Audio: Mariah Interviews with 97.9 KISS FM, Jacksonville
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 31-Oct-2009, 12:04AM EDT
Mariah called in to 97.9 KISS FM in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday, October 30th and talked to DJ Jordan about her new album, Precious, AT&T commercial, new Forever perfume, marriage, JJ & Cha Cha being pregnant, her and Nick's Halloween costumes, and "Obsessed" going platinum. Listen to the interview below!
Ask Mariah a Question on Larry King Live!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 30-Oct-2009, 12:08AM EDT
Do you have a burning question for Mariah? Now is your chance to ask her! Send an e-mail to Larry King Live and your question might get answered by Mariah on air!
You can also be a part of Larry King Live by sharing your video questions. Fire up your video camera and upload your questions here. Remember to keep your questions short.
Mariah will tape her appearance on Larry King Live the morning of Tuesday, November 3rd, with the episode airing on Wednesday, November 4th at 9pm ET/6pm PT on CNN.
Source: Larry King Live | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Gets a Mustache for Precious
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 30-Oct-2009, 12:04AM EDT
"The mustache was the last straw," director Lee Daniels says, of his efforts to deglamorize singer-actress Mariah Carey for her role in "Precious." When the film premiered at Sundance in January, the shadow on her lip got a lot of comment. But not as much as Carey's revelatory performance as the social worker Mrs. Weiss.
"I'm really happy for Mariah," Daniels said of her good reviews, "because she's really been through the wringer on this acting thing." (Carey's debut, in 2001's "Glitter," remains notorious.) "I know her without makeup, I know her in her own home, and my own home. She's a regular girl. But she's a machine, too; she knows what sells and what works best for her. And she switches it off and on, between the public persona and who she is."
He said he thinks Mrs. Weiss is closer to who Carey really is — although not physically. "Physically, I went for the kill. It was mean of me. I did it partially to see how far I could take her without her having a meltdown."
Daniels' first choice for the role was another friend, Helen Mirren, and when she became unavailable, Daniels was stymied. When Carey told him that she'd read the novel, Daniels said, "Hmmm."
"I called Helen and I said, 'What do you think?' She thought it was a brilliant idea. She said: 'Lee, if I do it, it's expected. But if you can do something with Mariah, it'll be more interesting because it's unexpected,' and Helen was right, man."
Daniels said he treated Carey as he would his sister, insisting she abandon all her pop star persona accessories. "I told her, 'You gotta drop the baggage, you gotta come out of the bubble, you gotta lose it all.'... I had a backup, an unknown, waiting, if she didn't come through the way I wanted. But she did."
Related News: GoldDerby: Precious gets 15 votes out of 16 from the Gold Derby pundit panel predicting the films being nominated for Best Picture in upcoming Oscars. The Hurt Locker and Invictus lead with 16 votes.
USA Weekend: Precious (Nov. 6) Sometimes actors build their characters literally from the bottom up. Pop star Mariah Carey plays a decidedly unglamorous social worker in this film about an overweight, illiterate, pregnant teen who enters an alternative school. "You have to understand, Mariah always wears stilettos," director Lee Daniels says. "Even when she's barefoot, she walks on tiptoe. But her character wears sneakers, so she had to adjust. She developed a walk, a very un-Mariah-like duck walk, that suits the character perfectly."
ComingSoon: Q: The movie is very dark so what was the atmosphere like on set? Daniels: We were laughing. We were laughing at the ludicracy of it all. Not the end scene, and thank God that was the end because I don't know if we could continue on past that last scene. Mo'Nique is a comedian, so they view things from a different perspective than an ordinary actor. They have a third eye and they see things in a very twisted sort of way, so you find yourself laughing at things that you really should not be laughing at. So Mo'Nique is at the bottom of the stairs, Gabby is at the top of the stairs and "Action!" and she says, "You ain't never been nothing, you ain't sh*t, you ain't been sh*t, I should have aborted your ass..." and she just goes on and on. By take 4, you're laughing, and then Gabby is at the top of the stairs, she's giggling and Mo'Nique is laughing at the absurdity of it all. Honest to God, we are laughing, and I had to literally, some of the best stuff in the film, I had to cut because Mo'Nique broke out in laughter and then I had to cut to Gabby, and then I had to cut away from her because she was laughing. I can't take credit for that. My brilliant editor Joe Klotz who is a genius, because that scene, the outtakes, which I will put on the DVD, you'll see that we laughed throughout the take. Mo'Nique says, "You b*tch" and I say, "No, call her 'fat b*tch'" and she's like, "Lee!" (laughter) Every time we would go further and further but the end scene was not. I said, "Do not cry because I need you to be troopers. Go through this and be adult," but it was so painful and when I started crying, Mariah and Mo'Nique and Gabby started crying and I couldn't yell "Cut" because it was God in the house taking over. It was a bizarre experience, it was surreal. I will never forget that moment as long as I live. That moment was similar to Halle's gumball experience where I said to Marc, "Don't have her cry, just cut to the chase..." and it felt like I was living that moment again. And (with this), I was almost like, "We're here again."
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 29-Oct-2009, 8:42AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated November 7, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #14 (Last week: #10) Sales this week: 21,123 (-32%) Total Sales: 275,445 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #6 (Last week: #3)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #19 (Last week: #16) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #15 (Last week: #10) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #15 (Last week: #11) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #46 (Last week: #40) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #46 (Last week: #40) Billboard Hot Ringtones: #15 (Last week: #7) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #26 (Last week: #22) Downloads this week: 42,552 (-16%) Total Downloads: 1,115,020 Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #10 (Last week: #8) Sales this week: 335 (-8%) Total Sales: 27,848
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot 100: #97 (Last week: #91) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #61 (Last week: #52) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #61 (Last week: #52) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #11) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #30 (Last week: #34) Billboard Adult Pop Songs: #40 Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #79 (Last week: #89) Billboard Japan Hot 100: #43 (Last week: #25) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #153 (Last week: #128) Downloads this week: 9,182 (-14%) Total Downloads: 101,429
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #100 (Last week: #76) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #100 (Last week: #76)
20/10 VISION OF 'LOVE': Mariah Carey collects her 20th top 10 on Adult Contemporary, and her first since the No. 3 "We Belong Together" in 2005, as her remake of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" rises 11-10.
Carey first appeared in the Adult Contemporary top 10 when "Vision of Love" climbed 11-7 on the chart dated July 7, 1990. The ballad would become her first of six No. 1s to date.
With 20 top 10s, Carey ties for second-most Adult Contemporary top 10s over the last two decades. Here are the artists with the most trips to the top tier since the beginning of 1990:
21, Celine Dion 20, Mariah Carey 20, Elton John 18, Rod Stewart 17, Michael Bolton 16, Phil Collins
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah in New York
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-Oct-2009, 8:17PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah at the Waverly Inn in New York City on Tuesday night, October 27, 2009.
Mariah on The Jay Leno Show Nov. 2
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-Oct-2009, 4:40PM EDT
TV Guide lists a new episode of The Jay Leno Show with Mariah Carey as special guest on Monday, November 2nd.
The Jay Leno Show airs weeknights, 10pm PT/ET (9pm CT/MT) from Studio 11 of the NBC Studios, 3000 W. Alameda Avenue in Burbank, California.
Source: TV Guide | MariahDailyJournal
Update: Mariah in Italy
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-Oct-2009, 2:36PM EDT
Mariah will be arriving in Italy, her first visit in 6 years, on Tuesday afternoon, November 10th and will be meeting with major Italian media and press in a conference meeting for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel later in the evening.
The following day, November 11th, as previously reported, Mariah will appear live on X Factor Italy to perform her single "I Want To Know What Love Is." She will depart Italy right after her appearance on the show.
X Factor will air live from its Milano studios on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 9:00pm-12:00am on channel RAI2.
Mariah-Gabby Duet on Precious Set
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 27-Oct-2009, 4:38PM EDT
At last night's Hollywood Film Awards, Gabourey Sidibe, who stars as a horrifically abused teen in indie favorite Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, said things weren't always depressing on set. She even did some dueting with costar Mariah Carey. "We sang 'Beauty School Dropout,' " Sidibe said. "It's not in the movie. It was just for fun."
Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire took home two awards last night: Lee Daniels for "Breakthrough Director" and Gabourey Sidibe for "New Hollywood."
Related News: USA Today: Lee Daniels said the reason he got such good work out of Mariah Carey, Lenny Kravitz and Mo'Nique in the much-buzzed about Precious is because they're all real-life pals. "Yeah, we're all friends, and when you trust people, it just works," he said. He also added that his next project could be a film adaptation of Miss Saigon or a Martin Luther King story.
"Mariah Carey's Day" on Romania's Europa FM
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 27-Oct-2009, 12:03AM EDT
On Tuesday, October 27, Europa FM, the most listened radio station in Romania, will be celebrating "Mariah Carey's Day."
The whole day will be dedicated to one of the greatest artists in the world. Listeners will find out the story behind Mariah Carey's success. Her fans will be delighted to hear her well-known hits as well as tracks from her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which includes the singles "Obsessed" and "I Want To Know What Love Is." Listeners will also have the chance to win their own copy of the new album by participating in Europa FM's contests on Tuesday. More information can be found on www.europafm.ro.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is being officially released today in Romania and can be purchased online here.
The people of Rio de Janeiro welcomed the cast of Fashion Rocks with open arms—and in the case of Mariah Carey, cheers and tears. During Mimi's weekend stay, a constant crowd was camped outside the Copacabana Palace, praying for a glimpse of the pop queen. Not that Mario Testino was letting her have all the glory. The photographer, who celebrated the launch of his book MaRIO DE JANEIRO Testino at a VIP dinner hosted by Donatella Versace and Brazilian Vogue on Friday night, joked to friends: "I keep going out there and telling them to chant for Mar-io, not Mar-iah!"
The following evening, Oi Fashion Rocks was completely sold out, an impressive feat given that tickets to the music-meets-fashion concert and charity initiative went from $650 to $20,000 for a box. The show opened with Sean "P. Diddy" Combs singing some of his greatest hits, including a rendition of "I'll Be Missing You" that he dedicated to the late Gianni Versace. A slew of local Brazilian dancers were up next, then came Ciara in Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci and Grace Jones in Marc Jacobs. The latter bared her 61-year-old buttocks and jiggled them, to the delight of the crowd.
Carey was the grand finale, and in true diva form, her performance didn't go off without incident. Scheduled to wear Calvin Klein Collection, she went instead with a corset number from another fashion house. "When you have a five-octave range, you can do whatever you want," Ciara reasoned. Besides, Francisco Costa's duds got plenty of exposure in the form of a model parade that took place during the concert. Backstage after the show, Carey had fun with her entourage: "Why are they so obsessed with me?" she asked before breaking into an a cappella version of her hit with more or less those exact lyrics.
Here's a report from Record News talking about the Oi Fashion Rocks event, Mariah at the Copacabana Palace hotel and her fans.
Barely arriving at the Copacabana Palace Hotel, Mariah went to greet fans who waited for her return from the rehearsals on Friday, October 23. Eduardo Rocha of Rio de Janeiro was one of the fans outside the hotel: "I stayed at the Copacabana Palace Hotel all the time that Mariah was here. When she returned from the sound testing of Oi Fashion Rocks, she held my hand, smiling and gave me an autograph. She is very beautiful, very friendly and attentive. She now provides the best moment of my life, standing in front of me and touching my hand. Thank you, Mariah!"
"Precious," $1 Million or $100 Million?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 26-Oct-2009, 1:29PM EDT
Precious cast at Sundance
Lee Daniels & Mariah at Cannes
The folks at film sales and financing company Cinetic Media have an infamous parlour game they play in advance of a film opening in theaters. John Sloss and his colleagues each try to predict a movie's theatrical box office. Clearly, the big film they'll be prognosticating next is Lee Daniels' "Precious," which hits U.S. theaters next Friday (November 6th) - nearly ten months after it debuted at Sundance and was sold (by Cinetic) to Lionsgate.
In the wake of a triple award win at Sundance, recent audience prizes at fests in Toronto and Chicago, rousing screenings in Cannes and at the New York Film Festival, intensifying awards season buzz, and now a 5,600 word cover profile in yesterday's New York Times Magazine, hopes for the film keep getting bigger. But, can it meet these increased expectations?
It was January 16th back at Sundance this year, the first Friday of the festival, and in an aisle seat at the Racquet Club theater, I noticed "Precious" director Lee Daniels. He wasn't talking to anyone, just staring straight ahead. Nearby, against a wall with colleagues was John Sloss. As the screening time approached, there was a strange lack of urgency to start the showing. A bit of a drama was unfolding behind the scenes because across town a delayed screening of Antoine Fuqua's "Brooklyn's Finest" at the Eccles was holding up some buyers. Sundance festival folks seemed anxious to get the movie started, but Lee, Sloss & co. were stalling. I chatted with Lee who seemed cautiously optimistic about his new movie, but he and his reps feared that a bad first showing at Sundance, without the right acquisitions execs in place for the whole film, would damage their chances for the right deal.
In the wake of his directorial debut, "Shadowboxer," Daniels was facing detractors. But, he believed passionately in "Precious" (then known as "Push"). As I blogged at the time, on the surface, the story of a morbidly obese, sexually abused Harlem girl (pregnant by her own father, twice) flanked on screen by the likes of comedian Mo'Nique as a drugged out mom, rocker Lenny Kravitz as a male nurse and diva Mariah Carey as a social worker sounded like a recipe for disaster. Well, it wasn't. Not by a long shot. Lee's new film really struck a chord. After the screening I asked him simply, "What have you done?!" He's woven saturated dream sequences, standout performances, distinctive music, and striking visuals into a compelling new American drama. I'm a fan of this at times over the top story of a struggling young woman. But, I also know people who aren't, and as "Precious" gains momentum, it may be met with resistance.
At a recent Hamptons International Film Festival panel, critic Thelma Adams called the movie "a minstrel show," aligning herself with the apparent disdain of fellow critic Armond White. And an indieWIRE survey of a few critics and bloggers during the recent New York Film Festival found grades running the gamut: An 'A' from the New York Post's Lou Lumenick, an 'A-' from Time Out New York's David Fear, a 'B+' from Film Comment's Amy Taubin and Caryn James (The Daily Beast and Marie Claire), a 'C-' from Karina Longworth and U.S. Weekly's aforementioned Thelma Adams.
"Is America ready for a movie about an obese Harlem girl raped and impregnated by her abusive father?" asked a New York Times headline this week. "Why would anyone care about a poor, 300-pound, uneducated black girl as dark as night?" Lee Daniels asked, in indieWIRE's pre-Sundance profile, "The answer to this question is what this film is ultimately about."
I wonder now, will the desire to 'see it for yourself' drive the movie to mainstream success?
Bolstered by a pair of pre-Sundance screenings—a family and friends showing at Technicolor in early January and then a Harlem screening for regular moviegoers at the Magic Johnson theater right before the Park City debut—they knew the movie could play. Sloss told me that at the Harlem screening yielded an 80% 'definite recommend' rating). Cinetic wisely took the movie to Tyler Perry who enlisted Oprah Winfrey before Park City and by the time that the film was honored with the three Sundance awards, they had Winfrey's support in their back pocket. A $5.5 million deal with Lionsgate followed within a week. A "60 Minutes" profile of Tyler Perry, who is presenting the movie with Winfrey, touted the pact last night on the CBS news program.
Will "Precious" make $1 Million or $100 Million at the box office? It'll likely land somewhere in between, but where? And what about the persistent whispers that the movie is "too urban"? (What does that really mean anyway?) A tough story, with an all black cast, set in Harlem, was judged by many in the industry as too much for mainstream audiences to handle. But, watch it with an audience. "Precious" is a movie that clearly speaks to people. Yet, what does it mean that a good friend, who works in Hollywood, hadn't heard of the movie when I asked him about it yesterday?
Tyler Perry's tremendous success at Lionsgate, generally unheralded in the mainstream media, could be the key to this film finding its way (and of course, Oprah's influential blessing certainly won't hurt). Perry's core audience, as detailed on "60 Minutes" is older and female (and black), a group that connect connect with "Precious." Perry is looking to his so-called "chitlin circuit" (as he called it on CBS) for support. But, will the movie go beyond its base? Friends of mine have noted that the movie will play in the gay community. "My favorite color is florescent beige" is just one catchy phrase from the film's melodramatic early trailer.
It's been amazing to watch "Precious" build from that pre-Sundance buzz that challenged early notions. It caught on quickly in Park City. Even as some buyers worried that the movie couldn't cross over, Harvey Weinstein and Lionsgate each made a passionate push for "Precious" (a lawsuit emerged, but was later resolved). Insiders said the film wouldn't sell internationally (again it was supposedly "too black"), yet Elephant Eye closed worldwide distribution deals for the movie at the markets in Berlin and Cannes. The head of a rival distributor seemed in awe of the success of the film, so far, recently admitting to me that his company didn't know how to reach the audience that Lionsgate will court for "Precious." Few companies and filmmakers have built a career within the black community the way that Tyler Perry and Lionsgate have.
"Precious" is already an incredible success story, made for $10 million with an eclectic, all-black cast. But, expectations continue to grow and clearly it will be considered a disappointment if it doesn't play well in theaters all around the country and then score major Oscar nominations.
I spoke with Lee Daniels over the weekend, in the wake of the increased attention from the New York Times Magazine. He's in the firing line on this film, raised the budget entirely independently (way outside the Hollywood system), made the movie his way and then enlisted support from pillars from his community. He's sounding as confident and cautiously optimistic as he was when he was sitting alone quietly right before the film's Sundance debut.
What happens to "Precious" over the next few months will be as interesting to watch as what has happened to it since that Friday night screening at the Racquet Club theater in Park City, Utah.
NOTE: As previously reported, Precious will screen during the AFI Fest (American Film Institute Film Festival) at Grauman's Chinese Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd.) in Los Angeles on Sunday, Nov. 1st at 7:00pm. Get your free tickets here.
To find out when Precious is coming to your area, click here.
Known sales/certifications United States - 254,000 Japan - 46,000 Brazil - 20,000 (Shipment Figure) Canada - 18,000 South Korea - 10,000 (Certified Platinum) Australia - 9,000
Memoirs posts position gains in Czech Republic (from #32 to #28), Mexico (from #74 to #49) and Belgium - Wallonia (#54 to #49).
Mariah at Oi Fashion Rocks, Brazil
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 25-Oct-2009, 12:36AM EDT
Oi Fashion Rocks was staged earlier tonight at Jockey Club in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and broadcast live on the internet via its official site. Listen to Mariah as she closed the show with her live rendition of "Touch My Body," "Obsessed" and "Fantasy" Remix below.
Memoirs Collector's Edition Box Set
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 24-Oct-2009, 2:23AM EDT
Below are photos of the sold-out autographed Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Collector's Edition Box Set that was offered at the official Mariah Carey store in limited quantity. You can, however, purchase this Memoirs limited edition, without the signature, at either the official store for $40.95 or at Amazon.com for $40.49.
The Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Collector's Edition Box Set includes 2-CD album with Elle booklet, 2 LPs in white vinyl, 6 exclusive lithographs - all bundled together with a brilliant signature butterfly band and housed in a beautiful box.
Photos: Mariah in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-Oct-2009, 5:30PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil earlier today.
Leaving her Copacabana Palace Hotel for rehearsals at Jockey Club.
Onstage rehearsing her set for tomorrow's Oi Fashion Rocks at the Jockey Club in Rio de Janeiro. During the rehearsals, Mariah performed "Obsessed," "Touch My Body," and "Fantasy" with the Rio Grande Samba School.
And back to the Copacabana Palace Hotel after the rehearsals.
Mariah Covers Celebrity High
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-Oct-2009, 5:09PM EDT
Mariah Carey By Kacey Cage
We are "Obsessed" when it comes to Mariah Carey. R&B singer, songwriter, record producer, and actress made her recording debut in 1990. She became the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. MC is well-known for her vocal range and use of the whistle register. She is ranked as the best-selling female artist of the U.S. Nielsen Sound scan era and third-best-selling artist overall. Mariah Carey gets up-close and personal talking about her husband Nick Cannon, her secret to success and high school just to name a few in this highly anticipated exclusive.
CH: Where did the inspiration to name your latest record "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" come from? MC: The inspiration for the name of the album came from a few places. Minnie Riperton, who is one of my favorites had a classic album called Perfect Angel back in the day so I was sort of paying homage but I also wanted women and young girls to know we should all embrace our imperfections because none of us are perfect.
