Happy Anniversary, Mariah and Nick!
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 30-Apr-2009, 5:55PM EDT
Mariah and Nick will be celebrating their first wedding anniversary tonight at the Moon Nightclub at the Palms resort in Las Vegas, NV. The celebrations are set to start at 10:30pm and last through the night! Below are a photo of the happy couple from their wedding day one year ago, and a photo of the marquee noting the event as it can be seen right now outside the Palms resort.
Happy Anniversary MCC & NC! We wish you love and joy together... "Forever" and "Till the End of Time"!
"Touch My Body" is 3rd Top Viral Video
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 29-Apr-2009, 4:57PM EDT
As of Monday, April 27th, 1,000 versions of the video of Britain's Got Talent's Susan Boyle singing "I Dreamed A Dream" from Les Miserables had amassed a total of 170 million views, according to Visible Measures, a Boston company that combs 150 video-sharing sites to analyze a video's reach. It's the fastest moving online video in the relatively brief history of online video and has elicited a half-million comments.
That's still well short of the 325 million views for the leader, the dance video that accompanied the 2007 hip-hop hit "Crank That" by Soulja Boy. The dance became a pop phenomenon, spawning numerous other videos by people performing it and "mash-ups" like one of the cartoon character SpongeBob set to the tune.
Music videos by pop singers Mariah Carey (164 million for her sultry hit "Touch My Body," which helped her surpass Elvis Presley for most No. 1 songs) and Avril Lavigne (152 million for her bubbly chart-topper "Boyfriend") are currently ranked third- and fourth-most viewed by Visible Measures. Rounding out the top five is "Evolution of Dance," a comic routine in which Judson Laipply performs an enjoyable, if nerdy timeline of dance styles through the ages, with 140 million views.
Mariah and Nick's New House in L.A.?
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 28-Apr-2009, 2:34PM EDT
The Real Estalker reports that Mariah and Nick have apparently closed on a Bel Air property (pictured) earlier this month for an as yet undisclosed sum of money. Seller of the property has been named as Grammy-winning music engineer/producer Allen Sides.
BUYER: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon LOCATION: Bel Air, CA PRICE: around $7,000,000 (allegedly) SIZE: 11,750 square feet (approx.), 5 bedrooms, 8 bathrooms DESCRIPTION: Magnificent gated private view estate on 3 acres. Incredible site. Prime Bel Air address. Staggering 360 degree views of entire city.
Listing information shows that in addition to all the bedrooms, terlit rooms and seven fireplaces; the 2-story center hall traditional includes formal living and dining rooms, den, family room, lanai, library/study, media room, office, an eat in kitchen. The grounds include two motor courts, a huge rectangular swimming pool with a pool side pavilion, a large brick terrace with long views down the rugged canyon towards downtown Los Angeles, several flat lawn areas, a gazebo, and three gated entrances.
Mariah Vinyl Art to Adorn Hard Rock Hotel Walls
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 27-Apr-2009, 2:53PM EDT
A series of three pieces of Vinyl Art by Daniel Edlen, reproduced by ArtScans Studio, Inc. through Fresh Paint Art Advisors, Inc., is being installed in 23 suites at the newly remodeled Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The original portraits on vinyl records of Carlos Santana, Mariah Carey, and John Lennon were scanned and printed at ArtScans Studio's highest resolution onto rag paper and framed individually in silver-leaf. They will be displayed above the headboard in the Beacon and Fillmore Suites once the rooms go through their stage of the remodel.
TENNESSEE - IN THEATRES JUNE 5th (LIMITED) A moving and gripping drama of sacrifice and self-discovery; TENNESSEE is the story of three people who strive to realize their dreams. Brothers Carter (Adam Rothenberg) and Ellis (Ethan Peck) set out on a road trip to their childhood home in a desperate search for their estranged father, who may hold the key to their future. Along the way, they are joined by Krystal (Mariah Carey), who is trying to escape a troubled life. These unlikely traveling companions are guided in their mutual journey by the conviction that the only way to a new life is by overcoming their past.
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Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Apr-2009, 8:26PM EDT
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Precious amid legal tussle, Cannes screening jeopardized
Posted by Liron on Friday, 24-Apr-2009, 2:54PM EDT
Cannes pick could provoke legal drama 'Precious' at center of fight between Lionsgate, Weinstein
The inclusion of "Precious: Based on the Novel by Sapphire" in the Un Certain Regard section of the Festival de Cannes could stir up the ongoing legal fight over North American rights to the Lee Daniels drama.
The Weinstein Co. has not ruled out the possibility of seeking an injunction to block the fest screening, though it currently is seeking only monetary damages.
"Precious" (originally titled "Push") was slated to close the New Directors/New Films festival in New York this month but was dropped from the slate, presumably to pave the way for a Croisette unspooling.
TWC did not take any legal action at that time, but the Cannes showing, with its attendant media circus, could prompt a bigger fight.
In February, Lionsgate and the Weinstein Co. traded lawsuits, with the New York mini-major claiming that it had reached an agreement with producer during Sundance.
Smokehouse Films and its rep Cinetic Media to buy rights to the pic before Lionsgate closed its own deal.
Cinetic and Smokehouse were named in separate New York lawsuits, while TWC filed a third suit against Lionsgate for interfering with the negotiation.
Lionsgate's lawsuit, filed in Los Angeles, sought a court declaration that it owned the pic's North American rights and that producers never reached a deal with TWC. Lionsgate, which plans to release the film this year with the support of Oprah Winfrey and Tyler Perry, later filed a motion to dismiss the New York case. The motions are pending in both states.
