February 2008

Jack McBrayer: "Mariah's A Comedy Nerd!"
Posted by Liron on Friday, 29-Feb-2008, 6:00PM EST
30 Rock's Jack McBrayer: Mariah Carey 'A Comedy Nerd' (People)
30 Rock's Jack McBrayer may fantasize about dating Mariah Carey in the diva's new music video for "Touch My Body." But, it turns out, the two have something major in common. "She's a comedy nerd," McBrayer, who plays Kenneth the Page on the hit NBC show, tells PEOPLE at WonderCon in San Francisco. In the cheeky video clip, the geeky star gets to romp on a bed with Carey and even walk a unicorn down the street. "It's the craziest thing ever," he said of the experience. "It was the most surreal thing ever." While the video depicts Kenneth's fantasy date with the songbird, the comedian says that working with the pop star was nothing less than a dream come true - and not just because she told him she's a big 30 Rock fan. Returning the compliments, he raves, "She was awesome! She was fantastic!"

How "Kenneth" Came to 30 Rock Mariah's World (TV Guide News)
A sneak peek of the music video for Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" features the va-va-vivacious pop star cavorting with... Kenneth the NBC Page?! How did 30 Rock star Jack McBrayer luck into the dream gig of every red-blooded male? Turns out Carey is "a big fan of 30 Rock" as well as McBrayer's turn in Will Ferrell's Talladega Nights, her rep tells TVGuide.com.

Might this unlikely collaboration turn itself around and find Carey someday visiting "The Girlie Show" as a guest star? "Yeah, it would be fun!" the singer tells TV's Extra.

Mariah Carey Spanks 30 Rock Nerd? (TV Guide Editors' Blog)
Music videos these days tend to feature love interests that are from the land of pretty and prettier. But, Mariah Carey has really deviated from the norm with her latest video-and we have the full-length version-"Touch My Body," which features none other than our favorite geek, Kenneth, from 30 Rock (Jack McBrayer) as the object of her affection. Who knows, maybe Mimi and Jack will fall madly in love and get married just like Katherine Heigl and Josh Kelley. Hey, it could happen!

Your Take: What do you think of Mariah's new video? Cute and funny, or were you done after the viking hat?
Leave a comment on TV Guide's site.
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Rolling Stone Previews E=MC²
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Feb-2008, 5:24PM EST
At a private listening party hosted by L.A. Reid, Rolling Stone recently got a chance to check out Mariah Carey's eleventh studio album, the follow-up to 2005's blockbuster The Emancipation of Mimi. Due April 15th, E=MC² jumps from hip-hop-flavored jams like the Young Jeezy-assisted "Side Effects" to bright, mega-catchy stuff like the disco "That Chick." The album also tosses in a couple of big-voiced ballads ("Bye Bye," a piano-based song about losing someone close to you) and beats from big-name producers like Jermaine Dupri, Will.i.am and Scott Storch. In a notable departure from earlier albums, Carey sings in a lighter, less showy voice than we're used to on a few tracks, including lead single "Touch My Body." A horny jam about a "secret rendezvous," the single was co-written by Tricky Stewart and The-Dream, the team that co-penned Rihanna's "Umbrella."

Nate "Danja" Hills, who produced "Migrate" (which features T-Pain), tells RS that on that track Carey "definitely opens up towards the end of the song and shows what Mariah does. It's a different array of her vocal range on this record, but she keeps it pretty mid-range and then toward the end she lets loose. She was singing in the room, and I was just blown away by how good it sounded without her even trying. It's incredible, I see why she is who she is."
Source: Rolling Stone | Joao

Mariah Calls In To New York's WKTU 103.5
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Feb-2008, 4:34PM EST
Mariah was on air with DJs Hollywood and Goumba on WKTU 103.5 FM in New York at around 3:40pm ET today talking about her upcoming album, E=MC²; "Touch My Body" video; the "M" Gold edition fragrance; among other things.

[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]

Mariah also reportedly phoned in to an Atlanta radio station shortly after the WKTU interview. If you were able to capture this interview, please send it to us so we can share it with all the fans.
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B96's Erik Bradley on Mariah's New Album
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Feb-2008, 10:47AM EST
Erik Bradley, Assistant Program Director/Music Director of CBS Radio's WBBM (B-96)/Chicago, talks about Mariah's new album, E=MC², in the latest issue of FMQB magazine.

On Mariah Carey... Mariah's new CD is LOADED with major, major radio smashes. Historically speaking, this could turn in to a legendary release for her and I predict it will. She's definitely at the very tip-top of her game and as great as she's ever been. The first single, "Touch My Body" is a runaway smash and the toughest part of having this many great songs on a project is trying to figure out what the follow-up single(s) should be. It's a blessing and a darn good problem to have though. I'm sure everyone would like to have that "problem"! As far as scoop, I'm not one to gossip but I'd expect that she'll be touring on this record, it's too good not to - it has to be heard live.
Source: FMQB

Mariah Video Downloads
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Feb-2008, 12:01AM EST
Extra correspondent AJ Calloway caught up with Mariah after premiering her "Touch My Body" music video on BET's 106 & Park on February 27th. During the interview, Mariah talked about her co-star in the video, Jack McBrayer ("I love the show 30 Rock and he's hilarious on the show."); how she keeps her killer curves ("It's not about late nights with the macaroni & cheese and fried chicken as we have experienced in the past."); what the new album title, E=MC², stands for ("Basically it's like Emancipation, the last album, equals Mariah Carey the second power. We're taking this to the next level.")

Mariah Interview, Backstage at 106 & Park
Download: Extra TV Version (19.7MB) | Extra Online (15.3MB)

Also, in another interview video from Extra.com, Mariah talked about:

• Her Three Upcoming Films

» Tennessee - "That was intense. It was tough. It was like a discipline, to not be me, walk like me, do anything like... 'cause you don't want to take people out of the movie and so this is the route that I've always wanted to take. It's like doing independent films with people that I really respect."

» Don't Mess With The Zohan - "I did a little cameo in that with Adam. It was so much fun. It was like... they are hilarious. I wish I could do that all day and just nothing else but hang out with them. It was so much fun. Like everybody is like from the School of Comedy or whatever. Every single person you encounter has a great vibe, great sense of humor and Adam Sandler is the nicest guy."

» Push - "It is a book that a friend gave me to read a while ago and it's an amazing... it's kind of a difficult book for people to read but I do recommend it. I didn't know I was gonna be involved in the film until the last minute. Lee Daniels who's directing called me up and said 'I wanna see if you want to come down and do this.' And I had to do like prosthetic moments. It was kind of intense. I'm gonna look very, very... not a pretty picture but actually it wasn't not about that. It was about totally taking on, you know, a subtle situation. You could tell it was me if you peel the nose to the side. The role is a supporting part, a little scene but it's a very important scene. And Mo'Nique is really in this movie. She is incredible. The character is a social worker. She's inexperienced. I don't want to tell what happens but it's kind of important that character because things are revealed through her."

• The New Album
"This record, I went back in the studio with some people I worked with before - Jermaine Dupri, we wrote a few songs that I feel like some of my best ever - [I'm] very excited. I worked with a whole gang of new "crop of new folk" as well and that was fun. But, yes, writing songs, producing, doing all that kind of stuff that most women don't get credit for is something that I love. It is very personal. Some of the songs people are gonna be like, 'Oh, she's writing about this person in her life or whatever' but honestly I wrote some of the songs for friends, for people who I've seen go through situations, I add my own personal... I'm talking about like the serious songs. There's a song called "Bye Bye" that is about somebody passing away and a lot of people really have strong reaction to it and really feel emotional but I do say this is for everybody. Basically, it starts out with this is for people who just lost somebody so it's like anybody who's been through that experience can relate to it. But it's like you know, that's its own kind of moment on the album and it has its place of that emotion and there's some other songs that are a little bit more about like my personal experiences. But I have one song that needs to be finished. I'm still working on that. I'm down to the wire."

• The Gift From Adam Sandler
Mariah talked about the "leaning board" that she got as a present from actor Adam Sandler.

Mariah Interview #2 with Extra.com
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The videos are available for streaming on Extra.com:
Interview #1: "The Anticipation of Mimi"
Interview #2: "Mariah's Gift From Adam Sandler"

X-17's video footage of Mariah during her appearance at TRL and as she was leaving the studio.

Mariah at MTV's TRL, X17 Online
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Source: MariahDailyJournal | Carlo from EXTRA

Mariah to Appear on "Idol Gives Back"
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 9:04PM EST
On tonight's episode of "American Idol" (Fox), host Ryan Seacrest announced that Mariah will be one of the participants in this year's "Idol Gives Back" TV Special. Last year's special telecast raised over $70 million that went towards helping children and young people in extreme poverty in the U.S. and in Africa.

This year's show will be broadcast live on April 9, 2008.
Source: American Idol | MariahDailyJournal

Great Feedback For "Touch My Body" Video
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 5:48PM EST
Blender Blog:
Watch: Mariah Frolics With 30 Rock's Kenneth
Who: Mariah Carey
What: "Touch My Body" [Director: Brett Ratner]
Why: Better than Glitter. More entertaining than the Ratner-directed X-Men: The Last Stand. And - thanks to some goofball mugging from co-star Jack "Kenneth" McBrayer - nearly as amusing as an episode of 30 Rock. The most (intentionally) funny video Mariah has ever made.

LA Times - The Envelope:
Mariah Carey just released a new video, courtesy of a blockbuster Hollywood director. The clip, from "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner, features "30 Rock's" Jack McBrayer, and effectively stole some of the thunder from [Janet] Jackson's release.

MSNBC - Scoop:
Mariah Carey has won Scoop over
How is it possible, you wonder, that Mariah Carey, the difficult-to-interview, always high-maintenance songstress has finally won Scoop over? Easy: She cast Jack McBrayer, the lovable-yet-cloying page from "30 Rock" in her new video, "Touch My Body." Either Carey is much more pop-culture savvy than we're giving her credit for, or Carey has some good advisors at the moment. Either way, the video's worth a look.

MTV - Buzzworthy:
Mariah Carey does it big or she doesn't do it at all. But in her new "Touch My Body" video, she's doing it big and totally funny, with 30 Rock's Jack McBrayer (the new Jack McFarland!), a pink princess party dress (which we really want), a for-real unicorn (which we really want), a Catholic school girl costume circa Camelot-era Britney, and over four full minutes of free advertising for YouTube.

Director Brett Ratner - who, in addition to directing several feature films, shot five other Mariah videos and Jessica Simpson in her "These Boots Were Made For Walkin'" video - praised Mariah, saying "Mariah is musically at the top of her game and has never looked better..." and we'd be hard-pressed to disagree - you could freaking clean your dirty laundry on that girl's abs.

"Touch My Body" is currently the 2nd most viewed video on MTV.com.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah On Access Hollywood, Reveals New Movie Role
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 5:47PM EST
Mariah talked to Shaun Robinson from Access Hollywood after her visit to MTV's "TRL" and revealed the latest details on her new album, upcoming tour and fragrance line. Below is a short recap of some of the things the ladies discussed:

--Mariah's look, her shoes, the diet and training she goes through to have her great-looking body!
--The "Touch My Body" music video and the fun shoot with Jack McBrayer.
--Coming up with the lyrics for "Touch My Body".
--Celebrities talking about their personal lives on magazines.
--The three upcoming films in which she appears: "Don't Mess With The Zohan", "Tennessee" and "Push".
--The possibility for a tour.
--The Gold Edition of her fragrance "M".

[ Download the interview: Part 1 | Part 2 ]

"Push" - Movie Information
This is the first confirmation for Mariah's appearance in the Lee Daniels' film Push. The film is based on a best-selling novel by author Sapphire and stars Lenny Kravitz, Paula Patton and Mo'Nique. The following synopsis is taken from IMDB:

Claireece Precious Jones endures unimaginable hardships in her young life. Abused by her mother, raped by her father, she grows up poor, angry, illiterate, fat, unloved and generally unnoticed. So what better way to learn about her than through her own, halting dialect.

Many thanks to Max for the video files!
Source: Access Hollywood | shaq91 | Casey

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 5:45PM EST
• Mediabase Update: For the week ending February 27, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 67.678 million audience impressions with 9952 spins (Pop - 3775, Rhythmic - 3731, Urban - 1939, Urban A/C - 438, Hot A/C - 51, Alternative - 4, MTV - 1, BET - 8, VH1 - 5).

• Austin, TX - Hot 93.3: Finally added to the station's Hot 7@7 countdown. Click here to vote.
• Boston, MA: #1 on KISS 108 Hot 7@7 and #3 on JAM'N 94.5 Sexy 7@7.
• Albuquerque, NM - 97.3 KISS FM: Currently at #7 on the Top 8 @ 8.
• New York City, NY - Z100: Dropped 3 spots from #1 to #4 on today's Shelly's High Noon countdown.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Brazil: Debuts at #7 on Transamerica FM's Top 10.

Canada: In its 2nd week on the Canadian Hot 100, the song takes a 32-point jump from #97 to #65.

France: The song moved up a place from #20 to #19 on the Hit Skyrock countdown today. French fans can vote only once a day by clicking here.

Japan: Enters the Tokio Hot 100 at #53.

Malaysia: Re-enters the Hitz Top 30 at #3 and #4 on the Hitz Urban 10. Click on the links to keep voting for the song. Also, vote on Fly FM Top 30.

Portugal: Just added to Cidade FM's roster for Top 8 @ 8 countdown. Vote for Mariah here.

Singapore: "New This Week" on 98.7 FM. To request, email at 987fm@mediacorpradio.com or call at +65 66911987 (call DJ Desiree 10am-1pm and DJ Shan 11pm-2am).

United Kingdom: Debuts at #87 on the official UK Airplay chart.
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Vote for "Touch My Body" Video
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 10:08AM EST
"Touch My Body" has just been added to the list of videos up for voting on TRL, 106 & Park and VH1 countdowns. Vote for Mariah and help her make it to the countdowns!

MTV's Total Request Live - "Top 10" Videos
Vote online here! TRL airs Monday-Friday at 3:30pm ET/PT.

BET's 106 & Park - "Top Ten Live"
Vote online here all day or call 1-800-617-LIVE (5483) between 5:30 and 6:00pm ET. BET's 106 & Park airs Monday-Friday, 6:00pm ET/PT; Saturday, 11:00am & 6:00pm ET/PT.

VH1 - Top 20 Video Countdown
Vote online here. Click on the link to VH1's voting page, enter Mariah Carey and Touch My Body as your wildcard then drag and drop it into the number 1 spot on the right. The Top 20 Countdown airs on VH1 every week. Check your local listings by clicking here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Billboard Update
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 6:40AM EST
• Below, find the chart positions for "Touch My Body" in Billboard magazine issue dated March 8, 2008.

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #34 (Last Week #57)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #12 (Last Week #23)
Billboard Pop 100: #38 (Last Week #46)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #22 (Last Week #34)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #18 (Last Week #20)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #18 (Last Week #20)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #17 (Last Week #39) AIR POWER

• BDS Airplay: 61,850,200 (+15.5 million)

• Fred Bronson from Billboard's Chart Beat reports:

'BODY' LIFTED: After debuting at No. 57 last week, Mariah Carey's new song, "Touch My Body" (Island), leaps to No. 34. That makes it Carey's 31st single to reach the top 40 portion of the chart. In the years that Carey has been charting, from 1990-2008, no female artist has accumulated more top 40 titles.

Counting the entire rock era, Carey ranks fifth among solo female artists with the most top 40 hits. The top five:

Madonna (47)
Aretha Franklin (43)
Connie Francis (35)
Janet Jackson (32)
Mariah Carey (31)

Source: Billboard | bks

HQ Photos: Mariah on BET's 106 & Park
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 3:08AM EST

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Download: Mariah on TRL and 106 & Park
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Feb-2008, 12:01AM EST
Mariah made an appearance on TRL and 106 & Park to premiere her "Touch My Body" music video Wednesday, February 27th.

On TRL, in her interview with host Damien Fahey, Mariah talked about her new album E=MC², her upcoming movie "Tennessee" which she said will be an entry at the Tribeca Film Festival, her collaboration with T-Pain (Mariah is the first female to collaborate with T-Pain), her favorite album from a woman being Mary J. Blige's first album, etc.

Mariah Premieres "Touch My Body" on TRL, MTV
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Extra Video: Mariah backstage before coming out on TRL, download here.

She also dropped by 106 & Park. Mariah talked to VJs Rocsi and Terrence about her new album, shared her diet secrets, announced that her 45-sec preview of "Touch My Body" was the most viewed on YouTube, introduced the new "M by Mariah Carey" Gold Edition fragrance.

Mariah Premieres "Touch My Body" on 106 & Park, BET
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HQ Photos: Mariah Backstage at TRL
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008, 9:36PM EST
Mariah was backstage at MTV's Total Request Live where she premiered her "Touch My Body" video earlier today. Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos. Also seen in pictures is Jack McBrayer who co-stars with Mariah in the music video.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008, 4:35PM EST
• Mediabase Update: For the week ending February 26, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 65.302 million audience impressions with 9541 spins (Pop - 3583, Rhythmic - 3585, Urban - 1898, Urban A/C - 419, Hot A/C - 51, Alternative - 4).

• The "Touch My Body" music video has been added to the roster at TRL. Vote for Mariah and make her #1 on the Top 10 countdown!

• Click on the image to your right to view a high-quality version of the "Touch My Body" promotional picture.

• On her 107.5 WBLS show today, Wendy Williams asked her staff if they had played "Touch My Body" all day. She said that it was too late for today but ordered them to play it 5 times tomorrow and said, "It's a hit!".

• The 45-sec sneak preview to "Touch My Body" video is the Most Viewed Video today on YouTube.

• Tucson, AZ - Hot 98.3: "Touch My Body" remained at #3 on the Hot 7 at 7 countdown last night.
• Tucson, AZ - 93.7 KRQ: The song was # 4 (no change) on last night's Top 8 @ 8.
• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: "Touch My Body" did not make it on Jojo's Top 9 @ 9 countdown last night. Click on the link to vote for the song now!
• Atlanta, GA - Q100: "Touch My Body" was #1 on A-Bomb'sTop 5 at Nine countdown last night! You can e-mail him to request for the song or call 404-741-Q100 (7100).
• Chicago, IL - B96: The song was at #2 on the station's "9 Most Wanted" songs. Request line: (312) 591-9696
• Charlotte, NC: "Touch My Body" was #1 on 96.1 The Beat last night. Every night they have a "7 o'clock threesome" and Mariah was #1. Keep voting for the song here.
• Long Island, NY - 106.1 WBLI: Mariah made it back onto the station's 5 @ 9 Countdown at #5 last night.
• New York City, NY - Z100: "Touch My Body" was #1 for the first time on today's Shelly's High Noon countdown! On Romeo's Interactive 9 @ 9 last night, the song climbed 4 places to #4.
• New York City, NY - Power 105.1: The song was #1 on DJ Clues' 7 @ 7 Countdown.
• Yakima, WA - 107.3 KFFM: "Touch My Body" was #1 yesterday on the Fourplay at 4. They play the four most requested songs just to give a preview for the 10 Most Requested Song later. Keep requesting here.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Serbia: "Touch My Body" has premiered on the Serbian radio, 3 FM.
United Arab Emirates: "Touch My Body" is getting heavy rotation on Virgin 104.4, Radio 4 104.8, Radio 2 92.0, and 104.1 FM in Dubai.
United Kingdom: "Touch My Body" is currently on the C-List on Radio 1.
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Download: "Touch My Body" Premiere on VH1
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008, 10:26AM EST
Download the video premiere of "Touch My Body" that aired today at 6am on VH1.

"Touch My Body" Music Video, VH1, February 27, 2008
Download: [ DVD (99.1MB) | VCD (44.9MB) | iPod Video (18.7MB) ]

Thanks to Markus for the video file!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Markus

Watch the Full "Touch My Body" Video
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008, 1:00AM EST
The full "Touch My Body" music video is now available for streaming at IslandRecords and VH1!

Screen Shots

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Mariah on Extra and Access Hollywood Thursday
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Feb-2008, 12:40AM EST
This Thursday, February 28th, interview segments with Mariah will air on both Extra and Access Hollywood. Make sure to check your local station timetables and tune in, as they'll be discussing Mariah's new video and the new album E=MC²! You don't want to miss it.

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 26-Feb-2008, 3:11PM EST
• Mediabase Update: For the week ending February 25, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 62.597 million audience impressions with 8929 spins (Pop - 3365, Rhythmic - 3348, Urban - 1776, Urban A/C - 392, Hot A/C - 43, Alternative - 4).

Its stand on the Mediabase charts for the week ending 02/25/08 is:
Rhythmic - #11 (Last Week: #28)
Pop - #21 (Last Week: #31)
Urban - #18 (Last Week: #23)
Urban AC - #19 (Last Week: #43)

• Nielsen BDS Update: As of today, "Touch My Body" is #13 on this week's BDS airplay chart. The song's position on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart which is finalized tomorrow is likely to be close to #13 as well.

• Radio & Records Chart Highlights, issue date February 29, 2008:
Mariah's 'Touch' Reaches Higher. After an impressive opening last week, Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" (IDJMG) more than doubles its airplay and collects Most Increased Plays at three formats. "Body" rocks 32-23 at CHR/Top 40 (up 104%), 27-13 at Rhythmic (up 111%) and 39-17 at Urban AC (up 220%). The track also charges 23-18 at Urban, scoring Airpower honors and the format's second-best gain in plays.

