Video: Mariah on Extra TV, Nov. 30
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010, 10:57PM EST
Mariah Talks Baby, Cravings & Holiday Plans - Extra TV, Nov. 30, 2010 [ Download here ]
Merry Christmas II You Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010, 3:43PM EST
United States (123,500): 04-12-22 Taiwan: 14-OUT Canada: 14-24-43 Japan (5,800): 24 Australia (1,500): 37-47 Netherlands: 52-OUT Spain: 56-94 France: 82-OUT Belgium (Wallonia): 85 United Kingdom (2,500): 101
Certifications: Gold - Malaysia (7,500)
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Mariah Peddles Her Lifestyle Line Live on HSN
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010, 3:31PM EST
When Mariah Carey first announced that she would be fusing her love of beauty, bling, and stilettos for a lifestyle collection for shopping network HSN, we couldn't wait to see what the stylish songstress would come up with. But on Cyber Monday, all anticipation was finally put to rest with the launch of her line on live television. "Jewelry, footwear, and my fragrances are part of my everyday life so I loved being involved in the entire creative process designing my HSN lifestyle line," the diva told PEOPLE exclusively of the new collection of shoes–including the $129.90 Mariah Carey Suede Bootie (pictured on right) which sold out in just 6 minutes–jewelry, music and fragrance, which she presented on HSN throughout much of the day.
Featuring signature pieces that the pop singer is rarely seen without, Mariah wore several of the items from her collection on the broadcast, including a pave crystal butterfly necklace ($149.95). This collection couldn't be any more Mariah! To stock up for yourself or the fashionista on your list, visit hsn.com.
Mariah Has UK's #1 Christmas Track of the Decade
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010, 2:43PM EST
The desire of the public to go back year after year to the same favourites is illustrated by a comparison of last year's 20 biggest Christmas downloads based on OCC sales and a chart compiled by PPL of the 20 festive songs earning the highest number of plays on radio, TV and across business over the last decade. Fourteen of the songs in each chart are identical.
While Fairytale Of New York led All I Want For Christmas Is You as the OCC's top festive seller last year, on the decade-long PPL chart it is Mariah Carey who comes out on top followed by Last Christmas and then the Pogues hit. Slade are fourth and Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday fifth on a chart that contains few surprises and nothing new. Incredibly the Carey hit, which originally reached number two in the UK in 1994, is its newest track.
PPL director of PR and corporate communications Jonathan Morrish says all the tracks on the chart are simply great recordings. "Stop somebody in the street and ask them what is their favourite Christmas song and, pretty much, they would choose one from the PPL Top 20," he notes. "Christmas is a time of tradition so while it's no surprise to see standards in there, it is worth noting that it is the most recent recording – Mariah Carey's All I Want For Christmas Is You – that is at number one. At Christmas we embrace tradition and music is a very powerful and engaging way to enforce that feeling. Music really helps define this time of year – be it songs that radio broadcasts because that's what people want to hear or the songs retail use in store because of their mood-enhancing power."
NOTE: "All I Want For Christmas Is You" climbs 96-48 on the official UK Singles chart as of week of Monday, Nov. 29, 2010.
Mariah Talks Baby, Cravings and Holiday Plans
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010, 1:03PM EST
Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon are expecting their first child, and the singer opened up to "Extra's" AJ Calloway about her pregnancy and how it's affecting her holiday travels.
The rumor mill is buzzing that Mariah is pregnant with twins, but she's mum about her growing baby bump and the gender of her child (or children). "I'm not telling anyone," she said.
The singer did talk about her changing body and food cravings. "My fingers obviously swelled a little bit. I can't even get this ring off if I tried. My taste bud situation is unparalleled... I don't know what it is, but I'm just about fruit for some reason. It has to be really good for me to like it."
With Christmas quickly approaching, Carey said that she and Nick usually go to Aspen, but are unable to this year.
"I can't go there this year because of the altitude," she explained. "We're figuring it out. Looking at different options."
The couple enjoyed a quiet Thanksgiving holiday. "I didn't feel like doing much of anything," said Mariah. "I did cook... what I cooked was the best thing of the holiday. I'm sorry but it was. I cooked mashed potatoes and corn."
For the complete interview with Mariah Carey tune-in to EXTRA tonight.
Mariah on Billboard's Chart Highlights This Week
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 30-Nov-2010, 12:33PM EST
Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts with their respective top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts. In this week's report, Mariah appears twice with her holiday songs, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and "Oh Santa!"
Adult Contemporary *** No. 1 *** "Mine" Taylor Swift Debut/Greatest Gainer No. 12 "Oh Santa!" Mariah Carey Debut No. 23 "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas" Katharine McPhee Featuring Chris Botti Debut No. 24 "Shake Up Christmas" Train Debut No. 25 "Do You Hear What I Hear?" Susan Boyle Featuring Amber Stassi
Holiday Songs *** No. 1 ***/Greatest Gainer "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey
Audio: BBC Radio 2's "In Search of Mimi"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 29-Nov-2010, 7:58PM EST
A brand-new Mariah Carey documentary entitled "In Search of Mimi" aired earlier today on UK's BBC Radio 2. In the full-hour special, DJ Trevor Nelson takes a look at the life and times of Mariah Carey, as she celebrates 20 years in the music business. Contributors include friends, colleagues, and Mariah herself.
EXCERPTS: Mariah Carey is amongst the biggest-selling female artists of all time. She's winner of five Grammy awards and famous not only for her voice but for her diva demands. But what's behind the tabloid tales and glossy image? We'll hear from the people who know her best and who call her Mimi.
Trey Lorenz: We met as teenagers in New Jersey. She just has a thing for handsome men and I fit in that category. And we became friends and hit it off [laughs]. Well, it was a mutual thing with the music. We both like a lot of the same artists.
Beyonce: "Vision of Love" was one of the first songs I heard when I was a kid where I heard all of these rifts and I was like, "How does she do that?" In this little short amount of time, the amount of notes she could squeeze in in that one little bar, two bars, was fascinating to me! And that's kind of when I started trying it and it's something that I love to do in my music but she completely inspired me. It's a classic love song.
Mariah Carey: That ("Vision of Love") stemmed from me feeling thankful, like a lot of things I do stem from me being thankful to God moreso than a love song. It's merged in there. That's how I feel when I sing that song... It was more of an R&B songtress kind of song than the normal release especially up like someone coming out, making a record at nineteen, doing that whole kind of thing at that point in time. And that was not a safe decision so I have to commend the label in putting that song out and letting me be showcased as a vocalist.
Trey Lorenz: I love "Can't Let Go." I remember hearing it when she was first working on it and I actually got to see it just blossom into this incredible work which I think has stood the test of time. Technically, "Can't Let Go" should be Mariah's 6th consecutive #1, but Sony wanted to sell more records instead of singles - that's how it was working at that time and they pulled the single from the stores in order for people to buy the album. And the song just missed going to #1. It stalled at #2. I remember saying, "This is a #1, this is a #1." I think Sony was trying to prove a point, and keep her in line, and what not, which only made her rebel more. So...[laughs].
Steve Ripley (Sony UK): For me, MTV Unplugged took her to the next level of stardom without a shadow of a doubt. For the first time people really saw that talent, and what she was all about. And I think that really catapulted her into the stratosphere of uber stardom.
Jasmine Dotiwala: I expected her to be a real diva that was out of touch from the rest of the world. I thought we wouldn't have anything in common. She realized that I was a big Hip-hop lover and a fan, and I realized she was actually a huge Hip-hop lover and a fan. Afterwards, she invited me to leave my number for her, and she said, "Come into my bedroom I will show you something" and proceeds to show me millions of CDs all by real urban, Hip-hop, gangster rappers that people hadn't even heard of. So I was really impressed.
Mariah Carey: You can take that song ("Anytime You Need A Friend") as a spiritual song if you want. When I did the backgrounds on that song, we stacked those vocals, about 30 tracks of us and made it into a choir.
Mariah Carey: "Underneath The Stars" has always been one of my favorite songs that I've done. I just took a long time writing the lyrics and I felt like it was painting a picture sort of a thing. To me I wanted it to be a timeless record. I think I could still, if I could put it out tomorrow, I would. Back in that time of my life, I wasn't really allowed or didn't realize the power that I had to say, and I still sometimes don't, in terms of like being really demonstrative about, "Okay, I want this song to come out now. I want such and such. I believe in it and you guys have to listen to me because that's in my contract" but back then I sort of like let people walk all over me a little bit too much. I don't know that it would have been a #1 song but I think it was a very good song, and it still is.
Mariah Carey: That ("The Roof") was sort of a true life experience. Very much poetically enhanced. And also left open to the imagination so I'm sure people are like, "What happened exactly?" But it was just sort of a play by play of the exact moment of what happened in that particular night in my life.
Mary Anne Tatum: Meeting her for the first time was her multi-tasking as she always does. It was some big function that she was going to that night and she had to get hair and makeup done. She had to do wardrobe change, all of that and literally we were recording the song and she was sitting behind the booth producing, getting hair and makeup done and telling me what to do. At one point where she was kind of really rushing, they were like putting pressure on her to hurry up 'cause she had to leave, and she literally stopped the session to say, "Listen, please don't take this personal, I don't mean to rush you but they're rushing me 'cause I have to leave." She wanted me to get the stuff done, and I had to get it done quicker than usual but she was so cool. We clicked.
Brett Ratner: My first girlfriend I ever had in my entire life when I was 16 years old was a singer by the name of Brenda K. Starr. And Brenda K. Starr would send the limousine and pick up myself and all my friends and put me in the front row of her concerts and sing "I Still Believe" to me. And Mariah was her backup singer. And Mariah went on to become Mariah, of course. She called me and asked me to do that ("I Still Believe"). She was smart. She just knew it was a personal song for me and it was such an incredible collaboration.
L.A. Reid: I'm very hands-on with Mariah in selecting the material and sort of giving my vote of confidence on performances. I will find producers and match them with her, or find collaborative songwriters and match them with her and when they're done, I sort of sit and tell her what I think is strong, what I think works and what maybe doesn't work.
Mariah Carey: I decided to redo it ("All I Want For Christmas Is You"). I wanted to keep it so people are listening to what they remember. I don't want to go too far on a tangent with it. So we just sort of orchestrated the beginning, resang the vocals but we did it in the same spirit as the original, only everything's like live instrumentation and stuff like that. People might know me better for that song than any song after I'm not here anymore, who knows? Because Christmas songs outlast everything, pretty much.
Source: BBC Radio 2 | Recording: MariahDailyJournal
"In Search of Mimi" on UK's BBC Radio 2 Tonight!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 29-Nov-2010, 1:00PM EST
A brand-new documentary about Mariah Carey entitled "In Search of Mimi" is airing tonight at 10pm (5pm ET/2pm PT) on UK's BBC Radio 2. Hosted by DJ Trevor Nelson, "In Search of Mimi" will give us a detailed and intimate look at the life and times of Mariah Carey whose career has so far spanned twenty years - from the moment she got signed, her first single "Vision of Love," her career's ups and downs, to her latest holiday offering Merry Christmas II You. The documentary will include commentaries from Mariah's colleagues and close friends including L.A. Reid, Brett Ratner, Lee Daniels, Jasmine Dotiwala, Trey Lorenz and Mary Ann Tatum; as well as an exclusive intimate interview with producer Sarah Thompson.
The show will air in 4 hours, be sure to tune in! BBC Radio 2 can be streamed live here.
Source: Sarah Thompson | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Carey Line Hits HSN
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 29-Nov-2010, 2:27AM EST
"I spend more time in high heels than anyone I know."
It's no secret that Mariah Carey has a serious obsession with shoes, and today she will debut her own collection exclusively for HSN.
"It's another creative outlet for me, something that I love," Carey told Footwear News. "[The consumers] will really like the shoes. Even though we were thinking about comfort, they are still sexy and stylish."
The brand's Cyber Monday launch will feature six footwear styles, in addition to jewelry and fragrance. The line, priced between $70 and $200, includes suede boots trimmed with faux fur, quilted boots adorned with chains, a leather pump sneaker and a platform sandal with rhinestones.
Carey said she has had a vision for her own collection for years and drew inspiration from her favorite designer names, including Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik, as well as her own style.
And being in the spotlight – she often acts as her own stylist for red-carpet events – has helped her learn a thing or two about design.
"Not everybody thinks of comfort and fit, but these are things I had to learn about in the business and entertainment world," said Carey, who created the shoes in two different widths for both slim and wide feet.
On choosing HSN, the star said she was impressed by CEO Mindy Grossman's strategy for the network and her collection. "She really gets it – she's smart and savvy," Carey said, adding that the two first met at her Los Angeles home, where Grossman also got a peek into the star's shoe closet, which includes Christian Louboutin, YSL and Chanel.
Amy Shea, EVP of consulting firm Brand Keys Inc., agreed that HSN was a smart choice as a launch partner because Carey has made a name for herself as being a regular girl.
"She's kind of the Cinderella story," Shea said. "It makes sense to [sell] at a place where anybody can get [the product] and at a price point that a lot of people can access."
For her part, Grossman said she has high expectations for the line. "Mariah clearly has a great relationship with her fan base and is known and loved by many people," she said. "But at the end of the day, it's product we have to get in the hands of our customer, and we think the [footwear] is terrific."
The HSN design team worked closely with Carey to ensure the line represented her point of view, Grossman said. Starting at the sketch level, the singer had the chance to look at the samples throughout the nine-month process.
Carey is the latest celebrity to join the HSN lineup. The company has partnered with everyone from Molly Sims and Iman to Serena Williams and Wolfgang Puck, but the process is still selective.
"We get calls all day long, but it really has to feel authentic and the person has to be passionately attached to their product," Grossman said. "[Mariah] is very lovable and we thought our consumers would love her [work]."
Mariah Celebrates 'Christmas in Rockefeller Center'
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 29-Nov-2010, 1:36AM EST
However many celebrities have a good holiday season, Mariah Carey appears destined for one of her best.
Not only are she and husband Nick Cannon ("America's Got Talent") celebrating their status as parents-to-be, but she's making the rounds to promote her second CD of seasonal tunes, "Merry Christmas II You." One of her stops — a most appropriate one — is NBC's 13th annual edition of "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" Tuesday, Nov. 30.
"I've never done this before, so I'm really looking forward to it," the friendly Carey says. "When I had my first Christmas record a while ago, I would have thought somebody would have tried to make that merger, but this is going to be fun for me. I do love all those kinds of very Christmas-y events... and hopefully, it won't be too cold."
The lighting of the Christmas tree in New York's Rockefeller Center is a traditional highlight of the NBC special, which Al Roker and Natalie Morales of "Today" will host. Sheryl Crow, Josh Groban, Jessica Simpson, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Internet sensations Susan Boyle and Charice, Welsh singer Katherine Jenkins, and young soprano Jackie Evancho (who competed on "America's Got Talent") also are on the musical bill.
Carey certainly has enough Christmas songs from which to choose for the show. "Merry Christmas II You" includes an "Extra Festive" version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You," her holiday standard that she also co-wrote. Also on the CD are "Here Comes Santa Claus," "The First Noel," a medley of "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "The Little Drummer Boy," and several more songs Carey co-authored.
One of those — "Oh Santa!" — is what Carey expects to perform on "Christmas in Rockefeller Center." It's also slated to be the theme song of the new ABC Family movie "Christmas Cupid" Dec. 12.
Carey says the Rockefeller Center show's producers want the tune, "and it's already been No. 1 on the (Billboard magazine) holiday chart, which is amazing. It's pretty festive, but it depends. If they decide they want something slow, I'll do something slow."
The No. 2 slot on that Billboard chart also went to Carey, for "All I Want for Christmas Is You," as "Merry Christmas II You" was being released at the start of this month.
Included as well on the CD is "O Holy Night," which Carey recorded live with a choir in the South Central district of Los Angeles. "I actually did it a while ago," she says, "and I held onto it. I kept the idea of another Christmas album afloat by doing new stuff every year, and that song was done at a time when I was sort of in between labels. I decided I would do something different, so I did that version with a video and everything."
One of the producers of "Merry Christmas II You" is Randy Jackson, the one judge who's lasting into the new season of "American Idol" that begins in January on Fox. Carey maintains that he "absolutely" is still the Randy Jackson she always has known, even when he was more of a presence in recording studios than on television screens.
"That's one of the things that I think is so special about him as a person," Carey confirms of Jackson, who also has served as musical director for several of her concert tours. "He is exactly the same guy. People wouldn't believe it. I can't even believe it sometimes."
Expect Carey to make many more television appearances in the weeks before Christmas, a main one being her own ABC special Dec. 13. That hour will merge performance sequences, taped at Los Angeles' Orpheum Theatre, with segments in which Carey will surprise several of her fans by making their holiday wishes come true... literally.
"I've spoken with my mother about coming in and doing our version of 'O Come All Ye Faithful,' " Carey reveals of the ABC show. "We have never performed it live together, so I'm really excited about it. That'll be a nice moment."
Carey also believes there are many such moments on "Merry Christmas II You," which is why she's pleased to embark on a heavy media schedule for it, even while well along in her pregnancy.
"I just feel I'm in a different place in terms of being comfortable with my creative freedom," she says. "I love a lot of stuff from the first (Christmas) album, but every year, I will want to skip certain songs. I won't be happy unless I fast-forward through them, so I figured that if I did a new album that I felt good with all the way down, I could make my own playlist. This is like the sequel to a first movie."
And in Carey's view, there's no better time than Christmas for such a sequel: "No matter what else is happening in my life, everything else stops at that time, and it's time to do something really fun. However the rest of the year has been, I never let the holidays go by with me in a bleak, glum mood. I just won't do it."
Mariah Live on HSN in 30 Minutes!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 28-Nov-2010, 11:30PM EST
Be prepared to be dazzled when Mariah showcases her wonderful lifestyle brand collection of jewelry, footwear and fragrance live exclusively at HSN on Cyber Monday, October 29th.
Mariah will be introducing her products on HSN TV and HSN.com at the following times: 12am, 1am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 9pm, 10pm ET. Be sure to tune in!
Mariah Kicks Off NTT Countdown, May Perform "One Child" in DC
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 27-Nov-2010, 4:46PM EST
Twitter got extra festive today as Mariah kicked off her "Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You NTT Countdown to Christmas"! She told us: "NTTs are fun at Christmastime! The lambs festiveness is unparalled!!!!: )" Today's NTTs were:
"I get by w/out you til the snow begins to fall and then..." NTT..NTA!!! [Answer: "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" - Merry Christmas]
"High above us the evergreens sparkled with light and filled the breeze as we made future Christmas memories" NTT+NTA!!!: ) lymx0 [Answer: "Christmas Time Is In The Air Again" - Merry Christmas II You]
And of course, all fans gave the correct answers! Be sure to catch all the fun playing NTTs with Mariah on Twitter, daily until Christmas!
Mariah was also replying to some fan questions, one asked: "Will u ever perform 'One Child'?" Her response:
MariahCarey @TheMariahMafia thank you Dahhhling! I might do that song this year in D.C.: )
Hope she does! Mariah will be performing at Christmas in Washington, to be recorded live from the National Building Museum on Dec. 12; and aired on Friday, Dec. 17 at 8:00pm ET on TNT.
Whatever you do, don't mention the baby. Indeed, Mariah Carey might have tried to deny it for months, but there's an undeniable baby bump in the room.
When I meet the singer in New York, Carey is a few days away from publicly announcing news of her impending parenthood the baby is due in the northern spring but it's obvious to all and sundry that, well, she's eating for two. She said later she had conceived naturally and she and her husband were yet to find out the sex of the baby.
From her mother ("the greatest influence on my life") to Nick Cannon, her husband of 2 1/2 years ("he's given me the confidence to stop worrying, to stop being cautious"), Carey declares that she's "the happiest I've ever been".
It wasn't always so. Over the years, the 40-year-old pop superstar has been branded everything from difficult to downright odd, an unapologetic diva, who still has no qualms admitting, "I do what I want".
There has been amazing success (200 million albums sold, second only to the Beatles for US number ones) and a few disappointments (Glitter) along the way, but she remains one of the biggest pop stars in the world she redeemed herself post-Glitter with 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi a bona fide superstar with a five-octave vocal range the world still seems intrigued by.
Carey will tell you she's not a diva, but occasionally her actions suggest otherwise. (For this interview I was kept waiting in a hotel lobby for close to five hours. She finally decided to talk at midnight.)
"Look, I'm very regimented and I work let's not get it twisted," she says forcefully when questioned on her reputation. "I really do go to work and I understand the value of money and I've kind of come full circle in terms of that whole thing. People don't think that what I do is work but it is. I mean, I'm here talking to you at midnight."
Indeed, the reason she's talking is to promote her latest album Merry Christmas II You, a collection of Christmas favourites mixed with a handful of new tracks. This is Carey's second crack at a Christmas album. The first, released in 1994, and featuring All I Want For Christmas Is You, proved one of the singer's biggest successes.
"I had one of the greatest musical experiences of my career doing this," she says. "You get to tap into all of those emotions and feelings that you may not necessarily tap into on a regular release."
True, there's no denying Carey has Yuletide joy down pat. (The night before, assorted minor celebrities Oprah's BFF Gayle King held court had gathered in a swanky space overlooking Central Park to listen to the album while a slideshow played on repeat.) Think Mariah and Nick in Santa outfits, Mariah and puppies wearing Christmas collars, Mariah and friends snow sledding.
"I love Christmas, it's my favourite holiday," says Carey. "I'm very festive, I plan Christmas really far in advance and I get to be around all of my family, which is pretty rare."
Indeed, for the album, she roped in her mother, Patricia, an opera singer, to join her on a spine-tingling rendition of Oh Come All Ye Faithful.
Carey says singing with her mother is one of her proudest moments: "I think it's nice because everybody gets to hear her," says Carey. "She's properly trained, she knows how to protect the voice, how to breathe. I take liberties, I go with the flow, I don't like being restricted or regimented."
But this flexibility has meant Carey is comfortable singing with everyone from Jay-Z to Luciano Pavarotti to Olivia Newton John ("a highlight"). Even as a child she knew that she would be a singer.
"There was never a moment," she says, "when I didn't think it would happen. I think it's about loving music and about the choices you make -- good or bad. Even if it's an acting project, you make your choice, it may be a mistake, but you live with it and you deal with it. It's all about exploring and I put everything of myself into everything that I do because my work is what's going to be here long after I'm gone."
Merry Christmas II You Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Friday, 26-Nov-2010, 9:15PM EST
United States (123,500): 04-12-22 Taiwan: 14-OUT Canada: 14-24-43 Japan (5,800): 24 Australia (1,500): 37 Netherlands: 52-OUT Spain: 56 France: 82 Belgium (Wallonia): 85 United Kingdom (2,500): 101
The album has also initially shipped 7,500 in Malaysia (Gold status) and 5,000 copies in Brazil.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Stevyy | pigduck
Merry Christmas II You Updates
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 26-Nov-2010, 4:15PM EST
USA Mariah has recorded this video message for the Universal Music site. She says: "Hi, I'm Mariah Carey. Welcome to the Universal Music website. My new album, Merry Christmas II You is coming in November. Hope you enjoy it."
US fans, Merry Christmas II You digital album is on sale for $4.99 at Amazon but you can download it for ONLY $1.99 by applying the free MP3 music download credit of $3.00 from promo code: GET3MP3S! For instructions on how to get the $3 credit, click here. This promo offer is valid through Nov. 29th. Don't snooze!
Mediabase Airplay Update: "Oh Santa!" at Adult Contemporary Radio as of week ending 11/25:
Spincrease: 84 stations playing; +207 spins (#3 Greatest Gainer) Taking Off: 5 new stations; 49 new spins (#2 Most Added)
Mariah posted this exciting news on her Twitter: "Coming soon: video clip for "Oh come all ye faithful/Hallelujah chorus"(duet w/my mom) moments in the studio,recording etc..lym!"
Merry Christmas II You is also being sold at Whole Foods supermarket. To the right is a photo taken by Gilbert of Mariah's new Christmas album conspicuously displayed at the checkout counter of Whole Foods in Las Vegas.
Send a Merry Christmas II Youe-card from Mariah! Choose from 4 different card designs, 5 different Mariah holiday songs, 2 choices of a bit of sparkle & add your own personal message to create an extra festive holiday greeting to send to everyone on your holiday card list this year.
You can view the nice Mariah pictures from the photo album that's included in the Merry Christmas II You Collector's Box in this video by Nueng. You can get this collector's set from ShopMariah.com for $49.99.
VJ Tre is inviting everyone in the Washington, DC area to an IDJ-sponsored Merry Christmas II You album release party that he's hosting at Omega DC on Saturday, Dec. 4th. Check out the party flyer to the right for more info.
