MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 2006
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 31-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
A newly emancipated Mariah Carey was on top of the world. Hot off of a celebratory New Years' Eve performance in Times Square, Mariah was headed someplace she hadn't been in several years: The Grammys. The Emancipation of Mimi garnered an incredible 8 Grammy nominations: Album Of The Year, Record Of The Year ("We Belong Together"), Song Of The Year ("We Belong Together"), Best Pop Female Vocal Performance ("It's Like That"), Best Female R&B Vocal Performance ("We Belong Together"), Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance ("Mine Again"), Best R&B Song ("We Belong Together"), and Best Contemporary R&B Album.
On February 8, the 48th Annual Grammy Awards took place at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The last time Mariah had appeared at the Grammys was ten years prior, when she performed "One Sweet Day" with Boyz II Men. With eight nominations for her most successful album yet, this promised to be a big night for her, and it did not disappoint. Mariah took the stage to perform a medley of "We Belong Together" and "Fly Like A Bird," accompanied by Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship Choir. Her voice truly flew like a bird through the arena that night, and her performance was met with a standing ovation. Mariah took home three awards that night: Best Female R&B Vocal, Best R&B Song, and Best Contemporary R&B Album. For someone who spent many years incorporating more of her R&B influence into her music, these particular awards meant a lot to her, "Particularly because this album is so personal to me. In all the RnB categories that I was nominated for I won, except Traditional which the Queen of Soul, Mrs. Aretha Franklin won and that's who deserves to win in every category," she said in a backstage interview.
Mariah's other television appearance on Grammy night was in the form of a thirty-second commercial that premiered in between segments of the awards telecast. Mariah had partnered with Intel to create an ad for their Centrino Duo technology. In the spot, Mariah is shown sitting on the lap of a lucky patron singing a line from "Mine Again," symbolizing just one of the many entertainment possibilities of laptops with the Centrino Duo chips package.
In addition to her Grammys, Mariah won several other awards in the beginning part of 2006. Later in February, she appeared on MTV's TRL to receive the "First Lady of TRL" Award, for which she was especially grateful because it came from the fans: "I've never received an MTV award of any sort and this means the most to me because it's from the voters, the fans, and that's what really matters," she said in her acceptance. She also picked up trophies at the Soul Train Awards (Best R&B Soul-Album, Best R&B-Soul song for "We Belong Together") and the NAACP Image Awards (Best Album).
Other television highlights for Mariah included her appearance as a presenter at the 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, where she introduced the "Best Original Song" category, The Early Show and a BET pre-Grammy interview special called "Setting The Record Straight."
In March, Mariah sat down with Barbara Walters for her annual pre-Oscars "Barbara Walters Special," in which she interviews people who have been of particular note over the past year. During the course of their discussion, Mariah talked about everything from growing up in an interracial family and her broken marriage to Tommy Mottola to her emotional breakdown and the album that secured her comeback.
On the business side of things, Mariah launched her own jewelry and accessories line in March called "Glamorized by Mariah Carey," which was sold in U.S. Claire's and Icing stores. "Hey Girls, I am so excited to share with you my new jewelry and accessory line," she wrote in a statement. "Wear it and you'll be a hot tamale." Another project that was announced was a global licensing agreement with Elizabeth Arden Inc., for Mariah to develop and market her own line of fragrance products. The release of the first fragrance would happen in 2007. As if all this wasn't enough, Variety announced that Mariah would star in an upcoming Lee Daniels film called Tennessee, which would begin production early the following year.
It had been almost a year since the release of The Emancipation Of Mimi, and while a lot of albums fizzle out by this point, this one was still going strong. "Fly Like A Bird" was sent to Urban and Gospel radio stations, in addition to Top 40 Rhythmic-Crossover and Top 40 Mainstream. Billboard gave the song an enthusiastic review:
"Set against a low-key, organ-spiced groove that recalls mid-'70s R&B, Carey opens with a pretty, wispy vocal and buoyant harmonies throughout the first chorus before she waves her arms, parts the clouds and wails to the heavens as a mile-high wall of gospel background vocals joins in for the crescendo. The flight of 'Bird' from humble call for deliverance into a frenzied ecclesiastic hymn is utterly spine-tingling. A joyful noise."
"Fly Like a Bird" had a very low-profile release, and while it did not chart on the Hot 100, it reached #66 on Billboard's Hot 100 Airplay.
Next up was "Say Somethin'," which was supposed to have been the first single from The Emancipation of Mimi but was cancelled in favor of "It's Like That." The video for the song was shot in Paris, in which Mariah and her on-screen love interest Pharrell Williams are seen on a romantic day of shopping and sight-seeing before heading home to relax with their dalmation puppies. Mariah and Pharrell visited such landmarks as the Le Pont de Paris bridge and the flagship Louis Vuitton store, which had to be cleared out for the shoot. Snoop Dogg filmed his rap portion separately in Los Angeles. "Say Somethin'" did not go far on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #73. However, the David Morales remix (for which Mariah and her backup singers cut a brand new vocal) was a huge hit, scoring Mariah her 12th #1 on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
Mariah kept herself busy through the months of May through July. On May 20, she attended the annual dinner and live auction for "Operation Smile," a charity that helps children around the world with facial deformities. Next up, she was honored by Gillette; not for her music, but for her legs. That's right, her legs. Mariah was deemed to have the "Celebrity Legs of a Goddess," and a sixteen-foot high replica of her legs was unveiled in a ceremony held at Radio City Music Hall on May 30. Then on June 1, Mariah attended the Fresh Air Fund's "Salute To Heroes" at Tavern on the Green in New York City. Several days later, she taped a public service announcement for "Essence Cares!," a program of the Essence Music Festival that holds seminars and mentoring to help uplift African-American youth. She also made an appearance at the 2006 ESPY Awards in Hollywood, CA, where she presented the "Best Male Athlete" trophy to Lance Armstrong. In addition, she contributed vocals to "It's Only Make Believe," also featuring Vince Gill, for soul legend Sam Moore's upcoming album, Overnight Sensational.
Mariah ushered in the summertime by taking part in another ad campaign; this one being very connected to her music. Along with Mary J. Blige, The All-American Rejects, and other artists, Mariah was part of the "Pepsi Cool Tones & Motorola Phones Promotion." Pepsi and Motorola teamed up to offer access to over 150 original ringtones produced by the artists involved, that would be available for download to mobile phones exclusively through the promotion. Mariah recorded a series of ringtones, including such offerings as "Once In A Lifetime," The Waited-Too-Long Blues" and "Bleakosity (Business Call)." She also created a commercial for the promotion, in which she is seen on the screen on a man's mobile phone, singing one of the ringtones, "Time Of Your Life." Mariah's participation also led her to performing for the "Pepsi Smash" concert series. In a special concert filmed in Los Angeles in July before a packed house, Mariah sang many of her hits, including "Don't Forget About Us," "Heartbreaker," "Vision of Love" and "Hero." Five of the performances would be offered as streaming videos through Yahoo! Music. For someone who had steered clear of marketing initiatives throughout her whole career, this was her fourth in just six months; the others being Intel, Elizabeth Arden and Claire's.
Much to the delight of fans, the Pepsi Smash concert also served as rehearsal for the next project: a concert tour. Mariah made television appearances, including The Today Show, Jimmy Kimmel, The Tonight Show, Regis & Kelly, and TRL to promote her next jaunt: The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour. "I just want to go out on the road and enjoy myself with my fans. It's our moment to celebrate, to have an adventure. First, you get emancipated, then you have an adventure," she told Ebony. In preparation for the tour, Mariah filmed a series of tongue-in-cheek vignettes with director Spike Lee that would air during her concerts. In these vignettes, Mariah was portrayed making fun of herself, with nothing off-limits; from her tight dresses to her nervous breakdown. "I want all that stuff in," Mariah said. "Basically, it's NOT taking yourself too seriously."
After two concerts at El Menzah Stadium in Tunisia, the tour officially kicked off on August 5, when Mariah performed to a sold-out crowd at the American Airlines Arena in Miami, Florida. Her opening act for the tour was raggae/dancehall sensation Sean Paul, who would be replaced by Busta Rhymes in September.
The Adventures of Mimi was very different from its predecessor, the Charmbracelet Tour. The show featured the Spike Lee vignettes, DJ Suss One spinning old-school cuts during two costume changes, and a three-song set by backup singer Trey Lorenz. The show included a generous selection from The Emancipation of Mimi as well as a "snippet" section, which featured Mariah making a "diva entrance" to the song "I Wish You Knew" before introducing a medley of some older songs, including "Can't Let Go," "One Sweet Day" and "Thank God I Found You (Make It Last Remix)." Mariah performed 32 shows in the U.S. and Canada, covering all the major markets and performing in some places, such as East Rutherford, NJ, for the first time.
During the tour, "Mine Again" was sent for adds at the Urban Adult Contemporary radio format. On August 30, Mariah had been presented with six BMI Urban Awards, including two of the top honors: Songwriter of the Year and Song of The Year ("We Belong Together"). She took home five honors at the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in September, including Top R&B/Hip-Hop Artist and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Album. Mariah also received a nomination for Best R&B Video ("Shake It Off") at the MTV Video Music Awards.
Immediately following the North American leg of The Adventures of Mimi, Mariah flew to Japan to perform six sold-out shows; three in Tokyo, two in Osaka, and one in Nagoya. The tour was scheduled to conclude in Hong Kong, China, on October 28. That show was abruptly cancelled not long before it was due to take place (the production crew had already begun to construct the stage). Universal Music Group blamed the cancellation on "unfulfilled contractual obligations by concert organizers," while the promoters, Hong Kong-based One Events, cited "unreasonable last-minute demands." A statement issued by Universal Music South East Asia stated that "[s]he deeply regrets the disappointment caused to them due to unforeseen circumstances beyond her control. For Mariah, this is particularly unfortunate given her recent sold-out, critically acclaimed tours of the United States and Japan."
In November, Mariah made special appearances at two charity events. First was the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation Gala, which benefited Margaret's Place. According to the event invitation, Margaret's Place was a "comprehensive program which provides students with a safe room in school where they can meet with a professional counselor trained in domestic violence intervention and prevention." On November 17, Mariah was honored with the Wish Icon Award at the 7th annual Wish Night Awards Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
After almost two years of promoting the hugely successful The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah capped off 2006 by returning to her favorite holiday vacation destination, Aspen, Colorado, for some rest and relaxation. During her stay, she helped make the season brighter for foster kids from the Denver Department of Human Services. She transformed the inside of a ski lodge into a winter wonderland, and gave the kids the chance to do some skiing and snow tubing. "It's a glamorous place and everything like that but to me it's about giving back and doing something like this with kids that you know, kids that you don't know, just anything that you can do to help make a difference in someone's life," Mariah commented in an interview.
"I feel like I shouldn't ever have to prove myself as a musical entity because I never went anywhere. And I'm sorry if 'Glitter' only sold 3 million albums - some people never do that in their entire career. 'Glitter' was only a soundtrack that came out in September 2001. I still think there are some songs on that record that are good and I'm not going to bash it because the world didn't run to the stores and but it in the figures that bought 'Mimi'."Blues & Soul
"I can't try to compete with people that weigh eighty pounds soaking wet when, look, I'm ethnic. I've got a butt, and I want to keep it because I like it. That's what it goes! I'm gonna pull it together and be as thin as I can be for the Grammys, but there's only a certain amount of weight that I wanna lose. The weight-obsessed workout monger is not my role model as a singer. They might be pop stars and icons, but they're not necessarily what I like to call a saaaanger. They ain't saaangin'."Rolling Stone
[On being "Eternally 12"] "I love sleigh rides and Christmas and the Tower of Terror at Disney and silly movies. I think it also has a lot to do with the fact that I'm not sixteen. Because sixteen-year-olds are sexually active and promiscuous. I guess because I have a family member who had a baby at fifteen, like, I definitely see myself as younger than that. In my mind, I thought fifteen was old. When I was that age, most of my friends were having sex. But even if I had boyfriends, it was like, 'I'm going on to bigger and better things, and I'm not going to potentially screw my life up.' At twelve, I was also like a grown-up too, because I've been a caretaker since a very early age."Rolling Stone
"I feel great. It was definitely a great way to spend a Wednesday night, and having these three Grammys. And it was, kind of almost a relief that I won the Grammys before I got here 'cause that way you don't really have to do a speech on stage (laughs). I know that sounds bizarre but in its own way, a speech is almost more intimidating than a performance, believe it or not. So it was cool because by the time I got here I already knew I had gotten these and it really meant a lot to me, particularly because this album is so personal to me. In all the RnB categories I was nominated for I won, except Traditional which the Queen of Soul, Mrs. Aretha Franklin won and that is who deserves to win in every category."Backstage at the Grammys
"You go to clubs and you see every girl dresses like they're in a video. And if not, there's no way they're gonna get attention, unless they're strikingly beautiful. I think that a lot of women are just trying to live up to the stereotypes and to the standard that's set on TV and in magazines, which is airbrushed women who weigh 3 pounds. And it's not fair. It's not easy."V Magazine
Randy Jackson: "I'm so happy for her. I was fortunate enough to work on the Emancipation of Mimi record with her. I'm performing on the Grammys with her on Wednesday. She's still one of my best friends in the world - and one of the greatest talents the world has ever seen. As a writer, she's unbelievable - seventeen Number One hits that she's co-written - and as a singer, probably one of the five best singers in the known world. After selling 160 million albums, she's the bomb. I love her. She deserves all of it."
Antonio "L.A." Reid: [On Mariah's Grammy wins] "This is a momentous and well-deserved confirmation of Mariah's artistry and devotion to her music."
Lee Daniels, Producer, Tennessee: "I'm very excited about working with Mariah Carey because she's an underestimated genius... But people didn't see that [other] movie she did, WiseGirls, with Mira Sorvino. She was to die for. I saw that movie and she was brilliant. Everybody wants to point to the bad. We always look to the bad instead of looking to the good. An actor is as good as his or her director. And I think that people want to point fingers and hate. It's instinctive. It's nature. And that does not make for great film makers."
DJ Clue: "Mariah is cool and she's fun to be around, we've been friends for a while now and work well together. She brings Jack [her dog] to the studio all the time. I'm supposed to get with her this weekend to work on something for her new album. Once she has an idea we work quick. It's going to be some hot, hip hop music. I'm hopefully going to do a few tracks on that project. It was a good experience DJ'ing for her Emancipation of Mimi tour because the crowd was hype."
Melody Thornton, Pussycat Dolls: "I'm biding my time... We all see this as a springboard for something else. Some girls have said, 'It's my dream to be in a pop group,' and I'm like, 'OK, because I want to be Mariah Carey.'"
Wentworth Miller: [Plays Mariah's love interest in "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together" videos] "She's lovely, she's lovely. I mean, she's someone who is obviously an icon and I've admired her for a long time. She's also got 60-70-some-odd people swirling around her at any given moment, so it's hard to have a real kind of heart-to-heart, but she did make sure that I was well taken care of and having a good time."
Nelly: "Mariah Carey, she's possibly the best singer I've heard. And you watch someone such as Mariah, who went from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low, and come back like she never missed a beat, and stand up and smack everybody in the face like, 'I'm still here; matter of fact I'm better,' that gives you inspiration. That keeps me going."
Janet Jackson: "You know what, I think people don't give Mariah enough credit. I thought she was wonderful in Glitter, and I thought she just got a really bad rap. And that wasn't what I think they tried to make it out to be."
"Angel Rose by Mariah Carey" Launching This June
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 30-May-2010, 5:49PM EDT
Early this year, Mariah revealed via Twitter that she would be coming out with her own brand of champagne called, "Angel Champagne (Rose) by Mariah Carey." Today, she announced that her "Angel Rose" will be launching this June and will be available initially in New York and California.
MariahCarey: Kind of a big deal! Angel champagne will be available in NY&Cali THIS June&is now being distributed by Southern wines &spirits!!!
Angel Champagne is literally THE best I've ever tasted. Vegas&Miami you're next! (Coming soon..Angel Rose' by Mariah Carey..) LYM
Southern Wine and Spirits is the nation's largest wine and spirits distributor with operations in several states around the country.
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 2005
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 30-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
As 2005 rolled in, Mariah was hard at work, putting the finishing touches on her next album, The Emancipation of Mimi. With two songs having already leaked, it was time for the release of the official first single. "It's Like That," featuring Jermaine Dupri and Fatman Scoop, hit radio stations at the beginning of January and was enthusiastically received by listeners. The song was a hit across the board at Pop, Urban and Rhythmic formats, and became her biggest solo radio hit since "Heartbreaker," peaking at #14 on the airplay charts. Mariah filmed a video for the song with Brett Ratner, who had previously directed her in "Heartbreaker." Set in a Las Vegas casino, the video was the subject of an MTV "Making The Video" special. Mariah and Brett explained that the video was "part one of two," with the video's storyline being continued in the video for the next single.
With all the buzz surrounding Mariah's hot new single and video, people around the globe were waiting to hear what was next, and anticipation was building for The Emancipation of Mimi. Mariah called in to radio stations in major markets around the country, including New York, Chicago, and Los Angeles, to talk about her new music. Television programs such as Access Hollywood showcased the making of the new music videos. Press releases were issued around the world hyping up the new album, revealing the song titles and the artists and producers who contributed to the final tracklisting. Guest artists included Twista ("One and Only") and Nelly ("To The Floor") while producers included James Poyser ("Mine Again"), Big Jim Wright ("Circles," "I Wish You Knew," "Fly Like A Bird") and Mahogany ("When I Feel It"). "When I Feel It" was scrapped after the tracklist announcement and replaced with "Joy Ride" when Island/Def Jam was unable to obtain sample clearance for one of the tracks sampled in the song.
The promotional slogan for The Emancipation Of Mimi was "The Return Of The Voice." Island/Def Jam had big expectations for the album, and so far they weren't disappointed. "It's Like That" was burning up the charts, eventually peaking at #16 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Hot Dance Music chart, thanks to a new remix by David Morales.
Mariah spent much of the month of March globe-hopping, appearing everywhere from Germany's Wetten Dass..? and Echo Awards to France's Tout Le Monde En Parle, to the UK's Top of the Pops and Japan's Music Station. Mariah was performing "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together," which was announced as the second single.
Soon it was April, and it was almost time for the emancipation. The music video for "We Belong Together," which was directed by Brett Ratner and featured Mariah in her original Vera Wang wedding dress that she was married in in 1993, premiered worldwide. Mariah returned to the United States, where she had a full schedule ahead of her. She filmed an appearance in New York for VH1's "Save The Music" benefit concert, in which she performed "It's Like That" and duetted with John Legend on the classic "With You I'm Born Again." On April 12, Mariah shut down Times Square for an album-release day concert for Good Morning America. Later that day, she also appeared on Live With Regis & Kelly and MTV's TRL. Other appearances that month included The Late Show With David Letterman and the BET Blueprint special.
In May, Mariah appeared on Oprah, where she performed "We Belong Together" and then watched Paul Robbins, a 12 year old boy from Hawaii, perform an original Mariah song entitled "I Pray." Paul was a winner of Oprah's "Wildest Dreams Contest" and in addition to singing Mariah's song on national television, he also had the chance to meet her.
Throughout the year, Mariah graced the cover of many major publications, including Billboard, Glamour, FHM, Allure, america, Cosmo Girl and Blender.
Reviews for The Emancipation of Mimi were, for the most part, in Mariah's favor:
Billboard "Carey's emancipation is drenched in hip-hop and old-school R&B ballads, and it smartly focuses on her strengths... 'Mimi' deftly showcases her still-considerable pipes with strong lyrics and slick production."
Entertainment Weekly: "Every song on Emancipation showcases Carey's undeniable vocal strengths. Heavy on ballads and midtempo love songs, it always keep at least one foot (more often both feet) planted firmly in comforting old-school diva soul. This is an R&B record for folks who think there hasn't been any good R&B record since Minnie Riperton died."
People: "It's her best disc in years, a first-rate R&B-pop collection that should restore her to pre-Glitter glory."
The Emancipation of Mimi had an astounding opening week. According to Soundscan, the album moved 404,000 copies, shattering Mariah's previous first-week sales record of 323,000 units (set by Rainbow in 1999). This was more than double the sales of the #2 record that week, Mudvayne's Lost and Found. Mariah secured the #1 spot on the Billboard chart, making The Emancipation of Mimi her first #1 album since Butterfly. The album went on to spend 23 consecutive weeks in the top ten.
"We Belong Together" was the song that cemented Mariah's resurgence as a dominant force in music. Billboard raved that it was "a return-to-form R&B groove ballad" and that "Radio and fans have been asking for a classic Carey ballad for a long time. 'We Belong Together' is the kind of track that makes the wait worth it." The song took off quickly on radio and music video outlets. It became her first #1 airplay hit (16 consecutive weeks) since "One Sweet Day." A re-sung remix featuring Jadakiss and Styles P was released to digital outlets. Digital single sales were also successful and helped secure Mariah 14 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. With that said, "We Belong Together" became the #1 single of 2005 and the longest running #1 single of the decade. (This meant that Mariah was the only artist to achieve that feat in two consecutive decades.) The song was unescapable, often playing on multiple stations simultaneously in the same market. Mariah performed it everywhere from The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The View and The Ellen DeGeneres Show to the BET Awards and the MTV Movie Awards. Internationally, "We Belong Together" was a major hit, reaching the top 10/20 in every major market worldwide.
In June, Mariah made surprise appearances on Good Morning America and BET's 106 & Park to thank the fans for making "We Belong Together" her 16th #1 single.
As spring turned into summer, The Emancipation Of Mimi's mammoth success showed no signs of slowing down, and neither did Mariah. She headlined a 4th of July special onboard a yacht from New York's Chelsea Piers, where she performed "America The Beautiful" in addition to "It's Like That" and "We Belong Together." Just before the 4th of July holiday, she traveled to London to perform at "Live 8: The Long Walk To Justice," a charity concert aimed at fighting poverty. During the show, she performed "Make It Happen" and "Hero" with the Children's Choir of Africa and "We Belong Together."
Mariah remained in Europe through much of July, making appearances and giving radio interviews in several countries. She also gave two special concerts: One in Karlsruhe, Germany and another in Copenhagen, Denmark. During those shows, she sang three of the new Mimi songs and a selection of hits, including "Vision of Love," "Close My Eyes" and "Without You."
Even though "We Belong Together" was still at #1, Island/Def Jam and Mariah didn't skip a beat, moving forward with "Shake It Off" as the next single. "Shake It Off" couldn't have been released at a better time. With its bouncy beats, it was the perfect summer song. It took off immediately at radio. Eventually, "Shake It Off" and "We Belong Together" were competing with each other on the airplay chart and the Hot 100. For one week in August, "We Belong Together" was #1 on the Hot 100, while "Shake It Off" was #2. While this meant Mariah had the top two songs in the country, it also meant that she prevented her own song from hitting #1. Overseas, "Get Your Number" was promoted as a single right along with "Shake It Off," and a music video was filmed, directed by Jake Nava.
With the huge success of The Emancipation of Mimi, Mariah was a fixture on the awards show scene. In Japan, she was presented with the International Video Icon Award at the MTV Video Music Awards. She had a big night at the World Music Awards, where she performed "Shake It Off" and took home four honors, including Female Entertainer of the Year and Most Played Single ("We Belong Together"). She would also triumph at the Teen Choice Awards, Lady of Soul Awards, and finally at the Billboard Music Awards, where she won five trophies, including Female Billboard 200 Album Artist of the Year and Hot 100 Song of the Year ("We Belong Together"). Mariah was also nominated for two MTV Video Music Awards: Best Female Video and Best R&B Video for "We Belong Together." Although she did not win, she performed on the show for the first time since 1991.
September saw increased promotion, as Mariah returned to Europe to promote "Shake It Off" and "Get Your Number." She performed the songs at shows such as Paul O'Grady, CD:UK, Des & Mel in the UK; and Star Academy in France. She had also made an appearance on another charity concert called "Shelter From The Storm," to benefit the victims of Hurricane Katrina, where she performed "Fly Like A Bird."
With a #1 album and 3 hit singles, Mariah was on top of the world. What was next? More new music!
Two 'new' discs would be released before the end of the year. The first was a re-issue of The Emancipation Of Mimi. This would include the Mimi CD plus four new tracks: "We Belong Together" Remix with Jadakiss and Styles P, "So Lonely (One & Only Part 2)" with Twista, and two new Jermaine Dupri tracks: "Makin' It Last All Night (What It Do)" and "Don't Forget About Us." A deluxe version included a DVD of the Mimi music videos.
Continuing Mariah and Jermaine Dupri's winning streak, "Don't Forget About Us" was issued as the next single from the album. Paul Hunter, who had directed Mariah in the "Honey" video, directed the music video for the song. Mariah is seen in present-day and in flashbacks with a former beau, portrayed by Dolce & Gabbana model Christian Monzon. Mariah again paid homage to Marilyn Monroe (who she had dressed up as in "I Still Believe") by emulating a shot from Monroe's movie Something's Got To Give where she's in a pool with her leg protruding out of the water.
"Don't Forget About Us" was all but forgotten. It gave Mariah her 17th #1 hit, tying her with Elvis Presley for the most #1 hits in the rock era, behind only the Beatles. It was also her third consecutive top 3 airplay hit. Mariah performed "Don't Forget About Us" for the first time in November at the American Music Awards, where she won Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist.
Also released in late 2005 was a re-release of Mariah's epic album Merry Christmas. Sony Music released a dual-disc edition of the CD. The CD portion included the original album, plus "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" (previously unreleased in the U.S.) and a brand-new remix of "Santa Claus Is Comin' To Town." The flip-side was a DVD with all of the music videos, including a claymation video for the new version of "Santa Claus," plus "O Holy Night," "Miss You Most (At Christmastime)" and a live version of "Joy to the World" from the Cathedral of St. John The Divine.
2005 was a phenomenal year for Mariah Carey. The Emancipation of Mimi was the #1 selling album in the U.S. (a feat a female artist hadn't accomplished in 9 years) and the #2 selling album worldwide, with sales of over 5 million in the US and nearly 8 million worldwide. It had also given Mariah her first #1 singles in over five years.
In December, Mariah was honored for outstanding achievements by the Recording Academy (NY Chapter), and also with a Bambi Award in Germany for Pop International Artist. She celebrated all of this success with a performance at Dick Clark's Rockin Eve in Times Square on New Years' Eve. In front of thousands of New Year's Eve revelers, she performed a medley of "It's Like That," "We Belong Together" and "Shake It Off." Even though she never went anywhere, one truly got the feeling that Mariah Carey was back.
