Video: Fans Sing "Hero" With Mariah in China
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 20-Oct-2014, 3:35PM EDT
Check out this video montage of fans singing along with Mariah to her timeless classic "Hero" during The Elusive Chanteuse Show. Mariah's tour of China took her to Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Shanghai.

Source: Mariah via YouTube

Video: Bus Promotes Elusive Chantuese Show in Taiwan
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 20-Oct-2014, 11:02AM EDT
Below, see a video showing footage of a bus driving through the streets of Taipei, Taiwan, promoting Mariah's concert at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition Centre on October 26, 2014.

Source: Mlunlun

Video: High Notes While Cleaning in Shanghai
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 20-Oct-2014, 6:02AM EDT
Behind the scenes on Mariah's world tour "The Elusive Chanteuse Show." MC having some fun while cleaning and warming up her vocal chords in Shanghai!

Source: Mariah via YouTube

The Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Shanghai
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 19-Oct-2014, 10:52AM EDT
Below, see Mariah's setlist from the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai, China, on October 19, 2014.

Intro
01. Fantasy (Remix ft. O.D.B.)
02. Shake It Off
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Fly Like A Bird
06. My All
07. Heartbreaker
08. #Beautiful
09. I'm That Chick
10. Honey (So So Def Remix)
11. I’ll Be There
12. Thirsty
13. Meteorite
14. Hero
15. Supernatural
16. We Belong Together
Encore:
17. Always Be My Baby

This was Mariah's final concert of the tour in China. Her next show will be at the Stadium Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on October 22, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Daniel

Video: The Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Chengdu
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 18-Oct-2014, 5:45PM EDT
Below, see video from Mariah's Elusive Chanteuse Show performance in Chengdu, China, on October 12, 2014. This is the full show.

Source: MariahCareyChina | Wayne | Tinnyaaaaaaa

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Tianjin, China
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 18-Oct-2014, 5:42PM EDT
Mariah's setlist from the Tianjin Olympic Center Stadium on October 17, 2014:

Intro
01. Fantasy (Remix ft O.D.B.)
02. Shake It Off
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Fly Like A Bird
06. My All
07. Heartbreaker
08. #Beautiful
09. I'm That Chick
10. Honey (So So Def Remix)
11. Always Be My Baby
12. Thirsty
13. Meteorite
14. Hero
15. Supernatural
16. We Belong Together/ We Belong Together Remix (Outro)

Were you at this show? We'd love to hear from you! Send us your photos or reviews at contact@mariahjournal.com!

Mariah's final show in China will take place at the Hongkou Stadium in Shanghai on October 19, 2014.
Source: MariahCareyChina via Twitter

Important Notice For Singapore Fans
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 17-Oct-2014, 1:08PM EDT
For all fans planning to attend The Elusive Chantuese Show at the Sinagpore National Stadium on October 24, please see the news item below from Channel News Asia. The show is still on, but the stage has been repositioned:

Mandopop star Jay Chou's Opus 2 Jay 2014 World Tour on Nov 8 at the National Stadium has been postponed to Dec 27, the Singapore Sports Hub confirmed on Friday (Oct 17).

The stage set-up for the Mariah Carey concert on Oct 24 will also be re-positioned off the pitch to the East quadrant of the stadium, to enhance pitch recovery and ”in the interest of our long-term goal to develop and further enhance the spectator experience."

The announcement comes on the heels of fierce criticism of the state of the pitch at the National Stadium. Sport Singapore has told SportsHub Pte Ltd to do everything necessary to make sure the field meets the requirements of the ASEAN Football Federation for the AFF Suzuki Cup, which kicks off on Nov 23.

The Sports Hub has "had to make some difficult decisions to ensure this regional competition has the best chance for success with regards to the quality of the National Stadium pitch," according to SportsHub COO Oon Jin Teik.

Those who have bought tickets for the Jay Chou concert will be able to keep their original tickets. Those unable to attend the rescheduled concert should call Sports Hub Tix Hotline at +65 6333 5000 or +65 3158 7888 for a full refund, including your pre-sold parking ticket if purchased. Refund requests have to be made by Nov 9, 8pm.

