News Archive » September 2003
SEPTEMBER 30, 2003 8:14PM
Mariah’s A Knock Out In Russia

Instead of celebrating her well-received performance after her second and last concert at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow, superstar Mariah Carey practiced boxing. No show at the renowned concert hall has received better reviews than that of Carey, despite the fact that the top-notch show came with an expensive ticket price.

Carey began her concert by performing “Heartbreaker” from her Rainbow album. Surrounded by three clowns and a group of faux paparazzi, she wore her trademark clothing which was rather short on material and was designed to showcase her assets.

For the next two hours, Carey belted out both old and new hits and demonstrated all the possibilities of her rich voice. The grateful audience did not get tired of applauding and screaming out “I love you!”

In return, the singer repeatedly thanked the audience for their applause and talked to them in between each song, predominantly in English since, according to a sarcastic Carey, “my Russian isn’t exactly perfect.”

Besides the inside of the venue in which she was performing at, Carey didn’t see much of Moscow. In fact, she barely left her hotel. Although Sunday presented the singer with an entire day of free time, Carey used the allotment to catch up on her sleep after spending approximately one hour boxing with a trainer; (she is preparing for a new film, in which she plays a female boxer.) Carey’s only exploration of Moscow came on Friday, when she had time to wander along Red Square to meet with fans. The diva also admired the monuments of Russian architecture from Rock Bridge but soon returned to her hotel – to sleep.

Today Carey is flying to north western Russia – St. Petersburg specifically – where she will give another concert. Following that she’s off to Sweden to conclude her tour, and after that Carey will begin work on a new album. She already wrote a new song during her plane trip to Moscow.

Source: Komsomol Truth (Translated by MariahDaily.com)

Mariah Had a Little Lamb

Outside, in the smokers' area where seemingly two-thirds of the party had converged, I overheard the words "Mariah Carey" and "breasts spilling out of dress." The speaker was relaying the tale of a lunch date with Miss Carey at the Soho Grand over a potential book deal. It seems that the diva wants to tell her story for her "little lambs." (Normal stars call these people fans.) The book agent said Carey was incredibly nice and much more articulate than she'd expected; it was just the lamb business she found troubling. Thankfully, Carey won't be writing a children's book like that other diva, Madonna. If she does, we have a title: Mariah Had a Little Lamb. Oy vey.

Source: The Village Voice

Kiss And Tell

Fred Durst did not have sex with Britney Spears. I know he’s lying, because I had sex with Britney Spears. Now you don’t know what to believe, do you? In the world of rock sleaze, when celebrities shag one another, they can barely wait to zip their flies before regaling the media with every pornographic detail. The real power of kissing and telling is that, in the pop-music realm, there’s always a reasonable doubt.

Eminem dissed Mariah Carey on his single “Superman” (“What – you tryin’ to be my new wife?”) because she had the nerve to deny that they’d had an affair – although he’d already made it public. Trash-talking about famous ass is the new payola.

“If Eminem had called Mariah ‘the Dark Lady of the Sonnets,’ it would be a lot more interesting,” says singer/songwriter Carly Simon, whose 1973 hit “You’re So Vain” may be the most famous kiss-and-tell song of all time.

Source: Spin Magazine

Site Updates

-- Check out our temporary photogallery for screen captures of Mariah performing "My All" at the 2003 Tefi Awards, in addition to more pictures of Mariah in Russia and scans from Maxim, Blender, Teen Zine, The National Enquirer, Globe, Twist and Spin.

Source: Gene | Tahiana | Janel


SEPTEMBER 29, 2003 7:27PM
Diva Makeover For Mariah Carey

Us Weekly profiled the diva makeover done by Mariah Carey, thanks to losing weight and changing her hairstyle. The singer has been eating a healthier diet consisting of chicken, vegetables, fish and fruit while hittin the pool several times a week to do underwater leg lifts, arm circles, and squats. "It tones her arms, legs, and butt," says her trainer Patricia Gay, who added, "Mariah loves the water. Pool or ocean." Her hairstylist Roque says, "Mariah is growing her hair. I took it blonder, too."

Source: Pop Dirt

New Poll

We’ve added a new poll that asks which producer/production team you would most like Mariah to work with for her next album. Please cast your vote now! Our last poll took the winning song from each of Mariah's albums and asked which one you would most like to see performed live on the Charmbracelet World Tour. Here are the results:

  • 18% (460 votes) “All I’ve Ever Wanted”
  • 17% (434 votes) “Lead The Way”
  • 15% (383 votes) “Breakdown”
  • 10% (258 votes) “Can’t Take That Away”
  • 10% (254 votes) “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”
  • 8% (215 votes) “Melt Away”
  • 7% (185 votes) “Love Takes Time”
  • 7% (166 votes) “Can’t Let Go”
  • 6% (145 votes) “I Still Believe”
  • 1% (32 votes) “I’ll Be There”
    Total Votes: 2,532

    Who do you idolize?

    Is there a celebrity that has inspired you to make a positive change in your life? Would you like the opportunity to thank them? Who is the one person in your life, besides your parent, who has influenced you to make a positive change?

    Again, other than your parents, who do you model your life after? Who has inspired and influenced you to make the most out of your life? If you want to thank your hero on the Dr. Phil show please email us about your hero. Please only respond if you are willing to appear on the show. If you live in the USA, please to write in to Dr. Phil at drphil.com about how Mariah has impacted your life.

    Source: Bobby Kern | Matt

    News Tidbits

    -- Please visit Musica Sí Online and request Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" for consideration on the Top 10 video countdown. Leave your name (nombre), your e-mail address, your country (país), and choose the option labeled "Mi propuesta", then type: "Bringin' On The Heartbreak / Mariah Carey"

    -- Mariah's Mega Mix is now available for download at honeybfly.com. As we previously reported, this Mega Mix (titled "U Like This") is a medley of the dance versions of Honey, Dreamlover, Fantasy, My All and Always Be My Baby.

    -- Megan, a VH1 staff member who was one of the people in charge of VH1's Ultimate Albums series, recently told a Mariah fan this: "[Mariah's Ultimate Album: Butterfly special] has been shelved and probably will not be airing, sorry to report." Back in June it was all set to air and then pulled at the last minute. Megan says that it was because it was pending Mariah's approval. Perhaps Mariah didn't like it or changed her mind about it.

    -- "What Would You Do," Mariah's collaboration with Damizza, Nate Dogg and Shade Sheist (which uses the beat to Mariah's "If We") premiered on Power 106 in Los Angeles on August 26. This week the track has increased spins to 31 plays (from 13 last week), giving it over 2 million listener impressions. Power 106 is the only radio station playing the song.

    -- For the fourth consecutive week, Mariah's worldwide hit "I Know What You Want" holds strong atop the Hungarian airplay chart at #1. Over on the country's official singles chart, the song amazingly re-enters the chart at #4. It has already peaked at #2.

    -- Amazon France reports that "Glitter" is set to be re-released on October 21, 2003. For more information, log on to amazon.fr

    Source: David | Jonny | Mariah, Inc.


  • SEPTEMBER 27, 2003 11:47PM
    Mariah: The Complete History

    VH1’s television special on Mariah entitled "The Complete History" just premiered. The hour-long show was an excellent account of Mariah’s rise to fame and her career successes. Archived footage was mixed with new interviews and commentaries from those who know Mariah best: singer Trey Lorenz, production team Jimmy Jim and Terry Lewis, USA Today reporter Elysa Gardner and many others.

    Each of Mariah’s albums were discussed thoroughly, especially the upcoming release The Remixes. In fact, the show was very adamant about the fact that Mariah’s remixes have been groundbreaking forces in the music world; from her house mixes of hits like "Dreamlover" to the influential remix of "Fantasy" featuring O.D.B., which according to the show’s producers, has paved the way for the likes of Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera, and Ashanti.

    Towards the end of the show, Mariah announced that she’s currently writing material for a new album while on tour – not really anything we didn’t know, but it’s always exciting to know that Mariah is continuing her amazing journey. Also noteworthy is the fact that VH1 specially thanked Benny Medina in the end credits. Medina, Jennifer Lopez’s ex-manager, was rumored to now be working with Mariah. The repeat schedule can be found to your left in the Important Dates section.

    Mariah Carey Double CD Due In October

    Mariah Carey's upcoming double CD the Remixes is, as the title states, a remix compilation featuring Carey's hits from her chart-topping career at Sony Music, as well as appearances by some of the hottest acts in hip-hop and R&B that she collaborated with along the way. The compilation is due to be released on October 14 in the U.S. Carey is currently signed to Island/Def Jam.

    Carey is also the subject of the new hour-long VH1 special Mariah: The Complete History. The special documents her life from her childhood to becoming the biggest selling female artist ever.

    Source: Launch

    Mariah Mega Mix

    A world premier Mega Mix is coming to Mariah's official fanclub website! As you know the next release from Mariah is entitled "The Remixes" and will be in stores soon. If you are a Honey B. Fly member you have a chance to hear a promotional track before anyone else. Beginning Monday September 29 visit the Honey B. Fly website to hear a special mega mix that will not be released anywhere in the world! The track will only be available for a limited time, so if you are not a member, please join now. If you are a member you can go to the music page of Honey B. Fly on Monday to listen.

    Source: The Mariah Carey Fan Club

    Editor's Note: The Mega Mix is supposedly titled "U Like This" and is a medley of the dance versions of Honey, Dreamlover, Fantasy, My All and Always Be My Baby.

    Carey charms local audiences with diva style

    Ballads have always been Mariah Carey’s strength – and she proved it Tuesday night.

    At the last stop of the American leg of her “Charmbracelet” World Tour at the Verizon Wireless Arena, Carey belted out songs spanning more than a decade of albums that have made her the best-selling female artist of all time.

    The performance began in full diva fashion. A short video show went through her No. 1 hits before she a d an entourage entered the arena from the back, making their way to the stage in a way that demanded the audience’s attention.

    Carey quickly moved into the dance-worthy “Heartbreaker.” Her arrival had already brought most people to their feet, but the energetic single had many bouncing to its fun beat.

    The entourage almost appeared as servants or followers, treating Carey like a superstar by snapping dozens of photos of her before pushing her across the stage on a chair. One even brought a drink out to her, complete with a straw.

    The stage was the scene of a circus-like setting, with dancers in colorful c stumes performing various acrobatics. This was most evident during “Clown,” where Carey stood in front of what appeared to be ringmasters keeping in tow a clown, pulling him in directions by marionette strings. The song has been rumored to be about an alleged romance with rapper Eminem, and the lyrics and visuals illustrated the possibility.

    Storylines such as with “Clown” often appeared to be distracting in the first few songs, with some of the dances never quite matching up with the style Carey was singing.

    Carey nonetheless easily connected with her fans, many of whom were singing her songs throughout the evening. Prior to the beginning of her tour, the singer’s Web site had asked fans to suggest songs to gather for her set list. Another more recent poll on the site had asked her supporters to choose one song specific to the performance they would be attending.

    In response, Carey sang the overwhelming favorite, “Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme).” Her lyrics about overcoming others’ negativity could have been the support she needed through some of her ups and downs over the past few years: “They can say anything they want to say/ Try to break me down/ But I won’t face the ground/ I will rise steadily/ Sailing out of their reach.”

    The show strengthened when Carey left for a costume change and returned from above the stage on a white sheet swing, singing “Subtle Invitation” while being dropped off onto a piano, where she finished the song.

    The acoustics also improved at this point. The first few songs were almost impossible to recognize through the lyrics alone, though due to no fault of the singer.

    The second half of the show continued with more strong ballads from “Charmbracelet,” from “My Saving Grace” to her most recent radio-heavy song, the remake of “Bringin’ On the Heartbreak.” Her version of the Def Leppard tune certainly surprised a few in the audience with the presence of guitarists and their solos – Carey’s songs rarely take the focus away from her voice.

    Carey spent a few minutes recognizing her four backup singers on stage, singing their introductions and giving them chances to individually show their talents. Songs such as “Make It Happen” and “Honey” would not have been as powerful without their group effort behind the vocalist.

    At the end of the concert, Carey returned for an encore in a feathery gown to perform “Vision of Love” and “Hero,” and left the stage with a few verses from “Butterfly.”

    When Carey’s tour was downsized soon after its announcement, released statements said the decision was made to accommodate the singer’s interest in more “intimate settings.” The Manchester arena may not have met her needs in the best way, aside from the weak acoustics.

    When Carey was performing more upbeat numbers and her dancers were more involved, a bigger stage could have better provided fewer distractions. But the stage seemed too large when she later slowed down the show with her backup singers for the ballads – the performers could never find the balance they needed.

    In another setting, an audience could probably get the full effect of Carey’s famous high notes.

    Source: The Telegraph Online | Mark

    Michelle Branch Talks Mariah

    Europe 2 in France has an interview with Michelle Branch where the singer talks about difficulties singing in the morning, her thoughts about the country and the reception she has received, the guy in the French Coca Cola commercial she thinks is cute; they joked about Mariah Carey performing in the cold in a miniskirt during Zootopia, her love of classic rock and roll and new bands like Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Travis, and Audioslave. Click here to listen to the interview.

    Source: Pop Dirt


    SEPTEMBER 26, 2003 5:42PM
    Russian Recap

    -- Mariah arrived in Moscow yesterday at the Sheremetyevo Airport. She was greeted by the press and fans, who delivered flowers to their favorite singer.

    -- Following her arrival, Mariah held a press conference at the Baltchug Kempinsky Hotel.

    -- Mariah performed "My All," her biggest hit in Russia, at the 2003 Tafy Awards of the Academy of Television (the Russian equivalent of the Emmy Awards)

    -- Fans showed their support by presenting Mariah with a fanbook from her Russian fans at the Red Square Plaza. Television crews were on hand and were very interested in what was inside the book.

    -- Pictures from the events above have been added to our temporary photogallery. Check them out!

    Source: Vasily Antashov | Nanna

    Mariah Talking To Publishers About Autobiography

    Mariah Carey has been shopping a proposal to New York publishers with the hopes of turning her life story into a book that would include some of her poetry.

    According to Carey's 30-page proposal, the book would focus on her childhood and overcoming adversity. A spokesperson for the pop star said the proposed book would not be a memoir per se, because the singer isn't done living yet. Carey herself kept the project tighter to her chest, preferring to play coy.

    "There's always a possible something in the works with me. You never know," she said Wednesday, the very day publishing sources claimed the singer was taking meetings with them to discuss the proposal. "[But a] memoir? No, I think it's a little early for that. We'll just have to wait and see."

    And don't expect anything like a trashy tell-all book — for instance, ex-husband Tommy Mottola's name only comes up once in the proposal, sources said. The book is to be authored with music journalist David Ritz, who has written biographies on Aretha Franklin and Marvin Gaye. Carey is reportedly looking for a seven-figure deal.

    Source: VH1 News

    US DJs Name Best Live Performers

    North American DJs have voted for their favorite live performers of all time in a survey conducted by Radio First. Artists including Billy Joel, Madonna, Dave Matthews, and Britney Spears were amongst those acknowleged. Bartel from WPYO in Orlando revealed that his favorite performance involved "Janet Jackson in leather doing 'Would You Mind' over a guy who was strapped down on a bed." Other Djs praised such artists as Celine Dion, Sheryl Crow, and Mariah Carey for their performances at the 2001 Tribute To Heroes Benefit Telethon. Erik Bradley from B96 in Chicago also chose Carey as one of the greatest live performers. "Bringin' On The Heartbreak from her tour is pretty amazing," he said.

    Source: Starlocity

    News Tidbits

    -- Mariah's 1994 hit single "All I Want For Christmas Is You" will be featured on the compilation album Now That's What I Call Christmas! Volume 2. The full tracklist and additional information can be found at cduniverse.com

    -- Mariah's collabortion with Busta Rhymes, "I Know What You Want," is among the Top 50 songs on Montreal's most popular radio station, CKOI.

    -- Also in Montreal, one of the region's most popular drag queens will do a 90-minute Mariah-themed show at the Cabaret a Mado on October 8th. Tickets are only $5.00.

    Source: Matt | Dave


    SEPTEMBER 25, 2003 6:31PM
    Mariah To Release Book

    MTV News announced today that Mariah has signed a publishing deal to release a book. When asked by MTV correspondent John Norris if the book would be a memoir, Mariah replied with, "I think it’s a little early for that. We’ll just have to wait and see. If there is one, you’ll be the first to know."

    Despite Carey’s answer, it is rumored that the book will indeed be a detailed account of her life and will include stories of childhood struggles and adult obstacles, as well as poetry. Publishing sources also note that music journalist David Ritz is attached to the project. Ritz previously assisted Aretha Franklin, Etta James, Smokey Robinson and B.B. King with their autobiographies.

    Source: MTV News | reigne | Webby28

    Here Comes Mariah

    Pop star Mariah Carey was seen at Sheremetyevo airport today shortly after her arrival in Moscow. The songstress is in town to give two concerts at the Kremlin Palace.

    At 33, Carey has already been in the business for more than a decade. Breaking through the charts in 1990 with her debut album "Vision of Love," Carey has since produced a number of Top 10 hits and transformed herself from a young "good girl" into the bawdy sexpot she is today.

    Her second album, "Emotions" didn’t win the singer any Grammy’s (her debut won her two), but it did cement Carey as one of the world’s best singers as she trampled on musical scales demonstrating her impressive five-octave vocal range. However, her one-dimensional, sugar-coated lyrics always seemed a bit put-on, even though the singer wrote all her own material… or so she claimed. Others served Carey with court papers claiming she plagiarized either their melodies or lyrics. Luckily, none of these cases ever made it to court – they were either dismissed or settled privately.

    In what would end in divorce after only a couple of years, the young and beautiful (and still fully clothed) Carey married the owner of Columbia records, 43-year-old Tommy Mottola, in 1993. In the same year, Carey released her biggest-selling album to date, "Music Box," which included hits like "Hero" and "Dreamlover."

    In 1995, however, the singer underwent a metamorphosis – she switched from adult contemporary to R&B and shed her "good girl" image for a more "relaxed" appearance (but she was still wearing clothes at this point.) She also released "Daydream" and divorced her old husband.

    While continuing to evolve into the sexy diva she is today, Carey released a string of successful albums between 1997 and 1999 including "Butterfly," "#1’s" and "Rainbow."

    The new millennium, however, would prove to be less then lustrous for the shining star. After leaving Columbia for Virgin, Carey released "Glitter" – the movie and the soundtrack. The album boasted miserable sales and the movie reviews were all unfavorable.

    USA Today wrote that "as she attempts to launch a movie career, it appears a shimmering film star has not been born." The New York Times said Carey "is simply inadequate as an actress to the relatively undemanding emotional range of the story." Finally, the Wall Street Journal asked the burning question, "how could a major studio – in this case 20th Century Fox – put its name on a production with a dim-bulb, tone-deaf script that piles howler on howler? Why couldn’t someone save poor Ms. Carey from herself?"

    And then came the infamous breakdown. After a less than glittery appearance on American MTV where the singer removed her shirt, she took a month-long hiatus and checked herself into a mental institution in Connecticut saying she was suffering from extreme exhaustion.

    Rumors also abounded about the singer’s relationship with prominent American rapper, Eminem. In a Rolling Stone interview, Eminem opened up about the issue: "I don’t want to say anything disrespectful because I respect her as a singer, but on the whole personal level, I’m not really feeling it. I just don’t like her as a person. I gotta be honest; I learned a lesson from it: Don’t believe the hype. I have respect for her, but she doesn’t really have it all together. I’ll just say that and that she’s a beautiful woman." Beautiful or not, however, Eminem then took a shot at her on his latest album.

