Congratulations, Mariah & Nick!
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 30-Apr-2011, 4:54PM EDT
The Mariah Daily Journal team would like to congratulate Mariah and Nick on the arrival of their double bundle of joy! We are thinking of you and that we share in the happiness of the beautiful new lives you have created!
Mariah Carey gives birth to twins on wedding anniversary Singer Mariah Carey on Saturday gave birth to twins, delivering a boy and a girl on the third anniversary of her wedding to Nick Cannon, her spokeswoman said.
The babies were born shortly after 9 a.m. local time at a Los Angeles hospital, said Carey's representative, Cindi Berger.
Berger said the babies weigh over 5 pounds each, and the girl is 18 inches long while the boy is 19 inches. The names of the children were not immediately known.
Grammy winning singer Carey and Cannon, an actor and rapper, were married on April 30, 2008.
"Babies were born on their wedding anniversary," Berger said in a statement. "Not even Mariah could plan that!"
Carey announced she was pregnant in October. At the time, Cannon said the couple delayed telling people about the pregnancy because Carey once suffered a miscarriage.
Cindi Berger tells People "she's doing great" and they were listening to Carey's "We Belong Together" after the children were born. "I spoke to both of them and they are both completely overjoyed."
Asked if the birth was planned to coincide with her anniversary, she said: "No, not even Mariah could plan that. Nick was very nervous and Mariah was completely calm. Mariah thought it was another soft labor and Nick was driving her to the hospital and she very calm and the music was blasting. When they walked into the hospital, [Nick] was going the wrong way and the nurse redirected them to go to the maternity ward, and I said to her, 'that's right out of I Love Lucy,' and she laughed.
Life & Style: Mariah's Relaxing Retreat
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 29-Apr-2011, 2:31AM EDT
A ready-to-pop Mariah Carey escapes on one last getaway before the arrival of her twins
Mariah Carey is the first to admit her pregnancy hasn't always been easy. Rushed to the hospital several times with premature contractions and on partial bed rest for months, the singer has faced the biggest challenge of her life trying to go full-term with twins.
But just days before welcoming a boy and girl, the mommy-to-be got the breather she needed: a babymoon at Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes, Calif. "Basically it's an excuse to do something decadent before the babies arrive," Mariah tells Life & Style. "Because I've been grounded in LA for five months — which is longer than I've been in one place for a very long time — going to the spa resort for a getaway, or babymoon, was really fun and therapeutic."
Nestled on 102 lush oceanside acres that afford daily dolphin sightings — "the setting is so indescribably beautiful," says Mariah — Terranea provided a breathtaking backdrop for playing rousing games of Taboo and Catch Phrase with her pals, nibbling on tasty treats from the Spa Café and indulging in as many relaxing spa treatments as possible. "As my fans know, I love the ocean, and I love dolphins. But I never dreamed I'd be sitting fireside in a copper tub watching schools of wild dolphins passing by throughout the day!" gushes Mariah.
Pregnancy Paradise Her favorite treatment? Watsu water-massage therapy! "It really helps to relieve the pressure on your back, which is monumental when you're pregnant with twins!" Mariah says. "The therapist actually does the massage in the water while supporting your back — it's amazing. There are so many more activities and treatments that I'll be able to do here once I'm mobile again. I'm looking forward to coming back."
But first, Mariah and hubby Nick Cannon have important family business to attend to: They can't wait to meet the twins and see their adorable faces for the first time. "It's been so hectic around our home," admits Mariah, who's had her hands full decorating the newborns' nursery. "I'm literally counting down the days till we meet the babies."
Her Last-Minute Fix Kicking back and relaxing wasn't Mariah's only reason for taking a babymoon — essentially, the singer's been homeless during the last weeks of her pregnancy! Indeed, finding a place to sleep became imperative after Mariah decided to renovate her and hubby Nick's bedroom in LA before the babies' arrival. "It was such a letdown to come into our bedroom after staring at the gorgeous ceiling mural that Marnie Vollenhals had painted in the babies' room," Mariah explains to Life & Style. "So maybe it's a bit over-the-top, but I decided to call David to re-create Marnie's magical orangey clouds and gold stars in our bedroom."
Source: Life & Style, May 9, 2011 Issue | Text & Scans: MariahDailyJournal
Could Mariah Deliver Her Twins Friday?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Apr-2011, 7:37PM EDT
Mariah and husband Nick Cannon could be parents very soon.
Hollywood baby bump watchers are whispering that the singer is scheduled to undergo a C-section at an L.A. area hospital on Friday.
Chart Watch Trivia
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Apr-2011, 12:15AM EDT
As featured in Paul Grein's Chart Watch column dated April 27, 2011.
Pop Quiz: Puff Daddy is one of two artists to have two of the year's top three physical singles in the last glory years of physical singles: 1992 through 2000. Name the other.
Quiz Answer: Mariah Carey is the only artist besides Puff Daddy to have two of the top three physical singles in the last glory years of physical singles (1992 through 2000). Carey had two of the top three hits of 1995. "Fantasy" was #2 for the year with sales in that calendar year of 1,464,000. "One Sweet Day" (a collabo with Boyz II Men) was #3 for the year with sales in that calendar year of 1,298,000.
Nick Cannon Talks Mariah, Twins on Ellen
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 27-Apr-2011, 12:53PM EDT
Watch Nick Cannon on Ellen DeGeneres, where he talks about preparing for the birth of his twins and having huge respect for Mariah Carey.
First up, Mariah Carey is due, like, any second! And while Nick Cannon says they've been saying it for awhile, there is a sense of urgency in his voice. Ellen asks the obvious question about why Nick is there if Mariah can give birth at any moment... he assures her that they are ready to go. He says they have their bags packed and exclaims, "I'm ready!"
Ellen asks if he'll be in the delivery room and Cannon says "I'm not too good with hospitals," saying he can't handle blood but maybe he could be assigned his own nurse. Cannon says "Hospitals make me feel weird," noting that he can't even watch doctor shows, while Mariah can watch them and eat at the same time!