AUSTRIA & GERMANY Finally! Merry Christmas II You gets released in Austria and Germany today! Austrian and German fans, get your copies now! Send us your photo holding your Merry Christmas II You CD so we can include in our Gallery.
HONG KONG & TAIWAN Check out the official Merry Christmas II You promo mini sites at Universal Music Hong Kong and Universal Music Taiwan. The Taiwanese site includes a promo e-card featuring "Oh Santa!" that you can send out to promote Mariah's new Christmas album.
HUNGARY Photos of the "Made for Hungary" version of Merry Christmas II You. It only comes with the CD and does not include a full booklet.
ITALY The Italian blog site RnB Junk, in cooperation with Universal Music Italy, is holding a contest for a chance to win the Merry Christmas II You Deluxe Edition. Five (5) winners will be selected. Contest ends on Thursday, Dec. 2nd. Check the contest details here!
A listening party for Mariah's Merry Christmas II You was held in Malaysia on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Universal Music Malaysia has partnered with Pensonic Malaysia (an electrical appliances company) and with every purchase of selected electrical appliances (audio and visual players mainly), customers will get a free copy of Merry Christmas II You! With the help of Pensonic, the album has reached gold status (7500 copies sold) in the first few weeks of the album release. To the right is a picture of the Mariah Carey cookie that was handed out to attendees at the album listening party.
NEW ZEALAND Merry Christmas II You is now available in New Zealand in both the Standard and Deluxe editions. Below are photos of the Deluxe release with the DVD.
PHILIPPINES In coordination with MCA Music Philippines, the Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) recently concluded two successful "Lamb Raids" in two of Manila's biggest record stores, AstroVisionPlus and Odyssey. The two events were attended by PMCF members who flocked to the record stores to get their copies of the Merry Christmas II You CD; and at the same time promote the album at the said stores. Signed Mariah items were given as prizes for games and interactive plays. Below are pictures from the two fan promo events.
SINGAPORE Hairul, Rohaishah and other Singaporean fans gathered in front of the HMV store at 313 @ Somerset to promote Mariah's new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You. Check out some pictures below! Universal Music Singapore is having a contest to further hype up the album. Contest details will be revealed soon.
Below are photos of the Singaporean version of Merry Christmas II You.
SPAIN FNAC Spain is selling the Merry Christmas II You Collector's Box for ONLY €20.95 (US$28.48)! Get it here!
THAILAND Photos of the Merry Christmas II You Deluxe edition, Thai release.
UK Spencer has started a campaign on Facebook to get Mariah's "Oh Santa!" to be UK's #1 Christmas song. You can join his Facebook group by logging on here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Hairul | Ken | Mandy | Gilbert | Bernard | Donald | RunWitMe | Spencer | Mario | Giuseppe | Neung | Jeremy | Szilvia | Jevi | Jacques | MariahCarey.com | Immer
"Oh Santa!" EP Digital Release
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 26-Nov-2010, 2:09AM EST
An EP version of "Oh Santa!" is scheduled for digital release on Tuesday, December 7th. Below is the tracklisting.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 25-Nov-2010, 11:03PM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 4, 2010.
MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU Billboard 200: #22 (Last week: #12) Billboard Holiday Albums: #5 (Last week: #2) Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #4 (Last week: #5) *Greatest Gainer Billboard Canadian Albums: #43 (Last week: #24) Billboard Japan Top Albums: #24 (Debut)
MERRY CHRISTMAS Billboard 200: #124 (Last week: #172) Billboard Holiday Albums: #30 (Last week: #24) Billboard Catalog Albums: #29 (Last week: #30)
"Oh Santa!" Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #41 (Last week: #20) Billboard Japan Hot 100: #68 (Last week: #100) Billboard Japan Hot Top Airplay: #55 (Last week: #92) Billboard Japan Adult Contemporary Airplay: #24 (Last week: #35)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive" Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #27 (Last week: #4)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Holiday Songs: #1 (Last week: #3) Billboard Ringtones: #30 (Last week: #35) Billboard Yahoo! Video: #3 (Last week: #3) Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #2 (Last week: #1) Billboard Hot 100 Recurrents: #21 (Last week: #43)
Note: Soundscan numbers will be added as soon as they are available.
Current rankings of Mariah's holiday albums/songs on iTunes:
Top Singles "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - #65
Top Albums Merry Christmas - #37 Merry Christmas II You - #49
Top Holiday Songs "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - #1, #78 "Oh Santa!" - #32 "All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive" - #39 "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" - #47 "O Holy Night" - #72 "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - #115 "Charlie Brown Christmas" - #158 "Joy To The World" - #178 "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)" - #185
Top Holiday Albums Merry Christmas - #6 Merry Christmas II You - #9
Top Music Videos "Oh Santa!" - #149
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Joao
Video: Mariah on Biography
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 25-Nov-2010, 3:20AM EST
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 25-Nov-2010, 3:13AM EST
UK Piers Morgan mentioned Mariah and Nick in his Sunday Mail Live column, "The Insider," Nov. 21, 2010 edition.
Thursday, November 11
Appeared as a guest on Nick Cannon's New York radio show this morning. Nick is my America's Got Talent co-star, and his wife Mariah Carey has just announced she's pregnant. This gave me the perfect way to instantly get under his skin... 'Congratulations, Daddy!' I exclaimed.
'Thank you, Mr Morgan," he replied. instantly suspicious at my apparently genuine good wishes.
'You ARE the daddy, I presume?' I added. 'I've been ruled out, right?'
Nick laughed, in the way Mafia don John Gotti used to laugh before sticking his victims' heads into vats of sulphuric acid. 'You are the only man alive who I'd let say that without whipping their butt,' he said.
'Will you both come on my CNN show?' I asked.
'Yes, definitely,' said Nick. 'Just so that if you repeat this line of questioning, I can whip your butt on live TV.' Sounds like great ratings-booster to me...
ROMANIA Below are scans from OK! Romania, Nov. 19th issue. You can read the translated article, "Mariah Carey: Mother Through A Miracle," by clicking here. Thanks to Manuela and Silviu from the Romanian Fan Club!
Audio: Mariah Interviews with Radio Disney
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 24-Nov-2010, 2:55AM EST
Mariah talked about her new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You, her upcoming performance at Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade, her plans for the Holidays now that she is pregnant, her mom Patricia, etc. in an exclusive interview with Radio Disney host Ernie D that aired Tuesday, November 23, 2010. Listen below!
Ernie D: She joins us on the phone. Mariah Carey. It's me, Ernie. Mariah Carey: Hi. How are you? Hi, Ernie. Everything is good.
ED: That's good. I just want to say congratulations on the new album Merry Christmas II You. Were you surprised that it did so well the first few weeks of its release? MC: Thank you. I actually was very surprised because I never expected it to come out bigger than the first Christmas album I had the first week. ED: 'Cause it's a classic. I mean I know it's your album but I have to admit like I know it's Christmas time when I hear 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.' MC: Thank you. It's one of those things where, that's why I remade that song for this album but in doing it, being that I wrote the song, it's really close to me so I know that people who listen to it every year feel that same way and they don't really want to hear it sound that different. But just I did kind of pretty much sticking to the traditional way that I wrote it originally and did this new orchestral intro which is really, really beautiful. Marc Shaiman did it. He is an amazing, amazing talent. And we called it the 'Extra Festive' version. So I have that and 'Oh Santa!' the new single and it's been really exciting to see 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' and 'Oh Santa!' kind of go back and forth for like #1 and #2 on the Holiday chart. It just feels good as a writer, you know what I mean? Christmas songs, you hear them every year if you're fortunate, and it's just different than other songs. Of course, we love all kinds of records but there's something special about holiday music for me. ED: Well, you know what? Let's get your brand-new song on right now, 'Oh Santa!.' This is Mariah Carey, she's on Radio Disney right now.
ED: So we just played 'Oh Santa!' let's talk about the song real quick. I'm digging like the beginning sort of almost like a Hip-hop version of a Christmas song. MC: No, I wouldn't go that far. I think the beat is very retro, if anything. It's not really, I wouldn't put in a genre. I think that it's got, like I said, a retro thing but it's also got this orchestral intro. That beginning is just like a chant. I wouldn't say it's a rap. It's sort of like kids doing that little chant on the front of the record. ED: One thing that I was actually really surprised to see on the album was basically the Mariah Carey version of 'Charlie Brown Christmas.' Was that one of the more exciting songs you ever did? It is so widely-known, one of the Christmas classics. MC: Yeah. It definitely is and I just grew up watching Charlie Brown every year and that was one of the things that made me say, 'Okay, it's Christmas time,' and so when I went to do this record I was sitting down with a couple people and I said, 'I can't believe nobody really redid 'Charlie Brown Christmas.' ED: I know! MC: And so when we did the intro that's an incredible piano player/writer/musician Big Jim Wright, he's actually Mo'Nique's musical director, and we wrote a song on The Emancipation of Mimi called 'Fly Like a Bird' which I performed at the Grammys that year, 2006. But he's trying the beginning do-do-do-do-doo that Charlie Brown part? And so I could have like sung something over that but I didn't think that was necessary. I just wanted to keep it really fun, and keep it simple and then we segued into the 'Christmastime is here' part of the ballad part. And I just wanted to do it like pay homage to the original 'Charlie Brown' record and it was really, really nice because the Schulz Estate called me and they said they loved the version and then they gave me all these Charlie Brown stuff. That was really sweet.
ED: On the phone, we're so excited to have the Mariah Carey. She's hanging out. We're talking all about her brand-new album, Merry Christmas II You, and since this album is coming out now, holiday time, you had to record this during the summertime, right? MC: Hmhmm, in the summer and I had the house decorated, and the studio decorated with Christmas lights all through the summer but I did that when I made my first Christmas album so it wasn't like that bizarre to me. One thing I remember from doing that album is, actually I had Christmas stuff up all year. It doesn't have the same feeling when actually the holidays come around. So I've been trying to ween myself off of it. But I'm just, the way that I work is like you make the record, and you kind of listen to it, trying to live with it. I've been avoiding listening to it like cooking and stuff around the house and I'm like, 'Okay, I have to put something else on because I need to do this at Christmas.' ED: So now what do you do with all the decorations you have? Do you take them down and now that it's getting ready for Christmas time you got to put them back up again? Or what do you do? MC: I'm trying to think at where we're going for Christmas 'cause I usually go to Aspen. I'm not supposed to go there this year because I can't ski and I can't really do any of that stuff being pregnant so I'm just going to have to figure out where else we're going to go. But if we stay home, like stay in L.A., I definitely have to completely decorate the house, and possibly get a snow machine. I can't be in an unfestive environment. I can't.
ED: [Laughs] And there's no snow in California. MC: I know. I know. So maybe we'll stay in New York. But I don't know. We're trying to figure it out. ED: That's one of the things like when I moved here I was like, 'It doesn't feel like Christmas' really 'cause nobody really decorates their house a whole bunch and there's no snow... MC: That's what I'm saying like I can't be in a bleak environment. I can't [laughs]. I can't allow that. I don't know what I'm going to do. Honestly, I'm not kidding about the snow machine. You think I'm joking? I'm really not. ED: I have to go to your house for Christmas this year. MC: Well, you might as well come by. ED: [Laughs] Alright, this is Mariah Carey hanging out on Radio Disney. Another song from her album, her brand-new album Merry Christmas II You, the festive version, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.'
ED: Radio Disney's Ernie D hanging out with Mariah Carey. She's on the phone right now. So Mariah, is Christmas going to be a lot different for you now with your baby-to-be and everything? MC: Yeah. I'm trying to figure out how I can do some of the things, a lot of the things are just out. ED: Some things are not out though. MC: No. But ha. Yeah, I got to figure out where I'm going to do that depending on what city I'm in. I figured I got this really cute gift box that I was talking about before. It's like this gold box that got my Christmas album in there, it's got photo album, it's got a butterfly Christmas ornament, and gift tags, and I need to do it quick because it's really super-cute. I'm thinking that basically I'm going to take this and just going to give this as a gift 'cause it's really nice.
ED: Mariah, what's the most memorable Christmas gift you've ever gotten? MC: Wow, it's hard to say because some things that could be like I could draw a picture for you, you know, that would an incredible gift that you keep for years. You could get something that is, you know, something that's I guess more materialistic, be valuable in that way but I think just having a great Christmas, a great holiday, and really being with people that you love, that's a gift. Just to have some rest; and relax and really enjoy being with family and friends. ED: Is there a special song that you, like a special holiday song, that you're singing to the baby now that it is getting to be the holiday. Is there a song in general that you sing to the baby? MC: The whole album [laughs]. Because I was recording this and that's what was going on so I have a feeling... well, I just hope they don't turn out like hating Christmas because...
ED: 'Cause you were recording the album... MC: The whole time, yeah. Now I'm going to be, for the rest of the month, doing all these different Christmas moments. There's something really nice, as I was saying before, about doing this album right now. If this were any other type of album, it would have been really not easy but the fact that this is the holiday and stuff makes it nice. ED: Mariah Carey on the phone right now. We're talking about her album, the brand-new one Merry Christmas II You. We're talking about the 2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade in a minute but I wanted to find out 'cause I know everybody's parents did this, was there something your mom did to you that was just so embarrassing you like promised yourself, 'I'm never going to do that to my child.' MC: One thing that's pretty funny, if you listen to the album, number track 9, there's 'Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus' featuring my mom. And she is an opera singer and people are like, 'Wow! It's so amazing. Your mom is such a good singer' and I'm like, 'Did you think she wasn't going to be good?' When I was little I wouldn't be, not even so little but if I wasn't home on time or something she would like sing my name like Mariah [sings in operatic voice] and sing my name really loud. In fact, you can hear it from all the way down the street. I would definitely not be doing that.
ED: So what does Nick want for the holidays this year? Probably just for you guys to be together, I would imagine. MC: It's really tough because of his schedule and my schedule so we're just trying to figure it out what we're doing and how to have our best time ever 'cause I don't want to be like, 'Oh, I can't do anything and I have to stay inside' and bla-bla-bla. We have a really good time whatever we do so we'll just enjoy being together. ED: You're also perfoming at the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade on ABC at Walk Disney World. MC: Yay, we love that. Disney is the best, most fun at Christmas time. The best. I'm very, very excited for that. ED: And you know what? I promised you you're going to get snow even though it's Florida. MC: I already know. You can never be disappointed being at Disney at Christmas ever.
ED: In the midst of doing all this holiday album - recording it, putting it together, promoting it - have you ever had the chance to have some time off, just relax, just kind of hang out a minute? MC: The way I approached this record was very like in a relaxed manner. Something I'm glad about is that I got the art work out of the way before I really started working on the album. I had one song done and so at least I could have the album done before I gained so much weight, showing and all that stuff. So that's fun. The packaging is really cute with all the reindeer, the snow. I wore the same outfit from the first album but it's like an updated yet classic version. I got the chance to relax and stuff while making the record 'cause I don't look at it as such a stressful thing like making a regular album, which none of it is really stressful, if you love music it's what you do and you want to do it. ED: I do have to admit that I'm very impressed that even though you are pregnant and you have a baby on the way that you're still wearing high heels and that's kind of important to you. MC: Not today.
ED: You're not wearing high heels today? MC: No. I have on like ugly-looking things. ED: Just the boots? Why? Are the high heels starting to hurt your feet? Are your feet swelling like your ankles starting to swell? MC: Hmm, a little. It's not festive. [laughs] ED: [Laughs] Aren't you getting your feet rubbed at least? MC: Yeah, Nick was doing that last night. ED: It makes a difference, doesn't it? I'm glad that he's taking care of you. Congratulations on the album, Mariah. The best of luck to you this holiday season, and good luck with the baby. Anything you need. If you need a babysitter, if you need anything, I'm here for you. Have a Happy Holidays, Mariah. MC: Thank you. Much appreciated. You too, Merry Christmas! Bye.
HSN Previews the Mariah Carey Brand
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 24-Nov-2010, 2:49AM EST
HSN is giving its customers an exclusive sneak preview of the Mariah Carey lifestyle brand starting today at HSN.com! Check out the new Mariah Carey items they have up now!
The big day is Cyber Monday, November 29th when we get to see Mariah's full line of jewelry, footwear and fragrance collection being showcased on HSN TV at the following times: 12am, 1am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 9pm, 10pm (all Eastern); and online at HSN.com.
MDJ's Merry Christmas II You Fan Photo Gallery
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 24-Nov-2010, 12:01AM EST
Here are some of the proud owners of Mariah's #1 Holiday album Merry Christmas II You! Thanks for purchasing this incredible, soon to be a classic album - a definite must-have for your Mariah Carey collection! If you want to be included in our Gallery and be counted, send us your photo with your Merry Christmas II You CDs at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to indicate your location (City/State/Country) in your e-mail.
JOSE Mesa Arizona
ROBERT Maumelle Arkansas
SHELTON Searcy Arkansas
CYNTHIA Concord California
CHRISTIAN Downey California
CHRISTIAN Downey California
JONATHAN El Monte California
JAIR Huntington P California
GICEL La Puente California
MIKE Los Angeles California
RUDY Los Angeles California
ADNAN Newbury Pk California
YOSSARIAN Sacramento California
JONATHAN Washington D.C.
TONY Largo Florida
ALPHONSO Miami Florida
SHAREEF Miami Florida
JOSHUA East Point Georgia
CHEN Carbondale Illinois
BOB Chicago Illinois
JOE JUAN Chicago Illinois
SCOTT Elgin Illinois
DAVID St. Charles Illinois
JEREMY B Alexandria Louisiana
JEREMY H Alexandria Louisiana
JOSHUA Baton Rouge Louisiana
JOSUE Chicopee Massachusetts
CHARIA Detroit Michigan
DERRICK Perth Amboy New Jersey
JOSH Brooklyn New York
JUSTIN Bronx New York
MATTHEW Manhattan New York
RENE New York City New York
BLANCA Queens New York
RIAH Durham N.Carolina
PAUL Avon Lake Ohio
ERNEST Manhattan New York
JANEL Laureldale Pennsylvania
JOSH Philadelphia Pennsylvania
MATTHEW Philadelphia Pennsylvania
TAZ Philadelphia Pennsylvania
PHILLIP Dallas Texas
ALEJANDRO Fort Worth Texas
MARIAH B Houston Texas
JEFF Virginia Beach Virginia
ERIC&LINDSEY Woodbridge Virginia
BRIDGETTE Sequim Washington
LAUREN Gold Coast AUSTRALIA
BOYET Sydney AUSTRALIA
MARJUN Sydney AUSTRALIA
MATTY Sydney AUSTRALIA
MOMAN Melbourne AUSTRALIA
MICHAEL Salzburg AUSTRIA
STIJN Antwerp BELGIUM
MICHIEL Ghent BELGIUM
DANIEL Curitiba BRAZIL
THIAGO Rio de J BRAZIL
ANA Sao Paulo BRAZIL
REINALDO Sao Paulo BRAZIL
RENATA&LOUIS Sao Paulo BRAZIL
DEENY Negara BRUNEI
NORDIA Calgary CANADA
MICHAEL Toronto CANADA
JUSTIN Vancouver CANADA
ERICK Santiago CHILE
JIRKA Brno CZECH REP
CAN Copenhagen DENMARK
ELIEZER Hato Mayor DOMINICAN R
NICOLAS Aubagne FRANCE
STEPHANIE Chalon FRANCE
ADELYNE Paris FRANCE
ISHAM Paris FRANCE
MALLORIE Paris FRANCE
ANTOINE Peymeinade FRANCE
SABRINA Les Epesses FRANCE
LISA Sallertaine FRANCE
JASMIN Hamburg GERMANY
DANNY Hessen GERMANY
DOMI Werl GERMANY
CHARLY Puerto Cortes HONDURAS
TIM Hong Kong HONG KONG
NATHAN Braemar Hill HONG KONG
ANDRAS Budapest HUNGARY
KATALIN Budapest HUNGARY
REKA Budapest HUNGARY
SAROLTA Budapest HUNGARY
CSABA Nagykoros HUNGARY
SZILVIA Szekesfehervar HUNGARY
ANDRU Bogor INDONESIA
HARTANTO Borneo INDONESIA
DIMAS Jakarta INDONESIA
DWI Jakarta INDONESIA
EDWIN Jakarta INDONESIA
JOHAN Jakarta INDONESIA
PIETER Jakarta INDONESIA
ZENDY Jakarta INDONESIA
SEAN Limerick IRELAND
PAOLO Bergamo ITALY
ALESSIO Florence ITALY
JAMES Milan ITALY
MARCO Napoli ITALY
DANIELE Rome ITALY
LEO Scafati ITALY
AUGUSTO Sorrento ITALY
ILA Traversetolo ITALY
MARCELLO Trieste ITALY
ALE Sardinia ITALY
SAMANTA Milano ITALY
HANNAH Kuala Lumpur MALAYSIA
MICKIE Jalisco MEXICO
GUSTAVO Merida MEXICO
PACO Mexico City MEXICO
JUAN LUIS Toluca MEXICO
MASJA Amsterdam NETHERLANDS
ANITA Drachten NETHERLANDS
ESTHER Haarsteeg NETHERLANDS
SUZANNE Spijkenisse NETHERLANDS
LESLIE Esteli NICARAGUA
GUIDO Asuncion PARAGUAY
YANNI Antipolo PHILIPPINES
KEN&LYNN Bulacan PHILIPPINES
IVAN Cavite PHILIPPINES
LIONEL Cebu City PHILIPPINES
ALON Manila PHILIPPINES
ATHAN Manila PHILIPPINES
ENZO Manila PHILIPPINES
FRANZEN Manila PHILIPPINES
FROCIE Manila PHILIPPINES
JP Manila PHILIPPINES
JUKIE Manila PHILIPPINES
KEN&RAYMOND Manila PHILIPPINES
MANDY Manila PHILIPPINES
MIMI Manila PHILIPPINES
PETALS Manila PHILIPPINES
RAYMART Manila PHILIPPINES
RONALD Manila PHILIPPINES
ROCKWELL Pampanga PHILIPPINES
JAMES Paranaque PHILIPPINES
JELO Tarlac PHILIPPINES
CARLO Valenzuela PHILIPPINES
GERARD Cracow POLAND
GRETA Czechowice POLAND
LUCAS Gdynia POLAND
DANIEL Swidnik POLAND
WOJTEK Wroclaw POLAND
BENJAMIN San Juan PUERTO RICO
PHILIP Perm RUSSIA
DANIELA Timisoara ROMANIA
MANUELA Timisoara ROMANIA
JEVI Singapore SINGAPORE
MARK Singapore SINGAPORE
ELKIN&KIKO Cantabria SPAIN
ZAKARIA Cantabria SPAIN
SPAIN FANS Jose Manuel SPAIN
DANIEL Gothenburg SWEDEN
LINDA Stockholm SWEDEN
JOSLIE Basel SWITZERLAND
TADDY Zurich SWITZERLAND
WAYNE Kaohsiung TAIWAN
DONALD Bangkok THAILAND
HUGO Bangkok THAILAND
NUENG Bangkok THAILAND
WASIN Bangkok THAILAND
WILL Ceredigion UK
MICHAEL Cheshire UK
LATOYA Huddersfield UK
CLARKE London UK
CHRIS London UK
IGA London UK
MARTYN London UK
G. FORD London UK
Final HDD Tally: MCIIY Sells 35K in Week 3
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 23-Nov-2010, 10:10PM EST
Hits Daily Double's final album sales tally for this week shows Mariah's new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You logging in at #19 with respectable sales of 34,775 copies (+15%) in its third week of release.
The official album sales figures will be determined by Nielsen SoundScan whose data apply to the Billboard charts; and will be released later this week.
Nicki Minaj: "Mariah Will Have the Most Diva Baby"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 23-Nov-2010, 5:44PM EST
Nicki Minaj gives Mariah a shout out in an interview with Us Magazine:
US: One of the first things you really were known for was Mariah's "Up Out of My Face" collaboration. Are you still friends with her? NM: Actually, I am still close to Mariah. I felt like Mariah and I really hit it off on a personal level. Not that we speak every single day, but whenever we speak, we're always laughing within two seconds. She reminds me of myself with her sense of humor -- her ability to use sarcasm all the time. But working with her was like a dream come true. I've loved Mariah for as long as I can remember. To have that and for her to be my first video and first big feature, that in itself was just incredible.
US: Do you think she'll make a good mom? She just announced she's having a baby. NM: Of course she will! I told her she will. You know why? Because she's so sweet and hilarious. If it's a girl, oh my god, that baby is going to be the most diva baby in the game. The baby is going to have freakin' diamond bibs and diamond rattles and it's going to be crazy.
Photo: Mariah & mom Patricia on ABC Christmas Special
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 23-Nov-2010, 3:58PM EST
Mariah Carey has a special guest by her side for her upcoming ABC special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You: her mother, Patricia.
