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With hits such as “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry,” singer Mariah Carey holds the record for most No. 1 debuts in Billboard Hot 100 records.

Who Is Mariah Carey?

At 18 Mariah Carey signed subsequent to Columbia Records, and her first album had four No. 1 singles, including “Vision of Love” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.” Carey went gone mention to to generate several more albums (future gone late gathering studios) and summit singles, becoming one of the most commercially accurately-off artists of each and each and every one one time considering 19 No. 1 hits and on peak of 200 million chronicles sold.

Early Life

Carey was born March 27, 1970, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, to Alfred Roy Carey, a Venezuelan aeronautical engineer; and Patricia Carey, a voice coach and opera singer. She has two older siblings: a brother, Morgan, and a sister, Alison.

Carey’s parents divorced when she was three years old. She stunned her mother by imitating her operatic singing as early as age two, and was given singing lessons starting at age four. Eventually, Carey would develop a voice that spanned five octaves.

After graduating in 1987 from Harborfields High School in Greenlawn, New York, Carey moved to Manhattan where she worked as a waitress and a coat check girl and studied cosmetology, while writing songs and actively pursuing a music career at night.

Early Music Career: ‘Mariah Carey’ and ‘Emotions’

When she was 18 years old-fashioned, Carey and her friend, singer Brenda K. Starr, went to a party hosted by CBS Records. Starr convinced Carey to bring along one of her demo tapes. She meant to assign the folder to Columbia’s Jerry Greenberg, but Tommy Mottola, the president of Columbia Records (multipart Sony), intercepted it in the by now she could hand it to Greenberg. After listening to the record in version to the showing off dwelling from the party, Mottola signed Carey rapidly and set her to produce a upshot in description to her first album, Mariah Carey (1990), which included four No. 1 singles: “Vision of Love,” “Love Takes Time,” “Some Day,” and “I Don’t Wanna Cry.”

Her second album, Emotions, was released in 1992; the title track became her fifth No. 1 single, and included the hits “Can’t Let Go” and “Make it Happen.”

‘Music Box,’ ‘Daydream,’ ‘Butterfly’

In March 1992, Carey appeared in this area the order of MTV’s Unplugged. This take goings-on was released as an album and a dwelling video, resulting in choice No. 1 single (a lid of The Jacksons’ “I’ll Be There”). Her adjacent album, Music Box (1993), scrape benefit happening a bit behind quotation to the lavish studio production techniques heard in her previous albums, and included the No. 1 singles “Dreamlover” and “Hero.”

Her November 1994 pardon, Merry Christmas, entire sum traditional Christian hymns plus adding happening songs. In 1995 she released Daydream; its first single, “Fantasy,” debuted at No. 1. It after that included collaborations bearing in mind R&B and hip-hop artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Boyz II Men (“One Sweet Day”).

Her 1997 album, Butterfly, included 11 compositions written by Carey, and demonstrated her continued attraction in hip-hop and R&B, including the Sean “Puffy” Combs-produced “Honey,” her 12th No. 1 hit. Carey’s 1998 album, #1’s, featured her 13 previous chart-topping singles as adeptly as the Academy Award-nominated “The Prince of Egypt (When You Believe),” a duet gone fellow pop diva Whitney Houston.

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‘Glitter,’ Hospitalization and New Record Deal

In July 2001, Carey was admitted into a New York-place hospital and sedate psychiatric care after campaign what her publicists called a “innate and emotional collapse.” Carey had been preparing to puff her upcoming feature film debut, Glitter, and its accompanying soundtrack album, but cancelled all public appearances. The reprieve of Glitter was bearing in mind pushed abet from late August to late September 2001. Carey was released from the hospital after two weeks.

In January 2002, Carey and EMI (the corporate owner of Virgin Records, once whom Carey had signed a reported $80 million goodwill in April 2001) severed their attachment. Though the film and soundtrack for Glitter futile to generate the desired crate office and sales totals, Carey reportedly walked away from Virgin as soon as a propos $50 million as part of her severance succession. In May 2002, she signed a promise past Universal Music Group’s Island/Def Jam Records.

Personal Life

In June 1993, Carey married Mottola in a spectacular ceremony at Manhattan’s St. Thomas Episcopal Church. The couple divorced in 1998. Carey later pass Latin singer Luis Miguel for three years, but their relationship reportedly finished in the summer of 2001.

Mariah Carey began a relationship bearing in mind rapper/actor Nick Cannon after he appeared in her music video for “Bye Bye.” After dating for less than two months, the couple married upon April 30, 2008, in a indistinctive ceremony in the Bahamas. In 2011, Carey and Cannon welcomed twins Moroccan and Monroe.

The couple announced their enmity in August 2014, after six years of marriage, and their divorce was finalized in 2016. In January 2016, Carey became engaged to Australian businessman James Packer in New York City, but in October of that year, it was announced that the couple had split. After Carey’s inclusion once Packer the terminate, she began a connection once backup dancer Bryan Tanaka, who was moreover featured in her reality dogfight a share Mariah’s World.

Outside of her music career, Carey is sprightly in fundraising for The Fresh Air Fund, a nonprofit agency that provides forgive summer vacations to disadvantaged children in New York City, and is the co-founder of Camp Mariah, one of the management’s initiatives.