Mariah To Guest On The View
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Apr-2008, 4:15PM EDT
Mariah will be joining the ladies of The View on Monday, May 5 and the official Mariah Carey fan club, Honey B. Fly is giving one lucky member and a guest a chance to attend the show. Mariah will be performing new music from her # 1 album E=MC², so don't miss this opportunity for a chance to see her live! Log on to MariahCarey.com for contest details.
The show tapes on May 5, but will air on Friday, May 9. The View studio is located at 320 West 66th Street, New York, NY 10023.
Today's Tennessee Screening Winners
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Apr-2008, 11:30AM EDT
The following seventy (70) lucky fans will be attending the Tennessee screening at 3:00pm today at AMC 19th St. East 2, 890 Broadway. Winners, be sure to check your e-mails for further instructions. Congratulations!
Aimee Rushton Alex Plaia Ali Bouchard Ana Waibel Andre Lamar Mamz Anna Dinh Beatrice Ajaero Benedicto Macaraig Benjamin Hong Betsy Artiles Blanca Valentin Carolyn England Chelsea Carll Christopher Pola Cory Holtz Daeshawn Simmons Dan Petrotta Danny Ambrose Daquon Anderson Dimitri Pounot Dorothy Birch Everett Brothers Fernando Fritz Kline Frank Resto Frank Rivera Fred Pignataro Henry Ramos Jamal C Holmes Janneyn Poccia Jessica de Jesus Jimmy Panagiotou Johanna Pinto John Burgos, Jr. John Paul Mueller Jonathan Andrew
Jose Vasquez Julian Cleveland Jvanze Walters Kai Birch Kavita Pathak Kemmie Bailey Mamz Kerriann Lindhurst Kevin Dao Kristy O'Connor Latricia D Jefferson Laura Santana Lisa Bouchard Mane Avetisyan Manuel Zumba Marilyn Resto Marisa Ramos Marisol Edward Mary Plaia Matthew Matchett Maya Edward Patrick Sacchetti Peter Previti Priya Venkatakrishnan Robert Lewis Melton Jr Samuel Macias Sasha Thompson Silvana Marmelejos Sophia Vasilakis Stephanie Ayala Tatevik Gevorgyan Theresa Fowler Tiffany Ihle Tyler Summers Vaughn Phalen Yolanda Campa
Weekly Soundscan Figures: E=MC² Remains at #1!
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 30-Apr-2008, 11:29AM EDT
E=MC² Despite a 61% decline in sales, Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam set "E=MC²" remains atop The Billboard 200 for a second straight week. The album, the diva's sixth No. 1, moved 182,000 copies in the U.S., according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Touch My Body Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week: #2) Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last Week: #3) Weekly audience impressions: 110.1 million (-13.3 million from last week)
Hot Digital Songs: #8 (Last Week: #6) Downloads this week: 98,711 (-17% from last week) Total downloads: 795,691
Bye Bye Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #71 (Last Week: #92) Hot Digital Songs: #22 (Last Week: #11) Downloads this week: 36,378 (-39% from last week) Total downloads: 96,659
Hot 100 Airplay: #64 (Debut) The song gained +9.3 million audience impressions per Nielsen BDS this week. Its position on the final Hot 100 Airplay chart is likely to be higher than #64, once recurrent songs are removed from it.
According to Mediabase, "Bye Bye" has garnered 23.371 million audience impressions and 3,856 for the week ending 4/29/08.
Radio & Records: CHR/Top 40: #37 (Debut) Rhythmic: #22 (Last Week: #38) #2 Most Increased Plays (+589 spins this week)
Migrate Hot Digital Songs: #134 (Last Week: #61) Downloads this week: 9,057 (-52% from last week) Total downloads: 27,822
Source: Billboard | bks | Soundscan | Mediabase | Radio & Records
Win Tickets for Tomorrow's Screening of Tennessee
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Apr-2008, 6:15PM EDT
Mariah Daily Journal is giving away 20 pairs (40) of tickets for Wednesday, April 30th, 3:00pm screening of Tennessee!
Each winner will win a pair (2) of tickets. All you have to do is e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Please be sure to indicate your FULL NAME as well as your GUEST'S FULL NAME. Transportation to the event is not included so please be sure to enter only if you're able to arrive at the location by yourself.
Winners will be selected at random. All entries should be received by 11:00am ET tomorrow, April 30th.
Rebecca Brianceau, of Universal, Dubai, said the label was extremely excited to be bringing two such wonderful artists to Dubai back-to-back. "We are so excited about the concerts and cannot wait to welcome the ladies to the UAE. We are expecting great things on both nights."
The venue holds a capacity crowd of 15,000 and tickets for both concerts are expected to sell out in a matter of days.
Mel Tyler, General Manager of Midas Promotions, has said the people of Dubai are in for a real treat.
Carey is expected to perform hits old and new with a few "extras" thrown in for good measure according to organisers with Fergie singing the songs which have recently seen her rise through the chart positions including Big Girls Don't Cry and London Bridge.
Both Carey and Fergie have performed in Dubai before with Carey singing to a sell-out crowd at Dubai Media City in 2005 and Fergie hitting the stage with the Black Eyed Peas at the Airport Expo in 2006. This is the first time Fergie will perform in the UAE as a solo artist.
Mariah's new album, E=MC², released yesterday, April 28th is available at all Virgin Megastores and music stores all around the U.A.E.
Mariah's MC = #1
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Apr-2008, 5:01PM EDT
It's yet another win called Mariah for the Island/IDJ diva, whose E=MC² Careys her to a second straight week on top, relatively speaking, with 176k sold, for a two week-total over 650k.
That was more than enough for her to top challenger Leona Lewis, whose J Records/Syco Music debut, Spirit, remains at #2 with 98k, up 9% thanks to her appearance on American Idol. Ashlee Simpson's Geffen album Bittersweet World debuts at #3 with 50k.
Bigger Than Elvis
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Apr-2008, 4:47PM EDT
Why the haters are wrong about Mariah Carey.
King, meet Queen. This month, Mariah Carey eclipsed Elvis Presley's record for the most Billboard No. 1 hits by a solo artist with her 18th chart-topper "Touch My Body," the first single from her strong new album, E=MC²--whose first-week sales of 463,000 were the highest of Carey's career and the most by any artist so far this year. Now only the Beatles have more No. 1s, and Carey will surely pass them soon--although, to be fair, the Beatles racked up their 20 big hits in a span of just seven years, a batting average likely never to be bested.
The news of Carey's triumph has been greeted in many quarters with hue and cry. The Presley estate got technical, arguing that Billboard had fouled up its numbers--that Mariah had merely tied Elvis' record. In a Huffington Post blog entry titled "Mariah Carey Is Destroying the World," Ken Levine wrote: "For the sake of this country and--oh let's just say it--mankind, Mariah Carey has to retire. ... She can always host a VH-1 reality show or learn a trade at the DeVry Institute." Editorialists soberly pointed out the obvious: Whatever the hit count, Carey had not matched Presley's and the Beatles' "seismic" cultural influence, a line echoed by Mariah herself. "I'm just feeling really happy and grateful," she told the Associated Press. "I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionized music but also changed the world."
Humility doesn't come naturally to Carey, so let's commend her for the gesture. (You can practically hear the table-saw buzz of her grinding teeth as she pushes the words out: never... put ... myself ... in ... the ... category ...) But need she be so modest? Sure, Carey is not as important as Elvis or the Beatles, nor are any other musicians of the past 50 years, with the possible exceptions of James Brown and Bob Dylan. She is nonetheless hugely significant, and not just because, as Elvis once put it, 50 million fans--or if we go by Mariah's total album sales, 61.5 million fans--can't be wrong.
Mariah's accomplishment begins, of course, with her voice, or, rather, The Voice--that cyclonic force capable of hurtling unnumbered octaves, shattering crystal ware, and inducing musicogenic epileptic seizures in Japanese women. Carey is the most influential vocal stylist of the last two decades, the person who made rococo melismatic singing--the trick of embroidering syllables with multiple no-o-o-o-o-o-tes--the ubiquitous pop style. Exhibit A is American Idol, which has often played out as a clash of melisma-mad Mariah wannabes. And, today, nearly 20 years after Carey's debut, major labels continue to bet the farm on young stars such as the winner of Britain's Pop Idol show, Leona Lewis, with her Generation Next gloss on Mariah's big voice and big hair.
The rampant use of melisma has generated considerable criticism. (I myself railed against it several years ago in a New York Times article--whose haughty tone and slighting references to Carey, I now regret.) It's certainly true that overuse of the device, particularly by mediocre vocalists, can be annoying. It is also true that many performers, in the thrall of Carey hits like "Vision of Love"--which New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones rightly called "the Magna Carta of melisma"--have seemed to lose all interest in melody and lyrics and meaning, packing songs with dozens, hundreds, of gratuitous notes.
But it is unfair to damn Carey for the sins of her lesser imitators or to judge her based on a set of musical values that she explicitly rejects. Emotion is not really the point of Carey's songs--not even when she's singing "Emotions." Her music is first and foremost an expression of power and technical prowess. There is a place in pop for bombast, especially when it's coupled with virtuosity. I have learned to cherish Carey's singing for its brute force, blinding technique, and, yes, showboatiness--to place Mariah's vocal "runs" in the tradition of John Coltrane's "sheets of sound," the pummeling drumming of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham, and Eddie Van Halen's "Eruption" (aka the Magna Carta of shredding 1980s guitar solos). Listen to the piercing final notes Carey sings in this clip from her 1992 MTV Unplugged performance of "Someday." Mariah's poodle head isn't the only thing about her that's heavy metal.
Carey may not have had the "seismic" impact of Presley, but there's a whole lot of zeitgeist up in her big, maudlin ballad hits of the 1990s. A cultural historian might detect the complacent feel-good vibes of the post-Cold War Clinton era, or maybe a musical gigantism akin to baseball's literal gigantism in those peak steroids years. What I hear most clearly, even in inspirational dreck like "Hero," is hip-hop: a lite-FM analogue to the feisty egotism of the rappers who conquered '90s pop culture. After all, Carey was engaged in a rivalry nearly as fierce as Biggie and Tupac's: a yearslong cutting contest with Whitney Houston, whom she matched melisma for melisma, bromide for bromide.
We all know who won that battle. The truth is that Houston, in her prime, was the more talented singer, but Carey was always a more versatile and interesting recording artist. She co-wrote her own material from the beginning, and when not blasting out ballads, showed a knack for midtempo songs with a classic pop feel: "Dreamlover" (1993) and "Always Be My Baby" (1996) could sit comfortably on a mix tape alongside the great mid-'60s Motown hits. With her 1995 album, Daydream, Carey made a major shift, indulging her love of hip-hop for the first time. She worked with producer Jermaine Dupri--to this day, her key collaborator--and dueted with rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard on an ebullient remix of the No. 1 single "Fantasy."
It was a change that risked alienating those millions of Carey's fans who knew her as the reigning sovereign of adult contemporary radio, liked her that way, and couldn't fathom why she was palling around with a shark-toothed rapper who rhymed "Mariah" with "pacifier." But it was a smart, prescient career move. The hybridized mix of pop, R&B, and hip-hop that dominates today's top 40 was an inevitability that Carey saw earlier than others, and she hurried that future along.
Today, Carey is unambiguously a "hip-hop soul" star, in touch with her inner thug, singing over jittery digital beats about her designer luggage and hot tubs and videotaped sexploits. Some critics have complained that Carey's act is ungenuine, but to me it feels far less forced than her erstwhile cooing about butterflies and rainbows. Indeed, while Carey's musical shift is definitely good for business--she had to keep up with the Beyonces and Rihannas or risk irrelevance--it is also manifestly personal. She called her blockbuster 2005 comeback album The Emancipation of Mimi, and the emancipation in question was musical; the central drama of Carey's career was her marriage to, and subsequent divorce from, Columbia Records President Tommy Mottola, who reportedly did all he could to tamp down Carey's hip-hop impulses.
A squabble over repertoire isn't exactly the stuff of a sexy tragic-diva back story. Let's face it: Next to her rival pop starlets, Mariah is pretty dull. She can't really dance. Her videoes are a snooze. Her offstage life, rumored mental breakdowns and all, fails to excite gossip mongers. Her racial ambiguity is mildly interesting: As the daughter of an Irish-Catholic mother and an Afro-Venezuelan father, Mariah was confounding Americans with her biracial identity back when Barack Obama was still cramming for his Torts exam at Harvard Law. But Mariah remains far more compelling as a musician than as a pop persona. She's the muso's diva.
The most striking thing about Carey's post-Mimi transformation is how completely she's switched up her singing, mastering the speedy, syncopated, rap-influenced style pioneered by Beyonce, R. Kelly, et al. E=MC² is a modern R&B album through and through, tilting heavily towards mid- and up-tempo club music, with far fewer ballads than her past releases. Most of the songs swing back and forth between just a couple of chords--a showcase for Carey's rhythm and phrasing, not her famous vocal range.
The album's most shocking track is the opener, "Migrate." Over a bristling beat by Timbaland protege Nate "Danja" Hills, Mariah duets with Mr. Robo-voice, T-Pain, and even T-Pains herself--and distorts her Hall of Fame voice with that autotune sci-fi effect, an act of vocal self-sabotage that once would have been unthinkable. Of course, Mariah hasn't totally abandoned her old habits. "Migrate" is nudged along by a sour, flutelike keyboard loop, but the first time you hear the figure, at the very beginning of the song, it's not a keyboard but Mariah herself, trilling, chickadeelike, in that fiendish uppermost part of her range. I suppose she wanted to begin her album with a reminder--to fans, to rivals, to Tommy Mottola, to the ghost of Elvis--that, lo, these many years later, she's still got it. The phrase that springs to mind is queenly prerogative.
Mariah makes another road-trip flick
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Apr-2008, 12:45PM EDT
Seven years after making what is widely regarded as one of the worst movies ever, Mariah Carey is back with another road-trip flick.
But her new movie, "Tennessee," has little in common with 2001's "Glitter."
Premiering at New York's Tribeca Film Festival last Saturday, it follows two brothers seeking their estranged father. On their travels, they meet Krystal, a waitress played by Carey.
"Mariah said, 'This is going to be refreshing for me; this is actually something that I want,' even knowing that it was a gritty, hard shoot," director Aaron Woodley told Reuters in an interview. "Some people even told me that they forgot it was Mariah Carey when they were watching the film."
In 2001, Carey released the semi-autobiographical film "Glitter," which was a commercial and critical flop. She also appeared on MTV's Total Request Live, nearly disrobing in front of a baffled Carson Daly, amid rumors of a nervous breakdown.
Carey, 38, has spent the years since atoning.
"The whole 'Glitter' experience was very, very hard to go through, but I learned a lot from it," she said in a statement.
In 2005, the Long Island, New York native made a big comeback with her multiplatinum album "The Emancipation of Mimi" and won rave reviews for her performance in "WiseGirls," a comedy-drama that premiered at the Sundance Film Festival.
But that didn't stop him from offering her the lead female role. Daniels, producer of the Oscar-winning film "Monster's Ball," said he saw Carey in "WiseGirls" and decided "it was clear that she's a very talented actress."
Mariah talks about Krystal, her character in Tennessee, in this AP interview on the red carpet at the film's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 26th.
"My character in Tennessee was, her name is Krystal. I was very blessed that Lee Daniels talked to me and got me. A lot of people have a lot of misconceptions and he saw that I really just wanted to explore the character. I was in the middle of working on The Emancipation of Mimi. I was sort of in between putting the album out and doing a tour but I felt that it was something that I needed to do to explore this character and to kind of like peel away different layers of who she is and reveal who she is. She's an interesting process and I really feel that I grew creatively.
It was a very interesting experience making this movie. It was very, I think in a lot of ways important, you know I just wonder why things come to you and I feel like this movie came to me in my relationship predominantly, of course, who took a chance in working with me. It happened for a reason. It's trying to really, really just reveal different layers of who this girl is and to me, she's sort of like a caged animal who just wants to be seen and heard. So it was like revealing that character and just layers. And so doing that well, doing such other high-profile things was a little bit challenging but I knew it was gonna be so we just went in."
And here's another video, from the official Tribeca Film Festival site, after screening interviews with the Tennessee crew.
Mariah Carey: "To me it was like Lee took a chance working with me and he allowed me to explore this character, to be a part of the cast, to not be approaching it as a diva of any sorts."
Ben Kingsley, actor: "I thought it was a very good film. Very touching."
About Mariah Russell Schaumburg, Screenwriter: "I think she did great. We got snowed in like motels in the middle of nowhere."
Aaron Woodley, Director: "She really delivered. And I mean I don't have to say this. People are gonna see it."
Sarah Siegel-Magness, Executive Producer: "She's so very talented. Just being infront of the camera for years and years and years, you have to respect that."
Source: Associated Press | Tribeca Film Festival | MariahDailyJournal
Video: Mariah's Interview with Extra
Posted by Liron on Monday, 28-Apr-2008, 7:40PM EDT
On Top of the World with Mariah! "Extra's" AJ Calloway was with Mariah Carey as she was honored by New York City, which lit the Empire State Building in the color scheme of Mimi's latest CD, E=MC². Mariah described it as her signature color, "Pink yet lavender."
MC also went on the record about a tabloid-fodder feud with Madonna, plus summer love -- and her slammin' body.
The interview was held on top of the Empire State Building in New York City after the lighting ceremony in honor of Mariah. She joked about this being her first time to climb the historic monument "It took them lighting it up to get me here!" she laughed. She spoke about her film "Tennessee" being premiered at the Tribeca film festival (and that Lee Daniels instructed her not to give too much away and let the film speak for itself), her new workout plan (by punching AJ jokingly to show off her strength), and her fans. When AJ asked Mariah about the man in her life, Mariah replied with "Migrate... Bye!"
Download a video file of Extra's interview with Mariah.
Nick Cannon Talks About Mariah Rumors
Posted by Liron on Monday, 28-Apr-2008, 6:14PM EDT
Nick Cannon Squirms When Asked About Mariah Carey Engagement Rumors, Says She's A 'Good Friend'
Is Mariah Carey wearing actor Nick Cannon's engagement ring?
Well, based on sightings of the two holding hands - and photos of Carey wearing a big ring Saturday night during a New York afterparty for her new film, "Tennessee" - various media reports, including one that appeared on People.com Monday (April 28), suggest that she may be.
So, when Cannon stopped by the MTV News offices Monday to promote his film "Ball Don't Lie," we just had to ask him about his relationship with the pop diva.
First, the actor danced around our questions about the Carey rumors, saying that the singer's "a great person."
When pressed for more, he positively squirmed, adding, "I can't even know what to say. She's probably the most festive, remarkable person I've ever met. Good friend." When pressed further about the rumors, he said, "Rumors happen. They do."
Carey has long been rumored to be dating executive Mark Sudack, a member of her management team, but buzz about her and Cannon gained momentum on April 15, when People.com ran a piece entitled "Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Night Out in Vegas." The article claimed that the two flew into Sin City on a private jet and were later spotted at a nightclub, getting "cozy" at one of the VIP tables.
Then, on Monday, People.com added more fuel to the fire, claiming that Carey was seen sporting a "humongous, gleaming ring" at the afterparty. The report further claims the two held hands for most of the soiree, and that they barely left each other's sides all evening.
Whether or not it's all a bunch of hoo-hah, when asked by MTV News about a possible engagement, spokespeople for both Cannon and Carey had no comment.
New Voice Message From Mariah
Posted by Liron on Monday, 28-Apr-2008, 3:14PM EDT
Check out Mariah's Official Site to hear a new voice message from Mariah where she celebrates her 18th #1 song "Touch My Body" with the fans.
Mariah:[screaming] Celebratory moment!
Mariah: Okay, it's MC, or whatever you want to call me dahling, and Ray-Ray, click in Shawntae and May-May but they're not here right now, so it's us. They just left. It's 2:45AM unless they're lying to me about my clock to try and get me places earlier [laughs]. Basically I'm pretty much an hour late everywhere I go!
Alright but this is a thank you message, and we gotta say thank you, thank you! Because we haven't even spoken this whole time 'cause I didn't wanna call and be like "Oh, OK, I just wanna get as many people to buy the record and make it go #1" and that is so not the "sit'ation" because you guys know that, c'mon Ray Ray, how much do I love them?
Rachel: She loves you guys, she does. You guys just don't know.
Mariah: You know I do, and the fact of the matter is you're absolute smash hit wonders, and I know you've been hearing me talk about it on the radio...
Rachel: A few of them know!
Mariah: A few of them know. I think all the ones who really, really, really matter -- which is everybody -- but the ones that we really know, they know that we love them. So anyway, we love you, this is your night! The pink yet lavender Empire State Building was kind of a stone groove smash hit wonder. So anyway, we can't thank you enough. I love ya, appreciate ya, and enjoy ya and will chat to you later! You got a two minute and twenty second message, it's gonna chopped up in half, but whatever! We love you! Buh bye!
Note: Unfortunately, Mariah's message was indeed edited. We hope her future messages remain in tact... there's no need to censor Mariah!
Mariah not a diva, say Tennessee co-stars
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Apr-2008, 10:13AM EDT
Mariah Carey is not a diva, according to the co-stars in her new film.
Starring newcomers Adam Rothenberg and Ethan Reddick, Tennessee is about two brothers who embark on a journey to find their estranged father. On the way, they meet Mariah, a waitress running away from her abusive husband.
"She was great, and a hard worker," Ethan Peck told us at the film's world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York.
Director Aaron Woodley was also struck by the singer.
"Directing Mariah was wonderful. She was a joy to work with," he said.
"Being in a film with very little money that we had, we had very little time. Things had to move very quickly, and she was incredible. She was so prepared to hang on every time. There were times when we were chasing the sun, and she would do it in one take. She was just lovely, and very little diva-like behaviour."
He added: "After meeting her, she said to me, 'I don't want all the bells and whistles. Whatever all the other actors have, that's what I'm going to have. I don't want anything more than anyone else'."
Lance Reddick, who plays Mariah's abusive husband, admitted he had initial concerns.
"The biggest, most dramatic scene that I had with her was on the first day," he said. "That was scary, but she was so open and so wanting to do the work."
From Friday, April 25th through Sunday, April 27th, the Empire State Building lit up in pink, lavender and white to celebrate the color motif of Mariah's new album E=MC² which entered at #1 on the Billboard chart with the biggest first week Soundscan total of her career, 463,000 units.
Here are some photos and a video, taken by Denny, of the Empire State Building on the night of April 27th.
Related Video And here's a video of Mariah posing for photographers at the observation deck of the Empire State Building on Friday, April 25th. Stream the video or download below.
MTV/BET Appearances Cancelled Again
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 27-Apr-2008, 5:35PM EDT
Mariah's appearances on MTV's TRL and BET's 106 & Park which were scheduled for tomorrow (April 28) have been postponed. The appearances will be rescheduled when the "Bye Bye" music video is ready to be premiered.
Stay tuned for information about the new air dates for the shows.
Source: MTV | BET
Fans Report From The Tennessee Premiere
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 27-Apr-2008, 4:12PM EDT
The Tennessee Crew (Left to Right): Mariah Carey ("Krystal"), Russell Schaumburg (Screenwriter), Adam Rothenberg ("Carter"), Ethan Peck ("Ellis"), Lance Reddick ("Frank"), Aaron Woodley (Director), Lee Daniels (Producer)
The world premiere of the film Tennessee, starring Mariah Carey, took place last night, April 26, at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. The film's cast and crew attended the premiere as well as A-list actors such as Robert DeNiro (festival founder), Ben Kingsley and Edie Falco. Also present were Mariah's friends Trey Lorenz, Maryann Tatum, Sherry Tatum, Rachel McIntosh, Nick Cannon and Da Brat. At the end of the film's screening, a Q&A was held with the producer, director, writer and actors. Mariah answered questions about her appearance in the film and the song she wrote for it - "Right To Dream". She talked about writing the lyrics with Willie Nelson over the phone and writing the music with her keyboard player, Eric Daniels.
PLOT SYNOPSIS Carter Armstrong (Adam Rothenberg) and his younger brother Ellis (Ethan Peck) only have each other. They live in the mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, in a trailer home. A discontent cabbie, Carter numbs his existence with alcohol while Ellis photographs the mountains around them. Their lonely lives are shattered when Ellis is diagnosed with acute leukemia, which can only be treated with a bone marrow transplant from a matching donor. After discovering Carter is not a match they decide to return to their childhood home in East Tennessee to find the abusive father from whom they fled many years earlier.
Their journey takes them through Texas where they meet Krystal (Mariah Carey), a local waitress who dreams of becoming a country singer. Fleeing her loveless marriage, Krystal takes pity on the weary brothers and agress to drive them as far as Nashville.
The trio embark on a fateful road trip - Carter and Ellis in search of a father who may be the only chance of saving the younger brother's life; and Krystal longing to fulfill her musical aspirations. Along their journey, an emotional bond develops amongst the travelers as they cut across state lines, managing to elude Frank (Lance Reddick), Krystal's state trooper husband. Krystal becomes an unlikely guardian, watching over Ellis as she and Carter race him to Tennessee to get the care that he needs.
Once they reach Nashville, Ellis's condition continues to deteriorate and Carter is unable to locate their father. Carter's search takes him back through the places, the people, and memories of his youth -- his days as a star quarterback, his first love, his violent home life.
As unforeseeable events unfold, Ellis's health becomes critical; Carter begins to make peace with his past; and Krystal pursues her musical career.
CAST Carter Armstrong - Adam Rothenberg Ellis Armstrong - Ethan Peck Krystal - Mariah Carey Frank - Lance Reddick Karen - Michele Harris Roy - Bill Sage Young Carter - Ryan Lynn Laurel - Melissa Benoist
FILMMAKERS Director - Aaron Woodley Producer - Lee Daniels Screenplay - Russell Schaumburg Director of Photography - David Greene, CSC Production Designer - Aidan Leroux Editor - Steve Edwards Composer - Mario Grigorov Costume Designer - Deborah Everton Executive Producers - Sarah Siegel-Magness, Gary Magness, Lisa Cortes, Dave Robinson, Damon Dash, Jane Kosek, Tom Heller Co-Executive Producers - Brad Kaplan, Chris Ridenhour Casting - Billy Hopkins, Suzanne Crowley, Kerry Barden, and Paul Schnee Co-Prodcuer - Valerie Hoffman Makeup Dept. Head - Pamela Roth
Mariah Daily Journal was able to send 12 lucky fans to the premiere and we are happy to share some of their reports with you as well as other fans who attended the premiere. Please note that some of the film reviews may reveal details of the movie plot.
Rachel Garcia - Contest Winner Premiere Report
Tonight was absolutely, hands down, the best night of my life!!! Mariah went through the usual celebrity red carpet press interviews and photos, and then entered the theater. All the MariahDaily winners were seated together in the back center section (with a perfect view of the screen). Robert DeNiro was 6 rows in front of us. I couldn't spot where Mariah was sitting. When the opening credits came on, the audience respectfully clapped for the two male lead actors, Adam Rothenberg (Carter) and Ethan Peck (Ellis), but when Mariah's name appeared, the audience cheered and aplauded much louder.
After the screening and a question-and-answer with the filmakers and cast, Mariah came back into the theater to meet with some of the kids who are from Camp Mariah, her Fresh Air Fund camp. She was so sweet and engaging with the 20 excited kids. Da Brat and Trey Lorenz were floating around the theater too. I presented Mariah with a bouquet of lilies (wrapped in her colors of "pink, yet lavender"). We took a picture together and chatted for a few seconds. She is so down to earth (and totally stunning in person), and looked directly into my eyes while we talked. I congratulated her for E=MC² and Tennessee and she replied her thanks very genuinely. I was tongue-tied most of the time (what do you say to someone you completely idolize?), but I think I made it clear that I am so proud of her accomplishments. Thank you again for selecting me to attend this event. I am so incredibly happy now, you can't imagine.
Film Review I thought overall that the film Tennessee was very well done, and MC's role was crafted just right. Mariah really stuck to her character's personality and played with believable conviction.
Her character, Krystal, was a depressed and abused woman living a trapped life in rural, decrepit Texas. She was a waitress at a dingy diner, pulling double shifts and spending all her tip money for booze for her husband Frank (played by Lance Reddick). Frank was an abusive alcoholic whose character's role mirrored the father that the two brothers (Ellis and Carter) had to flee years before.
Ellis and Carter provided Krystal the opportunity to abandon her horrible life in Texas and flee the domestic violence and the stiffling trapped feeling that was getting in the way of her dreams. The trio headed to Tennessee where Ellis and Carter were on a mission to find their father and where Krystal could pursue her burgeoning singer/songwriter career. Krystal gets to perform a song in a club ("The Right to Dream", which is a stunningly beautiful and poignant song), and she finally feels the validation of her talent and hard work. Mariah didn't oversing or try to show off her instrument, but rather, sung it as Krystal would, someone who was clearly talented but had not fully refined her voice through proper training. Mariah kept the song in her medium range, but occasionally hit high octave notes (but not the huge power notes she is so well-known for). When the song appears in the film, it is a turning point for several characters.
The topics the film covered were generally somber (domestic violence, alcoholism, cancer, poverty), but it also intertwined triumphant topics (escaping bad situations, true love, the bonds of friendship, loving brotherhood, fufilling your dreams). Overall, I'm really impressed with the quality of the filmmaking and the acting of the whole cast. The film was very engaging and you get right into the story, and really connect with the characters.
Tiffany Chunat - Contest Winner Premiere Report The Tennessee premiere was awesome! Once I was finally able to be directed to the right place to pick up tickets and they handed them out to the Mariah Daily winners, we made it in just in time to hear the end of Lee Daniel's introduction speech and get seated for the start of the movie. During the opening credits when the names of the actors, producers, etc. were coming up, the crowd would cheer for each one. When Mariah's name appeared on screen, I think she got the loudest cheers of all.
After the movie was over, Lee Daniels came on stage to do a Q&A segment and he introduced and brought up the cast, writer, and director. Most of the questions were directed at either Lee Daniels or Mariah. Among other things, she talked about being thankful for being able to be in the movie and the fact that she will play a social worker in Lee's next film.
As we all filed out of the theater, me and a few fellow fans caught a glimpse of an area behind some curtains where it looked like Mariah and the other actors were. We asked some security guards if we could go back and see her but they said it was too crowded. Fortunately for us, one of them directed us back into the theater where M was going to have a quick meet and greet with some kids from the Fresh Air Fund. All of her background singers and Da Brat were inside too. When she came in, all the kids went crazy but Mariah wasn't intimidated. She posed for pictures with all of them and even asked them to let her into the middle of the row where she could sit amongst all of them. She was so great to them and before she walked out we got our chance to get some pictures with her and let her know that we thought she did an amazing job!
As I've experienced before with her, Mariah was so genuine and appreciative of her fans. Even as her bodyguards try to rush her out and not allow pictures, she stops with almost everyone and makes them feel like she really cares. She's amazing! Thank you Mariah Daily for a great experience!
Film Review The movie overall was great even though the story was pretty heavy. Mariah did such a great job with a role that is completely different than what she normally is. Her character is an unglamorous (yet still beautiful), southern girl. She kept up a consistent and very convincing accent throughout the whole movie. Although she plays an aspiring singer, that was not the main focus of the movie and I think that is great for showing her diverse talent - it was not a music movie or a Mariah voice showcase and you could focus more on her acting ability. The song that she did sing (and that she also wrote and produced as always) was amazing! It also plays in full at the end when the credits roll.
Paolo Romero - Contest Winner Premiere Report
I arrived about 5PM sharp to the BMCC Theater. As the line was quite long outside, any industry, contest-winners, and VIPs were allowed entrance prior to the 7PM show time. I was escorted in the red carpet by one of the very friendly Tribeca Film Festival people to the Industry Concierge where I was to pick up my ticket for Tennessee. Every person working the venue was quite professional and friendly. After picking up my ticket, I ended up running into other contest-winners from MariahDaily and mingled together as we waited for the arrival of Mariah on the red carpet.
As the full cast of Tennessee arrived one by one including the man behind it all Robert DeNiro, they were interviewed by massive paparazzi and television telecasts such as ET. When the red carpet tent suddenly turned from dim lighting to a blast of lighting flashes everyone knew who had arrived. Mariah arrived promptly at 6PM dressed in classic jeans and a white blouse. She truly played the part of an actress and put aside the festive dresses and went for the casual look. It took about 30 minutes for her to just walk down the red carpet which was only about a half block long. After she completed "the walk", everyone pretty much went inside the theater to get ready for the premiere.
I, along with some friends who already had tickets to the premiere, was lucky enough to sit behind Mariah during the whole movie! It was nerve-wrecking, exciting, and O.O.C. all at the same time. I could not believe I was actually sitting literally behind her along with her crew of Da Brat and friends. I can honestly say I missed the first 20 minutes of the movie because I was just in total awe of what was happening.
After the movie, they did Q&A with the cast on the stage and Mariah was asked questions such as: "Where can we find the song she had sung in the movie." She didn't quite hear the 3 part question that was asked to her so she never got to tell where lambs can download the song. After the Q&A, the theater and red carpet pretty much emptied out. As my friends and I were about to leave I spotted a friend who is a photographer on the red carpet and revealed to me that Mariah would come out again. As the red carpet was becoming empty in preparation for the next film to be shown, a few minutes passed and Mariah surely came on the red carpet once again.
She even stopped, took a picture, and had a mini-convo with me in regards to what song was my favorite and what I feel should be the next single. As I stated "Migrate", she stated that "I don't think they are going to put that one out." I then opted for what I already felt was the next single and said "That Chick" and she agreed. When I stated "That Chick was a great track and a festive one," she looked back at me as she started to walk away smiled and said "It definitely is festive!"
Film Review This journey of two young brothers and an aspiring singer couldn't have been told better than by Aaron Woodley, the director of Tennessee. As we are taken for a ride, literally from state to state until they reach their destination (Tennessee), Mariah Carey playing as Krystal Evans becomes a mother-figure to the two brothers in their journey for a bone-marrow transplant from their father.
Mariah plays a southern waitress that pursues a life she is even unsure of as she travels with Ellis played by Ethan Peck and Carter played by Adam Rothenberg. Mariah nails the southern accent which seemingly comes out natural in this film produced by Lee Daniels. Her warmth towards Ellis, who is suffering from Leukemia is believable and strong. Her role in the movie is so significant that when the brothers split ways with Krystal at their destination, her return at the end of the film is a welcome one.
Similar to her role as Raychel in Wisegirls, another independent film that won critics over in 2002, Mariah showcases she can throw down when it's game time. We almost forget this is Mariah Carey until she enters a singing competition at a local bar to win some cash to finally get Ellis and Carter where they need to be. One relevant attribute Mariah displays in this film is her determination to get the brothers to Tennessee. Though she gets physically abused by her husband Frank played by Lance Reddick, she doesn't show a drop of selfishness in her journey with Ellis and Carter.
Danny Foglia - Contest Winner Premiere Report First off I want to say a GIANT THANK YOU to MariahDaily for selecting me to attend the Tennesee premiere. I had never been to such an event with all of the cameras, media people, and of course the actors themselves. While on the red carpet I was able to stand nearly 10 feet away from the actors in the movie (Adam, Ethan, and of course Mariah though she was completely mobbed by the media). And as I'm walking to my seat, I see none other than Robert DeNiro, who I saw earlier on the red carpet, sitting on one of the end seats. I was thinking to myself 'can this be real'!? My favorite movie of all time is Goodfellas, so it really was an incredible moment for me. So after a few quick words from Lee Daniels and Aaron Woodley (producer and director of the film), the movie began. Right from the start, I was impressed with the acting and direction. It did not seem like an indie film, but a film that could and SHOULD be released in theatres. It would be a shame if the public couldn't see Mariah acting in her best movie role to date. Not a sign of Mariah Carey was present, she completely transformed into the character of Krystal. One of the best moments in the film was when we finally heard "Right to Dream". It's a very emotional song and I know fans who have been waiting for an acoustic Mariah song will not be dissapointed. There were some very emotional scenes, and I shed a tear twice during the movie. The acting was emotional and believable, the script was great, and the message it gave was something that Mariah has written about several times in her music already. It really is an inspiring film and I hope that it is released so more people have the opportunity to see it.
Afterwards, my friend Ronnie introduced me to Trey Lorenz! And I also met MaryAnn, Sherry, and Rachel. I also saw Mark Sudack walk right in front of me. It was a moment I'll never forget, thanks again to Mariahdaily for 'making this happen'.
Film Review - heavily contains plot details / spoilers The movie begins about 16 years back in Tennesee, where Carter (Adam Rothenberg) finds his abusive/drunken father beating his mom in their home. A fight ensues between Carter and his father (who ends up getting knocked out) and he and his mother quickly pack their things and leave their home, not looking back. Then we are in the present day in New Mexico. Carter's mom had passed away by then, and only he and his younger brother Ellis, an aspiring photographer, are left. Ellis is later diagnosed with leukemia, and is in need of a bone-marrow transplant. Carter is not able to provide for him, so they both decide to travel back to Tennesee to find their father. Along the way, their car breaks down and while it is being repaired, they stop at a diner where Krystal (Mariah) is working. She is having a tough time doing her job, her boss is mean, and she just seems very unhappy. Ellis senses this and tries to convince her to come with them on their way to Tennesee. He also hears her sing outside of the diner, and tells her that she has got an excellent voice and should be playing in Nashville. She invites them over to their house to stay the night so that they can freshen up and sleep until they form a plan to get back on their way to Tennesee. When they arrive, Krystal's abusive and drunken husband (Lance Reddick) who is also a cop, immediately starts to beat on Krystal, not knowing that Carter and Ellis in the next room. He chokes her up against the wall and continues to torment her with words all because she bought the wrong kind of juice. After she tells him that there are people in the living room, he stops and tells them that Krystal 'belongs to him' and that they are not to touch anything in the house that belongs to him. They stay the night, but in the middle of the night Krystal decides to pack up and run. She wakes them up and they leave quickly before her husband wakes.
The next scene takes place in a bar in Oklahoma. It was just a scene of dancing, singing, and drinking basically. At one point, Carter while dancing with Krystal, flashes back to he and his old girlfriend dancing to the same song several years back when he was still in high school. It prompts him to start to touch Krystal in an inappropriate way, and she gets very angry at this and leaves the bar. By this time, her husband realizes that she has ran away and he, being a cop, uses his authority to track down the license plate number of the car. Krystal hears on the radio inside of the motel lobby that 2 white males are wanted for kidnapping her, and she quickly wakes them up, trades in her car at a used car shop, and they continue on their journey east.
Later on she arrives in Nashville and phones a friend who she knows living there from a payphone. She does not answer but leaves a message saying she is in Tennesee. Her friend calls her cell phone, which is left at home, and her husband finds out that she is in Tennesee. While there, Krystal was going to pawn her guitar so that Ellis and Carter, who are near broke now, can have some money. But Carter quickly stops her, because he finds an ad for a singer/songwriter contest inside of a bar. She then performs "Right to Dream". During the performance, her husband enters the bar and sits down. She stares right at him while singing, and the words about being free and being her own person make her husband realize that she was right for leaving. I will not reveal the ending to the film, so go see it!
Robbie Film Review I thought the movie was pretty good. It's a slow moving character driven story. The central theme of the movie is abuse and freeing yourself from it, and the song Mariah wrote sort of ties that theme together.
The strength of the film was the chemistry of the two brothers and Krystal. Mariah is really, really good in this. She's natural and totally warms up the screen. It's another situation like Wisegirls where when she exits towards the last third, you miss her and look forward to when she comes back. At its best, the 3 characters journey reminded me of shades of Y Tu Mama Tambien (in terms of the chemistry between the two boys and a girl on a journey).
[The song "Right To Dream"] is not really country and it's very Mariah. She said she wrote it on the telephone with Willie, so it's unclear how much he contributed (at the end of the movie, it's credited as written by Mariah Carey, produced by Mariah Carey) but I think that was an oversight.
The vocals are whispery/jittery which I think is where Mariah attempted to make it sound like someone less confident. A line from the lyrics is "I've got a right to dream". In the movie, it's just her on stage with a guitar and a guy with a harmonica. It also plays at the end credits, so there is a full studio version.
Denny Premiere Report
I arrived at almost 6pm, Mariah was already there. I was lucky to be able to get one of the 3 last tickets. The movie is great. The real attraction in the movie is Mariah. Her acting is even better than in Wisegirls, you even forget it's MC. The audience responded really well. After the movie ended, the cast, producer, director and screenwriter went on the stage and answered some questions. MC got energetic applauses when she appeared. Mariah was very humble when asked about her projects and she said that she just has the new album (she didn't even say its name) and that this is not about her, but about the movie, and she's happy to be there for it. She also said about the song in the movie that it was a collaboration with Willie Nelson, but they collaborated by phone so it has to be determined how much of a collaboration it was. Lee Daniels said that she's gonna be in his new project, Push. Then we waited for her to come outside, and she signed stuff, including my movie ticket and then she said "they're making me go" and left.