Wearing an elegant black dress, the singer will belt out Christmas songs from her new album, Merry Christmas II You, for the show, which is set to air Dec. 13 (9 p.m. ET). It was taped at Los Angeles's Orpheum Theater.
Mariah on Billboard's Chart Highlights This Week
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 23-Nov-2010, 1:14PM EST
Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts with their respective top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts. In this week's report, Mariah appears twice with her holiday songs, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," and "Oh Santa!"
HQ Photos: Mariah on ABC Christmas Special
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 23-Nov-2010, 10:01AM EST
Below are photos of Mariah from her "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You" special that is airing on Monday, December 13 at 9:00pm ET on ABC. The show was filmed at The Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Saturday, November 6, 2010.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Celine
MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Semi-Finals
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 23-Nov-2010, 9:46AM EST
All they want for Christmas is YOU... to vote for them, of course! Yes, it's the Semi-Finals of our competition, MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition, and each of the Top 5 contestants is vying for a spot in next week's Finale.
Here are your Top 5 Finalists. Unfortunately, the journey ends for three of our finalists - Joseph Saldivar (USA), Rocky Heron (USA) and Team LoveLoveJack (Japan) who did not receive enough votes to advance to the Semi-Finals.
FINALIST #2 - BERNARDO GARRIDO, Spain Cast: Bernardo, Carmen, Ana A, Leyre, Fatima, Jose, Charlie, Juan and Ana M. Watch | Download
FINALIST #3 - MARCO ADRIANO, Netherlands Cast: Marco, Karianne and Aaldert Watch | Download
FINALIST #4 - MATTHIEU BARA, France Cast: Druide du Château Rouge (Matthieu), Comtesse de Corvisart (Alex), Baronne de Strass Bourre (Pierre), Clo-Clo de Thilde (Clothilde), and Métèque (Pierre) Watch | Download
The poll is now open! They've made it this far and our Top 5 finalists are counting on you now more than ever to keep them in the competition. Who do you want to see in next week's Finale? Leave your comments here. Voting for this round will conclude on Monday, November 29th at 11:59pm ET!
Is Mariah Carey Expecting Twins?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 22-Nov-2010, 7:13PM EST
Mariah Carey may have a double dose of baby joy when she gives birth! The mom-to-be, who is expecting with husband Nick Cannon, may have let it slip that she's having more than just one child.
While promoting Merry Christmas II You, Mariah said she sings songs from her new album to her baby bump. In an interview with Radio Disney's Ernie D. set to air Tuesday, Mariah joked, "I just hope that they don't turn out hating Christmas!"
Hmmm... was that a slip of the tongue? Only time will tell!
Note: Mariah's interview with Radio Disney's Ernie D. will air tomorrow, Nov. 23 at 2:00pm PT/5:00pm ET. Find your station here or check for other ways to listen here. Be sure to tune in!
US Fans: Download MCIIY from Amazon for Only $1.99!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 22-Nov-2010, 2:48PM EST
Here's your chance to own the digital version of Merry Christmas II You for only $1.99!
Amazon is offering a FREE MP3 music download credit of $3.00, and you can apply this credit to download Merry Christmas II You which is currently priced at $4.99!
Click here and follow the directions to apply the code GET3MP3S to your account which will give you a $3.00 credit for an MP3 download. Then find MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU and download!
Amazon's promotional offer is valid from Nov. 22, 2010 12:00am PST through Nov. 29, 2010 11:59pm PST. Downloads will count toward the Billboard 200 so get Merry Christmas II You now!
Source: Amazon | Roland
Fujifilm Joins Mariah in "Oh Santa!" Video
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 22-Nov-2010, 12:41PM EST
Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S And Mariah Carey Get Holidays Started With New Music Video, "Oh,Santa!" Instant Film Camera Captures Holiday Fun in Festive Sing Along
FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced that its trend-setting Instax Mini 7S instant camera is being featured in global music icon Mariah Carey's new holiday music video, "Oh, Santa!" The retro-looking camera with its signature credit card-sized, white bordered photos captures the vibrant holiday fun in an instant.
"Everyone loves the holidays, and with her signature voice and remarkable talent, nobody knows how to kick-off the season better than Mariah Carey. Fujifilm is thrilled to be a part of the festivities with our Instax Mini 7S camera and film," said Kayce Baker, director of marketing, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM North America Corporation. "We are delighted to join Mariah Carey in this video, and we hope that everyone can capture and share this year's holiday fun with our favorite instant camera."
"Oh Santa!" is the new single from Mariah Carey's holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, and is available now from The Island Def Jam Music Group.
Associated Press Reviews Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 22-Nov-2010, 9:49AM EST
Mariah Carey "Merry Christmas II You" (Island Def Jam) By Alicia Quarles, Associated Press
Mariah Carey insists that Christmas is her favorite time of year, and it shows on "Merry Christmas II You," Carey's second holiday album.
The record is a mix of classics such as "O Little Town of Bethlehem" and "O Holy Night." It also includes new recordings, including the first single, "Oh Santa!"
The stakes were high for Carey with this release. Despite the multitude of hits she has racked up over the years, one of her most enduring songs is "All I Want for Christmas Is You." The track has become a modern holiday classic, setting the bar for any new seasonal music Carey wanted to release.
This time around, the up-tempo "Oh Santa!" with its catchy hook, gives "All I Want for Christmas" a run for its money. On the single, Carey sings about a lost love, and how she longs for Santa to bring him back. "Santa is going to come and make you mine this Christmas," Carey playfully croons. The fun-filled track, which Carey wrote with her longtime collaborator, producer Jermaine Dupri (and Bryan-Michael Cox) showcases Carey at her best.
She seamlessly transitions from this pop tune to more heavy material which features the wide rang of her voice. In one of the more touching moments on the album, Carey teams up with her mother, Patricia Carey, who sings the chorus on "O Come All Ye Faithful," in operatic tones. Carey then switches to the R&B track, "When Christmas Comes.
Most of the songs on the album will fill your ears with holiday cheer, but Carey does hit a sour note, specifically on "One Child," a sappy song that comes toward the end of the album.
Luckily, Carey redeems herself with a new recording of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The song was first released in 1994, but 17 years later, it is still a welcome addition to any holiday album.
With the release of "Merry Christmas II You," Carey proves that there is such a thing as building upon perfection.
Mariah Carey: Super Fan Sweepstakes
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 22-Nov-2010, 9:25AM EST
Imagine the excitement Christmas morning when you tell your family they're going on a magical 5-day/4-night Walt Disney World vacation for four that includes an overnight stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite, roundtrip coach airfare (approximate retail value of the vacation is $4,200!), plus an autographed copy of Mariah Carey's CD Merry Christmas II You! It could happen if you win from Ryan Seacrest. All you have to do is enter here! Contest ends Sunday, November 28 at 11:59:59pm PT.
Don't miss the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade airing Dec. 25th on ABC. Ryan Seacrest and Nick Cannon are hosting a coast-to-coast entertainment spectacular that includes Mariah Carey and all your favorite Disney characters. For show times and information, visit DisneyChristmasDayParade.com.
Merry Christmas II You Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Monday, 22-Nov-2010, 2:43AM EST
United States (88,500): 04-12 United Kingdom (2,500): 101 Canada: 14-24 Australia (1,500): 37 Netherlands: 52 Taiwan: 14
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Mantooth | Stevyy
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 21-Nov-2010, 2:43PM EST
NICKI MINAJ. Pop fans were introduced to Nicki Minaj when she appeared on the remix to Mariah Carey's "Up Out My Face." Nicki shares the encouraging words the pop diva told her that gave her a boost of confidence.
"I was shaking. After we shot the video, she gave me a little pep talk that was really sweet and sentimental. She was like, 'You're going to make it. You're going to be really big!'"
Mariah was right. Since then, she's appeared on tracks for Christina Aguilera, Usher, M.I.A., and many more. Nicki's debut album Pink Friday drops Monday, Nov. 22. Two of the songs on the album mention Mariah.
"Girls Fall Like Dominoes" So when I'm in the hills I hang with Kristin Cavallari And when I'm in Miami I'm with Kourtney, Kim and Khloe And when I'm in the A I'm with Ciara or it's Keri I'm feeling like a Diva then I hit Mariah Carey
"Blazin'" - Featured artist Kanye West raps in a verse: Only higher is Messiah or notes of Mariah
MIRANDA LAMBERT. CMA has started its 12 days of Christmas leading up to the Nov. 29's CMA Country Christmas with some of the country artists discussing their favorite holiday traditions. First to be featured was country star Miranda Lambert talking about her favorite Christmas album. Video here.
"I listen to the Mariah Carey Christmas from like 12 years ago, every Christmas. I think it's a great CD and so every year I start pulling it out right around December, middle of December, I sort of get in the mood."
SMOKEY ROBINSON. In a recent appearance on the Today show, Smokey Robinson talked about the current artists he listens to. See video here, he mentions Mariah at about the 3:05 mark.
"I listen to everybody out there. They have great, young talent out there and a whole lot of them will be around for a long time. I like Maxwell and Carrie Underwood and Jennifer Hudson and Mariah Carey and Alicia Keyes. There's a lot of them out there that I really love. They're making great music. People have given new music a negative vibe or connotation. It's not like that at all. A lot of people are making great music."
RIHANNA. Rihanna has always cited Mariah as one of her musical influences. In VH1's "5 Questions: Rihanna" video interview here, at about the 01:40 mark, she mentioned Mariah again when asked "What inspired you to be a singer and performer?"
"I was actually inspired by a lot of other singers like Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, Shania Twain. I listen to a lot of Reggae music but my favorite music to listen to, the music I was most inspired by, were ballads. I know, sad love songs."
MARK & KRISTIN (KOST 103.5). Mariah was recently featured on Mark and Kristin's morning show segment "Behind The Song" on KOST 103.5FM in Los Angeles with her first-ever #1 song, "Vision of Love." Listen below.
Mark and Kristin: "She started writing songs in high school and when she was 16, she met a drummer who knew how to put demo tapes together in his bedroom. They spent two years co-writing songs and recording. When she finished high school, she worked as a waitress and a coat check girl while she kept writing and dreaming. Then she became a backup singer for Brenda K. Starr and it was Brenda who took the young girl's demo tape to a party one Friday night and handed it to the President of Columbia Records. He listened to it in his limo as he left the party and two songs into it turned around and went back to the party to find the girl behind the voice. That resulted in a record deal for our now 18-year-old New Yorker and she wrote a new song, not just about love between two people but about the love in her heart for where her life had taken her and the adventure she was about to take in the music business that she'd spent her whole childhood dreaming of. That song became her first single and went to #1 around the world and since then she's gone on to become the #1 female vocalist of all time. And this is how it all started. Her first huge hit 'Vision of Love,' it's today's Mark and Kristin's 'Behind The Song' on KOST 103.5."
ROHFF. French rapper ROHFF mentions Mariah in his new song "Dans Ma Werss." He sings "je rêve de peser comme Jay-Z, de poser avec Mariah et Weezy" ("I dream to be as big as Jay Z and sing with Mariah & Weezy"). Check out his music video.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | KOST 103.5 | Tom | | Rap-Up | Andrew | VH1 | Oualid | Marc | Marquis | Nando | Rene
HQ Photos: Mariah at Rockefeller Center Taping, Nov. 19
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 20-Nov-2010, 10:26AM EST
Source: Celine | MariahDailyJournal
Fan Photos/Reviews: Mariah at Rockefeller Center Taping
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 20-Nov-2010, 12:01AM EST
Earlier tonight in New York City, Mariah recorded her performance for the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting special that's airing on Tuesday, November 30th on NBC. Following an earlier taping of Annie Lennox's performance from 7pm-8pm, Mariah's backup singers and dancers took the stage to rehearse for a good two hours until Mariah finally came out looking so pretty in a red coat at around 10pm to perform "Oh Santa!"
Below are pictures from tonight's Rockefeller Center taping: Workers setting up the stage earlier in the day, the crowd patiently waiting for Mariah to come out on stage; and finally, Mariah on stage performing "Oh Santa!"
And here are more pictures of Mariah on stage. Thanks to Kyle and Josh!
And a video, recorded by Matthew, of Mariah performing "Oh Santa!"
Fan Reviews DANNY (Jamesburg, NJ): "I got there way too early at like 2pm, so we basically just walked around stores and stuff until 4pm and we got on line. The Annie Lennox fans went into the skating rink first, and the Mariah fans went behind. After Annie performed 2 songs twice, her fans were supposed to step aside and let the Mariah fans up front, but that didn't happen and I ended up getting trampled and being put back 10 rows from where I had originally been. Then they had to take away all the instruments from the stage and add more trees to fill in space because Mariah didn't use a live band. Annie Lennox was done approximately at 8pm, and then Mariah's dancers came out and rehearsed like 4 times! Then the background came out and they rehearsed again 3 times. The dancers were cute though, they had child dancers and they were really impressive. Then Mariah finally showed up a little after 10pm (as the show was originally supposed to be ending), and she was very quiet. She didn't interact at all. She wasn't her usual peppy self. She sang 'Oh Santa!' the first time and she complained that she couldn't hear herself so they took out her ear piece and she did it again. That was really it. I couldn't hear her voice most of the time over the music. It was very low. There was a random Snoopy character on stage posing with Mariah. I thought that she was going to sing 'Charlie Brown Christmas' when I saw him, but no. Even though Mariah's part was really short and we were all freezing from standing on the ice for 4 hours, I had a great time. It was a memorable experience for me especially because I met some lambs I've been wanting to meet for years, and I brought my sister along to see MC for the first time!"
JOSH (Brooklyn, NY): "I was lucky enough to be right at the stage so I noticed that in between the first and second performance of Oh Santa, Mariah actually looked like she was fighting back tears, and her team of stylists were doing their best to make her look perfect (more perfect than she already does!). The funny thing was, before Mariah even took the stage, it looked like Trey Lorenz was also dealing with some tough emotions. It made all of us in my section wonder what was going on. But nonetheless, Mimi turned it out. We realized that all the microphones seemed to be absorbing the singing (backup singers too, probably so it didn't echo for them), so maybe that's why it didn't sound like a powerhouse vocal. But being as close as we were, my friends and I could tell that there was no doubt that she was singing live, and the whistle register part of Oh Santa was in full effect. It was kind of annoying that some of us were waiting since 3pm and we sadly only got 10 minutes of Mimi (yet multiple performances of Annie Lennox), but she looked so pretty, just like the the cover of Merry Christmas II You. She also was totally interactive with the fans. An Italian gentleman near me yelled, 'Say something in Italian!' and she smiled and said, 'Grazie baby.' And the kid dancers were amazing!"
RAY (New York, NY): "We showed up at around 6pm and the line moved pretty quick. They had us all line up in Rockefeller Plaza where the Today Show is shot before ushering us all down to the rink. Folks that came out to see Annie Lennox perform were given purple wristbands, and Mariah fans were given pink ones. They told us that we would get to move forward after Annie performed, which kind of happened -- after her multiple retakes of two different songs, they had to make the stage bigger to accommodate MC's dancers, so the crowd got pushed back and then brought back up again. People were lined up all around the skating rink, which was very nice to see, and it seemed like all of them waited patiently through the 2 hours of rehearsals Mariah's dancers and backup singers performed (evidently to fill the time for us until she arrived). Santa finally came and made her ours at around 10pm, and she looked and sounded amazing. She performed 'Oh Santa' but we could hardly hear her. After the first performance, her stylists came out and mobbed her, but through it all I could hear her ask one of the stage managers next to her 'Is that what's going on right now?' and she seemed kind of irritated or disappointed, but then turned to her fans and smiled and waved at us before turning out an even better/stronger and much more interactive performance of the song. Then this guy dressed up as Snoopy randomly came on stage to take a few pictures with her and it seemed like something that took her by surprise -- like she didn't know that was going to happen, but she obliged. All in all, she was very nice to the fans and very cheery and happy during the performances."
ASHANTE (Piscataway, NJ): "Last night was absolutely AMAZING! Got there around 2:30 and walked around aimlessly wondering where the line was. Then I found the line and it was like 5 people in it and they were the most amazing fans ever! A lot of people got confused cause 1iota didn't specify where we were supposed to stand exactly. But once the line started to get large they put a flag up and Annie Lennox fans stood in the front. Let's just say that compared to her fan base and Mariah's fan base Mariah so won. Anyway we sat through the Annie Lennox concert and then they made those fans leave and everyone else got to move up. I was exactly in the middle with my body touching the stage! Talk about the best seats in the house...for a freaking free ticket! After watching the dancers rehearse like four times, they taped the crowd cheering and dancing to Oh Santa then Mariah came out. She looked absolutely stunning. She was upset after the first take though because she couldn't hear herself and when she first came out there was like a little bump in the stage and it was hella awkward standing on it. But she smiled and made it work. She was so great to everyone in front of her and to the fans. She smiled and talked to me a few times and I smiled and talked back. Seeing her gets more amazing every single time. She is absolutely beautiful pregnant and just radiant all over. Last night was SO amazing and I'm so grateful that Mariah still constantly does things like this to make her Lambs happy. Flawless, Beautiful, Amazing woman!"
DEREK (China): "I cannot believe that a year ago I was writing to you guys about my favorite Mariah Moments and now I finally saw her perform LIVE! Last night was freezing cold and we were standing on ice, albeit covered with carpets! But, as soon as Mariah came out, it was all worth it! Her vocals were GREAT! She sang 'Oh Santa' twice totally live. The whistle note was amazing the 1st time, but the 2nd time she really killed it! She interacted with the fans and left the stage soon after, which was totally understandable given her current condition. It's been my dream to see her sing live and last night it finally happened! I cannot wait for the next time!"
ANDREW (Manhattan, NY): "Yesterday I arrived at Rockefeller center at 4:00pm asking where the check-in point and the line were. After seeing the 1iota staff preparing up, I waited in line in very good position after the Annie Lennox fans. While waiting, a security man informed us Annie would have performed 2 or 3 songs first, then Mariah would have done the same. I was sure about 'Oh Santa', then I thought about the other 2, surely another from the new album and 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.' It was my first time to see Mariah live and I was extremely euphoric. Besides, I really enjoyed being surrounded by Mariah's fans playing and singing her music. I waited in the sixth row in front of the stage during Annie performance, and after that I realized Mariah would have performed only one song, maybe 2. I tried hard to get much closer than I could when the Annie Lennox fans with the purple wristbands moved away. A new stage was added to allow enough space for the dancers. I got a very close position. I really enjoyed the dancers performances. The kids were amazing. When I saw Trey and Mary Ann, I stuck! They had fun with the crowd, and the performance rehearsed 3 times more with Trey whispering Mariah's part. When the so much identifiable microphone arrived, I got more and more excited realizing she would have stayed so close to me. She arrived, reached the stage and suddenly was surrounded by her staff. At first she appeared a little bit sad, but interacted with us. During the first performance I couldn't listen to her very good, but even during Annie Lennox the audio was quite bad. After the first performance, she shook her hand with some fans, but she was interrupted and was asked to do another one, and she was a little bit disappointed. Again surrounded, but this time I yelled her: 'Brava' and then 'Say something in Italian,' she smiled and said 'Ciao! Grazie!' I laughed and I answered her back. The second performance was much better, she enjoyed more. At the end she took some photos, but in my opinion she would have preferred to interact with us more. I was so lucky because one of my wishes came true!"
Source: Kyle | Danny | Vinny | Matthew | Anthony | Brendan | Josh | Ray | Ashante | Derek | Andrew
Mariah's Schedule of Upcoming Appearances
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 19-Nov-2010, 10:12PM EST
Below is an updated list of Mariah's upcoming appearances. Be sure to mark your calendars!
Tuesday, November 23 Interview with Ernie D Radio Disney - 2:00pm PT/5:00pm ET *Find your station here or check other ways to listen (Disney.com, iTunes, Sirius, DirectTV)
Wednesday, November 24 Mariah Carey A&E Biography - Premiere: 10pm ET Reruns: Thurs, Nov. 25 - 2am ET & Sun, Nov. 28 - 9am ET
Monday, November 29 Mariah Lifestyle Brand HSN - 12am, 1am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 9pm, 10pm ET
Monday, November 29 In Search of Mimi BBC Radio 2 (UK) - 10:00pm-11:00pm (2:00pm PT/5:00pm ET) Live Stream
Tuesday, November 30 78th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting NBC - 8:00pm-9:00pm ET Recorded: Friday, November 19 (Rockefeller Center, NYC, NY)
Saturday, December 4 & Sunday, December 5 Mariah Hosts American Top 40 Syndicated - Find your station here
Friday, December 10 2010 Halo Awards TeenNick - 8:00pm ET
Sunday, December 12 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC - 8:00pm ET Recorded: October 18 & 24 (Baker, FL)
Sunday, December 12 "Oh Santa!" Opening Song in Christmas Cupid Movie ABC Family - 8:00pm ET
Monday, December 13 Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You ABC - 9:00pm ET Recorded: Saturday, November 6 (The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
Friday, December 17 Christmas in Washington TNT - 8:00pm ET Recording: Sunday, December 12 (National Building Museum, Washington, DC)
Saturday, December 25 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade ABC - 12:00pm-2:00pm ET Recording: Friday, December 3 (Disney World, Orlando, FL)
Mariah Says Christmas Album is for the Baby
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 19-Nov-2010, 9:43PM EST
Singer Mariah Carey loves Christmas, and now being pregnant, the holiday is even more special -- and different.
In an interview with Radio Disney's Ernie D to air Nov. 23, Carey said she made her new Christmas album for the baby. "I was recording this when I found out I was pregnant!"
Now Mariah is trying to figure out where to go for the holiday. "I usually go to Aspen, but I'm not supposed to go there this year because I can't ski and I can't really do any of that stuff being pregnant. So, I'm just going to have to figure out where else we're going to go."
The soon-to-be-mom also shared something embarrassing her mom did that Mariah vows never to do. "If I wasn't home on time or something, she would sing my name really loud and I could hear it from way down the street and I will definitely not be doing that."
The interview airs on Radio Disney Tuesday, Nov. 23 (2:00 PM PT/5:00 PM ET).
New Mariah Holiday Ringtones
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 19-Nov-2010, 2:13PM EST
Personalize your mobile phone with new holiday ringtones from Mariah's album Merry Christmas II You!
It's quick and easy to give your phone a bit of holiday cheer. Just select the Mariah ringtone of your choice and text the short code to 30303 on your mobile phone!
"Oh Santa!" - text MC7A "All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive" - text MC7B "Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)" - text MC7C "O Holy Night" (Live) - text MC7D "One Child" - text MC7E "When Christmas Comes" - text MC7F
The ringtones are $1.99 each. Message & data rates may apply.
"In Search of Mimi" on UK's BBC Radio 2 Nov. 29
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 19-Nov-2010, 1:25AM EST
IN SEARCH OF MIMI BBC Radio 2 [Live Stream here] Monday, November 29, 10pm–11pm British Time (5pm ET/2pm PT)
Presenter: Trevor Nelson Producer: Sarah Thompson
In Search of Mimi is a detailed and intimate look at the life and times of Mariah Carey whose career has so far spanned twenty years. We'll get to know the real Mariah Carey, away from the sugary image and diva demands – this programme paints a picture of a person very different to the image of the ice-queen we've been fed in the past.
Trevor Nelson traces her extraordinary career from the moment she got signed, to her first single "Vision of Love," and her MTV Unplugged sessions which showed the world her tremendous vocal range that would be talked about for decades to come. As we trace her careers ups and downs, we'll hear the music that made her famous such as "Emotions" and "Fantasy," as well as the lesser known tracks that Mariah cherishes as some of her favourite pieces of work like "Underneath The Stars" and "The Roof."
We hear from her colleagues and close friends along the way including her video directing collaborator Brett Ratner who sheds light on working with her on set of her music videos: "We're like two kids in a candy store." We hear about her antics on tour, and in the studio from her back-up singers Trey Lorenz and Mary Ann Tatum, while her close friend Jasmine Dotiwala talks about being on holiday in fabulous destinations with Mariah and her real character behind closed doors.
We also hear from her Executive Producer and head of Island Def Jam records, L.A Reid. And Lee Daniels, the director of the award winning film, Precious in which Mariah recently appeared, talks about choosing her for the part of Ms. Weiss, how she adapted to the character and worked on set without a huge entourage!
Most importantly Mariah Carey herself gave producer, Sarah Thompson an intimate interview recently in New York City, she was one of only five journalists chosen from around the globe. Mariah talks candidly about her background, the stories behind some of her personal favourite songs, her struggles with her identity and her love for Hip Hop. She speaks openly and honestly about her lack of control at the beginning of her career and how her sense of humour has got her through the darkest times in her life.
As Mariah gets set to release her latest album Merry Christmas II You, we also hear from her and her friends how they spend Christmas together and hear tracks from the record whilst we find out what's next for one of the biggest selling female artists of all time.
