May 2008

Videos: Mariah on Japanese TV May 31st
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 31-May-2008, 1:59PM EDT

Mariah Interview on King's Blunch, May 31, 2008
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"I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" at MTV Video Music Awards Japan, May 31, 2008
Download: [ DVD (180MB) | VCD (35MB) | iPod Video (15MB) | MP3 (3.2MB) ]


Mariah Accepts "Video Vanguard" at MTV VMAs Japan, May 31, 2008
Download: [ DVD (128MB) | VCD (26MB) ]

Acceptance Speech
"Thank you, Shota-san. Thank you so much, Shota-san. To me this award is about but first Genki desu ka? Genki? [How are you?] This award to me is about being in Japan for the eleventh time and be so grateful to the fans. Because those fans are the reason that I'm receiving this award tonight so I want to thank you. I'm looking forward to seeing you all at Venus Fort tomorrow or Sunday, whenever that is 'cause I don't know. I'm from America and I'm here and I'm just taking it day by day but thank you. Arigato [Thank you] to the fans. Thank you for your love and your support. God bless you and keep you and I appreciate you so much. God bless you. Thank you so much."
Source: Maple | MariahDailyJournal

HQ Photos: Mariah at MTV Video Music Awards Japan
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 31-May-2008, 8:45AM EDT
Below are high-quality pictures of Mariah performing "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" and accepting the "Video Vanguard Award" at the MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2008 at Saitama Super Arena on May 31, 2008 in Saitama, Japan.



View more photos in our Picture Gallery.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Videos: Mariah on Japanese TV May 30th
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 31-May-2008, 7:38AM EDT


Mariah Practicing Pitch (She did better!)
at Tokyo Dome dugout, News Zero, May 30, 2008
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[ Download here ]


Mariah Interview on Music Station's Mini Sta, May 30, 2008
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[ Download here ]


Mariah on Music Station (Full Show)
includes Interview, "Touch My Body" Performance, Closing
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[ Download here ]


"Touch My Body" Live Performance at Music Station, May 30, 2008
Download: [ DVD (199MB) | VCD (35MB) | iPod Video (15MB) | MP3 (3.2MB) ]
Source: Maple | MariahDailyJournal

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 31-May-2008, 1:06AM EDT
According to Hits Daily Double, Mariah's E=MC² is projected to scan 33-38k units in its 7th week of sales.

INTERNATIONAL
Canada
"Touch My Body" made it into Thursday's MuchMoreMusic's Top 10 video countdown at #10. Click on the link to vote.

Czech Republic
Czech fans, please vote for "Touch My Body" on KISS HADY, KISS PROTON, NEJ Hudba. For "I'm That Chick" vote at Radio Spin; Bye Bye and Migrate on Ujdeto.


Hong Kong
• Popular Hong Kong singer and a Mariah fan himself, Hins Cheung, announced the four winners to the Universal Hong Kong-sponsored "Touch My Mimi In Tokyo" contest. The winners will fly to Tokyo, Japan for a meet & greet with Mariah and attend the press conference on June 1 & 2, respectively. Pictured below is Hins with the winners.


• Below are photos of E=MC² store displays at Hong Kong Records and HMV, and Universal Hong Kong's official ringtone download details.




Kuwait
E=MC² finally got released in Kuwait on Wednesday, May 28th.

Malaysia
Malaysian fans, keep voting for "Touch My Body" and "Bye Bye" on Mixed Up 20 - "Touch My Body" is currently at #7 (down 2); "Bye Bye" a new entry at #18; and on Freaky Fly 30 - "Touch My Body" is at #17.

New Zealand
On the New Zealand Top 40 chart: "Touch My Body" has come up from #24 last week to #16 this week and "Bye Bye" has debuted at #30 this week.

Serbia/Crotia
• "Bye Bye" at Serbian/Croatian radio: Otvoreni (Serbia) - up 18 spots from #48 to #30 on the top 50 international chart; Radio Martin (Croatia) - up 3 from #9 to #6 this week; Radio Nasice (Croatia) - up 5 to #8.

Meanwhile, "Touch My Body" is still going strong at #25 on Radio Ritam (Croatia); and at #15 on Radio 3FM (Serbia).

• Jelena Tomasevic, who placed 6th at the recently-held 2008 Eurovision Song Contest, is a big Mariah fan. In her recent interview for the Serbian magazine "Gloria," she said that Mariah is her biggest influence and idol. She listened to Mariah and took notes when Mariah was singing on radio. Jelena is a big star in Serbia, and is often called the "Serbian Mariah Carey." She won the national singing competition on the music show "3K-Dur" singing Mariah's "Without You." Watch Jelena perform the beautiful, ethnic ballad "Oro" at Eurovision 2008 held in Belgrade, Serbia.


UK
Blues & Soul magazine has finally reviewed E=MC² and gave it 8 out of 10 stars. Read the review.

Europe
"Touch My Body" was at #3 on MTV's European Top 20.


FAN'S CORNER
• Gregounet from the old French Mariah site, Say Mariah, has opened a new fan site, Mariahlicious.fr.

• Crystal's new Mariah remix forum, MariahRemixed has rare Mariah remixes available for download.

• Jose Luis has created a new Mariah blog called Mariah's Pink Yet Lavender Page.

• MC Station is another new forum that you can visit.
Source: Mohammed | Bernard | Bojan | Robert | Tom | Hazim | Luis | Greg | Crystal | Bobby | Colson | Jiri

"Bye Bye" #1 on BET Countdown!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 30-May-2008, 9:19PM EDT
Great job, everyone!

"Bye Bye" advanced a notch to take the #1 spot on 106 & Park's "Top 10 Live" countdown today! The video has been on the BET countdown since its debut at #10 on May 20th: 10 - 8 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 2 - 1.

Let's continue voting for "Bye Bye" and keep it at the top!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Jasmine

New Photo: Mariah on Maxim Hot 100
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 30-May-2008, 4:17PM EDT
As reported on May 16th, Mariah made Maxim's 2008 Hot 100 list of the world's most beautiful women at #71. Below, view scans of the featured Mariah picture.

"71 MARIAH CAREY
Like wine and Glitter, Mariah gets better with age. Exhibit A: Her "Touch My Body" video, in which the 38-year-old hitmaker struts in lingerie that would make a stripper blush. Want your lady to smell like Mariah? M by Mariah fragrance is just $62 for a 3.3 oz bottle!"

Source: MariahDailyJournal

E=MC² Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Friday, 30-May-2008, 2:00PM EDT
United States (01-01-02-05-06-07)
Argentina (10-OUT)
Australia (02-11-21-28-36)
Austria (08-36-30-56-69)
Canada (01-04-08-09-14)
Denmark (18-34-OUT)
France (06-17-23-25-35-51)
Germany (07-22-38-48-65-90)
Greece (20-09-10-06)
Ireland (07-13-25-39-68-51-66)
Italy (09-15-22-29-52-49)
Japan (07-09-11-11-16-26)
Mexico (43-56-53)
New Zealand (10-20-25-20-29)
Netherlands (11-17-28-42-50-51-61)
Norway (20-OUT)
Portugal (15-OUT)
Spain (16-30-65-71-95)
Sweden (22-40-50-58-58-OUT)
Switzerland (05-10-15-22-36-50)
United Kingdom (03-05-12-23-46-49)

*All chart peaks/runs are on the overall charts of each country and not the international charts*

Official/Estimated* Total Sales:
United States - 932,000
Japan - 101,000
United Kingdom - 74,000*
Canada - 42,000*
France - 33,000*
Brazil - 15,000 (shipment)
Australia - 19,000*

Certifications:
Japan - Gold (100,000)
Australia - Gold (35,000)
Philippines - Gold (10,000)
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Oricon | Music Week | Canoe | ARIA | IFOP | Amprofon | Capif | Media Control | AutomaticBr | MJDangerous | Musicdayflycharm | Nacho | Ila & Dan

Videos: Mariah on Japanese TV
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 30-May-2008, 12:57PM EDT
May 29, 2008


Interview/Fan Event - Mezamashi TV, May 29, 2008
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Download: [ Part I | Part II ]


Mariah First Pitch Ceremony - Sukkiri, May 29, 2008
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[ Download here ]


May 28, 2008


Mariah Talks About Nick, First Pitch, Zoom In Super, May 28, 2008
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Mariah: "He's [Nick Cannon] in the video ["Bye Bye"] but we didn't know what was gonna happen when he was in the video so it's just, that's just what it is. It's very nice. We like that part of the video. He's really funny. He's a really nice person. I always said someone had to be funny, nice, festive. He's a very spiritual person so he's really a great guy."

"I'm very scared to pitch for the opening ceremony. I hope I can do okay. I don't know how I'm gonna do it, I'm just gonna figure it out. I'm gonna practice at the Tokyo Dome and the pitcher's gonna come out half an hour early so it's gonna be a fun moment with Mr. Kroon."


Mariah First Pitch Ceremony - Nippon Pro Baseball, May 28, 2008
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Interview/Fan Event Preview - Mezamashi TV, May 28, 2008
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[ Download here ]


May 27, 2008


Mariah at Narita Airport - Mezamashi TV, May 27, 2008
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[ Download here ]


Mariah at Narita Airport - Sukkiri, May 27, 2008
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[ Download here ]


Mariah at Narita Airport - Zoom In Super, May 27, 2008
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[ Download here ]


April 2008


E=MC² Interview at Mariah's NYC Home with Mr. Karube, April 2008
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[ Download here ]
Source: Maple | MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah on Mezamashi TV, Japan
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 29-May-2008, 12:12PM EDT


On yesterday's Mezamashi TV, clips of Mariah throwing out the first pitch at a baseball game at the Tokyo Dome, her Kimono shopping spree with Mr. Karube at Kamawanu boutique, meeting with some 200 Japanese fans and a Q&A with Mariah and Nick Cannon, were shown. Download this video below.

Thanks to Honrai and Nik for the video.





Mariah on Mezamashi TV, Japan, May 28, 2008
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[ Download here ]
Source: Honrai | Nik

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 29-May-2008, 9:04AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated June 7, 2008.

E=MC²
Billboard 200 Albums: #7 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #2 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #7 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Top Internet Albums: #23 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Top Canadian Albums: #14 (Last Week: #9)
Sales this week: 44,837 (-23%)
Total sales: 931,987

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #13 (Last Week #9)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #7 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Pop 100: #26 (Last Week #17)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #23 (Last Week #20)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #9 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #9 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #7 (Last Week #9)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #24 (Last Week #20)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #11 (Last Week #9)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Album): #44 (Last Week #22)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #38 (Last Week #16)
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #20 (Last Week: #17)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #18 (Last Week: #10)
Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales: #4 (Last Week: #8)
Billboard Global Dance Tracks: #9 (Last Week: #11)
Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #9 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #37 (Last Week: #24)
Billboard Hot Canadian Digital Singles: #38 (Last Week: #23)
Downloads this week: 37,593 (-18%)
Total Downloads: 1,007,571

"Bye Bye"
Billboard Hot 100: #26 (Last Week #19)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #18 (Last Week #18)
Billboard Pop 100: #30 (Last Week #26)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #24 (Last Week #24
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #36 (Last Week #34)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #36 (Last Week #34)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #36 (Last Week #40)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #19 (Last Week #22)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #47 (Last Week #37)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #46 (Last Week #38)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #9 (Last Week #11
Billboard Hot RingMasters: #36 (Last Week #33)
Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #11 (Debut)
Billboard Canadian Hot 100: #47 (Last Week: #44)
Billboard Hot Canadian Digital Singles: #58 (Last Week: #55)
Downloads this week: 30,438 (+1%)
Total Downloads: 208,805

The Emancipation of Mimi
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #22 (Last Week #23)

The Adventures of Mimi (DVD)
Billboard Top Music Video: #2 (Last Week #3)

Chart Bits
• American Idol Season 7 winner David Cook's cover of Mariah's "Always Be My Baby" enters the Billboard Hot 100 at #67. [Listen to the song]

• According to Hits Daily Double, Usher's just-released LaFace/ZLG album Here I Stand will be #1 in a romp next week, based on one-day sales from relieved retailers around the country. The album should do between 425-450k, which will challenge Mariah Carey for the year's best first-week sales. [Mariah opened with 462,971]
Source: Billboard | bks | Melody | MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah Pitches at Japanese Baseball Game
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-May-2008, 10:05PM EDT



To the right, watch a video of Mariah throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of a Japanese professional baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Rakuten Eagles at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, May 28, 2008.

[ Download this video ]
Source: dd6vcq | MariahDailyJournal

HQ Photos: Mariah at Japanese Baseball Game
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-May-2008, 9:49AM EDT
Below are high-quality pictures of Mariah throwing out the ceremonial first pitch at the start of a Japanese professional baseball game between the Yomiuri Giants and the Rakuten Eagles at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo, Japan, Wednesday, May 28, 2008.





View all 83 photos in our Picture Gallery.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Gets 20th Rhythmic Top 10 with "Bye Bye"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-May-2008, 9:41AM EDT
Mariah notches her 20th career Rhythmic top 10 as "Bye Bye" rises 11-9, extending her record among females; runner-up Janet has tallied 15 top 10s. Carey also moves within one of Ludacris for the chart's all-time best top 10 total.

The format icon claimed her first top 10 (and first of seven No. 1s) with "Dreamlover." Of the acts with at least 10 top 10s at the format, only Janet and R. Kelly have had head starts over Carey. Before "Dreamlover" bowed in August 1993, R. Kelly launched with Public Announcement on the premier Nielsen BDS-fed Rhythmic chart dated Oct. 3, 1992, while Janet first appeared with "That's the Way Love Goes" in May 1993.

Videos: Mariah in Japan
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 28-May-2008, 12:03AM EDT

To the right, watch a video of Mariah leaving the Kamawanu Boutique on Daikanyama in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday, May 27th. Thanks to Pacific Coast News and Nadia for the video. Click here to download a video file.

Shino has also uploaded some videos on YouTube:

• Mariah at Narita Airport (May 25)
• Mariah at Kamawanu (May 27)
• Mariah at Daikanyama (May 27)
Source: PacificCoastNews | Nadia | Shino

Mariah Makes More than Cameo in Zohan
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 27-May-2008, 3:40PM EDT
"Hi guys!

So I just got back from the Toronto Premiere of You Don't Mess With The Zohan (I am the lead promo hair stylist for the movie here in Toronto) and Mariah Carey makes more than a cameo in the movie!

Let me start off by saying the movie is hilarious and everyone must go to see it! I cannot remember the last time I heard an entire audience laugh so hard and at so many times throughout the movie!

The lead Zohan, played by Adam Sandler, is a terrorist who wants to become a hair dresser in NYC. He wears in virtually every other scene of the movie a Mariah Carey T-shirt, the promo shot from Rainbow but also the promo T-shirt from The Adventures of Mimi Tour where she is wearing the purple baby doll dress.

In about three-fourths into the movie, Mariah makes her first appearance. Everyone is at the Hacky Sack game in a large stadium and after the initial announcements on players and special guests, they announce Mariah Carey is there to sing the national anthem. She does, and sings a couple of lines, incredibly of course! She is wearing a hot pink mini dress with a ridiculous amount of cleavage (which they mock later - Mariah fully acknowledging and making fun of with). She looks magnificent, not as slender as she is right now but all in all healthy, glowing and happy! Cut to a few minutes later and I am surprised to see Mariah appear again!

This time in her dressing room being prepped by her hair stylist (real life stylist Lew Ablahani) while a fight breaks out. It cuts back to her many times until almost the final credits and every time they cut back to her she is seemingly so more and more like a diva! She pokes fun at herself as well as others in the movie. All in all, Mariah played an excellent job in doing herself or at least as most people perceive her to be.

Alexander Christopher
Toronto Lead Promo Stylist - You Dont Mess With The Zohan"

You Don't Mess With The Zohan opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, June 6.
Source: --

Photos: Mariah Out & About in Tokyo, Japan
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 27-May-2008, 1:16PM EDT
Mariah caused chaos on the streets of Daikanyama when she stopped into the Kamawanu Boutique on Tuesday, May 27th.


Source: Gossip Girls

E=MC² Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Monday, 26-May-2008, 10:58PM EDT
United States (01-01-02-05-06)
Argentina (10-OUT)
Australia (02-11-21-28-36)
Austria (08-36-30-56-69)
Canada (01-04-08-09)
Denmark (18-34-OUT)
France (06-17-23-25-35)
Germany (07-22-38-48-65)
Greece (20-09-10)
Ireland (07-13-25-39-68-51)
Italy (09-15-22-29-52-49)
Japan (07-09-11-11-16-26)
Mexico (43-56)
New Zealand (10-20-25-20-29)
Netherlands (11-17-28-42-50-51)
Norway (20-OUT)
Portugal (15-OUT)
Spain (16-30-65-71-95)
Sweden (22-40-50-58-58)
Switzerland (05-10-15-22-36)
United Kingdom (03-05-12-23-46-49)

*All chart peaks/runs are on the overall charts of each country and not the international charts*

Official/Estimated* Total Sales:
United States - 887,000
Japan - 101,000
United Kingdom - 74,000*
Canada - 39,000*
France - 30,000*
Brazil - 15,000 (shipment)
Australia - 19,000*

Certifications:
Japan - Gold (100,000)
Australia - Gold (35,000)
Philippines - Gold (10,000)
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Oricon | Music Week | Canoe | ARIA | IFOP | Amprofon | Capif | Media Control | AutomaticBr | MJDangerous | Musicdayflycharm | Nacho | Ila & Dan

HQ Photos: Mariah Arrives in Japan
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 26-May-2008, 10:28AM EDT
Below are high-quality pictures of Mariah with husband Nick Cannon

Sunday, May 25 - At LAX, Departing for Japan



Click here to watch a TMZ video of Mariah arriving at LAX.

