As for the future, there's a new release Why We Sing, coming soon - and still some fiery ambition left for her career. First she'd love to have a song written for her by that other diva, Mariah Carey. "And yes, I'd also like the Oscar, the Emmy and the Tony!"
Kelly Rowland, in an exclusive interview with Sam from That Grape Juice last Thursday in London.
You're obviously enjoying a lot of success this year with 'Work', with the upcoming re-release and whatnot, but there are also a few releases from other female heavy-weights this year- including Janet and Mariah. Whose projects are you looking forward to this year? "I love Mariah. I really can't wait to see what Mariah does. I was really looking forward to Alicia Keys as well and I'm definitely satisfied with the album that she brought. Janet Jackson, I can't wait to see what she's gonna bring."
Update on "Touch My Body"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Jan-2008, 2:50PM EST
The new Mariah Carey single is titled "Touch My Body," HITS snoop Jeff McCartney¹ has learned. "It's classic midtempo Mariah with a BIG hook," says the Jeffster. The track, written by The-Dream and produced by Jermaine Dupri, will be delivered to Top 40, Rhythm and Urban next Tuesday at precisely 6:30 pm EST and will officially go for adds 2/11-12.
Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) now lists "Touch My Body" as impacting Mainstream radio on Monday, February 11, 2008.
¹Jeff McCartney is the Program Director of KZHT 97.1 FM in Salt Lake City, Utah
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Danny
L.A. Reid: "I Never Gave Up on Mariah or Janet"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Jan-2008, 2:31PM EST
Record executive Antonio 'L.A.' Reid is confident he can revive the careers of R&B singers Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson because he never stopped believing in their star power.
The Island Def Jam boss was eager to sign both artists to his label - despite the commercial failure of their respective albums released by Virgin Records. After signing Carey in 2002, her subsequent debut with Island, The Emancipation Of Mimi, has gone on to sell more than 10 million copies worldwide - and Reid is convinced Jackson's upcoming album Discipline will have similar success.
He says, "I firmly believe in truly talented people, particularly talented superstars. I believe if you have the talent, it's just a question of someone refining it and helping to make the right creative decisions. Talent always wins in the end; you're never over. As a matter of fact, I find that the marketplace generally is much healthier for icons than it might be for new artists, and I think that has been proven for many artists. When you look at the Eagles' success or the recent Led Zeppelin success, it tells me that people who grew up on these artists always love them, they just want them to make the right record. So I never really give up on them."
Radio Station Mistakes "Secret Love" For "Touch My Body"
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2008, 5:53PM EST
It seems like Mariah fans are not the only ones eagerly anticipating her new single. On Monday, the California-based radio station KHOP promoted the single's premiere two weeks too soon.
Today, the DJs at 104.7 KISS FM in Phoenix, Arizona played what they thought was an exclusive premiere of "Touch My Body". What they didn't know was that they were playing "Secret Love", Mariah's 2005 Japan-only bonus track on The Emancipation of Mimi. Click below to play the clip of the false announcement.
DJs at the popular radio station B96 in Chicago have asked listeners not to call and ask for Mariah's new song because they haven't received it yet. They assured fans that they will play the song as soon as they get it.
Mariah's first single, reportedly titled "Touch My Body", is currently scheduled to impact radio stations nationwide on February 12.
Source: Cody | 104.7 KISS FM
More Videos: Mariah at Van Cleef & Arpels
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Jan-2008, 1:46PM EST
Watch last night's TMZ TV footage of Mariah shopping at Van Cleef & Arpels boutique in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, January 28, 2008.
You can download this video, and one from X-17 Online's coverage below.
"Touch My Body" was first revealed on MariahDailyJournal as a new title from Mariah's upcoming album. It was later confirmed that in a Universal Music office meeting, L.A. Reid had asked staff members to vote for their favorite song between his first single choice - "That Chick" and "Touch My Body". Apparently, "Touch My Body" was Mariah's choice for the first single.
Although All Access gets its data directly from the record labels, please consider the date and title tentative until an official announcement is made.
Mariah, 10th Top Grossing Female Musician in 2007
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Jan-2008, 4:45PM EST
The 20 women on Forbes' Cash Queens list earned a combined $420 million between June 2006 and June 2007. The vast majority collected hefty paychecks from sell-out tours. To compile the list, Forbes examined concert grosses, merchandising revenue, album sales and additional revenue streams from ancillary businesses: clothing lines, fragrance deals and endorsements. Only "active" artists were considered--those who had released an album or film or toured during the specified period. These are gross income figures, with no deductions for taxes, management or agent fees.
1. Madonna- $72 million 2. Barbra Streisand- $60 million 3. Celine Dion - $45 million 4. Shakira - $38 million 5. Beyonce - $27 million 6. Gwen Stefani - $26 million 7. Christina Aguilera - $20 million 8. Faith Hill - $19 million 9. Dixie Chicks - $18 million 10. Mariah Carey - $13 million
11. Hilary Duff - $12 million 12. Avril Lavigne - $12 million 13. Martina McBride - $12 million 14. Britney Spears - $8 million 15. Carrie Underwood - $7 million 16. Nelly Furtado - $7 million 17. Fergie - $6 million 18. Jennifer Lopez - $6 million 19. Sheryl Crow - $6 million 20. Norah Jones - $5.5 million
Mariah Carey - $13 million The 37-year-old pop and R&B diva makes good money off of her extensive catalog. (Her 10 studio albums have sold over 100 million copies worldwide.) The musical director for her last tour, dubbed The Adventures of Mimi, was longtime collaborator Randy Jackson, judge of American Idol.
Source: Hollywood.TV | MariahDailyJournal | Carlos | The Sun UK
HQ Photos: Mariah at Gucci Store, Beverly Hills
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Jan-2008, 3:57AM EST
Mariah and Jack Jr. do some shopping at the Gucci store on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, January 28, 2008. Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos.
UK Scans: Mariah in the Bahamas
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Jan-2008, 5:19PM EST
Below are scans from today's editions of the UK newspapers, Daily Star and Daily Mirror.
"Mariah Barey" - Daily Star
Stunning singer Mariah Carey gives holidaymakers a seaside treat, hitting the beach wearing just bikini bottoms and shades. She was relaxing in the Bahamas, having put the finishing touches to her much-awaited new album and filming two movies.
Gorgeous Mariah, 37, strolled on the beach carrying just her pet pooch, a glossy magazine and a glass of bubbly, to the delight of a host of onlookers. "Mariah looked amazing. I couldn't believe my eyes. She spent most of the time in just her bikini bottoms and sunglasses."
Her album, That Chick, hits the shelves in April.
"Mariah Barely" -Daily Mirror Mariah Carey seems to have forgotten something as she takes pet dog Jack for a walk... her clothes.
The R&B diva, 37 - relaxing in the Bahamas after making a new album and two movies - wore just a tiny bikini bottom before later covering up with a sarong.
But none of her fellow holidaymakers seemed to mind. They reckoned she looked just wuffly.
New Photo: Mariah at Benny Medina's Birthday Bash
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Jan-2008, 4:38PM EST
Mariah Carey and Al Walser, singer and Goodwill Ambassador from the Principality of Liechtenstein, attending Benny Medina's 50th birthday party at his mansion in the West Doheny Hills, Beverly Hills, California on January 28, 2008.
Click on the image on right for an enlarged view.
From E! Online: Nicole and Joel's Friday Night with Mariah and Prince
In what may have been their first night out since becoming parents earlier this month, Nicole Richie and Joel Madden hit megamanager Benny Medina's 50th birthday party on Friday night.
The couple was among the 200 or so who filled Medina's Hollywood Hills home for the splashy shindig. Mariah Carey flew into L.A. just for the bash and gave a toast, before helping present Medina with his birthday cake, sources tell me.
Prince, I'm told, showed up late in the night and was quickly escorted to the second floor of the house, where Carey retreated after the cake was served.
Ashley Olsen spent most of her time chain-smoking. Also there were Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton, David Katzenberg, Mischa Barton, Kevin Connolly, Cuba Gooding Jr., model Karolina Kurkova and director Brett Ratner. "The theme was Casablanca Fly," one guest reports. "It was '40s-inspired decor, and you had to dress to impress."
Richie and Madden were joined at the bash by her dad, Lionel. Papa Richie arrived after performing at the Beverly Hills Hotel during a party for Dr. Phil's 1000th episode.
California's KHOP 95-1 To Premiere Mariah's New Single
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Jan-2008, 2:21PM EST
Northern California's pop music channel KHOP @ 95-1 in Modesto will reportedly premiere Mariah's new single on its station tomorrow, January 29th. Here's what it says on its website:
[Listen to an audio announcing the premiere]
"KHOP @ 95-1 breaks the hottest new music first!
We just heard from Mariah's team that KHOP can expect a copy of her new single Tuesday, long before other radio stations and iTunes will have it!
So be listening Tuesday for Mariah Carey's new single. And to other radio stations around the country, be ready to record it from K-HOP since you won't have it!"
Note: In a call made to KHOP, DJ Madden confirmed the premiere of Mariah's new single (asked what the title is, she said, "Can't tell you yet.") tomorrow, January 29th during the morning show, The Morning Paper with Jack & Reagan, 5am-9am Pacific time.
Update: At 3:30pm ET: KHOP 95-1 has just announced on air that Mariah's new single will not be played on the station tomorrow as announced earlier. Premiere has been pushed back a week to Tuesday, February 5th, apparently.
Jasmine Juice: "Jas The Jetsetter"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Jan-2008, 12:00AM EST
So after the snowy Christmas antics of Aspen, we lived up New Year in Vegas and then MC (Mariah) took us on the third and final part of our adventure
Except it wasn't.
We flew out of Vegas on New Year's Day to spend a few days in the Bahamas at Mariah's new, yet still uncompleted beach-front home. As we landed at the privately owned international airport, and were whisked from the plane through customs, I decided that I could get used to feeling this VIP-ish! This annual taste of the good life is the best!