Listen to an audio outtake of Mariah and Cha Cha settling down for the interview with Sarah below.
Sarah Thompson behind the scenes: 'If you'd said to my 16 year old self that I'd be interviewing Mariah Carey in New York one day I would have said something along the lines of..."You what???" I've been a massive fan since I can remember and always thought she was a fascinating person.
It was no mean feat to arrange and I've been working hard to set this up for the best part of a year, ever since BBC Radio 2 commissioned In Search of Mimi. I was whisked off to New York City with the task of bringing home Mariah Carey's story, in her own words.
On walking into the hotel Suite at the incredibly trendy Mercer Hotel in Soho it felt like my heart was going to physically burst out of my chest. But then I remembered what Sue told me, "It's just a job." As I went forth into the room I dropped my headphones with an almighty clatter (I never was very graceful!) but I proceeded to see Mariah Carey sitting with her new puppy Cha Cha running around her and a much smaller entourage than I'd expected! 'Heellooooo' she cooed in her soft velvety voice. She was charming, pristine, warm and funny and in the end I got a great interview with some very sincere moments indeed. As we finished she got up and gave me a great big hug before tottering off into the next room. my heart sung as I walked the streets of New York City that evening, not caring whether I was going in the direction for my hotel because in my possession was the story of Mariah Carey, in her own words and my search for Mimi was finally over.'
Mariah's New HSN Promo Spot
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 18-Nov-2010, 10:32PM EST
Below is Mariah's new promo spot for her lifestyle brand collection that she will showcase exclusively on HSN TV and HSN.com on Monday, November 29 starting at midnight.
Mariah tells JustJared: "I'm excited to partner with HSN and have another creative outlet beyond my music. From my faux fur suede booties to my pave set initial necklaces, you'll see my personal style reflected in every piece from my HSN lifestyle line."
"Feet on the ground. Head to the sky. Flirtation in every setting. Glamour at every turn."
HSN's Holiday TV Campaign: "The Greatest Names in Gifts" Multichannel retailer HSN is celebrating the holidays with special gift items, unique promotions and exciting celebrity appearances. To bring the season to life, HSN has created a holiday TV campaign featuring Mariah Carey, Iman and Twiggy as guides on a virtual shopping journey that delivers "the greatest names in gifts." Set to Mariah Carey's single "Oh Santa" from her new album Merry Christmas II You, HSN's promotion showcases a virtual array of shops and unique products as well as the convenience of shopping with HSN.
"This was one of the most creative campaigns HSN has ever produced and was designed to give our customers a window into the best of the holidays and gifts," said Andrew Sheldon, HSN's EVP of Television & Executive Creative Director. "It was exciting to shoot on the back lot of Universal Studios to capture the winter scenes and shopping windows -- and to work closely with Mariah Carey and her team. Setting the promotion to Mariah's new holiday release was a great opportunity to tie her music with her new lifestyle brand launch on Cyber Monday."
HSN's holiday campaign is airing on all of its shopping platforms and will also be in rotation on cable operators covering 95 million homes as part of HSN's cross channel marketing efforts. View the holiday promotion below.
Trenton Teen to Dance at Mariah's Rockefeller Show
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 18-Nov-2010, 5:20PM EST
Isiah Ashburn loves Mariah Carey, and over the next several weeks the Trenton Central High School West freshman will have a chance to see up close and personal one of the world's most famous divas.
Ashburn, 14, landed a dance role behind Carey for NBC's 13th annual Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. "Merry Christmas II You" airs live on Nov. 30 at 8 p.m. EST.
Ashburn admitted disbelief yesterday while heading for a New Jersey Transit train en route to New York City.
"This is very exciting," Ashburn said. "I give all praise to God and I know that things happen for a reason. Talent can give you chances and take you to far away places but I never saw this coming. I really didn't see this coming. It was a big shock."
Ashburn, a cousin of Trenton resident and P.J. Hill sixth-grader Alphonso Jones, who stars in Broadway's "Lion King," attended a New York audition as show producers looked for eight dancers to background a new Carey Christmas song.
"I got the part the same day. We all went into a room and then a woman running the audition came and said who she wanted and that was it. Everything happened so quickly. It was like Bam. Bam," Ashburn said.
Mariah is #4 on Billboard's Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artists List
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 18-Nov-2010, 3:06PM EST
In honor of the incomparable artists that have helped bring urban music to the masses over the last three decades -- and also to toast its recently launched music column The Juice -- the Billboard chart team has assembled a list of the Top 50 R&B/Hip-Hop artists of the last 25 years based on actual performance on the weekly Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts from Jan. 5, 1985, issue to the charts dated Nov. 6, 2010.
Below are the Top 10 R&B/Hip-Hop Artists, Mariah is ranked at #4.
1. R. Kelly 2. Mary J. Blige 3. Whitney Houston
4. Mariah Carey Having celebrated 20 years of conquering Billboard charts in 2010, Carey counts numerous records among her achievements. In addition to 10 No. 1s on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and five on R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, her 18 Hot 100 No. 1s are the most among solo acts (and second only to the Beatles' 20) and "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, remains the chart's longest-reigning No. 1 (16 weeks, 1995-96). With 52.7 million albums sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan, Carey stands as the best-selling R&B album artist (and third overall after Garth Brooks and the Beatles) since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991.
5. Janet Jackson 6. Usher 7. Luther Vandross 8. Jay-Z 9. Freddie Jackson 10. Alicia Keys
Why You Can't Escape Christmas Radio
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 17-Nov-2010, 12:40PM EST
To consumers, all-holiday radio sounds like Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas is You" played 28 times an hour every day for more than a month. To radio stations, it's the jingle bells of a machine that hits the jackpot the same time every year.
Each holiday season, with increasing eagerness and frequency, radio gets into the spirit by booting its regular offerings from the airwaves and replacing them with just about every hymn, carol and children's song ever played -- in all their various and oft-overwrought pop iterations. In Providence, R.I., Clear Channel-owned WSNE 93.3 was all-holiday and playing Andy Williams' "It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" by Nov. 7. Even on Web-based Pandora, spokeswoman Deborah Roth says the site's "Christmas" genre station is the most frequently added station as of Nov. 12, while Sirius-XM Satellite Radio launched six holiday-themed channels yesterday. This year, 33 stations across the U.S. changed to the all-holiday format before Nov. 12, according to broadcast and cable tracking firm Media Monitors. Eventually, there will be more than 100 stations nationwide embracing the same 24-hour holiday format that Media Monitors says was responsible for playing last season's most popular all-holiday song -- Burl Ives' "Have A Holly Jolly Christmas" -- 17,233 times in December alone. Considering those stations usually bring the format screeching to a halt Christmas night, that's more than 689 plays per day -- or 29 times an hour.
Considering it's a two-minute song, that actually leaves listeners with 48 "Holly Jolly"-free minutes a day. Last year's No. 2, Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," is a similarly merciful length, but the No. 3 -- Mariah's aforementioned "All I Want For Christmas Is You" -- defies mathematical logic. Played 16,634 times last December, the four-minute holiday powerhouse is played roughly 28 times an hour in the first 25 days of the month -- cramming 112 minutes of pitchy holiday standard in a 60-minute time slot.
It's too early to tell which songs will be monopolizing the airwaves this year, but Mariah, Burl and Brenda seem like safe bets to retake the crown.
Why expose the public to this annual, seasonal sensory overload? Because you like it. According to a 33-market study by radio research firm Arbitron, the average market share for radio stations that switched to the all-holiday format rose 91% during the last holiday season. Clear Channel stations WNIC 100.3 in Detroit and KSNE 106.5 in Las Vegas and LDS Church-owned KSFI 100.3 in Salt Lake City all tripled their ratings last holiday season, while independent WBEB 101.1 in Philadelphia captures roughly 30% of its market during the holiday season, according to Arbitron's figures. Such fluctuations generate millions in nationwide ad revenue -- generating $8 million in extra revenue for Clear Channel alone in the fourth quarter of 2009 -- just by giving the people what they apparently want.
"When Christmas Comes" is New Mariah Single?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 17-Nov-2010, 7:51AM EST
It seems like the next single off Mariah's #1 Holiday album Merry Christmas II You will be the fan-favorite "When Christmas Comes," and we will be seeing a video soon! In a tweet earlier today, Mariah revealed:
Mariah Carey Talking about the video for "when Christmas comes" w/@lovebscott Lambs, info coming soon! : )
Meanwhile, also on Twitter, New York DJ Johnny Vicious posted this: "Just finished a Mariah remix for "auld Lang syne" - it's gonna be the nye banger!"
Final HDD Tally: MCIIY Moves 30K in Week 2
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010, 6:40PM EST
According to Hits Daily Double's final album sales tally, Mariah's new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You has moved 30,337 copies in its second week of release, that's 26k copies less or a 46% drop from last week's sales.
The official album sales figures will be determined by Nielsen SoundScan whose data apply to the Billboard charts; and will be released later this week.
Source: Hits Daily Double | MariahDailyJournal
MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition - Round 3
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 16-Nov-2010, 3:07PM EST
As we begin a new week of our competition, MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition, the journey ends for three of our finalists: Samuel Good (USA), Rohaishah Hamid (Singapore) and Andrew Viveros (USA), who received the least votes in our Eliminations Round 2. Although the finish line is drawing nearer, a new challenge awaits our remaining eight contestants.
Please evaluate the 8 finalists below and submit your votes via the poll on our sidebar. Voting for this round will conclude on Monday, November 22th at 11:59pm ET! The 3 contestants with the least votes will be eliminated, and will not move on to the Semi-Finals round.
The Top 8 finalists are each counting on you to keep them around. Who will you send to the Semi-Finals next week? Vote for your favorites and leave comments for them HERE!
FINALIST #4 - MARCO ADRIANO, Netherlands Cast: Marco, Karianne and Aaldert Watch | Download
FINALIST #5 - MATTHIEU BARA, France Cast: Druide du Château Rouge (Matthieu), Comtesse de Corvisart (Alex), Baronne de Strass Bourre (Pierre), Clo-Clo de Thilde (Clothilde), and Métèque (Pierre) Watch | Download
FINALIST #7 - TEAM LOVELOVEJACK, Japan Cast: Kaori Yamashita (Shino) from Osaka, Kotaro Arai (Kotaro) from Tokyo, Nobuhito Ogawa (Nobu) from Hiroshima, Miho Fujiki (Miho) from Tokyo, and Natsumi Tada (Natsu) from Kanagawa Watch | Download
Speaking to HELLO! Mariah Carey shares her pregnancy joy and tells why this baby is the perfect Christmas gift By Jasmine Dotiwala
Mariah Carey is in fine form as she invites HELLO! into her Manhattan penthouse. In fact, the pop star and actress tells us that she's "ecstatic."
The reason for the joy, of course, is that she is pregnant with her first child. The glowing mother-to-be was barely able to contain her emotions as she made the announcement on American TV last month. At the same time, however, she decided to share a sadder story – that she had lost a child at the end of 2008.
The miscarriage, said Mariah, had been a difficult time for the singer and her husband, American actor, rapper comedian and broadcaster Nick Cannon.
"It kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult," she said. "When that happened I wasn't able to even talk to anybody about it. That was not easy."
Happily, 18 months later, Mariah and Nick discovered they were expecting once again. The couple, who married in a surprise sunset ceremony at the singer's estate in tha Bahamas in April 2008, couldn't be closer – earlier this year, they organised a lavish ceremony to renew their vows on their second wedding anniversary.
Today, the inimitable star sits back in her favourite place, the bathtub in her New York home, to talk exclusively to HELLO! about her baby bliss and how to have a cool Yule...
Congratulations to you and Nick on your happy news, Mariah. Where were you when you discovered you were pregnant? "I was at home, I took a test by myself, and then another one, and another one, and when Nick got home I showed him the first, second and third tests, and then we did another one together."
What was your joint reaction? "We were both ecstatic."
Were you worried about talking about it this time around after your last pregnancy ended so sadly? "It's always difficult when you are in love with the man who is your soul mate for life and you are both really happy and excited about a prospective child being born. So many women experience the tragedy of miscarriage and I knew that my faith and God would get us all through, and that if it was meant to be, one day it would be.
"I became extra superstitious and overly cautious because of what we had gone through a year and a half ago, so didn't want to talk about it publicly for a long time during the first trimester. Unfortunately, with my life and the world all having their own thoughts and opinions about it, it became very difficult. The pressure is enormous. Unless I went into hibernation, I had to address it at some point."
You have endured endless speculation about whether you've been pregnant or not over the past two years. How much pressure has that been? "It's hard to explain. I am always grateful and know that I have been blessed with my life and experiences. But it gets to the point where you become scared to leave the house publicly in case photos suggest you're pregnant when you're not.
"The pressure that puts on you as a woman, the questions from your families and friends, it's quite overwhelming. It becomes worrying to even go online to read the news or check emails in case you read some mean untruths about yourself.
"It's a lot of pressure but I know with my faith, my true friends and fans, my team and obviously my husband, I can handle whatever life throws at me."
We know you're expecting a spring baby – have you started preparing a nursery at your various homes? "We have a room set aside for the nursery in Los Angeles, but in New York we will probably have to convert the one guest room I have, also known as the Butterfly Room, for the nursery. Nick wants to start painting right away but I'm trying to hold him off."
It will be an extra special Christmas for you this year, waiting for the new arrival. How will you be celebrating? "Christmas is a very special time of the year for us all because of the message of Christ and the real meaning of the holiday. It's also the one time of year that I can look forward to seeing my close friends and family and get hopefully at least a couple of days off work. But clearly I foiled that plan this year by making another Christmas album!"
What traditions do you enjoy over the festive period? "We go to church and remember the Lord, as well as relax with our family and friends in front of a fire, looking at the snowy mountains in Aspen, where I like to be every Christmas. During the day we like skiing, sledging with my friends and racing down the mountain, and our favourite ritual is a midnight two-horse open sleigh ride. This is when we sing Christmas carols which often turn into reggae and hip-hop versions of the song – basically all screaming at the top of our lungs.
"We also have fun trimming the tree together and doing some last-minute shopping. Usually I'm up until 6am on Christmas morning wrapping gifts, and then Nick wakes us up again at 7am. Often, we all get in our bathing suits and get in the hot tub and then go and roll in the snow, but for obvious reasons I won't be doing that this year."
Tell us about your new album, Merry Christmas II You... "I was really inspired by classic Christmas songs by Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole, and festive timeless fun Christmas records like the Jackson 5 and Donny Hathaway.
"In the spirit of classic Christmas records made in the 1950s, we had a huge orchestra session, and I've never experienced anything so beautiful and rich in my musical career as being in the room listening to the lush orchestral moments."
What kind of emotional place where you in while making the album? "I was feeling emotional because for a lot of it I was in the very early stages of pregnancy, and singing Christmas songs as opposed to recording a regular album was a perfect fit with the way I was feeling. There was a calmness that I'd never felt before, and I also felt very connected when singing the more spiritual, gospel-tinged songs. It was nice."
You duet with your mother, Patricia Carey, on the album. How did that come about? "Many people already know that my mother is a trained opera singer, so I guess it was only a matter of time before we both got onto a record together. Doing O Come All Ye Faithful and the Hallelujah chorus seemed like a perfect vehicle for both of our voices, which are very different in terms of style. It was a lovely experience being in the studio together and I'm very happy that I have this documented for the rest of my life."
At what point did you find out you were expecting a baby? "Towards the end of the album process period, when I was doing the vocals and finishing up some of the lyrics. Keeping it a secret was difficult, but fortunately because I was in a creative zone I could spend the time working from home and didn't have to see too many people."
Did you get to have a break, or did they have you working through your first trimester? "Pretty much I worked straight through, but I tried to pamper myself by working at home for the most part, getting massages and acupuncture and really taking it easy when I wasn't singing or writing."
What are your ultimate wishes for your next few months? "To enjoy the holiday season – although it's going to be a little bit different this year. We're still figuring out our plans, but wherever we go it will be festive, and then hopefully we can take time off in the new year.
Mariah to be Featured on A&E Biography
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 15-Nov-2010, 8:07PM EST
As we previously reported, a brand-new Mariah Carey special will be featured on the A&E Biography channel. We now have the schedule for the Mariah Carey special! It is set to premiere on Biography on Wednesday, November 24 at 10pm ET, with reruns on Thursday, November 25 at 2am ET and Sunday, November 28 at 9am ET. Be sure to tune in!
Below are Mariah's upcoming scheduled appearances, as they currently stand. Note that we now have the schedule for her American Top 40 show!
Wednesday, November 24 Mariah Carey A&E Biography - Premiere: 10pm ET Reruns: Thurs, Nov 25 - 2am ET & Sun, Nov 28 - 9am ET
Monday, November 29 Mariah Lifestyle Brand HSN - 12am, 1am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 9pm, 10pm ET
Tuesday, November 30 78th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting NBC - 8:00pm-9:00pm ET Recording: Friday, November 19 (Rockefeller Center, NYC, NY)
Saturday, December 4 & Sunday, December 5 Mariah Hosts American Top 40 Syndicated - Find your station here
Friday, December 10 2010 Halo Awards TeenNick - 8:00pm ET
Sunday, December 12 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC - 8:00pm ET Recorded: October 18 & 24 (Baker, FL)
Sunday, December 12 "Oh Santa!" Opening Song in Christmas Cupid Movie ABC Family - 8:00pm ET
Monday, December 13 Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You ABC - 9:00pm ET Recorded: Saturday, November 6 (The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
Friday, December 17 Christmas in Washington TNT - 8:00pm ET Recording: Friday, December 12 (National Building Museum, Washington, DC)
Saturday, December 25 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade ABC - 12:00pm-2:00pm ET Recording: Friday, December 3 (Disney World, Orlando, FL)
Mariah Carey on the dark days of her miscarriage, getting tips on conception from Celine Dion and her 'absolutely emotional' pregnancy
After once admitting that having children would leave her feeling 'violated', Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon couldn't help but gush about their 'absolutely emotional' baby news when they announced it on American TV, telling viewers: "The greatest gift on earth is a child." It ends months of speculation as the supertar – who is expecting in the spring – adds yet another string to her vast bow as one of the world's best-selling artists of all time, actress, devoted wife and now mum-to-be.
The pregnancy was revealed alongside the news that Mariah had suffered a previous miscarriage. Shortly after their whirlwind wedding in 2008, covered exclusively by OK! magazine, Mariah and her actor husband were in Monte Carlo for the World Music Awards when Mariah found out she was pregnant: 'Only one person knew about this and we were like: "Let's not tell anybody else."' A little more than a month later, she lost the baby. 'It was really sad so we had to absorb this and take it in,' Mariah, 40, said.
A glowing Mariah revealed she won't be finding out if it's a boy or a girl: 'I'd prefer not because imagine if you're a baby inside someone's body – do you really want someone imposing their sex ideas on you? Not really.' She also revealed she's being feeling ill: 'I get a little nauseous. It's like a constant ugh.'
Having told the world they decided names for their future children on their first date, Nick, 30, has since divulged some unusual ideas while adding fuel to the Mariah diva fire. 'We're going to name all of our kids Mariah no matter if they're boys or girls. Mariah Number One, Boy Mariah, Man Mariah, Tall Mariah. It's going to be a house full of people named Mariah.'
Here, in her own words, Mariah opens up about shunning nannies, putting on baby weight and taking tips from fellow warbler Celine Dion...
I've changed my mind about becoming a mother because I'm with The One... I think we would make good parents, and that we'd be able to figure out how to do it properly.
Of course we'd be happy with one. I want to be able to manage the right amount of attention... We're so busy – if you have six kids running around, no one gets what they need. What I want is to have children in a good way, with the right husband, with the right family life.
I'm going to be hands-on... I wouldn't be like: 'Oh, I'm having a child, yay! Let me get a nanny so I can give her the baby. Take the kid,' That doesn't work for me. I don't believe in that.
Celine was talking about acupuncture... I used to get acupuncture, but I never thought about it with regards to trying to conceive. I put my body through a whole kind of cleansing situation and prepared. For the first time in my life, I spent time in one place.
I did end up being on progesterone [steroid hormone] every month to go through the cycles – especially after going through operations... It helps seal the pregnancy, but it also bloats you, it also puts on weight. Then everybody's like: 'The weight gain? She's definitely pregnant.' And I'm like: 'Well, at some point I was.'
The miscarriage kind of shook us both and took us into a place that was really dark and difficult... When that happened and I wasn't able to even talk to anybody about it, that was not okay. I've never really been a very forthcoming person about my personal stuff. Why do I have to talk about this in front of the world? It's a little strange.
You can get caught up in Hollywoodland and that's maybe not the best thing for kids, because they didn't ask for it... I don't know that I always felt safe and secure as a child and that's nobody's fault. We're not mudslinging or trying to slay anybody but truly I feel like it's very important to be responsible and to think, well maybe if I do this it's not the best thing for my child. You have to take a backseat a little bit, and as someone in the public eye you're not used to doing that.
I wouldn't mind gaining baby weight. I'd be fine with it. I'm not one of those people who is usually a size 2 [UK size 6] to start with and gets scared they will end up a size 3.
It's definitely the best place I've ever been in my life. If you really look at my life, I've never had a personal life, or if I did, it was just wearing a mask and it was not existing, you know? I put my career ahead of my personal life because I didn't know that I was deserving of both, because that was just how I always felt about myself. That was just how I always felt about myself. That was just my own insecurity and land in which I live.
Source: OK! UK | Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 15-Nov-2010, 8:30AM EST
Mariah Carey has more to worry about than becoming a mother. The songstress, who is launching a footwear line with HSN this month, is trying to make room for her ever-growing shoe collection. Carey dished to Insider that her closets in New York and Los Angeles, which have been showcased on MTV's "Cribs," are filled with her most treasured pairs (including a variety of YSL, Chanel and Christian Louboutin heels), displayed on glass shelves, while everything else is organized by color and style.
"I definitely save my favorites," she said. But the mother-to-be is trying to make some changes, welcoming more casual styles to her mix of towering stilettos and platform pumps, per hubby Nick Cannon's suggestion. "My husband brought me all these flats the other day, which were gorgeous, but kind of not comfortable for me," she said. "I can tolerate a high-heel shoe for hours on end."
And no matter what's on her feet, Carey said welcoming a new member to the family won't slow her down at all. "It makes me really want [to design] a maternity line."
Merry Christmas II You Out in Most Countries Today!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 15-Nov-2010, 8:14AM EST
Mariah's #1 Holiday album, the festive Merry Christmas II You, has been released in most countries around the world today. If you haven't done so, go out to your favorite record store and pick up a copy or two of this amazing album!
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Filipino Fans to Street-Promote Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 14-Nov-2010, 9:14PM EST
The Philippine Mariah Carey Fan Club, in cooperation with MCA Music and Odyssey Record Store, is holding a "Lambs Raid" (where they buy the album at the same time) on Monday, November 15, 6:30pm at SM Megamall Odyssey in Ortigas. Filipino fans are invited to come in their most festive Mariah suits to get exciting freebies! Like other fans around the world, they will also be distributing flyers at the said mall. Mariah shirts, pins, and greeting cards await winners in exciting Mariah games.
Then on Friday, November 19, they will be stationed at SM North Astrovision. They're giving away signed Mariah items, Lollipop Bling perfumes to winners of exciting and fun Mariah games. Interested fans are encouraged to come donned in their most festive Mariah Christmas ensembles for a chance to win a Merry Christmas II You Uber Deluxe Box Set edition!
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Chart Juice
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 14-Nov-2010, 5:49PM EST
Mariah Carey kicks off the holiday season with "Merry Christmas II You," which arrives at No. 1 on Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, marking only the second Christmas set to top the chart in its 45-year history. It starts with 55,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. It's the first holiday effort to reach the summit since Kenny G's "Miracles - The Holiday Album" spent three weeks at the top beginning in the Dec. 24, 1994, issue. Coincidentally, Carey's previous holiday release, "Merry Christmas," peaked at No. 4 in the Dec. 31, 1994, issue, the second week of Kenny G's reign.
With Mariah's debut, Lil Wayne's "I Am Not A Human Being" slips 2-1 despite posting a 5% increase. Eminem's "Recovery" (2-3) and Trey Songz's "Passion, Pain & Pleasure" (3-4) also step down one position each.
Chart Watch: Mariah Carey's new album, Merry Christmas II You, enters The Billboard 200 at #4. It's the first holiday album to crack the top 10 this season. Merry Christmas II You is a sequel to Carey's 1994 album Merry Christmas, which reached #3. That album has sold 5,052,000 copies. Only two Christmas albums in the Nielsen/SoundScan era have sold more copies: Kenny G's Miracles-The Holiday Album (7,216,000) and Celine Dion's These Are Special Times (5,127,000). (Josh Groban's Noel is a beat behind at 5,014,000.).
