Mariah Shares Her 'Merry Christmas II You' Cookie Recipe
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 31-Oct-2010, 12:11PM EDT
This week, Mariah Carey will be releasing her brand new holiday album, 'Merry Christmas II You.' The singer is celebrating the spirit of the upcoming season with the recent premiere of her catchy single 'Oh Santa!', but she's also been getting festive in the kitchen. Carey has whipped up a special Christmas cookie recipe, which PopEater is exclusively debuting.
Come Nov. 2, you'll be able to listen to the full 'Merry Christmas II You' album – which features a new recording of the smash hit 'All I Want for Christmas Is You,' as well as classic holiday songs – as you bake. Find out how to make Carey's Christmas cookies.
Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas II You' Cookies
Serves 4 dozen
Ingredients: 1 cup butter 1 cup sugar 1 large egg 1 teaspoon of lemon zest 1 tablespoon milk 1 teaspoon vanilla 2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt
Directions: Cream butter, gradually add sugar and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in egg, milk, vanilla and lemon zest. Combine flour, baking powder and salt. Gradually add to creamed mixture. Chill for easy handling. Roll out dough to 1/8" thickness on a lightly floured surface. Cut dough into festive holiday shapes with floured cookie cutters. Bake on a cookie sheet in a preheated 350-degree (Fahrenheit) oven for 10 minutes, or until lightly browned. Remove to wire racks to cool. Decorate with icing and green and red sprinkles.
Place cookies on a plate beside the Christmas tree with a tall glass of milk for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve!
Update: MDJ's Street Promotion, Idea Exchange
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 31-Oct-2010, 4:00AM EDT
Two days to go until the release of Merry Christmas II You! Gather your friends and help promote Mariah's new Holiday album. Below are flyers/street posters that you can use. You can put them up in conspicuous areas, place on windshields, pass around in your school/community, etc.
MDJ Idea Exchange MariahDailyJournal thought it would be nice to list down all the bright ideas/suggestions you might have to street-promote Merry Christmas II You. Get creative and join in the exchange of ideas. We will be posting your valuable and helpful tips here so that others may pick up, add their own and implement.
Thanks to everyone who shared their amazing ideas and plans to help promote Merry Christmas II You.
Danny (Jamesburg, NJ): "I was thinking what better way to get the word out about Merry Christmas II You on Halloween night by telling all the strangers who come to your door for candy! Just print out small little papers that say 'Mariah's 2nd Christmas Album Merry Christmas II You In Stores November 2nd' and give it out with each piece of candy!"
Varune (Mississauga, Canada): "I live close to Square One Shopping Centre, a huge mall where there are thousands of people going in everyday and will be handing out flyers. At my workplace, I will stick some flyers in the mail room. People see it every time they pick up their mail for the full season. I will also stick it on the front of my mailbox. At least 300 people or more will see it."
Michael (Boston, MA): "November 2nd is ELECTION day! Millions of people will be going to the polls. Why not stand out or around polling locations with flyers and man made signs. People will have Christmas on their mind and believe me when they leave that polling place, they will remember the person holding a Mariah Carey sign, more than who they just voted for. It is so out of place and creative. So for those that are die hard fans of Mariah Carey, make a sign, stand outside your polling place for 20 minutes or more, VOTE, then be on your way."
Marco (Los Angeles, CA): "There is a big event in West Hollywood called 'Halloween Carnival' every year on Halloween night. Many people from all walks of life and thousands of tourists from all over the world are there. It would be great if lambs got together and dressed up for Halloween as lambs passing out flyers with Merry Christmas II You. Even someone dressed as Mariah Carey pregnant would bring so much attention with all the lambs following behind her, I'm sure the media that covers this event would broadcast this on TV and that would be great promotion."
Dioni (Bronx, NY): Dioni has started promoting Merry Christmas II You by handing out flyers last Thursday in the Bronx!
Josue (San Diego, CA): "This year I am handing out Halloween pencils attached with a mini flyer for Merry Christmas II You."
Ruben (El Paso, TX): "I'm going to visit public restrooms around my city and tape posters on the doors, so when people are doing their business, they will see it and since many people like to read when doing their business, they will get interested in the CD. Sounds funny, but will work. LOL."
Varian (Gallup, NM): "I just saw the street promo of how other lambs will promote the new album. I work at a hotel as a front desk clerk and thought, hmm what a way to hand out flyers after checking the guests in when giving them their reciepts lol. Get them in the mood for the holiday spirit hehe. I will also post them up at the local chapter houses around my area too."
Sam (Melbourne, Australia): "Hi, I manage one of Australia's leading fashion chains and thought I could stick some posters in the change rooms and also put a flyer in every single person's bag when they purchase items. I also work 2 doors down from a massive music shop which can be very convenient for customers to go 2 doors down and purchase the album. Another idea is to stick flyers on street light poles which is very eye catchy for drivers whether driving or stopped on a red light. Another idea is to stick a little flyer on one of the car windows (in a safe spot). That way no matter where you drive you will be promoting!"
Jess (Sydney, Australia): "Street promotion idea: Best way to get message out to the most people - a BUMPER STICKER! Stick on back of car with tape and you're done!"
Alicia (Paris, France): "I'm a huge fan of Mariah in France for a long long long time now. I've already organized dinner and special night at my house with fans from another website to promote her last album, trying to do something to increase the sell in France. I think I'm going to CHAMPS ELYSEES every weekend to distribute flyers. If anyone in France want to join me, contact me via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. I will be there for the first illuminating day of the Champs Elysees where there is thousand and thousand people."
Renson (Taguig City, Philippines): "I'll make my own personalized T-shirt at least 5 set, different color and styles so I'll wear it everyday till the released date of the album with print: Front: Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You in stores this November. Back: Grab a copy and you will have a Merrier Christmas."
Christian (Toronto, Canada): "ATTENTION ALL MARIAH FANS IN TORONTO, CANADA! What better way to promote a Christmas album than to give out flyers during the 2010 Santa Claus Parade! This year's parade will be on November 21st. I thought that participants could stand right outside the subways (anybody who lives in Toronto would know that EVERYBODY uses the subway to get to the parade) and hand out flyers! People would already be in the Christmas spirit, and I'm sure it won't be too difficult to find a music shop in downtown Toronto! We could attach mini flyers to a candy cane, so that people wouldn't be turned off."
We would love to see your Merry Christmas II You street promotion in action. Be sure to take pictures and send them to us!
Audio: Mariah Interviews with Fox All Access
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 30-Oct-2010, 10:32AM EDT
Here's an audio of Mariah's interview with Fox All Access on Friday, October 29th.
Mariah Carey: "This Merry Christmas II You is kind of like the sequel to my first album which was called Merry Christmas, my first Christmas album, and it's sort of like every year, every Christmas, I listen to it and I loved certain songs but some of them I'm always like, 'Ugh, I need to fast forward this, I hate that vocal performance,' whatever. So I decided to do this album and I was really inspired... I worked with Randy Jackson, first of all, which is always fun and we've been working together for years. He's actually playing bass on this album and you can hear his voice on 'Here Comes Santa Claus' which is pretty funny. He's singing towards the night before Christmas. The people would never believe that it's him. And the overall album, you know, there are the spiritual songs, there are the festive songs, there's an element of like big orchestral music which I was really inspired by like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, all those Christmas classics that you just still love the original version and nobody really can come close to them. And so I just wanted to do my version of an album that went from, like I said, very almost spiritual moments to very just fun, cute, festive songs and that's the whole thing. And that was my goal. But doing this album at this time in my life was definitely something that was a perfect fit like I can't imagine working on a regular album right now. It would never have worked.
Obviously, I'm very thankful for this moment. And thankful that people have been really... ever since Nick and I made our announcement I guess it was yesterday, it seems like a long time ago but I've been up doing two videos in the interim and all that but people have been very warm and congratulatory. We didn't even really want to talk about this yet but I was just, I'm out here in the public eye, I really didn't have a choice so I'm just thankful that I can go through this time and feel a lot of warmth and restored my faith in people so I'm just really grateful for everything that's going on for me personally and it is nice to be working, putting out an album like this at this time."
Mariah Songs on Glee?
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 30-Oct-2010, 9:32AM EDT
Mariah Carey is giving birth in more ways than one.
The music superstar's just-confirmed pregnancy is getting lots of attention, but her immediate focus is on Tuesday's (Nov. 2) unveiling of her second holiday CD, "Merry Christmas II You."
For the rest of the year, she'll be making the media rounds to promote it, and she admits she's already feeling the effects of tackling such a schedule in her current condition.
"That's the thing," the friendly Carey tells Zap2it. "I was like, 'Interviews? Today?' I worked so late last night, it was to the point where I got home and didn't even have the strength to take my makeup off.
"One perk was that I woke up today still looking good! I mean, even my hair. I had this sort of flip thing going on. I slept with a well-positioned neck pillow, and when I woke up, my flip was still good."
"Merry Christmas II You" offers many seasonal standards, including an "Extra Festive" update of Carey's own classic "All I Want for Christmas Is You." She says hearing that song "keep coming back always makes me so overwhelmed. It really, really makes me happy. A lot of people don't realize that I also co-wrote it [with Walter Afanasieff].
"I was working up to the last day they made me hand in the album, and there was one time when it was a 24-hour marathon. I wasn't telling anybody I was pregnant yet, and I knew I was in pain -- but I was like, 'Whatever I have to do to get this done.'
"I knew I had to get 'All I Want for Christmas Is You' done," Carey adds, "and at the last minute, [composer-arranger] Marc Shaiman saved the day. People don't do these big orchestral sessions that much anymore."
As for possible baby names? Carey reports she and her "America's Got Talent"-host husband, Nick Cannon, began discussing those "a long time ago. We're just waiting to see. I was doing two videos yesterday, and I didn't even watch the interview (on NBC's "Today," in which Carey revealed her baby news). I'll look at that on a plane, maybe."
Carey envisions spending much of the holiday season in New York, with an itinerary that includes a performance on the annual NBC special "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Tuesday, Nov. 30. Another television consideration for her is one that many top artists have these days ... the possible use of her catalog on the FOX series "Glee."
"I believe there have been some discussions about a potential melding there," Carey says, "and I would love to explore that. I'm not a rabid watcher [of the show], but that's only because of my schedule. Truth is, I get the DVDs of some of my favorite shows, then just end up watching those all the time."
Video: Mariah Announces Pregnancy Part II, Access
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 30-Oct-2010, 1:42AM EDT
Part II: Exclusive Interview with Billy Bush - Access Hollywood, Oct. 29 [ Download here ]
Catch the final part of Billy Bush's exclusive interview with Mariah on Access Hollywood Monday, Nov. 1st at 7:30pm ET on NBC.
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Oct-2010, 8:11PM EDT
Top-selling downloads for the following acts since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking digital data: Madonna, Whitney Houston, Janet Jackson, Mariah Carey and Celine Dion. Madonna (two) and Carey (four) are the only artists of the quintet with songs that have each shifted more than a million downloads:
Madonna 2,814,000, "4 Minutes" 1,224,000, "Hung Up" 493,000, "Like a Prayer" 366,000, "Sorry" 347,000, "Material Girl"
Whitney Houston 739,000, "I Will Always Love You" 447,000, "I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 267,000, "Greatest Love of All" 215,000, "How Will I Know" 206,000, "I Have Nothing"
Janet Jackson 822,000, "Feedback" 242,000, "That's the Way Love Goes" 235,000, "All for You" 212,000, "If" 179,000, "Call on Me"
Mariah Carey 1,591,000, "All I Want for Christmas Is You" 1,563,000, "Obsessed" 1,467,000, "Touch My Body" 1,362,000, "We Belong Together" 718,000, "Shake It Off"
Celine Dion 871,000, "My Heart Will Go On" 508,000, "Because You Loved Me" 462,000, "Taking Chances" 307,000, "A New Day Has Come" 300,000, "It's All Coming Back to Me Now"
HSN Announces Partnership with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Oct-2010, 7:43PM EDT
HSN Announces Exciting New Partnership With The World's Most Successful Female Recording Artist Mariah Carey
MARIAH TO LAUNCH LIFESTYLE BRAND EXCLUSIVELY ON HSN ON THE HEELS OF ANNOUNCING PREGNANCY
TUNE IN TO HSN ON NOVEMBER 29
HSN, a leading multichannel retailer, announced today a partnership with world renowned and Grammy-award winning superstar Mariah Carey for the exclusive launch of her lifestyle brand on November 29. The announcement comes just days after Mariah shared the news that she is expecting a child. On Cyber Monday, Mariah will debut on HSN an exclusive collection of jewelry and footwear, as well as a limited-edition fragrance. This exciting new launch follows the recent introduction of her holiday album "Merry Christmas II You," which premiered on the network on October 20 as part of an exclusive CD/DVD bundle and will also be available on HSN throughout the holiday season.
"I am always eager to push my creativity into new directions," said Mariah Carey. "After meeting Mindy Grossman, I jumped at the opportunity to develop my own collection of shoes and baubles, and to enhance my fragrance offering."
"We are thrilled to launch on HSN a lifestyle brand that captures Mariah's creative sensibility as well as the different facets of her life," said Mindy Grossman, CEO of HSN, Inc. "From the moment we met her, there was a great connection and a shared passion for beautiful products and entertaining experiences. This lifestyle collection is a reflection of her unique personal style."
Items from the premiere collection include:
Jewelry: Stylish with a feminine flair, Mariah's intricate jewelry designs speak to her love of pave detailing and colorful stone accents. Highlights include a pave-set initial pendant that hangs from a delicate stone-by-the-yard chain and crystal accented, butterfly earrings, available in pink or blue hues. Prices range from approximately $39.99 to $199.95.
Footwear: In an assortment of colors and unique design styles, Mariah's footwear collection includes rhinestone encrusted sandals and quilted winter boots. Other highlights are right on trend for the season, including the suede peep-toe boot with a platform wedge and the fur trimmed booties. Prices range from approximately $69.90 to $199.90.
Limited Edition Fragrance: Mariah will offer her successful Luscious Pink fragrance in a special limited edition bottle, exclusive to HSN customers. Additionally, 25 bottles of her Luscious Pink Deluxe Edition Parfum will feature exquisitely detailed, Swarovski Elements crystal-studded butterfly caps, packaged in a gold cosmetic case and available for $275. Each of these 25 treasured keepsakes will contain a personal note from Mariah herself and will be available on a first-come basis.
CD/DVD Bundle: Mariah's highly anticipated holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, will be bundled with a 30-minute exclusive DVD. Merry Christmas II You contains original material and holiday classics, including a re-record of Mariah Carey's original self-penned #1 Christmas classic "All I Want for Christmas is You," as well as her new single "Oh Santa." The DVD will feature exclusive behind-the-scenes footage of Mariah recording her second Christmas album, candid interviews and never-before-seen personal photos and festive Christmas videos. Price of the CD/DVD bundle is $14.95
Mariah Carey is currently scheduled to appear on HSN on Monday, November 29 at 12 a.m., 1 a.m., 8 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 5 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. (all times ET). More information on the upcoming launch of Mariah Carey's lifestyle collection can be found at www.hsn.com.
Mariah Carey Designs for HSN
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Oct-2010, 10:45AM EDT
Mariah Carey is having more than a baby – she's also unveiling a lifestyle line.
After weeks of speculation, Carey confirmed on Thursday that she and her husband, Nick Cannon, are expecting their first child. But before her spring due date, Carey will hatch her first lifestyle collection featuring jewelry, footwear and fragrance on HSN on Nov. 29.
Mariah's Lifestyle Collection Set for HSN
The move makes Carey the newest addition to the celebrity designer circuit, but unlike many of her contemporaries, she isn't taking the traditional retail route. Instead, she's going straight to the consumer, and is sticking to a genre she is comfortable with – TV, as well as the Internet.
In an exclusive interview, Carey said she is always eager to push her creativity into new directions, and after meeting HSN Inc. chief executive officer Mindy Grossman, she jumped at the opportunity to develop her own collection of shoes and baubles, and enhance her fragrance offering.
Carey said she developed a more significant interest in jewelry through her friend Joan Boyce, one of the designers in HSN's lineup.
"I never even used to wear jewelry," the singer said. "I used to wear baby earrings, tiny things. When I started to get into jewelry a little more, Joan was working with HSN, and that's how I met Mindy Grossman."
Two weeks later, Grossman flew to Los Angeles to meet with Carey, and the two hit it off immediately, spending hours at the singer's house and, more specifically, in her shoe closet. By the end of the day, the duo concluded that the time was ripe for Carey to extend her profile into a lifestyle brand.
"She is personable, funny and smart and obviously creative and talented, and we just talked about what she is passionate about – shoes, jewelry, fragrance and her music," Grossman said. "I said, 'Why can't we do it all?' She is magnetic, and I think this has the opportunity not just to appeal to our existing customer base, but also a lot of new customers."
Carey is arguably the biggest star on HSN's roster, with a global reach and recognition like few of her contemporaries on the network, which include notables like Iman, Twiggy, Wolfgang Puck, Randolph Duke, Rebecca Moses and Loulou de la Falaise.
