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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

I dont care what pple say you are a fantasticaly awsme singer an business woman.you go gurl
Amazing...pa s s i o n . a s it should be sung!!!!!!!! !
This freaked me out this isn't fake apparently if you copy and paste this on 10 different comments you will either get kissed or asked out. If you break the chain you will see a dead girl in your room tonight. In the 53 minutes someone will say I love you or I'm sorry
my mom loves your songs
Hi Mariah keep doin what u doin people want to hate let them the just jello
Ride or. Die baby
You hot
Go Mariah! I knew she was gonna go far when I saw her on the Arsenio Hall show singing "Vision Of Love" She has a seven octave voice. Mariah is on fiyaah! LOL!
Breakdown!!! but in reality I'm slowly losing my mind
Xxxxxxxxxxxx x x x o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o i i
autumnmist1
Touch My Body<3
You'll always be my baby......
Bet she can't do like me be another mc
She awesome she the best singer ever for 44 she looks amazing
mscuqui
I love her music I think she is so petty looking
Wow omg
madibhuddles t o n
She looks like she's 20!! Her kids are so cute!!!!
Pretty
She is a very beautiful woman for how old she is ������
Check out me new video on YouTube "random fun with Tiffany"
I love you from Paige
Hey mariah carey I love your song and I sing song with you that be nice
MC u rock. Love ur songs.
I need a sign its u bring shevon
I love her music
you will be kissed by the love of your life however if you dont post this you will die in 2 days (you will) now youve started reading this so dont stop this is scary put this on at least (5 songs) in 2 days when done press (f6) and your lovers name will come up on the screen in big letters this is scary (it actually works) ;)
Goodgina27 commented
13 days ago
Go Marian
ctellado84
Still my #1 girl.. all day..since the 90's. Beautiful inside and out. even if she does tan with 18k gold to get that true golden tan..
L!l#br!t commented
3 days ago
Listen to odsessed dy Marian and
45 3emmanuel
cox.judy99
Never get enough of that voice.
Keep singing with that beautiful voice.
I love Mariah Carey. I have been listening to her since I was little.
Pcstar23 commented
14 days ago
I've deen tninking about you
U are my hero
She is nice
All these grown folk THANGS seperation brings. I never knew I could hurt like this...
Listen to obsessed by mariah and loveing it
I love her music
Mariah Carey your the best
Love you mariah Carey
She cool
Xxxxxxxxxxxx x x x o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o i i
brandyoneal6 0 3 5 4
Love takes time and can't give up on it

Sex
Pcstar23 commented
10 days ago
I've deen tninking about you
I like
rip
Michael jackson
1 kiss your left hand
2 say your crushes name
3 close your hand
4 pick a school day
5 say ur name
6 post this on 15 different songs and the day you picked is the day your crush will ask you out
Smiley sts commnented
18 days ago
Marian Carey and arina grande souls tne same
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