Billboard: Mariah Likes "Like Mariah"
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 04-Feb-2015, 9:42PM EST
Mariah Carey Likes 'Like Mariah,' Boosting Fifth Harmony to No. 1 on Trending 140

Mariah Carey has tallied plenty of chart-topping hits in her career. Now, she's inspiring them.

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The superstar helped pop quintet Fifth Harmony rocket to No. 1 on the Billboard + Twitter Trending 140 on Wednesday (Feb. 4), when she tweeted an appreciation of the group's song "Like Mariah." Carey's approval didn't slip under the radar: Hours later, two of the group's members, Normani Kordei and Ally Brooke Hernandez, responded separately to the tweet, expressing their gratitude for the acknowledgment.

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The track, which features Tyga, finds the quintet reveling in ecstasy, crooning, "When you touch my body/ Got me singing like Mariah." In addition to the call-out of Carey's "Touch My Body," the tune's chorus samples one of the diva's most enduring hits, "Always Be My Baby." Both "Body" and "Baby" reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming two of Carey's 18 leaders on the list, the most among solo artists.

"Mariah" (and Mariah) help Fifth Harmony score a hat trick of Trending 140 chart leaders from their debut album, Reflection, following the reigns of "Bo$$" and "Sledgehammer" in 2014. Reflection was released Jan. 30.
Source: Billboard

Fan Photos/Reviews: Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 04-Feb-2015, 9:29PM EST
Below, see photos from Andrew and a nicely written review by IAmRomane from Mariah's performance at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival on Friday, January 30, 2015.

On a cool January Friday night brought along with it the highly anticipated performance by diva Mariah Carey in Jamaica. Now I was asked my many to do a review and being the fair and unbiased person that I am, I'm going to review the stage show as best as I possibly can.

Now veteran Reggae singer Richie Stephens got things going when he came and delivered on some of his biggest hits of the past 25 years. He got the crowd rocking and "skateck-ing" along to the beat. His performance albeit short was energetic and well received. After Stephens' set, then came the woman many Jamaicans came out to see-- Mariah Carey. Now after waiting for about 30-45 mins due to band change and stage set up, the elusive chanteuse was ready to perform for her Jamaican lambs.

As I stood there and watched the introduction on the big screen reminding us of her countless accolades and why she's so celebrated, a "divarific" Mimi appeared on stage with show stopping theatrics and that diva pose. Kicking off the show belting her 1995 hit 'Fantasy' remix which features a video in the background of ODB. The performance was very well received and I personally thought it was a good way to open the show. Throughout her set she had 4 costume changes as is the case with any Mariah show.

During her more than 45 minutes set, she took us down the nostalgic lane with classics such as the ever sensual 'My All', 'Honey', 'Heartbreaker' and her first ever single, the timeless 'Vision of Love'. As soon as she hinted 'Always Be My Baby' was next she elicited wild cheers from the audience as that song is known to be a longtime Jamaican favorite. Now the only disappointment I had with her setlist is that she included 'I'm That Chick', a song pulled from her 11th studio album E=MC2 which not many people seemed to know unless you're a die hard Mariah fan. So not many people were singing along. Then there was the notably absent 'Hero' which alot of persons wanted to see her perform as it has always been an inspiration to many. She closed with her signature hit 'We Belong Together' which she kinda tweaked and the climax was done a little differently.

After her performance I asked patrons both off and on camera what they thought about the performance and I was met with mixed reactions. Some liked it while others thought she wasn't into it. While many thought she did a "fabulous job" others expressed disappointment in her performance as they came to hear 'Hero' and was felt the diva had more to offer. When all is said and done this year's staging of Jamaica Jazz & Blues is deemed to be one of the best showing in a while, one of the biggest crowd the event have had in a while. One concert goer stated "I loved it! It was what I expected, from her voice to her wardrobe she's diva in every sense of the word". All in all it was a great show, she sang live as well as she used her prerecorded vocals without relying on it too much.

One of the highlights for me was 'I'll Be There' which she performed with Trey Lorenz. It was magical! Lorenz also had his time to shine as he performed Michael Jackson's hit 'Rock With You' with backing vocals from Mariah which had the audience rocking. As is the case with any Mariah show, come expecting her to sing, chat a little with the audience and show off her ensembles. Solid performance!

Set list:

1. Fantasy
2. Touch My Body
3. Emotions
4. I'm That Chick
5. Triumphant (done a capella)
6. Make It Happen
7. Vision of Love
8. My All
9. Honey (So So Def Remix)
10. Heartbreaker (Remix)
11. Shake It Off
12. I'll Be There
13. Rock With You (Trey Lorenz with backing vocals from Mariah)
14. #Beautiful (duet with Trey Lorenz)
15. Always Be My Baby
16. We Belong Together


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Jazz and Blues: Mariah Carey - One Of The Best
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 31-Jan-2015, 2:16PM EST
FLORENCE HALL, Trelawny - Not even the threat of rain at the Trelawny Stadium, could dampen the performance of American R&B superstar Mariah Carey here on the second night of Jazz and Blues 2015.

The American had the audience on their feet throughout her marathon performance which saw her moving seamlessly from one hit to another from her extensive catalogue.

The Grammy - award winning singer who was obviously enjoying herself while on stage gave the large and appreciative audience what they wanted - "Touch My Body," "Give it to Me," "Beautiful," "Vision of Love,"
"Don't Let Go," "Always Be My Baby" and more.

