Mariah Carey born on March 27, 1970 is an American R&B, pop and hip hop singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. She made her recording debut in 1990 under the guidance of Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola, and became the first recording artist to have her first five singles top the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Following her marriage to Mottola in 1993, a series of hit records established her position as Columbia’s highest-selling act. According to Billboard magazine, she was the most successful artist of the 1990s in the United States.
Following her separation from Mottola in 1997, Carey introduced elements of hip hop into her album work, to much initial success, but her popularity was in decline when she left Columbia in 2001. She signed to Virgin Records but was dropped from the label and bought out of her contract the following year after a highly publicized physical and emotional breakdown, as well as the poor reception given to Glitter, her film and soundtrack project. In 2002, Carey signed with Island Records, and after a relatively unsuccessful period, she returned to the top of pop music in 2005 with her album, The Emancipation of Mimi.
Carey has sold more than 175 million albums, singles and videos worldwide, making her one of the world’s best-selling music artists. She was named the best-selling female pop artist of the millennium at the 2000 World Music Awards and is also a recipient of the Chopard Diamond Award in 2003, recognizing sales of over 100 million albums worldwide.
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After receiving Billboard’s Artist of the Decade Award and the World Music Award for Best-Selling Female Artist of the Millennium, Carey parted from Columbia and signed a contract with EMI’s Virgin Records worth a reported US$80 million. She often stated that Columbia had regarded her as a commodity, with her separation from Mottola exacerbating her relations with label executives. Just a few months later, in July 2001, it was widely reported that Carey had suffered a physical and emotional breakdown. She had left messages on her website complaining of being overworked, and her relationship with Luis Miguel was ending. In an interview the following year, she said, “I was with people who didn’t really know me, and I had no personal assistant. I’d be doing interviews all day long, getting two hours of sleep a night, if that.” During an appearance on MTV’s Total Request Live, Carey handed out popsicles to the audience and began what was later described as a “striptease”. By the month’s end, she had checked into a hospital, and her publicist announced that Carey was taking a break from public appearances.
Mariah Carey possesses a five-octave vocal range, and was ranked first in a 2003 MTV and Blender magazine countdown of the 22 Greatest Voices in Music, as voted by fans and readers in an online poll. Carey said of the poll, “What it really means is voice of the MTV generation. Of course, it’s an enormous compliment, but I don’t feel that way about myself.” She also placed second in Cove magazine’s list of “The 100 Outstanding Pop Vocalists”. Music critics, however, while praising her vocals, have criticized her music style, stating her releases contain, “all vocal bombast and no subtlety, soul, or shading.”
On December 31, 2009, Carey embarked her seventh concert tour, Angels Advocate Tour, in the United States and Canada. Later it was announced that Carey would release two remix albums of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel; titled Angels Advocate (an R&B remix album featuring a collection of newly remixed duets with some of Carey’s favorite artists) and MC vs JS (a dance album entirely remixed by the Jump Smokers). Both albums were slated for a March 2010 release. In January 2010, “Up Out My Face” featuring Nicki Minaj and “Angels Cry” featuring Ne-Yo were released as the lead singles from Angels Advocate. Due to the under-performance of the two singles on the charts, Carey’s manager Chris Lighty announced that the release of both albums got canceled and were put on hold indefinitely.
In February 2010, the song, “100%”, which was originally written and recorded for the film, Precious, was used as one of the theme songs for the 2010 Winter Olympics, with all money proceeds going to Team USA.
Following the cancellation of the remix albums, it was announced that Carey will go back to the studio to start work on her second Christmas album and her 13th studio album. The Christmas album is due out in December 2010. Fashion photographer David LaChapelle told The Times on April 24, 2010, that he shot the album’s artwork. Long time collaborators for the project include Jermaine Dupri, Bryan-Michael Cox and Teddy Riley. Dupri stated that a single will be released by the end of 2010. Johntá Austin and Randy Jackson are also contributing to the project.
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