December 2010

Mariah's "Holiday Mashup" Makes Billboard's 2010 Faves
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 31-Dec-2010, 8:30PM EST
Gary Trust in his weekly Billboard column Ask Billboard names his picks for Best of 2010. Mariah and the Jump Smokers' "Oh Santa! All I Want for Christmas Is You (Holiday Mashup)" makes it onto his list of Favorite New Holiday Songs.

Favorite New Holiday Songs
5, "I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day," Wilson Phillips
4, "Your Holiday Song," Indigo Girls
3, "Oh Santa! All I Want for Christmas Is You (Holiday Mashup)," Mariah Carey
2, "All I Really Want for Christmas," "Family Guy" cast
1, "Deck the Rooftop," "Glee" cast
Source: Billboard

"Auld Lang Syne" Premiering Tonight on FOX
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 31-Dec-2010, 10:21AM EST
The ultimate year-end bash "New Year's Eve Live" hosted by Nancy O'Dell and filming on-location at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and New York City's Times Square will feature the broadcast premiere of Mariah's music video of the New Year's classic, "Auld Lang Syne," from her new album, Merry Christmas II You.

The year-end special is airing tonight, December 31 at 11:00pm-12:30am ET live (CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Source: FOX

"Auld Lang Syne" #5 on 1/1 Billboard Dance Singles Sales
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 30-Dec-2010, 3:44PM EST
"Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)," Mariah Carey
Thanks to a comprehensive radio edit featuring clips of historic news events of the 20th century, Kenny G's rendition of the holiday's most recognizable song soared to No. 7 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 2000. Carey's version from her new album, "Merry Christmas II You," bowed last week at No. 5 on the Dance Singles Sales chart.
Source: Billboard

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 30-Dec-2010, 9:36AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated January 8, 2011.

MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU
Billboard 200: #30 (Last week: #17)
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #11 (Last week: #6)
Billboard Holiday Albums: #4 (Last week: #4)
Billboard Top Current Albums: #30 (Last week: #17)

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Billboard 200: #145 (Last week: #116)
Billboard Holiday Albums: #20 (Last week: #24)
Billboard Catalog Albums: #17 (Last week: #16)

"Oh Santa!"
Billboard Adult Contemporary: #1 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #9 (Last week: #18)
Billboard Yahoo Videos: #9 (Re-Entry)
Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Songs: #88 (Last week: #73)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive"
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #49 (Re-Entry)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #66 (Last week: #25)
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #1 (Last week: #1)
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Digital Songs: #27 (Last week: #13)
Billboard Holiday Songs: #1 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Hot 100 Recurrents: #3 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Ringtones: #15 (Last week: #3)
Billboard AOL Radio #1 (Last week: #1)

Note: SoundScan numbers will not be available this week.
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | BrainDamageII

Liz Smith on Mariah's Pregnancy
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 30-Dec-2010, 1:08AM EST
Famed journalist Liz Smith in her column on WowOWow:

OKAY—Two things that make me happy as this year winds down.

One is the astonishing renaissance of Betty White. White has been an iconic TV figure for many years, and has not worried over getting work. Nobody ever wondered "whatever happened to..." But there was something in the air in 2010 that vaulted this woman into the consciousness of everybody — not just her diehard "Mary Tyler Moore Show" or "Golden Girls" fans. Actually it was something online. Facebook made her their golden girl, and it's all been sizzling tweet since then. Not only does Betty have yet another hit sitcom, "Hot In Cleveland," but the Associated Press has named her "Woman of the Year." Betty White is 88. You go girl!

THE OTHER thing I'm really happy about is Mariah Carey's pregnancy. She has always wanted children and she has a lot of love to give. She is a truly sweet person. And of course, because Mariah — the girl who wears high heels in the snow — never does anything half-measure, I was not at all surprised to learn that she is having twins.

I hope her husband Nick Cannon and her two coming bundles of joy bring Mariah the emotional security she has always craved. I think Mariah is close to filling the hole in her heart. The one she's filled with success, money, and her fans.

Now's she's got something real.

Select Liz Smith articles that were previously featured here on the site:

• Oh, who cares! (Jan. 11, 2007)
• Mariah: Number One on the Charts and Great in 'Tennessee' (Apr. 24, 2008)
• Mariah at TIME's "Influential" Dinner (May 9, 2008)
• Mariah Makes "50 Most Powerful Women in NYC" (June 2, 2008)
• Mariah to Record Christmas Song with Mom Patricia (Oct. 5, 2009)
• The Real Mariah Carey (Oct. 28, 2010)
Source: WowOWow

New Photo: Mariah at a Grocery Store
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 29-Dec-2010, 9:38AM EST

The new picture to the right shows Mariah taking a picture with fans at a grocery store.

Mariah's friend Jasmine Dotiwala posted this photo on her Twitter. She said: "Proof that even superstars go grocery shopping ... tescos style."

Flashback: "Jesus Oh What A Wonderful Child" A Capella
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 28-Dec-2010, 3:08PM EST
You may or may not have heard this before. In the audio below, Mariah does an amazing impromptu a capella snippet of "Jesus, Oh What a Wonderful Child" live on-air with her background singers Kelly Price, Shanrae Price and Melonie Daniels during a radio promo for Merry Christmas in 1994.


[ Download an audio file here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Allan

Featured Fans: Sarah's Wedding Speech, Thiago's MC Doll
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 28-Dec-2010, 12:35PM EST
This is too cute not to share! Sarah gives a Mariah Carey-inspired toast at her sister Sandy's wedding in the video below. Both Sarah and Sandy are huge Mariah Carey fans.


Brazilian artist and Barbie Doll collector Marckie Benchaya created this one-of-a-kind Mariah Carey doll as a Christmas present for Mariah fan Thiago Pereira. The Mariah Carey doll, inspired by the "Up Out My Face" video, was given total hair reroot in honey blonde shade, and makeup using acrylic paint. The dress is hand-made and closes with a zipper. Thiago boasts: "This is the only one piece of tribute to the famous singer, and the perfect image of Mariah in a box like a doll from the video."


Source: Sarah | Thiago

Mariah on Billboard's Chart Highlights This Week
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 27-Dec-2010, 7:25PM EST
Chart Highlights offers a weekly sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts with their respective top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts. This week, Mariah has once again topped the Adult Contemporary and Holiday Songs charts.

Adult Contemporary
*** No. 1 *** "Oh Santa!" Mariah Carey
Greatest Gainer No. 8 "September" Daughtry
Debut No. 23 "Secrets" OneRepublic

Holiday Songs
*** No. 1 *** "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey
Greatest Gainer "O Holy Night" Celine Dion
Source: Billboard

Video: Mariah on "NBA Christmas Special"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 27-Dec-2010, 1:13AM EST
Just like last year, Mariah helped make the "NBA Christmas Special" this year fun and festive with her "All I Want For Christmas Is You" NBA-exclusive video as well as clips from her "Oh Santa!" video. Mariah kicked off each of the 5 basketball games, and would again appear at first and third quarter-ends while game highlights were being shown. We've captured all of Mariah's appearances on this year's "NBA Christmas Special" in the video below.


[ This video may not be viewed in some countries but you can still
see it by downloading a video file here. ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Chinese Fans Celebrate the Release of MCIIY
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 27-Dec-2010, 1:04AM EST
The Chinese fans celebrated the release of Mariah's new holiday album Merry Christmas II You in a party hosted by UMG China at the Tango Club in Yonghegong, Beijing on Friday, December 24th. The first 50 fans who arrived at the venue received their special Mariah Carey gift packages that included a Merry Christmas II You poster, a Mariah Carey Christmas Card and iPod skin. Mariah's songs/remixes and music videos were played and fans had a festive time dancing and singing along to the Mariah tunes. Congratulations to UMG China and the Chinese fans on a very successful event! Check out some pictures from the party below.





Source: AMC11

Audio: "Mariah's Holiday Heat" on Sirius XM The Heat
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 26-Dec-2010, 12:17PM EST
Mariah hosted her own Christmas show called "Mariah Carey's Holiday Heat" on Sirius XM's The Heat playing and talking about some of the songs from her new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You as well as some songs from her first Christmas album Merry Christmas. This one-hour Mariah Carey special was broadcast on December 24 and 25.


[ Download an audio file here ]

Hey, I'm Mariah Carey on Sirius XM The Heat. And this is Mariah Carey's Holiday Heat. Basically, I'm going to be playing some heat from my new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You and from my first Christmas album which you may know very well by now because it's ohh, well it is one of the best-selling Christmas albums of all time which is very, very exciting for me to be able to say. Both of these records are very good stocking stuffers.

"Oh Santa!"
This is 'Oh Santa!' I wrote this with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox, two incredible producers that you may have heard of. This is sort of like track 1 and track 2 - the beginning of this Christmas album Merry Christmas II You. It starts off with 'Santa Claus Is Coming To Town' orchestrated intro and goes right into 'Oh Santa!' So let's check this out on Sirius XM The Heat.

"Joy To The World"
That's 'Oh Santa!' my latest no. 1 Holiday song. (I'm) very excited about that here on Sirius XM The Heat. And now let me go back to, actually we're going to go straight to something from my first Christmas album. I said, 'You know, I really want to do a classic Christmas song but try to give it a slightly uptempo feeling.' It's a little bit retro and we just tried to make it very festive so here's 'Joy To The World' on Sirius XM The Heat.

"All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive"
That was 'Joy To The World.' I'm Mariah Carey. I'm on Sirius XM The Heat playing you some songs from my first Christmas album, as well as my new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You. Right now, let's get into 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.' This is the Extra Festive version. It's from my new album Merry Christmas II You. Check it out on Sirius XM The Heat.

"Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)"
That was 'All I Want For Christmas Is You,' the Extra Festive version because I was extra festive when I re-recorded it. Actually, I wrote that song and a lot of people were like, 'I can't believe you wrote that song. I thought that was an old song.' But no, I did write the song and so that's why I wanted to record it on my new album Merry Christmas II You. We are going to get into something from my first Christmas album. This is another song I wrote called 'Miss You Most (At Christmas Time).' It's a little bit slow but a lot of people requested it and they said they knew it and remembered it from the first album so let's check it out. It's kind of a sad song but it's a Christmas song. You know, people go through all different emotions at the holidays so this is 'Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)' on Sirius XM The Heat.

"Charlie Brown Christmas"
I'm Mariah Carey. That was 'Miss You Most (At Christmas Time)' from my first album Merry Christmas. Right now I want to get into, fast-forward and get into our song no. 5 today. This is something I recorded because I grew up watching the Charlie Brown Christmas every year and I was like I love the way it makes you feel when Charlie Brown comes on and you just see. They still play it every year and so I decided, I was like, 'Why didn't anybody ever record this?' So it's just the beginning, the piano part, that everybody loves and everybody kind of sits on the piano and plays and it goes right into the 'Christmas Time Is Here' song from the cartoon. So this is 'Charlie Brown Christmas' from my new album Merry Christmas II You. I'm Mariah Carey on Sirius XM The Heat.

"When Christmas Comes"
That was 'Charlie Brown Christmas.' I'm Mariah Carey on Sirius XM The Heat with you today checking out some of my first Christmas album as well as my brand-new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You which we're very excited and very thankful to everybody who helped give me my second no. 1 Holiday song which is 'Oh Santa!' We heard that earlier on. Right now, let's check out another new song that I wrote which I worked with James Poyser of The Roots which I'm sure a lot of you are familiar with The Roots. We love The Roots. This is a song that I started out just thinking, 'Okay, I have this idea for a horn part. This might be cool.' So we went back and forth with different ideas and this is how it came out. This is 'When Christmas Comes' on Sirius XM The Heat.

After "When Christmas Comes," Mariah plays Chris Brown's "This Christmas" and Boyz II Men/Brian McKnight's "Let It Snow."

"Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/
House Top Celebration"

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays! I'm Mariah Carey on Sirius XM The Heat with you today listening to some of my older Christmas songs, some of my new Christmas songs and some of my favorite Christmas songs. So what we're going to get into now is something I decided to remake. A couple of older songs I tried to give them a new twist but also keep it classic. So it's not like, 'Oh, this is from 2010.' It's like this can go on forever, hopefully. This is something I worked on with Jermaine Dupri as well as Bryan-Michael Cox, and this is 'Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/House Top Celebration' on Sirius XM The Heat.

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Hey, I'm Mariah Carey. That was right from my brand-new album Merry Christmas II You, 'Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/House Top Celebration.' It's very festive. I hope you liked it. Let's get into... this is the original version of a song I wrote a long time ago. (I'm) very, very thankful every year it comes back around on the charts. I remade it this year but let's just play the original version which started me off in terms of like, just being a presence during the holiday season on the radio, and it's still there today. (I'm) very thankful to everybody for making it 5x Platinum. This is 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' on Sirius XM The Heat.

After "All I Want For Christmas Is You," four more holiday songs from various artists [New Edition's "It's Christmas (All Over The World)," TLC's "Sleigh Ride," En Vogue's "Silent Nite" and Kelly Rowland's "Wonderful Christmastime"] are played to fill the full hour show.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Videos: Mariah on ABC's Disney Christmas Parade
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Dec-2010, 4:16PM EST

Mariah Performs "Oh Santa!"
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade - ABC, Dec. 25, 2010

Download: HD | DVD | iPod Video | MP3


Mariah Performs "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade - ABC, Dec. 25, 2010

Download: HD | DVD | iPod Video | MP3

Before the TV broadcast of "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade," Radio Disney aired an hour-long special that featured behind-the-scenes interviews and sneak previews of performances by stars of the parade. Listen to Mariah's interview below. It is actually an excerpt from her interview with Ernie D that originally aired on Nov. 23. Also included in the audio below is Sean Kingston's interview in which he says "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is his favorite Christmas song.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Carey: Queen of Christmas 2010
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Dec-2010, 3:10PM EST
If there's any celebrity who deserves the title of Queen of Christmas 2010, it's got to be Mariah Carey. In the last few months, she released a new Christmas album and scored a bona fide, chart-topping Christmas hit with "Oh Santa."

The festive diva also starred in her own ABC Christmas special and sang on NBC's Christmas in Rockefeller Center special. On top of that, she performed for President Obama and his family on the annual TNT special Christmas in Washington.

Oh, and her song "All I Want for Christmas Is You" continues to be one of the most popular holiday tunes ever, topping Billboard's chart of the 100 Most Popular Seasonal Songs.

Carey said that she believes "All I Want for Christmas Is You," which first came out in 1994, continues to be so popular, year after year, because its sound truly is timeless.

"It didn't really seem like, 'OK, this is done in the 1990s,'" she said. "It almost felt like an older song, like from the fifties or sixties. And to me, part of the success of the song is because I wasn't trying to be current. I was trying to do sort of a retro thing."

In past years, Carey has celebrated Christmas by taking hubby Nick Cannon and a bunch of friends to Aspen, Colo., where they enjoy sleigh rides, jumping into hot tubs and literally rolling in the snow. That won't be happening this year, though, since Carey is pregnant with twins.

But she says that's not her favorite Christmas activity anyway. "One of the things we really like to do is go to church on Christmas and have, like, a candlelight moment," Carey told ABC News Radio. " That's been a really kind of intimate, real Christmas tradition that we have, as well as all the other silly stuff that I do."

There's one tradition she will definitely miss this year due to her pregnancy, though — drinking hot chocolate with butterscotch schnapps.
Source: ABC News

Mariah on Disney's Christmas Parade Today
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Dec-2010, 12:15AM EST
Mariah performs her holiday hits, "Oh Santa!" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" at the 27th Annual Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade special that's airing TODAY, Christmas Day on ABC at the following times:

• Eastern Time Zone: Noon - 2 p.m.
• Central Time Zone: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Mountain Time Zone: 10 a.m. - noon.
• Pacific Time Zone: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Be sure to tune in!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Happy Holidays!
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Dec-2010, 12:00AM EST

The Mariah Daily Journal Team wishes everyone a wonderfully festive and truly blessed...

Joyeux Noël
Chúc mùng Giáng Sinh
Merii Kurisumasu
Feliz Navidad
Buon Natale
Mele Kalikimaka
Fröhliche Weihnachten
Geseënde Kersfees
Shèngdànjié kuàilè
Maligayang Pasko
Gledelig Jul
Vrolijk Kerstfeest
Feliz Natal
S'Rozhdestvóm Khristóvym
Meri Keuriseumaseu
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Mariah's Holiday Treat on XM Radio Tomorrow!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 24-Dec-2010, 7:22PM EST
Mariah's Holiday Heat
Sirius|XM Radio - Channel 50 The Heat
Saturday, December 25 at 10am ET and 11am ET

The one and only Mariah Carey stops by The Heat during her favorite time of year! Join the pop diva as she picks some hot holiday faves that'll have you sweating off that Christmas dinner. Plus hear selections from her new Merry Christmas II You CD! (1 hr)

Be sure to tune in! You can register for a Free 30-Day Pass here (credit card required). Thanks to Mariah for alerting us on Twitter!
Source: Mariah | MariahDailyJournal

MCIIY Release Party in Vegas Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 24-Dec-2010, 3:39PM EST
The Piranha Nightclub and Island Records are hosting a release party for Mariah's holiday album Merry Christmas II You tonight, December 24th at Piranha, 4633 S. Paradise Road, Las Vegas. Open bar is from 11pm to 12am. Check for more details here.
Source: Piranha | Gilbert

Mariah's Christmas TV Special Airing Around The World
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 24-Dec-2010, 12:01PM EST
Here are the airing schedule for Mariah's ABC Christmas Special Merry Christmas To You around the world. If your country is not listed below and you know when the TV Special is showing in your country, e-mail us at contact@mariahjournal.com.

Brazil
On Mix TV
Friday, Dec. 24 at 8:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 8:00pm

Canada
on MuchMore
Friday, Dec. 24 at 7:00pm ET
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 11:00am ET

Greece
on MEGA TV
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 12:30am
Sunday, Dec. 26 at 7:00am

Hong Kong
on Channel [V]
Friday, Dec. 24 at 10:00pm HKT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 11:00am HKT

India
On Zee Cafe
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 9:00am & 5:30pm IST

Indonesia
On Star World
Friday, Dec. 24 at 11:15pm JKT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 5:10pm JKT

The Netherlands
on RTL8
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 12:00mn

Philippines
On Star World
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 7:10pm PHT

Also on Dec. 25, MYX will air a 3-hour "MYX Presents Mariah Carey's Merry Christmas II You" special starting at 4:00pm.

Singapore
On Star World (Channel 531 on Starhub Cable)
Friday, Dec. 24 at 12:15am SGT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 5:10pm SGT

South Korea
On MBC TV
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 12:20am

Taiwan
On Star World
Friday, Dec. 24 at 12:15am TWT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 6:10pm TWT
On MTV
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 8:00pm TWT
Sunday, Dec. 26 at 3:00am TWT

United Kingdom
on Fiver
Friday, Dec. 24 at 7:00pm

Asian fans, check our previously-posted airing schedule for Mariah's TV Special here.

In conjunction with the premiere of "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You" on Asian TV, the "Team Asia" Facebook group is holding a contest for a chance to win a pair of exclusive Mariah Carey pins. Contest details here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Stamos | Ray | Hairul | Tenille | Acairo | Persa | Victory

Mariah Carey Loves Christmas II
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 24-Dec-2010, 11:56AM EST
Mariah Carey decided to release a new Christmas album because she was unhappy with her first effort.

