Win Tickets To Mariah's Christmas Concerts in NYC
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 21-Nov-2014, 9:21AM EST
From Mariah's official site:

Honey B. Fly Members! We're offering you a chance to win free tickets for Mariah Carey's first live Christmas concert in NYC, celebrating Mimi and the 20th anniversary of her platinum-selling album, Merry Christmas!

Honey B. Fly members have an exclusive opportunity to win premium tickets to see one of these shows!

It's easy to enter:
1. Registered members simply login (or register for a free Honey B membership if not already a member)
2. Go to the Christmas Extravaganza entry page HERE
3. Complete the pop-up form at the top, selecting the show date you'd like to attend
4. Agree to Rules and Terms
5. Click SUBMIT!

PRIZE: One (1) winner will be selected for each Mariah Carey Christmas Concert, DEC. 15, 16, 18, 20, 2014 in New York, NY and will receive two (2) tickets for admittance to the event. This is a tickets-only promotion. Travel and accommodations not included and are the responsibility of each winner.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRIES: MON, DEC 1, 2014 @ 11:59pm PT

Merry Christmas International Download Day: 12/1/2014!
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 17-Nov-2014, 9:09PM EST
Join us as we celebrate 20 years of Mariah Carey's #MerryChristmas on 1st December by downloading the album! #MC20

On December 1, the LAMBILY will come together and download Mariah Carey's classic Christmas album Merry Christmas via iTunes to celebrate the iconic record as well as make an attempt to the top the iTunes charts worldwide. This is our gift to Mariah this Christmas season.

All fans should stay tuned to Mariah Daily, Mariah Carey Connection, Mariah Carey Australia, Gilles, Marc, Taz & eLambily for updates and social media banner assets plus some tentative festive competitions to celebrate the occasion.

We would encourage those whom are taking part in the anniversary download day celebration to change/update their Twitter & Facebook profiles with one of the below pictures and use the following hashtag: #MC20

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Also don't forget to include the Smart Url, which will direct your family, friends, associates & social media profile followers to their local iTunes stores: http://smarturl.it/MCXmas



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Mariah To Perform at Christmas in Rockefeller Center
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 16-Nov-2014, 11:16PM EST
For the third year in a row, Mariah will perform at NBC's annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special.

Mariah will pre-tape her performance on Tuesday, December 2, 2014. If you would like the chance for free tickets, click here to order from 1iota.
Source: 1iota | Alan

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Mt Cotton, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 16-Nov-2014, 11:13PM EST
Tonight, Mariah concluded the Australian leg of the Elusive Chanteuse Show World Tour at the "Day on the Green" Concert at the Sirromet Winery in Mt Cotton, Australia.

As a special treat for fans at this concert, Mariah added "Make It Happen" to the setlist.


From The Daily Telegraph:

Last night’s show was a reminder why Carey, armed with one of the best sets of tonsils in pop music, has won and kept so many fans — and why she remains the highest-selling female artist of all time.

The 44-year-old mined her catalogue of hits (she has 18 US No. 1 singles alone) and new material from her latest album, Me. I am Mariah ... The Elusive Chanteuse for a set list that showed off her five-octave range and surely put to rest recent suggestions she’s lost her magic touch.

Read the full review, entitled "Mariah Wows Crowds and Silences Critics at Sirromet Winery Concert," here.
As a reminder, MariahDailyJournal is preparing a special project for Mariah to commemorate the 2014 tour. If you attended any of the Elusive Chanteuse Show concerts and would like to be a part of it, please e-mail us your photos of yourselves and/or friends at the show or with your tickets/merchandise, and be sure to identify yourselves and the show(s) you attended!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Daily Telegraph

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in New Zealand
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 13-Nov-2014, 11:45AM EST
Mariah played the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 13, 2014. Mariah was joined on stage by Dem Babies for "Supernatural."

SETLIST
Across 110th Street (Intro)
01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Fly Like A Bird
06. My All
Car Ride Medley
07. Heartbreaker
08. #Beautiful
09. Breakdown
10. I Know What You Want
11. It's Like That
12. Crybaby
13. The Roof
14. Obsessed
15. Don't Forget About Us
End Medley
16. I'm That Chick
17. Honey (So So Def Remix feat. Mase)
18. Thirsty
19. Meteorite
20. Hero
21. Supernatural
22. Always Be My Baby
23. We Belong Together
We Belong Together Remix (Outro)

Mariah will wrap up the 2014 Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour in Mt Cotton, Australia, on November 17, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Sydney, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 10-Nov-2014, 9:02PM EST
Mariah played the Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney, Australia, on November 10, 2014.

SETLIST
Across 110th Street (Intro)
01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Fly Like A Bird
06. My All
Car Ride Medley
07. Heartbreaker
08. #Beautiful
09. Breakdown
10. I Know What You Want
11. It's Like That
12. Crybaby
13. The Roof
14. Obsessed
15. Don't Forget About Us
End Medley
16. I'm That Chick
17. Honey (So So Def Remix feat. Mase)
18. Thirsty
19. Hero
20. Supernatural
21. We Belong Together
We Belong Together Remix (Outro)


In their review of the show entitled "A Tale of Two Divas," the Sydney Morning Herald praises Mariah's show:

Kicking off with her 1995 song Fantasy, wearing the first of three elegant fishtail gowns, Carey was in full control of her adoring crowd (crowd sign of the night: "I named my daughter after you, can I please get a hug?"). She covered off the vocal obstacle course that is Emotions early in proceedings, hitting the high whistle notes with an effortlessness that reassured any doubters who might have thought the instrument was in less than top condition. Later, on Cry and Fly Like A Bird, she showed that she was as much an interpreter as a vocal technician, flinging her arms wildly as she dug into the dark core of both songs to produce searing, explosive renditions.


Read the complete review here.


Read a review from news.com.au entitled "Mariah Carey Lets Five Octave Voice Do The Talking, which includes some great photos from the show, here.


The 2014 Elusive Chanteuse Show World Tour is winding down, with just two more shows left before Mariah returns to the US to prepare for her sold-out series of All I Want For Christmas Is You concerts in New York City. Mariah will play the Vector Arena in Auckland, New Zealand, on November 13, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Sydney Morning Herald | news.com.au

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Coldstream, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 09-Nov-2014, 10:02AM EST
Mariah played the Rochford Wines Yarra Valley in Coldstream, Australia, on November 8, 2014.