However, my joy was short lived as we got to customs and realised that we'd arrived at the wrong airport! All of MC's Escalades were waiting for us at the island's other airport, an hour away. So we drove to them, catching a great tour of the island en route, before arriving at what can only be described as paradise.
MC's home is like a more fabulous version of Richard Branson's Necker Island (which she was inspired by when I took her there three years ago, when I was filming Sir Richard's crib out there).
Complete with an infinity pool to rival all infinity pools, and an open air dining area poolside, with a banquet-sized dining table and a turquoise colour theme scattered throughout its pure tropical bliss! As if that wasn't enough, the beach is covered in... wait for it... pink sand! Very appropriate for our Princess, right?
But alas: All isn't always peace in heaven and moments later, the rain came and it was actually cold. Being optimistic, we thought it would clear up soon. It didn't. The following day was as wet and cold as England!
Most people would try and make the most of a wet vacation. But Mariah isn't "most people". She, not wanting our festive annual vacation to end on a downer, decided we would go to wherever the sun is. "I know," she declared, "let's go to Jack's favourite spot: Puerto Rico!" So we re-packed, jumped back on her jet and whizzed off to San Juan, Puerto Rico, pretty much in the same way I'd catch a 207 bus from Southall to Shepherd's Bush.
We sailed out to one of MC's favourite places in the world: the island where she filmed the video for her classic hit, Honey. We always refer to the deserted island as the "Honey Island." It was tiny, tranquil and the turquoise sea around it reminded me of one of my favourite places in the world: Trinidad!
MC's personal trainer (Patricia from St Barts), had me, MC and Da Brat in the water doing hours of water exercises until the moon came up. At one point, the captain blew his whistle real hard and insisted we get back in the boat due to his concerns about the dark and a possible storm. You know I was the first one outta that water. I've watched way too many Jaws-like movies to know that whistle at sea equals danger! Back on the boat, we laid on the deck watching millions of shooting stars go by, and played our favourite boat game: Concentration.
Now that my three weeks of VIP-dom were up, I practically had to be pulled off MC's jet as I gripped onto the plush, padded leather seats. But after much soothing and coaxing from her that we would see each other again soon, calm was restored and I reluctantly wafted down the jet steps back to my normal life. The next day I left the islands and flew to New York for a day before heading back to London.
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 27-Jan-2008, 5:28PM EST
Mariah had a flantastic Christmas and New Year's holiday vacation, and wanted to share some of her favorite images with all the Honey B. Fly members. Visit the exclusive gallery to view some snapshots of Mariah's Holiday including JJ's first Christmas pic! Not an HBF member yet? Join today!
To the right are pictures of Mariah and Sarah Siegel-Magness, Executive Producer of Tennessee, at Camp Mariah, New York where Magness gave a quick fashion lesson to Camp Mariah kids in July 2007.
iTunes UK has The Adventures of Mimi concert available for download for £7.99, individual tracks at £1.29 each.
Thanks to everyone who participated in our last poll: "What is your favorite "Extra" from The Adventures of Mimi DVD?" Below are the results:
Be sure to check out our new poll: "Which of these song titles do you think would be the best title for Mariah's new album?" located on the right sidebar.
Mariah Carey wannabe Valerie Reyes attempts to sing Mariah's "Against All Odds" in the Jan. 22nd San Diego auditions for American Idol 7. Simon says of the performance: "The only resemblance to Mariah Carey would be Mariah Carey's CD left out in the sun for a year and then trying to play it."
Elizabeth Arden will be announcing the results for its second fiscal quarter ending December 31, 2007 in a live online conference call on Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 4:30pm ET. Transcript will be available within one hour of the completion of the call and will be accessible on the Company's website until February 29, 2008.
Today's issues of the Serbian daily newspapers, Kurir and Blic reported that Anastasia, the daughter of Serbia's most popular female singer, Svetlana Raznatovic, sang two of Mariah's songs at the promotion of her mother's new single.
Kurir: Ceca's daughter took the mic and with no shame sang Mariah Carey in Russian Czar Hotel in Belgrade where promotion took place. Ceca's 9-year-old daughter Anastasia Raznatovic at the promotion of the duet "Time For Love Is Running Away" that her mother and Oliver Mandic (Serbian pop singer) recorded, sang two songs of American pop singer Mariah Carey and took most of the evening's applauses.
Blic: Biggest applauses go to Anastasia Raznatovic. She sang two songs from Mariah Carey and amazed everyone.
Thanks to Arief, PerfectHonor & Marco for sharing their lovely wallpapers and art work with us!
Undray & Kelly are working on a project that everyone can participate in! They are constructing a photo diary for Mariah and her surrounding entourage. Fans can send in pictures they may have taken with Mariah, any of her back-up singers, bodyguards and anyone else on her team. The book will be professionally put together with a section for each major player (i.e. MaryAnn, Trey, Michael, etc.) and Mariah herself. Once completed, the book will be published online for everyone to see. To send in your photos, and for further information, email email@example.com.
Mimi Vs. Janet - The Showdown
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 27-Jan-2008, 8:05AM EST
A chart battle is looming for Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson. Jackson will release her new album Discipline, on Feb. 26, Carey's long player, tentatively titled I'm That Chick is due on April 1. And judging by new tracks previewed at a Melbourne listening session last week, Mimi will blitz.
Carey beats, lyrics, and vocal delivery are superior. Mimi's new songs are about love, lust, being played and her breakdown - or her "breakthrough" as Carey describes it.
"Touch My Body," shortlisted as the first single, hints at a new celebrity must have - a sex tape. "If there's a camera up in here then I'd best not catch this flick on YouTube" Carey warns. "If you run your mouth and brag about this secret rendezvous I will hunt you down."
Collaborating producers include Jermaine Dupri, Polow Da Don, Stargate, Danja, Tricky Sterwart and The Dream.
By comparison, the new Janet is geared to the clubs. With Timbaland's successful electro experiments, U.S. urban is moving towards chunkier beats and house.
Yet Jackson's new tunes fail to repeat past glories. Her dance tracks are overproduced, the ballads are banal. "My body's here, it's soaking wet, I wanna give you something you won't forget", Janet sings on "Tonight." "Ain't you curious, don't you wanna know, how deep my love can go? Don't resist the fight, do it all night."
Source: Herald Sun Australia | SexForYaStereo
On The Cover Additions: Jet 1991 & New York 1991
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 26-Jan-2008, 6:47PM EST
Our On The Cover section has been updated to include 2 more magazine cover issues from 1991. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!
Like former Rick James sidekick Teena Marie and the popular members of New Kids On The Block, songstress Mariah Carey finds herself on the receiving end of routine remarks insisting she's another White singer trying to sound Black.
But this frivolous accusation is w-a-a-a-a-y over the fence in the ballpark of reality for the 20-year-old rising New York starlet whose fair complexion and fine sandy-colored mane clearly result from the genetic fusion of a Black, Venezuelan father - Washington, D.C. aeronautical engineer Alfred Roy Carey - and Irish mother - N.Y. voice coach Patricia Carey.
Saying she's a combination of all three nationalities during the March Ebony interview in Manhattan, Ms. Carey asserted: "I can't help the way I look, because it's me. I don't try to look a certain way or sing a certain way..."
In fact, her soulful voice and mesmerizing musical style, much like that of pop star Whitney Houston, may very well have ensued from earfuls of traditional spirituals she absorbed during sporadic childhood visits to her Black paternal grandmother's Baptist church. Even today, "I get up and go to bed listening to gospel music," she told Ebony, naming Edwin Hawkins, Shirley Caesar and the Clark Sisters as some of her favorite religious artists. READ MORE »
Mariah Carey is remembering the highlights of a trip she made to Los Angeles early last year. "I met Michael Jackson," she says. "He didn't know who I was, though."
Jackson would have had to spend the rest of 1990 sealed in a hyperbaric chamber to stay ignorant of Carey. Her debut album, Mariah Carey, full of catchy pop hooks and octave-busting crescendos, spent 22 weeks at Billboard's No. 1 spot. The first single, "Vision of Love," was everywhere at once, from boom boxes on the beach to in-flight airline sound systems. Two Grammy Awards capped the breathtaking rise of a twenty-year-old from Long Island who had been sweeping hair off the floor of a beauty salon barely two years earlier.
Now, with Mariah Carey having sold 7 million copies worldwide, the singer sits behind a mixing board at Right Track Recording on West 48th Street, finishing her new album, Emotions. "I still don't think of myself as a big deal," she says. "There's so many pop fads, I can't start thinking of myself as a big deal." In some ways, Carey seems to have remained downright girlish, doodling on a legal pad with a grease pencil as she talks, drawing tiny red hearts all over the page. READ MORE »
That Chick Album Previews in Australia & Taiwan
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 26-Jan-2008, 3:02PM EST
Australia Two of the world's biggest music divas will be heading to Australia this year on the back of their latest album releases.
Mariah Carey, who has racked up 17 number-one hits in the US alone and has sold more than 150 million CDs and DVDs worldwide, is preparing to release her album That Chick in April.
Meanwhile, the release of the Janet Jackson album Discipline is imminent.
"We definitely want to get them out here at some point during the year," says a rep from their US record label who flew to Australia to unveil five tracks from each album.
Insider had a private preview of tracks from both albums - two of the year's most anticipated releases.
Jackson's first single from her 10th studio album is "Feedback," a cracking pop track. Another, "Tonight," is up-tempo dance, so think Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music."
Others include the pumping "Rock With You" and the curiously titled "The Greatest Ex."
Carey's sound is more polished than Jackson's, and there's no doubt her album will get plenty of radio and television airplay.
Timing is everything in this game, so Carey is yet to set an exact date for the release. The expected drop in April will be around the time Madonna's latest album is due.
Although Carey's lyrics leave little to the imagination, there's no denying she has an amazing voice.
Stand-out tunes include "Love You Long Time," "Touch My Body" and "I'm That Chick That You Want."
