moment, Carey offered a gorgeous version of the Jackson 5's I'll Be There as an apology for a show she admitted was still "a work in progress."

    Because one stage isn't enough to contain the power of Mariah - especially when she's dressed in a hiptastic ensemble of low-slung jeans, tight tube top and naughty pumps - the singer and a few of her mimes took to a checkerboard stage in the middle of the audience for a showstopping mini-set that included sweet club hit Fantasy and chummy sing-along Always Be My Baby.

    The show lost momentum during the myriad costume breaks, when Carey would show a goofy video or have a DJ scratch out some hits. But Mimi would unfailingly get things going again, especially when she sang big-time ballad Hero in a cleavage-enhancing aqua dress that made her look like the Little Mermaid's stripper sister.

    Of course, Mariah's hubba-hubba routine was downright Victorian compared to opening act Sean Paul, the Jamaican-born hitmaker whose dancehall reggae is all about dance-floor freakiness. In case you missed his subtle point, Paul flanked himself with clothing-averse dancers who crawled and writhed and gave each other piggyback rides (no, really). His band was loud, his beats were big and his verbal toasting was randy, as he grinded through such smashes as (When You Gonna) Give It Up to Me, Get Busy and Temperature.

    Source: St. Petersburg Times

    Fan Photos: Mariah in Tampa Concert // 6:32 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are pictures of Mariah performing at St. Pete Times Forum in Tampa Monday, August 7th. Many thanks to Brendan, ASILVA99 and Richard for sharing their photos with us!

    Be sure to visit the Tampa page in our Tour section to read fan reviews by McLuVa, Brendan and mcharms2003!

    Source: Brendan | ASILVA99 | Richard

    Tampa Tribune Review: Mariah Carey Soars In Performance // 3:48 AM EST Updated by Casey

    TAMPA - A vast arena sat in utter silence barely a mile from where Mariah Carey made her first Tampa appearance three years ago.

    Then, attempting to revive her brilliant career after an emotional breakdown, the buyout of her huge contract with Virgin Records and a regrettable film debut in "Glitter," Carey was reduced to entertaining a pocket-sized audience of 2,261 at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

    These days, the Long Island songbird is flying high again, as witnessed by a diverse crowd of 16,493 Monday night at the St. Pete Times Forum.

    "If I mess up, I mess up," Carey told her adoring fans at one point, "but I love you anyway."

    They loved her right back through a typically flawless program that included scores of ear-piercing C notes.

    Carey vowed "The Adventures of Mimi," her first concert tour since 2003, would provide renewed excitement. Adorned in a sultry black sequined ensemble, she immediately began to deliver with "It's Like That," among the finishing touches on her 2005 Grammy Award-winning contemporary rhythm and blues album, "The Emancipation of Mimi."

    The 36-year-old pop diva also sang Billboard chart busters "Don't Forget About Us" and "We Belong Together" from the same project, which expanded her collection of top singles to within three of the record 20 held by The Beatles.

    Carey delighted longtime followers during the 90-plus-minute engagement with a string of other No. 1 hits, including "Dreamlover," "Always Be My Baby," "Hero" and "My All."

    Other highlights from the singer, songwriter and record producer included performances with longtime duet partner Trey Lorenz of the romantic ballads "I'll Be There" - which lifted them atop the U.S. and Canadian charts in 1992 - and "One Sweet Day."

    An hour into the show, replete with dazzling costumes, videos and other special effects, Carey suddenly broke into "Fantasy" on a small lighted stage halfway across the arena floor, then walked through the seating area back to the main stage.

    Dancehall reggae artist Sean Paul opened the show.

    Source: Tampa Tribune

    Miami Audio Files and (More) Photos // 3:44 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to download audio files (in WMA format) of some of Mariah's performances at her show at the American Airlines Arena, Miami on Saturday night. Many thanks to Jorge for sharing his files with us!

  • Make It Happen (3.6MB)
  • Stay The Night (592KB)
  • Fly Like A Bird (2.8MB)
  • I Wish You Knew (1.0MB)
  • It's Like That (817KB)
  • Make It Last/Heartbreaker/Dreamlover (2.1MB)

  • More Miami photos! Thanks to Eddie for sending us pictures he took of Mariah at the show. Also included are photos of tour items sold at a concession stand.


    Source: Mariah Daily | Jorge | Eddie

    Monday, August 7 , 2006

    Support Mariah // 11:25 PM EST Updated by Casey

    --Mariah-Oh-Meter: Rate Her Look
    How low did the scantily-dressed star go this weekend (with a one being Congresswoman conservative, and a ten being ready for her video vixen close-up)? Let's check it out:

    Exhibit A: The Adventures of Mimi Tour, Miami Saturday night
    For this outfit, I'd rate Mariah an eight. She's not quite off the charts, because she's got her top and bottom both fully-covered (to which we say: Bravo, Mariah!), but that streaming chiffon—not to mention bare belly—definitely makes this borderline lingerie.

    Exhibit B: After-concert party, club Nocturnal
    What, no plunging neckline? Or sky-high slit? Post-show, Mariah tones things down to a five, in a minidress that actually looks like it's the right size.

    On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate Mariah's oh-factor in these looks? Let me (Galina Espinoza) know!

    --MSNBC.com puts Mariah against Madonna for a new poll asking, "Which concert would you rather see?" Current results show Madonna leading with 65% and Mariah behind with 22% of the total responses. Click here and vote for Mariah!

    --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.

    --Also, please continue to vote for Mariah's "Shake It Off" in the "Best R&B Video" category for the 2006 MTV Video Music Awards. The awards ceremony will broadcast live from New York August 31st at 8:00pm ET on MTV.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Natalia23 | Danny

    HQ Photos: Mariah Attends Tour Kickoff After Party in Miami // 9:20 PM EST Updated by Casey

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah attending an after party at the club Nocturnal, August 5, 2006 after kicking off her tour, The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour at the American Airlines Arena Saturday night in Miami, Florida. Click on each thumbnail for a larger, full-scale view.

    Be sure to visit our Photo Gallery for additional pictures!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Carey takes on Madonna with new tour // 4:45 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Singer's tour is as much about reclamation as emancipation

    Hitting the road 16 months after the debut of her comeback LP, "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah Carey has a tough ride ahead if she wants to show up rival diva Madonna. The Material Girl reportedly "laughed hysterically" when she heard rumors of Carey's tanking ticket sales earlier this year - Madonna's own "Confessions" tour continues to both sell out and cause controversy across the globe. Still, "The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour" promises big sets, guest stars, and keeping with Carey fashion, lots and lots of costume changes.

    With five million "Mimi" copies sold and three more Grammys added to her collection, Carey sets out on her long-awaited tour, which isn't so much about emancipation as it is reclamation. It's the '90s again! Carey is once again on top of the charts.

    Meanwhile, a certain aging fake-British diva is still miffed about the time way back when Carey told reporters that she grew up listening to Madonna. At the July 4 Live 8 concert in London, Madonna reportedly told a toady that she didn't want to be anywhere near Carey. The two even feuded over this year's opening spot on the Grammys, which Madonna won. Carey, however, led the nominations and took home the gold gramophones, proving that she's hardly down for the count.

    To help fine-tune the "Mimi" tour, Carey enlisted her longtime musical director (and "American Idol" judge) Randy "Dawg" Jackson. Despite the rivalry between Carey and Madonna, Jackson isn't beyond looking to the enemy for inspiration. In a May interview on "Larry King Live," Jackson voiced his appreciation of the dramatic "Confessions" tour, which features a $2 million disco ball, politically-charged slide shows, and Madonna's mock-crucifixion on a giant mirrored cross. But according to Carey, this tour isn't about theatrics - it's about the music, the songs, and of course, the fans.

    Along with her three-octave voice, nutty personality, butterflies, and quirky clothing, Carey has always been about the fans. Whether communicating with them through kooky messages on her Web site or choosing a set list she thinks will please them most, Mariah isn't above even letting a fan name her new tour. "The Adventures of Mimi" comes from a fan's Carey-centric diary of the same name. According to Carey, this time out she's making decisions on what feels right, not what might make the most money - a method she faults with causing her past career calamities.