Affected patrons for the Mariah Carey concert have the option of reallocating their seats and will receive a $10 F&B voucher for this event at the National Stadium or request a full refund.

Elusive Chanteuse Show Fan Experiences
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 17-Oct-2014, 11:14AM EDT
From Leon, who saw Mariah in Chengdu, China, on October 12, 2014:

This is Leon Liu from Chengdu, China. I would like share some pictures I have been The Elusive Chanteuse Show - Chengdu with my dearest Hong Kong lambs. I have been a super fans for 21 years. My Hong Kong partner been a No. 1 Super fans since 1990 "Mariah Carey". For sure, we have met Mariah face to face in person before.

Please kindly note that the night was A+ amazing for everyone, I think. Also, we have waiting Mariah's hotel until 4AM in the morning. Some super lovely local lambs altogether on that night, we so excited! We will have some professional photos share with you later on... Love and support our MIMI as always until the end of time.

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From Chris, who saw Mariah in Chongqing, China, on October 15:

After seeing concert in Chengdu, we decided to do it again in Chongqing. I've been a lamb over 10 years, seeing her concert for real that is like a lifetime dream getting came true. Of course, in this concert, she gave us so many precious and shining moments, even better than in Chengdu.

When she sang hero, all the audiences sang along with her, tears rushed in my face, and reminded me of ‘be a hero’ no matter how hard life would be. Also, it was her very first time to sing ‘All I want for Christmas is you” in mainland of China as encore! It was such a big surprise for every lambs in Chongqing, which made us feel like ‘Christmas Time in the air again’ in advance. When she finished singing in this concert, I still couldn’t believe that I’ve watched her concert twice, she is so incredible, and we promised that we will love her eternally as *Lambily*!

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Below, see videos from Chongqing:

WE BELONG TOGETHER
HERO
DON'T EXPLAIN
ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Chris | Leon

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Chongqing
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 16-Oct-2014, 3:10PM EDT
Below, see Mariah's setlist from her Elusive Chanteuse Show concert in Chongqing, China, on October 15, 2014.

Intro
01. Fantasy (Remix ft O.D.B.)
02. Shake It Off
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Don't Explain (Billie Holliday cover)
06. Mi Todo/My All
07. Heartbreaker
08. #Beautiful
09. I'm That Chick
Band Intro
10. Honey (So So Def Remix)
11. Always Be My Baby
12. Thirsty
13. Meteorite
14. Hero
15. Supernatural
16. We Belong Together/ We Belong Together Remix (Outro)
17. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Encore)

Mariah's next show will be at the Tianjin Olympics Center Stadium in Tianjin, China, on October 17, 2014.
Source: Daniel

Fan Experience: The Elusive Chanteuse Show in Chengdu
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 14-Oct-2014, 10:06PM EDT
Joe from Chengdu, China, shared his experience of seeing Mariah's Elusive Chanteuse Show at the Chengdu Stadium on October 12, 2014:

This is Joe Tang from Chengdu,China. I have been a lamb for 19 years,this time i was so so so excited to watch "The Elusive Chanteuse Show" in Chengdu. Mariah is awesome
on this tour!!!! The best song for me is Always Be My Baby, because it is my favourite song,and Mariah let us sing with her, and I think she can see me, she pointed at me. I was so excited. But the most touching part is encore part, the whole audience sang Hero with her, many people cryed at that time including me.

Here are some great quality photos Joe took during the concert, as well as a shot of Joe and his friends showing their support for MC before the show!

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Were you at one of Mariah's Elusive Chanteuse concerts? We'd love to hear from you! Send your photos and reviews to us at contact@mariahjournal.com!
Source: Joe | MariahDailyJournal

Calling All Elusive Chanteuse Show Attendees!
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 14-Oct-2014, 2:14PM EDT
MariahDailyJournal is excited to announce a new fan project!

We are working on something special for Mariah to help commemorate her The Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour, and we want you to be a part of it!! If you will be attending, or have already attended, one of her concerts, we are looking for you!

