Live Updates: Mariah at MSG, New York
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Dec-2009, 10:08PM EST
As you know, Mariah is performing at the Madison Square Garden in New York tonight. Check this site for live updates as they happen!
Setlist: 01. All I Want For Christmas Is You Remix 02. Shake It Off 03. Touch My Body 04. H.A.T.E.U. 05. Make It Happen 06. Angels Cry 07. Subtle Invitation 08. It's Like That 09. Love Hangover/Heartbreaker 10. We Belong Together 11. Fantasy Remix 12. Auld Lang Syne 13. Obsessed 14. Migrate 15. More Than Just Friends 16. Emotions 17. Hero
Tidbits: 09:00pm - The group RydaznRtist opened the show with a 5-song set followed by DJ Suss One playing Michael Jackson and old school songs. 09:30pm - Special guest Trey Songz is currently performing onstage. 10:10pm - Trey just finished his 5-song set. Back to DJ Suss One. 11:00pm - Mariah comes on a suspended sleigh dressed in red dress similar to Vegas opening, singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Remix. 11:20pm - Mariah takes a break after performing "Make It Happen." 11:26pm - Mariah back on stage with "Angels Cry." 11:32pm Before performing "Subtle Invitation," Mariah asked for lipstick and says, "I'm a diva. They call me one so I'm gonna start acting as one." 11:42pm - Mariah takes another break after "It's Like That," Trey Lorenz does a solo with the Michael Jackson song "Rock With You." 12:00am - Mariah counted down to 2010, and sang "Auld Lang Syne" but didn't know some of the words. Husband Nick Cannon came out on stage to give Mariah her first kiss in 2010. 12:25am - Performed "Emotions" and hit all the high notes! 12:30am - There was no encore. Show ended at about 12:30am with Mariah performing "Hero."
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Tickets for Mariah's Ottawa, Canada Concert
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Dec-2009, 1:58PM EST
Scotiabank Place, Ottawa's premiere sports and entertainment venue has published a list of upcoming events at the venue.
MARIAH CAREY: Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010 at 7:30 p.m.; Tickets are $175.75, $89.75 and $79.75.
Tickets can be purchased by visiting www.CapitalTickets.ca, by phone at 613-599-FANS (3267) or 1-877-788-FANS (3267); in person at The Sens Store at Rideau Centre and Place d'Orleans, any Ottawa Sports Experts location and at the Scotiabank Place box office.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Dec-2009, 12:28PM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated January 9, 2010.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #115 (Last week: #144) Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #22 (Last week: #21)
"Obsessed" Billboard Yahoo Video: #2 (Last: week: #2) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #68 (Last week: #115) Downloads this week: 57,337 (+317%) Total Downloads: 1,360,192
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #11 (Last week: #15) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #6 (Last week: #2)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #74 (Last week: #72)
Merry Christmas Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #39 (Last week: #41)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Top Holiday Songs: #4 (Last week: #5) Billboard Top Ringtones: #27 (Last week: #8) Billboard AOL Radio: #1 (Last week: #1) Billboard iLike Profiles: Most Added: #20 (Last week: #21) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #50 (Last week: #24) Downloads this week: 73,043 (+51%) Total Downloads: 1,565,216
Chart Watch: Week Ending Dec. 27, 2009 There's still one chart week to go in 2009, but it now seems clear that Taylor Swift's Fearless will come out on top. Fearless has sold 3,157,000 copies so far this year, which is 189,000 more than Susan Boyle's I Dreamed A Dream. Sales for all albums will slow markedly next week as the holidays recede, so Boyle probably won't be able to close that gap. Even so, this has been one of the closest races for the year's #1 album in Nielsen/SoundScan history. The closest contest was in 1994, when The Lion King soundtrack edged out Ace Of Base's The Sign for bragging rights by just 17,000 copies. The second closest was in 2005 when Mariah Carey's The Emancipation Of Mimi edged out 50 Cent's The Massacre by 116,000 copies.
Josh Groban's Noel tops the 5 million mark this week. It's the fourth holiday album to reach that threshold, following Kenny G's Miracles-The Holiday Album (7,215,000), Celine Dion's These Are Special Times (5,123,000) and Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas (5,048,000).
There Goes Santa Claus: After this week, the Holiday Songs airplay chart goes into hibernation until November. Which carols led the list the most this season? Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas" reigned for four weeks, Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" ruled for two frames and Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" decorated the penthouse for one week.
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks
Mariah Featured on InStyle and Cosmopolitan
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Dec-2009, 4:31AM EST
HAIR LOOK OF THE DAY
Mariah Carey's Soft Waves THE STYLE Bendy spirals with a hint of structure and tons of shine
WHERE The Capri Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri, Italy
WHY WE LOVE IT We couldn't decide which was more luxe: Mariah Carey's fluffy, curvy waves, or the feathery shrug she had on her shoulders. Either way, it was a winning look: The star took home an award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Precious. Work it, Mimi!
Take the Cosmopolitan poll! Click on the link below to vote.
Love It or Leave It: Mariah Carey The singer sparkled in her sequined plum gown and white fur bolero at the 14th Annual Capri Hollywood International Film Festival. Is she gorgeous glam or channeling Mrs. Santa Claus too much?
MariahDailyJournal wishes everyone a Happy New Year!
The The Angels Advocate Tour kicks off tonight at Madison Square Garden in New York. For everyone going, have fun! We would like to know of your show experiences and reviews; and we welcome any audio & video files, and photos from the shows so we can share with everyone! Please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Video: Mariah Shopping in Aspen, Dec. 27
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 31-Dec-2009, 2:36AM EST
Watch a video of Mariah and Nick shopping at various boutiques on Sunday, December 27 while vacationing for the Holidays in Aspen, Colorado.
Win Front Row Tickets to Angels Advocate
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Dec-2009, 10:19PM EST
HBF members, here is your chance to win a pair of front row tickets to see Mariah Carey's Angels Advocate Tour!
Click here to fill out the entry form. Each contest will end approximately two weeks prior to the respective concert dates, at 3:00pm Eastern Time. This prize does not include travel or accommodations at the show. Remember to only enter if you will be available to attend the show. Please read all the rules and regulations before entering. Good luck!
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Atlantic City Concert Afterparty at mur.mur
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Dec-2009, 4:55PM EST
Mariah will perform at the Borgata Event Center at the Borgata Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City, NJ on Wednesday, January 2, 2010 and will cap the night off with an afterparty at mur.mur with her husband, DJ Nick Cannon.
Gabourey to Spend NYE at Mariah's Concert
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Dec-2009, 3:22PM EST
At the Duracell Smart Power Lab in New York City after donating some energy to their New Year's Eve fund, Precious lead star Gabourey Sidibe sat down with PopWrap to talk about her crazy year.
PopWrap: OK, so you're here at the Duracell Power Lab helping power Times Square's iconic NYE ball -- but where will you be when it drops? Gabourey: I'm going to be at Mariah Carey's concert. She's playing Madison Square Garden and I have a sick fascination with Trey Songz, who is opening up for her. Like [gasp] what if I meet him that night?
PW: I'm sure Mariah can hook that up -- what's your favorite song of hers? Gabourey: "Always Be My Baby." Wait, OK, no, she's got a million. My all, all-time favorite ... "Fantasy" is a really good one. Oh, and that song with Brian McKnight, "Whenever You Call" was amazing.
Mariah Interviews with Time Out New York
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Dec-2009, 2:54PM EST
The Hot Seat Interview: Mariah Carey Mariah Carey is having an interesting moment. After nearly two decades of ubiquity, for the first time her music feels sort of underrated. Released in September, her latest, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, is smart, mature and occasionally hilarious, but for an artist with more No. 1 songs than Elvis Presley, it's been surprisingly smash-hit-free. Meanwhile, Mrs. Nick Cannon's acting career, pronounced DOA the moment the first critic saw Glitter in 2001, is in the throes of vindication. Playing the frumpy, mustachioed welfare worker Mrs. Weiss in Precious, she has a breakout role in the season's most talked-about indie flick. The Greenlawn, Long Island native phoned TONY from her Tribeca lair as she prepared for a busy holiday season, climaxing with a New Year's Eve set at Madison Square Garden.
How do you wrap your mind around the enormity of headlining the Garden on New Year's Eve? I have to be festive on New Year's. A couple years ago I sang at Times Square right before the countdown. We had a police escort, 'cause you can't get past the people otherwise, and I'm looking up at all this confetti and sparkly stuff like, Now, this is New Year's. It was freezing and I was in a little ensemble, which I know is shocking to you, but it was just amazing. My goal is to make everyone feel as festive—I know I'm redundant with that word—as possible. I don't want to give it away, but I'm thinking, What can we do at this show to re-create how I felt standing in the middle of Times Square onstage? Because some people are scared as hell to go there.
A police escort might help. You know, I was listening to your album just before you called, and I actually got a little hungry. [Laughs] Yeah, why?
You have all these food metaphors. There's a line about Duncan Hines cake... Duncan Hines yellow cake.
Sorry, Duncan Hines yellow cake. You also mention McDonald's fries and gelato. Is there anything you like to eat before a show? I have to eat a little, because otherwise I won't make it through the show. I can't give away my lovely new diet secrets, which are very intriguing.
Why? They're actually somebody else's thing.
I see. I read a gossip item that said you're a cheese freak. Is that true? I cannot believe that was written. What's wrong with this freakin' world? In an appropriate manner, yeah, I like cheese and wine together. But I probably wouldn't eat cheese just randomly like, "Let me go get some cheeeeeese."
Hey, I do that. So can you just stop on a dime and hit those whistle-register high notes? Sometimes I wake up and that's the easiest thing for me to do. Because I'm still kind of raspy. [Purrs in soprano] I like to do that.
It cleans out the pipes? Yeah. But sometimes, when my middle register is more clear, those notes are harder to hit. I have a three-dimensional vocal cord situation. The breathy voice is its own thing. It requires a certain amount of sleep.
Did you base your Precious character's accent on anyone in particular? You really nailed that motherly woman who's from Long Island, or maybe the outer boroughs. The person I was basing it on was sort of [Affects accent] lowa Westchesta. She probably goes to City Island, you know, for a little bit of seafood. [Laughs]
You mean someone from Yonkers? Mamaroneck? [In accent] Ya, ya got Yonkiz... [In regular voice] It's a combination. There's one woman who's not a social worker but works with kids. She doesn't really have an accent like that—I was channeling her behavior. And then there's this woman from... [In accent] lowa Westchesta.
Do you feel like you've atoned for your Razzie Award? I never cared about that stupid thing. It just gets annoying when eight years later, they're like, "The Glitter star, da-da-da." I'm like, "Yeah, you're current." There have been worse movies. And I'm not sticking up for that movie. 'Cause it wasn't my thing. I didn't create it. But I do think the soundtrack is good.
Photos: Mariah in Capri, Dec. 29
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Dec-2009, 3:38PM EST
Mariah and husband Nick Cannon attended the third day of the 14th Annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 in Capri, Italy.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Gossip Girls
Videos: Mariah Receiving Capri Award
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Dec-2009, 2:29PM EST
The Italian news programs TG1 and TG5 reported about Mariah winning the Supporting Actress of the Year award at the Capri, Hollywood Film Festival and showed some footage of her arriving at the event and receiving the award onstage.
Mariah to Attend People's Choice Awards
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Dec-2009, 6:54AM EST
Hugh Jackman, Taylor Lautner, Mariah Carey and Sandra Bullock are among the stars expected at next week's People's Choice Awards.
Steve Carell, Carrie Underwood, Ellen DeGeneres and LL Cool J are also set to attend the celebrity-filled ceremony on Jan. 6 at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles. The show will be broadcast live on CBS.
Queen Latifah will host the show in which fans vote for their favorite actors, musicians, movies and TV programs.
Photos: Mariah Receives Capri Award
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Dec-2009, 4:54AM EST
Mariah and husband Nick Cannon attended the 14th Annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri, Italy on Monday, December 28, 2009 where Mariah was honored with the "Capri Award '09 - Supporting Actress of the Year" for her outstanding performance in Precious.
Arriving at the Awards Ceremony
Mariah & Nick in the Audience
Mariah Receiving the "Supporting Actress of the Year" Award
Video: Mariah at Capri, Hollywood Film Festival
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Dec-2009, 1:02AM EST
Mariah's full interview at the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival was aired on Rai Due earlier tonight, a video of which is provided below. At 8:31 into the video, Mariah sings a snippet of "Auld Lang Syne." She forgets the words and says, "I don't know how it goes and I got to sing on stage on New Year's eve in Madison Square Garden, New York so I'm like, 'Okay, someone's gonna have to hand me the words maybe'."
Mariah Interview at Capri, Hollywood Film Festival - TG1, Italy, Dec. 28 [ Download here ]
Mariah Interview at Capri, Hollywood Film Festival - TG2, Italy, Dec. 28 [ Download here ]
Source: TG1/2 | Thomas | MariahDailyJournal | Rai Due | Augusto
Photos: Mariah at Capri Hollywood International Film Fest
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Dec-2009, 12:04PM EST
Mariah attends the 14th Annual Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival in Capri, Italy on Monday, December 28, 2009 where she will receive the "Capri Award '09 - Supporting Actress of the Year" for her role in Precious.
Photos: Mariah at Villa Verde Restaurant, Capri
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Dec-2009, 11:31AM EST
Mariah with husband Nick Cannon at the Heathrow Airport in London, England on Sunday, December 27, 2009 en route to Capri, Italy to receive the "Best Supporting Actress" award at the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival.
And photos of Mariah in Capri, Italy on Sunday night, December 27 as she was welcomed at Villa Verde (her favorite restaurant on the island) by a Gospel choir. Drew (holding Mariah's hand in photo #3) tells us: "I sang 'I'll Be There' and 'Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child' for her. It's been the greatest experience of my life. I sang for her! It was like a dream!"
Mariah on NYDN's "Kings & Queens of New York in '00s"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Dec-2009, 12:21AM EST
In a town full of power players and outsized egos, it takes hard work, a little luck and a certain amount of chutzpah to rise above the rest. The following 15 New Yorkers from fields as diverse as politics, fashion, entertainment, sports and the culinary arts were our brightest stars of the past decade, helping maintain the Big Apple's rightful place as the center of everything current, exciting and vital.
1. Anna Wintour, Editor-in-Chief of Vogue 2. Michael Bloomberg, Politician 3. James Gandolfini, Actor 4. Brooke Astor, Socialite and Philanthropist 5. Joe Torre, Baseball Manager
6. Mariah Carey, Singer Billboard Magazine called Mariah Carey the most successful artist of the '90s, but the 39-year-old diva got off on the wrong foot in the new millennium. Her relationship with Virgin Records ended in an emotional breakdown and her movie "Glitter" was widely panned by critics. But by decade's end, the pop singer has returned to her throne atop the New York music scene. "The Emancipation of Mimi" was the best-selling album in the U.S. in 2005 and her most recent release "E=MC²" posted the biggest opening week sales of her career. But Carey's success in the 2000s goes beyond her music. The singer married entertainer Nick Cannon in 2008 and her performance in "Precious" was the finest of Carey's ever-evolving career.