    Is the tour Carey Classic?
    Despite "Mimi's" smash success in 2005, it seemed like Carey was never going to tour. Most artists plan their shows to coincide with their latest releases. Maybe the Carey camp was holding back, fingers crossed, waiting to see how things turned out. The first few years of the new millennium weren't good to Carey, after all. Her movie debut "Glitter" was a monumental bomb. She was hospitalized following a very public breakdown on MTV's "Total Request Live." And Carey's record label EMI paid $28 million just to dump her contract.

    It's not like anybody - including Madonna - expected to see Carey back in the spotlight. Her last LP, 2003's "Charmbracelet," received lukewarm attention. Despite some minor hits, it was played primarily on adult contemporary stations, as opposed to the R&B radio Carey helped invent the decade before. Even her new record label, Island/Def Jam, seemed to be hedging its bets with "Mimi" - the LP cover features a gold-attired Carey styled to look less like herself, and more like Beyoncé, this decade's reigning diva.

    Once again at the top of her game, Carey is looking more like herself - which isn't always a good thing. Carey's entire career has been plagued by her questionable fashion choices (along with her wacky behavior and acting pursuits). A recent performance shows her wearing hot pants and tank top - the same trailer-trash style that earned her ridicule back in the day. Luckily for the "Mimi" tour, she's allowing the wardrobe decisions to be made by a professional.

    Stylist June Ambrose, who has worked with Diddy, Missy Elliott and R. Kelly told MTV that Carey's tour wardrobe includes outfits you "wouldn't normally see her in." (Pschew!) Wardrobe sketches for the "Mimi" tour feature a white "James Bond" style dinner jacket, flowing gowns and a black crystal-covered leotard. As Ambrose describes it, the concert "starts out like a black-and-white affair and then (Carey) strips away all the rumors and she's born again.” There are nine costume changes in all. (Madonna's "Confessions" tour only has seven.) Accessories include a $10 million broach and 7-inch stiletto heels.

    When it comes to the set list, expect a lot of classic Carey tunes along with the new such as "Say Somethin'" and "Don't Forget About Us." As she told MTV, "I'm the kind of person who hates to disappoint people, and there are just some people who won't be happy unless they hear a specific song.” So expect to hear "Fantasy" along with a DJ remix of "Dreamlover," and even a "hot medley of past hits and more obscure numbers. Carey loves company, so expect a cavalcade of surprise guests in select cities - though Madonna probably won't be one of them.

    Source: MSNBC

    Update: The Mariah Daily Fan Project // 4:07 PM EST Updated by Maggie

    Thank you to everyone who has submitted items for The Mariah Daily Fan Project so far. We have received lots of entries for The Coast to Coast Fan Books and the Fan Basket so far -- and thanks to everyone who have been filming clips at the concerts for The Ultimate Fan Video!

    Now that the tour is officially launched, we are announcing the deadlines for the Fan Project as follows:

  • August 25th: Canada Fan Book
  • September 7th: East Coast/South Fan Book
  • October 2nd: West Coast/Midwest Fan Book
  • August 22nd: The Fan Basket (All items + letters must be
        RECEIVED by this date)

  • October 12th: The Ultimate Fan Video

    Look for the Mariah Daily cameras at YOUR concert!
    As part of our Ultimate Fan Video, the Mariah Daily team will be looking for fans to show Mariah some love on camera. Look for us to give Mariah your message, tell her your thoughts about the show, and wish her good luck at her next stop.

    The Mariah Daily team is scheduled to be filming at the following shows:

  • Tampa, FL on 8/7
  • Atlanta, GA on 8/9
  • New York, NY on 8/23
  • East Rutherford, NJ on 8/27
  • Albany, NY on 9/1
  • Wantagh, NY on 8/4
  • San Diego, CA on 10/4
  • Los Angeles, CA on 10/6
  • Anaheim, CA on 10/8

    For more information on The Mariah Daily Fan Project, click here.
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    Source: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 2:04 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Mariah's cover photo on the February 23, 2006 issue of Rolling Stone is now available as a poster and is being sold at various locations/music stores.

    --HBF member Brendan was one of the lucky fans who was able to get a picture with Mariah in Miami. The picture was taken at 3:00am as Mariah was leaving the American Airlines Arena for her after party at Nocturnal. Brendan said, "Mariah was really nice. Her body guards didn't want her to come over but she came over to us anyway. Her bodyguard is the one who actually took the picture." Read his review of the Miami show in our Tour section.

    --Mariah was featured in an article (Aug. 7, 2006) on Ming Pao, a popular Chinese daily newspaper in Hong Kong about the "Adventures" tour. Excerpt reads (translated by Ken): "Mariah Carey took Miami by storm. Without such gimmicks, Mariah Carey kicked off her North American tour - The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour - in Miami on Saturday. The now slimmer and sexier songbird had nine outfit changes throughout the show and said, with the help of the outfits, she aimed to turn the show into a hot R&B and hip-hop party."

    --From The Sun UK: "Mariah look is just pants. Mariah Carey seems to be going for a Bridget Jones look as she hits the stage in Miami in baggy Sunday pants. At least she can’t be accused of airbrushing her promo poster. Actually, on second thoughts..."

    --Mariah drops to #23 (was #4 last month) on AceShowbiz.com's July 2006 edition of its Celebrity Buzz list.

    --Listen to a small audio clip of Sam Moore's "It's Only Make Believe" featuring Mariah Carey and Vince Gill at Amazon.com. Mariah does harmony on the chorus in the whistle register, and then you can hear her doing some background stuff at the end of the clip. Due out on August 29th, Sam Moore's album is now available for pre-order for $18.98 at Amazon.

    --Thanks to Maximilian from Germany for sending us this cute little 'award' for "best fansite in the whole wide web." He writes, "I chose your website because you just have the best layout, the best and latest information about Mariah, and furthermore one of the best picture/multimedia archives about a star online. I thank you for your hard work and time you sacrifice for this project. Hopefully you will never stop with searching for the latest news and keep on going to be a part of life of many fan hearts."

    --Looking for old Mariah news? Now you can search our archives! A "search" button has been added on the side bar. Try it!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Brendan | Rory | Ken | Jason | Maximilian

    Mariah Carey Tour Kickoff: The Voice Outshines Costume Changes, Video Clips // 9:12 AM EST Updated by Casey

    Miami show shoots for spectacle, but Carey and her pipes are main attraction.

    MIAMI — Opening night of Mariah Carey's Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour could have been subtitled The Videos, the Costumes, the Waiting. But when Carey set aside the spectacle to focus on her music and reach out to fans, she hit her stride — and those high Cs.

    It could have been first-show jitters, but on Saturday night, the singer seemed preoccupied at the start of the concert — as if she forgot that the reason her fans had gathered (some from as far as Portugal and Peru) was to hear her sing, not to see how many outfits she could squeeze into. Carey's backup singers and dancers carried on while she changed, DJ Clue tried to keep the momentum going, and Spike Lee (via his mini Mimi movies about all the rumors and gossip the singer is always facing) tried to distract from the fact that for chunks of the two-hour show, Mariah was onscreen, but not onstage.

    Perhaps her fashion-minded fans didn't mind — after all, Carey did show off a lot of skin, wearing a black bikini with a cape, two different gowns with exposed midriffs, and a metallic red burlesque number that lent itself to lots of straddling poses behind a straight-back chair during "Breakdown" (see "Mariah Turning Into Superhero, James Bond On Upcoming Tour"). But it wasn't just Carey's cutout gowns that had something missing — being offstage for 10 minutes at a stretch meant the set list also got the cutout treatment, reducing several songs to snippets.

    On a duet with her backup singer and fan favorite Trey Lorenz, she didn't have time to sing the entire "One Sweet Day" with him so they started the song at the bridge. And though Carey claims "I Know What You Want" — her hit with opening act Busta Rhymes — she didn't seem to know that that the crowd wanted was to see them perform the song together. Busta had included the song in his set, exhorting the ladies to sing Carey's part, and teased that he'd be back later. But when it was Carey's turn onstage, she opted to have the rapper "appear" via the music video they shot together in 2003. Jay-Z, Jermaine Dupri and the late Ol' Dirty Bastard also participated in much the same manner during "Heartbreaker," "It's Like That," and "Fantasy," which was more understandable — especially in the case of ODB, who we hope is in rapper's heaven — but Busta?