Neither Lionsgate nor the Weinstein Co. would comment Thursday. It is unclear if Winfrey or Perry would attend the Cannes screening.
Legal experts said that even though TWC had been bidding for world rights, it could face an uphill battle in trying to stop a screening at Cannes. The fest normally would come under the publicity efforts of a film's North American distributor, but as a foreign territory, it still sits outside that distributor's jurisdiction. Rights in other countries subsequently have been sold by producers, including Filmax for Spain and Arp for France.
Precious to Compete for "Un Certain Regard" in Cannes
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 23-Apr-2009, 1:21PM EDT
The line-up for the 62nd Cannes Film Festival has been announced today and as speculated earlier this week, Lee Daniels' film PRECIOUS starring Mariah will be competing in the Un Certain Regard section of the festival. Precious which won the Grand Jury Award at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year is the only American film in its category.
This section is a part of the festival's official selection and consists of nineteen films with special cultural expression and cinematic innovation. Each year, a selection of jurors (composed of journalists and film industry professionals) awards one film with the main award - "Prix Un Certain Regard." They often give extra awards and mentions to other competing films. Films that previously won "Prix Un Certain Regard" include the highly acclaimed Romanian film The Death of Mr. Lazarescu and Rodrigo Garcia's Things You Can Tell Just by Looking at Her.
Below is the list of this year's official selection in the category and here is a scan from the festival's press kit, which times Precious at 01:49 hours.
"Samson & Delilah," Australia, Warwick Thornton "Adrift," Brazil, Heitor Dhalia "The Wind Journeys," Colombia, Ciro Guerra "Demain des l'aube," France, Denis Dercourt "Irene," France, Alain Cavalier "Independance," Philippines-France-Germany, Raya Martin "Le Pere de mes enfants," France-Germany, Mia Hansen-Love "Dogtooth," Greece, Yorgos Lanthimos "Nobody Knows About the Persian Cats," Iran, Bahman Ghobadi "Eyes Wide Open," Israel, Haim Tabakman "Mother," South Korea, Bong Joon-ho "The Silent Army," Netherlands, Jean van de Velde "To Die Like a Man," Portugal, Joao Pedro Rodrigues "Police, Adjective," Romania, Corneliu Porumboiu "Tales from the Golden Age," Romania, Hanno Hofer, Razvan Marculescu, Cristian Mungiu, Constantin Popescu, Ioana Uricaru "Tale in the Darkness," Russia, Nikolay Khomeriki "Tzar," Russia-France, Pavel Lounguine "Nymph," Thailand, Pen-ek Ratanaruang "Precious," U.S., Lee Daniels
The Cannes Film Festival will be held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in Cannes, France from May 13-24, 2009. The schedule for the individual film screenings will be available a week prior to the opening.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Apr-2009, 12:25PM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 2, 2009.
"My Love" - The-Dream & Mariah Carey Billboard Pop 100: #92 (Last Week #84) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #36 (Last Week #38) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #36 (Last Week #38) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #24 (Last Week #22) Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop: #25 (Last Week #25) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #24 (Last Week #12) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #21 (Last Week #23) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #174 (Last Week #148) Downloads this week: 9,237 (-12%) Total downloads: 99,796
The Ballads Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #89 (Last Week #71) Sales this week: 1,656 (-24%) Total Sales: 99,109
E=MC² Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #113 (Last Week #110) Sales this week: 594 (-17%) Total Sales: 1,250,588
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Ritcher
Mariah's Big Footprint
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 22-Apr-2009, 9:03AM EDT
Mariah Carey is the "least green" celebrity, according to a new Earth Day poll, for flying her personal trainer in from St. Barts. "People saw that as an extravagance rather than a necessity and the consequences for the planet probably don't justify it," said Jonathon Morgan, editor-in-chief of GreenDaily.com. John Travolta, a licensed pilot, flew into second place because of his fleet of private jets. The greenest celebs were Leonardo DiCaprio, Oprah Winfrey, Bono, Ed Begley Jr., Brad Pitt and Prince Charles.
Mariah to Attend Precious Premiere at Cannes?
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Apr-2009, 9:49AM EDT
A press conference to unveil the official selection of competing films for the 62nd Cannes Film Festival is taking place this Thursday, April 23rd at 11am CET.
According to the French website PurePeople.com, Precious is one of the films expected to be announced for the "Un Certain Regard" category screenings. The site also reports that Mariah, Lenny Kravitz and Oprah Winfrey are apparently attending the premiere of Precious at the film festival.
The Cannes Film Festival will be held at the Palais des Festivals et des Congrès, in Cannes, France from May 13-24, 2009.
"Divas Live" returning, Request Mariah!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Apr-2009, 2:22AM EDT
"VH1 Divas" returns after a four-year hiatus with what promises to be a star-studded show. VH1 wants to hear from "Divas" fans to help determine the direction of the show. Beginning today, VH1 is asking users to tell them who they'd like to see perform at this year's "VH1 Divas" which will air live from the Brooklyn Academy of Music Howard Gilman Opera House in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday, September 17.
In 1998, VH1 debuted the first annual VH1 Divas concert in support of the station's "Save The Music Foundation." The concert became an immediate success and consequently VH1 Divas aired annually from 1998 until 2004.
Mariah showed her support for this endeavor at the initial concert in 1998 where she performed "My All," "Make It Happen," "Chain of Fools" with Aretha Franklin and "A Natural Woman/Tesimony" with other top female performers. She appeared again in 2000, singing "Love Hangover/Heartbreaker," "Can't Take That Away," "Baby Love/Stop In The Name of Love" with Diana Ross and "Ain't No Mountain High Enough." You can download video files of Mariah's 1998 and 2000 "VH1 Divas" appearances at our Media section.
