March 27, 1970, Long Island, NY
Quote From Mariah Carey:
"With this album (The Emancipation Of Mimi), I am embracing my independence and celebrating the person that I have become. Over the years, I have evolved into a better person and an even better artist. For the first time in my life, I am proud and unafraid to be who I really am, and that's what the music of this album and its title reflect."
Mariah Carey Trivia Fact:
Mariah was named after the song "They Call The Wind Maria" from the musical Paint Your Wagon.
Mariah Carey began singing at the young age of four and writing songs in middle school. She moved to New York City the day after high school graduation to pursue a career in music. Paying her dues as a backup singer, she was noticed by vocalist Brenda K. Starr who forwarded Mariah's demo to Sony Entertainment Chief Tommy Mottola. Soon after, Mottola signed her to a recording contract with Columbia Records.
Mariah Carey's self-titled 1990 debut album was one of the biggest hit first albums of all time. Between that album and the followup Emotions, she scored an unprecedented 5 #1 singles in a row. Songs like "Vision Of Love," "Someday," and "Emotions" dominated the radio airwaves.
In June 1993 Mariah Carey married Tommy Mottola in a high-profile celebrity wedding. Later in the year she released her third album Music Box which sold 10 million copies. In 1995 Mariah accomplished two amazing music chart feats. Her single "Fantasy" debuted at the top of the singles chart, the first ever single by a woman to do so, and then her single "One Sweet Day" with BoyzIIMen spent an amazing 16 weeks at #1. Daydream, the album containing both hits, also debuted at #1.
The marriage to Mottola did not last and the pair separated in 1997. After the separation Mariah Carey's music turned toward hip-hop and a grittier urban sound. The hits kept coming from her Butterfly and Rainbow albums. At the beginning of the new century Mariah signed an $80 million record contract, the largest in history, with Virgin Records. Then, it seemed, things began to fall apart for Mariah Carey.
Mariah Carey seemed to experience a personal meltdown in public and the quality of her music fell apart. Her first film Glitter and its soundtrack were commercial disasters. She left the contract with Virgin Records in 2002 with a reported $28 million buyout. The album Charmbracelet tried to put the magic back together but sales were flat. Then, in one of the most amazing comebacks in pop music history, Mariah Carey's The Emancipation Of Mimi debuted at the top of the pop album chart in April 2005, the first of her albums to do so since 1997's Butterfly. It included the smash hit "We Belong Together" which spent 14 weeks at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.
The next album E=MC2 was released in April 2008. It included Mariah Carey's 18th #1 pop single in the US "Touch My Body." This put her in second place all-time for most #1 singles behind only the Beatles who have 20. The song "Obsessed" appeared in June 2009 as an advance release from the album Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel.