Mariah Cancels Visit to Germany
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 30-Nov-2009, 5:13PM EST
According to Universal Germany, Mariah has cancelled her appearance on the German TV show Wetten..dass? where she was scheduled to perform "I Want to Know What Love Is" on Saturday, Dec. 5th.
Cancelled as well is the Meet & Greet that was supposed to be auctioned off for the charity "Ein Herz fur Kinder." The reason for the last minute cancellation was scheduling conflicts with her appearance at the VEVO Launch on Dec. 8, apparently.
Photos: Mariah on Thanksgiving Day
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 30-Nov-2009, 2:38PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah in her Bel Air kitchen stuffing a turkey for Thanksgiving ("She told Alan Carr she was off to stuff her turkey - and she did!"); and first photo of Mariah's newly-born puppy, Dolomite.
[ Removed per request of Jasmine Dotiwala. The pictures were meant to be shared only with her private Facebook friends. ]
Mariah to Receive Special "Capri Award"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 30-Nov-2009, 11:49AM EST
Singer and actress Mariah Carey will be awarded on Monday, December 28 in Capri with the "Capri Award '09 - Supporting Actress of the Year" for her role in Precious. After amazing reviews at Sundance, Cannes and Toronto, the movie will premiere in Italy at Certosa San Giacomo.
A special movie award for an artist that sold more than 160 million albums worldwide that starts the season of International Awards. In fact after the Isola Azzurra (another name for Capri), the awards season will start in USA with the Palm Springs Festival, Golden Globes then Academy Awards on March 7th.
Producer Pascal Vicedomini announced Mariah's award to the media and he's actually coordinating the 14th edition of the Capri, Hollywood - International Film Festival promoted by EPT of Naples and the Capri Institute with the support of European Union, Association Tourism and Production of Campania and the General Cinema Direction of Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities.
Jasmine Dotiwala: "If You're Black, Get Back?"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 30-Nov-2009, 2:45AM EST
It may have been an angel-themed party, but Jasmine's fiery side was unleashed when she learned of racist treatment towards black guests at Mariah's London soiree
So Mariah recently touched down in the UK for a promo run and she also threw a massive angel-themed party in London. On the night of the event, I was preparing to get myself dressed and ready, except I couldn't because suddenly, my phone started blowing up with calls and texts.
There seemed to be mass confusion at the nightclub Jalouse, where many of the people on my guest list were having difficulty getting in. From the start, this party had too many cooks. There were five guest lists, an argument over the style of DJs, and a promoter that really didn't fill me with confidence. Still, I know when not to interfere so I held my tongue. But I shouldn't have.
It suddenly struck me that all my guests that were having difficulties getting in just happened to be black and male. I then received reports from the door that the door staff were being extremely and unnecessarily rude and even racist to many of them.
A number of my guests told me that they were snubbed at the door, and told things like, "Not tonight son, you're not suitably attired," etc. Well, I was spitting with fury.
After informing Mariah of this saga, she threatened not to go unless it was sorted immediately, so many calls and heated discussions were had. The PR company that were trying to control the door also informed me that the club seemed to have a colour-influenced door policy and when the PR girls questioned this seemingly prejudice policy, they were thrown out by security!
Readers, I was getting ready to go down there and knock someone out. I was so furious with the less than able half wit promoter who was the most ignorant, unhelpful, unprofessional person I have ever worked with. I organise events and parties for superstars regularly and never had I seen such malfunction.
The club was supposed to be giving all our guests wristbands to ensure their free beverages all evening, but our guests got nothing and were forced to pay extortionate bar prices. Meanwhile, the club charged their guests a lot of cash to pay to come and meet Mariah, so the club was mostly packed with people whom none of us had invited. It was a farce.
Even though a lot of celebrities like Sir Philip Green, Louis Walsh, Westlife, Geri Halliwell, Kanya King, Brenda Emanus, Alan Carr, Pixie Lott and Rupert Everett were inside, a lot of others – like Sway, Bashy and Lemar – were apparently treated very badly.
We finally arrived to a ridiculous fanfare and then people started frantically pushing, squeezing and flashing their cameras. This is how you know it wasn't our guest list but the club's crazy guests. Our guests come to all our events and never act the fool. They are made up of the likes of BBC 1Xtra DJs, Choice FM DJs, Kiss FM DJs, journalists from music magazines, online sites and so on. It was an absolute nightmare.
The DJ tried his best but the club had killed people's party vibe and now it was just full of drunk nobody's spilling champers all over everyone. The club staff had made our guests feel so bad that people were looking despondent or leaving. We hated it. It was horrible. We made small talk and smiled and greeted people but it was a wrap. We weren't in there for more than an hour and had to escape.
Outside we heard yet more horrible stories of the club staff verbally abusing our guests. Video director Jake Nava was told to tuck his shirt in and Chipmunk was so vex he bounced after 10 minutes.
It's pointless a club spending loads of money on PR, a publicity branded board, pink cupcakes and angel dressed bar staff, when the treatment of attending guests is going to be so bad.
The next day, after I finished apologising to my guests and reassuring them that this wasn't typical of my events or what Mariah would've wanted, I did some research. Many industry people said the club had an awful reputation. I was saddened and surprised.
Maybe it's naive of me but I truly didn't think things in London were this bad. My DJ mates and industry people laughed at me, telling me I was silly to be shocked because in many West End clubs, apparently this is the norm!
I don't understand why this has gone unchallenged for so long. But luckily, a friend of friend pointed me in the right direction and now I've been told that undercover government investigators will be making trips to clubs to see which are breaking the law, and those clubs may have their licenses revoked.
The bottom line: never go and spend your hard earned cash in clubs like Jalouse. They don't respect or want you. Spread the word. We don't advocate racism. Down with the Jalouses of this world.
Box Office: Precious Grosses $7.1M Over the Weekend
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 29-Nov-2009, 10:49PM EST
The specialty box office offered numerous continued success stories throughout its many holdovers, perhaps most notably with Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire." The heavily Oscar-buzzed Lionsgate release expanded only slightly for Thankgiving after three consecutive frames of aggressive rollout.
On 663 screens (up 34 from last weekend), the film grossed $7,090,000 over the 3-day weekend and $9,419,745 since Wednesday. That actually marked a fairly steep (for Thanksgiving, at least) 34.8% weekend-to-weekend decline, the film's first sign of slowing down (likely due in large part to "The Blind Side"'s unexpected success from similar demographics).
However, it's hard to draw anything negative from per-theater-averages of $10,694 (3-day) and $14,208 (5-day) for a fourth weekend indie on 663 screens. "Precious"'s total now stands at $32,461,000, topping "(500) Days of Summer" as the year's top grossing specialty film, with much more awards-fueled box office to come. A $50 million gross is essentially assured before major Oscar precursors like the Golden Globes and Critics Choice even announce their nominations.
Below are FYC ads for Precious that were recently published in Variety. The 2nd ad, an FYC for the Golden Globe Awards with Gabourey and Mo'Nique pictured, has the "Consider This" text listing Mariah Carey for Best Supporting Actress.
Mariah: "Votez Pour Moi" on NRJ Music Awards
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 29-Nov-2009, 10:30PM EST
As previously reported, Mariah has been nominated for the "Artiste Féminine Internationale De L'année" ("International Female Artist of the Year") award at NRJ Music Awards 2010. Mariah says, "Votez pour moi" ("Vote for me"), in the TV ad for the NRJ Music Awards below.
Log on to the official NRJ Music Awards website and VOTE (as many times as you can!) for Mariah now! The awards ceremony will take place on Saturday, January 23, 2010 in Cannes, France.
Source: TFI | Sam
"Forever" TV Ad
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 29-Nov-2009, 9:59PM EST
Watch the advertisement for Mariah Carey's Fragrance Collection that's been airing on prime time TV this Holiday season. The TV ad features her three Elizabeth Arden fragrances: M By Mariah Carey, Luscious Pink and the new Forever.
Memoirs Remix Album Out in February
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 28-Nov-2009, 5:54PM EST
Mariah's manager, Chris Lighty, revealed that Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel REMIX album will be out in February 2010. In a Twitter message earlier today, he wrote:
Chris Lighty: Listen Memoirs remix lp february...no date set working on target exclusive.
Iviago Global Mobile Concert Contest
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 28-Nov-2009, 9:11AM EST
WIN A FREE DOWNLOAD ON YOUR MOBILE PHONE OF MARIAH'S RECENT CONCERT FROM THE PEARL THEATRE IN LAS VEGAS
Iviago, presenters of the global mobile event is offering Mariah Daily Journal visitors the following:
TWO DAYS LEFT! A chance to win one of 25 free downloads to the concert on their mobile phone, with the top 5 winners also getting Mariah's new CD Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Simply write us in 140 characters or less why you are the biggest Mariah fan. Email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submission deadline is by Monday, November 30, 2009 at 6 PM Eastern Time. Please note, as of now, only those fans with wireless service with AT&T, will be able to access the concert as a download which can be stored on their mobile phone. For those fans on other carriers, or who don't have mobile internet access, they can win a one-time only stream of the concert, either on their mobile phone or computer, which they can use or give to a friend.
Additionally, for everyone who purchased the concert prior as a one-time only stream on their computer and would like to see it on their mobile phone, for a one-time only stream, Iviago will discount the cost to $3.99. Simply log on to www.iviago.com, fill out the information using the promo code, MDJ327 (case sensitive), when prompted. You will need to supply your mobile phone number so a link to the concert can be sent directly to your phone. This special promotion will be available through December 31, 2009 at 6 PM Eastern Time — so you can give the gift of Mariah for the holidays!
For those whose wireless carrier is AT&T and would like to check out more information on the concert on their mobile phone, please click on the top banner in the right sidebar!
Source: Iviago | MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 27-Nov-2009, 12:54PM EST
Below are scans from recent issues of Us and In Touch weekly magazines.
Us Weekly: Mariah's a New Mom. Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are getting practice at parenthood. Their Jack Russell Cha-Cha gave birth to a male puppy that they've named Dolomite. "Our other dog, J.J., is the dad," Cannon, 29, tells Us. Says Carey, 39, "It's very exciting!"
And from the German TV magazine, Wetten..Dass?; and the Romanian Click Journal.
Wetten..Dass? This special issue of the TV magazine features Mariah on the cover for her upcoming appearance on Wetten..Dass? (Dec. 5 on ZDF). The accompanying article is about Mariah's career from her debut album to her new Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel album, and her past performances on the show. It also includes a short biography.
Click Journal. Nov. 24th issue. The title says Mariah spent $1.5M for 4 nights in London.
Video: Mariah on CNN Special "A Night For Heroes"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 26-Nov-2009, 10:05PM EST
Mariah talks about her heroes on the Larry King Live special, "A Night For Heroes," aired Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 26, 2009 on CNN.
Mariah on Larry King Live: "A Night For Heroes" - CNN, Nov. 26, 2009 [ Download here ]
Video: Mariah on This Morning, UK
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 26-Nov-2009, 12:02PM EST
During her promotional visit to the UK for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel last week, Mariah recorded an appearance on This Morning. Her interview with hosts Phillip and Holly plus a live performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" finally aired this morning on ITV1. Check out the videos below!
EXCERPTS This Morning: You've said, I've read somewhere, "There's a time for entourage, there's a time for it (And you're famous for it). Eventually, I won't want to do that anymore." Mariah Carey: I said a very famous diva told me, "Mariah, one day you're not gonna want to have these people around you." And she was taking her own bags off of the (airport baggage) carousel and I really noticed that she's like in control of her own life and doing things that you don't need to have all these people around you and it's true. So that's why they have to be on the job (now I'm joking). Who is she? She's... I don't want to say her name 'cause maybe she wouldn't be happy but she's someone I've admired my whole life.
TM: Acting, music - is it nice to do a little of both? Or do you have a preference for one or the other? Or do you feel your life moving in different direction? MC: I like doing both. It's really fun. And especially things that are not expected, you know what I mean? Because that's how I really wanted to start in the business. And everybody was like, "Oh, you're Mariah Carey. You're gonna take us out of the movie where people are gonna see you and they're gonna recognize you as a singer." And I was like, "Well, let's give it a try?" And they didn't really want to do that because they just didn't. So now that I've gone this route, I just hope to continue to be able to work with great directors and really good material.
PART II: Mariah Performs "I Want To Know What Love Is" Live This Morning, ITV1 UK, November 26, 2009 Download: [ Video | Audio ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Luke
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 26-Nov-2009, 10:36AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 5, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #95 (Last week: #58) Sales this week: 8,992 (-20%) Total sales: 324,103 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #13 (Last week: #12)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #38 (Last week: #33) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #43 (Last week: #39) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #32 (Last week: #28) Billboard Yahoo Video: #4 (Last week: #4) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #60 (Last week: #44)
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #79 (Last week: #80) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #79 (Last week: #80) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #4 (Last week: #4) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #84 (Last week: #88)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #89 (Last week: #87) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #89 (Last week: #87)
Merry Christmas Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #19
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Holiday Songs: #6 (Last week #5) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #94 (Last week #194) Downloads this week: 14,926 (+88%) Total Downloads: 1,272,198
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah on CNN's Larry King Live Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009, 11:21PM EST
Thursday, Nov. 26: A Night For Heroes 4 hours of Larry King Live! Beyonce's at 5, Tyra Banks at 6, Mariah Carey at 7 and then at 8 -- Larry's Heroes Special! Ben Stiller, Tyra Banks, Matthew McConaughey, George Lopez, Mariah Carey and Shakira tell us who they are thankful for!
Be sure to tune in tomorrow, 8pm ET/5pm PT on CNN.
UK's GMTV Host Garraway Slammed by Bosses
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009, 8:11PM EST
Kate Garraway has been carpeted by GMTV bosses for unfairly slating Mariah Carey.
The show's presenter not only got her facts wrong, but she was not even in the studios when the singer was interviewed by Lorraine Kelly. But Kate said in her magazine column that two minders carried Mariah into a chair to avoid creasing her dress and that she even brought her own loo roll.
Kate said: "I've heard rumours about her being a diva. Turns out it's all true. While Mariah was nice, her entourage outnumbered the GMTV crew."
But the claims were furiously denied by Mariah's management and Kate, 42, has been ordered not to make that kind of mistake again.
Some GMTV staff fear her comments could affect their ability to get A-list guests on to their sofa in the mornings.
A source said: "What Kate claimed wasn't true and it has caused big problems backstage. The huge entourage was actually a choir and musicians used by Mariah. When stars come to be interviewed on GMTV they don't expect this. Even worse, what Kate wrote wasn't true. Kate has been carpeted by bosses and told it cannot happen again. It looks bad for GMTV to be linked to these sort of comments about a guest."
A source close to Kate added: "She was misinformed and is mortified by what has happened. She has apologised to Mariah and her bosses and will make amends in her column next week."
Mariah in Italy's TV Sorrisi e Canzoni Magazine
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009, 5:23PM EST
Mariah is featured in the Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2009 issue of TV Sorrisi e Canzoni, the most popular Italian weekly magazine for TV, Music and Entertainment.
Mariah Carey Between Music and Film: "I'm probably gonna win the Oscar, sorry" TV Sorrisi e Canzoni (Italy) - Nov. 28-Dec. 4, 2009 Issue
With her new album she's on top of the charts. And with the film "Precious" she surprised everybody: "I got ugly," she says to Sorrisi, "to know myself better. But what a torture..."By Antonio Mustara
As any true diva in the world, Mariah Carey travels with a 20-people entourage and arrives one hour late at the interview with us at Sorrisi. But then, the best-selling singer (18 USA #1's and 175 million copies sold) answers without any hesitation to all of our questions. Her career is at a turning point, and she knows it very well. While her new album "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel" flies high on top of world charts (after the successful single "I Want To Know What Love Is," sung on the X Factor, and "H.A.T.E.U." coming out soon), the general consent is growing for "Precious," a drama movie in which Mariah, without make up, plays a social worker in Harlem (New York's black community) who tries to help a girl violently abused by her parents. Entertainment Weekly already named her as a possible Oscar nominee for Best Supporting Actress.
"I completely put me into Lee's hands," reveals Mariah. "He bet on me, giving me the role that was supposed to go to Helen Mirren. Not only did I get ugly, but I had to dig deep inside myself to be able to show how my character was feeling in the story. It was a torture but it was really worth that."
If Mariah's last two albums celebrated her rebirth from bad times (her divorce from her first husband, the box office disaster of her film "Glitter" and her nervous breakdown), in "Memoirs," she admits being an "imperfect angel": "My flaws are too many to name," she says. The album's first single was "Obsessed," accompanied by a video in which Mariah dresses up as Eminem.
A lot of people read the song as an answer to "Bagpipes of Baghdad," from the Detroit rapper's last album, out 6 months ago. In the song, Eminem talked about a fling he had with Mariah. To make her say something about it was almost impossible. Two days after our meeting, David Letterman tried too in his show, but she, as usual, neither confirmed nor denied the rumor. "He keeps dissing me," she told Letterman, "but I don't know why. 'Obsessed' isn't about Eminem. I wrote a song that's an anthem for all the girls who get abused by jilted boys who make up lies."
Mariah is happily married to singer, actor and TV host Nick Cannon, 11 years younger her junior, since last year. "Age difference isn't a problem," she explains. "We're the same, we like the same things, roller coasters for example. A few months ago he did a surprise party for me in an entertainment park. He rented it just for us and our friends. Truth is I'm still 12 years old, and I will always be."
Soon reaching 40, Mariah is ready to have a child. "Not now, though. My schedule doesn't allow me. I've never really promoted an album and a film together."
Married to "America's Got Talent" host, Mariah has clear ideas about "X Factor" and similar programs: "They have extra-ordinary power, but I'm happy they weren't there when I first came out. I probably wouldn't have had the strength to go through them and be calm from sometimes very hard criticism. I made it completely devoting myself to music. Talent shows make you famous immediately, but then comes the hard part."
Source: TV Sorrisi & Canzoni | Scans & Translation: Andrea - R&B Junk
Mariah & Nick Love Mommie Helen's Pies
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009, 5:20PM EST
While Thanksgiving means turkey to most Americans, it means thousands of pies to Dorothy Pryor Rose of Mommie Helen's Bakery in Colton, California. She talks to the WSJ about baking for celebrities and her business during Thanksgiving.
Her big break came shortly after she opened the bakery in 2000, when a friend got her the phone number of someone who was helping to organize a charity event that basketball star Shaquille O'Neal was involved with. She sent some of her pies and cobblers to that event, and Mr. O'Neal was hooked. She ended up doing more catering for him, and then made individual peach cobblers for each guest to take home after his 2002 wedding.
The nod from Mr. O'Neal helped her acquire an upper-crust clientele. Retired basketball great Magic Johnson's favorites include sweet-potato pie and peach cobbler, a representative says. Singer Mariah Carey occasionally orders sweet-potato pie, too, her publicist confirms, while her rapper husband Nick Cannon favors a concoction Ms. Rose dubs "Sok It 2 Me," a pound cake made with brown sugar and sour cream. Fans say the pies are unusually rich and deeply flavored.
InStyle: Mariah & Nick: They Belong Together
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009, 9:54AM EST
From the December 2009 issue of InStyle magazine.
On a jaunt to the Maldives, the pop diva and her husband once again tell each other "I'll Be There"
When singer Mariah Carey wed America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon in 2008 at her house in the Bahamas, they promised to renew their vows every year. For their first anniversary they flew five friends to the One & Only Reethy Rah resort in the Maldives. As a gift, Cannon, 29, gave Carey, 40, three custom rings to match her original pink diamond engagement one, but that wasn't the only step up. "The first time, everybody was nervous. We didn't tell anybody, and I got there late, as usual," says the singer, who co-stars in Precious. "But the second time, on this sandbar in the ocean, everything was incredible." The couple are already planning next year's ceremony with even more friends at their new Bel-Air mansion.
Carey and Cannon (in a Balenciaga suit) chose to renew their vows in the Maldives because "we both love exotic places and traveling together," she says. The ceremony was presided over by a minister, under a floral arch. "It was romantic," Carey says.
Carey liked the neckline and simplicity of the Roberto Cavalli dress. She wore a sheer veil over her naturally curly hair. "At the last minute, I said, 'OK, I'll wear a veil,'" she says. "Why not? You're getting married!"
Usually I'd get a more elaborate cake," says Carey of the heart-adorned creation. "But this was a really nice one."
"I don't really eat cake, but I had a very small piece that night," says Carey. Cannon, however, is another story. "He can eat whatever he wants."
Source: InStyle | Scan: Chelsie
UK Fans: Download Memoirs for Free
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 25-Nov-2009, 8:23AM EST
UK's Sky Songs is the TV giant's new music streaming site which, for a monthly fee, allows you to listen to unlimited music via your PC & the internet plus it gives you a free album or 10 free tracks per month. However, the first 15,000 new Sky Songs users to enter the special code LOVESKYSONGS will get the free £6.50 voucher. You can use it to purchase Mariah's new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel or any 10 individual tracks by Mariah.
Click here for the step-by-step guide to signing up. It's easy!
Source: Sky Songs | Faraz
Mariah Carey-oke App at iTunes
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 24-Nov-2009, 5:05PM EST
Mariah Carey-oke "LyrIQ" is the 1st speech detection game for your iPhone and iPod Touch. Prove your knowledge of Mariah's lyrics and test your vocal abilities as you score points singing four of her hottest songs. There are four levels to pass through as you master the rhymes and train your voice to sound just like Mariah. Purchase the Mariah Carey-oke "LyrIQ" app today at iTunes!
Mariah Covers Ciné Télé Revue, Belgium
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 24-Nov-2009, 3:34PM EST
Mariah graces the cover of the November issue of the Belgian magazine, Ciné Télé Revue with an accompanying cover story "L'âme soeur existe" ("Soulmate exists") on pages 12 & 13.
An album, a movie and married for almost two years: everything is good for the singer who admits being abused during her first marriage. Now she's 39 and tells us she's the happiest person in the world. Exclusive interview in London.
"You know Mariah's album is already #1 on the US Billboard R&B? That she's in a movie called Precious and that she's proud of it?" just a reminder from the American singer's assistant who's running everywhere in Mariah's hotel where she was having her interviews.
Three hours later, Mariah is ready for our exclusive interview. True to her reputation, as usual, the star is late!
In the hall, a lot of shopping bags and a lot of assistants. Behind the door, you can hear some laughter, the singer is in a good mood. The German journalist has just left, we can start. Mariah is smiling, her brushed hair and impeccable make up are perfect but we can easily see that she's very tired. But the show must go on! So no matter if all that promotional thing is hard to handle. The singer is very glamourous as usual: in black, high heels and of course a plunging neckline... her signature.
Marital Abuse The time when Mariah was wearing long sleeves and turtleneck is gone! Since Rihanna's aggression in February by Chris Brown, her ex-boyfriend, Mariah told in November on Larry King show how marital abuse could be hard and how Tommy Mottola, her ex-husband and Sony Music boss, was in control of her life and her career. It was hard to get out of it for one who had her first business deal in that company!
They finally divorced in 1997, the Sony contract ended and Mariah had a nervous breakdown. But now, Mariah is back and enjoys it every minute. "I had the chance to meet Nick Cannon and I can tell soulmate exists. You know it's that kind of love because of... a lot of things. We laugh, we like the same things, we love music and create things. Actually, there's so many things that our love is hard to explain."
So if words cannot tell that's love, Mariah chose to make this the theme of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Don't forget that the amazing singer is also a songwriter.
"Love is a big source of inspiration but not only! Especially for this album. Sometimes, feelings like anger, laughter are the inspiration for a song... as it was the case for 'Obsessed'. Of course, there are love songs, ballads. 'H.A.T.E.U.' is about deep emotions. I think that each one of us already could feel this type of things when one says: 'I love you but I can't wait to hate you'."