Taiwan Matt Voss, Def Jam's SVP of Marketing, gave a preview of the new Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey albums in a special listening party held in Taiwan yesterday.
Voss played some new songs from the two albums which were not played in the London listening party a few days ago.
According to the article, both albums are so well-protected. People allowed to enter the party were informed not to bring any cellphones, or any recording devices. The reason they played the different songs in different listening parties is because if any of the tracks are leaked they will know where it is from.
He also mentioned the possibility of a duet between Janet & Mariah: "They are both excited, and looking forward to it. They will definitely do it one day!"
Mariah in This Week's Magazines
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Jan-2008, 3:16PM EST
Below are scans from the February 4th issues of
In Touch, Up Close, page 22 Us, Hot Pics, page 23 People, Star Tracks, page 11; and OK!, Shopping: Dress For Element, page 63.
Vanity Fair 1996 Article: "Tommy Boy"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Jan-2008, 3:14PM EST
Tommy Mottola, Mariah's ex-husband and former head of Sony Music Entertainment was the subject of the December 1996 Vanity Fair article entitled "Tommy Boy." The unflattering piece shreds Tommy Mottola Jr. for his brutal business practices, and reveals he has Mob ties. Also, according to the article, the story of how Mariah got signed is not how she or others tell it. Apparently, Tommy was aware of Mariah and was told to make her an offer even before the Brenda K. Starr/party/demo tape scenario. Below are excerpts from the article. [ Click here to read the full article ]
His middle is bulging the confines of his pressed linen safari jacket, and his slicked-back black coif is thinning, too. He's sensitive about both, friends say, as a middle-aged man with an idolized young wife is apt to be. Which may help explain why Mariah's under wraps.
"She won't be talking," Tommy announces, the smile evaporating. "It's not good for her, it's not good for me, it's not good for the company."
[...] Aware of the probe, Tommy quickly began assembling a coterie of executives loyal to himself. Trading in the purple leathers for custom-tailored Armanis, he also stepped up the talent search, a quest that led him one memorable 1988 night to a party hosted by CBS blues artist Brenda K. Starr. As the guests mingled, someone slipped him a demo tape which he popped into the cassette deck in the limo. He knew at once he could make the kid a star. By the time he raced back to the party, however, the mystery vocalist had vanished. But fairy tales have happy endings, and within a week Tommy found the Cinderella with the five-octave pipes. She turned out to be 18-year-old Mariah Carey.
So, at least, goes the press-release version. The truth is more mundane. At the time of Tommy's "discovery," Warner's chief Mo Ostin had already offered Mariah a $300,000 advance. Notified of competing blandishments, Yetnikoff authorized Tommy to immediately up the ante to 50 grand.
Another item which the official rendition omits is that when Mariah showed up in Tommy's office she was accompanied by the man who was her producer and steady amour. He was not destined to endure in either capacity. "The boyfriend," recalls an old Tommy pal, "was out of there in nothing flat."
[...] A closer-to-home worry - closer even than Yetnikoff, who still vows vengeance on the ex-friend he calls "Scumola" - is Mariah. With tastes that run to Rollerblading and riding the "really cool" Tower of Terror, Mariah, friends say, is a very young 26-year-old. They also portray her as increasingly antsy about her husband's wardening ("Always being up my ass," a former staff member quotes Mariah as saying), which includes the employment of two bodyguards, whose duties extend to accompanying her to the bathroom door, and the placing on Sony's payroll of a constant shepherdess, the wife of Epic president Dave Glew.
For all of Tommy's precautions, though, there have been slips: a Concorde flight during which Mariah poured out her problems to Diana Ross; an unwelcome friendship with an old high-school boyfriend ("Tear his eyes out," an aide recalls Tommy saying after he saw his wife being ogled, but Tommy says, "No, I never said anything like that"); and, the most public incident, a noisy quarrel in a Beverly Hills hotel lobby after this year's Grammy Awards.
Mariah's 2007 SoundScan Sales
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Jan-2008, 4:14PM EST
According to SoundScan, Mariah has sold a total of 353,281 albums and home videos in 2007 (thru December 31, 2007). Below find the sales breakdown by album/video, % variances to last year are denoted in parentheses.
1. Merry Christmas: 107,155 (-23%) 2. The Emancipation of Mimi: 72,880 (-91%) 3. Greatest Hits: 70,965 (-42%) 4. The Adventures of Mimi Tour, video: 36,160 (new release) 5. #1s: 25,775 (-31%) 6. Remixes: 11,960 (-35%) 7. Music Box: 7,775 (-4%) 8. #1s, video: 6,680 (-37%) 9. Butterfly: 6,615 (-51%) 10. Glitter: 5,515 (-72%) 11. Mariah Carey, video: 5,105 (-5%) 12. Around the World, video: 4,790 (-32%) 13. Charmbracelet: 4,470 (-60%) 14. Daydream: 4,410 (-27%) 15. MTV Unplugged, video: 4,106 (-28%) 16. Mariah Carey: 3,925 (-21%) 17. Rainbow: 3,515 (-53%) 18. MTV Unplugged EP, CD/DVD combo: 3,300 (+201%) 19. Fantasy - Live at Madison Square Garden, video: 2,515 (-68%) 20. Emotions: 1,825 (+0.3%)
Source: SoundScan | JRKing | Chris
Reid Plays "That Chick" at Janet's Album Preview
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Jan-2008, 7:06PM EST
Yesterday, Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid invited a group of journalists into his office to play tracks from Janet Jackson's upcoming album Discipline (due out Feb. 26).
After L.A. played the nine tracks, he asked us if we wanted to hear anything again, and ended up playing "Luv" and "Tonight" another time before saying goodbye. As a bonus treat, he played the title cut from Mariah Carey's "That Chick" as we were leaving. Mariah's tune is a rollerskating jam not unlike Ne-Yo's "Because of You." It just never stops bouncing. Hearing it on the way out underscored the feeling I got from hearing Janet's disc: now's a really great time to be a diva.
Ashton a.k.a. Jack Junior
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Jan-2008, 12:44PM EST
Ashton Sweetheart & Playful Date of Birth: September 3, 2007 CKC Registered Sold: Mariah Carey/Marc Sudack
Celebrity Pet Parents We are extremely excited to know that we have placed one our puppies in such a great home! Ashton-Jack Russell puppy-will live in complete luxury!
On Nov. 21st, Mariah Carey flew into Tulsa International Airport via private jet to pick up Ashton-Jack Russell puppy! Her massive bodyguard Rob Payne came into the lobby and picked up Ashton from me. He was super nice and very proud of our little Ashton. I hope to receive pictures from Mariah's personal assistant but understand she is busy.
News Bits from Germany
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Jan-2008, 4:55PM EST
BILD, the most-read daily newspaper in Germany, has announced that some of the songs from Mariah's new album, "That Chick" will be made available for preview on its web site soon.
Vote for "Heartbreaker" on the German music channel VIVA's Klaas' Wochenshow. "Heartbreaker" is up against Scooter's "Friends" and Spice Girls' "Goodbye." The one with the most votes will be played in the show and crowned the "Classic o' the Week." Klaas is one of the most popular VJs in Germany.
"Always Be My Baby" VIBE's 1996 Greatest Love Song
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Jan-2008, 2:12PM EST
VIBE, in its February 2008 issue with Mary J Blige on the cover, names The 15 Greatest Love Songs of the Past 15 Years. Mariah's "Always Be My Baby" makes the list as the top love song of 1996.
The 15 Greatest Love Songs of the Past 15 Years... Beauty may be in the eye, or in this case, ear, of the beholder, but these are the 15 romantic songs that still have us sprung:
» 1993 - "Again," Janet Jackson » 1994 - "Cry For You," Jodeci » 1995 - "On Bended Knees," Boyz II Men » 1996 - "Always Be My Baby," Mariah Carey » 1997 - "You Make Me Wanna..." Usher » 1998 - "All My Life," K-Ci & Jojo » 1999 - "Fortunate," Maxwell » 2000 - "Let's Get Married," Jagged Edge » 2001 - "Fallin'," Alicia Keys » 2002 - "I Love You," Faith Evans » 2003 - "Crazy In Love," Beyonce » 2004 - "You Don't Know My Name," Alicia Keys » 2005 - "Let Me Love You," Mario » 2006 - "So Sick," Ne-Yo » 2007 - "You," Lloyd feat. Lil Wayne
Viva Las Vegas!
Posted by Liron on Monday, 21-Jan-2008, 4:18AM EST
As Mariah, her nearest and dearest and I flew into Vegas on December 30, it was a buzz to see the blazing lights of the Vegas strip beneath us.
Seeing the height of the infamous fight location The Mandalay, the fake Eiffel Tower, the view of the choreographed fountains of the Bellagio, the Roman silhouettes at Caesars palace- I was high, both mentally and literally (but not chemically!)
We left the jet and headed straight to our rooms at The Venetian, with enough time to pee, pack and party! We showered and then hit Jay Z's party at the 40/40 club in Vegas's Palazzo Hotel. It was like an SAS mission getting in- unless you were on MC's guestlist! So we swanned through the escalator security, the door security, the red carpet lane and into the club.
It was great timing as we arrived alongside Jay and Beyonce, who made their way straight to the stage to thank us all for being there and to wish us happy holidays. Then, Jay wanted to say happy birthday to a special friend of his, basketball player Lebron James who was celebrating his 23rd born-day there. Lebron took the mic as a girl popped out of a giant birthday cake, and then Kanye West, Ne-Yo, Mary J Blige and countless basketball players (I have no idea who) passed through. DJ Clark Kent killed it on the decks with a set so fly and retrospective we didn't stop dancing and screaming until 4am!
Then it was back to MC's suite where we hung out with a variety of MC's true friends and celebs, while listening to her new album and dancing about as if we were 12-year-olds at a slumber party! Da Brat retired at 5am whilst I made it till 7am.