Since launching her career in 1990, Carey has become the world's most successful female recording artist, selling more than 200 million albums; she has tried her hand at acting, and while her star turn in "Glitter" was widely panned, she more recently drew critical acclaim for her role as a social worker in "Precious."
In 2007, she launched her first fragrance with Elizabeth Arden, and the process inspired her to think about extending her creative reach.
"From the inception of working with Elizabeth Arden, I wanted the fragrances to represent what I really like," she said. "It really opened my eyes and opened the doors for me in terms of starting to think about going into other creative ventures."
The lifestyle collection is Mariah, all the way, with sparkling, pavé-set "initial" pendants, butterfly earrings, fur-trimmed suede boots and quilted nylon boots wrapped in chains. The shoes will be priced from about $69.90 to $199.90, while the jewelry will be available from $39.99 to $199.95. Carey will also offer a new version of her Luscious Pink fragrance, and 25 $275 bottles of her Luscious Pink Deluxe Edition fragrance will feature a Swarovski Elements-encrusted butterfly with a personal note from the singer.
Carey admitted she likes to channel surf and often finds herself stopping on HSN, particularly when her friend Boyce is on. "It's a classic, you have to keep it on," she said. "I do a very good impression of her."
The practice will come in handy on Nov. 29, though Carey said she had no preshow jitters despite this being her first time selling on TV. "I think it's just about being yourself, explaining the different products and enjoying yourself," said Carey. "If I take it so seriously, and say, 'Oh my god, It's a Shakespearean moment,' it's not going to be fun. I am looking at it as something fun. This is an extracurricular activity for me and I am looking forward to it. It's another creative outlet for me."
She talks about her shoe and jewelry designs like a pro – with the added experience of having worn hundreds of designer shoes in her two-decade career. Her shoe closet is filled with styles from Manolo Blahnik to Jimmy Choo, and she particularly loves Yves Saint Laurent heels. She said people compliment her on her shoe closet all the time.
"They say, 'I love your shoe closet. I saw it in Architectural Digest, on 'Cribs.' I saw it on Oprah or Barbara Walters," she said.
The songstress prefers platform heels over flats. "Most people are comfortable in flats, and I always say my foot is naturally made to be in high heels.
"When I don't have a platform, we could have a traumatic moment, like a semi-spill on stage, which nobody wants," Carey added. "A platform shoe grounds you a little more. I try to make my designs more practical as well as pretty. One of the things I thought about was how I could do affordable, really nice, comfortable shoes that are still flattering to the leg."
Carey is also developing a signature for her jewelry, and the butterfly, her favorite motif, plays a prominent feature. Among her favorites is the platinum and pink diamond engagement ring Cannon designed for her and a butterfly ring Van Cleef & Arpels gave her a decade ago.
She also has a penchant for vintage jewelry. "It always seems that if you have an amazing vintage Cartier bracelet or a signed Tiffany piece, you can't go wrong," she said. "You just can't do the same type of filigree work anymore. A lot of that inspired my own pieces. They have a modern twist, but that's my natural inclination."
Carey said she could see the line expand into new areas for her second HSN moment next year. She didn't rule out doing an apparel line in the future. "I am definitely looking forward to a long relationship with HSN," she said.
She was hard-pressed to narrow down her list of her favorite designers, though a few names made the cut. "I love Karl Lagerfeld as a person and as a designer, and I have some vintage Chanel suits that are gorgeous," she said. "I am not a big bag person, but if I do carry one, you know that I love it. I have a lot of Chanel bags, including one that I saved from years ago. It is wooden and looks a little bit like a lunch box. I also have a lot of Judith Leiber."
Among her favorite dresses, she cited the Nile Cmylo gown she wore at her 2008 wedding; the Dolce & Gabbana number she sported in her video for "Honey," and a red gown she wore to the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.
Like most celebrities, Carey has had her share of "fashion don't" moments, which she won't point to right now. "If I highlight those moments, you will feature them, darling," she said.
That said, Carey isn't fearful of the fashion police. Far from it, she said. "You get photographed everywhere," she said. "You look at it one day, and it's gone the next, or they can dwell on it for a week. Within a couple of days, there is somebody else doing something in the world that is a little more interesting than a bad outfit."
Grossman declined to give projections for the line, but said "it is projected to be very significant or we wouldn't have done it on such an important day as Cyber Monday."
HSN will support the launch in multiple ways. The network will sell Carey's new CD, "Merry Christmas II You," which is being released by Island Def Jam Music Group on Tuesday, and is also playing her first single from it, "Oh Santa," in its holiday promo.
Carey is particularly proud of her new work. "I was really inspired by Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, and all the classic Christmas music that was just timeless," she said of the project. "I wanted it to be festive-meets-timeless. It's everything from a more soulful moment to a duet I did with my mother, who is an opera singer. It was very interesting and different, and for me that is a really nice jewel of the album."
As for her budding fashion career, Carey already comes with an accessory that is quite common in fashion circles – the diva moniker. "One of the things people need to do is look up the actual definition of diva," she said. "The first thing is a talented female vocalist. That's what I like it to be. The second is a difficult female. Whatever. Everybody is a diva these days, and most people are trying to get to that status, so, I am a diva if that makes people happy. I think, mainly, that I try to be a good person above that."
Mariah Calls In To Nick's 92.3 NOW Morning Show
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Oct-2010, 9:33AM EDT
Mariah was live on the phone with husband Nick Cannon on his 92.3 NOW morning show Rollin' with Nick Cannon this morning, her first interview after the big announcement of her pregnancy on yesterday's the Today show.
In the interview, she and Nick thanked everyone who sent their well wishes and congratulations. Mariah talked about the two music videos she just filmed and how Nick convinced her to wear flats (they were "ski boots" she said) for the videos. She said she won't be doing Halloween this year but has big plans for Christmas like she always does. Listen to audio below!
Source: Allison, CBS Radio | MariahDailyJournal
Videos: Mariah Announces Pregnancy - Today / Access
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Oct-2010, 4:07AM EDT
Part I: Exclusive Interview with Billy Bush - Access Hollywood, Oct. 28 [ Download here ]
Be sure to catch Part II of Billy Bush's exclusive interview with Mariah on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7:30pm ET on NBC.
Congratulations, Mariah and Nick!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 12:11PM EDT
The MariahDailyJournal Team sends its warmest congratulations to Mariah and Nick on the announcement that they are pregnant!
All the best to you and the little precious life to be. We know that you will make wonderful parents. Congratulations, Mariah and Nick!
Now that Mariah has officially confirmed she's expecting, we would like to share this little message we got from her on August 22nd, the day after her concert in Brazil. We're so honored to have known about her pregnancy early on. We kept our promise, Mariah!
Mariah Live on Nick's 92.3 NOW Show Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 10:04AM EDT
IN HER FIRST LIVE RADIO INTERVIEW SINCE ANNOUNCING SHE IS EXPECTING, MARIAH CAREY JOINS HUSBAND AND 92.3 NOW FM MORNING SHOW HOST NICK CANNON ON HIS RADIO SHOW ON FRIDAY, OCT. 29
Making her first live comments since announcing this morning that she and her husband, Nick Cannon are expecting a baby in the Spring, Pop/R&B Superstar Mariah Carey will speak publicly with her fans during Cannon's morning radio show on Friday, Oct. 29 at 7:00AM heard on 92.3 NOW in New York and online at www.923now.com.
Said Cannon, "My wife and I are extremely blessed and excited. This is going to be an emotional journey, and we thank everyone for all the well wishes."
Rollin' With Nick Cannon airs weekdays from 6:00-10:00AM, ET.
Source: Allison - CBS Radio
Mariah Confirms: "Yes, We Are Pregnant, This Is True!"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 9:52AM EDT
In an exclusive interview with Access Hollywood host Billy Bush, Mariah Carey confirms, "yes we are pregnant, this is true!"
Carey told Bush -- in a segment which aired on TODAY Thursday morning -- that it's been a struggle to keep the news private. "It's been a long journey, but it's been tough because I've been trying to have ... to hold onto a shred of privacy. And that was not easy."
In the spirit of some privacy, Carey, who shared the news with Bush from her home in Tribeca, didn't divulge how far along she is. "It's still early, I'm expecting in the spring, I'll say that. I don't want to give too much of like, specific outlines."
Carey chose to share the happy news now because her new album, "Merry Christmas 2 U" drops next week. Her husband Nick Cannon, who was also on hand for the interview, describes the journey as an emotional one.
"Uh, it's absolutely emotional, but first, so many reasons I mean obviously the greatest gift on earth is a child," Cannon said. "But ... you know how much we have been through, you know."
Cannon is referring to something that's not been made public until now, that Carey suffered a miscarriage.
Two years ago, shortly after the couple's secret wedding, Carey and Cannon were in Monte Carlo for the World Music Awards when Carey took a pregnancy test, and it turned out to be positive. "Only one person knew about this and we were like, um, 'let's not tell anybody else,'" Carey said.
A little more than a month later, she miscarried. "It was really sad so we had to just, we had really to absorb this and take it in," Carey said. Cannon added, "And that's what I said, like her strength would literally be during the day so festive and smiling obviously for cameras and spending time with everyone and you know, literally that night crying herself to sleep."
Bush added on TODAY that the couple conceived naturally, and that they would not be finding out whether the baby was a boy or a girl before its birth. For more details, tune in to "Access Hollywood" Thursday.
MDJ's Street Promotion, Idea Exchange
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 5:51AM EDT
The long wait is almost over! Five days from today, Mariah will be releasing her first Holiday album in sixteen years! Merry Christmas II You, a follow-up to her 1994's Merry Christmas, one of the best-selling Holiday albums of all time, will hit record stores' shelves on Tuesday, November 2.
On album release day, the MariahDailyJournal team will hit the streets to promote the album and get the word out by distributing flyers at various retail locations in Los Angeles. Our first stop will be at Wal-mart Panorama City from 9:30am-11:00am. We will then proceed to Best Buy in Burbank from 11:30am-1:00pm. After the Lopez Tonight taping, we're back at Best Buy to continue handing out flyers at 7:00pm. If you happen to be in the vicinity and interested in helping out, or just want to say hi, please come by during the aforementioned times.
Gather your friends and help promote Mariah's new Holiday album. Below are flyers/street posters that you can use. You can put them up in conspicuous areas, place on windshields, pass around in your school/community, etc.
MDJ Idea Exchange MariahDailyJournal thought it would be nice to list down all the bright ideas/suggestions you might have to street-promote Merry Christmas II You. Get creative and join in the exchange of ideas. We will be posting your valuable and helpful tips here so that others may pick up, add their own and implement.
Danny from Jamesburg, New Jersey thought of an excellent idea to promote the album. His plan? "I was thinking what better way to get the word out about Merry Christmas II You on Halloween night by telling all the strangers who come to your door for candy! Just print out small little papers that say 'Mariah's 2nd Christmas Album Merry Christmas II You In Stores November 2nd' and give it out with each piece of candy!"
Varune from Mississauga, Ontario, Canada has his marvellous plans set: "I live close to Square One Shopping Centre, a huge mall where there are thousands of people going in everyday and will be handing out flyers. At my workplace, I will stick some flyers in the mail room. People see it every time they pick up their mail for the full season. I will also stick it on the front of my mailbox. At least 300 people or more will see it."
We would love to see your Merry Christmas II You street promotion in action. Be sure to take pictures and send them to us!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Graphics: Murat & Kathryn
Video Clip: Mariah Lip Synchs Mom's Song
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 5:39AM EDT
This is our favorite footage from the Merry Christmas II You DVD! Mariah sits behind the recording booth, lip synchs and acts like a conductor while mom Patricia sings "Hallelujah." This scene is followed by an interview with Patricia Carey. If you haven't purchased your copy of the Deluxe edition of Merry Christmas II You, get it now!
Us Weekly Reviews Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 4:41AM EDT
Mariah Carey Merry Christmas II You By Ian Drew, Us Weekly (Nov. 8)
Sixteen years after her landmark holiday CD, Merry Christmas, Mariah Carey presents a second set of glittery yuletide standards, plus four originals. The disc's biggest gift? The glorious gospel "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus," where the diva duets with her opera singer mom, Patricia!
Update: Merry Christmas II You Worldwide Releases
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 3:00AM EDT
AUSTRALIA Universal Music Australia has been forced to swap back the release date to November 12 (was Nov. 5) because of problems with overseas suppliers. They also advised that the limited edition CD/DVD is 'strictly limited' and that they are expected to sell out within 2 weeks. Australian fans who want to guarantee their copy must either purchase the album during release week or pre-order their copy online. Chaos has the Deluxe edition for $19.99 and free shipping.
KOREA The Korean release of Merry Christmas II You CD comes with a free Mariah Carey poster. You can order your copy online at Kyobobook for 13,400 Won.
INDONESIA The new Indonesian release date for Merry Christmas II You is Monday, November 15 (was Nov. 2) according to Universal Music Indonesia.
POLAND Merry Christmas II You back to November 5th release (was Nov. 15), according to Universal Music Polska.
SINGAPORE Universal Music Singapore has confirmed the release date of Merry Christmas II Youin the country as November 15.
SPAIN Universal Music Spain has confirmed that Merry Christmas II You will be released in Standard Edition (CD & Digital) and Deluxe (CD+DVD) on Tuesday, November 16th.
Below is the most current list of worldwide releases for Merry Christmas II You.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Tim | Hyeoxik | Fernando | Marcin | Hairul
Mariah: "Boy or Girl, I Really Will Be Happy Either Way"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 2:28AM EDT
All these stories about Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon having a boy—they are concocted.
Mariah sent me an email last night that I will share with you about the baby's gender.
She wrote: "We don't know yet - I promise! I really will be happy either way!"
Mariah and Nick have a three part sit down with Billy Bush on "Access Hollywood" starting tonight. This morning, Billy promo's the announcement on the Today show.
Mariah will be home in bed, feet up, watching the show. Or maybe, fast asleep, and will watch the playback later today.
Either way, that's the story. Baby coming in early spring. Album out on Tuesday.
And not one of the stories posted about all this was true or factual in any way.
Here's Billy Bush on last night's Access Hollywood announcing the kick-off of his exclusive interview with Mariah that's airing tonight on NBC.
Source: Roger Friedman - Showbiz 411 | MariahDailyJournal
The Real Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Oct-2010, 12:48AM EDT
Liz Smith had some nice words to say about Mariah in her WowOWow column:
I always like to pass on "nice" gossip. Hmm... maybe that's why the New York Post fired me! Anyway, I was chatting with a person who deals with Mariah Carey on a regular basis. Here's the dish: "She's totally real. What you see is what you get. She isn't one way onstage or on the red carpet and different when you are with her privately. She has a great sense of humor, especially about herself and her image. She's not a phony. I like her a lot!"
That's exactly the kind of high praise I've heard from friends of Mariah, such as director Lee Daniels. And whenever I've spoken with her or met her, Mariah's sense of humor and "realness" are what always impress me. And she has great skin, too.
NOTE: As you may remember, we first learned about Mariah and mom Patricia's duet on a Christmas album from Mariah's interview with Liz Smith in October 2009.
Mariah Not on Today Show Tomorrow?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Oct-2010, 8:45PM EDT
Everyone has everything wrong.
Mariah does not know the sex of the baby. Yes, it's a boy or a girl. But all the announcements you've read are wrong.
Tomorrow morning the intrepid Billy Bush will appear as a guest on the Today show and deliver the news that Ms. Carey is with child. (This will not be a colossal headline at this point, but good stuff.) Mariah, please tell Perez Hilton, will not be on the Today show.
Billy be promoting a three parter that starts tomorrow night on "Access Hollywood." Mariah and husband Nick Cannon will discuss the whole deal with Billy. The interview was taped yesterday.
When is Mariah due? "In the spring" is all she's saying. Does that mean March? Maybe. So she's just now maybe four and a half months pregnant.
And I am told by the Inner Circle that all this stuff you're reading about IVF and invitro and fertility stuff is simply made up and supposition. "It's no true," says a good source.
So Hello, Yahoo News, Google News, Bing and whatever. Let's calm down. The internet is now flooded with junk on this subject.
And Mariah's rep, Cindi Berger? That voice mail is full.
Exclusive Mariah Interview on Access Hollywood Nov. 1
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Oct-2010, 2:59PM EDT
Mariah Carey's long standing silence on her pregnancy may be coming to an end.
Last night, "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush was spotted coming from Carey's Tribeca building. The word is that "Access" has secured the big Carey interview as part of her promotion for her new Christmas album.
And lo and behold, the story is also that Mariah has finally made a formal announcement about what is more evident than the Empire State Building. She's five or six months pregnant with a bundle of joy.
Calls to Mariah's rep were not returned. But they may be out, shopping for the shower!
Mariah has resisted speaking up so far because she said she was "superstitious"–s she told this column a few weeks ago, and it was reproduced everywhere. But it's going to be hard to continue in that direction, and I guess she knows it.
The "Access" interview should run by Monday. Next Tuesday is the release date for "Merry Xmas II You." And maybe January is the release date for the baby. Congrats to Mariah and Nick Cannon, officially!
