July 2011

Video Download: Mariah on HSN, Show #3
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 31-Jul-2011, 9:33PM EDT

Full Show: Mariah Carey Live on HSN
July 25, 2011 - 6pm-8pm

Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah Carey Documentary on ARTE France
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Jul-2011, 1:17PM EDT
The French/German TV channel ARTE aired a half-hour documentary about Mariah Carey in its "Queens of Pop" special series last night, July 27th. Watch ARTE's Mariah Carey special on YouTube and/or download a video file below.


Mariah Carey Documentary "Queens of Pop" - ARTE France, July 27, 2011
[ Download a video file here ]

EXCERPTS:
Daphne Brooks - Instructor, Princeton University: "She is our greatest singing act that we've seen in decades, for decades and decades."

"Our reality shows, they are contests so it's about being able to triumph in a particular way that is spectacularly satisfying to the masses. And no artist has been more spectacularly satisfying at the level of singing in the past 20 years than Mariah Carey."

David Lee Brewer - Opera singer/vocal coach: "She's alone. She's in her own category."

"White America believed that they had found 'The Great White Hope.' White people everywhere believed that she was white singing like a black girl. And with such a voice! My God! All of my white friends, 'Have you heard this new Mariah Carey?' All of a sudden Mariah Carey was all over the scene like in a splash."

"Mariah Carey is a league of her own. No one can sing as high or as low. This means that you are a phenomenon. That's what it means. The normal person has 2½ to 3 vocal range. Mariah is off the chart. She makes sounds. She has complete control of her vocal range. And why? Because she studied. She studied with a woman who happens to be her mother, who happens to be a colleague of mine, who's an opera singer."

"Her white legion of fans who believed her still identified with her. And because of that she was able to bridge every gap there was. Mariah Carey is single-handedly responsible for bridging the gap between Pop and Hip-hop, and Soul and R&B. She is responsible for bridging all of those. No other singer. She is."

Diane Warren - Songwriter: "She wrote really accessible songs that have touched people. People connected with her."

David Morales - DJ/Remixer/Producer: "She's allowed to be a diva in this business as a female artist, as a professional because she is the sh*t."

PART 1



PART 2

Source: Sam | MariahDailyJournal

Video Download: Mariah on HSN, Show #2
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 28-Jul-2011, 12:56PM EDT

Full Show: Mariah Carey Live on HSN
July 25, 2011 - 12pm-2pm

Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video Download: Mariah on HSN, Show #1
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Jul-2011, 2:51PM EDT

Full Show: Mariah Carey Live on HSN
July 25, 2011 - 12am-2am

Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah on Entertainment TV News
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Jul-2011, 4:00AM EDT
Mariah featured on tonight's The Insider, Extra and E! News.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Screen Captures: Mariah Live on HSN - 10pm-12am
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 26-Jul-2011, 12:32AM EDT
Check out screen captures from the final show of "Mariah Carey Collection Celebration" on HSN below.



Videos will be available soon!
Source: HSN | Thiago

Screen Captures: Mariah Live on HSN - 6pm-8pm
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Jul-2011, 8:49PM EDT
Below are screen captures from Mariah's 6pm-8pm HSN showcase. She will make her final 2-hour appearance tonight from 10pm to 12am ET (7pm-9pm PT). Be sure to tune in!


Source: HSN | Thiago

Screen Captures: Mariah Live on HSN - 12pm-2pm
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Jul-2011, 3:11PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah from her 12pm-2pm appearance on HSN. You can catch her again starting at 6:00pm ET (3:00pm PT) for another 2-hour presentation of her latest lifestyle collection.


Source: HSN | Thiago

Screen Captures: Mariah Live on HSN - 12am-2am
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 25-Jul-2011, 12:36AM EDT
Mariah looking fabulous is currently live on HSN. Be sure you're tuned in! Check out some screen captures from tonight's broadcast below.


Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Live on HSN Monday, July 25!
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 23-Jul-2011, 3:04PM EDT
Reminder! Mariah is back on HSN to showcase her latest exclusive collection of jewelry, shoes, accessories, fragrances and fashion on Monday, July 25th. "Mariah Carey Collection Celebration" on HSN will broadcast live on TV, internet and mobile (Sprint subscribers) at the following times:

"Mariah Carey Collection Celebration"
HSN - Monday, July 25, 2011

(All times Eastern)
12:00am - 02:00am
12:00pm - 02:00pm
06:00pm - 08:00pm
10:00pm - 12:00am
Source: HSN

Video: Mariah at New York's Juliet Supperclub
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 23-Jul-2011, 1:31PM EDT
Mariah Carey made her first public appearance at a New York club less than three months after giving birth to twins -- and seemed back to her divatastic ways, being fanned by a minion and ordering champagne to be delivered to her in the bathroom.

