August 2007

Counting On Carey
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 31-Aug-2007, 8:50PM EDT
Dear Fred,
I love your columns and look forward to reading them each week. I do have a quick comment on last week's Chart Beat Chat, though.

You corrected a writer's comment concerning Mariah Carey. The writer stated that Mariah scored four consecutive No. 1s from her debut album and you corrected him in your comments by stating that she had five No. 1s from that album. However, that is incorrect. Mariah did indeed have her first five singles all hit No. 1 but only the first four ("Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Want to Cry") were from her self-titled debut. The fifth number one was the title track to her second album, "Emotions." -- Scott Foltz, Columbus, Ohio

Fred Bronson from Billboard's Chart Beat Chat:
You'd be surprised how many people wrote in correcting this item - I know I was. You were the first person to call this to my attention, almost immediately after the column was posted, so you get to represent the couple of dozen people who wrote in about this and receive my mea culpa.
Source: Billboard

Mariah To Attend Diddy's "Real White" Party
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 31-Aug-2007, 2:20PM EDT
Sean "Diddy" Combs is hosting the return of what he is calling "The Real White Party" on the broad lawn of his white modernist house facing a sunset-friendly bay in East Hampton, New York on Sunday, Sept. 2nd.

From head to toe, boldface guests at the Sunday bash will need to wear white -- not cream, not off-white, not khaki -- or they won't gain entry. Colorful accessories are forbidden.

So far, RSVPs have come from the likes of Mariah Carey, Christie Brinkley, Eve, Diddy's East End neighbor Donna Karan, Ryan Seacrest, Chris "Mr. Big" Noth, Kelly Rowland, Lil' Kim, Lorraine Bracco, and Star Jones Reynolds.

Special guests will begin arriving on Sunday at 3 p.m., and the party will last until 11 p.m., when revelers will party on at Dune, a night club in Southampton. At the end of the night in the past, very select guests previously returned to Diddy's pad and partied at the pool until dawn.
Source: Newsday

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 31-Aug-2007, 5:30AM EDT
• Mariah is nominated for "Best Solo Artist" at the MTV Europe Music Awards 2007! Vote for Mariah now! You can continue voting up until the live event on November 1st at the OlympiaHalle in Munich, Germany.

• Mariah is named as one of the bests in Star magazine's "The 45 Best & Worst Beach Bodies."

Hotter Than Ever!
Mariah Carey. After years of battling the bulge, Mimi, 37, flaunts a fab new figure while sailing near Salerno, Italy, aboard designer Roberto Cavalli's yacht in July. But maintaining her new bod, says Mariah, "is bleak, because I can't eat anything good!"

• 50 Cent mentions Mariah in his new song, "All of Me" (featuring Mary J. Blige) from the album, Curtis:

Deny it like Mariah
Fast forward to '06
I'm still on fiyah
The world is still turning
My record's still earning.

Listen to an audio clip below.

• Fall music preview from CBSNews' The Showbuzz: Mariah Carey - TBA: Carey staged one of the most stunning comebacks in pop music history with 2005's "The Emancipation of Mimi," so the pressure is on for her to follow up with another solid collection of the R&B-inflected, vocally acrobatic pop that first earned her superstar status. Producer Jermaine Dupri is back, so the odds are that Mimi's not going back in her cage anytime soon. (Nov. 20)

• Today marks the 6th anniversary of the Italian fansite, Glittering Mariah. Congratulations! For this special occasion, the site has been totally revamped with a new layout; and fun items, including a Mariah Toolbar. Check it out!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Moreno | Max | Ila

JD Talks About Top-Secret New Mariah Track
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 30-Aug-2007, 7:16PM EDT
Jermaine Dupri talked about a new Mariah track during an interview at the grand opening party for his Atlanta club, Studio 72, last night.

"I'm mixing one of Mariah's records today," JD said. "I don't know if it's her first single, but I'm mixing one of the records that I think L.A. [Reid, head of Island Def Jam] is thinking about as one of her first singles."

The song is so top-secret, Dupri said he hasn't even heard it yet.

"I don't even know," he answered when questioned about the record's specifics. "You know what's crazy about the Mariah records? When I work on a Mariah record, she always goes home and records her vocals without me. I ain't heard the song! She calls and tells me, 'I finished, let's go and do it.'

"She's a person that you have to respect her for doing her job," he added. "She respects me for doing my job. When I'm in the studio, she don't question what kick [-drum sound] I use. She don't question if I'm using the right snare. She might say, 'I ain't feeling it.' I could say the same thing. There's been plenty of times when I've said, 'Mariah, I think you need to sing this part over.' But after the last album, we got a pretty good understanding. She knows what I'm looking for from her now. We're hoping we have the same formula this time."
Source: MTV

New Photos: Interview Photoshoot
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 29-Aug-2007, 4:04PM EDT
Below are two pictures of Mariah Carey in the outtakes from the Interview September 2007 photoshoot. Click on the thumbnails below for an enlarged view.

Listen to an audio clip of Mariah talking about Marilyn Monroe's piano or you can download an MP3 file.
Source: Interview Magazine | Casey | Murat

News Tidbits
Posted by Jeane on Wednesday, 29-Aug-2007, 10:10AM EDT
BT DMA07 People's Choice Nominee - Vote For!
• Please take a moment to vote for for the "Best Unofficial Music Site" in the BT Digital Music People's Choice Awards. Last year, our site placed at #28 on the Top 200 Sites. Thanks to your votes! Click on this link or the image to the right to vote for us now! Voting ends September 30th.

• Below are pictures of the "M by Mariah Carey" display counter at Macy's Herald Square store in New York. Notice the testing paper is butterfly-shaped!

• Mariah's surprise appearance at MTV's Total Request Live in 2001 made Entertainment Weekly's Shocking Moments From The Past 25 Years list at #10. "All that Glitters, it seems, was actually fool's gold for Mariah Carey in 2001. In a surprise appearance to promote her tinselly travesty of a movie, the overworked pop tart popped into MTV's Total Request Live studio pushing an ice cream cart and proceeded to peel off her baggy T-shirt, unveiling gold booty shorts and a tank top. CAREER IMPACT: MAJOR - Glitter bombed, and Virgin Records paid $28 million to buy Carey out of her contract in 2002. Three years later, though, Carey emerged from her shame cocoon as the Billboard-topping butterfly who had the best-selling album of 2005 with The Emancipation of Mimi.

• Can & Murat created some new self-made "Love Takes Time" movie posters. You can view them at MariahTurkiye.

• Polish TV, Polsat, will air WiseGirls on Wed., Aug. 29th at 23:15 (11:15pm).

• Mariah is on the cover of the Aug. 27th issue of Los Angeles' Latin magazine, Orale. The cover story, "Mariah Carey Se Desnuda" ("Mariah Carey Gets Naked") talks about her Interview cover & interview.

Also, from the Aug. 26th edition of the Turkish newspaper, Sabah, Best Bodies of Summer 2007: "Popular singer Mariah Carey is considered as one of the most fashionable names of the beaches thanks to her earrings and necklaces. "I've never been skinny," says the famous singer as she swims with her sunglasses and accessories."

• "Lil L.O.V.E." climbs back up to #6 in its 6th week on New Zealand's official RIANZ Top 40 Singles chart.

• Thanks to Luca for his lovely pencil drawing of Mariah (more of Luca's work here); and to Arief, Javier & Vincent for the wallpapers!

• Mau Marcelo, the first "Philippine Idol" champion, has released her first album under Sony BMG titled "I Shine For You." Her album includes the songs "Sino Ba Naman Ako," "Labis Labis," her winning song "On My Own" and a remake of Mariah Carey's "Love Takes Time." From Inquirer.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Can | Murat | John | Wojtek | Moony | Luca | Arief | Javier | Jose | Vincent

She Likes It Fancy
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 28-Aug-2007, 3:09AM EDT
"I don't know why everything I like has to be, like - the most expensive limestone that was somebody's antique floor in France! For some reason, I always gravitate toward that."

So says Mariah Carey, telling Interview's Ingrid Sischy why she doesn't own very much art. Her tastes are too extravagant.

But it's hard to begrudge Mariah her luxurious cravings. She came from very little. Indeed, two sentences later she's telling Sischy about experiences as a waitress, being denied her tips, which "I sometimes stole. I feel bad about that now, but you know, it was a tip! What are you going to do?"

Mariah talks a lot about her troubled upbringing, her controlling marriage to record mogul Tommy Mottola. (She muses that perhaps if he'd even allowed her to go out with girlfriends to a day spa, they might still be together. Sometimes all a woman wants is a seaweed wrap!) And there is much about her house, her adoring fans, her idol Marilyn Monroe. But there is no sense of Mariah's intimate life - no man, no stated desire for children, no slowing down even temporarily to contemplate these things.

For all her success, all her invariable good cheer, all those paparazzi pics that show her forever poised and posed in her peekaboo outfits, there is something poignant about Mariah. Not tragic. She had her brief train-wreck breakdown in 2001, but recovered triumphantly. Perhaps she is simply smart and classy, and keeps her private happiness private.

I hope so. She signs her notes to me, "The diva next door." But she seems more a strong-willed little girl playing dress-up, and waiting for something else to happen. Something even bigger than the big dreams she has made come true.

But for the time being...she's naked on Interview's cover.

Other News Stories:
» Mariah Talks Shop with Interview Magazine (Associated Press)
» Mariah Gets Hardcore (PerezHilton)

Interview Magazine: "Mariah"
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 28-Aug-2007, 1:44AM EDT
Through all of her ups and downs, she's been called a variety of things: an ingenue, a diva; a has-been; a comeback queen. But now is the time for a different, much more human story emerge. Here, she opens up her home - and her heart - like never before, baring her soul about the high notes, the low notes, and tightropes of being Mariah Carey.

INGRID SISCHY: So here's the challenge. Your dramatic story - the journey from a young girl at beauty school who had big dreams to a major pop star married to a mega power in the music industry to the dissolution of all that and a whole new start - isn't exactly unknown. But you're at yet another junction in your mythic life and my hunch is that the story of Mariah is even more interesting and telling than we know so far. And that's why I'm sitting here at your house in New York City at midnight on a Sunday evening in the middle of the summer, view of the Chrysler Building and all, with my tape recorder ready to take it all in. I know you're in the think of work on a new album, expected out later this year. Since you're deep in the process of writing I thought it might be a good time to examine your life with you. Let's start at the beginning.
There are a lot of beginnings, though no one has told it in a way that reflects that. They always say, "She came out with her first single when she was 20, or she got her record deal when she was 18, or she was a backup singer for Brenda K. Starr, or she met Tommy Mottola [the former CEO and chairman of Sony Music and Carey's ex-husband] at a party and gave him a demo tape - which is actually inaccurate because Brenda gave him the tape.

IS: The story goes that he left the party, listened to your tape, and then went back to the party to find you.
MC: He did go back to the party but I was gone. When I met Tommy, I didn't know who he was - he was just looking at me going, "Brenda, who's your friend?" I was wearing a little Avirex cheerleader jacket, flat shoes - and everybody who knows me knows I would never wear flat shoes now, but I had no choice then because I had no money. [laughs] My brother [Morgan] did buy me a pair of sneakers but they were white high-tops, which weren't really looking right with the little black dress and the jacket.

IS: That's really the second chapter of your story, though.
MC: The very beginning begins with my grandparents, if you really want to start from there. Then I should take you on the tour and show you the pictures, because then you'll understand a little better. The reason people need to see the pictures is because they have such a difficult time understanding who I am in terms of my ethnicity. I think that's because in society everything is motivated by what our eyes tell us.

IS: I'd love to do the tour soon. But let's just sit here a while longer to get comfortable.
MC: The tape recorder you're using now reminds me of my father, because he had his tape recorder from like 30 years ago, too. He wouldn't let it go even though through his work he had access to all that [high tech] stuff. I'm so technically challenged it's ridiculous, and it's really bad and negligent on my part because I should be able to do these things, but I like to do things that I'm good at. Who wants to spend 20 hours figuring out how to use a new gadget, when you could have written a whole page at that point?

But I am on my BlackBerry a lot. Honestly, it takes up too much of my freakin' time.

IS: Do you have time to look around at other things? Like art?
MC: I own so little art, and I know that the reason is because I need to be in love with something to have it around me. The thing is, I know the art I'm going to love is going to be like a gazillion dollars - that's just the way it's been my whole life. Who the hell nominated me to be the princess and the pea? [Sischy laughs] I don't know why it is that everything I like has to be the most expensive limestone hat was somebody's antique floor in France. For some reason, I always gravitate toward that.

IS: The million-dollar question: What do you think would have happened if you had never met Tommy Mottola?
MC: I already had a deal with Warner Bros. that was pending. It was through Ben Marguiles, who I had written most of my first album with - lots of it when I was in high school. I used to come in and work at his studio, which was [at the back of a loft space that was covered in wood chips] and I wrote "Vision of Love" there, songs that became number one hits that I don't listen to anymore. "Someday" was a number one hit - I wrote it and recorded it there. And a song that [I was offered a] publishing deal for called "All In Your Mind" - it was on my first album [1990's Mariah Carey]. [Someone at another company] was like, "We'll give you 5,000 for this!"

IS: But you knew enough not to do it.
MC: Yes, but to me, five dollars was huge because I'd be like, Okay, I can buy a Snapple for a dollar, or I can go on the subway, or I can have an H&H bagel. I was on such a tight budget.

IS: You were a waitress, weren't you?
MC: I couldn't really work as a waitress because of the age thing and serving alcohol, but they would have pity on me and allow me to do it at the sports bar I used to work at. But, really, what I did was sell T-shirts. They were like, okay, we'll let her wear tight jeans and a shirt that says the name of the sports bar and sit there and say [in a naive and sultry voice], "Hi, wanna buy a T-shirt?" So that's why when I was first released to the public, it was all about let's let her be known for her voice and not for her body or for her looks or whatever - not that I had my look together back then. But the point is, I could have [made it about her look] if they'd decided to make it all about that. Basically, I looked how I looked the night I met Tommy, with my natural curly hair.

IS: Were you a good waitress?
MC: I couldn't work a cash register, and me coat checking - it worked but they wouldn't let us keep our tips, which I sometimes stole. I feel bad about that now, but you know, it was a tip! What are you going to do?