CH: What is your favorite song on the album and why? MC: I don't have a favorite, I love them all. This is truly a complete body of work. But I do spend a lot of time listening to "The Impossible."
CH: What was some of the hardest obstacles you overcame in your career and what helped you overcome the hurdle? MC: Some obstacles earlier on, were that a lot of people wouldn't allow me to be me. I had to be strong enough to work through people not understanding who I really was. I eventually just had to break free and not worry about what others wanted me to be. My music helped me through that struggle.
CH: What would you say is your strongest attribute? MC: My tenacity is my strongest attribute. Never giving up.
CH: What is your favorite thing to do in your free time? MC: One of my favorite things to do is lying in bed watching movies and eating popcorn.
CH: What is a day in the life of Mariah Carey? MC: A day in the life is usually a hectic schedule from the moment I wake up, but I sleep in really late since I am a night owl. But the day usually consists of interviews and writing, and hanging out with my husband.
CH: What were you like in high school? MC: I was tough! LOL!
CH: Did you ever think when you were a teenager in high school that you would become one of the top selling female artist of all time? MC: I always knew I wanted to be an artist and I wanted to give my all to achieve success. So I guess you can say I wanted it from early on, but I never imagined that I would be so blessed.
CH: You are consistent when it comes to releasing number one singles, what do you think your secret ingredient to that success is? MC: The secret is just to have fun with the music. And to make sure songs evoke emotion.
CH: What are your aspirations in regards to your acting career or what can we expect? MC: I just want to continue to challenge myself. I like roles that allow me to dive deep into character.
CH: You have held 20 years strong and leading in the music industry as far as consistency is concerned, where do you see yourself in the next ten years? MC: I don't really think about time. You can never worry too much about the past or the future. We have to enjoy the present. Live in the moment. But whatever life brings I just wish to continue to be happy.
CH: After your release of your recent single "Obsessed" Eminem has fired back, do you plan on entertaining "Eminem's" recent antics? MC: I don't even know who that is! LOL I wrote that song for all y'all! It's like; you remember what it was like in school when a stupid boy would nag you or pull your hair because he really liked you. And he would make up stuff and start rumors just for attention. Its like, "Why are you so obsessed?!" It's an anthem for all those people! You know!
CH: Do you and your husband Nick Cannon have any projects that you are jointly working on? MC: Nick and I would love to work on something together one day. You never know, it will have to be a comedy though. We are both jokesters.
CH: Over the years you have worked with various artist, from Whitney Houston to hip hop artist like Snoop Dogg and P.Diddy to producers such as Jermain Dupri, who would you say is your favorite and why? MC: I can't pick! I have worked with so many people like you have named and also people like Pavarotti, Luther Vandross, Michael Jackson. I just like working with all artist.
CH: Is there anything you would like to say to Celebrity High readers? MC: I love you Celebrity High. Air kisses!
Source: Celebrity High | Nick Cannon | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah to Perform on X Factor Italy
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-Oct-2009, 12:18PM EDT
Mariah is confirmed to be in Italy on Wednesday, November 11 and perform on the Italian X Factor.
More details about Mariah's visit to Italy coming soon!
Source: Universal Italy | Ila
India's NDTV Interviews Mariah in Korea
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-Oct-2009, 11:49AM EDT
Mariah talks about love, marriage and her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel in an exclusive interview with NDTV in Korea on October 14, 2009 that aired this morning during its news program.
Now we all know that she has a voice like an angel but is she as perfect as one? Well, we have the lady herself, Mariah Carey, who's also to tell us about her latest album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. This is one of the most honest albums we've really seen from you. Since you're in a confession mood, tell us what's the most angelic thing Mariah Carey's ever done and the most devilish thing Mariah Carey's ever done. "People don't really know this, everytime somebody meets me usually they're like, 'I have no idea. You should have a comedy show. Why aren't you making a comedy?' I have fun, that's what I do. That's how I've always gotten through the bad times of my life – singing and laughing."
That's a good combination, I might say. We should always like that I think "Exactly. And being in love has definitely changed my life and changed a lot of things."
What's the best part about married life at the moment? "I don't think I can say that on the TV [laughs].
That's a Mariah Carey answer, if there ever was one. Why have we not seen Mariah Carey perform in India? What's been the reason? Do you not love us in India? "I love you in India! I just need somebody to tell me, 'We're going on tour and here is the touring route and we're gonna be going to India."
Indian music is on such international level at the moment. Any Indian musician you'd like to collaborate with? "Who do you suggest because I'm not fully familiar."
A. R. Rahman, Slumdog Millionaire, you must have heard the soundtrack? "Oh my goodness! Yes, yes, yes. That would be hot. I would love that.
And Mariah if I asked you I Want To Know What Love Is, would you tell me what is love to Mariah Carey? "Wow. What is love? It depends on where you're using it. It could be love for the world, it could be love for an individual."
And can you sing us a little bit of 'I Want To Know What Love Is'? Would that be possible? "I got to take a little time... alright.
Read a recap of the Press Conference for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel held at the Grand InterContinental Hotel in Seoul, Korea on Tuesday, October 13, 2009 by Faridul Anwar Farinordin of Malaysia's New Straits Times.
"H.A.T.E.U." Jump Smokers Remix on B96 Today!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-Oct-2009, 10:28AM EDT
Jump Smokers will be debuting their Mariah Carey "H.A.T.E.U." Remix today on Chicago's B96 at 4:50pm and 10pm. B96 can be streamed live here. Be sure to tune in!
Source: Jump Smokers | Trong
Mariah to Appear on Ellen Show
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-Oct-2009, 6:21PM EDT
Mariah is scheduled to tape an appearance for The Ellen DeGeneres Show in Stage 1 at Warner Bros. Studios (4301 W. Olive Avenue) in Burbank, California on Tuesday, November 3rd.
Mariah's appearance on Ellen will air on Wednesday, November 4th. Check for local listings here.
Mariah Arrives in Brazil for Oi Fashion Rocks
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-Oct-2009, 12:49PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah leaving the Tom Jobim International Airport in Rio de Janeiro earlier today for Copacabana Palace where she will stay while in Brazil. Mariah is scheduled to perform at the Oi Fashion Rocks on Saturday, October 24.
And here's a video of Mariah leaving the airport and arriving at Copacabana Palace Hotel.
According to the Brazilian newspaper O Estado De Sao Paulo, every artist is expected to sing 4-5 songs. Mariah is going to do her performance for Calvin Klein. O Dia reports that the first rehearsal will be tonight and she is going to close her performance with 38 people from Grande Rio, which is a Samba School, and she is also going to wear something on her head for that.
Photos below show workers as they set up the stage for Saturday's Oi Fashion Rocks at Hipodromo da Gavea (Jockey Club Brasileiro) in Rio de Janeiro.
Source: Globo | Joao | Omar | Mario | TV Fama
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-Oct-2009, 11:34AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated October 31, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #10 (Last week: #7) Sales this week: 30,985 (-43%) Total Sales: 254,322 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #3 (Last week: #3) Billboard Digital Albums: #42 (Last week: #25) Downloads this week: 2,114 (-49%) Total Downloads: 33,160 Billboard European Albums: #48 (Last week: #21)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #16 (Last week: #11) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #10 (Last week: #9) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #11 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #40 (Last week: #30) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #40 (Last week: #30) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #35 (Last week: #12) Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #8 (Last week: #6) Sales this week: 364 (-18%) Total Sales: 27,513 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #22 (Last week: #14) Downloads this week: 50,423 (-20%) Total Downloads: 1,072,468
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot 100: #91 (Last week: #67) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #52 (Last week: #41) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #52 (Last week: #41) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #11 (Last week: #13) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #34 Hot Shot Debut Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #128 (Last week: #97) Downloads this week: 10,706 (-31%) Total Downloads: 92,247 Billboard Japan Hot 100: #25 (Last week: #3) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #89
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #76 (Debut) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #76 (Debut)
NIFTY FIFTY: With the debut of "H.A.T.E.U." at No. 76 on this week's R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, Mariah Carey becomes one of only five women to reach 50 career entries in the history of the survey.
Here are the five top female format luminaries and their total chart appearances:
98, Aretha Franklin 58, Mary J. Blige 51, Diana Ross 50, Mariah Carey 50, Dionne Warwick
You could say that Carey, who has placed 41 titles on the Hot 100, has a love/hate relationship with the R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart. Of course, it's mostly love. A 10-to-1 ratio, in fact.
Of her previous 49 chart hits, 10 have included the word "love" (or a variation). Her first two charted titles were "Vision of Love" and "Love Takes Time." Prior to "H.A.T.E.U.," four of Carey's last five visits were with "love" songs: "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time," "I Stay in Love," "My Love" and "I Want to Know What Love Is."
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Video: Mariah Interviews with Sina, China
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-Oct-2009, 7:55AM EDT
Mariah interviewed with the Chinese Sina during the media interview sessions for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel held in Korea on Wednesday, October 14, 2009.
Transcript Do you have any plans to do a world tour in the near future? Is it possible for you to come to China and when? "I think we have a plan to have a world tour but I'm not sure where we're going or what we're doing yet. I want to do something really special because I've never been to certain places and I may do something that would be very different so I can't tell too much about it but yeah. Probably in January."
Which song from your new album is your favorite? Would you like to introduce some of them to your Chinese fans? "It depends on what type of song the Chinese fans want to hear. I'm sure there are different types of fans. There's a song 'Up Out My Face' that maybe younger people might like. It's funny, it's got a really good beat, it's got a remix that's coming out soon and I like it a lot. Another song called 'More Than Just Friends' that's kind of the same kind of thing but these songs you have to listen to very carefully to hear the words and to see why they're funny. It's kind of like how 'Touch My Body' was. You had to really listen hard to figure out what it was saying. I don't know if that was a hit in China but they told me it would be cute so I don't know. And if someone wants to hear a sexy, love, sensual song I would recommend 'The Impossible' that's my favorite one of those. If someone is going through a break-up relationship and they want to hear a ballad that's, sometimes you just want to hear a sad song, and this one is called 'H.A.T.E.U.' but really the meaning is I can't wait to hate you because I still love you. That's what it is."
You new single "I Want To Know What Love Is" is another classic remake, have you ever considered to make a remake album? Because your remakes are so fantastic. "I like doing cover songs but I really consider myself a songwriter first. That's who I am and if all I did was an album of cover songs I don't know, I'm not sure how the record company would like it. Maybe they would like it, maybe they wouldn't. I don't know. But I don't know how I would feel about it 'cause I wouldn't get to express myself. It would be quick. I could do it in like two months so maybe that's good."
How do you keep your own musical style. Have you ever considered trying another genre, such as Jazz or Rock&Roll? "I've done things that are Rock-leaning. I grew up singing Jazz. My mother was an opera singer but she sang Jazz as well as a lot of different types of music. Maybe I would do Jazz down the line because I do love like standards I'm talking about not really obscure Jazz."
Source: Sina | Ritcher | Danielle | Text: MariahDailyJournal
The Audacity of 'Precious'
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 21-Oct-2009, 3:14PM EDT
Director Lee Daniels talks about his highly-acclaimed film Precious in an interview with the New York Times.
A month after Cannes, Daniels was back in Manhattan in his 11th-floor loftlike apartment near Madison Square Garden. "This is where I raised money for 'Precious,' " he said. Daniels, dressed in black, lay sprawled on a plum-colored sectional sofa; on a low, white table in front of him were piles of scripts and stacks of photographs from "Precious." A Roller Disco pinball machine stood next to a baby grand piano, and a large TV screen dominated one side of the room. Although he had a separate office in the same building, Daniels's apartment seemed more like a lavish hotel suite than a home.
"These are my girls!" he said, picking up a photo showing Gabourey Sidibe, who plays Precious, with Mo'Nique, Paula Patton, who plays the teacher who changes Precious's life, and Mariah Carey. "Mariah is everything we're not supposed to love and yet, we absolutely love her," Daniels said, staring at the photo. "She's crazy — look at her! She would throw herself under the train for you, as long as her hair was perfect." Daniels laughed. "I made this movie for my girls. People read so much into 'Precious.' But at the end, it's just this girl, and she's trying to live. I know this chick. You know her. But we just choose not to know her." [...]
While he was editing "Shadowboxer," Daniels, who was living on 17th Street at the time, went for a run by the piers on the West Side. He felt a little ping in his chest. The pain increased, and by the time he arrived at his office in Harlem, he had to lie down. His assistant persuaded him to go to the doctor, who immediately realized Daniels was having a heart attack. "I'd been using a lot of cocaine. I'm embarrassed to say this, but I had to learn to bring down my bravado. When you're finding yourself in the world, you start blinging and dinging and dingdingdang dang, and next thing you know, you're in the hospital."
He said that the heart attack changed him, that it was part of the reason he felt he had to make "Precious." Unlike "Shadowboxer," "Precious" is a world without glitz, glamour — or, for the most part, men. Daniels convinced his actresses to leave their vanity behind. "I asked Mo'Nique to grow a couple of pimples," Daniels recalled. "And I asked her not to shave under her arms, and she went there for me." Mariah Carey's role was originally offered to Helen Mirren, who had scheduling conflicts. Carey and Daniels are close friends — he calls her Kitten, and she calls him Cotton — and he offered her the part on the condition that she show up at the set alone (no entourage) in a taxi (no limo) and freshly scrubbed (no makeup). "People say to me, 'You are so ugly in this movie,' and I take that as a compliment," Carey told me. "During the filming, I tried to sneak some blush, but Lee caught me. He rubbed my cheek and said, 'Take that off.' I said, 'But Precious is wearing makeup!' "
When Daniels wanted a fantasy sequence to be a Vogue photo shoot starring Precious and the magazine's editor at large, Andre Leon Talley, Talley looked at a clip of Sidibe from the movie and declined. Daniels fired some crew members halfway through production ("They weren't listening to me, and I said, don't let this hair fool you, give me what I want"), and the production ran out of money twice. Carey helped out by singing at Daniels's house to dazzle potential investors. "I would do anything for Lee," she said. "He can strip you down, homely you out, and you trust him, because he's after the truth. He can drive you crazy, but what interesting person doesn't drive you crazy?"
Videos: Mariah in Japan
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 21-Oct-2009, 9:22AM EDT
Mariah went on a short promotional trip to Japan for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel from October 15-17, 2009. During her visit, she attended a fan meeting organized by Mezamashi TV; and appeared live on Music Station for an interview and to perform "I Want To Know What Love Is." Click on the links below to download Mariah's TV appearances in Japan. Thanks to Maple for getting all these videos for us!
Mariah Arriving in Japan, Preview of Fan Meeting - Mezamashi TV [ Download here ]
iheartradio is giving its readers an opportunity to win an autographed Mariah Carey poster from her "Stripped" performance in NYC. Simply embed the Mariah Carey widget to your Facebook profile page and comment in this discussion post for your chance to win!
Chicago-based Hip-Hop Dance group Jump Smokers to work on a new dance mix for "H.A.T.E.U." On Twitter, they wrote: "have a VERY busy week...gotta finish Space Cowboy & J-Lo remixes by the end of the week & then @mariahcarey "h.a.t.e.u." is due next week!!!"
Mariah and Nick are #4 on Essence's Power Couples on the Move: "Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are one of the entertainment industry's hottest power couples. The duo has been married over a year, proving the cynical ones wrong who thought their union was a mere publicity stunt. Carey has a new hot album out and Cannon recently became the head "Nick" in charge at TeenNick (formerly known as Nickelodeon)."
The gay proposal on Mariah's October 10th Las Vegas concert made headlines all over Canada. Click here to watch a video of all the coverage.
Singer Shanice sings her favorite Mariah Carey song "My All" a capella here.
Australia Mariah's new fragrance Forever has been released throughout Australia this week. Go get your bottle today!
Brazil Mariah's latest single "I Want To Know What Love Is" enters the Brazilian Top 5 on the 3rd week after its release in the country. The single debuted at #38 on its first week, climbed 19 positions to #19 on the second week and achieved #5 on its third week of airplay. A smash hit in Brazil, "I Want To Know What Love Is" is the love theme of Brazilian's soap opera "Viver a vida" and is all over the country.
"Obsessed", the first single of Mariah's latest album release still holds well in the TOP 30. Following the success of the track, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" is in the top sales list of different music stores in Brazil including Saraiva and FNAC and according to Hot100Brasil.com, the album is #1 most sold in the country for the second consecutive week.
Click here to watch a video (courtesy of GloboTV) for Viver a Vida with "I Want To Know What Love Is" playing in the background.
Malaysia Wendy Tan of Malaysia's The Star wrote a nice review of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Read it here.
Mexico Below are photos of the Mexican release of Memoirs.
New Zealand Memoirs debuts this week at #25 on the official New Zealand Albums chart.
The album, released in New Zealand on October 12, is available in two versions: standard in jewel case and the digipack with the Elle mini-magazine. Below are pictures.
Philippines "I Want To Know What Love Is" is currently at #1 on Monster Radio RX 93.1's Countdown Top 7 & Wannabees, while "Up Out My Face" is at #5 on Wave 89.1's playlist.
Cebu City-based MonarC Lambs Fan Club celebrated the release of Mariah's new album in a party held last October 6th at Pino! Restaurant Cuisine in Cebu City, Philippines. Congratulations on a successful party, Lionel and the MonarC Lambs! Below are some pictures from the party. To view more, click here.
Romania Next Tuesday, October 27th, will be "The Mariah Carey Day" on Europa FM, an important radio station in Romania. The new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel will be played all day long and fans will be able to call and win a copy if they answer a simple question about Mariah's life and musical career.
Mariah Carey is the Artist of the Week on Muzica.ro. Check out their special page for Memoirshere.
United Arab Emirates Precious was the #1 film to watch at the Middle East International Film Festival (MEIFF): "Precious is a gritty movie which touches on many sensitive topics, such as incest and the cracks in the US government's system. It also has Mariah Carey sans makeup, something for which the film has been garnering a lot of attention."
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Danielle | Regina | George | Miriam | Lionel | Dany | Kenny | Michael | Cori | Marc | John | Vitor | MariahCarey.com | Robert | iheartradio | Maurie | L. Fellipe | Michael | Manuela
Mariah in People's Choice Awards Nominee Selections
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-Oct-2009, 1:24PM EDT
Nominations for the People's Choice Awards 2010 are now open. The top five with the most votes in each category will become the official nominees, and Mariah is up for three! Below are the categories Mariah is listed in. Click each and vote as many times as you can!
Mariah Preps Memoirs Features Album
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-Oct-2009, 9:53AM EDT
It's hard to please everyone, but Mariah Carey is setting out to do just that with a retooled version of her latest album, and she's brought along some famous friends. After Rap-Up broke the news of the songbird's plans to remix Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, Tricky Stewart filled in on a few more details.
The "Obsessed" producer wouldn't quite categorize the work in progress as a remix album. "They've said that it's a remix album, but really what it is is a features album. [The songs] won't necessarily be remixed. It's just an album of features, really cool features on the exact same album."
According to Tricky, 90 percent of the record will contain a featured guest, while there's a small possibility of one or two all-new tracks. The as-yet-untitled project will go by the Memoirs title. "It will be the same name, but it will probably have something to it. I'm not sure what they're going to call it, but it's the same album."
The goal is to appeal to all of Carey's fans. "We wanted to do an album that was really personal, and if you love Mariah Carey, you can put it on and listen to it all day," began Tricky, "but at the same time, if you like the hot Mariah when she's doing the features, we want to give people that option too, so that they can put on whichever one they choose."
So far the lineup looks promising with T-Pain Auto-Tuning on "Candy Bling," the Southern hip-hop trio of Big Boi, Gucci Mane, and OJ Da Juiceman rapping on "H.A.T.E.U.," and Trey Songz crooning on "Inseparable." Tricky also revealed that R. Kelly appears on the opening cut "Betcha Gon' Know."
Known sales/certifications United States - 227,000 Japan - 34,000 Brazil - 20,000 (Shipment Figure) Canada - 15,000 South Korea - 10,000 (Certified Platinum) Australia - 8,000
Memoirs reaches a new peak position in Denmark, moving from a #29 debut last week to #8 this week. With exception of The Emancipation of Mimi, Memoirs is Mariah's highest peaking release of this decade (Greatest Hits - #10, Glitter -#12, E=MC² - #18, The Ballads - #25)
Korea's iRiver Releases New Mariah N20 MP3 player
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 19-Oct-2009, 12:01AM EDT
Mariah has come together with iRiver to release the new N20 Mariah Carey Special Edition MP3 player. Five (5) lucky fans received the new Mariah MP3 player during the CD signing at Evan Records. During the October 13th press conference and right beside the press room, the iRiver room was set up and Mariah took time to take pictures with iRiver's President and CEO Kuno Kim and sign iRiver's staff the new item.
