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Mariah Carey

She is a beautiful and legendary pop and R&B singer and actress/model. Mariah Carey’s career is truly the stuff of legend. Since she began her career, Mariah has since become the best-selling female performer of all time, with an incredible 15 #1 singles and two Grammy Awards. Along the way she became the only artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s, and, with "Heartbreaker," she pushed ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop Billboard’s Hot 100 Singles chart. Possessing a spectacular seven-octave range, Mariah has proven that she is equally at home with sweeping ballads and pop, often incorporating elements of dance and hip-hop into the mix. Perhaps even more impressive, she composes all of her own material. In May 2002, Mariah signed an exclusive recording contract with the Universal Music Group's Island Records. In addition, Carey has formed her own label. The first release for the new label will be Mariah's forthcoming studio album set for release on December 3rd, 2002.

Mariah's new album features the songstress writing and co-producing with such a-list names as Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis and Jermaine Dupri among others. The album, which is lyrically very personal, showcases Mariah's stunning voice, prolific songwriting and incredible versatility. This is fully evident on the first single, the sweeping epic ballad, "Through The Rain" which is a perfect example of what Mariah does best. Born in Long Island, NY, as the daughter of a former opera singer and vocal coach -- and named after the song "They Call the Wind Mariah" from the popular Lerner and Loewe musical Paint Your Wagon ­ Mariah began singing at the age of four, and was writing her own songs by the time she was attending Oldfield Middle School. She moved to New York City, the day after graduating from high school. Honing her songwriting skills and lending her vocals to several local acts, she first garnered industry attention when singing backup for Brenda K. Starr, who gave Mariah’s demo tape to Sony Music Entertainment chief Tommy Mottola at a party. As legend has it, Mottola played the demo on his ride home and ordered his driver to immediately return to the party so that he could meet the young singer. Soon afterwards, Mottola signed Mariah to a Columbia Records contract.

Mariah’s self-titled Columbia debut, released in 1990, spawned an extraordinary four #1 singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday" and "I Don't Wanna Cry," and led to Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist. The following year’s album, Emotions, was another smash, with the title track scoring her fifth consecutive #1 single and two other titles ­ "Can’t Let Go" and "Make It Happen" ­ reaching the Top Five. Her next release, 1992’s MTV Unplugged EP, scored another #1 with her cover of the Jackson 5’s "I’ll Be There." Music Box (1993) became her biggest seller to date, with "Dreamlover" and "Hero" again topping the charts, and was followed by 1994’s Merry Christmas, which contained another hit with "All I Want for Christmas is You." Daydream (1995) contained the club-friendly "Fantasy," which debuted at #1 ­ making Mariah the second artist in history, and the first female performer, to accomplish that feat. The follow-up single, "One Sweet Day" (recorded with Boyz II Men), followed suit and stayed at the top of the charts for a record 16 weeks.

Butterfly (1997) revealed an even greater hip-hop flavor than its predecessor, scoring hits with "Honey" and "My All." The following year witnessed the release of greatest hits collection #1’s, which included a new song, "When You Believe" (from the film The Prince of Egypt), a duet with Whitney Houston which paired the two most successful female recording artists in pop history. Rainbow, with its chart-topping tune "Heartbreaker," followed in 1999. In 2001, Mariah signed with Virgin Records, which released Glitter, the soundtrack album to the film of the same name, with Mariah in her first lead acting role. She has also been featured in the films The Bachelor (1999) and Wisegirls (2002). Mariah has garnered many accolades throughout her career including 2 Grammy Awards, 8 American Music Awards, Billboard's "Artist of the Decade" Award and the World Music Award for "World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium" to name a few. Mariah’s many accomplishments and unprecedented career success stand as a testament to her creativity and talent. That they represent only the beginning is all the more impressive. Mariah was born on March 27, 1970 in Huntington, NY. Mariah Carey weathered a divorce, a breakdown and a bomb at the box office, but through it all she has stayed on top of the music charts and in the hearts of her adoring fans. In Her Words: "Every now and then somebody has to be the fall guy for people's jokes. What are you gonna do?"

Mariah Carey says her marriage was a big mistake!

Pop singer Mariah Carey has revealed that she realised her marriage to Sony records boss Tommy Mottola was a big mistake during her honeymoon.

The sexy singer confessed her happiness following the couple's spectacular 1993 nuptials was very brief, and she spent much of the subsequent honeymoon alone.

"Everybody talks about (the wedding) but no one saw me on the honeymoon, running down the beach, miserable, crying and alone," the singer was quoted by Femalefirst, as saying.

"My relationship with my husband was not a physical relationship. It just wasn't. I still have nightmares about it," she added.

Mariah Carey Plays The Diva To Perfection!!