Mariah on Today Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Oct-2010, 8:55AM EDT
Mariah will make an appearance on the Today show tomorrow, October 28 to promote her new Holiday album, Merry Christmas II You. She announced on Nick Cannon's 92.3 NOW morning show. Listen to the audio below!
Today airs 7:00am-10:00am ET on NBC. Mariah will be on at 9:00am or a little earlier. Be sure to tune in!
Get Tickets To Attend Mariah's Christmas TV Special!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Oct-2010, 9:49PM EDT
Mariah will be taping her Merry Christmas II You TV special on Saturday, November 6th at 6:30pm in Los Angeles, CA and we want you to attend!
Mariah will be performing songs from her highly-anticipated new holiday album Merry Christmas II You in-stores November 2nd featuring the #1 single Oh Santa! and we are looking for 1000 lucky Mariah fans to be part of this exclusive TV event.
Mariah to Appear on Lopez Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Oct-2010, 5:19PM EDT
Mariah is confirmed to make a guest appearance on the late night show Lopez Tonight on Tuesday, November 2nd. Taping will take place at 4:30pm PT in the WB Studios in Burbank. The episode will air later in the night at 11:00pm ET on TBS.
As we previously reported, Mariah is scheduled to tape her appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show Monday, November 1st. The episode has been confirmed to air on Tuesday, November 2nd. Find out the time it's airing in your area here.
Meanwhile, Mariah's dancer Punch has revealed on his Twitter that Mariah will be filming her ABC Christmas Special on Saturday, November 6 in Los Angeles. He posted: "Rehersal flow for@MariahCarey xmas special!! its in LA Nov 6."
Lyrics: New Songs on Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Oct-2010, 3:52AM EDT
The Merry Christmas II You album booklet, unfortunately, does not include the lyric sheets so we took the initiative to transcribe the four brand-new songs from the album: "Oh Santa!," "Christmas Time Is In The Air Again," "When Christmas Comes," and "One Child." If you find any errors, please let us know.
OH SANTA! (Written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri & Bryan-Michael Cox) Lyrics previously posted here.
CHRISTMAS TIME IS IN THE AIR AGAIN (Written by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman)
Christmas time is in the air again Christmas chimes reminding me of When we fell like the snow So deep in love High above us the evergreens Sparkle with lights and feel the breeze As we made future Christmas memories.
Christmas shoppers glance at us and smile 'Cause the mistletoe is occupied And the dream is to share This Christmas cheer with you all year And not wait till the morning When Christmas time is in the air again.
Mean Mr. Grinch simply can't resist Warming up when he looks our way Even Old Scrooge makes a Christmas wish For a harmony to hold Christmas day
And to feel love like ours always La da da, da da dum
And the dream is to share This Christmas cheer With you all throughout the year And not wait till the morning When Christmas time is in the air Christmas time is everywhere Christmas time is in the air again.
Again And again.
WHEN CHRISTMAS COMES (Written by Mariah Carey and James Poyser)
The whole world Feels a little bit more love When Christmas comes When Christmas comes
And everywhere that you go People singing "Let It Snow" And hanging up That mistletoe
And me and you gonna have ourselves A holiday And we don't need nobody else To celebrate And we're gon' kiss our worries And our cares away I can't wait
Because this Christmas time Get together It's gonna be so nice Better than ever And baby you're the one Special treasure I can't wait to unwrap your love Until Christmas comes
So many souls hurt So many don't have enough When Christmas comes When Christmas comes
But baby if you spread love Someday it might be enough To heal each other One by one
And we gon' get together And rejoice and pray And we gon' help the world Become a better place And we gon' sing and shout Because the savior reigns So don't dismay
Because this Christmas time Get together It's gonna be so nice Better than ever Because this gift of love Lasts forever The Lord makes our hearts open up Soon as Christmas comes
It's gon' be alright When Christmas comes Oh jingle all the way Oh what fun, hmm
And we gon' reminisce about The good old days And we gon' laugh together as The children play And through the years is always Gonna be this way Come what may
Because this Christmas time Get together It's gonna be so nice Better than ever And baby you're the one That I treasure I can't wait to unwrap your love When Christmas comes
Lalala dada dada dada dadada dada
ONE CHILD (Written by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman)
An angel appeared Of the Highest One And Mary believed The word she received Of God's only Son
The Virgin rejoiced Gave thanks to the Lord And as Joseph dreamt The angel was sent With tidings of peace and joy Of love, blessed baby Boy
They traveled for miles To reach Bethlehem Yet when they arrived No one could provide A place at the inn for them
But God kept them safe From hurt, harm and danger In His warm embrace Away in a manger Waiting for Jesus' birth To glorify the earth
Then He came...
One Child Can change the world Christmas morn The King of all Kings was born He reigns forever more Let us worship and adore Christ the Lord
Oh a wondrous star Led shepherds and wisemen Through valleys and mountains Angels surrounded them As they traveled far
As heaven and hope Rang out for the savior The sweet Prince of peace Lay majestically Asleep glorious and pure And His mercy endures
One Child Can change the world Christmas morn The King of all Kings was born He reigns forever more Let us worship and adore Christ the Lord
One Child Can change the world Christmas morn The King of all Kings was born He reigns forever more Let us worship and Let us worship and Let us worship Christ the Lord
An angel appeared An angel appeared Christ the Lord On Christmas morn.
Chelsea Lately, Not Listed on Mariah's Promo Schedule
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Oct-2010, 3:25PM EDT
Contrary to what Rap-Up reported about Mariah's supposed guesting appearance on Chelsea Lately in November, we just got word from Mariah's team that Chelsea Lately was never even scheduled nor was it ever on Mariah's list of scheduled/requested appearances.
First Look: Merry Christmas II You CD/DVD Set
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Oct-2010, 2:48PM EDT
HSN has started shipping out orders for their exclusive Mariah Carey Merry Christmas II You CD/DVD! Tell got his CD/DVD in the mail this morning, and thanks to him for giving us a first look with his scans below!
Mariah's CD Dedication and Thank You Note:
As always, now more than ever, thank you God for countless blessings.
Love and thanks to my husband, Nick, for being a "Saint" through all this. Ho, ho, ho. LOL.
LA Reid, once again, thank you for making your magic happen! Randy Jackson, you are the best, thank you for embarking on this journey with me! Brian Garten, thank you so much for everything, and special thanks to your wife and family tolerating our crazy hours. Thank you to my other amazing collaborators on this album: uber-producer and longtime close friend, and CEO of HPRP, Jermaine Dupri, the genius, award-winning writer Marc Shaiman for unforgettable collaborations, orchestrations, Big Jim, thank you for being there from day one – always enjoy working with you, James Poyser, one of my most favorite producers, and Phil Tan, thanks for always delivering great mixes.
Thank you to my Maroon Entertainment family, Louise McNally, Michael Richardson, Gina Rainville and Rachel McIntosh. Thanks to Chris Lighty, Violator Management, and Eric Wong. My gratitude to Allen Grubman, Joe Brenner and Sonya Guardo, and to Ron Nash and Rosemarie Passerino at Gelfand, to Cindi Berger at PMK and Connie Fillipello. Thanks to Maryann Tatum and Melonie Daniels. Thanks to everyone at Island Def Jam, including Steve Bartels, Laura Swanson, David Grant, Karen Kwak, JP and Kris Yiengst. And thank you to Lucian Grainge and everyone else on the IDJ Team both in the U.S., and worldwide.
Thanks to all my loyal friends and family. Love and thanks to my mom, Patricia Carey, for lending your beautiful voice to my album. (And special thanks to my brother Morgan for paying for my first demo.)
And lastly, to all my dedicated and devoted fans around the world, you are my extended family all year long – this Christmas album is my gift to you now, and for years to come.
Source: Tell | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Welcomes Family on Extreme Makeover Reveal
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Oct-2010, 8:30AM EDT
Pop superstar Mariah Carey stepped out of a van, into a director's chair and waited Sunday for Finis Gaston and the niece and nephews he's been caring for to step out of a limousine on Sunday and see their new "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" home.
"Extreme Makeover" may be a reality TV show, but as spectators found out Sunday, it's still a TV show and so trying to make a quality production was Job 1 for the production crew onhand Sunday in Pensacola.
What did that mean? A lot of waiting for spectators and an almost eerie parade practice scene in which marching bands, cheerleaders and floats came down the street with no music.
But it also meant that the onlookers got to yell "Move that bus!" in a scene that will be played out as a special holiday episode of the popular TV show. And it meant they got to catch more than a glimpse of the show's star -- Ty Pennington -- and of Mariah Carey, who has more No. 1 hits than Michael Jackson and is second only to The Beatles in that category.
Carey stayed secreted in a commercial building near the build site at 1301 Rainbow Ave. in Pensacola, then was moved to the "Move that bus!" site just before the carefully rehearsed, but no less enthusiastic, band made its way down the street.
When the doors of the white van she was in opened, thousands of onlookers, including member of the Fairhope High School cheerleading squad, screamed in excitement.
It was the crowning moment of a busy week for Frank Lott III and the whole Mobile-based Heritage Homes crew that made the home possible.
"With Finis being a huge fan of Mariah Carey, it makes today that much more special," Lott said. "And for our team and all the volunteers, watching the family's reaction and seeing the final home lit up for Christmas was what we have been thinking about this whole week while we worked."
As for what the family got to see when they stepped inside the 3,600-square-foot home with 4 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms and a nursery will remain a relative secret until the show airs Dec. 12.
Carey has a new holiday album coming out, which is part of the reason for her appearance at the "Extreme Makeover" reveal. The other reason is that she is the favorite singer of Gaston, a male cheerleader who was attending Alabama A&M in Huntsville, Alabama, when his mother died and he left school to take care of his niece and her children.
MariahDaily's Got Talent Auditions Still Open
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 24-Oct-2010, 10:39AM EDT
Just a reminder! MariahDaily's Got Talent is looking for the best act to interpret Mariah's festive new song "Oh Santa!" Auditions are currently taking place! Join in this unique opportunity to showcase your skills and compete with other talented Mariah Carey fans.
You've got until Monday, November 1st at 12:00pm ET to enter. So get out your camera, show off your skills, and upload your video today! Check out the contest rules here. Voting will begin on Tuesday, November 2.
Not only will the winner of MariahDaily's Got Talent walk away with an exciting Mariah Carey package, he/she will also be featured on the site during the Holiday season and what more, the winner may become the next viral video star!
Living The Life: Message From Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 24-Oct-2010, 8:12AM EDT
Jermaine Dupri filmed a special episode of Living The Life to let everyone know that "Oh Santa!," the new single from Mariah's upcoming Merry Christmas II You album, debuted at #1 on Billboard's Holiday Digital Songs chart this week.
"What's up, lifers? Mariah sent me for this Living The Life, she says, 'Jermaine, I need you to do a special edition of Living The Life and let all the lifers know that we have the no. 1 Christmas song in America right now.' The record debuted at no. 1, 'Oh Santa!,' so if you ain't pick it up make sure y'all go to iTunes. I wanna say congratulations to Mariah. Shout out to my boy B.Cox. It's another one, man. You know what I mean? And I sent the message on Twitter: 'There's no producer, no producer that has had the no. 1 Christmas song, a Hip-Hop honor and Song of The Decade all in the same year. No producer.' Everybody keeps saying I'm underrated, we don't care about that. The stats is the stats."
Mariah to Appear on Chelsea Lately?
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 23-Oct-2010, 2:07PM EDT
Nick Cannon may not be her biggest fan, but that doesn't seem to be stopping his wife Mariah Carey from sitting in the hot seat on Chelsea Handler's talk show.
Nick's wifey will laugh off the past with the blonde comedienne during an appearance on E!'s "Chelsea Lately" next month. The episode will be taped November 3, the day after Mimi releases her Christmas album Merry Christmas II You.
The Christmas queen's promo schedule also includes appearances on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" (11/2), NBC's "Christmas at Rockefeller Center" (11/30), and "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" (12/12). In addition, she will tape a holiday special for ABC in late November.
HSN Preview: Mariah Carey Butterfly-Design Drop Earrings
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 23-Oct-2010, 2:04AM EDT
HSN gives its customers a preview of Mariah's jewelry collection with this pair of Butterfly-design drop earrings.
Mariah Carey Butterfly-Design Drop Earrings HSN Price: $49.95 Only 7 left
No professional stylist? No problem! Let Mariah Carey get you paparazzi-ready for any event with this sweet butterfly design.
The earrings are available in Pink (pictured on left) and Blue (currently not available). Full product details at HSN.
Mariah will showcase her entire jewelry collection, as well as her fragrance and footwear brands, on HSN on Cyber Monday, Nov. 29.
Source: HSN | Jada
Mariah to attend "Extreme Makeover" Reveal on Oct. 24
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Oct-2010, 11:27PM EDT
Mariah Carey to attend 'Move that bus!' moment Sunday; public invited to attend
"Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" announced today that hit singer Mariah Carey will be in Pensacola, Florida on Sunday, October 24 to welcome home Finis Gaston and his family and that the public is invited to attend the "Move that bus!" moment when the family gets to see the new home for the first time.
Carey was on hand on Monday to give Gaston the news that he and his niece and her children would be the latest recipients of an "Extreme Makeover" home. She will be there again Sunday for "the reveal," as it's known.
The home has been being built this week by Heritage Homes of Mobile, which also built an "Extreme Makeover" home for the Gaudet family of Mobile in 2008.
Because the show will air Dec. 12 as the "Extreme Makeover" holiday show, the build has had a holiday theme and people who come out on Sunday to watch the house be unveiled are asked to wear holiday garb.
The reveal is schedule to take place at 2 p.m. Sunday and members of the public are asked to check ExtremeHeritageHomes.com for updates.
The home is being constructed at 1301 Rainbow Ave. in Pensacola, but producers of the ABC show say spectators should park at a shuttle pickup site at W Street and Beverly Parkway. From there, buses will shuttle spectators to the homesite from 8 a.m. until spectators have cleared.
Spectators should plan to spend several hours onsite and should prepare by bringing plenty of fluids, such as water and sports drinks, and by wearing sunscreen.
Update: Merry Christmas II You Worldwide Releases
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Oct-2010, 9:12AM EDT
AUSTRALIA Universal Australia has resolved their 'overseas supply issues' and brought back forward the release of Merry Christmas II You to November 5th. Australian promotion will consist of TV commercials, as well as unconfirmed interviews with Kyle & Jackie O, The 7pm Project, Hey Hey It's Saturday and Richard Wilkins. More details will come to hand soon.
BRAZIL The release date of Merry Christmas II You in Brazil has been pushed back a week to Monday, November 15th.
IRELAND Universal Ireland has confirmed the release date for Merry Christmas II You in the country as Friday, November 12th.
JAPAN A Deluxe edition of the Merry Christmas II You album will also be released in Japan. It will be on Wednesday, December 1st.
GERMANY According to Universal Germany, they plan to release two singles off Merry Christmas II You: "Oh Santa!" on Friday, October 29th and "All I Want For Christmas Is You (Extra Festive)" on Sunday, November 21st.
The album will be available in Standard (CD) and Deluxe (CD/DVD) editions on Friday, November 19th, as we previously reported. The German fan site Butterfly-MC will be holding a contest for a chance to win a Merry Christmas II You Deluxe edition. German fans, be sure to check the site on Monday, Oct. 25 for the announcement of the contest details.
THAILAND Merry Christmas II You will be released in Thailand in two editions: Standard (CD) and Deluxe (CD+DVD) on Monday, November 15th.
Below is the most current list of worldwide releases for Merry Christmas II You. Release dates in the following countries have changed: Denmark - Nov. 17 (was Nov. 1), France - Nov. 15 (was Nov. 1), Netherlands - Nov. 12 (was Nov. 5), Norway - Nov. 15 (was Nov. 1), Poland - Nov. 15 (was Nov 8), Sweden - Nov. 15 (was Nov. 10).
Mariah to Attend Xbox 360 Kinect Launch
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Oct-2010, 8:20AM EDT
Xbox 360 will celebrate the launch of Kinect for Xbox 360 on Saturday, October 23rd with a star-studded party held at a private home in Beverly Hills. During the day Xbox 360 will play host to VIP and celebrity families.
Xbox will then quickly transform the space in time to welcome 200 young Hollywood VIP's and celebrities during the evening. Expected guests include event host Ashley Tisdale, Rosario Dawson, Ben Lyons, Rick Malambri, Geoff Stults and many more. Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey will also make a special appearance at the party via Kinect Chat, during which they will greet guests and talk with their friend and event host Ashley Tisdale. The event will conclude with a custom acoustic performance by Miike Snow.
"Oh Santa!" Debuts at #1 on Holiday Digital Songs!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Oct-2010, 7:46PM EDT
Congratulations, everyone! Mariah's festive new single "Oh Santa!" is #1 on the Holiday Digital Songs chart in Billboard magazine issue dated Oct. 30, 2010.
Mariah Carey The singer builds anticipation for "Merry Christmas II You," due Nov. 2, with first single "Oh Santa!," which debuts at No. 1 on Billboard's new Holiday Digital Songs chart (one position above her original version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You"). The follow-up album to 1994's "Merry Christmas" includes a duet with Carey's mother, Patricia.