N20 is a two gigabyte MP3 player which comes pre-loaded with 17 tracks from Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Mariah's new album cover can be seen on the box of N20. It is a fashionable and stylish new MP3 player which provides outstanding sound quality. As Mariah is THE vocalist who can transcend all ranges and is at the same time a style icon, iRiver found Mariah to be the best artist to collaborate with on its new cutting-edge product.
iRiver is currently holding an event where users write congratulatory messages for the new N20 release. Twenty (20) lucky users will be selected and presented with the new N20 Mariah Carey Special Edition.
Below are pictures of the new product, and the Mariah-autographed N20s given to staff members.
Mariah's Full Tribeca Concert Airing This Tuesday
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 18-Oct-2009, 8:07PM EDT
New York radio stations Z100 and Power 105.1 will be airing online the full-concert video of Mariah's October 5th Intimate Show at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca on Tuesday, October 20th. Be sure to tune in!
Check out the behind-the-scenes footage from the concert below.
Two More Media Interviews with Mariah in Korea
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 18-Oct-2009, 4:11PM EDT
Here are two more interviews with Mariah during the TV/media interview rounds for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel held on Wednesday, October 14, 2009 in Korea. Each media representative was allotted ten minutes to conduct their interview.
KOREA Mariah's interview with The Ent Relay Broadcast News aired on KBS Saturday, October 17, 2009. The KBS report shows footage of her arrival at the airport; and clips from her appearance on Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. The "huge fan" in the funny clip we posted earlier is famous Korean comedian Park Ji-sun.
"I love being here. I think it's really beautiful and I love the people. The people I was able to see at the airport were a little excited."
"My mother is an opera singer like I said before. She's very classically-trained but I didn't go that way. She played the piano for me and she would let me sing; and she would take me to auditions. But one morning, I was in fifth grade, and when I'd wake up I would always be like, [whispery voice] 'I couldn't speak, I would sound like this' and then I would also be like, [high-pitched voice] 'But I can't talk...' and I was in that range. And my mother was like, 'Why are you talking like that? What are you doing?' and I was like, [high-pitched voice] 'I don't know.' My mother said, 'You shouldn't be doing that' and then when I really learned how to do it, she'd be like, 'Oh, you're hitting above a high C' and a this and a that, and all these notes and things that I didn't even understand but that's what she would say."
"My father didn't really understand the whole wanted-to-be-a-singer thing but after he passed away I found all these things that he had saved of mine and all these things that he had, you know stories and things about me, and little things I'd made when I was a little girl and so when we had talked through a lot of issues that we had so it was... I feel really good about both of my parents now."
THAILAND Mariah's interview with Thailand's Nine Entertain in Korea aired earlier today on Channel 9.
Mariah Interview with Thailand's Nine Entertain - Korea, Oct. 14 [ Download here ]
"No, I haven't been to Thailand and I really want to go as I heard it's so beautiful, it's supposed to be really beautiful, right? So I wanted to say to my fans in Thailand - thank you, thank you, thank you for everything that you do for me and I'm so grateful to have you in my life."
Source: Kim | Songruby | June | MariahDailyJournal
Audio: Mariah & Nick Host "Mariah On Fire Countdown"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 17-Oct-2009, 6:59PM EDT
Mariah and hubby Nick Cannon hosted the Mariah On Fire Countdown where they played back Mariah's classics as well as new selections from her latest CD, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, on Sirius XM's R&B Channel 50 "The Heat" on Saturday, October 17, 2009. Listen below!
Mariah On Fire Top 10 Countdown 10. Fantasy Remix 9. Vision of Love 8. My All/Stay Awhile Remix 7. Honey 6. Up Out My Face 5. Heartbreaker Remix 4. H.A.T.E.U. / H.A.T.E.U. Remix 3. Candy Bling 2. Shake It Off Bonus: More Than Just Friends 1. Obsessed Remix
Nick Wants to be Ike Turner for Halloween
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 17-Oct-2009, 5:04PM EDT
With Halloween just two weeks away, New York Magazine asked Nick Cannon if he and his wife, Mariah Carey, plan to dress up as a couple when they caught up with him last night at Keep a Child Alive's Sixth Annual Black Ball.
"Yeah, we're going to do something. I want to be Ike and Tina, but she doesn't want to offend Tina Turner. I think it's an honor."
She's really very nice. Consistently so. Like an angel.
I interviewed Mariah Carey for the first time more than a decade ago in Hong Kong where she promoted her album Butterfly. I was with five other Asian journalists who interviewed Mariah in bed. She was tired after a round of TV interviews so she requested us to sit around a bed inside a suite at a five-star hotel while she rested her weary body. It was fun!
My second encounter with her was in June last year in Tokyo where she promoted another album, E=MC2. Again spent-up after a hard day, she reclined on a couch during the interview, cooing, "You don't mind, do you?" Who would!
Then, last Wednesday, I was face-to-face with Mariah for the third time, in this beautiful Korean city where she was promoting her 12th album titled Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel (released locally by MCA Music, Inc.). She sat on a sofa, fresh as a daisy so to speak. As I did in Tokyo, I gave her a copy of The STAR which carried my previous interview and – surprise, surprise! – she was calling me by my nickname. (She was looking at the logo of my column, maybe?)
While the TV guys were checking my lapel mike, Mariah said, "How are you, Ricky?
I said, "I'm okay."
"Do you want anything?"
"No, none. Just being in front of you is good enough for me."
She smiled. "How are people back home?
I said, looking genuinely sad, "Not okay. Our country has just been ravaged by two giant typhoons."
She replied with an equally sad look in her eyes, "Oh, is that so? I'm sad to know that. I will pray for them. They should keep on praying."
"You were in the Philippines not so long ago, remember?" I reminded her.
"Oh yes. I stayed in this beautiful place but I forgot what its name was."
"It's Amanpulo. It's in Palawan."
Her eyes twinkled. "It was beautiful!"
I asked her about her album which has 21 tracks, one of them I Want To Know What Love Is which Mariah would sing that same night during a meet-and-greet with fans at the MTV Seoul studio.
"Each song is like an intimate conversation or entry in a private diary. A lot of the songs reflect specific, different times in my life. Others were inspired by movies, actual events that happened to me, or the stories of my friends who told me about experiences that they've gone through."
Obviously, Mariah Carey has made it through the rain – very beautifully!
In the eyes of your fans, you are definitely an angel. Why "imperfect angel" in the title of your album? "Well, nobody is perfect, right? Even an angel can't be perfect. I got that from a book that I read sometime ago. 'Imperfect angel.' It sounds nice, doesn't it?"
If ever you'll write an autobiography, your "memoirs," will it be a tell-all? "No, I don't think so. If I do a tell-all book, some people are bound to say 'Ouch!' I don't want to step on anybody's toes, you know. I will have to leave some things untouched, unexposed."
I wonder, do you keep a diary? "Oh yes, I do. It's a pretty little book. I write down my thoughts every day and then I lock it. Nobody can read what's in it and I mean nobody. Only I have access to it. Remember, I hold the key."
It must hold a lot of secrets. "You bet. Hahahahaha!"
How do you divide your time between marriage (to singer-actor Nick Cannon) and career? "It's difficult because my husband and I are both working. He's always going somewhere and I'm always somewhere else myself. But we do get together and spend really good times together."
How soon do you plan to raise a family? "As soon as we have enough time together." (Laughs)
Let's talk about some songs on your album. First, Obsessed (which is accompanied by a video directed by Brett Ratner of the Rush Hour trilogy, starring Jackie Chan). "In that song, I play both a glamorous star and her stalker."
I've listened to the song and its lyrics combine devastating put-downs (such as "Last man on Earth still couldn't get this...") with humor (such as "See right through you like you're bathin' in Windex..."). Have you ever had a stalker? How did you deal with him/her? "Oh yes, I have. Everybody has, I guess. I consider a stalker someone who talks against you, who tells lies about you, who is out to destroy you. If you go back in time, you might remember a boy who pushed another kid and called him names, and did stuff like that...yes, he could be considered a stalker."
Next, Up Out My Face. It tells about dismissing a former lover with a good-riddance line, "When I break, I break, boy." "That's right. When I break, I really break. Once broken, nothing can ever fix it and bring it back. Which brings me to the title of another song on the album – It's A Wrap. The end." (Laughs again)
Oh, when it's over, it's over! Meaning, there's no turning back, no second time around? "You said it right!"
One song is titled H.A.T.E.U. Does it mean what it seems to say? "Oh, it actually means Having A Typical Emotional Upset."
So it doesn't really mean "hate" as in H-A-T-E? "Well, what it is is I can't wait to hate you and make you feel what I do. I'm looking at it from a female's point of view. The song is about someone who is sad and lonely; she's a character in the song. I'm not in that world right now. I'm not feeling that way. It's a distant memory; it's a past."
And how do you cope with what you called "emotional upset"? "Well, I cry and cry. Then, I'm okay again. Crying has a healing effect."
You have a new movie coming up, titled Precious. Tell us about it. "I'm glad that the movie is getting good reviews. I enjoyed doing it. The director told me, 'I want you to look as homely as possible. I want you to look ugly; I don't want anybody to recognize you at all.' I don't think I will recognize myself at all when I watch the movie." (Laughs)
How do you manage to look gorgeous? "I keep telling myself that I am 12 years old because a lot of good things happened in my life when I was 12. You know, if you keep repeating something to yourself, it becomes true. So when people ask me how I manage to look the way I do, I tell them, 'I'm forever 12'." (Laughs again)
Do you have any beauty secrets? Oops! They won't be secrets if you will tell now. (Seriously now) "I have no beauty secret that's really good, and it really works. If you have a face that's really red...like I have because my father is Black and my mother is Irish, it comes from my Irish side...you take ice cubes and milk, and put a cotton bud in there and then you dab your eyes and your face with the cotton ball."
Do you do that at bedtime or upon waking up? "All the time!" (Laughs)
You are beautiful from head to foot, every inch of you is beautiful. What do you like most about yourself? "I don't know. It's hard to say."
And what, if any, don't you like about yourself? "Oh now, I won't tell!" (Laughs and laughs) "I don't want people to know. Otherwise, they would be looking for that thing that I'd say I didn't like about myself."
I heard that you have your own perfume. Does it help you feel even better, more beautiful? "Oh yes, it does...I think. It's called Forever. It's my own brand. It comes in a golden bottle, very pretty." (Adds deadpan) "I think it comes in a limited edition. There are only about 50 bottles around the world, so I'm afraid you won't find any available in the store." (Laughs again)
By the way, after all the awards and the hit records and the accolades, what else do you want to achieve or to do? "Well, to continue what I love doing – singing. Fill the world with song. Can you imagine a world with no music? It would be drab. Boring! Like crying, music heals. Let's heal the world with music."
Mariah & Nick Host The Heat on Sirius XM
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-Oct-2009, 6:48PM EDT
Tune in to The Heat on Sirius XM's R&B Channel 50 tomorrow, October 17 to catch Mariah & Nick host the Mariah On Fire Countdown. Find the airing times below.
Mariah On Fire Countdown Saturday, Oct. 17 at 3:00 pm & 9:00 pm ET Rebroadcast: Sunday, Oct. 18 at 4pm & 10pm ET
Over the past 20 years, Mariah Carey has amassed countless hit records and a loving husband! Now, the Grammy winner proudly puts BOTH on display, as she and co-host/hubby Nick Cannon count down the diva's personal faves. Catch Nick and Mariah Carey-Cannon for an entertaining and insightful look into their wedded bliss, as they play back MC's classics, as well as new selections from her latest CD, "Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel." It's a side of Mariah you've never heard before, exclusively on The Heat!
HDD Prediction: Memoirs 30-35K Copies This Week
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-Oct-2009, 5:03PM EDT
WEAKEND CHART PREVIEW: Based on midweek sales and a lot of speculation, here's how the upper reaches of the chart might look next week:
Michael Buble (Reprise) 175-200k Twilight Saga: New Moon (Chop Shop/Atlantic) 125-150k Barbra Streisand (Columbia) 55-60k Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Atlantic) 55-60k Black Eyed Peas (Interscope) 35-40k Miley Cyrus (Hollywood) 35-40k Mariah Carey (Island/IDJ) 30-35k Toby Keith (Showdog) 30-35k Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 30-35k KISS (KISS) 25-30k Mario (J/RMG) 25-30k
RuPaul: L.O.V.E.U. Memoirs
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-Oct-2009, 3:31PM EDT
RuPaul, world-famous drag queen and host of the reality show Drag Race on the Logo network, talks about how he loves Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel on his latest blog.
L.O.V.E.U. Mariah is at the top of her game on her latest album "Memoirs..." I haven't stopped playing it since I got it three weeks ago, and there doesn't seem to be an end in sight. Every track is perfection. The woman is a master at conceiving, writing and producing pop music that satisfies the hungry heart. I venture to say, it's my favorite album of Mariah's since "Music Box." Even the gratuitous "The Impossible" has grown on me. Maybe it's that there are no rappers on this album (I actually prefer the Gucci Mane rap version of "Obsessed"), or maybe it's the absence of Jermaine Dupri that makes it so palpable. Whatever the case, I'm lovin' it.
This is how I resequenced her album (notice the absence of several interludes):
1. Obsessed f/Gucci Mane 2. Ribbon 3. Up Out My Face 4. More Than Just Friends 5. Angels Cry 6. Inseparable 7. Standing O 8. H.A.T.E.U. 9. It's A Wrap 10. Betcha Gon Know 11. Languishing (The Interlude) 12. I Want To Know What Love Is 13. Obsessed (Cahill Edit) 14. Candy Bling 15. Up Out My Face (The Reprise) 16. H.A.T.E.U. (Remix) f/Big Boi & Gucci Mane 17. I Want To Know... (Moto Blanco Edit) 18. The Impossible 19. Candy Bling (Remix) f/T-Bag 20. Obsessed (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Edit)
Trey Lorenz's Debut Album Gets Digital Release
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-Oct-2009, 3:56PM EDT
Legacy Recordings is continuing its on-going digital reissue initiative with a round of classic album titles, from a variety of genres, to be released for the first time in the online digital realm this fall. One of the albums being released digitally is Trey Lorenz' 1992 self-titled album.
Trey Lorenz Recently seen performing "I'll Be There" with Mariah Carey at the Michael Jackson memorial concert in Los Angeles, Trey Lorenz first hooked up musically with the contemporary pop-soul diva singing backup on her very first promo tour in 1990. Mariah returned the favor two years later when she laid down backing vocals on Trey's crossover smash single "Someone to Hold," the centerpiece for his self-titled debut album, a #1 Billboard Heatseeker in 1992, finally available through Legacy digital.
Mariah on UK's Strictly Come Dancing
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-Oct-2009, 1:49PM EDT
Strictly Come Dancing and The X Factor – which upset fans by going head-to-head in the TV schedules – appear to be stepping up their ratings war by booking bigger and better guests.
Last week Strictly tried to trump The X Factor's Robbie Williams comeback on Sunday by bagging junkie singer Amy Winehouse and her god-daughter Dionne Bromfield on Saturday.
However, The X Factor is set to triumph over the dance show this weekend. While Strictly is getting golden oldies Spandau Ballet to sing their 1980s hit Gold, Simon Cowell and Co have booked superstar Whitney Houston to sing on Sunday. X Factor is also trying to firm up a booking with queen of pop Madonna – but Strictly already has diva Mariah Carey in the bag.
Note: Mariah is scheduled to be in the UK in mid-November for Memoirs promotional visit. Aside from Strictly Come Dancing, Mariah is also booked for an appearance on T4 Presents. Firm schedule will be posted as soon as available.
Billboard: "Obsessed' Crosses 1M in Digital Sales
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-Oct-2009, 9:58AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated October 24, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #7 (Last week: #3) Sales this week: 54,479 (-68%) Total Sales: 223,337 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #3 (Last week: #1) Billboard Digital Albums: #25 (Last week: #4) Downloads this week: 4,117 (-85%) Total Downloads: 31,046 Billboard Canadian Albums: #17 (Last week: #5) Billboard European Albums: #21 (Debut)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #11 (Last week: #8) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #9 (Last week: #6) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #10 (Last week: #9) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #30 (Last week: #20) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #30 (Last week: #20) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #12 (Last week: #11) Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #6 (Last week: #3) Sales this week: 444 (-44%) Total Sales: 27,149 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #14 (Last week: #9) Downloads this week: 63,308 (-23%) Total Downloads: 1,022,045
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot 100: #67 (Last week: #60) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #71 (Last week: #72) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #41 (Last week: #43) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #41 (Last week: #43) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #13 (Last week: #15) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #97 (Last week: #64) Downloads this week: 15,520 (-33%) Total Downloads: 81,541
"Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100: #1 (Last week: #3) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #72 (Last week: #66) Downloads this week: 22,381 (-0.08%) Total Downloads: 44,779
Mariah 3 CD Collector's Set Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #160 (Last week: #88) Sales this week: 382 (-60%) Total Sales: 1,339
The Ballads Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #105 (Last week: #95) Sales this week: 706 (-19%) Total Sales: 121,675
E=MC² Sales this week: 337 (-38%) RTD Sales: 1,262,112
The Emancipation of Mimi Sales this week: 709 (-16%) RTD Sales: 5,917,697
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Video: Mariah Interviews with Close Up, New Zealand
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-Oct-2009, 6:40AM EDT
New Zealand current affairs host Mark Sainsbury's interview with Mariah in Los Angeles aired earlier tonight on TV One's Close Up. They talked about the new album, tour, Google, her marriage, Glitter, and new film Precious.
Mariah Interview on Close Up - TV One, New Zealand, Oct.15 [ Download here ]
Source: Rose | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah Arrives in Japan
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-Oct-2009, 3:38AM EDT
Mariah arrives at Narita International Airport in Narita, Chiba, Japan on Thursday, October 15, 2009 for a promotional visit for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel.
Videos/Photos: Mariah in Korea, Oct. 13 & 14
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-Oct-2009, 2:21AM EDT
Click on the links below to download video files of Mariah during her promotional trip to Korea: at the Press Conference for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook taping, and CD signing at Evan Records. More videos and pictures still to come, stay tuned! Thanks to our Korean correspondents Craig and June for all their hard work!
Mariah Arrives for Press Conference, Grand InterContinental, Oct. 13 [ Download here ]
Mariah Leaves Press Conference, Grand InterContinental, Oct. 13 [ Download here ]
Mariah Arrives at KBS for Sketchbook Taping, Oct. 13 [ Download here ]
Mariah Performs "I Want To Know What Love Is" on Sketchbook, Oct. 13 [ Download here ]
Mariah Performs "H.A.T.E.U." on Sketchbook, Oct. 13 [ Download here ]
Mariah & Yoo Take Pictures Together on Sketchbook, Oct. 13 [ Download here ]
Mariah Leaves Evan Records After CD Signing, Oct. 14 [ Download here ]
And here are photos from the Memoirs CD signing at Evan Records on Wednesday, October 14, 2009. The last two are from the Oct. 13th Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Taping.
Source: Craig | June | MariahDailyJournal | Soyeon
Luscious Pink Gift Set with Plush JJ
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 14-Oct-2009, 9:45AM EDT
The new Luscious Pink gift set comes with a stuffed plush JJ! Now available at all Walmart stores, the gift set is priced at $15.00 and can also be purchased online at Walmart.com.
This sparkling and intoxicating new fragrance captures the pure radiance of Mariah Carey. Luminous and sensual, Luscious Pink embraces Mariah's ever-captivating presence and playfully seductive personality, translating these qualities into an exquisite and effervescent fragrance. An ethereal harmony of sparkling Bellini accords, velvety pink peony and warm sun-kissed wood, the fragrance is a luscious blend of accords as enveloping as Mariah's voice.
Contains: .5 oz Mariah Carey Pink Eau De Parfum Spray and Plush Puppy JJ
Mariah in Korea: Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook Taping
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-Oct-2009, 3:16PM EDT
After the press conference at the Grand InterContinental Hotel, Mariah proceeded to the KBS studios to tape her appearance on Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook.
She opened the show by singing "I Want To Know What Love Is," followed by "H.A.T.E.U.;" and received amazing response from the audience!
