Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 30-Jun-2010, 7:04PM EDT
Lollipop Bling officially hits stores tomorrow! The fragrances, "Mine Again," "Ribbon," and "Honey," will be available at select department stores throughout the U.S., including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, Bon Ton, Boscov's, Ulta and Sephora inside JCPenney.
Round 3 of our Top 20 in 20 poll will close on Friday, July 2 at 11:59 pm ET. At that time, the 3 songs with the least amount of votes will be eliminated and we will move on to the next round in our search for MDJ Readers' favorite Mariah song. Please cast your vote for your top 11 songs now if you haven't already!
Merry Christmas II You Updates
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 30-Jun-2010, 3:46PM EDT
Mariah has recorded this video message for the Universal Music site. She says: "Hi, I'm Mariah Carey. Welcome to the Universal Music website. My new album, Merry Christmas II You is coming in November. Hope you enjoy it."
US fans, Merry Christmas II You digital album is on sale for $4.99 at Amazon but you can download it for ONLY $1.99 by applying the free MP3 music download credit of $3.00 from the promo code: GET3MP3S! For instructions on how to get the $3 credit, click here. This promo offer is valid through Nov. 29th. Don't snooze!
Mediabase Airplay Update: "Oh Santa!" at Adult Contemporary Radio as of week ending 11/25:
Spincrease: 84 stations playing; +207 spins (#3 Greatest Gainer) Taking Off: 5 new stations; 49 new spins (#2 Most Added)
Exciting news from Mariah on Twitter: "Coming soon: video clip for "Oh come all ye faithful/Hallelujah chorus"(duet w/my mom) moments in the studio,recording etc..lym!"
Merry Christmas II You is also being sold at Whole Foods supermarket. To the right is a photo taken by Gilbert of Mariah's new Christmas album conspicuously displayed at the checkout counter of Whole Foods in Las Vegas.
Send a Merry Christmas II Youe-card from Mariah! Choose from 4 different card designs, 5 different Mariah holiday songs, 2 choices of a bit of sparkle & add your own personal message to create an extra festive holiday greeting to send to everyone on your holiday card list this year.
You can view the nice Mariah pictures from the photo album that's included in the Merry Christmas II You Collector's Box in this video by Nueng. You can get this collector's set from ShopMariah.com for $49.99.
VJ Tre is inviting everyone in the Washington, DC area to an IDJ-sponsored Merry Christmas II You release party that he's hosting at Omega DC on Saturday, Dec. 4th. Check out the party flyer to the right for more info.
AUSTRIA & GERMANY Finally! Merry Christmas II You gets released in Austria and Germany today! Austrian and German fans, get your copies today! Send us your photo holding your Merry Christmas II You CD so we can include in our Gallery.
HONG KONG & TAIWAN Check out the official Merry Christmas II You promo mini sites on Universal Music Hong Kong and Universal Music Taiwan. The Taiwanese site includes a promo e-card featuring "Oh Santa!" that you can send out to promote Mariah's new Christmas album.
HUNGARY Photos of the "Made for Hungary" version of Merry Christmas II You. It only comes with the CD and does not include a full booklet.
ITALY The Italian blog site RnB Junk, in cooperation with Universal Music Italy, is holding a contest for a chance to win the Merry Christmas II You Deluxe Edition. Five (5) winners will be selected. Contest ends on Thursday, Dec. 2nd. Check the ontest details here!
A listening party for Mariah's Merry Christmas II You was held in Malaysia on Wednesday, Nov. 24. Universal Music Malaysia has partnered with Pensonic Malaysia (an electrical appliances company) and with every purchase of selected electrical appliances (audio and visual players mainly) they will get a copy of Merry Christmas II You free! With the help of Pensonic, the album has reached gold status (7500 copies sold) in the first few weeks of the album release. Pensonic and Universal Music Malaysia will be holding a Merry Christmas II You-themed party on December 23rd. To the right is a picture of the Mariah Carey cookie that was handed out to attendees at the album listening party.
PHILIPPINES In coordination with MCA Music Philippines, the Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) recently concluded two successful "Lamb Raids" in two of Manila's biggest record stores, AstroVisionPlus and Odyssey. It was attended my hardcore and new fans who flocked to get their first Merry Christmas II You CDs in throngs. Signed Mariah items were given as prizes for games and interactive plays. Below are pictures from the two fan promo events.
SINGAPORE Hairul, Rohaishah and other Singaporean fans gathered in front of the HMV store at 313 @ Somerset to promote Mariah's new Christmas album Merry Christmas II You. Check out photos below! Universal Music Singapore will be having a contest to further hype up the album. Contest details will be revealed soon.
Below are photos of the Singaporean version of Merry Christmas II You.
SPAIN FNAC Spain is selling the Merry Christmas II You Collector's Box for just €20.95 (US$28.48)! Get it here.
THAILAND Photos of the Merry Christmas II You Deluxe edition, Thai release.
UK Spencer has started a campaign on Facebook to get Mariah's "Oh Santa!" to be UK's #1 Christmas song. You can join his Facebook group by logging on here.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Hairul | Ken | Mandy | Gilbert | Bernard | Donald | RunWitMe | Spencer | Mario | Giuseppe | Neung | Jeremy | Szilvia | Jevi | Jacques | MariahCarey.com
Mariah Covers Capri Magazine
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Jun-2010, 3:55PM EDT
Mariah graces the cover of the Summer issue of the Italian magazine Capri. Below is the cover story in both English and Italian.
Mariah Carey - A pop icon in the motion-picture world
Mariah Carey loves Capri. She loves those small restaurants, that crisp air even in wintertime, Capri's silent wilderness out of season. However, the last time she was seen on the island for the Capri, Hollywood Festival curated by her friend Pascal Vicedomini, she was certainly not alone. When we got the chance to talk to her, to spend a few moments with one of the greatest legends of contemporary pop music, she struck us as being an extraordinarily easy person, in spite of the 250 million records sold worldwide and her tremendous media presence, although she is one of the sexiest women in the world. She is now busy writing the lyrics for her new album, but we mostly talked about films, about the new film she will be appearing in and about her small and yet incisive role in Precious. And she wanted to say quite clearly that: "I don't care to be a star. I would rather play in small, independent movies, but telling a story I like. Films that people should watch because they are important".
Precious won two Academy Awards: for best supporting actress (Mo'Nique) and for best adapted screenplay. It made $50 million, five times as much as it cost. The film was awarded its first prize in Capri, the Capri Award given to Mariah Carey.
The film tells the story of an obese, illiterate young girl who suffers sexual abuse from her mother and father and lives in the ghetto of Harlem. What does such a powerful and shocking film have to do with a pop and media icon such as Mariah Carey? Nothing, on the face of it. Nonetheless, Mariah took up the challenge: she accepted to appear ugly, without make-up, wearing shapeless clothes twice her size, shabby, with a fixed gaze onto a horrible life. She plays the role of a social worker. The girl asks her: "What are you? Black, Hispanic, what?" Actually, that is a question that crosses your mind when you look at Mariah Carey. Irish, Venezuelan and Afro-American blood runs in her veins. Actually, and especially face-to-face, she is simply beautiful.
Miss Carey, you chose to play a small role in an independent film. A strong choice. It was an instinctive choice, but a clear one too. Like with music: I consider myself more of a songwriter than a singer. I've been writing songs since I was six. I am not obsessed with my looks. Some pop stars change their look over and over again. I don't. It was the same for the film. I was looking for an interesting, powerful story, not for one that would make me look pretty.
The film deals with incestuous relationships. A very serious issue. Yes, the film is about hard experiences in life that leave their mark on you. Films cannot merely be an escape from real life.
You are nearly unrecognizable in the film... The film director told me: "Believe me, not even your mother is going to recognize you!". And he was right. When I watch myself on screen, I say: "Who is this woman?"
Have you been influenced by a specific period of Italian cinema? The movies of the sixties, La dolce vita or La Ciociara of which we see a scene in Precious. I've always been moved by those films. I love classic movies, in general. The great American and Italian classics.
Which film directors would you like to work with in the future? If I were free to choose anyone, Scorsese or Woody Allen. But I'm more interested in the film's story, in important stories. I view acting not as a whim of fancy, but as a well thought-out choice.
As is the case with Barbra Streisand or Diana Ross... Yes, and there are other singers who are also amazing actresses.
This film conveys an image of you very different from the one we are used to seeing at your concerts. I am Mariah at the concerts as well as in the movies. I'm interested in powerful stories that make people reflect on what they have just seen. I could even play myself in a musical, but I enjoy transforming myself into characters. I'm still learning, I don't want to take advantage of my popularity and I don't want to play the usual roles.
What do you dream of as an actress? I dream of playing characters who are very different from me.
Il mio canto libero Mariah Carey. Una icona del pop al servizio del cinema
Mariah Carey ama Capri. Ama quei piccoli ristorantini,quell'aria frizzante anche d'inverno, quella silenziosa solitudinedella Capri fuori stagione. Però l'ultima volta che è approdatasull'isola azzurra, per il festival Capri, Hollywood curatodal suo amico Pascal Vicedomini, tanto sola non era. Quandoperò si riesce a parlarci, in quei pochi momenti in cui siamovicini ad una delle più grandi leggende del pop contemporaneo,l'impressione è di straordinaria genuinità. E' semplice,nonostante i 250 milioni di dischi venduti in tutto il mondo ela straordinaria presenza mediatica. Nonostante sia consideratauna delle donne più sexy del mondo. Sta scrivendo i testi peril nuovo album ma si parla soprattutto di cinema, del nuovofilm che inizierà a girare a giugno e del ruolo, piccolo ma incisivoe determinante in Precious. E lei ci tiene a ribadire che:"Non voglio fare la star. Voglio interpretare film anche piccoli,indipendenti, ma con storie che amo. Film che la gente devevedere, perché sono importanti".
Nel frattempo Precious ha vinto due Oscar: per l'attrice Mo'Nique,rivelazione assoluta, e per la miglior sceneggiatura. Haincassato 50 milioni di dollari, più di cinque volte quanto ècostato. E il suo straordinario cammino tra i premi internazionaliè iniziato proprio da Capri. Dal Capri Award consegnatoa Mariah Carey.
Il film narra la storia di una ragazzina di colore, obesa, semianalfabeta,violentata dal padre e dalla madre. Una ragazzinasola che vaga in una Harlem sinonimo di immondezzaio dellavita stessa. Che cosa lega un film così duro a un'icona pop. Aduna star che ha venduto 160 milioni di dischi in tutto il mondo,a un'icona mediatica come Mariah Carey? Niente, in apparenza.Eppure Mariah ha accettato la sfida: si è imbruttita, si è struccata,si è infagottata in abiti di due taglie più grandi. Dimessa,con gli occhi fissi dentro l'orrore di una vita spaventosa.
Nel film, è una specie di assistente sociale. La ragazza si rivolgea lei, disincantata le chiede: "Lei com'è? Nera, ispanica, cosa?".In effetti, è proprio una delle cose che viene da chiedersi circale origini di Mariah Carey. Nel suo Dna c'è sangue irlandese,venezuelano e nero. In realtà e soprattutto dal vivo è davverouna splendida ragazza.
Miss Carey, la sua scelta di interpretare un piccolo ruolo in un film indipendente è una scelta forte. E' stata una scelta istintiva, e subito chiara. Come nella musica.Io mi sento una songwriter, un'autrice di canzoni prima ancoradi una cantante. Scrivo canzoni da quando avevo sei anni. Nonamo apparire. Ci sono delle popstar che cambiano look ognicinque minuti. Io no. Per il film, è stata la stessa cosa. Cercavouna storia interessante, forte, non una storia in cui apparirecarina...
Nel film si parla di rapporti incesuosi. Un tema molto forte. Sì, si parla di esperienze molto dure, che segnano la vita profondamente. Non credo che i film si facciano solo per dimenticare la realtà.
Nel film lei è quasi irriconoscibile Il regista mi ha detto: vedrai, non ti riconoscerà neanche tua madre! Ed era vero! Quando mi rivedo sullo schermo, mi dico: ma chi è questa qui?
C'è un periodo del cinema italiano che ha avuto su di lei una influenza particolare? Il cinema degli anni '60, La dolce vita, o La ciociara di cui in Precious, vediamo anche una sequenza. Film come quelli mi hanno sempre emozionato. E poi, il mio cuore è rimasto dentro l'immaginario del cinema classico. Quello americano, ma anche i grandi capolavori del cinema italiano.
Nel futuro, quali registi vorrebbe avere vicino? Potendo sognare, direi Scorsese e Woody Allen. Ma soprattutto sono le storie che mi interessano, voglio storie importanti. Fare l'attrice non è per me un capriccio da diva, ma una scelta consapevole.
Come del resto hanno fatto Barbra Streisand o Diana Ross Certo. Ci sono altre cantanti che hanno fatto l'attrice in modo superbo.
Questo film è lontanissimo dall'immagine che lei dà di sé nei concerti. Non mi sento a una dimensione soltanto. Sono Mariah nei concerti, e lo sono nel cinema. Io al cinema voglio storie forti, importanti, necessarie a far riflettere. Potrei anche interpretare me stessa, se fosse un musical. Il desiderio è comunque quello di potermi trasformare. Sto ancora imparando lo so, non voglio sfruttare la mia popolarità e non voglio riproporre cose già viste.
Il suo sogno di attrice? Quello di entrare in personaggi lontani da me.
New Puppy's Name Inspired by The Sopranos
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 29-Jun-2010, 10:06AM EDT
As Mariah Carey dodges her own pregnancy rumors, there's one baby in the house that she and husband Nick Cannon love to talk about - their new Jack Russell terrier puppy, Jackie Lambchops.
"The new dog is amazing," Cannon told PEOPLE during a benefit for Phoenix House in Southampton, N.Y., on Saturday. "It is all cute right now."
The 3-week-old puppy was born to Carey's other Jack Russell, ChaCha, and is an adorable mini-me to Carey's mama pooch. When the singer first announced the birth, she had taken to calling her new puppy "da baby" on Twitter.
So how did Jackie Lambchops finally get her name?
"We were watching The Sopranos," Cannon said. "Mariah took a couple of words that she always uses and it came together: Jackie Lambchops."
As for whether Carey and Cannon will be parents to their own little one someday, Cannon says yes. "Some day, absolutely. That's definitely something we've got in mind," Cannon said. "But we've got to stop working so much. When you're parents, that's a full-time gig. Each of us have several jobs, so we'd have to make some sacrifices when we're ready to do that."
Precious Wins at BET Awards
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 28-Jun-2010, 12:37PM EDT
At last night's BET Awards held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, CA, prominent African American entertainers including actors, musicians, and athletes were honored. The critically-acclaimed film Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, which stars Gabourey Sidibe, Mo'Nique and Mariah Carey, won the Best Movie award, besting nominees Michael Jackson's This Is It, Avatar, Law Abiding Citizen, and The Blindside. Mo'Nique took home the Best Actress award for her outstanding performance in Precious.
Lollipop Bling Now Available at Macy's
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 27-Jun-2010, 3:23AM EDT
Mariah's new Lollipop Bling fragrances; "Mine Again," "Ribbon" and "Honey;" are now available at Macy's! Check out pictures of the store's counter display at the Northridge Fashion Center in Los Angeles, CA below.
Get your bottles today! The fragrances are available in 1.0 fl oz bottles and retail for $35 each. Aside from Macy's, the Lollipop Bling fragrances can also be purchased at select department stores including Dillard's, Belk, Bon Ton, Boscov's, Ulta and Sephora inside JCPenney.
