Mariah: 25 Things You Didn't Know About Me
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 01-Jul-2015, 10:52PM EDT
Five-time Grammy winner and diva extraordinaire Mariah Carey, who is currently starring in her show #1 to Infinity at the Colosseum in Las Vegas' Caesars Palace, gave Us Weekly a peek inside her lavish world by sharing 25 surprising facts about herself!
1. I smoked quite frequently from the time I was 12 to when I was 18. I gave up smoking in one day and never went back. I absolutely detest cigarette smoke now.
2. I have an extreme aversion to overhead lighting. In my opinion, elevator lighting is toxic!
3. I have totally natural nails.
4. I do not observe birthdays. I do, however, celebrate the anniversary of my birth [March 27] every day at 3:27 a.m., p.m., EST, PST, and ST!
5. I am a very sloppy neat freak.
6. The first mixed drink I ever had was a sloe gin fizz.
7. I arrange flowers in my spare time. Well, when I have spare time, that is.
8. I can make a mean gluten-free lasagna and an even meaner pecan pie.
9. I'm a very good laundress, when I have to be.
10. I dislocated my shoulder two years ago, and it was the worst pain I've ever experienced. I had to wear a glove for a while because it affected my hand as well. Thanks to physical therapy, I'm finally glove-free!
11. I can whistle with my hands.
12. My favorite things are vintage chandeliers and sconces. I have them everywhere decorating my Tribeca penthouse apartment.
13. I do all of my own stunts in videos. The Jet Ski scenes, the fight scenes, all of them!
14. I can do many impersonations with the various octaves of my voice.
15. Time is irrelevant to me. I never wear a watch.
16. I swim in evening gowns and heels.
17. I'm addicted to Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder, and Veep.
18. I hate mascara. I never wear it. Whenever a makeup artist tries to put it on me, I throw a fit.
19. I may hold the world record for most rides on the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror ride at Disney World.
20. I dyed my hair orange by accident in the seventh grade. It was a major disaster!
21. I started beauty school in the 11th grade, and a year later I was officially a beauty school dropout.
22. I love animals! I'm a cat person, a dog person, a dolphin person... Crazy about them all!
23. The bathtub is my place of serenity. Any tub, really — bathtub, hot tub or whatever. As long as there is water.
24. I make incredible food every Christmas Eve.
25. I was a mathlete. Just kidding — I even failed remedial math!
Mariah Performs At Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 05-Jun-2015, 1:02PM EDT
Mariah performed this morning at the annual Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting in Bentonville, Arkansas.
Below, see full video of the event. Mariah comes on stage at approximately 03:10:00. She performed her medley of "Vision of Love" and "Infinity" as well as "Always Be My Baby" before exiting to the "Butterfly" refrain.
Mariah previously performed at the Wal-Mart Shareholders Meeting in 2010.
Buzzfeed: Mariah Dishes on 40 Things You Need To Know About Her
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 04-Jun-2015, 10:35AM EDT
Let's be honest, Mariah Carey probably needs no introduction. The singer, songwriter, actress, pop icon, diva, is not only the biggest-selling female act of all time (selling over 54 million albums), but also one of the most successful musical artists of all time. She’s had 45 singles land in the Billboard Hot 100, and of those, 18 have hit No. 1 — the most for any solo artist ever, and second overall only to the Beatles for most number ones (who have 20). Mariah recently compiled those career-spanning 18 number ones for her new greatest-hits album, #1 To Infinity, as well as for her new Las Vegas residency at Caesar's Palace. In celebration of her album and show, Mariah talked to BuzzFeed (at the Happiest Place on Earth, Disneyland) and answered questions about everything from her career to which Mean Girl character she'd most like to be.
Click here to see Mariah's full interview with Buzzfeed.
Download: Mariah TV - Updated Links
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 03-Jun-2015, 12:03PM EDT
For those who missed it the first time, we have re-uploaded our downloads of Mariah's recent TV appearances. See below:
Check back later for an updated link for Mariah's appearance on Ellen.
People: The Real Reason Behind Mariah's Match Profile
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 02-Jun-2015, 10:45AM EDT
Mariah Carey is ready to meet her match.
The newly single singer teamed up with dating site Match to debut her new music video for her song "Infinity," off her greatest hits album #1 to Infinity.
"I hope every woman who is single and listens to this song goes out and finds her infinity, whether on Match or the traditional way," Carey, who explores three potential Match suitors in the video, tells PEOPLE exclusively.