Mariah Carey confirmed her diva status at the weekend by ordering staff at a London hotel to roll out a red carpet accompanied by lit candles for her arrival at 2am.

The sexy singer landed in the English capital at 1.30am in her private jet and told aides to phone ahead to plush hotel Bagloni, where she and her entourage are staying for three nights, with her outrageous demands.

Staff quickly sprung into action, with extra workers having to be woken up to help out, to get the carpet in place for when Mariah arrived.
A source said: "She made an explosion of an entry - with eight bodyguards, hotel staff greeting her and fans cheering. Mariah's arrival was like a film premiere."

The stunning star, famed for her extravagant lifestyle, is in London to promote new album 'The Emancipation of Mimi' and is rumoured to paying £50,000 for her stay at the hotel.

However, rather than be furious with her outrageous demands, a spokesman for the Bagloni insists they were happy to provide Mariah with her red carpet. The hotel's operation's manager said: "It's not unheard of for us to rush a red carpet out for a guest. "

Mariah Carey says, she is not sexed up!

Pop singer Mariah Carey has revealed that she is not desperate to find a man for herself as she feels that sex is not a big deal for her.

"I've never been driven by the need to be with a lot of people. I was always focused on other things," the singer was quoted by contactmusic as saying.

She also confessed to US style magazine America that she was a virgin until her marriage at the age of 23. Mariah added that she is still not highly sexed up.

Mariah Carey: Please Meet Mimi

The singer's new disc shows a more personal side. She talks about making statements, watching American Idol, and working for Jay-Z.

Mariah Carey is re-entering normal. After her 2001 Glitter hiccup and its attendant breakdown, the Long Island girl with the eight-octave range returns with the forthcoming album The Emancipation of Mimi.
Forget the drama and the paranoid Web site messages. Mimi finds Mariah back on track, emphasizing escapism and, amid those trademark ballads, hanging with a mob of platinum hip-hop partners like Snoop Dogg, Nelly and Jermaine Dupri, who produces the snappy first single "It's Like That." Carey spoke to VH1 about writers block, nasty videos, and her pals Randy Jackson, Ol' Dirty Bastard and Jay-Z.

VH1: I told a friend I was interviewing you and he said, "Yeah, Mariah Carey. Where's she been?"

Mariah Carey: Well, here I am.

VH1: Where have you been?

I've been on tour and I've been making an album for a year and a half, which is the longest it's ever taken me to make an album, with the exception of my first record. This is like such a labor of love for me.

VH1: Why did it take so long?

I did 19 or 20 songs. I would do something and love it, and I come up with different ideas of people to collaborate with. Accidents would happen that would be like incredible moments. I was working with the Neptunes and I ended up doing a collaboration with Snoop and then with Nelly because we were all doing our records at the same time. That was just a great moment where it wasn't like you couldn't plan it or even ask for it.

VH1: Have you ever gotten writer's block?

You know what? I don't know that I've had writer's block, because usually when I sit down with somebody - whether I start singing a piano player riffs to play or they go into a chord progression and I start singing melodies on top - we can create something. That's my outlet and it always has been. But I feel like I'm more prolific at this moment than maybe ever.

VH1: So what are you being emancipated from?

I went on a long tangent about what the title meant when the name of the album got leaked, because everybody was like "Mimi? What does that mean?" Nobody understood.

VH1: It's unusual because your titles are usually one definitive word.

Right, but everybody started having their issues about that.

VH1: When you get up to four words, suddenly a statement is being made.

Well, here's what it is: Nobody calls me Mariah except my mother and she doesn't even really call me that. Me and my friends have a million nicknames that we use for each other, but Mimi was a really personal nickname that only people I really love and care about call me. When I proposed the concept of the title to L.A. Reid, the CEO of Island Def Jam, he was like, "I love that, because it's the side of you that I'm hearing in this album, a free-spirited person."

VH1: What's the "It's Like That" video going to be like?

I don't know and neither do you! [Laughs] That's just a saying, I'm not being mean.

VH1: It's being directed by Brett Ratner, so I'm guessing explosions, boats flipping over and a Chris Tucker cameo.

Well, we would love that. Brett Ratner and I did the "Heartbreaker" video together, which is one of the favorite videos that I've ever done. The best thing about it was that it had a sense of humor. That's the thing that Brett brings to the table. He knows me as a person, so he knows that fun side of me, which is what this whole album and project is about.

VH1: Do you ever catch one of your old videos and go, "What was I thinking?"

Constantly! I love "Honey," or the video for the song I did with Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, "Breakdown" or "Heartbreaker." But there were ones that everybody was always like, "You're about your voice and who really cares about the video?" Which was okay and I'm glad they thought that way, but it's nice to make fun videos, too.

VH1: Everybody on American Idol is trying to be the next Mariah Carey. Has the show vindicated you as a singer?

