For the 3rd year in a row, Mariah joins NBC for the tree lighting in Rockreller Center. Her pre-taping is scheduled for December 2, 2014. and is set to air on NBC December 3, 2014.
The Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree is a world-wide symbol of the holidays in New York City. The 2014 Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree will be lit for the first time on Wednesday, December 3 with live performances from 7–9 PM, at Rockefeller Plaza, between West 48th and West 51st Streets and Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Tens of thousands will crowd the sidewalks for the event and hundreds of millions will watch it live across the globe. The Tree will remain lit and can be viewed until 8pm on January 7th, 2015.
The bestselling female artist of all time, Mariah Carey announced last week that she will bring her
all-time favorite, chart-topping Christmas hits to the Beacon Theatre for four unprecedented performances this December 15, 16, 18 & 20.
And now, due to overwhelming demand, the queen of Christmas has added one more show on December 21!
Mariah says of her upcoming shows, "I can't imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year. I can't wait!"
Lambs around the world celebrate 20 years of Mariah Carey's #MerryChristmas on 1st December by downloading the album! #MC20
On December 1, the LAMBILY will come together and download Mariah Carey's classic Christmas album Merry Christmas via iTunes to celebrate the iconic record as well as make an attempt to the top the iTunes charts worldwide. This is our gift to Mariah this Christmas season.
All fans should stay tuned to Mariah Daily, Mariah Carey Connection, Mariah Carey Australia, LambzRus, Gilles, Marc, Taz & eLambily for updates and social media banner assets plus some tentative festive competitions to celebrate the occasion.
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GLOBAL SUPERSTAR AND "QUEEN OF CHRISTMAS," MARIAH CAREY ANNOUNCES HER FIRST EVER LIVE CHRISTMAS EXTRAVAGANZA!
In the midst of her wildly successful world tour "The Elusive Chanteuse Show," Mimi returns home to New York City for a series of festive shows at the Beacon Theatre!
Mariah Carey'said 'All I Want For Christmas Is You, A Night of Joy and Festivity,'titled after Mariah's self-penned modern classic, commemorates the 20th anniversary of her album "Merry Christmas," the best selling Christmas album of all-time!
DECEMBER 15th, 16th, 18th, and 20th
Honey B. Fly Pre-sales begin Monday, November 3rd
NEW YORK, NY — Mariah Carey announced this morning that she will bring her all-time favorite, chart-topping Christmas hits to the Beacon Theatre for four unprecedented performances this December 15, 16, 18 & 20. Mariah will spread festive love and cheer on stage performing her timeless hits from her worldwide bestselling holiday albums Merry Christmas, which has sold over 14 million copies to date and is certified 5x platinum by the RIAA, and her critically acclaimed holiday follow up, Merry Christmas II You.
Exclusive Honey B. Fly ticket pre-sales for the Beacon Theatre performances go on sale Monday, November 3rd @ 10am ET. Public on-sales begin on Monday, November 10th at 12-noon on Ticketmaster.com.
"I can't imagine being anywhere more special than live on stage, in my hometown, celebrating with my fans during the Christmas season, my most treasured time of the year," said Carey. "I can't wait!"
VIBE spotlights some of music's most essential timepieces for Gen Y Mariah Carey Daydream (1995)
Elevator Pitch: Most '80s and '90s babies groan and moan that R&B music isn't what it used to be
and they're right. Mariah Carey's Daydream LP is MC's graduation from Titanic-y ballad voice box to R&B&Pop queen.
Singles That Get Infinite Spins: Daydream's lead, "Fantasy"; the Kleenex-soaked "One Sweet Day"; nostalgia pusher "Always Be My Baby"; the twinkly-eyed "Underneath The Stars"
Peak Moment: Track No. 1. Soaked in the feel good thrills from Tom Tom Club's "Genius of Love," "Fantasy" set the stage for pop music today. Despite some pushback from her then-label, Columbia Records, and ex-husbandger/ then-chief of Sony, Tommy Motola, who tried to fashioned Mimi into the "next Whitney Houston," the Long Island native and self-professed hip-hop head orchestrated a collaboration with Wu-Tang Clan's late rapper Ol' Dirty Bastard and Diddy (then Puff Daddy) for the "Fantasy" remix to help her glide into the hip-hop space.
She expressed these differences with Columbia, telling Entertainment Weekly at the time, "Everybody was like 'What, are you crazy?' They're nervous about breaking the formula. It works to have me sing a ballad on stage in a long dress with my hair up."
With long gowns still a staple in her stage wardrobe, Mariah etched the blueprint for modern-day pop melodies featuring rap verses (see: Christina Aguilera and Beyoncé's hits) and continues to incorporate that same formula into her post-1995 catalog.