So what exactly does it take to catch the eye of a musical diva?
According to her profile, the star – who has 4-year-old twins Monroe and Moroccan with ex Nick Cannon – enjoys cooking, attending music and concerts, swimming and yoga.
Describing herself as a "curvy" mom of two from Manhattan, Carey demurs on whether she wants more kids, coyly telling potential suitors, "I'll tell you later."
In a section asking daters to describe themselves in their "own words," Carey throws back to one of her biggest hits "Dreamlover."
"I need a lover to give me / The kind of love / That will last always / I need somebody uplifting / To take me away," she writes.
Mariah To Perform at One World Observatory Opening
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 27-May-2015, 7:03AM EDT
Mariah Carey is coming back home to New York to perform at the opening of One World Observatory.
We hear the diva will perform her latest release, "Infinity," at a gala Thursday night to launch the 1 World Trade Center observatory, perched 1,300 feet above street level and opening to the public Friday.
Carey's first leg of her Las Vegas residency ended Sunday, where Lee Daniels, Taraji P. Henson and Olivia Newton-John were spotted in the crowd. The second leg starts in July.
Indonesian Tribute to Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-May-2015, 8:36PM EDT
Sony Music Entertainment Indonesia will hold a special tribute to Mariah Carey in conjunction with the release of "#1 to Infinity" album in Indonesia.
The special event, entitled "A Night to Infinity: A Tribute to Mariah Carey," is scheduled for Friday, May 29 starting at 8:00pm Western Indonesia Time at DREAM Lounge, a luxury lounge and a restaurant located in Plaza Indonesia.
Local singers Melly Mono, Novita Dewi, Mytha Lestari and Isyana Sarasvati will be on hand to perform songs from Mariah's "Infinity" album. Other performers include X-Factor and Mamamia contestants.
The entrance fee will be IDR100,000 (US$8). It includes Mariah's CD and a drink. Gifts and souvenirs will be given away to the audience. For more information, please call +622129923999 or +6282111666752.
Source: Pieter | Sony Music Indonesia
Mariah: I Don't Want To Be A Stage Mom
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 23-May-2015, 12:48PM EDT
Mariah Carey wants to give her kids the world — literally.
During a Friday appearance on Live with Kelly and Michael at Disneyland, the singer admitted she's excited for her twins Monroe and Moroccan to experience the happiest place on earth.
"The babies can't wait to get on the rides. They’re super excited," Carey, 46, shares.
"I've been loving Disney forever — since I first came here — because when I was little, I didn't have the money to come to Disney so I had to make up for it over the years," says Carey.
She explains, "I just want them to have everything that I never had, [but] now they want everything and more!"
Carey’' love for the magical amusement park isn't the only thing she's passed on to her children with Nick Cannon. On Monday, the mom of two visited Jimmy Kimmel Live! and brought both 4 year olds out on stage.
"My daughter loves to sing and Roc now loves to sing. They want to come up... and sing, especially Monroe," says Carey.
"I don't want to be a stage mother like, 'Get on stage, sweetie, you got to sing.' But I don't want to keep her from it [either]."
Honey B Fly Announces #1 To Infinity Pre-Sale
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 20-May-2015, 11:58AM EDT
Mariah has announced new dates for her Las Vegas residency show, #1 To Infinity. Mariah will play a total of 9 shows in the month of February 2016.
The dates are as follows:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 Friday, February 5, 2016 Saturday, February 6, 2016 Wednesday, February 10, 2016 Saturday, February 13, 2016 Sunday, February 14, 2016 Wednesday, February 17, 2016 Saturday, February 20, 2016 Sunday, February 21, 2016
Honey B Fly pre-sale begins TODAY at 10am PT/1 pm ET for Legacy members and 12pm PT/3 pm ET for Junior (new) members.
Log in to mariahcarey.com and click on the TOUR section. You will see your presale code at the top of the page.
Photos: Mariah Films Disneyland Performance
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 20-May-2015, 7:47AM EDT
Below, see photos of Mariah at Disneyland in Anaheim, California, on May 19, 2015. Mariah performed "Vision of Love" and "Infinity." Her performance will air on Kelly & Michael on Friday, May 22, 2015. Many thanks to BoogieMcWoogie for sharing the photos!