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E=MC² Album Trajectory
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 27-Apr-2008, 2:37PM EDT
United States (01) Canada (01) Taiwan [International] (01) South Korea [International] (01) Australia (02) United Kingdom (03-05) Switzerland (05) France (06) Germany (07) Ireland (07-13) Japan(07) Austria (08) Italy (09) Netherlands (11-17) Portugal (15) Spain (16) Denmark (18) Norway (20) Sweden (22)
E=MC² is now doing its second week of charting in some countries, such as; the United Kingdom (down to #5 from #3), Ireland (down to #13 from #7) and Netherlands (down to #17 from #11). E=MC² debuts at #2 in Australia, becoming her highest debuting and peaking album since Butterfly (#1)
Tennessee To Play at Cannes' Film Market
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 27-Apr-2008, 1:38PM EDT
Tennessee is scheduled to premiere in the Marche du Film on May 16, 2008. The Marche du Film ("Film Market") is the business counterpart of the Cannes Film Festival and the largest film market in the world. It was created in 1959 and it is held annually since then, simultaneously to the Cannes Festival (France).
Tennessee Screening Schedule at the Marche du Film 5/16 20:00 Star 1 5/18 12:00 Star 1 5/20 10:00 Star 1
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"Touch My Body" Climbs to #1 on Billboard's Dance Club Chart
Posted by Liron on Saturday, 26-Apr-2008, 7:10AM EDT
"Touch My Body" climbs one spot to #1 on the Billboard Hot Dance/Club Play Chart (issue date: May 10, 2008). This chart is published a week in advance of the other Billboard charts.
This is Mariah's 13th #1 on the chart, and she is now tied at #3 with Donna Summers as the artist with the most #1s on this chart.
HQ Photos/Video: Lighting Ceremony at Empire State Building
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 26-Apr-2008, 3:02AM EDT
Mariah attended the lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building in New York City where the tower will be lit in pink, lavender and white this weekend in honor of her new album E=MC². Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality pictures from the event.
To the right, watch Mariah as she addresses the crowd before lighting up the Empire State Building in her signature colors. Mariah is the first artist to have the iconic structure lit up in their honor.
Speech: "This is the epitomy of festive. I'm so excited to be here. I never ever thought when I was a little girl growing up here in New York, which I think is the best place in the world, that I would ever, ever, ever be able to achieve something like this and I just... I'm very, very excited. I feel very blessed and very grateful to God so here I am. And I guess I'm about to... just first of all thank you everybody and second of all, light it on up! Are we ready to do that?"
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Tennessee Premiere Winners Announced!
Posted by Liron on Friday, 25-Apr-2008, 11:15PM EDT
We are happy and excited to be sending 12 lucky Mariah fans to the anticipated world premiere of Tennessee, tomorrow at the Tribeca Film Festival. This special event which Mariah herself will be attending is completely sold out!
Daniel Foglia Rachel Garcia Kristen McKeon Leigh Merrill Davidia Ross Hu Jeffrey Rivera Michelle Ramos Zac Szoke Matthew St. Amand Kristi Spencer Tiffany Chunat Paolo Romero
E-mails have been sent to you, please confirm your attendance by replying ASAP!
Stay tuned for further reports from the Tennessee movie premiere tomorrow!
Win Tickets to the Tennessee Movie Premiere!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Apr-2008, 7:17PM EDT
Join Mariah at the premiere of her new movie, Tennessee at the Tribeca Film Festival tomorrow!
Mariah Daily Journal is sending five (5) lucky fans to the Tennessee Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival!
Each winner will win a pair (2) of tickets, but if you don't have a guest - we'll be accepting individual entries as well. All you have to do is e-mail email@example.com and tell us why you think you should win the tickets. Please be sure to indicate your FULL NAME as well as your GUEST'S FULL NAME. Transportation to the event is not included so please be sure to enter only if you're able to arrive at the location by yourself.
Contest ends tonight, April 25th at 11:00pm ET.
Tennessee will premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival tomorrow, April 26th, 6:00pm at BMCC Tribeca PAC, 199 Chambers Street, New York City. Good Luck!
Mariah to Perform A Private Concert in Dubai, Visit Japan
Posted by Liron on Friday, 25-Apr-2008, 7:10PM EDT
Mariah Carey didn't just perform for audiences in New York. Her concert for Good Morning America was broadcast in Boston and Atlanta, where fans gathered to watch live simulcasts. In mid-May, Carey will jet off to the Middle East, performing a "private concert" in Dubai.
According to MTV Japan, Mariah will be a performer in this year's MTV Video Music Awards Japan. The awards show is scheduled to take place on May 31, 2008.
"E=MC²" Album Trajectory
Posted by Michael on Friday, 25-Apr-2008, 7:03PM EDT
United States (01) Canada (01) Taiwan [International] (01) South Korea [International] (01) United Kingdom(03) Switzerland (05) France (06) Germany (07-10) Ireland (07-13) Japan(07) Austria (08) Italy (09) Netherlands (11-17) Portugal (15) Spain (16) Denmark (18) Norway (20) Sweden (22)
E=MC² is now doing its second week of charting in some countries, such as; Germany (down to #10 from #7 - as indicated in brackets), Ireland (down to #13 from #7) and Netherlands (down to #17 from #11). Stay tuned for second week chart positions in the other countries.
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HQ Photos: Mariah Performs at Good Morning America
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Apr-2008, 7:01PM EDT
Mariah kicked off Good Morning America's Summer Concert Series with three songs from her latest album, E=MC²: "Touch My Body," "Bye Bye," and "I'm That Chick" on Friday, April 25th in Times Square, New York. Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality pictures of Mariah performing on stage.
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Chart Preview: Mariah To Stay at #1
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Apr-2008, 1:35AM EDT
One thing we can say with certainty is that Mariah Carey will stay at #1 in week two. The Island/IDJ release is projecting 185-190k as we head into the weekend. Another thing we're sure about is that Leona Lewis has legs. We're putting the J/RMG album from Clive's latest diva at 90-95k, contingent on a bump from Wednesday night's Idol performance, which is already moving the needle on the digital side. Geffen's Ashlee Simpson is looking like next week's top debut with 50-55k, followed by the widely adored Kiwi duo Flight of the Conchords, whose first full-length will likely give Sub Pop its first Top 5 debut since The Shins last year with an estimated 40-45k, but it could go higher.
Interview with Russell Schaumburg: Mariah? Warm. Professional. Focused. Funny. And tall.
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 8:36PM EDT
A MariahDailyJournal Exclusive
Mariah Daily Journal is pleased to bring you an exclusive interview with Russell Schaumburg, the screenwriter for Mariah's upcoming film Tennessee which premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday. A project several years in the making, Schaumburg tells MariahDaily.com about how Tennessee came to life, his work with Mariah Carey on the film, and some of the ins and outs of being a screenwriter.
Born in St. Louis, MO but raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, it's no surprise that Russell Schaumburg decided to set the film in the quiet simplicity of his home state.
Schaumburg majored in anthropology/ pre-med at Northwestern University, but nurtured a passion for theater and entertainment and headed to Los Angeles after graduation. While attending law school in LA, he spent many classes sketching out ideas for screenplays, including what he says was "a large chunk" of Tennessee. Knowing his passions lied elsewhere and after being voted "Least Likely to Practice Law", Schaumburg skipped the bar exam to become a full time writer.
He has worked on a variety of projects for both the big and small screen, picking up several writing accolades along the way like being placed in the Top 50 Finalists in the Chesterfield Writer's Film Project for his screenplay The Man In the Woods and being a Semi-Finalist in the AMPAS Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting for Noah's Light.
Tennessee is Schaumburg's first produced screenplay. What may have been luck at first - Producer Lee Daniels (Monster's Ball, The Woodsman) received the screenplay from their mutual manager, Brad Kaplan - has turned into a full feature film with a promising young director, Aaron Woodley (Winner of the 2003 Discovery Award at the Toronto Film Festival for Rhinoceros Eyes), and a prestigious premiere at the 2008 Tribeca Film Festival.
What is it about your home state that inspired you to write a movie script about it? The people. The landscape. The spirit and pride of the place. To me, the south has this beautiful mystery surrounding it, which makes it an interesting character unto itself.
Was there a specific incident or experience that led to you writing this script? Nothing too specific. In a general sense, I was heavily influenced by my many road trips between Knoxville and Los Angeles along Interstate 40. I was also interested in writing about a relationship between brothers--and not just any relationship--but something more real and tender and vulnerable. My dad was an amazing man and surgeon, so a lot of my stuff has shades of medicine in it. There are some specific scenes in the movie drawn from my life experiences but the overall story and character and situations are complete fiction.
Like many independent film projects, Tennessee took time to get the right mix of cast, crew, and funding (not to mention trying to fit a schedule around Mariah's North American tour) before it even got off the ground. Announced in early 2006 and scheduled to begin shooting that spring, the project didn't begin filming until mid-2007 after several delays, a few rumored actors (James D'Arcy, Bernie Mac), and a promised September '07 premiere. September came and went, but Schaumburg tells us he never doubted the film would be released.
Did you ever worry that it wouldn't see the light of day? Never. The first time Lee called and told me he wanted to option the script and make the movie, I don't think there was ever any backwards momentum. He put his money where his mouth is every time. Lee is a straight shooter, and every step of the way I just had a gut feeling he was going to make this happen come hell or high water.
Were any of the filming delays script related? No. But I'm not sure the film was ever "officially delayed." There were various "start dates" thrown out. But I think, as with any film (especially an independent film), those dates are always a moving target. It seems like you are always waiting for a perfect storm of casting, money, locations, etc. And you never know exactly when that will brew.
During the production, were you required to make any changes to the script? As with every film ever made, whether on a big budget or miniscule one, we lost some scenes during production due to time constraints, etc. But there weren't any big changes, per se, to the script otherwise. Lee is a very instinctual, creative person (and producer) and he didn't really have me change much in pre-production or afterwards.
How involved were you in the making of the film? I was on-set almost every day but I wouldn't say I had much to do with the actual making of the film. I tried to stay in the wings and observe more than anything. If my input was requested, I gave it. Otherwise, I tried to keep my mouth shut. Aaron (the director) and Lee were pretty great about including me in the process at every turn.
The decision to cast Mariah in the film was made by the casting directors, Lee Daniels and Aaron Woodley. Mariah's involvement with the film became public in February 27, 2006 when Variety reported Daniels got the idea to cast her after being impressed with her work in 2002's WiseGirls.
How did you feel about Mariah Carey getting cast in the film? I felt great about it. I knew she would kick ass.
Was Mariah's character Krystal originally written as a singer? Yes. From the very first draft.
How important was it for you to have an actual singer play the role? I always imagined a singer playing the role. Apparently Aaron and Lee did too.
Did Mariah bring any new facets to the character? Every facet she brought was new to me. She (like the other actors) had a very strong sense of character before they arrived in New Mexico, and I think her identification with "Krystal" (her character) only deepened as we got into the shoot. When I write a script, I purposely leave lots of room for interpretation. In my opinion, that allows the actors to bring a totally unique perspective to the role and have the confidence to explore the character to see what rings true.
What was your impression of Mariah as a person? Warm. Professional. Focused. Funny. And tall.
Tell us about Mariah on the movie set. Any funny stories or interesting experiences? She was, like all the actors (and crew), ready, willing and able to get down and dirty to shoot a low-budget indie film in 23 days during one of the harshest winters in New Mexico history. Given the circumstances, she (and everyone else) was a rock star.
In a July 2006 interview, Schaumburg described his Mariah-related dream: "Well, I'd like for her to do a private concert at the Tennessee Theatre for me and 1,000 of my closest friends," he says with a laugh. Less than a year later, the dream became a reality and Russell found himself on stage with Mariah.
You are credited with a cameo appearance in the film. What can you tell us about it? A few days before principal photography was slated to begin, Lee called me up and told me he wanted me to play a role in the movie. I was totally flattered. He mentioned several parts he thought I would be right for and then he made me audition! Literally, I stayed up late that night learning lines for five different roles--even though I wrote those lines. It was pretty surreal. Our New Mexico casting director put me on tape for each role and Lee cast me as he saw fit. I play the host of the open mic night in which Mariah plays and sings the song she co-wrote with Willie Nelson. Needless to say, it was pretty cool to share the stage (quite literally) with MC. That probably won't ever happen again.
What is it like seeing a scene you wrote come to life through the actors? Did any of them change significantly? Completely addictive. The whole shoot was an out-of-body experience for me. Just a freakin' blast from beginning to end.
Incredibly, there weren't that many significant changes. Like I said before, we didn't shoot every scene; but if we did, the scenes stayed fairly true. The biggest exception would be when Aaron had to make an adjustment here or there due to normal movie-making constraints or due to his own creative interpretation, of course.
What was your reaction when you found out the film's world premiere would take place in the Tribeca Film Festival? I was completely honored. Even though the film is a rural road movie about two brothers from Tennessee and a waitress from Texas, I feel like Tribeca is a homecoming of sorts. Lee, Mariah, Adam Rothenberg ("Carter") and Ethan Peck ("Ellis") all have strong connections to Lower Manhattan. And the first time Lee called me regarding the script, he was sitting in his office in Harlem. In a way, the whole process has come full circle, and I can't think of a better spot to premiere the film than where it all began.
What's next for Russell? "In general, I lean toward dramas. But I have dabbled in romantic comedy." He says there are plenty of other actors and directors he'd like to work with in the future: Billy Bob Thornton, Sean Penn, Tim Robbins, Walter Salles, Catherine Hardwicke, Niki Caro, Clint Eastwood, Peter Hedges, Gus Van Sant, Thandie Newton and Jodie Foster, just to name a few. "Of course," he adds, "the Tennessee gang: Mariah, Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peck, and Lance Reddick."
With Tennessee, Russell Schaumburg promises to bring the subtle mystery of the south to life alongside an emotional journey. Early reviews have already praised his "touching story" (Liz Smith, The NY Post) and we wish him and the film the best of luck at the Tribeca Film Festival.
Thank you again to Russell for the interview and his manager Chris Ridenhour for the arrangements.
Mariah: Number One on the Charts and Great in 'Tennessee'
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 5:33PM EDT
Below is an advanced copy of Liz Smith's column in tomorrow's edition of the New York Post. Your first look right here on Mariah Daily Journal!
"ANYBODY WHO has survived his childhood has enough information about life to last the rest of his days," said Flannery O' Connor.
MARIAH CAREY survived her childhood, but it wasn't easy. A miraculous singing talent saved her from humdrum obscurity and possibly much worse.
Today, Mariah is at the pinnacle of a career that has seen some amazing pinnacles already. Her new album, "E=MC2" has rocketed to no. 1 on the charts. This is her sixth no. 1 album. She now ties with Madonna and Janet Jackson. (The grand diva deluxe, Barbra Streisand, has eight no. 1 albums.) And Carey has racked up more no. 1 singles than Elvis -- 18!
Mariah is 38, though you'd never guess it to look at her. She could be in her 20s, still lush and juicy. The statuesque stunner loves her sky-high heels her miniskirts, her bosom-baring blouses, her beaded and feathered gowns; all the accoutrements of her long-ago, little-girl idea of what being a big star is all about. (Once she dumped her discoverer, Tommy Mottola, Mariah "got down" with her sex appeal and funk factor. He preferred her more demure.) Still, she insists her hot displays disguise a "buttoned-up girl. I'm a freaking prude. I've never had a one-night stand!"
And for all the flash, Mariah is a private person. After the gilded cage Tommy provided, she hasn't married again. She dates, one assumes, but rarely speaks of that side of her life. A few years ago, she had some career problems and what the press described as a "crackup." But Miss Carey overcame a weak album, a flop movie (the unintentionally hilarious "Glitter") and put herself back together again. In the end, all the sensational headlines and doomsaying amounted to a barely discernible blip on her radar.
I KNOW Mariah. She is sweet and funny. She used to be the girl next door, before fame came knocking, but now she doesn't try to pretend she's not, as she puts it, "the diva next door." She enjoys her perks and privileges, and she adores her fans. For her, making those millions of people happy is the goal of her life. Love on a mass scale means more to her than one person's ardor.
And she is honest. Recently she spoke about the possibility of having children, and said that even the idea of giving birth, would leave her "feeling violated." She cites her upbringing, her parents constant fighting. And she added, "I don't think I could properly educate a child right now. Maybe in the future, but I actually haven't thought about it."
Lots of people -- including celebrities -- have children for the wrong reasons. And one of them is societal pressure -- "what's the matter with you, that you don't want kids?!" So Mariah Carey has the money to raise children who wouldn't want for material things. But Mariah, having grown up insecure, unsure, watching the adults around her mess it up, won't bring a child into the world without some surety that she'll do better. You should put ego and a lot of your own life aside, to have children.
Mariah, still immature in certain ways, knows children shouldn't have children.
TOMORROW, at the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan, Mariah's new movie, "Tennessee" bows. Produced by the "Monster's Ball" maestro Lee Daniels and directed by Aaron Woodley, this is a touching tale of two young brothers -- Adam Rothenberg and Ethan Peck -- trying to re-connect with their father. (Ethan is the grandson of film legend Gregory Peck.) And this indie puts Mariah back where she was before "Glitter" pulled her down. Carey had displayed considerable promise in her first film, "WiseGirls" with Mira Sorvino, but the big-budget, overwrought "Glitter" shoehorned her in a typical high-camp showbiz rise and fall story.
In "Tennessee," Mariah plays against type as a drab waitress with musical aspirations who joins up with the boys on their road trip. She is also escaping an abusive marriage. This is a natural, effortless performance, nothing grand or showy. She makes her effects quietly. It is completely believable. And not until she sings, in a ratty bar, toward the end of the movie, are you reminded -- and with a jolt -- that this actress is indeed the famous, sexy and glamorous Mariah Carey. That's how well she inhabits her role. (And the song is quiet; she strums a guitar. Mariah doesn't go all five octaves on us!)
This is character study, modest, yet totally assured. I don't know if Mariah wants to be a "big movie star." Probably not. She has a successful day job! I think she just wants to be a good little actress who can connect emotionally with an audience; to make people love her in a different way.
When pressed about marrying again, Carey says: "It would have to be somebody who would take care of me emotionally and make the effort to understand me deep down. To know who I am, not what I am."
I suggest prospective suitors for Mariah's affections go see "Tennessee" when it opens. You'll find more than the pop queen who wears high-heels in the snow. You'll see a real woman.
Source: Liz Smith - New York Post | Daniel | MariahDailyJournal
Press Release: Empire State Building to Light Iconic Tower Lights for International Superstar Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 2:57PM EDT
New York Landmark To Shine in Lavender, Pink and White in Honor of a Great New Yorker and her #1 album E=MC2
WHO: International superstar Mariah Carey, the #1 most successful female recording artist of all time, with more than 160 million sales worldwide -- who recently earned her 18th #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Touch My Body," surpassing Elvis Presley's long-standing chart record of 17 #1's.
WHAT: A lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building, where Mariah will flip the light switch on a scale model of the Empire State Building. The Empire State Building will be lit in pink, lavender and white all weekend to celebrate the album color motif of Mariah's new album E=MC2, which enters at #1 on the Billboard chart this week with the biggest first week Soundscan total of her career, 463,000 units.
WHERE: The Fifth Avenue Lobby of Manhattan's legendary Empire State Building, located at 350 Fifth Avenue between 33rd and 34th Streets
WHEN: Friday, April 25th, 2008 Media Check-in: 12:30pm - 1:00pm Lighting Ceremony: 1:00pm - 1:30pm
Mariah Concert Viewing Party for Boston & Atlanta Fans
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 10:24AM EDT
Mariah isn't just taking over Times Square for her special Good Morning America/Listerine summer concert series event this Friday; we are bringing it to Atlanta & Boston too!
If you live in the area of the below locations and can be there at 7:00AM on Friday, April 25, come on down wearing your most fabulous Mariah t-shirt or bring your most festive Mariah sign and join in on the celebration of what is going to be the hottest GMA performance of the year! While Mariah won't be there in person, the Good Morning America Camera crew will be there at the simulcasts, capturing fans watching the event!
BOSTON LOCATION: Burtons Grill (very close to Fenway Park) 1363 Boylston St. Boston, MA
ATLANTA LOCATION: Taco Mac 240 West Ponce de Leon Decatur, GA 300030
Mariah To Visit 106&Park on Monday, April 28
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 10:15AM EDT
In addition to her confirmed appearance on MTV's TRL, Mariah will be stopping by BET's 106 & Park this Monday, April 28 to premiere her video for "Bye Bye". The video was directed by Justin Francis and features an appearance by actor Nick Cannon.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 9:57AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 3, 2008.
E=MC² Billboard 200 Albums: #1 (Debut) Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1 (Debut) Billboard Top Internet Albums: #1 (Debut) Billboard Digital Albums: #1 (Debut) Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #1 (Debut) Sales this week: 462,971 Total Sales: 464,212
The Emancipation of Mimi Billboard Top Pop Catalog: #15 (Last Week #91) Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #2 (Last Week #20) Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #138
The Adventures of Mimi (DVD) Billboard Top Music Video: #1 (Last Week #33)
Greatest Hits Billboard Top Pop Catalog: #5 (Last Week #114) Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #3 Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #80
#1's Billboard Top Pop Catalog: #13 (Last Week #129) Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #5 Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #129
"Touch My Body" Billboard Hot 100: #5 (Last Week #5) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #3 (Last Week #2) Billboard Pop 100: #5 (Last Week #5) Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #9 (Last Week #8) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week #2) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2) Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #14 (Last Week #6) Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Album): #11 (Debut) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #6 (Last Week #6) Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #2 (Last Week: #5) Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #7 (Last Week: #7) Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #8 (Last Week #7) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #4 (Last Week #3) Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #7 (Last Week #8) Billboard Hot Latin Rhythm: #9 (Last Week #9) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #5 (Last Week #4) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #4 (Last Week #5) BDS audience impressions this week: 123.2 million (-1.6 million) Downloads this week: 118,778 (-3%) Total downloads: 696,980
"Bye Bye" Billboard Hot 100: #23 (Debut) Billboard Pop 100: #26 (Debut) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #92 (Debut) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #38 (Debut) Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #10 (Debut) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #11 (Debut) Downloads this week: 60,037 Total downloads: 60,281
"Migrate" Billboard Hot 100: #92 (Debut) Billboard Pop 100: #69 (Debut) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #95 (Debut) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #61 (Debut) Downloads this week: 18,763 Total downloads: 18,765
"Side Effects" Billboard Pop 100: #93 (Debut) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #95 Downloads this week: 12,324 Total downloads: 12,324
From Billboard's Chart Beat: This is the second time in Carey's career that she has back-to-back No. 1 albums. "E=MC2" follows the reign of "Mimi," just as "Butterfly" followed "Daydream."
Carey is also enjoying explosive chart activity on The Billboard Hot 100, which says hello to "Bye Bye," a new entry at No. 23. The second single from "E=MC2," "Bye Bye" is the seventh-highest debut of Carey's 37 chart entries. Here is a summary of the top seven, in order of entry position:
No. 1: "Fantasy," Sept. 30, 1995 No. 1: "One Sweet Day," Dec. 2, 1995 [Mariah Carey & Boyz II Men] No. 1: "Honey," Sept. 13, 1997 No. 2: "Always Be My Baby," April 6, 1996 No. 2: "My All," May 9, 1998 No. 13: "I'll Be There," May 30, 1992 No. 23: "Bye Bye," May 3, 2008
Five songs have entered the Hot 100 in the top 30 slots in 2008. "Bye Bye" is the fourth highest debut of the year. The top five are:
No. 9: "New Soul," Yael Naim (Feb. 16) No. 18: "What About Now," Daughtry (April 26) No. 22: "Beat It," Fall Out Boy featuring John Mayer (April 12) No. 23: "Bye Bye," Mariah Carey (May 3) No. 27: "Praying for Time," Carrie Underwood (April 26)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Marc
Mariah Visits New York's KTU Radio
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Apr-2008, 9:51AM EDT
This week, Mariah made the rounds of radio stations in New York City to promote her new album, E=MC² and one of her stops was at KTU 103.5 FM on Tuesday, April 22nd. Below find pictures from her visit to the station and an interview with DJ Cubby.
Attend Mariah's Mini Concert on Good Morning America This Friday!
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 7:06PM EDT
Attention all fans from the New York area: Don't miss out on the first mini-concert of the E=MC² era where Mariah will be performing five songs including Touch My Body, Bye Bye and I'm That Chick!
This special live outdoor concert for Good Morning America will take place on Friday, April 25 at 44th street and 6th Avenue in NYC. Fans who want to be part of the reserved audience section must arrive at this location at 6:00AM SHARP.
Not only will you be able to see this free Mariah concert, but autographed Mariah items will be randomly handed out to fans who arrive to support Mariah!
This concert is all about celebrating with Mariah the release of her new album - so come out early with your festive signs, t-shirts, and that fan enthusiasm and get ready for an unforgettable morning!
United States E=MC² gave Mariah the biggest first week sales of her career, selling 462,971 copies.
Canada E=MC² debuts at #1 in Canada, selling 19,000 copies in the first week.
The Emancipation of Mimi debuted at #2 with 11,000 copies.
United Kingdom Debuting at number 3 on sales of 34,769, E=MC² is Mariah Carey's highest charting album since 1997, when Butterfly fluttered to number two on first week sales of 28,758. The new album - from which introductory single Touch My Body reached number five last week - is Carey's third Def Jam effort, following 2002's Charmbracelet, which reached number 52, and 2005's The Emancipation Of Mimi. Despite Charmbracelet's low peak, it has sold 122,010, easily beating disastrous predecessor, Glitter, Carey's only (2001) Virgin album, which reached number 10 but has sold only 54,645 copies. The Emancipation Of Mimi has sold 621,352 copies.
Japan E=MC² has debuted at #7 on the overall Japanese charts, selling 36,600 copies in it's first week. The Emancipation of Mimi debuted at #2 and sold about 13,000 copies more.
France E=MC² sold 11,133 copies in the first week, slightly under the sales The Emancipation of Mimi sold in the first week.
South Korea E=MC² is #1 on Hanteo's International Album chart for South Korea. Both album versions combined (regular + deluxe version) sold 1,693 copies in the debut week. The Emancipation of Mimi sold 10,343 for the month in South Korea, debuting at #3 on the monthly international chart.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | MusicWeek | Leon | Ila | Weilun | Kostas | Leo | Lee | Mike | Mantooth | Helen | Canoe
Photos: French E=MC² Limited Edition
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 6:58PM EDT
Below are photos of the E=MC² Limited Edition that's available exclusively at all Carrefour stores in France. The regular CD comes with a nice box set with a double-sided poster inside.
And to the right, watch the French TV ad for E=MC².
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
HQ Photos: Mariah at E=MC² Release Party at Mr. Chow
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 5:06PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah at the CD Release Party for her new album, E=MC², held at Mr Chow, New York City, New York on Tuesday, April 22, 2008. Click on each of the thumbnails to view high-quality photos.
Arriving at Mr. Chow's Restaurant
Leaving Mr. Chow's Restaurant
Also, here are photos from Monday, April 21st. Mariah is seen leaving her Tribeca apartment.
Blues & Soul Reviews "Bye Bye"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 12:54PM EDT
Simplicity at it's best... Take one Mariah Carey and add just a dash of Stargate and you have a recipe for magic as Miss Carey pulls an utterly delicious track out the bag
The Mariah album E=MC² looks to be shorter than usual on ballad type of material- that is so often distinctly handled by the record breaking diva. The production on this track is first class via the Stargate boys, who surely must be in line for a second release from the album with the infectious 'That Chick' (but that's another review).
For all you lovers out there be prepared to break-up and make-up to this one as only Mariah Carey can deliver starters, main course and afters all in one go! An absolutely stunning track, sung in an absolutely stunning manor by an absolutely stunning diva. And I normally hate Bye Bye's!
Mariah's On Fire: Diva Notches Sixth No. 1 Album
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 12:36PM EDT
Mariah Carey crowns the Billboard 200 for a sixth time as "E=MC2" starts atop the tally with 463,000 -- her biggest opening week. It's also the highest sales week of the year, surpassing the 375,000 start of Jack Johnson's "Sleep Through the Static" in February. Finally, "E=MC2" marks the best opening week for any album since Mary J. Blige's "Growing Pains" started with 629,000.
Carey is now tied with fellow divas Madonna and Janet Jackson for the second most No. 1 albums among female artists. Only queen bee Barbra Streisand, with eight, is ahead of the pack.
"E=MC2" is the eighth debut at No. 1 in as many weeks on the fast-moving Billboard 200. It follows penthouse-bows from Jackson, Alan Jackson, Rick Ross, Danity Kane, Day26, George Strait and Leona Lewis.
Carey's last album, "The Emancipation of Mimi," also landed at No. 1 in its premier week, moving 404,000. "Mimi" spent two weeks atop the chart, was the best-selling album in the United States in 2005 and has shifted 5.8 million units total... This is the first time Carey has scored back-to-back No. 1 albums since "Daydream" and "Butterfly" reached the top in 1995 and 1997.
Collectively, Carey's albums have sold 50 million copies in the United States since Nielsen SoundScan began tracking sales data in 1991. She's the third-biggest-selling albums artist in the SoundScan era, trailing only Garth Brooks (67.8 million) and the Beatles (56.2 million).
Press Release: Mariah Carey's E=MC2 Album Enters at #1
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 10:32AM EDT
Mariah Carey's E=MC2 Album Enters at #1, on Career-High First Week Soundscan Sales of 463,000!!!
'TOUCH MY BODY' - HER 18th #1 HIT, AND 79th CAREER WEEK AT #1 - SETS HISTORIC CHART RECORD, SURPASSING ELVIS PRESLEY's 17 #1's, AND TYING HIS ALL-TIME HIGH 79 WEEKS AT #1
'Bye Bye' is next - impacts at Pop, Rhythmic and Urban radio formats and is #1 most added across the board
APRIL 25th ON ABC TV: Mariah returns to Good Morning America for traffic-stopping live outdoor concert at New York City's Times Square
An unprecedented pre- and post-release campaign -- including appearances on NBC's Saturday Night Live, MTV's The Hills, BET's concert special, FOX's IDOL Gives Back and American Idol, and The Oprah Winfrey Show -- maximized exposure for international superstar Mariah Carey and her current smash hits, the #1 "Touch My Body" and #1 most added "Bye Bye," resulting in a massive #1 debut on the Billboard 200 albums chart for E=MC2 (in stores April 15th), weighing in with first week Soundscan sales of 463,000 units. E=MC2 also debuts #1 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop albums chart and #1 on the Top Digital albums chart (Mariah's first-ever #1 digital album debut with over 50,000 scanned!). E=MC2 represents the biggest first week debut of Mariah's career!!!
"Mariah's an inspiration, the true definition of a star," said Antonio 'L.A.' Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group. "She continues to amaze us with every incredible new album she creates. Now Mariah has added another plateau of success to what has become her virtually unapproachable track record on charts around the world. She proves beyond a doubt that with talent, ambition, and sheer force of will, all things are possible."
TV appearances continue this Friday, April 25th on ABC, when Mariah returns to Good Morning America for a live outdoor concert with New York's Times Square as her backdrop. Three years to the month since she first shut down traffic outside GMA's studios on 44th Street to celebrate the release week of The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah will once again welcome thousands of fans to the event, slated between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. She then hurries uptown for a guest appearance on Live with Regis & Kelly.
Mariah reached an historic career achievement earlier this month when "Touch My Body" became her 18th #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 - surpassing one of the most enduring chart records in Billboard history, Elvis Presley's 17 #1's. "Touch My Body"'s two weeks at the top marked Mariah's 78th and 79th cumulative career weeks at #1, which tied Elvis' long-standing all-time high of 79 weeks at #1, as calculated in Billboard. At the same time, Mariah is now positioned as the only active recording artist in the 50 years of the Hot 100 (which began in 1958) with the potential to surpass the Beatles' all-time high of 20 #1 hits.
"Touch My Body" took over the #1 spot with an all-time record-setting 286,000 debut week on the Billboard Hot Digital Songs chart. The video, directed by feature filmmaker Brett Ratner, and featuring a cameo by Jack McBrayer (30 Rock's Kenneth Parcell), stays in rotation on VH1, VH1 Soul, BET and 106 & Park, and FUSE; as well as #1 at Yahoo Music Video. "Touch My Body" also topped the AOL video charts for several weeks.
Clear Channel Online played a major part in the Mariah Carey promotion, simultaneously launching "Touch My Body" as it went to radio. The song was played over 400,000 times in one week and debuted at #1 on the On-Demand Chart. Tracks from E=MC2 were also featured in Clear Channel's Sneak Peak promotion a week before the album was released.
"Bye Bye" impacted across-the-board at Pop, Rhythmic, and Urban radio formats on Monday, April 21 and is #1 most added across the board.
Leading up to the release of E=MC2, "Touch My Body" was one of two songs (along with "Migrate") that were performed by Mariah last month on NBC's Saturday Night Live, hosted by Jonah Hill, the show to be re-run on May 3rd. Earlier this month, Mariah gave a special performance of "Touch My Body" and "We Belong Together" after the season premiere of the MTV reality series, "The Hills." The episode set a year-to-date record as the highest rated telecast on cable TV.
On April 9th, Mariah joined an all-star cast for the second annual "IDOL Gives Back" two-hour TV special, a music celebration raising awareness and benefiting various U.S. and international charities. The following Monday, April 14th, Mariah appeared as special guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show, chatting with the host and performing "Bye Bye." The next day, as E=MC2 was released, Mariah began a two-night stint on American Idol, serving as musical mentor to that week's finalists on night one, and performing "Bye Bye" on night two.
"Touch My Body" was produced by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart, and fellow Island Def Jam artist The-Dream. Other guest producers joining Mariah on E=MC2 include Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyser. The album is executive produced by Mariah Carey and Antonio "LA" Reid, Chairman, Island Def Jam Music Group.
The 11th studio album of her career, E=MC2 follows-up The Emancipation Of Mimi, Mariah's worldwide 10 million selling #1 album, which generated three Grammy awards (including Best Contemporary R&B Album), two #1 singles, and countless more honors during its 18-month stay on the charts. Released April 12, 2005, Mimi was an industry phenomenon for the mega-platinum award-winning superstar. Soundscan's biggest-selling album of the year, it brought total sales of Mariah's albums, singles and videos to over 160 million worldwide, making her the top-selling female recording artist in history.
Weekly Soundscan Figures: Mariah Debuts at #1!
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 8:52AM EDT
E=MC² Billboard 200:#1 (Debut) Sales this week: 462,971 Total Sales: 464,212 (includes 1,214 copies sold under street violations)
We would like to congratulate Mariah on E=MC² getting the biggest opening week sales of her career! With 462,971 copies sold, E=MC² increases 14% over the opening week sales of The Emancipation of Mimi which went on to be the biggest selling album of 2005.
This is Mariah's 6th album to top the Billboard 200 Albums chart (joining Mariah Carey, Music Box, Daydream, Butterfly and The Emancipation of Mimi.) It is her 4th album to debut at #1 (the debut album and Music Box debuted at #80 and #2, respectively)
Touch My Body Hot 100 Airplay: #3 (Last Week: #2) Weekly audience impressions: 123.4 million (-1.6 million from last week)
Hot Digital Songs: #6 (Last Week: #6) Downloads this week: 118,778 (-3% from last week) Total downloads: 696,980
Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week: #2) The song is only 870,000 impressions behind the #1 song by Usher.
Bye Bye Hot Digital Songs: #11 (Debut) Downloads this week: 60,037 Total downloads: 60,281 (244 sold before midnight)
The song is the highest debut on this week's digital songs chart. It's also gaining airplay, with a growth of 5.8 million audience impressions this week. The song officially went for adds yesterday and according to MediaBase, has garnered a total of 13.31 million impressions for the week ending 4/22/08.
According to R&R, the song debuts at #38 on the Rhythmic chart (for the week ending 04/20/08) with 4.501 million impressions and 610 spins.
Several other Mariah songs increased in digital sales this past week. Below are their positions on the Hot Digital Songs chart, sales this week, and total sales:
#61 - Migrate: 18,763 this week (total: 18,765) #95 - Side Effects: 12,324 (total: 12,324) #108 - Always Be My Baby: 11,053 (total: 295,567) #146 - I Stay In Love: 8,701 (total: 8,702) #178 - Hero: 7,666 (total: 234,297) #179 - We Belong Together: 7,662 (total: 1,087,639)
Source: bks | Soundscan | Mediabase | Radio & Records
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 23-Apr-2008, 7:32AM EDT
Turning Point. That time came about eight months ago, after fatty food indulgences while on tour undid the 2006 shrinkage that took her from a size 8 to a 4 (via high-intensity water aerobics and a "bleak" diet). "If you're on the road and you can't prepare foods in a healthy way, room service menus are usually the only thing good," says the star. Witnessing the change, her "dear friend," Vogue editor at large Andre Leon Talley, issued a wake-up call. "He was helpful because he is honest," she says. "He said, 'Darling, you've got to lose some weight.'" And while Carey admits, "I wasn't miserable as a size 8," she says years of "comfort eating" had taken her to a place she didn't want to be. "It might have been because I was unhappy," says the star. "I think I wasn't having a personal life that was fulfilling... and everything was focused on my career." So Carey, who's been romantically linked to music producer Mark Sudack for more than three years, decided to turn it all around and made what she describes as "a life choice" to commit to new habits. READ MORE -->
S.E: How do you feel about Madonna having recorded an R&B album? M.C: Interesting (pauses). It's very interesting. S.E: On it, she collaborates with Pharrell, with whom you worked, Mimi. Perhaps you gave her some inspiration? M.C: I don't know, I don't have any idea about her intentions. I'll just say that it's very interesting (she tries not to laugh, and I'm able to notice it, despite the shadow). S.E: You a 90's icon. With which 80's icon would you collaborate: Madonna, Prince, or Michael Jackson? M.C: I've loved Prince ever since I was a little girl. And as a matter of fact, we worked together once, even though we didn't finish the song. So I would love to work with him again, because I consider him a true genius. READ MORE -->
Ahlan: How would you describe your personal style? Mariah: I've got my own style. I'm not some rich bimbo in high fashion duds. I can buy a top at a market stall for five dollars. I customize my jeans myself, add a pair of heels and I feel sexy. Ahlan: How many pairs of shoes do you have? Mariah: Okay, you got me [laughs]. I don't know. Certainly a lot. Probably too many! But I still have a pair of hand-me-downs from my mother, which I used to wear to school. Whenever I sign a new contract, I open my closet and look at those shoes. They remind me of the times when every cent I earned brought me joy. Ahlan: What is luxury to you? Mariah: Free time. I have less free time than money. READ MORE -->
Miss Mimi undoubtedly has one of the most precious voices in the music industry, so she should stick to material that best showcases her talent, while resisting the temptation to hit every note in her considerable octave range in every song, and foregoing her inclinations toward hip-hop. The image is incongruous with her talent and puts off some dedicated fans of her early work.
THE SECOND SINGLE from "E=MC2" is "Bye Bye," a mellow salute to lost loved ones. With "Touch My Body" making such a big splash, it's a risky move to follow up with a song about death and loss, but it's a beautiful track that recalls a sound more like past Carey hits "We Belong Together" or "Don't Forget About Us." READ MORE -->
And more scans from:
USA April 28th issues of Entertainment Weekly, In Touch, OK!, People, Star, Us, and USA Today.
Canada E=MC² reviews from The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, and Toronto Sun.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Mandy | Jeremy | Al | Bernard | Aladerri
Tennessee Movie Stills
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008, 10:33PM EDT
Below are movie stills from Mariah's upcoming film, Tennessee.
Tennessee premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 26th, 6:00pm at BMCC Tribeca PAC. For full screening schedule and ticket information, click here.
New TRL Date: Mariah To Premiere "Bye Bye" on April 28
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008, 5:00PM EDT
Mariah's previously cancelled TRL appearance has been rescheduled to Monday, April 28th! Mariah will be stopping by the MTV Studios in Times Square to promote her album and premiere the music video to "Bye Bye". We want her biggest fans supporting her and you may even get the opportunity to meet her!
To request tickets to the show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Mariah Fan" in the subject. Please include your name, age, phone, and the number of tickets you would like. You must be 16-24 years old to be considered.
If you do not fit the age requirement, we still encourage fans of all ages to come to Times Square on Monday afternoon to support Mariah! Feel free to wear MC t-shirts, bring signs and anything else to show your love!
HDD Final Prediction For E=MC²: 475,607
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008, 4:28PM EDT
Hits Daily Double (HDD) collects sales reports from music retailers and builds a weekly sales chart based on these reports. This week, after a final tally, they report Mariah's E=MC² is the #1 selling CD with 475,607 copies sold. According to the HDD chart, the #2 CD sold 90,485 copies this week.
The HDD report is not official and should only be used as an estimate/approximation for the amount of copies the album's sold and its position on the chart. The official SoundScan numbers and the Billboard position will be released tomorrow.
Morales Releases Unofficial "Touch My Body" Remix
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008, 11:39AM EDT
As previously reported, an official remix for "Touch My Body" by DJ David Morales has been scrapped because Mariah was unable to record new vocals for it due to scheduling problems. Morales expressed his disappointment because he loved the idea for the remix and it had received great response.
Due to popular demand, Morales has now made his unofficial 'Stereo Mix' version of "Touch My Body" available for listening on his MySpace blog. Enjoy!
Audio: Big Boy's "Breakfast With Mariah"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Apr-2008, 6:11AM EDT
Another in-studio appearance Mariah made prior to her CD Signing at the Universal City Walk on Thursday, April 17th was at Big Boy's Neighborhood for "Breakfast With Mariah Carey." The show aired yesterday morning on Power 106. Below are excerpts from her interview with hosts Big Boy and Luscious Liz.