• From USA Today: Mariah Carey's new Touch My Body, which zoomed 22-13 in its second week on the chart. (Could anyone have devised a safer kickoff single than this? It's got the requisite sexual innuendo, a tune (or lack of same) that could have been fashioned by musically inclined robots in some R&B/pop crossover factory, and lots of trademark Mariah vocal runs while retaining the more contemporary flavor of her last album. We Belong Together, last album's lead single, was a significant departure from her past and quite possibly her best single ever. This is dull and dreary by comparison.)

• The new ringtone for "Touch My Body" can also be purchased here. Those with Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and ATT can also text MARIAH7A to 30303 to get the ringtone for $2.49.

• Tucson, AZ - Hot 98.3: "Touch My Body" advanced 4 places to #3 on the Hot 7 at 7 countdown last night.
• Tucson, AZ - 93.7 KRQ: The song was # 4 on last night's Top 8 @ 8.
• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: "Touch My Body" was #8 on Jojo's Top 9 @ 9 countdown last night. The song is currently at #6 on the station's playlist.
• New York City, NY - Z100: The song was down 4 spots to #8 on Romeo's Interactive 9 @ 9. Keep requesting here.
• Chicago, IL - B96: The song was #1 on Top 9 @ 9 and #1 on 9 Most Wanted!
• Yakima, WA - 107.3 KFFM: "Touch My Body" was #1 last night on the "10 Most Requested Songs of the Day." Keep requesting here.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

France: "Touch My Body" entered the Hit Skyrock countdown today at #20! French fans can vote only once a day by clicking here. The French Mariah Fan Club is currently having a contest whose aim is to bring Mariah to #1 on Hit Skyrock. Contest rules/details here. Be sure to also check the site's "Touch My Body" promo page for request lines to national and local radio stations.

Malaysia: Malaysian fans, vote for "Touch My Body" to be included on Fly FM's Freaky Top 30.

Philippines: This week on Magic 89.9, "Touch My Body" jumps from #28 to #20 on Final Countdown, and debuts at #4 on Top 5 @ 5. Final Countdown happens every Sunday 2-5pm, while Top 5 @5 Mondays-Thursday at 5pm. To vote through SMS, type "Magic 899, Please Play Touch My Body by Mariah Carey" and send to 2968. Fans can also call (02) 631-0899.

On Monster Radio RX 93.1, in its Final Countdown, "Touch My Body" debuts at #14; and on Daily Survey, the song has been #1 for the past 2 days. RX's Final Countdown airs every Friday at 6 pm, while the Daily Survey every Mondays-Saturdays at 9am. Continue voting for the song at RX by typing "RX 931 Touch My Body Mariah" and send to 2299. Request line: (02) 631-9393.
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Mariah Explains First Single Choice
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 26-Feb-2008, 8:08AM EST
MTV Hits (UK) aired a short segment about Mariah's new video "Touch My Body". Footage from behind the scenes was shown as well as a short clip in which Mariah explains her decision to release "Touch My Body" as the first single from E=MC².

"It was really difficult choosing a first single. This time, it's just like okay, I have 20-something songs, and I'm like there's a lot of potential singles, so we all kind of struggled with it. We ended up with "Touch My Body" because up-tempo is one specific way, and a ballad is really specific, so we decided to just go with the mid-tempo and everybody kinda liked the song 'cause it's just fun and cute and sexy and sweet."

[ Click here to download an MPG file ]

Many thanks to Martin for the video file!
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VH1 & BET "Touch My Body" Premieres
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Feb-2008, 4:05AM EST

VH1 will premiere the "Touch My Body" video on Wednesday, February 27th at 6am ET/PT, and repeated every hour on the hour thereafter. Download VH1's announcement of the video premiere here.

BET will also be playing the video starting at 11am ET/PT on Wednesday.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Josie

New Poll
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Feb-2008, 1:46AM EST
Thanks to everyone who participated in our last poll, "Which of these song titles do you think would be the best title for Mariah's new album?" The results were as follows:

» That Chick - 34% (3771 votes)
» Out of Control - 21% (2330 votes)
» Heat - 18% (1971 votes)
» Migrate - 14% (1571 votes)
» Cruise Control - 13% (1388 votes)
  Total Votes: 11031

A new poll is now up. Located on the right sidebar, our new poll asks: "Which E=MC² track are you most excited about?" Get voting now!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Feb-2008, 7:44PM EST
• Mediabase Update: For the week ending February 24, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 59.479 million audience impressions with 8296 spins (Pop - 3122, Rhythmic - 3094, Urban - 1667, Urban A/C - 352, Hot A/C - 57, Alternative - 4).

• From Radio & Records: Mariah Carey takes Most Increased Plays for a second straight week as "Touch My Body" moves 32-23 (up 1,380) at CHR/Top 40.

Most Increased Plays
MARIAH CAREY - Touch My Body (Island/IDJMG) +1380
Stations playing: KKRZ +39, WAKZ +36, WIOG +31, KKDM +29, XT20 +28, WIHT +28, WABB +27, KRQQ +26, WQEN +26, WWHT +25

• Cingular/AT&T now has the "Touch My Body" ringtone available for purchase for $2.49.

• Open House Party: Keep requesting "Touch My Body" via e-mail to requests@openhouseparty.com or by phone at (800) 669-1010.
• El Paso, TX - XHTO Hit Fm 104.3: This station plays "Touch My Body" once every hour. Request Line: 915-541-1043
• New York City, NY - Z100: The song was #3 on today's Shelly's High Noon countdown. It is currently at #21 on the station's playlist. Request on line or call (800) 242-0100.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Australia: "Touch My Body" made 2dayFM's Hot 30 Countdown at #20 this week. Keep voting here.
Bulgaria: "Touch My Body" climbs a spot from #30 to #29 on The Voice Of Hip Hop And RnB's The Voice Top 30.
Canada: "Touch My Body" was #2 this morning on Flow 93.5 in Toronto. (Request via email to requests@flow935.com or by phone at (416) 935 1935.) and #4 on The Beat 94.5's Top 7 @ Seven in Vancouver.
Croatia: In its second week on Croatian radio's Top 50 International chart, "Touch My Body" climbs 35 spots from #46 to #11.
Germany: "Touch My Body" entered the weekly charts of Berlin's Kiss FM as the highest entry at #37. German fans can click here to vote for the song.
Indonesia: EBS 105.9FM, the leading radio station in Surabaya, Indonesia has premiered "Touch My Body." Indonesian fans can request for the song via SMS to +6281 7999 1059, e-mail or by phone at +6231 5051500.
South Africa: On Metro FM's Top 40, after debuting on the chart at #32 last week, "Touch My Body" bolts up a massive 17 spots to #15. Metro FM is the largest urban radio station in South Africa with over 6 million listeners tuning in every day.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Josie | Gabriel | Kelly | Justin | Neo | Bojan | Zane | Edwin | Julio | Nerissa | Paul | Jasmine | Nicolas | Susan

"Touch My Body" Video Sneak Peek
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Feb-2008, 6:16PM EST

Drumroll please...not only does Mariah Carey have a beautiful voice and an incredible new album coming out, she's also got a great sense of humor. In this sneak preview of Mimi's video for her first single off of E=MC², "Touch My Body," she invites the delightfully dorky Jack McBrayer (who you might know as Kenneth from 30 Rock) to, uh, touch her body, have a lingerie pillow-fight and play frisbee. And that's just from the 45 seconds we've seen!

[ Click here to download an MPG file ]

Source: VH1 | Daniel | Max

Mariah on BET Wednesday
Posted by Liron on Monday, 25-Feb-2008, 3:49PM EST
In addition to the previously announced appearance on MTV's TRL, Mariah will also be appearing on BET this Wednesday, February 27 to present her video for "Touch My Body." The BET Studios are located at 530 West 57th St. in New York City, NY.

MariahCarey.com is giving away a pair of tickets to the taping. More details here.

Watch the world premiere of "Touch My Body" music video on:

» Total Request Live - 3:30pm ET/PT, MTV
» 106 & Park - 6:00pm ET/PT, BET

"Touch My Body" Rolling Stone Review
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Feb-2008, 1:43PM EST
Rolling Stone, in its March 6, 2008 issue with Jack Johnson on the cover, reviews "Touch My Body" and gives it 3.5 stars.

Mariah Carey
"Touch My Body" (Island)

The Dream - who traded in vaginal metaphors as co-writer of Rihanna's "Umbrella" - takes a slightly more literal approach to the female anatomy as co-writer of this hyperdirty single from Mimi's forthcoming album, E=MC². Mariah's storied vocal range is blunted in favor of generic, highly digitized heavy breathing: "Touch my body/Put me on the floor/Wrestle me around/Play with me some more." But with a spare, slick track composed mostly of synths and finger snaps, beat master Tricky Stewart (who produced Mary J. Blige's "Just Fine") creates the perfect backdrop for the singer to ditch the rainbows and charms and score with a sex romp that went to radio just in time for Valentine's Day.
--Evan Serpick
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Jason

Mariah on April 2008 Allure
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Feb-2008, 12:02AM EST
Mariah will grace the cover of the April 2008 issue of Allure magazine that hits newsstands on March 25. The accompanying cover story is entitled, "Mariah Carey - Part Butterfly, All Bombshell."

Be sure to grab a copy!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Erika

Mariah Interviews With Australia's 2DayFM
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 24-Feb-2008, 5:59PM EST
Mariah was on the phone with The Kyle & Jackie O Show on the Australian radio station 2DayFM earlier today. Hosts Kyle & Jackie O were conducting the interview from Los Angeles while Mariah was in New York (at 4:00pm EST). The interview aired live at 8:00am in Sydney, Australia.

Mariah discussed her new single, the new gold edition of her fragrance "M" and her desire to visit Australia again. Mariah also agreed to confirm/deny rumors that are flying around on the internet. Needless to say, most of them, as we already know, turned out to be false.

[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]

Many thanks to Josie for recording this interview for us!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Josie

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 24-Feb-2008, 5:57PM EST
• The Gold Deluxe Edition of "M by Mariah Carey" has been spotted at Macy's Covina & Costa Mesa stores in California. It is marketed as "pure perfume," and priced at $75.00 for a 1.7fl oz. bottle. See photos below. (Thanks to HBF's Mimi247 for the pictures)

Be sure to grab a bottle at your nearest Macy's!

• According to Universal Music Italy, Mariah's new album, E=MC² will be officially released in the country on April 11th.

• The Adventures of Mimi DVD climbs 3 spots from #12 to #9 in its seventh week on the official Greek Top 20 DVD/Video chart.

• "27 Dresses - Celebrity Dress Auction," launches at 19.00hrs on Tuesday, March 4th on www.ebay.co.uk/27dresses. Frock-fabulous red carpet gowns from poptress Kylie, music diva Mariah Carey, Spice Girl Geri, actresses Katherine Heigl & Thandie Newton and supermodel Naomi Campbell are just a few names from the list of stunning dresses donated by stars to raise money for The Lavender Trust, and to mark the release of hit new comedy movie '27 Dresses.'

• Janet Jackson has recently been mentioning Mariah:

--From Contact Music: "My friends tease me and say I have to build a house for my shoes, but I'm not as bad as Mariah Carey." Janet Jackson on her footwear collection.

--In this YouTube video by Jermaine Dupri, Janet jokes about the "lighting" while being filmed and says, "I sound like Mariah now, don't I? Because it's very important."

--Janet talked about the possible duet with Mariah on KIIS FM's On Air With Ryan Seacrest on February 19th: "It's been going on for a while. We've been wanting to. So it's just a matter of getting the two of us together, for the timing to be right for the both of us really. We enjoy each other's work. It would be fun. And I just met Mariah not that long ago after being in this business for all this time. Both of us. We just met a couple of years back. (Ryan: You're saying she avoided you.) Laughs You're a mess. No, I'm not saying she avoided me at all. Our paths never crossed until just a few years ago. At the Grammys, we never saw each other backstage. I never saw her at any function ever."

[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]

• The online site of the Croatian newspaper, 24 Sata has some photos of Mariah from her Bahamas vacation. Check them out here.

• The French Mariah Fan Club is currently having a contest whose aim is to bring Mariah to #1 on the radio station Skyrock. French fans can click here to find out how you can participate. Be sure to also check the site's "Touch My Body" promo page for request lines to national and local radio stations.

• Carlos has launched a new Facebook site, Mariah Carey UK, for UK Mariah fans to help with the promotion for the new album. If you're on Facebook and a Mariah Carey fan, be sure to check this site out!

• In his "Shopping At The Mall of Mariah" column on Towleroad, a top blog site for gay men and politics, Robbie talks about initially resisting Mariah then falling in love with her over the years. Read his column here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Daniel | Glitter2180 | Mimi247 | Bojan | Ila | Robbie | Claire Richland | mcrespect | Carlos | Nacho | Shaima | Alex'

Mariah's Soundscan Album Sales Thru 1/13/08
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 24-Feb-2008, 3:39PM EST
Mariah Carey - 4.838 million (pre-Soundscan era release)
Emotions - 3.573 million
MTV Unplugged EP - 2.732 million
Music Box - 7.170 million
Merry Christmas - 4.908 million
Daydream - 7.545 million
Butterfly - 3.711 million
#1s - 3.586 million
Rainbow - 2.928 million
Glitter - 636,625
Greatest Hits - 976,120
Charmbracelet - 1.148 million
Remixes - 258,590
The Emancipation of Mimi - 5.826 million
Total: 49.837 million

Note: Soundscan measures over-the-counter sales at selected retail outlets (record club sales are not included) since March of 1991.
Source: Jim | Chris | MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Scans
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 24-Feb-2008, 2:20PM EST
Scans from the March 3rd issues of Us (Hot Pics, Lights, Camera, Stars!, page 28), OK! (Poll of the Week, page 18; News Pics, page 27; and Pricey Hairdos, page 32), In Touch (UpClose, page 10), People (Second Look, page 92); and from the March 2008 Blender (The Adventures of Mimi full-page Best Buy ad, page 85).

From UK's Sunday, February 24th News of The World supplement, Fabolous and March 2008 issue of Glamour; India's February 16th edition of Mumbai Mirror; and Bulgaria's February 27th High Club magazine.

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry - MariahCareyCollection | Julio | Jayesh | Nicolas

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 23-Feb-2008, 4:20PM EST
• Mediabase Update: For the week ending February 22, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 54.673 million audience impressions with 7202 spins (Pop - 2709, Rhythmic - 2659, Urban - 1517, Urban A/C - 272, Hot A/C - 43, Alternative - 2).

• "Touch My Body" Remix Update: On Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 9:10 AM, David Morales added the following entry in his MySpace Music blog:

"It's 3am and I'm now working on a rough mix idea so that I can play at STEREO this wknd. That's how excited I am about it. I will play a rough mix w/o her new vocal on it. It will be the record of the wknd!"

Check out the rest of his blog entries about "Touch My Body" in yesterday's post.

• Open House Party: "Touch My Body" is getting heavy rotation on the syndicated radio show, Open House Party. Tonight at around 10pm, before playing the song, they aired an audio of Mariah messing up the phone number to the show. Listen below! Click here to download an MP3 file. (Thanks to Josie for making the audio file for us.)

Keep requesting "Touch My Body" via e-mail to requests@openhouseparty.com or by phone at (800) 669-1010.

• Tucson, AZ - Hot 98.3: The song advanced a spot to #7 on the Hot 7 at 7 countdown yesterday.
• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: "Touch My Body" climbed 2 spots to #4 on KIIS FM's Jojo's Top 9 @ 9 countdown last night.
• Los Angeles, CA - Power 106: Yesterday, the song dropped out of Tito's 4 @ 4 (was at #3 on Thursday, Feb. 21st) and Top 8 @ 8 (#5 previously). Click on the links to vote now!
• Denver, CO - KS 107.5: "Touch My Body" has been #1 for 4 days now on 4 Play @ 4 with Dreena Gonzales!
• Chicago, IL - B96: On yesterday's B96 countdowns, "Touch My Body" was down a spot to #2 on the Top 9@9, but up 5 spots to #7 on the Weekly 20. The song is currently at #2 on the station's "9 Most Wanted" songs. Request line: (312) 591-9696
• Boston, MA - Jam'n 94.5: "Touch My Body" was #7 on the Sexy 7 @ 7 countdown. It is also the "Hot Pick" on the station's playlist. Request Line: (617) 931-1945
• Albany, NY - KISS 102.3 FM: The song was #1 on the station's The Nine Most Wanted yesterday. Vote for tonight's 9 most wanted by calling (518) 476-1023.
• New York City, NY - Z100: The song was #3 (-1) on Shelly's High Noon countdown; and #4 (+2) on Romeo's Interactive 9 @ 9 last night. It is currently at #31 on the station's playlist.
• All Access has posted a dance mix (Special K Remix) to "Touch My Body" under Cool New Music in its Top 40/Rhythmic section. Members can log in to check it out.
• X17 has posed the questions, "Does Mariah Carey have what it takes?" "Can Mariah dethrone the King [Elvis Presley]?" Or "does 'Touch' just not have what it takes?" Post your comments here.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Australia: Vote for "Touch My Body" on 2day FM's Hot 30 Countdown.
Canada: In Toronto, "Touch My Body" was #6 on Z103.5's Hit List and #7 on Chum FM's Sound Lounge Most Requested. Meanwhile, continue to vote for the song on CKOI's Top 6@6 countdown in Montreal.
Holland: "Touch My Body" is the most requested song on Juize FM's "Request Top 5." It is also one of the station's "Hot Jamz" for the 2nd week.
Korea: According to Universal Music Korea, "Touch My Body" CD single will be released in the country on March 31st.
Malaysia: "Touch My Body" enters Hitz FM's Urban 10 chart at #4. Malaysian fans can vote for the song on Urban 10 here; and on the station's other chart, Top 30, here.
United Arab Emirates: "Touch My Body" is getting heavy rotation on Virgin 104.4 in Dubai.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Roland | Gawain | Josie | Shaima | Meredith | Mike | Amanda | Lucie | Jack | Qistina | Michael | Rob | Lior | Marilyn | Hazim | Joao | Dave

David Morales To Remix "Touch My Body"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 9:17PM EST
Mariah's long-time working partner, DJ David Morales, will be remixing Mariah's first single, "Touch My Body."

On his MySpace Music blog, David writes the following:

Tuesday, February 19: "Letting all u Mariah Carey fans know that I'll be working on her new club remix of her new single 'Touch My Body'. It's always a pleasure working with her. She's the real deal!"

Wednesday, February 20: "It's 7:05pm and I'm in the studio w Quentin Harris laying down some tracks for Mariah's 'TOUCH MY BODY.' It's coming out so funky! I'll be recording vocals with her at her house on friday I can't wait! I wish I had it for this wknd to play at STEREO. Oh well I'll have to wait to debut it at the WMC."

Thursday, February 21: "I just got home from the studio and I want to say that 'Touch My Body' is coming out lovely. I can't wait to get her to sing to the new track. After working with her for 14 years now (yes we did 'DREAM LOVER' in '93) it's always a challenge to go to the next level. But knowing Mariah, I'm sure she'll work it! ok I'm going to bed now. That's all for now."

"Dreamlover" was the first Mariah song turned into a dance/house mix by Morales back in 1993. Their most recent collaboration up until now was the 2005 remix to "Say Somethin'." Below is the list of the Mariah songs that were remixed by David Morales and their peak position on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.

"Dreamlover" - #1
"Joy To The World" - #17
"Fantasy" - #1
"Always Be My Baby" - #6
"Honey" - #1
"My All" - #5
"Fly Away (Butterfly Remix)" - #13
"I Still Believe" - #1
"Can't Take That Away" - #6
"Loverboy" - #45
"It's Like That" - #1
"Say Somethin'" - #1
Source: David Morales | MariahDailyJournal

Mariah on TRL Wednesday
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 6:44PM EST
Mariah will be appearing on TRL this Wednesday, February 27 to premiere her video for "Touch My Body." The TRL Studios are located at 1515 Broadway in New York City, NY.

MariahCarey.com is giving away a pair of tickets to the taping. More details here.

"Touch My Body" Billboard Review
Posted by Liron on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 4:33PM EST
Touch My Body (3:28)
Producers: Mariah Carey, Tricky Stewart
Writers: M. Carey, Terius "The-Dream" Nash
Label: Island

Oh, Mariah, where have you been? It's been four long years since your triumphant return with "We Belong Together," and three since last hit "Don't Forget About Us." Granted, you disillusioned once or twice, tip-toeing into hip-hop-but you've long been forgiven for the likes of "Boy (I Need You)" with Cam'ron and "I Know What You Want" with Busta Rhymes. "Touch My Body," the first single from 11th studio album "E=MC²" (April 15), is a No. 1 just waiting to pounce the Billboard Hot 100. Written by Carey with The-Dream-who penned Grammy Award-winning radio staple "Umbrella" for Rihanna-this sensual jam is 100% Mariah, packed with satisfying harmonic layers and hooky background "oh's," supersonic verses and a chorus as catchy as a winter sniffle. According to mariahdaily.com, 65 stations played the song five hours after its digital release to radio. Smells like a smash and looks like 2008=MC's 18th year of chart-toppers.

--Chuck Taylor
Source: Billboard

VH1 Previews E=MC²
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 3:05PM EST
Yesterday, Island/Def Jam honcho L.A. Reid hosted a few journalists in his office for a special preview of Mariah Carey's upcoming E=MC² album, tentatively due April 15. While Reid looked on, Mariah's A&R man and long-rumored beau Mark Sudack played 12 of the album's cuts from his laptop, often passionately (and adorably!) singing along. On the album, there was drama, there was death, there was disco. What follows is a track-by-track breakdown of our impressions of the album. Note that this isn't the final track sequence, that L.A. ticked off the producers list to us but it is by no means etched in stone and the tracks that we heard weren't always mastered.