SETLIST:

Across 110th Street (Intro)
01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Fly Like A Bird
06. My All
07. I'm That Chick
08. Honey (So So Def Remix with Mase)
09. Thirsty
10. Hero
11. Supernatural
12. Always Be My Baby

Encore:
13. We Belong Together
We Belong Together

Below, see photos from Henry:

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Mariah will bring The Elusive Chanteuse Show to Sydney, Australia, on Monday, November 10, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Henry

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Melbourne, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 07-Nov-2014, 11:52AM EST
Mariah played the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, on November 7, 2014.

Mariah's next show is at the Rochford Wines Yarra Valley in Coldstream, Australia, on November 8, 2014.

Across 110th Street (Intro)
01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Lullaby Of Birdland
06. Fly Like A Bird
07. My All
08. One Sweet Day (with Nathaniel Willemse)
Car Ride Medley:
09. Heartbreaker
10. #Beautiful
11. Breakdown
12. I Know What You Want
13. It's Like That
14. Crybaby
15. The Roof
16. Obsessed
End Medley
17. I'm That Chick
18. Honey (So So Def Remix with Mase)
19. Thirsty
20. Hero
21. Supernatural
22. Always Be My Baby
Butterfly Reprise
Encore:
23. We Belong Together
We Belong Together Remix Outro

Below, see photos from John. Check back later for video links.

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Source: MariahDailyJournal | John

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Adelaide, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 06-Nov-2014, 9:44AM EST
Mariah took The Elusive Chanteuse Show to the Adelaide Entertainment Centre in Adelaide, Australia, on November 5, 2014.

Mariah was joined on stage by opening act Nathaniel Willemse for "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Adelaide's The Advertiser reports that Mariah "sparkles and charms" on stage and further that she "was, mostly, on fire! The voice that we all came to adore throughout the '90s was back. She even hit those famous, piercingly high 'whistle notes' during her song Emotions. But what shone the most was Mariah's hilarious sense of humour." Read their full review here.

SETLIST
Across 110th Street (Intro)
01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Emotions
04. Cry.
05. Lullaby of Birdland
06. Fly Like A Bird
07. My All
08. All I Want For Christmas Is You (With Nathaniel)
Car Ride Medley:
09. Heartbreaker (Remix)/Heartbreaker
10. #Beautiful
11. Breakdown
12. I Know What You Want (feat. Busta Rhymes)
13. It's Like That
14. Crybaby
15. The Roof (Back In Time)
16. Obsessed
17. Don’t Forget About Us
End Medley
18. I'm That Chick
Band Intros (I'm That Chick Extended)
19. Honey (So So Def Remix feat. Mase)
20. Thirsty
21. Hero
22. Supernatural
23. Always Be My Baby
Butterfly Reprise (Outro)
Encore:
24. We Belong Together/We Belong Together (Remix)

Mariah's next show is at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, on November 7, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | The Advertiser |

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Perth, Australia
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 02-Nov-2014, 4:08PM EST
Mariah kicked off the Australia/New Zealand leg of The Elusive Chanteuse Show at the Sandalford Wines in Perth, Australia on November 2, 2014. This was Mariah's first performance in Perth since the Butterfly Tour in 1998.

The outdoor show was rained out and due to time constraints, Mariah had to cut "Meteorite," "Always Be My Baby," and the "Car Ride Medley."

Read a press review from The Age entitled "Mariah Carey Opens Australian Tour Singin' in the Perth Rain" here.

SETLIST

01. Fantasy
02. Touch My Body
03. Shake It Off
04. Emotions
05. Cry.
06. Lullaby of Birdland
07. Fly Like A Bird
08. My All
09. I'm That Chick
10. Honey
11. Thirsty
12. Hero
13. Supernatural
14. We Belong Together
We Belong Together Outro

Mariah's next show is in Adelaide, Australia on November 5, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | The Age

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Ticketing and Pricing
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 31-Oct-2014, 4:34PM EDT
Below, see details on the on-sale dates and ticket pricing for Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You, A Night of Joy and Festivity."

This information comes from Ticketmaster and is subject to change.

PRE-SALE and ON SALE DATES:

Monday, November 3, 2014

10:00 AM EST
Legacy Member Fan Club Presale
Citi Cardmember Presale

11:00 AM EST
Junior Member Fan Club Presale
Fan Club Bundle

Monday, November 10, 2014

12:00 PM EST
General Public On-Sale

Ticket limits, per Ticketmaster: "There is a four (4) ticket limit for the Fan Club Presales and the Fan Club Bundle. There is an eight (8) ticket limit for the rest of the event.

Please adhere to published ticket limits. Persons who exceed the ticket limit may have any or all of their orders and tickets cancelled without notice by Ticketmaster in its discretion. This includes orders associated with the same name, e-mail address, billing address, credit card number or other information."

PRICING

The price range for these shows will be from $59.50 USD - $250.00 USD

US $59.50 Ticket + US $15.80 Fees = US $75.30

US $250.00 Ticket + US $30.00 Fees = US $280.00

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Ticketmaster

Mariah Announces "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Concerts in NYC
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 31-Oct-2014, 4:08PM EDT
MARIAH CAREY PRESENTS HER FIRST ANNUAL ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU: A NIGHT OF JOY AND FESTIVITY

GLOBAL SUPERSTAR AND "QUEEN OF CHRISTMAS," MARIAH CAREY ANNOUNCES HER FIRST EVER LIVE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!


In the midst of her wildly successful world tour "The Elusive Chanteuse Show," Mimi returns home to New York City for a series of festive shows at the Beacon Theatre!

Mariah Carey said 'All I Want For Christmas Is You, A Night of Joy and Festivity,'titled after Mariah's self-penned modern classic, commemorates the 20th anniversary of her album "Merry Christmas," the best selling Christmas album of all-time!

DECEMBER 15th, 16th, 18th, and 20th
Honey B. Fly Pre-sales begin Monday, November 3rd


NEW YORK, NY — Mariah Carey announced this morning that she will bring her all-time favorite, chart-topping Christmas hits to the Beacon Theatre for four unprecedented performances this December 15, 16, 18 & 20. Mariah will spread festive love and cheer on stage performing her timeless hits from her worldwide bestselling holiday albums Merry Christmas, which has sold over 14 million copies to date and is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA, and her critically acclaimed holiday follow up, Merry Christmas II You.

Exclusive Honey B. Fly ticket pre-sales for the Beacon Theatre performances go on sale Monday, November 3rd @ 10am ET. Public on-sales begin on Monday, November 10th at 12-noon on Ticketmaster.com.

"I can't imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year," said Carey. "I can't wait!"

Visit the TOUR page for the schedule of dates

Jamaica's Jazz & Blues Festival Signs Mariah
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 31-Oct-2014, 8:31AM EDT
GLOBAL superstar Mariah Carey has been confirmed as the headline act for the 19th annual Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival next January.

Carey, regarded as the best-selling female artiste of all time, will be making her first-ever appearance in the Caribbean, and her signing is being seen as a major triumph for the world-renowned festival, scheduled for January 29 - 31 at the Trelawny Multi-purpose Stadium on Jamaica's north coast.

"Welcoming Mariah Carey to Jamaica's shores is truly exciting and we are extremely pleased to announce this iconic star as our headline act for 2015," festival producer Walter Elmore said yesterday. "Her agreeing to perform on our stage is a testament to the quality of our production. We are the only festival in the Western Hemisphere to present Mariah Carey since her last tour in 2006."

Yesterday, Carey was quoted as saying that she was anxious to perform in Jamaica.

"I'm thrilled to be performing in Jamaica for the first time ever," she said. "I can't wait to connect with my Jamaican fans and I am really looking forward to spending some time pon de island as well."

Carey has sold more than 200 million records and has logged 18 Billboard Hot 100 Number 1 singles, more than any solo artiste in history.

With her distinctive five-octave vocal range and prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern multi-format performer.

She has received multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's Artiste of the Decade Award, the World Music Award 2014 Pop Icon and Artiste with Most Number 1 Singles in America Awards.

She has also won BMI's Icon Award for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, among other notable accomplishments.

The multi-platinum artiste, who was born in Long Island, New York, made her debut with the self-titled set Mariah Carey in June 1990. On August 4 that year the set peaked at Number 1 on the Billboard charts.

Yesterday Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival promoters said her set list for Jamaica is expected to be an exciting mix of her biggest fan-favourite pop and dance hits, R&B ballads, and hip-hop jams, along with popular selections from her critically acclaimed CD, Me. I am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse.

"Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival is all about creating memorable musical experiences," Elmore said, "and patrons can expect a fantastic show for 2015. We have more acts to announce in the coming weeks that will certainly delight our audiences."

Photos: Mariah Performs in Bangkok, Thailand
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 30-Oct-2014, 10:41PM EDT
Below, see photos submitted by Hiday from Singapore, who attended The Elusive Chanteuse Show at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

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Source: Hiday

Mariah's Merry Christmas 20th Anniversary
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 30-Oct-2014, 10:34PM EDT
Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas' 20th Anniversary: Find Out What Went Into Making a Modern Christmas Classic

Since 1994, nothing says that Christmas has arrived quite like the iconic opening bells of Mariah Carey's worldwide hit "All I Want For Christmas is You." 20 years later, the tune still takes over pop culture each December: Climbing the charts, showing up like a Mariah Carey-approved hug in Love Actually right when fans are about to cry from overwhelming holiday emotions, and even racking up viral homages on YouTube (we’re partial to the leotard-wearing dancers rocking out in a studio).

This weekend (Nov. 1) will mark the 20th anniversary of the song and the album, Merry Christmas, which has sold over 15 million copies worldwide and is the most successful Christmas album of all time. In honor of the anniversary, Billboard recently spoke with superstar producer Walter Afanasieff, who, in addition to co-producing Merry Christmas, co-wrote all three original songs on the Christmas album with Carey, including "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

"Mariah's tried to outdo herself by re-recording it with a new intro, and then she tried it again with the [2011 duet] version with Justin Bieber," Afanasieff recalls about Carey’s quest to try and improve upon her "All I Want For Christmas Is You" record. "You can't reinvent the wheel when you've got something that, by the world's standards, is already perfect. I'm not saying that to pat myself on the back, but it's what everyone says: 'We don’t want a new version; we don't want an updated version, we just want that!'"

Afanasieff, who had previously worked with Carey on "Love Takes Time," Emotions, and Music Box, talked to Billboard about the recording process of Merry Christmas, his songwriting partnership with Carey, and why, shockingly, everyone may "just want that" now, but no one thought "All I Want For Christmas Is You" would be a hit when it was originally recorded.

Can you tell me about how the work on Merry Christmas first began?

Afanasieff: We started working on the Christmas album in 1993. This is about three years [after we first started working together]. Mariah and I started writing a few songs for what would be her Christmas album. The first song we wrote was "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)." It was a ballad-y, sort of sad song. And then we wrote a classical, sort of religious song called "Jesus Born on This Day." And then we started to write what Mariah wanted to do and what Tommy [Mottola, the CEO of Sony and Carey’s then-husband] wanted to do which was a Phil Spector, old rock 'n roll, sixties-sounding Christmas song.

So we worked together, and I stared playing some rock 'n roll piano and started boogie woogie-ing my left hand. And that inspired Mariah to come up with the melodic (sung) 'I don't want a lot for Christmas.' And then we started singing and playing around with this rock 'n roll boogie song, which immediately came out to be the nucleus of what would end up being "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Of the three original songs, one has kind of a gospel feel ("Jesus Born on This Day"), one is more ballad-y ("Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)"), and one is pop-rock ("All I Want for Christmas is You"). Was that a specific decision you and Mariah made to dabble in the different genres, or did that come about naturally?

It came out of just the respect for Christmas. There are always three different areas that Christmas music goes into: Traditional Christmas songs, fun kiddie songs like "Rudolph" or "Frosty," and then you have your love songs, which are like "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," "I'll be Home for Christmas," all those kinds of songs. So we decided to write one of each.

With "All I Want For Christmas Is You," from that first songwriting meeting at the piano, how long was the timeframe before the finished product came together?

It was always the same sort of system with us. We would write the nucleus of the song, the melody primary music, and then some of the words were there as we finished writing it. That one went very quickly: It was an easier song to write then some of the other ones. It was very formulaic; not a lot of chord changes. I tried to make it a little more unique, putting in some special chords that you really don't hear a lot of, which made it unique and special. I think that's one of the components that made it unique year after year. That part of it took maybe an hour, and then I went home.

Then for the next week or two Mariah would call me and say, 'What do you think about this bit?' We would talk a little bit until she got the lyrics all nicely coordinated and done. And then we just waited until the sessions began, which were in the summer of '94 where we got together in New York and started recording. And that’s when we first hear her at the microphone singing, and the rest is history.