Where does your inspiration come from? "I've always loved music. Ever since I was little whatever negative stuff was going on I would just sing, make up songs, just do whatever it took to escape whatever was going on. It's kind of like music, I make it for myself to hear myself but more than that, at this point, I do it for the fans and for the people, like certain songs that might be really personal or whatever, I still put them on the album. I still put a spiritual song on every album just because you mix it in with the hot uptempos and all the other stuff but it's important at this point for me to give a message to inspire other people because there's a lot of people that don't realize that if they're going through a tough time or anything that they can make through it if they keep faith and believe in God and just focus on themselves. So I basically get my inspiration from there."
Does it concern you how fast-paced the music business is? "My approach has always been fast-paced because I think, I'm not trying to take credit or anything, it wasn't even really my plan 'cause I didn't know what I was doing 'cause I was very young when I started putting records out so it was like, 'Make another one, make another one' in a way that was the record company being selfish and me being ignorant to like the game and not going on tour and making the money that people make. This is not a whoo-it's-me. I didn't make my touring money in 1901 [laughs]. We're clearly joking but the point is 'cause back in the day when I first started I didn't know much so I actually became fast-paced from the beginning, and did a record every single year without stopping so I feel like the fast-paced-ness of this isn't what I'm concerned about. It's more like the whole... where the industry was so stupid to allow itself to get sucked up by the internet which is, for the regular people, when I say regular people, people who are not of the industry 'cause I'm in the industry but not of it. What I'm saying is the industry is different for the record companies really and the artists get a little bit screwed by the way things are but it's faster that people get music. It is what it is.
The Mind of Mariah What song do you wish, past, present that it was yours? "I always tell this to Mary, and she always talks to me about 'Vision of Love,' but I love 'Seven Days' by Mary J. Blige."
What's the biggest rumor you heard about yourself? "In what continent? It varies. Like England has their own set of things they love to think that their whole bag is that I'm a diva and that I order red carpets before I go like to walk into the hotel. Who in the ham sandwich wakes up at 4am and it's like, 'Give me the red carpet or I'm not coming in.' They really think I'm like that. I joke and stuff. People take it seriously like, 'Who cares?'"
How about in the States? "I try to stay off with the bloggers and all that nonsense because to me why would you want to bring yourself down every day by reading negativity. It's just like let me know what I need to know and then I'll move on because I have a life."
My Mariah Moment (Fans ask questions) Amanda: I have been a big fan of yours for fourteen years and you've been my inspiration and I want to know who's been yours? "I have to say that people who tell me stuff like that, they inspire me. You inspire me to keep doing what I'm doing, honestly, because I really do put everything into my music. I have to say Stevie Wonder is just incredible and when you meet him it's like he never lets you down. Everytime I meet him, I'm just like, 'Wow, this is the man that created some of the best music ever' and he's still just so amazingly cool and nice - he's just a beautiful spirit. I have to go with him. Aretha Franklin and Patti LaBelle."
Crystal: If you could describe your perfect night in for us? "Yay for the night in first of all 'cause they rarely happen and then sometimes I have to have the nights in that are really bleak. You know, watch a nice movie, have a nice conversation with somebody. What else? [Liz: 'Splash of wine.'] Splash of wine would be okay, perhaps two, maybe three [laughs]."
Rita: Of all the songs you've recorded, which one is your absolute favorite? "That's difficult because like when I'm in this process I feel like I just put this record out, obviously, right today, album in stores. That's the E=MC² so I'm still like in that zone like when I'm in the creative moment, like I kind of get obsessed with what I'm doing. I listen to that constantly. As a songwriter it's hard to say what my favorite song is. There's a song called 'Underneath The Stars' that I always reference from the Daydream album. See Rita that's how I know that you know my music but the record company at that time they didn't understand that that was a good song. Even Brat was like, 'You got to put this song out. Please let her have this song come out' they were just like, 'No, we don't like it. It's too urban'."
During DJ E-man's regular "Mickey-Fickey" Mix at 8:30am, Mariah requested the new R. Kelly remix of 'Touch My Body.' "We got the new remix that Kel did on his own. We didn't plan it. He just heard the song when it went to number one. I heard it. He didn't have the instrumental, he didn't have the a capella. [Liz: 'What was your first reaction when you first heard it? He killed it.'] Yes! I had to be like, 'Can we put this out please?'"
What is that one song that when you hear it, you say, 'I really knocked it out the park'? "You know what's funny, a lot of the stuff I'm like, 'Get it out of here' but then there'll be like a moment when I'm like, 'This was a classic' and I was very excited to have done it like 'Fantasy' with ODB. When they play in the club, I'm still excited. I still feel like that was one of the best things that I ever did because that was the real me being able to be like heard at that point in my life. May he rest in peace. It was just a good collabo. It was unexpected and I have so good memories 'cause back then the only fun I had was making music and videos, everything else was bleakosity."
This Is Your Life (With Da Brat) What is one of Mariah Carey's secret guilty pleasures? Mariah: She might say that I like tea, that I'd like to drink tea. Da Brat: She loves Macaroni and Cheese.
What is the one thing you've seen Mariah Carey get mad about? Mariah: Like controlling people, I don't know what she'd say. Da Brat: People talking about her weight when there ain't nothing wrong with it.
Who would you set up Mariah Carey on a date? Mariah: I don't know. Da Brat: Michael Jordan. Mariah: Of course she says that. That's Chicago.
What's that one thing that gets on Mariah Carey's nerves? Mariah: Maybe she'd say when people wake me up early or something like that. Da Brat: When people who work for her don't do what they're supposed to do.
What has Mariah splurge the most money on other than a house? Mariah: I know what the answer is, it would be like vacation and stuff like that. Da Brat: Shoes. At least 10,000 pairs.
What is the one thing Mariah Carey leaves the house without? Mariah: She might have said lipgloss or iPod. She probably said the iPod and maybe my speakers 'cause she got me some nice speakers. I really get mad when I don't have it. Da Brat: Her iPod and speakers.
If Mariah Carey is out on a raft in the middle of the ocean and in the water is J.D. and Da Brat and Mariah can only save one person. Who do you think Mariah will pull out of the ocean? Mariah: That's horrible. I know she would say herself, of course. Da Brat: I have to say myself. [everyone laughs]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Josie
Mariah's In-Studio Interview with NY's Power 105
Posted by Liron on Monday, 21-Apr-2008, 7:20PM EDT
Mariah is back home in New York City and made her first stop at the Ed Lover's morning show today on Power 105 after a 4am flight arrival from Los Angeles the night before. She spent the morning talking and joking with the hosts, sipping drinks, and talking about the new CD, her dogs, and some of her career milestones.
-Mariah talked about her dogs Jack and JJ and was surprised that there was "drama" about her wearing a band-aid.
-Mariah talked about the Empire State Building being lit in her signature color of "pink yet lavender" in honor of her CD release. She said she was really excited about it because she'd been looking at the Empire State building all her life.
-She and Ed discussed her appearance on the Oprah show, which Oprah told Mariah was her 7th time on the show. Mariah said Oprah was very nice to her and was great with the new album promotion.
-Jay-Z told Mariah she's the best gift-giver he knows and she promised she has a wedding gift in store for him and Beyonce.
-Mariah said both her Blackerry and iPod broke on the same day, "I was like, this is not my lucky day."
-She spoke highly of T-Pain and said he's a true artist that "knows his ABCs" around a studio.
-Mariah was looking through the album packaging in detail for the first time she said. She joked that she was just now noticing that certain words were wrong.
-Mariah alluded to the new remix for "Bye Bye" with Jay-Z but wouldn't divulge any secrets. "Until it comes out, I don't wanna discuss anything!"
-She said Steve Bartels (president of Island Def Jam) gave her a beautiful new ring as a gift, which she was wearing in the studio. "It was thoughtful!" she said.
-She again laughed off any comparison to Elvis or the Beatles, and said she was more proud of her accomplishments as a female vocalist.
-Mariah discussed the making of "I Stay in Love" that she'd written with Bryan Michael Cox. She says she recorded the vocals in one day, and that the song along with "Love Story" is a favorite of both hers and L.A. Reid's.
-She said that a lot of tracks that don't make it on the album are often her favorites and she hopes they would end up being released. Ed suggested a re-release of the CD and Mariah said: "I would quite enjoy that. it would make me happy".
-Mariah talked about taking care of her voice before a show, and laughed about how her hair and her voice need opposite temperatures to be good. "You have to just balance it out," she said. She said she also drinks a lot of water.
-She discussed writing "Hero" for Gloria Estefan (for the film "Hero" starring Dustin Hoffman) and that she originally never felt a connection with it, since she was thinking of Gloria's key and style. She says she feels good about the song as a writer, even though she "hated" the recording. She also said she didn't want to record a Christmas album at first and credited Tommy Mottola for the idea.
-Mariah said she finished writing I'll Be Lovin You Long Time and ended up not feeling completely satisfied, and said she felt it was missing a certain something, but that it has grown on her.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download an MP3. ]
Pictures from the studio:
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Josie | Power 105
City of Los Angeles Congratulates Mariah
Posted by Liron on Monday, 21-Apr-2008, 6:41PM EDT
Long time fan Steve was able to meet Mariah prior to the Universal CityWalk CD Signing and present her with an official proclamation on behalf of mayor Antonio Villaraigosa from the city of Los Angeles, congratulating her on her 18th number one hit and for releasing E=MC². April 15th, 2008 was declared "Official Mariah Carey Day" in Los Angeles. The proclamation reads:
As mayor of the city of Los Angeles and on behalf of its residents, it is my pleasure to congratulate you on your 18th #1 hit single according to Billboard. Your artistry and creativity have been lauded and the public has showered well-deserved praise on your work.
This is certainly a special occasion and I am pleased to join other members of the community in recognizing your accomplishments and achievements throughout the years.
Best Wishes! April 15, 2008 Antonio R. Villaraigosa, Mayor
Mariah at Good Morning America April 25th
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 21-Apr-2008, 4:31PM EDT
Good Morning America is offering Mariah fans a once in a lifetime opportunity to see Mariah perform brand new music from her amazing new album E=MC² right in the heart of Times Square! There will be a designated audience section for fans to view the show on a first come first serve basis on Friday, April 25th.
Fans must be at 44th street and 6th Avenue at 6:00AM sharp on Friday, April 25 where you will be lined up and escorted by a GMA representative to the reserved audience section in Times Square for Mariah's performance. You may bring as many guests as you like and be sure to wear your cutest Mariah t-shirt and bring your best homemade Mariah sign to show your support for Mariah.
Jasmine Juice: "Mariah's Emancipation"
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 20-Apr-2008, 11:24PM EDT
One person that is supporting Choice is our girl Mariah. Even though she wasn't scheduled to turn up at their 18th birthday party a couple of weeks back, she came by near the end of the night and picked up her Choice Hall of Fame award from Choice boss Ivor Etienne.
My mate, DJ George Kay was supposed to interview her on the radio that morning but it didn't happen in the end. So MC was determined to make it up to Choice and George, coz she's sweet like that.
Earlier in the week, Mariah spoke to MTV and we grilled her on all things music. A few folks were surprised by the fly title of the album E=MC2, which is very clever and funny coz MC hates maths. Whilst she may be a musical genius, she certainly isn't a maths one!
MC laughed and agreed "It's like emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two. This is a 100% of me, having fun. People ask me all the time: 'How do you make music that people continue to respond to?' You have to just keep being real, keep being you. Stay true to who you are from the beginning."
A lot of people haven't understood Mariah's new single Touch my Body. But in my opinion, you have to understand her humour to understand her musically. She added: "Touch My Body is exploding all around the world. It's a song that really does express my personality, and you watch the video and get a bit of a glimpse of who I am as a person."
"So, the concept of the video is basically, a 'compu-nerd' comes to help me fix my computer and then he goes into fantasy-land and I'm right there with him. I love adding the element of humour because: why take this so seriously? They're only videos!"
MC also told us it was frightening before her last album came out because no one knew how successful it would be. "I didn't know what was going to happen with The Emancipation. I was, of course, hoping for success, but the fact that it was such a massive worldwide phenomenon- I was so grateful and thankful to God for that gift."
She added that if you liked the last album, that was your first course at dinner and we should "treat the new album as dessert."
For those who keep suggesting that MC has only, in recent years, thrown herself into the more hip-hop side of things, she scoffs: "It's so funny because ever since I did my first remix with ODB, people have been saying 'Wow, you're doing this new hip-hop thing.' And I'm like: 'It's not new, it's what I've always loved. I'm just allowed to do it now."
"And a lot of people didn't know some of those hip-hop collaborations because they didn't listen to hip-hop radio or buy remixes. So now, yes there's a lot of hip-hop flavour, but there are definitely very powerfully sung, emotionally rich ballads."
She then added: "Its definitely a lot more fun being Mariah Carey in 2008 than it was when I first started out because I was very young and people were kind of bossing me around and telling me what to do and it was more difficult to be myself. But, now, being able to make the music that I love, whether it's singing a big ballad or doing an up-tempo record, that makes me happy."
Then, Da Brat, who was hanging out with MC, added her thoughts on singer Leona Lewis, who many have been calling 'the new Mariah.'
Brat said: "I was actually listening to her music in my dressing room and I saw a glimpse of her. To me, she is good, but doesn't compare to Mariah Carey at all. Simon Cowell has good taste and he can blow artists up, but I just don't think anybody compares to Mariah."
So with that, we all toasted everyone that MC has ever inspired and then went off to celebrate another two milestones with MTV.
Mariah On UK's The Observer Music Monthly
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 20-Apr-2008, 1:04PM EDT
The ultimate pop princess enjoys a very intimate encounter with Paul Morley
It's an hour or two before midnight. For some people in some situations this is seen as the beginning of the day. 'Here's the thing,' says a chatty, relaxed Mariah Carey, clad in costly stretchy skintight black from neck to ankle, wearing shoes that blend the architectural and substantial with the glossy and ephemeral. Her legs are coyly folded underneath her body. Her long hair is tightly pulled back from her face, which is expertly made up to conquer tiredness and appear fresh. Her skin glows with success. There is no hint of any dubious celebrity tightening or enhancing around the eyes, nose, ears and mouth. Her figure implies a certain amount of almost surreal attention has been paid to maintaining fantasy curves. Oddly, when in the presence of pop performers whose image has been defined for many years by cliched magazine covers, glamorous videos and spiteful internet gossip, you find yourself checking out such things.
The singer turned 38 a few days before, and maybe this is the reason she's got a comfortable sofa all to herself. I'm on a stiff-backed dining chair to her left at the correct journalist distance from her superstar shape. We are alone in the dimly lit room except for a member of her management team who sits a careful few metres away from us concentrating on a laptop as though he isn't listening to a word we say.
'Here's the thing,' confides Mariah, softly, extremely skilled at talking about herself to a total stranger and pretending it's a very natural thing to do.
'Here's the thing,' firmly decides Mariah, definitely not clutching any fluffy animals.
'Here's the thing ... As a human being, this is a very abnormal state to be in,' admits Mariah Carey about where she finds herself these days, trying out new ways to say things that she has found herself saying for years, for her benefit as much as anyone else's.
'To have people meet you who have already formed an opinion of who you are prior to meeting you based on these sweeping generalisations that they have read, well, not that it doesn't happen in other jobs but clearly it happens more in this job ... which happens to be a job even though people don't think of it as a job, but it is ...'
She laughs one of her sudden, winning laughs. She has many laughs for all sorts of purposes: some defensive, some cute, some really quite lusty, some fake, some perfectly calculated to woo the listener, some to demonstrate that she's got charm, some because she just likes to laugh, some to make you see that she is very aware of the absurdity of her situation and the fact that she's Mariah Carey, which if it is a joke and there is a world where it has been turned into a joke then: 'I get the joke. Most of the time I am not taking stuff too seriously. Sometimes I will have a serious or cathartic moment when I am writing a song and doing whatever ... but the truth is that this is freaking entertainment, you know, and I get "the joke". A lot of the things I do are done with a wink.'
When she uses the phrase 'the joke' - and it is another one of her favourite phrases - she likes to represent with her fingers and her eyebrows that she is placing quotation marks around the words. Sometimes she will use the phrase 'quote unquote' occasionally in collaboration with the finger and eyebrow movement, when she is using certain of her other favourite phrases, or when she wants to indicate her suspicion of certain words, or when she is describing how there are those that 'get her' and those that 'love to take a shot at her'. When she talks about those that hate her, mock her, repeat lies or even just unsettling truths, because of what she wears, or because of what they've read, or because of her obsession with butterflies, or because she's always late, or because she has a personal masseuse on call 24 hours a day, she wears an expression that communicates much of the following:
1. Everyone is always passing judgment on me based on an image of me that's not even real! Well, judge not, less thou be judged!
2. 'Everyone has to have something that makes them easy to categorise. It makes people very uneasy if they cannot put you in a box. First of all me being bi-racial already makes people a little freaked out - it messes with their head, it always has and it always will.'
3. When I go to church, I can have that Mary Poppins look going.
4. I have a real connection with my fans, truly fans, who have listened to albums and not just seen a couple of videos and read some tabloid stuff. They fill a void like an unconditional love type of thing. I know that sounds strange but it's true.
Eventually, as long as you have been invited, you get to meet Mariah Carey. You may have to wait a few hours, as the closer you get to meeting Mariah Carey, particularly when she's got a new album to sell, the more you notice that there are other people waiting to meet Mariah Carey. Many of these people don't know that they're not the only ones waiting. I have been given a time slot of 5.30 in the early evening. I notice that other people expecting to meet Mariah have been given the same time slot. We are all waiting in the George V Hotel in Paris; naturally, because this is as much fairy tale as routine business, Mariah is occupying the most expensive suite in the city.
Five thirty comes and goes. It appears that journalists are slowly getting to meet Mariah and talk to her, no doubt, about her one time 'complete emotional breakdown', the tragic Glitter movie and subsequent fallout, her aborted multi-million record deal with Virgin, the question of whether she was the creation, prisoner and possession of her former husband, Sony president Tommy Mottola, her immense Nineties success, her 1998 divorce from the controlling Mottola, her notorious princessy behaviour, her insecurity, the falling from her pedestal in 2001, her five-or six-or seven-octave range singing, her surprising 2005 comeback with the club-pop classic The Emancipation of Mimi.
There are so many journalists waiting to see her some of them go in two at a time. Eventually, after five hours, which I spend in splendid meditation, it's my turn. I follow the Sun, whose 5.30pm slot turned into a 9.30pm slot. There is a sudden sense of urgency as I am ushered through the grand hotel lobby, not towards the most expensive suite in hostelry history where some of Mariah's outrageous, or mundane, secrets might be strewn across a vast luxurious bed, but a more anonymous conference room. Arranged in various states of boredom, patience and attention outside the room are signs of an entourage, a gathering of what Truman Capote called 'social protection' when he wrote about Marlon Brando holding court in a Japanese hotel in 1956. The entourage helps give the impression that even though nothing exciting is going on, this particular hotel corridor by the toilets is the most happening place on the planet.
A door opens, and there - flash - in an ornate Parisian room the size of a basketball court smiling out of her skin like her day's just beginning is Mariah Carey. She looks like she'd be tall even without her earth-defying heels. She does not look like she's just been through hours of repetitive interviews. She seems indifferent to any idea that the schedule is running five hours late, or even that there is a schedule. The only thing that gives away the fact she's been talking all night about such things as her spaced-out TV appearances, the strange, bewildered messages she left on her website in 2001, the death of her strict Venezuelan father in 2003, her Grammy awards, her Long Island accent, on marrying again, on lack of sleep and hardly ever eating, working with Jermaine Dupri and Will.i.am on her skilful, sparkling genre-blending new album, her new video directed by Brett Ratner, her mysterious breasts, her time in rehab, is the rich huskiness of her voice.
She seems pleased to see me. This might be because I am officially the last interview of the day. It might be because it's her job to seem pleased. It might be her way of apologising for keeping me waiting, or she can sense, with the extra-sensory perception of the private jet set famous, that I consider the five-hour wait to be a vital part of the international superstar thing and I'm pleased to see her. Under the circumstances, I would have considered punctuality disappointing, and was quite happy to let time and to an extent space dissolve while I waited so that by the time I get to meet Mariah Carey I'm disorientated enough to feel I have entered the correct metaphysical zone. A grim-looking nutritional shake with bendy straw is handed to a hungry Mariah, who sighs a little pretend-sadly 'Lovely, lovely, lovely ... I so totally want to eat French fries ...' in a way that instantly communicates:
1. I am very plain and simple in my taste, although I am not averse to luxury. 2. I really want to have some fun, and I'm a fun girl, but I guess I'm working. 3. I am not really going to eat French fries in front of someone I don't know. 4. It tastes really foul but what can you do? 5. I'm in control of fame, it is not in control of me. 6. I will answer your questions with a particular kind of honesty that gives nothing away about anything other than the fact I know how to conduct an interview whatever the angle. I will seem eager to please not because I necessarily am but because it makes for a better story. I don't want any trouble. I'm not bitter. I'm happy. I just want to be nice. Don't be nasty. I believe things will in their own way turn out for the best.
Within minutes of us meeting, despite or perhaps because of the third person in the room, Mariah is remembering when she would be less relaxed in such an interview. 'We're having a conversation, whereas back in the day, if this was happening, my answers would just be one word or one sentence. That's what I was told to do. People around me didn't want to think that I had my own thoughts. Whatever. I'm not going to delve into that and give a "woe is me" moment. It's done, who cares, whatever, but at least I'm sitting here with you being myself and even if I never see you again you are seeing me at this moment as me and I don't really know how to be more down to earth as I feel now ... I mean, I've met a lot of famous people and a lot of them have disappointed me because I'm a huge fan and maybe they're in a bad mood on the day but they don't look you in the eye ...' She looks me in the eye. 'And there's no one there.'
She wants me to know that with her, when you look here in the eye, there's someone there. I do notice this within seconds of being with her - and also that she's harder, in a pleasant, straightforward way, and more sophisticated, brighter and aware than the tabloids and the celebrity bloggers would want you to believe. 'I'm still the same person I was prior to quote unquote fame and people maybe expect me to be twisted by the fame situation and are actually disappointed if they find out I'm not. They prefer it that I have been.' She looks at me, and smiles a steel and silk smile that is all of the following:
1. Resigned. 2. Defiant. 3. Distant. 4. Friendly. 5. Knowing. 6. People have said so much about me at this point that who really cares. 7. 'Jay Z "gets me". He knows that there is a person with a good heart and a sense of humour and a talent who can look good in a picture every now and then ... and it's OK to be all those things!' 8. Melancholy. 9. Guileless. 10. Shrewd.
A couple of days later, Mariah and supporting company are in London. The entourage seems to change size and personnel by the hour, depending on what business needs to be done and how far from midnight it is. Engineered attention-seeking promotional stunts have been carried off with the necessary tabloid-rousing aplomb. Various early morning radio interviews have been cancelled. The simple excuse I am given is that Mariah and entourage were up late drinking champagne in celebration of her 18th US No 1 - which takes her past Elvis, and two behind the Beatles' all-time record. The cancellations cause tabloid outrage in those convinced that this confirms Carey is obnoxious, fragile, narcissistically deranged and addicted to attention even if it is negative.
Early afternoon, I line up among management, record company, Coca Cola-with-bendy-straw-fetchers, nail technicians, hair, make-up, dancers, musicians, in a corridor curtained off from the studio where the raucous, gaudy Paul O'Grady is recording one of his Channel 4 teatime shows. A live audience is having hysterics at a mundane conversation between John Barrowman and O'Grady. Mariah, looking nervous and jumpy in the studio but just dreamily disconnected on screen, performs her super light, electro-lithe YouTube inspired new single 'Touch My Body'. Sat politely chatting with O'Grady and Barrowman, she wears a moist white smile whipped up into an incandescent emptiness that says:
1. I'm no threat to anyone. Honest. 2. I'm not the girl you think I am. 3. I haven't a clue what they're talking about. 4. I can fulfil my duties as mildly damaged middle of the road diva even as my mind wanders. 5. I'm alone. I'm trapped. The media is so powerful, its grasp so insistent and seductive. The image is the message.
In Paris, I've been given 45 minutes, but I don't take that for granted, and assume from the start that the next question I ask is going to be the last question I'm allowed. For my first question, which might be it, I decide not to ask anything about her white opera-singing Irish-American mother Patricia, about the time Mariah thought Marilyn Monroe was speaking to her through her piano, how most of the female contestants on pop talent shows try to emulate her voice, her love for Ol' Dirty Bastard, her relationship with Eminem, what she spends her money on, the lovely song on her new album about her father, the brave one about Mottola, the bright one or two or three about love and/or sex and/or about playing at being Mariah singing about love and/or sex - if anyone needs to know any of this, there is plenty of information instantly available on the internet.
We're sat in front of a large blow-up of the cover for her new album E = MC2, which uses the idea of a sultry, provocative Mariah draped in nothing but a feather boa. Selling yourself so blatantly as a sex object surely distracts from you being taken in any way seriously as an entertainer, or the kind of expressive, inventive soul singer you want to be seen as, and plays into the slimy hands of those who like to reduce you to a cartoon, a figure of fun, a dumb female money-making puppet.
'To be honest, I just like to have fun with my covers. It's like playing dress up. I call myself eternally 12, because I am, and if I was 12 that would be the photo I would like to have of me. I have pictures of me at eight on a piano wearing a boa. But at nine I was reading Norman Mailer on Marilyn Monroe ... The funny thing is ... and you're probably going to be, "Yeah, right," but honestly, this is how I would dress whatever I did, if I was a waitress or whatever. I dress this way not because I'm a promiscuous person ... and on the album cover I'm just selling the idea that I like the boa and it's festive and it's got freaking pink lettering because I like pink and I've turned Einstein's Theory of Relativity into my album title. It's not that deep, it's not that tacky. It is what it is. I've taken so long to be able to have fun with this, so I am now.'
But does the 12-year-old dressing up, and rumours of tantrums, emotional meltdowns, and babyish demands, help explain to people that you are an award-winning songwriter in control of her image, music and career?
'Here's the thing. Calling yourself eternally 12 and wearing a boa is one part of who I am. Then there's the writing of certain songs that I do feel could enhance people spiritually and there is real talk, real words from me about people in my life that I am trying to say something positive to. This is something that is very personal and very real to me. So clearly, I am somewhat of a conundrum and I know that there is a dichotomy between a lot of what I do and the visual presentation. If I had a guitar in my hands all the time and my hair was really wild, there might be more credibility, but half of those people are acting up anyway. The minute they get the chance they lose the guitar, they throw on a bra top and a pair of low-waisted jeans, get a blow out and put on make-up. The thing with women performers is unless you see them behind a piano for the first eight videos that they do then you are not going to think of them as a songwriter if they look remotely pleasing.
'If you're a solo woman and you want to be taken seriously without playing a guitar or sitting behind a piano you have to dress obscurely or differently and not too sexy. If I tried to change my image to get more credibility, well, even though praise the Lord I have accomplished what no other woman has in the music business, most people don't want to believe that I'm capable of anything other than being the person they think I am.'
The day after the O'Grady show I watch her rehearse in another studio for an appearance presenting The Friday Night Project, C4's crude version of America's Saturday Night Live. A non-neurotic, matter-of-fact, dutiful and mostly shut-off Mariah is treated by ingratiating hosts Justin Lee Collins and Alan Carr as decorative bait, stooge, sidekick, moll, younger sister, hostess, alien, superstar, target, camp icon, and delicate flower. Collins seems determined to nickname their stoical guest Fine Ass Carey.
Game Mariah reads from the autocue a series of weak, squalid jokes and works hard to put up with the slapstick joshing without slipping into the touchy, demanding diva mode everyone in the studio seems on the look out for. The one real glint of potential, frustrated prima donna behaviour is when the production wants to musically represent her with her melodramatic bland soul version of Nilsson's version of Badfinger's 'Without You'. She politely grimaces, hoping without wishing to hurt anyone's feelings that they don't go to heavy with the 'Without You' because :
1. That song did a lot for me but it's not really representative of me as an artist. 'Fantasy' in 1996 was a classic moment in music and I'm saying that in a humble way because people have told me, in terms of the pioneering fusion of hip hop and the song, it was groundbreaking because there was me having huge success in the pop charts and there was Ol' Dirty Bastard, who was in the hottest, grimiest rap group ... It became the norm for R&B stars to combine melodies with rapped verses after me. Other people have pointed out that it was me who established R&B and hip hop as the sound of pop. Right back in 1993 on 'Dreamlover' I was using freaking loops.
2. A lot of my collaborations have not been on the radar of people who only look at the pop charts.
3. It is the vain, virginal-vamp, straining to impress, panic-stricken voice of the early Nineties, Sony Mariah, the one people confuse with Celine Dion, which seemed to contain no knowledge, and no soul, and no life. Her new downbeat, digitally detached voice, for her trickier, wittier 21st-century sound, a Tamla-techno hip hop cabaret, pulses with synthetic subtlety, wired intimacy and computer-generated mystery. It's more artificial but more emotional, less real but more sincere.
4. She didn't write it. She would like them to use something she's written, even if it's 'All I Want For Christmas Is You'.
I tell Mariah that I'm surprised she's doing all the Euro interviews, telling her soapy story again and again. I'm amazed that she's booked in for all the lightweight radio programmes and the trite trashy TV shows - surely all this will undermine her picky-perfectionist determination to be seen as something special.
'You mean it's like I'm doing what a new artist should be doing ? You're not wrong, but I want this album to be successful. It's a science these days reaching the people you need to reach, and you have to do what you have to do. I don't want to get into a saga that's been told 20 million times but no one seems to remember it ... I grew up without a lot of money .... We moved around a lot when I was a kid and my father's black and my mother's white and I had a lot of issues as a kid and we moved 12 or 13 times, whatever it is. I don't want to be inaccurate but the point is that I always had this fear that the rug could be pulled out from underneath me at any time ... And so I think that got carried over. I'm a hard worker and that's part of it ... I'm almost afraid of losing what I've got. I'm very ambitious. People say MC, no one works like you.'
Doing the trashy stuff might not be the best way of keeping what you've got.
'It's what you have to do now, find ways to stay in the public eye without giving away your real life. Honestly, every time you walk out of the door it's a YouTube moment, it's a blog moment, a whatever website moment. When you appear in public it instantly travels the world ... The self-promoting situation in the world now has reached the next level - it's people's relationships, it's porn videos - and I have to find whatever ways to compete with that ... I'm doing promotional shows but the other people use their lives as promotional vehicles. I don't want to say anything negative about anyone else but other people just have their relationships in order to promote their careers and enhance who they are and be talked about in the tabloids. I do what I can to make sure whatever is said about me in the tabloids, it still connects to the music.'
As I watch the Friday Night rehearsal surrounded by crew and entourage, Mariah sits next to me, removing herself for a moment from the role she's been playing. I'm surprised she even recognises me. Perhaps someone has whispered in her ear about the presence of a journalist.
She's wearing shoes of such elevated flamboyance it makes you proud to be a biped. She stretches out her legs on the seat in front of her, sucks on the bendy straw in her non-diet Coca Cola, and asks me how's the story coming. She asks this because :
1. She really wants to know. 2. She knows it will look good in the story that she sits next to me and asks how the story's going. 3. She's probably heard I wanted to ask her some more questions and she's given me the opportunity, even though this time I've probably only got a minute.
I tell her that I'm at that point in the story where I asked her what she makes of Leona Lewis at No.1 in America, representing all the blank Cowell-driven Mariah Carey wannabes that there's ever been.
Mariah keeps a perfectly straight face. 'Honestly there has been so many "this is the new her" ... and I'm like, "OK, show me the new her. Can she come and work for me and be my double?" And I'm not talking about this particular girl, because I only heard her once and I didn't really see a true similarity, particularly in the style of music. It is what it is and they have compared me to so many people who are not really singers and they're certainly not writers. If I was to focus on this and really dwell on that, it would really bring me down and so I just try to pray for, like, OK, lose the spirit of jealousy, it's not a good one - envy is a really powerful thing. Not good. I don't have anything to be concerned about because there is no new me. I am me until the day I die. Whenever that is, that is when it is.'
Are you worried about getting old and being replaced by younger, fresher candidates ?
'I'm eternally 12 and I'm going to stay 12 for ever by saying it for ever! I may change how I dress or how I change my hair or whatever but the point is that you look at people who I look up to and who can still stand on a stage and command your attention, be it Aretha Franklin or Diana Ross. You look at them and you think, "You can grow up without losing your place," and I'm hardly putting myself on the same level, it's just that we're all Aries...'
You seem happy with how old you are considering you're always saying you're a 12-year-old.
'It's because I'm not getting old. Because if you think and act old and look old then you're old but if you don't then you ain't... OK!!!!!'
You can almost see the exclamation marks pour out of her mouth, confirming that my time is up and that she can rejoin her entourage, if not travel back to her life.
Mariah sits next to me before she has to return to the Friday Night Project rehearsal. By now she has replaced Leona Lewis at No.1 in America. For a moment we're both quiet, not sure of our roles outside the 45 minutes in Paris. I have no idea who she really is, just a fair idea of who she is when she plays at being the sweet, kind, slightly anxious and insubstantial, sexy singing Mariah her fans and those who make money from her like her to be. I tell her she's honest and revealing in interviews and songs, but really, that's still just a mask. She gives nothing away about who she actually is. She answers as a self-conscious 38-year-old mind and media manipulator who skilfully runs her own successful business in the friendly disguise of a professionally immature pop star.
'Well, if you want to come out with me and my friends on a festive night then you can see who I am on a night like that... Look, for the media, if I was to be in this interview with all my friends around me laughing it up and joking it with our private jokes, just like if you were spying on anyone at home with their best friend and family on their private lives, they'd be like, "Who's that? Why are they acting like a totally different person." Why? It's because I'm with people who love me and who don't judge me... The media are always judging me, that's their job, so I have to hide behind whatever and have fun as much as I can, and make my music. That's my job.'
She gets up and returns to "the fun". She waves goodbye to me with her 12-year-old wave, walks down the steps without throwing a tantrum, and gives me a final look that says:
1. Here's the thing, whether you like it or not, I'm quite good at my job.
Jasmine Juice: Jas + MC = Partying²
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 20-Apr-2008, 12:18PM EDT
The feeling-haggard-with-no-sleep look took on new proportions for me as my girl Mariah was in town. Much fun was had this last fortnight!
As she flew in on a whirlwind from Paris to be greeted at her hotel by hundreds of fans, her schedule was manic from the minute her platformed Prada shoes touched British soil.
On MC's first night, we planned dinner at posh eatery, San Lorenzo in Knightsbridge where myself, MC's homie Da Brat, Universal Music's Lee Ellen Newman, Matt Voss, Rob Pascoe and MC's crew were joined by all the hard workers at Mercury and Universal for a lovely Italian feast.
Midway through the meal, we had a hotline call from the really big dogs at Universal in New York, who called to reveal that MC had beaten her own record of 17 number one hits in the USA and was now jointly tied with Elvis. Two more number ones and she'll beat The Beatles!
Next up, I attended Choice FM's 18th birthday bash, hosted by Alesha Dixon and Simon Webbe. It was an amazing night with celebs all dressed for the red carpet. There were also strong performances from Kelly Rowland, Jay Sean, Ciara, Simon Webbe and more. Also in the house were Craig David and all the Choice FM DJ's looking slick.
To be honest, whilst it was a lovely evening, I was exhausted from the lack of sleep. And then, like the Cinderella story, MC pages me at midnight to tell me she's finished working and to ask where I was.
I replied, and next thing I know she says: "I'll come and hang out with you at the Choice FM function and then scoop you up and take you home."
She arrived with Da Brat as the whole ballroom floor was doing the electric slide and then Choice FM present her with the first ever "Hall of Fame" honouree. What a coincidence, eh readers?
Straight afterwards, we bounced back to their hotel where we ordered food, put on our pyjamas, shrieked lots and swapped "boyfriend gossip."
Before we knew it, it was 5am and I had to shower, get my car off the single yellow line outside and get straight back to work, whilst MC had two hours sleep before fitting in another 18 hours of straight promotion.
That night we attended her studio recording for The Friday Night Project on the South Bank, where hosts Justin and Alan had us wetting ourselves laughing. The show was fun and MC threw in a few sharp, fast comments of her own.
Then, we were all whisked to the second posh eatery of the week, Cipriani for a 30-strong group dinner to celebrate MC'S 18th number one hit in the USA.
We all got a little greedy with the Cipriani calamari, coz it was so yummy. (Even in one of London's finest restaurants, we still craved 'the deep fry').
The champagne flowed (and overflowed) and my cup really did 'runneth over' with laughter, stories and fun.
Alongside Matt Voss (Universal), our host for the night and Mariah's manager Benny Medina (the managers of all managers) gave a very suave speech about MC. She then she returned the favour and before we knew it, we were all getting emotional!
Benny brought nuff Polaroid cameras and we all remembered just how much fun it can be to snap away.
Brat had us all laughing when the photos slowly developed and we could see her face popping up in the background, sticking her tongue out.
Many, many Polaroid pictures later, we all staggered back to MC's penthouse suite at Claridge's, before collapsing with exhaustion at 5am and getting ready for another manic day.
My first job today is to wait until the record store opens to cop Mariah's new album E=MC2.The title is deep but true. Our girl is truly a musical genius!
E=MC² Review: "Drug Formula"
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 20-Apr-2008, 3:28AM EDT
Celebrity blogger/music critic Rich Juzwiak on his Four Four blog writes the following review of E=MC². Juzwiak is also a regular contributor to Slant Magazine and VH1.
Whatever drugs Mariah Carey's taking are doing wonders for her music. Actually, what am I saying, "whatever drugs"? It's obvious that she's on the pot, or that she wants you to think she is - an inhaled "sssssss" kicks off the best song, "I'm That Chick," on her best album, E=MC². And then: "Ooh wee!" is repeated enough to make this slow-burning disco come off like the shadier cousin of Rick James' "Mary Jane." Weed imagery dominates her boasts ("Boy I got you caught up inside of my haze," "You're fiendin' to blaze up and taste me," "You ain't seeing things or hallucinating," "Pull me in and breathe," "I'm like that uptown haze them real thugs blaze / We'll touch the sky..."), as though delusion is her artistic medium.
And, duh: of course she's high. I can't imagine anything but marijuana driving her to the destination of this album's title, which, in long form stands for Emancipation = Mariah Carey (squared). That sort of nonsense-logic is the thing of tokers and children, and image-wise, Mariah is both. (And seriously, even when you spell it all out, what the f**k does "Emancipation = Mariah Carey (squared)" even mean? Is that, like, a two-second review of The Emancipation of Mimi? Is it her coy way of simultaneously announcing that this album is its sequel and that she doesn't understand exponents? And if so, she so high that she thinks her "2" needs to be up there with her?) Whatever, though, tracks like "Chick" and "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" are sonic euphoria, career-highs that are so clean, you could snort off them.
And then, the paranoia sets in and it clings to this album like patchouli on Like a Prayer. I count no fewer than six rewrites of her relevance-reigniting megahit, "We Belong Together" (in sequential order: "I Stay in Love," "Love Story," "Last Kiss," "Thanx 4 Nothin'," "For the Record" and "Bye Bye"). These tracks, I assume, are intended to be hit insurance and as such, suggest that the memory of Glitter and the ensuing pop gutter hasn't faded a bit. Between its pop hits, Emancipation flirted with a live, full-band feel; E=MC²'s motif, in total contrast, is the plastic boom-tick of the 808-ballad. Not that I'm complaining -- to rewrite "We Belong Together" is to rewrite "Breakdown," a track forward-thinking enough to still bear repeating.
The best of these fast slow jams is the Bryan Michael Cox co-produced "For the Record," which skirts sounding like it's stuck in the past via futuristic chimes, whooshes, thwacks and pseudo-strings. (Incidentally, Cox is also responsible for "I Stay in Love," the most soulless song Mariah's cut since, well, before Glitter. It sports a piano line so deliberate, it'd be laughed off a Broadway original cast album.) The commercial crassness of these retreads is perfectly encapsulated in "Bye Bye," in which Stargate's stock ballad beat fits under the "We Belong Together" template. Meanwhile, Mariah announces this song "is for everybody." Not just all the parents and children of the world -- everybody! Take that, Celine! "Bye Bye" is about death, and only thing more universal than that topic is probably taxes (funnily enough, E=MC² was released on April 15). Initially, the obsequiousness of "Bye Bye" was too revolting even for me, but what keeps me coming back to it is its ultimate silliness. I snort at "This is for my peoples who lost their grandmothers" every damn time I hear it, and the chorus litany of "Mamas, daddies, sisters, brothers, friends and cousins" sounds like the basis of a companion piece to the preschool standard, "Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes." It's supposed to make me cry, but "Bye Bye" makes me howl inside. It's not so much like laughing in church as it is at the crazy lady ranting about abortion on the corner, shaking her plastic fetus.
From what I've gathered, those who hate this album, hate it for the lack of sophistication in its flagrant hit-mongering. But that's like hating a Pollack for being too splattery. People forget that Mariah's function has always been that of hitmaker. She's worked hard for her numbers (18 No. 1's and she has the balloons to prove it). Until her 2001 breakdown, working hard meant averaging an album a year and rerecording virtually every single for various remixes. She's lessened the pace, but the wheels upstairs turn just as rapidly. E=MC² originally was supposed to come out six months ago. Leading up to November, every time she'd make a public appearance and answer the inevitable questions about the album, she'd talk about it as a work in progress, frequently saying that she was "just recording," even into the new year. I love that Mariah has seemingly turned from compulsive releasing to obsessive crafting, as though she can only be pathological about pop music. (I can relate!) And you want to talk obsessive? Seven of these 14 tracks strike within 10 seconds of the three-minute-thirty-second mark, the supposedly magic running time for a pop single. She thumps the Bible on the arresting piano-gospel closer of "I Wish You Well," but everywhere else she thumps The Manual.