Some photos of Mariah from VH1 Divas are below.
VH1 Divas Live, April 14, 1998
VH1 Divas 2000, April 9, 2000
Source: VH1 via PR Newswire | MariahDailyJournal | Danny
Mariah & Nick to Celebrate Wedding Anniversary in Vegas
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 20-Apr-2009, 8:21PM EDT
Can ya believe it's been nearly a year since Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon stunned everyone with their surprise wedding?
The two plan to celebrate their one-year anniversary with a party in Las Vegas on April 30. A source just slipped me a copy of their invitation, which is gold and features white script lettering.
Festivities kick off at 11p.m. and go "until Dawn" at the Palms' Moon nightclub, according to the invite. Dress code? "Hot!"
No word on whether Ms. Mariah will be performing on the big night.
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon Celebrate Their Anniversary at Moon Nightclub + GA All Access Pass @ Playboy Club & Moon Nightclub - Las Vegas, NV Thursday, April 30, 2009, 8:00pm - 4:00am Presented by N9ne group
To purchase the General Admission All Access Pass (includes admission to Moon Nightclub, Playboy Club and Ghostbar), click here.
The early part of April was hectic! The G20 leaders dinner at Downing Street was legendary – a night full of historic memories. Next, we had Mrs Mariah Carey-Cannon's birthday celebrations in Barbados. Then, it was off to Miami where she was working on tracks for her next album, which is due out in the next few months.
Straight from Miami, Mr and Mrs C's jet plane landed at Heathrow, where the paps (who were waiting for politicians at the airport), bum-rushed her and asked her about whether she was happy about Obama's trip to the UK. Oh how we laughed. What do journalists expect someone to reply to such a redundant question?
"Um yeah...it's fabulous!" Mrs C had time for just three hours sleep before she got up to play me the songs she's made so far for the new album. We listened to the new music in a manner that I have never been treated to before. It was different, slightly naughty and millions of her fans would've loved to see through my eyes at that moment. But if I revealed what we did, there would be a worldwide scandal! What happens in a London hotel room, stays in a London hotel room!
I heard a variety of tracks, and there were big ballads, catchy melodic hooks, hilarious and witty wordplay, and clever lines galore.
I had a few favourite tracks: some that talk from the heartbroken lover's point of view; some representing the proud and stubborn dumper; and of course beautiful love songs, inspired by Mr C. On one song in particular, she wears her heart on her sleeve, and it's very touching to hear her pouring her heart out so publicly. Mrs C also told me about her dog JJ's new puppy playmate, that's been named Cha Cha. I then proceeded to inform her that me and my girls used to call a certain part of the female anatomy our 'cha cha'. She laughed and said: "I might've guessed – there's always some American-British language exchange humour when it comes to us!"
Then, we decided to play an April fools joke on MC's fans (otherwise known as 'lambs'): She encouraged me to tell my Twitter following that she'd had her hair cut short and died dark brown. Within seconds, her Twitter planet of fans hit me back with: "Nice try Jas, but we know it's an April fool." They're just too quick for me! I should've said she was shopping in Top Shop with me instead! They know her too well.
After catching up on things, Mrs C slipped her curves into a long, black designer dress and went out to the car – and paparazzi – waiting outside Claridge's Hotel. She was taken to her jet, which took her to South Africa where she and Mr C attended an event for a certain Mr Mandela. Mr Mandela is so full of life at 91 years of age. What an absolute living legend.
Can you imagine the requests of the VIP guests at an event like this? A thousand bottles of every spirit, wine and champagne, loads of healthy foods, plenty of Fiji water, masseuse ladies, white flowers, candles, etc. It makes the things I've put on MTV expenses in the past look lame!
MDJ Exclusive: Mariah in Manila, Charmbracelet 2003
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 19-Apr-2009, 11:40PM EDT
Here is the final installment of the exclusive, never-seen-before footage from a professional recording of Charmbracelet World Tour concert in Manila, Philippines on November 16, 2003 featuring Mariah's live performance of "Without You" and "Hero."
14. "Without You" - Charmbracelet World Tour The Fort Open Field, Manila, Philippines, Nov. 16, 2003 [ Download here ]
13. "Hero" & "Butterfly" Outro - Charmbracelet World Tour The Fort Open Field, Manila, Philippines, Nov. 16, 2003 [ Download here ]
Make your own DVD! Print MDJ-exclusive "Mariah in Manila" DVD Covers below. (Thanks to Can!)
First Photo: Mariah's New Dog Cha-Cha
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 18-Apr-2009, 2:35PM EDT
To the right is a photo of Cha-Cha, formerly known as Allie, who was purchased by Nick for Mariah's birthday.
A Jack Russell Terrier breed, Cha-Cha born on January 14, 2009, is all-white with tan markings on her head and has a smooth coat. She will be approximately 11" to 13" at the shoulder and 11 to 13 lbs. when grown.
Vote for Mariah on UK's Magic TV
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 18-Apr-2009, 11:31AM EDT
The British music channel Magic TV is holding a poll for "The Nation's Favourite 90s Songs."
Mariah has three entries: "Hero," "Without You" and "Endless Love." Cast your votes for all three by clicking on the red + sign next to each track. Be sure to add you comments about the songs and click the "Vote Now" button at the bottom of the page when done.
The "Nation's Favourite 90s Songs" Top 50 will be played on Magic TV (on Sky 363 & Virgin 340), airing times to be announced later.
Nick keeps a lid on all the Mariah baby talk
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Apr-2009, 9:39AM EDT
Nick Cannon may be baby-talking with Mariah Carey at home, but publicly, he's keeping things private. "Everyone wants to know!" he laughed to us about the million-dollar question: Why were he and Mariah seen leaving an IVF clinic on Easter?
But Cannon, DJ-ing at Vibe's "Notorious" DVD release party, wouldn't budge. "I tell people to just relax," he said. "Give my wife the respect she needs, the respect you'd give any woman. You don't just go around saying, 'Yeah, she's pregnant.' How disrespectful is that?"
Cannon added that he and Mimi have finally purchased L.A. digs. "Yes, we bought a house in L.A, but it's not the billion-dollar one everyone thinks," he said. "People just make stuff up."
Mariah in TV Plus Magazine, South Africa
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Apr-2009, 1:25AM EDT
Entertainment reporters Sieraaj and Clayton recount their up-close moment with their idol Mariah Carey in the April 22nd issue of their magazine TV Plus.
Celebrity Adventures with Mimi TV Plus staffers (and huge Mariah Carey fans) Sieraaj Ahmed and Clayton Morar were thrilled to meet their idol (twice) when she visited Cape Town earlier this month for the opening of Sol Kerzner's One&Only resort.
"She was exhausted at the airport but stopped when I used one of her favourite phrases - 'Stone Winner', Clayton says. "She signed a magazine and was joking with us despite being tired. We wanted a picture with her but heard the next day she's gone straight to a dentist from the airport because she had a massive toothache!"
They finally got their picture as Mariah left the resort two days later. While they waited in the lobby, they saw Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, a sweaty Robert de Niro leaving the hotel's gym, Marisa Tomei, and Matt Damon and his family. Matt spent about 10 minutes walking around cooing to his gorgeous seven-month-old daughter Gia.
"When Mariah left the hotel, there were at least three bodyguards trying to stop us reaching her," Sieraaj says. "But we used another of her favourite lines: "'Mariah, a picture please - for the nostalgia!' She laughed, stopped and told the guards, 'It's okay, let them through. I know these guys are real fans. Come on boys - for the nostalgia!'. Her husband, Nick Cannon, took the pic. I told her I've been a fan since her first single in 1990, and thanked her for 19 years of music. She smiled and said, 'Aaaw, thank you!'"
Ten minutes after she'd driven away, Clayton and Sieraaj were amazed when she posted this Twitter update: "On our way to the airport (lil late as usual..oops) Just met some nice fans from S.A. We took a picture.. 'For the nostalgia' :) inside joke".
"We didn't think we could like her more after 19 years, but after meeting her, and her tweet about us, we know she's totally worth the effort," Clayton says.
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Apr-2009, 9:30AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated April 25, 2009.
"My Love" - The-Dream & Mariah Carey Billboard Hot 100: #97 (Last Week #100) Billboard Pop 100: #84 (Last Week #82) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #38 (Last Week #42) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #38 (Last Week #42) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #22 (Last Week #22) Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop: #25 (Last Week #25) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #12 (Last Week #5) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #23 (Last Week #36) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #148 (Last Week #126) Downloads this week: 10,535 (-10%) Total downloads: 90,559
The Ballads Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #71 (Last Week #67) Sales this week: 2,190 (-2%) Total Sales: 97,453
E=MC² Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #110 (Last Week #111) Sales this week: 714 (-0.1%) Total Sales: 1,249,994
"My Love" Tidbits
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"My Love" continues its reign as the #1 video on 106 & Park's Top 10 Videos, its 9th day at the top! Following are the video's positions in the 16 days it has been on the countdown: 9-7-9-4-3-2-1-1-1-2-1-1-1-1-1-1. Let's keep voting online or by calling 1-800-617-5483.
According to Mediabase, airplay for "My Love" as of week ending 4/15/2009 has registered 14.987M audience impressions (+.002M) with 3,085 spins (+70). Following were the spins by format: Rhythmic - 1494 (+94), Urban - 1200 (+22), Pop - 289 (-60), Urban A/C - 95 (+20), BET - 6 (-2), MTV - 1 (-4).
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Ritcher
Rodney Jerkins Writes Song for Precious
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Apr-2009, 2:19PM EDT
Having contributed eight original songs for the soundtrack of the Walt Disney film "Confessions of a Shopaholic," songwriter/producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins is now writing a song for the upcoming Lee Daniels theatrical production, "Precious." Based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire, the film stars Mo'Nique along with Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz and will be distributed by Lionsgate. It's due in theaters later this year.
Note: In a phone call made to Lionsgate, we asked if a soundtrack album for Precious is in the works. According to a top executive in its Music and Pub Division, a meeting is scheduled with director Lee Daniels tonight to talk about the details. No further information is available currently.
Mariah's New Twitter
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Apr-2009, 12:32PM EDT
Mariah has changed her Twitter name from MariahHBF to MariahCarey. The new address is Twitter.com/MariahCarey. Be sure to bookmark this address to receive Mariah's instant updates!
Mariah Carey's Rock Remake
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Apr-2009, 9:15AM EDT
Mariah Carey is into covering the rock classics -- not always for the better. Several years ago, on her "Glitter" album, Carey did a ballad-esque version of Def Leppard's "Bringing on the Heartache," to tepid reviews. Now, she's revived Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" -- slated as a potential single for her album due out later this year. Mariah beat out Marc Anthony, who was also hoping to sing the love anthem.
Note: "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" was from Mariah's 2002 album, Charmbracelet.