At the time, did you think "All I Want For Christmas Is You” would be the big hit of the album?

Nooo. 20 years ago, Christmas music and Christmas albums by artists weren't the big deal that they are today. Back then, you didn't have a lot of artists with Christmas albums; It wasn't a known science at all back then, and there was nobody who did new, big Christmas songs. So we were going to release it as kind of an everyday, 'hey, you know, we're putting out a Christmas album. No big deal.' To think of it as a single that’s going to No. 1, that’s going to drive an album... we didn't have an inkling of that. That's not what the time was. That's what made it such a modern phenomenon: Because it's not like "White Christmas" or "Jingle Bells" – the song doesn't have any of those traditional elements, but it became a huge pop hit.

You mentioned that there are so many more Christmas albums today. Because of that, why haven't we seen another hit on that level?

I'm not totally sure what to say, because to me, it's kind of a cosmic occurrence that happens once every five billion years. By the way, thousands of original Christmas songs have been written in the last 20 years. It’s not like no one writes Christmas songs - everyone is trying to get a Christmas song. But for whatever reason "All I Want For Christmas Is You" just became that song. It's kind of something you never would have thought, and you can’t really explain why, and we feel lucky, because it was the last major song to enter that Christmas canon, and then the door slammed shut. It just closed.

I'm sure there's going to be another one; there has to be. But it has to be the right artist at the right time, the right words and the right melody for the right cultural moment. It became our song 20 years ago, and it just keeps growing and growing. I believe "All I Want For Christmas is You" will be the most successful, popular Christmas song of all time.

I agree with you about it only getting stronger! It was a huge hit before, but I think that song becoming such a part of Love Actually in 2003, and then that movie become such a big hit, only helped the song gain even more traction.

Absolutely. And mind you, that's another phenomenon we should pay attention to. Mariah Carey very, very rarely allows someone to record any of her songs in any film or television or any other medium. But Mariah did allow that little girl to sing it in Love Actually and that's the only time she’s allowed it. Imagine if Mariah had said yes to any of the other hundreds of requests for other movies and times that song would be recorded. I have no doubt the song would have been 20 times more popular. We're going off that one little movie, that one little girl singing it.

Do you know why Mariah allowed Love Actually to do the song?

I don't. I think she just had a particular fondness for the movie; she liked the script and she liked the actors. I’m sure she thought, "it's a young girl, it’s the right time." It''s just a very lovely cute movie, and it's become a Christmas classic film. Love Actually in the last 10 years has become one of the biggest Christmas movies. That in itself, in 10 or 20 years, will become even more of a Christmas classic, and that helps our song become embedded even more as a classic into our culture. It's awesome.

I know in the past Mariah has mentioned that she would love to do a movie adaptation of "All I Want For Christmas is You." Do you have an opinion on that?

Here’s the thing. We don't have a relationship, Mariah and I. We shared a moment in our lives, but then she had to split off from the rest of us. So with all of her personal angst and her personal, emotional split up with her husband meant she had to split up with [all of us]. These were her personal choice... She let that be the status quo, so we haven't worked together since the Butterfly album. I don't know any of her plans or decisions for the future about stuff I created with her. I would hope that I would have seen something this year, being that it's the 20th anniversary, but I have not seen or heard anything.

For the non-original songs on the album, out of all the Christmas music, how did you and Mariah decide on which songs made the cut?

It was always a companion decision between Mariah and Tommy and the record company. So Tommy being the record company and being her partner and husband, we were always subject to his opinion and guidance. Mariah really took his wisdom very seriously, because if you don’t have the support of the record company, you might as well hang up. You need to have the partnership. Mariah also has specific styles she wanted to sing; she wanted a variety that really exemplified her voice and took her to places that she normally wouldn't go to in her pop career.

You've worked with so many iconic artists over the years. What’s the key to a successful writing or producing partnership?

To me, the key to any collaboration is to make sure that you are keeping your integrity intact and that you are true to yourself because today it is very difficult to do that because of the flavor of the month, people get on the radio doing a very particular thing today. You can’t just do whatever you want and get on the radio like in the old days. So people have been selling out, and really subscribing to a very narrow lane of music creation just to get on the radio. That to me is a very bad part about the music business. I'm very saddened by that and very unsupportive of that.

I love all music. If you’ve got something to say, you should be able to say it and I think if you’ve got something to say people should be able to hear it if they want. In the old days, and I'm talking about 20 years ago, we were doing Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Michael Bolton, New Kids on the Block. We were all working hand in hand to create music that had their integrity and their strength and style was shining brightly as forever artists. Today you have a very hard time finding forever artists in the mainstream pop that is being produced. So, that's my spiel. Everyone had their moment of glory, but the ones who kept their moment of glory forever were those that were true to themselves.
Source: Billboard

The Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Thailand
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 30-Oct-2014, 12:51PM EDT
Mariah just wrapped up the final show of the Asian leg of The Elusive Chanteuse Show at the Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.

Mariah kicked off the show in classic MC style, celebrating Halloween dressed as Mrs. Claus singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You." She also debuted a beautiful new dress for the final segment of the show.

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SETLIST:

Intro
01. All I Want For Christmas Is You
02. Touch My Body
03. Shake It Off
04. Emotions
05. Cry.
06. Fly Like A Bird
07. My All
Car Ride Medley:
08. Breakdown
09. I Know What You Want
10. It's Like That
11. Crybaby
12. The Roof
13. Obsessed
14. Don't Forget About Us
15. Heartbreaker
16. #Beautiful
End Medley
16. I'm That Chick
17. Honey
18. Thirsty
19. Meteorite
20. Hero
21. Supernatural
22. We Belong Together
Encore
23. Always Be My Baby

Tonight's performance marks the conclusion of Mariah's 12-city Asian tour. This weekend, MariahDailyJournal will take a look back at the Asian leg with fan reviews, photos, audio, and more!

Mariah will kick off the Australia/New Zealand leg of The Elusive Chanteuse Show on November 2, 2014 at the Sandalford Estate Swan Valley Winery in Perth, Australia.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Mariah Now | Mariah via Facebook

Press Reviews: Mariah in Manila, Philippines
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 29-Oct-2014, 9:56AM EDT
From Philppine Entertainment Portal:

Mariah Carey expresses love for Pinoy fans; showcases her trademark whistle during Manila concert

Nothing can prepare you for the full impact of multiple Grammy award-winner Mariah Carey.