"We Belong Together" Receives Another 'Decade' Award
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 26-Jun-2010, 11:04AM EDT
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) hosted its 23rd annual Rhythm & Soul Music Awards last night at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles, CA. The star-studded event, which was attended by over 650 leading songwriters, recording artists and music industry notables honored the songwriters and publishers of the most performed ASCAP songs on the 2009 R&B/Hip-Hop, Rap and Gospel charts.
Top awards were handed out to: Songwriters of the Year (tie): Ne-Yo, C. "Tricky" Stewart and The-Dream Song of the Decade: "We Belong Together" written by Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin and Manuel Seal Top Rap Song: "Best I Ever Had" written by Matthew "Boi-1da" Samuels Top R&B/Hip-Hop Song: "Blame It" written by Christopher Henderson, Brandon "Note" Melancon, The-Dream, C. "Tricky" Stewart and Nate Walka Top Gospel Song: "Souled Out" written by Ernest Estee Bullock Publisher of the Year: EMI Music Publishing
Atlanta rapper T.I. presented the Song of the Decade Award to fellow Atlantans Johnta Austin, Jermaine Dupri and Manuel Seal for their work on Mariah Carey's massive hit, "We Belong Together." The song topped the Billboard charts, won two Grammy Awards for Best R&B Song and Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, and was named ASCAP Pop Song of the Year in 2006.
T.I. was on hand to present Jermaine Dupri, Johnta Austin, and Manuel Seal with the Song of the Decade Award for Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together."
"'We Belong Together' is a beautiful song that packs a big punch and expresses a wide range of emotions," said Tip. "The song proved to be one of the biggest triumphs of Carey's career."
MDJ Readers' Top 20 in 20: Top 14 Songs Revealed
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 26-Jun-2010, 12:01AM EDT
In Round 2 of MDJ Readers' "Top 20 in 20" countdown, you were asked to pick your top 14 out of 17 Mariah Carey songs. Thanks again for your participation, our "Top 17" elimination poll gathered a total of 60,668 votes. "We Belong Together" remained untouched at #1 with 4,397 votes, in 2nd place was "Vision Of Love" with 4,099 votes, and rounding out the top 3 was "Always Be My Baby" with 4,084 votes. You can find the full results below.
TOP 14 » We Belong Together - 4,397 votes » Vision Of Love - 4,099 votes » Always Be My Baby - 4,084 votes » Butterfly - 3,856 votes » Fantasy - 3,845 votes » My All - 3,768 votes » Honey - 3,582 votes » Emotions - 3,524 votes » Fly Like A Bird - 3,351 votes » Hero - 3,348 votes » One Sweet Day - 3,332 votes » Heartbreaker - 3,324 votes » Dreamlover - 3,296 votes » Don't Forget About Us - 3,287 votes
Eliminated: » All I Want For Christmas Is You - 3,273 votes » Can't Let Go - 3,172 votes » Breakdown - 3,130 votes
VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 11 SONGS! In Round 3 of our countdown, we will vote for our Top 11 Mariah Carey songs. The 3 songs with the least votes at the close of poll on Friday, July 2nd at 11:59pm EST will be eliminated, and will not move on to the next round. Cast your votes for your favorite songs now!
Mariah Mentions in This Week's Ask Billboard
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Jun-2010, 7:05PM EDT
Here are the top 10 songs with the highest radio audiences, according to Nielsen BDS (listed by each title's peak audience week). You correctly guessed the top song on the list:
Peak Audience, Title, Artist, Peak Date 212.1 million, "We Belong Together," Mariah Carey, July 9, 2005 196.3 million, "Irreplaceable," Beyonce, Jan. 20, 2007 192.5 million, "No One," Alicia Keys, Dec. 22, 2007 189.6 million, "Let Me Love You," Mario, Feb. 5, 2005 175.6 million, "Gold Digger," Kanye West featuring Jamie Foxx, Oct. 22, 2005 172.8 million, "Yeah!," Usher featuring Lil Jon & Ludacris, April 17, 2004 172.3 million, "My Boo," Usher and Alicia Keys, Nov. 20, 2004 171.4 million, "Be Without You," Mary J. Blige, April 1, 2006 170.2 million, "In Da Club," 50 Cent, March 29, 2003 167.7 million, "Dilemma," Nelly featuring Kelly Rowland, Sept. 7, 2002
It's not a coincidence that the songs above all scored success at pop and R&B/hip-hop radio. As the two formats have traditionally enjoyed strong Arbitron ratings in large markets, tracks that cross over between them have a greater chance at registering the highest overall audience totals on the Radio Songs survey.
Here are the acts that have started with the longest streaks of Hot 100 top 10s beginning with their first chart entries:
13, Lionel Richie (1981-87) 12, George Michael (1985-90) 11, Mariah Carey (1990-94) 9, New Kids on the Block (1988-90) 7, Air Supply (1980-82) 7, Taylor Dayne (1988-90) 7, Expose (1987-90) 7, Gary Lewis and the Playboys (1965-66) 7, the Lovin' Spoonful (1965-67) 7, Richard Marx (1987-89) 7, Monica (1995-99) 7, Ricky Nelson (1958-59)
Carey came close to logging an even lengthier top 10 streak, as, after her 12th Hot 100 charted title, "Anytime You Need a Friend," peaked at No. 12, she rebounded with top 10s in her next six visits. In all, 17 of her first 18 and 20 of her first 22 Hot 100 entries scaled the top 10.
No artist has entered the top 10 with at least seven consecutive out-of-the-box Hot 100 charted titles since Monica in 1999.
In an era where album cuts can reach the chart due to even a week's-worth of robust digital sales, it could be difficult for another artist to accomplish such a streak anytime soon.
Memoirs Digital Sales
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 25-Jun-2010, 10:34AM EDT
Listed below are the digital sales for each track of Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel from the June 26, 2010 issue of Billboard magazine.
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel Digital Sales
Up Out My Face
I Want To Know What Love Is
It's A Wrap
Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)
More Than Just Friends
Languishing (The Interlude)
Angel (The Prelude)
Up Out My Face (The Reprise)
The Impossible (The Reprise)
Source: Ritcher | MariahDailyJournal
Pooches are top dogs to Mariah Carey, rep says
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Jun-2010, 6:32PM EDT
A spokeswoman says Mariah Carey's lawyers haven't yet seen a New York City lawsuit over pricey veterinary bills for the pop diva's dogs - but there's no question Carey is devoted to her pets.
Representative Cindi Berger says the Grammy Award-winning singer is "a huge dog lover, as her fans around the world know."
Carey has four Jack Russell terriers and often Tweets about their escapades. She featured one of the dogs in comic videos on YouTube.
Veterinarian Cindy Bressler said in a lawsuit filed Wednesday that Carey owes nearly $30,000 for care last year for three of the pooches, Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ.
Carey told fans via Twitter that Cha-Cha added a newcomer to the mix this month: a puppy named Jackie Lambchops.
From the New York Post (6/25): Mariah Carey's attorney, Orin Snyder, said, "This abusive lawsuit appears to be a crass publicity stunt. As a matter of principle, Mariah intends to fight this baseless case and is confident that it will be dismissed."
Mariah Bidding For Michael Jackson's Furniture?
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Jun-2010, 12:38PM EDT
MDJ NOTE (6/25): The story below is fabricated and not true at all. Mariah is NOT participating in the Michael Jackson auction.
Mariah Carey will be going head to head with royalty and super-rich Michael Jackson fans in a bid to land a sofa set the King of Pop commissioned for his This Is It stageshow at an auction in Las Vegas on Friday, June 25.
The pop superstar has asked interior designer to the stars Kenneth Bordewick to bid on the item at a Julien's Auction held on the anniversary of the Thriller singer's death.
Ironically, Bordewick also advised Jackson on the furniture for his London home – and flew to Italy to oversee the manufacture of the 22 items that craftsmen at Combustile custom made for the King of Pop.
He tells WENN, "Mariah is very interested in the sofa set, which is expected to fetch $150,000, but I think it's more likely to go under the hammer for $1 million. It was to be used onstage for Michael's This Is It shows – it was crafted using red-crushed velvet, 24-carat gold and Medici stones, or onyx as it's more commonly known. It's a monstrous piece, very Alice in Wonderland, with swags of silk on the back."
And Bordewick reveals Carey won't be the only high roller bidding for the furniture Jackson ordered for his Foxbury Manor mansion in England before he passed away last year – the Sultan of Brunei wants a four chair and sofa item, a replica of a parlour set once owned by Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.
The two armchairs in the set are expected to fetch $60,000 each and the sofa, which features threads of 24-cart gold, is expected to go under the hammer on Friday for up to $60,000. Both Carey and the Sultan are expected to bid for two Jackson-commissioned ottomans.
It's not the first time the Hero singer has dug deep for an icon's home decor – she splashed out a whopping $662,000 for Marilyn Monroe's piano in 2004.
After purchasing the instrument at a Christie's auction in New York, Carey said, "I could have gotten the Happy Birthday, Mr President dress or whatever, but that would have represented Marilyn Monroe's stardom. The piano belonged to her mother and was a piece of her childhood."
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 24-Jun-2010, 9:37AM EDT
Below, find the chart positions of Mariah's albums in the July 3, 2010 issue of Billboard magazine.
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel: #42 (Last week: #40) Sales this week: 1,784 (-3%) Total Sales: 490,054
Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey: #124 (Last week: #131) Sales this week: 372 (+14%) Total Sales: 7,890
The Ballads: #159 (Last week: #189) Sales this week: 270 (+34%) Total Sales: 139,929
Source: Ritcher | MariahDailyJournal
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 23-Jun-2010, 7:01PM EDT
The $9.99 sale for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel at Best Buy has been extended to July 10th.
Reminder: Voting continues in the MDJ Readers' "Top 20 in 20" poll. If you haven't already done so, please cast your vote for your top 14 Mariah songs. Voting will close promptly at 11:59pm ET on Friday, June 25th.
Mariah Sued for Unpaid Vet Bills? Veterinarian Cindy Bressler is trying to take a bite out of Mariah Carey, charging the dishy diva has stiffed her for the "extraordinary services" she performed for her three pampered pooches Cha-Cha, Dolomite and JJ last fall. Bressler claims the Grammy Award-winning singer paid only about $8,000 of the nearly $38,000 in charges. Bressler's lawyer declined to elaborate on the dogs' treatment. New York Post.
It's been months since her collaboration with Mariah on the remix of "Up Out My Face" but Nicki Minaj is still in awe. She tells Interview magazine, "And not only did we do a song together, but I was in a video with Mariah Carey! I still haven't gotten over that!"
Adam Lambert shouts out Mariah in an interview with New York Daily News: "The first tape I remember having was the Paula Abdul's 'Shut Up And Dance' remixes, which I was really into. The first CDs I owned were Mariah Carey's 'Emotions' and Wilson Phillips."
Drake mentions Mariah in his new song "Greatness." At about 00:27 into the audio here, he sings: "My voice stands alone even if I'm with a choir / got a Cannon on my hip / but nigga this is not Mariah."
Below are scans from recent issues of Closer, Public, Telestar, (France); L'Officiel(Russia); and Timis Expres (Romania).
Thanks to Narmer for the scans of the May 1995 issue of Costa Rica's Perfil. Read the translated cover story (by Joao) in our On The Cover archives.
Fans' Corner Fan Videos. Matt created a video highlighting Mariah's accomplishments during her first 20 years in music - check it out on his YouTube channel where you can also see some of his other videos. Marcelo has created an animated video for "Rainbow Interlude." Rob and his fellow Mariah fan friends from Brazil have made their own cover here of "Obsessed" in tribute to Mariah.
Fan Photos. Sean (M by Mariah Carey tattoo) Sergio ("Obsessed" hoodie), Kali ("Side Effects" tattoo), Arief (Mariah drawings), Marcos (fan-made photo with Mariah).
Congratulations to Bob and Alex on the launch of their new Mariah Carey database site, The Lamb Directory. They would like to invite Mariah fans and web sites to get listed. Signing up is free. An exclusive message board for members will be up soon, so be sure to keep checking the site.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Chris | Jimmy | Elmira | Narmer | Manuela | Matt | 2010imperfect | Marcelo | Moderah | Rob | Sean | Sergio | Kali | Arief | Marcos | Alex | Joao
Photographer Indrani Mentions Mariah in OUT Interview
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 22-Jun-2010, 5:02PM EDT
Bravo's latest reality show, Double Exposure (Tuesdays at 11pm EST), goes behind the scenes with Markus Klinko and Indrani, two of the hottest photographers in the industry. Over the years the duo has shot album covers for Mariah Carey, Beyoncé, David Bowie, etc. Below is an excerpt from an interview they did for OUT in which Indrani talks about Mariah.
When you do album covers for artists, what is your process? Do you listen to the music on that album first to get an idea of the message you want your photographs to send? Indrani: This is an area that I really spend a lot of time in. It's really about getting to know the artists. Sometimes we have the good fortune to spend time with them before the shoot. With Mariah we had a couple of days. We talked and brainstormed ideas. It was a real collaborative process. With other artists, they just show up on the set and we've only talked to their managers. We always do a lot of research of where they are coming from and who they want to become. Creating images is very much about creating one's future. The images live on. For example, when we shot Beyoncé's Dangerously in Love album, that was her solo debut. So, it was so important to cast her in the right light for who she was becoming.
Note: The featured photos of Mariah in the March 2007 Playboy magazine were shot by Markus Klinko & Indrani, who also did Mariah's The Emancipation of Mimi album packaging.
Elizabeth Arden, Inc. and Bazooka Candy Brands, a division of Topps Company, Inc. today announced a strategic partnership for the launch of Mariah Carey's new candy-inspired fragrance collection, Lollipop Bling. This partnership represents the latest innovation from Elizabeth Arden, bringing together three powerful entities—fragrance, candy and music—under the name of one superstar, Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey has always been an incredible partner for Elizabeth Arden; her approach to fragrance creation is authentic, incorporating her life experience into her brands. Lollipop Bling was inspired by the fun and playful nature of Mariah's marriage proposal - an engagement ring hidden inside an iconic Ring Pop lollipop package.
"As an artist, I'm always looking for unique business models to connect with my fans and reach out to new segments of the audience, through different creative endeavors in music, partnerships or fragrances," said Mariah Carey. "That's why I'm so excited for everyone to experience Lollipop Bling for the first time! I think this line really comes with a fresh approach that is both innovative and accessible to my loyal fan base and beyond, but will bring something new to the market with a well-rounded, universal appeal."
Mariah Carey's Lollipop Bling, a trio of candy-inspired fragrances, is a breakthrough concept unique to both the fragrance and candy categories. The collaboration between Elizabeth Arden and Topps sets apart this fragrance launch in a competitive marketplace.
"At Elizabeth Arden, our strategy is to develop innovative brand experiences for our customer," said Scott Beattie, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Elizabeth Arden. "In today's dynamic and competitive environment, we must continue to evolve and execute at a higher level than is expected by our retail partners and consumers. Lollipop Bling is innovative and delivers something truly unique to the category."
The inspiration for Lollipop Bling, Mariah Carey's marriage proposal, and the brand story will be told in multiple ways. Each fragrance purchase will include a Ring Pop, and the national advertising features Mariah Carey wearing Ring Pops®. The fragrance and packaging are candy- and flavor-inspired, and an interactive online experience will also incorporate the Ring Pop inspiration.