Carey who interacted with patrons throughout her act, seemingly could do no wrong and even after she exited the stage, they clamoured for her return, but it was not to be.

Carey truly delivered in what many regard as one of the best ever performances at Jazz and Blues over the year.

Billboard: Mariah Reunites With L.A. Reid
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 30-Jan-2015, 2:02PM EST
Just months shy of the 10-year anniversary of The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah Carey and Antonio "L.A." Reid are prepping another kind of comeback. According to multiple sources, the 45-year-old singer is returning to Sony Music through Epic Records, where Reid has served as chairman since 2011.

A nearly finalized multi-album deal would see Carey's first new material through the label since 1999's Rainbow, beginning with a greatest-hits set to coincide with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dubbed "#1's," the concert series booked by Creative Artists Agency begins May 6 and will include all 18 of Carey's Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, from 1990's "Vision of Love" to 2008's "Touch My Body." (An Epic representative declined to comment.)

Although Carey left Sony on tumultuous terms -- she signed a four-album, $80 million deal with EMI's Virgin Records in 2000, eager to distance herself from ex-husband and former Sony Music head Tommy Mottola -- there are plenty of reasons why rejoining makes sense now. Doug Morris, current chairman/CEO of Sony Music, brought Carey to Island Def Jam in 2003 when he was running Universal Music Group. Reid, then head of Island Def Jam, oversaw her Mimi-powered 2005 comeback. Joey Arbagey, a collaborator of Carey's during the making of the six-times platinum Mimi, is now executive vp A&R at Epic. And of course there is her massive Sony catalog: Carey's seven studio releases, a live EP and four hits packages have sold a combined 43.9 million albums, according to Nielsen Music, including the septuple-platinum Music Box and Daydream. Her output for UMG, which spanned six albums, has sold just 9.7 million by comparison.

But while Carey's legacy is undisputed, her recent stumbles have not gone unnoticed. For starters, her thrice-delayed album Me...I Am Mariah…The Elusive Chanteuse through Def Jam failed to deliver a top 10 Hot 100 hit (Miguel duet "#Beautiful" peaked at No. 15 in 2013) and posted her lowest sales to date, with 117,000 sold. She went through a series of managers, too, including longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri, producer Randy Jackson and former Def Jam executive Kevin Liles, whom she most recently retained as a consultant.

According to an insider privy to terms of Carey's new contract, her recent turmoil, which includes a pending divorce from husband of six years Nick Cannon, scared away most other suitors. "Sony's was the only deal on the table, and it came in far lower than she expected." How low? Carey "was asking for a $3 million advance; she didn't get it." (Carey is represented by attorney Donald Passman, who didn't return Billboard's request for comment.)

Still, even critics concede that the best place for the diva to try again is with Reid, who's not only of her generation, in that his star rose during the '90s, but has of late been on a hot streak, notching hits by Meghan Trainor (eight weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100), Bobby Shmurda and Fifth Harmony. Carey also ended 2014 on a positive note, selling out a six-night residency at New York's Beacon Theatre for a series of Christmas concerts that grossed a combined $1.5 million in Billboard Boxscore receipts. That turnout should help build buzz for her upcoming Vegas stint, where she'll follow in the footsteps of Celine Dion, Elton John, Cher, Bette Midler and Shania Twain to become the latest draw to the 4,300-capacity theater.

Says Elvis Duran, morning host for New York radio station Z100: "There wasn't tremendous support for her last album, but there is always a run for residencies with a buzz. Mariah and Vegas make tons of sense."
Source: Billboard

Mariah Plans Special Show For Jamaica
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 25-Jan-2015, 4:18PM EST
Below, see an interview with the producer of the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival, where Mariah will perform on Friday, January 30.

Source: Onstage TV | Grace

Las Vegas Magazine: Mariah's #1's, Ranked
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 19-Jan-2015, 9:20PM EST

It's official—Mimi is coming to Las Vegas. The long-rumored Mariah Carey residency is now a reality, and beginning May 6, fans of the five-time Grammy winner can catch Mariah Carey #1s at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Carey placed a total of 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts between 1990 and 2008, and she plans to play all 18 of them in her new production. So without further ado, a completely unscientific ranking of those hits.

18. "I Don't Wanna Cry" (Mariah Carey, 1991)
Proof that Mariah was on an unstoppable roll in 1990-91, this heat-check single gets hardly any play today but was the fourth consecutive No. 1 to start her career.

17. "Touch My Body" (E=MC2, 2008)
Despite the most questionable simile in pop music history ("They be all up in my business like a Wendy (sic) interview"), Mariah’s most recent No. 1 was par for the course in a year that also saw "Low" and "Lollipop" top the charts.

16. "Thank God I Found You" (Rainbow, 1999)
Far be it for us to suggest that Mariah would ever ride anyone's coattails, but "Thank God I Found You" collaborators Joe and 98 Degrees were never hotter than in 1999, a year when anything—even LFO—seemed possible. Unfortunately, all three parties released better music that year, especially Joe and his timeless "I Wanna Know."

15. "Hero" (Music Box, 1993)
The Titanic of Mariah hits, "Hero" was the unsinkable ballad, a song so ubiquitous and clichéd that it could be applied to just about anything—weddings, funerals, school dances, sandwich shops. It was a gigantic hit, but there are at least 14 songs you'd rather hear her sing, right?