Are they really? Because everybody talks about it to me, but I don't watch the show except to see Randy Jackson!

VH1: Is it amusing to see Randy playing judge?

Yes, because I've known Randy since before my first album came out. If it's on and someone's watching it at my house, I'll look at the TV and be like, "What's Randy doing?" because it's funny to me.

VH1: What did he have to say about your voice when you were working together?

We had collaborative moments. He was my musical director on a couple of tours. We'd discuss things; he's not like, "Oh, I think you should do it like this." He's not being annoying in any way.

VH1: Speaking of old collaborators, were you surprised to hear of Ol' Dirty Bastard's passing?

Yes, I was very upset. He was a really unique person, an artist. It's a loss and it's difficult for everybody who cared about him. He was totally unique. He didn't try to be like anybody else. Because of that, it made him stand out. His style of rhyming yet singing yet just going on a tangent with whatever kind of ad lib stuff he would be doing in the background on certain records was always hot.

VH1: Since Butterfly you've embraced an urban sound. As a fan, what's been the most exciting development in hip-hop?

It's amazing that so many people that I've watched their careers explode, like Jay-Z and Jermaine Dupri, [have become] the heads of record companies. It's a major accomplishment in terms of how far hip-hop has gotten. It's really nice, because I remember when I was really, really young starting out the executives who turned their nose up at hip-hop and looked at it as a fad. Now I'm like, "Ha ha!"


Can Mariah get her groove back by emancipating her inner Mimi?

Carey has adopted a pseudonym for her upcoming album, The Emancipation of Mimi (March 22), an inside reference to one of her nicknames. In an online post, the singer said the disc will give fans get a peek at her private life. The first single is slated to be "Say Something" (featuring Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams), which DJ Envy of New York's Hot 97 said is not a good sign. "I think she's gonna do the same thing she did last year and go more hip-hop and less mainstream. She should keep it mainstream and just do a remix or something or this won't work." At the very least, she should stop telling people about her hard-knock life, Mayfield suggested. "She will always have that core audience that will support her, but her relevance to the general public hinges on whether she makes music that has to be heard," he said. "It's like a pitcher who had a 20-win season. It might not be this one where he does it again, but you wouldn't want to bet against her just on principle, because this might be the year."

Prediction: Carey's been gone so long she's due for a comeback ... as long as her fans are still be there to hear it.

Mariah Crazy In Love With Doggies

According to reports, Mariah Carey had her Jack Russell terrier flown first class from New York to Los Angeles last week. The diva was on the west coast for a video shoot when she decided that she needed a little company and had the pooch flown out at a cost of over $3,000. In other canine news, Beyonce's pet dog has been declared America's 'Most Eligible Pet' in the winter issue of 'Animal Fair' magazine. The publication has been swamped with calls from people trying to hook up their dogs with Beyonce's Munchie.

Mariah Carey Has Vocal Rest Day To Avoid Breakdown

MARIAH'S REST RULES

MARIAH CAREY insists on sleep and vocal rest in a bid to make sure she doesn't suffer a breakdown like the one that halted her career and put her in hospital in 2001.

The pop superstar takes much better care of herself these days and always sets aside days of total silence.

She tells men's magazine BLENDER, "It's a question of getting myself solidly balanced. But I'm much better at sleeping because I have to be."
And on the days when she decides she isn't going to speak, she texts her pals "I'm having a vocal rest" on her cellphone to alert them not to call her.

Mariah Carey setting up home in Britain

Mariah Carey is reportedly setting up home in Britain.

The multi-millionaire singer has told friends she plans to move to London later this year, when she stars in a West End musical - and wants a six-bedroom mansion in the capital's swanky Belgravia district.

The glamorous star has agreed to play Marilyn Monroe's celebrated movie character Elsie Marina in the stage show of 'The Prince and The Showgirl'.
A source revealed to Britain's Daily Mirror newspaper: "She'll be starring as Elsie Marina.

And as she's likely to be here for several months, she's looking to buy a place in Belgravia. It has to have at least six bedrooms and it's fair to say that money is no object."
Meanwhile, Mariah is set to release her own range of sexy lingerie.

The stunning singer is currently designing garments for the line, which will be called 'Mariah Kiss Kiss', to be released this summer.

An insider revealed: "Mariah will market the sexy undies after her next album release in June and she can't wait.

They will be designed for women of all shapes and sizes."

Mariah's Album Stalled

Mariah Carey comeback plans have been put back a month after Island Def Jam bosses decided they needed more time to promote her new album.
The Emancipation Of Mimi was scheduled to hit shelves in March but the album, which features collaborations with Snoop Dogg, Kanye West and Jermaine Dupri among others, will now be released on April 12th.