"I've never felt so free making a record, though I was worried about even putting the lyrics, 'This is Mimi's emancipation' in there. I worried that it was too corny. Now it's the album title."Newsweek
"I am so grateful I went to Atlanta. And I have to say, we wrote some of my favorite songs on the album. I'm so proud of Jermaine - he's so focused, and he knew what had to be done. You can never write off talent."MTV News
"The voice has been here all along. Even if you listen to the oh-so-dissed 'Glitter' [soundtrack], there is a song called 'Lead the Way,' which is one of my best vocal performances ever. People who only heard certain singles would be like, 'Why is she singing so breathy?' Some people are of the opinion that if you have a big voice you should use it all the time."Billboard
"I know that my hardcore fans will have the ballads they can cling to, but people who haven't been fans in the past will be able to pick out songs they like as well. It's not formulaic. I'm not one of those people who likes to stay with what's familiar, but what was cool with this project was stretching."Entertainment Weekly
"I know I'll always be an optimistic, eternal 12-year-old at heart, very much all about having fun. Nothing has ever broken that side of my spirit. Things may have gotten me down for a minute, but I've never really fully lost that side of myself. After everything I've been through, I'm in a really great place with my career right now, and really happy as a person."Jet
"I've idolized Marilyn Monroe since I was 6, and I've always tried to do some of the things she evoked in photos. She mainly featured her curves. Marilyn could go into that complete sex-diva world, but she seemed most comfortable as the ultra-feminine, almost childlike, ethereal sex goddess. Sweetness always came through, and I try to do that too."FHM
"I didn't feel worthy of happiness. One day, I looked around and thought, 'Why did I ever expect that if I had this success, I would have happiness too?'"Parade
"You know, I've always had a poor girl's mentality, which is keep it in the bank. That kind of comes from when you don't grow up with money you want to feel safe, although we all know that it's not safe."Financial Times
"I first met Mariah Carey years ago, when we were both on Columbia Records and I was this hot little producer. She was more talkative than I was; I was kind of nervous being around her. What impressed me about her was that she knew exactly what she wanted and how she wanted to do it. She's still like that. Vocally, she knows exactly where she's going. She's like a Jedi master - we have yet to hear all the octaves Mariah can sing!
When I was in the studio with Mariah working on The Emancipation of Mimi, everybody asked me how [I could get her to] compete with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. And I was like, 'Why are we even having this conversation?" They can't compete with her because they look up to her! The original is back! She put songstress divas on the map. And 'We Belong Together' [which Jermaine coproduced] is the biggest record of my life, and it only took a day to do, start to finish. To do a record that big, that quickly, says a lot about Mariah.
This year, she came back and picked up her crown. She's a great, loving person with a really warm heart. She's always concerned about other people's feelings, even when she shouldn't be. And she's the diva of all divas - although she's not what you'd call [an ordinary] person, she is very cool and down-to-earth. A year or two ago, people were calling me asking, 'Is Mariah crazy? How do you feel about her losing her mind?' And all those people who said bad things about Mariah, well, they're trying to get an interview with her now! I was sick of people dissing my friend, so I'm really happy to be talking about her now as one of the Artists of the Year."
Antonio "LA" Reid: "The honors of the Recording Academy Honors, she so deserves it. She's the greatest artist of all time and I'm so lucky to work with her. And we're also lucky to be in a room with her. Stand up for Mariah Carey."
Steve Bartels, Island President: "There is a level of comfort with Mariah and these songs. She is digging deep into her soul."
Snoop Dogg: "I always tell her this story: When I was locked up in jail, that song 'Vision of Love' was the hottest song in the world. I used to always say, 'Man, if I could meet her!' So I worked with her, then Pharrell hooked it up for me to work with her again this time."
Da Brat: "She can do whatever she wants, she can date whomever she wants. She can say what she wants - she makes her own decisions. She walks in like, 'What up? Mariah is in the building. What's popping?' She's happy and content and making the music she wants."
Photos: Mariah Rolls Around Malibu With Nick
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 29-May-2010, 10:30PM EDT
Mariah enjoyed a drive along the California coast with her husband Nick Cannon on Saturday, May 29, 2010 during a busy Memorial weekend. The couple looked as happy as can be as they enjoyed the warm sun in their Rolls Royce convertible in Malibu.
Mariah To Be Featured On FUSE "Diva Double Feature"
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 29-May-2010, 7:00PM EDT
Next weekend, the FUSE network will premiere "Diva Double Feature." Tune in to catch Glitter on Sunday, June 6 at 6:30 pm EST, preceded by Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard at 4:00 pm EST.
Mariah to Perform in Puerto Rico?
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 29-May-2010, 1:13PM EDT
They say three is a charm, and after rumors that appeared at the beginning of the year, but were denied shortly later, that Lady Gaga and Beyoncé would make concerts in Puerto Rico, seems like the one that is actually going to perform in Boricua land is the pop diva Mariah Carey.
That would happen between the months of September and November of this year in the Coliseum de Puerto Rico, José Miguel Agrelot. This was confirmed for Primera Hora by the concert producer Maritza Casiano, who is in charge of negotiations to bring the singer of "Hero," among other hits, but clarified that the concert is still in negotiations.
"We are going to finish negotiations next week. At this moment there is no final word, but we are close to getting a deal," said Casiano, who also declared that the event will be a party to raise money. "With this concert I hope we can achieve the goal we set to raise money to start building in Hato Rey the first center of capacitation for children and teenagers with autism."
Billboard Visionary: Mariah Marks Milestone
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 29-May-2010, 12:44PM EDT
Mariah Carey's debut single, "Vision of Love," entered the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary charts 20 years ago this week, in the June 2, 1990, issue. The song would become the first of her 18 Hot 100 No. 1s, the most among solo artists in the chart's 52-year history. (Among all acts, only the Beatles, with 20, have more.) Carey has tallied 15 toppers on Hot Dance Club Songs, 10 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and six on Adult Contemporary.
Carey's total U.S. album sales stand at 64.5 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking album sales a year after her arrival. In that span, only Garth Brooks (68.4 million) and the Beatles (60.9 million) rank higher. Carey has six No. 1 Billboard 200 titles, including her best selling album, 1995's "Daydream" (7.6 million). "Daydream" also yielded the 16-week Hot 100 No. 1 "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, marking the chart's longest reign. The ballad subsequently earned the honor of Billboard's top song of the '90s. Carey's 2005 14-week Hot 100 No. 1 "We Belong Together" likewise became the chart's top title of the 2000s.
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2004
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 29-May-2010, 12:11PM EDT
The Charmbracelet Tour was Mariah's longest and most comprehensive world tour to date, and after five months on the road, she still wasn't done yet. Although she had no current single and her album (released over a year ago) had fallen off the charts, Mariah continued to be seen and heard throughout 2004.
In February, Mariah flew to Guadalajara, Mexico to perform before a crowd of 25,000 at The Extravaganza Convention, a private event for employees of the Omnilife Group. The performance was a condensed version of the tour show, and included songs such as "Heartbreaker," "Without You" and "I Know What You Want."
Later on the month, Mariah travelled to Asia. Her first stop was to Singapore, where she was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the MTV Asia Awards. She also appeared on "Star Academy," the Lebanese version of "Pop Idol, where she talked to some of the contestants. After that, Mariah embarked on the final leg of her world tour, which was dubbed "An Intimate Evening With Mariah Carey: Charmbracelet World Tour 2004." The festivites kicked off on February 13 in Pusan, South Korea. From there, Mariah performed for sold-out crowds in five countries she had never toured in before: Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Lebanon, and United Arab Emirates. She caused quite a stir in Malaysia, where her February 22 concert was re-scheduled for February 20, after protests from Islamic groups that the show was too close in proximity to Muharram, the Muslim New Year. Also under fire was her tour wardrobe, deemed too sexy and skimpy under the country's strict guidelines. As a result, Mariah did not wear any of her usual tour costumes, instead opting for a pair of tight jeans and a pink tank top that she wore throughout the entire show. Nevertheless, the crowds were eager to see Mariah, who expressed her gratitude for their support through the years. With that, The Charmbracelet Tour came to a close. Altogether, Mariah performed 69 shows, spread over seven months in three continents.
Before beginning work on her next album, Mariah took the time for a couple of side projects. Her first new recording of the year was an English translation of the Japanese song "Oborozukiyo," which describes the peaceful Japanese spring's pastoral landscape. The song was called "Misty Moon," and it was used in a commercial for the Coca-Cola Japan blend tea Sokenbicha. "I sang with all my heart so the sound of the song will properly suit the beauty and elegance of Japan's blend tea," Mariah said in a statement. "The song's melody is beautiful and I think it turned out well."
Mariah made a cameo appearance in hip-hop mogul Damon Dash's movie State Property II, in which she played a disgrunted diva. She's very professional," Dash told Daily Insider. "Didn't complain. It's not the biggest movie. She didn't have the biggest trailer. It was cold. She just weathered the elements. She was a real trouper."
In addition to her commercial and movie appearance, Mariah launched her own accessories line called "Automatic Princess." The merchandise was offered by the U.S. chain Claire's.
Next up was a television appearance with Funkmaster Flex, which incidentally had nothing to do with music. Mariah appeared on Flex's show Ride With Funkmaster Flex, and the two spent some time checking out helicopters. In the end, her favorite was one that offered generous space for her legs. "This is more of my style. I like the spaciousness, it's nice, it's big, you can have enough people, you don't feel confined," she commented. As it turned out, this would be the first and last television appearance for helicopter connoisseur, who opted to stick with music and movies.
The summer of 2004 found Mariah collaborating with Jadakiss, who had previously appeared on the Charmbracelet bonus track "Miss You." The song was called "U Make Me Wanna," from Jadakiss' album Kiss Of Death. The inspiration for the collaboration came when Mariah heard a beat that producer Scott Storch had made for the song. "I was just like, 'This is hot tamale. We need to do this together,'" she said. "And then we went into the studio, and basically they had the 'La-La-La' part, and I started singing 'K-i-s-s me' because I was thinking of his name... It's just that it was cute, so I started singing it, and they decided to make it the hook of the song, and then it came to be." Jadakiss and Mariah filmed a video for the song, which spent 15 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #21.
A less successful single release was "What Would You Do," a re-worked version of "If We" produced by Damizza, featuring Mariah with Butch Cassidy and Nate Dogg. The song failed to make the Hot 100. She also appeared on a track called "Friendz" with rapper N.O.R.E. for his fourth solo album, One Fan A Day.
In addition to the Jadakiss track, Mariah spent plenty of time in the studio working on songs for her next record. Early reports had her working with Kanye West, R. Kelly, N.O.R.E., Swizz Beatz, James Poyzer, Randy Jackson, The Neptunes and Snoop Dogg (not all of those folks' work would make the final cut of the album.) Also in the mix was longtime co-producer Jermaine Dupri, who revealed that two of the songs they made were titled "Shake Em Off" and "Can I Get Your Number." When asked about the new album in an interview, Mariah responded "I'm happy with it. We got ballads, we got uptempos, we got a lot of things."
In August, MonarC Records shut its doors after less than two years in operation. Mariah was absorbed into the Island/Def Jam imprint of Universal Music, which would distribute the new album. Although the record was still several months from its release date, Mariah decided on its title early on. Amid news that the title had leaked to the press, she decided to announce it on her website. The title would be The Emancipation of Mimi; Mimi being a nickname that only those people very close to her called her by. "For the first time in my life, I feel free and unashamed to be who I really am," she wrote. "I am celebrating that I've grown into a person and artist who no longer feels imprisoned by my insecurities ... I can now honestly say, 'This is me, the real me, take it or leave it.'"
The Emancipation of Mimi's first single, set for release in November, was slated to be "Say Somethin'," her collaboration with Snoop Dogg and The Neptunes. However, as Mariah headed back into the studio to work on additional songs for the album, the single was pushed back to January of the following year. In the meantime, the song leaked to the internet and radio, along with another track, "To The Floor," featuring Nelly. In December, it was announced that "Say Somethin'" was shelved as the first single, and would be replaced by a new song that Mariah had recently recorded with Jermaine Dupri.
In October, Mariah made a surprise appearance at a Jay-Z concert at Madison Square Garden. Jay-Z was there as part of his "Best Of Both Worlds Tour " with R. Kelly, but Kelly was abruptly taken off the bill the night before. Jay-Z called on some of his friends to take Kelly's place, including P. Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Method Man and Busta Rhymes. Mariah and Busta performed "I Know What You Want," much to the enthusiasm of the crowd.
Also on Mariah's agenda in fall of 2004 was participating in P. Diddy's "Vote Or Die!" campaign, aimed at getting young people to register to vote in the upcoming election. Mariah was photographed in a t-shirt that featured a logo of the campaign's name.
Mariah has long been known for her love of the holidays, and this year she decided to spread holiday cheer to the masses. The season started off with the hosting of a Thanksgiving dinner in Brooklyn, NY through the Fresh Air Fund. Children and their familes were invited to join Mariah in a three hour feast, featuring all the fixings and more.
Mariah ended the year entertaining a much larger crowd by headlining the 21st Annual Walt Disney Christmas Day Parade. With the help of everyone's favorite Disney characters, Mariah took to the stage in front of the castle at the Magic Kingdom. Surrounded by giant toy soldiers and Christmas gifts, she sang "Joy to the World" and her holiday classic, "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which was ranked as a top ten seller and best-selling holiday song at the iTunes store. "It means a lot to me to see the crowd singing a song I wrote over 10 years ago," Mariah told Extra when looking back at her performance.
"Mimi is a very personal nickname only used by those closest to me... just one of those little things that I've kept for myself in an attempt to have some delineation between a public persona and a private life. By naming the album The Emancipation of Mimi, I am letting my guard down and inviting my fans to be that much closer to me... Most importantly, I am celebrating the fact that I've grown into a person and artist who no longer feels imprisoned by my insecurities or compelled to try and live up to someone else's vision of 'Mariah Carey.'"The Emancipation of Mimi Press Release
"Obviously music was my love. But I think I worked twice as hard as a lot of people who maybe had the same dreams but they had it a little easier so they weren't as driven."The New York Post
"It's great [to be a star] but takes a lot of work. You really have to love music if you want to be a part of the industry, or else it will wear you down."Star Academy
"I think as I have matured I am able to think more deeply about the songs that I write."Lebanon Daily Star
Damizza: "Mariah always will be my favorite artist to work with because that's one of my best friends. It's not work to us. She either comes to the house, or I go to New York, or we meet in the studio. We wrote 'Crybaby' in my basement. We wrote 'If We' in New York on a boat trip - just in different places across the world. With her, she's given me the opportunity to see the world. Writing in Capri, Italy - there's nothing like it. She really affords me the resources and the possibilities to do whatever I want."
Pharrell Williams: "I always looked up to Mariah. She broke a lot of records - literally. And our records, they feel wonderful. For me, it was a pleasure."
Jay-Z: "[Mariah is] really a regular person... She has a wealth of information about hip-hop."
Jermaine Dupri: "Mariah is singing unlike we've heard her for a while. Sh-- is hot."
Damon Dash: "She's very professional. Didn't complain. It's not the biggest movie [State Property II]. She didn't have the biggest trailer. It was cold. She just weathered the elements. She was a real trouper."
Kathy Griffin: "My stories are always peppered with the good things about (celebrity) and the bad. I like to make fun of Mariah Carey and yet I went to see her in December and I cried like four times during the concert because it was so good. For me it's not one or the other. I can make fun of them and be a fan."
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2003
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 28-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
Although sales of Mariah's latest album Charmbracelet were dismal on their own, they pushed her overall album and single sales to a new record. In January 2003, Mariah was honored by the Recording Industry of America with a plaque that read "Presented to Mariah Carey to commemorate more than 100 Gold, Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications over the course of your extraordinary career. Congratulations from the Recording Industry Association of America."
After a three year absence, Mariah returned to the stage of the American Music Awards in January. Though she did not win any awards that night, she would share a very special moment with the world. She was there to pay tribute to a very special man in her life - her father. With the support of four backing singers and a choir, Mariah performed "Through The Rain," as photos of her throughout her life flashed on a giant screen behind her. At the end of the video collage were several photos of Mariah and her father, before cutting to the image of a giant sunflower field and the words "In Loving Memory of Alfred Roy Carey." Mariah received a standing ovation. In another performance inspired by her father, Mariah sang the national anthem before the Daytona 500 in February. "I'm totally psyched about it," she said to the Daytona Beach News Journal. "My father used to race cars, and when I was called to do this I felt like it was perfect timing because my father passed away this past year. We had gotten into long conversations about the fact he raced cars and what it meant to him."
Mariah's next major appearance was another tribute performance, not to a major music icon but rather to Michael Jordan. "Michael Jordan is one of the greatest athletes that has ever lived and has done so much for basketball and the world of entertainment over the years," said Mariah in a statement. "He is truly a hero and I am honored to perform this special tribute to him during this year's All-Star festivities." Before the audience of the NBA All-Star game, Mariah performed "Hero," dedicated to Jordan, as well as "My Saving Grace" and "Boy (I Need You.)"
In February, MonarC released a commercial single for "Through the Rain," featuring a dance remix of the song and a live version of "Bringin' on The Heartbreak." First-week singles sales gave Mariah the #1 selling single of the week (13,823). However, over four months had passed since "Through the Rain" initially impacted radio, and the combination of sales and airplay were not enough to bring it past #81 on the Billboard Hot 100. The second single from the album, which was originally set to be "The One" but then changed to "Boy (I Need You)," was serviced to radio, and a music video directed by Joseph Kahn (which featured footage from their 2002 shoot in Japan) was issued. A CD single was released internationally, featuring a remix with Cam'Ron, Juelz Santana, Jimmy Jones and Freeway. Regarding the song-swap, here is what Billboard Magazine had to say in a review:
"About 10 minutes after releasing lackluster "The One" as the second single from Mariah Carey's current Charmbracelet, label honchos reneged on the decision in favor of "Boy (I Need You)." Good thinking. This relaxed slow jam gives the diva's career a nudge with its playful, sped-up chirp of the word "boy" throughout, which is positively infectious."
Also keeping Mariah busy at the beginning of the year was a whirlwind promotional tour through Europe, where she performed on The Graham Norton Show, CD:UK, Lottery Show, Eurobest, Top of the Pops, and an intimate performance for MTV Europe where she sang "Through the Rain," "Yours" and "Bringin' on the Heartbreak."
Right on the heels of "Boy (I Need You)" was the next single release. "I Know What You Want," credited to Busta Rhymes & Mariah Carey featuring Flipmode Squad, was taken from Busta Rhyme's album It Ain't Safe No More. A video was shot for the track in Los Angeles, featuring Busta in a high-speed car chase and Mariah singing the hook in a Harley Davidson biker-chick outfit. "I Know What You Want" gave Mariah her first entry in Billboard's Hot Rap Tracks chart. It also earned Hot Shot Debut honors on the Hot 100, where it opened at #57 and eventually peaked at #3, making it Mariah's highest-charting single of the Charmbracelet era. Though the song did not appear on the original album, it would be put out later in the year on an international Charmbracelet re-release and again on The Remixes.
The next single from Charmbracelet was "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." The music video, directed by Sanaa Hamri, was shot rock-concert style in Los Angeles, and featured a cameo appearance by Dave Navarro. The video was inspired, in part, by Bette Midler's The Rose. Mariah promoted the single with another performance on The Today Show, this time as part of the show's Summer Concert Series. On May 30, Mariah appeared before a packed crowd outside the Today studios to sing "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," "Dreamlover" and "Yours."
The Today Show performance was just a warm-up for what was in store next. The Charmbracelet Tour would take Mariah through Asia, North America and Europe over the course of several months. The itinerary underwent several changes from the initial announcement. Several dates scheduled at the beginning of tour, including stops in Singapore and China, were cancelled due to concerns over the SARS outbreak in those areas at the time. Most of those shows were rescheduled to later in 2003 or 2004. The North American leg, which was originally an arena tour, was changed to a more "intimate" theatre tour three weeks after the dates had already been announced. While some speculated that this was due to poor ticket sales, an Island/Def Jam spokesperson said the idea came from a fan who posted on a messageboard, and that Mariah thought it would be fun to have a more intimate environment for the fans. Fans were invited to log on to Mariah's website and help determine the setlist by selecting their top 20 songs from her entire catalogue.
On June 21, Mariah kicked off the Charmbracelet Tour in Seoul, South Korea. From there she headed to Japan, still a huge market for her, to perform a total of ten shows between Tokyo, Osaka, Fukuoka, Hiroshima and Nagoya. After a ten day break, it was time to hit North America.
On July 26, Mariah played to a sold-out crowd at the Colosseum at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas. Over the next two months, she would play to audiences all over North America, many of whom had never had the chance to see her before. Because the smaller production of the theatre tour was easier to take on the road, Mariah was able to visit several states she'd never been to, including Missouri, Ohio, Colorado, Texas and New Jersey. For the first, and so far only, time, Mariah offered backstage meet-and-greets after every show. Fans who were randomly selected by her fan club, Honey B Fly, were entitled to bring a guest to the private autograph session and take part in a group photo, of all of the winners plus Mariah.
The North American tour ended on September 23 in Manchester, New Hampshire; and from there it was off to Europe. The European leg of the Charmbracelet Tour kicked off just four days later in Moscow, Russia and would take Mariah to several other places she had never performed before, including Switzerland, Sweden and Austria. After playing Milan, Italy on November 7, Mariah returned briefly to Asia to perform for fans in China and Philippines.
During the tour, a new album was issued: a joint venture between Sony Music, Virgin Records, and Island Def Jam. The Remixes was a two-disc set of some of Mariah's best remixes. Disc one featured some of her best-known club remixes, including the David Morales mixes of "Dreamlover" and "Fantasy" and the Junior Vazquez version of "Heartbreaker." Disc two was Mariah's urban remixes, including the epic Bad Boy Remix of "Fantasy" featuring O.D.B. Also included were three previously unreleased tracks: Charmbracelet international bonus track "Miss You," "I Know What You Want" and a So So Def remix of "The One" featuring Bone Crusher. Mariah was happy about this release, as she had been pushing for a collection of her remixes to be put out for several years. "I'm excited about it... All the hip-hop remixes are there, and then you have the club mixes, so it's a totally unique kind of album," she said. "In a way I'm just like [sighs] 'OK, this should've been out four years ago,' but I think it's definitely like a collector's item. 'Cause a lot of the remixes you couldn't get in stores, you couldn't buy them."
Mariah's achievements in music were again celebrated in October, when she was presented with the World Music Awards' Diamond Award for over 100 million album sales worldwide.
In December, Mariah celebrated the holidays by bringing the Charmbracelet Tour back to the United States for a series of seven special holiday concerts. The second U.S. leg only visited the west coast, beginning on December 9 in Oregon and ending on December 22 in Costa Mesa, California. Christmas trees were added to the show's set, as well as three songs Mariah had not performed in concert in the U.S. before: "All I Want For Christmas Is You," "Joy to the World" and "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Gloria (In Excelsis Deo)."
"Everybody has problems but as a celebrity it's really hard to live under a microscope. Last year I was burning the candle - forget both ends: basically it was just the wick left! So I've changed the way I live my life. If I need to take a break, have some fun, take a nap, I'll do it. Before, I never wanted to disappoint anyone. But if you start off like that as a young artist and record companies see that you're willing to do an album a year, they'll milk you dry. It's the nature of the job." Blues & Soul
"How's my love life? Where's my love life! Look, if there was someone who was cool, fun, someone who would let me be me... Someone who didn't have [my] poster, because you can't live up to a poster. I think men expect me to sit there in a black dress and sing 'Love Takes Time' in their ear." Blender
"I was like a parent who was overcompensating. I had gone from one situation which was very confining [her five-year marriage to Mottola ended in 1998], and I was trapped in my business life as well. And then I was let out of my contract with Sony in the middle of recording [the soundtrack for Glitter], and I was shooting Wisegirls [with Mira Sorvino]. So I thought, I've been doing my own business for this long, how hard can it be to go somewhere else?"Allure
"Everybody's a diva these days. You can be the diva of garbagewomen - it doesn't matter. It a little bit tired. When I was growing up, my mother was an opera singer, so I connected divas to someone who can really sing and is a bit grandiose. So I guess that would be me."Maxim
"Someone asked me for my autograph when I was 20. It was a feeling of validation."Daily Mail UK
"If you're not strumming a guitar or playing a piano like Alicia Keys, people assume you're not involved. I don't think they realize how much time I put in in the studio. It's my second home."Vibe
Busta Rhymes: "She was cool. She's incredibly professional, incredibly beautiful. One of the best singers in the game, hands down, despite the trials and tribulations. On every level it was extremely pleasant."
Lyor Cohen, President/CEO Of Island/Def Jam: "Her work ethic is insane. She's psychotically professional and a real perfectionist."
"I said to [Mariah], 'What's your competitive advantage? A great voice, of course. And what else? You write every one of your songs - you're a great writer. So why did you stray from your competitive advantage?... It's like driving a Ferrari in first. You won't see the Ferrari will do until you get into sixth gear."
Mike McKnight, Sound Technician: My first impression of Mariah was that she was an incredible singer, very funny (she's always cracking jokes) and just a very nice person to be around."
Max Beesley, Glitter Actor: I'll never ever judge anybody until I meet them ever again because she was lovely! She was like a breath of fresh air, you know! And professional and generous and just a nice girl and, it's a shame that they abuse the power they have in the media!"
Chris Robinson, Director, "I Know What You Want": "We created a set to what she was going to wear. Mariah's a star so you know she brings so much production value to a project like this you know what with Busta Rhymes who's a huge star, you put Mariah Carey in the mix is like."
Mariah is One of Twitter's 140 Most Influential People
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 27-May-2010, 6:24PM EDT
"Cosmic 140" is a map of the 140 most influential people on Twitter—as measured by followers—and lists their handle, subject matter, follower count, and tweet frequency.
Mariah is ranked at #31 on the list that includes the likes of Barack Obama, Oprah, NASA, Bill Gates, Google, CNN and the Dalai Lama.
