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August 6, 2015

Nama Mariah Carey Diabadikan Dalam Hollywood Walk of Fame

Mariah Carey baru saja resmi masuk ke dalam Hollywood Walk of Fame. Namanya kini abadi dan sejajar dengan sederet selebriti ternama dunia seperti Elvis Presley dan John Lennon.

Akhirnya, setelah 27 tahun berkiprah dan 200 juta keping album terjual, penyanyi bersuara lima oktaf tersebut menerima anugrah itu dalam acara yang digelar Rabu (5/8/2015) waktu setempat di Hollywood, Amerika Serikat.

Seperti dilansir Daily Mail, gara-gara Mariah Carey, jalan yang melintasi lokasi tersebut, Hollywood Boulevard dialihkan. Wajar saja, banyak fans yang ingin menjadi bagian dari peristiwa bersejarah tersebut.

Mariah Carey tak sendirian menerima penghargaan tersebut, ia ditemani oleh dua anaknya dan beberapa teman dekatnya seperti Brett Ratner, L.A. Reid dan sutradara Lee Daniels.

Mariah Carey belum lama ini meluncurkan album teranyarnya yang bertajuk Mariah Carey #1 To Infinity. Sepanjang kariernya ia telah menelurkan 18 lagu jawara yang bercokol di tangga lagu Billboard Hot 100.

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August 5, 2015

Mariah Carey akan Diabadikan Dalam Hollywood Walk of Fame

Akhirnya setelah lebih dari dua dekade berkarya dan telah menjual lebih dari 200 juta keping album di seluruh dunia, nama Mariah Carey akan diabadikan dalam Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ia akan resmi sejajar dengan nama-nama seperti Elvis Presley dan John Lennon pada 5 Agustus 2015 mendatang.

Dilansir Digital Spy, mendengar kabar menggembirakan itu penyanyi bersuara 5 oktaf tersebut langsung mengungkapkan rasa syukurnya melalui Twitter.

“Sangat senang dan merasa sangat rendah hati tentang bintang saya di Hollywood Hall of Fame. Terima kasih banyak kepada para fans yang mewujudkan semua ini untuk saya,” tulisnya di akun @Mariah Carey, Selasa (28/7/2015).

Mariah Carey terbilang terlambat mendapatkannya. Pasalnya, ia telah dikenal sebagai bintang pop dunia sejak 1990 lalu. Perempuan berusia 45 tahun tersebut juga telah memenangkan lima Grammy Awards sepanjang kariernya.

Mariah Carey adalah salah satu penyanyi tersukses di dunia. Ia memiliki 18 lagu jawara di tangga lagu Billboard Hot 100.

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May 10, 2014

Where Do I Start With Mariah Carey?

Took a lil walk through Times SquareSlate

Musically, Mariah Carey’s had a tough run of late. Her long-delayed upcoming album, now titled Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse, was slated to come out last spring before being pushed back several times. With one exception, its would-be lead singles failed to make a significant dent on the charts. Just a few weeks ago it sounded like Carey might pull a “Beyonce”, and spring the album on us unawares, judging from a confusing interview she gave to Billboard.

Then last week, the album’s release date, May 27, was finally confirmed by a teaser that is as strange and rambling as the album’s title. The announcement has been called “weird”, “insane”, “bizarre”, and “ridiculous”, descriptors that are rarely far away when Carey comes up these days. If you’re not a long-time fan, or are only familiar with Carey’s current public persona, it’s easy to see how such an awkward promotional move would elicit little more than an eye roll.

And we should chuckle at her weirdness, to be sure. But Carey deserves to be taken seriously as an artist as well, and, unfortunately, she hasn’t always gotten her due in that regard. Carey’s popular accomplishments – she has the second-most No. 1 songs of any pop artist, for instance, behind only the Beatles (and possibly tied with Elvis, depending whom you ask)- are often downplayed by critics who don’t take her influence on the music world seriously, as Jody Rosen pointed out in Slate several years ago. She’s long been credited – or blamed – for spawning a breed of “over singers”. (Rosen called her “the most influential vocal stylist of the last two decades”.) Her vocal acrobatics are frequently dismissed as “passionless”, her songs scorned as fluff.

But don’t blame Mimi for the diminishing returns represented by her impersonators. She’s better than all of them. Not only has she co-written the overwhelming majority of her hits since her career began almost 25 years ago, she’s also proven capable of switching up musical styles effortlessly. After taking creative control of her career, she went from a pop singer with a big voice to sultry diva who sang with Ol’ Dirty Bastard (on the excellent, Puff Daddy-produced “Fantasy (Remix)”), Bone Thugs ‘n’ Harmony (the slow-jam deep cut “Breakdown”), and Jermaine Dupri (her smash hit “We Belong Together”, among several others). Her label assumed this would be career suicide. But she was a pioneer for the hip hop-pop hybrid that is now inescapable, paving the way for Rihanna, Beyonce, Katy Perry and others to embrace a more hip-hop sound.