The svelte-looking singer, who had her twins Moroccan Scott and Monroe on April 30, partied at Chelsea hot spot Juliet Supperclub until 2:30 a.m. yesterday morning with two female friends and without hubby Nick Cannon.

Spies said that a glowing Mariah "looked fantastic" in a light brown strapless dress, sipped from a $1,600 bottle of Angel champagne, and happily chatted and posed for photos for fans, but still seemed to have retained a few of her famous diva ways.


One witness said: "Mariah came into the crowded club with a small entourage and was surrounded by people taking photographs. She was smiling, friendly with everyone and seemed relaxed. It seems motherhood is suiting her.

"But her diva ways are definitely still there -- it was very hot, and she had a young man fanning her throughout the night with a big red fan.

"She spent a lot of the night dancing, and was nice to anyone who approached her. But the club was very crowded, so she asked if she could have 'a minute' of quiet time in the bathroom. The ladies' was cleared out, and Mariah ordered a $450 bottle of Perrier Jouet, and had a few glasses in the privacy of the bathroom before coming back out to join the masses."

Mariah, 41, arrived at the club with her personal security, but was also assigned some of the club security staff because the place was so packed. She and her pals were seated at a table next to Black Eyed Peas star apl.de.ap, who was surrounded by women.

A rep for Mariah said: "She was out celebrating with friends and family." As for her new appearance, "She's been working out and taking care of her beautiful babies and is just so happy."
Source: New York Post

New Photos: Mariah Parties in NYC
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 22-Jul-2011, 7:59PM EDT
Check out photos of Mariah, looking gorgeous, at Juliet Supperclub in New York City Thursday night, July 21, 2011.


Source: TooFab

Lollipop Splash Now in Puerto Rico
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Jul-2011, 5:16PM EDT
Mariah's new Lollipop Splash The Remix fragrances: "Vision of Love," Inseparable," and "Never Forget You;" are now available in Puerto Rico! Benjamin spotted them at the JC Penney and Sears department stores at Plaza Las Americas in San Juan; and at Walgreens in Condado, San Juan. Each 1.0 fl oz bottle retails for $35.

Below are photos of the Splash floor displays at Sears, JCP and Walgreens.


Source: Benjamin

Da Brat Touched by Mariah's Prison Visit
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 21-Jul-2011, 1:22AM EDT
Da Brat, whose real name is Shawntae Harris, has served her time and says she is a new woman. She recently spoke with CNN about her hopes for a reality show, reviving her music career and how Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon shocked her while she was incarcerated.

CNN: You have very close family and friends, so who surprised you by coming to visit you in prison?

Da Brat: (Laughing) Mariah (Mariah Carey -- Da Brat and Carey appeared together in Carey's film "Glitter.") Yeah, Mariah and Nick (Nick Cannon, Carey's husband).

It was a shocker because the whole place was in an uproar. They must have called ahead because all of the officers and the warden knew. The whole compound put on their uniforms and it was a down day when we didn't have inspection or anything.

They called me and told me I had a visitor and I hadn't requested a special visitor so I was like "Huh?" Mind you, the person who came to get me was a lieutenant who up until then had been a complete a**hole towards me, but she was being all nice.

They told me to go into the warden's conference room and when I came around the corner I saw Mariah's manager. My knees buckled and I almost passed out. I couldn't believe she had come to see me.

She found a private airport that I didn't even know existed, flew her G5 in and came to see her BFF. I was really touched by that.
Source: CNN

Gaga Mentions Mariah in 92.3 NOW Interview
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 20-Jul-2011, 10:03AM EDT
Lady Gaga says, "I've been listening to her [Mariah] since I was young," in this new interview with Nick Cannon on 92.3 NOW in New York.

Source: 92.3 NOW | Donnie

Video: Mariah at Prince Azim's Birthday Party
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 19-Jul-2011, 9:53AM EDT
Behind the scenes at Prince Azim's star-studded party for his 28th birthday held at his Stapleton Park home in Leicestershire, UK earlier this month.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah #28 on Billboard's Biggest AC Artists Ever
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 16-Jul-2011, 12:39AM EDT
"The 50 Biggest Adult Contemporary Artists Ever"
Obviously, people mock Adult Contemporary radio. It's called "vanilla" and bland. Tedious. Monotonic. Strictly for the elevator. We beg to differ: AC is absolutely captivating. And to celebrate the chart's 50th anniversary, we've ranked its 50 biggest stars.