Speak Now sold 320,000 copies in its second week. This will be the fourth year in a row that Taylor Swift has had one of the year's top 10 best-selling albums. She scored with Taylor Swift in 2007, with both Taylor Swift and Fearless in 2008 and with Fearless in 2009. Only one other artist in Nielsen/SoundScan history has had an album in the year-end top 10 for four straight years. Mariah Carey scored with Music Box in 1993 and 1994 and with Daydream in 1995 and 1996.
Global superstar and award-winning actress Mariah Carey is about to hold another title: mum. At the launch of her Christmas album in New York the singer talks to Alexandra Wells about music, marriage and her love of all things festive
It's a very clear but very chilly evening in New York, and there's a definite thrill of anticipation in the air at one Manhattan's most trendy music venues, located in the borough's smart Upper West Side. Gathered here tonight are the great and the good of the music world, including performers, producers, music executives and label CEOs, – as well as a smattering of models, designers and fashionistas – New York's beautiful people. As the Champagne reception draws to a close, the crowd file into the auditorium to take their seats in front of the main stage. It's decorated in such a way that the only thing missing seems to be Santa Claus – and his little helpers.
"Yes, Christmas has come a little early to New York this year," says Grammy Award-winning songwriter and music mogul, Antonio "L.A." Reid, as he takes to the stage to introduce the event. He's standing on fake snow, and very close to a carefully positioned decorative tree. All around him are jolly holiday decorations and huge piles of brightly wrapped Christmas presents. And in the background, through a glass wall of windows that overlook the famous Broadway, the car headlights and traffic signs twinkle – very appropriately – in red, green and yellow, like a back-drop of shiny Christmas baubles. Manhattan, it seems, can't help but join in the winter festivities as well. "But you see," Reid continues, "Christmas is her real love, and the holiday she enjoys the most. It's very special for her."
The "She" he's referring to happens to be the biggest selling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey; global superstar and the acknowledged possessor of one of the most remarkable voices in music (an alto with a five-octave range). This evening, we're all here to help Mariah unwrap the largest – and most important – present under the tree: her second festive album Merry Christmas II You. "I hope you enjoy it," says Reid, nodding to cue in the music. Spontaneously, almost the entire audience begins to smile and clap as the first single from the album Oh Santa, fills the room. It's just so happy, upbeat and infectious; so toe-tapping good.
"Did you like it? I'm so glad!" says Mariah enthusiastically when I speak with her the next day. We're sitting in a cutting edge hotel in Manhattan's fashionable Soho district. This is the second time that I've met the singer, and she recognises me instantly, jumping to her feet and greeting me like a long-lost friend. And, just as before, Mariah exudes an air of almost impossible glamour, as well as an innate and unfathomable 'star' quality. It seems to come from more than just her worldwide fame, so it must be that certain 'x' factor that Simon Cowell et al, are always searching for on Saturday evening television, but rarely find.
Carey is tall at 5ft 9ins, but even taller in her requisite 5-inch heels. She's dressed in a simple, elegant black jacket and matching trousers and her famous caramel-coloured hair blow-dried straight and shiny.
This album is Carey's second collection of festive songs since her first offering, Merry Christmas, released in 1994. That record produced the single, All I Want For Christmas Is You, which has a habit of entering the charts each time it's re-released. How, then, does anyone top a classic like that? "Well," muses Mariah, "For me, one of the most important ingredients in making a really good Christmas album is 'timelessness' – it really has to stand the test of time. So I wanted this album to have something for everyone, which is why I've included traditional ballads, like The First Noel and Little Drummer Boy, as well as writing some original material. But even some of the new songs can have both a traditional and modern sound. For instance, with the first single, Oh Santa, I've tried to combine that orchestrated introduction that many Christmas songs seem to have, along with an updated 60s retro sound. And somehow they really seem to work together."
Merry Christmas II You is, in fact, a wonderful mix of old and new, and there is indeed something for everyone on this album. She collaborated on several tracks with award-winning composer and arranger Marc Shaiman, who has also worked with Oscar winner Barbra Streisand. One of their songs, Christmas Time Is In The Air Again has a nostalgic, 50's feel and is very reminiscent of Bing Crosby. "It's one of my favourites," confesses Mariah. But the biggest surprise of all, perhaps, is O Come All Ye Faithful, in which Mariah duets, for the very first time on record, with her mother Patricia."That was a very nice moment, and I'm just very proud of the whole album," says Mariah simply.
Carey seems happy and relaxed, and this obvious contentment might possibly be explained by her successful marriage. In fact, we met days before she announces she is pregnant. In 2008 Mariah surprised the world by announcing that she'd tied the knot to musician, writer, award-winning actor and multi-millionaire CEO of Teen Nickelodeon, Nick Cannon. Cannon was once cited by People magazine as one of the Top 10 Most Successful Young People in Hollywood, and indeed he does seem to have much in common with his hard-working, high-achieving wife. They are both similarly multi-talented entertainers who attained a high level of success at a very young age. Yet there appears to be absolutely no professional jealousy between this couple; only a great pride and support of each other's career and achievements. "There's no competition between us," says Mariah. "We're each other's greatest advocates."
Mr and Mrs Cannon, in fact, seem to manifest a sort of kind-hearted, almost old-fashioned integrity. "On our first date together in a restaurant, we both spontaneously said grace before we started eating," remembers the singer. "So immediately we connected on a sort of spiritual level. That's never happened to me before."
The couple also share something else in common. "I am probably the most festive person I know," laughs Carey, who starts planning Christmas sometime in June. "And Nick is probably the second. We're both a little over the top in our festiveness, but it's nice to be married to someone who enjoys it as much as me." Yet, for all her privilege and wealth, the singer is also a realist. "I'm aware that for many people, Christmas can be quite an unhappy or lonely time. On the album there's song that says, 'So many souls hurt, so many don't have enough when Christmas comes.'"
And that 'many' that Carey sings about must include, of course, the countless homeless all over the world. An enthusiastic supporter of The Big Issue and its aim to help the vulnerable in society, Mariah is keen to talk to the magazine whenever the chance arises. Equally important to the singer are her own philanthropic causes, which have earned the star a Congressional Horizon Award. Carey is co-founder of Camp Mariah (part of Fresh Air Fund) which enables inner-city adolescents to explore educational and career opportunities while enjoying camping adventures outside the city. She's also a keen supporter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation, a charity that grants the wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses.
Mariah Carey has come a long, long way from the little girl who grew up on New York's Long Island, singing at home with her mother, Patricia, an Irish-American opera singer. Carey's father, Alfred, was an aeronautical engineer of Afro-American and Venezuelan descent, and her parents divorced when the singer was three. By the time she was a teenager, Mariah's vocals were in demand as a back-up singer in New York. Her life changed almost overnight when someone gave her demo tape to Tommy Mottola, then entertainment chief at Sony Music. And the rest, as they say, is history.
In less than two decades, Mariah Carey had become the biggest selling female artist of all time (200 million record sales worldwide and counting), a talented businesswoman and one of the richest artists in the music industry. And now, with Mariah's critically acclaimed performance in the Oscar-winning film, Precious, which earned her two coveted awards, including Best Breakthrough Performance at the Palm Springs International Film Festival, Carey's long-held dream of acting success is coming to fruition at long last. She won't mention any names, but a number of A-list Hollywood directors phoned the singer after seeing her performance. "I was like 'wow!' They took time out of their busy schedules to call me," says the excited star.
Surely with so much achieved, the singer can now afford to take a well-earned break? "Are you kidding?" asks Mariah. "I've got Christmas to plan. I've been waiting 12 months for this."
Merry Christmas II You is out on Mercury Records on November 15. The first single is Oh Santa
Source: The Big Issue | Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal
MCIIY Gets International Release
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 13-Nov-2010, 12:19AM EST
The wait is over for the fans in Australia, Ireland, South Africa and Taiwan as Mariah's #1 Holiday album Merry Christmas II You finally got released on Friday, November 12.
TAIWAN Merry Christmas II You is available in two versions, Standard and Deluxe. The Standard edition comes with the OBI strip and 2 Christmas cards, there is also an extra lyrics sheet to the songs in English. The Deluxe edition is a CD+DVD combo and comes in a slipcase with the 2 discs inside the jewel case, a lyric sheet is also included. Below are photos of the Taiwanese release in Standard and Deluxe editions. Thanks to Nick!
Taiwanese Release - STANDARD
Taiwanese Release - DELUXE
Check out the promo video for Merry Christmas II You from Universal Music Taiwan here.
AUSTRALIA An exciting time for the Aussie lambs! The album is finally released in Australia. Tim sends us this link to their MariahDownUnder Facebook page where he's posted a complete list of online stores where Australian fans can purchase Merry Christmas II You in Standard CD, Deluxe CD/DVD and Digital Downloads.
Below are photos of the store display for Merry Christmas II You at JB Hi-Fi and Myer. Thanks to Boyet!
SOUTH AFRICA Sieraaj reporting from Cape Town: "CD is in stores as of last night in SA! Lambs have already bought copies. Only the 1-disc version out here but we're all working on getting import deluxes." The Merry Christmas II You CD can be purchased online at Kalahari for R124.06.
Mariah's Upcoming Scheduled Appearances
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 12-Nov-2010, 9:31AM EST
Mariah will be featured as one of the musical performers at Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade that's airing Christmas day, December 25, on ABC. She is scheduled to tape her performance on Friday, December 3 in Disney World, Orlando, FL.
Below are Mariah's upcoming scheduled appearances, as they currently stand:
Monday, November 29 Mariah Lifestyle Brand HSN - 12am, 1am, 8am, 11am, 2pm, 5pm, 9pm, 10pm ET
Tuesday, November 30 78th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree Lighting NBC - 8:00pm-9:00pm ET Recording: Friday, November 19 (Rockefeller Center, NYC, NY)
Sunday, December 12 Extreme Makeover: Home Edition ABC - 8:00pm ET Recorded: October 18 & 24 (Baker, FL)
Sunday, December 12 "Oh Santa!" Opening Song in Christmas Cupid Movie ABC Family - 8:00pm ET
Monday, December 13 Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You ABC - 9:00pm ET Recorded: Saturday, November 6 (The Orpheum Theatre, Los Angeles, CA)
Friday, December 17 Christmas in Washington TNT - 8:00pm ET Recording: Sunday, December 12 (National Building Museum, Washington, DC)
Saturday, December 25 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade ABC - 12:00pm-2:00pm ET Recording: Friday, December 3 (Disney World, Orlando, FL)
To Be Determined American Top 40
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 12-Nov-2010, 8:39AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated November 20, 2010.
MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU Billboard 200: #4 (Debut) Sales this week: 55,447 Total sales: 55,490
Billboard Digital Albums: #7 (Debut) Downloads this week: 10,598
Billboard Internet Albums: #10 (Debut) Sales this week: 2,331
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1 (Debut) Billboard Holiday Albums: #1 (Debut) Billboard Canadian Albums: #14 (Debut)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #1 (Last week: #1) Billboard Digital Songs: #133 Downloads this week: 10,827 (+565%) Total Downloads: 1,603,346
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - #1 (Last week: #1) "Oh Santa!" - #2 (Last week: #4) "O Holy Night" - #8 (Debut) "Charlie Brown Christmas - #9 (Debut) "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town" - #12 (Debut) "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah" - #13 (Debut) "The First Noel/Born Is The King (Interlude)" - #29 (Debut) "Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)" - #30 (Debut) "O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy" - #44 (Debut) "Christmas Time Is In The Air Again" - #50 (Debut)
MERRY CHRISTMAS Billboard Holiday Albums: #14 (Last week: #46) Billboard Catalog Albums: #41 (Re-entry)
MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #88 (Re-entry)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Merry Christmas II You Contest Winners Announced
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 12-Nov-2010, 8:20AM EST
Thanks to everyone who participated in our Merry Christmas II You Campaign Contest. Fifteen (15) lucky fans were picked at random out of hundreds of entries received during the week of November 2 - 8. The following will each receive a signed item by Mariah!
Alexandre Ben Amor (France) Alvin Mumphord III (Bloomington, TX) Annie Thomas (Temple Hills, MD) Ashante Taylorcox (Piscataway, NJ) Eliel Cardona (Ft Lauderdale, FL) Gustavo MCForever (Brazil) James Ervine (Chicago, IL) Joshua Duke (East Point, GA)
Joshua Lim (San Francisco, CA) Kevin Lo (Flushing, NY) Laura Rodriguez (McFarland, CA) Martin Martinez (Las Vegas, NV) Miguel R.C. (Spain) Ricardo Davis (Houston, TX) Richie Zamora (Denver, CO)
Congratulations, winners! Please contact us by e-mail and let us know of your mailing address.
Merry Christmas II You is out in stores. Please keep supporting Mariah! Thanks to IDJ for providing the amazing prizes! Be sure to keep checking back to MariahDailyJournal for future contests.
Mariah Carey Shines
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 11-Nov-2010, 11:39AM EST
Mariah Carey collects her 16th top 10, as "Merry Christmas II You" bows at No. 4. The set complements Carey's first holiday release, "Merry Christmas," which peaked at No. 3 in 1994. Carey first entered the top 10 the week of Aug. 4, 1990, when her eponymous debut rose 13-10 on its way to an 11-week reign beginning March 2, 1991.
Here is an updated recap of the acts with the most top 10 albums since the chart launched as a weekly survey the week of March 24, 1956:
36, the Rolling Stones 33, Frank Sinatra 30, the Beatles 30, Barbra Streisand 27, Elvis Presley 19, Bob Dylan 19, Madonna 17, Neil Diamond 17, Elton John 17, Paul McCartney/Wings 16, Mariah Carey 16, Johnny Mathis 16, Bruce Springsteen 16, George Strait 15, Rod Stewart
"Merry Christmas II You" arrives at No. 1 on Holiday Albums and R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. "Merry Christmas" peaked at Nos. 1 and 4 on the charts, respectively, in 1994.
Mariah Joins "Christmas in Washington" Celebration
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 11-Nov-2010, 10:50AM EST
Mariah Carey, Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox, Maxwell and Matthew Morrison are scheduled to join host Ellen DeGeneres as TNT rings in the holidays with its annual presentation of CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON. This year's spectacular holiday presentation will premiere Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT).
"CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON is a holiday treasure that brings together some of today's best musical artists for a wonderful celebration of the season," said Michael Wright, executive vice president/head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM. "We're especially excited to welcome host Ellen DeGeneres to the festivities. It's certain to be a night to remember."
Annually attended by the President and First Lady and other Washington VIPs, CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON is a holiday musical celebration benefiting the Children's National Medical Center. The show will be taped at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Sunday, Dec. 12. TNT's Dec. 17 premiere telecast will be the network's 12th presentation of CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON, which is in its 29th year overall.
Mariah Tapes Performance for Rockefeller Tree Lighting
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 11-Nov-2010, 10:41AM EST
Mariah is taping a very special performance on Friday, November 19th from the Rockefeller Center in New York City, New York. The official fan club Honey B. Fly (HBF) is giving its members priority tickets to see Mariah perform live! HBF members, log in to MariahCarey.com for information on how to get your tickets.
Mariah Carey live in Rockefeller Center When: Friday, Nov. 19, 2010 Location: New York, NY (Between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan) Arrival Time: 6:30pm
For non-HBF members, you can go directly to 1iota.com to request your free tickets. There are only 500 tickets available so send in your request now!
Mariah's taped performance will be a part of the star-studded holiday special celebrating the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree that's airing on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 on NBC.
AT40 Wants Your Questions for Mariah!
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 10-Nov-2010, 2:27PM EST
Want to ask Mariah a question? Now is your chance!
Mariah is scheduled to host American Top 40 in the coming weeks and will be answering fans' questions herself on the air!
Ask anything you want! Please call and leave a voicemail for Mariah at 1-877-AT40-FAN or e-mail your questions to AT40SuperFan@gmail.com with your name and the number you can be reached at tomorrow or Friday between 11am-12pm PT.
American Top 40 is an internationally-syndicated countdown show that usually airs on weekends. We will let you know of the set air date once available.
Source: Jessica from On Air with Ryan Seacrest | MariahDailyJournal
MDJ Exclusive: Merry Christmas II You Promo Photos
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 10-Nov-2010, 1:09PM EST
Here are some promotional photos for Merry Christmas II You. The first photo is not included in the CD booklet and you are seeing it for the first time right here on MariahDailyJournal!
Billboard 200: Mariah Debuts at #4 with 55k
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 10-Nov-2010, 1:02PM EST
Mariah's second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, jingles in at #4 with 55,490 in its first week. It marks the diva's 16th top 10 set. Among women, only Barbra Streisand (with 30) and Madonna (19) have had more. Mariah's first seasonal effort, 1994's Merry Christmas, peaked at No. 3.
In other Billboard charts, Merry Christmas II You debuts at #1 on both R&B Albums and Holiday Albums!
Mariah's Christmas songs dominate the Holiday Singles chart as well with "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Oh Santa!" sitting respectively at #1 and #2 on Billboard's Top Holiday Digital Singles.
Mariah Interviews with Australia's Sunrise
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 10-Nov-2010, 12:03AM EST
Mariah's exclusive interview about her Merry Christmas II You with Sunrise music editor Molly Meldrum aired on Sunrise and The Morning Show in Australia this morning. It was a short interview, and apparently there is a full interview which will air in the coming weeks on the prime-time show Sunday Night. We will keep you posted.
Molly Meldrum: In 1994, when you did the Christmas album... Mariah Carey: The first one?
MM: Yep. I did an interview here in New York. And now it's like 16 years later and it's the second Christmas album. MC: Well, it's impossible for it to be 16 years later because I am eternally 12 so that must have been, I did that sort of via satellite from the womb. So, it's amazing how I do these things, but I don't know. It just happens [laughs].
MM: You love Christmas, don't you? MC: I love Christmas and everybody who knows me understands that. So, most people would never have two Christmas albums at this point but for me I could do a whole... I mean, it doesn't matter. There's so many great songs that exist and so many really old songs that I kind of wanted to like sort of fuse together and make into my own arrangement and stuff.
MM: Your travails in that time, the ups and some of the downs, you've always had a composure back yourself that nothing seems to rock you. MC: Right. I mean, we can label it however we want. It's like so open and over-dramatic, -dramatized, or whatever. And I could hide behind that and make it part of like, "Ooh, isn't that interesting about me?" Honestly, I think anyone that worked as hard as I did would have gone through that. And especially with like the different label stuff that was going on and the inner workings of this music business that people have no idea. Even people that think they know me have absolutely no idea how difficult it is to exist as a single female in a business where it's dominated by, at that time especially, powerful men some of whom have their own agenda and don't necessarily want someone like me to succeed without them.
MM: You can burn out and never come back, you know? The Emancipation of Mimi was stunning. When you were doing that album, did you think, "This is the moment, this is going to happen"? MC: Thank you. You know, I was in-the-moment. I was in the moment of creating the record. It was something that I was allowed to do, you know what I mean? The freedom to really sing and to really feel. I think you need to go through a lot to get to that point.
MM: It's always been a delight... MC: Likewise, and everytime I get to see you I feel special 'cause I know that Australia is being represented wonderfully by you, and I get to know you.
Merry Christmas II You is out in Australia on Friday, November 12.
"Oh Santa!" Video Now on VEVO
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010, 5:31PM EST
You can now watch the music video to Mariah's #1 Holiday hit, "Oh Santa!" in HQ on VEVO. It will be available for digital download at iTunes tomorrow, November 10, 2010.
Source: VEVO | MariahDailyJournal
How Christmas Saved the Music Industry
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010, 4:45PM EST
Both Mariah Carey and Susan Boyle have new holiday albums. Which diva would you rather kiss under the mistletoe?
What do Jessica Simpson, the Indigo Girls, Annie Lennox, the Puppini Sisters, Justin Bieber and the TV show Glee all have in common? Very little, really—aside from the fact they all have Christmas albums due out this year. They are but a handful of the dozens of artists who are cashing in on Yule-time cheer. A market that at one time seemed cornered by the likes of Burl Ives and Bing Crosby is now wide open to anyone who can string the words "Santa" and "Claus" together. Case in point—one of the top-selling Christmas albums of the past decade belongs to Kenny G. No wonder some folks find the holidays depressing.
Amid the deluge of holiday music that comes in November and December, Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You and Susan Boyle's The Gift are poised to make all those other seasonal crooners sound like off-key carolers. Mariah's album is already out, and Susan's arrives Nov. 9, just in time to unseat her competitor's. But whose album will dominate this holiday season, and infuse the ailing music industry with a much-needed Christmas miracle?
First, we should establish one thing: Christmas albums are big business, even when they're not by Mariah or Susan. Consider that one of 2009's top five albums was a holiday record (Andrea Bocelli's My Christmas) and according to Nielsen Soundscan, Josh Groban's Noel was the top-selling record of 2007. Songs loaded with mangers and mistletoe are at least one way to make up for everything else that tanked, or was leaked online, in 2010.
"Christmas albums are a guaranteed seller every year, going back to Elvis," says Keith Caulfield, associate director of charts at Billboard magazine. "And it does seem like we're seeing more of them because some recent Christmas albums, specifically Groban's, have made such a show in the marketplace."
"Seasonal CDs," as more serious artists like to refer to them, require very little original material (if any) and the songs are instantly familiar, regardless of whether the listener pitches a tree or lights a menorah each December. Age doesn't seem to be much of an issue either, since Christmas CDs are aimed at the Nickelodeon crowd as well as eggnog sippers. Still, Caulfield says that "acts who skew older, like Sting, Enya and those Celtic Thunder-type groups, tend to do better because they appeal to a demographic who still buy full albums."
Which brings us back to Mariah and Susan, who are both over 40. Though each artist's music caters to very different audiences, if the holiday album demographic holds true this year, then Boyle will crush Mariah in the sales category (she's a hit with the silver crowd). This is only Boyle's second album and it's a mix of Christmas and secular songs, so it has a potential life past New Year's Day. It also comes on the heels of her massively successful, rags-to-riches debut, I Dreamed a Dream.
But, as holiday music goes, which one of these divine voices will come up with the better Christmas record? Mariah certainly makes it all seem a lot more fun. Produced by Antonio L.A. Reid, her album includes five new songs as well as classics like "Here Comes Santa Claus" and Vince Guaraldi's "Charlie Brown Christmas." Carey takes a lot of liberties here with traditional fare, opening her CD with an instrumental interlude of "Santa Claus is Coming to Town," and later singing a "O Little Town of Bethlehem/Drummer Boy" medley.
The traditional numbers work, thanks to her still-quite-amazing voice, and the fact that she now infuses a lot of her personality into her singing—a soul and depth that was absent on a lot of her early work. Her own hip hop/R&B number, "Oh Santa," is so catchy and joyous, it could become a new standard, just as "All I Want For Christmas is You" was for her in 1994. Sample lyric from "Oh Santa": "Santa come and make him mine this Christmas," she sings. "I promise I won't forget the milk and cookies. I've been really good this year, except for those pretzels and that can of beer."
Sure there are some cheesy moments (it's a Christmas album, after all), but they are few and far between. The mix of traditional Christmas songs with high-energy R&B, orchestral arrangements and even gospel, keep the CD feeling fresh and diverse. As for spiritual content, she sings the "First Noel" with reverence and soul and even includes Bible verses on her album booklet. Like any urban artist worth her salt, she also thanks God on her CD sleeve.
Who does the devoutly Catholic Susan Boyle thank first in her liner notes? Simon Cowell (who might be more powerful than God). But clearly, Boyle's faith played a big role in the imagery and songs she chose for The Gift. Her album cover is a head shot of her staring off longingly toward the Northern Star, except her gaze is a little off so it looks like she's squinting into headlights instead. The holiday numbers here include "Hallelujah," "O Holy Night" and "Away in a Manger" while the inspirational numbers are Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" and Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over." Interestingly though, all boast the same ambience—lofty, pristine and pure, backed often by an angelic-sounding choir.
Boyle's voice is of course, stellar, if not a little too perfect. The album lacks a personality of its own, making it pleasant but often boring background music for tempered holiday parties or shopping at the upscale mall. It's so placid, in fact, it almost feels sad in spots, perhaps to cater to all the people who feel blue over the holidays. Or maybe listeners can project whatever emotion they would like onto it and make it their own (clearly I need antidepressants), because after all, isn't that what Susan Boyle is all about?
Though Mariah delivers a much more jolly, and joyous, Christmas album, thankfully there is more than one talented diva to pick from this year. All we can ask Santa for now is: please, no more Kenny G albums.