Her windblown hair, the sway of her curvaceous hips, the way she touches her upper body and her undeniably sexy voice—all these elements help the diva bring out the emotions of her songs.

Wearing a revealing outfit that emphasizes her décolletage, Mariah captivated her Pinoy fans with her larger-than-life presence during her concert held at the SM MOA Arena last night, October 28.

This marks the diva's return to the Philippines since she had her first concert in Manila in 2003.

MARIAH WARMING UP TO FILIPINO AUDIENCES. The first set featured hit songs that fans grew up listening to, starting with "Fantasy" from her fifth studio album, Daydream.

The excited shrieks of the crowd intensified when Mariah performed "Touch My Body" and "Shake It Off." But the loudest cheers were reserved for "Emotions," when the pop icon belted out her signature whistle register.

In between production numbers, Mariah expressed her love for her Pinoy fans by belting out her greetings.

She sang: "Oh, it's so good to be here tonight... Mariah Carey, Philippines! That’s my ring tone for you!"

At one point, the American singer/songwriter/producer even displayed a scrapbook given to her by a Filipino fan group.

"Did you see that [scrap]book they made for me? Let me enlighten you in case some of you are confused. I've seen some lambs here with these beautiful shirts. I know who you are!" Mariah exclaimed.

Mariah likes to refer to her fans as "lambs." In her Twitter account, she refers to her fans as "lambily," a combination of the words "lamb" and "family."

SINGING PROWESS. Sitting atop a piano, Mariah further displayed her reputed five-octave vocal range with her dramatic choice of songs for the second set.

She sang "Cry," one of the favorite tracks from her fourteenth album, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, which was launched last May.

After singing such a heart-breaking slow ballad, she belted out "Fly Like A Bird" from the same album.

She also serenaded the audience with "My All" from her sixth studio album, Butterfly.

For maximum effect, house lights were turned off with only a few spotlights illuminating Mariah and her long blond windblown hair.

Then she shifted gears and made the crowd go wild with excitement again as she performed the certified chart topper, "Heartbreaker."



From Philippine Daily Inquirer:

Mariah Carey's redemption: Fans fire up diva's successful Manila gig

MANILA, Philippines–Mariah Carey redeemed whatever tarnished reputation she may have suffered in the past few weeks by turning in a good performance on Tuesday night at the Mall of Asia Arena, which ended the first half of her Asian-Oceania tour to promote her "Elusive Chanteuse" album.

Like a true professional musician, the singer took control of her vocals, knowing when to change keys and improvise on her songs' notes so as not to embarrass everyone especially herself. She even flaunted her vaunted whistles toward the end of some numbers, much to the delight of her Filipino fans.

Though her aging pipes sounded a far cry from her peak years as a pop diva, Carey nonetheless pulled through–not necessarily with flying colors, but with enough high marks to still be considered relevant.



From PhilStar:

Mariah Carey soars at 'Elusive Chanteuse' concert in Manila

MANILA, Philippines – Her reported "vocal malfunction" during the earlier stops of her concert tour made Pinoy audiences worry if the popular 90s diva would be able to turn in a good performance once she lands in the Philippines.

But the fans shouldn't have worried, as Mariah Carey hit all the right notes during the Manila leg of her "The Elusive Chanteuse Show" concert tour at the Mall of Asia Arena on Tuesday.

Mariah opened her concert with "Fantasy," "Touch My Body," and "Shake It Off," then segueing to her early 90s hit "Emotions," which allowed her to showcase her famed whistle register.

"It's so good to be here tonight," Mariah said, who constantly acknowledged her fans throughout the concert. "I'm giving you a hug right now," she said. "I just want to thank you guys so much for being so incredible."

The 18-song concert set consisted of hits such as "Hero" and "Always Be My Baby" and newer songs like "Thirsty" and "Meteorite."

"Mahal kita, Manila," Mariah said before singing "Hero."

See photos from the show here.

18 Reasons To Watch Mariah's Concert
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 27-Oct-2014, 12:12PM EDT
From PhilStar:

MANILA, Philippines - Mariah Carey fans need only one reason to see her in concert: To hear that still powerful voice that has captivated millions of people around the world for well over two decades.

But why stop there? To celebrate the diva's upcoming The Elusive Chanteuse Show in Manila on Oct. 28, we're going to list 18 reasons (in honor of her 18 No. 1 hits) that seeing her perform live at the MOA Arena is worth every peso.

We've enlisted the help of Mimi's official fans group in the country, Mariah Carey Philippines, to name the top reasons that you should right now be holding a ticket to watch Mariah in concert:

1. Get to listen to that voice.

At the risk of starting this list with a cliche, this is, in fact, the main reason why her lambs (what she calls her fans) still flock to her shows. More than her high notes, there are many aspects of Mariah's voice that is the envy of many. She is still the best at ad-libs and improvisations. She hits glorious low notes, too.

2. See Mariah mingle with her fans.

In between songs, Mariah would chat with the audience. Mariah loves reading fan signs, taking random requests, sometimes even asking some lucky fans to come up the stage with her.

3. Hear her sing newer hits.

The last time Mariah was here was 2003. Since then, Mariah has released several hit songs such as We Belong Together, Touch My Body and #Beautiful.

4. The concert is an event.

Critics battered Mariah for a supposed "vocal malfunction" during opening night in Tokyo. What they don't realize is that Mariah's fans would pay good money just to be in the same room with her. She's a global superstar who rarely tours so this kind of occasion is a miss-this-cry-later kind of thing.

5. A chance to see "dembabies."

In a show in Sydney last year, Mariah brought on stage her twin babies, Roc and Roe, whom she fondly calls "dembabies." The kids, now four, are with Mariah during the month-long Asian tour leg.

6. For the nostalgia.

Many of the lambs who saw Mariah back in 2003 are now in their late 20s or early 30s. These are the people who grew up listening to her songs, from Honey to Heartbreaker. Mariah's music is one of the best from the '90s.

7. Hear Mariah speak Filipino words.

She didn't speak any Filipino words when she first visited the country, but that doesn’t mean she won't this time. In her past shows, Mariah would try to ask the audience to teach her local lingo.

8. See Mariah's signature dance moves.

Okay, so Mariah's not the best dancer in town. But she does have her signature moves. During her shows, she would often redo her moves in songs like Heartbreaker, It’s Like That or Shake It Off.