Cannon shares that Mariah is "cool, calm and collected" about the babies' arrival, adding "I have a new found respect and admiration for my wife, seeing what a woman goes through... that's incredible... I could never do it... She's got two humans inside of her!"
Ellen has gifts for Nick and Mariah, including a variety of items to make her feel beautiful after she has the babies.
Billboard's 10 All-Female Hit Collaborations
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Apr-2011, 6:04PM EDT
With Rihanna and Britney Spears sharing space atop the Billboard Hot 100 with "S&M," all-female collaborations are enjoying a rare spotlight. Numerous all-female pairings have scaled Billboard charts in recent years. Here is a look at 10, ranging from pop, rock and dance to country, Latin and R&B/hip-hop.
1. Britney Spears featuring Madonna - "Me Against the Music"
2. Whitney Houston & Mariah Carey - "When You Believe" Houston has sent two other songs with female singers in addition to this 1999 No. 15 Hot 100 hit even higher: "Count on Me," with CeCe Winans (No. 8, 1996), and "Heartbreak Hotel," featuring Faith Evans and Kelly Price (No. 2, 1999).
3. Mariah Carey featuring Nicki Minaj - "Up Out My Face" Like Houston, Carey has also enjoyed hits with more than one female vocal partner. Similarly, following this No. 39-peaking track on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Minaj has charted collaborations with Keyshia Cole and Rihanna.
4. Reba McEntire with Linda Davis - "Does He Love You" 5. Reba Duet with Kelly Clarkson - "Because of You" 6. Lady Gaga featuring Beyonce - "Telephone" 7. Beyonce & Shakira - "Beautiful Liar" 8. Eve featuring Gwen Stefani - "Let Me Blow Ya Mind" 9. P!nk featuring Indigo Girls - "Dear Mr. President" 10. Barbra Streisand & Celine Dion - "Tell Him"
Oprah Pays Tribute to Two Mariah Fans
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Apr-2011, 4:16PM EDT
When audience members Will and Marcus stood up to ask a question after a taping of The Oprah Winfrey Show in 2009, they never dreamed where it would take them—and neither did we.
As two Mariah Carey superfans, the men asked Oprah if their idol would appear on The Oprah Winfrey Show that season. After hearing that Mariah would indeed appear on the show, Will and Marcus asked if they could attend the taping to watch her sing...but Oprah said she could do better than that!
Now, Will and Marcus say that meeting Mariah and appearing on The Oprah Winfrey Show changed their lives in ways they never expected.
First, Marcus reveals that he lost 65 pounds. "I guess TV really is life's mirror because when I saw myself, I was like, 'Is that what I really look like?'" he says. "I started eating really healthy and started doing a lot of things. I've done a couple of 5Ks, I swam in the Iowa Games last summer and now I'm training for a triathlon."
For Will, he says seeing himself on the show literally saved his life. "I was watching the show and ... said [to myself], 'Will, there's something wrong with your neck," he recalls. Will saw how swollen his neck was in the clip and decided to go to the doctor. After several tests, Will got the news: He had cancer. "I did chemo from January to July of 2010 [and] I am cancer-free now!" Will says.
After Oprah introduced them to their idol, Mariah Carey, superfans Will and Marcus have a special thank-you for Oprah. Watch them read their thank-you notes to her on stage.
Shout-out to Will and Marcus for the lovely e-mail they sent us. Will, it was a heartwarming story and had to be told.
I would just like to say thank you on behalf of both Marcus and myself for including us on the site. Meeting both Mariah and Oprah were obviously dreams come true considering they both inspire us in different ways. We appreciate the fact that you put the story on the site which we religiously read :)
How it feels to bare the baby bump
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Apr-2011, 9:28AM EDT
Pop diva Mariah Carey showed off her curves in a nude photoshoot while just days away from giving birth. Mariah looked confident in the snaps with her TV presenter hubby Nick Cannon covering her assets.
The Sun asked three pregnant Sun readers to pose for the same intimate shots and tell them how it feels. Check out the photos here.
Hayley & Paul Hayley Fletcher, a construction administrator, is expecting a son in 12 weeks with her husband Paul. Hayley, 26, of Bristol, said: "Mariah's pictures are absolutely stunning. When a woman is in the prime of her life carrying a child I think it is the most beautiful thing. I love the healthy look of a woman when she is carrying. It's amazing. When I was asked to do this I jumped at the chance."
Amy & Ben Beauty therapist Amy Patterson, 22, is due to give birth in six weeks. She has been with her boyfriend Ben Parsonage for two years. "I thought the Mariah Carey pictures were a bit revealing and her bloke was very brave. I wasn't really sure I could do it myself. But when I was offered the chance of having the pictures done I couldn't turn it down because I felt it was a once-in-a-lifetime chance. I'm still quite proud of my body and I think Mariah should be too."
Elizabeth & Danny Hair and make-up artist Elizabeth Clare, 26, lives with her boyfriend Danny Clarke, 23, in Stamford, Lincolnshire. The couple's baby is due in ten weeks. "I didn't like the Mariah Carey pictures. I was surprised by them. But when we were asked to do the shoot I really wanted the pictures of us as a keepsake. Having the shoot done was fine but I felt a little self-conscious at the start. I thought Mariah's pictures looked a little tacky but ours seem more elegant."
Mariah Paints Pregnant Belly for Easter
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Apr-2011, 1:46PM EDT
On her Twitter, Mariah posted a picture of herself with her pregnant belly painted yet again, this time to celebrate Easter. Check out the photo to the right.
Mariah in Vanity Fair, Italy
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Apr-2011, 1:46PM EDT
From the April 27, 2011 issue of the Italian Vanity Fair.
