Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Lambz'R'us is Moving...

       After multiple online locations, Lambz'R'us officially found it's home here back in January of 2008. Since then, I
have branched off to create a special, private MC download blog, an online store, and collection page blog. in addition to the LambzRus website and social media outlets like, Tumblr, Twitter and YouTube. There is already a Lambz'R'us Facebook page. But I have decided to create a group and to merge the blog and facebook page over to Facebook for good. 
       It will be easier for Lambs to access news and pictures, and to be able to be more interactive. I hope that you will join me on this festive new adventure and join the group and get your MC fix on a daily basis! 

                                             Thanks, Rob AKA LambzRus​

*Note: The other pages, like the download blog, store and collection pages will still be available. 

Publicist parts ways with Mariah Carey

Power publicist Cindi Berger has parted ways with Mariah Carey after more than 15 years, sources
exclusively told Page Six, before the singer embarks on her Las Vegas residency next month. When reached for comment, Berger confirmed that she's no longer working with Carey and said, "I have enormous respect for Mariah. She is one of the great talents and voices of our time, and I wish her nothing but the best in her future endeavors."

Berger, co-chairman and CEO of PMK˙BNC, added of the split, "I care very deeply for her personally, but I felt that professionally it was time for us to move on." Sources tell us that Carey has yet to bring in a new p.r. rep. Carey, 45, will kick off a residency at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Vegas on May 6, performing 18 of her No. 1 hits in the act. She's also expected to put out an album of her hits for Epic.

The news of Berger's departure came as it was also reported Carey and Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment are developing a Christmas film to star the diva. Deadline reported that New Line bought the untitled project.

(Source: Page Six)

Mariah Carey to star in Christmas movie

Mariah Carey is coming to a theater near you (rejoice, Glitter fans!). The 45-year-old "All I Want for
Christmas Is You" singer is set to star in an upcoming, untitled Christmas film, E! News has confirmed. According to Deadline, who first reported the story, Carey will play a "major role" in the flick.

While the plot is unknown, the trades reports that "Christmas is at the film's center, along with a theme of how the power of music can transport you back in time to your truest and most authentic feelings." The movie will also feature some of Carey's classic holiday songs, along with tunes from other artists.

As for the origin of the exciting project, Carey came up with the idea herself and pitched it to her BFF and recently rumored boyfriend Brett Ratner! The duo recently sparked dating rumors when they were photographed together on vacation. However, a source told E! News that the romance rumors are false, adding, "Brett thinks it's silly."

Carey's Christmas movie will be written by writers David Diamond and David Weissman and produced by Jon Shestack. Carey has had a mixed history with her feature film appearances. Her performance in the 2001 film Glitter was basically universally panned by critics and fans. However, her small role in the Oscar-nominated flick Precious received acclaim.

(Source: E! Online)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

LambzRus: Counting Down The #1's

Mariah Carey has spent 79 weeks at the number-one position on Billboard Hot 100, the greatest number for any artist in chart history. On that same chart, she has accumulated 18 number-one singles, the most for any solo artist (and second after only The Beatles). Her hit single "One Sweet Day", which featured Boyz II Men, spent sixteen consecutive weeks at the top of Billboard '​s Hot 100 chart in 1996, setting the record for the most weeks atop the Hot 100 chart in history.  Additionally, Carey has had three songs debut at number-one on the Billboard Hot 100: "Fantasy", "One Sweet Day" and "Honey", making her the artist with the most number-one debuts in the chart's 52-year history, and the first female artist to debut at number 1 in the with "Fantasy." 
 Carey has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards. Referred to as the "songbird supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal range, power, melismatic style and signature use of the whistle register.

