Mariah Carey is an American pop singer born on March 27, 1970, at Long Island, in New York district, from Alfred Roy Carey, and mother Patricia Hickey, opera singing professor. Mariah Carey has a sister, Alison (born in 1959) and a brother, Morgan (born in 1961).
During a night party reuniting US music people, Brenda K. Starr introduces Mariah Carey to Tommy Mottola (manager of recording company Sony Music) and presents him a sample of songs that Mariah Carey has already made. japan cams
In 1990, the first Mariah Carey album releases. Called “Mariah Carey” (All In Your Mind, Alone In Love, I Don’t Wanna Cry, Love Takes Time, Prisoner, Sent From Up Above, Someday, There’s Got To Be A Way, Vanishing, Vision Of Love, You Need Me), the Mariah Carey album quickly becomes a real success, staying eleven weeks on top of US Billboard. Mariah Carey album sold 17 million copies and Mariah Carey singles “Vison of Love”, “Love Takes Time”, “Someday” and “I don’t Wanna Cry” are all ranked number one of US charts. Vision of Love and Love Takes Time will also be number one in Canada.
In 1991, Mariah Carey releases her second studio album “Emotions” (And You Don’t Remember, Can’t Let Go, Emotions, If It’s Over, Make It Happen, So Blessed, The Wind, Till The End Of Time, To Be Around You, You’re So Cold) which encountered a real success despite sales being weaker than the previous one, at 13 million copies. This doesn’t prevent Mariah Carey from getting her first single from her new album, ranks #1 in American charts. Mariah Carey just beats the first record by becoming the sole artist to rank her 5 singles at the first place of charts. The 2 other singles “Can’t Let go” and “Make It Happen” are ranked #2 and #5. It is during this same year, that Mariah Carey receives her first awards; 2 Grammy Awards. More personally, Mariah Carey begins a relationship with Tommy Mottola.
To face rumors from American critics concerning the voice usurpation, Mariah Carey invited by MTV Unplugged, decides to perform in live her first success: Emotions, If It’s Over, Someday, Vision Of Love, Make It Happen, and Can’t Let Go as well as a song of the Jackson Five: Ill Be There. The producer of the TV program impressed by her performing decides to release an album and a video of her performance on June 20 1992. The Mariah Carey album sells over 10 million copies. The first single of this Mariah Carey album “I’ll Be There” ranks #1 of the US charts, adding once again to the other #1 of Mariah Carey in the US, the single will also be #1 in Canada becoming the third Mariah Carey song to reach this first rank in this country.
In 1993, Mariah Carey married Tommy Mottola. Mariah Carey releases her fourth album “Music Box” (All I’ve Ever Wanted, Anytime You Need A Friend, Dreamlover, Hero, I’ve Been Thinking About You, Just To Hold You Once Again, Music Box, Never Forget You, Now That I Know, Without You), album which will reveal Mariah Carey in many countries. The first two Mariah Carey singles of this album, “Dreamlover” and “Hero” both rank on top of US charts. Following “Without You” and “Anytime You Need A Friend”, this last one being a very gospel song, a style that Mariah Carey particularly loves. To be noted that “Without You” is the biggest success of Mariah Carey in Europe. Mariah Carey ended her tour, the Music Box, exclusively in the US.
In 1994 is released Mariah Carey album “Merry Christmas” (Silent Night, Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town (Anniversary Mix), Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, O Holy Night, Miss You Most (At Christmas Time), Joy To The World, jesus Oh What A Wonderful Child, Jesus Born On This Day, hark! The Herald Angels Sing/Goria (In Excelsis Deo), God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Christmas (Baby Please Come Home), All I Want For Christmas Is You). The first single of this Mariah Carey album “All I Want For Christmas Is You” gets a rare success for a Christmas song (#2 in the UK and Australia) but it is in Japan that the impact of this Mariah Carey song is the most important as it is the biggest success of Mariah Carey as singles. In the US, “All I Want For Christmas Is You” only gets a relatively impact as it ranked #83 in the Billboard Hot 100. However, each end of the year, this song is added in US playlists, reaching radio audience as high as new titles of the moment. This Mariah Carey album sold at 15 million copies in the world, becoming the Christmas album the most sold ever to date.