One final note: so much of this album is sung in Mariah's chest voice. The vocal gymnastics and whistle notes, while there ('cause, duh, it's Mariah!), take a backseat to clear, purposeful singing, and Mariah sounds better for it. Oh yeah, Mimi's back.

1. "Migrate" (co-produced by Danja) -- After announcing itself with Mariah's patented whistle notes, this club track gets to bangin' and it takes that task really seriously. It's about as meta as a banger gets, with Mariah explaining during the chorus how her night goes: "From the car to the club / We migrate / From the bar to the V.I.P. / We migrate." And so it goes, from the party to the after party, from the after party to the hotel. There's a slight autotune effect on Mariah's voice on the last "migrate" of each chorus, which I assume is to put her on equal ground with the man she shares the mic with here. T-Pain, mercifully shows up for just a guest verse -- this is not a full-blown duet. It's a feisty track, with tough Storch-esque beats that Mariah's bravado attempts to match: "If you're inked up thuggin', that's what I like," she says. See, I always thought she went for the pretty boys. Already we're learning stuff!

2. "Touch My Body" (co-produced with Christopher "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream) -- There isn't much to say about this ultra-femme track that wasn't said when it leaked. Hard to believe that that was only a little more than week ago -- in the time since, it's become so ubiquitous that it's kind of hard to imagine what radio was like before it. Even L.A. seemed taken aback by how quickly it has caught on -- he described the track's out-of-the-gate success as virtually accidental.

3. "Last Kiss" (co-produced by Jermaine Dupri) -- One of the album's many declarations of eternal love, this one is "We Belong Together, Part 35." It's nice but extremely safe. One thing that's very much in its favor are Mariah's vocals, which are nimble as they are in "We Belong Together" (she changes up her flow more times than I could count) and maybe more robust than they've sounded in over a decade. There's a nice little duet at the end of this one between Mariah's full chest voice and her higher register. Of course, if she didn't show off that stellar natural resource, this wouldn't be a Mariah Carey album.

4. "Lovin' You Long Time" (co-produced by DJ Toomp) -- Pure and utter joy is this one, which is most reminiscent of the lovely Mimi outtake "When I Feel It." Except this one's, like, 10 times better. The chorus of DeBarge's "Stay With Me" is the foundation of this track (as opposed to the verses, which provided the foundation for the single remix of Biggie's "One More Chance" and Ashanti's "Foolish," among tracks). However, the sample sounds more weathered, and overall, the track comes off as a '60s throwback rather than an '80s one. One hundred percent feel-good and packing in a killer breakdown and conclusion that's a wall of Mariah voices, this was the first song that felt like the work of unstoppable pop genius.

5. "Thanx for Nothin'" (co-produced by Jermaine Durpri) -- A mid-tempo ballad that sports a beat rougher than anything Jermaine Dupri has laid down for Mariah and a guitar line not unlike Mimi's "So Lonely" (though this track is more sassy and less dour than that), "Thanx" suggests that Mariah and Jermaine aren't sentenced to live in the shadow of their former glory and can actually make relatively new sounds together. Lyrically, this break-up track is a cross between the self-deprecating "Mine Again" ("I never knew enough about you, babe / And I guess I only have myself to blame") and the streetwise posturing of "Get Your Number" ("Seems like all I do is think about your pseudo-romance / While you're somewhere burnin' diesel in the streets, havin' laughs"). Mariah packs in so many lyrics that she barely has time to sing them, and sort of just growls them. It's not nearly as ridiculous as that description might make it sound.

6. "That Chick" (co-produced by Stargate) -- Instant. Classic. An absolutely brilliant disco track that plays on Mariah's strengths and sexiness without ever crossing the line into indulgence. It's slick, it's chic (and Chic, with its slap-you-on-the-ass bass line), it's silly ("La da da a oooh wee-wee" goes the bit between the chorus and the verses) and it carries a killer middle 8 that's as exhilarating as the one in Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T." (you know, the best part of one of the best songs ever that goes, "Don't you know nowwwww / Is the perfect time..."?). Mariah makes references to 2Pac and Biggie, compares herself to ice cream and the lottery and maybe even references the long-lost track from the Charmbracelet sessions "Touch the Sky." Oh, and also she delivers the most her line of her career, complete with a 10-cent word: "I brings that levity." Maybe one day they'll bottle the essence of Mariah, but until then, we have "That Chick" and I seriously am counting down the days till I can hear this track again. This needs to be a single, like, now, and Mariah needs to dust off those "Heartbreaker" remix roller skates for the video, pronto.

7. "Cruise Control" (co-produced by Jermaine Dupri) -- Another J.D. track that deviates from what could have been a detrimental pattern, this is a reggae-lite extended car metaphor ("I need a caddy wit some cruise control," belts Mariah). The chorus consists of her spelling out, "C-R-U-I-S-E control" and the second verse finds Mariah adopting a Jamaican affect for kicks: "When da door open I de gals pon de block / They be hop-on, to rob the clock / Me say no mam / Step up step up / Bottle broken / Tink I'm jokin'." Seriously, she says that. Damien Marley gets a guest verse, and I have to say, his shtick is a little more convincing.

8. "Side Effects" (co-produced by Scott Storch) -- You know how sometimes Southern rap almost has a heavy metal feel? Mariah and Storch exploit that by turning out a Southern-fried power ballad that's a thinly veiled portrait of her time under Tommy Mottola's reign ("Hell we built, and I dealt with it... Kept my tears inside 'cause I knew if I started, I'd keep cryin' for the rest of my life with you / I finally built up the strength to walk away / Don't regret it..."). For someone as guarded as Mariah is publicly, it's shockingly frank (she alludes to "violent times") and really naked (the titular side effects refer to the toll the relationship has taken on her: she's "still a little depressed inside" and "still a little defensive thinkin' folks be tryin' to run my life"). This is another highlight, and having a rapper so associated with drugs (Jeezy) on a track called "Side Effects" that isn't about drugs at all, only makes things cleverer.

9. "Love Story" (co-produced by Jermaine Dupri) -- Anther ode to endless love ("This ain't no fairy tale or fiction / This is truly ours for eternity"), this ballad is more of the baby-making ilk. It's like Prince-lite with a synthesized beat a la "The Beautiful Ones," but not as effects-laden (i.e. the beat doesn't have the backwards sound). The melody is reminiscent of Mimi's "Joyride," and that should give you an indication of how sweet this track is.

10. "OOC" (co-produced by Swizz Beatz) -- This one has a pummeling thump so pronounced, it's somewhat surprising that it's not the work of Stargate or Tricky. "OOC" stands for "out of control," and while the track isn't exactly wild, it's a fun mix of The-Dream's "Ditch That N..." with a melody like Blu Cantrell's "Hit 'Em Up Style." Besides the hypnotic refrain of "Forever and ever," the track is most notable for including the word motherf***er. As in, "I know y'all motherf***ers feel like we / When you're messin' with the one true lova / That makes you OOC." Hardcore!

11. "Bye Bye" (co-produced by Stargate) -- When Mariah first started promoting Mimi, she described "We Belong Together" as a cross between "Breakdown" and "One Sweet Day." That description is infinitely more appropriate for "Bye Bye," a song about death that's "for my people who just lost somebody," "for my people who lost their grandmothers" and seemingly for Mariah's departed father, Alfred Roy ("You never got to see me back at No. 1"). It's nice that Mariah's on a confessional kick, although a track with the "We Belong Together" sonic template and lyrics tailored appeal to everyone on such a basic level seems like too easy of a combination for someone as established as Mimi. This one's like insurance -- in case nothing else is a hit, here's a sure-shot. But ultimately, it turns out that the album is too good for that.

12. "I Wish You Well" (co-produced by James Poyser) -- We were told that this was hot off the presses and a very rough version of the song, but even in its unpolished state, it was a stunner. A piano ballad that features Mariah, some gospel-tinged backing vocals, a piano and that's it, this track is a throwback to the fan-favorite "Vanishing" from her 1990 debut. Part feisty ("You can't manipulate me like before") and totally spiritual (Mariah name-checks a bible verse in the chorus, although I couldn't catch exactly what it was, and she ends the song repeating, "The Lord is my salvation / I will trust in him"), "I Wish You Well" will have fans wetting themselves. It's gorgeous and in its simplistic way, the type of risk that Mariah should take more often.

The risky moments on the album ("Lovin' You Long Time," "That Chick," "Side Effects" and "I Wish You Well") bode well for the future. Though E=MC² feels extremely safe, there's enough variation to signify some artistic growth. She's cranking out hits and that's fine because that's what she's always done (hitmaking is her medium), but when she goes out of the Top 40 comfort zone, the album truly soars. Over 10 years after she first sang about it, it's only now that Mariah has worked up the courage to really spread her wings. The next question is: how high can they take her?
Source: VH1

I Bet You Won't Say That. "Whatever, Watch!"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 1:23PM EST

A MariahDailyJournal Exclusive

Cri$tyle admits that life before the music biz was a lot slower. Born and raised in Atlanta to a musical family, Cri$tyle began harmonizing to Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight at 3-years-old. Now, she can boast that she's sat down with Mariah Carey and harmonized to "Can't Let Go"!

Mariah Daily Journal had the pleasure of exclusively interviewing Cri$tyle about her recent co-writing experiences with Mariah. She tells us who thought of singing about YouTube on "Touch My Body," divulges info on the four songs she contributed for E=MC², which track she thinks will be the "huge" record, and how they have developed a close friendship. If "Touch My Body" is any indication, Cri$tyle and Mariah's future released collaborations are going to blow us away!

Please tell us about yourself. What was life like for Cri$tyle before joining the music business. What kind of music influenced you growing up?
Wow! [laughs] Life for Cristyle before the music biz was a lot slower than it is now! I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia. I grew up listening to music. My mom sings, my dad sang, and my sister. My dad used to make us harmonize to old school records. I was like 3 years old holding down the alto note [laughs]. I remember hearing Stevie Wonder and Gladys Knight in heavy rotation. When I got a little older, I started rehearsing to Mariah, Whitney, and Boyz II Men. I was singing every chance I got. Talent shows every week. But I grew up and realized I needed money so I got a few different jobs. My last job before joining the industry was at a hospital. Actually I was a Telephone Operator. That was until I got fired for writing songs on the job while I was supposed to be answering phones! I cried my eyes out, but if I didn't get fired, I would have never had the chance to do music full-time. So thank God they kicked me to the curb! [laughs]

How did you get into songwriting? How were you discovered? And how did you get signed by So So Def/EMI?
Well, to be honest, songwriting kinda came outta nowhere for me. I wrote my first song in the 3rd grade. It was horrible! [laughs] After that I started getting more interested in the songwriting process. Whenever I find something I can't do very well, it always seems to spark my interest. I start thinking like, "Why can't I do that?" so I kept writing until one day I realized, "Hey, I might be good at this." Once I got that in my head, I was on a mission. [laughs] I wanted the world to hear what I had to say and more so, I wanted the world to hear my "special" way of saying it. I started working with different producers and that introduced me to all types of writing styles. After about a year, I met my manager who put clarity to my little "writing spree." [laughs] Soon after, I caught the attention of Jermaine [Dupri] and Big Jon [Platt, EMI Publishing EVP] and the rest is history in the making!

How did Mariah hear of you, and what about your work piqued her interest?
Mariah heard of me from JD. He told Mariah he wanted her to meet/work with his new writer Cri$tyle. My manager and I were hoping he would put me in with her but Jermaine is one of those people who don't believe in handouts. He believes you have to work hard and earn everything in this biz. So I guess he felt like I had earned a shot. But there were no guarantees. He wasn't gonna write the song for me, or make MC like working with me. When we started working, the two of us (MC and I) were singing melodies and joking around with lyrics. The first song we did that night was "Cruise Control." I think the fact that we were both singing similar melodies and having such a fun time coming up with the lyrics made her comfortable working with me. And it made me comfortable with her also.

What was the writing process for your songs together?
The writing process was very relaxed. We would go in this little outside area overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Sometimes we would even take a stroll on the beach. Very much like a vacation. But that really helped us to vibe out and get a consistent "no pressure" atmosphere going. We would work really late some days. All the songs we wrote were straight collaboration. MC would play tracks she had gotten from different producers, and we'd pick the one that hit us at the time. A lot of times we'd come up with melody first, then try to get a concept, then lyrics. But there was no specific method with us. We just hung out and wrote hot records in the process. Ya gotta love that!

Who came up with the "YouTube" and "I will hunt you down" lines?
MC came up with the YouTube line and we were both joking around and came up with "I will hunt you down." I was like, "I bet you won't say that" and she was like, "Whatever, watch! [laughs] Hilarious!

What, if anything, surprised you most about meeting and working with Mariah? What was she like as a person?
The first thing I noticed about MC was how polite she was. I mean this is a legend we talkin' about! And she is the first legend I've ever met so I didn't know what to expect. I was sooo nervous when she walked in. She was like the center of attention but somehow she found time to say, "Hi, Cristyle" before I could even introduce myself. That just blew me away! I didn't even say, "Hi" back because I just knew she has to be talking to somebody else. She was so much fun to be around. We spent so much time laughing and quoting movies that I almost forgot we were working. She was so genuine and real! I couldn't believe how friendly she was. We have all these little inside jokes and words that only we know what they mean. I really found a new friend in Mariah and the best part about it is, she found a new friend in me too.

Was Mariah open to trying different ideas? Did you feel comfortable telling Mariah when you didn't like a direction she was heading in? How open was she to criticism?
Mariah was very open to new ideas. She loves to surprise her audience but at the same time she respects her fans enough to still remain the Mariah everybody loves. There was never an intense moment where I felt like I couldn't tell her how I felt about a lyric or melody. She has a suprisingly high level of respect for me and my talent so she was always asking what I thought of a line or note. She really wanted to make sure that the songs were perfect. We would write a verse then move on to the hook, and she may go back like an hour later and say, "Let's change this part." Perfection is a close friend of MC! [laughs]

Mariah usually works with big-named writers/producers, were you surprised you got to collaborate on FOUR songs? Were you upset that none of the reviews for "Touch My Body" mentioned you, just Tricky & The-Dream?
I was very shocked that she requested me after we had done the songs with JD. I got a call one day like, "Mariah wants to fly you in to work on the rest of the album." She treated me like royalty. We actually wrote about 8 or 9 songs together. Over a two-month period I was hanging with the star! Even got to help her pick out the bottle for her "M" fragrance, which is the bomb by the way! I wasn't upset about the reviews for the single not mentioning me. I had hung out with Tricky a few days before the song hit radio, and we were laughing, having a good time with some mutual friends; and I spoke to Dream on the phone the day "Touch My Body" hit. We were both congratulating each other. At the end of the day... I had the opportunity to work and become friends with someone who influenced my music tremendously. I couldn't ask for more. God is good!

What sort of things would you like to see Mariah try in the future?
I'd like to see a Mariah reality show! She's such a funny person. I would love for everybody to see how down-to-earth she is on a daily basis. Yea, that would be hot! They could call it "Mariah Daily"... starring MC, Jack and Lil JJ (her puppies).

Were you present when she was laying down her vocals? What was that recording process like?
I was there when she laid some of her vocals. She don't like to have people around for that process because she takes it very seriously, but I guess she felt comfortable 'round lil ol' me [laughs]. I would record the song first so we could hear it in its entirety and make any changes that we needed to make. Then MC would re-record it and add that special flare that only she can [laughs]. I actually had the opportunity to record a lotta background vocals on the album. We stuck very well together. I've been practicing to Mariah's voice for years, so I guess it's safe to say I was well prepared! The recording process was very relaxed, and simple. She didn't record in a big studio with all kinds of expensive equipment. It was just MC, me and her engineer in a small room at her house. Very low key. But when you have vocals like Mariah... you don't need all that other stuff.

What was your favorite Mariah song prior to meeting her?
Wow, I have so many! But I guess my all-time favorite would be... "Love Takes Time." I think that's one of the greatest songs of all-time. The cool thing about me and MC was the fact that we love to sing so much. We were always singing her old songs together. Can you imagine singing with her CD all through school, then one day finally meeting her and singing along with her live! It was amazing. We sang all her songs like "Butterfly," "Breakdown," ... "Can't Let Go"! We had like perfect harmony on that one. One day, I went on YouTube on my phone and pulled up her first Grammy performance - she sang "Vision of Love." We both watched it and she was laughing at how nervous she was [laughs] ... I'll never forget it!

What do you think of the 4 songs ("Touch My Body," "Cruise Control," "Heat" and "Lovin' You Long Time") you & Mariah wrote together. Can you describe each, and which is your favorite?
I think they are all "stone winners" (as Mariah would say), I love them all, I couldn't stop singing them in my head at first [laughs].

"Cruise Control" was the first one we did, I think for both of us, it's a favorite! It's a mid-tempo with a lil' island feel to it. It features Damian Marley.

"Heat" is an uptempo that has a little humor to it, but it's so realistic. We wanted to make sure it was very visual, people are gonna love that one!

"Touch My Body" came next. We were looking at the beach and the breeze outside was so relaxing. Hence the line "I want you to caress me like a tropical breeze." The sun was setting and it just gave us a chill vibe. So that's how the song came about.

"Lovin' You Long Time" was last but not least. The whole time we were recording that one we just kept saying, "this is a huge record!" We spent extra time on that one cuz we wanted it just right. And it came out amazing!

Who else have you written for? What are your current and upcoming projects?
I've written songs for Janet, Beyonce, Natasha Bedingfield, J. Lo and Brandy. Right now I have the first singles on Tiffany Evans ("I'm Grown") and Teyanna Taylor ("Google Me").

Do you think you will work with Mariah again?
I will definitely work with MC again... we talk all the time about how our friendship is bigger than just writing songs. So I wouldn't be surprised if we worked on all kinds of projects in the future... that's my homey!

Cri$tyle with Mariah and Jermaine Dupri

Major props go to Christal and Enchanted PR for facilitating this interview for us.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 9:28AM EST
• The Adventures of Mimi Tour DVD will be released in a 3-disc set on April 3rd. It is available for pre-order at Amazon for $17.99. Disc 3 is a bonus interactive disc (a $55 value) that includes the following:

--Exclusive Virtual Store
--Free Virtual Ticket Subscription
--Free Ringtones
--Tour & Ticket Updates
--Free Single Download

• New Powder Brush from "M": Shimmer Powder Brush, .17 oz., $27.50. Indulge yourself with this luxurious M by Mariah Carey shimmer powder that leaves your skin luminous and lightly scented. In a luxe and decadent brush, this delicate powder beautifully shimmers the arms, shoulders and décolleté. Available at Macy's.

• Below are scans from recent issues of the Portuguese magazine, Nova Gente (about Mariah's recent shopping spree in Beverly Hills) and newspaper, Metro (review of The Adventures of Mimi, the paper gave it a 4-star rating); and from the Italian Eva3000 (Mariah in Beverly Hills). Thanks to MDJ correspondents Ricardo and Dan for sending in the scans.

• Giuseppe invites all the Italian fans to join the discussions at his new Mariah forum, RnB Junk. The site also includes reviews of past Mariah albums, the new single, the new album, filmography, perfume, and everything about Mariah.

• Jay has relaunched his old Mariah China site with a brand-new domain. Now known as i-Mariah-Carey, the new site offers daily Mariah news, full discography and more in Chinese.

• The new blog Diva Report is about all things Diva. It features the 5 main ones: Mariah, Madonna, Beyonce, Janet Jackson and Jennifer Lopez. Dustin, a huge Mariah fan, handles the Mariah posts. Be sure to take their current poll: "Whose album are you anticipating most?"
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Marilyn | Giuseppe | Dan | Ricardo | Silviu | Jay | Dustin

Mariah Interviews With London's Capital FM
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Feb-2008, 12:49AM EST
Mariah was on the phone with Breakfast Show hosts Johnny & Denise on Capital FM in London, UK at 8:11am on Thursday, February 21st. She talked about her upcoming album E=MC², the BRIT Awards, her second Elizabeth Arden fragrance which she described as "leaning more towards the citrus world," and the great reception to her "Touch My Body" single to which she said:

"I am really happy with the response. It really is a blessing to see what's going on with the single. It's just exploding and I'm just thankful to God for this moment 'cause it really is amazing."

[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]

Source: Span11 | MariahDailyJournal

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Feb-2008, 7:53PM EST
Below, find the chart positions for "Touch My Body" in Billboard magazine issue dated March 1, 2008.

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #57 (New Entry)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #23 (New Entry)
Billboard Pop 100: #46 (New Entry)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #34 (New Entry)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #20 (Last Week #78)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #20 (New Entry)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #39 (New Entry)

CHR/Top 40: #32
Rhythmic: #26
Urban: #23

• BDS Airplay: 46 million audience impressions.

• Radio Responds To Carey's 'Touch'
Mariah Carey is proving her career comeback with 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi" was no fluke. The singer's sexy new single "Touch My Body"-from "E=MC2," due April 15 on Island Def jam Music Group (IDJMG)-is burning up the charts at radio and earns Carey a new record at one format.

"Touch," which debuted Feb. 12, is Carey's 26th chart entry at CHR/Top 40, breaking a previous tie with Madonna and therefore vaulting Carey into the all-time leader spot for most charting titles at the format. The track debuts on the list at No. 32 after less than six days at radio.