"Cruise Control," which cops reggae no more offensively than your average Gwen Stefani track, knits three hooks in a row. It sports a pre-chorus bridge, a chorus and then a mega-chorus. The songwriting craft is astounding. Equally astounding? The idea that it's appropriate to adopt a Jamaican accent for the track's second verse, which hilariously goes: "'Can't nobody can't nobody tell me nuttin' / When he comes into view / 'Cause he's the flyest ting when he be cruisin' on me avenue / When tha door open, de gals pon de block / They be hopin', to rob tha clock me say no man / Step up step up bottle broken think I'm jokin'...?" Ting! She says "ting!"
But then, she's always been interested in passing, from her career-long transition from adult contemporary to hip-hop soul, to now, as she rocks a rasta hat with the fake dreadlocks and elsewhere adopts the ghetto-fab swag of "Migrate" ("'Soon as we walk through the door / Fellas be grabbin' at us like whoa / Tryin' to get us goin' off that Patron / We sippin' Grigio...slow"). I see this as nothing but a further shading in of her frequently childlike identity: she's playing dress-up. In a time when aging divas like Janet Jackson and Madonna are doing everything they can to fade into the (often vivid and nice-looking) wallpaper of their music, Mariah isn't afraid to be her ridiculous self. It's one thing to sing as well as she does (or rather, can, via editing of her increasingly brittle voice), or to have the knack for melody and harmony that's only getting stronger as she grows older. But Mariah's secret formula is that larger-than-life persona that she filtrates so precisely into her work. It's why she can pull off a (dirtily) Southern-fried power-ballad like "Side Effects." It's why this album is better than The Emancipation of Mimi (too tempered in the persona department for my taste). And it's why E=MC² is so damn addictive.
That's the point, but the underlying theme suggests an inverse of it: E=MC²'s engineered infectiousness is a symptom of Mariah's dependence on quantatitve superstardom (via chart success). This isn't an album; it's a collection of hits. As such, it's a perfect reflection of Mariah's pop-artistry and fame addiction. That drug thing? Nothing new at all.
Audio: KIIS FM's Exclusive Interview with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 19-Apr-2008, 6:22PM EDT
On Thurday afternoon, before her CD signing at Universal City Walk, Mariah interviewed with Jojo Wright of KIIS FM's Jojo On The Radio for his Top 9@9 countdown. Conducted at the Guitar Center Studio, she talked about her new album, E=MC² and revealed some interesting facts about the real Mariah Carey.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download an MP3. ]
[Fans scream/clap] Do people do this when you walk to a grocery store? "I will admit that I haven't really walked to a grocery store in a long time. That's sounding diva-ish but honestly I'm just being honest. Whatever. We love going gro... honestly it'll be a fun field trip to go to the grocery store. It's like a festive outing, something to do."
Next time you come in, if we can work it out, we'll make a trip to a grocery store. "Let's just do that! Actually I would rather go to a store where they have the beauty supplies store because you can go and get stuff that you don't see all the time. I'm a beauty school dropout - 500 hours. My haircutting skills are not as good as like the styling of it. And I can do manicures and pedicures and all those stuff."
What TV shows do you watch? "I don't really have much time to watch TV but when I do, when I... now they take off the shows that are my favorite. I loved The Sopranos. I was an avid Soprano watcher, like I was very, very annoyed. The ending to me kept it hopeful especially with the 'Don't Stop Believing' in the background. I hope they can do a movie."
Pets in the house? "Of course! We all know Jack. We know and love Jack. I don't know if you guys have seen the MTV 52/52 thing. So JJ (Jack Junior) is in those. He's featured and Snoop is featured doing his voice which is hilarious and I love Snoop. The fact that he did that I'm like he's the coolest person in the land."
Do you have any annoying neighbors? "No, because I'm my own neighbor [laughs]. Thank God because seriously we have parties on the roof, that's like my main platform, that's the place I love to be. But yes, if you were ever to come to my lair you would definitely be on the roof and even in the winter I'm like, 'let's go on the roof' 'cause that's the reason I bought the house. I live in New York. In New York you don't get to be outside so it's like the roof's space is the main thing of the house. Again, I'll be blasting music up there. I've got the ones and twos up there as well, the turntable's up there.
The art of the high note, how is that possible? "I don't know. Sometimes I just sit there I go, 'Where am I with that? Can I do it if I tried?' Little vocal warm-up and then I'm just like, 'Okay, I could probably hit a note if I had to' but it's all about, honestly, it really is about timing, vocal rest, sleep, all that. My voice doctor lectures and he talks to people about my voice because it's a different kind of thing. My cords, I actually have nodules on them and I have for my whole life and that's why when you hear my speaking voice, it is more low. That's why I can go into the lower register like low, low, low - pretty low. But the [does a high note] is a whole different thing. His whole point is because I have the nodules, I've learned how to sing around them and with them. It's sort of I use a part of the cords when I'm hitting that particular register - the higher, upper register. In this album, I played around with the upper register a lot, the high notes, we'll call them, the background parts and different things I've always done that but back in the day it was pretty much like, 'Oh, you've got to turn the high note down because it's annoying and bla, bla, bla' so that's why we did one of the 52/52 skits, was about the high note like my dog not being able to deal with it. And actually, he does. His ears do go a little haywire [laughs]. Sometimes he'll hear a certain noise. I'm talking about JJ. One time I was belting like hitting a mid-range and I was actually working on this album and Jack was in the studio with me and he started barking along with the note and I couldn't use it obviously but I was like, 'You got to save that just for my own laugh'."
We saw you on American Idol looking hot. Thank you. I haven't seen it yet. I still haven't seen it. I really want to see the show.
You did good. A+ for you. Your thoughts on the performances of the contestants with some of your material "When I did the 'mentoring' thing, that was pretty cool because if I were them I won't want me to do too 'cause I'm not ever gonna be mean to somebody. First of all, I don't like judging people. To me that's like something you're not supposed to do, judge not lest ye be judged, you know. It's kind of like a thing where it's like, 'I don't like that' so I had to tell them treat me like I'm your friend who happens to do this for a living, just-ask-me-anything type of thing and then I gave them my little critiques but in a way that was like whatever. I felt it would be more difficult like for me to sing right here to you like nobody else, that's weird to me. You know what I mean? Rather than being infront of an audience of 50,000 people, the thing is you can be on the stage and it sort of becomes like impersonal thing 'cause you know, when you do big shows, there's so many people. It's not like even dealing with one-on-one which I don't have a problem with but when you're singing and you're not known yet, you're like here being judged by the whole world. I can't just imagine it so I just have to say like, 'Big up to the finalists who put themselves out there like that.' I'm so glad it's not the route I went down. Even if it was, I was like, 'I'm in highschool la-la-la now I'm doing like I'm gonna be poverty-stricken moment, here I am' and then all of a sudden it's like I was on TV shows and people who went to school with me were like, 'What? I didn't even know she sang.' I didn't tell people so it was weird enough to suddenly be on TV but then I can imagine how they must feel so... I thought they did a good job with it when they were one-on-one with me. Even better than I thought they did in their performances. Just as my opinion. I didn't want to say that but I feel they did such a good job just one-on-one. I wish people could have seen that."
The new album which is in stores now. Hit it. "I think this album goes a little bit deeper on some of the songs lyrically. The last song on the album is called 'I Wish You Well' and to me that's one of my best songs that I've ever done because it is an inspirational song and I feel compelled to do songs like that because doing that on an album that has like, you know, songs like 'Touch My Body' and whatever [laughs]. It's good because it's exposing people to something and the message that they may not hear if they're just listening to the regular radio and so I think that's important. It's not trying to be hypocritical like, 'Ooh, on one hand I'm singing something that's like more of a gospel song and on the other hand, I'm singing like, clearly 'Touch My Body' has a lot of jokes in it, let's face reality. Even my pastor was like, 'Okay'."
What's your conversation with your pastor like? He's cool. He's not like too uptight. He's a very cool guy like he actually plays pool and has trophies that he wins up to here. People are like, 'That's not fair. You've got God on your side.' Anyway, the point is I feel really good about this record because it is fun, festive, uptempo, so many great guest-artists on there. Just being able to do this song like 'I Wish You Well' as a last cut on it which actually my pastor who is actually is a Bishop, Clarence Keaton is featured on the song and he ends, the last line of the entire album is spoken by him and it basically is peace so it makes sense. I thought it was an important thing to do. This is definitely the most real of my album. This is me."
What is your most embarrassing moment? "I have many embarrassing moments and I'll definitely not try to relive them. But if anyone were to ask me that, it's fine that you did, Jojo."
Have you milked a cow? "I don't know. Maybe on a school trip.
Do you believe in ghosts or UFOs? "Not really. I believe in spirit."
Do you remember your first celebrity moment? "When I thought I was a celebrity? I was going to the movies and I was standing in a line with my friend. We were in line for a movie in New York and this girl had my song. She had the first single, 'Vision of Love' and her friend was asking her, 'What are you listening to?' and she said the name of the song and she said my name and she was like trying to explain what I look like. I'm standing right behind her [laughs]. I don't think I've ever told that story before but that's the truth."
Mariah, number one tonight is your track "Bye Bye." It's doing well obviously. The album is out in stores. Say a couple of things about the album. "I think the main thing about this album is it's got ballads, it's got songs that are uplifting or meant to be uplifting - expressing who I am. Basically all the uptempo songs again there's always a little touch of me and a little wink and a smile with it. Today we're talking with someone about 'Migrate' and they were like, 'Yeah, that's the song when you get them to go out.' Basically that's every uptempo I have. That's my inspiration. I think that's this album is a good-time record with a little bit extra added."
Below are pictures from Mariah's visit to Chicago's B96 on Monday, April 14th. The B96 staff surprised Mariah with a cake and balloons to celebrate her 18th #1 and the release of her new album, E=MC².
You can listen to Mariah's interview with B96 that day by clicking here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Josie
Paris Match Interview: "I'm Eternally 12"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 19-Apr-2008, 6:19PM EDT
"My ex-husband loved me to the point of being obsessive, abusive. I was the image of myself in his hands."
After announcing the release of her 11th album E=MC2 last November, it was pushed back until this week. The ex "American Cinderella" put all her time and energy in re-discovering her punch, her voice, and her spirit: "Touch My Body" the first single from the CD, is already at the top of the charts in the US. Ten years after divorcing Tommy Mottola, the head of Sony, the five-octave singer has finally overcome her demons. The death of her father in 2001 was traumatizing for her, though they not only reconciled before he died, but she re-discovered her the faith that strengthened her as a child. Sexier than ever, she is significantly slimmer and lost 17 kilos over a few months. And she's already sold more than 165 million albums in 18 years, but her career is still the beginning for her: at 38 years old, she's re-found the purity of her debut.
Paris Match. Like Barack Obama, you were born to a mixed couple. Do you have difficulty finding your identity like him? Mariah Carey. When I was little, I would never have imagined we could have a mixed candidate for the president of the United Sates. We are in the middle of an enormous period for our country. In my childhood, I felt like an outsider. I tried not to cling to one identity in particular. I felt like couldn't be myself anywhere. My parents divorced when I was three. I cannot say I faced the same racism that my older brother and sister experienced. I was the youngest and it was easier for me because society was more tolerant. But within myself, I always that sense of exclusion, of being an outsider. I couldn't talk to my parents about what felt like a crisis to me in those days. I didn't want to burden them with my problems, even if they were very real to me. All the mixed people I meet can tell you the same story. We carry with us a sense of ambiguity. Growing up in an environment filled with people who go by external appearances is often difficult.
Did music become your identity? Definitely. Music fills an immense void in my life. I started singing when I started talking. After that, I learned to whistle. My father taught me. [She whistles the music to "The Godfather", and then apologizes for her performance]. My mother was a singer. She taught me to sing. Religion also played a big part in it.
God has a big place in your life? I never doubted His existence, even when I wasn't always praying. I've always kept the positive memory of me as a little girl, with this pure and innocent relationship with God, close to my heart. I come back to it all the time. I have a gift of music and it comes from God. When I was going through difficult things as a child, faith always helped me to look to the future. Every time I have sad moments I always go back to the little girl in me. In a sense, I am eternally twelve.
Do you think, as the female singer who has sold the most records in the history of music, that you haven't changed? Honestly, I don't think I've really changed. Maybe I seem like an idiot, but I think that everything happens for a specific reason. This is what I feel in my relationship with God when I pray. I am in harmony with myself and immerse myself in the Bible. I've read the whole thing three times, and I believe that all the little things that are written in it have helped me to become a better person.
2001 was a difficult year with the death of your father... Very difficult. His illness more than anything. We all had hope for a long time and it was very difficult. I really had just begun to know him. At the very end of his life, he told me: "You never had to be a star for me to love you. To me, in my heart, you were always my star." It was strange to hear those words because I never felt his love like that before. I felt like I was going back to my roots. For me, I was at the height of my career. For my father, sadly, it was the end. I've become stronger from that ordeal. I came back to the true essence of my father, to being his little girl, always a little girl.
Do you regret certain choices in your career? Of course. How can anyone not regret the film Glitter? However, I don't think it was the worse thing ever produced in the world, like it was written. You have to admit, the film did not have a plot. And then the choice of September 11th release date was not the best, was it [laughs]? And like all artists, I'm human, and I learned a lot from that experience. I wasn't portrayed well, but my optimism to finish and gain the upper hand kept me going. There have been quite a few singers whose films weren't all they'd hoped, either [laughs].
By marrying Tommy Mottola, head of Sony, you didn't just marry a man but also a CD shop. Was this a mistake? Yes, it was obviously a mistake. He loved me, but to the point of obsession. Today, I would like to think that he doesn't have bad intentions. But the relationship was abusive, and whoever has been in an abusive relationship needs to talk about it. Me, I talk about in through my songs. "Side Effects" from my new CD E=MC2 refers back to that time in my life. I have to talk about it, it's important. The time that I was with him, everyone thought I was living a fairy tale. I lived vicariously through the me I saw on television. But at the heart of it, I wasn't that image. I wasn't happy. If I could do it again, I wouldn't marry him.
The image of Mariah Carey, the one we see on CDs, would she like to explore other types of music? Do you ever feel like you're nothing but a product? Yes, that's what happened. My roots are in R&B. My label wanted me to be pop. But what can you say about pop? It's huge, but when you think about it, there's nothing to say about it. All of that is a question of image. They had a specific idea they wanted me to be and they just wanted me to sing. It is difficult to be innovative in that context!
You said you aren't going to make any more decisions based on money. I said that right after I made a really bad decision based on money [laughs]. What I can say about that is that I grew up without money. Then, in one day, I suddenly had a lot of money. And after that moment, it was hard not to make decisions within that scope. When I was young, there were times I only had one meal a day because there was nothing to eat. I didn't have trouble keeping my figure! Now I do...I am back to my jean size that I had when I was 17 but I have to put a lot of effort into that, all kinds of exercises. I had to adopt a very French eating style. My trainer's name is Patricia and she comes from Bordeaux.
Do you visit France often? I'm starting to. I remember my first time in Paris very well, I think it was in 1991. I was in my room before doing a television interview. I was getting made up and was straightening my hair with an iron. I didn't realize you needed an adaptor. After a moment the iron started getting really hot and my hair started to burn. I had to cut part off a part of my hair, luckily not the bangs! I was terrified. This was a time in my life when I'd never been out of the United States. What impression did it leave me with? In the end, everything worked out. This misadventure didn't keep from coming back to France and meeting the best hair stylists and make up artists in the world, and who are happy to travel with me today.
Source: Paris Match | Scans: Sam
Queen of the Divas
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 19-Apr-2008, 3:03PM EDT
The cover star of this Sunday's Observer Music Monthly is Mariah Carey with an engrossing interview by Paul Morley inside.
Not sure about Mariah's real diva status? We weren't either, although we'd read all the tabloid reports about how she flies her dog everywhere first class, travels with 11 bodyguards and 100 pairs of shoes and expects Egyptian bed sheets and a red carpet on arrival at her hotel... And then we tried scheduling our photoshoot.
One of our art directors, Jamie Sage, picks up the story:
In the end, we waited seven hours for her to arrive and then 20 people turned up with a film crew and the Fresh Prince of Bel-Air in tow (Mariah's manager Benny Medina is the real life boy from the 'hood, taken in by a rich Beverly Hills family). But what else were we expecting?
This was our fourth attempt at shooting Mariah. Previous sessions had been arranged in London and New York. Then it was scheduled to happen in LA: a dog was given a mohawk especially for the occasion.
Now, on a wet spring night, we're in Paris. Her own lighting man comes over to 'check out what you've got going on'. 'I like it,' he says and proceeds to change what we've spent most of the day setting up.
Photographer Jan Welters starts shooting and Mariah's entourage, which includes a make-up artist, hairdresser and body make-up artist, come out to hang and feel the vibe. 'I just wanna listen to house music today,' says Mariah, so dance mixes of tracks from her new album start bubbling loudly from the speakers.
If she takes any direction at all, it's through Benny. What he says goes.
'How about she stops pouting?' I ask. 'We don't do moody, but we DO do bitch,' says Benny.
Between eating sushi and drinking wine, all the flunkies start boogying around, shouting: 'exactly Mariah,' as she turns her head; 'that's what I'm talking about Mariah,' as she put her hand on her hip; 'yeah Mariah, yeah,' as she turns to the left.
'More wind,' says Benny, and someone runs to crank the machine up.
Benny gets on everyone's nerves by trying to be the stylist, lighting guy and photographer all in one. Apparently he's even taken the camera off a snapper before and started taking the pictures himself. Every five minutes her film crew comes over to ask to get a few of their own shots.
We're told to finish at 2am because Mariah has a 10am flight to London. Everyone screams, claps, and whoops. Lives have been saved, miracles have happened etc.
The next day, after the shoot, word comes through from Mariah's camp that it was one of the best she's ever done. It was certainly one of the most ridiculous I've been on.
Mariah made an appearance last night at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City Walk, Los Angeles to promote her new album, E=MC².
Upon arrival at the Hard Rock Cafe at around 7:00pm, Mariah proceeded to a private room where a donation ceremony was held. She donated the Rhinestone Microphone and Microphone Stand she used on Oprah, Idol Gives Back and on American Idol to Hard Rock Cafe's world famous memorabilia collection. Following the ceremony, Mariah walked the purple carpet and posed for photographs. She was then led to a mounted stage across the Hard Rock Cafe where the CD signing event took place.
Thousands of fans came out to support and celebrate the release of Mariah's new album. Close friend & rapper Da Brat and actor Nick Cannon (co-starring in the "Bye Bye" music video) were also there to lend their support.
At around 11pm, fans from the left side of the stage kept the event festive by singing Mariah's songs. Mariah was loving it! The video on right shows Mariah singing along to "Love Story" and "Touch My Body."
Danielle Finally at around eight p.m., the doors to the Hard Rock opened to a fury of lens flashes, as first Mariah's long time friend and collaborator Da Brat practically skated down the carpet; she walked so fast. Mariah was ushered out by a swarm of security, publicist, and her manager Benny Medina. She didn't stop to offer interviews, but she did turn and pose in all directions every few feet her so. And though the sun had set, she donned her trademark tinted sunglasses. Perhaps it was because she was tired or perhaps just to go with her ensemble (black on black), but whatever the case, after the week she's had, who could blame her?
The line of fans snaked around the Hard Rock and up to the second floor walkways, but Mariah calmly sat and signed CD after CD. Some fans brought gifts; others brought signs; but all came prepared with a message of how much Mariah means to them, and as they inched closer after hours of waiting, it was blatantly obvious just how many (and how much) she has touched men and women (and girls and boys) all over the world.
During the entire signing she not only signed the presented item, but she constantly acknowledged everyone in her audience singing along to her music in the background, or commenting back to people. Beside her was Da Brat and some friends welcoming and commenting to the people. After about 11pm, Mariah was expressing how festive things are as Benny Medina her manager constantly promoted new mixes to the audience, the fans began singing to Mariah as she would sing along and waving and grooving to her songs. We yelled how we are going oldskool and Mariah replied, 'Sing Always Be My Baby, that always makes me happy.' We go singing Always be My Baby, then Touch My Body, then Cruise Control. During Cruise Control, Da Brat came out and sang with the crowd. It was such a wonderful night, I wanna thank Mariah for being real and dedicated to her fans. She loved my shirt of the albums and stated how she wanted the shirt but they wouldn't let her use her images, I then responded that i got the images from her show. She was impressed by the fans, their comments, tattoos and so forth. It was a dream come true!
Me and my cousin drove down to Universal Citywalk and arrived at 2:30pm. We had checked in at the FYE booth for getting our wristbands. At 5:30pm, the line wrapped up around 4 stairways to the overpass of the entrance to the car parking lot. Unfortunately, that was where I would start my time of waiting to meet Mariah. My cousin would be down in the pit where all the action would start. Observing the atmosphere, I wanted to see what all the Mariah fans were about. Words to describe her fans: creative, chaotic, and diverse. The craziest thing I saw a person bring to the line of the signing was the hood of their car. The security were very professional and calm. And the waiting started. Mariah was scheduled to arrive at 6pm but was 2 hours late. The line would move in small pace movements. The citywalk was entertaining the crowds by playing her new album E=MC² on repeat. At 11pm, I was feeling so many emotions at the same time: hungry, nervous, and chilly. I was still having great doubts about having time to meet her before she leaves.
At 12am, Citywalk lights are still on but the music is off. The walkways are empty with just a huddled crowd of Stand Bys waiting to be seen by Mariah. I was at the home stretch. Da Brat was walking around taking pictures and signing autographs. I was ready to approach the stage as my heart was pounding so freakin' hard. I was at the stairs where security confiscated the items. Still this is my second time meeting Mariah but this was a little bit more personal. She was staring dead right at me. One word to describe her is: FLAWLESS. Her body and face is in tip-top shape. I told her like goober: "Words cannot express how much I love you and how much you mean to me." The reply: "Thank You" in her Mimi voice. The seconds were over and it was called a night. Overall, the experience was a long wait but well worth it. I feel like I was a little lucky though because I still could have gotten the cut and sent home. It felt like an audition. Luck of the draw. But I would say memorable night overall. Mariah fan for life!
I couldn't see Mariah from where I was at, and as I got closer to the stage confetti began shooting out. The security checked our wristbands 3 times, and they asked me to pull out the album poster. I was struggling to get it out, and I walked up the stairs, the security told me, "No cameras," so i put it in my pocket. I was next and I was trying to open the poster when they said, "You're up," and I just handed the closed poster to her, I thought she was going to sign the closed part of the poster, but she literally opened the whole poster up and spread it out. I was going to hand her the album so she could sign the front and it'd be easier, but her security said, "One thing only!" and I remembered from the perfume signing that I forgot to tell Mariah my name, so i said, "Hi, I'm Albert!" and she nodded and mouthed a, "yes and hi," and her security on my left said, "No names, no names!" and I was going to ask Mariah a question but since there were over 1,000 people there, there wasn't any time, and it was so loud with all the music and fans screaming. I told her, "Thank you for helping me to keep going." and she mouthed, "Aww, thank you." She handed me the album poster, and as I was walking down I kept looking in her eyes, and I'll never forget her eyes, behind her sparkly sunglasses. I could see her still looking in my eyes as I was going down the steps, and I'm amazed I didn't fall down the stairs but when I looked into her eyes I saw her and her past, she's very deep, and I think she saw the same in me. I went down the stairs and scooped some confetti and put in an envelope I had.
That same week she had done appearances on Oprah in Chicago, and American Idol in LA. Back and forth on those planes must be exhausting and then to come out and meet over 1,000 fans. I give her a lot of credit. Noone in the industry today works that hard. She deserves all the fame and her spot at #1. What an adventure I truly had.
Jay-Z Jumps On Upbeat "Bye Bye" Remix
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Apr-2008, 10:48PM EDT
Jermaine Dupri made the most of some recent time in the studio with Jay-Z, having Hov lay guest vocals for a Mariah Carey remix.
The Carey remix is a reworking of "Bye Bye," the second single from her E=MC² LP. On the original, Mariah sings about losing family members, but JD hints that the remix will be more upbeat.
"The remix for the Mariah record is crazy," Dupri said Friday (April 18). "Young Hov and Mariah crank it up, and myself, JD -- a.k.a. Barry Bonds -- cleans up."
When asked if it was awkward to remix such a melancholy song, Dupri said we'll forget about the sad sentiments.
HQ Photos: E=MC² CD Signing in Los Angeles
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Apr-2008, 7:58PM EDT
Mariah signed copies of her new album, E=MC², at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City Walk, Los Angeles Thursday, April 17, 2008. Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos from the event.
MTV/BET Appearances Cancelled
Posted by Liron on Friday, 18-Apr-2008, 4:21PM EDT
MTV - TRL: Unfortunately Mariah is no longer able to attend TRL this Monday, but we appreciate your support and will be keeping you posted on when she reschedules.
MTV will also notify all fans who requested tickets to the show by e-mail.
BET - 106 & Park: An appearance by Mariah Carey on 106 & Park's Monday show was advertised on BET but it has been cancelled as well.
Stay tuned for the rescheduled dates for Mariah's appearances and the premiere of the "Bye Bye" music video.
Source: MTV | BET
First "Bye Bye" Review by Bob Burke
Posted by Liron on Friday, 18-Apr-2008, 11:49AM EDT
MARIAH CAREY "Bye Bye" (Island/IDJMG)
The last time Mariah Carey and Johnta Austin collaborated, it resulted in the two biggest hits of Carey's career with "We Belong Together" and "Don't Forget About Us." So it should come as no surprise that "Bye Bye" is another gem with multi-format hit potential. While Carey has delivered her share of great uptempo hits throughout the years, some might agree that nowadays MC sounds best on records that evoke this kind of emotion and passion. Carey knows how to connect with the audience on a personal level and this song about loss is no exception and is sure to strike a chord with many. Songwriting is an art and no one has perfected that art form better than Mariah Carey, who has delivered a single that is destined to be her nineteenth #1 hit. BET ON IT! (Burke's Best Bet)
Mariah's Radio Interview with Billy Bush
Posted by Liron on Friday, 18-Apr-2008, 6:44AM EDT
Billy Bush: The new album drops today, E=MC², the single "Touch My Body" is #1 in America, it is her 18th #1 single, she has unseated Elvis Presley. Do you keep your eye on that type of thing? I mean, the Beatles have 20. Do you want to take them down? Is that sort of a personal goal of yours?
Mariah Carey: Noooo. Please, no way. It's the Beatles. They changed the world. It's so not about "oh I think I'm in his category." First of all, we're dealing with legends who don't even really make records anymore.
BB: We're also dealing with men. Do you feel this accomplishment as a woman? Like, wow.
MC: Yeah, thank you! Thank you, Billy Bush, for saying that! Why can't they just say that? When someone put it this way the other day, they were like "Okay, you are the solo artist, bar none, with the biggest amount of #1s". That's when I was like wow, that's bizarre.
BB: Okay, let's talk about "Touch My Body." (MC comments: You know those are my favorite colors.) You have a great body, you're exercising all the time, you look fantastic.
MC: Well if you say that, then I guess it's true.
BB: Who gets to [touch your body]?
MC: Uh, I'm -- what's that thing that you say? What was that old like third grade thing? Mind your own beeswax? [laughs] Mind your own beeswax, Billy!
BB: You can't say mind your own beeswax! No, no, no. We go way too far back. I wanna know, who's in your wheel house? who are you dating?
MC: We go back like babies with pacifiers. Oh darling, who are you dating?
BB: I am dating my wife of ten years. I think you are dating. The way I hear it is some record executive type of person.
BB: C'mon, tell me who you are dating. Don't play mysterious with me.
MC: Billy, don't be a hero! Don't be a fool with your life!
BB: You won't give me anything? You're not going to tell me anything?
MC: What do you want to know? Listen, here's what I am going to tell you...
BB: Is there a good man in your corner?
MC: Yes. But the thing is I'm very -- like I have so little privacy. Honestly, any relationship has to be private. I mean it's bad enough, people that are my friends have to constantly be like "no, she's not a b*tch, or no, she's not this or that" and it's annoying. That's just me being the way that I am. But honestly, I feel like until I get married, I don't think it's appropriate for me to discuss my personal life. My main thing is until I get until married, that's how I am -- if I get married. If I don't, then we won't be discussing my personal life, at all!
BB: Alright, let me ask you, last personal question. Do you have a desire -- I mean you have 18 number one singles, the Beatles have 20, your career is hot right now, so it's hard to take your eye off your career, but what about things like motherhood? Do you have that desire to be a mom?
MC: Everybody who knows me is like "you have to be a mom!" If I do become a mother, it would be because I am in love with somebody.
BB: Mariah, because of your faith, would you have to be married, in order to have a child with someone?
MC: Yeah, I would have to be married. At this point in my life, just trying to not be a complete hypocrite, I think that I would have to be married, yes.
BB: Last question: that band-aid. What happened to you?
MC:[gasps] A band-aid! Dum dum dum!
BB: Band-aid means injury. Injury means drama.
MC: Basically what happened was, JJ is just a bab-ay and he doesn't understand that I am the mama and I can take his food away from him whenever I want. So, I had to take his food away from him for a reason and he went [growls]. You know, he does it to everybody, anybody who approaches him, he can't see, and then he realized it was me and went "uh-oh!"
BB: It's a dog bite. Now I gotta let you go cause you gotta move on in your schedule. I wanna say thank you so much for coming in, Mariah Carey, she has got a huge album in stores today, pick it up, it's E=MC². First single, "Touch My Body" is her 18th number one, it's a tremendous accomplishment. You look hot as fire! You look good, thank you so much for sitting here.
MC: Thank you!
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
The following day, April 16th, Billy Bush interviewed famous producer David Foster (who worked with Mariah on the songs "There For Me" and "After Tonight") who had nothing but good things to say about Mariah;
David Foster: Mariah is hot in every way. You combine that beautiful face with a hot body and great talent and great singing and let's not forget, everybody forgets, she is a great songwriter. Not good, but great. [...]
I worked with her a little bit, not extensively, but I worked with her a little bit. She's a pro, she knows her way around the studio, and a lot of artists, you know, they wanna be a co-producer just because they can be. Mariah really is a co-producer. She's in there for every note, and I applaud her. I think she's amazing.
Billy Bush then added that he thinks Mariah is one of the nicest celebrities and that he really likes her as a person.
[ Listen to the interview clip below. Click here to download. ]
"Touch My Body" global peak positions
Posted by Michael on Friday, 18-Apr-2008, 4:38AM EDT
United States - #1(2) Canada - #2 Europe (overall) - #3 New Zealand - #3 Switzerland - #3 United Kingdom - #5 Japan - #5 Italy - #5 Germany - #7 Turkey - #8 Norway - #10 Austria - #10 Ireland - #13 Sweden - #14 Australia - #17 Netherlands - #20 Denmark - #20 Belgium - #26
MARIAH CAREY - E=MC² : OUT EVERYWHERE NOW!
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 17-Apr-2008, 6:30PM EDT
On behalf of MariahDaily.com and her fans worldwide, we would like to wish Mariah a huge congratulations on the release of her 11th studio album E=MC²! Well worth the three year wait since her record breaking The Emancipation of Mimi, this CD has already been delighting audiences with the catchy "Touch My Body." The song recently topped the Billboard Hot 100 charts (Emancipated 18th! Yaaay!), making it her 18th number one single and beating Elvis Presley's record, making her second only to The Beatles.
That was just the beginning. Mariah's second single, the powerful ballad "Bye Bye" is already making waves on radio and iTunes following her emotional performance on the Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday and American Idol on Wednesday.
Mariah has co-written and co-produced every song on the album which is already being referred to as her best (Blender: "E=MC² is Carey's most-fun album, and her best."). Joined by producers like Danja, Stargate, The-Dream, Swizz Beats and DJ Toomp, previous collaborators Bryan Michael Cox, James Poyser and long time friend Jermaine Dupri, the album varies from heavy hip-hop beats to sweet pop tunes, soulful R&B ballads and a closing track that shames no gospel artist.
Mariah gives us a look into her personality through the songs - from the personal lyrics of "Side Effects" to the haunting "I Wish You Well", the universal anthem that is "Bye Bye", the fun and playful "Touch My Body", the flirtatious "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" and the edgy sarcasm of "Thanx 4 Nothin'".
All that before getting to the brilliant vocal layering of "Last Kiss", the clever use of vocoder in "Migrate", the beautiful backing vocals in "Love Story", the addictive singing style in "O.O.C." and the always breathtaking melodies and vocals in the entire album.
Mariah on the title, E=MC²: The name of the album is E=MC² which is pretty funny because I failed Remedial Math and I can barely add [laughs] so it's kind of like you know a little bit of a joke there and poking fun at myself but it also has a lot to do with the fact the last album, The Emancipation of Mimi, would be the "E" Emancipation equals I guess we can explain it by saying Emancipation equals Mariah Carey to the second power so it's kind of like you know, it's kind of one of those things that I'm having a good time with but it also really represents just feeling free and making music that makes me happy.
This album is truly a labor of love for Mariah. She started writing for it shortly after wrapping up Mimi and has been recording it for the past 9 months. She says: "These past two albums, Mimi and this new album E=MC², are really representative of the true me, and having fun and taking things not too seriously, yet also being able to reveal a lot of who I really am to the world, which is not an easy thing to do."
Mariah collaborated with a few female writers on this album: Crystal "Cri$tyle" Johnson ("Cruise Control", "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time", "Side Effects", "Touch My Body"), Maryann Tatum ("I Wish You Well") and Da Brat ("O.O.C.") who all helped crafting these songs from a female point of view.
Two additional songs: "Heat" and "4Real4Real" (ft. Da Brat) are available on international editions of the album. Click here to order the UK version (15 tracks and backcover with photo) and here to order the Japanese version (16 tracks).
During Mariah's appearance on the Oprah show, she talked about how she had to rush the album "Thank You" notes because the schedule for the album's pressing was very tight. She also told fans that the booklet was supposed to have more pictures in it but "someone messed up".
This album is too good for just one edition, right? Luckily for all us Mariah fans out there, there are several editions with all kinds of Mariah goodies in stores;
THE STANDARD EDITION This edition comes with fourteen brand-new Mariah tracks and is sure to please any fan. It's available for $9.97 on Amazon.
THE DELUXE EDITION This edition comes in an exclusive digipack and comes with a fold-out poster and an iPod skin to show off your love for Mariah. It's available for $12.99 on Amazon.
THE GREEN EDITION Environmentally conscious lamb? Pick up the Wal-Mart "green" version of the CD, printed on biodegradable paper and packaged with seeds you can plant. You'll also get 3 free downloads from Napster. This edition is available for $13.88 on Wal-Mart.
THE DIGITAL EDITION Download the digital version on iTunes and treat yourself to Mariah's new music in just a few minutes. Plus, you'll also get some stunning digital art from the album! It's available for $10.99 on iTunes.
If you're like us, you probably have your copy (or copies) already and want to convince everyone else to get one too. Spread the love with the avatars, wallpapers, banners and flyers below, courtesy of Jeramiah and Bernard!
Exclusive Clip From "Tennessee"
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 17-Apr-2008, 5:24PM EDT
Mariah Daily Journal is excited to bring you an exclusive scene from Mariah's upcoming film Tennessee before it hits other media outlets.
In this clip, Mariah's character Krystal Evans is sitting at the restaurant where she works while co-star Ethan Peck (Ellis) uses a pay phone to talk to a friend back home. He compliments Krystal, saying things are all right now because they "met a nice girl in Texas." Mariah [showing off her perfected southern accent] as Krystal then talks to the unknown person on the other line and reveals some background information about herself.
Tennessee premieres at the Tribeca Film Festival on Saturday, April 26. Full screening schedule and ticket information are here.
Director Aaron Woodley talks about Tennessee on the Tribeca Film Festival website:
When I first read Tennessee, I was immediately struck by its simple and powerful message-that life is at once precious and fleeting, beautiful and transient-and not to be wasted on regret and bitterness. It's a story that resonates without divide and it happens to take place in a corner of the globe I have always wanted to capture on film. The southern United States remains for me one of the most beautiful, spiritual and awe-inspiring places on Earth, and the perfect backdrop for Carter, Ellis, and Krystal's journey. A further reminder of the miracle we all experience every moment of every day and of the delicate mortality we all share.
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 17-Apr-2008, 4:50PM EDT
Below, find the chart positions for "Touch My Body" in Billboard magazine issue dated April 26, 2008.
"Touch My Body" Billboard Hot 100: #5 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2) Billboard Pop 100: #5 (Last Week #4) Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #8 (Last Week #9) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week #2) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2) Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #6 (Last Week #4) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #6 (Last Week #4) Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #5 (Last Week: #7) Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #7 (Last Week: #7) Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #7 (Last Week #8) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #3 (Last Week #3) Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #8 (Last Week #10) Billboard Hot Latin Rhythm: #9 (Debut) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #4 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #5 (Last Week #3)
BDS Airplay: 124,800,000 (Last Week 119,000,000, +5.8 million) Downloads this week: 122,071 (Last Week 168,154, -28%) Total downloads: 578,192
The Emancipation of Mimi Billboard Pop Catalogue: #91 Sales this week: 2,379 (Last Week 1,918 - +24%) Total sales: 5,842,920
Greatest Hits Billboard Pop Catalogue: #114 Sales this week: 2,062 (Last Week 1,953 - +6%) Total sales: 998,138
#1's Billboard Pop Catalogue: #129 Sales this week: 1,943 (Last Week 1,859 - +5%) Total sales: 3,604,514
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks
R. Kelly Remixes 'Touch My Body', Morales Remix Scrapped
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 17-Apr-2008, 4:44PM EDT
The R. and MC? Hmm ... that's one we never heard before. R. Kelly has jumped on Mariah Carey's #1 song "Touch My Body."
"Hey, it's the remix killer, and I think she wants me to feel her," Kells sings. The Pied Piper also boasts about shining, drinking and two-stepping in the club. And he promises to kiss any place on Mariah's body she wants: "Girl, if you let me, I'm gonna touch it/ But if I touch it, I'm gonna wanna hit it." Later, he mimics Mariah's bridge: "If some honies up in here that want me to touch her body/ Touch it/ Let me hear you say, 'I-i-i-i do.'"
(Mariah was not only the guest on this week's "American Idol," she's also MTV's Artist of the Week.)
While the R. maintains that his vocals on Mariah's song are unofficial (he calls it a "freestyle" on the track), he does make the first public declaration about his new LP.
In related news, David Morales confirmed on his MySpace page that Mariah never got to record vocals for his "Touch My Body" remix and therefore it will not be released. He writes:
Ladies and gentlemen......
Unfortunately my mix of "Touch My Body" will not be released due to Mimi's schedule. She didn't have time to redo the vocal. The mix that I'm playing is w the original vocal. The record company felt that by the time that the record was finished it would be too late to release it. No hard feelings, I understand. BUT............ Hmmmmmm!!!!!
It's too bad since I'm really happy w the idea and the response to it has been phenomenal. Oh well maybe the next one?
Mariah Interviews with ET, April 16, 2008 Type: MPG | Size: 33.9 MB [ Download here ]
Video: BET's MC²: The Relativity of Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Apr-2008, 7:57AM EDT
The BET special, MC²: The Relativity of Mariah Carey featuring Mariah's live performances of "Migrate," "Touch My Body," "Shake It Off," "Love Story," and "We Belong Together" aired last night. Click on the links below to download.
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Also be sure to check out the AT&T blue room weekly music series as Mariah Carey takes fans behind-the-scenes in a special interview about her new album. "This album is so much about fun, and freedom and just the continuation of me feeling emancipated."
To enter the contest to win a shopping spree from Mariah Carey and watch her exclusive interviews, visit AT&T Blue Room.
Sneak Preview: Mariah in Tennessee
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Apr-2008, 2:53AM EDT
New York Magazine has provided a sneak preview of Mariah's upcoming movie, Tennessee on its site. You can watch the clip by clicking here or download an Mpeg file below.
In this video clip, Mariah's character, Krystal, is shown struggling with the melody and lyrics to a song. [The song is "Right To Dream," which Mariah co-wrote with Willie Nelson for this movie.] Also in the scene is co-star Ethan Peck.
With Huge First Day, Mariah On Track For No. 1 Debut
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 16-Apr-2008, 8:13PM EDT
Mariah Carey looks certain to debut at No. 1 on next week's Billboard 200 with "E=MC²," based on massive first-day sales from the nine chains that report to Nielsen SoundScan's Building Chart.
Unweighted sales for the Island Def Jam album are at 154,000 units on the report released today (April 16). That's more than five times the total garnered by the current chart-topper, Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (Syco/J).
By comparison, Carrie Underwood's "Carnival Ride" (Arista Nashville) had first-day sales of 150,000 and wound up shifting 527,000 in its first week.
Billboard estimates that the merchants who report to the Building Chart -- Trans World Entertainment, Starbucks, Best Buy, Circuit City, iTunes, Border's, Target, Anderson Merchandisers, and Handleman Co. -- represent 80% of the U.S. retail market.
Carey's last release, 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi," debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200 with first-week sales of 404,000 copies.
Everywhere you turn, Mariah Carey's in your grill. She's on Oprah, two American Idols, in your e-mail, on your computer.