But back, for a minute, to her weirdness. One of the things that makes Carey so endearing to fans is that she wholeheartedly embraces her idiosyncracies. She’s not afraid to get goofy with her lyrics (“If we were two Lego blocks even the Harvard University graduating class of 2010 couldn’t put us back together again“) or her music videos, signaling to everyone that while she may take her work seriously, she’s not afraid to poke fun of herself.

There’s much more to Carey than her feuds with rap stars and her heavily Instagrammed marriage to Nick Cannon. In fact, a remarkable number of her songs hold up beautifully.

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May 7, 2014

The Passionate and Elusive Singer Reveals Her New Album

MC SMHThe Sydney Morning Herald

For the American pop icon Mariah Carey, who walks and talks just as she sings – sultry, curvaceous and with feeling – music seems to be more than merely an occupation. It is a passion, certainly. An obsession, perhaps. She herself is not certain. What she does know, she says, is that deconstruction is the fast path to ruin. Her songs, their meaning and, ultimately, their impact are, Carey says candidly, for others to interpret.

“I like to leave things to people,” she says. “It’s only fair to allow people to feel the way they feel about the song. Music is very personal. Extremely personal. I remember as a kid if somebody sang a song, I wanted it to be about me. That song became about me and whatever, whoever I had a crush on that week. I wanted that to be my song.”

More certain is the commercial impact of her work. In a career spanning more than two decades, Carey has sold more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. That’s less, according to the somewhat unscientific algorithm of declared sales, than either Elvis Presley, Madonna or the Beatles, but more than Whitney Houston, Queen, the Rolling Stones and Abba. Whichever way you look at it, she is in esteemed company.

On stage, Carey is an immense presence, packaged with benchmark-setting precision and with a range that one US critic once described as “a sound that nearly changes the barometric pressure in the room”. In person, she is smaller in scale, a whirlwind who seems, in equal parts, to evoke queen of soul Aretha Franklin, Latin film icon Lupe Vélez, and sultry Hitchcock heroine Kim Novak.

We meet at New York’s Greenwich Hotel in fashionable Tribeca. Within her rented boudoir is a mixture of subtle influences: Carrara marble, Tibetan silk rugs and smothering English leather armchairs that seem to envelope us as we sit down. Our interview was scheduled for 8pm, then nudged to 10.45pm. But as with so much in the hectic world of Mariah Carey, the schedule slides further and further behind.

When we finally sit down to talk, it is at 2.45am. Lesser mortals have fallen by the wayside around us, but Carey is powering on like an Energiser bunny. She has pulled a week of all-nighters putting the finishing touches on her 14th studio album, Me. I Am Mariah … the Elusive Chanteuse. She is also on the promotional trail, perhaps in part because the first three singles released from the album – Beautiful, The Art of Letting Go and You’re Mine (Eternal) – were met with a mixed reception on the charts.

A central theme to the album, as with the 13 that preceded it, is love. Cast an eye over her discography and you’ll see titles such as Without You, We Belong Together and Always Be My Baby. Pressed on the question, Carey isn’t so sure. Perhaps it is the case, she says, if you look only at the singles. “But if you asked somebody who knew all the album cuts, they’d say the central theme would be the need to be loved versus [being in] love.

“A lot of my songs sound like they’re happy love songs, but they’re actually sad songs,” Carey says. “The songs that are really intrinsic and really close to who I am are those songs that still have a lot of longing and still are full of … they’re still written by someone in need of something.”

Carey’s new album is defined by that dichotomy, she says. “There are songs that are in that vein, they’re uptempo, they’re feel-good records, but they also have an element of darkness to them,” she says. “I feel like I’ve been in this fight, like I’m a boxer, and I’m coming to the end of this journey and I’m getting ready to release this album that I want the world to hear simultaneously.”

April 27, 2014

Billboard All Time Top 100 Songs

December 29, 2012

Mariah Carey Graces the Coast

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Gold Coast

She’s the biggest artist to visit the Gold Coast since Whitney Houston shared the bill with Frank Sinatra for The Ultimate Event at the opening of Sanctuary Cove in 1988.

Mariah Carey is an undisputable diva among divas — and not just because of her notorious penchant for the six-star life. (Interesting fact: She owns Marilyn Monroe’s white piano).

Like them or loathe them, Carey, Celine Dion and the late Houston are renowned as the world’s top three divas because of their vocal powers.

There’s a very good reason Carey has remained at the top of the pack since she released her debut album 22 years ago. She has a five-octave vocal range — and isn’t afraid to use her whistle register! (Interesting fact: The whistle register, also called the flageolet, is the highest register of the human voice, above the modal register and falsetto).