14. "I'll Be There" (MTV Unplugged, 1992)
The only MTV Unplugged performance to ever hit No. 1, Mariah's faithful rendition of the Jackson 5 classic turned into a duet with the help of longtime backup singer Trey Lorenz.

13. "Love Takes Time" (Mariah Carey, 1990)
This boilerplate ballad became the template for so many artists who came after (Kelly Clarkson's "A Moment Like This" doesn't exist without it) that it almost seems cliché today. But all clichés have to start somewhere.

12. "My All" (Butterfly, 1998)
Mariah's ballads have a tendency to blur together, but
"My All" is unique in just how low-key it is. Even when she goes for the money notes, the Latin-flavored instrumentation just simmers beneath, never stealing her spotlight away.

11. "Honey" (Butterfly, 1997)
Hip-hop had been creeping into Mariah's sound ever since "Fantasy," but it really took hold with "Honey," a sea-change hit that coincided with her split from record exec Tommy Mottola. With the sex appeal cranked up all the way, Mariah and Bad Boy's production team (including Puff Daddy) ushered in the new approach.

10. “Don't Forget About Us” (The Emancipation of Mimi, 2005)
No one was forgetting about Mariah after "We Belong Together." Although this follow-up hit mined similar themes of heartbreak and regret, "Don't Forget About Us" was all about the victory lap.

9. "Someday" (Mariah Carey, 1991)
Not content to be pigeonholed as a balladeer, Mariah'd change-of-pace third single was a New Jane Swing banger that ripped a page straight out of the Color Me Badd playbook. Taken by itself, the intro could very well lead into "I Wanna Sex You Up."

8. “One Sweet Day” (Daydream, 1995)
On paper, the pairing of Mariah and Boyz II Men was a genius stroke. She was the biggest female singer on the planet, and they were in the midst of an all-world run where the only threat to a Boyz II Men chart-topper was the next Boyz II Men chart-topper. It didn't matter that the actual the song was not as memorable as either's previous work - it's still the longest-running No. 1 hit in Billboard history.

7. “Dreamlover” (Music Box, 1993)
Girl Next Door Mariah is a concept that never really took off, but “Dreamlover” is its short-lived apotheosis, all knotted flannel, jean shorts and plenty of open field to dance around in. She just wants a dream lover so she doesn’t have to dream alone.

6. “Fantasy” (Daydream, 1995)
Mariah needed a cred boost around the mid-'90s, and she got it thanks to a sample of an old Tom Tom Club hit and a remix featuring Ol' Dirty Bastard. Few things in 1995 were as foolproof as guest spot from Dirt McGirt.

5. "Vision of Love" (Mariah Carey, 1990)
Please welcome the bride and groom to the dance floor - and Mariah Carey to the pop charts. This slow burner and first-dance staple was a formidable opening bow, solid proof that the 20-year-old from Long Island had star potential.

4. "Always Be My Baby" (Daydream, 1996)
"Always Be My Baby" is to the '90s what "I Wanna Dance With Somebody" was to the '80s: the seminal female sing-along song of the decade. What started out as a simple love song has been forever co-opted as a reaffirmation of friendship and, dare we say it, girl power. Once those "doo-doo-doos" start, there's nothing left for guys to do except hold their significant others’ coats and bags and try to weather the storm.

3. “Heartbreaker” (Rainbow, 1999)
The last great song before a half-decade in the wilderness is the fitting culmination of Sexy Mariah and Hip-Hop Mariah. Jay-Z's verse on the original recording is instantly memorable, but the remix, with Missy Elliott and Da Brat, is the real gem.

2. "We Belong Together" (The Emancipation of Mimi, 2005)
The comeback single to top all comeback singles is the reason for the season. Simply put, Mariah's Caesars residency doesn't happen without this Jermaine Dupri-produced jam, which stayed at No. 1 for 14 weeks, became the biggest song of the year and emancipated Mimi from her commercial decline.

1. "Emotions" (Emotions, 1991)
"Emotions" is a tour de force, a whirlwind of whistle notes so vocally taxing that Mariah has been regularly lowering its key since 1992. If you're at a karaoke bar and want to make a statement, have the DJ cue up "Emotions." No other Mariah track shows off her pipes quite like this one - or makes you feel so badly about your own.

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LV Review Journal: Mariah to Headline at Colosseum
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 16-Jan-2015, 10:29AM EST
Mariah Carey promises a career retrospective of all 18 of her No. 1 hits in a showcase at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace launching May 6.

Carey has previously played Las Vegas mostly on arena tours, but in July of 2003 she was the first star to play the Colosseum as a one-night tour stop. She returned there on her "Angels Advocate" tour in 2010. Carey also tested a more intimate venue the year before with a two-night stand in the 2,500-seat Pearl at the Palms.

The Colosseum favors female superstars who can offer production-heavy showcases.

"There aren't many more female performers with a single name," said John Nelson, senior vice president of AEG Live, which operates the Colosseum. "There's a very short list of people with that level of success."

Carey will perform 27 shows per year, nine at a time, in a two-year commitment, Nelson said.

The 4,300-seat venue had empty dates to fill when Shania Twain's two-year contract ran out in December. Though Celine Dion has continued to sideline herself due to her husband-manager's cancer battle, Carey's dates do not cover those held for Dion's return, Nelson said.

