July 2012

"Triumphant (Get 'Em)" Promotional Image
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 31-Jul-2012, 10:58PM EDT
Below is a high quality image of the promotional photo used for the "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" single cover:

Source: Meski

"Triumphant" Premiere: "It's Not Too Far"
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 31-Jul-2012, 9:09PM EDT
Jermaine Dupri has revealed on his Twitter that "Triumphant" will be premiering on Chicago's B96!

Jermaine Dupri Chicago!! @B96radio Is Premiering @MariahCarey’s "Triumphant" This Thursday!

Thursday, August 2, is the day we've been waiting for, and "it's not too far!" Earlier this evening, Mariah gave us a preview of the song's lyrics via an image tweeted from her Instagram account:

The message of #Triumphant is very close to my heart and I know you can relate to it too.

"Triumphant" To Hit Radio On August 2
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 31-Jul-2012, 7:37AM EDT
Mariah's new single "Triumphant (Get 'Em), as previously announced, will make its world premiere on Thursday, August 2nd. The single will simultaneously be delivered digitally to radios at 3:00pm ET.

Also, we can now confirm that iTunes will make the single available for download exclusively a week earlier than its regular release on either Monday, August 6 or Tuesday, August 7.

Below is the single cover for the Explicit Version of "Triumphant (Get 'Em)."

Source: MariahDailyJournal

More HQ Photos: Mariah at Art For Life Benefit in NY
Posted by Angie on Tuesday, 31-Jul-2012, 7:06AM EDT
Here are more photos of Mariah with husband Nick Cannon at Russell Simmons' 13th Annual Art for Life East Hampton Benefit in New York on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: Mariah Honored at Art For Life Gala
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 31-Jul-2012, 12:47AM EDT
Below you can view and download footage of Mariah and Nick speaking at Russell Simmons' 13th annual Art For Life Gala on Saturday, July 28, 2012.

[ Download a video file here ]
Source: Carlo from Extra

"Triumphant (Get 'Em)" Digital Release
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 30-Jul-2012, 10:46PM EDT
MariahDailyJournal can exclusively confirm that Mariah's new single, "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill will be released to all digital outlets on August 14, 2012. The single will be available in two different versions:

"Triumphant (Get 'Em) Digital Release
Title/Version Title
Release Date
Triumphant (Get 'Em) [Edited]
Aug. 14, 2012
Triumphant (Get 'Em) [Explicit]
Aug. 14, 2012

iTunes may receive an advance one-week exclusive release starting on August 7. We will let you know as soon as we get more information.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Triumphant (Get 'Em)" Single Cover/Release Details
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 30-Jul-2012, 11:22AM EDT
Here is the single cover for "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," as revealed moments ago by Mariah via her Instagram account. Further, Mariah announced that the world premiere will be this Thursday, August 2.

MariahDailyJournal has exclusively learned that the single will initially be released with two different versions, both featuring Rick Ross and Meek Mill:

Triumphant (Get 'Em) [ Edited Version ] Mariah Carey, Featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill 4:10

Triumphant (Get 'Em) [ Explicit Version ] Mariah Carey, Featuring Rick Ross & Meek Mill 4:10

MariahDailyJournal will be holding a download contest for "Triumphant (Get 'Em)" when the single is digitally released. Stay tuned for further details!
Source: Mariah via Twitter | MariahDailyJournal

Follow Mariah on Instagram For a Surprise Today!
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 30-Jul-2012, 9:48AM EDT
Mariah has announced that she would like us to join her on Instagram:

Mariah Carey: I have finally joined instagram! Follow me @mariahcarey for a VERY special surprise later today!

Mariah on the Set of "Triumphant" Video
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 30-Jul-2012, 7:59AM EDT
Earlier this morning, Mariah updated us from the set of the "Triumphant" video!

On the set of the TRIUMPHANT (Get 'Em) video shoot. Get ready for a triumphant week, we have surprises every day!

As an update to our previous post, it has been verified that actor Eric West did not end up appearing in the music video, which was directed by Nick Cannon.

No doubt this will be a very exciting week for Mariah fans! Stay tuned!
Source: Mariah via Twitter

HQ Photos: Art For Life Gala
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 29-Jul-2012, 2:33PM EDT
Below are photos of Mariah and Nick being honored at Russell Simmons' Art For Life Gala, held on Saturday, July 28, 2012 in New York.

Source: Meski

Mariah Tops HitFix's Music Power Ratings
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 29-Jul-2012, 2:15PM EDT
From "The Beat Goes On: Inside Music With Melinda Newman"

1. Mariah Carey: Mimi is confirmed as Jennifer Lopez's replacement as a judge on American Idol for a reported $18 million payday. Production may have to shift to midnight to meet this night owl's schedule, but she is a great choice. Britney Spears feels underpaid.
Source: HitFix

Twitter Photo: Mariah Honored at Art For Life Gala
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 28-Jul-2012, 8:57PM EDT
Below is one of the first photos of Mariah from Russell Simmons' Art For Life Gala, which is currently taking place in New York City. Photo courtesy of Charity Buzz.

Source: Charity Buzz

Actor Eric West Shooting Video With Mariah
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 28-Jul-2012, 3:39PM EDT
Actor Eric West has confirmed via his Twitter account that he will be part of Mariah's music video shoot taking place tomorrow, July 29, 2012:

Eric West Excited to shoot the @mariahcarey video on Sunday. Should be fun times!

West is considered to be one of film and music's rising stars. He was named "One to Watch in 2011" by US Magazine. Most recently he worked on NBC's "30 Rock."

This is West's first time working with Mariah. When asked by a fan what the video would be like, he replied "1960's style."

News Tidbits
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 28-Jul-2012, 11:49AM EDT
• As a reminder of tonight's Art for Life Gala: We hear... That Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon will be honored at Russell Simmons’ Art for Life Gala at his East Hampton home today, followed by a party at the Hamptons Players Club (From today's New York Post)

• Mariah was in the studio again last night, this time with a special guest vocalist, whom she tweeted a photo of!

First she was producing, now she wants to do it alll.. Jill E Beans ....supastarrrr!

• Aretha Franklin spoke with "Showbiz Tonight" about her thoughts on American Idol and on Mariah being on the show. Here's what she had to say:

"I like Mariah. She's a very, very gracious person and we've been friends for a long time. I met her at the Grammys many year ago, back in the- what was it- ooh! In fact at the Grammys she came up to me and introduced herself to me, very politely and just a very nice person. I like her. So I'm happy for her!"

You can watch her full commentary here.

• James wrote an article for MTV News about American Idol fans' reaction to Mariah joining the judges' panel. You can view the article here.

Fan Corner - #MCSummer2012 Edition

• Puente sent us a video he made in honor of "Triumphant." You can view it at his YouTube channel.

• Ila from Italy recently held a gathering at her home to celebrate MC Summer 2012. Here are a couple of photos from the festivities:

• Martyn met Mariah at the beginning of the summer and he made a video blog about his experience. Check it out here.
Source: New York Post | Mariah via Twitter | Showbiz Tonight | James | Puente | Ila | Martyn

Mariah Video Shoot This Weekend?
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 27-Jul-2012, 8:50AM EDT
Celebrity Fashion Stylist Eric Santiago, aka "E-Stylz," tweeted last night recruiting talent for a Mariah video to be shot in NYC. It was not specified exactly what they are looking for:

Eric Santiago ESTYLZ ‏@E_STYLZ

Casting talent for a Mariah Carey video this coming Sunday NYC! Email us at: RiverRedPro@gmail.com if you're interested#pow
Source: Eric Santiago via Twitter | Pandem0nium via FOMM

Nick Cannon: Mariah Will Be "Raw and Uncut" on Idol
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 27-Jul-2012, 8:00AM EDT
Watch out Simon, Mimi is about to be unleashed!