Source: Scans: Ila
Boyz II Men's Shawn Stockman Talks Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Apr-2011, 1:37AM EDT
Shawn Stockman from Boyz II Men called in to Kiss 108's "Matty In The Morning" show in Boston, MA on Wednesday, April 20th; and talked about the new season of NBC's The Sing Off, performing at the Wilbur Theatre... and Mariah Carey.
Matty: "You guys have seen both sides. You did the big stadiums, you've done theatres. It's a pretty great career you guys got going for yourselves. And then, of course, there's you and what's her name? [Clip of Mariah in "One Sweet Day" plays] My colleague here, Billy - Shawn, that is his absolute favorite song of all time. "One Sweet Day" that you guys did with Mariah.
Shawn: Oh cool, thank you so much. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Yeah, that's us and the pregnant lady.
Matty: She's very pregnant. She's got pictures of her with like a tattoo on her belly or some crazy thing.
Shawn: Oh wow, I didn't see that one yet.
Matty: Do you see Mariah anymore? I mean, what year was that, "One Sweet Day"?
Shawn: That was like, I think it was like '94. You know, on occasion we see her. Obviously, she's been very busy, you know, being a wife and expecting mother and things of that nature. So she's kind of been out of sight, unless of course, you know, a magazine photo shoot [laughs]. But, we'd like to congratulate her and Nick on the upcoming babies and we hope that they grow up healthy and strong. I know they're gonna grow up beautiful 'cause you know, Nick's a good looking guy and obviously Mariah's beautiful.
Matty: Now, Nick is 25 years her junior, Shawn [laughs]. It could be you! During the "One Sweet Day" sessions, Shawn, you could have moved in! Ka-ching, man! You know, Boyz II Men made a lot of money. But with all due respect, you didn't make Mariah Carey money. Mariah Carey, oh my God!
Shawn: Mariah's definitely on another level but hey, you know, it's okay. I do okay with my couple of bucks.
Source: Jonny | MariahDailyJournal
Rihanna Edges Mariah as Youngest Artist with 10 #1s
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Apr-2011, 3:22PM EDT
Rihanna's latest single, "S&M," hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, giving the Pop star her tenth #1 hit single. This means that Rihanna also makes history as the youngest artist ever to rack up ten #1 hits at just over 23-years-old. Mariah Carey held the previous record when she was 25. Furthermore, Rihanna is also the ninth artist in history to have ten #1 hits, and she is the fifth solo female artist to do so, following Carey (18), Madonna (12), Whitney Houston (11) and Janet Jackson (10).
Nick Cannon will be going on paternity leave as soon as "Dem Babies" see the light of day, but he loves his fans and listeners so much that he gave out his actual home phone number on the air today so everyone can keep in touch. Here's the number: 212.524.2998
For real! It's Nick and Mariah's number. You may get an answer, who knows. But since there will be so many calls flooding in (Mariah's a little P.O.'d about that!) you might just have to leave a message! Oh, and in case you're thinking "That's not their number" or "Mariah's in L.A., you can't fool me!" Think again. Call the number and see what you get. And by the way, there is such a thing as call forwarding!
Lesson Learned Today: Nick has a big mouth! But we love him for it and we'll be leaving the happy couple a few message of our own!
A ready-to-pop Mariah Carey invites Life & Style inside her babies' lavish nursery
Soon, Mariah Carey won't be the only one wailing high notes at home. The singer's been experiencing contractions for weeks, so she and husband Nick Cannon are hurriedly baby-proofing their luxe Bel-Air, Calif. estate for the imminent arrival of their twins, a son and a daughter. The couple have a lot of space to cover — and they're giving Life & Style an exclusive first peek at the newborns' breathtaking nursery.
"I wanted to create a beautiful, tranquil, cozy environment for the babies," Mariah tells Life & Style in an exclusive interview. "Everything matches, but pieces are individualized to celebrate the twins as separate entities."
Separate — but equally glam! Here, Mariah opens up about the twins' distinct personalities, what it will be like for the kids to grow up as Carey-Cannons and how the mom-to-be can't wait to not be pregnant anymore.
Is it safe to say you're in full-on nesting mode now? After hearing so much about "nesting," I've developed a severe loathing for the word — but honestly, I have to admit that's exactly what I'm doing! Designing the LA nursery with Gail Sedigh of AFK Furniture and world-famous decorator Mario Buatta was so challenging because I had such specific ideas I wanted implemented. I feel like I'm bringing two individuals into the world, so I wanted to do more than cookie-cutter styles in blue and pink.
Do you have a favorite detail in the room? Well, the most personal contribution I made was the ceiling (see page 40). It has orangey-pink clouds in a blue sky with golden stars twinkling. It's based on two songs I wrote that are fan favorites: "Underneath the Stars" and "Close My Eyes." Sometimes I just sit in the nursery and stare at the ceiling because I love it so much. To me, it symbolizes wanting my children to dream as big as possible and to let their imaginations be unbridled.
How do you plan to instill those values in the kids? By encouraging them to be who they are as individuals. I don't want the babies to have expectations placed on them just because they have celebrity parents.
Have you gotten advice from other famous parents? Actually, I've been trying not to seek too much advice. Everyone has their own experiences. You can read books about pregnancy or raising twins, but at the end of the day, you can never predict what life has in store for you. You can't study how to be the perfect mom — that's not reality. You just have to try as hard as you can, pray and use your life experiences to guide you through every situation. Just love them unconditionally.
What kind of mom do you think you'll be? Being a mother is probably the hardest job in the world. I feel like, in a lot of ways, children come into the world to teach us. It's going to be a delicate balance between raising them around glitz and glamour and keeping them grounded. One thing I'm sure of is that I'll be grateful for the twins every day, no matter what.
Do you already have an incredible bond with them? I've been carrying them for long enough, I should hope so! But seriously, you can't help but feel a bond. They're a part of you.
Was there a specific moment you knew you were ready for motherhood? You just know when you know. I think this is happening at just the right moment in my life.