Obviously, she knows anger! With "Obsessed," Mariah found a way to sort Eminem out! In the video, you can see her in a disguise... as a stalker who really looks like the rapper. When you ask Mariah about that, she's very... diplomatic. "I never said that song was about him. I don't know why he's talking about me all the time, I just don't get it! I'd rather not listen to him! If in the future he was able to be nicer maybe I could be able to accord him some credits but right now it's just impossible. My song is for everybody and I'm really glad it's #1." After "Obsessed" was out, the rapper said that Mariah will be sorry if she keeps talking.
Whether true or not, fans enjoyed seeing Mariah playing with her image. Just like in Precious, a Lee Daniels movie, that was in Cannes this year. She's playing a social worker absolutely not "glamorous." Is that the real Mariah? "You cannot say that cause there was a lot of make up... red things under my eyes and my nose, they even put a little mustache!" But her performance is deeper. "Lee told me that I had to change my walk 'cause obviously I'm always on tiptoe even without my (9 cm) high heels! He brings me back to the floor. So all the Mariah's things that everybody knows were out!"
But it's all worth it. "For me, playing a role is something I need to express other parts of my creativity. Writing, singing, it's one thing, but movies are different and I'm so grateful to be able to take part in that kind of experience. 'Cause this is like 'the beginning'." So, exit Glitter (2001) and its commercial fiasco? "About that, it was out on 9/11. Could have been a worst date? I don't think so. Few people saw this movie. So, yes, Glitter was an experience, a start, but I will never do it again even for a lot of money!"
Twenty Years of Success 2000s were not easy years for Mariah... After beginning her amazing career in 1990 with so many number ones hits, a collection of awards and records... she was the biggest selling artist of the '90s. The diva had a nervous breakdown during the hard eras of Glitter and Charmbracelet (2002). She was on the way to get out. But her faith in God and her love for music allowed her to make an amazing come back in 2005 with The Emancipation of Mimi. She worked with big American rappers on this album.
After Jay-Z, The Neptunes, Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg and many others... Mariah wants more collaborations. "I'm so grateful to be able to work with such talented people... I could have never imagined that! I'm planning to do a remix album with a lot of new talented guys. But of course there will be 'classic' people too'."
Mariah is also grateful to her mother, Patricia Hickey, an opera singer from Ireland. "My mother always believed in me. She always said that I was going to be a star. She was the only one who gave me that faith in me. Music was the only way for me to get out and to forget for a moment this difficult world." When she was young the singer had not a very good life. Her parents divorced, the racism was very hard to handle where she lived. "There were good moments you know. When we had not a lot of money, my mother did everything she could to give us a wonderful Christmas. A new Christmas album is to expect by the way."
After almost 20 years of singing, is it still the same? "Of course! I have the same pleasure to use my voice, it's a gift from God! But my voice is fragile so I can't sing anytime, anywhere."
Mariah's eyes shine like the Christmas lights of Westfield (London) that she just lit up. "I can honestly say that those days are some of the happiest days of my life. I can't complain."
Suddenly the door opened, the assistant told us the interview was over. We asked if we could take a picture, the assistant told us it was "not possible," because "Mariah could re-make her make up and it would take too much time." Even so the diva was like a goddess, perfect hair... I really do not see what Photoshop could improve.
Video: Mariah on GMTV, UK
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 24-Nov-2009, 9:26AM EST
PART I: Mariah Interviews with UK's GMTV, Nov. 24, 2009 [ Download Video ]
PART II: Mariah Performs "I Want To Know What Love Is" Live - GMTV Download: [ Video | Audio ]
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Meet & Greet with Mariah in Germany
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 24-Nov-2009, 8:41AM EST
The German charity Ein Herz für Kinder (Heart for Children) is auctioning off two tickets for a Meet & Greet with Mariah. Proceeds from the auction will benefit the organization which supports impoverished and underprivileged kids in Germany. Bidding is open until Tuesday, December 1st.
Transportation to and from Bremen, where the Meet & Greet will take place during Mariah's stay there for her performance at Wetten das..?! on December 5 are included as well as hotel accommodation.
Audio: Mariah Chats to Heart's Emma Bunton, UK
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 24-Nov-2009, 12:40AM EST
Mariah was live in the studio at Heart radio in London to chat with afternoon host Emma Bunton (formerly 'Baby Spice' of Spice Girls) about her new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. Mariah takes on Emma's quick fire questions and tells her about how some of the fans show their love for her. She also revealed how she spends Christmas and talked about her diva ways.
Palm Springs Fetes Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 23-Nov-2009, 1:08PM EST
The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Mariah Carey with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her performance in Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire." The Awards Gala will take place Tuesday, January 5 at the Palm Springs Convention Center and will be hosted by "Entertainment Tonight's" Mary Hart. The Festival runs January 5-18, 2010.
Festival chairman Harold Matzner commented, "We're delighted to be able to present the Breakthrough Performance Award to the extraordinary, very beautiful and versatile Mariah Carey, who, in a critically acclaimed role, completely transformed herself from a glamorous music icon to a forthright social worker for the role of Ms. Weiss in Precious."
Past recipients of the Breakthrough Performance Award include Marion Cotillard, Jennifer Hudson, Felicity Huffman and Freida Pinto. Mariah Carey will join previously announced honorees Morgan Freeman and Anna Kendrick at the event.
RELATED NEWS: Oscar Watch: Fest Awards Push Contenders (indieWIRE) A fest with influence during the earlier Oscar nomination season is Palm Springs (January 5 to 18), which is giving Mariah Carey its breakthrough performance award for Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' By Sapphire. Past recipients of the award include eventual Oscar-winners Marion Cotillard and Jennifer Hudson. Other fest honorees this year are Morgan Freeman (Invictus) and Farmiga's Up in the Air co-star Anna Kendrick. Along with critics top ten lists and group prizes and shows like the Golden Globes and BAFTAs, well-promoted fest awards help to build momentum toward that collective sense of a winner, a snowball that gets bigger as it rolls toward an Oscar nomination, front-runner status and hopefully, a win.
Does the Palm Springs Film Festival point the way for the awards season to come? (Los Angeles Times) The 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is starting to look like the road map for the 2009 award season with each passing week. Hot on the heels of its announcement that Anna Kendrick would receive its Rising Star Award (Female) for "Up in the Air" and Morgan Freeman was this year's Career Achievement in Film honoree for "Invictus" comes news that Mariah Carey would be presented with the Breakthrough Performance Award for her critically acclaimed turn in "Precious." All three will be feted at the Film Festival's Awards Gala on Jan. 5.
What's significant about these awards is that it places the PSIFF in the interesting position of a solid award show predictor. All three performers have considerable Oscar buzz surrounding their work in their respective films, and the acknowledgement by the PSIFF could tip the hands of Oscarologists (and voters) in the weeks and months to come. It's worth noting that among the recipients of the 2009 Awards Gala was Sean Penn, who received the Desert Palm Achievement Award for acting along with Anne Hathaway, director Gus Van Sant, who won the Sonny Bono Visionary Award, and composer Alexandre Desplat, who was presented with the Frederick Lowe Award for Film Composing. All four were Oscar nominees for "Milk, "Rachel Getting Married," and "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," respectively, with Penn taking home the Best Actor trophy at the 81st Academy Awards.
New "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Now Out!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 23-Nov-2009, 12:01AM EST
The new "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah's New Dance Mixes) digital single is NOW available for download at Amazon.com and iTunes. The EP single is priced at $2.99 and includes the following tracks:
1. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix 2009) 2. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix Edit 2009) 3. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix Edit Extended 2009)
Get your copy now!
Video: Mariah on X Factor, UK
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 22-Nov-2009, 8:48PM EST
Mariah Performs "I Want To Know What Love Is" Live X Factor, Channel 4 UK, November 22, 2009 Download: Video | Audio
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Box Office: Precious Continues to Shine
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 22-Nov-2009, 5:48PM EST
Expanding to 629 screens, this was the weekend for "Precious" to truly prove itself a formidable box office entity. Adding on 455 screens and screening all over the country, it did just that.
According to estimates provided by Rentrak today, the Lee Daniels film grossed $11,007,500 over this pre-Thanksgiving holiday weekend, averaging a fantastic $17,501. This was all the more impressive coming in the midst of one of the most robust female-driven box office weekends in film history.
"Precious" is now heading into the Thanksgiving frame - one of the most potent of the year - with $21,403,000 already in its pocket, a gross some wondered if it could ever even hit. It's quite possible the film could be pushing $50 million before the awards boosts of December even comes into play.
Forever fascinating, Mariah Carey aka Mrs Nick Cannon is back in the spotlight with her brand new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, and will be hitting the big screen again in January as a dowdy social worker in award-winning film Precious. Stuart Brumfitt heard from her about her fav fashion labels, rumours she calls her hubby 'DJ Sex Fingers' and getting back into acting after being slated for Glitter.
Where are you at the moment? I'm in New York. I've just arrived after my performance at Rock in Rio, straight after that I flew to California for the LA premiere of Precious. Before that I was in Korea and Tokyo promoting my new album so there has been a lot of flying recently. I'm happy to be back in my home even if it is for a brief moment.
You travel all over the world, but where do you love the most? I really love Capri, I've had many holidays there and love to swim in the sea. I've recorded many of my albums there too. I also own a home on Eleuthera in the Bahamas, which is very sentimental to me as it's where Nick and I got married.
How was Fashion Rocks in Brazil? Fashion Rocks was really cool. I was so delighted to see my Brazilian fans and I performed a special remix of Fantasy which went down really well. It had the full Carnival feel!
Who are your favourite fashion designers then? There are so many to mention. At Rio Rocks I performed for Calvin Klein. I wore Dolce & Gabbana at the premiere of Precious at Cannes. I love Versace, Chanel, Dior and Azzedine Alaia.
Your album's called Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel – in what ways are you imperfect? And are you really an angel? I'd written a song called 'Imperfect', but it didn't make it onto the album. The lyrics of that song address the fact that the world puts so much pressure on us - especially on women - to be perfect and look a certain way, and that's impossible because nobody is perfect. I know I've tried to be a good person, but I am definitely no angel!
You've worked with tons of rappers, including Gucci Mane on 'Obsessed.' Who is the most gorgeous? I loved working with Gucci on Obsessed. He's really cool. As for who is the most gorgeous, that would be Nick of course!
We heard you call your husband 'DJ Sex Fingers.' Is this true? This is not true!
There was a gay proposal at your performance at The Palms in Las Vegas recently. How did that come about? A Canadian fan got in touch and said his partner would say yes if he could propose on stage and so I let them come up on stage during my performance in Vegas.
What do you think of your gay fans? I love all my fans. My gay fans are always so delightful and they give so much love. A few years ago I did a show at G-A-Y in London and I had so much fun. It was very exciting and the audience were so with me. An unforgettable moment for me.
Why do you think you're a gay icon? And you are! I think people can identify with what I'm writing about and the emotion in my songs.
You've done a cover of 'I Wanna Know What Love Is.' Don't you know what love is though? One night Nick and I were talking about the album and the idea of doing this song just came up. For a very long time I didn't know what love was, but meeting my husband has opened a whole new world and understanding of the meaning of love.
Your new film Precious has received awards and you've been praised for your performance. How proud are you of it? I'm very proud of this movie and love working with the director Lee Daniels. I have worked with him previously on Tennessee and it's wonderful to see him receive the praise he so deserves.
Do you mind being all plain and without make-up in the film? I looked so damn ugly! Those little bangs and then Lee Daniels put dark circles under my eyes. I just kept away from mirrors. I had to do the inner work to be this character.
Weren't you scared to do another film after criticisms over Glitter? I thought the whole thing about Glitter was a little unfair. First the movie came out after September 11th and because it was me and my first movie I was somewhat unfairly criticised. I am so glad I am in the place I am now with my movie career. The feedback from my performance in Precious has been very encouraging.
The Director of Precious, Lee Daniels, said in the New York Times: 'She would throw herself under the train for you, as long as her hair was perfect.' How true is that? Oh did he say that? You had better ask Lee that question but my hair didn't look too pretty in Precious!
Mariah to Sing on "Home for the Holidays" Special?
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 22-Nov-2009, 12:12PM EST
CBS each year airs a special called "Home for the Holidays" that focuses on foster kids who have found families to adopt them. This is the special's 11th season, and will feature performances from such artists as Carrie Underwood, Mary J. Blige, and Mariah Carey.
The 11th Annual "A Home For The Holidays" TV special hosted by Faith Hill airs Wednesday, Dec. 23 at 8pm ET on CBS.
Megastar Mariah Carey is teaming up with Westlife again for an exclusive single. She told me the secret after I was the only journalist to be given an XS All Areas pass when the world's biggest selling female singer arrived in town this week.
In our eXSclusive chat she revealed she can't wait to work with Kian, Nicky, Mark and Shane again. Mariah said: "They're very exciting artists and I love them."
She last worked with the lads in 2000, and Against All Odds topped the charts. But this time the record will only be released in Britain. "I want it to be the next single here and different to the rest of the world," she said. "I can't wait to do it."
Mariah, 39, was in London to switch on the Christmas lights at the Westfield Shopping Centre. She invited me backstage for a chat, and I can tell you the 20 white kittens and 100 white doves that she'd been rumoured to have demanded were nowhere to be seen.
In fact, the diva's area was quite modest - she even had to use a portaloo while she signed autographs for hours (though it was a luxury one with pink walls and a heater).
"This diva tag is never going to go away but it doesn't bother me anymore," Mariah said. And setting the record straight she added: "I didn't ask for anything."
Mariah performs new single I Want To Know What Love Is on tonight's X Factor from new album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 21-Nov-2009, 4:27PM EST
The music video for "I Want To Know What Love Is" is now available for purchase at iTunes for $1.99!
The new "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah's New Dance Mixes) EP single will be available for digital download starting on Monday, Nov. 23 and is now listed on Amazon.com. Be sure to check the Amazon link to get your copy come Monday! Below is the track list.
1. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix 2009) 2. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix Edit 2009) 3. All I Want for Christmas Is You (Mariah's New Dance Mix Edit Extended 2009)
Please continue to vote for Mariah in the Favorite R&B Artist category for People's Choice Awards 2010. Only the fans have the power to get Mariah a win! Help spread the word of the nomination by posting the widget below on your website, MySpace or Facebook page. Voting ends December 8!
MariahDailyJournal is currently running a contest for a chance to win one of 25 free downloads to Mariah's Las Vegas concert on your mobile phone, with the top 5 winners also getting Mariah's new CD Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Contest details here!
A recent issue of Vegas magazine featured a backstage photo of Mariah with Palms' VP of Entertainment Michael Greco during her October show in Las Vegas.
Mariah's "Obsessed" (Jump Smokers Remix) is included on Just Dance Vol. 2, a new 16-song collection presented by Island Def Jam Music Group, arriving in stores and online Dec. 1.
Starlet Paris Hilton and comedian Sandra Bernhard took to their Twitter page to praise Precious. Paris: "Just saw the movie Precious. It was amazing, so heartbreaking, incredible acting. A Must See. The movie Precious better win some Oscars. The best movie I've seen in a long time. Such a sad and emotional film." Sandra: "precious was devastating and yet made me laugh too, everyone is real down to the core mariah shed her butterfly wings honey and took to the sky monique stripped bare and of course gabourey who plays precious is a revelation. i met her after and she is so pretty gorgeous skin."
In the Nov. 3rd episode of MTV's The City, "Heartbreaker" was played for a good 45 seconds. Whitney and two other girls were jamming to it in their car. The song is listed on the Songs From The Show here.
INTERNATIONAL TIDBITS Australia: Australian fans get the "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (Mariah's New Dance Mixes) digital single first! Now available at iTunes Australia for $6.57.
Brazil: In its 4th week, "I Want To Know What Love Is" remains at #1 on the Brazilian Airplay chart.
China: Mariah recorded a message welcoming Chinese singer Jane Zhang to the Universal Music family. Click here to see a video. Mariah has always been Jane's idol and she talks about how Mariah influenced her all the time in interviews. She was on Oprah recently, sang "Hero" and told everyone Mariah is her inspiration. And another short video here of Mariah wishing Hong Kong's biggest TV station TVB Jade a Happy Birthday.
France: "I Want To Know What Love Is" CD Single will be released in France on Monday, Nov. 30. Priced at EUR3,45, pre-orders are now being accepted at Amazon.fr
Germany: The German music channel Deluxe Music will premiere the "I Want To Know What Love Is" video on Tuesday, Nov. 24 at 8:15 CET, it will be followed by a Mariah Carey special where they will be playing a selection of her best videos.
"I Want To Know What Love Is" is the theme song of Lichtblicke, a charity organization helping underprivileged kids in Germany. Below is a video of Mariah's endorsement. "Hi, I'm Mariah Carey and with this new song I'm supporting Lichtblicke. Please join me in supporting this great cause."
The "I Want To Know What Love Is" CD Single will be released in Germany on Dec. 4. It is now available for pre-order at Amazon.de for EUR 3,99. As previously reported, Mariah is scheduled to perform the song on the highly-rated German show Wetten, dass..? on Saturday, Dec. 5, 8:15pm on ZDF.
Italy: Download below an extended video of Mariah's meeting with the X Factor Italy contestants on Nov. 11.
Portugal: Please vote for "I Want To Know What Love Is" on Radio Comercial; and "Obsessed" on Cidade FM (it peaked at #1!).
Romania: Below are photos of the Romanian CD version of "Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. It has one disc with the "Obsessed" remixes included.
FANS' CORNER Jeremy has created a music video to "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Dance Mix. Check it out here.
Bianca Nunez, one of the drag queens who does Mariah in Las Vegas, filmed a video of himself singing to Mariah's "H.A.T.E.U." Watch it here.
Thanks to the following for sharing their pictures with us: Brianna (with her Mariah's shoes from the "Obsessed" Remix video by Carmen Steffens she won in a contest at JustJared.com), Chos (was Imperfect Angel for Halloween), Emily (tattoo), and Denise (tattoo).
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Photos: Mariah Back in the U.S.
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 21-Nov-2009, 11:09AM EST
Mariah arrived at JFK Airport in New York on Friday, Nov. 20th following a 9-day trip to Europe promoting her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel.
Fan Experience at Westfield London
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 21-Nov-2009, 1:34AM EST
CLICK TO ENLARGE. Mariah with a group of "Forever" Meet & Greet winners. Paul is standing behind Mariah, 3rd from left.
Paul, one of the lucky winners of the "Forever" Meet & Greet with Mariah at Westfield London, recounts the festive atmosphere at Westfield and shares his unforgettable experience of meeting his idol.
"As soon as I arrived at Westfield, I could see poster stands with Mariah, and security everywhere. After queueing for a couple of hours at Westfield atrium, security let us in to the marked-off area by the stage for wristband winners. They played a few of Mariah's videos to keep us entertained, the crowd had a good sing-a-long to some (especially We Belong Together - people trying to belt like Mariah on the last chorus was so funny!). Then the DJ came out just after 5pm and played a great range of tracks - classics, tracks from the new album, some dance remixes, the H.A.T.E.U. remix - like a Mariah disco! At 6pm Trevor Nelson announced Mariah should be there any minute, but not to be surprised if she was late. They cut to shots of the crowd on the screens and only then did I realise how many people had come to see her. You have to understand how big the whole area is, and outside the wristband-holders' area, more people were gathered around, and people were looking from over the balconies from the upper levels. Basically this massive space was absolutely rammed, it must have been thousands of people.
She arrived at 6:45pm (only half an hour late) and when we saw her enter the building from the screen, showered by butterfly-confetti, the crowd went wild! She walked to the stage area and it was kinda hard to see her because she was surrounded by so many people. On the stage was a little room (Mariah's dressing room) and people were coming in and out. Finally she came out onto the stage, while sparklers went off around her, and again the crowd was ecstatic. I was lucky enough to be about 10 feet away from her and could see she looked absolutely stunning. I was so happy. She came out and said how excited she was to be there, how grateful she was to everyone for coming. Then it was time to switch on the Christmas lights. They handed her a wand for her to wave to switch on the lights and the look on her face was classic. We all counted down from 10, and she waved the wand and held it up while the Christmas lights went on and fireworks went off behind her. They began playing All I Want For Christmas Is You, and Mariah sang along (very well) to the intro - what an awesome extra treat!
After a short break she came back out onto the stage with sunglasses, and it was time for the CD signing. As a perfume-competition winner, it meant I had to wait some more, but I really enjoyed watching the CD signing. Rachel was next to her handing her the sleeves to sign, and her bodyguard was by her side. He got kinda heavy with anyone who leaned on the table that Mariah was sat at. One girl was shoved away when she leaned forward too far and stormed off, leaving Mariah watching her looking confused. But I could lip-read Mariah from where I was and saw her say 'Hi!' and 'Thank you!' and 'You're welcome!' a lot.
After a few more breaks they brought out a new set of billboards for the perfume, replaced the table with an armchair and a massive replica of the Forever fragrance bottle. Mariah came back onto the stage, chatted to the DJ and her security. Then at around 8:15pm they started sending groups of 8-10 up on stage to have their photo taken with her. When I got to have mine with my friend Farah, I stood behind her and was on cloud 9 because of the fact that I was literally inches from Mariah! Again, from really close up she just looked beautiful. I told her I loved her & thank you - as did a few others - and she replied with 'you're welcome' and that she loved us back. Then we were handed our autographed copy of the Forever ad and collected our photo, and that was the end of a wonderful day. So thanks Mariah for giving me a day I'll never forget for the rest of my life!
Mariah Launches 'Forever' in the UK
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 20-Nov-2009, 1:31PM EST
She's sold 200m records and looks set to have break into Hollywood with her critically acclaimed role in Precious.
But that doesn't mean Mariah Carey is leaving her reputation for romance and girliness behind. While she's been in town to launch her new album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, she's also taken time out to promote her new fragrance, a truly feminine affair.
Forever – the perfect name for such an enduring star, which was fortunately already licensed by Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics firm behind the fragrance – is everything you'd expect.
An 'opulent floral', it's light, romantic, fresh, feminine, but not too sweet, opening with watery top notes combining neroli, lotus blossom and green apple. A rich, floral heart of tuberose and gardenia dries down to a base of white musks and exotic woods. The bottle is somehow classic, looking as though it's made for a dressing table with its solid shape and cut-glass effect, but with a slightly futuristic feel in the precise angles.
Mariah said she went to her own bathroom for inspiration for the design – it's where she keeps her collection of old perfume bottles.
Of course, Mariah kept the assembled Press waiting, for longer than an hour, before heading off to London's Westfield shopping centre where she was mobbed – the fragrance is available only in Boots Westfield, Oxford Street and Liverpool Street as well as at boots.com – and then onto a party at Jalouse nightclub.
Before turning on the Christmas lights at Westfield, Mariah Carey launched her new fragrance at the Dorchester hotel and I was there!
Ok, so Mariah Carey was over an hour late for her perfume press launch but I have to say she definitely knows how to sell a scent!
Us beauty editors were filled with champagne and cakes while we were waiting for her. Then, after showing us clips of all her interviews in the states T4's Rick Edwards introduced Mariah and said: 'Lets all clap for Mariah.'
She glided into the Christmas tree filled room with her minder holding her hand before she sat on the stage ready to be interviewed by Rick. Considering she is the only artist in the world that has had 18 number one hits, she was actually quite open to answering all of Rick's cheeky questions and she even showed him the sexy places that her scent should be applied.
Her new fragrance, Forever Mariah Carey £20 for 30ml, is available now exclusively at boots.com and just three of their London stores. She said: 'I never liked perfume till I worked on my first scent and I don't like an over the top fragrance so for this one I used Gardenia and Tuberose to make it breezy, light and feminine.'
At the end of the launch we all got to have our picture taken with her and as I ran into shot I thought, what do I say? So yes I did say hello and Mariah said hello back! Not bad considering she's an international superstar, but I didn't dare put my arm around her!