According to Nick Cannon, his wife and new American Idol judge Mariah Carey will be the most fierce face to ever sit at the judges' table - but even tougher than Simon Cowell?

"She's very serious about music and singing. She'll probably be the toughest judge that's ever been on [the] show," Nick told Access Hollywood backstage at Wednesday's America’s Got Talent.

In addition to her strong opinions, Mariah will also show off another not-often-seen side.

"She's going to be amazing... people don't know my wife's sense of humor," Nick continued. "They're about to get the whole Mariah Carey, raw and uncut! And see the woman that I fell in love with."

But will she drop the diva behavior, for example showing up to work on time - as ?Idol is a live show for a majority of the season?

"Nah, that ain’t happening," Nick joked. "It's Mariah Carey time!"

American Idol's Season 12 returns to FOX in January.

Ryan Seacrest to Mariah Carey: "You'll Fit Right In"
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 26-Jul-2012, 11:41AM EDT
Simon Cowell may think Mariah Carey is too "sweet" for the rigors of "American Idol" judging, but that's not Ryan Seacrest's take on it at all.

"I actually called her last night and I said, 'So welcome to the family,'" the "Idol" host, who is assisting NBC with its Olympic coverage, told TODAY's Matt Lauer in London Thursday. "I said, 'What are you going to be like on the show? She said, 'You know how I am: I'm very honest. I say what I'm thinking.' I said, 'Great. You'll fit right in.'"

Carey will be taking the seat of departed Jennifer Lopez, and Seacrest said, "We're sad to see her go." But the big question now is who will take over the chair once occupied so flamboyantly by Steven Tyler.

"I've heard rumors of Brad Paisley, I've heard rumors of Pink, I've heard rumors about all kinds of people. And the way that it works is we read about the rumors and about an hour before it's confirmed I get a call saying, 'Guess who's on the show.'"
Source: MSNBC

Mariah's Idol Rider "Standard"
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 26-Jul-2012, 8:27AM EDT
From the New York Post regarding Mariah's American Idol rider:

A source close to Carey says she won't require anything out of the ordinary on Idol, and adds that the show itself has many of its own branded requirements for stars to use the products of certain sponsors. "It's all standard stuff, nothing out of the ordinary," the source said of Carey's Idol requirements. "It's not like they'll need to put a new roof on the building. It's standard lists, whether it's for water, soda, veggies, snacks. It's all fairly normal."

Mariah Carey Scene Will Open "The Butler"
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 25-Jul-2012, 4:05PM EDT
Lee Daniels's "The Butler" started shooting yesterday in New Orleans. And there's a lot of news I can tell you EXCLUSIVELY about this film starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey. First of all, Quincy Jones has signed to compose the soundtrack. That's a big big deal. And now I've heard that Daniels will film a scene for the opening of the film with Mariah Carey and Vanessa Redgrave far removed from the White House setting of the rest of the film. It sounds pretty cool, but I've been asked not to give it away.

Mariah is already said to be complaining about her makeup, which - as in "Precious" - she will be de-glamourized. And there’s more: because Liam Neeson is shooting Paul Haggi's new film in Italy, he had to drop out of the role of Lyndon Johnson. So Liev Schreiber steps in. (The role of Lady Byrd is said to be minor.) And Olivia Washington, daughter of Denzel and Pauletta Washington, will make her screen debut as a civil rights activist. So far the only actress I'd like hear is in "The Butler" but isn't is LaTanya Richardson. Lee - find her a role!

"The Butler" will be Daniels' first PG-13 movie after more adult fare with "Monster’s Ball," "Precious," and "The Paperboy," his wild new movie that opens this fall with an Oscar tipped performance by Nicole Kidman.

See also:
CinemaBlend: Mariah Carey Reteams With Lee Daniels for "The Butler"

Lyrical Advice for American Idol Contestants
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 25-Jul-2012, 11:18AM EDT
Many thanks to Rey Ann for letting us know about this cute blog entry from Metro Lyrics, which compiles what they imagine is Mariah's "lyrical advice" to "American Idol" contestants.

Mariah Carey is a singer, songwriter, mother of twins, and a known super-diva, so we imagine that for contestants auditioning in front of her on next season’s American Idol, it won't be a cakewalk. It's got to be pretty nerve-wracking performing in front of somebody with a five-octave vocal range and a two-decades long career but we’re here to offer you some advice straight from the horse's mouth (not that the adorable Mariah even remotely resembles a horse). Here are some pieces of advice Idol contestants should follow if they want to impress Mimi...

1. (Don't) Touch My Body
The lyrics make it seem like Mariah's asking somebody to touch her body, but if you’ll recall the music video, it was all just a creepy fantasy in the mind of her tech-support guy. We don't recommend for contestants to touch Mimi, because she’s a glamorous and high-maintenance diva, ok?

2. Don't act too Obsessed with her.
Listen, she knows she's adored by millions of people and that tons of guys and girls would kill to be with her, but as she states in her lyrics, don't be up on all the blogs sayin’ you met at the bar. Be respectful, courteous, and not too familiar. Also it'll help if your voice is really really good...

3. Don't sing Hero
Ok, so this isn't exactly something Mariah has ever said not to do but think about it for a second: "Hero" has got to be the most overdone Mariah Carey song on any singing competition show ever, right? Plus, good luck measuring up to her killer pipes in that song.

4. Do mention Butterflies
If you're a Mariah Carey fan then you will be familiar with her absolute obsession with butterflies. She has an album and a song named "Butterfly" and her logo incorporates the pretty insect. When you're telling the judges about your story, casually mention your transformation from a shy tween (perhaps liken the experience to being in a "cocoon") to a confident, shining singer/songwriter/butterfly. She'll eat it right up.

HQ: American Idol Promo Picture
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 24-Jul-2012, 7:59PM EDT
AMERICAN IDOL: Mariah Carey, one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time, has joined AMERICAN IDOL as a new judge. A five-time Grammy Award-winning global superstar with more than 200 million records sold worldwide and more No. 1 songs than any solo artist in history. Carey joins the judges' panel when AMERICAN IDOL returns in January 2013 on FOX. Photo by Mark Cant.

Source: Meski | MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Just What Idol Needed: A Real Singer
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 24-Jul-2012, 7:21PM EDT
With the pop diva officially joining the aging competition, 'Idol' scores itself a wealth of credibility

Singer Mariah Carey finally validated weeks of rumors that she'd be joining Fox's long-running "American Idol" talent competition show when she revealed to reporters by speakerphone at the Television Critics Assn. press tour Monday morning that a deal had been finalized.

So what does this mean for the show that has already seen six judges, including Aerosmith's Steven Tyler and multitasking pop diva Jennifer Lopez, vacate their posts over the years?

With Carey aboard, "Idol" scored itself a wealth of credibility for its 12th season, a particular credibility it's lacked from Day 1, by doing something incredibly simple: hiring a singer widely recognized for her singing.