Carey's chart comeback is already making waves in America - her new single It's Like That became her highest singles chart entry for five years when it debuted at 53 on the Billboard Hot 100 last week.

Red Dragon and Rush Hour director Brett Ratner will shoot the video for the single next week.

Moral Mariah Carey

It seems that rumours of Mariah Carey's dire financial state are more than a little premature, if her shopping habits are anything to go by. The elasti-voiced singer was recently spotted enjoying the benefits of some retail therapy in posh skiing resort Aspen, Colorado, and her poor credit card must be feeling rather bruised!

Maz was spotted going into the Dior shop, and is reported to have racked up an impressive £6,000 bill in just one hour. That's £100 a minute!

Mind you, the tabloid spy who spotted her was impressed to note that Mazza didn't just march up to the sales counter and demand the most expensive item on the shelves to be wrapped up in ostrich skin and delivered to her house by golden carrier tortoise. They told the New York Daily News: "Mariah made a big fuss about checking what was and what wasn't real fur. She didn't want to wear anything that had a real fur trim."

Could this start a trend? Is J-Lo about to start demanding plastic flowers instead of her usual lilies? Let's hope so!

Pants Mean Prizes

It's an old joke but here goes - does anyone want to get into Mariah Carey's pants? Well now you can!

The eccentric songbird has joined the likes of Kylie in putting her name to a range of knickers.

Mariah's pants will be called er, Kiss Kiss, and are expected in the shops sometime next year.

One insider said: "Mariah will market the sexy undies after her next album release in June. They will be designed for women of all shapes and sizes."

Shhh! Nobody tell Eminem!

Cash-Strapped Carey

Hairdressers, manicurists, dog carers and professional lackeys will be quivering in their boots today, wondering if their cheques will bounce at the news that Mariah Carey is severely cash-strapped and is struggling to pay for her lavish lifestyle.

Three years ago the hissy-fit-prone diva received a £25m pay-off to leave Virgin Records after her debut movie Glitter and soundtrack album were colossal flops. But an insider told the New York Post: "Mariah doesn't have a lot of cash left. She got about £15m after taxes from Virgin but went through a lot of it. She has a hairdresser and make-up artist who she keeps on a regular basis and they cost £4,000 a day. She won't leave home without getting her hair and make-up done."

Mariah is currently having her finances reviewed and she has a new album out next year. So go out and buy two copies to keep Mariah in the luxury she deserves. Or, er, don't.

 

Should Mariah Carey Keep Her Day Jobs?

The star: Mariah Carey, 34

The start: At the tender age of 20 Mariah, a former salon stylist and waitress from New York, made her debut with the high-octane and octave single "Vision of Love" in 1990. Since then, she's evolved into the pillar of Adult Contemporary radio, cementing her place in music lore by having her songs spend more weeks (61) at number one in the Billboard charts than any other artist in history, beating out even the Beatles, with a paltry 59. She's also a staple sight at the supermarket checkout thanks to a rocky, short marriage with music exec Tommy Mottola and some severe ups and downs with fame.

Crossing over: Always ambitious and a diva in her own mind, if occasionally no one else's, Mariah's move to the big screen was really only a matter of time. After multiple TV music appearances and a bit part in the Renee Zellweger/Chris O'Donnell comedy, The Bachelor Mariah made the borderline biopic, Glitter about a struggling songstress who makes it big. Sadly, Glitter was very, very far from gold -- it tanked with critics and bombed at the box office. Salt for the wounds was Glitter's soundtrack, also a Mariah production, which did dismally in sales.

High notes: The literal ones. Mariah's pipes are famous for good reason. Even if the schmaltzy song "Hero" makes you squirm, you've got to admit the girl's got range. As far as acting goes, she won back a bit of pride as wily waitress Raychel in HBO's Mob chick flick, Wise Girls, costarring Mira Sorvina.

Low note: The one-two punch of Glitter's critical and commercial bungle and a high-profile dump by record company Virgin left Mariah reeling in 2002. She also showed up unannounced, ice cream cart and all, at the MTV studios, crashing Carson Daly's show TRL and prompting the host to tell the world: "Ladies and gentlemen, Mariah Carey has lost her mind."

Coming up: She's signed on for Sweet Science playing a female boxer's headstrong manager. Beyond that, Mariah's movie slate is, unsurprisingly, pretty empty. With her latest album, Charmbracelet (under new management) dominating the charts, the singer's single-minded again, promoting her new music and discussing her rediscovered sanity on prime time TV.

Reminiscing: "I know people are going to say, 'Oh she's doing a movie now, just because she's a singer she thinks she can do a movie and whatever.' But honestly, just the process of studying acting and working has helped me and completely enhanced my life. It has freed me in so many ways."