The list was compiled by the company Information Architects: "We analyzed the data in our Web Trend Engine (30gigs), got a sneak peek into the top 100 list from the Max Planck Institute Twitter research team, we talked to Twitter directly, and we asked our audience to make sure that we get international tweeters in there as well."
Nick to Dish about Mariah's Departure from Colored Girls?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 27-May-2010, 4:22PM EDT
The superstar hasn't confirmed or denied the pregnancy rumors—though the pictures of Mariah and her hubby Nick Cannon leaving a medical building earlier this month certainly haven't helped curb speculation.
And neither has her departure from For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Ditto her rep's no-comment comment on the, um, growing situation.
But we won't have to wait long for an answer. Cannon, who is the midst of a weeklong stint on E!'s Daily 10, promises to give us the exclusive scoop later today and you will not want to miss out.
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 2002
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 27-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
After a physical and emotional breakdown, an unsuccessful movie, a slow-moving album, and a greatest hits collection released to little fanfare, it was safe to say that 2001 had not been Mariah's best year.
The year 2002 got off to a bumpy start. In January, Virgin Records announced that they were ceasing Mariah's four-album contract, and paid her $28 million. In a joint statement, she stated that "This is the right decision for me. I look forward to the many new and exciting opportunities, which have now been presented to me. I wish Virgin well."
Ironically, things were looking better on the acting front. Mariah made a cameo appearance on Ally McBeal as Candy Cushnip, a woman involved in a lawsuit against a dating service. A week later, Mariah was off to Utah to attend the Sundance Film Festival, where WiseGirls received a standing ovation. Roger Friedman of Fox News said that "Carey looks relaxed and comfortable as she plays a savvy waitress in an upscale Staten Island mob joint... Her line delivery is sharp and she manages to get the right laughs. She shows good comedic timing in places where you wouldn't expect her to get it right."
In 1990, Mariah Carey kicked off her career with a show-stopping performance of "America The Beautiful" before the crowd at the NBA Finals. Twelve years later, she found herself in a similar scenario. After a tough year both personally and professionally, she picked up the pieces and sought a new beginning. She found it in New Orleans. On February 3, Mariah brought down the house at the Super Bowl. Barbara Walters said on 20/20 that "she gave patriotism a new voice. You could have heard a pin drop during her rendition of the National Anthem." US raved that "the New England Patriots weren't the only underdogs who ruled on Super Bowl Sunday. Mariah Carey overcame recent career setbacks to kick off the big game in New Orleans with a glass-shattering rendition of 'The Star-Spangled Banner.'" A couple of weeks earlier, she had given another stellar performance when she serenaded Muhammad Ali with "Happy Birthday" on a televised tribute to the boxing legend.
And on this note, Mariah returned to the studio to work on her next record. She was in talks with labels but had not signed a deal, so the new album did not have a distributor or an anticipated release date, but that didn't stop her creative juices from flowing. One of her first sessions brought her to the Bahamas, where she collaborated with producer 7 Aurelius, who described the experience to MTV News as "amazing" and "really special." Together, they created a handful of songs with a live band, ranging from uptempos to ballads. News reports revealed that Mariah was also working with DJ Quik, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Mariah and her new album found a home in May, when she signed on with Universal Music Group. "I'm incredibly happy," she said in a statement. "It's a tremendous and unprecedented opportunity.... I am excited to be a part of [the Universal] family." As part of the deal, Mariah would have her own label underneath the Island/Def Jam imprint. Her label would be named MonarC, a combination of her initials and her love for the symbolism of butterflies.
Mariah continued writing and recording for the new record throughout the spring and summer, bringing Jermaine Dupri on board in addition to her previously announced collaborators. "I recorded in Capri. It's a very small island, a serene environment," Mariah revealed in a promotional interview. "Mainly I just sleep up in the studio, there's an apartment on top of the studio and I go downstairs and I do my work and I'm kind of like away from my cell phone and my pager and people and other stuff, and I can totally focus on writing and singing."
In July, Alfred Roy Carey, Mariah's father, passed away after a bout with cancer. Although the two had not been close for many years, they had a chance to reunite and reconnect in the weeks and months leading up to his death. Mariah recalled to MTV News:
"I do have really nice memories and he actually saved everything I've ever made for him in my life since I was two years old, and I have it. It's like in this folder that he made for me... I thought he didn't even know my songs and people were like, 'Come on, like he doesn't know your songs?' But he just didn't talk about it. He thought, like when I was singing in 'Vision of Love,' 'suffered from alienation' and all those things I was saying; he thought that was about him, and me feeling abandoned by him, which it totally wasn't... We had this intense conversation and then he said to someone else, 'Mariah told me such and such, that really means so much to me, that lifted such a burden off of me.' Meanwhile, I never knew it. So I just thank God that I had that time and that we were able to clear the air of everything."
Mariah wrote about the experience of reconnecting with her father in a song titled "Sunflowers For Alfred Roy."
In September, Mariah's new music was ready to be heard. "Through the Rain," the first single from the new album Charmbracelet. The song was enthusiastically received by radio programmers, including John Ivey, Program Director at Los Angeles' KIIS FM, who stated that "'Through the Rain' is something we had to play right away. This ballad is classic Mariah.'" Despite the anticipation of her first new music on her new label, "Through the Rain" was not a hit and failed to make Billboard's airplay charts. The song's music video was filmed in New York City, and depicted the courtship and marriage of Mariah's parents, who "made it through the rain," despite their parents' objection to their inter-racial romance.
Universal Music launched an aggressive promotional campaign for the new music, beginning in September with a series of radio interviews surrounding the impact of "Through the Rain." In October, Mariah went on her first-ever listening party tour, which brought her to nine cities across the US, where fans from her online "street team" were treated to a preview of six new songs, in addition to a photo and autograph session.
Throughout the months of October and November, Mariah travelled around the world to plug Charmbracelet, including stops in Europe, South America and Japan, where she filmed the video for the album's second single.
With a December 2 release date set for the album, Mariah returned to the U.S., where she was all over television for the album's first week. A four-song concert at the Mall Of America for The Today Show was followed by performances on Oprah and The View, as well as interviews with Dateline NBC, Larry King Live, and an MTV concert special called "Shining Through the Rain." She also paid honor to Stevie Wonder with a rousing rendition of "You & I" at the BET Walk of Fame's tribute to the music legend. With all of this promotion, wasn't Mariah worried about having a repeat of the previous year's events? Not at all, she told MTV's John Norris:
"I will never allow myself to be at that point. Like, that's the one thing I learned," she said. "Now if it comes down to it, I'll just have to say no, lock my door, and say good night. And whatever happens happens. The bottom line is, it'll be me that ends up losing money or losing an extra bit of promotion, and that has to be okay with me because life is too short."
Mariah's worldwide promotional tour was documented in a VH1 special called "What It's Like: Mariah Around The World."
Charmbracelet featured some of Mariah's most personal and stripped-down work to date. USA Today, which raved that "Carey sounds like gold on Charmbracelet, likened the jazzy "Subtle Invitation" to an Anita Baker record, and described Spanish-guitar ballad "I Only Wanted" as "elegantly wistful." The New York Post felt that the record was "warmly human - a tough feat in an electronically charged pop world," while The Boston Herald proclaimed that "This is the Mariah that people swooned over in 1990."
Collaborators on Charmbracelet included rapper Cam'Ron, with whom Mariah re-created his hit "Oh Boy," and Just Blaze, who produced "You Got Me," featuring Jay-Z and Freeway. While fans and casual listeners had by now grown used to, and come to embrace, the increasing R&B/hip-hop sound in Mariah's music, one song on this record was not to be expected: a cover of rock band Def Leppard's hit "Bringin' on the Heartbreak." Rolling Stone described the song as "the catchiest cut [on the album]...a fantasticly overblown orchestral remake." While many critics and fans alike were pleased with Mariah's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," one demographic was not: Def Leppard fans. Guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard defended Mariah, saying that her cover was "a genuine version of our song. The fans really get it wrong sometimes. She's on our side and it's an honor she's done it." A re-worked radio version featured Dave Navarro on guitars.
On the pop side of the album, one collaboration that did not make the record was a duet with Justin Timberlake on "Yours." Mariah's solo version appeared instead, and while she stated that the duet would be released as a single down the line, that never came to be.
Charmbracelet sold 241,000 copies in its first week in the U.S.- twice as much as its predecessor Glitter had sold in its first seven days. The album debuted and peaked at #3 on the Billboard charts, but that would be its only week in the top ten before it quickly declined down the charts. Charmbracelet fulfilled global sales expectations, selling 3 million worldwide. Although the album would not reach blockbuster status by any means, Mariah's presence with it was far from over. She would continue trecking around the world in 2003, and would even release more new music from it.
"Life hits you with lemons, you make lemonade. That's the only thing I can do. The thing is, I asked for this fame and I got it, so this is what comes with it. Understandably, no-one is out there going, "Oh, poor Mariah."FHM
"Everybody thinks I'm like a cartoon character. Just today somebody told me they were surprised I was doing this interview in a hotel because they'd heard I wouldn't walk on carpet! I'm like, "I lived in a hotel for three years, so what else would I walk on? what am I gonna do, fly into the room?"FHM
"I'm inspired, each time I go in, to do something a little different, yet something that's still the core of who I am. I think that music speaks and crosses all boundaries." Promotional interview for "Through the Rain."
"It's not so much a barrier as a reality. If I go out, I'm still Mariah Carey. I think I do gravitate towards famous people because maybe they'll get it. Would I go out with Joe Schmo? Yes, if Joe Schmo would come and talk to me," Mariah says with a laugh. "And had a job."Glamour
"I'm not Little Miss Priss. Well, I am in my own way, like the fact I can count the number of men I've been with in my life on one hand. I was with Tommy, I was with Derek and I was with Luis. I didn't date anybody else."Glamour
Lyor Cohen, Island/Def Jam President/CEO: "Despite offers from many of our competitors, we are delighted that Mariah has chosen Island as the place to begin the next phase of her unprecedented career, The hallmark of Island Records has always been to take the current model of bringing music to the fans, turning it on its head, and redefining it for a new generation."
7 Aurelius: "She's an amazing writer," he said. "We did three or four songs in three or four days. The way we was doing it, I had [a horn section] down there along with me. We had the whole room set up with candles, some nice wine - [it was] a very good vibe. It was completely stripped down, like 'Mariah Carey Unplugged.' She stripped herself down to her talent. She was really trusting of me and my vision, and I was trusting of who she was."
Joe Elliott, Def Leppard: "I think she's done a very good job [with "Bringin' on the Heartbreak]. It's faithful to the arrangement, but not done like a rock song. Her astonishing vocal gymnastics towards the end ... make Minnie Riperton sound like Tom Waits."
Mary J Blige "[Mariah] was going through a lot in her life... I don't care what people go through. I'm not gonna turn my back on anyone because of what someone else says. The press really knows how to beat you up and make you look bad in front of everyone."
Toni Braxton: "I like the things that Irv Gotti is doing with hip-hop tracks and R&B with Ashanti. To be honest, Mariah Carey really pioneered that. All people wanted to talk about was her shorty-short shorts, but forget the chances she took. Mariah with ODB...what was she thinking? When I heard it, I said, 'I get it, Mariah. Hands up, girl!'"
Mariah Withdraws from Colored Girls
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 26-May-2010, 7:32PM EDT
Mariah Carey abruptly pulled out of her role in Tyler Perry's new film this week, PEOPLE has learned, sparking renewed speculation the singer/actress is pregnant.
Carey, who won acclaim for her work in Precious, was set to appear in the adaptation of Ntozake Shange's 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Filming was set to start next month.
But on Tuesday Carey abruptly withdrew from the project.
"I'm not at liberty to discuss her personal life at this time," Carey's spokeswoman Cindi Berger says, declining to give a reason for Carey's withdrawal.
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2001
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 26-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
With the filming of Glitter and the production of its soundtrack well underway, things were far from slow for Mariah Carey in 2001. A hectic schedule was nothing new for the self-proclaimed workaholic. In fact, it was typical for her to be thinking of her next project before she was even done with her current one. This year would be no different, but no one—not even Mariah herself—was expecting it to be such a life-changing one for her.
Although things were going smoothly on the Glitter set, the same couldn't be said for other matters. Mariah's conflict with Columbia Records came to a blow.
In April, she severed ties with the label and signed a multimillion-dollar, multiple-album deal with Virgin Records. "I am elated about my new partnership with Virgin Records," Mariah said in a statement. "And I look forward to being a part of their uniquely creative musical environment." It was a move that Mariah had thought through carefully, having been very involved in negotiations and having even sought the advice of Lenny Kravitz and Prince. "I personally met weith everybody. I grew up with some of the smartest and most shrewd businessmen," she told Elle. "I learned a lot. It's not like somebody can lie to me and say, 'We're gonna do this and this,' and have me not go, 'Wait, who's your distributor in Taiwan?'" Details of the deal were not made available, but Virgin Records said in a press release that the contract was "unprecedented."
The first release under her new contract would be the soundtrack to the motion picture Glitter, which was scheduled for release on Labor Day weekend. Mariah was hard at work on the record, which would include covers of 80's classics, a new song penned with Rick James, and a duet with Eric Benet, who also played a role in the movie.
As if filming her first starring role in a movie and recording its soundtrack weren't keeping her busy enough, Mariah was already working on her next project: the Lions Gate mob thriller WiseGirls. Shooting began in May for the film, in which Mariah played Raychel, a sharp-shooting, foul-mouthed waitress who worked in a restaurant owned by mobsters, along with Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. Although she had enjoyed being such a large role in the production of Glitter, Mariah embraced the chance to stand back and focus on her acting. "I was one of the producers on Glitter, and I did the music, and it was a story that I thought up," she told Movieline. "In this one I'm just a hired hand. I'm going to concentrate on my part, and I'm not going to have to make sure that every little thing is going smoothly." While some argued that Glitter's Billie Frank was not a far cry from the real Mariah Carey, WiseGirls' Raychel was completely left-field. When asked in an interview about being typecast as a singer, Mariah said, "That's why I'm doing an independent movie that's completely the opposite of me. My character, who talks like this [in a thick Brooklyn accent] and is like, 'You know what, I don't even wanna take your crap right now, you know what I'm saying?' We're talking about a complete character, OK?"
Soon after production was complete on WiseGirls, it was time for Mariah to focus her attention back on Glitter. With the soundtrack due out in August, the first single hit the airwaves: "Loverboy," which would also be Billie's first single in the movie. The basis of the song was a sample of Cameo's 1987 hit "Candy," and Cameo also appeared on the record. "Larry Black [Cameo's lead singer] was brilliant about reworking the original," Mariah told Blues & Soul. "He came into the studio and started doing that whole 'strawberry, raspberry' thing and me and my friend were in awe. We're old Cameo fans you know!"
"Loverboy" started out well at radio, but quickly declined in airplay, peaking at only #50 on Billboard's airplay chart. The song fared worse on the Hot 100, where airplay-only songs were now eligible to chart. This changed with the release of the commercial single, which included remixes by MJ Cole and David Morales. In its first week on shelves, "Loverboy" sold 180,000 copies, but it peaked only at #2 on the Hot 100 due to low airplay.
The "Loverboy" video, directed by David LaChapelle, was filmed at Los Angeles County Raceway and features Mariah as, in her words, "a hubcap salesgirl." Two videos were produced from the shoot; one for the album version featuring Cameo and a second for the remix featuring rappers Da Brat, Ludacris, Shawna and Twenty II. The basis of the videos are the same, with the only major changes being the presence of Cameo versus the rappers driving around on the track. "It's sort of just a big party," Mariah told MTV. "The thing about David [LaChapelle] is, I totally trust him and he's the best, and I would never do this concept with anyone else in the world."
With the "Loverboy" single flying off shelves and the video now on MTV's rotation, anticipation was building for rest of the Glitter soundtrack album. The record would be different from anything Mariah had released before. As Billboard put it:
"Glitter shows La Carey bravely striving to merge three incongruous styles. First, there's the '80s-hued material reflective of her imminent film debut (after which the set is titled). Then, there are the ballads that are an essential element of her every album. Finally, she indulges in her fascination with hip-hop culture - a move that should continue to confound fans who pledge allegiance to the diva during her early pure-pop phase."
With Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, Mariah had covered Cherelle's 1984 hit "I Didn't Mean To Turn You On," which Billie would be seen performing at various points in the movie. "I grew up on the Cherelle record," Mariah told Blues N Soul. "Jimmy and Terry are musical heroes of mine and they suggested we re-sing the background and they gave me the original master to work with."
For only the second time in her career, Mariah recorded an original song that someone else had written for her: the Rick James-penned "All My Life." "He's like wow! I know he's notorious and all that stuff but he's made some of the greatest music in history," Mariah said. "And I love the way he works with female artists - just look what he did with Teena Marie and the Mary Jane Girls."
Another Jam and Lewis production on Glitter was the ballad "Never Too Far," which Billie would sing at Madison Square Garden in the final scene of the movie. The other big ballad on the record was "Lead The Way," which credits Walter Afanassief as co-writer and co-producer. For this reason, this song is thought to be one of the first songs written for the movie, before the two stopped working together. The only song that was not specifically written for the film, but was able to be incorporated, was "Twister," which is said to be about the suicide of Mariah's makeup artist, Tonjua Twist. "One of the songs is in honor of someone else," Mariah told MTV News. "[It] ended up being in the film and really working. That's a personal situation. But all of the other songs were written in the character's voice or as an observer of what's going on in the movie at that moment."
In true Mariah fashion, Glitter was not without its guest vocalists. Busta Rhymes and Fabulous jammed with Mariah on a cover of the '80s hit "Last Night A DJ Saved My Life." Mystikal rapped over a loop of Tom Browne's "Funkin 4 Jamaica" on "Don't Stop." Mariah and Ja Rule created a nice call-and-response on "If We." While all of these folks were prominently featured on the CD, they were not to be found in the movie. "Basically on the album you have 2001 versions of '80s classics," Mariah told Blues N Soul. "On the album you've got Busta and Mystikal doing their stuff but in the 80s-based movie, you have a faithful original reading because it would have sounded anachronistic to have Busta and Mystikal doing their thing in the '80s."
With the Glitter film and soundtrack in the finishing stages, Mariah was ready to promote the project she had conceived several years ago and worked on proficiently for the past year. A "Making The Video" special for "Loverboy" was produced for MTV, and she stopped by BET's "106 & Park" to premiere the video and talk about her new project. On July 20, Mariah appeared at the FYE store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Long Island to sign copies of "Loverboy." The day before, she made an impromptu appearance on MTV's "Total Request Live" to announce the signing. Taking the audience—and host Carson Daly—by surprise, she entered the studio wearing an oversized "Loverboy" t-shirt and pushing an ice-cream cart, from which she handed out treats to the crowd. "Every now and then, somebody needs a little therapy," Mariah announced. "And today is that moment for me." And from that moment, things came to a screeching halt.
On July 25, Mariah left two unusual voice messages on her website, in which she was addressing both her fans and her management company. She explained that she needed to take time off and that "I really don't feel like I should be doing music right now." The next day, it was confirmed that Mariah had checked herself into a hospital for exhaustion. Her publicist Cindy Berger said in a statement that Mariah was "mentally and physically exhausted after completing two movies: Glitter and WiseGirls, while simultaneously writing, recording, and producing the soundtrack to Glitter." Planned promotion of the album (including a headlining performance at MTV's 20th Anniversary Celebration) was cancelled, and the releases of both the movie and the soundtrack were pushed back by three weeks.
While Mariah took time off, Virgin worked the Glitter soundtrack as much as they could. Mariah was originally set to film a video for "Never Too Far" in New York City, but after that was cancelled, the live performance clip from the movie was issued as the music video instead, and the song was sent to radio. Mariah made her first public appearance after her hospitalization on September 21, when she performed "Hero" at America: A Tribute To Heroes, a benefit concert for those affected by the September 11 terrorist attacks on New York City.
With the Glitter soundtrack now on shelves and the movie now in theatres, Mariah slowly began to work the promotion circuit again. She appeared on the Radio Music Awards, where she won for Most Requested Artist, and premiered a new song: a medley of "Never Too Far" and "Hero." She performed on the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards and at another benefit concert called United We Stand. She also went to New Orleans to shoot a music video with Mystikal for "Don't Stop (Funkin' 4 Jamaica)," the next release off of Glitter.
The Glitter soundtrack debuted and peaked at #7 on the Billboard 200, making it her lowest-peaking release at this point. Overseas, the album performed respectably; most notably in Japan, where it became her fourth #1 album on the Japanese charts.
At the beginning of December, Mariah flew to Kosovo, where she entertained U.S. troops stationed at Camp Bondsteel, as part of the United Service Organizations. During her stay, she donned camouflage, signed autographed, and passed out hugs before giving a festive concert, where she performed "All I Want For Christmas Is You" and "Hero," among several other songs. "I felt like a part of a long USO tradition of entertainers. I would go back. It was an amazing feeling," Mariah told People. "I felt like it was important to try and bring a little bit of glamour."
Upon her return to the U.S., Mariah stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman and The View to talk about her latest projects and to set the record straight on exactly what had happened that summer:
"So many things were so overly sensationalized, over and over again. But basically I've been a workaholic my whole life. My schedule this past summer was like, beyond ridiculous. You know, one day in one country, the next day back here promoting all over the place," she told Letterman. "I was totally sleep-deprived and I was exhausted and at a certain point, I just got a wake-up call and it was like 'this has to stop' and I had to take a moment and just draw a line and get a wake-up call and say, 'Hey, take care of yourself like a human being, not like a machine.'
Mariah headlined an annual television special called A Home For The Holidays, which raises awareness for adoption services. On the show, she performed "Reflections (Care Enough)" for the first time.
Also in December, two new Mariah releases hit shelves. The first was a CD single to benefit the Heroes Fund, which benefitted the families of relief workers lost while trying to save lives during the World Trade Center disaster. "I started [performing] at different charity events where I did a combination of 'Never Too Far' and 'Hero,'" she told MTV News. "We made it into a medley and kinda put them both in the same key and just made it work, and people responded really well to it. It's been interesting for me, since the events of September 11, the way people have been playing 'Hero' and talking to me about 'Never Too Far,' 'cause that song is also about loss."
The single was only released commercially in the United States and it included "There For Me," the Diane Warren/David Foster collaboration from 1999. In an unexpected move, "There For Me" actually overtook "Never Too Far/Hero" in airplay, after gaining considerable airplay in several major markets across the country.
The other December release was Greatest Hits, a two-disc set issued by Columbia Records. The record included all of Mariah's singles up to that point, with the Jermaine Dupri remix of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" as a bonus track. Internationally, "Against All Odds" with Westlife was included, and in Japan, "Never Too Far/Hero" was an additional bonus. Although #1's had come out just three years prior, this was the first comprehensive collection of Mariah's best work. "I think people are going to like this Greatest Hits because there are songs on it that were not necessarily singles," Mariah told MTV News. "There's a song called 'Underneath the Stars' that I always kind of fought for... There's a lot of songs that I'm happy are gonna see the light of day."
"I'm the queen of 'let's all have a good time forever.' Life should be fun. I might have 20 zillion things to do, but I'm going to try and laugh as much as I can in-between."Cosmopolitan
"There are always stories brewing, like in the tabloids and stuff, but I know what I do. I know that I'm not promiscuous. I know that when I wear a pair of hot shorts in a video, I'm playing dress up. I'm the same 6-year-old girl playing dress up who thought it was cute and wanted to be like Jeannie and Marilyn Monroe. But when I started, I was pretty conservative with my clothes. It wasn't what I do now. At this point, I'm like, Whatever. I've recently come to the conclusion that I can't change certain things, this is my reality, and I might as well make the best of it."Cosmo Girl
"I don't smoke now, but I smoked from 12 to 18. It really messed up my voice. What happened was I would get a cold and then keep a cold, but it would be even worse because I was smoking cigarettes. So I made a promise that if I got my voice back, I would never smoke again. I realized smoking is not an important thing in my life - it does nothing for me, and if I don't stop, it's going to hurt me. So I quit. It was like, Hello! I'm on the verge of all my dreams, but I think I'll smoke something that absolutely nothing for me but make my hair stink!"Cosmo Girl
"I decided to sign with Virgin mostly because of Lenny Kravitz, who is an old friend. He's really happy there, and even re-signed after ten years, so I figured that was pretty good. They [Sony] still have a big stake in this album, and they're very proud of that. I'm not, but whatever. After all the years I've put up with certain things, I think I should be released now. It shouldn't be about finding the new way to mess with me. Like, OK, you've surely done your share of damage. Couldn't we stop now? Couldn't we call it a day?"Allure
"When we first started shooting Glitter, I was convinced that the director of photography was shooting me on my 'bad' side on purpose. When I talked to him, he thought I was out of my mind. I guess nobody sees this 'bad' side but me. So you know what? I've given it up. People will have to accept me with both my 'good' side and my 'bad' side."Movieline
"Let me give you a little warning. I'm tired. And I want you to say when I should be concise, because the fact that I'm exhausted doesn't help in my ramblings."Elle
"They made this whole big deal about 'Total Request Live' ... Now first of all, I had on shorts and a tank top. It was the summertime. And then a huge t-shirt down to here... And I took the t-shirt off with the clothes underneath it. I kept the clothes on, obviously. So when they were writing about, I don't think half the writers knew even knew what 'Total Request Live' was, I mean it's not like we were on 'Nightline with Ted Koppel'... We're talking MTV and it was a joke."Late Show
Mystikal: "Man, when I found out that she wanted me to be on her song, for the soundtrack to a movie, it was really exciting to me. That's the kind of stuff that I want to be doing right now. It was exciting because I had missed the chance to perform with Mariah on one of her previous albums because I was- they couldn't catch up with me for whatever reason and I was like "Ugh!" Now they came running to me like, 'Man, Mariah wants you to be on a song!' When I heard that I was like, 'My chance! I ain't gonna miss it this time. I ain't gonna miss it for nothing!" MTV News
RuPaul: "'Glitter' or 'Critter' or 'Litter,' whichever you prefer. I saw it twice in its opening weekend. I'll be first in line for the DVD."
Will Demps, NFL: "You guys wonder why I have this DVD? It's Glitter. Mariah, I don't care what your critics say, I love you!"
MariahDaily.com Celebrates 12 Years Online
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 25-May-2010, 8:37PM EDT
Happy Birthday, MariahDaily.com!
This month of May, we are celebrating the site's 12th year online! We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to you - our loyal readers and contributors - for all of your support over the years. We look forward to continuing to bring you all the latest in the world of our diva!