One year anniversary of E=MC²
Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 14-Apr-2009, 1:36PM EDT
E=MC² was released exactly one year ago to this very day. E=MC² became Mariah's album with the best first week sales in the US and its opening/peak positions internationally were her best in years, opening in the Top 10 in at least 10 countries worldwide.
The lead single "Touch My Body" was also one of Mariah's best charting singles in years. For more information, make sure to check the (updated) album and singles pages.
Lee Daniels Talks about Precious
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Apr-2009, 4:36PM EDT
Oprah-backed indie opens Nov. 6
Lee Daniels is a guy I was once seated next to at a Vogue dinner party arranged by the giant fashion plate, Andre Leon Talley. After five minutes, I realized he had been a driving force, as a producer, who helped Halle Berry win an Oscar for "Monster's Ball." He was as impressed with his "overnight success" as I was!
Recently, not having seen Lee in ages, I wrote a story about his surprising next triumph -- as director and producer of the $3 million movie "Precious."
The Lionsgate movie, opening Nov. 6, won three awards at Sundance. And it won Oprah's backing. It stars young Gabourey ("Gabby") Sidibe as the tormented teenager whose father impregnates her, whose classmates bully her and whose witch of a mother beats her. (Lee says the latter role is that of a classic villainess, acted by award-winning comedienne Mo'Nique "in a way that makes you ask 'whatever happened to Baby Jane.' ")
Lee was full of raves for another actress, Paula Patton, who plays a lesbian who intervenes on behalf of the abused girl. Mariah Carey, who is one of Lee's pet talents, has a role here also, and Lenny Kravitz plays a nurse.
"Did Oprah really back this film all the way?" I ask Lee who is kidding around on the other end of the phone. He settled down: "Indeed she did. She connected to it with bells and whistles and is an executive producer with Tyler Perry."
Daniels is a guy on the verge, concerned that he makes the right choices. He says he is looking forward to working with Berry again. He is being offered big money to make big films, but wants to be sure he is doing the right thing, "because we never had money to do movies like this before...though this one cost us only $3 million."
Lee is doing the right thing, I think. At least, he agreed to take me to dinner with Carey, a long admired mutual friend, and with Kravitz, on whom I have had a big crush since being introduced to him in Orso one night whereupon he rose, crushed me to his chest and gave me a big kiss.
Mariah's Funny Easter Saga
Posted by Liron on Sunday, 12-Apr-2009, 3:42PM EDT
Earlier today, Mariah posted a hilarious Easter story on her Twitter page and we wanted to share it with you:
Getting ready for festive moments! Hope everyone is enjoying the holiday. Lots of love! When I was 4, I went on an Easter egg hunt and I actually stumbled upon "THE BONUS EGG" aka I WON!!! But... Then... This 12yr old girl stole the BONUS EGG right out of my hand and and ran around saying.."I got the BONUS EGG!!!"
Anyway, she won a HUGE Easter basket w/stuffed animals and candy and she didn't even find the frikin egg!!! Of course nooobody believed ME when I said I'd found the bonus egg before that mean little girl..but whatever because...
As I was writing this Easter Saga for u, my husband handed me a HUGE pink Easter basket filled w/stuffed animals, balloons, candy and cards : ) So the moral of the story is: It's never too late to get your goodies! Happy Easter!
Happy Holidays, Everybody!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Apr-2009, 1:14PM EDT
Below are scans from the April 20th issues of People, Life & Style and In Touch weekly magazines.
Tennessee Out in Theaters June 5th
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 11-Apr-2009, 12:53AM EDT
The Lee Daniels-produced, Aaron Woodley-directed film Tennessee starring Adam Rothenberg, Ethan Peck and Mariah Carey has been scheduled for nationwide theatrical release on Friday, June 5, 2009, this according to the newly-updated Movie Release Schedule from Box Office Mojo.
Posted by Liron on Friday, 10-Apr-2009, 3:50PM EDT
Please take a moment and vote in our new poll asking: Which producers would you like Mariah to work with on her new album?
The poll is located to your right; you may check as many choices as you want or let us know who you want Mariah to work with in the "Other" box! To make it easier on you, we listed some of these producers' previous collaborations with Mariah and/or other artists.
» Bryan-Michael Cox ("The One," "We Belong Together," "For The Record") » Damizza ("I Still Believe / Pure Imagination," "Crybaby," "Irresistible") » Danja ("Migrate," 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology," Pink's "Sober") » DJ Clue ("Heartbreaker Remix," "We Belong Together Remix") » Dr. Dre (Mary J's "Family Affair," Eve/Gwen Stefani's "Let Me Blow Ya Mind") » James "Big Jim" Wright ("Fly Like a Bird," "Through The Rain," "Petals") » Jermaine Dupri ("Always Be My Baby," "We Belong Together," "Last Kiss") » Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis ("Can't Take That Away," "Never Too Far," "Yours") » Kanye West ("Stay The Night," Jay-Z's "Brooklyn Go Hard") » Babyface ("Melt Away," "Never Forget You," "When You Believe") » Ne-Yo (Rihanna's "Unfaithful" & "Take a Bow," Beyonce's "Irreplaceable") » Pharrell Williams ("Say Somethin'," Britney Spears' "Hooked on it") » Polow da Don (Usher's "Love In This Club," Keyshia Cole's "Make Me Over") » Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins ("So Lonely," Tiffany Evans' "I'm Grown") » Stargate (Ne-yo's "Closer," Rihanna's "Don't Stop The Music") » The-Dream ("Touch My Body," "My Love," Rihanna's "Umbrella") » Timbaland (OneRepublic's "Apologize," Keri Hilson's "The Way I Are") » Trackmasters ("The Roof," "Underneath the Stars" - The Drifting Remix) » Tricky Stewart ("Touch My Body," Rihanna's "Umbrella")
Thanks to Josip and Dinter who suggested this poll idea via our Twitter page!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Apr-2009, 10:11AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated April 18, 2009.