Monday, May 26 - At Narita Int'l Airport, Arriving in Japan




View more photos in our Picture Gallery.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Request "Bye Bye" This Memorial Day
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 26-May-2008, 4:04AM EDT
Today, Memorial Day, is the perfect time to request "Bye Bye" at radio in honor of the troops and those lost in wars. The song hits the perfect note to capture the sentiment of the day - sadness, yet hope and remembrance.

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

Also, remember to vote for the "Bye Bye" music video on the following countdowns:

MTV's Total Request Live - "Top 10" Videos
"Bye Bye" has not appeared on the countdown.
Vote online here! TRL airs Monday-Friday at 3:30pm ET/PT.

BET's 106 & Park - "Top Ten Live"
"Bye Bye" was at #4 on Friday's countdown.
Vote online here or Call 1-800-617-LIVE (5483) between 5:30 and 6:00pm ET. BET's 106 & Park airs Monday-Friday, 6:00pm ET/PT; Saturday, 11:00am & 6:00pm ET/PT.

VH1 - Top 20 Video Countdown
"Bye Bye" has not appeared on the countdown.
Vote online here. Click on "Bye Bye" then drag and drop it into the number 1 spot on the right. The Top 20 Countdown airs on VH1 every Saturday. Check your local listings by clicking here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Steve

Mariah To Throw First Pitch at Japanese Baseball Game
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 25-May-2008, 4:25PM EDT
American singer Mariah Carey, 38, will throw out the opening pitch at the Yomiuri Giants v Rakuten Eagles match at Tokyo Dome on May 28.

NTV said Carey will take part in the ceremony to promote her new album "E=MC²" from which the network's baseball telecast theme song "Lovin' You Long Time" comes. Carey is scheduled to come to Japan at the beginning of next week.
Source: Japan Today

'M by Mariah Carey' Wins Basenotes Awards
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 25-May-2008, 11:59AM EDT
Mariah's debut fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey," won the Gold Award in The 8th Annual Basenotes Awards. The fragrance topped 9 other finalists in the Best Celebrity Women's Fragrance category.

Mariah Scans
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 24-May-2008, 8:42PM EDT
Below are scans from the June 2nd issues of Life & Style, In Touch, and People magazines,




And from the most recent issues of UK's Now; Spain's Shangay Express and La Luna de Metrópoli; and Germany's OK!.

Now (UK)


Shangay Express (Spain)


La Luna de Metrópoli (Spain)


OK! (Germany)

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry - MariahCareyCollection | Katarina

Mariah in Japan
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-May-2008, 11:31PM EDT
If you live in Japan, you'll want to try to get in on these special upcoming Mariah events:

Mr. Karube from Mezamashi TV will be taking Mariah kimono shopping at a store called Kamawanu in Daikanyama at 7pm on Tuesday May 27!

On Sunday June 1, Mariah will be making a special appearance at the Venus Fort shopping centre in Odaiba. Find out more details when it is officially announced on the Venus Fort website on May 28!

HDD: E=MC² To Move 40-45K Copies This Week
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 23-May-2008, 3:30PM EDT
For albums released on May 20, there will be three noteworthy debuts-noteworthy because they are likely to occupy the top three positions on the chart. Running away with #1 will be Universal Republic veterans 3 Doors Down, with an estimated 140-150k. Asylum rapper Bun B will be a distant second at 85-90k, while Dancing With the Stars choreographer turned country singer Julianne Hough has the inside track for #3 with 55-60k.

Sinatra looks good for #4, and Atlantic's Death Cab for Cutie, this week's chart-topper, could round out the Top 5 if it outsells the consistently solid Leona Lewis (Syco/J/RMG), with both projecting 45-50k. Like Duffy, Island/IDJ's Mariah Carey is en route to 40-45k, while Show Dog/UMe's Toby Keith and WB's Madonna are both heading toward 33-37k.

E=MC² Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Thursday, 22-May-2008, 2:59PM EDT
United States (01-01-02-05-06)
Canada (01-04-08-09)
Australia (02-11-21-28)
United Kingdom (03-05-12-23-46)
Switzerland (05-10-15-22-36)
France (06-17-23-25-35)
Germany (07-22-38-48-65)
Ireland (07-13-25-39-68)
Japan (07-09-11-11-16)
Austria (08-36-30-56-69)
Italy (09-15-22-29-52)
Argentina (10-OUT)
New Zealand (10-20-25-20)
Netherlands (11-17-28-42-50)
Portugal (15-OUT)
Spain (16-30-65-71-95)
Denmark (18-34-OUT)
Norway (20-OUT)
Greece (20-09-10)
Sweden (22-40-50-58-58)
Mexico (43-56)

Official/Estimated* Total Sales:
United States - 887,000
Japan - 95,000
United Kingdom - 70,500*
Canada - 39,000*
France - 30,000*
Brazil - 15,000 (shipment)
Australia - 17,500*

Certifications
Japan - Gold (100,000)
Australia - Gold (35,000)
Philippines - Gold (10,000)
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Oricon | Music Week | Canoe | ARIA | IFOP | Amprofon | Capif | AutomaticBr | MJDangerous | Musicdayflycharm | Nacho

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-May-2008, 9:31AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 31, 2008.

E=MC²
Billboard 200 Albums: #6 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #2 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #6 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Top Internet Albums: #11 (Last Week #13)
Billboard Digital Albums: #15 (Last Week #10)
Sales this week: 58,574 (-33%)
Total sales: 887,150

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #9 (Last Week #8)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Pop 100: #17 (Last Week #15)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #20 (Last Week #14)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #5 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #5 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #9 (Last Week #8)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #20 (Last Week #17)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #9 (Last Week #9)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Album): #22 (Last Week #16)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #16 (Last Week #14)
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #17 (Last Week: #12)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #10 (Last Week: #8)
Billboard Global Dance Tracks: #11 (Last Week: #14)
Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #5 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot RingMasters: #6 (Last Week #5)
Downloads this week: 45,937 (-17%)
Total Downloads: 969,978

"Bye Bye"
Billboard Hot 100: #19 (Last Week #27)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #18 (Last Week #29)
Billboard Pop 100: #26 (Last Week #31)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #24 (Last Week #26)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #34 (Last Week #36)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #34 (Last Week #36)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #22 (Last Week #26)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #37 (Last Week #34)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #38 (Last Week #36)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #11 (Last Week #14)
Billboard Hot RingMasters: #36 (Last Week #33)
Downloads this week: 30,005 (+10%)
Total Downloads: 178,367

The Emancipation of Mimi
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #23 (Last Week #17)

The Adventures of Mimi (DVD)
Billboard Top Music Video: #3 (Last Week #3)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks

Mariah in Elle Photo Shoot
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-May-2008, 4:30AM EDT
When Nick Cannon was dragged away by wife Mariah Carey from Foxwoods, where he was hanging with Sean Combs and Quincy Jones, it wasn't to join her in bed. Carey wanted her new hubby to keep her company at a photo shoot for Elle magazine, according to insiders. "Nick came running to her side very early Sunday morning and stayed with her until 5:30 a.m. when they wrapped," said the source. "They were super affectionate." Also on hand was Carey's personal assistant, who brought a blender and continuously "made protein shakes for Mariah."
Source: New York Post

Update: Mariah's Japanese Promo Tour
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-May-2008, 3:57AM EDT
Below is Mariah's updated Japanese Promo Tour schedule.

May 27: Secret live (The winner of the album purchase contest)
May 28: First pitch ceremony - Pro baseball game (Tokyo Dome) just added
May 30: Music Station (Music TV)
May 31: MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2008

Video: Bye Bye's Debut on 106 & Park
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 22-May-2008, 12:26AM EDT


As previously reported, "Bye Bye" made its debut at #10 on BET's 106 & Park countdown on Tuesday, May 20th. Watch the video's debut on the countdown to your right.

[ Download this video ]

Unfortunately, "Bye Bye" did not make tonight's countdown. Keep voting!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 21-May-2008, 6:43PM EDT
• From Billboard: Mariah Carey's Island Def Jam album E=MC² falls 5-6 with 59,000 (-33%). *The full Billboard Charts update will be available tomorrow.

• Mariah already left for Japan? Rumors abuzz of a Mariah Carey appearance on tonight's American Idol finale, but Extra TV says: "Newlywed Mariah Carey is a no-go -- sources say she hopped a jet to Japan this morning."

And speaking of Mariah's trip to Japan, according to Love Love Jack, Mariah's Japanese promo schedule is as follows:

Mariah's Japanese Promotion Schedule
May 27 : Secret live (The winner of the album purchase contest)
May 30 : Music Station (Japanese Music TV)
May 31 : MTV Video Music Awards Japan 2008

• The music video to "Bye Bye" skyrocketed this week from 17-1 on Yahoo! Music's Top 100 Videos chart.

• In his interview Sunday with 60 Minutes, Bon Jovi mentioned Mariah when showing correspondent Steve Kroft his recording studio (see photo on right) at his New Jersey estate: "We don't rent it out but I've let people use it. When Mariah Carey went into hiding right around Glitter, this is where she was in hiding. We gave her the keys and said 'I don't even want to see you. Here, come, go as you please.' This is where she did that ill-fated record."

• The Wax Museum at Fisherman's Wharf (San Francisco, CA) celebrated its 45th anniversary with a luncheon the other day, and three new figures were named to be added to the collection next year: Mother Teresa, Prince William and Mariah Carey.

• People Fashion Faceoff: Kristin vs. Mariah. The Sex and the City star is buttoned up in her Louis Vuitton dress at a charity function in N.Y.C., while the newlywed steps out to dinner in New York with her husband in a shortened version a few weeks later. Who wears it better? Vote for Mariah!

• Famed tattoo artist Zulu, in an interview with SFGate, spoke about the day Mariah and Nick had their tattoos:

"Mariah was really cool. She didn't really want to talk about what was happening because I think she was calling before they got married. They said, this is very confidential, we don't want this to get out. Tattooing so many celebrities, you have to be discreet. They let me know what they wanted and I drew it up ahead of time and they approved some drawings and when the day came, we went out to their beautiful house in Beverly Hills. We sat and talked about refining the drawings and they gave me some lunch. Mariah was really mellow, real confident, not overbearing in the least, she was polite but she knew what she wanted. She was assertive, which was cool. She decided she wanted a butterfly because she's all about butterflies. It was her very first tattoo. She sat for it and didn't flinch. She's a tough cookie. She found me on the web, and probably through her celebrity circle. It was Nick Cannon's first tattoo as well. He got some script on his back. It was a really good experience for everyone, especially for the first tattoo, because that tends to make people a little bit nervous. They did well, like people who had a million tattoos."

International News
• News about the Mariah-Nick wedding was reported in the May issues of the Croatian magazine Gloria, the Algerian newspaper Les Nouvelles Confidences, and the Maltese newspaper It-Torca.


• Croatia: "Bye Bye" is this week's new entry at #48 on Otvoreni's International chart. Otvoreni is the largest radio station in Croatia.

• Japan: On this week's Tokio Hot 100, "Touch My Body" was down 2 spots to #4, "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" a new entry at #55, and "Bye Bye" up 1 to #85.

• Romania: On May 27th, the radio station "Europa FM" (104.4 Mhz) will be having a special program called "Mariah Carey Day" on which they will play her songs all day, and feature a special interview.

• Turkey: Rolling Stone Turkey has reviewed E=MC² and gave it 3 out of 5 stars in its May 2008 issue. Following is the summary of the review:

"It has been 18 years from her debut and she has not lost any of her fans or experienced a decline in her career. She has fed her ever young audience with the same energy as before. It's obvious that young stars have a lot to learn from Mariah Carey who we can now call as their sister of pop and R&B. However in her 10th studio album we see that Mariah has learned a lot from them too. Instead of backing down as she gets older, she sings as relaxed, as festive and even as free as she has never done. Calling her album after the relativity theory enriched by the inclusion of gospel and reggae influences, it's evident that Mariah is pushing her limits. You may like her music or not, but it should be accepted that new Mariah songs like "O.O.C.", "Touch My body" and "I'm That Chick" are truly great records for the listeners of the genre. Carey has fulfilled her mission to the fullest extent as if trying to prove that she has a lot to do in the business."

In more Turkish news, "Touch My Body" maintained its position on Billboard Turkey this week, staying at #6. Its chart run is as follows: 14-9-8-12-11-9-13-6-9-6-6. "Bye Bye" climbed 3 spots to #27 on Capital Radio's Hot 40 countdown this week. Fans can request the song by filling out the simple form at Capital Radio or sending an e-mail to istek@capitalradio.com.tr.

• Venezuela: "Touch My Body" advanced 10-4 on the Venezuelan Record Report's Pop/Rock chart and 4-2 on the Top Anglo chart.

Fans' Corner
• We welcome the newest additions to the Mariah fan community - Baby Calvin and Baby Gabriele!


Calvin was born on May 9th to proud dad, Taz of Mariah Ireland, and
Gabriele on May 19th to proud mom, Ila of Glittering Mariah Italy
Congratulations, Taz and Ila!

• Mariah Turkiye has added an E=MC² mini site with detailed information about the album, the singles, the videos, chart statistics, lyrics, reviews, etc. Be sure to also check its multimedia page where you'll find many wallpapers, animated avatars and signatures.

Also, Mariah Turkiye is holding the "E=MC2" Song Contest where visitors of its forum sing the songs off the album. Deadline is May 30th. For further info, visit the Mariah Turkiye Forum.

• Julio has opened his own Mariah fashion blog, called Mariah Fashion Style. Check it out!

• Jasmine would like to invite fans to join the Lamb Movement Chat this Saturday, May 24 at 11pm ET/10pm CT and Sunday, May 25 at 6pm ET/5pm CT. The number to call is (218)-936-1410 (long distance), room number is 327#.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Marie | Christina | Jeremy | Lotfi | Bojan | Karl | Julio | Andres | Silviu | Can | Jasmine | Natalia | Taz | Dan

"Bye Bye" Debuts on 106 & Park!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-May-2008, 7:28PM EDT
Great job, everyone!

"Bye Bye" debuted at #10 on BET's 106 & Park's "Top 10 Live" countdown today! Let's keep voting and help it move up the countdown!

The video, however, has yet to debut on TRL and VH1 countdowns. Our banner on top of page has all the quick links to BET, MTV & VH1. Get voting now!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"4 milly? On what Cake? Lol"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-May-2008, 2:20PM EDT
MCC, Mariah Carey Cannon, reached out exclusively to MTV UK News to deny the rumours that she intends to spend 4 Million dollars (£2 million) on a ceremony in New York to renew their wedding vows.

MTV UK News posted a story earlier on and in response Mariah had to set us straight: "4 milly? On what Cake? Lol."

Mariah referred to herself as MCC to mark her union and we're guessing you'll be hearing those initials a lot in the coming months.

Mrs CC also told us that she was over the moon when hubby Nick Cannon rented out an entire Six Flags Theme park in the states to surprise her! MCC went on to describe her man as a "Stone Smash".
Source: MTV UK

Rumor Mill: Home Summons
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-May-2008, 12:36PM EDT
Nick Cannon learned the meaning of "If you don't pay, you got no say" this weekend. Mariah Carey's new husband was trying to have a boys' weekend at Saturday's opening of the MGM Grand at Foxwoods with pals Sean Combs and Quincy Jones when he got a call from Carey. "He was summoned home by her at 1 in the morning," a source said. "He didn't look happy about it." A rep for Carey didn't return calls.
Source: New York Post

Full Audio: Oprah's Gayle Interviews Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-May-2008, 3:10AM EDT

Mariah was in-studio Wednesday, April 30th at Radio XM 156's Oprah & Friends for a very revealing interview with host Gayle King. She talked about her new album, "Touch My Body," her mother's inspiration and encouragement, her past relationships, the ups and downs of her career, Tennessee, and "Side Effects"...

[ Download this audio here ]

"When I said I wanted to be the girl in the video of 'Dreamlover,' that was in a part of my life when I was very young and in a situation that was very restrictive and so I would look at the video and be like I'm happy because the director was telling me to smile. She's like, 'You look really beautiful when you smile.' When I was a little depressed inside, I would fake a smile and deal with the side effects. But the thing is that nobody knew that and then the Vanity Fair article came out in '96 and they started talking about certain personal things and when that happened, in a way, it empowered me and it made me feel like 'Okay, the world knows this now' and the world knows more about what's going on than I do, like people talking about people following me, in cars or wherever I went, this and that. It was a very in-depth article and I didn't know about the stuff. I didn't fully grasp the enormity that was going on. It was actually a female executive in the music business who shall remain nameless...when I was trying to leave that label, people in my life were scared for me, like Shawn and people who actually cared about me, literally scared for me like physically... not just career. That's the Dreamlover section of my life...Dreamlover come rescue me..."

"When I was doing this video ['Dreamlover'] and I would live vicariously from that moment - I was living vicariously through the girl in the video. I was doing the video with a shirt buttoned up, and the thingy, the shoes, it was okay, that was fine. 'Cause actually in the beginning I wanted people to recognize me for my voice and my songs, I got that. When I say I live vicariously through the girl I mean I didn't have an actual life, a personal life, that felt rewarding. I think I accepted that because I had too much dysfunction in my childhood. I don't say this to make anybody feel bad. This is not a reflection like, I'm not saying my mother didn't do the best she could, it's not her. I'm talking about things that I can't actually speak. One day we can but now I just actually can't."