Lines Best For Status Updates—When You're In Your Feelings:
"Oh when you walk by every night, talking sweet and looking fine, I get kind of hectic inside"
"Feels like I'm dreaming but I'm not sleeping"
"Although the sun will never shine the same again, I'll always look to a brighter day"
"No way you're never gonna shake me, ooh darling 'cause you'll always be my baby"
"Only once in a lifetime, love rushes in, changing you with the tide"
"You knew how to get your way, ignorance was bliss in your warm embrace"
"Thoughts run wild as I sit and rhapsodize, paint pretty pictures of what I'd do if you were mine"
Most Slept-on: Melt Away"—The SWV feels plus Babyface's imprint should have pushed this sensual sleeper further up on the track list, instead of being buried by the gospel-inspired "I Am Free" and the hip-hop-heavy "Long Ago."
Bet You Didn't Know: Mariah Carey traded pens with R&B quartet Boyz II Men to write one of the deepest album cuts on death (ever!). Both artists were coping with personal losses—MC lost her friend and collaborator David Cole while the Boyz lost their road manager Kahlil Roundtree—and each scribed a different song that turned out to be nearly identical.
"[Mariah] played us the melody and the hook, and it was amazing. It was almost the same song I was writing," B2M member Nathan Morris said. "I told her that I was working on a song with a similar melody and, while the lyrics were, of course, different, the premise was the same. They complemented each other."
The duet—which marked Carey's 10th No. 1 and Boyz II Men's fourth—was recorded in a matter of hours, a speedy session that also churned out the visual below.
Bet You (Also) Didn't Know: Before covers on YouTube became A&R gold, Mariah often saluted classics on her albums. On 1993's Music Box, she performed Air Supply's "Without You" and eventually remade the Lionel Richie and Diana Ross marriage anthem "Endless Love" with Luther Vandross.
For Daydream, Mariah said it with her chest for a cover of Journey's "Open Arms." Toning down the booming vocals of the group's original frontman Steve Perry, Carey's baby smooth riffs and tender coos did the 1982 single—a karaoke magnet for Filipinos because of Arnel Pineda—justice.
Synopsis: Pushing play on The Elusive Chanteuse requires more effort than pulling up Daydream. As a member of the Lambily for the past two decades, a collaboration with Boyz II Men > collaboration with Rich Homie Quan, IMO. But in an age where relevance is measured by a song's level of ratchet, the standard of Pop/R&B excellence Mariah Carey helped set has gotten lost in the sauce, specifically DJ Mustard beats.
The innocent Mimi who floated on '90s relics like "Always Be My Baby" isn't the same as the diva who birthed #DemBabies and is currently struggling to sing overseas. Regardless, this album was a major reality check (more than 25 million copies sold in the U.S.) and cemented her musical chemistry with the likes of Jermaine Dupri and Walter Afanasieff. Love life aside, Mariah's Daydream will remain a super high note for now and forever.—Adelle Platon
01. Andrew Lloyd Webber – $1.2 billion
02. Paul McCartney – $800 million
03. Bono – $600 million
04. Sean Combs – $550 million 05. Mariah Carey – $500 million She’s famous for her beautiful voice and the amount of music she’s made so famous and popular. Mariah Carey is famous for making songs such as, “Hero,” and “One Sweet Day,” famous, but did you know she also wrote those songs? She’s not just a pretty face and a pretty voice. The singing diva has an immense talent when it comes to writing songs, and she’s making it known to the world. She has more number one singles than any other solo artist in the world, and most of them are songs she wrote on her own.
06. Jay-Z – $475 million
07. Dolly Parton – $450 million
08. Jimmy Buffett – $400 million
09. George Harrison – $400 million
10. Sting – $395 million
11. Michael Jackson – $350 million
12. Mick Jagger – $300 million
13. Herb Alpert – $250 million
14. Pete Townshend – $215 million
15. Tim Rice – $200 million
Miley Cyrus might make more headlines than Mariah Carey—but if we’re talking ultimate pop
stardom, Mariah wins. (Surprise.)
Time looked at every song that’s been in the Billboard Top 10 since 1960, the number of hits by each artist present on that list, and how long those musicians’ careers have lasted, and used that information to determine which artists are ultimately the most successful pop-hit generators. The final product is a colorful infographic that proves Michael Jackson had a consistently successful career from 1971 to 1995, while Santana’s career, though long, hasn’t been witness to nearly as many hits.
The artists are awarded points for each song of theirs that made it into the Top 10—for example, Michael Jackson gets 10 points for “Beat It” topping the chart at No. 1 while while Taylor Swift gets three points for “Speak Now” peaking at spot No. 8.
Usher had the best single year out of everyone when, in 2004, he racked up 639 points for having five songs in the Top 10 for a combined 88 weeks, while Barbra Streisand made just two points in 1997 for “I Finally Found Someone,” which peaked at No. 9 and only had a one-week stay in the Top 10
Jermaine Dupri calls himself "a psychiatrist of artists," says continuing as Mariah Carey's manager could have ruined their relationship.