#1 To Infinity February 2016 Dates Announced
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 19-May-2015, 6:33PM EDT
AEG Live AllAccess has sent out an email announcing February 2016 dates for #1 To Infinity in Las Vegas. Mariah will perform at Caesars Palace beginning Tuesday, February 2, 2016 through Sunday, February 21, 2016.
The presale will begin on Wednesday, May 20 at 12:00 PM and run through Thursday, May 21 at 10:00 PM. Password is: AEGMARIAH16
Public sale will begin on Friday, May 22 at 10:00 AM.
L.A. Reid Talks Mariah With Billboard
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 19-May-2015, 12:30AM EDT
Epic chairman L.A. Reid sat down with Billboard to discuss several topics, including Mariah's return to Sony. See below for excerpts from the article:
You signed Carey to IDJ and now Epic. Six years since her last top 10 song, what do you expect from her new single, "Infinity"?
Mariah Carey made her first hit record in 1991. To even be on the radio at this point in her career is a huge accomplishment, because radio doesn't cater to veteran artists or legends. Radio caters to in-the-moment stars... Nobody that put out records 25 years ago is going to have a No. 1. Not Paul, Stevie, Bruce, Mick or Keith. Not Prince, not anyone. So if she can get on the radio, we've done damn good. Would we like to have a No. 1? F-- yeah, I'm greedy. But it's not realistic.
Will you put her back in the studio?
Absolutely, but I don't believe in asking artists to go back and be who they once were. I like concept records, I like the idea of thematic, storytelling records. I love duets and the Great American Songbook. I think a great vocalist should un-cage themselves and think about things like that sometimes. I mean, Frank Sinatra did it. It's fun to sing songs you love. And let's not forget that one of Mariah's biggest hits, "I'll Be There," was a cover. There are many things that Mariah can still do.
In a way, do you have to position Carey as a new artist?
No. I'm not under any illusion that Mariah should compete with, say, Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande. Our job is to make sure the quality is there. Every artist is one great song away from massive success.
You were in attendance for the first show of her residency at Caesars in Las Vegas on May 6. How was it for you?
I had a great time. In all of the years that we spent as friends and working together, I have never been in the audience when Mariah Carey sang all of her hits! She was having fun, she was comfortable and made us comfortable. We didn't have that sitting-on-the-edge-of-the-chair anxiety as we watched the show. It was like we were in Mariah Carey's home.
Mariah Las Vegas Getaway Contests
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 19-May-2015, 12:12AM EDT
In case you didn't know, there are currently two contests running in which you could win the chance to fly to Las Vegas to meet Mariah and see her residency show, #1 To Infinity. The contests are being run by Amazon and also via Mariah's official Facebook page:
Deadline: June 1, 2015
Prize: A trip to Las Vegas July 18th-20th, 2015 for two to meet and see Mariah Carey perform at the Colosseum in Las Vegas, NV on July 19th, 2015.
Guidelines: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Must be a legal resident of the 50 U.S. states or D.C., 21 or older. Sweepstakes ends 6/1/2015 at 11:59p.m.(PST). Limit one entry per person and e-mail address. See Official Rules for details.
Vogue: "We Belong Together" Turns 10
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 16-May-2015, 6:05PM EDT
“We Belong Together” Turns 10! Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, and L.A. Reid on Making the Smash Hit
This summer marks the tenth anniversary of the unprecedented run of Mariah Carey’s "We Belong Together," a smash hit that spent a record-breaking fourteen weeks at number one on the Billboard singles chart. The song was Carey's sixteenth number-one single, and is largely credited for reviving her career after a brief series of less-than-successful releases. With a new Las Vegas residency underway (the song gets prime position on her set list) and a new greatest hits package, Number 1 to Infinity, forthcoming, Vogue.com asked all the players—record executive L.A. Reid, producer Jermaine Dupri, video director Brett Ratner, songwriter Johntá Austin, and Carey herself—about writing and recording the song, watching it blow up, and why it still resonates today.
On what was supposed to be the eve of Carey's comeback, one of her most trusted advisors sent her down to Atlanta for just one more try at a true smash, uniting her with her longtime songwriting partner, Jermaine Dupri.
L.A. Reid: Mariah had recorded the entire album and we were literally celebrating in a hotel room. It was me, Mariah, Mark Sudack, and Benny Medina. We were about to toast and we raised our champagne glasses. And I wouldn’t do the clink. I said, "This album is not complete. It's missing a big song." It wasn't the greatest news, but basically she said, "What do you recommend?" And I told her, "You need to see Jermaine Dupri."
Jermaine Dupri: L.A. sent her to Atlanta to finish the album, but she had come down before to make some songs. First two songs we did were "Get Your Number" and "It's Like That." She came and we got that, and it ["It's Like That"] became the first single. When she came back, we said, "Let’s do a ballad." So we ended up making two ballads. "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off."
Reid: One of my favorite Mariah songs was "Always Be My Baby." She wrote that with Jermaine. I thought they never truly revisited that, so they did.
With only a small time in Carey's schedule, a crack team assembled to try to make the classic that Reid was demanding of her.
Dupri: Mariah didn't want to come stay in Atlanta. She didn't really want to spend the night. We didn't even get to finish recording it down here. Her plane was ready to go. It was like 6:00, 7:30 in the morning, and Mariah was like, "Focus, c'mon let's go."
Mariah Carey: This is the song that I worked hardest on with Jermaine. Me, Jermaine, and Johntá [Austin] were writing for the album. I loved "Shake It Off," then we had to really sit down together and focus. I’m used to be being the most focused person in the room, but on this particular track, Jermaine was so focused. I've never seen him this focused before.
Dupri: That was the first time that Johntá was brought in to write. Me and Manuel [Seal] did "Always Be My Baby" together. We were trying to recreate the magic we had. That was the thought in bringing him back to do that.
Johntá Austin: It was very, very late when we recorded this. All of them started after midnight. This was a twist for me. I usually like to work in the day, so I had to readjust my body clock. She would throw an idea out there and Ron and Jermaine would start on the track. There was definitely some pinot grigio on hand. It was a relaxed environment, with everyone throwing ideas on the piano and humming back and forth.
Carey: Me and Johntá were fooling around. We were writing the second verse, "I didn't mean it when I said I didn’t love you so," and then JD was working on the track, and we sitting on beanbags singing, "I need you baby and everybody knows, you without me is like Snoop without hos." Then Jermaine walks in the room and he was laughing, like, "Stop playing around and get to work."
Austin: The second verse was different. Jermaine wasn’t blown away. He came to me and he said, "I need you to come up with one of those verses that I know you could do." I threw the Bobby Womack line out there, and it was received pretty well.
Dupri: This process is unheard of, to get a song that good in that little bit of time. It was magic.
Carey then left Atlanta and went to New York City to finish recording the song and to show the team's work to Reid.
Carey: I was recording in the studio, back in New York City and L.A. Reid was upstairs. I had already spent two or three hours doing background vocals and fixing the arrangement, all those background parts. That's where I have the most fun. Next thing I know, L.A. comes down with all of his money people as I'm singing, "When you left, I lost a part of me," over the outro and my friend Tracy Cloherty [former Hot 97 programmer and current BET exec] stopped by. I never let people in the room when I'm recording, ever, and I knocked it out because I said, "I don't have another chance for L.A. to hear this song and I need him to hear this record." And I jumped up the octave and I sang it, and that was it.
Reid: My head exploded! I said, "That's the one we're looking for."
The song was now complete, and Carey chose her longtime friend Brett Ratner to direct the music video, which to date has more than 128 million views on YouTube.
Brett Ratner: Usually the process is that Mariah will come over and will sing me a rough cut of the song and I'll film her. One of the best things about Mariah is that she sings lead vocal and all of her back-ups and all of the ad-libs on her songs. She'll do the ad-libs for me, so I learn the song really well... I just felt like this was a smash. It was a moment. She was on the top of her game and wrote an incredible song.
Carey: Well I remember playing the song for Brett. Different tracks inspire him different ways. We're on our way to the video shoot now for the song "Infinity," and it was the same type of reaction when he heard that song. When he heard the song, he felt like it was a really big record, but we knew we had to get two videos out at once. We came up with the concept for both and got Eric Roberts and Wentworth Miller to be in the video.
Ratner: The wedding dress she wore in the video is the same one she wore at her wedding to Tommy Mottola. She wanted to light the dress on fire, but I thought it was going to be too much. Filming the wedding was so much fun. My grandparents were in the audience.
Carey: I wanted to burn the train of the dress. It was 27 feet long and Brett wouldn't let me burn the train! I don't know what was wrong with him. He didn't want to set me on fire but we could have done it in post. I mean, c'mon.
Ratner: It was so much fun. I only come out to do videos for Mariah. I love her music so much and we're like brother and sister. The rumors that we were dating were ridiculous because we've been friends for 20 years. She's like my little sister.
The song was released on March 29, 2005, and made its debut on the charts at number 81. The crew watched as the song climbed the charts.
Dupri: I made so many records. When I hear it on the radio, I can tell something when it comes across that it's going to be a big record. You can listen to the people that were talking, the air jocks, they'll say something like, "Mariah's back." You could tell that conversation was leading to this song becoming what it is. You start hearing this commentary. Then you can believe that it's coming in that way.
Reid: I really did know it was that special record. I was driving in Miami and I pulled up to a stop. A lady pulled up beside me singing the song at the top of her lungs and her windows down. I said, "I'll be damned, she cracked the code." This is what we look for when we make music. One of the greatest tests is when you hear someone singing a song in their car. That's a private moment, like singing in the shower. I wish I could have pulled her over and taken her picture.
Austin: It was euphoric. I grew up listening to Mariah before this song. All the way back to "Vision of Love." To have a record that was doing well and making history for an artist you really admire, to work with and have fun. It was the icing on the cake.
Carey: I felt it in my heart that it was a hit record. It's just sometimes you have a great song but the planning's off and the stars don't align and it doesn't go all the way. I think there was a little lapse in the genre of female vocalist in that style of song and I think that all of those factors made it work.
The song has gone on to sell over 1.6 million copies in the U.S., and Billboard named it "the song of the decade" in 2011. Her comeback was cemented. Carey continued her success, netting two more number-one singles, judging American Idol, and now performing in her Las Vegas residency.
Reid: I think that all great artists have chapters in their career and that was her second chapter. The first was from "Vision Of Love" until she left Sony. That was a massive run for her. This was her return chapter. We kid around about it but that was her moment, and boy, did she come back. It was a massive success.
Carey: It came at a pivotal point that was so necessary for me to have a very big record but nobody could have predicted how big it could have been. Nobody would have predicted it was going to be just as big as "One Sweet Day." If people want to call it a comeback record, I don't know if they would've called it a comeback, if it was number one for five weeks or four weeks. It just seems like with me the standards are so high, and I set my standards so high, that it's hard to live up to.
Reid: "We Belong Together" was many things. It was a massive, big comeback for Mariah, and it was a comeback for me, too. The song symbolizes the relationship we have. It's our love song. Not that we have a romantic relationship, but she is my music industry wife and I am her industry husband, and that is our theme song. It was our magical moment together, and we're still together, because we belong together. [Laughs]
Update: Mariah TV
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 15-May-2015, 3:10PM EDT
Our sidebar has been updated with Mariah's upcoming TV appearances in promotion of her new album, #1 To Infinity.
This includes an appearance on Ellen to show a sneak peek of the "Infinity" video!
Mariah's Debut at Caesars Is A Night Of Triumph
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 08-May-2015, 8:08AM EDT
Multiplatinum global superstar Mariah Carey came to Caesars Palace on Wednesday night and conquered an empire. What a voice, what a stage show, what a great band, what a triumph!
Perfection personified, the Duchess of all Divas was right at home in the footsteps of Colosseum residents past and present Celine Dion, Sir Elton John, Rod Stewart, Bette Midler and Shania Twain.
Mariah’s "Mariah #1 to Infinity" was stunning with old-fashioned Las Vegas glitz and glamour. There are only a handful of stars who are able to pull off this kind of spectacular, and Mariah proved that she is still at the top.
She rocked the Colosseum with her singing. My only worry is how she will keep her voice in shape dealing with our desert dryness over the next 17 shows booked to date in her mini-residency. She performs 18 of her timeless No. 1 hits in chronological order.
That spectacular journey through her life and career has to tax her vocal chords. Mariah closes with her newest hit "Infinity" being performed for the first time live. Her voice is an extraordinary powerhouse.
She dispelled any worries about her losing that angelic gift. It was pitch perfect reaching for the heights with her five-octave span. No question she is the highest-pitched contemporary pop singer of the decade.
At her top end (G 7), she has the sexy rapture of heavenly squeals, while on the low end (F 2), there’s a smoky, sultry sound when she sings South of the Border style to a Latin guitar. I loved the Brazilian bossa nova guitar sound as she sang to the torrid, bare-chested tango dancer’s sensuous writhing.