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 25-May-2010, 5:55PM EDT
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel is on sale for $9.99 until June 5th at Best Buy.
Below are scans from recent issues of Us, Glamour (UK), Paivaa (Finland), Ben (France), Gala (France), Public (France), Joy (Ukraine), L'Officiel (Russia), Click (Romania); and Agenda TV (Romania).
Precious will be officially released on DVD in Brazil on Thursday, June 10. Most Brazilian stores are now accepting pre-orders.
At the premiere of his new movie Why Did I Get Married Too? in London, asked if he'd try to get Mariah and Janet to do a duet for the title song of his next project For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, Tyler Perry replied: "I'm gonna work on it. A Janet-Mariah-Macy duet, wouldn't that be like the weirdest thing you ever heard? If it doesn't happen, it won't be because of me, ok?"
Colored Girls stars Mariah, Janet Jackson, Macy Gray; along with Whoopi Goldberg, Phylicia Rashad, Jurnee Smollett, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Loretta Devineand Anika Noni Rose. Filming is scheduled to begin June 1. Nationwide theatrical release is slated for January 14, 2011. Check out the interview here.
Nicki Minaj ("Up Out My Face" remix) in a recent interview with Details magazine: Q: You've rapped on songs for Usher, Mariah Carey, and Robin Thicke. How much do you charge for a cameo? "I get a handsome amount. I could definitely buy a car off one of my guest appearances. And I'm not talking about a Hyundai."
TrueExlusives did a recent interview with Brandy and asked her about Mariah and she showed love. It's at the 07:41 mark here.
FANS' CORNER Some Brazilian fans have put together a video showing their love for Mariah, and pleading her to come to Brazil to do a concert. Watch below!
Congratulations to the following new Mariah Carey fan sites: Mariah Carey Brasil (Orkut community, owner: Moderah), MC-News (French site, owner: Andy). Members of the defunct Live Daily Mariah forum can now go to a new forum site, AfterLD.
Check out the following fan videos, and please do let them know what you think of their performance by leaving a comment on their respective YouTube channel:
--Phillip aka Mariah Monroe, Reno's #1 Mariah Carey drag queen impersonator, performs a live version of "Emotions" in this video here. Be sure to visit his YouTube channel to check out more of his Mariah performances. --Kevin did a cover of "H.A.T.E.U." here. --Another rendition of "H.A.T.E.U." by Italian fan Danielhere. --David and his group Soulkiss recently did Mariah's "Underneath The Stars." Check out their performance here. --Brazilian fan Robinho created a video with Mariah's "Bye Bye" in tribute of his boyfriend who recently passed away. Video here. --Bohdan created a video collage of Mariah's 18 No. 1 songs here. --Gary with his piano version of Mariah's "Breakdown" here.
And here are the Fan Art submissions: Arno (fan-made DVD cover for the 1998 Tokyo Dome concert), Adae (2 wallpapers), Bernie (his Mariah's albums wall), Marleo and Mitchell (prizes from HBF contests), Chen, Francesco and Daniela (Mariah tattoos).
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MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2000
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 25-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
"I'm so thankful that this talented young woman has shared her talent with the world. I love her," Olivia Newton John told the audience at the American Music Awards in January 2000, as she presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to Mariah Carey. In less than two months (yet spread between the 20th and 21st centuries), she had been presented special awards by two different legendary female artists she looked up to. The honors came barely ten years after the little girl with a demo tape and a dream had released her first single. For millions of fans around the world, Mariah Carey had proven that dreams do come true.
Mariah opened the show that night with a performance of her latest single, "Thank God I Found You," joined on stage by Joe and rapper NAS, with whom she had recorded a remix. The song was the second single from Rainbow. This song was popular among the teen-pop audience, many of whom got to know Mariah's music through the latest album. As had been the pattern with the past few singles, Mariah managed to sell a lot of CD singles with relatively little airplay. The song became her 15th #1 single, but only stayed at the top for one week, sandwiched in between two weeks at #2.
One thing Mariah had come under fire for in the media for over the past couple years was her image. She was wearing shorter ensembles than she had in previous years, and her dress at the American Music Awards left little to the imagination. In a February appearance on "The Rosie O'Donnell Show," Rosie called her out on this specific outfit, and in one of her more memorable TV moments, Mariah clapped her hands and exclaimed, "I have something to say!" Now that she had made sure she had everyone's attention, she proceeded to explain, "For the first five or six or seven years of my career, they made me wear a top up to here, and things down to there, so if I wanna show my body in a dress, I'm gonna show it!"
At this point, Rainbow was holding steady on the charts and had produced two #1 singles. The momentum was going strong, and Mariah decided to keep it going by taking her music - and her new wardrobe - on the road. Many of her fans, old and new, around the globe had never had the chance to see her live before, and that was about to change. On February 14, The Rainbow Tour kicked off in Antwerp, Belgium, before a sold-out crowd at Sportpaleis. Over the course of the next month, Mariah played to the masses in Europe and Asia. This included returns to France, Germany, United Kingdom, and Japan, as well as first-time performances in Spain, Italy, and Singapore. Soon after, it was the moment that millions of fans had been waiting for: Her first U.S. tour in seven years. The North American leg of the tour kicked off at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on March 16, and took her through major markets including Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, New York City, and Toronto, Canada.
"The Rainbow Tour" had something for everyone: long dresses, short ensembles, video skits, a boxing scene between Mariah and "Bianca," a "Miss Diva 2000" pageant, and of course plenty of the hits, most of which many fans were hearing live for the first time. Throughout the course of two hours, Mariah took the audience through the past ten years, from "Vision of Love" and "Emotions" to "My All" and "Heartbreaker." Also featured were "Close My Eyes" and "Petals," two fan favorites which surely brought smiles to the faces and tears to the eyes of many fans in the crowd. Although the fans were pleased with the show, the critics were not won over. Variety proclaimed that "Mariah Carey's show begs for either simplicity of coherency," while the Boston Globe stated that "Carey's voice great; visuals a mess." This did not deter Mariah, who told her audience at the Fleet Center in Boston, "This show is for you and I too have a good time! And if you have fun, then I have succeeded and nothing else matters!" Two shows on the tour, Boston and Toronto, were cancelled and re-scheduled after Mariah came down with food poisoning in Atlanta. The final show, in Toronto, was filmed for release on DVD and home video, but never came out.
On April 9, in between tour stops, Mariah appeared at Madison Square Garden to film the third annual "VH1 Divas" concert to benefit the Save The Music foundation. The show premiered on April 11, which incidentally was the same night that the Rainbow Tour stopped at Madison Square Garden. Mariah opened the show with a mashup of "Heartbreaker" and Diana Ross' "Love Hangover." Later on, she returned to sing "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)," which she dedicated to "anyone going through any sort of adversity, any sort of struggle, any kind of pain." She joined Diana Ross in a medley of "Baby Love" and "Stop! In The Name of Love" and later took part in a group performance of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," which featured all of the evening's divas on stage.
In May, Mariah was honored at the World Music Awards. In addition to being awarded World's Best Selling R&B Female, she was recognized as the World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millenium:
"This is a completely and totally bizarre experience for me, to be receiving the award for Artist of the Millenium... It's the same award that Michael Jackson is receiving. I mean, he's been making number one records, prior to my birth. He's truly a legend and I just feel blessed to be here tonight. I still actually feel like that little girl, living on a mattress, on the floor, making a demo tape and just trying to get heard, and there's a lot of those people out there. So everybody out there, keep your head up. If you're working towards a dream, don't give up and don't stop."
A month later, Mariah appeared at the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, where she performed "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" and won Favorite Female R&B Artist.
The final single to be issued from Rainbow (and for that matter, by Sony Music) in the U.S. was a double A-side: "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)" and "Crybaby." Under Billboard regulations for double A-sides, the song that led in airplay when the single first charts received the sales points for the life of the single, and in this case, it was "Crybaby."
The music videos for "Can't Take That Away" and "Crybaby" were directed by Sanaa Hamri. "Can't Take That Away" featured footage of fans who had won the "Double Rainbow Contest," which asked fans to film their interpretation of what "Mariah's Theme" meant to them. In the video, Mariah is depicted in an apartment writing in a journal and watching stories of people who have overcome hardships on television. These people included tennis stars Venus and Serena Williams, and her nephew Shawn. It is raining throughout the video, and at the end, Mariah comes to the window in time to see a rainbow appear. The "Crybaby" video shows Mariah on a restless night in her apartment, as she texts with Snoop Dogg, who appears in the video via Mariah's telephone screen.
"Can't Take That Away" and "Crybaby" made little to no impact at radio or at music video outlets. It fared better at retail, however, where two singles were issued: a regular CD single featuring the two songs plus Mariah's performance of "Love Hangover/Hearbreaker" from VH1 Divas Live, and a CD maxi-single featuring two David Morales remixes of "Can't Take That Away." Because of Mariah's power to sell singles, the double-single made the top 30 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The release of "Can't Take That Away" was the center of a very public battle between Mariah and Sony Music. Sony did not feel that an additional single from Rainbow was necessary, but Mariah fought very hard to get the song released. As a result, Sony Music did little to promote the song at radio. Mariah, who was growing increasingly unhappy with her label, spoke out against this lack of support several times via voice messages on her official website. One such message was taken down by Sony almost immediately after it had been posted:
"As a lot of you know, the political situation in my professional career is not stellar and I am getting a lot of negative feedback from certain corporate people. Still, I'm not willing to give up on 'Can't Take That Away' and I just don't want to let you all down if it is not a big top 5 or 10 record. The only reason I say this is because lots of you write that it is a #1 song... What is most important to me are those of you who say the song has given you hope and strength. I just want to reach as many people as possible, and it is so hard with my professional situation to ever really know what is going on- so it's truly a complete mess. I love you all so much for caring about my music and I always will."
Internationally, "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" was pushed as the final single from Rainbow. For maximum appeal, the song was re-done as a duet with Westlife, a hugely successful boy-band in Europe. Although Mariah did not re-cut her vocal, the instrumental was re-produced with a more prevalent violin section. A music video was issued, featuring Mariah and Westlife recording the song and sight-seeing on the island of Capri. The new version of "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" peaked at #1 in the UK. This was only Mariah's second #1 in that country, the first being her cover of "Without You."
In the fall of 2000, filming commenced on All That Glitters, which would later become known simply as Glitter. The project had first come up more than three years prior, and now it was finally coming to fruition. "This is a project near and dear to my heart," Mariah told Rolling Stone. "It's something I've wanted to do for a long time." It was quite an ambitious project she had ahead of herself: In addition to playing the lead role, Mariah also co-produced the movie and had already recorded the soundtrack.
All That Glitters was based on Mariah's own concept: An aspiring singer, Billie Frank, struggling with her multi-racial identity and trying to re-connect with her mother, who abandoned her at a young age. Many drew parallels between the movie's plotline and Mariah's life, but she was quick to point out that the film was not autobiographical. "My mother is white, and she was never unstable. She's an opera singer," she would later tell Movieline. And the DJ that Billie meets isn't like any man I've ever been with. Trust me, Billie has totally different issues than I do."
As filming began in New York and moved on to Toronto, the process took its toll. "At times in this film, I have been an emotional wreck," she told US. "It's good I have this outlet to release my feelings."
"I think that I internalise a lot of my sadness, but I try to laugh through the difficult times. Even when I'm in a moment of intense despair, I'll think of some joke, and if I'm crying hysterically, I'll just laugh."Cosmopolitan
"I think it was the right decision, early on, for me to be very simple and very, you know, for people to just focus on my voice and songwriting - although people didn't even realize that I wrote songs, and some of them still don't - and that was cool for a year and a half, two years, but hey, there comes a time when you say, 'Can I get a different hairdo and a new ensemble please?"MTV News 1515
In addition to having two personae, Mariah has three physiologically distinct singing voices: what's called a whisper voice, which is the uppermost part of her range; the high voice, breathy voice that falls in the middle; and the belting range. "They stick a thing down your throat - I have pictures of it," she says. "When my doctor lectures, he uses me as an example. A freak example."Rolling Stone
Patricia Carey, Mariah's mom: "If I didn't see and experience all the things she does in a day, I wouldn't believe it, either. She's always been like that: never stopping, always writing, always doing something."
"She's certainly more content with herself, and there's a peace that she has now that she didn't have for a long time, that she certainly didn't have when she was married. But now she's back to being the old Mariah. The Mariah who grew up fun-loving and outgoing is back. And she wasn't here for a while."
Trey Lorenz: "I always said that if Mariah's personality came out as it really is, there would be no stopping her and people would really love her. I think it was different even a few years ago, when she really wasn't able to express herself. Now, when people are like, 'She's so different!' I say, 'No, you're actually seeing more of Mariah, as far as the cool side and the person who's just like you, more than you ever got to see.' Because she's cool people."
Mariah on FUSE All Day Saturday
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 25-May-2010, 6:57AM EDT
As reported earlier, Mariah will take over FUSE TV all day Saturday, May 29 starting at 11:00am ET. Check out the promo spot for the show below.
Source: FUSE | Mike
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 1999
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 24-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
Just four months after its release, #1's was a huge success, selling more than 11 million copies worldwide. In Japan, the collection became the best-selling album by an international act, moving 3.6 million copies. This pushed her total album sales to over 100 million worldwide.
"I Still Believe" was the next and final single release from #1's. The music video was filmed at Edwards Air Force Base in California, featuring Mariah singing for the troops. A second music video was issued for an R&B remix, entitled "I Still Believe/Pure Imagination," which featured Krayzie Bone & Da Brat on vocals. Additional remixes were commissioned by Stevie J (featuring rappers Mocha and Amil) and David Morales. Strong single sales resulted in another top 5 hit for Mariah on the Billboard Hot 100, as well as the song being certified a platinum (1,000,000 copies) selling single.
In March, Mariah made her first ever appearance on the Academy Awards, where she performed "When You Believe" with Whitney Houston. Stephen Schwartz took home the award for Original Song for composing "When You Believe."
In June, Mariah took the time to appear at two special charity concerts. Michael Jackson and Friends, which took place in Soeul, South Korea, benefitted the Red Cross, UNESCO and the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund. Mariah performed "I Still Believe" and "Hero." Later on in the month, she travelled to Italy to take part in Pavarotti & Friends, which raised funds for the children of Guatemala and Kosovo. In one of the highlights of the show, Mariah sang "Hero" with Luciano Pavarotti.
As the #1's album era started to fade, Mariah had had her sights set on her next project, one she had been talking about for a while: A movie entitled All That Glitters, set to be about an aspiring singer, which was currently in the writing stages. Mariah had begun writing songs for the film's soundtrack. When she received word that production of the movie would be set back, she was in the middle of the creative process of writing songs and she decided not to let it go to waste. One of those songs was "Heartbreaker," and in July of 1999, it was released to radio. It was a fun pop song in the vein of "Fantasy" and "Honey," and featured rap by Jay-Z. With her sights still set on her feature film debut, Mariah decided to incorporate a bit of acting into the song's music video. She created an alter ego named "Bianca," a black-haired, cursing "Bad Mariah" who was after the "Good Mariah's" boyfriend, portrayed in the video by actor Jerry O'Connell. The video was directed by Brett Ratner, who had previously directed Mariah in "I Still Believe."
"Heartbreaker" was the first single off of Mariah's next album, Rainbow, which she is said to have recorded in only nine weeks, considerably shorter than the time she took to create any of her previous albums. Many speculated that this was due to the fact that Mariah was growing increasingly unhappy at Sony Music, which was still headed by her ex-husband, and was eager to fulfill her contract and move on. The single for "Heartbreaker" featured remixes by DJ Clue and reknowned DJ Junior Vazquez, with whom Mariah created an epic dance mix called "Heartbreaker/If You Should Ever Be Lonely." The single gave Mariah the biggest first-week single sales of her career and quickly shot to #1. With this, Mariah became the first and only artist in the rock-and-roll era to have a #1 single in every year of a decade. With "Heartbreaker," her 14th #1 single, Mariah surpassed Michael Jackson's 13 chart-toppers and to claim third-place among all artists with the most number ones. Only the Beatles (20) and Elvis Presley (17) had more than her at this point.
During the first week of November, Mariah hit the record stores and the big screen. On November 2, Rainbow hit shelves worldwide. Just days later, Mariah's feature film debut came to movie theatres: a supporting role in the Chris O'Donnell movie The Bachelor. Her character, Ilana, was a temperamental opera singer. "It's over the top," Mariah told Mirabella. "I'm singing La Traviata, which is a highly dramatic opera--and my character dies at the end of the scene. The director said, 'Okay, you need a stunt double for that [fall], right?' And I said, 'Nah, I can do that,' not realizing that I was going to have to do thirty more takes. My hips, my knees were killing me. A medic had to bring me ice, and I was like, 'Never again.'"
Though the recording of the new album had been rushed, this was the biggest gap between the impact of the first single (July) and the actual album release. Like its first single, Rainbow had the biggest first-week sales so far for Mariah, selling almost 100,000 copies more than Butterfly did in its first week in the U.S. Unlike Butterfly, however, Rainbow debuted and peaked at #2. Worldwide, the album was equally successful, moving 7 million copies worldwide in just nine weeks.
Rainbow continued the trend Mariah had begun on Daydream and Butterfly of incorporating more of her R&B and hip-hop influence into her music. The album featured an impressive guest list: Da Brat and Missy Elliot on the DJ Clue mix of "Heartbreaker," Jay-Z, Mystikal on "Did I Do That," NAS on an urban remix of "Thank God I Found You," Snoop Dogg on "Crybaby" and Usher, her duet partner on "How Much."
In an interview with Newsweek, Mariah noted that her critics "don't understand that I'm someone who grew up with this music. It's exciting for me to be able to work with Jay-Z or NAS or Missy Elliott."
On the other side of the spectrum, Rainbow featured some brilliant balladry. Standout tracks included Mariah's cover of Phil Collins' 1984 hit "Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)" and "Petals," a personal song about an imperfect family, co-produced by Jimmy "Jam" Harris and Terry Lewis, who were known for their previous work with Janet Jackson. Noticeably absent from this album was a man who had worked with Mariah on every other record so far: Her former writing partner Walter Afanassief. In the time since Butterfly, the two had had a falling out. While it was not publicly disclosed exactly what happened, it is rumored that Walter was caught in the middle of Mariah and Tommy Mottola after their divorce; and that Tommy had ultimately won, securing Walter to write and produce with other artists on Sony instead of Mariah. In a 1997 interview with MTV, Mariah told Tabitha Soren that there had been a little bit of tension between the two during the recording of Butterfly. "We did have a fight," Mariah said. "But that was a personal thing about something I'd rather not get into. But it's not what everybody thinks it's about, like when you tell your friend a secret and they blab it to the world." Addressing rumors that she had fired Walter, she stated "I can't fire him. We just collaborate together. People are like, 'Oh, she fired her producer!'" Whatever the case may have been, Mariah and Walter would never work together again.
As Mariah noted to Newsweek, this was her first album that did not end with a sad song. The final song on the album was "Thank God I Found You," a duet with R&B singer Joe and pop group 98 Degrees. In the liner notes to Rainbow, Mariah essentially dedicated the song to a very special new man in her life: Latin singer Luis Miguel. ("Louie M: Gracias a Dios que te encontre!") The couple had met in December 1998 in Aspen, Colorado, a place where Mariah has come to be known for spending her holiday season. It is said that Mariah's agent had a friend who had rented a house to Luis in Aspen, and proceeded to set them up. The two ended up falling in love, but waited a bit before announcing their relationship. "Yes, I am in love," Mariah explained to Caras magazine. "I don't want to give details about my private life. I'm living in a very nice period after having really bad and stormy years." Eventually, she would reveal to Gente magazine that "Since Luis Miguel came into my life, I am a much more happy person."
In fact, the two lovebirds had recorded a duet for Rainbow, but it was never released because their voices were not musically compatible. David Foster, the hitmaker behind Celine Dion and Whitney Houston, collaborated with Mariah on a track called "After Tonight." As David recalls, "The song was written just for Mariah. I had Luis and Mariah record it several times, but it never sounded right. So she ended up doing it by herself." While the solo version of "After Tonight" made the final cut of the album, a second ballad that Mariah and David produced did not: "There For Me," which would end up being released as a b-side on a CD single in 2001.
In December, Mariah's next concert special aired on the FOX network. This time, she would not play to a sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden, but rather to a maximum-allowed-by-law crowd at her high school gymnasium. For Mariah Carey's Homecoming Special, she returned to her former junior high school in Greenlawn, New York. In attendance were students of the school and children from Camp Mariah. Mariah said that she was inspired to return to the school after an outbreak of violence at schools over the past year, including the April shooting at Columbine High School. "I have such vivid memories of junior high and high school and how hard it is just to exist from day to day," Mariah wrote. "But I feel it's important to relay the message that anything is possible if you find an inner peace which allows you to overcome any obstacle." Performances included "Can't Take That Away" and show-closer "Hero." Unlike Mariah's previous network television specials, this one did not see a commercial release on home video.
Another television highlight for Mariah in 1999 was her December appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Though she had appeared on the show three times before, this time she brought a special guest: her mom, Patricia Carey. After opening the show with Da Brat and Missy Elliot on the "Heartbreaker Remix," Mariah had an emotional discussion with her mother and Oprah about growing up bi-racial. The interview was followed by a show-stopping performance of "Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)."
Mariah was again on top of the world as the year, and for that matter the millenium, came to a close. It was time for her to receive a very special honor: The Billboard Award for Artist of the Decade. Mariah was presented her award by none other than her "fairy godmother" Patti LaBelle, who nicely summed up Mariah's achievements:
"Billboard's artist of the decade holds the record for most weeks one single has ever held the number one spot. Here's another clue: except for Elvis and the Beatles, this artist has more #1 hits than any other artist in history. This truly international artist who transcends all categories wrote their first single at age 4, their first platinum album at age 18 and has gone platinum in 33 countries! And according to Hanes, has the best legs in the business!
In one of her more memorable acceptance speeches, Mariah had this to say:
"This is all very surreal to me because it seems honestly, it seems like not so long ago that I was a kid in high school with a demo tape and a lot of determination and just really the desire to hear my songs on the radio... I put all of myself into my music so as a writer and as a producer - I thank you. And I'm so grateful to God to have overcome so many obstacles, as a multiracial person with a very dysfunctional history, until recently. I am not Cinderella, my life has not been a fairy tale. Forget the image, forget the ensembles, forget the rumors, forget the short skirts, big hair, whatever! I owe this to the fans, and I will never forget you... As an artist, and most importantly as a person, I am genuinely happy, and finally, finally free, to be who I really am. Thank you!"
"I worked my hind quarters off to earn those awards so it's nice to look at them and go, you know, this represents basically most of my life. The millenium thing especially just sounds huge, so that moment was very rewarding." Blues & Soul, 2003
"I was in some magazine's 'Worst Dressed Person' list this year, but the people in the 'Best' list were all demure or waif-like. Well, I'm sorry, I won't be walking that look this year! They can shove the list where the sun don't shine."FHM
[On actress Cameron Diaz] "Actually, I ran into her in a restaurant - it was an interesting conversation. People think that I'm this little girl next door and they can say stuff about me and I'll never check them if they run into me. Wrong, I saw her at this restaurant in New York; a place that I feel is really my domain. One night, she's there. I'd probably had too much wine and decided I should seize the opportunity to straighten a few things out. It was quite a scene."FHM
"I'd like people to focus on my writing and singing. But once you become a public person, there's a certain level of fascination about your personal life."JET
"This (Rainbow) is the first album that I've done that doesn't have a sad song at the end of it. So maybe that's a hopeful sign."Newsweek
"I don't think anyone knows as much about what's right for me as I do. I've written 99 percent of everything I've ever sung. I know what my audience wants. In this world, I call the shots, and I think I know best."Glamour
The nature of my life, the nature of what I do, is divadom, it really is. But, you know, the way people are using the word these days, anybody who has one record is suddenly a diva. I mean, give me a break. You have to earn that title."Glamour
"When you're involved in a situation where you're really young and you're surrounded by stronger, older, powerful people who are in cahoots with each other, you think you're pretty powerless - but you're not! Until someone comes along and tells you that you're not powerless, you don't get it unless you're than precocious and you already know. It's not that I didn't know what I was contributing it was just that I felt afraid, scared and insecure and frightened on a lot of levels and no one really empowered me."Blues & Soul
"This is what pisses me off about the whole public-perception thing: It takes five years to create an image and, probably, five years to change, even slightly. First of all, it was instituted by the powers that be: the young girl with the curly hair at the microphone, belting out a love song. My image was supposed to be a non-image. That's why I was in a field wearing a flannel shirt with cutoffs and sneakers--girls could relate to that. And yes, that was a part of my life, but ever since I've been twelve years old, it was just in me to want to be someone who could change their look and be glamorous."Mirabella
David Foster, Songwriter/Producer: "Working with Mariah was an extraordinary opportunity for me. It goes without saying that she's one of the world's greatest singers, but it was her musicianship that really stunned me. She thinks like a record producer and lays her vocals down like a virtuoso guitarist. Singer, writer, producer... Mariah is a triple threat. Working on this album with her was a wonderful experience from beginning to end." ("After Tonight," "There For Me")
Diane Warren, Songwriter: "She works really hard. No matter what she's done, there's a hunger there. She doesn't have to prove herself, but she feels like she does." ("After Tonight," "Can't Take That Away," "There For Me")
Jimmy "Jam" Harris, Producer: "She's totally underrated because you see her on TV and she looks good. She sounds good. But she's got chops in the studio. She does the tedious, painstaking producing work."
"From a personal stand point, Mariah's kindness stood out the most. She's a very caring person. We know from listening to her records how talented she is, but we didn't really know how talented she really is until we work with her in the studio. After working with Mariah, I can say, she's part of our family now. She's workaholic and definitely the mother of her career."
Missy Elliot, Singer/Songwriter: "I remember when my manager told me that Mariah wanted me to be on the 'Heartbreaker' Remix with her and asked me if I wanted to. I thought I was about to faint or something. I was like Mariah Carey; a legendary artist wants me to rap on her track? I was going through so many emotions all at once. I mean I was shocked she wanted ME on her record, thrilled that she did so and asked if I would, and honored and ecstatic that she liked my music and work enough to even ask me."