    Carey was clued in that her fans wanted to hear a lot of inspirational numbers, so she packed the set with "Make It Happen," "Fly Like a Bird" (which came with a backing choir), and "Hero," which she said wasn't planned, but so many people had told her it had "changed their lives," that she "can't do a show without it." Those are all big numbers, and no one sings big better than Mariah — she hit all the high C notes with ease — but it was when she brought the show down a notch halfway through the set that she seemed happiest.

    Standing on a platform in the middle of the floor seats, Carey was able to reach out to the fans and they to her. One girl even threw her purse to Carey as an offering — whatever happened to the days of bras and roses? As if in exchange, Carey tossed her sunglasses out to the sea of grabbing hands. "I'm in the middle of the people," she said, amazed, as if to herself. Though "Don't Forget About Us" and "Always Be My Baby" are meant to be love songs, she sang them as if they were love letters to her fans, sending her dancers away so it would be just her and her adoring public for a moment. "We didn't really rehearse this," she apologized, but having a spontaneous moment was exactly what she needed to get back on track.

    While all the glitz and glamour of the lights, the dancers, the video screens, the costumes, and the confetti are what we expect from a diva of Carey's stature, it's something far less extravagant that her fans wanted — all they could talk about while filing in and out of the venue were the songs. It sounds simple enough, but Carey doesn't let it be simple — not when she can make holding a note, as she did in the encore of "We Belong Together," a major accomplishment. Clutching herself tight as if she could bottle it up inside somehow before she had to ultimately let go, she found her release, her purpose. "I didn't make it easy," she said, after letting the last strain fall away. And if it were easy, no one would be in awe that despite everything else — first-night glitches, gossip and all — she nailed it.

    Source: MTV News

    Sun-Sentinel Review: Adventures of Mariah // 5:23 AM EST Updated by Casey

    Carey's comeback tour is a major improvement over past performances.

    Mariah Carey has given her fans every reason to jump ship and every reason to keep paying attention. The pop singer's crackup of a few years ago -- a perfect storm of bad career choices and personal trauma, complete with rumors of a suicide attempt -- could have turned her into a cautionary fable. Instead, the movie-musical Glitter and related disasters became the setup for her triumphant return.

    The back-from-the-brink storyline has become a part of the Mariah show, no less than the well-received music on her latest album, The Emancipation of Mimi. Carey, 36, acknowledged as much on Saturday at AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, opening night of a tour dubbed "The Adventures of Mimi." Between songs, Carey starred in a video sketch in which a group of catty clubgoers spots her at another table and, not quite out of earshot, dredges up the tabloid details of the last few years.

    The newly emancipated Carey declines to take the bait. But she made a better case for her recovery by singing. Live performance has not always flattered the best-selling female artist of the 1990s. Her rambling, borderline bizarre concert at this same venue six years ago was, in hindsight, a warmup to her troubles. For all the arena-shaking power of her voice, Carey has often seemed oblivious to the basics of timing and song choice.

    Saturday's show wasn't entirely free of those tendencies. Carey didn't come on until almost 10 p.m., nearly an hour after a lively opening set by rap star Busta Rhymes. But she sang robustly for a capacity crowd, worked well with her eight-piece band and chose most of her material smartly. She opened with an upbeat trio of hip-hop-flavored songs, It's Like That and remixes of Heartbreaker and Dreamlover.

    The rap cameos on Heartbreaker -- from Jay-Z, Missy Elliott and Da Brat -- were in the form of video footage. Carey, her band and her production crew had no trouble integrating these pre-recorded audiovisual tracks into the live mix.

    The show's biggest surprise was an appearance by r&b singer Trey Lorenz, Carey's original duet partner on a 1992 cover of the Jackson 5's I'll Be There. That hit recording came from a seven-song EP, MTV Unplugged, one of the brights spots in Carey's thin concert history. Carey and Lorenz sang it again on Saturday, not quite as vibrantly as they had 14 years ago, but still with a likeable warmth. Lorenz joined the back-up singers for one of the concert's best moments, a soaring version of the Mimi album's jazz- and gospel-tinged closer, Fly Like a Bird.

    The only obvious stumble came late: Make It Happen, a motivational song, was oddly low-key and not the rousing pre-encore finish it was intended to be. But the comeback single We Belong Together made for a strong and nicely symbolic encore.

    Source: Sun-Sentinel

    Mariah Hits The Thigh Notes // 4:05 AM EST Updated by Casey

    Now here's a woman with total confidence in her fabulous body.

    Pop beauty Mariah Carey kicked off her Adventures Of Mimi tour at the American Airlines Arena in Miami on Saturday with the most adventurous of costumes for her lucky fans.

    A friend of the superstar singer, 36, who changes outfits an incredible nine times during the show, tells us: "Mariah is more toned than she's ever been before - and she wants to show off the fruits of her labour."

    And no one in the audience could say that all those hours in the gym weren't well spent.

    Source: Mirror.co.uk - 3am

    Sunday, August 6 , 2006

    Hollywood Reporter Review: Time to Fire the Stylist // 9:49 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    MIAMI - Somewhere along the line, someone in the highest echelons of the music business apparently told Mariah Carey that a tight red jewel-encrusted leotard with a lampshade-style fringe-skirt was a great idea.

    The so-bad-it's-good diva act tends to work best when a costume is genuinely imaginative, it fits spectacularly, and the star is in on the joke (Cher, Madonna). Carey, on the other hand, seems to have no idea how ridiculous her progressively more tawdry array of bedtime attire has become -- and how sadly it all detracts from the things she does well. After all, she can actually sing.

    Carey's 2005 "The Emancipation of Mimi" was a Grammy-winning, multi-platinum chart-topper through which she reclaimed her career while displaying a level of authority that had eluded her in recent years.

    Yet onstage Saturday night during the first show of her new concert tour at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, her message to fans seemed to have almost nothing do with "emancipation" or "strength" or "growth" -- or any of the token buzzwords associated with a woman who has recently broken free from whatever it was that was keeping her down.

    Rather, this is a show about stripper poles and dangerously high stilettos, hot pants and hair extensions -- all of it thrust onstage in a way that says, "Unless you're naked and grinding up against something, you're nothing."

    And to look at the many female fans on hand (young teens to roughly early-30s), also spilling out of their lingerie, shiny gold bikini tops and micro-minis, it seems this is a notion that some women clearly want reinforced by a superstar.

    When the show finally began, about an hour late at 10 p.m., there were rappers and dancers, moving staircases, blinding lights, an audio/high-def-video assault, several incoherent short films and a DJ -- all heaped on top of an essentially standard diva extravaganza (i.e., sing song, change outfit).

    Those who unwittingly came for an evening of innocuous pop quickly realized that they have not been keeping up with the times. That Mariah -- the one who sang such hopeful songs as "Vision of Love," "Emotions" and "One Sweet Day" -- disappeared a long time ago.

    Still, there were glimpses of that performer during such confections as "Dreamlover," "Heartbreaker" and "Fantasy" -- and also during a stellar cover of the 1970 Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There," a hit for Carey in 1992.

    With her wide-ranging vocal ability, Carey, now 36, certainly could have taken the standard pop singer route -- aging up to adult contemporary status, then following Celine Dion over to Vegas. Instead, she's won praise for becoming a singer who mixes it up on songs such as "We Belong Together" and "Say Somethin"' with freestyle producers and rappers like Snoop Dogg.

    It works for her and the fans who adore her. Let's just hope all those 15-year-olds remembered to change clothes before they got back home.

    Bottom line: Time to fire the stylist.

    Source: Hollywood Reporter

    Calendar Live Review: Emancipation Elation // 9:00 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey's 'Adventures' tour showcases a well-toned and well-honed talent.