7. Al Sharpton, Political Activist 8. Tom Colicchio, Celebrity Chef 9. Sarah Jessica Parker and Matthew Broderick, Actors 10. Madonna, Singer 11. Derek Jeter, Baseball Player 12. Robert De Niro, Actor 13. Eli Manning, New York Giants Quarterback 14. Rudy Giuliani, Politician 15. Jay-Z, Hip-hop Impresario
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 27-Dec-2009, 11:40PM EST
Thanks to everyone who participated in our last poll, "Which MEMOIRS track are you most excited about?" The results were as follows:
» Angels Cry 26% (8,759) » H.A.T.E.U. 23% (7,482) » I Want to Know What Love Is 18% (5,850) » Betcha Gon' Know 6% (2,089) » Standing O 5% (1,791) » Up Out My Face 5% (1,535) » Ribbon 4% (1,378) » It's a Wrap 4% (1,207) » Candy Bling 3% (1,114) » Inseparable 2% (766) » More than Just Friends 2% (615) » Impossible 2% (538) Total Votes: 33,124
A new poll is now up! Located on the right sidebar, our new poll asks: "Which artist featured in the upcoming MEMOIRS REMIX album are you most excited to hear?" Get voting now! Thanks to George for the poll idea.
Mariah & Nick's Christmas Card
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 27-Dec-2009, 7:22PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah and Nick's Christmas Card for 2009. Designed by famed illustrator J. David McKenney, the front of the card shows a cartoon depiction of the festive couple as Mr. and Mrs. Claus, sipping wine in their living room, and joined by their four beloved dogs: Jack, JJ, Cha-Cha and Dolomite.
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We have also included a photo of their 2008 Christmas Card below, also designed by J. David McKenney, for those who have not seen it.
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*Originally posted here on Dec. 3, 2009 but taken down per J. David's request. Asked to re-post after Christmas so here it is again.
NY Times Music Critics' Choice: Mariah at MSG
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Dec-2009, 2:45PM EST
New York has no shortage of ways to ring in 2010, and one of the best is with a live soundtrack. The pop and jazz critics of The New York Times have chosen some of this year's most promising New Year's Eve events in the New York metropolitan region.
MARIAH CAREY New Year's Eve as it should be: flamboyant, grand, emotionally conflicted, slightly manic, just a touch sloppy. Through all the iterations of Ms. Carey's public image, the one constant has been her voice, which has never softened, even if it's been underused in recent years. It's almost certain, though, that in this show, the beginning of a two-month tour supporting her new "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" (Island), she won't be coy. There may be reveling elsewhere in the city, and an oversize scrum clogging Times Square just a few blocks away, but Ms. Carey's performance is certain to be this night's true spectacle. The bawdy R&B singer Trey Songz will open. At 9 p.m., Madison Square Garden, 4 Pennsylvania Plaza, Manhattan, (212) 465-6741, thegarden.com; $20.10 to $175.75.
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Dec-2009, 12:01AM EST
The Mariah Daily Journal Team would like to wish our readers a very festive Christmas filled with lots of joy with your family, friends and loved ones; and of course lots of Mariah's music in the background!
Photos: Mariah in Aspen, Dec. 23
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Dec-2009, 11:16PM EST
Mariah stops by the Gucci store with husband Nick Cannon on a snowy night while on vacation in Aspen, Colorado on Wednesday, December 23, 2009.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Dec-2009, 2:05PM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated January 2, 2010.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #144 (Last week: #140) Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #21 (Last week: #21)
"Obsessed" Billboard Yahoo Video: #2 (Last: week: #3)
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #15 (Last week: #13) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #2 (Last week: #2)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #72 (Last week: #75)
Merry Christmas Billboard 200: #186 (Last week #157) Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #41 (Last week: #42) Billboard Top Catalog Albums: #46 (Last week: #35)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Top Holiday Songs: #5 (Last week: #4) Billboard Top Ringtones: #8 (Last week: #4) Billboard AOL Radio: #1 (Last week: #1) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #24 (Last week: #17) Downloads this week: 48,386 (-11%) Total Downloads: 1,492,173
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks
Christmas Flash Mob at NY's Carousel Center
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Dec-2009, 9:01PM EST
More than 300 dancers performed to Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" at Carousel Center, a mall in Syracuse, New York. With just one rehearsal these dancers created this amazing stunt!
And here's another one. At 6:45am on December 23 there was a special Christmas dance at the main airport in Portugal (Portela, Lisbon) and airline TAP was the entity behind it. It starts and ends with "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Watch it here!
Mariah on Yahoo!'s Best Dressed of 2009
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Dec-2009, 3:47PM EST
Mariah has been named as one of Yahoo!'s most fabulously dressed females to hit the red carpet in 2009.
November: Mariah Carey She portrays a dowdy social worker in the award-worthy motion picture "Precious," but that didn't stop the "Obsessed" singer from heating up the red carpet at the LA premiere of the flick in a fierce Zac Posen halter-neck gown.
Mariah Has Two Best-Selling Albums of December
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Dec-2009, 3:44PM EST
December is the best month of the year to have a hit album. Album sales surge around this time every year as people search for last-minute Christmas and Hanukkah gifts. Some people who haven't bought an album all year long will pick up a CD or two every December.
The list below shows the albums that sold the most copies in December of each of year since 1992. The artist's name and album title are followed by the total number of copies the album sold that December.
Mariah Carey, Garth Brooks and Eminem each had the best-selling album of December twice.
1992: Whitney Houston, The Bodyguard soundtrack, 3,169,000
1993: Mariah Carey, Music Box, 1,706,000. This charted on Sept. 5 and wound up as the year's #5 best-seller. It sold 95,000 more copies in December than the month's runner-up, Snoop Doggy Dogg's Doggystyle. Music Box featured back-to-back #1 hits, "Dreamlover" and "Hero."
1994: Kenny G, Miracles-The Holiday Album, 2,550,000
1995: Mariah Carey, Daydream, 2,030,000. This charted on Oct. 8 and wound up as the year's #4 best-seller. The album featured three consecutive #1 hits, "Fantasy," "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men) and "Always Be My Baby."
1996: No Doubt, Tragic Kingdom, 1,548,000 1997: Garth Brooks, Sevens, 2,499,000 1998: Garth Brooks, Double Live, 2,157,000 1999: Celine Dion, All The Way...A Decade Of Song, 2,189,000 2000: The Beatles, 1, 3,205,000 2001: Creed, Weathered, 2,276,000 2002: Shania Twain, Up!, 1,409,000 2003: Alicia Keys, The Diary Of Alicia Keys, 1,701,000 2004: Eminem, Encore, 1,464,000 2005: Eminem, Curtain Call: The Hits, 1,383,000 2006: Hannah Montana TV soundtrack, 933,000 2007: Josh Groban, Noel, 2,183,000 2008: Britney Spears, Circus, 1,104,000 2009: Susan Boyle, I Dreamed A Dream, 1,770,000 (so far)
Mariah Gives Neglected Kids a Big Gift in Aspen
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Dec-2009, 10:08AM EST
When she wasn't dodging paparazzi while visiting Aspen on Monday, singer Mariah Carey was brightening the day for 35 abused and neglected kids.
Carey rented the city-owned Aspen Recreation Center for four hours Monday afternoon to throw a party that the invited youth probably won't forget.
"This is an opportunity they haven't had before," said Jude Liguori-Oliver, child protection services administrator for the city and county of Denver. "Many of these kids haven't been out of Denver. A lot of them haven't been in the mountains."
The kids scurried up the recreation center's climbing wall, swam in the pool and floated on the Lazy River, went ice skating, and were entertained by jugglers, magicians and storytellers, some of whom were dressed as elves. All of the kids were between ages 9 and 12. The child protection services department is working to get the children in safe and permanent homes – with their families whenever practical.
After playing at the ARC, the kids got a visit from Santa Claus, who was accompanied by Carey and her husband, Nick Cannon. The trio pulled up in a sleigh on wheels pulled by reindeer.
The children definitely knew their celebrity host. "Oh absolutely. As soon as she got off the sleigh they started screaming, 'Mariah, Mariah, Mariah," Liguori-Oliver said.
A specially decorated winter scene was created at the ARC where each child got to individually visit with Santa, flanked by Carey and Cannon. A professional photographer snapped their pictures, which each child will receive. On the bus ride home, the 35 kids and 15 staff members watched Christmas movies purchased by Carey. The 16-hour day was well worth it.
"It was just all about the kids," Liguori-Oliver said. "We are very grateful. Mariah is a celebrity that gives back."
Carey couldn't be immediately reached for comment Tuesday through her publicist. She has a history of throwing parties in Aspen for less fortunate kids. She has hosted children selected by Liguori-Oliver for three years. The previous two winters they congregated at Bumps Restaurant at Buttermilk and went tubing in a special area created by the Aspen Skiing Co. Some locals said Carey has been hosting parties for the kids for about 10 years.
Carey is a longtime Aspen visitor, particularly around the holidays. She is usually tracked by celebrity photographers. Numerous online gossip sites tend to focus on what she's wearing. There is rarely mention of her efforts to help underprivileged kids, and she didn't visibly seek publicity for this year's party. Word spread this year because it involved a public facility. Patrons were curious about why it was closed.
The recreation center was closed to the public between noon and 4 p.m., city recreation director Tim Anderson said Tuesday. Carey rented the facility for $1,000 per hour.
A man who helped Carey organize the party contacted the city about one week ago with an inquiry. Typically, the city wants to give ARC patrons more notice when there is a closure but Anderson and his staff felt the cause warranted the temporary inconvenience.
"It was a good thing. We felt a celebrity doing something for kids was a good thing," he said.
City taxpayers benefited as well. The ARC's total revenues for Monday were about twice as much as on Dec. 21 last year, according to Anderson.
The community recreation center is available for rent on a case-by-case basis. There is no set fee, but Anderson said the rent is higher in the evening, when the facility draws more customers. Carey's party worked well because it was in the afternoon, which isn't quite as busy, Anderson said. Anderson and Carey's representatives negotiated a rent deemed fair to both sides.
"This was for some less fortunate kids so we held the price down a little bit," Anderson said.
Video Stills: Mariah & Ne-Yo's "Angels Cry"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Dec-2009, 6:53PM EST
Nick Cannon posted some stills from Mariah and Ne-Yo's "Angels Cry" music video on his site and wrote: "This video is going to be simplistically genius! No bells and whistles, just documenting history and brilliance. Two of the world's greatest songwriters in the studio crafting a masterpiece. I hope the world is ready to hear 'Angels Cry'."
Mariah Tops UK's Christmas Songs of the Decade
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Dec-2009, 2:54PM EST
Love them or hate them, there's no chance high street stores are going to desist from the Christmas tunes. The likes of Mariah Carey and Slade singing about Christmas trees and Santa are good for business, making people much more likely to splash out on gifts, according to research from the music licensing organisations.
One in four people claim to be more generous when buying gifts if Christmas music is played, according to PPL and PRS for Music, the royalty collectors for songwriters and musicians.
Over the last decade they have seen a rise in Christmas-themed music played in stores and have analysed data from shops, radio airplay, television and live events to reveal Carey's All I want for Christmas Is You as the most played from the last 10 years.
The top 10 Most Played Christmas Songs of the Decade: 1. ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS IS YOU Mariah Carey (1994) 2. FAIRYTALE OF NEW YORK The Pogues (1987) 3. MERRY XMAS EVERYBODY Slade (1973) 4. STOP THE CAVALRY Jona Lewie (1980) 5. DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS? Band Aid (1984) 6. DRIVING HOME FOR CHRISTMAS Chris Rea (1988) 7. LAST CHRISTMAS Wham (1984) 8. I BELIEVE IN FATHER CHRISTMAS Greg Lake (1975) 9. STEP INTO CHRISTMAS Elton John (1973) 10. WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS TIME Paul McCartney (1979)
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Dec-2009, 12:31AM EST
The New York magazine has named their best and worst of December fashion magazines. Featured as one of the best is Mariah in the Dec. 2009 Paper magazine. They wrote: "Best Diva Portrait - Mariah Carey in Paper. She's so famous she doesn't even need to show her face. Of course she chooses this region of her person to focus on." Paper is currently out on newsstands, grab a copy!
A huge poster advertising the "New Year's Eve with Mariah" at Madison Square Garden hangs prominently in Times Square, New York. Tickets for MSG and other dates are currently on sale at Ticketmaster and LiveNation.
Filipino portrait and repaint artist Noel Cruz is recognized for his character and celebrity based dolls due to their uncanny resemblance to the people they portray. Click here to view his artwork of famous celebrities, including that of Mariah.
LoveBScott is running a contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Mariah's 12/31 MSG show. Contest details here.
Vote for Mariah and Nick in Glamour's "Most Glamourous Couples" poll.
Sony has re-released Music Box in France. This 2009 edition comes in cardboard sleeve and contains all 10 tracks plus the bonus track "Everything Fades Away." The CD is available at all Carrefour stores for €2.50. Photos below.
The French radio station Skyrock has remixed "I Want To Know What Love Is." Listen here.
In Poland, "I Want To Know What Love Is" is back to #1 on RMF FM; and up 3 spots to #20 on RadioZet. Click on the links to vote!
FANS' CORNER Josh makes a good impersonation of Mariah by singing to "H.A.T.E.U." here.
Photos. Andi made a festively decorated "Pink-Yet-Lavender" ginger bread; Victor, a poster for Angels Advocate Tour, and Rey Ann went as Mariah in "Breakdown" to their company's Christmas party.
Liski has created some ringtones to share with iPhone users: Heat, Migrate (full intro) and Migrate (1st verse).
Alex from Germany gives us a peek at the Memoirs fan book she's created for Mariah.
David is working on a fan book to give to Mariah at her Atlanta show. If you want to be a part of David's fan book, you can send him your photos, letters, mementos at email@example.com.
A house in Tampa, Florida area has Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" set to computerized house lights. See a video here.
Pao has written a Christmas story based on Mariah's "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)." Check it out here.
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Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Dec-2009, 12:23AM EST
People magazine, in its Dec. 28th issue, names Memoirs as one of the best albums of 2009.
Mariah Carey, Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel In addition to winning raves for her deglammed turn in Precious, MC, in full vocal flight, delivered one of the best start-to-finish discs of her career—right up there with 1995's Daydream and 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi.
Below are other recent scans from Shape, Reading Eagle; Germany's OK!, In Touch & Life & Style (Germany), and India's People.
Video: Mariah Carey Memoirs Interview
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 21-Dec-2009, 4:40PM EST
Here's the full interview Mariah did for the label back in September 2009 in which she talks about Memoirs. It contains footage used in the Making of Memoirs (Tunes LP download) and T4 Special (UK TV). Full interview transcript provided below.
Mariah Carey Memoirs Interview - September 2009 [ Download here ]
TRANSCRIPT "Life is fantastic for me right now. It's really full of amazing things. I'm very excited about the work that I'm doing musically, and just in the film world, and with my new fragrance 'Forever' and obviously in my personal life everything's amazing with my new husband Nicky. So life is good."
"I'm really excited about letting the fans hear this new album because it's, it almost tells a story but it tells several stories that's why it's Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. For a while I was just like not really inspired about what I was doing that much and so when I worked on this album I was just very inspired. Then there are ballads that I'm very, very excited about and love like this one song 'Candy Bling' and 'Angels Cry' is a favorite of mine. There's a song called 'H.A.T.E.U.' which stands for 'Having A Typical Emotional Upset' but the lyric is 'I can't wait to hate you' because it's about someone you love but you wish you didn't, you wish you could get over that person."