9. Watching is a show of support.

Just like buying an original copy of an artist's album is a way of showing support, showing up at the concert has the same effect. Mariah has shown Manila and her Filipino fans lots of love — by coming back here and several mentions on Twitter. Watching her concert is a "thank you" for the wonderful music she has given us over the years.

10. See local celebrities.

Mariah has influenced many singers in the country. Local artists like Kyla and Eric Santos had expressed interest in watching her again. Some TV personalities have posted photos of their concert tickets on their social media accounts.

11. It's a great story to tell.

Fifty years from now, Filipino fans would be able to tell their grandchildren that they heard the greatest voice of all time. Live.

12. Experience Mariah's diva antics.

Who's a diva? Mariah is. In between songs, an assistant may rush to her with a bottle of water. A make-up artist and a hair stylist would often retouch her after a song or two. Why bother going to the backstage when she can do the touch-up on stage?

13. To see the ensembles.

Mariah never goes on stage without a fabulous ensemble. To her, looking good is as important as sounding good. In The Elusive Chanteuse Show, she changes to at least four outfits.

14. Check out the stage design.

It's always an opportunity for people who are in the production industry to learn from Mariah's team in terms of how they execute stage design and visual effects.

15. Hear a new song performed.

Mariah promised to sing a new song during her shows. In several stops of her The Elusive Chanteuse Show, she performed Don't explain — a Billie Holiday original. Mariah being Mariah, she changed two lines to insinuate that husband Nick Cannon cheated on her. The two are undergoing divorce.

16. Have a 'Mariah moment" with thousands of her fans.

​Mariah often mentions her "lambily" (lamb family) because they are her extended family. For a hardcore fan, sharing many "Mariah moments" together is something to be treasured forever.

17. Buy tour merchandise.

When Mariah came to the Philippines in 2003 for her Chambracelet World Tour, tour merchandise was unfortunately not available. This is why her fans are looking forward to buying 'Mariah-fied" items, which will finally be on sale this time around.

18. Be in the same room with a legend.

Mariah is one of the few living music icons who had shaped the landscape of the music industry. To be in the same room with one is a once-in-a-lifetime experience — or maybe twice-in-a-lifetime, for those who saw her show back in '03.

Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse Show live in Manila is presented by PLDT Home Fibr and Wilbros Live, in cooperation with PLDT Home Telpad, FOX, Star World and Sofitel Philippine Plaza. Tickets are available at smtickets.com or call 470-2222 or 374-9999.
Source: PhilStar

Mariah Enraptures Fans in Taipei
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 26-Oct-2014, 9:34PM EDT
Taipei, Oct. 26 (CNA) - American pop legend Mariah Carey delighted fans in Taipei at a concert in which the diva reeled out hits including "Fantasy" and "Emotions" to rapturous applause.

Clad in an iron gray oblique dress, leggings and black boots, the "Butterfly" singer kicked off the Taipei leg of her The Elusive Chanteuse Show with dance-pop hit "Fantasy."

Electrified fans waved pink and blue glow sticks in the dark auditorium and held signs that read "Diva," "Mimi I Love You" and "TWN loves Mimi."

Carey then performed "Touch My Body" before greeting her fans: "Thank you darlings. How are you feeling this evening?"

"Thank you. We're having a good time here tonight with you," Carey told the over 13,000 audience at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

She kept things going with the mid-tempo R&B song "Shake It Off."

During the concert, a fan shouted: "I love you Mariah!" to which she graciously replied: "I love you back!"

During "Emotions," crowds screamed with excitement when Carey delivered her signature whistle register.

The diva, known for her wide vocal range, high-pitch tones and melismatic singing style, went on to perform songs such as "Cry," "Lullaby of Birdland" and "I'll Be There" before changing into a blue fishtail gown and giving an emotive performance of the fan-favorite "Hero."

"Thank you so much for being here. You guys are incredible," said the singer, who ended the concert with the encore song "Always Be My Baby."

Eric Chen, 30, who has listened to Carey's music since junior high school, said he is thrilled to come to the concert.

"She is the first R&B singer I listened to," said Chen, who purchased a NT$6,600 (US$217) seat on Aug. 30, the first day the tickets went on sale. Ticket prices range from NT$2,000 to NT$6,600

"I am here for her whistle tone. It is so amazing," said 23-year-old Wu Yi-ting, who came to the concert with her sister.

Wu said she started listening to Carey's songs since elementary school and both she and her sister would sing the diva's songs in KTVs.

Carey, who is visiting Taiwan for the first time in 16 years, is expected to leave the country for the Philippines right after her Taipei concert.

The Elusive Chanteuse Show has so far taken her to Japan, South Korea, China, Malaysia, Singapore and Taiwan. It will be held in the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

The Elusive Chanteuse Show Live in Taiwan
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 26-Oct-2014, 3:49PM EDT
Mariah brought The Elusive Chanteuse Show to Taipei, Taiwan on October 26, 2014. This was Mariah's first performance in Taiwan since the Butterfly Tour in January 1998.

Setlist:

01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Shake It Off
04. Emotions
05. Cry.
06. Lullaby of Birdland
07. Fly Like A Bird
08. My All
09. Heartbreaker
10. #Beautiful
11. I'm That Chick
12. Honey (So So Def Mix)
13. I'll Be There
14. Thirsty
15. Meteorite
16. Hero
17. Supernatural
18. We Belong Together
We Belong Together Remix (outro)
Encore:
19. Always Be My Baby
Butterfly Outro

Mariah's next show is at the Mall of Asia Arena on October 28, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Elbert

Mariah Returns To Taiwan With Smiles and Kisses
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 25-Oct-2014, 11:49AM EDT
From Focus Taiwan:

Taipei, Oct. 25 (CNA) 16 years after her last visit to Taiwan, American singing sensation Mariah Carey was all smiles and kisses when she arrived in the country from Singapore on a personal jet early Saturday for her upcoming Taipei concert.

Sporting a fitted black gown, black leather jacket and large sunglasses, the "Hero" singer said "thank you" and smiled at the press upon her arrival at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport with her three-year-old twins.

The friendly diva then blew a kiss and waved at the cameras, before getting into a Rolls-Royce and being escorted to the hotel.

Around a dozen fans were waiting outside of the upscale Regent Taipei when the "Butterfly" singer arrived, and the smiling diva approached them and signed autographs for a few before entering the hotel.