Anastacia, Singer: "Just after her individual performance, I met Mariah. She actually came up to me, it was so weird. I had no idea that she even knew I existed. She came and told me that she loves my voice and she loved my 'Not That Kind' album. I freaked out, haha! I couldn't believe how nice she was, I never expected it from all the rumours I hear. But she's extremely kind and down-to-earth and you know what? We chatted for a while and she told me to sing at the front with her at the end when we performed 'What More Can I Give.' It was an honour."
Brett Ratner, Director: "She's a trouper to say the least. But she's like a kid too. That's what so crazy, because when you're with Mariah, it's like Mariah's reality. It's like 'Jump and go for a ride.' And look, she's really, really smart. She does everything: she writes, she produces. People think she writes those songs just to sell records, but those songs come right from her heart."
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1998
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 23-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
It was time to hit the road in 1998. Armed with a record full of songs that she was eager to perform for the fans, Mariah kicked off the Butterfly Tour at Japan's Tokyo Dome on January 11. This was the first of four sold out shows at that arena, where she also sold out in 1996. Mariah's setlist was full of plenty of the new songs, including "My All," "Close My Eyes" and "Babydoll." Her performance of "My All" at the Tokyo Dome was aired via satellitle at the American Music Awards where she was also honored with the Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist award.
After Japan, it was on to Taiwan and then to Australia, where she performed in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Perth. Special guest Olivia Newton-John joined her in Melbourne to duet on "Hopelessly Devoted To You" from the movie Grease. The tour concluded on February 21 in Honolulu, Hawaii, where Mariah sold out Aloha Stadium. The Hawaii show was intended to be the first stop of the U.S. leg of the tour, which was cancelled when Mariah was offered a roll in the Chris Tucker movie Double-O-Soul, which also never came to be.
Considering that she was promoting an album that she was overjoyed to have released, it was only appropriate that Mariah had the time of her life while on tour. "It gave me the chance to experience things I hadn't done before," she said. "Like in Hawaii, I met this dolphin named Roger. We swam together. And I got to hold a koala in Australia and play with llamas." As much fun as she had with the animals of the world, Mariah really enjoyed connecting with her fans. "It's my favorite thing to do. I love the crowds. They make it worthwhile. The Japanese are reserved, but the people in Taiwan were party people. It's amazing how different they are. Each has their own point of view and each is intriguing. The audiences are different too."
The next song to be released from Butterfly was "Breakdown," which Mariah produced with Krayzie Bone and Wish Bone of Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony, who were also featured on vocals. Larry Flick of Billboard said that the song was "a refreshing change of pace" and further said of their collaboration that "Carey successfully matches the unique pace and pattern of the rap with fluttering, high-pitched vamps... The rhymes are tightly sewn into the track's primary vocal arrangement and are crucial to the evolution of the song's lyric."
A video was shot for "Breakdown," but it did little to help her at radio and thus the single wasn't released commercially. The song made it to #13 in R&B airplay, but it barely scrapped the overall airplay charts, it was her worst charting single to date.
Up next from Butterfly was "The Roof," perhaps one of Mariah's most sensual songs. Lyrically, the song spoke about wanting to relive a night of romance on the rooftop.
Some have speculated that "The Roof" is about Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, whom Mariah was dating around this time. The pair had originally met in November 1996 at a benefit for the Fresh Air Fund. As had been the case with her separation from Tommy, Mariah spoke very little, if at all, to the media about her new beau. In his book, The Life You Imagine, Derek wrote that they did not start dating at that initial meeting, and that when they did, their relationship only lasted about six months. In one of the rare moments she did speak about her romance, Mariah revealed in an interview that a big part of their connection was that they were both bi-racial. Ultimately, life in the spotlight took its toll on the couple and they split. A statement from Mariah's spokesperson at the time said, "Media pressure was too much for them as a couple, and they are now just good friends."
The next and final single from the album was "My All," a song Mariah had been pushing to be put out since Butterfly was released. She promoted the single with another appearance on The Rosie O'Donnell Show and with a performance on the Blockbuster Entertainment Awards, where she won Favorite Female Pop Vocalist. She also appeared on VH1's first ever Divas Live, a benefit concert for the Save the Music Foundation. Mariah opened the night with a show-stopping performance of "My All" that included the new David Morales dance mix of the song. She was joined by fellow divas Gloria Estefan, Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Carole King and Aretha Franklin, with whom she sang on "Chain Of Fools."
"My All" debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and soon after became Mariah's 13th #1 single. This feat gave Mariah the distinction of matching Michael Jackson's record of #1 singles. After "One Sweet Day" and "Fantasy," "My All" is Mariah's third-best selling physical single. A second CD single was later issued, with an urban remix called "My All/Stay Awhile," which featured rappers Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz.
Later in the summer, a music video was released for "Whenever You Call," featuring Mariah's live performance of the song earlier in the year at Aloha Stadium, interspersed with clips from her Hawaii concert. As the Butterfly era came to a close, the album ended up having respectable sales: around 4 million copies in the U.S. and 8.5 million worldwide.
Mariah had missed the two previous World Music Awards ceremonies due to other commitments, but this year, she made it to Monaco, where she was recognized for all of her success so far. She opened the show with "My All" and later returned to perform "Honey." Prince Albert of Monaco presented her with the honor of World's Best Selling Female Soul/R&B Artist, and the Legend Award for World's Best Selling Artist of the '90s.
In September, Mariah appeared on the Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards. She performed "My All/Stay Awhile" live with Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz. She was presented with the Aretha Franklin Award for Female Entertainer of the Year.
Soon after, a new Mariah song was sent to radio. "Sweetheart" was a remake of the Rainy Davis song from the 1980s, which she performed with Jermaine Dupri for his album, Life in 1472.
"'Sweetheart' is actually a remake of a song that I used to get ready for school listening to, growing up in New York. And it was, you know, big in the '80s. And I did it with Jermaine Dupri, for his album actually, and I just decided to put it on my album as well because I think it's a cute, fun song. So we went to Spain to the film the video and it was fun."
Unfortunately, "Sweetheart" was Mariah's worst-performing single yet. The song failed to enter the Billboard airplay charts and did not make an impression anywhere else in the world. The CD single was cancelled just days before its planned release date, despite the fact that it had already been shipped to stores.
"Sweetheart" was the first single from an album of songs that had fared much better than it had: a collection of Mariah's 13 #1 hits. Titled simply #1's, the album also featured four new songs. In addition to "Sweetheart," the record featured a newly-recorded duet with Brian McKnight on "Whenever You Call" and a cover of Brenda K. Starr's "I Still Believe." Mariah explained that she recorded this song as a tribute to Starr, for whom she was a backup singer before getting her record deal: "She was very supportive of me, and always trying to let somebody listen to my tape. And so doing this album which is like, number ones, it's like a lot of firsts... This [song] was kind of like, my entrance into the music business and so this is kind of a tribute to her."
The most anticipated new song from #1's was "When You Believe," a duet with Whitney Houston that they recorded for the soundtrack of The Prince of Egypt. For years, people had speculated about an alleged rivalry between the two singers, which Mariah hoped would finally be put to rest.
"I really enjoyed working with her, it was good. People think that there was some rivalry or whatever but when we got in the studio, we had a good time," Mariah explained. "Jeff Katzenberg from Dreamworks had a vision and he was putting the movie together, and wanted to get us to do the last, you know, it's kind of the theme song of the movie and it happens at the end. And he screened the movie for me before it was done, and the minute the song came on, I knew that was the one he wanted us to do."
Mariah and Whitney promoted "When You Believe" with a joint appearance on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where they performed it live, as well as by hosting a primetime television special highlighting all of the artists who contributed songs to The Prince of Egypt soundtrack. They also appeared together on stage at the MTV Video Music Awards to present the Best Male Video to Will Smith.
Despite the anticipation of hearing two of music's biggest voices together for the first time, airplay was minimal and the duet only peaked at #38 in overall U.S. airplay. Internationally, "When You Believe" fared much better, reaching the top 10/20 in every major market outside of North America.
Mariah promoted #1's with several television appearances, including The View, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, as well as an appearance on MTV on the album release day, where she premiered the "When You Believe" music video on the jumbo television screen in the middle of Times Square in New York.
In interviews regarding the album, Mariah stressed that #1's was not a comprehensive greatest hits album, but rather a collection of the #1 singles, which she wanted her fans to have as a "thank you" for making those songs so successful.
In December, "Mariah Carey: Around The World" aired on the UPN network. Mariah's third network television special highlighted her Butterfly Tour. From adopting puppies in Japan to swimming with dolphins and singing with Olivia Newton John in Australia, the show took fans who were unable to catch the tour on-stage and behind the scenes with Mariah. In addition to the tour footage, the special featured two brand-new performances from a special intimate filming in New York: "I Still Believe" and "Whenever You Call" with Brian McKnight. "Around The World" would be released to DVD and home video in 1999.
Mariah capped the year with another recognition from Billboard. At its annual awards show in December, she was honored with the Special Hot 100 Award for the most #1 singles ever by a female solo artist.
"I don't think I turned my back on my old audience. I still have ballads on it. But I also had a chance to experiment and play with what is today's music. As a teenager, I think I was swayed in a direction that was too old for me at the time, and now this music is appropriate for who I am now."The Boston Herald
"['Butterfly'] was a turning point with the amount of control I had. I don't think I made wrong choices with it. It's my favorite album I've recorded. There are certain songs I've done before that stand out or are signature songs. But this album, as a whole, is my signature."The Boston Herald
"When people were like, 'Oh, she's jumping R&B bandwagon,' I said, I wish people would just listen to some of the other cuts on my albums that were never promoted. Then they would understand my favorite songs were songs that never got any light."Vibe
"When I was little, I'd talk in this really high whisper, and my mom would be like, "You're being ridiculous." I thought if I can talk like that I can sing like that. So I started [she goes higher and higher and higher] just messing around with it. I'd practice and practice, and she'd be like, "You're gonna hurt yourself."Vibe
"Back in junior high I was a tough girl who used to smoke cigarettes in the bathroom and slam girls into the lockers. But I was fake-bad because I was copying a friend, and she did a lot of other things that I didn't want to do. People thought I was this wild, tough chick - but I wasn't. And more recently people thought I was a goody two-shoes, but I'm not just that either."Arena
"Now I feel like I'm much closer to the person I was before all this happened. Now I'm trying to have fun - I don't wanna be old before my time. I don't want to be on stage in a freaking sequinned gown singing 'Hero' every night. Then again, I do still have the ballads - I'm not stupid."Arena
Derek Jeter: "I was intrigued with Mariah because we had a lot of similarities. Like me, she has a mixed heritage. She has White Irish mother and an African-American Venezuelan father. Like me, she had a dream in life that she zealously pursued. She knew she wanted to be a singer, and made that her mission. Like me, she still works extremely hard at her profession. she's a beautiful woman, on the inside and outside, and I had a deep respect for her and the way she handled herself. she started out with nothing but a dream that she would be a BIG STAR, and to this day, she still works hard at fulfilling that dream. She's constantly writing, she's constantly in the studio, she's constantly trying to get better. She's someone a lot of people can learn from. I know I did. Whether you like her music or you think it's terrible, you could learn a lot of the way she pursued her goal." (The Life You Imagine: Life Lessons For Achieving Your Dreams, 2001)
Babyface: "Working with Mariah and Whitney was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Working on it, it took some time. I think it was worth all the time and effort that we put into it. You know, both guys did great."
Whitney Houston: "We've never met or talked before. It was our first time working together. In the studio, we were laughing a lot and talking in between a song, we had a great time together. She's a vivid minded girl, she's a smart lady. I really like Mariah."
Aretha Franklin: "Mariah Carey has done some things I like. Her vocals and production have a very tight quality."
Celine Dion: Despite rumors of rivalry between the two around the time of Divas Live in 1998, Celine has reportedly commented on Mariah when asked if she would ever duet with her and said something along the lines of "If Mariah was to ask me to duet with her, I will travel immediately 20000 km in order to sing with her for sure!"
Gloria Estefan: Gloria once commented on Mariah saying that it was okay she was cut out of the press photo for Divas Live, because they "had to make room for Mariah's hair."
Patti LaBelle: Has often complimented Mariah ("She has a great voice. I don't know, I love her talent!") and has even called her, her god-daughter. She introduced her at the 1999 Billboard Awards and has duetted with Mariah. She also gave a standing ovation to her when Mariah performed a medley of "If Only You Knew/Somewhere Over The Rainbow" "Mariah has an amazing gift from God that has no color, no boundaries and no limitations. You hear the passion and honesty within her music."
Damizza: "They say all these negative things about her like she dates rappers or about the way she dresses. If anybody were to meet her, they'd know she's Mary Poppins. She doesn't smoke, she hardly drinks, she doesn't do drugs. She's got a very sensitive voice so that if she walks into a room with smoke she can't sing for three days, or she can't talk. It's funny to be her friend and read all these things about her. Tabloids are always saying she's off on holiday but she's the hardest working person I've ever met in my life. She works 23 hours a day, literally, she never sleeps and she takes care of everybody. When I hear someone say something about her I usually get offended because she gave me my shot, she gave Shade his shot, she gave us all our shots. She gave ODB his first light of day past Wu Tang Clan, and she invented the whole pop-rap collaboration. Nobody would have done a song with ODB at that level - this is a lady who'd sold a 100 million records at that point. She did not have to do that record, she wasn't trying to get street credibility. When we did 'Cry Baby' for her album a long time ago, I called Snoop and said what we wanted to do and he said 'Vision of Love' is my favorite record of all time.' Everybody has a soft spot for Mariah. She's the greatest in the world."
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1997
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 22-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
Mariah Carey had a monumental year in 1997, personally and professionally. With several months having passed since her last single, fans were eager to see what was next. Much to their surprise, the next annoucement was not regarding a new song or album, but rather the fact that Mariah was separating from her husband of four years, Tommy Mottola. "[The couple] have mutually and amicably agreed to a trial separation," read a statement from Sony Music. "They look forward to continued success in their professional relationship." Mariah did not speak often about her separation in interviews but she did tell MTV News that "[Tommy is] a great person. But that doesn't mean it's not time for me to go in my own direction right now. It's the right thing to do."
With a new provocative image, a more overtly R&B sound and a new relationship status, Mariah was ready to "spread her wings" and embark on a new album appropriately titled Butterfly.
"Honey," the first single from the upcoming album, was released on August 26, 1997. The song was co-written and co-produced by Mariah, Sean "Puffy" Combs, Stevie J and Q-Tip. Billboard described the song as "thickly layered with smooth, seductive harmonies that effectively drive home the quietly insinuating hook" and gave mega props to Mariah for "breaking beyond her safety zone and accomplishing the tricky feat of delivery."
The best known aspect of "Honey" was its music video, which forever changed Mariah's public image. Directed by Paul Hunter and shot during the summer in Puerto Rico, "Honey" featured a scantily clad Mariah being held hostage inside of a huge mansion by three men, including an Italian hood played by actor Frank Sivero. After outsmarting her captors, she escaped by Jet Ski. The video premiered on MTV and BET on July 30, 1997 and there was media speculation that the plot of the video paralleled Mariah breaking free from her marriage, but Mariah maintained that she was just having fun. "It's just a James Bond spoof," she explained. "The actors weren't meant to be Tommy or anybody else."
"There's not a new Mariah. I'm always the same person. I think that, image-wise, this time, people were a bit surprised with the 'Honey' video. But to be honest with you, that's much more of a representation of who I am than most of my other videos," Mariah told VH1 in an interview at the Bronx Zoo's Butterfly Garden.
Despite average success at radio, single sales for "Honey" went through the roof. It debuted at #1 on the single sales chart and sold significantly over platinum status. With its great initial sales, "Honey" skyrocketed to #1 in its first week, making Mariah the first and only artist in history to have three singles debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (the others being "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day"). It also gave her the most #1 hits (twelve) of any female artist - one ahead of both Whitney Houston and Madonna. "Honey" remained in the top 40 for nineteen weeks and ranked at #32 on the Hot 100 1997 year-end charts. Outside the U.S., it went #1 for 3 weeks in Japan, and inside the top 10 in Canada, Australia, Spain, Sweden and the UK.
On September 16, Mariah released her sixth studio album, Butterfly - an album that many look back at as a turning point in her career. Rolling Stone described it as a "transitional album" and positioned Mariah "firmly into the milieu of modern, hip-hop-inflected R&B." TIME's David Thigpen theorized that the new record "continues the evolution that Carey began on Daydream - away from pure pop toward a keener-edged R&B and hip-hop influenced sound."
Mariah celebrated the release of Butterfly with a CD signing for fans at New York's Tower Records. Her promotional schedule for the album included an appearance on the season premiere of Oprah Winfrey, as well as performances on The Rosie O'Donnell Show, The Late Show With David Letterman, and Saturday Night Live. She also promoted the album with appearances in Europe and Japan.
Butterfly debuted at #1 on the Billboard albums chart with 236,000 copies sold in its first week. Although Mariah had had 12 #1 singles and three previous #1 albums, number one had never felt so good for her. "It feels like my first album in a lot of ways, because it's the first time that I'm really enjoying the success," she told VH1.
The next release from Butterfly was the title song, a powerful ballad that talked about having the strength to break free from a bad situation. "I feel strongly about the song as a writer, and also because it's a very hopeful song - a song of strength, about being strong enough to recognize when a situation is not right and having the power within yourself to let that go." Billboard called it the "lovely 'Butterfly'" and described it as "classic Carey, from its gospel-kissed ballad instrumentation and choir chants to the diva's soaring, glass-shattering performance."
Originally, "Butterfly" was supposed to be "a house record," Mariah explained. "I was gonna just do it with David Morales. The mix that's on there, 'Fly Away,' that was my original concept for the song. And I had the lyrics to that part and then I just started working on it a little further and I said, you know this should really be the title of the album and it should be a ballad." Both versions of the song made it to the CD. "Butterfly" didn't fare any better than "Honey"” at radio, it peaked at #16 and for the first time in Mariah's career, Sony Music did not commercially release a second single from Mariah. As a result, the song was not eligible to chart on the Hot 100 under Billboard rules at the time.
Although Mariah was enjoying exploring her R&B and hip-hop roots, some of the standout tracks on Butterfly were the ballads. One of them was "Close My Eyes," a deeply personal song that many fans have identified as one of their favorites, and that Mariah has performed in concert consistently over the years, even as recently as 2009. She began writing the song in 1993, but did not finish it. "It's probably the most personal song that I've ever written," Mariah told VH1. "I was sitting in the bathtub looking at the moon... the song just came to me. It was me sort of reflecting on my life and things that had led me to that point. I was just looking back like 'Wow, I've really come a long way.'"
While its credits show a very extensive list of names (Sean "Puffy" Combs, Q-Tip, Stevie J, The Trackmasters, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Missy Elliott, Dru Hill), Butterfly remains a perfectly cohesive and a wonderfully sequenced album. If you ask yourself why, the answer is easy: the consistency is in its theme and more importantly, in its quality.
Among fans, the album is known to have some of Mariah's most personal and detailed lyrics. She writes about love - lost, fulfilled, desired ("My All", "The Roof", "Honey"), she yearns for her lover in "Babydoll" ("Zoning out, thinking about you and me between the sheets"), she exposes stories about her tough childhood and difficulty fitting in ("Close My Eyes", "Outside") and sings about a metaphorical butterfly in the ever appropriate title track.
It isn't just the lyrics that make Butterfly so varied and enjoyable. This album introduces Mariah's "whispery" vocals ("Fourth of July") which would play a big part in her future recordings and yet she still delivers her powerful belts and the admired ballads ("Whenever You Call"). In "Breakdown," Mariah effortlessly adapts the staccato singing style of Bone Thugs-N-Harmony as she sings about getting over a breakup; and in the cover to Prince's "The Beautiful Ones," Mariah gives us her soulful interpretation of the song.
Mariah Carey ended 1997 with another #1 album and #1 single to add to her repertoire. More importantly to her, those accomplishments came from a record that she put her all into and believed in more than any of her previous work. "There's a lot of real emotion in Butterfly. I lived with it. I woke up to it," she said.
"If you believe the tabloids, you'd think I was out with a different guy every night. I am not a promiscuous person. I might go out to dinner with someone. But, I would not be in someone's bed one night and someone else's the next night. If you believe the media, you'd think I'm just jumping in and out of bed with gangsta rappers and models. It is so ridiculous how they are calling people 'gangsta' rappers."Jet
"I'm not this one-dimensional girl who sits in a field wearing a flannel shirt or stands onstage singing only ballads. And I feel I'm in a better position to express myself at this point."Cosmopolitan
"For a long time, I was so blocked that I went through meetings and interviews very uptight and guarded because I thought people were out to get me. In a lot of ways, a lot of people were."Modern Woman
"That's why I don't use tracks people might submit to me because I like to come up with my own musical ideas, even down to the loops. Like the idea to use the Tom Tom Club for 'Fantasy' was mine and I came up with the idea to use the Mobb Deep loop for 'The Roof' which I did with the Trackmasters, which, by the way, is my favorite song on the album."Blues & Soul
"It's like when people used to say, 'If she weren't married to him, she wouldn't have this, she wouldn't have that.' I don't care if you're married to the President of the United States or Houdini! Nobody can make the public buy records.... I've worked my ass off for years, and contributed as much to the company as the company contributed to me."Entertainment Weekly
"What really matters at the end of the day is not how many records I've sold, who says I was manipulative, who says I was manipulated, who says I was caged, who says I planned the whole thing. I know who I am."Entertainment Weekly
"Now I'm just more comfortable in my own skin, where I can just be like, "This is who I am. You like it? Good! You don't? Goodbye!"MTV News
"I've definitely gone through a lot of personal changes, and a lot of professional changes, during the process of recording this album. Much moreso than on any other record that I've done."MTV News
"For the first time, something that I really feel this close to is coming out, and I'm getting a chance to show that side of me to the fans."VH1 To One
"There have been times in the past when I've wanted to go further in more of a hip-hop direction and people were a little bit apprehensive about me doing tracks that had a harder edge, or working with people that might not be the typical pop-producer. But I think it's been a gradual thing."VH1 To One
"A lot of people don't realize what a luxury it is to be able to just say, "I'm one thing." That's a very very empowering thing. And when you don't have that, it's something that you can never really obtain."VH1 To One
"I let out a lot of emotion during the making of the album and that's why I feel so close to it. It's been like therapy."Boston Globe
"Butterfly was about leaving one section of my life and moving on to another. The title track was a wish list of things I hoped somebody would say to me, but I wrote it as though I were talking to someone else. The lines 'Spread your wings and prepare to fly/ For you have become a Butterfly/ Fly abandonedly into the sun' is like someone saying, 'Do your thing.' There's another line: 'Wild horses run unbridled/ Or their spirit dies.' You can't restrain a free spirit - either you're going to break them or they're going to leave and never come back."VH1, 2003
"It was '97 and I was leaving my marriage [to Tommy Mottola] which encompassed my life. I was writing the song 'Butterfly' wishing that that's what he would say to me. There's a part that goes, 'I have learned that beauty/has to flourish in the light/wild horses run unbridled/or their spirit dies/you have given me the courage/to be all that I can/and I truly feel ...[sings] and I truly feel your heart will lead you back to me when you're ready to land.' At that point I really believed that I was going to go back to the marriage - I didn't think I was going to leave forever. But then the things that happened to me during that time caused me to not go back. Had it been, 'Go be yourself, you've been with me since you were a kid, let's separate for a while,' I probably would've."Interview Magazine, 2007
Jamie Theakston: "I first met her in 1997 when she was promoting her album Butterfly and we hit it off immediately. With everything that had been written about her I had no idea what to expect, but she was smart, warm and very funny. She's a lot of fun to be around and unlike a lot of celebrities, can really laugh at herself. When she performed on Top Of The Pops we started a rumour she'd demanded puppies in her dressing room and it became instant Mariah folklore. But she loved it because it was all harmless fun, and that's what she's all about." (Glamour UK, 2006)
Missy Elliot: "MC is a funny girl and always makes me laugh no matter what. I love her!" "Mariah, she listens to Rap. She's just straight up cool." "I remember, when my manager asked me to work with Mariah. I thought I would faint immediately. I mean, the legendary Mariah Carey wanted me to rap on her CD? I was shocked, excited, honored and happy."
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 1996
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 21-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
With "One Sweet Day" and Daydream still dominating the charts, 1996 was poised to be another big year for Mariah.
In January, she appeared at the American Music Awards, where she performed "Fantasy" and took home two trophies: Favorite Pop/Rock Female Artist and Favorite Soul/R&B Female Artist. In February, she and Boyz II Men opened the Grammy Awards telecast, performing their successful duet, which was nominated that evening for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals and Record of the Year. Including those two, Mariah was nominated for a total of six awards that night, but she did not win any of the awards. In an interview with MTV News, she explained that "I've been to awards shows and I've won, and I've been to awards shows and I've lost. And of course it feels better to win than it does to sit there six times and be like, 'Hi!' You can't expect everything in life, you really can't. I have to acknowledge the people who won and they were very talented, and that's it. So, on to the next thing."
Since "One Sweet Day" was still holding steady at #1, Sony delayed the release of a new single in the United States. Overseas, Mariah's cover of Journey's "Open Arms" was issued as the next single.
In March, Mariah appeared in Japan for the first of two legs of the Daydream Tour. Three shows at the Tokyo Dome (total sales representing over 150,000 seats) sold out in under three hours, becoming the fastest-selling show at that venue and shattering a ticket sales record previously held by the Rolling Stones. This was the first time Mariah performed a full concert outside of the United States, which meant that this was her first concert where she had a language barrier with her audience. As she explained to MTV News, "First of all, you're in front of so many people that basically don't speak your language. So that took a little getting used to, but I think by the end of the show everybody started to, kind of, relax."
Her show included six songs from the new album, and many of her hits such as "Make It Happen," "Anytime You Need A Friend" and "Vision of Love." She also brought back her cover of the SOS Band's "Just Be Good To Me," which she previously performed on the Music Box Tour. Clips from these concerts were used in a Fox TV special entitled "Daydream: From New York to Tokyo."
At a press conference in Tokyo, Mariah explained why it took her six years to tour outside of the USA: "The reason why I've taken so long to do a tour is because so much is relying on my voice and it's very strenuous to sing all my songs back to back so that's why I've waited, but I'm actually really looking forward it... I'm just ready to do the show for the fans."