"My Love" - The-Dream & Mariah Carey Billboard Hot 100: #100 (Re-entry) Billboard Pop 100: #82 (Last Week #80) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #42 (Last Week #44) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #42 (Last Week #44) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #22 (Last Week #29) Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop: #25 (Last Week #28) Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #5 (New Entry) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #36 (Last Week #40) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #126 (Last Week #129) Downloads this week: 11,672 (+4%) Total downloads: 80,024
The Ballads Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #67 (Last Week #73) Sales this week: 2,239 (-0.3%) Total Sales: 95,263
E=MC² Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #111 (Last Week #110) Sales this week: 715 (+4%) Total Sales: 1,249,280
"My Love" Tidbits
After falling to #2 on Tuesday, "My Love" returned to the #1 spot on 106 & Park's Top 10 Videos yesterday, its 11th appearance on the countdown since its debut at #9 on March 24. Following are the video's positions in the 11 days it has been on the countdown: 9-7-9-4-3-2-1-1-1-2-1. Let's keep voting online or by calling 1-800-617-5483.
According to Mediabase, airplay for "My Love" as of week ending 4/8/2009 has registered 14.98M audience impressions (+1.78M) with 3,012 spins (+363). Following were the spins by format: Rhythmic - 1398 (+254), Urban - 1177 (+53), Pop - 349 (+21), Urban A/C - 75 (+31), BET - 8 (+1), MTV - 5 (+3).
Please continue to support "My Love." Click here for a list of important radio stations to call.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Ritcher
Photos: Mariah & Nick Leave New York
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Apr-2009, 9:22AM EDT
Mariah and Nick were spotted leaving their Manhattan apartment on their way to the airport for a flight to Los Angeles last night, April 7, 2009.
Argentinian Fans Celebrate Mariah's Anniversary
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Apr-2009, 8:01AM EDT
Our Argentinian friends also threw a party to celebrate Mariah's anniversary on Saturday, April 4! The party, organized by Luiggi and Emcee, was held at the Disco Piaf Asistieron in Cordoba, Argentina and attended by over 500 fans. It was one festive night for everyone as Mariah videos played on a large screen; and fans danced and sang along to Mariah songs spun by DJ Mac. E=MC² posters and CDs were given away to all attendees. Congratulations to Luigi, Emcee and our Argentinian friends on a successful party!
Mariah Set for Apollo Fete
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Apr-2009, 9:01AM EDT
The Apollo turns 75 this year and to celebrate its anniversary, the legendary Harlem theater is inducting Quincy Jones and Patti LaBelle into its Hall of Fame at the June 8 anniversary gala benefit concert.
The lineup of performers for the evening include singer Anita Baker and the R&B group O'Jays. Actor/comedian Jamie Foxx and singer Mariah Carey will present the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame awards to the music impresario and R&B singer. The program will be hosted by radio personality Steve Harvey.
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Apr-2009, 7:31AM EDT
Below are scans from the April 13th issues of People, In Touch, OK!, Life & Style and Us weekly magazines.
Stars came out to play at Sol's soiree
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 05-Apr-2009, 12:47AM EDT
And what about that famous singer, whose surprise visit set local fans' hearts aflutter after she Twittered that she was "headed for Africa" a few days ago?
Well, Mariah Carey, who landed in Cape Town on Thursday morning with an entourage of seven, wasn't quite the belle of Sol's ball, after she complained of a toothache and had to be rushed to a dentist.
She was probably the last to arrive at the bash (long after midnight) and all she had to offer were a couple of her signature eight-octave raves from her seat in the crowd, after Bebe Winans offered her his microphone.
Mariah's dress was glittering, but with her hair tied back to show off her formidable forehead, she looked like just another pretty girl from Eldorado Park.
SA Fans Take Pictures with Mariah... 'For The Nostalgia'
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 04-Apr-2009, 11:03AM EDT
Mariah left the One&Only Resort in Cape Town at around 3:30pm SA time today, April 4. Sieraaj and Clayton waited outside the hotel to see her off, and were lucky to take pictures with her! Sieraaj wrote to Mariah Daily Journal and shared this nice story:
"We'd heard Mariah was due to attend a Fashion Show at the hotel at 3pm, and had gotten ourselves onto the guest list for the show, but when we saw Mariah's tweet at 2:30pm that she was packing to leave South Africa, we decided to wait in the lobby, and ditched the fashion show.
Our perseverance paid off! At around 3:30pm, a few bodyguards and hotel staff lined up at the door to protect/say goodbye to her, and suddenly she was there! Clayton and I walked up to her and said, 'Mariah, a picture please! For the nostalgia!' and she laughed as her bodyguards tried to push us back. She said, 'It's OK, let them through. I know these guys are real fans. Come on guys - for the nostalgia!' Nick Cannon took Clayton's camera and snapped the picture of the three of us. The two of Sieraaj and Mariah that are slightly off-focus were taken by my boyfriend - forgive him, he was trying his best with all the bodyguards trying to push him away!
I stood (beaming!) next to her, and then said to her, 'I've been a fan since the beginning - August 1990 - and I just want to say thank you so much for 19 years of music.' She said, 'Aaaw, Thank you!'