The announcement of Carey's run promises "fan-favorite album cuts" and new music along with the 18 hits, which will be repackaged in an album to cross-promote the show.

"My songs are the soundtrack of my life and I can't wait to share them with my fans on stage!" Carey said in a news release.

"Revisiting these songs for the show, working on the updated compilation and creating new music has really let me reconnect with my songs and I hope my fans will enjoy the experience."

The Las Vegas residency has been reported but was made official Thursday on the syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres show, which airs in Las Vegas at 4 p.m. on KVVU-TV, Channel 5. "This is a special event for me," she told DeGeneres. "It's a new chapter for me and I'm just excited about it.

"This was kind of inspired by my album Number Ones, and this is now the updated version with 18 of them," she explained on the talk show. "Some of these songs are like, 'Really, I'm going to do that one again?'" she added with a laugh, mock-covering her face in embarrassment.

Nelson said Carey is "very focused on this," but has yet to choose a director or begin rehearsals. He is predicting "a production design that puts the emphasis on her voice and hits, that isn't dependent on acrobatics."

The dates so far announced will be the only ones Carey performs this year: May 6, 9, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 23, 24 and July 8, 11, 12, 15, 18, 19, 22, 25, 26. Tickets are on sale and range from $55 to $250 in five price tiers.

Though other performers in the Colosseum rotation have committed to about 70 shows per year, Nelson said the new model is for shorter runs that give the theater "greater flexibility... What we've created now in the Colosseum gives us more variety and more turnover every few weeks."

Jennifer Lopez performed in the Colosseum on New Year's Eve and remains "a piece in this puzzle," Nelson said. However, her TV and movie commitments make it a challenge to schedule enough shows to make it optimal for both sides, and it hasn't been decided whether she would perform at Caesars or Planet Hollywood Resort.

Nelson said AEG Live and Caesars Entertainment Corp. would co-produce Carey's show, which would not be affected by Caesars Entertainment placing its largest division into bankruptcy protection.

Carey came to fame in 1990 and became the decade's top-selling artist, with more than 60 million U.S. album sales. Her hits include "Hero," "We Belong Together" and "One Sweet Day," her 1995 duet with Boy II Men (who now headline at The Mirage) which spent a record 16 weeks in Billboard’s No. 1 spot.

By pop standards, the 44-year-old Carey maintained her currency for an impressive two-decade run, until her 2009 album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel broke her platinum streak. Last year she released her 14th studio album, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. It was the lowest-selling of her career, perhaps explaining the timing of the Caesars residency and the refocus on her past hits.

Carey's Las Vegas debut came relatively late in her career, in a March 2000 arena concert at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Source: Las Vegas Review-Journal | Gary

Mariah Carey: #1's ... Honey B Fly Ticket Sales Start TODAY
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 15-Jan-2015, 8:50AM EST
LAS VEGAS, NV (Jan. 15, 2015)— Mariah Carey, the iconic chanteuse and best-selling female artist of all time with over 200 million records sold, is coming to Las Vegas with a headlining residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. For the first time ever, she will perform all 18 of her timeless and beloved Number One Hits together in one concert. Designed exclusively for The Colosseum, the production will also feature fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed selections and many more musical surprises.

Mariah announced the exciting news today on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where she surprised the entire studio audience with tickets to her Las Vegas show and a hotel stay at Caesars Palace.

Honey B. Fly has reserved a special allotment of tickets and VIP Packages exclusively for our members! Fans can register for the Honey B. Live Pass to access our HBF Ticket Sale. Read all the details below!

"I have so many ideas for the show that I'm currently working on and am excited to perform all of my #1 singles together for the first time and others that are very close to my heart," said Mariah. "My songs are the soundtrack of my life and I can't wait to share them with my fans on stage!"

"Vision of Love," "Hero," "Fantasy," "We Belong Together" and "Touch My Body" to name a few, are among Mariah's 18 songs to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, a feat that has not been achieved by any other solo artist in music history.

In celebration of Mariah's groundbreaking record, and in tandem with the concert series, Mariah is working on a new edition of her worldwide best-selling album #1's. Set to include all 18 of her number one hits, along with newly recorded music, the album will be released later this year.

The Honey B. Fly Live Pass: Your access to exclusive ticket sales
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CLICK HERE to register for your HBF Live Pass now. If you already have a registered account, LOGIN then click the UPGRADE link at the top of the page, and complete the upgrade transaction.

After you complete your Live Pass registration, simply go to the TOUR page where your unique pre-sale code will be displayed at the top of the page. IMPORTANT: Passes purchased for 2014 shows are no longer valid.

Mariah Carey #1's VIP Packages
A limited number of Mariah Carey #1's VIP Packages are on reserve for HBF members. You may choose from one of three VIP Package offers to celebrate in special way with Mariah. (Full details for each offer available on the event page.)

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Mariah Announces Las Vegas Residency
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 15-Jan-2015, 7:46AM EST
Mariah stops by Ellen today to share exciting news about her new Las Vegas residency show, which she says is inspired by her #1's album. Check out the clip of Mariah speaking with Ellen and surprising fans incognito below!

Source: Ellen

Reminder: Mariah on Ellen Tomorrow
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 14-Jan-2015, 9:29PM EST
As a reminder, Mariah will appear on The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Thursday, January 15, 2015 to share some big news!