1. "Vision Of Love" was Carey's debut single, the first from her self-titled debut album. Written by Carey and Ben Margulies, "Vision of Love" was released on May 15, 1990 by Columbia Records.
 In the United States, "Vision of Love" entered the Billboard Hot 100 at number 73 during the week of June 2, 1990, and reached the chart's summit nine weeks later. The song remained atop the chart for four consecutive weeks, and was ranked sixth on the Hot 100 year-end chart. It also topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs for two weeks and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks for three weeks. In August 1990, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) certified the song gold, denoting shipments of over 500,000 units.

2. "Love Takes Time" was released as the second single for Carey's debut album. "Love Takes Time" was another success like Carey's debut single "Vision of Love" it reached number 1 in its ninth week on the Billboard Hot 100 and spent three weeks at the top of the chart, from November 10 to 24, 1990. It spent 17 weeks in the top 40 and the RIAA certified it gold. It topped every other Billboard chart for which it was eligible (including the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs and Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks). Because its success was divided over two calendar years it did not rank high on Billboard's year-end charts, making 76 on the 1990 chart and 69 on the 1991 chart.
 The song did not receive as many awards as "Vision of Love," but still managed to win a BMI R&B Award for Song of the Year and Songwriter Award. The song also won Carey the 1991 Soul Train Music Award for Best R&B/Urban Contemporary New Artist.

3. "Someday" was released as the third single from Mariah's debut album and is a jackswing-influenced track. "Someday" continued Carey's streak of number 1 hits in the U.S., becoming her third consecutive number 1 single on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached number 1 in its eighth week on the Hot 100 and spent two weeks at the top of the chart, from March 3 to March 16, 1991. It replaced "All the Man That I Need" by Whitney Houston, and was replaced by Timmy T's "One More Try." "Someday" spent 15 weeks in the top 40 and was ranked 13 on the Hot 100 year-end chart of 1991, making it one of the year's biggest hits. The RIAA certified it gold.

4. "I Don't Wanna Cry" was released as the fourth single from her debut album, the song received a BMI Pop Award. "I Don't Wanna Cry" became Carey's fourth number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, making her only the second act (and first female and first solo artist) after The Jackson 5 to have their first four singles reach number 1 on the Hot 100. It also made Mariah Carey a record-breaking album: every single released from it was a chart-topper in the United States. "I Don't Wanna Cry" reached number 1 in its eighth week and spent two weeks at the top, from May 19 to June 1, 1991. It replaced "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)" by Hi-Five, and was replaced by Extreme's "More Than Words." The single became Carey's third number 1 single on the Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart. It remained in the top 40 on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and was one of four Carey singles on the chart's 1991 year-end chart, ranking 26.

5. "Emotions" was written and produced by Carey, David Cole and Robert Clivillés of the C+C Music Factory, and recorded for Carey's second album of the same name. It was released as the album's first single on August 13, 1991 becoming Carey's fifth consecutive number 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, giving her the distinction of being the first and to date only act to have their first five singles make number 1 on the Hot 100. It reached number 1 in its seventh week and spent three weeks at the top, from October 12 to October 26, 1991. It replaced "Good Vibrations" by Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch featuring Loleatta Holloway, and was replaced by Karyn White's "Romantic". It remained in the top 40 for 20 weeks and was one of four singles from Carey on the Hot 100's 1991 year-end charts, ranking 22. The song topped the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and became her second number 1 single on the Hot Dance Club Play chart. The RIAA certified it gold.

6. "I'll Be There" was recorded during Carey's appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992, and released as the first single from her EP MTV Unplugged. Co-produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff, "I'll Be There" became Carey's sixth #1 single in the U.S., and her biggest hit elsewhere at the time. Out of all 18 number one singles. "I'll Be There" is the only one that was not written by Carey.