Aside from being one of the most successful formats in the histories of recorded music and commercial radio, our AC chart is home to hall of famers, big-betters and hard rockers. Home to soulful sweethearts and songwriting superstars. AC isn't a place songs go to die. As radio folks, songwriters and fans well know - AC is the place where stars go to live forever.

28 Mariah Carey
Just 20 years old when she arrived in 1990, Carey scored three AC No. 1s from her self-titled debut album: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time" and "I Don't Wanna Cry." Now mother of twins, she collected her seventh and most recent leader with "Oh Santa!" last winter.

Source: Billboard | Mario

"Save The Day" Update
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 15-Jul-2011, 4:16PM EDT
Mariah on Twitter:

"Yes, Save The Day is still on track to be released, but it's still in demo form & not ready for the world!"

Source: --

Video: Nick Cannon Talks About Mariah & Babies
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 14-Jul-2011, 7:10AM EDT
E! News and Extra - July 13, 2011

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah at Prince Azim's Birthday Bash
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 13-Jul-2011, 11:20AM EDT

The Sultan of Brunei's son Prince Azim kept up his reputation for having star-studded birthdays.

For his 28th bash Eva Longoria, Whitney Houston, Usher, Hilary Swank, and Mariah Carey, as his guest of honour, were put up at his Stapleton Park stately home in Leicestershire.

There was a casino night followed by another party the next evening.

It was the first time Mariah travelled without her own little lambs – her tots Monroe and Moroccan. A pal of the star said: "Mariah was delighted to be there – she is a close friend of Prince Azim."
Source: Mirror UK

L.A. Reid at Epic: His First Week on the Job
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 12-Jul-2011, 1:05PM EDT
The "X Factor" judge and seasoned music executive has yet to be formally announced as the new head of Epic Label Group, but he's already mulling big ideas, like what it would take to bring Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez back into the Sony fold.

Doug Morris has yet to actually occupy his newly minted seat as CEO of Sony Music Entertainment (word is he's in Europe until the 15th), but he's made his presence known via an introductory memo sent to staff on July 6 promising to "begin a new and important chapter in the history of our great company."

Conversely, new Epic Label Group head Antonio "L.A." Reid has been almost a regular fixture around the halls of midtown Manhattan's 550 Madison Ave., but as of end of day Monday July 11, a formal announcement of his arrival had yet to be made.

That's not to say Reid didn't have a busy first week. The longtime record executive, who left Island Def Jam in March to join Simon Cowell's The X Factor as a judge, has been tending to the decor of his office, which will no doubt incorporate the warm colors and clean lines that adorned his previous suites, taking meetings and getting "his people" situated, however unofficially, according to a Sony insider.

And there's already been talk of big plans, like possibly bringing Mariah Carey (a Columbia artist from 1990 to 1999) and Jennifer Lopez (signed in 1999, "parted ways" with Epic in 2010) back into the Sony fold. Both were among Reid's pet projects at IDJ, the former selling upwards of seven million albums under his watch, and the latter riding a comeback wave that began with her RedOne-produced single, "On The Floor" (a judging gig on American Idol didn't hurt).

Of course, getting these pop divas out of their respective deals would likely prove a tricky endeavor, but not an impossible one. After all, Morris' post-Universal Music Group "no poaching" clause applies to staff, not artists, although where the former is concerned, there are plenty of Reid loyalists eager to make the jump to Epic.

Lollipop Splash Now Available at Macy's
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 11-Jul-2011, 1:03PM EDT
Mariah's new Lollipop Splash The Remix fragrances: "Vision of Love," Inseparable," and "Never Forget You;" are now available at Macy's! To the right is a photo of the Lollipop Splash tester bottles/counter display in Macy's at the Northridge Fashion Center in Los Angeles, CA. Thanks to Vahe!

Get your bottles today! The fragrances are available in 1.0 fl oz bottles and retail for $35 each.
Source: Vahe | MariahDailyJournal

Precious DVD Release in Hungary
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 10-Jul-2011, 3:03PM EDT
The highly-acclaimed 2009 drama Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (A Boldogság Ára) is now available on DVD in Hungary.