"Touch" also enters at Rhythmic (No. 26), Urban (No. 23) and Urban AC (No. 39), and debuts at No. 23 on Hot 100 Airplay with 46 million listener impressions.

IDJMG COO Steve Bartels says that's the best one-week result in Carey's career since she's been on IDJ. "This is not a contained enthusiasm," he says. "This is an explosive enthusiasm."

Bartels attributes much of the song's early success to "active partnerships" with Clear Channel Online, AOL and Yahoo, saying that "online activity and blog postings" helped build advance buzz for the track.

But Bartels doesn't lose sight of the music itself or Carey's brand power. "When an artist of her magnitude comes out with something this strong, everyone jumps in," he says.

CHR/top 40 WKSE Buffalo, N.Y., OM/PD Sue O'Neil says, "We don't have many superstars that are still viable to the top 40 format, but Mariah tends to keep hitting home runs. ["Touch"] went straight into rotation here."

CHR/top 40 WKGS Rochester, N.Y., PD/morning host Erick Anderson says of "Touch": "God bless it. I was praying for something this strong from Mariah. We need all the good content we can get. And it's nice to see her show off her sexier, racier side," he adds. "She's not doing her usual crazy-ass runs, but there's still a glimmer of that voice."
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 21-Feb-2008, 4:51PM EST
• Mediabase Update: for the week ending February 20, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 49.095 million audience impressions with 5887 spins (Pop - 2191, Rhythmic - 2147, Urban - 1327, Urban A/C - 193, Hot A/C - 27, Alternative - 2).

• Los Angeles, CA - Power 106: "Touch My Body" climbed to #1 on Tito's top 4@4 countdown and was also #4 on the top 8@8 countdown yesterday.
• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: The song was #6 on Jojo's 9@9 countdown today.
• San Diego, CA - 93.3: The song was #1 on the top 4 at 9 countdown.
• Chicago, IL - B96: The song was #1 on the top 9@9 countdown yesterday.
• New York City, NY - Z100: The song was #2 on Shelly's high noon countdown today (up from #4 yesterday) and #6 on Romeo's interactive 9@9 countdown yesterday.
• Tucson, AZ - Hot 98.3 The song was #7 on yesterday's 7@7 countdown.
• Albany, NY - 102.3 KISS FM: The song reached a new peak yesterday of #2 on the nine most wanted songs.
• Rap-Up.com: The song is #1 on the site's boombox.
• Perez Hilton changes his opinion on "Touch My Body": In an entry made today on his blog, he writes the following: "We Have A Confession To Make. Mariah's new song is really growing on us, like a fungus. We can't stop playing it! It's a grower, lambs."

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Australia: Kyle and Jackie O, the two hosts of the morning show at 2DayFM are in Los Angeles and are scheduled to interview Mariah while they're there. According to advertisements aired on the station, the interview is scheduled to air on Monday's show.
Canada: "Touch My Body" debuts at #97 on the Canada Hot 100 Singles chart.
In addition, the song has been added to CKOI, the most popular radio station in Montreal. Please vote for it on the station's Top 6@6 countdown.
England: Please continue requesting "Touch My Body" on Manchester's Galaxy radio station.
Norway: "Touch My Body" debuts at #29 on P4's Top 30 countdown this week.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Bojan | David | James | SW | Antonio | Dave | Jay | Chris | Shaima | span11 | lillovaboy | Roland | Tim

"Touch My Body" Widget
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 21-Feb-2008, 4:40PM EST
To help you show off your love for Mariah and keep up with "Touch My Body" as it moves up the charts, we are pleased to unveil the "Touch My Body" Widget! This widget can be embedded on your blog, web site, Facebook or MySpace page, or anywhere you want online. It will be continually updated with the latest chart positions and radio impressions so you can keep track of the song as it gains airplay.

Make sure you also check out the Extras page, where you'll find all kinds of goodies to spice up your sites with, along with instructions on how to use the widget. There's even an exclusive MySpace Layout that fans can copy and paste to show everyone how much they love Mariah's new track!

Source: Maggie - One Shot Entertainment

Will '=' Equal?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Feb-2008, 3:10PM EST
It's been almost two years since a Mariah Carey song debuted on the Hot 100, but the hiatus is over as "Touch My Body" (Island) opens at No. 57. It's the highest-debuting Carey single since "It's Like That" entered at No. 53 the week of Jan. 29, 2005 and it is the first Carey song to chart since "Say Somethin'" peaked at No. 79 in May 2006.

"Touch My Body" could turn into an historic recording for Carey. If the song reaches the No. 1 spot, it will be Carey's 18th chart-topper on the Hot 100 and it will push her past Elvis Presley's 17 No. 1s in the rock era -- which would make her second only to the Beatles, who have 20 No. 1s to their credit.

Extending that "what-if?" scenario a bit further... if "Touch My Body" achieves pole position and there are two other No. 1 songs on Carey's forthcoming "E=MC²" release, Carey will tie the Beatles for the most No. 1s in the rock era. It should be noted that Carey's most recent album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," contained two chart-topping tracks: "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us." If "E=MC²" equals "Mimi," Mariah will be one tantalizing No. 1 hit shy of the Beatles' record.
Source: Billboard | Jay

"Touch My Body" Debuts at #57 on Billboard's Hot 100
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 20-Feb-2008, 6:52PM EST

"Touch My Body" is this week's HOT SHOT DEBUT on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at #57 (Billboard issue date: March 1, 2008).

This is Mariah's highest debut on the chart that is based on first week's airplay alone.

In comparison, after their first week of airplay, "We Belong Together" debuted at #81 and "It's Like That" was #104 (#4 on the bubbling under Hot 100 chart.)

On the Hot 100 Airplay chart, the song debuts at #23 this week and becomes Mariah's highest debut on the chart since 1997's "Honey" which debuted at the same position.

"Touch My Body" also rockets up to #20 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, an incredible 58 spots jump from its last week's debut at #78.

An All Access banner from Island Def Jam announces "Touch My Body" at #23 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay (Greatest Gainer) as well as the fact it is the #1 most added record across all formats this week.

Source: Billboard | bks | All Access | MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Feb-2008, 9:24AM EST
• Mediabase Update: for the week ending February 19, 2008, "Touch My Body" has registered 47.231 million audience impressions with 5250 spins (Pop - 1975, Rhythmic - 1910, Urban - 1181, Urban A/C - 160, Hot A/C - 22, Alternative - 2).

• Hitz Radio: Vote for "Touch My Body" for the "Top 7 at 7 with Sunny" on Hitz Radio.
• Open House Party: Listeners of this syndicated show, please call 1-800-699-1010 to request the song.
• XM Radio: Please click here to vote for the song on XM Radio's top 20 countdown.
• Rate The Music: This website is used by radio stations to determine what people like. Joining their survey panel is a way to ensure that "Touch My Body" has great call out when the numbers finally come in. Call Out numbers determine whether or not a format (Pop/Rhythmic/Urban) will keep the song in heavy rotation. You can do surveys every single day, and whenever "Touch My Body" comes up, give it a 100% rating! Sign up here now!
• Chicago, IL - B96: "Touch My Body" is currently at #2 on the station's "9 Most Wanted" songs.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Australia: A writer for Daily Telegraph slams Mariah with many incorrect assumptions and statements. She states, among other things, that Mariah has only been able to get top 10 hits through nudity and low quality music. Put this so-called journalist in her place by posting your comments here.

Canada: "Touch My Body" moved up yesterday to #8 on Toronto's Chum Fm 104.5 Sound Lounge Most Requested songs.

Indonesia: According to Universal Music Indonesia, "Touch My Body" will officially impact Indonesian radio on Wednesday, February 20th. Indonesian fans, find your radio stations by visiting Mariah Indonesia's "Touch My Body" page. Meanwhile, the new album, E=MC² is tentatively scheduled for release in the country on April 14, 2008.

Norway: "Touch My Body" premiered on Norwegian radio station P4 on February 19th.

Poland: Vote for "Touch My Body" to be included on RadioStacja's playlist.

Sweden: Mariah is this week's "The Voice Choice" on The Voice of Hip Hop & Rn'B radio station.

Turkey: Mariah was featured in a brief article entitled, "Mariah Carey has shot her new video," in the February 19th edition of the Turkish newspaper Sabah. Click here to view a scan.

Thanks to Dale and Boudi for sharing their wallpapers (1024x768) with us!

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Pieter | Julio | Matt | SW | Wojtek | Can | Amanda | Malisa | Tim | Indra

Radio 'Touches' Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008, 10:46PM EST
This congratulatory message from All Access to Island Def Jam appears on the site's Net News!

MEDIABASE and ALL ACCESS send out congratulations to STEVE BARTELS, ERIK OLESEN, BENNY POUGH, SHARON LEPERE, RICK SACKHEIM and the entire ISLAND DEF JAM MUSIC GROUP team as MARIAH CAREY grabs a record 223 monitored adds this week for her new single "Touch My Body."

This is the largest add week for any song since the system began combining projected adds with auto-adds in 2006. The previous record was held by INTERSCOPE's MAROON 5 with 177 in APRIL, 2007 with "Makes Me Wonder."
Source: All Access

"Touch My Body" on Radio & Records Charts
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008, 7:15PM EST
The following Radio & Records (R&R) Airplay Charts figures are based on preliminary data for the week ending Sunday, February 17th. It should be noted that the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay chart uses a Wednesday-Tuesday airplay week, while this report uses a Monday-Sunday week. Official Billboard chart positions will be published later this week.

CHR/Top 40
Carey's Debut Puts Her Ahead of the Pack
Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" storms the CHR/Top 40 chart, debuting at No. 32 with Most Increased Plays (up 1,324). The song, which previews Carey's upcoming "E=MC²" album, is her 26th chart entry, putting her in the lead for most appearances in the list's 15-year history. She had been lodged in a tie for the record with Madonna.

#1 on Most Increased Plays
MARIAH CAREY - Touch My Body (Island/IDJMG) +1324
Stations playing: KHOP +60, KSLZ +57, KZZP +50, KHTS +46, WKGS +45, WNOU +38, WXKB +37, KWYL +35, KSAS +30, WXKS +30

'Body' Brings Mariah Back
Mariah Carey explodes onto the list as "Touch My Body" debuts at No. 23 with 1,142 spins out of the box. It's the chart's best opening-week spin count since 50 Cent debuted at No. 21 with "Disco Inferno" (1,220 spins) in 2004.

#1 on Most Increased Plays
MARIAH CAREY - Touch My Body (Island/IDJMG) +1142
Stations playing: KYLD +49, WBBM +47, WJMN +42, WWKX +41, KCHZ +33, KWIN +33, KLUC +32, KZON +32, WHZT +32, KPWR +30

Two powerhouse artists return to the Urban chart with high-ranking debuts. Usher leads the new entries with his best ever debut, and the chart's highest bow since November 2006, as "Love In This Club," featuring Young Jeezy, starts at No. 21. Meanwhile, Mariah Carey takes her highest bow since 1996 as "Touch My Body" launches at No. 23 with 1,041 spins out of the box to earn Most Increased Plays.

#1 on Most Increased Plays
MARIAH CAREY - Touch My Body (Island/IDJMG) +1041
Stations playing: WEMX +50, WZHT +40, WTMG +35, KBFB +33, WPHI +33, KVSP +30, WBTF +29, WUSL +29, WWPR +28, WAMO +26
Source: Radio&Records | MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Airplay Update
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008, 4:39PM EST
USA Today reports that "Touch My Body" debuts at #22 on this week's airplay chart, based on Nielsen BDS numbers. These are the same figures that are used for by Billboard, therefore the song's position on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay chart should be around #22 as well. Official Billboard chart positions will be published later this week. Ken Barnes of USA Today, analyzes the chart:

"It would be foolish to ignore the initial impact of Mariah Carey's Touch My Body,' which hits the chart at No. 22 in one of the highest debuts yet recorded.

Nobody comes close to Mariah's No. 22 debut, of course, but another superstar, Usher, scores an unusually high entry at 51 with 'Love in This Club'."

As promised earlier, here is a detailed explanation about the way Billboard charts are calculated:

Last year Radio & Records was merged into Nielsen BDS, which Billboard uses. So, there is no longer a distinction between R&R and Billboard in terms of the radio panels used. R&R/BDS are a radio measuring system whereby each time a song is played, the number of people listening to the station at that time is documented. The number of listeners for each time a song is played is then added together to get "impressions" (i.e. how many people have heard a song in a week). Keep in mind it doesn't measure how many separate people have heard a song since many people hear a song more than once during a week. This information is calculated on a weekly basis and correlates to the airplay charts Billboard uses to determine the Hot 100 and other charts. The Hot 100 Airplay chart uses a Wednesday-Tuesday airplay week, while R&R uses a Monday-Sunday week. Billboard uses a Monday-Sunday week for the Hot Digital Songs chart.

The airplay figures we post from Mediabase are not the same as the BDS figures and thus, the number of impressions reported from Mediabase and the chart positions determined by it may be different from the actual numbers and positions on the Billboard charts. However, the Mediabase figures make for a good estimate on a song's airplay performance in a given week.

Questions often arise about how the Hot 100 is tabulated. Here is the formula:

Sales are divided by 10
(so 100,000 downloads sold = 10,000 chart points)

Impressions are divided by 10,000
(so 100 million impressions = 10,000 chart points)

Streamings are divided by 500
(so 50,000 streams = 100 chart points)

In common terms, 100,000 downloads is equal to 100 million impressions.
Source: USA Today | Jason

Ratner Talks About "Touch My Body" Video
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008, 2:26PM EST
Brett Ratner, the director of the upcoming "Touch My Body" music video called in to KIIS FM 102.7 in Los Angeles today at 9:05am PST and revealed some interesting facts about the video to Ryan Seacrest and the morning show crew. Ratner also confirmed that the video is scheduled to premiere on TV on Monday, February 25, 2008. It was previously reported that Mariah will visit TRL on Feb. 25.

Below is a transcript of the interview:

Ryan Seacrest: "Touch My Body", it's Mariah Carey's new track. Randy Jackson's been working on this with her. Lots of buzz about Mariah's entire album. Single is called "Touch My Body" [Ryan plays the song and sings along with it]. So the video's gonna be coming, they're actually making the video or just completed the video, and Brett Ratner, famous movie director, is doing the video with Mariah, so it's gotta be great, I wanted to know how provocative it's gonna be, what do you do when you have lyrics like "Touch My Body" and Mariah Carey, what do you do? And what does she touch? That's what I wanted to ask him, so here he is. Brett, how are you baby?
Brett Ratner: I'm good, how are you guys?

RS: I'm good. Are you in the process of several things at once here?
BR: God, because of the strike... I love doing music videos, as you know, I'll never stop doing them as long as they keep asking, and Mariah of course is my buddy and she said "Brett, you gotta come hear my album, I want you to do this video" and I swear to God, she completely blew me away. I think it's the best album she's ever done. You know, I did "We Belong Together" so, I think she's won like three Grammys for it and I used of course my guy Wentworth Miller from my show "Prison Break".

RS: That guy pisses me off because he's too good looking.
BR: I know, right?

RS: We don't need him in our town.
BR: So I knew there was no way, unless I got you to be in the video, there was no way to top Wentworth Miller in this video.

RS: Well the problem's my abs are so big and tight right now. And I started talking about what the video, I listened to the lyrics, what the video might be like, and I read that you were gonna do the video, so now I'm dying to know the storyboards.
BR: I know, three people called me, they were like "they're talking about you and the video" and I said - you know what? I gotta call them and fill them in because it's too good.

RS: Is it that hot? 'Cause it could be so hot.
BR: This is like, I don't wanna exaggerate, but this is like when "Thriller" [by Michael Jackson] first came out. The anticipation.

RS: Is she wearing red?
BR: She's wearing red in one outfit. But I gotta tell you, I said, "you know Mariah, we gotta do..." - people don't know this, but Mariah is hysterical. I mean, she keeps me laughing all the time, and this record is kind of funny, it's called "Touch My Body", and to me I mean it was funny because I thought "There's no way we could do the video with just like the cute guy like Wentworth Miller and you singing to him "Touch My Body", people are gonna laugh." So I said let's really go with one of the funniest guys in the world, who I love, is this guy named Jack McBrayer, who's on 30 Rock. You know this guy?

RS: Yes, and that's a great show!
BR: He is hysterical. So we called him up, and it turns out, you know we call somebody and they're like "yeah, we don't wanna do music videos" but he turned out to be a huge Mariah fan, and he showed up, and I don't wanna give too much away but I gotta tell you, he is one of the funniest guys I've ever worked with. Ever. I mean hysterical.

RS: How does he get to be funny in a music video?
BR: Well, because his character, all I can say is that he fantasizes about what it would be like to be with Mariah.
RS: As do I.
BR: [laughs] And because Mariah, first of all, looks better than she's ever looked, I don't know if you've seen her in public. Have you seen her at all?

RS: Yeah, something's happened. I keep asking her what she's doing because I wanna do the same diet.
BR: No, it's ridiculous, she's been working out every day, she has this trainer that she flew in from St. Barths and this woman is like beating the hell out of her and her body, because she has an incredible body but she was always kind of like voluptuous, now she's just like fit. And she was like, we gotta show this body. So without kind of making fools of ourselves, we really took this all the way. Because we have a comedian like Jack, when it becomes fun and funny, you can go as far as you wanna go.

RS: When is this coming out bro?
BR: I just finished it last night, and I think the debut is next Monday [Feb. 25]. The problem is the record is so big right now, people are like "finish the video, finish the video!"

RS: That's the thing, we played the song a few days ago, and the video usually comes soon after, but you gotta rush this, right?
BR: I rushed it, we shot it in two days, I mean we've been talking about the way we do it is like we're two kids in a candy store. It's like ridiculous, 'cause the record company's really not involved, Mariah just called me and I flew to New York, I like literally, we spent like every night together for a week, like literally throwing ideas around, and then in the last minute we just came up with this idea, we flew back here [Los Angeles], and shot it, and I tell you, I've never had so much fun shooting a music video. When you guys see it, you're gonna flip out. You know what it is really? Truth is, it's a movie. It's not a music video, it's literally a movie. I love it. And by the way, the rest of her album is ridiculous. I think it's the best album she's ever done by far.

RS: E=MC2.
BR: MC².
RS: Oh, they didn't give me a little two, there's a big two. By the way girls, a squared would be a little two.
BR: By the way, we have dialogue in this video, it's hysterical.

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Source: MariahDailyJournal | KIIS FM

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008, 7:26AM EST
• Mediabase Update: for the week ending February 18, 2008 "Touch My Body" has registered 47.216 million audience impressions with 4796 spins (Pop - 1829, Rhythmic - 1741, Urban - 1071, Urban A/C - 134, Hot A/C - 19, Alternative - 2).

Its current stand on the Mediabase charts is:
Pop - #31 (highest debut)
Rhythmic - #28 (highest debut)
Urban - #23 (highest debut)

Please note that Billboard uses R&R/BDS figures which can differ from the ones at Mediabase. In addition, the Billboard chart positions are based on a Wednesday-Tuesday week. Further explanation on this, in addition to "Touch My Body's" first week airplay figures will be posted tomorrow on this site.

• Hitz Radio: Vote for "Touch My Body" for the "Top 7 at 7 with Sunny" on Hitz Radio.
• Open House Party: Listeners of this syndicated show, please call 1-800-699-1010 to request the song.
• XM Radio: Please click here to vote for the song on XM Radio's top 20 countdown.
• Rate The Music: This website is used by radio stations to determine what people like. Joining their survey panel is a way to ensure that "Touch My Body" has great call out when the numbers finally come in. Call Out numbers determine whether or not a format (Pop/Rhythmic/Urban) will keep the song in heavy rotation. You can do surveys every single day, and whenever "Touch My Body" comes up, give it a 100% rating! Sign up here now!
• New York, NY - Z100: The song was #8 on yesterday's interactive 9@9 countdown.
• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: The song was #6 on the Jojo's top 9@9 countdown.
• Chicago, IL - B96: The song was #2 on the station's top 9@9 countdown.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Canada: "Touch My Body" was #9 on Toronto's Chum Fm 104.5 Sound Lounge Most Requested songs. Fans in Toronto, please keep requesting the song!

Italy: Congratulations to Marco, the webmaster of MariahLive.net for relaunching the site's forum. Be sure to visit the site and the forum for information about "Touch My Body" in Italy as well as an Italian translation of the lyrics.

Indonesia: "Touch My Body" debuted on Kalaweit Radio's Weekly Top 40 at #28. Indonesian fans can request for the song by clicking here.

Spain: "Touch My Body" premiered on Cadena 40 on Saturday and on EuropaFM today (the site has a page announcing the release of "Touch My Body"). Spanish fans, please take a moment to vote for Mariah in this poll and be sure to request "Touch My Body" to be played in your local radio stations!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | span11 | Amanda | Marco | Rocio | Lee | Julio | Albert

"Jesus Christ, I love this woman"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Feb-2008, 12:43AM EST
Celebrity blogger/music critic Rich Juzwiak on his Four Four blog writes the following review of "Touch My Body." Juzwiak is also a regular contributor to Slant Magazine and VH1.