7. "Dreamlover" was released on July 27, 1993 by Columbia Records, as the lead single from Carey's third studio album Music Box. The song incorporates a sample of the hook from "Blind Alley" by The Emotions. "Dreamlover" was Carey's seventh number one single on the Billboard Hot 100, topping the chart in its sixth week and stayed there for eight consecutive weeks (September 5 to October 30, 1993)—her longest stay at the time. It replaced "Can't Help Falling in Love" by UB40, and was later replaced by Meat Loaf's "I'd Do Anything for Love (But I Won't Do That)." It spent 26 weeks in the top 40 and was ranked number eight on the Hot 100 1993 Year-End Charts and 20 on the Decade-End Charts.  The song was certified platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over one million units throughout the United States. "Dreamlover" holds the title of the highest debuting song on the Billboard Pop Songs chart, entering the chart at number 12 on the week dated August 14, 1993 but tied by Swift's "Shake It Off" in 2014.

8. "Hero" was released on October 19, 1993 by Columbia Records as the second single from Carey's third studio album, Music Box. "Hero" became Carey's eighth chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. It reached the number one position in its tenth week and spent four weeks at the top, from December 25, 1993 to January 15, 1994. It replaced "Again" by Janet Jackson, and was replaced by Bryan Adams, Rod Stewart and Sting's "All for Love". In total, the song remained in the top 40 for 25 weeks, with 14 of those spent in the top ten. On the Billboard year-end Charts for 1994, "Hero" finished at number five, number 53 on the decade-end chart and number three on the year-end Airplay Chart. "Hero" has been certified platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over one million units throughout the country.
 Throughout the course of her career, Carey has re-recorded the song twice, and filmed other music videos aside from the original. The first music video for the song was filmed by Larry Jordan in July 1993 during a private concert at Proctor's Theatre, later released on the home video Here Is Mariah Carey. In 2001, following the September 11 attacks, Carey re-recorded the song as a mash-up single titled Never Too Far/Hero Medley, a medley with her single at the time, Never Too Far. Additionally, prior to the release of her compilation album The Ballads, Carey re-recorded "Hero" and filmed a new video featuring behind the scenes footage of the studio. "Hero" won two ASCAP Rhythm & Soul Music Awards, one ASCAP Pop Music Award and one BMI Pop Award for the Songwriter Award.

9. "Fantasy" was released on September 12, 1995 by Columbia Records as the lead single for Carey's fifth studio album, Daydream. The song was written by Carey and Dave Hall, both serving as primary producers alongside Sean Combs. The song heavily samples Tom Tom Club's 1981 song "Genius of Love." The remix for the song features rap verses from Ol' Dirty Bastard, something Carey arranged to assist in her transition into the hip-hop market.
 "Fantasy" achieved strong commercial success around the world. The song became Carey's ninth number one single on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. It became the first single by a female artist to debut atop the chart, and only the second single to do so. It spent eight weeks at the top of the chart, from September 24 to November 18, 1995, Carey's longest stay at the time. It replaced "Gangsta's Paradise" by Coolio, and was replaced by Whitney Houston's "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)". "Fantasy" spent 23 weeks in the top 40 and was successful on other Billboard formats, including the R&B and dance charts. Its strong sales led it to be certified double-platinum by the RIAA, Carey's first single to do so.
 "Fantasy" was the second best-selling single of 1995 in the US, with sales of over 1,500,000. It was ranked seventh on the Hot 100 year-end charts for 1995 and 49th on the 1996 year-end charts. "Fantasy" ranked at number 15 on the Hot 100 decade-end chart for the 1990s.

10. "One Sweet Day" was the second single released from Daydream. The song was written by Carey, Walter Afanasieff and the members of Boyz II Men: Wanya Morris, Shawn Stockman, Nathan Morris, and Michael McCary. "One Sweet Day" became Carey's tenth chart topping single on the Billboard Hot 100 and Boyz II Men's fourth. The song remained at the peak for a record-breaking, 16 consecutive weeks, from December 2, 1995 to March 16, 1996. "One Sweet Day" replaced "Exhale (Shoop Shoop)" by Whitney Houston at number one, and was replaced by Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me". 
The single also debuted at number one, making Carey the first artist to have more than one number-one debut, and one of the two artists ever to have two consecutive singles debut at the top of the chart, along with Britney Spears, with "3" (2009) and "Hold It Against Me" (2011). One Sweet Day was the third best-selling single of 1995 in the US, with sales of over 1,300,000, with the second best-selling single being Carey's "Fantasy". The song spent 26 weeks in the top 40, was certified double platinum by the RIAA and was ranked number one on Billboard '​s "Decade-End Charts". To date the single sold 2,334,000 physical units.

