Carey performing on Good Morning America, May 24, 2013
|Born||March 27, 1970
Huntington, New York, U.S.
Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and philanthropist. She has sold over 280 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.
Early life[change | change source]
Mariah Carey was born on Long Island, in Huntington, New York. Her father was of African American and Venezuelan ancestry and her mother is of Irish ancestry. Practiced playing piano as a young girl. 
Music career[change | change source]
In December 1988, Carey started making her first album.
She released her self-titled debut studio album in 1990. It was released from Columbia Records. The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. Four singles from the album all reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart ("Vision of Love", "Love Takes Time", "Someday", and "I Don't Wanna Cry"). It reached number one on the US Billboard 200. It was certified 9× platinum. This means that 9 million copies of the album were shipped in the US. Carey married Tommy Mottola in 1993. Mottola was the executive producer for Carey. Many critics believed that this helped Carey's musical career.
In 1991, her album Emotions reached number four on the Billboard 200. It was certified 4× platinum and sold less than her previous album. Her songs "Emotions" (#1), "Can't Let Go" (#2), and "Make It Happen" (#5) were released as singles from the album. Carey released her first EP MTV Unplugged (1992). It reached number three on the Billboard 200. The songs "I'll Be There" (#1) and "If It's Over" were released as singles from the album. Carey's third album Music Box (1993) reached number one on the Billboard 200. As of 2012, the album has sold 10,000,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen Soundcan. Worldwide, it sold 32 million copies and became one of the best-selling albums of all time. "Dreamlover" (#1), "Hero" (#1), "Without You" (#3), "Never Forget You" (#3), and "Anytime You Need a Friend" (#12) helped Carey to become more popular.
Her first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994), reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Two singles were released: "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (#12) and "Joy to the World". Carey's fifth album Daydream became her third number-one album in the US. It was given a diamond award from the RIAA. This means that 10 million copies of the album were shipped in the US. There were six singles for the album. They include "Fantasy" (#1), "One Sweet Day" (#1), "Open Arms", "Always Be My Baby" (#1), "Forever" (#9) and "Underneath the Stars". On September 16, 1997, Carey released her sixth album Butterfly. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album released five singles. They include "Honey" (#1), "Butterfly" (#16), "The Roof (Back in Time)", "Breakdown" (#53) and "My All" (#1).
On November 2, 1999, her seventh album Rainbow was released. After selling 323,000 copies the first week, it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. It featured her fifteenth number-one US single, "Thank God I Found You" (with R&B singer Joe and boy band 98°), along with a cover of singer Phil Collins' song "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)". The cover reached number one in the UK.
Carey starred in the movie Glitter in 2001. It did not do so well and grossed $5,271,666 out of a $20,000,000 budget. It was released on the day of the September 11 attacks. It was nominated for several "worst movie" categories. The soundtrack did better than the movie. The single "Loverboy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100.
In 2002, her album Charmbracelet was released. Her 2005 album, The Emancipation of Mimi, became one of her most successful albums. Many music critics believed it was her "comeback album". Her following albums E=MC² (2008), Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009) and Merry Christmas II You (2010), did not sell well. She was later featured as a social worker, Ms. Weiss, in the 2009 movie Precious.
In 2013, she was a judge in American Idol. Carey's fourteenth album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse was released in 2014 and reached number three on the Billboard 200. "#Beautiful", featuring R&B singer Miguel, was released in May 2013 as the first single from the album. It reached the top fifteen in the US and was certified platinum. The next single, "The Art of Letting Go", was released on November 11, 2013. "You're Mine (Eternal)" was released in time for Valentine's Day in 2014 as the third single from the album.
Carey released a greatest hits collection, #1 to Infinity, in 2015. It features all eighteen of her US number-one songs along with a new song, "Infinity". She is currently performing a Las Vegas residency show at Caesars Palace called Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity and completed her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour across Europe.
She performed at the New Year's Eve countdown show, Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest, on December 31, 2016. This performance was not received well by viewers. Her in-ear monitors were not working, which led her to walk around the stage and eventually lip-sync "We Belong Together".
On February 3, 2017, she released a new single, "I Don't", featuring rapper YG. Footage was shown of Carey recording the song on her docuseries, Mariah's World.
Personal life[change | change source]
During the release of Glitter, Carey suffered a breakdown and was put in the hospital for exhaustion.
Carey became engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer in 2016. However, Carey's E! docuseries, Mariah's World, showed their breakup while she was on the Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour.