"I'm very glad I wrote 'Obsessed' because it's one of my favorite songs. I won't say exactly what made me write it but I guess if you think about it, I remember when I was growing up and like a guy, a little boy, and if you're maybe in 6th grade or 5th grade and they constantly tripping you or pulling your hair or doing things like that, and just wonder, 'What is wrong with them? What is their problem? Why are they keep talking about me? I don't understand this person. What is the problem?' And so then the question would arise I mean now I would just say, 'Why are you so obsessed with me?' I don't understand."
"I chose 'I Want To Know What Love Is' as a cover because I don't know I thought, 'Hmm, let me do a cover. I haven't done one in a long time.' They have been very successful for me but I never liked to do too many. I mean 'I'll Be There' and 'Without You' were really, really big records for me but I was just talking to Nick one night about music and old songs and all different genres. I'm not sure which one of us brought it up. He'll claim he did and I'll probably stick to the story that I did."
"I had done a concert and I got right on the plane and slept three hours and then went to the press conference. After you've done all the stuff like we did in Toronto the best thing about flying on a private jet would be you can kind of leave whenever you want to. When you're doing these promotional moments it's too much to go to the airport, sit there and wait for 3 hours and get on the plane and go to the next destination and really not sleep. It's a luxury but it's something that's important."
"I love New York City because I've always lived in New York but when I was a little girl I moved around with my mom thirteen times. I remember when we lived in Long Island and I was really little we would drive in and out of the city to see her friends or for her work or even she took me on auditions and stuff like that. I would look at the back window at the Empire State Building and the whole skyline and I would say to myself, 'One day I'm gonna live here and I'm gonna have a penthouse apartment. That's what I'm gonna have."
"Well, relaxing at home is, I love it because I'm just natural, I just take my time, do whatever. I really don't have much to do so I'll just maybe watch a movie or be with friends. I like to be at home or in a place where I don't have to even bother to get dressed because I prefer to just be like in my pajamas."
"There's a song called 'The Impossible' which is a love song but it's also playful and it's about like a very strong love so I dedicate that one to my husband."
"It's always exciting to be on The Oprah Winfrey Show but when it's in Central Park and live with fans and everything, and she made it really fun for me too because she brought my two biggest fans there, flew them there and said she's gonna bring them out to some shows. And I promised to put them in my video once I saw what she had done so it was really a nice thing. And Nick came out and we had fun together on the show. It was cute. I think that Oprah is a role model to so many people. I do consider her a friend. She's done so much for me. I think she's an amazing person."
"It is extremely important for me to continue to write, produce and perform my own material because that to me is half the fun of what I do like I would never be happy just getting songs from writers and producers and then them saying, 'Sing this.' That's just not me. Actually, on my first record deal I had a clause put in that said they couldn't force me to do other people's music. And that was a lot for a teenage girl to be able to say that."
"My experience in the studio for the most part was definitely very personal, a lot of fun sometimes. Sometimes just very lonely because I will just work in my house in my pajamas with my engineer in the other room but with these songs I did find it to be very therapeutic and personal."
"I think that my life is very different now and it's translated to a change in my music. I think there's a lot of fun, honest love songs, a lot of just passion in what I'm doing now."
"I don't know what every girl's dream is but my dream was to be an entertainer. And a lot of kids in school laughed and said, 'Oh, that could never happen for anyone.' And that was like 7th grade when you had to sit around in the room and everybody's desks were like in a circle and they said, 'What do you want to be?' and they said it to everybody. And I said, 'A singer and an actress' - that's what I actually said. So I finally feel like well maybe I've gotten to where I wanted to be."
Source: Johny | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah in Aspen
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 21-Dec-2009, 9:30AM EST
Mariah was spotted out and about in Aspen, Colorado on Sunday, December 20, 2009.
Precious Update: Awards and Nominations
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 20-Dec-2009, 12:54AM EST
AWARDS African-American Film Critics Association (4) —Best Picture (Top 10 Films at #1) —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique —Best Director - Lee Daniels —Best Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher
Alliance of Women Film Journalists, EDA Awards (3) —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique —Unforgettable Moment Award - Mary admits the abuse —Bravest Performance Award - Mo'Nique
American Film Institute (1) —Best Film (Top 10)
Boston Society of Film Critics (2) —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique —Best Ensemble Cast
Capri, Hollywood - International Film Festival (1) —Supporting Actress of the Year - Mariah Carey
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association (2) —Best Picture (Top 10 Films at #3) —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique
Chicago Film Critics (3) Winners announced Dec. 21 —Best Actress - Gabourey Sidibe —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique —Most Promising Actress - Gabourey Sidibe
Golden Globe Awards (3) Winners announced Jan. 17 —Best Picture, Drama —Best Actress, Drama - Gabourey Sidibe —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique
International Press Academy's Satellite Awards (7) Winners announced Dec. 20 —Best Motion Picture, Drama —Best Director - Lee Daniels —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique —Best Adapted Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher —Best Original Song - "I Can See in Color" Mary J. Blige —Outstanding New Talent - Gabourey Sidibe —Ten Best Films of 2009
Screen Actors Guild Awards (3) Winners announced Jan. 23 —Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture —Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role - Gabourey Sidibe —Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role - Mo'Nique
Spirit Awards (5) Winners announced March 5 —Best Feature —Best Director - Lee Daniels —Best First Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher —Best Female Lead - Gabourey Sidibe —Best Supporting Female - Mo'Nique
St. Louis Film Critics Association (4) Winners announced Dec. 20 —Best Film —Best Actress - Gabourey Sidibe —Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique —Special Merit ("Favorite Scene") - Mo'Nique's at social worker office scene
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Andrew
Mariah, Whitney, Cameron - PMK Has Plenty of Clients
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 19-Dec-2009, 3:14PM EST
The splintering of the PMK-HBH PR brand in Hollywood was a surprise. The HBH left, and took with it some of the PMK. Then PMK announced it was merging with Bragman Nyman Cafarelli – aka BNC – and all hell broke loose.
But PMK – which stands for long-gone partnership Pickwick Maslansky Koenigsberg – is regrouping with BNC. They'll be fine, led by Cindi Berger, Michael Nyman and a lot of talented people. Change is hard – and 2009 has been wild, hasn't it?
The new PMK-BNC has plenty of star clients in case you were worried: Cameron Diaz, Kate Hudson, Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes, Glenn Close, Emma Thompson, Amy Poehler, Brooke Shields, Barbara Walters, Billy Crystal, Sarah Silverman, Goldie Hawn, Miley Cyrus, Kristin Chenoweth, Tracy Morgan, Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Will Arnett, Zach Braff, Colin Farrell, Jay Baruchel, Rainn Wilson and, of course, Rosie O'Donnell.
They also boast a big music department with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Shakira, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Seal, Dixie Chicks, Harry Connick Jr., John Legend, Shakira, Eric Clapton, Jessica Simpson and Tom Petty.
The company still handles the Tonys, the Emmys, Academy of Country Music Awards and various other awards shows. Their corporate clients include Mark Burnett's reality empire, Shonda Rimes (creator of "Grey's Anatomy"), Bill Lawrence of "Scrubs," Sony Television, USA Network, plus these brands: T-Mobile, Nintendo, Samsung, American Express, Beiersdorf, Audi, Amazon.com, Target, Hasbro, Netflix, MAC Cosmetics.
So here comes the new PMK – post Pat Kingsley and Lois Smith and all ready for a new decade. And really – if Cindi Berger got Shakira on the cover of the Economist – and she did! – anything is possible.
Mariah Invited to "Show of Peace" Concert in China
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 19-Dec-2009, 9:21AM EST
An array of artists will take part in the first annual Show Of Peace Concert, a globally televised event that will take place April 17 before an expected crowd of 100,000 at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, China.
More performers and other details will be announced at a Jan. 13 press conference in Beijing. The concert's official web site lists nearly five dozen target artists to be invited, including Prince, Green Day, Beyonce, Coldplay, Black Eyed Peas, Kenny Chesney, Mariah Carey, Justin Timberlake and many others.
The concert, which marks the 30th anniversary of the cultural exchange agreement between the United States and China, is billed in a statement as "a 'peace is green' awareness campaign designed to not only promote peace with each other but to promote peace with our planet."
Mariah's Remix Album Drops Feb. 23!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Dec-2009, 11:09AM EST
Mariah's new, as yet-untitled Remix album is set for release on Tuesday, February 23, 2010.
We have previously confirmed collaborations with Ne-Yo ("Angels Cry" Remix) and Nicki Minaj ("Up Out My Face" Remix), and now, we can also reveal that other artists such as Mary J. Blige, Snoop Dogg, T-Pain, R. Kelly, K-Ci & JoJo, Big Boi, Trey Songz and Fabolous will all be featured in the new Remix album.
We are told by label insiders that this album will be treated like a brand new project including promotional appearances. Mariah is scheduled to film her appearance on VH1 Storytellers in early January and the album's title and final track listing are expected to be announced next week.
Video: Mariah Performs "It's A Wrap" on Lopez Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Dec-2009, 4:08AM EST
"It's A Wrap" Live on Lopez Tonight - TBS, Dec. 17, 2009 Download: Video | Audio
MDJ Exclusive! During the taping of Lopez Tonight last Wednesday, Dec. 16th, Mariah performed "It's A Wrap" twice and both were amazing live! Here's an exclusive listen to raw audio files of "It's A Wrap" live!
Own the Mariah-signed "Thank You, Mr. Falker" Book
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Dec-2009, 6:11PM EST
As you may remember, Mariah and her Precious co-stars Gabourey Sidibe and Paula Patton, paid a visit to the Canfield Avenue Elementary School in Los Angeles last month and participated in SAG's Book Pals event by reading "Thank You, Mr. Falker" to the school's 5th graders.
The "Thank You, Mr. Falker" book has been autographed by the cast and director of Precious (Mariah Carey, Paula Patton, Gabourey Sidibe and Lee Daniels) and is one of the many celebrity items included in Clothes Off Our Back's Screen Actors Guild Awards Holiday Auction.
Proceeds from the auction benefit the SAG Foundation, currently celebrating its 25th year, to help make possible the Foundation's nationwide children's literacy programs now reaching 100,000 children per week through BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) and Storyline Online, the Foundation's Actors Center and Foundation programs providing emergency relief to members in economic distress, emergency funds for members with catastrophic illnesses, video and audio preservation of the creative legacy of SAG members and scholarships for performers and their children.
Click here to place a bid and support their cause. The auction ends tomorrow, December 18 at 5:00pm PST.
Mariah Gets a SAG Nomination!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Dec-2009, 12:56PM EST
Nominees for the 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards for outstanding performances in 2009 in five film and eight primetime television categories and for the SAG honors for film and television stunt ensembles were announced this morning in Los Angeles at the Pacific Design Center's Silver Screen Theater in West Hollywood.
Lee Daniels' acclaimed drama, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire received nominations in 3 acting categories including Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture. This is fantastic news for Mariah who is now an official Screen Actors Guild nominee! Congratulations, Mariah!
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role GABOUREY SIDIBE / Precious
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role MO'NIQUE / Mary
Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire (Lionsgate)
MARIAH CAREY / Ms. Weiss LENNY KRAVITZ / Nurse John MO'NIQUE / Mary PAULA PATTON / Ms. Rain SHERRI SHEPHERD / Cornrows GABOUREY SIDIBE / Precious
The 16th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will be simulcast live nationally on TNT and TBS on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2010 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 7 p.m. CT, and 6 p.m. MT from the Los Angeles Shrine Exposition Center.
Mariah on ESPN's Christmas Day NBA Coverage
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Dec-2009, 12:07PM EST
Mariah Carey, a five-time Grammy winner who has amassed 18 No. 1 singles during her career, has recorded a music video which will accompany ESPN's NBA Christmas Day coverage. The music video features the holiday-themed "All I Want for Christmas is You," which will air throughout the day on ESPN and ABC during NBA game and studio content.
Mariah Carey: NBA on Christmas Day. A rough cut of Mariah singing "All I Want for Christmas is You" - the final version will air on Christmas Day on ESPN and ABC
Here's when you may catch Mariah's NBA's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" music video.
Christmas Day, December 25, 2009 12:00pm - Miami at New York on ESPN HD, ESPN360.com 02:00pm - GMC NBA Countdown on ABC HD 02:30pm - Boston at Orlando on ABC HD 05:00pm - Cleveland at L.A. Lakers on ABC HD 08:00pm - L.A. Clippers at Phoenix on ESPN HD, ESPN360.com 10:30pm - Denver at Portland on ESPN HD, ESPN360.com
On a recent Tuesday evening on the Lower West Side of Manhattan, Carey was scheduled to record a music video to accompany ESPN's NBA Christmas Day coverage. The video features "All I Want for Christmas is You," her smash single that sold nearly 2 million copies and was downloaded a record 1 million times.
If you watch the NBA on Christmas Day, you'll get a bonus: Mariah Carey.The crew, on the third floor of a warehouse, were setting up the colorful trees with NBA ornaments. They were getting all the camera angles ready. They were practicing opening and closing a holiday gift box that Carey would be stepping out of. They were decorating the set in holiday colors.
8:30 p.m. -- "We hear she's around the corner, walking up the street," someone from Carey's pre-production team said.
9 p.m. -- "She's just about here. She won't have to walk up these steps, will she?" another person from Carey's pre-production team said.
9:30 p.m. -- Carey's clothes for the shoot arrived. We wondered, is she going to be like Lindsay Lohan and show up 10 hours late for a photo shoot?
10 p.m. -- "She'll be right there," someone from Carey's pre-production team said.
At 10:14 p.m., two bodyguards and two managers walked in. They surveyed the situation, and requested that the video cameras be turned off.
Then Carey walked in. Followed by three public relations people, a hair stylist and makeup artist, and a few other hangers-on. Oh, and husband Nick Cannon.
"It's festive," Carey said as she walked in dressed to the hilt, in a black dress, wearing 4-inch heels, with perfect hair, a massive wedding ring on her left hand and a butterfly diamond ring on her right. She admitted being tired from a long day of promotional spots. Then she headed to the dressing room to get her makeup done before doing some interviews.
"Access Hollywood," NBA.com and ESPN.com all had time to talk with her before the shooting of the video. Each was scheduled for two minutes. Yes, two minutes. But Carey does what she wants, and she allowed the interviews to go on as long as necessary.
"Access Hollywood" talked with Carey about her performance as a social worker in "Precious," a new movie adaption of the 1996 novel "Push" by Sapphire.
"It was an amazing movie and I was very fortunate to take part," Carey said. "I had to really dress down for the part and let go of my inhibitions. It was exciting."
NBA.com asked Carey about her thoughts on basketball. Carey, who sang her song "Hero" to honor Michael Jordan at the 2003 NBA All-Star Game, isn't a huge sports fan. "I'm not that big into the NBA but I know my family is," she said. "I know my nephew will be watching the games on Christmas Day and he'll be forced to watch me!"
Since Carey isn't a big sports fan, ESPN.com decided, what the heck -- let's talk about Christmas. "I remember as a little girl not having much money," said Carey, who was born on Long Island, the youngest child of Patricia Carey, a former opera singer. "Mom would wrap an orange in tissue paper and say it was from Clarence, the cat."
Carey's parents divorced when she was 3, and that's when Carey started singing. That led, as a teenager, to working as a demo singer, and eventually to a job as a backup singer for Brenda K. Starr. In 1988, Carey met Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola at a party, and nearly 200 million album sales later, the rest is history.
For Carey, the song "All I Want for Christmas is You" has special meaning because Christmas is her favorite holiday.