Audio: Mariah Talks to Heart's Jamie Theakston, UK
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 20-Nov-2009, 9:44AM EST
Mariah was on UK's Heart Breakfast show to talk to host Jamie Theakston about her latest album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. She talked about her cover version of Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" and explained why she's a diva. She also revealed her thoughts on X Factor and whether or not she fancies Simon Cowell.
The lavish bash at London club Jalouse on Thursday was to celebrate the launch of her fab new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel. And we were invited into Mariah's V-VIP area with Louis Walsh, Westlife, Kelly Brook, Geri Halliwell, Sir Philip Green, Pixie Lott and Lemar.
Joking with us while sipping her own Angel branded champagne (it came in a deluxe ice bucket encrusted with 85,000 diamonds) Mariah giggled: "Mariah's on fire? No, you girls are on fire. Now let's dance."
Although her hubby Nick Cannon couldn't make it, Mariah, 40, wasn't short of dance partners. Rupert Everett and Kenny Goss were more than happy to whisk her around the floor. Also throwing some shapes and having a giddy time were funnymen Alan Carr and James Corden. Alan even serenaded Mariah with her song Obsessed. Then he unbuttoned his shirt. Talk about knowing how to impress the ladies - not! Sadly, guest of honour Simon Cowell failed to materialise - he wanted to focus on his X Factor acts after losing Jamie Afro last weekend.
No expense was spared for the bash. The room was dressed with white roses, gold balloons and - our favourite bit - a cashmere white carpet to dance on. And there were buff, semi-clad waiters wearing angel wings and serving champagne and Hummingbird cupcakes.
Earlier Mariah had showed up in a customised Rolls-Royce Phantom - she'd even sorted out her own facilities at the club. Yes, Jalouse had a lavish marble lav set aside, just for her. Well, even a pop queen needs her own throne.
Daniels Talks About Mariah at Stockholm Film Fest
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 20-Nov-2009, 12:18AM EST
Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire premiered at the Stockholm International Film Festival in Sweden on Wednesday, November 18 and following the screening, director Lee Daniels was brought on stage for a Q&A. David was in the audience and shares some tidbits from the Q&A session with us:
Lee Daniels was getting the usual boring questions when I raised my hand and he singled me out to ask a question. First I asked that since he had put such a great cast together, how come he was willing to cast Mariah since she had been so critically panned in the past. He said that of all the performances in this movie, he was most proud of Mariah's. Then he held a long and very emotional speech about how hard the Glitter debacle was for her. He said that it really hit her at the core and that the criticism for her acting had really gotten more to her than anyone can imagine. Then he said that an actor is only as good as his/her director. He then told the story of Helen Mirren and how Mariah had called him just when Helen turned him down. He made a funny Mariah spoof of how she was divaishly saying, 'Daaaarling, come and have champagne with me.' He praised her talents and said his producers were like, 'If you can get Mariah to act in this film, it will be major PR.' Then he also said that having friends with that kind of money that Mariah has was good. He said people don't realise how good at making money Mariah really is.
Then I immediately asked the question: Why didn't she contribute to the soundtrack? And he said, 'I definitely didn't want her to.' He said Mariah was doing everything possible in her power to get him to change his mind and put a track as the closing credit and although the track was great (obviously referring to '100%'), he wouldn't have it. He was honest with his best friend and said that he wanted her for her acting, not her singing.
He said Gabby (lead Gabourey Sidibe) was seen as perfect for the role during the audition but turned up the first day sounding like a white girl. He was like, 'B**ch, snap out of it.'
They didn't have any permits shooting where they did so he would send Mariah and Lenny forward to speak to the cops. That only made it worse since the cops kept on returning.
He also stated several times how this movie was intended for the black market and not 'you beautiful white people in the audience.' He was partly joking but he said it so many times as if 'we' couldn't get the notion of the film.
Photos: Mariah Turns On Westfield London Lights
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 19-Nov-2009, 6:35PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah at Westfield London where she attended a photocall to launch her new album, fragrance and to switch on the Westfield Christmas Lights on Thursday, November 19, 2009 in London, England.
And here's a video of Mariah talking to the crowd before switching on the lights at Westfield London.
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Vote for Mariah's "Fantasy" in MSG Polls
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 19-Nov-2009, 3:27PM EST
MSG.com is conducting polls for the "100 Best: Vote Down to the Greatest Garden Show of All Time" where you can vote, interact with other music lovers, and play a role in deciding which musical acts put the greatest shows on at the World's Most Famous Arena, Madison Square Garden.
This week's polls for Round 1 feature the Best of the '90s. YOU VOTE for the best show of the '90s with artists from Mariah Carey, The Spice Girls, Madonna, Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam, and many more! So far it looks like The Rolling Stones are taking the cake with Luther Vandross, Andrea Bocelli, and Phish close behind! Can Mariah catch up?
Click here to vote for Mariah's 1995 concert "Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden" NOW! Polls for the '90s decade, Round 1 end on Wednesday, November 25th so get as many votes in as you can to make sure she moves on to Round 2! Be sure to also add a comment letting them know if you were at the show and to share your experiences with other readers.
Champagne Mishap on UK's Alan Carr
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 19-Nov-2009, 12:36PM EST
Alan Carr covered himself in booze while interviewing Mariah Carey on his TV show. The mishap occurred when the presenter offered the singer a drink from his cabinet. He narrowly avoided soaking her in her own brand of champagne as the cork shot out of the bottle.
Mariah attempted to help mop up the mess and even cleaned Alan's glasses with a hanky. 'We need something to wipe you up,' she said as she grabbed for a paper. 'Oh a newspaper, you're so thoughtful!' retorted Alan.
Alan Carr: Chatty Man airs on UK's Channel 4 tonight at 10pm.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 19-Nov-2009, 9:26AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated November 28, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #58 (Last week: #41) Sales this week: 11,274 (-16%) Total sales: 315,111 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #12 (Last week: #11)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #33 (Last week: #29) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #39 (Last week: #30) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #28 (Last week: #27) Billboard Yahoo Video: #4 (Last week: #3) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #44 (Last week: #34) Downloads this week: 30,051 (-14%) Total Downloads: 1,215,209
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #80 (Last week: #75) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #80 (Last week: #75) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #4 (Last week: #9) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #88 (Last week: #81)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #87 (Last week: #93) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #87 (Last week: #93)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #194 (Re-entry) Downloads this week: 7,952 (+83%) Total Downloads: 1,257,272
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks
Photos: Mariah Outside the Dorchester, UK
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 19-Nov-2009, 9:05AM EST
Below are photos of Mariah arriving at her Dorchester hotel in London on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 after taping for the Alan Carr: Chatty Man show.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | This Is London
Video: Westfield London Talks to Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 9:12PM EST
Westfield London talks with R&B diva, Mariah Carey, and discover what Christmas means to her, how she loves her curves and find out all the latest on the launch of her signature fragrance, Forever. Plus, get the inside scoop on her new album launch, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which is set to hit stores on 23rd November.
EXCERPTS: Westfield London: Due to your fabulous tune 'All I Want For Christmas Is You,' you're kind of associated with Christmas now, do you mind that at all? Mariah Carey: I love that. I love Christmas. I love just the memory of writing that song and the fact that people still listen to it. I'm excited about it and now there's a new remix of it coming out this year. But you know the original song even I, I'm like, 'I got to hear that song.' It starts off my Christmas. It really does.
Westfield: Have you got a particular Christmas memory that stands out for you? Mariah: We always have fun at Christmas. I have my friends and extended family at Christmas time. We do everything from roll around in the snow and jumping hot tubs too, see Santa Claus and his reindeer - they come and visit. Very fun. And when I was little, my mother always made Christmas festive for me as much as she could.
Westfield: Do you have any sort of best presents you've ever received when you were a kid or as an adult? Mariah: When I'm a kid, I'm sure it was the Superstar Barbie because that was the Barbie that I really wanted and one year my mom was able to get it for me so that was cool. And now... hmm, last year Nick got me a beautiful diamond bracelet and he wrapped it up in this huge box. There were like 10 boxes inside and it was at the bottom.
Westfield: If you could work with any new artist from 2009, who would you choose? Mariah: Well, actually I have a Remix album coming out that's merging the two albums Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel and this Remix album. So it's kind of gonna be one but I've worked with, on this album, I don't want to say the names but artists from 2009, and artists from back in the day like that were we've kind of lost track of them but we still love them and I kind of try to bring them back, and classic artists who've never gone out of style. So it's gonna be one of those things where I think people will gonna like it a lot.
Westfield: Paul O'Leary asks: what happens to all your unreleased tracks when you have these recording sessions? Do you keep them? Do you save them? Are we gonna hear them? Mariah: Hmm, maybe.
Westfield: Are you gonna do any concerts in the UK soon? Mariah: I think so. I'm waiting to get all the information from the powers that be and then we'll figure it out.
Source: Westfield London | Text: MariahDailyJournal | Paul
Video: Le Grand Journal Extras
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 5:25PM EST
Earlier today, Le Grand Journal aired some backstage footage from Mariah's appearance on yesterday's show. They also had a segment called "La Boite à Question" ("The Questions Booth") in which Mariah answered some questions text messaged or posted online by viewers.
What's the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning? "I don't wake up in the morning. I try to wake up in the afternoon or evening."
What's the most sexy part of you? "I've been told that I have amazing earlobes."
At home, who throws away the garbage? "I don't know and neither do you."
Backstage Footage - Mariah on Le Grand Journal, Nov. 18, 2009 [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah Leaving George V Hotel, France
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 5:03PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah and husband Nick Cannon as they were leaving their George V hotel in Paris, France on Tuesday night, Nov. 17.
PGA to Honor Precious
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 4:29PM EST
The Producers Guild of America have announced that Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire will be honored with the 2010 Stanley Kramer Award. The film's producers will be honored with the award at the 21st Annual PGA Awards ceremony on Sunday, January 24, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium.
"'Precious' is a remarkable film that sends a powerful message of hope - brilliantly reminding us that we have the power to persevere regardless of life's difficulties. Stanley Kramer's legacy is ideally celebrated with the selection of this very worthy film," said PGA Awards Co-Chairs David Friendly and Laurence Mark said in a statement.
The Stanley Kramer Award was established in 2002 to "honor a motion picture, television program, studio, network, producer, executive or other individual entity whose work illuminates provocative social issues in an accessible and elevating fashion." Previous winners include "Milk," "The Great Debaters," "An Inconvenient Truth," and "Good Night, and Good Luck."
"Precious," directed by Lee Daniels and starring Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique, Paula Patton and Mariah Carey, is widely considered a frontrunner in this year's awards race.
UK Fans: Your Chance to Meet Mariah at Westfield London
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 3:07PM EST
UK Blog sites That Grape Juice and Pin Board are both running their own respective contests to give Mariah Carey fans the chance to meet her at an exclusive Meet & Greet tomorrow, November 19 at the Westfield London Mall. Be sure to head over to their sites now and find out how you can win!
Even if you didn't get selected to meet Mariah, you can still come along and join in the fun and festivities and see her switch on the Westfield London Christmas lights. Make sure you arrive with plenty of time to get the best viewing point! Mariah will be entering via the Southern Terrace at 6pm and making her way to The Atrium to turn on the Christmas lights at approximately 6:15pm.
UK's Schofield Tweets About Late Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 2:35PM EST
UK's This Morning show host Phillip Schofield launched a rant on Twitter when Mariah Carey turned up an hour late for an interview.
The veteran presenter posted a series of messages on the site when the American singer failed to show up on time. He moaned: "Sitting here twiddling our thumbs waiting for Mariah Carey. la la la laaa." Schofield later posted: "Her people have arrived!"
But apparently frustrated, the normally mild-mannered host later added: "She's just changing her mind about what she's wearing!" - following his sentence with a series of exclamation marks.
Carey's appearance was being pre-recorded on Monday and is due to be broadcast next week.
After meeting the star, Schofield changed his tune, saying: "To be honest, she was lovely and very easy to interview. She sang live and hit notes only bats could hear."
He tweeted: "She was also suitably apologetic for being an hour late. And yes... an entourage greater in number than the population of Denmark."
Video: Mariah on Le Grand Journal, France
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 18-Nov-2009, 12:17AM EST
Earlier tonight, Mariah was on the French variety show Le Grand Journal to promote her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. In the interview, the hosts asked her about the "Obsessed" video and Eminem, also wanted her to re-enact what she did on the Ellen Show with her perfume. Her bodyguard Rob was also in the spotlight and was shown waiting backstage. They asked her why he keeps saying "Watch the step, watch your head" when Mariah is leaving a place, when she's walking on the street. As an explanation, Mariah stood up and showed her high heels.
Mariah on Le Grand Journal, France, Nov. 17, 2009 [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah in Paris, France
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 17-Nov-2009, 12:56PM EST
Monday, November 16, 2009 Mariah and Nick Cannon leaving the Boef Sur Toit restaurant
Tuesday, November 16, 2009 Mariah in Skyrock Studio with DJ DiFool and staff
Tuesday, November 17, 2009 Mariah leaving the George V Hotel for the NRJ Studios
Audio: Mariah on Skyrock Radio, France
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 16-Nov-2009, 5:35PM EST
Earlier tonight, Mariah was live on air with DJ DiFool at Skyrock Radio in Paris, France to promote her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel.
Her husband Nick Cannon was with her and it was his first time in Paris. Before going to Skyrock Studios they went to see the Eiffel Tower, she said. She was asked about her performance at the Michael Jackson memorial and where she was when she learned about his death, touring France, her favorite song on her album being "Candy Bling," among other topics. Before leaving, she thanked her French fans: "Thank you to all my French fans, I love you."
Listen to Mariah's 30-minute interview with Skyrock below!
Photos: Mariah Outside X Factor Studios, UK
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 16-Nov-2009, 2:53PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah, with husband Nick Cannon, leaving the Fountain Studios in Wembley on Sunday, November 15 after taping her performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" for X Factor's Nov. 22nd show.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Dance Remix
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 16-Nov-2009, 2:08PM EST
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" was the leading single from Mariah's 1994 Merry Christmas album, selling 11 million copies worldwide on its way to becoming one of the best selling Christmas albums of all time! In December of 2007, it became the first ringtone to be certified platinum with sales of over 1 million, and will top 2 million this year.
Written by Mariah and Walter Afanasieff, it is the only original Holiday song written by a contemporary artist to be considered a "classic," and continues to top radio play and sales charts every year during the Holidays.
Upon the fifteen year anniversary, it was time to put a new twist on this Mariah Holiday classic with a brand new dance remix. Mariah's New Dance Mix of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was produced and overseen by Mariah herself, and re-mixed by Joey Arbagey, and you are hearing it first at AOL's PopEater!
The digital single and ringtone will be available everywhere starting November 23.
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 16-Nov-2009, 9:45AM EST
MEDIABASE UPDATE As of week ending 11/15/2009: Audience impressions: 4.911 Million (+1.366M) Total Spins: 1,039 (+334) Spins by Format: Urban 512 (+173), Rhythmic 344 (+96), Pop 176 (+63), Urban AC 7 (+2)
Urban: #46 (Last Week: #57) +148 spins, 2.269 million impressions
Rhythmic: #52 (Last Week: #58) +92 spins, 2.3 million impressions
Pop: #69 (Last Week: #77) +49 spins, 0.242 million impressions
Please take a few moments to request Mariah's new single, "H.A.T.E.U." at radio! Below are phone numbers and online links to some of the biggest radio stations across the country.
URBAN KIPR-FM Power 92 Jams, Little Rock, AR - 501-401-0200 | Online WTMG-FM Magic 101.3, Gainesville, FL - 888-333-1013 | Online WFXE-FM Foxie 104.9, Columbus, GA - 706-576-3560 | Online WLZN-FM Blazin' 92.3, Macon, GA - 478-646-0923 | Online WPEG-FM power 98, Charlotte, NC - 704-342-2644 | Online KVSP-FM Power 103.5, Oklahoma City, OK - 405-427-5877 | Online KJMM-FM 105 K-Jamz, Tulsa, OK - 918-494-9886 | Online WENZ-FM Z107.9, Cleveland, OH - 216-578-1079 | Online WJUC-FM 107.3 The Juice, Toledo, OH - 419-826-1073 | Online WJZE-FM Hot 97.3, Toledo, OH - 419-244-3973 | Online WPHI-FM 100.3 The Beat, Philadelphia, PA - 800-232-1003 | Online WUSL-FM Power 99 FM, Philadelphia, PA - 800-669-9936 | Online
RHYTHMIC KHTN-FM Hot 104.7, Modesto, CA - 209-567-1047 | Online KGGI-FM 99.1 KGGI, Riverside, CA - 866-991-5444 | Online KSFM-FM 102.6, Sacramento, CA - 916-766-5736 | Text 41025 | Online KCAQ-FM Q 104.7, Ventura, CA - 805-289-1400 | Online KIBT-FM 96.1 The Beat, Colorado Springs, CO - 719-226-2328 | Online WBTT-FM 105.5 The Beat, Ft. Myers, FL - 239-225-4300 | Online WJMN-FM Ham'n 94.5, Boston, MA - 617-931-1945 | Online KVEG-FM Hot 97.5, Las Vegas, NV - 702-320-5834 | Online WWPR-FM Power 105.1, NYC, NY - 800-585-1051 | Text 41051 | Online WRDW-FM Wired 96.5, Philadelphia, PA - Text 60145 | Online WWKX-FM Hot 106, Providence, RI - 401-433-4200 | Online KBFM-FM Wild 104, McAllen, TX - 877-945-3104 | Online
POP KZZP-FM KISS 104.7, Phoenix, AZ - 602-260-1047 | Online KIIS-FM 102.7, Los Angeles, CA - 800-520-1027 | Online KHTS-FM Channel 933, San Diego, CA - 858-570-1933 | Online KMVQ-FM Movin 99.7, San Francisco, CA - 888-456-9970 | Online KPTT-FM 95.7 The Party, Denver, CO - 303-631-2957 | Online KONN-FM Hot 107.1, Denver, CO - 303-750-1071 | Online WKSS-FM Kiss 95.7, Hartford, CT - 860-247-9570 | Online WIHT-FM Hot 99.5, Washington, DC - 877-995-4681 | Online WSTW-FM 93.7, Wilmington, DE - 800-544-9370 | Text 56221 | Online WFKS-FM 97.9 Kiss, Jacksonville, FL - 904-739 2979 | Online WBVD-FM Kiss 95.1, Melbourne, FL - 321-821-5477 | Online WHYI-FM Y100.7, Miami, FL - 866-645-9100 | Online WAEV-FM 97.3 KISS, Savannah, GA - 912-947-9730 | Online WKSC-KISS 103.5, Chicago, IL - 312-540-2000 | Online WLKT-FM 104.5 The Cat, Lexington, KY - 859-280-1045 | Online WZKF-FM KISS 98.9, Louisville, KY - 502-571-9898 | Online WKQI-FM Channel 9-5-5, Detroit, MI - 313-298-9595 | Online KSLZ-FM Z107.7, St. Louis, MO - 888-570-1077 | Online KFRH-FM 102.7 Now, Las Vegas, NV - 702-597-1027 | Online WKKF-FM Kiss 102.3, Albany, NY - 518-476-1023 | Online WBEA-FM 101.7 The Beach, Long Island, NY - 631-267-7800 | Online WHTZ-FM Z100, New York, NY - 800-242-0100 | Text 55100 | Online WXRK-FM 92.3 Now, New York, NY - 888-923-0923 | Online WKGS-FM KISS 106.7, Rochester, NY - 585-222-5477 | Online WMKS-FM 105.7, Greensboro, NC - 336-822-2000 | Online KHTT-FM K-Hits 106.9, Tulsa, OK - 918-460-1069 | Online WKFS-FM KISS 107, Cincinnati, OH - 513-749-1071 | Online WAKZ-FM KISS 95.9, Youngstown, OH - 330-965-1547 | Online WHKF-FM 99.3 Kiss, Harrisburg, PA - 717-540-8800 | Online WHYI-FM Y100, Harrisburg, PA - 866-645-Y100 | Online WIOQ-FM Q102, Philadelphia, PA - 215-263-1021 | Online WBZW-FM B94, Pittsburgh, PA - 412-333-9494 | Online WKRZ-FM 98.5 KRZ, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 800-222-0985 | Online WBHT-FM 97 BHT, Wilkes-Barre, PA - 877-971-9248 | Online WIHB-FM B92, Charleston, SC - 843-972-9292 | Online KKPN-FM Planet 1002.3, Corpus Christi, TX - 361-814-1023 | Online KHKS-FM 106.1 KISS, Dallas, TX - 214-787-1061 | Online KKHH-FM Hot Hits 95.7, Houston, TX - 713-390-5957| Online KXXM-FM Mix 96.1, San Antonio, TX - 210-470-5961 | Online KYMV-FM Movin 100.7, Salt Lake City, UT - 877-807-1007 | Online WVHT-FM Hot 100.5, Norfolk, VA - 757-473-1005 | Online KBKS-FM 106.1 KISS, Seattle, WA - 206-421-1061 | Online
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Source: MariahDailyJournal | Mario
Networks War Over Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 16-Nov-2009, 5:11AM EST
ITV has triumphed in an almighty behind-the-scenes battle with the BBC after both organisations wanted Mariah Carey to appear on their flagship entertainment shows. The American singer pulled out of Saturday night's Strictly Come Dancing at short notice to the fury of BBC chiefs and will now be seen exclusively on The X Factor next Sunday.
She had been 'provisionally booked' to perform on Strictly but dropped out when X Factor supremo Simon Cowell told her representatives she could not be on both networks. Her slot was filled by performers from the West End show Jersey Boys.
A BBC spokesman said: 'We had hoped to have Mariah Carey on the show but her schedule changed and made it impossible.' Sources at the corporation said last night that BBC executives felt it was 'completely unprofessional' for Miss Carey to pull out of the provisional booking.
The singer recorded her X Factor performance yesterday - and lived up to her reputation as the queen of divas when she left her hotel late to go to the studio after a disagreement over her limousine. One top of the range - but relatively anonymous - Mercedes was replaced by a more exclusive £250,000 Mercedes Maybach.
Below are photos of Mariah leaving the Dorchester Hotel in London to tape an appearance for X Factor on Sunday, Nov. 15.
Box Office: Precious Still Potent
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 15-Nov-2009, 3:05PM EST
Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" showed no signs of slowing down in its second weekend, according to weekend estimates. After last weekend's record breaking debut, the film went from 18 to 174 screens, expanding in its initial four markets of Atlanta, NYC, LA and Chicago and opening in Washington, San Francisco, Philadelphia Houston and Dallas. The result was a stunning $6,090,000 gross - placing it in the overall top four despite playing on only a small fraction of the screens of its competitors ("Michael Jackson's This Is It," for example, grossed a million dollars less on 3,037 screens).
The numbers were good enough to give the Lionsgate release a $35,000 per-theater-average, a massive number for a film playing on over 100 screens, and by far the highest second weekend PTA of the year (the previous best was the Coens' "A Serious Man" with $21,274, though that was only on 21 screens). It also showed promise in a considerable Friday to Saturday uptick, grossing $1,904,002 on the former day and $2,405,863 on the latter.
Though it would not be safe to bet against "Precious" at this point, next weekend will be the film's opportunity to to truly explode into the mainstream. It will expand into over 100 markets on roughly 600 screens, with expectations at this point quite high. As it stands, the film has grossed $8,914,552 after ten days - already just a little over a million short of its reported $10,000,000 budget.
Mariah Plays 'Taboo' on Rest Day
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 15-Nov-2009, 12:46PM EST
Here's a cute photo of Mariah and Nick at a slumber party in her Dorchester suite in London on Saturday, Nov. 14.