A Boldogság Ára
Release Date: July 1, 2011
Catalogue Number: 12100 SP069
Subtitles: Hungarian, English
DVD Extras: audio commentary with Lee Daniels, Deleted scenes, Trailer

Photos of the DVD below courtesy of Szilvia.

Source: Szilvia

New Photo: Mariah in the UK
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 10-Jul-2011, 2:21PM EDT


Check out this new photo of Mariah with Joan Collins at a private party in the UK last night. The photo was posted by Joan on her Twitter earlier today saying: "Mariah Carey looks amazing 2 months after having twins!"

R. Kelly's Demo of "Betcha Gon' Know (Remix)"
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Jul-2011, 1:41PM EDT
R. Kelly's demo of Mariah Carey's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel cut "Betcha Gon' Know" has surfaced. R. Kelly's version, titled "I Check," was written from the perspective of a female who suspects that her man is cheating, and will remind listeners of his epic "Trapped in the Closet" series. Although his storytelling lyrics were not used on Mariah's album, Kelly had reportedly recorded a version for her scrapped Angels Advocate remix project.


Source: Rap-Up

Mariah on HSN on July 25
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Jul-2011, 12:30PM EDT
Mariah is slated to appear on HSN on Monday, July 25th to showcase her latest exclusive collection of jewelry, shoes and fragrance. Mark your calendars, and get those credit cards ready!

Related Article:
HSN Wants You to Meet Mariah! (MC.com)

Mariah on TV
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 08-Jul-2011, 2:44AM EDT
E! News - July 7, 2011

Source: MariahDailyJournal

New Photos: Mariah in Manhattan
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 06-Jul-2011, 6:43PM EDT
Mariah spotted out and about in Manhattan, New York on Wednesday afternoon, July 6.








Source: MariahDailyJournal

Lollipop Splash The Remix Now Out!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 04-Jul-2011, 12:36AM EDT
Mariah's new Lollipop Splash The Remix fragrances: "Vision of Love," Inseparable," and "Never Forget You" are now available for purchase online at ElizabethArden.com!

Vision of Love
Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix Vision Of Love Eau de Parfum, 1 oz. $35.00 Buy Now

A colorful chic fragrance inspired by the combination of French Macaroon and purple jasmine for a tasty surprise.



Inseparable
Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix Inseparable Eau de Parfum, 1 oz. $35.00 Buy Now

A cocktail of explosive fruity sensations of raspberry, mango and pear combined with exotic jasmine and orange flowers create a sparkling and irresistible fragrance.


Never Forget You
Mariah Carey's Lollipop Splash The Remix Never Forget You Eau de Parfum, 1 oz. $35.00 Buy now

A playful and radiant fragrance combination of gourmet jelly beans and golden peony creates a flirty, fun experience.

Below are photos of Eric's Lollipop Splash The Remix set that he received just in time for his birthday (thanks to Craig).

Source: Elizabeth Arden | MariahDailyJournal | Eric

Mariah's Music Box Revisited with co-writer Afanasieff
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 03-Jul-2011, 9:57PM EDT

Music Box was released on August 31, 1993 by Columbia Records. After selling over 15 million copies of her self-titled debut album, Mariah Carey decided to experiment with her sound for her follow up album, Emotions, but failed to make the same type of commercial impact as her debut. Carey returned to the studio determined to broaden her listening audience and produce another high quality album not only for herself, but for legions of her beloved fans. As a result, her career ascended to extraordinary heights.

This album would see Carey asserting her control over all aspects of her musical sound. It was mutually agreed upon to take her sound in a more pop-friendly direction over the heavy R&B/Soul influence from her previous album. Alongside her writing partner Walter Afanasieff, Carey was able to carve out a niche where many of her contemporaries failed to. Music Box introduced a young producer named David Hall, welcomed back the long time production duo of David Cole and Robert Cliviles and ushered in the arrival of Babyface and Daryl Simmons on a Mariah Carey led album. Carey's five octave range was on full display once again, which left an indelible mark on the majority of songs on the album.

Mariah Carey came from a musical family where her mother was a singer for the New York City Opera as well as being a vocal coach. At the tender age of 3, she began singing and by the time she reached high school Carey was cutting records as a demo singer for a local recording studio in her native Long Island. It was during this juncture where she received tutelage from the legendary Gavin Christopher and began writing with Ben Marguiles. From her association with Marguiles, Carey was able to write and record songs for her demo tape, which ended up on her debut album, Mariah Carey.

