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Mariah Carey

The best-selling female performer of the 1990s and one of the most popular artists through the 2010s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom on the strength of her stunning five-octave voice. An elastic talent who moved easily from glossy ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance-pop, she earned frequent comparison to rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but did them both one better by co-writing almost all her material. Like all artists with lengthy periods in the mainstream spotlight, Carey experienced creative and commercial lulls, yet each one of her proper studio albums peaked within the Top Five of the Billboard 200.

Born in Long Island, New York, on March 27, 1970, Carey moved to New York City at the age of 17 -- just one day after graduating high school -- to pursue a music career; there she befriended keyboardist Ben Margulies, with whom she began writing songs. Her big break came as a backing vocalist on a studio session with dance-pop singer Brenda K. Starr, who handed Carey's demo tape to Columbia Records head Tommy Mottola at a party. According to legend, Mottola listened to the tape in his limo while driving home that same evening, and was so immediately struck by Carey's talent that he doubled back to the party to track her down.

After signing to Columbia, Carey entered the studio to begin work on her 1990 self-titled debut LP. The heavily promoted album was a chart-topping smash, launching no less than four number one singles: "Vision of Love," "Love Takes Time," "Someday," and "I Don't Wanna Cry." Her overnight success earned Grammy Awards as Best New Artist and Best Female Vocalist, and expectations were high for Carey's follow-up, 1991's Emotions. The album did not disappoint, as the title track reached number one -- a record fifth consecutive chart-topper -- while both "Can't Let Go" and "Make It Happen" landed in the Top Five. Carey's next release was 1992's MTV Unplugged EP, which generated a number one cover of the Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." Featured on the track was backup singer Trey Lorenz, whose appearance immediately helped him land a recording contract of his own.

In June 1993, Carey wed Mottola -- some two decades her senior -- in a headline-grabbing ceremony; months later, she released her third full-length effort, Music Box, which became her best-selling record to date. Two more singles, "Dreamlover" and "Hero," reached the top spot on the charts. Carey's first tour followed and was widely panned by critics; undaunted, she resurfaced in 1994 with a holiday release titled Merry Christmas, scoring a seasonal smash with "All I Want for Christmas Is You." Released in 1995, Daydream reflected a new artistic maturity; the first single, "Fantasy," debuted at number one, making Carey the first female artist and just the second performer ever to accomplish the feat. The follow-up, "One Sweet Day" -- a collaboration with Boyz II Men -- repeated the trick, and remained lodged at the top of the charts for a record 16 weeks.

After separating from Mottola, Carey returned in 1997 with Butterfly, another staggering success and her most hip-hop-flavored recording to date. #1's -- a collection featuring her 13 previous chart-topping singles as well as "The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)," a duet with Whitney Houston effectively pairing the two most successful female recording artists in pop history -- followed late the next year. With "Heartbreaker," the first single from her 1999 album Rainbow, Carey became the first artist to top the charts in each year of the 1990s; the record also pushed her ahead of the Beatles as the artist with the most cumulative weeks spent atop the Hot 100 singles chart.

However, the early 2000s weren't as kind to Carey. After signing an $80 million deal in 2001 with Virgin -- the biggest record contract ever -- she experienced a very public personal and professional meltdown that included rambling; suicidal messages on her website; an appearance on TRL where, clad only in a T-shirt, she handed out Popsicles to the audience; and last but not least, the poorly received movie Glitter and its attendant soundtrack (which was also her Virgin Records debut). The film did poorly critically as well as commercially, making just under $4 million in its total U.S. gross. Despite this, the soundtrack eventually went platinum. Following these setbacks, Virgin and Carey parted ways early in 2002, with the label paying her $28 million. That spring, she found a new home with Island/Def Jam, where she set up her own label, MonarC Music. In December, she released her ninth album, Charmbracelet, her first proper studio album to go merely platinum rather than multi-platinum.

The Emancipation of Mimi, her most successful work in years, appeared in 2005. It climbed to multi-platinum status and earned Carey three Grammy awards -- Best Contemporary R&B Album and, for the single "We Belong Together," Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song -- thus restoring her status as a megastar. Two weeks before the release of her subsequent album, 2008's E=MC2, Carey scored her 18th number one hit with "Touch My Body," a feat that pushed her into second place (past Elvis, no less) among all artists with the most chart-topping singles. Although that hit song, along with the late April news that she married Nick Cannon, kept her in the spotlight that year, the remainder of the album's spinoffs weren't nearly as successful; only "Bye Bye" managed to scrape the Top 20 of the Billboard Hot 100. She went back to work fairly quickly, however, and Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel -- featuring collaborations with the-Dream, as well as a cover of Foreigner's "I Want to Know What Love Is" -- became her 12th studio album upon its 2009 release. Despite some positive reviews, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel became Carey's least successful studio album. Only one of its singles, "Obsessed," reached the Top 10. The following year, Carey released her second Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You. She gave birth to twins in 2011. Within a year, she was performing again and judged the 12th season of American Idol. The Miguel collaboration "#Beautiful," the lead single to her next album, was released in 2013 and went platinum. Me. I Am Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse, her first album for Def Jam, followed in 2014. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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Track List: #Beautiful (Remix) (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Almost Home (Single)

