Mariah Carey

Born 27 March 1970.
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Mariah Carey on her hit Always Be My Baby and her love for collaborations

An extract from an interview in which the American diva looks back on her career and rise to global superstardom.

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Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer-songwriter and actress. Born and raised on Long Island, New York, Carey came to prominence after releasing her self-titled debut studio album Mariah Carey in 1990; it went multiplatinum and spawned four consecutive number one singles on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart. Under the guidance of Columbia Records executive and later husband Tommy Mottola, she continued booking success with followup albums Emotions (1991), Music Box (1993), and Merry Christmas (1994), Carey was established as Columbia's highest-selling act. Daydream (1995) made music history when its second single "One Sweet Day", a duet with Boyz II Men, spent a record sixteen weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, and remains the longest-running number-one song in U.S. chart history. During the recording of the album, Carey began to deviate from her R&B and pop beginnings and slowly traversed into hip hop. This musical change became evident with the release of Butterfly (1997), at which time Carey had separated from Mottola.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Merry Christmas II You

    Merry Christmas II You 2010

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    It’s not particularly clever but it is expectedly big, and sure to make a fan’s Christmas.
  2. Review of Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel

    Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel 2009

    Reviewed by Mike Diver
    Little more than pastiches of past successes.
  3. Review of E=MC²

    E=MC² 2008

    Reviewed by Tom Young
    A timely reminder for the UK audience that Leona Lewis still has a long, long way to go.
  4. Review of The Emancipation Of Mimi

    The Emancipation Of Mimi 2005

    Reviewed by Adam Webb
    Running the risk of sounding like just about every other R'n'B diva on the block is a...
  5. Review of Butterfly

    Butterfly 1997

    Reviewed by Daryl Easlea
    Carey’s last truly great album to date.
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