ET: Mariah's #1's Ranked From Best to Very Best
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 16-Apr-2015, 11:49PM EDT
ET put together a nice write-up of Mariah's #1's ranked from "best to very best." See below:
Twenty-five years ago, Mariah Carey claimed her seat atop the pop pantheon, scoring her first No. 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100.
Another would follow, and then another, and then another until she had eighteen in all -- more than Elvis, and just three shy of beating The Beatles' long-standing record.
Those hits -- featured on the upcoming compilation, #1 to Infinity -- will always be our babies. Before the superstar belts out those songs during a Vegas residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, we look back on the very best of Mariah.
18. "Thank God I Found You" (1 week, 2000)
With a handsome entourage that included R&B crooner Joe and 98 Degrees, there was not a feel that wasn't felt when they all collectively let their voices coalesce into the prettiest (and most banal) of musical paradises.
17. "Touch My Body" (2 weeks, 2008)
Turning up the heat for this slinky, sassy jam from 2008’s E=MC², it was hard to know what or who was hotter: the sexed-up song or Mariah, the object of Jack McBrayer's nerd affection in the sultry music video.
16. "Don't Forget About Us" (2 weeks, 2005)
Mariah's smoldering comeback was in full bloom when "Don't Forget About Us" was released as a bonus track on the reissue of 2005's momentous The Emancipation of Mimi. Sure, it capitalized on the massive success of "We Belong Together," but considering that single's divinity, can you blame her?
15. "Someday" (2 weeks, 1991)
Bringing the badassery while dressed in some serious mom jeans (hey, it was the early '90s) Carey was the dumpee on her third consecutive No. 1 -- a departure from the songstress' previous slow jams. She was done, moving on, "not pretending." And to get her point across, she hit an insane whistle note at the end. Take that, ex-lover. Also, take this.
14. "I Don't Wanna Cry" (2 weeks, 1991)
Mariah knows real-life heartbreak, and here she vents the best way she knows how -- via song. Her voice is full and forceful, working up to a soulful chorus that scales her incomparable range.
13. "Hero" (4 weeks, 1993)
How do we know Mariah appreciates her beloved fans, the "lambs"? She keeps giving them this wonderfully schmaltzy ballad about inner beauty and all things Hallmark, despite loathing it herself.
12. "I'll Be There" (2 weeks, 1992)
The Jackson 5 made it a hit in 1970, and then Mariah -- preserving the magic during this tribute performed at her MTV Unplugged special -- did it again 22 years later.
11. "One Sweet Day" (16 weeks, 1995-1996)
It was more than one sweet day for Mariah and Boyz II Men -- it spent a whopping 16 weeks at No. 1. They owned that chart like they owned this bittersweet send-off to the dearly departed.
Photo: Mariah in the Bahamas
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 15-Apr-2015, 3:13PM EDT
Mariah is currently enjoying some rest and relaxation in the Bahamas, ahead of the launch of her Las Vegas residency in just three weeks! Below, see a beautiful photo of MC with two member of the management team of the Hilton RW Bimini.
When Mariah Carey needs a break from her busy schedule she come to Bimini to enjoy #BiminiBliss. Pictured here with our General Manager Ray Valentino & Assistant GM Loni Abraham.
B96's Erik Bradley Talks "Infinity"
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 14-Apr-2015, 9:53PM EDT
Erik Bradley, music director at Chicago's B96, took to his Twitter account earlier today to express his excitement about hearing Mariah's new single, "Infinity."
Erik Bradley @EBUNC1
That feeling when you hear a classic new song that will be included on an album with ALL #1 songs! @MariahCarey #Infinity
While not giving away too much information about the song, Erik did say that "Infinity" is "just a classic" and will be "worth the wait." When asked what genre the song is, Erik replied simply: "It's MC - she defies genre boundaries! :)"
Only 13 more days until the premiere of "Infinity!"