Carey and Nick Cannon are now a power couple in the entertainment industry."I wrote the song so long ago and I'm so proud that it's still popular," said Carey of the song she wrote with Walter Afanasieff and released in 1994. "I never thought it would be like this. I'm so glad people like it."
That's why Carey wanted to do the video. She loves the holidays, and it will help spark interest as she embarks on an eight-week, 19-city "Angels Advocate" tour starting on Dec. 31 at Madison Square Garden.
But before then, she and her husband are heading to Aspen, Colo., for Christmas. "I want to make the holidays fun and exciting," said Carey, who has been married to Cannon for nearly two years. "I'm not into materialistic things anymore. I just want to be with friends and family."
Carey has already bought Cannon -- an actor, rapper and television personality -- a gift. "I'm not telling you what it is," she said. "But it's something close to my heart."
Cannon didn't realize Carey had done some shopping. "She got me one already? Wow! What is it? I know I need to get her something nice," Cannon said. "Holidays are special to us because we're always out there grinding. We can get together at the holidays and reflect. She has the most thoughtful heart of anyone I know."
So in the end, it didn't really matter to anyone that the shoot -- videotaping Carey walking out of a box singing her song, trying to jokingly place a basketball on top of a tree, and generally just getting into the holiday spirit -- ended at 2 a.m.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Is World's First Double Platinum Holiday Ringtone
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Dec-2009, 10:26AM EST
Mariah Carey's contemporary yuletide classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You," already the best-selling holiday ringtone of all time, has now become the first seasonal ringtone to cross the RIAA Double Platinum mark in recognition of sales of more than two million units.
"Mariah Carey's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' has become one of the essential musical hallmarks of the holiday season and continues to set records each year," said Adam Block, GM/VP, Legacy Recordings. "Legacy is proud to be part of the ongoing success of this holiday classic."
Mariah Carey and Legacy Recordings are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the original release of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" with the digital release of brand new full-length dance mixes of the track, executive produced by Mariah Carey and remixed by Low Sunday (Ron Haney, Bart Schoudel and Joey Arbagey), available for purchase now through all major digital music providers and all US wireless carriers.
Fans wanting to order the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (Original) ringtone directly may text MARIAH1 to 66555 from a mobile device. ($2.99/tone | Not a Subscription | Opt Out: text STOP to 66555)
New holiday ringtones of Mariah's 2009 Dance Mix of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" were made available on Tuesday, November 24.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You," has been America's #1 holiday ringtone for the past three consecutive holiday seasons (2006, 2007, 2008), reaching cumulative sales of more than 1.6 million copies prior to this year. The top-selling seasonal ringtone of all-time, Mariah's holiday gem became the very first seasonal Mastertone to be awarded an RIAA certification in 2006 and was awarded an RIAA platinum certification in 2007. The song has hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Recurrents chart every year from 2005 - 2008.
A perennial radio and record chart-topper every holiday season since its original release in 1994, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was written by Mariah Carey and Walter Afanasieff and is currently the most popular holiday track on America's seasonal radio playlists.
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" was first heard as a key track on Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas album. Originally released in 1994, Merry Christmas has gone on to become one of the top-selling holiday collections of all time, selling more than 12 million copies worldwide while earning 5x platinum certification from the RIAA.
Mariah's original "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is available on iTunes.
Fans looking for Merry Christmas and other Mariah Carey titles may visit Legacy Recordings.
Sasha Frere-Jones, writing in The New Yorker (April 3, 2006), heralded the song as "...one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon...."
Mariah fans can hear a personal holiday greeting from the artist at 917-388-9223.
Tonight's Lopez Tonight will air Mariah's performance of "It's A Wrap." Be sure to tune in to TBS at 11pm PT/ET!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Dec-2009, 9:31AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 26, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #140 (Last week: #118) Sales this week: 10,852 (+6%) Total sales: 354,619 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #21 (Last week: #16)
"Obsessed" Billboard Yahoo Video: #3 (Last week: #4)
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #13 (Last week: #11) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #2 (Last week: #2)
Merry Christmas Billboard 200: #157 (Last week #133) Billboard Top Holiday Albums: #42 (Last week #41) Billboard Top Catalog Albums: #35 (Last week #32)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Top Holiday Songs: #4 (Last week #6) Billboard Top Ringtones: #4 (Last week #3) Billboard AOL Radio: #1 (Last week #2) Billboard European Hot 100: #26 (Last week #39) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #17 (Last week #14) Downloads this week: 54,142 (-1%) Total Downloads: 1,443,787
"Silent Night" Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #67 (Re-entry) Downloads this week: 19,969 (+999%) Total Downloads: 60,369
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks
Sneak Peek at Mariah's NBA Promo Video
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Dec-2009, 12:14AM EST
Access Hollywood gave an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes of Mariah's NBA promo spot tonight.
Mariah's NBA Promo Sneak Peek - Access Hollywood, Dec. 16, 2009 [ Download here ]
Mariah Carey spreads Christmas joy singing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" for promos for the NBA's Christmas Day games. Putting a new spin on a Santa suit, she dons red sweats and uses a basketball as an ornament. Mariah: "I'm kind of going to be a present, if you will."
Catch Mariah's NBA Christmas Promo video on Christmas Day, Dec. 25th at 2:30pm ET on ABC.
Mariah on Verissimo, Italy
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Dec-2009, 1:11PM EST
Mariah's pre-recorded interview with the Italian talk show Verissimo aired last Saturday, Dec. 15 on Canale 5. In the interview with host Alvin, she talked about "Obsessed" being her 12th single to go Platinum, her marriage, her cooking, among other things.
Mariah Interview on Verissimo - Canale 5, Italy, Dec. 12, 2009 [ Download here ]
Source: Thomas | MariahDailyJournal
MDJ Exclusive: Another Remix Revealed On New Album
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Dec-2009, 3:54AM EST
We have even more details for you about Mariah's upcoming Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Remix album!
A remix to "Up Out My Face" has been recorded with female rapper Nicki Minaj. Not only will the remix appear on the new album but a video for it will be shot alongside the video for "Angels Cry" Remix!
On Friday, Dec. 18, Mariah is scheduled to film the music video for "Up Out My Face" Remix in Los Angeles. Nick Cannon has also been tasked to direct the music video. The current script requires a marching band in the video.
Minaj joins an exclusive group of female collaborators featured on recorded Mariah songs: Whitney Houston ("When You Believe"), Mocha & Amil ("I Still Believe Remix"), Shawnna ("Loverboy Remix"), Missy Elliott ("Heartbreaker Remix"), Da Brat ("Heartbreaker Remix," "Honey Remix," "Loverboy," etc.) and Kelly Price ("Through The Rain Remix").
The release date for "Up Out My Face" Remix featuring Nicki Minaj is not yet known at this time.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Cameron
Mariah Shoots "Angels Cry" Remix Music Video
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Dec-2009, 12:12AM EST
As reported exclusively here on Mariah Daily Journal, Mariah's next single is "Angels Cry" Remix featuring Ne-Yo, her first single from the Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Remix album that is due out early next year.
Mariah is scheduled to shoot the music video for "Angels Cry" Remix on Thursday, December 17 in an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, California. It will be directed by Nick Cannon who previously helmed E=MC²'s "I Stay In Love" and The-Dream and Mariah's "My Love."
"Angels Cry" is slated for release to radio on Monday, January 4, 2010.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Cameron
"Forever" a Hit at Jingle Ball 2009 Gift Lounge
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Dec-2009, 7:03PM EST
Backstage at Z100's Jingle Ball 2009 last Friday, Dec. 11 in Madison Square Garden, when the artists weren't mingling with press, they were making their rounds through the H&M sponsored Gift Lounge, picking up some great swag just in time for the holidays. All the presenters, performers, and VIP celebrity guests were spotted scoring the hottest products for the holiday season.
FOREVER Mariah Carey Eau De Parfum Spray The radiant new perfume from Mariah Carey has been doing extremely well on the market, so it was no surprise that all the celebrities made a pitstop at the counter to take a whiff. With top notes of Neroli, Lotus Blossom, and Dewy Green Apple with a rich floral warmth makes this sultry perfume a must have for the holiday season.
When dusting off the annual holiday albums there are always a few that you rush to overplay and most of the songs come courtesy of Mariah Carey. The stars of Jingle Ball were asked to comment on their favorite Holiday song from MiMi herself.
Kris Allen (American Idol): "All I Want for Christmas" and the rest of her Christmas album! Jordin Sparks, Alison Ireheta (American Idol): "Always Be My Baby" Katrina Bowden (30 Rock): "Fantasy," "Honey," and "Butterfly."
HBF Ticket Pre-sales Begin Tomorrow!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Dec-2009, 5:06PM EST
Exclusive Honey B. Fly ticket pre-sales for Mariah's Angels Advocate Tour will launch on Wednesday, Dec. 16 at 10am local time in most markets. Visit the official Tour section for the full listing of show dates, and find out when Mariah is coming to your city!
Not a member of Mariah's official fan club? Join now and take part in this special member pre-sale!
Mariah on Access Hollywood Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Dec-2009, 12:00PM EST
Tune in Wednesday night (Dec. 16) to Access Hollywood to see an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes of Mariah's Holiday shoot for the NBA. You can also watch an exclusive interview with Mariah on Thursday, December 17th on ESPN.com.
Nothing is hotter, sweeter, flashier, bigger or more eye-popping than the NBA on Christmas Day. A perfectly wrapped gift with the NBA's biggest stars, the Christmas Spirit & the #1 female recording artist of all time, Mariah Carey, singing her modern day holiday classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"! To watch the promo, you will have to wait until Christmas day and tune in to the NBA games on ABC!
Jump Smokers Talk About Memoirs Remix Album
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Dec-2009, 8:31AM EST
As previously reported, Mariah will be coming out with an all-Dance release under the banner of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel featuring all album tracks remixed by the hottest new remixers/producers in town: Roman, Reydon, V-Skratch and Johnny Digital, collectively known as the Jump Smokers.
David and Muzo recently spoke with Roman of the Jump Smokers about all the details of their remix album for Memoirs called Mariah Carey Vs. Jump Smokers Remix Album.
David: Have you had the opportunity to personally meet Mariah? If so, what was it like collaborating with her? A few of us have had the pleasure of meeting Mariah Carey before Jump Smokers even existed & she has been nothing short of amazing every single time! So far, all of our Jump Smokers remixes have been done strictly with her acapella vocals... hopefully one day we can all collaborate in the same studio together.
David: How many mixes have you finished, and of those, which track is your favorite and why? Well, obviously people know that we have already finished "Obsessed" & "H.A.T.E.U." but as of tonight (12/14/09) we have also finished up "Candy Bling" with "Ribbon" and "Up Out My Face" almost done as well.
David: Will any of your remixes feature newly recorded vocals? Nope. We're just gonna be using Mariah's FLAWLESS acapella vocals over our KILLER electro beats!
David: Will your tracks be included on the same CD as the confirmed Urban remixes and new songs, or will they be on a separate disc entirely? From what we understand, our Mariah Carey Vs. Jump Smokers Remix Album will be a completely separate release... and for the record, we still can't even believe that this is happening to us!
David: Of the new tracks, did you or are you remixing any, or strictly sticking to mixing tracks from the original disc? Our Remix Album will have ENTIRELY new music built around Mariah's existing vocals. Our one and only mission is to turn Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel into an AMAZING dance record.
Muzo: Congrats on working with Mariah for the 'Memoirs' remix album, how did you get involved with that project? Our manager is very close with Mariah's camp, so they gave us a shot at remixing her 'Obsessed' single. That remix just took off like crazy & not only was it included on her actual Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel CD, but it also got us hired to remix her 2nd single "H.A.T.E.U." The feedback on that remix has been absolutely unreal, which has led to us landing this entire remix album!
Muzo: Are you guys remixing the entire album or just a few of the tracks? The Mariah Carey Vs. Jump Smokers Remix Album will feature 12 tracks off Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.
Muzo: What all goes into that? Do her people give you an idea of what they want or do they just say, 'Do with Mariah as you wish!' Probably the biggest compliment that we've gotten so far as this group is the label told us that they don't want dance remixes, they don't want hip-hop remixes....they want JUMP SMOKERS remixes!
Muzo: Favorite song off 'Memoirs'? Well according to Roman, it's DEFINITELY "Angels Cry," but we're still lovin' our "H.A.T.E.U." remix!
Muzo: What's next for the Jump Smokers? We are currently in studio lockdown, cuz both our debut album Electro-Pop and this Mariah Carey vs. Jump Smokers Remix album are due by the end of the year... the pressure's on!
Nick Cannon: 'Mariah Sings All Day'
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Dec-2009, 5:57PM EST
Nick Cannon told Tarts at last weekend's KIIS FM Jingle Ball that he listens to wife Mariah Carey sing all day. Seriously.
"Sometimes like twenty-three hours out of the day," he said. "But it's beautiful to be able to have one of the biggest stars in the world just be able to sing to you in the morning and stuff, it's wonderful. I was always a huge Mariah fan. My favorite Mariah song would be 'Someday.' That was my joint back in the day."
Mariah Filmed a New Music Video in London?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Dec-2009, 4:06PM EST
Singer Samantha Mumba admits she was delighted to tuck into some home cooking when she returned to Dublin for a flying visit this weekend. Prior to arriving in Dublin, Samantha and her beau spent some time in London, where they were on the set of the new Mariah Carey music video.
The pop beauty explained how her younger brother, Omero, was involved in the production of the video and revealed that she will also be making an appearance in the much-anticipated production.
Note: Last week, Mariah was in London briefly, most likely to film this music video. On Dec. 6, she wrote on her Twitter: "Sitting in London w/ RaeRae just waiting for Jasmine to call us back but she went to a concert."
Mariah Owns Most Popular Songs of '90s and '00s
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Dec-2009, 3:30PM EST
With Mariah Carey's crowning of the decade-end Hot 100 songs list with "We Belong Together," she now owns the most popular songs of the '90s and the '00s, as her duet with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day," was No. 1 on the '90s-end recap.
"We Belong Together" spent 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart during the decade, tying the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling" for the most weeks atop the list in that span. The Peas' anthem is at No. 5 on the decade-end Hot 100 Songs retrospective, one step below the duo/group of the decade, Nickelback, with "How You Remind Me."
Collectively, the top nine finishers on the Hot 100 Songs recap spent 90 cumulative weeks at No. 1, thanks in part to the one-two punch of "Together" and "Feeling."
Precious Receives 6 Critics' Choice Noms
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Dec-2009, 2:33PM EST
The Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) has announced the nominees for the 15th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards; and Precious: Based on a Novel 'Push' by Sapphire received six nods in the following categories:
Best Picture Best Actress - Gabourey Sidibe Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique Best Acting Ensemble Best Directing - Lee Daniels Best Adapted Screenplay - Geoffrey Fletcher
For a complete list of nominees, click here. The Critics' Choice Movie Awards ceremony will be held on Friday, January 15, 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium, broadcast live on VH1 at 9:00pm ET/PT.
To the right is a scan of a new Precious ad which has a small photo of Ms. Weiss in it. The ad ran in the New York Times, Dec. 11th edition.
america Writer King Revisits 2005 Interview with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Dec-2009, 1:02PM EST
Writer Aliya S. King revisits her favorite experiences in the wild world of celebrity journalism. Below are her behind-the-scenes thoughts on her story on Mariah which appeared in the Spring 2005 issue of america.
Four years ago, I got this email in my Inbox from Smokey D. Fontaine, editor-in-chief of america.