    MIAMI -- Mariah Carey has an unusual body for a modern-day pop goddess - voluptuous and solid instead of willowy and elastic. It's a singer's body, not a dancer's, built to house the multi-octave pipes that have allowed the 36-year-old singer to rule the radio dial for 16 years. Carey showed off that body, toned and tanned, at the opening Saturday night of the North American leg of her tour. At American Airlines Arena, she was swathed in artfully cut out chiffon gowns and sequined hot pants that Ann-Margret would have enjoyed in her prime and used a burlesque dancer's straight-back chair, a winding staircase and other props to prove that she could move those long legs and that curvy torso.

    But Carey never let choreography get in the way of what her body was there for: to help her sing in ways that have, as she said with a modest shrug near the end of the 90-minute-plus concert, "changed people's lives." No one works as hard to balance inspiration and flash as Carey, who started her career selling the ageless appeal of pure vocal prowess only to sustain it by turning herself into a trend-savvy hip-hop home girl. This new production - entitled "The Adventures of Mimi," in reference to her multiplatinum 2005 album, "The Emancipation of Mimi" - seeks to meld the uplifting Mariah and the modish one by surrounding a traditional prima donna's turn with the accouterments of urban music. There were acrobatic dancers; video clips of rappers with whom Carey has collaborated, such as Jay-Z and the late ODB; and references to milestones in her transformation from girl next door to hot mama, including the sailor suits of her 1997 video for "Honey" and the video catfights of her "Heartbreaker" era (the clips now featured assert she's grown beyond all that). Her mixmaster, the eminent DJ Clue, was the night's most prominently featured musician. In the end, though, flowing gowns and sequins won out over booty shorts, which was wise, since it's the warmth she brings to awe-inspiring glamour that makes Carey's fans love her.

    From the moment she entered in a black bikini with boy-cut bottom and a chiffon cape, offering up her trademark high notes and striking poses with her masked male dancers, Carey treated the evening like a qualifying round that she was determined to win. Preoccupied with the inevitable glitches of a fledgling tour, she revealed her emotions through a running patter that could have seemed neurotic but actually served to create intimacy within an otherwise dauntingly big-scale event. It's an old showbiz trick to interrupt major production numbers with asides that humanize the goings-on, and whether that or basic nerves motivated Carey's asides, it worked: When she did stumble, as on the unusually challenging mix of big dance moves and rapid-fire vocalizing during the reggae-inflected "Shake It Out," it made the show feel alive, not unprofessional.

    Some elements will surely be tightened up as the tour commences toward the West, where it concludes in October. DJ Clue's expert spinning got the party-hearty Miami crowd hopping during costume changes, but the frequency of these intermissions affected the night's pacing. The dancers haven't quite figured out how to assert themselves within a show inevitably ruled by Carey's voice; unlike most of today's concert spectacles, this one was best when the interplay was limited to the singer and her sympathetic backing band (Carey's musical director, incidentally, is that singer's champion, "American Idol's" Randy Jackson). Especially satisfying were the duets Carey shared with backing vocalist Trey Lorenz; when these longtime singing partners traded high notes on the ballads "I'll Be There" and "One Sweet Day," Carey really eased into her performance. She was happiest simply expressing her gifts and, in doing so, allowing her fans to consider their own perhaps unemancipated potential.

    It's a function singers have served at least since the coloratura came into style in opera — the female voice, reaching far beyond the confines of ordinary speech, carries the listener beyond the humdrum of her daily imaginings. As Carey put it in the song she described as the most personal on her latest album, great singing makes the soul "Fly Like a Bird." Carey's Miami audience, a wide-ranging mix including grade-schoolers with their parents, South Beach clubbers and pregnant women with husbands in tow, grooved to DJ Clue's beats, but they really got excited on the midtempo numbers whose climaxes gave Carey room to soar. When Carey moved to a small stage mid-arena, she got the crowd climbing on seats, not to check out her "Charlie's Angels" sunglasses but to cheer her holding one last note on the poignant "Don't Forget About Us" until it seemed like she would break.

    She never broke, no matter how fretfully she muttered about not being able to hear the band or apologized for taking sips of water. Like the silver-screen queens she admires, Carey's not just a femme fatale but also a trouper, and her years of delivering hits, even with a midcareer dip, have resulted in hard-won consistency. On this anxious night, she proved herself a solid talent and was best when she allowed herself the pleasure of her own strengths.

    Busta Rhymes, one notable rapper with whom Carey once dueted, opened the show with a strong, funny set that betrayed not a bead of worried sweat. Delivered with the assistance of a sparse crew (one other MC and a DJ), the voluble Mr. Rhymes flirted obscenely with women in the front rows, pulled out hits from his long career and relentlessly plugged his new album, "The Big Bang." It's too bad Carey didn't invite Rhymes to share in her set's rendition of "Give It to Me," the song they recorded together; it could have made for another fun, relaxed moment. But perhaps the rapper had found and fled with another female friend by that point.

    Source: Calendar Live - Los Angeles Times

    Palm Beach Post Review: Mariah Carey concert hits sour notes // 7:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here is a life lesson Mariah Carey apparently missed during the Adventures of Mimi: the harder you try to make people like you, the less they will.

    It's understandable the Glitter-girl has some issues after being criticized, ostracized and written off for forgotten in the past few years. But those critics were not among the fans who paid from $19.50 to $129.50 to see her show at the American Airlines Arena on Saturday night.

    The fans wanted to watch the diva resplendent in high notes and high heels, basking in the glow of her deserved and surprising comeback. They wanted to see Ms. Mimi singing her heart out, not ceding the stage for up to 10 minutes at a time to let DJ Clue spin other people's hits like it's a South Beach club.

    They wanted to hear her breathe new life into the 17 No. 1 hits that rank her second to only the Beatles.

    She's too talented, too successful, too weighed down by Grammys to be anything but a star on stage. But on the first night of her tour, she opened her set with a video of a roller coaster and a monologue about the ups and downs of life. She apologized repeatedly for minor gaffes in the act, such as sipping water and asking that the fans be turned on and the music turned up.

    She showed video skits of women trash-talking her in a club, and then in a toilet stall.

    News flash, Mimi. No one cares anymore. Your life is on the upswing. Forget the story line so we can concentrate on the good times.

    The music stands for itself. She took us back with Always Be My Baby and Hero and Dream Lover and her Jackson 5 remake, I'll Be There.

    She kept us going with chart-toppers from last year's The Emancipation of Mimi album, Fly Like A Bird, Shake It Off, We Belong Together and, the opener, It's Like That.

    And the audience especially liked it when she relocated from the stage to a platform surrounded by fans on the floor. She looked poised and confident ó so close, riding the range of her vocal skills. Her smile looked genuine.

    It was all about the music.

    The show didn't end until close to midnight, largely because it took Carey almost an hour to get on the stage after Busta Rhymes finished his opening set. The break was so long, in fact, that the distracted stadium completed 7 1/2 revolutions of the wave.

    Busta, whose career has lasted almost as long as Carey's, was an entertaining opener with everything from Scenario, his 1992 duet with A Tribe Called Quest, to his 2003 hit with Carey, I Know What You Want.

    Source: Palm Beach Post

    Miami Herald Review: Mariah Carey shines as tour opens in Miami // 2:10 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The Mariah Carey saga is one of the most intriguing stories in pop-music history: After riding her five-octave voice to become the best-selling female performer of the 1990s, she suffered a spectacular public meltdown in 2001.

    The songbird signed an $80 million deal with Virgin Records, but quickly sabotaged her success by posting suicidal messages on her website, appearing on MTV's Total Request Live dressed in a T-shirt and nothing else, and starring in the universally ridiculed movie Glitter. Virgin ended up eating $28 million of her contract just so she'd go away.

    Carey's personal life never dipped so low as that of her diva rival Whitney Houston, but until last year's chart-topping comeback album The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey had become a laughingstock in the music business.

    Saturday night at downtown Miami's American Airlines Arena, Carey showed a near sellout crowd that she and superstardom definitely still belong together. This kick-off date of her Adventures of Mimi tour had plenty of glitter, but only the good kind.

    The only negative was the hourlong wait after opening act Busta Rhymes energized the already packed house -- but Carey's fans didn't seem to mind. Just before 10 p.m., the crowd roared as a radiant Carey, classy, composed and in complete control, kicked things off with her lively new hit It's Like That.