"I wrote it ['Side Effects'] and then I said to myself, yes, I am being very open and honest about a certain, specific moment in my life but if I had a choice of not putting it on a record? There are people in abusive relationships whether that's emotional abuse, physical abuse, mental abuse, whatever, that need to hear this. As a woman I feel compelled to say that."
Source: Diana | MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Carey Song Sparks Road Rage
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 20-May-2008, 3:06AM EDT
A Mariah Carey song inspires an apparent case of road rage in Collier County.

The song was "One Sweet Day," but things didn't end so sweetly for the couple listening to it in their car. Zachary Schreiber and his fiance were playing the song while driving their convertible down Pine Ridge Road in North Naples Saturday.

When they stopped at an intersection, Schreiber's fiance says a passenger in another car called Schreiber a derogatory name for listening to the song and according to deputies, that started a mile-and-a-half shouting match between the two cars.

The arguement ended when Schreiber allegedly threw threw a beer bottle at the other passenger, who ducked, causing the bottle to hit the driver in the head.

Many drivers say they've seen road rage, but this case, tops the charts.

"I'd have to say that person had some issues because that's a pretty nice song, actually," Dustin Kellermeyer said.

Schreiber was at work all day Monday and was not available for comment, but his fiance says he has hired an attorney for the incident. He is charged with shooting a missle into a vehicle and criminal mischief.

Watch WINK News report here.
Source: WINK News | Marie

Third Single Candidates?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 19-May-2008, 3:06PM EDT
Mariah, in a recent interview, has mentioned that "Love Story" will be the next single from her new album, E=MC². But Entertainment Weekly and Essence are coming up with different songs.

Entertainment Weekly, May 23rd Issue
Summer Music Heats Up
What we know about summer: You'll sweat, you'll get a sunburn, and you'll hear one song over and over. Which one?

Mariah Carey "Migrate"
What's summer without Mimi in the mix? This club-thumping midtempo jam from the just-married diva could rise to the top before Labor Day.


Essence, June 2008 Issue
Summer Music HotList
This time of year, everything's just a little hotter and a little sexier--especially the music scene. So when the temperature rises, the days grow long, and the nights simmer with whispered promises, we listen for the sounds that set us free.

14. The Killer Single: Mariah Carey's "I'm That Chick"
Hate all you want, but at 39, Mariah shows no signs of slowing down as the music industry's sales come to a standstill. This time she connects with a combination of feathery vocals layered atop a banging drum track, courtesy of Stargate.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Scans
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 19-May-2008, 2:13PM EDT
USA
In Touch, May 26, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Is Mariah Really Ready For A Baby?


Hip Hop Weekly, May 26, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Mariah and Nick: Do They Belong Together?


And, additional scans from this week's Us, In Touch, Life & Style, Star, People, OK!, HipHop Weekly; and Time (May 12) magazines.



UK
OK!, May 20, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Mariah Carey's Top Secret Wedding



And other scans from OK! (UK):

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kerry

"Bye Bye" UK Singles Tracklists
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 18-May-2008, 1:27PM EDT
Mariah's second single, "Bye Bye," will be released in 3 formats in the UK on June 16th. Tracklists are as follows.

CD Single
1. Bye Bye (Album Version)
2. Bye Bye (So So Def Remix) feat. Jay Z

Maxi Single
1. Bye Bye (Album Version)
2. Touch My Body (Craig C Remix)
3. We Belong Together (Remix) feat. Jadakiss & Styles P
4. Bye Bye (Enhanced Video)

12" Vinyl
1. Bye Bye (Album Version)
2. Bye Bye (So So Def Remix) feat. Jay Z

Pre-orders can now be placed at Amazon by clicking on the links above.
Source: Vagner

"Bye Bye": Download, Vote, Stream, Request!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 18-May-2008, 1:22PM EDT
• DOWNLOAD
Mariah's second single "Bye Bye" is available for digital download at iTunes. Get it now!

• VOTE
Vote for the "Bye Bye" music video and help it make the following countdowns:

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

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

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

• STREAM
Keep on watching the video on Yahoo! Music and AOL Music. Billboard has expanded its Hot 100 formula to include weekly streamed and on-demand music data from these two prominent sources of online music.

• REQUEST
Please request the song at your local radio stations. You may use our request lines page to find your station's contact information.

You can also use our "Support Bye Bye" banner on top by clicking on each of the icons.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Cannes 2008: Tennessee Review
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 17-May-2008, 2:50PM EDT
Back in 2001, soul superstar Mariah Carey had a bit of a funny turn in the wake of releasing her box office flop Glitter - a film which put the word corny into, erm... popcorny.

"Carey can act after a fashion, though dialogue gives her trouble," noted TV Guide magazine in the US.

Well, despite that setback, the singer has ventured back onto the silver screen in a movie called Tennessee and, with a low-key Cannes premiere last night, there was really no other option for our evening's entertainment.

Tennessee is a good old-fashioned road movie, where travelling along an actual highway is a metaphor for making progress along your personal journey of life.

Mariah plays a waitress who - would you believe it? - wants to break into music. She gets picked up by the film's heroes and accompanies them to Nashville, where they hope to find their estranged father.

Amazingly, Mariah is the best thing in it. Her understated, downbeat performance is so natural that pretty soon you stop wondering whether Busta Rhymes will pop up for a guest rap.

And for someone famed as an image-obsessed diva, Carey has no problem playing a character who dresses down in dowdy clothes with greasy, toussled hair. She even carries a little extra weight compared to her normal svelte image.

Carey is so good, in fact, that the film feels rather flat when she's off-screen. The denouement, which is presumably supposed to be a heart-rending tear-jerker, kind of passed me by.

Maybe we wrote Carey's film career off too soon?
Source: BBC UK

Ask Billboard: "Bye Bye" To Say "Hi Hi" Top 10 Soon
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 17-May-2008, 2:24PM EDT
I'm a big Mariah Carey fan, and am incredibly shocked at the downward slide of her new single "Bye Bye" on the Billboard Hot 100.

It was the Hot Shot Debut (at No. 23) a few weeks ago, and her highest debut in years. Why do you think it has lost popularity? Does it have a chance to even make it into the top 10? -- Carlos Anino

Keith Caulfield from Ask Billboard replies:

Don't panic!

"Bye Bye" is headed back up the Billboard Hot 100. On the chart dated May 24, it zips from No. 38 to No. 27. Its radio airplay has been increasing over the past few weeks, so it should only continue to go higher.

The song debuted so high a couple weeks ago due to strong digital download sales. However, at the time, the airplay of the song wasn't big enough to keep the song from sliding down the Hot 100 in the ensuing weeks.

But, all is right in the world now, and "Bye Bye" should say "Hi Hi" to the top 10 quite soon.
Source: Billboard

Video: Mariah at Ellen's 50th Birthday Party
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 17-May-2008, 1:55AM EDT
On her show Friday, Ellen showed photos/video footage from her carnival birthday party at the Warner Bros lot in Burbank, California last Saturday, May 10th. In one of the photos, Ellen, Portia, Mariah and Nick are shown playing the "Whack-A-Mole" which involves quickly and repeatedly hitting the moles with a mallet as they pop up from their holes. She said Nick used his hands instead of the mallet and jokingly quipped, "I hope Mariah's happy she married a cheater."

[ Download this video ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah To Attend "Life Ball" in Austria?
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-May-2008, 8:23PM EDT
Vienna is abuzz with rumor ahead of Saturday's Life Ball, wondering who from the long list of international celebrities who announced their attendance will arrive to party at the exuberant AIDS charity event.

Hollywood star Sharon Stone, supermodel Linda Evangelista, TV actress Rose McGowan and Sex in the City star Kim Cattrall confirmed that they would join the extravagantly costumed crowd at Vienna's city hall on Saturday (May 17) evening. Still unconfirmed is a visit by music superstar Mariah Carey. Her management will announced definite decision only hours before the ball on Saturday, ball organisers said.

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-May-2008, 2:20PM EDT
• iTunes USA and Canada now have the "Bye Bye" video available for download for $1.49. Get it now!

• Hits Daily Double predicts E=MC², in its 5th week of release, to come in at #3 with projected sales of 65-70k next week.

• The Adventures of Mimi (DVD) has been certified Platinum (100,000 copies sold) by RIAA on May 8, 2008.

• Mariah was #1 and #10 with "Touch My Body" and "Bye Bye," respectively, on Ecast BarPulse for April. Ecast BarPulse ranks plays of new music on the Ecast broadband media network, located in over 10,000 bars and nightclubs across the country. Ecast keeps its finger on the pulse of U.S. nightlife and then issues a monthly ranking of the most popular new song plays, nationwide.

• Mariah was the 5th most discussed and blogged about artist on Billboard's The Buzz 100; and 3rd most searched in music on Yahoo! Buzz.

• Ellen DeGeneres was on Ryan Seacrest's morning show at KIIS FM Los Angeles Tuesday, May 13th talking about her recent interview with Mariah. Listen below.

[ Download this audio here ]

• Glitter has finally been added on iTunes. You can download the album here.

• People Fashion Faceoff: Heidi vs. Mariah. The Project Runway host shone in her Roberto Cavalli dress at an Oscar party, while the newlywed hit the stage for the Time 100 Most Influential People gala in her sexy silver dress. Who wears it better? Vote for Mariah!

• Mariah makes Maxim's 2008 Hot 100 list of the world's most beautiful women at #71. "Mariah Carey - Like wine and Glitter, Mariah gets better with age. Exhibit A: Her "Touch My Body" video, in which the 38-year-old hitmaker struts in lingerie that would make a stripper blush. Want your lady to smell like Mariah? M by Mariah fragrance is just $62 for a 3.3 oz bottle!"

• Oprah's Gayle King was on Rachel Ray's show recently and sang "Touch My Body" with Rachel and mentioned how much she loves Mariah's new album. Click on the links to view videos.

• "Bye Bye" was #5 on last night's Top 5 @ 8 at 104.1 KRBE, Houston, Texas' biggest radio station.

International News
• China: Below are scans of the E=MC² Special China Edition. Released officially this week, the CD only comes with 11 tracks. "Touch My Body," "Cruise Control" and "I'm That Chick" were not included due to inappropriate lyrics.


• Canada: Last night, "Touch My Body" was back at #4 on Montreal's CKOI's 6@6 countdown.

• Romania: E=MC², released Thursday, May 15th, can be purchased at all Media Galaxy stores for 29.99 Lei ($12.84). Get your copy today!

• South Africa: This week at radio:
"Touch My Body" - Metro FM Top40 #10 (-5), 5FM Top40 #1 (+3), 5FM High 5@5 #3 (no change), ECR Global Top40 #3 (no change), ECR Top20 #6 (no change), Goodhope FM #4 (-2).
"Bye Bye (Remix ft. Jay-Z) - Metro FM Top40 #21 (+9)

• Europe: "Touch My Body" had the biggest jump on this week's MTV European Top 20, from #14 to #4! The song is in its 3rd week on the countdown. It debuted at #19 (19-14-4).

Fans' Corner
• Will has opened a new online shop on CafePress.com that sells Mariah-themed apparel. T-shirts (women's, men's, maternity, infants & even dog shirts!), caps, shorts, thongs, screenprinted with the words: "Touch My Body," "I'm That Chick You Like," "O.O.C." are available for purchase now at CafePress.com. Check them out!

• Arief has created Karaoke versions of I Stay In Love and Thanx 4 Nothin'. Click on the links to download.

• Thanks to Vinny, Kelley and Patty for sharing their Mariah wallpapers with us.

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Ashley | Ritcher | Kostas | Tekce | John | Dave | Jorge | Vagner | Antonio | Casey | Kelley | Patty | Carrie | Arief | Kerry | Zane | Luis | Silviu

Mariah Mania in Manhattan!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-May-2008, 12:32PM EDT
It's the exasperation of Mimi! Mariah Carey was bombarded by flashbulbs on the red carpet for an Operation Smile charity event last night in New York City.

Video: [ Stream | Download ]

When EXTRA's AJ Calloway asked MC about married life, she replied, "I'm feeling good, darling!"
Source: Carlo from EXTRA | Kelly

HQ Photos: Mariah at Operation Smile Gala
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-May-2008, 8:59AM EDT
Click on each of the thumbnails below to view high-quality photos of Mariah at the 5th Annual Operation Smile Gala held at Skylight Studios in New York City on Thursday, May 15th.



[ Click for more photos ]

Operation Smile is a worldwide children's medical charity dedicated to help improve the health and lives of children and young adults born with facial deformities. Mariah has been a supporter of Operation Smile for the past five years and attended its various fund-raising events.

Below are photos of Mariah from the Smile Collection fund-raising event in 2006.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah & Nick at Six Flags Part II
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 16-May-2008, 8:57AM EDT




Mariah & Nick are shown getting on Tatsu in Part II of Entertainment Tonight's exclusive coverage of their wedding reception & party at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California Tuesday night.

[ Download this video ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Nabs BET Award Nod
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-May-2008, 7:47PM EDT
The nominees for the 2008 BET Awards have just been announced and Mariah received a nod in the category:

Best Female R&B
Mary J. Blige
Mariah Carey
Keyshia Cole
Alicia Keys
Rihanna

Congratulations, Mariah!

As previously reported, Mariah is slated to perform at The Eighth Annual BET AWARDS '08 televised live from the Los Angeles' famed Shrine Auditorium on Tuesday, June 24 at 8:00pm.
Source: PRNewswire

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-May-2008, 3:08PM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 24, 2008.

E=MC²
Billboard 200 Albums: #5 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #5 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Top Internet Albums: #13 (Last Week #9)
Billboard Digital Albums: #10 (Last Week #9)
Sales this week: 87,070 (-9%)
Total sales: 828,576

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #8 (Last Week #7)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Pop 100: #15 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #14 (Last Week #13)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week #4)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #8 (Last Week #7)
Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #19 (Last Week #13)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #17 (Last Week #14)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #9 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Album): #16 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #14 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #12 (Last Week: #10)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #8 (Last Week: #5)
Billboard Hot Dance Singles Sales: #8 (Last Week: #12)
Billboard Global Dance Tracks: #14 (Last Week: #13)
Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #5 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot RingMasters: #5 (Last Week #6)
Downloads this week: 55,513 (-24%)
Total Downloads: 924,041

"Bye Bye"
Billboard Hot 100: #27 (Last Week #38)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #29 (Last Week #39)
Billboard Pop 100: #31 (Last Week #36)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #36 (Last Week #46)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #36 (Last Week #46)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #40 (Debut)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #26 (Last Week #30)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #34 (Last Week #37)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #36 (Last Week #41)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #14 (Last Week #16)
Billboard Hot RingMasters: #33 (Debut)
Downloads this week: 27,331 (+12%)
Total Downloads: 148,362

The Emancipation of Mimi
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #17 (Last Week #11)

The Adventures of Mimi (DVD)
Billboard Top Music Video: #3 (Last Week #2)

#1's
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #10 (Last Week #10)

"We Belong Together"
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrents: #19
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Recurrent Airplay: #19
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | 2M

Mariah to Perform at BET Awards
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-May-2008, 12:44PM EDT
According to the press release issued today by BET through Associated Press, Mariah is scheduled to be one of the performers at the BET Awards on Tuesday, June 24th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Nelly and Usher were among those expected to announce the nominations on BET's "106 & Park" later Thursday. Usher is also set to perform on the live June broadcast, as well as Lil Wayne, Mary J Blige and Mariah Carey.
Source: BET

Video: Mariah & Nick at Six Flags Part I
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-May-2008, 1:52AM EDT




Here is Part I of Entertainment Tonight's exclusive coverage of Mariah & Nick's wedding reception & party at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California Tuesday night. Part II will air tonight.

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Photos: Mariah & Nick at Six Flags
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 15-May-2008, 12:01AM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah and Nick Cannon at Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, California where a wedding reception for their close family and friends was held Tuesday, May 13th.

Mariah & Nick Ride the Tatsu





Mariah & Nick Welcome Guests at the Party




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E=MC² Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 14-May-2008, 3:57PM EDT
United States (01-01-02-05)
Canada (01-04-08)
Australia (02-11-21)
United Kingdom (03-05-12-23)
Switzerland (05-10-15-22)
France (06-17-23-25)
Germany (07-22-38)
Ireland (07-13-25-39)
Japan (07-09-11-11)
Austria (08-36-30-56)
Italy (09-15-22-29)
Argentina (10)
New Zealand (10-20-25)
Netherlands (11-17-28-42)
Portugal (15-OUT)
Spain (16-30-65-71)
Denmark (18-34-OUT)
Norway (20-OUT)
Greece (20-07)
Sweden (22-40-50)

Official/Estimated* Total Sales:
United States - 827,000
Japan - 87,000 [Certified Gold = 100,000]
United Kingdom - 66,000*
Canada - 32,000*
France - 30,000*
Brazil - 15,000 (shipment)
Australia - 15,000*
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Nacho | MariahsBoy | Musicdayflycharm | Carol

Inside Nick's Magical Night with Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 14-May-2008, 12:38PM EDT
Entertainment Tonight and its correspondent Kevin Frazier were inside Six Flags Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA, where Nick Cannon surprised his bride Mariah Carey with an ultra-exclusive reception.

