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Sunday, 29 December 2013

Mariah Carey

Mariah's mother, Patricia (Hickey), is a former mezzo-soprano New York City opera singer and a freelance vocal coach. Mariah's father, Alfred Roy Carey, was an aeronautical engineer.

She got her first name from the Paint Your Wagon song "They Call the Wind Maria" (spelled 'Maria' without the H, but pronounced 'Mariah'). The tune from the popular Lerner & Loewe musical was a favorite of her mother.

Mariah's heritage is multiracial. Her mother is Irish-American and her father is African-American and Venezuelan.

Mariah Carey’s high school nickname was "Mirage" because she cut class so often for studio work and back up singing gigs.

Carey sings in a five octave range and she masters the whistle register. She made the  Guinness Book of World Records in 2003 for the highest note hit by a human, after she hit the G7# note during a live performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner."

Carey is the first recording artist in history to have her first five singles hit the #1 spot on the Hot 100. They are:  "Vision of Love" (1990), "Love Takes Time" (1990), "Someday" (1991), "I Don't Wanna Cry" (1991) and "Emotions" (1991).

Mariah Carey's "We Belong Together" was the best-selling song of the 2000s in the US.

She is the only female artist (and second artist or group ever) to have 18 #1 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. Only The Beatles have more with 20.

"All I Want for Christmas Is You" earns Mariah Carey about $500,000 in royalties each Christmas.

Mariah’s wedding to Tommy Mottola in 1993 was modelled after the royal wedding of Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Even the tiara she wore, a family heirloom, was redesigned to look like Princess Diana's. Her wedding dress was an ivory-silk duchess satin gown designed by Vera Wang, with a 8.25 m train and matching satin pumps. The whole affair cost almost $0.5 million, not including the 1893 sixpence Mariah put in one of her shoes for luck.

English farmer Angus Wielkopolski discovered that goats produce more milk listening to Mariah Carey's "All I Want for Christmas Is You" tune than any other song. They found that the goats produced up to half a pint more when Carey's famous Christmas track was played.

Mariah has owned several Jack Russell terriers. A sampling of names: Jack, Jack Junior (JJ), Cha-Cha and Squeak. Over the years, the singer has taken her pets surfing in Puerto Rico, running on beaches from California to Florida and on trips all over the world to wherever she is performing.

In 2008, she earned $1 million to perform just four songs at a private show for the son of Muammar al-Gaddafi, the notorious Libyan dictator who died in 2011 (Carey later apologized, saying she was "naive and unaware of who I was booked to perform for").

Carey revealed in an interview with E! News her strict eating regieme. "It’s really hard. My diet, you would hate it," she said. "All you eat is Norwegian salmon and capers every day. That’s it."

Mariah Carey will only be photographed from her right side. Wen she was 19 and doing her first-ever photo shoot at her record label, a lady on set pointed to her right side and told her, "This is your good side, only let people photograph you from your good side, ever." After looking at the finished editorial, Carey decided the woman was right and has followed her advice ever since.

Mariah Carey announced in April 2018 that she has been suffering from bipolar II since 2001.

Sources IMDB, Artistfacts

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