Mariah spent her 'vocal rest' day playing Taboo with Nick and friend Jasmine Dotiwala before a heavy schedule of press interviews and a taping of her appearance on X Factor where she's performing her single, "I Want To Know What Love Is" the next day.
"I Want To Know What Love Is" is released in the UK on Monday, November 23; and her taped appearance on X Factor to air on Sunday, November 22.
Mariah Carey: The Gloves Are Off
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 14-Nov-2009, 9:32PM EST
The singer drops the sugar-coated simpering and shoots from the lip about the music industry and her new business model to save it — which could make her the world's richest recording artist
"Would you like a drink? I'd get you one myself but it's a little hard for me to get up right now." Mariah Carey isn't kidding. She's lying on her back in a darkened room in the basement of the TV Asahi studios in Tokyo, dressed in a black miniskirt, a leopard-print Dolce & Gabbana trench coat and 8in Gucci bitch stacks. Her stylist, Blair, is "jujjing" her hair to make sure each lock falls "just so" over lashes that are as lacquered as a coffee table. "Go ahead, ruin it," she says when Blair tugs too hard. "Wait 'til I'm done speaking, dahling," the singer scolds when her manager, Louise, interrupts to ask what diet she's on today. The singer is surrounded by Hello Kitty dolls that her fans have customised to look like her, complete with breasts so big the toys look like they've got footballs stuffed down their crop tops.
What's on Carey's mind? Not whether she can hit the metal-piercing high notes in her version of I Want to Know What Love Is. She's covering the Foreigner ballad on Music Station, Japan's Top of the Pops, in a few minutes' time. No, she is — bless — thinking about puppies. "My dog is having babies," she says. "Two or three puppies. Can you put that in your magazine?" Well, welcome to planet Mariah, the glittery, kittenish, snowflake place where a girl can do just what she wants, however infantile. In a city where teenage girls — dammit, grown women — dress up as schoolgirls, Carey has never looked more at home.
But then something remarkable happens. Carey sits forward, takes a sip of bitter pomegranate juice and frowns. "Frickin' idiots! Big, powerful music-industry executives made a giant mistake, and now we're all paying the price. Frickin' idiots!" The 12-year-old girl sitting in her bedroom worrying about boys, make-up and simpering over "ickle" animals is gone. In her place is a steely 39-year-old who has just flown in from Seoul, has been working since 6.30am and whose voice is suddenly so hoarse and sardonic she sounds like Alan Sugar at the end of a bad day. "Those stupid executives may have given up on the music business but I haven't. It's bleak out there for musicians. We have to do something."
There are many things you expect from an encounter with Mariah Carey — ear-drum-endangering squeaks, emotional fragility, an unshiftingly winsome gaze, and bowls of M&M's — just the blue ones. A reasoned critique of the state of the music industry is not one of them. But under the skin of this twittering popsicle is a businesswoman who has sold more singles, albums and downloads in the US than any other female artist, even Madonna. The multi-Grammy-award-winner has had more US No 1 hits than any other soloist dead or alive. Her first five singles each went to No1 — another record — and she has more platinum singles than any other female artist. Three more Billboard 100 No 1s and she will overhaul the 29-year-old record held by the Beatles for the most US No 1s ever.
She's also one of the few people successfully to screw a major record label. Virgin wanted to buy her out of a multi-album $100m contract after her 2001 semi-autobiographical film, Glitter, and companion album of the same name flopped. She took the label for a cool $49m, put the Glitter away and came back with a critically lauded album, The Emancipation of Mimi, that put her back on the hot list. And if that weren't enough, she might now — just might — have stumbled upon the secret formula to save the music industry from financial fade-out.
Carey is pioneering a new business model for music. She's cutting deals with the kind of partners musicians have traditionally shunned, pushing herself into new areas such as publishing, tourism and food and drink. She's partnering with the biggest retailers in the world. And she's harnessing the power of the internet, not just to sell music via iTunes, Napster or Spotify, but to market herself using social-networking sites, notably Facebook and Twitter. Simon Cowell, a man who knows a thing or two about making money in the modern music world, believes diversification is the future. He and his close friend, the BHS billionaire Sir Philip Green, are creating a giant music and merchandising company dubbed "Britain's answer to Disney".
Carey's new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, is released here tomorrow. She has been in London publicising it. Artists always fly into the world's biggest cities to sing for their sales but Carey is doing it in a new way. Take her recent trip to Tokyo. There are endless TV spots — TV drives sales; TV means fans. But how to get the right kind of fans; who will look good on TV? And how to get the right number outside every venue where she's appearing, to make her look like a megastar, but not so many that she is mobbed? If only they could be handpicked.
They can. Online. Carey's itinerary, which is supposed to be top secret but which an aide has helpfully left lying on a table, reveals that she uses the internet to leak details of each appearance to favoured bloggers and Facebook groups shortly beforehand. This way, only the most devoted fans turn up, and freaks and weirdos are weeded out. The selective leaks also help to make sure there are enough paparazzi but not so many that there's a scrum. Just before she is due to arrive at the Asahi studios to appear on Music Station, Carey's aides "leaked the time she will appear at entrance through social online sites, blogs, etc. We are expecting to have 100 fans and some paparazzi", the schedule reveals. The cybertrickery works to script. Just after 6pm, Carey pulls up in her stretch limousine and steps out into a small but perfectly formed crowd.
That week, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel is released in Japan. When you buy the CD in key markets you get the usual pictures of Carey in the white dress, in the black dress and in the gold boob-tube to sex up the silver disk. But you also get something else: a copy of Elle magazine. This is no ordinary edition of the glossy; this is "Elle for Mariah". It's full of the usual fashion, beauty and relationships stuff but it's all about Carey. There's everything you need to "Mariah up your life!" An additional 500,000 copies have been distributed in the US edition of Elle.
It's marketing, of course, but with the all-important Elle seal of approval. Elle writers wrote it all and Elle photographers took the pictures. Brand analysts say getting an established, credible media partner such as Elle to do Carey's marketing for her is priceless. Rita Clifton, the chairman of London's leading brand consultancy, Interbrand, says: "Elle is fashionable and extremely professional. If Mariah Carey is to succeed in marketing products beyond music, it's critical that she gets stylish associations and polished presentation. Elle can bring those."
There are ads in the magazine, too, for Angel Champagne, upscale Le Metier de Beaute cosmetics, Forever perfume, Carmen Steffens shoes and the Bahamas tourist board. You can even win a trip to Mariah's favourite island in the Bahamas by logging on to her official website. Carey is behind those, too. She and her record company, Island Def Jam, part of Universal Music Group, sold the ads for up to $100,000 a page, making far more than the peppercorn Elle was paid to produce the magazine. "I can't tell you how little money we made on this," says Carol Smith, the chief brand officer of Elle, ruefully.
Some ads are for Carey's own products, such as her signature perfume, Forever. Some are for products produced by companies in which she has a stake, notably Angel champagne. Some are for firms in which Universal Music has a stake, such as Le Metier de Beaute. Some are for brands for which she acts as an ambassador, notably the Bahamas. Every time one of Carey's fans buys one of the products she's marketing, she gets a cut.
The "product integration" deal has covered most of the cost of recording Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, estimated at £4m. It has also created new partnerships and strengthened existing ones. And, of course, it gives fans something tangible and unique — but only if they buy the physical CD, where margins are often better than for online downloads. The physical magazine is not available online. Other artists are looking to exploit the advertorial-meets-ads model on forthcoming albums, including the Killers, Rihanna, Duffy and Bon Jovi. Rihanna, for instance, is in talks with brands and advertisers, including Gucci, Nike, Clinique, CoverGirl and the Barbados Tourism Authority. It's not hard to see why. Merchandising is a huge business. In the US, Disney franchises, including the popular Hannah Montana and High School Musical, raked in $2.7 billion in retail sales last year alone.
Carey knows she is the last person anyone would look to for business acumen. "People look at my image and they see, oh, the curly hair and the little tight black dress. Tra-la-la," she grins. What's more, she herself used to revile the very marketing she is now taking to new levels. "When I was starting my career I'd look at certain people who worked with, say, Pepsi, and I was like, 'Why do they need to do that?' I had an offer from a soda company when I first began. They wanted me to hit a high note and then the glass bottle would break. I told them, 'I think it's stupid. It's tacky. I don't want to do it.' "
What changed her mind? The traditional business model for the recorded music industry is bust. Has been for years. CD sales are down again this year, by 13%, as online downloads grow, according to the ratings agency Nielsen. The Big Four record companies — Universal, Sony, Warner and the ailing EMI — sell two-thirds fewer albums than they did in 2000. Carey is furious that music-industry executives failed to realise how the internet would change the way fans consume music. And when the penny finally dropped, they let the computer, not the music, industry corner the market. Over time, many more copies of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel will be downloaded online than bought in stores. Buyers will go to sites such as iTunes or Napster to do so, not to Carey's own website, nor that of Island Def Jam. The iTunes music store passed six billion sales earlier this year and has also driven sales of Apple's iPod and iPhone.
"A lot of big powerful music-industry executives made a giant mistake," she says. "They gave the music business away on the internet. If they had just sat back and said, 'Maybe let's figure this internet thing out, it could be something cool,' we could have found a way to distribute music online on our own terms, not somebody else's. Prince had already shown them the way. He was so far ahead of the curve, putting out his own records on the web. Everyone else was stupid."
Musicians have long promoted non-music products. The Rolling Stones marketed Windows 95 with Start Me Up. Michael Jackson did endless Pepsi promos. And rappers such as P Diddy and Jay-Z have moved on from name-checking other people's fashion and luxury-goods brands in their songs to create their own brands, usually in partnership with their record labels, and promote them instead. But Carey is breaking new ground in three areas.
First, she is turning on its head the traditional model of endorsement. With Elle, for example, she is not endorsing the magazine; the magazine is endorsing her. Yet it is Carey, not the magazine, who is trousering most of the cash generated by ad sales. The way she pulled off such a lucrative deal is nifty. Elle and the US cosmetics giant Elizabeth Arden had fallen out. Arden makes Carey's perfume, Forever. What better way to bring the two back together — and get Arden ads back in Elle — than in a one-off special magazine celebrating an Arden product and an Arden ambassador? "I'm just trying to share the love," she says. And corner the market.
Second, when Carey is endorsing a non-music product, she does not simply want to do deals through her record label; she personally wants to own all or part of the company that makes the product. You make a whole lot more cash that way. She is forming so many new companies to leverage her brand equity in make-up, clothing and other new areas that her New York lawyers are fast running out of names. "I set up a new business for every project," she says. "The businesses are called things like Mirage and Maroon Entertainment. They're based on silly names that I made up in high school."
Third, she sees ways to make money with partners that others have overlooked. She has a house in the Bahamas on the island of Eleuthera. She won't say if she is paid by the Bahamas tourist board to talk about how great the place is but you'd be forgiven for thinking she is, given the amount of time she spends doing so. And even if she isn't, she probably soon will be. She's building a recording studio on Eleuthera and plans to shoot videos there with the director Brett Ratner. It's the kind of publicity a small country dreams of and it would scarcely be surprising if the government there helped out. Carey also plans to team up with the New York tourist board to attract visitors to her adopted home town. When she had her 18th No1, the city authorities lit up the Empire State Building in her favourite colours: pink and lavender. It was good publicity for Carey and for New York. Expect to see "Mariah in New York" advertisements soon. "There are no limits to what we can do," she says. "The process of creating something should have no boundaries."
So far, so entrepreneurial. But is it really Carey doing the work? And even if she is, is she any good, or is there someone there to hold her hand? The day after she arrives in Tokyo, she's sitting in the boardroom of the Park Hyatt. The hotel is best known for failing relationships, principally Bill Murray and Scarlett Johansson's: much of Lost in Translation was filmed here. But Carey is trying to forge a new relationship. She's meeting a leading cosmetics manufacturer to discuss plans to launch a Mariah Carey beauty line in a top US supermarket chain.
Okay, there may be wine on the table — this is still rock'n'roll — but Carey is focused. She's brought with her two of her own cosmetics bags, a glittery Chanel number and an acid-pink vanity case, to illustrate what she wants the packaging for her line to look like. She's also brought an interesting new mini MP3 player she found in Korea that she wants to customise, so that it can be sold as an accessory to the make-up. She benchmarks her proposed line against others: Bobbi Brown, Anna Sui, Laura Mercier. But she listens too. "You tell me," she says when discussing the colours for the cosmetics. "I don't want to mess it up by liking what I like and enforcing that because that would be a stupid thing to do. I don't want to screw up."
The more you see her at work, the more you realise that Carey has grasped not just how her industry must move from a recorded-music business model to a brand-based model, but also that she is the best person to do it. Ask what her "brand" is, and she replies as well as any Madison Avenue advertising executive: "Optimistic, accessible, universal." It's true. Her music is the kind of upbeat, bubblegum pop that appeals as much to teenagers in Tokyo as in Tooting. "It's R&B but not too R&B. It's poppy but not too poppy. Hardcore but not too hardcore," she says. She dresses trendy "but not too trendy. I never want people to think I just wear 'this' or 'that' designer and that they cannot afford my stuff." Her team work remorselessly to make sure fans get what they want. "We try very hard to answer everything we get sent," says Carey. "We mustn't get remote or ever give people the chance to think I think I'm better than them."
And then there is her killer app: her image. The daughter of a black father and an Irish-American mother — a classically trained opera singer who studied at Juilliard — she's black enough to appeal to a black audience. She was one of only two black female soloists asked to sing at Michael Jackson's memorial. But she's not so black that she alienates a white audience. She's also a little Latina. Her father was half-African-American, half-Venezuelan, so she can exploit that market, too. She deliberately plays with her ethnicity, changing her hair to be a little bit more white or a little bit more black, according to what she's doing and where. "I change ethnically according to where I am in the world. I can be a spokesperson for black, white and Latina. MC could stand for multicultural."
Being every kind of woman makes her the right person to sell, well, just about anything. But however powerful her name and image may be, Carey is also savvy enough to realise that, if she's really going to cash in, she must appeal to those who might like her products but don't like her. That's why she's working on a second line of beauty products, clothes and accessories using her nickname, Mimi, as the brand and the logo. "Mimi is an iteration of Mariah Carey. Any girl can be Mimi. If someone is not a complete fan, they don't have to worry," she says.
There is a problem with all this, of course. Carey is an artist, and whether you like her music or not, she's undeniably a successful one. "I'm a studio rat. I love writing and collaborating. The music comes first." Unlike sports stars, who are not considered cultural figures and who have a very short career to make the money they need for a lifetime, musicians have always had problems moving out of music and into new areas. Even those, notably U2's Bono, who have tried to harness their music and celebrity for good causes, have been condemned as opportunists. Surely, for her to plaster her name over $3 lipgloss in Macy's department stores is the quickest way to be labelled — oh, what's the right expression? — a big, cheesy sellout?
Carey concedes that filling supermarket shelves with anything other than CDs "is not ideal". Nor does she enjoy working as hard as she is. "Do I want to do 50 things a day that have little or nothing to do with the music itself? No." But she says the economics of recorded music means she has no choice. The time is right personally, too. Knocking on 40 and just married to the TV executive Nick Cannon, she's not quite so determined to strive for perfection in her professional and personal life, an attitude summed up in the title of her new album and her new film, Precious, which has just been released in the US and is out here soon.
It tells the harrowing story of a 350lb illiterate teenage girl who is pregnant for the second time by her father and horribly abused by her mother. Carey is unrecognisable as a welfare caseworker, in no small part because she is seen, for the first time, without any make-up — a bold move for a woman who wants to save the music industry one eyeliner at a time. The film's director, Lee Daniels, offered Carey the part on condition that she show up at the set alone (no entourage) in a taxi (no limo) and freshly scrubbed (no make-up). The film received a standing ovation when it premiered at Cannes and went on to win three awards at the Sundance film festival.
Carey knows her new business model is controversial, so, just in case Coldplay's Chris Martin or Radiohead's Thom Yorke accuse her of cashing in when the first copies of her new album are opened here this week, she's getting her retaliation in first. "I don't care if the rock-band person thinks, 'Oh, I'm a sellout'. Well, guess what? They're a sellout anyway for going to a record company. I'm sorry — you are. You want to just play in bands in bars? Then do that. Or play on the streets. And if someone throws you some dollars, then you can go get a soda. But you could also help somehow merge the soda business with the music business in a way that is creative."
At which moment Louise, the manager, turns up at the door with the not-so-secret schedule. "We have another meeting back at the hotel," Carey says, "9pm and still working. And we're off to LA tomorrow." She hoists herself up slowly from her chaise longue, asks whether there are any stairs on the way to the limo — walking in 8in heels ain't easy — and tells a flunky to round up the gaudy Hello Kitty dolls and take them to the limo. "I have to have my little toys," she gushes. The 12-year-old girl is back. It's what her emotionally incontinent Japanese fans demand. But don't be fooled. The woman tottering off down the corridor, putting on her bug-eyed sunglasses before stepping out into the latest perfectly formed instacrowd of fans and paparazzi, is the music industry's next top model.
Italian Fans Meet Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 14-Nov-2009, 12:52PM EST
The Glittering Team (left to right, bottom to top): Dhanyelhe, Ila, Dan, Alby, Lyne, Alessio, Giorgia, Sammy, Carla, Filippo, Andrea, Lorenzo
The Glittering Mariah team with members coming from different parts of Italy, came out to Milan on Wednesday, November 11 and converged at the Four Seasons Hotel and later at the X Factor studios to welcome and greet Mariah. Below, Ila, Dan and Andrea recount their unforgettable fan moments; and some pictures and a video during the day.
Ila: "It was a very good day though I didn't have the opportunity to take any photo with Mariah. I arrived at the Four Seasons Hotel at 4:30pm and there were about 50 fans outside the hotel. We waited for about 1 hour and half and then at 6pm, Mariah came out to go to the X Factor Studios. She signed 2 or 3 items and then she left! My hubby was able to take some pictures. Then we went to the X Factor Studios to pick up our tickets. About 30 minutes before the show started, a friend of Dan, who is an important X Factor staff member, took me and Dan for a backstage tour. We were so excited! We met Trey who was so nice and friendly and sang a little bit of 'Volare' and then we saw Mariah and she said hello to us with a huge smile! She's fantastic, she's so beautiful in person! The performance was awesome, she was very into it!"
Dan: "I first met Trey Lorenz (he's sweet as sugar as usual) then I met Mariah in the backstage for 10 seconds! Ahahah she was absolutely lovely! And her performance was amazing! You can see me and Ila with our big banner in the live show, our backs turned though. I'm sure she read our name and saw us in the audience!"
Andrea: "Last Tuesday was a very great day for me: I had the chance to meet Mariah, one of my biggest idols since 1999. I attended the web roundtable at the Four Seasons with other 12 web reporters. We entered in a little room and sat around a small table; two people from Mariah's entourage told us that we could ask her anything but Eminem. Each was only allowed one question and I was gonna ask how she's going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of her music career. Then Mariah entered the room and I was a little shocked! I was in the same room with Mariah Carey! She's way more beautiful and thinner than what appears on pictures or video. Her skin is perfect, her face is shiny and her eyes and smile are so sweet! She's actually taller than I expected. She was very nice, polite and friendly with all of us throughout the whole interview. At the end of the meeting Mariah said hello to us and then she was carried away. All the reporters were well surprised by Mariah's kindness and sympathy, and I was so happy about that. I must really thank Rae Rae and Jackie for helping me get my Memoirs CD signed by Mariah. This was an incredible experience for me. I still can't figure out what happened. I'm so happy and after meeting and talking to Mariah I can definitely tell that I love her even more."
November 10 - At Four Seasons Hotel, Milan. Mariah arriving (Dhanyelhe and Andrea got their Memoirs CDs signed by Mariah!)
November 11 - Outside Four Seasons Hotel. Mariah leaving for X Factor
November 11 - At X Factor RAI Studios in Milan
Here's a video of Mariah coming out of her hotel and signing autographs for the fans before heading to the RAI studios in Milan for an appearance on X Factor.
Tickets for Mariah's 12/31 Concert On Sale TOMORROW!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 13-Nov-2009, 3:52PM EST
Tickets for Mariah's New Year's Eve concert at Madison Square Garden in New York will go on sale Saturday, November 14 starting at 10:00am ET at Live Nation.
Mariah Carey New Year's Eve Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York Thursday, December 31, 2009 Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
Lionsgate Gives Mariah a Push for the Oscars
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 13-Nov-2009, 12:42PM EST
On its For Your Consideration (FYC)/Awards site, distributor Lionsgate gives Precious: Based on a Novel 'Push' by Sapphire the major push for this year's Academy Awards, with Mariah Carey, along with Mo'Nique, Paula Patton and Sherri Shepperd, named as candidates in the "Best Supporting Actress" category.
The site also provides a PDF download of Precious's script, as well as screening times for selected industry people (such as members of the Academy of Motion Picture Art and Sciences).
Meanwhile, Lionsgate plans an aggressive expansion to more than 600 theaters for Precious over Thanksgiving after the inner city woe drama cranked out a buzzworthy $1.9 million on 18 screens on its opening weekend. Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer cautioned it was too early to predict boxoffice gold for the indie film phenomenon, but added: "The $5.5 million investment in 'Precious' looks set to prove profitable."
Precious has racked in a total of $2,656,392 in just 6 days, and is being rolled out to 174 more theaters this week.
Mariah in Italy: Press Roundtable Interviews
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 13-Nov-2009, 1:19AM EST
Mariah met with major Italian Web & Press representatives during the roundtable interviews for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel held at the Four Seasons Hotel in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, November 10, 2009.
Listen to the full audio of the press roundtable interviews below. File courtesy of RNB Junk.
EXCERPTS: New Fragrance "Forever" "The fragrance is called 'Forever' and it's my third fragrance, actually. I helped design the bottle. I worked with Elizabeth Arden on the scent. They told me that I am the hardest working person that they've ever worked with including designers and all the celebrities that they've done fragrances with. So, I was very proud of that because I do work hard but I like it. It's great, it's fun."
Plans for 20th Career Anniversary "[Sighs] How do I say this because of the language barrier... (long pause) No. [Everyone laughs] No, I might. We'll see. Can I say what it'll be? Well, I don't know. It's difficult. I told you I'm eternally 12. How can I celebrate 20? I don't know. I have to grow up a little bit first and then we'll see."
Secret of Success, Advice to Newcomers "Well, I've been working nights for 12 long years, no, I've been working basically my whole life... I love music, I have passion for music. I love the studio, I basically live in the studio. I don't stop. You have to have drive. It's easier now I think. There are so many shows, and talent shows, this and that. It's easier for people to 'make it' in the business but I care about it in a different way. This is my release. This is what I do to escape. It's my escapism - writing and singing, doing anything creative - it's what I love. I would just encourage people to keep going and be strong and love what they do, and if you don't love it, do not do it 'cause it's not easy."
Thoughts About Talent Shows "I think they're very powerful in the world today. Maybe they're fad. I don't know how long they're gonna last but they're very big. And I'm glad that I became successful before I have to go on one of those shows because I don't know if I'd be able to handle that. That's really not my thing. I'd rather be in the studio - writing, work, do that kind of stuff."
Collaboration with Timbaland "We wrote two songs together. I can't really go into all the details but probably one of them will be on another piece of work that is in the making right now. That's all I can say."
Her Music Genre "'Vision of Love' was my first single. It was the #1 R&B record - the first song I ever put out on the charts. It was not big in Europe so people here didn't know that. Until I did the remake of 'I'll Be There' or 'Without You,' people over in Europe didn't really know who I was because I think they needed a familiarity of an older song and so I did that and then I wrote 'Hero' and people were like, 'She's a Pop singer' and I go, 'Oh, great.' But it's not that, it's just that Pop is not a genre in my eyes. Pop is here today, gone tomorrow. I've always been rooted in R&B. I've always loved R&B. This album to me has Pop for the people who want to hear Pop like with the 'I Want To Know What Love Is' I did that for the fans that want to hear a nice, just straight vocal and they want to just hear a vocalist. It's mainly, I guess 'Obsessed' is kind of Pop but it was more Rhythmic and on the Hip-Hop chart. But the bulk of the album is really like a sexy R&B album, that's what I want people to know and get and understand and be open to because that's just where I'm at."