As the story goes, Carey would go on to become a backup vocalist for then popular recording artist, Brenda K. Starr. At a industry party in 1988, Carey's demo tape ended up in the hands of Columbia Records executive, Tommy Mottola. She eventually received her big break in the fall of the same year. Her debut album Mariah Carey only foreshadowed what was to come and three years later she found herself in a league of her own.

Between the months of August 1992-May 1993, Music Box was recorded at Right Track Studios in Manhattan, New York and The Plant Studios in Sausalito, California.

SoulCulture recently sat down with Walter Afanasieff, the co-writer, producer and studio musician for the album to share their blueprint for creating a classic record.


Afanasieff remembers how he first became involved with Carey on her previous albums.

"I actually did work on her first album," says Afanasieff. "I was sort of the arranger and co-producer to a gentleman named Narada Michael Walden. I was his right hand guy, his keyboardist, co-writer, arranger, co-producer sort of guy. He was hired to do a few songs on the first album. We actually worked on the "Vision of Love" song from the first album as well as "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry."

I was involved at that time as a musician. When Tommy Mottola and Mariah were in California working on her album with Narada Michael Walden, we all met. In the meeting with Tommy and Mariah, we exchanged the knowledge that this was a cool opportunity for us to be acquainted and to continue working together.

"Tommy gave me a challenge and he said, 'We have one more song that we want to record for the first album and the album is already pressed and in the CD cases, but I'm going to halt the presses. And if this song that you do, Walter turns out good we'll put that song on the first album again on the second pressing.' So he gave me this challenge and I delivered the last song for that first album called "Love Takes Time." "Love Takes Time" ended up being Mariah's second single, which went to number 1 after "Vision of Love" went to number one. It was my first production and that's how we started our relationship.

"I started to score points with her and them because they thought I was good enough to become her writing partner. So her and I started to write for her second album. The meeting of the first, led to writing on the second and that led to Music Box being a really serious music collaboration. The first album where we worked very hard and closely together was the Emotions album and there we ironed out some of the creases and it wasn't perfect. We weren't exactly on point yet, but with Music Box we were definitely on point."

Afanasieff describes the direction they wanted to pursue for the album.

"It was never a purposeful idea, it was always about what Mariah was writing and feeling," says Afanasieff. "Mariah is a simple songwriter. She writes about what she's going through. She writes about her feelings and she writes about the climate the world is in musically. So at the time Music Box was written for and being put together, it was all about what we were doing. It had nothing to do with a direction decision. She simply went through her first album and on her second album, Emotions we tried a lot of different things that we were writing and feeling and we started writing different songs after that and we got into a different spirit, which led to the Music Box record.

"We didn't have any orders coming down from the music executives to tell us to make the record more pop, more soulful or softer, nothing like that. It was strictly about what she was feeling and how she felt is how we wrote the songs and those ended up being on the album. I would write something at the piano with her and the challenge at that point becomes how do we produce a modern, hit sounding track based on what we just finished writing at the piano. So that production and arrangement is what makes the song sound the way it sounds. She would take the tracks that I did for her and she would vibe on those. And then she would layer her vocals a certain way and it was just a building process from there that you take step by step. It was never a decision that it was going to be a certain way before it happened.

He continues, "Mariah is her own melodious. She is the one that comes up with the vocal. Whenever she ends up singing what you hear her singing it comes from her. The writing partnership that her and I had and I can't speak for her other songwriting partners, but if you could see us in the room I would hit a chord and play a little melody on the piano and she would say, 'Oh, that's nice,' and she would sing that melody and then she adds a little bit to it. I would then play it back and then she would say, 'Yea, that's good' so it instantly becomes this partnership where eventually she'll have a melody and then the melody would prompt her to start thinking about this feeling she wants to put into words. This would eventually become the theme of the song. Melody wise it was also a partnership that developed her melodies and it was really her that took the direction lyrically. She would write the majority of the lyrics herself."

Afanasieff recalls how he became involved with the lead single "Dreamlover" from the album.

"'Dreamlover,' for instance, was a song that Mariah was doing on the side," says Afanasieff. "She had a particular need for up-tempo records and more of a cutting edge sound. I won't say I was only the balladeer, but the more softer, melodic, more ballad and songs like that I was at the helm with her for those records. She would always have this little area of her album where David Cole and Robert Clivilles would be featured. Unfortunately, it was just a one shot type of deal from my understanding of it. A gentleman named Dave Hall produced the song. He was this up and coming producer, writer, track guy in the New York area.

