When you think diva, the name Mariah Carey pops to mind. Her five-octave vocal range and unmistakable sound have made her one of pop musicâ€™s biggest hitmakers. Born on March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, Mariah knew from a young age that she wanted to be a singer. During her years at Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, she often skipped class to work as a demo singer for local recording studios. Some of the top producers in the Long Island music scene helped her write songs and record a demo. Moving to New York City, Mariah worked odd jobs and completed 500 hours of beauty school, but beauty graduation was interrupted by a gig as a back-up singer for Brenda K. Starr, who hit the chart in 1988 with â€˜I Still Believe.â€™ That same year, Mariah Carey met Columbia Records executive Tommy Mottola at an industry party. Tommy was so impressed that he signed the diva-to-be to a recording contract. Her debut album, Mariah Carey, and her first four singles, â€˜Vision of Love,â€™ â€˜Love Takes Time,â€™ â€˜Someday,â€™ and â€˜I Donâ€™t Wanna Cryâ€™ all hit number one on the 1990 Billboard chart, a feat that was last accomplished by the Jackson Five. At that yearâ€™s Grammys, Mariah took home statuettes for Best New Artist, and Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for â€˜Vision of Love.â€™ While counting profits from the album, Mariah and Tommy fell in love. In June 1993 they were married in a lavish and splendid ceremony.
Mariahâ€™s second album, Emotions, conceived as a tribute to the 1960s Motown sound, produced her fifth number-one single in a row with the albumâ€™s title track. With stage fright preventing her from touring to support her album, she made an appearance on MTV Unplugged in 1992. The show proved that Mariah could sing without the aid of fancy studio effects. For a while, Mariah Carey could do no wrong. Her 1993 album, Music Box, a collaboration with producer/performer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds, became a worldwide hit and produced the singles â€˜Without You,â€™ â€˜Dreamlover' and â€˜Hero.â€™ 1995â€™s Daydream became her biggest-selling album in the U.S., and its singles achieved similar success. â€˜Fantasyâ€™ debuted at number one in the U.S., her duet with Boyz II Men, â€˜One Sweet Day,â€™ spent a record sixteen weeks at number one, and the Jermaine Dupri-produced â€˜Always Be My Babyâ€™ was Billboard magazine's 1996 top song.
Mariahâ€™s personal dumped as her career rose. She announced her separation from Tommy Mottola in 1997. That year, her album Butterfly served as a declaration of independence. A new sexy siren image for the video â€˜Honeyâ€™ shattered her earlier, more virginal image. The end of the century saw the release of Mariahâ€™s seventh studio album, Rainbow, and her big screen debut in the comedy The Bachelor, starring Chris Oâ€™Donnell and Renee Zellweger. Mariah was bitten by the bad-acting bug, and massacred the lead role in the semi-autobiographical 2001 movie Glitter. The film was a rank flop, earning Mariah a â€˜Razzieâ€™ for the worst actress of the year. The soundtrack was the least-successful album of her career.
Around this time, Mariah received Billboard's Artist of the Decade Award and the World Music Award for Best-Selling Female Artist of the Millennium. In early 2001, Mariah parted from Columbia and signed a contract with EMI's Virgin Records worth a reported $80 million. In early 2002, after the dismal performance of Glitter and Mariahâ€™s emotional breakdown and subsequent hospital stay for exhaustion, Virgin dropped her and bought out her contract for $28 million.
Mariah made her big comeback with her tenth album, 2005â€™s The Emancipation of Mimi. The album featured collaborations with The Neptunes, Kanye West and Jermaine Dupri and became the top-selling album of the year. Mimi earned Grammy Awards for Best Contemporary R&B Album, and the single â€˜We Belong Togetherâ€™ won Best Female R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Song. Mimiâ€™s follow-up, 2007â€™s E=MCÂ² also topped the charts, and the single â€˜Touch My Bodyâ€™ became Mariahâ€™s 18th number-one single, pushing her past Elvis Presley and placing her into second place, behind The Beatles, for the most number one singles among all artists in the rock era. On April 30, 2008, Mariah married actor/rapper Nick Cannon, in a private beachfront ceremony in the Bahamas. A hitmaker and a record-breaker, Mariah Carey is here to stay.
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