Next day, myself and first time Vegas-goer Tracy Cloherty (former head of Hot97, now at K Rock) did a quick diva tour of the strip, where Paris is just across the street from Italy and u can buy sweat-suits for a dollar each. We spotted ads for "as much as u can eat- more than u could ever imagine," which made me laugh. Only in Vegas where the folks are so fat you can jog around them for exercise, would we see that!
(The above statement is the opinion of this writer and not any American superstar in our presence.)
That night it was MC's New Years Eve party in club Tao. With all our pre-NYE celebration antics in her suite, we only just hit the club seconds before she had to countdown to midnight! She was rushed onstage to join DJ Suss One and we brought the New Year in as we meant to continue the rest of the year: rushed!
In VIP with us were Mario, Randy Jackson, head of BET Stephen Hill, Da Brat and- wait for it- Death Row legend Suge Knight! Even though I was slightly nervous about hanging with hip-hop's most notorious villain, I am obsessed by the story of Death Row so it was only seconds before me and Suge got chatting after MC did the introductions. The conversation was fascinating. Suge: "I love that girl- I will hurt a n****r for her." Me: "Yeah, me too. That's my sis and I love her too." Suge then said: "Ok good- so I got both of you." Woo! Head rush! Suge Knight's got me. So don't mess readers, or you could get hung over a balcony- ya heard!
Then, Nas and Kelis and ex-sports star now actor Rick Fox passed through the party and we all danced until 5am with Suge on one side of me and MC and Brat on another. It was a legendary hip-hop dream! We kept hitting the DJ with our track choices, which included all old school hits from Tupac, Biggie, Jacko, Run DMC. It was a jamdown! And Suge said the DJ better play MC's wish-list or it could get ugly!
We staggered back to MC's suite, and I mean staggered, as my feet were done. Can you believe MC's security didn't want to carry me? Something about being here to look after MC not my feet. Outrageous!
Just as I was about to collapse on the bed, MC who had only eaten "morsels" for the past 24-hours, decided to order a little breakfast: Maine lobster breakfast at 8am ("coz Jazzy's from London and hasn't tasted Maine lobster"!) We listened to MC's new album again, with a superstar line-up of celebs, who all joined us in the suite and raved silly about it.
Then I staggered to bed for three hours, before we all jumped on a flight to the Bahamas, where we literally chased the sun! You can read that installment in next week's Juice! Oh, I know I'm a little late but... Happy New Year!
Videos: Mariah's Appearance on Ally McBeal
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 20-Jan-2008, 5:05PM EST
Our Videos of the Week are Mariah's guest appearance and performance of "Lead The Way" on the TV Series Ally McBeal. In this short appearance, Mariah plays a witness named Candy Cushnip who testifies in court. The episode closed with Mariah performing "Lead The Way", the only time Mariah's ever performed the song on TV.
The episode, titled "Playing with Matches" (season 5, episode 8), originally aired on January 7, 2002.
Two More Tracks from "That Chick"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Jan-2008, 2:39PM EST
Mariah Carey has set an April 1 release date for the follow-up to her mega-selling album "The Emancipation of Mimi," which was the biggest selling album of 2005. Dubbed "That Chick," the set features production from Jermaine Dupri, will.i.am and Rodney Jerkins, plus collaborations with the likes of T-Pain and Damian Marley.
The album veers between breezy pop tunes like "Lovin' You Long Time" and the title track, ballads like "Love Story" and urban club bangers like the standout "Migrate."
The latter features T-Pain in a guest slot, providing the counterpoint to Carey's anthemic "single girls on the town" lyrics with the killer line: "Don't wait for me to buy drinks, or you're going to dehydrate."
Other highlights include the frisky R&B of "Touch My Body," with Carey cooing, "If there's a camera up in here then I best not catch this flick on YouTube," and the catchy "OOC" -- short for "out of control." There's also a new sound for Carey on "Cruise Control," which features Marley and sees the artist try her hand at Jamaican patois.
"It's kind of strange but I heard a lot of her records and it sound like the album is better than the last album," Dupri recently told Billboard.
Here is the track list for "That Chick":
"Lovin' You Long Time" "Touch My Body" "That Chick" "Thanx for Nothin'" "For the Record" "Migrate" "Cruise Control" "Love Story" "OOC" "Bye Bye"
Note: There are now 12 known tracks from the album - the list above plus the previously reported "For Real, For Real" and "Heat."
Daily Star UK Reviews "That Chick"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Jan-2008, 8:34AM EST
I've had a sneak peek at two of this year's biggest albums, Janet Jackson's Discipline and That Chick by Mariah Carey.
I can reveal that Janet, 41, kicks out the slow jams in favour of club bangers on her strongest and most varied collection in donkey's years.
Destiny's Child producer Rodney Jerkins, 30, is the man behind the standout cuts. Sweet, synth heavy lead-off track Love Love Love is the musical equivalent of Fruit Pastels while buzzy hook fest Feedback is the girl's best single in a decade.
Elsewhere the deliciously Stevie Wonder-ish This Can't Be Good highlights Janet's whisper-quiet vocal texture, while Tonight sounds like a future No 1.
Only the super sexy (or plain filthy) title track, a ballad penned by Ne-Yo, 26, misses the mark.
As for Mariah it's more of the same from the world's biggest-selling recording artist.
If anything there's less schmaltz this time as the Long Island babe concentrates on blowing bass bins.
The brassy Lovin' You Long Time's riff gets more uplifting by the second while Mariah, 37, does a mean R Kelly impersonation on Touch My Body.
Pick of the bunch is the Janet-like title track That Chick, with its "taste me, gotta flavour like ice cream" hook.
Janet's Discipline drops February 25, Mariah's That Chick follows on April 1.
New Poll: What Is Your Preferred Album Title?
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 17-Jan-2008, 3:11PM EST
Exclusive Review: Mariah's "That Chick" Is Out Of Control!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Jan-2008, 9:03AM EST
Last night in a central London hotel theatre, Def Jam head L.A Reid invited a very exclusive VIP audience to hear the new albums from both his 2 top divas Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. With stringent rules laid down at the top of the evening about not leaving the room for a bathroom visit, handing over all gadgets and returning song word sheets we knew it was about to go down.
Beginning with Janet's new material which sees Janet reworking her old sounds from the days of Velvet Rope and Control, Janet's material was quite sexually overt and a little gross ("real heavy like my first period"!) but it was really Mariah's new material that blew everyone away.
Mariah's new album, tentatively titled That Chick, saw collaborations with T Pain, Young Jeezy and Damien Marley with production by her long time friend and producer Jermaine Dupri, Will I Am, Rodney Jerkins and The Dream.
The new music with catchier hooks and melodies than ever, even sees Mariah taking on an exciting new musical adventure where she sings in Jamaican patois on her Damien Marley duet "Cruise Control" where she references "dramas" and "baby mamas" and like your favorite rap star Mariah throws down a new Mariahism ("you love yourself some me!") soon as the album gets into the public domain.
Urban music lovers in the house were really excited about that track as well as hip-hop banger "Heat" produced by Will I Am, "For Real, For Real", and "Migrate" where 2007's hit man T Pain hooks up with Mariah but it was the title track "That Chick" with its double entendres which includes a tip of the hat to Michael Jackson with references to his "Of The Wall Classics" that had pop chart taste makers excited claiming it was the number 1 track on the album closely followed by likely international pop hit "Love You Long Time".
In typical Mariah fashion there were the legendary ballads "Love Story" and tear jerker "Bye Bye" (an ode to people who have passed away) that will have reality pop contestants singing away for decades to come!
One track titled "O.O.C." summed up the night and the return of Mariah - once the albums out it's gonna be "Out Of Control!".
To recap, here are the confirmed tracks from the new, tentatively-titled Mariah Carey album, That Chick:
"Touch My Body" "Migrate" ft. T-Pain "Heat" "For Real, For Real" "That Chick" "Cruise Control" ft. Damien Marley "O.O.C" "Bye Bye" "Love Story" "Love You Long Time"
You heard it first right here on MariahDailyJournal!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | MTV UK
Mariah And Janet: The Return
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 17-Jan-2008, 8:42AM EST
Def Jam/ Island CEO Antonio 'LA' Reid jetted into London yesterday afternoon to present new releases from Ms Janet Jackson and Ms Mariah Carey.
Two of the world's most iconic have been busy squirreling in the studio and return with Jackson's Discipline and Carey's That Chick.
Reid identified both artists as having a whole lot of 'swagger' - before dropping a little dig to EMI. "That's a music company. Well, it used to be," he grinned before showcasing a bit more bitchiness. Or truth, depending on your POV! "We realised that it would take some work with Janet after her last two EMI album weren't successful. Just like the last Mariah EMI album..."
Once that was done, it was on with the music. Reserving full opinion until we've had the chance to sit down properly with both records, we can however say that we think MC won out.
Janet seemed fairly ok - a couple of good club tracks - but otherwise somewhat generic uptempo and slow R&B numbers that sounded like they could have been off-cuts from All For You or Janet. And there was no need for Discipline. To put it bluntly, JJ apologises to her 'daddy' for 'touching herself' even though he 'commanded' her not to. 'But I can smell you on my sheets/ Daddy I disobeyed you, now come punish me...I've been bad, make me cry...' and so on and so on. Yuck.
Luckily, Mariah kept it a whole lot cleaner (but not squeaky, that would be dry!)
The first few tracks were big, but MC really hit hard with absolute banger Migrate featuring T-Pain. Oh my daze!!! "We sippin' Grigio slow," murmurs Mariah over some serious dirty south bounce. Not too sure about her dropping a bit of patois on the Damian Marley assisted Cruise Control ('Me say no man... tink I'm jokin'), but we'll forgive her such strangeness considering the tune packs heat.
Vocally and sonically, this is yet another outstanding release from the world's biggest selling superstar.
Watch out for a full review once the records are in for review...
Janet is out February 25 and Mariah drops April 1st.
New Mariah Album "That Chick" Out in April
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2008, 6:10PM EST
In London, England, Def Jam boss Antonio "L.A." Reid was showing off the two female jewels in their crown today with playbacks of the new Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey albums.