So So Def Recordings CEO Jermaine Dupri clarified rumors that he was dropped as Mariah Carey's
manager due to low album sales for Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, during a newly-released interview with Vlad TV. According to JD, he chose to leave his position as manager for the singer because he felt that it would have eventually affected their friendship. He revealed that many chose to assume he was dropped by Mariah rather than consider the possibility that he left on his own terms.
The record producer also shared an ongoing joke that compared his relationship with Mariah to that of Mariah's relationship with her now estranged husband, Nick Cannon. "That's the story that people make because that's what people think in their minds that that's exactly how it has to happen," Dupri said. "It just can't possibly be that Jermaine woke up one morning and didn't want to do it no more. That just can't possibly happen, right? That just can't possibly be the thing. Like he had to get dropped because that's what happens in the world. Niggas get dropped. But nobody else has a mind to say 'You know what? I don't really wanna do this shit no more. I got other shit I want to do. But I'm not that smart, right? I couldn't do that. That's impossible.' That's what I'm saying. It's crazy that people just make these stories. I wasn't dropped. I chose to do this because me and Mariah are friends, right? First and foremost. And we make hit records in the studio. This was the ongoing joke. I have a relationship with Mariah better than her and her husband. I've known her longer than her and her husband known each other... With that being said, you don't want to fuck that up. I saw a lot of things happening with inside of me being her manager that could have fucked that up."
Later in the interview, Dupri referred to himself as a "psychiatrist of artists" when describing the relationship he's had with the artists he's worked with throughout his career. He also revealed that the general public assumed he was dropped from Def Jam when he instead chose to leave the label because he was unable to do what he wanted.
"I'm like a psychiatrist of artists," he said. "If you wanna sit and talk to me and work out things that's going on in your life I'm that person that most of these artists talk to. So, with that being said, me and Mariah we good... That's the same story that came out when I left Def Jam. 'He got kicked out of Def Jam.' I chose to leave because if what I do is not being recepted then it's not no need for me to do it. And I'm easily the person that will get... If you start not allowing me to do what I do then I will easily start removing myself away from that picture. And I have done that so many times."
The release of Jermaine Dupri's interview with Vlad TV comes weeks after it was announced that Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon had filed for divorce.
I as a lamb refuse to buy these tabloids. It is usually lies and BS, and buying the filth is in no way supporting Mariah. However for the lambs, who would like to read or have the scans... I am sharing some in PDF format.
The 44-year-old singer and her husband of six years are reportedly heading toward a divorce, according to multiple reports, apparently sparked by public embarassment over Cannon's comments about having had sex with Kim Kardashian.
Nick Cannon confirmed that his six-year marriage to Mariah Carey is on the rocks.
The 33-year-old "America's Got Talent" host broke his silence Thursday about his rumored impending divorce from Carey, 44.
"We have been living in separate houses for a few months," Cannon told The Insider. "(Right now) my main focus is my kids,"
TMZ reported earlier that the high-powered couple has already gotten lawyers involved to negotiate property and custody agreements over their 3-year-old twins Moroccan and Monroe.
"Divorce is a done deal," the gossip site reported.
MARIAH CAREY ANNOUNCES HIGHLY ANTICIPATED WORLD TOUR "THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE SHOW" 'CHANTEUSE' LAUNCHES IN ASIA OCTOBER 2014, MARKS THE DIVA'S FIRST WORLD TOUR SINCE ‘THE ADVENTURES OF MIMI’ MORE SHOWS TO BE ANNOUNCED ON MARIAHCAREY.COM
On the heels of her most critically acclaimed album of her career, "Me. I am Mariah... The Elusive
Chanteuse," best-selling female artist of all time Mariah Carey embarks on a world tour entitled "The Elusive Chanteuse Show." This will be Mariah’s first reemergence to the stage since her celebrated and extensive "The Adventures of Mimi" tour in 2006.
The Elusive Chanteuse Show will launch with two dates in Japan, a favorite stop for Carey, where she holds the title of the best selling international artist with over 20 million albums sold.
Mariah’s 'Chanteuse' will play 12 exclusive dates in Asia starting October 4, 2014, including the superstar’s first ever visit to mainland China. Visit mariahcarey.com/tour for up-to-date information as the shows get announced.
Carey's set list will be an exciting mix of her biggest hits, fan-favorite album cuts, never-before-performed selections from her #1 R&B Album "Me. I am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse" and many more surprises!
"I want to experience the spontaneity and emotion that I put into this album on stage with my fans," says Carey. "I can't stop writing songs so don't be surprised if you hear a brand new song that I just wrote the night before the show in your city!"