Only HipHollywood.com has all of the details:

Cannon shut down the park, at a cost in the mid-six figure range, so that he and Mariah could party with 100 friends and family. Nick had the park decorated in pink and purple balloons with Carey's signature butterflies also a fixture. Mariah's album was playing throughout the park the entire evening, and each guest received a pink or red Superman cape as a gift.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Dept. and Six Flags security helped secure the 260 acre Theme Park from prying paparazzi, while Cannon, Carey and their guests played games and rode roller coasters, each time the new bride and groom riding in the front car.

The couple arrived a little after 8PM, greeted friends, then headed straight to the parks' flying rollercoaster, Tatsu. On the way Nick shot baskets with his buddies as his wife cheered him on. After a wild ride, the couple wanted to go again, but instead headed to the reception to greet guests. At the reception, they milled about with friends and family, all the while, holding hands and embracing in between conversations.

After about a 30 minute break the couple and about 20 guests headed off to enjoy more rides. Nick and Mariah were very playful and on more than one occasion he carried her on his back. They road 4 other coasters, multiple times, almost always sitting in the front seat, before finally calling it a night.

Kevin presented the couple with a blender as a wedding gift and Mariah said it was perfect for her protein shakes to lose weight and Nick's to gain.

Tune in to Entertainment Tonight on Wednesday, May 14th to see all the romantic fun.



"Bye Bye" Tribute to China Quake Victims
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 14-May-2008, 9:54AM EDT
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to all victims and families affected by the massive earthquake that hit China on Monday, May 12th.

Ritcher, our friend from MariahCN writes:

"On May 12, a massive 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit South-western China. The epicenter was Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province. Xinhua News Agency report that nearly 15,000 people died from the earthquake in Sichuan and neighboring provinces of Shaanxi, Gansu, and Yunnan and the death toll could reach far higher as the search and rescue effort continues. It was the worst natural disaster hitting the region in the last three decades. The damage to the property in the vast region is beyond estimation. We at MariahCN have made a tribute video with "Bye Bye" as the background music to the people and trying to get more international awareness of this issue. Just wondering if you can kindly help to provide a link on Mariah Daily Journal to spread the word. I'm here on behalf of all the Chinese lambs thanking you for your help in advance.

Please visit Red Cross Society of China for information on how you can help. You can also spread the video to anywhere/anyone you know."
Source: Ritcher - MariahCN

Video: Mariah on Ellen
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 14-May-2008, 8:10AM EDT
Click on the links below to download Mariah's appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that aired Tuesday, May 13th on NBC.


Mariah Guests on The Ellen DeGeneres Show
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Mariah and Nick's Roller-Coaster Romance
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-May-2008, 4:40PM EDT
Still no word of a honeymoon, but newlyweds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon are planning a big blowout tonight.

A source tells E! News that the two lovebirds are renting all of Six Flags Magic Mountain theme park for a private party.

All the roller coasters you can ride until you throw up...sounds romantic! Guess these two really are "eternally 12 years old" after all.

And this is just one stop on their busy schedule: Last Saturday, they were at Ellen DeGeneres' 50th birthday bash and then hit Villa on Monday night for some drinks and dancing.

Coming up, Nick's jet-setting back to New York City to deejay at the Stoli Hotel soiree Friday.

No word on whether Mimi will join her man that night, but the way they've been attached at the hip lately, it wouldn't surprise us.
Source: E! Online

Mariah Talks Nick Cannon, Wedding On Ellen
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-May-2008, 4:38PM EDT
Says she got 'gangsta' for tattoo session and that they'll have another ceremony next year for friends who weren't invited to this one

Mariah Carey appeared on "Ellen" Tuesday, May 13th to talk about her recent wedding to Nick Cannon.

She said the pair used a "video shoot" as camouflage for bringing friends out to the Bahamas for the beachside ceremony, and noted that very few people were invited.

"[It was] mostly people to do my hair and help me with my dress... and three of my friends and he had three people with him," she said.

"We wanted to be at the beach, we didn't want other people taking pictures, because we both experienced the hoopla of trying to make something into, like, a publicity stunt, which is what everybody thinks and will think anyway," she said. "We don't really care about that mentality. Instead of trying to be like, 'You're invited, but shhh, don't tell anybody,' we're just going to have another [wedding] next year. [Nick's] plan is to have one every year."

Host Ellen DeGeneres then held up photos of the pair's tattoos: Cannon's is a large "Mariah" across his back, while hers is a small butterfly on her lower back that incorporates the letters "MC" -- which she said stood for "Mrs. Cannon," but DeGeneres quickly pointed out could also simply stand for the singer's initials, if the marriage doesn't work out.

"That's so mean, Ellen!" Carey said.

She continued, "I never had a tattoo before, and it's his first tattoo also -- that's why it was a big deal. I fell asleep during my tattoo. People were like, 'What?' I was gangsta for that, a little bit."

Carey also said Cannon is the man she wants to raise a family with. "My parents divorced when I was 3 and I didn't have many examples of what was the 'norm,'" she said. But "I found the right person."

Related News Stories:
• Mimi Talks Baby Cannons (Extra)
• Mariah dishes about wedding on 'Ellen' (MSNBC)
• Mariah's Matrimonial Musings (E! Online)
• Mariah Tells Ellen She'll Have Another Wedding (People)
Source: MTV

HQ Photos: Mariah at Gyu-Kaku Restaurant
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-May-2008, 2:32PM EDT
Mariah had a late-night dinner at Gyu-Kaku in Beverly Hills, California Monday, May 12th. Below are high-quality pictures of Mariah, with Nick Cannon, outside the Japanese restaurant.




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New Voicemail from Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-May-2008, 2:01PM EDT
Mariah left a new voice message on her official site, MariahCarey.com. You can check out the audio in the Voicemail section.

Mariah & Rachel: Hey! How ya doin'?
Mariah: Okay, it's Mimi and Rae-Rae, sings [...] We got Shawntae and Mae-Mae in the car right now, we wanted to call you and be festive, we know you guys know it's been a lot of festive going on.
Rachel: It's been pretty pretty busy!
Mariah: It's been an absolute smash. But we just wanted to say that we love you, I love you, I'm sorry that I haven't been calling you as much as I should be, and everybody is mad at me for not calling them, so it's not just you guys. Believe me, I always wanna call you, the lambs, the fans, whatever you wanna say, "lambs 4 life", I know that a few of you noticed that laughs on the back of the album cover, but anyway, I just wanted to send my love and gratitude for everything and send you a lot of blessings and just thank you for everything, really seriously, right Rachel?
Rachel: Yeah, you guys are the best!
Mariah: Come on, you can give them more festivity than that.
Rachel: [louder] You guys are the best!
Mariah: I got like letters and notes and yes, Rachel, say that again, what?
Rachel: You know I show you guys love everywhere you guys come to me, you know who you are!
Mariah: You know who you is! If you're talking to her, be like "Raychal", you gotta go like "Raaaaaychal!" and then she'll definitely definitely focus on you. But anyway, we love you, and, well you know I love you [...] as always, and I'm sitting here with my new hubby but he's being quiet right now, I think he's focused on something else, I don't know [...] oh and someone's calling me on the other line, maybe it's one of you, you'll never know! laughs Anyway, I love you, and I'm gonna call you back, [...] about to get on a plane right now, so I hope you like the new video and stuff, it's for all of you! And I will chat with you soon, okay? alright!
Source: MariahCarey.com | Text: MariahDailyJournal

EXTRA Exclusive Zohan Clip: Star Spangled Mariah!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-May-2008, 1:44PM EDT
Only EXTRA has the exclusive first look at Mariah Carey's cameo in "You Don't Mess with the Zohan," which opens in theatres June 6th.

Mariah Zohan Clip: [ Stream | Download ]

In the film, Adam Sandler plays a Mariah-obsessed Mossad agent determined to escape war -- to cut hair in New York City.
Source: Carlo from EXTRA | Kelly

VIBE Magazine: Body Language
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 13-May-2008, 2:57AM EDT
Mariah Carey has been pop's queen--the real queen--for nearly 20 years, and she's not giving up the throne. But at M.C.'s lavish Caribbean birthday bash, Shanel Odum witnesses the record-shattering diva in all her glory: Calm, cool, and damn-near naked

Eagle's Landing, Jumby Bay, Antigua.

2 P.M. The heavens above Antigua are as smooth and playful as a handful of cobalt marbles. But on the island below, a frenzy is brewing. Mariah Carey's $12,500-a-night villa on the 300-acre tropical island is alive--almost antsy--with anticipation. Rob Payne, her stone-faced bodyguard, slips into a cotton tee as he escorts a lipstick-toting assistant into the ballroom-size living room, where a video crew is gingerly unpacking.

"Absolutely no one can go through those doors there," booms Payne, who's built like an All-Pro defensive end. "That's Mariah's bedroom. And smokers better light up in the front yard--she'll have a fit if she smells cigarettes!"

A gang of hairstylists, fashion assistants, photographers, and makeup artists race around the open-air bungalow, each on their own mission to please. Almost everyone else in the all-but-humble abode frantically taps away at a MacBook, BlackBerry, or iPhone.

Then, disaster strikes.
The manicurist is missing.

But there's no it's-my-party-and-I'll-bitch-if-I-want-to tantrum from the illustrious pop icon. The bluster is coming from a couple of men. It's Benny Medina, Mariah's longtime über-manager (the man known for his super-successful, hands-on approach with clients Jennifer Lopez, Usher, and Tyra Banks), and Michael Richardson, her dapper, Cockney-spouting tour manager. They're both outraged by the potential beauty crisis.

"If this slows us up," Medina roars, sporting a pink Polo and matching shorts, "I'm going to get really upset."

While waiting for Carey for more than 90 minutes, the resort's lone manicurist bounced.

"Wehw, wot villa is she in, den?" demands Richardson in a thick British accent. He whips out his cell and makes the necessary heads roll.

It's still early and the estate is already in a state of chaos. The Grammy winner? The diva? The sex symbol? She sleeps through the whole thing.

Somewhere on the same island, a very tan Paul McCartney strolls lazily across the starfish-studded beach. The 65-year-old Beatle has retired from hitmaking, but continues to hold the title--along with the rest of his iconic English pop band--for the most No. 1 singles on Billboard's Hot 100. With 20 chart-toppers, The Beatles hold the only record left for Mariah to shatter. This spring she skated past Elvis Presley with "Touch My Body," her 18th No. 1 single.

But it hasn't been all stardust and rainbows for Mariah. In 2001, what was supposed to be her film breakout, Glitter (20th Century Fox), fizzled. That was followed by a well-publicized 2001 breakdown on the set of MTV's TRL. Who could forget the strip tease? And the ice cream cart?

Then came liberation. Her last album, The Emancipation of Mimi (Island, 2005), sold nearly six million copies. It was that kinetic endeavor that helped Mariah reclaim fans that had dismissed her as a casualty of her own ambition. Continuing in the same triumphant vein, E=MC², aka Emancipation Equals Mariah Carey to the Second Power (Island), her 11th studio album, is a beautifully addictive lesson in dichotomy. Her claims of deliverance and growth have merit, but the butterfly-obsessed star still vacations in Neverland. The Mariah- and Swizz Beatz-produced "O.O.C."--as in "Out Of Control"--proves she hasn't lost touch with her youthful spirit. The song is bursting with instant messenger acronyms. "Side Effects" shows a deeper side of Mimi: Candidly detailing the aftermath of her tumultuous marriage to Sony Music bossman Tommy Mottola, she paints the picture of a woman stung by real heartbreak. Though she's sacrificed her famed vocal acrobatics--dolphins are still the only mammals that can top her five-octave range--for a greater pop presence, her limber tone and midrange belting work better with the album's synth-heavy beats and tickling treble. If anything, Mariah is the ultimate chameleon. She's evolved from sweet, soul-stirring ballads to booming hip hop hooks; from floor-skirting gowns to hot shorts and patent pumps. And most recently, to the Pistol Panties bikini she's rocking--with confidence--today.

5 P.M. The afternoon turns to evening, and a twister descends on Eagle's Landing. The cyclone hits the beach in a blur of blush brushes, hair spritz, and double-sided tape. Even the manicurist has returned, but only to remain on-call. She doesn't paint even one of Mariah's digits. So much drama, so little action. Every few moments, there's a glimpse of the eye of the storm--it's Mariah, emancipated. The 5-foot-9 mirage prances past the overly attentive pack and heads toward a rickety boardwalk, which instantly transforms into her runway. A magenta silk robe whips against those endless, copper legs; black Christian Louboutin heels stab the sand; a wild halo of corkscrew curls flies...

"Can we get some towels and a Diet Coke ASAP?" Medina demands for his artist, to no one in particular. The throng of attendants freeze in their tracks, eyes darting nervously from one person to the next, afraid to abandon their assigned duties but more afraid to disobey. After some confused stares, Mariah's longtime personal assistant Melissa Ruderman, races off to fetch the items.

At the end of the petite dock, Mariah breezily tiptoes through a knot of rocket wires as technicians--hired to prep the evening's fireworks display in honor of M.C.'s 38th birthday--pace anxiously. Their hand-wringing and panicked warnings float out to sea, unheeded by the singer. She's too busy hamming it up as if she were on a tightrope, occasionally grabbing at her manager's outstretched arm. Even traipsing across a minefield of pyrotechnics. Mariah is perfectly poised. Delicate. Dainty. Ultra femme. Constantly aware of how she looks, she makes sure a wisp of hair is swept across her forehead. She's rarely caught tilting her head to the right--the right's her best side.

"I'm That Chick"--a swinging future single from E=MC²--drifts above the photographers' encouraging banter, and everyone's feeling it. As the album flows seamlessly from dance track to love song, Mariah sways to the sound of her own voice. She doesn't need for this record to be a smash, but it inevitably will be. She'll stay relevant. She'll stay rich. She's that chick.

As she perches on a sharp formation of rocks, Medina simultaneously tends to her dangling sandal and regulates minutiae.

"Can we get more volume in her hair?"
"Robe, please!"
"Give me more eyes, Mariah..."

For the next setup, she saunters through the water in a bronze Ashley Paige one-piece and a pair of 4-inch heels, grinning like a pageant contestant. Miss Mimi perpetually flirts with an imaginary audience and doesn't stop winking, pouting, and writhing in the waves even for a moment. Even without an ogling entourage. Even when the photographer takes a break to change his flash. She rarely stops hip-popping and sashaying. And she looks damn good doing it.

"I'm getting really nervous about the overhead lighting," she raspily purrs, glancing down at her washboard abs. "My tummy... can I get some lighting from underneath instead, please?"

There are a few final flashes, followed by revelry from the crew. The shoot wraps, and party time is about to begin.

After tying a tiny, white button-up above her belly button, a chrome-colored, American Apparel bikini becomes Mariah's birthday suit. By now, she's a real-life Malibu Barbie, and one very few going-on-40-year-olds who can get away with rocking a belly chain and a gemstone butterfly appliqué on the small of her back. Her record weight loss is undeniable--Mariah is clearly more sculpted than scalpeled. But it's not just her blow-up doll aesthetic; it's her unapologetically larger-than-lush lifestyle--and M.C.'s B-day is no exception.

7:30 P.M. Mariah Carey's 38th birthday banquet is a Sweet 16 dream. Beckoning palms welcome guests to the entrance of the veranda, where a spouting stone fountain sits on Moroccan tile. The scene inside is a strawberry-frosted pubescent fantasy; purple, pink, and white balloons dance in the balmy Caribbean breeze floating through the spacious flat. Fuchsia feather boas drip from the arms of every chair. Kitschy gold crowns, tiaras, and noisemakers adorn each place setting. French doors are slung open to frame a cascading infinite pool that overlooks the Caribbean sea a dive's length away. This is how a superstar does her born day.

In the Mediterranean-style kitchen, a culinary crew decked in freshly pressed coats and stark white chef's caps are prepping pots. The scent of roast chicken waltzes in the wind. And then Mariah's posse begins to appear. Longtime confidante Shawntae "Da Brat" Harris breezes past, swimming in oversized jeans, a red tee, and a bandana over bead-studded braids. Recent acquaintance/music video director ("Bye Bye") Nick Cannon grabs his laptop and goes to the buffet to fix a plate. As her guests fawn, Mariah drifts from friend to friend, beaming and blowing kisses.

Suddenly, the sounds of silverware clinking and Perrier hissing are interrupted by a pop. Louis Roederer Cristal--not calorie-packed hard liquor, mind you--is served by a staff of three. Outstretched flutes salute the birthday girl as her nephew Shawn McDonald, 30, an attorney, delivers an eloquent toast. He salutes her generosity--Mariah paid for his Cornell undergrad and Harvard Law education. According to McDonald, Mariah's real beauty--the side she protects from the paparazzi--can't be photographed. "She's more like a sister to me," he says, as they clutch each other affectionately. The intimate party lets out a chorus of awwws.

As soon as McDonald finishes his speech, the sky erupts in a fiery pink explosion, a dazzling fireworks display. Someone in the small crowd shrieks in surprise--but not Mariah. She's peacefully sipping on a glass of champagne. She seems high on life. It's just another day for the birthday girl. Everything's a production--for her entourage. Like the pink conflagration overhead, Mariah fits and floats above it, unscathed by the pandemonium.


Source: VIBE | Text & Scans: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah at Ellen Taping
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 12-May-2008, 11:41PM EDT

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Mariah arrived at the NBC Studios in Burbank, California at around 4:50pm to tape her appearance for tomorrow's The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Fans reported that they couldn't greet Mariah as the paparazzi swarmed her car as she was entering the gate.