IS: Tips are supposed to be yours.
MC: And they ended up firing me. But I worked at a lot of different places, though. I've worked in Central Park, at the Boathouse restaurant, and I've seen some of the people that I worked with over the years. They'd be like, "I remember you, do you remember when we worked together?" And I'm like, Yeah, I was the one with the headphones on all the time writing songs.

IS: And how did you break through all that to a singing job?
MC: I got the job as backup singer because I was one of those girls hanging out with Lenny Kravitz. His band ended up really helping me by introducing me to Brenda. I had a demo tape, Brenda heard it, and she played it for a few different record people, and one person said that I looked too white to sound the way that I sounded. Another person was like, "We want it to be a little more like that Debbie Gibson girl that had a hit a couple years ago." It was, "You're too young; you're too light; you're too black. ..." I was this nebulous creature that nobody understood, but they could hear the voice, and yet all these lower-level A&R people didn't have the real weight to make a decision.

IS: You've credited your brother, Morgan, with helping you get started. He was a big-deal trainer as I remember. Bruce Weber, who photographed you for this piece, said he worked with him, too, and laughed that Morgan had much more successful clients.
MC: Yes. He paid for my first demo - like $5,000. I'm very grateful to Morgan; he always believed in me. As a trainer he worked with a lot of people in the music industry, including this one guy named Gavin Christopher who wrote for Chaka Khan - he's a great writer. Morgan would always tell everybody, "My little sister's gonna be a star." I've been singing since I started talking. My mother [Patricia Carey] was an opera singer - she went to Julliard.

IS: She's Irish, right?
MC: She's third-generation Irish-American. She lived a "white picket fence" life in Springsfield, Illinois, and went to Catholic school. But her own mother [Ann] raised three children with no man in the house because my mother's father passed away a month or two before she was born.

IS: And your mother met your dad in New York?
MC: She met my father because she was stalking Yul Brynner - she and her friend were living in Brooklyn Heights at the time. I believe Yul Brynner either lived in Brooklyn Heights at one point or was seen around the neighborhood. My mother and her friends were trying to spot stars. My father had been in the army so he had shaved his head and he had this old Porsche that he would drive around Brooklyn. He was black, but he was light-skinned, and they thought he was Yul Brynner. But one of the girls who was with them said, "That ain't nobody but Roy Carey." [Sischy laughs] His real name was Alfred Roy [but he usually went by Roy].

IS: Let's do the tour.
MC: Okay, let's migrate. [off they go.]

IS: I want to see all of it. [stopping to look at a floral arrangement] Those flowers are nice.
MC: Somebody bought me a beautiful arrangement. It was real, but it wasn't worth replacing the flowers all the time so I had them copied in silk.

IS: [stopping at one of the rooms on the tour] Oh, look in here...
MC: [pointing to photos] These are my father's sisters and me. They're his half-sisters on his father's side and that's their mom, Nana Ruby - she's still alive... That's my grandfather, he's the one who's part Venezuelan... That's my father, and that's [my sister's Alison's son] Shawn, and they're so similar. [Carey looks to a piano in the room] And this is Marilyn's--

IS: --piano. I like that it's got a fancy rope around it.
MC: That's Mario Buatta [Carey's decorator]. I bought the piano when they did the auction at Christie's. I kept everything the same. I didn't wanna change it. It's even off-pitch. [Carey plays a few keys]

IS: It's chipped, too.
MC: The legs tell the whole story. [Back to the photos] This is my father, looking very Harry Belafonte, with Nana Addie, his mother. Her maiden name is Cole, and since she's from Alabama like Natalie Cole's family, we think that we might be related. And this is my father years later, playing basketball. This is my Nana Addie with my father when he was little.

IS: Look at your grandma's coat. So stylish.
MC: Yeah, my grandmother was very careful about her ensembles. And this is my father up in Harlem. He grew up in Harlem and the Bronx.

IS: What did your mother's family do when she told them about him?
MC: Oh, they disowned her immediately. [turning to another photo] This is my mother, the opera singer. You can see that there's an intensity there! Clearly I'm in between - none of us look exactly alike. And here's my grandfather on my father's side. He's half black and I believe half Venezuelan. But he didn't speak Spanish. He came here when he was very young, so he lost all that. But you can tell that he's Latin. I think he's the one with the really strong genes because my brother and all of us look like him... And this is me trying to be Annie in a black wig - and I wondered why I didn't get the part. They said I was too tall. ...Looking at these pictures someone I know actually said, "Oh, you really are black." I was like, When are they going to get it? ...[Sischy and Carey continue on the tour] This is my mermaid room. It so wacky, but I love the ocean. It is also the media room so we can screen films in here. I just put my little workout thing in here too 'cause right now my gym is being monopolized by my studio. If I'm going to work out, I have to focus on something, so now I can watch a movie. I love this room - we hang out here; it's like slumber-party time.

IS: Are there fish in this big tank? Yup, there sure are. And what's this stuff that looks like living suction pipes?
MC: They're some kind of coral. I wanted everything in there to be alive, [to make it] like you're actually in the ocean - that was my requirement. I started seeing these things when I'd go snorkeling so I wanted this tank to feel like that. It's outrageous - I know this room is kind of freaky. Guys love to hang out in here and watch movies.

IS: This room actually reminds me of old Hollywood, it's so luxe feeling. The cushion things look like bowling balls.
MC: Yeah, but when you lie on them they're really smooshy. Mario Buatta didn't do Mario - he did me. It's out there but it's still me.

IS: [tour continues] And what is this?
MC: These are all antique jewelry cases that Mario made into award cases. This is the Aretha Franklin Award from Soul Train; that's Quincy Jones Award; these are all Soul Train Music Awards; these are World Music Awards; these are Vibe Awards; these are Grammys...These are NAACP [Image Awards]. And these are the Billboard Awards, and that's another BMI Award. Just today I was thinking i have a lot of these BMI awards and I didn't even realize it because they were in storage. This is for "We Belong Together." This is heavy - feel this. And this is my self-portrait from when I was a little girl. [Carey and Sischy read in unison] "Me, I am Mariah" -- [Carey laughs] ... Here's the Marilyn bathroom.

IS: I didn't know how huge the Marilyn thing is in your life.
MC: It's funny because people are always like, "We want to do something really new with you," and then they'll bring me tear sheets of Marilyn. One of the first movies I saw was, [singing] "A kiss on the hand may be..." --Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend [1953]. My mom was a big fan... Anyway, this is my studio back here. These are my pink road cases. They tried to deter me from doing them...

IS: But clearly you prevailed... Now what do we have here? This bathroom is truly--
MC: True insanity. And I love this Marilyn picture.

IS: More Marilyn. Why do you think you love Marilyn?
MC: [sighs] She was fabulously festive and gorgeous and fun and camp. There's a sadness because she'd been through it, and I think I relate to that. I think she was pushing through that to be who she was... And this is my singing room - close this and you won't hear anything.

RACHEL McINTOSH [Mariah's pal/right hand/comrade in arms, who on and off had been along on the tour, leaving once in a while to check on things in other corners of the apartment]: I'm going to yell! [she leaves the room]
MC: [closing door] Okay, yell! Do we hear anything? No.

IS: [The group keeps moving from room to room, and then Ingrid stops in her tracks.] What is this, your own beauty parlor?
MC: Yeah, this our little salon.

IS: It really is a salon.
MC: [laughs] I have $500, so can I get a wash and blow-out right now? And here's my favorite picture of Addie, my grandmother. Anyone who says these are not my real cheeks or some other insanity like that just needs to look at this photo.

IS: Is this where you have your hair done?
MC: I do all my stuff here.
IS: It smells good in here.
MC: Maybe it's the new fragrance.

IS: It's nice. What's in there? And why did you want to do a fragrance?
MC: I thought it was a cool concept. I've never been a fragrance wearer, but I wanted to do something light that wasn't obtrusive, and the top note in this [contains] toasted marshmallows. It reminds me of being a kid. I'm eternally 12, so the toasted marshmallow note was in order. And it evokes a certain memory for me. [The middle note contains] that Tahitian flower that they give you when you get off the place [in the South Pacific]. It's like a song. [And the base note contains] incense that I love from Morocco off the street - that's the low note. I didn't know it was going to have all these notes. I like when you walk into it, because you get a nice pshhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

IS: We've left the beauty parlor and are now in what looks like a boutique. And there are all these red trunks.
MC: Those are my Louis Vuitton trunks that I haven't used yet, because everyone's like, "You'll ruin them." And I'm like, "Well, what's the point of having them?"

[After more roaming in this one-of-a-kind place, which is such a monument to living large, the group arrives in a room that has a feeling of serenity. In it, there's a fireplace carved out of cherrywood - with crosses, a heart, and a butterfly - that was originally made for the house that Carey shared with Mottola in Bedford, New York.]

IS: Now where are we?
MC: Here's the room I wanted to show you, Ingrid. It's the smallest room, but it didn't get done until my father passed away... Here's my wall of explanation. That's my great grandmother - her name was Emma Cutright but they called her Mother Cutright. This is in Alabama, outside of the church. And this is my mother in the '60s. And that's my mother's mother [Ann] - and my great grandmother. You look and the whole thing is so eclectic it's bizarre. This is my cousin Lavinia when she was little. And that's my aunt on my mother's side. That's my mom at 16. And this is me when I was little on a trip with my father in the summertime. This one is from when I was in a play when I was 11, and I'll never forget this, he gave me daisies and a card and came up onstage. After that he paid for me to go to a performing arts camp for one year; my mother's boyfriend paid the other year, though half of it was scholarship. [Now I have] a camp for inner city kids: Camp Mariah, with the Fresh Air Fund. I also went to an inner-city camp for a year and got it from both sides - [being of mixed race] is a tough row to hoe.

IS: Do you ever sleep in this room?
MC: I think maybe the day of my father's funeral I slept here...This here is old stuff from my father. I found that he save these cards of mine from when I was little. It meant so much to me that he cared to save them, because this was before stardom. He's one of the few people that wasn't all about me being a star, which really meant so much to me.

IS: You lived with your mom after your parents divorced. How were things with your dad?
MC: Because my parents divorced in an unhappy, ugly way, the child support situation wasn't that great. But my father and I did learn how to express our feelings for each other and our relationship did get so much better toward the end of his life. I'm so thankful for that. That's why I have all those pictures - he knew to leave those with me, because he knew I cared. [tour continues] Did we show the butterfly room?

IS: There's a butterfly room? I want to see that.
MC: It was '97 and I was leaving my marriage [to Tommy Mottola]. which encompassed my life. I was writing the song "Butterfly" wishing that that's what he would say to me. There's a part that goes, "I have learned that beauty/has to flourish in the light/wild horses run unbridled/or their spirit dies/you have given me the courage/to be all that I can/and I truly feel ...[sings] and I truly feel your heart will lead you back to me when you're ready to land." At that point I really believed that I was going to go back to the marriage - I didn't think I was going to leave forever. But then the things that happened to me during that time caused me to not go back. Had it been, "Go be yourself, you've been with me since you were a kid, let's separate for a while," I probably would've.

IS: So it's since you wrote "Butterfly" that the creature has been this icon in your life?
MC: Before then we would be in places and all of sudden butterflies would land on my shoulder.

IS: So your fans know that you've got a real thing about butterflies?
MC: If they're a real fan they do, and they understand the sunflower thing as well, which has to do with my father. I wrote a song called "Sunflowers for Alfred Roy," which was for my father father after he passed away. When he was in the hospital, sunflowers were the only flowers that he could tolerate because of his allergies. He had cancer and it affected everything. So it's like these people really know.

IS: How does it make you feel to see how much they care?
MC: It makes me feel great. That's why I save stuff that they make. A lot of the time, they're so funny.

IS: So often when fans give people stuff it just gets thrown away.
MC: If someone took the time to do this then I feel I should keep it.

IS: The butterfly room is also where you keep the stuff from fans?
MC: Yes, and it's also the guest room. I didn't want to make too elaborate a guest room, because except for Rachel I don't want people to get too comfortable.

IS: Sometimes I interview people who say they are scared by their fans.
MC: No, only when there's like [scary stuff in their letters]. Oh, look, this one made me recipes. Not that I can eat these things. [laughs] Chocolate fudge waffles; that's not going to get me anywhere. I just think it's great that they took the time to do these things. And why not have a little room devoted to it? Oh, this is a burn book like in Mean Girls [2004], only the fans did it with celebrities.

IS: [reading] "Jennifer Lopes is a fugly skank who can't sing."
MC: But I didn't write that!

IS: [reading more things written by fans] "Eminem is almost too gay to function." [laughs] "50 Cent is a mouse on steroids." ... [laughs]
R: These fans are hilarious.
MC: I have a few different burn books that they made for me, but I was like, Oh, no, I'm encouraging the negativity. But please don't let anyone think I said those things.

IS: It will be really clear it's by fans, not Mimi.
MC: Hold on - I need to show you this room.

[Off they go to a room that looks and feels like it's in the clouds.]

IS: That is one of the craziest rooms I've ever seen - there's a bed in this steam room.
MC: It's for my throat. This will make my throat okay if I sleep in here because of the steam - it's a water bed covered in terry cloth, so none of this stuff is going to get destroyed by the steam.

IS: And you sleep in here some nights?
MC: I sleep in here for three hours and then I go into my bedroom. Luther Vandross was actually the one who told me about the humidity being helpful to the voice and skin and everything.

[Eventually Carey and Sischy make their way to the kitchen, where they stand at a counter with Mariah's nephews Shawn and Mike chatting and snacking on food sent up from a Brazilian restaurant. Once in a while others pop in too, like Rachel.]

IS: By the way, for the record, it's now 3:30 in the morning - is this typical?
MC: Yes, we're all nocturnal freaks around here.

IS: Let's talk about your married life when you lived with Tommy in Bedford.
MC: It was like my second childhood there. We were all at the kids' table. And if we laughed too hard at something, it was a problem.

IS: Who was at the adults' table?
IS: Anyone?
MC: Well, there was definitely one person!