"We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Elizabeth Arden on this campaign," said Ryan O'Hara, Chief Executive Officer of Topps, of which Bazooka Candy Brands is a division. "Ring Pop, which has long been associated with celebrity and the aspiration to be famous, and often spotted on the hands of many starlets and musicians, is the perfect fit for Mariah Carey and her fragrances."
Lollipop Bling's 1.0 fl oz scents, Honey, Mine Again and Ribbon, will retail for $35 each, and will be available at select department stores nationwide in July 2010, including Macy's, Dillard's, Belk, Bon Ton, Boscov's, Ulta and Sephora inside JCPenney. Candy-inspired promotions, including a gumball machine gift set and a lollipop rollerball fragrance set, will roll out beginning in Fall 2010. All prices are manufacturer's suggested retail prices in US dollars.
Angels Advocate Tour Box Score Data
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 21-Jun-2010, 7:05PM EDT
Early this year, Mariah went on the road for 8 weeks with her Angels Advocate Tour visiting 20 cities with 23 stops in North America. The tour kicked off in New York City, New York on Dec. 31, 2009 and concluded in Las Vegas, Nevada on Feb. 27, 2010. Below you will find a summary chart of the published box office score data for the Angels Advocate Tour. According to the figures reported by Billboard Boxscore, the tour has grossed a total of $8.05 million from 18 dates.
ANGELS ADVOCATE TOUR
Dec 31, 2009
New York, NY
Jan 19, 2010
Jan 21, 2010
Jan 25, 2010
Jan 27, 2010
Feb 01, 2010
Upper Darby, PA
Feb 04, 2010
Feb 06, 2010
Feb 09, 2010
Feb 13-14, 2010
Feb 17, 2010
Feb 18, 2010
Feb 20, 2010
Feb 23-24, 2010
Los Angeles, CA
Feb 26, 2010
Feb 27, 2010
Las Vegas, NV
The following five Angels Advocate dates still remain unreported: Jan. 2 (Atlantic City, NJ), Jan. 15-16 (Mashantucket, CT), Jan. 30 (Boston, MA) and Feb. 10 (Columbus, OH).
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal
"Da Baby" Gets a Name
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 20-Jun-2010, 9:55AM EDT
It was studio time yesterday for Mariah as she worked on her upcoming Christmas album; and "Da Baby" finally got a name! All this was revealed by Mariah on her Twitter earlier today.
MariahCarey Still up after a LONG studio session.It was nice w/the live musicians etc but I miss my husband @NickCannon! X0x0
MariahCarey Also..breaking news...ChaCha &JJ's newest puppy now has a (Drum roll pls) name!.... Jackie Lambchops (said like Tony Soprano)
MDJ Readers' Top 20 in 20: Top 17 Songs Revealed
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 19-Jun-2010, 12:30AM EDT
Thanks to everyone who participated in our "Top 20 in 20" countdown poll! Last week, we asked you, our readers, to vote for your top 17 out of 20 Mariah Carey songs. The first week of our official "Top 20 in 20" countdown has accumulated a total of 63,559 votes, with front-runner "We Belong Together" leading the poll with 3,903 votes, followed closely behind by "Vision Of Love" with 3,687 votes. Below, find the full results of our "Top 17" poll.
TOP 17 » We Belong Together - 3,903 6.14% » Vision Of Love - 3,687 5.8% » Always Be My Baby - 3,608 5.68% » Butterfly - 3,520 5.54% » My All - 3,478 5.47% » Fantasy - 3,421 5.38% » Emotions - 3,202 5.04% » Honey - 3,194 5.03% » Fly Like A Bird - 3,115 4.9% » Heartbreaker - 3,082 4.85% » Dreamlover - 3,054 4.8% » All I Want For Christmas Is You - 3,040 4.78% » Can't Let Go - 3,026 4.76% » Don't Forget About Us - 3,013 4.74% » One Sweet Day - 2,999 4.72% » Hero - 2,968 4.67% » Breakdown - 2,891 4.55%
Eliminated: » H.A.T.E.U. - 2,860 4.50% » Can't Take That Away - 2,758 4.34% » Anytime You Need A Friend - 2,740 4.31%
VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 14 SONGS! In Round 2 of our countdown, we will vote for our Top 14 Mariah Carey songs. The 3 songs with the least votes at the close of poll on Friday, June 25th at 11:59pm EST will be eliminated, and will not move on to the next round. Cast your votes for your favorite songs now!
Reminder: MDJ Readers' "Top 20 in 20" Countdown
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 18-Jun-2010, 9:48AM EDT
Have you cast your votes for your Top 17 Mariah Carey songs? Don't forget to! You have until 11:59pm EST tonight to do so. Head over to the right sidebar to vote now! Results will be revealed on Saturday, June 19th.
New Mariah Carey Lollipop Bling Fragrances
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 17-Jun-2010, 8:46AM EDT
Ring Pops and a Marriage Proposal Inspire Mariah Carey Fragrances
When the singer Mariah Carey and her husband, the actor and rapper Nick Cannon, appeared on "The Oprah Winfrey Show" last September, Mr. Cannon told of how he proposed in 2008: he presented Ms. Carey with a Ring Pop, the gem-shaped lollipop on a ring. Inside the package was a proper engagement ring. Upon hearing the story, executives at Elizabeth Arden, the cosmetics company that since 2007 has sold a Mariah Carey fragrance collection, began to develop a proposal of their own.
Mariah Carey's Lollipop Bling, three fragrances that Elizabeth Arden based on candy flavors and that will appear in stores soon, is the product of a partnership with the Topps Company, which makes Ring Pops. Print advertisements for the perfume in August issues of publications like Cosmopolitan, Elle and People Style Watch will show Ms. Carey wearing three Ring Pops.
The fragrances, named after Ms. Carey's songs "Ribbon," "Honey" and "Mine Again," will be introduced by July 1 at department stores including Macy's and Dillard's, where with each purchase consumers will get a free Ring Pop.
Early next year, before Valentine's Day, when romantics flock to both the perfume and candy aisles, the fragrances will be available in mass retailers like Wal-Mart and in drug stores. There, stand-alone display racks will feature both the fragrances and Ring Pops, with the candies in a special "Bling Collection" three-pack that promotes the fragrances. Ms. Carey was not available for comment.
A one-ounce bottle of the perfume will retail for $35, the 1.5-ounce candy three-pack will cost about $1.50.
"Topps sells tens of millions of units of candy," said E. Scott Beattie, chief executive at Elizabeth Arden, which also has fragrance licensing deals with celebrities including Britney Spears, Danielle Steel and Elizabeth Taylor. "Combining their customer base with Mariah Carey's fan base and our fragrance base is a great way to cross-promote all the brands."
Since its introduction three years ago, the Mariah Carey line, with three fragrances, has grossed more than $150 million, Elizabeth Arden said.
In 2009, the company spent $5.2 million advertising the perfume, while Topps spent $750,000 advertising Ring Pops, according to Kantar Media, a unit of WPP.
Noreen Dodge, senior vice president of global marketing at the cosmetics company, said that the current fragrances draw the younger end of the singer's fan base of 18- to 45-year-olds, mostly those 18 to 24, and that the new ones will appeal to still younger fans.
"We think it will bring an even younger customer into the Mariah Carey franchise," Ms. Dodge said. The Lollipop Bling line will be advertised in youth-oriented publications where ads for the celebrity's fragrances had not previously appeared, like Seventeen and Teen Vogue. But Ms. Dodge emphasized that these "are not your typical teeny-bopper fragrances."
While the scents "take a candy element as a thread to be woven in a fragrance," they do so in a way that "elevates candy into a prestige environment," she said.
Laurent Le Guernec, a perfumer at International Flavors and Fragrances Inc. who designed the fragrances, said that while typical candy flavors like grape and banana have "cheap and very common" scents, he was able to build on the Blue Raspberry Ring Pop flavor for one fragrance, Ribbon. Into the "juiciness and sweetness notes" of that flavor Mr. Le Guernec said he layered floral notes.
While the Ribbon fragrance is reminiscent of a particular Ring Pop flavor, the other scents have notes only broadly associated with candy, like chocolate, raspberry, pineapple and honey. The new perfumes are far from juvenile, said Mr. Le Guernec, who before joining International Flavors and Fragrances designed popular scents including Lovely by Sarah Jessica Parker.
Founded in 1938 by brothers Abram, Ira, Philip and Joseph Shorin, Topps Chewing Gum, as it was known then, introduced Bazooka bubble gum in 1947, and in 1953 began including a tiny comic featuring Bazooka Joe, who was modeled after Joseph Shorin. The company introduced its popular baseball cards in 1951 and the Ring Pop in 1977.
Today the Ring Pop (tag line: "The flavor's always on hand") is turning more mouths blue than ever. Ari Weinstock, director of marketing for the confectionery division of Topps, said that the brand was forecasting record annual revenue this year. In the 52 weeks that ended May 16, it posted $14.9 million in revenue, outpacing other novelty candies like Pez and Pop Rocks, according to SymphonyIRI Group, a market data company whose totals do not include Wal-Mart.
In 2007, Topps was acquired by an investment firm led by the former Walt Disney chief executive Michael D. Eisner, who is chairman of the company. Ryan O'Hara, the former president of the TV Guide Network, was installed as chief executive in February.
Recent advertising campaigns have "played up the emotional connection that people have with Ring Pops," Mr. Weinstock said. "What we hit upon is that the Ring Pop is ultimately the only candy that you can show off, unlike a chocolate bar that you just consume," he said. "It's a candy that you put on your finger and flaunt, and it transforms you from just eating a piece of candy to being in the spotlight."
Now the brand itself will be in the spotlight, thanks to its association with Ms. Carey and Elizabeth Arden, and will provide Ring Pop samples to shoppers at retailers like Macy's, where the candy has never been sold.
"It's a case," Mr. Weinstock said, "of one plus one plus one equals 10."
Lollipop Bling, a candy-inspired trio of fragrances inspired by Mariah's marriage proposal - an engagement ring hidden inside an iconic Ring Pop package.
Each fragrance in the Lollipop Bling collection is named after one of Mariah's hit songs and is bright, sparkling and multifaceted with its own signature spin.
MINE AGAIN - A combination of Chocolate Raspberry with a touch of Magnolia creates an addictive fragrance.
RIBBON - A mouthwatering fragrance inspired by the flavor of the Blue Raspberry Ring Pop is combined with a beautiful floral bouquet.
HONEY - An irresistible fragrance combined with a touch of Honey and Pineapple, creating a bright and sunny fragrance.
The 1.0 fl oz scents, Honey, Mine Again and Ribbon, will retail for $35 each, and will be available at select department stores nationwide July 2010. Candy-inspired promotions, including a gumball machine gift set and a lollipop rollerball fragrance set, will be available beginning in Fall 2010.
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 16-Jun-2010, 12:35PM EDT
Below, find the chart positions of Mariah's albums in the June 19, 2010 issue of Billboard magazine.
Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop Albums
Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel: #38 (Last week: #44) Sales this week: 2,192 (+23%) Total Sales: 486,435 (Gold)
Playlist: The Very Best of Mariah Carey: #137 (Last week: #159) Sales this week: 331 (+23%) Total Sales: 7,191
The Ballads: #163 (Last week: #175) Sales this week: 254 (+9%) Total Sales: 139,458
Best Buy has extended its $9.99 sale for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel through June 25.
Source: Billboard | MariahDailyJournal | Chris
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 15-Jun-2010, 1:38PM EDT
Mariah's "I Want To Know What Love Is" drops to #2 in the June 2010 issue of Billboard Brasil Hot 100 Airplay after staying at the summit of the chart for 6 consecutive months - the longest a song has spent at #1 in Billboard Brasil's chart history.
Below, you can find a list of number one singles on the Billboard Brasil Hot 100 chart from late 2009 to present. Note that Billboard publishes a monthly chart.
October: "Halo," Beyoncé November: "Halo," Beyoncé December: "I Want To Know What Love Is," Mariah Carey January: "I Want To Know What Love Is," Mariah Carey February: "I Want To Know What Love Is," Mariah Carey March: "I Want To Know What Love Is," Mariah Carey April: "I Want To Know What Love Is," Mariah Carey May: "I Want To Know What Love Is," Mariah Carey June: "Tapa Na Cara," Zezé Di Camargo & Luciano
A huge party, organized by Fan Party in cooperation with Universal Music Brazil to celebrate Mariah's 20th career anniversary, will be held this Saturday, June 19th at the Le Boy Club in Rio de Janeiro. More details here.
Source: Billboard Brasil | Ju Miguel | FanParty | Gustavo
Celebrities Praising Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 14-Jun-2010, 3:09PM EDT
Check out clips of celebrities, including Britney Spears, Whitney Houston, Beyonce, Patti LaBelle, Leona Lewis, Randy Jackson, Christina Aguilera, Shania Twain, giving praise to Mariah Carey in the video below. Thanks to Chimier for compiling the video clips!
We are in the process of creating a comprehensive compilation of video clips of celebrities giving props to Mariah. If you've seen a video on YouTube or own a personal recording of a Mariah mention by known celebrities, send us a link to the video indicating the time mark of the mention to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Note: Submissions are via e-mail only. No posting of links in the Comments section. Thank you.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Chimier
Photos: ChaCha and "Da Baby"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Jun-2010, 7:12PM EDT
Mariah has just posted pictures of ChaCha and her baby girl pup on Twitter. "Da Baby," as Mariah refers to her as she has yet to be named, was born on Monday, June 7th.
MDJ Readers' Top 20 in 20: Top 20 Songs Revealed
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 12-Jun-2010, 12:27AM EDT
Last month we celebrated the 20th anniversary since Mariah Carey burst onto the music scene with her #1 single "Vision of Love." And today marks another special milestone: 20 years ago today, Mariah released her self-titled debut album!
Continuing our celebration of Mariah's 20th anniversary in music, last week, we asked you, our readers, to vote for your 20 favorite Mariah Carey songs. Thanks to everyone who participated in the poll, the response was overwhelming! There was a total of 100,926 votes cast, and we're happy to announce your Top 20 Mariah Carey Songs.
» We Belong Together - 3,447 3.42% » Always Be My Baby - 2,591 2.57% » Butterfly - 2,232 2.21% » Fantasy - 2,029 2.01% » Vision Of Love - 1,997 1.98% » All I Want For Christmas Is You - 1,991 1.97% » Fly Like A Bird - 1,923 1.91% » Breakdown - 1,878 1.86% » My All - 1,848 1.83% » H.A.T.E.U. - 1,802 1.79% » Hero - 1,779 1.76% » Emotions - 1,743 1.73% » Don't Forget About Us - 1,715 1.7% » Honey - 1,629 1.61% » Can't Let Go - 1,479 1.47% » Heartbreaker - 1,456 1.44% » Dreamlover - 1,421 1.41% » Can't Take That Away - 1,382 1.37% » Anytime You Need A Friend - 1,360 1.35% » One Sweet Day - 1,335 1.32%
VOTE FOR YOUR TOP 17 SONGS! Our "Top 20 in 20" Countdown officially commences today. This week, we will vote for our Top 17 Mariah Carey songs. The 3 songs with the least votes at the close of poll on Friday, June 18th at 11:59pm EST will be eliminated, and will not move on to the next round. Head over to the right sidebar and get voting for your favorite songs now!
Celebrating Mariah's 20th Career Anniversary
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 11-Jun-2010, 2:27PM EDT
MDJ Readers' "Top 20 in 20" Countdown reminder: You have until 11:59pm EST tonight to vote for your 20 favorite Mariah Carey songs! Results will be revealed on Saturday, June 12th when we present your Final Top 20.