In 1995, Mariah Carey releases her sixth album “Daydream” (Always Be My Baby, Daydream Interlude (Fantasy Sweet Dub Mix), Fantasy, Forever, I Am Free, Long Ago, Looking In, Melt Away, One Sweet Day, Open Arms, Underneath The Stars, When I Saw You). Very expected following the top “Music Box’ and her now worldwide popularity, it sales at over 24 million copies in the world, especially becoming her biggest success in the US. Mariah Carey album is more Hip-Pop and R’n’B. Mariah Carey single “Fantasy” directly reaches the first place of US Billboard and will stay there for 8 weeks. However, the biggest of this Mariah Carey album, the biggest success of all time in the US charts, is “One Sweet Day”: 16 weeks #1, a song with the Boyz II Men. The last Mariah Carey single on the US market, “Always Be My Baby”, also reaches the top Billboard. The other Mariah Carey singles, “Open Arms”, “Underneath The Stars” and “Forever” are especially dedicated to the European countries. “Fantasy” will also have a big impact as it will be #1 in Canada, Australia and Japan. Mariah Carey then begins a new mini tour: the Daydream Tour. This time, Japan (3 dates in Tokyo), the Netherlands, the UK, France and Germany are the lucky countries.
Mariah Carey divorced in 1997 from her husband Tommy Mottola. Mariah Carey releases the same year “Butterfly” (Babydoll, Breakdown, Butterfly, Close My Eyes, Fly Away (Butterfly Reprise), Fourth Of July, Honey, My All, Outside, The Beautiful Ones, The Roof, Whenever You Call) and the butterfly becomes her symbol of freedom. This Mariah Carey album, which Mariah Carey considers as an important turn of her career, contains 2 songs ranked #1 in the US charts: “Honey” (directly #1) for three weeks and “My All” for one week. “Honey” is both #1 in Japan and #3 in the UK. Then according to the countries “Butterfly”, “Breakdown” and “The Roof” are commercialized. The evolution of Mariah Carey is not only musical: Mariah Carey starts to adopt a clothing style more sexy. Mariah Carey album sells at over 17 million copies. Mariah Carey then starts her third tour: the Butterfly Tour. This time again, few countries will be visited: Australia, Japan, Taiwan and Hawaii.
In 1998, “Ones” (Always Be My Baby, Dreamlover, Emotions, Fantasy (Featuring O.D.B.), Hero, Honey, I Don’t Wanna Cry, I Still Believe, I’ll Be There (Featuring Trey Lorenz), Love Takes Time, My All, One Sweet Day (With Boyz II Men), Someday, Sweetheart (With JD), Vision Of Love, When You Believe (From “The Prince Of Egypt”) (With Whitney Houston), Whenever You Call (With Brian McKnight)) is released. We can find on this Mariah Carey album all the singles #1, 3 duos “When You Believe” with Whitney Houston, which will be #1 in Japan and in Spain, “Whenever You Call” with Brian McKnight and “Sweetheart” in duo with Jermaine Dupri as well as 2 songs “Do You Know Where You’re Going To” (Theme from Mahogany) and “I Still Believe” song of Brenda K Starr. The Mariah Carey album sold at over 16 million copies and becomes the album from a stranger the most sold ever in Japan (over 2 million). For many, this best closes the first part of Mariah Carey career.
In 1999, Mariah Carey releases “Rainbow” (After Tonight, Against All Odds (Take A Look At Me Now), Bliss, Can’t Take That Away (Mariah’s Theme), Crybaby, Did I Do That?, Heartbreaker, Heartbreaker (Remix), How Much, Petals, Rainbow (Interlude), Thank God I Found You, Vulnerability (Interlude), X-Girlfriend) which first single “Heartbreaker”, duo with with Jay-Z, will rank #1 in Billboard and will stay for 2 weeks. Followed by “Thank God I Thank You” (which ranks first place in US charts becoming the 15th #1 of Mariah Carey in her natal country), Can’t Take That Away”, “Crybaby” and “Against All Odds”. Mariah Carey sold more than 10 million copies of this album. Mariah Carey then really does a world tour: the Rainbow Tour. 3 continents (North America, Europe and Asia) could claim Mariah Carey the diva. However, many criticize Mariah Carey for a tired voice during this tour.
In 2001, Mariah Carey doesn’t renew her contract with Sony, the recording company of her beginnings managed at that time by ex husband Mottola, and signs at Virgin for 5 albums for US$117 millions. Mariah Carey gets work on a film and an album which are both named: “Glitter” (All My Life, Didn’t Mean To Turn You On, Don’t Stop (Funkin’ 4 Jamaica), If We, Last Night A DJ Saved My Life, Lead The Way, Loverboy, Loverboy Remix, Never Too Far, Reflections (Care Enough), Twister, Want You). The project, long worked by Mariah Carey herself, little by little falls out of her hands according to her and will become her first flop: only 3,5 million copies in the world and an 11th position in the US. To finalize her performance in the movie, Mariah Carey wins a Razzie Awards as worst actress of the year. Despite a #2 in the US Billboard with very controversial title “Loverboy”, Mariah Carey is suddenly no more back up by the US radios and the press is no more tender with Mariah Carey. The same year, is released a best of called “Greatest Hits” under Sony label, her previous music recording company. Mariah Carey can’t forbid the release of this album which will be sold a first time at 3 million copies.