Source: Erik Bradley via Twitter | MariahDailyJournal
#1's Residency Kickoff Event on April 27
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 14-Apr-2015, 9:34PM EDT
On Monday, April 27, which is the day the new single "Infinity" is released, Mariah will appear at a kickoff event for her exclusive #1's residency at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada. The event has now been announced by Caesar's Palace on their Twitter page:
Caesars Palace @CaesarsPalace
Join us in welcoming @MariahCarey to #CaesarsPalace as she makes a sensational arrival on the Las Vegas Strip on 4/27 at 6pm. #WelcomeMariah
New Single "Infinity" Out on April 27!
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 13-Apr-2015, 10:40AM EDT
In anticipation of the new album, #1 To Infinity, Mariah's team has announced that a new single, "Infinity," will be released on Monday, April 27, 2015!
#1 To Infinity Now Available for Pre-Order!
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 13-Apr-2015, 10:00AM EDT
Mariah's new album, #1 To Infinity, will be released on CD on May 18, 2015 and is now available for pre-order at Mariah's online store!
This is your chance to own Mariah's celebrated #1 hits together on one compliation for the very first time! This includes all 18 of Mariah's Billboard Hot 100 number ones, plus a new track entitled "Infinity."
Click here to pre-order the compilation. The CD ($11.98) includes a special collectible print that is only available when you purchase the album from Mariah's website.
A vinyl edition ($39.98) is also available for pre-order, and will be released on August 28, 2015.
TRACKLISTING MARIAH CAREY #1 TO INFINITY (All titles #1 on Billboard Hot 100 chart)
1. "Vision of Love" (4 weeks, 1990) 2. "Love Takes Time" (3 weeks, 1990) 3. "Someday" (MTV Unplugged version) (2 weeks, 1991) 4. "I Don’t Wanna Cry" (2 weeks, 1991) 5. "Emotions" (3 weeks, 1991) 6. "I’ll Be There" (featuring Trey Lorenz) (2 weeks, 1992) 7. "Dreamlover" (8 weeks, 1993) 8. "Hero" (4 weeks, 1993) 9. "Fantasy" (Bad Boy Fantasy version) (8 weeks, 1995) 10. "One Sweet Day" (featuring Boyz II Men) (16 weeks,1995-1996) 11. "Always Be My Baby" (2 weeks, 1996) 12. "Honey" (3 weeks, 1997) 13. "My All" (1 week, 1998) 14. "Heartbreaker" (featuring Jay-Z) (2 weeks, 1999) 15. "Thank God I Found You" (featuring Joe & 98 Degrees) (1 week, 2000) 16. "We Belong Together" (14 weeks, 2005) 17. "Don't Forget About Us" (2 weeks, 2005) 18. "Touch My Body" (2 weeks, 2008) 19. "Infinity" (2015)
Mariah Confirms New Management, Publicist
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 09-Apr-2015, 9:50PM EDT
A day after Mariah Carey and longtime publicist Cindi Berger parted ways, the singer is bouncing back with a vengeance with new PR — Chris Chambers of the Chambers Group, who's worked with Lil Wayne, Drake and many others over his long career — and her fifth set of managers since 2013: TV producers Brian Sher and Stella Bulochnikov.
The news was first reported by Page Six and confirmed to Billboard by Chambers Group.
Carey’s new managers have worked together on many projects, most recently E!'s Christian Milian Turned Up and VH1's T.I.'s Family Hustle and Tiny & Shekinah's Weave Trip. Sher, who has worked as T.I.'s agent since 2004 and his co-manager since 2009, has been credited with helping to rebrand the rapper's image via the television shows. He disputes reports that he was inadvertently involved with T.I. being sent back to prison for parole violation by being present, with another TV producer, on T.I.'s bus, violating the rapper's furlough conditions.
Sher began his career as a production assistant before beginning his career in ICM's mailroom. He rose to the role of agent in 2000 and left in 2008 to form Category 5 Entertainment, where he begin working with T.I., Michael Vick (executive producing The Michael Vick Project for BET) and partnered with Kelsey Grammer in Grammnet NH.
Bulochnikov is a producer and writer who's worked with Sher on Boss, T.I. & Tiny and Larry the Cable Guy's Star-Studded Christmas Extravaganza (which ties in nicely with Carey's reported upcoming Christmas film). She has a long history as a producer with Viacom shows dating back to 2001, including VH1 Divas, I Love the '80s and '90s, and several Paris Hilton Specials.