Mariah Carey is a true music icon and the best-selling female artist of all time with more than 220 million albums sold to date and 18 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 singles (17 self-penned) including 'Fantasy', 'Always Be My Baby', 'Hero', 'Touch My Body', 'One Sweet Day', and 'We Belong Together' - more than any solo artist in history.
With her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent, Mariah has defined the modern pop performance. As a singer/ songwriter/ producer, she has been recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few.
Mariah Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. She has made substantial marks in film with critically acclaimed roles in Precious (2009) and also in Lee Daniel's The Butler (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children's charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.
Stay up to date with tour announcements at www.mariahcarey.com/tour and follow Mariah on Facebook and Twitter at @MariahCarey.
Mariah Carey has hired a new manager after parting ways with longtime collaborator Jermaine Dupri.
The “Hero” hit maker hired her super-producer pal as her manager last autumn, but after less than a year in his new role, Dupri is stepping down from the position.
A statement released by Dupri reads: “I’m a very hands-on person when it comes to my work. I put my all into every project. But when I’m not allowed to do what I do, then I know it’s time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future.”
Carey hired Dupri in the middle of production of her 14th studio album, “Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse,” which she had been working on for the past two years.
The record was finally released in May, but had a disappointing debut in the U.S. selling just 58,000 copies in the first week.
Carey had previously been managed by music veteran and former “American Idol” judge Randy Jackson
She has now reportedly hired Def Jam Recordings president Kevin Liles, who also manages Jay Z and Ludacris, to oversee her career, according to Billboard Magazine.
It looks like the "elusive chanteuse" continues to elude career stability.
Mariah Carey has parted ways with longtime musical collaborator Jermaine Dupri as her manager, and has
been working closely with Kevin Liles, who was president of Def Jam during the singer's stint at the label, Billboard has learned. Sources say "nothing official" has been inked with Liles' firm KWL Enterprises, but the two have been working together since the June launch of Go N'Syde's Carey-branded Butterfly interactive beverage line.
"I'm a very hands-on person when it comes to my work," Dupri tells Billboard in a statement. "I put my all into every project. But when I'm not allowed to do what I do, then I know it's time for me to move on. Mariah and I enjoy working together and will continue to make great music together in the future." Reps for Liles, Carey and Carey's label Def Jam declined comment.
The reteaming with Liles is the latest in an increasingly long line of management changes Carey, 44, has undergone during the last few years, which in 2013 alone included stints with Randy Jackson/Irving Azoff tag team and Bruce Eskowitz of Red Light Management before Dupri came onboard that fall. In the past decade, she also worked with current Jennifer Lopez manager Benny Medina (2003-2008) and the late Chris Lighty (2008-2012); other former managers include Randy Hoffman and, briefly, Sandy Gallin.
The news arrives on the heels of disappointing sales of Carey's 14th studio album, Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse, which has sold 103,000 copies since its May 27 release, according to Nielsen Soundscan, and falls off the Billboard 200 on the chart dated Aug. 9 after just eight weeks. The album underwent multiple release-date changes (it was at one point slated for July 2013 to capitalize on "#Beautiful," Carey's hit duet with Miguel), but has failed to chart a Billboard Hot 100 single since ballad "You're Mine (Eternal)" spent one week at No. 88 in February. The disco-fied "You Don't Know What To Do," featuring Wale, was announced as her latest single in June but has yet to appear on any Billboard charts.
Should The Elusive Chanteuse fail to rechart, it would be the shortest Billboard 200 run of any of Carey's studio albums.
"Hi lambs, welcome to the brand new mariahcarey.com. Stay tuned as we continue adding more sections and pow moments to the site. We're also gonna be coming up with some festive contests for the lambily!
Lastly, I just wanted to thank everyone for always supporting me. You know Me. I Am Mariah... It's only the beginning! The elusive Chanteuse dahhlings!
I can't wait to see you when I hit the road, starting very soon and I'm very excited about it! Love ya much, bye bye!" --Mariah
A very talented DJ friend of mine will be working on a Mariah project for me. I am very excited to have MC "Move the Crowd" again!!! I am not sure yet what will be done with the remix but it will be Fiah!
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The state of Mariah Carey‘s Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse campaign is a hotly-debated
topic on social media. The album is exceptional, so why isn’t it slaying? That’s a question for another time but the warm reception “You Don’t Know What To Do” is having at urban radio is the first sign that things just might be turning around.
Mimi’s infectious Wale-assisted disco anthem is the third-most added song to urban radio this week, behind T.I. and Iggy Azalea‘s “No Mediocre” and Mike WiLL Made-It‘s “Buy The World”. A solid radio hit is just what this era needs, so hopefully it will continue to get strong airplay. (An epic video would also help). Listen to the future hit — fingers crossed! — after the jump.
Can “You Don’t Know What To Do” save Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse? Have your say in the comments below.
Is she a ditzy diva or a savvy chanteuse? Although she's one of the most successful pop singers in history, she continue to elude us.