    And the bad news kept coming: Virgin dropped Carey – but remunerated her with $28 million for ending the contract.

    Despite her recent troubles, Carey seems to be a fighter. In 2002, the singer joined up with Universal and released "Charmbracelet," which features current hits like "Through the Rain," "Oh Boy" and "Bringin’ on the Heartbreak."

    Now back on top thanks to her smash duet with Busta Rhymes, "I Know What You Want," Carey is bringing her five-octave voice to Moscow. She’ll play the Kremlin Palace on Sept. 27 and 29 at 7 p.m. You can buy tickets online at kontramarka.ru or call 933-3200. Prices start at 1,500 rubles and go up to 24,000 rubles.

    Source: The Russia Journal

    Singing Through Storms, Pop Diva Visits Moscow

    A consummate pop diva with a sexy image, millions in the bank and a troubled love life that rivals the drama of her songs, Mariah Carey remains a hugely popular artist despite some recent setbacks in her career.

    Proclaimed the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s, the singer with the five-octave voice broke the Beatles' record for the most weeks spent at No. 1 on the American singles chart back in 1999, and more hits are probably on the way.

    With her melodic songs and revealing music videos playing constantly in Russia, the singer is almost guaranteed to sell out all her Russian dates, two in Moscow and one in St. Petersburg.

    The concerts will open the European leg of her world tour, which started in Seoul, South Korea, on June 21. As well as presenting hits from Carey's new album, the new show involves dance routines and a kaleidoscope of costume changes.

    Released in December, "Charm Bracelet" is Carey's ninth album and the first on Island/Def Jam, where she launched her own MonarC Music label in 2002. The album represents a comeback for the 33-year-old singer, after a cool reception in 2001 for her first major movie "Glitter," and for the soundtrack album.

    Even if Carey's music sometimes fails to hit the mark, her personal life remains a powerful draw for the press. Confirming her sensual image, the singer has confessed to a sex session in a closet, and was until recently married to head of Sony Tommy Mottola, although she's now single.

    Although known for cover versions, such as the Jackson Five song "I'll Be There" (a hit in 1992), Carey also writes her own material, unlike Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, her closest competitors in the diva stakes. This, along with a close relationship with her fans, many of whom Carey knows by name, may explain her enduring appeal, with 15 No. 1 hits and 150 million albums sold in the 1990s.

    Carey's next album, "Remix," which contains remixes of her songs, will be released on Oct. 14.

    Source: The Moscow Times

    Mariah's Image Control

    WENN reports director Brett Ratner has created "Hillhaven Lodge: The Photo Booth Pictures," a new book containing shots his A-list pals have taken of themselves in the black-and-white photo booth he bought for his Hollywood home. Most of the pals, including includes Michael Jackson, Britney Spears, Ralph Fiennes, Liv Tyler, Justin Timberlake of *NSYNC, Colin Farrell, Paris Hilton, Kim Cattrall, Sean "P Diddy" Combs, Jude Law and Heidi Klum, were OK with him releasing the book, except Mariah Carey had some issues. Ratner laughed, "Everybody in the book is a personal friend, so I didn't have to contact anyone for permission. But some people had vanity issues. I had to send Mariah Carey - who's a very good friend of mine - the pictures to let her know which ones I would use. Some of them have to have image control."

    Editor's Note: The pictures referenced in this article were originally posted on Mariah Daily back in March 2003. Click here to see them.

    Source: Pop Dirt

    News Tidbits

    -- Marianne is in charge of the official fanbracelet book for Mariah's Stockholm concert. There is still space left in the book, one A4 for each person, plus pictures and poems. Anybody attending the Stockholm concert can contribute. E-mail your contributions to marianne@brudvik.no. The deadline is October 1st.

    --The Belgium Mariah Carey Club has begun it's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak" promotional campaign. If you are fluent in Dutch, French or German, then be sure to click here.

    Source: Marianne | Gilles


    SEPTEMBER 24, 2003 4:42PM
    The Proud Family

    It was announced in August that Mariah Carey would be guest starring as herself on The Proud Family, a comedic animated cartoon series.

    In the episode titled "Monkey Bidness," which debuts on October 10, Mariah’s pet monkey, Francois, is accidentally switched at the veterinarian’s office with Oscar Proud’s monkey Mr. Chips. Francois is put to work at the Proud Snax factory while Mr. Chips lives life in the lap of luxury with Mariah herself.

    The air schedule can be found to the left of your screen in the Important Dates section.

    Source: Music Station

    Mixed reviews for Mariah Carey show

    About halfway through last night’s concert at the Verizon Wireless Arena, Mariah Carey found her groove.

    The good news is, she’s still the diva with the golden cords.

    And yet, for whatever reason Carey’s been professionally struggling to rekindle the star power that made her the top-selling female vocalist of the 1990s.

    Much of her 13-year career has been as disjointed as last night’s production.

    It didn’t help that the night began with some organized chaos in the lobby, as some 700 ticket holders had to swap their original seats for a relocation pass. An additional 700 had been relocated in advance.

    According to Verizon spokesman Jason Perry, the changeover from full-blown world tour to a scaled-back U.S. version of intimate venues after tickets initially went on sale meant blocking off about half the seats inside the arena for last night’s show.

    “We moved the stage forward and dropped what we call a half-house curtain from the ceiling to block off the seats from behind, basically so you don’t see the 5,000 empty seats,” said Perry last night.

    He estimated the crowd at about 5,000, plus or minus, adding that the tour had been scaled back at Carey’s request for a more intimate experience.

    The show was supposed to start at 7:30 p.m., but for the first 90 minutes fans were patient and polite as an unbilled stand-up comic took the stage.

    It felt like a distraction from the stalled relocation process.

    Carey finally emerged from a side entrance just before 9 p.m. and sang her way through the crowd. She looked stunning, hair blonder than ever and rivaling the glimmer of her plentiful wardrobe, a parade of glittery ensembles that accentuated Carey’s dangerous curves throughout the night.

    She delivered for fans with renditions of “My All,” “Through the Rain,” “Dreamlover,” and “Can’t Take That Away.” But the persistent three-ring circus atmosphere did nothing for fans.

    During one song, three masked men on stilts were pulling the strings of a floppy marionette while Carey sang from the side, seated on a circus pedestal while images of cartoon money bags floated on a hanging screen to the rear. What was up with that?

    And during “Honey,” despite Carey’s brilliant multi-octave delivery, dancers upstaged her with kung-fu moves. Ditto during “I Know What You Want,” her recent MTV-worthy duet with Busta Rhymes, performed last night along with a canned video and lots of dancers. Clearly, the 33-year-old singer should let her vocals do the crowd-pleasing.

    In fact, the lack of singable hits was one constructive criticism Chris and Maria Mastriano of Atkinson offered as they made their way to their car after less than an hour of watching the show.

    “I thought it would be more entertaining,” said Chris Mastriano. “I didn’t even hear a hit song.”

    His wife agreed, adding that according to their ticket, rising R&B singer Ashanti was supposed to be on the bill as well. As it turned out, their ticket was purchased back in May — before the change in venue plans.

    “It would be a perfect concert to take your 12- or 13-year-old to. Nothing offensive about it. It just wasn’t what I expected,” said Maria Mastriano.

    Others, including Mike Khouri of Boston, followed the star to New Hampshire, after catching two shows earlier this month in Connecticut and Massachusetts.

    “Her voice is unbelievable — stronger, more incredible than ever. If anyone had any doubts, this show proves differently. She doesn’t leave fans wanting for hits. It’s a great show,” said Khouri.

    Source: The Union Leader | Gary

    Fall Music Preview: Mariah Carey

    Mariah Carey's "The Remixes," a collection of her greatest hit remixes, will be released on October 14th on her former label, Columbia Records.

    Is It Gangster?
    If you want to talk about an album being gangster, this is the perfect example. The queen of high pitched scream gets paid off to leave the label, she signs with Def Jam with a luke warm album and boom! Mariah's former label releases a greatest hits album with unreleased tracks. A move usually seen from the likes of Tha Row. Is that gangster enough for ya?

    Was It Drama?
    Any time a former record company releases an album from an artist--especially when there are unreleased joints--there's always drama. There's doubt that Mariah would let on that she's heated though. Mariah isn't a stranger to music industry stress so don't expect any diss records any time soon.

    Source: BET Online | OneLuv274

    Trevor Nelson's Finest Moment

    Radio One DJ Trevor Nelson says his finest moment was a series of "impromptu performances at a party I organized, from Mary J Blige, Whitney and Bobby, P Diddy, Mariah Carey and Missy Elliott. It was pandemonium, the DJ highlight of my life."

    Source: The Independent Publisher

    News Tidbits

    -- David is doing a fanbook that will be given to Mariah at her sold-out concert in Stockholm, Sweden at The Globe Arena (15,000 seat capacity) on October 5. He needs letters, poems, pictures, and drawings to bring this project to life! Send your contributions to mariah_my_hero@hotmail.com by October 2. It doesn't matter if you're not Swedish; every contribution is welcome and very much appreciated!

    -- "The Remixes" will be released on October 6th in Belgium. The Belgium Mariah Carey Fan Club is preparing for their street promotion of "The Remixes" and "Bringin' On The Heartbreak."

    Source: David | Gilles


    SEPTEMBER 23, 2003 3:51PM
    Mariah brings tour to Philippines

    Don’t look now but Mariah Carey is coming for a concert on November 21 at the Old Ultra open field in Manila. Stand by for more details.

    Source: The Philippine Star | Federick Castro

    Ivanka Decoy

    Ivanka Trump is a budding master of disguise. When the model/real estate heiress showed up at Mariah Carey's post-concert party at the Canal Room Thursday night, she told photographers, "I'm not here to be photographed, I'm here to meet a friend." Once inside, Ivanka made sure she wouldn't be recognized on the way out by changing from a preppy white polo shirt and sweater into a black lingerie top. Though Ivanka was happy to sit in a secondary VIP area with Pras, Philip Bloch and Janice Dickenson, Denise Rich "threw a fit" when she realized Mariah had a more private VIP section across the room, spies say.

    Source: New York Post

    Mariah Carey for governor?

    Just days before the Russian ballot, images of Valentina Matvienko were difficult -- if not impossible -- to avoid. Judging by street posters alone, her main competition appeared to be not Deputy St. Petersburg Governor Anna Markova, but U.S. pop singer Mariah Carey, who is advertising a concert to be held the first week of October.

    All that remained of Markova were the shreds of posters that had been ripped down dangling from building vents and distinguishable only by her trademark yellow hair. Unlike those of Carey and Markova, Matvienko's posters prominently feature a strong male escort -- President Putin. Strolling side by side with broad smiles, they promised St. Petersburg voters, "Together we can do anything."

    Source: Radio Free Europe

    Mimi So: Fashion Forward Diamond Designer


    Mariah Carey


    Aaliyah Haughton
    Fine jewelry and diamond designer Mimi So knows a thing or two about what celebrities love. Her pieces have been seen on everybody from Halle Berry and Beyonce Knowles to David Bowie and Prince; and when it comes to today’s most fashion forward jewelry designs, there is none better than that offered by Mimi So.

    Mariah is apparently a fan of Mimi’s works, as she can be seen wearing the Platinum Pyramid ring (part of the Mimi So Piece Collection) in the music video for "I Know What You Want," her collaboration with Busta Rhymes. This is also the same ring that Aaliyah wore in her "More Than A Woman" music video.

    The ring is pave set with round diamonds and contains one center set princess cut diamond with a diamond shank. For more information on this ring and the Mimi So Collection, log on to www.mimiso.com

    Site Updates & News Tidbits

    -- Reviews of Mariah's performance from New York have been archived to our Charmbracelet Tour micro-site, in addition to added pictures from New York, Cincinatti, and Tampa.

    -- Mariah will arrive in Russia on September 25th at 14:40 MSD. The exact airport isn't known but you must have a special permit to be able to meet Mariah there, anyway. At 18:00 MSD, Mariah is scheduled to hold a press conference at the Baltchug Kempinsky Hotel. Taking pictures at her concerts at the Kremlin Palace and the Ice Palace will be forbidden.

    Source: Jennifer | Scott | Lucy | Vasily


    SEPTEMBER 22, 2003 7:37PM
    Fans of Mariah Carey launch e-mail salvos

    I was flamed. From around the world, Mariah Carey fans e-mailed me their rage. They questioned my credentials: ''I find it interesting that someone who can probably not even hold a single note can find so much to criticize about one concert!'' sneered one. Some wrote at great length. Others were succinct. ''Jealousy breeds contempt,'' read a typical subject line. ''You are nasty,'' said Dubravko from Croatia.

    How did I become the Mariah pariah? I wrote a mostly negative review of the singer's Sept. 1 show at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, which got posted on a fan website. The article generated more e-mail than any other single thing I've written, even my defense of Hillary Clinton -- and you stir a hornet's nest when you write about New York's junior senator.

    Hate mail outpaced love letters about 50 to 1, although, like my review, not every letter was entirely negative. The e-mails are still trickling in; they must number about 70. I'd make a joke about that meaning everyone who bought Mariah's last album weighed in, but I think I've caused enough trouble already.

    E-mailers whose critique was couched in reasoned appreciation got my attention. The e-mails written in capital letters and laced with expletives and personal insults -- deleted. My attack on Carey was not ad hominem, so I didn't see the need to be so attacked myself.

    The response did raise an interesting issue: How the changing nature of media has changed critics' job, and how they remain the same. In an age of interactive technology, everyone can be a critic. The Internet is a great leveler, giving all those Mariah fans a way to aim their slingshots at media Goliaths. That's one of the things I like about American Idol; it (supposedly) put judgment-making authority in the hands of American viewers. Power to the people, right on!

    But the fact is, not everyone is a critic. It's a profession that's more than paid opinionating. Critics are needed more than ever these days, as watchdogs against the growing entertainment-industrial complex that hustles celebrity hype. We're the protector of art consumers. Even if sometimes those consumers wish we would shut up.

    The No. 1 job requirement for critics is a love of argument. I say that instead of conceit, chutzpah or balls because I think it's a stereotype to say all critics are egotistical. The good critic listens as well as she talks. Yes, we have the audacity to believe our opinions are worth publishing. But the goal is to shape tastes, not dictate them.

    The second requirement is knowledge. If you're going to make your opinion public record, you'd better speak with authority. I've studied musical theory and history, listened to thousands of records and attended thousands of shows. I read books and magazines about music. I'm not a musician but I can read music and play a few instruments. Of course, I wish I had Carey's voice. If I did, I think I would use it to better ends than she does. But I'm content with my writing talents. Besides, my son thinks I sing just fine, and he's all the audience I need.

    Critics can be wrong. I was in my Mariah review. I misinterpreted a song, as believe me, many writers pointed out. I forgot that Clown is about Eminem; it's in fact more clever than I gave Mariah credit for. I'm glad those readers set the record straight.

    But usually, critics know whereof we speak. It's our job to point out when the emperor has no clothes, even when fans have paid hundreds of dollars to believe she's decked out. Many e-mailers refused to accept what was plain to my ears: that Mariah has pushed her storied voice beyond its limits. Exposing cultural denial is a crucial critical task.

    Jeremiah, a 16-year-old from California, loves Mariah. He said he listened to a couple of MPEGs from the current tour, and he agreed with me: ''I really hope she takes some time out to rest her voice before she decides to do another tour,'' Jeremiah wrote.

    ''The article about Carey was harsh, but I get that you're only being honest,'' the subject line in Jeremiah's letter said.

    I won't deny that there are critics out there who hate musicians, but I swear I'm not one of them. In fact, I have a secret soft spot for Mariah. The fact that she rarely lives up to my hopes keeps me from being a fan. His ability to see those failings, but love her anyway, makes Jeremiah a true critic.

    Source: The Miami Herald | Adam Alvarado

    Live Chat

    In case you missed Mariah’s live online chat tonight at HoneyBFly.com, click here to read the transcript. There isn’t any new information, but it's still enjoyable to read.

    25 Sexiest Women...and the 7 That Scare Us

    Battling divas Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez are featured in a new program on E! Television called "Rank: 25 Sexiest Women...and 7 that Scare Us!"

    Lopez came in at #3 on the 25 Sexiest Women list, while Carey came in at #2...on the 7 Women that Scare Us list. The special airs Thursday, September 15, at 1:00pm Eastern Time.

    Feel free to leave your comments regarding the list and any rankings on the E! Online message boards.


    SEPTEMBER 21, 2003 1:42PM
    Mariah: The Complete History

    Mariah: The Complete History is a complete and totally honest look at the life and career of the biggest selling female artist in popular music history. From her musical but turbulent childhood to her meteoric rise to fame, Mariah: The Complete History unflinchingly covers it all. We’ll raid the VH1 and MTV archives to look back at Mariah’s record breaking successes (#1 hits, multi-platinum selling albums, Grammy wins) and how she has triumphed over adversity. We’ll look back with respect for her accomplishments, appreciation for her one of a kind voice and sensitivity (and sense of humor) for her human frailties.

    Mariah: The Complete History will conclude with an in depth look at the latest chapter in the singer’s unprecedented career; a re-mix album combining her two musical loves, R&B and Hip Hop. In VH1’s brand new, one-hour interview we’ll get all the specifics on the new project, find out who the key players are, and what inspired Mariah to first delve into hip hop collaboration on her groundbreaking ’95 album, “Daydream.”

    Where, when and how did it all start? What happened along the way? What does the future hold? It’s all here in VH1’s 1 hour special, Mariah: The Complete History.

    Source: VH1 Online | James

    Mariah Still Reveals Without Revealing

    You might have expected a theme to Mariah Carey's new tour. She's playing medium- size concert halls instead of arenas, and her shows are billed as "an intimate evening" - a hint that we're in for something honest, revealing and new.

    Now would be a good time for that, because Carey's diva act is losing its luster. Following her nervous breakdown, a brief hospitalization, and getting the boot from her former record label, Carey's selling power has diminished. Her vanity film, "Glitter," was thrashed by critics and ignored by audiences; her latest album, "Charmbracelet," has been a lukewarm seller. Skeptics would say this small-scale tour was born out of necessity, not inspiration. Maybe a reinvention is in order?

    Alas, Mariah was up to her same old tricks Thursday night. Wearing a shimmering silver outfit, she made her entrance strutting down one aisle while trailed by a cameraman and an entourage. Next, she posed onstage while a troupe of fake paparazzi popped flashbulbs at her.

    And although the first song, "Heartbreaker," didn't call for it, Carey immediately began squeaking out her famous, frilly high notes. She did so on nearly every song, lacing them together like musical doilies and passing them out whether they were needed or not.

    For nearly two hours, the concert unfolded like a long parade of lame ideas taken from the worst of mainstream culture. The set borrowed blatantly from the movie "Moulin Rouge," resembling a Parisian artist's garret, complete with awful "paintings" of Carey on an easel. She changed costumes constantly, from a red cocktail dress to a black Harley-Davidson shirt. A nine-member dance troupe wore oddly outdated getups: leg warmers, striped shirts, overalls with the bibs down.

    Meantime, Carey traded on her standard combination of goo-goo girliness and streetwalker sex appeal. It's a knee-weakener, to be sure, but it seems impossible that this is Carey's true personality. Isn't there anything beyond the diamond-encrusted butterfly ring, the eye-popping cleavage, the eerily frozen smile (held perfectly at the end of a song, as if part of a photo spread)?

