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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 52) or March 27, 1970 (1970-03-27) (age 51) (sources differ)
Huntington, New York, United States
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • record producer
  • actress
  • philanthropist
Years active 1990–present
Associated acts

Mariah Carey (born March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, record producer, actress, and philanthropist. She has sold over 280 million copies worldwide and is one of the best-selling artists of all time.

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 is of Irish ancestry.

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 Columbia 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 9× 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 4× 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. It featured her fifteenth number-one US single, "Thank God I Found You" (with R&B singer Joe and boy band 98°), along with a cover of singer Phil Collins' song "Against All Odds (Take a Look at Me Now)". The cover reached number one in the UK.

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 released on the day of the September 11 attacks. It was nominated for several "worst movie" categories. The soundtrack did better than the movie. The single "Loverboy" reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100.

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. She was later featured as a social worker, Ms. Weiss, in the 2009 movie Precious.

In 2013, she was a judge in American Idol. Carey's fourteenth album Me. I Am Mariah… The Elusive Chanteuse was released in 2014 and reached number three on the Billboard 200. "#Beautiful", featuring R&B singer Miguel, was released in May 2013 as the first single from the album. It reached the top fifteen in the US and was certified platinum. The next single, "The Art of Letting Go", was released on November 11, 2013. "You're Mine (Eternal)" was released in time for Valentine's Day in 2014 as the third single from the album.

Carey released a greatest hits collection, #1 to Infinity, in 2015. It features all eighteen of her US number-one songs along with a new song, "Infinity". She is currently performing a Las Vegas residency show at Caesars Palace called Mariah Carey #1 to Infinity and is on her Sweet Sweet Fantasy Tour across Europe.

Personal life

During the release of Glitter, Carey suffered a breakdown and was put in the hospital for exhaustion.

Carey married Nick Cannon in April 2008. They have two children, twins Moroccan and Monroe. They separated in 2014, with Cannon filing for divorce.

Carey became engaged to Australian billionaire James Packer in 2016.


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

2017 The Lego Batman Movie Mayor of Gotham City Voice; post-production
Year Title Role Notes
2002 Ally McBeal Candy Cushnip "Playing with Matches" (Season 5, episode 8)
2003 The Proud Family Herself Voice role


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