After several weeks of wrangling, my cover story on Mariah Carey was officially set. It would be my first interview with Mariah. And my first cover story for Smokey at america.
I remember opening the email and thinking, wait a minute. This is her address. Like, this is where she lives? And it's just here, in this email. So I'm supposed to just go...to her house? (Of course, I've blocked out the street address in this image, since she still lives there...)
I'd done interviews in the homes of celebrities before. At The Source, I interviewed a young Ja Rule and his then-girlfriend in his condo in West Orange. A few years back, I interviewed Remy Ma in her spare bedroom as she got her weave tightened.
But mostly, in-person celebrity interviews happen in three places: a restaurant, the record label's offices or a hotel room.
And particularly for a celebrity like Mariah, you'd expect one of the above.
I was excited. Not to see her house. I'd already seen it a million times, on Cribs. (Remember the scene when she was on the workout equipment in stilettos? Classic.) I was excited because there's no better place to interview a person than where they feel most comfortable. As long as the house wasn't crawling with publicists and assistants and we had an nice, quiet space to talk, I knew I could get some good material for my story.
But before I went to see Mariah. I did some research. Well, not some research. A LOT OF RESEARCH.
I truly believe that whatever success I've gained as a writer thus far in my career is due to my ability to buckle down and do my homework. You can't just do a Google search, look up some album sales statistics and call yourself ready to interview someone for a three thousand word cover story.
You have to go hard. And with Mariah, I did.
First, I made up a wish list of every single person who could give me some good details on Mariah's career. The list had over thirty people on it. Now, I knew I wouldn't be able to talk to all of them. Maybe I'd only get two of them. But just the process of looking up the names and writing a few lines on how they were connected to her help put me in Mariah-mode and see an arc to her story.
By 2005, everyone knew Mariah's story. But I knew there were a lot of things about her upbringing that we didn't know. I knew she grew up on Long Island. But that was all I knew. I decided my story would have some quotes from people who knew her back in the day, since I'd never read anything like that in other stories on her.
If you are going to write a feature on a well-known celebrity, it's your responsibility to tell me something I don't know. And there is ALWAYS some small tidbit that's never been told before. Even Michael Jackson has some little known girlfriend from kindergarten whose never been tracked down and interviewed before.
I used my lexis-nexis account and looked up every single story written about Mariah. I mean, everything. It turned out to be 500 pages long. I spent a long weekend reading each story and highlighting anything that I thought might be important to my story.
Then I went to Penn Station and bought myself a ticket on the LIRR and headed out to Greenlawn, New York, where Mariah spent her teenage years.
I think it's imperative to wander around the hometown of your subject. If the publication won't pay for it, do it anyway. It will only make your story stronger, which will pay off in other ways. There's no better way to get know someone than to walk the streets where they grew up.
I wandered around Greenlawn for an entire day. I went to Harborfields High School, which Mariah attended. Left a note with the principal's secretary about setting up an interview. (I never heard back). I talked to a young girl in the parking lot who was ditching school. Her quotes didn't make it into the final story. But what she said was very valuable.
"I can see why Mariah left and never came back," the girl said. "I can't wait to get out of here."
I went to the public library to look up back issues of the local newspaper. I figured that Mariah must have been in some talent shows, maybe a musical. But after three hours of burning my eyes staring at microfiche, I came up with nothing.
Which was actually something.
Because how does someone like Mariah Carey become such a huge celebrity and not have even the slightest mention in the hometown paper? Not one word?
I'm not famous. But if anyone goes to East Orange, New Jersey and spends a day at the public library, you'll find something about me in the local paper. Maybe it will just be my name on a list of kids who attended some class trip to the aquarium. Or a picture of me with a local politician at a grocery store opening. But you'll find something that links me to my hometown.
But there was nothing there. Not even news of a homecoming or a welcome-back celebration or concert. Nada. Zilch.
Which I knew would be a good angle for my story.
Walking around Greenlawn helped me understand Mariah before we even met. It's not a very diverse town. I counted all the Black folks I saw that day. Don't remember how many. But it wasn't a lot. And I got a lot of lingering looks from the locals. Maybe they knew I wasn't from the area. But the whole place had an isolated-yet-insulated feeling that I can imagine would have been suffocating for someone like Mariah who was poor, bi-racial and raised in a single parent home with a mother who moved around a lot.
I didn't find any mention of Mariah in the papers. But I did find the names of several classmates who graduated in the same year. When I got back home, I tried to track down every last one. Only one person called me back, a woman named Rachel Wifall.
I was so excited when I heard that voicemail.
Hi, My name is Rachel. I went to elementary school and high school with Mariah. Give me a call.
That's my favorite part of writing a story, getting a great source. Rachel had tons of good anecdotes on young Mariah and we had a great conversation.
Now I felt like I was ready to meet Ms. Mariah in person.
It's been four years now. I wish I could remember every tiny detail but I can't. I just remember that I had been in Manhattan for the entire day before the interview. And I went to Diesel in Union Square to buy a new pair of jeans. And I loved them so much that I wore them out of the store. (Those were the good old days. When I could drop a grip on a pair of jeans just 'cause I felt like it. Sigh.)
So I get to her building and I'm wondering how this works. Am I gonna just ring a doorbell and she'll come to the door? Or will she have a butler in uniform?
There's a doorman in the lobby. I feel so silly saying, "I'm here to see Mariah Carey?" I just know he's going to say, "GET OUT! No autographs!"
He asks me my name, looks on a clipboard and then tells me to take the elevator to the penthouse.
When I get off the elevator, there is a door right in front of me. I'm in a vestibule that looks like it was built on to the apartment. I can tell that originally, the elevator opened up right into her apartment. But I guess, for security reasons, she had a little hallway built on so that you can't just walk right in. To my right is a cubicle-like desk set up. It looks like a security station but there's no one sitting there.
I knock on the door and a woman answers. She has a thick Jamaican accent and she ushers me into a cavernous living room.
"She'll be right down," the woman says and then she disappears.
Now I'm sitting in Mariah's living room. On her couch. Which is HUGE. I sit back on the couch and my feet are literally sticking straight out. It's a sofa built for Shaquille O'Neal and I feel like a Lilliputian.
I see the white baby grand piano that Mariah bought from Marilyn Monroe's estate. And I scribble that down in my notebook. The piano has a velvet rope in front of it. And something about the velvet rope makes me sad. It doesn't look right. It doesn't belong in a person's living room. It makes her home feel like a museum.
I look around, taking in as much as I can and scribbling like mad. Because I know once she comes in, it will be hard to take notes and make conversation. I take note of all the glass everywhere, the floor to ceiling mirrors that make me dizzy and the remotes lined up on the sofa, at least seven different devices that do who-knows-what.
And then Mariah comes in the doorway, breathless and chipper.
"Hey! I'm Mariah," she said, sticking out her hand.
Right, I'm thinking.
"Aliya" I said, shaking her hand.
"I like those jeans," she said.
"I just bought them," I told her.
"From where?" "Diesel." "Nice fit." "Thanks." "What size?" "I have no idea." "Come here, let me see."
And within thirty seconds of meeting, Mariah Carey's got her hands down my pants. Ha.
She lifts out the tag and reads.
"28," she says."Nice fit. They're low-rise. But they don't make your butt all flat."
[Sidebar: I'm re-listening to this interview right now. And when Mariah says "28" I'm like, what? I wore a size 28?! Suffice it to say, I do NOT wear a 28 today. I almost forgot I ever did...]
"Let's do the interview upstairs," Mariah said.
She led me up...and up....and up...at least five flights of stairs. Up to a tiny, round room at the very top of her house. And there, we sat, for nearly three hours, and talked about everything from Tommy Mottola to Trey Lorenz.
Four years later, it's still my very favorite interview. And I think it went so well because I was so prepared. I told her about going out to Greenlawn and she gave me this look like, "oh word?"
I told her I spent the whole day there and she rolled her eyes and said, "so then you see why I left," under her breath.
I gave her the 500-page dossier I created and she flipped through it all, pointing out inaccuracies in certain stories. I think she felt comfortable with me because she knew I'd made an effort to get to know her. And she appreciated that.
She gave me a full tour of the house. My favorite part? Her closet in the basement. At least four hundred pairs of shoes. And we wear the exact same size. Except she made me promise I wouldn't put that in my story. Which I thought was hilarious.
"Well," she said. "You can write that we wear the same size. Just don't say what that size is!"
In that same room, with all the clothes and the shoes, were all her family portraits. And I remember being surprised to see so many people who look like my family in those silver frames. We all know that Mariah's bi-racial. But for whatever reason, (I think it's due in part to her skin color), we don't *really* think of her as having Black relatives. But there was Nanna Addie and all her cousins and aunts and folk from her father's side, looking like they were sent straight from central casting to auditions for a Tyler Perry movie.
The only thing Mariah would not talk about was her sister Alison. At the time, Alison was trying to publish a book, alleging that her income as a prostitute had helped finance Mariah's early studio sessions.
I pressed for details, feeling awful as I did. But that's my job. And her job was to shut me down. Which she did. And then, when I turned my recorder off, she did share some thoughts on her sister. Which of course, were off the record. Shoot!
It was well past midnight when the interview was over. She told me her nephew was coming over and she was taking him out on the town. She walked me down to the living room, a few assistants were gathered there, talking.
I remember distinctly that she stopped as we got closer to the front door. I continued walking towards the door. She stayed behind with her hands clasped behind her back. I'm not sure why I thought she would walk me all the way to the door and open it. But she didn't. I opened the door, turned back and she waved, along with everyone else on her staff.
I walked into the hallway and pressed the button for the elevator. And there was a security guard sitting in the little cubicle I'd noticed earlier. He nodded his head once and went back to his newspaper. As I got on the elevator, I heard the locks on the front door being clicked in place behind me.
Within a minute, I was in a cab, headed back to Penn Station. Back to New Jersey. Back to my apartment. Back to my computer to start transcribing the interview and writing the story.
It took a week to write it. Another week for smokey to be satisfied. And it was on newsstands just a few weeks later.
And I still think it's one of the best pieces I've ever written and I'm very proud of it.
What I learned as a writer from the Mariah Carey story:
1. There is no such thing as too much research 2. Go to the hometown. Wander around. 3. Find someone who knew them way back when. There is always someone willing to talk. 4. Find that kernel of information no one has ever heard before.
Hope that helps all my aspiring writers out there.
If you'd like to read the full story as it appeared in the magazine, you can read the text here. But a fair warning: it's long. If you don't have all day, just skip to the Tupac part. It's my favorite part of the story...
Source: Aliya S. King | Jon
Video: Mariah on A Current Affair, Australia
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Dec-2009, 12:21PM EST
Australia's A Current Affair interviewed Mariah while she was in London in November. Click on the Play button to the right to stream the interview with correspondent Nick Etchells that aired on Channel 9 earlier tonight.
Asked if she had plans for an album tour in Australia, Mariah said, "Can I go to Australia in the summer please? Anyone listening. Summer for Australia. Yeah."
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Dec-2009, 3:42PM EST
According to estimates provided by Box Office Mojo, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire grossed $1,250,000 in its 6th weekend, down 45.2% from last weekend, with $1,883 per-theater-average. The film's domestic total as of Dec. 13 is $38,252,000.
The Alliance of Women Film Journalists has announced the winners of its 2009 EDA Awards (Excellent Dynamic Activism).
Best Actress In Supporting Role - Mo'Nique Unforgettable Moment Award - Precious - Mary admits the abuse (tied with Inglorious Basterds) Bravest Performance Award - Mo'Nique
NOMINATIONS This year's Detroit Film Critics Society awards nominees were announced last Friday. Precious garnered four nominations in the following categories:
Best Actress - Gabourey Sidibe Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique Best Ensemble - Cast of Precious Breakthrough Performance - Gabourey Sidibe
The Critics' Choice Movie Awards will announce its 2009 nominees on Monday, Dec. 14 while nominations for the 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards will be announced Tuesday, Dec. 15 at 5:00am (8:00am ET) at The Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, broadcast live on NBC's Today show. The Screen Actors Guild Awards will have its nominees announced on Thursday, Dec. 17. Hope to see Precious getting some nods!
Video: Mariah on Under The Skin, UK
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Dec-2009, 5:11PM EST
On Wednesday, Dec. 9th, UK's T4Music aired a 2-hour special edition of Under The Skin Of... featuring an exclusive in-depth interview with Mariah by host Rick Edwards. A 3-part video file can be downloaded below, and some excerpts from the interview are also provided.
Under The Skin Of... Mariah Carey Special! - T4 Music, UK, Dec. 9, 2009 Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]
EXCERPTS: Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, great title. What inspired the title? "It wasn't really an autobiographical title. It was more for everyone and it's more like we all kind of try so hard to compete with what the ideal of people's concept of perfect is and none of us are. It's one of those things where you're kind of like it's for everyone but it's also for me."
The last eighteen months have been incredibly busy for you and I see that you were recently inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. "Really? Nobody told me that but it's okay. Well, I haven't lived there in a long time. I kind of consider myself more... I think I've lived in Manhattan more."
President Obama's Inauguration Ball, must have been exciting to get asked to do that. "Very exciting. It was amazing to be there. I went on right before he came out. It ('Hero') was just I think everybody felt it was appropriate for the moment. I don't think he said, 'I'm hero, give me that song'."
Talking of 'Hero,' in this country it's one of those songs that has been (what you released in 1993) kind of constantly in the public consciousness since then. And recently you came over and did X Factor and all of the contestants sang a version of 'Hero' for charity. Did you get to hear any other? "Yes. I sang with them actually. On the show we sang the song together and as the writer of the lyrics and the melody, people have to ask you if... I mean, they don't actually have to ask you if they can put this song out but when money comes in and it's for charity you have to say, 'Yes, I agree' or 'No, I'm gonna be greedy and I want the money.' [What did you say?] I said, 'I want the money normally' laughs. Or 'Charity, what the hell is that?' laughs."
Apparently when you started singing when you weren't singing along to R&B or Pop, you were singing to Opera. "Well, that's the one story that my mother tells but the other story is that I was obsessed with the radio and I was singing to R&B. I was singing anything. I used to steal the portable radio and sing under the covers in my bed and stuff like that."
See this is why we've turned out differently 'cause I used to hide under the bed with a book to sort of talk. That's not as cool, is it? My reading is pretty good. "Actually, mine was pretty good. I was a speed reader in school. People don't know that. There's this machine that you can look at and the words come really fast and they ask you how much you retain of the story. You have to tell them. It tells you how well you read and what you should do if you're capable of doing the speed reading thing or whatever. So they had that when I was like in first grade and I learned how to read really fast then I used to read a lot when I was little too. But then I sort of went into, when I have free time, I write. I would write songs."
When you were a teenager, you were doing backing vocals singing for other singers, I can't imagine you as a backing singer. It must have been tough for the other singers that you were backing. "I was just thinking the other day about that time of my life and I was like you know that was so much easier because you're not in front and people aren't watching every single thing you do. You're in the back, maybe if one note isn't perfect noone's gonna care that much. I got the chance to learn from the ground up."