When "Idol" debuted in 2002, the show cemented itself as a star maker after it crowned Kelly Clarkson its inaugural champ. And throughout its groundbreaking 10-year run, the singing competition has garnered stratospheric ratings and notched many hit songs for its star-studded legion of finalists, including Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Chris Daughtry, Fantasia, Adam Lambert and Jennifer Hudson.

But for a show that's always been about finding a formidable vocalist, the judging panel has always skimped on offering a true vocalist to offer critique and artist development.

Nearly two years ago when Lopez signed on the dotted line, I analyzed why bringing her to the show was a good thing, which I will still defend.

Lopez, like the series' original sole female judge Paula Abdul, brought much-needed pop star pizazz to the series.

Lopez's arrival came at what was then the show's major tipping point: acid-tongued judge Simon Cowell had exited, ratings had dipped and the show had an incredibly awkward season that brought on comedian/talk show host Ellen DeGeneres as a judge and failed to excite viewers.

While Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Randy Jackson (who co-manages Carey's career and has long produced and played on her albums) offered the always valuable and appreciated industry perspective that would prepare finalists for the rigors of the music biz, a singing competition needs, well, a real singer.

In defense of Lopez joining the show, I have previously acknowledged she lacked the powerhouse pipes of her peers, something she's never hidden. But her prowess, which has afforded her an impressive chart profile, is that of a total package. That was always Lopez's strength -- she had the catchiest hooks, the edgiest looks and the best videos -- and she offered plenty of solid advice about harnessing that stage presence, often more deftly than her male counterparts.

But Carey, who has previously been one of the show's great guest mentors and had a week dedicated to her, offers a rarity to these competitions: bringing in a vocal giant with a wealth of experience when it comes to developing both star appeal and technical ability.

This is a combination that NBC's "The Voice" mastered when its American adaptation tapped Christina Aguilera, Blake Shelton, Cee-Lo Green and Maroon 5's Adam Levine as judges/mentors. It's a factor that has always stunted "Idol's" full potential.

Despite "Idol" having proved itself a viable talent seeker, "The Voice," which has yet to find a star, is an aspiring singer's dream as it provides a genre-crossing roster of judges, who each bring on another superstar to help mentor contestants.

Sure, "Idol" has always been entertaining, but it's been hard for a lot of viewers to accept folks like Lopez, Abdul and DeGeneres offering vocal criticism.

Carey's track record outshines that of judges on other panels, including Aguilera and Britney Spears, who will make her judge debut on "Idol's" competitor, "X Factor," in the fall.

During her more than 22 - year career she's amassed 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100, tying Elvis Presley among solo acts and just behind the Beatles, who had 20. With 63 million albums sold she is the No. 3 bestselling female artist in the U.S., according to the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

While 'Idol" helped bring Abdul back in front of the public eye, and gave Lopez's career a boost, Carey isn't in search of a "big comeback." That moment came with 2005's career - resuscitating "The Emancipation of Mimi."

Her last studio album, "Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel" opened at No. 3 and she went on her first tour since 2006. Carey then garnered rave reviews for her role in "Precious," notched another high-selling holiday album with 2010's "Merry Christmas II You" and launched clothing and perfume lines. Oh, yeah, like Lopez she also became a first-time mom when she gave birth to twins with husband Nick Cannon, who happens to hosts NBC's competition show "America's Got Talent."

"Idol" just scored a coup that could once again revive the aging competition. For those doubtful of how entertaining Carey will be on live television, just watch any of her deliciously over-the-top HSN appearances to see how loose and lively she gets without a script. Hopefully Fox puts champagne in her Coke cup for maximum fabulousness.

"Yay! I am so excited to be joining "Idol," the singer said in her brief remarks. America, you should be too.
Source: LA Times

Full American Idol Press Release
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 24-Jul-2012, 7:05PM EDT

Mariah Carey, one of the best-selling female recording artists of all time, has joined AMERICAN IDOL as a new judge. A five-time Grammy Award-winning global superstar with more than 200 million records sold worldwide and more No. 1 songs than any solo artist in history, her 18 Billboard No. 1 singles (17 of which Carey wrote) rival all but The Beatles. Carey joins the judges' panel when AMERICAN IDOL returns in January 2013 on FOX.

"As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with AMERICAN IDOL," said Mariah Carey. "I'm currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, 'Triumphant,' which will be out early next month. I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."

"We are proud to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show," said IDOL creator and executive producer Simon Fuller. "Mariah defines the word 'Idol' and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her."

"Mariah Carey is a global icon whose list of musical accomplishments is unprecedented," said Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia. "Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, she's a true artist, ideally suited to identify and nurture AMERICAN IDOL's next great music superstars. We warmly welcome her to the IDOL family."

"Mariah Carey is the real deal. Not only is she one of the best-selling artists and performers on the planet and one of the world's most gifted vocalists, she also is a successful songwriter, record producer and actress," said Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company. "She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges' table and to our contestants.

It's the dream of almost everyone who auditions for IDOL to sing like Mariah and we couldn't be happier to have her be part of the show."

With a distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting and producing talent, Carey has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/songwriter/producer, she has been recognized with five Grammy Awards, nine American Music Awards, Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award, the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium and BMI's Icon Award, to name a few. She has two consecutive and unparalleled Billboard Song of the Decade titles: "One Sweet Day" (with Boyz II Men); and "We Belong Together," further marking her massive presence on the charts since her 1990 song debut "Vision of Love." Mariah became the second artist in history and the first female performer to have a song debut at No. 1 with "Fantasy" (1995), the groundbreaking collaboration with O.D.B. of the innovative rap group Wu-Tang Clan. Carey's original holiday classic, "All I Want For Christmas is You," redefined its place in pop culture as one of the greatest holiday hits of all time when it reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in 2011, 17 years after its debut. Carey's influential and stellar contribution to the music industry spans multiple genres and is showcased through a multifaceted hit catalogue as well as a long list of diverse collaborations.

Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry and has left an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She recently made a substantial mark in film with her critically acclaimed role as a social worker in Precious, the 2009 film based on the novel Push, by Sapphire. A Congressional Award recipient, Carey has generously donated her time and energy to a range of domestic and international philanthropic causes near to her heart, including The Fresh Air Fund/Camp Mariah (a retreat where inner-city children explore career development), Save the Music Foundation and Make-a-Wish Foundation, among several others.

Carey is currently in the studio, writing, recording and executive-producing her next album for Island Def Jam Music Group, with the lead single, "Triumphant."

AMERICAN IDOL has been the No. 1 entertainment program among Total Viewers for the past nine consecutive seasons. To date, IDOL alums have produced 349 No. 1 Billboard hits and garnered nearly 250 million iTunes downloads. Last year, Season 10 winner Scotty McCreery released his debut album, Clear As Day, which dominated the Billboard Country Albums chart and has gone platinum, selling more than one million copies. Season 11 winner Phillip Phillips' first single, "Home," which was released May 23, has been certified gold.

Mariah on Entertainment Television
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 24-Jul-2012, 9:58AM EDT
Here is a recap of Mariah featured on entertainment shows last night.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Fans: Tell America That Idol is Ready For Mariah!
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 24-Jul-2012, 12:05AM EDT
Monday, July 23 was a huge day for Mariah fans, with the confirmation that Mariah will join American Idol for the show's 12th season. Last night, MariahDailyJournal showed you what Hollywood has to say about the big news. Now you have your chance to show your support for our diva!