Please send us one or two photos of yourself (individual or group) at the show, at the venue, or with your concert tickets. Please include your name, where you are from, and which show you attended. If you would like, please give us a one or two-sentence blurb of what you thought of the show!

Please email your submissions to contact@mariahjournal.com. This project is currently in the beginning stages. Thank you in advance to everyone for participating!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Download Audio: Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Beijing
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 13-Oct-2014, 9:20AM EDT
Below, download audio files of Mariah's Elusive Chanteuse Show performance at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China, on October 10, 2014. You can download the songs individually, or all together as one ZIP file. Thanks to Daniel for sharing his recording with us!

01. INTRO
02. FANTASY REMIX
03. DON'T FORGET ABOUT US
04. EMOTIONS
05. CRY.
06. FLY LIKE A BIRD
07. MY ALL
08. HEARTBREAKER
09. #BEAUTIFUL
10. I'M THAT CHICK
11. BAND INTRODUCTION (TREY LORENZ)
12. HONEY (SO SO DEF REMIX)
13. ALWAYS BE MY BABY
14. THIRSTY
15. SHAKE IT OFF
16. OBSESSED
17. METEORITE
18. SUPERNATURAL
19. WITHOUT YOU
20. WE BELONG TOGETHER
21. HERO/BUTTERFLY OUTRO
FULL SHOW
Source: Daniel | MariahDailyJournal

Photos: Mariah Performs In Beijing, China
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 13-Oct-2014, 12:27AM EDT
Below, see professionally shot photos from Mariah's concert at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China, on October 10, 2014. These photos are from the ticket agent YONGLEPIAOWU. Thanks to Daniel for sharing!

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Source: Daniel | YONGLEPIAOWU

The Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Chengdu, China
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 12-Oct-2014, 8:52PM EDT
Mariah hit the stage at the sold-out Chengdu Stadium i Chengdu, China, on October 12, 2014 for the fifth concert of The Elusive Chanteuse Show. Highlights of the show including Mariah singing the intro to "Can't Let Go" and singing the first verse of "My All" in Spanish. See below for the setlist:

SETLIST

01. Fantasy (Remix ft O.D.B.)
02. Don't Forget About Us
03. Can't Let Go (Intro)
04. Emotions
05. Cry.
06. Fly Like a Bird
07. Mi Todo/My All
08. Heartbreaker
09. #Beautiful
10. I'm That Chick
11. Honey (So So Def Remix)
12. Always Be My Baby
13. Thirsty
14. Shake It Off
15. Meteorite
16. Vision of Love
17. Supernatural
18. We Belong Together
19. Hero
Butterfly Reprise (Outro)

VIDEO


HERO


VISION OF LOVE (Audio only)


MI TODO (Snippet)
Source: Daniel | Jason | MariahNow

Press Coverage: Mariah Kicks Off China Tour
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 11-Oct-2014, 10:52PM EDT
Click here to watch a video of this news report, which includes footage from the concert.

Mariah Carey has kicked off a 10-day concert tour of China in Beijing's Worker's Stadium. It's part of her world tour, titled "The Elusive Chanteuse Show." This marks the pop star's first tour in China, and there are many excited fans.

Pop diva Mariah Carey is bringing her world tour to China. "The Elusive Chanteuse Show " is in support of her fourteenth studio album which was released in May.

This is her first ever tour of the Chinese Mainland. Carey's only previous appearance in China was a lone concert in Shanghai in 2003, so many fans have been looking forward to this.

"I have been listening to her songs and I found out two months ago that she would hold concerts in China. I came from another city just for her concert," a fan said.

This is Carey's eighth concert tour and her first re-emergence since her last tour in 2006. At Friday's concert, the pop star performed for an announced crowd of 38,000 at Beijing Worker's Stadium. It was a moment long in the making for some of Carey's fans.

"I am a local Beijinger but I don't usually go to concerts. But when I heard that Mariah Carey was going to hold concerts in China, I had to come. She is a superstar who I followed when I was young. I grew up with her songs. I am so happy I can see her in person today. I am very happy," a fan said.