HITS' Final Album Sales Tally: MCIIY at #4
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010, 4:17PM EST
Mariah's new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You, in its first week of release, landed at #4 with 56,537 copies sold, behind regular albums from Taylor Swift's Speak Now (327,493), Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party (197,428), and Sugarland's Incredible Machine (59,789); #1, #2 and #3, respectively, in Hits Daily Double's final Album Sales tally.
The official album sales figures will be determined by SoundScan whose data apply to the Billboard charts; and will be released later this week.
Source: Hits Daily Double | MariahDailyJournal
MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition - Round 2
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010, 3:21PM EST
It was an exciting first week of our competition, MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition, as the Top 14 finalists battled it out to be one step closer to victory. Unfortunately, we must bid farewell to 3 of the contestants: Harold Bayotas (Philippines), Christian Hennes (USA) and Kristjan Molder (Estonia), who received the least votes in our Eliminations Round 1. However, the show must go on, as they say.
Please evaluate the 11 finalists below and submit your votes via the poll on our sidebar. Voting for this round will conclude on Monday, November 15th at 11:59pm ET! The 3 contestants with the least votes will be eliminated, and will not move on to the next round.
Here are your Top 11 Finalists. Who are your favorite contestants? Who's got the best talent? Who do you think will win the competition? Leave your comments here!
FINALIST #5 - MARCO ADRIANO, Netherlands Cast: Marco, Karianne and Aaldert Watch | Download
FINALIST #6 - MATTHIEU BARA, France Cast: Druide du Château Rouge (Matthieu), Comtesse de Corvisart (Alex), Baronne de Strass Bourre (Pierre), Clo-Clo de Thilde (Clothilde), and Métèque (Pierre) Watch | Download
FINALIST #10 - TEAM LOVELOVEJACK, Japan Cast: Kaori Yamashita (Shino) from Osaka, Kotaro Arai (Kotaro) from Tokyo, Nobuhito Ogawa (Nobu) from Hiroshima, Miho Fujiki (Miho) from Tokyo, and Natsumi Tada (Natsu) from Kanagawa Watch | Download
Mariah at 2nd Annual Halo Awards
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010, 1:36PM EST
Mariah Carey, Rosario Dawson, Wyclef Jean and Ashton Kutcher are participating in the second annual TeenNick Halo Awards.
The show will recognize four teens for their philanthropic leadership in their respective communities. Each honoree recently was treated to a surprise visit from host and executive producer Nick Cannon and will receive a grant from the Entertainment Industry Foundation.
The 2010 Halo Awards will air Friday, Dec. 10 at 8/7c, on TeenNick.
Countries added to the list above: China (Dec 1st week), Hong Kong (Nov 15), Mexico (Nov. 15), Philippines (Nov. 15), Portugal (Nov 15), South Africa (Nov 12). Release date in the following countries has been updated: Denmark (now Nov 15, was Nov 17); Korea (now Nov 15, was Nov 2); Germany (now Nov 26, was Nov 19); Italy (now Nov 23, was Nov 16); Poland (now Nov 8, was Nov 5); Taiwan (now Nov 12, was Nov 5).
CHINA: Merry Christmas II You will be released digitally in China on Monday, November 15; and physically in early December (maybe the 1st week). There will also be a pre-order campaign this time starting from Nov. 15. The pre-order gift is a tri-fold Christmas card with art work from the album and "Oh Santa!" single.
KOREA: Universal Music Korea announced that the Korean release date of the new Christmas album has been postponed to Monday, November 15. It will be available in Standard and Deluxe editions. The standard version comes with a free poster and a poster case (in limited quantities); and the Deluxe will have the CD+DVD, 1 free poster with poster case, and a 3-dimentional "Oh Santa!" Christmas card. Photos of the "Oh Santa!" Christmas card are below.
ITALY: The Italian release for Merry Christmas To You CD has been postponed again, the new date is now Tuesday, November 23. The reason for this delay is that Universal Italy hasn't received the product yet. The album, however, will be released digitally on iTunes Italy on Monday, Nov. 15th. "Oh Santa!" will be sent to Italian radios on Friday, Nov. 12th and the video to TV music channels on Monday, Nov. 15th.
PORTUGAL: Merry Christmas To You is set for release in Portugal on Monday, November 15, according to Universal Music Portugal. Portuguese fans can purchase the Standard edition at FNAC and the Digital album from iTunes Portugal.
SPAIN: Merry Christmas II You is finally available for pre-order in Spain for €21.95 online and in-store at FNAC locations. You can also purchase the digital album at iTunes Spain - Regular edition (€9.99) and Deluxe (€12.99).
USA: Here are photos of the Sam's Club edition of Merry Christmas II You, it's the same release as the Walmart exclusive.
UK: UK fans can pre-order the digital version of Merry Christmas II You at iTunes UK.
ALBUM REVIEWS/CONTEST Trent from That Grape Juice recently reviewed Mariah's Merry Christmas II You, giving it a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars! Read his review here. And check out another nice review from the blog site DefGlamhere.
Adam Mazerall, Editor of Women's Post magazine, a Canadian print and online publication for professional women, wants to let all the Canadian fans know that Universal is giving Women's Post the Uber Deluxe Gift Set to contest out on their site. Check it out here!
FAN ACTIVITIES USA: Boogie recently hosted a Merry Christmas II You party in Fresno, CA and served these festive MC cookies, the recipe adapted from Mariah Carey!
SINGAPORE: Hairul and his team will be street-promoting Merry Christmas II You on Saturday, November 20 infront of the HMV Store at 313 @ Somerset. Singaporean fans are invited to join! Details of the day's activities can be found at the Mariah Carey Team Asia Facebook page.
BRAZIL: The Sao Paulo fans will be celebrating the release of Merry Christmas II You in Brazil (in stores Nov. 15) in a party at Hotel Cambridge on Friday, November 26. Check out the party's flyer here for further details.
OTHER NEWS "Oh Santa!" The "Oh Santa!" music video (Closed Captioned) will be available for digital download on Wednesday, November 10.
"Oh Santa!" will be featured as the opening song in ABC Family's holiday movie "Christmas Cupid" premiering on Sunday, December 12 at 8:00pm ET/PT. The 2-hour original movie starring Christina Milian, Ashley Benson and Chad Michael Murray premieres as part of ABC Family's popular 25 Days of Christmas Event.
Canada's biggest countdown, the CT20, hosted by Adam Wylde, will have the Canadian exclusive radio premiere of Mariah's new hit song "Oh Santa!" next weekend.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive" "All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive" has been released in the UK as a digital single. To the right is the official single cover. UK fans, you can purchase the digital single on iTunes by clicking here. Previously released "Oh Santa!" single can be purchased here.
"Auld Lang Syne - The New Year's Anthem" Mariah fan Frank who knows Ralphie Rosario personally tells us that Ralphie will be doing the "Auld Lang Syne" remix. Mariah apparently wants it "super festive, bright and happy" and to be played in every dance club on New Year's Eve.
Let's keep promoting Mariah's new Christmas album! Below are graphics that you can use in Twitter, Facebook, message boards/forums, or in e-mails to let your friends know that the Merry Christmas II You is now available in stores! Thanks to Ed for creating the images for us.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Ed | Hyeoxik | June | Trent | Eric | Frank | Bernard | Adam | Kerry | Michael | Maurie | Brian | Ken | Nanna | Hairul | Sieraaj | Boogie | Johnny | Frank | MariahCarey.com | Jeremy | Ila | Frank | Dany | Juan Luis | David | Michael | Gustavo | Vitor | Miguel | Kamil
Mariah Talks Balance in the Rise to Fame
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 09-Nov-2010, 12:14PM EST
Pregnant star Mariah Carey is one lucky lady - she has talent, a loving husband and a baby on the way. But famous warbler Mariah Carey has said she once only put work first because she never felt deserving of both a career and a personal life.
The gorgeous star said: "If you really look at my life, I've never had a personal life, or if I did, it was just wearing a mask and it was not existing, you know? I put my career ahead of my personal life because I didn't know I was deserving of both, because that was just how I always felt about myself. That was just my own insecurity and land in which I live."
Fan Reviews: Mariah's Christmas Special Taping
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 08-Nov-2010, 4:34PM EST
Astrid Pineda (Sun Valley, CA): "I want to first start off by saying AMAZING! This was my first time seeing Mariah live so I was very excited! I got to the theater at around 5:00pm and by that time the entrance line was around the corner! At first I was scared I wouldn't be able to get in but I waited anyway. My mom and I stood in line for around 2 hours. We finally passed through security and we walked into the theater. Once I saw the stage I knew this was real! I was going to finally see Mariah for the first time in my life! I got very excited and began getting teary-eyed! My mom calmed me down and we sat down and waited. Soon we were given direction on what to do for Mariah's entrance. She soon came out we all cheered but went quiet almost immediately. She began 'Oh Santa' and we immediately stood and began moving to the music! I began dancing and singing along. Mariah had to leave the stage a few times throughout the show but we were all fine! The audience got into such a good mood every time she re-appeared! Throughout the whole show people clapped, cheered, stood, and danced! My mom thought I was going crazy by how I was acting since I really got into the mood of it all and went along with what people did! I definitely think the highlight of the entire show was when she sang 'O Come All Ye Faithful/ Hallelujah Chorus' with her mom. They sang beautifully together! I personally began tearing up! I got to see Mariah sing live and see the very festive and fun side of her as well! I felt like I came out of my shy self with all the lambs there! I really wish I could re-live those hours over and over again though! They were definitely the best! I really want to see her again someday when she's in town again. It was an amazing experience!"
Chino (Los Angeles, CA): "Waiting in line for five hours took a lot out of me (I was already sleep-deprived and hungry, lol), and we were all frustrated when they started letting in people with black wristbands first even though we were all there way before most of them. But meeting some awesome lambs—shout out to Art, Emmanuel, Azim, the two Crystals (sorry if I misspelled any names), and others whose names I never got—made these minor disappointments forgettable. Then, of course, there was the show. Because of all the directing, set changes, and retakes of some songs, the taping ran very late, but most people stayed. If you were there in the first place, why wouldn't you have wanted to see and hear Mariah Carey sing into the night, no matter how tired, cold, and hungry you were? Besides, the main features of the night were the great music and great singing. Mariah sounded and looked beautiful; she seemed very energetic and happy, despite some obvious frustration with technical issues. The charming stage served as the perfect backdrop for the festiveness that befits Mariah and the holiday season. For me, the highlight was Mariah's duet with her mother, Patricia Carey, who has an incredible voice and, despite her age, sounded more powerful than the overrated weak-voiced 'divas' disgracing opera stages today. Even though she obviously wasn't accustomed to performing publicly anymore, Pat sang like a pro and provided insight into the origins of Mariah's musical talent and genius. The TV Special should be really fun and spectacular if, after the editing, they manage to preserve all the splendor and magic that raised the night beyond time's influence and into timeless holiday cheer."
Azim (Toronto, Ontario, Canada): "I lined up at The Orpheum Theatre at about 2:00PM - after flying from Toronto to L.A. for the show, I wasn't going to risk not being admitted! Luckily, there were plenty of people to hang out with prior to the doors' opening. The recording was a lot different than a straightforward concert, it was fun to see Mariah a bit more in 'work' mode. She was glowing and looking great and kept things really casual with the audience. In addition to the rare opportunity to watch/hear Mariah perform Christmas songs (many of whom were having their live debuts!), it was neat to see how this sort of program comes together (applause shots, retakes, Mariah taking stage directions, etc.). A couple fun highlights were Mariah's calling an audience member out on taking photographs (I'm going to assume you're an approved photographer, other *snaps fingers* it's mine!' and Mariah's taking off her shoes just before leaving stage - how often does that happen?). Having been there for all of this will make the airing that much more exciting!"
Josue Almodovar (San Diego, CA): "What a festive, memorable and historical night to be a part of! A Christmas wish come true to watch Mariah perform Christmas songs on stage! What a trooper, to be on stage for hours! Pregnant and wearing high heels! (no more high heels Mimi until baby is born!) It was like listening to the Christmas albums except Mariah was performing live! I have to admit that I was a bit embarrased by the audience's reaction when Ms. Patricia Carey's part was coming. Opera singers are not used to loud audiences. How graceful of Ms. Patricia Carey to go back on stage to re-do the performance with Mariah. Can't wait to watch the show on ABC!"
Joan Fowler (Los Angeles, CA): "I was the lucky lamb who got to go up to the stage and hand Mariah a Hello Kitty Christmas ornament I brought for her. That made it all worth it for me. My friends and I were in line first and I thought it was rude and discriminating of the 1iota.com people to let people in first who were in the back of the line, and who had not been there as long as us. I was upset, but happy when we finally got in. Our seats were still good. We were up and dancing and people around us were getting mad because they wanted to sit the whole time. But once Mariah said I could come up and give her the ornament it made all the long hours and hours of waiting worth it. She was so sweet and fun about it. The highlights of the show for me was 'Oh Santa' opening and of course Mariah singing with her mother. Here is a photo of the first three people in line, and of the Christmas Ornament I gave to Mariah. Thanks Mariah for saving the night!"
Laura Rodriguez (Delano, CA): "Attending a Mariah Carey 'Christmas Concert' is something most lambs have dreamed of and yesterday it came true for 2,000 lucky lambs won the GOLDEN TICKET to see this once in a lifetime show. As soon as the show started, the first thing lambs noticed was the beautiful Christmas decorated stage. It definitely got our Christmas spirits flowing immediately and very ready to see Mariah. Right when Mariah took the stage she of course did not disappoint; she showed us all why she truly is the 'Queen of Christmas Music.' The Christmas Show set list was arranged with a mixer of classic holiday songs off her 1994 released 'Merry Christmas' album and some new songs off her new Christmas Album, 'Merry Christmas II You.' Mariah kicked off the Christmas Special with her new #1 Holiday Hit 'Oh Santa!' and ended with her biggest Holiday song ever 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.' The performance of the night had to be hands down the 'O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus' duet with her mom, Patricia Carey. Even before Patricia had sung a note the lambs were up on their feet and cheering for her showing her the much love we have for her (which may be the reason why she did have a delay in her first attempt of the song LOL). However, soon after lambs heard Patricia Carey sing; we once again celebrated and realized that she really does have the singing chops, which she passed on to her daughter (which we are all very grateful for.) To end, this Christmas show was definately an EPIC MOMENT IN LAMB HISTORY and I am 'Forever' grateful to have been given the chance to have been a part of it."
Gicel Rolon (West Covina, CA): "The show was amazing! Everytime I can see Mariah Carey is a blessing. I loved seeing she sang so lovely. Everything was great! The only problem I had was when my group and I were in line we got the black wristbands and we were so not aware that those were for the most festive and family oriented people and that get the chance to go in front of the line. I just feel like they should have told us about it. After we realized people going on front of us that were all the way in the back sucked, so I went to go ask if the black wristband meant anything they looked at me like black wristbands were the first people let in I just felt mad because I could have had a chance to see MC very close and I didn't. I wish next time I could be more aware of what is going on to get my chance to see her up close because I sure do deserve it. However, the show was amazing. My best and most festive moment that I will treasure forever is when Mariah's mom sang with her. My favorite song out of Merry Christmas II You. That was the best!"
Curbin Pitts (Los Angeles, CA): "Contrary to what anyone said, I was first on the scene. When I arrived I wasn't sure if this was the correct venue because I didn't see any lambs lined up anywhere. And that is when my 'wait' began! Several minutes later, Art (who got thrown out and Joan, two big Mariah fans showed up and kept me company.) While we were obsessing over Mariah for several hours, slowly but surely fans began to line up beind us. After around 9 hours of standing & waiting, the 1iota crew began to check people in began giving out 'blue' wrist bands. By now the line was at least a mile long and fans were getting antsy to get inside. Then 1iota started to let people in with the black bands despite me being first and waiting so long! And I was MAD! After they let in about 50 people with 50 more coming and passing us! I decided to take destiny into my own hands! So I snuck in with the black wrist banded people! I snuck my way all the way down to the front row where I was assigned a front row seat! I was so happy! Then as everyone was seated the show began! Mariah Carey is everything I ever imagined + more. She was beautiful, radiant, gorgeous, and pregnant. Despite recent TV interviews, Mariah did not look overweight, just little baby fat and a baby bump added to her glamor! Throughout the night she had 3 dress changes with 6in stilettos that had me on suspense all night! Her voice was amazing! She hit all her high notes with precision and proved to me that she is the best female singer of all time! Queen of Music! All the Christmas songs she performed were very festive and fun! Her mom, Patricia Carey, belted out a voice of a million angels! It was amazing! Ending song was 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' which was really big fun and festive! And Mariah loved everyone back who shouted I love you Mariah, including myself! At the end of the show, I went to the back parking lot to see her off, and waited another little while but she drove off waving and blowing kisses at me made this night the best night of my life so far!"
Victor Leon (Santa Clarita, CA): "Was one of the few lucky fans to get tickets to the much anticipated Mariah Christmas Special. After waiting outside in the chilly L.A. weather for hours we were finally let in. Thankfully we were chosen to be seated in the font and cameras were all 'Up in my face' lol. It was a great show but it was unrehearsed so it took forever! But we all had an amazing time and were a part of a very special night with MCC. She looked amazing and her heels were crazy! Over all had a great night, can't wait to see the show on Dec. 13th on ABC."
Andrew Garcia (Chatsworth, CA): "Simply amazing! Don't know what else I could say. Lol. But um, I was talking to some people during the breaks and some told me they drove all the way from San Francisco! The performance she did with her mom was incredible. I got teary-eyed a couple times 'cause it was so overwhelming. Although I sat in the back for majority of the show, I was moved up to the front for the last 3 performances and I felt like a kid on X-mas day."
Brianna Butler (Rancho Palos Verdes, CA): "My sister and I arrived at 5:30pm and could not believe how long the line was already. We walked and walked, with the 1iota employees telling us from corner to corner to keep going. I thought to myself there is no way of us getting in. I was a little disappointed because there were specific directions on how to dress or you will be denied entry. I saw people in jeans and a lot of black. I kept my spirits up and made friends with other lambs in line! I was wearing a fancy red contail dress with heels that I won that Mariah wore in the Obsessed Remix video featuring Gucci Mane. All the sudden a 1iota employee came over and put a black wristband on my sister and I. We asked what it was for and he said, you will see it's a good thing. My sister and I immediately got excited! About two hours later, they announced everyone with black wristbands come forward. Then before I knew it we were being let in. Security checking us and then escorted to our seats. I couldnt believe my eyes, we were dead center and the 5th row from the stage! I was so happy that they did that black wristband because those of us that listened and followed directions defiantly got rewarded BIG time. The set was so 'festive'and when the show airs everyone will LOVE it! Mariah sang like an angel and looked stunning as always! I love how she talks and appreciates us lambs so much. I believe the most exciting part of the show was when she sang with her beautiful mother, Patricia Carey. When Mariah was singing, her mother was watching her with such admiration of her daughter! Mariah's mother sounded incredible and seriously gave me chills because I have never seen an Opera live. I didn't want the show to end! I am one step closer to one day finally getting to meet Mariah! I will forever be grateful to have the opportunity to experience this show. I can't wait to see it on ABC Live!"
Marco Salas (Los Angeles, CA): "I was one of many lucky lambs there to witness Mariah Carey perform and I would not have missed this for the world! Mariah gave an outstanding performance to the Christmas songs. I at one point shouted to her 'Mariah you make a beautiful mommy' and she replied on the mic, 'Aw, thank you." That was the highlight of my night. I was there with my boyfriend Ruben, he as well enjoyed the concert with me. We will never forget this night especially when Mariah sang with her mom Patricia Carey we got teary eyed. I am not gonna lie, I got chills listening to them both sing and embrace at the end of the song. You can feel the love in the room. I loved the setting of the stage it was so festive! The outfits Mariah wore fit her perfectly she was so happy and glowing! She still has her sense of humor, joked alot about her ear piece not working properly. It was so funny to watch her take her heels off on stage and just leave them there which meant she was done wearing them, obviously tired. I wish I could do it all over again. It was an amazing night!"
Markos Bello (San Diego, CA): On Saturday, Nov. 6th I received what I will call the greatest holiday gift ever. I got to see an angel sing live! Mariah Carey sounded and looked like an angel on stage. What an experience! The set was glittery and extra festive for the holiday moments, the dancers were in cute colorful elf costumes. I was instantly transported into Christmas land! The first song she did was 'Oh Santa' and that got everyone in the room jumping and singing along. The Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Intro was magical and had a live orchestra. She truly did a good job at making it extra festive for the lambs. When she came out singing Oh Little Town of Bethlehem, I could not control my tears, everyone was silent as she sang the first verse flawlessly and full of beautiful notes, we all gave her a standing ovation. I had many favorite moments in the show, one of them was when she sang Charlie Brown Christmas with Big Jim on the piano. She hypnotized the audience with her soft vocals that echoed through the walls of the theater, there was beauty everywhere. My ultimate favorite was Oh Come All Ye Faithful when Patricia Carey joined Mariah on stage, and they both sang their hearts out. Joined together with their two unique powerful voices, Pat was standing a mile away from her microphone yet you could hear her from across the street. Mariah's high notes filled our hearts with joy and love as we all sang along. In between songs Mariah would make us laugh with her cute personality. I had never seen her happier. She ended the show with the Extra Festive 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' song and everyone left the theater ready to start the holiday season! Thank you Mariah and your amazing team that made this ABC special a moment to remember."
Gabriel Elharar (Los Angeles, CA): Mariah was just at her best tonight in LA. Her duet with her mother was priceless! The voice of a goddess! 4 hours with Mariah... priceless experience!"
Jair Fuentes (Huntington Park, CA): "I arrived at the Orpheum Theater at around 12:30pm. Lines were supposed to start forming at 5:00pm, but we were hesitant to get a good seat inside. As we expected, some four fans were already lined up. As the day went on, people gradually began arriving, and the waiting wasn't so bad after meeting some new fans. At around 7:45 pm, people were finally being let in. Wristbands were distributed very unfairly, in my opinion. People who had been waiting all day were overlooked by staff members and gave priority seating to those who seemed more 'festive.' Unfortunately, the people who did sit up front were not that enthusiastic. Producers should know that devoted fans who wait countless hours in line would be much more enthusiastic towards Mariah. Regardless, the tickets were free and I really can't complain. We were seated in the 10th row and since the theater was really small, it made things very intimate. The producers then began to explain what would be happening, and finally it was time. Mariah appeared on stage and we were instructed to remain quiet for the dramatic effects. That was so hard to do! Finally when 'Oh Santa!' started playing, the crowd erupted! It was an amazing moment I will never forget. 'When Christmas Comes' was amazing! I completely held back tears of joy during this song. 'Christmas Time is in the Air Again' was totally live! I argued this with some fans at the show. Her vocals were beautiful and it truly is a new Christmas classic, in my opinion. The moment of the night though, definitely had to be 'O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus' when Mariah brought out her mom to sing with her! What an honor to witness this truly amazing moment. I had chills down my spine and was in awe the whole time. Finally, the night ended with a festive 'All I want for Christmas is You.' It was a really great show, and some moments included some re-do's of certain songs for the production team, and some really long waits in between songs. However it was all worth it! Mariah did wave directly to our section at one point and so did Trey, Sherry and Mary Ann. It was an unforgettable night and I'm glad I was a part of it."
Recap: Mariah's ABC Christmas Special Taping, Nov. 6
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 07-Nov-2010, 5:15PM EST
The Orpheum Theatre on Broadway Street in Los Angeles, California had its approximately 2,000 capacity venue filled to the brim with adoring fans donned in their festive Christmas colors for Mariah's ABC Christmas Special taping on Saturday, November 6, 2010.
What an incredible night for all the Mariah Carey fans who came out for the taping, some even travelling from as far as New York, Texas, Missouri, Illinois, and even Toronto, Canada and Israel. An earlier notice from concert organizer 1iota warned people not to line-up until 5pm but this did not deter some fans from being there as early as 8am! When MariahDailyJournal arrived at the venue at 3pm, there were already some 50 fans in line, and more came in hordes as minutes went by, with the queue extending around the 9th and South Spring blocks.
After the gruesome long wait in chilly Los Angeles weather, at 7:30pm, people were finally let in with the black wristband holders (the more festive and family-oriented ones) going in first, followed by the regular blue wristband holders. The taping started at 9:00pm and ended at 12:30am. It was an incredible show that you don't want to miss! Be sure to tune in to the ABC special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You, to air Monday, December 13 at 9pm ET.
Below is the sequence of songs as Mariah performed them. Please note that they may not appear in this order on the TV broadcast.
1. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town Intro/Oh Santa! [Mariah Carey, orchestra (16), band (5), background singers (4), dancers (6), kid dancers (8)]
Mariah hit the stage wearing a cute short red dress. Everyone was told to be quiet during the "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" Intro and give their loudest cheers as soon as "Oh Santa!" came on. Background singers were Trey Lorenz, Mary Ann Tatum, Sherry Tatum, and Melonie Daniels.
