This article is from the Mariah Carey FAQ, by Kade Hansson firstname.lastname@example.org with numerous contributions by others.
Mariah Carey is the biggest selling recording artist of the 1990s and the
biggest selling female artist of all time (despite what you may have heard).
Mariah Carey is unique in having both a breath-taking multi-octave vocal
range as well as an amazing talent for writing and producing highly popular
songs. Since her self-titled debut album was released in 1990, she has sold
over 120 million albums and 20 million singles.
Mariah Carey is often referred to as simply "Mariah", though some may prefer
Ms Carey over such blatant familarity. Also, fans usually capitalize the
personal pronoun "her" when discussing Mariah, viz "Her". MC is also a common
abbreviation. Mariah has no middle name, and her first name is supposedly
derived from the song They Call The Wind Mariah from the movie Paint Your
Wagon (see S1).
Mariah Carey has been married once, to Sony Music Entertainment President,
Tommy Mottola, but that relationship ended in divorce in March 1998 after
four years of marriage and nine months of separation. Her present marital
status is single, but she is romatically linked to Luis Miguel, a latin
Mariah was originally signed to the Columbia music label, now a division of
Sony Music Entertainment, by Tommy back in 1989 (see M1). Under Columbia she
released nine albums (see M2), including one compilation and one EP. Since
last month she is now signed to the Virgin label, a division of EMI Music
Publishing. Her first album with Virgin will be the soundtrack to the
upcoming movie All That Glitters (see S2), allowed under a special
arrangement with Columbia (whose parent co-owns the rights to the movie).