I’d like to say a word on Mariah’s behalf: Mariah makes me laugh. She makes herself laugh, too—breathy chuckles that ripple through our conversation, as if she is leery of taking herself too seriously. She says she will sometimes wake up like that in the middle of the night—laughing. That, of course, is part of the image that Mariah Carey cultivates. It’s part of the charm, too.
“Darling, I’m eternally 12-years-old,” she purrs when the subject of her age is broached, a familiar line, and all part of the act. “I’m going to give her to you,” she says, clicking her fingers with a flourish. “Ready?” And she slides into a 12-year-old girly voice—“Hi”—all fluttering eyelids and adolescent bashfulness.
Carey loves this kind of pantomime. Her first, and most enduring influence was Marilyn Monroe, and you don’t need to spend long in her company to see that the identification runs deep. When I note the dazzling butterfly ring on her finger, she extends her hand theatrically, like a caricature of Monroe’s Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes. “This is Van Cleef and it’s missing a diamond, and it is shocking,” she says, faux dramatically, before riffing, “shock and awe, shock and awe—I’m very upset now, Aaron, I gotta tell you.” She pretends to fling her ring across the room, before anticipating how this might read in print: “’It’s missing a diamond,’ She tosses it on a couch.” Another bubble of laughter. “There, I did it, so now you can say I did it.”
Carey traces her obsession with Marilyn Monroe back to her childhood, when she received a copy of Norman Mailer’s hefty biography of the actress as a Christmas gift. “I couldn’t have been more than 10,” she says. “I was a reader as a child, believe it or not.”
“Why should I not believe it?”
“It doesn’t go with the ditzy image, I guess. I have too many highlights!” She breaks into laughter, and I ask if that image—of the ditz—frustrates her. “No,” she replies. “I flirt with it, and I play with it. If it pisses people off, whatever.”
“Marilyn Monroe was pretty smart,” I point out.
“Marilyn was reading Nietzsche on the set of Something’s Got to Give," she responds. "Marilyn Monroe Productions was the first female-owned production company in Hollywood. She paved the way for women in Hollywood, and every single woman owes something to her for that, whether they agree with her image or not.”
It’s tempting to hazard that some of Carey’s struggles, in her personal life and within the entertainment industry, parallel her idol. With both women their public persona served as a disguise for a much more thorough grasp of their circumstances than either is given credit far. Like Monroe, Carey has also experienced the ways in which the entertainment industry tries to control women. In 2005 she told Allure magazine that during her marriage to Tommy Mottola, the chairman of Sony Music, she “ longed for someone to come kidnap me… I used to fantasize about that. A lot. I'd have my pocketbook with me at all times in case I had to make an escape.” It was Mottola, also, who engineered Carey’s most saccharine songs, resisting her efforts to explore other avenues in hip-hop and R&B. She was the biggest selling artist of the '90s, but rarely on her own terms. When she did get her way—such as inviting Ol’ Dirty Bastard from the Wu-Tang Clang to rhyme over her 1995 hit “Fantasy,” the results were inspired, but it wasn’t until her post-divorce 1997 album, Butterfly, that fans got to hear Carey as Carey yearned to be heard.
The toll of all those years must have been immense. The first Mariah Carey album was released in 1990, spawning four number one singles in the U.S. She has been a hit-making machine ever since, dropping albums approximately every 18 months, and generally burnishing her reputation as the most successful woman in pop of all time. That well-worn line about being eternally 12-years-old is no mere vanity. It’s her pressure valve.
“As a kid I literally made this pact,” she says, recalling an incident from her tough-as-nails childhood on Long Island. “There had been some sort of argument with my mom and the man she was dating at the time, and somehow I became a part of it—I was around 8 or 9 years old, and I said, ‘I’m never going to forget how it feels to be a kid, and you can’t be seen or heard.’ It’s as though your opinion doesn’t mean anything, or your feelings are not real.”
It was also as a kid that Carey found her voice. “I started singing when I started talking,” she says. “My mother was doing Rigoletto—she’s from the Midwest, but she got a scholarship to Juliard and came to New York, this young girl with the high shorts on, meets my father who she thought was Yul Bryner, driving around in a Porsche—there weren’t many bald black men driving around in a Porsche and he was fly.” The marriage lasted just three years, and Carey spent her childhood dealing with the dichotomies of her mixed-race background, neither white enough, nor black enough, to fully belong anywhere. “Being biracial is so much a part of who I am that it’s almost, ‘let it go already,’ ” she says. “But it’s intrinsic to me, but I think a lot of my fans relate to me because they felt different.”