Several major entertainment sites are offering the forum for the public to express their opinions on Mariah's new endeavour. We all know Mariah's experience as a music business legend combined with her charismatic television personality will make her the perfect addition to Idol!

Below are links to sites that are offering the option to vote in a poll or to leave free-text comments. Be creative! Be enthusiastic! And most importantly, be respectful!

Entertainment Weekly: What do you think? Will Mariah Carey improve Idol's ratings? (Comments only - No poll)

Billboard: Will Mariah Carey be a good American Idol judge? (Vote only - No comments section)

People: Will Mariah Carey be a tougher judge than Jennifer Lopez? (Vote only - No comments section)

AOL/Huffington Post: Mariah is "Idol"-ized (Comments only - No poll)

TMZ: Mariah Carey, You Are The Next American Idol Judge! (Comments only- No poll)

US Weekly: Mariah Carey to Earn $18 Million on American Idol (Comments only- No poll)
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Press/Hollywood React to Mariah's New Idol Gig
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 23-Jul-2012, 6:29PM EDT
Mere hours after Mariah was named a judge for season 12 of American Idol, Hollywood and the press are abuzz with excitement! Here is what they have to say:

"Mariah Carey is the real deal. Not only is she one of the best-selling artists and performers on the planet and one of the worlds most gifted vocalists, she also is a successful songwriter, record producer and actress. She has a deep knowledge of music and a career insight that will make her a really amazing asset to our judges' table and to our contestants. It's the dream of almost everyone who auditions for Idol to sing like Mariah and we couldn't be happier to have her be part of the show."
-Mike Darnell, President of Alternative Entertainment at Fox

"We are proud to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show. Mariah defines the word 'Idol' and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her."
-Idol Creator/Executive Producer Simon Fuller

"Mariah Carey is a global icon whose list of musical accomplishments is unprecedented. Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, she's a true artist, ideally suited to identify and nurture AMERICAN IDOL's next great music superstars. We warmly welcome her to the IDOL family."
-Cecile Frot-Coutaz, CEO, FremantleMedia

"Release the high notes! Mariah Carey indeed will be joining American Idol as a judge."
-Fox Pennsylvania

"New American Idol Judge Mariah Carey Brings Style and Talent."
-The Examiner

"I think [she would be a good judge], yeah! Why not? She's a musician for a long time she has a lot of experience. And it's that experience you offer them at the end of the day, the contestants just want to get better and grow through the process."
-Jennifer Lopez

"Welcome to the fam @MariahCarey!! When u and @nickcannon need a date night, I'm happy to strap on the double baby bjorn."
-Idol Host Ryan Seacrest via Twitter

"I think that that's fantastic, Mariah Carey joining the panel. She knows what it's all about. She's got the golden voice. I think that out of a lot of different people, she would be the diva to stand there and be able to give people real advice, real criticism."
-Idol Season 10 Singer Haley Reinhart

"I can't wait to watch @mariahcarey as a judge!! I LOVE her!!"
-Idol Season 6 winner Jordin Sparks via Twitter

"Dammit! Looks like I'll actually have to watch american idol this season cuz @mariahcarey is HILARIOUS!!"
-Songwriter Jaiden via Twitter
Source: MariahDailyJournal

More Coverage: Mariah Confirmed as Idol Judge
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 23-Jul-2012, 5:20PM EDT
Gathered from the Associated Press and FOX press release:

Mariah Carey will join American Idol as a judge when the show returns for its twelfth season in January, FOX confirmed Monday in a press release.

"I am so excited to be joining Idol" said Carey, addressing the Television Critics Association via Fox entertainment chief Kevin Reilly's cell phone, which he put on speaker for the hotel ballroom meeting.

She couldn't be on hand with the group because "this kind of all just happened really quickly," Carey said in her brief remarks. "I can't wait to get started in the fall. .... and I will see you in January."

Reilly called Carey "the biggest recording artist that any of these (talent) shows has ever had," adding that she was the "artist that many of these contestants have tried to emulate, have tried some of the songs, have tried to hit the notes."

Playing the drama up, Reilly dialed Carey's number and put her on speaker.

"Hi Mariah. How are you? It's Kevin," he said. "We do have the deal, don't we?"

"Yes!" Carey replied.

Reilly said he was "thrilled" to confirm reports that Carey was being courted by Fox and said the deal was freshly signed within the last few hours.

Added Idol creator and executive producer Simon Fuller: "We are proud to have one of the world's greatest-ever female singers join our show. Mariah defines the word Idol and will inspire every singer that has the honor of performing in front of her."

"As a singer, songwriter and producer, it's going to be fun and rewarding to help find new talent and give back with AMERICAN IDOL," Carey said. "I'm currently in the studio working on my new album and its first single, 'Triumphant,' which will be out early next month. I can't wait to channel my creative energy as a part of this show which is a massive global phenomenon."

See also:
ABC News: Mariah Carey to Judge Idol
Wall Street Journal: Mariah Carey Confirmed as New Judge on American Idol
MSNBC: Mariah Carey Joins American Idol As Its New Judge
E! Online: Mariah Carey Joins American Idol (Video)

Mariah Officially Named New American Idol Judge
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 23-Jul-2012, 2:31PM EDT
Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly also confirms that Jennifer Lopez will not be back.

Fox Entertainment president Kevin Reilly opened his executive session at the Television Critics Association with some news: Mariah Carey will be on the American Idol judges panel next season.

We do in fact have one judge whose deal closed very recently," said Reilly. "It's an artist that many contestants have tried to emulate. Because it really was concluded only hours ago our new judge couldn't be with us."

Reilly called Carey from the stage at the Beverly Hilton. "I am so excited to be joining Idol," said Carey. "I can't wait to get started."

Reilly also confirmed that Jennifer Lopez is exiting. "I think I can confirm that it's 100 percent that Jennifer will not be back with the show."

Mariah takes to her Twitter page and confirms this exciting news!

Mariah Carey It's gonna be so much fun working on @AmericanIdol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM! --MC
Source: THR

More on New Single "Triumphant"
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 21-Jul-2012, 4:08PM EDT
Earlier today, Mariah took to Twitter to announce the title of her new single, "Triumphant." As per her official site, the song was co-written and co-produced by Mariah, Jermaine Dupri, and Bryan Michael-Cox.

JD and Bryan are more than excited about the new song, as expressed on their respective Twitter pages:

Jermaine Dupri: Produced by yours truly and the boi @bryan_m_cox,Lambs all around the world Lessgo!! #yallknowwhatthisiz

Bryan Michael-Cox: So excited about the fourth quarter. Heating up the fall and winter. Starting off w/new Mariah single produced by me & @mr_dupri. #sosodef.

People who have heard the song have described it as an uptempo, urban track with a great inspirational message!

We at MariahDailyJournal are excited for Mariah's new single! "This stuff is starting now"!

Mariah on New Single "Triumphant"
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 21-Jul-2012, 12:00PM EDT
As announced by Mariah via her Twitter account:

@MariahCarey: So I can finally announce to you that my new single is coming out early August! It's called TRIUMPHANT (Get 'Em) ft. Rick Ross & Meek Mill.