11. "Always Be My Baby" was released by Columbia Records on March 9, 1996 as the third U.S. single. The song became Carey's 11th chart topper on the Billboard Hot 100. "Always be My Baby" debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100 behind Celine Dion's "Because You Loved Me," which had replaced Carey's previous single, "One Sweet Day", at number one. "Always Be My Baby" stayed at number two for four weeks, and topped the Hot 100 on May 4, 1996, where it spent two weeks before returning to the number two position for an additional five weeks. At the end of its chart run, the song spent a total of nine weeks at number two, the fourth longest stay in the chart's history. The song became Carey's 11th chart topper in the United States, tying her with pop singers Whitney Houston and Madonna as the female solo artist with the most number one singles, a record she passed soon after. After spending two weeks atop the Hot 100, the three singles from Daydream had given Carey a combined 26 weeks (six months) atop the chart, something never duplicated by another artist until Usher and The Black Eyed Peas in the mid to late 2000s.

12. "Honey" was released as the lead single from her sixth studio album, Butterfly. on August 26, 1997. "Honey" became Carey's third single to debut atop the Billboard Hot 100; the most number one debuts of any artist to this day. Additionally, the song became her 12th chart topper, breaking the fifth place record she had shared with Whitney Houston and tying Madonna. It replaced "Mo Money Mo Problems" by The Notorious B.I.G. featuring Puff Daddy and Mase, and it was replaced by Boyz II Men's "4 Seasons of Loneliness." At this point, Carey was tied with The Supremes for fourth most U.S. number ones, behind Michael Jackson with thirteen, and Elvis Presley and The Beatles with 17 and 20, respectively. "Honey" was certified platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over one million units. The song stalled at number two on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, spending 22 weeks in the chart. "Honey" finished number 32 on the Billboard end of year chart for 1997.

13. "My All" was released as the album Butterfly's second commercial single on April 21, 1998 by Columbia Records. The song was written and produced by Carey and Walter Afanasieff. The song debuted at number 2 behind Next's Too Close and eventually became Carey's 13th chart topper in the United States, placing her in fourth place for most U.S. number ones. It stayed atop the Hot 100 for one week, and was certified platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over one million units. "My All" peaked at number four on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, and eighteen on the Adult Contemporary chart. It finished number seventeen on the Billboard end of year chart, and ninety-nine on the end of decade chart.

14. "Heartbreaker" was released on September 21, 1999 by Columbia Records as the lead single from Carey's seventh studio album, Rainbow. The song was written by Carey. Additional writers are credited, since the song's hook is built around a sample from "Attack of the Name Game" by Stacy Lattisaw. "Heartbreaker" pushed Carey even further into the R&B and hip-hop market, becoming her first commercial single to feature a hip-hop artist.
 "Heartbreaker" became Carey's fourteenth chart topper in the US, spending two weeks atop the Billboard Hot 100. It extended Carey's lead as the female artist with the most number one singles in the country. The only acts still ahead of Carey were Elvis Presley with seventeen and The Beatles with twenty. The song was certified Platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over 1,000,000 units. Additionally, "Heartbreaker" finished at number thirty-five on the Billboard Year-End of 1999.