A famous story but for me it's almost too good to be true so I really want to ask you and get the facts about how you got your record deal. "Well, it's not that different except I was a backup singer at that time. I told you I was singing for Brenda K. Starr. She brought me to this party to meet a guy named Jerry Greenberg who she used to work with when... I don't know the label. And so I went to the party looking as good as I could with the clothing that I had 'cause I had very little. It's like this we have this kind of jackets, they look like school jackets, that's what I had on and like this black dress, the only black dress, the only dress except this pink thing that would have worked, that I could find. And tights and I couldn't wear Brenda's shoes 'cause her feet were too small so I had to wear like this kind of like sneakers but they were really, really ugly. She said, 'Did you notice that guy staring at you?' and his name is bla-bla-bla. You said it before [Tommy Mottola]. And then he came up and said, 'Who's your friend?' or something like that and she had my tape in her hand, she handed him the tape. She said, 'This is my friend. She's eighteen. She writes her own songs, dadada..." And so then we went upstairs to the ladies room and she was like, 'Do you know who that was? I can't believe it, I can't believe it!' And then the rest of the story is pretty much true. He tracked me down through Brenda's management."
How did it feel when you eventually did sign that record deal after being a backing singer for a while? "I was totally ecstatic. Everything was amazing. All I said that I really needed was the ability to not have to use other writers' songs. I wanted to make sure they didn't try to control me in that way. Who knew the control that would happen later but you know..."
You have often said that you weren't so pleased with the first album because you felt that you were slightly forced to make it too commercial. When you listen to the album now, do you still feel that way? "I like a couple of songs. I like 'Vision of Love,' my first number one R&B and Pop. And to me that set the tone for my career but the label wanted to go more Pop and you know, whatever. And there's another song 'Sent From Up Above' that I liked a lot. And 'Vanishing' which is a fan-favorite."
After 'Vision of Love' went to number one and your next four singles went to number one, did you get blasé? Do you still get excited when you get number ones? "Nods. Yes. Honestly! Didn't I just tell you about, maybe I didn't tell you about 'Obsessed' went platinum and that's like my twelfth platinum single and it, no offense we love everybody and everybody does great but it just beat all the females who have platinum singles. I'm just happy 'cause it's that song and it went platinum."
You didn't really perform live that much at the start probably because you had stage fright? "No. That's what they said. I don't think they wanted me, 'they' wanted me to leave home that much. I think it would have been good for me now because if I started then I would have been even more comfortable on stage but it's cool because I'm just at this point I just talk to the audience like they're my best friends, some of them kind of are in a way so I just joke around and have a good time."
You achieved what for me the always impossible by singing an actually brilliant Christmas song, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.' Why do you think that song succeeded where there are so many Christmas songs that are just rubbish? "I have to give credit where credit is due. Tommy did say, 'You should do a Christmas album now' and I was like, 'Isn't that like for down the road?' and then I committed to doing it so I said, 'Let me do something that I feel will be classic' not like a modern beat. I tried to make it more kind of like '60s-ish."
On to the bit about 'Fantasy' 'cause it's one of your first tracks that mixes your vocals with more of the Hip-Hop production. "It was my breakout song. I was really excited 'cause I also was working with Puffy for the first time. I really felt that he had his finger on the pulse of what was, what music, where music was going. Then to have O.D.B. which was my idea, may he rest in peace. It's so sad that he's not with us anymore 'cause there's nobody like him. Like you listen to some of his songs which the titles I can't even, I don't think I can even say. And it's just like wow we did collaborate. We were like the complete opposites. Actually all they said was, 'I could have done that. What the hell was that? What the hell is he doing?' They didn't know. They had no concept really of Hip-Hop and if they did it had to be very like the predictable. I fought really hard to integrate what I was doing with music that I was listening to at the time."
Looking back in a not the greatest period of your life, do you think now it's kind of helped you and formed you as a person? Or do you look back at actually the way the musical directions being controlled is still quite frustrating? "There were certain things that we both gained from that situation. He gained a lot. Record company people make a lot of money when the artists do well. I gained a lot and I learned a lot and I was around a lot of very smart people. But nobody wants to be controlled to the point when you can't be yourself. You can't sit at the dinner table and laugh too hard otherwise it's a problem. It just wasn't fun. I don't want to sit here and blame anybody. Like I said we're both okay."
Source: Luke | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Press Release: Mariah Carey - Back On Tour!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Dec-2009, 11:40AM EST
THE "ANGELS ADVOCATE" TOUR OPENS JAN. 2nd AT BORGATA IN ATLANTIC CITY, ENDS FEB. 27th AT THE PEARL CONCERT THEATER IN LAS VEGAS
Tour in support of #1 R&B album, MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL
8-week, 19-city tour preceded by New Year's Eve kick-off at Madison Square Garden –The World's Most Famous Arena!
For Mariah Carey's legions of North American fans, the long wait is over – as the international superstar announces her first major tour itinerary in over three years. Following a festive New Year's Eve kick-off at Madison Square Garden in New York City, the "Angels Advocate" Tour begins January 2, 2010, at the Borgata in Atlantic City, and wraps up February 27th at The Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Honey B. Fly, the official Mariah Carey Fan Club, will be offering exclusive member pre-sales for all show dates. Fans can get details on the official website, MariahCarey.com. Tickets for the majority of the tour will go on sale December 19th.
The 8-week, 19-city "Angels Advocate" Tour is the first major tour by Mariah Carey since The "Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour" of August through October 2006. The opening act on the "Angels Advocate" Tour will be RydazNrtist, a new R&B group signed to Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment.
MEMOIRS OF AN IMPERFECT ANGEL, Mariah Carey's 12th studio album, follows her multi-platinum E=MC² (2008), and her worldwide 10 million selling The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005). The Emancipation Of Mimi generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemp orary R&B Album), two #1 singles, and countless more honors during its 18-month chart stay. Soundscan's biggest-selling album of 2005, Mimi featured "We Belong Together" (Grammy winner for Best Female R&B Vocal and Best R&B Song) and "Don't Forget About Us," Mariah's 16th and 17th #1 career singles respectively. Three years later, "Touch My Body" (from E=MC²) became her 18th #1 Hot 100 hit, surpassing Elvis Presley's previous record of 17 #1 Hot 100 Hits. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 #1 hits. The success of E=MC² brought total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to more than 175 million worldwide, distancing her even further from the pack as the top-selling female recording artist in history.
MARIAH CAREY – THE "ANGELS ADVOCATE" TOUR Dec. 31 New York, NY Madison Square Garden – on sale now Jan. 2 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata – on sale now Jan. 15-16 Mashantucket, CT MGM Grand Theatre at Foxwoods – on sale 12/11 Jan. 19 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre – on sale 12/19 Jan. 21 Hollywood, FL Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – on sale 12/18 Jan. 25 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre – on sale 12/19 Jan. 27 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall – on sale 12/18 Jan. 30 Boston, MA Wang Theatre – on sale 12/19 Feb. 1 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre – on sale 12/19 Feb. 4 Montreal, Que. Bell Centre – on sale 12/19 Feb. 6 Ottawa, Ont. Scotiabank Place – on sale 12/21 Feb. 9 Toronto, Ont. Air Canada Centre – on sale 12/21 Feb. 10 Columbus, OH Schottenstein Center – on sale 12/19 Feb. 13 Chicago, IL Chicago Theatre – on sale 12/19 Feb. 16 Minneapolis, MN Northrop Auditorium – on sale TBA Feb. 18 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre – on sale 12/18 Feb. 20 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre – on sale 12/19 Feb. 23 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Theatre – on sale 12/19 Feb. 26 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena – on sale 12/19 Feb. 27 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl Concert Theater – on sale 12/19
Source: Universal Music | Deniece
"We Belong Together" Decade's Most Popular Song
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Dec-2009, 2:33AM EST
Billboard has released its Decade-End (2000-2009) charts, and Mariah's "We Belong Together" from the best-selling album The Emancipation of Mimi was crowned as the most popular song of the decade, placing at #1 on Hot 100 Songs!
The Hot 100 Songs were determined by their popularity across all genres, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by Nielsen BDS, sales data as compiled by Nielsen SoundScan and streaming activity data provided by online music sources.
Below, find Mariah's impressive appearances on various Billboard decade-end charts. Also included are her positions on the 2009 Year-End charts.
BILLBOARD DECADE-END CHARTS (2000-2009)
Artists Of The Decade Mariah Carey #11
Top 100 Artists Mariah Carey #13
Hot 100 Songs We Belong Together #1
Billboard 200 Albums The Emancipation of Mimi #27
Billboard 200 Artists Mariah Carey #30
Hot 100 Airplay Artists Mariah Carey #12
Hot 100 Airplay Songs "We Belong Together" #1 "Shake It Off" #80
Hot Singles Sales "Thank God I Found You" #13 "Loverboy" #21
Hot Singles Sales Artists Mariah Carey #5
Digital Songs Artists Mariah Carey #31
Ringtones "All I Want For Christmas Is You" #63 "Touch My Body" #70
Pop Songs "We Belong Together" #17
Dance/Club Play Artists Mariah Carey #5
Dance/Club Play Songs "Don't Forget About Us" #10
R&B/Hip-Hop Songs "We Belong Together" #2
R&B/Hip-Hop Albums The Emancipation of Mimi #6
R&B/Hip Hop Songs Artists Mariah Carey #15
Catalog Albums Merry Christmas #40
Holiday Albums Merry Christmas #14
BILLBOARD YEAR-END CHARTS (2009)
Top Artists Mariah Carey #49
Hot 100 Artists Mariah Carey #36
Hot 100 Songs "Obsessed" #41
Billboard 200 Artists Mariah Carey #71
Billboard 200 Albums Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel #101
Hot 100 Airplay Songs "Obsessed" #35
Hot Digital Songs Artists Mariah Carey #40
Hot Digital Songs "Obsessed" #48
Hot Ringtones Artists Mariah Carey #20
Hot Master Ringtones "Obsessed" #24
Hot Dance/Club Play Artists Mariah Carey #7
Hot Dance/Club Play Songs "I Stay In Love" #48
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Artists Mariah Carey #38
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs "Obsessed" #63
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artists Mariah Carey #28
Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel #44
See Mariah Live on Lopez Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Dec-2009, 2:59PM EST
Mariah will be taping an appearance on the hit late night talk show Lopez Tonight this Wednesday, December 16th.
If you will be in the Los Angeles area, tickets to see her on the show are available now! Go to www.lopeztonight.com/audience and enter this exclusive promotional code: mariah. Tickets are limited so sign up today!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Dec-2009, 12:13PM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 19, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #118 (Last week: #142) Sales this week: 10,279 (+10%) Total sales: 343,767 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #16 (Last week: #19)
"Obsessed" Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #38 (Last week: #35) Billboard Yahoo Video: #4 (Last week: #3)
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #90 (Re-entry) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #90 (Re-entry) Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #11 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #2 (Last week: #3) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #87 (Last week: #78)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #80 (Last week: #86) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #80 (Last week: #86)
Merry Christmas Billboard 200: #133 (Re-entry) Sales this week: 9,395 (+57%) Total sales: 5,021,085 Billboard Holiday Albums: #41 (Last week #47) Billboard Top Catalog Albums: #32 (Re-entry)
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Top Holiday Songs: #6 (Last week #5) Billboard Top Ringtones: #3 (Last week #13) Billboard AOL Radio: #2 (Re-entry) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #14 (Last week #18) Downloads this week: 54,765 (-13%) Total Downloads: 1,389,645
UK CHARTS Top Singles Chart "I Want To Know What Love Is" - #45 (Last week #19) Downloads this week: 6,746 (-55%) Total downloads: 22,160
"Obsessed" - #169 (Last week #62) Downloads this week: 1,739 (-60%) Total downloads: 17,380
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" - #29 (Last week #51) Downloads this week: 11,247 (+101%) Total downloads: 619,687
Top Albums Chart Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel - #48 (Last week #23) Sales this week: 13,175 (-50%) Total sales: 39,726
Top Digital Albums Chart Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel - #77 (Last week #14) Downloads this week: 485 (-78%) Total downloads: 2,725
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Memoirs is AP's 4th Best Album of 2009
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Dec-2009, 12:06PM EST
If you listen to some of the biggest hits of 2009, they'll seem familiar. That's because they came from albums released in 2008. That Beyonce smash? From "I Am... Sasha Fierce," released last year. "Poker Face"? It was on Lady Gaga's 2008 debut. It's the same with the Kings of Leon and Taylor Swift.
Though last year's releases dominated, great music was still put out in 2009 that helped define the year sonically. The best of the best, starting at the top:
1. "The Here and the Now," Sam and Ruby 2. "The Fall," Norah Jones 3. "The E.N.D.," Black Eyed Peas
4. "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel," Mariah Carey: OK, so it's hard to take Carey seriously — she of stiletto heels, spandex dresses and girlie, butterfly motifs — but her music is always on point. On this CD, she is poignant, romantic and hilarious — sometimes, all in one song.
5. "The Blueprint 3," Jay-Z 6. "Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future," The Bird and the Bee 7. "BLACKsummers'night," Maxwell 8. "Songs From Around the World," Playing for Change 9. "Zee Avi," Zee Avi 10. "11:11," Rodrigo y Gabriela
Sony to Release Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Dec-2009, 7:37PM EST
As part of its "Playlist" compilation albums series, Sony Legacy is releasing Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey on Tuesday, January 26, 2010.
Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey is a compilation of remastered original recordings by Mariah. The playlist includes select greatest hits and fan favorite tracks. The CD comes in eco-friendly packaging made of recyclable materials. A PDF file included on the CD contains the song credits, photographs, and full liner notes.
Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey is available now for pre-order at Amazon for $7.98.
Track listing: 1. Dreamlover 2. Bliss 3. Melt Away 4. Breakdown 5. Make It Happen 6. Outside 7. Vanishing 8. Looking In 9. Emotions 10. Babydoll 11. I Am Free 12. Fantasy (Featuring O.D.B.) 13. Underneath The Stars 14. Rainbow (Interlude)
Source: Amazon.com | MariahDailyJournal
"H.A.T.E.U." Music Video
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Dec-2009, 12:08AM EST
The music video for Mariah's third single, "H.A.T.E.U." premiered with the launch of VEVO, the world's premiere destination for premium music video and entertainment, on Tuesday, December 8, 2009.
Video: Mariah at UNICEF Snowflake Gala
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Dec-2009, 12:06AM EST
Below is a video of Mariah at the 2009 UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on Wednesday, December 2, 2009. The special evening was a black-tie fundraising gala celebrating the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and honoring those individuals who have made key contributions to UNICEF's mission to save and improve children's lives worldwide. Mariah presented the "Spirit of Compassion Award" to IDJ Chairman Antonio 'LA' Reid.
Mariah's Red Carpet Interview "I think UNICEF is an amazing cause. I've been involved with UNICEF for kind of a long time but tonight they're honoring one of the greatest men that I know and his name is LA Reid and so I couldn't be anywhere else in the world tonight. UNICEF has been so amazing over the years and I think it's just spectacular what they've done and so anytime I can be a part of helping out I'm here."
Mariah Introducing LA Reid "LA Reid's musical talents and accomplishments are unparalleled; and his philanthropic ef... Listen, honey, I didn't go to college. I was making records! [laughs] His philanthropic efforts are limitless. Please welcome Antonio 'LA' Reid."
About UNICEF UNICEF has saved more children's lives than any other humanitarian organization in the world. Working in over 150 countries, UNICEF provides children with health care, clean water, nutrition, education, emergency relief, and more. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF supports UNICEF's work through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States.
UNICEF is at the forefront of efforts to reduce child mortality worldwide. There has been substantial progress—the annual number of under-five deaths dropped from 13 million in 1990 to 8.8 million in 2008. But still, 24,000 children die each day from preventable causes. Their mission is to do whatever it takes to make that number zero by giving children the essentials for a safe and healthy childhood. For more information, visit www.unicefusa.org.