Mariah Carey's new Island/IDJ album E=MC², looks like it will sell over 500k, based on one-day sales reports, though last night's Idol appearance could send it even higher. Wonderers are wondering if 600k is within reach. Needless to say, it will be #1 next week by a wide margin.
Mariah Mentors on American Idol
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Apr-2008, 4:38PM EDT
American Idol's "Mariah Week" started last night when the top 7 contestants were mentored by Mariah and performed songs from her catalogue live on the show. Below are everyone's song choices and Mariah's comments about the contestants which were taped during her mentoring sessions.
Mariah Meets the Top 7 Contestants [Download] Mariah, who brought her dog JJ to meet the Top 7 contestants said: "Doing what I do is tough so I know that American Idol is like the boot camp of all boot camps so I had to approach this as an artist, as a singer and as a songwriter." She told the contestants: "I feel weird about the whole "judging people" in general, so just look at me like 'whatever, that's my friend that I met last week who sings for living and writes songs occasionally." She later added: "I'm glad that I got to see these guys now, 'cause who knows what's gonna happen? we'll see them hopefully at the top of the charts, every one of them."
David Archuleta - "When You Believe" [Download] David: Meeting Mariah Carey was really scary just because I thought I'm not worthy of being in her presence. The advice she gave was really helpful actually because it's stuff I didn't really think about 'cause I didn't think I'd be able to do it. Mariah: David Archuleta doing "When You Believe", I thought it was really moving. I'm really proud of him and where he seems to be at as a person and his singing is just beautiful.
Judges: The judges unanimously praised David's performance.
Carly Smithson - "Without You" [Download] Carly: I tried to forget that she was there but she's just so cute, she's like a big sunshine ray. [Meeting Mariah] was ridiculous, it was a complete dream come true, it was amazing. Mariah: Carly doing "Without You", it's a classic, I think she's more than doing it justice, I think she's doing an amazing job. I think that Carly has a really powerful voice, I think that she made wise decisions in terms of the notes that she went to, to compliment her range.
Judges: Randy and Paula liked Carly but Simon didn't think she was able to pull it off.
Syesha Mercado - "Vanishing" [Download] Syesha: She just really really took her time to show me that I can make the song my own so I feel really confident. Mariah: I thought that Syesha made a really excellent choice with the song "Vanishing". I was a teenager writing this song that ended up being still one of my favorite songs. I was trying to give her little pointers. I thought that Syesha was really cool, I thought she was very composed and I thought she did a great job.
Judges: The judges loved the performance but Simon wasn't sure that picking an obscure song to sing was the right thing to do.
Brooke White - "Hero" [Download] Brooke: Something that she said to me was to just sing how you're feeling in the moment, to just be in the moment and be real. Mariah: I actually wrote "Hero" for Gloria Estefan initially. I loved Brooke, I thought she was really genuine as a person. I think it was a good choice for her and I hope that people will listen to it as something brand new that's coming from her heart.
Judges: Randy didn't think Brooke did a good job with the song vocally, Paula enjoyed the unplugged version Brooke did and Simon said her voice was not big enough to carry the song.
Kristy Lee Cook - "Forever" [Download] Kristy Lee: I can't believe I gave Mariah Carey goosebumps, like, that's amazing. I definitely want to connect with the song and I'm gonna try to get emotionally connected with the song and give it my best. Mariah: I really enjoyed Kristy Lee doing "Forever" because A) A lot of people don't know that song and B) she really delivered it well.
Judges: The judges thought it was a good song choice for Kristy and that she did the best with what she could.
David Cook - "Always Be My Baby" [Download] David: I think I'm taking another step outside the box with this song, it's obviously a huge pop hit. Mariah: I was surprised that David chose "Always Be My Baby" because I didn't know what he was gonna do with it. I thought that he did something really different and it made me proud as a songwriter like 'Oh, this song can stand the test of time and also [be sung from] a male perspective.' I think it'll be a hit for him, not from a selfish point of view, but from a selfish point of view of wanting to hear it, as a listener.
Judges: The judges were very impressed with David's performance and arrangement of the song.
Jason Castro - "I Don't Wanna Cry" [Download] Jason: She gave me cool melodies and I loved it. Mariah: I thought that Jason doing "I Don't Wanna Cry" was really interesting and different. For somebody like Jason, it's about expressing the song and singing to get that song to people's hearts. I'm really looking forward to seeing Jason's performance and seeing if he chose to use any of the ideas I had and whatever, if not, hopefully he'll do great, because I think he's really unique and I enjoyed working with him.
Judges: Randy wasn't a big fan of the style of the performance but Paula and Simon thought it was very good.
Tonight, Mariah will be performing her brand new single "Bye Bye" on the results show at 9pm on FOX.
A full video to the show, in HDTV xVid format can be downloaded in 4 parts below. [Download all parts in the same location, then extract using WinRar.] Thanks to Varun for the links.
Press Recaps: Mariah as Mentor MTV: Devoting an entire night to an artist the contestants are never able to top makes about as much sense as Mariah hijacking Einstein's theory of relativity for an album title. But I suppose if producers are ready to go off the deep end, Mariah Carey's the perfect person with whom to do it. Mimi actually turned out to be a pretty awesome coach. She was in great spirits while working with the contestants and displayed little of the, um, offbeat charm we all witnessed during that infamous "Cribs" episode. There were no wardrobe changes, no impromptu stripteases and no diva attitude. She even hugged Jason "Looks Like a Homeless Dude" Castro! All in all, Mariah acted more like a seasoned songwriter than an eccentric millionaire, which was great news for the top seven.
USA Today: Routine belting from David Archuleta (When You Believe), Carly Smithson (Without You) and Syesha Mercado, whose Vanishing was regrettably mannered, paled by comparison. But it was a surprising victory for the Idols, and you have to call the win... Mariah.
Seacoast: I was skeptical of the wisdom of Mariah songs because of her impossible vocal range (and when she said "I feel weird about the whole 'judging' thing" I feared the worst) but she - and the contestants - surprised me. She actually had some specific pointers for the Idols and many of them were wise enough not to try to mimic the Mimi. That's where Cookie and Dread were ahead of me and the women - you don't follow her voice, you follow her words and make the arrangement your own.
Miami Herald: Mariah Carey proved to be the most instructive American Idol mentor/coach since Season 5, two years ago, when Barry Manilow coached Chris Daughtry to a series standout I Walk the Line. Carey, currently riding the nation's top single, Touch My Body, did more than simply gush and applaud the remaining seven hopefuls who were faced with singing her octave-stretching pop and R&B tunes: She had precise musical ideas for how to make a song better for each individual voice.
Entertainment Weekly: Mariah Carey turned ''American Idol'' into a release party for her new CD, and most performers did her songbook proud. And how about Mariah as mentor? (I thought the diva seemed genuinely sweet and sincerely excited hearing her work get reinterpreted by Idol's young singers.)
Huffington Post: I thought she would be a disaster as a coach and that a week devoted to her songs would be a mountain of melisma overload. Carey appeared focused and helpful, giving those who seemed receptive very specific suggestions as far as melody, runs, and arrangements.
Film: Trying to sing Mariah is a little like skating on thin ice while holding a tiger by the tail with one hand and trying to bite off more than you can chew with the other. It's hard. Good thing the contestants actually had Mariah as their mentor this week. Who's better to coach you through a Mariah song than Mariah herself? I have never been much of a Mariah Carey fan, but I have to admit that after watching her interview and the coaching sessions, I have a little bit more respect for her. She's not nearly as flaky as I, for some reason, imagined her to be.
"E=MC²" is #7 on the overall Japanese Daily Chart
Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 16-Apr-2008, 3:58PM EDT
According to Oricon (the system that measures Japanese sales) "E=MC²" was the #7 selling album in Japan in the first day. Last week the #7 album sold 35,000 copies for the week.
If "E=MC²" debuts at #7 in Japan, it will be her lowest debuting album since "MTV Unplugged" and her lowest first week sales since "Mariah Carey".
"The Emancipation of Mimi" debuted at #2 on the Overall Japanese charts selling 49,456 copies in the first week and went on to sell a rounded 302,000 copies during it's chart run.
Mariah on The Cover of Us Weekly, Local Magazines
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 16-Apr-2008, 2:05PM EDT
Us Weekly You saw her looking great on this week's Oprah and American Idol. Now learn how Mariah Carey lost 20 pounds and three sizes! She dishes up her exact diet and workout plan that got her teenage body back in this week's Us Weekly, on newsstands now.
"Touch My Body" Airplay & Sales Update
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 16-Apr-2008, 8:12AM EDT
Digital Sales: Hot Digital Songs: #6 (Last Week: #4) Downloads this week: 122,071 (28% down from last week) Total downloads: 578,192
Airplay: (Nielsen BDS, For the week ending 4/15/08) Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week: #2) Audience impressions this week: 125 million (+5.8 million from last week)
Chart Prediction "Touch My Body" is behind 5 songs on the digital chart, but only three of them ("Bleeding Love", "Lollipop", "No Air") are likely to pass it on the Hot 100. In addition, even though Usher sold less than Mariah this week, "Love In This Club" is the only song that has more airplay points than "Touch My Body" and therefore is likely to pass it on the overall chart. "Touch My Body" is estimated to drop to approximately #5 this week but has a great chance of recuperating next week. Two versions of the songs are currently charting on the iTunes top 100 songs, one at #9 and the other at #13.
Mediabase (For the week ending 4/15/08) "Touch My Body" has registered 132.497 million audience impressions with 19,454 spins (Pop - 7229, Rhythmic - 6465, Urban - 3969, Urban A/C - 1510, Hot A/C - 205, A/C - 22, Alternative - 4, MTV - 3, BET - 12, VH1 - 22, Fuse - 13).
Radio & Records (For the week ending 4/13/08) CHR/Top 40: #8 (Last Week: #10) +83 spins, 34.510 million impressions.
Rhythmic: #3 (Last Week: #3) -22 spins, 35.829 million impressions.
Urban: #4 (Last Week: #3) +40 spins, 32.811 million impressions.
BYE BYE Update For the week ending 4/15/08, a week before its official add date, "Bye Bye" has garnered 6.335 million audience impressions and 732 spins. Two versions of the songs are charting on the iTunes top 100 songs at #28 and #90.
Meanwhile, Mariah's album is #1 on the iTunes Top Downloaded Albums list, and several album tracks have climbed up the Top Downloaded Songs list: Migrate (#28), Side Effects (#66) and I Stay In Love (#102).
Mariah Lists Favorite Songs On iTunes
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 15-Apr-2008, 5:45PM EDT
Mariah's Playlist (Mariah's comments below the songs) 1. Mariah Carey - Touch My Body "#18 YAAAAAY!!!"
2. Da Brat - What'chu Like "Due to the content I suggest you like this!"
3. M.O.P. ft. Busta Rhymes, Teflon & Remmy Martin - Ante Up Remix "You got to mix the original with the remix"
4. Case & Foxy Brown - Touch Me Tease Me "Hold on tight and don't let go"
5. Mariah Carey - Bye Bye "Lyrics that I think everyone can relate to in their own way"
6. Sheila E - The Glamorous Life (Club Edit) "She said I need to dance dance baby diamond & furs"
7. Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown - No Air "A cute record"
8. Fat Joe - I Won't Tell "We always enjoy Fat Joe"
9. The Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy "A Classic"
10. The Notorious B.I.G. - One More Chance / Stay With Me (Remix) "Another classic..."
11. 2Pac & Syke - "All Eyez On Me" "LIKE PAC ALL EYES ON ME..."
12. 2Pac ft. K-Ci & Jojo - How Do You Want It "Timeless StoneGroove"
13. Rick Ross ft. T-Pain - The Boss "Cause I'm THE BOSS!!!"
14. A Tribe Called Quest - Bonita Applebum "Ground-breaking"
15. Kanye West - Flashing Lights "Have you seen this video????"
16. Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos - Superstar "I inspired this record"
17. The-Dream - I Luv Your Girl "The first time you hear it you automatically love it"
18. The-Dream - Falsetto "I like the high notes"
19. Kirk Franklin - Looking For You "I'm so glad I found you"
Mariah's Favorite Collaborations 1. Migrate (feat. T-Pain) 2. Cruise Control (feat. Damian Marley) 3. Side Effects (feat. Young Jeezy) 4. Fantasy (feat. O.D.B.) 5. Heartbreaker (feat. Jay-Z) 6. I'll Be There (with Trey Lorenz) 7. Breakdown (feat. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone) 8. My All / Stay Awhile (So So Def Remix feat. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz) 9. Say Somethin' (with Snoop Dogg) 10. Thank God I Found You (with Joe & 98 Degrees) 11. Shake It Off (Remix feat. Jay-Z & Young Jeezy) 12. The Beautiful Ones (feat. Dru Hill) 13. All I Want For Christmas Is You (So So Def Remix feat. Jermaine Dupri & Lil' Bow Wow) 14. Endless Love (with Luther Vandross) 15. Touch My Body (Remix feat. Rick Ross & The-Dream)
Mariah's Favorite Videos 1. Breakdown (ft. Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone) 2. The Roof 3. All I Want For Christmas Is You 4. Make It Happen 5. Always Be My Baby (Mr. Dupri Remix ft. Da Brat & Xscape) 6. Hero 7. We Belong Together 8. Touch My Body 9. Honey 10. Shake It Off 11. One Sweet Day (with Boyz II Men) 12. Emotions 13. Say Somethin' (with Snoop Dogg) 14. Anytime You Need A Friend 15. Fantasy 16. Vision of Love
Source: iTunes | MariahDailyJournal
E=MC² CD Reviews
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Apr-2008, 4:48PM EDT
Don Diva On her best album, Mimi gives it rough and likes it rougher.
Practically the first thing you hear on Mariah Carey's 11th studio album is the sci-fi chirrup of auto-tune - the warble made ubiquitous by a certain dreadlocked R&B cyborg - a sound that, on first listen, is a bit of a shock. For much of her nearly two-decade career, Carey has been pop's biggest showoff, a vocal athlete on a mission to awe and overwhelm and, around the three-minute mark in most of her songs, to shatter your finest stemware. But Carey's T-Pain impersonation heralds a new ease and irreverence and, yes, modesty: The old Carey would never have dreamed of burying her Hall of Fame voice beneath a robot drone. In 2008, Mimi has definitively been emancipated - from her need to decorate every damn song with more octaves than Maria Callas.
E=MC² is Carey's most-fun album, and her best. Not coincidentally, it's also her most propulsive, with strong contributions from A-list producers including Jermaine Dupri, Swizz Beatz, Stargate and Tricky Stewart. The hardest beat comes courtesy of Timbaland protege Danjahandz - on her starkly funky "Migrate," Carey trades lines with T-Pain himself. It sounds like a surefire hit, but Carey is in an eclectic mood, veering from buoyant neo-disco to mid-tempo ballads to "Last Kiss" - as catchy a piece of pure pop as she's ever recorded. In "Cruise Control," she even goes ragamuffin, crooning over Dupri's skittering reggae track in a Caribbean-tinged patois.
The '90s model Mariah was sickly sentimental - the queen of inspirational MOR - but in recent years she's been indulging her inner thug. Here, she name-checks Biggie and Tupac, threatens to kick ass if her lover posts their homemade porn on YouTube, confsesses a preference for tough guys ("If you're inked-up thuggin', that's what I like") and in general spends much of her time dissing, dismissing and demanding.
This is partly a nod to the zeitgeist: The charts today are packed with hard-edged divas. But the fact is, Carey sounds better and more comfortable spitting out her songs in a state of high dudgeon than she ever did cooing about heroes and butterflies and rainbows. Here's hoping she never gets over her attitude problem.
Single Her Out! Mariah's Upbeat and Record-Setting Mariah Carey gets high - wayyyy high - in a vocal riff on the song "Migrate." The song is on the much anticipated "E=MC2" CD, which drops today.
With that opening display of vocal acrobatics, you brace yourself for a collection peppered with more glass-busting notes. Instead, Carey displays the newfound restraint that served her so well on her career-saving last disc, "The Emancipation of Mimi."
Along with a powerful crew of urban music's top artists and producers including Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Jermaine Dupri and Young Jeezy, Carey sustains the "Mimi" momentum with a diverse collection. Hip-hop, reggae, R&B balladry and propulsive dance collide in a pleasing mix.
While that might seem like a stylistic scatter, "E=MC2" is the record of the future. These days, the single is king. Sure, the songs are a part of a collection, but each song manages to stand on its own merits.
Besides the monetary advantage of a singles-packed album in today's market, the notion just might push Carey into the record books. The album's current single "Touch My Body," which went to No. 1 on the charts, was Carey's 18th career No. 1 hit - surpassing Elvis Presley's 17 No. 1s. With a collection that has 14 tracks, Carey could well surpass The Beatles' all-time high of 20 No. 1 hits.
On the above-mentioned "Migrate," she lets us tag along on a girl's night out. In "Cruise Control," she falls in love island style, and in "I'm That Chick," she brags about the power in her hips and lips.
With so much upbeat music on this record, it might seem like Carey drops the ball on the last two tunes - one an introspective power ballad called "Bye Bye" and "I Wish You Well," a gospel flavored song about forgiveness.
While neither of these has the punch to be a mainstream hit, there's an appealing moodiness to them.
On a like it, love it or leave it scale, this is a definite "love it" album.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry | Ila | Joao | Jorge | Jimmy
The Kooks fend off Mariah at top of UK albums chart
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 15-Apr-2008, 3:53PM EDT
The Kooks look on course to edge out Mariah Carey at the top of the albums charts, with their second album, Konk (Virgin), outselling Carey's E=MC² (Def Jam) by almost two to one on its first day of sale.
In related news, "The Emancipation of Mimi" has sold 619,922 copies in the UK, to date.
Note: E=MC² has sold 12,700 copies in the first day in the UK and is on track to sell three times that by the end of the week. If the album does sell as much as expected, it will be around 19,000 copies more than what "The Emancipation of Mimi" debuted at #7 with in April of 2005, but well under half of the 100,000 copies "Daydream" debuted at #1 with back in October of 1995.
What to Expect From Mariah Carey on American Idol
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 15-Apr-2008, 2:46PM EDT
American Idol judge Randy Jackson tells Usmagazine.com that producers have been trying to get Mariah Carey on the hit Fox show for the past couple of seasons.
Their time has come.
Carey, 38 - whose new disc E=MC² drops today - pops by the show tonight to mentor the seven remaining contestants.
"She's going to bring a wealth of knowledge about singing to these kids," says Jackson of the newly svelte singer, who will also perform. "It's amazing for us to have her on.
"She's kind of what the show's about - she's that girl who grew up in New York, who struggled to become that singer."
Now, Jackson says, "she's won the Holy Grail. She sold 175 million albums! I don't know if anyone will ever get to that point ever again because the music business is in such disarray."
On tonight's show, contestants will perform songs from Carey's extensive catalogue.
So will David Cook belt out "Vision of Love?"
"You never know!" Jackson tells Us. "Just because you're a rocker or a country singer doesn't mean you can't sing these songs - you adapt them to what you do best."
Adds Jackson, "I'm sure these kids will have a good time."
Two More Radio Interviews with Mariah
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 15-Apr-2008, 10:10AM EDT
Mariah's In-Studio Interview with Eddie & Jobo - B96, Chicago This interview was recorded yesterday, during Mariah's visit to the B96 studios in Chicago. Mariah talked about the most No. 1's record, being compared to Elvis and the Beatles, some of her favorite album tracks being "Underneath The Stars," "Close My Eyes" and "I Wish You Well", her appearance on the Oprah Winfrey show and more.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
Mariah's Interview On NRJ, France This interview was recorded when Mariah was in Paris earlier this month. Among other things, Mariah talked about how her nephew (whom she calls her brother) refers to "Touch My Body" as "Touch My Elbow" because he's too close to her that the first version freaks him out. She also mentioned that in order to wake her up, someone would first have to hand her something cold to drink or some fruits to eat. At the end of the interview, Mariah gave a message to her French fans.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
Video: Mariah on Le Grand Journal, France
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Apr-2008, 12:53AM EDT
Mariah entertains questions sent in by viewers in this Le Grand Journal segment called, "La Boite A Questions" that aired earlier today.
Mariah Q&A, La Boite A Questions, Le Grand Journal, France Type: MPG | 16.6 MB [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
Idol's Musical Director Dishes on Mariah Carey's Mentorship
Posted by Liron on Monday, 14-Apr-2008, 8:14PM EDT
"This week is going to be harder than anything on the guys and they'll have to prove themselves," Michael Orland says
Do the remaining American Idols possess the pipes to properly belt a Mariah Carey song?
Over 20 million viewers will find out April 15 when the singer appears as the guest mentor, coaching the contestants who select tunes from her songbook. Carey - who surpassed Elvis Presley's record of 17 No. 1 singles when her "Touch My Body" hit #1 on the Billboard charts earlier this month - will also appear on the results show.
On Saturday, Carey met with the top 7 singers in Los Angeles to discuss their choices and offer advice on the competition.
Idol's associate musical director Michael Orland sat in on the session, and tells Us the male performers are in for a rough week vocally. "This week is tougher musically because Mariah's songs are so much better suited for a female vocal. This is when the guys are going to get to prove [their worth]," Orland says.
However, with guidance from Carey, Orland is optimistic each of the contestants will shine. "They are all like sponges; they just can't wait to hear what you have to say. I am excited to see what Mariah has to offer them and they are loaded with questions," Orland confirms. "They want to know what kind of prep she has to do, what she has to go through."
Orland says the contestants kept emotions in check if one of their peers selected a song they had been eyeing.
"This [selection] was pretty open to anything Mariah has recorded. So it was pretty wide. A lot of contestants contemplated doing one of the lesser well-known ones, but it's a risk. If you do it differently and bring something new to it, I don't think it matters how well known it is for a Mariah Carey song. Originally, when the contestants first hear the songs, the grab the familiar. But as they listen to more, they go, 'Maybe that is not right for me.'
It's no secret that judge Randy Jackson is a Carey pal and colleague, but how will Paula Abdul and Simon Cowell react to the top 7's selections? "I can't wait see if the judges are going to say 'I don't think you should be singing Mariah,' and for the contestants to say 'I don't have a choice!'" Orland jokes.
One of Orland's picks to wow Cowell & Co. Tuesday night? None other than Idol's boy wonder, David Archuleta. "It is so natural," he says of the 17-year-old fan favorite's vocal talent.
"It's always hard to sing a Mariah song - she is like the queen of vocals. And I love all the contestants, but David is trying new things, and everything he tries - even just fooling around and playing - works. It's like 'Where is that coming from?!'"
Mariah's In-Studio Interview with Chicago's B96
Posted by Liron on Monday, 14-Apr-2008, 7:52PM EDT
Earlier today, Mariah came to the B96 studios in Chicago and talked to DJs Stylz and Roman. After a funny mishap where Mariah spilled her wine in the studio (and almost ruined the station's director and longtime friend of Mariah's Erik Bradley's phone), she settled in and gave a quick interview infused with good-natured Mariah jokes. Mariah also brought in decorations and pink and lavender balloons to brighten up the studio.
The DJs played "Touch My Body" and "Bye Bye" before Mariah apologized for having to run out and catch a plane to LA.
Other highlights from the interview include:
Mariah talked about her special relationship with the fans: "They bring me up when I'm down." The DJs brought up the subject of Mariah retiring, leading Mariah to say she would never retire because she loves music. She discussed that the music part of her life is not a "job" to her -- it is the other aspects of the business that take work. She also revealed another inside joke, using her new catch-phrase "JTL", meaning "job long time": after her hairdresser assured her that she "had job long time", she nearly fried her hair. Mariah discussed the writing process of her songs, as well as collaborations on the new album. She wished rapper and friend Da Brat a happy birthday. She discussed singing in foreign languages on the track "OOC" and how she wasn't allowed to take a foreign language class in high school because she needed to take remedial math instead. She talked about the album title and how everyone asks her for the "deeper" meaning of the title and she laughed that "there isn't one!" Mariah said that "Bye Bye" was especially important to her and her friend (and co-writer) Maryann Tatum. She mentioned that it was a difficult song to sing because your throat closes up when you become emotional. Mariah joked about her spilling her drink and pretended to spill water on the equipment at the end of the interview. "Oh no! I'm just gonna abuse every DJ in the land!" she laughed.
Tune in tomorrow to B96 at 9:00am Central Time (repeat at 6:00pm) for the Mariah Mania special (a countdown of top 10 Mariah songs as voted by fans), hosted by Mariah herself.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
HQ Jet Picture
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Apr-2008, 7:31PM EDT
Click on the thumbnail to the right to view a high-quality promotional picture of Mariah. This photo appears on the cover of the latest issue of Jet magazine.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Johny
E=MC² Release Parties at Virgin Tonight
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Apr-2008, 6:46PM EDT
The San Francisco, Hollywood and Times Square Virgin Megastores will be hosting their respective CD release party for Mariah's new album tonight, April 14th. The three Virgin stores will salute the #1 artist in the world with a night of prizes, trivia, and all things Mariah beginning at 10:30pm. The fun goes until midnight when E=MC² arrives in stores. Limited quantity of Mariah Carey posters will be available with purchase beginning at midnight.
Source: Virgin Megastores | Kyle
Oprah Feature: Mariah Makes History
Posted by Liron on Monday, 14-Apr-2008, 6:24PM EDT
For almost 20 years, Grammy-winning artist Mariah Carey has thrilled fans with her vocal range and heartfelt lyrics. Since her debut album hit stores in 1990, Mariah has topped the charts with songs like "Vision of Love," "Dreamlover," "Honey" and "We Belong Together."
In April 2008, Mariah made music history when "Touch My Body," the first single off her album E=MC² reached the top spot on the Billboard charts. With 18 number one hits, she broke the previous record set by a solo artist...the king himself, Elvis Presley. Now, she's second only to The Beatles, who had 20 chart-toppers during their heyday.
After hearing the news, Mariah says she had a hard time imagining the possibility. "People ask me about it now, and they say, 'Okay, you have the most hits of a solo artist ever,'" she says. "You can't even think about it. I'm like, 'That's deep.'"
Mariah says she'll always think of Elvis as a legend and knows she can't take all the credit for her success. "I'm very grateful to God for everything and realize that the glory goes to him," she says. "I didn't do this. This is not me. It's the grace of God."
Since Mariah attended the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls-South Africa in January 2007, she says she's been busy working on her latest album, as well as her body.
For years, Mariah's fluctuating weight has been a popular topic in tabloid magazines. "I think the whole body image thing and people expecting everybody to be this thin is ridiculous," she says. "It just isn't reality."
After a close friend made a comment about her weight, Mariah says she was inspired to make permanent life changes and get into shape once and for all. Mariah says she has a secret weight loss weapon-her nutrition and fitness coach, Patricia. "Finally I just said, 'It has to be a life decision if you're going to really lose the weight,'" she says. "So Patricia created a number of things for me...one is a workout regimen."
Mariah says her workouts typically last for 60 to 90 minutes and combine cardio with resistance training. To tone her arms, Mariah uses her own body weight and stretches to sculpt long, lean lines. She likes to hop into a pool for the cardio portion of her workout. "What's great about working out in the pool is the water acts as resistance," she says. "You're actually exercising twice as hard without feeling it."
Mariah says the most important part of her new, healthier lifestyle is her diet. Patricia tries to cook Mariah's food without using oil and butter. She's also helped her stop snacking.
When Patricia told Mariah to cut mac 'n' cheese out of her diet, Mariah says the news broke her heart. "That's the thing that I have difficulty letting go of because that's comfort food," she says.
Instead, Patricia incorporates lean protein and lots of veggies into Mariah's meals. On a typical night, she prepares foods like artichoke hearts with cherry tomatoes, steamed zucchini and chicken marinated with lemon and soy sauce.
On occasion, Mariah allows herself to have one or two bites of her favorite foods - something she calls her "morsel diet."
Since making the commitment to eat healthier and get in shape, Mariah says she gotten down to the same jean size she wore in 10th grade. "For me, it's not about a number on a scale," she says. "It's not about necessarily even a size. It's about feeling good and being comfortable in your own skin. Right now, I feel really great. I feel better than I've ever felt."
It's no secret that Mariah loves femininity-she even has a closet filled entirely with lingerie! For the first time, Mariah allows cameras into the intimate space for a tour of her nighttime necessities. "Typically, I throw on some pj's or perhaps some boxers and a little tank and call it a day," she says. "But if we're feeling extra good about ourselves after our little diet, we might select another type of ensemble."
Mariah says many of the pieces have come from Capri, Italy, one of her favorite places to vacation. "Sometimes I'll find things there that they don't have [here], so I kind of collect lingerie," she says. "I collect perfume bottles - all things feminine."
Since Mariah writes many of her own songs, her lyrics are often very personal. In the song "Side Effects" on her album E=MC², Mariah opens up about her relationship with her ex-husband. "When I [sing] 'Kept my tears inside because I knew if I started, I'd keep crying for the rest of my life with you,' that's the truth," she says. "If I would have been emotionally present, then it would have been over for me... I had to be blocked."
Mariah says part of the problem was getting married before she was ready. "The song was not about mudslinging toward him. It's from my point of view," she says. "Really I'm just talking about my feelings during a particular time in my life."
Although the relationship has ended, Mariah says there are things she can take away from it. "It taught me that I had to allow myself to feel worthy of being loved and not just live vicariously through success."
Another personal and revealing song Mariah co-wrote on her album is "Bye Bye," a moving song about the loss of her father. Although some of the lines are specifically about her dad, Mariah thinks everyone will be able to relate to her words. "A lot of people are saying it helps them get through the difficulty of maybe losing a loved one, a grandmother, a sister, a mother, and this is something that a lot of my friends and I have kind of gone through together," she says. "I almost feel like it's my job to write these kinds of songs for everybody who will go through it."
Although Mariah says she and her father didn't always see eye to eye, she was able to reconcile with him before he passed away. "I didn't think he cared about the singing thing at all," she says. "My mother did believe in me, and she always encouraged me, and that was why I didn't understand that my father was just trying to be practical and help me. But we learn and we live and we grow, hopefully."
Fan Pictures: After the show ended, Mariah came out and signed autographs for fans who waited outside. Here are two pictures that Dan took of Mariah:
Videos from the show will be uploaded on this site later. In the meantime, check out the video on People Online where Mariah Carey Takes Oprah Inside Her Refrigerator.
To celebrate the release of E=MC², MTV will be airing Mariah skits all week long on commercial breaks before, during and after regular programming. These hilarious skits show Mariah's sense of humor and fun personality. Her dog JJ, dubbed by none other than Snoop Dogg accompanies Mariah on many of the skits that were taped in Los Angeles in March. In addition to the skits, we get a special look at acoustic performances of songs from the new album! The video to your right compiles 12 different skits that aired on MTV today, including:
Performance of "I'm That Chick" Performance of "Migrate" Performance of "Love Story" Performance of "Touch My Body" Mariah hitting high notes, as demanded by JJ Mariah recording "I'm That Chick" in the studio, given instructions by JJ Mariah running on the treadmill in high heels JJ and Mariah pictured by the paparazzi
Continuing a winning formula Mariah Carey is probably going to annoy a few people with her new album, "E=MC2," which is out tomorrow. Ex-husband Tommy Mottola, Janet Jackson, and diehard Beatles fans will probably be crossing the best-selling female artist of all time off their Christmas card lists.
For everyone who thought 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi," Carey's uneven "comeback" album after "Glitter," was the bee's knees, they'll love what amounts to its sequel. (I'm no Einstein, but the title could work with that theory.)
Record mogul Mottola is the clear, though never named, villain of one song. Miss Jackson has to listen to her boo, producer Jermaine Dupri, succeed more readily with her rival's album than her own recent release. And given its designer snap and bounce, "E=MC2" will no doubt ascend the charts at light speed, shooting off singles like meteors. When that happens the New York native will break the Beatles' record for the most No. 1 songs ever on the Billboard singles chart. (The Fab Four have 20; Carey is at 18.)
As sequels go, "E=MC2" is better than most, boasting a higher, and more consistent, quotient of slinky, dance-floor charm and stronger ballads than "Mimi." It retains the basic outline of the original: party, love, hurt, pray. Some familiar characters like Dupri return for continuity's sake and fresh cast members include top-shelf collaborators like Scott Storch and Nate "Danjahandz" Hills.
In the party category, we get "I'm That Chick" and "Migrate." The former, the album's best track, takes some of the melody and the feathery vocal approach of Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall." "Migrate," a frivolous, funky, self-referential jam, charts the flight patterns of your modern, fabulously talented urban diva - from the car to the club to the bar to the VIP lounge to the after-party to the hotel - with computer-processed vocals from the unshakable T-Pain.
Carey opens her heart and her boudoir in different ways. The limp "Touch My Body," the album's first single and current hit, simultaneously offers sensual delights and threatens bodily harm if evidence of the "secret rendezvous" makes its way onto YouTube. But on a feverish "Cruise Control," Carey is driven to distraction by a gruff Damien Marley, her own playful stab at Jamaican patois.
The singer gets her cry on with the connect-the-dots break-up track "I Stay in Love," but she cuts closer to the bone with "Side Effects," another look at her fractious marriage to Mottola. Although the union ended in 1998, Carey is still suffering, including dreams of the "violent times" and "sleeping with the enemy." Interestingly, her vocal approach here is almost emo, as she hits her rock-solid middle register and refuses to be held captive by the demons of her past. (Except, of course, she's still singing about them.)
She concludes as she did on "Mimi" with an inspirational number. In this case, it's "I Wish You Well," a rousing piano waltz that extends forgiveness to those who have wronged her in the past and is pretty much interchangeable with its predecessors.
Throughout the 14 tracks Carey generally flattens whatever melodies peek out with her signature agitated little vocal fillips. This is terrific for fluttering, hand-gesture accompaniment but keeps the tunes from being truly infectious.
"E=MC2" feels like the subtly prettier identical twin of "Emancipation of Mimi," as if for Carey freedom's just another word for doing the same thing again.
Mimi is a long way from her "Vision of Love" roots. That's not necessarily a bad thing. An artist must evolve to stay current with the young and the fickle, and Carey successfully does it on her 11th studio album, a combination of club-ready tracks, breathy appeals, amusing Mariahisms and her signature vocal acrobatics.
The evolution of Mariah (and The Emancipation of Mariah Carey to the Second Power) means that the 38-year-old superstar is neither a one-dimensional pop celebrity nor soulful confessionist. Mariah 2K8 creates a mood rather than overwhelming with sheer power; she gets personal without revealing too much.
As on her previous "The Emancipation of Mimi," Mariah relies on pop flavor with an urban slant. T-Pain, Young Jeezy and Damien Marley are onboard, and beats come courtesy of Jermaine Dupri, Danja, Tricky Stewart, Bryan-Michael Cox, Scott Storch, DJ Toomp and Swizz Beatz. Though fans seem to eat up her midtempo ballads, too many of them feel like a variation on the same song. The hip-hop-inspired tracks prove the strongest, offering more sass than pure soul.
Carey gets the Formula Right on 'E=MC2' When "The Emancipation of Mimi" topped the charts and turned into the biggest-selling album of 2005, it marked a stunning comeback from Mariah Carey, who'd gone through the kind of career meltdown that seemed certain to leave her a has-been way before her prime-time had passed.
She overcame the odds, rocketed back to the top of the pops and staged a hugely successful tour.
So now Carey returns with her follow-up to "Emancipation," and it's got a lot of the same charm as the last disc and frankly, a whole lot more structure than when Carey used to seem to just spin hits out like a machine earlier in her career.
Her multi-octave voice has always been rather freaky, with that out-of-this-world top octave which sounded as if it was designed to distract dogs more than actually add substantively to her music. It still shows up from time to time, even this deep into her career, kicking in the thick rhythm of the album opening club collaboration with T-Pain on "Migrate," and coloring the background of the otherwise straight soul ballad "I Wish You Well," that closes the album.
What's refreshing on "E=MC2" however is that Carey has gotten to the point where she uses her pipes to strengthen the songs instead of relying on relatively mediocre material as nothing more than a showcase for her voice. There's a sense here that she realizes that she doesn't have to leave jaws-dropping with every musical phrase and instead she's simply bringing out the best in the songs.
The diva has also gotten away from all the layers of production that used to muddy up everything she recorded. She's working with some big names - of course - including Antonio "LA" Reid, with whom she shares the executive producer role, and also collaborates with guest producers including C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, and several others.
She also sings alongside the aforementioned T-Pain, but also with Damien Marley, who's quite prominent in the island-flavored "Cruise Control," and the raspy Young Jeezy, who pairs with Carey on "Side Effects."
The singer's at her best though on some of the more straight-ahead material, including the lusty lead single "Touch My Body," which recently became Carey's 18th No. 1 single, a mark that helped her surpass Elvis Presley in that category. She also shines on the piano-based ballad "I Stay in Love," the breezy and infectious light dance track "I'm That Chick," and the destined for hits-ville "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time."
Occasionally predictable, she falls into a couple of traps like during overly-sentimental cuts like "Last Kiss," and "Bye Bye," the latter the type of song that will have fans swaying with their cellphones held high at her concerts. But those sidesteps aside, this is a genuinely sturdy set, and whether one is a fan or not, it's still tough not to marvel at how Carey is still overcoming the odds and building on a frankly remarkable career.
Mariah to be a Guest Judge on American Idol?
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 13-Apr-2008, 8:07PM EDT
American Idol judge Paula Abdul was interviewed by JohnJay & Rich on their morning show in Arizona and spoke about American Idol and this week's Mariah theme on the show. Paula mentioned that not only will the contestants be singing Mariah songs but that Mariah will be a judge on the show as well!
Note: Paula may have been confused and intended to say Mariah will be a mentor this week. We'll have to tune in to American Idol on Tuesday to find out!
Listen to the excerpt from the interview below.
Video: Mariah on 66 Minutes, France
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Apr-2008, 8:04PM EDT
The French TV network M6 aired another interview with Mariah on its show called "66 Minutes" earlier today. In this interview, Mariah talks about her very first #1 single, "Vision of Love" to her latest, "Touch My Body." She also played an association game where the interviewer handed Mariah pictures (such as a king, a princess, a bird in a cage) and asked her to comment about them.
Mariah Interview on 66 Minutes, M6, France, April 13, 2008 Type: MPG | Size: 98.6 MB [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
"Touch My Body" international chart positions
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 13-Apr-2008, 8:02PM EDT
Canada - #2 New Zealand - #4 UK - #5 Japan* - #5 Italy - #5 Norway - #13 Ireland - #13 Europe (Overall) - #13 Sweden - #14 Australia - #17 Netherlands - #20 Germany - #22 Belgium - #26 Denmark - #36 Austria - #45
(*) Tokio Hot 100 Chart
Empire State Building To Light Up For E=MC²
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Apr-2008, 3:56PM EDT
The Empire State Building will be lit in Mariah's album colors (purple, pink, white) in honor of E=MC², on Friday, April 25th through the evening of Sunday, April 27th.
Meanwhile, in the most recent update from Radio & Records, Mariah will reportedly be on Good Morning America on Friday, April 25th (previously scheduled for April 23rd).
To recap, below is Mariah's schedule of appearances/events in the next two weeks:
Monday, April 14, 2008 The Oprah Winfrey Show 3:00pm ET/PT - Syndicated [Local Listings]
Tuesday, April 15, 2008 American Idol 8:00pm ET/PT - FOX
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 E=MC²: The Relativity of Mariah 7:30pm ET/PT - BET
Wednesday, April 16, 2008 American Idol 9:00pm ET/PT - FOX
Thursday, April 17, 2008 E=MC² CD Signing 6:00pm PT - Hard Rock Cafe, Universal City Walk, L.A.
Friday, April 25, 2008 Good Morning America 7:00am-9:00am ET/PT - ABC
Friday, April 25, 2008 Live With Regis and Kelly 9:00am ET/PT - Syndicated [Local Listings]
Friday-Sunday, April 25-27, 2008 Empire State Building Lights Up For E=MC²
Saturday, April 26, 2008 VSPOT Top 20 Video Countdown 9:00am ET/PT - VH1
Saturday, April 26, 2008 "Tennessee" World Premiere 6:00pm ET - Tribeca Film Festival, New York [Full Screening Schedule]
"Heat" and "4Real4Real" Lyrics
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Apr-2008, 4:34AM EDT
Be sure to visit our Lyrics section to check out the lyrics to each of the E=MC² songs, including Heat and 4Real4Real, the bonus tracks from the Japanese release.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Shino
Update: Mariah's TV Appearances
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 13-Apr-2008, 1:20AM EDT
Mariah is scheduled to make guest appearances on the following shows:
Friday, April 25, 2008 Live With Regis and Kelly 9:00am ET/PT - ABC
Saturday, April 26, 2008 VSPOT Top 20 Video Countdown 9:00am ET/PT - VH1
Mark your calendars!
Sneak Peek: BET Special - MC²: The Relativity of Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Apr-2008, 7:05PM EDT
Watch a commercial for the BET special, MC²: The Relativity of Mariah, that's airing on Wednesday, April 16th at 7:30pm.
The special, which Mariah recorded on March 7, 2008, will include live performances of "Migrate," "Touch My Body," "Love Story," "I'm That Chick" from her new album E=MC²; and "Shake It Off," "We Belong Together" from The Emancipation of Mimi.