IS: It all sounds like one those fairy tales where the damsel is kept in a castle. Some years after you left you eventually made your Emancipation of Mimi [2005] album, the so-called "big comeback," but tell me about the time closer to your leap for liberation. Did you know you were going to leave? Had you planned it?
MC: Well, something happened that prompted me to leave... I'm a very forgiving person and a very loving person, but if somebody does something to me that's too much I have no problem cutting them completely out of my life - at a certain point, some things are too much to take. That point happened.

IS: Did you just drive away?
MC: I did used to drive back then, but I didn't take the car, because I didn't buy it - I didn't want to take anything that I didn't bring with me, even though I had paid half of everything. [Before building] we actually went up to the property in Bedford together and Tommy was like, "I want to build a house here," and I said, "If we're going to build I want to contribute half of it." My mother had never owned anything and I didn't want to be a woman that could be kicked out of the house at any time, so I wanted to own as well. All those people who felt like I was only who I was because of him can never say that I didn't contribute.

[After more talk Carey and Sischy move back upstairs, and outside to her rooftop terrace]

MC: Oooh, it's windy - are you okay out here?
IS: I'm good, you?
MC: I'm fine. I love being outside; I feel free.
IS: Speaking of - which was your last album that you did for Sony while you were there?
MC: That was Rainbow [1999]. I made it in three months, like "Get me off this label!" I couldn't take it.

IS: What are your feelings about the Tommy Mottola days now?
MC: I am thankful to him in a lot of ways. I try not to vilify him. I have to forgive him for being so restrictive. I understand him not wanting me to go out and hang out all night, but going to a spa with friends every now and then, or doing things on my own would have made a world of difference. And I'd probably still be with him if I had. Maybe it's for my own good that I wasn't "allowed" to do those things, but that's not how I felt. It felt like suddenly I had a strict father. My father was actually a very strict man, but I didn't grow up with him. With Tommy it felt like I had this controlling situation where I wasn't allowed to be myself. This conversation that we're having now would never have taken place.

IS: What would you say was the best thing about your relationship with Tommy?
MC: You know what he really did for me? He believed. I was so obsessed with my career ever since I can remember. I remember in seventh grade we each had to speak about what we wanted to be. I was a hideous mess then - I had shaved my eyebrows by accident, I had orange hair, I had three shirts that I rotated; it wasn't a pretty sight and it wasn't fun. But when they asked me, "What do you want to be?" I said, "I want to be a singer and an actress." I'm still laughing at that one, but I know that "Faith is the assured expectation of things hoped for, the evidence of things yet unseen." I've always had so much faith that I believe it's a gift from God. And my mother believed too: Before I was born she named me Mariah Carey because she thought it would be a great stage name.

IS: Has faith always been important to you?
MC: I'm not religious, but I'm spiritual and I have an enormous amount of faith - I believe in God, I believe in Jesus, I believe that faith really does work. There's another passage from the Bible I really like, and it's "If you have faith the size of a mustard seed - you can say to a mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move." I quoted it on Charmbracelet [2002], which was not considered a huge success because it only did about 3 million worldwide. That was my first album on Universal after I left Virgin.

IS: How many albums did you make with Virgin?
MC: Just the Glitter [2001] soundtrack, which technically wasn't an album.

IS: Glitter was the movie and soundtrack that came out when everything imploded for you, and you had your famous "breakdown." Clearly the reasons for it were many and they've been aired many times. not least of which is the fact that the soundtrack was released on September 11, 2001, and the film only a couple of days later. Looking back now, how do you see that time?
MC: I think that they've been worse movies that haven't gotten as trashed. Glitter even got to be a joke on the Oscars that year - a lot of things went wrong in 2001 and people couldn't really make jokes about that... but you know, when I listen to the soundtrack, I'm like, Some of these are [among] my best songs and vocal performances ever. I consider "the breakdown" a breakthrough - I needed to hit rock bottom, however it happened. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard, fighting so hard against the system. You just can't beat the system when they're against you and are that strong... But was I out of control at that moment? Yes. I believe that it happened for a reason. I believe that it had to happen because the The Emancipation of Mimi was such a gift. I mean, after Virgin had "dropped" me [the company reportedly paid Carey in the neighborhood of $30 million to buy her out of her contract], which was actually a mutual agreement. [Universal CEO] Doug Morris came to my apartment and said, "Let's get going." He saw past a blip in my career and treated it as such. That man is one of the best people I know, and all I can say is I'm so thankful to him. And when L.A. Reid got the position of CEO at Def Jam [a subsidiary of Universal] I was so happy. L.A. Reid and I sat in this room and worked on that record together. This guy has produced some of the best R&B records ever; and I've looked up to him for years, and so I just love the fact that I get to work with him now.

IS: It was all so dramatic because you went against this huge corporate entity.
MC: And nobody does that - one and then another! Because once I left Sony, I had to go up against Virgin, another corporate entity. When I signed that deal, I thought that was going to be something I'd have for the rest of my life. I mean, it's not like, "Woe is me, I only got blah-blah-blah millions of dollars," but, to me, a contract should be binding. You can't just be like, "Oh, we didn't like the way this thing turned out." It just became this thing of everybody having an opinion about what kind of record I should make. Actually, what I needed to do was an R&B record rooted in music that I love.

IS: After all that was behind you were you shocked at how well The Emancipation did?
MC: I was grateful, I wasn't shocked. All these little amazing nuggets of joy kept coming my way. You know, I was saying to somebody recently that I watch the Praise the Lord Network - I leave it on in my bathroom - because sometimes there are some very smart people on there, speaking. And somebody on there was talking about weathering storms and about how, when you are prepared for the storm, you do much better. There are a lot of different storms that I feel like Ive weathered throughout my life and each one of them prepared me for the next one. Even from childhood.

IS: Now for the next album. It is scheduled to be released by the end of the year, right?
MC: Yes; but it won't appear until it's finished.
IS: Did you want to make a new record?
MC: Yeah. I am so into this new record.

IS: Give us a sneak preview. What can you tell us about the new music?
MC: It's a fun record - it's been my obsession. Look, to me, that I'm able to do what I love for a living is a gift from God. I could be doing something I hate every day. Yes, sometimes it's tough because I've got to sleep 15 hours to sing the way I want to. It's not easy because my vocal chords are different than most people's. But that aside, this album has been so much fun because I'm writing with a lot different people but mainly a lot of rappers and I will bring something to the table that they wouldn't have and vice versa.

IS: I know you're working again with Jermaine Dupri. Who else?
MC: Swiss Beats and I have been working together. He was really young when I first met him and now he's got all these Warhols - I'm like, This dude is rich! He's great. I'm really excited about a couple of songs we've done together.

IS: Your love of rap was a secret once.
MC: Yes. People think I just started experimenting with hip-hop and working with rappers when I worked on Butterfly album [1997] and that I just started working with whoever they saw me hanging out with, be it Q-Tip or Puffy or whoever, but they don't realize that I've been a fan of hip-hop and using hip-hop loops forever - I had to sneak it when I was married and when I was in that system. The masses were not up on hip-hop, but ever since I can remember I was into rap - like the Sugarhill Gang is one of the first records I ever bought, and then like Grandmaster Flash. I grew up with hip-hop.

IS: Is there a general theme to the new album?
MC: I sat in the hot tub the other night playing some songs for some friends and one of them felt that it was a very pro-woman kind of thing. And I was like, "You know what, I didn't do that intentionally." It is not that the songs are male-bashing, but she felt that it was very empowered-woman moment. I love to be able to play things for people who can listen to something rough. When I'm playing something for someone from the record company I need to perfect it a little bit more.

IS: I know a lot of the time you start working at around midnight. Do you like to work at night because you feel separate from the world and you can do your work then? By the way, it's 5:30 in the morning now. [both laugh]
MC: At night people aren't hollering and talking and you're not dealing with things like the accountant calling and the lawyer calling and this and that. For once I really want someone else to handle that who doesn't have another agenda, and I feel like I'm getting to a place where maybe I have someone who's going to do that for me.

IS: So here are a couple of last questions: If you could sing any book on tape, what would be the one you'd choose to sing?
MC: Well, James Earl Jones did a reading of the New Testament that I listen to sometimes and that I read along with because I've been studying this student Bible for a while. I try to read a chapter every night, though sometimes I miss. I'm almost done with it but it's great, the way they've set it up. You don't read it all from start to finish. You learn about it. You understand it. I would want to do something like that but singing. The student Bible asks you life questions - why do you think this like this? What do you think is most about yourself? So I would want to sing that.

IS: And if your two sets of grandparents walked into this room right now what would you say to them?
MC: Would they be here at the same time?
IS: Na, they'd walk in one at a time.
MC: Because I can't imagine my mother's mother and my father's mother in a room at the same time. [laughs] I'm sure I would thank my mother's mother - forgiveness is a very important thing in this life.

IS: And what would you say to her father?
MC: He died before she was born, but I'd thank him because I know he was very musical.
IS: And your father's mother?
MC: I would say, "Thank you for the sass," even though sometimes she was really rough and she would be brutally honest - "brutal" being a key word - I would thank her because she's a character that's become part of me. She allows me to understand and relate to myself better.

IS: And to his father?
MC: I'd just tell him that I really loved him and how much I appreciated the times when I got to go to his home for Thanksgiving and spend time with my cousins and uncles and aunts, everybody on that side of the family. I really loved going to my grandpa's house and still do when I visit my nana [Ruby], who is his second wife. I really had a special relationship with my grandfather. I loved him a lot.

IS: Did he see you sing?
MC: Yeah. He was at my wedding. I was wearing this 27-foot-long train.
IS: And you don't mean a locomotive?
MC: Nope, though it might as well have been.

Source: Scans & Text: MariahDailyJournal

Damizza Opens His Vaults For "Unreleased Album"
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 27-Aug-2007, 4:11PM EDT
Christmas is going to come early for West Coast hip-hop fans, as multi-platinum producer Damizza has agreed to open his vast unmatched vault of more than 500 unreleased songs spanning the past two decades and release previously unheard tracks featuring stars as diverse as Krayzie Bone, Nate Dogg, Mariah Carey and more.

"I've had everybody come through the studio from "Spiderman" Toby Maguire to Ludacris so what better way celebrate my 20-year love affair with music than by releasing songs by some of the greatest stars of our time?" Damizza says. The producer explains that, until now, he's been so busy working on new material with Butch Cassidy and emerging artists signed to his Baby Ree label that he simply hasn't had time to sift through the hundreds of unreleased works.

"There are volumes of new songs in there," he says, "as well as demo recordings & new material from Jennifer Love-Hewett, Roccett, Macy Gray, Ray J & Nate Dogg, it's really amazing. I surprised myself at the quantity and quality of music. We've just been producing so much material that gems just end up being forgotten. It's an amazing body of work and I feel it needs to be out there for fans."

"Damizza Presents: Unreleased Volume 1" will be in stores through Baby Ree and distributed through Fontana/Universal on November 31st.

That will be followed in early 2008 by two addition volumes from Damizza's vault which the producer hints may include rare works from Bone Thuggs N Harmony, Mariah Carey, Ice Cube, Bishop Lamont, Ja Rule, Knoc-Turn'al, Fat Joe and many more chart-topping artists.
Source: DubCNN | Lamby83

Merry Christmas Musical for HBO?
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 27-Aug-2007, 1:34AM EDT
Peter Barsocchini is a screenwriter who a few years ago took what he thought was a small assignment to write a kids' TV musical so he could entertain his preteen daughter, Gabriella, even naming the female lead after her. That small assignment for Disney Channel turned into "High School Musical," and more recently "High School Musical 2," which became a global entertainment phenomenon - and one of the most lucrative payouts a Hollywood writer has ever received for a single property.

He started getting calls the day after the first "HSM" aired in January 2006, and now he fields more offers than he has time to write. Current projects include a musical he's writing with Mariah Carey for HBO based on her album "All I Want for Christmas," an independent feature based on Pico Iyer's novel "Cuba and the Night" that he's been developing since 1994, an adaptation of a young-adult novel called "Define 'Normal' " for Lifetime, and a "Hard Day's Night"-style romp starring Oreskaband, a real-life ska band made up of six teenage Japanese girls.

Despite Hollywood's notorious fixation on youth, if someone now wants to make a film that appeals to music-minded teens, apparently fiftysomething Peter Barsocchini looks like the one most likely to succeed.

Mariah Not in Macy's NY on Sept. 25
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 26-Aug-2007, 8:55PM EDT
Mariah will NOT be at Macy's New York on Sept. 25th as rumored. A firm date to promote her new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey" in New York will be announced soon.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Peter Lindbergh To Film "M" Ad Video?
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 26-Aug-2007, 8:38PM EDT
In his recent interview with the Spanish newspaper, Diario de Ibiza, German fashion photographer & director, Peter Lindbergh reveals his upcoming projects, one of which includes the filming of a video ad for Mariah's debut fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey."

What projects are you working on now?
On September 6th, I am going to shoot a video with Mariah Carey for the release of her perfume and then a campaign for Avon and then I am going to photograph actress Reese Whiterspoon, who won an Oscar for Walk The Line, about the life of Johnny Cash, for another perfume. I've just finished shooting pictures of myself for the French channel, Arte and I released my book Untitled 116 three months ago.

Note: A distinguished director & photographer, Peter Lindbergh is behind the Pirelli calendars from 1996-2002 and has worked with top models Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford, Stephanie Seymour, Tatjana Patitz and Naomi Campbell; and top fashion names Armani, Boss, Donna Karan. He also photographed the Celine Dion perfume ad.

Linbergh's directorial credits include Tina Turner's 1996 Hanes Hosiery commercial and the music video to "Missing You." Click here to watch the Linbergh-directed "Missing You" video.
Source: Diario de Ibiza | Joao | Can | Oscar

Video of the Week: "Hero" Live at Grand Gala
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 26-Aug-2007, 8:37PM EDT
Thanks to Xiaola for sending in this week's Video of the Week: Mariah performing "Hero" live at Grand Gala De Les Cinco Estaciones, Spain in 1994.

"Hero" Live at Grand Gala De Les Cinco Estaciones, Spain 1994
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Source: MariahDailyJournal | Xiaola

Unplugged Reissue Now Available For Pre-order
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Aug-2007, 2:18PM EDT

As previously reported, Mariah's "MTV Unplugged" album will be reissued in a two-disc set on Sept. 18th.