The moves come ahead of several big projects for the singer, who has stumbled in recent months with the poor sales of Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, the lowest-selling non-holiday studio album of her career and several wobbly live performances. On May 6, she begins a Las Vegas residency at The Colosseum at Caesar's Palace, the same venue where Celine Dion will return on Aug. 27 after a year-long hiatus. Also expected later this year is a newly repackaged greatest-hits set called #1's, the first release in her new deal with Epic, to accompany her Vegas show. She also has a Christmas movie on the horizon, according to Deadline. Among other chart feats, Carey holds the record for total time spent at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, 79 weeks total, and also holds the record for longest-running Hot 100 No. 1 single (for 1995’s "One Sweet Day" with Boyz II Men, 16 weeks at No. 1), although she hasn't had a Top 10 single since 2009's "Obsessed."
Carey had three management teams in 2013 alone, beginning with a Randy Jackson/Irving Azoff partnership, then Bruce Eskowitz of Red Light Management and then Jermaine Dupri, who produced some of her biggest hits including "We Belong Together." Dupri gradually gave way to Kevin Liles, who semi-officially took the reins in August of 2014 but recently dropped out.
Mariah Fans Flood and Crash Caesar's Palace Website
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 09-Apr-2015, 9:43PM EDT
Fans of pop superstar Mariah Carey, who debuts her Las Vegas residency at the Colosseum in Caesars Palace from May 6-24 and again July 8-26, crashed the resort's website Wednesday after she encouraged fans to read her cover story of its magazine Vegas Player.
Mariah has sold more than 200 million records worldwide and surpassed Elvis Presley as the top solo artist with the most No. 1 singles in America.
Fans by the thousands caused the website to freeze and then shut down. Caesars officials confirmed that for hours afterward when it went back online, it was experiencing a "very slow" situation and that they will have to reconfigure it for possible future overload.
Mariah told Vegas Player: "The power of music has guided me throughout my life. Revisiting these 18 chart-topping songs has really let me reconnect with them. I'm hoping fans will be able to share the joy of music with me and take that feeling home with them."
She also said: "I take solace in music. Music was and will always be my saving grace. I've always tried to surround myself with music. There’s never been a moment when I didn’t believe that all things are possible.
"My mother always encouraged me to believe in myself. She would say, 'Don't say if I make it,' say, "When I make it." I've always tried to infuse that message into my music.
"Every day is a new adventure, and I'm really thankful for the ability and strength to keep going. Life is a process of learning, and I'm still learning. As a songwriter, it's almost impossible to explain the feeling you get when writing a melody or a lyric. It really is a gift that I’m eternally grateful for.
"I can be a perfectionist," she laughed "But nobody is perfect. I'm very focused on each and every aspect of my career, and I guess I've just always been that way. That's why I’m so excited about Las Vegas. I will be able to perform 18 No. 1 singles, which I've never done before. I can't wait."
Mariah: Proving to the World She's Still #1
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 08-Apr-2015, 3:02PM EDT
Mariah Carey: Proving to the World She's Still #1
Mariah Carey is ready for the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas.
18 CHART-TOPPING HITS
International superstar Mariah Carey is embarking on a new chapter in her staggering career. After spending several years traveling the globe to entertain her fans, Mariah is now bracing for the bright lights of Las Vegas and her biggest stage yet—The Colosseum at Caesars Palace—where the five-time Grammy Award-winning singer will perform her 18 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles.
Mariah Carey is ready for the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas.
"I have devoted my life to traveling the world, meeting fans and performing across the globe," Mariah says, just days after announcing her Caesars Palace residency. "Las Vegas will allow me to showcase my music in a way it's never been presented before."
Having sold over 200 million records worldwide, Mariah is one of the best-selling artists of all time. With songs that include "Dreamlover," "Hero," "Honey" and "We Belong Together," her 18 chart-topping songs have her in elite company. In 2008, when "Touch My Body" rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Mariah surpassed Elvis Presley to become the top solo artist with the most number-one singles in America. Only The Beatles, with 20, have more top hits.
So naturally on a stage this big, in a city that bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, the songstress is focusing solely on her greatest hits in a show she's calling "Mariah Carey #1’s."