The "All I Want for Christmas Is You" singer who is currently pregnant with twins, her first children with husband Nick Cannon, says she wanted to release Merry Christmas II You because she can't listen to her first festive release Merry Christmas, which came out in 1994, without being critical of it.

She said: "Merry Christmas II You is like the sequel to my first Christmas album. Every Christmas, I listen to it and I love certain songs, but on some of them I'm like, 'I hate this vocal performance.' So I decided to do this album."

The pop star is due to give birth to her babies in spring 2011 but she still intends to release an LP next year.

She told Britain's HELLO! magazine: "I'll start writing songs at some point soon, because that's a creative process and I think this is a creative time in my life."

Mariah Interview in Paris Match, France
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Dec-2010, 6:08PM EST
A Perfectly Happy Christmas Mother
Paris Match (France) - December 29, 2010 Issue

Paris Match: Why another tribute to the Christmas season?
Mariah Carey:
I love Christmas. It's the period of the year I love listening to songs with my family, with my friends. Doing another Christmas album sounding different was one of my dreams. So for the first time I recorded everything live with 100 musicians.

The 13 songs are both classic and completely modern.
I wanted a classic Christmas album like Nat King Cole's, but also an album for the younger generation and for all generations to enjoy. With one of my studio engineers, Marc Shaiman, we wanted to put the synth sound aside without being too cheesy.

The great surprise on the album is the duet with your mother Patricia who was a singing teacher and an opera singer.
We wanted to work together for many years. My mother is an amazing singer. This album was the opportunity to collaborate, even though it wasn't easy. We had to mix our two worlds: my mum's opera vocal range and my R&B sound. What was funny is that for a change it was me who told my mother what to do.

She was your singing teacher. Was she harsh?
She never imposed anything on me. At home, my brother, my sister and I, we were into R&B. Stevie Wonder was a God for us, not Mozart's operas.

On the pictures we can see a dog. Is that your beloved Jack Russell terrier?
Yes, it's JJ. Our dog Cha-Cha gave birth to 8 puppies not so long ago and we kept all of them. It's out of control. We have been advised to neuter her but Nick and I didn't want to.

With this album, your twins will have songs made especially for them, "made in mummy," to celebrate their future Christmas.
I recorded the album this past summer. It's only when I started recording "One Child" that I found out I was pregnant. I sang the song with a children's choir behind me. I felt inspired, like I was connected.

When your children are born, how are you going to manage the fits of jealousy of Cha-Cha, your dog.
Cha-Cha loves swimming. I'll throw her into the pool.

You look stunning as a Christmas mother immortalized by David LaChapelle.
I wanted the same pose, the same artwork as the first album. By the way, I wore the same dress. David LaChapelle gave a very traditional, very 1940s touch to it.
Source: Paris Match | Scan & Translation: Sam

Download "Oh Santa!" For Free!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Dec-2010, 12:41PM EST
Amazon is offering a FREE MP3 music download credit of $2.00, and you can apply this credit to download "Oh Santa!" for free!

Click here and follow the directions to apply the code GIVEMP3S. Your Amazon account will automatically receive a $2.00 credit. Then find "Oh Santa!" ($0.99), also add any one of the "Oh Santa!" Remixes ($0.99) and download!

Amazon's promotional offer is valid from Dec. 23, 2010 12:00am PST through Dec. 26, 2010 11:59pm PST. Don't snooze!
Source: Amazon | Roland

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Dec-2010, 7:14AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated January 1, 2011.

MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU
Billboard 200: #17 (Last week: #17)
Sales this week: 73,848 (+24.2%)
Total Sales: 363,352
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #6 (Last week: #5)
Billboard Holiday Albums: #4 (Last week: #5)
Billboard Top Current Albums: #17 (Last week: #16)
Billboard Digital Albums: #13 (Re-entry)

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Billboard 200: #116 (Last week: #105)
Sales this week: 12,476 (+3.2%)
Total Sales: 5,108,657
Billboard Holiday Albums: #24 (Last week: #24)
Billboard Catalog Albums: #16 (Last week: #15)

"Oh Santa!"
Billboard Hot 100 Songs: #100 (Debut)
Billboard Adult Contemporary: #1 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #117 (Last week: #151)
Downloads this week: 14,173 (+21.6%)
Total Downloads: 50,139
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #18 (Last week: #32)
Billboard Canadian Hot 100 Songs: #73 (Debut)

"Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)"
Billboard Dance Singles Sales: #5 (Debut)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #25 (Last week: #21)
Downloads this week: 49,455 (-2.3%)
Total Downloads: 1,794,211
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #1 (Last week: #2)
Billboard Holiday Songs: #1 (Last week: #3)
Billboard Ringtones: #3 (Last week: #1)
Billboard AOL Radio #1 (Last week: #1)
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Billboard

"Oh Santa!" Debuts at #100 on Hot 100
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Dec-2010, 7:11AM EST
Mariah's festive holiday song "Oh Santa!" makes its first appearance on Billboard Hot 100 at #100 this week and becomes her 43rd career entry on the chart.

1. Vision of Love #1, 4 weeks
2. Love Takes Time #1, 3 weeks
3. Someday #1 - 2 weeks
4. I Don't Wanna Cry #1, 2 weeks
5. Emotions #1, 3 weeks
6. Can't Let Go #2
7. Make It Happen #5
8. I'll Be There #1, 2 weeks
9. Dreamlover #1, 8 weeks
10. Hero #1 - 4 weeks
11. Without You/Never Forget You #3
12. Anytime You Need A Friend #12
13. Endless Love #2
14. Fantasy #1, 8 weeks
15. One Sweet Day #1, 16 weeks
16. Always Be My Baby #1, 2 weeks
17. Honey #1, 3 weeks
18. My All #1, 1 week
19. When You Believe #15
20. I Still Believe #4
21. Heartbreaker #1, 2 weeks
22. Thank God I Found You #1, 1 week
23. Crybaby #28
24. All I Want For Christmas Is You #83
25. Loverboy #2
26. Never Too Far/Hero Medley #81
27. Through The Rain #81
28. I Know What You Want #3
29. U Make Me Wanna #21
30. It's Like That #16
31. We Belong Together #1, 14 weeks
32. Shake It Off #2
33. Don't Forget About Us #1, 2 weeks
34. Say Somethin' #79
35. Touch My Body #1, 2 weeks
36. Bye Bye #19
37. Migrate #92
38. I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time #58
39. My Love #82
40. Obsessed #7
41. I Want To Know What Love Is #60
42. Up Out Of My Face #100
43. Oh Santa! #100
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Chris

Annie Lennox Fire For Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 22-Dec-2010, 11:27PM EST
Scottish powerhouse Annie Lennox admits All I Want For Christmas Is You warbler Mariah Carey is still her favourite fellow songbird.

Despite having her own festive album A Christmas Cornucopia in the shops, Annie still loves hearing Mariah's biggest selling Christmas song.

The 55-year-old told Magic 105.4: "Whatever you feel about Mariah Carey, when you hear her sing, ohh my God! I've never heard a voice like that!"
Source: Daily Star UK

"Oh Santa!" Makes "Best" Lists
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 22-Dec-2010, 9:06PM EST
Billboard's Best Of 2010

Best Of 2010 - December
Mariah Carey's "Oh Santa!" dashes 12-1 in just its second week on Adult Contemporary, marking the quickest coronation since the survey adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored radio airplay data in 1993. Carey collects her seventh Adult Contemporary No. 1 and first since "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, led for 13 weeks in 1995-96.

E! Online's Best Christmas Music of 2010

Mariah Carey: "Oh, Santa!"
In a holiday season stuffed full of singers—Susan Boyle, Jessica Simpson, Katherine McPhee and Wilson Phillips—one diva shall rule them all. Whether with her mom or on a new tune, Carey makes Christmas classics with emotion, melancholy and lots of vocal gymnastics.
Source: Billboard | E! Online

"Auld Lang Syne" to Premiere on "New Year's Eve Live"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Dec-2010, 9:40PM EST
The ultimate year-end bash "New Year's Eve Live" hosted by Nancy O'Dell and filming on-location at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas and New York City's Times Square will feature the broadcast premiere of Mariah's music video of the New Year's classic, "Auld Lang Syne," from her new album, Merry Christmas II You.

The year-end special is airing on Friday, December 31 (11:00pm-12:30am ET live; CT/MT/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.
Source: FOX TV

Mariah Thinks Motherhood Will Inspire Her Music
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Dec-2010, 9:01PM EST
The American singing superstar is currently pregnant with her and husband Nick Cannon's first offspring. Nick recently revealed the pair are expecting twins, and both stars are thrilled about welcoming the two little ones in the new year.

Mariah isn't sure what effect being a mother will have on her career, although she admits it could well inspire her to write some magical songs.

"I have no idea. I guess we'll have to wait and see. I'll start writing songs at some point soon, because that's a creative process and I think this is a creative time," she told the British edition of OK! magazine.

For now though, Mariah is happy to spread some festive cheer by singing her iconic Christmas anthems. This year the singer released Merry Christmas II You, an album dedicated to the holiday season, and she feels the record's joyful mood fits in well with the way she's feeling at the moment.

"So I think all that really works. But, fortunately, working on the Christmas album and singing Christmas songs, it sort of fits. And not a lot fits right now, so I'm glad something does," she laughed.
Source: MusicRooms UK

"AIWFCIY" #4 on RS' Greatest Rock&Roll Christmas Songs
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Dec-2010, 7:33PM EST
Mariah's classic holiday jingle, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" makes Rolling Stone's Top 15 "Greatest Rock and Roll Christmas Songs" at No. 4.

Most rock fans assume that all Christmas music is terrible. They're mostly right, but every once in a while a Christmas miracle happens — and a great holiday song gets produced. Here's a look at 15 of the greatest Christmas songs ever.

1. Darlene Love, "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)"
2. John Lennon, "Happy Xmas (War Is Over)"
3. Bruce Springsteen, "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"

4. Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"Before the release of Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in 1994, there hadn't been a new holiday standard in quite a long time. Written by Carey near the peak of her career, the Motown-inspired track has become one of her signature numbers. She re-recorded it in 2010 for her second Christmas album Merry Christmas II You.

5. The Beach Boys, "Little Saint Nick"
6. Chuck Berry, "Run Rudolph Run"
7. Adam Sandler, "Chanukah Song"
8. The Ronettes, "Frosty The Snowman"
9. Band Aid, "Do They Know It's Christmas"
10. Paul McCartney, "Wonderful Christmastime"
11. Bobby Helmes, "Jingle Bell Rock"
12. Weird Al Yankovic, "The Night Santa Went Crazy"
13. Darlene Love, "Christmastime For The Jews"
14. Run-D.M.C, "Christmas In Hollis"
15. Kanye West, "Christmas In Harlem"
Source: Rolling Stone | Marc

Mariah on Billboard's Chart Highlights This Week
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Dec-2010, 12:21PM EST
Chart Highlights offers a sneak peek at a select group of Billboard charts with their respective top songs, Greatest Gainers and debuts. In this week's report, Mariah dominates both the Adult Contemporary and Holidays Songs charts.

Adult Contemporary
*** No. 1 ***/Greatest Gainer "Oh Santa!" Mariah Carey
Debut No. 28 "The Most Wonderful Day Of The Year" Glee Cast
Debut No. 30 "Christmas Lights" Coldplay

Holiday Songs
*** No. 1 *** "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Mariah Carey
Greatest Gainer "Oh Santa!" Mariah Carey
Source: Billboard

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Dec-2010, 10:59AM EST
• Mariah's "Auld Lang Syne" is played in the background of the TV commercial for the Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrest special. You can view the commercial here.

• More Mariah surprises in 2011, and possibly a DVD release of her ABC special "Merry Christmas To You," as revealed by Mariah on Twitter.

• Fuse TV is airing "Mariah Carey Takeover" all day on Friday, December 24. "Oh Santa!" will be featured on the 12/24 takeover along with "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and several of Mariah's biggest recent hits. Be sure to tune in!

• Mariah is competing in the Grand Finale of Hello! Magazine's "Most Elegant Woman 2010." Vote for Mariah here!

• Mariah is featured in the new book "1001 Songs You Must Hear Before You Die: And 10,001 You Must Download" with her 1997 song "Breakdown." Also listed are "Anytime You Need A Friend," "Emotions," "Fantasy," "Honey," "Vision Of Love," and "One Sweet Day."

• "All I want for Christmas Is You" was played during the holiday episode of Warehouse 13 on Syfy.

• More pictures have been added to our Merry Christmas II You Fan Photo Gallery.

INTERNATIONAL NEWSBITS
• Attention Singaporean Fans: Here's your chance to win a Merry Christmas II You Limited Edition Deluxe Collector's Box Set! Universal Music Singapore via the Mariah Carey - Team Asia Facebook page is giving away this amazing collector's box set to one lucky winner who will "In 50 words, creatively tell us how you would celebrate Christmas with Mariah Carey." Simply post your answer in the comments section here. Contest ends on Friday, December 24.

• The Jump Smokers' mashup remix of "Oh Santa!/All I Want For Christmas Is You" has now been released in Germany. German fans can download the song at Amazon.de for €0,97.

• Sieraaj sends us this very nice review of Merry Christmas II You, written by his friend Tauhir Swart ("who's not even that big a fan!") for one of South Africa's top portals, iAfrica. In Croatia, web magazine Sound Guardian gives Merry Christmas II You a rating of 4 out of 5 stars in its review of the album.

• HMV UK has listed a new 2-discs "The Essential: Mariah Carey" album, priced at £11.99, that's scheduled for release on January 10, 2011. Track listing not currently available. Update: This album is actually a repackaged re-release of the Greatest Hits CD. You can see the track listing at Amazon UK. Thanks to Mike!

• Wojtek sent us a photo of the Merry Christmas II You display at the Polish music store Media Market in Wroclaw. Allan sent in a scan from the 12/13 Philippine Daily Inquirer's credit cards special section. The text reads: "I used my credit card to buy eight copies of Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas II You' holiday album last month. I also used it to order a couple of more copies from the United States and Singapore." --Bianca, life insurance agent.

• Northern Ireland hockey team Belfast Giants made a music video for Christmas to Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You." The video starts with a few players lip-syncing and then breaks out into the team dancing. Also, check this flash mob to Mariah's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" at Flatlron Crossing's food court in Boulder, CO.

• Popular radio station Rock Detente in Montreal, Canada wants to know what the best Christmas song is. Vote for "All I Want For Christmas Is You" here!

• Click here to view the promo spot for Merry Christmas II You on Finnish TV.

• To the right are pictures of life-size Mariah Carey photo displays for Merry Christmas II You at Astroplus-SM City The Block and Astrovision-Trinoma in Manila, Philippines.

• Mariah's Barretos show was voted the Best Show of 2010 in a poll conducted by the Brazilian site R7 Entretenimento. Mariah garnered 27.6% of the total votes, followed closely behind by Eminem with 26.6%, Jonas Brothers at #3 with 15.4%.

• Merry Christmas II You is this week album of the week on Radio Otvoreni, the biggest Croatian radio station. On the radio station's Airplay chart, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is at #15 while "Oh Santa!" is a new entry at #17.

MARIAH MENTIONS
• Rapper Asher Roth names his 3 favorite holiday songs and one of them is a Mariah song, he says: "I'd say Mariah Carey's... that Santa Claus song where she's all sexy in her Santa Claus outfit. That's pretty special." Alison Sweeney (Biggest Losers and Days Of Our Lives) has "All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive" on her Holiday Tunes playlist.

MARIAH COVERS
• Rising Contemporary artist Jafar Idris plays saxophone cover versions of Mariah's H.A.T.E.U., Angels Cry and Mine Again. Singer/songwriter Bradley White-Dale from London, UK did a cover of "Vision Of Love" in his live show at Shadow Lounge in London's Soho.

FANS' CORNER
• Fan Videos: 1) Joseph covers Mariah's "Angels Cry" here. 2) Aaron created this "vocal range" video for Merry Christmas II You. 3) The Italian Glittering Mariah members Alessio, Giorgia, Alessio and Valentino get festive in this music video they created for "Oh Santa!" 4) Carol and some Brazilian fans send their Christmas wishes to Mariah in this video. 5) San Francisco's drag queen troup, The Rice Rockettes perform a festive Mariah Carey tribute with their "All I Want For Christmas Is You" number in this video (2:20 mark). 6) Alei hits all the high notes in his rendition of Mariah's "O Holy Night" here. 7) A male version of "Oh Santa!" by Ryan here. 8) Kevin with his acoustic guitar cover of "Oh Santa!" here. 9) Teck and his band perform "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in this video. 10) Rocky performs "O Holy Night" MC-style in this video. 11) Marcos created this music video for "H.A.T.E.U." Jump Smokers Remix. 12) Patrick covers Mariah's "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" here.

• Fan Art: Thanks to the following for sharing their work with us: Nicole (drawing), Anthony (drawing), Christian (MC collage), Christopher ("Breakdown" tattoo), Diego (MC & Mom collages), Victor ("When Christmas Comes" cover), Vahe (MCIIY card).


• Fan Sites: 1) Our good friend Celine has launched her new French Mariah Carey site called Mariah Carey Cannon. 2) Benjamin created a Facebook group called Mariah Carey Puerto Rico for all the Puerto Rican fans. 3) Crystal re-launched her Mariah Collection site with a new name: A Hint Of Mariah. 3) The Lambs Directory's "Lil' Lambie" is embarking on a worldwide tour come January 2011 to visit as many fans as it can. Visit The Lamb Directory to find out how you can be a part of their fan project.

• Fan Photos: Kevin recently made a special trip to Clarendon Plantation in Beaufort, SC where the "Butterfly" video was shot. "It was private property and not open to the public but I snuck in anyways and started taking pictures. It was cool to be in the same place as the legendary video."


And here are photos by Anna Beatriz from the Merry Christmas II You Fan Party held at Copacabana in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Dec. 11.


And more fan pictures: Brendan's little Molly in Walmart, Maurie & Matthew's Merry Christmas II You holiday card, Josue's Mariah card and cake that he received from his co-workers on his birthday.


• Reina is organizing a baby shower in honor of Mariah and her upcoming new babies. If you are in Los Angeles and would like to join her party and create a fan book of "baby shower lamb moments," e-mail her at reinacreole@netzero.net.
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"Christmas Time Is Here" Writer Happy with Mariah's Cover
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 20-Dec-2010, 2:14PM EST
When word that Mariah Carey was doing a cover to the classic Peanuts tune "Christmas Time Is Here" for her new holiday album "Merry Christmas II You," not only did fans of Charlie Brown and Friends do a Snoopy dance, but the writer of the timeless song was thrilled as well.

Almost 45 years after it was first heard as part of the "A Charlie Brown Christmas" special, Lee Mendelson still marvels at how it came to be and has endured for generations.

Chicago Now: First off the news is that Mariah Carey has her new Christmas album out now and she decided to cover "Christmas Time is Here." Did that come as a surprise to you or were you aware that she was going to do that?
Lee Mendelson: Of course they called ahead to check because they were also thinking of doing it on her television special, which she did. But we've been very honored over the years and have had over a hundred people cover it. Last year it was Tony Bennett, Sarah McLachlan, Kenny Loggins; way back, Mel Torme and Rosemary Clooney, so it's been quite a thrill to have all these great artists, particularly Mariah Carey who's been one of my favorites forever. So it's always special when somebody wants to do the song, particularly since the song almost never happened. When we finished "A Charlie Brown Christmas" it was just an instrumental. You know the skating in the opening scene? I said maybe we should try and put some words to it, and I called songwriters I knew in Hollywood and they were all busy. So there was an envelope at my kitchen table and just sat down and put dots and dashes for the short notes and the long notes, and the poem just came to me, "Christmas Time is Here." I wrote it in about ten minutes. So we changed it, gave it to Vince Guaraldi who happened to be working with the children's choir at the time. They recorded it at the very last minute, and that's how it got on the show. That's how it happened 45 years ago.