    If so, Carey wasn't showing it. "So, I wanna sing this song that's about persevering and holding on and all that stuff," she said, as if even she were growing tired of her own store-bought sentiments. (The song was "Through the Rain," and its lyrics are as simple as a children's book: "And when the wind blows/And shadows grow close/Don't be afraid.")

    Still, Carey stretched herself once or twice, and it paid off. "Subtle Invitation," a jazzy number with smart horns, built to a soulful climax with Carey's voice coming in sudden cries and bursts. Her version of Def Leppard's "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" worked surprisingly well, and her five-octave range finally served a purpose on the thunderous refrain.

    There were only a few empty seats in the house, but those seats spoke almost as loudly as Carey's voice. She needs a change - and not just another costume.

    Source: Newsday

    Surveillance

    Mariah Carey, in a sequined bikini top and jeans, danced till almost 5 a.m. at the Canal Room Thursday after her concert at Radio City Music Hall. Cam'ron, with a diamond the size of a walnut pinned to his ear, ordered two $500 bottles of Cristal and hung with Tyson Beckford and Maxwell.

    Source: New York Daily News


    SEPTEMBER 20, 2003 2:16PM
    Mariah: Me And The Sex Thing

    Mariah Carey sat down alone in her hotel room, turned on the television and selected a film to watch.

    It was Disney's The Little Mermaid, the poignant story of the fish-tailed girl who sacrifices her beautiful singing voice to go off in search of the man she loves.

    "I don't know if that's funny or sad," she says. In real life of course, she has no intention of giving up the singing career which has made her the world's best-selling female artist.

    But there's still no sign of a man on the scene since her split from Mexican singer Luis Miguel two years ago.

    Not that the lack of a man on her arm appears to be a problem for the 33-year-old star. "When I'm not in a relationship I hardly ever think about it," she says in the middle of a conversation about "the sex thing".

    "That's why when I was alone last night, I ignored the adult channel and watched The Little Mermaid. I'm the exception to the rule in that I can turn it off. Don't get me wrong, I can click back into it immediately."

    Listening to her confessions about life behind her bedroom door, in an interview with men's magazine Maxim, she sure can.

    In one breath she describes herself as "a Mary Poppins type", in the next, she is admitting to having phone sex, making love to the sound of her own songs and debauched wardrobe sex sessions.

    "Oh my goodness," she says laughing, "I did have phone sex when I had a boyfriend. To be honest I found it all a bit ridiculous.

    "I felt so stupid but he started it and I just went along with it to keep him happy."

    Of making love to the sound of her own voice, she says: "It was a while back, but I remember it didn't freak me out. It was the guy's idea to put it on because he was a fan of mine before I met him."

    That paled into insignificance alongside the occasion when she had sex in a wardrobe.

    "It was in Florida," she recalls, "And in the closet of someone else's house. What you guys call the wardrobe. It was totally debauched but what I find so outrageous is it was in the closet."

    And then there are the shoes she has worn in bed.

    "I love my high heels," she admits, "I made sure they were clean so the sheets survived."

    She also enjoys dressing up in sexy outfits for parties.

    "My Halloween parties are the best and I'm going to throw one in London this year. At previous parties I've dressed as a sexy nurse, a cavewoman, a mermaid, a kitten, a lamb... a sexy version. The one that got most attention from the guys was the sailor suit and the black vinyl catwoman outfit."

    But if she can switch off all thoughts of sex, Mariah makes no secret of the fact that when she brings her Charmbracelet tour to the UK next month, she will be looking for a boyfriend here.

    "Men think I'll never be interested in them because I'm a star and can have whatever I want," she says. "I'll take whatever as long as they're tall. I'm pretty tall so I usually end up with guys smaller than me. So it's got to be a guy that's bigger than me. A nice Englishman would be good too."

    She denies reports she had a fling with Jamie Theakston, despite the fact that he fits her description perfectly.

    "That's another big fat lie that I have to nail," she retorts, "I never went out with Jamie. We merely made a joke about it once and the next thing I know, we're supposed to be getting married. I do like Jamie but nothing ever happened."

    Judging by the recent photoshoot she did to mark her new tour, Mariah is unlikely to have any problems finding a suitable man to fill the vacancy in her life. The images of the star in a white bikini and silver stilettos are her raunchiest to date.

    Her oft scrutinised 5ft 9in figure looks slim and honed, a look she attributes to sheer hard work.

    "I've been working out loads doing water aerobics," she says. "I have a trainer who really cracks the whip - she's very forceful with me and that's what I needed."

    Mariah won't rule out getting a tattoo, but stops at that. "I guess a tattoo could be cute so I'd go for that," she says, adding: "I wouldn't want to get abusive to my nipples. I'll leave the nipple and genital piercings to the likes of Janet Jackson."

    In Japan, where she has just finished the Far East leg of her tour, Mariah has been voted the sexiest woman in the world.

    She is also worth a reputed £150million and admits she has no idea what her credit card limit is.

    "I get all my money from my accountant," she says. "I ring him up and he'll call round with a big bag of cash whenever I need it. He's my cashpoint."

    But despite her perfect figure and lavish fortune, life hasn't always been so straightforward.

    Her first marriage, at 17, to Sony music mogul Tommy Mottola, who was 20 years older, made her claustrophobic.

    "My marriage to Tommy was confining," she says. "I had to wear turtlenecks and long pants it just wasn't me. And I had the unique position of being in the business and hearing the way people talk about artists behind their backs. Everybody wants to be a big power couple in Hollywood but at the end of the day who really cares? The one thing marriage has taught me is that I should stay away from it."

    Mariah has suffered from accusations she is a diva, with reports she once demanded puppies be delivered to her dressing room and told assistants "I don't do stairs".

    "I'm sorry to disappoint you but I never said that," she insists.

    "There are so many of those stories. There are rumours that I refuse to walk on grass or carpet. So how do people think I get from A to B? I guess I must hover. I'm just not one of those people who demands things just because they can. If I need something, then let's get it. Otherwise I'm pretty easy going."

    She is also keen to remind her fans that life wasn't always so rosy, and has vivid memories of the worst job she ever took on.

    She said: "I used to sweep up hair in a salon and quit after one day. It was one of those places where they change everyone's name to be more showbiz. They tried to give me the name Echo. I told them, 'if Mariah isn't exotic enough for you, then I'm out of here'."

    Her career hasn't always run smoothly. The 2001 film Glitter bombed at the box office and Mariah was admitted to a clinic suffering from exhaustion.

    Then last year, her record label EMI dropped her, buying up her contract for £38million.

    But on the eve of her UK tour things are looking up. She stars in a comedy film Sweet Science, as a boxer opposite Muhammad Ali's daughter Laila.

    And her UK Charmbracelet tour has proved so popular an extra date has now been added.

    Source: The Mirror

    Mariah!

    Izzy didn't make anyone dizzy around here, but hurricane Mariah blew her fans away at Radio City Music Hall Thursday night.

    During Carey's nearly two-hour concert supporting her "Charmbracelet" album, the sexy singer worked a program that tested the full range of her remarkable multi-octave pipes. She hit everything from low purrs to notes so high, dogs in Elmhurst were howling.

    And she looked terrific, modeling more than half a dozen outfits just slutty enough to make the boys lust and glamorous enough to make the girls envious.

    Those impressed with Carey's recently honed hip-hop edge would have been disappointed with this ballad-heavy R&B concert. Most of the tunes were bump 'n' grind numbers that began with slow-burn arrangements that got hotter and faster as they progressed.

    One of the best of that style was "Through the Rain," which Carey introduced as a piece about perseverance.

    That's a theme that emerges in many of Carey's numbers, a theme that her fans connect with. Near the end of the show, for "Make It Happen," she reiterated that notion, dedicating the tune "to those who ever reached for a star."

    Despite how perfectly she looked and sang the other night (granted, there were some canned vocals used in this performance), Carey isn't perfect. She's had personal problems played out in public, from dating dilemmas to divorce and emotional breakdowns.

    On stage, she projected an endearing vulnerability. Barbie-doll looks aside, she was the girl next door who made good.

    At midshow, during one of her chatty, between-song breaks, she had her male hairdresser come out to help her take off a headset mike without messing up her locks.

    "If they're gonna call me a diva," Carey quipped, "I might as well act like one."

    She could have easily taken the headpiece off herself - but then, the hairdresser's mom, who happened to be in the audience, wouldn't have gotten to see her boy on the stage of Radio City Music Hall with Mariah Carey. So much for her being a diva.

    Throughout the performance, Carey shared the stage nicely with her 11 dancers, four backup singers and five-man band. Not that she ever let the house's attention slip from her - but during nearly every tune, the singer made room for her supporting ensemble to strut.

    As for Carey, she was at her best stuff in a midshow cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There," and during versions of her own "Vision of Love" and "Hero," both of which were delivered during a well-deserved encore.

    Source: New York Post

    The Secret Ingredient: Mariah Carey

    Radio City Music Hall played host on Thursday night to an enormously entertaining revue that celebrated the songs and styles of Mariah Carey, one of the biggest stars of the Roaring Nineties. In her heyday Ms. Carey could do it all: she sang, she pranced, she gesticulated, sometimes all at once. And this show captured her every quirk and excess with uncanny accuracy.

    It helped, no doubt, that the star of the show was Ms. Carey herself, and she proved it was really her by punctuating her songs with the sort of shrill, breathy high notes that are more commonly associated with teakettles. Still, she sang her greatest hits with all the gusto and tenderness of a first-rate impersonator — that is, lots and none respectively. And if she ever needs to take a break, she won't have trouble finding a replacement: there were lots of screaming audience members who seemed eager to fill her shoes, including a few women. Ms. Carey's most recent album, "Charmbracelet," was neither a blockbuster nor a flop, so the singer has set out on a tour to re-energize her base.

    She de-emphasized hip-hop: she didn't perform her recent single "Boy (I Need You)," featuring the rapper Cam'ron, and she presented her biggest hit of the year, the Busta Rhymes collaboration "I Know What You Want," by showing the music video, although she did stroll onstage near the end to sing the bridge.

    Instead, Ms. Carey gave her biggest fans what they wanted: grandiose ballads, garish sets and lots of costume changes; she looked like the star of a particularly cruel episode of "Queer Eye for the Straight Girl." She claims Aretha Franklin as a big influence, but the bigger influence seemed to be Cher, another singer who takes silliness seriously. If you paused to wonder why 2 of her 11 dancers began one song by dueling with poles, or why she orchestrated a puppet show making fun of Eminem, or why a clown pretended to paint her portrait during every song, then you were probably at the wrong concert.

    Like Cher, Ms. Carey strikes sexy poses to inspire a peculiar kind of passion. For two hours her fans admired her without ogling her, and she in turn played the part of the vixen without ever betraying any desires of her own. There was no sexual tension, even when she indulged, with one member of her troupe, in a form of dancing that may soon be banned from Los Angeles strip clubs.

    Thirteen years ago, when Ms. Carey first emerged, she was known for her powerful delivery and wide range, but her singing style these days is much more idiosyncratic: she provided sharp high notes accompanied by great lungfuls of air, and her four back-up singers filled in many of the gaps. One of these singers, Trey Lorenz, stepped out to sing "I'll Be There" with the star; compared to his warm voice, hers sounded distinctly metallic.

    None of this takes anything away from Ms. Carey's extraordinary ability to bring down the house every five minutes. Her show-stoppers are so grandiose (and numerous) that resistance seems futile: "Through the Rain," "My All," "My Saving Grace," "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," "Vision of Love," "Hero."

    Of course, Ms. Carey is no mere singer; she's a one-woman genre, and her act will be imitated in nightclubs for decades. It's probably happening somewhere tonight: a chorus is singing, "Spread your wings and prepare to fly, for you have become a butterfly," and a graceful performer in a wig and pantyhose is taking a final bow, batting a pair of oversize eyelashes and fluttering offstage.

    Source: New York Times

    Carey's a Brit of all right

    Pop diva Mariah Carey looks absolutely stunning in a sexy new photoshoot ahead of her UK tour.

    The singer admits she is on the comeback trail after a tough couple of years, in which her debut movie flopped and her record company, EMI, axed her.

    But her UK gigs are so popular she's had to addan extra date and she's in the best shape ever.

    The 33-year-old, who will play Glasgow's SECC on October 25, said: "I've been working out loads, doing water aerobics. I have a trainer who really cracks the whip that's what I needed.''

    The images of Mariah in a white bikini and silver stilettos to promote the Charmbracelet tour are her raunchiest yet.

    She also revealed she loves to have sex in unusual places. She giggled: "I've made love in a wardrobe at a friend's house. It was totally debauched.'' And the goodnews is that she's looking for a boyfriend in the UK.

    A full version of this interview and more photographs appear in the November issue of Maxim, on sale from September 25.

    Mariah's Remix Album is released on October 13, on Columbia Records.

    Source: Daily Record

    News Tidbits

    -- Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" is at #45 on Billboard's Dance Music/Club Play chart for the week ending September 20. It debuted at #54 two weeks ago, only to disspear the following and re-enter this week.

    -- According to the official Swedish Ticketmaster website, the opening act for Christina Aguilera's concert in Sweden will be So Live Crew. But it also says that her special guest will be Mariah Carey. This could be true, although not confirmed, since Mariah will be in Europe for her Charmbracelet tour around the same time.

    Source: Bobby Kern | Kylest18


    SEPTEMBER 19, 2003 11:12AM
    She can still Carey the day

    You can say one thing for Mariah Carey: She sure knows how to make an entrance. The Long Island-born songstress opened her concert at Radio City last night with a leisurely strut down one of the theater's center aisles, flanked by 10 dancers pretending to be photographers.

    Clad in the first of what eventually would add up to eight outfits on the night — all of them as skimpy as they were shiny (which is to say, very) — Carey took the stage to the bouncy strains of "Heartbreaker" and wasted little time getting to one of her signature vocal moves.

    Putting a hand to her right ear, she cut loose with a trademark wail that rocketed somewhere up into household-pet frequency. The jubilant crowd, in turn, screeched out their best attempt at a response.

    There was a subplot to this bravura display, and if you've been following Carey's recent career, it's not so hard to figure out. Simply put, Mariah's trying to prove that she's back.

    Back from a dismal couple of years, that is. In the public eye, the nadir of that dark time was her 2001 flop movie "Glitter" and its accompanying flop soundtrack album. But her professional struggles were also coupled with personal troubles, including a nervous breakdown.

    Of course, triumph over adversity is a big part of any diva's personal myth, and Carey is nothing if not a diva.

    Her latest CD, "Charmbracelet," practically screams that she has weathered the storm and has come out the other side a stronger person.

    But the quality of her singing on the album seemed to suggest otherwise. Even on pointedly inspirational numbers like "Through the Rain" and "My Saving Grace," her normally heavyweight pipes sounded rusty.

    At Radio City, however, Carey soon put to rest any belief that she'd lost her vocal firepower. On showcase ballads like "My All" and "Can't Take That Away," she milked the big moments for all they were worth, frantically pacing the stage, even dropping to her knees in the middle of a crucial line.

    Clearly, glitzy self-affirmation was Carey's main order of business. And sometimes the glitz got overwhelming.

    Early on, the sheer spectacle of dancers, gaudy sets and props (including a drapery contraption — part curtain, part swing — that held Carey in midair during "Subtle Invitation") threatened to eclipse the music.

    But by the end of the night, the singer's own performance was the center of the action.

    Finishing with a trio of guaranteed crowd-pleasers ("Make It Happen," "Vision of Love" and "Hero"), the top-selling female artist in pop music rolled out a few more glass-shattering high notes and basked in the love of her fans.

    Source: New York Daily News

    Soho House

    The randoms kept coming at Soho House, the New York off-shoot of the London private members club. You're sitting there, only to realise that the woman to your right is Nicole Kidman. A table is reserved at the corner, and eventually the guest arrives. It's Mariah Carey, who proves her dedication to her-sort-of-thing by still maintaining at 2am a tiny dress that completely exposes the side of her breasts. We looked - as far as we could see, no surgery scars.

    Source: Guardian Unlimited

    News Tidbits

    -- Mariah is scheduled to appear at the 2003 Taffy Awards, the Russian equivalent to the Academy Awards, on September 26th. The show will be broadcasted live on ORT at 22:50.

    -- According to Universal Music Russia, Mariah's new "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" single will be released in the country on September 29th.

    -- Mary J. Blige just completed a remix for "Ooh!," her latest single. The remix features 50 Cent and G Unit. One of the guys from G Unit raps about halfway through the song and one of his lines is: "And I've got her hittin notes that's higher than Mariah's"

    Source: Vasily | Josh


    SEPTEMBER 18, 2003 9:12AM
    TRL Update

    Sadly, Mariah didn't make the TRL countdown yesterday. However, we'd like to send a big thanks to all the Mariah fans that made the event. People wearing "Honey B. Fly" t-shirts and holding up Mariah pictures could be seen both inside and outside of the studio.


    SEPTEMBER 17, 2003 4:53PM
    Mariah's side dish

    Mariah Carey made some instant friends at Steamers Landing Restaurant in Battery Park City. A couple of guys treated her and a girlfriend to a $200 bottle of Perrier Jouet. Carey will get the star treatment tomorrow night at Marcus Linial's Canal Room, where party guru Preston Bailey is creating butterfly motifs to celebrate her sold-out Radio City Show.

    Source: New York Daily News

    Shuttle service

    Pop diva Mariah Carey will be hitting the high notes Thursday when she takes to the stage at Radio City Music Hall for an 8 p.m. performance. Expect crowds to start lining up early. Carey has a strong following among the preteen and teen set, so the p.m. rush along Fifth and Sixth Aves. between 48th and 52nd Sts. will be more crowded than usual, with moms and dads doing shuttle service.

    Source: New York Daily News

    Kiley Dean sources Mariah as inspiration

    When R&B singer Kiley Dean was asked who her musical inspirations were, she replied with, "I have five women who, growing up, were just it. That's Basia, Mariah, Anita Baker, Whitney Houston and Taylor Dayne. Those were the five women I totally emulated. I never had a vocal coach, but I give Mariah Carey the credit. When I was a kid I would pop her CD on and she was my vocal coach. She taught me how to riff. She taught me how to use my head."

    Source: The Canadian Press

    Voice Messages For Russia

    Mariah has recorded several different voice messages advertising her concerts in Moscow and St. Petersburg. These messages will be played on various Russian radio stations. Use the links below to hear them yourself.

    Message 1 [Click to download]
    "Hey! I’m Mariah Carey and you’re listening to my new single, Bringin’ On The Heartbreak"

    Message 2 [Click to download]
    "Hi! I’m Mariah Carey and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Moscow at my shows at the Kremlin Palace on September 27th and 29th."

    Message 3 [Click to download]
    "Hey! I’m Mariah Carey and I’m looking forward to seeing you in St. Petersburg at my show at the New Ice Arena on October 2nd."

    Message 4 [Click to download]
    "Hi everyone in St. Petersburg!"

    Message 5 [Click to download]
    "Hi everyone in Moscow!"

    Message 6 [Click to download]
    "I’m Mariah Carey and I’ll see you in St. Petersburg on the 2nd of October."

    Message 7 [Click to download]
    "I’m Mariah Carey. My voice. My love. My emotions. My fantasy. Only your favorite songs. Only for you."