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Track List: Obsessed (Seamus Haji & Paul Emanuel Remix) (Single)

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Track List: Say Something (Stereo Anthem Mix) (Radio Single)

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Track List: Triumphant (Single)

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Track List: You're Mine (Eternal) (Remix)

Comments

Love your songs you got a wonder voice
This song reminds me of my break up with my daughter's father ....bittersw e e t memories
I stand by you here i stand O until you tell it over.
Love late-night loving, Mariah hit that high note i believe i can get you to hit that note.
i love usher cause he is a good singer and he is so cute but the girl in his good kisser video is nah
Follow me if u love her as much as I do! ♥ ♥ ♥
Always up early i need coffee to keep up.
Don't read this because it actually work you will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in 2 days now you've started reading so don't stop this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in 143 minutes when done press f6 and your lover's name will come on the screen in big letters this so scary because it actually work
I look up on u Mariah����
Love ur music
yaasssssssss s s s s s s s s s s ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
i love her sooooo much, she sings sooo amazing!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
I love your song heartland guess what my class signed that song for our award-winnin g . I love you so much I will love to she you in real life for my birthday Dec 21thank you for your support love you
azlea.moore
Inspiration to make my career pop off
I'll always love you<3
ezmoney2832
This song is an eye opener, when you realize your love is gone.
i love this song it makes me think of someone i love tyreek mccall
You're crush will kiss you IF you post this on 5 songs you have 143 minutes.
Love her music video for Heartbreaker !
I love her so much<3
What a great voice in 'My All', so smooth that i just melts away. She is underrated.
Accident hit your page one night i was sleepy. ....now u can laugh at that being sleepy
Follow me if you love her as much as I do!!! ❤
Awww reminds me when I was 13 and crazy in love for the 1st time! Those were the days! R.i.p. DJ! :-(
Don't read this because its actually works you will be kissed on the nearest possible fryday by the love of your life however if you don't post this you will die in two days now you've started this so don't stop this is so scarry put this on five songs in143 minutes when done press f6 and your lovers name will appear in on the screen in big letters this is so scary beacause it works
layc86
You are so pretty and I love your and I love all of your songs your song o santa I am in the Christmas parade dancing to that song
joikelley2
I love your songs:-)
Xxxxxxxxxxxx x x x o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o i i
tcarrera212
Love.....thi s song...aweso m e ! !
I FEEL WE BELONG TOGETHER BT IDK!! ITS HARD!!! I STILL LUV U ND CARE SO MUCH!! IT HURTS NE CINQ U HURT BT IDK WAT TO DO!!! BT I DO NEED U IN MY LIFEE!! COME BCK PLZZ!!!
I don't wanna
You are a GREAT singer. Voice of an angel!!!:-)
ms.netta.js
SANG IT,MARIAH:-) : - ) ! ! ! THIS IS THE SECOND TIME I'VE HEARD THIS TODAY!!!!!:- ) MY HEART MISSES YOU, TE'AMO!!!!<3 - - ( t h i s was his ringtone) will forever luv you...take care,boo
Like This Song.....
What a Talented, Beautiful Ldy!! Go on Mariah!!
Is Nick Cannon Crazy??? Who would leave Mariah Carey! and Tony Matola! Wow! One of the original DIVA's fo sur!



She seems so fake idk y just my point of view
Mariah Carey ������ I want to see her in real life. ������
friends4orli f e
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. However if you don't post this you will die in 2 days. Now you started reading this so don't stop. This is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in the next 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is so scary because it actually works
*hearts*
Brings Back old memories ��
Say iPhone 5 times
Say a color
Post this on 5 other songs
Look under your pillow
I love her...she is one of the best singers around I sware!... She so good I cry for nothing off her songs!
She has the best voice to date��
Mariah Carey is beautiful and has a really beautiful voice
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U Mariah Carey is such a good singer number one best songs I have ever heard is from her������
Love love this song
People talking about they see her in they dreams y'all lame she is pretty Thoo but y'all can cut that girl off y'all can't never have her
How many times you want too bash me in the head ,too make me see you,Now Rocky don't get no idea's. ......LOL
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