CN: Looking at how these specials have been received over the decades by different generations, and the song keeps finding different voices of expression, what are your hopes for the future of the song and these characters?
LM: Well, to quote "our cup runneth over." It just seems to go on and on. I think Mariah singing it on her show, and Johnny Mathis sang it on Oprah a couple of weeks ago, which is a thrill. With Mariah singing it, with an artist of her stature, we hope some other artists will pick it up. Hopefully it will go on for quite a while, and the characters I think will live forever. I think they'll be a part of our culture forever. And all of this, whether it's the music, or the animation or the actors, the stories, it all goes back to the genius of Charles Schulz. It all goes back to the comic strip, his brilliance, his genius. As a wonderful artist, a philosopher, comedian if you will. So it all comes right down to the philosophy of Charles Schulz that make all of us as successful as we were. So we're very grateful to him, his family and to their long association.
Source: Chicago Now

Merry Christmas II You Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 19-Dec-2010, 11:08PM EST
United States (290,000): 04-12-22-28-12-16
Taiwan: 14
Canada: 14-24-43-45-55-55
Japan (19,000): 24-31-32-58
Hungary: 30-30
Australia (~11,000): 37-47-32-27-31
Italy: 41-48-45
Austria: 45
Sweden: 51-40-49
Netherlands: 52-00-100-64
Spain: 56-94-95
Greece: 57
Germany: 77
France: 82-152
Belgium (Wallonia): 85
United Kingdom (~7,000): 101-000-157-163
Ireland - 130

Certifications:
Gold - Malaysia (7,500)
Source: MariahDailyJournal | stevvy | David

Mariah's ABC Christmas Special Airing in Asia
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 19-Dec-2010, 9:43PM EST
Mariah's Christmas TV special Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You which was shown recently on ABC in the U.S. featuring songs from her classic holiday album, Merry Christmas, and her new album, Merry Christmas II You is scheduled to air on Asian TV!

Asian Cable channels Star World Asia and Channel [V] will broadcast the "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You" special on Friday, December 24 and Saturday, December 25. To find out when Mariah's Christmas special is airing in your country, check the TV listings at Star World Asia and Channel [V].

Hong Kong
on Channel [V]
Friday, Dec. 24 at 10:00pm HKT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 11:00am HKT

India
On Zee Cafe
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 9:00am & 5:30pm IST

Indonesia
On Star World
Friday, Dec. 24 at 11:15pm JKT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 5:10pm JKT

Philippines
On Star World
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 7:10pm PHT

Singapore
On Star World
Friday, Dec. 24 at 12:15am SGT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 5:10pm SGT

Taiwan
On Star World
Friday, Dec. 24 at 12:15am TWT
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 6:10pm TWT
On MTV
Saturday, Dec. 25 at 8:00pm TWT
Sunday, Dec. 26 at 3:00am TWT
Source: Star World Asia | Channel [V] | Hairul | Pieter | Varun

Mariah on NBA's Christmas Day Coverage
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 19-Dec-2010, 12:07PM EST
It's that magical time of the year and ESPN has teamed up with Mariah Carey again to make ESPN's NBA Christmas coverage extra festive! 5 great games featuring the biggest superstars in the league and Mariah's hit singles, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Oh Santa!"

Christmas Day, December 25, 2010
12:00pm ET - Chicago Bulls vs. New York Knicks (ESPN)
02:30pm ET - Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic (ABC)
05:00pm ET - Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers (ABC)
08:00pm ET - Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (ESPN)
10:30pm ET - Portland Trailblazers vs. Golden State Warriors (ESPN)

Mariah Covers UK's Pride Magazine
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 18-Dec-2010, 6:26PM EST
Have a Mariah Christmas
Pride (UK) - December 2010 Issue

Is she, or isn't she? The question of Mariah's pregnancy has dominated celeb gossip of late. Now their happy news is confirmed, Mariah talks to Pride about her hopes for her baby's future, recording a song with her mum and what she thinks of Willow Smith.

There aren't many true superstar icons left. But the biggest-selling female artist of all time has consistently delivered solid musical content over a 20-year period with an unmatched record-breaking checklist. Married to honorary Nickelodeon chairman, actor, comedian and TV and radio host Nick Cannon, Mariah Carey is a lady who's often misunderstood, misquoted and underestimated. With a fast, snappy repertoire and an even faster lifestyle, this girl can't be held down. Since their marriage two years ago, the pair have been hunted by the world's press, bloggers and naysayers searching for every tiny detail about the life of the new Mrs Mariah Carey-Cannon. Here she lies back on her favourite chaise longue and reveals all to Pride about her new album Merry Christmas II You, which has just stormed to the number-one spot on Billboard's R'n'B albums and holiday albums charts, the journey thus far and her new path, which includes a new happiness, a new life and a whole new hope for a baby in a new Obama world...

Congratulations on your new album, which has debuted at number one on Billboard's R'n'B albums and holiday albums charts! Why did you choose to do another Christmas album?
Well, it's been a while since my first Christmas album, Merry Christmas, and this year I was full of excitement about becoming a mum, and it felt right to make this album. Also, I was really inspired by classic Christmas songs by Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole and festive, timeless, fun Christmas records by the likes of Jackson 5 and Donnie Hathaway. In the spirit of classic Christmas records made in the 1950s, we had a huge orchestra session, and I've never experienced anything so beautiful and rich in my musical career as being in the room listening to the lush orchestral moments.

You mum, Patricia Carey, who's a trained opera singer, is on the track "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" with you. Will we be hearing any more collaborations between you two in the future?
Well, many people already know that my mother is a trained opera singer, so I guess it was only a matter of time before we both got on to a record together. Doing "O Come All Ye Faithful" and the "Hallelujah Chorus" seemed like a perfect choice for both of our voices, which are very different in terms of style and tone and everything. It was lovely experience being in the studio together, and I'm very happy that I have this documented for the rest of my life.

What's your favourite track on the album, and why?
It's always difficult when I'm asked that. As a writer and producer, all my songs are very close to me. I love that I have been able to combine festive sounds with more soulful sounds that very talented people like Big Jim Wright have helped me with. Jim's worked with everybody from Sounds of Blackness to Aretha Franklin; he's Mo'Nique's musical director; and we wrote "Fly Like a Bird" together, so this record's a bit more soulful than Merry Christmas was. Also, I worked with James Poyser from The Roots; we worked together on The Emancipation of Mimi and this time on "When Christmas Comes," the R'n'B single from this album, which is very inspired by 70s soul music.

You've won five Grammy awards and had 18 number-one singles; what is your favourite song that you've every written?
All of my songs are special to me, as I write and produce all of them, so each stems from a personal place. Some are about relationships, bad times, good times, special people in my life and amazing moments. I love them all, but "Close My Eyes" and the whole Butterfly album are very special to me. Of course, my Christmas songs are very close to me because I love Christmas so much and listen to them every holiday season.

Rumours about your pregnancy have been non-stop really since you and Nick got married. Did you feel under pressure to start a family?
It's hard to explain. I am always grateful and know that I have been blessed with my life and experiences. But it gets to the point where you become scared to leave the house in case photos look like you're pregnant when you're not. The constant questions from the press, the pressure that puts on you as a woman, the questions from your families and friends — it's quite overwhelming. It becomes worrying to even go online to read the news or check emails in case you read some mean untruths about yourself. It's a lot of pressure, but I can handle whatever life throws at me, and we knew when God wanted us to be blessed, we would be.

How did you know that Nick Cannon was The One?
We both knew. There was no denying the way we both felt — it's just real.

A lot of people said that your relationship with Nick was a publicity stunt. How did you guys feel about those reports at the time? How do you feel about the criticism you and Nick sometimes face about the difference in age?
I try not to pay attention to what people say. People have been saying things about me my whole life. I understand that people have opinions about people in the public eye, but if I focused on that stuff I wouldn't have time to live. Also, the age difference in my first marriage was double what this is, the opposite way. People always have something to say when they sell papers or gossip because they're bored or jealous.

Congratulations on your pregnancy! Have you had any weird cravings? How is carrying a child changing now?
Cherry Jell-O — I think you Brits call it jelly! The one thing I am overjoyed about, aside from being blessed finally with the best gift that anyone can ever receive, is the fact that our child will grow up in a new world that I could never have imagined when I was a child. Having Obama in office and bringing a child into the world at this point is totally different than me feeling like an outcast when I was growing up and not feeling like it was okay to be ethnically diverse, and I can't believe that we have arrived at this point within society. Like many people, I thought it would be a million miles away. I think it's a little bit easier now because the world has changed just in terms of identifying yourself. That always felt like a strange thing to me as a child; not looking the same as your own mother or father was a very different thing back then, and as my parents weren't together when I was a kid, I'm happy that my child will have a unity that was lacking in my early life.

Can you recall the story of where you were when you realised you were pregnant? Were you and Nick together?
I was at home. I took a test by myself and then another one and another one. And when Nick got home, I showed him the first, second and third tests, and then we did another one together.

What are your hopes and fears for your child coming into this world?
I imagine, like all other parents-to-be, we just want them to be safe, healthy and happy and be the best human beings that they can be.

How much of a diva are your really?
I'm a strong woman who works extremely hard to be able to have my life the way I want it. So, if that makes me a diva, then okay.

Who do you admire out of the new breed of divas?
I don't really follow every new act — they come out constantly. There are so many, it's often hard to keep track, and sometimes they're here today and gone tomorrow. I admire my friends, like Beyonce and Nicki Minaj — people who seem destined to be doing this for a living with longevity.

What do you make of the new women making waves in the industry, like Rihanna and Willow Smith? Do you feel in competition with them? Are you intimidated by the talent coming through?
I feel there's always enough room in the charts for everyone. The true stars will have staying power, and only history will show who those are.

You have had a very successful and long-standing career, but it's also been bumpy along the way. What would you say was your lowest point? Is there anything you regret or would change?
There aren't many long-standing careers that exist that haven't had a couple of bumps on the journal — life is full of shade and light. There have been highs and lows, and I take them all in my stride. I know that God will never give me anything to deal with that I can't handle. You can't live with regrets — it's about the journey!

Source: Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal

Videos: Mariah on "Christmas In Washington"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 18-Dec-2010, 2:27AM EST

Mariah Performs "One Child"
Christmas In Washington, TNT, Dec. 17, 2010

Download: HD | DVD | iPod Video | MP3 Audio


Mariah Performs "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus"
Christmas In Washington, TNT, Dec. 17, 2010

Download: HD | DVD | iPod Video | MP3 Audio


Pres. Obama Christmas Message & "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"
Christmas In Washington, TNT, Dec. 17, 2010

Download: HD | DVD
Source: MariahDailyJournal

New "When Christmas Comes" Fan Video
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Dec-2010, 10:59PM EST
Watch the new Fan Video for "When Christmas Comes" here!

The video was created from footage submitted by Mariah fans from around the world creating a truly festive video for Mariah's new original song "When Christmas Comes" from her new holiday album Merry Christmas II You.

Congratulations to the following fans whose footage was included in the "When Christmas Comes" video: mcbob8sky, BlanketXtheXworld, Brittney939, DJK185, FanMC24, glitterman, ibrahimlovesmariah, meo4356, powmirage, Simply Shaun, tazirishlamb, thepepecruz, xxxMATVlxxx, YoBoiNewnue

According to Mariah's message at the end of the video this may be the start of a new holiday tradition so get out those video cameras this Christmas and record your festive moments for next year!

Mariah: "Thank you everyone for making me feel even more festive! I wanna do this every year! LYM!"

MCIIY Gets a Release Date in China, Finally!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Dec-2010, 2:06PM EST
After a long-drawn wait, the Chinese fans will finally get their hands on Mariah's holiday album, Merry Christmas II You! Universal Music China has announced today the release date for Merry Christmas II You in China. It is slated to hit record stores all over China on Christmas Day, December 25.

To celebrate the release of Merry Christmas II You, UMG China will be hosting a Release Premiere party at Tangguo Club in Yonghegong, Beijing at 10:00pm on Friday, December 24th.

The Merry Christmas II You release party is free for all the fans. The first 50 to arrive at the event will receive special Mariah Carey gifts. Lots of fun and surprises are in store for the attendees. Mariah's Christmas songs/remixes and music videos will be played during the event. There will be dance routines, singing, and sampling of Mariah's Christmas cookies! What more? Be one of the first to own Mariah's #1 Holiday album in China before it hits the stores as Merry Christmas II You will be on sale at the party venue.

Photos of the poster and invitation for the UMG China Merry Christmas II You release party are below.

Source: UMG China | MariahDailyJournal

Get Merry Christmas II You For Only $2.99
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Dec-2010, 12:41PM EST
Download Merry Christmas II You from Amazon for only $2.99! This exclusive offer is for a limited time only so download your copy now!

Mariah Covers Malaysia's Life & Times
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Dec-2010, 9:31AM EST
Carey's New Christmas Jam
Life & Times, New Straits Times (Malaysia) - December 17, 2010

Her first Christmas album was an instant hit. Sixteen Christmases on, Mariah Carey looks set to repeat her success with the follow-up

When Mariah Carey first released the 1994 holiday album Merry Christmas, it became an instant classic, with the song All I Want For Christmas Is You becoming the best-selling holiday ringtone in the United States with total sales of over 10 million copies worldwide.

Naturally, a second Christmas album is in order. Enter Merry Christmas II You, the diva's 13th studio album.

Produced by industry bigwigs such as Antonio L.A. Reid, Bryan-Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, Randy Jackson, James Poyser, Marc Shaiman, James "Big Jim" Wright and Carey's longtime collaborator Walter Afanasieff, it has already spawned the hit single Oh Santa!, which Carey co-wrote.

Rolling Stone is full of praises of the album: "Half of the disc's originals are ballads (and) thick with gooey orchestration, but Mariah bops to a schoolyard-chant beat on Oh Santa! and digs out a retro groove for When Christmas Comes", adding that the album's "warm heart is in the right place".

Here Carey, who has earned the title as the world's best-selling recording artiste of the 1990s, gives a lowdown of her new album, courtesy of Island Def Jam Music/Universal Music.

Tell us about this new album
I wrote my first Christmas album when I started my career. The song All I Want For Christmas Is You was written in a little room with a Casio keyboard. So when I decided to do this new Christmas album, I did use the first album as sort of a template, but I wanted to make it even more sophisticated musically.

I was inspired by the traditional tunes of Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby. I really love those albums. I also enjoyed the festive-sounding ones like those by The Jackson 5. As a result, there are different influences in this album.

I also wanted it to be like "Part 2" of the Merry Christmas album. I wanted to keep it classic, traditional, festive and happy and have a warm feeling for the holidays so people will love it.

The first single Oh Santa! came from the same musical inspiration I had with All I Want For Christmas Is You.

Tell us about Oh Santa!
Oh Santa! is a new song I wrote with my friend Jermaine Dupri. We did We Belong Together, Always Be My Baby and a lot of others over the years. We worked on this album with our friend Bryan-Michael Cox.

I knew that I wanted the song to be something like writing a letter to Santa Claus. It is hard once you've already written a Christmas classic with All I Want For Christmas Is You. A lot of people have grown up with that song, but Oh Santa! is different.

Oh Santa! has a similar feeling, but it has a 1960s feel and at the same time is still contemporary. We wanted to keep it very simple in terms of the music.

We also put in a beautiful orchestra in the intro, which is written and arranged by Mark Shaiman. He wrote the symphonic intro of Santa Claus Is Coming To Town for Oh Santa! before going into the song. He also added a new intro for (the new version of) All I Want For Christmas Is You.

This is your second holiday album in 16 years. Why this year?
It's been a long time since my first Christmas album and I really loved making that album. It just felt right in my life now to create this type of music and I was fortunate enough to be able to work mostly from home.

There are many traditional songs on the album, and I did a lot of arranging, too. I took a classic like Little Drummer Boy and mixed it with O Little Town Of Bethlehem.

Every year, I look forward to Christmas, and I want to make sure that with the new album I will do something that I would love to listen to for the rest of my life. I want to feel like this is something that you can put on from the beginning all the way to the end.

You re-recorded All I Want For Christmas Is You for this album. How did you make it different?
When I decided to re-do it, I realised that most people love the original. So I asked Mark to do something beautiful for the introduction of the song. We cut the entire track and put it on live instrumentation as opposed to programmed music.

It's essentially the same track, but we re-did it from scratch so there's a bit more soul because live music cuts everything from the beginning. Even the piano is more "sober" towards the end.

I even brought back some of the girls who sang backup in the original. One of them is Melonie Daniels, who is a fantastic singer. I'm glad I re-did All I Want For Christmas Is You because I think it really enhanced this album.

The main focus in the new album for me are the opening track Oh Santa! and the last track Auld Lang Syne — The New Year's Anthem, which everybody sings at midnight on New Year but nobody really knows the words, so nobody really sings along. This song begins in a slow mood and then goes into this party beat. This is the excitement that the New Year should have — with a celebration of life, not with an old, sad, mellow song where everybody wants to cry.

Tell us a little about the rest of the songs on the album.
I really wanted to turn the classics into soulful party music. There's also a bit of classical and gospel, like the duet I recorded with my mother on Oh Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus.

For Hallelujah Chorus, the idea came from Eric, a very good friend of mine. We thought it would be cool for my mother to sing that part because she sings in an operatic way. And it was important to me that the classical section is supportive of my mother's vocals. It's one of my favourites.

You did O Holy Night with the Westminster Presbyterian church choir. How was that experience?
I did an impromptu performance that we later added into the album. It was filmed a while ago, and this song has a nice way of sequencing the album after a heavy song like O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus. O Holy Night is a favourite for many on the first Christmas album and having this new live version is wonderful.

What was your vision for the packaging of the album?
I was inspired by the first album cover where I was freezing cold in the middle of the snow with my hair completely frozen in a little outfit. When I told David Lachapelle, a talented photographer and a close friend, that I was doing this album, he got really excited. I told him that I wanted it to have a continuation from the first album.

So the cover now captures a night setting. It's more edgy and urban, but still feels like a Christmas fantasy.

The CD photos capture the retro feel and have more texture. If you put my two Christmas albums side-by-side, you will see how these elements go together. It shows that I've been through a lot as an artiste and a person since the last time, yet I'm still that little girl who loves Christmas.

Are you working on a Christmas musical movie?
We're still putting together a musical movie with HBO for Christmas and I'll probably be doing some new songs. Now that I have this album, we have the option of choosing from so many sources, not to mention those I have yet to cover, so it's fun for me to think about.

How do you plan to spend Christmas this year?
I hope to be with my husband Nick (Cannon) and friends whom we call our Christmas family — you know, people from different parts of the world who come over to spend Christmas with us.

Are there any special performances planned soon for these new songs?
I'll be promoting and singing different songs on different TV shows, but at Christmas we're going to sleigh-ride in the woods and sing.

TRACK BY TRACK

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Intro), Oh Santa!
This is the intro to the album and it sort of stirs up a festive mood. It starts with a symphonic version of the classic tune and takes you right into my new song.