Label boss Reid seemed very excited about both of them, although that is his job, and mentioned plans for six singles from Mariah's That Chick, which hits the stores in April.
Janet Jackson - Discipline First up, though, was Janet's Discipline. If you've heard the single, Feedback, you'll have a pretty good idea of what to expect from the album. It's crisp, danceable R&B lavished with Janet's trademark velvet harmonies.
The stand-out track was probably Tonight, a bubbling club track which can only be Jackson's response to Rihanna's Don't Stop The Music. Reid mentioned that some of the tracks weren't finished - and this one sounded like it was missing a sample somewhere in the mix. Once that's added, this could be Janet's biggest dance success since Together Again.
Love, Love, Love and This Can't Be Good saw the lyrical return of the sweet singer who first raised her head on Let's Wait Awhile - all coy and bashful while falling head over heels in love.
But the sleazy siren of 20 YO is also present. Title track Discipline is a gruesome plea for fetishistic S&M sex - with Janet referring to her lover as "Daddy" while asking to be tied up and disciplined. Given that her father is a well-documented control freak who used to beat his kids, this is more than a little uncomfortable.
Speaking of family connections, there's long been a rumour that Janet and Michael will team up again (as they did on 1996's Scream) this year. Well, nothing I heard today confirms that rumour - but there is a track called Rock With You that appears to sample the single of the same name from Off The Wall. Could the finished version feature guest vocals by the former King of Pop? I genuinely hope not.
The remaining two tracks, Rollercoaster and Greatest Ex Ever, didn't really set my world alight - but you never know what'll happen on repeated listens.
The main thing seems to be that Janet is back on form, vocally and lyrically. The record is very safe and commercial, although I'm not sure where they'll go for the third single (Tonight surely has to be the second). But as a first step towards career rehabilitation Def Jam has made a strong play for their newest diva.
Mariah Carey - That Chick Their old diva (in terms of contract, not age, of course) is Mariah, who is riding high after the 7xPlatinum-selling Emancipation Of Mimi.
We got to hear 10 tracks from the follow-up, That Chick, which I have to say sounded more polished and commercial than Janet's effort.
One track in particular is set to make big bucks, and that's Bye Bye - a torch song for people "who lost they grandmothers". I guarantee that Simon Cowell will be sick of hearing badly-realised auditions of it by the end of the year.
Lyrics were never Carey's strong point, mind you, so her paean to loss is summed up with not-very-insightful Hallmark platitudes like "I'd give the world to see your face" and "Life goes on". Profound, eh?
Still, at least it's better than when she desperately attempts to prove how bang up to date she is. In Touch My Body, she purrs to her lover: "If there's a camera up in here then I best not catch this flick on youtube (youtube)". Not exactly the sexiest boudoir come-on you've ever heard, is it?
But there are plenty of good tunes to counter the awesomely bad lyrics. Migrate, about a night out with Mariah while she wears jeans ("yeah, they fit", she informs us) is sure to be a candidate for heavy MTV rotation, although I hope to God they excise T-Pain's hopelessly strained vocals. Lovin' You Long Time, meanwhile, is a strutting uptempo number very much in the style of It's Like That.
So, what have we learnt from this listening "event"? Well, I wasn't overwhelmed by the music - despite (or perhaps because of) the fact it was played so ear-splittingly loud that it felt like I was being punched repeatedly in the ears by a cyberman. Both artists have turned in a tuneful, competent set of R&B songs, but I'm not sure that any of them have the charisma or vitality to compete with the Rihannas and Beyonces of this world.
Both albums: 6/10 (scores may go up or down after further listens at levels tolerable to the human ear).
Tennessee Co-Star Rothenberg Talks About Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Jan-2008, 9:50AM EST
Born and raised in New York, Adam Rothenberg was excited about getting to work with such a wonderful cast in Mad Money. He sites both Ted Danson and Katie Holmes as on-set confidants that helped him learn the ropes of the business. Not only can Adam be seen in this month's Mad Money (opens January 18th), he will also soon be sharing the screen with Mariah Carey in Tennessee.
You have an upcoming movie called Tennessee. How was that experience and what was it like getting to work with Mariah Carey? "That, again, was great. I am always surprised when I meet super famous people. It is not that exciting. Well, it's not that. It's just that they are so real. Everyone on set is very nervous on that first day. We want people to like us. So you generally come together pretty perfectly, because you have a common goal. Mariah Carey was really nice. She was great. And I'm sure we will hear more about the film as it gets closer to its release date."
Get the latest updates on Tennessee by clicking here.
Rare Video: Saturday Night Live Rehearsal 1990
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Jan-2008, 8:04PM EST
Thanks to Gustavo from MC Forever for uploading a rare video of Mariah rehearsing for Saturday Night Live in October 1990. This video shows Mariah performing "Vision of Love," "Vanishing," and "Don't Play That Song."
Saturday Night Live Rehearsal, October 1990 Type: Mpg (RAR-Archive) | Size: 205.6 MB Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]
Download Instructions: Make sure you have WinRAR installed on your computer. Download all parts into the same folder. Right-click on one of them and choose "Extract here" for the video to appear.
Randy Jackson's "I Understand" Features Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Jan-2008, 4:51PM EST
The time could not be better for Randy to release his first solo album, Randy Jackson's Music Club, Vol. 1, a title that implies but does not, history tells us, always promise a sequel. The album not only includes the long-awaited return to recording of fellow judge Paula (on Dance Like There's No Tomorrow, the song whose video is being previewed at the Super Bowl, which should be interesting (the video, not necessarily the Super Bowl), but also appearances by Elliott and Katharine on a track. March 11 is the release date for the album, which Randy produced and covers a multitude of styles; here's that track listing in full:
1. "Dance Like There's No Tomorrow" - featuring Paula Abdul
2. "Something To Believe In" - featuring Jason Mraz, Van Hunt & Jon McLaughlin
3. "What Am I So Afraid Of" - featuring Keke Wyatt, Trisha Covington & Kylie Dean
4. "Just Walk On By" - featuring Joss Stone & Three 6 Mafia
5. "Home" - featuring John Rich, Anthony Hamilton & Sara Watkins (Daughtry song? Just asking.)
6. "Wang Dang Doodle" - featuring Sam Moore, Keb' Mo' & Angie Stone
7. "Like A" - featuring Crunk Squad
8. "Who's Gonna Love You Now" - featuring Kelli Selah
Mariah's New Album: Billboard's 2008 Best Bet
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Jan-2008, 2:09PM EST
What's the biz to do when the top-selling album of 2007 was a Christmas project, and the second-best was a soundtrack to a teen-themed Disney movie? Superstars underperformed, and not enough up-and-comers took their commercial fortunes to the proverbial next level.
Still, there's a wealth of highly anticipated albums heading into stores in 2008 and Billboard has the lowdown of which ones you should check out, from the Mars Volta to Mariah Carey to Nas.
Mariah Carey TBA (Island, Spring/Second Quarter) After one of the biggest comebacks in recent R&B history with 2005's multiplatinum "The Emancipation of Mimi," the stakes are quite high for Carey's next album. Jermaine Dupri, who was behind the "Mimi" success, is returning to helm the new album. "Ms. Mariah is on fire," Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid says. "I don't want to hype the record, but she writes all her own songs. Of her producers, the most interesting to me is DJ Toomp, but she's also working with Stargate, Scott Storch, Danja and will.i.am."
New Single's Radio Impact Pushed Back A Week
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Jan-2008, 12:38PM EST
All Access, the biggest radio industry information source, has updated its Future Releases lists to now show Mariah's new, still-untitled single as impacting Top 40/Mainstream and Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover radio stations on Tuesday, January 29, 2008 (previously listed as January 22nd).
Although All Access gets its data directly from the record labels, please consider this a tentative date until an official announcement is made.
HQ Photos: Mariah Back in New York
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Jan-2008, 12:36PM EST
Mariah Carey and her pet pooch Jack Junior arrived back at her NYC apartment on Sunday, January 13, 2008 after a warm and beautiful vacation at St. Barts in the Caribbean. Mariah was also accompanied by female Hip Hop artist Da Brat.
The Fabulous Life
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Jan-2008, 5:51PM EST
Christmas represents the birth of Christ.
It also makes us think of snow, reindeer, Santa, fireplaces, Christmas trees, hot cocoa, skiing, snowboarding, gifts, horse-pulled sleigh rides and other Christmas card visuals. And thanks to Mariah, this is ALWAYS my experience of the holiday season!
I began my adventure in New York at Mariah's home, where seven Escalades picked us- and our huge amount of luggage- up, and sped us to a private air-field. There, two private jets (G5's) awaited our arrival, and eggnog with champers was served to get us into the spirit.
Also joining us on our annual adventure was a new addition to MC's family: JJ (Jack Junior), a new Jack Russell puppy. (MC's original, and already famous Jack (recently voted 3rd most famous dog in the world), this year decided to hang out in the Bahamas at MC's new house, where he enjoyed the warmth of the hot tub and rolling in the pink sand, whilst waiting for our New Year arrival.
We arrived in Aspen to deep powdery snow and the biggest house I've ever seen, with 10 bedrooms, complete with huge flat-screen TVs, real fireplaces, en suite sunken tubs, showers and walk in wardrobes. In addition, there was a 360 degree panoramic view of the mountains right outside my bedroom. On a few mornings, I watched real reindeer just chillin' outside my window!
On our first day, we were in our pyjamas, relaxing with Christmas music, (that's an MC Christmas tradition) and movies and hours in the hot tub, which was outside this year, in the centre of snowy hills and four huge fire-places.
The second day saw us eating all the good things that our chef whipped up- all in front of MC, who wasn't allowed to indulge at all, as she's shooting a video this fortnight for her new album, which is totally off the hook! I spent all holiday listening to it as MC sang parts to me and explained other more slick verses and choruses with double entendres. It really was like the best kinda listening party you could ever wish for!