Then she got in the car and waved. Ten minutes later she posted on Twitter: On our way to the airport(lil late as usual..oops) Just met some nice fans from S.A. We took a picture.."For the nostalgia":) inside joke
She is FABULOUS! Clayton and I can't stop smiling. It's been a 19-year wait for her to come to Cape Town, and I'm so happy I got to thank her for 19 years of magic!"
Source: Sieraaj | MariahDailyJournal
Photos: Mariah in Cape Town, South Africa
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 03-Apr-2009, 12:36PM EDT
Thursday, April 2, 2009 - Mariah with actress Sharon Stone during the Jam Session at the Grand Opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort
Friday, April 3, 2009 - Mariah & husband Nick during a luncheon to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort
Video: Mariah Arriving at Heathrow Airport, London
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 03-Apr-2009, 12:22PM EDT
Mariah Arrives at Heathrow Airport, London - April 1, 2009 Download coverage from: [ TMZ TV | Smash247 ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Dennis
"My Love" #1 on BET Countdown!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Apr-2009, 8:13PM EDT
Great job, everyone!
"My Love" advanced a notch to take the #1 spot on BET's 106 & Park's "Top 10 Live" countdown today! This is the video's 7th day on the BET countdown since debuting at #9 on March 24th.
Mariah Sweeps Into Cape Town, South Africa
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 02-Apr-2009, 5:47PM EDT
Mariah graced the front page of today's edition (April 2) of the South African afternoon newspaper, Cape Argus.
Mariah Carey sweeps into city as stars gather to attend opening of Sol's hotel R&B diva Mariah Carey arrived in style at Cape Town International Airport today in black patent leather stilettos, a figure-hugging black ensemble complemented by gold accessories and dark sunglasses. Carey is in town for the opening of Sol Kerzner's new One&Only hotel at the V&A Waterfront.
Arriving at around 9am, a fresh-faced Carey flashed a big smile at adoring locals who rushed after her; trying to take a picture of the moment. After signing an autograph for an adoring fan, she was ushered into a sleek black Mercedes Benz. Carey said she was in town for only a few days.
When asked what she planned on doing while here, she said: "Oh, I don't know yet."
Source: Sieraaj | Cape Argus
Vote For Mariah on FHM's 100 Sexiest Women
Posted by Liron on Thursday, 02-Apr-2009, 5:04PM EDT
FHM Magazine is holding its annual readers poll to compile the list of 100 Sexiest Women in the World. Mariah has already been nominated by the readers, and now it's time to vote!
Click on the image to the right or this link to get Mariah into the top 100!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Apr-2009, 2:16PM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated April 11, 2009.
"My Love" - The-Dream & Mariah Carey Billboard Pop 100: #80 (Last Week #77) Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #29 (Last Week #29) Billboard Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop: #28 (Last Week #28) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #44 (Last Week #46) Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #44 (Last Week #46) Billboard Hot RingMasters: #40 (New Entry) Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #129 (Last Week #112) Downloads this week: 11,190 (-8%) Total downloads: 68,352
The Ballads Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #73 (Last Week #72) Sales this week: 2,246 (-19%) Total Sales: 93,024
E=MC² Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #110 (Last Week #101) Sales this week: 686 (-12%) Total Sales: 1,248,565
"My Love" Tidbits
"My Love" was at #2 (new peak) on BET's Top 10 Videos yesterday, its 6th appearance on the countdown since its debut at #9 on March 24. Following are the video's positions in the 6 days it has been on the countdown: 9-7-9-4-3-2. Let's please continue to vote online and/or call 1-800-617-5483 and get it up to the top spot!
According to Mediabase, airplay for "My Love" as of week ending 4/1/2009 has registered 13.193M audience impressions (+2.455M) with 2,646 spins (+396). Following were the spins by format: Rhythmic - 1143 (+167), Urban - 1124 (+163), Pop - 328 (+55), Urban A/C - 44 (+7), BET - 7 (0).
Please continue to support "My Love." Click here for quick links to request, vote, stream and download.
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Ritcher
Fans Greet Mariah at Cape Town, South Africa Airport
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Apr-2009, 4:53AM EDT
Mariah was welcomed by a crowd of well-wishers who turned out to greet her upon her arrival in Cape Town, South Africa at around 9am on Tuesday, April 2.
Fans Sieraaj and Clayton were at the Cape Town airport to meet her. Sieraaj writes,
"Mariah came out of Cape Town airport at around 9am this morning, wearing black. She looked very tired and her bodyguards didn't want her to stop and sign anything, but when my friend Clayton said, 'Mariah, you're a stone winner!' she told her bodyguards, 'I've gotta sign for him - he used the word!' and quickly signed Clayton's magazine.
I walked alongside her and said, 'I'm glad you didn't cut your hair short!' (ref: her April Fools' Day joke on Twitter), and she said, 'That was a joke!' and smiled at me. Then she got in her car and was whisked away."
Jacques was also one of the lucky fans who had the opportunity of seeing and getting an autograph from Mariah Carey as she arrived in Cape Town. He recounts,
"I went onto Mariah Daily Journal as I do every afternoon after college. This time it was different. As I browsed through the site I noticed something that immediately caught my eye 'connecting flight to Cape Town.' I had to read it over and over to make sure that I had read the right words. At that point shock and excitement kicked in. I knew this was an oppurtunity I couldn't miss as Mariah is my idol and role model. I went onto her twitter and saw 'on my way to Africa' I just knew I had to make an effort to see her. I went onto Cape Town Airport's website to look at flights that would land in Cape Town from London on Thursday, 2 April 2009. There were only three flights and the first one landed at 07:10. That night I went to bed over excited.