This edition is now available for pre-order at the Sony Music Store for a discounted price of $16.98!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | David

Mariah Scan
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Aug-2007, 2:12PM EDT
From the Aug. 24th edition of UK's Daily Star.
Mariah Just Heavenly

Stunning songbird Mariah Carey shows she's got a voice AND body from heaven in her most revealing photoshoot ever.

The chart-topping beauty hides her amazing curves with just a tiny shawl in the tantalising cover shot. Our second exclusive pic is even raunchier as she cavorts on a bed with two hunky fellas.

Mariah, 37, opened her heart about her breakdown in the September issue of US magazine Interview. She said: "I consider the breakdown a breakthrough. I needed to hit rock bottom however it happened."
Source: Kerry

Videos: Mariah on European TV 1998
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 25-Aug-2007, 2:10PM EDT
Many thanks to Elise for sharing her videos with us!

Showbiz Today - Glamour Awards, 1998
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Showbiz Today - #1's In Store Signing, 1998
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Showbiz Today - Skin Disorder, 1998
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Showbiz Today - "When You Believe" TV Special, 1998
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Divas Live CD Ad, 1998
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MTV News - MTV Video Music Awards Dress, 1998
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TROS TV Show Year End Special, Arrival/After Taping Footage, Holland, 1998
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Billboard Chart Beat Chat
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 24-Aug-2007, 11:13PM EDT
Beyonce and Rihanna have drawn a lot of attention in 2007 for their monster No. 1 hits "Irreplaceable" and "Umbrella," respectively. However, neither of them might end up as Billboard's top female artist of 2007. Fergie has slowly and stealthily accumulated four top two Hot 100 hits from her album "The Dutchess," including "Big Girls Don't Cry," which sits tight at No. 2 this week.

No other woman has pulled four top two Hot 100 singles from one album in this century, including Kelly Clarkson, Beyonce, Ashanti and Jennifer Lopez. Ciara has come close, scoring three top two hits from her debut album in 2004-5. Christina Aguilera came even closer, with three No. 1s and one No. 3 hit from her debut album in 1999-2000.

The last solo female artist to do the trick was Mariah Carey, who scored four straight No. 1 hits from her eponymous debut album way back in 1990-1991. Janet Jackson, Madonna, Paula Abdul and Whitney Houston also accomplished the impressive feat [of four top two hits from one album] in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Do you think it will take another 16 years for another woman to achieve this?

Fred Bronson from Billboard's Chart Beat Chat:
Pulling four top two hits from an album is quite a rare feat, as you point out, so Fergie certainly deserves to be acknowledged for the rate of success of her Hot 100 hits from "The Dutchess."

I should clarify, before we hear from Mariah Carey fans, that she had five consecutive No. 1 hits from her first album, not four. And you included Madonna on your list, but she never had four top two hits from one album. She did have three top two hits from two different albums, "True Blue" and "Like a Prayer."

Hopefully it won't take another 16 years for another female artist to duplicate Fergie's feat, although that's one thing about the charts - you never know what's going to happen next.
Source: Billboard

Mariah's NY Crib: MTV's 9th Priciest
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 24-Aug-2007, 11:55AM EDT
MTV counted down the Top 12 Priciest Pads last night. Mariah Carey's $20 million penthouse in Manhattan, New York ranked at #9.

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"At #9, we head high above the New York City sky to Mariah Carey's plush penthouse. It includes a Moroccan-inspired room and a super-size closet that's every girl's dream come true. But despite giving us a couture-worthy fashion show, it was her lack of clothes that made this Cribs visit one will never forget. But you got to admit, Mimi's got one hell of a nice bathroom.

Mariah has definitely got it made in Manhattan. The only thing that looked better than Mimi might be her $20,000,000 penthouse."

Related Video:
Behind-The-Scenes Video. Following his interview with Mariah for the Spring 2006 issue of InStyle Home, senior editor James Patrick Herman took a tour of Mariah's apartment. "Mariah Carey's Manhattan penthouse features peach walls, plush sofas, incredible views -- and her beloved Jack Russell terrier. Friends have said the place has sort of a Joan Crawford vibe."

Tour of Mariah's Tribeca Apartment, InStyle Magazine, 2006
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Source: MariahDailyJournal

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Aug-2007, 6:18PM EDT
• Mariah was mentioned in the recent episode of "Gay, Straight or Taken" on Lifetime. When the girl had to match up the cars to the men, she found The Emancipation of Mimi CD in one of their trunks. They joked about it and said, 'Mariah Carey, that's kind of suspicious.' Then the guy later on said there are some hot tracks on the CD - he ended up being the "Taken" one in the end!

• The full list of films for the Sept. 6-15, 2007 Toronto International Film Festival has just been published. Tennessee which everyone expected to participate, is nowhere to be found on the list. No Tennessee in New York Film Festival (Sept. 28-Oct. 14) as well.

• In the Sept. 1st issue of Billboard magazine, "Lil L.O.V.E." drops 10 places to #80 in its 4th week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart; and falls out of the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart. In New Zealand, "Lil L.O.V.E." drops a spot to #7 in its 5th week on the official RIANZ Top 40 Singles chart.

• Ila from Glittering Mariah reports, "My source at Elizabeth Arden Italy has told me that there are no current plans to distribute the 'M by Mariah Carey' fragrance in Italian stores. So for now the only way for Italian fans is to order it on American online stores."

• In the early '90s, Billy Brasfield was asked to do makeup for an up-and-coming singer named Mariah Carey. "She was new and green, and we just hit it off like crazy," he says. "She was incredibly loyal to me, and from that day on, I did everything for her, from the Dream Lover video to her wedding to (music executive) Tommy Mattola." Because of Carey, Brasfield's career skyrocketed, and work with other music stars like Christina Aguilera, Eve, Alanis Morissette, Ashanti, Lauryn Hill, Lil' Kim, Missy Elliott and The Dixie Chicks followed. From Clarion Ledger.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Kurt | John | Ila

On The Cover Addition: Hip-Hop Connection 1999
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 23-Aug-2007, 2:58PM EDT
Our magazines section, On The Cover has been updated to now include Mariah's revealing interview with Hip-Hop Connection in 1999. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!

More Than A Woman?
Hip-Hop Connection - December 1999 Issue

Do you feel that the street community have love for you? "I was out with Jay-Z recently," she reveals of her collab partner on one of the two mixes of 'Heartbreaker.' "We were talking about a feature in Vibe about Tupac. There's a quote in there from one of the guys in Digital Underground who said he used to tell Tupac to turn off his tape of 'Vision of Love' and Sade songs and Tupac would say, 'You don't understand.' Jay-Z said to me," she stops suddenly, looking at the Dictaphone with enhanced caution. "I don't know if I should be saying this," her voice drops to a whisper. "I'm sure it'll be okay, but I don't know." She falls silent in contemplation, then looks up, her decision made. "Yeah. Jay-Z told me that it's all relative. That just because you don't make the music yourself doesn't mean it doesn't mean something to people who don't appear to dig it. He told me he was doing a bid and used to listen to 'Vision of Love' all the time, that others in there would say, 'That's the jam, that's special'."

She looks up, aware of the gravity of what she's said about Jay-Z, who's never openly revealed having been in jail. "He's made a huge journey, he used to listen to me, and my song meant something when he was enduring that..." she falls silent again. "So yeah, I feel love." READ MORE »
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Scans: Kerry from MariahCareyCollection

Mariah Carey Says Tommy Mottola Was 'Restrictive'
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 22-Aug-2007, 7:46PM EDT

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Mariah Carey is "thankful" to ex-husband Tommy Mottola but also felt like she was being controlled by the music executive while they were married, she divulged to Interview for the magazine's September issue, which hits newsstands Tuesday.

In the magazine - the cover of which features a Bruce Weber photo of a barely clothed Carey - she says, "I am thankful to [Mottola] in a lot of ways. I try not to vilify him. I have to forgive him for being so restrictive. I understand him not wanting me to go out and hang out all night, but going to a spa with friends every now and then, or doing things on my own would have made a world of difference. And I'd probably still be with him if I had. Maybe it's for my own good that I wasn't 'allowed' to do those things, but that's not how it felt. It felt like suddenly I had a strict father. ...With Tommy it felt like I had this controlling situation where I wasn't allowed to be myself. This conversation that we're having now would never have taken place."

Carey also opened up about the catastrophic Glitter collapse that preceded her surprise rebound. "I consider 'the breakdown' a breakthrough - I needed to hit rock bottom, however it happened. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard, fighting so hard against the system."
Source: MTV | Joao

Video: Mariah's "Interview" on Extra & E!
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 22-Aug-2007, 12:25AM EDT

Here's the video to tonight's Extra TV segment on Mariah Carey's hot new photos and "most revealing interview ever" in Interview magazine's September 2007 issue.

Watch the video on right or download a video file (MPG format, 16.5 MB). Click here to view screen captures.

Here are two more videos. From tonight's E! News and Daily 10. Mariah's sexy photoshoot for Interview magazine was named the "#1 Story" on the Daily 10 countdown.

E! News on "Interview" Magazine Photoshoot, 21 Aug. 2007
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Daily 10 Sexy "Interview" Photoshoot: #1 Story - E!, 21 Aug. 2007
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Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah To Promote "M" at Macy's NY on Sept. 25
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Aug-2007, 8:47PM EDT
Mariah Carey will reportedly make a personal appearance at Macy's Department Store in Herald Square, at 34th Street and Broadway, New York City, to promote and sign bottles of her new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey" on Tuesday, September 25th. No specified time has been reported.

Note: This information has yet to be announced/confirmed officially.

"M" in-store status in New York
Alex' reports: "They don't have the perfume yet at Century 21 but it's expected this week. According to Sephora at Times Square, they don't sell Elizabeth Arden stuff. The Sephora store near Ground Zero didn't have it either. But Macy's has it for sure! The fragrance smells really nice! It's definitely going to be successful - it's soft and subtle and doesn't smell alcohol at all."
Source: Alex'

Mariah Carey Offers the Naked Truth
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Aug-2007, 2:15PM EDT
Mariah Carey is stripping down for Interview Magazine's September issue, and she's getting surprisingly candid.

In a subject rarely discussed with the press, Mariah opened up about her mega-million-dollar divorce from music mogul Tommy Mottola.

She tells the mag, "Something happened that prompted me to leave. If somebody does something to me that's too much, I have no problem cutting them completely out of my life."

She adds, "I am thankful to him in a lot of ways. I have to forgive him for being so restrictive. With Tommy, it felt like I had this controlling situation where I wasn't allowed to be myself."

She also tells Interview about her famous 2001 meltdown and her hospitalization for exhaustion.

"I'm far from perfect. I'm still learning," she says. "I overworked myself, and I paid the price. I'm grateful to be alive."

She continues, "I consider the breakdown a breakthrough. I needed to hit rock bottom. I needed to understand the cost of pushing so hard; fighting so hard against the system. But was I out of control at that moment? Yes."

Mariah's revealing interview hits stands August 28.
Source: ExtraTV

Mariah on Interview Magazine
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Aug-2007, 1:53PM EDT

Mariah Carey graces the cover of the September 2007 issue of Interview magazine which hits newsstands on Tuesday, August 28th.

Be sure to grab a copy!
Source: Just Jared | Jeane

Mariah Sighting in East Hampton
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 21-Aug-2007, 9:14AM EDT
"A Good Night," the directorial debut of Gwyneth's brother, Jake Paltrow, was screened by the Cinema Society Saturday at the East Hampton Theater. The story of a man who wants to perfect his dreaming so he can better fantasize about Penelope Cruz drew raves from Paul McCartney and his daughter Stella, David Geffen, Ed Burns and Christy Turlington, Billy and Katie Joel, Barbara Walters, Donna Karan, Christie Brinkley, Jay McInerney, Candace Bushnell and Kyle MacLachlan. The stars then swung over for an intimate dinner Ronald Perelman hosted at his East Hampton home, where they were joined by Mariah Carey, Roger Waters, Andre Balazs, Brooke Shields and Chris Henchy.

Note: According to the latest Forbes' Top 400 Richest Americans, Ronald Perelman is 40th with net worth of US$7.0 Billion.
Source: New York Post

Mariah On The Cover of Interview Magazine!
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 20-Aug-2007, 9:02PM EDT
Tonight's EXTRA gave a sneak peek at the September 2007 issue of Interview magazine with Mariah Carey on the cover! Be sure to catch EXTRA tomorrow, Aug. 21st, for its exclusive interview with Mariah.

"Mariah naked. The superstar in bed with two mystery men and telling all in a candid new interview from her mega-million dollar breakup to her breakdown, and the pressures of being Mariah."
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Mariah in Caroline Kennedy's New Book
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 20-Aug-2007, 4:12PM EDT
From The Showbuzz Books section of

Four of the most celebrated living poets - John Ashbery and former poet laureates Robert Pinsky, Robert Hass and Mark Strand - have new collections. But the season's biggest seller will likely be Caroline Kennedy's "A Family Christmas," with those represented ranging from E.B. White and Mark Twain to Kennedy's grandmother, Rose F. Kennedy, and that famous bard, Mariah Carey.

"It is very eclectic," agreed Will Schwalbe, editor in chief of Hyperion, which will release the book in October. "It is really both serious and fan, and that makes it very unusual."

In "A Family Christmas," Caroline shares the Christmas poetry, prose, scriptural readings, and lyrics that are most dear to her. Available in hardcover and audio CD, this title will be released on October 30, 2007.
Source: CBS News | MariahDailyJournal

"M by Mariah Carey" On Display
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 19-Aug-2007, 10:06PM EDT
Below are pictures of "M by Mariah Carey" perfumes neatly arranged inside a glass case at Macy's in Burbank, California. According to the Fragrance Counter Manager, the bottles were immediately placed on display upon receipt last night.

Get your bottle today! Click on the banner on top to purchase your "M by Mariah Carey" online or stop by any of the following stores:

Macy's · Belk · Parisian · Dillards · Bon Ton · Carson's · Boscovs · Century 21
Gottschalks · Peebles · Sephora · SSI · ULTA · Sephora (inside JCPenney)
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video of the Week: "Without You" Live at Grand Gala
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 19-Aug-2007, 5:01PM EDT
Thanks to Xiaola for sending in this week's Video of the Week: Mariah performing "Without You" live at Grand Gala De Les Cinco Estaciones, Spain in 1994.