"She went off and wrote 'Dreamlover' with Dave. I had nothing to do with the writing or even the initial production of the first draft, but when the song was delivered to the record company Tommy Mottola and Columbia Records decided the record needed a little bit more something to it. In their opinion, it was a little too dark and a little unexciting I guess to put on the radio in its form. So they gave it to me and I added a few little bits and pieces to it. I added a Hammond B3 organ to it to make it bounce a little bit better and I added some drums to replace some of the drum parts. I remixed it and added some sprinkles and sparks on it. It was very nice to be involved on that song and I got to be listed as a co-producer on it."

"Dreamlover" landed at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, #2 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #9 on the UK Singles Chart and it helped to engineer success for Music Box after its release.

Carey's second single from the album was the iconic "Hero" and Afanasieff tells a fascinating story of how the song came together with assistance from Tommy Mottola.

"One of my favorite stories of the Mariah Carey era was when I was asked to write a song for a film that was being finished in Hollywood that Sony/Columbia Pictures was putting out," says Afanasieff. "Being intertwined with Sony Music you're sort of connected to the company next door which is Sony Pictures. So a lot of times Sony Pictures calls upon Sony Music to produce the music for the movie, which is a pretty standard procedure. They asked me if I would come in and screen a movie called "Hero" which was a Dustin Hoffman and Andy Garcia movie.

"At this particular time, they asked Gloria Estefan to sing this song and they asked me to write and produce a song for the movie. I was carrying this bit of information in my head when I came to New York City to work with Mariah on her album. We were getting together to do some writing for her album. One day, while we were at Right Track Studios I told her about this project I was working on and asked her if she wanted to write this song with me. I told her it was pretty cool and the concept of the movie. I started playing the piano part at the beginning of the song and she asked me, 'Is that your idea for it?' I told her, 'Yea, this is what I've been working on for it.' She goes, 'Yea, that's really pretty. Let's try it.' So we sat there and tried it.

"Within the next two hours we had the bulk of the song done. She started to not be Mariah Carey, the singer, she started to become the songwriter for someone else. She wasn't really worried about it being for her and her style. She just came out of the box and we wrote "Hero." At that time, Tommy Mottola walked in and asked us what we were doing. We told him we just wrote this song for the movie "Hero." He said 'Let me hear it.' and after he heard it he looked at us and he said, 'There's absolutely no way you're giving that song to that movie. This is your song, Mariah.'

"She said, 'What? I'm not going to sing this song. This song is not for me. This isn't what I want. This isn't my style.' He told her, 'No, trust me. If you put this song on your album and put this out, it's genius. This will be one of your biggest songs I promise you.' She said, 'I don't want to. This isn't who I want to be. I want to be less schmaltzy. I want to be less pop and less ballad driven.' He said, 'Trust me. You have to record this song.' So she ended up recording it herself. We didn't give it to the movie and I didn't write anything for the movie. Low and behold it was one of the biggest hits of her career."

"Hero" peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, #5 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #7 on the UK Singles Chart and it generated more success for Carey.

The next single to follow "Hero" was "Without You," which was a remake of the popular 1970 hit written by the British rock group, Badfinger. Afanasieff spoke on how strong the response was for it in Europe.

"The song that she loved and wanted to do a remake of was "Without You" by the British rock group Badfinger and remade by Harry Nilsson," says Afanasieff. "Mariah was always influenced by the Beatles, George Michael, Stevie Wonder and many other artists. "Without You" was a personal favorite of hers.

"I wanted to get closer to the version that I believed the integrity of the song belonged to which was the Harry Nilsson version because it had the power, the piano and the big sound. I went to work on our version of the track and Mariah came in and slayed her vocal and it turned out pretty powerful. At that time, I think there was a climate in the world especially from Europe because you have to understand there were other girls out there in the mid-'90s like Celine Dion who were really raising the bar. Europe loved the song "Without You" and then it caught on here in the US."

"Without You" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart and #1 on the UK Singles Chart.

The fourth single to be revealed to the public at large would be the Babyface and Daryl Simmons produced song entitled, "Never Forget You." "Never Forget You" peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and #7 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Singles Chart.

The final single to be released from the album would be "Anytime You Need A Friend." It showcased a pair of newcomers Kelly Price and Melonie Daniels on background vocals. It peaked at #12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts, #22 on the Billboard R&B Singles Chart and #8 on the UK Singles Chart.