O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy Medley, Christmas Time Is In The Air Again
The third song was inspired by the 1940s and 1950s in the mould of tunes by Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. As for the fourth track, I approached it from the standpoint that I wanted it to be a classic.

The First Noel/Born Is The King Interlude, When Christmas Comes
The sixth song is written with James Poiser of The Roots, and he's an incredible musician. We got together and again I wanted everything in this album to feel classic, to feel festive and timeless. It has a 1970s soul.

Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)/House Top Celebration
This track is done with Jermaine Dupri. We tried to merge a couple of songs and so we called it Here Comes Santa Claus. The bass intro is done by Randy Jackson and it's kind of a very celebrative moment.

Charlie Brown Christmas
A lot of people told me this is their favourite in the album. I worked on it with (producer) James "Big Jim" Wright playing the piano. Many grew up watching Charlie Brown year after year and so we went with an intro where I had my dogs barking and friends laughing in the background before it went into the song.

O Come All Ye Faithful/ Hallelujah Chorus (featuring Patricia Carey)
When I decided to do a Christmas album again, one thing that I had always wanted to do was to do a duet with my mother Patricia. She has been very supportive of me, telling me to stay with my dreams and believe in myself.

O Holy Night — Live From WPC In South Central Los Angeles
We went to do a show there a while ago. I'm glad that I was able to sing at the venue. There's a video of that performance, too. I like the ending with the applause which keeps going.

One Child
I wrote this with Mark Shaiman. I wanted to make this a story about the beginning of Christmas. It's very traditional and we're inspired by the older classic Christmas songs.

All I Want For Christmas Is You
We re-cut the song and put a beautiful orchestra intro instead of doing it exactly like the original. I just added a little bit of stuff that only a fan or musician will know.

Auld Lang Syne — The New Year's Anthem
Every time the new year comes, everybody will start to sing this song. I started it slow and took it into a big uptempo, fun, celebratory moment.

Source: Life & Times | Scans: Alson Lee

HDD Prediction: Mariah to Sell 70-80K Copies
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 7:38PM EST
WEAKEND CHART PREVIEW: At this point, it's too close to call for #1 next week as Taylor Swift and Susan Boyle battle it out for the final chart before the holidays. However things play out over the weekend, it looks pretty certain that Sony Music will have five in the Top 6 and six in the Top 10. Here's how it's shaping up headed into the weekend.

Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 225-250k
Susan Boyle (Columbia) 225-250k
*Michael Jackson (Epic) 210-225k
Jackie Evancho (Columbia) 210-225k
*R. Kelly (Jive/JLG) 155-170k
Glee Cast Christmas (Columbia) 155-170k
Kid Rock (Atlantic) 90-100k
Glee Cast Vol. 4 (Columbia) 80-90k
Justin Bieber My Worlds Acoustic (Island/IDJ) 70-80k
Nicki Minaj (YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown) 70-80k
Mariah Carey (Island/IDJ) 70-80k
Justin Bieber My World 2.0 (Island/IDJ) 65-75K
Katy Perry (Capitol/EMI) 65-75k
Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 60-70k
Black Eyed Peas (Interscope) 60-70k
*Diddy Dirty Money (Bad Boy) 60-70k

ET Sneak Peek: Mariah on "Christmas in Washington"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 1:14PM EST
Mariah Carey, Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox, Maxwell and Matthew Morrison are scheduled to sing in the holidays with host Ellen DeGeneres on TNT's 12th annual "Christmas in Washington" and ET has a sneak peek!

The holiday musical celebration, attended by President and Mrs. Obama and other Washington VIPs, takes place at the National Building Museum in the nation's capitol. "Christmas in Washington" premieres Friday, Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. on TNT.


Ellen DeGeneres tells Extra's Mario Lopez: "We were singing 'Hark the Herald Angels Sing' and at the end of the show, we were all standing up there, and the President and the First Family, and when it got to the 'a newborn king is born,' I kept trying to put my hand on Mariah's stomach and she kept knocking it away."

Mariah Tells Story of How She Revealed Twins to Obama
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 12:31PM EST
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are having twins. Congrats! They broke the news last week to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle.

Here's the backstory, as told by Mariah to a pal who prefers to remain unnamed:

"After waiting as long as possible w/out confirming or denying the rumors as to whether or not we are expecting twins, I told NC he could confirm this on his radio show this am. (Yaaaay! All is well am seeing a specialist and had a great ultrasound last night! )

We wanted to wait because of what happened last year and the fact that its technically a "high risk pregnancy" when expecting twins so we really wanted to make sure we were all good first.

Last week I performed for the President in DC for "Christmas in Washington" which airs on TNT tomorrow dec.17th. Ironically, I opened the show w/my own composition for "Merry Christmas ll you" "One Child" : ).

After closing the show w/"O come all ye faithful" I stood w/ host Ellen Degeneres and the rest of the performers (NC was seated in the front row next to Portia + the first family)as well all listened to president Obama's Christmas message.

After he spoke, the President and First lady joined the performers in singing "Hark the herald angels"as they exchanged holiday wishes with us. I hadn't told anybody about the twins but decided to share the news with the Obama's as it was a once in a lifetime moment and I wanted to remember it forever and share the memory with my children when they are old enough to understand how special that was:

I almost had to bind and gag NC so he wouldn't tell the world right away (lol)so after the latest ultrasound last night I said ok and apparently he confirmed it on air a few minutes ago,judging from the flurry of activity on twitter!

I just wanted to let you know for the record and tell you our story. Happy holidays!

Love,
M

PS-Im not sure how they'll edit it but I'm pretty sure if the cameras were rolling you can see me whispering to the Obama's on stage at the end of the song. That's when I told them. TNT dec.17th. A very,very nice moment : )
Source: Roger Friedman - Showbiz 411

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 9:55AM EST
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 25, 2010.

MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU
Billboard 200: #17 (Last week: #12)
Sales this week: 59,469 (-8.1%)
Total Sales: 289,504
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #5 (Last week: #4)
Billboard Holiday Albums: #5 (Last week: #4)
Billboard Top Current Albums: #16 (Last week: #12)

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Billboard 200: #105 (Last week: #98)
Sales this week: 12,090 (-0.6%)
Total Sales: 5,096,181
Billboard Holiday Albums: #24 (Last week: #24)

"Oh Santa!"
Billboard Adult Contemporary: #1 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #151 (Last week: #178)
Downloads this week: 11,660 (+25.2%)
Total Downloads: 35,966
Billboard Yahoo Video: #1 (Debut)
Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100: #6 (Last week: #18)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #21 (Last week: #23)
Downloads this week: 50,599 (+8.3%)
Total Downloads: 1,744,756
Billboard Holiday Songs: #3 (Last week: #2)
Billboard Ringtones: #1 (Last week: #1)
Billboard AOL Radio #1 (Last week: #4)
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah and Nick Are Having Twins!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 9:20AM EST
This morning, exclusively on his Rollin' with Nick Cannon morning show on 92.3 NOW in New York, Nick officially announced for the first time that he and his wife Mariah Carey are expecting twins! Listen to Nick's announcement below. Find out why and how President Barack Obama and his family were the first to know about the couple's double dose of joy.


[ Download an audio file here ]
Source: 92.3 NOW | Allison - CBS Radio

"Oh Santa!/AIWFCIY" Holiday Mashup Now on iTunes!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 8:56AM EST
The Jump Smokers' mash-up remix of Mariah's holiday hits, "Oh Santa!" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is now available on iTunes! Download it here!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Marc

Video: Mariah on UK's 4Music
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Dec-2010, 2:34AM EST
UK's music channel 4Music aired a Mariah Carey special entitled "Mariah's Christmas Hits!" last Sunday, December 12th. The 30-minute show featured an interview with Mariah in which she talked about her new holiday album Merry Christmas II You, its influences and the process of making it. Snippets of "O Little Town Of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy," "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" and "The First Noel;" and the full music videos to "All I Want For Christmas Is You," "Miss You Most (At Christmas Time),"Joy To The World," and "Oh Santa!" were played during the broadcast.


Mariah's Christmas Hits! - 4Music UK, Dec. 12, 2010
[ Download here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry

How Mariah Makes Goats Produce More Milk
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Dec-2010, 7:22PM EST
What do goats want for Christmas? Mariah Carey music, it seems.

A farmer has discovered that by repeatedly playing her festive favourite All I Want For Christmas Is You to his herd he can increase milk production by 20 per cent.

Whenever US pop diva Mariah's 1994 record pipes up the goats immediately relax and produce around an extra pint each a day.

Angus, 57, who runs St Helen's Farm in Seaton Ross, near York, said: "We are absolutely dumbfounded by the difference playing this song has made to the goats. Our milk maids started listening to the radio when they were milking them. They immediately noticed the animals were more relaxed and started producing more milk as a result. When one of the girls brought in a CD of Christmas classics they seemed to perk up when the Mariah Carey song came on. It's really upbeat and they seem to love it. I think the staff here are sick of it now but unfortunately it works for the goats."

Angus, who runs the farm with wife Kathleen, 55, has tried treating the goats with different Christmas-themed songs. The goats like carols but Wizzard's I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday actually slowed down production and The Christmas Song by The Chipmonks brought it to a halt.

St Helen's Farm milks 2,000 goats. Each produces about three litres a day...or three and a half litres if Mariah is playing.
Source: Express UK

Merry Christmas II You SoundScan Sales
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Dec-2010, 4:28PM EST
From Billboard magazine issue dated December 25, 2010. Merry Christmas II You, in its 6th week, moved 59,469 copies, that's 5,207 less copies or an 8% drop from last week's.

MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU
Billboard Top Current Albums: #16 (Last week: #12)
Sales this week: 59,469 (-8%)
Total Sales: 289,504

Below are the weekly Billboard 200 rankings and SoundScan sales for Merry Christmas II You, release to date.

Week 1: #4 - 55,447 (55,490)
Week 2: #12 - 32,986 (88,476)
Week 3: #22 - 35,308 (123,784)
Week 4: #28 - 41,575 (165,359)
Week 5: #12 - 64,676 (230,035)
Week 6: #16 - 59,469 (289,504)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Melody

Great Gift Ideas: Mariah Fragrance Sets at Walmart
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Dec-2010, 9:22AM EST
Check out these two new Mariah Carey fragrance sets that are available exclusively at Walmart. Priced at only $19 (valued at $49), each set includes 1.0 oz Eau de Parfum Spray, 1.7 oz Body Lotion and Butterfly earrings.

Luscious Pink
M by Mariah Carey
Source: Kathryn

Mariah on Billboard's 2010 Year-End Charts
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Dec-2010, 8:42AM EST
Billboard's year-end music recaps are based on chart performance during the chart year that began with last year's Dec. 5 issue and ended with the Nov. 27, 2010, issue. Below are Mariah's positions on the magazine's "Best of 2010" charts.

R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
40. Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel
64. Merry Christmas II You

R&B/Hip-Hop Album Artists
31. Mariah Carey

Dance/Club Songs
48. "I Want to Know What Love Is"

Adult Contemporary Songs
31. "I Want to Know What Love Is"
Source: Billboard | Tikisha

"Auld Land Syne" Video Now on iTunes
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Dec-2010, 6:05AM EST
The music video to "Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem)" has been released on iTunes today, just as we reported previously. The video, called the "Fireworks" version, can be downloaded for $1.99 from iTunes here. You can watch the video by logging on to the MariahCarey.com home page.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Carey's Christmas Special: 5 Highlights
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010, 6:35PM EST
The holiday spirit was in full swing last night as Mariah Carey debuted her Christmas special on ABC, "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You." Featuring both old favorites from her now classic 1994 holiday album, Merry Christmas, and her new album, Merry Christmas II You, the special also boasted a special duet between the singer and her mother. Taped at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles in November, the show was more than just an entertaining holiday romp; it was an affirmation of five major things:

1.) The diva belt is back
That famous five-octave range? What seemed like a distant memory surfaced yesterday as if not a day had passed since she'd last busted out the ol' whistle register. We got glimpses of her trademark vocal runs over the years, but they were hard-earned and rare—bits of her old voice shining through on "Through the Rain" and "We Belong Together." Just as you could feel the momentum building, preparing yourself for her to burst into her strong, full-bodied belt, she'd slip back into the husky, sexy, hushed coos and whispered singing that had become her M.O. post-Tommy Mottola (or post-Butterfly, if you prefer). So rare were these bits of Mariah Carey: The Voice, you began to wonder whether she'd lost it and didn't have the heart to break it to us.

But last night, Carey—looking the happiest that she possibly ever has—belted her huge heart out. Her voice was fuller and stronger than ever, giving fans the unbridled voice she'd been keeping away—voluntarily or not, we're not quite sure—for the last ten years.

2.) We meet the woman who gave life to Mariah Carey
Mother Patricia Carey, an opera singer, joined her daughter onstage for their duet of "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus." Anyone curious about the woman who helped create and give Mariah Carey to the world might have been half-expecting an over-the-top, flamboyant, glamorous caricature of a woman, but Patricia Carey is in fact just a really classy lady with a huge voice. While sometimes Mariah is criticized for valuing vocal acrobatics and the physicality of singing rather than emotion, it's easy to see where her controlled and precise technical prowess comes from after seeing her powerhouse showdown with her mother. That last note was everything.

3.) Her new Christmas album is actually good. Really.
On "O Holy Night," one of the diva's personal favorites, she brought the crowd to its feet cheering. THIS is Mariah; the same Mariah the public marveled at in the early 90s—the curly-haired beauty who took our breath away with "Emotions." Now, almost 20 (!) years later, we see the once famously-controlled young talent singing onstage, married and with child at 40, performing with the veteran ease that probably comes from knowing that no other solo artist has produced more No.1 singles than you. Carey also performed some of her new original holiday songs, including the silky smooth "When Christmas Comes," a fun and simple R&B joint fit for a holiday party soundtrack. Other highlights included "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and the (expectedly) joyful "Joy to the World," as well as American Idol judge Randy Jackson joining the singer onstage for "Here Comes Santa Claus/Housetop Celebration."

While her live rendition of Merry Christmas II You far surpasses its studio incarnation, the album is a thankfully safe, but wholly enjoyable and fun collection of new material and old favorites.

4.) She does crazy right
GLITTER! No MC holiday special would be complete without a shining, glimmering set; her hair lightly blowing in the fabricated wind!

During "Joy to the World," Mariah was in top diva form: pinky up as she clutched her crystal-encrusted microphone, walking around stage in her black glimmering trademark baby-doll dress, head-tilted as she belted. She produced the mixture of her classic dainty , innocent angel and the old-school strength and pain we used to see. Mariah's always had a taste for excess, but not in the same way other celebrities do. Her crazy manifests itself in the true sense of what one would imagine a prima donna to be: crazy tour riders, lying on a couch on the Home Shopping Network, glitter everywhere, complaining about sporting a moustache in her (critically acclaimed) portrayal of a social worker in Precious. She likes champagne, and she's done some crazy things like make Glitter and push out an ice cream cart in her hot pants on TRL. But she's not known for drug abuse or promiscuity or any of the truly ugly, sad byproducts of being a successful star.

5.) She reminds us of what a diva is, and why she's the last one standing
What's a diva? Lady Gaga is not a diva. Rihanna is not a diva. A diva is a larger-than-life personality, yes; a woman with charisma beyond measure, but more than anything, she's a voice, and above all, THE voice. She doesn't need fancy stage setups, props, pyrotechnics, elaborate costumes, or statement music videos. She doesn't need to be racy or controversial or reference obscure art scenes and design influences. For the true diva, it's just her and the microphone, standing on stage, singing her heart out and in turn making yours jump right out of your chest. Mariah is not by any means the only diva, but she's definitely the only still-relevant, functional diva. Dear Whitney's been in and out of rehab and reality television, while Cher and Celine have (for the most part) been hiding out in Vegas. Meanwhile, the young crop of power voices are busy running around with their heads chopped off trying to rule the word. By the way, Lady Gaga may have created a strong army of loyal "Little Monsters," but Mariah Carey had given her fans a pet name way before it was cool, affectionately referring to her following as her "lambs."

For now, though, Mariah Carey sits happily atop the Diva throne, reminding everyone that not many people can captivate and command an audience without moving an inch quite like her and that sometimes less is more. Except when it comes to glitter, bling and falsettos. In that case, more is always more.
Source: The Atlantic | Anthony

EW Reviews Mariah's Christmas TV Special
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010, 3:03PM EST
Mariah Carey's 'Merry Christmas' special last night:
Three highlights worth watching

By Tanner Stransky, Entertainment Weekly

You know who's super-fun around Christmastime? The grand dame of "All I Want for Christmas is You," Mariah Carey, duh! Last night, the very pregnant pop diva premiered her ABC holiday special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You, and it did not disappoint in the anti-Scrooge category. It very successfully put me in the holiday spirit! The highlights were many but here's a guide to the three most important moments from the Carey Christmasfest:

• The diva's special-opening rendition of sleigh-bell and school yard-chant happy new single "Oh, Santa!" was the perfect kick-off for the evening. This thumpy, joyful tune proves: Mariah just wants to have fun!

• The launch of Mariah Carey's duet of "O Come All Ye Faithful" with her opera-singer mother Patricia Carey. It becomes a diva-off, with both reaching the rafters for the highest note in history. Who wins? You can be the judge of that.

• Mariah closes out the night with her Christmas standard, "All I Want for Christmas Is You." If that doesn't put you in the spirit, then nothing will. There's simply few things out there that are this joyful.

Auld Lang Syne Remixes Now Available!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010, 9:46AM EST
The new Mariah Carey "Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) The Remixes" EP Single is now available for digital download! You can get the full 9-track EP Single from Amazon for $5.99 or iTunes for $7.99.


TRACK LIST
1. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Ralphi Rosario Traditional Club Mix) 7:56

2. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Rosario Traditional Mixshow) 6:11

3. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Rosario Traditional Radio Edit) 4:13

4. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Ralphi's Alternative Club Mix) 6:07

5. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Ralphi's Alternative Mixshow Edit) 5:21

6. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Mix) 6:44

7. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Radio) 3:14

8. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Dub) 7:38

9. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse (No Vocal Intro) Mix) 5:40
Source: MariahDailyJournal

VIDEO: Mariah's ABC Special Merry Christmas To You
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 14-Dec-2010, 9:18AM EST
MARIAH CAREY: MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU
ABC - December 13, 2010




PART 1 - "Santa Claus Is Coming To Town" Intro and "Oh Santa!"
Download: HD | DVD

PART 2 - "O Little Town of Bethlehem/Little Drummer Boy" Medley
and "O Holy Night"

Download: HD | DVD

PART 3 - "Here Comes Santa Claus" (ft. Randy Jackson) and
"When Christmas Comes"

Download: HD | DVD

PART 4 - "Charlie Brown Christmas" and "Joy To The World"
Download: HD | DVD

PART 5 - "Christmas Time Is In The Air Again" and
"O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" (Ft. Patricia Carey)

Download: HD | DVD

PART 6 - "All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Download: HD | DVD
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Interviews with Advocate
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Dec-2010, 2:50PM EST
Mariah, Unwrapped
In high spirits with another hit holiday album, Merry Christmas II You, Mariah Carey remembers her guncles, addresses bisexual rumors, and considers the possibility of a miraculous gay birth. By Brandon Voss

To use her words, Mariah Carey is having a Christmas music moment. Merry Christmas, her 1994 holiday album, yielded the seasonal staple "All I Want For Christmas Is You." Merry Christmas II You, Carey's successful new yuletide sequel, contains first single "Oh Santa!" which is perched atop Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart like a perfect angel. On December 13, the 40-year-old Grammy-winner stars in Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas to You, a music special that features an appearance by Mimi's mother, former opera diva Patricia Carey. On December 17 she'll be seen in TNT's Christmas in Washington special, and she'll also join the festivities for ABC's broadcast of the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade. Now Carey, who's expecting her first child with husband Nick Cannon, regifts the love of her loyal gay fans — and stuffs our stocking with the truth about her night with Lindsay Lohan.