To find out where and when to catch Ellen in your area, click here.
Source: EllenTV

News Tidbits
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 08-Jan-2015, 2:12PM EST
• Caesar's Palace Residency?
There has been speculation of Mariah preparing to sign a residency deal at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Nothing has been officially confirmed or denied at this point. However, broadcasting and media production Octofilms has posted a brief video of Mariah, the twins, and her entourage walking through Caesar's Palace:

• Mariah to appear on Ellen?
According to Ricky, Mariah is listed by Tivo as a featured guest on Ellen on Thursday, January 15, 2015. This has not been confirmed by any other tv listing sources.

• Discounted iTunes albums
Three of Mariah's albums are currently being offered at the discounted price of $5.99 on iTunes: MTV Unplugged EP, e=mc², and Me: I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Octofilms | Ricky | Marc

All I Want For Christmas Is You: Show 3
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 18-Dec-2014, 10:01PM EST
Tonight was Mariah's third of six performances of All I Want For Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy & Festivity at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

Debbie Allen, who directed and produced the show along with Otis Sallid, came on stage at one point, and there was an addition to the setlist: "We Belong Together."


01. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria! (In Excelsis Deo)
02. Charlie Brown Christmas
03. Oh Santa!
04. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
05. Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child (Trey and choir)
06. Silent Night
07. Joy to the World
08. When Christmas Comes
09. Here Comes Santa Claus/Housetop Celebration
10. Christmastime Is In The Air Again
11. O Holy Night
12. Emotions
13. We Belong Together
14. Hero
Hero Outro
15. All I Want For Christmas Is You
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Nelson

Photos: All I Want For Christmas Is You Opening Night
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 17-Dec-2014, 8:00PM EST
Below, see photos taken by MariahDailyJournal at the opening night of Mariah's All I Want For Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy & Festivity at the Beacon Theatre in NYC on Monday, December 15, 2014.

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Live Nation NYC Ticket Giveaway
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 17-Dec-2014, 2:13PM EST
Enter now for your chance to win 8 tickets to see Mariah's sixth and final All I Want For Christmas Is You show at the Beacon Theatre in New York City on Monday, December 22, 2014.

The contest will end on Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 3:00 pm Eastern Standard Time.

Click here to view the terms and conditions, and to enter the contest. Good luck!
Source: Live Nation | Mariah via Twitter

All I Want For Christmas Is You: Night Two
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 17-Dec-2014, 1:13PM EST
Cheers, toast, bravo to Mariah for a stellar performance on night two of All I Want For Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity at the Beacon Theatre on December 16, 2014.

The crowd was on their feet the whole time, and Mariah treated fans to a special performance of "Emotions," added on from the opening night setlist!


01. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria! (In Excelsis Deo)
02. Charlie Brown Christmas
03. Oh Santa!
04. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
05. Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child (Trey and choir)
06. Silent Night
07. Joy to the World
08. When Christmas Comes
09. Here Comes Santa Claus/Housetop Celebration
10. Christmastime Is In The Air Again
11. O Holy Night
12. Emotions
13. Hero
Hero Outro
14. All I Want For Christmas Is You

Below, see photos that we took at the show.

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Diva Mariah Delights at the Beacon
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 16-Dec-2014, 10:22AM EST
She nearly made it all the way through without a major hiccup, but just two songs before the end of Mariah Carey’s seasonally themed show, “All I Want for Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity,” at the Beacon Theatre on Monday, things derailed hilariously.

After hobbling around with one high heel in her hand and running to the side of the stage to have an assistant mop her brow, the Elusive Chanteuse called a sudden halt to “Hero” when part of her in-ear monitor fell off her dress. But minor meltdowns are a huge part of the Long Islander’s ongoing appeal, and witnessing one is just as exciting as seeing her sing.

The performance was the first a six-night residency at the Beacon (lasting until next Monday), in which the 44-year-old singer is mostly performing material from her two wildly successful Christmas albums. But the evening’s festive spirit was given a typically fabulous Mariah touch thanks to some riotously entertaining and often surreal dance numbers featuring somersaulting children, dancing reindeer and a sloppy Santa doing the bump. It was like watching a chaotic, high-camp version of the Rockettes.

Even Mariah’s apologists couldn’t help but be nervous about the condition of her voice, especially after her less-than-impressive performance at the Rockefeller Center tree-lighting ceremony.

There’s no question that the high notes are beyond her these days, and it frequently showed. But such is the level of goodwill for her that just the sound of Mariah stretching for the top of her range during “O Holy Night” and “All I Want for Christmas is You” was enough to start the crowd screaming like it was 1994.

The Grinches will continue to mourn those diminishing pipes, but the rest of us can take comfort in knowing that Mariah doesn’t take off for the holidays; she’s a diva 365 days of the year.
Source: NY Post

Review: Mariah Sparkles at Manhattan Christmas Show
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 16-Dec-2014, 2:20AM EST
Mariah Carey has had a tough year.

Between her pending divorce from Nick Cannon and the chilly reception for her underappreciated "Me. I Am Mariah. The Elusive Chanteuse" album, the former Greenlawn resident could use some joyful tidings.

And that's what she found in an extraordinarily entertaining, 75-minute holiday revue that showed off her self-deprecating charm, loopy sense of humor and, most of all, her powerful voice.

"I love Christmas," she said, adding that she wouldn't have recorded two albums of holiday music if she didn't. "I think it's some of my best work."