Video: Mariah on Fan De, France
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Apr-2008, 6:03PM EDT
Earlier today, Mariah's interview with "Fan De," which she recorded on March 31st during her E=MC² promo visit to France, was aired on the TV network M6. The show also included reports of her arrival to the M6 studio and footage from an earlier press conference at "Showcase."
Mariah's Interview With Fan De, M6, France, April 12, 2008 Type: MPG | Size: 55.1 MB [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
Jet Magazine: "Mariah Carey Reigns As Queen of No. 1s"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Apr-2008, 9:39AM EDT
Mariah Carey is hitting even higher notes these days.
Her new hit song, Touch My Body, has reached the top of the charts--bringing her total of No. 1 singles on the Billboard singles chart to 18, overtaking Elvis Presley's record and placing the songbird only behind the Beatles, who have 20.
"I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionized music but also changed the world," Carey says about the milestone. "That's a completely different era and time. I'm just really happy and grateful."
With another record-setting 286,000 downloads in its debut week on Billboard's digital songs chart, Touch My Body is the first single off of Carey's new CD, E=MC², which goes on sale this week. A follow-up to her smash comeback CD, Emancipation of Mimi, in 2005, Carey considers E=MC² a continuation of the multi-platinum disc. "Emancipation equals Mariah Carey to the second power," the pop superstar explains.
Though she says she is "no Einstein," Carey, 38, has proven she has the formula for success. She has remained relevant since being crowned best new artist with a Grammy in 1990. Now, after 18 years, nine studio albums and a dark time in her illustrious career, Carey is making history and cementing her legacy as a music icon.
"There has to be peaks and valleys. You can't live life without ups and downs otherwise it would be boring," she says. "When you come out of difficult circumstances you learn from them and understand that's why you went through them. So you can hopefully help other people get through their circumstances."
Music has always been therapeutic and cathartic for Carey. But in 2001, working 21-hour days to make hit albums every year took its toll on her and she suffered what has been reported as an emotional breakdown. Carey then endured scathing reviews of her debut movie Glitter and months later she was dropped from her record label.
However, like a true diva, Carey came out on top. She signed a reported $20-million deal with Universal's Island Def Jam and then gathered three Grammy Awards and sold 10 million records worldwide. Carey admits it's not the platinum success but her faith and music that have been her saving grace.
"A lot of positive things have transpired in my life that I do attribute to having faith and a personal relationship with God... just reading the Word really has helped me," says Carey, whose trademark inspirational songs on E=MC² are Bye Bye and I Wish You Well.
After being in the business so long, a lot of Carey's working relationships have become friendships. Carey is excited to have worked with one of her friends Da Brat for this new project.
"We've done a million remixes together, but this is the first time we've done an R&B song together," Carey says of the smooth and sexy cut, O.O.C. "Collaborating with Brat was probably the most fun I had because she is one of my best friends. She really is an amazing writer. She knows my little idiosyncrasies and my little words so it was cool to have a female perspective too."
Carey also reunited with star music producer Jermaine Dupri. The two won a Grammy for We Belong Together, one of the most-played singles in radio history.
"Jermaine and I write the best together because we really sit there from the inception of the track to the completion and then deal with lyrics and stuff, or sometimes it's simultaneous," Carey explains.
Dupri, the So So Def Productions CEO and Island Records' president of Urban Music, agrees their bond is unique.
"We formed a friendship way, way back when I got a chance to do a record Always Be My Baby. We always kept close from that point on. We speak the same language when we get in the studio. It's not a long process, we both try to get to what we want to get to very fast."
Aside from acting, music has been the focus of Carey's career. However, last year she formed a business partnership with Elizabeth Arden and launched a fragrance line, M by Mariah Carey.
"Just working in the industry at this point, the game has changed so much. In the beginning I would be like, 'why do people need to do all these other extra things and commercials and this and that, they make music," she recalls.
"Honestly, [the fragrance deal] did peak my interest... I realized that you can be as creative as you want to in these ventures... I am going to be doing a lingerie line, probably a shoe line... It would be cool to do these things because it's just utilizing another side of my creativity."
With no signs of slowing down, one can't but help ask the svelte singer when will she settle down and start a family.
"Whenever it's in God's plan for me, that's when it's going to happen," says Carey, who has been divorced from music executive Tommy Mottola for 10 years. "It's not something that I want to push or rush. To bring a child into the world, to me, is the greatest responsibility ever, for a lifetime. It would be lovely if I'm going to do that, to have the father be on the same page as me and understand me as a human being and not just me as an entertainer. Be on the same page as me spiritually too so that the child is not confused. That's my thing."
Source: Jet | MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Apr-2008, 9:20AM EDT
Mariah is slated to make an appearance on Good Morning America on Wednesday, April 23rd. The Good Morning America studio is located in Times Square at 44th Street and Broadway, New York. The show airs from 7am-9am on ABC.
B96 has a poll asking its listeners to vote for their favorite Mariah songs. The 10 most voted songs will be played on April 15th in B96's Mariah Mania special. Mariah herself will introduce the chosen songs! Vote now!
A Press release from FOX reveals that the top 7 contestants on American Idol will return to the Idol stage to perform songs by Mariah Carey on Tuesday, April 15 at 8pm.
Contestant Carly Smithson will apparently sing Mariah's version of "Without You". Click here to watch the video of the Idol judges discussing it.
Recently-eliminated American Idol finalist Michael Johns would have sung "Vision of Love" for the Mariah Carey week, he said in an interview with MTV: "I was going to do a really cool version, a soul version, a soul/blues version of "Vision of Love." And it was hot, too, so I'm a little bummed."
Aside from the standard ($9.72) and deluxe ($16.88) editions, WalMart will also have E=MC² in an exclusive eco-friendly package ($13.88) that includes a blow in card containing seeds for planting and allows you to get three free MP3 downloads from a selection of 30 titles from Wal-Mart Music.
Mariah's performance of "Fly Like a Bird" is #1 on Blender's Top 10 Moments from Wednesday's Idol Gives Back charity show. They write: "1. Mariah Carey. Wow. Just wow." and "genuinely inspiring (Mariah Carey making all other performers look foolish)."
Mariah will be having a private breakfast with some lucky fans in Los Angeles, CA for Power 106's Big Boy's "Breakfast with Mariah Carey" this month. Register for your chance to attend the event here.
To the right is a photo of the E=MC² promo poster that Wal-Mart is requiring to be hung at all entrances of their Supercenters nationwide. They will be at all the front entrances in over 3,000 stores. The corporate offices also sent a letter to all stores saying that they are expecting the CD to be their biggest seller of the year and that all front-end caps in electronics must be reserved for the CD on its release day!
Blogger ProfessorGQ published a new poll asking "Who do you think is the hottest chick in the music game right now?" Click here to vote for Mariah.
Mariah's albums, excluding The Emancipation of Mimi, Greatest Hits, Merry Christmas and Remixes, are on sale for $6.99 at iTunes.
According to the Los Angeles Times, back in 2001, while pop star Mariah Carey was a patient in UCLA's psychiatric unit, a nurse looked in her records, asked her for an autograph and showed it to teenage patients, according to one of her former colleagues, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The nurse was terminated, and another person familiar with the matter.
The San Francisco and Hollywood Virgin Megastores will be hosting a CD release party for Mariah's new album on Monday, April 14th. The two Virgin stores will salute the #1 artist in the world with a night of prizes, trivia, and all things Mariah beginning at 10:30pm. The fun goes until midnight when E=MC² arrives in stores. Limited quantity of Mariah Carey posters will be available with purchase beginning at midnight.
In TV Guide Magazine, April 14-20 issue, page 4, the listing for Wednesday, April 16th American Idol reads: "The lucky seven become the spared six, while actual American Idol Mariah Carey works her octave-leaping magic on the crowd."
Jordin Sparks briefly talked about Mariah on American Idol Extra: Gina: "Your idol, Mariah Carey, was here. What did you think about her, tell me about it." Jordin: "I, I, I thought I was going to die. I was sitting there, like, with my hand over my face. I've never been more intense in my life."
Below are pictures of a gigantic Mariah poster promoting the new album in Orlando, Florida. It's located at the Virgin Megastore at Downtown Disney.
It's Mariah Carey night at Oasis Nightclub in Upland, California on Saturday, April 26th in celebration of the new album release. Mariah impersonator Bianca Cash joins the celebration with a 'live' stage performance. See the event flyer for more details.
Sam from That Grape Juice is giving away 3 copies of the E=MC² CD. Log on to the site for contest details.
Around The World Brazil: Saraiva, one of the largest music stores in Brazil has a full-page Pre-Sale Promo ad for Mariah's new album, E=MC², gracing its main page. E=MC² is due out April 16th in Brazil.
Canada: The flyer pictured to your right graces the stations of the GO train in Canada.
Listen to Vancouver's The Beat 94.5 FM's The Kid Carson Show on Tuesday morning and find out how you could win a trip for two to New York to watch Mariah Carey perform live on Good Morning America on April 23rd.
England: Huge promotional posters, like the one pictured to your right appear all over the stations of the underground train in London.
Finland: On April 16, the day of E=MC²'s release, Teemu and his MC-Fin team will be at the Stockmann Department Store to promote the new album. The event, sponsored by Universal Music Finland, will have Mariah balloons and mini posters to give away. Finnish fans are invited to take part.
Germany: Entering at #22, "Touch My Body" is the highest new entry this week on the German single charts. This makes "Touch My Body" Mariah's 12th top 25 single on the chart, the last one was "We Belong Together."
BILD, the biggest and most-read newspaper in Germany, offers previews to every E=MC² track on its website. The site also has a poll up that asks: "What do you think of Mariah Carey's new CD?" Log on to listen and vote now.
New Zealand: "Touch My Body" has leaped into the top 5 of the official New Zealand singles charts. It entered last week at #11 as the highest new entry and this week it moves up 7 places to #4.
Philippines: To the right are photos of the pre-order invitation for E=MC² from MCA Universal Music. The text reads:
"Congratulations! You are now part of the chosen elite to join me in the beginning of my emancipation! To express my sincere thanks for your support, come back and get your copy of the deluxe edition of my album, E=MC² on April 14, 2008 at the music store of your choice and get my exclusive Mariah Carey iPod skin and more. Please don't forget to bring this exclusive invite with you.
Love Always, Mariah Carey"
Those who pre-order don't need to pay a deposit and will get an iPod skin, poster, the Deluxe edition and the invitation with Mariah's message. The Deluxe edition is priced at PhP495 and the Standard edition at PhP455.
In other Philippine news, The Adventures of Mimi Tour and its documentary, "The Adventures of Mimi Sweetened," will air on Sunday Spotlight at 8pm on the cable channel, Velvet. Meanwhile, "Touch My Body" is featured on DJ Joe Gauthreaux's April Top 10 at #3.
Mariah Carey Philippines and Kokun Events, in cooperation with MCA Universal, invite you to the "E=MC2 Album Release Party" at Club Government on April 19, 10 pm. Mariah CD singles and exclusive posters await lucky party goers. Further details here.
Poland: The standard edition of E=MC² is available for purchasing at Empik Megastores across Poland for 64.99 Polish Zloty. The deluxe edition will be out later this month.
Russia: On April 13th, one of the leading Russian RnB radio stations, EuropaPlus will exclusively premiere the new CD by Mariah Carey. They announced that all the songs from E=MC² will be played all day, and will also be giving away copies of the CD. Check the site out for contest details.
Singapore: At HMV Singapore (Heeren, City Link), you can now pre-order Mariah's E=MC² Deluxe Edition until Sunday, April 13th. The CD, priced at S$19.95, comes with the exclusive iPod skin. E=MC² available in stores April 14th.
Mariah is "The Chosen One" for the month April on Channel [V] Asia. This week, "Touch My Body" is #1 on the [V] Countdown. Singaporean viewers can watch Channel [V] on Starhub Cable TV Channel 85. In other Singaporean news, the Powerhouse Club is hosting a launch party for Mariah's new album on Sunday, April 13th. More details can be found here.
Spain: Albert would like to invite all the Spanish fans to the New Album Launch Party on Friday, April 25th at Al Maximo Bar, 25 Assaonadors Street in Barcelona. More info here.
South Africa: "Touch My Body" on Radio charts this week: #1 for 2nd straight week on Metro FM Top 40; up 3 spots to #22 on 5FM Top 40; Up 3 to #9 on 5FM High 5 @ 5; up 3 to #9 on ECR Top 20; and down 2 spots to #19 on ECR Global Hot Hits.
Taiwan: One of Taiwan's biggest radio stations, "Hit FM," had an all-Mariah day yesterday. The host played several new tracks from E=MC² and kept telling everyone that the album will be released in Taiwan next Tuesday. During the broadcast, they played an audio clip of Mariah saying: "Hi Taiwan, I'm Mariah Carey. You're listening to Hit FM, and today is Mariah Carey day!" Listen below.
Turkey: In its sixth week, "Touch My Body" advanced two places to #9 this week on the official Billboard Turkey singles chart. The song's chart run: 14-9-8-12-11-9.
Fans' Corner Helen from the German fan site, Mariah Lounge has created a promo page for "Touch My Body" on her site. German fans can check it out for an extensive list of important radio stations in every region, info on all the countdowns and charts, and the main charts of Germany and some other countries.
Fans Aboodi, Maj and Muz would like to share this video that they took of Mariah when she was in London recently. They gushed, "She looked fantastic and we were lucky enough to hold her hands!"
Adelyne has updated her French Mariah Message Board, Mariah Carey Generation, with a brand-new design. Check it out.
Thanks to Arief and Juan for sharing their wallpapers with us!
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Album Reviews From Billboard, L.A. Times
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Apr-2008, 4:13PM EDT
She's proclaimed emancipation before, but Mariah Carey's never sounded as free as she does on her 10th album. The usual hummable radio hip-hop and bold ballads are here, in pristine form. ("Bye Bye," a memorial for a lost loved one, is particularly effective.) But so are some coy surprises, like the irresistible "I'm That Chick" (which covertly samples "Off the Wall" for an early Michael Jackson disco bounce) and the Swizz Beatz-produced "O.O.C.," which is catchy enough to make that the vernacular's standard abbreviation for "out of control." Carey even digs deep and pulls up "Side Effects," a Scott Storch-produced, dark hip-hop track that follows a passive woman's descent into domestic abuse ("Sleeping with the enemy/ Aware that he was smothering every last part of me"). Capping it off with Bible-quoting, upright-piano gospel ("I Wish You Well"), Carey's made a pop album with equal parts levity and gravity.
What advice do you suppose Mariah Carey will have for the "American Idol" contestants Wednesday when she appears on the show as a mentor, part of the media blitz launching the follow-up to her big comeback album, 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi"?
One thing she can do is encourage vocal restraint, which would be ironic coming from a singer whose early records contributed to the uncontrolled showiness that afflicts so many "Idol" participants. But it's true: On "Mimi" and even more so on "E=MC2," out Tuesday, Carey is searching for alternatives to the glass-shattering flamboyance of her early '90s youth.
And when it comes to career counsel, the new album carries the operative message: Don't mess with success.
"E=MC2" is nearly a clone of "The Emancipation of Mimi" -- from the exotica-tinged hip-hop hybrid that kicks it off ("It's Like That" there, the T-Pain duet "Migrate" here) to a speaking appearance by her pastor, Clarence Keaton, on the finale. In between is another carefully calculated mix of mainstream R&B in its dance, pop and old-school manifestations.
This is the happily-ever-after part of Carey's fairy tale, which is more "Ugly Duckling" than "Cinderella." Perhaps because she had been so successful in the '90s, her commercial decline and emotional breakdown at the start of this decade came to be seen as a sort of cosmic retribution for her -- and the record industry's, while we're at it -- decadence and excess. She wasn't merely exiled, she was ridiculed, setting up her improbable cycle of transformation and triumph with "Mimi," which sold 6 million copies.
That redemption wasn't guaranteed, but the task of securing and extending it should be easier. It's not as if the new album's cautious nature compromises some kind of bold artistry. Amid the drama of her comeback and the hoopla over her record-breaking chart numbers, it's easy to forget that "Mimi" wasn't exactly a great album.
"E=MC2" is a little better -- the songwriting is more consistent, the feel a bit more natural -- but it too lacks a ruling temperament or artistic vision. Without that, it's a savvy sampler of mainstream commercial craft, plush aural lounges designed and furnished by such producers and writers as Jermaine Dupri, Timbaland associate Nate "Danja" Hills and hip-hop's Swizz Beatz.
That often leaves Carey sounding like an ersatz Beyonce, and she never approaches the cathartic soulfulness of Mary J. Blige or the auteur credentials of Alicia Keys.
What's most striking about the album is the further toning down of Carey's famously powerful voice. She was always criticized as a technically gifted singer with no interpretive intelligence or instincts, but now that the instrument itself sounds physically diminished, she seems to be groping toward some kind of expressive ground. Those signature high notes pierce the stratosphere a couple of times, but she's even more reticent to wail -- there's no counterpart to "Mimi's" showy "Mine Again" or "Joyride."
Instead, Carey tests registers and dynamics. In "I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time," her singing is so direct, understated and unglamorous it's almost shocking -- like seeing a diva without makeup. The piano ballad "I Stay in Love" is similarly unadorned, and her voice is almost leathery in the lower notes. It's not flattering, but it rings true emotionally.
But this is a process rather than a realization for Carey, whose moments of discovery are random, the products of chance rather than considered choice. Many of the songs on "E=MC2" are lightweight enough that they don't demand much revelation, but the sassy hit "Touch My Body," for one, could use more sensuality. And when lyrics are more demanding, things are hit-and-miss.
Carey captures the theme of self-repression and emotional damage in "Side Effects," a teaming with rapper Young Jeezy, by keeping her vocal taut and reined in. She works up some gospel grit on "I Wish You Well," but the demands of the larger-than-life anthem "Bye Bye," a salute to departed loved ones, are beyond her reach.
Of course, consistency isn't so important when an album is assembled as a series of singles rather than a cohesive work. Fortunately for Carey, the tabloid-tailored real-life back story on one side and the producer's craft on the other matter more than the art of singing in this particular fairy tale.
Below is Mariah's schedule of TV appearances next week. Be sure to tune in!
April 14th 3:00pm ET, ABC The Oprah Winfrey Show
April 15th 8:00pm ET, FOX American Idol
April 16th 7:30pm ET, BET E=MC²: The Relativity of Mariah
April 16th 9:00pm ET, FOX American Idol
Watch the promo clip for Mariah's appearance on Monday's The Oprah Winfrey Show above.
Mariah On The Cover of Jet
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Apr-2008, 2:40PM EDT
Mariah graces the cover of the April 21st issue of Jet magazine with the following caption: "Queen of No. 1s - Mariah Carey breaks records while staying true to her music."
The magazine is now available on newsstands. Grab a copy today!
Source: Bria | Erica
Tennessee Tribeca Tickets Go On Sale Tomorrow!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Apr-2008, 1:57PM EDT
Tennessee [TENNE] Discovery Feature Narrative, 2008, 95 min Interests: Drama, Family Issues, Music, Road Trip
Program Notes: When Carter Armstrong left Tennessee in 1993 with his mother and baby brother Ellis, he didn't look back. Years later, however, a diagnosis of leukemia forces the two now-motherless brothers to hit the road again, heading home at last in search of the abusive father who may or may not be a marrow match for dying Ellis. Car trouble in Texas leads Carter and Ellis to make the acquaintance of a diner waitress, Crystal, who has her own demons to flee and singing dreams to pursue in Tennessee. The relationship that brews between the three is a heartwarming, contemporary spin on the American road movie.
With a poignant script by Russell Schaumburg, Tennessee is borne along by a lyrical alt-country score and subtle psychological momentum. The film owes much of its staying power to its real and tender sense of place. Cinematographer David Greene really knows how to shoot the hardscrabble west, and Woodley draws unerringly specific performances from every member of the principal cast. These are people living accidentally small lives in a grand space, and it's time for their worlds to expand. Adam Rothenberg brings a magnetic intensity to his portrayal of the laconic Carter, Ethan Peck gracefully balances the hard edge and sensitivity of Ellis, and Mariah Carey delivers a subtle performance as songbird Crystal. And the movie in general has a musical sense of pace: By turns suspenseful and meditative, Tennessee builds to its surprising conclusion by hitting new notes that feel instantly familiar.
Tennessee's show times and venues at the Tribeca Film Festival are as follows:
Sat, Apr 26, 6:00PM Sun, Apr 27, 6:15PM Wed, Apr 30, 3:00PM Thu, May 01, 10:30PM Sat, May 03, 8:30PM
BMCC Tribeca PAC [Map] Village East Cinema 1 [Map] AMC 19th St. East Theater 2 [Map] AMC 19th St. East Theater 1 [Map] Village East Cinema 7 [Map]
Passes and Packages are available for purchase right now, and single tickets will be available for purchase to the general public online, by phone, and at the Box Office beginning on Saturday, April 12. Click here for further information.
Island's Mariah Magic
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Apr-2008, 1:10PM EDT
Label Pulls Off Incredible Idol/Oprah Parlay for Carey's New Album
Island is pulling out all the stops for the release of Mariah Carey's new album, E=MC², the 11th of her career, on April 15.
It's her first release since 2005's massive comeback The Emancipation of Mimi, which topped the year-end charts, selling 10 million copies worldwide and nabbing three Grammys.
"When I came in, I realized Mariah was already on track," says IDJ Chairman Antonio "L.A." Reid about Mimi's success. "All she needed was someone to believe and bounce her ideas off. More than anything, my contribution might have been to inject confidence because she's amazing. I honestly can't take credit for anything except being in the right place at the right time with an artist who was already very dedicated to what she does."
The first single, "Touch My Body," just became Carey's 18th career #1 single, surpassing Elvis Presley's record of 17, and second only to The Beatles' 20, with an airplay audience of more than 115 million. The video is #1 on the Yahoo Music video chart, Yahoo Launchcast and AOL Music. A customized online Mariah widget has been viewed over 4.26 million times.
Mariah will appear on a pair of American Idol shows, including the Idol Gives Back two-hour special on April 9 and, on the week of release, April 16, she will perform on the hit Fox show as a musical mentor to the finalists. She will be a special guest on The Oprah Winfrey Show on April 14, a day before the album hits stores.
Reid gives full credit for the rollout to IDJ publicity queen Laura Swanson, stating: "She understands how to launch a superstar."
"Mariah's talent is truly unbelievable," says IDJMG President/COO Steve Bartels. "She made it easy for us by delivering an incredible album. The success of the first single was phenomenal, and the entire staff is working tirelessly to make sure we make this the biggest launch, and year, for Mariah ever."
The superstar diva performed "Touch My Body" on SNL last month, an episode that will be rerun May 3. Last week, she performed the song, along with "We Belong Together," after the season premiere of MTV's hit series, The Hills.
Other TV appearances are slated for Live With Regis & Kelly, Good Morning America and The View, with Allure and Parade magazine covers also on tap.
The new single, "Bye Bye," was rush-released to radio this week after leaking.
"I just tried to get all the right ingredients in the pot and know when to turn the fire off," laughs Reid when asked about first-week sales estimates. "I'm a poet, so I can't add. I don't talk numbers. Who can say in this climate? I can't put my finger on it, but it feels good."
About the album being postponed a number of times, Reid says: "We wanted to make sure the record was right. We were prepared to release it last November or December, but we didn't want to rush it, so we waited until now."
Winning Formula. Mariah Carey's E=MC² adds up to an aural success, offering a smart mix of dance and drama.
Daydream. Butterfly. Rainbow. Glitter. No, those aren't the names of Barbie's pet ponies, they're the ridiculously saccharine titles of Mariah Carey's albums from 1995 to 2001. So when she called her 10th studio CD The Emancipation of Mimi three years ago, it was clear that she intended to drop the cutesy shtick, let down her weave, and start getting real. It was a clever move.
Emancipation was the lucky strike that updated Carey's sound with bass-heavy flavor and reversed the downward spiral of her sales. Now, with E=MC²--another bold title--she's out to prove that her comeback was no fluke.
Of course, it's doubtful that Carey is a secret admirer of Einstein's theory of relativity, but one thing's for sure: The golden-throated diva has discovered a formula that works. Not unlike Emancipation, E=MC² finds Carey stacking the deck with the hottest producers and guest artist in urban music (Jermaine Dupri, StarGate, T-Pain, Damian Marley, Young Jeezy). The result is a largely enjoyable mix of flirtatious club jams, midtempo love songs, and emotional ballads anchored by hip-hop beats that handsomely showcase the singer's powerful vocal chops.
Ever the party girl, Carey opens the album with the sleek and seductive "Migrate," where she imagines getting buzzed on pinot grigio during a night out with the ladies. Other dancefloor anthems include "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" and "O.O.C.," which, for all of their pop polish, never lose their soulful spirit. But it's not all about velvet ropes and playful come-ons; notably, Carey suffers from a major love hangover on "Side Effects," a synthy cautionary tale about an abusive relationship. "Wakin' up scared some nights still dreaming 'bout the violent times," she sings with outspoken intensity.
And yet Carey remains a romantic at heart. With the ballads "Love Story" and "Last Kiss," she reunites with Dupri to recapture the passionate splendor of 2005's "We Belong Together." It's unfortunate, then, that E=MC² closes with its only missteps, the somber elegy "Bye Bye"--an odd choice for the follow-up single to the cheeky hit "Touch My Body"--and the preachy gospel hymn "I Wish You Well" (this CD's version of Emancipation's "Fly Like a Bird"). Still, for an artist whose career was all but dead four years ago, Carey is wise to play it safe by building on the finest elements of her last CD. Were it not for the final two tracks, she could've gotten away with calling this album Treasure.
Pop goddess Mariah Carey scaled Oympian heights with her last album 2005's Grammy-winning, 6-million-selling The Emancipation of Mimi. Certainly, E=MC² doesn't equal its predecessor. Still, this is a satisfying follow-up, heavy on hip-hop-flavored midtempo jams (like the irressistible No. 1 hit "Touch My Body") and beat-driven ballads (best is the pretty, piano-laced "I Stay In Love"). The disc occasionally strays from that formula on cuts like the churchy closer "I Wish You Well."
But the highlight is "Side Effects," the CD's darkest and most personal track, which seems to allude to Carey's failed marriage to music exec Tommy Mottola: "Sleeping with the enemy/Aware that he was smothering every last part of me." Vaguely menacing, it shows that even pop goddesses have their demons.
With more No. 1 singles than any artist in history, Mariah Carey is a hitmaking machine. And no wonder: Her 11th studio album sticks to her signature blend of smooth R&B and hip-hop hooks. The playful "Touch My Body" has already topped the charts, and the soul-drenched "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" will likely follow.
Overall, this material may not be quite as memorable as prior efforts (the diva wastes her high notes on filler such as "Bye Bye") - but there's no arguing that Mimi is back.
After bizarre meltdowns and questionable career choices early in this decade, Mariah Carey came back with a bang in 2005 with her album The Emancipation of Mimi, which gave us the hits Shake It Off, Don't Forget About Us and We Belong Together. Now, the songbird proves her comeback was no fluke with E=MC².
Carey has toned down her five-octave range a bit, but purists need not worry -- her voice has lost none of its power.
The album starts off poorly, with the monotone Migrate offering wannabe hip-hop lines such as "From the car into the club we migrate/From the bar to VIP we migrate/From the party to the afterparty migrate/Afterparty to hotel -- migrate" and a stunted, hesitant rap by T-Pain. But the first single, the slinky slow jam Touch My Body, unleashes Mariah's inner vamp. It's a shameless sex anthem, with talk of Mariah wrapping her legs around a guy's waist and begging for him to "give me what I deserve," but somehow, her angelic voice makes it all sound almost innocent.
On Cruise Control, Mariah teams up with new-school reggae royalty Damian Marley, who contributes a short but rhythmic rap. The song is more than a bit silly -- it spells out C-R-U-I-S-E control, for some reason, and Mariah tries to pull off a Jamaican accent ("He's the flyest ting") -- but it's pleasing and flows nicely. I'm That Chick cops the slick, cool funk of Forget Me Nots -- its cleverly minimalist bassline somehow uses exactly one note, but perfectly anchors the groove. The appealing ballad Last Kiss serves up Mariah's trademark hopeful romance: "This feeling is too good to miss/Ain't no kiss ever gonna be our last kiss," while Love Story aims for the anthemic heft of We Belong Together and doesn't miss by much.
But the album's high point finds Mariah softly and sweetly lamenting the loss of any kind of loved one on the truly touching Bye Bye: "This is for my peoples who just lost somebody/Your best friend, your baby, your man or your lady/Put your hand way up high/We will never say bye."
Thankfully, it looks like we won't be saying "bye" to Mariah for a long time.
Pod Picks: Touch My Body, Last Kiss, Bye Bye.
Total Eclipse Of The Charts
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 11-Apr-2008, 2:24AM EDT
E=MC² vs. Hard Candy Madonna and Mariah Carey are releasing new albums within weeks of one another--and they're smashing records in the process.
Paris vs. Nicole. Lauren vs. Heidi. Serena vs. Blair. They're all teeny-tiny rivalries compared with the showdown that's about to erupt between Mariah Carey and Madonna. The pop divas, who have reportedly had a brittle relationship for years, are releasing albums within weeks of each other this month--Carey's E=MC² arrives on Tuesday, while Madonna's Hard Candy hits shelves on April 29.
Carey is attempting to duplicate the success of 2005's The Emancipation of Mimi, which sold a whopping 5.8 million copies and was her biggest hit in years after a very public breakdown. Hard Candy, meanwhile, marks the last album of new material that Madonna will make for longtime label Warner Bros. before she embarks on a groundbreaking $120 million deal with concert promoter Live Nation. "I expect Mariah's record to be one of the biggest records of the year," predicts Billboard senior analyst Geoff Mayfield. "You kind of have to wait with Madonna, but the single's very accessible."
So far, both women show no signs of slacking off. Carey's catchy (if underwhelming) first single, "Touch My Body," zoomed to No. 1 on Billboard's Hot 100, unseating diva-in-training Leona Lewis' "Bleeding Love" and making her second only to the Beatles for the most No. 1 hits ever on the chart. "Mariah reinvigorated the younger demo [with Mimi]," says John Ivey, program director for KIIS-FM in L.A. "She has all these kids that now think she's relevant again."
Madonna is working the same strategy, by including Justin Timberlake and Timbaland on her newest single, "4 Minutes." (The duo wrote and produced numerous tracks on Candy.) "The smartest thing she could have done is to have Tim and Justin on the record," says Ivey. "The interesting thing too is that the first cut I heard was a lot more Madonna. The single is a lot less Madonna. The part that sticks in your head, truthfully, is Justin's." Either way, it's paying off: At press time, "4 Minutes" was No. 3 on Billboard's Hot 100, her highest-charting single since 2000's "Music." The song helped nudged her past Elvis Presley to become the artist with the most top 10 singles ever. Still, if you're scoring at home, the first round goes to Mariah.
The true trump card may be the critical reaction. Madonna's Candy, with its hip-hop bent and collaborations with Pharrell Williams, Timberlake, and Timbaland, seems to encroach on Mariah's usual territory. It's a risk, but the uptempo album could be the most mainstream and accessible that Madonna has released in years. Meanwhile, EW has heard E=MC² and can attest that it's a worthy successor to Mimi that will push Glitter even further from our memory.
Source: Entertainment Weekly | Text & Scan: MariahDailyJournal
E=MC² Album Reviews
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Apr-2008, 10:33PM EDT
It is worth pondering what the title of Mariah Carey's 11th studio album could refer to. Emancipation, maybe, in a nod to her 2005 comeback album, The Emancipation of Mimi; or perhaps the energy of the original equation, a statement that Carey still has what it takes to party all night at the age of 38, even as she describes herself as "eternally 12". Then again, she could just be identifying herself alongside Einstein as a fellow genius. Either way, E=MC2 finds Carey loopier than ever, embracing her own larger-than-life image with gusto: Mariah Carey Squared indeed.
On its cover, Carey is naked but for the world's largest feather boa, an accessory for which flocks of birds have surely given their lives (this image comes hot on the heels of the cover for the single Touch My Body, on which she is naked and hiding behind an enormous hat, and its accompanying video, which features a pet unicorn). The ludicrous, campy excess of the Mariah myth is clearly still in full flight. It has not always been thus: the woman may be "crazy" in a good way these days, but 2001 saw her hospitalised following a nervous breakdown and a rumoured attempted suicide, and suffering the first commercial failures of her career. The triumph of both The Emancipation of Mimi and E=MC2 is the way in which the two sides of her character have been used as launching pads for magnificent pop.
Endearingly ditzy high-camp abounds on E=MC2. The very first notes of the album find Carey swooping around her famed whistle register, revelling in how high her voice can go, before metamorphosing into a synth whistle riff. Over the course of the album, Carey compares herself to ice cream, the lottery, a chandelier, Biggie and 2Pac, weed and her favourite jeans. On the glorious disco bounce of OOC, she breaks into Italian, Spanish and French in the space of one verse for no discernible reason other than that she can (surely the very essence of divadom). There are references to YouTube, a bizarre attempt at Jamaican patois and the lyric "Nah, you ain't seeing things/ Or hallucinating/ I brings that levity."
Brilliantly, the music more than matches Carey's flights of fancy. E=MC2 finds Carey continuing down the hip-hop-inflected path she has pursued for the past decade - but in that time, hip-hop has come back to meet her. The sweet, gliding I'm That Chick hitches itself to R&B's current vogue for 4/4 beats, but takes more cues from pure disco than any other exponent of the trend: it could almost be a track from Carey's own early days. (It is surely no coincidence that E=MC2 shares its title with the Giorgio Moroder classic.) Elsewhere, Migrate is a sinister Danja-produced grind; by contrast, Touch My Body is an ultra-girly luxury cushion of a track, all tactile bass bumps and tinkling music box motifs. "I will hunt you down," she trills, simultaneously sugary and menacing.
Carey's gift, though, is not just that she manages to balance embracing her silliest excesses with sincere displays of emotion, but that the two are inextricably linked. Her trademark high notes, for instance: the album opens with Carey parodying them, but when she rolls them out at the climax of the stunning closer I Wish You Well, backed only by gospel choir and solo piano, their emotional impact is undeniable. Never one to miss an opportunity to gild the lily, Carey also beatifically quotes biblical chapter and verse - not once, but four times. Kissing off an ex-lover has never sounded so divinely ordained.
Carey's voice has been mocked, bizarrely, as being a triumph of technique over soul - an argument that fails to comprehend that technique and soul are intertwined, that technique primarily exists as a means to convey emotion - but she is on fine vocal form throughout E=MC2, whether belting out massive ballads (Thanx 4 Nothin') or layering her voice into a swooning bank of a hundred Mariahs (I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time). There are perhaps fewer dramatic vocal splashes than in her early days, and more nuanced brushstrokes, but that is no bad thing, and the magnificent Side Effects finds Carey at the height of her powers. Over synths as slow as molasses, she intones some of the darkest lyrics of her career, a meditation on the long-term effects of an abusive relationship. Verbose to the point of opulence, she crams syllables into the verses, races against her own emotions and perfectly conveys the song's claustrophobic intensity.
When she sings elsewhere, "Them other regularities, they can't compare with MC," it is hard not to agree.
I've always thought of Mariah Carey as something of a math problem, one that lacks either theorem or proof. To wit, the enjoyment of her music is directly proportional to the gratuitousness of her vocal indulgences (chief among them, her tendency to jump to her upper register without reason or warning), the cheeky self-awareness to her own camp potential, and the unfailing devotion to her own sense of continued legacy as the distilled representation of pop culture. It's actually that last item that shows up most often in the singer's curriculum; there's a reason that, until now, Mariah hasn't changed the font for her CD-cover nameplate since day one. Some scoffed a few years back when Garth Brooks flatly admitted his excitement over the prospect of toppling the Beatles' record for most albums sold, but no one seems to bat an eye when Mariah's PR machine focuses plainly on bookkeeping. Hell, I'm not entirely sure that either "Touch My Body" or, before that, "We Belong Together" didn't sound just a little bit better because of their statistical potency, as opposed to their musical vitality.
But that's the bitch of having a winning formula. Eventually, it's going to boil down to just that: a formula. The irresistibly titled E=MC² stands shoulder, at least according to my TI-85, with The Emancipation of Mimi in that I honestly prefer Mariah in the loopier, more freewheeling territory of Rainbow and Glitter, but I can't deny the dogged efficiency in action. Even if I wasn't exactly sure what the "E" was supposed to mean in the album's title at first (emotion? Ear-splitting melisma? Surely not energy... oh, it stands for "emancipation," duh), there's little doubt that "MC" stands for our own master of ceremonies, and she even threw in a little nod to her own public schizophrenia for good measure. But those hoping for reinvention will, in addition to being radically unfamiliar with Mariah's career trajectory, probably be dismayed that the "2" also stands for "Mimi, Part 2."
Mariah's records have always credited a vocal engineer, but the first sound on E=MC² is that trademark throat howl from behind the all-too-familiar digital curtain of Auto-Tune. "Migrate," a collaboration with T-Pain, kicks off the definitely hip-poppy album, and it sets the tone perfectly. Just as Mariah and Pain bounce from the taxi to the club to the house party to the bar to the hotel, E=MC² doesn't dawdle long enough for you to ever discern just how overly deliberate it is: It's an album composed entirely of radio edits. The only song that doesn't feel just about composed on the spot is "Side Effects," but that's because it's been in the making for a decade. A reasonably salutary tribute to 10 years of leaving Tommy Mottola behind, Mariah sings about how she's still addressing the emotional wreckage. "I was a girl, you was a man/I was too young to understand/I was naive, I just believed/Everything that you told me," she explains while Young Jeezy rattles off the list of symptoms: "Drowsiness, loneliness, how's this?" Frankly, I fought the same set of maladies getting through the song, but if Mariah has spent a decade not letting people get too close, who are we to deny giving her four minutes to emote it out? On the other hand, I guess I would deny her that, especially when, on "For the Record," she expresses the desire to "just press rewind."
There's a big mathematical difference between pop instincts and pop manufacturing, and most of E=MC² demonstrates the latter. "Touch My Body," as it turns out, was just about the only choice for a kickoff single, what with its slow-growing guilty-pleasure quotient, its cheesy-easy-breezy disposability (in the packrat world of pop culture, it always turns out to be the hardest to throw away the throwaway), and its frontloaded Mariah-being-Mariah flourishes. References to YouTube, t-shirts, and favorite jeans are turned kinky against the insistent imagery of her voluptuous thighs. And leave it to Mariah to transmute the sex appeal of teddy bears into the same territory inhabited by leather bears: If yiff culture is going to cross over, it will be through the guiding help of Mimi's plush fantasies. Furthermore, the blatant sexual advances come embedded within a downright rudimentary backing track (I've seen it been called glorified karaoke multiple times) that, were it not for the lyrics, would've been just as appropriate for the Backyardigans or the Wiggles, confirming that the "G" of Mariah's g-spot stands for "general audiences." The disparity between the song's hyper-polished sterility and its almost prepubescent sexuality (as made literal in the song's stupid-brilliant promotional clip) epitomize that elusive pop instinct. With "Touch My Body," Mariah brings sexy back... to the schoolyard.
Elsewhere, there are two and a half uptempo tunes (that's out of 14 on the non-iTunes version). "O.O.C." has a nice, unforced looseness about it, both in Mariah's loopy "s'cusa me" patois and in the flared-out drum pattern, with a surprising emphasis on the open high-hat; maybe not completely "out of control," as advertised, but certainly a welcome deviation from her more uptight jams and even more uptight ballads. "I'm That Chick" is a retro treatsicle in the best, most Glitter-iest sense. It's pinker than Pepto Bismol and just as soothing, and for whatever reason, Mariah's fudged enunciation on the chorus turns "I'm that chick you like" into "I'll have chicken, lite." The triumph of the song is that, when all of our dance-floor divas these days seem to throw one disco-descendant banger on their otherwise hip-hop-hybrid LPs almost out of obligation, "I'm That Chick" doesn't feel even as tokenistic as Janet's "Feedback" (which I like more, but only out of context).
The aforementioned "half" song is the half-uptempo, half-brained, half-cocked "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time." Words fail, but what you get for your $10 here is not only everyting you want (everyting!), but also Mariah simultaneously in ridiculous mode and also pathologically free of irony or self-awareness. Recruiting DJ Toomp for this one was a stroke of genius: "Long Time" sounds like a hyperventilating cross between a graduation anthem and an early-'80s family sitcom theme song. Listening to it, I felt face to face with a couple of silver spoons: one heroin, the other grape jelly. Such are the rewards of an album like E=MC², in which one does reach a solution, but not before Mariah bends over backward to show her work.
Mariah: 'My dog has a bigger ego'
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Apr-2008, 9:55PM EDT
It's been a long, long wait - five hours to be precise - hanging around for the world's biggest diva.
In the Premier League of prima donnas, Mariah Carey is a legend. Ahead of Madonna, J-Lo and even Posh, she is the ultimate demanding pop star.
Outside the luxurious Four Seasons George V Hotel in Paris, diehard fans have been camping all day and into the night to catch a glimpse of her. Even the drizzle doesn't dampen their spirits.
After two hours without even a peep from Mariah's people, I'm starting to feel a kinship with the bedraggled hordes.
Finally, we're summoned to the grand meeting room which I enter through a bustle of stylists, managers and bodyguards. The room is bathed in the dim light of flickering candles and there's an ornate gold easel bearing a huge canvas of the album cover for Mariah's latest album E=MC2.
I'm carefully positioned on the left side of a sofa by one of her management team to "get Mariah's best side" as another huge and scary-looking man comes in to inspect the room.