It's not even Halloween yet, but Mariah Carey is already ushering in Christmas. The pop songbird and Island Def Jam chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid turned Allen Room at Lincoln Center in New York City into a winter wonderland to host a festive listening session for Merry Christmas II You, the follow-up to her 1994 best-selling Christmas album.
Munching on candy canes and Hershey's Kisses and sipping Mariah's own Angel Champagne, guests including Gayle King, singer Trey Lorenz, and "Extra" correspondent A.J. Calloway shuffled from the reception room to the soundstage, where Reid took the podium situated on a stage decorated with white pine trees, giant ornaments, and silver boxes of presents.
"It's challenging. It's Christmas in October, I know," joked Reid before introducing the album. "Mariah started making this album in June after three years of asking."
While Reid emceed the playback by introducing every other song, Mimi made a surprise appearance before the end of the album, bringing her hubbie Nick Cannon up on stage to help her share in the moment.
"For me, Christmas began in spring or summer. And basically, our house in L.A., Nick was very cool to deal with it," she explained. "It was decorated kind of like this but with a little bit of reds and blues and greens and stuff, all since the summer. So I've been in the spirit, and this is a very creative moment for me personally and just to be working on this particular album right now has been exceptionally special for me."
After thanking collaborators Randy Jackson, Jermaine Dupri, and Broadway composer Marc Shaiman, Mimi left the stage, leaving listeners with a few songs to close out the evening. Rap-Up.com is giving you a peek at 11 songs before the wrapping comes off on November 2.
"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town (Intro)" Produced by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman Chiming bells introduce the album, setting the tone with a lush orchestral background that segues into the following track.
"Oh Santa!" Produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, and Bryan-Michael Cox Many in attendance had already heard the ebullient sleigh bell-driven single, so they enjoyed the track while watching projected images showing Mariah with her dogs in front of snowmen, skiing with her husband, and sleeping by the fireside.
"O Little Town of Bethlehem / Little Drummer Boy (Medley)" Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright, and Randy Jackson The instruments are thick on this traditional jazzy number. Mariah pulls back on her vocals, allowing her voice to flutter over rolling percussion, dulcet flutes, and swelling strings. Of course, it wouldn't be a Mimi track without some bold singing near the end, but it finishes on a softer, heartwarming note.
"The First Noel / Born Is the King (Interlude)" Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright, and Randy Jackson A smoky piano introduces this bare ballad where Mariah flexes her vocal chops with her signature buttery trills. Strings join in after the first verse and chorus, culminating in a grandiose finish.
"When Christmas Comes" Produced by Mariah Carey and James Poyser The most contemporary R&B song on the album, this begins with a crackly brass section, playing like classic soul. "Because this Christmastime/ Get together, it's gonna be so nice/ Better than ever/ And boy, you're the one that I'll treasure/ I can't wait to unwrap your love/ When Christmas comes," sings Mimi before the song ends with a brief segue into "Jingle Bells."
"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration" Produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, and Bryan-Michael Cox Sampling Chic's "Good Times," this '80s hip-hop-inspired cut updates the seasonal standard with a pounding backbeat, heavily influenced by the classic So So Def sound.
"Charlie Brown Christmas" Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright, and Randy Jackson The classic piano instrumental fits snugly on the album, melding into "Christmas Time Is Here" from the classic TV special "A Charlie Brown Christmas." The song slows to a seasonal, languid pace, heavy on the piano.
"O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus" feat. Patricia Carey Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright, and Randy Jackson "This next number is very special because it features a lady that I would probably say is the most responsible for her gene pool spilling over into Mariah," said Reid, introducing the song. "It's her mother Patricia Carey, who's singing a song with Mariah."
The gospel-heavy tune sees Mariah taking the first verse, while her operatic mother assumes second verse duties. Mimi comes in right at the end of her mom's portion with a shrieking falsetto, closing out the song with an intergenerational duet.
"To be able to include my mother and work with her, that was really special," Mariah later added.
"O Holy Night" (Live from WPC in South Central Los Angeles) Produced by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff Recorded live at the Westminster Presbyterian Church in South Central Los Angeles, this gospel recording features a full band and backing chorus as Mariah nails the vocals. "It's really amazing, I'm so happy she included that on this recording," shared Reid.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You (Extra Festive)" Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright, and Randy Jackson With a new orchestral introduction, this American classic features newly recorded vocals from Mariah as well as a beefier backing chorus, fresh ad-libs, and an extended outro, sounding just as enjoyable as it did in 1994.
"It's a little known fact that she was one of the greatest writers of our time," said Reid of Mariah. "That song, which she wrote, is the most successful holiday song written and released in the modern era–and she wrote it. That's just phenomenal. We know a lot of songwriters. How many of them can say they truly wrote a standard? A true standard?"
Mariah later shared that she bugged composer Marc Shaiman about redoing the song's intro by calling him with ideas at 6 a.m. "I would call him and I was like, 'All I Want for Christmas' needs a new intro," she said. "No, I didn't leave that off this album, if there are any real fans out there, but that one is remade and the intro is so good."
"Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)" Closing the album, this features Mariah performing the classic tune with a mellow piano and strong chorus before voices count back from 10 to 1 and the party begins. "The New Year's Anthem" is the album's sole dance record, capping the holiday release with a feel-good jam.
Mariah Films Christmas Show at JALC?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Oct-2010, 3:25PM EDT
Actress/dancer Victoria Rowell (formerly Drucilla Winters on daytime's The Young and the Restless) was at the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Dizzy's Club last night (Oct. 20) and tweeted about seeing Mariah at the venue:
VictoriaRowell Btw songbird, Mariah Carey was filming her Christmas show last night as well at Jazz @Lincoln Center...looked delightful!
HQ Photos: Merry Christmas II You Listening Party, NYC
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Oct-2010, 4:21AM EDT
Island Def Jam chief Antonio "L.A." Reid hosted a listening party for Mariah's new holiday album Merry Christmas II You at The Allen Room, Frederick P. Rose Hall at Lincoln Center in New York, New York on Wednesday, October 20, 2010. Below are photos of Mariah at the holiday album presentation event.
Source: Celine | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Launches New Christmas Album
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Oct-2010, 4:18AM EDT
Mariah Carey launched many new things last night at the Allen Room at Jazz Lincoln Center: her new album, which features-surprise-her mom, Patricia as a stunning operatic guest vocalist.
Carey also—even though she made no announcement—showed off her pretty obvious pregnant self. She glowed as she took the stage in a kind of black teddy design of a maternity dress. Then she brought out husband Nick Cannon and he glowed. Photographers took pictures and didn't need flash. It came from the couple.
Island Def Jam's L.A. Reid introduced the album, "Merry Christmas II You," which is "available" on November 2nd. (He noted that you can't say "in stores" anymore since there aren't many.) Reid kicked off the listening session before Carey arrived since she was late-let's face it, she's always late and everyone knows it. But by the time he finished playing several tracks, Mariah and Nick had arrived and all was good.
In the audience: Marc Shaiman, the great Broadway composer, who helped give Mariah arrangements, orchestrations, and new songs that make her notable eight octave voice sound terrific. Also on hand: Gayle King, and Mariah's phalanx of agents and lawyers.
On stage, Mariah joked about working long hours, and gave thanks to missing producer Randy Jackson. "He's off working on some show," she joked about "American Idol."
And about the album: those who counted Mariah out after the disappointing sales of her last CD, guess what? She's back. From the Phil Spectorish remake of her classic holiday song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" to Shaiman's lush, gorgeous "Christmas Time is in the Air," Mariah nails the whole thing. Her voice has never sounded better. There's a nod to A Charlie Brown Christmas with a sample of Vince Guaraldi's Peanuts music mashed up with "Christmas Time is Here." I loved the funky R&B version of "Here Comes Santa Claus" mixed up with a Chic sample and Akon.
As for the big 'white elephant' in the room: as Mariah conveyed to this column several weeks ago, she's superstitious about discussing the pregnancy. That's fine. You can tell how happy she is! Meanwhile, she's doing a Christmas TV special on December 12th-and there will be no denying it then.
Start knitting those baby booties.
Mariah speaks about her new Merry Christmas II You album at the listening party.
Preview: Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Oct-2010, 4:15AM EDT
Christmas has come early for Mariah Carey!
The 40-year-old powerhouse singer gave an early listen of her upcoming holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, at NYC's Lincoln Center on Wednesday (October 20).
"This is her love, this is her passion, this is her real joy," Def Jam exec L.A. Reid said, adding that Mariah goes "all out" for Christmas and has been in the spirit ever since she started recording in June!
Mariah and hubby Nick Cannon were both on hand and came onstage during the celebration to thank those who made the album possible!
Here are some tidbits from the album:
"Oh Santa!" - The audience clapped along to this uptempo, energetic song!
"O Little Town of Bethlehem / Little Drummer Boy Medley" - A powerful mix of two Christmas classics - the song showed off Mariah's legendary pipes!
"Christmas Time Is In The Air Again" - Slow, sultry and understated number.
"The First Noel / Born is the King (Interlude)" - The song begins with a piano arrangement paired with Mariah's melismatic singing - as the chorus builds, an orchestra comes in and she belts it out big!
"When Christmas Comes" - A soulful R&B song featuring a horn section and an interlude of "Jingle Bells."
"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration" - The song features Akon and samples the bass line of Chic's "Good Times" and turns the original on its head!
"Charlie Brown Christmas" - The song begins with the Peanuts classic "Linus and Lucy" before slowing down and going into a sexy, breathy update of "Christmas Time is Here."
"O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus" (feat. Patricia Carey) - Mariah's mom, Patricia, sings classical opera while Mariah hits those sky high notes. Super powerful song and our favorite track from the album! Both Mom and Mariah's voices blend perfectly!
"O Holy Night" - Live - Mariah sings over an organ and backing choir at a church in South Central Los Angeles. If you don't get goosebumps on this track, check your pulse!
"All I Want for Christmas is You - Extra Festive" - The most successful holiday song in recent history gets a new orchestral introduction! When Mariah came out on stage, she dished that she'd call the song's arranger at 6 a.m. with thoughts on how to change it - and thanked him for his patience.
"Auld Lang Syne - The New Year's Anthem" - Begins with a piano introduction and a backing choir before a countdown begins and the song turns into a club banger!
Video: Mariah Previews Merry Christmas II You on HSN
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Oct-2010, 7:48PM EDT
Mariah gave an exclusive preview of her new Holiday album, Merry Christmas II You on HSN TV today, October 20th. In a one-on-one interview with HSN's Colleen Lopez, Mariah talked about Merry Christmas II You: her collaborators on the album, duet with mom Patricia, the new and traditional songs included on the album. She also played some song snippets, and gave the viewers some footage from the album's accompanying DVD. You can watch the full video of today's telecast at HSN.com or you can download our TV capture of the 8:30am show below.
FULL TRANSCRIPT Colleen Lopez, HSN: We are so thrilled to be in Mariah Carey's beautiful home here in Los Angeles to premiere her fabulous new holiday album. I have to tell you, a lot of us remember back in 1994 when we purchased her first album. Since that, her first Merry Christmas album became the no. 1 top selling holiday CD of all time. So we have been waiting a long time for this. Mariah has recorded a brand-new album. You're gonna fall in love with it. Lots of classics; tons of brand-new, original songs as well. And on HSN today, the package we're gonna offer you is exclusive. It's $14.95. You get not just this CD, which you're gonna fall in love with, but you also get the DVD. It's reduced shipping today by the way so grab it because I promise you, you want to fill your home and your world with this beautiful music. And it's all thanks to the lovely Mariah Carey who is so gracious to welcome us into your amazing home. Thank you so much. And who is this darling little friend with us? Mariah Carey: Thank you. This is our new puppy Jackie. Jackie Lambchops is her full name.
HSN: You're envisioned with your tree, we have the fire burning, you have your little puppy, your friends, I hear they call you Miss Christmas? MC: Well, some. They call me many things [laughs] but yes, I am very festive. I love the holidays. Everybody who knows me knows that I make a huge deal out of Christmas. I am to the point of like, I mean, it needs to be stopped [laughs]. No, it's just, we're getting in the mood for Christmas this early.
HSN: Right, I love that and what better way. Your music, even though it's a holiday album, I want to play it immediately. You want to start playing it in October. The songs are so beautiful. It took a while, why now? Because 1994, it's been a while, why did you decide now to record a new Christmas album? MC: Being that I was five years old when I made that album [laughs], I just felt like, "You know what? Let me give the world..." No, sorry I had to do that. I'm a writer... [Sorry, the dog's behind is not good in the shot. We love you Jackie but we're going to have to let you go because the butt shot isn't working. This is a holiday moment. Bye-bye.] So I decided to do another Christmas album because so many people have told me that they really enjoyed the first album and that they listen to it throughout the year.
HSN: Think about it - the best-selling of all time. Think of all the Christmas albums. And it continues to be, I mean, every year, it continues to be a huge album. MC: That's the amazing thing. It's a gift for me really because I've always, I love the holidays. Ever since I was little, it's been just my favorite time of year and to be able to have this Christmas, particularly "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which I have on the new album as well as the original album. Yes, I had to do that because like every year people tell me they wait for that song and that's how they know Christmas time is here. And it's one of those things where I'm like, "I wrote this song on a Casio keyboard in upstate New York so many years ago," and I'm like I can't believe there are people who grew up listening to that. They have memories of their own - Christmas memories that go with that song. So we have the classics and all the favorites such as "All I Want For Christmas Is You" from the original album, and then I've written a new song that sort of in the vein of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" but it's called "Oh Santa!" and it's like, it just feels like something you've heard before. It's got a classic vibe to it. Sort of the way like "All I Want For Christmas Is You." When I wrote that, I wasn't thinking, "Oh, let me write something that sounds very of-the-moment. I wanted it to feel like a classic then. But back then I wasn't thinking like, "Let me make a hot record for 'today's time.' So I was thinking let me just do something kind of that will stand the test of time. And that's what this new song is but it has this really infectious hook and it's really fun. And then, of course, there are the ballads, traditional songs like "O Come All Ye Faithful," and "The First Noel," I could go on forever. But it's like on the first Christmas album, I did "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" and combined it with... we did sort of a lot of medleys on the first album - the first Christmas album I did Merry Christmas so Merry Christmas II which is actually called Merry Christmas II You, I wanted to make sure that we had enough classics so people would feel like they can listen to the album and it's not like, "What is this weird rendition of a song I've known all my life? I wanna hear it pretty much as I grew up hearing it" but obviously, I have my own style so I try to bring that into it. A lot of people have been asking me for years, "Are you ever gonna sing with your Mom?" They know that my mother is an opera singer.
HSN: Is your mom gonna sing with you on this album? MC: Yes. We discussed doing a duet and I really wanted to make sure it happened on this Christmas album. So I feel really blessed to be able to have this opportunity to have this on record forever - a song with my mom. She's the one who really got me into being so festive at Christmas, I have to say. Like she's very festive as well.
HSN: I just have to say, this is going to sell out. Everyone's going to buy this. It's $14.95. You get to hear the duet that Mariah was just talking about along with all of your other favorites, lots of new. The unique thing about Mariah Carey is that, along with your incredible voice, this 5-octave voice that is just the voice of an angel, you are really the only one artist that does everything - you produce, you write your songs, you arrange your songs. You have so many varied talents that you were able to incorporate into your work that is really unlike most artists today. You really have so many gifts. MC: Thank you. I truly believe that music is a gift, I really do. And it can be something that's passed down but I really do feel it's a gift from God. That's why I love singing, particularly holiday songs. It's a different feeling that you get.
HSN: So do you have a favorite classic on this album? A classic we can share with everyone at home? MC: I really can't pick a favorite but what we've got on this album are like these very festive uptempos like "Oh Santa!" with an infectious hook that you just want to hear over and over. It's my own song so it's weird to talk about it like that but that's how I feel. I'm proud of it. At a certain point I backed away from it like it's somebody else's thing. I don't wanna sound as if I'm bragging about my own song that's what I'm saying.
HSN: You're passionate about it and that's infectious. That's wonderful! MC: So there's "Little Town of Bethlehem" and the "Little Drummer Boy" and Randy and I and Big Jim Wright did this arrangement where it's sort of a medley of the two. It's kind of a cool different way to hear it but you get used to it after listening to it one time and I really enjoyed singing it. And so that'll be a nice, better music just to get you in the mood.
HSN: We're gonna take a listen right now, listen to one of the classics, how about "O Little Town of Bethlehem"? MC: Sounds good.
["O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy" Snippet plays] Listen:
HSN: So beautiful. The choir, the vocal arranging. That's just one of the many beautiful songs you're going to experience on Mariah Carey's latest Christmas album. If you'd like to order, I know we're very busy, it's $14.95. You cannot buy this package anywhere but here. It's a reduced shipping & handling. You will fall in love. So along with classics, things that we look forward to hearing at Christmas time and nobody sings them like Mariah Carey. There are going to be lots of interesting, exciting new songs. I know, Mariah you're doing collaborations again with Jermaine Dupri, that's very exciting. MC: Yes. The fans are really excited. They kept going on Twitter saying like, "What are you guys doing? Is it a Christmas album? What is it?" and we didn't really want to tell so that was kind of tough to keep under wraps. I love working with Jermaine.