I got up on Thursday at 05:50. I went to fetch a friend and was at the airport at 07:00. When I went through the International Arrivals door I went to the notice board and saw that the first flight was delayed and would only arrive at 08:10. The one after that would land at 08:30. I just had a feeling she would be on one of those two flights. I waited on the airport, people coming and going, and still no sign of Mariah. That is when I started thinking she might have gone through a special exit to the car, since she is one of the biggest celebrities to ever visit Cape Town. Just as I was losing hope, I just saw flashing lights everywhere and there she was, walking through the terminal door. I stood frozen for a second, and then reality kicked in and I knew I had to get a picture. All of a sudden there were about 100 people, as if they appeared from nowhere. I struggled to take photos but eventually I got two really good photos of her. All I could say was, 'Mariah would you please sign this?' holding my Elle Magazine. Her bodyguard said no and shoved me a bit, and to my surprise she said 'No, let me sign for him.' She signed my magazine and her bodyguard shoved me out of the way and took her to the black Mercedez waiting for her outside.
It was definitely worth waiting 2 hours in the airport for her. It was undoubtedly the best day of my life!"
Below are pictures that Jacques took of Mariah, and his signed magazine cover.
Mariah is in Cape Town for the grand opening of Sol Kerzner's One&Only resort tonight, April 2. Other celebrities expected to attend include Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Thandie Newton, Marisa Tomei, Robert de Niro. Gordon Ramsay will be launching his first restaurant in Africa, Maze, at the resort. Nelson Mandela will be attending an intimate luncheon at Maze on Friday, April 3 to celebrate his long-standing relationship with Mr. Kerzner.
Photos: Mariah's Anniversary Party in Barbados
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Apr-2009, 11:58AM EDT
Below are photos from Mariah's Anniversary party at Wispers on the Bay restaurant in Barbados last Friday night, March 27.
Inside Mariah's Romantic Birthday Dinner (People) Continuing their tradition of taking lavish vacations together, Nick Cannon whisked his wife of almost one year, Mariah Carey, away to Barbados via private jet last Wednesday to celebrate her birthday.
On the day of her birthday, Cannon pulled off a private, 11-person dinner party at Barbados' ritzy Wispers on the Bay restaurant Friday night, filling the restaurant with hundreds of pink and lavender-hued balloons. The affectionate couple and their friends shared laughs and bottles of Dom Perignon, along with Carey's favorite dessert - yellow cake with chocolate frosting flown in from New York - while a live band played.
For her main course, the birthday girl noshed on salmon with a cranberry and vodka white wine butter sauce, sauteed asparagus, and lemon scented herbal rice, while other guests enjoyed lamb and angus beef with horseradish cream and tomato duxelle.
"Because she's been working extremely hard for the past few months recording new music for the album, it was important to Nick that the trip be a very relaxing one, where Mariah and her friends could truly enjoy themselves," says a source, noting Cannon wanted to plan "the most romantic and beautiful vacation possible" to celebrate Carey's "anniversary."
Following the nearly four-hour fete, "We watched them stroll down to the beach for a romantic walk," says a waiter from the restaurant. "They were very playful and affectionate the entire time... and very down to earth and extremely gracious to all of the staff."
The Ballads Out in Germany on April 10
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Apr-2009, 9:31AM EDT
The German Mariah fansite, Mariah's World, has launched a new promotion site for The Ballads (set for release in Germany on April 10); and a contest for a chance to win lots of prizes including The Ballads German version!
To enter the contest, e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org the answer to "Name the US Top 10 hits featured on the German The Ballads". Check for further details here.
Anniversary Parties in Brazil, Dominican Republic
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Apr-2009, 9:24AM EDT
BRAZIL Over 500 fans turned up for Mariah's Anniversary party in Rio de Janeiro! The celebration was held at Club LeBoy last Saturday, March 28.
The party; organized by Gustavo, Jorge and Daniel; started at 11pm with the Around the World DVD playing on several LCD screens. The fans danced and sang along, trying to reach the high notes with the finger covering the ear. After midnight, the DJs started playing Mariah songs on two dance floors, one with remixed versions and the other with album versions. The songs and videos continued playing the entire night. At 2am, the celebration continued with a show. Following an opening video, a medley of E=MC² songs was performed by the hip-hop dance group D.R.Intro. There were trivia games on stage too. Mariah singles were handed out as prizes and for those who didn't answer the quizzes, lots of CDs, singles, posters, t-shirts, vinyls and "Touch My Body" tattoos were given away. The party ended at 6am.
In another Mariah Anniversary party held at Space 54 in Sao Paulo, here are some videos from the dancefloor: fans singing along and dancing to Fantasy, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and Honey; and photos are below!
CHINA Check out even more pictures from Mariah's Anniversary celebration in Cheng Du at the party venue The Connection's site.
DOMINICAN REPUBLIC A group of fans from Dominican Republic celebrated Mariah's Anniversary at Esedeku Bar and Lounge in Santo Domingo on Saturday, March 28. The bar played Mariah songs and remixes all night long. The party was thrown by Phillip and Roger as a surprise for Alejandro who is a huge Mariah fan. See pictures below!
Source: Fan Party | Gustavo | Extasis Party | Ana | jsesta | Alejandro | Bernard
Photos: Mariah Arrives in London
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Apr-2009, 8:37AM EDT
Mariah made a stop off in London en route to South Africa on Wednesday, April 1. Below are pictures of her arriving at the Heathrow International Airport from Miami, Florida.