Jesus Christ, I love this woman
My favorite celebrity who ever existed, Mariah Carey, has unleashed her first single (the hilariously titled "Touch My Body") from her (equally hilariously titled) upcoming album E=MC², and it fits her like the tight jeans she (hilariously!) uses as imagery in the song. "Touch My Body" is as wonderfully ridiculous and ridiculously wonderful as Mariah herself. It's a pink, ruffled pillow of a track, snappy like T-Pain's "Buy You a Drank," mincing and minimal like co-writer The-Dream's own "Shawty Is Da Shit," and obsequiously polite, bouncing with the tempered oomph of her own "Always Be My Baby."

A lot of people hate this track (check the scathing reception at ONTD, for example), and that doesn't surprise me one bit. Besides being lite enough to fit easily onto adult-contemporary radio in a few months (once the country's acclimated to it -- as is usually the case with AC radio, time makes the lite sound lite-r), it's more brazenly femme than anything off Mariah's wonderful (but overly safe) 2005 comeback smash, The Emancipation of Mimi. To love Mariah (like to really, really love her and not just appreciate her music) is to embrace the fact that she is the girliest visible woman on the planet. Excessive femininity, even via actual females, is regularly frowned upon, and yet in good times and bad, in multi-platinum success and utter floppage, Mariah has soldiered on, all music box-/butterfly-/rainbow-/glitter/charm bracelet/teddy bear-loving and pneumatic and high-voiced and eternally 12. She's so unwaveringly feminine that she makes being soft seem like an act of bravery.

That same seemingly paradoxical dynamic is going on lyrically in "Body" (though musically it's just plain soft, right down to the music-box twinkling that crops briefly up now and then, as though she can't stop stealing glimpses of that pretty little ballerina that guards her rings from Claire's). "If there's a camera up in here / Then it's gonna leave with me / When I do (I do)," she sings, effectively telling whomever she's singing to that she'll submit to his fantasy as long as he realizes that she's ultimately in control of it: she's never more sound like a Russ Meyer character come to life. Underlining that point are mentions in the chorus of her (considerable) curves, thighs that go on long enough to wrap around a dude's waist and interest in being wrestled and thrown around the bedroom. If that isn't the picture of a supervixen, I don't know what is. Even the title itself can be read as an assertion of her femininity. Instead of the more concise "Touch Me," she chooses to emphasize her anatomy, and considering how much of it her tits take up, that might as well be code for "Touch My Womanness." When she commands her object of lust, "Come on and give me what I deserve," I get the feeling that she's referring to her birthright.

"Touch My Body" is Mariah in (and busting out of) a nutshell. The estrogen-loading, the infatuation with detail (dig those glorious "Huh-oh" background vocals that coquettishly ricochet from speaker to speaker during the chorus), the eagerness to please (it's so listener-friendly, your mom could love it, even if the Wendy Williams reference is aimed to sail over her head). All of her is there, naked for the world. But of course it is -- how else is she supposed to show off her body?
Source: Four Four | Jason

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-Feb-2008, 6:55PM EST
• Mediabase Update: after six days of airplay, "Touch My Body" has registered an impressive 40.133 million in audience impressions with 3972 spins (Pop - 1518, Rhythmic - 1438, Urban - 890, Urban A/C - 105, Hot A/C - 19, Alternative - 2).

• Hitz Radio: Vote for "Touch My Body" for the "Top 7 at 7 with Sunny" on Hitz Radio.
• Open House Party: Listeners of this syndicated show, please call 1-800-699-1010 to request "Touch My Body".
• XM Radio: Please click here to vote for the song on XM Radio's top 20 countdown.
• Rate The Music: This website is used by radio stations to determine what people like. Joining their survey panel is a way to ensure that "Touch My Body" has great call out when the numbers finally come in. Call Out numbers determine whether or not a format (Pop/Rhythmic/Urban) will keep the song in heavy rotation. You can do surveys every single day, and whenever "Touch My Body" comes up, give it a 100% rating! Sign up here now!
• News York, NY - Z100: The song was #4 on today's Shelly Wades' high noon countdown. After it played, Shelley said, "Our Mimi's back. She's hotter than ever!" "Touch My Body" is at #31 on Z100's playlist.
• St. Louis, MO - Z107.7: "Touch My Body" came in at #3 on Haze's Hot 8 @ 8 countdown. The song is currently at #11 on the station's playlist.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Germany: The official German Mariah Carey site has relaunched with a brand-new design. Check it out here. Meanwhile, German fans can find their radio stations here to request "Touch My Body" now!

Serbia and Croatia: "Touch My Body" premiered in both Serbia and Croatia on February 15th. The song made it to the Top 50 International chart on Croatian radio Otvoreni as a new entry at #46.

South Africa: "Touch My Body" debuted at #32 on the Metro FM National Top 40 this past Saturday. It was the highest new entry. The DJs on the station cannot stop raving about the new single. They anticipate it will be in the Top Ten in two weeks.

United Kingdom: Radio One's urban sister-station, 1Xtra, has added Touch My Body to the 'A' list on its Playlist.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Alex | Ryan | Stephen | Dennis-Butterfly-MC | Cody | Tony | Neo

Mariah's New House in the Bahamas?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 18-Feb-2008, 6:50PM EST
The Real Estalker has some pictures and information about a house on Windermere Island in the Bahamas that Mariah is rumored to have purchased.

BUYER: Mariah Carey
LOCATION: Island Road, Windermere Island, Bahamas
PRICE: $4,900,000 (last list)
SIZE: 4,000 square feet (approx.), 4 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

According to listing information, the nearly 3-acre gated compound features four detached buildings painted a very light blush pink to match the color of the slightly pink sand on the beach out back. Is anyone surprised that Miss Mariah would buy a pink pile that overlooks a beach with pink sand? The four structures are connected by 3,500 square feet (approx.) of marble walkways and terraces and include an open air great room with living and dining areas overlooking the jewel toned water and two fireplaces that will take the edge off a sea breezy evening. Behind the open air great room is the "kitchen house" with its fully updated and upgraded package of appliances where Miss Mariah's private chef can whip up whatever sort of fancy feast it is that she and her entourage like to eat. Also located in the kitchen house are a large storage area, laundry facilities, and a bedroom and marble bathroom.

Flanking the kitchen house are two cottages each with a large living room and attached bedroom and dee-luxe bathroom. Below the south cottage is a two care garage and below the north cottage is a separate apartment with kitchen, living area, bedroom and bathroom. Facing the Savannah Bay is a forty foot long infinity edged pool and a beach cabana offers shade for the sun weary.

Listing information reveals that the compound is entirely protected by computer operated camera security surveillance system. Island rumor is that Mariah is having some work done on the compound which likely includes some customizing of the buildings, possibly installing a recording studio.

Although we have no way of sorting out how much Miss Mariah paid for the Bahamian compound, we understand from an island source that the property was last listed for sale at $4,900,000 and had previously been available for lease at $24,000 per week during the high season.
Source: The Real Estalker | mariah2g

"Touch My Body" Named Newsday's Song of the Week
Posted by Liron on Monday, 18-Feb-2008, 6:55AM EST
Song of the Week
It's nice to have Mariah Carey doing what she does best. Her new single "Touch My Body" (Island Def Jam) is in that "We Belong Together" sweet spot, a midtempo R&B ballad that lets MC show off her vocal abilities, but not too much. Crafted by Carey, with help from The-Dream and C. "Tricky" Stewart, "Body" has just enough street-wise touches to sound current and just enough balladry to make a bid for timelessness. It's probably the best opening single she's had since "Heartbreaker" introduced "Rainbow" in 1999, which is a good sign for her much-anticipated "E=MC²" album, due in April.
Source: Newsday

About.com Reviews "Touch My Body"
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Feb-2008, 9:06PM EST

This is unlikely to be a knockout smash hit on the magnitude of Mariah Carey's 2005 comeback "We Belong Together." However, with a career record of 17 #1 pop singles, Mariah Carey does not need to hit a grand slam every time out. That said, "Touch My Body" is simple, sexy elegance from one of the most enduring of pop stars. Mariah Carey has mastered that most difficult of feats in the pop world - aging gracefully.

• The simple, graceful elegance of Mariah's performance
• Clever, sexy lyrics
• Finger snapping beat

• Musically so slight it may be easy to forget

At age 37, it would seem that Mariah Carey might have to struggle to remain relevant in a pop music world that reveres youth in the form of a Chris Brown or Rihanna. On the contrary, Mariah Carey makes stardom look effortless and sexiness sound eternal. On her latest single she has delivered a simple, elegant performance that has already sent pop radio programmers scrambling to add "Touch My Body" to their playlists.

Terius "The-Dream" Nash, and Christopher "Tricky" Stewart, key members of the team that helped make "Umbrella" a smash, deliver songwriting and production with a sure-handed if light pop sensibility. Lyrically, "Touch My Body" is overtly sexy without being dirty and clever in its warning to keep the song's tryst off YouTube. The gentle finger-snapping beat will send countless fans dancing in private reveries.

Mariah Carey has described her upcoming album E=MC² as the dessert to The Emancipation of Mimi's main course. If "Touch My Body" is representative of what is to come, the chefs have hit the target just right with sweet, frothy sexiness that will titillate the palate while never feeling too heavy.
Source: Top 40/Pop - About.com

Marc Jacobs Loves Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Feb-2008, 8:38PM EST
Famed fashion designer Marc Jacobs covers the Winter 2007/Spring 2008 issue of the UK men's fashion magazine, Arena Homme+. In the cover story, Marc admits his love for Mariah Carey.

"It is this courage to be himself and trust his instincts which has never been greater. 'People put you in boxes. But I like Sonic Youth and I like Mariah Carey as well!' he states emphatically. 'People like you to position things as ironic choices. I don't want to do that: these are just honest admissions. I think Mariah Carey is an amazing artist. This is not to say that I do not like other things, or that I am comparing what one does to another. It's a guilty pleasure, of sheepishly admitting you like something; it's about just saying you like it. People are weird sometimes. People have a primitive connection to things and there is just this weird shame about admitting to it. People are controlled by this shame of what other people will see as right, correct, cool or whatever. Shameless. [Stylist and collaborator] Alister Mackie put that word in my head. When he talks about the behaviour of other people it's, "Oh, shameless." Ages and ages ago he said it and thought, what a perfect word. I think it is something to aspire this shamelessness.'

Would Marc Jacobs have said such a thing a few years ago? Has he himself entered his shameless Mariah-leaving-Tommy-Mottola phase? What on earth will phase three of the mid-life crisis be like? Let's hope it is as good as the other two."
Source: Will W Music | MariahDailyJournal

More Photos From "Touch My Body" Video Shoot
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Feb-2008, 7:54PM EST
Source: CyberImage | Danny

'Migrate' Producer is Danja
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 17-Feb-2008, 12:22PM EST
We are now able to confirm that the track produced by Nate "Danjahandz" Hills for E=MC² is Migrate ft. T-Pain.

"Danja" revealed his involvement with Mariah's new project back in June 2007 while interviewing for a radio station.

Click here for the full list of currently known titles, producers and featured artists on Mariah's new album.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 17-Feb-2008, 7:53AM EST
• Mediabase Update: after five days of airplay, "Touch My Body" has gathered 33.416 million audience impressions and 3171 spins (Pop - 1230, Rhythmic - 1140, Urban - 699, Urban A/C - 87, Hot A/C - 15).

• Open House Party: Listeners of this syndicated show, please call 1-800-699-1010 to request "Touch My Body".
• XM Radio: Please click here to vote for the song on XM Radio's top 20 countdown.
• Atlanta, GA - Q100: The song came in at #2 on the station's top 5 at 9:00pm.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Canada: "Touch My Body" came in at #7 on Vancouver's The Beat 94.5's top 7@7 countdown.

Holland: The song premiered late in the afternoon on Feb. 13th and is now on high rotation ("HotJamz") on the station Juize FM. It has also been added to the playlist of the program Juize @ Radio 538 and will be played today between 8:00pm to midnight.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Gawain of Suffolk | Nerissa | Dedric | Stacey | Lucie

The Observer (UK) Reviews Mariah's Album
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 17-Feb-2008, 6:37AM EST
Mariah Carey, e=MC² (Universal)

Buoyed by the career-defining international omnipresence of 2006's The Emancipation Of Mimi, these are fine times to be Mariah Carey. That nervous breakdown seems a very long time ago now. How she must chuckle to herself as she watches every single girl trot herself out in front of Simon, Randy and Paula on American Idol and behave as if they have been incubated on an exclusive musical diet of her peerless voice since day zero.

She's in carefully art-directed but none the less playful mode all over That Chick. The production is glossed to within an inch of its life, the mood is cheerfully upbeat - or 'festive' as Carey might put it herself - and the entire confection rings out with bold, sassy, brutally executed intent. Fans of her dog-whistling ballad mode will strain at the bit to find comfort here outside of the predictaballad 'Love Story' but for those who favour urban Mariah there's a glut of hard-nosed attitude: the almost Teena Marie-ish funk of the title track, a finely honed reggae lilt to 'Cruise Control', the freshly cut sample soul of 'Loving You Too Long' and the ballsy, straight-up hip-pop of 'Migrate'.

Each track is precision-tooled to sound as if it were born to be banging out of a Hummer in Miami on a sunny Saturday. With Mary J on autopilot, Whitney yet to re-appear, Christina locked in domesticity and Alicia gripped by a peculiar brand of faceless worthiness, Mariah is still the pack leader.

--Paul Flynn
Source: The Observer | Stubot

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 16-Feb-2008, 12:18PM EST
• Mediabase Update: after four days of airplay, "Touch My Body" has gathered 25.218 million audience impressions and 2303 spins (Pop - 883, Rhythmic - 862, Urban - 487, Urban A/C - 62, Hot A/C - 9).

• To your right is a better version of the picture from the "Touch My Body" video shoot that was posted yesterday as a scan from the UK tabloid "Star".

• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: "Touch My Body" returned to Jojo's top 9@9 countdown at a peak position of #6.
• Chicago, IL - B96: The song debuted at #12 on the top 20 countdown. The DJs said it was the highest debut for a song.
• New York City, NY - Z100: The song was #8 on last night's top 9@9 countdown.
• Albany, NY - KISS 102.3: The song was #8 on 'The nine most wanted' countdown for the last two nights.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Up until now, "Touch My Body" premiered in Australia, Brazil, Canada, England, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Portugal, South Africa, Sweden and Turkey.

Australia: Australian fans, please request "Touch My Body" on Fox FM via this link.

Italy: The song premiered in a lot of stations across the country. Italian fans, please request the song through the following links:

Radio Number1
Radio 105
RTL 102.5
Radio 101

Japan: The song premiered on Tokyo FM (Pop Cosmo) today at 2:00pm.

Malaysia: The song premiered on Hitz FM today at around 3:50pm. Malaysian fans can vote for it on the Hitz Urban 10 chart here.

Thanks to Jeramiah!

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Bilel | Roxane | Roland | span11 | qistina | Christopher | Dan | Jeramiah

Songwriter "The Ink" Co-Writes 4 Songs on E=MC²
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 16-Feb-2008, 11:22AM EST
Cri$tyle aka "the ink" pens four tracks on Carey's E=MC²

So So Def/EMI signed songwriter Cri$tyle aka "the ink" is the latest to join a short list of creative geniuses guaranteed to deliver a Billboard single. Cri$tyle penned Mariah Carey's 2008 comeback single 'Touch My Body' alongside super-producer C.Tricky Stewart. The mid-tempo track exudes sex appeal and captures Mariah's signature sound, while adding just the right amount of hip hop flavor.

"Cri$tyle is in one word... phenomenal," Carey says of her newfound muse. "I'm so glad Jermaine hooked us up. I know all the songs we've written together are going to be stonewinners--smash hit grooves."

In addition to the single, 'Touch My Body', Cri$tyle penned, 'Cruise Control' produced by Jermaine Dupri and 'Love You Long Time' produced by DJ Toomp and 'HEAT' produced by Will.I.Am on Carey's spring 2008 release E=MC².

Since signing with Jermaine Dupri's Dieniahmar publishing last year, the twenty-four year old has interpreted the tracks of producers such as Dre, Rodney Jerkins and Jermaine Dupri into unforgettable melodies for A-list divas such as Janet, Mariah, Jennifer Lopez and Natasha Bedingfield. Currently Cri$tle is in the studio with R&B darling Brandy and powerhouse diva Beyonce.

"It's her time. 2008 belongs to Cri$tyle," says mentor/friend Jermaine Dupri. The singer turned songwriter says the last year has been the equivalent of living a dream. "It's a blessing, but music has been my drug of choice for as long as I can remember," Cri$tyle admits.

'Touch my Body' made its radio debut Tuesday, February 12th to rave reviews. Cri$tyle also has the current singles on teen sensation Tiffany Evans and international superstar Natasha Bedingfield.
Source: Enchanted PR - Christal Jordan-Mims

New Pictures From "Touch My Body" Video Shoot
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-Feb-2008, 3:11PM EST
Duty of Carey (Mirror, February 15)
We've got a hold of these pics from the video to Mariah Carey's next single Touch My Body.

And, unlike most of her videos, there isn't one hunky/sexy/fit man hankering after her in sight.

Instead, we have geeky American actor Jack McBrayer vying for her attention. Sort it out, Carey, we want some eye-candy...

Mariah's Back In Touch (Star, February 15)
After a wait of three years for more of her winning warbling, Mariah Carey fans can at least breathe a sigh of relief.

We've got one of the first shots from the video for her new single Touch My Body. And it shows her back at her BacoFoil best.

The diva, 38 next month, will be touring to promote her album E=MC² (we see what she did there). But for the shoot she stayed close to home, opting for a Beverly Hills mansion. She be back all right!

Many thanks to Kerry from Mariah Carey Collection for the scans.
Source: Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal

J. Austin & Stargate Write 2 Tracks on E=MC²
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-Feb-2008, 11:33AM EST
Two songs from Mariah's new album, "Bye Bye" and "That Chick", have been registered with the BMI Repertoire. Both songs were co-written by Mariah Carey, Johnta Austin, and the Stargate duo (Eriksen Mikkel Stroleer and Hermansen Tor Erik).

Johnta Austin has previously worked with Mariah on her two #1 records from The Emancipation of Mimi, "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us."

The Stargate guys have previously remixed Mariah's #1 hit "Thank God I Found You" from Rainbow (1999).

Below is a list of all the currently known song titles from Mariah's upcoming album, and the writers/producers (Mariah excluded) and featured artists associated with them.

• Touch My Body (C. Tricky Stewart, The-Dream)
• Bye Bye (Johnta Austin, Stargate)
• That Chick (Johnta Austin, Stargate)
• Heat (Will.I.Am)
• For The Record (Bryan Michael Cox, Taurian "Adonis" Shropshire)
• 4Real 4Real (Bryan Michael Cox, Taurian "Adonis" Shropshire)
• Thanks For Nothing (Jermaine Dupri)
• Cruise Control (ft. Damian Marley) (Jermaine Dupri)
• Loving You Long Time (DJ Toomp)
• Migrate (ft. T-Pain)
• OOC ["Out of Control"]
• Last Kiss
• Love Story

Other known producers: James Poyser, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | BMI | Joao

Mariah Shoots Album Cover In NYC
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-Feb-2008, 11:12AM EST
Mariah Carey invaded Lenny Kravitz's Crosby St. apartment building on Wednesday, commandeering the penthouse suite and roof to shoot the cover for her upcoming album, "E = MC²." Arriving in a black Maybach with three SUVs in tow, the diva sported custom-made Van Cleef & Arpels diamond butterfly rings and Christian Louboutin heels.

Below are pictures of Lenny Kravitz' penthouse (building facade and inside) on Crosby Street in New York, NY.

Source: New York Daily News | Robbie | RealEstalker | Greg

Roger Friedman Previews Mariah's New Album
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-Feb-2008, 7:55AM EST
Yesterday I spent more than an hour up at Island/DefJam Records previewing the new CDs from Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. Each is highly anticipated, and with good reason. They're pretty damn good.

Carey's CD, called E=MC², is probably the more anticipated if only because her prior release, Emancipation of Mimi, was such a phenomenal success. Buoyed by several hits including "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us," Emancipation spent months on the charts and won a number of Grammys. It re-established Mariah as a superstar after her failed Glitter project and subsequent Charmbracelet.

E=MC² (a play on the previous album's title) should have a pretty big impact when it hits the world on April 15th. Already the single, "Touch My Body," with its refrain "I will hunt you down" has taken off at radio. It doesn't hurt that it bears a resemblance to "We Belong Together." But the new single is catchy in its own right, and has an independent hook designed to be addictive.

I heard eight other tracks yesterday, but since the album isn't sequenced yet I can't tell you where they fall in order. In the order I enjoyed them came first "Bye, Bye" a powerful ballad that should be a single and will probably close the album. It's a natural singalong in concert, too, which could make it not only wildly popular but a possible Grammy contender next year. Look out.

The next most commercial number is "Thanks For Nothing," a witty and rueful tune with another great melody courtesy of Jermaine Dupri and Carey. As on "Bye Bye," Carey's vocals are superb. Her infamous eight octave range has suffered a little wear and tear over the years, but Carey can still flutter from great highs to mellow lows like no one else.

Some other highlights I heard included "Cruise Control," featuring Damian Marley with a driving reggae subtext; "Migrate" with T Pain, which should be a single and perhaps the album's kick off track; "Last Kiss," with Dupri on vocals; a breathy disco dance hit called "I'm That Chick," and an out and out pop song, "Loving You a Long Time," which samples DeBarge's "Stay with Me" and recalls the melodic riff of the "Hill Street Blues" theme music.