2. O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy Medley [Mariah Carey, orchestra (16), band (5), background singers (4), choir (16), drummer boy (1)]
Mariah back on stage wearing a short black dress with sparkly sequined stilletos (she would wear the same ensemble for the next 8 songs). Before she performed the song, Mariah had a little trivia question for everyone. She asked, "What video did I film in this theatre?" Most fans got it right, and she sang a snippet of "Heartbreaker." After the song, she thanked the orchestra and mentioned how she was having trouble hearing with her studded ear monitor.
3. When Christmas Comes [Mariah Carey, band (5), background singers (4), dancers (6)]
Introduces "When Christmas Comes": "This is a new song that I wrote with James Poyser for the Christmas album." Redoes the song starting from the "Jingle Bells" line later on, she says, "I didn't feel like it ended," and that it was not what they rehearsed.
4. Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/Housetop Celebration ft. Randy Jackson [Mariah Carey, Randy Jackson, band (5), background singers (4), dancers (6)]
Introduces Randy Jackson on bass guitar. They were undecided who was doing the spoken part of the song, if it was Randy or Trey Lorenz. Neither did it.
5. Christmas Time Is In The Air Again [Mariah Carey, orchestra (16), band (5), piano-Eric Daniel (1)]
A grand piano was brought out on stage for Eric Daniel. Mariah introduced a Make A Wish child who was in the audience: "The real, real Christmas wish is for a kidney for McKenzie."
6. O Holy Night [Mariah Carey, band (5), background singers (4), choir (16)]
Talked to the audience while things were being moved out and around the stage. Piano, orchestra out; band back on stage. Mariah introduced the song by saying: "I recorded this song on my first Christmas album and we want to do it tonight for you as well."
7. Joy To The World [Mariah Carey, band (5), background singers (4), dancers (6), choir (16)]
Introduces the song: "(The director would love me to introduce this song) This is again another song from my first Christmas album Merry Christmas, one of the biggest Christmas albums ever."
8. Charlie Brown Christmas [Mariah Carey, band (5), piano-Big Jim Wright (1), dancers (6)]
Grand piano back on stage. Mariah introduces Big Jim Wright and sings a snippet of "Fly Like A Bird." The performance starts off with a scene from Charlie Brown playing on an old vintage TV on stage. Mariah stands behind the grand piano and sings. Leaves stage and says: "I'll be back with a special guest!"
9. O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus ft. Patricia Carey [Mariah Carey, Patricia Carey, orchestra (16), band (5), background singers (4), choir (16), piano-Big Jim Wright (1)]
This has got to be the highlight of the show! Mariah introduced her "very special guest, my mother Patricia Carey!" The fans were all on their feet cheering when Patricia's part was about to come on. Despite missing her cue, she gave a rousing, powerful performance of the "Hallelujah Chorus." After the performance, mom and daughter hugged, Patricia giving Mariah a kiss, and they were whispering to each other. They would later on redo the song, and Mariah had requested for the audience to be quiet after her part so her mom won't miss the cue.
Mariah redid the following 3 songs before performing her final song, "All I Want For Christmas Is You":
When Christmas Comes (Redone from the Jingle Bells line) Here Comes Santa Claus (Randy Jackson & stand-in for Mariah) O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus ft. Patricia Carey (minus the choir)
Listen to an audio clip of Patricia Carey singing the "Hallelujah Chorus" in Take 2 below!
10. All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive [Mariah Carey, orchestra (16), band (5), background singers (4), dancers (6)]
Setting up the stage with all the props took some time. Mariah came out on stage wearing a new red dress, and the dancers were dressed as Frosty The Snowman, Gingerbread Man, etc. The song started off with the orchestra intro. Everyone was standing up, dancing and singing along. Towards the end, fake snow fell down from the ceiling.
Here are photos of fans waiting in line outside of the Orpheum Theatre.
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The Times UK: Why Mariah Carey Doesn't Do 'Normal'
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 06-Nov-2010, 12:27PM EDT
Married and pregnant, the singer maintains that she is still 12 years old, but then she is the diva's divaBy Tim Teeman
Is she OK? What does she want? Outside the New York hotel suite, the corridor is seething with Mariah Carey's jittery flunkeys. The day of our interview has changed, our appointment is hours late. But this is Mariah-world, where – if one apocryphal story is true – rose petals must be found should madam pitch up at a hotel at 3am and find the floor not to her liking. When she appeared on GMTV last year, she had two people lower her on to the sofa. She brought her own toilet paper (but it was GMTV, who can blame her?). Carey once said her dogs had their own entourage and her assistants had assistants. Today she will claim she is still a little girl living a far from normal life, while also "the boss lady" of her own corporation, happy finally to have found unconditional love.
The night before we meet, the 40-year old singer attended a lavish event at the Lincoln Centre, where an audience was played, at ear-splitting volume, her thirteenth studio album, the inelegantly titled Merry Christmas II You. The room was decked out with giant baubles and faux presents. The album is a lush, orchestral and supremely camp smorgasbord of hydraulic chords and Carey's five-octave-spanning whoop-de-whoops, topped with the grand cherry of a razzier version of her 1994 hit All I Want for Christmas. If you like Carey's melismatic histrionics, beltingly deployed most famously on Hero, you will be enraptured. Everyone from the record company clapped heartily; the woman in front of me looked at her friend with a kind of "Was that for real?" grin at the end of every bombastic number, including a deranged disco version of Auld Lang Syne.
Carey was ushered on to the stage in a plum, body-hugging dress, looking much, much bigger than her airbrushed female Santa album-cover shot (by David LaChapelle) in vertiginous heels: her feet are "repelled" by flats. She thanked us for coming, even though she wasn't sure who was here. She also thanked Nick Cannon, her TV and radio presenter husband, "for sharing my moment, as he should because it's momentous". The wordplay tickled her, but the room felt thick with corporate tension rather than Christmas joy. "She looks totally pregnant," someone whispered, referring to the baby Carey was said to be carrying, a rumour that she confirmed a few days later. She told me that she and Cannon had discussed baby names in their very first "serious conversation".
"I think all women are allowed to have their own private space," she said, declining to talk about her pregnancy. "When you're in the public eye people don't respect that line, whereas if you just saw a woman on the street, you're not going to say, 'So have you gained a couple of pounds or are you pregnant dear?' "She says this in a perfect English accent. "I still consider myself private." What nonsense: Mariah Carey is quite patently not a "woman on the street" and she invalidates her heartfelt desire for privacy days later when she announces her pregnancy on a primetime TV show.
Of course Carey craves attention, just on her own terms and at her own bidding. She told her husband on his radio show that pregnancy had left her nauseous and exhausted; he is trying to ration her use of high heels. She is no cartoon but rather a canny, witty operator who knows how to play up, and also subvert, her diva image. Carey writes most of her own songs and, with 19 English-speaking No 1s in America, is second only to the Beatles (20), "and she's alive", as one of her people put it.
Carey has won five Grammy Awards, has sold more than 200 million albums, singles and videos worldwide and is bullishly proud of her success. "I can sing my songs however I want and if somebody doesn't like it, I'm like: 'Guess what, I don't care what you think. When you've written the song, and you don't like it, then you can tell me you don't like my singing'," she says.
She grumbles at the daily invasions of privacy; that people "twit-pic" what she eats in restaurants. She eulogises her "fans" as the ones who "know" her best, faithful throughout what she admits has been a "rollercoaster" life. "And, you know what, I love rollercoasters. You start here, go down, go up, go down, up. I ride them over and over again."
Before we speak, I watch a farcical piece of arse-licking, when the producer of Disney's Christmas Day TV show begs her to be his lead act, swearing "on my mother's life" to provide the singer with a suite at Cinderella's Castle at the Orlando theme park itself, "where she can turn into a child". I must have misheard that, I think; but no. When I ask about turning 40, Carey, now opposite me solicitously offering water, says: "Who turned 40? I have no idea what you're talking about. I'm 12." You feel 12, I ask. "No, I am 12. Honestly, I don't think I'm normal," she says. "I don't think my life has been quite normal. I disregard time, you don't see me wear a watch. I don't adhere to modern rules or the normal rules of time."
OK, I say baffled, but you did turn 40. Physically, you're not 12 (or her pregnancy would be an underage one). "I don't have birthdays. Literally," Carey says firmly. "If anyone wished me happy birthday, I'd be like, who are you talking to? It's about not being tied down to anything."
Carey grew up on Long Island, the youngest of three. Her mother, Patricia, was Irish-American and an opera singer, her father, Alfred, was an Afro-Venezuelan aeronautical engineer. They divorced when she was 3. Did she have a difficult childhood? "I had to protect myself against a couple of things," she says. Like the racists who reportedly torched the family car? "I don't feel comfortable talking about that," Carey says.
"It's hard to explain the family dynamic. I don't remember them as a couple. They'd been married ten years and then I came along. It wasn't a normal household. We were artistic. We weren't a typical suburban family, and every time you have a mixed-race family in that setting it's not going to be the easiest thing. I'm pretty sure that people did their best to make me happy. I was always creative: singing was always my outlet and still is."
On her new album, she and her mother duet on a delirious O Come All Ye Faithful. Patricia, a vocal coach as well as a singer, had noticed her daughter's musical leanings, although Carey never wanted to sing opera herself. Are Carey and her mother close? She looks stricken. "I'm sure we were when I was younger. There have been complicated moments. At least having the duet is something I'll be able to have and say this is her, this is a special moment and I'm glad we did it." Her father died of cancer in 2002.
Carey's mother never "tried to impose rigour" on her; and she wishes she had when it came to learning the piano, because she thinks musically "way farther than my hands can take me" – although "why sit there for six hours when I can call somebody else and say, 'Come over and help, please'?"
At school, she was "one of those people who didn't apply themselves, but I had faith that singing was going to be my life. There was no other option: it was this or be a genie." She remembers taking the radio from the kitchen and listening to it under the covers of her bed: Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Wonder, Al Green and Michael Jackson. "Anything musical lifted me out of the moment," she says, adding that even today she is happiest when "fully connected to my creative self, especially writing melodies". She professes not to know where that five-octave voice came from. "I do have nodules in my throat and know how to make those work. I won't work in the belting register for longer than two to three hours because nobody should."
Carey has said before that her relationship with Tommy Mottola, president and CEO of Sony Records, was confining; she released her first record at 20 under him and they married in 1993, divorcing five years later. Next came an ill-fated $80 million deal with Virgin Records which yielded the risible movie and album, Glitter. The label dropped her.
In 2002, she signed with Island Records and released her bestselling album The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005. She became known for her bizarre behaviour. This year she gave a rambling – some thought drunk – speech at a film festival while accepting an award for her role in Lee Daniels's Precious as a social worker.
People think you're fragile and emotional, I say. "Really?" Carey says, witheringly. "I'd love to see them handle one hundredth of what I handle. If they consider themselves fragile after living even one day of my life and they made it through that day, that would be pretty amazing." She cares about what her family thinks, she says. "But the public? I don't really know who that is. People who couldn't name five of my songs? That doesn't matter to me because my fans will know the lyrics at the drop of a hat. They are attached to them on a personal level."
Carey's most personal song, "and the one true fans really relate to", is Close My Eyes from the Butterfly album. "I wrote it as a diary over a four-year period from when I did my first live show, then the Hero video, and I would come back to the house I was living in" – she sighs very heavily, her voice wavers – "and I remember looking out of the window, reflecting on my life and it was like: 'OK, my dreams are coming true, but I'm living vicariously through myself, the person I am on TV.' In America I'd had a lot of No 1 songs very quickly, but I was becoming a little sequestered person. And I'm not. I'm not a diminutive person" – she puts on a dainty voice – "who says: 'Oh, please tell me what to do because I don't know how to sing this part, help me through this.' I'm mostly in the situation where I am the boss lady and I hate it. I hate telling people what to do, but I end up having to do it because if things aren't running smoothly I have to put them in order. It sucks but that's how it is."
Like the narrator of Close My Eyes, she felt as if she had grown up too soon, "with the weight of the world" held "deep inside", having "learnt many things little ones shouldn't know". Presumably she, like the song's narrator, learnt "to grow numb to the madness, and block it away". She says a German girl who'd been abused as a child wrote to her thanking her for expressing what she had felt. Did Carey suffer abuse as a child? "I'm sure all kids feel some sort of thing of that nature," she says, looking away. "I wouldn't be comfortable ... I definitely felt abused at school."
What about Mottola, did Carey feel abused by him? Today, she is wearing a Van Cleef & Arpels silver butterfly, and the album of the same name seemed to stand for her declaration of independence from him. Well, he certainly changed her, she admits. "Our best moments were when we agreed on things creatively." She started composing Butterfly the song "when I was leaving a situation that was very confining". She left their house with "literally nothing. I just had to get out."
Mottola is writing an autobiography, in which he reportedly plans to put her difficulties down to her upbringing rather than their relationship. How does she feel about that? "We'll see," she laughs. Is she nervous? "Absolutely not. He has to ask for my approval on every single thing!"
When her career was in apparent freefall at the start of the millennium, she got fed up with people opining about her state of mind. "Unless they went through the experience I did, they don't know what it was like," she says impatiently. "I equate it with being in third grade and you'd fall over in the freaking sandbox and you get a grain of sand in your eye and for years afterwards people say: 'Can we talk about that because it's soooo interesting?' Life is full of surprises. The most important thing is that I try to be my best creative self."
A lot of the time, she observes, the criticism of her is "visual: so for a while I had my hair in a bun, instead of looking glamorous and now you have to be camera-ready all the time and people judge you by how you look. You can't control it, but I see why people become reclusive."
Has she had plastic surgery or Botox? She gasps. "No, I haven't. I take really good care of my skin. I'm ethnic and people forget we have a different skin constitution."
She doesn't care about being called a diva ("Isn't everyone now?"), because "I know the true meaning of the word. First: a woman of great vocal talent. Most people called a diva don't have that. I'm not saying I do, ha ha ... The second is a difficult woman and, yeah, I can be difficult, but I'm pretty nice compared to most people I've seen do what I do. If you want to work for someone difficult, work for a bank or company where people don't care about you. I take care of a lot of people and it's not easy."
Is she demanding? "Can't you see all the pink flowers at my feet? The dogs were supposed to be here," she says, parodying a grande dame strop. "What a disappointing diva I'm being." She pours scorn on the report that she demanded the petals at the London hotel: "Yeah, at three in the morning, having just flown in, that's what I cared about. I just wanted to sleep."
Is she living the life she wanted? "What else could you see me doing?" she retorts. I meant, from when she was a young girl. God, I forgot ... "I'm still a young girl," Carey says. "Perhaps when other people grow up they become really jaded, but I have this really weird combination of having this sarcastic wit and also having innocence that I refuse to be penetrated. I get the joke and I don't mind laughing about myself, but I love making music. When I'm in my studio at home, that's my equivalent of a desk job."
Is love important to her? "Of course," she says quietly. Why? "Because I don't think I have ever felt truly unconditional love until this point in my life." With Cannon? "Yes. I think we both knew from the beginning. Being in this adult relationship, which is also a public relationship, is different from anything I have ever experienced."
So marriage to Cannon has transformed her? "Some people look for a husband or wife earlier in their lives. My priority was my career. I don't think I was ready to be married. I just did it to survive in the relationship and that was difficult."
What next? Well, Carey "loves" gospel and hip-hop but making the Christmas album has taken her in "lots of new directions"; the lush orchestration led her to fall in love with Nat King Cole, Bing Crosby and jazz standards. So jazz? "Yes, maybe. I'm a jazzy girl. Bye, darling," Carey trills in that spot-on English accent, as she is surrounded by her unsmiling escorts and bundled protectively away: just the way this very pregnant 12-year-old boss lady likes it.
Merry Christmas II You will be released on Mercury Records on Nov 15. The first single from the album will be Oh Santa!
CD Reviews: Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 05-Nov-2010, 7:53PM EDT
Mariah Carey Merry Christmas II You Island By Caryn Ganz, Rolling Stone
Sixteen years have passed since Mariah Carey released her first blockbuster holiday album, but she hasn't lost her desire to dress up in a Santa suit or the silky flexibility of her voice. Her take on a new batch of traditionals like "O Little Town of Bethlehem" is straightforward and sweet, full of strings and torchy piano arrangements and outfitted with a cameo from her opera-singer mom, Patricia, on "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus." Half of the disc's new originals are ballads – including "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again" and "One Child," both thick with gooey orchestration – but Mariah bops to a schoolyard-chant beat on "Oh Santa!" and digs out a retro groove for "When Christmas Comes." It's hard to figure out what's "extra festive" (as the full song title promises) about her "All I Want for Christmas Is You" update, and far easier to determine what's wrong with "Auld Lang Syne" (an awkward dance beat), but the LP's warm heart is in the right place.
Mariah Carey makes spirits bright with new CD Merry Christmas II You should boost singer's career By Joey Guerra, Houston Chronicle
Christmas has been kind to Mariah Carey. Her first holiday album became that all-too-rare of things – a modern classic. It was unpretentious, unfussy and joyous, buoyed by fantastic single All I Want for Christmas Is You, which still rings throughout the season.
Much of that same magic infuses Merry Christmas II You, Carey's follow-up to that 1994 highlight. More importantly, the new disc should also give her a much-needed career jolt. Carey's last two studio efforts, E=MC² and Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, were commercial disappointments. Santa needs to deliver a hit.
Carey sounds better than she has in a long time throughout Merry Christmas II You, which keeps her in a swirl of gospel choruses and lush production. Her belting is strong, and she doesn't overdo the breathy coos. Credit Broadway and film composer Marc Shaiman (Hairspray, Sister Act, several Bette Midler hits), who worked on several of the best tracks.
A quartet of new songs fit in snugly with the classics. First single Oh Santa! is irresistible, all hand claps and '60s girl-group swing. (Expect it to dominate ringtones as the holidays approach.) Christmas Time Is in the Air Again boasts swooping notes and tasteful strings, and When Christmas Comes plays like a holiday spin on the brassy R&B tunes that highlighted Carey's Emancipation of Mimi disc.
The solemn One Child sounds a bit like a Michael Jackson tune (complete with kid chorus). It's a bit overwrought, but it's hard not to be swayed by the sweetness. It's likely taken on a special meaning with the recent announcement of Carey's pregnancy.
Carey's take on The First Noel morphs into a soulful slow jam, and she adds some club bounce to Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane).
Her variation on the iconic Charlie Brown Christmas is appropriately gentle and nostalgic. And Carey's mother, Patricia, adds an operatic flourish to O Come All Ye Faithful, which builds to a grand, glass-shattering finale. (A good thing for Carey fans.)
The new disc also includes a pair of repeats from Carey's first Christmas album: a rousing live performance of O Holy Night and an extra-festive version of All I Want for Christmas Is You (which isn't much different from the original, aside from a few extra chimes).
"Does anybody really know the words?" Carey asks during a thumping Auld Lang Syne. It hardly matters. There's enough sweet spirit here to keep the holidays merry, musical and bright.
Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas II You Solid New Holiday Collection By Bill Lamb, About.com
Mariah Carey ushers us into the holiday music season in high style. Following the relative commercial disappointment of Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel, she initially planned a remix album with a few new tracks. However, a Christmas collection was chosen instead. That seems a wise decision. The result is a relaxed, joyful and fun holiday celebration. Just like her first multi-platinum Christmas album Merry Christmas, this set of traditional carols and new holiday songs should quickly find its place on your seasonal playlist.
Relaxed, Celebratory Feel for Mariah Carey There is an overall relaxed, comfortable feel to Merry Christmas II You that is very engaging. Some of the best moments evoke a party atmosphere. "Oh Santa!" is perfect music for a party with friends. Don't be surprised if you find yourself singing along. Mariah Carey's version of music from A Charlie Brown Christmas has an air of relaxed intimacy with breathy, jazzy vocals that will warm your holiday heart. The live version of "O Holy Night" from WPC in south central Los Angeles will cause chills in its live simplicity. It is an opportunity to hear Mariah Carey tackle some deeper, throatier tones.
New Songs Including Another Contemporary Classic In general the new songs here are solid. "Oh Santa!" is mentioned above. Bryan Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri have helped Mariah Carey concoct a new Christmas classic. "When Christmas Comes" takes on a very pleasing retro soul vibe. "One Child" is pure holiday power ballad. A children's chorus is used effectively, and then Mariah Carey brings it all back down to earth by song's end. Only "Christmas Time Is In the Air Again" stumbles. It seems to drown in a sea of orchestral schmaltz. However when talking about new holiday songs, hitting the right tone three out of four times is a good batting average indeed.
Top Tracks On 'Merry Christmas II You' "Oh Santa!" "When Christmas Comes" "Charlie Brown Christmas" "O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus" "O Holy Night"
Mariah Carey's Christmas Celebration Should Not Be Missed This is a Christmas album that should be on most pop fans' must hear list for the 2010 holiday season. Since it is Mariah Carey, there are moments that the melismatic approach gets a bit out of hand. Her version of "The First Noel" is the most notable example. The collaboration with Mariah Carey's mother Patricia Carey, an opera singer, on "O Come All Ye Faithful / Hallelujah Chorus" is over the top and gloriously so. Here Mariah Carey is at her best as she threatens to take everything too far sonically with operatic tones, impossibly high notes, and melisma in full force, but somehow it all holds together in exhilarating fashion. Merry Christmas II You also includes a slightly updated version of her previous classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" while closing with a disco dance party version of "Auld Lang Syne" leading us all into the New Year in full force party mode. Mariah Carey does know her way around Christmas albums.
On Mariah Carey's Agreeably Bizarre Yuletide Sequel Merry Christmas II You By Rich Juzwiak, The Village Voice
Should old acquaintance be forgot and never brought to mind? Not if Mariah Carey has any say! Hopeless nostalgia is to Christmas what It's a Wonderful Life is to Christmastime programming, but on Mariah's second holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, she yearns for more than yuletides of old.
This sequel to 1994's Merry Christmas harks back to a more complicated time in Mariah's career. Opulently orchestrated with help from American Idol judge Randy Jackson and schmaltzmeister Marc Shaiman (who's partially responsible for Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings," among other cinematic shlock), it recalls an era when genre lines were as ambiguous as Mariah's race, when her hitting as many target audiences as possible was the goal, when obsequiousness was the aesthetic. Post-hip-hop Mariah doing an overly lush album of Christmas standards is the musical equivalent of Todd Haynes's allegorically retro flick Far From Heaven. (She makes yuletide cheer gay, too, via the Salsoul Christmas Jollies-reminiscent "Here Comes Santa Claus/Rooftop Celebration" and a robotic house version of "Auld Lang Syne.")
II You is as hilarious as the stilted Douglas Sirk movies that Heaven aped, starting with a title fit for... a Mariah Carey album. (Why just have something announce itself as a sequel when it can be a tiding of joy, as well?) The biggest laugh comes via the smooth, 808-bumped epilogue to her piano-and-voice reading of "The First Noel": The "Born Is the King" interlude is pure baby-making music (apparently, even virgin birth is deserving of such). It's also one of several medleys on II You, as if Mariah is such a festive entity that she simply cannot sing just one Christmas song at a time. She treats carols like potato chips and chews the scenery, her voice manically fluttering from an even belt to a clenched strain to a creamy whisper. Sometimes, the latter's airiness sounds seasonal, and sometimes it sounds like a struggle. It's always appropriately melodramatic, though—the aforementioned "The First Noel" is the sound of an eye filling with tears that have not yet spilled.
Of the four Mariah-penned new tracks, the Jermaine Dupri/Bryan-Michael Cox collaboration "Oh Santa!" tries the hardest, an antique kitchen-sink replica that manages to invoke a cheerleading squad, the Pointer Sisters, Mariah's own "Loverboy," and "Hey Ya!" Full of mumbling and cattiness, it's difficult to sing along to, so its prospects of becoming a perennial favorite are dim. "When Christmas Comes" is a full-band Emancipation of Mimi retread, while "One Child" is a needless retelling of the night of Christ's birth with nothing new to add (no surprise, coming from a non-historian). The only track that approaches the magic of her previous hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" is the exquisite "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again," a sweeping big-band ballad that you'd swear was a cover from some Judy Garland movie you didn't pay that much attention to once. Not even Santa himself has the power to conjure the spontaneous nostalgia found here.
"All I Want for Christmas Is You" appears here, too, actually, in a remastered, "Extra Festive" version. Think of it as the stereo component to the mono-sounding original—the new version cuts the reverb, softens the bell-ringing, and introduces a giant kick drum. Think of it also as Mariah canonizing herself by remaking her own song, deserved classic that it is. It's an eccentric move, and one that simultaneously caters to her ego and her audience. (You know your mom can't be bothered to switch CDs to hear the song she really wants, and, since she's part of a select group that's still buying them...)The near-crazed desperation to please listeners for her own sake is all over Merry Christmas II You: A "gift" to her fans (or so she claims) that they, of course, must pay for, it's her fascinating, career-long saga of self-obsession in a nutshell.