Movies[change | change source]
|2001||Glitter||Billie Frank||2001 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress|
|2003||Death of a Dynasty||Herself||Cameo appearance|
|2005||State Property 2||Dame's Wifey|
|2008||You Don't Mess with the Zohan||Herself||Cameo appearance|
Palm Springs International Film Festival Breakthrough Performance Award
|2017||The Lego Batman Movie||Mayor of Gotham City||Voice; post-production|
|2002||Ally McBeal||Candy Cushnip||"Playing with Matches" (Season 5, episode 8)|
|2003||The Proud Family||Herself||Voice role|
Discography[change | change source]
Albums[change | change source]
Singles[change | change source]
|1990||"Vision of Love"||1|
|"Love Takes Time"||1|
|"I Don't Wanna Cry"||1|
References[change | change source]
- Sources differ. Those giving 1970 include:
- Nickson, Chris (2011). Mariah Carey Revisited: The Unauthorized Biography. St. Martin's Press. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-4299-4015-3.
- Shapiro, Marc (2001). Mariah Carey. ECW Press. p. 18. ISBN 978-1-55022-444-3.
- McCann, Bob (2010). Encyclopedia of African American Actresses in Film and Television. McFarland. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-7864-5804-2.
- Ankeny, Jason. "Mariah Carey Artist Biography". AllMusic.com. Retrieved October 26, 2013.
- "Mariah Carey Biography". People. Retrieved 2013-10-26.. The magazine specified, "[W]e have a copy of Ms. Carey's driver's license, which lists her birthday as March 27, 1969. Furthermore, we spoke with the administrators at the high school she attended who confirmed that Ms. Carey's birthday is March 27, 1969, as did her management when we made our initial interview."
- Derschowitz, Jessica (October 28, 2010). "Mariah Carey: I'm Pregnant". CBS News.
- "Mariah Carey Has Early Contractions on Birthday". Parade. March 28, 2011. http://www.parade.com/celebrity/hollywood-wire/2011/03/28/mariah-carey-early-contractions.html. Retrieved October 26, 2013. "Carey, who turned 42 on Sunday...."
- Lovece, Frank (August 8, 2013). "Mariah Carey says she was spit on as a child on LI". Newsday (Long Island). http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/celebrities/mariah-carey-says-she-was-spit-on-as-a-child-on-li-1.5858906. Retrieved October 26, 2013. "...Carey, 44..."
- "News". Mariah Carey. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
- Juzwiak, Rich (December 23, 2013). "Mariah Carey Confronts Embarrassing Past, Watches Glitter Highlights". Gawker. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
- "Mariah Carey Says 'Breakdown' Overblown". ABC News. ABC News. December 3, 2002. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
- "Mariah Carey: I'M ENGAGED!!!". January 21, 2016. Retrieved September 9, 2016.
- "Mariah Carey and Bryan Tanaka Split After 5 Months of Dating" (in en-US). PEOPLE.com. 2017-04-10. http://people.com/music/mariah-carey-bryan-tanaka-split/. Retrieved 2017-04-11.
- Price, Lydia. "Everything We Know About Mariah Carey and New Beau Bryan Tanaka".
Books[change | change source]
- Appleman, Chris (1986). The Science of Vocal Pedagogy: Theory and Application. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN -0253351103.
- James, Harold (1998). Guinness Rockopedia. Los Angeles: Guinness Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-072-5.
- Nickson, Chris (1995). Mariah Carey: her story. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-13121-0.
- Nickson, Chris (1998). Mariah Carey revisited. New York: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-19512-0.
- Peckham, Anne (2005). Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer. Boston: Berklee Press. ISBN 0-87639-047-5.
- Shapiro, Marc (2001). Mariah Carey: the unauthorized biography. Toronto: ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-444-3.
- Viros, Alexandre (2009). Casser les Voix. Paris: St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-19512-0.
- Hardy, Phil. The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music: Fully Revised Third Edition (2001). pg. 156–157. UK: Faber and Faber Limited. ISBN 0-571-19608-X.
- Mulholland, Garry. The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music (2003). pg. 57. UK: Flame Tree Publishing. ISBN 1-904041-70-1.
- Fred Bronson's Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, 5th Edition (ISBN 0-8230-7677-6)
- Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Sixties (ISBN 0-89820-074-1)
- Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Nineties (ISBN 0-89820-137-3)
- Additional information concerning Carey's chart history can be retrieved and verified in Billboard's online archive services and print editions of the magazine.
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