Ranked second this year on VH1’s 100 Greatest Women in Music list, Carey’s voice earned her a place in the Guinness Book Of World Records and the title “songbird supreme” for the highest range of any recorded singer.

Carey high note is G#7 — known as the dolphin squeak. The kind of note that can shatter glass.

She has clocked up total album sales of more than 200 million worldwide, a figure that keeps rising every Christmas when new legions of music lovers discover her 1994 Merry Christmas album and single All I Want for Christmas. (Interesting fact: She co-wrote and co-produced the hit track with Walter Afanasieff.)

In 1995, Carey made history when her duet with Boyz II Men, One Sweet Day, spent a record 16 weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100. The songs remains the longest-running No. 1 in US chart history.

The proud owner of more No. 1 US singles than Elvis, Carey’s tally of 18 is second only to The Beatles (who have 21) and light years ahead of “pop culture icon” Madonna.

She has five Grammy Awards, 17 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards and 31 Billboard Music Awards to her credit but unlike Whitney and Celine, Mariah is not only a singer and actress but a songwriter and record producer.

Of course, if it looks like a diva, quacks like a diva and walks like a diva, it isn’t necessarily a diva. But if it sings like Mariah, well … it’s perhaps the world’s greatest living diva.

Don’t be fooled by the choice of venue for the first show of Mariah Carey’s first Australian tour in 15 years.

Carey, 42, is playing the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre because Jupiters has subsidised the show (just as Mike Gore did with Whitney and Frank at Sanctuary Cove).

If they hadn’t, she wouldn’t be playing the Gold Coast at all.

She’s too big a diva, dahlings.

December 13, 2012

All I Want for Christmas Is You re-enters Hot 100

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Billboard

Eighteen years after its release, Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” is a top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 at last. With airplay and sales for holiday hits increasing, the track, from Carey’s 1994 album “Merry Christmas”, re-enters the chart at No. 29, a new peak position. “Christmas” had logged one prior frame on the chart, reaching No. 83 the week of January 8, 2000. It didn’t reach the Hot 100 upon its original release, as it was not available as a commercial single in 1994; per chart rules at the time, such tracks were not eligible to appear on the Hot 100. The carol did, however, rise to No. 12 on the Radio Songs chart the week of January 7, 1995 (the highest rank for a holiday song in the chart’s 22-year history).

How does an 18-year-old song show on the Hot 100 alongside current hits (including those by Justin Bieber, who was not yet a year-old in late 1994)? Per current rules, any title, regardless of age, is eligible for the chart if it ranks in the top 50. Hot 100 rules changed at the beginning of the 2012 chart year to include titles of any era should they place in the list’s top half; tracks by Whitney Houston benefitted from the revision following her February passing, with, most noticeably, her 1992-93 Hot 100 No. 1 “I Will Always Love You” returning and soaring to No. 3 in March.

Two other versions of Carey’s modern-day Christmas classic charted on the Hot 100 before the original’s return this week, both last year. Bieber’s take (subtitled “Superfestive!”), with Carey, ranked at No. 86 the week of November 19, 2011, and Michael Buble’s ballad interpretation made a cameo at No. 99 six weeks later (amid a five-week reign on the Adult Contemporary chart).

Carey’s original “Christmas” returns to the Hot 100 with digital sales of 69,000 (up 79%), according to Nielsen SoundScan. It bounds 37-19 on Digital Songs and leads Holiday Digital Songs for a fourth consecutive week. (The song has sold 2.3 million download to date.) On Holiday Airplay, “Christmas” receives Greatest Gainer honors, lifting 7-5 with 26 million in audience (up 17%), according to Nielsen BDS. It re-enters Radio Songs at No. 48. “Christmas” tops the Holiday Songs chart, which measures sales, airplay and streaming, for a third week in a row.

Aiding the song’s momentum, Carey appeared on NBC’s “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on December 4, performing a merry version of the song with Fallon and the show’s house band the Roots on miniature instruments (including xylophone, bongos and wood blocks). A chorus of children added background vocals. The clip has racked 7 million YouTube views since its posting.

Upon her return, Carey claims her 34th top 40 hit on the Hot 100 (and first since “Obsessed” climbed to No. 7 in 2009). She breaks a tie with Connie Francis and Rihanna (each with 33) for the fourth-most top 40 Hot 100 entries among women. Madonna leads all female soloists with 49 top 40 hits, followed by Aretha Franklin (43) and Taylor Swift (39). Elvis Presley leads all acts with 80 top 40 Hot 100 entries (not counting his numerous hits that predate the chart’s August 4, 1958, launch).