    Unlike her 2000 tour, which opened with a 10-minute video featuring Carey's evil twin Bianca, who tries to hurt the ''good Mariah,'' her Mimi show emphasizes substance over inane skits. The sequined singer -- even her microphone was decked out in matching sequins -- took her adoring fans on a tour through all her biggest hits, including Dreamlover, Honey, My All, Shake It Off, Fly Like A Bird, Fantasy (during which she ventured out into the crowd), Thank God I Found You, Hero and her soaring cover of The Jackson 5's I'll Be There.

    But she wasn't done: For her encore, Carey came out in a sparkling ''Miami blue'' dress she said she bought especially for the Magic City and closed with a bang, singing her monster hit We Belong Together and Butterfly -- a fitting ending that represented her metamorphosis from washed-up diva to reborn superstar.

    Busta Rhymes was a fitting warm-up, performing Give It To Me (his duet with Mariah) and peppering his rapid-fire rap set with shout-outs to Don't Cha (his hit with the Pussycat Dolls) and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Give It Away.

    Source: Miami Herald

    Download: Fan Videos/Photos - Mariah in Miami Concert // 1:52 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Click on the links below to view photos and download video files of Mariah performing at her Miami concert last night. Special thanks to Marc for the photos and the "Your Girl" video!

    Download "Your Girl":
    [ Video (MPG, 6MB) | Audio (MP3, 602KB) ]

    Also, below is a collection of short video clips of Mariah performing "Dreamlover," "Stay The Night," "Always Be My Baby," "I'll Be There," "Your Girl," "One Sweet Day," "Hero," "Make It Happen" and "Fly Like a Bird." Click to download now! Many thanks to Jorge (true owner) for sharing his video file with us!

    Download Mariah "Miami" performances:
    [ Video (MPG, 52.0MB) | Audio (MP3, 4.8MB) ]

    And more! Be sure to visit the "Miami" page in our Tour section to view more photos taken by Marc, and read fan reviews by Eddie, Aladerri, greeklamb and MizzMariahBFly06!

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah in Miami Concert // 1:33 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are high-quality photos of Mariah Carey as she performs in concert on the opening night of "The Adventures of Mimi" tour at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida on August 5, 2006.

    Visit our Tour section to view more pictures of Mariah at her Miami concert.


    01. It's Like That
    02. Heartbreaker
    03. My All
    04. Dreamlover
    05. Breakdown
    06. Honey
    07. Shake It Off
    08. Fly Like A Bird
    09. Stay The Night
    10. I Know What You Want

    ---"B" Stage:
    11. Fantasy
    12. Don't Forget About Us
    13. Always Be My Baby
    14. Your Girl (Snippet)
    ---End "B" Stage

    15. I Wish You Knew (Snippet)
    16. Hero
    17. I'll Be There
    18. Make It Last (Snippet)
    19. One Sweet Day (Snippet)
    20. Make It Happen

    21. We Belong Together
    22. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)

    --Mariah did not walk down a "catwalk" to perform. No actual catwalk, just a raised square "B" stage.
    --No chair dance for "Fantasy."
    --Mariah was fabulous, spoke a lot to the audience, nailed every note.
    --"Vision of Love" and "Anytime You Need A Friend" were missing from the published setlist.
    --Tour books were not available. Items sold at the venue not already listed: black "Mimi" shirt ($35), 8x10 black "Mimi" purple photo ($35), photo pins ($10, set of 6), mug with gold Mariah photo ($20), signed canvas prints ($900, only five were available).
    --Busta Rhymes opened the show at 8:30pm. Mariah started the show at exactly 10:00pm and ended at 12:00am.

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Saturday, August 5 , 2006

    Mariah's Miami Concert After Party // 2:26 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah is scheduled to attend an after party presented by Headliner Market Group entitled, "A Mid Summer Night with Mariah Carey" Saturday, August 5th, following her concert at American Airlines Arena. The event will be held at Nocturnal, Downtown Miami, 50 NE 11th Street. Music will be provided by DJ Clue with Don P and DJ Spaz.

    Click on the image to the right for more details about the event.

    Source: Nocturnal | Carlos

    "The Adventures of Mimi" Tour Merchandise // 1:04 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Below are some of the "The Adventures of Mimi" tour merchandise including t-shirts, hooded sweatshirt, tank tops, hats, wristband, keychain that will be sold at concert venues. Prices range from $2.95 to $450.00. See all selection by visiting our Tour section.

    The items can also be purchased online at the official Tour Store.

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    Download: Mariah on Last Night's Access Hollywood // 8:57 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Last night, Access Hollywood gave viewers an exclusive peek inside Mariah's "The Adventures of Mimi" tour zone: rehearsals, production meetings, fabulous costumes.

    Click on the links below to view screen captures and download a video file of this exclusive behind-the-scenes look from Access Hollywood.

    [ Behind-The-Scenes at Mariah's Tour Prep, Access Hollywood ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Friday, August 4 , 2006

    HBF Exclusive Mariah Downloads // 7:58 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Honey B. Fly members can now download new and exclusive tour icons, wallpapers (samples below) and avatars on the official site, MariahCarey.com!

    Not an HBF member yet? Join now!

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    News Tidbits // 3:27 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    --From People.com's Star Tracks gallery, a new photo of Mariah Carey as she "sips her way to cool Thursday in Miami, where the singer will kick off her much-anticipated Adventures of Mimi tour on Saturday."

    --DJ Clue will join Mariah on the "Adventures" tour. His MySpace bulletin announcement reads: "Will be on tour with Mariah Carey from Aug 5th until late October baby!!!! This Sat we're in Miami... the afterparty at Nocturnal.. U already know how crazy thats gon be! Be there!"

    --Reminder: Please continue to vote for Mariah!

    Teen Choice Awards 2006
    for "Choice Music: Female Artist" and "Choice Music: R&B Artist"
    Vote now!

    2006 MTV Video Music Awards
    for Best R&B Video, "Shake It Off" - Vote now!

    BET's Countdown
    for Favorite Hip Hop & RnB Blend, "Say Somethin'" - Vote now!

    --From AOL Music: Next on Dancehall star Sean Paul's agenda is opening for Mariah Carey for a month. "She wanted someone to get the crowd to a certain level of hotness, and then she'd take it from there," he said.

    --Mariah graces the cover of this month's issue of Thailand's "Hair" magazine. Inside, there's a full page of Mariah's profile and many small photos throughout the magazine.

    --Jay from UK is selling his rare Mariah items on eBay. Be sure to check them out here!

    Source: Mariah Daily | Natalia23 | Heroes of Mariah | Jay | AiharA | Bob

    Download: Mariah Interviews with MTV's John Norris // 4:45 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    One of the most anticipated tours of the year, just around the corner, in just two days! Mariah Carey is set to kick off her "The Adventures of Mimi" tour down in Miami. Just recently, MTV's John Norris sat down with the emancipated one herself to get the scoop on what sort of adventures fans can expect.

    John Norris, MTV: You know what? I think it's so great that, yes, you can spend $150 to see Mariah but you can also spend apparently $1950 to go see the show?
    Mariah Carey: When I was growing up, I had no money to go see the shows I wanted to see, you know what I mean? I'm trying to just make it so people who are real fans can come see the show.

    Working again with American Idol's Randy Jackson as her musical director, Mariah plans to bring other big names on the road with her too like Sean Paul, Busta Rhymes and Jermaine Dupri.
    Mariah: JD has said he's coming to the "hot spots." I'm like, 'What do you mean? You don't wanna come to the boring places, Jermaine?'

    While Mimi's "Adventures" tour follows on the heels of her 5-time platinum "Emancipation" CD, fans should be delighted to know that she plans to showcase many of her classics as well.
    Mariah: Something like "Make It Happen." You know, I'm doing it but I'm trying to do it in a new way. I feel like this tour gives me a chance to do some of the "dare-I-say-classics" and blend them with songs that I always wanted to come out...