@MariahCarey: I wrote TRIUMPHANT when I was going through a difficult time & it helped me get through it. When u hear it, pay attention 2 the lyrics #WIN

Source: Mariah via Twitter

New Single "Triumphant" to Tie In With "Idol" Deal?
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 21-Jul-2012, 11:13AM EDT
From Showbiz 411:

Exclusive: Well, I wrote this more than a week ago, but I'll tell you again. Randy Jackson, the original "American Idol" judge, manages Mariah Carey. He's also producing her new album. On Tuesday this past week, Randy flew out to the Hamptons by helicopter from New York to see Mariah for a couple of hours. He was in the city promoting his new line of watches for HSN, which debuted last night.

Randy is bringing Mariah to "Idol" to join him as a judge. It's the perfect situation. They can finish their album, and Mariah can settle in for a couple of years, hopefully, as her twins are in their formative years. "Idol" will keep her close to home. Plus, when said allbum is released, it will give her an automatic platform from which to launch and promote it.

Now here's the newest news: The first single from the album, I am told, is a song called "Triumphant." When all the "Idol" contracts are signed, and the deal is finalized, both Randy and Mariah will be exactly that - Triumphant. And "American Idol" will be a fun show to watch again. Unlike Jennifer Lopez, Mariah can sing, sing, sing. No doubt we'll hear a lot of warbling from the judges' table.

Now we'll have two members of the same family on competing reality-singing shows because Nick Cannon, Mariah's hubby, host "America's Got Talent." The Carey-Cannons have talent, too!
Source: Showbiz411

News Coming Tomorrow?
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 20-Jul-2012, 7:23PM EDT
Last month, Mariah tweeted to let us all know to expect something new for #MCSummer2012. Now it seems the moment we've been waiting for may be arriving soon! Moments ago, Team Mariah tweeted to let us know to stay tuned for an announcement tomorrow!

Team Mariah: #MCSummer2012 Tune in tomorrow!

MariahDailyJournal is awaiting to see what Mariah has in store for us!!

Source: Team Mariah

Mariah To Be Honored as BMI Icon
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 19-Jul-2012, 9:34AM EDT
Mariah Carey will be honored as a BMI Icon at the BMI Urban Awards, scheduled for Friday, September 7 at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills.

Carey will join a group that includes the Jacksons, Snoop Dogg, George Clinton, James Brown, Isaac Hayes, Little Richard, Al Green, the Bee Gees, Willie Nelson and Dolly Parton -- selected because of their "unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers."

Over the years, Carey has co-written most of her biggest hits, a long list that includes 30 BMI Urban and Pop Award-winning songs such as "Always Be My Baby," "Hero," "Fantasy," "Vision of Love," "Emotions," "Shake It Off," "We Belong Together," "One Sweet Day," "I Don't Wanna Cry," "Dreamlover" and "All I Want for Christmas is You." A whopping 17 of her songs have amassed more than 1 million performances each, including "Always Be My Baby," "Dreamlover" and "Hero," which have each earned more than 3 million performances.

Carey has scored more No. 1 singles than any other solo artist in history -- and is second only to the Beatles in the all-time list -- and holds the record for the female songwriter with the most Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles in the rock era, totaling 18.

On March 1, just 10 months after giving birth to twins Moroccan and Monroe, a soulful and slender Carey returned to the stage with a 40-minute set at New York's Gotham Hall that included "Always Be My Baby," "We Belong Together," "I'll Be There" and "Obsessed." She released The Essential Mariah Carey on May 8 and is currently in the studio, writing and recording her next album for Island Def Jam. She is also rumored to be in "serious talks" to become a judge on "American Idol."
Source: Billboard | Gary

Randy Jackson: Mariah Album Seven Tracks In
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 19-Jul-2012, 9:29AM EDT
Randy Jackson was in town today, on his way to St. Petersburg, Florida to premiere his line of watches on HSN this Friday at 10pm. The watches are beautifully designed by Randy, with Swiss movements and elegant boxes. He's even made some automatic ones as well as quartz. I'll tell you right now what he said about "American Idol" - he doesn't know anything. He's seven tracks into a new album with Mariah Carey, and saw her this week at her rented home in the Hamptons. We had lunch with a bunch of pretty fashion editors (and one other guy, from People). We talked music, mostly. He was horrified that I liked "Call Me Maybe."

Randy's favorite group right now is the Alabama Shakes, from Athena, Alabama. We talked about Adele. I asked him if she could have won "American Idol" had she been on his show. "Absolutely," he said. "There's no one else like her." We talked about "Idol" and all the famous past winners and contestants. Randy is very proud of the show.

"Is there any other show where you can name so many of the winners and people who were on it?" he asked rhetorically, as the ten people at Hakkasan (yes, the London Hakkasan has opened on West 43rd St - I will be there a lot!) rattled off Kelly Clarkson, Ruben Studdard, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson - she didn't win!, Fantasia, Chris Daughtry, and so on.

Randy's sending a watch to "Soul Man" Sam Moore, whose album, "Overnight Sensational," he produced. And he's waiting to see if he and Mariah are going to be "AI" judges, and what the future holds in store. But as I pointed out, he's the heart of "Idol." He's the anchor. People will come and go, but he's got to be there. The audience expects it. I think Fox gets that, too.
Source: Showbiz411

Nick Cannon: American Idol Can't Afford Mariah Carey
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 16-Jul-2012, 8:25AM EDT
If "American Idol" wants Mariah Carey to be one of their new judges, they are going to have to break the bank... this according to Mr. Carey himself, Nick Cannon.

Mariah is one of the big names that has surfaced since Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler announced they were not coming back to "Idol" next season.

Cannon told our photog yesterday that it's going to take a HUGE payday to get Mimi to fill Lopez's vacant seat. He told us, "I don't know if they can afford Mariah Carey. That's a lot of money. If they gave JLo $20 million, they might have to double that!"

Money seems to be an ongoing theme when it comes to divas and singing shows. As TMZ previously reported, Britney Spears based her "X Factor" salary on what JLo made on "Idol" (which we hear is less than the $20 mil Cannon seems to think).

Your move, "Idol."
Source: TMZ

Mariah To Star in New Lee Daniels Movie?
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 14-Jul-2012, 5:13PM EDT
Abalee wrote in to MariahDailyJournal to ask about Mariah's involvement in The Butler, the newest project from Lee Daniels, which is set to film beginning this month in New Orleans.

While Mariah is listed as an actress in the film on its imbd page, there has not yet been any official word from Mariah or her team about this, nor has she been mentioned in any press coverage. However, Mariah mentioned in an interview back in May that she would be working with Daniels again on his new project. She could have been referring to The Butler, but she also could have been referring to The Paperboy, for which she wrote and recorded a song called "Mesmerized."

The Butler is still in pre-production, but confirmed stars include Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, Jane Fonda John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Terrence Howard and Alan Rickman. In addition, Liam Neeson, Lenny Kravitz and David Oyelowo will be on board.

Here is some background on the premise of the film:

"The Butler," based on a real-life story as recounted in the Washington Post shortly after the election of Barack Obama, focuses on the life of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as a White House butler for eight presidents, starting in 1952. That gave him a rare front-row seat to history, as he witnessed the American Civil Rights Movement from an insider's perspective.

"It's a black version of 'Forrest Gump'," Daniels told USA Today last month in describing the film, which he is co-writing.