At the show, Mariah talked about how she met Nick Cannon, Ellen's birthday party last Saturday, "Love Story" being the 3rd single, among other topics. Mariah immediately left after the taping at 6:10pm.

Watch a preview of Mariah's appearance on Ellen to your right. Be sure to catch The Ellen DeGeneres Show tomorrow, May 13th. For local airing times, click here.

Below are pictures of Mariah leaving the NBC Studios after the taping.


From the EllenDegeneres.com's real-time web camera, below are screen captures of Mariah and Ellen during the taping.


Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kelly

Mariah and Nick Celebrate Ellen's Birthday
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 12-May-2008, 5:39PM EDT
Newlyweds Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon were among the high-profile guests at Ellen DeGeneres's 50th birthday bash in Southern California over the weekend.

The party, held on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank (where DeGeneres is now taping her show, after having moved from the nearby NBC studios), was set up like a carnival - complete with 10-ft. elephant topiaries, a Ferris wheel, bumper cars, carousel, dunk tank and stilt-walkers.

Others who helped the talk-show host celebrate her landmark - which was actually back on Jan. 26 - included the Jonas Brothers, Paris Hilton and Benji Madden, David and Courtney Cox Arquette, T.R. Knight, and Tom Hanks with wife Rita Wilson.

For entertainment, Pink sang several of her hits, the dance crew ACDC performed and DJ Samantha Ronson spun tunes as guests hit the dance floor.

Snacks included red velvet cupcakes, Pinkberry yogurt, sushi and a dim sum buffet.

DeGeneres, who was accompanied by girlfriend Portia de Rossi, will share clips of the celebration on her TV show set to air Friday, May 16.
Source: People

Jasmine's Juice: MC+NC=Perfect Pair
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 12-May-2008, 3:38AM EDT
So the world's press have been falling over themselves recently, coming up with all sorts of completely fabricated stories about Mariah- and calling all of us who love her for a quote. So here goes:

Congratulations to my New York cousin who has become a wife, and her new husband, Nick Cannon. MC is still an MC, as she's now Mrs Mariah Carey-Cannon!

Before we get into the real talk, let's cut the silly stories dead:

MC didn't buy her own ring and she wasn't given a second hand ring. In fact, I'm reliably informed that the ring Nick once offered someone else isn't even in the same league as the one MC is sporting. MC's is 10 times bigger.

MC's ring is the most beautiful ring ever with "pink yet lavender" diamonds surrounding the centre.

Next: The flowers didn't come from the island of Eleuthera. They were flown in from Miami. Also, with regards to all the pre-nup rumours; all you need to know is they're both independent with their own thing going on and have both their respective heads screwed firmly on!

MC has been friends with Nick since 2005 when he presented her with a Billboard Music Award. They kept in touch and let their friendship develop and the most beautiful thing is: Nick always used to say he was in love with MC and that one day he was going to marry her. It seems he spoke it into existence!!

Nick went on to propose to MC- twice! Firstly on the Empire State Building, which she had just lit up publicly in pink- yet lavender- lights.

Nick hid the ring in a candy wrapper amongst lollipops and lunchboxes, and then he re-proposed after whisking her off on a helicopter ride around New York so she could see her "pink and lavender Empire State Building."

Think that's beautiful? They've further cemented their love for each other with tattoos. Neither of them have ever had a tattoo in their lives but now MC is sporting a "Mrs Cannon" tattoo while Nick has "Mariah" across his back.

I can say that of all the men I've seen MC with in the past, I've never seen her like this. I'm not sure she's ever truly been in love until now. And even better still, all of us who love her, love him, coz he constantly reminds us: "I am madly in love with my wife and it's my life duty to make her happy."

I toast you Mr and Mrs Cannon!
Source: Jasmine Dotiwala - The Voice

i-D Magazine: Mariah... You're on fire!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 11-May-2008, 12:22PM EDT
MARIAH CAREY is a goddess and self proclaimed diva, known as much for her hair, her body, her boobies, her butterflies, her breakdowns, tears and tantrums as she is for being THE BIGGEST SELLING FEMALE ARTIST OF ALL TIME! Currently riding high on the crest of her 18th American Number 1 with Touch My Body, she secured the double whammy by going top of the Billboard 100 with new long player E=MC², which sold 155,000 units on the first day of release. Impossibly perfect, talented and tantastic she is synonymous with glamour, luxury, extravagance, hip hop, Christmas, puppies, bling, ice, men, money, designer clothes, high heels, extravagant videos, sex, seduction, life and love, ever since she first warbled her way to the top of the charts and the top of our hearts with her self-penned worldwide mega smash Vision of Love. Mariah had achieved both massive commercial and critical success by expertly straddling both mainstream and hip hop fans alike and seamlessly taking them on the ride of their lives. In a worldwide exclusive, we meet with Mariah in New York where she stripped off to reveal her new and improved, to die for beach body. There truly can be miracles... when you believe!

A brief conversation with Mimi about 'festive' :)
HERE IS MARIAH CAREY. The real-life, genuine Mariah: huge Disney smile, vest, tight Miss Sixty jeans, next season's Balenciaga's footwear, vast hair, even vaster vase of white wine poised in one hand, refusing bread with the other ('I'd really rather you not torture me with it,' she implores an attentive flunky). Mariah is sitting on a chaise longue as the clock turns towards 12 midnight. It is her equivalent of two in the afternoon. Every close Mariah-watcher knows that her clock is set, with an alchemically genius star's touch, to Mariah-time. She rises late afternoon and sleeps some time after sunrise. Sometimes, when she wants to re-tool another impeccable vocal to add to her boisterous cannon she will call in her musical playmates at 4am. Refuseniks to the power of Brand Mimi will huff and puff at the mild inconvenience of it all but it seems only reasonable that her press commitments should follow suit.

On this occasion, Mariah is lit almost entirely by what looks like IKEA tea lights. The low lighting makes you squint. Mariah is in a New York studio, cornered against a fluorescent skyline that includes the twilit sheen of the Empire State Building (straight ahead) and The New York Times offices (to the left). In the mid-to-nothing lighting, I just about manage to make out some contraption or another beside her. Because Mariah is Mariah you just want to absorb the detailing.

What's this thing here, Mariah?
This thing? Oh, this thing is like dead to me. I don't know, somebody was trying to be festive and give me a fan, I think. But it doesn't work. Does it work?

Oh my God, I love your use of the word 'festive.' It's the best thing ever. [Mariah howls her big, Disney laugh]
I'm always feeling festive! I hate, hate, hate when it's not festive. Don't you hate a non-festive moment? It's rancid! Seriously. And I love how if something isn't festive and amazing, it's just like rancid and horrible. No, honestly? I don't even know what made me start to say 'festive'. I just am! It's always about being festive. Sometimes when you get smacked around the face with whatever it is, when you have a non-festive moment or whatever, you just have to come back at it with all that much more happiness.

With more festivity?
Festivity! Yes! Bring it on! Bring on the festive! People just do not need bleak moments. Or what I call... bleakocity.

Excuse me? Bleakocity?
I actually have a song that goes [starts singing in full-on upper register Mariah mode, the voice that launched a million young girl's All American Dreams] Bleeeeeeekocity... Bleeeeeeekocity...

Amazing. Is Bleakocity likely to make it to vinyl? It needs to happen.
Honey, it happened. It was a ring-tone that I wrote. We went through a moment, and when I say 'we' I mean me and my friends and it's just... oh, people think that I take myself so seriously but maybe they'll finally start to get it. The thing is that I think having festive themes really is necessary. You seem like a festive person.

Believe me, honey. I am now.

It's all about Mimi: the bleakocity :(
HOTHOUSED at the back end of Long Island, NY, by an opera singing single mother that let her out of piano lessons aged six, Mariah comes from nothing. By way of comparison to the astronomical turns the singer's life has taken, her sister Alison's story works as a pathos-addled comparison. Mariah made no secret of Alison's HIV+ status from career launch, but as lil' sis's life continued its astral ascent towards world domination, Alison was arrested for prostitution and has battled with multiple addictions throughout. To lend a dark cloud over the family from the outset, Mariah's mother's family had disowned their daughter when she married a black man.

Mariah's metaphorical use for music as a means of escape is way closer to Dizzee Rascal's than it is Celine Dion's. If Mariah can play the ditzy cheerleader par excellence in pop culture, it hides a variety of harder depths. One of the cuter details of her early years was that she was known as 'Mirage' at High School, such was her busy absenteeism. And that is before we even get to the much-publicised breakdown she suffered in the early '00s.

The Cinderella story goes that she met her Prince Charming and ticket to the royal palace aged 17. The name Tommy Mottola, the head of Columbia records who she married in an extravagant ceremony with the world's press circling above them in helicopters in 1993, only to divorce six years later, is dropped into every Mariah interview, as if she were incubated in a test tube by the mogul.

She claims to suffer from a kind of arrested development that ends aged 12, but Mariah has at least learnt not to mince her words in adulthood. "I don't think it's been easy for anyone to have a grasp or understanding of who I am because my career was so much about keeping me like a... well, there's a line on this new album [from the song Side Effects] 'Keeping me there under your thumb, because you were scared that I'd become, so much more than you can handle.' It's about the private hell we built. And I dealt with it."

From the outset, Mottola and Mariah had different ideas about where she should be positioned as an artist. He saw her in Whitney's then squeaky-clean lineage. She wanted to step herself into the '90s. Mariah had demoed the whole of her first album outside of Mottola's reference with her earliest collaborator, Ben Margulies. "Do you know what's funny?" she says now, remembering back to the time. "My demos were much edgier than my albums became. I wish I could have gone back to the essence of what those records were when they were demos. Even the demos that I was working on with Ben. When it became time to work on the first album everyone was so obsessed about competing with these other records and to produce them up. Any producer I was supposed to work with had to be that much smarter than me. At that point I was so much younger than everybody else involved in putting my record together. And I felt like I was so much more in tune with what was really going on in terms of music. For me a lot of that edge was... honed. They smoothed it, honed it and toned it because it worked better for mass appeal. I understand that because people don't want you to be too in their face. I understood it then but I was this skinny little twig and I couldn't walk in short tops and heels. I didn't try to be sexy... and I don't know what would've happened in my personal life if I had, whether I would've been completely shut down. But fortunately I was taken seriously as a singer so it wasn't about what I was wearing. It was about me as a songwriter and me as a singer. They stuck me in that... like, they made me change my hair texture. I was like 'hello, can I get a little blowout, maybe? I'm a little tired of the curly locks. Done that already.' But it's all good, you know?"

Eleven studio albums in, surely this is all the stuff that goes towards making the Mariah Carey that's here now?
Exactly.

Do you like that person?
I do. I feel like I've had to grow into this place. Honestly? I've so not arrived at the place that's the best person I can be. But I'm trying.

The Mottola years saw the singer operating at a phenomenally prolific, almost 1970's music business work rate. "They took an old mentality and put that on me," she says. "I was cool with that, you know? It was a corporate thing but I had no problem with it at the time." An album a year, with an MTV acoustic gig and a Christmas set which packaged her up and rinsed the commercial potential out of the girl that emerged from backing vocalist to superstarlet overnight. Working with the cream of urban American production talent, from Clivilles & Cole to Babyface, Puffy to Jam & Lewis, Mariah always managed to sneak in one track towards the end of each album that hinted at the sadness behind the aggressively marketed fairytale that was supposed to comprise her story. She looks genuinely astonished that anyone might have been paying attention.

"Some bitches just look at the same old story on the internet and change three words and write it. The End. Nobody looks at those lyrics. And the people that do are the ones who... well, I write it for real music lovers who care about what I do. I guess you could quote some music lover who hates what I do. People have different tastes and what not. But there's a song called Close My Eyes on the Butterfly album. Did you hear that? What a sad lyric." There were four years that she couldn't bring herself to perform the song live. "I was in a weird place. That was the time that my first relationship, I mean not my first one but my first as a quote/unquote adult... prior to adulthood, really. It was interesting, tough, and unique. A lot of times, back in the day, I would get shut down from doing that. If people weren't monitoring what I was writing I could've got away with saying what I wanted. There's a song called Looking In on the Daydream album... I got in trouble for that song. I did. For being real.'

History should allow a flipside to the Carey/Mottola coin. Without Mariah it is unlikely that the words 'Tommy Mottola' would have ever been heard outside of the music industry. The most famous girls that Mottola has taken charge of since losing the reins of his ex-wife's phenomenal talent, from Jennifer Lopez through Shakira, have been launched with an uncanny similarity to his most famous charge. Shakira entered Mottola's world as a dark haired Alanis-a-like singing folky rock songs in Spanish. By the time she had been through the Mottola tumble dryer the curly, fair locks, the occasional evening gown, the racial element buffed to the point of non-existence, the tutored sexuality and the world-beating power ballad -- all reliable Mariah staples -- were neatly locked down. Tommy Mottola was just doing his job with Mariah. As a record company executive he was charged with turning ordinary people into extraordinary figures of aspiration. It was Mariah that was living the aspiration and lending her whopping great voice to the world.

"I feel that's why I've been given the gift to write and it's why I've gone through so much crap, I think. You have to go through something to have a testimony."

Talking of testimonies, a brief interlude for some of Mimi's thoughts on the American Presidential race *=

ONE OF MARIAH's ongoing preoccupations is being mixed race. Her mother is Irish/American, her absent father Venezuelan/African American. It follows her everywhere. For popular consumption this has turned out to be a fortuitous blessing that works very much to her advantage. She didn't have to go through any Jacko-like surgery to hammer home the multi-purpose crossover of her appeal. She can be white Mariah, in a Versace evening dress and Van Cleef ice. Or she can be black Mariah, in hot pants with a hip hop don on her arm.

But one gets the feeling that Mariah doesn't operate only as a commercial entity and that much of her adult professional life has been about presenting a buffer to that. She still feels like the eternal outsider.

"If I do it's because I am."

With this in mind, the United States of America could turn into a very interesting place for Mariah Carey over the next year.

Do you think that Barack Obama could change America, Mariah?
Totally. I do think so. I do. I'm an eternal optimist and nothing would make me happier than to see that part of the world change. To see the whole perception of race and particularly when people have to deal with someone who is biracial, that is not easy for this country to do and for the world to do. I don't want to do it a disservice by even saying that. But I've lived it and I know what it is and there are seven-year-old kids still going through that. I meet them. They tell me.

It's all about Mimi: the festivity :)
MARIAH CAREY entered 2008 in fine fettle. She is not only preparing to service the world with 11th studio record, with some net serendipity she also still fits into her 11th grade jeans. "Yes, I'm still my eleventh grade size. Which is amazing. Is that a splash of wine?" It's a splash. "Can you give me a splash too? I feel soo unhip. Thank you. It's incredible how much of my life is based on what size jeans are what, a 26" waist I always think I have to lose weight from my thighs but I've always had that. No, but seriously, it isn't fat."

Mariah begins punching her own thighs to prove the point. "Even that doesn't hurt me," she trills, delighted. Warming to the treat of her own thighs, she asks me to punch them, too. She is nothing if not game, Mariah. And truly Amazonian. There is something slightly frightening about the invitation to hit her. I tell her I cannot possibly hit Mariah Carey. "But I'm a fighter. I'm a scrapper."

You are also, though, Mariah Carey, a carefully built legend.
Oh, you know what? I so didn't try and build a type of legend anything. It just sounds so foreign to me. If you only knew me.

How does it happen then?
You know what it is? It's so weird now. It's like celebrity is so fast moving and you just kinda have to be on the internet and you're famous and that's great... if that's what you want. If that's gonna make you happy. For me it's about music and my love for music and creativity and the fact that, you know, I don't even have to grow up doing this job. Which is really cool. Honestly, music has saved my life.

After seven straight months working on it, she was beginning to put the finishing touches to her 11th studio set, E=MC², by January of this year. The evergreen jollity of her classic All I Want For Christmas Is You lent the forthcoming campaign a little burst of festive pre-publicity. In the download area, her most festive joint had been buoyed by, of all things, a DFS soft furnishings advert to give her an unprompted Christmas UK smash.

Mariah considers the gestation period of making the new record. "This one? Seriously? It was like having a child."

Carey's records split equally and decisively between two camps. One popular perception of the singer is emoting the saccharine ballad, Hero, pinkie shaking against the microphone, hair voluminously waving against a wind machine. It is a distinct part of her oeuvre. But as early as her second suite, Emotions, MC was resting her immaculate vocalese against tougher street grooves. Rarefied DJs will still to this day tip a wink to Clivelles and Cole's Latin hip hop dub of its breakout hit, Make It Happen. After her split from Mottola, Carey's hip hop instinct rose from bubbling undercurrent to tsunami. As the clothes shed, the beats grew heavier. The delectable Heartbreaker, Fantasy and Loverboy all became block party favourites.

Since being famously bought out of her contract by Virgin records, the ravishing urban variant of the Mariah aspect has been allowed to develop at its own rate. Unsurprisingly, after finding a more natural home at Island/Def Jam. Her new set, E=MC², is its slickest, beefiest incarnation of street Mariah yet. The blowout disco joint That Chick sounds like it could've been dusted off from the West End Records back catalogue in the late '70s. The fresh, multi-layered, contemporary Philly bounce of I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time jumps along as if performed by a singer half her age. The whole set is Mariah on world-beating, market-leading form. The odd ballad moment, Thanx 4 Nothin', still grooves and finds a neat counterbalance a bass heavy reggae lilt to Cruise Control and the brilliant party bangers O.O.C. (Out of Control, naturally enough), Migrate and Heat.