After sixteen weeks at #1, "One Sweet Day" slowly began to decline down the singles chart and the next single was released. "Always Be My Baby" was one of two songs Mariah had co-produced with Jermaine Dupri. Not only did they do the album version together, but also a remix called the "Mr. Dupri Mix" which featured R&B group Xscape on backing vocals and rap from Da Brat. This was Da Brat's first collaboration with Mariah, and she would prove to be one of her closest friends and would appear on several other tracks over the years. Two music videos were produced: One for the album version, which was directed by Mariah and filmed at Camp Mariah, and the other for the remix, a black and white clip which featured all of the vocalists in the studio and having fun at Mariah's home. Dance remixes were again produced by David Morales.
The CD single for "Always Be My Baby" contained a previously unreleased bonus cut, "Slipping Away," which Mariah produced with Dave Hall and had intended for inclusion on Daydream. There has been speculation that Sony thought the song to be "too R&B" for the album and therefore scrapped it from the final track listing. "Slipping Away" was picked up by several radio stations across the US but did not make enough of an impact to dent Billboard's airplay charts.
"Always Be My Baby" debuted at #2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after some time, it managed to nab the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for two weeks. Despite never reaching #1 in airplay, it was the most played song of 1996. Today, "Always Be My Baby" has more recurrent airplay than both "Fantasy" and "One Sweet Day."
In June, Mariah took her Daydream Tour to Europe, where she performed for the first time for audiences in the Netherlands, Germany, France and England. "Forever" was released as the final single from Daydream to correspond with the European tour. The music video was a live performance from one of the Japan concerts, interspersed with black-and-white footage of her trip to Japan. "Forever" did not receive a physical release in the United States, rendering it unable to chart on Billboard's Hot 100 under chart rules at that time. However, the song did very well at radio, peaking at #9 on Hot 100 Airplay and #2 on the Adult Contemporary Chart.
Mariah again triumphed at the World Music Awards. Due to being on tour, she was not able to appear at the show but she filmed a cute video in which she was depicted on the side of the road while her limo driver tried to fix a flat tire. She won four honors that night: World's Best Selling Female R&B Artist, World's Best Selling Overall Female Recording Artist. World's Best Selling Female Pop Artist and Best Selling American Female Recording Artist. She also won two Blockbuster Entertainment Awards: Favorite Single for "Fantasy" and Favorite Adult Contemporary Single Female for "One Sweet Day."
As the Daydream era came to a close, and the tour concluded, Mariah focused on her next project: A new record label. Crave Records, an imprint of Sony, would become home to up-and-coming talent looking for a break, much like Mariah had been just eight years ago. Not only would she sign and oversee the artists, but would help with writing and production as well. "I've always wanted to do it. Because I write so much, and I always have a lot of material that I don't even use that I love," she had told MTV News.
Artists signed to Crave Records included girl-group Allure, who had a top 5 hit in 1997 with "All Cried Out," and 7 Mile. Mariah would later bring 7 Mile on tour with her. "I'm trying to work with any of the artists who want my input or want help or want to collaborate," Mariah told Fred Bronson in Billboard. "And it's cool for them because I'm a peer. I reached success at an early age and it's easy to relate to me as a friend, not just a record company person." Crave Records eventually folded in 1998, after less than two years in operation.
The rest of the year was fairly quiet for Mariah, until September when she appeared as a presenter at the MTV Video Music Awards. In a pre-show interview with Tabitha Soren, she revealed that she had finished working on remixes for "Underneath the Stars" with the Trackmasters, and that they would be released soon.
"Underneath the Stars" was the first song Mariah recorded for Daydream, and one of her favorites. "The song has a real '70s soul vibe. We even put those scratches you hear on old records to give it that kind of flavor. [That song] was a good place to start, because it got me into the head of making an album that was more R&B—more in the vibe of the Minnie Riperton era, which has always been an inspiration to me."
Though she fought for its single release, it never happened. Mariah had told her audience in the Netherlands in June that her performance of that song was being filmed as the music video. The live music video was never seen, and the "Drifting Remix" was never commercially released (though it was issued on a very rare promotional CD).
In December, Mariah appeared at the Billboard Music Awards, where she was presented with four awards: Hot Adult Contemporary Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Singles Artist of the Year, Hot 100 Airplay, and a special award given to her and Boyz II Men for a record-breaking sixteen weeks at number one with "One Sweet Day."
"Doing the remixes and the collaborations that I've done on this project has been really fun for me, because a lot of times I stayed more with the ballads and didn't go into the other areas of music that I love, like hip-hop for instance, and it's been so much fun for me to be able to collaborate with people I love and respect on this project."Press Conference In Tokyo
"I'm still a young person writing about what I've experienced in my life. Once you've achieved a certain amount of success people expect you to dance like Janet Jackson, sing like Aretha Franklin, write lyrics like Bob Dylan and music like Stevie Wonder. Everybody can't be everything. I'm writing about what I can relate to, and a lot of people my age can relate to it too." - Tear Out Photobook
"Did you know that some of my friends call me Emma or Emmy? It's been 'M', you see."Smash Hits
"I have to avoid smoke, so I can't go out the night before. You know you want to go out and have fun, but you can't go to a club because it's smoky. Alcohol is bad. I used to think it was OK to drink something like a glass of champagne, but it really takes a lot of the edge off your voice so that's no good. So I just have to relax and drink tea with honey."Smash Hits
"I sometimes defer to people who've had more experience. That was my motto for a long time. But now I'm able to say, 'I don't agree with you.' Now if I don't do what I want, I'm the only one to blame."Vibe
"It's hard to be someone that people talk about and write about, you know? They don't know me."Vibe
"If you see me as just the princess, then you misunderstand who I am and what I've been through.Vibe
"Sometimes I walk around this place in the middle of a sleepless night and I think, 'You didn't do so badly for yourself, kid.'"Vibe
Sean "Puffy" Combs: "She talked about Wu-Tang and Notorious B.I.G. and Mobb Deep – everybody who's hot. It was like talking to one of my friends. And she knows the importance of mixes, so [in the studio with her] you feel like you're with an artist who appreciates your work – an artist who wants to come up with something with you." (Vibe, 1996)
David Morales: "Mariah's a great woman. I've never seen Mariah be unkind to anyone. She's the best person I've worked with on remixes. She's the one that I've spent the most time with." (The Sun, 2005)
Jermaine Dupri: "Me and MC knocked out our first song, 'Always Be My Baby,' at the Hit Factory in New York. At first I didn't even want to speak up when I had an idea about how a song should go. I was way out of my comfort zone. Most of my artist had no idea what to do and were looking to me to tell them, but Mariah sold tens of millions of records and I didn't think she'd take kindly to being bossed by me... Being a collaborator with someone as big and talented as Mariah was something totally new to me. I couldn't find my voice in that situation because my confidence still had to kick in. Then Mariah kinda corrected me. She told me my silence was bugging her out. She needed me to be me and assert myself. 'Look, I didn't ask you up here to nod and smile and say 'yeah' all the time,' she said. 'If you've got something to say, say it!' We bounced ideas back and forth. When we were exploring an idea together and something really clicked, we'd both look up at each other at the same time. We just knew. MC knew exactly what she wanted and what she needed to take from me, and she worked fast. Once we were ready to record, it almost never took more than one take to get it right, and if I needed a redo I didn't even have to tell her. She just fixed it right away. The following year that first record went on to be one of her biggest of all time. If anything, the joint is even hotter these days. All the pop singers, from Nelly Furtado to Christina Aguilera, are trying on some variation of an R&B/hip-hop crossover, but back then she was the first. Her audience was ready for her to mix it up. (Young, Rich, and Dangerous, 2007)
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1995
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 20-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
After another whirlwind year, with the back-to-back promotion of the Music Box and Merry Christmas albums, there was no doubt that Mariah would see continued success.
In January 1995, Mariah appeared via satellite on the World Music Awards to accept three awards: Best Selling American Recording Artist, Best Selling World Recording Artist and Best Selling Pop Artist. During her appearance, she again mentioned that she was working on a new album and revealed an anticipated world tour to promote it.
With just five years in the music business, Mariah had racked up 8 #1 singles and sold more than 26 million albums in the US and close to 60 million worldwide. With such commercial success you'd wonder: can she get any bigger? Mariah answered that question with a resounding 'Yes' with Daydream, an album which most artists could only "daydream" about commercially.
In August, the first single hit the airwaves. "Fantasy" was an uptempo pop song that sampled the Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love." "I had the melody and the background vocal parts and then I decided to put them together with the Tom Tom Club song, and work on top of that," Mariah told Spin Magazine. "'Genius Of Love' was, to me, one of the best tracks ever made. It evokes this really happy feeling, and reminds me of growing up."
When it came time to do remixes, Mariah again called upon David Morales, with whom she created a dance mix and an interlude that would appear on the album.
In a move that would prove to be monumental, she worked with a couple of folks that many people would not have expected Mariah Carey to produce a record with at that time: Sean "Puffy" Combs and the Wu Tang Clan's Ol' Dirty Bastard. "I've been a fan of his style since Wu Tang first came out," she explained. "I just think it's kind of unique about how he raps and kind of sings, too. I thought that because we were using the Tom Tom Club track that his voice was perfectly suited for it."
The urban remix of "Fantasy" was a milestone in Mariah's career. The pairing of a "pop-princess" with a hardcore rapper came as a surprise to fans and naysayers alike, but the fact that the collaboration was so successful opened the road for other acts to follow suit.
A 1998 Trace article talks about how, "Back then hardcore devotees would never have thought that it would work. After all hip hop was inviolable." Even current friend and frequent co-producer Jermaine Dupri was skeptical when he first worked with Mariah. He told Essence magazine that he didn't realize she was mixed at first and thought, "This white girl is crazy!" Before "Fantasy" and Daydream, Mariah had been marketed as a ballad queen. Puffy Daddy was even reluctant to work with Mariah on the "Fantasy" remix because he didn't "know about messing with that pop stuff." It can't be stressed enough that it was the pairing of a "girl next door" with a truly hardcore rapper that made waves in the music world.
The New Yorker noted that "It became standard for R&B stars, like Missy Eliott and Beyonce, to combine melodies with rapped verses." John Norris of MTV News has stated that the remix was "responsible for, I would argue, an entire wave of music that we've seen since, and that is the pop-hip-hop collaboration. You could argue that the 'Fantasy' remix was the single most important recording she's ever made." Norris echoed the sentiments of TLC's Lisa Lopes, who told MTV that it's because of Mariah that we have "hip-pop."
Another first for Mariah with this single was her role as video director. Mariah appeared both on camera and behind the lens when she shot the video at New York's Rye Playland. The clip featured her roller-blading and singing on a rollercoaster ride. As she explained to MTV's Tabitha Soren, "I just wanted to do it because... it's my song and I really want it to come out the way I want it to be."
"Fantasy" is arguably one of Mariah's biggest hits worldwide. In the US, it sold over 200,000 copies in its first week and debuted at #1 (making her the first female artist to achieve that feat). It spent 8 weeks at #1 and became her first multi-platinum single. In Canada, "Fantasy" spent 12 weeks at #1, it is still her biggest hit there to date. In Asia, "Fantasy" went #1 everywhere (according to a press release in 1995) and is one of her signature hits there (see the movie "Rush Hour" where a girl that immigrated from Hong Kong is singing every word to the song). In Australia, it became Mariah's first #1 single and is her biggest hit there to date (even though "We Belong Together" spent two weeks at #1). "Fantasy" also reached #1 in New Zealand and the top 10 in France, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Ireland and Switzerland.
On October 3, Daydream, Mariah's fifth studio album, was released. With "Fantasy" still at #1 and the second single already released to radio, Mariah-mania was once again in effect. Daydream debuted at #1 in the three biggest markets in the world: the US, Japan and the UK (it was her first and only album to debut at #1 in all three markets) and sold more than 800,000 copies in the first week, collectively. The album had similar showings around the world, debuting at #1 or in the Top 10 in every major market.
Several familiar faces returned to write and produce with Mariah for Daydream: Jermaine Dupri ("Always Be My Baby," "Long Ago"), Babyface ("Melt Away") and Walter Affanasieff, who co-produced seven of the album's twelve tracks. One of those cuts was "Looking In," one of Mariah's most personal songs. "It is a very personal song, but it is more about a mood," Mariah explained, "We all go through different moods, you can't always feel happy - it's showing a different side.
With just one single release, Mariah had collaborated with her first rapper, directed her first video, and debuted at number one. Many artists would have had a hard time following that up, but Mariah had just the answer. In November, "One Sweet Day," a duet with Boyz II Men, was issued as the second single from Daydream. "It was really the ultimate for me to be able to get (Boyz II Men) to come and sing with me on that song, because it just seemed like the chorus was crying out for their vocals," Mariah told VH1. "We had never met before, and they came to the studio, and I sang them the idea, and it was really ironic that Nate had written a song that was basically so similar to my song, that you could sing it over my track, and the lyric and the theme were almost identical, as well. So we put the two songs together and we ended up with 'One Sweet Day.'"
A duet with two recording artists at the heights of their careers couldn't go wrong. "One Sweet Day" debuted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and stayed there for a record-breaking 16 weeks. It outsold "Fantasy" by a significant margin giving Mariah her biggest selling (physical or digital) single in the US to date. "One Sweet Day" also made her the only female artist to have two consecutive multi-platinum physical singles and the owner of the longest running #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 in the history of Billboard.
In November, Mariah's second television special aired on the FOX network. "Fantasy: Mariah Carey at Madison Square Garden" featured Mariah singing to a sold-out crowd at the legendary New York arena. She performed a handful of new songs, including "Open Arms" and "Always Be My Baby," as well as several of her hits. Boyz II Men were on hand to perform "One Sweet Day" and Wanya Morris joined her on "I'll Be There." The special would later be released to home video.
In the last two weeks of 1995, Daydream went back to #1 on the Billboard 200, selling 486,000 and 760,000 copies in those last two weeks, respectively. The latter was the biggest selling one-week sales for a female studio album in the Soundscan era until Britney Spears' "Oops I Did It Again" in 2000. In just 12 chart weeks, Daydream managed to reach #4 on the 1995 year-end album sales chart with sales of 3.9 million copies. Given that the record had only been out for three months, the albums above it all had more than twice as long to reach their positions. Worldwide, Daydream sold 12 million copies and pushed Mariah's career sales to 70 million worldwide (per Billboard).
Just as she had with "Hero" at the end of 1993, Mariah ended this year and started the next at the top of the charts.
"I can actually sing the song and perform it on the roller coaster because I'm not scared being on the roller coaster. It's like kid's stuff for me. I'm a big roller coaster queen."Entertainment Tonight
"What I try to do is never to fall back on, 'well, I've had all this success, whatever I do, people are gonna like it', because it's totally not true. And in the past, when I've been a really big fan of certain people, and then, it seemed like the quality level went down a lot when they became really big, it's like they didn't care anymore. They thought that their names would carry them. I never count on that. I feel like I have to always try to go to the next level."Snap, Cackle & Pop
I'm the kind of person where if someone starts playing something on the piano I can write a melody on top. It's one of my favorite things to do."Blues & Soul
"I don't like people around me in the studio. I feel more freedom that way. I just don't like having a producer in the studio when I sing. Some people I don't mind, but generally I'd just rather do it by myself"Blues & Soul
"When I first started doing interviews and things everybody made me so paranoid. I was a really scared kid that just got thrown into this thing so quickly. When I look back on it now I realise that I was doing this stuff when my friends were freshmen in colleges and that was when I was putting out my album and it's crazy thing when you think of it like that. I was just a nervous person. I didn't want to be perceived in the wrong way. Back then I didn't know I could say, 'No, I don't wanna do that. I don't feel comfortable.' I didn't know I could relax and be myself." - Blues & Soul
"I don't think that I should really need [high chart debuts] to validate me as an artist, and I don't think that that should be my focal point, you know? Because what if you do something that you're just feeling as an artist, and wanting to express yourself and do a totally different style of music, and it debuted at number 98? Does that mean that it's not good? No. It just means that that's not the popular thing of the moment."VH1 To One
"Some criticisms have helped me a lot, and some I think are people's opinions who would never like the type of music that I do, and who just are completely into alternative, or completely into a totally different style of music and shouldn't be reviewing what I do anyway."VH1 To One
"I think I was more calm when I made [Daydream] I just got to a place where it wasn't so much about nitpicking everything. It was more, going into the studio and just having the right mood and just being relaxed and creating the music."Good Morning America
"No matter who you're married to–it doesn't matter–they can't make large amounts of people go in and buy your album. And they can't make people put it on the radio. People think, 'Oh well she just gets everything because of her husband and you know, he's in control and of course she has this success.' But it's like, maybe a long time ago that would have been true, but at this point, the business is not about hype anymore."Good Morning America
"I'm just trying to enjoy what's going on right now, and feeling very grateful for everything that's happened so far. And I just have to be happy with what I have, and be grateful to the fans for getting me here."Good Morning America
Mariah To Take Over FUSE TV on May 29
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 19-May-2010, 11:15PM EDT
Mariah will take over FUSE TV on Saturday, May 29! Beginning at 11:00 AM and running through 3:00 AM Sunday, May 30, FUSE will air all Mariah as part of their Pop Goddess Weekend, which will also feature Beyonce and Lady Gaga. We will reveal specific show listings as they become available.
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1994
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 19-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
1994 would prove to be another busy and successful year for Mariah. Her album Music Box and current single "Hero" were both at the top of the charts.
The next release from the record was "Without You," a cover of a song that Harry Nilsson had made popular in 1972. The single was released at the end of January, and entered the top ten after five weeks. Although "Without You" would not reach number one (peaking at #3 in March), it enjoyed a long run on the charts, remaining in the top ten until May.
"Without You" became a massive worldwide hit, reaching at least the top three in every major market in the world. The album followed suit and ascended to the top of the charts everywhere (it spent another three weeks at #1 in the US during the run of "Without You"). It even affected her back catalog in some markets. After the run of "Without You," Music Box had doubled its worldwide sales and pushed Mariah to sales of more than 55 million albums and singles worldwide.
The B-side to the "Without You" single was "Never Forget You," the ballad Mariah co-produced with Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds. The CD-single featured a remix by Jermaine Dupri, who has produced many hits with Mariah since then and still works with her to this day. Although "Never Forget You" received decent airplay, no music video was filmed for it.
Right on the heels of "Without You" was the fourth and final single, "Anytime You Need A Friend." Like "Hero," this was an inspirational ballad, but with a gospel feel. Two CD singles were released this time around: One featuring a re-sung soul remix, and the other featuring re-sung dance remixes that Mariah produced with David Cole & Robert Cliviles. The dance remix was accompanied by its own music video, which featured outtakes from the album version's video, including footage of Mariah acting silly with her backup singers.
Sadly, this collaboration marked the last time Mariah worked with Cole & Clivilles, as David Cole passed away after complications with AIDS in 1995. "Anytime You Need A Friend" peaked at #12 on the Hot 100 at the end of June.
Though no further singles were issued from Music Box, Mariah would not stay off the charts for long. In the summer of 1994, she recorded a duet with Luther Vandross. For Vandross' classics album entitled Songs, they covered "Endless Love," which was made famous by Lionel Richie and Diana Ross in 1981. A music video was filmed depicting the two in the studio recording the song. They would perform the song live a handful of times, including on "Top of The Pops" (UK), "Wetten, dass..?" (Germany) and during one of Vandross' concerts at Royal Albert Hall. "Endless Love" reached #2 on the Hot 100 in October.
Determined to keep the momentum going, but not yet ready for a new studio album, Mariah released a holiday album entitled Merry Christmas. The record featured Christmas classics such as "Silent Night" and "Joy to the World," as well as three brand-new Mariah Carey compositions.
Going into the recording of her holiday collection, Mariah knew she wanted to do a few things. Mariah typically writes the songs she sings, but she recognized that writing original holiday songs is a risky proposition. As she told Billboard, "It was definitely a priority for me to write at least a few new songs, but for the most part, people really want to hear the standards at Christmas." Mariah also knew she wanted a more gospel feel for the project, so she brought in Loris Holland to co-produce a few tracks and to play the Hammond B-3 organ. Mariah's grandmother had taken her to church as a child, and Merry Christmas allowed her to combine her love for the holidays with her gospel roots.
Mariah has said she was more free with her vocals on this project and didn't worry about getting every line perfect. Critics took notice of this freedom and spirit immediately. Billboard said her "voice is a malleable marvel of emotion and range," and Steve Morse of The Boston Globe wrote that the holiday collection "features the most unbridled singing of her career," Considine noted that "the album's real strength is the conviction she brings" to songs that could be corny, and Jeremy Helliger of People went as far as to say, "crooning Christmas carols seems to be [Mariah's] calling." Barry Schwarts of Stylus calls the songs and performances "undeniably brilliant."
While Mariah's singing was deservedly praised, it is also notable that some of the new songs Mariah wrote for the collection have enjoyed their own success. The three original holiday songs Mariah wrote for the album are "All I Want For Christmas Is You," "Miss You Most (At Christmastime)," and "Jesus Born On This Day." While "Jesus Born On This Day" has gained some notoriety in Christian and gospel circles (having been covered by Avalon, Norman Hutchins, Morris Chapman, and Clay Aiken), it is "All I Want For Christmas Is You" that has become a holiday season standard. As Sasha Frere-Jones wrote in New Yorker, with the "charming" song, Mariah "co-wrote one of the few worthy modern additions to the holiday canon." Chuck Klosterman went so far as to write in Spin that "All I Want For Christmas Is You" is, "Definitely the best Christmas song since 'Christmas Wrapping' (the Waitresses), possibly the best Christmas song since 'Jesus Christ' (Big Star), and arguably the best Christmas song since 'O Little Town of Bethlehem' (various artists)."
Acts ranging from My Chemical Romance to Shania Twain and even The Cheetah Girls have covered the track, further showing its mass appeal. Film director Richard Curtis made sure to use "All I Want For Christmas Is You" in his film Love Actually because he said it puts him in a good mood when he hears it. Canoe pointed out, "It's a modern Christmas classic that's infiltrated pop culture as much as any of the 'classic' Christmas carols."
This sort of praise came as a surprise to Mariah. As she told Marie Claire, "Nothing against Casio, but
The lead single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" became a colossal hit worldwide. In Japan, it is arguably the biggest hit by an international artist of all time. In the UK, it's Mariah's best selling single, despite only reaching #2 on the charts. Although the song didn't chart in the US initially, due to not having a commercial single available, it made it to #12 on the airplay charts.
Even though "All I Want For Christmas Is You" had great initial stats, what's most impressive about the song on the charts is its recurrent airplay and catalog single sales/parent album sales around the world. In the US, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" re-enters the top 40 in airplay almost every holiday season and sells a significant amount of downloads (around 200,000 per year on average). In the UK, "All I Want For Christmas Is You" re-entered all the way to #4 on the charts (since their inclusion of allowing songs to re-enter the official singles charts) in 2007, due to strong catalog single sales. As for the album, Merry Christmas has gone from sales of 8 million worldwide (after its initial holiday season) to sales of 12 million worldwide making it her best catalog seller ever.
Even as she promoted Merry Christmas, Mariah was already looking to the year ahead, writing and recording songs for her next album. Though she did not divulge too many details, she told one interviewer that she had recorded with Jermaine Dupri, known at the time for his production work with Kris Kross and Da Brat, whom she had previously collaborated with in 1993 on the "Never Forget You" remix.
1994 was not just a big year for Mariah commercially, but philanthropically as well. Under the guidance of the Fresh Air Fund, Mariah opened a career awareness camp in upstate New York called Camp Mariah. "I had the idea to start a summer camp to try to make a difference in the lives of city kids," she told Parade.. "Then, when I looked into it, I heard about the Fresh Air Fund. They've been around since 1877, and they were doing exactly what I wanted to do...Even though the organization has been around for so long, it really has a grasp of what kids need today." Camp Mariah has made a difference in the lives of thousands of inner-city youths to this day.
"I try to hold on to the feelings that got me here. If all of a sudden you start thinking that you are untouchable and you're great and everything you do is amazing–just living high–then you are not a real person any more... I just try to remember the person that was struggling to get to this point and never let go of that."Jet
"I like to try and give positive messages, if I can in my music, whenever I can... I do this because there is a lot of negativity out there and lot of people are singing about how screwed up the world is, and I don't think that everybody wants to hear about that all the time."Jet
"All they see is from 1990 till 1993. They don't see what took place before that—my whole life and the struggles that I went through in life... to fulfill this dream of making music and being a singer. My dream was the only thing I ever had to hold on to and my mother taught me to believe in myself."Jet
"I had said, 'I can't wait to sit down and order something to eat and make them wait on me instead of them bossing me around all the time,' but I haven't done that."Jet
"I don't even think about what I've achieved. I haven't focused on it and I wish I had, because I really want to enjoy it, and I don't know if I am enjoying it, because I'm just going through my life like a bulldozer. I still haven't marvelled at it."Q
"One person could say Hero is a schmaltzy piece of garbage, but another person can write me a letter and say, I've considered committing suicide every day of my life for the past 10 years until I heard that song and I realized after all I can be my own hero. And that, that's an unexplainable feeling, like I've done something with my life, y'know? Here I am the propped-up doll tralala singing a song - and it meant something to someone. So you can critique it to the end of time, I've done my job."Q
"Right now, I'm 24 and my style is what you hear. Mostly I'm choosing specifically to write lyrics that might inspire someone because I've been blessed with a positive and incredible life, I've been blessed with this ability - no matter what I went through, no matter how horrible I felt growing up, no matter how inadequate I felt I was, no matter how poor I was, no matter what - I'm here."Q
"I always thought I was ugly. My best friend was this perfect-looking blond, and I had all this frizzy hair and these bushy eyebrows."Seventeen
"What are you going to do when you grow up and have to clean your own house?" her mom would ask. "Well, I'm going to be a famous singer and have a maid."Seventeen
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 1993
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 18-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
Ever the workaholic, Mariah was hard at work on her next record as she ushered in 1993. Although the album would not be released until later on in the year, she had something else on her agenda in the meantime. In June, Mariah married Tommy Mottola, the man who signed her to Sony Music.
It was a lavish wedding in New York that rivaled the nuptials of Prince Charles and Princess Diana years earlier, and the guest list boasted famous names such as Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Joel and Barbra Streisand.