The Butler is being slated for a 2013 release.
Source: Abalee | imdb | nola.com | The Hollywood Reporter

Memorable Moment: Mariah's First "Ellen" Appearance
Posted by Jonny on Saturday, 14-Jul-2012, 4:56PM EDT
Ellen has been posting a series of "Memorable Moments" that have aired on the program over the years. Yesterday, Mariah's first appearance on the show was featured:

"During her first appearance on Ellen, Mariah Carey borrowed one of Ellen's suits, but forgot to include a shirt."

Source: The Ellen YouTube Channel | Alexander

Photo Updates
Posted by Jonny on Friday, 13-Jul-2012, 12:52PM EDT
A few moments ago, Rodney Jerkins shared photos of himself and Mariah in the studio:

Also, earlier this morning, Mariah tweeted a photo of herself on the way home from the studio, with the caption "Writing lyrics in the car on the way to see Dem Babies waking up."

Mariah Hits The Studio With Rodney Jerkins
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 12-Jul-2012, 7:38AM EDT
Mariah made some magic in the studio last night with producer Rodney "Darkchild" Jerkins, as documented via their respective Twitter accounts.

From Mariah:

In the studio with RJ-yeaah, having a nice time!

and then later:

Tonight was a stone winner with the massively talented @RodneyJerkins

From Rodney:

In the studio experiencing 1 of those magical moments, where I'm hearing an absolutely amazing voice being sang to one my tracks. #GREATNESS
Source: Mariah & Rodney Jerkins via Twitter

Mariah and Nick Selling Bahamas Home
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 11-Jul-2012, 3:32PM EDT
Nick Cannon and Mariah Carey are leaving their island paradise.

The host of America's Got Talent, 31, and his "Fantasy" diva wife, 42, have put their stunning beach home in the Bahamas on the market for a whopping $5.5 million, Celebuzz has confirmed.

The 4,000 square foot property named "Sea Lily" is nestled on Windermere Island and boasts three bedrooms, three bathrooms and a swimming pool at the front of the villa looks directly to the ocean.

"Windermere is a private island, popular with a handful of well known owners who have their homes here," the property listing.

"They fly in by helicopter or private jet and enjoy the privacy and seclusion of this tropical island."

What else does the home have?

"Sea Lily is right on the ocean front and has superb views from every room of the house," the listing boasts. "It is just a few steps from the villa to the beach in front."

The villa has four separate buildings and two garages, while the guest rooms are in located in an additional building adjacent to the main living area. Each has a marble bathroom and wet bar.

"This home is ideal as a retreat from a stressful lifestyle - where you can relax and get away from everything," the realtor says.

Carey and Cannon, who married in 2008, are currently renting a home near North Haven, N.Y. for $125,000 a month.
Source: Celebuzz

Rumor: Will Mariah Replace J Lo on Idol??
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 11-Jul-2012, 3:28PM EDT
Reportedly departing American Idol after two seasons as a judge, Jennifer Lopez is leaving the FOX series with big shoes to fill on the judges' panel alongside Randy Jackson and Steven Tyler.

Among those reportedly being considered for Lopez's Idol spot: Mariah Carey, Fergie and Idol's season 8 runner-up Adam Lambert. Though E! News reported that FOX execs have been in talks with Lambert, 30, "for over a month," a production source counters to Us Weekly that no final decision on Lopez's replacement has been made.

"It's true they've talked to Adam but nothing is decided yet. Fergie is another big contender," says the source. "Adam would be an awesome addition to the show -- he could really relate to the contestants and he's such a good guy. It will be a little while before there's any decision. They are considering a lot of people for the panel."

Mom of twins Carey, 42, has long expressed interest in taking a seat on the panel, and was said to have been considered back in 2010 before Lopez, 42, agreed to appear on season 10. "[Mariah] wants it," E! News reported at the time. "She's seen what America's Got Talent has done for [husband Nick Cannon] and she thinks it will be a good career move."

Though no bold-faced names have signed on the Idol dotted line just yet, one thing is for certain: Lopez will not return to the series, as hard as FOX may court her.
"There is just too much going on for her right now," says an insider of Lopez, whose tour dates conflict with Idol's shooting schedule. "She regrets she can't stay on the show. It's been an incredible experience and she is forever grateful that she did it."

No official announcement about Lopez's season 12 Idol contract has been made.
Source: US Weekly

Mariah Mention on Leno
Posted by Jonny on Wednesday, 11-Jul-2012, 8:08AM EDT
Mariah was mentioned on last night's The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in a segment called "PumpCast News" feat. comedianne Tim Stack while interviewing people at the Costco Gas Station in Burbank, CA.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah In Spike Lee's "BAD" New Michael Documentary
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 10-Jul-2012, 10:05PM EDT
Filmmaker Spike Lee has been working on a documentary of a rather notable and controversial subject -- the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson -- and is reportedly putting the finishing touches on the project.

Featuring over 40 interviews with Jackson's confidants, choreographers, musicians, other collaborators as well as celebrities, including Kanye West, Mariah Carey, Cee Lo Green, Martin Scorsese and Sheryl Crow, the project focuses on Jackson's career around the time of 1987's BAD album and tour, which both rocked the globe. Described as a "coming-of-age" story about the rising superstar, the film's release will be timed with the 25th anniversary of the landmark album, which was released August 31, 1987. New special edition reissue BAD 25 packages, including additional tracks, a DVD and other bonus material, will be unleashed September 18. The film does not yet have an official title.

Read more about the film here.
Source: laist

Bebe Winans on Mariah & Whitney
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 09-Jul-2012, 10:28PM EDT
Rolling Stone has published excerpts from Bebe Winans' upcoming book The Whitney I Knew. In it, Winans talks about how Whitney Houston felt about Mariah, and specifically disucusses their first encounter:

And contrary to popular thought, she loved to hear Mariah Carey sing. When Mariah burst onto the scene, Whitney called me and asked, "Did you hear that new girl, Mariah? Good Lord, she can sing!"

To give you an idea of how the media twists reality, allow me to expound on the Mariah Carey situation. Now, this story would probably embarrass Whitney a little, but I have to tell it. I think she'd understand that it's all in good fun.

When Mariah debuted, I'm sure people in the media couldn't wait to compare her to Whitney. I had heard of Mariah early on because my good friend, Rhett Lawrence, produced her first big single. I was at his house in California when he was raving about this new singer.

Well, as we all know, when Mariah came on the scene, she hit hard. And instantly the media created a "hate" between Whitney and Mariah. They were both going to be at the American Music Awards, and people were expecting some kind of fireworks because supposedly there was this massive tension between them. Again, this was a fabrication. They didn't hate each other; they didn't even know each other.

I could convince Whitney to do anything - pranks or whatever. We'd be hanging out and I'd tell her to do something, and she'd say, "You are not my father. Why do you think you my father? You think I'll just do whatever you tell me?" To which I'd reply, "Shut up, I am your father" - all in good fun, of course.

Well, we were at the American Music Awards, and I had persuaded Whitney that after her performance and her category were over, we would go to dinner. I'd also informed her that when we exited our seats, she would be the last one out, and that we were going to pass Mariah Carey on the way out.

"Here's what you do," I said. "You gonna stop and you gonna put out your hand and you gonna speak to her."

"I'm not gonna speak to her," Whitney replied.