After her performance, Yoo and Mariah had a long interview and talk which included: listening to singing from the audience (literally hysterically funny ones, purposely so humorous), Yoo doing a speed quiz asking Mariah questions like what her hobby is, what relaxes her, what was her most memorable dating place until now and many other questions. She looked like she really enjoyed her appearance at Yoo's show.
Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook with Mariah Carey as special guest will air on Friday, October 23 at 12:15am.
Be sure to stay tuned for pictures and video footage from the press conference and Sketchbook taping!
Source: June | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah in Korea: Memoirs Press Conference
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-Oct-2009, 3:13PM EDT
Click on the link below to download video clips from the Press Conference for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel held at the Grand InterContinental Hotel in Seoul, Korea on Tuesday, October 13, 2009.
One of our Korean correspondents June was there: "I just arrived from the hotel and a long day with MC! As you know the press conference was held at around noonish and few lucky fans were there. I did get in in the middle of the conference. Mariah was answering a reporter's question on her new fragrance, brought up the past scents so since I had M by Mariah the gold edition with me, handed it to her in case it could have advertisement effects! She was so kind not to forget to give it back to me after the press conference was over. You can find me and Mariah hugging in one of the clips, that's right after the conference ended; and Mariah while giving back my perfume also gave me a big hug."
Wearing a fitted black mini-dress and knee-high boots, Carey made her grand entrance at the press conference with a flurry of camera flashes lighting up the room.
"Annyeonghaseyo," Carey said, smiling at the room full of local and international reporters at the Rose Hall of the Grand InterContinental Hotel, Samseong-dong, southern Seoul.
"I'm very excited to be back here in Korea after six years. I always said I wanted to see my fans and experience different things in Korea again," she said.
She arrived Monday evening in Seoul to promote her 12th album. "Yesterday, at the airport, we were tired, but when we saw the fans there, and the fans were beyond supportive. I feel like I have a family all over the world, and here is part of my family too," she said.
Asked about how she came up with the album's title, Carey said she originally co-wrote a song with her husband Nick Cannon about society's obsession with perfection.
"Society seems to make people feel bad about not being perfect, especially in the entertainment business. I thought, wouldn't it be cool if that would be the theme of the album and speak to the people who may be growing up, and you feel you're not good enough... It's one of those things when the title makes the record," she said.
While she had a lot of fun making the album, working with producers like Tricky and Dream, Carey said she wanted to make an album she really liked.
"We weren't trying to make hits, we just wanted to make good music," she said.
Known for her glamorous image, Carey looked particularly youthful with her bouncy curls and sexy curves. When asked for her secret to looking so young, she admitted she is "eternally 12."
"Because when I was 12, there was good and bad things, but I'm still the same person when I was 12, so why not still be 12? But 12 with the nice hair and makeup artist," she laughed.
It's an image she shed when she played a dowdy social worker in the film "Precious," produced by Oprah Winfrey.
"Lee Daniels, the director, told me to look homely and ugly so that no one would recognize me. `I don't want any type of hair that looks like you, and I'm going to put a small mustache on you and stuff under your eyes. You're going to be hideous and then you're going to lose yourself in the part,' he said. That's what we did."
"Yes, I hated looking like that, and yes, I walked past the mirrors (gesturing with hands over her face) and like ugh, but the main thing I had become the character. I was fortunate to be part of the movie," she said.
Carey already has a long list of accomplishments, including five Grammy Awards, 18 number one hits on the Billboard charts and millions of albums sold, but she's still trying to find the right balance between her career and personal life.
"Some people didn't live their lives wanting to be entertainers. I did. I make music, I perform, this is who I am. I do definitely want to have a family. I got married a year and half ago ... It is difficult to do both things. I have to take time to eventually to have a family with no dysfunction, it's hard, and also try to make music. It's a balancing act," she said.
During her stay in Seoul, Carey will appear on several TV shows, including MTV Korea and "Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook," which will air Oct. 23 at 12:15 a.m.
The 39-year-old singer last visited Korea six years ago and is here to promote her 12th studio album "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel."
There is also an as-of-yet announced concert in the works to be no doubt held at the Olympic Park Gymnasium - the default venue for all high profile international concerts in Korea - later this month.
In front of a packed room full of rabid photographers and reporters, the five-time Grammy award winning pop superstar sashayed onto the stage in pure diva-like form during a press conference at the Grand Intercontinetal Hotel in southern Seoul.
It was obvious the original queen of pop-R&B has taken on a nostalgic concept with her new album.
Clad in the same tight, all-black, form-fitting one-piece dress and rocking a mane full of the iconic curls she made famous almost two decades ago, she greeted the press in Korean saying "Ahnyeong-ha-sae-yo" showing off her voluptuous curves.
"They say that if you say something enough you begin to believe it and then it becomes true and that's a theory some people have so when people ask me (what my secret is), I say I'm eternally 12," she joked.
"Basically, I'm the same person I was when I was twelve so why not just be twelve -- 12 with a nice hair and make up artist."
Throughout her long and illustrious career, Carey has remained relevant even with younger upstarts vying to take her place by collaborating with the hottest hit-makers and trend setting producers in the business.
But with her latest, she decided to go back to the drawing board. "I really did just just have fun making this album," she said. "Back then we weren't trying to make hits, we were trying to make good music. I'm a writer and this is my memoir."
Though she tied the knot with heartthrob Nick Cannon who is 10-years her junior in 2008, Carey has no plans of slowing down or taking a break to start a family. "This is what I love to do. I make music, I write songs, this is who I am," she said. "I do definitely also want to have a family -- I had the opportunity to get married a year and a half ago and I'll (someday) definitely take the time off to do the best I can with that. But it's difficult to do both things at the same time. I really have to make the time to eventually have a family without dysfunction and I know that's very hard. It's a balancing act, so we'll see."
She even took a moment to hawk her new perfume to the press called "Forever" reflecting her never-ending career as a hit maker. It is also the title of a 1996 single and went on sale around the time her latest album hit stores late last month. "It's a festive perfume. Elizabeth Arden and I worked together on it," she said and joked "we tried to combine my husband's (smell) into the perfume."
Carey is on track to break the record The Beatles achieved in having the most chart topping singles with 18. She needs two more number one singles to match the fab-four's record.
"H.A.T.E.U." Impacts Radio Nov. 2
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-Oct-2009, 4:25AM EDT
Friday Morning Quarterback (FMQB) lists "H.A.T.E.U." the third single from Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel as available for airplay on Monday, November 2 at Rhythm Crossover; and Tuesday, November 3 at CHR/Top 40.
The song also goes for adds at Urban on November 2, according to Radio & Records.
Source: FMQB | Lance | Ritcher
Photos/Videos: Mariah Arriving in Korea
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-Oct-2009, 3:57AM EDT
Mariah arrived in South Korea on Monday, October 12th for a promotional visit for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Below are pictures as well as videos of her arriving at the Incheon International Airport and the Grand InterContinental Hotel. Many thanks to Craig, June and Gorani for getting all these together for us!
Source: Craig | June | Gorani | MariahDailyJournal
Watch Mariah's AT&T Commercial
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-Oct-2009, 12:16AM EDT
Mariah Carey makes a surprise cameo appearance in a new AT&T commercial touting the nation's fastest 3G network. The spot, which premieres nationally this week, features a concierge who relies on his AT&T smartphone with the nation's fastest 3G network to set up a hotel room before an important celebrity guest arrives.
With the help of pop diva Mariah Carey, a Toronto couple took centre-stage and may have made same-sex marriage history with a public proposal in Las Vegas over the weekend.
Maurie Sherman, 31, known as Planet Maurie on the Breakfast Show with Mad Dog & Billie on Toronto's Virgin Radio, popped the question to his very surprised boyfriend, Matthew Almeida, 26, Saturday night at Carey's concert at the Palms resort.
While gay marriage may be outlawed in Nevada, there's nothing stopping a gay proposal. And with Carey in your corner, the whole thing came together like a sweet, sweet fantasy that's now a popular YouTube video and making news around the world.
While Sherman had been planning the proposal for months, he had no idea Carey was onboard until five minutes before the concert. "At which time I peed a bit," he said yesterday with a laugh.
In the midst of the concert, staff pulled the couple backstage, handed Sherman the microphone and brought them before the audience. Pulling out a ring made of candy–just like Carey's husband, Nick Cannon, gave her–Sherman told the crowd his boyfriend said the only way he could propose was if he introduced him to the songstress. "Matthew, Mariah, Mariah, Matthew," Sherman said. "I'm hoping that my Mariah will accept his Nick Cannon."
Sherman then got down on one knee and officially asked Almeida to marry him. He said yes.
Almeida, a self-confessed obsessed Carey fan, told the Sun the perfect proposal came as a wonderful shock. "To me it's a story not just about an engagement but it's also a story about making dreams come true and making it happen, to quote Mariah's song," he said.
Sherman said he believes it's the first public gay marriage proposal in front of a concert audience. "It's so great for gay marriage and gay lifestyle in general to have something like this happen on a world stage," Sherman said.
The Los Angeles Times and many U.S. entertainment websites were making mention of Carey's starring role in the gay couple's engagement. Celebrity gossip queen Perez Hilton saluted the proposal and Carey's help. "Mimi, always the diva, but with a heart of gold!" Hilton wrote on his website.
The couple haven't set a wedding date but aren't ruling out inviting Carey. "I'd love to, I doubt that will happen but who knows," Almeida said. "I never thought this would even happen so there you go."
Photos: Mariah Arrives in Korea
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 12-Oct-2009, 12:19PM EDT
Mariah arrived at Incheon International Airport in Korea at 5:30pm on Monday, October 12th; and proceeded to the Grand InterContinental Hotel in Samsungdong, Seoul where she is booked during her stay.
Tomorrow, October 13th, Mariah is scheduled to attend the press conference at the Grand InterContinental Hotel at 1:00pm; and tape her performance of "I Want To Know What Love is" for KBS' Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook at 6:30pm.
Below are pictures of Mariah arriving at the airport.
Update: Mariah's Memoirs Asian Promo Tour
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 11-Oct-2009, 6:32AM EDT
Here's a more detailed update from what we previously reported. Below you will find Mariah's current schedule for her Asian promotional tour, as it stands.
KOREA 10/12 Arrival
10/13 1:00pm Official Press Conference 2:00-4:00pm Regional Radios and Press Round Table Interview As Mariah will perform the day after, everything is expected to close before 4:00 pm so she can have a good vocal rest.
10/14 1:00pm TV Media Interview, 10 minutes per group 2:00pm-2.30pm Performance and Interview on KBS TV Show Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook 7:00pm TV Show taping and interview for MTV (live online) 9:00pm Autograph Session, media, UMG employees and 140 lucky fans have been invited. It will be a closed door session to be held at Evan Records store at COEX Mall in Seoul.
Due to the complexity of Mariah's schedule, if some sessions left from TV media interview, they will resume after the autograph session
10/15 Departure for Japan
JAPAN 10/15 Arrival 10/16 Performance on "Music Station"
Concert Tidbits: Mariah in Vegas, Oct. 10
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 11-Oct-2009, 4:56AM EDT
Maurie who is Senior Producer of Toronto's Virgin Radio's Mad Dog & Billie Show proposed to his boyfriend Matthew on stage in front of Mariah. Both are huge fans. See video and backstage pictures below!
Mariah called husband Nick Cannon to come on stage and sang Happy Birthday to him. See video below!
Gilbert shouted, "I love you like freeze pops!" from the front row and Mariah said it back to him and then she went, "I'm not doing that. Well, I will if I go on tour, that's IF I go on tour."
Mariah mentioned that she re-recorded "It's A Wrap" with a guest artist but she didn't say who.
Fans who saw all of her shows at The Palms said tonight's final show was definitely the best of all four!
Mariah gave a shout out to 2 Australian fans from Melbourne and seemed quite adamant that she would be visiting Australia soon. She told them to stay after the show to give them signed CDs. Another shout out to a fan from Israel and she said she'd like to visit there.
Mariah's mom Patricia and brother Morgan were again in the audience tonight. Also, Mario Lopez of Extra TV was spotted in George Maloof's private box and was dancing during "Honey."
She sang a little bit of "It's A Wrap" a cappella after reading a banner that read "Ain't no donuts, ain't no coffee," and replaced "Fly Like A Bird" with "I Want To Know What Love Is." She dedicated the song to a London fan.
Below is the show's set list.
1. Daydream Interlude 2. Shake It Off 3. Touch My Body 4. It's A Wrap (Snippet) 5. I Want To Know What Love Is 6. Make It Happen 7. Angels Cry 8. Always Be My Baby 9. It's Like That 10. Subtle Invitation 11. Trey Lorenz - Rock With You (Michael Jackson Tribute) 12. Honey 13. Heartbreaker 14. Close My Eyes 15. My All 16. Obsessed 17. Up Out My Face 18. H.A.T.E.U 19. We Belong Together 20. Hero
Below are some pictures from tonight's show. Keep watching this space for more pictures to come!
In related news, those who purchased tickets to watch the advertised-as "live stream" of tonight's show got this email from Iviago: "We apologize for the inconvenience but unfortunately, the release of the Mariah Carey concert live from the Palms Casino has been delayed for 24 hours. The concert will debut on Sunday, Oct 11. We're sure that all of you are as excited to watch the show as we are to release it. Sorry for the inconvenience."
Further, Bob Kasher, Managing Director of GDE Partners had this to say on what to expect in reply to an inquiry by Danielle:
"The show was recorded 'live' on Sept 11 and 12 to insure the best possible quality and reproduction. Due to our and Mariah's desire to give you the best quality audio and video reproduction possible we have decided to delay the release of Mariah Carey Live in Las Vegas by one day to Sunday Octrober 11, 2009. We are sorry for this delay but due to encoding difficulties we've encountered in making this first time event available to a global audience we felt it best to delay the release for 24 hours rather than provide our customers with a product that doesn't meet the highest standards of video and audio reproduction. To compensate you for your patience we will be offering all of you a second stream free of charge along with your original purchase. For those who don't wish to wait we will of course be happy to refund your money."
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Gilbert | Maurie | Matthew | Terry | Kristin | Danielle | Diva Report | Marc | Ray
Memoirs global chart trajectory and sales
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 11-Oct-2009, 3:55AM EDT
New Precious Trailer
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 10-Oct-2009, 11:38AM EDT
Precious: Based on the Novel PUSH by Sapphire has got another new trailer making its round. Debuted by Apple, this fresh sneak peek compiles footage of what is happening in the life of 16-year-old Claireece "Precious" Jones. Intercepting the footage are Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, who are explaining why people have to watch the film. Precious opens in select theaters on Friday, November 6th.
The Mariah Morning Show on Sirius XM
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 10-Oct-2009, 10:28AM EDT
Mariah hosted her own radio show, The Mariah Morning Show, on Sirius XM Dance channel 36 BPM on Friday, October 9. She played remixes of her songs "We Belong Together," "Obsessed," "Don't Forget About Us," "It's Like That," and "Honey."
Concert Tidbits: Mariah in Vegas, Oct. 9
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 10-Oct-2009, 2:51AM EDT
There were a few slight changes tonight. Mariah wore a different black dress than last time for "Make It Happen," "Angels Cry," etc. The pink mini dress was also gone, and replacing it was a short, one-strapped jeweled, gold dress.
Mariah mentioned that husband Nick Cannon's birthday was the night before and that she surprised him with "clowns and midgets." Then realizing she'd used an un-politically correct term, she asked what the socially acceptable way to say it was and a few fans shouted "little person." She also mentioned that to get the little person out of the room last night was "Drama!"
Nick was in the crowd in the production area right behind the floor seats.
At one point her bracelet fell off and she dared to bend down to the ground in her high heels and pick it up.
Mariah gave a shout-out to the Dutch fans after seeing a sign.
Mother Patricia and brother Morgan were in attendance. Producer Tricky Stewart was in the audience as well.
When giving her presents to Rae Rae to look after, Mariah explained who Rae Rae is by singing a line from "Migrate." [Rae Rae is Mariah's friend, choreographer/dancer Rachel McIntosh]
Mariah's manager, Chris Lighty, twittering during the show: "Mariah show is the most energetic yet! Great audience! Las vegas is ready for this residency!"
"Make It Happen" was, until climax of the song, performed with dancers without Mariah but Trey Lorenz, et al were singing the background vocals as normal.
The difficult Harvard line at the end of "Up Out My Face" was very well performed and the crowd loved it!
She sang a bit of "The Impossible" a cappella and did "H.A.T.E.U." instead of "I Want To Know What Love Is." Below is the show's set list.
1. Daydream Interlude 2. Shake It Off 3. Touch My Body 4. Fly Like a Bird 5. Make It Happen 6. Angels Cry 7. The Impossible (Snippet) 8. Always Be My Baby 9. It's Like That 10. Subtle Invitation 11. Trey Lorenz - Rock With You (Michael Jackson Tribute) 12. Honey 13. Heartbreaker 14. Close My Eyes 15. My All 16. Obsessed 17. Up Out My Face 18. H.A.T.E.U 19. We Belong Together 20. Hero
And here are pictures from tonight's show. Thanks to Raymond!
Source: Gilbert | Raymond | Marc | MariahDailyJournal
Updated: Mariah on Billboard Charts
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-Oct-2009, 3:20PM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated October 17, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #3 (Debut) Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1 (Last week: #79) Sales this week: 167,912 Total sales: 168,858 Billboard Digital Albums: #4 (Debut) Downloads this week: 26,929 Billboard Canadian Albums: #5 (Debut)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #8 (Last week: #9) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last week: #6) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #9 (Last week: #8) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #20 (Last week: #15) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #20 (Last week: #15) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #11 (Last week: #7) Billboard Lala.com: #5 (Last week: #2) Billboard Yahoo Video: #4 (Last week: #3) Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #3 (Last week: #3) Sales this week: 795 (-30%) Total sales: 26,705 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #9 (Last week: #14) Downloads this week: 82,627 (+24%) Total downloads: 958,737
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot 100: #60 (Last week: #75) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #72 (Last week: #89) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #43 (Last week: #40) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #43 (Last week: #40) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #15 (Last week: #19) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #64 (Last week: #95) Downloads this week: 23,338 (+51%) Total downloads: 66,021 Billboard Japan Hot 100: #15 (Last week: #30)
"Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100: #3 (Debut) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #66 (Debut) Downloads this week: 22,398* *In question. May not be the correct number.
Mariah 3 CD Collector's Set Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #88 (Debut) Sales this week: 957
The Ballads Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #95 (Last week: #86) Sales this week: 869 (+11%) Total sales: 120,969
E=MC² Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #129 (Last week: #119) Sales this week: 547 (+19%) Total sales: 1,261,775
"Touch My Body" Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales: #59 (Last week: #35) Sales this week: 14 (-50%) Total sales: 10,003
"I Stay In Love" Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales: #44 (Last week: #75) Sales this week: 22 (+100%) Total sales: 2,106
The sales numbers listed above do not include Apple's whose numbers are yet to be officially available. It shall be at least around 25,000 copies and placed at #4.
Memoirs Sales by City 1. New York, NY - 16,811 2. Los Angeles, CA - 16,578 3. Chicago, IL - 4,987 4. Philadelphia, PA - 4,806 5. San Francisco-Oakland-San Jose, CA - 5,993 9. Washington, DC - 6,501 12. Atlanta, GA - 5,045
Cities are listed according to their population. The above are the 7 cities where Memoirs sold the most.
Source: Billboard | SoundScan | MariahDailyJournal
HDD Prediction: Memoirs 55-60K Copies This Week
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-Oct-2009, 1:40PM EDT
YOUR WEAKEND TOP 10(ISH) CHART PREVIEW: Here's the prospective leader board for next Tuesday–minus the X-factor, Michael Buble, whose new LP comes out today in conjunction with his Oprah appearance. Next week's double-dippers appear at this point to be Hollywood and Jive/JLG; otherwise, things are spread out pretty evenly.
Kiss (Kiss) 150-160k Toby Keith (Showdog) 80-90k Barbra Streisand (Columbia) 65-70k Jay-Z (Roc Nation/Atlantic) 55-60k Mariah Carey (Island/IDJ) 55-60k Luke Bryan (Capitol Nashville) 40-45k Paramore (Fueled by Ramen) 40-45k Miley Cyrus (Hollywood) 40-45k Backstreet Boys (Jive/JLG) 40-45k Breaking Benjamin (Hollywood) 40-45k Relient K (Jive/JLG) 40-45k Pearl Jam (Monkeywrench) 35-40k Alice in Chains (Virgin) 35-40k
Though Island/IDJ's Mariah Carey bowed at #3 last week, many were surprised the album didn't generate a far bigger number given its two successful radio tracks and Carey's TV blitzkrieg, leaving the pundits to ponder where the disconnect is. But will these hit singles and heavy spins enable the album to build momentum as the holidays approach? That question leads to another: which of the releases will have the legs to carry them through the next three months?