MariahCarey.com will be celebrating the anniversary of the release of Mariah's self-titled debut album on Saturday, June 12th in a day-long contest beginning at 10:00am EST. Winners will get a chance to win some exclusive Mariah items including autographed merchandise!
Attention French fans! MC Generation in cooperation with Universal Music France, will be holding an NTT (Name That Tune) contest on Saturday, June 12th to celebrate Mariah's 20th year anniversary. More info in this link.
BET pays tribute to Mariah on this momentous occasion. Their tribute includes her message to fans, her 18 favorite music videos, fan art, the evolution of Mimi, a collection of over 60 music videos, and more! Check it out!
The Lambsgohard Radio will officially launch on Saturday, June 12th in conjunction with the 20th anniversary of the release of Mariah's first album Mariah Carey. All day Saturday starting at 9:00am EST, Lambsgohard Radio will be streaming a special anniversary tribute, hosted by DJ Tina, featuring Mariah Carey songs from the 1990s to present including some rare songs, and also old radio interviews. Log on to LambsGoHard.com and click on the LBH Radio link (located on top right hand side). Be sure to tune in!
On June 12, 1990, Carey's self-titled debut hit stores, launching the career of one of pop's biggest superstars
By the time Mariah Carey put out her debut album, she already had a reputation among music-biz insiders as a megastar in the making. "They were saying, 'This girl has really got it. She's the next Aretha Franklin,'" recalls producer Rhett Lawrence (Kelly Clarkson, Black Eyed Peas). When Lawrence eventually heard Carey's demo, he jumped at the chance to work on her first album. "Man, I was knocked out," he says. "She was even better than the hype."
Sony Music's then CEO Tommy Mottola had personally signed the 20-year-old Long Island native (they would later wed and divorce), and it's easy to see why he was so excited. Carey's debut introduced the world to a new kind of pop diva. A gifted vocalist, she decorated slow jams like "Vision of Love" (co-produced by Lawrence) with dizzying high notes and operatic trills. Even so, her novel mix of styles didn't immediately connect. "She went against the norm," says producer Walter Afanasieff, who would go on to work closely with Carey throughout the '90s. "That's not what was on the radio in 1990." The album debuted at a lowly No. 80.
But the world soon caught on: Mariah Carey eventually hit No. 1 and stayed there for 11 weeks. It has since been certified nine times platinum. The album also netted Carey two Grammys, including Best New Artist. And while the singer, now 41, has seen her ups and downs, her debut remains a high point. "I will always thank Mariah for my experience on that album," says Afanasieff. "It was like a school that we all graduated from, and everybody went on to achieve massive success—Mariah especially."
Source: EW | MariahDailyJournal
Mariah on WEtv's "Super Secret Celebrity Weddings"
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 09-Jun-2010, 9:43AM EDT
Mariah & Nick were one of the A-list couples featured on WEtv's premiere of "Super Secret Celebrity Weddings." You can download last night's show below.
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 08-Jun-2010, 8:41PM EDT
Mariah is hard at work on her upcoming Christmas album. Earlier today, she was back in the studio with co-producers James "Big Jim" Wright and Randy Jackson. She posted on her Twitter: "in the studio @home... I guess 'the party's right here' in my case! LolBig Jim,RJ,Tots (bein nasty!) &JJ running and the studio. I need Jermash aka LTLline to do at least 1 more..get out the club JD! lol"
In related news, Randy talked a little bit of Mariah in his interview with Fox News.
"I don't really take breaks, I have three beautiful children and I'm working on Mariah Carey's new holiday album," he said. Fingers crossed that means we'll get to hear an updated version of "All I Want for Christmas" by December, and possibly a mini Mimi too, if the current pregnancy rumors are anything to go by. "I don't know," Jackson added coyly. "She just looks the same to me."
The new "Angels Cry" Jump Smokers Remix is being played on B96's HD2 dance station, B96dance.com. Be sure to check it out! If you like this remix and want to hear the rest of the Jump Smokers' Memoirs remixes, demand the full remix album from IDJ here.
The official "Ribbon" remix featuring The-Dream and Ludacris is available for download at Amazon. Also, a new remix of "H.A.T.E.U." has been released today. Island Def Jam's Just Dance 3 compilation features the Jason Blevins "Loves U" remix and you can purchase the album on Amazon.
Congratulations to Mariah and Nick on their new addition to the family. Mariah excitedly announced on Twitter today: "ChaCha just had her baby! Its a giiirl!!! Anybody want a beautiful Jack russell puppy?! Jk: ) lol."
Tonight at 10pm on Women Entertainment (WEtv), Mariah and Nick will be featured on its new special show called "Super Secret Celebrity Weddings." Be sure to tune in!
Nick talks Mariah pregnancy rumors and being Mr. Carey in the new VIBE magazine. You can read his interview here.
D-Lister Kathy Griffin mentions Mariah on her reality show. She was doing this thing where she was handing out money to women, and the photographer who came out to take pictures had to use a disposable camera. Kathy commented that if she were Oprah, there would be a film crew, Mariah would be singing in the background, and everyone would be crying. Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List Season 6 premieres June 15 on Bravo.
In the movie Get Him to the Greek which is showing currently in theaters, Mariah's "Touch My Body" is playing on the iPod (with the single cover art) during a threesome scene between Russell Brand, Jonah Hill and his girlfriend. There is a bunch of kissing and other R-rated activities all while the song plays, mostly the "throw me on the bed" part.
American Idol's Kara DioGuardi mentions Mariah in her USA Today interview. She says that Season 9 showcased some new types of voices for the show: "This is something that music is going through that the show is learning how to incorporate. Ten years ago, when I came up, I sang Mariah Carey. She was my peer group, and she was hitting notes all over the place. Now, people don't do that. Ke$ha doesn't hit notes all over the place. Katy Perry doesn't hit notes all over the place."
South Africa: Mariah's "Angels Cry" ft. Ne-Yo is in the Top Ten at #3 on SABC 2's "Music That Moves Me." The video is also on the channel's playlist and is played a lot. SABC 2 is one of the most-viewed TV channels in South Africa.
France: French R&B singer Gen Renard is a Mariah Carey fan. On her Facebook, she writes: "Thanks to Mariah Carey. I'm a female singer and everytime I sing her song as a lamb." Check out the video to her new song "Reste dans le game" here.
Below are scans from recent issues of Billboard Brasil, Harper's Bazaar (Russia), Capri (Italy); Click and Timis Express (Romania).
FANS' CORNER Adelyne wants to let all French fans know that her message board, MC Generation and official fan club; with the support of Universal Music France, will be holding an NTT (Name That Tune) contest on Saturday, June 12 to celebrate the anniversary of the release of Mariah's debut album Mariah Carey. French fans, click here for further details about the contest!
Our Italian friends celebrated Mariah's 20th career anniversary on Sunday, June 6! Below are pictures from the festive party held at Ila's house. The picture on the cake was especially made by Andrea just for the occasion.
Fan art. Wallpaper by Ardyan; Mariah Carey drawing and fan-made CD cover for "Help Me Make It (Through The Night)" by Thiago.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Erik | Jason | Christina | Murat | Pat | Oualid | Sharwaan | Andrew | Da Trick | Inverted Dupri | Ila | Elmira | Manuela | Ciro | Thiago | Ardyan | Kevin | Victor | Adelyne
Mariah Carey Contest
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 07-Jun-2010, 6:11PM EDT
Join MariahCarey.com in celebrating Mariah's self-titled debut album Mariah Carey on the anniversary of its release day this Saturday, June 12, 2010.
A day-long contest beginning at 10:00am EST on Saturday will be held to test fans' knowledge of Mariah's career and the debut album in particular. Contest winners will get a chance to win some exclusive Mariah items including autographed merchandise.
MDJ Readers' "Top 20 in 20" Countdown
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 05-Jun-2010, 7:17PM EDT
Continuing our celebration of Mariah Carey's 20th anniversary in music, MariahDailyJournal invites you to participate in the next phase of our retrospective: MDJ Readers' "Top 20 in 20" Countdown. That's right, we'll be counting down the top 20 songs in as many years, as voted on by YOU, our loyal readers!
Here's how it works.
Vote for your Top 20 Mariah Carey songs in a poll located on the right sidebar. You have until 11:59pm ET on Friday, June 11 to make your selections. Results will be hidden and revealed on Saturday, June 12 when we present your Final Top 20.
The "Top 20 in 20" countdown officially begins on Saturday, June 12. It will be a weekly countdown, and at the close of each week, the 3 songs with the least votes will be eliminated, and will not move on to the next round. Results will be hidden and revealed only when we start with the new week's poll. With your votes, the finale face-off between the top 2, which is set for the week of July 26, will determine the ultimate fan-favorite song!
Head over to the right sidebar to get voting now for your Top 20!
Tyler Perry Addresses Mariah Quitting Colored Girls
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 04-Jun-2010, 2:45PM EDT
In a letter to his fans, Tyler Perry admits that he was caught off guard by Mariah Carey's sudden withdrawal from his latest film,For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf, while also adding that Thandie Newton, Michael Ealy, and Tessa Thompson have been included to the cast.
"I'm there on vacation, celebrating life, thanking God and just relaxing when I get a message that I have to come home, that Mariah has dropped out of the film! I said "What? You're kidding? It's five she has to go to work, nobody does that. We have a deal. IT'S FIVE DAYS BEFORE SHE IS SUPPOSED TO GO TO WORK! So, I got on the plane and came home and started trying to re-cast this major role in the film."
"I land and get to the studio, and I'm like, what happened? I was told that we got a call, saying that even though our deal was done, she had been advised by her doctor not to do the film. I said "What? You know I want a doctor's note, don't you?!"...LOL," states Perry.
While widespread speculation is that Carey is pregnant, neither the singer or her husband Nick Cannon have confirmed such report.
"But to tell you the truth, I don't know what that means and, unlike the tabloids, I won't speculate. All I know is that I'm waiting just like the rest of the world to find out what happened."
Perry goes to say that he hopes the best for Mariah, "In spite of this, what you need to know is that I am a huge Mariah Carey fan and always will be. What I do know of the woman is that she is a professional and wouldn't back out of a deal unless it was a major issue. So, whatever is going on, I wish her and Nick the best, and she has all my love, prayers and support. I just wish I could have finished my Mai Tai before I had to get back and re-cast this role!"
"Anyway, I wanted to announce the official cast, baring anymore doctor surprises, : here they are: Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, Loretta Devine, Anika Noni Rose, Thandie Newton, Kimberly Elise, Kerry Washington, Phylicia Rashad, Macy Gray, Tessa Thompson, Michael Ealy, Hill Harper, Khalil Kain, Omari Hardwick and Richard Lawson."
Unless they have minor roles in the film, left out were Isaiah Mustafa, who was given a spot by Perry on the Oprah Winfrey show, and Jurnee Smollett, who was mentioned by Perry at the premiere of his last film, Why Did I Get Married Too?.
Photos/Video: Mariah at Walmart Shareholders' Meeting
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Jun-2010, 12:12PM EDT
Mariah received a standing ovation from Walmart executives, VIPs and employees after a rousing live performance of "We Belong Together" and "Hero" at the company's Shareholders' Meeting in Fayetteville, Arkansas on Friday, June 4, 2010. Check out photos of Mariah onstage below!
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years in Music: 2010
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Jun-2010, 12:01PM EDT
From her first vision of love to her latest memoirs, Mariah Carey has had a phenomenal career. It is hard to believe that it has been twenty years since she first soared on to the music scene. In that time, we've experienced her metamorphosis from a teenage girl with barely a penny to her name cutting demos in a woodshop studio to a multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, producer, actress, businesswoman and humanitarian.
Let's take a look at just some of Mariah's many records over the course of her unparalleled career:
Mariah has sold over 175 million albums, records, and singles worldwide.
Mariah had four consecutive #1 singles from a debut album, unprecedented for a female artist.
Mariah's first five singles went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, making her the only artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat.
Mariah's first ten singles went to #1 on the CHR/Pop chart (now known as the Mainstream Top 40 or Pop 100 Airplay chart), making her the only artist in music history to achieve this feat.
Mariah was the first female artist to have a single debut at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and the only artist in Billboard history to have three singles debut at #1.
Mariah has the longest running #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 ("One Sweet Day") in Billboard history.
Mariah has 18 #1s on the Billboard Hot 100, more than any active artist in Billboard history.
Mariah has 14 #1s on the single sales and digital single sales chart, more than any active artist in Billboard history.
Mariah had the longest running #1 single in both the 1990s and 2000s, making her the only artist in Billboard history to achieve this feat.
Mariah is the top selling female artist in the US in the Soundscan era (since 1991)
Mariah has the best selling album by a non-Japanese artist of all time in Japan with #1's and is by far the top selling non-Japanese female artist of all time in the country.
Mariah has more singles certified at least platinum than any other female artist in music history.
Mariah grew up knowing what it's like not to have much. Throughout the course of her career, she has devoted a great deal of time and money to philanthropic causes. She has maintained a relationship with the Fresh Air Fund, VH1's Save The Music Foundation, UNICEF and Operation Smile, among other charities. Mariah has truly made a difference in the lives of millions of people worldwide; not just with her music, but with her kind heart.
This year has been a typically busy year for Mariah. Her Angels Advocate Tour took her around the US, with a generous selection of the hits that have helped her become one of the most successful recording artists of all time. Her role in Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire brought her to the Screen Actors Guild and the Academy Awards.
Currently, Mariah is gearing up for the release of her fourth Elizabeth Arden fragrance, "Lollipop Bling," as well as writing and recording for her next album. She has been in the studio with Jermaine Dupri, Randy Jackson, Bryan-Michael Cox, Johnta Austin and Big Jim Wright, working on a "very lush" new Christmas album! It is also reported that she has been recording with a live band for the album.
After twenty years of topping charts and touching hearts, it looks like Mariah Carey has a lot more in store for us!
MariahDailyJournal would like to extend its sincerest appreciation to Michael, Casey, Joao, Alex' and Jason for their help with our "20 Years In Music" restrospective and to all of you for joining us in the celebration! Thank you!
Mariah at Walmart Shareholders' Meeting
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 04-Jun-2010, 9:16AM EDT
People in Northwest Arkansas — and around the world — are speculating on who they will see when the annual Walmart shareholders' meeting begins at 7am Friday, June 4.
The retailer, based in Bentonville, has a shareholders' event that is one part business meeting, one part rock concert, one part advertising and one part a chance for shareholders to speak on their own proposals to implement change.
This year's meeting takes place at Bud Walton Arena at the University of Arkansas. There will be plenty of business at the meeting, but some celebrities will be there to spice things up, including Mariah Carey, Jamie Foxx, Mary J. Blige, Enrique Iglesias, and Harry Connick Jr.
You can watch a live webcast of the proceedings HERE NOW!
Christmas Album: "Very lush, lots of strings & no hip hop"
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jun-2010, 8:22PM EDT
Mariah Carey is expecting a bundle of joy this December! It's a... new Christmas album!
While People, US Weekly, Radar Online and the rest of tabs hound the 40 old year songstress for news of a blessed birth, Carey is busy indeed gestating.
She's working hard on a Christmas album, with all new versions of her hit, "All I Want for Christmas Is You." That song is now the most peopular of all holiday songs, downloaded more and played more than even "White Christmas." So Mariah has smarted up, brought in best pals Jermaine Dupri and Randy Jackson, and they are hard at work getting together their Christmas surprise.
