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Mariah Carey

Carey performing on Good Morning America, May 24, 2013
Background information
Born March 27, 1969 (1969-03-27) (age 50) or March 27, 1970 (1970-03-27) (age 49) (sources differ)
Huntington, New York, United States
Genres R&B, pop, hip hop, soul, dance
Occupations Singer-songwriter, record producer, philanthropist
Years active 1988–present
Labels Columbia, Virgin, Island

Mariah Carey[1] (born March 27, 1969 or 1970[2]), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress and philanthropist.

Early life

Mariah Carey was born on Long Island, in Huntington, New York. Her father was of African American and Venezuelan ancestry and her mother was of Irish ancestry.[3]

Music career

In December 1988 Carey started making her first album.

She released her debut album titled as her name in 1990. It was released from Colombia Records. The album was certified multi-platinum by the RIAA. Four singles from the album all reached number one on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart ("Vision of Love", "Love Takes Time", "Someday", and "I Don't Wanna Cry"). It reached number one on the US Billboard 200. It was certified 9x platinum. This means that 9 million copies of the album were shipped in the US. Carey married Tommy Mottola in 1993. Mottola was the executive producer for Carey. Many critics believed that this helped Carey's musical career.

In 1991, her album Emotions reached number four on the Billboard 200. It was certified 4x platinum and sold less than her previous album. Her songs "Emotions" (#1), "Can't Let Go" (#2) and "Make It Happen" (#5) were released as singles from the album. Carey released her first EP MTV Unplugged (1992). It reached number three on the Billboard 200. The songs "I'll Be There" (#1) and "If It's Over" were released as singles from the album. Carey's third album Music Box (1993) reached number one on the Billboard 200. As of 2012, the album has sold 7,189,000 copies in the US according to Nielsen Soundcan. Worldwide, it sold 32 million copies and became one of the best-selling albums of all time. "Dreamlover" (#1), "Hero" (#1), "Without You" (#3), "Never Forget You" (#3) and "Anytime You Need a Friend" (#12) helped Carey to become more popular.

Her first holiday album, Merry Christmas (1994) reached number three on the Billboard 200 chart. Two singles were released "All I Want for Christmas Is You" (#12) and "Joy to the World". Carey's fifth album Daydream became her third number one album in the US. It was given a diamond award from the RIAA. This means that 10 million copies of the album were shipped in the US. There were six singles for the album. They include "Fantasy" (#1), "One Sweet Day" (#1), "Open Arms", "Always Be My Baby" (#1), "Forever" (#9) and "Underneath the Stars". On September 16, 1997 Carey released her sixth album Butterfly. The album reached number one on the Billboard 200 chart. The album released five singles. They include "Honey" (#1), "Butterfly" (#16), "The Roof (Back in Time)", "Breakdown" (#53) and "My All" (#1).

On November 2, 1999, her seventh album Rainbow was released. After selling 323,000 copies the first week, it debuted at number two on the Billboard 200 chart. Carey starred in the movie Glitter in 2001. It did not do so well and grossed $5,271,666 out of a $20,000,000 budget. It was nominated for several word movie categories. The soundtrack did better than the movie. In 2002, her album Charmbracelet was released. Her 2005 album, The Emancipation of Mimi, became one of her most successful albums. Many music critics believed it was her "comeback album". Her following albums E=MC² (2008), Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel (2009) and Merry Christmas II You (2010), did not sell well. Mariah Carey has sold over 200,000,000 copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 2013, she was a judge in American Idol. Carey's fourteenth album The Art of Letting Go is going to be released in 2014. "Beautiful" was released in May 2013. "The Art of Letting Go" was released on November 11, 2013.

Personal life

Carey married Nick Cannon in April 2008.[4] They have two children. They divorced in August 2014.


Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Bachelor Ilana
2001 Glitter Billie Frank 2001 Golden Raspberry Award for Worst Actress
2002 WiseGirls Raychel
2003 Death of a Dynasty Herself Cameo appearance
2005 State Property 2 Dame's Wifey
2008 You Don't Mess with the Zohan Herself Cameo appearance
2009 Tennessee Krystal
2009 Precious Mrs. Weiss

Palm Springs International Film Festival Breakthrough Performance Award
Capri Hollywood International Film Festival Award for Supporting Actress of the Year
Black Reel Award for Best Ensemble
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Ensemble Cast
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Supporting Actress
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Critics' Choice Awards for Best Acting Ensemble

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ally McBeal Candy Cushnip "Playing with Matches" (Season 5, episode 8)
2003 The Proud Family Herself Voice role



  1. "News". Mariah Carey. Retrieved 2012-01-12.
  2. Sources differ. Those giving 1970 include: . . . Those giving 1969 include:


  • Appleman, Chris (1986). The Science of Vocal Pedagogy: Theory and Application. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. ISBN -0253351103
  • James, Harold (1998). Guinness Rockopedia. Los Angeles: Guinness Publishing Ltd. ISBN 0-85112-072-5
  • Peckham, Anne (2005). Vocal Workouts for the Contemporary Singer. Boston: Berklee Press. ISBN 0-87639-047-5
  • Shapiro, Marc (2001). Mariah Carey: the unauthorized biography. Toronto: ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-444-3
  • Hardy, Phil. The Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music: Fully Revised Third Edition (2001). pg. 156–157. UK: Faber and Faber Limited. ISBN 0-571-19608-X.
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  • Fred Bronson's Billboard Book of Number 1 Hits, 5th Edition (ISBN 0-8230-7677-6)
  • Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Sixties (ISBN 0-89820-074-1)
  • Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Hot 100 Charts: The Nineties (ISBN 0-89820-137-3)
  • Additional information concerning Carey's chart history can be retrieved and verified in Billboard's online archive services and print editions of the magazine.

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