Mariah at Nick's Birthday Bash in Vegas Oct. 10
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-Oct-2009, 12:53PM EDT
DJ Nick Cannon is all grown up after his Nickelodeon days and will be celebrating his 29th birthday with a party at The Bank at Bellagio after his wife Mariah Carey, serenades the crowds at The Pearl at The Palms.
Where: The Bank When: Saturday, Oct. 10 starting at 10pm Address: 3600 Las Vegas Blvd. S., In the Bellagio, Las Vegas Cost: Not available Age limit: 21+
Vote for Mariah in Def Pen's Hottest R&B Female Poll
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-Oct-2009, 12:44PM EDT
Def Pen Radio decided to create a Hottest Female R&B list in which the final top 10 will be decided by the fans and the Def Pen staff. This list is based on a few things such as overall talent, impact, relevancy over the last 6 months. The fan voting polls will be open until October 14. Then they will announce the Top 10 Hottest Female R&B Artists in the game.
Memoirs Contest Winners Announced
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-Oct-2009, 12:30PM EDT
Thanks to everyone who participated in our MEMOIRS Campaign Contest. Forty-two (42) lucky fans were picked at random out of hundreds of entries received during the week of September 29 - October 4. The following will each receive a signed item by Mariah!
Allan Wong (New York) Andrew Garcia (California) Art Arias (Arizona) Brad Troyan (Pennsylvania) Brendan Swift (Florida) Can Cihan (Turkey) Chih-Wei Chang (Taiwan) Cindy Bisak (Australia) Dario Herrera (Arizona) Diana Stella (Delaware) Eddie Hiram (Oregon) Eric Way (Kentucky) Erica Manglaviti (New York) Frank Jeffery (Illinois) Gabriel Alfassy (New York) Hansel Tookes (Florida) Herschell Harris (Virginia) Indra Diky Kurniawan (Indonesia) Jamonique Fletcher (California) Jason Symonds (New Jersey) Jeff Watson (Virginia)
Jeremy Bachelor (Illinois) Jimmy Tickey (Connecticut) Jorge Ruiz (Texas) Joseph Braxton (Maryland) Karla Di Majo (California) Katerina Dlouha (Czech Republic) Kevin Lo (New York) Lori Fredericks (Washington) Marc Wilson (Illinois) Martin martinmtz702 (Nevada) Ricardo Davis (Texas) Ronald Wade (Georgia) Rudy Palma (New Jersey) Ryan McMillan (Texas) Silvia Gonzalez (Michigan) Stacey Damude (Ohio) Vagner Coser (Brazil) Vivian Jackson (California) Yuan Man (China) EmeteriaS (Twitter) GottaShakeItOff (Twitter)
Congratulations, winners! Please contact us by e-mail and let us know of your mailing address.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is out in stores. Please keep supporting Mariah! Thanks to IDJ for providing the amazing prizes! Be sure to keep checking back to MariahDailyJournal for future contests.
Diva's voice, show make for extravagant affair
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 5:24PM EDT
Grammy-winner Mariah Carey returns to the Pearl at the Palms this weekend for her second stint. It's been about a month since the 39-year-old diva and her five-octave range took over the stage, bringing along a crew of high-kicking dancers (they even wear roller skates for one particularly elaborate number), a number of glittering dresses and a set list that ranges all over Carey's almost 20-year career. You won't be able to miss the cleavage or the siren-like high notes that have become the Long Island native's signature, but here are three other things to watch and listen for during her shows Friday and Saturday.
1. A drop-dead-gorgeous voice Carey's songs have never been the most creative lyrically, and her newer fare has tended toward more chart-friendly pop tracks, but she more than makes up for trite verbiage with a voice that could make "Old McDonald" sound like "At Last." When she lets it loose on such songs as new ballad "Angels Cry," the diva's vocal dominance is enough to make even a rowdy theater settle into reflective silence.
2. Wardrobe malfunctions The bigger Carey's star gets, the higher her heels become. During her September shows at the Pearl, she donned a series of curve-strangling bedazzled cocktail dresses and gowns. She looked fabulous, of course, but when she tried to dance or simply walk around the stage, anything more than a meek hip shimmy threatened to throw the singer off balance.
3. Real talk The diva knows that her fans have come to hear her sing and keeps chatting to a minimum. But she speaks her mind, concerned about ripping her dress or explaining that her next single, a cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," isn't what she'd have chosen. Amid the glittering clothes and highly produced stage show, hearing the diva get real is refreshing.
Mariah to Host Morning Show on Sirius Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 3:52PM EDT
Mariah will host her own radio show, The Mariah Morning Show, for one full hour on Sirius Channel 36 on Friday, October 9 at 8am ET. If you're not currently a subscriber, you can register for a free 7-day trial, no credit card required and no commitment, to be able to listen to Mariah's show.
The Mariah Morning Show Tomorrow 8:00 am ET Rebroadcast: Sun 10/11 6:00 am ET; Mon 10/12 10:00 am ET
Superstar artist Mariah Carey celebrates the release of her new CD Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel and takes over BPM as the host of "The Mariah Morning Show." Mariah will play her favorite dance remixes of some of the biggest hits of her incredible career. The dance community loves Mariah and she gives back by hosting her own show and bringing her fans into her world and talking about the many incredible remixes recorded by award winning and critically acclaimed producers like David Morales, Peter Rauhofer and Seamus Haji.
Streisand Surprises With #1 On Billboard 200
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 9:44AM EDT
While many were focused on a battle between Paramore's "Brand New Eyes" and Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" for the top slot on the Billboard 200 this week, Barbra Streisand trumps them both. "Love Is the Answer" earns Streisand her ninth No. 1 on the chart, opening with 180,000 copies according to Nielsen SoundScan.
"Answer" beats the arrivals of Paramore's "Brand New Eyes," which enters at No. 2 with 175,000, and Mariah Carey's "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," arriving at No. 3 with 168,000. First-week sales projections had estimated that Paramore would finish ahead of the two divas. As it turns out, Streisand surprised many with how well her album sold in non-traditional ways -- such as through Starbucks, QVC and via her Web site -- and that likely threw a wrench into forecasting sales.
Carey's "Memoirs" begins its Billboard 200 life with 168,000 -- off quite a bit from the opening of her last set, 2008's "E=MC2." The latter effort bowed at No. 1 with 463,000, her biggest first-week sum ever.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 5:26AM EDT
Mariah is currently in Las Vegas rehearsing for her shows this weekend.
For those seeing Mariah's concerts this weekend, below are photos of the merchandise that's being sold at the Pearl Theater's main entrance lobby. Thanks, Andrew!
The Preciousofficial site has been updated and it now has sections, and in "About The Film," they show a never-before-seen segment with Mariah. Check it out!
Roger Friedman in new Hollywood 411 column (before the official Soundscan figures were released): "According to hitsdailydouble.com, Streisand sold 176,000 CDs compared to Mariah Carey's 172,000. It's just four thousand copies. You could say Streisand beat Carey by a nose! For Streisand especially it's a nice win. Her 'Love is the Answer' album, produced by Tommy LiPuma and Diana Krall, was marketed brilliantly with her Village Vanguard show in New York. The CD will likely not sustain a high level in coming weeks, but for a debut, it's excellent. Carey, of course, will have a long run on the charts with 'Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel.' Her Foreigner cover single is a hit, and Carey has many more to come. Plus she'll have a lot of extra publicity from her movie, 'Precious,' next month."
The Artist Themes for Google Chrome has recently been launched and there is a theme of one of Mariah's latest promotional pictures for the Chrome browser. You can download Google Chrome here and to apply the Mariah Carey theme, click here.
Mariah was mentioned on yesterday's Wendy Williams Show when Bill Bellamy was a guest and they were talking about MTV back in the day when it used to be all about music and music videos and not shows, and they said that he interviewed Mariah when she was with Tommy.
Vote for Mariah in a poll for "50 Great Voices" on NPR, the highly-listened to and influential radio news program. Leave your picks, along with a sentence defending each choice and a link to an audio clip if possible here, or email your vote to GreatVoices@npr.org. Voting ends October 16.
Toronto's 99.9 Virgin Radio's Mad Dog & Billie show gives a shout out to MariahDaily.com. Thank you Mad Dog & Billie! And to senior producer Maurie for sending us the audio!
Our M Factor 2008 winner Rocky Heron has covered some of Memoirs songs. Check out his amazing rendition of Obsessed and Inseparable on YouTube!
Memoirs is the album of the week on AndromedaHigh, a Spanish website with more than a year and a half; and with more visitors everyday (now with an English version).
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Gilbert | Denny | Andrew | Bob | Steve | Rocky | Victor | Maurie
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 5:22AM EDT
BRAZIL The official Mariah Carey Brazil will launch "Team Mariah" and Brazilian fans can take part in different activities to promote Mariah Carey and win prizes. Stay tuned for further announcements on the site.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is now out in Brazil. The second single, "I Want To Know What Love Is" debuted at #38 on the Brazilian official top 100 last week; and climbed 19 spots to #19 this week.
As previously reported, Mariah will be the main attraction of Oi Fashion Rocks in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24th. Promotions for the concert/fashion event have already started. See a picture of a poster here.
MALAYSIA Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is now on sale for all album editions starting at RM25.00 for Malaysia Edition album, and a Deluxe Edition album with ELLE Booklet priced at RM35.00. A Limited Imported 3-CD collector's Edition is also available for sale which has 3 previous Mariah Carey albums of Charmbracelet, The Emancipation Of Mimi and E=MC², and a reserved space to place your latest Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel album. This box set is on sale for a limited time only while stocks last.
SPAIN To celebrate the release of Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel in Spain, the brand-new Spanish fan site Movimiento Lamb has scheduled multiple parties across the country. The cities of Madrid, Barcelona, Alicante, Valencia and Seville will all be celebrating the release of Memoirs! Visit Movimiento Lamb for time and places, and for any other additional information.
Spanish fans, be sure to also check the site for a complete translation of ELLE mini-magazine to Spanish.
THAILAND Below are photos of the gifts (bag and notepad) that come with the purchase of the Thailand Edition of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, now available in stores. The bag is only available at all B2S stores.
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES Mariah is featured in today's Gulf News'—UAE's biggest selling English newspaper—article about Precious. The film will be screened at the Middle East International Film Festival in Abu Dhabi next week. There are two showings at Cinestar, Marina Mall: On Monday, October 12 at 6:30pm and Thursday, October 15 at 9:15pm. Tickets are available at meiff.com or at Abu Dhabi Marina Mall Cinestar box office.
UNITED KINGDOM Below are photos of the promo CD for "I Want To Know What Love Is." The sticker on the front reads:
"Mariah Carey 'I Want To Know What Love Is' October 24th This phenomenal version of Foreigner's 'I Want To Know What Love Is' is the first single from Mariah's keenly awaited album, 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.' This powerful gospel rendition of the classic ballad shows Mariah at her very best, and is a fine example of what can be expected from the new album, out on September 28th." [As we know, the album release date has changed since then to November 16th.]
Source: Andrew | Jeremy | Tahiana | Vitor | MCT | Farhad | Michael
Video: Behind The Scenes at NY Intimate Show
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 1:06AM EDT
Check out the behind-the-scenes video footage from Mariah's October 5th Intimate Show at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca, New York below!
Two More Radio Interviews with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-Oct-2009, 12:55AM EDT
Monday, October 5, Power 105.1 at P.C. Richard & Son Theater DJ Clue talks to Mariah about her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, her favorite songs from the album, performing at a small venue and what some of her first experiences were. Listen to the interview below!
Excerpts from the DJ Clue interview Misconceptions, rumors that you want to dispel? Uhh there's too many rumors for me to try to dispel any and or all of them. You can go on just one particular site and there is just like you look at it in wonderment you're like 'This person actually created all these rumors just for their own benefit.' It's amazing. I guess that's what it is. That's the way things are and we have to accept it. If you're a celebrity, if you're in the limelight, that's what you deal with and some people get into the limelight because they want that. They want people to make up rumors about them. And some people just make up rumors 'cause they feel like it.
One memory or event or something that inspire you to become a musician, what would that be? When I was little, I remember I was walking down the street singing with this girl. We were gonna play together. We were like first-grade, and she—I think her name was Maureen but I'm not sure—she was singing and I was singing and then all of a sudden she stopped singing and started listening to me, and then she looked at me and she goes, 'When you sing it sounds like it's music behind you.' And I was like, 'Wow! that's a nice statement.' Even back as a kid I was like, 'Oh, that's a nice statement.' Other than all the things my mother said and did to encourage me that was something that came from up here, someone of my own age, a little kid, so that inspire me.
First CD bought or received? The first record that I ever bought was Michael Jackson, Off The Wall.
First concert? Again I was six years old, and my mother had me on stage and I was singing this song that had different languages in it 'cause she's an opera singer so she sings in like a bunch of different languages. She let me go on stage and sing this song that I knew and it was really nice. It was a pretty big place, to me it seemed big, I was little so it could have been tiny but you know, it was nice.
First job? I would have to say that would be making pancakes but they were actually crêpes at this spot. It was like a fair and I was maybe twelve years old and I don't think I was old enough to be a waitress at that point but I was a waitress, and we served, they even let us serve beer. We served beer and we make crêpes and we made all these little things. I made a little bit of money, not much. But to me at that point it was a lot.
Did you taste the beer? [Laughs] Probably but I've never been a real beer fan. I was more of a wine cooler person as time moved on.
Friday, October 2 - The Morning Mash Up, Sirius XM Mariah and husband Nick Cannon stopped by The Morning Mash Up. They talked about the keys to a successful marriage, having kids, Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, America's Got Talent, and other shows Mariah watches. Listen to the interview below!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Power 105.1 | The Morning Mash Up | Vanessa
BTS Photos of Mariah at AT&T Commercial Shoot
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-Oct-2009, 8:18PM EDT
Mariah Carey gets caught in her acting element in these candids off the set of an upcoming AT&T commercial. The larger-than-life songbird, who recently sold 168,000 copies of her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, plays the celebrity guest whose accommodations are hooked up by a concierge's clutch 3G smartphone. Shot in New York City last month, the commercial drops this week.
More Details of Mariah's Visit to Korea
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-Oct-2009, 11:03AM EDT
Pop diva Mariah Carey will arrive in South Korea on October 12 to promote her new album, according to Universal Music Korea on Wednesday.
The multi-award winning singer will hold a press conference on the second day of her four-day trip and hold an autograph session at Evan Records as well as a live fan meeting on MTV the following day, an official at Universal said.
The fan meeting, to be hosted by Alex of Korean band Clazziquai, will invite 130 fans to Seoul MTV Studio and air live at 6 p.m. on MTV Korea's official website.
The 39-year-old singer will be visiting Korea for the first time in six years to promote her 12th studio album "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" which was released September 28.
Below are photos of the Mariah Carey Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel bus that's scheduled to make its tour today from 9am to 6pm in Seoul, South Korea. Thanks to B.Y.!
Mariah Carey Talks Memoirs, Responds to Haters
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-Oct-2009, 10:01AM EDT
Mariah Carey doesn't go around proclaiming herself the Queen of Pop, but she would have good argument to do so. With 18 No. 1 songs on Billboard's Hot 100 to her credit, she is a lock to surpass the Beatles' record of 20 No. 1 to claim the title -- in fact Carey's the lone artist within striking distance. The only question is will the Fab Four's record tumble during the run of 'Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel,' Mimi's just released CD.
Given Carey's aggressively happy marital union to 'America's Got Talent' host Nick Cannon, no one would be surprised if 'Memoirs' floated along on the puffy clouds of connubial bliss, one joyous paean to the glory of love after another. But they would be wrong. As much as 'Memoirs' celebrates the unexpected rapture she's found with Cannon, the collection mourns heartbreak in all its wrenching disguises.
Carey, who co-produced 'Memoirs' with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, took time out on the 'Memoirs' release day to talk to PopEater about her surprising bedside reading material, cross dressing and her emotional message to those who feel the five-octave superstar needs to change her tune.
You've compared this album to taking pages from your private diary. How hard was it to revisit what were clearly some painful times? You know what? It was easier to revisit the painful times because they're over and I wanted to let out how I was feeling. And in a way, letting it out when there's also humor attached to it is more therapeutic.
You can be very funny, but it's not a side you usually show on your records until now on songs like 'Obsessed' and 'Up Out of My Face.' It's interesting because my friends know that my sense of humor is like 70% of who I am. It's had to be that way since I was a little kid. But my work didn't always tend to reflect that and I think that collaborating is fun and so, therefore, whatever you're feeling, you can bounce it off of somebody, where if you're just by yourself, maybe you wouldn't have the guts to say, "okay, maybe I'm just going to say this one line."
You told Elle that your favorite song is 'The Impossible' because you're in love for the first time. Did you fear love would never happen for you? I don't think I feared it because I guess I almost didn't believe in it. I always had a connection spiritually and I felt that maybe that's where I was supposed to be and I made music and wanted to be creative. But, you know, I didn't really trust people. I didn't really trust [sighs] what it would be like to be in a relationship again because I'd been, you know ... so many times it had been disappointing. But the situation with Nick is totally different because we're very similar. We have a lot of the same likes and dislikes and we have so much fun together.
What would surprise us that you do for fun? I go for walk in a semi-disguise. That's fun to me. I like to go to public places and do things that I would never get a chance to do. The other night, I went out wearing all Nick's clothes.
Did anyone recognize you? Yeah, a couple of people. But the thing is if they recognize him, they're going to ... if he's holding someone's hand and walking with them, they're going to look and go, "Who is he with?"
And if he's holding someone's hand, he better be with you. Exactly! You know that's right.
How did Nick influence this album? I think being with Nick had a big influence on this album because we would just drive around and listen to it and there would be little things we would [suggest]. Just even little ad libs or things that I would do that would become our favorite little part. He's really into different groups from back in the day and so that's a really specific style and even if it's just a "yeah" (sings softly) like that, I did something that I knew he would think was cute. I might do it just to make him laugh and then that would be his favorite part. [laughs]
What do you want people to learn about you from 'Memoir' that they may not know about you yet? I think there are a whole lot of different songs. They should hear the subtlety of 'H.A.T.E. U.,' but also the pain in that. And there's other songs like 'Angels Cry' [and] 'Languishing.'
Why? Well, I feel like, "This is the way I feel sometimes" and I'm sure other people feel the same way. You don't have to be someone in the public eye to feel this way. It's kind of more about your personal relationships -- and I don't want to say which ones I'm referring to -- and how you feel about the people that are in your life and/or may be just observing your life. I just think that is like the antithesis of 'Obsessed.' I think that's why I made it the interlude to 'I Want to Know What Love Is' because it was, I don't know, like [quotes lyrics]: "Those ancient buried recollections/We transform them and select them/you have yours, I have mine/That's fine." There are a lot of people who rewrite history and change things and you're like, "I don't remember it happening that way."
You work very hard. Do you ever get to rest and breathe? I do sometimes and it's better now because we have more places to live. Nick had a place out in L.A. and then we decided, OK, let's just do something together and really make it work for both of us and that's really been cool. We have a place in the Bahamas and so we can go to different places without having to rent them and do all that nonsense. So it's nice, it's relaxing and you can calm down and experience solitude.
In a recent USA Today piece, journalist Alan Light was quoted as saying that you've "affiliated [yourself] with urban musicians and that's a young person's game. It would be good for her..." [Interrupts] I heard it. I don't agree. I heard the quote and he said he preferred that I stand there and sing.
Well, he said it would be good for you "to reestablish herself as a vocalist because that's her strength." How do you assess both parts of that comment? OK, either he likes urban music but he doesn't like me singing urban music or he's someone who wants me to stand in the middle of stage and sing ballads. And that's cool, I'll do that, but honestly, my fans want to hear a variety of songs. Even back in the day, I was singing...People don't realize that 'Dreamlover' was based on a loop that a lot of rappers have used so that was way back when. I don't think people realize that it was a pop song [but] underneath it all it was produced by Dave "Jam" Hall, who would mainly work with Mary J. Blige and rappers. It's always been a love of mine to sing R&B music. But the thing is you can sing a song like 'The Impossible' or 'H.A.T.E. U' and you don't have to belt or sing out the whole time. I think 'I Want to Know What Love Is' does what he is referring to. Can I say one more thing? If they can't hear that I'm a vocalist from 'I Want to Know What Love Is' then I just don't know what they want me to do.