Kudos to musical director "Big Jim" James Wright, who leads the solid band with Daniel Moore and Derrieux Edgecombe on keys, Lance Tolbert on bass, Josh Baker on drums and Tim Stewart on guitar. They are a powerful force in their own right.
Mariah's three backup vocalists — all of whom share the solo spotlight with her — are Trey Lorenz, Maryann Tatum and Takeytha Johnson. During the show, DJ Suss-One and DJ Ravi Drums play and perform while Mariah slips off stage to change into another costume.
Additionally, there are 10 Infinity dancers choreographed by NappyTabs, the Emmy Award-winning married choreographers Napoleon and Tabitha D’umo. A younger dance crew who auditioned from various schools here also added to the stage impact.
Our thanks to Denise Truscello of WireImage for her fabulous photo coverage.
It's a knockout punch from start to finish that Floyd Mayweather Jr. or Manny Pacquiao should have delivered over big fight weekend. Giant butterfly wings from floor-to-ceiling divide to reveal Mariah and then stand majestically in ever-changing hues and colors at either side of the all-white stage and band platforms throughout her mega-power performance.
First-night fans stood for so much of the show, Mariah mounted a circular stand for several songs so that everybody could see her. It's a veritable Apple store come to life with everybody using iPhones to capture the magic. These truly are moments to remember for many months to come.
Her backdrop is a unique series of shark fin-shaped sails. At one point, they are bathed in different colors to reinforce the excitement or the sensuality of her words and at another time become surfboards for a party sequence.
Mariah has figured out the massive Colosseum stage when it comes to strutting it in high heels and sequined gowns. An undisputed diva, she’s got one elegant gentleman to assist her wherever she walks to avoid any potential fall.
And despite that, she had to summon her wardrobe assistants onstage to zip up a potential wardrobe malfunction. Mariah laughed with the audience about what it was like changing in front of 4,000 people.
She rides out over the massive 22,450-square-foot-stage on various moveable effects including a pink convertible, a yellow jet watercraft and a chaise lounge bed from where she picks one audience "victim" to join her.
There are shades of the Britney Spears S&M number at Axis at Planet Hollywood as Mariah blindfolds and pink handcuffs her volunteer. She even uses a tickler whip on the guy, but I won't spoil how it ends except to say you’ll laugh at the unfortunate ending. It ain’t what the guy is hoping next to Mariah!
She wades into the adoring audience up close and personal twice while performing "Always Be My Baby" touching hands and posing for selfies with her "lamb" and "butterfly" fans. Thank heaven for security to ensure that the out-of-control worshippers don’t overwhelm her. This is no elusive chanteuse.
Mariah walks tall from the back of the Colosseum through the crowds and fake paparazzi to start the movie-party sequence. There are old-time movie usherettes with fake popcorn who roam the audience. I loved that catfight video on the giant rear screen "Mariah vs. Bianca." That's a lipstick bathroom battle that would have done a James Bond stunt villain actor proud.
There is an emotional highpoint as she joins first with singer Trey on The Jackson Five’s "I'll Be There," which winds up woven into video with Michael Jackson singing it in duet with her. It's beautiful, touching and very moving.
Mariah, who is onstage for most of the two-hour, wall-to-wall production, is credited with the show's concept directed by legendary Grammy Awards producer Ken Ehrlich and brought to life by Creative Director Raj Kapoor. Both men are familiar with the Colosseum, Ken for directing Celine's newest show there and Raj for Shania's production that ended in December after two years. They are production geniuses and very much an in-synch team of top talent.
In tandem with her new residency, Mariah is continuing to celebrate her remarkable career releasing her first album with newly signed Epic Records. Seventeen of those 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles, more than any solo artist in history, were written by her. The new album is in stores May 18.
To date as the bestselling female artist of all time, Mariah has sold more than 200 million albums. She also is set to attend the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17 and airing on ABC.
Songbird Anita Baker and record producer L.A. Reid attended Wednesday night's premiere along with Australian hotel gaming magnate James Packer, AEG toppers John Meglen and John Nelson and Caesars Palace President Gary Selesner. No wonder they all toasted her success with champagne after the show.
"Infinity" is a tour de force of glitz and hits for the superstar, validating her diva status and reigning rule of a global empire Caesars himself would have liked to conquer. Mariah is at Caesars Palace through May 24 and returns July 8 through 26.