Source: David from UNICEF U.S. Fund | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah at VEVO Launch in New York
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 08-Dec-2009, 8:01PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah at the launch of VEVO, the world's premiere destination for premium music video and entertainment at Skylight Studio in New York, New York on Tuesday, December 8, 2009. Also pictured are husband Nick Cannon, Rihanna and Taylor Swift.
"H.A.T.E.U." Video to Premiere Tomorrow!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Dec-2009, 10:20PM EST
New premium music video site VEVO.com is set to launch on Tuesday, December 8th with a coming out party in New York City that includes Mariah taking the stage to premiere her new video for "H.A.T.E.U."
Check out VEVO.com tomorrow night, December 8th to watch Mariah's new video for "H.A.T.E.U."
"H.A.T.E.U." Music Video Out This Week
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Dec-2009, 7:18PM EST
The much-awaited music video for Mariah's new single "H.A.T.E.U." is finally finished and getting its world premiere sometime this week, as announced by director Brett Ratner, and Mariah's manager Chris Lighty on their respective Twitter pages.
BrettRatner: I just delivered the final version of Mariah's H.A.T.E. U video to island Def Jam. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed making it?
Mariah Carey wore no makeup for her breakout role in Precious. And she's finally starting to speak out about the abuse in her past. The queen diva may be getting serious, but girlfriend still loves her some gold lamé.
Getting just a moment with Mariah Carey takes exactly as much effort as you would think. It involves standing outside a maze of private partitions during her photo shoot, waiting for the small window of time in which you can say hello. It also involves phone calls from an ever-increasing number of assistants and publicists until you're so confused, you don't know who is connecting you to whom and how. But this is Mariah -- one of the biggest-selling recording artists of all time, a one-namer up there with Elvis and Aretha. So you do it. And at the end of it all, you are glad you did, because when the protective cloud of managers, bodyguards and publicists disappears and you finally do speak to her, she is sometimes naked. Literally.
"I'm in the bathtub, did I tell you that?" She says to me over the phone on a recent Friday afternoon. "It's not a bubble bath but it has one of those buttons so it sends bubbles and makes the water all fuzzy. I have a little bronchitis thing right now." She also had a pain in her side. Doctors had ruled out appendicitis but she was going in for an MRI the next day just to be safe. She attributes this dip in health to all the traveling and handshaking she has been doing to promote her new album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which came out in October, and now the release of the film, Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, in which she has a very noticeable supporting role that proves once and for all that she has the acting talent to go along with the songwriting genius and powerful pipes.
Directed by Lee Daniels (Shadowboxer), Precious is about an overweight girl in '80s-era Harlem who is living with an abusive mother while carrying her father's child. "I read that book so many times it really changed my life," Carey says, "Not to sound like a buffoon." Carey plays Mrs. Weiss, Precious's social worker. In the film she wears no makeup, looks tired, and tries to keep her empathy in check -- pretty much the opposite of her offscreen personality. "Hideosity! They gave me a mustache!" she says about the role.
During one scene, Precious, played by Gabourney Sidibe, asks Miss Weiss what color she is, and Mariah shoots back, "What color do you think I am?" "Lee Daniels is a trickster," Carey says, "He told [Sidibe] to say that. Much of what we did was improv. He was definitely pushing my buttons, knowing I am caught between black and white. But I love him. He calls me kitten, and I call him cotton and I don't know why."
It was a canny move on Daniels' part to cast Carey, who had her own share of struggles growing up. Her parents divorced when she was young, her father was estranged (they later reconciled before his death in 2002) and her mother raised her while working multiple jobs. She moved 13 times when she was a kid, eventually settling in Huntington, Long Island. Her biracial appearance has always been an issue. "It still is," she says, "even though it's ridiculous. I mean, we have a biracial president!"
A classical singer, Carey's mother recognized her daughter's talent and often played opera records and songs on the piano to accompany the budding vocalist. She helped her develop her famous voice from an early age, making up for a lack of inspiration at school. "I don't know if it's a racist thing or what, but a lot of teachers did not encourage me." Carey went on to work as demo singer in high school, as backup for freestyle singer Brenda K. Starr, and recorded a tape of her own songs. Then, one famous night, she handed her demo to music mogul Tommy Mottola, her future ex-husband, at a party. "I knew I had that in me, that I was going to, quote make it... I just knew... it was not going to be otherwise."
The woman works hard. When I first meet her on the set of the cover shoot for this story, Carey is decked out in bronze lamé, her hair, as well as her décolletage perfectly in place. She prepares for the shoot while listening to dance remixes of her new album. "I just have to listen to make sure there isn't, like, a cymbal out of place or something," she says, her Chanel earrings dangling.
For her fans, this is an exciting time, but also a worrisome one. The last time Carey released an album and a film at the same time, it didn't go so well. The semi-autobiographical film Glitter, along with its companion soundtrack released on September 11th, 2001, was a commercial flop and catnip for criticism. Carey suffered a breakdown and retreated from the public eye to recharge.
In many ways, one could argue that her breakdown marked the beginning of our 24/7 celebrity coverage culture, as America went into denial of its deeper problems. Photos of her recovering at her mom's house in pajamas made their way into the media stream, and her infamous appearance on TRL proliferated on YouTube. When she talks about that time, it's in the abstract. "I didn't have the right support system around me at the time," she says like someone who knows her words may be misconstrued. She does think there was something deeper at play in terms of how she was treated by the media. "It was after September 11th. A lot of people taking shots at me had no place to go," Carey explains. "We are friggin' ADD, this country. There's a huge ADD situation."
But in the end, if she hadn't gone through all that, we might never have gotten The Emancipation of Mimi, the 2005 comeback album that is widely regarded as one of her best. Despite a few hiccups along the way, this is an artist who has stayed relevant from cassingles to the iPod. Her career has survived much publicized ups and downs, the ruthless, fickle music business, various weird incarnations of MTV and countless proclamations that her pop star career is waning or over.
Her new album has stirred up the typical mixed reactions, as well. Carey mostly sings in her lower register, and its breathy-voiced, slow-jam approach has some critics saying it's uninspired, and others celebrating it as classic Mariah.
Love her or hate her, there is no denying her impact on music in the past two decades. Carey, who celebrated her 39th birthday in April, is second only to The Beatles in number one singles (18 and counting), and her songs are almost as ubiquitous as the Fab Four's. Sure, she wears tiny outfits that would make your mother blush; yes, sometimes it seems like her cleavage arrives before the rest of her; and OK, maybe she has over 1,000 pairs of shoes -- but that's Mariah. None of it has ever seemed cynical or contrived. She is who she is: the super-talented Long Island girl with a premium manicure and a perfect blow-out. "I always say I am eternally 12. I was a tease, that type of girl. Once I learned how to put my hair and makeup together, I was like, 'I'm on a roll.'" I asked her what types of clothes she feels uncomfortable in. Her answer: "loose ones."
But perhaps what makes Carey such an original is that her body-hugging tube-dresses, cutesy camera-ready smile and flirtatious persona don't seem to be about her diva status or getting attention. Unlike other stars who spill out of their tank tops, there is a compelling, plangent vulnerability to the singer. And Carey herself is still trying to understand her own motivations. "I have had very low self-esteem my whole life. When I was 12 or 13, I remember walking up the driveway, and this guy who was 20 -- which may have been highly inappropriate -- said to me, 'I like your pants,' and I was like 'Oh, that looks good? Oh, OK, I will wear tight pants now.'"
There's a lot more inside her that she has yet to reveal to the public, and to herself. Look past the familiar hits and you can catch glimpses of her trying to work things out. (She cites the song "Languishing" on her new album as a "sad song" about a crisis of faith.) "Something happened to me when I was 12. A couple things that were not so great," she says carefully. "One day I want to write a book about it."
Not only is she beginning to articulate childhood trauma, but on a recent episode of Larry King Live, Carey said she could relate to Rihanna's abusive relationship with Chris Brown and spoke vaguely of her own history of emotional and mental abuse without mentioning anyone's name.
On the phone with me, she talks about her past with the same careful detachment. She discusses her early career as if there were other forces in control. "For a pretty long time, I was, quote, 'not allowed to wear an open neck.'"
She goes on, "My relationship to my work has been the strongest. Even in my first marriage, it was very much about music. We had a strong connection. Sometimes it was cool," and then in a rueful tone, she adds, "and sometimes we didn't agree."
Her newfound courage to speak up makes sense, because this time she seems to have a better support system, one that includes her new husband, actor-rapper Nick Cannon. In pure Carey fashion, their courtship sounds like a deleted scene from Glitter: "The first time we met, he was giving me an award in 2005. He told them unless he was allowed to give me the award, he wouldn't do it." All Carey's friends told her that Cannon was going on and on about her, saying how much he was drawn to her. "I was like, 'Yeah, right.' I have always been very protective of myself. Trusting people is very difficult for me. I have seen examples of people's lives getting trashed by other people who never should have been in their lives to begin with."
So she stayed aloof, until they met again at yet another awards show. "He was definitely giving me the look. It wasn't a phoney one." In the bathtub, she sounds very happy when she talks about him. "All we do is have fun together. I don't know what his eternal age is but maybe it's more like 16."
Cynics may balk, but it seems like a match. Also, he owes her his life. For Valentine's Day last year, they had candles all over their house. "We had flowers all over the bed, a very romantic moment." Suddenly, a gift caught fire from one of the candles and the flames traveled to the drapery. "Nick was standing there. I took control. He had given me an enormous amount of roses so I picked up the vase and poured out the roses, and went back and forth from the bathroom putting out the flames with water," she says. "You know, I'm good in a crisis."
Mariah to Attend Vevo Launch Tomorrow
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Dec-2009, 9:45AM EST
Universal Music Group Chief Doug Morris, head of the world's biggest record label, is playing ad-man to lure marketers to the Vevo music-video Web site in the latest bid to rebuild the industry.
Morris, 71, has split his time the last few months courting advertisers for Vevo, he said in a Dec. 2 interview. The site will be introduced tomorrow at an event in New York where Mariah Carey, Rihanna and Lady Gaga are scheduled to attend. AT&T Inc., McDonalds Corp. and MasterCard Inc. have agreed to advertise, according to New York-based Vevo.
Vevo, powered by Google Inc.'s YouTube and featuring music videos, concert footage, interviews and original content, allows record labels to attract premium-prices for ads while controlling how music is viewed and distributed online, Morris said. The effort to reverse the industry's decline may be Morris's final salvo as he prepares to hand over the reins at Universal to international music head Lucian Grainge.
Holiday Charts Update
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Dec-2009, 6:49PM EST
BILLBOARD Billboard magazine, Dec. 12th issue.
Merry Christmas Billboard Holiday Albums: #47 (Re-entry) Billboard Top Catalog Albums: #64 (Last week #137) Sales this week: 5,969 (+184%) Total sales: 5,011,690 Billboard Top Digital Albums: #64 (Re-entry) Downloads this week: 2,415 (+999%) Total Downloads: 66,830
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Holiday Songs: #5 (Last week #6) Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Remixes Bundle): #6 (New) Sales this week: 419 (+999%) Total sales: 423 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #18 (Last week #94) Downloads this week: 62,682 (+320%) Total Downloads: 1,334,880
Audience impressions: 34.029 Million (+5.076M) Total Spins: 5,236 (+986) Spins by Format: AC: 4,172 (+608) Hot AC: 453 (+107) Pop: 447 (+230) Rhythmic: 51 (+17) Country: 50 (-6) Urban AC: 24 (+18) Smooth Jazz: 20 (+1) Urban: 19 (+11)
iTUNES At iTunes currently, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is at #13 on Top Songs. Its parent album, Merry Christmas is at #17 on Top Albums. Below, find the current chart standings of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on iTunes' Top Songs around the world.
iTunes' Top Songs USA - #13 Australia - #46 Austria - #18, #92 Belgium - #72 Canada - #13 Denmark - #11, #104 Germany - #39 Greece = #4, #96
Ireland - #13, #159 Netherlands - #47, #101 New Zealand - #45 Portugal - #11 Spain - #24, #159 Sweden - #12 Switzerland - #32 United Kingdom - #16
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Billboard
Box Office: Precious Momentum Stalls
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Dec-2009, 5:26PM EST
After four impressive weekends, Lionsgate's Precious: Based on the novel 'Push' by Sapphire showed serious signs that its momentum has stalled considerably. The film, stagnant on 664 screens, fell 67% from Thanksgiving weekend, a sharper drop than any film in the top 10, including The Twilight Saga: New Moon.
The film, which received five Spirit Award nominations last week but was snubbed by the National Board of Review, grossed an estimated $2,310,000, averaging $3,469 and taking its total to $36,280,000. Sharp drops aside, though, that's a substantially impressive cume - the highest for a specialty platform release this year.
Meanwhile, Precious has been nominated in this year's Washington, DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA) Awards. Up in the Air leads with 8 nominations, followed by Precious and Hurt Locker with 7 each. View the full list of nominees here. Winners will be announced tomorrow, Dec. 7.
Precious WAFCA Nominations Best Film Best Breakthrough Performance - Gabourey Sidibe Best Ensemble Best Actress - Gabourey Sidibe Best Supporting Actress - Mo'Nique Best Director - Lee Daniels Best Screenplay, Adapted
Vote for Mariah!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Dec-2009, 5:24PM EST
People's Choice Awards 2010 Please continue to vote for Mariah in the Favorite R&B Artist category of the People's Choice Awards 2010. Only the fans have the power to get Mariah a win! Voting ends December 8!
NRJ Music Awards 2010 Mariah is nominated for the "Artiste Féminine Internationale De L'année" ("International Female Artist of the Year") award at NRJ Music Awards 2010. Vote for Mariah!
Also vote for Mariah in these polls: Best of the '90s Round 2 of MSG's "100 Best: Vote Down to the Greatest Garden Show of All Time" has begun and the rematches are on! Will Mariah make it to Round 3? Vote here! Mariah is currently at #2 behind the Rolling Stones. Round 2 ends next week so get those votes in now!
Mariah is one of the nominees in UK's Virgin Media Music Awards' "Best Solo Female 2009." Vote here.
Mariah is in the running for the most attractive woman of the week on UK's hellomagazine.com. Vote here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Sena from MSG
Mariah on 4Music Special: Under The Skin, UK
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Dec-2009, 4:41PM EST
British TV host Rick Edwards was lucky enough to catch up with the legend that is Mariah Carey for a very special edition of Under The Skin, which you can catch on UK's 4Music on December 9th at 7pm and December 16th at 9:15pm.
Click here for a sneak preview of Rick's interview with Mariah, courtesy of Monkey, the new pay-as-you go mobile package from Orange and 4Music.
In this clip, Mariah talks about how her marriage to America's Got Talent host, Nick Cannon, influenced her latest chart-topping album, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel.
"Obsessed" Certified Gold and Platinum by RIAA
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Dec-2009, 5:31PM EST
Mariah's hit single "Obsessed" from the new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel has been certified Gold and Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) on December 1, 2009.
Below is a list of Mariah's singles whose sales, as of December 1, 2009, have received gold, platinum or multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA. The list is based upon current standards: 500,000 copies for a Gold single, 1 million copies for a Platinum single. With the newly-certified "Obsessed," Mariah now has a total of 25 Gold, 11 Platinum and 2 Multi-Platinum singles.
