Personalities | Mariah Carey | Nineties | Rock
(Singer-songwriter, b. 1970)
Along with Whitney Houston, Carey (New York-born of Irish/African-American/Venezuelan descent) is one of the most successful female singers in American pop history. Her eponymous debut (1990) showcased her five-octave range and songwriting talent. Gorgeously sexy promotional videos meant songs like ‘Vision Of Love’ and ‘Love Takes Time’ were soon topping the charts. Emotions (1991) and Music Box (1993) spawned more hits and Carey began to tour. Equally at home singing romantic ballads, R&B and hip hop fare with tracks like ‘Hero’ and ‘Fantasy’, her ‘Endless Love’ duet with Luther Vandross was particularly memorable. Switching to Virgin for $80 million in 2001, Carey experienced a breakdown due to exhaustion, and sales of the Glitter soundtrack (2001) were so poor, that Virgin paid her $28 million to leave. The Emancipation Of Mimi (2005) returned her to chart ways.
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