15. "Thank God I Found You" was released on January 25, 2000, through Columbia Records as the second single from Rainbow. The single features guest vocals from R&B singer Joe and boy band 98 Degrees. Written and produced by Carey along with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
"Thank God I Found You" debuted at number eighty-two on the Billboard Hot 100, Carey's lowest debut at the time. On the week dated February 19, 2000, the song reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming Carey's fifteenth number-one single and marked the eleventh consecutive year with a number-one song. It became the second single to surpass the sales of 100,000 units in the year 2000, preceded by Christina Aguilera's "What a Girl Wants". It was certified Platinum by the RIAA in February 2000, denoting shipments of over 1,000,000 units. By February 2001 the single had sold about 1,700,000 copies in the U.S. alone. "Thank God I Found You" also reached the top spot on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, marking Carey's seventh R&B chart topper. It finished at number forty-five on Billboard Hot 100 year-end charts of 2000.

16. "We Belong Together" was released as the second single from her tenth studio album, The Emancipation of Mimi in 2005. Following her decline in popularity between 2001 and 2005, critics dubbed the song her musical comeback, as many had considered her career over. "We Belong Together" earned her several music industry awards and nominations throughout 2005–06. The song broke chart records in the United States and became Carey's sixteenth topper on the Billboard Hot 100. After staying at number one for fourteen non-consecutive weeks, it was placed as the second longest running number one song in U.S. chart history, behind Carey's "One Sweet Day" (1995). Billboard listed it as the "song of the decade" and the ninth most popular song of all time. Additionally, it broke several airplay records, gathering both the largest one-day and one-week audiences in history.
It had major cross-over success, becoming the first song to simultaneously occupy the number one position on nine Billboard charts: the Hot 100, Billboard Hot 100 Airplay, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Airplay, Pop 100 Airplay, Top 40 Mainstream, Rhythmic Airplay Chart, Hot Dance Club Songs, and the Hot Ringtones charts. Spending fourteen weeks atop the Hot 100, "We Belong Together" became the second longest running number one song in U.S. chart history, behind only Carey's 1995 collaboration with Boyz II Men, "One Sweet Day", which spent sixteen weeks at number one.
During the week of September 25, 2005, Carey set another record, becoming the first female to occupy the first two spots atop the Hot 100, as "We Belong Together" remained at number one, and her next single, "Shake It Off" held the number two spot. Additionally, the song held the top position on the official Hot 100 Airplay chart for sixteen weeks, tying for the second all time spot with No Doubt's "Don't Speak" (1996)."We Belong Together" was certified Platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of a million copies throughout the United States. On the Billboard Hot 100 Year-end Chart of 2005, the song was declared the number one song, a career first for Carey.

17. "Don't Forget About Us" was released as the fourth international single from The Emancipation of Mimi, and the first from its re-release, the Ultra Platinum Edition. The song reached the top of the Billboard Hot 100 in its eleventh week, spending two consecutive weeks at the position. "Don't Forget About Us" became Carey's 17th chart-topping single in the United States, tying the record set by Elvis Presley for most number-one singles by a solo artist. Currently, the only act to hold more US number-one singles than Carey are The Beatles, who gained twenty throughout their career. "Don't Forget About Us" stayed in the top forty for eighteen weeks and reached number one on other Billboard component charts, including the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. The song was certified Gold by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over 500,000 units.

18. "Touch My Body" was released as the lead single from her eleventh studio album, E=MC² After only a few hours worth of airplay, "Touch My Body" entered the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs Chart at number seventy-eight the chart week of February 23, 2008. In its second week within the chart, it leaped to number twenty, before reaching its peak of number two. In its first complete week of radio airplay, the song garnered 46 million audience impressions, making its debut at number twenty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 Airplay. The song made its debut at number fifty-seven on the Billboard Hot 100 as the "Hot Shot" of the week. The following week, "Touch My Body" jumped twenty-three spots to number thirty-four, making it Carey's 31st top-forty hit on the chart. It placed Carey as the woman with the fifth most top-forty entries on the Hot 100 in Billboard history. "Touch My Body" reached the top position on the Hot 100 in its fourth week, and became Carey's eighteenth chart topper, selling 286,000 digital downloads. The song's opening week broke several records, first making Carey the solo artist with the most number one singles in United States history, surpassing the record held by Elvis Presley. Additionally, it gave Carey her 79th week atop the Hot 100, tying her with Presley as the artist with the most weeks at number one in the Billboard chart history." The song also sold the highest amount of digital records in one week, surpassing Rihanna's "Umbrella" (2007), which sold 277,000 units. The following week, the song stayed at number one, and according to Mediabase, received over 400,000 spins in the United States within its second week at number one. By the song's sixth week of digital availability, "Touch My Body" had sold 879,000 units, and was eventually certified Platinum by the RIAA, denoting shipments of over one million units throughout the United States. According to Nielsen SoundScan, "Touch My Body" has sold over 1,459,000 copies in the United States as of August 15, 2010.

Source: R. Henslik, Lambz'R'us

Friday, March 13, 2015

Global Megastar Mariah Carey to Perform at 2015 HRC Los Angeles Gala

Platinum selling global megastar Mariah Carey will perform this weekend at the 2015 Los Angeles Gala Dinner.

“Mariah Carey inspires the world with her incredible voice and amazing talent both on and off the
stage,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “We are honored and grateful she will be performing at the 2015 HRC Los Angeles Gala Dinner as we highlight our continued work towards fairness and equality for LGBT people. Her performance is sure to make an incredible evening even more remarkable.”

Mariah Carey is the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 200 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 #1 singles (17 self-penned), more than any solo artist in history. A five-time Grammy Award winner, she has also won 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 31 Billboard Music Awards.

As previously announced, HBO President of Programming Michael Lombardo will be recognized with this year’s HRC Visibility Award, and Golden Globe winner Shonda Rhimes will be honored with this year’s HRC Ally for Equality Award. Senator Al Franken (D-MN) will be the featured speaker.


It's Official: Mariah Carey Signs with Epic Records

The singer returns to the Sony fold and reunites with Antonio "L.A." Reid.
The ink is dry on Mariah Carey's new recording contract with Epic Records, a spokesperson for the Sony label confirms. As first reported by Billboard on Jan. 30, the singer is reteaming with Antonio "L.A." Reid for a multi-album deal that would begin with a greatest-hits set to coincide with her upcoming residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Dubbed "#1's," the concert series booked by Creative Artists Agency begins May 6 and will include all 18 of Carey's Billboard Hot 100 chart-toppers, from 1990's "Vision of Love" to 2008's "Touch My Body." Likewise, her forthcoming album for Epic is expected to feature updates and possibly duets of her classic songs. Although Carey left Sony some 15 years ago on tumultuous terms, there are plenty of reasons why rejoining makes sense now. Doug Morris, current chairman/CEO of Sony Music, brought Carey to Island Def Jam in 2003 when he was running Universal Music Group. It was there that Reid, then head of IDJ, oversaw her 2005 comeback, The Emancipation of Mimi. Finally, Joey Arbagey, a collaborator of Carey's during the making of the six-times platinum Mimi, is now executive vp A&R at Epic. Indeed, Carey is already recording new music in Los Angeles, says a source. No word yet on a potential release date for her first Epic effort.

(Source: Billboard)

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

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Fifth Harmony sample Mariah Carey on debut album

Fifth Harmony have sampled a classic Mariah Carey track on their forthcoming debut album. The girl group pay homage to the iconic diva on new cut "Like Mariah", which samples her 1996 track "Always Be My Baby".

"Always Be My Baby" was Carey's 11th number one in the US, while peaking at number three in the UK. "Like Mariah" will be on Fifth Harmony's upcoming debut album Reflection, which will be released on February 3.

The collection will also include their recent singles "Bo$$" and "Sledgehammer", which were both released worldwide last year. Fifth Harmony formed on the US series of The X Factor back in 2012 and went on to finish third on the show as part of Simon Cowell's category.