"Without You" Live at Grand Gala De Les Cinco Estaciones, Spain 1994
Download: [ MPG (31.1MB) | MP4 for iPod (13.0MB) ]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Xiaola

"M by Mariah Carey" Animated Avatars
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 18-Aug-2007, 5:32PM EDT
Below are 100x100 animated avatars that you can use in forums you visit or in your e-mails to remind your friends that Mariah's new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey," is now available in stores! Thanks to Murat for sending them to us.

Source: Murat

"M" in Magazines, Fragrance Hits Stores Aug. 20th
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 18-Aug-2007, 2:37AM EDT
• People, Aug. 27, 2007 issue, page 118, Style Watch
Mariah's New Perfume
The star's first fragrance, M by Mariah Carey, hits stores on Aug. 20.

Is this the first scent you've ever used?
This is going to be the first fragrance that I've ever worn. I've never been a fragrance wearer and then I get to wear my own fragrance first. It's pretty cool.

What was your inspiration for the scent?
There is marshmallow in the top note. It takes me back to my childhood campfire moments. The tiare flower is the heart of the fragrance. The first time I smelled it I was in Hawaii, so it reminds me of beautiful places. And the bottom note of the fragrance is this incense I got in Morocco. I used to burn it in my house and I just love the smell.

Did it take a while to get the scent right?
[Elizabeth Arden's team and I] went back and forth a lot. It was very similar to writing and recording a song.

What else do you have going on?
I'm finishing up my record right now. It's my favorite music I've ever done, basically. And I'm in a movie called Tennessee - I play Krystal. The character is very different from me and I think people are going to be surprised - she's very unglamorous, very raw.

• In Touch, Aug. 27, 2007 issue, page 20, Upclose
Heaven Scent
Now you can smell like Mariah. Mariah Carey bottled her essence - and it smells like marshmallows and Tahitian tiare flowers! The diva's new fragrance, M by Mariah Carey, launches this fall. "Creating this scent was like creating a song," she says.

• Allure, Sept. 2007 issue, page 96, Beauty Reporter
Musical Notes
Mariah Carey, Usher, and Sean "Diddy" Combs are looking to extend their range: Each has a new women's fragrance. We took them to the BET Awards in Los Angeles and outside the MTV's TRL Studio in New York City and asked music fans if these star performers are hitting all the right notes.

"Feminine and sweet - I would wear it!"
  --Keyani Gilchrist, retail associate
"It's fruity, then sophisticated. I'd wear it at night."
  --Bonnie Lynch, student
"It smells good - really nice and smooth."
  --Dawnielle Williams, nursing assistant

• A full-page ad of "M by Mariah Carey" also runs in the Sept. 2007 issues of InStyle (page 170) and Essence (page 46) magazines. Previously reported in Glamour (page 104) and Cosmopolitan (page 125).

And here's another scan from In Touch, Aug. 27, 2007 issue, page 77, The List: Hollywood's Best Booties
9 Mariah is naturally blessed
Mariah Carey can thank her parents for her dangerous curves. "I was always really thin and muscular as a kid, and then came the butt," the 38-year-old says. And despite hitting the gym to get into shape, the singer is determined not to bulk up too much. "I've been working out like mad," Mariah says. "But I've gotta slow it down, because the other day someone told me I was losing my butt and I don't want to lose that!"
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"M by Mariah Carey" in Stores Now!
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Aug-2007, 7:33PM EDT

Mariah's new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey," is in U.S. stores now! To the right is a picture of the fragrance glass display at Macy's, 800 West Oaks Mall in Houston, Texas.

Go get your bottle today!

Check out the fragrance counter at any of the following stores (call first to check availability):

Macy's · Belk · Parisian · Dillards · Bon Ton · Carson's · Boscovs · Century 21
Gottschalks · Peebles · Sephora · SSI · ULTA · Sephora (inside JCPenney)

Or purchase "M by Mariah Carey" online
The "M by Mariah Carey" Moisturizing Body Lotion ($28.00) and 1.7oz. Eau de Parfum ($52.50) are now also available for online purchase at
Source: Ali | MariahDailyJournal

Leona Sings Mariah To Win Yates' Wannabe
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Aug-2007, 6:25PM EDT

As reported in our last News Tidbits, before being crowned the 2006 X Factor champion, Leona Lewis won the Yates' Wannabe National Karaoke Competition Grand Final in 2004 with her performance of Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby." To the right is a video of her winning performance.
Source: Yates Fame Finder | Pauly

Scent of a Diva: Mariah Talks Fragrance With People
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Aug-2007, 4:26AM EDT
Mariah Carey has topped the pop charts for almost two decades, and now she's setting out to conquer the fragrance world with her first signature scent, M by Mariah. With the fragrance just hitting shelves, Mariah chatted a little about the process of making a scent with PEOPLE. Buy the fragrance for yourself, $62.50 at

What was it like collaborating with Elizabeth Arden?
"It was so much fun working with Elizabeth Arden. I mean, I never expected such a huge corporation to feel like a family. and that's what it feels like to me. Like every time I work with them, they're so welcoming in terms of the concepts. If I have an idea or something that inspires me, there's never a time where they've been like 'No, we hate that.' Every single person from Arden has been fabulous."

Did you tell them what your favorite scents were?
"Before I went there, I told them some of my favorite smells, and I described the Tiare flower - and they actually knew what it was. They had never used it as a base for any person before. When I got there, there was this huge board of all the things that I said that I loved. The thing about the blue grotto, Capri, and just all these references that I had given them. The sunset. It looked like it was a done finished thing. I didn't realize how next level it was going to be. It was really amazing."

So then you went back and forth with the perfumers? Did it take a couple of tries?
Well, we went to a few different perfumers and every time we would test a different fragrance. It was very similar to writing and recording a song for me. And not everybody realizes that I write my own songs - and they definitely don't realize that I produce them. It's a process that I'm really used to. They have told me that no one has been this involved in creating their own fragrance before. So I was like 'Oh, that's cool.'"

Where do you spray the perfume?
What I do is I spray it - and then walk into it.

Videos: Showbiz Today News & HQ Sokenbicha Ad
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Aug-2007, 4:11AM EDT
CNN's Showbiz Today News from 1997
Thanks to Elise for sharing her video files with us!

Showbiz Today - Fresh Air Fund Salute To American Heroes, 1997
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Showbiz Today - Brett Ratner Rumor, 1997
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[ Download here ]

Showbiz Today - TJ Martell Foundation, 1997
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Showbiz Today - VH1 Fashion Awards, 1997
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Sokenbicha Tea Commercial, Japan 2004
In 2004, Mariah recorded "Misty Moon" especially for use in the commercials for Coca-Cola Japan's Sokenbicha tea drink. Previously available in low quality, the video to the commercial has been remastered and improved by, the largest Mariah Carey fan site in China. Thanks to Bernard!

"Misty Moon" - Sokenbicha Tea Commercial, Japan 2004 (Remastered)
VOB | Size: 6.3 MB
[ Download here ]
Source: Elise | | Bernard

News Tidbits From Southeast Asia
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 17-Aug-2007, 4:06AM EDT
• PMCF Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary
In celebration of its 5th year anniversary, the Philippine Mariah Carey Fanclub (PMCF) is holding a party, dubbed "M @ V," on Saturday, August 25th at Forbest Bar & Grill in Malate, Manila. Webmaster Ken invites Filipino fans to partake in this special night.

""M @ V" [read as "M at Five"] is a celebration of the group's five years of fun and friendship and a proclamation that we are here to stay for many more years to come!

Walk the "Purple Carpet" complete with candles for an "M by Mariah Carey"-inspired ambience this August 25, Saturday 7pm, at the Forbest Bar & Grill in Malate, Manila. Sing your hearts out in our videoke-filled party and get to watch rare Mariah videos, too! Also, get the chance to win amazing prizes from surprise games we've prepared especially for you!

As part of the 5th year anniversary celebration, Mariah Carey Philippines (, the online home of PMCF unveils its new look today! Purple takes over Mariah Carey Philippines as the fresh layout, inspired by Mariah's upcoming perfume, was launched to promote Mariah's new venture in the perfume industry. Visitors can also now watch the latest Mariah video in the website's main page, as well as speak their minds in the new Shout Out section.

So what are you waiting for? Register now for the "M @ V" anniversary party by sending a text message to Ken at 0927-8733546 or sending an e-mail to Visit our website at for more details."

• "M by Mariah Carey" in Indonesia
It seems like Indonesian fans need to be more patient waiting for Mariah's debut fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey." An insider from PT Mirabo Ayu, the main distributor of Elizabeth Arden products in Indonesia, stated that the company still has not received any news about the release of the fragrance in the country this year. He said that "M by Mariah Carey" might not get to Indonesia until 2008 and that it could be released by another distributor.
Source: --

Arden Sees Continued Growth in FY 2008
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Aug-2007, 9:05PM EDT
In a press release announcing its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2007 financial results, Elizabeth Arden, Inc. attributed its net sales growth to increased sales of prestige fragrances to mass retail customers, primarily driven by sales of new fragrance brands, and higher sales in international markets. In fiscal 2007, net sales of its North American fragrance business advanced by 23%, and net sales internationally grew by 12%.

E. Scott Beattie, Chairman, President and CEO of Elizabeth Arden, Inc. expects these growth trends to continue into fiscal 2008.

"In the near term, we are excited by our innovation calendar for fiscal 2008, including the Mariah Carey fragrance, M by Mariah Carey, which is launching globally in September. Mariah is the best-selling female recording artist of all time and appeals to a broad global demographic."

"We also are looking forward to the continued performance of the Elizabeth Arden brand, the growth of our business in Asia Pacific and Europe, and the continued strength of our North American fragrance business."

However, Elizabeth Arden, Inc. expects to report a loss between 3 cents to 5 cents per share for the fiscal first quarter primarily due to an increased media spending for its new Mariah Carey fragrance, and a shift in its fiscal calendar that will cause some holiday spending to be recorded in the second quarter. The Company, however, sees earnings to increase 5% to 7% based on sales growth for the full fiscal year 2008.

Note: Elizabeth Arden's Fiscal Year 2008 covers the period from July 1, 2007 to June 28, 2008. Fiscal First Quarter 2008 is from July 1, 2007 to September 29, 2007.

Official Site Confirms Album Release in November
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Aug-2007, 12:56PM EDT
The official site,, in its fragrance section under Party Ideas confirms the November release for Mariah's new album!

"Set the mood for the evening with your favorite Mariah Carey album. The Remixes has a great track list for the perfect party vibe. Also be sure to watch out for her latest album, releasing this November."

"M by Mariah Carey" in Canada
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Aug-2007, 10:50AM EDT
The Bay has already ordered Mariah's new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey," to have it in its stores by mid-September. At Sears, beauty consultant Amanda from Elizabeth Arden had a pre-training for the "M by Mariah Carey" products and said the fragrance is fabulous!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Throw Your Own "M by Mariah Carey" Party!
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 16-Aug-2007, 2:19AM EDT
Celebrate the launch of Mariah's debut fragrance by throwing your own "M by Mariah Carey" Launch Party!

Check out the official "M by Mariah Carey" fragrance site,, for a list of party ideas and drink recipes to create the perfect environment. Download Mariah's signature invitations and print your own posters to set the mood and celebrate in style!

Mariah To Receive "Star" in November?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Aug-2007, 7:57PM EDT
Mariah Carey will reportedly be honored with her own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in November 2007. A firm date and the exact location of the star are yet to be announced.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Dante

Video: Rare "Vanishing" Performance
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Aug-2007, 3:37PM EDT
This video of WTAE News report from 1990 contains footage of a quite rare "Vanishing" performance! Click on the link below to download.

WTAE News - "Vanishing" 1990
WMV | Size: 33.28 MB
[ Download here ]

Thanks to Elise for sharing her video with us. More of Elise's rare Mariah videos will be posted in the coming days. Be sure to tune in.
Source: Elise

Video: CCTV10 People Special Featuring Mariah
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Aug-2007, 3:11PM EDT
Click on the links below to download a "People" special featuring Mariah Carey which aired on the Chinese network, CCTV10 on September 27, 2006. This video, previously available only in low quality, has been exclusively remastered and improved by, the largest Mariah Carey fan site in China, on the occasion of their 8th year anniversary. Thanks to Weilai for his help in uploading the video file.

CCTV10 People featuring Mariah Carey - China, Sept. 27, 2006
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Download: [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 ]

Source: MariahDailyJournal |

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 15-Aug-2007, 1:32PM EDT
• "Lil L.O.V.E." stays steady at #40 in its 2nd week on the August 18th Radio & Records' Urban national airplay chart. In yesterday's Mediabase airplay chart, the song collected 5.245 million audience impressions with 1262 plays. Meanwhile, "Lil L.O.V.E." is steaming up New Zealand. According to the official RIANZ Top 40 Singles chart, the song climbs another 3 places to #6 in its 4th week!

• Mariah Carey is #9 in the new In Touch magazine's "Hot Bottoms" countdown. Jennifer Lopez tops the list, with Beyonce Knowles and Jessica Biel coming in at #2 and #3, respectively.

• From CNN/InStyle: Surprising Beauty Solutions. "4. Honey - New York City makeup artist Kristofer Buckle combines 1 teaspoon of honey with 1 teaspoon of sugar to exfoliate the lips of stars such as Mariah Carey. He blends the two in his hand, then applies the mixture in a circular motion for 90 seconds."

• From The Sun UK: Rare footage has been unearthed of Leona Lewis's talent show triumph - and it's not the X Factor. The singer won the Yates' bar talent contest in 2004 before victory in telly's ultimate singing competition. Leona sang Mariah Carey's "Always Be My Baby" at the grand final of the Yates' Wannabe competition.

• From ESPN The Sports Guy Bill Simmons' Page 2 Glossary: How-To Guides, How to Drive a Woman Crazy: A. Compliment Shakira, B. Compliment Mariah Carey, C. Compliment Jennifer Love Hewitt

The Mariah Carey Award for "Most Unexpected Career Resurgence"
...(And speaking of Mariah, is anyone else excited about seeing her back in the limelight? For more than 10 years, she's been my kryptonite -- the one crazy female celebrity that just plain did it for me. Can't explain it. And nothing drives a woman crazier than hearing a guy say, "I think Mariah Carey is hot" -- you might as well just say that women shouldn't have the right to vote. She's the best. I will defend her lunatic sexiness to the death. By the way, do you think she looks at Whitney Houston now the same way Tom Hanks looks at Michael Keaton, like Whitney may have won the first few battles, but Mariah won the war? Me, too.)