How will your life change once the twins arrive? It already has! Being pregnant with twins prepares you for anything that could possibly come your way in life. I know once they're here we'll get little or no sleep, but we're used to that. It seems like the main thing is to be prepared for anything — expect a lot of surprises. I imagine they'll change and enrich our lives in so many ways forever.
Will you hire nannies? I'm working with a baby nurse I met through a good friend. She's very knowledgeable, and I am so grateful to be able to have that kind of help, especially in the beginning.
What do you imagine your first night home with the babies will be like? Very busy!
Do they already have distinct personalities? The girl responds to certain songs when I play them, which is hilarious to me. She'll start kicking when I play the Clark Sisters' "You Brought the Sunshine." And every time I put on my song "Fantasy," featuring ODB, she moves around a lot. Our boy seems more mellow and relaxed.
What do you call them? It's Baby A and Baby B — that's how the doctor describes them. Then it turned into "dat boy" and "dat girl," and, as my fans know, we typically refer to them as "dem babies."
How soon after the birth will you head back to work? I'll take it day by day. I need to be able to spend time at home to bond with the babies first. Plus, I can't even leave my puppies at home for a day without missing them — so I can't begin to imagine the separation anxiety I'll experience when I'm away from my own babies for five minutes! But believe it or not, I never stopped working, even while on bed rest. It's been therapeutic.
Have the twins inspired you musically? Everything I go through as a woman influences me creatively. Naturally, this experience has made me feel more creative than ever. Tony Bennett actually came over to record a duet in my guest bedroom. He joked that he doesn't usually record with trios — me and the twins in my belly! It was hard to sing pregnant, but I'm glad to have that memory. I also wrote a charity record called "Save the Day" with my friends Jermaine Dupri and Randy Jackson that will be on my new album, coming soon. The next two releases — the babies! — are the most important to me, though.
Are you going to miss being pregnant at all? A multiple pregnancy can be difficult — but it's all worth it. If anything, I'll remember the incredible feeling of having them kick inside me. But I'm ready to have my body be my own again. Plus, I miss wearing heels — I couldn't wear them now if I tried!
Will your family be complete at four? It would take a much stronger person than me to go through this again! I have so much more respect for other women now. So I feel doubly blessed to have such a perfect start to our family. Everybody dreams of having a boy and a girl. Being pregnant with twins is beautiful and indescribable — but I'm ready to be done. We're almost home.
Source: Life & Style | Scans & Text: MariahDailyJournal
Probation Keeps Da Brat From Mariah's Baby Shower
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Apr-2011, 8:18PM EDT
Rapper Da Brat was forced to miss out on her close friend Mariah Carey's recent baby shower because the terms of her probation forbid her from leaving the state of Georgia until the end of the summer.
The pop superstar is expecting twins with husband Nick Cannon and celebrated the impending birth of her babies with a party in Los Angeles in March. But Da Brat, who completed a three-year prison stint in February, had to skip the bash as a result of her legal woes. She tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "I couldn't go because I got this ankle monitor on. I can't leave the state for six months."
However, the hip-hop star insists she couldn't be happier for the parents-to-be: "I'm so happy for her. She so deserves it. She has one of the most beautiful spirits. And her and Nick together, they are so good for each other. They (sic) both kids, and I love that. She's been through a lot and I'm grateful that she found somebody like him."
Pregnant Mariah Covers Ciné Tele Revue, Belgium
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Apr-2011, 5:10PM EDT
From the April 14, 2011 issue of the Belgian magazine, Ciné Tele Revue.
Source: Scans: Joty
Pregnant Mariah Photos Make UK's The Sun Front Page
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Apr-2011, 8:05PM EDT
From today's edition of UK's daily newspaper, The Sun.
Source: Scans: Kerry
Inside Mariah Carey's Nursery
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Apr-2011, 3:13PM EDT
MARIAH'S BABY JOY Life & Style, May 2, 2011 Issue
Soon, Mariah Carey won't be the only one wailing high notes at home! Mariah and husband Nick Cannon give Life & Style an exclusive first peek at their newborns' breathtaking nurseries--one in their luxe Bel-Air, Calif., estate and the other at their NYC apartment! Both rooms are filled with comfy chairs, plush stuffed animals and the parents-to-be's personal touch!
"I wanted to create a beautiful, tranquil, cozy environment for the babies," Mariah tells Life & Style in an exclusive interview. "Everything matches, but pieces are individualized to celebrate the twins as separate entities."
Separate -- but equally glam! "Designing the LA nursery with Gail Sedigh of AFK Furniture and world-famous decorator Mario Buatta was so challenging because I had such specific ideas I wanted implemented. I feel like I'm bringing two individuals into the world, so I wanted to do more than cookie-cutter styles in blue and pink." And dad Nick agrees. He wanted the twins' side-by-side cribs accented with pink and green bedding instead of the traditional pink and blue.
Mariah's favorite part of the twins' LA nursery? The cloudscape, star-speckled ceiling. "The ceiling has orangey-pink clouds in a blue sky with golden stars twinkling. It's based on two songs I wrote that are fan favorites: 'Underneath the Stars' and 'Close My Eyes,'" Mariah tells Life & Style. "Sometimes I just sit in the nursery and stare at the ceiling because I love it so much. To me, it symbolizes wanting my children to dream as big as possible and to let their imaginations be unbridled." Mariah also incorporated her favorite winged insects, butterflies, into the nursery and super-soft stuffed-animal lambs, what the singer endearingly calls her fans.
Mariah has also been busy coordinating a nursery for the twins at her NYC apartment. "I prefer the East Coast schooling over the West Coast," Nick tells Life & Style. "But there are other things that come into play, like work."
While Mariah has enjoyed her pregnancy, she and Nick are certainly ready for the arrival of their son and daughter! "Being a mother is probably the hardest job in the world. I feel like, in a lot of ways, children come into the world to teach us," Mariah says. "It's going to be a delicate balance between raising them around glitz and glamour and keeping them grounded. One thing I'm sure of is that I'll be grateful for the twins every day, no matter what."
