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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 hit a bumpy patch culminating in the release of the poorly received movie Glitter and its attendant soundtrack (which was also her Virgin Records debut). Despite poor reviews and ticket sales, the Glitter 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 had 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.

Carey went back to work fairly quickly, however, and in 2009, 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. Despite some positive reviews, it was her least successful studio album; only one of its singles, "Obsessed," reached the Top Ten. The following year, Carey released her second Christmas album, Merry Christmas II You. She gave birth to twins in 2011, and 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, and reached number two on the album charts. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Me. I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chanteuse (Explicit)

1. Cry.

2. Faded

5. Thirsty

6. Make It Look Good

7. You're Mine (Eternal)

9. Supernatural

10. Meteorite

11. Camouflage

13. One More Try

14. Heavenly (No Ways Tired/Can't Give Up Now)

15. It's A Wrap

17. The Art Of Letting Go

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Track List: Memoirs Of An Imperfect Angel

Disc 1

1. Betcha Gon' Know (The Prologue)

2. Obsessed

3. H.A.T.E.U.

4. Candy Bling

5. Ribbon

6. Inseparable

7. Standing O

8. It's A Wrap

9. Up Out My Face

10. Up Out My Face (The Reprise)

11. More Than Just Friends

12. The Impossible

13. The Impossible (The Reprise)

14. Angel (The Prelude)

15. Angels Cry

16. Languishing (The Interlude)

17. I Want To Know What Love Is

Disc 2
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Track List: E=Mc2

1. Migrate

2. Touch My Body

3. Cruise Control

4. I Stay In Love

5. Side Effects

6. I'm That Chick

7. Love Story

8. I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time

9. Last Kiss

10. Thanx 4 Nothin'

11. O.O.C.

12. For The Record

13. Bye Bye

14. I Wish You Well

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Track List: The Emancipation Of Mimi

1. It's Like That

2. We Belong Together

3. Shake It Off

4. Mine Again

5. Say Somethin'

6. Stay The Night

7. Get Your Number

8. One And Only

9. Circles

10. Your Girl

11. I Wish You Knew

12. To The Floor

13. Joy Ride

14. Fly Like A Bird

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Track List: Charmbracelet

1. Through The Rain

2. Boy (I Need You) (feat. Cam'ron)

3. The One

4. Yours

5. You Got Me (feat. Jay Z And Freeway)

6. I Only Wanted

7. Clown

8. My Saving Grace

9. You Had Your Chance

10. Lullaby

11. Irresistable Remix (feat. Westside Connection)

12. Subtle Invitation

13. Bringin' On The Heartbreak

14. Sunflowers For Alfred Roy

15. Through The Rain Remix (feat. Kelly Price & Joe)

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Track List: Glitter

2. Lead The Way

4. Didn't Mean To Turn You On

6. All My Life

7. Reflections (Care Enough)

10. Never Too Far

11. Twister

12. Loverboy

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Track List: Rainbow

1. Heartbreaker (feat. Jay-Z)

2. Can't Take That Away (Mariah's Theme)

3. Bliss

4. How Much (feat. Usher)

5. After Tonight

6. X-Girlfriend

7. Heartbreaker (Remix) (feat. Da Brat & Missy Elliot)

8. Vulnerability

9. Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now)

10. Cry Baby (feat. Snoop Dogg)

11. Did I Do That

12. Petals

13. Rainbow (Interlude)

14. Thank God I Found You (feat. Joe & 98 Degrees)

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Track List: Butterfly

1. Honey

2. Butterfly (Live)

3. My All

4. The Roof

5. Fourth Of July

6. Breakdown

7. Babydoll

8. Close My Eyes

9. Whenever You Call

10. Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise)