    Message 8 [Click to download]
    "I’m Mariah Carey. Yes, it’s true! I’m coming to Russia!"

    Message 9 [Click to download]
    "I’m Mariah Carey and you’re listening to Europa Plus."

    Source: mariah.ru | Vasily

    News Tidbits

    -- This week is the 10th year anniversary of Mariah's "Music Box" album debut! It debuted this week a decade ago at #2 and later took the #1 spot.

    -- Janel is working on two small "Mariah-ized" fan book projects for Mariah. One book has butterflies on the front and the other has Hello Kitty on it. She wants fans to send in their favorite Mariah quotes, pictures, and stories to janelspiegel@aol.com It will be personally delivered to Mariah on September 20th, 2003. The deadline is midnight before September 20th.

    Source: Geno | Janel


    SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 8:48PM
    Total Request Live Mission

    MariahDaily.com will be sponsoring a request campaign to get Mariah’s video for "Bringin’ On The Heartbreak" onto the Total Request Live music video countdown. If the video debuts within the Top 10 the day Mariah is in town for her concert at Radio City Music Hall, several fans will receive copies of the "Bringin’ On The Heartbreak" promotional advancement single featuring remixes by Junior Vasquez, Mike Rizzo, and Ruanne Emmenes and a photo autographed by Mariah herself! Here are the details:

    On September 18, Mariah will be in New York to perform at Radio City Music Hall. That same day, Mariah fans will be gathering at the MTV Studios to promote Mariah at the taping of Total Request Live. Our goal is to prove our dedication to Mariah and get her music video for "Bringin’ On The Heartbreak" onto the countdown. Total Request Live is an influential program that is viewed by millions of people every day and the exposure of Mariah’s new music video is crucial to the success of the single itself.

    Fans have been slacking off on voting for Mariah recently, as her last appearance on TRL’s countdown came when "Boy (I Need You)" peaked at #8 in January. Not even the popular "I Know What You Want" made it onto the countdown.

    But unlike "I Know What You Want," radio is not playing Mariah’s new song, nor are MTV and VH1 playing the accompanying video. In fact, most people aren’t even aware that Mariah has released a new single, so it is our duty as fans to get the word out on Mariah’s new single. Why not start here and make Mariah’s new video #1 on Total Request Live? It’s not impossible. After all, we all voted enough to make "Through the Rain" her first #1 music video on the TRL countdown. Surely we can do it again for "Bringin’ On The Heartbreak"!

    Voting by Phone
    Call 1-800-DIAL-MTV (1-800-342-5688). If dialing by the artist name option enter 6-2-7 (M-A-R). If dialing by the video name option enter 2-7-4 (B-R-I).

    Remember, everyone is calling at the same time so don't be discouraged by a busy signal. You will get through eventually! You can call and vote three times per phone line/per day!

    The only time the lines are open is between these hours:

  • 4:30pm - 5:00pm (Eastern)
  • 3:30pm - 4:00pm (Central)
  • 2:30pm - 3:00pm (Mountain)
  • 1:30pm - 2:00pm (Pacific)

    Voting Online
    The calls are the most effective way to request, but you can also send online requests by clicking here. Remember to vote as many times as possible for Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" video!

    How To Win
    After you call the MTV Studios and request Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" video, be sure to log your votes here. If Mariah's video enters the Top 10, twenty of the fans who called in will randomly be selected to win Mariah prizes! Please note to only log phone votes. Do not log online votes.

    What Else?
    Mariah also needs your support on radio! Be sure to visit our Request Lines page for a list of radio stations in your area. You can also print out the flyers below and distribute them as you please. They are excellent promotional tools.


  • SEPTEMBER 16, 2003 3:55PM
    MariahDaily.com's Mariah Live Contest Winner

    Congratulations to Lucy from Brooklyn, NY for winning tickets to see Mariah live in concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, courtesy of MariahDaily.com and Ken Sims!

    The decision was extremely tough, as there were dozens of worthy applicants, but there could only be one winner. We hope that we’ll be able to offer more contests like this in the future, so be sure to keep checking back to site where the vision begins – MariahDaily.com.

    Program short, but Mariah's singing high-powered

    There's no stopping Mariah Carey -- except for her own show-stopping voice. Carey, the top pop singer of the last decade, demonstrated her amazing high-octane, high-octave range and her astonishing vocal gymnastics in a 90-minute spectacle Sunday night at the U.S. Bank Arena.

    Times have been tough for the 34-year-old Carey in the last few years (divorced, dropped by her label, a movie bomb and a nervous breakdown), but she proved she is a survivor as she sang and danced through her extraordinary show.

    Although the huge U.S. Bank Arena was cordoned off into a smaller, more intimate setting, Carey didn't hold back on the glitz and glitter. She featured elaborate staging, with 10 dancers, four backup singers and musicians both on and off stage.

    She made her entrance from the back of the arena, coming through the crowd singing "Heartbreaker" and proving from the very start that she can still hit those high notes. "Dreamlover" followed as she came onstage to a Moulin Rouge-type lounge. In the first of her seven costumes for the evening, she wore a skimpy, pink-spark-ling number that proved in looks and body she was in fine form -- and so was her music.

    Carey's songs fall into two basic categories: inspirational power ballads about overcoming all the odds and hip-hop, upbeat dance music (often sung with a partner).

    One of the former is "Through the Rain," the first song she sang from her latest album, "Charmbracelet." She seemed to smile slyly during this song about having "the strength to carry on," letting her audience (lambs, as she likes to call them), know she continues to maintain that strength.

    The stage was turned into a circus as Carey sang her new song "Clown," a sexy "Honey" and a hard-rapping "I Know What You Want." She also sang the song her fans picked on her Web site for the day (fan club members vote on a favorite song which Carey then sings at her concert). The winner in Cincinnati was "Can't Take That Away" (which, as her theme song, almost always wins the poll).

    In her second major entrance, Carey, dressed in a pure white Spandex outfit, was lowered on a silken sling from above the stage. She landed atop a piano, not so subtly offering a "Subtle Invitation" (another new song).

    Many of Carey's recorded hits were duets. She sang those with her original partners via a large video screen -- but she performed "I'll Be There" with one of her backup singers, Trey "Big Nasty" Lorenz. A hot "Fantasy" was next, followed by a rousing "Make It Happen."

    In a single encore, Carey sang what has become her trademark song, "Hero," then ended the show with a fade-out of "Butterfly."

    The good news is that Carey seemed happy, at peace and in fine voice. The only bad news is that the show seemed exceedingly short. During most of her tour, Carey has performed 17 or 18 songs; here she cut that to 13½ (counting "Butterfly" as the half). She didn't even sing "Vision of Love" and "Always Be My Baby," which have been regulars on her set list.

    Add to that her many other missing blockbusters -- "One Sweet Day" (a No. 1 hit for a record-setting 16 straight weeks in 1995), "Love Takes Time," "Emotions," "Someday," "I Don't Want to Cry" and others -- and you might feel somewhat cheated. Carey didn't even sing her latest, a remake of Def Leppard's "Bringing On the Heartbreak."

    It seemed like an awfully early Sunday night, but being with Mariah Carey for even a short time is a delight.

    Source: The Cincinnati Post

    Busta keeps fair crowd on its toes

    Hip-hop artist Busta Rhymes brought his rat-a-tat style in an energetic show Friday night, shaking up the Puyallup Fair's grandstand lineup of pop and country acts. Commanding the audience members to raise their hands in the air during every song, he proceeded to call out specific people who weren't obeying.

    He also razzed his fans for not knowing all the words when they sang the Mariah Carey parts of his recent single, "I Know What You Want." They cheered in protest, but he didn't finish the song.

    Source: Seattle Post-Intelligencer

    Site Updates & News Tidbits

    -- Reviews of Mariah's performances in Wallingford and Cincinnati have been added to our Charmbracelet World Tour micro-site

    -- Thierry is creating a French fanbook for Mariah, to be delivered to her during her concert in Paris. For more information, log on to http://mapage.noos.fr/mcfanbook

    -- Over 40 fans are planning to attend the New York City fan gathering, which will take place before Mariah’s concert on September 18th. The plan is to now meet at TGI Friday’s at 2:00pm (instead of the previously-planned 2:30pm), where the group will be able to meet each other and eat for about two hours.

    At 4:00pm, a number of the fans will be traveling to the MTV Studios to support Mariah inside and outside of Total Request Live, which begins taping at 5:00pm. After the taping is over, fans will gather and arrive at Radio City Music Hall by 7:00pm, where they will prepare for Mariah’s concert.

    After the concert, organizers have asked fans to meet right outside the huge Radio City Music Hall sign, where they will discuss post-concert plans. If you have questions, please contact Undray at AgentMDunce@aol.com

    Source: Jennifer | Thierry | Undray


    SEPTEMBER 15, 2003 5:51PM
    Mariah Teams Up With Damizza For New Track

    A new mixtape album called Grand Theft Audio has been released on Baby Ree Entertainment Records. It includes a new Mariah song titled "Mizza" featuring Damizza, who has produced several of Mariah’s songs including Irresistible, If We, Crybaby, and I Still Believe/Pure Imagination.

    To listen the new Damizza and Mariah song, click here. You will need WinZip and Real Player in order to properly hear this file.

    For more information on Grand Theft Audio, check out www.westcoast2k.net. To purchase this album for only $3.99, log on to www.putyourselfout.net.

    Source: David Jones

    Carey Spectacle All About Carey

    Pop singers with behemoth voices are as common as crabgrass on the pop landscape these days, but Mariah Carey was a trailblazer when it came to making history out of histrionics. The 33-year old Long Island native was about as big a music star as existed in the 1990s, serving up 15 chart-topping singles en route to becoming the best-selling female artist of all time.

    She was until recently too big an act to bother with any Connecticut venues, but in the wake of a heavily publicized career derailment that included her disastrous 2001 disc/film "Glitter," she made two stops in the state in the last week. The second one came Friday night at the careerbuilder.com Oakdale in Wallingford, where a nearly full house of devoted fans were thrilled simply to have her in the room, even if the 100-minute show she gave them was overwhelmingly bland.

    Carey's current tour was clearly conceived as a spectacle of color and action given the big set pieces and crowd of as many as 20 musicians and dancers who joined her onstage at any given time, but the assembly did not distract from the reality that Carey is little but a voice. As impressive as her high-tone wailing was in the opener "Heartbreaker," it typified her approach as she merely focused on the shaping of lyrics around her voice rather than using her voice to draw meaning from the words it sang.

    Carey's multitudinous costumes went to great lengths to bare large quantities of flesh, an exhibitionism strangely out of keeping with her impersonal performing style. Her voice was mammoth, but little more than rangy exercise as she powered the chirpy "Fantasy" while clad in an eye-popping tank top and short shorts, disappointingly more of a feast for the eyes than the ears.

    Her set was surfeited with songs about self-empowerment and hanging on in anticipation of better days, such as the blustery, synth-driven "Through the Rain" and the earnest but self-involved "My Saving Grace." When she did change gears, it was to make obtuse negative statements about Eminem in "Clown" or descend from the rafters in a silken swing for the jazz-inflected, lightly torchy "Subtle Invitation."

    None of it heated up much, and even her brief appearance in Daisy Dukes and a small percentage of a t-shirt to sing along with a video of Busta Rhymes on "I Know What You Want" was a remarkably bland bit of sex-pottery.

    Despite strolling through the audience twice during the show, Carey never seemed connected to it, mishandling a contrived rock moment in the booming Def Leppard cover "Bringin' On the Heartbreak" and coming off as merely calculated when she paced the stage to play to different parts of the room in the upbeat dance closer "Make It Happen."

    Curiously, the warmest she seemed for the whole show was when she paused to sing her band's introductions.

    Apparently unaware it had been had, the audience called her back for an encore that was, like what had preceded it, much less about music or showmanship than Carey's pipes. She pumped out the dramatic "Vision of Love," then reached toward impassioned delivery with her big ballad "Hero." By then it was no surprise what she could do with her voice, but she never did seem to tire of driving that particular message home.

    Source: The Hartford Courant

    Def Leppard Praise Mariah Again

    Def Leppard is back in the spotlight. Well, kind of. A Def Leppard song is back in the spotlight at least, now that Mariah Carey has covered the 1981 power ballad Bringin' On The Heartbreak, with the accompanying video getting heaps of play on video stations such as MuchMusic and MTV.

    Carey's diva-fied version of the tune is not sitting well with some of the Leps's hardcore fans, however.

    "They've really reacted weirdly to it," Def Leppard guitarist Phil Collen said Friday in a phone interview to promote the U.K. hard rock band's concert tonight at the Pengrowth Saddledome.

    "They'll say 'It sucks. You shouldn't let her do it.' Jesus, man. She's an icon. She's one of the most influential singers of the last decade. I mean, someone like Christina Aguilera is trying to imitate what Mariah did. The fans really get it wrong sometimes. She's on our side and it's an honour she's done it. Really, that's the only way we're getting played."

    Source: Canada Online

    Atomic Kitten Gets Catty

    Former Atomic Kitten member-turned-celebrity columnist Kerry Katona has lashed out at Mariah Carey by branding her "weird", "immature", "diva-ish" and "childlike" and told that she has lost sight of reality.

    Source: Anorak

    New Poll

    We’ve added a new poll that accumulates all of the top-picked tunes from our previous polls, which asked what song from the given album you would most like to hear performed live on Mariah's 2003 Charmbracelet World Tour. Your new goal is to pick the ultimate song, from our previous winning songs, that you'd like to hear performed live. Please cast your vote now!

    Our last poll asked which song from the “Charmbracelet” album you would most like to see performed live on tour. Here are the results:

  • 26% (799 votes) “Bringin’ On The Heartbreak”
  • 14% (432 votes) “My Saving Grace”
  • 12% (373 votes) “I Only Wanted”
  • 9% (262 votes) “Yours”
  • 8% (261 votes) “Through The Rain”
  • 8% (250 votes) “Subtle Invitation”
  • 7% (220 votes) “Lullaby”
  • 7% (214 votes) “The One”
  • 5% (151 votes) “Clown”
  • 4% (110 votes) “You Had Your Chance”
    Total Votes: 3,072

  • SEPTEMBER 14, 2003 1:36PM
    Mariah Takes Time Off From Her Tour

    After wowing a Toronto audience, pop diva Mariah Carey unwound at Canada’s Wonderland amusement park with her close pal and makeup artist Kristopher Buckle. The glittering songbird, who is currently on her Charmbracelet tour, saw the world through rose-colored glasses as she munched on cotton candy, rode bumper cars and gave a few lucky fans a thrill. "She had a blast, she really enjoyed the day there," Mariah’s rep told Star.

    Meanwhile, on stage, the sexy songbird has been charming audiences across the globe, not only in Toronto, but also in Japan, New Jersey and Florida with her octave range and those famous gams. Mariah’s high energy, two-hour show that she’ll perform on 47 dates features eight costume changes, a crew of dancers and elaborate sets. The reason Mariah looks so great is because the show is a workout. Mariah shows her appreciation to her fans by letting them add one song to the set list each night. Fans choose the tune on Mariah’s official website. She’s scheduled to wrap her tour on November 7th.

    Source: Star Magazine | Mariah Daily

    Mariah Remixed

    Mariah’s record label asked Junior Vasquez, Mike Rizzo, and Ruanne Emmenes to remix her cover of Def Leppard’s "Bringin’ On The Heartbreak" into a dance track. Below are 30-second clips of the results. In order to hear these clips, you will need WinZip.

    1. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Junior Vasquez Radio Edit)
    2. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Junior Vasquez Extended Mix)
    3. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Global Soul Radio Edit)
    4. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Global Soul Dub)
    5. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Ruanne's Vocal Capture Mix)
    6. Bringin’ On The Heartbreak (Ruanne's Roasted Coffee Dub)

    Want to hear the complete tracks? You can win a promotional advancement CD single featuring these six remixes, plus four others in our September 2003 contest

    Mariah selects Yvonne Catterfeld as opening act

    Worldwide superstar Mariah Carey has invited German singer Yvonne Catterfeld to be the opening act for her three concerts in Hamburg, Berlin, and Munich.

    Mariah was apparently amazing by the 23-year-old singer and actress, whose "Meine Welt" album is currently a No. 1 smash in the country. Yvonne says Mariah’s music has always been a great motivation and inspiration for her and she is thrilled to have been selected as the supporting act.

    "The fans can already expect an amazing show," said tour promoter Carlos Fleischmann.

    Source: Pop Dirt

    Scene & Heard

    Lots can be said about Mariah Carey, but being imprecise about her wants isn’t one of them. A spy in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where she recently performed, says the locals were amused by her very specific needs. Just for the ride to and from the concert arena, Carey ordered a stretch limo in which no one had ever, repeat ever, smoked. She asked for six glasses of champagne and six high-balls; six bottles of mineral water, including three on ice and three at room temperature; six bottles of Diet Coke, three on ice and three at room temperature; and a brand-new CD player. And you thought J.Lo was tough?

    Source: Star Magazine

    Queen Of Soul

    Mariah Carey. Another queen of soul, sort of. Mariah's in the midst of an "intimate" tour: that is, she was originally scheduled to play arenas but opted instead for smaller venues. Cynics might suggest she couldn't fill stadiums, but Carey's publicists say theatres give her the opportunity to be in a "more intimate environment" with her "lambs." Radio City Music Hall isn't exactly intimate, but she'll perform there Thursday evening.

    Source: Newsday

    Site Updates

    -- New scans of Mariah from People Weekly, Jet, Star, and Cosmopolitan have been added to our temporary photogallery

    -- Reviews of Mariah's concert in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania have been added to our Charmbracelet Tour micro-site

    Source: Janel


    SEPTEMBER 13, 2003 12:27PM
    See Mariah Live in Concert!

    MariahDaily.com and Ken Sims will be making one lucky fan’s day on September 18th, where they will get the opportunity to see Mariah perform live in concert at Radio City Music Hall. If you’re interested, all you have to do to win is email us at mariah_daily@yahoo.com and tell us why you think you deserve the ticket.

    When submitting your e-mail, be sure to include your full name, age, mailing address, and home phone number. Please note that you must live in the New York City area or be able to provide your own travel to and from the venue, as hotel accommodations and airfare are not part of this contest. Backstage passes are also not part of this contest. Entries are due in by Sunday, September 14, 2003 at 3:00pm Eastern Standard Time. The winner will be selected Sunday afternoon and will be announced shortly after.

    One thing you can't take away from Carey: her voice

    Mariah Carey's concert at the Tower Theater on Wednesday night was like a Jerry Lewis telethon: an erratic show with chintzy production values and an odd bird whose taste for sappy sentimentality seems unbounded.

    Oh, there's the voice. Always the voice. At 33, Carey sings with the same remarkable range, power, expressiveness and agility that made her a star. Her bravura, if ostentatious, renditions of "My All," "My Saving Grace," and "Always Be My Baby" were arresting.

    But although her rich repertoire includes 15 No. 1 hits, she chose to do some of her more misshapen and unpopular material, such as "Clown" and "Can't Take That Away." The latter, she said during the "interactive" portion of the show, was the consensus pick of her Philadelphia fans in an online vote. And you thought elections in Florida were rigged.

    Carey unquestionably knows what to do with a microphone in her hands: knock down walls, shatter glass, and set every dog in Upper Darby barking with those scary high notes. But she doesn't have a clue what to do on a stage.