Afanasieff gives a glimpse into how the song was formulated.

"Mariah was a humongous lover of gospel music and the church," says Afanasieff. "We were always in the company of these wonderful singers reared in the church. Her background singers like Melonie Daniels and Kelly Price grew up in the church. We were messing around with the fact that we were going to do a gospel type song. We had done a couple of songs on her second album. One was called "And You Don't Remember" that we wrote and it had that 6,8 churchy, gospel type sound. We wanted to do something like that again.

"Mariah also loved a song that she had on her first album called "I Don't Wanna Cry." The substance of "I Don't Wanna Cry" and the gospel quality of "And You Don't Remember" led this sort of melodic, melancholy theme that we wanted to bust out into some big harmony gospel singing type of chorus. This is how we came up with "Anytime You Need a Friend."

"It was very much driven by me being at the piano. When I'm playing the piano I'm playing a million different things. When I would be playing the piano Mariah would say 'What's that?' and I'll say 'Which one?' and she would say 'Yea, I like it.' and then when I would go on and play a hundred more things and she would do the same thing. I would play the minor sad melody, the chord progression and the verse she would say 'What's that? I love that.' Then she would figure out the theme of the song. It was a combination of what we did on "I Don't Wanna Cry" and "And You Don't Remember" alongside the beautiful singing her girls were going to provide. Mariah gave the world that sick female harmony almost choir sounding style of hers. She loved arranging and adding as many harmonies as possible."

Afanasieff goes on to provide insight on how the final tracks of the album came together and his disappointment in a decision made by the record company regarding the final printed version of the album.

"Mariah was very influenced by George Michael and his album Faith," says Afanasieff. "She asked me if I had a sound that she really loved, which was a special organ sound. I remember being at Right Track Studios and we scoured the city to find the keyboard that was used to create the sound on that one George Michael song that she really loved. So we came back to the studio with a bunch of keyboards and I tried to come up with the sound and it didn't work out. I finally got a Roland Juno 106 synthesizer delivered and in that bank of organ keyboard sounds she said, 'Yeah, that's the sound I really love.'

"So we started playing around with me hitting these chords on this organ sound and I started to play a chord progression and she immediately started to go into this beautiful musical trance. She started singing lovely melodies of my chord changes on the keyboard. This the melody that is now the song called 'Music Box.' It was so beautiful that we added this little music box sound to it. It was all based on this keyboard that George Michael started using years before that influenced Mariah when she was a younger girl."

"'Just to Hold You Once Again' was a lyric that she wrote after the music was written and the feeling of the music inspired Mariah to put these words down. I had a very classical upbringing and an intense life of classical training, piano lessons and music school. So I'm a really accomplished musician and I'm extremely versatile when it comes to different music genres. As I said earlier, I would play a chord progression and Mariah would like it and we would go off on that vibe.

"And with 'Just To Hold You Once Again' we had these really cool chord progressions that made her go into a place of really missing someone, being sad and wanting to be with that person. She wrote this really beautiful lyric about how she would wish to hold that person one more time. A lot of people were quick to assume that she was lonely and sad. Just because someone wrote a sad song doesn't mean that's what they are. It was just a feeling that the song brought out. A good songwriter can get into the actual mood of the song. Mariah has such a gift for composing and song writing."

"We kind of did a song on every album that had a similarity to each other and it was a little wave that her and I caught on the first real big project we worked on together, which was the album Emotions. There was this chord progression we always liked to remind ourselves of. It was one of those times where we ended up writing a song that really was just a very comfortable place that we would always go into. It was something that naturally came out. There were a couple of songs that we ended up with. My favorite song from the Music Box album wasn't on the US version, but it was on the international version of the album it was "Everything Fades Away." It kind of broke my heart to be honest.

"Record companies always have their rules. They always feel like there's too many songs on an album or not enough songs on an album or not enough of this kind of song on an album. It's usually a decision made by a corporate mind and they're usually wrong. "Everything Fades Away" one was of the favorites that many Europeans always say and I had wished it went on the American release. Because it didn't make the American release we put the other song 'All I've Ever Wanted' on the album. It's in that area of where it was a ballad type of song and it was really comfortable for us."

The remaining two songs on Music Box were two infectious up-tempo songs produced by David Cole and Robert Cliviles, "Now That I Know" and "I've Been Thinking About You."