    Alright, we know what Mariah is gonna sound like on the show but how is she going to look, you might wonder. Well, we caught up with her tour stylist, June Ambrose. We got an exclusive first look for you. Now, we're told Mariah's various outfits are gonna take her from tough girl outfits to some flowing, sweeping dresses. For instance, Mariah's gonna sport this Bond-girled styled tux, she'd take it off to reveal a black bodysuit. Also, she'll feature a Diana Ross-inspired ultimate diva look and she'll even go to old school in a Hiphop-inspired cape with "Mimi" of course inscribed on the back in crystals. Mariah's stylist explains that the different looks are all supposed to tell a little bit of a story.
    June Ambrose: It starts off really kind of like a black and white film and then it turns into color. When she's emancipated, she goes from all these beautiful sunflower yellows to powder blues to a really kind of adult, wine, burgundy, Diana Ross-kind-of-look and then she goes into this flesh tone, goddess-like dress, like an angel, very nude. And that's when she kind of strips away from everything - all the rumors, all the bad times. And she's celebrating life and she's just a new person - she's born again.

    Download: Mariah Interview on MTV's TRL News

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Mariah Daily/Pepsi Contest Winner Announced // 4:42 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Daily is happy to announce the winner of the Mariah Daily/Pepsi/Motorola Contest. For a limited period of time, as part of the Pepsi Cool Tones & Motorola Phones promotion, visitors to Mariah Daily got to download an HQ video of Mariah's "Time of Your Life" Pepsi TV commercial and enter to win a Motorola Bluetooth Headset.

    The winner is Donnie Mohler (DOB: June 3, 1980).

    Congratulations Donnie! A Pepsi representative will contact you via email and give instructions on how to claim your prize.

    Source: Mariah Daily | PepsiSmash

    Mariah ripe for ribbing, at any price // 4:39 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Humorist Andy Borowitz wrote a satirical piece in 2002 about everyone's favorite diva, Mariah Carey. The highlights:

    In a controversial interrogation tactic that one prominent human rights organization says "borders on torture," CIA operatives in Afghanistan have been showing al Qaeda prisoners the Mariah Carey film Glitter.

    "There are things one does in times of war that one would not do in times of peace," Donald Rumsfeld said. "Making people watch a movie with Mariah Carey in it is one of those things."

    That's an entirely cruel, utterly unnecessary and brutally unfair rip on Carey, who performs Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum.

    It's also mighty funny.

    And it's hard not to follow Borowitz's lead when it comes to Carey, because she just seems so, well, hateable.

    Granted, Carey's enormous levels of success throughout the '90s aren't enough of a reason to hate her. But then there's the diva behavior, concert tickets that run up to $125, the short-lived marriage to her record label's president, the affiliation with Iraqi insurgents...

    Okay, I made that last one up. But it didn't seem all that out of place, did it?

    For me, the Carey kicker is the song Heartbreaker, which you might remember as her previous hit Fantasy with, well, slightly different words. And Fantasy, of course, sampled the Tom Tom Club tune Genius of Love so heavily it was as much a cover as an original.

    But I'm going to try to cut Carey some slack. Among other things, it can't be easy growing up a mixture of so many ethnicities, including, one presumes, Martian.

    And give Carey this: She certainly looks much younger than her 36 years, credited to a weirdo diet that mostly involves eating purple things, such as eggplant and plums and prunes. (Prince, watch your back.)

    True, while everyone else was relishing in Carey's infamous breakdown following the Glitter fiasco, all right, I was too.

    So it's kind of nice that Carey's rebounded - her album The Emancipation of Mimi ripped up the charts, as did singles We Belong Together and Don't Forget About Us. And though Carey's not my cup of tea, she has a few songs I don't mind so much, like Always Be My Baby, and, okay, that's the only one.

    Does that make her worth $125 for a show? I don't know. But tickets start at $19.50, so you can make the call with your wallet.

    Mariah Carey performs at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the St. Pete Times Forum, downtown Tampa. Tickets are $19.50-$125. Call 287-8844.

    Source: City Times - St. Petersburg Times

    Thursday, August 3 , 2006

    New Mariah DVDs Available For Pre-order // 4:01 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    The DVD re-issues of "MTV Unplugged +3" and "Mariah Carey," set for release on September 12th, are now available for pre-order at Sony Music Store for only $11.98 each.

  • The "MTV Unplugged +3" performances were recorded live at Kaufman Astoria Studios, New York on March 16, 1992.

    Mariah Carey
    MTV Unplugged +3 [DVD]

    List Price: $14.98
    Release date: 09/12/2006
    Label: LEGACY
    Selection #: 689535 (1CVD689535)
    Pre-order here

  • "Mariah Carey" also known as "Here Is Mariah Carey" was filmed at Proctor's Theatre in New York and was aired as a Thanksgiving Special on NBC in 1993.

    Mariah Carey

    List Price: $14.98
    Release date: 09/12/2006
    Label: LEGACY
    Selection #: 689536 (1CVD689536)
    Pre-order here

    At this time, it is not known if the DVDs will come with any special features. Sony Music Store is not currently listing any.

    HMV Japan also lists the two DVDs (International version) as available for pre-order for ¥2,164 each. Check them out here.
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    Source: Mariah Daily | David | Kotaro

    Mariah Turning Into Superhero, James Bond On Upcoming Tour // 9:18 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Singer's outfits will also incorporate $10 million brooch, 7-inch high heels.

    Mariah Carey is reinventing herself again. Actually, to be exact, nine more times.

    The sexy songstress will play a handful of roles when she kicks off her new tour Saturday in Miami. Think superhero-meets-modern- James-Bond-meets-old-Hollywood.

    For the jaunt - Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, the Hits, the Tour - the R&B sensation will at times tone down her sometimes over-the-top style, wearing flowing gowns and menswear-inspired tuxedo styles designed specifically for her by celebrity stylist June Ambrose.

    "The show starts off very 'Blade Runner,' with black-and-white, racy looks where [Mariah] looks like an R&B superhero," said Ambrose, who cites Gianni Versace and Roberto Cavalli as inspirations. "And then her lightness comes out and she is emancipated with bright colors, showing off her great goddess legs, ready to celebrate and party."

    Carey will have nine outfit changes throughout the show but only brief interludes in which to morph into them. "My inspiration was creating an R&B hip-hop musical," Ambrose said. "The show is cabaret-like: fun, racy, sexy, but subtle. I designed the outfits [to look] theatrical. [The concert] starts out like a black-and-white affair, and then she strips away all the rumors and she's born again."

    Ambrose said Carey will be wearing things you "wouldn't normally see her in," like a white men's blazer. "When would you ever see Mariah in a men's blazer?" she said. "This is to give her a James Bond look. It's very mod, very sleek."

    Ms. Carey will shake off that blazer real fast for "Breakdown," at which point she'll reveal garters and a black off-the-shoulder leotard encrusted with Swarovski crystals.

    Ambrose calls a similar outfit, which Carey will wear toward the end of the show, one of her favorites. "It's dyed perfectly to her skin, but it looks like she's naked," Ambrose said. "It looks like there are stones bouncing off her flesh. She looks like a million bucks." And let's not forget those blinding, one-of-a-kind legs. Don't worry, guys: There will still be lots of skin. "She does this really burlesque, fiery number that's very sexy," Ambrose said.

    Other sultry costumes include a sky-blue, Halston-inspired goddess gown; a sunflower-colored chiffon floor-length stunner; and a wine-colored Diana Ross-style gown, worn with a $10 million Harry Winston brooch. "Mariah's body is voluptuous," Ambrose said. "It's about her finding her sexuality and nothing else."

    Also added to the mix are 7-inch stiletto high heels in black patent leather designed by Paris shoemaker Courtney Crawford. "They're super-high, super-sexy, but she can definitely jump around in them," Ambrose said.

    We'll be seeing a little old-school Mariah when she transforms into a superhero-like costume that features a long silver cape with the word "Mimi" displayed on the back, blindfold and platform heels. She'll then take off the cape and reveal a pair of cute knickers (with butterflies on the back pockets, natch) and a crop top. "That's the round-the-way girl look," Ambrose said. "She's the most accessible in those looks."