For the full gallery of photos inside Mariah's nurseries, pick up the new issue of Life & Style, on newsstands nationwide Friday!
HD Video: Mariah Performs "Touch My Body" on SNL
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 17-Apr-2011, 4:53PM EDT
VH1 has re-aired the March 15, 2008 episode of Saturday Night Live which featured Mariah Carey as the special musical guest. This was Mariah's first appearance on the show in over 10 years. She was smokin' hot as she performed "Touch My Body" and "Migrate" with T-Pain live on the show. The VH1 re-air, however, only showed "Touch My Body" which you can download in HD below.
Mariah's Rhinestone-Encrusted Microphone in Vegas
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-Apr-2011, 2:14AM EDT
On April 18, 2008, before conducting her E=MC CD signing event at Universal City Walk, Mariah graced the Hard Rock Cafe memorabilia collection ceremony in which she donated the Rhinestone Microphone and Microphone Stand she used on Oprah, Idol Gives Back and American Idol. The fancy microphone is currently housed and on display at Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas, Nevada. Boston fan Steve was recently in Las Vegas and took the photos below.
Here's what Hard Rock Cafe had to say about Mariah's fancy microphone:
The Story Remember way back in 1990 when you first heard Mariah Carey hit those impossibly-high notes on her debut album and your dog went crazy thinking some was blowing a whistle? Good times. Now Mariah is among the super-elite bazillion-selling artists that really need no introduction. Here's a piece of Mariah-related advice: do not try to sing her songs at drunken karaoke parties. Trust us on this one. This rhinestone-encrusted microphone was Mariah's weapon of choice when she appeared on American Idol and made all the young hopefuls on the program realize they're really not very good singers after all.
Mariah Carey Legendary diva and sultry songtress, Mariah Carey, donated this rhinestone encrusted microphone to the Hard Rock, which she used during her performances on The Oprah Show, Idol Gives Back, and American idol as part of the launch of her 2008 album "E=MC²." Two weeks prior to the release of this album, Mariah broke Elvis Presley's record of being the solo artist with the most number one singles on the Billboard charts.
Fans to Help Pick the Twins' First Outfits
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-Apr-2011, 10:08PM EDT
The Carey-Cannon twins are set to make their best dressed debut in style soon, and fans can help Mariah pick their first outfits!
Be sure to keep checking MariahCarey.com and Mariah's Twitter page in the coming days as they will be sharing some of the amazing "first outfit" gifts received, and fans get to vote for their favorite ensembles!
And The Winner Is...
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Apr-2011, 10:13PM EDT
FUSE asked which pop diva has the best fans. Eight weeks and 12.4 million votes later Mariah Carey's Lambs have won the "Battle of the Fans" polldown!
Lollipop Bling Nominated for FiFi Award
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Apr-2011, 4:11PM EDT
Fragrance innovators were reveling in the sweet smell of success as the Fragrance Foundation announced its finalists for the 2011 FiFi Awards this morning at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in New York City, where editors, advertisers, manufacturers, retailers and designers convened for the lead up to the FiFi Awards Gala, an event that highlights the year's top fragrance launches and is referred to as the "Oscars" of the fragrance industry.
Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and Shakira are among the stars battling it out for a top honor. Aguilera's self-titled scent, as well as her By Night version, Carey's Lollipop Bling, and S by Shakira are all up for the Broad Appeal (Women) honor at the annual FiFi Awards.
Also nominated are Halle by Halle Berry, Avril Lavigne's Forbidden Rose, Eva by Eva Longoria and Outspoken by Fergie of the Black Eyed Peas.
The winner will be announced at a gala held by The Fragrance Foundation later this year.
Mariah on "10 Best Billboard Awards Performances"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Apr-2011, 3:57AM EDT
Like the Billboard charts themselves, the Billboard Music Awards has a history of celebrating a diverse cross-section of the music landscape. From the pitch-black rock of Metallica's "Unforgiven II" to the seductive pop of Britney Spears' "I'm a Slave 4 U" to the soulful R&B of Alicia Keys' "A Woman's Worth," the ceremony has collected music's biggest stars and let their hits shine in front of millions.
Billboard takes a look back at 10 of the show's most memorable performances. Mariah makes the list with her amazing live performance of "I Still Believe."
1. Britney Spears, 2001 - "I'm A Slave 4 U" 2. Mariah Carey, 1999 - "I Still Believe" 3. 'N Sync, 2000 - "Just Got Paid" 4. Metallica, 1997 - "The Unforgiven 2" 5. R. Kelly, 2005 - "Slow Wind" 6. Nelly, 2004 - "N Dey Say" 7. Destiny's Child, 2000 - Medley 8. Pink, 2003 - "God Is a DJ" 9. Alicia Keys feat. Angie Stone & Eve, 2001 - Medley 10 Shania Twain, 1995 - "If You're Not In It For Love"
Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon share their joy and excitement with the world in advance of the imminent arrival of their twins with a new set of photographs...
With her unique talent and signature vocal abilities, Mariah Carey commanded the world's attention when she made her musical debut as a teen in the '90s. In less than a decade she emerged as one of the most popular and widely acclaimed talents in music. As a singer, songwriter and producer, Mariah Carey has been recognised with the most prestigious accolades in the industry including five Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist Of The Decade Award and numerous World Music Awards, including the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist Of The Millennium.
As the best-selling female artist of all time, with over 250 million records behind her and as one of the media's biggest stars, Mariah Carey – who has been hailed as the most exciting woman in the world – has continuously raised the bar and set the standard of excellence within the music industry worldwide. Outside of her music career, Mariah recently received awards and great critical acclaim for her role in the film Precious, she has also launched her own perfumes with Elizabeth Arden and a footwear range in the US.