"Revisiting these songs for the show has really let me reconnect with them," Mariah says. "The power of music has guided me throughout my life, for as long as I can remember, and I'm hoping fans will be able to share the joy of music with me and take that feeling home with them."
THE EARLY YEARS
Born on Long Island, New York (her mother Patricia was an opera singer and vocal coach; her father Alfred, an aeronautical engineer), Mariah recalls a childhood centered on music. Just three years old when her parents divorced, Mariah was raised by her mother and says that her love of music began as a young girl.
"I started singing when I started talking," Mariah recalls. "My earliest memory of my first 'performance' is from a concert. I think I was about four years old. My mother was performing and she taught me a song in four different languages that I sang onstage. As a child, it seemed that there were so many people there. It's a little sweet memory that I've kept close to my heart."
Mariah has always found comfort in song. As a child, she remembers sneaking a radio to bed; even to this day, she says, when times are difficult—whether personally or professionally—she turns to music to get her through the tough times.
"I take solace in music," Mariah reveals. "Music was and will always be my saving grace. There's never been a moment when I didn’t believe that all things are possible. My mother always encouraged me to believe in myself. She would say, 'Don't say "if I make it," say "when I make it." ' I've always tried to infuse that message into my music."
The 1990s were very good to Mariah, outlandishly so. She was the only act to have had a number-one single in the United States every year that decade. She sold hundreds of millions of albums and skyrocketed to fame—seemingly overnight.
Her success story starts in earnest on a cold December night back in New York City in 1988. That's when Mariah, who was struggling to pay her rent and unsuccessful in shopping a demo tape, met up with pop singer Brenda K. Starr and accompanied her to a party. There, Mariah’s demo tape fell into the hands of Columbia Records chief Tommy Mottola. He liked what he heard, went searching for her and signed her to a record deal.
Her first album, the self-titled Mariah Carey, was released in June 1990 and it raced up the charts, producing four number one singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry." The album cemented her as a superstar, and she took home her first Grammy Award for "Best New Artist." The world was taking notice of the singer with the five-octave voice.
Her subsequent studio albums, Emotions and Music Box, kept Mariah in the spotlight. She was at the top of her game. Looking back now, Mariah says she would not have achieved such success had she not been a strong, determined woman.
"I can be a perfectionist," she laughs. "But nobody is perfect. I'm very focused on each and every aspect of my career and I guess I've just always been that way. That's why I'm so excited about Las Vegas. I will be able to perform eighteen number one singles, which I've never done before. I can’t wait."
She continues, "Every day is a new adventure and I'm really thankful for the ability and strength to keep going. Life is a process of learning and I'm still learning."
Mariah, Cindi Berger Part Ways
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 08-Apr-2015, 11:26AM EDT
Power publicist Cindi Berger has parted ways with Mariah Carey after more than 15 years, sources exclusively told Page Six, before the singer embarks on her Las Vegas residency next month.
When reached for comment, Berger confirmed that she's no longer working with Carey and said, "I have enormous respect for Mariah. She is one of the great talents and voices of our time, and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors."
Berger, co-chairman and CEO of PMK.BNC, added of the split, "I care very deeply for her personally, but I felt that professionally it was time for us to move on."
Sources tell us that Carey has yet to bring in a new p.r. rep. Carey, 45, will kick off a residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas on May 6, performing 18 of her No. 1 hits in the act.
She's also expected to put out an album of her hits for Epic.
The news of Berger's departure came as it was also reported Carey and Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment are developing a Christmas film to star the diva.
Deadline reported that New Line bought the untitled project.
Mariah Christmas Movie in the Works
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 08-Apr-2015, 8:15AM EDT
New Line is developing an untitled Mariah Carey Christmas movie with Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment and producer Jon Shestack.
The Warner Bros. division acquired a pitch from writers David Diamond and David Weissman, based on an idea that Carey brought to Ratner. The theme will include the ability of music to transport people back in time to find their truest feelings.
Producers are planning to include songs from Carey and other artists. Carey wrote and performed 1994's "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which sold more than 14 million copies.
Carey has sold more than 200 million records over her career. Her movie credits include 2009's "Precious" and 2013’s "The Butler."
