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Friday, April 16, 2004

Fascinating Facts! Mariah Carey

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Today, we’re looking at that perennial favourite songstress, the warbler with the heart, Mariah ‘I don’t do stairs’ Carey!

Mariah Carey is one of the biggest artists in USA with 115 million sold albums globally. She has had 13 number one hits more US Number 1 singles than any other artists during the Nineties and her singles have been longer on #1 than any other female artist in history, coming in at a grand old total of 58 weeks. To put it in perspective, Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’ was at number one for ten weeks. We’re talking almost six times that in a decade. Be afraid.

Mariah Carey had a number one single in every year of the 1990s. She remains the best-selling female recording artist of all time: in 1994, it was more probable that you owned her musical delight Music Box than it was you dying of cancer.

Here’s a delight of how stupidly wonderful she is: her rise to fame was due to Tommy Mottola, the president of Sony Music. He discovered her when she was 17, after she pressed a demo tape into his hands at a party. Not so stupid, you may think. Ah, but - he only got to listen to the tape when he was in the limo, and by the time he’d turned around, she’d left the party. Yes, she’d already left and *hadn’t bothered to leave any contact information with the tape.* Fortunately for us, Tommy spent a good couple of days tracking her down.

Speaking of stalkers, Mariah was in good company when 210-pound Gabriel Aranda Espinosa started leaving her gifts. He’d previously left items for Christina Applegate and Madonna, and had threatened to kill a sheriff on one of their behalves. Aww. One day she hopes to have a stalker of her own.

Charity: Dame Mariah runs the summer camp Camp Mariah, for city kids who has never been out in the nature. It is a peaceful haven offering hospitality, enrichment, inner growth, and integration, and has guest speakers from the music industry to come along and put kids on the right track musically. Aww. No record has been made of the décor, alas. There are many reports that she is a modern-day saint, and in one interview was credited as saying “Whenever I watch TV and see those poor starving kids all over the world, I can’t help but cry. I mean I’d love to be skinny like that, but not with all those flies and death and stuff.” As well as being anti-sense, Mariah is also said to be completely anti-gun.

At the grand old age of 24, she married Tommy Mottola, 19 years her senior. The couple built a hideous house in Bedford Hills, with 12 bedrooms, a recording studio, ballroom, helicopter pad, two swimming pools and, um, a firing range.

Mariah Carey composes all her material. All. Of. It.

Her movie magnum opus Glitter cost a staggering $22 million dollars, starred her, Max Beezley and a cat who mysteriously didn’t age. It took an awful $4 million at the box office. With the cash that was lost, you could have bought 1,355,421 copies of the soundtrack album and have enough left over for a Starbucks latté.

If you lay all those albums end to end, you could leave a trail 129,469 meters long, equivalent to a hundredth of the diameter of the Earth.

Mariah is 34 years old and already rumoured to have had a facelift.

In July 2001, after posting several rambling and plaintive messages on her website, Mariah apparently went and attempted suicide. She survived, fortunately for us, and the numerous cuts on her body were publicly announced as ‘an accident with plates’. In the same year, a woman died from cancer after her collection of dinner plates manufactured before World War I was found to be radioactive. Plates are the hidden killers amongst us.

Much has been made of her diva mentality, but you have to adore a woman who kept motorists waiting in a mile-long tailback in London when she parked her limo illegally so she could apply her make-up. Other diva-demands include requesting whilst on-set for her MTV appearance in London to have a litter of puppies and kittens with her. Additionally, she asked 20 assistants to completely redecorate a shop toilet because she wanted to use it during an in-store signing. She also apparently pulled out of one television interview when she found out she would be expected to walk down some stairs. “Ms Carey doesn’t do stairs.” Aww, bless - and that’s why we love her.

1 comment:

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