Mariah's husband, multi-millionaire Nick Cannon, has also achieved big success in his career. Known as one of the hardest-working men in showbiz, Nick launched his career in Hollywood in his teens and went on to become an actor, comedian, rapper and music producer. Nick is currently the host of America's Got Talent, CEO of Nickelodeon's TeenNick and host of his own breakfast radio show.
Together, Mariah and Nick have become America's new power couple, and in these new exclusive photographs, taken by photographer and friend of the couple Kristofer Buckle, they share their happiness and joy in advance of the arrival of their twins, a baby boy and a baby girl...
You're looking radiant! Are you feeling ready to have the twins now? Mariah: Thank you. I am beyond ready! [Laughs] On a serious note, I am so excited to meet our babies and I am looking forward to being a mother. This is truly a blessing for Nick and I.
How did you feel when you learned you were having twins? I was elated, surprised and a bit overwhelmed.
In the images you look wonderfully healthy – what has your approach been to your diet and exercise? As far as exercise, I love the water. I always have. I was swimming daily until the doctors advised me to limit my activities. There will be time for that afterwards! People that know me call me a mermaid because I love the water so much, be it an ocean, lake, water park, even a river or a creek. I'm actually in the bathtub right now!
Has your appetite changed – can you share any thoughts on any surprising or humorous cravings? In the beginning of my pregnancy, I was cooking almost every day but I can't be on my feet that long any more, so that's a wrap for now. It's funny, with this being the one time in my life that I can actually eat what I want and indulge any craving, I thought I would have taken advantage of it. But in my case, I haven't had much of an appetite at all, due to the babies taking up so much room in my belly. I do make sure I get my daily meals, vitamins, but mainly stick with small portions of fruit and protein. Every now and then I have a toasted marshmallow as dessert.
How have your preparations for their imminent arrival been going – have you been able to get their room ready? And you said recently that you can almost tell their personalities already! Are you excited to be having a baby boy and girl? The preparations have been going great! We've just completed the LA nursery and are in the process of getting the New York nursery set. It's been so much fun designing their rooms. Oh yes! You can tell the personalities a bit. In viewing our ultrasounds, our boy is all ready like Nick, like: 'Here I am, take my picture or don't,' and our girl is coyly facing the other way, like: 'No pictures,' waiting for a proper debut. [Laughs] I took some ultrasound footage of them in the womb that I think they'll definitely find interesting later in life. Having a girl and boy at the same time couldn't be more perfect.
Are you close to choosing names for them both? What sort of inspiration will you take to choose their names? We've had names picked out since we first met, believe it or not. We go back and forth, but want to wait until we meet them.
Tell me about how Nick is feeling – you said he's been incredibly supportive! Is he as excited about the birth? Do you think he will be a hands-on dad? Nick is so excited about being a father. He already has this natural talent with children, they take to him right away. He's so nurturing, loving and fun. He definitely will be a hands-on dad. He already reads stories to my tummy.
What are you looking forward to once they arrive? For starters, I'll be happy when they get off my bladder! [Laughs] Also, it will be nice to breathe when they get off my lungs – but honestly I'm just looking forward to bonding with them outside of my tummy! It's a whole new beginning and I am so beyond excited about it.
And how do you plan to spend the first weeks and months as a family? Hopefully, Nick will take a bit of time off. [Sighs heavily, shakes head, rolls eyes and laughs] As I like to say, he's the hardest-working man in show business, so that's great, but I'm like: 'Alright already, take a break, stay put.' [Said while having a mild contraction] This is one of the few times in my career that I've actually taken it easy, sort of. I am looking forward to spending quality time with the babies and Nick and that's our plan.
Source: Scans: Kerry | Text: MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Featured in French Gala Magazine
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 13-Apr-2011, 4:42PM EDT
The French magazine Gala, in its Issue 931 dated April 13, has published Mariah's OK! pictures and a translation of the interview. Check out the scans below.
Members of the French fan group Mariah Carey Generation, headed by Adelyne, will be gathering to celebrate the impending arrival of Mariah's twins on Saturday, April 16th at Paris 5ème. The group will converge at the park at 6pm and then proceed to a Pizzeria for the celebration. If you're within the vicinity, please feel free to join them. Contact Adelyne through the MC Generation Facebook page to RSVP.
Source: Scans: Sam | Adelyne
Mariah & Nick Cover UK's OK!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Apr-2011, 9:23AM EDT
Mariah and husband Nick share their joy and excitement with the world in advance of the imminent arrival of their twins in exclusive photographs... and also express their joy in a revealing interview about the impending birth of their baby twins in this week's issue of OK! magazine. Be sure to grab your copy!
Attention Singaporean fans, you can purchase your Life & Style magazine with Mariah on the cover for $6 at all Borders outlets.
Mariah, Top Female Producer with the Most Hot 100 #1s
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 09-Apr-2011, 4:35AM EDT
Billboard has run down the list of writers with the most No. 1s all-time on the Hot 100 in "Ask Billboard" last week. This week, it recaps the producers with the most leaders. Mariah once again takes the lead for a female producer!
Again with assistance from Fred Bronson's "The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits," here is a look at the producers who've worked the board on the most Hot 100 No. 1s:
23, George Martin 16, Jimmy Jam 16, Terry Lewis 16, Steve Sholes 14, Mariah Carey 14, Barry Gibb 13, Lamont Dozier 13, Albhy Galuten 13, Brian Holland 13, Karl Richardson 13, Quincy Jones
Mariah: A glimpse into her babymoon getaway
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Apr-2011, 6:44PM EDT
Life & Style was a butterfly on the wall during Mariah Carey's babymoon at an exclusive oceanside spa, where Mariah relaxed and reminisced about the journey of her pregnancy with her close friend, young multimedia maven B. Scott.
Mariah tells Life & Style about how B. Scott has helped her be glamorous while she anxiously awaits the arrival of her twins!
"I was being bleak. I was totally uninspired to glam it up for the baby shower. Thank God B. Scott came over and found a vintage Cavalli dress in my closet," Mariah reveals to Life & Style.