Mariah Carey is one of a number of Western performers eyeing China's booming music market. Her concert stop in Beijing will be followed by performances in Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin, and Shanghai.
Source: CCTV

Win Tickets To See Mariah in Singapore!
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 11-Oct-2014, 8:58AM EDT
Rejoice if you are a fan of American diva Mariah Carey. She will finally grace our shores on October 24 for her concert The Elusive Chanteuse Show after her last performance here 14 years ago.

Set to put up a spectacular performance at the new National Stadium, Mariah will treat her fans to hit titles, all-time favourite album cuts and never-before-performed selections from her No. 1 R&B Album ‘Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse’.

Although she “has not accomplished everything that I want to accomplish” and expressed her desire in exploring the different facets of the entertainment industry in a recent interview, the singer-songwriter still holds the title of the best-selling female artiste of all time with more than 220 million albums sold to date – more than any solo artiste in history.

“I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage with my fans,” the 44-year-old said. “I can’t stop writing songs so don’t be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!”

Having been in showbiz for 26 years, the mother of two has not only bagged multiple Grammy Awards, World Music Award for “World’s Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium” – just to name a few of her outstanding achievements in the music realm, she has also made her marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009) and The Butler (2013).

Mariah’s concert will play 12 exclusive dates in Asia including her first ever visit to Mainland China. She has kicked off the tour last Saturday with two stops in Japan – a favourite stop for her where she holds the title of the best-selling international artiste with more than 20 million albums sold.

Mariah Carey “The Elusive Chanteuse Show”

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24th October 2014, Friday
Time: 9pm

Venue: National Stadium

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Source: Xinmsn

Mariah Mention in L.A. Times
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 10-Oct-2014, 3:18PM EDT
Mariah is mentioned in an article from this morning's L.A. Times, which discusses the smog problem that Beijing, China is currently facing:

The first "airpocalypse" of fall hit Beijing this week, but local residents are not the only ones being forced to deal with the smothering smog blanketing the Chinese capital. World-class cyclists and soccer stars from Argentina and Brazil, as well as American pop diva Mariah Carey, are also contending with the city's choking air..

Beijing's air quality index has stayed above 300, categorized as "hazardous” by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, since Wednesday. The local government raised its air pollution alert to orange, the second-highest level, advising people of all ages to avoid outdoor activities and suspending sports classes at schools.

The heavy pollution arrived just in time for the five-day Tour of Beijing, but organizers did not cancel the cycling event, which started in the nearby city of Zhangjiakou, which had lower levels of smog. The world's top professional cyclists, including Alejandro Valverde, who finished fourth at Tour de France this year, kicked off the event Friday morning. The race ends with a 73-mile ride through the heart of Beijing on Tuesday.

Carey, meanwhile, was set to perform outdoors in Beijing's Workers Stadium on Friday evening, and international soccer stars including Argentina's Lionel Messi and Brazil’s Neymar were scheduled to attend. Messi and Neymar arrived in the city this week with their national teams to prepare for a highly anticipated game Saturday evening.

Read more here.
Source: L.A. Times

Photos: Mariah Performs in Beijing, China
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 10-Oct-2014, 2:42PM EDT
Below, see photos of Mariah's Elusive Chanteuse Show concert in Beijing, China, on October 8, 2014. Thanks to Daniel!

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Source: Daniel

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Beijing, China
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 10-Oct-2014, 10:21AM EDT
Mariah just wrapped up the fourth show of The Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour at the Workers' Stadium in Beijing, China. Tonight's performance included three songs not previously performed on this tour: "Fly Like A Bird," "Obsessed," and "Without You."