    While this may be Ambrose's first time styling one of Mariah's tours, it's not her first time at the rodeo. She's already worked on tours for Diddy, Missy Elliott and R. Kelly. Ambrose was the inspiration for Diddy's red metallic suit in the Notorious B.I.G.'s "Mo Money, Mo Problems" video, Missy Elliott's signature blinged-out Adidas tracksuits, and Jay-Z's first suit for the "Can't Knock the Hustle" video.

    Note: Tune in to MTV's TRL today to catch a news segment airing at 4:20 PM EST featuring Mariah discussing what to expect from her tour and a look at the ensembles she'll be wearing.

    Source: MTV | MariahCarey.com

    You're No Mariah // 8:04 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    So spare us the screechy high notes when you take the floor at karaoke night. Leave those higher octaves to a professional. By Sean Daly

    Still nursing the wounds from my first full season following American Idol, I have come to a painful, altogether head- splitting conclusion:

    Mariah Carey is, without a doubt, the worst thing to happen to amateur singing since the karaoke machine.

    Now hold on a sec, Mimi fans: That's not a slap against your preferred pop diva. Not at all.

    With all her bubbleheaded antics and deep-end decolletage, it's easy to forget that Carey, who's high-heeling her way to the St. Pete Times Forum on Monday, is a tremendous talent.

    Ever since the Long Island native crooned onto the scene with 1990's breakout hit Vision of Love - with that mind-blowing five- octave finale, no less - she has been one of the great singers in the pop canon: her breath control, the showoff trills, the high-note gymnastics.

    I like her. I really do.

    The problem, however, is that for all her talent, the 36-year-old is first and foremost a STAR, the very epitome of pop opulence in today's celebrity-dependent culture.

    And thus, millions of young women and men wake up every morning and figure that, simply by imitating Carey's vocal derring-do, they too can wind up on the cover of People or on MTV Cribs or on the arm of record mogul Tommy Mottola.

    They also might have a shot at winning American Idol, the most-recent stars of which will perform at the St. Pete Times Forum on Sunday, the night before their role model.

    Forget about learning how to interpret a song and phrase a chorus and gently massage a note.

    The kids just wanna wail.

    "They always want to hit that big (bleepin') note," says Dave McKay, a DJ on local country station WQYK-FM 99.5. McKay receives amateur recordings all the time, many of which feature painful Mariahesque imitations. They just don't get it, he says. By copying an established singer, McKay adds, "(amateur singers) are doing themselves a disservice."

    Note-stretching vocal histrionics first came into vogue during the Whitney Houston administration, when 1992's I Will Always Love You was played on every radio station every minute of every day. But as newcomer Carey quickly became the biggest-selling female solo act of the '90s, she soon became the choice of imitators everywhere.

    Carey's dizzying effect on young singers has become even more intense lately thanks to the 10-million-selling album The Emancipation of Mimi, the biggest selling album of 2005 and the comeback disc that rocketed her back into the celeb stratosphere.

    Her presence is now felt everywhere from karaoke night at Applebee's to the most popular show on television.

    Depending on how you feel about public humiliation, the best/worst parts of American Idol are the audition shows, which normally break down into three distinct parts:

    (1) The Talented Kids.
    (2) The Weird Kids.
    (3) The Mariahs.

    The Mariahs are the hardest ones to watch, mainly because most of them think they're reeeaaally good. The poor, disillusioned hopefuls plant themselves in front of judges Simon Cowell, Paula Abdul and Randy Jackson - then proceed to stretch, break and mutilate every note of a song, often Mariah's Hero, a tune that has ruined more throats than smoker's cough.

    But not all the ersatz Mariahs get booted off early. Idol's most recent runner-up, Katharine McPhee, has a fine voice, but she too often wanders into Mariah territory, usually with disastrous results.

    This year's dopey pretty boy Ace Young (remember the pouty-faced dude with all the "Ace" belt buckles?) also had a tendency to turn a single note into what sounded like a yodely recitation of the ABCs. And, as even the fawning Abdul had to admit, he was "pitchy" about it.

    It's enough to make a music teacher weep.

    Jeff Berlin, 53, owner and president of Clearwater's Players School of Music, sees the Mariah Effect all the time. A world-renowned electric bass player - who once turned down a job in Van Halen - Berlin says a lot of young singers today want to be instant stars.

    "All of the Mariah Carey wanna-bes have missed the fact that Mariah is the real article," says Berlin. "It's a youthful enthusiasm. People want to become a star without doing the work that it may take to become this... They don't know music. They don't understand the facts, the meaning, the elements of what makes music. Music is not involved in a person's pursuit of stardom. They end up singing and performing in the most unmusical manner imaginable."

    Sometimes, however, the pain of mimicking Mariah isn't just emotional. It's physical, too.

    Dianna Prichard, a Tampa vocal coach, says trying to warble like Mariah can cause physical harm. "More and more of my young students are showing up with vocal nodes," says Prichard, referring to polyps that form on the vocal cords from oversinging. "It's every age now, but especially the young ones. They all want to belt. But until you're vocally comfortable, it can be very damaging."

    The thing is, even if Mariah falls out of fashion, Christina Aguilera - another belter with phenomenal pipes - is right behind her. And Aguilera just might have more range than Mariah.

    Oh, well. At the very least, according to WQYK's McKay, there is one good thing about Mariah wanna-bes making screechy fools of themselves.

    "It's always a good sound bite on the radio," he says with a laugh.

    By the way, if you're wondering what the singer herself thinks about her influence on the warbly youth of America - well, keep on wondering.

    At the last minute, Carey flaked on a interview we had set up for Monday. Hopefully, the kids won't copy her commitment problems, too.

    Mariah Carey, with Sean Paul, 7:30 p.m. Monday, St. Pete Times Forum, 401 Channelside Drive, Tampa. $19.50-$125. 813 287-8844 or (727) 898-2100 or (813) 301-2500.

    Source: St. Petersburg Times

    Billboard Updates (Issue Date: August 12, 2006) // 7:41 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are Mariah's Billboard chart positions for the magazine's issue date August 12, 2006.

    The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #187 (Last Week #170)
    Billboard 200: #164 (Last Week #152)
    Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #45 (Last Week #41)
    Sales this week: 5,014 (-10%)
    Total sales: 5,676,535

    Fly Like a Bird
    Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles: #13 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles & Tracks: #27 (Last Week #30)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #27 (Last Week #30)
    Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)

    Don't Forget About Us ●
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #21 (Last Week #17)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #21 (Last Week #17)

    Shake It Off ▲
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #20 (Re-entry)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #20 (Re-entry)

    We Belong Together ▲3
    Billboard Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay: #13 (Last Week #12)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent: #16 (Last Week #11)
    Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #15 (Last Week #11)

    Source: Mariah Daily | Ritcher

    Mariah Miscellaneous // 2:12 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    News Tidbits
    --The Inspiration of Mimi: Mariah's tour doesn't kick off until Saturday but MTV News had a first look at it on Wednesday.  Mariah's tour stylist, June Ambrose stopped by to show how glamorous Mimi will look when she hits the stage in Miami this weekend. "My inspiration for the tour was kind of creating an R&B/Hip-hop musical," June said.
    Download a video podcast of MTV's report here.

    --Be sure to catch Mariah's exclusive interview on LOGO's Advocate Newsmagazine, where she talks about her gay fan base, Ernie and Mort, the gay couple she and her mother moved in with as a child, and her upcoming "The Adventures of Mimi" tour. The interview airs on Tuesday, August 15th at 9:00PM EST on LOGO. Click here for additional showtimes. Below are photos from the 2-part interview with John Norris:

    --From Creative Loafing: If you and Mariah Carey go back like babies and pacifiers, you won't want to miss Mimi's Atlanta show. That's right, all you "lambs" out there, this diva's here for one night only with THE ADVENTURES OF MIMI: THE VOICE, THE HITS, THE TOUR. Word on the streets is, she'll be performing some classics live for the first time ever. Dancehall sensation/hydroponics advocate Sean Paul opens. $29.50-$129. 8 p.m. Philips Arena, 1 Philips Drive. 404-878-3000. www.philipsarena.com.