By Day three, MC threw all the diva rumours out into the snow (and we all know that she can surely diva it up), by sitting me in her make up chair and giving me a facial. Yes, really! From cleansing and scrubbing to moisturising with finesse, it was making me hysterical to see her pampering me, whilst saying, "Sit back and relax dah-ling. I can give you the best facial you'll ever have- you know I have 500 hours at beauty school!"
That evening, we did the annual Denver Children's Charity evening that MC does, where 100 under-privileged kids are treated to snowboarding, skiing, dinner, games and fun, before MC arrives with Santa and his sleigh of reindeer and gives them all gifts and takes photos with them. Many of them have heartbreaking stories and this always makes us count our blessings and put our own lives in perspective.
On day four, we began our annual Brits versus the Yanks cussing session, where I was told that we Brits love us some Americanisms. I informed them that we taught them to speak English and until they could cuss me in their own language, they better keep quiet! Still, I was severely out-numbered so on this occasion, so the UK had to put up the white flag!
On day five, I encouraged our drivers to take me on a picturesque mountain walk, which was stunning! I wanted to take JJ on his first mountain walk like I do with his brother Jack, but he's too small right now.
On day six- Christmas Eve- MC's Pastor Clarence Keaton and his wife Eartha flew in from NYC to give us some Brooklyn flavour, bring us the realness, pray with us and host a midnight service at the local church. (Mind you, by the time we arrived it was around 1am! Oops! He forgave us though.) After that, we spent hours wrapping gifts until 8am, when the kids in the house (nieces, nephews and friends' kids) awoke and got beyond over-excited at the incredibly authentic 'Santa's arrival'!
Finally, on day seven Christmas Day- we slept in until noon then hit the hot-tub for some Christmas morning champers, as it snowed on us in our bikinis, shades and santa hats. Later, we dressed for dinner at 9pm. The theme was 'red' and we donned long ruby red gowns and diamonds- and bare feet! (No one is allowed to wear shoes on the expensive carpet covering the hard wood aspen floors!)
We opened most of our gifts on Christmas day, but didn't finish finally until 1am Boxing Day! ("Santa" was kind enough to bring me and Mariah an abundance of goodies, including some very nice boots that we both modeled in front of the Christmas tree, that very moment!)
On Day eight- boxing day- there was post gift excitement, more hot tub costumed shenanigans, and our traditional sleigh ride with hot cocoa underneath the stars. Bliss.
On Day nine, I went on a two-hour snow trail along Rio Grande, where I saw beautiful icy rivers and snow capped giant truffles, along mountain waterfalls, which had to be seen to be believed. That evening, we all watched an ice hockey match (my first) and embarrassed ourselves with a cheerleading chant and routine!
Later that night, we opened all MC's cards and gifts from her fans, which were as creative and as thoughtful as ever. (Quick note for MC fans: Please don't write "Merry Xmas" to MC instead of "Merry Christmas," as she doesn't like to take the "Christ" out of "Christmas.")
Then we packed our bags and got ready for Vegas, where MC was hosting our New Years Eve party. Flying into Vegas was phenomena! The view flying in on the jet over-looking the Vegas strip was spectacular. As ever, loads of SUVs were lined up on the private field waiting our arrival... You'll get all that juice next week. Vegas, here we come!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Jan-2008, 4:18PM EST
Click on each of the thumbnails below to view scans from this week's editions of Life & Style, Us and OK! magazines.
Every day from Monday, January 14th through Friday, January 18th, MariahCarey.com will be giving away autographed Mariah items to lucky Honey B. Fly fan club members. Members can visit the official site's news section at 1:00pm EST where a new question about the Adventures of Mimi DVD will be posted each day. The first fan to correctly answer the question via e-mail will receive a signed poster and a signed copy of the "The Adventures of Mimi" DVD.
On January 15th, Vitamin Records is releasing "The String Quartet Tribute to Valentine's Day" which features some of the most cherished love songs in the history of pop music such as Mariah Carey's "Vision of Love," Aerosmith's "I Don't Wanna Miss A Thing," Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me," and more. Visit the Vitamin Records' website for more details.
As reported previously, "The Adventures of Mimi" DVD release in Korea is slated for January 15th. Korean fans can now pre-order online at Sanga Records, Inter Park, and Yes 24. The DVD is priced at ₩20000.
To celebrate the release of Mariah's tour DVD, Craig from Korea's largest fan club, MC Family is hosting a party on Saturday, January 26th at Minto Cafe in Seoul. Korean fans interested to participate can contact Craig.
Excerpt from Jermaine Dupri's interview with AOL Music:
Which three tracks do you feel represent you best? Well, 'Money Ain't a Thang' is one. Me and Jay-Z really clicked on that record, and I believe when two people that are of like minds come together in the studio, certain records hit you, and the flow of the record lets you and that person know that you're on the same level mentally. 'Always Be My Baby,' me and Mariah, was the other one because it didn't really feel like we were working, and we created one of her biggest records of all time. And then on the Usher standpoint it would've been 'You Make Me Wanna.' Or I would say 'Nice & Slow.' It really was the record that showed me and him that we were gonna have those songs later on in life.
Simon Cowell mentions Mariah in recent American Idolinterview: "What we've done with Idol is to show people how the record business operates, which is that you've got to be honest with people, and if they're hopeless, no point in saying, as Paula would say, 'Well, take a couple of singing lessons and you'll become Mariah Carey.' Because it doesn't work that way."
Another New Song Title: "Touch My Body"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Jan-2008, 4:11PM EST
Yet another new song title! MariahDailyJournal is now able to reveal that "Touch My Body" is one of the tracks from the much-awaited, new Mariah Carey album. This song, according to our source, is also being considered for the lead single.
Thus far, this site has confirmed 4 new song titles: "Touch My Body," "I'm That Chick You Like," "Migrate," and "Heat." More details about Mariah's upcoming album will be posted as soon as they become available.
AllAccess: Mariah's New Single Impacts Radio January 22
Posted by Liron on Friday, 11-Jan-2008, 10:53AM EST
All Access Music Group is reporting that Mariah's new single whose title is still to be determined is impacting Top 40/Mainstream radio stations on Tuesday, January 22nd.
Although "All Access" gets its data directly from the record labels, please consider this a tentative date until an official announcement is made.
New Confirmed Song Title: "I'm That Chick You Like"
Posted by Liron on Friday, 11-Jan-2008, 4:44AM EST
MariahDailyJournal is able to confirm another new song title from Mariah's upcoming album: I'm That Chick You Like. Reliable sources have revealed to us that the song is said to be L.A. Reid's choice for the first single from the yet untitled album. We are told that Reid had his staff at Island Def Jam vote between two songs and "That Chick" won by 10 or so votes.
Apparently, Mariah is currently deciding between "Migrate" and "I'm That Chick You Like" for her first single choice!
Was Alicia Really First?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Jan-2008, 3:48PM EST
Last week you mentioned that Alicia Keys was the first solo artist to occupy the top two positions on the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs chart. Didn't Mariah Carey do this in 2005 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off"? -George Eng - Brooklyn, N.Y.
Fred Bronson of Billboard's Chart Beat Chat replies: Dear George, Mariah Carey did hold down the top two spots on the Hot 100 with "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off," but she didn't duplicate that achievement on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
On that tally, "Shake It Off" advanced 3-2 the week of Sept. 10, 2005. That same week, "We Belong Together" fell 1-4 and "Shake It Off" was runner-up to "Like You" by Bow Wow featuring Ciara, which rose 2-1.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Jan-2008, 8:37AM EST
It just wouldn't be a winter wonder land if not for the annual Mariah Carey-in-the-snow photo op. This year the darling girl was snapped in Aspen, Colo., for the new special double issue of People magazine.
The star wore a green camouflage jumpsuit, unzipped to the waist, exposing a low-cut black T-shirt. She is carrying an adorable little dog in a matching outfit, but the pooch shows no cleavage and is zipped up. And, of course, on Mariah's feet - 4-inch wedgies - perfect for those dainty treks from the limo to the lodge.
Video: Mariah on Extra TV
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Jan-2008, 12:21AM EST
Here's a video from tonight's "Rumor Control" segment of Extra TV. Mariah's reps tell Extra that there's no truth to the rampant rumor started from several internet gossip blogs in which Mariah allegedly said she'd rather appear on stage "with a pig" than do a duet with Jennifer Lopez. [also see Mariah Carey: Gossip Is 'Complete Untruth', MDJ 08-Jan-2008]
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Jan-2008, 2:23PM EST
Lil Wayne's Got Mariah Carey On The Brain. While he has more names on his resume than you can count, Lil Wayne did say there's one MC he hasn't worked with but with whom he really wants to. "I have never done nothing with Mariah Carey, and I would like to, because I love older women," the 25-year-old said. "I'm attracted to older women. It's my thing. Mariah Carey, she might need a dude like me. I do my thing." MTV.
Mariah is one of the "Mentors we'd like to see on American Idol" on MSNBC.com:
"If there's one thing pop goddess Mariah Carey loves more than charm bracelets, unicorns, rainbows and butterflies, it's riffing. Yes, she's the queen of the scale-jumping vocal gymnastics and it would be hilarious to watch her suggest a riff to an Idol, like "Why don't you go 'laa-laaaa-oooh-oooh-aaah'?" and then watch the poor contestant butcher it. But more than singing, I would love to see Mariah go outfit shopping with the "Idol" girls and teach them, for example, how a bandana can be worn as a top. But no one mention "Glitter." (If Mariah passes, call Celine Dion but be prepared for lots of exclamations of "You go, girl!" even with the guys.)"
Take the MSNBC poll, "Who do you think should be an American Idol mentor?" Vote for Mariah here.
"This past year stands out as one of the most disastrous fashion years in recent memory," writes Blackwell, whose list of "Worst-Dressed Women" was released on Tuesday, Jan. 8th. Britney Spears, for the first time in five years, is not one of the top-10 worst-dressed celebs, Paris Hilton off the list for the first time since 2002 and also notably absent is Mariah Carey, who took the No. 5 spot the past two years. Victoria Beckham, Amy Winehouse and Mary-Kate Olsen take the top 3 spots, respectively. Full list here.