The one thing I kept thinking from track to track is that Carey and her crew have put a lot of work into making E=MC² not just a hit, but a sustainable success. There's enough in the package that it will last as long as "Emancipation," spinning off singles, remixes, and videos.
Source: Roger Friedman - Fox News

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Friday, 15-Feb-2008, 7:40AM EST
• Mediabase Update: with only three days of airplay, "Touch My Body" has garnered 19.079 million audience impressions and 1655 spins (Pop - 658, Rhythmic - 623, Urban - 326, Urban A/C - 41, Hot A/C - 7).

For the last two days, "Touch My Body" was the most added song (most new stations playing the song) in the top 3 formats: Pop, Rhythmic and Urban. So far, the song is already appearing on the Pop Airplay chart (#51) and is likely to gain more play by the end of the week and enter the Billboard Pop chart at a higher chart position.

• Click here to read Clizbeats' review of "Touch My Body". Below is an excerpt from the review:

I have to make clear how surprisingly impressed I am with the album's first single, "Touch My Body." After listening to its eased in balance of intense sexuality and womanhood, I am reminded of the circumstantial honesty that the song presents for Ms Carey. In the song Mariah is able to capture the core emotional feeling that every woman I've know tends to have when it comes to their relationship and sexuality.

The song is lyrical soft core, discussing the joys of an evenly mixed blend of sexual desire, emotional self-esteem and security that any two people guy or girl would want. It is quite poetic, and a great example of how overt sexuality can be done in a classy way. No taboos here as far as I'm concerned. To prove it, listen to the lyrics and see how it makes you feel about that special someone.

• Boston, MA - Jam'n 94.5: "Touch My Body" was #5 on the top 7@7 countdown.
• Boston, MA - KISS 108: The song was #1 on the station's top 7@7 countdown.
• Los Angeles, CA - Power 106: The song debuted at #3 on Tito's top 4@4 countdown.

Please continue requesting the song in your local radio stations! You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Up until now, "Touch My Body" premiered in Australia, Canada, England, Finland, France, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa and Sweden.

• Brazil: "Touch My Body" premiered at Transamerica FM 100.1 yesterday and was praised by the DJ.

• Finland: "Touch My Body" premiered today in Finland on YleX. Finnish fans can request the song here.

• Germany: The song premiered on German radio on N-Joy Radio (Hamburg) on Wednesday, Feb. 13th at 2:23pm. It was also played on JamFM (Berlin) yesterday at 8:21am.

• Portugal: The song premiered yesterday on Cidadefm and won a battle at 6:00pm against two other songs.

• South Africa: 5fm, the country's leading radio station, officially released the new Mariah Carey single "Touch My Body" at 4:40pm CAT yesterday. DJ Fresh and his team predicted that this will definitely be another huge smash single for Mariah.

• Turkey: 99.5 Capital Radio premiered the song yesterday. Turkish fans can request the song here.

Thanks to Vincent, Silviu and Javi for sharing their "Touch My Body" wallpapers (1024x768) with us.

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PETA Calls Mariah "Queen of Compassion"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-Feb-2008, 2:11AM EST
Animal rights group PETA's open letter denouncing Aretha Franklin's use of fur mentions Mariah. The body of the letter is as follows:

"Music lovers may think of you as a "queen," but to animal lovers, you are a court jester. I'm sorry, Aretha, but your furs make you look like a clown. If you were even a fraction as sensitive to the cruelty you promote through your wardrobe as you are to a blow to your ego, you would know that what I am saying rings true. Why not shed the old-fashioned look that adds pounds to your frame and detracts from your beautiful voice? Won't you donate your furs to the poor as "queen of compassion," Mariah Carey, did? You'll get a tax credit for the donation, and we at PETA will all sing your praises."
Source: PETA

Tricky Stewart Scores Mariah's 1st Single
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Feb-2008, 3:33PM EST
Mariah Carey, the most successful female recording artist in history with total album, single and video sales of more than 160 million worldwide, and Island Def Jam Records announced this week the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MC².

The first single "Touch My Body," written and produced by Tricky Stewart, Mariah Carey and The-Dream, blasted worldwide on February 12. The release of her new album is due in stores April 15.

Tricky Stewart and Redzone Entertainment, who have an exclusive international management agreement with UOMO Media, are having an exceptional year to date. Winning the Grammy in the Best Rap/Sung category for Rihanna's "Umbrella" featuring Jay Z, has made these producers some of the most sought after commodities in the industry. By rolling out hits for artists such as Rihanna, Britney Spears, and Celine Dion, Tricky Stewart and Redzone have shown consistency with which they create top selling music.

"We congratulate Tricky and Redzone on the commercial release of another great piece of work and are confident that the single 'Touch My Body' will be a chart topping success," commented Mr. Camara Alford, CEO and Chairman of UOMO Media.
Source: Business Wire

International Releases
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Feb-2008, 2:31PM EST
According to Universal Music Japan, Mariah's album, E=MC², and single, "Touch My Body" will be released in Japan on the following dates:

April 2, 2008 - "Touch My Body" Single
Catalog No.: UICL-5024
Price: ¥1200

April 9, 2008 - E=MC² Album

Universal Germany has also confirmed the following official release dates for Mariah's new material:

March 28, 2008 - "Touch My Body" Single
April 11, 2008 - E=MC² Album

According to Universal Music Finland, the album will be released in the country on April 16, 2008.
Source: Universal Music | LoveLoveJack | Butterfly-MC | MC-Fin

"Touch My Body" Update
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 14-Feb-2008, 8:30AM EST
• "Touch My Body" debuts at #78 on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart (issue date: February 23, 2008) with only six hours of Tuesday airplay.

• After two days of airplay, the song accumulated 13.514 million audience impressions and 1072 spins (Pop - 441, Rhythmic - 399, Urban - 200, Urban A/C - 26, Hot A/C - 6).

• Mariah's official site has launched a new mini site for the upcoming album E=MC². Be sure to visit the site to hear a spoken introduction by Mariah to "Touch My Body".

• From Billboard's Chart Beat: THE MAGIC 'TOUCH': With just one day of airplay, Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body" (Island) earned enough airplay to jump onto the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart at No. 78. "Body" is Carey's 41st song to appear on this survey. Her run began almost 18 years ago with "Vision of Love," which became the first of her 10 R&B No. 1 hits to date.

• Chicago, IL - B96: "Touch My Body" came in at #4 on the 9@9 countdown.
• Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM: The song debuted at #7 on Jojo's countdown.
• Toronto - Z103.5: The song beat out two night champion "Lollipop" by Mika and will fight to remain the champion every night at 7:00pm.
• San Diego, CA - Channel 93.3: "Touch My Body" was #2 on last night's "Top 4 @ 9" countdown.
• Click on the play button below to listen to Ryan Seacrest's comments about the song. At one point, he says: "I love her to death -- she totally owns it."

• OK! Magazine
• HitzRadio.com (7@7 countdown, bottom left side of the site)
• AccessAtlanta.com
• Jojo's Top 9@9 (KIIS FM, Los Angeles)
• The French Mariah Fan Club has launched a contest with the aim to bring Mariah to #1 on the "Hit Skyrock". Click here for more information.

Below are animated avatars that you can use in forums you visit or in your e-mails to let your friends know that Mariah's new single, "Touch My Body," is now out! Thanks to Edz for sharing them with us.

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Mariah's Producers Talk About New Album
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 14-Feb-2008, 6:24AM EST
R&B diva Mariah Carey returns to the spotlight this Spring with her newest release E=MC². SOHH caught up with the Grammy award-winning producers Bryan-Michael Cox and DJ Toomp - who collaborated with M.C. on the project - to get the details on the album that everyone is buzzing about.

E=MC² follows Mariah's hugely successful 2005 Grammy award-winning album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which sold over10 million copies worldwide. While that success will be difficult to match, the album is already generating praise from mega-hitmaker Jermaine Dupri, who claims the quality of E=MC² surpasses Carey's last album, and the other producers she's worked with on the album.

"I'm telling you she's in a great space, man. It feels like it's going to be better than Emancipation," Bryan-Michael Cox told SOHH exclusively. "She has a lot of the same producers. Jermaine gave her some really incredible records. I came in and gave her some real dope records. She got some really really dope stuff."

DJ Toomp, who just took home a Grammy for his work on Kanye West's Graduation, agrees. "It's incredible," he says. "I've only heard snippets of a few songs but Jermaine Dupri, pulled me to the side and was like, 'Yo man, we bout to be here [at the Grammys] next year too.' He's like, 'You're on a classic album and you got a classic song.' So it feels good."

Along with JD, Cox and Toomp, will.i.am, Stargate, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills, James Poyser, C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream also collaborated with MC on the project.

Carey has already announced plans for a Brett Ratner-directed video for her first single, "Touch My Body," which was written and produced by Carey alongside Tricky Stewart and The-Dream.

"Touch My Body" hit the radio earlier this week.

The project will be the 11th studio album for Carey, who has finally set a release date of April 15th for the set. E=MC² was executive produced by Mariah Carey and Island Def Jam Chairman, Antonio "LA" Reid.

Carey also mentioned in October that she "just had a really, really hot session with somebody in Miami." She didn't name names, but producers Cool & Dre told MTV News about various sessions they had with the singer.

"With Mariah, one of her favorite records is 'New York' [by Ja Rule], and she asked us to do a record like that," Dre said. "It was like, we got an opportunity to work with Mariah, and she wants us to do something we already did. But we said, 'You know what? You don't get too many opportunities to work with a Mariah Carey.' And to know you have her ear, you got to impress. So me and Cool decided not to do 'New York.' We wanted to show her we could do big pop records too. We turned it in, and her A&R came back and asked us to go gutter instead. So we made the hardest beat ever in history. We had a bunch of rappers trying to steal the beat, and they couldn't believe we made the beat for her. Jadakiss, Busta Rhymes, all saying they couldn't believe we were giving it to her. And then, she ended up taking the first record anyway."
Source: SOHH | MTV

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Feb-2008, 6:20AM EST
• Honey B. Fly members can now purchase the "I'm Not Ignoring You..." door hanger, featuring the Honey B. Fly logo and Mariah catch phrase, for $10.99 at the official Mariah Carey store. For further details, click here. Not a member yet? Join now!

• The Adventures of Mimi DVD remains at #1 on the Brazilian Top 20 Musical DVDs as of week ending February 16, 2008!

• Below are scans from the UK newspaper, Daily Mirror, Feb. 11th edition (the article, Mariah's mid-life crisis diet, offers tips on how to look and feel young like Mariah.) and from the French magazine, Closer, Feb. 4th issue (the article talks about how Mariah lost 15 pounds with the help of her French trainor.)

• 5 of the American Idol Season 7 "Top 24" contestants have cited Mariah as their influence and/or favorite female pop artist. They are Asia'h Epperson, David Archuleta, Jason Yeager, Kristy Lee Cook, and Ramiele Malubay. Click here to view their profiles.

• Kevon has created a webcomic site called, Diva Chronicles that is based on the music industry's biggest divas: Mariah Carey and Whitney Houston. Be sure to visit!

• Congratulations to Shannon & Melissa on the launch of their new Mariah fan site, Mariah-Fans.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | MariahCarey.com | Kerry | Antoine | Marco | Mariah-Fans | Kevon | Matt

"Touch My Body" - First Day Radio Impressions
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 13-Feb-2008, 7:26AM EST
With only 6 hours (approximately) of airplay on Tuesday, February 12, "Touch My Body" recorded an incredible total of 498 spins (Pop - 218, Rhythmic - 180, Urban - 89, Urban A/C - 9, Hot A/C - 2) that account for a total of 7.009 million audience impressions.

In comparison, after one day of airplay, "It's Like That" had 44 spins and a total audience impressions of 1.491 million (January 4, 2005). A cumulative amount of 545 spins was reached by "It's Like That" after four days of airplay.

As for "Don't Forget About Us", after its first week of airplay (ending October 2, 2005), the song has registered 7.705M audience impressions via 356 spins.
Source: Mediabase | MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Reviews
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 8:22PM EST
Erik Bradley
Music Director, B-96, Chicago, IL

"'Touch My Body' picks right up where The Emancipation Of Mimi left off. It's another classic Mariah mid-tempo SMASH with a hook that will stick with you for days. The reaction to it thus far has been incredible...I believe at the end of the day this will be Mariah's 18th #1 single. I've heard many of the songs on E=MC² and not only is it full of killer songs, I feel it stands just as tall (perhaps taller) than T.E.O.M. Here comes another 10+ million worldwide sales and more time at the top of the charts for MC!"

Todd Martens
Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times

The Mariah formula: First listen on 'Touch My Body'
Pop star Mariah Carey unveiled today her new single and the science-friendly title of her new album, "E=MC²," due April 15. The title alone already does Janet Jackson one better. The latter went all sci-fi with her latest video, "Feedback," but Mariah is cutting out the B-movie trappings and going straight to the equation.

So is Mariah unveiling her inner Albert Einstein with the title? Or is she leaking the formula that goes into crafting a mega-hit?

E = extreme, acrobatic-like wailing.

M = multimillion-dollar production team. (Billboard.com writes that the A-list lineup cooking with Mariah in the M lab includes Jermaine Dupri, will.i.am, Stargate and Bryan Michael Cox, among others.)

C2 = Club songs multiplied by colossal ballads.

All right, so the title is certainly a not-so-subtle nod to her top-selling 2005 album, "The Emancipation of Mimi." The first single, "Touch My Body," hit radio today. It was produced by C "Tricky" Stewart and The Dream, the pair who worked on Rihanna's Grammy-winning "Umbrella."

So how is it? "Touch My Body" rides a relatively restrained slow-dance groove, with some light, orchestral-synth flourishes thrown in. The rhythm is almost completely carried by an effortless keyboard bump, the easygoing repetitiveness of which eventually wears the listener down, and sets up a delicate frame for Carey to sing around.

She pulls back when the song picks up the pace, and Carey keeps it simple here, playing with tempos rather than range. Indeed, she almost quietly slides into the chorus. "If you run around and brag about this secret rendezvous, I will hunt you down," she sings, letting the last line trail off. But you don't necessarily believe her, as the feel is more playful that sinful.

The song will be getting the full blockbuster treatment, as "Rush Hour" director Brett Ratner shot the video for the cut.


Mariah's New Sex Tape-Themed Smash
WHO: Mariah Carey
WHAT: "Touch My Body"
WHY: While Mariah's new album, E=MC², is set to be one of the year's biggest, this introductory single is downright subtle - yet effective. Co-written by The-Dream and produced by Tricky (a.k.a. the dudes behind "Umbrella"), "Touch My Body" rides the same never ending snap blueprint T-Pain used to brilliant effect on last year's feather-light super hit "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')." You won't mind hearing it on the radio and TV every 10 minutes for the next few months - this thing sooths as it repeats. Here, Mariah is focused on one thing: "Come on and give me what I deserve and touch my body," she coos. And make no mistake, she wants to be touched on her terms only: "Cause if you run your mouth and brag about this secret rendezvous, I will hunt you down." She even thinks about the possible ramifications of her touchy tryst when she sings, "If there's a camera up in here then I best not catch this flick on YouTube" (nevermind the fact that the video in question would never get past YouTube censors). A pop genius making genius pop.

Sal Cinquemani
Music Critic, Slant Magazine

Single Review: Mariah Carey's "Touch My Body"
Those wondering how Mariah Carey could possibly top the inane title of 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi need wonder no more. Yesterday it was announced that the singer's 10th album, which drops on Tax Day, will be titled Energy Equals Mass Times the Velocity of Light Squared, or more specifically, E=MC². It's either a stroke of sheer self-effacing brilliance or a sign that Mimi has officially fallen off her rocker. The album's lead single, "Touch My Body," isn't exactly filled with combustible energy and it lacks the full-throttle belting that accompanied the Return of the Voice three years ago, but it features all of the characteristics one expects from a latter-day Mariah track: rapid-fire verses (she slows down only to warn her clandestine lover about his loose lips: "I will hunt you down"), coquettish vocals (the lyrics are racy without being raunchy, so that means no mentions of heavy-flow days, but there is a reference to a sex tape popping up on YouTube), and of course, a memorable hook. There are shades of both "Always Be My Baby" (good) and "Shake It Off" (bad), but "Touch My Body" also harks back to, dare I even say it, Like a Virgin-era Nile Rodgers. Think "Angel"--that is, not a whole lot of bass but plenty of plinky, synthetic-sounding keyboards and bouncy rhythms. The song's biggest flaw is its attempt at hip, pop-culture-referencing lyrics: "They be all up in my business like a Wendy [Williams] interview," she sighs. "Touch My Body" strikes me more as good album filler than lead single material (it's no "Fantasy" or "Honey"; hell, it's not even another "It's Like That"), but it's worth noting that I found "We Belong Together" a little boring the first time I heard it too--and that thing tanked faster than Glitter.

Entertainment Weekly

Snap judgment: Mariah Carey's new single, 'Touch My Body'
You've waited so patiently, Mariah Carey fans; nearly three years since the release of 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi. Behold, then, the Mariah Motherlode: Not only was her upcoming album's title released today (it's E=MC², physics fans!), but a sneak peak at a new track dropped online; listen here.

It's not a bad mid-tempo jam -- sunny, flirty, and syncopated just the way Mimi likes it; basically, classic Carey. But allow us to offer one quibble: What the eff is going with this recent Diva Cougar Complex? Janet just dropped an album full of bathroom-wall come-ons, and now Mariah, who used to be all, "I had a vision of love," is cutting straight to "TOUCH MY MONKEY! TOUCH IT!" Are we being overly Amish here, or would it be nice to retain a little mystery? Your comment board awaits!
Source: Erik Bradley - B96 | LA Times | Blender | Slant | Entertainment Weekly

Radio Stations Playing "Touch My Body"
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 7:40PM EST
Below is a partial list of the radio stations that have played Mariah's new single "Touch My Body" today. Please continue e-mailing us if you hear the song on other stations. Don't forget to request "Touch My Body" on your local radio stations. You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

Phoenix, AZ - KIIS FM
Phoenix, AZ - Hot Jamz 101.5 FM
Tucson, AZ - 98.3 FM
Fresno, CA - B95
Fresno, CA - Q97
Inland Empire, CA - 99.1 KGGI
Los Angeles, CA - KIIS FM
Los Angeles, CA - Power 106
Sacramento, CA - KSFM 102.5
Sacramento, CA - KBMB 103.5 Da Bomb
Sacramento, CA - KDND 107.9 The End
San Diego, CA - Channel 93.3
San Diego, CA - Z90
San Francisco, CA - 106 KMEL
San Francisco, CA - Wild 94.9
San Jose, CA - KMEL 106.1
Stockton, CA - KWIN 97.7
Colorado Springs, CO - 96.1 The Beat
Colorado Springs, CO - 98.9 MAGIC
Denver, CO - KS107.5
Miami, FL - 99.1 Jamz
Orlando, FL - Wild 95.5
Tampa, FL - FLZ 93.3
West Palm Beach, FL - WiLD 95.5
Atlanta, GA - Q100
Atlanta, GA - Star 94
Atlanta, GA - 95.5 The Beat
Macon, GA - 97.9 WIBB
Honolulu, HI - KPWH Power 104.3
Honolulu, HI - KIKI Hot 93.9
Honolulu, HI - KDDB 102.7 Da Bomb
Chicago, IL - B96
Chicago, IL - Power 92.3
Chicago, IL - 103.5 KISS FM
Indianapolis, IN - Radio Now 100.9
Louisville, KY - WDJX 99.7
Boston, MA - Jammin 94.5
Boston, MA - WXKS-FM KISS 108
Baltimore, MD - 92Q
Grand Rapids, MI - 104.5 WSNX
Minneapolis, MN - 101.3 KDWB
Minneapolis, MN - 96.3 B96
Kansas City, MO - KPRS 103.3
Kansas City, MO - KMXV 93.3
Kansas City, MO - 95.7 FM
Portsmouth, NH - WERZ
Albuquerque, NM - 93.3 KKOB
Gallup, NM - KXTC 99.9
Albany, NY - 102.3 KISS FM
Buffalo, NY - WBLK
Long Island, NY - 101.7 The Beach
New York City, NY - Z100
New York City, NY - 106.1 WBLI
New York City, NY - Hot 97
New York City, NY - Power 105.1
New York City, NY - 107.5 WBLS
Rochester, NY - 103.9 WDKX
Las Vegas, NV - 98.5 KLUC
Cleveland, OH - 96.5 KISS FM
Columbus, OH - WNCI 97.9
Columbus, OH - Power 107.5
Oklahoma City, OK - KJ103 102.7
Portland, OR - KXJM
Portland, OR - KKRZ Z100
Philadelphia, PA - WUSL 98.9 Power 99
Philadelphia, PA - Q102
Philadelphia, PA - 100.3 The Beat
Philadelphia, PA - Wired 96.5
Wilkes Barre, PA - 97.1 BHT
Providence, RI - WPRO 92.3 FM
Providence, RI - Hot 106.3
Nashville, TN - 101.1 The Beat
Dallas, TX - KISS 106.1
Dallas, TX - 97.9 The Beat
Houston, TX - 97.9 FM The Box
Houston, TX - 104.1 FM KRBE
McAllen, TX - Wild 104
Odessa, TX - 103.3 KISS FM
San Antonio, TX - 96.1 KXXM
Salt Lake City, UT - 97.1 ZHT
Seattle, WA - KUBE 93
Seattle, WA - KBKS KISS 106
Madison, WI - WZEE 104.1
Milwaukee, WI - WKKV 100.7
Milwaukee, WI - WXSS 103.7

Sydney, NSW - 104.1 2DayFM
Sydney, NSW - 96.1FM The Edge
Sydney, NSW - NOVA 969

Calgary - Energy 101.5
Cambridge - 91.5 The Beat
Edmonton - 91.7 The Bounce
Montreal - Mix 96
Ottawa - Hot 89.9
Toronto - ChumFm 104.5
Toronto - Flow 93.5
Toronto - Z103.5
Vancouver - Crave 95.3

London - Choice FM
London - KISS 100
London - BBC Radio 1
London - 95.8FM Capital Radio

Paris - Fun Radio
Paris - ADO 97.8 FM

New Zeland
Auckland - 91ZM

Manila - Magic 89.9

Stockholm - The Voice of Hip-Hop and R&B 105.9
Nationwide - Sr p3

• On the "Save It Or Delete It at 10" contest for WDJX 99.7 in Louisville, KY, "Touch My Body" received 60% vote to keep it and 40% to delete it. People were calling in saying they liked the beat while others called in and said it sounded inappropriate and made them feel "like they needed to go to church."