Mariah Changes Her Name

The singer formerly known as Mariah Carey will now answer to the name of Mimi. The songbird whose upcoming album is entitled, "The Emancipation of Mimi," explains that she's always been known as Mimi to her family and closest friends. Now she wants to share that with her fans.
She explained: "Mimi is a very personal nickname only used by those closest to me. It's just one of those little things that I've kept for myself in an attempt to have some delineation between a public persona and a private life."

But now Mariah has revealed her personal nickname in a bid to show fans the 'real' her.She said in a message posted on her website: "I am letting my guard down and inviting my fans to be that much closer to me. Most importantly, I am celebrating the fact that I've grown into a person and artist who no longer feels imprisoned by my insecurities or compelled to try and live up to someone else's vision of 'Mariah Carey.' I now feel I can honestly say,
'This is me, the real me, take it or leave it.'"

Mariah Carey Spends £6000 An Hour Shopping

Mariah Carey reportedly spent more than £6000 in a one-hour shopping spree.

The pop babe allegedly splurged the cash on luxury Christian Dior designer clothes whilst enjoying a winter break at an exclusive American ski resort.

But insiders claim that despite the frosty temperatures in Aspen, Colorado, the millionaire singer delighted animal-rights campaigners when she refused to buy any items that contained animal fur.

A source said: "She didn't want to wear anything that had a real fur trim."
Last month, it was reported that the sexy singer had received a £200,000 Christmas present from a mystery admirer.

The 34-year-old star, who is currently single, was reportedly stunned when she opened the butterfly-shaped diamond necklace, and is now desperate to find out who sent it.

A source said: "She was shocked when a package arrived on Christmas Day addressed to 'My butterfly, MC'. Inside was a huge diamond encrusted platinum pendant in the shape of a butterfly. But the note was the biggest surprise - especially as she has no idea who it was from."

Mariah Carey's new Fella

Mariah Carey has a new boyfriend.The stunning singer is reportedly dating Mark Sudack, who works for her management team.

A source revealed: "They met during Mariah's world tour. Mark was Mariah's house photographer' and travelled everywhere with her. They are very close and spend a lot of time together."

Mark is Mariah's first boyfriend since briefly rekindling her romance with Latin singer Luis Miguel earlier this year.

In January, the on-off couple enjoyed a romantic 10-day break in Aspen. Mariah and Luis have got together and broken up twice before. The last time was in the January of 2002 when, according to insiders, Luis grew fed up of Mariah's odd behaviour and has left her.
The Spanish crooner also dumped Mariah the previous summer, allegedly prompting her to slash her wrists in a suicide attempt and checked into a rehabilitation clinic.

Mariah, 34, has admitted to largely remaining celibate in the subsequent two years, though she briefly dated controversial rapper Eminem - a romance that ended quickly and acrimoniously prompting both stars to bad mouth one another in the press.

Mariah Carey 'planning to star in own sitcom'

Mariah Carey is planning to star in her own sitcom.

The singer, whose last acting attempt ended in a "nervous and emotional breakdown", has reportedly flown to New York to meet with bosses of cable channel UPN.

Insiders say the diva has already "impressed" them with her acting ability, with one source adding: "She is very funny and has a lot of acting talent."

But her 2001 debut movie, 'Glitter', was a disastrous box-office flop after its release was postponed for three weeks when Mariah was hospitalised for stress.
Mariah said at the time acting and singing in 'Glitter' was more work than she had ever imagined.

She told journalists two months before checking into the New York clinic: "I'm honestly really, really delirious and stressed out and overworked and doing too much.

"I haven't slept in, like, two weeks, and that's an important detail for you to know. I want my fans to know that this is a freaking, complete clown-fest."

Meanwhile, Mariah, 34, was voted earlier this year as the worst celebrity when it comes to giving fans her autograph.

The sexy singer, who calls her fans her "lambs", was on the front cover American magazine Autograph Collector - but for being one of the worst celebrities willing to sign autographs.

The magazine said: "Mariah is yet another big name who would rather not be bothered. She even goes so far as to say she won't sign photos because she doesn't like how she looks in them. Can you spell v-a-i-n?"


Five Things You Must Know About Mariah Carey


Mariah Carey dated New York Yankees star player Derek Jeter.

The video "Through the Rain" from her 2002 album, "Charmbracelet," is dedicated to her deceased father.

Carey founded Camp Mariah, an arts camp in rural New York for inner-city youth run by the Fresh Air Fund.

She has a five-octave-range voice and composes all her own material.

In terms of having the most number one singles, Carey ranks behind The Beatles and Michael Jackson.

Her Sign: Aries
Her Causes: Fresh Air Fund and Make-a-Wish Foundation
Her Award: Two Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, Billboard Magazine's Artist of the Decade Award and the World Music Award for World's Best Selling Female Artist of the Millennium

"In all honesty, I never really believed in marriage, because I never saw an example of one that really worked," says Mariah Carey.