SETLIST
01. Fantasy (Remix)
02. Don't Forget About Us
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Fly Like A Bird
06. My All
07. Heartbreaker
08. #Beautiful
09. I'm That Chick
10. Honey
11. Always Be My Baby
12. Thirsty
13. Shake It Off
14. Obsessed
15. Meteorite
16. Supernatural
17. Without You
18. We Belong Together
19. Hero
Butterfly Outro

Special thanks to MDJ correspondent Daniel! We will have photos and video forthocoming.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Daniel

Billboard: "Heartbreaker" #1 15 Years Ago Today
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 09-Oct-2014, 8:17PM EDT
Fifteen years ago today, Mariah Carey's "Heartbreaker," featuring a still-hyphenated Jay-Z, hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Aside from being an incredible jam -- and the rare No. 1 hit to include "incessantly" in the chorus -- "Heartbreaker" is an important song in Mimi's career.

The power of Carey's vocals is well documented and nearly unmatched, but a powerful voice alone doesn't give you 14 No. 1 hits in 10 years. But of all her hits, "Heartbreaker" best demonstrates her ability to keep her ear to the ground, to sense a shifting pop landscape and change with it.

Throughout the '90s, R&B moved closer to rap in form and content. While many hitmakers resisted rap, Carey played an important role in this transition. Ol' Dirty Bastard showed up on a remix to "Fantasy," Bone Thugs-N-Harmony rapped on her stalled 1998 single "Breakdown," and sampling had always factored into her approach.

But "Heartbreaker" was the first smash single from Mariah to feature a rapper on its initial release -- her most blatant merger of the two forms to date. She also demonstrated her pop savvy by giving an assist to Jay-Z, who was starting his own climb towards pop domination. Carey graciously took him with her to No. 1; he wouldn't taste top 10 crossover success again until 2001.

The "Heartbreaker" remix pushed her even further into the world of genre hybridization. She pulled in two rappers, Missy Elliott and Da Brat, and sampled another rap song, remaking the beat from a 1993 track by Snoop Dogg.

"Heartbreaker" doesn't only stand out in the context of pop trends, though -- it's a different vocal approach for Carey.

Singers of her caliber often make ballads their bread and butter. And obviously, singing ballads is smart for Carey -- it plays to her strengths to limb out and then keep climbing, to engage in melismatic runs and revel in the extent of her range.

But what makes "Heartbreaker" surprising in Carey's '90s catalog is its restraint. Rolling Stone compared "Heartbreaker" to "Fantasy" on the grounds that both sampled early '80s New Wave funk -- Stacy Lattisaw's "Attack of the Name Game" and Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love," respectively.

Carey hits high notes in "Heartbreaker" (that goes without saying), but the song feels closer to Aaliyah's "Rock The Boat," a soft wave of a song that followed in 2001. "Fantasy" is a cheerful, strutting tune, a burst of energy. "Heartbreaker," however, is smooth around the edges -- and tragic in the middle.

In the big-budget video for "Heartbreaker," Carey tracks down her cheating boyfriend at a movie theater and fights with the other girl he's taking on a date -- also played by Carey. The martial arts battle that takes place between Carey and her evil alter-ego in the movie theater bathroom humorously dramatizes the way she was battling herself for pop dominance at the turn of the century.

No one touched Carey in the '90s -- she released the majority of her No. 1 singles and put out seven albums during the decade. She would continue to be successful after "Heartbreaker," but part of its lasting impact is the way it defined the model of a supremely successful, highly adaptable star -- a model that still rules the pop scene today.

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Billboard wants to know which of Mariah's 18 #1 singles is your favorite! Click here to vote!
Source: Billboard

Video: Mariah Performs In South Korea
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 09-Oct-2014, 7:37AM EDT
Below, see videos of some of Mariah's performances from The Elusive Chanteuse Show in Seoul, South Korea on October 8, 2014. Thanks to the fans for recording these videos, and to YouTube users RoyfernandoVEVO, Nahuel Carbia, and 1134 abc.


FANTASY


PETALS


RAINBOW


ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU
Source: YouTube

The Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Seoul, South Korea
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 08-Oct-2014, 8:25AM EDT
Mariah is currently performing the third concert of The Elusive Chanteuse Show at the Olympic Park in Seoul, South Korea.