Shestack and Ratner will produce. James Packer and John Cheng of RatPac Entertainment will exec produce. New Line topper Toby Emmerich and Walter Hamada will oversee for New Line.
Ratner worked with Diamond and Weissman in 2000 when he directed their script of "The Family Man," starring Nicolas Cage and Tea Leoni. The writing team is scripting a sequel to CBS Films' "Last Vegas."
Carey is repped by CAA, Untitled and Dream Merchant 21. Diamond and Weissman are repped by WME and Linda Lichter.
Happy Anniversary, Mariah! The Internet Celebrates
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 27-Mar-2015, 3:15PM EDT
Once again, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY, MARIAH! As usual, the internet is abuzz today in celebration of another year in our elusive chanteuse's life and career. Take a look below for a recap of some of the flashbacks and tributes posted today:
The Today Show offers a look back at some of Mariah's memorable appearances, along with this write-up:
Check out the footage, which includes a 1991 interview in which a fresh-faced Carey discusses how her mother inspired her to become a singer.
Carey also appeared on the show in 1997 for a chat with Matt Lauer following the release of her album "Butterfly."
The five-time Grammy winner and mom-of-two seems to be having an eventful birthday week. If you missed it, check out her carpool sing-along from Wednesday's "Late Late Show" with James Corden.
View the video on Today's website by clicking here.
Believe it or not, there was a time when Mariah Carey was a star-on-the-rise.
ET sat down with the now-legendary diva back in June of 1990, when she was just 20 years old.
"One person recognized me the other day, which was pretty surprising,' Mariah told ET.
That anonymity would soon fade. Just days after releasing her self-titled debut album, Mariah was back and hard at work in the studio, chasing her dream of being a superstar.
"My earliest memory is wanting to sing," said Mariah. "I just want to continue writing and hopefully growing within myself as an artist, and hopefully have some success and continue to do what I'm doing."
With such an impressive vocal range, her golden pipes were often compared to the likes of Whitney Houston.
"I think that when someone's up-and-coming they like to compare with someone that's already established so that they know how to categorize you," Mariah said. "But soon they won't have to compare me to other people and they'll just know me as a songwriter and a singer."
Check out this video for more from Mariah Carey on her rise to fame.
View ET's early-career interview with Mariah here.
Check out some blog posts celebrating Mariah's anniversary:
How about you, lambily? If any of you had festivities in celebration of Mariah's anniversary, send us your photos and stories so we can post in the next fan corner!
Mariah's Online Store "Spring Cleaning Sale"
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 27-Mar-2015, 2:21PM EDT
Mariah's online store is currently holding a spring cleaning sale, offering 50% off of select items on orders of $ 30 or more. Choose from a selection of merchandise from the "Angels Advocate" tour and more!
Click here to be brought to Mariah's online store, and select the "Spring Cleaning Sale" tab on the left. Remember that you must select at least $30 worth of merchandise for the discount to be effective!
Source: MusicToday/Bravado via email | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Watch: Mariah Sings Carpool Karaoke with James Corden
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 26-Mar-2015, 7:17AM EDT
Below, watch Mariah engage in a run round of "carpool karaoke' with James Corden, the new host of CBS' The Late Late Show.
Last night, Mariah took to her Facebook page to congratulate Corden on his first week of hosting The Late Late Show:
#CarpoolKaraoke on the way to The Late Late Show with James Corden 12:35am on CBS!! Congrats on your first week James, thanks for having me!!!
Well, that's one way to deal with Los Angeles traffic.
New Late Late Show host James Corden had some company on his drive to work on Wednesday. And who better to join him in some carpool karaoke than Mariah Carey?
Corden put the radio on and as the opening bars of "Always Be My Baby" began to play, Carey announced, "I'm not singing today. I was up all night."
But she chimed right in as Corden – who seriously challenges Jimmy Fallon when it comes to enthusiastic displays of excitement – got his groove on.
And he knew all the words. To every song. From "Fantasy" to "Vision of Love" to "Thirsty."
At one point Corden, 36, who was trying to do an American accent while Carey, 44, played a Brit, asked the singer how many number ones she's had. The answer is 18, which prompted the newly single star to talk about her age and start to primp in the mirror on the visor.