After checking cushions and curtains, he looks straight at me with an accusing glare. I nervously offer him my open bag to be checked until her publicist explains he is only here to check the room's ambience and candlelight levels. But we're only here to do an interview!
Then the door opens and everyone jumps to attention and starts to leave the room as pop royalty glides in.
Though tottering might be a better description as Queen Mariah is wearing a pair of gravity-defying Agent Provocateur platform shoes.
Then suddenly, psssst, she sprays me with something and for a minute I wonder if I have been disinfected as another prerequisite of meeting such a superstar, until I am overwhelmed by floral scent.
Through the evaporating mist I see the white pearly smile of Mariah holding a bottle of perfume. I've been hit by her M By Mariah Carey signature perfume. "Do you like it?" she asks as we sit on the sofa, carefully taking my all-important left side of the sofa.
"Oh, you just sit where you like - anywhere. It doesn't matter where they've told you to sit."
Mariah Carey's last album, 2005's The Emancipation Of Mimi was a career high. It showed the girl from Long Island who had the world at her feet, then lost it, was back.
Einstein E=MC2 has a similar vibe. Urban, hip-hop and this time, even reggae (on Cruise Control, featuring Damien Marley).
Another album from credible Mariah who this time is light-hearted and enjoying her work. She co-wrote and produced the record alongside an array of eminent names including Bryan-Michael Cox, Danja, Jermaine Dupri, Swizz Beatz, Tricky Stewart, Scott Storch, Stargate, T.I., and will.i.am.
Mariah made history with single Touch My Body last week, overtaking Elvis Presley's total of No1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100. She is now second only to The Beatles.
The accompanying video (featuring a scantily-dressed Mariah alongside Talladega Nights comedian Jack McBrayer) and the Einstein theory album title are, the singer explains, examples of her sense of humour that critics always miss. Laughing, she tells me: "People who take me seriously as a diva have a serious lack of a sense of humour.
"Einstein's theory? Physics? Me? Hello! I even failed remedial math. I could not pass seventh grade math even in the lowest class with the worst kids. Of course I'm poking fun. Have you seen the Touch My Body video? C'mon. Clearly you must see the humour in that. Even the lyrics, 'I will hunt you down'. If anyone doesn't get the joke by this time then they are an idiot."
The title E=MC2 refers to Emancipation of Mimi to the second power. "Basically I'm freer on this album than I've ever been," she coos. "Some of the songs on the last album were cool but maybe not quite as neat as this album. It was actually Jay-Z who told me people needed to see me, what I'm really like. He knows my sense of humour and even my own little words, my own lingo and so it comes across on these songs, like on OOC which stands for Out Of Control."
The hip-hop Mariah seems a world away from the ballad singer who scored a UK No1 in 2000 with Westlife and the cheesy cover of the Phil Collins song Against All Odds. She shrieks: "Aargh! It gets so annoying when people make out I have gone all hip-hop just to get in on a trend. I sang with Ol Dirty Bastard, may he rest in peace, back in 1996 for the remixed version of Fantasy. I love him and I miss him. Working with him was a highlight for me because it was such a random union. But for younger kids on the street, that's the version of Fantasy they know - the line 'Me and Mariah'."
E=MC2 contains some of her frankest lyrics. Bye Bye is an emotional song about the death of her father, who she hardly knew.
On Side Effects, her marriage to and escape from ex-husband, label boss Tommy Mottola, is laid bare with lyrics including Sleepin' with the enemy that he was smothering/So I broke away and finally found the strength to breathe. Mariah explains: "If somebody has the control over you, you're still going to be angry but it's about letting it go. It was therapeutic. The track just made me think of where I am now. It's my story. There is a line about living in a private hell. It is what it is and when I think about it, it stills gives me a weird feeling. I was emotionally cut off in a lot of ways and I still have trust issues. Certain things still really get to me, like people trying to make decisions for me. But I hope that song can heal people who have been in abusive relationships. It's not saying 'pity me' - it's my song for what I went through."
In 2001 Mariah suffered a very public breakdown and her career was deemed over. Her semi-autobiographical film and album Glitter flopped and she had been dropped by Virgin, who she had signed to for a reported $80million after breaking away from Mottola's label, Columbia. Mariah says she has no regrets. "Honestly, I think it was one of the best things that ever happened to me because when you go through something, you come out of it stronger.
"From 2001 to 2005 I had a four-year blip in a career in which I'd already accomplished so much. I look at the scandals other people are in the paper for, well I'm sorry but I barely did anything. So they wrote me off, so what? It's not my problem. I just proved that you can never write yourself off. Ever."
Mariah at 38 (though she never admits to her age, referring to being "eternally 12") is mentally and physically at her best in years. She recently underwent a strict training programme and lost nearly two stone, her 5ft9in tiny size eight frame is evident in the figure-hugging dress she wears today.
"I think people should be a size they're comfortable with but when you're constantly having your picture taken and on TV like I am, well I could see I really did need to lose some of the bulk. I might be doing a workout video, which will be a big joke anyway, but I can show how I did it. I still have curves though."
Mariah laughs off recent comments about her five octave voice not being in the same shape as it was. "I think critics should listen to the album and the last two songs in particular before they say anything about my voice. I think I broke the world record for highest notes and I don't want to sound arrogant but my voice has always been naturally kind of lower but people always expect me to talk like that (puts on high voice) all the time. I have all different parts of my register that requires maintenance and always has. It doesn't bother me as I know what I can do."
Mariah today seems more relaxed and fun than the difficult diva she is portrayed as, and she rolls her eyes at the dreaded D-word. "Ha ha, my dog Jack has a bigger ego than me! We forgot his papers and so had to take him off the private plane. He growled at the flight attendant as he was carried off. He's really started to think he's the star now."
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 10-Apr-2008, 1:08PM EDT
Below, find the chart positions for "Touch My Body" in Billboard magazine issue dated April 19, 2008.
"Touch My Body" Billboard Hot 100: #1 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week #3) Billboard Pop 100: #4 (Last Week #1) Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #9 (Last Week #9) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week #3) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #3) Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #4 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #4 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #7 (Last Week: #16) Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #7 (Last Week: #6) Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #8 (Last Week #7) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #3 (Last Week #3) Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #10 (Last Week #9) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #3 (Last Week #3)
Video: Mariah at Idol Gives Back
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Apr-2008, 8:38AM EDT
Now on iTunes Mariah's "Fly Like A Bird" (Idol Gives Back Performance) - Single is now available at iTunes for 99¢ only. Click here to download it now!
Download a video of Mariah performing "Fly Like A Bird" at American Idol's "Idol Gives Back."
Mariah Performs "Fly Like A Bird" at Idol Gives Back, FOX, April 9, 2008 Download: [ DVD | VCD ]
Fan Experiences MariahDailyJournal Idol Gives Back Contest winners Joanie and Rusty share their memories from the show.
Joanie I was one of the two lucky lambs chosen to win a ticket to see Mariah at Idol Gives Back. I was so excited when I found out I won! It felt great to be selected out of all the Los Angeles fans. I made sure to dress Mariah-style to the event which included my little black dress and some tights because lately Mariah has been wearing tights with everything LOL! My evening began after I arrived at the Kodak Theatre and I actually got interviewed by a a radio DJ from Michigan! I also saw Mariah's manager Benny Media rushing down some stairs.
After that I made my way into the theatre and realized I had great seats courtesy of Mariah Daily Journal. A little later while I was still waiting for the show to begin the other winner Rusty arrived. He was very nice and as big a Mariah fan as I was. We talked about our favorite Mariah songs and also talked about the new album and how we can't wait to hear it! Finally the show began and the Idols came out and did their thing. Highlights included Snoop Dogg's performance because I love him and all his collaborations with Mariah. A crazy moment was when Brad Pitt came out - all the ladies in the audience were losing their minds. Since the show was about giving back, I was very moved by the videos that were showcased that featured many hopeful stories about families from Hurricane Katrina, Africa, and rural areas in America.
As the show went on, I kept waiting for Mariah to come out, but they saved her for the end. When she finally came out, Randy Jackson announced he was going to play the bass for her which was fun to watch. Mariah sang Fly Like A Bird of the event whichI felt was so appropriate because it has been such an inpirational song for me about hope and soaring abour the trials of everyday life to find that place inside yourself where you feel safe. Mariah was wearing jeans and a black tank top. She looked beautiful and sang the song just lovely. She brought out her church choir and she hit some great high notes at the end. I loved being there to see her for such a special night. It will go down in my history book of great Mariah memories. Thank you Mariah Daily Journal for sending me!
Rusty When I ushered to my seat in the Kodak Theater I was shocked to realize how intimate the venue was. On television it appears so grand and large. Its beauty is even more magnificent in person, but then even on the mezzanine our seats were fantastic!
I was sat next to and met the other Mariah Daily Winner Joanie. We are both redheads so I knew we were really going to hit it off. It's always enjoyable chatting with fellow Lambs because you don't have to explain as much and they get most of your jokes! Joanie was a sweetheart and I really enjoyed listening to how Mariah has touched her and sharing how I've been touched as well. We were both so excited and shocked that out of everyone we won!
The taping began and my excitement level never dropped. I have to be honest and say I wasn't real sure what I was going to, I had no idea what "Idol Gives Back" was going to consist of. It was one legend after another. Snoop, Heart, Annie Lennox, Brad Pitt, Robin Williams, and the list goes on and on! I was blown away! Not to mention the true purpose of the evening was very touching and I encourage EVERY LAMB to donate. I donated $1! It really helps - go donate now, make Mimi proud!
THEN IT WAS TIME. I could tell because I recognized band members and back-up singers setting up. This huge white, stained-glass curtain-type set piece lowered allowing a silhouette to appear. Then she stepped into the light. Even her silhouette is gorgeous. I could tell it was her by the way she was using her hands - hahaha.
The opening horns to "Fly Like A Bird" began and I got chills. She was astonishing! This is the 3rd time I have seen her in concert (and in person) and each time seems to be better than before. Something about her presence and energy is very captivating. I noticed half of the audience kept standing looking mesmerized! I couldn't help but think to myself, "Yep, that's our girl!"
Her performance was fantastic! Possibly one of her best for this number. She looked very comfortable in her painted on LV jeans and her blank tank topped with a very high stiletto in true Mimi fashion! Then of course the choir comes out and that we CHURCH began! I was thanking Mariah Daily while I was caught up in the rapture of the performance for selecting me to be a part of this! Thank you Mariah Daily! The entire evening was spectacular and I am still enjoying the memory of it!
Related News Entertainment Weekly: Speaking of Idol inspirations, upcoming mentor Mariah Carey was the final diva on the scene, delivering "Fly Like a Bird" with a full Gospel chorus. I sensed a little raspiness going on, which made me skittish that Mariah would either flub or avoid the dog-whistle note at the end of her number, but girlfriend made it happen.
Los Angeles Times: The show concluded with Mariah Carey, backed by "Idol" judge Randy Jackson on bass, hitting those patented impossible notes on her own inspirational show-stopper "Fly Like a Bird." Carey, who's made news recently for surpassing Elvis Presley's record for career No. 1 singles, is the universal goddess of the "Idol" era: genre-crossing, biracial, with her perfect tan and golden tresses suggesting agelessness. Millions of Americans probably couldn't resist throwing coins at her feet. And if that failed, there's always Jimmy Kimmel to make them snicker, loosen up and donate.
MTV: Randy Jackson proved that he does, in fact, know Mariah Carey when he played bass for the diva on "Fly Like a Bird," the final guest performance of the night. Carey was at her over-the-top best, with a full gospel choir and the high notes that made her famous.
TV Fodder: Finally Mariah Carey rocked the stage near the end of the show and sang "Fly Like a Bird." If you thought her bass player looked familiar, that's because it was Randy Jackson!
Fox News: But let's not allow Simon to get all the credit - the star-studded turn-out certainly was a team effort. Ryan assured us he called Miley Cyrus, and Randy said he dialed Mariah Carey's digits (but Simon argued and said he texted her first). Randy also took some credit for Pitt's appearance.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Apr-2008, 6:56AM EDT
Mariah is featured in a slew of magazines this month. Below are scans from:
USA - People, Star, Life & Style, OK!, Us, and Metro-Boston
Video: Mariah on Le Grand Journal, France
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 10-Apr-2008, 5:16AM EDT
Click on the link below to download Mariah's appearance on the French show "Le Grand Journal" that aired Wednesday, April 9th on Canal+. In the enterview, Mariah talked about her new album and "Touch My Body," dispelled rumors about her legs being insured for $1 billion; and owning 500 pink boxers, commented on the Bulgarian Idol "Ken Lee" version of her song "Without You," her shoe collection, among other things.
Interview - Le Grand Journal, Canal+, France, April 9, 2008 Type: MPG | Size: 103.0 MB [ Download here ]
Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal
"Touch My Body" Remains at #1 on Hot 100
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 9:09PM EDT
"Touch My Body" remains at #1 for a 2nd week in a row on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles Chart, issue date April 19, 2008. By doing so, Mariah is now tied with Elvis Presley for the artist with the most cumulative weeks at the top position of the Hot 100 Chart. Each of them has spent 79 weeks at #1.
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
"Touch My Body" Airplay & Sales Update
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 7:35AM EDT
Digital Sales: Hot Digital Songs: #4 (Last Week: #1) Downloads this week: 168,154 (41% down from last week) Total downloads: 454,619
Airplay: (Nielsen BDS, For the week ending 4/8/08) Hot 100 Airplay: #2 (Last Week: #3) Audience impressions this week: 119 million (+3.5 million from last week)
Chart Analysis Mariah Carey - "Touch My Body": The song's combined points for this week's Hot 100 chart, excluding streams, are approximately 28,715 (11,900 airplay + 16,815 sales).
Mariah's main competitors are: Leona Lewis - "Bleeding Love": 27,614 (7,000 airplay + 20,614 sales) Madonna - "4 Minutes": 25,675 (4,000 airplay + 21,675 sales) Usher - "Love In This Club": 24,562 (12,870 airplay + 11,692 sales)
While "Touch My Body" seems to have a good chance at remaining at #1 on the Hot 100 this week, the competition is close and we'll only know its official position later today.
USA Today: In one of the tighter three-way battles for the top the national radio airplay audience chart has witnessed, Usher's Love in This Club emerges triumphant at No. 1, up from No. 2. It actually gains a little ground on Mariah Carey's Touch My Body, which nonetheless rises from No. 3 to edge Chris Brown's six-week No. 1, With You, for runner-up honors.
Mariah Carey, Touch My Body moves 3-2 (+4.0%): Is this a No. 1 (airplay) record? (Obviously, it's a No. 1 download record, as of last week's record-breaking performance.) Usher may be strong enough to lock it out, and Ray J and Jordin Sparks may be in line to overtake it.
Mediabase (For the week ending 4/8/08) "Touch My Body" has registered 127.477 million audience impressions with 19,146 spins (Pop - 7108, Rhythmic - 6619, Urban - 3926, Urban A/C - 1245, Hot A/C - 180, A/C - 18, Alternative - 4, MTV - 2, BET - 15, VH1 - 20, Fuse - 9).
Radio & Records (For the week ending 4/6/08) CHR/Top 40: #10 (Last Week: #9) +218 spins, 32.012 million impressions.
Rhythmic: #3 (Last Week: #3) +82 spins, 36.486 million impressions.
Urban: #3 (Last Week: #3) +148 spins, 34.000 million impressions.
BYE BYE Update In the two days period "Bye Bye" has been playing on radio, it's registered 146 spins and 2.201 million audience impressions. The song is officially going for adds on April 22, 2008 in all formats.
Mariah Talks About E=MC²: Track by Track
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 6:35AM EDT
Intro This album is so much about fun and freedom and just the continuation of me feeling emancipated. It's sort of like Emancipation equals Mariah Carey times two. Like, this is me, a 100% of me, having fun and just being real. People ask me all the time: 'how do you stay relevant? how do you stay current? how do you make music people continue to respond to?' You just keep being real, keep being you, stay true to who you were from the beginning.
Touch My Body This is so amazing, to just feel like how fast "Touch My Body" is exploding all around the world. I'm just so thankful because it's a song that I love so much and a song that really, you know, does express my personality. If you hear that song, you watch that video, you get a little bit of a glimpse into who I am as a person. I feel so close to that song, most of my really close friends - that's their favorite song, 'cause it's fun and it's cute, and it's not like, taking itself too seriously, you know what I mean? It's just like, you know, the 'touch my body' part is the sexy part and it is what it is but I love the humor in the song. When Brett Ratner said that he was gonna do this video with me, there was a writers' strike and he had some time and he was really feeling the record, the idea of Jack McBrayer came up and I was like "that's amazing 'cause he is hilarious", so the concept of the video is basically like he comes over as "CompuNerd" to help me fix my computer and then he goes into fantasy land and I'm right there with him. I love adding the element of humor because why take this so seriously? They're videos!
Last Kiss "Last Kiss" is a very special song to me. When I hear that song, and I hear my first, the first "feel so empty inside, since our last kiss goodbye", it's like, I feel like an eight year old kid, like this is me as a little girl, singing. I was playing it at a party for a friend of mine who happened to have Quincy Jones as one of her guests there and we were all listening to the songs and then Quincy asked me to rewind that song and play it over again and I said "Well, he is Quincy Jones! 'Thriller' and 'Off The Wall'! And if he's asking me to play a song over, I should pretty much take that as a humongous compliment and I did, and it makes me really happy 'cause that's my favorite song.
I'm That Chick When I did "That Chick" with Stargate, I was so excited to be in the room with Stargate because L.A. Reid had said he really wanted me to get in a room with them and I am a fan of their work and they were such cool guys, such really talented, truly good people. It's sort of that song you want to listen to as a girl, you know, you wanna look at yourself in the mirror and go [sings] "I'm that chick you like". It's like preparation for a night out of feeling fly.
Bye Bye Sometimes when I'm writing a song like "Bye Bye", it does come from such a raw place that I'm like, I'm actually crying while writing it, or thinking about it. But sometimes I will hear it and go 'I feel like this is gonna touch a lot of people.' And that's why it's important, that no matter what's ever happened to me throughout my career, that I stay the course and continue to write and try and reach people who need it, because I know that I'm one of those people. When someone does that and they write something that touches me, I'm like indebted to them forever.
I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time "Lovin' U Long Time" was one of the last songs I wrote for this album. I sat down to write it and thought 'let me just make this a care-free record.' It's kind of a party record to me, just like not caring too much about anything else that's going on but you living in the moment.
Cruise Control "Cruise Control" was the second trip I took to Atlanta to work with Jermaine. What it really means is, it goes [sings] "Might need to go slow, I don't know, Why ease up on the break, Every time I see his face". Basically, you need to slow down, because everytime you're around this guy, you're going a little too fast, 'cause he's the wrong type of guy for you to be with, but you know that, but you don't know how to handle that. So it was cool to kinda co-write that with JD and with Cri$tyle, because you know, it's coming from a woman's point of view and also coming from JD's point of view of making the track really hot.
For The Record "For The Record" - the song, is one of my favorite songs on this album, it's one of those songs that the people who really are fans of mine, who really know my music really well, tend to gravitate towards because it's not only is it kind of a real-life story, but I've used a lot of my own songs in the bridge to tell the story. Towards the outro I say "For the record, You'll always be a part of me, No matter what you do" - that's "Always Be My Baby" and we kinda go through, you know, "Can't nobody say / I didn't give my all to you", the real fans who listen and then hear: "I told you underneath the stars", they'll know that's for them. I'm really happy that people are feeling the song.
Love Story I love Jermaine Dupri as a person and I love him as a fan, I'm a fan of his work. One of the funny things about Jermaine is when I say something to him, he just runs with it. I said on the beginning of "Love Story" - I really want this beat to be hard, like do not make this too soft. I wanna stay true to what I love most which is Urban music and R&B music, and I feel it's the same thing that JD loves, and so basically, Jermaine did his ad-libs on the beginning of "Love Story" before we mixed it, and he said "MC said 'JD you gotta make it knock!'" right? and then he waits a few beats and goes "You hear that?" So basically, what I asked him was 'make it really hard', like it's almost like a rap record, but it's a ballad, and I think that's where our success comes from because we understand each other on that level and because we grew up on the same type of music.
Side Effects "Side Effects" is a song that I wrote because it was necessary for me to write it. You know what? I've been through too much at this point. I want happiness and I want pure and real love, but the side effects of what other relationships have put me through caused me to kind of be on the defense a lot of the time and if somebody isn't like mature enough or caring and loving and open-hearted enough to understand how to deal with that, then it's tough. But this is a song for people who need that. It's also about, anyone who's been in an abusive relationship and I just wrote it 'cause I wanted to let those people feel a little bit stronger.
O.O.C. "O.O.C." is a song that, well, we went in with Swizz Beats and I actually wrote that song with my friend Da Brat. And it's so amazing to write with someone who is also a rapper because she comes with a different set of, with a different perspective. And then we can put our minds together and come up with something really unique and cool and I think we both kinda understand each other in terms of where we come from as writers and so "O.O.C." seems to be like a favorite of a lot of people and that surprised me, because that night when we left the studio, I was like 'I don't know, how Swizz feels about it, I don't know, whatever' but I really like it.
Thanx 4 Nothin' "Thanx 4 Nothin'" was the first ballad I wrote for this album, this song is gonna resonate with people who are really going through like a bleak moment in their relationship, where it's like 'Yeah... fantastic. Thanks for nothing.' Like, you know what that is. I'm being really sarcastic. It's a sarcastic moment in the land of "Mariah Carey songs". People listen to the song when Jermaine says in the beginning "this is for all the women who are sick and tired of being played." He knows it. [laughs] That's what it is.
I Wish You Well "I Wish You Well" is in the tradition of songs like, I would say, "Outside", "I Am Free", these are album cuts from different albums that unless people are really fans, they won't know, but mainly I would say "Vanishing" from my first album because it's just piano and vocal and background vocals. Basically it's about coming to a place within yourself where you, no matter what somebody does to you, you can forgive them, and even if you're a little bit bitter about it, you say your peace and you let it go.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Sergei
Mariah's Exclusive Interview with WalMart's Soundcheck
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 5:15AM EDT
Mariah sat down for an exclusive interview with Walmart's Soundcheck and gave a sneak peek of her new album. The video interview is available for streaming at Walmart.com.
Interview Transcript The name of the album is E=MC² which is pretty funny because I failed Remedial Math and I can barely add [laughs] so it's kind of like you know a little bit of a joke there and poking fun at myself but it also has a lot to do with the fact the last album, The Emancipation of Mimi, would be the "E" Emancipation equals I guess we can explain it by saying Emancipation equals Mariah Carey to the second power so it's kind of like you know, it's kind of one of those things that I'm having a good time with but it also really represents just feeling free and making music that makes me happy.
Honestly, The Emancipation of Mimi was such a big success, thank God, and it lasted not just 2005 but through 2006 and so it was a record that was really special to me as a songwriter, as a singer, just as a landmark in my career. I really didn't feel pressure making this new record. I felt like it was a continuation of where I left off after The Emancipation of Mimi - just writing from my heart, just writing things that would make me, really just expressing myself as a songwriter and just having a lot of fun. There are a lot of songs that are really ballads and really kind of more like pull out your heart strings, lack of a better way to say it, and some are just party records so I think it's kind of like something for everybody, kind of more inspirational songs as well so there's a lot of diversity to the record and I'm excited about it.
Well I first started singing when I was like four years old. My mom was a singer. I think it was before I was even four because I started singing when I started talking, basically.
My mom was an opera singer but I wasn't really... I loved her voice but it wasn't really classical music that I gravitated towards. I loved R&B music my whole life. I always loved Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, Minnie Riperton since I was really little, I always wanted to try and figure out how she hit those incredible high notes and so you know she's just incredible. Obviously, the influence is Aretha Franklin that everybody's inspired by, you know, all of us who sing R&B music and anywhere from Gladys Knight to so many people.
Well the first time I heard myself on the radio, it was an incredible moment. I was in New York where I live my whole life basically, and I was in a car and I was with a friend of mine and the song came on the radio. It was 'Vision of Love,' my first song and it was a song obviously that I had written, 'cause I write all my songs. It was just an amazing moment. I had been waiting for that moment my whole life and I was fortunate that it happened at a really really young age and it was an amazing time, I'll never forget it.
I started out really young like in seventh grade as a backup singer in the studio. That's like not really normal but I learned a lot from being in the studio, being behind the scenes, and actually producing, even though I didn't realize that's what I was doing. When you tell somebody here, mute the track here, I just wanna hear vocals, then I just want to hear the drumbeat, then I went to break it down and bring it up - you're producing, but when you're like 17 years old working with people that are like way older, you don't even realize what you're doing. But that's how I kind of honed my skills as an artist so I had to learn to enjoy performing, 'cause it wasn't my first thing, but now I love it because it's just like making records for me now. It's all about just expressing myself and connecting with my fans especially when they're really hardcore fans there. There's nothing better than being able to sing for those people.
Definitely planning on taking this album on tour, probably like around August or September but like things change really quickly in my life so you never know exactly when but it should be cool. I just want to get out there play the songs for my fans. 'Cause my fans are the best and they have stuck by me through thick and thin and I enjoy being onstage and just being able to relate to them.
I definitely still get nervous before I go on stage, really more for TV stuff because it's live and you can't control it, it's not the same energy as being on stage on tour. That's why I prefer doing live performances for fans rather than TV shows and stuff which are cool to do but it's not the same because when you're just singing there for your fans and it's live and it's in the moment, there's nothing like it. You can just riff however you want, especially as a songwriter, it's good for me to be able to sing a song I've done it feels like a million times before, but I can do it differently everytime 'cause I wrote it.
"That Chick" was a song that I kind of took the approach just as a writer more like writing it as a rapper would write so it's kind of like I don't realy take it that seriously but it's a fun song to sing, it's cute. It just kind of reminds me of back in the day like it was very inspired by ... I worked on that song with Stargate and so, they worked a lot with Ne-Yo, they have kind of a signature sound which is very inspired by like the Michael Jackson Off The Wall era, and actually in that song we sort of incorporated a line from "Off The Wall" so it's a fun record and a lot of people really like it.
"Migrate" was the first time I ever worked with Danja and that was really cool and also T-Pain got involved and that just took the song to a whole 'nother level, so I love that song, and a lot of people really love the beat and just love the song itself, so it was a cool experience.
"Bye Bye" is a song that I wrote, and I literally say in the song like "this is for everybody," this is a song that it does deal with losing someone, and whether that's someone that you love and you can't be around anymore for whatever reasons or someone who's passed away and I worked on that song with Stargate and also with Johnta Austin. It's kind of like, we all had our own little personal bits of things that we put into the song, but when I sang it, I felt like it was really important to make sure to connect and leave it open so everybody could kind of be healed by the song and have their own experience listening to it.
"I Wish You Well" is a song that I wrote the music [to] with James Poyser and I had the basic outline that I wanted to work with my friend Maryann Tatum who's an amazing singer, she's one of my best friends. It's very personal to me, it starts out with "this goes out to you and you and you, you know who you are," but it's a very spiritual song and I think that it's important for me to write those types of songs because people need to hear them. Like I said, it's very specific to me, but anybody could apply it to their own lives. It's about freeing yourself, because by forgiving somebody you free yourself from being in a bad place, so it's something that I felt blessed to be given the ability... just writing songs comes from God so for me it's about giving back and making sure that that comes across and that people can feel something and maybe learn something that will help them as a person 'cause I know there were a lot of gospel songs that have helped me as a person and I do consider that song to be definitely in the inspirational category.
I think it's important for artists to get involved with any type of charity, anything you can do to help give back. I love working with Make-A-Wish Foundation. I love working with, there's so many like Save The Music. I have my own camp with the Fresh Air Fund. It's called "Camp Mariah." It's a career awareness camp for kids from 13 - 15 and who may, mainly it's kids from the intercities who don't really have a chance to learn about different careers so they can go to this camp and it's 600 kids a year. Basically, they can learn that they have options in life other than just what they see on their own block. It's been very rewarding for me.
My fans are like none other. I have really like devoted, amazing, amazing fans who have been with me, just stuck by me forever. There's always new people who kind of come along. They may listen to a new song that they like and then they go back and listen to older songs so it's pretty cool to be able to connect with people on all different races and ages and stuff like that but my hardcore fans are amazing and they know that they're like my family to me. I get so much from them. They thank me for inspiring them but really they inspire me.
Worldwide Release Parties For E=MC²
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 5:10AM EDT
USA - April 19 A CD release party for the new album will be held at Hamburgers Marys (West Hollywood Restaurant and Bar, 8288 Santa Monica Blvd., Los Angeles, CA). This is a fans party, supported by Universal Music. For more information regarding this event and for V.I.P access inquiries and availability, please contact Kelly at email@example.com.
Date: Saturday, April 19, 2008 at 8:00pm.
Holland - April 9 The dutch record store Fame will be opening its doors tomorrow for Mariah fans at 7:30pm. This is the first place in the world to release the new album! Fans will also be able to participate in special Mariah Karaoke game.
Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2008 at 7:30pm.
China - April 12 Pre-order parties will take place in Shanghai and Beijing. The parties will include: --Mariah's greeting to Chinese fans and other Universal Music artists' greetings on the release of E=MC2. --Fans interaction --Live tribute performance by local artists and fans --Official pre-order section The party will be covered by several major radio stations in China as well as music channels like MTV and ISC.
Taiwan - April 12 DJ Victor Cheng will be playing a full hour of Mariah dance mixes for the fans at Club Jump starting at 11pm! The first 100 comers will receive an "NT 300 dollars coupon" for "M by Mariah Carey fragrance." There will also be a drawing activity; winners will receive lots of Mariah goodies! See poster on right to view more details.
France - April 13 A Mariah party in celebration of the new album will be held in Paris at Loco club (90 bd de clichy 75018 Paris, near the "Moulin Rouge") with giveaways by Sony Music including 50 singles, samplers and vinyls of "Touch My Body".
Date: Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 7:30pm.
Korea - April 13 The Korean Mariah Carey Fan Club, MC Family, sponsored by Universal Korea, is holding a special fans party to celebrate the launch of E=MC². There will be video playing and many other things planned. The ticket price is $9 and the first fans to purchase the ticket will receive some surprise presents. The party will be held in Jongro, Seoul and begin at 1:30pm. For more information, visit MC Family or contact Craig.
Philippines - April 14 This April, Mariah Carey gives you her newest album, E=MC2 and allows you to solve her equation by giving you her Limited Edition posters, Ipod skins and other surprises! Visit your favorite Astrovision, Music One and Odyssey stores from April 7 - April 13, 2008, fill out the reservation forms located at the counter of your chosen music store, get an exclusive invite from Mariah Carey to come back on April 14, 2008 for the chance to feast on the Mariah Carey exclusive experience before anyone else does!
Brazil - April 16, 17, 18 Three parties in celebration of Mariah's new album will take place in Brazil (flyers below). April 16, 2008 at midnight - BubuLounge, Sao Paulo April 17, 2008 at 11:30pm - Sogo, Sao Paulo April 18, 2008 at 11:30pm - Ultra Diesel, Sao Paolo
Israel - April 17 On Friday, April 17, DJ Dudi Caspi will be broadcasting a special two hour show in honor of the release of "E=MC²" on Radio Tel Aviv - 102FM. The special will include Mariah songs from all of her albums, rare recordings, tracks from the new album and giveaways for the listeners.
Thailand - April 22 A release party for the album will be held at Fashion hall, Siam paragon (an upscale shopping mall in Bangkok, Thailand which is one of the biggest shopping centers in Asia.) Universal Music Thailand, Lux and Mariah Carey Thailand Fanclub will be responsible for this event.
Taiwan - April 3 On Thursday, April 3rd, Universal Taiwan held a listening party for Mariah's new album prior to its worldwide release. Only 10 die-hard fans were invited. During the party, 10 new tracks from the new album were played. At the end of the party, fans shared their opinions about the new songs and their Mariah collections. They also celebrated Mariah's emancipated 18th Number One with a cute "18" cake.
Below, find the release dates for Mariah's new album, E=MC², around the world.
Source: Kelly | Kyle | Fouad | Allan | Aihara | Joost | Dudi | Ritcher | Omar | Weilun | Nadia | Daniel | Nick | Brendan | Teemu | Hairul | Jack | Craig | Sergio
Roger Friedman (Fox News) Reviews E=MC²
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 5:05AM EDT
Mariah Carey's "E=MC²" comes out on Tuesday, it's the follow up to her smash 2004 "Emancipation of Mimi" album which had a bunch of hits on it. And let me tell you, even I'm surprised. "E=MC²" might be an even bigger chart-topping monster.
A few weeks ago I told you I'd heard some tracks, and went through them. But now the album is done and sequenced. There are songs on it. Remember songs? You will be in love with "Side Effects," one of several real R&B tracks with a gorgeous vocal, a cool rap by Young Jeezy, and lyrics that should make Mariah's ex, Tommy Mottola, do a spit take.
In the song, Carey sings about "waking up scared some nights, still dreaming about the violent times." Is it about Mottola? The lyrics begin: "I was a girl/You were 'the man'/I was too young to understand/I was naive/Believing everything you told me."
And apparently she's still living with "side effects" from "the private hell we built" - "sleeping with the enemy/aware that he was smothering every last part of me." She even addresses Mottola directly: "Said you were strong/protecting me/then I found out that you were weak/keeping me there under your thumb."
Mottola may be hearing that song a lot on the radio since "Side Effects" has a top 40 hook. The Young Jeezy rap only makes it better.
Even more than "Emancipation," "E=MC²" sounds like a jukebox full of singles for the best summer party ever. "I Stay in Love" is a killer ballad, and "Wish You Well" is a gospel-tinged ode to Aretha Franklin's "Natural Woman" that shows off the best of her range. Another track, "Bye Bye" is almost a sequel to Carey's long ago hit with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day."
The almost certain no. 1, I think, to extend Carey's long string: "I'll Be Lovin' U A Long Time," in which her production team marries a sample from DeBarge with the hook from "Hill Street Blues" and adds just enough of a new twist to create the most elusive thing of all: a radio smash. "OOC (Out of Control)" is set to shake up dance clubs.
Carey has two weeks on the charts to herself until Madonna comes rolling through with her "Hard Candy." Already the Material Girl is getting a massive amount of airplay for her single with Justin Timberlake. The one two punch of Mariah and Madonna might be just what the nearly dead record biz needs to pick itself up before it's too late.
Mariah Carey's "Bye Bye" - Her 19th #1?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Apr-2008, 12:06AM EDT
Nothing is ever a sure bet to be a #1 hit, but it seems like Mariah Carey's new single "Bye Bye," the second from upcoming album E=MC², is about as close as it gets. Co-produced by Stargate and co-written by Johnta Austin, one of the writers behind the mega-smash "We Belong Together," the song has a universal lyrical appeal and the instant feel of a Mariah Carey classic.
Mariah states the topic of the song upfront singing "This is for my peoples who just lost somebody." Loosely based around Mariah Carey's loss of her own father, "Bye Bye" has a universal appeal that may even bring some listeners to tears. Mariah is expected to perform the song Monday, April 14th on Oprah and again Wednesday, April 16th on American Idol.
Listen To Four Tracks From E=MC²!
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 08-Apr-2008, 12:12PM EDT
Clear Channel radio stations across the US are now allowing American listeners to hear four tracks from Mariah's new album, E=MC². The tracks are:
Bye Bye I'm That Chick I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time Migrate
Click here to listen to the tracks on 102.7 KIIS FM in Los Angeles, CA.
Two Radio Interviews with Mariah from the UK
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 08-Apr-2008, 12:09PM EDT
Interview with Scott Mills, Radio 1, UK - April 4 In this interview, Mariah talks about her hectic schedule during the promo tour in Europe, gets acquainted with music by Kate Nash and explains the "hanging-up" radio incident.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
Interview with Trevor Nelson, Radio 1, UK - April 5 Mariah and Trevor talk about their long-time friendship, Mariah explains she sees her music career divided to three periods: The Pre-Butterfly era, the Post-Butterfly era and the Post-Glitter era. Mariah also mentioned one of her favorite records, "Ante Up" by M.O.P., Busta Rhymes and Remy Ma.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Gary
Sneak Peek: Mariah at Idol Gives Back
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 08-Apr-2008, 6:40AM EDT
As previously reported, Mariah performed "Fly Like A Bird" at the Idol Gives Back charity event held at the Kodak Theatre, Hollywood on Sunday, April 6th. Entertainment TV shows Extra, Access Hollywood, E! News and E! Daily 10 gave a sneak preview of the fundraising event that will air Wednesday, April 9th on Fox.
"Bye Bye" Premieres on Radio!
Posted by Liron on Monday, 07-Apr-2008, 4:31PM EDT
"Bye Bye", Mariah's second single off E=MC² has premiered on several radio stations in America today!
The song is already in full time rotation on some of the stations and is getting great reactions! Below is a partial list of the stations that played the song so far:
Phoenix, AZ - 104.7 KISS FM (The Jon Jay & Rich show) Los Angeles, CA - 102.7 KIIS FM (Ryan Seacrest On Air) Chicago, IL - B96 (Roxanne's show) New York City, NY - WBLS (The Wendy Williams show) New York City, NY - WKTU, 103.5 FM
"Bye Bye" was written by Mariah Carey and So So Def/Island Records recording artist Johnta Austin, and produced by Mariah and the Norwegian hit-making duo Stargate.
Mark your calendars... "Bye Bye," the follow up single to Mariah's record-breaking 18th #1 Billboard Hot 100 single "Touch My Body" will be available to download at iTunes Monday, April 14.
Set your Tivo & DVR's... Don't miss Mariah perform "Bye Bye" live on The Oprah Winfrey Show on Monday, April 14th and again on American Idol on Wednesday, April 16!
Oprah Calling All Huge Mariah Fans
Posted by Liron on Monday, 07-Apr-2008, 4:25PM EDT
Mariah will be taping an episode of The Oprah Winfrey show in Chicago, Illinois on Monday, April 14. Oprah's official website is searching for Mariah's fans:
Are you a huge fan of music sensation Mariah Carey!?!? Have you followed the career of this Multi-Grammy winning pop sensation since her break out song "Vision of Love" hit the charts in the 1990's catapulting her to mega super stardom? Have you been inspired and moved by the life story of this top selling female artist and were you one of the first to go out and get her newest album E=MC2? If so, we want to hear from you. Write to us and tell us why you are MiMi's biggest fan!!!!
Click here to enter your details and win tickets to the show.
Mariah's official fan club is holding a contest where you can win a pair of tickets to the show!
"Touch My Body" UK single sales
Posted by Michael on Monday, 07-Apr-2008, 3:17PM EDT
As previously reported, "Touch My Body" has debuted at #6 on the UK Top 75 singles chart. The song sold 21,179 copies to land at #6 on the charts, which is only 630 copies less than "It's Like That" sold to debut at #4 back on the April 3rd, 2005 chart.
In related news, "Touch My Body" has moved up 19 spots on the UK Airplay Charts to #14, surpassing the #16 peak of "It's Like That".
Source: Music Week | MariahDailyJournal
HQ Photos: Mariah At Idol Gives Back
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Apr-2008, 5:19AM EDT
Mariah performed "Fly Like A Bird" at the Idol Gives Back show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday, April 6, 2008. The show will be aired on Wednesday, April 9th at 7:30pm on Fox Network.
News Stories: Randy Jackson proved that he does, in fact, know Mariah Carey when he played bass for the diva on "Fly Like a Bird," the final guest performance of the night. Carey was at her over-the-top best, with a full gospel choir and the high notes that made her famous. (VH 1)
Fergie should finally put any lingering pregnancy rumors to rest with her skin-tight black spandex pants. Looking equally svelte: Mariah Carey, who performed Fly Like a Bird, accompanied by Idol judge Randy Jackson on bass. (USA Today)
HQ Photos: Mariah After Friday Night Project Taping
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Apr-2008, 4:09AM EDT
Mariah Carey leaving the Chanel 4 studios after recording the Friday Night Project show in London on Wednesday, April 2nd. Click thumbnails below for high-quality pictures.
Video: Mariah's E=MC² Interview for Japan
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Apr-2008, 4:07AM EDT
In this video interview recorded for the Japanese fans, Mariah goes in-depth talking about her new album, E=MC² - the process of making the record and the significance of how the music came to be. She also mentions in this interview that the "All I Want For Christmas Is You" project for HBO is still very much a work in progress.
Interview About E=MC², Yahoo! Music Japan Type: MPG | Size: 216.4 MB [ Download here ]
Interview Excerpts "I think that music has always been my outlet, no matter what, even if I, you know, you can listen to a song like 'Fantasy' from the Daydream album, and think that's the happiest girl in the world. I probably was one of the saddest people that you would have ever met, but through music I was allowed to be happy. So I think that no matter what, as long as music exists, I'm always gonna be okay. And these past two albums, Mimi and this new album E=MC², are really representative of the true me, and having fun and taking things not too seriously, yet also being able to reveal a lot of who I really am to the world which is not an easy thing to do but I think it's important to do if you're trying to make a difference because a lot of people need to feel like there's someone else out there who feels the same way as they do, who's lost somebody at some point in their life, who feels great going out with their friends one night and the next day they may want to reminisce about an old romance, whatever it is, or a new romance. There's all different moments on here for everybody who's going through something, good or bad."