In August, Nick quoted the book of Genesis when he was tweeting a response to Eminem for taking you on in the song "The Warning." Then in Ell, when asked about where you wanted to be 10 years from now, you quoted Matthew 6:34. Were you always a student of the Bible or is that something that you two brought out in each other? Actually, a friend of mine's mom gave me a student bible about 2004. You read it three times and then the last time you're reading every word, you're not skipping things, so I have been reading that bible pretty much every night for years and I learned a lot. Now I have to figure out, okay, what's my next bible? Is it going to be a devotional, because I really feel there's a lot we can learn. I'm not a religious fanatic. It's just something that I'm very spiritual and I do feel calmer when I read even just a little bit of the bible and go to sleep.
Mariah in Scrapped Wrigley Ads?
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 6:50PM EDT
Gum company Wrigley is reportedly preparing a lawsuit against Chris Brown to recoup the millions of dollars they spent on his endorsement deal for Doublemint Gum that went south when he was charged with assault.
The company spent big bucks on ads featuring Chris along with other celebrities like Jay-Z and Mariah Carey. "Since Chris was in them also – everything had to be ditched. Wrigley is mad and we hear they hope to recoup the money Chris caused them to lose with a big fat lawsuit."
HITS' Final Album Sales Tally: Memoirs At #3
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 4:26PM EDT
In what was a very close race for top album sales, Mariah Carey's Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel ended up at #3 with 172,742 copies sold behind Paramore's Brand New Eyes (184,547) and Barbara Streisand's Love Is The Answer (176,663), #1 and #2, respectively, in Hits Daily Double's final Album Sales tally.
The official album sales figures will be determined by SoundScan whose data apply to the Billboard charts; and will be released later this week.
Source: Hits Daily Double | MariahDailyJournal
"Mariah Carey Live in Las Vegas" Online
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 2:00PM EDT
Mariah Carey Launches Groundbreaking Global Mobile and Digital Concert "Mariah Carey Live in Las Vegas" Premieres Saturday, October 10, 2009
Watch a Promo Video of Mariah in Las Vegas Singing "Obsessed"
Mariah Carey, one of the best selling recording and performing artists of our time will make history, Saturday, Oct. 10, when her performance "Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas" becomes the first concert to be simulcast to mobile (internet enabled phones) and other digital devices worldwide. Presented by GDE Partners through their www.iviago.com website, in association with the Island Def Jam Group, the digital broadcast, also available in high definition on October 24, will be delivered through Iviago's virtual global stage, accessible in over 200 countries via more than 235 mobile and digital partners including iClips and iTunes.
Virtual concert tickets will cost $9.99. They are available by texting Mariah to 313131, through Mariah Carey's official website www.MariahCarey.com and Facebook or MySpace page by clicking on the "Mariah Carey Live In Las Vegas" link, or by going directly to www.iviago.com, where a sixty second preview is available for viewing. The concert stream will be sent on the day of the event to anyone who purchases a ticket, and can be viewed right away or saved for future one-time viewing. Like other digital video services, the content may be paused mid-stream and continued at a later time, but may not be rewound or replayed once it has been viewed. In addition, starting October 20, the concert will also be available as downloadable video clips with a select number of mobile phone carriers in North America, South America and Europe.
"Fans from all over the world can now share the excitement of a live concert, wherever, whenever, and on whatever digital device they chose," explained Steve Bartels, President/COO, Island Def Jam Music Group.
"Mariah is a great performer to debut our global concert platform," says Robert Kasher, a partner in GDE. "Her extraordinary worldwide popularity is a perfect fit to showcase this new approach for the dissemination of live music which we believe to be the future of live entertainment."
The long-awaited, sold-out concert is Mariah's first major performance in three years. Recorded live on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, it is taken from the first two of her four exclusive concerts at the Palms Resort in Las Vegas, which will conclude with two concerts October 9 and 10. The concert program being presented will be sixty minutes in length including introduction and will feature her biggest hits, as well as songs from her new CD, "Memoirs Of An imperfect Angel," released September 29th on IDJ.
Mariah Carey Angelic at New York Show
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 1:27PM EDT
Mariah Carey performed 5 songs in Tribeca to 200 adoring fans Monday night. By Tracy Bratten - Clear Channel Radio Digital
The stage was set with glittering gold embellished curtains, the microphone stand encrusted with rhinestones for none other than the imperfect angel herself. The P.C. Richard and Son Theater in lower Manhattan has hosted the likes of Alice in Chains, Green Day, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kelly Clarkson, but never before has it been transformed into a venue fit for a diva. Radio contest winners turned out in droves Monday night to see Mariah Carey perform an intimate show in TriBeCa.
New York's Power 105.1 put on the event, introducing Mariah as the "biggest female selling artist of all time," and she kicked off the performance with her hit 'Obsessed,' asking the audience, "Why are you so obsessed with me?"
It's hard not to be obsessed. She's known for her powerful voice and, let's be honest, for being a diva. Wearing a zip up leather black minidress, a black patent leather cropped jacket and knee high black boots, the 39-year old songstress belted out the song in front of six backup singers, hitting notes some singers only dream of. For all the flack she's received in recent years, the girl can sing, and she did herself justice.
In between each song, Blair the stylist came up on stage to pull down her dress, powder her nose - Mariah exhibiting her great sense of humor, joking all the while - "I can't help it if things pop out!"
"We're gonna take you way back," she announced into her sparkling microphone - one guest guessed it was encrusted with Swarovski crystals - before singing the old favorite "Always Be My Baby." Halfway through the song, she ordered that the music be stopped because she couldn't hear the monitors. When the music stopped her stylist and make-up artist hurried onstage, fluffing her hair and powdering her nose as the sound issue was resolved. "Might as well be a diva moment while we're here," she joked, adding, "How often do you see me this clothed?" To the crowd's delight, instead of picking up where she left off, she sang the entire song again, delivering the hit from her Daydream album.
"I must be a true diva," she said after the song, as her make-up artist, Brigitte touched her up. "Brigitte makes me feel very very upscale when she does my makeup... Nobody ever had powder put on their face before during a concert!"
But the fans love her for it. One concert-goer even had 'Mariah' tattooed on the inside of her lip. "You did not tattoo your lip with Mariah on it!" She said to her adoring fan, adding, "But is your name Mariah too? Ashley?? Hi Ashley."
The third song she sang was "H.A.T.E. U," a new one from her latest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. "Actually it stands for having a typical emotional upset," Mariah explained. But what does she know about that?
Of course she had her diva moments. She's the quintessential diva, after all. "It would be awesome if all of the ladies in the audience had their hair done while I was singing," she laughed. "And that's why I love you because you put up with all my tomfoolery." But for all the naysayers out there, she looked gorgeous (all those hair fluffing moments were truly uneccessary), and she sounded great.
She then sang another song from the latest album, her remake of the 1984 Foreigner hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is," reminding the audience of the clever cover choices she's made throughout her career (remember her "Against All Odds" cover from the Rainbow album?) and comtinues to make.
She dedicated her fifth and final song to the audience, thanking them for "putting up with all the divadom" before singing "We Belong Together." At the end of the show, she told the packed house of two-hundred-something, "I love you, I appreciate you and I enjoy you!"
"H.A.T.E.U." is 3rd Single from Memoirs
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 12:13PM EDT
The invite-only exclusive performance by Mariah at the P.C. Richard & Son Theater in Tribeca, New York packed the venue to its capacity last night. Mariah looked stunning and performed "Obsessed," "Always Be My Baby," "H.A.T.E.U.," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and "We Belong Together." The show was recorded and will be put up on iheartradio.com at some point.
At the show, Mariah mentioned that although they will still be working on "I Want To Know What Love Is," her next single is "H.A.T.E.U." and that she absolutely loves the remixes for "H.A.T.E.U."
Mariah to Release Memoirs Remix Album
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 11:51AM EDT
Trey Songz reveals he recorded a remix to "Inseparable" last month
Fans who picked up Mariah Carey's latest Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel most likely noticed the absence of features, but the singer is about to make up for it. Tricky Stewart and Trey Songz spill details exclusively to Rap-Up.com on Carey's top-secret remix album.
Details are slowly emerging about the project, which will include remixes to every song on Memoirs. "There's gonna be remixes to everything," says Tricky. "I'm actually doing some remixing myself currently 'cause some of these records were so much fun to make. It's easy to go in and do a remix."
The mega-producer already has something in mind for the diva's Foreigner cover. "I'm gonna do a remix to 'I Want to Know What Love Is' myself. I'mma raise the tempo up. I'mma try to make it into something else."
He may even add a guest to it. "Once I get the beat and if it calls for the right person, I can get anybody on the phone I want to right now, so I will be using my Rolodex for that."
One of the featured artists on the new project will be Trey Songz, who exclusively discloses to Rap-Up.com that he recorded a remix to one of Memoirs' cuts last month. "Mariah Carey, I believe she's doing a remix album and I'm on a record entitled 'Inseparable,'" he shares.
Trey put everything aside once he got the call. "I actually only had a day to do it. I did it on my day off. [They were] very professional, very adamant on wanting to get it done. They made sure we had all we needed. I just went in and got it done."
Audio: Mariah Interviews with Australia's 2day FM
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 06-Oct-2009, 12:11AM EDT
It was "Breakfast with the Stars" on 2day FM's The Kyle & Jackie O Show in Sydney, Australia with guest co-host Brian McFadden of Westlife and Mariah Carey on Tuesday, October 6. Mariah called in to promote her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel and single "I Want To Know What Love Is." In the interview, topics discussed included: the Bulgarian Idol with "Can Li," High School Musical & young people emulating her, Ellen DeGeneres on American Idol, and Precious. Mariah also took call-ins from fans. Listen to the interview below!
New AT&T Commercial to Feature Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 05-Oct-2009, 8:15PM EDT
Be sure to be on the look out for the new AT&T commercial featuring Mariah Carey that's airing this week!
To the right is a photo of Mariah as she watches playbacks of a new AT&T commercial that will feature the "Imperfect Angel."
Inside Mariah's 'Memoirs'
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 05-Oct-2009, 3:17PM EDT
Sex, drama and lyrical rolls - the pop diva dishes on her latest album, upcoming film and her gay fans —Justin Ocean
Mariah Carey's latest album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," finds the R&B super-songstress back in the driver's seat of the heart with a collection of laid back slow-jams, power ballads (what else?) and booty-bouncing first single "Obsessed."
Catching up with the diva as she makes her busy publicity rounds in New York City, Carey is exceedingly candid about her motives, but keeps it classy when we press for parallels between the songs and her more public splits, spats and smooches.
"Yes, there are very many specific moments of my life in this album, especially the ones that are kind of cutting and filled with sarcasm," Carey demures. "At the end of the day, I'm a jokester. I don't take stuff that seriously. Some people are like, 'I'm gonna get you!' They're angry. I'm not like that. I'll give you a funny little lyric and then laugh. I feel like there are so many little jokes and comedic moments put in there."
For her gay fans, behind the playfulness lies a deeper, more serious message that she's trying to impart. She explains: "I had written a song called 'Imperfect.' It was mainly for those of us who get stuck on trying to compete with an unrealistic image. None of us are really angels, but some of us try." The song didn't make the cut, but the name and theme stuck.
Referring to her "Butterfly" album's gospel-flavored "Outside," Carey continues; "For me that was about being multi-racial, bi-racial, but a lot of gay people have told me it's an anthem of theirs because it's how they felt. So last night a guy, I don't want to say gay guy because he didn't tell me, 'Hi, I'm gay' - I don't really like to put people into boxes because that's been done to me my whole life - he showed me he had a lyric from the song tattooed on his arm. I see that and can only say, 'Wow.'
"I'm grateful I've been able to help people through those dark moments of not knowing whom you can relate to, whom you can be honest with. If you could just be yourself that would be great. That's the imperfect angel thing. There are still a lot of things that are painful to me that I wish I could change that I can't. But I can try."
Conceived as a tribute to love at all its stages - from the twittering days of first kisses to trauma-strewn dissolution and all the profundity and enveloping goodness in between - "Memoirs" sees Carey flexing both her writing and producing talents, in addition to her well-established vocal prowess. With the exception of a soaring gospel rendition of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is," a song chosen with the help of hubby Nick Cannon ("If you ask him it was his idea, but if you ask me, it was mine!" she laughs), every track was the product of a three-way collaboration with Terius "The-Dream" Nash and C. "Tricky" Stewart, the duo behind Rihanna's "Umbrella." Their unified mission: give each song a diary feel, like a conversation between friends - blunt, intimate and revealing, with a riding humor throughout.
That wit, catchier the more ridiculous it gets, can be traced to the easy sense of creative freedom she had working with Tricky and The-Dream, casting their shared vision for "Memoirs" as less an emotional rollercoaster and more a complete journey. Songs segue from one emotion to another with an easy grace and a few unexpected interludes and connecting twists, such as the drumline reprise to "Up Out My Face," adding sonic spice to already caustically clever rhymes of the saucy flippin'-the-bird main track.
Carey hesitates to classify her 12th studio album as her most personal, but she is quick to count it amongst her proudest, considering it her most cohesive body of work as producer. Already the top-selling female recording artist in history, the next weeks will see if fans agree and can push Carey to the top of the No. 1 heap. Her last album, "E=MC2," had her surpassing Elvis' record of No. 1 hits (as scored on Billboard's Hot 100); only two more and she'll tie with The Beatles' all-time high of 20.
"You know what, it's just weird," she says, contemplating her legendary status. "I'm so thankful. I have so much faith, and I'm so grateful to God for everything I have, but I'm just a regular person sitting here under a comforter talking to you on the phone, having a glass of wine, being like, OK, cool - ya know what I mean?"
Music industry accolades or not, Carey can rest assured knowing, despite 2001's "Glitter," she could actually have a second career as an actress. In her latest project "Precious," a soul-gutting and fortifying tearjerker of a film based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire, she plays a pivotal role as a social worker to an abused Harlem teen. The film's already getting major response. Backed by Tyler Perry and Queen Oprah herself, film festival buzz has Oscar contender written all over it. So can we see more IMDB entries in her future?
"I can't even tell you! It's another side of my creativity that I am so thankful for," she effuses. "I love singing. I love writing. I love producing. But I only am a creative person. That other side of the brain, like where you're scientific, doesn't exist for me. So out of the two sides of my creative self, I get to use this other side and it's amazing. It allows me to let out emotions I don't even know if I knew I ever had."
That's the famously voluptuous singing superstar Mariah Carey, with whom I had a brief conversation the other day.
I was the last of Mariah's duties that long afternoon; she'd given about 19 interviews to promote her new album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel."
The star sounded game, but understandably beat. Her voice was a little ragged. I said, "Mariah, I feel bad making you talk anymore!" She laughed, "Liz, I'm fine. I'm actually lying down as we speak. Listen, this is a lot better than other things I could be doing to push this album."
Even though our super-fast chat was supposed to be confined to her music – and I'd been sent a little list of specific questions ("elements" as they call them) – I had to immediately compliment Mariah on her small, unglamorous-but-pivotal-social-worker role in the movie "Precious." And I told her I'd also liked her in the two-guys-one-gal-on-the-road movie "Tennessee." (Both these films emerged under the aegis of producer/director Lee Daniels, who is a great Mariah admirer. "Precious" is being talked up as Oscar bait!)
Even though she was cruelly excoriated for 2001's "Glitter," Mariah says she's encouraged by her recent efforts and would love to continue a movie career. And she should. Lord knows she's ready to go the limit. There are not too many sex symbols who would agree to appear as Mariah does in "Precious." (It's not a fake nose or strange teeth or padding, Mariah just took off her makeup and allowed a pitiless camera and harsh lighting to underscore her performance.)
We did speak of her album, which is already a big Billboard hit. "Memoirs" is a "concept" piece, with a beginning, middle and end. The theme is relationships and all its variations from infatuation to bitter ending to hope for tomorrow. The disc builds to a powerhouse climax with Mariah's cover of the old Foreigner hit, "I Want to Know What Love Is." (This is the album's only track not written by Mariah herself.) She says of this, "I wanted to respect the original version. I didn't want to make it something unrecognizable. But I did incorporate my own vision." (This vision includes a soaring gospel choir and the full use of Mariah's multi-octave pipes. You sure do know what love is when Mariah gets done with it!)
I asked Mariah if the album's title, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," was in any way autobiographical.
"Ha! I'm no angel, Liz. Really, it's a statement to young girls – but actually to everybody – about how we are all normal and imperfect. We are not what is on the cover of magazines or what we appear to be in flattering press releases. It's OK to be who you are, no matter who you are – and to love accordingly. Also, the album was a way of working out some stuff, glancing back and saying, 'What the hell was I thinking?'"
Well, what was she thinking? "Oh, I'm not going down the list, which is really rather small. At the beginning of my career, I had to be very straightforward in my work and my image. But I have a lot of humor and zest for living and imagination. Once I broke free, I allowed myself to be who I was, who I wanted to be, as a woman and as an artist. This kind of album, with the great collaborations I have with Tricky Stewart and The Dream never could have been possible as my old self." (Mariah didn't need to put a fine point on it. She was clearly referring to her infamous marriage to Tommy Mottola, the music mogul who discovered, elevated and eventually smothered her.) Also impossible back in the day was Mariah's wicked tongue-in-cheek celebration of her sexiness – high heels in a snow drift! The old Rodgers and Hammerstein song, "I Enjoy Being a Girl," suits Mariah to a T. A wet tee.
Will Mariah tour to promote this CD? "Hmm... I really want to think about what I want to do next, how best to use my time, my life." Her life now includes an apparently blissful marriage to Nick Cannon. Tours rip months and years out of a performer's life. I believe Mariah has a different plan. At the very least, she needs time to also promote her new fragrance, "Forever."
Before I let Mariah go – well, before her handler wrenched us apart: "Your 15 minutes are up!" – I told her how much I love her delightful 1994 Christmas album. This disc includes her own composition, "All I Want for Christmas Is You."
"Oh, thank you! When I realize how that song has become a part of Christmas tradition, it's crazy to me, thrilling, humbling. You know, I didn't want to do a Christmas album. It was Tommy's idea. And I was all, 'Please I'm a young girl. People don't do Christmas albums until they are, like, 50. Some sort of last resort.' But he insisted. 'No, no. Do it. It'll be a big hit. So I did and it was, and I'll always be grateful for that."
Mariah paused and said, "I shouldn't tell you this, but I'm going to record another Christmas song, with my mother. I'm going to sing in my style, and she is going to sing operatic, which is her style." (Patricia Carey, Mariah's mom, is a former opera singer and vocal coach.)
"Mariah, when you say you shouldn't tell me, do you mean you've told me something I can't print?"
"Well, Liz. Would it be good for you if you printed it?"
"Of course it would be. But..."
"OK, then go ahead."
OK, then, go ahead. Words to cherish from a star, and words you don't hear much but from the unique likes of Miss Mariah Carey.
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 05-Oct-2009, 7:50AM EDT
Tune of "Obsessed" used as teaching aid in Language Arts. Recently on CNN, they had a segment on the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. At the start of the segment they showed the middle school students singing about possessive nouns to the tune of "Obsessed." Watch a video here!
As first reported here, Mariah is scheduled to be in Europe in November to promote her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. The French radio station NRJ is currently holding a contest for a chance to meet Mariah in NRJ studios when she interviews with the station's morning show in November (no firm date has been set). French fans can send an SMS "RENCONTRE" to 61112 with your name and phone number or enter online here. If selected, you will be called and be on-air to name the 3 Mariah songs that they will play.
Mariah is scheduled to visit Japan from October 15 - 17 as part of her Asian promo tour for Memoirs. She will reportedly perform on the "Music Station" on Friday, October 16.
Below are scans from the October 12th issues of OK! and Us magazines, and from the Romanian magazines, Click TV and Click, October issues.
Sony Legacy is releasing Merry Christmas (Christmas Classics-The Yule Log Edition) on October 6, 2009. It's a DVD of Yule Log (the traditional holiday TV screener) and instead of playing generic Christmas tunes, this version plays Mariah's Merry Christmas tracks. Now available for pre-order at Amazon.com for $13.99. See a preview of the DVD here.
Talking to MTV News backstage at the "Forever" launch in Macy's, Mariah insists her new songs are not about Nick: "If they think that, they haven't seen either one of us on an interview. And I doubt that!" Watch a video of the interview here.