HSN: I love that you're collaborating with your Mom on this album. Your mom is an opera singer, of course. That's really special. MC: I feel it was important for me to do something with my mother. I'm just really excited for people to hear her voice and she's a tremendously gifted singer so we did a song, we did, I did a new arrangement with Big Jim Wright of "O Come All Ye Faithful" into the "Hallelujah Chorus." Actually a friend of mine, my friend Erik from Chicago, he actually said, "You should do the 'Hallelujah Chorus'." And then when I talked to my mom about doing a duet I thought that would be interesting because she would be able to do that so beautifully. And so I do the first part, she does that middle section, and then we sort of take it out together. It's really nice because people who aren't necessarily opera fans, they want a little taste of that and then they want to go back to the regular Christmas vibe that they've been listening to so it's a nice combination.
HSN: One of the things that strikes me about you, you have such a sense for really what people love. And you think about, you seem ageless to me. Look at you, you look so amazing. I can't believe you launched that first album in 1994. I'm just saying this. You look so amazingly young. You're looking younger now. I was looking at my original 'cause I bought your original Christmas album I swear you look younger now than you did on that original. It's similar. I loved it, it's kind of a play on the... MC: Actually we tried to, this is sort of the night time fun version of that album and the first Christmas album I was freezing cold and my hair was frozen to my head. This is sort of like, there's the Merry Christmas that side of it, this is sort of part 2 and I wanted to really keep the essence of what the first Christmas album I did had. I wanted to give people those big background vocals. I wanted to make sure I gave vocal performances that people really wanted to listen to and felt something from because I know when I'm singing and I feel something that's probably gonna, people will feel something from it as well so I wanna preserve that. I also wanted to keep the fun, not-so-serious festive side of the whole thing.
HSN: I want to remind everybody, if you haven't called yet, for $14.95 you get everything we're talking about and so much more. And by the way, you can't get the DVD anywhere but here so it's a CD/DVD package. It's for $15. What a beautiful gift too by the way - holiday gift, perfect gift. MC: I love watching at Christmas time just anything Christmassy like we'll leave on the cartoon movies or whatever it is. So the DVD, it's just like a special feature which you can leave it on and hear the music and feel, whatever you're doing, if you're cooking, if you're hanging out, whatever it is, it's just there. The footage of the creation of making this music to kind of enhance the holiday.
["O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" with mom Patricia Snippet plays] Listen:
HSN: You're going to fall in love with Mariah's newest Christmas album. We're so excited to be premiering it here today. I'm thrilled to see so many of you ordering it because truly when you fill your home with this amazing voice, and these beautiful songs, it feels like Christmas, it sounds like Christmas, it puts your heart in the right place during this beautiful Christmas season that's going to be coming up right around the corner. For under $15 I don't want you to miss it. It's just you've done such a beautiful job. It's funny because you touched on earlier, you said, "Oh people say I'm diva" and you are so not that. You're just a perfectionist. You just are so passionate about what you do and that's why your work is so amazing. Really. It just shows on what you do. MC: Thank you. You know what it is, I guess I feel like I don't feel diva's not a compliment because having an opera singer for a mother I've been hearing diva since people didn't say diva every other word and it's like it really does mean someone who's talented, and it can also mean difficult, but hey, we can all be difficult every now and then. But I guess I feel like being someone who loves to create music and work on different genres and I tried to sort of let that be represented in this Merry Christmas II You album because the template was the original Merry Christmas album and that's why you can play them back to back and not feel like jolted or jarred or something odd just happened. I was really inspired by like the Nat King Coles of the world and all the classics that we love just in terms of the music but then also like the fun Mike, Jackson 5s, and '60s records that are really festive Christmas songs but they have a soulful vibe to them as well. They make you feel happy, and I think that's the whole thing. It's about family and friends, and it just really takes you in. I actually wrote with James Poyser who is a wonderful musician. We worked on The Emancipation of Mimi together. We did a song called "Mine Again" which a lot of my fans love, that's a fan favorite. It was never a single but a lot of people really liked it. We wrote this new song called "When Christmas Comes" and it talks about every kind of part of what you deal with during the holidays - relationships, family, every bit of festivities, even worshipping the real, whatever your definition of Christmas is. I think it's kind of encompassed within that song and it's got a nice feeling to it.
HSN: And you and Randy Jackson worked on, co-produced this together. I know you've so many amazing things together. MC: I love Randy Jackson. Randy Jackson just to anybody who doesn't know - Randy Jackson of American Idol, is a very, very invaluable person in my life. He's such a great friend. He is an incredible musician. He's been on the road with like almost every band in history. You mention anybody's name it's like he knows them but he really does. Everybody thinks that he's making this up but he really does so we really got together and I said, "Randy, let's do this 'cause I know you get what my music has to be and the broadness." Because of the demographic where it's like I'd be able to reach young people as well as older people, and all different ethnicities and so Randy can get that.
HSN: That's not easy to do but you do that. MC: I do because it's what I really am and what I really love.
["The First Noel/Born is the King Interlude" Snippet plays] Listen:
HSN: You are absolutely going to fall in love with Mariah Carey's newest Merry Christmas II You. Wait till you fill your home with these beautiful songs. We all love Mariah's voice but when she's singing our favorite Christmas classics and all of this new music, I cannot wait for you to get this home. It's $15, $14.95 reduced shipping & handling. It's an exclusive package. We're the first to launch this and you cannot find this anywhere else. So you get the new album and you get the DVD both. And I just can't wait for people to experience it. Right? It puts you in the mood for Christmas. MC: It definitely does and if you only knew a lot of the time when you record a Christmas album it's not at Christmas time. So the really cool thing about working with Randy Jackson on this album is he has a studio out here that we worked in a lot and he had them decorate so much even during the heat of summer and it was Christmas time for everybody 'cause he knows how I am. I have a Christmas tree set up. I have a vocal booth in my house where I record a lot of stuff, it's pink and black and very festive. In that room I have a Christmas tree and everything set up just because I wanted to make it feel authentic. A lot of people look at making a Christmas album like, "Oh, it's just a throw-away thing and then I'll do my real album." For me, these are timeless pieces of work that can last year after year after year and so I wanna be able to listen to it.
HSN: Isn't one of your Christmas songs the no. 1 ringtone around the holiday season? MC: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and that makes me really happy. Everytime I see that because again as a songwriter I'm sitting there like this is something that's really making people feel festive and that's my whole thing. I'm very festive, I'll admit it, in case you didn't get that by now.
HSN: It's a good thing. And you know what? I know, we're running out of time. $14.95 to get this home. Again, I love the fact that we get to launch it here. That it's exclusive so not only do you get the beautiful album that I just know, I love the original so much, this is everything that original is and more. MC: We actually redid "All I Want For Christmas Is You" for everybody to be able to have that, know that they're going to get that song on this album as well as a bunch of new, the "Oh Santa!" which everybody is calling me about going, "I can't believe you wrote another Christmas song that's my favorite new song ever."
HSN: And then the DVD we can play that during holiday parties or just to get into the spirit. MC: You can leave that on while you're cooking, doing whatever. I actually cook at the holidays, nobody believes me but I do. And you'll see, they'll see some of the content of that and a lot of fun, festive footage just for you guys that we have on this DVD.
HSN: You and Randy Jackson make a great team. MC: I love Randy Jackson. Honestly, I couldn't have made this album without him. He put me in such a great space and he's just been such a helpful... he's an amazing musician everybody out there. He's not just someone who judges people in a talent show.
HSN: He was in the band Journey, right? MC: Yeah, he worked with Journey for a long time. He's worked with almost everybody but he used to be my musical director. Even when I got out on tour, sometimes he still does so much for me, even though he's super busy. This has been a really, really fun journey with him and just having this new album. And David LaChapelle who's one of my favorite all-time photographers came out of retirement and shot this album cover for me. So it's like we have the original Merry Christmas which sort of shows the daytime, and this kind of gives you the nighttime fuzzy feeling. Also a little bit more like city lights kind of you know so it's an all-around feeling of holiday cheer.
["Santa Claus is Coming to Town" Intro plays, then segues into the full "Oh Santa!"] Listen:
HSN: You know what I think is remarkable when I listen to the album is when I think of your amazing career, you've worked with the biggest Hip-Hop artist of all time, you've worked with the most famous Pavarotti, opera singer of all time, and yet when you listen to the music it's seamless. You incorporate so much but it's so beautiful and seamless. How do you do that? MC: It really is sort of almost a representation of who I am because I did grow up loving and listening to R&B and Hip-Hop but I also have an opera singer for a mother and she also sang Jazz and I was exposed to a lot of different styles of music as a kid. I even started out like just playing and singing with Jazz musicians growing up and stuff. And so working on an album like this new, or even starting with my first Christmas album, my task was to make an album with uptempos that were festive and fun but still did not alienate anybody when they listen to the big ballads and that's what I was trying to do with Merry Christmas II You which is basically an extension of where we left off on the last album so it won't feel jarring. So you're gonna feel the soulfulness of some of the collaborations with like a James Poyser, Jermaine Dupri, obviously Randy Jackson, Big Jim Wright, and then you'll feel the beauty of something that a new song or a classic like "The First Noel" or "Little Town of Bethlehem" or "O Come All Ye Faithfaul," orchestrated by one of most incredible Oscar-nominated, Emmy-winning geniuses that I just fell in love with, Marc Shaiman. And so it's like my task was really to make the album a seamless piece of work where you could put it on and listen to it and as you are going about your holiday moments just have something as sort of a soundtrack.
HSN: I think that's one of the things that I love most about you is that I've always been a huge fan. I've loved you from 1990 when you burst on the scene. MC: From birth because that's when...
HSN: [Laughs] Exactly! When you were 2. MC: No, that's when I was born and that's the amazing thing that nobody gives me credit for. I'm sick and tired of it. I did stuff from inside the womb[laughs]. Colleen, you have to forgive me. Sorry, people. HSN: [Laughs] Genius. It is true.
[At this point, Mariah talks about her jewelry and shoe collection that she will be showcasing on HSN in late November.]
Merry Christmas II You Preview on HSN Today!
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Oct-2010, 8:06AM EDT
Merry Christmas II You will make its debut on HSN today at the following times: 8:30am, 2:30pm and 10:30pm ET. Be sure to tune in!
Update: Merry Christmas II You Worldwide Release
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Oct-2010, 7:31AM EDT
USA Merry Christmas II You Collector's Box Set will now be released two weeks later on Tuesday, November 16. It is available at Amazon for $53.99. The limited Autographed Edition (only 500 available) can be purchased at ShopMariah for $99.99.
The following are the different versions of Merry Christmas II You to be released in the USA:
AUSTRALIA The release of Merry Christmas II You in Australia has been pushed back a week to November 12th.
Universal Australia has confirmed that the CD/DVD Deluxe Edition will be released in Australia. It will be a limited supply. - once it's sold out, the Standard edition will only be available. Here are some pre-order links: JB Hi-Fi (A$19.99), BigW (A$23.42), and Chaos (A$19.60).
JAPAN Universal Japan has published the official tracklisting for the Merry Christmas II You Japanese release - it will the same 13 tracks plus a bonus 14th song: "Oh Santa!" (Jump Smokers Remix).
Below is the most current list of worldwide release dates for Merry Christmas II You. New release dates for Italy - Nov. 16 (was Nov. 9), Netherlands - Nov. 5 (was Oct. 29), Sweden - Nov. 10 (was Nov. 3), UK - Nov. 15 (was Nov. 8). Countries with release dates before Nov. 1 have been omitted from the list.
MariahDaily's Got Talent - "Oh Santa!" Video Contest
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Oct-2010, 4:48PM EDT
"The creativity of my fans is unparalleled," Mariah has often said and we couldn't agree with her more. Over the years, we have witnessed that creativity and talent first-hand in your contributions to various sections of MariahDaily.com as well as in your participation in our contests and competitions.
In continuing with the festivities; and the excitement over the release of Mariah's new holiday album Merry Christmas II You (her first in 16 years!), MariahDailyJournal is pleased to bring you MariahDaily's Got Talent featuring "Oh Santa!"
Don your most festive holiday ensemble and show us your best "Oh Santa!" routine either by singing the song a capella, or lip-synching, or dancing to the "Oh Santa!" music, or whatever stunt you may have to give your own interpretation of the song.
Auditions. Auditions start today, Oct. 19, 2010, through Monday, Nov. 1, 2010 at 12:00pm (noon). To submit your "Oh Santa!" video, here is what you need to do: 1) Film your video and save it on your hard drive using the filename format: "FIRSTNAME-LASTNAME-Country" in mpg or wmv format only. 2) Upload your video on Multiupload.com ONLY. Please do not upload your videos on YouTube or your entry will be disqualified. 3) Send the Multiupload link to email@example.com. In your e-mail be sure to indicate your Full Name and Country, and write in subject line: "MariahDaily's Got Talent - Oh Santa! Video." Only one entry per person or group is allowed.
The submitted "Oh Santa!" video must meet the following guidelines: Submission must include the participant performing "Oh Santa!" Submission must maintain the integrity of the song lyrics. Submission will not include any pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material. Submission will not exceed the actual length of "Oh Santa!" and will not be more than 300MB in size. Submission is new and not previously uploaded/viewed on YouTube, Daily Motion and other video sites.
Judging. All video entries will be pre-judged by the MDJ team. They will be divided into groups with each group presented in a weekly online poll during elimination rounds where fellow fans will vote for their favorites. The first elimination round is set for Tuesday, Nov. 2. (More information about the elimination rounds to follow depending on the number of entries.)
Prizing. Exciting autographed-Mariah package will be awarded to the Grand Prize winner. Consolation prizes will be given to 1st and 2nd runner-ups. A winner who is a group or band will only receive one prize.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Graphics: Ed
HQ Photos: Mariah in Baker, Florida
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Oct-2010, 8:29AM EDT
Below are HQ photos of Mariah arriving at the Bob Sikes Airport in Baker, Florida on Monday, October 18. Mariah was in Baker to announce the recipient of an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home.
Source: Céline | MariahDailyJournal
"Oh Santa!" Contest Winners Announced
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Oct-2010, 8:21AM EDT
Thanks to everyone who participated in our "Oh Santa!" promo campaign. Sixteen (16) lucky fans were picked at random out of hundreds of entries received during the week of October 12-18. The following will each receive a signed item by Mariah!
Danny Foglia Alicia Hinojosa Eric Johnson Gilbert Quintana Ilaria Bergamini Juan Perez Julio Freitas Mitul Patel
PMCheartbreaker Shane Wasikoff Shirley Good Sieraaj Ahmed Sharwaan Mackenzie Jess Marie Berzito MerryXmas2_U MCsavedmylife
Congratulations, winners! Please contact us by e-mail and let us know of your mailing address.
Thanks to IDJ/Maroon Entertainment for providing the amazing prizes! Stay tuned for more contests to come!
Mariah Films Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-Oct-2010, 5:09PM EDT
Mariah is currently filming an episode of the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition at Baker High School in Baker, Florida as she revealed on her Twitter page minutes ago. The show is scheduled to air on Sunday, December 12th at 8pm ET on ABC. Be sure to tune in!
MariahCarey So amazing down here@ Baker HS w/Extreme Home makeover! Loving Ty,Micheal,Tracy,Johnny-all the kids@the school+the Gaston family! Show airs Dec.12th-they r in for a HUGE suprise! Don't miss it-verrrry festive! X0x0 LYM!
Mariah arrived at Bob Sikes Airport Monday morning to announce the Baker recipient of an Extreme Makeover: Home Edition home.
Pop star Mariah Carey showed up today to surprise a male cheerleader and former Alabama A&M student who is going to receive a new home from the "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition" program.
Finis Gaston of Pensacola was coaching a cheerleading session in Baker, where he takes care of his niece and nephews, when Carey broke the good news to the Gaston family.
Now it's up to Heritage Homes of Mobile to complete a house for the Gastons by Sunday.
"We are ready to give Finis Gaston and his family a fresh start here in Pensacola," said Frank Lott, III, Heritage Homes' president. "His positive attitude and big heart will be the inspiration that carries our team of builders and volunteers as we take on this weekʼs build."
Gaston was raised by a single mother in a poor neighborhood. His mom also took care of his young niece and two nephews. When Gaston was 16, the straight A-student and sports enthusiast tried out for the Baker School cheerleading team.
After the coach saw his sky-high jump and perfect toe-touch, she volunteered to pay for everything he needed to be on the team, according to a Heritage Homes news release. Gaston made school history as the first male cheerleader and his confidence and sense of humor made him a school favorite. His dream to go to college and earn a degree in social work came true when he was discovered by a football scout, who offered Gaston a full scholarship to Alabama A&M University.