As for the alleged baby-kids, Mariah is not going to tell us anything until the time is right and she's comfortable with it. A 40 year old woman is not going to announce a pregnancy before the fourth month. If you remember, Jennifer Lopez never did announce she was with child. Her twins are on their way to college now! (Just kidding.)
Anyway, Mariah's Christmas album is said to be very lush, with lots of strings and no hip hop. A lot of it is said to be "live" and there's an ochestra. So let's chew on that news, and calm down about the other. And believe me, she won't be announcing anything at Radar Online owned by the National Enquirer. That won't be happening!
And PS: It's not like Mariah's sitting at home with her feet up. She's doing a special gig for Wal Mart tonight outside of Los Angeles.
MC vs. JS: To Release or Not To Release
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 03-Jun-2010, 3:06PM EDT
In a recent interview with Roman of the Jump Smokers, he announced that after Island Def Jam initially cancelled the Mariah Carey vs. Jump Smokers remix album, they would go forward with releasing it on June 29.
Now, we get a confirmation that the remix album is not on the schedule again and has been put on hold indefinitely by the label.
Meanwhile, check out the new "Ribbon" Remix feat. The-Dream & Ludacris, now available for download at Amazon for $0.99.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Tom | Varune
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2009
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 03-Jun-2010, 12:01PM EDT
After another action-packed year that gave her another #1 album and her 18th #1 single, Mariah Carey rode full-speed ahead into 2009. After celebrating her first holiday season with new husband Nick Cannon in Aspen and in St. Barts, Mariah returned to work and prepared for several new projects.
First on her plate was Columbia/Legacy Recording's release of The Ballads, an appropriately named collection of 19 of Mariah's biggest ballads, including nine #1 songs. The compilation had been released overseas in late 2008, and was called Love Songs in some markets. For the January 20 U.S. release, Mariah re-sang and shot a new video for "Hero," which was offered for streaming exclusively on amazon.com. The Ballads sold enough copies to debut at #10 on the Billboard album chart (where it peaked) and has since sold around a million copies worldwide.
Although Tennessee, which had begun filming two years ago, was still waiting for nationwide distribution, January 2009 brought our first sneak peek into Mariah's next acting role. Push: Based on the Novel by Sapphire, another Lee Daniels production, would give Mariah's acting career a real "push" gaining her critical acclaim and eventually landing her on the red carpet on the Academy Awards. Push told the story of 16-year old Clarice "Precious" Jones, a mother of two children fathered by her absent father, struggling to survive and prosper under the roof of her abusive mother, portrayed by comedienne Mo'Nique. Mariah played the part of Ms. Weiss, a social worker assigned to Precious' case who meets with her regularly and tries to get her to open up. The role was very different for Mariah, who appears in the film sans makeup, wearing a thick black wig. Push premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 16, where it received a standing ovation. Mariah and the rest of the cast, which included Lenny Kravitz and newcomer Gabourey Sidibe, held a press conference the following day in Park City, Utah, where they discussed their experiences making the film. "[I'm] just honored to be a part of it," Mariah said. "It's really something that's so strong and different and I think that it's really going to enlighten a lot of people and help a lot of people." Press reviews from the Sundance screening praised the film and its cast, notably Mariah, who Variety described as "pitch-perfect" in her role.
Less than a week after her rewarding Sundance experience, Mariah was bound for Washington, D.C. to attend the inauguration of President-elect Barack Obama. Decked out in a long, black Dolce & Gabbana gown, Mariah opened The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration with a rousing performance of "Hero," dedicated to Obama. Later on in the show, she joined Stevie Wonder, Mary J. Blige and others in a performance of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
Next on Mariah's plate in an already hectic year was a collaboration with The-Dream (who she had previously worked with on "Touch My Body") on "My Love," from his upcoming album Love vs. Money. Mariah and The-Dream filmed the music video, directed by Nick Cannon, in Los Angeles in February. Billboard praised Mariah's part, stating that "[an] extra boost comes from Carey, who sings as if she relates wholeheartedly to the lyric, giving a gutsy, husky performance at the climax. It's a sumptuous love anthem for couples this spring." "My Love" impacted radio in mid-February, where it peaked at #33 in R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay.
BET J profiled Mariah in March on a special called "Timeless," which chronicled her career through music video and interview clips ranging from 1990's "Vision of Love" to her latest smash, "Touch My Body." Also that month, Mariah was prominently featured on the UK's music channel, 4Music, which aired a timeline of her music videos and a documentary entitled Mariah Carey: The Billion Dollar Babe, which featured an assortment of her musical collaborators from Walter Afanassief to Jay-Z.
Mariah made a trip to South Africa in April, where she attended the opening of Sol Kerzner's One & Only Hotel at the V&A Waterfront. She and husband Nick Cannon attended a luncheon to benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebration. Later that month, the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary in Las Vegas, with a party at the Moon nightclub. During the celebration, Nick presented a music video that he made set to Mariah's "Love Story," which featured footage from the "Bye Bye" music video, Mariah's 2008 "anniversary" party, and of Nick's proposal to Mariah. While in Las Vegas, they also took in the Pacquiao vs. Hatton Fight at the MGM Grand Boxing Arena.
Soon after Las Vegas, Mariah was off to France to attend the Cannes Film Festival, where Push, which had since been re-named to Precious, would compete in the "Un Certain Regard" section. The film again received rave reviews. The Washington Post noted of Mariah's performance: "Carey's frank, unblinking performance is so free of mannerism and vanity that it literally takes a few moments to realize that it's her on screen." During a post-festival interview at Cannes, Mariah revealed that she and Jermaine Dupri had written and recorded a song called "100 Percent," which would be featured as the theme song to Precious.
Upon her return from France, Mariah made a special announcement via her Twitter page: Her new album, which she had been working on over the course of the past few months, would be called Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel. Days later, L.A. Reid premiered a new ballad called "H.A.T.E.U." at the Island Def Jam's Spring Collection at New York's Steven Weiss Studio. At the end of May, Mariah took a break from recording and flew to Turkey, where she performed at the opening of the Mardan Palace Hotel, Europe's most expensive luxury resort. Her four-song set included "Touch My Body" and "Dreamlover."
Back in the US, after returning from Turkey, Mariah attended the Fresh Air Fund's 2009 Salute to American Heroes on June 4. Within the same week, she hit the Apollo Theatre's 75th Anniversary Gala, where she presented Patti Labelle with the Apollo Legends Hall of Fame Award.
In mid-June, Mariah once again took to Twitter to announce the arrival of the first single from Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. She described the song, "Obsessed," as "an uptempo fun summer record" and said that "it's different for me, but clearly, it's SO me!" Mariah and Brett Ratner shot the song's music video at New York's Plaza Hotel. The clip featured Mariah both as herself, seen in the midst of a photo shoot and walking through New York, and dressed in drag as her "obsessed" stalker. She said that playing the stalker was Nick Cannon's idea, and that, despite speculation stating otherwise, she is not portraying Eminem in the music video.
"Obsessed" impacted radio stations worldwide in mid-June. In the U.S., the song received a good response at radio, peaking at #6 on Hot 100 Airplay. "Obsessed" debuted at #11 on the Hot 100 and peaked at #7. giving Mariah her 27th top 10 hit on that chart. Island/Def Jam issued Mariah's first physical CD single since 2003's "Through The Rain," which featured the album version, a remix featuring Gucci Mane, and the music video.
A press release issued by Island/Def Jam days after the single's impact announced an August 25 release date for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. The majority of the album's tracks were produced by Mariah, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, and the record was executive-produced by Antonio "L.A." Reid. Another new song title would be revealed via Mariah's Twitter just days later: "Candy Bling."
As if the excitement for and preparation of the new album wasn't enough, Mariah was gearing up to release her third Elizabeth Arden fragrance: Forever. In a statement, she said "I am in a wonderful place right now, surrounded by all the things I love and Forever captures this moment in time. When I put on this fragrance, I am transformed into feeling glamorous and sophisticated." Mariah shot another Macy's commercial - along with Martha Stewart, Usher and Queen Latifah, among others - to support "Feeding America" for the "Come Together" campaign to help end hunger.
In late June, the world was taken by surprise with the untimely death of entertainment legend Michael Jackson. Mariah released a statement on her Twitter, saying that she was "heartbroken" and that "No artist will ever take his place. His star will shine forever." Mariah and Trey Lorenz gave a very emotional performance of "I'll Be There" in tribute to Jackson at a July 7 memorial at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Another unfortunate loss for Mariah came later in the month of July, with the passing of Bishop Clarence Keaton, who had contributed to "Fly Like A Bird" and "I Wish You Well."
With "Obsessed" taking over the airwaves, the first round of promotion for Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel was announced. Mariah was set to film an episode of VH1's Storytellers on August 6 in New York City and also to perform at "Live on the Plaza" for Today on August 28. Just days after these appearances were announced came another announcement that the album release would be pushed back three weeks. With that delay came the postponement, and eventual cancellation of, Today and Storytellers.
On July 23, Mariah stopped by BET's 106 & Park to premiere the "Obsessed" Remix video featuring Gucci Mane, and to plug her new fragrance, Forever. The regular "Obsessed" video received its premiere on Nick Cannon's NBC show, America's Got Talent, which Mariah returned to in August to perform the song live.
Mariah and Island/Def Jam announced a new innovation in the presentation of the album artwork for Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel. The album would feature a 34 page mini-Elle magazine, which would double as the liner notes. The booklet would feature ads from Elizabeth Arden, Angel Champagne, Carmen Steffens, Le Mátier de Beautá and the Bahamas Board of Tourism. Also included would be exclusive photos and commentary from Mariah.
Anticipation for Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel was building, with listening parties held in various places around the world causing buzz about the hot new tracks. At the end of August, the second single hit radio stations in Europe and Australia: "I Want To Know What Love Is," a revival of Foreigner's 1984 hit power ballad. The song went for adds in the U.S. in mid-September. The song was predicted to be a hit, with Entertainment Weekly even saying that "Mariah + Gospel Choir + 'I Want To Know What Love Is' = Ecstacy." Unfortunately, the song did not do well in the US, peaking at #60 on the Hot 100. "I Want To Know What Love Is" fared much better overseas, landing at #3 in Japan and peaking in the top 20 throughout most of Europe, where two of Mariah's biggest hits were her cover songs. "I Want To Know What Love Is" would go on to become a smash hit in Brazil.
As part of the promotional campaign for the new album, Mariah performed a special engagement at the Pearl Concert Theater at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas. The series of "once-in-a-lifetime, up-close-and-personal performances" debuted on September 11 and 12, with return shows on October 9 and 10. In a concert choreographed by Debbie Allen, Mariah presented a very different setlist from what she had been touring with over the past several years. Gone were show-staples "Dreamlover," "Fantasy" and "I'll Be There" and in their places were album tracks such as "Subtle Invitation" and fan-favorite "Close My Eyes." At the September shows, Mariah debuted two new songs that the audiences had not heard before: "Angels Cry" and "Up Out My Face." In October, she added "H.A.T.E.U." to the show. A streaming video of nine live performances from the September shows was made available to download, exclusively by Iviago.
Immediately following her September shows in Las Vegas, Mariah traveled to Toronto to attend the premiere of Precious: Based On The Novel "Push" By Sapphire during the Toronto International Film Festival. In a Toronto interview, director Lee Daniels revealed that the song "100 Percent" would not be used in the film, because he did not want to use Mariah's music so that she would be noted for her acting.
After that, it was back to New York, where Mariah filmed the music video for "I Want To Know What Love Is" with director Hype Williams, who had previously worked with her on "Sweetheart." On September 18, Mariah and Nick Cannon appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, where they discussed marriage and Precious before Mariah gave a show-stopping performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" on the Summerstage at Central Park. Finally, on September 29, Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel was released. Mariah stopped by NBC's Today to discuss the album and to announce her "Forever" launch event at Macy's later in the day. Three days later, Mariah returned to the Today Show Plaza in Rockefeller Center to perform three new songs from the album, as well as "Make It Happen." Later that day, she appeared on The View for an interview and a performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is." The next day, Mariah and Nick attended a screening of Precious at the New York Film Festival. In addition to all this, Mariah took the time out to appear in an AT&T commercial, in which she appears as the celebrity guest at a hotel, where her accommodations are hooked up by a concierge's clutch 3G smartphone.
Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel sold 168,000 copies in its first week, securing a #3 debut on the Billboard charts.
On October 5, Mariah performed an intimate show at the P.C. Richard & Son Theatre in New York. In an exclusive five-song concert that would be aired on iheartradio, she performed three new songs plus "Always Be My Baby" and "We Belong Together." After that, it was off to Las Vegas for the second half of her four-show engagement at the Pearl Concert Theater. The remainder of the month of October saw Mariah off to South Korea to promote Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel with a press conference and a performance on Yoo Hee-yeol's Sketchbook. From Korea, the next stop was Japan, where she performed on Music Station. The month was capped off with a trip to Brazil, where Mariah performed "Obsessed," "Touch My Body" and "Fantasy (Dance Remix)" before the crowd at Oi Fashion Rocks.
Mariah returned to the US in November, where she made appearances on The Jay Leno Show, Larry King Live and Ellen Degeneres. A press conference was held for Precious in Los Angeles, where Mariah also walked the red carpet for the film's screening at the AFI Fest. Precious was released nationwide throughout the month of November, and soared at the box offices, bringing in $585,000 on opening night alone!
While in Los Angeles, Mariah and Brett Ratner shot the music video for "H.A.T.E.U.," which would be the third single from Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel. She also filmed a clip for the song in New York, which would be used as a video exclusive to Vevo, a new online music video website which would feature a vast selection of Mariah's videos. Mariah appeared on Late Night With David Letterman to perform "H.A.T.E.U."
Mariah embarked on a promotional tour in Europe, where she hit Italy, United Kingdom and France. While in Europe, she gave radio interviews and performed on major television shows such as Graham Norton, Le Grand Journal, Alan Carr: Chatty Man and X Factor. She also held meet-and-greet events, which fans could win entry into with a qualifying purchase of the "Forever" fragrance.
Back in the US, Mariah and Nick attended the UNICEF Snowflake Ball on December 4, where she presented the "Spirit of Compassion Award" to LA Reid. Several days later, they were in Washington, DC for the TeenNick HALO Awards. Mariah also appeared on Live With Regis & Kelly and on Lopez Tonight where she sat down with comedian George Lopez and also performed "Obsessed" and "It's A Wrap."
With the holiday season approaching, Mariah had a few festive treats up her sleeve. First, she filmed a series of holiday-themed NBA promo spots, featuring "All I Want For Christmas Is You," which would air during the NBA's Christmas Day games. Three brand-new dance remixes of "All I Want For Christmas Is You" were released exclusively to digital outlets online, including Amazon and iTunes. Mariah's signature holiday song had become such a hit that it was declared the world's first double platinum holiday ringtone.
In addition to all this, two exciting new projects were announced. The first was a new double-disc album of remixes for all of the Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel songs. One disc would feature dance remixes, and the other would feature urban remixes. Mariah had already filmed two music videos for the album: "Angels Cry" featuring Ne-Yo, and "Up Out My Face" featuring Nikki Manaj. This would be preceded by the two-month Angels Advocate tour, Mariah's first US tour in over three years was scheduled to start in Atlantic City on January 2 and to conclude in Las Vegas on February 27. The tour would stop in several major markets across the country. The tour would kick off with a special New Year's Eve performance at Madison Square Garden.
After celebrating the holidays in Aspen, Mariah traveled to another one of her favorite spots. In Capri, Italy, she attended the Capri Hollywood International Film Fest, where she received the "Capri Award 09 - Supporting Actress of the Year" for her role in Precious.