Taiwan's G. Star Club will be celebrating the release of Memoirs on Friday, October 9, 11:30pm-4:00am. It will be a Mariah-themed night with DJs Michael Hsu and Arnold playing Mariah's new and classic hits as well as remixes all night long. More info here.
Chinese fans, be sure to visit the following official promo sites for Memoirs: in Hong Kong, Taiwan.
Mariah is the artist of the week on Australia's Bandit.fm - the first time for a non-Sony artist.
Mariah's "I Want To Know What Love Is" was played during an episode of "Viver a Vida" (Living the Life), a widely popular Brazilian soap opera. You can see a video here, at 1:53.
Our Italian friend Ila and Mariah fans celebrated the release of Memoirs in a little party at her house Saturday, Sept. 26. Below are some pictures.
Riccardo plays Mariah songs all day at his Eleonora Amadei shop in Madrid, Spain. See a video here.
To celebrate its one year anniversary and the release of the new version of the messageboard, MariahBRForum is running a promotion that will give one sealed "Touch My Body" single to one lucky member! All you have to do is join the board and reach at least 30 posts until October 25th.
The Romanian Mariah fan site, Mariah.Ro, is now up and running. Check it out!
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Lionsgate Pushes Carey, Sidibe for Oscar Bids
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 05-Oct-2009, 4:58AM EDT
Mo'Nique's Oscar hopes for 'Precious' endangered by attitude, insiders say
Breakout star Mo'Nique isn't considered that "precious" by executives at Lionsgate, which produced her forthcoming film. In fact, insiders are saying the 41-year-old comedian's bad attitude and shameless demands for money may jeopardize her chance for Oscar glory - all this before the highly anticipated movie opens on Nov. 6.
The star was MIA Saturday night at the New York Film Festival premiere of the buzzworthy flick "Precious." She also allegedly ditched her promotional duties during the Toronto Film Festival when she was denied a $100,000 appearance fee.
According to our snitch, exasperated studio chiefs suggested that executive producer Oprah Winfrey get involved to deflate Mo'Nique's substantial ego, but even O couldn't stop the actress from seeing green.
But the star's attitude is starting to work against her. Winfrey and Tyler have reportedly instructed Lionsgate to put their promotional machine behind fellow stars Mariah Carey and Gabby Sidibe for the Oscar race. Those two are adept at playing the game; both turned up in New York and Toronto to push the film for free.
Reps for Winfrey, Tyler and Lionsgate declined to comment, but the film's director, Lee Daniels, was quick to say, "Mo'Nique is not a diva. She puts her soul into whatever she does. I love her very much." He does add, however, that "doing the press is hard for her because she's in the moment."
Request "I Want To Know What Love Is"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 05-Oct-2009, 4:28AM EDT
Please take a few moments to request Mariah's new single, "I Want To Know What Love Is" at radio! Below are phone numbers and online links to some of the biggest radio stations across the country.
POP (Sep 28 - Oct 4) #48 (Last week #48), +77 spins, 2.425 million impressions
KZZP-FM KISS 104.7, Phoenix, AZ - 602-260-1047 | Online KIIS-FM 102.7, Los Angeles, CA - 800-520-1027 | Online KHTS-FM Channel 933, San Diego, CA - 858-570-1933 | Online KMVQ-FM Movin 99.7, San Francisco, CA - 888-456-9970 | Online KPTT-FM 95.7 The Party, Denver, CO - 303-631-2957 | Online KONN-FM Hot 107.1, Denver, CO - 303-750-1071 | Online WKSS-FM Kiss 95.7, Hartford, CT - 860-247-9570 | Online WIHT-FM Hot 99.5, Washington, DC - 877-995-4681 | Online WSTW-FM 93.7, Wilmington, DE - 800-544-9370 | Text 56221 | Online WFKS-FM 97.9 Kiss, Jacksonville, FL - 904-739 2979 | Online WBVD-FM Kiss 95.1, Melbourne, FL - 321-821-5477 | Online WHYI-FM Y100.7, Miami, FL - 866-645-9100 | Online WAEV-FM 97.3 KISS, Savannah, GA - 912-947-9730 | Online WKSC-KISS 103.5, Chicago, IL - 312-540-2000 | Online WLKT-FM 104.5 The Cat, Lexington, KY - 859-280-1045 | Online WZKF-FM KISS 98.9, Louisville, KY - 502-571-9898 | Online WKQI-FM Channel 9-5-5, Detroit, MI - 313-298-9595 | Online KSLZ-FM Z107.7, St. Louis, MO - 888-570-1077 | Online KFRH-FM 102.7 Now, Las Vegas, NV - 702-597-1027 | Online WKKF-FM Kiss 102.3, Albany, NY - 518-476-1023 | Online WBEA-FM 101.7 The Beach, Long Island, NY - 631-267-7800 | Online WHTZ-FM Z100, New York, NY - 800-242-0100 | Text 55100 | Online WXRK-FM 92.3 Now, New York, NY - 888-923-0923 | Online WKGS-FM KISS 106.7, Rochester, NY - 585-222-5477 | Online WMKS-FM 105.7, Greensboro, NC - 336-822-2000 | Online KHTT-FM K-Hits 106.9, Tulsa, OK - 918-460-1069 | Online WKFS-FM KISS 107, Cincinnati, OH - 513-749-1071 | Online WAKZ-FM KISS 95.9, Youngstown, OH - 330-965-1547 | Online WHKF-FM 99.3 Kiss, Harrisburg, PA - 717-540-8800 | Online WHYI-FM Y100, Harrisburg, PA - 866-645-Y100 | Online WIOQ-FM Q102, Philadelphia, PA - 215-263-1021 | Online WBZW-FM B94, Pittsburgh, PA - 412-333-9494 | Online WKRZ-FM 98.5 KRZ, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 800-222-0985 | Online WBHT-FM 97 BHT, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 877-971-9248 | Online WIHB-FM B92, Charleston, SC - 843-972-9292 | Online KKPN-FM Planet 1002.3, Corpus Christi, TX - 361-814-1023 | Online KHKS-FM 106.1 KISS, Dallas, TX - 214-787-1061 | Online KKHH-FM Hot Hits 95.7, Houston, TX - 713-390-5957| Online KXXM-FM Mix 96.1, San Antonio, TX - 210-470-5961 | Online KYMV-FM Movin 100.7, Salt Lake City, UT - 877-807-1007 | Online WVHT-FM Hot 100.5, Norfolk, VA - 757-473-1005 | Online KBKS-FM 106.1 KISS, Seattle, WA - 206-421-1061 | Online
RHYTHMIC (Sep 28 - Oct 4) #34 (Last week #36), +69 spins, 4.922 million impressions 58 stations playing
KHTN-FM Hot 104.7, Modesto, CA - 209-567-1047 | Online KGGI-FM 99.1 KGGI, Riverside, CA - 866-991-5444 | Online KSFM-FM 102.6, Sacramento, CA - 916-766-5736 | Text 41025 | Online KCAQ-FM Q 104.7, Ventura, CA - 805-289-1400 | Online KIBT-FM 96.1 The Beat, Colorado Springs, CO - 719-226-2328 | Online WBTT-FM 105.5 The Beat, Ft. Myers, FL - 239-225-4300 | Online WJMN-FM Ham'n 94.5, Boston, MA - 617-931-1945 | Online KVEG-FM Hot 97.5, Las Vegas, NV - 702-320-5834 | Online WWPR-FM Power 105.1, NYC, NY - 800-585-1051 | Text 41051 | Online WRDW-FM Wired 96.5, Philadelphia, PA - Text 60145 | Online WWKX-FM Hot 106, Providence, RI - 401-433-4200 | Online KBFM-FM Wild 104, McAllen, TX - 877-945-3104 | Online
URBAN (Sep 28 - Oct 4) #41 (Last week #48), +134 spins, 2.549 million impressions
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Precious Gets Standing O at NYFF
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 04-Oct-2009, 4:27PM EDT
Lee Daniels' "Precious" got a rare standing ovation last night at the New York Film Festival. This is the powerful indie film starring Mariah Carey, who does a wonderful job as a Harlem social worker. She is so inside the character of Mrs. Weiss, with a Long Island accent and no makeup, some fans may have to be convinced it's the pop singer.
But "Precious" is notable for the performances of Gabby Sidibe,who plays Precious, and Mo'Nique, who steals the film as Precious's abusive mother, Mary.
As usual Mo'Nique was not in attendance. This time the excuse given was that it was the birthday of her toddler twins. Whatever. Mo'Nique had better get with the program. Everyone else from this movie showed up last night, including Mariah, Lenny Kravitz, and Sherri Shepherd. Even Robert DeNiro has been supporting wife Grace Hightower, who has one memorable scene in the film. He's gone to all the premieres.
In the audience, besides DeNiro: Jane Fonda and heavyweight record producer beau Richard Perry, Steve Buscemi and wife Jo, Queen Latifah, Harvey Keitel, Gayle King, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, and Chic producer Nile Rodgers ("We Are Family.")
At the jam-packed party at the Oak Room in the Plaza Hotel, Mary J. Blige appeared with one of the most obnoxious bodyguards ever. He made a big deal of protecting her from... no one. No one cared that she was there. And we thought she was all about "No More Drama." Ironically, it wasn't even Mary J. that people wanted to see, but Gabby Sidibe, the star of the movie.
Mariah Carey made a five-minute pit stop at the party, then took off.
"Precious" is clearly the indie sleeper of the year. When it finally arrives in November, expect big audiences. And Oscar nominations in January for Best Picture, Director, Adapted Screenplay, Actress (Gabby Sidibe), and one or more Supporting Actresses (Mariah, Mo'Nique). Lee Daniels has really crafted an emotional rollercoaster in "Precious," one that never fails to be totally involving. "Precious" is unsparing but it's also absent of cliche. How refreshing. It's completely original. No one will want to miss it.
Mariah Carey talks about her new album, marriage and her most exciting upcoming project—a baby!
After weathering so many ups and downs throughout her career, Mariah Carey has seemed more at peace. Strolling into a Brazilian restaurant in New York City for an exclusive interview with In Touch, Mariah is nothing like the diva she's perceived to be.
The Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter looks gorgeous, wearing little makeup and dressed casually in black pants, a black shirt and big black belt. Usually guarded about her love life, this time, she's brought along her husband, Nick Cannon. "I love where I am in life right now," Mariah, 39, tells In Touch as she sips on a glass of cabernet.
And shouldn't she? She's got a man who writes her love notes each morning, even after a year-and-a-half of marriage. She's got a highly anticipated new album, Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, which dropped September 29. And putting the disastrous Glitter behind her for good, Mariah is getting Oscar buzz for her gritty role in the upcoming movie Precious, which has already gotten accolades at the Sundance and Toronto film festivals. "I can't even imagine that," Mariah tells In Touc. "I don't even want to think about it!"
One thing Mariah and Nick, 29, are definitely thinking about is starting a family. Over dinner, the couple opened up to In Touch about their solid marriage and having a baby. "We would be happy with whatever God blessed us with," says Mariah.
So, are you ready for kids? Mariah: Definitely, we want a family. Nick: Yes, of course. It's at the forefront of our minds. We're very close. But we want to enjoy our first year together. We didn't have a stable environment. The first year we were in L.A. in a hotel and then we were like, "Let's get a house." Mariah: But don't think I'm moving to L.A. Nick: We live in both places. We need to figure out where we are going to raise our kids. Here or L.A. Mariah: New York. Nick: L.A.
How many kids? Nick: We'd like two. Mariah: Of course, we'd be happy with one. I want to be able to manage the right amount of attention. We are so busy—if you have six kids running around, no one gets what they need. Kids need a lot of attention.
Who wants a baby more? Nick: It's an equal thing. We both understand that it's a major priority for us, but we want to make sure we're ready when the time comes.
Do you have names picked out? Mariah: We picked out names before we were married! Nick: We can't tell, though. They're special names we want to hold on to.
Why is Mariah going to be a great mother? Nick: Her nurturing spirit. One thing people are always surprised about with her is how giving she is to everyone around her. Everyone expects a diva, but she is the exact opposite of that.
Would you consider adoption? Nick: It's never out of the question. I was raised by my grandmother, who was also a foster mom, so I grew up around a lot of kids.
Mariah, could you let Nick be the sole breadwinner and just be a mom? Mariah: I could definitely just be a mommy, but I would do other stuff like working on my fragrance, Forever. I love working but I would be able to be with my kids. I could do it.
So you can see yourself having one by the end of 2010? Mariah: Yeah. What do you think? Nick: I think that's what the world is waiting for. Mariah: Oh, my goodness, that's so much pressure on our kids!
Would you mind gaining the baby weight? Mariah: No, I wouldn't mind. I'd be fine with it. I'm not one of those people who is usually a size 2 to start with and gets scared they will end up a size 3.
Nick is 10 years younger than you. Does that ever worry you? Mariah: I am very happy. I don't believe in numbers or ages. I don't celebrate birthdays—I celebrate anniversaries. I think it's sexist that people make such a big deal that women marry men who are younger—men do it all the time. Age ain't nothin' but a number. Who cares?
It seems like 40 is a pivotal age in Hollywood. Mariah: I find it offensive. It unfairly taints women in particular, and makes people look at you differently. I lived with that my whole life. Honestly, I never thought I'd live this long.
You thought you'd die by now? Mariah: I have always been grateful for everything I had, but my personal life was a mess. So many artists just exist for their careers and then burn out quickly. That was me before I met Nick, and he helped me. I always thought that I wouldn't be here at this point. I was thinking, "Okay, I've got another year of life left. This has got to be the end of it." Finally, he was like, "Stop talking like that." I have been obsessed with the whole Marilyn Monroe thing my whole life—all those artists who died young.
And Michael Jackson, too. Mariah: Yes. Michael Jackson. At one point, we talked about that stuff. I can't reveal what he thought. But yes, we had a conversation about it once.
How do you stay grounded? Mariah: Faith plays a big part of that for me. I've always been a very spiritual person. That's how we connected, right? Nick: Before she goes to sleep, she reads the Bible every night.
Do you believe faith brought you and Nick together? Mariah: I do. It just seems like there are a lot of problems. but if you believe in things bigger than yourself, then you can do anything. No matter how low my life has gone, I will not lose faith.
NICK: "I'm a better man because of Mariah" Before he met Mariah, Nick had a reputation for being a bit of a player. But he's settled into a life of domestic bliss. "She's made me such a better person," he tells In Touch. "I found my soulmate and it would be stupid to mess that up." Nick says he and Mariah love staying in together, lying on the couch eating popcorn and candy and watching comedies starring Will Ferrell or Eddie Murphy. "The most beautiful thing is when she's not all diva'd up," he admits. In fact, he's the one who convinced Mariah to let her hair go naturally curly again. "That's how I like it. I've been telling her that forever. Now she's like, 'Okay, if this is how you like it, I'll do it for you right now.'" Nick does a lot for Mariah, too, like defending her honor when Eminem wrote vulgar lyrics about her. "He's lucky I haven't run into him yet," Nick insists. "I'm supposed to protect my woman if someone can be so heinous and disrespectful. Until we speak, I don't respect him as a man. He and I need to have an old-school sit-down." While Eminem is clearly not a friend, the two double-date with Beyonce and Jay-Z. "Beyonce and Mariah love each other," says Nick. "They're always calling and texting each other!"
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Memoirs is PEOPLE's Critic's Choice
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 04-Oct-2009, 1:21AM EDT
Mariah Carey Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Rating:
On "Standing O," a stand-out jam on her 12th studio effort, Mariah Carey sarcastically salutes "the man of the hour" for playing her. But it's MC who deserves to take a bow: Memoirs ranks with 1995's Daydream and 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi as one of the best start-to-finish albums of her career. Mostly co-written and co-produced with The-Dream and Tricky Stewart—the hitmaking duo behind Carey's last No. 1 single, "Touch My Body"—the disc has the kind of cohesion and chemistry that Janet Jackson used to have with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis back in the day. It's the perfect synthesis of old-school Mariah (the Minnie Riperton-inspired ballad "H.A.T.E.U.") and hip-hop Mariah (the bounce-with-attitude track "Up Out My Face"), minus the guest rappers. In full vocal flight, she doesn't need them.
Photos: Mariah at NYFF
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 03-Oct-2009, 10:58PM EDT
Mariah arrives at the Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center in New York with husband Nick Cannon for the screening of her film Precious during the 2009 New York Film Festival (NYFF) on Saturday, October 3, 2009.
Three More Radio Interviews with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 03-Oct-2009, 2:54PM EDT
Monday, September 28 - Z100, New York It was a fun interview with Z100 afternoon DJ JJ. Some topics discussed: Memoirs, reason for the push back of album release, her Tribeca apartment, a "special swing" given to her as an engagement present, dieting, her upcoming film Precious, new fragrance "Forever." Listen to the interview below!
Wednesday, September 30 - Kidd Kraddick in the Morning, B97, New Orleans Mariah told Kidd Kraddick how busy it was the day of the release of her new album Memoirs: appearance on the Today Show and Macy's, and interview after interview, release party. She also talked about Precious, Nick, her biggest imperfection:
"I've always been an insecure person just because of my background, the way I grew up and things like that. So to do this for a living really took a lot of ambition and so I try to never give up. It's difficult. I definitely don't always like the way I look when I look in the mirror even if it's been people doing my hair, make-up I often go back to feeling like that little girl who didn't feel pretty or didn't fit in my own ways so there are many imperfections and also just personality-wise, we always try to be nice but sometimes you can give a little crack, you don't mean to but... by the way I didn't mean little crack as in crack like wise crack [laughs]."
Wednesday, September 30 - Big Boy In The Neighborhood, Power 106, L.A. Mariah talked to Power 106's morning team Big Boy and Luscious Liz. Things discussed: the meaning of the album title Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, her being a "studio rat," that she loves to be in the studio where she can be creative; and "Obsessed."
Big Boy: Did we, the public, look too hard into 'Obsessed' the record, as far as like, 'Okay, it's about Eminem.' Mariah: That's only the video. They looked at that and said that I was playing the part of a certain person. Now let me ask you something? If I was gonna play that part, I think we all know I would have been a little less, how do you say it? Like I was trying to butch it up. I would have just been like more of a girl in a guy's outfit. Big Boy: Hmm... so if you were playing that guy Eminem, you would have been a little more feminine. Mariah: Well, I just would have been more timid. Big Boy: Go ahead. That was like a rear shot right there. [Laughter in the studio] Mariah: My brother is like a physically-black belt and he kicks box all over the world. He's very physically-fit and he always has been and so I look at men in a different way and it's just a sort of thing when I'm doing the push-ups in the room, my face is reminded me of my brother. I don't look like someone of Nordic descent. No, for real, like that one person is from more like their background seems to be more... there's nothing wrong with that. It's from you know the northern part of the world.
Mariah Carey makes a low-key entrance – as low-key as someone in four-inch heels, bouffant hair and lashes as lacquered as hockey sticks can do. It's 11pm and the restaurant in downtown Manhattan is almost empty. She has been filming an advert all day and has walked – walked! (an assistant points to this fact as to Jesus on water) – from her apartment around the corner. Carey seems giant, operatic in scale, diamonds at her wrist, a ring in the shape of a butterfly taking up half of one hand, which, she says, would constitute her style even if she was still a beautician in Long Island.
"It'll be cute," she says of the advert. "It's not a Shakespearean moment, but..."
Sarcasm isn't something one associates with Carey. She has sold more than 200m records, had the most number one singles of any solo artist in the US, co-produced and written most of her material and, at 39, has been at the top of her game for 20 years. She must be very shrewd, but for some reason – rumours of mad requirements in her dressing room, her marriage to Tommy Mottola, that unshiftingly winsome expression – she has never been credited with having much sense. It's mostly the tone of her output, of course: she has a voice that could bend steel, but her videos are full of puppies and kittens and snowflakes and glitter, all that hardcore sparkle that if you watch too much of in one sitting is like being gored by a unicorn. It comes as a surprise, then, on the evidence of the interview, that after a hard day's work she is as hoarse and sardonic as the next person.
There's some rigmarole before meeting her, not from Carey's demands but from standard secrecy around her new album. A few weeks earlier, journalists and minders gathered at the record company to sit on white sofas while her album was played to us. It was hard to find an appropriate facial expression. (Most went for eyes half-closed: "it's striking my soul".) Later, a person from Island Def Jam came to my apartment, disabled the internet so I couldn't perform any pirating tricks and played me the second half of the album while I avoided eye contact and made vague and embarrassing efforts to look as if I was, at some level, rocking out.