Three different titles had been mooted by Billboard magazine before camp Mariah -- and believe me it is -- settled on audacious Einstein pun for the record. It's the second installment of glistening, modern funk that comprises the rebirth of Ms Carey. "People decided to roll with the wrong title," she says, a little snippily. "I never said it was called 'That Chick'. People were coming up to me and saying 'please don't call it That Chick'. I mean, whatever, even if I did, when I told people I was coming out with an album called The Emancipation of Mimi some people hated it. All this is just" she pauses, to accentuate her feeling vaguely disgusted at the word "opinion. Until something is proven".

The idea of her Emancipation sounded preposterous until it turned out to be precisely that, hiking her career back from the dip of its predecessor, the more 'classic' Mariah of Charmbracelet. Finally the idea of urban Mariah had bedded into the public consciousness, aided by the stopgap brilliance of her Busta Rhymes duet, I Know What You Want. The Emancipation was the Mariah that Mariah wanted to be. "Exactly. And 'Mimi. People were just like 'what-ever!' But the people that know me know what it is. With this one, E=MC² is kind of the same thing. Emancipation equals Mimi times two. It's kinda cool. It doesn't have to mean Emancipation. It could mean anything. Let's see."

The quintessential and oft forgotten disco contingent that love a Mariah remix will clearly take the E to mean Ecstasy. Mariah looks delighted at the prospect. "You know when someone says 'Bingo' when you get the right answer? You got it. Bingo, Yatsi, checkmate. I give you a bingo for that. I love that. It's hot!"

Some time around the release of the second single from her Emancipation, Mariah Carey -- the greatest MC -- cemented her position as the defining female artist of her era again with effortless mid-pace love story, We Belong Together. This pure Grammy fodder once more. The track squeezed lyrical references to Bobby Womack and Babyface, thus traversing some of soul's lengthy history in the space of one couplet and intermittently slipping her voice into its lineage. Another stone could classic under her belt, The Emancipation went on to become her biggest selling album in a decade, spewing out hits, blaring out of hummers, filling airwaves, nightclubs and wedding receptions and putting into metaphorical parentheses her dark years. The preamble to E=MC² sees Mariah at her hottest point yet. Which is exactly as it should be.

Operating in a space outside of irony and reliant only on her immediately identifiable and mostly magnificent gift for singing and telling simple, literal truths through song, Mariah is the modern music industry's own watermark for international success. With a breezy defiance, two weeks after our meet in NYC, she deftly hangs up the phone live on air during a Radio One chart show interview as the DJ attempts to wow at her 80 million plus recorded sales. The subsequent media scrum on this incident attempted to deride that 'diva' status that haunts Mariah as a sometimes inconvenient but nonetheless fabulous shadow. But the fact of the matter remains that the interviewer had been wrongly briefed, to the tune of an extra 80 million sales. Mariah is the singer and mostly the author of 160 million records the world over, making her the most successful female artist of all time. She is allowed and should be encouraged to be proud of that fact and to not accidentally have it halved for public consumption.

Her only real competitor in terms of repeatedly touching a public chord and turning it to commercial gold dust is Madonna, though in terms of simple execution their careers could not be any more starkly opposite. While Madonna's career has been one long, glossily art-directed, gym-honed, buff, superstyled succession of smoke and mirrors, Mariah can repeatedly do the wrong thing and get away with it. Her raw gift is the foundation on which her career has been erected. Even at her lowest ebb, the gift is still discernibly present. Sometimes she's allowed to be a catastrophe. Because she is blessed.

A week after the Radio One incident, the first single from E=MC², an immaculately saucy R&B joint, Touch My Body, pulsing beat echoing Mary J's Real Love with a neat grown up twist, nudged her ahead of Elvis as the performer with the most US Number 1's in chart history by becoming her eighteenth. Though Mariah is 38 and just shy of 20 years into her incredible career, her immediate peers now stretch from the young whippersnappers nipping at her ankles -- let's say Rihanna (Leona is a touch too obvious) -- to the bona fide legends -- let's say Barbra Streisand, if ever (if only) she'd made a record with either Ol' Dirty Bastard and Westlife.

The luxury, platinum groove at the heart of Mariah's success is beyond statistics. Her importance runs deeper than all that. She has become The American Dream. She is rags-to-riches multiplied by a million, the most fundamentally fascinating beacon of the pre-American Idol generation that apes her every vocal tic and performance manoeuvre for inspiration.

You got me feeling emotions... Two little stories Mariah tells in our audience highlight the duality at either end of her lifespan so far. :) :(
Just before her debut single and Number 1 Vision of Love went to US radio, Mariah was driven to the nrighbourhood she grew up in. "By the time I was 12 I had experienced more than people who are freakin' 40... Because of what I'd seen. The world sees somebody on TV and they're like 'we get you' and they want to put you into something because it's easier to think 'OK, she falls into this box. Pop diva.' Whatever. But it makes them a little uneasy that I don't fit into that box. I moved 13 times as a child. I stayed in one place for the longest and I went there once afterwards. Someone I grew up with had passed away when they were 20. They were older than me but not much. I knew that my song was coming out and they would never get to see it. It was my door neighbour." She thinks about for a moment. "That was sad."

Mariah's current New York incarnation could not be further from her humble origins. Why, only the other week she was being courted by the latest in a succession of visionary men in the American music history to be enthralled by her. Let her take the tale...

"I was at a friend's house. I don't wanna talk about her because she is a very prominent person but she's private. She's a private person with a lot of very famous friends. And she just happened to like me as a person. She's cool. So I was at her house and Quincy Jones was there and Chris Tucker was there and a few other people and..." Sounds like a fun party. "She has amazing parties. But whatever. So I'm sitting there and I'm playing this song from the new record just for a few people who were on and Quincy was engaged in another conversation and when he heard this one song he stopped and said 'play it again'. And I am like 'that is Quincy Jones!' He was really breaking he song down for me, musically, and saying why this bit was his favourite and what you did with this bit and I was like 'you definitely know the technical moments'. And I feel like an imbecile there next to him."

Mariah is nothing if not literal. Great swathes of her mass appeal like in her simple truisms. Her habit prior to the vaguely preposterous new album titling motifs was to utilise the language of the teenage girl -- Charmbracelet, Butterfly, Music Box, Glitter, Rainbow, Daydream -- and give each easy symbol a pointed visual interpretation to cement the theme. These little symbols of girlish affectation tie with her confessions of arrested development. She claims to love the job she does because it allows her not to have to grow up. She doesn't want children of her own just yet ('maybe one day'). Perhaps they wouldn't fit into her Mariah timeline.

In the flesh she is as easy to read. There is little in the way of deeply held analytical momentum behind Mariah. As your eyes attune to the light you realise that she's wearing a diamond butterfly. "I bought this for myself and then they ended up kind of giving it to me, the Van Cleef butterfly." It seems rude to ask the price of the gift, or indeed to probe too deeply into its possible significance. "I was never thinking this is going to be my new thing. I'm going to walk round the town with butterflies. No, this is just something that people have said 'oh my God, you are obsessed by butterflies!' It became this thing and it's like it's not that deep.' I'm not part of, like, the magma of life, the lava of life. It's sooo not about that. Magma, wrong word! That'll be my Austin Powers moment. Seriously, it's just like emerging. The whole butterfly moment in my life happened purely by accident. I was writing the song Butterfly and then left a relationship like a butterfly and then I kinda like was as fragile as one for a while and everyone was a little bit concerned when I left that relationship because it was, you know, not your everyday story... so I guess all these things kind of build up and become sort of mythical moments."

In a world of confusing multimedia symbols. In an age of ironic overload and backhanded sales pitches, Mariah is a focused and breathtakingly successful emblem of simplicity. It is its own skill.

She seems unquestionably relaxed, no doubt helped by the top up in the wine glass half way through the interview. Her approach to music, post her Emancipation, is similarly reductionist. "I'm like, 'OK! Jermaine likes it, then I like it," she says, referring to the man who executive produced Mimi and was brought back to the studio for E=MC², Jermaine 'Mr Janet Jackson' Dupri.

"What does it take to create one of these albums?" she says, reverting back to her process. "It depends. Maybe I took longer with the last record. Maybe it was the same amount of time. You know, honestly, when LA Reid gives me a suggestion about working with somebody I listen and I enjoy that. I like making him happy. I like making records that are fun for me."

Mariah has played out her professional life in reverse. Her records get more youthful, her beats hipper, her voice more tangibly sweet and, of course, her clothes tighter and lesser the older the artist gets. E=MC² is a particularly festive record, I comment.

"It's very festive," she beams.

Source: Scans: PinBoard | Jayden | Text: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Scans
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 11-May-2008, 3:55AM EDT
In Touch, May 19, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Has Mariah Made A Big Mistake?


Star, May 19, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Bride Mariah - What Was She Thinking?


Us, May 19, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Mariah & Nick's Surprise Wedding


Life & Style, May 19, 2008 issue
Cover Story: Suprise! Mariah's Married!


And, additional scans from this week's In Touch, Life & Style, OK!, and People magazines.


And more, from last week's (May 12th) issues of Entertainment Weekly, In Touch, Life & Style, OK! and Us.


Source: MariahDailyJournal | tombstoner79

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 11-May-2008, 3:53AM EDT
• According to Hits Daily Double, E=MC², in its 4th week of release, is projected to come in at #4 with sales of 80-85k next week.

• Martha Stewart has offered her congratulations to her friend and Macy's commercial co-star Mariah Carey, for the singer's nuptials to Nick Cannon. "Mariah, I hope you have a very lovely life. You deserve it. You're fabulous!" (Access Hollywood)

• Watch a video of Mariah and Nick Cannon leaving the Waverly Inn in New York City Thursday night from Access Hollywood and Extra TV. Also included in the video, a discussion about 'Stars & No-Name Dudes' on Showbiz Tonight.

Download link and screen captures below.


Download: Mariah & Nick on AccessH, Extra & Showbiz Tonight

• When asked if Mariah would be a great mother, friend Tyler Perry told Us Magazine: "Absolutely! Her baby would be in Gucci, Chanel and diamonds from birth," the director said at Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World party in New York City Thursday. "She is a wonderful, wonderful woman, so I'm just joking around."

• Mariah tops both Overall and Music searches on Yahoo! Buzz.

• Kathy Griffin at her San Diego show last night talked about Mariah's appearance on Oprah. She imitated what she called the diva walk as Mariah walked out on stage. She said, "Oprah is the biggest thing, she doesn't breathe the same air as we do. Sometimes she has people on her show that are almost up to her level, and Mariah is one of them. Oprah can't handle that." She said she loved Mariah Carey, then sang a few lines from 'Bye Bye' but said she didn't like the album.

• People wants to know: "Who is your favorite leading man in a Mariah Carey video?" Vote here.

• In an interview with New York's radio station Z100 on May 1st, Madonna admitted she likes Mariah's "Touch My Body." Watch the video interview here.

• To the right, watch up-and-coming male R&B group, AHMIR, perform a touching rendition to Mariah's "Bye Bye." You can download the song on their MySpace.

• The soap opera "As The World Turns" has been playing E=MC² songs. On Thursday, May 8th episode, they played "I'm That Chick," "For The Record," "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time," "Last Kiss," and "Cruise Control" during the 'night club' scenes; and on Friday, May 9th, "For The Record" was again played in one of the scenes.


• "Every Day Is Mother's Day: Country Songs for Mom," a CD compilation of beautiful string quartet tributes to a bunch of great artists, includes Mariah's "Hero." More info and hear 30-sec clips here.

Fans' Corner
• Jeramiah and Boudi created some wallpapers to share with everyone!



• The Butterfly Room and MC Media World have merged to make a bigger and better community. Check them out here.

• In celebration of its 1st year anniversary this May, SweetMariah will be posting rare pictures and videos on the site throughout the month. Elise has provided us with a preview of the videos she'll be uploading on the site. Congratulations to Elise and her team!

• Rick from Holland and Manuela from Romania have launched their own respective Mariah fan sites: Rick with MariahCareyWorld; and Manuela with a new Mariah board, Mariah Carey Romania Forum. Check them out!

• Below are photos from the E=MC² Fan Party, organized by Kelly K, at Hamburger Mary in West Hollywood on April 19th.


• Lamby Joe has started working on a new fan book called "Lambs Equation." Fans who want to participate can send a 1-2 page entry with an art work of their "equation." For instance a letter or image equals a nickname, initials or name along with a description of what it means and/or why. Fan letters are also welcomed. For further information, please contact Lamby Joe at LambsIncProject@aol.com.
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International News
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 10-May-2008, 11:02PM EDT
FRANCE
Below are scans from the May 22nd issue of the French magazine, Oops!.



SINGAPORE
HMV Singapore is holding a contest for E=MC². 100 winners with the most creative photos will be chosen. All you have to do is stand next to the store's E=MC² cardboard standee display (see photo on right) and pose like Mariah Carey with your copy of her new album and take a picture of yourself. Email the photo with your details (Name/Contact #/Location of Display) with subject heading "Mariah Carey E=MC² Photo Contest" to umcontest@hotmail.com. Contest ends May 31, 2008. Visit your HMV stores (Heeren/City Link) now!


SERBIA
"Touch My Body" is #1 for 2 consecutive weeks on MTV's Adria Top 20. Click on the link to vote.


SOUTH KOREA
E=MC² is up a spot to #3 on Hanteo's Weekly Pop chart this week. To the right is a picture of an ad for E=MC² at Hong Dae Station (Line 2) in South Korea.

Below are photos from the Universal Music Korea-sponsored MC Family's E=MC² release party held at the Miji Centre, Seoul on April 13th.



TAIWAN
E=MC² drops 2 spots to #3 on the Taiwanese International chart this week.

BULGARIA
"Touch My Body" places at #1, up 8 spots from #9, on Bravo's Top 20 Songs as of May 12, 2008. (see scan on right)


THAILAND
Universal Music Thailand, Lux and Mariah Carey Thailand hosted a release party for E=MC² on April 22nd at the Siam Paragon's Fashion Hall. The photos below show the venue with hanging 6 meter-tall E=MC² banners, seating area for those who got the tickets/invitation cards, auction for autographed Mariah T-shirt and large E=MC² banner, Mariah Carey Thailand Fan Club group photo, 'Diva of the Night' winner, invitation card, and scans of the release party news published in the national daily newspapers, Kom Chud Luk and Post Today.




Below are photos of the E=MC² display at 3 major stores in Bangkok: B2S stores at Central Chidlom Department Store and Central World Plaza; and Gram Music Store at Siam Paragon.



E=MC² has been released in Thailand in 3 editions: Deluxe with iPod skin, Standard with European type CD case, and Special Thai edition, Standard case with special low price. Also included in each CD is a coupon to win the "M by Mariah Carey" perfume lucky draw contest.




ASIA
Mariah (along with Madonna) is MTV Asia's Featured Artist in the month of May.

Read MTV Asia's review of E=MC² here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Jack | Weilun | Varun

New Poll
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 10-May-2008, 5:47PM EDT
Thanks to everyone who participated in our last poll, "Which E=MC² track are you most excited about?" The results were as follows:

» Bye Bye - 27% (4224 votes)
» Migrate - 18% (2846 votes)
» That Chick - 16% (2620 votes)
» Lovin' You Long Time - 8% (1358 votes)
» Side Effects - 7% (1092 votes)
» I Wish You Well - 6% (1021 votes)
» Love Story - 6% (896 votes)
» Cruise Control - 4% (620 votes)
» O.O.C. - 3% (541 votes)
» Thanx For Nothin' - 3% (455 votes)
» Last Kiss - 2% (372 votes)
  Total Votes: 16245

A new poll is now up! Located on the right sidebar, our new poll asks: "What do you think should be the 3rd single off Mariah's new album, E=MC2?" Get voting now!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

HQ Photos: Mariah at Time 100 Gala
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-May-2008, 7:35PM EDT
Below are high-quality photos of Mariah at Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" gala at Jazz at Lincoln Center on Thursday, May 8, 2008 in New York City.



And out for dinner at Waverly Inn following the Time gala.


Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah at TIME's "Influential" Dinner
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 09-May-2008, 10:01AM EDT
Liz Smith writes about Time, Inc.'s "100 Most Influential People" dinner at the Jazz at Lincoln Center theater in New York.

At the end — much too late — Mariah Carey appeared in all her sparkling glory wearing a brief silver dress that was squeezing her legs together so she could hardly walk. She had no bra assistance and didn't seem to need any, and she sang with a rhinestone-studded mike. Her earrings didn't simply dangle; part of them seemed to be inserted directly into her ears like diamond hearing aids. This is a girl who is outstripping Elvis in the record books and she stood straight as an arrow and delivered just one fabulous song. That was enough! It was very effective.
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Mariah on Ellen May 13th
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-May-2008, 11:47PM EDT
Next Tuesday, May 13th, Mariah Carey will join Ellen to make her first TV appearance since marrying rapper Nick Cannon! Be the first to hear about the wedding, the reception, the honeymoon -- straight from Mariah herself!