Her six-show run at the Beacon Theatre in Manhattan, which started last night, will be her only American concerts this year, having opted to wrap her "Elusive Chanteuse Show" tour in November, after stops in Asia and Australia.

Her voice was in rare form. And the crowd cheered every impressive high note or lovely flourish. During Carey's gospel-soul version of "O Holy Night," the vocal gymnastics were first-rate, but the way she stuck each landing was even more powerful.

She wasn't perfect, but her missteps were actually endearing. When her mic pack fell off during "Hero," the only non-holiday song she did all night, she yelled, "Cut!" and started over casually.

It's rare to see Carey so relaxed. And she looked thoroughly pleased to belt out her evergreen holiday anthem "All I Want for Christmas Is You," surrounded by 20 dancers.

No matter what Carey has gone through in 2014, her holidays are still happy.
Source: Newsday

All I Want For Christmas Is You Opening Night in NYC
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 16-Dec-2014, 1:59AM EST
It's a wrap for the opening night of Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You: A Night of Joy and Festivity" at the Beacon Theatre in New York City. This was the first of six sold out shows.

Mariah looked and sounded radiant, and was in great spirits.

01. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria! (In Excelsis Deo)
02. Charlie Brown Christmas
03. Oh Santa!
04. Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)
05. Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child (Trey and choir)
06. Silent Night
07. Joy to the World
08. When Christmas Comes
09. Here Comes Santa Claus/Housetop Celebration
10. Christmastime Is In The Air Again
11. O Holy Night
12. Hero
Hero Outro
13. All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Mariah explained to the audience that she wanted to keep the how "Christmas only" but that she felt "Hero" fit in to the theme of the night, and so she wanted to sing it since the song means so much to many fans. Almost halfway into the song, she stopped the song to get help with her dress, and then she started the song over again from the beginning.

Other moments from the show included Santa Claus making an appearance for "Here Comes Santa Claus" and the choir coming into the audience with candles during "Silent Night."

Below, see photos of some of the merchandise available, which includes: 3 of the 6 t-shirts created for this event, two different Christmas ornaments, a snow globe, a Santa hat with the "MC" logo, a candle, two mugs, a set of five Christmas cards, and the keychain and glowstick that were sold at The Elusive Chanteuse Show.

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We will post our photos from the show on Wednesday!

Mariah's second show is on Tuesday, December 16. Feel free to send us your reviews and photos!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mentions
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 10-Dec-2014, 3:30PM EST
7 Reasons It's Okay To Play Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" On Repeat

There are a few guarantees each holiday season. You will have to deal with that [insert family issue] you've been cleverly avoiding all year. You will witness/be a part of an awkward make-out sesh at the office holiday party. You will Google "easiest juice cleanse" from your bed (or somebody else's) on January 1st.

And, you will, despite your best efforts, feel the overwhelming need to listen to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Nonstop. On loop. All. Month. Long.

It's not your fault. Despite a recent performance that sparked a run of blasphemous criticism — which we will not be talking about today — "AIWFCIY" is the Christmas song equivalent of Michelangelo’s "David" or Kanye's "leather jogging pants" rant. It's a masterpiece.

The problem is, not everyone is a fellow Carey Crusader. Sure, you’ll get smiles and high fives at first. But, after the 14th consecutive day of blasting your all-"AIWFCIY"-everything Spotify playlist (and no, you can not listen to it on headphones), it’ll get to people.

To honor the song's 20th anniversary, we've prepared a handy list of argument-proof reasons to justify your "AIWFCIY" binge — and prevent you from going full Mariah on somebody who tries to stop you. You-oo-oo-ooh, baby...

7. It's Refreshingly Anti-Consumerist

Mariah doesn't want a lot for Christmas. She won't hang her stocking, doesn't care about those presents underneath the Christmas tree. And, here we are, punching each other in the face for a 20%-off flat-screen. "AIWFCIY" is a cold shower from our "Live Every Day Like It's Black Friday" mentality, and that makes it more important than ever.

See the complete list here

Top 10 Covers of "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Mariah Carey is known around the world for her incredible talent and amazing vocal range. She also sings one of the most popular Christmas songs in modern pop music history with "All I Want For Christmas."

The song has taken on a life of its own after Carey first released it. It has been featured in major motion pictures and been covered on YouTube hundreds of times over. Famous pop stars from Big Time Rush to current YouTube sensations like Megan Nicole and Kurt Hogo Schneider have put their own unique spin on the song and help to ring in the holiday season year after year. is counting down the top ten covers of "All I Want for Christmas," which includes some YouTube stars and major pop artists that have topped the charts like Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

See the complete list here

California neighborhood syncs lights display to Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas is You'

Neighbors on Manning St. in Yucaipa coordinated the display to the popular Christmas song. It is the fourth time the homes have participated in the festive light fiesta and locals can swing through the neighborhood to check it out.

If Christmas is all about community spirit, then this California neighborhood has got it nailed.

An entire block of homes on Manning St. in Yucaipa got together to create a joint festive lights display — and the combined results are simply spectacular.

Sensational footage filmed from the sky shows thousands of bulbs across the area flashing in time to Mariah Carey's seasonal classic "All I Want for Christmas is You."

Yellow, blue, red and green lanterns illuminate the night sky in the electrifying show.