The new album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, is the first time, Carey says, she has publicly expressed her snarky side. It is full of snippy put-downs and laconic insults. "Not even a nail technician with a whole lot of gel and acrylic can fix this," she sings about a break-up, in the song Up Out My Face. "It was something I knew women could relate to because, you know" – heavy eye-roll – "nail technicians can pretty much fix anything." She sounds like Mae West with a hangover, and I mean that as a compliment.
The reason for the shift in attitude is her 18-month-old marriage to Nick Cannon, a singer and TV personality, which, she says, has given her the security to stop being so cautious, stop biting her tongue. She is engaged, at present, in a frank exchange of views with Eminem, whose sub-Wildean put-down of Carey ("b****/shut the **** up") she appears to have answered in a single of her own. It would smack of a joint PR initiative, except Carey seems genuinely irritated. "He wrote a song about me and my husband, and in a really derogatory and juvenile way. And it's not up to par with his other songs." Carey's single, Obsessed, the first release from the new album, is about a sad little man who throws hip-hop shapes in his bedroom and follows her around, peering out from beneath his hoodie. "I never said it was about him. If he sees himself in that song..." But in any case, she says, "I'm not a fan. There's no connection there. I knew him, kind of vaguely, eight years ago, on a purely platonic level, and then he wasn't my friend any more and I was like, OK, whatever. And this was eight years ago and he's just writing this song. For no reason. No reason."
She says her husband is still saying "he is going to slap him if he ever sees him. He boxes." She laughs. "See, the difference is, my song is on the radio and his, you have to search for it." Ouch.
If Carey's attitude has sharpened, her vocal style is as it always was, compulsively dancing around the note, springboarding with no warning to the "whistle register", which only bats can really hear. It must be hard, with that range at her disposal, to resist showing off. She looks wary. "Right...?"
Did she have to work hard on the new album to keep a lid on it?
"I don't know if I did keep a lid on it. Do you think I went over the top?"
No. Maybe. A little bit. There was one song where she did suddenly leap up about five octaves.
"I Want To Know What Love Is?" (The album closes with a great cover of the Foreigner classic).
"Oh, it was Inseparable. Well, it's just a moment and it stops and goes into a higher register. It's just one little riff. I listen to it and go – did I go over the top? Maybe. I do a lot of background vocals in the upper register. I've always done that. Even back to Dream Lover." She sings a few bars. "Two octaves higher, but buried. You get people's attention." It's what the fans want to hear, she says, pyrotechnics. She'd be happy to tone it down.
The high register was something she discovered as a child when her mother woke her one morning and, for comic effect, she spoke to her as if she'd just inhaled helium. "And then there was a moment in the little kitchen – a tiny house, where we lived – when I started singing like that. It's a totally different place in your voice."
Her mother is a classically trained opera singer who studied at Juilliard and made her debut at Lincoln Center. She must have noticed her daughter's extraordinary talent. What did she say? Carey smiles. "She said, 'You're going to hurt yourself.'"
Tommy Mottola was the head of Sony who signed Carey to his label when she was still a teenager. In 1993, she married him. The way she tells it, the condition of fame itself sounds a lot like being married to Mottola: infantilising, restricting, full of luxury and horrible pressures.
They divorced in 1998 and have just about reached an understanding about the past, although there is a lot that still rankles. She is still annoyed, for example, that none of her friends or family talked her out of it. "No one said that this might not be right for me. I didn't really want to get married. But he was so, like, we have to get married. I ended up getting into it because of the wedding and the dress and the whole thing."
There was a 21-year age difference. Is it true she insisted on paying for half of their mansion on feminist principle?
"Oh yeah," she says drily. "Quite the silly little girl, I was."
Why does she say that?
"Because it was an insanely expensive house. I had no idea what money meant. Even if I'd been told, right, ultimately it's going to cost you this amount, I wouldn't have known what that meant. When you come from nothing and you suddenly make a million dollars six months into your career, just from writing songs... I was like, wow, OK, all right, if we're going to move into a house, then I want to pay for half of it because I never felt like I owned anything when I was growing up and I don't ever want to be kicked out."
And he indulged you?
"He said, OK, sure. Then I got a bill for so much. It was everything, down to the lighting bills. And I wanted that. But at the end it was bad. Aaargh. We sold it for a lot less than we put into it. I don't know who got what. I know what I got."
He got the better deal?
She smiles. "I never said that."
Carey's own parents divorced when she was little, and although her father materialised occasionally to take her on trips – hiking or to the races – she didn't get to know him properly until she was an adult. She is reminded of him every time she is in a restaurant and orders a second Coke, as she does now. "If we went to a restaurant, this wouldn't happen. It would be one drink. One soda. Slowly sipped, so that I wouldn't become full. That's how he was. He was tough. He'd been in the military. I do miss him. At the end of his life we spent a lot of time together. And I learned a lot about his side of the family."
Her mother grew up in the midwest. "She came from – er –?" Carey frowns. "Middle of America?" She brightens –"Illinois!" – and as such, she says wryly, "is among the whitest people I know". Her father was half-African American, half-Venezuelan. "I'm a black woman who is very light skinned." As a child, she was self-conscious of her mixed race, and it is still enough of an issue, in the US and elsewhere, that Carey is routinely accused of "trying too hard" in one racial direction or another.
"White people have a difficult time with [mixed race]. It's like, my mother's white – she's so Irish, she loves Ireland, she's like, yay, Ireland! Waving the flag and singing When Irish Eyes Are Smiling. And that's great. I appreciate that and respect it. But there's a whole other side of me that makes me who I am and makes people uncomfortable. My father identified as a black man. No one asked him because he was clearly black. But people always ask me. If we were together, people would look at us in a really strange way. It sucked. As a little girl I had blond hair and they'd look at me, look at him, and be disgusted."
She says she "needs to talk" to Obama about this. When he became president, she was overwhelmed and delighted, "but for years we never believed it would happen. There's a group who will never get it, never want to get it. Because you have to lose the purity of both races and there are certain people who really don't want that to happen. I think it starts with people teaching their children that it's not OK, because they don't want their kid to come home with someone of another race. I understand people want to hold on to their roots. But for me, I was a complete nonentity because of it. Maybe that was part of my drive to succeed. I'll become accepted."
And now? Oh, she says, sarcastically, "it's in vogue now. So I'm sitting here thinking, now it's cool, great."
Carey's father left her no money in his will: "He considered me independently wealthy, so it wasn't about his money, which he had quite a lot of, surprisingly." What he left her was his car. "His car was this big thing to him. It was a Porsche from 1937 or something. He used to drive it around Brooklyn Heights, where my parents met. When I was little, I remember him always working on the car. I got the car. I'm fixing it up. It looks beautiful."
After her parents' marriage ended, Carey and her mother moved 13 times before settling in a neighbourhood in Long Island, where her mother had several jobs. She was encouraged to sing; her mother said "not if but when" in regard to her daughter's ambitions, but didn't push her, says Carey, which was just as well, because "I really rebel against authority. Which is ironic, judging by some of the relationships I've had." Her father told her to concentrate on her maths homework and her teachers said her ambitions were "pipe dreams". As a teenager, Carey worked at a restaurant during the day and went to a studio at night, where she wrote songs and recorded until seven in the morning, "slept a couple of hours", and started again. Musician friends in their mid-20s looked on in amazement. "Why are you working so hard?" they asked. She looked at them, she says, loafing about in the middle of the day, and thought: "Because I don't want to be like you."
Her debut album, Mariah Carey, spawned four number one singles; when the title single from her second album, Emotions, went to number one, it was the only time an artist in the US had achieved five number ones, back to back, with their first five singles. But Carey didn't "feel famous", she says, because Mottola had her more or less "sequestered" at their house in the country. It got worse when they married. "Suddenly I was the Wife and I was supposed to be appropriate. But I was still too young to be appropriate." At weekends she wanted to go out with her friends in the city, "not go and look at foliage". She smiles. "I appreciate foliage now. But that wasn't what I wanted to do after doing a video or whatever. You want to go out a little bit."
Wasn't he just trying to protect her?
"I guess. When you see what happens to some people, I could've been a wild mess. And I think that's what [he] was avoiding." But she ended up feeling like a child. "It was like, come on, you're going here. Or here. And maybe you can have a friend come, one time. Every two months. That's just an overview. That's my little – what should we call it? – recollection of life back in the day."
After the marriage ended, she lived in hotels for a couple of years. She had built their marital home from scratch and didn't have the heart to start another one. The only things she took away from it were "my childhood photos and little things like that. I didn't bring any of the material things. So that right there was stupidity. Or naivety. I thought, let me just be free."
At the turn of the millennium, after a solid decade of success, she had her first professional catastrophe. The film Glitter, autobiographical and with a companion album of the same name, was one of the most mocked films ever released. She must have thought herself impervious to failure by that stage. "Er. Honestly? It was a failure, but..." Carey got undue flak, she thinks, because it came out on 11 September and also because dark forces (unrelated) considered her overdue for a comedown. "I've seen other artists put out movies that went straight to DVD and no one cared. Maybe their own fans bought the thing and that was fine. But there was so much – so much attention paid to me, and there were certain people who shall remain nameless who wanted so much negative press for me. Because I'd gotten away with it [until then] without being crushed by the media."
The backlash was vicious; her stage style, her preoccupation with shiny things and all the cute motifs. Carey huffs: "People are like, what is your whole obsession with butterflies? I'm like, I'm not obsessed. I like them. Can't anybody like something?" She dismisses the period as being similar to the time she got a grain of sand in her eye when she was four – "I'm over it" – and she pulled out of it with her 10th album, the critically successful The Emancipation Of MiMi.
Carey is now tentatively getting back into acting. In a film about to be released, she plays Miss Weiss, a Harlem social worker, a role so bedraggled and against type it looks like a bulwark against the memory of Glitter. Precious, adapted from the novel Push, by Sapphire, is about an obese, abused teenager who is saved by a literacy programme and the efforts of her beleaguered social worker. It won an audience prize at Toronto last month and has been championed by Oprah. The casting of Carey smacked of gimmickry, but after you recover from the shock of her with lank hair and no sequins, she is good; convincingly frustrated and keening with the misery of her caseload. She eschews the usual actressy spiel about substance over style and cries, "I looked so damn ugly! Those little bangs and then he [director Lee Daniels] put the dark circles under my eyes."
Was that her moustache or did they shade it in?
"No. He did that." She looks thoroughly traumatised. "He was very excited about that. I just kept away from mirrors. I had to do the inner work to be this character. There was a moment where I was trying to sneak on blusher, and he caught me and I said, 'But Precious has make-up on!' I've always been very insecure about my looks, anyway. Having led such a public life."
The mother in the film is played by Mo'Nique, and Precious by a brilliant unknown actor called Gabourey Sidibe. Carey's toughest scene was in a conference with both of them, as they screamed at each other and "I attempt to be stoic. In between takes we were hugging and crying. In my mind I thought, she can't cry in front of them, they'll have the upper hand and she won't be able to do her job." The director told her his first choice for Miss Weiss had been Helen Mirren, who it's hard to imagine in the part, but Carey says, "Don't you think she could probably do anything? Anyway, that was overwhelming."
At one stage, the racial politics of the film tack deliberately in Carey's direction: the director added a scene in which Precious quizzes her social worker over "what she is" exactly – Greek, Jew, Hispanic? "Yeah, I've had that a few times." The insecurity she traces to looking different as a child has stayed with her.
The more successful Carey has become, the harder, one imagines, it has been for her to get an honest opinion out of anyone. "Um. Yeah." She thinks about it. "Although I have friends in the industry who are like, well, I'm gonna be the one that tells her the truth." She smiles. "That becomes annoying."
So if she's being a jerk, someone will tell her?
She looks surprised. "I try not to be a jerk. I really do. I try to be nice and cordial. I've seen the real extreme diva behaviour and I don't think that's who I am. I think I have mannerisms and that whole thing, and I'm running around in these shoes. But even before I had any type of fame, I was like this." She laughs. "Seriously."
And so finally, then, to the question of dressing rooms and rumours that have been around for ever. Has she ever asked for kittens or puppies as accessories backstage? "No. In a video maybe." Bowls of blue M&Ms? "I don't even eat them." And the carpet thing? "Yeah. They said I wouldn't come into a hotel unless there were petals on the floor. I'm like, do you really think at 3am I give a s*** what I'm walking on?"
She hoists herself up, mighty in heels, and cleaves across the room. At another table is debris from a birthday party that, earlier in the evening, had stopped Carey mid-sentence. "That's so pretty," she said absent-mindedly, looking across the restaurant. "I love sparklers."
Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel is out on November 16; the film, Precious, is out in February 2010.
Last Day to Get Mariah's Album for $5.99
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 02-Oct-2009, 7:17PM EDT
Amazon.com's special deal of $5.99 for a digital download of Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel ends TODAY, October 2nd at midnight PT. Don't snooze! Download it now!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Anthony
Mariah Sells Out Vegas Shows
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 02-Oct-2009, 5:01PM EDT
Great news! The Palms has informed us that all tickets to Mariah's October 9 and 10 concerts at its Pearl Theater have sold out! According to them, there may be last minute seats released, but it is done randomly and not a guarantee. Please keep emailing Palms so that they keep bringing Mariah back to perform more shows!
Meanwhile, fans all over the world can see Mariah's concert at the Palms on Saturday, October 10th LIVE ONLINE for a small fee of $7.99! This ground-breaking global digital event is presented exclusively by Iviago on both Web and WAP to computers and mobile phones worldwide. Pre-order now!
Photos: Mariah Performs on Today
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 02-Oct-2009, 1:02PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah onstage at the Today Show Plaza in Rockefeller Center, New York earlier today where she performed her old hit and fan favorite, "Make It Happen;" and three songs from her new Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel album: "Obsessed," "I Want To Know What Love Is," and performing for the first time ever, "H.A.T.E.U."
Video downloads of Mariah's appearances on Today and The View will be posted later today. Stay tuned!
Mariah Carey Shows Off Imperfect Range On 'Today' (MTV News) Fans filled Rockefeller Plaza early Friday morning (October 2) to catch a glimpse of Mariah Carey stopping by the "Today" show to talk about her latest album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, and performed a four-song set.
Beginning the show with an early classic – "Make It Happen," off of Emotions – the singer embraced the crowd's lively energy early in the morning. Dressed in a black leather trench coat and accessorized with a glittery microphone, Carey paced the stage, holding fans' hands as she performed the 1991 track.
Of course, Mariah also performed her two latest singles. She was hoisted in the air by dancers for "Obsessed" and accompanied by a church choir for her Foreigner cover, "I Wanna Know What Love Is."
Between songs, Carey talked about the album's title with host Meredith Vieira. "Everybody's imperfect, and we try to be the best we can but you know, it's tough," she explained. "And 'memoirs' is just the fact that I write, and I've been writing poems since I was a little girl. I write lyrics and songs. It's a little bit about reflecting on life."
Carey later told MTV News about the wide range of emotions fans will experience through the album's songs. "I put a lot of myself into it," she said. "I think that people can expect a whole lot of different stuff. There are some songs that are just funny with jokes. They're upbeat as well as uptempo. They make you laugh, and you can also dance to them and enjoy them. And then there's ballads – some of them are just really sad, but they have a little bit of an edgier element to them. Then there's those big ballads."
One of the "big ballads" the singer may have been referenced could be The-Dream-produced "H.A.T.E.U.," which concluded the mini-concert on "Today."
Mariah also took the opportunity to tell MTV News about her role in the upcoming film, "Precious," which opens December 3.
Note: MTV News reports a new theatrical release date of Dec. 3 for Precious (was Nov. 6). As soon as we get a confirmation, we'll let everyone know. Update: MTV News has reported an incorrect release date. Precious is still set for release to theaters on Friday, November 6. Thanks to Lionsgate's quick reply.
Fans' Mission: Get Mariah the #1!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 01-Oct-2009, 6:36PM EDT
MariahDailyJournal is happy to announce that in addition to our current ongoing Memoirs Contest, we are also holding a special, supplemental contest and will name twenty (20) more fans to win flantastic prizes!
Get that #1 Album! All you need to do for this special contest is: Purchase Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angelfrom October 1, 2009 thru October 4, 2009 in-store or at any digital outlet, send in a copy of your cash register/online purchase receipts (photo of store receipt, screen capture of online purchase, e-mail purchase confirmation) via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Prizes to be given away will include the following: --Autographed Memoirs CDs --Autographed Memoirs Shirts --Autographed Memoirs 8 x 10 Photos --Autographed Memoirs Album Flats (Posters) --Autographed E=MC² Huge Posters --Autographed E=MC² De Luxe Edition CDs --Autographed E=MC² 12" Vinyls
There is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted; however no entrant will be eligible to win more than one prize. The competition is also open to international fans as long as proof of purchase from a U.S. retailer can be supplied. All entries must be received by 11:59pm ET on Sunday, October 4, 2009. The forty (40) winners and two (2) from our Twitter promo, will be announced on Thursday, October 7. Good luck to all!
Digital Download Amazon $5.99 Zune $12.50 iTunes $12.99 (includes bonus video "The Making of Memoirs")
Mariah's Grammy Submissions
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 01-Oct-2009, 3:21PM EDT
Mariah's record company Island Def Jam has submitted the following Mariah recordings and music video for this year's Grammys voting period. If Mariah received enough votes during this time they will be nominated in the relevant categories.
Record of the Year - "Obsessed" Song of the Year - "Obsessed" R&B Female - "Obsessed" R&B Duo/Group - "My Love" (The-Dream ft. Mariah Carey) R&B Song - "Obsessed," "My Love" (The-Dream ft. Mariah Carey) Short-Form Music Video - "Obsessed"
Photos: Mariah at Memoirs Release Party
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 01-Oct-2009, 2:29PM EDT
Mariah celebrated the release of her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel with her Island Def Jam family and friends at Charles Restaurant in New York on Tuesday night, September 29, 2009.
Special CD with Timbaland & JD Songs to be Released
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 01-Oct-2009, 11:59AM EDT
During an interview with MTV News, Mariah addressed the case of the album's missing songs. Mariah had worked with heavyweight producers Timbaland and Jermaine Dupri on a number of tracks, none of which made it onto Memoirs. The songstress assured fans, however, that they'll soon get a chance to give everything a listen.
"They're not on the album, but we have a special something planned that [record exec] L.A. Reid would be very angry with me if I discussed right now on MTV," she teased. "But for the fans, there will be more than one Timbaland track and at least one J.D. track."
Blame Mariah's Shoes
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 01-Oct-2009, 11:44AM EDT
Mariah Carey did not need a nightcap the other night at One Little West 12th. According to a witness, Carey -- whose album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," is just out -- showed up to the restaurant at "1:30 a.m. with her brother and a few bodyguards and was quite out of it. When she exited her black Maybach, she tripped twice and had to grab hold of one of her guards so she wouldn't fall. She ordered a bottle of champagne but she could barely speak." A source close to the singer tells Page Six, "She was probably wobbly because she was wearing 7-inch Louboutins. She had just completed 18 hours of press. That's tough to do."
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 01-Oct-2009, 9:28AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated October 10, 2009.
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #9 (Last week: #11) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last week: #6) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #8 (Last week: #12) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #15 (Last week #12) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #15 (Last week #12) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #7 (Last week #1) Billboard Lala.com: #2 (Last week: #2) Billboard Yahoo Video: #3 (Last week: #3) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #14 (Last week: #12) Downloads this week: 66,746 (+4%) Total downloads: 876,110 Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #3 (Last week: #2) Sales this week: 1,135 (-27%) Total sales: 25,910
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot 100: #75 (Last week: #66) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #89 (Last week: #120) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #40 (Last week: #47) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #40 (Last week: #47) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #95 (Last week: #54) Downloads this week: 15,437 (-43%) Total downloads: 42,683
Mariah Carey makes Pop Songs headlines jumping 12-8 with "Obsessed." The song is her record-extending 17th top 10 on the chart, widening her lead over runner-up Madonna (14).
With its 14th week at the summit of Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" matched Mariah Carey's 2005 hit "We Belong Together" for the longest No. 1 stay this decade.
The seven longest-ruling No. 1s in Hot 100 history are as follows. 16 weeks, "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men, 1995-96 14 weeks, "I Gotta Feeling," the Black Eyed Peas, 2009 14 weeks, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, 2005 14 weeks, "Candle in the Wind 1997/Something About the Way You Look Tonight," Elton John, 1997-98 14 weeks, "Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)," Los Del Rio, 1996 14 weeks, "I'll Make Love to You," Boyz II Men, 1994 14 weeks, "I Will Always Love You," Whitney Houston, 1992-93