The Ellen DeGeneres Show will tape Monday, May 12th to air Tuesday, May 13th.
Source: Ellen | Julio

People Magazine: Mariah & Nick's Island Wedding Album
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-May-2008, 5:07PM EDT
With just a few friends on hand (and four boxes of Maine lobster), surprise couple Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon tie the knot at a sunset ceremony on the beach in the Bahamas

They hadn't even gone public with their relationship--in fact, they had only recently begun seeing each other--when Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon decided to take the plunge. "We got tattoos!" says Carey. "His is on one shoulder to the other and it says 'Mariah.'" And hers? "It's on my lower back and it says 'Mrs. Cannon,'" she says. Only after that did they ink a marriage license--and pull off the surprise wedding of the year. Carey and singer-actor Cannon first met in 2005 at the Teen Choice Awards but only started dating in late March. Just weeks later, to the shock of a lot of their friends and family, they whisked off to Carey's Bahamian estate and wed in a sunset, ocean-side ceremony April 30. While still on their honeymoon, the giddy newlyweds spoke exclusively to People's Liz McNeil about their whirlwind courtship, Cannon's candy-themed proposal and--yep--having kids.

So, how does it feel to be married?
Mariah: [Laughing] Who wants to go first? You go first.
Nick: It feels amazing. My cheeks hurt from smiling so hard. I've been smiling for days.
Mariah: It's comforting--and something I've never felt before. Which is really being in love and happy with someone who really understands me and isn't trying to do anything but make me happy. It's wonderful.

It happened pretty fast, didn't it?
Nick: In our minds, it was a love-at-first-sight thing. Since we've been together, we've been inseparable.
Mariah: I don't think anyone realized what we already know--that we were going to get married.

When did you first know that?
Nick: I'd always admired Mariah from afar, but once we connected I felt it was destined: This has to be my wife.
Mariah: I definitely knew. Of course, everyone is running the photo from the 2005 Teen Choice Awards...
Nick: From then on, I thought, "I have to get closer to her and express my true feelings." I was praying I'd have the chance to share them with her.
Mariah: People were very skeptical and told him, "You can never get past her people." I only knew that he'd say nice things about me. So I thanked him when [I saw him again].
Nick: I said, "I meant every single word. Hopefully I can express more to you." She was down-to-earth. From that point, we built a friendship.

In late March, Carey flew to Antigua to shoot a music video for "Bye Bye," from her new album, E=MC². She cast Cannon, 27--star of MTV's Wild'N Out, and an entertainment minimogul with his own record label and clothing line--as the romantic lead.

Mariah: I told people, "I like him and want him to do it." The song was a love story. It was perfect for us.
Nick: From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected. We had so much in common spiritually, and we laugh at the same things. I didn't have to put on my Mac Daddy suave mode. I was able to be myself with her. We are both eternally 12 years old.
Mariah: [Laughing] We were having a such a good time on the shoot.
Nick: I brought her little pieces of candy. I'd write little third-grade notes instead of being over-the-top.
Mariah: He wrote the note, "Will you be my girlfriend?" with boxes for yes or no. In the video, we're boyfriend and girlfriend. It seemed very natural.

Were all your friends surprised by your marriage?
Mariah: Some were, but some weren't. One thing [few people] knew was we got tattoos a few weeks earlier. So anyone who saw my [Mrs. Cannon] tattoo wasn't surprised.
Nick: To me rings are special and exciting, but tattoos mean more than anything. They're forever and ever. They professed our love.
Mariah: And they hurt!
Nick: A lot.

Why did you keep your engagement and wedding plans a secret?
Mariah: We only told people who had to know. [To everyone else] we said we were [going to the Bahamas] for the video. If we brought a million people with us, it would've been obvious we weren't shooting a video.

The week of the wedding, Nick and Mariah traveled to her estate on the Bahamian island of Windermere on a Gulfstream jet. They also flew in boxes of live Maine lobsters, fine china and Dom Perignon champagne. Just a dozen guests attended, including BFFs like rapper Da Brat.

Mariah: Only about four people know we were going down there to get married. Once we were there, they gave me a bachelorette party. Everyone calls me Mary Poppins. No matter how provocatively I might dress, I'm very pruddish. So they did everything they could to shock me. They had a grab bag full of silly things they think a bachelorette wants. They were so happy they got to embarrass me.

Describe your wedding dress.
Mariah: It was a simple, slim-cut dress [by Nile Cmylo] in an off-white that turns into a very pale pink to match the sand. And [Christian] Louboutins--I can wear high heels with Nick because he's tall. Flats are not in my repertoire. Nick looked beautiful in his tux.
Nick: I think it was Balenciaga.

How was the ceremony?
Mariah: We got married at sunset on the beach. We were trying to get the really golden light. It was late--of course I was late, it's just in my DNA. We had a white carpet on the sand that went to the water's edge. My pastor Clarence Keaton flew in from New York. The whole wedding was really beautiful and sweet. Being there with loved ones under the sky... it was a spiritual moment.

What were you thinking then?
Mariah: When I walked down the aisle, I was thinking, "My veil is blowing all over the place!" It was really windy. I was nervous. We didn't know if they would make us speak.
Nick: I haven't been shy in years, but I was speechless. I was elated, but I was thinking, "Don't pass out." What the pastor did was really cool. He said, "The eyes are the window to the soul," then gave us an entire minute to stare into each other's eyes. So I was saying, "Don't cry."
Mariah: With the sun setting on the turquoise water, we kissed.
Nick: We had our passionate wedding kiss. Then I swooped her off her feet.
Mariah: He carried me to the water.

And afterward?
Mariah: The cake came out. Everybody stumbled over their toasts. They didn't know what to say. They thought they were coming to a shoot!

What about a honeymoon?
Mariah: That was being here [in the Bahamas] after the wedding. Some friends stayed, too, but it was really time for Nick and I to be together.

Have you thought about kids yet?
Mariah: It's part of the whole purpose of getting married. I'd just want our children to have the best childhood and upbringing they possibly could.

So you have thought about kids?
Mariah: Yes.
Nick: Absolutely.

What do you love about each other?
Nick: She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside. She is such a giving, nurturing spirit. Someone who has spent their entire life making others happy.
Mariah: We really do feel we are soulmates. I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me. I was always so career-oriented. I would hope and pray for my friends to find love, but I never did that for myself. And then? Everything just fell into place!

The Proposal
On April 25 Cannon took Carey to the roof of her N.Y.C. apartment to see the Empire State Building, lit pink and lavender to honor her album E=MC². As he often did, he gave her a Ring Pop--candy shaped like a big jewel. But inside the wrapper was a 17-carat pink-diamond ring created by Jacob & Co.'s Jacob Arabo. Her reaction? "He had ribbons around it, so I said, 'I think mine's broken,'" says Carey. When he dropped to one knee, "she ran away and got all shy." he says. Finally, she said yes--twice. Cannon, who filmed it all, proposed again to get a perfect take, this time on a helicopter. "That," says Carey, "was beautiful."

*Pictures removed due to the request of People Magazine.
Source: People | Text & Scans: MariahDailyJournal

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-May-2008, 2:52PM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 17, 2008.

E=MC²
Billboard 200 Albums: #2 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #2 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Top Internet Albums: #9 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Digital Albums: #9 (Last Week #3)
Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #2 (Last Week #1)
Sales this week: 95,405 (-48%)
Total sales: 741,506

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #7 (Last Week #7)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Pop 100: #11 (Last Week #8)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #13 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #4 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #5 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #7 (Last Week #8)
Billboard Hot Videoclip Tracks: #13 (Last Week #4)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #14 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #6 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Album): #11 Last Week #10)
Billboard Hot RingMasters: #6 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot Singles Sales: #2 (Debut)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #5 (Last Week: #1)
Billboard Hot Dance Airplay: #10 (Last Week: #6)
Billboard Global Dance Tracks: #13 (Last Week: #13)
Downloads this week: 72,837 (-26%)
Total Downloads: 868,528

EP downloads & 12" sales this week: 660 (-19%)
Total EP downloads & 12" sales: 4,494

"Bye Bye"
Billboard Hot 100: #38 (Last Week #32)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #39 (Last Week #55)
Billboard Pop 100: #36 (Last Week #36)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #46 (Last Week #63)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #46 (Last Week #63)
Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: #30 (Last Week #37) wk 2 pk 30
Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: #16 (Last Week #22)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #37 (Last Week #21)
Downloads this week: 24,372 (-33%)
Total Downloads: 121,031

BDS Impressions: +6.6 million from last week.

The Emancipation of Mimi
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #11 (Last Week #11)

The Adventures of Mimi (DVD)
Billboard Top Music Video: #2 (Last Week #1)

#1's
Billboard Top Pop Catalog: #40 (Last Week #32)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Catalog Albums: #10 (Last Week #10)
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks

Dubai Concert Postponed
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-May-2008, 8:49AM EDT
Midas Promotions along with Blue Giraffe Entertainment and On Golden Pond Pictures regret to announce the "Divas in Dubai" concert event is being rescheduled to a later date in the Fall 2008.

"Mariah and Fergie are disappointed that they won't be able to perform," commented a Producer for the first time ever, back to back event. "They had scheduled this one special event in their calendars and were looking forward to performing for the Dubai fans."

Mel Tyler, of Midas Promotions, stated that "the extremely compressed time frame along with unforeseen logistical complications compelled us to move the event later in the year to ensure a show commensurate with the level of success of these world class Artists and the people of Dubai."

For customers who have already purchased, the ticket value will be refunded to your credit card within 10-21 working days.
Source: Showbizme | Samira

Videos: Wedding Details from Access Hollywood & Extra
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 08-May-2008, 1:24AM EDT
Galina Espinoza, Senior Editor of People: "This wedding was so secret that not even Mariah's closest friends and family knew that they were getting married."

The dozen guests who first thought they were attending a video shoot dined on Maine lobsters and champagne. This intimate reception was a stark contrast to Mariah's 1993 paparazzi-packed New York nuptials to Sony boss, Tommy Mottola. And unlike her super-embellished Vera Wang gown which had a 27-foot train, Mariah complemented every inch of her slimmed-down curves with a simple-yet-chic Nile Cmylo dress but it wasn't Nile's first design which was more over-the-top for the fake music video.

Nile Cmylo, designer: "And I was pulled aside and said this is actually a real wedding so I went back to the fabric store in the morning and started over again and came back with something a little more appropriate."

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Source: MariahDailyJournal

More Bits from People's Wedding Issue
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 10:24PM EDT
Less than two weeks after the wedding proposal, singer Mariah Carey, 39, and actor Nick Cannon, 27, are talking about their whirlwind affair.

"It was a love-at-first-sight thing. Since we've been together, we've been inseparable," Cannon tells the next issue of People, on stands Friday.

On April 30, just five days after he popped the question on the rooftop of her New York apartment building, the two were walking down the aisle on a white carpet at sunset at the beach on her estate in the Bahamas. He wore Balenciaga. She wore an off-white dress by Nile Cmylo. "And (Christian) Louboutins -- I can wear high heels with Nick because he's tall. Flats are not in my repertoire," she says.

The two, who met at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, began dating in late March. At the time, they had begun shooting the video for her single Bye Bye. He was cast as the romantic lead. "From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected. ...I was able to be myself with her," he says. "We are both eternally 12 years old."

Some friends knew the couple were getting serious, she says. "One thing (few people) knew was we got tattoos a few weeks earlier. So anyone who saw my ("Mrs. Cannon") tattoo wasn't surprised," she says.

The two, who met at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards, began dating in late March. At the time, they had begun shooting the video for her single Bye Bye. He was cast as the romantic lead. "From the first time we sat down to discuss the video at the Beverly Hills Hotel, we connected. ...I was able to be myself with her," he says. "We are both eternally 12 years old."

Some friends knew the couple were getting serious, she says. "One thing (few people) knew was we got tattoos a few weeks earlier. So anyone who saw my ("Mrs. Cannon") tattoo wasn't surprised," she says.

"To me rings are special and exciting, but tattoos mean more than anything. They're forever and ever," says Cannon, who has "Mariah" tattooed on his back.

And what about children? "It's part of the whole purpose of getting married," Carey says. "I'd just want our children to have the best childhood and upbringing they possibly could."

Related News:
'Bye-Bye' video was 'Hello' for Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's romance (NY Daily News)
Source: USA Today

Mariah Back From Bahamas and Ready to Warble
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 7:18PM EDT
Hollywood's hottest newlyweds are home.

A week after their under-the-radar Bahamas wedding, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon have returned to the States and are primed to resume work.

Nick's 18-year-old brother, Reuben Cannon, says his newly hitched brother is currently in Los Angeles.

"He's here, and he is really happy," Reuben, an L.A.-based professional singer and dancer, exclusively tells E! News.

"I've never seen him so happy."

Reuben declined to comment on the whereabouts of his new sister-in-law, but a source says Carey was in the City of Angels as of Tuesday.

She's not staying long, though.

A rep for Time magazine's Time 100 gala, set for Thursday night in New York, confirms to E! News that the bash will be headlined by the new Mrs. Cannon.
Source: E! Online

Video: Oprah Confirms Mariah-Nick Wedding
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 5:18PM EDT
Oprah on her show today confirmed that Mariah and Nick Cannon tied the knot on Wednesday, April 30th in a sunset ceremony on the beach in the Bahamas.


Oprah Confirms Mariah-Nick Wedding, Oprah, May 7, 2008
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CONGRATULATIONS MIMI & NICK!
Posted by MariahDailyJournal on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 10:15AM EDT
On behalf of all of their fans worldwide, Mariah Daily Journal would like to congratulate Mimi and Nick Cannon on their marriage! The happy couple tied the knot at an intimate ceremony in the Bahamas last week and have now released exclusive pictures from their wedding to People Magazine. We wish them all the best!

Yep, they did it! If there was any doubt Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's wedding was the real deal, they answer the question once and for all in this week's issue of PEOPLE, speaking for the first time about their surprise nuptials - and showing off exclusive photos from their April 30 ceremony.

"We really do feel we are soulmates," Carey tells PEOPLE, following their sunset ceremony at the pop star's Bahamian estate. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me."

Cannon adds: "She is beautiful on the outside and 10 times as beautiful on the inside."

For more on Mariah & Nick's whirlwind romance - including photos of their new tattoos, details on Nick's candy-themed proposal, and their plans for kids (!) - pick up the latest PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.





Mariah and Nick are not the only ones celebrating! MariahDaily.com is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. Ten years in which hundreds of thousands of fans from all over the world supported Mariah through this site, through good times and bad times - after which, our love for Mariah remains stronger than ever. Thank you so much to all of the fans who keep supporting this site, giving us feedback, sharing their stories with us, getting excited with us, and visiting us daily to keep up with everything Mariah does.
Source: People Online | MariahDailyJournal | RedLasso

Photos: Mariah in the Bahamas
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 10:00AM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah in the Bahamas Saturday, May 3, 2008.


Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: Celebrity Exposé: Mariah Carey
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 9:33AM EDT
Monday's Celebrity Exposé gave its viewers an in-depth, hour-long look at Mariah's career from the release of her first album, Mariah Carey to her latest, E=MC². Download this show below.


Celebrity Exposé: Mariah Carey, MyNetworkTV, May 5, 2008
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E=MC² Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 07-May-2008, 9:31AM EDT
United States (01-01-02)
Canada (01-04-08)
Taiwan [International] (01-01)
South Korea [International] (01-03)
Australia (02-11)
United Kingdom (03-05-12)
Switzerland (05-10-15)
France (06-17-23)
Germany (07-22)
Ireland (07-13-25)
Japan (07-09-11)
Austria (08-36-30)
Italy (09-15-22)
New Zealand (10-20)
Netherlands (11-17-28)
Portugal (15-OUT)
Spain (16-30-65)
Denmark (18-34)
Norway (20-OUT)
Sweden (22-40)

Official/Estimated* Total Sales:
United States - 741,000
Japan - 75,000
United Kingdom - 61,000*
Canada - 32,000*
France - 21,000*
Brazil - 15,000 (shipment)
Australia - 12,000*
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Bye Bye" Music Video
Posted by Jeane on Tuesday, 06-May-2008, 1:35PM EDT
Mariah's new "Bye Bye" video is now available for streaming at Comcast.net.





"Bye Bye" Music Video: [ Stream | Download ]
Source: MariahCarey.com | Antonio

Sneak Peek: Mariah on the Cover of Vibe Magazine
Posted by Liron on Monday, 05-May-2008, 1:09PM EDT
ME & MARIAH

Vibe's exclusive sneak peek and editor's note from the sizzling June 2008 issue, available on newsstands May 13!

EDITOR'S LETTER

VIBE and Mariah do go back like babies and pacifiers. There was a Mariah cover in April 1996, around the time of Daydream. That excellent story was written by Elysa Gardner (now of USA Today). In 2003, around the time of Charmbracelet, Lola Ogunnaike (now of CNN's American Morning) wrote another fantastic cover piece.

As for myself, in 1998, when I was editor-in-chief the first time, I flew to San Francisco (on Mariah time, you have to be ready to get up and go anywhere at a moment's notice) and then rode north to hilly Sonoma County, in Northern California's wine country. Carey and I drank red wine until late into the night. She'd just left her marriage. I think she was releasing a greatest hits package (#1's). She was in a good, if tough, space. That space from which good art and new beauty is sometimes born. She was fun. And open. Soon after, she went through some well-documented rough times. But she's been back for a while, and the new album is an homage to Einstein's theory of relativity, first introduced in a 1905 paper called, "Does The Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?" I thought you knew.

People forget, because Mariah is so pretty and so about hair and boobs and antics, that she is a songwriter who will go down in history as one of the best, one of the most prolific, and one of the most successful. The sales and radio records she's breaking are mammoth, and crucial too--because with every one she topples, it's clearer that Miss Carey is the true People's Choice. She writes and sings music that people sing to themselves, music that we move our bodies to. She is redefining--in these complicated cultural times, times in which niches are nich-ier than ever, times in which even the sale of creative content is in question--what it is to be popular (believed, embraced, or perpetuated by ordinary people). She's buttah fly, for sure.