Music Box peaked at #1 on the Billboard 200 Albums Chart in the early winter of 1993 and it found its way back to the top of the charts three different times in three different countries (U.S., UK and Australia) and has went on to sell more than 32 million albums worldwide. The album has achieved multi-platinum status in 11 countries and landed at #26 on the Billboard End of Decade Album Chart in 1999 proving its staying power and effect on popular culture.

To this day, it's regarded as the one of the greatest albums from the 1990s and remains the highest selling album of her career. This album earned a plethora of Grammy, American Music Award and Soul Train Music Award nominations. Music Box set the standard for other Pop infused R&B records for the remainder of the decade. It will continue to be a bellwether of what quality music should sound like for the coming generations of music fans.

Afanasieff speaks on his fond memories of working with Carey and creating Music Box.

"I was lucky enough to be involved 18 years ago with Mariah Carey to form a union to inspire, write and produce music that ended up on album called Music Box," says Afanasieff. "It is now being hailed as a classic album because it sold so many records worldwide. It garnered so many beautiful songs and hits. It saved people's lives and still does. When people hear "Hero" and someone is deeply troubled they'll play the song and will be reminded that the hero is inside of them not anyone else. That message will stand the test of time.

"The album was a real masterpiece. It was a cumulative work of art that was due to an atmosphere where we enjoyed and challenged ourselves. Record companies today won't even sign people let alone put out songs because some survey says it won't sell or some 13 year old won't download it on iTunes. I think we're better than that and we deserve better than that."
Source: Soul Culture

New Lollipop Bling Scent: "That Chick"
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 02-Jul-2011, 9:48PM EDT
A fourth scent has been added to the Mariah Carey Lollipop Bling fragrance collection! The new scent "That Chick," named after the song "I'm That Chick" from Mariah's 2008 album E=MC², joins the original 2010-released trio "Honey," "Ribbon" and "Mine Again." "That Chick," packaged in an orange box and whose bottle is tinted orange with a purple base has a sparkling and fun summer scent of orange and cinnamon. You can now purchase "That Chick," available in 0.5 fl oz (15 ml) Eau de Parfum spray, at all Wal-Mart stores for only $19!

Below are photos of "That Chick" and the floor display at Wal-Mart. Thanks to Aaron and Ben for the first-hand info!

Source: Aaron | Ben | MariahDailyJournal

Meet Mariah's Biggest Australian Fan
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-Jul-2011, 3:56PM EDT
Fans from Sydney are well aware of Kevin, a Mariah fan who has notoriously been calling every mainstream Sydney radio station over the past 15 years professing his love for her, writing poems for her, etc. He's always on-air defending her every time some kind of tabloid scandal pops up and requests her music every day. It's been happening so long that he's become quite well-known, not just with Mariah fans, but with radio listeners of various morning shows as he's constantly calling in to talk all things Mariah. In the early 2000s, he even had a weekly segment on Mix 106.5FM to discuss Mariah updates!

We've never known anything else about him (that is, what he looks like, etc), until now. Today, The Edge 96.1FM recorded a video segment for their website with Kevin.

Source: Tim | The Edge 96.1FM

Mariah News in Germany, Indonesia
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 01-Jul-2011, 3:44PM EDT
GERMANY
• Mariah's German fans have voted her the "Queen of Pop" of the '90s, a category she was nominated for by German TV channel ARTE. Therefore, she will get her very own documentary on ARTE on July 27, 2011 at 6.30pm CET. Be sure to tune in!

• Mariah is also in the run for ARTE's "Ultimate Queen of Pop." Vote for Mariah here! The winner will be announced during the "Queens of Pop" finale broadcast live from Hamburg on July 30, 2011.

• Mariah has made the "Top 20: Hot Mamas," a list of hottest celebrity moms as published by the German music channel VIVA. Check out the list here.

• Last week's episode of Big Brother Germany, Mariah's Christmas classic "All I Want For Christmas Is You" was played to wake up the people in the house and help them get into the mood for a six months too early Christmas celebration.

INDONESIA
The Indonesian fan club, Mariah Indonesia, celebrated its 11th anniversary on Friday, June 24th. Congratulations to Pieter and all its members! To celebrate this momentous event, they created a logo, designed by ChoCho Xiahaan, that will be used for every fan club activities; including t-shirts, banner, poster or souvenirs. Pieter writes, the new logo "symbolizes the devotion of all Indonesian lambs to support Mariah as our #1 inspiration."
Source: Dennis | Pieter


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