Mariah Carey: Pop Princess


Mariah Carey grew up in Long Island, New York. Her mother was an opera singer who fostered her daughter's natural singing talent. By eighth grade, Carey was writing her own songs; by age 13, she was performing radio jingles. After graduation, Carey headed to Manhattan to follow her show-business dreams. Before long, she was singing backup for Brenda Kiss Star. The seasoned singer took Carey under her wing and introduced her to record executive Tommy Mottola, who quickly began grooming the teenager for superstardom.

In July 1990, Carey released her first album, "Vision of Love." The album produced four number one hits and garnered two Grammy Awards: one for Best New Artist and another for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance. But the 20-year-old didn't sit back and bask in the glory; she immediately returned to the studio and released "Emotions" in September 1991. A recording of her MTV Unplugged concert followed. As Carey's career continued to blossom, so did her relationship with Mottola. On June 6, 1993, the 23-year-old singer wed her 42-year-old boss in an extravagant gala with 300 guests. After the honeymoon was over, Carey came out with three more best-selling albums in the span of three years.

Eventually, Carey tired of Mottola's controlling hold over her life, and the couple separated in 1997. That same year, Carey broke away from her sweet image with a sexier style for the release of her album "Butterfly." Her next record, "Rainbow," produced the singer's biggest hit: "Heartbreaker." Feeling unstoppable, Carey decided to try her hand at acting, portraying an aspiring crooner in the 2001 flick "Glitter." But her workaholic ways finally got the better of her: In the summer of 2001, Carey collapsed from exhaustion. The tabloids had a field day while speculating about the cause of the pop star's breakdown, and to make matters worse, "Glitter" was shredded to pieces by critics. Soon afterward, the Sony record label broke its contract with Carey.

But Carey wasn't easily defeated. Within the year, she joined the Island Def Jam Music Group and formed her own label: MonarC Records. In addition, her acting in the independent film "Wisegirl" was universally praised. And if Carey needed more confirmation of her star appeal, she could look to her 2002 album, "Charmbracelet," which sold 241,000 copies in its first week. Carey's reign as a pop princess continues!

Mariah Carey's dazzling necklace from secret admirer

Pop star Mariah Carey has received a dazzling diamond necklace worth 2,60,000 pounds from a secret admirer.

The expensive necklace was a Christmas gift for the 'Someday' singer from a mystery suitor, accompanied with a note saying, "I want to spend the rest of my life with you."

A source close to the sexy star has revealed that Carey was stunned when she received the surprise gift. "She was shocked when a package arrived on Christmas Day addressed 'To my butterfly, MC'. Inside was a huge diamond encrusted platinum pendant in the shape of a butterfly. But the note was the biggest surprise - especially as she has no idea who it was from," femalefirst quoted the source as saying.

Carey is now reportedly desperate to track down the 'mystery admirer' so that she can find out his true intentions.

"She's a single girl and obviously any man who goes to that much effort has got to be worth meeting," added the source.

Mariah Carey's Dreaming Of A Disney And Broadway

Singer's decade-old holiday song is a hit on iTunes. Jessica Simpson might be the holiday pinup of 2004, thanks to her recent album and TV show, but Mariah Carey is a close second, even though her Christmas album was released 10 years ago. Thanks to the online resurgence of Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You,'' Carey's dreaming of a Disney — and a Broadway — Christmas.

Carey's signed on to perform at the 21st annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, where she'll sing "Joy to the World" as well as "All I Want for Christmas," which currently ranks as a top-10 seller — and was recently the best-selling holiday song — on iTunes. The two-hour parade, which will be hosted by Regis Philbin and Kelly Ripa, will be broadcast at 1 p.m. ET on December 25 on ABC, and will also feature performances from Ashanti, "American Idol" favorites Kelly Clarkson and Diana DeGarmo, and country stars Wynonna Judd and Shedaisy.

But that's not all — Carey's also planning ahead for next year, when she would like to make her Broadway debut. It's too early for many details on the project, but the singer hopes to create, produce and star in an annual Christmas musical, according to her label publicist.

For now, she's content to star on her upcoming album, The Emancipation of Mimi (due out March 22), for which she's enlisted a slew of collaborators (see "With Help From Kanye, R. Kelly, Snoop, Mariah Readies New LP"). Most of her current guest stars are from the hip-hop world, and past collaborator Jay-Z said that's because the singer, whom he describes as "really a regular person," is a hip-hop fanatic. "She has a wealth of information about hip-hop," he said. "She listens to a ton of hip-hop."

