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Mariah Carey: Proving to the World She’s Still #1

Mariah Carey is ready for the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas.

18 CHART-TOPPING HITS

International superstar Mariah Carey is embarking on a new chapter in her staggering career. After spending several years traveling the globe to entertain her fans, Mariah is now bracing for the bright lights of Las Vegas and her biggest stage yet—The Colosseum at Caesars Palace—where the five-time Grammy Award-winning singer will perform her 18 Billboard Hot 100 number-one singles.

Mariah Carey is ready for the glitz and glitter of Las Vegas.

“I have devoted my life to traveling the world, meeting fans and performing across the globe,” Mariah says, just days after announcing her Caesars Palace residency. “Las Vegas will allow me to showcase my music in a way it’s never been presented before.”

SHOW DATES

MAY: 6 , 9–10, 13, 16–17, 20, 23–24
JULY: 8, 11–12, 15, 18–19, 22, 25–26

Having sold over 200 million records worldwide, Mariah is one of the best-selling artists of all time. With songs that include “Dreamlover,” “Hero,” “Honey” and “We Belong Together,” her 18 chart-topping songs have her in elite company. In 2008, when “Touch My Body” rose to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, Mariah surpassed Elvis Presley to become the top solo artist with the most number-one singles in America. Only The Beatles, with 20, have more top hits.

So naturally on a stage this big, in a city that bills itself as The Entertainment Capital of the World, the songstress is focusing solely on her greatest hits in a show she’s calling “Mariah Carey #1’s.”

“Revisiting these songs for the show has really let me reconnect with them,” Mariah says. “The power of music has guided me throughout my life, for as long as I can remember, and I’m hoping fans will be able to share the joy of music with me and take that feeling home with them.”

MARIAH CAREY’S NO. 1 HITS

“VISION OF LOVE”
“LOVE TAKES TIME”
“SOMEDAY”
“I DON’T WANNA CRY”
“EMOTIONS”
“I’LL BE THERE”
“DREAMLOVER”
“HERO”
“FANTASY”
“ONE SWEET DAY”
“ALWAYS BE MY BABY”
“HONEY”
“MY ALL”
“HEARTBREAKER”
“THANK GOD I FOUND YOU”
“WE BELONG TOGETHER”
“DON’T FORGET ABOUT US”
“TOUCH MY BODY”

THE EARLY YEARS

Born on Long Island, New York (her mother Patricia was an opera singer and vocal coach; her father Alfred, an aeronautical engineer), Mariah recalls a childhood centered on music. Just three years old when her parents divorced, Mariah was raised by her mother and says that her love of music began as a young girl.

“I started singing when I started talking,” Mariah recalls. “My earliest memory of my first ‘performance’ is from a concert. I think I was about four years old. My mother was performing and she taught me a song in four different languages that I sang onstage. As a child, it seemed that there were so many people there. It’s a little sweet memory that I’ve kept close to my heart.”

Mariah has always found comfort in song. As a child, she remembers sneaking a radio to bed; even to this day, she says, when times are difficult—whether personally or professionally—she turns to music to get her through the tough times.

“I take solace in music,” Mariah reveals. “Music was and will always be my saving grace. There’s never been a moment when I didn’t believe that all things are possible. My mother always encouraged me to believe in myself. She would say, ‘Don’t say “if I make it,” say “when I make it.”‘ I’ve always tried to infuse that message into my music.”

INTERNATIONAL STARDOM

I’ve always tried to surround myself with music. As a songwriter it’s almost impossible to explain the feeling you get when writing a melody or lyric. It really is a gift that I’m eternally grateful for. The 1990s were very good to Mariah, outlandishly so. She was the only act to have had a number-one single in the United States every year that decade. She sold hundreds of millions of albums and skyrocketed to fame—seemingly overnight.

Her success story starts in earnest on a cold December night back in New York City in 1988. That’s when Mariah, who was struggling to pay her rent and unsuccessful in shopping a demo tape, met up with pop singer Brenda K. Starr and accompanied her to a party. There, Mariah’s demo tape fell into the hands of Columbia Records chief Tommy Mottola. He liked what he heard, went searching for her and signed her to a record deal.

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Her first album, the self-titled Mariah Carey, was released in June 1990 and it raced up the charts, producing four number one singles: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Someday” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” The album cemented her as a superstar, and she took home her first Grammy Award for “Best New Artist.” The world was taking notice of the singer with the five-octave voice.

Mariah Carey Now Playing At Caesars Palace Las VegasHer subsequent studio albums, Emotions and Music Box, kept Mariah in the spotlight. She was at the top of her game. Looking back now, Mariah says she would not have achieved such success had she not been a strong, determined woman.