• Tonight on Boston's #1 Hip-Hop station Jammin 94.5's "Battle of the Beats," "Touch My Body" was pitted against another new song. They played the first song, then they played "Touch My Body." Mariah's new song won by a landslide and is the #1 most requested song in Boston!

• On the San Diego station Z90, "Touch My Body" was #7 on the countdown for the most requested songs of the day.

• At about 6pm, Wendy Williams (of the "Up in my bidness like a Wendy Interview" fame) played "Touch My Body" on 107.5 WBLS. She said wow! and that it was another "smash." Charmaine, her sidekick, was impressed with the song as well!

Wendy on "Touch My Body":
"What she was saying is that she doesn't want to be Vivica Fox. If she gives it to you, she doesn't want to find it on YouTube. She doesn't want to find the conversation, word for word, broken down in Hip-Hop Weekly or In Touch magazine. She does not want to hear it or she will hunt you down. She doesn't want to hear and...she said 'a Wendy interview.' Hi, Mariah, thank you for that. That was nice."

[ Listen to the full audio of Wendy talking about Mariah below ]
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"Touch My Body" Lyrics
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 6:06PM EST
(Mariah Carey - C. Tricky Stewart - Terius "The-Dream" Nash)

MC, you're the place to be
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah

I know that you've been waiting for it
I'm waiting too
In my imagination I'd be all up on you
I know you got that fever for me
Hundred and two
And boy I know I feel the same
My temperature's through the roof

If there's a camera up in here
Then it's gonna leave with me
When I do (I do)
If there's a camera up in here
Then I'd best not catch this flick
On YouTube (YouTube)
'Cause if you run your mouth and brag
About this secret rendezvous
I will hunt you down
'Cause they be all up in my bidness
Like a Wendy interview
But this is private
Between you and I

Touch my body
Put me on the floor
Wrestle me around
Play with me some more
Touch my body
Throw me on the bed
I just wanna make you feel
Like you never did.
Touch my body
Let me wrap my thighs
All around your waist
Just a little taste
Touch my body
Know you love my curves
Come on and give me what I deserve
And touch my body.

Boy you can put me on you
Like a brand new white tee
I'll hug your body tighter
Than my favorite jeans
I want you to caress me
Like a tropical breeze
And float away with you
In the Caribbean Sea

If there's a camera up in here
Then it's gonna leave with me
When I do (I do)
If there's a camera up in here
Then I'd best not catch this flick
On YouTube (YouTube)
'Cause if you run your mouth and brag
About this secret rendezvous
I will hunt you down
'Cause they be all up in my bidness
Like a Wendy interview
But this is private
Between you and I

Touch my body
Put me on the floor
Wrestle me around
Play with me some more
Touch my body
Throw me on the bed
I just wanna make you feel
Like you never did.
Touch my body
Let me wrap my thighs
All around your waist
Just a little taste
Touch my body
Know you love my curves
Come on and give me what I deserve
And touch my body.

Imma treat you like a teddy bear
You won't wanna go nowhere
In the lap of luxury
Baby just turn to me
You won't want for nothing boy
I will give you plenty
Touch my body

Touch my body
Put me on the floor
Wrestle me around
Play with me some more
Touch my body
Throw me on the bed
I just wanna make you feel
Like you never did.
Touch my body
Let me wrap my thighs
All around your waist
Just a little taste
Touch my body
Know you love my curves
Come on and give me what I deserve
And touch my body.

Oh yeah oh yeah oh yeah
Oh yeah oh yeah
Oh oh oh oh yeah
Touch my body...
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Maggie | Donnie | Robin

Mission For Fans: Report From The Field!
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 4:28PM EST
Fans, we need your help!

To track the massive simultaneous premiere of "Touch My Body", please e-mail us if you hear the song playing on your local radio stations.

Also, we encourage all fans to reply on Perez Hilton's site in support of the hot new song!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Listen To "Touch My Body" Here!
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 3:54PM EST
Click here to listen to Mariah's new single, "Touch My Body"!
Source: Jaime | Z100

"Touch My Body" Is Playing Now On B96!
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 3:21PM EST
Chicago's B96 premiered "Touch My Body" earlier than expected, at approximately 2:20pm Central Time. The song was played twice, back-to-back, and the DJs said fans have been e-mailing and calling with requests for it for a week!

B96 will be playing the song again at approximately 3:30pm Central Time (4:30pm EST).

Source: B96

First "Touch My Body" Review by Bob Burke
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 2:28PM EST
"Touch My Body"


How does an artist follow-up one of their biggest selling albums that included two number one singles when most had written the artist off as a causality of being relevant or not? If you're Mariah Carey, you keep it simple, and that's one thing MC has done with her debut single from her forthcoming album, E=MC². "Touch My Body" (co-written and produced with Tricky Stewart and The-Dream) is the perfect lead track to re-ignite her most passionate fan base, who've kept her relevant through good times and bad... times are pretty good for Mariah nowadays! This mid-tempo track is pure fun, sounding at times reminiscent of another Carey gem, "Always Be My Baby," but yet different enough to sound like something totally fresh and new. Mariah's vocal range is also kept in check and fits the song to perfection. The hypnotic "Touch My Body... My Body" hook is sure to stick after one-listen. While the thought of Mariah Carey exceeding expectations remains a question, simply because the bar she's set is so high, matching them is a good way to start. This "body" of work sounds like a hit! BET ON IT!
(Burke's Best Bet)
Source: Bob Burke - FMQB

Mariah on Total Request Live Feb. 25th
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 2:22PM EST
According to the current TV listings on TV Guide, Mariah will be on MTV's Total Request Live on Monday, February 25th.

MTV Mon, Feb 25, 3:30 PM ET/PT
Spankin' New Ladies Week
Mariah Carey, Janet Jackson and other divas bring their new music to the air all week long.
Source: TV Guide | Cody

Photo: Mariah at "Touch My Body" Video Shoot
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 1:57PM EST
The official Mariah Carey site, MariahCarey.com, confirms the video shoot for "Touch My Body" held over this weekend in Los Angeles, as we reported previously.

Touch My Body Video Shoot
Mariah was in Los Angeles this weekend to shoot the video for her much anticipated single "Touch My Body." The video was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner who previously directed Mariah's "I Still Believe," "Heartbreaker," "Thank God I Found You," "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" videos. "Touch My Body" co-stars actor Jack McBrayer, known for his role as Kenneth on NBC's 30 Rock.

"Mariah is musically at the top of her game and has never looked better," Ratner assured AllHipHop.com. "This will be our 5th music video we have collaborated on and definitely the best one yet visually, as well as musically. The video [for "Touch My Body"] is the perfect combination of fantasy and comedy with Mariah looking more beautiful than she has ever looked, ever."

Mariah Carey Announces E=MC²
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 9:39AM EST

"Touch My Body" - first single hits radio February 12th, written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream- video directed by Brett Ratner, premiere to be announced.

Performer and songwriter Mariah Carey has set April 15th as the in-store date for the most eagerly anticipated album of the year, E=MC². The 11th studio album of her career, E=MC² is the follow-up to The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah's worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), 2 #1 singles and countless more industry honors during its 18-month stay on the charts.

The first single from E=MC² is "Touch My Body," written and produced by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart, and The-Dream, and blasting out worldwide on February 12th. The video for "Touch My Body" was directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner - internet, cable and network premieres for the video will be announced in the weeks ahead. In addition to C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream, other guest producers joining Mariah on E=MC² will include Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyser. E=MC² is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.

The Emancipation Of Mimi, released April 12, 2005, was an industry phenomenon for the mega-platinum award-winning superstar - Soundscan's biggest-selling album of the year, bringing total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to more than 160 million worldwide, making her the most successful female recording artist in history. Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 48 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 #1 hits.
Source: Island Def Jam Music Group | MariahCarey.com

"Touch My Body" World Premiere On B96
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 12-Feb-2008, 12:00AM EST
B96, Chicago's top radio station who has been incredibly loyal and friendly to Mariah over the years, will be premiering "Touch My Body" today, February 12th at 4:00pm Central Time (5:00pm EST).

Fans outside the Chicago area can listen to a live stream of B96 by clicking here. Please note that the song is scheduled to be played within the 4:00pm hour, so please be patient.

We have updated the universal countdown above to align with the new premiere time.

If you miss "Touch My Body" the first time or two, B96 will be playing it often throughout the week!

As previously reported, the song will be available to radio stations nationwide at 6:30pm EST via All Access.

Stay tuned for more updates!
Source: B96 | MariahDailyJournal

New Photos: Mariah at LA Reid's Party
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 11-Feb-2008, 12:44PM EST
Below are pictures of Mariah from last night's Entertainment Weekly's toast to Antonio "LA" Reid at STK-LA in West Hollywood, California.

Party Scene at Club STK (MTV)
In the stars' VIP section of club STK in Hollywood, Nas and Kelis' space was next to Chris Brown's and Rihanna's. Across from them were Jay, Beyonce and Michelle Williams next to L.A. Reid's and Usher's tables. Owen Wilson sat at his table drinking water.

Jermaine Dupri never did make it to the ones and twos -- he was too busy partying with Janet. You could see JD dancing in a circle when Cassidy threw on newcomer O'Neal McKnight's "Check Your Coat."

There was some good old-fashioned shoulder-rubbing, as the celebs continued to roll in throughout the night, and old-school records from Bobby Brown, Guy and Bell Biv Devoe played in the background.

Usher talked to Jay-Z, manager Benny Medina escorted Oprah's friend Gayle King, and Beyonce greeted Star Jones with a hug and kiss.

"Hey, mama," Ashanti, holding Nelly's hand, said to Michelle Williams. The Destiny's Child member gave her a hug and a smile.

Busta Rhymes embraced "Girlfriends" star Golden Brooks, then started talking to DJ Felli Fel. Meanwhile, Mario popped up, holding down the table that was previously set aside for Nas and Kelis.

As the night went on, some stars left while more streamed in from other parties. Jay and Beyonce slid out, and when Chris Brown and Rihanna were leaving, Usher stopped C. Breezy.

"Hey, man. Where are you going?" Ush said with a smile. The two joked for a while before giving each other a farewell handshake. Mariah Carey came in shortly after.

After the Grammys (Fox News)
Over at STK restaurant on La Cienega, Entertainment Weekly feted Def Jam's L.A. Reid. Beyonce and Jay-Z, Usher and wife Tameka, Chris Brown, Kanye West -- who played his new video for the crowd and Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri were among the guests.

Mariah Carey was supposed to come over after finishing a video shoot, but 1:30 a.m. was my cut-off time.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

International News
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 10-Feb-2008, 11:47AM EST
• WOWOW, Japan's largest satellite TV channel, will be airing The Adventures Of Mimi (Anaheim show) on March 21. The station has previously aired the Daydream Tour in 1996 and Butterfly Tour in 1998.

• Japanese R&B singer Double (Takako) has just released her first greatest hits album "10 Years Best: We R&B" on February 6, and the remake version of Mariah's "Never Forget You" is featured on the album.

Debuting in 1998, Double was a sisters duo originally, with Sachiko and Takako. Sachiko passed away from subarachnoid hemorrhage in 1999. This cover version (listen to a clip below) was recorded by Sachiko in 1995 for her demo tape.

To the right are scans from recent issues of the Turkish newspaper, Sabah and magazine, Blue Jean.

The Adventures of Mimi received 4 stars out of 6 in Blue Jean's review of the DVD.

From the Serbian magazine, Gloria, February 6th issue, page 118: [Rumor] Mariah Carey, Liechtenstein Love
Pop star Mariah Carey (38) recently showed up at a 50th birthday party of her manager Benny Medina with her new boyfriend, R&B singer and songwriter, Al Walser from Liechtenstein. This young man whose real name is Alexander Walser Rotshild grew up in the European principality where he is the most popular DJ, and few years ago he moved to LA where he is trying to find his place and build up a career. In the arms of new love and with good reviews from critics who already heard her new CD "That Chick" which will be out on April 1st, the singer has many reasons to be happy.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | GoldenPetals | MariahTurkiye

New Release Date, Poster for Tennessee
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 10-Feb-2008, 6:17AM EST
Elephant Eye Films has updated its site to now show Tennessee with a new release date, and a new poster!

Tennessee, with Mariah alongside actors Adam Rothenberg and Ethan Peck in the lead, is now scheduled for release in Spring 2008 (Winter 2008 previously).

Elephant Eye Films, as first mentioned here, is a New York City-based company that produces, distributes and sells independent feature films.
Source: Elephant Eye Films | Aaron Woodley | MariahDailyJournal | Tzachi

"Touch My Body" Music Video Details
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 09-Feb-2008, 1:57PM EST
Mariah is shooting the music video to "Touch My Body" over this weekend - February 9th and 10th in an undisclosed location in Los Angeles, California. Below are the details currently known to us about the video shoot:

The director of the video is Brett Ratner who previously directed "I Still Believe", "Heartbreaker", "Thank God I Found You", "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together".

Auditions were held for some parts in the video on Wednesday, February 6 in Santa Monica. One of the roles required a "geeky" looking guy.

Actor Jack McBrayer, known for his role as Kenneth on NBC's 30 Rock will be appearing in the video.
Source: Dustin | MariahDailyJournal

DJ Toomp Talks About "Lovin' You Long Time"
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 09-Feb-2008, 12:37PM EST

DJ Toomp interviewed for the radio station V-103 in Atlanta, GA and talked about the song he produced for Mariah's new album:

Frank Ski, V103: A little birdie told me, you may be working on Mariah Carey's new album.
DJ Toomp: Oh yes.

FS: 'Cause I know you and L.A. are tight, and L.A. Reid signed you, so this is Mariah Carey - that's his project, that's his baby.

DJ Toomp: It's an extreme dynamite of a song. It's called "Lovin' You Long Time". Right now we're definitely pushing for it to be the first single, a few people in the office are pushing for it also, so I'm just crossing my fingers that... I'm definitely on the album - first that was the hope. I was hoping I could make the album, now I'm hoping that it's released as first or second single. So I figure that's kind of powerful as far as you know, how I've been working on my career, just being known for Hip-Hop, and finally getting my first R&B placement on Mariah Carey, come on! You know what I mean?
Source: V103 Atlanta | TheWholeStory | MariahDailyJournal

MariahDaily.com Voted Favorite Fansite
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Feb-2008, 6:36PM EST
Thanks to our Australian friends and readers of POPrepublic.tv magazine. Thanks to your votes, MariahDaily.com was awarded the Favourite Fansite of 2007 honor in the magazine's 2007 IT List Awards! Joining us in the Top 3 were fan sites, NickFanatic.com (for Nick Lachey, singer) in 2nd place and CalleaUni.com (for Anthony Callea, Australian Idol finalist), in 3rd.

All winners in 33 "POPular culture" categories were announced in the February 2008 issue of the magazine which can be downloaded in pdf format at www.poprepublic.tv.

Thank you for your continued support!
Source: Rob Manser, Editor-In-Chief , POPrepublic.tv

Magazine Scans
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Feb-2008, 6:27PM EST
From the February 18th issues of Life & Style (Body News, pages 66&67), In Touch (Puppy Love, page 16), and OK! (Mimi Mia!, page 30).

Scans from this week's issues of First, Closer, Look, New, and National Enquirer magazines.

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry - MariahCareyCollection

New Album Listening Party In Japan
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 07-Feb-2008, 6:44PM EST
A listening party for Mariah's (and Janet's) new album was held at Cafe Studio Harajuku in Japan. Five tracks from the album whose title was said to still be undecided, were played.

Ameblo music critic Junichi Uchimoto described the following songs:

--"Touch My Body" is similar to "We Belong Together", only a little faster and more hip hop oriented.
--"That Chick" reminded him of Ne-Yo's "Because Of You".
--"OOC" is a unique pop song.

Uchimoto also said that fans of "The Emancipation Of Mimi" would love the new album.

It was revealed that the scheduled timeline to release the album in Japan is in April. The date however is still not set and is subject to change.

Counting Down to Mariah's New Single!
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Feb-2008, 10:57PM EST
• According to All Access, Mariah's new single, "Touch My Body" will be transmitted digitally to radio stations on February 12th at 6:30pm ET for immediate airplay. To the right, see a screen capture of the countdown timer that's on the main page of All Access. "Touch My Body" will officially go for adds on February 19th.

• Meanwhile, FMQB has this posted on its CHR section: New Mariah Carey Single Ready For Launch
Mariah Carey's first single from her forthcoming album, That Chick, due in stores April 1, is titled "Touch My Body" and is finally radio-ready! The song was co-written by MC with The Dream and was produced by Tricky. The Dream and Tricky were the hitmaking duo behind Rihanna's "Umbrella." There's no doubt that Carey can meet expectations but will she exceed them? We'll know by Tuesday (2/12) when the single is officially digitally delivered to radio programmers across the country for reports on 2/18.
Source: All Access | FMQB

Movie Review: "You Don't Mess With The Zohan"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Feb-2008, 6:12PM EST
MatchFlick's Zara reviews the Adam Sandler movie "You Don't Mess With Zohan" and gives it a 4-star rating. Read her review below - it includes a little mention about Mariah's scene!

Haha... I love screeners!

I was actually really looking forward to this movie coming out after seeing a preview for it and knowing that Apatow was involved in the screenwriting. So I was pleased to get an opportunity to watch a special screener of the film tonight.

Just for those who don't know, screeners don't always have the perfect color, sound or special effects. Screeners are also commonly used because the film company is afraid that the film is going to bomb and they want to get a chance to try to repair it before its later release.

Upside for this film is that it's pretty much a very solid comedy that doesn't need much tweaking. Much like the earlier Sandler films of lore where he was a goofy f*cker who managed to get himself into implausible situations and work his way out of them (think HAPPY GILMORE), he is an impossibly strong Israeli operative who just wants to get out of the war business and become a hairdresser.

What I liked the most is that while they could have gone the very homosexual stereotypical route, they don't. Instead, Zohan is portrayed as being the stud that he is, just no longer a buff agent and now a hairdresser.

What's not listed here is that Emmanuelle Chriqui is in the cast and I can't deny the power of that woman's beauty. The romance between her hair salon owner character's and Zohan is muted and seems a distraction at best, but I really like that she's in the movie.

The audience was pretty much going nuts for the majority of the film (the action sequences are insanely funny and interestingly choreographed) and I can't deny that I wasn't one of them. While the film peters out after the declaration of the (mostly) unnecessary romance, it gets funnier to watch Mariah Carey take a poke at her image later in the film and ends with a chipper finale that should leave most people properly satisfied.

All in all, this should be a very big (and well deserved) summer hit for Sandler. And it's been long coming to see him go back to his old "Why don't you go to your home? Are you too good for your home??" days.

Zara adds:
She appears as Mariah Carey and not as a character, so it's a plus to watch the Israelis and Palestinians (who in reality are both in love with the woman, as it appears the only thing they can agree on, oddly enough) at a hacky sack match fall all over her as she sings the National Anthem.

Or, in simpler terms, she's in it for about 5-6 minutes at best.
Source: MatchFlick | Nadia

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Feb-2008, 2:04PM EST
• FMQB's Available For Airplay page now lists Mariah's new single as impacting Mainstream radio on February 19th (was February 11th previously).

• Give in to Love with M by Mariah Carey - Capture your vision of love with this Valentine's Day exclusive set from M by Mariah Carey. Tempt the senses with a 1.7 fl oz Eau de Parfum Spray and a 3.3 fl oz Moisturizing Body Lotion - the perfect expression of love for your special someone. A $66.00 value, yours for just $54.00. Available only at participating department stores.

Meanwhile, the official site is holding an "M by Mariah Valentine's Gallery" contest for Honey B. Fly fan club members only.

"Take a picture of yourself with your M by Mariah Fragrance bottle, and let us know your favorite thing about wearing M by Mariah Carey. Is it the way it makes you feel when you wear it? A romantic moment it reminds you of? Is it the bottle itself? A particular note? Have fun, be creative and let us know why you love M by Mariah to win one of several special prizes."

HBF members can submit their entries here. All submissions should be received by 11:59 PM EST on February 11, 2008 for a chance to win. The Grand Prize winner will receive the M by Mariah fragrance, a body lotion and lip gloss; the two runner ups will receive the body lotion and lip gloss. Not a member yet? Join now.

• Debuting at #6 six weeks ago, The Adventures of Mimi DVD climbs to the #1 spot on the Brazilian Top 20 Musical DVDs chart this week!

• Mariah is photo #2 on Sunday Mirror's "Busted! We catch celebrities who chest can't resist a sneaky peek" gallery.