With just one year left to graduation, Gaston's beloved mother died unexpectedly. Although he was living his dream, he left college to return home and care for his niece and nephews so that they would not be sent to foster care.
In addition to his job serving lunches at Baker School, Gaston is a volunteer coach for a local area girlsʼ cheerleading team at the Baker Area Youth Association. Under his guidance, he has led their team to win local competitions. Gaston opened a gymnastics business called Finest Tumblers, but he had to shut it down when the building was recently sold.
When Finest Tumblers was shut down, Gaston lost the income that he planned to use to make his familyʼs home safe and livable.
Finis and his niece, 18-year-old Jasqulon Gaston, her baby boy, LaRon and Gaston's nephews: Tyshun Morris, 15 and Tyvun Morris, 8, will go on vacation to Disney World. While they are gone, design team leader Ty Pennington and designers Michael Moloney, Tracy Hutson and Johnny Littlefield will join with Heritage Homes and its staff and volunteers to build the structure.
About Reviews "Oh Santa!"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-Oct-2010, 8:54AM EDT
Mariah Carey - "Oh Santa!" By Bill Lamb, About.com Rating:
16 years ago Mariah Carey released her first Christmas album Merry Christmas, and it included the instant standard, "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Now she is releasing her second Christmas collection Merry Christmas II You, and it includes the stellar single "Oh Santa!" This easily could be one of the top new Christmas tracks of 2010. Upbeat, cheerful, and thoroughly Mariah Carey, pop radio should jump on this throughout the holidays.
A cheerleader chant, jazzy verse and chorus, chiming bells, handclaps, and a trademark melismatic extravaganza near the end all make this Christmas tune a classic Mariah Carey recording. Lyrically it is all a request of Santa Claus to bring a lover back as the ultimate Christmas gift. It is a simple, common Christmas song sentiment, but in the hands of Mariah Carey and her collaborators Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox is a deliriously perky introduction to the season.
"Oh Santa!" sounds effortlessly breezy and hearkens back to classic Mariah Carey music. There is nothing self-consciously contemporary. The song would be perfectly at home on an old-fashioned Christmas television special. The hint of competition with the desired boyfriend's new girlfriend gives the song just the amount of sass and spunk that is needed to keep things interesting. Mariah Carey attacks the vocals with perfect spirit for the holidays.
Album/Single Updates from Italy, Germany
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-Oct-2010, 8:33AM EDT
Italy Universal Italy has confirmed the new release date for Merry Christmas II You in Italy as Tuesday, November 9th.
Germany According to Universal Germany, "Oh Santa!" is scheduled to impact German radio on Tuesday, October 26th. The digital release of the single will be on Friday, October 29th. The parent album, Merry Christmas II You, as we previously reported, will hit stores Friday, November 19th.
Update: Merry Christmas II You Debut on HSN TV
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Oct-2010, 12:36PM EDT
Mariah's new holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, will debut on Home Shopping Network (HSN) TV on Wednesday, October 20th. Below are the actual times when you can watch.
8:30am-9:00am ET - Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You 2:00pm-2:30pm ET - Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You 2:30pm-3:00pm ET - Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You 10:00pm-11:00pm ET - Deck the Halls Finale ft. Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You (full hour)
MDJ Exclusive: Merry Christmas II You Production Credits
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Oct-2010, 9:00AM EDT
MariahDailyJournal is happy to exclusively share with our loyal visitors the production details for each one of the Merry Christmas II You album tracks.
MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU 1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Intro) 00:23 –Written by J. Fred Coots, Haven Gillespie –Produced by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman –Orchestra arranged and orchestrated by Marc Shaiman and Brad Dechter –Orchestra recorded and mixed by John Richards –Additional engineering by Brett "Snacky" Pierce –Assistant Recording Engineer: Steve Genewick –Orchestra Conductor: Shari Sutcliffe –Concertmaster: Ralph Morrison
2. Oh Santa! 03:31 –Written by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox –Produced by Mariah Carey for Maroon Entertainment, Jermaine Dupri for So So Def Productions, Inc. and Bryan-Michael Cox for Blackbaby, Entertainment, Inc. –Recorded by Brian Garten and John Horesco IV at Westlake Recording Studios, Los Angeles, CA and Guardian Angel Studios, Bel Air, CA –Mixed by Phil Tan at Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Additional and Assistant Engineering: Damien Lewis –Bass: Randy Jackson
3. O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy Medley 03:32 –O Little Town Of Bethlehem - Written by Phillips Brooks, Lewis H. Redner –Little Drummer Boy - Written by Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone –Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright and Randy Jackson –New Arrangement by Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and James "Big Jim" Wright –Orchestral sessions produced and arranged by Marc Shaiman –Orchestra recorded and pre-mixed by John Richards –Recorded by Brian Garten –Additional engineering by Keith Gretlein, Kevin Guarnieri, Brett "Snacky" Pierce and Scott Riesett –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Teddy Glendon Campbell –Bass: Reggie Hamilton –Guitar: Michael Thompson & Doc Powell –Keyboards: Randy Waldman & Big Jim Wright Bass –Percussion: Luis Conte –Orchestra Conductor: Shari Sutcliffe –Background Vocals: Maryann Tatum, Melonie Daniels, Sharlotte Gibson, Sherry McGhee
4. Christmas Time is in the Air Again 03:02 –Written by Mariah Carey, Marc Shaiman –Produced by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman –Orchestrated and arranged by Marc Shaiman –Orchestra recorded and pre-mixed by John Richards –Recorded by Brian Garten –Additional engineering by Brett "Snacky" Pierce and Scott Riesett –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Victor Indrizzo –Upright Bass: Mike Valerio –Guitar: George Doering –Piano: Marc Shaiman –Percussion: Luis Conte –Orchestra Conductor: Shari Sutcliffe
5. The First Noel / Born is the King Interlude 04:33 –The First Noel - Written by Traditional –Born Is The King Interlude - Written by Traditional –Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright and Randy Jackson –New arrangement by Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and James "Big Jim" Wright –Orchestral sessions produced and arranged by Marc Shaiman –Orchestra recorded and pre-mixed by John Richards –Recorded by Brian Garten, Keith Gretlein and Kevin Guarnieri –Additional engineering by Brett "Snacky" Pierce and Scott Riesett –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Keyboards: Big Jim Wright –Drums: Jerohn Garnett –Bass: Randy Jackson –Guitar: Doc Powell –Orchestra Conductor: Shari Sutcliffe –Background Vocals: Mariah Carey, Cindy Mizelle, Sharlotte Gibson
6. When Christmas Comes 04:46 –Written by Mariah Carey, James Poyser –Produced by Mariah Carey and James Poyser –Recorded by Brian Garten and Kevin Guarnieri at Guardian Angel Studios, Bel Air, CA; Westlake Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA and Germano Studios, New York, NY –Additional engineering by Keith Gretlein –Assistant Recording Engineers: George "Tre" Ammatuna, Tucker Robinson, Alex Guarpera and Stephen Spencer –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Nisan Stewart –Bass: Alex Evans –Guitar: John "Jubu" Smith –Keyboards: James Poyser –Trumpet: Rick Baptist, Greg Adams –Saxophone: Dan Higgins –Flute: Dan Higgins –Trombone: Nick Lane –Background Vocals: Mariah Carey, Melonie Daniels, Sharlotte Gibson, Nicki Richards
7. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/Housetop Celebration 03:28 –Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Written by Gene Autry, Oakley Haldeman –Housetop Celebration - Written by Benjamin Hanby –Produced by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox –New arrangement by Mariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox –Recorded by John Horesco, Sam Thomas and Kevin Guarnieri –Vocals recorded by Brian Garten –Additional engineering by Keith Gretlein and Kevin Guarnieri –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Jermaine Dupri –Bass: Randy Jackson –Keyboard/Percussion:: Bryan-Michael Cox, Melonie Daniels, Cri$tyle, Nicki Richards
8. Charlie Brown Christmas 02:49 –Written by Vince Guaraldi, Lee Mendelson –Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright and Randy Jackson –New arrangement by Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and James "Big Jim" Wright –Recorded by Brian Garten –Assistant Recording Engineers: Marcus Johnson, Peter Mack and Martin Cooke –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Teddy Glendon Campbell –Bass: Reggie Hamilton –Guitar: Michael Thompson & Doc Powell –Keyboards: Randy Waldman & Big Jim Wright –Percussion: Luis Conte
9. O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus feat. Patricia Carey 03:38 –O Come All Ye Faithful - Written by Traditional –Hallelujah Chorus - Written by G F Handel, George Frideric Handel –Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright and Randy Jackson –New arrangement by Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and James "Big Jim" Wright –Orchestral sessions produced and arranged by Marc Shaiman –Orchestra recorded and pre-mixed by John Richards –Recorded by Brian Garten –Additional engineering by Keith Gretlein, –Brett "Snacky" Pierce, Scott Riesett and Kevin Guarnieri –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis
10. O Holy Night - Live from WPC in South Central Los Angeles 05:00 –Written by Traditional –Original version produced by Walter Afanasieff and Mariah Carey –Vocals and music recorded and mixed by Dana Jon Chappelle –Choir: Voices of Judah/Greater Bethany/City of Refuge –Background Vocals: Maryann Tatum, Melonie Daniels
11. One Child 04:26 –Written by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman –Produced by Mariah Carey and Marc Shaiman –Arranged by Marc Shaiman –Orchestra recorded and pre-mixed by John Richards –Recorded by Brian Garten –Additional engineering by Brett "Snacky" Pierce, Scott Riesett and Keith Gretlein –Children's Chorus recorded by Martin Cooke –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Steve Schaeffer –Orchestra Conductor: Shari Sutcliffe –Background Vocals: Mariah Carey, Brian Garten, Melonie Daniels, Sherry McGhee, Nicki Richards
12. All I Want for Christmas is You - Extra Festive 04:02 –Written by Mariah Carey, Walter Afanasieff –Produced by Mariah Carey, James "Big Jim" Wright and Randy Jackson –Recorded by Brian Garten –Additional engineering by Brett "Snacky" Pierce, Kevin Guarnieri and Keith Gretlein –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Drums: Jerohn Garnett –Bass: Lloyd "Sonny" Thompson –Guitar: Doc Powell –Keyboards: "Big Jim" Wright –Background Vocals: Sherry McGhee, Melonie Daniels, Sharlotte Gibson, Angie Fisher
13. Auld Lang Syne - The New Year's Anthem 03:48 –Written by Robert Burns –Produced by Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson and Johnny "Sev" Severin (for RedOne Productions) –Recorded by Johnny "Sev" Severin, Keith Gretlein and Brian Garten –Mixed by Phil Tan at The Ninja Beat Club, Atlanta, GA –Assistant Mixer: Damien Lewis –Piano: "Big Jim" Wright –Background Vocals: Melonie Daniels, Sherry McGhee, Onitsha Shaw
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Oct-2010, 3:16AM EDT
Reminder: Our "Oh Santa!" Download contest will end tomorrow at midnight. If you haven't purchased the digital single, please do so now! And make sure you send us your proof of purchase at firstname.lastname@example.org for a chance to win Mariah-signed items.
A new Lollipop Bling gift set - a great gift idea for the Holiday season! This Lollipop Bling set includes 3 Eau de Parfum Rollerballs/Roll-Ons ("Ribbon, "Mine Again" and "Honey"), 27 fl oz, 8 ml each. Rob found this set at Shaw AFB in Sumter, SC for $30.
The Film Stage lists their "10 Singers Who (Eventually) Proved They Could Act," and gives Mariah, at #5, a great write-up:
5. Mariah Carey, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire - Although Mo'nique took home the Oscar and much of the buzz in this harsh film about abuse, pregnancy and life, one can't forget how impressive Mariah Carey was in her brief scenes as a no-nonsense social worker in Lee Daniels' haunting film. Carey's appearance has been deglamed in order to make her seem ordinary but the fire behind her performance is what makes her shine. Carey holds her own in the final scenes with the powerhouse performance by Mo'nique (a task that would prove difficult for even more accomplished actresses) and shows she has come a long way since her disastrous performance in Glitter.
Be sure to check us back later today at 9am ET for another MDJ exclusive!
INTERNATIONAL TIDBITS The leading German weekly news magazines Focus wants you to rate Mariah based on achievement, style, sex appeal, humor and hairstyle. Vote here.
Victor found this Mariah Carey compilation CD called Collections at the Esplanada Shopping Center in Sorocaba City, Brazil for R$24,90 (US$15).
Mariah's fragrance Forever is now available in Brazil. Omar took a photo of the display (pictured below) at Oruam Store, Paulista Mall in Sao Paulo. Also below, scans from Singapore: Mariah's F1 performance featured on 8 Days magazine, 10/7; and Shafiq's review of Mariah's concert for the 10/11 Berita Harian, the only local Malay newspaper in Singapore.
MARIAH MENTIONS This week on Billboard: Taylor Swift's "Speak Now" gives her the mark for most top 10 debuts in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. "Speak Now" is her sixth title to enter the chart's top tier, surpassing the five top 10 entries earned by Mariah Carey from 1995-98. Billboard.
Crossover country trio Lady Antellebum's new six-song EP, A Merry Little Christmas, includes a cover of Mariah's original, best-selling holiday song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You."
Black Eyed Peas' Fergie mentions Mariah while talking about Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole: "Within five years we could be talking about Cheryl on the same level as we go Madonna or Mariah Carey." Mirror UK
Jordin Sparks posted the following on her Twitter page on Oct. 4: "'Butterfly' by @mariahcarey is killin me right now. Sheesh. Sang girl."
Victoria Beckham tells Marie Claire in its Nov. issue that her work in fashion is more exciting than her stint as a Spice Girl: "I feel quite confident in what I'm doing now, much more than the singing. I was never going to give Mariah Carey any competition."
FANS' CORNER Fan Site: The new French Mariah Carey fan site, MC-News has organized a project called "All I Want For Christmas is Mariah" in support of Mariah's new holiday album Merry Christmas II You. French fans, head over to the site to see how you can participate!
Fan Party: On Oct. 8th, the Sao Paulo, Brazil fans had a festive post-Barretos, Mariah Carey party at the Cambridge Hotel. Below are some pictures from the event. More can be found at MariahNow, and videos here.
Fan Videos: 1) Ernest created a video for "Oh Santa!" using clips from various old Mariah Christmas videos. 2) Impersonator AndiiLaBelle performs as Mariah with "Emotions" in this video. 3) This Brazilian toddler is already a Mariah fan at 2, he says in this video: "Mariah is my girlfriend."
Fan Art/Photos: Thanks to the following fans for sharing their work with us: Arief (MCIIY drawing), Keith (drawing), Josh ("Ally" Mariah photo in celebration of National Coming Out Day), Tavian (his version of MCIIY cover), Drew (Photo with his 18th birthday present), Dominic and Vistor (Tattoos), Fraser (at Myer-Sydney).
Mariah fan John Cable is walking 18 miles for suicide prevention with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and he is walking on behalf of two people in his life and for every gay teen that has taken their life. John is trying to raise money for the cause, if you want to contribute, visit his page at Out of the Darkness.
Singaporean fans Hairul and Syazwan are organizing a gathering to celebrate the release of Merry Christmas II You in Singapore on Nov. 2. Singaporean fans who are interested to join can e-mail Hairul or Syazwan. You can also check their Facebook page (open to all Asian fans!) to check on any updates about the gathering.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Hairul | Rob | Tobias | Victor | Andrew | Celine | Arief | Josh | Drew | Johnny | John | Omar | Shafiq | Andrew | Keith | Bryant | Glauber | Rafael | Robinho | Fraser
Mariah's Submissions for 2011 Grammy Nominations
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-Oct-2010, 9:20AM EDT
The following Mariah's entries have been submitted for Grammy consideration.
Nominations will be announced during the 3rd Annual Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! on Wednesday, December 1. The 53rd Annual Grammy Awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 8pm ET/PT.
Source: Gohustle at ATRL | Ritcher | Matt
MDJ Readers' Top 20 in 20 Video: And The Winner Is...
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-Oct-2010, 12:15AM EDT
After weeks of elimination rounds, it is now time to announce the final results of the MDJ Readers' 20 in 20 Video Countdown: The Final Showdown between the top two videos, "Honey" and "The Roof."
According to the final tally, with a total of 7,965 votes cast, THE ULTIMATE FAN FAVORITE MARIAH CAREY VIDEO is:
"Honey" - The video that introduced pop culture to a post-divorce Mariah was "Honey." Mariah has said that the concept of the "Honey" video was influenced by the 'Bond Girls' from James Bond movies, and she has said the video was just an excuse for her to wear different outfits. Directed by Paul Hunter and shot during the summer in Puerto Rico, "Honey" featured a scantily clad Mariah being held hostage inside of a huge mansion by three men, including an Italian mobster played by actor Frank Sivero. Mariah escapes her captors, jumps off a balcony into a pool, and emerges in a bikini. The bikini in the pool scene is modeled after Bond girl Honey Ryder, who emerged from the ocean in a similar bikini in Dr. No. The video ends with Mariah frolicking around on a beach with Cuban-American model David Fumero and her dog, Jack. There was media speculation that the plot of the video paralleled Mariah breaking free from her marriage, but Mariah maintained that she was just having fun. "It's just a James Bond spoof," she explained. "The actors weren't meant to be Tommy or anybody else."