Pictures from "H.A.T.E.U." Video Shoot "I haven't even seen those. Why can't people show me the images prior to me going to a press conference? I don't know and neither do you. Okay, what was the question? I didn't see them yet so maybe it's not me. I'm not claiming them yet. I don't know them. Haven't seen them, can't comment. I got to go online and look at the pictures first and then I'll call you and let you know... Oh they are? The lighting was kind of I don't know. It was very bright. Was it a lot of sunlight? What was it? Now I'm curious. Now you're making me ask the questions at the press conference. Was it okay? They were, right?"
A Musical About Her Life "There is no musical about my life being done. And if there is, somebody's getting sued because I didn't approve a thing. Sorry. And anyway, if they were doing a musical about it, they have no idea the real story of my life. So if there ever is a musical about my life I would be playing me. I don't care who comes along and thinks they sing like me - it would be me."
Singing at Michael Jackson's Funeral Service "It was a very, very difficult thing to do. I've never sung at anybody's funeral before and I always talk about it to my friends that sing, when you're emotional, very emotional and you sing your throat closes up. It's not the same as when you are just everything's great and you're singing. When you're about to cry, your throat closes up and I got to the Staples Center and they told me, someone just walked in and said, 'Mariah, you're going first.' No, it wasn't me at a 100% vocally but it was me a 100% emotionally."
Her Obsession "Am I obsessed with something in particular? Right now I'm obsessed with the fact that my puppy (Cha Cha) is having puppies. And she's only a baby. She's only like 6 months old and so I'm trying to figure this whole thing out. You're looking at me... I'm very obsessed with this, I mean, she's a baby and my dog she wanted to eat and my other dog just couldn't help it. So I've had my vet travelling around with me on a plane for like a couple of days, a few days because we thought she was gonna give birth and she didn't so I don't know if she's gonna... she's probably gonna have the puppies while I'm overseas and so I'll have to meet them instead of see them be born. So that's my little obsession-o'-the-moment."
Talking About Precious "The movie is based on a novel by Sapphire called 'Push' and it's something that I had read a long time ago and then a fabulous director who's a very good friend of mine, Lee Daniels, got the rights to make the film. I never thought anybody could handle such intense material 'cause it's a very, very intense subject matter. The subject matter is very deep. But he did an amazing job and I think everybody needs to see this movie because it opens up a side of the world that most people will never see but maybe they'll see something of themselves there, somehow. It's very deep. It's an amazing, amazing film. It's dramatic but he's managed to give us moments of fun and laughter and levity. It will stay with you for the rest of your life. I read the book first a long time ago and it stayed with me. And when I heard that Lee was making the film I said, 'I can't believe someone's gonna be able to make this into a film' 'cause it's so intense. But he's made it so you leave the theater with hope. And I think everybody needs to see it."
Jasmine Dotiwala's Unlikely Friendship with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 12-Nov-2009, 10:54PM EST
The elderly Asian proprietor of a corner shop in the West London suburb of Southall is stacking shelves when events take a surreal turn. A limousine pulls up and out leaps a bodyguard. From the back seat emerges a glamorous woman in a figure-hugging dress and skyscraper Christian Louboutin heels. She is not from Southall; she inhabits a starrier stratosphere.
Yet she walks into the shop, picks up a wire basket and wafts along the aisles on a cloud of costly fragrance. At the check-out, the proprietor, slack-jawed with amazement, puts her shopping in a box. It is a prosaic selection; there are no luxury items for sale in this shop. Then the woman and the bodyguard carrying the box of groceries get back into the waiting limo and are whisked away as quickly as they came. The mirage fades as suddenly as it appeared, but the shopkeeper will remember the woman for years to come.
His unexpected customer was the American singer Mariah Carey, the most successful female recording artist in history. What was she doing in this unglamorous corner of London? She had come to visit me.
Knowing I was sick and languishing on the sofa at my mother's house with a searing temperature, she had come straight from filming the Graham Norton TV show with the intention of cheering me up. I have half-a-dozen close friends and Mariah is among the dearest. I flatter myself that the relationship is reciprocal: Mariah and I share a strong, sisterly friendship. She signs off all her letters to me with the affectionate endearment: 'Your sis, M.'
Though she is stupendously rich and I am relatively poor, it is a friendship of equals. She visits me in my small home; I am a frequent guest at her various mansions and holiday villas all over the world. And it was a typically impromptu gesture of friendship that brought her to my mother's modest two-bedroom house to see me that day.
Actually, at the time I was feeling less than hospitable. Dressed in a grubby old dressing gown and almost delirious with a fever, my hair lank and my face bereft of make-up, I looked like death and felt dreadful. And I felt acutely uncomfortable that my stupendously wealthy friend had swooped into my childhood home without warning, like some migrating exotic bird.
I'm not remotely ashamed of my origins and I knew my Indian-born mother, Roshan, would not accord Mariah any special treatment - she is not remotely fazed by celebrity - but I did feel awkward. Couldn't she have visited on a better day when I was feeling fine and the house was spruce and tidy? 'Really, you don't need to come - Jasmine's so ill she can't even get up,' my mate Monique had implored Mariah when she'd phoned. But, true to form, Mariah had insisted that she would visit. She was on a goodwill mission to lift my spirits.
And she was hooting with laughter as she unpacked the box of goodies she'd chosen for me. There was a bottle of Alize liqueur - favoured by the rap artist P. Diddy - which I couldn't drink because I was on antibiotics. Neither could I manage a sip of the plonk she'd chosen. Her hamper also included a bag of self-raising flour - to help me rise from my sickbed - chocolates and a packet of (ahem) jumbo-sized sanitary towels. All the items were hand-picked to make me chuckle. And, of course, they did.
Mariah is clever at choosing the right gift for the occasion. Even her joke presents are thoughtful. And often - though I beg her not to spend money on me - she is embarrassingly generous. She has given me many lavish gifts while instructing me to spend no more than £25 on her.
How had the paths of our disparate lives crossed? Twelve years ago, when I was a news presenter for the music channel MTV, I was asked to interview Mariah at a villa on her favourite island of Capri.
The album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel and the single "I Want To Know What Love Is" will be released on November 23. The Mariah Carey T4 Special is on Channel 4 on November 14 at 10:05am. The movie Precious, starring Mariah, will be released in Britain on January 29, 2010.
Win a Chance to Meet Mariah at Westfield London!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 12-Nov-2009, 2:41PM EST
Westfield London has 100 wristbands available and these will allow you to not only meet Mariah Carey but also get a record sleeve of her new CD Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel (out on November 23) signed by her.
For your chance to meet the fabulous Mariah Carey, enter your details here! You will also get a prime VIP vantage point to watch Mariah turn on their Christmas lights.
Westfield London will be drawing their 100 lucky winners at 5pm on Monday, November 16, with winners being notified by e-mail on Tuesday, November 17. Good luck!
(Please note: These wristbands will only allow you access to the CD signing and not the perfume signing. For that, you will need to purchase Mariah's new fragrance, Forever, from Boots to be eligible for a chance to meet her.)
Video: Mariah on X Factor Italy
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 12-Nov-2009, 12:00PM EST
Mariah Performs "I Want To Know What Love Is" + Interview X Factor Italy - Rai Due, Nov. 11, 2009 Download format: DVD | iPod Video | MP3 (performance only)
Source: Thomas | MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 12-Nov-2009, 9:58AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated November 21, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #41 (Last week: #31) Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #11 (Last week: #13)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #29 (Last week: #28) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #30 (Last week: #23) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #27 (Last week: #20) Billboard Yahoo Video: #3 (Last week: #4) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #34 (Last week: #38) Downloads this week: 35,006 (-0.4%) Total Downloads: 1,185,158 Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #71 (Last week: #71)
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #75 (Last week: #66) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #75 (Last week: #66) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #9 (Last week: #14) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #81 (Last week: #83)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #93 (Debut) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #93 (Debut)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah Arrives in London, UK
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 12-Nov-2009, 9:14AM EST
Mariah arrived at London's Dorchester Hotel at 1am on Thursday, November 12, 2009, and happily posed for photographers despite the early hour.
What did you learn from filming this movie where you had to do away with the trappings of a diva? It's hard for me to explain it. Last night—and I don't even know if I should go into this long story—but it made me feel really good. My mother's favorite actor and one of mine, Sidney Poitier, was at this party that I was at. Sidney gave me the biggest compliment. We had a really nice dialogue about the film and the part. He was talking about my acting. He's a very nice man but he really was very sincere. He's a legend. He said he almost didn't recognize me in the movie. We've been around each other quite a few times so I discovered that I don't have to try and be perfect. It's just a weird dichotomy because in the music business, it's all about glitz and videos. If one hair strand was out of place, it's like, "Oh my goodness, fix her hair." It's two different worlds and that's why I think it's so hard for people to cross over.
You seem very happy today. But may I ask which character in the movie did you identify with, the one whose pain resonated with you the most? I would have to say Precious because I always felt like an outsider when I was growing up. It's very difficult when you come from an interracial family. There's a part in the movie when Precious asks my character, "What color are you?" My father's black, my mother's white and that always made me feel very much like an outsider. My parents were divorced and we moved around a lot.
My mom didn't really know how to do my hair. Her hair is naturally straight. We didn't have a lot of money. It was difficult. What she went through nobody should go through. I've had certain situations that I wouldn't talk about in public ever, except maybe when I write my memoirs someday.
Why not write that book now? A lot of the things that went on in my childhood were not really my fault because I was a kid. I just don't want to upset others. These are not evil people. No one even has an idea what I'm talking about, but I don't want somebody to see one inaccuracy. That type of thing. My family is very sensitive. Maybe it could be a collaborative thing. I just want to live my life. I do want to write my book. LA Reid, the chairman of my record company, wanted me to do a documentary about my life. I see why he would want me to do it now. But I just have to go over some things with other people in order to get to a point where we're like, "Okay, we're not going to hate each other after this thing."
What are your dreams and goals in the next 10 years? I hate those questions because then I'm going to think, I'm not 12 (laughs). Since I got married last year, I'm thinking family stuff but I also have a lot of other projects and things that are going on. I just put out this album ("Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel"), so I probably have to go on tour which I love doing. But it's grueling because you travel so much. It's tough but I really do love it.
Maybe start a family? Family? My puppy, Cha-Cha, is pregnant. She's very little. She's a Jack Russell. She's having two babies very soon. I actually flew the vet with me here in New York. I'm serious because she could give birth at any time. She's probably going to need a C-section but nobody cares about that. It's all about this movie right now.
Mariah's European Promotional Schedule
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 11-Nov-2009, 3:15PM EST
As promised, below, please find the full details of Mariah's European Promotional Schedule, as it currently stands, for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. This schedule may change without prior notice.
ITALY Tuesday, November 10 10:40am - Arrive at Heathrow Airport, London 11:50am - Depart London for Milan 02:55pm - Land at Linate Airport, Milan 04:00pm - Arrive at Four Seasons Hotel, Via Gesu 6, 20121 Milano 06:00pm-08:00pm - 2 hours promo at the hotel
Press Roundtable 06:00pm-06:20pm - Ansa (main Italian press agency), Il Giornale, QN + Avvenire, Il Mattino, Corriere della Sera, City, l Secolo XIX, Dnews, Repubblica (national daily newspapers/free press); Sorrisi e Canzoni (weekly entertainment magazine); and TG.com (web news) 06:20pm-06:30pm - TG2 - Filmed interview for TV News on RAI2 06:30pm-06:40pm - SKYTG24 - Filmed interview for Sky satellite TV News 06:40pm-06:50pm - TG3 - Filmed interview for TV News on RAI3 06:50pm-07:05pm - MTV - Filmed interview for "10x10," MTV International program which will air on MTV worldwide for 2 weeks starting from Dec. 14th + TV News 07:05pm-07:25pm - GIOIA (Weekly lifestyle/fashion magazine) 20 mins interview for a cover story by mid-December
Web and Press Roundtable 07:25pm-07:45pm - Interviews with Rockol, Virgilio, Yahoo! Italia, Libero.it, RAI MUSIC, Elle.it, Style.it, RCD, RNB Junk, Newsic, Ginger Generation, Outune, Milano web, AllInfo.it
07:45pm-08:00pm - VERISSIMO - Filmed interview for Canale 5 Saturday afternoon entertainment program
Wednesday, November 11 04:15pm - Depart Hotel for RAI TV Studio 2000, Via Mecenate 76, Milano 04:45pm - Rehearsals of "I Want To Know What Love Is" 05:45pm - Filmed Meet & Greet with contestants right after rehearsals to be broadcast during the live show right after Mariah's performance 09:00pm-12:15am - X Factor live on air on RAI TV 09:05pm - X Factor performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is." After the performance TV host Francesco will join Mariah on stage for a quick chat. They will show a short edit of the M&G with the contestants 01:30am - Depart Milan for Luton Airport, London
UNITED KINGDOM Thursday, November 12 11:50am - Arrive at Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, London
International Press Day 01:00pm-08:00pm - Interviews 20 minutes each - ZDF Leute Heute (Germany), Channel 9 (Australia), TV4 News (Sweden), TV2 (Norway), Sasha Perera for MCM & XYZ Networks (Australia), Se & Hør (Denmark), BILD AM SONNTAG (Germany), Bunte (Germany), VG (Norway), TBC Daily (Sweden), Ciné Télé Revue (Belgium)
Friday, November 13 Timings of this day still being worked on.
Radio Promo Time TBC - Radio 2 Interview - Graham Norton for Steve Wright (TBC) Time TBC - Interviews: Various - Global Radio Interviews Jamie Theakston, Toby Anstis, etc (TBC)
Press Daily Mail with David Wigg (30 mins) News of the World (20 mins) - Journalist Dan Wootton
Mobile/Digital Promo Orange Monkey - 20 mins filmed interview. Mariah takes over the site: Mariah to talk about 15-track playlist, exclusive interview. MySpace - 30 mins - shot on camera recording to promote in the newly launched MySpace Music
Heart Radio Meet & Greet with competition winners at Hotel
Saturday, November 14 Vocal rest
Sunday, November 15 Press Request - 1 hour at hotel before X Factor: 3am, Playlist with Kim Dawson, weekly magazines, etc.
X Factor Pre-Tape 04:30pm - Arrive at X Factor, Fountain Studios, 128 Wembley Park Dr, Wembley 04:45pm-08:00pm - Mariah's performance pre-taped for Sunday, Nov. 22
Monday, November 16 12:00pm - Depart for GMTV/This Morning, London Studios Upper Ground, SE1 12:15pm-12:45pm - GMTV pre-tape performance (Air date: Nov. 23) 01:00pm-01:30pm - This Morning pre-tape, interview and performance (Air date: Nov. 27) 01:30pm - Leave for airport
FRANCE Monday, November 16 06:30pm - Arrive in Paris. Hotel: Four Seasons Hotel George V, 31 Avenue George V, Paris 8:00pm-08:30pm - Call time at Skyrock studios 9:00pm - Skyrock live on air interview with D Fool
Tuesday, November 17 Time TBC - NRJ interview with Nicolas Aliagas (ex-Star Academy) at the studio with 25 competition winners in the studio audience Time TBC - Cherie FM - #1 song on their playlist is "I Want To Know What Love Is" 07:00pm-08:30pm - Le Grand Journal - Live TV. Mariah's interview will be at the top of the show. Studio is located at 2, Rue des Cévennes, Paris To schedule - TF1 News interview (TBC)
UNITED KINGDOM Wednesday, November 18 London - Alan Carr TV Show. Pre recorded performance and chat, live studio audience. Air date: Thursday, Nov. 19/Sunday, Nov. 22
05:30pm - Depart Dorchester Hotel 06:00pm - Arrive at London Studios, Upper Ground, SE1 07:00pm - Pre record interview & performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" 08:00pm - Depart studio
Thursday, November 19 Westfield London Event - signing at the new Westfield's in Shepherds Bush - this is a massive and new shopping centre, the biggest in London; the floor area of this shopping centre is equivalent to 30 football pitches!
Retail signing in conjunction with HMV. Mariah will sign Album O Band (cardboard cover sleeve) as the album is not yet released.
04:00pm-04:15pm - Attend press event for "Forever" 04:15pm-05:00pm - Travel to Westfield London 05:00pm-06:15pm - Boots Photo session for "Forever" 06:15pm-08:15pm - Retail Signing (250 fans) and Lighting of the Christmas Lights
Mariah Lights Up Westfield London
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 11-Nov-2009, 8:53AM EST
Westfield London has finally got the news we've all been waiting for! Mariah Carey will be switching on the Christmas lights on Thursday, November 19 at 6pm, followed by a special signing of her new album Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.
Westfield is giving away exclusive wristbands to attend Mariah's CD signing. Details will be posted this week on both their Twitter and Facebook pages, be sure to keep checking!
Westfield London is located in Centre Management Suite, Unit 4006, Ariel Way. Click here for directions.
Photos: Mariah on Letterman Show
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 10-Nov-2009, 12:03AM EST
Mariah taped an appearance on the Late Show With David Letterman earlier tonight, November 9th at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. She sat for an interview with David and performed her new single, "H.A.T.E.U." The episode will air on Friday, November 13th at 11:35pm ET/PT on CBS. Below are pictures of Mariah with husband Nick Cannon after the taping.
Patton, Sapphire Talk About Mariah in Precious
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 09-Nov-2009, 6:12PM EST
MTV reporter Akshay Bhansali recently caught up with Sapphire and Paula Patton and they were more than happy to talk about Mariah's contributions in Precious.
"I didn't have the pleasure to work with [Carey], but watching her work, I was beyond impressed" Patton said. "She just becomes invisible. The Mariah as an icon, it just fades away as you watch the film. And it's really awesome, because i think that our director Lee Daniels... was able to get at her humanity and pull out this beautiful essence of her, and you see it in the film. She did an incredible job."
Sapphire was so drawn in by Carey's performance, she didn't even notice her scenes as they happened. "I remember when I heard she was going to be in the film and I didn't know what to think. And then I went to the first screening. The film ended and I remember thinking 'Oh, she's not in it, she didn't make it.' I didn't recognize her! My agent was sitting there with me, and he said 'That was Mariah?'"
"So she literally disappears," the author continued. "The singer disappears, and she becomes what an actress has to become, almost a blank slate so another soul can come out. And she does it."
Mariah Arrives in Italy Tomorrow!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 09-Nov-2009, 4:54PM EST
Mariah is confirmed to arrive at the Linate Airport in Milan, Italy on Tuesday, November 10th at 2:55pm and will stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Milano (Via Gesù, 6/8, 20121) during her promotional visit to the country. She is scheduled to meet with major Italian media and press in a conference meeting for her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel later in the evening.
The following day, November 11, as previously reported, Mariah will appear on X Factor Italy to perform her single "I Want To Know What Love Is." She will depart Italy right after her appearance on the show. X Factor will air live from its Milano studios on Wednesday, Nov. 11 from 9:00pm-12:00am on channel RAI2.
MariahDailyJournal will have Mariah's confirmed European schedule tomorrow morning. Stay tuned!
Mariah on UK's Alan Carr
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 09-Nov-2009, 9:37AM EST
In its Season 2 premiere, host Alan Carr will be joined on the sofa by Mariah Carey who will also perform her single, "I Want to Know What Love Is." Alan Carr: Chatty Man with Mariah as special guest will air on Thursday, November 19 at 10pm on Channel 4 in the UK.
Other UK TV Appearances by Mariah: T4 Special Mariah Carey- Saturday, Nov. 14 10am Ch. 4 Strictly Come Dancing - Saturday, Nov. 14 6:45pm BBC One
PRECIOUS: The Oscar Favorite
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 08-Nov-2009, 4:29PM EST
Friends in High Places: Mariah Carey with Gabourey Sidibe
OPRAH'S NEW PASSION An unlikely indie phenom, PRECIOUS follows a plus-size Harlem teen on a harrowing journal.By Dave Karger
Sapphire can't even keep track of all the people who wanted to turn her novel Push into a movie. She just remembers that she turned them all down. "There was this really earnest college student with his backpack on who wanted to do his first film," remembers the author of the brutal, moving book about an obese, illiterate New York City teenager named Claireece Precious Jones. "Then Madonna wanted to produce it. I was like, 'Madonna? I don't think this is her film.' Then I remember this one producer told me that he had found Precious—and it was going to be Brandy. Excuse me? I literally almost hung up on him."
Her pickiness paid off. In the hands of filmmaker Lee Daniels, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire has become the film-festival smash of the year thanks to its unforgettable performances, directorial flourishes, and ultimately uplifting plot—not to mention the film's two high-profile godparents, Tyler Perry and Oprah Winfrey. But the road to becoming one of this season's top Oscar contenders was as dramatic as the film itself.
Two years after the 1996 release of Push, Sapphire encountered the man who would shepherd her unflinching story to the screen—though she didn't immediately connect with him. Lee Daniels was a former theater director who had transitioned into managing actors as Nastassia Kinski and Wes Bentley. Reading Push, which takes place largely in a tenement house in Harlem, he was reminded of his own rough upbringing in West Philadelphia. "I understood the DNA of it," Daniel says. "The smell of Raid spray laced with perfume. The pigs' feet cooking. The staleness of the refrigerator."
Still, Sapphire wasn't impressed. "I so was not feeling him," she says of their initial conversation. "I said 'I need to see your work.' And he hadn't done anything." But Daniels' subsequent efforts as a producer (2001's Monster's Ball) and director (2006's Shadowboxer) won her over. "He touched on interracial sex, intergenerational sex, murder," Sapphire marvels. "It was this whole montage of risk taking. That's what I knew someone would have to do with Push."
Daniels populated his adaptation with friends and former colleagues, including stand-up comedian Mo'Nique (as Precious' mother) and singers Mariah Carey (as a social worker) and Lenny Kravitz (as a nurse). But his greatest casting challenge was the lead role, an overweight 16-year-old beaten down by a father who repeatedly rapes her and a mother who abuses her physically and emotionally. "I started off by calling Hollywood agents and realized that they don't have these types," says Daniels, who then decided to find his Precious through open auditions.
One attendee was Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, a then 24-year-old whose only acting experience was in a handful of musicals at New York's Lehman College, where she was a student. Sidibe, who'd read Push years earlier, mined her closet for the most age-appropriate garments: a headband and a hoodie. "I showed up, like, seven minutes late," remembers Sidibe, a happy-go-lucky young woman who is nothing at all like her downtrodden character. "I hate being late. But I already was like, 'I'm not getting it, so whatever.' There was one other girl who went in after I did. Guess she wasted her time!"
After a callback audition—this time Sidibe appeared in "a pink hoodie and a shirt with monkeys and hearts on it"—she landed the role.
Once on set, the cast faced the challenge of bringing Sapphire and screenwriter Geoffrey Fletcher's often harrowing story to life. The brunt of the rough stuff fell to Mo'Nique. In perhaps the film's most squirm-inducing moment, she shoves her toddler granddaughter off her lap while sitting on a sofa. "The moment Lee said 'Cut!' I had to grab that baby and the baby's mother," Mo'Nique says. "Even in the moment, as it was happening, I was like, Oh God, oh God, oh God, oh God. And the little voice inside me was saying, 'Do it. You're acting'."
Mo'Nique's shocking performance helped the film triumph last January at Sundance, where it won both the Grand Jury and Audience prizes. Around the same time, Daniels sent a copy to actor-director Tyler Perry, himself a victim of childhood abuse. "I was watching, like, 60 or 70 percent of my life played out on screen in front of me," Perry says. "I was sitting in my house, in my screening room, taken back 25 years to my childhood, looking at Mo'Nique's character and knowing that that was my father, and still to this day, it's the same way. So I was like, 'People have got to see this'."