The Advocate: No one does contemporary Christmas pop like you, Mariah. Do you really love the holidays, or are you just faking it?
Mariah Carey: You can't really fake that. I don't think people who don't love Christmas could translate that into a great Christmas song. People ask me, "How do you make these songs feel like they're already classics?" The point is that I do love the holidays so much, and I love writing songs and making records, so it seems like a natural fusion for me. I did the first Christmas album so long ago, and then every year I'd listen to it and pick it apart. So I needed to make a new Christmas album for myself as well as for the fans. I wanted an album that I could listen to during the holidays.

I've read reports that your holiday repertoire might be made into a Broadway musical about your life as early as next year. What's the real story?
It definitely wouldn't be about my life; start that rumor and they'll never lose it, so make sure people know it's not about my life. Right now we're working on finding a script. We've been in discussions with HBO for over three years now. Everybody's been very supportive of the project, but nobody wants to accept a script that's not amazing. Anybody out there reading this who's a writer or writer-in-training, we're definitely accepting different ideas right now. Because it's so important to me, I don't want to make a mistake and have the script not be as good as the music. I want the script to be better than the music.

You'd rather debut your musical on TV than on Broadway?
A long time ago, the first idea I had was for it to be on Broadway and hopefully become a perennial. Then we spoke with HBO and got into discussions about making a movie musical. So it wouldn't be a TV movie, because it's not TV, it's HBO.

Marc Shaiman, who worked as a writer-producer on Merry Christmas II You, would certainly be an asset on that musical project.
I love Marc Shaiman. He's amazing, and I'd love to work with him again. Randy Jackson introduced me to him. When we sat down to write at the house in L.A., it was an amazing experience. After that, I was like, "He has to do the orchestrations for the entire album, because nobody else is coming close to what he's doing, even in his demos." And he's hilarious. Being with him in person is almost as good as his e-mails.

Last year you made magic with filmmaker Lee Daniels in Precious, and now you've created another holiday miracle with Marc Shaiman. Not to detract from their talent, but is there something special about gay men that makes them a perfect creative match for you?
I mean, how could I say that there's not? I can't generalize too much because straight people I work with will be like, "Well, what does that say about me?" But it is true that there's a certain chemistry there. Yes, their talents are gigantic, but they're also open-minded, and it's all about the shared references. I really clicked with Marc when we wrote our first song together, "Christmas Time Is in the Air Again," because our references were so similar. His are way deeper than mine in terms of standards and older Broadway stuff, but he was surprised that I knew old standards that most people don't know, because my mom would sing them when I was really little. And Lee's another one that you just can't help but love. He's got his own unique personality, and we share so many of the same references as well. I can't even think of all the crazy things we quote and laugh about.

Whether it's those surprised concertgoers on Oprah last year or the "Party in the FIP" boys who just made a YouTube video for "All I Want for Christmas Is You," your gay fans aren't shy about expressing their love. When did you first feel that support from the gay audience?
I've never really categorized it like that. But I've always been able to connect with different kinds of people, because whoever connects with me realizes that I do truly appreciate and care about them. And ... wait, what was I saying? You touched on something I wanted to discuss ... Sorry, when you're pregnant you don't remember things from one second ago.

Your connection with gay fans.
Yeah, maybe part of the connection is that I do write songs from an outsider perspective. A lot of my die-hard gay fans don't just know my singles, but they also know all the album cuts. I have songs about feeling different and alienated, because I grew up with my own issues, being biracial and not having money. Some of those lyrics can apply to anybody who feels different. My die-hard gay fans listen to songs like "Outside" and "Close My Eyes," songs that most people wouldn't know, and these songs have become anthemic for them for their own personal reasons.

Do you have any words of encouragement for the young victims of antigay bullying?
It's horrible that it's almost 2011 and this is still going on, but I don't want to get on my podium and say, "Just keep believing!" — I know that's cliche, and it would be typical of me to say something like that. It's almost impossible to say anything, really, except you must be aware that dealing with that in high school is a passing place. You have to stay strong, rely on your true friends, and try to get through it, as opposed to drowning in it. Look at how many people suffered during high school and came out of it a better, stronger adult. That's the thing to focus on.

You also returned the support from gay fans last year when you invited a young gay couple onstage at a Las Vegas concert to help facilitate their marriage proposal.
If two people want to get married, it's their prerogative — we hope. Everybody should be able to do what they want to do and be in the pursuit of happiness. Ever since I was a little girl, my mother was very open-minded and had many different types of friends, so being gay never seemed wrong or strange to me. Her best friends were a gay couple, Ernie and Mort, and they kind of co-raised me. They were the nicest guys ever, and they would watch my little shows when I'd sing. Today, I guess they'd be called my guncles. Sometimes they'd put us up when we didn't have a place to go. I couldn't wait to go stay at their house because it was so beautifully done.

Are they still in your life?
One of them passed away. They weren't together at the very end, but they were together for a long, long time.

Back to your gay fans, Marc Jacobs's ex-boyfriend Jason Preston got a big tattoo of your name on his stomach a few years ago. Isn't that a bit much?
I've seen it. How can I say it's a bit much? No, it's amazing. I mean, it is very surprising when you see something like that, but he's a fun guy, so I thought it was adorable.

How might you and Nick handle it if your child turned out to be gay?
I guess we'd handle it as best we could in terms of being supportive.

You strike me as one of those people who might secretly hope for a gay son.
[Laughs] I just hope for whoever's going to be happy and that I can be a great mother to.

What if you have a little lesbian who won't wear your tight hand-me-down dresses and butterfly jewelry?
No comment. [Laughs] No, the thing is that you can't try to make somebody something they're not. Everybody's like, "Oh, if she has a girl, everything's going to be pink, blah, blah, blah." But I don't think you should go totally overboard on that. You should wait and see what the child wants.

What do you think about today's female artists like Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Nicki Minaj, Ke$ha, and Christina Aguilera, who flirt with bisexuality in their lyrics, videos, and in the press? Many view it as a disingenuous marketing strategy.
Maybe it's more a reflection of society becoming more accepting. Some of those different artists might really be expressing themselves, but yes, some might just be looking for a little more attention. You never know.

Bisexual rumors have surrounded you for years.
If it makes somebody happy to say that, then whatever, but that's not the reality. I don't have a discriminatory policy of who I'm friends with, so yes, I'm friends with women who are gay — gay, straight, it doesn't matter to me. So I don't get upset when I hear that, because it is what it is. I guess I could lie about it to seem more exciting.

Is Nick comfortable around your gay friends?
He's fine. Honestly, he does his own thing and doesn't really care what anybody else is doing. He's just living his life and being happy.

Is it true that Lindsay Lohan has tried to seduce you?
No, but I have hung out with her at a club. She was with Sean Lennon, and they came over. I remember he was playing my Hello Kitty guitar, and we were all just singing, laughing, and making up songs. It really couldn't have been more innocent.

Some reviews have referred to Burlesque as the new Glitter. Have you seen it?
I haven't seen it, and I don't feel like sitting in a movie theater right now. I can barely lie in bed and be comfortable. First I'm going to go see Elf, the Broadway musical, because I'm very focused on my Christmas music moment. But maybe I'll see it when it comes out on DVD.
Source: Advocate | Jeremy

Video: Mariah Performs "One Child" in D.C.
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Dec-2010, 9:10AM EST
In this Associated Press video footage from Sunday's "Christmas in Washington" taping, a clip of Mariah performing "One Child" with a choir can be seen at about 00:42 into the video.

Source: Associated Press

Video: Mariah on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Dec-2010, 8:34AM EST

Full Show - Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, ABC, Dec. 12, 2010
Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Listen to "Oh Santa!/AIWFCIY" Remix!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Dec-2010, 7:55AM EST
The Jump Smokers' remix mash-up of Mariah's holiday hits, "Oh Santa!" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You," is now playing at the official Mariah Carey site. It includes an amazing intro with new vocals! Check it out here!

Watch Mariah's ABC Christmas Special Tonight!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Dec-2010, 7:31AM EST
The wait is almost over! We're hours away from our most anticipated Mariah Carey Christmas special, Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You - airing TONIGHT at 9:00pm ET/PT on ABC!

Source: MariahDailyJournal

A capital Christmas celebration descends on Washington
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Dec-2010, 6:03AM EST
It was Christmas caroling to the max as Mariah Carey, Andrea Bocelli and Annie Lennox got into the songs of the season on Sunday at a star-studded holiday concert at the National Building Museum.

Matthew Morrison, Miranda Cosgrove and Maxwell also were part of this year's Christmas in Washington, an annual special which will air at 8 p.m. ET/PT Friday on TNT. Ellen DeGeneres hosted.

President Obama and Michelle Obama showed up, along with Sasha, Malia and Marian Robinson, the first lady's mother.

A very pregnant-looking Carey, who was the first to perform, said in an interview before the show that the invitation was "an honor." Last month saw the release of her Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You, and this "seemed like the perfect way to highlight this holiday season." The mom-to-be, fittingly, belted out her new Christmas song One Child. Carey, dressed in a festive red sparkling dress with a large bow tied right above her burgeoning baby bump, sang against the backdrop of a group of singers made up of the Washington Youth Choir and the American Family Choir.

DeGeneres followed Carey's number. The host began by welcoming "the president, Mrs. Obama, family, friends and security that patted me down too much." She continued, "I think we all know why I am here — because Oprah is in Australia."

DeGeneres kept the jokes rolling between performances, making sure to cater to the inside-the-Beltway crowd. "I have some bad news... I've just been told that Santa's naughty-and-nice list has shown up on WikiLeaks."

For the concert's finale, all of the stars and both choirs returned to the stage to sing a medley of revered classics including Joy to the World, Away in a Manger, Angels From the Realms of Glory, O Holy Night and O Come All Ye Faithful.

"What a wonderful show," the president said in closing the special and reflecting on the reason behind the season. "It's a message that guides my Christian faith... We hold in our hearts those who have fallen on hard times this holiday season." Obama wished the audience a happy holiday and, along with his family, joined everyone in a rendition of Hark the Herald Angels Sing.

The TNT telecast marks the network's 12th presentation of Christmas in Washington, which is in its 29th year overall and benefits the Children's National Medical Center.
Source: USA Today

HQ Photos: Mariah at "Christmas in Washington" Taping
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Dec-2010, 6:21PM EST
Below are photos of Mariah, with Ellen DeGeneres, on stage during the "Christmas in Washington" taping earlier today, December 12th at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. The Christmas spectacular will air on Friday, December 17th at 8pm ET/PT on TNT.




Source: MariahDailyJournal | Celine

Fan Review: Mariah at "Christmas In Washington"
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Dec-2010, 6:16PM EST
Below is Jacob's review of the "Christmas in Washington" dress rehearsal that he got to go to today at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Also included are photos and a video clip of Mariah performing "O Come All Ye Faithful."

"I just got home from the dress rehearsal, which was so much fun. After waiting in the rain for an hour they finally let us in. When we got close to the door I spotted Michael the bodyguard and Kris the makeup artist guy. Anyway, we got seated and sat in the fourth or fifth row. It was first come, first served seating with some seats roped off. There were signs on some seats for important people that will be sitting there for the real show tonight.

Mariah opened the whole thing. They brought out the sparkly mic stand so I obviously knew what was about to happen. They announced her and she walked out in a tight black dress looking very very pregnant. Mariah sang 'One Child' to open the show and did a great job! She completely nailed the second verse. She was backed by a large choir.

Ellen did her monologue after that and was followed by the rest of the performances (Matthew Morrison, Annie Lennox, Maxwell, Andrea Bocelli, Miranda Cosgrove, several choir performances).

Then came the finale. Each performer came back on and did a shortened version of a Christmas standard. Mariah was last and sang 'O Come All Ye Faithful.' She did the first verse and then the choir came in. Then, there were a bunch of sounds problems at the climax. It was awesome though she was the main spectacle of the finale in the center of the stage with the rest of the performers surrounding her. Then at the end they all sang the 'Gloria' refrain while trumpets played. At this point, Mariah and Ellen were basically goofing around. Ellen came and stood by Mariah and was rubbing her belly and they were laughing and talking. Matthew Morrison said something to Mariah and she smiled but they didn't really interact much.

All of the performers exited off the stage on the ground level by the chairs except for Mariah, who went straight back."

PHOTOS


VIDEO CLIP: Mariah Performing "O Come All Ye Faithful"

Source: Jacob

Mariah Covers UK's Celebs On Sunday
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Dec-2010, 6:04PM EST
Pregnant Mariah Carey: 'Pyjamas are the only thing that fit me now'
Celebs On Sunday (UK) - December 2010 Issue

Diva, demanding, difficult... all words used to describe Mariah Carey. But when we chatted to the 40-year-old singing sensation, she was anything but. She tells us all, from pregnancy to Christmas

Dressed in a simple but chic naby blue jacket and trousers, with her caramel-coloured hair straight and shiny, Mariah Carey is looking calm and radiant. Seated in a chair by the window of an elegant New York hotel, The Biggest Selling Female Artist Of All Time rises to greet us as we come through the door. She's tall. At 5ft 9in, plus 5in heels, we almost have to crane our necks. 'Hello, how are you?' she smiles.

There is, of course, a reason for the special glow that emanates from the singer. Having confirmed the best-kept secret in town last month, Mariah Carey is delighted she will soon be a yummy mummy.

After months of fevered 'is she, isn't she?,' Mariah and her husband Nick Cannon announced that they are expecting their first child in the spring. So how is she feeling? 'Utter contentment,' confesses the singer. Any morning sickness? 'It's been more of a constant "ugh!" feeling. I do have a sort of underlying sensation of nausea sometimes, but throwing up isn't very good for your voice, so I've just tried to calm and relax.'

The fact the couple have been holding their cards so close to their chest in recent months can be partly explained by the revelation that Mariah suffered a miscarriage quite soon after they were married two years ago. 'After that experience, Nick and I were reluctant to call everyone after we took a pregnancy test,' says Mariah, who admits she suffered a bout of depression after losing her baby. 'I like to keep personal things personal. But I've learned there's so much that's personal in this business.'

Mariah is used to being one of the most talked about – and photographed – women on the planet. Recently voted in Japan as The Most Exciting Woman In The World, the star was also given the Legs Of A Goddess award by Gillette two years ago, prompting her to insure her pins for a huge undisclosed sum. Her recent changing body shape has been endlessly discussed, although when we met her last year pre-pregnancy, she was looking slim and toned. Mostly, though, she appears voluptuous and sexy and is a definite role model for 'real' women everywhere.

For her own part, Mariah is more than aware of the physical changes her pregnancy will bring. 'It's not easy being a public figure with everyone around you being model-thin,' she confesses. 'I'm like, "Oh, theose were the days!" All that seems to fit me right now are my pyjamas. Actually, you could say you'll be seeing more of me now – when you do see me,' she quips.

For someone who has always been so focused on her career, Mariah admits her happy marriage was a big factor in her decision to start a family. 'I always wanted to feel this unconditional love. But I never wanted to think about it without being in a grounded relationship. I know many people are single parents, and that's fine if it works for you, but I wanted to bring my child into a family with a mother and father who live together and love each other,' says the singer, who married Nick – a presenter, comedian, award-winning actor and multi-millionaire CEO of Teen Nickelodeon – two and a half years ago.

'The great thing about Nick is he just totally supports me, and if he gives an opinion about my work, then I like to hear it. I know it always comes from the right place, because he's got such a good heart. For maybe the first time in my life I feel totally cherished and adored,' says Mariah.

And there certainly is no doubting the strength of feeling between the couple, with Nick admitting he'd held a candle for his 'celebrity crush' for many years before eventually meeting her at an awards ceremony in 2005. He, more than anyone, has been aware of Mariah's maternal instincts. 'She's going to be the most amazing mom ever,' he said recently. 'She's a nurturing spirit.'

This caring side of Mariah is something the public may not see, although those closest to her certainly do. In fact, Mariah has the same friends since school days. ' I think one of the most down-to-earth things about me is I value my frienships,' she reveals. 'All my friends know that MC keeps her word. I'm very loyal and never divulge their secrets.'

Every Christmas the singer flies her pals out to Aspen so they can spend the holiday with her and her family. Like a mother hen, she oversees the whole event, and is even head chef on the day. Cooking, in fact, is one of Mariah's specialties. 'My favourite recipe too, and he left it to me before he passed.'

As our interview draws to a close we stand up ready to leave. Noticing that it's raining, Mariah is concerned about our journey home. 'You can't go out in this!' she exclaims. 'You'll get soaked. I'm going to organise a car for you.'

We'd heard all the rumours that Mariah Carey is difficult, or a diva, or that she 'doesn't do stairs,' but nothing could be further from the truth. All we found was a sweet, caring, smart woman. Looks like she's going to make a great mummy. The yummy bit seems to come naturally too.


Pampered Pooches
Inspired by her love of dogs (the singer is the proud owner of Cha Cha and Jack), Mariah is planning to launch a line of dog clothes for sartorially smart canines.

Mariah Tops The Charts
Mariah's album, Merry Christmas II You is her second festive offering, but Mariah says, 'I love Christmas so much, it just seemed to be the right time for another.' It includes a brand new recording of her most famous seasonal hit, All I Want For Christmas Is You, a song that has sold millions of copies around the world, as well as getting to No. 1 every year on the Billboard Hot Recurrents chart. The new album is already No. 1 on Billboard's R&B Chart. Meanwhile, the toe-tapping first single from the album, Oh Santa!, is No. 1 on the US holiday singles chart. Hot stuff.

X Marks The Spot?
What about the persistent rumours that Carey has been invited to be a judge on the American version of X Factor? After all, she's friends with Simon Cowell for many years, and even accepted to offer to mentor the British contestants two years ago. Mariah just smiles enigmatically and says nothing. We'll take that as a maybe...

Source: Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal

"Oh Santa!/AIWFCIY" Remix to Premiere Tomorrow!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Dec-2010, 12:46PM EST
Catch the premiere of the Jump Smokers' remix mash-up of Mariah's holiday hits "Oh Santa!" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" tomorrow, December 13th at 3:00pm Central time (1:00pm PT/4:00pm ET) on JumpSmokers.com and B96.com.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Merry Christmas II You Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 12-Dec-2010, 3:35AM EST
United States (230,000): 04-12-22-28-12
Taiwan: 14
Canada: 14-24-43-45-55
Japan (15,200): 24-31-32
Hungary: 30
Australia (~8,000): 37-47-32-27
Italy: 41
Austria: 45
Sweden: 51-40
Netherlands: 52-00-100
Spain: 56-94-95
Greece: 57
Germany: 77
France: 82-152
Belgium (Wallonia): 85
United Kingdom (2,500): 101-000-157
Ireland - 130

Certifications:
Gold - Malaysia (7,500)
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Sneak Peek: Mariah & Mom Duet on ABC Christmas Special
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Dec-2010, 12:10AM EST
Here's a sneak preview from Access Hollywood of Mariah and mom Patricia performing "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" on the ABC Special "Mariah Carey: Merry Christmas To You" that's airing on Monday, December 13th at 9:00pm. Truly an amazing show you won't want to miss!