    Mariah Mentions
    --Derek Jeter is developing his own fragrance line for Avon, called Driven. "Jeter said he consulted his mom and his sister on the project. But maybe he also could have used the guidance of a few former arm candies, such as Mariah Carey. The fragrance is said to be a blend of chilled grapefruit, clean oak moss and spice — a combination that sounds quite disgusting" writes the San Antonio Express News.

    --Gay recording artist Ari Gold recently said in an interview on LOGO "I've been known to dabble in some acting, so hopefully I'll make a good turn and not do a 'Glitter,' although personally I love 'Glitter' and own the DVD" and has mentioned Mariah as an inspiration in several other interviews.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Rich Overton | LOGO | Ryan | janetsjunkie

    Wednesday, August 2 , 2006

    Show Preview: Mariah in Miami // 3:50 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey. Glitter. No other combination of words evokes images of four-inch stilettos, dresses of about the same length, and a near-shattering fall from grace quite like those three.

    The past few turbulent years in Carey's career have made it difficult to believe that one of the media's biggest punching bags was also named best-selling female artist ever by the World Music Awards and most successful artist of the 1990s in the United States by Billboard magazine. The singer's five-octave vocal range and five hard-earned Grammys have been largely overshadowed by a very public emotional breakdown, commercial failures, and a flagrant increase in the hoochie department.

    But recently (and largely owing to the well-received release The Emancipation of Mimi) the embarrassing stain that Glitter and other public mishaps have left on Carey's otherwise successful career have been almost completely washed away.

    Emancipation marks a return to inspiration after a notably dry season. After sixteen years, fourteen albums, and incredible highs and lows, the ever-evolving queen diva has regained a supportive audience willing to worship her in all her vocal glory.

    Mariah Carey performs with special guest Busta Rhymes at 8pm Saturday, August 5, at American Airlines Arena, 601 Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Tickets cost $17.50 to $127.50. Visit Ticketmaster.


    Attention Mariah fans attending the Miami show! Aladerri would like to invite you to join him and a few friends for a fan get-together on Saturday, August 5th at 5:00pm to celebrate Mariah's first concert! The gathering will be held at:

    1 Lincoln Road
    Miami Beach, FL 33139
    (786) 276-4033
    (inside The Ritz Carlton)

    For further details, email Aladerri at aladerri@aol.com.

    Source: Miami New Times | Aladerri

    Mariah, Madonna and Fans // 1:10 PM EST Updated by Casey

    Mariah Carey kicks off her summer tour on Aug. 5 in Miami. Sadly for Madonna’s fans, who are obsessed with a non-existent feud between the two performers, I will not be able to make Carey’s premiere or even her New York date. I’m sure she will do very well.

    Madonna, now on tour in Europe, will have to be beamed in from Paris to be part of those MTV Video Music Awards. She’s performing there that night. It continually cracks me up that the two singers have such ardent fans that they’re convinced one of them is more favored by the press than the other. It’s hilarious, really.

    Madonna, by the way, is set to play Moscow University on Sept. 11. What does this mean, if anything? I don’t know. Is Russia ready for Madonna? That’s one show I’d like to be a fly on the wall for. I hope Madonna’s videographers capture the whole thing backstage. Talk about truth or dare!

    Source: FOXNews.com

    Weekly Soundscan Numbers For Mariah // 12:15 PM EST Updated by Lynn

  • The Emancipation of Mimi ▲6
    Billboard 200
    : #164 (Last Week #152)
    Sales this week: 5,014 (-10%)
    Total sales: 5,676,535

  • From USA Today: Star watch (a look at national radio airplay chart progress of famous names): Mariah Carey's "Fly Like a Bird" gains some altitude, up 9.5% for a 94-85 chart move.
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    Source: SoundScan | USA Today | Colson

    Download: EXTRA's Pepsi Smash Backstage Interview // 2:21 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Mariah Carey has been dominating the charts for more than a year, and now she is taking that success on the road. EXTRA correspondent Jon Kelley was backstage with Mariah after a very successful Pepsi Smash Live concert at The Kodak Theater last Saturday.

    Jon Kelley, EXTRA: It's the superstar's super sexy return to the stage. Only EXTRA was with red-hot Mariah as she warmed up for her "The Adventures of Mimi" concert tour - her first in three years.
    Mariah Carey: It was fun. It was really nice to be with the fans.

    JK: And Mariah breaks news to us she also hopes to reconnect with family as she criss-crosses the country.
    MC: My brother was here tonight and that was cool. I haven't even spoken to anybody in so long.

    JK: Mariah's fans will hear all the megahits from her latest Grammy award-winning "The Emancipation of Mimi" album and music's top-selling female artist let us in on a little secret - she's also going old school.
    MC: There are songs that are really big hits that I forget and I'm like, 'Oh we didn't do Always Be My Baby tonight.' We didn't do such and such tonight so you know, I'm gonna sing however I want. So that's kind of cool.

    JK: Her show will also include video vignettes directed by Spike Lee featuring Mariah performing with music moguls like Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri.
    MC: I'm getting ready to go tomorrow. I'm excited.

    JK: Mariah's road trip kicks off Saturday in Miami.

    Download: [ EXTRA Backstage Interview with Mariah ]

    Source: Mariah Daily

    Tuesday, August 1 , 2006

    Mariah on "The Adventures of Mimi" // 4:26 PM EST Updated by Lynn

    Attention Honey B. Fly Members!

    Check out an exclusive video of Mariah talking about her upcoming "The Adventures of Mimi" tour at the official site, MariahCarey.com!

    Not a member yet? Join now!

    Source: MariahCarey.com

    HQ Photos: Mariah at Pepsi Smash Live // 8:10 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    Here are two high-quality photos of Mariah Carey performing at her Pepsi Smash Live concert at the Kodak Theatre, Los Angeles, California July 29, 2006. Click on each thumbnail to view a larger, full-scale image.


    Source: Mariah Daily

    News Tidbits // 8:05 AM EST Updated by Lynn

    --Liz Smith of New York Post writes: Up next for Daniels [Lee, director] is "Tennessee" with Mariah Carey, who must not be judged on the campfest that was "Glitter." She was actually very, very good in "WiseGirls."

    --Who wears short shorts? Mariah was on fire in the short-as-can-be Daisy Dukes she wore at the 2006 International Carthage Festival in Tunisia. What's your reaction? Vote here!

    --Mariah's "Hero," "We Belong Together" and "Without You" are up for TMF's Favourite Love Song. Vote here! You can vote as many times as you like.

    --On a recent episode of Oprah After The Show, a lady asked Oprah about her outfit, and when she got to the shoes she said, "But these shoes, look at these, these are ridiculous [crowd cheers]. These shoes were given to me by...uh, Mariah Carey was on and she's, you know, these are some 'Come get me shoes' or 'Go get yourself' or something. 'Come on over here and talk to me' shoes."

    --Recently on her own reality show on BET, singer Keisha Cole was in the studio doing a track for Puff Diddy and she was singing and kept messing up. She finally gave up and said, "I'm getting Mariah Carey in here."

    --On AOL's Top 111 Wussiest Songs of All Time, "Hero" by Mariah Carey ranked at #49.

    "Mariah Carey (1993) - Even the recording academy thought this hit was too sugary for its own good. Despite the song's presence at telethons, tributes and kiddie concerts, the '95 Grammy for Pop Female Vocalist went to Sheryl Crow's 'All I Wanna Do.' Proof that fun in the sun trumps multi-octave soul-searching."

    --Mariah's alleged "meltdown" on July 19, 2001 lands at #19 on MTV's 25 Memorable Moments.

    --From Inside Bay Area: As far as young pop stars go, Christina Aguilera can sing circles around the likes of Britney Spears, Beyonce and Gwen Stefani. She's just a notch below Mariah Carey — she of the five-octave voice — when it comes to pure vocal ability.

    Source: Mariah Daily | Jason | Cameron | Jessie | Superiorloanpro | Zondee

    Catch Mariah on Extra Tomorrow Night! // 12:15 AM EST Updated by Maggie

    Extra TV lists Mariah as appearing on tomorrow's show on August 1st.

    "Superstar Mariah Carey reveals how she's trying to reconnect with her family. Plus, her top secret project with Janet Jackson's man."

    Check your local listings for when Extra airs near you.

    Source: Extra TV