(Source: Digital Spy)

Monday, January 19, 2015



It’s official—Mimi is coming to Las Vegas. The long-rumored Mariah Carey residency is now a
reality, and beginning May 6, fans of the five-time Grammy winner can catch Mariah Carey #1s at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace. Carey placed a total of 18 No. 1 hits on the Billboard charts between 1990 and 2008, and she plans to play all 18 of them in her new production. So without further ado, a completely unscientific ranking of those hits.

18. “I Don’t Wanna Cry” (Mariah Carey, 1991)
Proof that Mariah was on an unstoppable roll in 1990-91, this heat-check single gets hardly any play today but was the fourth consecutive No. 1 to start her career.

17. “Touch My Body” (E=MC2, 2008)
Despite the most questionable simile in pop music history (“They be all up in my business like a Wendy (sic) interview”), Mariah’s most recent No. 1 was par for the course in a year that also saw “Low” and “Lollipop” top the charts.

16. “Thank God I Found You” (Rainbow, 1999)
Far be it for us to suggest that Mariah would ever ride anyone’s coattails, but “Thank God I Found You” collaborators Joe and 98 Degrees were never hotter than in 1999, a year when anything—even LFO—seemed possible. Unfortunately, all three parties released better music that year, especially Joe and his timeless “I Wanna Know.”

15. “Hero” (Music Box, 1993)
The Titanic of Mariah hits, “Hero” was the unsinkable ballad, a song so ubiquitous and clichéd that it could be applied to just about anything—weddings, funerals, school dances, sandwich shops. It was a gigantic hit, but there are at least 14 songs you’d rather hear her sing, right?

14. “I’ll Be There” (MTV Unplugged, 1992)
The only MTV Unplugged performance to ever hit No. 1, Mariah’s faithful rendition of the Jackson 5 classic turned into a duet with the help of longtime backup singer Trey Lorenz.

13. “Love Takes Time” (Mariah Carey, 1990)
This boilerplate ballad became the template for so many artists who came after (Kelly Clarkson’s “A Moment Like This” doesn’t exist without it) that it almost seems cliché today. But all clichés have to start somewhere.

12. “My All” (Butterfly, 1998)
Mariah’s ballads have a tendency to blur together, but “My All” is unique in just how low-key it is. Even when she goes for the money notes, the Latin-flavored instrumentation just simmers beneath, never stealing her spotlight away.

11. “Honey” (Butterfly, 1997)
Hip-hop had been creeping into Mariah’s sound ever since “Fantasy,” but it really took hold with “Honey,” a sea-change hit that coincided with her split from record exec Tommy Mottola. With the sex appeal cranked up all the way, Mariah and Bad Boy’s production team (including Puff Daddy) ushered in the new approach.

10. “Don’t Forget About Us” (The Emancipation of Mimi, 2005)
No one was forgetting about Mariah after “We Belong Together.” Although this follow-up hit mined similar themes of heartbreak and regret, “Don’t Forget About Us” was all about the victory lap.

9. “Someday” (Mariah Carey, 1991)
Not content to be pigeonholed as a balladeer, Mariah’s change-of-pace third single was a New Jane Swing banger that ripped a page straight out of the Color Me Badd playbook. Taken by itself, the intro could very well lead into “I Wanna Sex You Up.”

8. “One Sweet Day” (Daydream, 1995)
On paper, the pairing of Mariah and Boyz II Men was a genius stroke. She was the biggest female singer on the planet, and they were in the midst of an all-world run where the only threat to a Boyz II Men chart-topper was the next Boyz II Men chart-topper. It didn’t matter that the actual the song was not as memorable as either’s previous work—it’s still the longest-running No. 1 hit in Billboard history.

7. “Dreamlover” (Music Box, 1993)
Girl Next Door Mariah is a concept that never really took off, but “Dreamlover” is its short-lived apotheosis, all knotted flannel, jean shorts and plenty of open field to dance around in. She just wants a dream lover so she doesn’t have to dream alone.

