Mariah Carey (birthed March 27, 1969 or 1970) is an American singer, songwriter, document producer, and actress. She rose to prestige after launching her self-titled debut workshop cd Mariah Carey in 1990. It went multiplatinum and also spawned four consecutive top singles on the united state Billboard Hot 100 chart; "Vision of Love", "Love Takes Time", "Someday", and also "I Don't Wan na Cry". Under the guidance of Columbia Records exec and later other half Tommy Mottola, Carey continued reserving success with follow-up albums Emotions (1991), Music Box (1993), and also Merry Christmas (1994), and was set up as Columbia's highest-selling act. Daydream (1995) made music record when its 2nd single "One Sweet Day", a duet with Boyz II Men, spent a record sixteen weeks on top of the Billboard Hot 100, and it continues to be the longest-running number-one track in U.S. chart record. Throughout the recording of the album, Carey began to deviate from her slower R&B and also ballad-oriented beginnings and slowly transitioned into hip hop. This musical change ended up being even more established with the release of Butterfly (1997), which was launched during the middle of her separation from Mottola.
Carey left Columbia in 2000, and signed a $100 million recording contract with Virgin Records America. Before the release of her film Glitter (2001), she suffered a physical and emotional breakdown and was hospitalized for severe exhaustion. Following the film and album's negative reception, she was bought out of her recording contract for $50 million, which resulted in a decline in her career. She authorized a multimillion dollar contract take care of Island Records in 2002, and after a not successful duration, returned to the top of songs charts with The Emancipation of Mimi (2005). Its second solitary "We Belong Together" became her most effective single of the 2000s, as well as was later named "Song of the Decade" by Billboard. Carey once again ventured into film with a well-received supporting role in Precious (2009), and was awarded the "Breakthrough Performance Award" at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Throughout her career, Carey has offered more than 200 million records worldwide, making her one of the very popular music artists of all time. In 1998, she was honored as the world's best-selling recording artist of the 1990s at the World Music Awards. Carey was also named the best-selling female artist of the millennium in 2000. According to the Recording Industry Association of America, she is the third-best-selling female artist in the United States, with 63.5 million accredited albums. With the release of "Touch My Body" (2008), Carey obtained her 18th number-one single in the United States, more than other solo musician. In 2012, Carey was rated second on VH1's list of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial success, Carey has won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, and 14 Billboard Music Awards.  Described as the "songbird supreme" by the Guinness World Records, she is famed for her five-octave vocal variety, power, melismatic design as well as trademark use of the whistle register.
Under the support of Columbia Records executive and also later on husband Tommy Mottola, Carey continued reserving success with follow-up albums Emotions (1991), Music Box (1993), as well as Merry Christmas (1994), and also was established as Columbia's highest-selling act. Throughout her career, Carey has actually sold more than 200 million documents worldwide, making her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2012, Carey was ranked 2nd on VH1's checklist of the "100 Greatest Women in Music". Aside from her commercial achievements, Carey has actually won 5 Grammy Awards, 19 World Music Awards, 11 American Music Awards, as well as 14 Billboard Music Awards.