Read the rest of the report here.
Source: Focus Taiwan

Press Reviews: The Elusive Chanteuse Show in Singapore
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 25-Oct-2014, 11:46AM EDT
From Yahoo! Music Singapore:

The Diva is back: Mariah Carey hits all the right notes at Singapore's National Stadium

She's been slammed for lacklustre performances in the Tokyo and Seoul legs of her Elusive Chanteuse Tour, but Mariah Carey was all glittering sparkling superstar in Singapore - hitting all the high (and right) notes.

Her signature dolphin notes and powerhouse vocals were back - there were audible gasps from the audience each time her voice soared to an almost unreal whistle register.

Carey burst into stage in a silvery tight number, belting out hits like "Touch My Body", "Emotions" to ecstatic fans before making three other costume changes into a flattering black gown, blue mermaid dress and hot pink toga number.

And the million-dollar question - Did Carey manage to finish the challenging "Hero" in tune?

The answer is a resounding yes. While the stadium watched on with bated breath, Carey hit note after note - never missing a high or low, her tone pure and powerful.

And judging from the tears on the faces of ecstatic fans as they swayed to the music while waving banners declaring "You Have Saved My Life", there is no love lost with her loyal fans in Singapore.

Carey's last full concert here was a whopping 14 years ago, in the old National Stadium.

Highs

Crowd favourites included "Cry", which she performed lying on a grand piano, "Honey" and an impromptu cover of "I'll be There" by the Jackson 5, where audience members were treated to her signature dulcet and husky voice.

Confident and upbeat, Carey bantered with the audience and made self-deprecating remarks about how her hair was getting messy before positioning herself in front of a fan to tease it back into place.

The star became visibly emotional midway through her set, pausing to wipe away tears after a particularly heart-rending version of "My All" - her tour came just days after media reports about her husband Nick Cannon allegedly cheating on her and news of their separation.

Fans were also treated to a surprise appearance by her adorable twin children, affectionately named "Dem Babies" after Carey sang "Supernatural", a song she dedicated to them.

Lows

While Carey managed to hit her entire 5-octave vocal range, she seemed to be easily tired from each performance and had to leave the stage repeatedly looking a little winded - something that may have been due to Singapore's humid and hot weather.

She also appeared slightly breathless in the early part of her set, leaving her back-up singers to fill in the gaps.

The entire set last just over one and a half hours - with at least three 10 minute breaks in between filled up with performances from her back-up singers and dance crew, leaving audience members clearly wanting.

While it's clear that Mariah Carey still has one of the best, if not the best voice in the business, her performance at the National Stadium was still a far cry from her concerts during her peak.

We're just glad she got her mojo back.


From Today Online:

Despite all the recent bad press, it seems that The Elusive Chanteuse still has what it takes.

SINGAPORE - There were earlier gripes about inconvenient seat reassignments due to issues with the grass at the Singapore National Stadium, which is going through a bad patch (the stage was moved off the pitch, so the seating in the stadium had to be rearranged); but that didn’t put off the fans - all 12,000 of them - who braved the heat and humidity, showing up last night for Mariah Carey’s The Elusive Chanteuse Show.

The question on everyone’s mind was whether the multi-Grammy Award winner would be able to deliver a live stellar performance with her distinct five-octave vocal range after receiving much flak from disappointed concertgoers in Japan and South Korea, who reported Carey had been unable to hit her high notes and even forgot song lyrics at her concerts there. (The tour wended its way through China before arriving in South-east Asia - it will wrap up in Australia.)

The two-hour concert started on time, opening with a salvo of chart toppers such as Fantasy and Touch My Body. Cheers of delight roared through the stadium when Carey launched into crowd favourite Emotions, taking an early opportunity to showcase her flawless high octaves - and possibly reminding us that just like any regular person, even the most talented performers do have their occasional bad day.

The singer disappeared offstage for three costume changes, each about 10 minutes long, but fans were kept misdirected with flashy performances by Carey’s talented back-up vocalists, spot-on musicians and nimble dancers. Though the recently divorced 44-year-old seemed a little breathless at times, with her voice being a little pitchy during her rendition of the Jackson 5’s I’ll be There, it was clear that the best-selling female artiste still owned the stage.

Elated fans sang along and danced while waving light sticks and LED placards, professing their love and admiration for the music icon. Even tennis superstar Serena Williams, currently in Singapore for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals, was spotted in the crowd, singing along to Carey’s emotionally charged hit, Hero.

Just before the sold-out concert came to a close, Carey’s four-year-old twins made a lovely surprise cameo - although detractors would probably call it a cheap shot to manipulate the audiences emotions - sending a message to all gathered that despite the recent personal upheaval (she separated from her husband of six years, Nick Cannon), our elusive chanteuse was going to be okay.


From Straits Times:


Concert review: Mariah Carey finds her voice in Singapore, after all

"Why so afraid, Mariah?"

This was the question on this reviewer's mind as Mariah Carey, one of the best known pop divas in the world, took to the stage at the National Stadium on Friday night.

Prior to the songstress even touching down in Singapore, there was already much diva behaviour to deal with.

Initially no media reviews of the concert were allowed and the press were definitely not going to take any pictures of the voluptuous 44-year-old star.

It seems as though Carey was scared of a little criticism, lest she messes up on stage.

What had happened was Carey had been lambasted for her previous shows, as she launched The Elusive Chanteuse Show in Asia. Fans and media in Tokyo and Seoul gave her flak for failing to hit her famous high notes and going off-key, with videos circulating online of evidence that the star might not have the X-Factor anymore.

But fans in Singapore were treated to a different show - complete with the high notes and runs she is known for. And for most part, she hit those delicious high octaves with ease, giving me goosebumps, of the good kind.

Clearly Ms Carey needed a few practice runs before she got the hang of performing live again.

The two-hour show (shockingly, it started at 9pm as stated) was a showcase of the songs that made her a superstar in the 1990s: Heartbreaker, Honey, Emotions and Fantasy - all from her early albums - were crowd favorites.

And to show up her critics, she constantly sang, even talking to the crowd in a sing-song voice to prove that she could still, well, sing.

In the end, those famed vocals hardly proved elusive, after all.

The Elusive Chanteuse Show: Live in Singapore
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 25-Oct-2014, 9:55AM EDT
Mariah brought The Elusive Chanteuse Show to the Singapore National Stadium on October 24, 2014.