And here's All I Want For Christmas Is You" courtesy of E! News.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Auld Lang Syne Remixes Out Tuesday
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 11-Dec-2010, 10:28AM EST
Amazon has just listed a Mariah Carey "Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) The Remixes" EP Single that's available for digital download on Tuesday, December 14th. Log on to Amazon now to listen to samples for each track!


1. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Ralphi Rosario Traditional Club Mix) 7:56

2. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Rosario Traditional Mixshow) 6:11

3. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Rosario Traditional Radio Edit) 4:13

4. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Ralphi's Alternative Club Mix) 6:07

5. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Ralphi's Alternative Mixshow Edit) 5:21

6. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Mix) 6:44

7. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Radio) 3:14

8. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse Dub) 7:38

9. Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) (Johnny Vicious Warehouse (No Vocal Intro) Mix) 5:40
Source: Amazon | Bernard

Video: Mariah on 2010 TeenNick HALO Awards
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 11-Dec-2010, 12:17AM EST
Mariah presented the HALO (Helping And Leading Others) Award to Lauren Huichan from Albuquerque, NM who was one of the four teens recognized and honored for their philanthropic deeds in their communities at tonight's 2010 TeenNick HALO Awards.


Mariah on TeenNick HALO Awards, Dec. 10, 2010
[ Download here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"O Come All Ye Faithful" Video Now on iTunes
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Dec-2010, 3:57PM EST
The "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" music video which Mariah premiered on HSN on Nov. 29th is now available on iTunes for download, finally! Get it now!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

New Oh Santa!/AIWFCIY Remix Mash-Up Out Soon
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Dec-2010, 8:15AM EST
A remix mash-up of "Oh Santa!" and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is currently in the works and will be coming out soon, as revealed by Mariah and the Jump Smokers on Twitter earlier today!

MariahCarey Coming VERY soon! : "Oh santa all I want for Christmas is you" Jump smoker's re mix!!! #stone festive!!!! Merry Christmas again!!!

JumpSmokers in the lab working on our huuuuuugggeee TOP SECRET project...ya'll should be hearing it very soon...just in time for the Holidays!!!

JumpSmokers Mariah Carey just let our "secret" out via her Twitter: she has us doing a remix mash-up of "Oh Santa! / All I Want For Christmas Is You" - she even gave us NEW vocals!!!!!!!!!!! Ummmmmm...somebody please pinch us!!! lol
Source: Mariah on Twitter | Jump Smokers on Twitter/FB

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Dec-2010, 6:51AM EST
NOTE: Updated to now include SoundScan figures.

Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated December 18, 2010.

MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU
Billboard 200: #12 (Last week: #28)
Sales this week: 64,676 (+55.6%)
Total Sales: 230,035
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #4 (Last week: #7) *Greatest Gainer
Billboard Holiday Albums: #4 (Last week: #6)
Billboard Top Current Albums: #12 (Last week: #26)

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Billboard 200: #98 (Last week: #124)
Sales this week: 12,165 (+20.7%)
Total Sales: 5,084,091
Billboard Holiday Albums: #13 (Last week: #24)

"Oh Santa!"
Billboard Adult Contemporary: #1 (Last week: #12)*Greatest Gainer
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #178 (Debut)
Downloads this week: 9,317 (+173.5%)
Total Downloads: 24,306
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #25 (Last week: #45)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Billboard Holiday Songs: #2 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #23 (Last week: #60)
Downloads this week: 46,726 (+37.3%)
Total Downloads: 1,694,157
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #2 (Last week: #1)
Billboard Ringtones: #1 (Last week: #10)
Billboard AOL Radio #4
Source: MariahDailyJournal

In Praise Of... A Very Mariah Christmas
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Dec-2010, 6:46AM EST
Bing Crosby may well be turning in his grave, but no child of the 1980s will be surprised to see Mariah Carey's sublime All I Want For Christmas Is You bounding up the charts after being named the nation's top festive song.

Certainly, Mariah herself recognises that no December dancefloor is complete without merry revellers pointing at each other and wailing: "Yooo-oooo-oooh!" Accordingly, she's released a new CD, modestly billed as The Ultimate Christmas Album, that features a new version of the jingle-bell-tastic classic.

It's debatable whether any traditional carol is improved by the incorporation of a whistle-register descant part, but there's no denying AIWFCIY is in a league of its own. Why is this?

On the one hand, Mariah and Christmas go together like turkey and cranberries. This is the season of extravagance and excess, so who better to celebrate it than a woman who, by all accounts, would take one look at the stuff her true love sent to her over a week and a half and still demand a dressing room full of puppies and three thousands white lilies?

On the other hand, AIWFCIY isn't about any of that. The Mariah of that song isn't bothered about champagne and diamonds – indeed, she was content to run around in a snowsuit hugging reindeer for the video. Perhaps what makes the song such a huge hit is the fact that it's for absolutely everyone. Tradition is all very well, but not every household has a heteronormative yule with mum, dad and the kids.

The "you" of the chorus could be directed at a long-term partner, a brand new love interest, a best friend or even a pet cat.

It's a song of optimism and joy that maybe, just maybe, hints at the real meaning of Christmas.
Source: Herald Scotland

Audio: Mariah Calls In to UK's BBC Radio 1
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Dec-2010, 6:31AM EST
Mariah made a surprise call to BBC Radio 1 in the UK on Thursday afternoon (12/9) and chatted with Scott Mills about her new album Merry Christmas II You, her holiday plans this year. She also retells the story of how she suprised her mother with a new house as a Christmas present ("It is one of the best experiences of my life.").

Listen to the audio below!

[ Download an MP3 file here ]
Source: BB Radio 1 | Spencer for MariahConnection UK

HDD Prediction: Mariah to Move 70-75K Copies This Week
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Dec-2010, 7:24PM EST
WEAKEND CHART PREVIEW: Grand Hustle/Atlantic Records hip-hop star T.I.'s new album, No Mercy, is the week's top debut, cracking the Top 5, with Columbia's Susan Boyle still holding forth at the top of the chart. Walt Disney's Daft Punk Tron: Legacy soundtrack is also showing some surprising strength, with a projected total of 60-65k. The rest of the chart shapes up as follows:

Susan Boyle (Columbia) 250-270k
Taylor Swift (Big Machine) 190-210k
Glee Cast Christmas (Columbia) 160-170k
Jackie Evancho (Columbia) 160-170k
* T.I. (Grand Hustle/Atlantic) 135-145k
Josh Groban Illuminations (Reprise) 80-85k
Nicki Minaj (YM/Cash Money/Universal Motown) 75-80k
Andrea Bocelli My Christmas (Decca) 75-80k
Mariah Carey (Island/IDJ) 70-75k
Glee Cast Vol. 4 (Columbia) 65-70k
Rihanna (Def Jam/IDJ) 65-70k
Justin Bieber My Worlds Acoustic (Island/IDJ) 60-65k
*Daft Punk Tron: Legacy soundtrack (Walt Disney) 60-65k
Kanye West (Roc-a-Fella/IDJ) 60-65k
John Groban Noel (Reprise) 55-60k
Black Eyed Peas (Interscope) 55-60k
Katy Perry (Capitol/EMI) 55-60k
*Charlie Wilson (Jive/JLG) 50-55k
Keith Urban (Capitol Nashville/EMI) 50-55k

Nick Dishes On Mariah's Pregnancy
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Dec-2010, 6:46PM EST
Seven weeks after Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey announced they were expecting to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush, the "America's Got Talent" host stopped by Access Hollywood Live to update Billy and Kit Hoover on the "Oh Santa" singer's pregnancy progress.

"Lots of massages, and lots of pregnancy pillows," Nick told Billy and Kit, when asked how he's keeping his lovely wife happy. "That's my thing right now -- just give her a pillow and she's happy!"

Another way to keep Mariah "happy" is by bringing her fruit -- although, the chart-topper sometimes prefers a more sugary treat. "Most of [her cravings are] really healthy. "She's craving a lot of fruit. She sent me out for candy apples one night. I don't know if that still fits in the fruit category, but it was definitely a tough time," he laughed. "I had to see if there was circus or a carnival in town!"

The charming couple has been plagued by rumors of the possibility of multiple births after Mariah may have slipped up during an interview last month. While Nick didn't give a definite twin denial, he did say he and his wife are waiting to find out the sex of the baby/babies. "That [twin] rumor came from an interview Mariah did where she was talking about her Christmas album and how she's been singing so much, and she referred to her stomach as 'they," Nick told Billy and Kit. "She said, like, 'I hope they don't hate Christmas.' From there we heard all of these twin rumors.

"But we want to be surprised," he continued. "We were told that it's going be one of the biggest surprises of your lifetime to see what the sex of the baby is, so, we're trying to wait. But you never know."

As for who will be the Carey-Cannon household disciplinarian, Nick said he would most likely be the enforcer. "I think I'll probably be the strictest parent," Nick said. "I come from a very religious, strict family. You know, that school of thinking -- 'Spare the rod, spoil the child.' I got a lot of spankings as a kid. I'm probably going to be the disciplinarian in the family."

The 30-year-old star isn't afraid to get his hands dirty, either. When it comes to diaper duty, the future daddy said he's got it under control. "I grew up in a house full of babies, so I've changed diapers all my life. I'm used to it! I can handle that."
Source: OMG!

Mariah Covers Also Chart on Billboard
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Dec-2010, 4:39PM EST
CAREY-OKE
As Mariah Carey's "Oh Santa" vaults 12-1 in its second week on Adult Contemporary, two covers of her 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" arrive on Billboard charts.

(Random merry musing: When Carey sends her holiday wish list to "St. Nick," is she addressing Santa Claus or her husband, Nick Cannon?)

On Holiday Digital Songs, Big Time Rush's version of "All I Want for Christmas Is You" enters at No. 9.

On Country Songs, Lady Antebellum's interpretation bows at No. 57, in between the trio's "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," new at No. 56, and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" (60-58). The songs appear on the group's Target-exclusive EP, "A Merry Little Christmas."

Carey had visited Country Songs twice before as a writer. Prior to Whitney Duncan's cover of "All I Want for Christmas Is You," penned with Walter Afanasieff (No. 60, 2009), Faith Hill's "Where Are You Christmas?" reached No. 26 in 2001. Carey wrote the ballad with James Horner and Will Jennings. (The pair earned Academy and Grammy Awards for authoring Celine Dion's 1998 Hot 100 No. 1 "Titanic" theme song "My Heart Will Go On," which Afanasieff co-produced).
Source: Billboard

Audio: Mariah Calls in to 102.7 KIIS FM, Los Angeles
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Dec-2010, 1:39PM EST
Mariah called in at about 8:20am this morning for a brief chat with Ryan Seacrest on his On Air with Ryan Seacrest show on 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles, California. In the short, 7-minutes-or-so interview, they talked about Mariah's first holiday album and her best-selling holiday song of all time, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You,' her new holiday album Merry Christmas II You and her collaborators, pregnancy, and the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade which they are both a part of.

Ryan Seacrest, in introducing Mariah, called her the 'Night Light.' He says: "Her songs during the holidays make me feel safe. It's like I'm getting a night light. You cannot get frightened when you hear Mariah Carey's voice surround the holidays." To which Mariah was very appreciative. "I like that description. I'm very appreciative and grateful to be that night light."

Listen to the audio below!

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Source: KIIS FM | MariahDailyJournal

MariahDaily's Got Talent Winners Revealed
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Dec-2010, 5:01AM EST
Our special Christmas video competition, MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition, has come to an end. Thanks to everyone, our loyal visitors and our 14 talented finalists, for making this contest a success. It is now time to reveal the winners.

Last week, the Top 3 Finalists were presented on our site so our visitors could personally decide who the rightful winner would be. Congratulations to our French finalist Matthieu Barbarin (and his team members Alex, Pierre, Clothilde, and Pierre)for garnering the most votes and thus bagging the Grand Prize! The final results are as follows.

Grand Prize:
MATTHIEU BARBARIN, France - 10,419 (65.11%)

THE WINNING "OH SANTA!" VIDEO



Second Prize:
ZALOA CAMPILLO, Spain - 5,018 (31.36%)

Third Prize:
AMIR ZADEGAN, Canada - 566 (3.54%)

The winners will receive the following:
Grand Prize
–Signed Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel CD
–Signed E=MC² CD
–Signed Oh Santa! Picture
–Signed Obsessed Picture
The Adventures of Mimi DVD
–Walmart-Exclusive Obsessed Single

Second Prize
–Signed Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel CD
–Signed Oh Santa! Picture
–Walmart-Exclusive Obsessed Single

Third Prize
–Signed E=MC² CD
–Signed Oh Santa! Picture

Congratulations to the winners! Send us your mailing address at contact@mariahjournal.com so we can mail your prizes asap. And for everyone else, be sure to keep checking back to MariahDailyJournal for future contests!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah on Ryan Seacrest's Radio Show Today!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Dec-2010, 2:56AM EST
Mariah will be live on-air with Ryan Seacrest on his 102.7 KIIS FM radio show On Air With Ryan Seacrest today, December 9th. Ryan's morning show airs from 5am-10am PT (8am-1pm ET). It can be streamed live here. Be sure to tune in!
Source: MariahCarey.com

Mariah Has #1 Best-Selling Holiday Song in Digital History
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Dec-2010, 6:13PM EST
Mariah Carey's zesty "All I Want For Christmas Is You" has sold more copies than any other holiday song in digital history. The song has sold 1,715,000 downloads since she introduced it in 1994.

Below are the 30 holiday songs that have sold the most digital copies, as calculated by Nielsen/SoundScan.

The oldest song in the top 30 is the traditional "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen." The oldest song whose authorship is known is "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," which has been a holiday perennial since 1934. (Bruce Springsteen, whose version ranks #14, recorded the song in 1975.) The oldest song in the top 30 that was recorded by the original artist is Bing Crosby's "White Christmas," which he introduced in 1942.

In addition to co-writing "All I Want For Christmas Is You," Carey shares the writing credit on the Faith Hill hit "Where Are You Christmas?" Only one other songwriter has two songs on this list. Johnny Marks wrote both Brenda Lee's "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" and Burl Ives' "A Holly Jolly Christmas."

Top 30 Holiday Songs

1. Mariah Carey, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," 1,715,000. Carey was 24 in 1994 when she introduced this song on her album Merry Christmas. A remix featuring Jermaine Dupri and Lil Bow Wow was released in 2000.

2. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Eve (Sarajevo 12/24")," 721,000.
3. Alvin & the Chipmunks, "The Chipmunk Song (Christmas Don't Be Late)," 719,000.
4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Christmas Canon," 553,000.
5. Brenda Lee, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree," 536,000.
6. Adam Sandler, "The Chanukah Song," 535,000.

7. Faith Hill, "Where Are You Christmas?," 504,000. Hill was 33 in 2000 when she sang this song on the soundtrack to Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas. Mariah Carey is credited with co-writing the song with James Horner and Will Jennings.

8. Jose Feliciano, "Feliz Navidad," 452,000.
9. Bobby Helms, "Jingle Bell Rock," 436,000.
10. Bing Crosby, "White Christmas," 431,000.
11. Nat "King" Cole, "The Christmas Song," 408,000.
12. Eartha Kitt, "Santa Baby," 405,000.
13. Wham!, "Last Christmas," 375,000.
14. Bruce Springsteen, "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town," 367,000.
15. Elvis Presley, "Blue Christmas," 356,000.
16. Josh Groban, "Believe," 354,000.
17. Burl Ives, "A Holly Jolly Christmas," 339,000.
18. Trans-Siberian Orchestra, "Wizards In Winter," 309,000.
19. Dan Fogelberg, "Same Old Lang Syne," 302,000.
20. Thurl Ravenscroft, ""You're A Mean One, Mr. Grinch," 301,000.
21. Michael Buble, "Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow," 301,000.
22. Dean Martin, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," 292,000.
23. U2, "Christmas (Baby, Please Come Home)," 280,000.
24. Newsong, "The Christmas Shoes," 278,000.
25. Vince Guaraldi Trio, "Christmas Time Is Here," 276,000.
26. Andy Williams, "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year," 267,000.
27. Barenaked Ladies with Sarah McLachlan, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen"/"We Three Kings," 253,000.
28. Gayla Peevey, "I Want A Hippopotamus For Christmas (Hippo The Hero)," 239,000.
29. Chris Brown, "This Christmas," 238,000.
30. Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five, "Baby, It's Cold Outside," 235,000.
Source: Paul Grein - Chart Watch

Fans' Christmas Corner
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Dec-2010, 4:56PM EST
• Winners of our "MariahDaily's Got Talent: Oh Santa! Edition" video contest will be announced later today.

• Our Merry Christmas II You Fan Photo Gallery has been updated with more pictures of fans with their MCIIY copies. Check it out here.




• Mariah is in the December Sky Magazine, the in-flight magazine for Delta Air Lines. Her holiday hit "Oh Santa!" is on the official Delta in-flight playlist. Thanks to Brendan for the photo.

• Last night at JR's Bar and Grill in Dallas, Texas, a Christmas party was held with Mariah Carey drag queens and such; and they gave away a bunch of "Oh Santa!" promo CDs! Darron, Joseph and Larry were lucky to be there to get their copies.

• Vahe was checking out the Merry Christmas II You album, on sale for $9.99, at Best Buy in Sherman Oaks, California during the Thanksgiving weekend and to the right is a photo of how it was like at the store. "I was really shocked to see it empty! They could only find one copy in the warehouse so I grabbed it as fast as I could."

• Will shares with us what he has been doing at his place of work. "I work at a retail management and place Mariah's Merry Christmas II You on my photo counter replacing the Susan Boyle and Glee CDs."

• Below are photos of the Limited Edition Luscious Pink Parfum, bottle #12 of only 25 available, that Tony purchased from HSN. He tells us: "There were only 25 and they sold out really quickly on HSN.com. I was lucky to get #12!"


• Upcoming Merry Christmas II You Launch Parties.

1) Universal Music Singapore and Taboo Club have organized an event called "Taboo HandBag Party & Mariah Carey's "Merry Xmas II You" album launch which will be held on Saturday, December 11th, from 10:00pm to 4:00am at Taboo Club, 65 Neil Road, Singapore City. Singaporean fans can check out Taboo Club's Facebook event page here for more details.

2) The Spanish fans headed by Albert will be holding a Merry Christmas II You launch party in Barcelona, Spain this coming Saturday, December 11th, 20.30h at Bar Al Maximo, 25 of Assaonadors Street. All fans within the area are invited to attend. For further information about the Barcelona MCIIY release party, you can e-mail Albert at albertes2010@hotmail.com.

3) Fans in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will be holding a Mariah Carey launch party in celebration of the release of two Mariah Carey CDs: Merry Christmas II You and Mariah Carey Collection. The party, organized by Fan Party, will be this Saturday, December 11th at Rio de Janeiro's most famous gay club, Le Boy. For further information about the party, fans can send emails to fanparty@fanparty.com.br

• Japanese fans Shino, Kotaro and the LoveLoveJack team recently held a release party for Merry Christmas II You, and created a parody of "Oh Santa!" as a special Christmas present for Mariah. Check out their video here, and some pictures below.



