With hits like “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry”, singer Mariah Carey holds the record for most debut debuts in Billboard Hot 100 history.
Who is Mariah Carey?
At the age of 18, Mariah Carey signed with Columbia Records, and her debut album ranked # 1 with four songs, including “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” Curry went on to create several albums (later with other studios) and one single, becoming one of the most commercially successful artists of all time with 19 hits and over 200 million records sold.
Carey was born on March 27, 1970 in Huntington, Long Island, New York, to Alfred Roy Carey, a Venezuelan flight engineer. And Patricia Carey, voice coach and opera singer. She has two older brothers: a brother, Morgan, and sister Alison.
Carrie’s parents divorced when she was three years old. Her mother was astonished by her tradition of operatic singing since she was two years old, and she gave singing lessons from the age of four. Ultimately, Curry would develop a sound spanning five octaves.
After graduating in 1987 from Harbourfields High School in Greenlon, New York, Carey moved to Manhattan where she worked as a waitress and a coat-checker and studied cosmetology, while writing songs and actively pursuing a career in music at night.
Early music career: “Mariah Carey” and “Awateef”
When she was 18 years old, Carey and her friend, singer Brenda K. Starr, to a party hosted by CBS Records. She convinced Star Curry to bring one of her demo tapes. She had intended to give the tape to Jerry Greenberg of Colombia, but Tommy Mutola, president of Columbia Records (later Sony), intercepted it before she could hand it over to Greenberg. After listening to the tape On The Way Home From The Party, Motola signed with Carrie immediately and had her work on her debut album, Mariah Carey (1990), which included four singles: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” Someday “I don’t want to cry.”
Her second album, Emotions, was released in 1992. The title track became her fifth single, No. 1, and included the songs “Can’t Let Go” and “Make It Happen”.
Music Box, Daydream and Butterfly
In March 1992, Carey appeared on MTV’s Unplugged. The performance was released as both an album and a home video, leading to another single # 1 (a cover from The Jacksons “I’ll Be There”). Her next album, Music Box (1993), cuts down on the lavish studio production techniques she has heard on her previous albums, and includes the two singles “Dreamlover” and “Hero”.
Her November 1994 release, Merry Christmas, combined traditional Christian hymns with new songs. In 1995 Daydream launched. Her debut single, “Fantasy”, debuted at # 1. It also included collaborations with hip-hop artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Boyz II Men (“One Sweet Day”).
Her 1997 album, The Butterfly, included 11 tracks by Carrie, and showed her continued interest in hip-hop and R&B music, including the song “Honey” produced by Sean “Buffy” Combs, which reached number twelve. Curry’s 1998 album, No. 1, featured her 13 charts topping singles as well as the Oscar-nominated “Prince of Egypt (When You Believe)”, a duet with fellow pop singer Whitney Houston.
“Glitter” hospitalized and a new record deal
In July 2001, Curry was admitted to a hospital in the New York area and placed under psychiatric care after suffering from what publicists described as a “physical and emotional breakdown”. Carrie was preparing to promote her first feature film, Glitter, and her accompanying soundtrack album, but canceled all public appearances. Glitter’s release was subsequently delayed from late August to late September 2001. Carey was released from hospital two weeks later.
In January 2002, Carey and EMI (the company owner of Virgin Records, which Carey signed a $ 80 million contract in April 2001) cut their relationship. Although the movie and Glitter’s soundtrack failed to generate the total box office sales and required sales, Carey walked away from Virgin by nearly $ 50 million as part of her separation agreement. In May 2002, she signed a deal with Universal Music Group’s Island / Def Jam Records.
More albums: “Charmbeart” to “Caution”
In December 2002, Curry released her eighth studio album, Charmpresslet, which debuted at number three on the charts. The record-breaking accompanying tour, its first in more than three years, began in June 2003.
She continued with her tenth studio album, Editing Mimi, which became the best-selling album in the United States in 2005. With Touch My Body in 2008 (from her eleventh studio album, E = MC²), Carrie overtook Elvis Presley to become second only to the Beatles for most From US singles. Other albums include Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009), Merry Christmas II You (2010), her second holiday album, and Me. I am Maria. . The Elusive Chanteuse (2014).
The singer proved that she remained one of the best in business with the release of her fifteenth studio album, Caution (2018), which debuted at number five in the US and was mentioned on several “Albums of the Year” lists.
In December 2019, Curry achieved another milestone when her enduring song, “All I Want for Christmas Is You”, reached # 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, the 25 years between its release and reaching the top spot, creating a new Billboard record for length Age.
Carey has sold over 200 million albums worldwide. She is the third-selling artist of all time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America.
American Idol, Vegas Residency, and Mariah’s World
In 2012, Carey was selected as the new judge for Season 12 of the popular FOX TV show American Idol, taking a seat alongside Randy Jackson, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban. In 2013, she appeared in a small role in The Butler, the biography of Lee Daniels about White House servant Eugene Allen, and appeared as a character in the American cartoon TV series Dad!
In January 2015, Curry signed a deal to take over residency in Las Vegas starting in May 2016. In conjunction with her show in Vegas, No. 1 to Infinity, at Caesar’s Mansion, she released her biggest hit collection, which includes her first single. . In 2015, she also starred and directed A Christmas Melody, a Hallmark Channel holiday movie.
In 2016, Carrie launched The Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour and Mariah’s World, a TV documentary series on E! , Which followed her European tour. She did another movie role, voicing the mayor in the 2017 animated film The Lego Batman Movie.
In a cover story published in April 2018 for People, Carey shared the story of her long secret battle with Bipolar II disorder. The disease was first diagnosed in 2001, after being hospitalized for her breakdown, the singer said she had refused to admit it for years. “Until recently, I lived in a state of denial, isolation, and constant fear that someone would expose me,” she said. “It was too heavy a burden to be able to do it anymore.”
Carey said she changed things after she finally sought help, and that she started undergoing therapy and taking medications regularly. “I’m in a really good place now, where I feel comfortable discussing my struggles with bipolar disorder type 2,” she said to People. “I hope we can get to a place where the stigma of people going through anything alone is lifted. That can be incredibly lonely. It doesn’t have to identify you and I refuse to let him define or control me.”
Notes and ‘Anecdotes’
Carey released her memoir, Meaning Mariah Carey, on September 29, 2020. “I want to tell the story of moments – the rise of advertisements, triumphs and traumas, disasters and dreams that have shaped the person I am. Today,” she said. In addition to the notes, Curry released the 32-track album The Rarities on October 2.
In June 1993, Carey married Mutola in a fabulous ceremony at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Manhattan. The couple separated in 1998. Carrie then dated Latin singer Luis Miguel for three years, but their relationship reportedly ended in the summer of 2001.
Carey started a relationship with rapper / actor Nick Cannon after he was featured in the music video for the song Bye Bye. After dating for less than two months, the couple got married on April 30, 2008, in a secret ceremony in the Bahamas. In 2011, Carrie and Canon welcomed the Moroccan and Monroe twins.
The couple announced their separation in August 2014, after six years of marriage, and their divorce was finalized in 2016. In January 2016, Carey became engaged to Australian businessman James Packer in New York City, but in October of that year, it was announced that the couple They broke up. After Curry’s association with Packer ended, she began a relationship with backup dancer Brian Tanaka, who also appeared on her reality show Mariah’s World.
Outside of her music career, Carey is fundraising for The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit that provides free summer vacations to underprivileged children in New York City, and is the co-founder of Camp Mariah, one of the organization’s initiatives.