Argentinian fans can now find the "M by Mariah Carey" perfume collection at Guemes Gallery, between Florida walk and Peron St., Microcentro in Buenos Aires. To the right is a photo of the "M" display at Guemes. Thanks to Marcelo.
Mariah was featured in two recent editions of the Turkish daily newspaper, Hurriyet. On Dec. 31st, Mariah, with JJ, was mentioned in an article entitled, "I Love Dogs." And again on Jan. 2nd, in the article, "Forbes' top earning female artists of the entertainment sector."
In the Jan. 2008 issue of Billboard Turkey, the Turkish Mariah fan site, MariahTurkiye is mentioned on page 6 with a preview image from the site. One of the site's visitors e-mailed Billboard about it and they published that letter mentioning the site.
Thanks to Juan Andres for sharing his drawings of Mariah with us.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Joao | Can | Juan Andres | Marcelo | Maria
Mariah Carey: Gossip Is 'Complete Untruth'
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2008, 5:43PM EST
Mariah Carey is fighting back against a new Internet report that suggests she is feuding with Jennifer Lopez.
The report, which has spread in the blogsphere Tuesday, includes a quote - supposedly from Carey - saying that she would rather appear on stage with a certain animal than ever share a stage with Lopez. The story, Carey tells PEOPLE is "a complete untruth."
Carey insists that the quote did not, and would not, come from her.
"This is just some Internet gossip and it's pathetic that people actually entertain the thought that this could be real," Carey adds. "This is another sad example of two strong women being pit against each other."
Carey has a new album due out in the spring, shortly after Lopez is due to give birth.
Diva Battle '08
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 08-Jan-2008, 4:26PM EST
Wouldn't it be great if the world's biggest divas--Janet Jackson, Madonna, Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston--released their latest albums around the same time? All four of the above-mentioned singers will be taking another run at the charts in the next few months. Here's a look at how the divas fared the last time they released an album, their plan of attack this time around and how well the resulting efforts will sell in the end.
Diva in question: Mariah Carey How she fared last time: Mariah's The Emancipation of Mimi was the best-selling album of 2005, at least in the U.S., moving more than 6 million copies in her homeland (and another than 7 million worldwide).
Single "We Belong Together" topped the U.S. singles chart for 14 weeks, while the success of subsequent single, "Don't Forget About Us," allowed her to tie Elvis' record of number one singles by a solo artist (both have had 17).
What she's trying this time around: Mariah may not seem like a member of Mensa, but she's no dummy either--at least as far as her career is concerned (2001's Glitter notwithstanding).
Rolling Stone recently reported that for her next album, due out in March or April, Mariah's sticking close to the "club-ready" sound that served as the backbone of Mimi, thanks to the help of beatmasters Jermaine Dupri, Bryan Michael Cox (co-writer of Mary J. Blige's "Be Without You') and Will.i.am.
Will her album be a "damn!" or a dud? If she whips out a "We Belong Together, Part 2," and you know she will, she'll have a massive hit on her hands, especially in the U.S. The only thing holding her back: her obsession with butterflies, her strange method of coming up with album and song titles and the mouth-watering possibility of another post-Glitter-style breakdown.
Read about Janet Jackson, Madonna and Whitney Houston here.
On The Cover: Mariah Carey Tear-Out Photo Book 1996
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Jan-2008, 4:34AM EST
Our magazines section, On The Cover, has been updated to include the Mariah Carey Tear-Out Photo Book, published in the UK in 1996. It contains 20 pictures of Mariah with accompanying 19 text pages. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!
'The rush of being new and hot can fade - it will fade - but the music will always be there.'
Not exactly the response you'd expect from a girl still just out of her teens holding a pair of Grammy awards and with a seven million-selling debut album to her credit. But then Mariah is no ordinary girl. And several years later her music is as memorable as it ever was.
Back in 1988, though, the youthful New Yorker with the winning smile had been working as a waitress in a bar where sports events and pop videos were projected onto a giant screen on the wall to entertain the (mostly male) customers. The only dream that sustained this star-in-waiting was the thought that one day she might go back and watch her own video up on the screen. Sadly, she was a less than able waitress. 'The boss felt sorry for me,' she explains, 'because I was so pathetic they thought no-one else would hire me.' Catering's loss was clearly music's gain...
But if anyone can be born with musical genes, then it just had to be Mariah. Her mother, Patricia Hickey, had come from a musical line of Irish immigrants: though she'd never known her father, who died before she was born, he'd been a professional musician who'd emigrated from County Cork to the States. She followed in his footsteps, becoming a mezzo-soprano with the New York City Opera and later a vocal coach.
Mariah took her first bow in Long Island in March 1970, the youngest of three children. Father Alfred was a Venezuelan aeronautical engineer. Her parents divorced when she was just three - and while she stayed in touch with her father for some time afterwards communication between them was far from straightforward. Mariah already had her role model and, even at this tender age, was certain she wanted to be like Mom.
Her unusual name had musical connotations, too: the Oscar-nominated musical Paint Your Wagon by Lerner and Loewe featured the song 'They Call The Wind Mariah'. And fate decreed that another song from that show, 'I Was Born Under A Wandrin' Star' by Lee Marvin was at Number 1 (if only in Britain) on the very day she was born. READ MORE »
Source: Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Jasmine Mentions Mariah in New Article
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Jan-2008, 9:01PM EST
In her latest article at The Voice, MTV senior producer/director and Mariah's very close friend, Jasmine Dotiwala talks briefly about Mariah's album.
"Will Dizzee Rascal continue his global domination with his quick fire spit? Will Craig David rise again with his comeback? And will Mariah Carey fulfill all our expectations with her much anticipated new album, which is about to drop any week now? (I'm sure it will - I've heard it. This girl just goes from strength to strength.) With so much press, hard work and activity under John Legend's watchful eye in 2007, will the UK fans show they stand strong by UK talent by actually buying Estelle's album? Will Kelly Rowland's music career roll up or out without her DC girls in tow?"
Jasmine promises Mariah holiday scoop next week. "I will hit you with all my Mariah Christmas, New Year's Eve and New Year's week adventures next week. Yes, it was crazy!" Stay tuned!
Video: Mariah on Pat Kenny Show 1998
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Jan-2008, 6:06PM EST
Our Video of the Week is Mariah's guest appearance on the Irish TV show, Pat Kenny Live in 1998. This rare video includes a live performance of "I Still Believe" and an interview. Thanks to Taz from Mariah Ireland for sharing his video file with us!
"I Still Believe" Live + Interview, Pat Kenny Live, Ireland, 1998 Type: MPG (RAR-archive) | Size: 185.3 MB Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Taz
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Jan-2008, 2:07AM EST
Mariah graces the pages of this week's In Touch, OK! and People magazines with photos from her Aspen holiday vacation. See scans on right.
Randy Jackson's new CD, featuring a guest appearance by Mariah, will be out in stores in February. He wrote on his blog: "I'm so excited about my new CD dropping early next year! So far I've recorded with Mariah Carey, Elliot Yamin, Jason Mraz, Joss Stone, Ghost face Killa, and many more. This will be one dope CD and it drops in February!"
On the UK's brand-new talent show The One And Only on Saturday, January 5th, entrant Michelle from Essex paid tribute to her idol Mariah Carey by performing her #1 UK song, "Without You." Michelle is vying for a spot in the Top 12. Results will be announced next Saturday. Watch her performance on the right, you be the judge! Many thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for making the video file for us! [Download this video]
From Yahoo! Music's Chart Watch: It was just two weeks ago that Noel pushed ahead of High School Musical 2 on the year-to-date sales chart. This is the second time in three years that the #1 album of the year was decided in the last few weeks of the year. In 2005, Mariah Carey's The Emancipation Of Mimi elbowed past 50 Cent's The Massacre in the second to last week of the year.
From News Shopper UK: "On this day... 1996 - O.J. Simpson called a Los Angeles radio station to request the Mariah Carey hit One Sweet Day for his murdered wife, Nicole.
Billboard's "tongue-in-cheek" predictions for "2008's biggest music news headlines" in cartoon shows a Mariah caricature (3rd slide) with the caption: "Hollywood writers are joined on strike by pop music lyricists (leading to the new 'humming' craze)."
A commercial for the 50th Annual Grammy Awards, airing February 10th on CBS, shows a montage of photos of past winners. Mariah can be seen at 0:44 into the video. Watch the Grammy commercial here.
According to Universal Korea, "The Adventures of Mimi" DVD release in Korea has been pushed back two weeks from its originally announced date of January 3rd to January 17th.
Meanwhile, Korean fans can now order the "M by Mariah Carey" perfume online at d&shop.
Thanks to Rocky for the Mariah drawing, and to Silviu and William for the wallpapers below.
Shino's Japanese Mariah fan site, Love Love Jack, starts off the new year with a brand-new layout. Check it out!
The message forum at the Spanish Mariah fan site, Ave Mariah is having a Mariah trivia contest to celebrate the New Year. Visit the site for details on how you can enter.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry | Joao | Shino | TheWholeStory | Craig | Jevi | Bojan | Giada | Elvira | Jeremy | Rocky | Silviu | William | Shayne
Mariah Album, The Most Highly Anticipated of 2008
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Jan-2008, 1:57AM EST
Marketplace Morning Report host Doug Krizner talks to Bill Werde, executive editor at Billboard, about the four highly anticipated 2008 releases -- albums from Madonna, U2, Usher and Mariah Carey. Here's what Werde had to say about the upcoming Mariah Carey release:
Krizner: How much is at stake for the recording industry this year?
Werde: Well, you know, the sales of recorded music continue to decline, and digital growth is not offsetting that. So I think what happens is for major labels, there's more and more pressure for their blockbuster releases to really connect. Usher's sales are now over 9 million copies on the last album, and you know, we haven't had an album like that in the music business since then.