The beautiful photos taken that day would not have happened without a push from Mariah's pal. "'My Mimi must have this moment!'" Mariah says B. Scott told her that day. "'I can't sit back in good conscience as your good gay fairy god-sister and let you neglect the glamour, darling. Remember who you are! LOL"
"I'm so grateful to have you here with me," Mariah told him, "keeping me festive during this pregnancy."
Mariah and B. Scott became friends during Mimi's sold-out Memoirs tour, on the heels of her multi-platinum number one single Obsessed. They instantly bonded when they did a touching interview, which dealt with many issues such as their mutual bi-racial backgrounds. B.Scott has since gone on to interview Jennifer Lopez, Chaka Khan, Jamie Foxx and many other celebs. Check out his website here.
Mariah on 'Babymoon' and Nude Photos
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Apr-2011, 3:33PM EDT
If you've seen Mariah Carey lately, you know the pop diva is about to pop! Mariah and hubby Nick Cannon are expecting twins next month. But before she gives birth to "dem babies" as the adorable couple refers to them, Carey spoke with "Life & Style" magazine about her babymoon and posing nude. Check out ESSENCE.com's exclusive excerpt of her "Life & Style" interview.
Mariah on how she came to take a babymoon: "A friend told me that before she had her son, she took a babymoon, which is something I'd never heard of before. Basically, it's an excuse to do something decadent before the babies arrive! I'm pretty sure most moms-to-be out there understand what I mean when I say that after a while of being pregnant, you start climbing the walls and just want to get out of the house. So I went to an amazing spa on the ocean with a couple of friends and, of course, Cha Cha and the puppies."
Mariah reveals intimate details of her fabulous babymoon: "Since at this point I have to really take it easy, we played board games like Taboo and Catch Phrase, ordered spa food and got as many spa treatments as possible!" (The foot massage was the best part.) "They had a method of getting the circulation going in my feet. Which slightly diminished the Sasquatch moment we're dealing with right now. lol!"
On being thrilled that she's capturing this moment in her life, nude: "I am so glad we took these pictures as a keepsake and a reminder of this time in my life. Right now I'm counting down the days 'til we meet the babies."
Finally, Mariah's hairstylist, Randi Peterson, revealed how this wasn't a typical photoshoot for the diva: "[It] wasn't your typical high-glam shoot. Mariah was able to stand up only for intervals of about 2 to 4 minutes per shot, when normally she'd be on her feet all night. I know she wanted to document this for her babies and fans, but they should know it wasn't easy."
Jared Shapiro, Executive Editor of Life & Style: "Mariah's got nothing to hide. She's gorgeous. She's feeling ready. She was in the moment. She got in the zone. Nick was there, the photographer, and I think she was really just having fun with this. The babies were kicking. I think that was really important for Mariah because it wasn't just about her. It was about the babies and her pregnancy, and you can see it. She's got her hands on her belly. She's feeling them in every shot."
Randi Peterson, Mariah's Hair Stylist: "This wasn't your typical high glam shoot. Mariah was only able to stand up for intervals of about 2-4 minutes per shot, when normally she'd be on her feet all night. I know she wanted to document this for her babies and fans, but they should know it wasn't easy! She set the mood for the photo shoot with the playlist sent from a fan in Israel that included rare live performances and nostalgic moments."
Mariah in Final Round of FUSE's Poll - VOTE!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Apr-2011, 12:35AM EDT
Congratulations everyone! Thanks to your votes, Mariah advanced to the final round and is now up against Fergie in FUSE's "Battle of the Fans: Which Diva Has The Best Fans?" poll.
Mariah Covers Life & Style
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 07-Apr-2011, 12:01AM EDT
MARIAH'S TWIN BLISS Life & Style - April 18, 2011 issue
Ready to pop, Mariah Carey's enjoying her last days of pregnancy
With a music career spanning more than 20 years, Mariah Carey has posed for her fair share of portraits. But none has been as personal or emotional as these exclusive belly-baring snaps. Mere days away from welcoming her first and second child, Mariah proudly showed off her pregnant body to Life & Style. "I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn't want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience," she tells Life & Style. "My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans."
And the twins – a boy and a girl – were clearly ready for their close-ups. "The babies were kicking almost the entire time; it was unbelievable," Mariah recalls. "Especially the girl – clearly she's a diva in training! We didn't start shooting until 1:30am because I was in the hospital from the night before until the day of the shoot with contractions five minutes apart!"
Indeed, although Mariah's not due for another few weeks, the twins could be making their grand entrance sooner rather than later. Contractions sent Mom to the hospital on March 27, and on April 1, hubby Nick Cannon fooled his radio listeners into believing his wife was in labor. "The false alarms definitely scared me," reveals Mariah. "I am super excited to meet them, of course, but I really am trying to keep the babies in as long as possible because ultimately what's most important is their health. It's getting harder everyday physically. But they say you forget all of this once you see the babies."
Prepping for babies In the meantime, Mariah's gone into full-on nesting mode. Back pain and swollen ankles be darned, she's making sure the nurseries at her homes in NYC and LA are stocked with the latest (and glammest) clothes, books and toys, including life-size giraffes from friends Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne and toys from pals Jay-Z and Beyonce Knowles.
"I've been in our LA home exclusively for the past five months, and for a person with my typical lifestyle of traveling, touring and promoting – literally never in the same place for more than a week at a time – it's a big adjustment," she says. "It's difficult perfecting a nursery for twins, especially when they're a boy and a girl, because you have to get creative with the color palette and designs."
Also on the mom-to-be's last minute to-do list? Getting her six beloved Jack Russell terriers used to the idea of having newborns invade their territory. Despite false reports that the couple sent their pooches to a shrink to prepare them for babies, Nick tells Life & Style that he and Mariah are planning to carry a baby doll around the house to see how the dogs react.
The exercise offers just a brief glimpse of the mommy magic to come. "As a mom, Mariah's going to be so nurturing," says Nick. "Everyone knows how much she loves animals and how much she loves her fans, so just imagine that times infinity."