"Yes, you are. You're going to be bigger than this whole situation." "I'm not..." "Yes, you are."

Her category finished and our little foursome started marching out to go to dinner - CeCe in front of me, Whitney's assistant, Robin, in front of her, and Whitney at the end of the line - just like I said. And Whitney did exactly as I told her to do. I didn't stop to listen to or watch their interaction; I just kept moving. The three of us piled into the car, and then Whitney blew in like a storm and slammed the door behind her. She was clearly upset and embarrassed.

"I'm going to kick your tail!" she said to me. "What happened?" "I'll never listen to you again." "Tell me what happened!"

"I did everything you said: I stopped. I put out my hand and said, 'Hi Mariah, I'm Whitney.' And when I stuck out my hand, she turned her head like she didn't hear anything I said and looked up at the sky."

"Oh no," I said. "Tell me that's not true."

"Oh, it's true. I was so embarrassed. There I stood, looking like an idiot. I'm never going to do what you tell me to do again." Thank God the media didn't see this. If they had, Whitney's and Mariah's brief exchange (or lack of it) would have been blown into epic proportions. They would have hated each other and not even known why - and all because it may have been so chaotic in that moment that Mariah didn't even hear Whitney. Unbelievable. Well, my idea didn't go very well, but we laughed at that whole awkward affair years later. And this incident didn't end up stopping those two from getting together in the future... after some further persuasion. When Whitney was approached with the opportunity to record a duet with Mariah, I encouraged her to do it. She wouldn't hear of it. "You crazy," she responded. "You know what happened last time I tried to do something nice. You don't know what you're saying, boy. You've lost your mind."

It wasn't that she disliked Mariah; she just didn't want to be embarrassed again. We talked a little more about it, but she finally said, "That ain't going to happen, BeBe." Then, only a few months later, she called me and sheepishly informed me of her latest news.

"Well," she began, dragging it out a bit, "you said it a few months ago - that I should do a duet with Mariah."

"No," I interrupted, "don't tell me you're doing it!"

"Yeah, Babyface wrote the song, and it's on."

I could tell she was very happy about the whole thing.

"Wow," I replied, "ain't that something! That's going to be incredible! But wait, you said you were never going to do something like that." We both laughed and laughed. Oh, how Whitney loved to laugh. Finally the two superstars met - two musical powerhouses who knew who they were outside of the pop world. And when they performed that Oscar-winning song together ("When You Believe" from the Prince of Egypt soundtrack), it was the catalyst for a great friendship between them. When I looked at Mariah at Whitney's funeral, all those memories came flooding back.

I share that story for two reasons. First, as an example of the gross exaggerations the media likes to spin on celebrities and also to communicate Whitney's honest love for her peers. She loved other singers and was always up on who was new and fresh. Second, I wanted to depict the scene within the church the day of her funeral. Each person sitting in that sanctuary represented both the good and the bad of Whitney's life.

When I say good and bad, I simply mean the wonderful make-up of this life in general. That's what makes life so beautiful: the fun and the boring, the misunderstandings and the epiphanies. All of it mixes together on the canvas of our lives. When I saw Mariah at Whitney's homegoing, I saw a specific brushstroke of Whitney's life. That brushstroke touched other brushstrokes. Together the strokes formed a masterpiece.
Source: MusicBox90 | Rolling Stone

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon's Rental in the Hamptons
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 09-Jul-2012, 8:03AM EDT
WHO: Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon
WHAT: A rental house in the Hamptons
WHERE: North Haven, NY
HOW BIG: 7,500 square feet, 6 bedrooms 6.5 bathrooms
HOW MUCH: Beaucoup bucks

YOUR MAMAS NOTES: International mega-star Mariah Carey owns (at least) three multi-million dollar residences -in Los Angeles, the Bahamas and The Big Apple - but she's a long-time renter in the Hamptons, that traffic-choked but none-the-less drooled over sliver of sand at the far eastern end of New York's Long Island where the rich, the famous and those that hang with (and on to) the rich and famous flock in droves each summer to see and be seen on the casually dressed but relentlessly paced summertime social scene.

Miz Carey - whose admittedly impressive vocal acrobatics are completely lost on Your Mama - is blessed with bank accounts that seem to know no limits when it comes to livin' life high on the real estate hog. In summer 2008 Madame Butterfly (allegedly and reportedly) shelled out $125,000 for a one week stay at Stone Meadow Farm, a land-locked, 8-acre spread in East Hampton that offered the high-maintenance lady an 18,000 square foot main mansion with 10 bedrooms and 12.5 bathrooms plus two additional cottages to house her retinue of weave mistresses, toenail clippers, purse toters and angry-looking body guards.

The summer before that Mimi & Co. reportedly dropped around $350,000 to shack up for a month in retail clothing tycoon Tommy Hilfiger's 5 bedroom and 5.5 bathroom ocean front residence on East Hampton's much-coveted, astronomically expensive, and celebrity-lined Further Lane. Mister Hilfiger has since sold the property.

Some rather clever sleuthing by an informant we call Chatty Charlie indicates (but does not exactly prove) the multi-platinum Grammy winner, her variety show host husband Nick Cannon and their 1 year old twins have settled this summer into The Peninsula, a private, 1.9-acre bay front estate with 650-feet of water frontage in the wooded North Haven area of the Hamptons near Sag Harbor.*

*Mister Cannon tweeted several photos of himself lounging by the pool in what is, to anyone with eyeballs, quite obviously the back yard of The Peninsula property in North Haven.

The length and financial terms of their (alleged) Hamptons rental are unknown - at least to Your Mama - but listing information we juiced up out of the interweb reveals the swank spread was last listed for lease at $125,000 for just the month of July and $150,000 for the month of August (through Labor Day).

Remote-controlled gates open to a driveway that splits and s-curves up the front of the approximately 7,500 square foot cedar shingled mansion and swoops around to and attached, side entry 3-car garage luxuriously equipped with radiant heated floors. We don't know it to be but would any of the children be at all surprised to learn the garage was also air conditioned? No, of course not.

A double-height foyer and circular vestibule lead to the main living/entertaining areas that include a "formal" living room with French doors that allow for a sweeping view over the backyard, through the trees, and over the bay towards Shelter Island; a formal dining room (with big ol' butler's pantry); a den with built-in bookshelves, entertainment center, fireplace and more French doors; and a colossal, center island eat-in kitchen finished with miles of Shaker-style cabinetry (some with glass doors), acres of thick slab marble counter tops and the full complement of top-grade, commercial-style appliances. A shallow archway connects the family- and chef-friendly kitchen and breakfast area to a somewhat compact, window-lined family room with fireplace and even more French doors that open to the backyard.

There are 5 family/guest bedrooms, one on the main floor and four on the second. Each family/guest bedroom has a private pooper and two second floor suites have French doors that lead to private, water side terraces. The extensive, second floor master suite encompasses an entry vestibule, large bedroom with private water side terrace, separate, essentially octagonal sitting room with fireplace, and a walk-in closet the size of a small bedroom plus a separate dressing room. The attached bathroom is slathered in marble and mirrors and features dual sinks, giant jetted bathtub with water view, a cubby for the crappy (and bidet) and a separate multi-head (steam) shower.

The finished basement, according to one listing we perused, is outfitted with a movie theater, a wine cellar and - natch - staff quarters.