"You're so hot. Stop it," he said as she took off her sunglasses, giving him a sideways glance and a smile. "I'm a married man. You've gotta stop what you're doing, cause I know exactly what you're doing. Oh my goodness. I can read you like a book."
Source: The Late Late Show via YouTube | Mariah via Facebook | People
Catch Mariah on The Late Late Show
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 25-Mar-2015, 3:43PM EDT
Mariah will make a surprise cameo appearance tonight (Wednesday, March 25) on The Late Late Show with James Corden. Check out a preview on CBS.com.
See a couple of screen shots below:
The Late Late Show airs on CBS at 12:35 am ET/11:35 pm CT.
Mariah To Perform at HRC Los Angeles 2015 Gala
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 12-Mar-2015, 7:59PM EDT
The Los Angeles chapter of the Human Rights Campaign has annouced that Mariah will perform at its 2015 gala this Saturday! See below:
Are you sitting down?
HRC Los Angeles is extremely excited to announce that global megastar Mariah Carey will be performing at the HRC Los Angeles 2015 Dinner this Saturday, March 14, 2015 at the JW Marriott/Ritz-Carlton at LA Live.
Due to this exciting announcement, we strongly encourage anyone planning to attend who has not yet purchased tickets to do so quickly. We’ve added additional seats, but cannot guarantee how long they will be available. http://www.hrcladinner.com/
It's Official: Mariah Signs With Epic Records
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 12-Mar-2015, 10:26AM EDT
The singer returns to the Sony fold and reunites with Antonio "L.A." Reid.
The ink is dry on Mariah Carey's new recording contract with Epic Records, a spokesperson for the Sony label confirms.
As first reported by Billboard on Jan. 30, the singer is reteaming with Antonio "L.A." Reid for a multi-album deal that would begin with a greatest-hits set to coincide with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.
Dubbed "#1's," the concert series booked by Creative Artists Agency begins May 6 and will include all 18 of Carey's Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, from 1990's "Vision of Love" to 2008's "Touch My Body." Likewise, her forthcoming album for Epic is expected to feature updates and possibly duets of her classic songs.
Although Carey left Sony some 15 years ago on tumultuous terms, there are plenty of reasons why rejoining makes sense now. Doug Morris, current chairman/CEO of Sony Music, brought Carey to Island Def Jam in 2003 when he was running Universal Music Group. It was there that Reid, then head of IDJ, oversaw her 2005 comeback, The Emancipation of Mimi. Finally, Joey Arbagey, a collaborator of Carey's during the making of the six-times platinum Mimi, is now executive vp A&R at Epic. Indeed, Carey is already recording new music in Los Angeles, says a source.
No word yet on a potential release date for her first Epic effort.
Mariah Recording With Jermaine Dupri in L.A.
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 04-Mar-2015, 11:21AM EST
Yesterday, Mariah revealed that she was in the studio in Los Angeles. This morning, Jermaine Dupri posted a photo to Instagram, reporting that he was in the studio all night with Mariah. (She is not in the photo.)
#VSCOcam in the studio all night with @mariahcarey now I'm at @accesshollywood with @shadgmoss_ talking with the great @sugarrayleonard about the Fight
Source: Jermaine Dupri via Instagram
Mariah Heads to the Studio in Los Angeles
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 03-Mar-2015, 6:31AM EST
Mariah is currently in the studio in Los Angeles, as tweeted earlier this morning:
Mariah Carey @MariahCarey Straight from the plane to the studio.. And it's raining #wtfugh L.A. ??
It's not certain what Mariah is working on in the studio, but it could be new music for the upcoming re-release of #1's.
Last night, Mariah made a Frozen reference in regard to leaving the cold of NYC...
Mariah Carey @MariahCarey Leaving the cold! (never bothered me anyway lol @idinamenzel #frozen)
...to which Idina Menzel replied:
Idina Menzel @idinamenzel .@MariahCarey wherever you are going I want to come with you! Xo
Source: Mariah via Twitter
Billboard: Mariah Likes "Like Mariah"
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 04-Feb-2015, 9:42PM EST
Mariah Carey Likes 'Like Mariah,' Boosting Fifth Harmony to No. 1 on Trending 140
Mariah Carey has tallied plenty of chart-topping hits in her career. Now, she's inspiring them.