And by "people," he meant his pal Oprah Winfrey. Watching the film, Winfrey managed to hold herself together until Daniels' end-of-film dedication—"For Precious girls everywhere"—flashed on the screen. "I just started sobbing," Winfrey tells EW. "I realized that, Jesus, I have seen that girl a million times. I see that girl every morning on the way to work, I see her standing on the corner, I see her waiting for the bus as I'm passing by in my limo, I see her coming out of the drugstore. And she's been invisible to me. I've done exactly what the people in this film did to her. I've seen her and not seen her. And I thought, That will never happen to me again."
Winfrey and Perry soon signed on as executive producers, helping distributor Lionsgate with its marketing plan and promoting the film in September at the Toronto Film Festival, where it picked up the audience award as well—a prize won last year by Slumdog Millionaire. Now, as the film opens in theaters, its cast and crew are among the most sought-after players in Hollywood. Mo'Nique has launched a successful talk show on BET. Sidibe is set to appear opposite Laura Linney in the Showtime pilot The C Word. And Daniels, who is besieged with offers for his follow-up film, could become only the second African-American filmmaker (after Boyz N the Hood's John Singleton) to score an Oscar nomination for Best Director. But for mental health purposes, he'd rather not jump too far ahead just yet. "We got a movie about a fat black girl financed, we got Oprah involved, and we won Sundance and Toronto," Daniels says. "If I die tomorrow, I feel like there's an angel looking after this movie."
Source: EW, Nov. 13, 2009 | Text and Scans: MariahDailyJournal
Precious Stuns With $100K Weekend Average
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 08-Nov-2009, 1:34PM EST
Lee Daniels' "Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire" has exceeded even the highest of expectations in its opening weekend, according to estimates provided by Rentrak earlier today. The film - which has been the source of much anticipation and buzz since its Sundance debut in January - grossed a stunning $1,800,000 from just 18 theaters over the weekend, averaging an essentially unheard of $100,000. That gives it the third best live action per-theater-average of all time, surpassed only by 2006's "Dreamgirls" and 2005's "Brokeback Mountain." However, those two films had opened on 3 and 5 theaters respectively. "Precious"'s wide-by-comparison 18 theaters make it all the more impressive.
"Precious" was distributed by Lionsgate, who had acquired the film shortly after Sundance in a heated bidding war. The deal, brokered by Cinetic, was said to be worth $5.5 million, and weaved in the support of both Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, who came on board as executive producers. The plan obviously seems to have worked so far, with theaters in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Atlanta reporting large crowds and sell out shows for "Precious." The film grossed $587,859 on Friday, and then rose to $699,514 on Saturday (averaging $38,800 per theater on that day alone), and was estimated to take in an additional $512,627 today.
The numbers countered the early expectations that director Lee Daniels says he had for the movie. "It's still a bit premature as all the weekend numbers aren't in yet," Daniels told indieWIRE on Saturday, just as the film passed the $1 million mark. "Remember, I thought 'Push/Precious' was going straight to DVD and I was cool with that. So, when I got this info I was slayed."
"Precious" will expand considerably this Friday, November 13th, both within the markets it debuted in and in the Philadelphia, Dallas, Washington, San Francisco, and Houston areas.
UK's T4 Special: Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 07-Nov-2009, 11:56PM EST
BBC 1Xtra radio DJ Invisible or Vis for short was invited to the screening of the new Mariah Carey T4 special. Below is his review.
Not knowing what to expect, I was pleasantly surprised. The special showed the multi-Grammy award winning, 200 million album selling superstar as a down to earth, up for a laugh woman who really does deserve the title as Pops' hardest working woman!
Hosted by T4's Rick Edwards the show offers an insight into the world of Mariah, following Mariah and her 'Carey Cam' at the Toronto Film festival promoting her new film Precious, interviews, photo shoots, press conferences, shows, red carpet, private jets. Mariah also demonstrates her pretty impressive British accent, how she controls her mating puppies and how to survive whilst not speaking for five days... and much more.
The T4 Special on Mariah Carey will be shown on UK's Channel 4 on Saturday, November 14 at 10:05am.
Precious Soars On Opening Night
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 07-Nov-2009, 1:41PM EST
Anyone skeptical of the box office power of Lee Daniels' Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire should brace themselves. Last night, on 18 theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and Atlanta, the film took in $585,000, finding a first day average of $32,500, according to distributor Lionsgate.
The film sold out most of its shows, having to add prints to make up for the demand. Even with a massive drop off on Saturday, which we have no real reason to believe will happen, Precious is en route to grossing at least $1 million in its first weekend out, and could see itself averaging anywhere from $65,000 to $85,000.
For a film on 18 screens, that would be a truly stunning number, placing it within the top 25 per-theater-averages of all time. What's more the current top 25 are all films opening in 1-8 theaters, making Precious's 18 seem wide by comparison.
Photos: Mariah Takes "H.A.T.E.U." Video Shoot to NYC
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 06-Nov-2009, 9:10PM EST
Mariah Carey was spotted arriving to continue shooting her latest music video for "H.A.T.E.U." in New York City on Friday afternoon, November 6, 2009. The day's video shoot comes after a sexy Malibu beach filming session earlier in the week.
Precious's cosmos, for better and for worse, is a universe of women: the social worker (Mariah Carey, scrubbed of any vestige of divahood); the teacher, Ms. Rain; her co-worker in the remedial education program, played by the comedian and talk show host Sherri Shepherd; and Precious's fellow students.
These characters all can be seen as surrogate mothers, aunts and sisters, who together provide Precious with a more functional family (to say the least) than what she has at home. But their love is also enabled by institutions and government policies. An unstated but self-evident moral of "Precious," set during Ronald Reagan's presidency and based on a book published in the year of Bill Clinton's welfare reform, is that government can provide not only a safety net, but also, in small and consequential ways, a lifeline.
I will leave it for others to parse the truth or the timeliness of this message. But "Precious" is, in any case, less the examination of a social problem than the illumination of an individual's painful and partial self-realization. Inarticulate and emotionally shut down, her massive body at once a prison and a hiding place, Precious is also perceptive and shrewd, possessed of talents visible only to those who bother to look. At its plainest and most persuasive, her story is that of a writer discovering a voice. "These people talked like TV stations I didn't even watch," she remarks of Ms. Rain and her lover (Kimberly Russell), displaying her awakening literary intelligence even as she marvels at the discovery of her ignorance.
And Ms. Sidibe, perhaps the least-known member of this movie's unusual cast, is also the glue that holds it together. Nimble and self-assured as Mr. Daniels's direction may be, he could not make you believe in "Precious" unless you were able to believe in Precious herself. You will.
Click here to watch a new scene with Mo'Nique, Gabby and Mariah where the character Mary can't even remember when Precious was born; with commentary by director Lee Daniels.
Here's a compilation of recent reviews of Precious giving praise to Mariah for her performance in the film:
New York Magazine: The most offbeat touch is a social worker played by Mariah Carey. She's a tad too goody-goody, but her toasty, caressing voice is a gift beside Sidibe's mush-mouthed monosyllables.
Entertainment Weekly: Dave Karger: Best Supporting Actress, Mariah Carey: Once people get past the strange concept of Carey as an Oscar contender, they won't be able to deny the power of her few scenes as a social worker. If you ask me, she more than deserves to be in this race.
Salon: And Mariah Carey, in a superb, tough little performance, plays a welfare worker, Mrs. Weiss, who tugs like a terrier to get Precious to open up. Carey's approach to the character is both hard-nosed and delicate: She understands the idea of intimidation as an act of kindness.
Entertainment Weekly Peter Travers: "Other shocking things about this - Mariah Carey, totally de-glammed playing the social worker for Precious, who is amazing! How did she do this? That whole Glitter fiasco, she can act now."
New Yorker: Sitting opposite during this tempest is a social worker, Mrs. Weiss (Mariah Carey). Hold on: a stern, song-free, compassionate piece of acting from Mariah Carey? That sounds like one of Precious's fantasies, but it's for real.
Slate: All the Each One Teach One girls are deftly sketched and well-cast, as is an exasperated social worker played with surprising finesse by Mariah Carey.
Roger Ebert: Sidibe is heartbreaking as Precious, that poor girl. Three other actresses perform so powerfully in the film that academy voters will be hard-pressed to choose among them. Audiences may be hard-pressed to recognize them. The comedian Mo'Nique plays Mary, Precious' chain-smoking couch potato of a mother, treating her daughter like a domestic servant and turning a blind eye on years of abuse. Paula Patton is Ms. Rain, Precious' teacher, who is able to see through the girl's sullen withdrawal and her vulgarities, and wonder what pain it may be masking. Mariah Carey is Ms. Weiss, a social worker.
Moviefone: You may have heard that it's the film in which a nearly unrecognizable Mariah Carey (playing a social worker) finally earns some respect as an actress.
Associated Press: The makers of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire," who assembled some of the unlikeliest ingredients - Mariah Carey, Mo'Nique, and a lead actress plucked from an anonymous casting call - to create a wondrous work of art. Carey delivers warmly and honestly in a small role as a social worker, a surprising turnaround from her laughable musical bomb "Glitter."
Entertainment Weekly: Rating: A. Precious comes to the attention of a welfare counselor, played by Mariah Carey with an authentically deglammed compassion, and once she's in the class, she starts to wake up.
TIME: But that's only the second or third chapter in a story whose brutal revelations come at regular intervals. A riveting scene near the end of the movie – with Mary, Precious and a social worker played by a makeup-free Mariah Carey (who should work for Daniels every chance she gets) – is as powerful as anything on film this year.
New York Daily News: Rating: 4/5 stars. So why is everyone talking about this movie? Well, it doesn't hurt to have Oprah and Tyler Perry, both executive producers, on your side. But the film's real strength is its cast, from an Oscar-bound Mo'Nique to a notably deglammed Mariah Carey (as an overwhelmed social worker). The actress who most deserves credit, however, is the one we don't already know: first-timer Sidibe. She provides the faintly beating heart of this movie, muted enough to overlook but strong enough to keep everything going.
Chicago Tribune: Rating: 3½ stars. And Mariah Carey -- who knew the pop diva had such a good, honest, clean performance in her? She plays a social worker, and in a couple of lengthy interactions, Carey and Sidibe find common performance ground where you wouldn't think any existed.
Star-Ledger NJ: Actually, the smaller but ultimately more startling surprise here is Mariah Carey, stripped of makeup and playing a Jewish social worker with an accent that could stop Fran Drescher in her tracks. If Carey ever wants to jump to the glamorous world of indie film, it's waiting.
USA Today: Precious begins learning to read and write, thanks to the dedication of her teacher Blu Rain (Paula Patton). A compassionate social worker (Mariah Carey in a startlingly subtle performance) helps Precious gain strength.
Metromix: Her breakthrough performance is just one of the movie's many believe-it-when-you-see-it selling points.
Los Angeles Times: Most of the characters are a study in restraint. Mariah Carey, sans makeup and minis, is almost unrecognizable and a pleasant surprise as the tough New York social worker who eventually gets Precious' case.
Backstage: Among the fine supporting cast, Patton is warm and stern as the kind teacher who takes Precious under her wing and encourages her to fly. Mariah Carey completely erases the memory of "Glitter" and is quite effective as a no-nonsense social worker, while Lenny Kravitz and Sherri Shepherd are fine in their brief roles.
Rolling Stone: Rating: 3½ / 4 stars. The Precious support system consists of Nurse John (an excellent Lenny Kravitz) and Ms. Weiss (the de-glittered Mariah Carey is a revelation), a social worker who knows the roots of Precious' problems.
FilmCritic: Aided by a social worker (an unrecognizable and shockingly strong Mariah Carey), Precious begins a slow, rough detachment from her life with Mary.
MSNBC: Ultimately, though, it's really about the intensity of Sibide and Mo'Nique, although supporting players Patton and an unrecognizable Mariah Carey (her powerful performance as a social worker officially absolves her for "Glitter") certainly have an impact as well. Make whatever hay you want out of what this film does or doesn't say about the black experience or living in poverty or the cycle of familial abuse, but there's no denying the searing performances that Daniels has elicited from his fine cast.
New York Post: Rating: 3½ / 4 stars. Daniels even manages to draw a highly effective performance out of a severely de-glamorized Mariah Carey (complete with faint mustache) as a sympathetic but tough social worker who has to referee a climactic showdown between the newly empowered Precious and Mary.
MTV: The picture is filled with other vivid performances, especially by Xosha Roquemore as the ghetto-fabulous classmate Jo Ann ("My favorite color is fluorescent beige!"); by Mariah Carey as a social worker (a small part, but Carey, a droopy brunette here, nails it); and by Lenny Kravitz, who's almost unrecognizable at first as a sweet-natured male nurse in the hospital where Precious gives birth to her second child. Carey and Patton are equal with Sidibe in screen impact; the film holds the girl in the center of their attempt to save her future. Why would a teacher and a social worker go to such lengths to intervene? They must see tragic victims of abuse every day.
PRECIOUS: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire opens in select theaters TODAY! Visit official site of Precious to find a list of cities showing the movie.
Mariah Featured in LA Times' Calendar Section
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 05-Nov-2009, 4:23PM EST
A huge photo of Mariah accompanying the article below is featured front and center on the Calendar section of today's edition of the Los Angeles Times.
Mariah Carey shows her ugly side in 'Precious'
Yes, that's the pop diva -- deglammed and with facial hair -- playing the dowdy caseworker.
You'd be forgiven for not recognizing Mariah Carey in her role as a dowdy welfare caseworker in the urban drama "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire."
The legendarily high-maintenance pop diva underwent a soup-to-nuts physical transformation, checking her glossy celebrity patina at the door in order to convincingly portray the film's Ms. Weiss: a drab but deeply empathetic soul helping a troubled teenager in '80s Harlem. Far from the image Carey has cultivated for years, the character is no oil painting of music-video pulchritude, with her lank hair, a wardrobe of rayon sweater-coats and, yes, even a sparse mustache creeping across her upper lip.
"I had to lose all vanity," Carey said. "I had to change my demeanor, my inside, layers of who I am, to become that woman."
How R&B's most unabashedly glamorous chanteuse came to sport facial hair -- how Carey came to defy all expectations by delivering what some are describing as an Oscar-worthy performance in "Precious" at all -- is one of those quirky sagas upon which indie film-world dreams are made.
Turns out the alto with a five-octave range wasn't director-producer Lee Daniels' first choice. He had considered Jane Fonda for the role and cast Carey only when Oscar-winning British actress Helen Mirren dropped out at the 11th hour.
Daniels, who became chummy with the singer after casting her in his indie drama "Tennessee," implemented Carey's deglamorization process as a means to two ends -- to ensure that audiences wouldn't be "taken out of the picture by seeing Mariah Carey." But also to antagonize the singer for her own good by making her look homely in the extreme.
"It wasn't just the director in me," Daniels explained earlier this week, "but the big brother torturing his sister. This was just to irritate her. At what point would she start screaming and run up out of this chair?"
To put a fine point on how sheerly unlikely all of this is, one need look no further than Carey's 2001 star vehicle "Glitter." A semi-autobiographical musical romance, the movie was trounced by critics, fizzled at the box office and netted the performer a Razzie Award for worst actress.
Carey seemed to be just another one-trick songbird (Madonna, Britney and Jessica Simpson, please stand up) unable to transfer her talents to the big screen. Since "Precious" premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival, however, critics have been singing a different tune. A reviewer for Variety called Carey's performance "pitch-perfect" while the New Yorker's Anthony Lane asks, "Hold on: a stern, song-free, compassionate piece of acting from Mariah Carey? . . . It's for real."
Nonetheless, Carey finds her appearance in "Precious" painful.
"Hideosity!" she exclaimed, raising her hands in mock horror. Carey was seated on the patio of the Polo Lounge wearing a plunging black gown, exhausted from a whistle-stop tour through Korea, Japan and Brazil in support of her latest album "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" (which peaked at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 album chart earlier this year) but still impressively blinged-out in diamonds. The divide between her luxe life and latest movie role could not have been more vividly illustrated, but Carey left their disconnect unmentioned. "I am glad people are telling me they don't recognize me," she continued. "But when it comes to my scenes, I get like, 'Oh, I don't know if I can look.' "
Based on the acclaimed 1996 novel "Push," "Precious" took both the Grand Jury Prize and the audience award at Sundance and hits theaters in limited release Friday. The film -- executive produced by media heavyweights Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry -- follows Claireece "Precious" Jones (newcomer Gabourey Sidibe), a 16-year-old Harlem girl whose hard-knock life provides a taxonomy of urban poverty's worst ills. She's illiterate, on welfare, morbidly overweight and pregnant with a second child by her own father. After enrolling in a literacy program, Precious is reluctantly assigned to visit a social worker: Carey's Ms. Weiss.
"She still doesn't have a first name," the singer laughed, popping a blini with a glinting mound of caviar into her mouth. In her few but unforgettable scenes, the character plays a pivotal role in helping Precious pull out of her downward spiral.
Movie history is studded with A-list actors who subverted their prescribed images in a bid for greater respect and awards season glory. A few recent examples: Nicole Kidman's golden statue-grabbing turn (courtesy of a prosthetic schnoz) in "The Hours," or Charlize Theron's uglying up as a serial killer for her Oscar-winning portrayal in "Monster."
Unlike some other performers, though, ego-driven careerism was hardly the deciding factor in Carey's transformation. When Mirren, who had previously worked with Daniels on his 2005 directorial debut "Shadowboxer," dropped out of "Precious" just days before she was scheduled on-set, the director had to scramble; there wasn't time to audition replacement actresses. Cue phone call from Carey.
"Mariah calls me, 'Come over dah-ling.' I said, 'I'm not in the mood. I gotta cast this movie,' " Daniels recalled. " 'What movie dah-ling?' "
The two had had forged what they describe as a brother-sister level of closeness working on "Tennessee," a little-seen road drama Daniels produced that had a brief theatrical run this summer. In that film, Carey first spread her wings as a dramatic actress portraying a small-town waitress with ambitions of singing stardom.
"I said, 'I'm doing "Push." ' She had read the book. A light bulb went on over my head," Daniels said.
With Mirren's blessing, he hired Carey. "I wanted to tap into what people don't see in her," said Daniels. "She steps into that Mariah world of makeup and pumps, she becomes something. It's a machine that has made her an enormous amount of money. But I wanted to show the person I know she is when we're alone. One of the smartest, most intuitive women I've ever met."
Carey, 40, cleared her schedule and traveled to the "Precious" set in northern-most Harlem by taxi, forbidden from arriving with entourage in tow. With only days to prepare, the performer says she based her characterization on a therapist she knew but also on what she cryptically describes as first-hand knowledge of the social welfare system.
Asked what those experiences might be, Carey -- a Long Island native of Afro-Venezuelan/Irish American decent who was raised by her opera singer mother -- declined to specify.
"When people say, 'I didn't know she had it in her,' they don't know my life," said Carey. "They don't know my childhood and what I went through except for a very basic story because I don't choose to tell the world."
Transcending simple stunt casting, the performance strikes a unique dramatic tone, balancing a lived-in physical presence with world-weary empathy. As well, there's a tinge of impatience, the whole effect leavened by Carey's deepening her natural speaking voice. It's all a far cry from the sequined bustiers and high-frequency melismas on which her reputation as a songstress rests.
"I went, 'What does this woman feel every day with people coming at her, wanting something from her?' And there may be people who are slightly disingenuous. Because I know a little of what goes on, believe it or not."
An out gay man and opinionated aesthete, Daniels personally saw to uglying her up.
"We created Ms. Weiss on the spot," he said. "We started with the bags under the eyes. Then I said, 'I'm going to put a mustache on you.' Bound her boobs down, put this gray makeup on her, found this cheesy rayon material, put it on her. I could see her hands shaking. I was nervous for her, but I felt it was good for her to be out of her bubble."
The pop diva said she hopes to continue in independent films but has no plans to give up music any time soon. But before leaving the topic of facial hair, she wanted to get something clear. "Do I look like I have a mustache?" Carey asked.
She craned her neck forward and thrust her upper lip in a visitor's direction. Nope, no 'stache. "I'm not very hairy," Carey continued, displaying her forearm on which not a single hair could be seen. "I've never had that issue."
Source: Los Angeles Times | MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 05-Nov-2009, 9:59AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated November 14, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #31 (Last week: #14) Sales this week: 14,932 (-29%) Total Sales: 290,377 Billboard Top Digital Albums: #122 (Last week: #62) Downloads this week: 9793 (-33%) Total Downloads: 35,593 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #13 (Last week: #6) Billboard Canadian Albums: #45 (Last week: #34)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #26 (Last week: #19) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #23 (Last week: #15) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #20 (Last week: #15) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #50 (Last week: #46) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #50 (Last week: #46) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #34 (Last week: #26) Downloads this week: 38,413 (-10%) Total Downloads: 1,153,433 Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #11 (Last week: #10) Sales this week: 314 (-6%) Total Sales: 28,162 Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #71 (Last week: #52)
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #66 (Last week: #61) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #66 (Last week: #61) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #14 (Last week: #30) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #83 (Last week: #79)
"Betcha Gon' Know" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100: #3 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #63 (Re-entry) Downloads this week: 22,050 (+999%) Total Downloads: 71,585
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah at "H.A.T.E.U." Video Shoot
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 05-Nov-2009, 9:05AM EST
Below are photos of Mariah on the set of the video shoot for "H.A.T.E.U." her third single from new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel on Malibu Beach in Los Angeles, California on Wednesday, November 4, 2009.
Video: Mariah on Ellen
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 05-Nov-2009, 2:21AM EST
Mariah on the Ellen DeGeneres Show - Nov. 4, 2009 [ Download here ]
Video: Mariah Reads to Canfield Kids
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 05-Nov-2009, 1:58AM EST
As reported earlier, Mariah, together with Precious co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton, paid a visit to the Canfield Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles on Monday, Nov. 2 and participated in SAG's Book Pals event by reading to the school's 5th graders. Here's video footage from Extra TV.
Gary who works as a Teacher's Assistant in Special Education at Canfield Avenue Elementary School had the time of his life meeting his idol Mariah Carey during the SAG's Book Pals event at his school on Monday, Nov. 2. He writes to MariahDailyJournal and recounts every detail of his unforgettable fan moment.
"I knew Mariah might be coming to our school Friday, October 30th for an event with the fifth grade classes on Monday, November 2nd. I was told not to tell anyone because nothing was for sure. Over the weekend I knew there was no way I would miss the chance to see Mariah. I had no idea I would meet her. When Monday arrived you can only imagine my level of anticipation when I saw Mariah's bodyguard Michael walk by while I was in a meeting. I fell out of my chair! No really! I fell out of the chair. Although I had students to get back to, I was given the opportunity to sit in the library where the reading would take place. While in the library one of the fifth grade teachers knowing that I was a fan (as do most of my co-workers) told me to go set in the audience with the kids. This is where the anticipation reached a fever pitch, by this time, the kids themselves had caught wind of who would be coming and they couldn't sit still. They were all balls of energy. As the minders begin to trickle in it was time! The principal walked in and behind her, none other than the BEAUTIFUL! Mariah Carey followed by co-stars Gabourey and Paula - each of the ladies holding a book. The book was called "Thank You Mr. Falker," a story about a young girl who had a learning disability, which made reading hard for her. The story had many parallels with the movie Precious.