At the same time, Carey's current collaborators are trying to help her get back to her roots, a key reason why she feels the album is an "emancipation" (see "Janet Has Damita Jo, Madonna Has Esther — Now, Mariah Has 'Mimi' ").

"I brought Mariah back to Mariah Carey," said producer Jermaine Dupri, who worked with her on four songs. "Her singing is something kids could follow. All those kids like Christina Aguilera, they looked up to Mariah when they first came out. That was the person they liked voicewise. In the studio, I'm telling Mariah, 'This is what you gotta do, you gotta get yourself back to what kids is following.' "

"I always looked up to Mariah," said collaborator Pharrell Williams, who worked with her on two songs. "She broke a lot of records — literally. And our records, they feel wonderful. For me, it was a pleasure."

Mariah Carey Has 'Mimi'

New album, due in March, will be called The Emancipation of Mimi. Janet Jackson has Damita Jo, Madonna has Esther, and now, apparently, Mariah has Mimi.

Mariah Carey's private nickname is featured in the title of her forthcoming album, The Emancipation of Mimi, according to a letter she posted on her Web site
Carey noted that she was explaining the title a bit prematurely — the album isn't due until March 22 — because "my album title has leaked out [to the press] way before I intended."

The title, she wrote, is "very different for me." Indeed, her past albums have usually referred to her favorite things of the girlie variety (Charmbracelet, Rainbow, Butterfly and, er, Glitter). Anticipating that the new title might cause some confusion, Carey explained that Mimi is a "very personal nickname" only used by those closest to her, and is "just one of those little things that I've kept for myself in an attempt to have some delineation between a public persona and a private life." By using her private nickname this way, she said, she's "letting my guard down and inviting my fans to be that much closer to me."

As for the "emancipation" aspect, it refers to her feeling that she no longer has to live up to other people's expectations, an attitude that is also reportedly reflected in the album's music (see "With Help From Kanye, R. Kelly, Snoop, Mariah Readies New LP").

"For the first time in my life, I feel free and unashamed to be who I really am," she wrote. "I am celebrating that I've grown into a person and artist who no longer feels imprisoned by my insecurities ... I can now honestly say, 'This is me, the real me, take it or leave it.' "

The album's first single, "Say Something" (featuring Snoop Dogg and Pharrell Williams), was originally supposed to go to radio by the end of November, but has since been pushed back to January and will be accompanied by a video, according to Carey's label rep.

 

Mariah Carey Gives Out Kisses with Her Underwear

Curvy pop diva Mariah Carey has been busy designing a new range of underwear. The new lingerie line called “Mariah Kiss Kiss” will hit the stores next summer. As revealed a source: “Mariah will market the sexy undies after her next album release in June and she can’t wait.”

“They will be designed for women of all shapes and sizes.” The launch of Kiss Kiss will follow the release of the singer’s new album The Emancipation of Mimi.

“’Mimi’ is a very personal nickname only used by those closest to me,” explains Carey to her fans in the letter on her website.

“By naming the album The Emancipation of Mimi I am letting my guard down and inviting my fans to be that much closer to me..Most importantly, I am celebrating the fact that I’ve grown into a person and artist who no longer feels imprisoned by my insecurities or compelled to try and live up to someone else’s vision of ’Mariah Carey’ I now feel I can honestly say ’this is me, the real me, take it or leave it’.”

Mariah Carey is back to scorch the charts!

Pop star Mariah Carey is back with a bang in the charts with a Christmas tune recorded by her a decade ago.

According to ratethemusic.com, the sexy singer's song All I Want For Christmas Is You was Internet download site iTunes' biggest hit of the festive season.

Carey, who performed after a long time at the 21st annual Walt Disney World Christmas Day Parade, is now hoping to cash on to her Christmas success by producing and starring in an annual festive musical.

Mariah Carey Fantasy: Live At Madison Square Garden

It's easy to forget these days, but long before the likes of Beyonce and Britney graduated to 'diva' status, Mariah Carey was the most sought after woman in pop with her mixture of epic balladery and disco and funk influenced pop.

With Christmas just around the corner, Sony helpfully provides a reminder, by bringing this concert, from Carey's mid-90s peak, on to DVD for the first time.

Filmed at New York's prestigious Madison Square Gardens, it plays like a greatest hits package, with material largely taken from her two biggest selling albums, 'Music Box' and 'Daydream'. Recorded at a time when Mariah could seemingly do no wrong, highlights include the sweet and sunny 'Dreamlover', soul ballad 'Vision of Love', and the eternally slinky 'Fantasy, not to mention the sing-a-long swing of 'Always Be My Baby'. Meanwhile those looking for a tear stained soundtrack to lonely winter nights could find far worse fodder than heartbreak ballads such as the chart-topping gospel tinged cover of 'Without You', or 'One Sweet Day', a massively successful duet with Boyz II Men which is included both as a live performance, and in its original promo video form.