5 Things We Learned From Mariah's Residency Debut
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 08-May-2015, 7:56AM EDT
"They say this song brought me back to life... [but] I don't know where I was before," said an incredulous Mariah Carey toward the tail end of the opening night of her residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace on Wednesday night.
The pop diva was introducing her 2005 single, "We Belong Together," the behemoth hit that gave new life to a career that was still struggling to overcome the nuclear flop that was "Glitter" (which, looking back, really wasn't as bad as we all thought).
But Carey's refusal to embrace the comeback kid title – back then, or on Wednesday – is confounding yet understandable when taking in Wednesday's show.
She was, after all, introducing the 16th tune in a concert stocked by only her No. 1 hits. It was also a not-so-subtle reminder that no other artist breathing air could pull off what she had: A two-hour show curated from songs that hit the top of the pop charts.
At 45, Carey stands only behind the Beatles and Elvis Presley as the artist with the most No. 1s, and on Wednesday night, she worked hard to remind fans of that feat and not the avalanche of career obstacles she's encountered in recent years – lukewarm albums, heavily scrutinized live showings and professional and personal changes (new management, a divorce) – that have made fans wonder if she can ever recapture past glories.
Here are five things we learned from Carey's opening night on Wednesday:
1. The concept is surprisingly simple. "I figured I'd do this chronologically," Carey said after starting the night with power ballad "Vision of Love" – even sporting a wig as a throwback to her big '90s curls – before going through each No. 1 all the way through her new single, "Infinity" – thus the show title, "Mariah #1 to Infinity."
2. Carey isn't much of a revisionist. The singer and her band didn't take many liberties to stretch songs beyond their recognizable sonics, which might have been a risky (though welcomed) move for a Vegas spectacle, where a chunk of the audience is expecting to hear the song how they remembered it on the radio. There were a few exceptions, though: she stripped down inspirational ballad "Thank God I Found You" into an understated piano number, boosted early '90s new-jack swing jam "Someday" with a bit of TLC's "Ain't 2 Proud 2 Beg" and fit clips of Biggie's "Juicy" into the sparkling "Dreamlover."
3. Vegas + Mariah = a perfect match. Carey has long perfected glitz and glamour. Her concerts are always over-the-top affairs, with the star doing everything from having her makeup or costumes altered onstage to stopping for a sip of champagne. And with Vegas being the land of gratuitous pizazz, Carey was right at home.
Her production appeared minimal, with her band in all-white, playing all-white instruments, and little visuals outside of past music videos and photo montages. But the show also included plenty of moments that could really only be pulled off in Vegas. Take the giant gaudy butterfly façade that opened and closed the stage; or props like a pink convertible, a Jet Ski, a plush bed fit for at least five queens -- all of which carried the singer at one point. Or the point when she had a team of oh-so-adorable kids come out and dance as if they were re-creating a peppy holiday commercial for Target. Not all of it worked, though, like the out-of-place solo from a drummer in a strange, circular apparatus that appeared to be a contraption borrowed from the Blue Man Group.
4. The focus is strictly on the hits. With 18 chart-toppers there is little room for other material, the exception being her new single "Infinity." Here's hoping that as the show progresses Carey makes time to work in favorites like "Without You," "Can't Let Go," "Butterfly" or "Shake It Off." And if Carey is completely married to the concept, and it's certainly one that works, she should consider taking the audience behind the makings of the songs.
5. Carey's voice is intact – mostly. Let's face it, many have wondered if the pop star still has the vocal chops to pull off a residency. Carey's live offerings, especially of late, have been incredibly shaky. Her vocal performances on a recent Asian leg of her tour were heavily scrutinized and her showing on the "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" special went viral for all the wrong reasons. Standing in line for will call, one attendant could be heard multiple times assuring ticket buyers that Carey sounded fantastic during a preview earlier in the week.
On opening night, Carey worked tirelessly to avoid all the heavy scrutiny that has followed her recently – though the strict no-recording policy, which approximately no one obeyed, seemed to have been instituted as a safety net. Those reservations came with a price, though. At times Carey seemed nervous, even cautious, to attempt the glass shattering octaves, whistles and melisma acrobatics that established her as one of the most untouchable voices in pop.
Although she often skimped on the heavy lifting, mostly on up-tempos like "Honey," "Fantasy" and "Heartbreaker," where she appeared to blend into a backing track, it made room for plenty of knockout moments during the ballads she's best known for – including a breathtaking double header of her last chart-toppers, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us."