After her triumph in Capri, Mariah returned to New York to kick off the new year with several thousand of her fans. Before a packed Madison Square Garden, Mariah descended upon the stage on a sleigh, wearing a short red dress, and opened her show with the remix of "All I Want For Christmas Is You." From there, she kept the energy going with "Shake It Off" and "Touch My Body" before slowing it down with "H.A.T.E.U." There would be many festive moments throughout the show, including Nick Cannon blasting "Migrate" and "More Than Just Friends" from the DJ booth, and Mariah bringing Nick on stage to help her count down to 2010, after which she sang "Auld Lang Syne." Those weren't the only tricks up her sleeve though. The thousands of fans packed into Madison Square Garden were treated to the first live performances of "Emotions" and "Love Hangover/Heartbreaker" in almost ten years. The night ended with a stirring rendition of Mariah's signature closing song, "Hero," after which she left the stage clutching Nick's hand, to go celebrate 2010 in New York City.
"I have always been grateful for everything I had, but my personal life was a mess. So many artists just exist for their careers and then burn out quickly. That was me before I met Nick, and he helped me. I always thought that I wouldn't be here at this point. I was thinking, "Okay, I've got another year of life left. This has got to be the end of it." Finally, he was like, "Stop talking like that." I have been obsessed with the whole Marilyn Monroe thing my whole life—all those artists who died young."InTouch
"I have had very low self-esteem my whole life. When I was 12 or 13, I remember walking up the driveway, and this guy who was 20—which may have been highly inappropriate—said to me, 'I like your pants,' and I was like 'Oh, that looks good? Oh, OK, I will wear tight pants now.'"Paper
"People define a 'ballad' in their own way. I think some people think about it has to be very slow, it has to have like an orchestra. I don't think that that's the only way to make a song into a ballad. Sometimes my ballads, my biggest, most successful ballads will have a tempo as well. I mean, even a song like 'Vision of Love' was not really your typical ballad. So it's hard for me to say what it is that makes a ballad, a ballad because I kind of run the gamut in my songwriting from the slow, very just-piano vocal, background vocals to songs with tempo. So for me it's about the song and what it'd make you feel."The Ballads podcast
"My father didn't really understand the whole wanted-to-be-a-singer thing but after he passed away I found all these things that he had saved of mine and all these things that he had, you know stories and things about me, and little things I'd made when I was a little girl and so when we had talked through a lot of issues that we had so it was... I feel really good about both of my parents now."Ent Relay Broadcast News, Korea
"Each song is like an intimate conversation or entry in a private diary. A lot of the songs reflect specific, different times in my life. Others were inspired by movies, actual events that happened to me, or the stories of my friends who told me about experiences that they've gone through."Philippine Star
"I keep telling myself that I am 12 years old because a lot of good things happened in my life when I was 12. You know, if you keep repeating something to yourself, it becomes true. So when people ask me how I manage to look the way I do, I tell them, 'I'm forever 12'."Philippine Star
[The title Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel is] a statement to young girls - but actually to everybody - about how we are all normal and imperfect. We are not what is on the cover of magazines or what we appear to be in flattering press releases. It's OK to be who you are, no matter who you are - and to love accordingly.Liz Smith Interview
"Sometimes it's not about topping yourself but making something that makes you feel a certain way. It's not about like, 'I got to beat this one.' Of course, sometimes, I'm a fighter, that's how I think sometimes but not really. The main thing is if I listen to a song that I've done or collaborated with someone on and it makes me feel happy or emotional or whatever way, I'm grateful for it."Leute Heute + De Rode Loper, Germany
"I've loved this novel Push by Sapphire for years and just the whole process. It feels like it's a part of me. It really does. I relate to so many of the characters on so many different levels. Everytime I watch it, I still laugh, I still cry. It's one of those things where if someone I know hasn't seen it, I can't wait for them to see it. Not because I want them to see me. I'm almost like, 'Close your eyes, my part is coming up' but because I really feel like it takes us to another level. It really elevates us as a people. I think it's a brilliant piece of work. I really had to become this woman and I had to say lose anything and everything that would be connected with me internally, externally, everything. This woman goes to work every day. She deals with stuff every day with people who basically want their check and she's got to be strong, she has to be tough. And it's difficult."Black Film
Narada Michael Walden Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Jun-2010, 1:50PM EDT
At about 1:20 into the video below, producer/songwriter Narada Michael Walden reflects on the success of Mariah's debut album which he was an integral part of, 20 years ago today. He reveals that Entertainment Weekly will feature a tribute to Mariah in its upcoming issue. Be sure to be on the look out for that!
"I want to show you one record that we did 20 years ago today. And we're celebrating with this album today with an interview with Entertainment Weekly about Mariah's first album, 'Vision Of Love,' 'I Don't Wanna Cry,' the success of 10 million around the world plus whatever it's been now. But that time was really outstanding - jumped number one, brand-new artist. At a time when Whitney Houston was killing, Aretha Franklin was killing, you know, you had to really bring it and she brought it. So, we're very happy for that. That album, and her, and all of them being successful with music."
20/20 'Vision': Mariah Marks Milestone
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 02-Jun-2010, 1:20PM EDT
Twenty years ago today, Mariah Carey wrote the first chapter in what has become one of the most exceptional Billboard chart discographies.
Carey's debut single, "Vision of Love," entered the Billboard Hot 100, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Adult Contemporary in the issue dated June 2, 1990. The song would become her first of 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 No. 1s.
In addition to her historic No. 1 total on the Hot 100, Carey has tallied 15 toppers on Dance/Club Play Songs, 11 on Radio Songs and 10 on R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.
Carey's career U.S. album sales stand at 52.6 million, according to Nielsen SoundScan, which began tracking sales data a year after her arrival. In that span, only Garth Brooks (68.4 million) and the Beatles (60.9 million) rank higher. Carey has sent six albums to the Billboard 200 summit, including her best-selling set, 1995's "Daydream" (7.6 million).
"Daydream" yielded the 16-week Hot 100 No. 1 "One Sweet Day," with Boyz II Men, marking the longest reign by any title in the chart's history. 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.
Here is a look at some of Mariah Carey's most notable achievements, by the numbers, from her first 20 years of gracing Billboard surveys.
64.5 million Carey's career U.S. album sales, since SoundScan began tracking sales in 1991, the highest sum among female artists. Celine Dion ranks second among women with sales of 51 million, followed by Shania Twain (33.9 million), Britney Spears (31.5 million) and Reba McEntire (29.3 million).
17.2 million Carey's career U.S. physical singles sales, according to SoundScan. Her best-selling single is "One Sweet Day," with sales to date of 2,334,000.
13.8 million Carey's career U.S. digital song sales, according to SoundScan. Her most-downloaded track is "All I Want for Christmas is You," with sales to date of 1,582,000.
136 Total No. 1s that Carey has scored on the following charts: Hot 100 (18), Dance/Club Play Songs (15), Radio Songs (11), Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Sales, R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot Singles Sales (10 each), Hot Dance Singles Sales (7), Adult Contemporary, Billboard 200, Pop Songs (6 each), Mainstream R&B/Hip-Hop, R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, Hot Video Clips (5 each), R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay (4), Hot Dance Airplay, Digital Songs, Top Video Music Sales (3 each), Adult R&B (2), Adult Pop Songs, Dance/Electronic Albums, Digital Albums, Holiday Albums, Holiday Songs, Internet Albums, Top Pop Catalog (1 each).
79 Record total weeks that Carey has spent perched in the Hot 100's penthouse. The Beatles boast the second-most weeks on top (59), followed by Boyz II Men (50), Usher (46) and Michael Jackson (37).
42 Number of Hot 100 appearances Carey has logged, from "Vision of Love" in 1990 through "Up Out My Face," featuring Nicki Minaj, in March. Among women, Carey stands in sixth place for most chart visits, trailing Aretha Franklin (73), Dionne Warwick (56), Madonna (55), Connie Francis (53) and Brenda Lee (48). From her arrival on June 2, 1990, through the chart week of June 5, 2010, the only acts with more Hot 100 entries are Jay-Z (60), Lil Wayne (56), the "Glee" cast (53), R. Kelly (49) and Ludacris (44).
27 Carey's total Hot 100 top 10s, tied with Janet Jackson and Elton John for fifth-most all-time. Only Madonna (37), the Beatles (34), Michael Jackson and Stevie Wonder (28 each) have appeared in the top tier more often. Since June 2, 1990, Carey's top 10 sum leads all acts. Janet Jackson and Madonna are second in that span with 19 top 10s each.
26 Carey's total top five Hot 100 hits; all of her top 10 tracks except for "Obsessed" (No. 7, 2009) have reached the top five, most among all artists dating to her first chart appearance. Janet Jackson is next with 16 top fives in the last 20 years.
18 The number of Hot 100 leaders Carey has earned. Since her first No. 1 in 1990, that's twice as many as the runner-up in that span, Usher. Janet Jackson has seven No. 1s in that stretch, followed by Rihanna (six) and Beyonce, Boyz II Men, Diddy, Ludacris and Madonna (five each).
16 Weeks atop the Hot 100 for Carey and Boyz II Men's 1995-96 No. 1 "One Sweet Day," most in the chart's history. Carey and Boyz II Men each also own the chart's second-longest reign, with "We Belong Together" and "I'll Make Love to You," respectively, among the six songs to lead for 14 weeks each.
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2008
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 02-Jun-2010, 12:01PM EDT
Mariah Carey rang in 2008 at TAO in Las Vegas, where she counted down to the New Year in the presence of Mario, Da Brat, Kelis, NAS and Randy Jackson, among others. The party-goers were in for a treat when DJ Suss One closed the night by playing her new track, "Migrate," featuring T-Pain, from her upcoming album. "The album is probably my favorite album that I've ever done," Mariah told Extra,"I don't want to brag, I am am just humbly grateful that I was blessed to be able to make this record, because I love it." With the premiere of "Migrate" and the previous revealings of two other song titles ("Heat" and "I'm That Chick"), anticipation was building for the follow-up to The Emancipation of Mimi!
The first new music to be released was not from the new album, but from a Randy Jackson compilation entitled "Randy Jackson's Music Club - Volume 1." Mariah was featured on a track called "I Understand," which also had vocals from Bebe Winans, Kim Burrell, Rance Allen, Hezekiah Walker and The Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church Choir.
In mid-January, Def Jam/Island CEO Antonio "L.A." Reid flew to London, where he appeared before an exclusive VIP audience at a central London hotel theatre to preview work from two of his biggest artists: Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey. He announced that Mariah's new album was tentatively titled That Chick, and presented several new tracks, including uptempo songs ("Migrate," "Touch My Body"), ballads ("Bye Bye," "Love Story") and even a track with a Jamaican groove featuring Damien Marley ("Cruise Control"). Listener response to the new music was positive, and Reid announced that That Chick would be released in April. Further That Chick album previews were held later in the month, in Australia and Taiwan.
In February, Elephant Eye Films announced that the film Tennessee, which Mariah had filmed in 2007, would premiere in theatres nationwide in spring 2008. While that did not happen, one premiere that did was that of the new single, "Touch My Body." The track, which was written and produced by Mariah, C. "Tricky" Stewart and The Dream, hit airwaves in mid-February. Brett Ratner directed Mariah in the song's video, which featured 30 Rock actor Jack McBrayer as a computer nerd who is called to the home of none other than Mariah to fix her PC. The video was "the perfect combination of fantasy and comedy," according to Ratner, with "Mariah looking more beautiful than she has ever looked." The video was serviced to music video outlets worldwide, and Mariah stopped by MTV's TRL and BET's 106 & Park to premiere the clip.
"Touch My Body" flew up the charts immediately after its impact, debuting at #23 in airplay and eventually peaking at #2. Radio response to "Touch My Body" was so enthusiastic that after only four weeks on the Hot 100, it sat at #16 based on airplay alone. ("It's Like That" peaked at the same spot on the Hot 100 three years earlier, with the availability of digital downloads!) Once the song was released for sale on digital outlets, it soared to the top of the Hot 100, giving Mariah her 18th #1 single. This put her ahead of Elvis Presley, who had 17 #1 hits, and made her the only active recording artist with the potential to surpass The Beatles all-time high of 20 #1's. "Touch My Body" also gave Mariah the distinction of being the solo artist with the most #1 Hot 100 singles in the history of the Billboard charts.
With the nearly instant success of "Touch My Body," it was time for the first new Mariah Carey album in nearly three years. Island/Def Jam issued a press release announcing an April 15 release date for the record, which had been renamed from That Chick to E=MC² In addition to C. "Tricky" Stewart and The Dream, E=MC² would feature production from Jermaine Dupri, DJ Troomp, Stargate, Will I Am, Bryan Michael Cox, Nate "Danjahandz" Hills and James Poyzer. In February, Mariah shot the album cover at the penthouse suite and rooftop of Lenny Kravitz's Crosby St. apartment building in New York, NY.
Mariah called in to radio stations across the country, from California to Ohio to New York, to chat it up about her new projects. Her first major television appearance in support of E=MC² took place on March 15, when she returned to the Saturday Night Live stage after a ten-year absence. In an episode hosted by Jonah Hill, she performed the hit single "Touch My Body" and premiered "Migrate" with special guest T-Pain. Mariah was also featured on MTV's 52/52 campaign, which features one artist every week for each of the year's 52 weeks, with 11 hours of commercial time on MTV ranging from performances to interviews to skits and more. Mariah's appearance for 52/52 included a clip of a live acappella performance of the ballad "Love Story" and a skit where she ran on a treadmill in high heels. She also filmed interview spots for Wal-Mart's SoundCheck series, which plays on TV screens in the entertainment sections of its stores worldwide. Early magazine promotion for the album included cover articles for Allure, Billboard and Parade. Throughout the year, Mariah would also shine on the covers of Jet, People, Vibe, ELLE, and Red Book. In March, appeared in a Macy's commercial, along with Carlos Santana and Martha Stewart, in which she referred to her fragrance "M by Mariah Carey."
After a busy month of March in the U.S., Mariah went to Europe for a mini-promotional tour in three countries. In France, she called into French radio stations, appeared on the program Le Grand Journal, and held a press conference at the Alexandre III bridge. In England, Mariah stopped by The Paul O'Grady Show and The Friday Night Project, in addition to filming an interview/performance special, 4Music Presents: Mariah Carey. She also took time to make appearance at the Selfridges store in London to sign copies of the "Touch My Body" single, and attended a party at the Cipriani Restaurant in celebration of her 18 #1 hits. In Germany, she appeared on the talent-show SuperStar, where she performed "Touch My Body" and offered advice to the contestants, of whom the females were singing Mariah songs.
As the release of E=MC² grew closer, Mariah was nearly inescapable on television. On March 24, Mariah entertained the crowd at the season premiere of MTV's The Hills, where she debuted "I'm That Chick," in addition to performing "Touch My Body" and "We Belong Together." In April, Mariah performed "Fly Like A Bird," with Randy Jackson on bass, at American Idol's "Idol Gives Back" show at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. The following week, she appeared again on American Idol, where she mentored the contestants, all of whom were singing Mariah songs. She also performed "Bye Bye." Other notable television appearances included Oprah, The View, Live With Regis & Kelly, a three song concert on Good Morning America, and a BET special, The Relativity of Mariah.