"I'm very open to suggestions but the thing about me I consider myself a really strong collaborator. I love to collaborate on whatever it is and especially music. When somebody is open and understands that when I'm making my records, it's got to be representative of me so you can't just be like somebody else thinks like, 'Oh, this is hot for her. We don't care what she thinks.' That doesn't really work for me so I love the collaborative process."
"I think once I get in a room with different people, usually once we get past the initial 'I-don't-know-you-you-don't-know-me thing, they can pretty much understand that I'm in the studio because I want to be in the studio. A lot of people get the whole song done for them, and sung for them, and then it's over, then they hear the record, then they do it. That's not who I am. So anybody who's ever worked with me knows that and I just, I have to break through that wall of anybody feeling insecure or whatever because it's detrimental to the process."
"I think it's just where I'm at with my life and I think that female empowerment is something I had to learn. I think I've always had that in me. I've always been like 'Oh, I never wanna be controlled by anyone, I never want this and that' and then it ended up happening to me so I think when I get to have that burst of freedom, the burst of like a lovelife, and the burst of fun and energy, that's when I get to create the best music that I can make and that's what this album is for me. It's a fun, really just festive album that I'm so thankful that I've been blessed with."
"Honestly it really did help that I've been touring for a while and had to get fully into like this. Again, vocal rest environment of not speaking, resting my throat, putting everything into the singing and there are some songs that you haven't heard yet that will be on the album as well. So I feel really proud of this record in terms of the vocals and I feel like I was in a great place vocally when I made this record so that's always good."
"There's a really exciting project that we've been working on for a long time. It's basically, it's based on the Christmas album and it's called, 'All I Want For Christmas Is You.' [I'm] very, very excited working with HBO. There's so many things I wanted to say about it, who's working on it, but these things are like, 'I don't know what I'm allowed to say and what I'm not allowed to say but I couldn't be more thrilled and excited in terms of the people involved with the project and the fact that it's loosely-based on the music that I wrote for the Christmas album as well as the classic songs that I covered for the Christmas album. What the story that I feel is timeless, and obviously Christmas is something that's very, very close to my heart so I am like super-excited about that."
"Touch My Body" debuts at #6 on the UK Top 75 charts and more
Posted by Michael on Sunday, 06-Apr-2008, 2:42PM EDT
"Touch My Body" has debuted at #6 on the UK Top 75 charts, giving Mariah her 24th Top 10 hit in the UK.
Mariah's other lead singles have peaked as follows: "Vision Of Love" - #9 "Emotions" - #17 "Dreamlover" - #9 "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - #2 "Fantasy" - #4 "Honey" - #3 "When You Believe" - #4 "Heartbreaker" - #5 "Loverboy" - #12 "Through The Rain" - #8 "It's Like That" - #4
"Touch My Body" also advances to #17 on the Australian singles chart, however it's without a bullet.
Mariah's other lead singles have peaked as follows: "Vision Of Love" - #9 "Emotions" - #11 "Dreamlover" - #7 "All I Want For Christmas Is You" - #2 "Fantasy" - #1 "Honey" - #8 "When You Believe" - #16 "Heartbreaker" - #10 "Loverboy" - #7 "Through The Rain" - #15 "It's Like That" - #9
For more chart positions regarding "Touch My Body" go here
HQ Photos: Mariah at RTL's SuperStar
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Apr-2008, 10:45AM EDT
Click on the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos of Mariah at the RTL TV show "Deutschland sucht den SuperStar" in Cologne, Germany on April 5th.
CD Signing at Universal City Walk on April 17
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 06-Apr-2008, 1:56AM EDT
Mariah will be signing copies of her new E=MC² beginning at 6:00pm at the Hard Rock Cafe in Universal City Walk, Los Angeles, CA on Thursday, April 17th.
The first 1,000 to pre-order E=MC² at the following FYE locations only are guaranteed a place in line. A valid receipt must be presented at the event to gain access. [Click a store location below for map and driving directions.]
Videos: Mariah on SuperStar, Germany
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Apr-2008, 7:55PM EDT
Mariah on "Deutschland sucht den SuperStar" Aired live Saturday, April 5th on RTL, the show opened with an introduction clip recapping Mariah's hits and success with "Touch My Body". They then showed a clip of Mariah meeting the 8 contestants earlier today. One of the female contestants (Linda) sang a few lines of "Hero" to which Mariah commented that she liked the tone of her voice. A male contestant sang a few lines of "Vision of Love" to Mariah and said he was a big fan. Mariah advised the contestants to really love what they're doing and that otherwise they shouldn't be doing it.
The female contestants are doing Mariah songs and the male contestants are singing "Take That" songs.
Linda Teodosiu went first and sang "Hero". The clip prior to the performance showed her being very excited about the song choice. After the not-so-great critique by the judges, Mariah came out on stage, wearing Gucci pants and a black top and chatted a bit with the host. She said: "I don't like to critique people, it's very tough for me. I wanted to give my little bit of advice as an artist." She said she didn't think it was fair of her to critique the contestants and that it was the judges' job. Mariah also said that she enjoys listening to other artists singing songs she's written and made popular. Asked about Linda's performance, Mariah said she heard it backstage and thought it was beautiful.
The rest of the contestants sang the following songs; they all seemed excited about getting to sing songs by Mariah. Rania Zeriri - "Against All Odds". Monika Ivkic - "Without You". Stella Salato - "Dreamlover".
At the end of the show, Mariah sang "Touch My Body" in a short black dress. Afterwards, she was asked which of the contestants was her favorite, but she said she's too nice to pick among them and that they were all amazing.
Click on the links below to download Mariah's appearance on "SuperStar."
More Videos: From RTL's Exclusiv Weekend and Das Magazin prior to the airing of SuperStar. They showed some video footage of Mariah's arrival to RTL, and reported on the preparation for her arrival, and meeting with the contestants.
Video: Mariah on The Paul O'Grady Show, UK
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Apr-2008, 1:44AM EDT
Mariah was a special guest Friday, April 4th on The Paul O'Grady Show where she performed her number one U.S. single, "Touch My Body" and sat down for an interview talking about the "Touch My Body" video, her new album E=MC² which she said was almost 9 months in the making and finished just last week, producing songs and collaborating, her upcoming films, her skits on The Friday Night Project.
Mariah Performs "Touch My Body" on Paul O'Grady Show, UK Type: MPG | Size: 40.1MB [ Download here ]
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Video: Mariah Interviews with Orange Mobile, UK
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Apr-2008, 12:43AM EDT
Click on the link below to download Orange Mobile's exclusive interview with Mariah.
Mariah's Exclusive Interview with Orange Mobile UK Type: MPG | Size: 23.4MB [ Download here ]
What it feels like to have 18 No.1 singles "Obviously it's incredible. We're totally having a party right now, every second of... even though I'm working, we're trying to be really festive 'cause yes, this is a historic moment for me in my career. It's like I can't even believe it - 18th number one single so I'm very excited, very happy. The single is pretty much just having jokes. Yes, it's called 'Touch My Body' but if you watch the video it's clearly like a spoof. To me it's just a feel-good record. It's one of those songs that I am not even sick of it yet and I've known it for a lot longer than the rest of the world."
Doing comedy with Adam Sandler "What was a total surprise was Adam Sandler giving me a call about doing just a cameo as an even, if you can imagine it, more over-the-top version of me [laughs] in his new movie, Don't Mess With The Zohan. Working with comedians is just so much fun 'cause I think people don't necessarily know that I actually have a sense of humor even though I'm like half of the time on a treadmill wearing 4-inch heels, clearly that's not how I go on a treadmill but they don't understand, I get the joke [laughs]. No, it was really fun working with Adam and it was a surprise that he had called and asked me to be a part of the movie so looking forward to it."
Why she's not such a diva after all "What is the most extravagant thing I've ever done while being on tour? It seems like I would do things that are really extravagant but they're kind of boring like sitting in a hotel room with the humidifiers around me, watching Pay-Per-View hopefully a good movie is on that day, it's like, 'Yay, extravagance' I don't know. It's not really like I'm not extravagant on tour 'cause it's just about me resting and hanging out. And the main thing is just getting on stage and connecting with the fans so that's that."
Source: Orange Mobile | MariahDailyJournal | George
Elvis' Site Says King Still Holds No. 1 Title
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Apr-2008, 8:14PM EDT
You won't find Mariah Carey's name mentioned in the news announcement at the official website of Elvis Presley Enterprises, just some timely stats asserting that Presley should be credited for 18 No. 1 singles during his lifetime.
So has Carey merely tied the King, not slipped by him, on the list of all-time hit makers?
"They're wrong," Geoff Mayfield, the king of Billboard's hallowed pop charts, said Friday. Presley took 17 singles to No. 1.
The discrepancy stems from the double-sided hit "Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog" and partly from the fact that the Hot 100 chart, which has long been the industry standard for such accolades, didn't exist in 1956 when that single came out. The pre-1958 numbers that appear in Joel Whitburn's series of pop music chart stats often reflect a combination of listings that predated the Hot 100.
Like the baseball-stat freaks who argue that Babe Ruth's home run record should still stand because the season was lengthened after his career ended, some Elvis fans, and the Elvis Presley Enterprises site, consider "Don't Be Cruel" and "Hound Dog" as two No. 1 hits. Whitburn's "Top Pop Singles, 1955-2006," drawn from Billboard's charts, lists it as a single entry, and Mayfield said it's the only example on which fans and Billboard experts differ.
But as far as Billboard is concerned, since both songs appeared on a single disc, it's one hit. Period.
More Videos: Mariah Interviews in Paris, London
Posted by Liron on Friday, 04-Apr-2008, 6:25PM EDT
Click on the links below to download videos of Mariah during her promotional tour in Europe.
Interview - Journal de 20 Heures, TF1, France The video below recaps Mariah's arrival to her hotel in Paris, the press conference at "Showcase" and the taping of her appearance on the show "Le Grand Journal". The footage is accompanied with a Mariah interview as well as bits from her car rides in Paris.
Interview - Newsbeat, BBC, UK This interview took place when Mariah was at the Selfridges store in London to sign copies of "Touch My Body". Mariah talks about the large number of people who showed up, her new album and what she thinks about Leona Lewis being compared to her.
"Touch My Body" singer Mariah Carey has always stressed her reputation for making extravagant demands and lavish lifestyle are just a bit of fun.
And this week the good-humoured chanteuse, who's currently in London promoting her latest album E=MC², proved that's the case when she filmed an appearance for Channel 4's The Friday Night Project.
In this week's episode of the hit comedy show Mariah - who's been known to fly her beloved pooch Jack around the world on private jets and apparently cancelled her UK breakfast show interviews because she's "not a morning person" - sends herself up as part of a comedy sketch.
Sitting on a gold throne the star, who has just scored her 18th US number one, shows she doesn't take her reputation too seriously.
"I just put it all on, it's just fun and games!" she insists. "People take it so seriously and they expect me to be a certain way."
Adds the mischievous singer: "If people don't get my sense of humour by now they never will. I truly am just a normal person, I just want to have fun and make music."
Rolling Stone Reviews E=MC²
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Apr-2008, 5:10AM EDT
Mariah Carey E=MC² RS Rating:
Mariah Carey embraces her extremes: She's either grinding out R&B-hop or singing syrupy ballads, talking dirty or cuddling with a Hello Kitty. Her tenth studio album is no different: It starts in a club and ends in a church. Carey tries on reggae with Damian Marley's scorching "Cruise Control" cameo, conjures a text-message title for Swizz Beatz's flute-loopy "O.O.C." ("out of control") and dials cool Seventies soul with "I'm That Chick" (where she compares herself to ice cream, Tupac and a blunt). She sounds the freshest when she fires up her Tommy Mottola resentment on the bumpy, Young Jeezy-assisted "Side Effects" and lives the high life on Danja's hard-hitting head-nodder, "Migrate," which dabs her vocal with Auto-Tune. But nearly every song confines Carey to four-note verses, offering little room for her glorious range, and the six ballads are drenched in yearbook-quote lyrics that never quite work themselves into the froth of The Emancipation of Mimi. Yet 2008's Mimi is also about redemption, and she brings it on the closer, "I Wish You Well," proving all she needs is a piano and a few Bible verses to save somebody - most likely herself. Caryn Ganz
HQ Photos: Leaving the Claridges Hotel, London, April 3
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Apr-2008, 5:37PM EDT
Mariah Films Skits For "Friday Night Project"
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 03-Apr-2008, 3:28PM EDT
Here are pictures from the photoshoot / filming Mariah did last night for segments that will be aired during her guest-host episode of "The Friday Night Project". The rest of the show is filmed today and will be aired in the UK tomorrow at 10pm on channel 4.
In addition, Carl was lucky enough to attend the taping of "The Paul O'Grady Show" with Mariah on April 2nd. This show will also air tomorrow at 5pm on channel 4 in the UK. Below is Carl's recap:
Was lucky enough to attend and see Mariah on the show taped today. John Barrowman was on the show and it seemed half his fan club were in the studio compared to the four MC fans that had somehow snagged tickets! So the cheers for Mariah or energy weren't as intense for her but the audience was still receptive throughout.
After Barrowman, she came on and performed 'Touch My Body', before - after sorting out a mic - took a seat next to Barrowman for the O'Grady interview. O'Grady mentioned her 18th #1 success in America before she discussed the single, mentioning it was pure fun and not at all as steamy as everyone made out and the video reflected this.
She went to talk about the album, that it had taken around nine months to fully complete although she had started working on it roughly after the last album and tour. 'Dont Mess With The Zohan' was also touched upon, plus the signing at Selfridges. She mentioned how she was happy to stay and do that for all the fans since she wasn't like most celebrities and connected with her fans on a far deeper level.
She talked about the unfortunate side effect of her friends being injured when she appeared places, mentioning how Rachel had been hurt three times in as many days. She shouted out to her an apology.
At the end of the interview, Mariah got up and walked across O'Grady when she was supposed to have remained seated. She laughed it off and claimed she was scared of his whip (O'Grady was dressed in army gear for the show). He then walked her off in comic fashion before she later returned for the last segment anyway.
Still sat with Barrowman, she watched some of the production crew do an exercise program accompanied to the theme tune of 'The A-Team'. When it was all done, she had to choose the best legs and bum out of the line up. She seemed to enjoy the comical nature of this and really warmed up to the whole farce of the situation.
Following the recording, she then moved onto the Friday Night Project studio to record several skits for tomorrow's show.
Below is Rashmi's recap of today's taping of "The Friday Night Project" with Mariah as a guest host:
It was nice seeing so many lambs at the FNP taping this evening.
Mariah looked so amazing and slim in tight black pants and some great shoes as always! She sang Touch My Body and helped out with the game shows and did some hosting. She is so funny! We were there for like 4 hours just watching her and I was in the 2nd row. All thanks to Honey B. Fly. We also heard clips of other songs from the album like O.O.C. She also told us a funny story about when she met Eddie Murphy for the first time. He went up to her and asked 'Are you Mariah Carey' and because she was so star struck but was trying to act cool she said 'Aren't you Eddie Murphy?'
By the way, she's wearing a plaster on her hand because J.J. bit her. She said it was after filming skits for MTV's 52/52. Apparently he was acting like a star and has an ego!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Carl | Rashmi
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Apr-2008, 3:27PM EDT
Below, find the chart positions for "Touch My Body" in Billboard magazine issue dated April 12, 2008.
"Touch My Body" Billboard Hot 100: #1 (Last Week #15) Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #3 (Last Week #4) Billboard Pop 100: #1 (Last Week #18) Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #9 (Last Week #8) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #3 (Last Week #8) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #3 (Last Week #8) Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #1 (New Entry) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #1 (New Entry) Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #16 (Last Week: #31) Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #6 (Last Week: #11) Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #7 (Last Week #9) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #3 (Last Week #5) Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #9 (Last Week #8) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #1 (Last Week #1) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #3 (Last Week #4)
BDS Airplay: 115,540,000 (+15.8 million)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks
More Videos: Mariah in London
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Apr-2008, 1:30PM EDT
Click on the links below to download videos of Mariah during her promotional tour in London, England.
Two More Radio Interviews with Mariah
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 03-Apr-2008, 1:28PM EDT
Interview with Elvis Duran, Z100, NY - April 3 Mariah called in to Z100 from London to celebrate "Touch My Body" being her 18th #1. While Elvis Duran was rude as usual to her, Mariah kept her cool and sense of humor. She explained she's very happy right now with the success of the new single and that's what she'd like to focus on. Mariah revealed that she shot the video for her new single with actor/singer Nick Cannon but it's not finished yet.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
Interview with Skyrock Radio, Paris - March 31 Mariah came to the Skyrock studios on March 31 for a live interview. Check out the fabulous Mariah singing a line from "My All/Stay Awhile" towards the end of the interview.
[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download. ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Oualid
Preview Clips From E=MC²!
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 03-Apr-2008, 10:53AM EDT
Amazon is offering an exclusive preview of short clips from all the tracks on Mariah's new album E=MC²
Click here to preview the tracks. Song lengths below:
1. Migrate - 4:18 2. Touch My Body - 3:25 3. Cruise Control - 3:33 4. I Stay In Love - 3:32 5. Side Effects - 4:22 6. I'm That Chick - 3:31 7. Love Story - 3:56 8. I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time - 3:01 9. Last Kiss - 3:36 10. Thanx 4 Nothin' - 3:05 11. O.O.C. - 3:26 12. For The Record - 3:26 13. Bye Bye - 4:27 14. I Wish You Well - 4:35
Total album time: 52:13
Comcast subscribers may also hear exclusive previews of "Love Story", "Migrate", "Bye Bye" as well as an inside look on Mariah's recording session for the album at Comcast.net.
Below are two promotional posters for the album, singling out the tracks "Bye Bye", "I Stay In Love" and "I'm That Chick" in addition to the smash hit "Touch My Body".
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Johny | Max
Mariah-Marvin Gaye Idol Duet Not Happening
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 11:12PM EDT
In a Wednesday conference call with reporters, American Idol executive producer Nigel Lythgoe offered updates on this year's "Idol Gives Back" fundraising effort, to air Wednesday, April 9.
Lythgoe cleared the air on talk that Mariah Carey would perform a duet with the late Marvin Gaye, a la Celine Dion and Elvis Presley a year ago. "Unfortunately, it's not [happening]," he shared. "We couldn't get the rights to music with Marvin, so we had to cancel it."
MTV Previews E=MC²: Album Focused On Fun, But Mimi Is At Her Best When She's Keeping It Real
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 6:56PM EDT
MTV News checks out the diva's latest LP before it hits stores April 15.
Mariah Carey's last album, the multiplatinum Emancipation of Mimi, brought her back from a career slump of bad movies, dud albums, marital collapse and emotional meltdowns. It proved she still had the goods. So what is there left to prove with her new record, E=MC²? Answer: Nothing.
Which may be why Jermaine Dupri, the man behind so many of the Emancipation hits, plays a more muted role this time out, providing the occasional "uh-huh," "yeah" and "nope," among other things, on four of the album's 14 tracks. Has he worn out his welcome like the on-again, off-again lover Mariah sings about in the bulk of his tracks?
JD was a delight on Emancipation, acting less like a producer and more like a friend, bolstering Mariah's confidence and giving her someone to riff with ("It's Like That," "Get Your Number" and "Shake It Off"), ultimately helping her get to the point where she could do the breakout track "We Belong Together." But JD and Mariah don't belong together anymore. Now that Mariah's finally free, her producers need to help her spread her wings - otherwise, all we get is redux.
JD comes closest to showing that he still can do something new on "Thanx for Nothin'," which, like the Scott Storch track "Side Effects," finally reveals a side of Mariah we don't see that often - her true self. The Mariah we usually see and hear is a glossy one. Psychologists might say her effect is "off" - meaning her gestures and facial expressions don't match her mood. There's a reason for that, as she explains on "Side Effects," which is the emotional abuse she says she suffered during her marriage to music mogul Tommy Mottola. Mariah, who is usually quite guarded, has alluded to the subject in songs like "Petals," but never has she gone into such detail as she does on "Side Effects," in which she refers to the marriage as a "private hell that we built." Even though it's been 11 years since they split up, she sings in a lower register that she's still "wakin' up scared some nights ... dreaming about the violent times." Her emotional scars left her "a little protective ... a little defensive ... a little depressed," which makes her "fake a smile" as she "deal[s] with the side effects."
While "Side Effects" features Young Jeezy, it sounds like a rock power ballad, as if Mariah had been listening to a lot of Bonnie Tyler and Pat Benatar and decided that to capture her emotions, the music needed to share her pain. This turns out to be a good thing, because when she's not focused on vocal gymnastics, Mariah can really sing - as in, letting us really feel what she feels. Nowhere else on the album does Mariah get quite so emotionally naked, and it makes you wonder: What would Mariah have sounded like if she ventured out of her comfort zones of pop and R&B? (Not withstanding her ill-advised Def Leppard cover, of course.)
While "Side Effects" is about her ex-husband, her second single, "Bye Bye," appears to be about her late father, Alfred Roy, who died of cancer in 2002. Mariah reminisces about the too-little time she shared with her mostly absent father and regrets how as a child, she didn't understand why he failed to show up sometimes to see her after he and her mother divorced when she was 3. But mostly Mariah regrets that he "never got a chance to see how good I've done/ And you never got to see me back at #1." This confessional moment doesn't last long, since she extends this song about death to be for anybody "who just lost somebody."
But for most of E=MC², Mariah doesn't want to feel any pain - she wants to party the night away. So on the club-thumping "Migrate," she hops from "my car into the club ... from the bar to VIP ... from the party to the afterparty ... afterparty to hotel" with T-Pain, who urges her to "bounce, bounce, bounce." Like most MC albums, every guest star seems required to check her name at the door, and this is no exception. "Migrate," which was co-produced by Nate "Danjahandz" Hills, has Mariah in full diva mode as she leaves a club once they start "playing my jam."
Just in case there was a question of which jam that might be, she name-checks them herself in "For the Record," a play on words in which she incorporates past song titles into a verse after she asks her lover, "Give me one reason one we can't just press rewind?"
"I'm That Chick" ups the ego ante, but as she demonstrates with some silly lyrics ("la da da ooowee") and a funky disco beat (benefiting from an "Off the Wall" melody sample), she's not taking any of it seriously. At least we hope she's not serious when she compares herself to Tupac and Biggie, then ice cream and the lottery, as she softly taunts, "You're fiending to blaze up and taste me." As if this weren't already destined for the '80s time-warp roller-disco crowd, she serves up the joyful romp "I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time," which borrows from the chorus of DeBarge's "Stay With Me" (as well as a phrase uttered by a Vietnamese hooker in "Full Metal Jacket" and then sampled by 2 Live Crew and other hip-hop acts). At least on the reggae-inflected "Cruise Control" (featuring Damian Marley), she exhibits a sense of humor, singing in a Jamaican patois during the second verse: "When tha door open, de gals on de block they be hopin' to rob tha clock." She's not joking, or as she puts it, "Tink I'm joking?"
But for all the jokes, silliness and absurdities, Mariah is at her best when she keeps it simple, as she does in the closing track, "I Wish You Well," a piano ballad with gospel overtones (even including Bible verses from the books Proverbs, John, Philippians and Psalms). The song is a turning-of-the-cheek to anyone who mistreated her or doubted her. Older and wiser, she realizes on E=MC², which hits stores April 15, that she needed them all along to make her who she is now, and thanks them for it. Because if she can be square with them, she's truly set free - squared.
Mariah Talks About 18th #1
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 5:52PM EDT
Mariah Carey surpasses Elvis in No. 1s With her 18th chart-topper "Touch My Body," Mariah Carey has passed Elvis Presley for the most No. 1 singles on the Billboard singles chart, and is now second only to the Beatles. But while the diva was in full celebration mode after learning of her latest milestone, she was also quick to put her accomplishment in perspective.
"I really can never put myself in the category of people who have not only revolutionized music but also changed the world," Carey told The Associated Press on Tuesday via phone from London. "That's a completely different era and time ... I'm just feeling really happy and grateful."
Carey's single is the new No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot 100 singles chart: The song also is No. 1 on the trade magazine's digital download chart thanks to a precedent-setting 286,000 downloads in its debut week. She had been tied with Presley with 17 No. 1 singles; the Beatles are the all-time leaders with 20. (Madonna also beat a Presley record this week, surpassing the King for the most top 10 hits with her 37th for her hit "4 Minutes.")
Carey said being in such company was gratifying not only because of her personal success, but what it meant for women and minorities.
"For me, in my mind the accomplishment is just that much sweeter," she said. "In terms of my ethnicity, always feeling like an outsider, always feeling different ... for me it's about saying, 'Thank you Lord, for giving me the faith to believe in myself when other people had written me off.'"
"Touch My Body" is the first single off of Carey's upcoming album "EMC2," due out April 16. It is the follow-up to her Grammy-winning disc "The Emancipation of Mimi," released in 2005, that year's best-selling album with five million copies sold; it marked a huge comeback for the multiplatinum superstar after personal and professional setbacks.
Like that album, Carey said "EMC2" continues her sense of freedom and rebirth: "It's like emancipation of Mariah Carey to the second power and beyond."
Carey, 38, said this is the most enjoyable point of her nearly two-decade old career, and that's her priority these days, not trying to set sales records or even making pop history.
"I've gone through enough of my life worrying about that kind of thing," said Carey.
"I want to encourage anyone else out there who feels like maybe they can't overcome an obstacle, I feel like I'm living proof ... never lose your faith," she added. "I'm seriously a grateful individual right now."
Roll Over Elvis (And Tell The Beatles The News) "Touch My Body" registered 286,000 paid downloads this week--the fourth highest weekly total in digital history. (It's the highest total outside of Christmas week.)
But that's only half the story of Carey's dream week. She also becomes only the third artist--and the first woman--to top the 50 million mark in album sales, as measured by Nielsen/SoundScan. As of this week, she has sold 50,004,000 albums since the scanning service set up shop in May 1991. She trails Garth Brooks, who has sold 67,774,000 albums since that date, and the Beatles, whose tally in this period stands at 56,110,000.
Carey will not be the only 50-million selling woman for long. Celine Dion's career total stands at 49,951,000, which puts in her fourth place overall. Dion will top the 50 million mark in three or four weeks. Of course, by then Carey will have added significantly to her total with her new studio album, E=MC2, which is due on April 15. The opening week numbers for Carey to beat are 375,000 (the current record opening for 2008, held by Jack Johnson's Sleep Through The Static) and 404,000 (Carey's best opening week to date, set by her last album, The Emancipation Of Mimi).
Source: The Associated Press | Yahoo! Music
"Touch My Body" is Mariah's 18th #1!
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 8:46AM EDT
Congratulations Mariah! The explosive new single "Touch My Body" is Mariah's emancipated 18th! The song is the new #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 Singles chart (issue date: April 12, 2008), getting Mariah to break the tie with Elvis for most #1s by a solo artist in the rock era.
Congratulations are also in order for all of us - the fans! Your thousands of downloads have once again proven how amazing your dedication to supporting Mariah is. This could not have happened without you!
Mariah herself wants to express her gratitude and send a heartfelt "thank you" to all the fans worldwide who helped get this song to the top spot. She has signed a special Touch My Body promotional card with the message to all of you:
"Thanks 4 #18! I love you!!! Love, Mariah"
We'll be giving away the card to one lucky winner in our "Touch My Body" download contest!
Mariah also wanted us to pass along a thank you message to everyone, and that she wants to let all her fans know that she loves them.
More about "Touch My Body" This week marks 78 cumulative weeks for Mariah at the #1 spot on the Hot 100. She is only 2 weeks behind Elvis Presley who holds the all-time record!
As a songwriter, Mariah breaks the tie with Barry Gibb and takes the 3rd place for songwriters with most #1 hits. Only Paul McCartney with 32 and John Lennon with 26 have more.
With 286,000 downloads, "Touch My Body" breaks the record for the first-week sales of a digital single! Not only is it Mariah's best single-week digital tally, it also breaks Mariah's previous first-week sales of a single ("Heartbreaker" debuted in 1999 with 271,000 copies sold.)
"Touch My Body" debuted on the Hot 100 in the Billboard Issue of March 1, 2008. This is its 7th week on the Hot 100 chart and here is the chart run for the song so far: 57-34-24-16-14-15-01
"Touch My Body" was first premiered on American radio on Tuesday, February 12, 2008. In about 6 hours, the song was played approximately 500 times in different radio stations across the US. It also had the biggest first week airplay since Mariah's "I'll Be There" in 1992. The song quickly exploded in all four major radio formats (Top 40 Mainstream, Rhythmic/Crossover, Urban, Adult R&B) and after only five weeks, it entered the top 10 in each format and reached #4 on the Hot 100 Airplay.
The fun music video, directed by Brett Ratner, premiered on BET/MTV/VH1 on February 27 and quickly became the most viewed video on YouTube, Yahoo and AOL Music as well as the highest ranked video on the TRL and 106 & Park countdowns.
12 CONTEST WINNERS USA Contest Joey Ramirez (Thank you note from Mariah) Kenny Matthews (Autographed DVD, Autographed poster, Touch My Body Promo) Rudy Palma, NJ (Autographed DVD) Erica Manglaviti, NY (Autographed poster) Henry Gil, NV (Autographed poster) Josie Juarez (Autographed poster) Nick Koukis (Autographed poster) Dario Herrera (Autographed poster)
International Contest Simon Noel, Canada (Autographed DVD) Nikola, Bulgaria (Touch My Body Promo CD) Natalie, Australia (Touch My Body Promo CD) Paul, Australia (Touch My Body Promo CD)
All winners, please contact us with your mailing address!
"Touch My Body" Airplay & Sales Update
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 8:00AM EDT
Digital Sales: "Touch My Body" debuts at #1 on Billboard's Hot Digital Songs chart (issue date: April 12, 2008) with a record-breaking total of 285,544 downloads this week. 921 downloads were made before midnight last week, bringing the song's total downloads tally to 286,465.
This is not only Mariah's best digital sales week, but the best debut-week of digital sales by any artist. Rihanna's "Umbrella" held the previous record with sales of 277,000.
Airplay: Billboard / Nielsen BDS (For the week ending 4/1/08) Hot 100 Airplay: #3 (Last Week: #4) with 115,540,000 impressions (+15.8 million from last week). USA Today: Usher may not have a free pass to the top -- Mariah Carey's Touch My Body, which had been lagging behind Usher, gained more listeners this week and is now right behind the R&B idol at No. 3. (And don't discount Ray J's Sexy Can I, which is considerably below the top 3 but is gaining rapidly.)
Mariah Carey, Touch My Body moves 4-3 (+16.1%): Accelerated impressively, up from a 10.7% gain last week, and now is only 5 million audience impressions behind Usher, setting up a ferocious competition for the top next week.
Mediabase (For the week ending 4/1/08) "Touch My Body" has registered 122.879 million audience impressions with 18,584 spins (Pop - 6912, Rhythmic - 6502, Urban - 3722, Urban A/C - 1220, Hot A/C - 156, A/C - 17, Alternative - 4, MTV - 8, BET - 16, VH1 - 16, Fuse - 1).
Radio & Records (For the week ending 3/30/08) CHR/Top 40: #9 (Last Week: #8) +668 spins, 31.105 million impressions.
Rhythmic: #3 (Last Week: #5) +450 spins, 36.402 million impressions. #3 most increased plays at the format.
Urban: #3 (Last Week: #6) +582 spins, 29.391 million impressions. #2 most increased plays at the format.
New "M" Fragrance Is Code-Named Pink?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 6:28AM EDT
From the April 2008 issue of the Australian retail beauty magazine, Esprit, page 65:
In fact, in a year when many other celebrity fragrances have failed to fire or taken a dive in the Australian market, Elizabeth Arden also did well with M by Mariah Carey, another pop diva who has been savaged by the global press throughout her career. "M by Mariah reached number 6 in Myer stores," says Tsoukalas (George, managing director of Elizabeth Arden), "and we are very happy with that result. There's also another Mariah fragrance in the works, code-named Pink, which will be released in August."
Source: Esprit | Soraya
HQ Photos: Mariah on "Le Grand Journal"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 6:15AM EDT
On Monday, March 31st, Mariah taped her appearance on the "Le Grand Journal" show that will air on Wednesday, April 9th on Canal+. Click on the thumbnails below to view high-quality pictures of Mariah during the taping.
Mariah Brings London To A Halt
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 5:51AM EDT
Mariah Carey arrived in central London Tuesday night and literally stopped traffic.
Oxford Street, the busiest shopping strip in the capital, came to a virtual standstill as the singer promoted her new album E=MC².
Police barriers stopped vehicles going past Selfridges as hundreds of fans waited to catch a glimpse of the star.
She said: "It's really cool that they would do this and it's great to see so many people show up."
After the grand entrance fit for a Prime Minister or President, the American star - who arrived two hours late - was ushered inside by store staff and members of her entourage.
Two floors of the biggest department store in the UK were shut down for her arrival alone and Mariah looked in great shape in a tight mini skirt, black low cut top and 4inch black heels.
Of the new songs, she said: "I just feel like getting a lot of these out there to the world. Some of them I wrote to heal myself, some are just party records but they all are very personal to me."
The new CD could put 'Mimi' into the record books. As far as all time US Number One singles go, Mariah is joint second with Elvis Presley on 17. Only The Beatles have scored more with 20 chart toppers.
The singer said she was hopeful of breaking the record in her own modest way.
She added: 'I'm grateful with what I've already accomplished it's not about breaking records to me. I definitely don't want to put myself in any category with historical people who've helped changed the world."
Mariah's career spans over two decades. And at 38 she still looks the same as when she first started out.
"I'm eternally 12 because it's from within," she joked. "It's all about where you are spiritually."
X Factor winner Leona Lewis has been dubbed the new Mariah but the star was quick to shoot down any similarities.
"They've been comparing people to me for the longer than I can remember, I'm just like, 'Whatever'," she shrugged.
"If they're the new me can they come and do my interviews for me or get in the studio and write one of my songs? Seriously though, I love everybody, it's not a competition for me."
"Migrate" World Premieres on Chicago's B-96
Posted by Liron on Wednesday, 02-Apr-2008, 12:01AM EDT
Earlier tonight, Chicago's Hits & Hip-Hop station, B-96, world-premiered "Migrate" featuring T-Pain, a track off Mariah's new album, E=MC².
[ Listen to a 45-sec audio clip below ]
The song was played twice during the Julian On The Radio show to celebrate Mariah's upcoming 18th #1. DJ Julian announced that "Touch My Body" broke the first week digital sales record with 286k sales!
Note: The final Billboard position for "Touch My Body" will be published later today.
"Idol Gives Back" Contest Winners Announced
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 11:35PM EDT
Congratulations to the two lucky winners who will get to see Mariah perform live at the taping for the "Idol Gives Back" special on April 6th. The winners are:
Rusty Hackett, West Hollywood, CA Joan Fowler, Studio City, CA
Please check your e-mail and verify your mailing address. We can't wait to hear about your experience!
New Promo Pictures
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 8:30PM EDT
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Johny
Videos: Mariah in Paris & London
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 8:19PM EDT
Click on the links below to download videos of Mariah during her promotional tour in Paris, France and London, England.
HQ Photos: Mariah at Selfridges Store, London
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 4:17PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah arriving at Selfridges - Oxford Store in London, England on Tuesday, April 1, 2008 to sign copies of her new single, "Touch My Body." Click each of the thumbnails to view high-quality photos.
HQ Photos: Mariah at Showcase Press Conference, France
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 11:15AM EDT
Below are pictures of Mariah at the press conference for her new album, E=MC² held at the Showcase Club in Paris, France on Monday, March 31, 2008. Click on each of the thumbnails to view high-quality photos.
Mariah to duet with late Marvin Gaye on "Idol Gives Back"
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 11:03AM EDT
Mariah will be performing "What's Going On" on the "Idol Gives Back" special as a duet with the late Marvin Gaye via a video performance. The show will air on April 9th on Fox.
Our contest winners for the "Idol Gives Back" taping on April 6th will be announced later today!
Download: Mariah on New Zealand's Campbell Live
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 9:44AM EDT
Click on the link below to download Mariah's interview on Campbell Live that aired earlier tonight on TV3 in New Zealand. Promoting her new album, E=MC², Mariah also spoke with host John Campbell about the first time she heard "Vision of Love" on the radio, her supportive mom, extraordinary comeback, etc. The interview can be streamed at TV3.
Mariah Interviews on Campbell Live, TV3 - New Zealand, April 1, 2008 Type: MPG | Size: 58.0 MB [ Download here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | John
Rap-Up Previews E=MC²
Posted by Liron on Tuesday, 01-Apr-2008, 9:30AM EDT
Three years ago Mariah Carey made a surprising comeback with The Emancipation of Mimi and had one of the year's biggest hits with "We Belong Together." Mariah even led the Grammys the next year with 8 nominations. The Long Island native left no doubt in anyone's mind that she was back and better than ever.
Now Mariah has returned to take over the airwaves with her eleventh studio album E=MC², a heavily hip-hop influenced record, more so than anything she has ever made. It's off to a promising start with the lead single already a fixture at the top of the charts. The album is her third on Island Def Jam and was executive-produced by MC and L.A. Reid.
Rap-Up.com got to listen to the diva's entire new album. From the looks of it, Mariah is about to release a "stone groove" smash. If you don't know by now, April 15th is the date.
1. "Migrate" Produced by Danjahandz A party jam guaranteed to tear the club up. T-Pain isn't even singing the hook; he's a featured rapper doing his own verse where he talks about "ass and your titties coordinat[ing]." Mariah sings, "Once again nothin' jumpin' up in your place / Sick of your Berry buzzin' all in my face." This song contains some of the more playful and offbeat lyrics we've heard from MC. If you like Mariah's hip-hop flavored songs, you'll love this one.
2. "Touch My Body" Produced by C. "Tricky" Stewart and Tarius "The-Dream" Nash The love Mariah fans have for this song is proven. It's already No. 1 on iTunes and will soon be the No. 1 song in the country. In typical fashion, Mariah has released two killer remixes featuring The-Dream and Rick Ross.
3. "Cruise Control" featuring Damian Marley Produced by Jermaine Dupri Packed with a verse where Mariah sings, "ting," "de gals pon de block," and "me say no man." It's a bit funny. It's catchy. But did she really have to do the whole Jamaican accent? Damian Marley was already on it.
4. "I Stay In Love" Produced by Bryan-Michael Cox OK, here we go-a ballad! You finally get to hear Mariah sing. It's reminiscent of a Daydream track with a wistful and airy element. This is a deep cut and this album's "We Belong Together."
5. "Side Effects" featuring Young Jeezy Produced by Scott Storch Just when you think she's steering away from the hip-hop beats for a minute, Young Jeezy makes an intro rap. But the message is deep, talking about the side effects of a really bad relationship. There's a lyric that might make many fans ponder: "Wakin' up scared some nights / Still dreaming 'bout the violent times." Hmm... Who in the world could she be talking about?
6. "I'm That Chick" Produced by Stargate This is a chill, upbeat song. It sounds very European. Almost sounds like Ne-Yo's "Because of You" except it samples Michael Jackson's "Off the Wall." Mariah's definitely sounding sexy singing, "I'm like that oooweee / You're fiendin' to blaze up." This track is fire.
7. "Love Story" Produced by Jermaine Dupri A second ballad, and another appearance by J.D. It's similar to "I Stay In Love." She can really blow, but she isn't doing it on here. Dang.
8. "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" Produced by Toomp A mid-tempo joint. This is a homerun. It's definitely different from anything on The Emancipation and MC's not riding the hip-hop bandwagon on this one. One of the best parts is the strings loop of "Stay With Me" by DeBarge, which the song samples. It gives it an old school feeling. Toomp (T.I.'s "What You Know") doesn't typically work with female artists, but this combination works.
9. "Last Kiss" Produced by Jermaine Dupri Jermaine Dupri should have a feature credit on this. You hear his voice and ad-libs a little too much. Mariah's singing about the inevitability of hooking up with someone again. The hook is hot.
10. "Thanx 4 Nothin'" Produced by Jermaine Dupri A mid-tempo ballad with more of Jermaine's ad-libs. It's going to get all the ladies amped. Mariah sings, "I was living in a lie just a masquerade / Now I only know that I'll never be the same / But you were just playing a game."
11. "O.O.C." Produced by Swizz Beatz O.O.C. = Out of control. Swizz Beatz really turned this track out, yet it doesn't even sound like a Swizzy beat. Sample lyric: "Even though I been gone for a minute / It's wrong I admit it / Your love's so addictive that / I get so O.O.C."
12. "For The Record" Produced by Bryan-Michael Cox This is the song Mariah used in her perfume commercial. It cites past Mariah records. Mariah sings, "I told you 'Underneath the Stars' that you 'Belong' to me / It's obvious that we just 'Can't Let Go' of us 'Honey'." It's pretty chill and relaxed. Mariah even gets cocky, "The whole entire world can tell / That you love yourself some me." Go head, MC.
13. "Bye Bye" Produced by Stargate "This for my people who just lost somebody / Put your hand way up high." A song everyone can relate to because it deals with losing a family member or friend. It will get some listeners teary-eyed. Mariah speaks to her father who passed away in 2002: "You never got a chance / To see how good I've done / And you never got to see me / Back at number one." Looks like this will be the album's second single and probably Mariah's 19th No. 1.
14. "I Wish You Well" Produced by James Poyser The token spiritual song on a Mariah album comes by way of "I Wish You Well." The one song you hear live instruments on. It gives you a churchy feeling, even a citation of Psalms 129:2 of the bible. It's very Aretha Franklin.