The back of the house opens to a Balinese resort-style complex with a massive, 60' x 30' negative edge swimming pool and party-sized spa flanked by a pair sunbathing decks that appear to float on the shimmering surface of the water. Photos tweeted (and captioned) by Mister Cannon show a very déclassé chain link fence was installed around the swimming pool and spa, presumably to keep the Carey-Cannon twins from crawling across the yard and falling into the water.

Although The Peninsula estate is just about entirely surrounded by water, there isn't any actual beach, at least not one that's easily accessible. There is, we note in aerial images available online, a gorgeous and secluded sandbar where (we imagine) nude sunbathing would hardly be noticed by anyone but only the most intrepid beach seekers would bother to tramp through the marshy woods that surround the landscaped areas immediately around the house, swim or boat across a slender creek, and traverse a scrubby dune to get there.

Should Mister and Missus Carey decide they really dig it, The Peninsula property is currently for sale with an asking price of $14,995,000, reduced from $16,900,000. Property records show The Peninsula is owned by a New York City-based real estate investor who also owns a trio of contiguous apartments in an architecturally festooned but dour, 35-foot wide townhouse supremely situated on East 78th Street just off Fifth Avenue and designed in 1900 by renowned high society architect C.P.H. Gilbert. The three third floor units were on the market until late May (2012) with an asking price of $8,750,000, reduced from its original $8,900,000 price tag.

Anyhoo, as mention at the outset, Miz Carey and Mister Cannon maintain (at least) three multi-million dollar residences: A fortified, hilltop mansion above Bel Air in Los Angeles, CA formerly owned by Farrah Fawcett and bought in 2009 for around $7,000,000; a titanic triplex penthouse in New York City's TriBeCa nabe opulently done up by Mario Buatta, a man who never met a chintz that didn't make him sweat with decorative desire; and an ocean front compound in the Bahamas scooped up sometime in 2008 for somewhere near $5,000,000.

Mariah To Be Honored At Simmons' Art For Life Event
Posted by Jonny on Thursday, 05-Jul-2012, 10:22AM EDT
The Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will hold its thirteenth annual Art For Life garden party at Russell Simmons' Hampton Estate on July 28.

The event is set to honor Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon, with special performances by Anita Baker, Salt-N-Pepa and Diggy Simmons. Hosted by Soledad O'Brien, the event's honorary chair is Kimora Lee Simmons. The Benefit Committee includes Deepak Chopra, Cameron Diaz, Taraji P. Henson, Petra Nemcova, Edward Norton, Gabrielle Union and many more.

Founded in 1995 by brothers Russell, Danny and Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation is dedicated to providing inner-city youth with significant arts exposure and access to the arts, and to offering exhibition opportunities for underrepresented artists and artists of color. Over the past 16 years, Rush has developed a broad base of friends, collaborators and supporters dedicated to supporting its mission. In addition to the 2,300 students served in its education programs, each year Rush exhibits the work of 40 to 50 emerging and community-based artists in its galleries; welcomes over 10,000 gallery visitors; and provides unique opportunities for young people interested in careers in the arts.

Rush currently operates galleries and art education programs in Chelsea, Manhattan (Rush Arts Gallery) and Clinton Hill, Brooklyn (Corridor Gallery). Rush Education Programs are designed to inspire students, provide positive alternatives to high-risk behaviors, and support increases academic performance.

ART FOR LIFE East Hampton is Rush Philanthropic's primary annual fundraising effort that helps support thousands of underserved New York children. Close to 800 industry leaders from the entertainment, arts, business and philanthropic communities attend the event each year. ART FOR LIFE is one of the most anticipated events of the Hamptons Summer season and sells out annually.

Find out more about the event here.

More Photos: Mariah at the BET Awards
Posted by Jonny on Tuesday, 03-Jul-2012, 11:11AM EDT
Below are additional HQ photos of Mariah at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Photos: Mariah at the BET Awards
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 02-Jul-2012, 10:26AM EDT
Below are high-quality photos of Mariah at the BET Awards on Sunday, July 1, 2012.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Download: Mariah Pays Tribute to Whitney at BET Awards
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 02-Jul-2012, 12:35AM EDT
Below, you can download a video file of Mariah paying tribute to her friend and colleague Whitney Houston at the 2012 BET Awards.

Mariah Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston on BET Awards, July 1, 2012
[ Download a video file here ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah Pays Tribute to Whitney Houston at BET Awards
Posted by Jonny on Monday, 02-Jul-2012, 12:11AM EDT
On Sunday evening, Mariah took part in the tribute to Whitney Houston at the 2012 BET Awards. She did not perform, but she had these words to say about her friend and colleague:

"The first time I heard Whitney's voice, I was mesmerized like the rest of the world. Just an unknown budding singer myself, I was captivated by the power in her range, the richness of her tone, and her unique ability to wrap a lyric in emotion. When I first met Whitney, well we didn't really meet. We were backstage at the Grammy Awards, and we exchanged glances. I was in awe, a tiny bit scared! Because hello, I mean, there were a couple of rumors out there that we had some sort of 'rivalry!' One thing we all know is that Whitney was not to be toyed with, ok? But then we first worked together on Prince of Egypt, our Oscar-winning duet, and we got to spend a lot of time together as we promoted it, and we really got to know each other as people, not divas. OK, maybe, occasionally it did get a little diva-ish, but that was just for laughs! Just for laughs! She was a hilarious person with a cutting sense of humor. She was real, she kept it real, and that's why we got along so well, and so many others feel like I do. If you really knew Whitney, you couldn't help but love her. When I last saw Whitney, we were in London, exactly one year ago. And for us, it was business as usual: Laughter, commentary o' the room, and jokes galore. Even then, folks were surprised to see us sitting right next to each other, clearly enjoying each other's company, but we did. And we were. I miss my friend. I miss hearing her voice and laughter, but we'll always, we'll always have the music. We will always have the music! We'll always have that voice we all fell in love with. She inspired us all. We'll always have my friend, Miss Whitney Houston."

Shortly after, Mariah tweeted about her experience:

Just got off stage at BET awards, had an emotional moment paying tribute to my incredible friend Whitney Houston, RIP.

Here are some photos from the event:

Source: Transcription: MariahDailyJournal | Photos: Zimbio | Mariah via Twitter

Mariah Appearing at BET Awards?
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 01-Jul-2012, 8:53PM EDT
Moments ago, Nick Cannon sent out a tweet that suggests that Mariah may be appearing at the BET Awards, which are currently airing on the network:

All I can say, to the LAMBS I hope you are watching BET AWARDS. There will be a surprise!

Mariah on Essence's 50 Most Influential RnB Stars
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 01-Jul-2012, 5:39PM EDT
Mariah ranks at #12 on Essence's list of the 50 Most Influential RnB Stars:

Mariah Carey

A chart topper since her debut in 1990, Mariah Carey has continually broken records, including scoring the most number ones on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a female artist. To date, she's sold over 200 million albums.

To see the rest of the list, visit the Essence website.
Source: Joao | Essence

Billboard's Photos of the Week
Posted by Jonny on Sunday, 01-Jul-2012, 11:39AM EDT
A shot of Mariah in London has made Billboard magazine's "Photos of the Week."

June 25: Mariah Carey had a little lamb, and it went everywhere with her during her visit to London, England.

Source: Billboard

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