Reviews for E=MC² were good, but the consensus was that it would be hard for the album to follow the mammoth success that The Emancipation Of Mimi had been:
USA Today: "Mariah Carey once again demonstrates a knack for radio-friendly fare... The Emancipation of Mimi restored her pop footing three years ago. E=MC² puts a little glide in her stride.
Entertainment Weekly: "Pop goddess Mariah Carey scaled Olympian heights with her last album, 2005's Grammy-winning, 6 million-selling The Emancipation of Mimi. Certainly, E=MC² doesn't equal its predecessor. Still, this is a satisfying follow-up, heavy on hip-hop flavored midtempo jams and beat driven ballads."
Billboard: "She's proclaimed emancipation before, but Mariah Carey's never sounded as free as she does on her 10th album. The usual hummable radio hip-hop and bold ballads are here, in pristine form.. But so are some coy surprises, like the irresistible "I'm That Chick" and the Swizz Beatz-produced "O.O.C."... Carey's made a pop album with equal parts levity and gravity."
E=MC² debuted with the biggest first-week album sales of Mariah's career; more than 460,000 copies sold. The album stayed at #1 on the Billboard chart for 2 weeks and quickly maintained platinum status. E=MC² was a top 10 record in most major worldwide markets.
Mariah made a number of special appearances throughout the U.S. during the first few weeks of the album promotion. She held a CD signing for E=MC² at the Hard Rock Cafe in Los Angeles, where she was also presented with a special proclamation from mayor Antonio R. Villaraigosa for her achievements. On April 25, Mariah attended a lighting ceremony at the Empire State Building, which was "in honor of a great New Yorker and her #1 album E=MC²" as stated in a press release. The New York landmark was lit in pink, lavendar, and white to celebrate the album's motif. Mariah did the honor of flipping the switch on a scale model of the building.
On April 26, Mariah attended the premiere of Tennessee at the Tribeca Film Festival. Filmed over a year prior, the film featured Mariah as a waitress who joins two brothers on their journey to re-connect with their father. The film was well-received at the festival. Tennessee was also slated to premiere at France's Marche du Film in May, as well as at the Cannes Film Festival.
The second single from E=MC² was "Bye Bye," a moving ballad, reminiscent of "One Sweet Day," about having lost a loved one. The song received respectable airplay, peaking at #17 on Hot 100 Airplay. A remix featuring Jay-Z was released to digital media outlets. "Bye Bye" was the "Hot-Shot Debut" on the Hot 100, where it started at #23 (selling 60,000 downloads) and peaked at #19. The music video was directed by Justin Francis, and featured behind-the-scenes footage of Mariah promoting the album, as well as shots of Mariah with some people she had lost, including Luther Vandross, Luciano Pavorotti, O.D.B and her father. Other footage in the video showed Mariah with her on-screen love interest, actor/comedian Nick Cannon.
Music video co-stars Mariah and Nick took the world by surprise when they announced that they had been married in a top-secret sunset ceremony on April 30 in the Bahamas. Having met briefly at the Teen Choice Awards back in 2005, the two hit it off during production of the "Bye Bye" video, and after only several weeks of courtship, they made the commitment to spend their lives together. They shared their wedding photos exclusively with People, with which they also sat down to talk about their special day. "We really do feel we are soulmates," Mariah said. "I never felt a love like this was in the cards for me."
After honeymooning in the Bahamas, Mariah was back to work promoting her successful new album. In May, she appeared at the Lincoln Center in New York City for Time's "100 Most Influential People in the World" gala. She had made the magazine's prestigious list, and her page in the magazine included a write-up by none other than Stevie Wonder. The gala was one of the newlywed couple's first public appearances together. Mariah was also named one of The New York Post's "50 Most Powerful Women in NYC." On May 13, Mariah made her first post-marriage television appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show, where she sat down to talk about various topics, from meeting Nick to attending the comedienne's birthday party. On May 15, Mariah attended the 5th annual Operation Smile Gala in New York. She was an avid supporter of the charity, which benefited children and young adults born with facial deformities.
At the end of May, Mariah flew to Japan for a promotional tour. The first stop was the Tokyo Dome, where she threw out the opening pitch at the Yomiuri Giants vs. Rakuten Eagles baseball game. After that, Mariah filmed an appearance on Music Station and went to the MTV Japan Video Music Awards, where she received the "Video Vanguard Award" and performed "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time." She also held a fan meeting event at the Venus Fort shopping mall in Tokyo.
"I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" was the third single from E=MC². Chris Applebaum directed the video, which was shot in Hawaii and featured rapper T.I., who was featured on the remix. The remix was issued to digital retailers, but did not take off as hoped. The song peaked at #58 on the Billboard Hot 100, where it spent only 8 weeks before falling off the chart.
You Don't Mess With The Zohan, the Adam Sandler movie in which Mariah made a cameo appearance, was released to theatres in June. "I did a little cameo in that with Adam. It was so much fun," Mariah told Extra. "Like everybody is like from the School of Comedy or whatever. Every single person you encounter has a great vibe, great sense of humor and Adam Sandler is the nicest guy."
Also in June, Mariah performed as part of the second annual Samsung AT&T Summer Krush at the Hollywood & Highland Center in California. She performed several songs including "Touch My Body" and "Side Effects," which were broadcast as part of an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show. She also stopped by TRL and 106 & Park to talk about the "I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time" video.
July saw the release of Mariah's next Elizabeth Arden fragrance, Luscious Pink. "Luminous and sensual, Luscious Pink embraces Mariah's ever-captivating presence and playfully seductive personality, translating these qualities into an exquisite and effervescent fragrance that reflects Mariah's aura of femininity," stated a press release.
Mariah appeared at the Teen Choice Awards in August, where she performed a medley of "I'll Be Lovin U Long Time" and "Touch My Body." She also participated in a charity single, "Just Stand Up," which benefited the cause "Just Stand Up To Cancer." The song featured 15 all-star artists, including Mary J. Blige, Rhianna, Melissa Etheridge and Sheryl Crow. At the beginning of September, the ensemble performed the single live on stage at a telethon in New York City.
The month of September was a busy one for Mariah. She made an appearance on the Fashion Rocks concert at Radio City Music Hall, where she performed "I'm That Chick." Her next stop was to Canada where she headlined the season finale of Canadian Idol. Upon her return, she attended a screening of Tennessee at the Urbanwood Film Festival in New York. She then took off for Hong Kong, where she performed at a private event for the 15th CLSA Investor's Forum. In a concert called "Like Honey," Mariah sang 12 songs, including "Dreamlover," "Make It Happen" and "Touch My Body."
At the end of September, Mariah was named Hunger Ambassador for World Hunger Relief. Her image and the quote "The change from hunger to hope starts with you" were prominently displayed on posters in restaurants worldwide in the effort to combat world hunger.
Mariah headed to Las Vegas in October to film a music video for her next single, "I Stay In Love." The video, which was directed by Nick Cannon, showcased Mariah as a Vegas showgirl who is having a difficult time seeing her ex with a new woman. BET dedicated an episode of Access Granted to the filming of the video. Although several dance mixes were released digitally, sales and airplay for "I Stay In Love" did not make enough of a dent to chart on the Billboard Hot 100.
While in Las Vegas, Mariah and Nick attended the 13th Annual Andre Agassi Charitable Foundation's Grand Slam for Children benefit concert. Several weeks later, in California, Mariah performed "I'll Be There" with Trey Lorenz at the 2008 Spirit of Life Award Dinner. After that, she returned to New York, where she stopped by Good Morning America and The Rachael Ray Show to promote her new fragrance, Luscious Pink.
Although no further singles were released from E=MC², a new Mariah song hit the airwaves in October. "Right To Dream," her collaboration with Willie Nelson from Tennessee, impacted AC radio, where it peaked at #24. A digital single was released but did not sell enough copies to chart on the Hot 100.
In November, Mariah appeared on Britain's X Factor, where she sang "I Stay In Love." She performed the same song on the American Music Awards, where she received an honorary award in recognition of being the solo artist with the most number one hits of all time. Mariah received a similar distinction at the World Music Awards.
Mariah kicked off the holiday season by making an appearance on the Grammy Nominations Concert at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles, where she gave a festive performance of "Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)." Next, she took time to attend a private screening of Tennessee held by the NAACP. Mariah supported the Make-A-Wish Foundation by partnering with Macy's to grant a wish to a special child during an airing of The Early Show. After a flight to Japan to meet with the Camp Fuji Marines during a charity gala in Tokyo, Mariah and Nick spent their first Christmas together in Aspen, Colorado.
"I'm always feeling festive! I hate, hate, hate when it's not festive. Don't you hate a non-festive moment? It's rancid! Seriously. And I love how if something isn't festive and amazing, it's just like rancid and horrible. No, honestly? I don't even know what made me start to say 'festive'. I just am! It's always about being festive. Sometimes when you get smacked around the face with whatever it is, when you have a non-festive moment or whatever, you just have to come back at it with all that much more happiness."i-D
"I was never thinking this is going to be my new thing. I'm going to walk round the town with butterflies. No, this is just something that people have said 'oh my God, you are obsessed by butterflies!' It became this thing and it's like it's not that deep."i-D
"I never really felt famous. Even when my album Music Box was out, I didn't feel that thing other young singers or songwriters who are just starting out feel when they become famous. I see other people who have one hit and they're already thinking they're the biggest star in the world. But I didn't feel that because of the relationship that I was in and because I think there was a concerted effort to keep me from feeling too empowered. So how do you keep your artistic integrity while you become a corporation? You've got to go through some stuff! I feel like I connect to people through song because it's filling a void in me. I don't do it just because I want to make money or I want to be famous. I need to make music. If I didn't have this, I don't know where I would be."Parade
"How do you climb back from the shambles when everybody counts you out? That can be a very difficult thing to come to terms with, especially when you've had so much success from such an early age. I have such faith in God that I really had to surrender everything and just know that I was going to be okay. That's truly where I had to go to when it felt like the bottom. More than anything, it was learning to grow up and take care of myself. Not treat myself like the corporation wanted to treat me, but treat myself like a human being. I've faced my worst fears and come out of them okay. Everything is always going to be all right as long as I hang on to the person inside of me."Parade
"My mother, now she was festive. She always wanted Christmas to be exciting. We didn't always have enough money for a lot of presents, but she'd wrap up whatever she could--even an orange--and say it was from the cat or something, just so I could have things to open. I think that when kids are little, it's really all about opening things; it doesn't matter so much what they are. And my mother always made things very fun."Red Book
"When I was a kid there was an ice storm in the suburbs. We went to Manhattan to stay with a friend of my mom's. There was nobody on the road. It was this moment that could have been scary for a kid, but she made it festive. That's what Nick is like: He takes the hard part of a situation and makes it celebratory." Fashion Rocks
"I could never describe or measure the level of respect and love I have for Mariah Carey in just 300 words, but you know, I'll do my best. I've only met three people who had a truly wonderful voice and spirit to match: my first wife Syreeta, Minnie Riperton and Mariah. Obviously she is talented and has a great voice, but when a person has the opportunity to be heard and seen, at the end of the day she will also be felt. I feel Mariah has enjoyed such success at 38 because she's a good human being; her heart is wonderful, and she has a great spirit to watch. When I lost my mother, she was one of the first people to reach out to me. She was very far away and yet found a way to reach out by phone and share a prayer with me. It's easy to be friends when the lights are bright, but how is your love when there's none of that? I know how Mariah's is.
She has the ability to be sexy, but not so much that you think it's getting too crazy. It's a sexy classiness. The whole thing with her song Touch My Body is that she keeps it acceptable and has fun with it. And Mariah didn't break all those sales records just because she's beautiful. She has perseverance and consistency. You need the two: the ability to keep going and the ability to keep doing the right thing. She once said that every time she makes a new record, she feels like she's brand-new again. It's like a child looking at a computer for the first time. By doing it and not thinking about it, the magic just comes.
When people talk about the great influential singers, they talk about Ella, Barbra, Aretha, Whitney and Mariah. That's a testament to her talent. Her range is that amazing.
I look forward to the time the two of us can do a song together, but in the meantime, I will celebrate with the rest of the world the voice of Miss Mariah Carey.
L.A. Reid: "Talent always wins. And Mariah Carey has an abundance of talent; she's extremely gifted. She's eternally youthful, and because she's a true fan of music and a student of music and she's a sponge -- she's always soaking up music around her -- she refuses to grow old or get outdated. For an artist who's been in the business for almost 20 years, she's still one of the youngest. Her music has such young appeal. Her fans include 11-year-old kids from Long Island, for example. It's remarkable that she has this magic that's a combination of eternal youth and amazing talent."
Lil Wayne: "I have never done nothing with Mariah Carey, and I would like to, because I love older women. I'm attracted to older women. It's my thing. Mariah Carey, she might need a dude like me. I do my thing."
Adam Rothenberg: [Tennessee co-star] "I am always surprised when I meet super famous people. It is not that exciting. Well, it's not that. It's just that they are so real. Everyone on set is very nervous on that first day. We want people to like us. So you generally come together pretty perfectly, because you have a common goal. Mariah Carey was really nice. She was great. And I'm sure we will hear more about the film as it gets closer to its release date."
Benny Medina: "There is one original and it's Mariah Carey. I don't think there are five women on this earth that have that voice. And the other four - they haven't been discovered yet. She's an architect of lyrics, keeps culture's urban sensibilities in every album and as a result we're excited to see what the next phase of it is."
DJ Toomp: "It's an extreme dynamite of a song. It's called 'Lovin' You Long Time.' Right now we're definitely pushing for it to be the first single, a few people in the office are pushing for it also, so I'm just crossing my fingers that... I'm definitely on the album - first that was the hope. I was hoping I could make the album, now I'm hoping that it's released as first or second single. So I figure that's kind of powerful as far as you know, how I've been working on my career, just being known for Hip-Hop, and finally getting my first R&B placement on Mariah Carey, come on! You know what I mean?"
Brett Ratner: Mariah is musically at the top of her game and has never looked better. This will be our 5th music video we have collaborated on and definitely the best one yet visually, as well as musically. The video [for 'Touch My Body'] is the perfect combination of fantasy and comedy with Mariah looking more beautiful than she has ever looked, ever."
Nate "Danja" Hills: "On that track ("Migrate"), she definitely opens up towards the end of the song and shows what Mariah does. It's a different array of her vocal range on this record, but she keeps it pretty mid-range and then toward the end she lets loose. She was singing in the room, and I was just blown away by how good it sounded without her even trying. It's incredible, I see why she is who she is."
Jack McBrayer: "She's a comedy nerd. She was awesome! She was fantastic!"
Randy Jackson: "You see a lot of singers come on wanting to sing her songs, wanting to sing like her. She's one of the best singers in the world, but she's also one of the best songwriters in the world. There hasn't been one like her since her. The great singing voice starts with a great tone; that's what you love about Nat King Cole, Sinatra, Stevie, Donny Hathaway, Nina Simone, Ella -- it's about the tone. Mariah's got that amazing buttery tone and then all of the vocal ability. That's what makes it so ungodly deadly. It's instantly recognizable on the radio as a brand -- and to be able to write like that? Dude! C'mon! A lot of people you find today -- I won't mention names -- they have the vocal ability, but the tone is not beautiful. That's what we call the Holy Grail, I guess. She's got it all -- all in her throat, dawg!"
MDJ Celebrates Mariah's 20 Years In Music: 2007
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 01-Jun-2010, 5:18PM EDT
With the hugely successful "Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour" and the promotion of The Emancipation of Mimi over, 2007 was a quiet year, in terms of music, for Mariah. According to Billboard's Fred Bronson, this was the first year where she did not have a single entry on the Hot 100. But by no means did that mean that Mariah was not keeping herself busy.