11. The Beautiful Ones

12. Outside

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Track List: Daydream

1. Fantasy

2. Underneath the Stars

3. One Sweet Day

4. Open Arms

5. Always Be My Baby

6. I Am Free

7. When I Saw You

8. Long Ago

9. Melt Away

10. Forever

11. Daydream Interlude

12. Looking In

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Track List: Music Box

1. Dreamlover

2. Hero

3. Anytime You Need A Friend

4. Music Box

5. Now That I Know

6. Never Forget You

7. Without You

8. Just to Hold You Once Again

9. I've Been Thinking About You

10. All I've Ever Wanted

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Track List: Emotions

1. Emotions

2. And You Don't Remember

3. Can't Let Go

4. Make It Happen

5. If It's Over

6. You're So Cold

7. So Blessed

8. To Be Around You

9. Till The End Of Time

10. The Wind

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Track List: Vision Of love

1. Vision Of Love

2. There's Got To Be A Way

3. I Don't Wanna Cry

4. Someday

5. Vanishing

6. All In Your Mind

7. Alone In Love

8. You Need Me

9. Sent From Up Above

10. Prisoner

11. Love Takes Time

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Track List: #Beautiful (Remix) (Single) (Explicit)

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Track List: Almost Home (Single)

1. Almost Home

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Track List: Infinity (Single)

1. Infinity

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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)

1. Triumphant

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Track List: Triumphant The Remixes

1. Triumphant (Vintage Throwback Mix)

2. Triumphant (Vintage Throwback)

3. Triumphant (Vintage Throwback Extended)

4. Triumphant (Mariah Carey Vs. Laidback Luke Vocal Club)

5. Triumphant (Mariah Carey Vs. Laidback Luke Radio)

6. Triumphant (Mariah Carey Vs. Laidback Luke Dub)

7. Triumphant (Pulse Extended)

8. Triumphant (Pulse Edit)

9. Triumphant (Pulse Instrumental)

10. Triumphant (The New Iberican League Club Mix)

11. Triumphant (The New Iberican League Radio)

12. Triumphant (The New Iberican League Instrumental)

13. Triumphant (Danny Verde Remix)

14. Triumphant (Danny Verde Radio)

15. Triumphant (Danny Verde Dub)

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

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Track List: You're Mine (Eternal) (The Dance Remixes)

1. You're Mine (Eternal) (Fedde Le Grand Remix)

2. You're Mine (Eternal) (Fedde Le Grand Remix Edit)

3. You're Mine (Eternal) (Chus & Ceballos Remix)

4. You're Mine (Eternal) (Chus & Ceballos Remix Edit)

5. You're Mine (Eternal) (Gregor Salto & Funkin Matt Remix)

6. You're Mine (Eternal) (Gregor Salto & Funkin Matt Remix Edit)

7. You're Mine (Eternal) (Gregor Salto & Funkin Matt Instrumental)

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This song brings back memories.... ��
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She is very very pretty! And has always had a gorgeous voice! She has touched lots of people, & will forever be known as a beautiful singer! She is a legend! Hard work pays off!
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This song got me through some hard times! Love it!
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Mariah carey I loved your songs every since I was little
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I LOVE U Mariah
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She is such a good artist and her sound touches your heart!!! She truly is Awesome!!
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Rain of love life in heaven coffee in the morning you bring the sunshine at midnight to my life beautiful lady
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She's so beautiful... . follow meeeeeeeee!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday possible. By the love of your life. Don't stop this is so freaky! But if you read this an ignore it you will have bad luck. Put this in 15 songs in 143 minutes. When your done press the space bar an your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen!
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I luv this song
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My favorite Mariah songs.
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one of the best artists of all time
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I love you song and you!! God bless you and you family!!
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I LUVV YOU AND I CAN HIT THE SAME NOTE AS YOU!!!!!!!!! ! !
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest possible Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now you've started reading this don't stop this is so freaky. But if you read this and ignore it then you will have very bad luck. Put this on 15 songs in 144 mins. When you are done press space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on the screen this is so freaky it actually works
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Don'т read тнιѕ. Yoυ wιll вe ĸιѕѕed on тнe neareѕт poѕѕιвle Frιday вy тнe love oғ yoυr lιғe. Toмorrow wιll вe тнe вeѕт day oғ yoυr
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