Let's give it up for "Honey" - the Ultimate Fan Favorite Mariah Carey Video!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Graphics: Kathryn
Merry Christmas II You Debut on HSN TV
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-Oct-2010, 9:50PM EDT
Mariah's new holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, will debut on the Home Shopping Network (HSN) TV on Wednesday, October 20th. Below are the times when you can watch.
8am-9am ET - Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You 2pm-3pm ET - Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You 10pm-11pm ET - Deck the Halls Finale ft. Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You
"Oh Santa!" on iTunes' Top Holiday Songs Charts
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-Oct-2010, 10:17AM EDT
Here are the rankings for Mariah's new single, "Oh Santa!" on iTunes' Top Holiday Songs as of Oct. 15, 10:00am ET. Merry Christmas II You (pre-order) currently sits at #74 on iTunes USA's Top Albums overall.
Update: Merry Christmas II You Worldwide Release
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Oct-2010, 5:53PM EDT
Below is the most current list of worldwide release dates for Merry Christmas II You. If you know the release date of the album in your country, please let us know.
Updates: The release dates for the following countries have changed: UK - now Nov. 8 (was Nov. 1), Poland - Nov. 8 (was Oct. 29), Italy - now Nov. 3 (was Nov. 2). Hungary, Indonesia, Korea and Switzerland have been added to the list. CD/DVD set online store links for Italy, Netherlands and the UK added.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Jon | Mariah Indonesia | Hyeoxik | Maurice | Joel | Hungarian MC Fan Club | Augusto | Nanna
Merry Christmas II You Limited Edition Now Available
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Oct-2010, 12:58PM EDT
The perfect gift for any Mariah Carey fan! Merry Christmas II You limited edition holiday gift box with autographed photo is available to order now. There are only 500 of the autographed edition box sets available so order yours now while supplies last.
The special Merry Christmas II You Limited Edition Holiday Gift Box with Autographed Photo Includes:
Autographed Holiday Photo - Limited Availability!
Merry Christmas II You CD featuring "Oh Santa!," "All I Want for Christmas is You - Extra Festive" and 8 Timeless Holiday Classics
Mariah's Personal Holiday Photo Album - See how Mimi and her family spend the holidays!
Exclusive "MC" Butterfly Christmas Ornament
Sheet of 8 Mariah Holiday Gift Tags
Instant MP3 download of "Oh Santa!"
Order your Merry Christmas II You autographed edition box set now!
Video: Mariah at NYE Party in M2 Lounge, 2009
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Oct-2010, 10:13AM EDT
Some of us may not have seen this before, fast-forward to 3:30 to watch Mariah dance and sing along to "I Want To Thank You" and "Candy" at the New Year's party in M2 Ultra Lounge, New York on December 31, 2009.
Source: M2 | TopMariah | Martell
"Oh Santa!" #1 Holiday Song on iTunes
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Oct-2010, 9:48AM EDT
According to the sites OnTheRadio.net and WindPowerSports.com, who apparently get their feed from iTunes, "Oh Santa!" is currently at #1 on Top Holiday Songs, with Mariah's other song, the holiday staple "All I Want For Christmas Is You," taking the #2 spot!
Chart Watch: Songs From The Last Century
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Oct-2010, 9:09AM EDT
It seemed like a good time to check in on the oldies that are selling best in the digital era (An oldie is any song that was first released prior to January 2000.)
These 40 songs are the oldies that have, in a very real sense, best stood the test of time. It doesn't matter how many weeks a song was #1, or how many Grammys it won, if, decades later, it ceases to command attention. These songs still have provable drawing power.
Here are the 40 songs released before January 2000 that have rung up the most paid downloads, according to Nielsen/SoundScan. The number after the title is the song's total number of paid downloads, as of Oct. 2, 2010. (The count includes all versions of the song by that artist, but it doesn't include versions by any other artist.)
Journey, "Don't Stop Believin,'" 4,013,000
Israel "Iz" Kamakawiwo'ole, "Over The Rainbow"/"What A Wonderful World," 2,563,000
Michael Jackson, "Thriller," 2,432,000
Survivor, "Eye Of The Tiger," 2,351,000
Bon Jovi, "Livin' On A Prayer," 2,230,000
Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Sweet Home Alabama," 2,172,000
Queen, "Bohemian Rhapsody," 2,161,000
Guns N' Roses, "Sweet Child O' Mine," 2,087,000
Michael Jackson, "Billie Jean," 1,964,000
Queen, "We Will Rock You," 1,960,000
Guns N' Roses, "Welcome To The Jungle," 1,821,000
Green Day, "Time Of Your Life (Good Riddance)," 1,794,000
Ozzy Osbourne, "Crazy Train," 1,750,000
Eagles, "Hotel California," 1,741,000
Bon Jovi, "Wanted Dead Or Alive," 1,701,000
Michael Jackson, "Beat It," 1,649,000
Goo Goo Dolls, "Iris," 1,634,000
Metallica, "Enter Sandman," 1,600,000
Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," 1,586,000. This zesty song from Carey's Merry Christmas album has been a holiday perennial since 1994. It's the best-selling Christmas song of the digital era.
The Verve, "Bitter Sweet Symphony," 1,536,000
Lynyrd Skynyrd, "Free Bird," 1,492,000
Nirvana, "Smells Like Teen Spirit," 1,483,000
Oasis, "Wonderwall," 1,462,000
Van Morrison, "Brown Eyed Girl," 1,365,000
Michael Jackson, "Man In The Mirror," 1,358,000
Louis Armstrong, "What A Wonderful World," 1,335,000
Michael Jackson, "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough," 1,309,000
Charlie Daniels Band, "The Devil Went Down To Georgia," 1,303,000
Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah," 1,261,000
Boston, "More Than A Feeling," 1,249,000
Queen, "We Are The Champions," 1,243,000
The Who, "Baba O'Riley," 1,233,000
Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Under The Bridge," 1,232,000
Johnny Cash, "Ring Of Fire," 1,214,000
Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby," 1,202,000
Etta James, "At Last," 1,200,000
Neil Diamond, "Sweet Caroline (Good Times Never Seemed So Good)," 1,197,000
Aerosmith, "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing," 1,195,000
Update: Merry Christmas II You & "Oh Santa!"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 13-Oct-2010, 2:54PM EDT
Released officially for pre-order on iTunes just yesterday (Oct. 12), Merry Christmas II You is already at #24 on iTunes' Top Albums (overall)!
The iTunes release of Merry Christmas II You includes the regular 13 tracks plus "Oh Santa!" Remix (pre-order only), and comes with a digital booklet. Pre-order now!
"Oh Santa!" is currently the #1 most downloaded Holiday song on Amazon! The Merry Christmas II Youpre-order is currently ranked at #4 in Holiday, #8 in R&B, and #127 in Music overall.
Below, find the Merry Christmas II You tracklisting with the corresponding playing time/duration for each track. Total album duration is 46:58.
Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Intro) 00:23
Oh Santa! 03:31
O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy Medley 03:32
Christmas Time is in the Air Again 03:02
The First Noel / Born is the King Interlude 04:33
When Christmas Comes 04:46
Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/Housetop Celebration 03:28
Charlie Brown Christmas 02:49
O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus feat. Patricia Carey 03:38
O Holy Night - Live from WPC in South Central Los Angeles 05:00
One Child 04:26
All I Want for Christmas is You - Extra Festive 04:02
Auld Lang Syne - The New Year's Anthem 03:48
Sam's Club will carry an exclusive edition of Merry Christmas II You (Catalog #B0014785-02 / 00602527498034). It comes with the regular 13-track CD. No information currently on what else is included in the special package.
LA Reid to Host MCIIY Listening Party in NY on Oct. 20
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Oct-2010, 2:06AM EDT
Mariah Carey's cat and mouse game–is she pregnant or just really enjoying lasagna?–may soon be over.
Invites have gone out for an October 20th listening session in New York for Carey's new holiday album, "Merry Christmas II You."
Island Def Jam chief L.A. Reid is hosting the event, and Carey will be there to meet and greet friends, family, and radio types.
Unless she's hidden, or a hologram, or sits behind a large pocket book all night, there are undoubtedly going to be questions. And maybe an answer. Recent pictures indicate that our lovely Mariah looks very little like the photo on the invite itself right now.
Remember: Mariah told us through her rep a few weeks ago that she was very "superstitious" about discussing such matters.
Meantime, Mariah's first single from the new album, "Oh Santa," is pretty catchy. Expect to hear it four times a day between Thanksgiving and Christmas!
Download "Oh Santa!", Contests Announced
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Oct-2010, 12:01AM EDT
To celebrate the digital release of "Oh Santa!", MariahDailyJournal is holding contests for our US and International visitors who support Mariah and the song. Many prizes will be given away!
USA CONTEST Twelve (12) U.S. fans will get a chance to win autographed Mariah items. All you have to do is:
Download "Oh Santa!" from any U.S. digital music retailer (iTunes, Amazon, Zune) from October 12 through October 18 and e-mail your proof of purchase (e-mail receipt, screen capture in jpg format) to email@example.com. Multiple downloads will count as multiple entries.
TWO WAYS TO DOWNLOAD "OH SANTA!" FROM iTUNES: 1)Pre-order the Merry Christmas II You album and get "Oh Santa!" instantly! What more, you will receive a bonus "Oh Santa!" Remix on album street date!
Note: iTunes will only charge you for the single now. When Merry Christmas II You becomes available on Nov. 2nd, you just click "Complete Album" to download the full album.
Attention International fans: You can help support Mariah's single by contacting your U.S. friends to download "Oh Santa!" for you. Just send us the e-mail receipt forwarded to you by your U.S. friend, and you will automatically be entered into the contest!
WORLDWIDE CONTEST Open to everyone including international fans, you have two missions:
1) Grab a banner, avatar/icon or signature from our collection here and post any on your personal web site, Twitter, Facebook or message boards/forums to promote the digital release of "Oh Santa!" E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with a link or a screen capture in jpg format to show us where you posted the images. Two (2) winners will receive autographed Mariah items.
2) Log on to your Twitter account and retweet this message:
RT @MariahDaily OH SANTA! now available on iTunes! Download now! http://idj.to/aMCOS Retweet this and win prizes! #OhSanta
Two (2) winners will be randomly selected to win autographed Mariah items.
Congratulations to Danny Foglia for being the first fan to e-mail us with his "Oh Santa!" receipt from iTunes! The full list of winners will be published on Tuesday, October 19th.
Good luck everyone!
"Oh Santa!" on Itunes in Less Than an Hour!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 11-Oct-2010, 11:25PM EDT
Time is ticking away until we can get to download Mariah's festive new single, "Oh Santa!" from iTunes USA!
The iTunes USA link to "Oh Santa!" will go live after midnight EST and will be posted here. The first fan to send us at email@example.com his/her proof of purchase (e-mail receipt, screen capture in jpg format) will automatically win an autographed Mariah item!
Video: ET - Mariah & Nick at Lavo, New York
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 11-Oct-2010, 11:01PM EDT
No-show Mariah (New York Post) Mariah Carey was a no-show at the Los Angeles leg of hubby Nick Cannon's 30th birthday party. The diva did nothing to dispel pregnancy rumors by failing to show up at his Saturday night bash at Paramount Studios. That followed her behavior the night before at Lavo in New York, where she shunned her usual Champagne and covered up her fuller-looking figure with a coat. A source said, "She didn't eat a thing at the party, then ordered one of everything on the menu, plus two extra-cheese raviolis, to go. Then on Saturday, to everyone's surprise, she didn't appear." Her rep didn't get back to us.
Ethan Lader Directs "Oh Santa!" Video
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 11-Oct-2010, 11:17AM EDT
The music video to Mariah's "Oh Santa!" the first single off her new Merry Christmas II You album, was directed by young director Ethan Lader, whose most recent work, "Just The Way You Are" by Bruno Mars, currently tops the Billboard Hot 100. "Oh Santa!" was Mariah and Ethan's first time to work together.
Mariah on Twitter Today!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 10-Oct-2010, 10:00PM EDT
Mariah logged on to her Twitter page today to give us an update on her upcoming Holiday album, Merry Christmas II You!
Ok..I'm a "lil excited..lil excited" about my new Christmas album..I can't wait til you hear it in its entirety. MC2you! Early!
Yeeeah, so I've been a tad busy+havent tweeted or responded "since b4 sliced bread"lol-but,I have to thank everybody for the love!
To all the Lambs in the land, I love you and I am just letting you kno bout MC2U early cos it has 2 be turned in so early
Anywhoo-some people r saying its so early 4 Christmas,blah,blah-Im w/you,but its the way it is,SO-Ima keep ery'body posted!LYM!!!
She also addressed some fan questions regarding album tracks and the planned Christmas concert in November!
Ummm-its not the same songs Dahhling,some I re made,but obviously there r new songs/new classics! Hello!
YES! A Christmas concert is definitely in the VERY near future! Details to follow soon. X0 MC
And we got a message from Mariah ourselves! This was her reply to our DM from Oct. 8 expressing our excitement over the Merry Christmas II You tracklisting! She revealed that "Auld Lang Syne" was a last minute addition to the album.
Read the rest of Mariah's tweets for today! Congratulations to all the fans who got personal replies/retweets from Mariah!
On Friday night, the songstress, 40, hosted a 200-person 30th birthday bash for hubby Nick Cannon at LAVO New York, but tried to keep onlookers guessing as to whether there was a baby bump behind her black baby doll dress.
"She definitely looked big, but I couldn't tell if she was pregnant or not because the dress wasn't tight around her stomach," our spy dished.
She also didn't walk the red carpet — leaving a white tux-wearing Cannon to complete that task alone.
"For most of the night she was relatively low-key, hanging out with his mother and commenting to people that "it was his night" and she really wanted the spotlight to be on him," the source said.
Inside, guests — including Ne-Yo and "Saturday Night Live's" Jay Pharoah — chowed down on a four-course meal that included spinach-and-artichoke pizza, Chilean sea bass and birthday cake. During dinner, Carey surprised Cannon with a video filled with messages from Carey, Cannon's mom and friends including Ne-Yo, Sharon Osbourne and Russell Simmons.
When Cannon's mom saw herself on the video, she "started crying and Nick ran over to comfort her, even wiping away her tears with a napkin," our source said.
Source: Celine | WorldMonitorTV | amNY
New Photo: Mariah In The Studio
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 10-Oct-2010, 5:35PM EDT
Pictured below are Mariah, Randy Jackson & LA Reid at Westlake studios in Los Angeles during the recording of the Merry Christmas II You album.
Photos: Mariah Attends Nick's Birthday Bash
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 09-Oct-2010, 8:11AM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah celebrating with husband Nick Cannon whose 30th birthday party she hosted at Lavo in New York City, New York on Friday, October 8, 2010.
Top 20 in 20 Video Countdown: The Final Showdown
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 09-Oct-2010, 12:31AM EDT
And then there were two...
The moment has arrived! It's a fight for the title of Ultimate Fan Favorite Mariah Carey Video.
After four weeks of elimination rounds for our MDJ Readers' Top 20 in 20 Video countdown, it all comes down to this final showdown:
IN ONE CORNER, a music video to one of Mariah's most sensual songs. Co-directed by Mariah and Diane Martel, it shows Mariah in a limousine on a dark and rainy night. Eventually, Mariah gets out of her limo and into the rain to relieve her memories. Slant named it the 18th greatest music video of all time: "it finds the singer at her least artificial... Carey displays a stark innocence and authentic vulnerability. Shot in a seedy hotel room and a dark limousine, the gritty images did plenty to redeem the singer of her Ballad past."
IN THE OTHER CORNER, a music video which forever changed Mariah's public image. Directed by Paul Hunter and shot during the summer in Puerto Rico, it featured a scantily clad Mariah being held hostage inside of a huge mansion by three men, including an Italian hood played by actor Frank Sivero. After outsmarting her captors, she escaped by Jet Ski. There was media speculation that the plot of the video paralleled Mariah breaking free from her marriage, but she maintained that she was just having fun. "It's just a James Bond spoof!"
Let's get ready to rumble! Which video will come out on top? Only YOU can decide their fate. Vote now! Poll will close on Friday, October 15th at 11:59pm EST.
Below are the results of Round 4 of our Top 20 in 20 video countdown.
ROUND 4 RESULTS 1. The Roof - 3,928 2. Honey - 3,888 Breakdown - 3,177 Heartbreaker - with Jay-Z - 2,571 We Belong Together - 2,341 Total Votes: 15,905
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Graphics: Kathryn
Mariah Announces Merry Christmas II You Tracklisting
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Oct-2010, 10:14PM EDT
Have yourself a Merrier Christmas with MC! Mariah announces the official tracklisting to Merry Christmas II You her new holiday album in-stores November 2.