SETLIST
01. Fantasy(Remix)
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Petals
05. Rainbow Interlude
06. Don't Explain
07. My All
08. Breakdown
09. I Know What You Want
10. Babydoll
11. Heartbreaker
12. The Roof
13. #Beautiful
14. I'm That Chick
15. Honey(Remix)
16. Always Be My Baby
17. Thirsty
18. Meteorite
19. Supernatural
20. We Belong Together
21. All I Want for Christmas is You


TIDBITS
• This was the first outdoor venue for The Elusive Chanteuse Show.
• Mariah opened the show with "Fantasy" followed by "Touch My Body" and "Emotions."
• Mariah performed "Petals" per fan request.
• Mariah did not perform "Vision of Love" and "Hero."
• There was another tour debut with "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
• There was no encore tonight.

VIDEO
Thanks to instagram user 0_2.0_2

TOUCH MY BODY
PETALS
MY ALL
I KNOW WHAT YOU WANT

Vibe: What Millennials Should Know About Daydream
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 07-Oct-2014, 4:52PM EDT
VIBE spotlights some of music's most essential timepieces for Gen Y
Mariah Carey
Daydream (1995)


Elevator Pitch: Most '80s and '90s babies groan and moan that R&B music isn't what it used to be and they're right. Mariah Carey's Daydream LP is MC's graduation from Titanic-y ballad voice box to R&B&Pop queen.

Singles That Get Infinite Spins: Daydream's lead, "Fantasy"; the Kleenex-soaked "One Sweet Day"; nostalgia pusher "Always Be My Baby"; the twinkly-eyed "Underneath The Stars"

Peak Moment: Track No. 1. Soaked in the feel good thrills from Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love," "Fantasy" set the stage for pop music today. Despite some pushback from her then-label, Columbia Records, and ex-husbandger/ then-chief of Sony, Tommy Motola, who tried to fashioned Mimi into the "next Whitney Houston," the Long Island native and self-professed hip-hop head orchestrated a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan's late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard and Diddy (then Puff Daddy) for the "Fantasy" remix to help her glide into the hip-hop space.

She expressed these differences with Columbia, telling Entertainment Weekly at the time, "Everybody was like 'What, are you crazy?' They're nervous about breaking the formula. It works to have me sing a ballad on stage in a long dress with my hair up."

With long gowns still a staple in her stage wardrobe, Mariah etched the blueprint for modern-day pop melodies featuring rap verses (see: Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé's hits) and continues to incorporate that same formula into her post-1995 catalog.

Lines Best For Status Updates—When You're In Your Feelings:
"Oh when you walk by every night, talking sweet and looking fine, I get kind of hectic inside"
"Feels like I'm dreaming but I'm not sleeping"
"Although the sun will never shine the same again, I'll always look to a brighter day"
"No way you're never gonna shake me, ooh darling 'cause you'll always be my baby"
"Only once in a lifetime, love rushes in, changing you with the tide"
"You knew how to get your way, ignorance was bliss in your warm embrace"
"Thoughts run wild as I sit and rhapsodize, paint pretty pictures of what I'd do if you were mine"


Most Slept-on: Melt Away"—The SWV feels plus Babyface's imprint should have pushed this sensual sleeper further up on the track list, instead of being buried by the gospel-inspired "I Am Free" and the hip-hop-heavy "Long Ago."

Bet You Didn't Know: Mariah Carey traded pens with R&B quartet Boyz II Men to write one of the deepest album cuts on death (ever!). Both artists were coping with personal losses—MC lost her friend and collaborator David Cole while the Boyz lost their road manager Kahlil Roundtree—and each scribed a different song that turned out to be nearly identical.

"[Mariah] played us the melody and the hook, and it was amazing. It was almost the same song I was writing," B2M member Nathan Morris said. "I told her that I was working on a song with a similar melody and, while the lyrics were, of course, different, the premise was the same. They complemented each other."

The duet—which marked Carey's 10th No. 1 and Boyz II Men's fourth—was recorded in a matter of hours, a speedy session that also churned out the visual below.

Bet You (Also) Didn't Know: Before covers on YouTube became A&R gold, Mariah often saluted classics on her albums. On 1993's Music Box, she performed Air Supply's "Without You" and eventually remade the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross marriage anthem "Endless Love" with Luther Vandross.