The superstar helped pop quintet Fifth Harmony rocket to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 on Wednesday (Feb. 4), when she tweeted an appreciation of the group's song "Like Mariah." Carey's approval didn't slip under the radar: Hours later, two of the group's members, Normani Kordei and Ally Brooke Hernandez, responded separately to the tweet, expressing their gratitude for the acknowledgment.
The track, which features Tyga, finds the quintet reveling in ecstasy, crooning, "When you touch my body/ Got me singing like Mariah." In addition to the call-out of Carey's "Touch My Body," the tune's chorus samples one of the diva's most enduring hits, "Always Be My Baby." Both "Body" and "Baby" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming two of Carey's 18 leaders on the list, the most among solo artists.
"Mariah" (and Mariah) help Fifth Harmony score a hat trick of Trending 140 chart leaders from their debut album, Reflection, following the reigns of "Bo$$" and "Sledgehammer" in 2014. Reflection was released Jan. 30.
Fan Photos/Reviews: Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 04-Feb-2015, 9:29PM EST
Below, see photos from Andrew and a nicely written review by IAmRomane from Mariah's performance at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on Friday, January 30, 2015.
On a cool January Friday night brought along with it the highly anticipated performance by diva Mariah Carey in Jamaica. Now I was asked my many to do a review and being the fair and unbiased person that I am, I'm going to review the stage show as best as I possibly can.
Now veteran Reggae singer Richie Stephens got things going when he came and delivered on some of his biggest hits of the past 25 years. He got the crowd rocking and "skateck-ing" along to the beat. His performance albeit short was energetic and well received. After Stephens' set, then came the woman many Jamaicans came out to see-- Mariah Carey. Now after waiting for about 30-45 mins due to band change and stage set up, the elusive chanteuse was ready to perform for her Jamaican lambs.
As I stood there and watched the introduction on the big screen reminding us of her countless accolades and why she's so celebrated, a "divarific" Mimi appeared on stage with show stopping theatrics and that diva pose. Kicking off the show belting her 1995 hit 'Fantasy' remix which features a video in the background of ODB. The performance was very well received and I personally thought it was a good way to open the show. Throughout her set she had 4 costume changes as is the case with any Mariah show.
During her more than 45 minutes set, she took us down the nostalgic lane with classics such as the ever sensual 'My All', 'Honey', 'Heartbreaker' and her first ever single, the timeless 'Vision of Love'. As soon as she hinted 'Always Be My Baby' was next she elicited wild cheers from the audience as that song is known to be a longtime Jamaican favorite. Now the only disappointment I had with her setlist is that she included 'I'm That Chick', a song pulled from her 11th studio album E=MC2 which not many people seemed to know unless you're a die hard Mariah fan. So not many people were singing along. Then there was the notably absent 'Hero' which alot of persons wanted to see her perform as it has always been an inspiration to many. She closed with her signature hit 'We Belong Together' which she kinda tweaked and the climax was done a little differently.
After her performance I asked patrons both off and on camera what they thought about the performance and I was met with mixed reactions. Some liked it while others thought she wasn't into it. While many thought she did a "fabulous job" others expressed disappointment in her performance as they came to hear 'Hero' and was felt the diva had more to offer. When all is said and done this year's staging of Jamaica Jazz & Blues is deemed to be one of the best showing in a while, one of the biggest crowd the event have had in a while. One concert goer stated "I loved it! It was what I expected, from her voice to her wardrobe she's diva in every sense of the word". All in all it was a great show, she sang live as well as she used her prerecorded vocals without relying on it too much.
One of the highlights for me was 'I'll Be There' which she performed with Trey Lorenz. It was magical! Lorenz also had his time to shine as he performed Michael Jackson's hit 'Rock With You' with backing vocals from Mariah which had the audience rocking. As is the case with any Mariah show, come expecting her to sing, chat a little with the audience and show off her ensembles. Solid performance!
