The best-selling female practitioner from the 1990s and one of the most popular artists through the 2010s, Mariah Carey rose to superstardom because of her amazing five-octave vote. An elastic talent moving from smooth ballads to hip-hop-inspired dance puppets, she earned frequent comparison with rivals Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, but made them both better by writing together almost all of her material. Like all long-term artists in the usual spotlight, Carey experienced creative and commercial lulls, but every one of her true studio albums peaked in Top Five of Billboard 200.
Born in Long Island, New York, March 27, 1
After signing Columbia, Carey entered the studio to start working on her self-titled debut LP 1990. The weight-promoting album was a top-notch and launched no less than four number one singles: "Love's Love", "Love takes time "," Someday "and" I will not cry. " Her overnight success served Grammy Awards as the best new artist and best female vocalist, and expectations were high for Carey's follow-up, 1991's feelings. The album did not disappoint, as the title track reached number one – a record fifth consecutive chart tops – while both "Can not Let Go" and "Make It Happen" landed in the top five. Carey's next release was the 1992 MTV Unplugged EP, which generated a number a cover of Jackson 5's "I'll Be There." Selected on track were backup songs Trey Lorenz, whose appearance immediately helped him to make his own recording contract.
In June 1993, Carey Wed Mottola – some two decades seniors – in a raising ceremony; Months later, she released her third full-length effort, Music Box, which became her best-selling album to date. Two more singles, "Dreamlover" and "Hero", reached the top spot on the charts. Carey's first trip followed and was widely searched by critics; Unnoticed, she traveled in 1994 with a holiday release entitled Merry Christmas, which marks a seasonal smash with "All I Want for Christmas, you are." Released in 1995, Daydream reflected a new artistic maturity; The first single, "Fantasy", debuted at number one, and made Carey the first female artist and only the other athlete who ever achieved the achievement. The follow-up, "One Sweet Day" – a collaboration with Boyz II But – repeated the trick and was added to the top of the charts for a record 16 weeks.
After signing from Mottola, Carey returned in 1997 with Butterfly, another staggering success and her most hip-hop-flavored recording to date. # 1 – a collection of its 13 previous top-top singles and "The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)", a duet with Whitney Houston paired the two most successful female recording artists in pop history – followed late next year. With Heartbreaker, the first single from her 1999 album Rainbow, Carey became the first artist to be the leaderboards of every year in the 1990s; The album also pushed her in front of Beatles as the artist with the most accumulated weeks spent on the Hot 100 single card.
But early in the 2000s was not so kind to Carey. Having signed a $ 80 million deal in 2001 with Virgin – the biggest record contract ever – she featured in her first film, Glitter and the accompanying soundtrack (which was her Virgin Records debut). Despite the film's soft ticket sales, the Glitter soundtrack eventually went platinum thanks to the only "Loverboy". Virgin and Carey divorced in early 2002, with the label paying her $ 28 million. In the spring she found a new home with Island / Def Jam, where she set up her own label, MonarC Music. In December, she launched her 9th album, Charmbracelet, her first real studio album, to go just platinum instead of multi-platinum.
The emancipation of Mimi, her most successful work this year, 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 song performance and best R & B Song – thus restoring status as megastar. Two weeks before the release of her subsequent album, 2008's E = MC2, Carey got her 18th hit with "Touch My Body", an accomplishment pushing her into second place (past Elvis, no less) among all artists with the most chart-topping singles. Although the hit song, along with the key April news that she had married Nick Cannon, kept her in spotlight that year, the rest of the album's spin victims were almost not so successful; Only "Bye Bye" managed to scrape Top 20 of Billboard Hot 100.
Carey went back to work quite quickly, and in 2009, Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel – in collaboration with The-Dream, as well as a cover of the 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 his 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 reigned and judged the 12th season of American Idol. Miguel collaboration "# Beautiful", leading single to his next album, was released in 2013 and went platinum. Me. I'm Mariah: The Elusive Chanteuse, her first album for Def Jam, followed in 2014 and reached number two on the album overview. ~ Jason Ankeny