6. “Fantasy” (Daydream, 1995)
Mariah needed a cred boost around the mid-’90s, and she got it thanks to a sample of an old Tom Tom Club hit and a remix featuring Ol’ Dirty Bastard. Few things in 1995 were as foolproof as guest spot from Dirt McGirt.

5. “Vision of Love” (Mariah Carey, 1990)
Please welcome the bride and groom to the dance floor—and Mariah Carey to the pop charts. This slow burner and first-dance staple was a formidable opening bow, solid proof that the 20-year-old from Long Island had star potential.

4. “Always Be My Baby” (Daydream, 1996)
“Always Be My Baby” is to the ’90s what “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” was to the ’80s: the seminal female sing-along song of the decade. What started out as a simple love song has been forever co-opted as a reaffirmation of friendship and, dare we say it, girl power. Once those “doo-doo-doos” start, there’s nothing left for guys to do except hold their significant others’ coats and bags and try to weather the storm.

3. “Heartbreaker” (Rainbow, 1999)
The last great song before a half-decade in the wilderness is the fitting culmination of Sexy Mariah and Hip-Hop Mariah. Jay-Z’s verse on the original recording is instantly memorable, but the remix, with Missy Elliott and Da Brat, is the real gem.

2. “We Belong Together” (The Emancipation of Mimi, 2005)
The comeback single to top all comeback singles is the reason for the season. Simply put, Mariah’s Caesars residency doesn’t happen without this Jermaine Dupri-produced jam, which stayed at No. 1 for 14 weeks, became the biggest song of the year and emancipated Mimi from her commercial decline.

1. “Emotions” (Emotions, 1991)
“Emotions” is a tour de force, a whirlwind of whistle notes so vocally taxing that Mariah has been regularly lowering its key since 1992. If you’re at a karaoke bar and want to make a statement, have the DJ cue up “Emotions.” No other Mariah track shows off her pipes quite like this one—or makes you feel so badly about your own.

Jack Houston is the editor of Las Vegas Magazine. He’s feeling all the emotions.

(Source: MariahCareyLasVegasWorldPress)

Mariah Carey about to move back to L.A. Reid and Sony

Mariah Carey is coming back to Sony and Epic Records. Carey, I am told, is basically done at
Universal Music Group and DefJam Records. Her last release, last June's "Me. I Am Mariah", was a spectacular sales flop, not crossing the 250k mark. (It was actually lower.) The elusive chanteuse has never really equaled her DefJam hits "The Emancipation of Mimi" and "E=MC2". And all of her loyalists from the DefJam days are gone, starting with former label chief L.A. Reid.

Reid left DefJam for Epic, where he had a slow and bumpy start after an unfortunate detour into "American Idol". But now he's on roll with mega hit Meghan Trainor, not to mention Sara Barielles, Bonnie McKee, Fifth Harmony, A Great Big World, The Fray, and Kongos. Reid is the only one in the biz who could relaunch Carey as an adult star - no more hip hop - and may be the only one wants to.

More importantly, Sony has incentive. Most of Mariah's classic catalog of albums is still there from her Tommy Mottola days. Reid's first move might be to do a Mariah-and-guests duets album of her hits like "Dreamlover" and "Vision of Love" a la Barbra Streisand. One source tells me: "It's in the works and should be done shortly."

Another sign: a blind item on Hits Daily Double claiming a major legacy pop star just dissed his/her record execs backstage at her show. Carey held court at the Beacon Theater in December for about a week. Just sayin'...

And don't forget: Carey is about to take over from fellow Epic star Celine Dion at Caesar's in Las Vegas. The Butterfly singer is ready for a resurgence. The only thing she still needs: a manager. Someone she actually listens to. She's been through several in the last couple of years.

(Source: Showbiz411)

Friday, January 16, 2015

DOWNLOAD: Mariah Carey on Ellen! (720p)

Download the entire episode of Ellen HERE!
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(Mariahs segment only)

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Duration: 11:17