    Teetering around in high heels, she seemed so fragile and tentative that the evening felt like a Judy Garland concert. The avid, slightly less-than-capacity crowd at the 3,000-seat Tower (the show was originally scheduled for the Wachovia Center, which seats 21,000), roared when Carey attempted even the most rudimentary dance step. It went into paroxysms when she kneeled during "Can't Take That Away."

    And it thunderously endorsed her maudlin song intros. She described "Through the Rain," for instance, as a statement of "hope and perseverance and pressing on and all that type of thing." At another point, she remarked, "My life is a theme song."

    The star seemed most confident and comfortable during a duet on "I'll Be There" with backup singer Trey Lorenz. (Carey may be the only performer ever to cover the Jackson Five and Def Leppard in the same program.) Let's face it: The woman needs support. And she wasn't getting any from her sloppy stage production, which included 11 dancers who seemed to have been recruited from the 69th Street SEPTA terminal.

    And let's not even go into Carey's hoochie-mama fashion sense. She charged through her lurid wardrobe, plumbing new depths of tackiness with each outfit.

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

    Mariah to co-star with Lou Diamond Phillips in film

    According to the Summit Daily News, actor Lou Diamond Phillips will be co-starring alongside Mariah Carey in the romantic comedy The Sweet Science, which begins production in November.

    Source: Pop Dirt


    SEPTEMBER 12, 2003 9:45PM
    New York City to charm Mariah

    With her incredible glass-shattering seven-octave range, Mariah Carey remains one of the most talented singers in all of modern music. This sexy singer was born and raised on Long Island, but with worldwide sales exceeding 150 million albums, she's truly an international star.

    Despite her popularity, Carey doesn't play New York City that often, which makes this performance in support of her recent album "Charmbracelet" so special. For this homecoming concert, expect plenty of vocal gymnastics as the singer covers her many No. 1 hit ballads and pop tunes and demonstrates her credible hip-hop skills. If Busta Rhymes is in town next week, don't be surprised if the man drops in to the Music Hall as Carey's special guest. Tickets for this show range from $50 to $130.

    Source: New York Post | The Mariah Carey Organization

    Plenty Of Nelly

    There's a new No. 1 song on Billboard's Rhythmic Top 40 chart, as "Shake Ya Tailfeather" by Nelly, P. Diddy and Murphy Lee assumes command. It's Nelly's fifth chart-topper on this list, the fourth for Diddy and the first for Lee.

    Nelly has more No. 1 titles than any other male artist in the history of this chart, and is tied with Mariah Carey and TLC, who also have five No. 1s each. Diddy is tied for second place among all artists, with Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez.

    Source: Billboard Magazine

    Mariah Carey with KVIL Winners

    Several lucky listeners of the Texan radio station KVIL won concert tickets and backstage passes to meet Mariah Carey! Click here to view the pictures of this special event.

    Source: KVIL Online | Shayne

    Mariah's Fan Map

    Here's a message we received from Undray: "GlobalDust.com maps out where any musician's fans are all over the world to see where their fanbase is and how big it is in different parts of the world! So far Mariah has only 13 fans listed! Some people like Bon Jovi have over 200! We all need to go register for free and get Mariah in the top 10 list for most fans worldwide!"

    Source: Undray


    SEPTEMBER 11, 2003 4:40PM
    A woman of style

    If Mariah Carey looked good in her costumes, all eight of them, last night at the Tower Theatre, it was Blair Levin who helped make it happen.

    Levin, a 1988 grad of Cherry Hill East High with a master's in fashion design from Drexel, has been Carey's personal stylist for three years, and costumed the singer and her two dozen singers and dancers from head to toe. (The tour stops again at Atlantic City's Trump Taj Mahal on Sept. 20.)

    How'd she get the job? "I was in the right place at the right time," says Levin, who knew Carey's previous stylist.

    "She's really sweet," Levin says of the boss. "You couldn't do what I do if you didn't like the person. My job's 24 hours a day. She loves clothes [short skirts, tight jeans, tank tops], and she loves to dress up." And travel. The L.A.-based Levin hasn't had a day off this year. Later this month, she'll accompany Carey and company when the tour goes to Europe.

    While Levin won't spill Carey's sizes, she did let on that she works with a minimum heel height of 4 inches.

    Source: The Philadelphia Inquirer

    Mariah Makes Worst Dressed People List

    Actresses Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Aniston, and Halle Berry took top honors in People magazine's best dressed of 2003 special issue on Thursday, with singers Britney Spears, Lil' Kim and Mariah Carey getting a thumbs down for fashion disasters.

    Source: Yahoo! News

    Lucie S. impresses Mariah, called for encore

    Local stylist Lucie S. has attracted a loyal clientele to her upstairs space at Harvey C. Salon, but she also prettifies the rich and famous.

    Songbird Mariah Carey experienced pampering à la Lucie last week at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach.

    In South Florida for her Charmbracelet tour, Carey looks every inch the star, Lucie S. says. "Her skin was flawless, like silk. She looks more beautiful in person than in her pictures."

    Lucie began Carey's two-hour pedicure with a soak in water infused with green tea and lavender aromatherapy extract, and followed it with a green-tea exfoliant and sea-salt massage.

    To soothe Carey's hard-working gams (have you seen the heels she favors?), Lucie applied a therapeutic mask of Dead Sea mud and wrapped her feet in hot towels.

    Carey was so pleased that the next day she summoned Lucie to her suite for more -- a paraffin wax hand treatment, more green tea exfoliant, rose-oil massage and a manicure.

    For the non-divas among us, Lucie S. (also known as Lucie Soussana) will continue to craft her cut-and-color magic at Harvey C., on the corner of Olive Avenue and Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach.

    Source: Palm Beach Post

    Tour Updates

    Reviews of Mariah's performance from Boston have been added to our Charmbracelet World Tour micro-site, in addition to added reviews and pictures from San Diego and setlist changes.

    Source: Alexsander | Pure Imagination


    SEPTEMBER 10, 2003 4:18PM
    Birthday Girls meet Mariah in Dallas

    Heaven, a dedicated and long term Mariah fan, along with her friend Erin, celebrated her birthday with true style and great surprise. Not only was she going to see her idol live in concert and meet her backstage in Dallas, Texas, but she was also presented with a very special gift before the festivities began: an exact replica of Mariah's very own charm bracelet! Don't be fooled by the picture above because that's not Mariah's hand; it's Heaven's! Notice the striking similarities? For more information and pictures of this special event, click here.

    Mariah's wings clipped at Logan

    Dippy diva Mariah Carey's two private jets - one, we're told, for her luggage - were grounded for a few hours at Logan International Airport yesterday afternoon after mechanical glitches.

    Mariah, who had previously sampled the eats at Davio's, repaired to Bricco in the North End to wait out the repairs. Carey's "Charmbracelet'' tour is due to shake things up in Upper Darby, Pa., tonight.

    Source: Boston Herald

    Mariah Carey Dines In Boston

    The Boston Herald reports Mariah Carey was spotted chowing on spinach salad, porcini pasta and beef filet at Trattoria a Scalinatella ahead of her performance at Wang Theatre on Monday night.

    Source: Pop Dirt

    Carey mostly glitter, some substance

    Although the flame burned consistently, Mariah never quite caught fi-ah last night at the Wang Theatre.

    Carey gave her all in a solid B set that ran just shy of two hours. But the admirably gracious Long Island diva often ceded the focus from her powerhouse pipes to the glitzy business of a show packed with the eye candy of eight clingy costumes, 10 dancers, four singers, five band members, one clown/mime/dancer and a parade of set pieces recalling a circus and backstage at the Moulin Rouge. If this is downsizing, then the format for the arena shows originally planned for this tour must have been ambitious, indeed.

    Part of the problem was the show never really found a satisfying groove to balance the 33-year-old singer's sassy, hip-hop-spiked dance tunes and her facile yet effectively soaring adult contemporary ballads. Curiously, much of the crowd - including many shrieking, sign-waving, flower-offering diehards - refused to rise to dance to the former, remaining seated for the buoyant "Honey'' for instance, and wildly applauded the latter, especially those stratospheric high notes. This crowd was making Carey work.

    And work she did, bouncing onto the stage through the audience to the playful rhythms of "Heartbreaker'' descending from the ceiling to belt out "Subtle Invitation'' while preening atop a grand piano in an anything but subtle curve-hugging silver minidress, skittering around with ultra-girly aplomb in towering heels while skewering Eminem and her former overly demanding handlers with her song "Clown,'' and earnestly promising everyone in the crowd that they could realize their inner hero.

    That triumph-through-perseverance narrative so rampant in her writing is her own story, of course. And Carey reminded the crowd of that.

    The first was the piano ballad "My Saving Grace,'' which features Carey's best-written lyrics on her survival theme and the song's gospel underpinnings shone through in a poignant vocal, aided by video tracing her trajectory from childhood to her recent breakdown and beyond. (Alas, there were no clips from her film flop "Glitter.'') She then sweetly sang cute intros for each of her band members - whom she clearly appreciates in a very welcome and un-divalike show of gratitude - and then really let her guard down for a comfortable duet with back-up singer Trey Lorenz on the Jackson 5 hit "I'll Be There.''

    Carey brought it all home with "Hero.''

    Source: Boston Herald | Gary

    For Carey, the glory's gone but the glitter lives on

    Mariah Carey knows how to make an entrance: sweeping down the aisle of the Wang Theatre, all golden curls and glittering minidress, surrounded by a throng of mock paparazzi aiming blinding flashes at her every twitch and turn.

    Once upon a time it was enough to walk on stage and sing. It's never pretty when a diva reaches the point when her diva-ness must be announced. Carey was the biggest-selling female performer of the '90s, when she and Whitney and Celine presided over the musical cosmos with glossy dance tunes and big-money ballads. Tastes have changed, though, and now Beyonce and Ashanti rule the roost. "Charmbracelet,'' Carey's ninth disc and the album she's touring behind, is the worst of her career, revealing a voice no longer capable of either gravity-defying gymnastics or soft coos. Carey's still got the superhuman high note - which she produced right out of the gate Monday during set opener "Heartbreaker'' - but frankly it sounded more like she was whistling through her ear than singing music.

    Carey is quite capable, however, of hiring four backup singers to fill in the vocal blanks, 10 dancers to interpret the subtext of "Through the Rain'' and "My All,'' a tasty five-piece band, an acrobatic master of ceremonies, and as many stylists as it takes to pour her into silver tube dresses and satin gym shorts. And though the new material is genuinely vapid (Carey's cover of Def Leppard's "Bringin' on the Heartbreak'' is the best song on the album, a scary thing in both concept and execution), some of the singer's earlier material was genuinely appealing: "Dream Lover,'' with its infectious soul-pop groove; sweet, jaunty "Always Be My Baby''; the showstopper "Vision of Love,'' where Carey dared the evening's only ambitious vocal licks. They were mostly in tune.

    She's only 33. Aging can't explain this thin vestige of the elastic, full-bore belter. Maybe the personal and professional disasters are to blame. Public meltdowns on "TRL'' and suicidal ramblings on her website, the stupendously awful film "Glitter,'' Virgin Records paying her many millions of dollars to go away, and finally a full-blown breakdown are enough to tatter both the spirit and the vocal cords. Yet the former is intact - Carey never let us forget it - and so is her devoted core of fans. The Wang audience seemed to love her that much more for her troubles, which have inspired a triumph-in-the-face-of-adversity theme that infuses new songs and stage patter with a relentlessly inspirational tone.

    "Is anyone out there reaching for a dream?'' Carey inquired before singing "Make It Happen.'' She introduced the faith-based "My Saving Grace'' as her life story set to music, and thanked the crowd - many of whom brought flowers, stuffed animals, and signs pledging their allegiance - for sticking with her through "the ups, the downs, and the dramas.'' Carey worked hard during her nearly two-hour show to reward them, delivering songs with as much feel as she could muster, constantly touching hands, and shuffling about the stage as enthusiastically as her towering spike-heeled sandals would allow. She stepped right off the stage during the set-closing "Hero'' and into the masses of loving fans, who reached out to her with a poignant mix of worship and sympathy.

    Source: Boston Globe

    Mariah Carey Saves The Music

    In a gesture bound to make two fans quite happy, Mariah Carey and her record label are auctioning off a pair of front-row seats for her September 18 concert at New York's Radio City Music Hall with proceeds going to VH1's music education initiative, Save the Music.

    The tickets, along with a handful of other auction items, are listed on eBay's Save the Music page, and bids are accepted through September 13.

    Also up for grabs are an autographed microphone used by the singer on a "The Early Show" appearance, an autographed edition of her full CD catalog and autographed publicity photos. Carey's artist page on VH1.com has detailed explanations of the items and links to the bidding pages.

    Carey's latest video is for "Bringin' On the Heartbreak," her cover of the classic Def Leppard tune. On September 27, her tour takes her to Russia with shows scheduled at the Kremlin Palace in Moscow.

    Source: VH1 News

    New York City Fan Gathering

    Kelly, Undray and Meghan have decided to combine fan gathering plans for the Radio City Music Hall concert in New York City on September 18th. Below are the final, confirmed plans:

    Before the concert: Meet around 2:30pm to get to know the other fans and eat at TGI Friday’s, which is less than a 4-minute walk from Radio City Music Hall. Click here for directions.

    At 5:00pm, everyone is to meet at the MTV Studios, directly across from TGI Friday’s for the taping of Total Request Live and to support Mariah. From there, you’ll head over to Radio City Music Hall at 7:00pm.

    After the concert: Meet outside the venue, under the Radio City Music Hall sign, directly after the show is over. This event is for those who aren’t invited to the meet and greet. From there, the fans will decide where they will go or what they want to do.

    If you plan on attending the fan gathering before the concert, please email Undray at AgentMDunce@aol.com. He wants to have and idea of about how many people will attend, so reservations at TGI Friday’s can be made before the show. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Undray, or Kelly at ktowle@hotmail.com

    Source: Undray

    News Tidbits

    -- The latest fan site to open is called "Mariah's Fan-bracelet." Based on the hugely successful and largest-ever fan project of the same name, this site is all for the fans. There you will find information about gatherings, pen and chat pals, fan projects, fan artwork and wallpapers, links, and much more! Check it out at http://www.geocities.com/rlancto/fb.htm

    -- DeansPlanet.com has posted a poll asking who's hotter: Mariah Carey or Thalia? Of course we all know who to vote for, so please support our favorite singer by doing so!

    Source: Rian Lancto | Alex


    SEPTEMBER 9, 2003 8:11PM
    Mariah's eBay auction

    Mariah Carey and VH1's Save the Music Foundation are launching some amazing eBay auctions! The auctions began today at 4:00pm Eastern Standard Time and will continue until September 13th. All proceeds from these auctions will go to benefit VH1's Save The Music Foundation.

    The auction items include a pair of front row tickets to Mariah's concert at Radio City Music Hall, an autographed microphone used during Mariah's CBS Early Morning Show appearance, Mariah's entire CD catalog autographed, and two publicity photos that will be personally autographed to the auction winner.

    To bid on these Mariah Carey eBay auction items and to support a good cause, please visit stores.ebay.com/vh1savethemusicstore

    Chat Live with Mariah

    On September 22nd at 7:00pm Eastern Standard Time, Mariah will conduct the first ever Honey B. Fly chat. This chat is only open to members of Mariah's official fan club, Honey B. Fly. Those who are members will have a chance to submit their questions for Mariah on September 22nd after 11:00am EST and then Mariah will be answer them during the chat. Doors will open for the chat at 6:00pm EST. Be sure to visit mariahcareyfanclub.com to ask your question.

    Site Updates

    -- The five exclusive MariahDaily.com photos featured during our "Mariah-bration Week" have been added to the temporary photogallery

    -- Reviews of Mariah's concerts in Mashantucket and Boston have been added to our Charmbracelet World Tour micro-site, in addition to added pictures from Orlando and Fort Laurderdale

    -- Be sure to check out our newly-opened Internet section for links to other Mariah websites and much more!

    Source: Paul | Brizzman


    SEPTEMBER 9, 2003 5:04PM
    Mariah's Kiss-off of Kid brings on the Heartbreak

    It was a Fantasy come true for KISS-108 Music Director - and budding pop star - "Kid'' David Corey: A shot at opening for dippy diva Mariah Carey at her Wang Theatre gig last night. But, alas, all that Glitters is not gold! Because Mariah decided to disinvite Kid David because she felt his Meffa pop station was dissing her new single!

    "KISS didn't add her new release, 'Bringin' On The Heartbreak,' to the station's playlist,'' said Someone Who Knows. "So she told David not to bother to show up for the gig!''

    Talk about a Heartbreaker! Corey declined to dish. But our station spies say when he was first approached to open the show, he was told Mariah really liked his new single, "Now That I Love You,'' a romantic ballad getting a lot of airtime on KISS and other Boston stations.

    "If they had told him that the gig was conditional on him adding her song to the playlist, he would have said no,'' said our spy. "But that was never mentioned.''

    Corey, who hopes to launch a pop music career, wrote nine songs with Eliot Sloan of Blessid Union of Souls, and released a CD on his own.

    So Mariah probably figured that giving the budding artist a break would be good karma.

    Ah, no. Station sources say Corey and KISS got behind "Through the Rain,'' Carey's last single off the "Charmbracelet'' album, but it bombed.

    So they were reluctant to play the new one. "Nobody in the pop world is playing it, she's having a tough time,'' said our spy. "People don't think it's a hit and the prevailing wisdom is that Mariah's lost it.''

    Source: Boston Herald

    O.D.B. Taps Mariah For Encore

    Dirt McGirt, formerly known as Ol' Dirty Bastard, is getting plenty of help from people outside of his clique for his upcoming album. Swizz Beatz, the Neptunes, Mariah Carey ("We ain't worked yet, but we're getting ready to do it right now; another party joint," Dirty said of Carey), Busta Rhymes and Ludacris have either already laid tracks with McGirt or are about to.

    Source: VH1 News

    Mariah Hits Number One

    Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" has made it to #1 on Music More Music, the most popular music channel in Canada! Please continue to vote for Mariah at muchmoremusic.com. Together we can make Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" a worldwide smash!

    Source: Susanna

    Belle and Nae Nae Birthday Books

    MonarC Music recording artists Belle and Nae Nae, who opened for Mariah during the Asian leg of her 2003 Charmbracelet World Tour, are each celebrating their birthdays next month. The first-ever Belle and Nae Nae fan site, www.belleandnaenae.org, is organizing two fan books, one for each of the girls, which will include letters from admirers wishing them a happy birthday and encouraging them as their careers begin. If you would like to submit your letter, pictures, or review of their opening act performances from the Asian leg of the Charmbracelet Tour, contact info@belleandnaenae.org. All entries are due in by Sunday, September 14, 2003.

    Source: belleandnaenae.org


    SEPTEMBER 8, 2003 10:29PM
    The Wayne Brady Show

    Mariah appeared on The Wayne Brady Show earlier today in a taped interview from the backstage area of her concert in Los Angeles at the Universal Amphitheatre. Below are a few of the questions Wayne asked, along with the answers Mariah gave in reply to them.

    You’re quoted as saying, "I’m not vain. I’m insecure." You’re rich. You’re talented. You’ve got a wonderful career. What do you have to be insecure about? You know how you grow up thinking a certain way? It kind of can stay with you. I didn’t think I was the hip part of the scene when I was a little kid. I did not think I was a beauty queen. I grew up feeling very weird, very different – because of being multiracial and not looking like most of my friends. I was always feeling like I was an outsider. So I guess it just stuck with me. It’s one of those little inferiority complexes that stick with you.