There is also the small matter of being a mother herself, now, to fraternal twins Morocco and Monroe (from her second marriage, in 2008, to the multi-hyphenate Nick Cannon whose Wikipedia entry lists him as actor, comedian, rapper, entrepreneur, record producer, radio and television personality). “Pulling them away from me is so hard,” Carey says. “It’s unconditional love, and I never, ever thought I was going to have kids—ever.” Why did she think she would never have kids? “I remember as a child saying I’m never going to get married; I’m never going to have kids.” She pauses. “Here’s the thing: would I have been better off if my parents stayed married? No way. They were miserable together, but the grass is always greener. I feel I had a great childhood in some ways—and that’s an amazing thing to be able to say—but I also feel I didn’t because I was the caretaker and I still am, like it started long before I had any financing.”
Her explanation for wanting to purchase Marilyn Monroe’s baby grand piano at auction in 1999 is instructive. “It was her only piece of the childhood she’d never had,” she says. “It was very important for her to find something to cling to.”
One reason Carey has developed such a strong and rewarding friendship with the director Lee Daniels, who cast her in Precious, is that both can connect over their hardscrabble childhoods; both, also, grew up feeling like outsiders. “He brings out the schoolgirl in me,” Carey laughs. “You can’t lose the inner child, but everybody does.”
Carey’s schoolgirl plays better with some audiences than with others. At the OUT100 Awards in New York last November, she generated rousing cheers and whoops from several thousand gay men assembled to see her present an award to Daniels. “I’m a straight girl—I don’t really know why they asked me to be here, but my boobs have been out for years,” she joked, channeling a drag queen shtick as she flapped a lacy black fan against her face. By contrast, she shudders at the memory of an appearance with Daniels at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in 2010.
“We didn’t really know what we were walking into, but it was a pretty conservative crowd,” she recalls, name-checking Sean Penn, Sidney Poitier, and Clint Eastwood, among the attendees. “Lee calls me Kitten, and I call him Cotton, it was just a private joke, on stage, on champagne, and nobody got it but us, and the world was like, WTH, WTF, we don’t understand.” That appearance is one of several that are routinely aggregated in online symposia assessing Carey’s state of mind.
The most notorious remains an unscheduled appearance on the VH1 show, Total Request Live, in July 2001, when Carey surprised the host, Carson Daley, by pushing an ice cream cart on to the set, before whipping off her T-shirt to reveal snug hot pants and a body-hugging top underneath. That incident, in which she told the live audience, “I just want one day off when I can go swimming and eat ice cream and look at rainbows,” was widely viewed as a nadir in Carey’s career, and came shortly before the release, on September 11, 2001, of Glitter—the soundtrack to her semi-autobiographical movie. The extensive panning that both movie and album received knocked her career for six and lead to the annulment of her $100 million, five-album contract with Virgin Records.
Even now with Carey’s career back on the rails—her best-selling 2005 album, The Emancipation of Mimi, easily saw off the spectre of Glitter—the web is a viper’s nest of snarky asides about Carey’s less-scripted moments. In 2008, the woman’s interest site Jezebel—usually a citadel of indignation at the ritual humiliations that women undergo—resurrected that TRL clip with the headline, “Remember when Mariah Carey Went Crazy.” But for those less wrapped up in her baby doll image, that appearance made Carey likable, real, and true. Who doesn’t sometimes feel it’s all too much? Who does not, in their heart of hearts, pine to spend a day swimming and eating ice cream? How much more preferable that sounds to being ground down by the mill of expectation.
Sitting in the hotel suite, with its tasteful arrangement of white roses, and the fancy Diptyque candle, and the glasses of Prosecco, it’s hard to tell whether Carey is on or off-script this particular evening. She talks in a gush, changing direction mid-sentence, forcing me to keep up with the zigzags in her conversation. One minute she is talking about her nodules (“That’s how I hit those notes because I’ve learned to manipulate them somehow); the next she is tugging at the back of her dress. “The zippers to these dresses,” she says, all good-natured exasperation and curves and smiles. “They make them and they break; it doesn’t matter how much you pay for it, they frickin’ break. There was a seamstress there, but she had gone; they had to call her back—Natalia from Italia. So, it took a minute to get our tiny tailor and everybody to come back, and here we are, Aaron—I apologize, truly.”
It takes a moment to realize this wardrobe malfunction is Carey’s explanation for her three-hour delay, a familiar drill to those who’ve interviewed her before. Some 14 of us were lined up to chat to her that night, a veritable conveyor belt of platitudes and sound bites, predicated on the imminent release of her 14th album, formerly known as The Art of Letting Go, and later to be titled Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive Chanteuse. We’d each been promised an exclusive playback, prior to meeting Carey, but a long-running series of delays and false dawns meant there was still no album to play. Instead, we listen to three songs, all previously issued: “#Beautiful,” a duet with Miguel, “The Art of Letting Go,” and “You’re Mine (Eternal)”, released on Valentine’s Day. None of these have yet succeeded in setting the charts alight, and the album’s birthing problems gave rise to rumors of deeper, underlying issues. Carey’s post-Mottola career has been distinguished by big hits and modest hits, but lately it’s the column of modest hits that gets longer. Carey’s last album, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, sold just over 2 million worldwide, compared to 12 million for The Emancipation of Mimi, which earned eight Grammy nominations (and three wins).