Of course, all that love could lead to spoiling their son and daughter – but Nick will do his best to rein in Mariah. "I feel like I'll have to be the one who's like, 'Okay, there is no reason for you to have a cell phone at 5 years old," says Nick. "Mariah is much more of a free spirit, so the kids will probably get more out of her."
But Dad shouldn't be so sure of his role as disciplinarian. Before they've even flashed their puppy-dog eyes or adorable pouts, the twins already have him wrapped around their tiny fingers. "The girl is a lot more active – she's always kicking Mariah and moving around," Nick says excitedly. "I'm pretty sure she gets that hyperactivity from me! And the boy is always making his presence known on the ultrasounds. We've got one outgoing one and one super-active one."
The boy is also outweighing his sister – which is good because he'll need all the strength he can get if Nick's dreams for him come true. "I'm a huge martial arts and boxing fan," he says. "To be able to share that with my son will be incredible."
Mom Mariah, however, is less eager to put labels on the kids. "Even before we announced it was twins, I was trying to keep everything gender neutral," she reveals. "I didn't want to impose an identity on them too soon."
Happy family of four For now, Mariah's simply reveling in her twin bliss. More than any other release during her storied career, the drop date for Mariah's greatest work of art is her most anticipated. She's ecstatic to begin life as a perfect – and complete – family of four.
"Now I have so much respect for mothers everywhere, especially those who've had difficult pregnancies or given birth to multiples," Mariah tells Life & Style. "We need to have Mother's Day once a week!"
Source: Life & Style | Scans & Text: MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Shows Bare Pregnant Belly in Life & Style
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Apr-2011, 8:33AM EDT
Mariah Carey has posed for her fair share of portraits, but none has been as personal or emotional as these exclusive belly-baring snaps. Mere days away from welcoming her first and second child, Mariah proudly showed off her pregnant body to Life & Style.
"I was feeling very vulnerable about taking pictures at all right now, but then I didn't want to miss this opportunity to document this once-in-a-lifetime experience," Mariah exclusively tells Life & Style. "My ultimate goal was to share this incredibly personal moment with my true fans."
And the twins -- a boy and a girl -- were clearly ready for their closeups.
"The babies were kicking almost the entire time; it was unbelievable," Mariah tells Life & Style. "Especially the girl -- clearly she's a diva in training! We didn't start shooting until 1:30 a.m. because I was in the hospital from the night before until the day of the shoot with contractions five minutes apart!"
Indeed, although Mariah's not due for a few weeks, the twins could be making their grand entrance sooner rather than later. Contractions sent mom to the hospital on March 27. But for now, Mariah and soon-to-be-dad Nick Cannon are simply reveling in their twin bliss! And Nick says he is more attracted to his wife than ever. "I thought I couldn't love Mariah more," he tells Life & Style. "But I have a whole new appreciation and admiration for her."
Mariah adds, "Now I have so much respect for mothers everywhere, especially those who've had difficult pregnancies or given birth to multiples. We need to have Mother's Day once a week!"
For all the exclusive photos of Mariah showing off her baby bump, pick up the latest issue of Life & Style, on newsstands nationwide Friday.
Nick Cannon: 'We're Prepared For The Twins'
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 05-Apr-2011, 4:09AM EDT
After fooling his Twitter followers last week with a fake labor Tweet, Nick Cannon told Access Hollywood that he and wife Mariah Carey are ready for the arrival of the twins - which could "happen at any moment."
"I pulled a big April Fool's [joke.] I told everybody that my wife was going in labor and now everyone hates me for that," Nick told Access at Nickelodeon's 24th Annual Kids' Choice Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday. "It was a good joke though, it was the year's best April Fool's prank."
All jokes aside, the star said when the actual time comes, he and Mariah are ready. "It's twins, so it can happen at any moment," he explained. "So, we're prepared - the bags are packed."
In addition to having his bags packed, the star was packing multiple phones at the award show. "I got like four phones on me right now, they ring, I'm out of here," he added.
Mariah and Nick first announced their pregnancy to Access Hollywood's Billy Bush back in October.
Singaporean Fans Celebrate Mariah's Anniversary
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Apr-2011, 9:43AM EDT
Below are photos from the Mariah Carey Asian Lambs-Singapore's post-Mariah Carey anniversary celebration held at *SCAPE in Orchard Road, Singapore City on Friday, April 1. The team; headed by Hairul, Rohaishah, Syazwan and Samuel; sat down for a nice little dinner together and then headed over to the karaoke place *SCAPE singing Mariah hits all night long. Also in attendance were Mark, Jules, Hai, Meg, Marvin, Patricia, and Ejal.
Mariah Reigns as Female Songwriter with the Most #1s
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 02-Apr-2011, 2:13PM EDT
This week's Ask Billboard lists the Songwriters with the Most Hot 100 #1s. Mariah tops the list for a female artist with 17 #1s, and no other female is even remotely close! Songwriter Diane Warren comes in at a distant 2nd with 9 #1s.
Here is a look at the leader board (compiled with assistance from Fred Bronson's invaluable "The Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits"):
32, Paul McCartney 26, John Lennon 17, Mariah Carey 16, Barry Gibb 15, Brian Holland 14, Lamont Dozier 14, James Harris III 14, Terry Lewis 13, Robin Gibb 13, Eddie Holland 11, Jermaine Dupri 11, Maurice Gibb 11, Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald 11, Martin Karl "Max Martin" Sandberg
Reinforcing the timelessness of their craft, Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland are again scaling the Hot 100. The Motown legends appear as writers on Marsha Ambrosius' "Far Away," which rises 92-84.
And, Diane Warren has written nine Hot 100 No. 1s, with Brandy's "Have You Ever?" (1999) her last to-date. Warren graced the chart as a writer as recently as last month when Justin Bieber's "Born to Be Somebody" spent a week (March 5) at No. 74.