1. Fantasy 2. Touch My Body 3. Emotions 4. I'm That Chick 5. Triumphant (done a capella) 6. Make It Happen 7. Vision of Love 8. My All 9. Honey (So So Def Remix) 10. Heartbreaker (Remix) 11. Shake It Off 12. I'll Be There 13. Rock With You (Trey Lorenz with backing vocals from Mariah) 14. #Beautiful (duet with Trey Lorenz) 15. Always Be My Baby 16. We Belong Together
Jazz and Blues: Mariah Carey - One Of The Best
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 31-Jan-2015, 2:16PM EST
FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny - Not even the threat of rain at the Trelawny Stadium, could dampen the performance of American R&B superstar Mariah Carey here on the second night of Jazz and Blues 2015.
The American had the audience on their feet throughout her marathon performance which saw her moving seamlessly from one hit to another from her extensive catalogue.
The Grammy - award winning singer who was obviously enjoying herself while on stage gave the large and appreciative audience what they wanted - "Touch My Body," "Give it to Me," "Beautiful," "Vision of Love," "Don't Let Go," "Always Be My Baby" and more.
Carey who interacted with patrons throughout her act, seemingly could do no wrong and even after she exited the stage, they clamoured for her return, but it was not to be.
Carey truly delivered in what many regard as one of the best ever performances at Jazz and Blues over the year.
Billboard: Mariah Reunites With L.A. Reid
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 30-Jan-2015, 2:02PM EST
Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music through Epic Records, where Reid has served as chairman since 2011.
A nearly finalized multi-album deal would see Carey's first new material through the label since 1999's Rainbow, beginning with a greatest-hits set to coincide with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dubbed "#1's," the concert series booked by Creative Artists Agency begins May 6 and will include all 18 of Carey's Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, from 1990's "Vision of Love" to 2008's "Touch My Body." (An Epic representative declined to comment.)
Although Carey left Sony on tumultuous terms -- she signed a four-album, $80 million deal with EMI's Virgin Records in 2000, eager to distance herself from ex-husband and former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola -- there are plenty of reasons why rejoining makes sense now. Doug Morris, current chairman/CEO of Sony Music, brought Carey to Island Def Jam in 2003 when he was running Universal Music Group. Reid, then head of Island Def Jam, oversaw her Mimi-powered 2005 comeback. Joey Arbagey, a collaborator of Carey's during the making of the six-times platinum Mimi, is now executive vp A&R at Epic. And of course there is her massive Sony catalog: Carey's seven studio releases, a live EP and four hits packages have sold a combined 43.9 million albums, according to Nielsen Music, including the septuple-platinum Music Box and Daydream. Her output for UMG, which spanned six albums, has sold just 9.7 million by comparison.
But while Carey's legacy is undisputed, her recent stumbles have not gone unnoticed. For starters, her thrice-delayed album Me...I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse through Def Jam failed to deliver a top 10 Hot 100 hit (Miguel duet "#Beautiful" peaked at No. 15 in 2013) and posted her lowest sales to date, with 117,000 sold. She went through a series of managers, too, including longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri, producer Randy Jackson and former Def Jam executive Kevin Liles, whom she most recently retained as a consultant.
According to an insider privy to terms of Carey's new contract, her recent turmoil, which includes a pending divorce from husband of six years Nick Cannon, scared away most other suitors. "Sony's was the only deal on the table, and it came in far lower than she expected." How low? Carey "was asking for a $3 million advance; she didn't get it." (Carey is represented by attorney Donald Passman, who didn't return Billboard's request for comment.)
Still, even critics concede that the best place for the diva to try again is with Reid, who's not only of her generation, in that his star rose during the '90s, but has of late been on a hot streak, notching hits by Meghan Trainor (eight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100), Bobby Shmurda and Fifth Harmony. Carey also ended 2014 on a positive note, selling out a six-night residency at New York's Beacon Theatre for a series of Christmas concerts that grossed a combined $1.5 million in Billboard Boxscore receipts. That turnout should help build buzz for her upcoming Vegas stint, where she'll follow in the footsteps of Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, Bette Midler and Shania Twain to become the latest draw to the 4,300-capacity theater.
Says Elvis Duran, morning host for New York radio station Z100: "There wasn't tremendous support for her last album, but there is always a run for residencies with a buzz. Mariah and Vegas make tons of sense."