Jeff Maxey uploaded the clip to YouTube on Monday and it's already been viewed more than 69,000 times.

View the video here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Billboard Revisionist: "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 10-Dec-2014, 2:29PM EST
Billboard's "Revisionist History" series applies modern-day charting techniques to years past to see what each year's top song would be now.

In an article published earlier today, Billboard names "All I Want For Christmas Is You" the revised #1 song of 1995:

Although Mariah Carey achieved No.1-of-the-year status in 2005 with "We Belong Together," none of her record-setting 14 chart-toppers during the 1990s ruled any of those years, based on the original tallies. Ironically, it's a '90s song that didn't even chart on the Hot 100 during its release that makes Carey the star atop the tree on 1995's revised list.

Not a commercial single when it came out as part of Carey's Merry Christmas collection in 1994, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" was at the time ineligible to chart per Hot 100 rules, yet it reached No. 12 on Radio Songs. The digital era's biggest-selling holiday song, at 2.8 million and counting, it has more than made up for lost time, having appeared on the Hot 100 during each of the past three holiday seasons, reaching a No. 21 peak in December 2012.

How has the much-covered song The New Yorker called "one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon" landed Carey on the Mt. Rushmore of holiday hitmakers, next to the likes of Bing Crosby ("White Christmas") and Nat King Cole ("The Christmas Song")?

"Mariah's easy-to-sing and fun-to-listen-to song came at a time when modern Christmas music was downright depressing," says Rick Hall, program director of New York Christian adult contemporary station WAWZ (Star 99.1), which currently features the track. "Mariah gave radio and retailers something new to play that wasn't Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' or Band Aid's 'Do they Know It's Christmas?'"

Credit also "All I Want for Christmas Is You" for its multigenerational appeal. "A mom, her daughter and her daughter's daughter can all like the song," WIXX Green Bay, Wis. mainstream top 40 music director Otis Day says. "That's a Christmas miracle."

Does the song's success suggest that any of today's hottest acts could follow suit and deliver a modern Christmas classic? "That's the power of a talented pop artist with mass appeal like Mariah," Hall says. "If history is to repeat itself, perhaps in fifteen or twenty years, we'll be discussing the success of a Taylor Swift or Adele Christmas record."
Source: Billboard

All I Want For Christmas Is You... 6th Show Added!
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 10-Dec-2014, 2:08PM EST

DECEMBER 15th, 16th, 18th, and 20th & 21st — SOLD OUT

NEW YORK, NY — Due to overwhelming demand and five sold out shows, a sixth Christmas show has been added on December 22nd! Queen of Christmas Mariah Carey previously announced that she will bring her all-time favorite, chart-topping, evergreen Christmas hits to the Beacon Theatre for five unprecedented performances this December 15, 16, 18, 20 & 21. Tickets for the additional show go on sale Friday, December 12th at 10am. Honey B. Fly will host an exclusive ticket pre-sale for members on Thursday, December 11, from 10am-10pm ET. (Get your Live Pass for access!).

Celebrating the 20th anniversary of her worldwide bestselling album, Merry Christmas, Mariah will spread festive love and cheer on stage performing her classics from the album that is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA and has sold over 14 million copies to date, as well as hits from her critically acclaimed holiday follow up, Merry Christmas II You.

Visit for the full schedule of concert dates and links for tickets!

Debbie Gibson Speaks on Mariah
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 05-Dec-2014, 12:13PM EST
Pop star Debbie Gibson took to her official Facebook page earlier to speak on Mariah's Christmas in Rockefeller Center performance. See below:

Hey Everyone!

I wanted to share my thoughts on something many pop music fans are talking about ... Mariah's performance at the NYC Tree Lighting Ceremony.

I watched - with anticipation - as the show started and Mariah took the stage. I have long been a fan of both the Vocal Diva and the Woman. This woman, as a young girl, wrote me a handwritten letter just as she was hitting the charts to explain a comment that got taken out of context in an interview she did. What came out as a diss was meant as, "If Debbie can be doing this and she is so young, why can't I…?!?" The fact she took the time to reach out so personally, in the midst of the beginnings of her chaotic world domination, has stuck with me forever.

I could tell instantly as Mariah took the stage that she was burdened by something. I had heard on one of the entertainment shows that she was late for the taping the night before due to an overtime call with her divorce lawyers or something...I am repeating tabloid fodder. Now, I know the people out there making nasty remarks are not all singers but, it doesn't take a rocket scientist - or a Met Soprano - to understand that "divorce" and "singing on television" are not a great combo. I felt for her. And, I admired her. She could have been a "no show." She could have lip-synced. But, she chose to bare all that was going on in her life and to give what she had. She brought her reality to her timeless soulful perky Christmas anthem.

As people in this country and around the world sing carols this year, will they all be feeling truly happy and perky, and flowy, and free of burden? Will this year be the same as, let's say their best or favorite year? Do they all look like they did when they had no adult responsibilities? Or might they be smiling through the pain of a lost house or bankruptcy or divorce or a health issue or whatever, in order to put on a brave face so as not to burden others?!?

I don't know what the haters saw. But, I saw a real woman on that stage. One who has given us her gifts and joy and talent, which is raw and God given, and that which only comes with countless hours of hard work and discipline. She once lived in a bubble of practice and vocal rest and eating a certain way and excluding all "normal" life pleasures in order to bring us all that shiny glossy look and sound we now associate with her. But, much like olympic athletes, there comes a certain point where you can either keep running toward the gold medal, or you can strike a balance in your life. Maybe the high notes aren't as high onstage, but the high notes she has with her kids are higher offstage!