    What kind of guy impresses Mariah Carey? I like a sense of humor, somebody that’s not a push-over type person; we don’t like that, and somebody that is successful in their own right, because otherwise you’re kind of carrying somebody else’s dead weight around. I should do a reality show to find true love. I would. How ridiculous would I be if I did that?

    I could produce it for you and be the host. But you need top-shelf guys: guys that represent the whole spectrum of male. Could we have it with people we’re gonna like? There could be some people on there who are other celebrities, maybe.

    Like governatorial candidate for California, Gary Coleman? I’m all about equal opportunity. Give him a buzz.

    I was browsing through your calendar. Tell us about this. We put this together for laughs one day on the beach. Honestly it was not a big ordeal. It was like a last minute decision.

    One of my favorite parts of your show was when you walked into the audience. You came down the stairs and you shook hands and hugged people. I have a close relationship with my fans. Sometimes people are like "It’s a little bit much: your relationship with your fans," but it’s really not because they are the ones that are always there and do keep me going. When I do a show and sing album cuts and they’re singing every lyric, every note back to me. That’s really impressive and it makes me feel really good as a songwriter. It’s like "Okay, they listened to that part that I agonized over. It was worth something."

    We have something we do on the show called Celebrity Sound Off. I’m going to ask you certain things and you give me the response that happens off the top of your head.

    What’s your take on Demi and Ashton? I think it’s like everybody’s into the celebrity dating thing right now and everybody’s fascinated by them. So hopefully they’re happy.

    Martha Stewart: guilty or innocent? Oh I can’t be saying who’s guilty or not. I don’t know. I barely turn on the TV. I’m like, "What happened? I thought she cooked."

    Who will still be around in ten years: Christina Aguilera or Britney Spears? Well, I mean, we would hope they’d both be around somewhere, right?

    Is it wrong to buy clothes and return them after you wear them? I think if somebody feels the need that they really need a new outfit and didn’t have the money and they don’t get caught…I mean, it’s not illegal. If it’s not against the law, I don’t think it’s wrong, because everybody’s gotta live, you know? I probably did that when I was in high school.

    Ruben Studdard or Clay Aiken? Well I don’t like to pick when it comes to singers because I start to feel bad. I hate to do that because if I’m watching TV and someone goes "Mariah or whoever?" and they pick the other person and I see them and they’re nice to me I’d be like "Well you picked so-and-so instead of me."

    Source: Mariah Daily


    SEPTEMBER 8, 2003 4:07PM
    Charmed Carey won't clam up

    Since many of the female contestants on "American Idol'' clearly see Mariah Carey as their American idol, it's a little surprising that Carey herself hasn't seen Fox's little talent contest.

    "I have never even watched the show. Isn't that bad of me?'' asks Carey with a throaty laugh. Especially naughty when you consider her former bass player and current arranger Randy Jackson is one the judges.

    "When it started, I was in Capri making the 'Charmbracelet' album and Randy was like, 'Man M, you've gotta watch the show, dawg! You're not going to believe it!' '' she says, doing a perfect Jackson impression on the phone from a tour stop in Nagoya, Japan. "I love Randy. He really is one of the nicest people I know.''

    Carey - who reassures us that she is taking her vitamins and getting her rest - comes to the Wang Theatre tonight on the "Charmbracelet'' tour and is looking forward to playing the smaller confines of the theater as opposed to the cavernous arenas of past tours.

    "It was cool because people got to see me and got to listen to my voice as opposed to some hype-y, hoopla-ish thing,'' she says of the pyrotechnics and glitz demanded by arenas. In theaters, Carey says, she can focus on singing. "We have different fun things, but it's more of a cabaret-type, very intimate feeling.''

    Of course, the last time Carey was supposed to play Boston, she got sidelined by some bad shellfish and ended up at Mass. General instead of the Fleet Center.

    So when the diva is told she might want to lay off the clams this time, she laughs and says, "I will. You don't have to tell me that one twice.''

    Source: Boston Herald

    Mariah Reminds Crowd How Talented She Is

    Mariah Carey can sing. Let's rephrase that — Mariah Carey can sang.

    I would never lump myself into the “fan” category, but after her performance Saturday night at Fox Theatre, I can honestly say that I am no longer a hater, but an appreciator.

    Admittedly, everyone got fed up hearing about Mariah Carey's drama with her record label and her less than stellar debut on the big screen with “Glitter.” Some of us might even have felt bad when she entered a clinic two years ago to be treated for exhaustion, but there was always that “What now?” thought when more news emerged about the thousand-octave vocalist.

    None of that mattered when she hit the stage. Or should I say moseyed through the crowd and sashayed onto stage. She emerged from a side door and to the delight of her fans, touched hands and waved, while a half-dozen dancers and an equal number of security guards kept pace.

    As part of her “Charmbracelet” world tour, Carey performed an 80-minute set at Foxwoods' small venue, but she didn't leave the big-time show production at the door. The sound system was amazing, her back-up singers were phenomenal, the musicians were off the chain and the three huge screens gave the audience a sharp picture of a handful of videos and close-ups of her ever-changing outfits –– including the barely-there opening outfit, a dress so short that the two girls sitting next to me gasped when Carey dared to cross her leg.

    “Heartbreaker” was the first number and Carey immediately launched into those high notes that could break glass, maybe as confirmation that she was, in fact, back. But there was never any question of that. “Dream Lover” had the same vocal range, which she hit with little effort, before segueing into “Through the Rain,” the first single off her recent album.

    She came out in a short, blue Oriental print dress for “Honey,” where she did her first bit of dancing. Let's just say Carey is definitely a singer; she doesn't dance well and shouldn't have to, but she tried, nonetheless. A sexy hip gyration, done in a pair of cutoff shorts to “I Know What You Want,” sent up howls from the audience.

    To pay homage to her supporters, instead of simply naming them, Carey used an impromptu melody to introduce the band and singers. At one point, she sang the phrase “Skinny heifers” to a nice melody when telling a story about one of her singers chewing out several admirers of her man, who happens to have a wandering eye.

    For the encore –– she sang “Hero” and a few bars from “Butterfly” – Carey emerged in a glittery, gold floor-length gown that was adorned with feathers from the waist down. The dress was beautiful and marked a fitting end to an excellent show. Carey performed more than a dozen songs and utilized a stellar band and talented dancers and singers to keep the audience entertained.

    Billed as an “intimate evening” for those attending the show, at $82.50 for the least expensive seat, it was money well spent.

    Source: The Day Publishing Company

    Carey's show festooned with theatrical shenanigans

    Quick: List every performance-art cliché you can think of. Mariah Carey probably had it covered in her concert at Foxwoods Saturday night.

    A colorfully jacketed figure painting a picture of Carey as two dancers spun next to him? Check. Men on stilts, tugging another dancer around like a marionette while Carey sang "Clown"? Check. Carey getting wheeled out on a piano festooned with pink butterflies during "Subtle Invitation?" Check. Had she covered herself in chocolate, or introduced three breakdancing elephants during a song --- let's say "My All" -- she might have gotten away with it.

    Despite the shenanigans, or maybe because of them, Carey was a distant presence during the 90-minute concert. At points she was barely on stage, spending perhaps a minute before the crowd on "I Know What You Want," dueting with a video of Busta Rhymes before doing a little inelastic dancing and disappearing behind the curtain for one of six costume changes. It was ironic for a concert billed as "One Intimate Evening," though after the clown performance, maybe a little distance is good.

    Carey's voice still has its mountainous range, and she hit the dog-summoning notes that made her famous throughout the concert. But her stiffness made it impossible to convey emotion, and on songs like "Subtle Invitation," she seemed to pile on the notes as a substitute for feeling.

    The spectacle was distracting enough: when Carey wasn't losing the lyrics in her vocal jackhammering, she was opening songs like "Honey" with her dancers pole-fighting in a manner more reminiscent of Robin Hood and Little John than contemporary pop. Worse, she was in awkward positions for some off her torch songs: Carey sang "Through the Rain," a ballad about survival, seated in a chair with her legs crossed and holding her microphone as if it were about to bite her.

    Carey did loosen up for the show-closing "Fantasy" and "Make It Happen," jumping around the stage with a look of actual joy. And in her encore of "Hero," left with just her band and her back-up singers, Carey poured enough heart into the pixie-stick lyrics to make you wonder what the show could have been if she left the circus at home and went for real intimacy.

    Source: Norwich Bulletin


    SEPTEMBER 7, 2003 9:00PM
    Tour Section Updates

    -- The Pictures (Dallas, Orlando), Reviews (Houston, Orlando, Ft. Lauderdale, Tampa) & Setlist pages have been updated in the Charmbracelet Tour Section.

    -- Jason would like to gather up a fan meeting before the show on Sept. 23rd, please e-mail him if you'd like to participate.

    Source: Kathie | Brendan | Lyn | Mary Kay Nichols | Jeanette | Robert | Eddy | Mame

    'The Remixes' Tracklist

    Mariah Carey
    The Remixes
    2003 Sony
    Release date : Oct 14, 2003

    Tracklist:
    1. My All Morales "My" Club Mix
    2. Heartbreaker/"If You Should Ever Be Lonely" Junior's Heartbreaker Club Mix
    3. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise) Fly Away Club Mix
    4. Anytime You Need A Friend C&C Club Version
    5. Fantasy Def Club Mix
    6. Honey Classic Mix
    7. Dreamlover Def Club Mix
    8. Emotions 12" Club Mix
    9. Through The Rain HQ2 Radio Edit
    10. Fantasy Feat. O.D.B.
    11. Always Be My Baby Mr. Dupri Mix featuring Da Brat and Xscape
    12. My All/Stay Awhile So So Def Remix Featuring Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz
    13. Thank God I Found You Make It Last Remix
    14. Breakdown (Featuring Krayzie Bone & Wish Bone) Album Version
    15. Honey So So Def Mix Featuring Da Brat & JD Loverboy Remix
    16. Heartbreaker Remix
    17. Sweetheart Album Version
    18. Crybaby Album Version
    19. Miss You
    20. The One So So Def Remix
    21. I Know What You Want Album Version

    Source: Artist Direct | Mariah Times

    2004 Mariah Calendars

    Check out this website for two new unofficial 2004 calendars of Mariah.

    Source: Janel | Calendar Empire

    "Behind The Scenes" Mariah Information

    -- After the Cleveland, Ohio concert, Tessa and Julie got to hang out with Mariah's crew at an afterparty at a nightclub. There, they found out interesting tidbits you might find somewhat entertaining, and Julie wrote them down:

    -Mariah doesn't party with her crew that much, especially on tour.
    -Trey likes to lead the whole entourage in songs during traveling (on the plane, etc.) and they all make fun of him for it!
    -They also make fun of Trey (in a joking way) for his "Florence, South Carolina" and "Fish Sandwich" deal. I forgot who it was, but one of them said "South Carolina? I'm from North Caronlina!" It was hilarious.
    -An additional Asian leg is in preparation, if only Mariah will give her consent. She's a little nervous about SARS b/c she's a clean freak. But other than that, it's in talks...I heard a mention of Hong Kong...I'm guessing she might do other cities in China and maybe some other countries.
    -Sam Sims, the bass player, also plays for Janet Jackson and some other artists. He was at her last tour, and he can be found on the Velvet Rope (HBO) DVD. He is also going to start his own gig in the future.
    -Mariah definitely leaves for her next stop right away after every concert. She doesn't usually stick around, but takes only some of her crew with her. They rest stay and party.
    -The Master of Ceremonies dancer (with the tophat) is the Elite Force dancer Ejoe who has been with Mariah since the Dreamlover video.
    -The crew flies to every tourdate rather than go on a bus.
    -They have a tour handbook that tells them all the rules as well as a schedule, and information about each tourstop, and where they stay, etc. One of the rules is "no drugs" and if they do it, they are personally held responsible, etc. etc.
    -The crew said their best US date so far was Chicago. Many of them said that Tokyo was amazing. Ejoe speaks a little Japanese (because he teaches dance there), and he got to translate for Mariah in Japan...so he said that was exciting for him.
    -Vernon "Ice" Black told us that all the band is a big fan of Mariah's music, which makes them dedicated enough to stick with her as long as they have. (Remember seeing Cousin Vern--guitar and Gigi Conaway--drums on the old Thanksgiving Special VHS playing football? They're still here.)
    "Overall, it was a really fun experience. We got to chat with a lot of them, and we hope to see them again someday!"

    -- Mariah and a group of her friends were spotted at Disney World recently, after her concert in Orlando, riding the new Epcot Mission: SPACE attraction. Shawn, a Mariah fan that works there, alerted his friend Jason by calling him after Mariah left. "Thanks for riding," Shawn said, while Mariah replied simply with "You're welcome." Shawn also told Jason that Mariah looked amazing and even more beautiful up close and personal! For more information about the Mission: SPACE ride, log on to disneyworld.com.

    Source: Julie | Jason

    Mariah on "Facing Fame"

    See the Show That Takes You from Fan to Fantasy
    Imagine living life as your favorite star: the glamorous clothes, the exclusive parties, the canoodling sessions with other stars--not to mention the chance to hang with certain selected E! employees...

    Well, imagine no more (and you really don't have to imagine that last part at all). Why? Because now you can you can live the life, with a new E! special called Facing Fame. This fabulous new show takes lucky E! viewers and makes them over in the spittin', struttin', sumpin'-sumpin' images of their favorite stars, like Britney Spears, Tom Cruise and Mariah Carey. Sporting new clothes, makeup and hair, we then set them loose on the town. How awesome is that? Because you know we didn't get them all dolled up just to stay at home! No way!

    Facing Fame brings fans all the way into a star's world by sending them out to see what it's like when people think they have a star in their midst. You won't believe what happens! And stay tuned for upcoming episodes which feature other fans, other stars and other hilarious antics.

    Tune in, and see what it's like to live life as a star.

    Episode 3: Mariah Carey

    Premieres: Sept. 7, 10:30 p.m.
    Encores: Sept. 8, 1:30 a.m., 8:30 p.m.

    Source: Nacho | E! Online

    Tia Texada Speaks About Mariah

    In the latest issue of "Stepping Out" magazine, Tia Texada (Roxanne in "Glitter") talks about the film and working with Mariah. Here's the excerpt from the interview:

    Q: Let's change the subject. Let's talk about the Mariah Carey film "Glitter." What the hell were you thinking when you signed on for it?
    A: Here's the thing. I had just finished making "Nurse Betty" and it hadn't come out yet. So I was waiting for my next film role. Nobody knew my work yet, so I had to audition and audition for that part in "Glitter." I actually worked hard for that part! That's what is so funny about it. I was actually excited. I loved Mariah Carey's voice and I thought this was going to be a great project. Plus, I was going to get to show off my dancing. What a great opportunity, I thought.

    Q: So rationally, you thought the film has to be a hit.
    A: You would think! But let me just tell you, it was a disaster from the time I got there. It was just horrible. I wanted to quit, but I couldn't because when you're in, you're in. I would call my manager every day, trying to get myself off the film. I was so new and I thought you had to listen to what you were told. People would say, "You have to wear this!" and I would just say, "Well I don't want to wear that!" But everyone, including Mariah Carey said, "You have to wear what we give you or you're fired!" She did not want any of us to look good!

    Q: I smell a Mariah-bashing coming on!
    A: Let me just tell you that I wasn't allowed to show any of my body in this movie because she would not allow it. It's too bad because she's so beautiful and talented that she doesn't need to be that way. But she was very insecure. Everyone else I worked with, whether it was Colin Farrell, Chris Rock, Renee Zellweger, or Morgan Freeman, have all been so generous and easy to work with. But working with Mariah was really hard. She knows that I feel this way. When you work with actors, you have to make those around you who you're working with feel comfortable. But she tried to make us all feel horrible and it came out in the film. That's why the film was such a flop. In fact, she cut out all my dance moves. She said, "Sorry, but this movie is about my singing not your dancing." She just ruined the film.

    Q: What did you learn from the experience?
    A: Now I'm totally different on the set. If something is wrong, I'll be the first to speak up. Not in the diva way, but I'll tell people if I'm uncomfortable with something. It will never happen to me again. Ever! And if somebody treats me like Mariah did, then I won't talk to that person.

    Q: I have to ask you this. When something like that happens and you have a terrible experience like that, does it affect how you perceive them as talents? In other words, do you have trouble listening to Mariah's music now? Even the hit songs?
    A: (Yells) It's so funny that you said that! It's so interesting you said that because I truly feel that way! I think she's ultratalented and she's been through a lot and she's been sheltered a lot and we don't know her full story, but it really is harder for me to listen to her music! I have all her CDs and I don't think I've listened to any of them since that movie.

    Q: Keep in mind Mariah was on the verge of an emotional breakdown during the making of "Glitter." So maybe that had something to do with her attitude.
    A: You don't know what people are going through, that's true. But I will say that most of the other actors I worked with during my career have taken the time to be a professional and they didn't go out of their way to make the other actors on the set miserable. That's really why the film was a failure. The film never should have been released.

    Q: Well, on the bright side, "Glitter" is forever a cult classic.
    A: Do you know how many fans I have from that movie? I had a bunch of little girls following me around the airport the other day because they loved the movie.

    Q: The film that's so bad it's good.
    A: Yes! And I've learned from it, plus I made the biggest paycheck I've ever made on it as well! (Laughs) Sometimes the films you get the biggest payday from are the worst ones! It's a crazy system!

    Q: Aren't you glad I brought up "Glitter"?
    A: I know, and it's brought up all the time! It used to really agitate me because it was such a negative experience. In fact, when I finished the film, I quit acting for three months because I had had it! But now I just laugh about it.

    Q: Every famous actor has their own "Glitter" story.
    A: Exactly. I just hope that's my only one!

    Source: Neil | Stepping Out


    SEPTEMBER 6, 2003 9:10PM
    Pictures & Magazines Update

    Recent scans from "In Touch", "Daily Sport", "Arizona Republic (Yes section)", "People Espanol" & "Star" magazines have been added to the Photogallery.

    In the September 8, 2003 issue of "Jet" Magazine, "The Week's Best Photo" goes to Mariah Carey! It is a picture of her at her sold-out concert at the Universal Amphiteatre in Los Angeles.

    Source: Alex | mcfanatic | Louise | Janel | Brajor

    Already Famous: Mariah

    Billy Bush spent a little time this summer on the road in our new series on Access Hollywood, he will takes you beyond the velvet rope and behind the closed doors. Our series relies on virgin camera work and boasts unprecedented "access." First up was Mariah Carey: 'Diva Las Vegas'...

    Click here to watch the clip from Access Hollywood.

    Source: Access Hollywood

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    Source: MariahCarey.com

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    Message from a fan

    Dear Mariah Fans,
    As a lot of Honey B Fly members know My mother is very ill and in danger of dying. She has had many, many health issues and now her heart is bad on top of it. Monday morning she will be going into surgery for a bypass. The reason you are reading this is because my 13 yr old brother and I are deeply touched from the many, many touching e-mails and posts I have been receiving from Mariah Fans. Lambs, that don't even know my last name nor have never met me or my brother. Your prayers and kind words are appreciated and I deeply thank everyone for being so supportive. Mariah is the base of unity and to see everyone embrace each other in a time of need makes me smile in such a hard time in my life. Mariah has been my foundation, inspiration and healer through many situations in my life including my mothers many issues. I thank you all so very much for everything and you all are appreciated so much.
    Thank You for your prayers and words of sympathy.
    "I've grown numb to the madness and blocked it away, I left the worst unsaid let it all dissipate and I try to forget orange clouds roll bye, still I feel like A child as I look at the moon; maybe I grew up a little too soon" - Mariah Carey
    God Bless all of you,
    Leo Porter and Jonathan Porter
    P.S.- Please take a minute and tell everyone that you love how much they mean to you because you never know that one day you might not have that chance.