• From TV Guide's Q&A with Season 6 finalist Gina Glocksen: What advice do you have for people who want to be where you are right now? "...there's a couple of rounds [with the producers of Idol] you have to make it through before you even see Randy, Simon and Paula. Also, don't sing Etta James. Don't sing Mariah Carey or Whitney Houston. They hear it all of the time, so they just get bored with it."
Source: MariahDailyJournal | John

"M by Mariah Carey" Makes ELLE's It List
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 14-Aug-2007, 2:31AM EDT
Mariah's new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey," makes the Beauty IT LIST for Fall in the September 2007 issue of ELLE magazine!

Comeback Queen
Mariah Carey's latest release, M eau de parfum - a romantic medley of Tahitian tiare, gardenia, and patchouli - tops the olfactory charts.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Billboard Track Reviews
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 14-Aug-2007, 2:26AM EDT
Michael, our Charts writer, has just updated the Music Reviews section to now include Billboard's reviews of "Never Forget You," "Always Be My Baby" and "Forever."

"Never Forget You"
Billboard Magazine, 1994

While top 40 punters nibble on Carey's cover of "Without You," urban-ites are urged to dine on this softly rhythmic pop/R&B slow jam, equipped with a deliciously catchy chorus and wonderfully booming instrumentation. Carey's vocal is sweetly sincere as she ponders a love affair that has come to an end. Another sparkling moment from the diva's current "Music Box" opus.

"Always Be My Baby"
Billboard Magazine, 1996

Carey's long and deservedly successful reign of the Hot 100 with "One Sweet Day" is followed by a delightfully bright and funky finger-snapper from her current pop epic, "Daydream." Teamed this time with jeepster Jermaine Dupri on production and songwriting, the pop princess reminds us that she has the loose-wristed soul to go with those deliciously soaring and dramatic high notes amid a sweet arrangement of easy acoustic guitars, rolling piano lines, and chipper jeep beats. Carey and Dupri have reconstructed the song into a more languid, R&B-spiced jam with vocal and rap assistance from Xscape and Da Brat, respectively. Expect this yummy single to keep Carey on the front burner of several formats well into the spring.

Billboard Magazine, 1996

The ever hot "Daydream" continues to spawn sparkling hit singles - this time in the form of a sweet and swaying nugget. With a retro-pop musical setting that is warmly reminiscent of her breakthrough hit, "Vision Of Love," Carey plays the romantic ingénue with convincing, wide-eyed innocence and infectious hope. This is a pleasant change of pace from the street rhythms of the recent No. 1 smash "Always Be My Baby" and a delightfully playful shift from the project's mournful and monumental "One Sweet Day." Expect pop and AC radio to have a programming field day with this lovely effort.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Jason

Fall Album Rush
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Aug-2007, 9:57AM EDT
Opening the fall album-release season with discs by 50 Cent and Kanye West is kind of like kicking off your show with the encore. You could stick around for the rest of the gig, but what's the point?

Luckily, after the dust clears from the September 11 showdown between the rap heavyweights, the next few months will bring plenty more fresh tunes worth checking out from fellow rappers (Eve, Chamillionaire, Ja Rule, Rick Ross, Nelly and Lupe Fiasco); R&B divas (Mariah Carey, Nicole Scherzinger, Mya and Jennifer Hudson); rock bands (Foo Fighters, Coheed and Cambria, Hot Hot Heat and Avenged Sevenfold); and smooth singers (Chris Brown, Mario, KT Tunstall and James Blunt).

Who will raise their "Umbrella" this fall and have the back-to-school jam that rivals Rihanna's unstoppable summer hit? We're not sure (though we suspect we know what Kanye's answer would be), so we've laid out the contenders for you.

November 20
Heavyweights: They don't get any bigger than Mariah Carey, and while details on her yet-untitled follow-up to the career-reviving The Emancipation of Mimi album are scare, she recently told fans via a voicemail on her Web site that she's got 10 songs in the bag and is planning to work with old pal Jermaine Dupri.

Click here for a list of album releases this Fall.

Related Reading: Breaking Down Album Leaks
Spin's Michael Endelman tells CNN's Shanon Cook how album leaks can be good and bad.

To what extent are album leaks a problem these days?
I would say album leaks are probably one of the biggest problems in the industry. Every single album that's in the stores has been online for months ahead of time by the time it's in the stores.

And who suffers the most from an album leak?
It's hard to say but probably the people who suffer the most are the people who put out bad albums. Because if an album comes out 3 months early online and everyone knows it stinks then they won't buy it. If it's good a lot of times people will still buy it to get the artwork, to have sort of a document to take home with them but if an album is bad and it's online early, it's the worst buzz in the world.

What are some of the major ways that an album does get leaked?
It's almost you want to think of the ways an album doesn't get leaked. I mean, albums get leaked. They can get leaked at the studio when they're mastering the record. They can get leaked to when they're sending it out to journalists, to the press. They can get leaked at the manufacturing plant and though most people won't fez up to it, sometimes labels and artists leak things on purpose themselves to try to sort of gauge the public's response to the record... Most record labels are really trying to keep CDs from going out very early. Two months early, three months early, four months early - that's the period that they're really most worried about.

But what about the press? Because journalists really do get blamed quite a lot.
They do. Journalists get blamed a lot for these album leaks. As someone who receives a lot of albums on early, I can tell you that I'm very careful with my own album advances. I actually keep them under lock & key, under a special drawer because I don't want something to get traced back to me. Some label told us that 70% of all leaks come from the press. To me that seems quite high. Most journalists have, in no way want to leak anything online. Journalists get nothing out of it. We have the music. We understand why we get it early but there's nothing to benefit from that.

How has the online space evolved to make album leaks easier?
I think the introduction of this file-sharing called BitTorrent makes it much, much easier because BitTorrent is sort of decentralized so there's no one person who can be sued or stopped. It's not like it's Napster where there's a company. BitTorrent is this kind of a decentralized software that anyone in the world can access and it makes it super-easy to share these massive files anywhere. No one talks about Oink ( - that's the first rule of Oink. Oink is sort of a very cultish global group that shares music online and it's known for getting stuff first always. They have the highest quality sound too. It's a members-only club. It's like an exclusive members-only online club for trading early leaks of CDs and it's very hard to get approved and I actually know of people who've been kicked off because they mentioned it in a story but that sort of the main places that a lot of CDs are traded early. YouSendIt and MegaUpload are these great file sharing sites. Now they could be used in an office to send photos or an Excel file or a Microsoft Word document to someone instead of e-mailing but they can also be used to send entire albums.

Watch the rest of the interview at
Source: MTV

Charmbracelet & The Adventures of Mimi Tour Books
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Aug-2007, 7:11AM EDT
The Charmbracelet and The Adventures of Mimi tour books are the latest additions to our magazines section, On The Cover. Many thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!

Charmbracelet Tour Book 2003

The Adventures of Mimi Tour Book 2006

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Scans: Kerry from MariahCareyCollection

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 13-Aug-2007, 7:01AM EDT
• The official "M by Mariah Carey" fragrance site has recently been updated with the new ad photo. Also, an 800x600 wallpaper is now available for download in the "Extras" section. Keep checking the site for more exciting stuff in the coming days!

• Love, Luther, a new Sony/Legacy box set is due out in stores Oct. 16. The four-disc, 53-track set traces Luther Vandross' beginnings as a jingles singer and New York sessions vocalist through his 25 years. In addition to his hits and "Lutherized" covers are six previously unreleased songs and duets with the likes of Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Dionne Warwick and Frank Sinatra. USA Today.

• From Times Leader: Like plenty of other people, Jen Yemola gets star-struck. Her celebrity of choice? Mariah Carey. When Chef Gordon Ramsay said the remaining contestants on Fox's "Hell's Kitchen" would be cooking for "trendsetters," Yemola appeared on camera saying, "If it's Mariah or if it's the Rock, I will pee my pants."

• From eMediaWire: Virgil Dickson is currently working as a metro intern for the Washington Post. A recent graduate of DePaul University with a BA in journalism, he is now living his dream. Mr. Dickson made this statement, "The way to make it in this business is to truly have the fire for it, and not be bogged down by geographical constrictions. Let your passion lead you. I have incorporated this reasoning in finding my internships. For my first professional journalism gig, I went to upstate New York and worked at singer Mariah Carey's summer camp as a teacher's assistant in the journalism classes. While there I taught the kids proper interview techniques. Oh and yes I got to meet Mariah Carey."

• From the New York Post: Britney Spears' print ad for Believe is pretty unbelievable...It just doesn't seem possible that the baby-sprouting, head-shaving, pole-dancing diva could've shot the photo for that ad this summer, as reps claim. And in the ad for Mariah Carey's debut fragrance, M by Mariah, Mariah's sunken-in-water, naked body is so obviously touched up that one poster referred to her as a "wounded mermaid." But while she's not alone, Sarah Jessica Parker's commercial (for Covet) is the most strikingly silly perhaps because as a video, there's just more footage to gaggle over.

• From New York Times: In Manhattan, the much maligned apartment co-op board, famous for rejecting notables such as Richard Nixon and Mariah Carey, may turn out to have been the last line of defense against risky lending practices...Richard Nixon was rejected twice by Manhattan co-op boards after leaving the White House. Carey was rejected by the same Central Park West board that rejected buyers for Barbara Streisand's apartment.

• From Daily Record UK: A former police clerk who became a kiltmaker to the stars has seen her business go from strength to strength. Moira George, who has made kilts for singers Mariah Carey and Mick Hucknall, runs Soy Kilts in Portsoy, Banff-shire.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Alison | Dennis

Video of the Week: Mariah on Star Academy 2
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 12-Aug-2007, 4:51PM EDT
Thanks to Nicolas for sending in this week's Video of the Week: Mariah guesting on the French TV show Star Academy Season 2 in November 2002.

Mariah Guests on Star Academy 2, France, Nov. 16, 2002
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Below are high-quality photos from the show:

Previously posted: Mariah visiting the Star Academy 2 contestants:

Mariah Visits the French Talent Show "Star Academy" 2002
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Source: MariahDailyJournal | Nicolas | Elias

On The Cover Additions: Saturday & S 2005
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 11-Aug-2007, 5:26PM EDT
Two more magazines have just been added to our magazines section, On The Cover: Saturday, April 2005 and S, July 2005. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!

I've Never Been In Love
Saturday - April 2005 Issue

Mariah Carey's reputation precedes her. While she may be the biggest-selling female recording artist of all time, with hits like Hero and Honey generating over 150 million record sales worldwide, the golden girl lost her Midas touch very publicly four years ago.

In August 2001, she was hospitalised with exhaustion after rambling on MTV and subsequently collapsing. Her movie Glitter was released weeks later, but proved to be a spectacular flop and, just months after, Mariah was paid £35 million to walk away from a £70 million contract with Virgin.

Her last album, Charmbracelet, released by Def Jam Records in 2002, and a worldwide tour in 2003, was the last we heard of the 35-year-old singer. Now she's back with a single, It's Like That, and her tenth album, The Emancipation of Mimi, which refers to her nickname and sums up how she's overcome the emotional problems of her past... READ MORE »

Viva La Diva
S - July 2005 Issue

The dictionary definition of the word diva is "a very successful and famous female singer." Mariah Carey is certainly that. In fact, she's the biggest female artist of all time, with a tally of number one hits rivalled only by Elvis and The Beatles.

Her glass-shattering voice is not to everyone's taste (Cameron Diaz once said: "If you really want to torture me, sit me in a room strapped to a chair and put Mariah Carey on, over and over again.") But no one can deny that it's an extraordinary gift.

When the word diva is applied to Miss Carey, however, it refers to more than just her vocal abilities. To put it tactfully, she has a reputation for being one of the most high-maintenance artists around. She is never without an enormous entourage, and red carpets are reportedly rolled out the moment she decides to leave the house. She once allegedly asked for puppies to be provided backstage, as their presence would calm her nerves. And, most famously, Miss Carey doesn't "do" stairs... READ MORE »
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Scans: Kerry from MariahCareyCollection

Mariah on Early European TV
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 11-Aug-2007, 4:51PM EDT
Thanks to Elise for sharing her own captures of Mariah's early appearances/ interviews on European TV.


MTV News - Ballad Time, 1995
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Mariah Arriving in Germany, June 13, 1996
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MTV News - Mariah in Fine Voice, June 1996
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MTV News - New Single, 1996
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MTV News - Whitney Vs. Mariah, 1996
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Showbiz Today - Tommy Mottola, a Control Freak, 1996
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Showbiz Today - Mariah/Tommy Separation, 1996
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Showbiz Today - Mariah Hides in Miami Hotel, 1996
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MTV News - Mariah in Japan, March 1996
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MTV News - Mariah's Inspirations
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MTV News - "Honey", August 1997
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Showbiz Today - Adoption, 1997
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Showbiz Today - Arts Awards, 1997
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Showbiz Today - "Butterfly" Triple Platinum, 1997
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MTV News - "The Roof", 1998
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Source: Elise

Mariah in Magazines
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Aug-2007, 8:31AM EDT
• From the August 20th issue of Star, Just Asking, page 32.

Is Janet Dieting Because of Mariah?
As quickly as Janet Jackson shed 60 pounds earlier this year, she packed them back on. But the Grammy-winning pop star may have found the ultimate weight-loss motivation -- Mariah Carey!

"She's feeling insecure about all the time [boyfriend] Jermaine [Dupri] and Mariah are spending together," say a source close to the singer. Jermaine and Mariah have been working on her next CD, due out in November. After going on a diet heavy on veggies and lean protein and hitting the treadmill for 45 minutes a day, Janet recently dropped 10 pounds and vows to shed 10 more. You go, girl!

• Also, here are other scans from this week's Life & Style, How Old Do They Dress?, page 56; and People, Singles Scenes, page 66.