Krizner: Seems like a good segue into Mariah Carey -- Billboard is saying that her 2008 release is perhaps the most highly anticipated album of the year. Any sense, Bill, of what it might be like?
Werde: Well, I mean judging by the producers that she's working with, I would expect an album that's not altogether different from her last album. Jermaine Dupri, who's really the megaproducer who a lot of people credit with turning her career around with her last album, is back to helm this one. You know, and she's working with a lot of the top hip-hop and R & B producers that are out there right now.
Vacationing Mariah overshadowed by cute new pal (Hello!)
When We Belong Together singer Mariah Carey stepped ashore during a Caribbean holiday this week, for once all eyes weren't on her. Instead, centre of attention was her cute new puppy who got treated to a snack before mistress and pet boarded a luxury yacht.
The animal-loving diva, who'd dressed up a casual summer outfit with her trademark sky-scraper heels, clearly can't bear to be parted from new furry friend Jack Jr. Bought as a companion for her beloved 13-year-old Jack Russell Jackson P Mutley, the pampered pooch also joined Mariah on her annual festive break in snowy Aspen two weeks ago. The pair are now enjoying a sunshine break on the island of St Barts, which seems to be especially popular with famous faces this year.
Mariah is renowned for the luxury in which she keeps her pets, and once admitted that Jack - who has made numerous TV appearances and even has his own fansite - travels everywhere first class. "My dog flies private!" she revealed, adding: "I'm not going to put him back with someone I don't know!"
Videos: Mariah on EXTRA & Access Hollywood
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Jan-2008, 1:47AM EST
In its snowy edition of Star Sightings tonight, Extra TV reported on celebs' swanky ski vacations and it included a new, brief interview with Mariah in Aspen.
"Mariah spent good part of the holidays playing Santa's helper to some disadvantaged kids from Denver. Mariah: 'We go on sleigh rides, we go tubing...'"
UK Fans: Vote for Mariah Act on "The One and Only"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jan-2008, 8:54PM EST
Congratulations to Bradley and Cerys for being chosen as Mariah Carey Superfan judges on the new Graham Norton-hosted BBC One talent show, "The One and Only..." which will premiere on Saturday, January 5th at 9:25pm. Both will critique the Mariah Carey tribute act entrant (vying for the "additional" Female Tribute Act) who will be performing on Saturday night along with two other different tributes to compete for a place in the main competition.
UK fans, here's how you can vote on "The One and Only...": Voting is by telephone only. All the numbers used for each Tribute Act will be given during the programme and also be available on "The One and Only..." website.
There are two separate votes for an additional Male and Female Tribute Act, each with three different telephone numbers - three numbers for the females and three different numbers for the males. The phone lines to vote for the females will close at 9pm, and the phone lines to vote for the males will close at 11pm, both on January 5th. Each phone vote costs 15p from a BT landline. Calls from mobiles and other networks may be higher.
Source: BBC | Bradley | Cerys
Mariah, Best-Selling Female Artist of SoundScan Era
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jan-2008, 5:40PM EST
Nielsen SoundScan, the entertainment industry's data information system that tracks point-of-purchase sales of recorded music product, Nielsen BDS, the music industry's leading music performance monitoring service, and Nielsen RingScan, which tracks mobile ringtone purchases, have announced their 2007 U.S. year-end sales and performance monitoring data for the 52-week period January 1, 2007 through December 30, 2007. See full report here.
2007 TOP TEN SELLING ARTISTS OF SOUNDSCAN ERA (1991-12/30/2007)
Artist - Units Sold 1 Garth Brooks - 67,402,000 2 Beatles - 55,695,000 3 Mariah Carey - 49,937,000 4 Celine Dion - 49,692,000 5 Metallica - 48,670,000 6 George Strait - 39,171,000 7 Tim McGraw - 36,413,000 8 Alan Jackson - 35,266,000 9 Pink Floyd - 34,453,000 10. Shania Twain - 33,531,000
Related News: Album sales plunge in '07 as digital growth slows Total album sales plunged 15 percent in 2007, and retailers waited until October for the year's top release, California tenor Josh Groban's holiday-themed "Noel," according to sales data issued on Thursday by industry tracker Nielsen SoundScan.
Overall sales -- including albums, singles, and digital tracks -- rose 14 percent to 1.4 billion units, also down from a 19 percent rise in 2006. The main driver of growth was a 45 percent jump in digital track sales to 844.2 million units. But even then, the pace slackened from 65 percent in 2006.
Groban, who records for Warner Music Group Corp (WMG.N), sold 3.7 million copies of "Noel" and topped the U.S. charts for five weeks. The No. 2 album of 2007 was Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N) soundtrack to the Disney Channel TV movie "High School Musical 2," with 3.0 million units. Its predecessor was the biggest release of 2006 with 3.7 million units.
As an indicator of how far the business has fallen, Mariah Carey topped the 2005 list, selling almost 5 million units of "The Emancipation of Mimi." The top album of 2004, R&B singer Usher's "Confessions," sold nearly 8 million copies that year.
Mariah's New Album Out in Spring/2nd Quarter?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jan-2008, 4:40AM EST
It looks like Mariah's new, as-yet-untitled album will not be out until April or later. According to the latest list of upcoming album releases published by Billboard, the following are due out in Spring/Second Quarter:
Spring/Second Quarter Album Releases Mariah Carey, TBA Usher, TBA Gnarls Barkley, TBA Alanis Morissette, Flavors of Entanglement Ashanti, The Declaration Lil Mama, Voice of the Young People Aimee Mann, Smilers Tom Jones, TBA
Source: Billboard | Chris
Videos: Mariah at TAO TV Coverage
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jan-2008, 2:50AM EST
Mariah's New Year's Eve 2008 party at TAO in Las Vegas was featured in various entertainment TV shows tonight.
The strip was studded with stars like music maven Mariah Carey kicking it up at TAO Nightclub at The Venetian. Mariah: "We're getting paged from like everybody, from Lil Jon to you-name-it. Like everybody who loves to party is just like, 'I wanna be there.'"
Watch and download videos below. You can also download all 4 in a RAR-archived file here.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jan-2008, 2:42AM EST
Thanks to everyone who participated in our last poll: "Which Mariah TV commercial is your favorite?" Below are the results:
» Pepsi (2006) - 3738 votes, 51% » M by Mariah Carey (2007) - 2222 votes, 30% » Intel Centrino Duo (2006) - 859 votes, 12% » Sony Mini Disc (1991) - 117 votes, 2% » Nescafe Version 1 (2000) 92 votes, 1% » Lip Adventure (1996) - 83 votes, 1% » Sokenbicha (2004) - 80 votes, 1% » Nescafe Version 2 (2000) - 71 votes, 1% » Sony Mini Disc (1993) - 64 votes, 1% » AEON (1997) - 59 votes, 1% Total Votes: 7385
A new poll is now up! Our poll for the month of January (located on the right sidebar) asks, "What is your favorite 'Extra' from The Adventures of Mimi DVD?" Get voting now!
TAO New Year with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Jan-2008, 3:24PM EST
TAO Las Vegas was hosted by music superstar Mariah Carey. People waiting in lines to get into TAO burst into screams as she made her way to the press wall. Mariah moved right to the TAO stage and helped get everyone revved up along with DJ Suss One who was spinning at Mariah's request.
As Mariah led the countdown and the clock struck 12 the packed house screamed as balloons fell from the ceiling. Mariah made a toast to everyone and was escorted to her VIP section. Her table had about 30 people, including rapper Da Brat and "American Idol" judge Randy Jackson. Singer Kelis had the table across from Mariah with a group of 10 people including her husband Nas.
DJ Suss One had a special surprise for all the Mariah fans, he debuted Mariah's upcoming new single with T-Pain titled "Migrate," a mid tempo jam that got everyone dancing.
Afterwards Mariah was presented with a cake and showered in sparklers from TAO wishing her the best of luck for 2008. Mariah and her friends stayed until 3am celebrating the new year. Also spotted at TAO: model Cindy Margolis, NBA star Rick Fox, R&B singer Mario, Camille Gauty from "Las Vegas," Vanessa Simmons from "Runs House" and music band Earth Wind and Fire.
Mariah Carey Looks Forward to 2008, Album Still Untitled
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2008, 6:48PM EST
Mariah Carey is starting off the new year with high hopes.
"The album is probably my favorite album that I've ever done," Mariah told "Extra" at a charity event on the slopes of Aspen. "I don't want to brag, I am am just humbly grateful that I was blessed to be able to make this record, because I love it."
The Grammy-winning pop diva is talking about her upcoming effort, her follow-up to the smash hit "The Emancipation of Mimi." It's still unnamed, but Mariah said to expect a surprise.
"Honestly I have not named my new album yet," she confessed. "After 'The Emancipation of Mimi,' which is something that came so naturally to me, the title, I really want to think about it because it might be something the complete opposite of that."
But when is she going to find time for a title? The singer has two movies on the horizon, including Adam Sandler's "You Don't Mess With the Zohan."
She added, "I know I'm working a lot, but I want to incorporate fun into that. I just want '08 to be a really fun year."
'Migrate To The Club'
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2008, 6:21PM EST
Hollyscoop reports the following from Mariah's New Year's Eve Party at TAO, Las Vegas:
Mariah closed the night by playing her new track "Migrate" which features T-Pain.
MariahDailyJournal is able to confirm that Migrate (in addition to Heat) is indeed a new song title from Mariah's upcoming album. It is however, at this point, unknown whether or not it will be the first single.
"It's Like That," the first single from The Emancipation of Mimi was first played by Mariah at the New Year's Eve 2005 Party she hosted at the PURE night club in Las Vegas on December 31, 2004.
Video: "Shake It Off" on FOX
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Jan-2008, 3:16PM EST
Mariah's The Adventures of Mimi concert performance of "Shake It Off" premiered exclusively on the Fox network during the broadcast of "New Year's Eve Live" on December 31, 2007.