For Daydream, Mariah said it with her chest for a cover of Journey's "Open Arms." Toning down the booming vocals of the group's original frontman Steve Perry, Carey's baby smooth riffs and tender coos did the 1982 single—a karaoke magnet for Filipinos because of Arnel Pineda—justice.

Synopsis: Pushing play on The Elusive Chanteuse requires more effort than pulling up Daydream. As a member of the Lambily for the past two decades, a collaboration with Boyz II Men > collaboration with Rich Homie Quan, IMO. But in an age where relevance is measured by a song's level of ratchet, the standard of Pop/R&B excellence Mariah Carey helped set has gotten lost in the sauce, specifically DJ Mustard beats.

The innocent Mimi who floated on '90s relics like "Always Be My Baby" isn't the same as the diva who birthed #DemBabies and is currently struggling to sing overseas. Regardless, this album was a major reality check (more than 25 million copies sold in the U.S.) and cemented her musical chemistry with the likes of Jermaine Dupri and Walter Afanasieff. Love life aside, Mariah's Daydream will remain a super high note for now and forever.—Adelle Platon
Source: Vibe

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Yokohama, Japan
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 06-Oct-2014, 8:12AM EDT
Mariah is currently performing the second show of The Elusive Chanteuse Show at the Yokohama Arena in Yokohama, Japan. See below for setlist and videos:

SETLIST

01. Fantasy
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Honey
05. Always Be My Baby
06. Thirsty
07. Shake It Off
08. Meteorite
09. Cry.
10. My All
Medley:
11. Breakdown
12. I Know What You Want
13. Babydoll
14. Heartbreaker
15. The Roof
16. #Beautiful
End Medley
17. I'm That Chick
18. Supernatural
19. I'll Be There
20. We Belong Together

Videos

Thanks to instagram user hawaiiseashell!

Touch My Body
Emotions
Honey
Always Be My Baby
Thirsty
Shake It Off
Meteorite
Cry.
My All
Babydoll
The Roof
Heartbreaker
#Beautiful
I'm That Chick
Source: Pauly | hawaiiseashell via Instagram

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Opening Night in Japan
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 04-Oct-2014, 6:38AM EDT
It's a wrap for the opening night of Mariah's The Elusive Chanteuse Show World Tour at the Makuhair Messe Arena in Tokyo, Japan! Mariah looked and sounded amazing as she made her way through a 20+ song, career-spanning setlist that included some of her biggest hits, fan-favorite album cuts, and of course new selections from Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. One of the highlights of the show was a jazz cover of Billie Holiday's "Don't Explain." It is also reported that Mariah sang a snippet of "Loverboy."

SETLIST:

01. Fantasy
02. Don't Forget About Us
03. Emotions
04. Honey
05. Always Be My Baby
06. Thirsty
07. Shake It Off
08. Meteorite
09. Vision of Love
10. Cry.
11. My All
12. Don't Explain
Medley:
13. Breakdown
14. I Know What You Want
15. Babydoll
16. Heartbreaker
17. The Roof
18. #Beautiful
End Medley
19. I'm That Chick
20. Supernatural
21. I'll Be There
22. We Belong Together
23. Hero

Listen to Mariah's performance of "Don't Explain" here.

PHOTOS:

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Thanks to Instagram users: ayaka_19781205, kojihoon, itsmonichan, and nacchi08

VIDEOS:

Watch a clip of Mariah singing "Vision of Love" below.


See below for more clips, courtesy of Instagram users kakita_ai, flat_hirai, and sscmami:


Were you at the show? We'd love to share your photos, videos, and/or reviews! Email us at contact@mariahjournal.com.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Instagram | Tim


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UPCOMING EVENTS »

May 27, 2014
New Album Release: Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse
ON THE TUBE »

May 28, 2014
The World Music Awards
NBC - 8pm ET

May 31, 2014
Me. I Am Mariah.
NBC Special with Matt Lauer
NBC - 8pm ET


 
 


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