• Aside from Glamour (Sept. 2007 issue, page 104), you can also find the "M by Mariah Carey" fragrance ad on page 125 of the Sept. 2007 issue of Cosmopolitan.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Mariah Carey Anthology" Songbook in Japan
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 10-Aug-2007, 4:51AM EDT

The "Mariah Carey Anthology" Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook is slated for release in Japan in October 2007 (no firm date as of yet). Japanese fans can now pre-order the songbook at for a discounted price of ¥2238, that's 10% off the import list price.

40 of Mariah's biggest smash hits, including: Always Be My Baby · Can't Let Go · Dreamlover · Emotions · Hero · Love Takes Time · Loverboy · One Sweet Day · Vision of Love · Whenever You Call and more! View the full songlist here.

The songbook's U.S. release is on August 15th.

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Golden Petals

Mariah Scans
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Aug-2007, 4:13PM EDT
From the August 13th issue of Globe.

Adam Taxis For Takeoff
Adam Sandler takes the high road off a taxi on a New York street where he's shooting his upcoming comedy flick, You Don't Mess With The Zohan.

The funnyman goes from playing a fake gay fireman in his current blockbuster hit, I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry, to a goggle-eyed Israeli Mosad spy who fakes his death and becomes a hairdresser in the Big Apple. Pop diva Mariah Carey is his leading lady.
The same photo appears in the August 13th issue of OK! magazine with the following caption:

Adam Goes Incognito
Adam Sandler, 40, sports sandals and facial hair for his next comedy, You Don't Mess With The Zohan (which also stars Mariah Carey). He filmed this leaping scene on Fifth Avenue in NYC on July 25.

Also, below are scans of an article about Mariah's apartment in New York from this week's issue of the French Gala magazine.

Source: MariahDailyJournal | Sam

"Lil L.O.V.E." Update
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Aug-2007, 4:10PM EDT
• In the August 18th issue of Billboard magazine, "Lil L.O.V.E." rises a spot from #67 to #66 in its 2nd week on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and maintains its position of #66 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay chart.

• "Lil L.O.V.E." Mediabase airplay as of August 8, 2007: 6.485 million audience impressions, 1532 spins.

• On iTunes, "Lil L.O.V.E." is currently at #48 on Top Music Videos and #59 on Top Hip-Hop/Rap Songs.

• In New Zealand, "Lil L.O.V.E." takes a 21-point jump from #30 to #9 in its 3rd week on the official RIANZ Top Singles chart!
Source: MariahDailyJournal | John

Columbia To Reissue Mariah's MTV Unplugged
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Aug-2007, 1:01PM EDT
Columbia/Legacy will on Sept. 18 reissue four vintage "MTV Unplugged" albums from Mariah Carey, Alice In Chains, Tony Bennett and Bob Dylan. Each package also includes a DVD with previously unreleased tracks and extras.

Carey's "Unplugged," recorded in 1992, is expanded here with three music videos, an interview, behind-the-scenes clips and the artist's own home movies.
Source: Billboard | David

Carey Me Home
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 09-Aug-2007, 2:22AM EDT
Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger has a little extra traveling money after renting his East Hampton estate to Mariah Carey for $350,000 - for just Aug. 1 through Labor Day.

Sources say Hilfiger, who's spending the month in the Caribbean, got his full asking price from the well-to-do pop diva for the high-season rental.

The oceanfront Contemporary on exclusive Further Lane includes five bedrooms, 5½ baths, a media room, an outdoor pavilion with a fireplace and an infinity-edge pool, and more than 150 feet of beachfront.

Carey could probably use some rest. She wrapped her next movie, "Tennessee," last month and recently has been recording her next album.

Here are photos of Tommy Hilfiger's beachfront mansion in East Hampton.

Other News Article:
» Mariah Carey rents Tommy Hilfiger's East Hampton house (Newsday)

"M" Ad in Glamour Magazine
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Aug-2007, 6:24PM EDT
Check out the September 2007 issue of Glamour magazine (see issue cover on right) on newsstands now which features a brand new full page ad for Mariah's new fragrance M by Mariah Carey.

Visit the fragrance section of to check out the packaging design and read about the inspiration behind Mariah's latest creation. While there be sure to sign up for a free sample while supplies last and to also sign up for the Fragrance Fan Club to receive updates on the latest news, contests, give-aways and special promotions.
Source: | MariahDailyJournal

R. Kelly Writes For Mariah's New Album
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Aug-2007, 2:08PM EDT
From R. Kelly's most recent interview with RWD Magazine.

Last time you did a collabo?
"You got a lot of people on my album, and I'm writing for Mariah Carey and Britney Spears at the moment. And I have written a song for Stevie Wonder. I would really love to work with him."
Source: RWD Magazine | Can

Mariah: Smells Like Marshmallows?
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Aug-2007, 9:55AM EDT
The singer has a yummy new fragrance!

Songbird Mariah Carey is the newest star to launch her own signature fragrance, and it sounds delicious!

"M by Mariah Carey" combines the aromas of the Tahitian Tiare flower and toasted marshmallow, the Elizabeth Arden fragrance designers say.

"The inspirations were multiple places I've been, moments in my life and childhood memories," the songstress explains. "It combines my favorite scents and means so much to me."

The sensuous ads show Mariah half-submerged in water under a colorful sunset. Debuting in select department stores in mid-September, "M" comes packaged in a glass bottle with Mariah's fave symbol, the butterfly, as the stopper. The Eau de Parfum spray ranges in price from $39.50 to $62.50. The perfume will retail for $175.

Note: The Mariah quotes from the ET article above can also be found in the Women's Wear Daily interview (available only by subscription), posted in full in our June 22, 2007 post: Mariah Carey on "M by Mariah Carey"

Other News Article:
» Mariah Carey's Marshmallow Perfume? (Access Hollywood)
Source: ET Online | Jeane

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Aug-2007, 1:32AM EDT
• On Radio & Records' national airplay charts dated August 10, 2007, "Lil L.O.V.E." makes its debut on Urban at #40 and drops 2 spots to #35 in its 12th week on Rhythmic.

• The "Lil L.O.V.E." video can now be viewed at Live on MSN Video UK. Click on the link to watch now!

• Jonas was at Macy's perfume department and asked the lady at the counter when "M by Mariah Carey" will go on sale. She said she would definitely know tomorrow as they will be having a training course (a "school" as she put it) to teach them all about Mariah's new perfume.

• Mariah is mentioned in the New York Post's review of Beyonce's Aug. 6th concert at MSG: "It may have seemed that Beyonce was having moments of dementia by repeatedly asking, 'Where am I? Am I in New York?' But what she was saying was she expected the crowd to be more vocal in its appreciation. I never heard Mary J. Blige or Mariah Carey say they couldn't hear the cheers.

• Korean Reggae artist Skull made a surprisingly strong showing in the U.S. music charts with his first single "Boom Di Boom Di." According to his manager Morgan Carey, Skull's single is now #5 on Billboard R&B/Hip Hop and #17 on Hot Singles charts. Skull is also featured in the Reggae section of iTunes. Carey took the unconventional approach to promoting Skull by starting him out in the urban music scene and introducing him to hip-hop audiences. With Skull's initial success in the Billboard charts, there are already rumors of a possible collaboration with pop superstar Mariah Carey. However, Morgan, who is Mariah's brother, said nothing has been confirmed yet. Korea Times reports.

• Filipino fans would be happy to know that the newly opened store Fully-Booked has many of Mariah's older CDs that aren't available elsewhere in the Philippines. In addition, many stores in Metro Manila (Odyssey and Astroplus among others) have marked down the price of "The Emancipation of Mimi" from PhP 495.00 to only PhP 299.00.

• Curtis wants everyone to know that his site, MC Media World, is celebrating a brand-new layout for the "M by Mariah Carey" perfume. The site also has over 40 other amazing layouts to choose from so be sure to check it out.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Allan | Bernard | Jordan | Jonas | Curtis

News Tidbits From Turkey & China
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 08-Aug-2007, 1:29AM EDT
An article in today's edition of the Turkish newspaper, Takvim, claims that a Turkish song has a strong similarity to the Mariah Carey/Busta Rhymes' song, "I Know What You Want."

Emre Altug, a popular Turkish pop singer, released his latest album this summer with the lead single "Kapis Kapis." If you listen to the song closely, you'll realize that it uses the same line of chords with "I Know What You Want." The singer has chosen not to comment on the subject.

Watch the video here and you be the judge.

In her interview with Hong Kong's Beats magazine, August 2007 issue, Rihanna cites Mariah as her musical influence. "I've always wanted to be a singer, since I was seven or eight years old. That was when I was in love with Mariah Carey. She really inspired me to want to do this."

Also in the same interview: "My legs are insured for the crazy amount of US$1,000,000 by Venus Breeze. They named me this year's 'Celebrity Legs of a Goddess'. But I'm not sure if my toes are included."
Source: MariahDailyJournal | MariahTurkiye

VH1 Save The Music Gala Poster
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Aug-2007, 6:03PM EDT
On September 20th, the VH1 Save The Music Foundation will mark ten years of restoring music education programs in more than 1,400 of our nation's public schools with a Gala celebration at the Tent at Lincoln Center in New York City. Hosted by Maria Menounos, the elaborate 10th anniversary celebration will pay tribute to Former President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, VH1 Save The Music founder John Sykes, Mariah Carey and NAMM, The International Music Products Association.

The evening will feature performances by Roger Waters, Jon Bon Jovi, as well as John Mayer. In addition, a group of students from VH1 Save The Music grant recipient schools across the country will play together for the first time as an all-student orchestra, demonstrating the impact of the VH1 Save The Music Foundation.

Click on the image on right to view the promo poster for the event.

Previous News:
» Clintons Join Mariah at VH1 Gala (June 20, 2007)
» VH1 Save The Music Foundation To Honor Mariah (May 10, 2007)
Source: VH1 | Deniece

Mariah's 40th
Posted by Lynn on Tuesday, 07-Aug-2007, 5:22PM EDT
"Reading your always amazing Chart Beat column, I noticed that Mariah Carey made her 40th chart entry on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. That's awesome, but with this accomplishment, is Mariah the artist with the most entries on this chart? Also, who is the artist with the most entries on the Hot 100?

Thank you for your help, Fred. Take care."
Fued Gibran Nechar Martin - Merida, Yucatan, Mexico

Fred Bronson from Billboard's Chart Beat Chat replies:
"Amassing 40 chart entries is impressive, but you might be surprised to know that the artist with the most entries on our R&B singles chart has almost three times that many songs to his credit. The leader of the pack is James Brown, with 117 chart entries between 1956 and 1993. In second place is Aretha Franklin, who collected 98 chart entries between 1960 and 2003. There's a tie for third place, between the Temptations and Ray Charles. The former had 86 chart entries between 1962 and 2000, while the latter's 86 chart entries were between 1949 and 2002. So Mariah will have to more than double her number to be in the top three, and almost triple it to become the artist with the most entries on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs.

Elvis Presley is the clear leader with 138 chart entries on the Hot 100 and its predecessor chart, Best Sellers in Stores. Presley is the only artist to have more than 100 chart entries. James Brown is in second place with 94 and Ray Charles is third with 76. Aretha Franklin is close behind Charles, with 73.

Ralated Article:
"Lil L.O.V.E." Debuts at #67 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs (Aug. 2, 2007)
Source: Billboard

"M by Mariah Carey" Ad
Posted by Lynn on Monday, 06-Aug-2007, 8:23PM EDT

View the full photo of the official advertisement for Mariah's new fragrance, "M by Mariah Carey" for the first time, right here on Mariah Daily Journal!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

Picture Gallery Update
Posted by HelenM on Monday, 06-Aug-2007, 4:45PM EDT
Source: MariahDailyJournal

On The Cover Additions: Arena 1998 & Smash Hits 1996
Posted by HelenM on Monday, 06-Aug-2007, 4:40PM EDT
Two more magazines have just been added to our magazines section, On The Cover: The "Smash Hits" cover issue from 1996 and Mariah's revealing 1998 interview for "Arena" magazine. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!

The Caged Bird Sings
Arena - June 1998 Issue

Like every tragic heroine, Mariah Carey traded freedom for fame, creativity for commercial success. Now she's writing her own script and the ending has shifted from bitter to sweet.

One storey above the rush-hour gush of Manhattan's West Side Highway, Mariah Carey is giving glamour. Despite the fact that she awoke in Florida at 5:30 this morning to catch a plane, the singer has been gamely exuding high-tone sex appeal for six hours straight. Carey absentmindedly mouths along to the words of Notorious B.I.G.'s "Going Back To Cali" as she smiles seductively and extends a honeyed thigh through a fringed Native American skirt.

This is not the Mariah Carey we used to know, the supplicant supplier of MOR soul ballads tailored to a dog-bothering vocal range. Nowadays the 28-year-old Carey collaborates with the likes of Sean "Puffy" Combs, Q-Tip (A Tribe Called Quest), Mase and Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony; and she'll crop up on MTV, introducing personal favourites like Missy Elliott and Busta Rhymes. "Early on in my career I was just as influenced by hip hop and R&B, but it wasn't encouraged," says Carey, adding enigmatically, "people just didn't understand..." READ MORE »

The Mariah Carey Story - World Exclusive!
Smash Hits - June 1996 Issue

One day she was walking the streets with only a pair of leaky shoes to her name, the next she was an international multi-million dollar singing star. Emma Cochrane went to New York to meet the legend that is Mariah Carey...

It's twenty minutes into my interview with Mariah Carey and things are not looking good. I thought it was going so well. But now Mariah is sighing heavily. "I'm going to have to stop you there," she says, with a worried expression. What did I say? All I asked her is where she likes to hang out with her friends, and now she's waving her hands at me and reaching for her bag. My heart is beating and, to put it frankly, I'm panicking. This is Mariah's only UK interview and it looks like I've just cocked it up.

"I'm sorry," she scowls... READ MORE »
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Scans: Kerry from MariahCareyCollection

Video of the Week: "Emotions" Live at VMAs 1991
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 05-Aug-2007, 7:17PM EDT
Thanks to Xiaola for sending in this week's Video of the Week: a DVD-quality video of Mariah performing "Emotions" Live at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards.