Carey insists she just wants to get the album right. “I want the album to be heard and felt [as] an experience,” she says. “I don’t want to just be, like, ‘Here’s another iTunes moment,’ and this and that. Back then I allowed people to—how do I say it?—dictate policy to me, meaning if I didn’t like something they didn’t care. I listened to people—I was, like, ‘Fine, cool, do whatever.’ So now I’m just being adamant.”
But does Carey feel at all anxious that, at 44, she may soon have to reckon with the challenge of pop culture’s fixation with youth, a whole lot harder for women than for men. When I point out that she’s been a pop star for 25 years (her first number one singles in the U.S. was 1990’s "Vision of Love") Carey goes into full-on Eartha Kitt mode. “First of all, don’t round up,” she admonishes. “If you’re going to round, round down!” There is that laugh again. She continues: “I don’t count years, but I definitely rebuke them—I have anniversaries, not birthdays, because I celebrate life, darling.” As if realizing this is almost too much a caricature of a diva, she adds, “Please put an LOL next to this, because people are going to be, like, WTF?”
Of course, there is no written rule that a musician must find a way to keep putting out platinum-selling albums. Carey’s musical hero, Aretha Franklin, hasn’t had a major album since 1985’s Who’s Zoomin Who?, released when Franklin was 43, and her last commercially significant single was a 1987 duet with George Michael, “I Knew You Were Waiting.” Carey, who describes her first meeting with Franklin like meeting the Queen, says she already received the ultimate accolade last Christmas when she got to sing with Franklin at the tree-lighting ceremony at the White House. “Of course, me—like an idiot—stands there and sings, with no umbrella, in the rain, my hair was destroyed, after I went through so much trouble in my white ensemble, and Aretha, she had her umbrella, she had everything, it was magical, and she walked by my trailer singing, (Carey’s massive hit) ‘All I want for Christmas is you.’ ”
Carey begins to laugh. She is still laughing as a publicist ushers me out of the room to make way for the next writer. It’s a genuine laugh, and long after I leave the hotel, I can hear it, tinkling in my ears.
Mariah Carey is getting in the beverage business. Following the No. 3 debut of her album, the Elusive
Chanteuse held a press conference at the St. Regis in New York on Monday to announce the launch of her Go N’Syde bottle Butterfly. With the company’s founder Kevin Liles by her side, Mariah sipped from a champagne glass.
The drink, which comes in a pretty pink bottle, is described as “a melodic beverage inspired by the magic of Mariah Carey.”
By holding a smartphone up to the bottle, fans will be able to access an entertainment network curated by Mariah.
Butterfly will be available in Walgreens nationwide and at all Manhattan Duane Reade locations.
The World Music Awards is turning into a disaster of global proportions. Confidenti@l has learned that the multimillion-dollar broadcast - already delayed a week because of a series of screw ups blamed on
"technical difficulties" - will likely never see the light of day.
The flashy ceremony, which includes performances by Miley Cyrus and Mariah Carey, was taped May 27 in Monte Carlo, Monaco, and scheduled to be broadcast on NBC the following day. But host Sharon Stone dropped out at the 11th hour over a payment problem and was hurriedly replaced by Pamela Anderson and "Talk Dirty" singer Jason Derulo.
After the last-minute fill-ins were found, the show ended up running so late that there wasn't enough time to do the cuts and editing for broadcast. It failed to make the two-hour 8 p.m. slot reserved by NBC. According to a source, the network - which scrambled at the last minute to fill the airtime with a repeat of "Last Comic Standing" - was promised an edited version by late last week, but is still waiting for the final cut.
Now we're told NBC execs are livid over the mess and planning to pull the plug altogether. "NBC has said that they're cutting their losses and dropping the broadcast," says an insider. "It's already caused too many problems and too much embarrassment. They've lost their patience with the whole thing. The 'WMA' team are desperately doing everything they can to convince NBC execs to air it, but the chances are looking bleak," the insider said. "They're hoping they can come up with a version that's so great, NBC can't refuse it." A second insider said it would be unfair of NBC to bury the production. "It would be really terrible to let down all the artists and the record labels and managers who sent them to Monaco on the understanding that the show would air in prime time on NBC," said the source.
In addition to running the awards, the "WMA" organization does charity work. According to its website, it has built 23 hospitals, schools and orphanages around the world. For now, fans of musicians who were at the show - which salutes artists from all over the world - can see who won on Twitter, which live-tweeted the event.
The awards were founded in 1989 and have doled out prizes to Michael Jackson and Bon Jovi, among others. The show went on hiatus in 2010; this year was supposed to bring its return to TV. A rep for NBC did not return a request for comment.