The staff (Robyn Forest, Memsor Kamarake, and Shanel Odum) and I got on Mariah Time, this time during the last week of March. First the shoot wasn't happening. Then we were going to Paris. Then the shoot was going to be in Manhattan. Then we got on a plane to the West Indies, bound for a pearl of a private island off the coast of the exquisite isle of Antigua. Odum describes Jumby Bay beautifully in her second cover story (she wrote abut Mary. J Blige for the February issue), but be clear: Over and above the grass tennis courts, crystalline waters, the Cavalier Rum-glazed prawns, and the flawless, breezy-sunny climate, it's the people of Antigua and Jumby Bay--Thelma, Lissue, Elaine, Glenroy, and everyone else--who make the place. They keep a staff blog, too. It's as cool as they are.

As ever,

Danyel Smith

P.S. The VIBE staff as a whole went above and beyond for this issue. If I could, I'd blow up the whole masthead right here on ed. note. Thank you for pushing it.


Source: Vibe Magazine | Casey

Videos: JD & Mariah in Studio, Updated MTV 52/52
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 05-May-2008, 3:31AM EDT


Jermaine Dupri, Mariah, Cri$tyle and Bryan Michael Cox were in the studio Monday, April 28th in New York City working on a future upcoming project. "But not E=MC²," our source says.

A video titled "Living The Life With Mariah," recorded and uploaded by J.D. on YouTube shows the group during their recording session.

Download an MPG file here.



During the week of April 14, Mariah's Artist of the Week videos: performance clips and skits, were aired on MTV as part of its MTV 52/52 campaign. Below are better versions, plus 2 more, of the MTV 52/52 videos we previously posted on April 14th.

Performance Clips
• "Touch My Body"
• "Migrate" Video 1
• "Migrate" Video 2
• "I'm That Chick" Video 1
• "I'm That Chick" Video 2
• "Love Story" (long version)
   [Download MP3]
• "Thanx 4 Nothin'"

Skits
• I'm Not Feeling It!
• Listen & Learn
• They Look Like Mom Jeans
• My Ears Just Vomited
• Paparazzi
• Sneakers, They Even Sound Gross
• 'The Hills,' But With More Bitches

Download all videos in one file here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Dubai Concert Tickets Now On Sale
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 04-May-2008, 1:46PM EDT
Midas Promotions, in association with On Golden Ponds Pictures proudly presents Mariah Carey, Five-time Grammy winner and best-selling female pop artist of the millennium as named by the World Music Awards.

Mariah will premiere concert versions of new songs from her latest chart-topping album, "E=MC2" which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 and the United World charts.

Mariah will also be performing smash hits and concert surprises from her record-breaking, best-selling repertoire running from her 1990 debut to this week's international charts.

Event Details
Venue: Dubai Festival City
Date: Thursday, May 15 2008, 8:30pm (gates open at 4:00pm)

Ticket Prices (in AE Dirhams)
Front Standing General Admission Ticket 995.00
Grand Stand Seating (centre) General Admission Ticket 795.00
Regular Standing General Admission Ticket 695.00
Grand Stand Seating (left) General Admission Ticket
Grand Stand Seating (right) General Admission Ticket 595.00
Rear Standing General Admission Ticket 495.00

Tickets are now available for purchase at ShowbizMe and TimeOut. View the seating chart.
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Mariah To Perform at Time 100 Gala?
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 03-May-2008, 6:45PM EDT
Mariah Carey will entertain the VIP crowd at the fifth annual Time 100 gala on Thursday, May 8th along with jazz legend Herbie Hancock, and "SNL" stars Amy Poehler and Seth Myers.
Source: New York Post

Billboard Reviews "Bye Bye"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 03-May-2008, 6:43PM EDT
Bye Bye
MARIAH CAREY
Producers:
Stargate, Mariah Carey
Label: Island

One "Touch" was enough to convince the masses that at 38, Mariah Carey is as much a chart tigress as anyone half her age. Sure enough, "E=MC2" launch single "Touch My Body" became her 18th No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 single. That playful romp is followed by a reminder that Mimi is as capable of putting a weighty message in front without sacrificing melodic juice. "Bye Bye" offers comfort for anyone suffering loss: "This is for my peoples who just lost somebody, your best friend, your baby, your man or your lady/Lift your head to the sky, cos we will never say bye." A tinkly piano-driven groove escorts the lyrical embrace, with oozy synths, a flush of R&B via male shout-outs of "Eh!" and a vocal that builds to a fitting tour-de-force crescendo, though pushed down in the mix to maintain decorum. "Bye" seems poised to have Carey greet the top of the pops for a 19th time. --Chuck Taylor
Source: Billboard

Mariah Cancels Appearance on "The View"
Posted by Liron on Friday, 02-May-2008, 3:45PM EDT
Mariah's appearance on "The View" which was scheduled to be taped on Monday, May 5th, has been canceled. No further details were given about the cancellation or about a new date for the taping.

As for the rumors, thank you for all the emails you have been sending to MariahDaily.com. We will not be posting any news until Mariah or someone on her behalf officially confirms or denies it. As you can see, Mariah is not ready to do either yet, so please be patient.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Oprah's Gayle Interviews Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 02-May-2008, 7:12AM EDT
Mariah was in-studio at Radio XM 156's Oprah & Friends for an interview with host Gayle King on Wednesday, April 30th.

[ Listen to the interview below. Click here to download an MP3. ]

She's a record-breaking, Grammy-winning artist who has been captivating fans with her music for more than 20 years. Singer Mariah Carey talks to Gayle about the ups and downs of her career and personal life and about her latest album.

Mariah says the road to success wasn't easy. Earlier in her career, she often was unhappy but kept it to herself, she says. "When I was a little depressed inside, I would fake a smile and deal with the side effects," she says. "But nobody knew that--a lot of the worst times were not when people thought they were bad times."

Now, she says she is in a great place in her life. Her single "Touch My Body" has hit the number one spot on the Billboard charts, and Mariah says she's embracing her identity, which she says includes being a little bit of a diva. "I think I'm high maintenance, but I maintain my own self," she says. "It's not just the diva stuff; it's an emotional need that I have to protect myself."

Mariah says she wanted the music on her new album, E=MC², to benefit others. "I wanted to write something that could touch and help people," she says. "I'm inspired by people who take entertainment and try to do something more with it."

Also, here are audio files of Mariah's interviews with NYC's Hot 97's Angie Martinez on April 21st, and Power 105's DJ Clue on April 22nd; and KISS 95.7's Courtney in Hartford, CT on April 22nd.

[ Download: Angie Martinez, Hot 97, New York ]

[ Download: DJ Clue, Power 105, New York ]

[ Download: Courtney, KISS 95.7, Connecticut ]
Source: Oprah | Josie | Deborah

International News
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 02-May-2008, 7:03AM EDT
HONG KONG
"Touch My Mimi In Tokyo"
Universal Hong Kong is running a big lucky draw campaign on retail, online and telco platforms for Mariah's new album.

Winners will have the chance to meet Mariah in person in Japan in early June when she goes there for album promotion. All promotion campaigns will kick off from May 1 onwards in various retailers, and digital/telcos including 3 (Hutchison), SmarTone-Vodafone, PEOPLES, One2Free, MOOV, HMV online & kiosks. Click here for contest details.

Below are images to promote this campaign. HMV is selling the album that includes an additional sticker and application form for this lucky draw.


And scans from the current HMV magazine with Mariah on the cover that comes free with the purchase of E=MC².



NEW ZEALAND
This week, Mariah has slipped one position with "Touch My Body" on New Zealand's official Singles chart to #4. However, E=MC² has debuted at #10 on the Albums chart. This is the highest an album of Mariah's has positioned since Daydream.

PHILIPPINES
"E=MC2" gets gold status after eight days
Mariah Carey's eleventh studio album just proves how badly Filipinos want to own a copy of the diva's latest offering. The multi-award winning singer-songwriter's newest album E=MC² reached gold status in just eight days.

According to the Philippine Recording Industry Music Association, the group in charge of certifying record and album sales in the country, an album would reach the gold statusafter selling 15,000 copies of the album or more.


PORTUGAL
Portuguese TV: news clip from SIC Noticias regarding the new album and from Top+ regarding E=MC²'s position at #15 on the Portuguese albums chart. Click on the links to download.

Screen Captures

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
Update: Mariah's Dubai Concert. As previously reported, Mariah will perform live in a concert on Thursday, May 15th at the Festival City in Dubai. Tickets are now available for pre-registration at Showbizme. Meanwhile, Time Out Tickets has just upped a banner on its site that says, "Mariah Carey Live in Concert. Tickets on sale soon."
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Robert | John | Toplist | Allan

Billboard Update
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 02-May-2008, 7:01AM EDT
Below, find Mariah's chart positions in Billboard magazine issue dated May 10, 2008.

E=MC²
Billboard 200 Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Top Internet Albums: #2 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Digital Albums: #3 (Last Week #1)
Billboard Comprehensive Albums: #1 (Last Week #1)
Sales this week: 181,889
Total Sales: 646,101

"Touch My Body"
Billboard Hot 100: #7 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #6 (Last Week #3)
Billboard Pop 100: #8 (Last Week #5)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #11 (Last Week #9)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #2 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #2 (Last Week #2)
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #8 (Last Week #6)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #10 (Last Week #14)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks (Album): #10 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Hot Adult R&B Airplay: #8 (Last Week #8)
Billboard Hot Dance Club Play: #1 (Last Week: #2)
Billboard Hot Latin Rhythm: #13 (Last Week #9)
BDS audience impressions this week: 110.1 million (-13.3 million)
Downloads this week: 98,711 (-17%)
Total downloads: 795,691

"Bye Bye"
Billboard Hot 100: #32 (Last Week #23)
Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: #55
Billboard Pop 100: #36 (Last Week #26)
Billboard Pop 100 Airplay: #37
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #22 (Last Week #11)
Billboard Hot Digital Tracks: #21 (Last Week #10)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs: #63 (Last Week #92)
Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay: #63
Downloads this week: 36,378 (-39%)
Total downloads: 96,659

"Migrate"
Billboard Hot Digital Songs: #134 (Last Week #61)
Downloads this week: 9,057 (-52%)
Total downloads: 27,822
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | bks

Mariah on UK's i-D Magazine
Posted by Jeane on Thursday, 01-May-2008, 7:07PM EDT
Mariah is on the cover of the UK magazine, i-D that goes on sale May 8.

"It's incredible how much of my life is based on what size jeans I can fit into!"

The world's biggest selling female artist of all time talks hip hop, bagging more self-penned #1's than Elvis and how her life is totally dictated by fashion.

Source: i-D | Stewart

Mariah Makes TIME's World's Most Influential People
Posted by Jeane on Thursday, 01-May-2008, 3:21PM EDT
In this week's issue, TIME reveals its list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Mariah Carey, profiled by Stevie Wonder, is honored as one of the most influential Artists & Entertainers.

Wonder writes of Mariah:

"When people talk about the great influential singers, they talk about Aretha, Whitney and Mariah. That's a testament to her talent. Her range is that amazing."

Full story here or below:

Mariah Carey
By Stevie Wonder


I could never describe or measure the level of respect and love I have for Mariah Carey in just 300 words, but you know, I'll do my best. I've met only three people who had a truly wonderful voice and spirit to match: my first wife Syreeta, Minnie Riperton and Mariah. Obviously she is talented and has a great voice, but when a person has the opportunity to be heard and seen, at the end of the day she will also be felt. I think Mariah has enjoyed such success at 38 because she's a good person; her heart is good. I love her spirit. When I lost my mother, she was one of the first people to reach out to me. She was away, but she still found a way to call me up and say a prayer with me. It's easy to be friends when the lights are bright, but how is your love when there's none of that? I know how Mariah's is.

She has the ability to be sexy, but not so much that you think it's getting too crazy. It's a sexy classiness. The whole thing with her song Touch My Body is that she keeps it acceptable and has fun with it. And Mariah didn't break all those sales records just because she's beautiful. She has perseverance and consistency. You need the two: the ability to keep going and the ability to keep doing the right thing. She once said that every time she makes a new record, she feels as if she's brand-new again, like a young person looking at a computer for the first time. By doing it and not thinking about it, she lets the magic come.

When people talk about the great influential singers, they talk about Aretha, Whitney and Mariah. That's a testament to her talent. Her range is that amazing.

I look forward to the time the two of us can do a song together. I'm rewriting a song for her. It's going to be a tribute to my mother.

Legendary singer-songwriter Wonder's most recent album is A Time 2 Love.
Source: Charlotte from TIME

Tennessee Reviews
Posted by Jeane on Thursday, 01-May-2008, 2:50PM EDT
By Joel Keller Cinematical:

Tribeca Review: Tennessee

Ah, the road film. The formula is tried-and-true: usually two people, taking to the back roads of America in order to get somewhere by a certain time or for a particular reason. Along the way, cars break down, trains are jumped, and quirky characters are encountered. It can be funny, sweet, or darkly dramatic. But the formula rarely strays. Because of this, the key to a good road film is what happens during the journey. You want to see lessons learned, growth, and bonding. But you also want to see interesting characters and maybe a good car chase thrown in, too.

Tribeca seems to have at least one of these films every year. Last year it was Chasing 3000. This year, it's Tennessee, a slow-moving but sweet story of two brothers who go back home to find their abusive father; what they find, though is that there's more than one reason to go home.

The story is pretty straightforward: in 1993, after finally confronting his alcoholic, abusive father, Carter Armstrong (Adam Rothenberg) escapes from Tennessee to New Mexico with his mother and little brother Ellis. Fifteen years later, the mom is dead, Ellis (Ethan Peck) has leukemia, and Carter is not a bone marrow match. Ellis suggests that they go back to Tennessee to find their father for a possible marrow donation. Carter, who sacrificed a future as a college football star to protect his family, reluctantly agrees.

So they set off on the road in Carter's taxi. Along the way, Ellis befriends Krystal (Mariah Carey), a diner waitress who decides to join the brothers in order to escape her own abusive relationship, with state trooper Frank (Lance Reddick of The Wire). The usual spiritual journeys ensue, with Frank's relentless pursuit of his wife thrown in for good measure.

Watching Tennessee, one can tell that director Aaron Woodley is in love with the varying landscapes in these United States, as he takes loving wide shots of terrain ranging from the dessert of New Mexico to the lush green hills of Tennessee. It makes for a great backdrop for the story, which is low-key in every sense of the word. Even the menacing specter of Frank isn't played up any more than it needs to be. In essence, Woodley makes sure that the exploration of how people can overcome their pasts and redeem themselves is at the forefront of his film.

The performances are what's most notable about the movie. Rothenberg plays the booze-addled Carter with the right combination of self-pity, rage, and restraint. His Tennessee accent goes in and out, but otherwise, his performance is fine. Reddick is realistically scary as Frank. Peck, in his first film role, is remarkable as Ellis, stoic in the face of his illness, but with a sense of responsibility that his older brother never really had. And, if anyone was worried that Carey was going to overwhelm the picture with her star power, there was no need to worry; she properly eschews her glam persona to play Krystal, whose dreams have also been squashed by abuse. She even sports a passable Texas accent, which is no small feat for a girl from Long Island.

As you'd expect to see in most road movies, there are some leaps of faith that need to be made in order to ensure that the journey is completed. It's interesting that none of the stories end the way a person would expect, but sometimes those twists work and sometimes they don't. But those details shouldn't dissuade you from checking the movie out. Tennessee isn't action-packed, but it has a story that should keep you engaged from start to finish.


By Stephen Farber Reuters/Hollywood Reporter:

Mariah Carey surprisingly effective in "Tennessee"

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) - It's slightly unfair to describe "Tennessee," which had its world premiere at the recent Tribeca Film Festival, as the new Mariah Carey movie, but that's the way most people will talk about it.

Carey is not the main character in this story of two brothers trying to make peace with their past, but her presence will give this road picture a whole other level of visibility.

So the first surprise of "Tennessee" is that Carey gives an understated and very effective performance. Because her musical career is soaring higher than ever, the timing could be right to win an audience for this modest rural drama.

Read full review here.
Source: Cinematical | Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

Mariah Scans
Posted by Jeane on Thursday, 01-May-2008, 2:45PM EDT
U.S.A.
From the May 5th issues of In Touch, Life & Style, OK! and Star magazines.



France
From recent issues of Soul R & B (Apr/May), Chocolate (Jan/Feb), and McDonald's Restaurant magazine (April).


Source: MariahDailyJournal | Antoine

E=MC² Album Trajectory & Sales
Posted by Michael on Thursday, 01-May-2008, 2:40AM EDT
United States (01-01)
Canada (01-04)
Taiwan [International] (01-01)
South Korea [International] (01)
Australia (02)
United Kingdom (03-05)
Switzerland (05-10)
France (06-17)
Germany (07-22)
Ireland (07-13)
Japan (07-09)
Austria (08-36)
Italy (09-15)
Netherlands (11-17)
Portugal (15-OUT)
Spain (16-30)
Denmark (18)
Norway (20-OUT)
Sweden (22-40)

Official Total Sales:
United States - 645,000
Japan - 57,000
United Kingdom - 51,000
Canada - 27,000
France - 16,000
Brazil - 15,000 (shipment)
Australia - 7,250
Source: MariahDailyJournal


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