After a honeymoon in Hawaii, it was back to work. In August, Mariah was back on the radio with "Dreamlover," a mid-tempo song she had produced with Dave Hall and Walter Afanasieff. It was the perfect summer jam, with its release aptly timed. The accompanying video, filmed in upstate New York, featured Mariah swimming by a waterfall with her dog Jack, hanging out with her dancer friends and up in a hot-air balloon.
Like Mariah's previous lead singles, there was an immediate positive reception from radio. "Dreamlover" debuted just shy of the top 20 (#21) and was #1 within four weeks. The song spent 11 weeks at #1 in airplay (only Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You" had matched at this point). With such massive airplay, "Dreamlover" sold consistently, peaking at #2 on the single sales chart and became her first platinum-certified single. "Dreamlover" was Mariah's seventh #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where it remained for eight weeks.
The new album was Music Box, a collection of ballads and uptempos on which Mariah again worked with Walter Affanasieff, David Cole and Robert Cliviles. A new song entitled "Do You Think of Me" was included on the "Dreamlover" CD single, though it would not appear on the album. Other producers Mariah began working with on this album, all of whom she would collaborate with again on future releases, were Kenneth "Babyface" Edmonds, Jermaine Dupri, and David Morales.
With Morales, Mariah created a dance remix of "Dreamlover," featuring all new vocals set specifically to Morales' beat. This remix became a club hit and set a precedent for many of her future dance remixes of re-singing the vocals over the producers' tracks and essentially creating a whole new song.
In 1998, Mariah talked about working with David Morales: "David and I really recreate the songs, which is what I think is the best thing about us as a team... What David and I do, is when I do a song with him, I say David just do whatever you think is the newest, craziest... thing and I'll sing whatever over it. I'll rewrite the song over it. That's why we've been successful because I do write - I can alter my songs to accommodate whatever is going on."
Music Box was released on August 31, 1993 and stood at #2 in its second week on the charts. Rolling Stone felt that Mariah's voice on this record featured "a sustained passion that enhances the record's wedding album feel." Time's Christopher John Farley called out two tracks in particular: "The gospel flavored 'Anytime You Need A Friend' demonstrates Carey's vocal power... And the title cut is one of Carey's loveliest songs to date." Music Box gave Mariah her biggest debut on the Billboard 200 and the highest peak since Mariah Carey.
On November 3, Mariah brought her first-ever live show to the masses. The "Music Box" tour launched in Miami, Florida and consisted of six dates, concluding in December at New York's Madison Square Garden. She also performed in Pennsylvania, California, Illinois and Massachusetts. Although the tour was not extensive, it satisfied the demand to see her in markets that were targeted to reach as many people as possible. Mariah's show consisted of all of her singles to date (with the notable exception of "Can't Let Go"), a handful of album tracks such as "Vanishing" and "All In Your Mind," and a cover of the S.O.S. Band's song "Just Be Good To Me."
During this tour, Mariah's first network television special aired on NBC on Thanksgiving night. Titled simply "This is Mariah Carey," the special featured Mariah performing at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady, New York and had actually been filmed in July, prior to the album's release.
In 1995, Mariah recalled a special moment from filming the show: "The video for 'Hero' was taken from my first television special. And when I sang the song, nobody in the audience had heard it yet, and so I was really kind of nervous about doing it... because I didn't know if people were going to be sitting there saying, 'what's this? I wanna hear, you know, whatever song that was popular.' And it was so well-received by the audience that it was really a great indicator for me about how the song was gonna be received just on a bigger level. When I watch the video and I realize that those people hadn't heard it before, and they were really listening to it for the first time, I think there's something really special about that, that we captured that on film."
The second single from Music Box was "Hero," an inspirational ballad that originally hadn't been intended for Mariah herself to record. Mariah and Walter Affanasieff had originally written the song for Gloria Estefan to sing for the Dustin Hoffman movie of the same name. Sony executives loved the song so much they encouraged Mariah to keep it and record it herself. This decision proved to be a wise one, as this song is identified by many fans worldwide as being the song that introduced them to Mariah and it remains a fan favorite to this day.
On Christmas Day, "Hero" and Music Box both reached #1 on their respective Billboard charts. "Hero" was another massive radio hit, peaking at #1 for 10 weeks, making Mariah the first artist to have two back-to-back #1 airplay hits that spent at least 10 weeks at the top. Although "Hero" only spent 4 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, its single sales actually surpassed those of "Dreamlover" and it returned Mariah to the top of the Billboard 200 for the three biggest sales weeks of the year. Music Box sold a mammoth 505,000 copies on the January 8, 1994 chart and was certified five times platinum two weeks later, making it her fastest selling album to date. Internationally, "Hero" was one of her biggest hits to date and it had pushed the album to sales of 10 million worldwide.
It was no surprise to anyone at this point that Mariah ended 1993 at the top.
"I'll just be lying in bed and something will just come to me and I'll start hearing it over and over in my head. And I have to go and record it on my answering machine or just put it down somewhere so I don't forget it."Music Box Special Interview
"I used to love the song 'Without You' when I was a little girl. I remember that it always made me cry and I always thought it was a beautiful song. I heard it again when I was in a restaurant. I was like 'I love this song.' This is such a great song. I haven't heard this song in so long and I just decided I wanted to cover it so we did it."Music Box Special Interview
"I like being able to be in the city when I want and having the freedom to go and stay in the country because just living in the city can get very, very nerve-racking."Music Box Special Interview
"Someone said I never paid any dues. I feel my whole life was struggling, because we were poor. We were alone, we had nothing—no security. I feel I have paid my dues. I've been paying my dues all my life."People
"I always felt like the rug could be pulled out from under me at any time. And coming from a racially mixed background, I always felt like I didn't really fit in anywhere."People
"I was born to sing and I would put up with anything to keep doing this for a living."TV Guide
Mariah Performs at Giza Pyramids, Egypt
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 18-May-2010, 12:45AM EDT
Mariah performed before an enthusiastic crowd of about 3,000 people consisting of Executives and VIP guests in a concert for Etisalat's 3rd Anniversary celebration on Monday, May 17, 2010. The private concert was held at Pyramids Panorama.
Prior to taking the stage (set in the middle of the 3 Giza pyramids), an electrical fire broke out but Mariah saved the day by putting out the fire! She told everyone on Twitter:
Mariah Carey: In Egypt getting ready to go on stage and suddenly there was a surge of power and an electrical fire started under my feet! Wtf?! Naturally,my emergency instincts kicked in and I put out the flames w/a towel. Lol(yet true) The funny thing about this ish is an ol'skool radio station in the other room started playing "aww freak out!"@that exact moment! But other than that the trip was a smash... : )
After her concert, Mariah stopped by the pyramids for a few minutes to take some pictures. She also made a stop by the Citadel which was beautifully lit at night and then went straight back to her hotel. She is scheduled to leave Egypt on Tuesday, May 18th at 7:00am Cairo time.
SETLIST 01. It's Like That 02. Dreamlover 03. Shake It Off 04. Touch My Body 05. I'll Be There with Trey Lorenz 06. Emotions 07. Always Be My Baby 08. Honey 09. My All 10. Obsessed 11. We Belong Together 12. Hero 13. Without You
CONCERT TIDBITS [Thanks to Chadi!] After the first song ("It's Like That"), she said that she was so excited being in Egypt for the first time. She looks behind her at the pyramids and says, "Wow! I can't believe I'm standing here. I mean you guys you're maybe used to it, but us [points to Trey Lorenz] 'that man comes from a town with 300 people only' then follows by saying, 'And I'm from New York.'
When "Dreamlover" was over, she said that the organizer for the party told her to perform classics due to the crowd being older. But she says, "I have to do this," and starts singing "Shake It Off."
At the end of "I'll Be There," Mariah and Trey kept singing to each other after the "call my name " part. Trey sings: "Mariah, they are in such a good mood..."
After "I'll Be There," Mariah left the stage for a break while Trey performed "Rock With You." She comes back with "Emotions" and says, "I don't know if you remember this, from my second album." She hit all the notes live!
"I'm gonna do something I wrote with JD. Maybe you're familiar with it." Sings "Always Be My Baby."
"I don't know if you guys know it, but it's from the Butterfly album, my favorite album. It's actually my favorite music video." Performs "Honey."
"Let's start with the guitar!" Then "My All" starts.
After singing "Obsessed," she starts talking to Trey about the next song, "Remember this song? The song of the decade, right? How many weeks at number one, Trey? Remind me." Trey goes, "16? 17?" Then she says, "I don't know how we did it!" Then she starts off with "We Belong Together."
The final two songs were "Hero," and "Without You." Mariah didn't change, she wore the same black dress all throughout the show. Check out a video clip of Mariah's superb performance of "Without You" below!
PHOTOS [Thanks to Shahira & Chadi!]
VIDEO [Thanks to Mojoe!]
FAN REVIEWS Mojoe Kayed (Producer, PR Powerhouse): "I just got back from Mariah's Etisalat event at the Pyramids and I have to say is, WOW! I managed to catch the event last minute after literally stepping off my plane coming from Bahrain straight to the Pyramids area. The stage was set deep down the valley in the middle of the heart of the 3 pyramids. Amazing scenery. The event opened with an ancient pharoanic show followed by a dance performance by Riverdance. Then finally after much anticipation Mariah came out to the 3000 roaring crowd working the stage to "It's Like That." She looked amazing & gorgeous in a hip hugging black dress. Though it was freezing cold since it's practically desert, Mariah sounded ON POINT! Never missing a note and belting her heart out. The set was relatively short. About 8 songs but mainly the hits. I'll Be There with Trey, My All, Obsessed, etc. I wish it could have been longer but given it was a corporate event, it was still amazing. You can't beat being in the presence of a legend like Mariah in a legendary historic spot like the Pyramids."
Chadi Labib: "It was the best day of my friggin' life! I still can't process the idea that I was first row infront of Mariah watching her sing infront of the pyramids. The Etisalat event was a very high budget, luxury occasion! The whole thing was done in the middle of the desert infront of the 3 famous pyramids of Giza! It started at 9pm, they had several shows going on like River dance, etc. and then we had a fancy dinner which ended at 1am! Then the part I was dying for came! So picture the view: open air, seated dinner, amphitheatre, a perfect view of the stage with two huge screens, the stage is exactly infront of the 3 pyramids with a panoramic view - so majestic! At 1am, they announce the next show which was Mariah. They gave a small intro about her music career and then the lighting system turned on and music started! Then the moment that I couldn't believe Mariah entering the stage, 'How ya doin'?' she shouted! After 'Hero,' I thought that was the end so I ran to try to get a picture with her before she leaves. When I got behind the stage and saw her car, waiting, I heard her starting to sing 'Without You' so I was torn between waiting infront of the car or going back to watch her sing. So a 3rd option appeared. I found that I was standing infront of the stairs to the stage so I snuck and went onto the stage and I was actually watching her sing 'Without You' THAT close! I still can't believe it! I felt that I was dreaming. I didn't pay attention to the song at all. I was focused to try and take a picture with her. My heart was racing like crazy and the moment came and she was getting out. Of course, the security was like a wall surrounding her. I was that close and I took a close up picture but she didn't respond to our requests to take pics on her way to the car. But on stage she was sooo interactive. She was perfect! She seemed so excited about singing infront of the pyramids so it gave her the energy to pull it off perfectly!"
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1992
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 17-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
As Mariah began the third year of her career, she saw continued success with her second album, Emotions, although not a massive out-of-the-gate success à la Mariah Carey at its peak. The second single from the album was "Can't Let Go," a ballad she wrote and produced with Walter Affanasieff. Though the song did well, it did not continue Mariah's streak of number ones, peaking at #2 on the Hot 100 on January 25, 1992.
On February 26, Mariah went to Los Angeles, CA for the 34th Grammy Awards, where she was nominated for two awards: Best Female Pop Vocal for "Emotions" and Producer of the Year, Non-Classical. Though she did not win either award, the nomination for Producer of the Year meant a lot to Mariah, who was pleased with having been allowed more creative control with the album. She was again asked to perform on the telecast, and she selected "If It's Over," a song she wrote with legendary singer-songwriter Carole King.
In 1995, Mariah recalled working with the famed musician: "I wrote with Carole King and that is something that I'm really proud of; just the fact that I collaborated with one of the most successful songwriters of... the pop era and someone that I grew up listening to... I think basically everyone did, whether or not people are aware of how many songs she's written... I was just really flattered when she actually reached out to me and wanted to write. And so we got together and we wrote 'If It's Over.'"
Though the song did not receive a proper single release during initial promotion of the album, it would later see release overseas from the MTV Unplugged album.
The third and final single from Emotions was another C&C Music Factory production, "Make It Happen." Mariah looked back fondly at the recording of this song in an interview with VH1: "My favorite memory about recording the song 'Make It Happen' is, I was working until about 3am for two nights in a row, kind of doing the vocal arrangement, doing the backgrounds with my friend David Cole... We were in the studio recording the vocals for that song. And I was doing the lead, and he was... asleep on the console. So I got to the part that goes, 'If you believe within your soul"... I got to that part, and he woke up out of a dead sleep and he was like "Yes, that's it! Stop! Just leave it! That's it!' So I always remember that when I hear that part." "Make It Happen" peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.
Towards the end of Emotions' run, the album did manage a respectable 3x Platinum certification by the Recording Industry Association of America.
With much criticism of being a studio artist (in the midst of the Milli Vanilli/'ghosting' scandals of the early '90s), Mariah and Sony Music were determined to shake that criticism and further prove her to be a legitimate artist. What other way to do that and with a global platform than to have an "MTV Unplugged" special dedicated to her?
While her seventh single kept her album going, Mariah took to the stage to showcase her songs and her voice. In March, she appeared on MTV Unplugged, an intimate show where she performed a handful of her hits and one new song in an acoustic setting.
Mariah selected four of her songs from Emotions as well as "Vision of Love" and "Someday." But when it was close to showtime, Mariah's management and the show's producers decided they wanted something more.
"The night before [the show] they came to me and said - they being my manager and various other people - that "MTV really wants you to do a cover song, because that's the thing that people do when they do this show," Mariah later recalled to VH1. "So I said ok, I've always wanted to sing 'I'll Be There,' and that's the song I'm gonna do.
"And actually, certain people from the record company weren't very into that idea, and I stuck to my guns and I did it. And then everybody was so happy about it that they wanted me to release it."
And so a seventh song was added to the setlist: A cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," which Mariah sang with her backup singer and good friend Trey Lorenz. The song was so popular with the studio and home audiences that it was released to radio and as a single. It effortlessly flew up the airplay charts debuting at #4 in airplay and then spent an 8-week run at #1 only two weeks after debuting. Both feats were unprecedented at the time. "I'll Be There" also managed to peak at #3 on the single sales chart (her highest peaking single since "I Don't Wanna Cry" which resulted in the song spending two weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, her last since "Emotions").
Mariah's MTV Unplugged debuted at #8 on the Billboard 200 and as "I'll Be There" became increasingly popular, the album reached and peaked at #3. MTV Unplugged eventually followed the same multi-platinum album trend off her first two albums. Internationally, "I'll Be There" was Mariah's biggest hit up to that point and MTV Unplugged went Platinum in more countries than its predecessors.
A home video of the show was also released, which included footage of Mariah's home movies, as well as the music videos for the three Emotions singles.
"When I did 'Unplugged,'" I never thought it was going to be an album or an EP by any means, I had no clue," Mariah later explained. "I just thought that it was a cool show and I wanted to do it. And nobody was releasing EPs from that or albums or anything at that point. So I went into it and I didn't really think about it too much, and I did it."
"I always knew that I wanted to write and I always felt that I had it inside me to write. But starting out at a really young age people sometimes don't take you seriously and they want to give you material and what not but I kept going, pushing forward and I did. It's great to be able to sing what I write."Soul Train
"I've been very, very fortunate to have what's happened to me. From now on, all I really want to do is continue to grow as an artist and to just continue to putting out music and hope people that have supported me will stay with me. You can't always be number one, you can't always be winning every award. Just to be putting music out there and to be having some level of success has always been my goal."MTV News
"I don't let the diva persona control me. I mean, anybody can have success. It doesn't mean that you're talented. I just live my life day to day and I'm thankful every single day for what I have. I really don't have the time to go out that much and experience how well-known I am."YM
I was really determined, and that's a major key factor. You have to be determined and you have to have a certain amount of talent. Some people make it on sheer determination and luck. And I prayed every day."YM
"I could adapt to grown-up situations as well as being with kids my own age because my mother was more like a friend to me than a real parent. I mean she was a real parent of course but it wasn't like that sort of strict parenting that a lot of people have. She was really easy-going and she was fun to be around. She treated me as an equal."Ebony Jet Showcase
Jump Smokers Remix Album Out June 29?
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 16-May-2010, 2:22PM EDT
Check out this recent interview with Roman of the Jump Smokers. Roman speaks with Chicago Verse United about their recent projects. At around 9:50 into the interview, he discusses Mariah for several minutes. Roman states after initally cancelling the "MC vs JS" remix album, Island Def Jam has informed him that it will be coming out on June 29, although the urban remix album Angels Advocate remains shelved. He also discusses a phone call he received from Mariah praising the Jump Smokers' mixes of her songs!
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1991
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 16-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
At the top of 1991, Mariah's newfound popularity (she was a triple-platinum artist at this point) showed no signs of waning in the slightest. "Someday" went to radio and became a massive hit fast (it was actually the biggest radio hit of the four singles) pushing Mariah Carey to four-times platinum status and to #1 on the Billboard 200 (where it stayed atop the charts for 11 weeks) in the last week of February. A week later, "Someday" reached the summit on the Billboard Hot 100 and stayed for 2 consecutive weeks total.
On February 20, newcomer Mariah joined music's biggest names at the 33rd Grammy Awards at Radio City Music Hall. She left that night with two honors: Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal for "Vision Of Love," which she also performed on the telecast. In a 1992 interview, Mariah had this to say about performing: "What harder audience could you possibly have? And that was like only the fifth live thing I'd ever done, or something, and it's like getting up there and being in front of those people is horrifying.
"When I got up on the stage and I was actually accepting my award, it didn't seem real," Mariah told Good Morning America in 1991 when recalling winning Best New Artist. "I was just like standing there looking at these faces of these famous producers and musicians and people out in the audience. It was really the most incredible moment of my life. I mean, I can't imagine anything topping that."
All this, and her first album hadn't even run its course yet. In April, "I Don't Wanna Cry" debuted at radio and Mariah Carey was certified five-times platinum literally a few weeks later. "I Don't Wanna Cry" moved just as fast as its predecessors on the charts, reaching #1 in eight weeks. After four straight number one singles (still an unprecedented feat for a female artist), over 5 million in album sales in just one year and later on a high placing on Billboard's 1991 year-end album chart (#1), Mariah Carey was in the commercial vicinity of top albums by female singers like Whitney Houston, Madonna, Paula Abdul and Janet Jackson.
Hot on the heels of her phenominally successful debut record, Mariah didn't skip a beat returning to the studio to work on her second album. On August 31, "Emotions," the title track and first single from the upcoming record, debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #35, the highest entry of any of Mariah's singles up to that point. Six weeks later, the song reached number one, where it stayed for three weeks. "Emotions" also gave Mariah the distinction of being the first artist to have her first five singles reach number one.
In September, the Emotions album hit shelves worldwide. The record boasted production credits from David Cole & Robert Clivilles of C&C Music Factory, Walter Afanasieff, and, most notably, Mariah herself. "Emotions was my first effort as a producer," she told MTV News in 1991. "I co-produced the whole album and it was a lot of fun. But more importantly it gave me the chance to be very intricately involved in every aspect of the recording and I loved it."
If Mariah or Sony were worried at all about the "sophomore jinx," their concerns were quickly put to rest upon the release of the album. Emotions was well-received by critics. New York Newsday found that the record had "the sort of genuine passion that was completely missing from the first album."
Entertainment Weekly proclaimed that Mariah "reaches for epiphany on every cut." People concluded that "Carey is truly a transcendent talent." The acclaimed album went on to debut and peak at #4 on the Billboard charts.
Mariah's promotional circuit for the Emotions album included stops at Saturday Night Live, The Arsenio Hall Show, Soul Train, and a performance at the MTV Video Music Awards. She also promoted overseas in Europe, where she performed on shows such as Des O'Connor and Top of the Pops.
Three more number one singles and a top five album were not the only highlights of 1991 for Mariah. In addition to her Grammys, she accepted an American Music Award, five Billboard Music Awards, five BMI Pop Awards, and also was voted "Best New Female Artist" in the Rolling Stone Magazine Readers' Pick Awards. Mariah told Good Morning America that 1991 was
"If I wanted to stay home and write songs and make a moderate living, I could do that. I'm not worried that I have to go back and waitress."New York
"When you start believing the hype, that's when you go downhill. I definitely feel the same person I was two years ago when no one wanted to listen to my tape. That's what keeps me grounded. Maybe because I'm doing the same thing, music - that's what gives me the most pleasure. The rush of being new and hot can fade - it will fade - but the music will always be there."Q
"I can't help the way I look, because it's me. I don't try to look a certain way or sing a certain way."Ebony
"Singing makes me incredibly happy. Music makes me immeasurably happy."Ebony
"My priority is to do music that I'm proud of and that I'll continue to be proud of ten years from now, twenty years from now. It's amazing to think that people enjoy what I do and are going to, sort of acknowledge me as a singer and a songwriter and that makes me feel really good."MTV News
"From now on, all I really want to do is continue to grow as an artist and to just continue putting out music and hope that people that have supported me will stay with me. You know, you can't always be number one, you can't always be winning every award. But I mean just to be putting music out there and to be having some level of success has always been my goal."MTV News
"I'm not trying to prove anything. I'm just trying to have a long career as a singer-songwriter and be singing twenty years from now, thirty years from now. It's always been my dream and it's incredible to be able to have this success and I just want to keep on going."MTV News
"There's absolutely nothing in the world that I would rather do than sing and write songs and be surrounded by music. It's everything to me. There's never been a moment in my life when I didn't know that this was it for me. This is what I want to do."The Today Show
"Some people are just more comfortable in the studio. I'm more comfortable because it's a controlled environment, it's a creative environment. That's where I'm at my best. That's what I do. I'm an introverted person and it's hard for me to get out there and really Hollywood and really ham it up. It's just not who I am. But I do want to go out there and see the people who supported me and perform for those people and do the best that I can do."The Today Show
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 1990
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 15-May-2010, 12:01PM EDT
On May 15, 1990, a then unknown singer named Mariah Carey released her first single, "Vision Of Love." Like all new artists, things didn't happen overnight. After much preparation, promotion and as Mariah put it herself to Billboard, "a culmination of a lot of hard work and a lot of dreams," "Vision Of Love" started to make some ground at radio and retail, debuting at #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 on the June 2, 1990 chart.
The first time she heard her debut single "Vision Of Love" on the radio, she was ecstatic, to say the least.
Four days after her very first TV appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show, Mariah found herself center court the first game of the 1990 NBA Finals in Detroit performing "America The Beautiful." The live appearance was a smart marketing move with more than 20,000 people in the stadium and an estimated 14.3 million viewers watching at home. "I've never sung infront of that many people. I was really nervous and when I watch it now it's like this incredible feeling because I went up to the high note at the middle of 'from sea to shining sea.' The whole crowd really, really responded to it and nobody knew who I was at all. And like when I watch the responses of the basketball players, that was a special time for me."
Almost three weeks later, after an upward trend in popularity and visibility, CBS Records released her debut album Mariah Carey on June 13, 1990. CBS was so sure they had a hit on their hands that they launched the largest and most expensive campaign for a new artist since Bruce Springsteen released Born To Run in 1975.
Mariah Carey initially started out slow (which most albums did before the Soundscan era, even for established artists), debuting at #80 on the Billboard 200 on the June 23, 1990 chart. As "Vision Of Love" eventually reached the upper ranks of the Billboard Hot 100, Mariah Carey moved up in its respective chart accordingly. It reached a peak position of #4 on the Billboard 200 when "Vision Of Love" ascended to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 on the August 4, 1990 chart. Mariah Carey was certified platinum just a few weeks later.
Aside from the power of Mariah's vocal, the message of "Vision Of Love" also connected with listeners. While some people have interpreted "Vision Of Love" as a love song, Mariah has said the lyrics actually describe her feelings after finally getting a record deal. In talking to MTV News, Mariah explained that "'Vision Of Love' is about a lot of things. I wrote it right after I signed my deal with Columbia Records and it was a major turning point in my life but it was mostly sort of finding an inner peace and an inner strength because of this major achievement... Basically just a celebration of my life and the things that were happening in my life when I wrote the song."
The lyrics express a theme that would show up in future Mariah songs; the belief that humans can persevere and good fortune will come. Mary J. Blige describes the effect the song had on her in stating, "Mariah Carey's music saved little ghetto children's lives. Songs like 'Visions of Love' gave us hope and we would sing those songs and try to hit every note like Mariah—which we can't." Even Snoop Dogg said, "I always tell [Mariah] this story: When I was locked up in jail, that song 'Vision of Love' was the hottest song in the world." Jay-Z, too, listened to the song while serving time. It's clear the message of "Vision Of Love" cuts through many situations.
While many people can recall first hearing "Vision Of Love" and some even say it is what made them want to sing, the influence of the song runs even deeper. "Vision Of Love" literally set the standard for female singers. As Sasha Frere-Jones wrote in New Yorker, "'Vision of Love' is the Magna Carta of melisma... Carey made melisma a required move for both R&B singers and contestants on American Idol."
Even an artist like Nelly Furtado has said she learned to sing by listening to Mariah's debut album (including "Vision Of Love") and wrote songs similar to Mariah songs. Rich Juzwiak of Slant puts it more succinctly: "I think ['Vision Of Love'] was a vision of the future world of American Idol." In fact, two American Idol winners have said Mariah played a big part in their wanting to become singers. First season winner Kelly Clarkson told American Idol Rewind she realized she wanted to be a professional singer when she sang "Vision Of Love" in a choir solo in seventh grade. Sixth season winner Jordin Sparks told CTV that when she saw Mariah performing on an awards show, "I knew then that's what I wanted to do."
As soon as "Vision Of Love" let up, "Love Takes Time" was right around the corner to keep Mariah Carey selling. The timing was so immaculate and "Love Takes Time" became so popular (it reached #1 on the November 10, 1990 chart and remained at the top for 3 weeks) that the album received a new peak of #3 on the Billboard 200 and stayed within the Top 5 albums all through the later, more competitive part of the year. Towards the end of 1990, "Vision Of Love" finished as the #6 single of the 1990 chart year and Mariah Carey officially became a multi-platinum selling artist.