Mariah started the year in South Africa, where she attended the opening of Oprah Winfrey's Leadship Academy For Girls in Johannesburg. The school aimed to give over 150 poverty-stricken young girls the chance for a brighter future. Mariah was joined at the event by Tina Turner, Mary J. Blige, Sidney Poitier, Chris Tucker and Spike Lee. All of the guests were asked to bring a personally inscribed book for the school's library. "My visit has been amazing. This is my first trip to South Africa and it's just been overwhelming," she said in an interview. "You know, everything Oprah does is next level... She's just one of those anointed people who can change the world and we just don't have many of those people left."
On January 22, filming commenced in New Mexico for the Lee Daniels drama, Tennessee. The film followed two brothers in Albuqueque who had to return to their hometown in Tennessee to search for their estranged father, when one of them is diagnosed with leukemia and needs a bone marrow transplant to save his life. Along the way, they meet Krystal, played by Mariah, an aspiring singer who joins them on their journey. "This character is really far from who I am in a lot of ways," Mariah told MTV News. "There are some parallels, some internal things, nothing that people would ever look at and go, 'That's very Mariah.'... This is not about hairdos and ensembles. The girl's in the trenches. And I'm the third lead, so it's nice to work with an ensemble cast and to really just be able to do my work and go home at night."
During the course of Tennessee, Krystal writes a song, which she ends up performing at a bar. That song is "Right To Dream," which Mariah co-wrote with country great Willie Nelson. The collaboration is not one many people would have expected, but the two enjoyed working together. "She's a sweetheart," Willie told Billboard. "And she can really, really sing. It was no more left field than working with Julio Iglesias." "Right To Dream" was intended for the Tennessee soundtrack, but that never came to be. The song was released as a digital single in late 2008.
In February, Mariah became the face of the Italian Pinko fashion label. In a photoshoot by photographer Michaelangelo Di Battista, Mariah struck sultry poses wearing Pinko's signature urban designs. She traveled to London to take part in the launch of the campaign, which included a photo call/cocktail party at the Pinko Store. The campaign was featured in over 750 stores worldwide. Previous Pinko models included supermodels Elle Macpherson, Eva Herzigova and Naomi Campbell. "I'm really flattered to have been asked to be the new face of Pinko. I first discovered this spectacular fashion house while working in Italy... I immediately became a huge fan of the brand," Mariah said in a press release. "The clothes are so stylish and fun, and I'm really looking forward to our new venture together."
After the Pinko promotion was complete, Mariah took time to return to the studio with Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony. Almost ten years after they had collaborated on "Breakdown," she appeared on the track "Lil L.O.V.E.," which also featured rapper Bow Wow. The track was for Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony's album Strength and Loyalty. In an interview with MTV Europe, Mariah said "It's a favorite of mine. It's a nice song, and I think it really kind of gives you the back-in-the-day Bone vibe but also a very new take on who they are as artists... I am so influenced by their style that it kind of merges together. It's funny, because so many artists today are influenced by Bone, and they may not even realize it." Later on in the year, the artists filmed a music video for "Lil L.O.V.E." and the song went for adds on urban radio. "Lil L.O.V.E." debuted at #67 and became her 40th chart entry on Billboard's Hot R&B/Hip-Hop songs chart.
In addition to the track with Bone-Thugs, Mariah began work on her next album. Mariah had told MTV in February that the new record was "really early on in the creative process." Throughout the year, she recorded tracks with Bryan Michael Cox and Jermaine Dupri, among other producers. The album had originally been set for a December release, but was pushed back to 2008.
Mariah appeared in a string of magazines in the first part of 2007. First, she graced the cover of the March issue of Playboy. In a shoot by Markus Klinko and Indrani (who were also responsible for the The Emancipation Of Mimi album packaging), she did not appear nude. Her appearance was for the magazine's "Sex and Music" issue, in which she sat down for an interview with staff writer Jason Buhrmester. In their annual list of the 20 Richest Women In Entertainment, Forbes Magazine named Mariah the 6th Richest Woman, with a net worth of $225 million. In April, FHM readers named Mariah the 45th sexiest woman in the world, in the magazine's Top 100 Sexiest List.
Mariah won two BMI Pop Awards in May for Most Performed Song ("Shake It Off" and "Don't Forget About Us").
At the end of June, Mariah travelled to Disneyland Paris to perform at "One Mighty Party," a benefit for the Elton John Foundation's fight against AIDS. The crowd of 5,000 was treated to one mighty performance. Her stage set, which was based around Sleeping Beauty's castle, featured illuminations and a huge "MC" spotlight among thousands of silver cellophane butterflies hovering through the sky. Although "Through the Rain" was not part of the setlist, Mariah did make it through the rain that night, as it began to pour during her set. Always prepared to improvise, Mariah held her microphone in one hand and an umbrella in the other. "Okay, I'm dropping the umbrella and what a pity for my hair! It is a complete and total mess," she joked with the crowd. "Next time I'm gonna do 'Singing in the Rain' instead." The audience was treated to a rare performance of six of Mariah's biggest dance mixes, including the C&C mix of "Make It Happen," the David Morales mixes of "Dreamlover" and "Fantasy," and the Junior Vazquez version of "Heartbreaker/If You Should Ever Be Lonely."
In September, Mariah and Jon Bon Jovi were guests of honor at the VH1 Save The Music Foundation's 10th Anniversary Gala, where they were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the organization over the years. "It would be hard to look back on the past ten years and recount each of our triumphs and successes without recalling individuals such as these two artists that have donated so much of their time and efforts to restoring music education programs across the country," said Paul Cothran, Executive Director of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation. Since 1998, Mariah had performed at several benefit shows, including the very first "Divas Live." She was also active in raising public awareness about the benefits of music education in such events as NBC's "VH1 Save The Music Today Week." She also helped raised funds in 2006 by donating the Escada dress she wore in her Intel Centrino Duo commercial, which later sold at auction to benefit Save The Music.
On top of the Save The Music event, Mariah took part in the unveiling of the U.S. Postal Service's Jury Duty Stamp. The stamp was designed to call attention to the importance of jury duty, a civic obligation in the U.S. Mariah was on hand at the New York Supreme Court for the event, which was also attended by actress Bernadette Peters, model Paulina Porizkova and New York Post columnist Cindy Adams.
Billboard named Mariah one of their "Women of the Year" in October. In the magazine's second annual "Women In Music" issue, Billboard recognized the honorees for the success they had achieved in the past year, their power status within their organization and their track record of producing forward thinking initiatives. Among the others to top the list were Celine Dion, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Woman of The Year Reba McEntire.
Autumn saw the launch of a new kind of business partnership for Mariah. This was not a new record or a movie, but a fragrance. "M by Mariah Carey" was issued by Elizabeth Arden. While the connection between Mariah Carey and perfume was not immediately clear, she would explain that this venture was closer to her heart than many might have realized. "We went to a few different perfumers and every time we would test a different fragrance," she explained to People. "It was very similar to writing and recording a song for me... It's a process that I'm really used to. They have told me that no one has been this involved in creating their own fragrance before."
Mariah was not the first artist to put her name and image on a perfume, but she was significantly more involved in the creation and promotion process than many of her counterparts. There was an aggressive radio and television campaign to support the launch of "M by Mariah Carey." In the months of October and November, Mariah called in to radio stations around the country, including LA's KIIS FM, Chicago's B96 and New York's Z100, to talk about the new fragrance. She also made stops at BET's 106 & Park, The Ellen Degeneres Show, The Today Show and The View. On October 23, a launch event was held at the Macy's store in New York's Herald Square. More than 1,000 fans (some of whom had waited in line more than 24 hours) showed up to greet Mariah as she arrived. Fifty fans who had paid $305 for a "M" gift set the day before were entitled to a private photo op and autograph session after Mariah was done on the sales floor. In a single day, more than $70,000 worth of product was sold, making it one of the most successful sales events Macy's had ever seen. A similar event was held at Macy's Glendale Galleria in California on November 20, 2007.
Another highlight for Mariah was an appearance in Jay-Z's video "Roc Boys," shot at his 40/40 Club in New York in October. The video included cameos from what could have been the entire Def Jam roster; people from Sean "Diddy" Combs, NAS and Just Blaze to Def Jam Chairman L.A. Reid and his son. A week later, Mariah appeared at the 2007 Glamour Magazine Women of The Year Awards at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall. A past Glamour Women of the Year honoree, Mariah opened the ceremony with a special performance of "Hero," accompanied by the African Children's Choir.
In December, we received the first look at the trailer at Mariah's next film, You Don't Mess With The Zohan. In the film, Adam Sandler plays the title character who fakes his own death and moves to New York to become a hairstylist. In various scenes, he is spotted wearing Rainbow, Heartbreaker and Mimi shirts. Mariah makes a cameo appearance.
Also that month, "The Adventures of Mimi" was released on DVD and Blu-ray. Filmed in Anaheim, CA in October 2006, this show from "The Adventures of Mimi: The Voice, The Hits, The Tour" featured a special guest performance from Boyz II Men on "One Sweet Day," as well as the hits including "Vision of Love," "My All," and "I'll Be There" with Trey Lorenz. This release was big for Mariah fans. Although this was her sixth concert tour, this was the first time a full-length concert had been commercially released worldwide. The two-disc set featured an exclusive tour documentary and a karaoke feature. "There's no stopping that voice as Mimi pours on the hits," People heralded in a review.
Mariah returned to Aspen, Colorado to celebrate the holidays in style. Just as she had the previous year, she helped brighten the holidays for 150 children from Denver Social Services, who were said to have had "the time of their lives." Mariah took them out to enjoy the winter weather after purchasing brand new winter coats, snow boots and ski suits for each child. Meanwhile, her timeless Christmas album was still making waves thirteen years after its release. "All I Want For Christmas Is You" finished its Digital Sales chart run at #17 and sold 266,000 copies in this year alone.
From Aspen, Mariah went to Las Vegas to ring in the new year. She was the host for New Year's Eve at Tao, with tickets starting at $200. That same night, her performance of "Shake It Off" from "The Adventures of Mimi" DVD had its network television debut on FOX's "New Years Live."
"When Tommy [Mottola] signed me, I had two other record deals pending. I had already put in the hard work and I had my life planned but nobody likes to talk about that. I guess fairy tales make better stories."Glamour
"Living in the suburbs is a place that's all about fitting in. I remember after one particularly bad incident, one of my mother's friends said in front of me, "If this kid makes it, it will be a miracle." I'll never forget that moment. I think my ambition grew even more from there. So I guess I showed them that miracles are possible."Glamour
"I own so little art, and I know that the reason is because I need to be in love with something to have it around me. The thing is, I know the art I'm going to love is going to be like a gazillion dollars - that's just the way it's been my whole life. Who the hell nominated me to be the princess and the pea? [Sischy laughs] I don't know why it is that everything I like has to be the most expensive limestone hat was somebody's antique floor in France. For some reason, I always gravitate toward that."Interview
"I got the job as backup singer because I was one of those girls hanging out with Lenny Kravitz. His band ended up really helping me by introducing me to Brenda. I had a demo tape, Brenda heard it, and she played it for a few different record people, and one person said that I looked too white to sound the way that I sounded. Another person was like, 'We want it to be a little more like that Debbie Gibson girl that had a hit a couple years ago.' It was, 'You're too young; you're too light; you're too black. ...' I was this nebulous creature that nobody understood, but they could hear the voice, and yet all these lower-level A&R people didn't have the real weight to make a decision."Interview
"Remember Star Search? That was around, and I didn't audition for it. I didn't think it was for me. I know everybody thinks I'm the poster child for American Idol, but I was really shy when I first came out as a performer. My mother wasn't a stage mom. She was more of a hippie."Playboy
"I'm really proud of winning the BMI Songwriter of the Year, and Song of the Year awards... it meant a lot to me. Unless people see you sitting behind a piano or strumming a guitar, they don't recognize you as a true songwriter, which I consider myself to be first and foremost. A lot of people don't realize that."Aspen Peak
Willie Nelson: "She's a sweetheart. And she can really, really sing. It was no more left field than working with Julio Iglesias."
Liz Smith, journalist: "I see that Mr. Blackwell put Mariah Carey right up there on his worst-dressed list, but some people think this is a compliment. I did recently see a photo of Mariah in Aspen. She was outdoors. It was snowing. She was wearing skin-tight, cleavage-baring black leather from head to toe. Four inch heels. She was holding a glass of champagne. Why do we love Mariah? Because this talented star doesn't pretend to be the girl next door!"
Jerry Biggs: [Plays Diner manager in Tennessee] "You know when you are working with somebody if you make a connection... you check your egos at the door and get down to business... that's how she was. When we had breaks and could get away from our characters, we just talked and she was so great."
T.I.: "I want to work with Mariah! I have wanted to work with her for a long time. I have produced beats for her to use, tried to get her on this album and will work with her on her new stuff. I will do whatever Mariah wants! Tell Mariah to call me, I'm down. Call me Mariah!"
Jordin Sparks: "I've always loved to sing, but I remember watching an awards show, I don't remember which, and Mariah Carey performing. She was so beautiful, and I knew then that's what I wanted to do."
Eric Roberts: "She's really down to earth, very considerate on set. She's not weird, strange or difficult at all. She was great to me and we had a great time."
Jermaine Dupri: "She's a person that you have to respect her for doing her job. She respects me for doing my job. When I'm in the studio, she don't question what kick [-drum sound] I use. She don't question if I'm using the right snare. She might say, 'I ain't feeling it.' I could say the same thing. There's been plenty of times when I've said, 'Mariah, I think you need to sing this part over.' But after the last album, we got a pretty good understanding. She knows what I'm looking for from her now. We're hoping we have the same formula this time."
Cindy Adams, New York Post columnist: [At Jury Duty Stamp Inauguration] "Mariah, who'd worked recording an album until 6 a.m., graciously spoke, posed for photos, lovingly gave autographs, smiled, was sweet and friendly and made it to the 11 a.m. ceremony despite a skirt even shorter than Paris Hilton's jail sentence.
Wentworth Miller: "Mariah's an international icon. The two days I spent working on her video did more for my career, gave me more exposure, than anything I'd done before Prison Break. I'm grateful for the opportunity."
Dionne Warwick: "My ears can only take Mariah Carey, Usher and Brazilian music."
DJ Toomp: "It's a little different working with Mariah. She usually writes her own stuff and when she goes into the booth there's usually nobody else there but her engineer. But what's crazy is the results are great. She's gone this far working like that so why try to change that?"
Mark Feehily, Westlife: "The maddest thing was when I was sitting in my living room in my house in Galway - the same living room my dad had called me down to see her in all those years earlier - and my mum said 'Mark! It's Mariah Carey on the phone!' F**k me. It was before we performed Hero with her in Manchester and she was calling to go through what we were going to do with the BVs. I was just thinking all the way through the conversation 'f**king hell, I wish I was taking this phone call on my computer so I could record it.' Mariah singing down the phone to me in my mum's living room. I put the phone down and didn't remember one f**king thing that she said. For me, things like that are the things that make this job the best one in the world."
Jason Buhrmester, writer of Playboy article: "I tend to go into things with a preconceived notion of kind of who the people are. I do a ton of research. I find out what they like to answer and what they don't like to answer, and I try to ask the questions they don't like to answer to try to get that information out of them. She's a lot smarter than I thought. She's open about things if you really kind of press her toward it. I was surprised. She was a lot of fun."