“I can be a perfectionist,” she laughs. “But nobody is perfect. I’m very focused on each and every aspect of my career and I guess I’ve just always been that way. That’s why I’m so excited about Las Vegas. I will be able to perform eighteen number one singles, which I’ve never done before. I can’t wait.”

She continues, “Every day is a new adventure and I’m really thankful for the ability and strength to keep going. Life is a process of learning and I’m still learning.”

About The Author

Ryan Slattery grew up in Boston. It wasn’t until he moved to Las Vegas in 2003 that the city’s sports teams started winning championships—eight since he left. Now, he’s only allowed back to visit. Ryan is the managing editor of Vegas Player magazine and also writes about travel, entertainment and dining for a number of national publications.

8 Responses

  1. Tyler

    They can say what they want about MARIAH, but she has sold 200 million records, they hate on her 24/7 but HERO is still played 20 years later at every graduation and ONE SWEET DAY is played at every funeral. Her ballads are timeless; ALL I EVER WANTED rivals Whitney’s I will always love u. She is underrated and under appreciated; I love her voice, tone and uplifting lyrics. CHEERS AND BRAVO mimi

  2. Vincent Were

    I lov thiz girl with passion,,, her songz resonates with inner me,,, just wish I coul see her one day live at close circle,,,, my dreamz ,, but do I say,,, she is a class act,,, angel reincarnated to bless our souls with beuriful ballards,,, shouldbi say more,,,, , YESSSSSSSSSSSSS…..

  3. I’ve been in a relationship for 23 years, May 3, 2014 we finally said we do! Mariah your amazing music got me through the 23 yrs trust me when I say “got me through” we had our horrible years, some good. After all I married him, because we got through trials together, “we belong together” which on our wedding I had our DJ play continually during our $ dance. I’m wishing on a star, he’ll surprise me in May for our anniversary. Nothing better than to share it with you Mariah! Love you till the end, God bless. Cynthia

  4. Izaquiel Bastos Cruz Dias Dos Santos

    MC Mariah Carey the true Diva of all time Your voice going beyond everything ,I´m always used to say the voice of a Angel and true voice of the generation forever ! Mariah of JesusChrist True Gift given from God to make we all Happy ! No one can be compare to you MC MariahChrist No one can be even closer to you cause you you are pure Talent, I´m so happy for you career and all your work to sing and shine like star!

    I´M SO THANKFULL please keep doing what you do best Singer cause we Love it !
    Mariah Carey The Star the Singer the mother the women the human begin the Only one Number 1 DIVA OF ALL TIME AMAZING GREAT BEST EVER I GOT NO MORE TO WORLD´S TO SAY HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU PLEASE SING ALWAYS DOING THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE YOUR BIGER FAN I LOVE YOU MARIAH CAREY OF JESUS CHRIST I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IZAQUIEL BASTOS CRUZ DIAS DOS SANTOS 1 !

  5. Geneva Lace

    Lamb here from the Philippines.

    I’m really excited for Vegas though I couldn’t watch it for many reasons even if I want too but still I love her and I love her music , she’s a gift from god and her voice is just pure heaven. She’s an inspiration to everyone and she’s probably the most appreciative artist to her fans thats why if you’re a lamb you can feel her love.
    I hate the fact that some people are trying to bring her down without even knowing or having an idea who she is and what have she contributed not only to the music industry but to the lives of people in this world.
    Nobody does it like she does that’s why I fully support her through the ups and down and We’ll stick up no matter what because were her true loving fans (lambilys❤️)
    Continue making music , haters will always hate but Lambily got your back ❤️❤️ Take care , I love you

  6. Catherine taurisano

    I love Mariah! This cinco de mayo, I’m turning 58 years young, and going to see Mariah on opening night at Caesars in Las Vegas! Birthday surprise from my hubby! I love butterflies too.. First tattoo

  7. i love mariah.please send comments

  8. Celeste

    I am so ecstatic to see Mariah Carey. I have loved her since her career kicked off when I was in high school. Her songs have given so much meaning to me and have helped me through not only the tough times, but I love them with amazing and fantastic times that I have had much more than the tough times. Mariah, my younger years you have helped me so much with hope and helped me fight through my hard domestic violence I went through, words can’t even describe the feelings and actions as I was independent and determined to get out. That I did bravely becoming a single mother. Although it was years ago, you never forget lyrics to a song that stick with you and I have never forgotten Mariah’s smooth, soothing, energetic, determination, as well your confidence in what you believe in, to help someone with a song you write. We all have had our ups and downs, no one is perfect. My wonderful husband, whom I have married later in my life, has bought tickets for us for the July 19th show and I cant not describe how excited we are to see your performance. I have waited so long to see you, but I ALWAYS save the best for last! XOXO Mariah! You are AMAZING!!!!

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