"Emotions" Live at the 1991 MTV Video Music Awards
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Download via: [RapidShare: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3] or [MegaUpload]
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Xiaola

"M by Mariah Carey" Sampler
Posted by Lynn on Sunday, 05-Aug-2007, 1:54AM EDT
Below are photos of the "M by Mariah Carey" fragrance sampler card that was sent out to those who signed up for a free sample at

Fans who received the sampler early have these to say about "M by Mariah Carey":

"At first the lingering scent is very candyish. I'm attracted to it. It's heavy but light and floral at first. Then you really sense the sugary, marshmallow as time goes on." - heightsgarage

"It's a heavy perfume but it's good after it sets for a while. I'm gonna have to buy it now. I do like the marshmallow scent it's not that strong but you can kinda smell it." - jan1nec

"I'll be the first to say I hate it. It's way too strong, which is what I hate the most about perfume. It's already given me a headache. I think I'll pass on buying it for someone." - Colson

"I must say, it does smell good. My parents like the smell too. They were like, "wow, it smells good!" My Mom usually don't like the smell of any perfumes. She's very particular as most of them either gives her a headache or the smell's too strong and she'll hate the smell...but not with "M by MC"...she actually liked the smell and thought that it wasn't too strong, just that it smells good. I liked the smell too and can't wait to get my own bottle. I've already pre-ordered, just waiting for it to be shipped and sent to me. Speaking of my Mom, her birthday's next month. I think I know what I'm going to get her." - Jeane

"I'm pleasantly surprised. For some reason, I didn't think I was going to like it and I didn't want to like it because Mariah came out with it, but I love it. It reminds me of another perfume I wear. I will be buying it." - V-Dub

"It smells reeeally good, it's not too unique. It reminds me of this perfume my mom wears, just not as strong. It has a light, airy scent to it which is good." - Jeramiah

"It smells really good! Not overbearing and it's delicious! I thought I wasn't going to like it. It's fresh, clean, and pretty. Love it!" - Kelly

"It smells very nice. Usually i think perfumes are too intense and nauseating, but this scent is.. um.. warm? Well it's very non-threatening and I can't smell the alcohol which is a big bonus. I can't wait to have a bottle of my own!"
- Carrie

"I really like the scent. My mom and I both agree that it's delicate and feminine. I think they did a great job." - Leo

"I put it on my mom and she likes Mariah so so but she loves the perfume and she wants it for Christmas. I smelled her and the more it lingers the better. It is sweet yet striking but not at all strong or overpowering. It hits just the right note. She said if you spread it around to other parts of the body it is very intoxicating and reminds you of a floral breeze that is enjoyable." - Marc
Source: MariahDailyJournal

News Tidbits
Posted by Lynn on Saturday, 04-Aug-2007, 2:29PM EDT
• From the August 13th issue of In Touch, Body News, page 58.

Mariah is always glamorous

Famous for her sexy fashions, Mariah Carey even glams up a skimpy bikini with a big necklace and designer shades. They're the perfect accessories to complement her new, slim size 4 figure! "I'll never be stick-thin, but now I'm fierce," says the 37-year-old.
• A photo of Mariah donning a black one-piece hooded dress from her "One Mighty Party" concert is featured in Extra TV's Hottest Musicians gallery. Be sure to rate the photo and post your comments!

• All five of the leading women of contemporary music have albums slated soon. Vote for Mariah's upcoming album as your most anticipated album in the poll, Dueling Divas.

Fans' Corner
• Remixer and Mariah fan, DJ Richard Liguori has remixed Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" and would like to invite everyone to give it a listen at his MySpace music page.

• Stephanie has updated her French Mariah fansite, Monde Mariah Carey with a new layout to celebrate its 8th year online. Congratulations!

• SR would like to invite everyone to join her new Mariah message board, Mariah Bliss Network.

• Thomas is selling his Mariah Carey CD collection, consisting mostly of rare titles. If interested, contact him at for a list.
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Jeramiah | Max | Natalia

Cool & Dre Confirm Work On Mariah's New Album
Posted by Lynn on Friday, 03-Aug-2007, 2:40AM EDT
Dre from the hip-hop producing team Cool & Dre confirms their collaboration with Mariah Carey on her upcoming album in a recent interview with DJ Booth.

DJ Booth: Guys, go over the play-by-play for me, for the remainder of 2007. We have about five months left till the new year - what is on the slate in terms of Cool and Dre projects?

Dre: We'd like to congratulate Cool and Dre on makin' Mariah Carey's album! Mariah Carey! Please look out for Mariah Carey - Cool and Dre be getting into something kinda crazy. Look out for Beanie Sigel, looks like we have a his first single. Look out for Freeway, Rhymefest, Omar Cruz featuring the Game. Look out for the Game featuring Akon and Nas. Look out for everything we got coming - C-Ride, Joe Hound. We got a lot of @*#$! - Sean P., from the YoungBloodZ!

Previous Reports:
» Cool & Dre To Work On Mariah's New Album? (May 5, 2007)
» Mariah Working with Cool and Dre? (March 20, 2007)
Source: DJ Booth

Mariah Scans from Germany & France
Posted by Adi on Thursday, 02-Aug-2007, 7:08PM EDT
From the latest issues of Gala and In magazines.

• The hottest bikini bodies!
The beach's becoming a catwalk: everything about the coolest summer looks, the biggest fashion lapse and the most fascinating bodies...Mariah Carey. Those curves! The pop diva, 37, proudly shows off her new Roberto Cavalli bikini on a yacht in Capri. She's back in shape because of a strict protein diet. Respect!

• Mariah has been making her way through life with bacon rolls on her stomach and thighs for the last few months. But now, those times when specifically-made outfits were directly sewn on her are over. Now even the bikini from the hanger fits her! Her advice to get slim: lots of water and vegetables, particularly tomato salad. Sexier than ever, the five-octaves-singer struck a pose for the photographers on Roberto Cavalli's (66) yacht at Capri, where she's gaining her power for her comeback at the top of the charts.

Closer magazine, July 22, 2007 issue, page 21. [Thanks to Sue for the scan]

Out of water, she's already putting make up on! In all circumstances, the singer refuses to show herself without sparkle. Even when her only spectators are fish!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

"Lil L.O.V.E." Debuts at #67 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Aug-2007, 3:16PM EDT
Mariah Carey made her debut on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs 17 years, two months and one week ago with "Vision of Love." This week, she collects her 40th chart entry, thanks to the debut of "Lil Love" (Full Impact) at No. 67. The song is credited to Bone Thugs-N-Harmony featuring Mariah Carey & Bow Wow and is the fifth of Carey's 40 charted titles to feature her in a featured role.

Carey has previously charted as a support act to Busta Rhymes, Damizza, Jadakiss and Twista.

"Lil Love" marks the first appearance by Carey on the R&B/Hip-Hop list in 2007. She was last on the chart the week of Dec. 30, 2006, the final frame for her song "Fly Like a Bird."

Note: "Lil L.O.V.E." also debuts on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay at #66 in the August 11, 2007 issue of Billboard.
Source: Billboard

Billboard Hot 100 To Include Digital Streams
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Aug-2007, 12:39PM EDT
Starting with this week's issue, the Billboard Hot 100 takes another step into the 21st century, as, for the first time, streamed and on-demand music becomes part of the chart's formula. For more than a year, Billboard's charts department has worked with Nielsen BDS to add weekly data from Yahoo and AOL to Billboard's franchise chart.

This additional data will not affect the chart as much as the Hot 100 revamp of February 2005, when digital songs that Nielsen SoundScan tracks were added to the formula. Initially, Billboard expects those plays to account for about 5% of the chart's total points.

Meanwhile, this first recalibration since digital sales moved into the chart two years ago makes an adjustment to account for the vigorous growth that digital distribution has experienced in that span.

SoundScan placed the number of digital tracks sold in 2005 at 352.6 million, almost triple the prior year's volume. Track sales grew by 65%, to 582 million, in 2006. Year to date in 2007, digital song downloads stand at 462.1 million through the year's first 29 weeks, up 48% over the same period last year.

Note: Watch a streaming video of "Lil L.O.V.E." at Yahoo! and AOL now!
Source: Billboard | Joao

News From The UK
Posted by Lynn on Thursday, 02-Aug-2007, 9:40AM EDT
• The music channel TMF counted down the Top 10 Ultimate 20-21st Century Love Songs earlier today and Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" made the list at #10. Below are the top 10 love songs.

10 Mariah Carey "We Belong Together"
09 Pussycat Dolls "Stick Wit You"
08 Natasha Bedingfield "These Words"
07 Atomic Kitten "Whole Again"
06 Robbie Williams "Feel"
05 Maroon 5 "She Will Be Loved"
04 Enrique Iglesias "Hero"
03 Nelly Featuring Kelly Rowland "Dilemma"
02 Daniel Bedingfield "If You're Not The One"
01 James Blunt "You're Beautiful"

• Vote for both Luther Vandross/Mariah Carey, "Endless Love" and Busta Rhymes/Mariah Carey, "I Know What You Want" in 50 Favourite Duets/Collaborations on TMF's You Choose Sunday. Be sure to tune in on August 5th for the results!

Upcoming chances to vote for Mariah:
» Ultimate 50 Superstars, 12 August
» 50 Favourite Videos, 19 August

Source: MariahDailyJournal | February-Sky

News From Turkey
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Aug-2007, 7:28PM EDT
• Elizabeth Arden's Turkey distributor has contacted Mariah Turkiye about the launch of M By Mariah Carey in Turkey. According to the distributor, the fragrance will be released in October and that they are planning on some events with fans to promote it. Turkish fans can follow Mariah Turkiye for upcoming news about the fragrance.

• In May 2007, Can & Murat from Mariah Turkiye sent a package to Mariah which contained their self-made artbook and some gifts. Today, a call from her assistant confirmed Mariah's receipt of the package and relayed a message saying Mariah loved their presents! Below are some photos from the artbook. View all movie posters and photos here.

Source: MariahDailyJournal

Video: "Fantasy" at One Mighty Party Paris
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Aug-2007, 5:20PM EDT
Click on the link below to download a video file of Mariah's performance of "Fantasy" Remix at the One Mighty Party in Disneyland Paris on June 29, 2007. This video was professionally recorded/edited by Jean-Marc Wieder for Euro Disney.

"Fantasy" Remix - Disneyland Paris, June 29, 2007
MPG | Size: 28.40 MB
[ Download here ]
Source: Jean-Marc Wieder | Nicolas

July 2007 Poll Results
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Aug-2007, 4:30PM EDT
Thanks to everyone who participated in our July 2007 poll, Who do you think is the hottest guy in a Mariah Carey music video? Below are the results:

» Christian Monzon - "Don't Forget About Us" 39% (5324 votes)
» David Fumero - "Honey" 30% (4161 votes)
» Wentworth Miller - "We Belong Together" 17% (2337 votes)
» Matt King - "My All" 3% (367 votes)
» Flip - "Sweetheart" 3% (358 votes)
» Damon Willis - "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" 2% (294 votes)
» Pharrell Williams - "Say Somethin'" 2% (249 votes)
» Jerry O'Connell - "Heartbreaker" 2% (206 votes)
» Michael Ealy - "Get Your Number" 1% (200 votes)
» Guy in "The Roof" 1% (101 votes)
» Chris Tucker - "Shake It Off" 1% (89 votes)
  Total Votes: 13686

Our August 2007 poll, Now that the new "M by Mariah Carey" fragrance is available to pre-order, will you get it early? is now up. Be sure to cast your vote!
Source: MariahDailyJournal

On The Cover Additions: Blues & Soul, 2005 & 2006
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Aug-2007, 4:20PM EDT
The 2005 and 2006 issues of Blues & Soul have just been added to our magazines section, On The Cover. Thanks to Kerry from MariahCareyCollection for sharing her scans with us!

Blues & Soul - April 2005 Issue

In the '90s Mariah arrived just as Whitney-mania had peaked, and the 19 year old with frizz-ease issues scooped up No. 1 singles with "Emotions" and "Vision of Love." With that trill and numerous guests including most famously ODB, Carey had the '90s on lock selling a staggering 40 million copies of her album "Music Box" alone. And then the ill-fated Glitter project happened and the world watched Carey crumble. A very public breakdown, an album and film flop then, the final humiliation, Virgin paid Mariah $28 million to effectively leave the label.

Ending up at Island Def Jam, things weren't about to get much better. "I think it's an uphill battle," admits Reid when questioned how he thinks the album will see, particularly considering the sales disaster that was 2002's "Charmbracelet." "We'll do everything we can and hope that the magic happens. But Mariah is in a great space, she's ready to work and she has the goods, talents and commitment to make it happen," he adds...READ MORE »

Sayin' Somethin'
Blues & Soul - June 2006 Issue

Much to the disappointment of Mariah haters, "The Emancipation of Mimi" broke all kinds of records. The six-times platinum album was the biggest seller of 2005, won a Grammy and spawned numerous number ones. The single "We Belong Together" sold five and a half million records worldwide and became the biggest ever radio song; registering 31.2 million listeners in America alone in one day. After slamming "Glitter" and "Charmbracelet", the critics saluted Carey's 14th album and she was hailed "The Comeback Queen". Mariah says people can all it what they like but she doesn't need a number one song to validate her existence.

"I feel like I shouldn't ever have to prove myself as a musical entity because I never went anywhere," Mariah states in husky tones. She's just woken up after a much-deserved sleep but is anxious to set the record straight on various issues. "And I'm sorry if "Glitter" only sold 3 million albums - some people never do that in their entire career. "Glitter" was only a soundtrack that came out in September 2001. I still think there are some songs on that record that are good and I'm not going to bash it because the world didn't run to the stores and but it in the figures that bought "Mimi"."...READ MORE »
Source: MariahDailyJournal | Scans: Kerry from MariahCareyCollection

"Mariah Carey Anthology" Songbook
Posted by Lynn on Wednesday, 01-Aug-2007, 4:03PM EDT

Artist: Mariah Carey
Series: Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook
Release Date: August 15, 2007

40 of the pop diva's biggest smash hits, including: Always Be My Baby · Can't Let Go · Dreamlover · Emotions · Hero · Love Takes Time · Loverboy · One Sweet Day · Vision of Love · Whenever You Call and more! View the full songlist here.

You can purchase this songbook at Hal Leonard for $19.95 or at Amazon for a discounted price of $13.57.
Source: MariahDailyJournal

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