Vision of Love
Love Takes Time
One Sweet Day
Always Be My Baby
Without You/Never Forget You
I Still Believe
When You Believe
Thank God I Found You
It's Like That
We Belong Together
All I Want For Christmas Is You
Touch My Body
Shake It Off
Don't Forget About Us
Source: RIAA | Chris | MariahDailyJournal
Iviago Contest Winners Announced
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Dec-2009, 5:25PM EST
Thanks to everyone who participated in the Iviago Global Mobile Concert Contest. Twenty-five (25) lucky fans have been selected out of hundreds of entries received. The following will each receive a free download of Mariah's recent concert at Palms in Las Vegas, with the top 5 winners (indicated with an asterisk) also getting Mariah's new CD Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel.
Brandon Doyle* Danielle Lopez* Mauricio Whitford* Robert Meyer* Sharon Liverpool* Adam Christman Amir Zadegan Antonio Zambrano Armando Madrigal Arthur O'Daly David Sosa Frank Pusch Ignacio Eddie Molinar
Irakli Ninua Jacky Ardiyan Jessica Liah Ector Manuel Mejias Marco Salas Marlena Flores Raymond Castillo Richard Liguori Richard Orpheus Shania Vivian Jackson
Congratulations, winners! A representative from Iviago will be contacting you via e-mail to get your information so they can fulfill the prizes.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Sheryl - EastWest Media
Mariah's New TV Appearances
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Dec-2009, 4:57PM EST
Mariah is scheduled to be on the following shows this December:
Lopez Tonight Wednesday, December 16 (interview/performance) AND Thursday, December 17 (performance) TBS - 11:00pm ET/PT
In another event this December, Mariah is reportedly scheduled to co-host an invitation-only screening of the TeenNick HALO Awards with husband and TeenNick Chairman Nick Cannon at Washington, DC's NEWSEUM (555 Pennsylvania Avenue) on Wednesday, December 9 (6:30pm Arrivals, 7:30pm Screening). Photos and interviews will be available on the orange carpet with Nick and Mariah who will be joined by Senators, Members of Congress and the TeenNick HALO Award honorees.
Tickets for both shows, priced from $95 to $150, will go on sale Friday, December 11, 2009 at 10:00am EST.
Other Shows: Mariah Carey with special guest Trey Songz Madison Square Garden, New York, NY Thursday, 12/31/09 at 09:00 PM Buy tickets
Mariah Carey Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City, NJ Saturday, 01/02/10 at 8:00 PM Buy tickets
Mariah Hits the Road for "Angels Cry" Tour Mariah Carey is planning to hit the road next year for the official "Angels Cry" tour. Named after the ballad from her new album Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, the "Angels Cry" tour will see the diva performing hits from her new album as well as her extensive back catalogue.
The first official show of the tour will be Mariah's special New Year's Eve concert at Madison Square Garden, which features Trey Songz.
As of now the tour will remain in the States, but Mariah is looking into international dates with possibilities of extending it to a world tour, though nothing has been 100% confirmed yet.
The opening act has been confirmed as RydazNrtist, a new R&B group signed to Nick Cannon's NCredible Entertainment. They recently released their first single "Sorry Ass Apology" which is currently being played on MTV.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Dec-2009, 9:46AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 12, 2009.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Billboard 200: #142 (Last week: #95) Sales this week: 9,385 (+4%) Total sales: 333,488 Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #19 (Last week: #13)
"Obsessed" Billboard Hot 100: #50 (Last week: #38) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #54 (Last week: #43) Billboard Pop 100 Songs: #35 (Last week: #32) Billboard Yahoo Video: #3 (Last week: #4) Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Walmart): #18 (Last week: #18) Sales this week: 204 (+9%) Total sales: 28,987 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #72 (Last week: #60) Downloads this week: 22,224 (-6%) Total Downloads: 1,261,017
"I Want To Know What Love Is" Billboard Adult Contemporary Songs: #10 (Last week: #10) Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Songs: #3 (Last week: #4) Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #78 (Last week: #84)
"H.A.T.E.U." Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #86 (Last week: #89) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #86 (Last week: #89)
Merry Christmas Billboard Holiday Albums: #47 (Re-entry) Billboard Top Catalog Albums: #64 (Last week #137) Sales this week: 5,969 (+184%) Total sales: 5,011,690 Billboard Top Digital Albums: #64 (Re-entry) Downloads this week: 2,415 (+999%) Total Downloads: 66,830
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" Billboard Holiday Songs: #5 (Last week #6) Billboard Top Ringtones: #13 (Last week #22) Billboard Hot Singles Sales (Remixes Bundle): #6 (New) Sales this week: 419 (+999%) Total sales: 423 Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #18 (Last week #94) Downloads this week: 62,682 (+320%) Total Downloads: 1,334,880
UK CHARTS Top Singles Chart "I Want To Know What Love Is" - #19 (New) Downloads this week: 14,909 (+999%) Total downloads: 15,414
"Obsessed" - #62 (Last week #160) Downloads this week: 4,350 (+225%) Total downloads: 15,641
Top Albums Chart Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel - #23 (New) Sales this week: 24,312
Top Digital Albums Chart Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel - #14 (New) Downloads this week: 2,240
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah at the UNICEF Snowflake Ball
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Dec-2009, 4:38AM EST
Below are photos of Mariah with husband Nick Cannon at the 2009 UNICEF Snowflake Ball at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City on Wednesday, December 2, 2009.
The special evening is an annual black-tie fundraising gala celebrating the lighting of the UNICEF Snowflake and honoring those individuals who have made key contributions to UNICEF's mission to save and improve children's lives worldwide. Mariah spoke onstage and presented the "Spirit of Compassion Award" to IDJ Chairman Antonio 'LA' Reid.
Win tickets on Ellen.com to see Mariah at MSG
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Dec-2009, 4:22AM EST
Ring in the New Year with Mariah Carey in NYC! Mariah Carey is performing at Madison Square Garden on December 31, 2009, and you have a chance to join her. Enter here for your chance to win a pair of tickets.
Mariah on song for The Bahamas
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Dec-2009, 4:16AM EST
International singing sensation Mariah Carey has helped The Bahamas reach thousands of prospective visitors, as tourism bosses reveal the success of an innovative marketing campaign.
The Ministry of Tourism and Aviation launched a competition to win a trip to the islands with adverts which were carried in Elle Magazine and as an insert in Mariah's latest album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, which itself teamed up with the magazine.
The contest ran for just over a month, September 29th to October 27, and in that time the ministry received 10,723 entrants, 3,500 of who opted to join the 'mybahamas' database, which now has more than 500,000 people registered with it receiving regular information about the islands.
Of those entrants 66 per cent came through Mariah's album insert, said Nalini Bethel, senior director of communications with the Ministry of Tourism and Aviation. The campaign also sparked a series of referral through the social networking site Facebook.
Bethel said she believed it had been a good return on the $40,000 investment, saying: "That's the kind of price you pay to take out a normal advert in any major magazine and there you don't get this kind of data capture and interactivity. I think it has been a very good response and a worthwhile exercise. Mariah Carey is an A-list celebrity who owns a house on Eleuthera which she feels is one of her favorite places, that's the kind of endorsement we try to capitalize on."
Videos: Interviews with Leute Heute & De Rode Loper
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Dec-2009, 12:15AM EST
As reported earlier, ZDF's Leute Heute in Germany aired a segment on Mariah that included a short interview during her promotional trip to London. The Leute Heute host introduced the report saying she was like the mother of the young modern divas.
EXCERPTS: "London is very festive in the winter. I love Christmas. You guys celebrate it in like September. We wait till the end of November."
"And you're a female, you get the real corky look or something like that. People don't look at you like in a way if a man writes a song it's like, 'Oh, he's a songwriter.' But with me, they're like, 'How does it feel to be a diva?' And it's just so bleak and annoying."
Also, Eén's De Rode Loper in Belgium interviewed Mariah while she was in London in November. Click on the Play button below to stream Mariah's interview with De Rode Loper correspondent Ward.
EXCERPTS: De Rode Loper: The term 'Angel' is also of course a religious, spiritual term. How important is that spirituality and religion for you? Mariah Carey: I believe in God. I know that most people are very kind of cynical about that today and it's like whatever to them. If they've had been where I've been in my life and come out on the other side where I am now they would understand why. There's no other choice but to believe.
MC: (On Tommy Mottola) It was a personal relationship and a business relationship. Some good things came out of it for us both and some really, really bad times happened. But at a certain point it's like one little thing after a million difficult things can just make you go, 'Okay, I got to get out of here.' And you go.
DRL: You've actually sold 175 million albums in your career. You have more number one hits than any solo artist in the history of Pop music. What is there left to achieve sometimes because you can only top yourself, I guess? MC: Sometimes it's not about topping yourself but making something that makes you feel a certain way. It's not about like, 'I got to beat this one.' Of course, sometimes, I'm a fighter, that's how I think sometimes but not really. The main thing is if I listen to a song that I've done or collaborated with someone on and it makes me feel happy or emotional or whatever way, I'm grateful for it.
MC: (On Nick Cannon) I think just being in a relationship where you feel someone is protective of you and cares about you and really isn't trying to control you. He can get a little controlling sometimes but then I tell him, 'Eh-eh.' I'm not the one.
Source: Sam | Nico | MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Dec-2009, 3:37PM EST
"All I Want For Christmas Is You" takes a huge leap from #94 to #18 on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs with downloads of 62,682 this week, a +320 increase from last week, bringing its total to 1,334,880. The song is at #41 (+14.5 million in audience) on Billboard Hot 100 Airplay before recurrents are removed. It is currently at #18 on iTunes, its parent album Merry Christmas at #28.
"H.A.T.E.U." Mediabase Airplay as of week ending 12/1/2009:
Audience impressions: 4.702 Million (-0.01M) Total Spins: 1,407 (+211) Spins by Format: Urban 667 (+160), Rhythmic 484 (+27), Pop 246 (+21), Urban AC 10 (+3) Rank at various formats: Urban: #42 (Last Week: #53), +157 spins, 1.92M audience Rhythmic: #43 (Last Week: #46), +92 spins, 2.03M audience Pop: #65 (Last Week: #66), +49 spins, 0.62M audience Urban A/C - #185 (Last week #340), +5 spins, 0.04M audience **Please find your local station here and keep requesting.
Please continue to vote for Mariah in the Favorite R&B Artist category of the People's Choice Awards 2010. Only the fans have the power to get Mariah a win! Voting ends December 8!
And vote for Mariah (as many times as you can!) for the "Artiste Féminine Internationale De L'année" ("International Female Artist of the Year") award at NRJ Music Awards 2010.
On Jan. 5, 2010, the 21st Annual Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) will present Mariah with the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the Palm Springs Convention Center. Tickets for the "Black Tie Awards Gala" are now available at www.psfilmfest.org. You can also purchase them by phone at (800) 898-7256. Cocktails at 5pm; dinner at 6pm.
Thanks to your votes! Mariah was one of the top 10 finishers in Best of the '90s Round 1 of MSG's "100 Best: Vote Down to the Greatest Garden Show of All Time" polls. The Top 10 will move on to the next round, which begins Dec. 3.
Producer Kris DiAngelis has made an amazing remix of "The Impossible." It's been sent to Universal/Island, U.S and U.K. So far, the U.K office likes it but recommends it gets bootlegged to the max to build a buzz about it. They could then recommend him remixing something else of Mariah's. Kris has made it downloadable on his SoundCloud page. Check it out.
IBG, Inc., a non-profit organization spearheaded by CEO/Event Producer Danielle Turchiano, is auctioning off a copy of the limited, autographed "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" Collector's Edition. All proceeds go to charity, and it would make a great holiday gift! Auction ends Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:29pm PST. Place your bid today!
INTERNATIONAL TIDBITS Brazil: "I Want To Know What Love Is" scores its 6th week at #1 on the Brazilian Airplay Chart.
Germany: ZDF's Leute Heute aired an interview with Mariah yesterday. The host introduced the report saying she was like the mother of the young modern divas. The video will be posted later today. Click on the image to the right to view a screen capture. Thanks to Sam!
United Kingdom: Memoirs debuted at #23 on the official Top Albums chart; the single "I Want To Know What Love Is" placed at #19 on Top Singles and #17 on Top Downloads charts in its first week.
Mariah is in the running for the most attractive woman of the week on UK's hellomagazine.com. Click on the link to vote!
Mariah is one of the nominees in UK's Virgin Media Music Awards' "Best Solo Female 2009." Vote for Mariah here.
Mirror UK: Alan Carr has got to the bottom of Mariah Carey's diva demands - it's not her, it's her people (schweetie). The Chatty Man says: "The last time I did her, I was told she had to have an ostrich feather. When I asked her about it she didn't have a clue what I was talking about. Someone needs to tell her she's surrounded by nutters."
UK's funny man Harry Hill of Harry Hill's TV Burp gives his take on Mariah's performance on the X Factor. Watch a video here.
FANS' CORNER Fans Chris and Shiella give a lovely rendition of "H.A.T.E.U." in this YouTube video!
Margaret has created a makeup tutorial inspired by Mariah's "Breakdown" video. Check it out here.
Congratulations to Suzie on the launch of her new French Mariah forum, MC-France.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Sam | Ju Miguel | Danielle | Hello Magazine Team | bks | Margaret | Business Wire | Shanna from PSIFF | Alex | Danielle | Andrew | Chris | P. Winter | Jeremy | Suzie
Precious Leads in Spirit Awards Noms
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Dec-2009, 1:57PM EST
The nominees for the 25th Film Independent Spirit Awards have been announced this morning with Precious: Based on the novel Push by Sapphire leading the way with five nominations including the coveted Best Feature film honor.
BEST FEATURE - Producers: Lee Daniels, Gary Magness, Sarah Siegel-Magness BEST DIRECTOR - Lee Daniels BEST FIRST SCREENPLAY - Geoffrey Fletcher BEST FEMALE LEAD - Gabourey Sidibe BEST SUPPORTING FEMALE - Mo'Nique
The awards ceremony will air live and uncut on Friday, March 5, 2010 at 8:00 pm PST/11:00 pm EST on IFC (Independent Film Channel).
GMTV's Kate Garraway Apologizes to Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Dec-2009, 4:09AM EST
GMTV's Kate Garraway has been given a dressing down by bosses after claiming Mariah Carey 'acted like a diva' by having a huge entourage when she appeared on the show.
Kate upset the singer, who was promoting her new single in a pre-recorded chat with Lorraine Kelly, after writing in her New! column last week: "I've heard a lot of rumours about her being a diva over the years and guess what? It's all true! While Mariah was very nice, the amount of people she had in her entourage was hilarious. They outnumbered the entire GMTV crew!"
Now Kate has been forced to issue a grovelling apology in this week's column.
She writes: "I am really sorry about the furore I caused last week after I wrote in this column about Mariah Carey's appearance on GMTV. Especially because I am told it has upset the star herself, which is the last thing I intended. You will remember I said how nice Mariah was. Everyone at GMTV loved having her on and her performance, typically, blew us all away. But it was wrong for me to add some jokes and gossip about her being a diva. Her management have now told me that I got hold of the wrong end of the stick completely and I am still reeling from the massive ticking off my bosses gave me for fuelling the rumours that Mariah is unreasonably demanding. Of course a star of Mariah's magnitude is bound to have a lot of people around her when she appears on a show like GMTV, especially as in this instance she also had a group of backing singers as well – no one would expect anything less. Let's face it – the world would be a much duller place without people like Mariah and it's only because they are such stars that we all love to gossip about them. I am so sorry, Mariah, and I really hope that you come back to the UK soon."