    SEPTEMBER 5, 2003 3:41PM
    Carey Offers Innovative Show

    Mariah Carey may identify herself as the "Butterfly" -- it's the name of one of her bestselling albums and light-forms in the shape of butterflies cascade down on her in concert.

    And yes, she was like a butterfly Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center, emerging from a cocoon of tribulations to show the true colors of her talent.

    But for much of the night on her first tour in three years, Carey was more the soaring phoenix, a proud performer emerging from the ashes of private and professional setbacks to reach her previous heights once again.

    Carey's arrival for the twohour show -- in which she walked down an aisle to emerge from the audience -set the tone for the rest of the night.

    With an imaginative set design and a backing group of five musicians, 10 dancers and four backup singers, Carey not only showcased a wondrous fiveoctave vocal range but also dabbled with invention and innovation.

    With 15 No. 1 hits to her credit (more than any other female singer and more than any other performer in history besides Elvis Presley and The Beatles), she had plenty of firepower to draw from. She delivered several of those hits in crowd-pleasing fashion, including "Make It Happen," "I'll Be There" "Dreamlover" and "Hero."

    On "My Own" from "Butterfly," the 1997 album she called her favorite, Carey sang at stage front with a slow-burn sensuality, before the song exploded into bouncing tempos that featured eight of her dancers.

    She also peppered the 18-song setlist with tunes from her latest album, "Charmbracelet," her first since a widely publicized split from EMI Records and after checking herself into a hospital because of a breakdown.

    In concert, such songs from the new album as "Through the Rain" and "My Saving Grace" sparkled onstage with upbeat lyrics of perseverance and redemption.

    And on "Bringin' on the Heartbreak," a Def Leppard cover she also recorded for the album, Carey's vocals lifted the song from its staccato-rock roots into the paean of loss it was meant to be.

    But she made room in her setlist for such twists as singing along with a video of "I Know What You Want," in which Busta Rhymes' projected face looked out at the audience from a backing curtain while Carey performed her part of the duet live and in an outfit from the video.

    And instead of stopping the musical flow to introduce her backing performers as most would do, Carey, the effervescent songbird, sang them musically.

    In contrast to any suggestion of haughty diva-ness, the 33-yearold Carey was giving and appreciative of her singers, allowing them to shine on a song of their own and in "I'll Be There," her Jackson 5 cover that featured singer Trey Lorenz.

    The crowd of 2,261 (with a capacity of about 2,500) responded accordingly, giving the singer an enthusiastic reaction that was earned and deserved.

    Carey may be pop's reigning butterfly, but in Tampa she spread her wings and flew as only a true soaring songstress could.

    "I feel good where I'm at right now on many levels -- physically, emotionally, spiritually, musically and just in my heart," Carey told Us Weekly in December. "And I realize that life is too short not to celebrate every day."

    Source: The Ledger Online

    Pop phenom of '90s following her star

    For Mariah Carey, life seems to be one of either extreme highs or extreme lows.

    The highs are being a Grammy-winning singer who was the only artist to have a No. 1 hit every year in the '90s.

    The lows are being a pop star who did a striptease of sorts on MTV's "Total Request Live" in July 2001 and who appeared flighty and spaced out on "Cribs" last year.

    The highs are having more No. 1 hits than any female artist in history and more than anyone except for the Beatles and Elvis Presley.

    The lows are a failed marriage, losing the biggest record deal in history and a physical and emotional breakdown. She spent a few weeks in a Connecticut hospital to recover.

    Oh, and then there's "Glitter." Her 2001 semi-autobiographical film that critics unmercifully panned.

    Needing to resuscitate her career and image, Carey released her 12th album, "Charmbracelet," late last year. While it may not be the all-out comeback she and many of her supporters hoped for, it has stopped the 32-year-old diva's descent that began in 2001.

    Since July, Carey has been on the road performing in smaller theaters compared to all-out arena shows. Saturday, she brings the tour to the Fox Theatre at Foxwoods Resort Casino.

    Speculation was that Carey decided on the smaller venues due to slow ticket sales at larger arenas.

    "My fans want to see me in this type of setting, as opposed to an impersonal venue where they miss half of what's being said onstage and the sound is all boomy," Carey said in an interview with The Arizona Republic. "So it's my decision to do that. I can play arenas if I want; that's not the question."

    The question may be: Can Carey's career ever again reach the highs it did in the '90s. Before Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera and all the other teen acts emerged in the latter part of the decade, there was Mariah.

    With the glass-shattering voice and model looks, Carey became a surefire hit-maker. It began with her 1990 self-titled debut album that included four No. 1 hits with "Vision of Love," "Someday," "Love Takes Time" and I Don't Wanna Cry." She went on to win two Grammys for Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist.

    The title track from her second album, "Emotions," made it five straight No. 1 singles for the Long Island native.

    Everything Carey touched turned to gold -- or platinum -- when it came to her album sales. Her "MTV Unplugged" album produced another No. 1 hit with Carey's cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." Her 1993 "Music Box" CD included the still popular song "Hero."

    That same year, Carey married recording giant Tommy Mottola. When the two divorced in 1997, it not only changed Carey's personal life, but her career also took a turn.

    Instead of the innocent pop queen who could belt out the ballads, Carey's music became more hip-hop and she began showing more of her physical assets in her videos.

    In 2001, she left Sony and signed a four-album, $80-million deal with Virgin. The first record of the deal was "Glitter," the soundtrack to her movie. Not only did the movie flop (making $5 million), but the album was released on September 11, 2001. Remarkably, it still went platinum.

    "I think that the lesson I learned from being involved with ("Glitter') was that you don't do something just because it's what everybody says you should do," Carey, who is currently single, told The Arizona Republic. "You don't have to just play a singer and be in some homogenized Hollywood situation because people tell you it's the right thing to do. I learned a lesson that it's all about art and all about doing what's going to be the best thing for you as an artist, creatively."

    The best thing for Carey and Virgin was to part ways just one year into the deal. Virgin bought out the contract in January 2002, paying Carey $28 million. Later that year, Carey signed with Island Def Jam. She received a four-album deal, $20 million and her own label, Monarc.

    "Charmbracelet" is the first album for Carey under the Island Def Jam label. The CD's first single, "Through The Rain," is a ballad that sounds like Carey during her early career. The album also has hip-hop elements, including "You Got Me," which features Jay-Z.

    "The experience of making this record was so cathartic for me," Carey said to The Arizona Republic. "Just being honest with the lyrics and singing from my heart on songs like 'My Saving Grace' and 'Sunflowers For Alfred Roy' -- which I wrote for my father after he passed away last year -- songs that I needed to write. I needed to sing those songs and that's why I did it."

    Even Carey's acting career has a pulse after she received positive reviews for role in the independent film "Wisegirls." She played a drug-dealing waitress from Staten Island.

    Whether Carey continues the upward momentum from the album and movie remains to be seen.

    "I feel good where I'm at right now on many levels -- physically, emotionally, spiritually, musically and just in my heart," Carey told Us Weekly in December. "And I realize that life is too short not to celebrate every day."

    Source: Norwich Bulletin

    'American Idol' Bans Songs for Next Show

    People magazine reports contestants will not be allowed to sing certain songs from artists like Bruce Springsteen, Mariah Carey, Carly Simon and James Taylor.

    Fox won't give an official reason why, but a source says acquiring the television rights to the song can be difficult or expensive. Another song that's banned is "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys. Sharp-tongued judge Simon Cowell says there's a simple reason for banning that one: The judges have heard it a million times.

    Source: Yahoo! News


    SEPTEMBER 4, 2003 12:56PM
    Discovering the dimensions of her muse

    A few minutes into the 10-minute interview Mariah Carey granted recently to promote her "intimate" theater tour, the vocalist with the skyscraper pipes explained the hip-hop forays on her current Charmbracelet this way: "I am not a cardboard cutout that stands up on stage and sings 'Hero' every day. . . . I'm a multidimensional person. I grew up listening to hip-hop, and it was important to me to share more sides of myself."

    Carey, whose career stats include an incredible 15 No. 1 singles, said that her approach to music-making changed after Glitter, the 2001 movie and soundtrack bomb that was followed by a run of physical and mental problems - first labeled exhaustion, then described as a "nervous breakdown." She formed her own label, the Def Jam-distributed MonarC Records, and began writing with several established hip-hop producers (including Philly's own Andre Harris and Vidal Davis), with the desire to exert more control over the final product.

    "In the past, I'd have to give the songs to the record company people and producers, who would then sometimes homogenize them," Carey said. "I learned I could be more involved, and recognized what was happening on the industry level - basically that I wanted to grow and a lot of people wanted me to stay the same."

    For Carey, the tour, her first in three years, represents another stage in her embrace of independence. She's invited those attending the shows to request songs from Charmbracelet and Butterfly at her Web site, mariah-carey.com. "I know when I go to a show, I get annoyed when the artist doesn't perform songs I really want to hear," Carey said.

    The 33-year-old singer, who's been both role model and competition for the wave of young female pop singers led by Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera, considers Charmbracelet her most personal record, partially because it followed the protracted battle with stress and mental illness.

    "I feel like we go through everything as a life lesson, and it was just my time to learn. I'm grateful for the fact I've gone through things. I had a difficult childhood, I've had difficulties in my career that people don't know about. A couple of years ago, it got very public and pretty distorted, and one way of addressing it was the honesty I put into the lyrics of this record. And the honesty that I think comes through in my singing."

    She mentioned "My Saving Grace," a gospel ballad, as one example of this honesty: "It's like my background singers tell me during 'My Saving Grace,' they say it feels like we're going to church. To me that's important. I've grown comfortable letting loose and expressing like that again. It's been a while."

    Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

    Carey Keys In On Satisfying Performance

    Even the mayor came out for Mariah Carey's first Tampa concert. Carey received the key to the city from Mayor Pam Iorio early in her set Wednesday night at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center's Carol Morsani Hall.

    Among the sold-out crowd of 2,261 was Iorio's daughter Caitlin, whom the mayor identified as Carey's biggest fan.

    If so, Caitlin had some competition - shrill cries of "I love you, Mariah!'' punctuated the set from beginning to end.

    Carey's career has seemed on the ropes of late - a nervous breakdown, the flop of her film "Glitter,'' and this "Charmbracelet'' tour, which originally was planned for arenas.

    But Carey was anything but whipped Wednesday night, giving a commanding performance that suggests she's just a hit single away from regaining her status as pop music's queen.

    She made her entrance from the auditorium's floor and was escorted up the aisle to the stage while singing "Heartbreaker.'' She was clad in a spangled, pink-and-silver minidress, the first of many costumes.

    "Dreamlover'' was a lively rhythm- and-blues number, and "Through the Rain,'' a ballad about, as Carey said, "pressing on, perseverance,'' featured some of her trademark skyscraping high notes.

    A portion of the show billed as "The Marionette Show'' featured Carey singing "Clown'' and struck back at rapper Eminem, who slighted Carey in an interview.

    For "Subtle Invitation,'' Carey was suspended from the ceiling in a harness resembling angel's wings. With or without the special effects, the number was one of the highlights.

    The fast-paced show featured a crew of dancers, elaborate sets and plenty of video to illustrate the songs.

    Source: Tampa Tribune

    Mariah's Sexy Kilt

    Pop diva Mariah Carey can't wait to wow Scots fans with a special eye- popping kilt.

    Stunning Carey, 32, aims to wear the sexy gift, designed by world- famous kilt-maker Moira George, for her SECC gig in Glasgow on October 25.

    Moira, 34, from Portsoy, Morayshire, said: "I have come up with something a bit different." And Carey's agent said: "Mariah's really excited. It's just what she wanted."

    Source: The Mirror | Mariahs Web

    Carey's Collaboration Compilation?

    DefJam can't confirm any new releases from Mariah Carey. But there are hints that the singer will contribute songs to the soundtrack, "Sweet Science" - an up-coming romantic comedy in which Carey will also star.

    Additionally, the label hasn't ruled out releasing a duets compilation some time in the future -- pending negotiation with the diva's previous label, Sony Music.

    Such a release would contain tracks that Carey has previously recorded with artists including Whitney Houston, Boyz II Men, Brian McKnight, Trey Lorenz, Luther Vandross, 98 Degrees, Busta Rhymes, Westlife, and Jermaine Dupri. No word on whether unheard collaborations with Justin Timberlake and Sean Paul would be included. Carey is also tipped to collaborate with soul legend Stevie Wonder in the near future.

    In the meantime, ex-label Sony will continue to 'cash in' by releasing an album of Carey's best remixes on October 14.

    Source: Starlocity


    SEPTEMBER 4, 2003 10:50AM
    Pop diva lives up to image

    Mariah Carey may not be at the top of the charts these days, but you'd better believe she's still pop's reigning diva as she proved Wednesday to a nearly sold-out crowd at the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center.

    Carey, 33, was the best-selling female pop artist of the 1990s. Now she gets more press for her well-publicized nervous breakdown two years ago that followed a harrowing list of travails: the megaflop of her movie Glitter, the humiliation of having her record label Virgin spend $28-million to end her contract.

    Carey's recent material from last year's Charmbracelet is about triumph after tragedy. (Initially the tour was booked in arenas, but after dismal ticket sales, Carey began to play smaller venues.)

    Nearly 2,500 fans Wednesday got to see Carey in fine form. Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio presented the singer with a key to the city during the show. Fans didn't seem to mind that Carey went onstage 40 minutes late. Why would they? The singer's entrance was spectacular: With lights dimmed, the band began and Carey surprised the crowd by strutting in through one of the venue's side doors, singing Heartbreaker in a flood of spotlights and bodyguards.

    Carey's ensemble would have made Siegfried and Roy drool: a flashy fuchsia mini dress doused in sequins and heels that showcased her famous gams. But it's Carey's voice that made fans squeal. How many octaves does she command? Five? Six? Carey's voice trilled in the famous vocal acrobatics that have inspired too many American Idol contestants.

    Flanked by a troupe of dancers and four backing singers, Carey moved across the stage in feline grace, shimmying a bit, letting the professionals handle glitzier moves. The singer fares best when she's singing her spirited, hip-hop-flavored tunes. Carey sang Clown - a dig at ex-paramour Eminem? - in a circus atmosphere echoing "The Eminem Show," his last tour. The R&B jam Honey sounded fine, pumped by squishy old school synths and Carey's magnificent singing, and Carey sang with the video version of rapper Busta Rhymes on the duo's steamy I Know What You Want. Another highlight: Carey and singer Trey Lorenz dueting on her soulful rendition of I'll Be There by the Jackson 5.

    The ballads may be what fans clamor for, but they're bland. Carey's slow songs, like the tepid Through the Rain, are muddled by juvenile lyrics and formulaic arrangements. Here a wind chime, there a tastefully plucked acoustic guitar, now comes the bombastic drums and voila! The big crescendo. Carey even dropped to her knees, her hands out, "testifying" at the close of Can't Take That Away From Me.

    Still, Carey charmed, gabbing with the audience while stage hands "primped" her after one vigorous number. "They call you a diva," Carey wisecracked, grinning, "you might as well act like one."

    Source: Times Pop Music

    "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" Belgian Release Date

    "Bringin' On The Heartbreak will be in the Belgian stores on October 6th. Stay tuned, be ready for our great Bringin' On The Heartbreak Belgian Marathon. Request page, promo page, street promos, contests are planned. All details will be posted soon."

    Source: Universal Music Belgium | Heroes of Mariah

    Vote For "Bringin' On The Heartbreak"

    -- Mariah's latest single "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" has recently been doing very well on MuchMoreMusic's top 10 countdown. Earlier this week it jumped up from #5 to #3. The song has peaked at #2 on the countdown, but lets try to get it to #1. Vote here.

    -- Vote for "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" on MTV UK's version of TRL here (insert Mariah's name on the bottom right corner).

    Source: Mariah Inc. | mcfanatic


    SEPTEMBER 3, 2003 10:43PM
    Carey confirms her diva-ness, makes rafters hum

    "They call me a diva. I might as well act like one," Mariah Carey calmly explained as her hairdresser re-perfected her 'do, onstage and between songs at her elaborate, amazing Labor Day appearance at Fort Lauderdale's Broward Center.

    Yes, it must be said that the ever-glittery Carey came equipped with your requisite accoutrements of diva-dom -- the scores of dancers, eight costume changes, that warm smile that says "I'll wait to speak until the adoring applause ceases," a complicated set and hordes of well-dressed fans screaming "Mariahweloveyouuuuuu!!!"

    But there's supposed to be more to being a diva than a well-stocked staff of worshipers and attitude. "Diva" is an operatic term that refers to a singer of amazing talent and presence, of commanding voice and personality. This may inspire said singer to act high and mighty and start firing people at will, but the diva -- and her fans -- understand that her talent is the point.

    Make no mistake. Mariah Carey's talent is the point, and it's a multi-octave, effortless wonder. And it was in full effect Monday night, in a production that was slightly overwrought, a wee self-referential but intensely human. It also helped that Carey, looking healthy and rested after her well-publicized emotional and career troubles, seemed to be enjoying herself. And that always makes a concert better.

    Actually, maybe "concert" is too small a word for the grand production that Carey put on, on a pink-hued set that was equal parts Moulin Rogue and Circus Of The Stars. Backed up by a bevy of dancers, impressive backup singers, band and a clown, Carey took the stage in a protective cloud of bodyguards, trilling the upbeat Heartbreaker.

    Right away, it was obvious that whatever emotional or mental issues the singer once had left her voice untouched. During Heartbreaker, she stepped to the edge of the stage, held her ear in a Carol Burnett-like stance and let loose with one of those rafter-scaling high notes she's known for. Those rafter-dwellers were on full display, through up-tempo hits like Dream Lover and Fantasy, as much as her less-celebrated but equally impressive lower range was during the torchy My All.

    Pro that she is, Carey did a seamless job of weaving her considerable cadre of hits like Always Be My Baby in with such new material as the faith-protesting My Saving Grace and the recent hit Through The Rain. In fact, it was her turn on Through The Rain, a seemingly treacly ballad she described as "a song about pressing on," that showcased why Mariah Carey's not fading into that good night anytime soon.

    Lyrics like "I can make it through the rain, I can stand up once again/On my own and I know that I'm strong enough to mend" sound saccharine on the radio. But settled into a plush red chair, Carey closed her eyes, clenched her fist and opened a vein -- and the tabloid memories of her bad marriage, career downturns and public freak-outs all came pouring into her voice.

    Simultaneously vulnerable and steely, Carey rose for the key change and planted her feet like she was willing the strength of the words into life, as her singers' voices melded like a church choir behind her. The crowd applauded adoringly. The diva paused and smiled.

    If getting your hair checked onstage ensures a show as vocally satisfying and sweet as this one, I'm all for installing a salon next to the drum kit at every concert I attend.

    Source: Palm Beach Post

    Is Thalia the next Mariah?