Mariah Carey collects her 17th top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart as Me. I Am Mariah... The Elusive
Chanteuse enters at No. 3 with 58,000 sold in the week ending June 1 (according to Nielsen SoundScan). Her last non-holiday studio effort, 2009's Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel, also debuted at No. 3, but with 168,000.
The debut of "Elusive is Carey's smallest opening for a non-holiday studio effort since SoundScan started tracking sales in 1991. Her previous low came when 1991's Emotions launched at No. 4 with 156,000. Carey has tallied six No. 1 albums between 1991 and 2008.
Chanteuse was released on May 27 by Def Jam Records -- nearly five years after her last non-holiday studio album, 2009's Memoirs of An Imperfect Angel. Notably, this is her longest gap between studio projects.
Chanteuse was tentatively earmarked for a release in March 2013, but was then pushed to July 23, then to May 6, 2014 and finally May 27. The promotion for the new set arguably started in August 2012 with the release of the single "Triumphant (Get 'Em)," a song which does not appear on Chanteuse. The new album's most recently charting single on the Billboard Hot 100 was "You're Mine (Eternal)," which spent one week on the list, peaking at No. 88 (on the March 1-dated chart).
The set previously logged a No. 15 hit with "#Beautiful," featuring Miguel," in June 2013. Comparably, the Memoirs album launched with the No. 7-peaking single "Obsessed." (Carey holds the mark for the most Hot 100 No. 1s, 18, among soloists. Among all acts, only the Beatles, with 20, have more.)
Between "Triumphant" and "You're Mine (Eternal)," Carey released a few other singles with varying results.
In early 2013, she bowed the track "Almost Home" from the film "Oz the Great and Powerful." It reached No. 20 on the Adult Contemporary airplay chart, and does not appear on The Elusive Chanteuse. After that, "#Beautiful" became a significant hit, reaching No. 15 on the Hot 100 and No. 3 on Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs. Then, in November of last year, Carey issued the song "The Art of Letting Go," which missed the Hot 100, but did reach No. 46 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart.
ME. I AM MARIAH... THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE, released May 27th on Def Jam Recordings, the brand new album by multi-platinum global superstar Mariah Carey, is greeted with critically overwhelming raves across the board, and soars to #1 on the iTunes pop chart in 33 countries including the U.S. The new album also debuted at #1 on the Soundscan R&B Albums chart, which marks her 15th Top 5 album.
In support of the album, Mariah sat down with NBC's Matt Lauer for a one-time only exclusive rare and
personal prime time interview in her home last week which won the network and demographic timeslot. "Mariah Carey: At Home In Concert With Matt Lauer" aired release week (Saturday May 31st). As a compassionate philanthropist, Mariah was honored last week and received the Hero Award from The Fresh Air Fund for her work as founder of Camp Mariah, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development. The benefit raised over $1.5 million dollars for The Fresh Air Fund.
As executive producer of ME. I AM MARIAH… THE ELUSIVE CHANTEUSE, nearly every track on the album (with the exception of a cover of George Michael's #1 classic "One More Try" and the uplifting, inspirational, and emotionally charged album closer, her tribute to the late Reverend James Cleveland, "Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can't Give Up Now)" was written and produced by Mariah. Two different exclusive album configurations with distinctive artwork are available, the Standard Edition (15 tracks) and the Deluxe Edition (18 tracks). This marks Mariah's first new album release since her worldwide best-selling Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel in 2009.
Steve Bartels, CEO of Def Jam Recordings, says "It is wonderful to see Mariah, the iconic artist, stay true to herself and deliver a carefully crafted body of work that will once again showcase her mass appeal across an enduring legion of worldwide fans."
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. Mariah is a singer/songwriter/producer recognized with multiple Grammy Awards, 21 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award, the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium," and BMI's "Icon Award" for her outstanding achievements in songwriting, to name a few – with her distinct five-octave vocal range, prolific songwriting, and producing talent,Mariah is truly the template of the modern pop performance. Mariah Carey's ongoing impact transcends the music industry to leave an indelible imprint upon the world at large. Mariah Carey made her entree into the world of independent film with her breakthrough performance for her role in WiseGirls staring alongside academy award winner Mira Sorvino and Melora Walters. In 2009, she was recognized with the Breakthrough Performance Award at the Palm Spring International Film Festival for her critically acclaimed role in Lee Daniel's "Precious" and most recently appeared in his latest stellar ensemble in "The Butler" (2013). A Congressional Award recipient, Mariah has generously donated her time and energy to a range of philanthropic causes near to her heart including Save the Music, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, World Hunger Relief, and the Elton John AIDS Foundation, among many others. A tremendous supporter of children's charities, both domestic and international, Mariah founded Camp Mariah in partnership with the Fresh Air Fund, a retreat for inner city children to explore career development.