Perfect for Christmas party entertainment, the packaged inevitably includes Karaoke standard 'Hero', while an irrestibly funky David Morales remix of the soul ballad 'Anytime You Need a Friend', should persuade even grandma on to the dance floor.

All in all, a perfect gift for Carey afficiendos, which should also be popular with fans of big voiced ballads or funky divas.

With Help From Kanye, R. Kelly and Snoop Mariah Readies New LP

After singing on Jadakiss' 'U Make Me Wanna,' she's eager to have the rapper return the favor.
Mariah Carey's got more men than she knows what to do with — working on her upcoming record, that is. So far, the singer has enlisted a host of top rappers, R&B stars and producers for the project, now slated for a spring release.

When asked about the album recently, Carey responded coyly: ''oh, you don't want to hear
about that now. You can just wait. No, the record is cool. I'm happy with it. We got ballads, we got uptempos, we got a lot of things."

So far, Carey has collaborated with Kanye West, R. Kelly, N.O.R.E., Jermaine Dupri, Swizz Beatz, James Poyser, Randy Jackson and, most recently, the Neptunes and Snoop Dogg. "I just did two records with the Neptunes, and one with me, Snoop and Pharrell," she said.

Jermaine Dupri worked with her recently as well, putting what he calls the "JD bounce" on a track called "Shake 'Em Off" and then stepping out of the producer's chair to duet with Carey on a song called "Can I Get Your Number." "Mariah is singing unlike we've heard her in a while," Dupri said. "Sh-- is hot."

N.O.R.E. concurred, saying that after he worked with the singer for her album, he immediately enlisted her services for his own forthcoming LP, One Fan a Day, due out December 21. One of his tracks — at first tentatively called "Friends" and now currently without a title — features a previously unreleased verse from the late Big Punisher. Carey, however, didn't have the benefit of hearing that verse before she came up with the chorus.

"I told her to think like Pun was still alive," N.O.R.E. said. "I told her to think of [Pun's] 'It's So Hard' and 'I'm Not a Player.' I know she was mad at me [because she didn't get to hear it], but I know the world is going to love it."

Yet another collaboration — this time with Scott Storch — was just as fruitful, but for someone else's album. Hearing a beat Storch made for Jadakiss' single "U Make Me Wanna" made Carey wanna ... be on the song (see "Jadakiss Has More Questions, And So Do Nas And Common").

"I was just like, 'This is hot tamale. We need to do this together,' " she said. "And then we went into the studio, and basically they had the 'La-La-La' part, and I started singing 'K-i-s-s me' because I was thinking of his name ..."

"She made it a hit," Jadakiss interrupted.

"No, I'm not trying to take no credit," Carey continued. "It's just that it was cute, so I started singing it, and they decided to make it the hook of the song, and then it came to be."

Now that she's softened up Jada's single, she's eager to have the rapper return the favor.

"When are you going to get some Kiss vocals on there?" the rapper asked her.

"I have a nice track that I would love for you to be on," Carey told him. "It's a Swizz Beatz record that's hot tamale, and we need you on it."

"No doubt. It's a done deal," Jadakiss said. "And I heard it first."

Since Carey's album is still in progress, it hasn't been determined which, if any, of Carey's pairings will make the final cut, her label rep noted.

Mariah Carey Plans To Pen Series Of Children's Books

Books would focus on biracial orphan girl who goes on journey of self-discovery. Having shelved the idea of writing a memoir, Mariah Carey is pulling a Madonna and planning to do children's books instead.

Carey originally planned to write a book focusing on her childhood and growing up biracial
but she took her memoir proposal off the market after discussing a deal with HarperCollins in the fall. Now she hopes to fictionalize her tale and tell it via a series of illustrated children's books, which would carry the title "Automatic Princess" — the same name she uses for her fashion and accessories line. The book series would focus on a biracial orphan girl who goes on a journey of "self-discovery, navigating difficulties and misunderstandings, making the world a better place," a source close to the singer said.

There's no proposal for the children's book series in writing just yet, as the project is in the beginning stages.

Carey is also focusing on finishing her next album. She's currently collaborating with Kanye West, R. Kelly, Scott Storch, Swizz Beatz and James Poyser for the LP, according to her agent at Creative Artists Agency. The project is expected to be released on her own imprint, MonarC, via Island/ Def Jam later this year.

The singer is trying to schedule her next acting gig as well. She plans to join a London West End production of "The Sleeping Prince," a stage adaptation of the 1957 Marilyn Monroe film "The Prince and the Showgirl." Carey will play the part of the showgirl Mary, and might sing a song in that role.

Mariah Carey Talking To Publishers About Autobiography

Book would focus on her childhood and overcoming adversity.
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.

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