    No, Mariah doesn’t have a twin. It’s just Thalia, who has the same look – and the same man.

    Pop sensation Thalia stepped into Mariah Carey’s shoes when she married her ex-husband, Sony Music mastermind Tommy Mottola, in December 2000. But their similarities don’t end there. Thalia, 32, is becoming more like Mariah, 33, every day. Both are hugely successful singing stars and both have overcome breakdowns (Mariah after splitting with her ex, Luis Miguel and Thalia after her fiancé, Alfredo Diaz Ordaz, died of cancer). So who’s copying who?

    The Wedding
    Although Thalia married Tommy seven years after he and Mariah tied the knot, she wore a gown that was strikingly similar to Mariah’s. Both ivory dresses had elaborately laced, off-the-shoulder bodices and full, traditional skirts.

    The Performance
    Onstage is where it really shows how Thalia and Mariah are the image of each other. Thalia’s using Mariah’s trademark: the finger point upon hitting the high note. And both are doing “the diva stretch.” Somebody call in the choreographers!

    The Clothes
    We know Mariah loves showing off her assets in thigh-skimming hot pants and skimpy, cleavage-baring tops. But it looks like Thalia has the exact same idea. As for their hairstyles, Thalia has the same, long, soft brown curls!

    The Music Video
    Mariah was drenched on the streets of New York for her “Through The Rain” video. Thalia also dressed in tight jeans and a maroon top and sang in the rain for her pop hit “Baby I’m In Love.”

    The Charity
    Neither Thalia nor Mariah is a mother, but they are both devoted to children’s charities. Earlier this year, Mariah talked to kids on the Spanish TV show Operacion Triunfo and then Thalia visited a New York high school.

    Source: In Touch Weekly

    Mariah makes NFL History countdown

    Rolling Stone Magazine is counting down the 25 Most Memorable Music Moments in NFL History. Coming in at number twenty-three is Mariah’s performance of the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXVI on February 3, 2002. “After a tumultuous few months in the headlines, eight-octave diva Mariah Carey steps to the Super Bowl stage and belts it out with style, proving herself to be as resilient as the country she’s singing about,” says the magazine.

    Source: Rolling Stone Magazine | Mariah Carey 4 Life


    SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 11:08PM
    Carey delivers an impressive musical variety show

    Mariah Carey proved that she can still sing like she used to, with a glitzy Vegas-style show and catchy new alternative rock and rap-influenced songs used in her act at Carr Performing Arts Centre Saturday night.

    Lighting effects, themed videos and eclectically costumed dancers galore turned the 33-year-old New York-born singer's Charmbracelet tour into an impressive musical variety act. Carey maneuvered her elastic voice easily from full-out belting to breathy, super-high-pitched trills soaring through octaves far above the average person's range.

    The mostly middle-aged audience and the fact that Carey didn't sell out the Carr, a small venue compared with places she has playedbefore, could suggest a decline, but she still put on a fun, theatrical, music experience for her followers.

    A few performance elements seemed a little random, such as a marionette circus pantomime and an artist-mime who displayed various paintings every so often. For the most part, though, Carey and her talented musicians were the focus. Synthesized sound occasionally overpowered the guitars, but Carey's voice always rang out loud and clear. Her four backup singers revealed their equally tremendous vocal abilities in their own soulful number.

    Carey covered a range of songs from her nine albums, although most of the repertoire came from her more popular earlier work such as "Vision of Love," from her 1990 self-titled debut and "Dreamlover" from Music Box (1993). She performed sentimental ballads while lounging on sofas, a grand piano and even a swing that dropped down from the ceiling, and introduced the band in a creative sing-song jazz improvisational style.

    Her interactions with the audience -- singing back to their cries of adoration, sending out beach balls and dedicating "Always Be My Baby," to a couple with a "Just Married" sign -- added a cute personal touch to the show. The newer songs provided nice interludes to her traditional pop, such as her part in Busta Rhymes' "I Know What You Want" which she performed along with the music video. Other crowd favorites included "Fantasy," from Daydream (1995) and "Honey" from Butterfly (1997).

    She topped off her two-hour set with the exuberant "Make It Happen," from Emotions (1991) and "Hero" from Music Box.

    Almost everything on stage had a feminine touch, which fit Carey's persona (although the butterfly symbols everywhere were a bit excessive.) It was strange to see the drums, keyboard and guitars spaced so far apart. But Carey filled up the central aisle, going through a fashion show of at least seven outfits. With the exception of a couple of ensembles such as a short glittery pink thing reminiscent of a trapeze-artist leotard, she looked classy in elegant dresses.

    Apparently, diminishing crowds haven't dampened Carey's prima donna ego, though. Besides making a show of having water brought to her onstage, which she sipped delicately through a straw, a video homage to Carey that included photos from her childhood played while she sang "Saving Grace."

    "Just a little primping, you know," she said, when attendants rushed up to fiddle with her mike and offer another drink.

    Source: Orlando Sentinel

    Mariah Carey maintains her status as a diva

    Younger female artists, such as Beyonce Knowles, Christina Aguilera and Ashanti, are itching to claim Mariah Carey's diva title.

    Since Carey's much-publicized bout with exhaustion in 2001, her rift with Virgin Records soon after, and the death of her father in 2002, the singer is on a mission to prove that she's still capable of wowing audiences with her five-octave range.

    Carey's return to the stage is a result of a new recording deal with Island/Def Jam Music Group, a new look and a new work ethic: Learn to relax.

    In her 13-year career, Carey produced an album almost every year while on her ex-husband Tommy Mottola's label, Sony Music, as well as including a greatest hits album and a special edition album of all her No. 1 singles.

    While touring the world to promote each album, Carey managed to make publicity appearances and perform at most major award shows, win multiple Grammy Awards and lend her voice to various projects.

    For example, she was featured on the title song for the soundtrack for the animated film "Prince Of Egypt," where she sang the duet, "When You Believe," with notorious diva Whitney Houston.

    In addition, Carey collaborated with numerous artists.

    Although the R&B singer is known for her ballads, she always included up-tempo songs on each album that featured the rapper of the moment, a trendy tactic used prominently in today's hip-hop music.

    Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Missy Elliot, Da Brat and Bone Thugs-N-Harmony were featured on Carey's past albums.

    Unfortunately, her career hit a rough patch when she attempted to produce the big-budget film "Glitter" in 2001, which tanked at the box office. The movie soundtrack, which lacked the substance of past Carey albums, also failed. And within weeks of the movie's release, she was dropped from Virgin Records, which had financed the film and had signed Carey for a reported $80 million -- the largest recording deal for a single artist in music history.

    After the negative publicity, Carey took a hiatus from performing to recoup and shop around for a new record label.

    Not long after her break, the 33-year-old singer-songwriter signed with Island Records and headed back to the studio to write new songs. She worked with top-notch producers, such as Terry Lewis and Jermaine Dupri, to create her most hip-hop oriented record to date, "Charmbracelet," released in December 2002.

    Carey continues to reflect on heartache and pain in the lyrics on "Charmbracelet," and the songs are nothing short of emotional and inspirational, which is characteristic of her singing style.

    With the album still on the charts, and Carey seemingly enjoying the tours and the publicity again, wresting her diva crown away from her may be more difficult than the newcomers realize.

    Source: Herald Tribune

    News Tidbits

    -- Please vote for Mariah's "Bringin' On The Heartbreak" on NRJ Radio Sweden. Voting is simple; all you have to do is click the word "Välj" next to Mariah's Charmbracelet album cover.

    -- Mariah was featured on Access Hollywood tonight, as the first subject in a new segment called "Already Famous." It was basically a no-holds-barred look at Mariah behind-the-scenes of her concert in Las Vegas. The camera crew had unprecedented access to Mariah's "apartment-sized" dressing room, setlist and even her favorite candy (Trident). At one point, Mariah's security tried to stop them from filming, unaware that they were from Access Hollywood. As always, Mariah was there to save the day.

    Source: swedishmariahlover | Soulster


    SEPTEMBER 2, 2003 9:35AM
    Mariah's Tour Paycheck

    Sir Elton's $90m deal
    SIR Elton John has signed a record-breaking $90 million deal to play in Las Vegas.

    The 56-year-old singer will perform 300 concerts over two years at the 4100-seat Colosseum theatre at Caesars Palace, standing in for fellow superstar Celine Dion on her days off.

    Sir Elton's massive pay cheque will make him the highest-paid concert performer in the world.

    Last year, Dion, 35, signed a $172 million, three-year deal for five concerts a week at the venue, which was custom-built for her.

    John Megler, president of Concerts West, the company which runs the Colosseum, refused to discuss Sir Elton's megabucks deal but said: "We always intended for world-class artists to play the venue."

    Mariah Carey earned $865,000 for two concerts at the theatre last month.

    Sir Elton is no stranger to Las Vegas.

    In the past year he has performed three sell-out concerts there with Billy Joel as part of the duo's Pianomen tour.

    Source: Neil | The Daily Telegraph | News.com.au


    Editor's Note: $865,000 Australian Dollars are equal to approximately $559,000 US Dollars.

    Mariah Carey Gets A Maxim Leg Stretch

    KTLA has a video clip featuring highlights of Shania Twain's television concert as well as Mariah Carey's sexy photo shoot for Maxim, where the hosts comment on her stretched legs. Watch the video clip here.

    Source: Pop Dirt

    Mariah brings her circus to town, but the music becomes just a sideshow

    When Mariah Carey took the stage Monday night at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts surrounded by dancers dressed as clowns in front of a circus backdrop, the question was: Was she there as the queen of the tonsil trapeze, or to star in the freak show?

    Carey became the top-selling female star of the 1990s primarily thanks to multi-octave vocal acrobatics. She, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion virtually created the juggernaut vocal style that tends to value technical virtuosity over pathos, drama over depth.

    But since she had a public breakdown in 2001 and got dumped by her record company, Carey has aroused as much prurient curiosity as fan interest. The career turnaround has her reduced to playing theaters. On the other hand, the Broward Center was filled with fans whose cheers indicated they love Carey through sunshine and Through the Rain (as one song says).

    Carey worked the circus imagery (same theme, by the way, ex-beau Eminem used for his last tour). For one number, a clown performed a crazy loose-limbed dance while controlled by strings held by men in suits, as dollar signs flashed on a screen.

    But it's hard to feel a great deal of sympathy for Carey as a puppet. She married her Svengali, record mogul Tommy Mottola, of her own free will, and rode his largess through a stunning streak of No. 1 singles. Her songs have been more of the -- and I quote -- ''I need you so desperately'' type plea than You Don't Own Me declarations. Not to mention that one of Carey's selling points has always been that she writes most of her own material. Mariah controlled by marionettes? I doubt it.

    `SAVING GRACE'

    She has always worked a survivalist streak: the biracial daughter of divorce whose voice was her salvation. But when she sings breathy, little-girl falsettos, it's hard to see her as an icon of strength. Resilience, yes: ''My saving grace pulls me through,'' she sang on a song from her last album, Charmbracelet.

    My Saving Grace makes explicit the gospel underpinnings to Carey's vocal style. Monday night, she drew heavily on the over-the-top ballads that make her an American Idol contestant favorite, and little on the hip-hop and pop collaborations for which she helped create a radio format. When she did play more dance-oriented numbers, the beat was often lethargic.

    Music was a second thought in the almost two-hour show. Carey paid more attention to her eight tight-fitting costumes and tiresome dance skits. She appeared on stage about 15 seconds for her latest hit, I Know What You Want, with rapper Busta Rhymes: just long enough to show off her biker tube top and cutoffs number. The rest of the song unfolded as a video screened on curtains, with more ersatz choreography.

    For much of the show, the band was hidden behind curtains. The sweetest part of the evening was when Carey sang little introductions about each of her players, including a wonderfully told story about the backing singer whose husband has a wandering eye. It was a modest, uncanned segment, absent of dancers. More singing like this please, Mariah, and fewer outfits.

    DAMAGED VOICE

    The last player Carey introduced was a special guest: Trey Lorenz, the singer she first collaborated with in '92. They performed their cover of the Jackson 5's I'll Be There. He then sang one overly long number himself. Unfortunately, Lorenz's full tones showed how strained Carey's voice is.

    The band intros demonstrated that if Carey relaxed with her vocals, instead of trying to fill each song with flips and cartwheels, she could be an entertaining song stylist. But by trying to always do it all, Carey winds up doing little at all. Her voice is as damaged as her reputation; it's nowhere near as big as the sound she would like to create, and as the drama that surrounds her.

    Beautiful, talented, eager to please, Carey wants desperately to be America's sweetheart. Perhaps she has tried too hard. With her theatrics and her sometimes hyperfemininity, she veers dangerously close to a camp parody of herself. On Always Be My Baby, for instance, she wore hot pink shorts while her dancers threw beach balls. A drag queen, at least, would probably be more fun.

    Source: Miami Herald


    Editor's Note: Feel free to send your comments about this review to its author EVELYN McDONNELL.


    SEPTEMBER 1, 2003 11:17PM
    Carey hoping to meet Mancunian fans

    After a tough couple of years, Mariah Carey is going against the diva image by asking to meet her Manchester fans.

    In an exclusive chat, the singer says she is looking forward to bringing what she believes is her best show to the Manchester Evening News Arena on November 1.

    And, unlike the extravagant demand she made before her last visit for the Top Of The Pops awards two years ago - decorating the whole dressing room in blue velvet - this time Mariah's request is simply to meet some of the crowd.

    "I'm looking forward to it because I really love this particular show," she tells me.

    "It's the best show I've ever done, production-wise and everything. It's very tight and together. All the dancers and the singers are very talented and I really feel like everybody on stage is there to support me and enhance the show. It gives me an opportunity to shine as best I can and sing my heart out.

    "I've given it a cabaret-type feeling because I looked at my life, and it's like a circus. But I'm a very positive person and I want to make it an enjoyable circus and to emulate that with the show."

    At the peak of her career, Mariah was the world's top-selling female artist of the 1990s. However, with her success came a reported high-maintenance attitude.

    But, after being dropped from her record company, EMI, last year, it appears that Mariah has stepped down from her pedestal and is now happy to get closer to the people who once put her there.

    "I've been touring since May and meeting my fans so I'm pretty sure I'll see some people in Manchester," she adds.

    "They usually bring me really sweet gifts like cute, stuffed animals and fan books with different pictures and stories about their lives, stuff like that. Last night, someone asked me to sign their shoulder and said they were going to have my autograph tattooed on. I thought it was a strange thing to do but I did it because I figured it's their body."

    I'm sure with two months to go, Manc fans can think of something more weird for her to remember them by.

    Source: Manchester Online

    Mariah and Stevie Wonder Set For Duet

    Mariah Carey will record a duet with soul legend Stevie Wonder in an audacious bid to return to the top of the charts.

    The sexy singer is on her way back after a traumatic past 18 months, which saw an album and film flop, a rumoured breakdown and a change of record companies.

    And she sees a collaboration with the "Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours" star as the launchpad to take her back to the top.

    A source close to Mariah tells British tabloid the Daily Star, "Mariah has always been a huge fan of Stevie. But she'd never dared to try and set something up.

    "Recently the office phone went and it was Stevie Wonder himself on the end of the line."

    Source: Contact Music | Mariahs Web

    Mariah Carey Laughs At Media Stories

    Pop superstar Mariah Carey laughs off most of the stories about her in the press - because they are so far-fetched.

    The Honey singer says being in the public eye can be strange - but she's still the same person "internally" she always was.

    She says, "The private life they create for me is, like, bizarre and I read the stuff and sometimes it makes me laugh. They once wrote this thing about me and a fat farm breakdown: 'Her staff were forced to go on the same diet and then they snuck out to eat cheese burgers, then took breath mints so she wouldn't know.'

    "I'm sitting there thinking, I wasn't in a fat farm, I was in a spa with fattening food there that I could've eaten. I don't even care about fast food, and if they had wanted to eat hamburgers until the cows came home, I wouldn't have cared.

    "I put that story up on my kitchen wall because I thought it was just so funny. It's weird to be in the public eye, but I feel like I'm the same person internally as when I started.

    "I notice how a lot of people change after they're successful. Fame really twists them, and I think it's because I didn't feel famous until lately that it didn't do that to me."

    Source: Teen Music

    Science is Sweet for Mariah

    Singer Mariah Carey will make her return to the silver screen in a romantic comedy called "The Sweet Science." Directed by Jordan Brady ('Waking Up In Reno'), the film will see Carey take on the role of a successful female boxer. Word has it that the diva has been getting training and tips from Laila Ali, daughter of boxing great Muhammad Ali.

    Rick Angres and Gary Goldman ('Minority Report') take writing credits for the production. Andrea Kreuzhage and Anthony Esposito -- who worked with Carey on her previous project, the independent but critically-acclaimed "WiseGirls", will produce.

    "Mariah was really keen on playing this role. At first, she was going to play the part of the boxing manager, Gloria, but she insisted on playing the boxer. She's been taking boxing lessons as part of her training," Esposito said.

    Filming commences in New Jersey and Canada on Nov. 10. Donald Trump is tipped to make a cameo. "Science" is scheduled for release by Leading Pictures production company in mid-2004. Naturally, Carey will lend her talents to the accompanying soundtrack.

    Source: Starlocity

    Rumoriah: The Mariah Carey Rumor Mill

    Check out Mariah Daily's third installment of “Rumoriah: The Mariah Carey Rumor Mill” for the month of September, located in the Fan Center section, for the answers to these questions:

  • Does Mariah really have piano capabilities?
  • Why did Faith Hill sing a song intended for Mariah?
  • Did Mariah record a remix to "X-Girlfriend"?
  • What's the deal with Mariah and the Guiness Book?
  • Was David Morales supposed to remix "Through the Rain"?

    …and several others! Check it out now by clicking here. While you’re there, don’t be hesitant to submit your question for consideration on next month’s Rumoriah! We’ll be selecting the most unique and most asked questions, but please be sure to read the questions and and answers already posted before submitting new ones. Enjoy!

    More Site Updates & News Tidbits

    -- Congratulations to Tom Odom for winning a limited edition 6-track enhanced “Loverboy” CD single in Mariah Daily’s August 2003 monthly contest. A new contest will be posted in a few days. Maybe you will be the next winner!

    -- According to Ticketmaster, Mariah’s concert in Atlantic City, New Jersey at Trump Taj Mahal Casino Resort's Mark G. Etess Arena is now sold out.


  • SEPTEMBER 1, 2003 1:33PM
    The Mariah-bration Week

    MariahDaily.com is sponsoring “The Mariah-bration Week” from September 1st through September 5th. Like its title suggests, this special event will be a week-long online celebration of Mariah Carey.

    Each day for five days, exclusive pictures of Mariah will be posted on the site, in addition to short video clips of Mariah’s live performances from her 2003 Charmbracelet World Tour.

    There will also be a special live chat running all-day, everyday, where Mariah fans from around the globe can meet and discuss everything about Mariah – from her current tour and album to her upcoming projects and future endeavors. Fans will also be able to exchange multimedia with each other and be eligible to win prizes in nightly giveaways.

    In addition to all of this, MariahDaily.com will be premiering new sections on the site throughout the week and will also be announcing a very special contest as The Mariah-bration Week comes to a conclusion.

    All daily additions for The Mariah-bration Week, as well as any updates concerning it, will be added to the right of your screen, under the site navigation. Please note that these short video clips, courtesy of Alex and Greg, will only be available for 24 hours, so get them while you can!












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