The pop stars of our day had to pound the pavement, do countless shows (that do not live on on YouTube), kiss babies, shake radio program directors' hands, and sit through loud dinners with obnoxious business men…all to get our music heard. There were no TV Idols and only a few awards shows in which to make an impact. Nail one of those and you were on top. Blow it, and it wasn't like "Oh, there's another one next week." It is an intense pace to keep up. Many of the other performers on that stage - except for Tony Bennett and Cyndi Lauper - are still in their first chapter. Mariah has been enduring for a long long time. And will be for many years to come.

Mariah has nailed it SO many times. And she is clearly not performing 365 days a year right now as she did at some point. It is harder to pop in and out of your life and onto the stage when not is a "flow." The younger stars who have no "dependents" can be completely selfish and do all they need to do to serve their voices and careers. I don't say this with any disrespect to them. It is just where they are in their lives. We all were there. They should relish this time because, at some point, life is going to get more complicated. I know ALL about it. But this woman is daring to have a life that encompasses more than just show biz. And, I am sure when she committed to doing this performance she did not anticipate that she would be dealing with the circumstances she is dealing with. I don't know that I could have been standing upright, let alone looking fabulous and pouring her heart out in the freezing cold.

Anyone can work hard enough to do a perfectly glossy performance, with never a real moment of connection with the audience or themselves. Mariah was naked up there. We could all see her real life pain. Whether or not it was perfect vocals, (whatever that means), makes no difference. It was her…real… the middle of life…and I would venture to say she did not withhold anything from us, right?!? She brought HER BEST. And, can we ever ask anything more of anyone than to give us THEIR BEST?!?

I hope Mariah can put in perspective the meaning of all this and focus on the higher meaning in her life. I also hope all the naysayers can do the same. In a world of "what have you done for me lately," I wanted to write this to celebrate ALL she has given of herself throughout the years, and never more so than she did in her latest performance.

With respect,


Forbes: Defending Mariah's Tree Lighting Performance
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 05-Dec-2014, 12:08PM EST
The news and social media are abuzz today about singer Mariah Carey's performance last night in the NBC Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting special, which is receiving reviews in the range of "mediocre" to "horrible." I can't believe that I'm writing this, as I'm no fan of Carey’s vocal gymnastic style, but I'd like to defend her singing performance at the show.

First of all, let me say that there's no defense for keeping your audience waiting for three hours before appearing, as Carey did last night. It's disrespectful to all involved, even if it was due to a matter of great personal importance (Carey was reportedly meeting with her lawyer over the terms of her divorce settlement with husband Nick Cannon). It's the fans that support the career and lifestyle of all performers, and to forget that for even a second is grounds for a performer's downfall in the public eye. That's already happening to some degree with Carey, considering the dismal sales of the album she released a few months ago.

That aside, when Carey finally did arrive, she had a lot to overcome to have a good show. Let's look at some of the circumstances.

First of all, if you listen to Carey's performance, it's obvious that she had zero time to warm up. Many vocalists will spend up to an hour doing vocal exercises before a performance even begins to get their voice in show shape. That she couldn't hit some of the higher notes is an indication that her voice just wasn't ready to go. Although I didn't hear the entire performance, I would bet that by the final number those notes were coming out clear and clean.

The next thing that people underestimate when it comes to performing is the effect of the cold on the human voice. Any vocalist will tell you that performing in the cold is one of the worst gig conditions that you can have. Virtually all musicians hate it. It doesn't matter what kind of vocal chops you have, the cold is going to diminish your performance. The same is true for instrumentalists: Remember Obama's first inauguration, when even the great Yo Yo Ma used a taped performance instead of trying to fight the freezing weather?

Just like any part of your body, your muscles begin to contract to conserve heat when exposed to low temperatures and the vocal chords are no exception. This makes singing much more difficult right off than when it's warm. If you take notice, the background vocalists were bundled up while Carey was in her typical slinky low-cut dress. I’m surprised she did as well as she did under the circumstances.

Although I'm not sure this was the case in Carey's performance, another thing sometimes not apparent to the audience is when a vocalist is having trouble hearing herself onstage because of an uncomfortable monitor mix. The stage can be a big place and most of the sound is in front of the performer, so some sort of on-stage monitoring is required just for the singer to be able to follow along with the music and stay in key. Most vocalists these days use in-ear monitors, which are wireless super-high quality earbuds. If a vocalist can't hear enough of herself in the mix, or hears too much of herself and not enough music, or doesn't not enough of a certain instrument that she’s keying off of, then the resulting performance will most certainly suffer without the audience ever knowing why.

It's possible that Carey had little time for sound check during the day when this mix was being initially set up, which could have lead to a less than perfect performance. This would have happened even if she had warmed up and the weather was summer-like.

Now when it comes to wardrobe malfunctions and production mishaps, that's a completely different aspect of the story that I don't care to cover here. All I can say is that the skewering of Mariah Carey's vocal performance during the Christmas Tree Lighting was uncalled for. That said, lay it on her big time for her tardiness. She deserves it.
Source: Forbes

VIDEO: Mariah on "Christmas at Rockefeller Center"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 04-Dec-2014, 8:45AM EST
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