Source: Rolling Stone | Houston Chronicle | About | The Village Voice
Photos: Merry Christmas II You Walmart Exclusive
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 05-Nov-2010, 10:01AM EDT
Below are photos of the Walmart-exclusive Merry Christmas II You album. Priced at $14.88, the CD comes with 5 Holiday cards with envelopes and 1 Butterfly ornament. Be sure to stop by your nearest Walmart and grab a copy or two!
If you haven't purchased your copy of Merry Christmas II You, do it now! Send in a copy of your store receipt to email@example.com for a chance to win autographed Mariah Carey items! Contest ends Monday, Nov. 8.
Merry Christmas II You (Standard Edition) is available to purchase in-store or online at: Walmart ($11.88), Target ($11.99), Best Buy ($11.99), F.Y.E. ($10.99), Barnes & Noble ($13.99, $9.99 online).
Mariah Set for 16th Top 10 on Billboard 200
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 05-Nov-2010, 9:46AM EDT
Mariah Carey's second Christmas album, "Merry Christmas II You," could move around 50,000 to 60,000, placing it in the top five on the chart. While those figures seem a bit smallish for Carey (her last album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," bowed with 168,000 at No. 3), keep in mind that Holiday efforts tend to start slower than regular studio sets, and then build larger sales weeks in the march towards the Christmas holiday. If "Merry" performs to expectations this week, it would mark the diva's 16th top 10 set. Among women, only Barbra Streisand (with 30) and Madonna (19) have had more.
Audio: Mariah Promotes Christmas Album on NY's Lite FM
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 04-Nov-2010, 10:47PM EDT
Mariah called in to New York's 106.7 Lite FM and talked with Rich Kaminski about her pregnancy, wearing her Santa suit and her new Merry Christmas II You album. Listen to the interview below.
Rich Kaminski: It's 106.7 Lite FM. Rich Kaminski here with Mariah Carey. We're excited about it. Thanks for being on, Mariah. Mariah Carey: Hey, Rich. How are you doing?
RK: Good. I think I should ask you first if you know any lullabies. MC: [Laughs] Of course. RK: Well, congratulations to you. You're gonna be a mom. MC: Thank you. RK: We actually have that in common. I just became a parent myself so such a rewarding experience. MC: Oh, congratulations. RK: Will you find out in advance if it's a girl or a boy? MC: I don't know. I haven't yet. RK: You haven't figured that out yet, huh? MC: No. We don't know yet. RK: We took our daughter to like a pumpkin patch, a hay ride and all that. Are there things you're already looking forward to doing with your son or daughter? MC: Of course, I already do that by myself [laughs]. RK: [Laughs] The pumpkin picking, the hay rides... MC: I'm very all about all that stuff. I mean, a person that does two Christmas albums, I don't think they're not gonna do all the festive stuff.
RK: Will you gonna be putting on the red Santa suit again? MC: Yes. I actually put on the same. Did you see the cover artwork? RK: I have not yet. No. MC: You got to see that. I'm all red so you wanna see the artwork. No, I was so happy when I looked at the behind-the-scenes of me doing the album cover for Merry Christmas II You. Thank goodness, we did this a little bit ago, a little while ago because I wore the same, basically the same outfit as the first album cover which is like a little Santa suit thing. We shot the cover way before I finished the album. RK: So you were wearing your Santa suit in a warmer weather. MC: In the warmer weather but still... actually I did the cover with David LaChapelle, one of my really good friends, who is an amazing, amazing photographer and he's very conceptual like he has these incredible ideas. And so, he's just awesome and I was just very happy to be doing that with him. We wanted it to be like the part II of the first Christmas album. So the first Christmas album is like a lot of snow behind me. I was freezing cold sitting there in the snow. And this album is like the nighttime version of that. Sort of more like in the city on the roof top with, of different Christmas elements. It's really cute. You put the two of them together, and it's like the sequel to the first.
RK: Very cool. Well, it's Merry Christmas II You with the Roman numeral II. We get that. It comes out tomorrow. And you wrote four of the songs, including the first release "Oh Santa!" MC: Yes, which I'm very happy to say, very thankful, it's already no. 1 on the Billboard Holiday charts and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is no. 2. RK: What made you wanna go back and tackle that song again, and do it again? MC: So many people have already kind of covered that song which I did write and a lot of people think it's an old song like they don't realize that I actually wrote the song. So, I was just thinking that if I'm gonna do another Christmas album, I can re-record my own song so why not? I'll just do an extra festive version of it, and that's what we did. RK: Great. We know them, we love them. You worked with American Idol's Randy Jackson on this. MC: Of course. We all know him and love him. I've been working with Randy for so long that I forget how famous he is now and all that. But you know what, the great thing about Randy is that he's always been this type of person like he's always been this really kind of... I don't even know the word... he's got a great personality. And I think that's what people.. he's very talented and people don't even realize how talented he is but he's one of those you just love to be around. You feel you've known him your whole life. He's the same person. Someone just asked me, "Has he changed?" I have to say he's the same person he's always been. And he was really helpful to this process, in making this album.
RK: You said you wrote four of the songs. Are writing Christmas songs somewhat different than writing non-Holiday songs? Do you have to be in a festive mood or anything? MC: I decorated my house, the studio, everywhere we worked. I worked out of Randy's studio a lot of the times. He knows. Everytime I worked in a different person's studio, I'd be like, "It's not like Randy's." Randy has it all decorated. There's barely an inch of wall space that doesn't have lights on the walls. RK: The first Christmas album sold somewhere like 12 million copies. I'm sure this one will be a huge success for you too. We're gonna be enjoying the new CD all Holiday season long and beyond. MC: Thank you. RK:Merry Christmas II You with the Roman numeral II for like the sequel, hits stores tomorrow and I guess you'll be getting a lot of baby clothes for Christmas this year. MC: [Laughs] That would be nice. RK: Congratulations, Mariah. Thanks for being on Lite FM. MC: Thanks so much, Rich. And I do listen to Lite FM because it starts playing Christmas music so early and it's the only one that goes with me. I'm like, "Go with me, we're in Christmas." RK: That's right! Thanks, Mariah. Have a great holiday with your family and again congratulations. Good luck with the child. MC: Thanks. Congrats to you too.
Source: Lite FM | MariahDailyJournal | Andrew
Mariah Covers Us Weekly
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 04-Nov-2010, 8:06PM EDT
Mariah Carey tells Us about overcoming miscarriage and expecting a little one with hubby Nick CannonBy Eric Andersson
On a recent morning in the New York City home she shares with Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey tells Us she felt at peace. "Nick was sleeping. I was lying in bed next to him," says Carey, who, on October 28, finally confirmed the news that Us was first to break: She's expecting her first child. "I was like, Oh, this is a real feeling of contentment."
Getting there wasn't easy. After their six-week courtship and April 2008 wedding, Carey, 40, got pregnant. But early in her second trimester, she suffered a miscarriage. The singer cried herself to sleep many nights, but she and Cannon, 30, host of NBC's America's Got Talent, didn't give up. Carey began taking progesterone, a hormone that is often prescribed to boost fertility and support or help maintain pregnancy in women susceptible to miscarriage — and earlier this year, they conceived. With their baby due this spring, Carey, whose album Merry Christmas II You is out now, and Cannon open up to Us' Melanie Bromley.
Congratulations! How do you feel? MC I'm very happy. But there's other stuff that comes along with pregnancy, physically: I'm sleepy and in a constant state of nausea! I can kind of control it if I just calm down and don't throw up. It's not great for a singer to throw up! My little trick is Dr. Brown's soda. It's syrupy, so that helps.
Tell Us how you found out you were pregnant. MC We were at home in L.A. and I did a pee test, and then I did another and another. At one point I had, like, a collection in my bathroom! Those things aren't always accurate. I'm about taking blood and all that, really. So I was like, Let me just make sure.
What made you take a test? Had you missed a period? MC Yeah. We had been trying, so every month we checked. I did the first test alone, then I showed Nick. We were both really excited, and then I said, "Come on, let's do another one!" And that's how it went. NC We had all these pregnancy tests around that said yes, yes, yes. It was cool! Just seeing the joy on Mariah's face was priceless. Knowing everything that she went through, it was wonderful. Obviously, I was happy for our child, but even more so, to see her relief and excitement was awesome.
Did you cry? NC We definitely cried! We still cry all the time. It's an emotional journey. Every time we hear some news about the baby, it's so emotional. We love it.
It must have been an amazing moment, especially after going through the miscarriage two years ago. MC When we first got pregnant back then it was quick, so we just assumed everything would be easy. NC At that point, we had been married a little more than a half a year, and everything was going as planned. It was all wonderful, and then we were hit with a devastating blow out of nowhere. It was around the holidays, and we have other family members who have little babies... Seeing other people with their families when we were just preparing to create ours took its toll. MC It was kind of tough, because I had to go through two medical procedures after that. I didn't share what happened with anybody. Nobody in my family knew. I was a little bit depressed, and Nick and I went through that alone. It really did strengthen our relationship.
How did you get through that time? NC We both have a spiritual foundation, and she tapped into that. She read the Bible every night before she went to sleep. She prayed and spent time meditating and focusing within. MC It's making me very emotional even to think about it, but he was very strong for me. NC To hear that is suprising, because I was always enamored by how well she was handling it. We had already started doing the planning, and then suddenly that goes away and you have to continue on with your life. MC That's what being with the right person means. It's not just when everything is fantastic. It's when you go through the ups and downs and you don't really know the outcome. And, thank God, everything was all right and the doctor wasn't saying, "You can't get pregnant." At least it wasn't that type of a situation.
When did you feel like you could try again? NC It wasn't a set date. We just took it one day at a time. The doctor didn't want her to be stressed. When women want to have children, they often focus on just that. So I encouraged her to work on another album to get her mind off it. MC I dove into my music. NC I would always say, "It's in God's hands. God will give us a child when the time is right." And our sex life is amazing, so it could be any month. We were always practicing!
There are reports that you did IVF to get pregnant. Did you use fertility methods, besides taking progesterone? NC No, not at all. But Mariah had acupuncture, all over her body. I think it helped her quite a bit, because it was a good destressor. She had it done once a day!
How else did you help her stay calm? NC I feel like it's my husbandly duty to make sure nobody stresses her out! We spent a lot of time eating popcorn in bed, watching our favorite DVDs: Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, every season of The Wite. And we would watch Bruno over and over!
Nick's so attentive! MC He always does stuff for me. The other day, he came home with some flowers and butterfly balloons from this really cute place — and a pizza! We're in New York now after spending so much time in L.A., and with all due respect to everybody, they don't know how to make a pizza there!
What are your other cravings? MC Roasted red peppers! I haven't had them in so long. NC And McDonald's. I think I have probably more cravings than she does! We order McDonald's in the middle of the night, so we have to find a 24-hour one. She likes a cheeseburger and fries, and I always want to get a milk shake.
How is your body changing? MC Well, there's the obvious weight gain. I'm looking forward to working out again! The progesterone makes you really, really bloated and super-ugh feeling.
You love fashion. What have you been wearing? MC I've definitely changed my way of dressing a lot! Nothing fits right now, so around the house I wear pajamas. I have three sets of the same pair: It's like a little dress and these long, loose pants. And I'm constantly wearing a bra! TMI! But it's true. I need it for comfort.
Are you nervous about giving birth? MC Yes! I'm very scared. I look at those people who give birth in the water, because that's my most comfortable place, but there's no way I would do that. The other thing is privacy. How do you have privacy in a hospital? I have to scope it out. I have a friend who just had a baby, and she had a whole suite. I'll need to explore that!
Do you know the sex of the baby? MC We don't know. NC We're just hoping for a beautiful and healthy baby!
What kind of parents do you want to be? MC You always want to give your kids everything you ever wanted. I knew I didn't want to embark on this journey without a life partner, a husband, because I grew up in a single-parent situation. [Carey's parents divorced when she was 3.] My mom tried very hard to make everything nice, and she did a good job, but I always felt that if I ever had kids I'd give them as much normalcy as possible — which is difficult in this business!
What about you, Nick? NC I learned so much from my father and my grandfather, so I want to apply everything that they taught me. And Will Smith, who discovered me, had been like a big brother to me since I was 17. He's done such a wonderful job with his kids. Mariah's going to be the most amazing mom ever. She's a nurturing spirit. She's the type of person who, no matter who comes around, wants to make sure everybody's all right. MC I have a lot to learn. Being a parent is a huge responsibility.
Are you reading up on the baby's growth? NC We're definitely doing our research! We have all the books. I'm an internet geek, so I'm always online. We get excited at every checkup — just the fact that it's been another week or another month and everything is A-OK. That's all we care about.
What are you most looking forward to about being parents? NC Teaching my child about love and being the best role model I can possibly be. MC The first thing that comes to mind is music. I would love to see if that is a factor, you know? Because I really do feel like that's something that's handed down, and it's-in-the-family thing. My mom's a singer, and we have a duet on my Christmas album.
When you look at Nick and think, I'm going to be the mother of his child, how do you feel? MC It amazes me. He's a great person, and we have more in common than not. I know people initially were like, "What? Those two?" But I think people know us get it.
Mariah is also featured in various magazines this week. Below are scans from OK!, In Touch, Life & Style and Star.
Source: Scans & Text: MariahDailyJournal
HSN's Cyber Monday with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 03-Nov-2010, 10:45PM EDT
Mariah invites you to join her on Cyber Monday, November 29 and be one of the first to see her new collection of jewelry, footwear and fragrance - available exclusively at HSN. Tune in for the world premiere and enjoy a special preview November 24 at HSN.com.
"Hey, I'm Mariah and I am coming to HSN on November 29 to celebrate the start of the holiday season. So, let's get in the holiday spirit together."
Source: HSN | MariahDailyJournal
Hits Prediction: Mariah to Sell 50-60k This Week
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 03-Nov-2010, 3:49PM EDT
The fourth quarter finally got underway with this week's million-selling, chart-topping debut by Taylor Swift, who will certainly get another week at #1.
Based on one-day sales from those music retailers not trying to star whack Randy Quaid and his wife Evi, next week's top debut go to Broken Bow artist Jason Aldean's My Kinda Party, which is certainly not about the Republicans, but should do between 175-200k anyway.
Next up, Mariah Carey gives birth to her Island/IDJ holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, expected to sell in the 50-60k range for the mom-to-be.
Videos: Mariah on Ellen and Lopez Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 03-Nov-2010, 12:11PM EDT
Mariah Promotes Merry Christmas II You on Ellen, Nov. 2 Download: [ HD | DVD ]
Mariah Promotes Merry Christmas II You on Lopez Tonight, Nov. 2 Download: [ HD | DVD ]
Mariah to Perform at Rockefeller Christmas Tree Lighting
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 03-Nov-2010, 11:15AM EDT
NBC will celebrate the lighting of the world's most famous Christmas tree once again with a live broadcast from Rockefeller Center in New York City on Tuesday, November 30 (8-9 p.m. ET/PT). The star-studded holiday special will feature performances by Susan Boyle, Mariah Carey, Charice, Sheryl Crow, Jackie Evancho, Josh Groban, Katherine Jenkins, Annie Lennox, Kylie Minogue, Jessica Simpson and The Radio City Rockettes with a mix of current hits and holiday classics.
The 78th annual holiday extravaganza will feature a tree that is 74 feet high, 40 feet in diameter and weighs a whopping 12 tons. It will be lit for the first time on Tuesday, November 30, 2010 with live and taped performances from 7 P.M. - 9 P.M., at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th & West 51st Streets and 5th and 6th Avenues, Manhattan.
MariahDaily's Got Talent Premieres Today!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 02-Nov-2010, 2:45PM EDT
MariahDailyJournal is proud to present to you the 14 finalists of our MariahDaily's Got Talent - Oh Santa! Edition! Thank you to our talented contestants for taking the time to show us their own festive rendition of "Oh Santa!" Now, it's up to YOU, MDJ readers, to decide who's got the best talent!
Our elimination rounds officially start today! Winners of MariahDaily's Got Talent will be decided by YOU! After evaluating the 14 finalists, please submit your votes via the poll on our sidebar. Voting for this round will conclude on Monday, November 8th at 11:59pm ET! The 3 contestants with the least votes will be eliminated, and will not move on to the next round. Results will be hidden and revealed only when we start with the new week's poll. Vote now, vote often and keep your favorites in the competition!
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FINALIST #13 - TEAM LOVELOVEJACK, Japan Cast: Kaori Yamashita (Shino) from Osaka, Kotaro Arai (Kotaro) from Tokyo, Nobuhito Ogawa (Nobu) from Hiroshima, Miho Fujiki (Miho) from Tokyo, and Natsumi Tada (Natsu) from Kanagawa
Merry Christmas II You In Stores TODAY!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 02-Nov-2010, 2:24AM EDT
THE WAIT IS FINALLY OVER! Today, Mariah releases Merry Christmas II You, her first Holiday album in 16 years! Be sure to stop by your favorite record store to pick up a copy!
To celebrate the album's release, MariahDailyJournal is holding a contest for fans to win autographed Mariah Carey items. Fifteen (15) lucky winners will be selected!
From Tuesday, November 2 through Monday, November 8, purchase Merry Christmas II You in-store or online. E-mail your proof of purchase (photo of store receipt, screen capture of online purchase, or e-mail purchase confirmation) to firstname.lastname@example.org by 12:00am ET on Monday, November 8. Your multiple purchases will count as multiple entries.
The competition is also open to international fans as long as proof of purchase from a U.S. retailer can be supplied.
Good luck, everyone!
Video: Mariah Announces Pregnancy Part III, Access
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 02-Nov-2010, 1:45AM EDT
Here is the 3rd and final part of Access Hollywood's exclusive interview with Mariah. The segment includes a sneak preview of the "Oh Santa!" music video!
Part III: Exclusive Interview with Billy Bush Includes "Oh Santa!" Video Snippet - Access Hollywood, Nov. 1 [ Download here ]
Mariah's "Oh Santa!" video is set to premiere on Tuesday night, November 2nd.
Mariah Readies for Next Stage: A Baby, Christmas Album
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 02-Nov-2010, 12:41AM EDT
Don't expect to see less of Mariah Carey now that she's pregnant.
"Actually, I suppose that you'll be seeing more of me — when you see me," Carey quips.
The singer laughs easily, shortly after confirming what had long been rumored: that she is, at 40, expecting her first child. Carey and her husband of 2 ½ years, America's Got Talent host Nick Cannon, 30, broke the news in an interview that aired Thursday in part on Today.
Though it has been reported that she is about four months along, all Carey will say is that she's expecting in the spring. 'We don't know the sex yet," she adds. "I guess we should find out. But people didn't used to find out, you know."
Carey does allow that she already was pregnant while working on Merry Christmas II You, which she delivers Tuesday. It's her second holiday album and features a new version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You," her smash hit from 1994's Merry Christmas. The original version is No. 2 on Billboard's holiday chart, while the similarly bubbly new single Oh Santa– one of four new tunes on II You– is at No. 1.
"I was recording up to the last minute it was due" – the album, that is. "It was down to the wire," she says.
"I was staying up 24 hours a day, doing 'Auld Lang Syne' in one take. I just shot a video last night with my mom," former opera singer Patricia Carey, whose lustrous mezzo-soprano graces a medley of 'O Come All Ye Faithful' and 'The Hallelujah Chorus.'
"I've spoken about my mother's influence my whole life," Carey says. "So this was like coming full circle." And there's still more work to do: This weekend, Carey will tape a holiday TV special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You, to air Dec. 13 on ABC.
Asked if morning sickness or exhaustion has complicated all this activity, Carey says: "It's more this constant feeling of ugh. There's always a little bit of nausea, but throwing up is bad for your voice – the reflux is terrible &ndash so I've been trying to just keep calm, get through it."
Keeping a secret is 'stressful' Carey concedes in a phone conversation that she had some anxiety about making her pregnancy public. "I can't remember the last time I was that nervous before an interview. I never get that way. But I had all this promotion (for the album) coming up, and it was like, how do we keep not saying anything? Honestly, I would have much rather waited before I had a party with the world about this. But you can only keep a secret for so long; it becomes stressful."
Carey had suffered a miscarriage, and "after our experience, Nick and I were careful to not just go off and call everybody the first time we took a pregnancy test." But her reluctance owed more generally to a desire for privacy. "I like to keep personal things personal. But I've learned there's not much that's personal in this business."
Dina Sansing, entertainment director for Us Weekly magazine, observes that Carey's condition "was the worst-kept secret out there. People had been speculating for months."
Sansing expects that the press will document this mom-to-be's progress as avidly as they have that of any expectant celeb lately. "Mariah is beloved by many, and she's had this crazy life that we've all followed. We're excited to see her take this next step, and we want to be a part of it."
Sansing adds that the pregnancy could make Carey, who has sold more than 63 million albums in her career, "more relatable. With someone who's such a superstar, there's always a question of, is she a diva, or one with the people? This makes her one of us. And it solidifies Nick and her as a couple."
Carey says her marriage to Cannon was a huge factor in her decision to have a baby.
"I would have never done this if I wasn't in a strong, grounded relationship. I know you can do it by yourself. I've seen that, and it's fine if it works for you," she says. "But I want my child to experience having a mother and father who live together and love each other, to feel secure in that."
Decorating a nursery will not be a problem for Carey, who is known for her love of butterflies and other fun, frolicsome things.
"Come on, this is me. I already have a Hello Kitty bathroom," she says.
But she says she's not unconcerned about the cosmetic changes that pregnancy brings. "It's hard when you have to be in the public eye, and everybody's a size 2 or a size 0. And you're like, 'Oh, I remember those days!' "
A creative outlet Then there's the simple matter of resting. "That's the plan, to relax after the holidays. But as Nick says, it's just not realistic to try to get me to not do anything." This month she will launch a lifestyle collection on the Home Shopping Network, featuring shoes, jewelry and a fragrance. "I was looking at the boots, and they're really hot. So that will be an outlet for me, a way that I can keep being creative."
She's also keen to promote the new album. Its holiday predecessor has sold more than 5 million copies in 16 years. Carey executive-produced this successor with label chief and longtime creative associate Antonio "L.A." Reid. Track producers include other colleagues such as Jermaine Dupri and American Idol's Randy Jackson.
Jackson introduced Carey to another key member of the II You team: composer/lyricist/arranger Marc Shaiman, a prolific and witty veteran of theater, film and television. Shaiman co-wrote two tracks with Carey, "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again and One Child," and was a principal force in shaping the arrangements and orchestrations.
Shaiman and Carey bonded in part over a mutual affection for the Woody Allen movie Bullets Over Broadway. "I'd be quoting all the characters, doing all the voices," Carey recalls. "Marc is just hilarious. His e-mails are not to be believed. He's Jewish, and when we did 'One Child,' I said I wanted to make it about the Nativity. And at one point, he was like, 'Wait a minute – there's a king involved here?'"
When she first met Shaiman, "I told him that I was going for a classic feeling. I wanted the music to feel timeless, so that you couldn't pinpoint it as 2010."
For music critic J.D. Considine, a contributor to Canada's Globe and Mail, this approach is in keeping with the sensibility that made Carey's Merry Christmas "a classic holiday album – and there have been very few recorded in the past 30 years. Where so many artists try to avoid tradition and just make the Christmas carols sound like their current work, Mariah made an album that people would want to play at Christmas."
The holiday's true meaning Carey says that flavor is even more pronounced on II You.
"It's festive and fun, but a lot of it is also spiritual in content. I wanted to address the real meaning of Christmas, with songs like 'The First Noel' and 'O Little Town of Bethlehem'," she says. "I think some people are scared to discuss what the holiday really means. I'm not trying to convert anybody (to Christianity). I'm just saying, this is me, this is what I feel."
In fact, the New Testament is cited in the album notes, with two excerpts from the Gospel of Luke.
The first begins, "This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." The second reads simply, "Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"
The baby is Jesus, of course. But the second quote, Carey allows, has special resonance, attached to the infant she'll soon be bundling up herself.
"I always love this time of year," she says. "Whether it's a good time or a bad time, I'm never just going to mope around on Christmas. But this year will be exceptionally meaningful. I'm just so grateful for everything."
MDJ Street Promo in Action
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 01-Nov-2010, 6:29AM EDT
Earlier tonight, the MariahDailyJournal team was on location at the 23rd Annual Halloween Carnival held on Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, California to participate in the festivities, and use the opportunity to hand out Merry Christmas II You flyers to the revelers. We were able to distribute over 2,000 flyers at the scene! Many thanks to Mariah fans Roy and Amit for helping us out!