Billboard.com’s entire menu of charts, including the Hot 100, Digital Songs, Radio Songs and Holiday Songs, will refresh tomorrow (December 13).

February 5, 2012

Tujuan Wisata Yang Sering Dikunjungi Artis

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KESIBUKAN sebagai aktor, aktris dan juga penyanyi serta model sangat menguras pikiran dan tenaga. Di saat liburan merupakan hal yang ditunggu-tunggu dan sangat menyenangkan. Tak heran saat memiliki waktu untuk berlibur, mereka merencanakannya dengan sangat matang.

Pemilihan tempat mereka juga sangat selektif. Mereka benar-benar ingin mendapatkan kesenangan di tempat yang indah di mana mereka bisa bersantai dan lepas dari kepenatan pekerjaan.

Simak  beberapa tempat liburan yang paling sering dikunjungi selebriti. Seperti dikutip dari Journeyetc.

Necker Island

Pulau ini berada di peringkat teratas. Necker Island adalah suatu pulau dimiliki oleh pengusaha besar asal Inggris, Richard Bronson pemilik Virgin Atlantik. Pulau itu sangat indah dan luasnya terdiri dari 74 hektar dikelilingi pantai yang memilliki air berwarna toska yang sangat luar biasa.

Di pulau ini sudah terdapat resor-resor mewah dan sangat dinikmati para turis yang datang dan di antaranya adalah para selebriti dunia. Para selebriti yang sering berlibur di pulau ini di antaranya Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Mel Gibson, Michael Douglas, Mariah Carey dan Pamela Anderson.

St. Tropez, Perancis

St. Tropez bukan hanya ada dilirik salah satu lagu milik P. Diddy. Ternyata, sebelumnya aktris Brigitte Bardot sudah memiliki tradisi mengunjungi tempat di selatan Perancis tersebut. Di tahun 50-an artis ini syuting film di tempat tersebut.

Sejak saat itu, lokasi ini menjadi tujuan liburan yang paling digemari. Termasuk selebriti dunia. Tempat ini masuk dalam daftar liburan para artis papan atas Hollywood. Sebenarnya tempat ini bukanlah tempat terbaik untuk privasi tetapi orang-orang sangat tertarik karena keindahannya.

Sejumlah selebriti yang memutuskan tempat ini sebagai lokasi liburannya di antaranya adalah Penelope Cruz, Tom Cruise dan Katie Holmes, Liz Hurley, Paris Hilton, keluarga Beckham, Jenna Bush, Kelly Rowland, Beyonce dan Jay-Z, serta Keanu Reeves. Reeves senang bolak-balik ke St Tropez karena suasana pantainya dan keindahan warna airnya.

Maui, Hawai

Maui adalah tempat liburan yang menarik termasuk juga bagi para pesohor. Hawai adalah salah satu tempat yang paling populer di kalangan selebriti dunia.

Penyanyi legendaris, Elvis Presley mengaku sangat jatuh cinta dengan tempat ini pada kunjungan pertamanya di tahun 1950-an.

Kabarnya, Britney Spears adalah salah satu artis yang paling sering berlibur ke tempat ini. Dulu ketika masih mesra bersama mantan suaminya, Kevin Federline, Maui adalah tempat favoritnya untuk berlibur. Mereka biasanya menetap di hotel super mewah yang menyediakan pemandangan yang indah seperti di The Fairmont at Kea Lani dan Four Season.

Selain Spears, selebriti lain yang rajin mengunjungi Maui adalah aktor Owen Wilson, Christian Slater, Jennifer Garner dan Ben Affleck, Kate Hudson, Lindsay Lohan, Jack Black dan istrinya serta Paris Hilton.

Cabo San Lucas

Cabo San Lucas atau yang lebih dikenal dengan nama pendeknya, Cabo ini terletak di Meksiko. Cabo merupakan tempat tujuan wisata yang diincar para selebriti papan atas. Alasannya karena tak perlu berada lama di pesawat dan sinar matahari serta tempatnya yang indah cocok untuk bersantai dan relaksasi.

Jennifer Aniston adalah artis Hollywood yang paling rajin mengunjungi Cabo. Dalam tahun ini saja, artis tersebut sudah beberapa kali bolak-balik ke Cabo. Terakhir saat ia merayakan Thanksgiving. Ia datang ke tempat itu bersama dengan 15 teman. Ia biasanya menetap di Esperanza Resort.

Dengan pasir putihnya dan memiliki resort berkualitas bintang lima, masakan internasional, pelayanan spa serta kejuaraan golf dunia menjadi daya tarik Cabo di mata pesohor dunia.

Selain Jennifer Aniston, para seleb yang sering berlibur di Cabo di antaranya adalah Courtney Cox, David Arquette, George Clooney, Cheryl Crow, Gwyneth Paltrow serta Bono. (rhs)