"Johnny Vaughan; the ex-Big Breakfast host was happy when powerful singer Mariah Carey dropped in to his morning radio show - so he could experience her fabulous set of lungs at first hand."

The picture is from July 4, 2005 when Mariah visited London's Capital FM radio station for an interview with Johnny Vaughan on "The Breakfast Show." [View other photos here.]

• Congratulations to Kelly K. & team on the launch of their new Mariah Carey blog site, Mariah is That Chick. Be sure to check it out!

• Thanks to Markie and Lotfi from Algeria for sharing their wallpapers with us!

Source: MariahDailyJournal | MariahCarey.com | Antonio | Gustavo | Kelly K | Markie V | Lotfi

News Tidbits From Serbia
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Feb-2008, 1:46PM EST
• A full page feature on Mariah Carey appears in the February 5th issue of the Serbian magazine, Story. "As a true world diva, singer Mariah Carey last week visited famous jewelry store Van Cleef & Arpels in Beverly Hills which was closed for other customers. The beautiful singer has tried on all the latest jewelry and treated herself with the best pieces. Mariah is a great admirer of expensive bracelets, earrings, necklaces and whenever there are new designs in her favorite stores she is among the first to see and try them on."

• Mariah's "It's Like That" music video made it to #1 on today's Top 10 at 10 on MTV Adria. Today's theme was about "masks" in videos.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah's role in Tennessee: It coulda been ugly
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-Feb-2008, 8:21AM EST
Nicole Kidman famously won her Oscar "by a nose" - but don't expect Mariah Carey to let a fake schnoz come between her and her public.

A source tells us that her character in "Tennessee," produced by Lee Daniels, had to be significantly de-glammed - which didn't go down too well.

"Mariah is the nicest person to work with; everyone loves her," says the snitch. "But she was uncomfortable being uglied up for the part."

Carey plays a Southern waitress who sets off with two brothers in search of their father. While she consented to cornrows, she passed on the fake nose and bushy eyebrows that had been conceived for the part.

"When she saw the nose, she called her people and decided against it," says the source. "She was not a diva about it, but she did seem very insecure about her appearance."

(A source close to Daniels denied the production had suggested she wear a fake nose.)

The World According to LA
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-Feb-2008, 1:11AM EST
Island Def Jam boss Antonio 'LA' Reid has overseen some of the biggest musical careers of the past two decades. This year he will attempt to strike second time lucky with Mariah Carey and deliver the success that has recently eluded Janet Jackson.

On January 15 Terra Firma head Guy Hands, the man charged with turning the fortunes of EMI around, gathered his staff at the Odeon Cinema in West London and delivered his new and at times revolutionary vision for the company.

The following day Island Def Jam chairman Antonio 'LA' Reid stood in front of representatives from Universal's European territories and a selection of British media at the Mayfair Theatre to reveal two of the label's biggest Q2 priorities; Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson.

Dressed casually in jeans, a white shirt and blazer, the Grammy-winning record executive, who has guided the careers of artists such as TLC, Usher, Avril Lavigne and Dido to multi-platinum success, was in an upbeat mood, getting lost in the music and talking enthusiastically about the creative process behind the new albums.

"We should clap," he told the audience. "We should clap because we just played music, and yesterday there was a very big company meeting in a theatre over the other side of town where they didn't play music. A music company - or it used to be." The timing, intentional or not, was perhaps all the more prudent given the history of the two artists Reid was presenting. Mariah Carey will this year deliver her second album for Island Def Jam, the label she signed to in 2002 following a disappointing period with Virgin Records. Carey signed with Virgin in April 2001 for close to $82m (£41.9m) but, following a disappointing performance of the Glitter movie and soundtrack, EMI cut its losses and paid Carey $28m (£14.3m) to sever ties. The Emancipation Of Mimi, her subsequent debut for Island Def Jam, has since sold more than 10m copies globally.

Jackson signed to Island Def Jam last year in the wake of two consecutive commercial disappointments: 2004's Damita Jo and 2006's 20 YO. Reid is adamant, however, that Virgin's failure will be his own success.

Music Week caught up with the veteran music executive at The Berkeley Hotel in London.

In the case of both Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey, you signed artists at a low point in their careers. What is it that gives you confidence to get involved with artists that other labels may be hesitant about?
I firmly believe in truly talented people, particularly talented superstars.

I believe if you have the talent, it's just a question of someone refining it and helping to make the right creative decisions. Talent always wins in the end; you're never over. As a matter of fact, I find that the marketplace generally is much healthier for icons than it might be for new artists, and I think that has been proven for many artists. When you look at the Eagles' success or the recent Led Zeppelin success, it tells me that people who grew up on these artists always love them, they just want them to make the right records. So I never really give up on them."

Is there a process that you go through when it comes to identifying the strengths of these artists and deciding the right album to make?
I just listen to songs. Mariah Carey writes every song she sings; she may collaborate with various people but she is a songwriter, so with Mariah she'll write, she'll play it for me and I'll tell her what I think, so there's no real process there. Alternatively, if I think there's a good collaboration I'll suggest somebody and she'll say, 'OK I like this person, I'll try that', you know, and then we just evaluate the work when it's done.

She's a true songwriter. With Janet, we spend more time with the producers and writers trying to find ideas that may appeal to her and that she can get into and mould into her own. I just try to get inside their heads and find out what it is they're looking for. I provide a service. I do whatever they want me to do; whatever they need, I'll do it to help them. It's really their vision, not mine.

Did you find the creative process fairly smooth this time around?
Yeah. It always is though. Honestly, I don't have issues with artists at all because, although I'm not a performer, they think of me as one of them. So no, we don't hit creative snags, we just try things and some things work and some things don't and that's fine.

Do you consider yourself a music guy first and foremost?
Depends on what we're talking about. I can talk about mergers and acquisitions, I can talk about politics or global economies; or we can talk about songs and producers. I'm not different from you in that I'm versed in the things I'm good at and I'm horrible at the things I'm not.

Do you think the changes going on at EMI at the moment represent a more general shift in the business, where maybe there are less true music professionals in the business?
There was a time when the suits attempted to take over our business; it didn't work. And there may be a suit or two hanging out there now attempting to take over the business. It won't work. It will come right back to the people who live and die for the art form. It's like putting a suit in charge of art galleries. OK, good luck, but how about having people that love art? You look around the business now, it is run by music people. Doug Morris: songwriter. Jimmy Iovine: record producer. LA Reid: record producer. Rick Rubin: record producer. More and more of them, and if they're not songwriters or producers, they're avid music professionals. Craig Kallman: a true music professional. Barry Weis: a true music professional. Clive Davis: the legendary record man. Lyor Cohen: just a legendary record man. The record companies are run by record people and probably the only exception to that is EMI; that's the only company that I can see that doesn't have a hands-on music guy, but then again they have Roger Aimes and Jason Flom and they're record guys; these are hitmakers and I respect all of them and I admire all of them. We were spending some time with Lucian [Grainge] today and I was like; 'Wow! I just love being in the presence of a great record man.' I love it.

What do you think it is that makes the music business such a unique proposition?
The music business is an interesting one because most successful people, at some point, want to be in music and when it doesn't work they say, 'what a horrible business', but everyone wants to take a stab at it. Athletes want to take a stab at it; actors want to take a stab at it, financial guys, everyone wants to take a stab at getting in the record business. It's so sexy and so intriguing and there's a mystique about it and everyone wants to see what's behind the curtain, but this business is not for everyone.

At the music presentation yesterday, everyone in attendance received a lyric sheet which they were asked to hand back at the end of the presentation. You made the point that the lyric sheets only became valuable when people were told they could not keep them. How do you apply that thinking to music and to the business?
What you're saying is, too much access to music makes music less valuable, which means that free is horrible, because free means you absolutely don't want it unless someone conned you into it. If someone walks up to you on the street and gives you a free CD, more than likely you're going to throw it away. No one wants free. Free is contributing to the demise of a beautiful business, of a beautiful culture; it's not free. I'm just looking around this room, there is nothing in this room that is free. Water was once free, but now you and I would not drink free water. We only want water that's bottled and expensive. So music is very special and the handlers of music have to understand how special it is and package it properly and price it properly and sell it. No one wants free. We'd rather have air conditioning than fresh air, because you pay for air conditioning.

Today's music fan has access to more information than ever before, via the likes of blogs and music sites. As a label, how do you control this? And indeed, do you feel you need to control it?
I think that when it comes to getting the word out on something and creating a buzz, we have many, many vehicles and we try to make the best possible use of the availability of all of these outlets, but we run the risk of having music judged by people who may not be qualified to write about it. They may be qualified to have an opinion - everyone is entitled to have an opinion - but not everyone is qualified to write about it. But they're out there, so what are you going to do? People like that are a fact of life. It's better than they're talking about our stuff than something else; that's the way I look at it. Keeping what we do at the forefront of people's minds is very important.

Do you feel like blogs in particular provide a powerful platform to break an act?
I don't think they have any commercial value in terms of whether something sells or doesn't sell; it's just people talking about it.

How do you feel about the direction Guy Hands is steering EMI?
I just hope it works, for the sake of all of music, because a healthy, competitive music company is very important to all of our existences. I wish him the absolute best in doing it and I really hope it works and I hope he can restore the viability of that great music company. It's important. If he were to ask my advice, I'd give it to him. I hope he does a great job with it. We need great companies, that's all I know.

How do major record labels remain relevant in the new business environment? What do you believe has to happen to enable the record company model to move forward?
Record labels have to be entertainment companies and they have to provide opportunities for artists beyond selling music. It has to have a 'dream' component, meaning whatever the artist envisions themselves doing, they have to be able to come and talk to me and say, 'Here is my vision for my career', not 'here is my vision for my record', and then we have to work as hard as they do to try and bring opportunities so they can be and do all that they want to do. That may be a very soft way of saying it but we have to be entertainment companies. Some people call it 360-degree models and I hate it now because it just sounds like a catchphrase.

How has the scope of contacts in your address book changed today, compared with, say, 10 years ago?
I know more bankers! I know more movie people, I know more TV people. But that's probably it. For me it's more film and TV interaction than I've had in the past 10 years.

What are the big drivers for breaking new music in the US right now?
In the US at the end of last year, a lot of the Top 10 was platform-driven. Whether it was a marketing-driven thing like Hannah Montana or the American Idol franchise or the Eagles or who did the Wal-Mart specific campaign. It's always great to have a hit song and a great piece of music; that's where it always has to start, but having a big driver behind you that helps push you into the consciousness really works.

Do you feel like the impact you can have via radio is reduced at all now?
It's a little tougher in terms of getting everything at the same time, but when you have a hit song and you get it away at radio, alongside everything else it's still your biggest driver. There are a lot of other things now that get into that mix, but it's still pretty powerful.

Island Def Jam will release Duffy's debut in the US later this year. How is the record shaping up over there?
We're getting a great reaction from the people that have heard it. Lots of buzz. It feels like it's going to go. She is going to be one of the breakthroughs of 2008. She's got it. She just did a small promo tour of the United States and everybody's been calling about it. It's setting up nicely.

Can you tell us about some of the other artists you're working on at the moment?
We're working on new music from The Killers, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie; and Rihanna is working on new stuff. We have an exciting artist called The Dream and there will be new albums from The Roots and Fall Out Boy this year too. On the hip-hop side of things, there will be new music from Ludacris, Young Jeezy, Fabolous. We have a new artist called Rocco who's breaking right now and we have The Bravery that we will continue to work.

What effect has the financial pressure across the business as a whole been having on your A&R decisions? How has it affected the amount of artists you can work with or how you work with those artists?
Well, it's not so much how many, but we have to operate as if we're spending money from our own bank accounts instead of operating like there is some endless well. We have to be very responsible, so we really think it through before we make financial decisions, but that's just good business, that's not necessarily because of a bad climate. It's good business to know that every dime we spend, we're looking for a return.

Do you feel like music is in a good place at the moment?
I do. I think music is in the best place it's been in years.
Source: Music Week

Zohan at Superbowl
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Feb-2008, 9:24PM EST
Watch a 30-sec trailer to the Adam Sandler movie, You Don't Mess With The Zohan that made its debut during the broadcast of Superbowl Sunday. Zohan, which features a cameo appearance by Mariah, is due for theatrical release on June 6, 2008.

You Don't Mess With The Zohan

Tagline: "I come here to start new life, find nice woman, then make the boom-boom."
Prime Players: Sandler stars in the title role and Emmanuelle Chirqui plays the love interest. Sandler hanger-on Rob Schneider and fascinatingly, Henry Winkler and Mariah Carey playing "themselves."
Highlights: Sandler's accent, hair, outfits, and facial expressions as a Mossad agent who fakes his death in order to "cut and style hair" puts Jack Black to shame. Also, depictions of Israel as a land where blondes jump around the beach in red, white and blue bikinis are so freakily erroneous they border on Borat levels of hilarity. Finally...um, Sandler is super hot for the first time in recent memory once he restyles himself as a New Yorker.
Source: Defamer

"Carey is Good Morning America"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Feb-2008, 12:46AM EST
Music critic Sasha Frere-Jones mentions Mariah in his review of Mary J. Blige's new album, Growing Pains, in the February 11th edition of The New Yorker.

"Mary J. Blige's eighth studio album, "Growing Pains," defies the conventional wisdom that aging works against female entertainers. Blige has a robust, dark voice, and she moves around melodies in a pleasingly unruly way. She can irrigate a song with pain but is judicious about adding flourishes to her performances-a decision that makes her sound more like a sixties soul singer than like a modern R. & B. star.

Her commercial rival and aesthetic antipode is Mariah Carey, another R. & B. singer who is selling remarkably well deep into her career. Carey, who is the more successful, offers the inhuman power of her voice, a knack for producing hit records, and undying optimism. If Carey is "Good Morning America"-all cheer and reliability-Blige is what comes later: the daytime talk show noisy with recrimination and redemption."

Videos: Mariah on E! TV
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 03-Feb-2008, 2:22PM EST

Mariah #10 on Forbes' 20 Cash Queens of Music, E! Feb. 3, 2008
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Benny Medina, Mariah's Manager: "There is one original and it's Mariah Carey. I don't think there are five women on this earth that have that voice. And the other four - they haven't been discovered yet. She's an architect of lyrics, keeps culture's urban sensibilities in every album and as a result we're excited to see what the next phase of it is."

News Story:
Mariah, 10th Top Grossing Female Musician in 2007 (MDJ Jan. 29, 2008)

Mariah #17 on Most Sensational Hollywood Meltdowns, E! Jan. 28, 2008
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Source: MariahDailyJournal

Magazine Covers from 1991
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 02-Feb-2008, 9:22PM EST
Our On The Cover section has been updated to include 3 more magazine cover issues from 1991. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!

Mariah Carey
TV and Movie Screen - February 1991

With a voice "as smooth as whipped cream," Mariah Carey sweeps you away with her soulful virtuosity and up-to-the minute lyrics.

Mariah is no stranger to the world of music. Her mother, Patricia Carey, was a singer with the New York City Opera and a vocal coach, and became Mariah's first and most important teacher. Mariah began taking singing lessons from her mom at the tender age of four, and within a couple of years, the young Mariah was hanging out with her mother's musical associates.

Mariah's exposure to the music world at such a young age has had a lot to do with her musical - and emotional maturity. "When I was six," she explains, "my mother used to carry me with her around all of her musician friends. Sometimes they would ask 'Why are you bringing this six year old along?' and mother would say 'Well, she's six going on 35.' So I've always been like a grown up." READ MORE »

Uh, Oh! What Mariah Carey's Sayin' About Debbie Gibson!
Teen Machine - May 1991

Mariah Carey has made it big - fast! At the time of this writing, her self-titled album is Number Three on Billboard's pop-album chart and has already gone double-platinum.

Naturally, when a star shoots up as quick as Mariah has, people start talking, gossiping, looking for dirt. Lately, when Mariah was talking about how it was for her coming up, she said "I'd be sitting there watching some video - Debbie Gibson or something - and I'd be fuming furiously like, 'Why do I have to sit here and waitress while these people are doing videos?' I was sooo pissed." Now, some people seem to think that this comment was meant as some sort of direct insult against Debbie. After all, why when Mariah was just starting out should she not have been jealous of Debbie's success? They're both 20-year-old singers from Long Island, and who knows? These girls could go way back. Maybe they went to preschool together or something. If so, they're keeping it quiet. However, Debbit Gibson told TM recently that the tape of her personal stereo was Mariah's record, and that Deb really enjoyed listening to it. READ MORE »

Mariah Carey
Super Fly - October 1991

Just when a lack of good old-fashioned talent seems to be creeping up on the music industry--enter Mariah Carey. Mariah is a breath of fresh air in an otherwise stale atmosphere. So why has it taken so long for this 5-foot 9-inch volcano to erupt? Well, like I say: all good things take time.

Mariah always knew that she would become a successful performer and it was just a matter of time. "I worked hard for a long time. I know I had to stay with it. If you don't believe in yourself, you never get anywhere," Mariah states firmly.

She began her career when she was a mere tot. She used to mimic her mom, who was an opera singer and a voice teacher. At 4 years old, Mariah's formal voice training began. She would also join in on "impromptu jam sessions" with her mom and her mom's friends. READ MORE »
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Scans: Kerry from MariahCareyCollection

Days of Demanding Divas Are Numbered
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 02-Feb-2008, 9:19PM EST
The penthouse suites and room temperature-attendants demanded by pop divas are no longer a formula for success in an industry hit by downloading.

After a series of flopped albums and cancelled record deals, star singers are in the process of being "rebranded" by an American record mogul who says they have to wake up to the new harsh realities.

Antonio "L. A." Reid, boss of Island Def Jam, said: "We have to operate as if we're spending money from our own bank accounts instead of operating like there is some endless well."

Ominously for the divas, Reid told Music Week: "It's good business to know that for every dime we spend, we are looking for a return."

The Grammy Award winner's warning follows upheaval at EMI, where Guy Hands, the financier who bought the company for £3.2 billion, told stars that the days of multimillion-pound advances were over.

Robbie Williams promptly went "on strike", Radiohead walked out and the Rolling Stones took their latest album to Universal Music, parent company of Island Def Jam. EMI executives shudder at the mention of Mariah Carey, who was given an $82 million (£41.9 million) deal in 2001 but was rapidly paid off with $28 million.

Carey, 37, who has sold 150 million records, will soon release a "sexed-up" single called "Touch My Body." But the star, who once rolled up in Shanghai with four cars full of luggage, including 350 pairs of shoes, may not have grasped the bean counters' message. Last month she summoned Q magazine to the bedroom of her $3,000-a-night hotel suite overlooking Manhattan and said: "I've never done one divaish thing in my life."

Janet Jackson, 41, famed for her lavish videos and high-tempo dance routines, never recovered from her "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl in 2004. She quit EMI in 2006 after her album Y.O. sold only 12,000 copies in Britain. Appropriately, after shedding the 60lb she gained for a film role, Jackson's comeback album is called Discipline.

If the day of the diva is over, it does not bode well for Jennifer Lopez. The singer's notorious demands have required rooms to be redecorated at a moment's notice. Brave, her latest album, was her lowest seller despite substantial investment by SonyBMG.

Reid says that he can put Carey and Jackson back at the top as "talent always wins in the end". The Emancipation of Mimi, Carey's successful album for Universal from 2005, helped to reestablish her with fans.

Reid told Music Week: "Mariah's a true songwriter.

With Janet, we spend more time with the producers and writers finding ideas that appeal to her and that she can get into. Whatever it takes, I'll do it."
Source: Times Online UK | Natalia

Video: Mariah And JD In The Studio
Posted by Liron on Friday, 01-Feb-2008, 5:13PM EST
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Mariah's friend and co-producer Jermaine Dupri has uploaded a video that was taken in Mariah's recording studio at her Tribeca house. Also seen in the video are Stephen Hill, Senior VP of Music Programming and Talent at BET and Rachel McIntosh, Mariah's choreographer.

Mariah and JD are seen talking about "The YouTube" (a phrase that made it into the lyrics of "Touch My Body"), Mariah's pink roadcases, the $10 Mariah bill, her Louis Vuitton jeans and Mariah's love for her fans!

The special bonus comes in at about 2:41 minutes into the video, where a small bit from a never-before-heard Mariah song is played in the background. Based on the lyrics heard in the clip, fans are speculating it could be the song "Thanks For Nothing", which is reported as one of the tracks on Mariah's upcoming album.
Source: Jermaine Dupri | Cody | MariahDailyJournal

"Touch My Body" Pushed Back Again!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-Feb-2008, 2:32AM EST
All Access has again updated its News Releases list with a new radio impact date for Mariah's new single, "Touch My Body." The song is now being reported as going for adds at Top 40/Mainstream and Top 40/Rhythmic-Crossover formats on February 19.

Mariah's single first appeared on the list with a release date of January 22 on January 11th, updated to January 29 days later, changed to February 12 yesterday, and pushed back, yet again, to February 19 today!

Fans anxiously await an official announcement from Mariah's label which hopefully will be coming soon!

Meanwhile, we just discovered an old entry made by PD Erik Bradley on his B96 blog. On August 23, 2007, he wrote: MC is BACK...almost! : "It's only a few short days away...get ready for new music from Mariah Carey! She's saying her new single "Cruise Control" is her best uptempo since "Fantasy" (and we LOVED that one!) I CAN NOT WAIT!" As we all know, things have changed since then!
Source: All Access | B96 | MariahDailyJournal | Casey

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