As the ladies begin to read I was just taken by how beautifully they captured the students' attention. I mean you could hear a pin drop. Mariah was wonderful! I had to tell myself to stop looking at her. I didn't want to make her uncomfortable. I just couldn't believe my eyes and ears - Mariah was reading a story in front of me! The reading was wonderful the ladies were great. When they were done it was time for interviews. I had a chance to chat with Gabourey while she signed autographs for the kids. She's a really nice, down-to-earth girl. We talked about how her life was about to change. She was great with the children! During this time Mariah was being touched up for the interview with Extra. I saw Darrel (bodyguard) and I asked him if I went to get my Memoirs CD would Mariah sign it, he said sure. I never park in the parking lot, always on the street. I ran the distance for the library to the street and back at a break neck speed. I arrived back in the library just in time to catch the tail end of Mariah's interview with extra.
Once she was done it was my time. Darrel came over and got me and walked me over to Mariah. She had me at hello! Then she asked me my name. 'Gary,' I said, her response "Hi Gary." I told her how much I loved her music and showed her my iPhone which had her CD cover as the screen saver. I told her how much I loved her Las Vegas show. I asked her if she would sign my CD she said yes and signed it to Gary. I then asked her for a picture she said sure, though Darrel wouldn't take it he hooked me up. At the very end I asked for a hug. Darrel said no hug, but Mariah said it was okay. I have to say she was so nice. She's meek! She's mighty! She's Mariah and I had the pleasure of meeting and talking to her. I mean her music is woven into the fabric of my life, through joy and sorrow... it was a great experience! I owe a huge thank you to Darrel for making it happen as well as to Gabourey and Paula, I enjoyed ya! Most of all to Mariah... Thanks a million times for your music!"
Source: Extra | Gary
"H.A.T.E.U." Video Shoot in L.A. Done in One Day!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 05-Nov-2009, 1:08AM EST
Director Brett Ratner posted a picture of him and Mariah on the set of the "H.A.T.E.U." video shoot in Los Angeles, and announced on his Twitter page:
BrettRatner: Just wrapped on Mariahs new video H.A.T.E.U!!!
'Ugly Juice' Revives Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 04-Nov-2009, 6:24PM EST
Mariah talked babies, abuse & "ugly juice" when she sat down with Larry King
Mariah Carey gulped "ugly juice" for her role as a dowdy social worker in "Precious," a film performance that may free her from painful memories of box office bomb "Glitter."
Carey told CNN's Larry King she would like to take on the real life role of a mother -- but only after her career obligations slow down "because I cannot do the having-a-child thing halfway."
The interview -- airing on CNN's Larry King Live Wednesday -- also explores the singer's thoughts on her marriage to Nick Cannon and Chris Brown's assault on Rihanna.
Carey's career hit a low point after her 1998 divorce from record label chief Tommy Matolla. "Glitter" -- an almost-autobiographical movie -- was panned by critics and ignored by fans in 2001. The only honor she got from it was a "worst actress" Razzie.
Despite a physical and emotional breakdown that sent her to a hospital in July 2001, Carey said she never doubted she would bounce back. "Never, because I have so much faith," she told King. "And I'll never lose my faith, ever."
Now, Carey has a husband -- actor Nick Cannon, who also heads Nickelodeon's Teen Nick programming. Her new album -- "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" -- sits on top the R&B charts. And she has a small, but impressive part in Lee Daniel's critically-acclaimed "Precious." Instead of Razzies, the buzz this time is about Oscars.
Daniel -- a friend with whom Carey has worked before -- called her just three days before shooting was scheduled to replace Oscar-winning actress Helen Mirren in the role, she said. Carey, 39, is a star who arrives for interviews with her own photography director to make sure camera angles and lighting are flattering. Her character, though, was far from the glamorous image she's cultivated for years. She joked that she drank "ugly juice" to prepare for the role. "It's this really good stuff. I'm going to market it," she said. "It's called 'I want to be in the movie, and this is what's required.' I've been working on my craft for a long time. People never want to let go of the whole 'Glitter,'... I'm like, 'It's eight years later, people. Let's move on.' "
Carey was at first evasive, but finally denied King's question about rumors she was pregnant. "It would be the happiest thing in my life, but what I'm saying is, right now with this movie coming out, with the next few singles from the album and those things that I'm doing, I need to focus on that because I cannot do the having-a-child thing halfway," she said.
Carey said she would first cut back on her work. "I wouldn't be just like, 'Oh, I'm having a child, yay! Let me get a nanny so I can give her the baby. Take the kid,' " she said. "That doesn't work for me." Carey will always be in show business, she said. "Come on, I can't help it," she said. "It's in my genes. My mother was an opera singer. I'm clearly dramatic."
She married Cannon in April 2008 after they "connected on a lot of levels." He was her first real love, she said. She's 10 years older than Cannon, but she insisted the age difference is not an issue. "No, because we're both the same," she said. "We both like the same things. We both like -- we are really both big kids. Like, we both like roller coasters." Carey said she's "eternally 12." "I really don't like being a grown-up," she said. "It's not fun and I never wanted to be a grown-up. But then I have to go into my business."
She said it is hard for her to understand the physical abuse between her friends Rihanna and Chris Brown because she was "very sequestered" when she was a younger star. "I wasn't really allowed out of the house, so I can't imagine what she went through. If I were just allowed to be young and with a young boyfriend who's also a star and you know, you're working and you're both -- I don't know what goes on," she said.
Carey said she suffered what she described as emotional and mental abuse in her first marriage. "For me to really get out, it was difficult because there was a connection that was not only a marriage, but a business thing where the person was in control of my life," she said.
Mariah talks to CNN's Larry King about having a child and why she's been labeled a "diva" in this clip from Larry King Live.
And another clip in which Mariah reveals that she had difficulty getting out of an emotionally abusive situation.
Mariah at MSG Concert on New Year's Eve
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 04-Nov-2009, 2:15PM EST
Mariah will be live at New York's famous Madison Square Garden for a special New Year's Eve performance! Join Mariah as she bids farewell to 2009 in superstar style, and gets ready to ring in 2010! Mariah at MSG on New Year's Eve is the concert event of the year and one you won't want to miss!
Mariah will perform a selection of her hits including songs from Memoirs of an imperfect Angel. Don't miss this must-see performance!
MADISON SQUARE GARDEN 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, New York New Year's Eve (December 31) Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM
Tickets go on public sale on Saturday, November 14, 2009 at LiveNation. Presale of tickets, available only to Honey B. Fly (HBF) members, will start on Monday, November 9th at 10am ET for Legacy members, and at Noon ET for new members. If you're not an HBF member yet, sign up today!
HBF Members: enter here for a chance to win a pair of front row tickets to this incredible show!
The superstar: Mariah Carey as Ms. Weiss in Precious
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 04-Nov-2009, 1:06PM EST
Director Lee Daniels says: "Mariah is a genius. She does Aretha Franklin, and I don't know a person alive who can talk, enunciate and do Aretha Franklin. She does an Obama that would knock you out. She jumps into these voices. They're like spooky."
Helen Mirren, who appeared in Daniels' Shadowboxer, was supposed to play the no-nonsense, plain-Jane social worker who gradually warms to Precious as she learns more about her horrific circumstances.
But, as Daniels explains, "She got a real job. So, at the last minute, Mariah came in. I think it's great Mariah did it. It would have been expected from Helen. This is not expected."
Indeed. There's the pop goddess, one of the biggest-selling musical artists of all time, bereft of all hints of her usual wham-bam glamour. Instead, Carey is virtually unrecognizable as an office drone done up in '80s frumpery.
"Somebody just said to me, 'You are so ugly in this movie.' Lee really wanted it. It was beyond ordinary. I can deal with a no-makeup look. But he went beyond. He did dark circles under the eyes and a prosthetic nose that made me break out."
Carey couldn't be more pleased that people don't know it's her in Precious.
"I really love it because I get a chance to escape. And that's not easy for me. Even vocally I took my voice to a different place. It was a more guttural type thing. I'm more speedy when I talk. She's very slow."
As for the mustache, Carey can't help but laugh. "They added some (expletive) to my face. I'm not even a hairy person," she says, showing off her barely downy arms. "Lee wanted an extreme look. He wanted ultra-real. I represent the audience pretty much. Mary or Precious might not see her as a welcome friend. But she really does have good intentions."
About Ms. Weiss' unfortunate wardrobe, "It was difficult for me. 'OK, I have to wear this?' Only because I'm so used to controlling my own stuff. But the great thing for me is to be not in control."
That she was helping turn one of her favorite books into a movie more than compensated for any sacrifices. "People assume they know what my life is, but people have no idea," says the Long Island native, 39, who is married to rapper/TV host Nick Cannon. "I have known people who have had very similar lives to Precious. Not necessarily physically, but deep stuff that I don't talk about because it's private. My personal choice is to be as positive as I can. I think that's what helps people."
Carey acknowledges that critics and the public at large still hold Glitter against her, the 2001 showbiz bomb à clef that featured the novice actress basically playing herself – only very badly. "People kind of trash me forever for that. That was like eight years ago. Could we let it go now?"
She laughs again. "I did some other work, some independent films, and I really did learn, and stretch and grow. But they weren't this film. You kind of have to be in something this good for people to forget."
Photos: Mariah at Precious Press Conference, L.A.
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 04-Nov-2009, 9:46AM EST
Mariah at the Precious press conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills, California on Monday, November 2, 2009.
MDJ Exclusive Photos: Mariah at Canfield Elementary
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 04-Nov-2009, 2:07AM EST
Mariah and Precious co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton stopped by the Canfield Avenue Elementary School on Airdrome Street in Los Angeles on Monday morning, November 2nd to spend some time to read books to the Canfield kids.
Canfield Elementary is a neighborhood community school that celebrates diversity and reflects the racial, ethnic and socioeconomic make-up of Los Angeles.
Below are exclusive pictures from the Canfield reading session. Thanks to Gary!
Source: Gary | Kelly K | Nidia
Brett Ratner to Direct "H.A.T.E.U." Video
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 04-Nov-2009, 12:03AM EST
Mariah is scheduled to film the music video for "H.A.T.E.U." her third single off Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel this week in an undisclosed, private location in Los Angeles, California.
Brett Ratner will be directing the "H.A.T.E.U." music video and it will be his and Mariah's 8th time to work together. As we all know, Brett recently directed the Platinum hit "Obsessed" earlier this year. Other Mariah music videos he has helmed include "I Still Believe" (1998), "Heartbreaker" (1999), "Thank God I Found You" (2000), "It's Like That" (2005), "We Belong Together" (2005) and "Touch My Body" (2008) music videos.
Dustin Robertson, better known in Music Videoland as AVIDDIVA, has once again been tasked to cut the new music video. He previously worked on the original and remix versions of "Obsessed;" and "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" in 2005. All of next week, Dustin will be working hard on editing "H.A.T.E.U." and will be posting daily updates on his progress and any new information about the video on his theAVIDDIVA Twitter page.
Her reputation for prima donna behaviour and extravagant demands is almost as legendary as her impressive record of No. 1 hits, yet Mariah Carey maintains that, as far as her diva image is concerned, her tongue is firmly in her cheek.
In this exclusive behind-the-scenes look at a week in her life, we meet the global phenomenon who readily admits to sleeping with ten humidifiers in her room and whose puppies even have their own entourage...
Saturday - Las Vegas 'I'm doing some concerts at the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas to let fans see my new performance live before I hit the promo trail for my new album, Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, which will include appearances on big TV shows like Oprah.
The Vegas dates sold out in hours, and my fans sang along with my old clasics and cheered really loudly for my new tracks. Even though I had never performed the new songs before, I had a great time revealing them to the intimate audience. My single Obsessed had the fans singing word for word – that always feels amazing.
I travel heavy with my team, which on this trip includes DJ Suss One, my stylist, my hair stylist, my make-up artist, my manager, my tour manager, my brand manager, my three personal assistants and my puppies, JJ and Cha Cha.
I work out most of my outfits with my stylist. I opened the show in a Tony Ward crystal-beaded minidress with a full tulle skirt like a ballerina, inspired by a princess, of course. Why not? My second was a long black gown with coloured sequins by Marc Bouwer – I love dressing up but I kept stepping on the lace train of the dress and so did all my entourage who walked behind me. I threatened to fire them all if they stepped out of like again. My third dress was by The Blonds and was a hot pink, studded mini.
My show is a non-stop, 90-minute, full-on workout for my vocals and I have to be in tip-top condition, so I sleep as much as possible for two days beforehand. That's why I have ten humidifiers in my room.
After the second night's performance, I raced to the private airfield to fly straight to Toronto. By midnight we were wheels up on the jet.
Sunday - Toronto At 7am we touched down in Toronto, where three SUVs met us on the private airfield and raced us to the Four Seasons Hotel. My team threw down our luggage in my private suite and spent 60 seconds fixing my hair before dragging me downstairs to a packed press conference room where we began with a photocall for my movie Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire. I was asked about my less-than-glamorous image in the film. My character looks, dare to say, homely. But it's not about vanity – it was about me losing any resemblance to the Mariah Carey that people know and doing the inner work that was needed to become Mrs Weiss, the social worker.
As soon as the press conference was over I was whisked off to do a quick photoshoot for a style magazine. Next, I did 14 back-to-back interviews, which my management had conveniently left out of the schedule that I'd taken a look at that morning!
At 2pm they let me go up to my suite, where I checked on my puppies then fell into a deep sleep for about 40 minutes, which is terrible as you wake up with a sleep hangover.
I was woken to get my hair and make-up done, ready for the first red-carpet event of the night. Ironically, my PR rep had me drive around the venue three times as she didn't want me to arrive too early but I said: "Let's go for it. They're always accusing me in the press of being late and keeping everyone waiting. Let's show them that I can be on time!"
Outside, the red carpet was heaving with fans and I signed a few autographs. I haven't been to Canada for so long, it was nice to see the love and support of those who showed up with pictures and CDs for me to sign.
After I'd mingled with movie bigwigs at the cocktail party and had some fun, we were rushed off to the second red-carpet event of the night, which was crazy pandemonium but lots of fun – I call it "fandomonium". I did around 15 more red-carpet interviews then hurried inside as the screening was about to begin.
At midnight we left and, while everyone else ran to the cars to get to the jet, I walked as fast as physically possible in my vertiginous heels. We were late for our air time slot. I jumped into a waiting car and sped off to the airfield, where the plane was waiting to take me back to my home city of New York.
Monday - New York It's only an hour to New York City but still I fell asleep under my leopard-print comforter.
We landed in New York at 1am and my car drove me home, where I wound down with my two friends, Rachel and Jasmine. We had some food and watched the beginning of a movie before we all fell asleep.
We slept until 3pm and spent the rest of the day in our PJs hanging out, making breakfast at 7pm (pretty early time for me!). What can I say? I'm a night owl. Then we talked girly stuff until the early hours of the morning. Of course, I made sure I watched my husband Nick Cannon hosting his hugely successful TV show, America's Got Talent, before I fell asleep.
Tuesday - New York My friend Jasmine was saying with me as she was filming a fly-on-the-wall special for T4, so she got up early to make us breakfast – she makes good scrambled eggs on toast.
We left soon afterwards, to the set of a commercial shoot for an American phone company. My puppies are starring in this ad with me, too. I had my team with me but the pups had a mini entourage of their own, of course! And why wouldn't they?
It was a big shoot and even my entourage had an entourage – my stylist had an assistant, my security had extra security.
The look I went for was a Gucci top with Gucci boots that aren't even out in stores yet. One of my friends said I looked like a glamazon woman from Vogue. I informed her that if that were the case, I'd be a size minus-something, but I thanked her for the compliment anyway.
The funniest thing was that the huge muscleman actor they had playing my security guard had trouble controlling my 5lb puppy, who was wriggling madly to escape his big hands. I'm convinced my puppy trainer has taught my dogs to obey only male voices, as he and Nick can control them beautifully but with me they're bad, bad doggies.
The shoot was based on the fact that some people think I'm a demanding diva. I have no idea why people have that impression!
That night I had an interview with a journalist from a British newspaper, who I'd agreed to meet at 10:30pm at a restaurant in my neighbourhood. As the restaurant is only three blocks up the street, I decided I would walk, so popped on my comfiest platform skyscraper heels and off we went.
The interview finished just in time for me to sit down to a quick midnight dinner with my girlfriends before taking another press call from NRJ Radio in France. My day never stops!
Wednesday and Thursday - New York I was ending my week with a big performance, so Wednesday and Thursday were vocal rest days. My manager told me that rain was predicted on Friday, when I was meant to be performing for Oprah, live from Central Park. We all laughed and said with Oprah's connections we're sure she can make a call and have that weather fixed! I tried to lie in bed relaxing all day but had a couple of things on my to-do list – walking my puppies on my rooftop and taking a dip in my rooftop hot tub.
Since I live downtown, on the other side of the city to Central Park, and traffic the next morning would've been bleak, we packed an overnight bag or 12 and stayed at the Plaza Hotel. I love it there, but it was still very hard to fall asleep. Usually I watch a movie to try to nod off, but the hotel was featuring Bruno and it had the opposite effect.
Friday - New York Waking up was beyond bleak. I actually drank coffee, which I never do. But once I got to the stage and felt Oprah's and the crowd's energy, I really woke up. My family were there and Nick had even jumped on a ridiculously early flight from California to join me on stage.
I felt pretty good out there. I sang my current single, I Want To Know What Love Is, and as I spotted Oprah watching from the front row I hoped I'd done a good job.
Nick had to go back to California at 5am the next morning, but he left me two really sweet notes so I felt better waking up alone (woe is me!). He'll be back tonight so I'm being a little dramatic – but then again, aren't I always?'
Mariah's album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is released on 16 November, and the single I Want To Know What Love Is is released on 14 November. Her film, Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire, will be released in February 2010. A T4 special on Mariah Carey will be shown on Channel 4 on 14 November at 10:05am.
Mariah to Perform on Letterman Nov. 13?
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 03-Nov-2009, 8:47PM EST
DirectTV lists a new episode of the Late Show with David Letterman with a performance by Mariah Carey on Friday, November 13, 2009.
The Letterman Show broadcasts from the Ed Sullivan Theater (57th and Broadway) in Midtown New York City weeknights 11:35pm ET/PT on CBS.
Source: DirectTV | Jason
Jasmine Dotiwala Mentions Mariah in BizAsia Interview
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 03-Nov-2009, 8:43PM EST
Jasmine Dotiwala is the current senior producer at MTV Base. She contributes to various publications and has been involved in numerous music specials for MTV, Sky and Channel 4. As a music gossip columnist, blogger, radio host on Choice FM and close friend of Mariah Carey, BizAsia.co.uk speaks to Jasmine about her 12 year career and what it takes to succeed in the music industry.
You are a good friend of Mariah Carey, how did you meet? We met at work, my boss couldn't do the interview and I got flown to Italy to do it. In the back of my mind I am thinking she is going to be a diva, but to my amazement, we had a similar sense of humor, exchanged numbers and just clicked as friends.
Mariah is known for doing extravagant things. Have you ever had a moment where you were amazed by the situation that you were in and had to pinch yourself? Every moment of her life out in public is extravagant.
She is a legend thinking about how much she has sold, how long she has been around, still to be this popular and to look this great, is mad. I have so many memories, watching Mariah on the Grammy Awards, when she was singing with Pavarotti and many other events, I'm just thinking to myself, 'Wow, that's my mate!' It can all be very strange.
One of my most surreal experiences when I first met her was when we were on the top deck of her yacht and she was playing her new album at the time, she would sing parts of it to me, singing and looking at me. I'm thinking, "Mariah is singing to me! This is the most weird, amazing moment." There have been lots of moments like that but this is a particular one that stands out.
How do you plan to develop your career. What is next for you? I have been offered a lot of opportunities in the past and haven't taken them as I was happy with MTV, but what I have come to think of is that if I don't take these opportunities, they may never come back and I may regret it.
A couple of the opportunities that have come are just too big to say no to. I think I may have hit the glass ceiling at MTV and so this is the time to branch out.
My first Channel 4 project is funnily enough an off the wall documentary on Mariah Carey which is out on the 14th November on T4. I will also be doing lots more music projects like that with Channel 4 and BBC 3.
I would also really like to continue opening doors for new talent as I feel that is a huge achievement for myself.
Rumor Mill: Divas Mariah, Rihanna hissy for Halloween
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 03-Nov-2009, 11:08AM EST
Mariah Carey and Rihanna refused to talk or be photographed together at a Halloween bash. The dueling divas worked hard to upstage each other at Carey's party at M2 Ultralounge.
A source said Rihanna, dressed as a tiger with a tail so long a security guard had to hold it up, partied with three female friends and rapper Ne-Yo in a booth and wouldn't cross the dance floor to pay her respects. Meanwhile Carey, in a corset and giant angel wings, stayed with hubby Nick Cannon in her VIP area.
A spy said, "It was Mariah's party, but Rihanna didn't want to be seen with her. And Mariah was not going over to greet Rihanna. Mariah needed six guards to clear a path to the bathroom so her wings wouldn't be dislodged." Carey's rep said, "There were 1,000 people there and, of course, she needed security. She heard a rumor that Rihanna was there but she never saw her. She loves Rihanna and of course would have said hello." Rihanna's rep had no comment.
Mariah Covers UK's Celebs Sunday
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 02-Nov-2009, 3:08PM EST
Mariah The singer with the biggest voice of them all on finding love again, ugly-ing up for her art, stepping into Helen Mirren's shoes, and that Diva tag By Alex Canfor-Durmas
It's 8:30pm on a humid autumn evening in New York and the traffic's ground to a halt. The gridlock is worse than usual – apparently President Obama is in town.
So it's ironic, but I think I'm going to be late for my interview with Mariah Carey, a woman who has a reputation for being rather late herself.
Yes, Mariah is known as the Head Girl of prima donnas – and then some. Even now, as I sit impatiently in my yellow cab, Mariah Carey could be making outrageous demands: the cushions should match her nail varnish; the temperature of her iced tea should be monitored. And what's that, glinting on the table? It's a goldfish, wearing a lilac tiara, just like the singer's own.
That's the sort of thing I'm expecting. I'd read the stories, but could they really be true?
'What say you we speed things up?' the can driver suggests, springing into action with a sharp right turn. I lurch across the seat, but it looks like I'm not going to be late after all. I'll arrive with a bruised shoulder – but I'll be on time.
And so is Mariah Carey. That's my first surprise. In fact, she's been at the hotel most of the day giving interviews to promote her sultry new album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.
The second surprise is how relaxed everyone around her appears to be. There's none of the edgy nervousness that vibrates around a room when a difficult star is present – everyone seems calm and good-humoured. I'm informed Mariah will be available in five minutes, as she needs to record a TV message for a programme celebrating her friend Simon Cowell's birthday.
On cue, the door opens, and Mariah Carey gallops into the room. Tall as a supermodel (5ft 9) she's all legs and hair, with the latter cascading in tawny curls over her shoulders. Dressed in black, she looks like she's been poured into her tight trousers, and her shirt is unbuttoned just enough to reveal a substantial cleavage and an elegant necklace that spells out 'Angel.' The look is simple, but effortlessly glamorous. Reclining on a sofa, the singer waits patiently for her make-up to be retouched, then, looking into the camera, she starts to sing Happy Birthday to Simon. [The video was shown at his birthday last month.]
She stops abruptly. 'I can't sing!' she exclaims. 'I've been talking for 50 hours today and my voice won't be good enough for Simon!' Suddenly she's more like a nervous X Factor wannabe than what she really is: the biggest-selling female artist of all time (200 million records worldwide and counting) and – let's not forget – the possessor of an extraordinary vocal range. Even so, Mariah decides to speak to camera instead, in her seductive Long Island drawl. If that doesn't make the music mogul sit up, nothing will.
Later, when everyone's left the room, I speak to Mariah, 39, alone. There's no agitated publicist sitting in the corner censoring every question. It's just me and Mariah, who has her legs curled up under a rug. 'I hope you don't mind, but this is cosier,' explains the singer.
Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel is her twelfth studio album, and it has the sexy, loved-up feel of a woman fulfilled. Its themes are love, ar all its stages. Eighteen months into a happy second marriage, was it healing for Mariah to look back at her own journey of the heart? 'Yes, because I was able to build humour into some of the lyrics,' she discloses, 'and that helped. I've spent so much of my life feeling like I had to be a "good girl" when it came to guys. I had to be careful who I got involved with in case they bragged, but when you finally find the right person, you don't feel angry you went through some unhappy experiences. It all suddenly makes sense.'
The 'right person' in this case is actor, rapper, TV host, millionaire and current presenter of America's Got Talent, Nick Cannon. They announced their marriage after a whirlwind, two-month courtship in April last year. One track on her album, The Impossible, is dedicated to Nick. 'You rescued my love/You did the impossible/See, I had almost given up,' she sings. So what makes him different from all the other guys? 'He's giving and loving,' she smiles. 'He's also witty and fun. We have a good time together, like big kids. I adore him. He's a special person in every way. It can be a little tough, having a relationship when you're under such public scrutiny. But I like it better than being alone.' And the sexiest thing about him? Mariah hesitates, looking politely shocked. 'That's sort of private,' she says coyly, glancing down. 'OK, he's great-looking with a good six-pack.'
Mariah's in pretty good shape herself. What's her secret? 'I have to be careful with my diet,' she admits. 'Fortunately I"m quite muscular, so I can lose fat quickly when I try. At the moment I'm on this bleak pak choi diet. Ugh! I can hardly stand it, but I'm trying to lose a few pounds. I try and work out from where these few pounds need removing.' Her ankles, perhaps? Diet aside, Mariah Carey seems happy. Fulfilled in her personal life and with a stellar 20-year music career to look back on, she's now also experiencing an about-turn in her acting ambitions. In her most recent film, Precious, she is almost unrecognisable in the small, but hard-hitting part of a social worker. The role earned her a 15-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, and there's even speculation she could grab the Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress. She's come a long way since being panned for her 2001 performance in the film Glitter, so it must be quite satisfying. 'Well I've been doing independent films people don't know about and learning my trade that way,' she reveals. 'Someone told me Helen Mirren had been offered the role of the social worker, but had to pull out. So it was daunting to try and fill the shoes of this great Academy Award-winning actress. But then I decided to snap myself out of that mind-set and figure out what I could bring to the role.'
Almost as daunting for Mariah – a woman whose name is synonymous with glamour – was the make-under she had for the part. It left her unrecognisable, even to friends. 'It was hideous!' she screams, in mock horror. 'I had dark circles added under my eyes, a moustache. The hair was disgusting, the clothes horrible. But I'm willing to do anything for a role, to make it authentic. I'm proud of that part, and I want to do more films – especially independent ones. I'd love to work with Woody Allen.'
Mariah is glad, too, that she is at last receiving recognition for her song-writing and producing skills, even though she's been doing both since her teens. She co-wrote and co-produced all the songs (bar one) on her latest album. In fact it was Simon Cowell, who pointed out to last year's X Factor audience that Mariah's song-writing abilities were rarely given due credit.
'That was very nice of Simon,' concedes the star, who was mentoring the contestants during Mariah Carey Week. 'The problem is, unless you're behind a piano or a guitar, you're looked on as a diva.' Ah, the 'd' word. 'Diva' has practically become Mariah Carey's middle name. But what's behind this reputation, and how does she feel about it? Philosophical, it would seem. 'At its heart, I think it's lazy journalism,' she offers. 'I was on the first Divas Live show (in the States) and that seemed to kick the whole thing off. You know, my mother – who was an opera singer – used to use the term as a compliment: it meant a very talented singer. But I looked it up in the dictionary recently and now it also means a difficult and demanding woman. I guess people like to put you in a little box, and that box fits me because I have the big hair, and I wear the tight dresses on stage. But that doesn't mean I'm difficult or nasty,' she says earnestly. 'I remember a story in the British press, saying I'd demanded rose petals be scattered on the carpet of a London hotel when I arrived. The truth is, we'd just landed, it was 3am and all I wanted to do was go straight to my room. The back entrance would have been fine, never mind rose petals! I'd never ask for anything like that. But that sort of stuff is written about me, so I've just learnt to shake it off.'
In fact, Mariah still has the same friends since her school days, and a management team who've lasted 15 years. Hardly the track record of a diva. 'I think one of the most down-to-earth things about me is that I value my friendships,' she says simply. 'My friends know MC keeps her word. I'm very loyal and never divulge their secrets.'
Then my time's up. 'It was nice to meet you,' says the singer, uncurling herself and hugging me warmly. Diva? All I found was a sweet woman. And her voice isn't bad, either...
The single, I Want To Know What Love Is is out 14 November. The album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is out 16 November. Precious is released in the UK in February 2010.
More UK Appearances
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 02-Nov-2009, 1:23PM EST
Mariah Carey is preparing to pull on her Santa suit a month early - she is set to switch on London's glittering Christmas lights. The singer will flick the switch at the U.K. capital's Westfield Shopping Centre later this month.
Also, Mariah has been confirmed to make an appearance on Alan Carr: Chatty Man on Thursday, Nov. 19 on Channel 4.
*Previously announced UK TV appearances: Mariah Carey: T4 Special (Nov. 14), and Strictly Come Dancing (TBA).
Oprah, Tyler Perry Happy to Endorse Precious
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 02-Nov-2009, 12:32PM EST
During the Toronto Film Festival a few weeks ago, I talked to Oprah Winfrey, Lee Daniels and, separately, Winfrey's fellow executive producer Tyler Perry. While Daniels (who also produced) is the man who made "Precious" -- "Talk to him," Winfrey told me, nodding to Daniels, "He did the movie, I'm just support" -- Winfrey and Perry make for a pair of high-profile champions. Highest you can get, in fact, in the realm of African-American entertainment power brokers.
Perry and Winfrey came to the project after the project was finished. Daniels, who previously produced "Monster's Ball" and directed Helen Mirren and Cuba Gooding Jr. as assassins and lovers in "Shadowboxer," sent a screener of "Precious" to Perry, whose entertainment empire is spearheaded by his drag character, Madea. "After I saw it," Tyler said, "I called Oprah (whom he'd known since she had him on her show in 2001) and said: You gotta see this."
She did. "It struck me in a way that nothing else has," she said. "The only thing that came close was reading 'The Color Purple' -- that's how struck I was. It took the breath right out of me."
Winfrey called Daniels in January on the night, and at the moment before the actual moment, in fact, he walked up to the stage to receive an award at Sundance in Park City, Utah. She offered her support and encouragement alongside Perry's. She offered some money as well, which Daniels declined. Both said they plan to collaborate in the future on something.
"Mariah Carey (who plays a social worker in 'Precious') wanted to invest too," Daniels said, "but I knew if I were to accept money from Mariah I couldn't get the same performance out of her. I can't get truth if they're cutting a check."
Winfrey has spoken freely of her childhood sexual abuse. Perry, too, has gone public with his own horror stories, and in Toronto he spoke quietly but candidly about "Precious" echoing his own experiences growing up in New Orleans.
Watching the film, he said, "was like seeing my life as a child played out in front of me. What sealed it for me was when Gaby's character, in the middle of her trauma, retreated to a fantasy world. Bam, she's out of the picture. I could relate to that. When all hell broke loose in my house, it was the same thing for me. My father is the Mo'Nique character.
"That's what made me say: I have to be involved. I have to bring this to my fan base. I have to let them know about this film."
Winfrey didn't think the film could be made, at least effectively. "The language, and the violence, and the brutality... 'Push' is relentless. In 'The Color Purple' you get to skip through the flowers a little, and go to church, at least." She and Daniels share a big, warm laugh. "There's some relief, some lyricism." But Daniels' interpolation of fantasy sequences, showing Precious imagining herself as a paparazzi-dodging diva and superstar, did the trick, according to Winfrey.
Perry agrees, though he told me, "Everybody talks about how dark the subject matter is. Yet the power of it comes from a very simple place: This young woman makes it to a better place. She comes through it." Unscathed? Hardly (no spoilers here). But the ending is affirmative enough for the powerful parties concerned.
"Let me just tell you this," Winfrey said, in that ostentatiously confidential way of hers that is really rather sweet. "For me to take on another thing right now means I've gotta really, really, really love it. I can't tell you the last time I had a day off, or when I'll have another." (Our interview took place a few days before she boarded a plane to Copenhagen on behalf of Chicago's Olympics bid.) The multinational corporation is pleased and proud to lend her name to a $10 million independent picture that means something to her, and to countless others. It remains a tricky sell even with its litany of praise and awards. But she and Perry are doing what they can to push it.
Mariah Carey: 'Music is Always Where My Heart Is'
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 02-Nov-2009, 12:16PM EST
Mariah Carey has scored five Grammys as a singer and songwriter, but she's not ignoring her career as an actress. Carey has a pivotal role in the emotionally wrenching Precious.
She plays a social worker who is tough and tender but sticks to the rules for an obese teenage single mom battling a system that ignores her. Mariah told Parade.com's Jeanne Wolf why she was willing to look shockingly different for the role.
Already a fan. "I had read the book by Sapphire a few times and it really changed my life. It's very strong and powerful. And I communicated that to Lee Daniels, the director, when he was considering me for the role after Helen Mirren dropped out. So it was just serendipitous that I ended up being a part of the movie since I cared about it so much."
The power that lingers. "I guess the button that the story pushed in me would be just empathy. I mean your heart has to go out to Precious because she is going through so much. It touched me as a woman. It touched me just as a person. It's like you think, 'Maybe I've walked past someone who is a girl like this and not really focused on them or just totally ignored them.' You know what I mean? And it's also one of those things where you relate something in yourself, your own feelings of doubt and negativity. And while you haven't suffered nearly as much, you know what you've gone through is similar."
Leaving Mariah Carey in the make-up trailer. "They totally changed me. I didn't want to look in the mirror. It was beyond dressing down because Lee Daniels loved to torture me. He really wanted me to not just look plain, he wanted me to look homely. That was his goal. He wanted a mustache and an under the eye thing and the bad hair. Now I see why he wanted it because people didn't recognize me and he didn't want me to take people out of the movie because they were seeing Mariah Carey."
As for her husband Nick Cannon. "I actually did the film before Nick and I were married so he didn't know exactly what to expect. But when he saw me on the screen he actually loved it. He was totally into the movie."
Reaching out to the 'Precious' girls of the world. "There are a lot of girls that I see at my shows that may fit the description of what people might think a 'Precious' girl is. When I sing certain songs, you really see that it brings out emotions in them. I see tears of gratitude or joy because they relate to the message. So that's why I continue to do songs that I feel will be uplifting."
What lifted up her own life. "I dreamed huge dreams growing up. My mother was an opera singer and she also sang jazz and different kinds of music. My mother used to say, 'Don't say if I make it, Say when I make it.' She knew I wanted to do this for a living. A lot of my teachers were like, 'You'll never make it. It's one in a million. You've got to do your math homework,' which I still can't do. My mother said, 'Don't say if, say when.' I believed her. She was just always telling everyone, 'Mariah is going to be a star.'"
Growing up early. "I joined that club when I was like five-years-old. My mother used to say I was five going on 20. She was just like, 'Mariah's already an adult.' I used to sit around the table with all the grown-ups and they'd be smoking and drinking and I would just hang out and pretend I was smoking and drinking, all of those things that I shouldn't have been doing."
Feeling good about her new album. "I am really a perfectionist when it comes to music. I've always been the type of person that would hear a thousand good things and one negative thing and focus on that negative thing. But this album I'm loving because I took chances. I did a lot of different interludes. I did a lot of things that are different for me. And in terms of just living with an album, when I listen to it now, this is one of those ones where everyday I notice something different. I really love this album."
And also acting. "I used to study acting as a little girl. I was in a lot of different theater workshops and things. Now I'm trying to do my best to be the best actress and the best artist I can be. I'm pursuing things that I want to do a little bit more. I guess the main thing is that acting is going to be a creative outlet that allows me to express myself in another way aside from my music because I'm loving it. But the music is always where my heart is."
What keeps her on track. "I have always been a firm believer in the fact that if you don't believe in yourself, no one else is going to believe in you. No matter what happens, no matter who tries to keep you down, you just have to keep on going."
Mariah at AFI Fest Screening of Precious
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 02-Nov-2009, 12:30AM EST
Below are photos of Mariah with husband Nick Cannon arriving at the screening of Precious: Based On The Novel 'Push' By Sapphire during AFI Fest 2009 held at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California on Sunday, November 1, 2009.
Here's a video of Mariah being interviewed by the Associated Press on the AFI Fest red carpet.
The cast and crew of "Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire" continued their unexpected journey from a scrappy little screening 10 months ago at the Sundance Film Festival to a star-studded gala at the legendary Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.
"I'm speechless," said director Lee Daniels at an event hosted by the American Film Institute on Sunday. "I'm humbled and speechless. That's the best way to describe it. I just can't... I wish I had the words. Dreamlike? Sort of surreal."
The dark urban drama, which opens in U.S. cinemas on Friday, follows Clareece "Precious" Jones, an overweight, illiterate and abused Harlem teen who is pregnant with her second child and invited to enroll in an alternative school in hopes that her life will head in a new direction.
While at Sundance, where the $10-million film took top honors, Daniels got a call from Oprah Winfrey, who ultimately joined fellow entertainment mogul Tyler Perry in serving as after-the-fact executive producers.
Shortly thereafter, Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, who marks her film debut in the title role, had an audience with Winfrey.
"Unfortunately, I forgot everything about it," Sidibe recalled. "It's so weird, because she's such a big deal to me, that when she speaks, I don't hear anything. It's like it's so weird. It's like hysterical blindness in a way. All I can remember is her saying my name over and over, and that can't be right."
"Precious" has earned strong critical notices for two unlikely recipients: Mariah Carey and Mo'Nique.
Mo'Nique, the stand-up comic, talk-show diva and comic-actor, plays Clareece's monstrous, abusive mother. "I got a phone call from Mr. Daniels, and he said, 'I've got something that might mess up your career.' I said, 'Sign me up,'" she said.
Carey has a role as social worker — a small part, but one the music superstar views as a milestone in her acting career. "I mean I had one milestone that almost had me under the stone," she laughed, referring to the 2001 bomb "Glitter."
"I didn't realize that you really have to be selective with the people that you work with and you have to have that support system and you have to work with people that you feel are geniuses and Lee Daniels is a genius in my book, so I'm grateful."
Other gala attendees Sunday included Winfrey and Perry, who posed for photographers but didn't speak to press. Also present were novelist Sapphire, "Precious" costars Paula Patton (with musician husband Robin Thicke) and Sherri Shepherd, as well as Carey's musician husband Nick Cannon and Mary J. Blige, who co-wrote one of the film's original songs. Like the film, it's an Oscar shoo-in, according to some key award-season pundits — all of whom director Daniels is trying to ignore.
"My way of dealing with (Oscar buzz) is not to embrace it," he explained. "I did the movie after I thought it was (only) going to DVD. Now I'm here on the freakin' red carpet talking to ya'll and it's like, that, that is the win. Oprah Winfrey is like behind the movie. I mean, come on. I'm gonna be able to tell my kids that forever."
Photos: Mariah & Nick at Nobu 57, New York
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 02-Nov-2009, 12:04AM EST
Below are photos of Mariah and Nick leaving the Nobu 57 restaurant in New York City on Friday, October 30, 2009.
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 01-Nov-2009, 6:55PM EST
Help Mariah become an official nominee for People's Choice Awards 2010. Fans now have the power to determine the nominees for the annual awards show. Click each category below and vote for Mariah as many times as you can!
The top five nominees in each category will be revealed at the People's Choice Awards annual press conference on Nov. 10, 2009. Only those announced on November 10th have the chance to win a People's Choice Award on Jan. 6th, 2010.
In a recent interview with The Christmas Channel's Stocking of Truth on ITN, asked what her favorite Christmas song is, singer Leona Lewis says: "That's easy. 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' by Mariah Carey. I love that one. That always makes me smile. I think I get the album–Mariah Carey Christmas album–every single year from someone. It's really weird. I think it might be the same person."
Mariah Mentions: Gucci Mane on his new single "Spotlight" feat. Usher raps, "Pretty like Mariah" at about 3:05 into the audio. And J. Holiday's new song "Go Home," at 1:50 mark here, he sings: "I'mma be your Nick Cannon, you can be my Mariah, babe."
Too funny not to share: At Five and Below stores, a knock-off imitation of Mariah's "M" perfume called "Butterflies" is being sold for $5. Thanks to Richard for the pictures!
Brazil: A group of Brazilian fans, headed by Cla, in cooperation with Universal Music Brasil will be celebrating the release of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel in Brazil on Saturday, Nov. 7th at Twiga Club. Everyone is invited! Copies of the new Memoirs album will be handed out to attendees. Check out the flyer to the right for further details.
Below are pictures, taken by Chuff, of Mariah during her recent visit to Rio de Janeiro.
Croatia: Young mom Tanja Maric took courage and stepped to the mike as she performed Mariah's #1 hit "Love Takes Time" on Croatia's Super Talent 2009. Tanja said she was listening to Mariah and in doing so, learned how to sing. Watch her audition here, she even managed to do the whistle.
Denmark: "I Want To Know What Love Is" is #23 on the official Danish dance chart. Furthermore, TDC Musik has a great offer on a downloadable 14-track remix album of "I Want To Know What Love Is" for approx. $30.00.
France: Mariah is scheduled to be on the French TV show Le Grand Journal on Tuesday, Nov. 17, according to Clap Online.
Mexico: Below are photos of the Mexican release of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Deluxe edition. It contains all 17 tracks on one CD.
New Zealand: Mariah's new fragrance "Forever" is now available in New Zealand and can be purchased online at Farmers. Purchase of a 100ml bottle comes with an exclusive gold tote bag. Below are pictures of the floor display at Farmers.
Philippines: A newly installed billboard promoting Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel hangs prominently infront of the V.V. Soliven Bldg. on EDSA Blvd., Metro Manila; and pictures from the Mariah Carey "I Want To Know What Love Is" Karaoke Sing-Alike-Contest held at SM Megamall on Oct. 29. Thanks to Ronald!
Poland: Vote for "I Want To Know What Love Is" on Planeta FM's Total Chart (Click "Gtosuj"), RMF's POPlista (Click on "Up" arrow), and RadioZet.
Romania: Mariah was featured in the October 23rd issue of the Romanian Click TV Guide magazine. The article is about Mariah's love for her dogs.
Turkey: Memoirs will be released in Turkey on Monday, Nov. 16.
United Arab Emirates: Memoirs is #1 at Virgin Megastore (which is the biggest record store in the UAE). UAE doesn't really have record stores so it being #1 at Virgin means it's #1 in the country. Also "Obsessed" has been #1 on Virgin Radio 104.4 FM's Top 30 songs!
United Kingdom: "Mariah Carey: T4 Special" will air on UK's Channel 4 on Saturday, Nov. 14, 10:05am British Time.
FANS' CORNER Japanese fans Kotaro, Shino and Nobu flew to Las Vegas to see Mariah's Oct. 9 & 10 shows at The Palms; and back to Japan to greet Mariah at the Narita Airport on Oct. 15. Check out their pictures below.
MariahTurkiye.net has created Memoirs signatures and wallpapers for everyone to use. Go check them out here! Keep checking the site for more graphics and other surprises in the coming days. They also have the "Stripped" videos (with fan-made CD covers) available for download. Their Forum and Facebook page have been re-opened. Join today!
French fan Boudyr has created a music video for "Betcha Gon' Know" using his own Mariah drawings. Watch here!
Toffee from Las Vegas was able to record Angels Cry and Always Be My Baby from Mariah's Oct. 9th concert in Las Vegas. Click on the links to download. To see the videos, check her YouTube channel here.
Fan Photos. 1) Sara had a blast being Mariah for Halloween night. 2) Kiesha, Steven, Brandon, Josh and Lee at the Palms in Vegas Oct. 9. 3) Victor made a vest especially for Mariah's Vegas show on Oct. 10. 4) Ken from the Meet & Greet at Macy's Herald Square in NYC on Sept. 29. 5/6) Lori and Daved with their Mariah tattoos.
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Memoirs global chart trajectory and sales
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 01-Nov-2009, 2:20PM EST
Transcript: "I've loved this novel Push by Sapphire for years and just the whole process. It feels like it's a part of me. It really does. I relate to so many of the characters on so many different levels. Everytime I watch it, I still laugh, I still cry. It's one of those things where if someone I know hasn't seen it, I can't wait for them to see it. Not because I want them to see me. I'm almost like, 'Close your eyes, my part is coming up' but because I really feel like it takes us to another level. It really elevates us as a people. I think it's a brilliant piece of work."
"I really had to become this woman and I had to say lose anything and everything that would be connected with me internally, externally, everything. This woman goes to work every day. She deals with stuff every day with people who basically want their check and she's got to be strong, she has to be tough. And it's difficult. By the time she gets to Mary (Mo'Nique's character) that is one serious lady. It was difficult when Gabby, Mo'Nique and I did that scene together, for all of us to keep together, 'cause it's a really emotional scene where a lot of information is revealed - kind of through my character in a lot of ways so we were crying and hugging each other and getting through it in the outtakes but during those scenes I had to be really stoic."
"I think that Lee Daniels, the director, is an artistic genius in my book. He knew what he wanted. He wanted me to be homely, he wanted me to be a complete departure from anything glamorous, and that way we could work from the inside and we could really get to the core of this character."
"I think Gabby is incredible and especially the fact that she never thought she wanted to act. And now she's got this whole new career. I'm really proud of her. I'm so happy for her. She's just this amazing talent - raw talent - and she's the opposite of Precious like she's full of light and love and everything. Not that Precious doesn't get there. Gabby is just an amazing person and I've come to really, really love her. I'm just so happy for her."
"I can't even express the amount of respect I have for Mo'Nique because she is a true talent. She really is. And of course, she makes us laugh. Of course, her day job when she makes us laugh, no one can deny how funny she is but this puts her in whole other place because even in the depths of how miserable she is, there's something about her that you know even when she's improvising like this there's a levity to what she does. Like she's deep but she's also got some, there's little comedic angels around her too. The character I just really have to say for her to do this character that was big, that took a lot because it someone you're gonna hate on a lot of levels. She was really abusive to her daughter."
"One of the things about Lee that I really love is that he kept us there in that moment where he would throw us a little side kick like he would say, 'Okay, now do it but when you say this to her' he would whisper something to me or he would whisper something to Gabby and he would throw us for a loop. We weren't expecting anything that happened. And that was the great thing because it's such rich material to begin with but then when Lee gets down with it, it's like okay, we don't know what to expect."
"Lee called me and said, 'You know I'm doing Push, I want to know if you want to do the part of Mrs. Weiss' and I had read Push like a long time ago. A friend of mine who gave me the book and it changed my life. I read twice in a row. I was like this book is sick, this is amazing. Like sick in a way meaning you have to read it. When Lee asked me to be a part of it, I said, 'Yeah, that would be incredible. I would love to do it' but I knew working with Lee it would be a journey."
"I think it's one of those things where no matter what happens you never have to lose hope. We were in a press conference and Tyler Perry said something to that effect and I thought that was really along the same line with what I was feeling because even when Precious is leaving that last scene she's smiling finally. She's smiling, she's empowered. We can assume what we think might happen to her but where we leave with her is in her power place."
Source: Black Film | Wilson | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah's Halloween Party at M2 Ultra Lounge, NY
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 01-Nov-2009, 8:27AM EST
Mariah and Nick hosted a Halloween celebration at M2 Ultra Lounge in New York City on Saturday, October 31, 2009.
Here's a video from last night's Halloween party at M2 Ultra Lounge - Mariah, Nick, Trey Lorenz and B. Scott rocking to "Up Out My Face."