• Cape Town, South Africa fans Sieraaj, Denzil, Clayton, Justin and Dean have been meeting since July to work their way through the hundreds of video files to celebrate MC's "20th." They've had MC20 parts I, II and III so far, in July, September and November, and have spent a combined 38 hours so far watching the videos that they've downloaded from MDJ - and they're still only halfway through 2008! For MC20 Part III: Extra Festive Edition!: 20 November 2010, they decided to combine a celebration of the release of Merry Christmas II You with their MC20 III, and Sieraaj dug out his Christmas tree, bought gifts for each other, all wore red and white, and swapped gifts after 10 hours of video-watching. Dean dressed as Mariah, and made a special "If you like fun, you'll love MCIIY" ensemble. Sieraaj wrote: "We hope to finish the remaining 2,5 years of video files before 2011 starts. These 'MC20' days are so much fun, though, that we're determined, once we finish, to start back at 1990, and just call it MC21!"



• Rafael has sent us some photos below from the Sao Paulo fan party celebrating the release of Merry Christmas II You in Brazil. The party was held in Hotel Cambridge on Friday, November 26. You can also check a video from the event here.


• Fan Videos. 1) French fans Adelyne, Julie and Nicolas get festive with "Oh Santa!" in their video here. 2) Mandy from the Philippines created a fan video for "One Child" here. 3) Adrian and K Anderson from the U.S. perform an acoustic cover of "Oh Santa!" here. 4) Guy from Long Beach, California performs "Jesus Born On This Day," "O Holy Night," and "All I Want For Christmas Is You" on his YouTube channel. 5) For those interested to download an MP3 file of Rocky Heron's acoustic version of "Oh Santa!" from our MariahDaily's Got Talent contest, you can do so here.

• Fan Photos. From left to right. 1) Josue's "Charlie Brown Christmas" tree that he created and placed by his cubicle at his workplace in Los Angeles, California. He tells us: "Ive gotten all my office co-workers in the holiday spirit with Mariah. A few of them bought the album and I hear Mimi caroling from cubicle to cubicle. It's awesome. The flyers here worked. I posted flyers around the building." 2) Dan shows off his Candy Bling and Letter necklace that he purchased from HSN. 3) Eric's cover design for his favorite Merry Christmas II You track "Charlie Brown Christmas." 4) Josh donned a Butterfly ensemble when he hosted a Merry Christmas II You album listening party at his house on Nov. 2nd with some of MC's biggest fans.


• Fan Book. Janel is working on a Merry Christmas Mariah and Nick fan book and would love to receive your favorite Mariah quotes, stories and photos, also Christmas memories and what Merry Christmas and Merry Christmas II You now mean to the old-school-from-back-in-the-day fans and to some of the new fans. If you want to participate in this project, contact Janel at janelspiegel@aol.com.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Vahe | Rafael | Hairul | Nikos | Mandy | Josue | Eric | Brendan | Shino | Will | Josh | Guy | Tony | Sieraaj | Albert | Janel | Joseph | Dan | Rocky | Gustavo

"O Come All Ye Faithful" Video Now on VEVO
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Dec-2010, 2:00PM EST
The music video to "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus," a fan-favorite track from Mariah's new holiday album Merry Christmas II You featuring her mom Patricia Carey can now be viewed in HQ on VEVO.


Note: The "O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" video did not get released on iTunes as originally scheduled. We will get you a download link if it ever becomes available on iTunes.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Win A Fuji Camera From Mariah!
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Dec-2010, 8:50AM EST


To celebrate the holiday season, Mariah is giving away a Fuji Instax Mini Instant Film Camera, as featured in Mariah's "Oh Santa!" video. Enter now for your chance to win!

Sneak Peek: Mariah Plays Santa on Extreme Makeover
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Dec-2010, 8:19AM EST

When there is a fan in need, you can count on a Christmas angel like Mariah Carey to bring some relief. Especially when the person in need is a cheerleading coach who left college to care for his family after the death of his mother.

On this Sunday's holiday episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, Mimi travels to Pensacola, Fla., to help out Ty Pennington & Co.-and to surprise homeowner Finis Gaston, who's a huge fan. So how does he react?

Happy would be an understatement. Finis jumps around like, well, a cheerleader. "Meeting Mariah Carey was a dream come true," he gushes. "I've got every one of her albums...and I got a hug from her now."


Finis–a scholarship student at Alabama A&M until his mother died his senior year–left school and returned home to raise his niece and nephews so they would not be sent to foster care. Mariah sits down with Finis to talk about his dreams and to remind him they're still in his reach. Santa's little helper, indeed.

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition airs Sunday at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Source: E! Online

Nick Talks TeenNick Awards & Mariah's Cravings
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Dec-2010, 7:59AM EST
Nick Cannon, TV personality—and Mr. Mariah Carey—tells ParentDish he thinks kids doing extraordinary things should be the ones recognized, rather than celebs lauding each other.

And it's not just talk. Cannon is set to host the second annual TeenNick HALO Awards Dec. 10, a show that recognizes deserving teens who are performing good deeds in their communities and trying to do something positive. This year's HALO ("Helping and Leading Others") winners are being honored for their work with foster youth, helping young people with HIV/AIDS, cleaning up beaches, striving to put an end to child slavery and other causes.

Cannon not only hosts the show, he's also its executive producer and the person who came up with the idea. He'll be joined by Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Rosario Dawson, Wyclef Jean and, of course, Carey.

Carey, 41, and Cannon, 30, raised a few eyebrows when they married after a whirlwind romance in April 2008, due to their 11-year age difference. In October, the duo confirmed what had long been gossiped about: Carey is expecting the couple's first child, although they won't reveal the due date. They did talk about an earlier miscarriage two years ago and how devastating the experience had been, but how it brought them closer together.

ParentDish: How is Mariah feeling?
Nick Cannon:
Wonderful, really good. Everybody's in good spirits.
PD: Any cravings?
NC: I think it's more like fruit and stuff like that right now.
PD: I hope you're being an attentive husband. Lots of foot rubs.
NC: Yeah, I'm trying to do the best I can.
PD: Don't worry. My husband said he felt like he was walking on egg shells when I was pregnant.
NC: It's not the easiest thing, but it's fun. It's a journey.
PD: Do you know if it's a boy or a girl?
NC: Not yet. We're trying to wait.
Source: ParentDish

Two Mariah Videos Out on iTunes this December
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Dec-2010, 4:18PM EST
Two Merry Christmas II You music videos are scheduled for release on iTunes this month! Make sure to be on the look out for them on the following release dates:

Wednesday, December 8, 2010
"O Come All Ye Faithful/Hallelujah Chorus" 3:55

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
"Auld Lang Syne (The New Year's Anthem) - Fireworks Version" 3:54
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Vote for "Oh Santa!" on 106 & Park
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Dec-2010, 2:28PM EST
"Oh Santa!" has just been added to 106 & Park's video roster. We can now start to vote online or call 1-800-617-LIVE (5483) between 5:30 and 6:00pm ET to help it make the Top 10 video countdown!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Bobby

Video: MTV's "All I Want For Christmas Is You" Contest
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Dec-2010, 2:01PM EST
Here's a treat for everyone! It's the MTV promo for its "All I Want For Christmas Is You" video contest back in 1994. Some of you may not have seen this before.


[ Download this video here ]
Source: Rafael | MariahDailyJournal

"Oh Santa!" Remixes EP Now on iTunes
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Dec-2010, 9:54AM EST
Just as we reported here on the site, "Oh Santa! (The Remixes) EP" can now be downloaded from iTunes starting TODAY. You can purchase the entire EP album for $5.99 here or download the tracks individually for $1.29 each below.

1. Oh Santa! (Jump Smokers Edit) 3:53
2. Oh Santa! (Low Sunday Edit) 4:09
3. Oh Santa! (Jump Smokers Extended) 4:08
4. Oh Santa! (Low Sunday Club) 6:16
5. Oh Santa! (Jump Smokers Instrumental) 3:53
6. Oh Santa! (Low Sunday Instrumental) 6:18
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Audio: Mariah Takes Over AT40
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 5:52PM EST
This past weekend, Mariah guest-hosted Ryan Seacrest's American Top 40 (AT40) where she counted down the week's top 40 hits, talked about her new holiday album Merry Christmas II You, her upcoming shows; and answered some fans' questions on the air.

During her AT40 hosting stint, she also talked briefly about the unreleased Angels Advocate, a Remixed edition of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel, after she played a song by Trey Songz and Nicki Minaj - the two being some of the featured artists on the said album. She said she's considering to release the tracks gratis for the fans! Here's what she said:

"That's Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj at #12 with 'Bottoms Up.' I love both of those artists. I worked with them on some remixes that... well, one of them came out but the record I did with Trey Songz is never released and I'm trying to figure out what to do if I am going to put out the remixes of a bunch of songs. I had a really nice one with Mary J. Blige. I have like I said Trey Songz, Nicki Minaj and I did the record. So many people, R. Kelly just like so many different people. And so I hope that we get to... I might just put out free for the fans so we'll see if I do that."

Mariah, of course, played her latest single during the broadcast. Here's her introduction to "Oh Santa!," #5 on AT40.

"This is Mariah Carey subbing for Seacrest and apparently he is stuffing his stocking about what's what he wrote on his sick note so here I am in his place. Okay, here's a little treat for you. The latest single of my new holiday album Merry Christmas II You and I hope you like it. This album is extra-special to me because it's clearly a very special time in my life and to be making a Christmas album during this time is like... I couldn't ask for a better moment to be doing this because if I had to be doing a real album like a regular studio album right now, I'm not sure that would work. So doing the Christmas album at least I get to do music that I really grew up loving and then write a few new holiday songs. And I had a great experience writing my first Christmas album and wrote 'All I Want For Christmas Is You' which every year I get to listen to and go, 'Yay! I wrote that song.' So, let's listen to my first single from this Christmas album. 'Oh Santa!' by me, Mariah Carey."



Mariah Hosts AT40 (From #29 Song) - Dec. 4, 2010
[ Download an MP3 File here ]

And here are the fan questions, and Mariah's answers.

Antonio from Salt Lake, Utah
If you could record a song with anyone you haven't recorded with before, whether they are living or deceased, who would it be and why? I just wanted to say that you are a big inspiration to me and congratulations on the new album and the new baby.
"Thank you, Antonio. Very sweet. I don't want to get too deep here because it's like, living or deceased, really? How do we... I don't know. Let me just say this, I've been blessed to be able to work with everybody from Pavarotti to Jay-Z, and Aretha Franklin, so many great talented people and so many different, diverse types of music and stuff, so I would just say that it's an ever-changing thing and whatever feels organic would be, you know, what I would like to do next. Thank you for the question, Antonio."

Jesse from Norwalk, California
Now that you are pregnant which one, you or Nick, will be the stricter parent of the two?
"Hi, Jesse. Thank you for the question. You know, Nick is always saying that he's looking forward to that side of the whole thing and so I'm going to go with Nick's going to be the stricter parent."

Xavier from Alabama
How did you know that Nick was the one that you wanted to spend the rest of your life with?
"Xavier, thank you for the question. How did I know? Well, we both just knew and there was no question about it. Even the rest of world was like, 'Okay.' [laughs] They were! And that's like really we don't care what they say but I'm just being honest. So yeah, we both knew and we still do so thank you for the question, darling."

Sonia
I was wondering if you were going to do any movies soon.
"Hi, Sonia. That's a nice question. Well, denifitely not at this moment right now. I have to get through the next few months and then get it together. And then hopefully yeah I would love to do some movies. I had a great time last year with Precious and working with Gabby and Mo'Nique, and obviously Lee Daniels - the director who is hilarious. Lee, I hope you're listening to me because this is so your bag, this is so you take care of me, and just sit there listening to me 'cause you love me and you live for me [laughs]. Call me! Anyway, thank you so much Sonia for the question. The answer is yes, after I do a couple of things and get it a little bit more together."

Ash from the UK
How does Nick make your Christmas extra-special?
"Hi, Ash. I know Ash. Yes, I do. I love Ash. Thank you for calling. You made it very festive, Ash. How does Nick make my Christmas extra-special? Just by being him. Thank you for the question, darling. (I) Love you, (I) mean it. No, I really do. Ash is a really good guy. He really, really is."

Ryan Seacrest
Mariah, first of all, thank you for filling in. I'm somewhere asleep under a comforter and enjoying it. So here's the question, Randy and I, Randy Jackson whom you worked with on the Christmas album, we want to get you something for the baby. What is it that's on the list, the things that you and Nick want for this new baby. Because he and I are going to go to a store and buy it. What would you like?
"Ah, that's very thoughtful and nice, Mr. Seacrest and Randolph Jackson. I know you guys probably are on a plane somewhere. Thank you for thinking of us. Hmm, what do we want? I think it's just enough that you thought of us. So we appreciate it and I don't know. I think it's something with music would be appropriate from you guys. I think that would be nice so just whatever you do I'm sure it will be amazing and thank you so much, Ryan. Thank you for letting me do this. I had a good time. I'm coming for you, seriously. I'm going to come, I will hunt you down. I'm going to come, and try and steal the show again, darling [laughs]."
Source: MariahDailyJournal

More Photos: Mariah at Disney Christmas Taping
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 4:15PM EST
Here are HQ photos of Mariah performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" during the Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade taping at Disney World in Orlando, Florida on Friday, December 3, 2010.





Source: MariahDailyJournjal | Celine

Mariah Carey's 'Oh Santa!' Tops Adult Contemporary
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 2:34PM EST
Mariah Carey's new holiday track "Oh Santa!" dashes all the way from No. 12 to No. 1 in just its second week on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart, to be refreshed on Billboard.com Thursday (Dec. 9).

The coronation is the quickest by any title since the survey adopted Nielsen BDS-monitored radio airplay data in 1993. In that span, eight previous songs soared to the summit in as little as three chart weeks. (Seven of those songs were holiday-themed, as a majority of adult contemporary stations segue to yuletide fare each holiday season).

"Oh Santa!" is the lead single from Carey's second holiday album, "Merry Christmas II You," which debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard 200 dated Nov. 20 and has sold 165,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

Carey's prequel holiday set, 1994's "Merry Christmas," has totaled U.S. sales of 5.1 million. That collection's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" peaked at No. 6 on the Jan. 7, 1995, Adult Contemporary chart and has sold 1.6 million downloads. The cut additionally crowns Billboard's tally of the 100 top-selling and most-played holiday songs last year.

"Oh Santa!" had previously topped Billboard's Holiday Digital Songs list, where it debuted at No. 1 the week of Oct. 30.

The new carol is Carey's seventh Adult Contemporary chart-topper and first in more than 14 years. She reigned with her debut single "Vision of Love" and follow-up "Love Takes Time" in 1990 and again ruled with "I Don't Wanna Cry" (1991), "Can't Let Go," "I'll Be There" (1992) and "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men (1995-96).

Carey ends the longest gap between Adult Contemporary No. 1s since the Eagles waited 20 years between the commands of "Best of My Love" (Dec. 14, 1974) and "Love Will Keep Us Alive" (Dec. 17, 1994).
Source: Billboard

Video: Mariah Talks HSN on Extra TV
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 2:31PM EST
Extra TV aired part 2 of correspondent AJ Calloway's exclusive interview with Mariah last Friday, Dec. 3rd. You can check part 1 of the interview here.


Mariah Talks HSN on Extra TV, Dec. 3, 2010
[Download here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"When Christmas Comes" Video Contest
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 2:28PM EST
Create your own video to Mariah's new song "When Christmas Comes" for a chance to win some very festive prizes including the opportunity to have your video footage included in Mariah's upcoming Official Video for "When Christmas Comes."

This is your opportunity to express yourself in your own unique way. Your videos can be as simple as holiday snap shots, animation, home holiday footage, anything that best represents you during the holiday season set to the music of Mariah's new song "When Christmas Comes" featured on her new holiday album Merry Christmas II You.

Post your "When Christmas Comes" video as a response to B. Scott's video on Youtube, then tweet "Please watch my #WCC video! I hope I win!" and include link to view your video to @MariahCarey.

Good luck!

Mariah Covers UK's Candis and JetAway
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 2:26PM EST
Little Miss Christmas
Candis (UK) - Dec. 2010

Famous for her Grammy Award-winning multi-octave vocal range and gargantuan entourage, Mariah Carey is Queen of pop royalty. In our exclusive interview she reveals why this Christmas will be so very special...

Mariah Carey is talking Christmas. "It's my favourite season!" she beams happily, faashing her radiant smile around the lobby of a stunning hotel deep in the fashionable SoHo district of New York. "Seriously, you're talking to Little Miss Christmas here. What I love to do is to bring everyone – friends, family, extended family, everyone – to my house in Aspen, where we hire Santa Claus to come round with a real reindeer that look like they're going to fly off into the snow at any moment. It's totally over the top and beyond festive, and I just love it. When I was a kid, I'd spend the whole of winter thinking 'I really hope it snows,' because without snow, Christmas just doesn't feel right to me."

Not so surprising then that Mariah has taken inspiration for her brand new album of festive songs, Merry Christmas II You, from classics such as White Christmas. Yet her genuine enthusiasm is infectious, her eyes lighting up as she talks about how and why she's put this special album together. "After the success of All I Want For Christmas Is You back in 1994, I wanted to give this new album a timeless quality. To give it a retro feel with a modern twist. I've included traditional Christmas songs like The First Noel and O Come All Ye Faithful, but written new songs too. Oh Santa has a very 60s retro vibe going on, while Christmas Time Is In The Air Again has a cosy 50s feel." READ MORE »



MC²
JetAway (UK) - Dec/Jan 2010

Multimillion-selling artist Mariah Carey is expanding her range with film roles and family duets. Alexandra Sheldon travelled to Times Square for an exclusive chat with this singular singer

It's a cold evening and my yellow can is speeding through the dazzling neon intensity of New York's Times Square. Eventually we pull up outside a Soho hotel, the type of establishment that had no need for a nameplate on the door. In the lobby, a gaggle of beautiful people pretend to be too cool to notice Kanye West strolling through the crowd with friends. I'm shown to the lift and met on the fifth floor by a young publicist who ushers me into a stylish suite. And there, sitting by the window, is a woman who has sold around 200 million records.

"Hello, how are you" says Mariah Carey, jumping to her feet and shaking me by the hand. She's wearing a chic black jacket and matching trousers, while her famous mane of tawny-coloured hair hangs loose over her shoulders. She's naturally tall at 5ft 9in, but in her signature 5in heels she's postively Amazonian. She looks happy. In fact, she's glowing with contentment. Perhaps it's because Christmas is just around the corner and her new album, Merry Christmas II You, has been well received. Or perhaps, I wonder, there's another reason. If there is, she's saying nothing... READ MORE »

Source: Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah is UK's #36 Best Selling Singles Acts Of All Time
Posted by Michael on Monday, 06-Dec-2010, 1:02PM EST
According to the "Virgin Book of British Hit Singles," Mariah is the #36 best selling singles artist of all time in the UK with rounded single sales of 6 million since her debut in 1990.

Among female artists/acts, only seven other female artists/acts have sold more singles than Mariah in the UK.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | rollingbob

Merry Christmas II You Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 05-Dec-2010, 12:43PM EST
United States (165,400): 04-12-22-28
Taiwan: 14
Canada: 14-24-43-45
Japan (10,100): 24-31
Australia (~5,000): 37-47-32
Italy: 41
Sweden: 51
Netherlands: 52
Spain: 56-94
France: 82-152
Belgium (Wallonia): 85
United Kingdom (2,500): 101
Ireland - 130

Certifications:
Gold - Malaysia (7,500)
Source: MariahDailyJournal

HQ Photos: Mariah at Disney Christmas Taping, Dec. 3
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 04-Dec-2010, 12:14AM EST




Source: Celine | MariahDailyJournal

Photos/Video: Mariah at Disney Christmas Parade Taping
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 03-Dec-2010, 12:34PM EST

As we previously announced here on the site, Mariah would tape her performances for the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" at Disney World in Orlando, Florida today, December 3rd.