Setlist:

01. Fantasy Remix
02. Touch My Body
03. Shake It Off
04. Emotions
05. Cry.
06. Lullaby of Birdland
07. Fly Like A Bird
08. My All
09. Heartbreaker
10. #Beautiful
11. I'm That Chick
12. Honey (So So Def Mix)
13. I'll Be There
14. Thirsty
15. Meteorite
16. Hero
17. Supernatural
18. We Belong Together
We Belong Together Remix (outro)
Encore:
19. Always Be My Baby
Butterfly Outro

Watch a news report from Razor TV, which includes footage of the show and interviews with fans, here.


Photos from Tristan Paul and Pieter:

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Fan review from Nicholas:

I couldn't be more excited to see my hero for the first time. I flew all the way from Indonesia with 2 of my fellow lambs. Shoutout to Singaporean lambs for making this fabulous T-shirt. We did a little get-together at the venue before the show started and shared a moment when @ashraffali got retweeted by Mariah.

Mariah was right on the dot as the lights went out at 9pm sharp and she came out belting the festivity of the evening with "Fantasy (Remix)". Her unbelievable stunning voice remains hitting all those elusive notes throughout the whole show and even cracked when she sang "I'll Be There", it shows how she really did go for it last night. She was clearly wanted to give her all to her fans by not holding back at all.

Going to a Mariah Carey concert is almost more of listening to her personality comes to live with her mannerism and chatting with the fans -even during the singing. One of the moments was when she elegantly throws her classy shade to the Grammys by saying "... Five is a good number." The crowd laughed to it and to all her witty jokes the whole show.

Mariah never fails to engage intimately with her lambs. She pointed out the banners (all those "please give me a hug" ones), she reached out and kept responding back to the shoutouts and even some very lucky lambs threw some towels to the stage and get picked up by Mariah, used to wipe off her sweat, and thrown back to them!

Highlights include a snippet of "Yours" (a totally #NTT moment, she evan asked "Which album is it from? Butterfly or Charmbracelet?"), and a tour debut of a jazz song called "Lullaby" which she didn't even rehearse first.

To sum it up, the show was the antidote to what some clueless people out there say: Mariah Carey was on point in every single aspect. Thank you for saving me all over again, Mariah! LYM!!!


Mariah's next show is at the Taipei Nangang Exhibition. Centre in Taipei, Taiwan, on October 26, 2014.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Razor TV | Tristan Paul | Pieter | Nicholas

Mariah To Arrive in Taiwan On Saturday
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 24-Oct-2014, 2:59PM EDT
Mariah Carey will arrive in Taiwan early Saturday with her 3-year-old twins on a personal jet for her Taipei concert the following day.

The American diva will land at Taoyuan International Airport and stay at the presidential suite of the upscale Regent Taipei on Sunday night, according to local promoter Festival Boys International Company.

She will not attend any public events other than her concert at the Taipei World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall on Oct. 26, the promoter said.

The pop diva, who has not performed in Taiwan since 1998, is expected to sing hits including Hero and Always Be My Baby, as well as songs from her latest album Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse.

"Hello Taipei," she said in a Facebook video uploaded mid-month. "I can't wait to see you on my tour, the Elusive Chanteuse Show."

The tour kicked off in Japan Oct. 4, followed by performances in South Korea, China and Malaysia. Upcoming shows are set for Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, Thailand, Australia and New Zealand.

Around 80% of tickets for the Taipei concert–over 13,000–have been sold, Festival Boys said.

Carey released Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, her 14th album, in May.

Mariah Hits The High Notes in Kuala Lumpur
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 24-Oct-2014, 2:37PM EDT
Mariah Carey proved that she remains a master of her trade during her Wednesday night concert at Stadium Merdeka.

When one of the world's most highly regarded vocalists, Mariah Carey, went on stage at Stadium Merdeka on Wednesday night, she sang as if she had a point to prove.

You see, when she kicked off The Elusive Chanteuse Show world tour in Tokyo earlier this month, the crowd had been less than pleased with her painful, off-key performance. In Seoul, the singer was lambasted by netizens for not only struggling to hit her signature soaring notes, but also demonstrating an overall lack of sincerity.

On Wednesday night, however, it was clear the vocalist remains a master of her trade. Carey, who is known for her wide five-octave vocal range, took on one big note after another unflinchingly, perhaps fuelled by an enthusiasm to silence her critics.

The 44-year-old R&B diva launched into her whistle register (fluttering hands and all) without trouble towards the end of Emotions, scaling higher and higher well into the limits of her upper range. And even with her full voice, Carey powered up beautifully, displaying strength and grit in her new stirring ballad, Cry.

Still, she kept the night's most outstanding moment for Fly Like A Bird, which featured both mind-blowing vocals and great emotional depth, all the while casually lounging on a grand piano clad in a long, flowing black dress.

For someone who has never seen her in concert, listening to Carey nail those notes live was an experience unlike any other. Just witnessing the songstress caress the verses to The Jackson 5's I'll Be There with her soft, whispery vocals alone was spine-tingling.

Having said that, the concert was not without its flaws. While Carey played a setlist comprising many of her hits, some of the choices were rather questionable. These included songs like I'm That Chick, Shake It Off, and songs from her newest release like Thirsty and Meteorite, which came nowhere close to classics like Without You, Dreamlover and Vision Of Love.

In addition to that, classic hit song Honey was set to a new arrangement that made it sound almost unrecognisable.

Other finer details of the concert were also neglected, such as the two screens accompanying the main stage, which were much too small for audiences in the furthest seats to see clearly. To make things worse, there were no close-up shots of the singer's face at all, a must-have for audiences to feel closer to Carey especially when she belted out her heart-rending ballads.

All these factors, coupled with the fact that Carey disappeared off the stage for long periods of time far too many times, may have led to small groups of the audience exiting the stadium halfway through the show. It was quite shocking to see people getting up to leave especially when staples like Hero and We Belong Together weren't even played yet.

Mother Nature was not on her side either. A steady rain, which started around 6.30pm and lasted throughout and even after the show, resulted in an hour and 15 minute delay, and a slightly miffed poncho-clad crowd (sounds like a good idea to sing Through The Rain, right? No, she didn't sing that one either).

Still, credit must be given to Carey, who carried on with the show in good spirits, actively speaking and singing spontaneous messages of love to the audience, which lent an organic feel to the entire experience. By the end of it, we were just glad that we got to watch the "elusive chanteuse" perform live, and that her vocal abilities had not proven to be elusive.
Source: The Star


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