"Merry Christmas II You is my Christmas gift to all my fans. I wanted you to be the first ones I share this tracklisting with. I'm so excited about it, I hope you love it and enjoy it for years to come!!! LYM4E!!!" —Mariah Carey
1. Santa Claus is Coming to Town (Intro)
2. Oh Santa!
3. O Little Town of Bethlehem / Little Drummer Boy Medley
4. Christmas Time Is In The Air Again
5. The First Noel / Born is the King (Interlude)
6. When Christmas Comes
7. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) / Housetop Celebration
8. Charlie Brown Christmas
9. O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus feat. Patricia Carey
10. O Holy Night - Live from WPC in South Central Los Angeles
11. One Child
12. All I Want for Christmas is You - Extra Festive
Mariah's Original Music Featured in Nutcracker Production
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Oct-2010, 6:51PM EDT
Director/choreographer Debbie Allen's new musical theater production, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker, will run at UCLA's Royce Hall from Dec. 9, 2010 to Dec. 11, 2010, with a gala performance on Dec. 9 at 7pm featuring special guest performances by Disney's Raven Symone as Myrtle the mouse queen, renowned concert pianist Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter and pianist Arturo Sandoval, as well as some of LA's finest young talent.
The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker centers around Kara Johnson, a young spirit-filled girl who receives a Nutcracker filled with hot chocolate for the holidays. Cascading into a deep slumber, Kara takes the audience on a mystical, magical journey, from Candy Cane Lane to the Land of the Kimona Dolls to Bollywood. Three wisecracking mice narrate the story: Harvey (Carlo Imperato), Schmink (Jaleel White) and Buckey (Ms. Allen herself!). With an original score by Mariah Carey, Arturo Sandoval, Chau-Giang Thi Nguyen, James Ingram, Shiamak Davar, Tena Clark and Thump, The Hot Chocolate Nutcracker is sure to be a hit with audiences of all ages.
Update: Merry Christmas II You Worldwide Release
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Oct-2010, 12:19PM EDT
Merry Christmas II You will also be released in Deluxe edition (CD+DVD set), along with the Standard edition (CD only), outside of the U.S. This was confirmed to us by the label in an e-mail this morning. The Deluxe CD/DVD combo set is the same item being offered at HSN.
International fans who placed their pre-orders with us, please e-mail us ASAP and let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to continue or cancel your orders. If you are cancelling, please be aware that PayPal will be charging a minimal fee for the refund.
MariahDailyJournal is no longer accepting any more orders for HSN's Merry Christmas II You CD/DVD.
The release of Merry Christmas II You in Germany has changed to Friday, November 19 (was Nov. 2).
Universal Italy has confirmed the release of the Deluxe CD/DVD set in the country. "Oh Santa!" is scheduled to impact Italian radio on Friday, October 29.
Below is an updated list of worldwide release dates for Merry Christmas II You. If you know the release date of the album in your country, please let us know.
Jump Smokers to Do a Dance Remix for "Oh Santa!"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Oct-2010, 9:57PM EDT
Chicago-based Hip-Hop Dance group Jump Smokers announced on their Twitter page today that they have been commissioned to do a dance remix for Mariah's new Holiday single "Oh Santa!"
JumpSmokers ATT LAMBS: 2nite we will be remixing the new @mariahcarey Christmas single "Hey Santa"...it's officially time to get festive!!! Lol Ooooooopppppssssss.....we mean @mariahcarey "Oh Santa"...SO sorry M.C.!!! ;)
Update: Posted 6 hours or so later...
JumpSmokers are having MAJOR troubles downloading these @mariahcarey vox...sometimes technology is TOO advanced! :( had to scrap our @mariahcarey remix for 2nite cuz we can't access her vocals :(
MDJ's "Oh Santa!" Promo Campaign
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Oct-2010, 5:55PM EDT
Attention Mariah fans! Mariah's festive new single "Oh Santa!" will be available for digital download on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 and we need your help! Let's all join forces and promote this grandtastic holiday song so that it reaches as many people as possible.
Below are avatars/icons, banners and signatures that you can use in forums/message boards, social networking sites (Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, etc.) or in your e-mails to let your friends know that Mariah's new holiday jingle, "Oh Santa!" will be available digitally on Oct. 12th! Thanks to Kathryn, Murat & Ed for making these images for us!
TWITTER ICONS (73x73)
ANIMATED AVATARS/ICONS (100x100)
"Oh Santa!" Contests On Tuesday, once the countdown timer ends, we will be announcing all the details of our "Oh Santa!" contests! Exciting autographed Mariah goodies to be given away to lucky winners! See you in 5 days, 6 hours, 5 minutes!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Graphics: Murat, Kathryn & Ed
"Oh Santa!" to Premiere at Taiwanese Radio Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Oct-2010, 1:24PM EDT
Below is a press release published today by Universal Music Taiwan officially announcing the release of Merry Christmas II You in Taiwan on Friday, November 5th. The first single from the album, "Oh Santa!" will premiere tonight, October 7th at 8:00pm on major Taiwanese radio stations. Also mentioned in the press release was the listening session for Merry Christmas II You held in late September in Singapore where Mariah gave a preview of some of the tracks to Universal Music VIPs and staff.
Just when the whole world is guessing whether she is pregnant and when everyone is forwarding the video where she fell on stage in Singapore, Mariah Carey has released a brand new Christmas song "Oh Santa!" Mariah will be releasing her second holiday album titled Merry Christmas II You on November 5. Her first Christmas album Merry Christmas has been the hottest selling CD every holiday season since its release in 1994 and it has already become one of the best selling Christmas albums of all time. The world has been anticipating the new holiday album and tonight (October 7), the first single from the album "Oh Santa!" will premiere in Taiwan at 8pm.
Christmas has always been Mariah's favorite festival. She released her first Christmas album Merry Christmas in 1994 and for 16 years since its release, it has been the best gift idea every holiday season and it has already sold 12 million worldwide. The first single from the album "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has also become a classic. Since the album has become so popular, Mariah has decided to record a brand new Christmas album and has invited her team who wrote the hits "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us" to work on the new album. Apart from 4 brand-new songs, she has also covered lots of classic holiday songs.
Mariah has been invited to perform for the F1 in Singapore on September 26. She slipped on stage and everyone thought she would be upset about it. However, she was not affected by the incident at all and decided to let the Universal Music staff listen to her new Christmas songs when she was there. When the record company learned about this, they decorated the studio into a Christmas-themed studio to welcome her. Mariah was very happy to introduce to them the new songs which even the people at the Universal headquarters in America have not listened to yet. She talked about the story behind each song. She said, "Asia is a very important place to me. It's like a second home to me and so I'll have to let Asia listen to my songs first." It shows how important Asia and this Christmas album are to her.
David LaChapelle is the photographer behind the album cover of Merry Christmas II You and it re-created the 1994 album cover. Mariah said, "This album is my gift to my fans and I hope you like it. And I hope you can listen to it for years to come." The first single "Oh Santa!" will premiere at radio stations in Taiwan tonight (October 7) at 8pm. All the major radio stations across Taiwan including ICRT, Hit Fm, i-Radio, POP Radio, UFO Radio, Best Radio, Asia FM, Gold Fm, M Radio, Super FM, Kiss Radio, etc. will premiere the song at the same time.
Mariah to Shoot "Oh Santa!" Video Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-Oct-2010, 10:15AM EDT
The music video for Mariah's new single "Oh Santa!" will start filming tomorrow, October 6 at an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, according to a casting call below.
This will be a smash hit video for the highly anticipated Mariah Carey debut single from her new holiday album!!! We are looking for exciting expressive people to be in the crowd during a set up for Mariah's performance. This will have a slight Outkast 'Hey Ya' American Bandstand approach perfectly blending retro and modern vibes. This will be an exciting fun project to be a part of and Mariah's 'Audience' will be highly featured!
We are looking for a host that is a look alike to Ed Sullivan or Dick Clark. He will be introducing Mariah Carey and her performance! Need someone with a great voice as well! SUBMIT ASAP CASTING TOMORROW.
We will be sending sides to the selects tonight! Wardrobe: Suit. or shirt and tie. He is a host on a show like American Bandstand
MARIAH CAREY "OH SANTA" MUSIC VIDEO NEW ROLE Music Video NON-UNION
Casting Director: Krystal Harris Interview Dates: Tuesday October 5th 2010 Callback Date: None casting from first audition Start Date: 10/6/2010 Pay Rate: $400.00 Location: Los Angeles
NOTE: Nick Cannon has denied the rumor that he was directing the music video for "Oh Santa" in a message on Twitter just minutes ago:
Nick Cannon FYI i'm in NY running my companies & my wife is in our LA house shooting her video for OH SANTA. I am NOT directing., Ur Welcome LAMBS LOL
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-Oct-2010, 2:47AM EDT
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel up 4 spots to #70 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart in Billboard magazine, Oct. 9, 2010 issue.
Two of Mariah's albums made Maxim's "Sexy" lists. Butterfly, #11 on Sexiest Album Covers; and Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, #14 on "More Sexy Album Covers."
Tommy Mottola has reportedly signed a deal to write "The Last Starmaker," to be published in early 2012. According to a New York Post source, Mottola is ready to tell of his rise from The Bronx and New Rochelle as a mediocre singer dubbed T.D. Valentine to the head of Sony Music in its heyday, when he was discovering such stars as Shakira, Beyonce and Mariah Carey -- who soon became his wife. "The Last Starmaker," the source says, will also debunk the myth that Mottola was a jealous svengali over Carey.
A new Japanese DVD release called Divas On Soul Train features past Soul Train performances including Mariah's "Emotions." You can see the DVD details at Amazon.co.jp.
Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is one of the tracks on the new NOW That's What I Call Christmas! Vol. 4 that's scheduled for release on Oct. 12. The audio CD is $14.99 at Amazon.
Mariah is mentioned, along with Whitney, in "High Notes," a song from R&B singer Marques Houston's new album Matress Music: "I'ma have you singin' like you got Mariah Carey in your throat, have you singin' like you got some Whitney Houston in your throat."
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony's Wish Bone tells Chicago Now what his past favorite collaborations were: "Well, one that sticks out, definitely, is Mariah Carey. Also, Eazy-E, Big Pun, Tupac, Jam Master Jay."
American Idol Season 7 finalist Carly Smithson recalls her time with Mariah Carey in 2008: "I learned a lot from our mentoring session. She gave me different ways to sing, different tips." CelebrityCafe.
Billboard editor Craig Marks talking about American Idol's sliding ratings: "Idol was built to create pop stars and divas. As the show became more about rock singer-songwriters than pop, it lost its way because the audience for those kind of singers is much smaller in the music world than it is for the big, glossy, Mariah Carey-type singers. They've got to get that schmaltzy pop thing back." TV Guide.
Actress Dot Jones, who plays the new football coach Shannon Beiste on Glee, mentions Mariah in an interview with E!: Coach Beiste was born after she ran into Glee co-executive producer Brad Falchuk at a Whole Foods about four months ago. "I said to him, 'I want to be on Glee. I love it,'" Jones remembers. "Brad goes, 'Can you sing?' And I said, 'Well, I'm not Mariah Carey, but I can carry a tune.'
Former X Factor contestants, twins Jedward bumped into Mariah at the LAX Airport in Los Angeles on Sept. 25. They tweeted: "Just met Mariah Carey in First Class lounge at LAX. She's so cool and sweet. She remembered us from x factor and touched our hair!"
Filipino singer Nina did a cover version of Mariah's "Anytime You Need A Friend" on Sunday's ASAP XV. Video here.
Contestant Gosia Staszewska danced to Mariah's "I Want To Know What Love Is" on the recent episode of Mam Talent (Polish Got Talent). Video here.
A few hours after its U.S. premiere, "Oh Santa" was already added to the playlist of the biggest Croatian radio station, Radio Otvoreni.
Mariah's "Hero," sung by an unknown singer, is used in a commercial for the Indonesian energy drink M-150. Video here.
To the right are scans from recent issues of UK's Daily Express and Romania's Agenda magazine.
MTV Romania aired the Mariah Carey: "Official Top 20 Best Selling Singles" (in the UK) last Sunday. You can check out the details of the show here.
FANS' CORNER Fan Videos:1) Kevin performs an acoustic cover of "Obsessed" here. 2) Margareta made a makeup tutorial based on the album cover from Merry Christmas II Youhere. 3) Gustavo created this video to promote Mariah's new Holiday album Merry Christmas II You in Brazil.
Fan Art/Photos: Thanks to the following fans for sharing their work with us: Arief, Kathryn, Cleyton (wallpapers), Kayla (drawing) and James (MC Car Ornaments)
Fan Miscellaneous:1) Tom has designed some Mariah Carey-themed skull & crossbones T-shirts. Check them out here. 2) Guilherme has gathered all the Mariah Carey singles cover art from "Vision of Love" to "Everybody Hurts." See them all by downloading his file here. 3) The fan site Mad About Mariah is giving its readers a chance to win a Merry Christmas II You Collector's Box set. 3 lucky winners will be picked. Visit the site for contest details. 4) The Brazilian Orkut community Entrevistando Mariah Carey is celebrating its 2nd EMC Awards. Fans can log in and vote for their 2010 favorite members, performances, songs, and much more. Be sure to check the date for the awards ceremony, as the fans go on a festive and hilarious red carpet moment and try to get the Golden Lamb home.
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Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Oct-2010, 7:29PM EDT
AUSTRALIA Lollipop Bling is now finally available in Australia. Prices range between $40-$49 per 30 mL bottle. Myer is offering it with a variety of bonuses, including a bag, a makeup case (with a silver butterfly) and other Mariah perfume samples.
CANADA Aside from Shoppers Drug Mart, Mariah's Lollipop Bling fragrance collection is also now available at Sears. Pictured below are Maurie & Matthew purchasing the Lollipop Bling bubblegum machine gift set, priced at CA$84, at a Sears store in Toronto.
SINGAPORE Lollipop Bling is now available at Sentosa Resort World Perfume Store (in front of Victoria's Secret store) for SG$59 per 30 mL bottle; and also at most Changi Duty Free Shops for SG$49 each. If you buy all 3 scents, you get a free bag.
Mariah's other fragrances, Luscious Pink and Forever are widely available at Mustafa and Lucky Plaza. At Tang's, they have the M by Mariah Carey (complete with body lotion and full box set).
USA Ultra Pink, sold exclusively at Walmart, has a new "luminous body mist" spray that retails for $8 only. Walmart is also releasing limited edition dog plushes again this year. Both for M by Mariah Carey and Luscious Pink are priced at $14.00. The dogs have scarves on this year!
Fan Art/Photo Below, Japanese fan Kotaro created these cute little Lollipop Bling Mimi characters, and Australian fan Alissa did her nails in honor of Mariah's entire perfume collection.
Mariah to Promote Christmas Album on Ellen
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Oct-2010, 3:10PM EDT
Mariah is scheduled to tape an appearance on the Ellen DeGeneres Show on Monday, November 1st in Burbank, California for a tentative airing date of Tuesday, November 2nd.
Exclusive to HBF Members only, get a chance to win tickets to see Mariah on Ellen! Mariah is bringing Christmas early and the official fan club Honey B. Fly (HBF) is offering you the exclusive chance of being there with her! To be eligible to win the tickets, you must be a member of HBF above the age of 16 and available from 2:00pm - 5:00pm on the day of the taping. Travel and accommodation will not be provided by HBF.
To win a pair of tickets to the taping, please send all the details below to email@example.com with "Tickets to Mariah on Ellen" in the subject line:
HBF Member Name Full Name Age City State E-mail Phone Number
Entries must be submitted by Monday, October 11th at 6:00pm EST.
Update: Merry Christmas II You Release Information
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Oct-2010, 1:50PM EDT
An exclusive Merry Christmas II You Deluxe Edition CD which includes a Die Cut Ornament and 5 Holiday Cards will be available only at all Walmart stores on Tuesday, Nov. 2. Priced at $14.88, this Walmart-exclusive is now available for pre-order online at Walmart.com.
The release of Merry Christmas II You in Japan, originally scheduled for Nov. 3, has been pushed back 2 weeks to Wed., Nov. 17, according to the new listings on HMV and CD Japan.
Below is an updated list of worldwide release dates for Merry Christmas II You.
* The Japanese release, according to the current listing on CD Japan, includes a bonus song for a total of 12 tracks in all.
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Happy 15th Anniversary, Daydream!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 03-Oct-2010, 3:57PM EDT
On this day in music history. In 1995, with just five years in the music business, Mariah Carey had racked up 8 #1 singles and sold more than 26 million albums in the US and close to 60 million worldwide. With such commercial success you'd wonder: can she get any bigger? Mariah answered that question with a resounding 'Yes' with Daydream, an album which most artists could only "daydream" about commercially.
On October 3, 1995, Mariah's 5th album, Daydream debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 selling 224,000 copies in its first week. Daydream has eventually become Mariah's best selling album ever, and achieved a Diamond certification from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). Worldwide, it remains one of the best-selling albums of all time, with sales of over 25 million copies.
Daydream spawned three #1 singles: "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day," and "Always Be My Baby", with the first two debuting straight to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. "One Sweet Day" made Mariah the only female artist to have two consecutive multi-platinum physical singles and the owner of the longest running #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the history of Billboard.