Mariah would later tell MTV News, "It seems like everything that I did in the first year that I came out with my first album is like a blur."
This was just the beginning of the whirlwind. Mariah Carey had arrived, and she wasn't going anywhere anytime soon.
"I think my mother chose 'Mariah' because it would be a good stage name."Rolling Stone
"I knew from watching and listening to my mom that singing could and would be my profession. And besides, she had to tear me away from the radio each night just to get me to go to sleep."Seventeen
"I think I always knew that there was nothing else I really loved doing. My mother was a professional singer so I knew it was a feasible kind of profession, and it wasn't just a pipe dream."Record Mirror
"I've had boyfriends but I've always been focused to doing music. I've always had this attitude, 'ha, ha, I'm leaving. I'm going to sing.' So I guess they were a little more serious about it than I was. I knew I wasn't going to get out of High School and get married, you know what I mean?"Record Mirror
"I just see myself as a singer/songwriter, and I'm trying to do this because I've wanted to do this all my life. I'm not trying to be like anyone. I'm not trying to take anyone's audiences away, to model or mould myself on anyone else. I'm just trying to basically get my music across and please myself."Blues & Soul
"When no one knows you, you are constantly trying to prove yourself. But, after you have a bit of success, you're still doing it. You're always proving yourself in one way or another. I'd be under more pressure if I didn't have any success. It's not being taken over by something I don't like. I can't complain because I've wanted to do this my whole life."Blues & Soul
"I started rebelling. I just didn't want to do the legitimate kinds of vocalist things, like Broadway music and stuff like that. I got into the people that influenced me more."Wiz Circular
"I'm very happy with what's happened. I've got a great record company. It's hard for me to feel that it's real. I can't touch it. I still feel like the same person who's been striving for a long time. I still feel like me."Entertainment Weekly
"One thing I'm glad I did was that I never sold my publishing, because I almost gave away my publishing for $5,000 when I was 18 and totally broke and trying to get a record deal. Well, it wasn't all my publishing but at the time I was really broke. I went to a meeting with a certain company and there's a song on my first album called 'All In Your Mind' which was never released. The guy heard that and wanted to give me a deal for $5,000 or $10,000 or something. I'm so glad I believed in myself as a writer not to do that and just to stick it out. It was so tempting, though, when you have 5 dollars for the week to live on."Blues & Soul
Mary J. Blige: "I love Mariah Carey. Mariah Carey's music saved little ghetto children's lives. Songs like "Visions of Love" gave us hope and we would sing those songs and try to hit every note like Mariah -- which we can't. I don't think she knows what a big part she plays in Mary J. Blige's life. And then to meet her... she's such a beautiful person that you can't do anything but defend her when [the media] starts acting stupid on her. She doesn't deserve that." (Barnes and Noble interview)
Rihanna: "I used to sing 'Vision of Love' all the time in the shower, using my toothbrush as my microphone." (51st Grammy Awards Promo)
Beyonce Knowles: "'Vision of Love,' when I first heard that song, I knew it, my mind was made up - I had to be a singer." (MTV Europe)
Nelly Furtado: "The first singer I really got into was Mariah Carey when I was about 12. She kind of taught me how to sing 'cause, you know, couldn't really afford singing lessons. So, I would just listen to Mariah Carey's CD over and over again, and learn all her lyrics." (MTV Overdrive)
Whitney Houston: When asked if she remembered first hearing Mariah's music, Whitney replied by singing a line from "Vision of Love" and said, "Yep, I remember it. It was like, kinda, my tone, not quite me. Who is she?" (MTV interview with John Norris)
Nivea: "I was watching 'The Arsenio Hall Show,' and Mariah was performing 'Vision of Love.' The way she projected her voice, she just had so much power. I knew then that I wanted to make people feel the way she made me feel. I bought all her albums and learned all the songs. That's all I would do all day long sing Mariah Carey songs." (Yahoo! Music Interview)
Lucie Silvas: "I was obsessed. I remember the moment I first heard Vision of Love, then I saw this white girl with a black voice on television, and everything about her bowled me over. You could relate to her and yet she was a magical icon, and throughout my school days all I dreamed of was being like Mariah Carey. She sang with a gospel choir around her, which was always my dream. I just wanted to be her." (Guardian Unlimited)
Anastacia: "From her very first album till now her voice has been absolutely glorious to listen to. I am affected by every note she hits, which is practically every note on the keyboard." (Smash Hits)
Christina Aguilera: "I discovered Mariah in my room one day listening to the radio, and as soon as 'Vision of Love' came on, I ran downstairs going, 'Mommy, Mommy - I just found the greatest person in the world! I just heard the greatest new voice!'" (Entertainment Weekly)
Snoop Dogg: "I always tell her this story: When I was locked up in jail, that song 'Vision of Love' was the hottest song in the world. I used to always say, 'Man, if I could meet her!'" (MTV)
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 15-May-2010, 12:01AM EDT
20 YEARS AGO TODAY
Today, May 15th, marks the 20th anniversary of the release of Mariah's very first single, "Vision of Love." People around the globe first heard the voice that would go on to become one of the biggest-selling female artists in the world. Since then, the little girl who grew up aspiring to be a singer has worn the hats of songwriter, producer, video director, and actress while still continuing to do what she loves best: singing her songs for us, her loyal fans.
Join Mariah Daily Journal as we celebrate this momentous occasion. We will take you through each year, highlighting the significant events and milestones in Mariah's career - the music that has touched our hearts, the songs and albums that have made her famous, the live performances that have captivated audiences everywhere, the music videos that have told the stories of her songs, the movies that have landed her on the silver screen, and much more!
Congratulations, Mariah! Please use the Comments section to send your well wishes and thanks to Mariah.
We would like to thank our friends Michael, Casey, Joao, Jason and Alex' for their contributions to our Mariah Carey tribute.
Mariah Spotted Looking "Fierce" In L.A.
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 14-May-2010, 4:56PM EDT
Mariah Carey was strutting around Holmby Park in L.A. recently amidst the Internet blowing up about M.C. blowing up.
Tabloids and blogs have been quick to label Carey preggers with her fluctuating lbs, but our spy said M certainly wasn't walking around for two.
"She looked great," dishes our eyes who said Mrs. Nick Cannon looked "hot" and "totally fierce."
Mariah was rocking tight jeans, a dark one-shoulder top and a bunch of chain necklaces as she was out and about near her Hollywood residence.
"Obviously she's not stick-thin, but she looked healthy," adds our source. "And I don't mean healthy in the backhanded compliment way like Kirstie Alley or Gabourey Sidibe. I mean that she just looked normal."
Mariah Keeps Nick Out Of The Kitchen
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 13-May-2010, 5:19PM EDT
Is there any doubt who wears the pants in Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey's relationship? Cannon revealed on The Rachael Ray Show that his wife rules the kitchen, and that he wasn't even allowed to help prepare dinner for last Thanksgiving.
"I was allowed in to watch her, to take that picture," Cannon said, showing a photo of himself and an apron-wearing Carey in front of a gigantic Thanksgiving turkey. "And then I was kicked out after that."
Rachael Ray says she's so impressed to see Mariah in an apron cooking such a big bird. Rachael asks Nick if he's ever made her breakfast in bed and he said, "Does cereal count? Instant oatmeal?"
And here are other pictures on Thanksgiving Day last year at Mariah and Nick's home in Los Angeles. Photos taken by Jasmine Dotiwala.
Mariah to Perform in Egypt
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 12-May-2010, 7:10AM EDT
Mariah has been confirmed to perform at a private party in an undisclosed location in Egypt. The performance is set for Monday, May 17th. No other information is currently available at this time.
UPDATE: More details about Mariah's show in Egypt from Exposé-Egypt.
Etisalat presents Mariah Carey Live Monday, 17 May 2010
Etisalat is celebrating their 3rd anniversary in Egypt at Pyramids Panorama hosting 2,500 VIP guests in an exquisite night featuring superstar Mariah Carey with her live band to perform exclusively for the first time in Egypt. The night is full of surprises and in addition to Mariah Carey's performance there will be River Dance, Fire Dancers, and massive light and fire show. The night is private and strictly by invitation and guest list. Guests should present their invitation at entrance of the Pyramids as well as at door.
Mariah Mention in Jeff Buckley Book
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 11-May-2010, 5:17AM EDT
Mariah is mentioned several times in a book about singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley called A Pure Drop: The Life of Jeff Buckley - a posthumous book written by Jeff Apter and published in 2009.
At right, Mariah is pictured listening from afar as Buckley performed Led Zeppelin's "Rain Song" at Sony boss Don Ienner's estate in Chatham, New York in 1993.
Excerpt In early 1993, he was invited to sing at Day-O, the country estate of Sony boss Don Ienner, the former home of calypso king Harry Belafonte. It was an indication of just what Buckley meant to the label. Mariah Carey looked on as Buckley, hidden beneath a blue hooded sweat jacket, improvised a version of Led Zep's "The Rain Song," a choice no doubt motivated by the day's miserable weather. In the words of Mike Webb, Steve Berkowitz's assistant, Buckley's rendition was 'perfect.' "I was so blown away that I really don't remember anything else about what he played or the rest of the say," he wrote in a 2006 blog. "But for me - who's seen a LOT of live shows - it was one of the most incredible musical moments I've ever witnessed."
Source: Scan: Lindy | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah Performing at a Private Party in Egypt?
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 11-May-2010, 2:46AM EDT
Mariah may be bound for Egypt for a private party, as revealed by photographer Alison Reynolds in a post earlier today on her Twitter. We'll soon find out if true. Below is Alison's tweet.
Alison Reynolds: Just finished cutting Jaymo's hair. He is off to Egypt with Mariah Carey to play a private party.
Memoirs Digital Sales
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 10-May-2010, 11:47AM EDT
Listed below are the digital sales for all tracks on Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel from Billboard magazine issue dated May 15, 2010.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Digital Sales
Up Out My Face
I Want To Know What Love Is
It's A Wrap
More Than Just Friends
Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
Up Out My Face (The Reprise)
The Impossible (The Reprise)
Angel (The Prelude)
Languishing (The Interlude)
Source: Ritcher | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah for X Factor US Job?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 10-May-2010, 11:27AM EDT
Eighties pop star Sinitta has hinted that Mariah Carey is being lined up for a role on the judging panel on the US version of The X-Factor.
The 41-year-old star is good friends with boss Simon Cowell and said he is still deciding on who will make up the judging panel.
She said to Liv: 'I think he's still working it out. He's still looking at slides of different people's profiles and different personalities, A-list celebrities.
'It's very exciting and I was like: 'Oh my God, yes, they'll be great! Oh my God! Oh my God!' But I kind of wanted everyone.'
She added: 'People who are interested? Oh I'm not allowed to say. It's amazing how many people want to do it. Everybody from Mariah [Carey]... okay I'm not saying any more! Lots of people want to do it.'
Mariah Rises to #2 in Brazil
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 10-May-2010, 9:52AM EDT
Mariah's cover of Foreigner's 1984 hit, "I Want To Know What Love Is," climbs a spot to #2 this week on the Brazilian Airplay chart! The song dropped to #3 last week after topping the airplay chart for 27 weeks.
Mariah Featured in "Helecia Choyce" Book
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 09-May-2010, 12:08AM EDT
What do Quentin Tarantino, Monique, Wendy Williams, Jay Z, Will Smith and Mariah Carey all have in common? Well, they are all featured in a non-fiction biography book called "The Diary Of Helecia Choyce" The Hustle within Part #1 about a female hip hop artist named SKG (Super Krazed Goddess) and her encounter with each celebrity. This book is a diary into the life of Helecia Choyce and how she crossed paths with different celebrities while struggling through her journey of change.
"The Diary of Helecia Choyce" has some pretty good stories, such as the mix up between Mariah Carey and Janet Jackson that had Mariah cursing and furious. Quentin Tarantino and his love for Black women, Jay-Z and his sensitive side, Wendy Williams and her diva habits, and SKG's personal interaction with Will Smith on one of his movie sets, and the side of Monique that kept SKG going strong. The book also talks about her growing up in Los Angeles with the Crips and Bloods, dealing with a bipolar mother, drugs, alcohol, institutionalized father, being a single mother, and signing to one of the biggest labels of all time, Death Row Records. The book has a positive message that both men and women, old and young, different cultures can relate to.
"Mariah" is 88th Most Popular Name For Girls in 2009
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 07-May-2010, 11:57PM EDT
The Social Security Administration released its list of the most popular baby names of 2009 on May 7, 2010. "Mariah" was named the 88th most popular for newborn baby girls of 2009.
Mariah's track over the years since 1880 is an interesting one. From 1880 up to about 1913, Mariah was listed among the top 1,000 most popular names in the country, often appearing in the 500 range. From 1913 to 1972 the name Mariah had fallen off the Social Security Administration’s list of 1,000 most popular names. The name reappeared in 1973, however, and began its meteoric climb to break into the top 100 names in 1991. The name Mariah has been solidly in the top 100 in the years since 1991, with the exception of 2002, 2003, and 2004. In 2009, Mariah was the 88th most popular name for girls in the United States.
Ultra Pink Gift Set with Plush Cha Cha
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 06-May-2010, 6:21PM EDT
Another perfect gift idea for this Sunday's Mother's Day - the new Ultra Pink gift set with stuffed plush Cha Cha! Priced at $24.00 and available exclusively at Walmart, the gift set contains 1.0 fl.oz. Mariah Carey Ultra Pink Eau De Parfum Spray and Plush Puppy Cha Cha. Get it today!
Below are photos of the Ultra Pink Cha Cha gift set that Aaron purchased at Walmart in Buffalo, NY. Update: Added two photos from Kyle who got his at the Walmart Supercenter in Chicpoee, MA. He wrote: "Thanks to Aaron and your post I found the perfect Mother's Day gift too!"
Source: Aaron | Kyle
Mariah's New Fragrance "Lollipop Bling" Due in June
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 06-May-2010, 2:02PM EDT
Below are excerpts from Elizabeth Arden's 3rd Quarter Financial Report.
At Elizabeth Arden, much of the fragrance sales decline stemmed from department stores returning discontinued brands. The company is also seeing merchants reduce the number of brands they carry.
Arden hopes that new products will spur some growth. After seeing a 50 percent rise in Juicy Couture fragrance sales so far this year it will launch Peace, Love and Juicy Couture in upscale stores in August. Other items include Mariah Carey's Lollipop Bling, due in June, and Kate Spade fragrances, due out in the fall.
Cast Your Vote For Mariah's Ultra Pink!
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 05-May-2010, 8:17PM EDT
Mariah Carey's Ultra Pink has been nominated in the "Fragrance of the Year - Women's Popular Appeal" category at the Fragrance Foundation's 2010 FiFi Awards. This year, consumer votes comprise 35% of the total voting power. This is your chance to help Mariah Carey's Ultra Pink win!
How to Register and Vote — Register to vote online before midnight on Wednesday, May 19th — Click this link to vote!
You can vote once from each unique e-mail address - vote from all of your email addresses!
A New Single By End of Year?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 05-May-2010, 10:27AM EDT
Mariah Carey and Jermaine Dupri pleased fans last month when they announced that they were rekindling their magic in the studio. J.D. shared a few more details of their reunion with Rap-Up.com.
The So So Def CEO, who had a heavy hand in 2005's best-selling album of the year, The Emancipation of Mimi, said he is in the early stages of recording the pop diva's next effort. He is hoping to produce the majority of the project and aims to have a single out this year.
"We started last week and we don't take long when we get in, so hopefully a single before the end of the year," he told Rap-Up.com. Bryan-Michael Cox and Johnta Austin are also involved with Mimi's new music.
In addition, Mariah is reportedly working on a Christmas album, for which she recently shot the packaging with famed photographer David LaChapelle.
Video: Mariah, JD, B.Cox, Randy Live on Ustream
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 05-May-2010, 1:41AM EDT
Earlier tonight at around 9:35pm PT, Mariah came on live on Ustream with Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Randy Jackson to update the fans on what's going down in her Los Angeles studio during the songwriting session for her new album.
"The song we did tonight, I don't want to go into it 'cause I don't want anybody else to know about it until it's done. But I think it's going to make you happy 'cause it already is making me happy."
"We're figuring out if we want to have the bridge go into an outro, just plain old outro that we figure out or if we want to go back to a verse and then do the tagline and then do the outro which is going to depend on how long it is as well."
Randy Jackson has been officially confirmed for the new album. He said,
"We gonna be making history up in here on the album. Me, B.Cox, Jermaine, Mariah, of course. It's gonna be on Mariah's album. And several people we won't mention yet and a concept we can't discuss."
Mariah thanked the fans for their support and apologized for not sending direct messages enough on Twitter.
"I don't get a chance to tell you how much I love you guys. I haven't been able to do as many direct messages lately because, unlike some people, and there's nothing wrong with it, I actually do my direct messages myself. It's hard for me sometimes because I don't want to go through and if I see a hater I'm like, 'Ugh, bleak out.' I bleak out and then I'm just like, ugh, I just ruined it and whatever so that's why. I do love the lambs and people that don't understand that, they don't get it, they don't get the nostalgia."
We thank Mariah and JD for giving a shout-out to Mariah Daily!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Luke
New Photo: Mariah, JD & B.Cox in the Studio
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 04-May-2010, 10:08PM EDT
To the right is a new photo of Mariah in the studio with Jermaine Dupri and Bryan-Michael Cox working on some new music for a new Mariah album.
Mariah, JD and B.Cox may be live on Ustream tonight! Be sure to keep checking Mariah's Twitter for an announcement!
MariahCarey Ok..I am VERY happy w/this new song me,@LTLline&BCox r writing right now..yaaaay! Possible Ustream tonite..keep U posted! LYM: )
JD Mentions Mariah in VIBE Interview
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 04-May-2010, 8:17PM EDT
Jermaine Dupri is a quote monster. Never one to mince words, the veteran music producer and label mogul has had his ups and downs during his 20-year career. But the brazen Dupri, who has fostered the careers of Kriss Kross, Xscape and Da Brat and accumulated studio time with such superstar acts as Jay-Z, Usher and Mariah Carey, is a survivor. VIBE caught up with the man known as JD to discuss his thoughts on VIBE's Greatest Hip Hop Producer of All-Time; his beef with Usher; why he deserves more praise than the Neptunes and his outspoken views on major labels. This is Jermaine Dupri, unfiltered.
Do you feel like you get enough respect as a producer in hardcore hip-hop circles? No. I'll always get the "Oh, he's not DJ Premier." I can't even get into that conversation. If I see my name with Premier, I'm already thinking I'm going to lose [laughs]. In our world, if you are super commercial going against someone who is super hip hop, a different card is played. And I expect that. I was surprised that I even beat Irv Gotti [in the VIBE Producer Tournament]. Then me and Timbaland were going head up. I just knew I was going to be out of this one fast. And I know the Dr. Dre conversations are out of the question [laughs].
You seem unusually self-effacing about all of this. Well, I've gotten past the whole, "JD doesn't get the respect he deserves" thing. If niggas don't pay attention to what I've done and how long I've been doing it, they will someday. But it's kind of weird because Billboard named Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together," which I produced, as Song Of The Decade this year. That's an accomplishment that no other producer had on the charts. But then Billboard names the Neptunes producers of the year? The accolades don't even go with each other anymore. That's why I never get my hopes up. I'm just happy to still be in the game.
There was some talk that you were going to executive produce Usher's latest album Raymond v. Raymond. Why didn't it happen? Well, I didn't really want to be executive producer of Usher's projects after Confession. Me as a producer, it's kind of hard for me to go back into people's projects when I gave you your biggest album ever…you sold more records than any other artist in this decade based on that album and now I have to ask you am I the executive producer of your next album? That seems disrespectful to me. Obviously, I'm looking at something different than everyone is looking at it whether it's the label, the artist, management… whoever it is. I've had this same conversation with L.A. Reid, because I'm doing Mariah Carey's album right now. And on her last album, I didn't have one song on there. But I did Emancipation of Mimi and she sold more records than she sold in the last five years. What part of the game makes y'all not call me? But I'm not going to keep sticking my neck out. But I don't feel like I'm supposed to ask to produce anymore. People are supposed to come to me and tell me that I'm the executive producer. That's why I get more kicks working with younger artists.
Carey Looks To Adoption?
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 04-May-2010, 2:32PM EDT
Mariah's riffing on 'Always Be My Baby' with hubby Nick
At her marriage re-commitment fete Friday with Nick Cannon at their Beverly Hills home, Mariah Carey spoke openly about the couple's deep desire to have a child, a guest tells me.
The singing superstar's recent weight gain has reportedly been due to fertility treatments Carey has been undergoing.
"Not that a few extra pounds on Mariah bothers Nick at all. He likes his woman with a bit of meat on her bones," the friend said with a laugh.
While Carey has continued to hope she and Cannon can conceive a baby, she also reportedly is now looking into adopting.
A number of Carey chums report the entertainer has been deeply moved by the story of Sandra Bullock's long-secret adoption of little Louis -- first revealed publicly last week in that People magazine cover story.
What Was Nick Cannon's Favorite Anniversary Gift?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 03-May-2010, 4:07PM EDT
Who could possibly upstage Mariah Carey at her own wedding vow renewal ceremony – especially when the bride wears a pink dress, veil and a giant candy-inspired ring?
Turns out, her husband Nick Cannon's grandfather gave it his best shot.
"When some good old-school music came on, he was dancing up on the floor with one of Mariah's dancers," Cannon said on his 92.3 WXRM-FM radio show "Rollin with Nick Cannon" Monday morning. "My grandmother was all upset and ready to go home because my 75-year-old grandfather was dropping it like it was hot with some youngster."
Why the big dance party? Cannon, 29, and Carey, 40, renewed their vows at their Beverly Hills home Friday night in front of 100 guests. The couple first wed in surprise 2008 ceremony at Carey's Bahamian estate.
"My grandparents were crying because they didn't get a chance to come to the first or second one," said Cannon, "[so] a lot of family showed up."
Famous friends like Brett Ratner, Penny Marshall and photographer David LaChapelle also came to support the couple. And they brought gifts. Cannon was especially touched by LaChapelle's present: a dramatic portrait of Michael Jackson, taken before his death, dressed as an angel.
Said Cannon: "That meant a lot because I am a huge Michael Jackson fan. I always say Mike is the reason I am an entertainer."
"That gift was one of my favorite wedding gifts this weekend," he continued, "but I have to say my ultimate favorite was my wife accompanying me to the [Floyd Mayweather-Shane Mosley] fight in Las Vegas."
Mariah Drops 1-3 in Brazil
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 03-May-2010, 11:51AM EDT
Mariah's record-breaking 27-week run atop the Brazilian Airplay chart ends as "I Want To Know What Love Is" drops to #3 this week. Local artists Zeze Di Camargo & Luciano ("Tapa Na Cara") and Eduardo Costa ("Amores Imortais") took the #1 and #2 spots, respectively.
Writing Process with Mariah & B.Cox
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 02-May-2010, 5:43PM EDT
Here's a video of Mix engineer Sam Thomas talking about the technical aspects of being in the studio with Mariah and Bryan-Michael Cox. Sam has been B.Cox's principal engineer for several years now.
Sam Thomas: "We're in L.A. working with Mariah and they're sitting there fumbling with his little digital dictaphone trying to lay ideas down and the way she writes is it's like she's standing up in the middle of the room and Bryan's behind the piano and they're just, she's like, 'Do something like this' and Bryan is like, 'Like this?' 'Yeah, but not the minor chord.' She's really active in the writing process and so they're... 'Okay, go back 10 minutes ago' and they're like trying to figure this stupid thing (dictaphone) out and they can't figure it out and I'm like, 'Oh, something's gotta be done.' So I run out of the room, go grab a 57, put it right up in the center, plug it into a pre and just hit go. And then for the next hour and 45 minutes, Pro Tools is capturing what's going on in the control room, and that ended up really saving my ass and she ended up loving me and saved the whole session because, 'Go back 10 minutes' Okay, pow, wham, there it is. And then at the end of the session I had to make an MP3 of an hour and 45 minutes all broken into the sections. So I kind of like created more work for myself but it ended up saving the session. So now everytime I work with her, where artists that are like that, that are super-involved with the writing process, man, just stick the microphone up in the middle and just have it there ready to go just in case."
We're Back Up!
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 02-May-2010, 2:45AM EDT
The site was down for over 12 hours and we are sorry for the interruption. Our server suffered a major corruption, and data had to be restored from backup. A roll back to the most recent restore point was performed, thus, any posts (comments) beyond this time have been lost.
We apologize for any inconvenience that this downtime has caused. Thank you for bearing with us.
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 01-May-2010, 12:46PM EDT
Belos are photos of Mariah and Nick during their second anniversary wedding ceremony held at their Los Angeles home on Friday, April 30, 2010.
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 01-May-2010, 12:31PM EDT
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey have a shared love of candy ring pops - so why not combine that love with some serious bling for an anniversary gift?
Cannon did just that when he gave his wife a custom-made "Ring Pop" as a surprise gift during their small, private party for their second anniversary in Los Angeles Friday. But this sweet treat was no sucker: Hand crafted at Jason of Beverly Hills jewelers, the sparkler was made of white gold encrusted in white diamonds and pink sapphires.
"It also comes in a box complete with a spinner so that you can see it sparkle under the lights inside," Jason Arasheben, the CEO of Jason of Beverly Hills, tells PEOPLE.
And the candy ring has history in the happy couple's relationship: Three years ago when Cannon, 29, proposed to Carey, 41, it was with a diamond ring disguised in a ring pop candy wrapper. They got married in 2008 on Carey's Bahamian estate.
It's fitting that Carey's last album, Memories of an Imperfect Angel, has a track called "Candy Bling" on which Carey professes her love of old school candy ring pops.
Says Arasheben, "The ring pop design is something Nick knew Mariah would absolutely love."
Jason of Beverly Hills: "This custom candy ring is just amazing. It's hand crafted white gold, encrusted with white diamonds and pink sapphire. It also comes complete with its own special jewelry box with a spinner that allows you to watch it sparkle under the light. Mr. Cannon says it's a design that he knew that Mariah would absolutely love. I remember these things from back when I was a kid and I think it's an adorable gift!"