To the right is a photo of Mariah performing her first song, "Oh Santa!" this morning at around 10:30am.

Mariah is scheduled to perform "All I Want For Christmas Is You" later today as another segment is being recorded at the Main Street right now. Stay tuned for more pictures!

PHOTOS


VIDEOS
Here's a video clip of Mariah performing "Oh Santa!"


And Mariah performing "All I Want For Christmas Is You" (full video).


FAN REVIEW
KATHRYN (Orlando, FL): Having just moved to Orlando a month ago, I was ecstatic to hear that Mariah would be performing at my new hometown! I was very fortunate to receive a free Disney park ticket (for volunteering with their Give A Day. Get A Day. program) that I was able to redeem and use for the taping today. After hearing several stories online about having to register to get tickets to the event (and it being sold out!), I was relieved to find out - from a Disney cast member - that they were all false, and that it is actually open to the public.

I arrived at Cinderella's castle shortly after 10am and they had actually started taping Mariah's first performance for "Oh Santa!". I had never been to a taping [of any event] before so I really had no idea what to expect. I never realized how much goes into such tapings. They have to inform the audience of everything that's happening, and position us accordingly; and then there are a few rehearsals to make sure everybody is doing what they're supposed to do. Not long after my arrival, Mariah entered the stage and started singing. The crowd was great, the performance was amazing and Mariah looked absolutely flawless in her red and white "Santa" dress! And yes, she was actually singing! Apparently, the performances the day before were all lipped, so a lot of people were pleasantly surprised to hear Mariah singing and belting out those high notes! After this performance, they headed over to Main Street to tape the parade segment; some of us remained at the castle to ensure that we were as close to the stage as possible! It was worth it as I ended up right in front of the stage - the best "seat" in the house if you ask me!

The second performance ("All I Want For Christmas Is You") was scheduled to start taping at 2, but didn't start until about 3:00pm... and it wasn't Mariah's fault they started late either! This portion of the taping would have Mariah enter in a horse-drawn carriage before hitting the stage. During the rehearsals, I must admit it was weird cheering as the carriage arrived WITHOUT Mariah! There were a few parts of this performance that were lipped, but for the most part she sung live; I didn't mind at all... seeing Mariah in person always puts me in a good mood, especially during Christmas time!

This day will forever be one of my most memorable days EVER, as well as my best Mariah moment ever!
Source: Kathryn | MariahDailyJournal | Steph & Adnan | Meski | Orlando Attractions

Mariah Headlines "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 03-Dec-2010, 12:13PM EST
STAR-STUDDED ENTERTAINMENT LINEUP AND MAGICAL PARADE FLOATS
MAKE THE SEASON BRIGHT DURING THE 27TH ANNUAL
'DISNEY PARKS CHRISTMAS DAY PARADE' TELECAST ON ABC-TV

Disney Parks has pulled out all the (silver) bells and whistles for the 2010 "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" TV special - including performances from five-time GRAMMY Award-winning artist Mariah Carey, country music chart-topper Darius Rucker, singer/actress Amber Riley, Disney Channel stars Selena Gomez and Debby Ryan, young soprano sensation Jackie Evancho, "American Idol" Lee DeWyze, swing band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, professional dancers from ABC-TV's "Dancing with the Stars" and R&B sensation Sean Kingston.

The 27th Annual "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" airs Christmas Day on ABC-TV. The show is scheduled to air at the following times:

• Eastern Time Zone: Noon - 2 p.m.
• Central Time Zone: 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.
• Mountain Time Zone: 10 a.m. - noon.
• Pacific Time Zone: 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.
• Los Angeles: 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Chart-topping celebrities ring in the magical holiday spirit from start to finish, the 2010 "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" is packed with festive musical performances from Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.

Global pop superstar Mariah Carey gives fans a tuneful taste of her brand-new holiday album, "Merry Christmas II You," with a new song, "Oh Santa" and her perennial holiday smash, "All I Want For Christmas Is You"

Ryan Seacrest leads the fun as the show's host at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Nick Cannon hosts from Disneyland Resort in California. Maria Menounos serves as a special co-host at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and Samantha Brown checks in as the show's travel correspondent.

Fans are invited to join the parade mobile text alert program to get fun information about the parade as well as submit holiday greetings, which may appear on the "Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade" broadcast! To sign up, send an SMS message with PARADE to 37275 (DPARK). Msg. & data rates may apply.

The parade magic continues on Radio Disney. Radio Disney will air a one-hour special on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 25 (9 a.m., ET/6 a.m., PT and 3 p.m., ET/Noon, PT) hosted by on-air personalities Ernie D and Jake Whetter. The "2010 Disney Parks Christmas Day Parade Special on Radio Disney" will feature behind-the-scenes interviews and sneak previews of performances by stars of the parade including Mariah Carey, Selena Gomez, Sean Kingston, and Debby Ryan.
Source: Disney Parks

The Costco Connection: "A Very Carey Christmas"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Dec-2010, 6:44PM EST
This article appears on page 37 in the Arts & Entertainment section of the December 2010 issue of The Costco Connection, a free magazine for members of the warehouse club Costco.

A VERY CAREY CHRISTMAS
Mariah Carey's Christmas album aims for retro sensibilities with a modern twist
By Will Fifield

This month R&B artist Mariah Carey releases Merry Christmas II You, her second Christmas album and 13th studio recording. Her career stats are staggering.

If you measure success by music sales, Carey is golden. Since she began recording as a solo artist in 1990, she's sold more than 200 million albums, singles and videos, making her the top-selling female recording artist in history.

If acclaim is the mark of artistic achievement, she has a myriad of music awards that certify her place in the industry, including five Grammys and 28 Billboard Music Awards.

If talent were the litmus test, Carey's five-octave-plus vocal range and impressive technical skill would be evidence enough. Even casual listeners recognize her mastery of melisma, the ornamental and often incredibly high string of fluttering notes that dresses up many of her songs.

"I think of myself as a songwriter, first and foremost," Carey recently told The Connection via phone from her New York apartment. For her, the process of capturing the melodies she hears in her head and the song concepts that come to her is what makes her successful. She says writing is a huge priority for her because her songs serve as the structure in which her voice operates.

Carey, who sometimes works out song ideas on piano or guitar, or, on occasion, simply sings vocal hooks into her cellphone, took a very collaborative approach in writing new songs for Merry Christmas II You.

The first person she enlisted was Randy Jackson, her longtime musical director. Other producers include Jermaine Dupri; James Poyser, who has worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin, the Roots and Lauryn Hill; and five-time Oscar nominee and multi-award-winning composer Marc Shaiman.

"With this record, the through line is retro classic yet modern, a hard line to walk. We wound up marrying the traditional and modern. I've worked with rap artists, so that's kind of become my sensibility. I lean that way. But I also grew up listening to traditional jazz standards. On this album, I didn't want to do anything that would take listeners back to the '90s," Carey says.

The new album contains a new recording of "All I Want For Christmas Is You," the featured single from Merry Christmas, her first Christmas album, recorded in 1994, which has sold more than 12 million copies to date. It also includes "Oh Santa!," a very upbeat single. She co-wrote "Christmas Is In The Air Again" and "One Child" with Shaiman.

"With Marc Shaiman, I had to alter the way I normally write, which is pretty much off the cuff," Carey says. "We went back and forth on lyrical concepts. He's genius. He's Broadway. But he's also fun to work with. While we worked on 'One Child,' which tells the story of the Nativity, it was funny because Marc is Jewish and kept saying things like 'What's going on? There's a king involved?' We started laughing and had a really great time." She says Shaiman's string arrangements are stunning, but the album explores another side of retro classic as well.

"Sometimes I will come up with a piano line or a horn line," Carey says. She says she sang a horn line to James Poyser, who was able to develop it into what became "When Christmas Comes." "It has a kind of '70s R&B feel," Carey says. "It evokes a Minnie Ripperton-Donny Hathaway vibe."

Other Christmas songs on the album include "The First Noel," a medley of "Little Drummer Boy" and "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and a medley of "O Come All Ye Faithful" and "Hallelujah Chorus," a duet she sings with her mother, Patricia, a vocal coach and opera singer. Carey says the entire album was produced with Nat King Cole in mind, even where it departs from his timeless style.
Source: The Costco Connection | Joseph | Text: MariahDailyJournal

Videos: Mariah on HSN
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Dec-2010, 2:42PM EST

12:00am-1:30am Show - Mariah on HSN, Nov. 29, 2010
Download: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5


2:00pm-2:30pm Show - Mariah on HSN, Nov. 29, 2010
Download: Part 1 | Part 2


9:00pm-12:00am Show - Mariah on HSN, Nov. 29, 2010
Download: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7
Source: MariahDailyJournal

New York Times Reviews Merry Christmas II You
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Dec-2010, 2:05PM EST
MARIAH CAREY: 'MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU'
(Island Def Jam, $13.98)
By Jon Caramanica, New York Times

"Oh Santa!" doesn't sound like anyone's idea of a Christmas standard, but maybe it should. From Mariah Carey's new holiday album, "Merry Christmas II You," it's peppy and buoyant, moving along at reindeer-quick speed, a hybrid of girl-group harmony and lightweight Atlanta bass music. Ms. Carey's vocals are slippery, and she's naughty things in a nice way: "I saw him shopping last week/And his new girl was so weak." Santa as home wrecker? Why not? The rest of this album intersperses originals (a surprisingly modest neo-soul "When Christmas Comes") with classics – a respectful "First Noel," an aptly baby-making take on "O Little Town of Bethlehem," and "Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane)" as routed through a strip club. But nothing beats "All I Want for Christmas Is You," from her 1994 album "Merry Christmas," one of the great modern holiday albums. So she updates it, ever so slightly, in a version dubbed "Extra Festive," giving herself the gift of resting on laurels.
Source: NY Times | Jason

Mariah in Santa Dress at San Francisco's Wax Museum
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Dec-2010, 12:31AM EST
Check out this video showing a new wax sculpture of Mariah wearing a sexy Santa dress at the Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco, California. Also shown in the video is President Barack Obama.

Source: David | MusicFrenzy

"When Christmas Comes" Video Out Monday
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Dec-2010, 7:14PM EST
The 'Holiday Exclusive' video of "When Christmas Comes" which Mariah first revealed on Nov. 17th will finally be seen on Monday, Dec. 6th, as she announced on her Twitter page minutes ago.

MariahCarey The L+L(lambs+love muffins)exclusive is coming up on monday @lovebscott ! Are you ready? Its a big surprise!(For me too! : )

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Dec-2010, 5:27PM EST
From Billboard magazine issue dated December 11, 2010.

MERRY CHRISTMAS II YOU
Billboard 200: #28 (Last week: #22)
Sales this week: 41,575 (+18%)
Total Sales: 165,359
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #7 (Last week: #4)
Billboard Holiday Albums: #6 (Last week: #5)
Billboard Top Current Albums: #26 (Last week: #21)

MERRY CHRISTMAS
Billboard 200: #124 (Last week: #124)
Sales this week: 10,080 (+69%)
Total Sales: 5,071,926
Billboard Holiday Albums: #24 (Last week: #30)
Billboard Catalog Albums: #24 (Last week: #29)

"Oh Santa!"
Billboard Adult Contemporary: #12 (Debut) *Greatest Gainer
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #45 (Last week: #41)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You - Extra Festive"
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #42 (Last week: #27)

"All I Want For Christmas Is You"
Billboard Top Digital Songs: #60 (Re-entry)
Downloads this week: 30,508 (+116%)
Total Downloads: 1,647,431
Billboard Holiday Songs: #1 (Last week: #1) *Greatest Gainer
Billboard Ringtones: #10 (Last week: #30)
Billboard Holiday/Seasonal Digital Songs: #1 (Last week: #2)
Billboard Hot 100 Recurrents: #1 (Last week: #21)
Billboard Radio Songs - Recurrents: #1 (Re-entry)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Melody | Diego

"All I Want..." Crowns Billboard's Holiday Songs
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Dec-2010, 5:14PM EST
Like a star shining bright atop a Christmas tree, Mariah Carey's 1994 carol "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tops Billboard's list of the 100 most popular seasonal songs.

The special holiday recap is based on a formula blending sales and airplay data for the period of Oct. 5, 2009, through Jan. 3, 2010, as measured by Nielsen SoundScan and Nielsen BDS, respectively.

100 HOT HOLIDAY SONGS
Top 10

1. "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (1994) - Mariah Carey

Carey is queen of the carols with "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which managed to be a radio hit despite the fact that it was an album cut and not a single. It's little surprise, however, since Carey logged ten No. 1s on the Hot 100 before this song came out.

2. "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree" (1958) - Brenda Lee
3. "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24" (1996) - Trans-Siberian Orchestra
4. "Jingle Bell Rock" (1957) - Bobby Helms
5. "Feliz Navidad" (1970) - Jose Feliciano
6. "A Holly Jolly Christmas" (1964)- Burl Ives
7. "The Christmas Song" (1960) - Nat King Cole
8. "White Christmas" (1942) - Bing Crosby
9. "Last Christmas" (1984) - Wham!
10. "The Most Wonderful Time of the Year" (1963) - Andy Williams

Wham!'s 1984 holiday single "Last Christmas" (No. 9) is the second-youngest song in the top 10 after Carey's chart-topping title.

Mariah's "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)" from her 1994 Merry Christmas album also appears on Billboard's 100 Hot Holiday Songs chart at #69. And the Mariah Carey-penned "Where Are You, Christmas?" (2000) as sung by Faith Hill also makes the list at #14.
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal

MariahDaily's Got Talent: "Oh Santa!" Edition FINALE!
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Dec-2010, 12:59AM EST

And then there were three... We've reached the home stretch of our competition, MariahDaily's Got Talent, and following last week's hard-fought Semi-Finals, the 3 contestants left standing are going to battle it out for #1!

Top 3 FINALISTS

FINALIST #1 - AMIR ZADEGAN, Canada
Watch | Download

FINALIST #2 - MATTHIEU BARA, France
Cast:
Druide du Château Rouge (Matthieu), Comtesse de Corvisart (Alex), Baronne de Strass Bourre (Pierre), Clo-Clo de Thilde (Clothilde), and Métèque (Pierre)
Watch | Download

FINALIST #3 - ZALOA CAMPILLO, Spain
Watch | Download

FAREWELL
We would like to congratulate Bernardo Garrido (Spain) and Marco Adriano (Netherlands) who, although they will not be competing in this week's Finale, certainly deserve recognition for making it this far.

TIME TO VOTE
The poll is now open! Cast your votes for your favorite contestants. Sure, each of your Top 3 finalists are walking away winners, but who will be first? Voting will conclude on Monday, December 6th at 11:59pm ET with winners announced soon after!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah Performs "Oh Santa!" at Rockefeller Center
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Dec-2010, 12:25AM EST
Mariah kicked off the 78th Annual "Christmas in Rockefeller Center" tree lighting ceremony tonight by performing her Holiday hit "Oh Santa!"


Mariah Performs "Oh Santa!" at Rockefeller Center - NBC, Nov. 30, 2010
[ Download here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Audio: Mariah in Studio at 106.7 Lite FM, New York
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Dec-2010, 12:03AM EST
Mariah stopped by the 106.7 Lite FM studios in New York City and chatted with host Delilah about the Rockefeller Center tree lighting tradition and her holiday plans. She also played 'One Child' for the listeners.


Mariah in Studio at New York's 106.7 Lite FM, Nov. 30, 2010
[ Download an MP3 file here ]

Delilah: Good evening, New York City. I've got a special treat for you. Look who stopped by the Lite FM studios this evening. Hello, Mariah.
Mariah: Hey, Delilah. Hi, New York City!

Delilah: Thank you for stopping by the studios. I'm glad you're here. I'm glad we're spending time. You were a part, a big part, of the 78th Annual Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony. Such a great tradition. What was that like? How did that feel?
Mariah: Amazing. I've never been to the tree lighting before so I really, really wanted to be a part of this especially this year. So many people come to New York at the holidays just to experience the whole thing. I think that this is definitely one of those places that if you love Christmas you have to come at least once.

Delilah: At least once. At least it is awesome. So because you got to participate in the tree lighting you didn't have to fight your way through the crowd, did you?
Mariah: No, that's the great thing [laughs]. It's like doing that and doing the... I've done the New Year's Eve show one time before and that was amazing as you get to be on stage without actually experiencing the crowd drama but it feels like everybody who's there, they're, 'cause they wanted to be there, they know it's going to be crowded and stuff like that. Everybody has sort of like this unified feeling of goodwill. So it's nice.

Delilah: Have you heard the great story behind the tree that was selected? This is such a beautiful story. The tree that was selected, the man who owned the farm that it was growing in his yard was the first responder on 9/11. He was one of the first people that responded, that got those who got out of the towers alive on 9/11.
Mariah: Really? That was amazing.
Delilah: And he was actually... Isn't that amazing? But it gets better. He was actually at a memorial service for his comrades that were lost this past September on 9/11. While he was at a memorial service, there was a knock at his front door. His wife, his family answered the door and it was the tree spotter - the person that goes out looking for the perfect tree for Rockefeller Center who said, 'Hey, could we talk you out of this beautiful tree in your yard?'
Mariah: Wow! So they actually didn't know?
Delilah: They had no idea. Isn't that a miracle?
Mariah: That is awesome. That's incredible.
Delilah: That's one of those God things where everything just comes together and as much as they loved the tree, they said, 'To be able to bless millions of people in New York at this time of year? What an honor.'

Mariah: Absolutely. Incredible. That's really amazing. That's a great story. I'm so glad I know that.
Delilah: So the tree that you got to participate with was a miracle tree in many, many ways.
Mariah: Wow.
Delilah: I know you're going to play one song for us tonight. What have you got for us, Mariah?
Mariah: Yeah! I think now is the perfect time for me to share my new Christmas song with New York. What do you think?
Delilah: I think let's play the whole CD!
Mariah: [Laughs] Okay, this is from my new album Merry Christmas II You called 'One Child' that I wrote for this Christmas album. And it's got a really special message so I hope you enjoy it. You're listening to Delilah on Lite FM. ['One Child' plays.]

Delilah: 106.7 Lite FM. What a night. The Rockefeller Christmas tree, the miracle tree, has been lit. The holiday season in the city is in full swing. Don't you love the city during the holidays?
Mariah: Amazing. It's the best, really.
Delilah: Now, Nick's not going to let you skate this year, is he?
Mariah: [Laughs] No.
Delilah: He's not going to let you do anything until the baby comes, is he?
Mariah: [Laughs] Nope! No.
Delilah: I heard he even nixed your annual going-away for Christmas 'cause he doesn't want you to stress or be at high altitudes.
Mariah: Well, that was more the doctor than him 'cause [laughs] I could have lied to him if I wanted to and said, 'No, they didn't say it was a problem.' But I don't need to be up there and honestly, if I would go there I'd be staying in the bed most of the time anyway 'cause I'll be tired and sleepy; and wanted to rest. So this year we'll just do something else. We're still figuring it out though.

Delilah: I'd like to thank Mariah Carey for stopping by our studios tonight.
Mariah: Yes. Thank you so much, everybody. Stay warm. It's always great to see you, Delilah. Thank you so much. Happy Holidays, New York!
Source: MariahDailyJournal


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